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JUNE 2018

Worcestershire Edition

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

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Tom Kerridge chats to us about the inspiration behind his recipes, how he fell in love with food through a corned beef sandwich, and cooking live at the BBC Good Food Show.


Glynn Purnell discloses the secrets behind running a modern Michelin star restaurant.

We review this year’s BodyPower Expo, a phenomenal fitness trade event featuring celebrities and traders.

Hello and welcome to your June edition of Cornfield Magazine. Welcome to our first summer issue of the year! Our newest edition includes a very special feature on the BBC Good Food Show and Gardeners’ World Live, coming to the NEC from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 June. We chat with local chefs and restaurateurs and world-class gardener Diarmuid Gavin. Our covers this month feature Michelin star chef Tom Kerridge – see our exclusive interview inside. Find everything from information on upcoming local music events and summer festivals, to fashion and beauty recommendations. We hope you enjoy reading our June magazine as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

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BBC Good Food Show The BBC Good Food Show returns to the NEC this June This month, one of the most popular events of summer returns to the NEC! The BBC Good Food Show and BBC Gardeners’ World Live will be taking over the NEC for four days from Thursday 14 June to Sunday 12 June 2018. Entry for both events is included in one ticket, which sees hundreds of culinary and horticultural exhibitors attending, hosting live demonstrations, and offering fantastic product ranges for visitors to view and sample. Meet and greet your best-loved gardeners, chefs, experts and bakers as part of the events’ exciting celebrity line-ups. Attend Q+A sessions and find out how experts are inspired in their field everyday, gaining insight into the industry, as chefs explain what goes on ‘behind the scenes’. The BBC Good Food Show’s Big Kitchen will again see some of the country’s favourite culinary geniuses performing live cooking demonstrations for crowds. Mary Berry, Tom Kerridge, James Martin and The Hairy Bikers are a few of the many celebrity chefs pleasing crowds with ‘how to’ recipes and tasters of mouth-watering dishes. The popular Producers’ Village and Drinks Emporium return once again, with a whole host of shopping opportunities for attendees. The brand new Eat Well zone, showcasing

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the very best in vegan and vegetarian products, will be open for the 2018 Show! Find expert advice, delicious recipe ideas and much more at the Show’s Summer Kitchen stage. Artisan producers and acclaimed local chefs will also attend the event, as well as several gardening experts for Gardeners’ World Live. See our chat with renowned garden designer, Diarmuid Gavin, in our Home & Garden section this month! Demonstrating the home-grown talent Birmingham has to offer, Michelin-starred chefs and inspiring entrepreneurs spoke to us about what inspires their unique flavours, exquisite cuisine and top-notch dining spots.

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There aren’t many events that compare to the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC Birmingham. With the size of the venue, the amount of delicious food and drink to sample and buy, and the expert demonstrations, it really is an amazing day out Tom Kerridge

In a series of interviews, several local chefs and restaurateurs with connections to Birmingham discussed what they believe makes the city’s culinary scene so exuberant and diverse. See our exclusive interview with chef Tom Kerridge. Add extras to your tickets and meet the kings and queens of the culinary world – the Book Signings area is the place to be to meet your favourite celebrity chefs, have your cookbooks signed and take a few selfies! Take a seat at the BBC Good Food Stage and be wowed by tricks of the trade, picking up tips and tricks to take your own home cooking up a notch. Chefs will be serving up a slice of summer inspiration, so make sure you check out the live performance stages throughout the Show! Join the conversation for the most delicious day out this summer! @bbcgoodfoodshow #GFSSummer

For more information and tickets to the BBC Good Food Show visit

It's the biggest food event in the country and it takes place right here in Birmingham Glynn Purnell

Ticket includes entry to BBC Gardeners’ World Live. For more information visit our Home & Garden section or

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Carters of Moseley Interview with Chef and Proprietor Brad Carter You’ve spent time working in Marsaille, France and Menorca. How did the methods and flavours you discovered during your time abroad impact your own cooking? I’m a Brummie born and bred! My travels have influenced my cooking, as it should with a nod to traditions. My time in Spain has made me respect purism of ingredients. I love cured meats and I serve a full British version of them at the restaurant. Your food at Carters celebrates the very best of British produce. Why do you feel it’s important to support local suppliers? I have always had a love for the produce in the British Isles & British cuisine is now respected worldwide. I feel it's our duty to support local farmers, for our economy growth and carbon footprint. They produce a better standard of products by keeping operations small-scale and controlled…it's about quality, not quantity. Unfortunately, over time, this ethos has been lost in our heritage but we as the UK posses some of the tastiest foods on earth. How are the menus at Carters created? Where do you draw inspiration from for your dishes? I draw inspiration from everywhere in the UK; source visits, walks, nature, British culture. Wherever you turn there is something to inspire our menu, it just depends on how we interpret it into a dish. I love to use the best products, highlight why we like it, and then do it justice in the cooking. You’ll be appearing at the BBC Good Food Show this summer. Are you looking forward to the event? It’s great to be part of the BBC Good Food Show, as I love supporting it & meeting new people who show an interest in my work & what our restaurant believes. How do you maintain such a high standard in your restaurant, worthy of a Michelin star? The high standard is something that comes with our mentality to be the best version of ourselves day in, day out. A Michelin Star is an award for your attention and hard work that you bring to the restaurant as a team. We feel blessed for this achievement and it’s something we are very proud of. What’s your go-to comfort meal? Like I said, Brummie born and bred…so I do love a curry! I like authentic Indian food with precise levels of spicing. Something I enjoy most days off. What dish do you recommend customers try from Carters’ menu in the summer months? In summer our focus is on very light finished dishes. You’ll find ingredients such as English heritage tomatoes, Lichfield strawberries and of course, Cornish lamb. We BBQ the lamb and serve it with English peas in a modern style from traditional English flavours. What can you be found doing when you’re not in the kitchen? I enjoy working even when I’m not in the kitchen. From visiting my suppliers to learning cheesemaking. Recently I’ve made two different beers for the restaurant, a saison and a sour style beer, which use ingredients which are staples of our menu. Catch Brad at the BBC Good Food Show: Summer this June. Carters of Moseley, 2c St Mary's Row, Wake Green Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 9EZ

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Street Food

I wanted to build a restaurant that was modelled on an Indian home kitchen and this swirling mission would not let me sleep.

Nisha Katona

Founder of the renowned Mowgli Street Food restaurants and author of the new cookery book ‘Mowgli Street Food: stories and recipes from the Mowgli Street Food restaurants’ opens up about her culinary journey and her ambition to “lift the veil” shrouded over real Indian cooking in Britain. I understand you’ll be attending the BBC Good Food Show this summer and giving audiences a live cooking demo! How would you describe the flavours and style of Mowgli’s popular dishes? I have always been passionate about Indian food, but not the stuff of curry houses. What is peddled in curry houses is a far cry from the way Indians actually eat at home and on their streets. Our food is actually fresh, light, delicate and extremely healthy which are not words the UK would ever associate with "Curry". Mowgli is about how Indians eat in their homes and on the street, pared back and unplugged. The selection of dishes feed that yearning Indians have for bright intense rich flavours. Rather than a quiet or intimate dining experience, Mowgli is about the smash and grab and taste adventure. What do you hope your recipes and the cooking style at Mowgli achieves? There was always an eddy that ran alongside my love for the law. It should have been a silly daydream, but it became loud and bold. It related to the base matter of real Indian food which in Britain, sits in a shrouded and misunderstood corner. I wanted to lift the veil on the undressed, humble way Indians actually eat in the privacy of their homes. Healthy, light, virtuosic simple fayre that bears no resemblance, in name or flavour, to the stuff of the high street. I wanted to build a restaurant that was modelled on an Indian home kitchen and this swirling mission would not let me sleep. A simple ambition one might think - but far from it. My ambition was not for a blog nor a home spun pop up. It was for bricks and mortar, with a body of staff, with accounts and accountability. It involved me stepping from the security of profession to the white waters of business. You’re set to open several more Mowgli’s across the UK, and already have successful branches in Liverpool, Oxford, Manchester and of course, Birmingham. Why did you settle on Birmingham? Birmingham is such an exciting, multicultural city and Grand Central is a pulsing street food hub that is growing from strength to strength. I’m so proud to have lead my Mowgli family to Birmingham. It’s such a warm embracing city, it already feels like home after a relatively short time period, and we look forward to a long and happy future here. Mowgli is about honest, home style, fresh food and it strikes me that Birmingham clients are all about this kind of edgy offer. Catch Nisha at The BBC Good Food Show this summer, where she will be wowing audiences with live cooking demos and Q+A sessions. Order her new book from, and check out Mowgli’s dishes for yourself at Birmingham’s Grand Central.

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Interview with Chef Glynn Purnell What methods and flavours particularly inspire the menu at Purnell’s? Any flavours that I like - and often flavours that evoke childhood memories. Also, any flavours that show off the seasons in the best way they can. Methods are anything from the classic techniques - so roasting, pan-frying, poaching - to modern techniques such as sous-vide cooking (where food is placed in a plastic pouch or a glass jar and then placed in a water bath or steam environment), dehydrating, and various other strangesounding but fantastic cooking methods! When you first opened Purnell’s, what vision did you hold for the restaurant? When I opened Purnell’s in 2007, I hoped it would be a major part of the Birmingham food scene for a very long time. I wasn’t trying to make money overnight, I was looking for longevity for the restaurant. Even at that stage, I’d already been working in the industry for 17 years, so I knew what to do and what not to do as I’d learned from some of the best. You’ll be appearing at the BBC Good Food Show this summer where you’ll be hosting live demos for audiences. Why did you initially become involved with this event? It’s always good to showcase your skills and promote your restaurant and yourself at these events. Also, they’re fun; you get to meet and see other chefs who you might not have seen in a while and mingle with the crowds. It’s also the biggest food event in the country and it takes place right here in Birmingham, so it would be silly not to be involved! How would you describe your style of cooking? My style of cooking very much reflects my personality. My cooking and the restaurant is basically me. It’s my personality both on the plate and in the dining room. It’s my own unique style of cooking and my own unique perception of food and how it should be served. There are a lot of French influences in there, as I did a lot of my training and early years of work in France. It’s very individual. Modern but with classic roots. It also has an enormous sense of humour. The taste is obviously very important, but so is the personality of the food. I don’t like to use the word, but people call it quirky! It has a serious edge, but also a quirkiness to it. You know it’s my food as well. If you put it in front of someone, they would know it is Glynn Purnell’s dish... you’d be able to pick it out of a line up! Not many chefs can say that. If you had to pick a career-defining dish, what would it be? My Haddock and Eggs… it is on the edge of genius! It was inspired by my mum. She used to cook haddock and eggs, so I do an upside-down version. It’s a dish that means a lot to me. It’s not only one of my signature dishes at Purnell’s, it also reminds me of my childhood. My mom cooked haddock in her big flowery pan. When that particular pan came out, it was either cod roe or haddock and eggs for tea. She would cover the haddock in milk and cook it slowly over a low heat so that the milk took on that lovely smoky fish flavour. She’d then take out the fish, which, by the way, would have been overcooked, put it to one side and crack eggs into the milk to poach them. The eggs would take on the amazing flavour of the smoked haddock. The sad thing was that she would pour the milk away, but I would often take a spoon and drink the smoky liquor before she did so. That’s why, in my version of haddock and eggs, I throw the fish away,

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thicken the flavoursome milk and serve it with a poached yolk. I also serve it with cornflakes…! While my mother was cooking, I would be running around the garden with my siblings, feeling decidedly hungry. I would dash inside two or three times to ask for ‘a piece’, meaning a slice of bread. The first couple of times I’d be allowed to have one, but by the third time it would be, “No, wait for your tea!” Gutted to be turned away, I would sneak in and pinch a pocketful of cornflakes. Then one day, I put haddock, eggs and cornflakes together and boom! My first signature dish was created! Who is the most notable customer you’ve cooked for? My mom… or Heston Blumenthal. Heston is an absolute legend. What ingredient could you not live without? Eggs. What do you think is the key to a successful kitchen? Organisation, harmony, enthusiasm, passion and great ingredients. Finally, why did you choose Birmingham as the location to open Purnell’s? I didn’t choose Birmingham; Birmingham chose me! I was born here, and it’s the centre of the universe as far as I’m concerned. I opened a restaurant in Birmingham when it was the culinary desert of Britain, and I believe I’ve had quite a strong hand in making it one of the best culinary and food destinations in the UK, if not Europe. The ironic thing is that Birmingham is actually twinned with Lyon, which is the home of gastronomy. It’s also twinned with other fantastic food cities such as Chicago. Now we can actually stand shoulder to shoulder and be able to stick our chests out and be as good as them. Catch Glynn at the BBC Good Food Show Summer this June. 55 Cornwall Street, Birmingham, B3 2DH

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Titash Welcome to Sans Oriental Restaurant If you're looking for a classy oriental restaurant with excellent food, friendly staff and a great welcoming atmosphere, then look no further than Sans Restaurant on the High Street in Henley-in-Arden.

Indian Restaurant Well done to the team Titash Indian Restaurant for achieving the maximum rating in their latest environmental health inspection! The only restaurant in the area to be granted five stars.

This is the perfect place to treat yourself to lunch or dinner as you relax with friends and family. Serving delicious home cooked food in a warm and inviting atmosphere, Sans is extremely popular with local residents and those who travel miles to enjoy the unique combination of flavours that have made Sans such a popular destination. Sans has always been a favourite with local residents and visitors to Henley-in-Arden. Situated on the historic high street in this medieval market town – and with such an extensive menu to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choice. Dennis and his team support the local community organising charity nights - come and enjoy one of our regular pop & swing nights or our Jazz nights and help raise as much as possible for many worthy causes. Contact us on 01564 792104 or visit Sans Oriental 71a High Street, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire B95 5AT

20% off A-La Carte menu with this voucher during June 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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The Ivy Temple Row

An exquisite example of modern dining set against timeless interiors. It’s not often that a restaurant’s reputation precedes its development, and even less often when said reputation lives up to expectations. The Ivy Temple Row is one of the select few establishments that are able to boast both of the aforementioned. Welcoming customers with the plush interior adorned with velvet-clad seats, The Ivy Temple Row certainly embraces ‘The Great Gatsby’ vibe without being gimmicky or ironic. In several nods to the 1920s, The Ivy’s interior embraces eccentric wallpaper patterns depicting various birds, accompanied by hues of burnt orange, bottle green, and copper – perfectly complimenting the fabulous polished marble flooring and the franchise’s signature use of greenery. When thinking about dishes such as lamb shoulder and mash, it’s not often you picture plates like those presented by The Ivy Temple Row. The menu blends high-end sophistication with charming accessibility, meaning dishes avoid the realm of pretentious and remain within the boundaries of being overly satisfying. The chefs at The Ivy manage to create complicated dishes without presenting them as complex, offering diners delicious meals with a twist on British classics. Let’s just say, the food at this restaurant is far from dull. Without a doubt the showstoppers of the evening came from the dessert menu. A mouth-watering chocolate bombe melted away with the assistance of gold liquid (otherwise known as hot salted caramel sauce) to reveal a honeycomb centre, whilst panna cotta was served that perfectly melted in the mouth. To top it all off, the restaurant offers a seemingly endless wine selection that is sure to hold a bottle to suit any taste and compliment any dish. An innovative menu with implicitly high standards of serving means a night spent at The Ivy Temple Row will be memorable for all the right reasons.

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Our goal is to provide an experience that is adaptable to suit all occasions, all set within a sophisticated yet relaxed setting. We want our guests to enjoy a touch of glamour and old school hospitality within a unique environment - whilst experiencing this at a more accessible price point.

Liz Burton, General Manager, The Ivy

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Cornfield Recommends To graze Crispy duck salad with five spice dressing, toasted cashews, watermelon, beansprouts, coriander and ginger To eat Slow-roasted lamb shoulder with a mustard and herb crust, cream potato, garlic, spring vegetables and a rosemary sauce To devour Vanilla panna cotta with warm rubarb and raspberry compote, and almond tuile To drink Pinot Noir, Spy Valley, Malborough, New Zealand

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Achieve Blemish-Free Skin

this Summer Combat oily, blemished skin this summer with Bioderma Sébium! The skin changes during puberty: it becomes thicker, shiny and less soft. The more or less significant blemishes that appear sometimes continue through to adulthood. Bioderma offers a new generation of anti-blemish treatments that directly act on sebum quality thanks to the Fluidactiv™ patented complex found in all of the range's products. Cornfield Recommends: The Bioderma Sébium range is perfect for teenage skin and readers suffering with adult acne. See more at Sebium Gel Moussant 200ml HD Sebium H20 250ml HD Sebium Mat control HD

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Dentelle Aesthetic Skin Solutions Putting clients’ care at the heart of every treatment Dentelle is a centre of excellence in natural facial rejuvenation and non-surgical, natural aesthetic interventions. The Solihull-based, multi award-winning clinic is one of the select few in the Midlands accredited with Save Face. To guarantee the health and safety of all clients, Dr Clare Quinn, a registered, dental professional, carries out all procedures at Dentelle. 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.

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. You should never take chances when it comes to your health and appearance. Trust in high standards of practice, patient care, knowledge and sufficient training to achieve excellent aesthetic outcomes with Dentelle.

Achieve radiant summer skin The effects of sun damage can be extremely dangerous, not to mention can contribute significantly to premature skin ageing. Dentelle offers a range of noninvasive skin care solutions that aim to tackle the effects of over-exposure to UV light and reduce signs of ageing. Lightly placed muscle relaxing treatments and fillers can work to refresh and rejuvenate skin by restoring volume and lifting facial features.

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HydraFacial Fire and Ice Facial Guinot Hydradermie Environ Vitamin Facial Radiofrequency Skin Tightening Wrinkle Smoothing Injections Lip Treatments IPL Hair Removal and Skin Rejuvenation Acne Treatments Manicures and Pedicures Eyelash and Eyebrow Treatments Relaxing Aromatherapy Massage Professional Makeup Artist (for glamour and bridal) Dermal Fillers (For lifting and improving facial contours) Profhilo Skin Refreshing

Alumier MD products are available from Dentelle. For skin consultations or advice, simply arrange an appointment with medical practitioner Dr Clare Quinn - an expert in recommending the perfect products for all skin types.

Dentelle is recognised as a Diamond Award Finalist by the Safety in Beauty 2018 campaign – dedicated to paying special tribute to outstanding businesses within the beauty and aesthetics industry.

Call the clinic now to book a no obligation, confidential consultation or book your treatment now! Call: 01564 770770 - Email:

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Enjoy a FREE Perk Lip or Perk Eye treatment when you bring this voucher with you.

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KEEN HIKER ROGER MAKING GREAT STRIDES AFTER HIP OPERATION He played rugby for over 25 years, and has been a keen runner since the 1980s but sixty-seven-year-old Roger Parsons had to put a temporary stop to his outdoor activities when he developed arthritis in his hip.

But amazingly, less than two months after a hip replacement operation, the chartered accountant, who lives in Lapworth, is now back doing five mile walks and hoping to increase his distances as his recovery continues at a cracking pace. When he was younger, Roger, who is 6ft 5in tall, was a regular in the Edwardians FC rugby teams, based in Solihull, even captaining the side in the 1970’s. Just 12 years ago his love of running led him to complete the London Marathon, and as a keen walker he would regularly cover distances of 15 miles as he and a group of friends went on walking holidays around Britain and Europe. When he first developed leg pain he thought it was knee trouble. However, a proper examination showed it to be his right hip and Roger met with Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mr Trevor Lawrence, at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull. He explained: “Roger was a very fit man but, as happens to many people, he simply ‘wore away’ part of his hip which developed osteoarthritis. This can be for a variety of reasons – he may have genetic predisposition such as thinner cartilage or a slightly mismatched ball and socket or he may have had ‘repetitive trauma’ such as being regularly tackled in that area while playing rugby. “Whatever the problem it had reached the stage where a complete hip replacement was needed if he was going to be able walk ‘pain free’ in the future.” As for Roger, he is already contemplating getting back on the golf course and has his sights set on joining his mates for a walking holiday this summer. “I am delighted at the way my recovery is going. I might have to settle for walking rather than running in the future but I certainly intend on staying very active for many years to come,” he said.

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Trevor Lawrence - Surgeon

Q: How quickly could I have a consultation, and how much would it cost? A: It depends on the availability of the consultant you wanted to see, but we pride ourselves on getting you fast access to diagnosis and you can often get a consultation within 24/48 hours. Initial consultation fees vary by consultant, but between £175-£250 is a reasonable guide. Q: If I need surgery, how quickly could I have it? A: We have no waiting lists at Spire Parkway, but again it depends on the availability of the consultant you wanted, but as a guide, and subject to your pre-operation assessment, between one and two weeks. Q: I don’t have health insurance, can I self-pay? A: Yes, you can. Our self-pay team can talk you through this and explain the finance options that are available, should you wish to explore them. Call 0121 704 5530, email:, or click submit an enquiry online.

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The Midland

Hand Clinic Sports

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

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Yogahaven Hot Yoga Review By Evie Kissack

We do hot yoga and we do it very well.

And they are not lying. As the first of its kind in the city, Yogahaven offer a dedicated hot yoga facility in Birmingham city centre in a welcoming environment for people of all abilities. With 2018 marking Yogahaven Birmingham’s 10th anniversary, I felt I needed to book a spot to try out this popular new craze in the world of all things zen. As a self-confessed yoga rookie, I was a little hesitant about attending a class where temperatures can reach well into the thirties and participants are expected to balance, flex and relax simultaneously. After attending a session, I can confidently say a Hot Yoga class at Yogahaven is above all else an extremely rewarding and unique experience. The eco-conscious company are not only concerned with the environment, but are fully dedicated to ensuring everyone who attends classes at Yogahaven feels comfortable, safe and prepared for sessions. The classes are taught by expert yogis, who encourage participants to stretch and strengthen muscles through sequences of postures that are tailored to suit the abilities of those attending, whether that be more advanced or complete beginners (luckily for me, I booked a Hot Yoga Basics class that is recommended for those with little experience). It’s clear the classes are designed to leave all feeling renewed and more flexible. After my morning session, (and after a very cold shower) I felt relaxed and refreshed, and ready to start my day. Hot Yoga is very rewarding for those that are able to handle the heat – the class is certainly intense and requires your full commitment. The facilities at Yogahaven Birmingham are clean, modern and rather fashionable – an excellent space to wind down and freshen up after a Hot Yoga session. The instructors are fully trained and are able to offer advice for all participants, especially those hesitant to try a class that reaches such high (and at times, uncomfortable) heating conditions. I must admit, the Hot Yoga class won’t be for everyone. If you’re prone to fainting and can’t stand room temperatures being too high, this clearly isn’t the class for you. But, for those wanting to try something a little different and slightly more challenging than a regular yoga class, this comes highly recommended. See the Yogahaven website for the full list of classes and limited time offer for new starters at 64 Livery St, Birmingham, B3 1HA T: 0121 2361547 E:

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National Smile Month 14 May - 14 June 2018

It started with a smile! What is National Smile Month?

Get Involved: The Smiley

In a nutshell, National Smile Month is the UK’s largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health.

It’s so simple, yet so many people just don’t do it, often due to poor oral hygiene. When taking a selfie with The Smiley, you will find it impossible not to smile behind it! Around half a million people have used them over the last few years. It’s fun, and it’s educational too. Poor oral health can be both physically painful and psychologically damaging. It can affect self-confidence, appearances and even how other people perceive us. From the many interesting studies into laughter, millions of people may also be missing out on the positive benefits of smiling and having fun. The Smiley is a great opportunity to take a moment to think about your oral health, and more importantly how you can improve it.

National Smile Month is organised and run by the Oral Health Foundation, a leading national charity working to improve oral health. The campaign hopes to raise awareness of important health issues, and make a positive difference to the oral health of millions. National Smile Month aims to improve people’s lives by reducing the harm caused by oral diseases – many of which are entirely preventable. Established more than 40 years ago, the Oral Health Foundation continue to give free and impartial dental advice, provide invaluable oral health educational materials and run vital awareness-raising campaigns on such issues like mouth cancer.

Tips for a Healthy Mouth Together, with thousands of individuals and organisations, National Smile Month highlights three key messages, all of which go a long way in helping us develop and maintain a healthy mouth. They are: Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with fluoride toothpaste. Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks. Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

The 2018 Campaign This year’s campaign (14 May - 14 June) will encourage all dental and health professionals, schools, pharmacies, community groups, colleges and workplaces – in fact anyone with an interest in good oral healthcare, to join in and help to educate, motivate and communicate positive oral health messages and improve the quality of smiles all around the UK. But National Smile Month isn’t just about education and stressing the importance of a healthy mouth – the key to the success of the campaign is that everyone has lots fun doing it!

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

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

What is a dental hygienist?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Inspired by fashion stories shot in European capitals, Classy Streets features high-end fashion photographed against an everyday backdrop, namely the streets of Solihull. Passers-by stopped to watch as the team chased the sun and dodged the British weather to capture images that showcased the best of the region's fashion talent.

The dresses from local fashion stockist Kiss Me Kate are designed for the red carpet, perfect for the prom, and suitable for a classy party. It might seem incongruous, therefore, to shoot the designs on the street. Photographer Brian Simpson revealed the thinking behind this brave decision; "Fashion photographers have long had a history of taking class onto the streets of the city. The contrast and urban backdrop provide a canvas for our art." The team are delighted to share their work with you, and hope you enjoy them as much as they enjoyed creating them. Brian Simpson, both behind the camera and visionary for the shoot, is a Midlands-based Fashion and Beauty Photographer who describes his work as ‘crisp, clean and commercial’. He has shot at London Fashion Week and numerous local catwalks. Brian is at home on location or in the studio, and shoots for designers’ look books and websites as well as for models’ portfolios. Kiss Me Kate is a leading manufacturer and wholesale supplier of exclusive high-quality dresses for any special occasion. Awardwinning designers of prom and evening wear, Kiss Me Kate hold stockists across the country, and is based in the Midlands. Model Ewa Zielinska describes her work as something of a passion. A keen lover of fashion and beauty, she jumped at the chance to be part of the photo shoot, describing it as a "dream come true". To cap it all, she is an experienced and qualified make-up artist and applied her own make-up. @modelka2317

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

in June

Fresh and Pretty

Summer is full of wonderful things - but melting make-up, smeared eyeliner, and super-sticky lipstick are not among them. Below are my top tips for keeping make-up looking fresh and pretty, even when the weather is working against you.

Invest in a primer You won't regret the few seconds it takes to apply a primer, which goes on after moisturiser but before face makeup. Primers are definitely the way to go in summer, they are a a dream for great lasting make-up.

Lightly does the trick If you want to keep your make-up from creasing and caking, keep it light. If you can, just use a tinted moisturiser and a concealer where you need it. Make-up likes to move around when it's hot, so the best way to avoid that is to wear less of it.

Bronze up! Bronzer makes your eyes look brighter, your teeth whiter everyone looks better with a little warmth added to their skin. When it comes to bronzer, less is always more... just apply to the high points of your face, where the sun naturally hits you on your forehead, cheekbones, chin, and nose. Covering every nook and cranny is what gives you that fake look. Powder bronzers are the easiest to apply; look for one with varying shades - they'll blend together for the most authentic-looking results. You can also sweep a little bronzer onto your neck and earlobes, especially if you have short hair or are wearing a ponytail.

Keep prepped Never look oily in a photo again by staying prepared with purse-size products that are so perfect for travel. Carrying blotting papers is a great way to whisk away the sweat and oil without piling on more product. I also love using a finishing spray to help set make up but also to help cool you down!

Ditch the powder blush Blush adds balance and healthiness to any look, but if you're still using the same powdery formula, your flush might be getting ‘cakey’ faster than it takes to get to work in the morning. Stains are great for longevity in hot weather. Use a gel or blush stain, then blend a touch of a cream blush on top of it, save time and use it on your lips too! To help it stay without using heavy powder, dust a light, invisible setting powder over the top. Just be sure not to get too heavy-handed; you want to lock your look, not mattify it.

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Temple Fields CEMETERY

A natural burial ground and nature reserve in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside

Temple Fields Cemetery is a natural burial ground with which to commemorate your loved ones within wild flower meadows and woodland. We provide an ecological alternative from traditional gravestones, set within a beautiful, natural landscape. About the site Set in the countryside neighbouring two nature reserves with uninterrupted views, Temple Fields Cemetery is renowned for it's florna and fauna. The burial ground shares Warwickshire Wildlife Trust's ideaoligy of enhancing and protecting biodiversity that has a rich history dating back decades. We provide ecological burial and cremation plots within the natural environment in a 20acre site neighbouring two 15acre Warwickshire Wildlife Reserves.

available from our website located on the 'Arrangements' Page. Memorial Plaques are a wonderful gesture for those wishing to engrave a few words to honour the life and memory of a loved one which are fixed to memorial trees or our location marker posts. All other information can be found on our website where you can reserve/purchase a plot, alternatively contact one of the preferred Funeral Directors.

Temple Fields is unique to the Solihull Borough which offers natural burial & cremation plots where loved ones may be peaceably laid to rest and commemorated with a living memorial.

Natural Burials and Services Natural burials are simple yet beautiful and offer an environmentally friendly approach, which does not disturb the local wildlife and its surroundings. Natural burials encourage a personal approach and the option to plant a memorial native tree is also available. Please note - all caskets for natural burials must be made of natural, biodegradable materials. Your funeral director can advise on this.

Temple Fields has nominated three preferred Funeral Directors who can offer the service you require, namely Taylors in Dorridge, Braggs in Knowle, & Deeleys in Balsall Common, all of who's details are

We also offer the option of scattering ashes within the perimeter of our woodland or amongst the newly formed coppices.

Custodian Paul Cureton who oversees the management of the site ensures the original ethos and diverse ecology is preserved.

Connect with nature and enjoy the tranquillity of your surroundings in a place of reflection. Please Quote Cornfield Upon Booking For information, to buy or reserve a plot, or to book a site visit, please contact Paul Cureton on 07711 121099 or email All other information can be found on our website at

Temple Lane, Temple Balsall, West Midlands, B93 0AL

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Ways to Reduce Your

Plastic Waste

If you can’t reuse it, refuse it

Sustainable Phone Cases Save the Waves With billions of phone users across the world using plastic phone cases, it’s hard to picture the sheer amount of waste produced by people simply trying to protect their device’s screen. Pela, an eco-friendly company with the mission to alleviate our dependency on non-renewable fossil fuels and oil-based plastics, have created a phone case from ‘flaxstic’ – a starchbased biopolymer with recycled materials and flax straw waste.

The Last Straw Say NO to Plastic Straws Thousands of businesses have started to replace all plastic straws with paper alternatives, helping to save our oceans. Some people complain that paper straws go soggy after a little while, so there is another option: your mouth. Glass or metal straws are also available on the market, and often have funky designs – perfect for parties. The UK will also ban the sale of plastic straws, drinks stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds.

Ditch the Cling Film Wrap With Beeswax Never again will you have to battle the horrendous task of trying to find the end of the roll of cling film to peel away – and as an added bonus, you’ll be helping to save our planet. Win win. Try reusable beeswax wraps, perfect for covering left overs and preserving food for longer. These easy-to-use, washable products will also save you money in the long-term!

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This month, two of the world’s largest annual environmental campaigns take place - World Environment Day (5 June) and World Oceans Day (8 June). To support these vital events, we’ve listed five easy ways you can help beat plastic pollution, just by making a few minor changes to your lifestyle.

Reusable Coffee Cups No Excuse for Single Use Coffee shops across the globe are taking the initiative of offering to fill customers’ reusable coffee flasks rather than handing out single use coffee cups. Purchasing an eco-friendly cup from brands such as Ecoffee, SmartCup, Joco and KeepCup will ensure you reduce your waste and save pennies!

Brush with Bamboo Eco-friendly toothbrushes In recent years, lots of companies have developed ‘bio-brushes’ in order to help to combat the plastic waste epidemic. Each year, billions of plastic toothbrushes are dumped into our oceans, significantly damaging our planet. Choosing plant-based toothbrushes often made from organic bamboo, or toothbrushes with recyclable handles, will lighten your environmental footprint.

Visit and to find out more. #WorldOceansDay #BeatPlasticPollution

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: e d i u G r Inside

Southern Italy By Evie Kissack

Naples is a city that is best seen by foot. Rather than packing your itinerary with the ‘top ten things to see’, explore the stunning architecture and rife history of the city by getting lost in the maze of cobbled streets. You’ll stumble upon delicious local eateries like Gino e Toto Sorbillo – a renowned pizzeria known for its high quality and tastiness. Don’t let the inevitable queue outside the door put you off – once inside steaming hot pizzas will be served swiftly that are well worth the wait. On an evening, visit Piazza Bellini for an Aperol Spritz or an ice cold Nastro Azzurro - the square is always full of life and vibrancy. Sorrento is the ideal place to relax whilst sitting and watching the sunset over the harbour with a cold glass of wine. Make sure to stop off for a day at Pompeii when travelling to the city - the sheer size of the ancient city is breath-taking, set against the backdrop of the infamous Vesuvius volcano. Sorrento’s main square is undeniably beautiful by day and offers a variety of restaurants serving authentic Italian cuisine such as handmade pasta served with freshly caught seafood. Take a long walk up the up the sloping hills for a stunning view of the coast. Capri and Anacapri are both heavenly places to visit if you get the chance. A short ride on the funicular takes you up into the hills, revealing another hidden world full of designer shops and several points to soak in the stunning views. A short bus ride up to Anacapri feels much more local, and is slightly cheaper than its rather expensive sister town Capri. Be sure to ride the Monte Solaro chairlift for views to die for. Cornfield Magazine | 33

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Contemporary luxury wit h the natural beauty of the Maldives

Velassaru by Universal Resorts is a sophisticated resort that pairs contemporary luxury with the natural beauty of the Maldives. This 21 acre coral island is situated in the quiet South Malé Atoll and is possibly the finest resort accessible via speedboat. With its pearl-dust beaches, turquoise lagoon and myriad coconut groves the island is a magical setting for this 5-star resort. The resort’s villas are contemporary and unique. The island itself is corralled by 26 Deluxe Bungalows, 25 Deluxe Villas and 30 Beach Villas to the north. Located within their own private tropical garden just steps from the beach, the Deluxe Bungalows are subtly integrated into the natural foliage and provide a spacious intimacy; expertly crafted, these buildings are designed across two expansive levels with minimalist interiors and colourful accents. Beach villas are slightly larger and look out onto the beachfront with a sprawling seafacing terrace, 10 of these villas have recently been upgraded to Beach Villa with Pools, each boasting 20 square metre private swimming pools.

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sophisticated resort that pairs contemporary luxury with the natural beauty of the Maldives

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Emerging from the northern tip of the island is a jetty hosting the 17 airy and luxe Water Bungalows now all with swimming pools, each one rising out of the lagoon set on stilts. These villas offer uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, whether from the king-sized bed through the floor-to-ceiling glass doors, or via the over-water deck leading down to the crystal clear waters below. Similarly, from the south-west of the island snakes a further jetty housing 28 spacious Water Villas and the resort’s exclusive Water Suite with a 10 metre long infinity pool. These huge villas represent unparalleled splendour, four with private pools and all feature king-size silk draped beds and a full sea-facing wall opening out onto an expansive terrace above the lucid waters of the lagoon. For those looking for that extra touch of luxury, Velassaru offers the one and only Pool Villa, Deluxe Villa with Pool, and Water Suite all with large private pools. All of the resort’s accommodation comes equipped with an array of modern amenities and comforts as standard.

Velassaru also offers windsurfing, catamaran, kayak hire and fishing trips, to compliment the fully-equipped gym and hard tennis court, as well as complimentary morning yoga, morning cruise and snorkelling tours. Excursions to desert islands are available plus the chance to take sea-plane photo flights, providing you with a bird’s eye view of the mysterious atoll formations, or glide across the ocean on a sunset cruise. A location of exquisite romance and beauty, Velassaru has been designed for couples, families and the young at heart. A stunning resort with distinctive style and personality combines affordable chic with true Maldivian hospitality.

The natural beauty of the island is the heart and soul of the resort experience. All spa, leisure and dining facilities have been created to celebrate the setting. The ocean is never out of sight. Guests have a wide range of dining options to choose from with several restaurants located close to the main reception and pool. Savouring continental and Asian cuisines at Turquoise is an intimate affair with its panoramic ocean backdrop, whereas Vela has a casual vibe and a creative international menu. Etesian offers Mediterranean gourmet dishes of the finest kind with truffles, cheeses and a wine library to envy. From a south-east facing jetty the oceanfront food theatre of Sand serves Eastern, Pan Asian and Continental cuisines from the live hot stone grill. Teppanyaki over the lagoon showcases contemporary Japanese cuisine with a creative twist. The ever-changing buffet at Vela ranges from local specialties, to European Classics and much, much more. Guests can enjoy stunning ocean views, freshly mixed cocktail and perfectly chilled wines and beer paired with a delectable and unique selection of International Tapas, at the alfresco Chill Bar. Alternatively, Velassaru private dining allows guests to eat from their own menu in a location of their choosing. Why not lunch for two on your own desert island for the most romantic day imaginable? Guests are likely to round off their evening in the chic setting of the spectacular beachfront bar of Fen. With cocktails to live music and the Maldivian sunset, Fen is the signature Velassaru experience. For those seeking total relaxation, The Spa at Velassaru is an experience not to be missed. One of the most beautiful over water spas in the Maldives, its ten treatment rooms, pool and yoga pavilion are all set on stilts over the clear blue lagoon allowing uninterrupted ocean views. The Spa offer guests signature treatments and rituals that are created to provide an authentic healing experience in the essence of Maldives. All treatments are done with locally sourced natural ingredients, like Virgin Coconut Oil rich with Vitamin E that complement the beauty of the island. The resort provides many opportunities for those who are a little more active. The beaches themselves vary from the broad and open to the small and secluded and the local waters are perfect for snorkelling or diving. Immersion, the resort dive school offers a full range of PADI courses for divers of all levels. With over 60 reefs teeming with vibrant marine life, guests have ample opportunity to explore the world’s best dive sights.

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An Interview with Michelin Star Chef

Tom Kerridge


anaging two Michelin star pubs, filming for BBC Two’s Top of the Shop, hosting the Pub in the Park tour and appearing at the BBC Good Food Show in just a matter of months seems like an impossibility to many – but for renowned and highly acclaimed chef, Tom Kerridge, this is reality. The Wiltshire-born gastronome reveals what influences his cooking style, how he spends his time out of the kitchen, and the meal that made him truly fall in love with food.

How is your week going so far? The same as every other week, busy, full on and I don’t even know what day it is! You’re coming to Birmingham for the BBC Good Food Show held at the NEC this summer. Are you looking forward to the event? Hugely! The NEC is one of my favourite shows of the year, so many people, so many exhibitors, and such a great vibe! It’s a hugely popular day out. Why do you think the BBC Good Food Show works so well in the West Midlands? The location is fantastic so people can travel from all over the country and also the facilities are first rate – cafes, bars and access for parking, all make a big different to a great day out. When you’re not presenting your Big Kitchen session, are you going to be heading anywhere in particular at the show? Yes, I love to see as many things as possible, whether it is new pots and pans or knives, or interesting food suppliers. There are so many great things to see out there and to network with all these guys that give their heart and soul into everything they do, is a great way to spend a day. Your new show, Top of the Shop has also just started its first series on BBC Two – and it’s fab! How did you first become involved with the show? The BBC asked if I would like to present a show that represented small scale artisan producers, the kind of guys that exhibit at the BBC Good Food Show. It was a no brainer, they showcase their passion and are great to be around.

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What was your favourite part about working with amateur artisans and helping to promote their produce in Yorkshire? Actually, their passion and understanding for products is great, so even though they were not necessarily professional, they all had a professional mind-set. It was great to work with, and see people on the start of their journey, and hopefully the show has helped them kick onto the future. Why do you feel it is important to support local businesses? I’m a local business! Aren’t we all local businesses? You set up somewhere hoping to do well, you need the support of a community around you to be able to grow to a larger market, and the most important thing is to not forget the people who helped you in the first place as your key customer base. It brings revenue, jobs and enthusiasm to the local communities which is great. Have any particular entrepreneurs stood out for you? Anybody who has a go themselves deserves a break; they are all taking a risk on themselves which shows a huge amount of bravery and I have a massive amount of respect for them. How have you found working alongside your fabulous fellow judges Nisha and Alison? They are amazing! Nisha is an amazing businesswoman and restaurateur and Alison’s knowledge is second to none, not just about the industry but about life, she is an incredibly wise woman.

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Your pub, the fabulous two Michelin-starred ‘The Hand and Flowers’, is described lovingly as “a proper pub with proper food”. Was it always your intention to create down-toearth, unpretentious dishes? Yes, my idea was to ensure that great food was accessible to everybody where everyone felt welcome and understands the menu, with food items on it that they all recognise. For me, it has always been able accessibility of dishes, food and making everyone feel comfortable. Where do you find inspiration for your recipes? All around. As chefs we are hugely influenced by season, but also by history, provenance and new product ideas that come from suppliers, fish mongers, butchers etc. Can you remember the first meal that made you fall in love with food? There is a huge amount of influence of all the food that I cook. I have always been a huge lover of food but I think you have many childhood memories. A corned beef sandwich with crusty bread whilst watching the Pink Panther on a Saturday evening was a bit of a routine. Food for me is also something that is associated with a great time. Where does your passion for cooking originally stem from? I actually feel in love with the industry first before cooking, I loved the lifestyle, the late nights, the slightly left field way of looking at life. The harder you work, the better the kitchens, the better life was, suited me down to the ground. You’ve often spoken about the importance of using high quality, fresh produce. How do you ensure your dishes are packed full of flavour every time? An understanding of process and ingredient is really important. You also offer a new venture for your customers - private dinners hosted by Michelin starred chefs. How did this initiative first come about? We have guest nights in our private dining room with guest chefs coming from all over and visiting us. When you’re not in the kitchen or hosting for the BBC, what can you be found doing? I spend any spare time that I have with my two-and-a-half year old son watching racing cars or football. Finally, what’s your absolute, all-time favourite meal? The meal you would ask for if it was the last thing you could ever eat? Fish and chips and a can of lilt! Watch Tom live in action at the BBC Good Food Show this June. Check out the full line up at the Big Kitchen online at

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Brighten Up Your Home

With Statement


Inject life into your interiors with these extraordinary lighting pieces. Try unique shades, bright cables, exposed bulbs and modern twists to old classics.




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Shirley Aquatics

Experience the Difference

Experts in fish keeping since 1939 Specialists in unique aquariums, pond supplies & water features What We Do Shirley Aquatics is a family run business that has been at the forefront of the aquatic and reptile industry for nearly 80 years. Their custom built facility at Becketts farm, Wythall is the brainchild of father and son, John and Richard Cook. “A lot of hard work has gone into our new centre, and whilst we still have a lot of potential for future development the store is fully operational and looking incredible.” - Richard Cook.

Pond and Aquarium advice Interest free credit Amazing aquarium showroom

be believed. Some of the country’s best Koi carp and pond fish held in custom made tanks all with amazing viewing panels to make your selection even easier. Their pride and joy, a 95cm Yamabuki Ogon (a pure gold koi carp) is held in the main 60,000 litre pond and she can be yours for only £12,000! Stocking a range of reptiles, tropical fish, aquatic plants and the latest marine equipment, Shirley Aquatics can cater for all of your reptile or fish keeping needs. Aquariums & accessories Ponds, pumps, filters, food and treatments Reptiles and everything they need Koi, goldfish, sturgeon and more Tropicals, marine fish (including Nemos!) Goods available instore or online

Managing Director Richard Cook is incredibly proud of the new centre and all the work the team have put in. “We pride ourselves on delivering excellent customer service and ensure we provide the best advice possible for each individual client. At Shirley Aquatics, we hope to grow a lasting relationship with all of our visitors through a shared passion for every aspect of the hobby”.

The Shirley Aquatics Experience Whether you’re looking for a new water feature for your garden, a state of the art marine aquarium, some goldfish for your pond, or professional guidance on how to house a tortoise, they have it all! The New Shirley Aquatics facility has one of the country’s best aquarium showrooms; a tropical fish house with thousands of tropical fish, marine fish, corals and invertebrates; thousands of products to suit every need; a one of a kind reptile room; a cold-water section packed with koi and cold-water fish from Israel and Japan; an aquatic plant and water feature courtyard… oh, and Wythall’s very own shark tank!

Hundreds of plants for ponds, bog gardens and patio features Our Brand New Koi Pond - Now Open Shirley Aquatics has always been the place to go for Koi and pond fish but the new cold water department has to be seen to

Our new outdoor space stocks a huge range of pond plants, water features and waterfalls designed to make any garden look spectacular!

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Gardeners’ World Live

Gardeners’ World Live In conjunction with the BBC Good Food Show, BBC Two’s Gardeners’ World Live will return to the NEC this summer. The Gardeners’ World line-up features lead presenter Monty Don plus copresenters Carol Klein, Adam Frost and new to the Show this year, Mark Lane and Arit Anderson. Fellow television personality Alan Titchmarsh also joins the team on Friday. Visitors will find inspirational Show Gardens and a range of products for the garden. The special Made in Birmingham garden pays tribute to the city, and will feature a railway embankment plot with allotment, wildflower meadow and a working steam engine with Pullman Dining

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carriage! Need advice on how to deal with soil types or shady areas? The Wyevale Garden Centres Solutions Garden will display stunning best practice ways to deal with these common issues. Demonstrating how small changes can make big differences, the Tesco Every Little Helps Garden will offer visitors inspiration, whilst the Beautiful Borders plot gives attendees small space ideas. The Floral Marquee and Plant Village is a haven for plant lovers with over 100 dedicated places to buy quality plants, seeds and bulbs.

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Diarmuid Gavin In Conversation: Diarmuid Gavin “I feel each design needs elements that are delightful, surprising and magical. It’s the mix of all this which sums up my gardening philosophy.” You’ll be sharing expert advice with thousands of attendees at BBC Gardeners’ World Live this June. Why do you love participating in this event? You get to meet a lot of passionate people either those who have created gardens and displays, or visitors to the show who love discovering new plants and seeing old favourites. So everyone at the event is united with a common interest. There’s inspiration and insight for all levels of gardener there.

What emerging and popular garden design trends have you noticed within the last year? In terms of planting, vertical growth has become mainstream, especially in cities. Vegetable and fruit growing are becoming a standard requirement, even in the smallest of spaces. Also, the value of large specimen plants to create an instant effect and some maturity to enhance smaller planting is being acknowledged by clients. Clients are becoming aware of pests and diseases, which are attacking buxus, olives and palm trees at home or abroad and are asking questions of suppliers, which has shifted that particular culture. And finally, the incorporation of storage into the smallest spaces is becoming more inventive, because everyone needs more storage!

understand the magic and see how the essence of it can be manifested outside.

You’ve designed gardens all over the world – what are the demands and challenges you’re faced with when creating gardens in different countries with varying climates? In China, I can work in the north of the country at the Changbai Mountains where the ground is frozen for six months of the year; or in the south near Shanghai where the climate is tropical. These of course require completely different plants to what we use here, so it’s important to know as much as you can about what you’re planting. Understanding the local skill base is also important – it’s always worth checking “Can what I have designed actually be built?”

gardening in, what the aspect of the plot is (where the sun is at various times of the day) and the wonderful world of plants which are available to us gardeners. Then it’s time to add your own flair, the elements that only you could bring to garden creation. Diarmuid Gavin will be sharing expert advice, and judging the Young Landscapers Award at BBC Gardeners’ World Live at NEC, 14 – 17 June. Tickets to the show gain you access to both BBC Gardeners’ World Live and BBC Good Food Show, and can be purchased at

Finally, if you had one piece of advice for a budding horticulturalist (if you pardon the pun!), what would it be? Understand the basics before you get creative. You need to know soil type, performance and how to condition it to get the best out of it, the climate you are

What’s your first memory of gardening? Building a rockery underneath a Hawthorn tree at the bottom of our garden with my parents is right up there. Planting it with sunloving alpines such as saxifrage and dwarf campanulas, despite the huge shade created by the tree, was to be my first lesson in choosing the right plant for the right space!

How do you add humour and eccentricity into your creations? I take inspiration from popular culture; illustrations by Heath Robinson or movies such as Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory tend to remain with me, and I try to

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Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Moseley Park, Birmingham - 6 – 8 July 2018 Family friendly festival playing host to international legends alongside the latest contemporary breakthrough artists from the world of Jazz Funk & Soul. Taking place annually in Moseley Park, Birmingham. This year sees Disco divas Sister Sledge headlining the main stage – check out our interview with the Sledge girls online! Moseley Park is a stunning 11-acre woodland glade in the heart of Moseley Village, only 2 miles from the centre of Birmingham but is a world away from city life. Food and drink can be as important as the line-up at any festival. Therefore, Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul always bring international gourmet flavours made fresh for festival-attendees.

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Lunar Festival Umberslade Farm Park - Tanworth in Arden (close to Solihull) - 27 – 29 July 2018 Lunar is a music and arts festival set on the beautiful Umberslade Farm Park in the rolling hills of north Warwickshire. Committed to staying small but thinking big, Lunar has families and music lovers at its heart. Lunar is planning to shake things up a little with some higher profile artists, awesome new venues, inspiring exhibitions, thoughtful installations, uplifting processions, plus much more whilst keeping true to the Lunar spirit of years gone by! Enjoy Lunar’s new 7 Elements - Listen, Learn, Move, Create, Taste, Relax and Laugh – which all add up to an incredible festival experience. These elements cover everything that’s going on at Lunar from our line-up of bands and workshops to our food, bars, nightclubs and more.

MADE Festival Perry Park, Birmingham - 28 July 2018 - #5YEARSOFMADE Following 4 years of consecutively sold out events, MADE Festival returns in 2018 with its most impressive line up to date! The West Midlands’ best loved music festival brings over 40 internationally acclaimed acts and performers as well as three massive, music partners to this summer’s musical programme. The MADE Stage will see a host of popular live acts and DJs, whilst the 02:31 Stage welcomes an exciting mixture of Bassline, House, Garage and Grime - sure to bring smiles to the party people of Birmingham. MADE Festival has consistently showcased boundary-pushing music in all its guises. The independent festival, brought to you by Weird Science, promises to deliver an amazing offering of music, performance arts, graffiti art and award-winning street food vendors that celebrate the abundance of creative culture that exists within Birmingham.

Birmingham International Dance Festival Various Venues - 1 – 24 June 2018 BIDF is an award-winning biennial festival presenting a vibrant programme of international dance in venues and public spaces across Birmingham; creates distinctive new work; builds audiences; and engages communities in stimulating participatory activity. BIDF is unique in its variety of programming areas, from the bold and exciting outdoor and theatre programme,to stimulating debates for arts professionals. Produced by DanceXchange, festival aims to connect people with great dance, creating a vital space for artistic dialogue and exchange, and promoting Birmingham as a global dance city.

Solihull Summer Fest Tudor Grange Park, Solihull - 25 – 26 August 2018 The Solihull Summer Fest returns to Tudor Grange Park on August Bank Holiday weekend 2018 for its third year running. A two-day event offering the people of Solihull the opportunity to experience the fun and excitement of a festival within their own town. Welcoming all ages, each day will run from 12 midday until 10pm with live music, a great range of street food vendors, bars, children’s entertainment and an exclusive VIP area. All ticket profits will be donated to Help Harry Help Others, a local cancer support charity.

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MUSIC Demi Lovato

Arena Birmingham, 12 June 2018 Global superstar Demi Lovato will bring her ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ world tour to the UK this June. Named after her acclaimed sixth studio album, the tour is currently playing to sold-out arenas across the US. The GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum singer and songwriter released her sixth studio album ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ last year, with lead single ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ quickly being certified double-platinum.

Katy Perry

Arena Birmingham, 18 June 2018 The ‘Witness’ tour is Katy’s first run since the soldout, 151-date Prismatic World Tour, which concluded in 2015 and was hailed by Rolling Stone as “a show to damage retinas and blow minds.” The ‘Witness’ album and tour is the second recent major announcement from Katy Perry, with the ‘Bon Appétit’ video dropping late last week. In her 10 years with Capitol, she has racked up a cumulative 18+ billion streams alongside worldwide sales of more than 40+ million adjusted albums and 125+ million tracks.

Justin Timberlake

Arena Birmingham, 27 – 28 June 2018 Due to phenomenal demand, Justin Timberlake has added an extra Birmingham date to his ‘The Man of the Woods’ tour! Following the release of his highly anticipated album and his epic Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show performance, Justin Timberlake has announced his return to Birmingham. Timberlake’s last tour was the critically acclaimed ‘The 20/20 Experience World Tour’, which sold out arenas and stadiums around the globe in 2013 and 2014.

Billy Idol

Jay Z & Beyoncé

Rock Icon Billy Idol is returning to the UK in the summer for a string of headline shows - his first in over three years. The star will work through a collection of his favourite hits from across his highly acclaimed albums; so don’t miss your chance to witness such an influential artist in action.

The world-famous musical legends are joining forces for the newly announced ‘OTR II’ stadium tour. Kicking off in Cardiff, UK, the international outing will stop in 15 cities across the UK and Europe and 21 cities in North America. Live Nation Global Touring presents the tour in association with Parkwood Entertainment and Roc Nation.

O2 Academy Birmingham, 21 June 2018

London Stadium, 15 & 16 June 2018

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Iron Maiden

Genting Arena, Birmingham, 7 August 2018


Twickenham Stadium, London, 15 July 2018 Following the release of his global chart topping album Revival, fifteen-time GRAMMY award winner, MTV EMA Best Hip-Hop recipient and biggest selling rapper of all time, Eminem has announced his Revival Tour will hit London’s Twickenham Stadium in summer. The shows will be Eminem’s first live performance in the UK since his incredible headline slot of the Reading and Leeds Festival last year. In 2014, Eminem became the first rapper to sell out Wembley Stadium. The show sold out immediately leading to second date, which also sold out. Eminem has been called one of the greatest MCs of any generation. His recently released album, ‘Revival’, hit #1 becoming his eighth consecutive #1 album in the UK – it equals a record set by Led Zeppelin and Abba.

50 Cent

Arena Birmingham, 15 September 2018 Hip Hop Superstar 50 Cent celebrates the 15th Anniversary of his debut album ‘Get Rich Or Die Tryin’’ with a 3-date arena tour of the UK in September. The record that took him from the streets to the top of the charts after being discovered by Eminem and Dr Dre. ‘Get Rich Or Die Tryin' spawned a slew of hit singles including the platinum smash ‘In Da Club’, ‘P.I.M.P’ and ‘21 Questions’. The album produced by Eminem and Dr Dre inspired the successful biopic of the same name and kicked off one of the biggest careers in Hip Hop. Over 10 million copies sold worldwide, with 6 x Platinum and multiple GRAMMY awards. With further hits like ‘Candy Shop’, ‘Ayo Technology’, ‘My Life’, ‘Outta Control’ and many more, 50 Cent’s explosive show is one not to be missed.

Following the massively successful global tour of 2016-17 in support of their 16th studio album 'The Book Of Souls,' Iron Maiden will take to the road again in 2018 with the ‘Legacy Of The Beast World Tour’. The concept for the ‘Legacy Of The Beast World Tour’ was inspired by Maiden’s mobile game and comic book of the same name, and the stage set design will feature a number of different but interlocking worlds with a set list covering a large selection of 80s material with a handful of surprises from later albums to add diversity. Pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Iron Maiden achieved initial success during the early 1980s. The band's discography has grown to 38 albums, including 16 studio albums, 11 live albums, four EPs, and 7 compilations.

Biffy Clyro

Birmingham Symphony Hall, 19 September 2018 Although their live shows are best known for carrying an electrifying and explosive energy, Biffy Clyro have often demonstrated that their songs possess an added poignancy when stripped back to their essence. Catch the live acoustic performance by Biffy Clyro this September. The band has now announced details of their first acoustic album, ‘MTV Unplugged: Live At Roundhouse London’. Recorded at London’s famous Roundhouse venue on November last year, the set represented the UK relaunch of the iconic ‘MTV Unplugged’ series. Biffy Clyro follow in the footsteps of influential rock bands that have previously performed as part of the series, notably Nirvana, Oasis, Pearl Jam, R.E.M. and George Michael.

Lenny Kravitz Arena Birmingham, 20 June 2018

Lenny Kravitz has announced an upcoming 2018 summer UK tour, and is set to perform at Arena Birmingham this month. In addition to the tour, Kravitz is also gearing up to announce new music coming soon! Lenny Kravitz has transcended genre, style, race and class over the course of a 20-year musical career. Revelling in the soul, rock and funk influences of the '60s and '70s, this writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist has won four consecutive GRAMMY Awards, as well as setting a record for the most wins in the “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” category. This will be Kravitz’s first time in the UK since 2015 and it is set to be an irresistible show!

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Jason Manford Muddle Class Arena Birmingham 20 July 2018

Kevin Bridges

Brand New Birmingham Hippodrome 19 - 22 September 2018 Scotland’s biggest comedy export, Kevin Bridges, is back with his hotly anticipated 2018 tour: Brand New. Bridges broke box office records when his 2015 tour A Whole Different Story went on sale at the end of 2014, winning awards from Ticketmaster and Ents24 for the Fastest Selling Ticket of the year. The tour saw him sell over 500,000 tickets across 145 dates, including an incredible 16 nights at The Hydro in Glasgow. The Hydro was the perfect place for him to record his most recent DVD, which went onto sell over 300,000 copies; his biggest selling DVD. Now Kevin embarks on his biggest tour to date.

Joe Lycett

I'm About To Lose Control And I Think Joe Lycett Birmingham Symphony Hall 12 & 27 November 2018

He’s back! It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show, but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. 'Muddle Class' promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become ‘middle class’ - causing much confusion! Delivered with Jason’s amiable charm and captivating wit, this is a show not to be missed.

Pop in and see Joe Lycett on his brand new stand-up tour, where he’ll be sharing jokes, paintings and some of the pathetic internet trolling he’s been up to recently. As seen on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, QIand The Royal Variety Performance.

Caitlin Moran

How To Be Famous Birmingham Town Hall 28 June 2018

Bianca Del Rio

Chris Ramsey

After last year’s sell-out UK tour and sold out shows worldwide, Bianca Del Rio brings her brand-new comedy show to Birmingham. The self-proclaimed “clown in a gown” and RuPaul’s Drag Race winner is back and Blame It On Bianca Del Rio promises to be more tongue-lashingly hilarious than ever!

Critically acclaimed and award winning stand up comedian, host of his own TV entertainment show and stand up show on Comedy Central, Celebrity Juice regular and the only person to ever put Katie Hopkins in her place; Chris Ramsey brings his brand new 2018 live tour to Birmingham. It sold out last time so snap tickets up as soon as you can!

Blame It On Bianca Del Rio Birmingham Symphony Hall 30 July 2018

Glee Club Birmingham Show 1 & 2 Just Happy To Get Out The House 1 July 2018

As there’s no Glastonbury this year, here’s an excuse to dress up, gather together with like-minded people and laugh your head off on cider and have deep discussions about how to change the world in the best possible way. Caitlin Moran is going to be talking about who the best famous people are and how to deal with it when they’re ‘problematic’; the video to Charlie XCX’s Boys; why the stone Rihanna keeps gaining and losing is awesome and normal; why ‘bad boys’ have had their day; and why we’re on the verge of a Lady Revolution. Let’s DO THIS! A copy of Caitlin Moran’s new book How To Be Famous is included with every ticket.

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Alex Dudley reviews the new Netflix Original drama, The Alienist.

The new Netflix crime drama based in New York in the 1890s follows a psychopathic serial killer who targets young children. The Alienist is based on a book by Caleb Carr of the same name. Daniel Bruhl plays Dr Laszlo Kreisler, (The Alienist) who looks into the psychological behaviour of an individual with unusual traits in their personality. Kreisler, a criminal psychologist commissioned to investigate the crimes, focuses closely on a series of gruesome murders in an attempt to track down the person capable of committing such atrocities. The task at hand proves difficult for Kreisler and his team, who are faced with dealing with corrupt members of the police department withholding key information, which if accessed, could speed up the entire processes. With vital evidence concealed, developments in the case seem to ground to a halt. The only members of the police department that don't seem to be affected by corruption are the commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt (Brian Geraghty) and his receptionist Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning). The team in charge of resolving the case of the murders headed by Kreisler consists of John Moore (Luke Evans), Sara Howard and Marcus and Lucius Isaacson (Douglas Smith, Matthew Shear). The group attempt to find clues and thoroughly examine the crime scene, in the hope of finding something that will lead them to the murderer or perhaps the location of the next murder spot. This gripping dark drama is well worth a watch for fans of crime dramas, as it combines both enticing suspense-filled scenes with historical facts. But, The Alienist is certainly not for the faint-hearted, as some scenes are very grotesque (especially considering most of the murder scenes involve children). The plot takes every turn imaginable, apparently in attempts to leave viewers confused yet enthralled. Every time Kreisler and his team get close to revealing the truth new pieces of information are found that completely overthrow all existing theories, making it seem as if the pursuers are years away from finding the mystery man.

The show has received mainly positive responses, and has recently been nominated for Best Action/Thriller Award at the annual Saturn Awards in the Television Series Category alongside Fargo, Riverdale and Better Call Saul. The Alienist makes for excellent watching, and given the fact there is only one season consisting of ten episodes, is pretty easy to get hooked on. Highly recommended for viewers with thick skins and a soft spot for intense crime-solving drama.

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I was checking this girl next door When her parents went out She phoned said, "hey boy, come on right around" So I knock at the door You was standin' with a bottle of red wine, ready to pour Dressed in long black satin and lace to the floor

1. What are the names of the Duke Of York`s two children? 2. To which European country does Greenland belong? 3. In which film did Al Pacino play the character of Tony Montana? 4. Who was the first footballer to score 100 goals in the English Premiership? 5. What was the name of the cowboy in the film `Toy Story`? 6. What is the capital of the American state of Arizona? 7. Who plays Samantha in the TV series `Sex And The City`? 8. Who played the title role in the 2002 film `Spiderman`? 9. Which band did singer Louise leave to go solo? 10. Which fruit is the only one to grow seeds on the outside? Answers on page 56

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Quiz Answers. 1. Beatrice and Eugenie 2. Denmark 3. `Scarface` 4. Alan Shearer 5. Woody 6. Phoenix 7. Kim Cattrall 8. Tobey Maguire 9. Eternal 10. Strawberry


Little People, Big Dreams Series Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Eng Gee Fan £9.99 each

Inspire your little ones with the wonderful book series ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ available from the National Theatre Bookshop. Introduce children to women who changed the world with their groundbreaking ideas and actions. Packed full of quirky, fun illustrations and engaging stories that follow the journeys of inspiring women that have made an impact. Teach children the stories of Marie Curie’s life-saving work, Rosa Parks’ invaluable activism and Coco Chanel’s daring and boundary-pushing creative style. Celebrate revolutionary women with this must-have series to encourage the next generation of leaders!

balance eat well thestudio £7.50

Having served up award-winning, delicious meals for over a decade, thestudio has partnered with registered charity Nutrition & Diet Resources UK to bring readers a brand new cookbook. With all proceeds from sales going towards the not-for-profit organisation, ‘balance’ helps readers to make a significant change to their lifestyle and diet, whilst also contributing to providing resources for health care professionals. Find wholesome, nutritious recipes to try at home, as well as vegan, meat free, dairy free and gluten free alternatives in this practical and easy-to-follow guide to healthy eating. Split into six sections, ‘balance’ provides excellent recipes that make the most of the seasons’ produce.

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The Social Climber’s Handbook: A Shameless Guide Nimrod Kamer £6.99

Full of satirical jest and sharp observations, The Social Climber’s Handbook brings readers a strange new perspective – a book that is as every bit eccentric as its author. With social media screenshot illustrations, matched with an overall tone of sarcasm and humour, Kamer’s book investigates the world of celebrities and politics in a refreshing light. The Handbook offers readers advice on how to climb to the top of the social hierarchy, whilst looking at the many awkward experiences Kamer has thrown himself into to make a point. The book is described as “transforming traditional journalism into a highly subversive form of performance art and political comment” – something it most certainly does in a modern and very relevant way.

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Food Medic For Life

“Easy recipes to help you live well every day”


ollowing her hugely successful literature debut, ‘The Food Medic’, Dr Hazel Wallace returns with a new book on how to fully appreciate the health benefits and energy food provides us. Your new book ‘The Food Medic For Life’ was released in April this year, and is your second publication following your highly successful debut book, ‘The Food Medic’. What can we expect from your new title? As a doctor, a personal trainer, and a huge foodie, food is important to me on so many levels, and I fully appreciate its value in terms of the energy it provides and the health benefits it offers us. However, food may be fuel – but it is so much more! To reflect the pattern of our busy lives, this book is split into two sections. The first section, Fuel Up, is designed to suit the hectic, busy days in your life where you need quick and easy recipes that will give you the fuel that you need to power through the working week, without spending hours in the kitchen. For example: breakfast-on-the-go, fork-free-lunches, energy-boosting snacks, and batch-cook dinners. This will help you cut down time in the kitchen so that you can spend your evenings unwinding after work and resting for the day ahead. The second section of the book, Power Down, is designed for the weekends, days off, and holidays when you have a little more time to enjoy and rediscover a love of food. Here you will find lazy brunches, comforting family dinners, traditional breads, celebratory cakes and teatime treats. In addition to the recipes, I also have feature pages scattered throughout the book on topics such as meal prep hacks, vegetarian and vegan diets, IBS and gut health, sleep and mindfulness. As a practising doctor, self-confessed foodie and personal trainer, do your recipes cater for busy lifestyles? The Fuel Up recipe section was inspired by my own life. I rarely have time to spend hours in

the kitchen, so I’ve picked up my own time-saving hacks when it comes to eating well when you’re busy, and I want to pass on that advice through this book. The recipes are short, simple, and made with ingredients you probably have at home already or can easily pick up in your nearest supermarket. You’ve spoken before about wanting to dispel the ‘detox myth’. How does your book give realistic, healthy advice for readers? The term detox is just one example of how clever marketing has abused a scientific term and taken it out of context. Our body has its own inbuilt detox system - our liver, kidneys, lungs, skin, and bowel! There is so much nonsense on the internet and I wrote my book to dispel those myths and share evidence-based advice on how we can eat for better health. You’ll be appearing at the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham this summer. What about the event are you most looking forward to? I just love being surrounded by great chefs and people who love food! It is one of my favourite events of the year. I also love browsing around the new kitchen gadgets and sampling the food of course. Dr Hazel Wallace will be taking part in a live cooking demonstration at the BBC Good Food Show on Friday 15th June. For more information, visit ‘THE FOOD MEDIC FOR LIFE: Easy recipes to help you live well every day’ by Dr Hazel Wallace is available now (Yellow Kite, £20) @thefoodmedic Image credits: Ellis Parrinder

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EventsG uide

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

Saturday Night social Dance Graham & Denise Darby present a Saturday Night social Dance, supporting the Midlands Air Ambulance & Prostate Cancer at Fairfield Village Hall, Fairfield, Nr Bromsgrove on Saturday 21st July. 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

Solihull Carnival Tudor Grange Park, B91 3LU 12.00pm to 5.00pm This years carnival is set for Sat 9th June 2018, Tudor Grange Park from 11am. Celebrate the Carnival with the Solihull Lions! Entertainment includes Bob Wilson’s Funfair (on site from Thursday 7 June), a BMX display, dog agility as well as plenty of other attractions and stalls to enjoy. Free entry - charity donations welcome. For more information, contact

Veteran’s memory walk for Dementia Action Week To celebrate Dementia Action Week (21-27 May), staff at The Royal Star & Garter Homes in Solihull organised a memory walk in Baddesley Clinton for the residents living with dementia at the Home. It was a wonderful event that was enjoyed by everyone who attended. Residents and staff from The Royal Star & Garter Homes in Solihull enjoyed a memory walk in Baddesley Clinton to celebrate Dementia Action Week. The route through the National Trust owned estate took residents through gardens abloom with bluebells,

daffodils and other beautiful spring flowers. The Charity’s driver, Roger, commented, “Nature can be such a calming and powerful stimulus for residents, it brings back memories of outings and family summer fun. Everyone’s had such a lovely day, and it brings a smile to my face to see residents in such well-being.”

Emily Maguire Fundraising Folk Concert Avoncroft Museum, Sunday 24th June, 7.30pm. Tickets £15 – no booking fee Bring a picnic and explore the beautiful museum grounds from 5.30pm before enjoying this wonderful concert in our Guesten Hall. To book please call 01527 831363

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

Pottery Painting for All Adult Workshops once a month on a Thursday Evening in Henley–inArden. and a Wednesday Morning in Studley. Everyone welcome, no experience necessary. Booking required. Family Pottery Painting Sessions May half-term: Monday 28th May 2.00-3.30pm at Dorridge Village Hall Wednesday 30th May 10.3012noon at Amelia's Creative Crafts, Studley. and Thursday 31st May 2.00-3.30pm at The Hub, Henleyin-Arden. Pottery painting parties in your own home all year round. Contact Rosie on 07518 178736, or email

Donkey Derby 16 Jun 2018. Shirley Park, B90 3AL - 12.00pm to 4.30pm. Help Shirley Round Table to raise money for charity by supporting the everpopular Donkey Derby event. This event has it all – donkey races, entertainment for all ages, children’s rides, sideshows and

stalls. £2.00 per person (free for children under 10). Come along and join in the fun - for more information, contact:

Shirley Carnival Sat 7th July 2018. Shirley Park, B90 3AL - 12.00pm to 4.30pm This popular annual event returns to Shirley Park, offering a variety of stalls to attract all ages and a full programme of arena entertainment. Come and support the carnival - all proceeds go to good causes. Rides and catering are also available on site. Entrance is £1.00 per person. For more information, visit or ring 0845 833 9547.

Warwickshire Watercolourists Art Exhibition 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

Alcester Male Voice Choir Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at the Royal British Legion, Union Road, Solihull at 7:15pm. We are a group of friendly ladies of different ages who like to laugh and talk a lot. We have a full and inviting programme with interesting speakers each month plus outings, theatre trips, social and craft afternoons and a lunch club. Come along and see for yourself - you will be made very welcome. For more information call Carol 0121 705 0874.

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

The Thursday Club a knitting club based in Henley in Arden, runs every Thursday from 10-12 - open to both men and women. Contact Peter Crathorne on 07974 573582 for more information or to arrange transport. For details about the knitting email Annie Davies at

HENLEY FLOWER CLUB We meet at 7.30 each month at Henley Baptist Hall Visitors £6.00. Next Meeting April 10th 'Through The Garden Arch' by Susan Smithson

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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.

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

Baby First Aid "Would you know what to do in an emergency with your Baby? The NCT have teamed up with the British Red Cross to train family members in Baby First Aid. For more information and to sign up, and also for information on all our other events including our famous Nearly New Sales, please visit solihull-s-birmingham or email FirstAid.SolihullAndSouthBirmingham"

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. Mon : 9.30-10.30am. Thurs : 7-8pm. St. John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, Henley in Arden. £6 per session. No booking required. Please bring a workout mat. Email :

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

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Tour de France Alex Dudley takes a look at this year’s cycling event. The mother of all cycling races kicks off 7 July. A superhuman effort is needed by all competitors to make it through the event, never mind to come out on top. Sometimes the competition's reputation is somewhat cloudy and not without controversy. Currently, cycling organisations from around the world are trying to clean up the sport for good and eradicate any past mistakes they have made.

Team Sky. Porte will be looking to improve on last year’s finish in fifth place. If it weren’t for an unfortunate technical issue at Stage 2 in the last race, Porte would have been much closer to the leaders.

Recently, the Tour de France 2018 motto: 'When the past inspires the present' has come under scrutiny. Criticisms of the motto have accused officials of trying to highlight the past achievements of individuals, some of which have since been revoked.

Colombian Nairo Quintana is the other obvious contender for the yellow jersey. The ability that Quintana has to climb at such speed is an ideal quality for any potential Tour winner. He will be looking to improve on two second-place finishes in the past five years; and he is more than capable.

Only eleven tour winners since 1961 have tested negative on drug testing, meaning that an equated 30 years of races now have no winners. The most notable drug-using race winners include three-time winner Alberto Contador and most famously, seven-time winner, Lance Armstrong.

The gruelling race kicks off at Fontenay-Le-Comte with a mere 201km flat road race, and this is just the warm up. A further 3,144,5km and 20 stages follow this, before the race reaches its gripping conclusion, as the winner will be crowned overlooking the Eiffel Tower in Paris on 29 July.

British rider and current reigning champion, Chris Froome, has been in the headlines for this very reason. Froome tested positive for having double the dose of Salbutomol as prescribed; a drug used to combat the effects of Asthma.

You can watch every twist and turn of the sporting spectacle on Eurosport and ITV4 throughout July.

The testing and the leaking of the results have been widely rejected by his fellow cyclists and Team Sky. David Brailsford who is the General Manager at Team Sky has publically declared that he believes Froome has done nothing wrong and feels it was a cruel witch-hunt created by the national media to damage Froome’s reputation as Britain's best ever cyclist. Froome will go into the Tour as the over-riding favourite to win the whole race. If he were to complete his quest to win the yellow jersey for the fourth time in a row, he would equal the record for the most-ever Tour de France wins - matching the five wins that Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain have. There would be two main competitors looking to stop Froome’s win from happening. The first of them is Australian hopeful Richie Porte - the former teammate of Froome at Cornfield Magazine | 61

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BodyPower Expo Pushing the Boundaries of the Body’s Power The annual BodyPower Expo held at the NEC last month was once again a resounding success. As the biggest indoor fitness expo in the world, the event brings together the leading brands in the health and fitness industry.




Last month’s Vegas-themed event marked 10 years of BodyPower! The brand and event aims to entertain, inspire and motivate thousands of visitors every year, showing dedication and determination to be the best they can possibly be. Once again, the team at Cornfield were very impressed with the line-up of incredible worldrenowned athletes and industry leading exhibitors, who showcased the latest clothing and supplements available on the market, and gave top nutritional tips.



The UK’s number one fitness show! As a global fitness media brand, it’s unsurprising the BodyPower Expo brings together a completely diverse gathering of health and fitness professionals, feature areas and exciting competitions. Without a doubt, there is always something there for everyone.


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Jaguar E-Pace SUV The E-Pace is diminutive when compared with the F-Pace, and it doesn’t look much like it. It has more in common with the Range Rover Evoque, because it uses the same chassis. There are other Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) models rolled into the mix, too. The new SUV’s headlights are reminiscent of the two-seater Jaguar FType, possibly hinting at the athletic potential of the E-Pace. There are two petrols and three diesels on offer. I drove the most potent diesel, the D240 twin-turbo. As the numbers in its name suggest, the SUV churns out 240PS, and it’s fitted with an automatic transmission and four-wheel drive only. There are a couple of model line-ups: regular and R-Dynamic; the latter of which gets twin tailpipes, front fog-lights and body-coloured door cladding. Then there are four trim levels within each range. I drove the ‘S’ trim in R-Dynamic form, which boasts fat alloys, navigation, electrically-adjustable front seats and leather upholstery. Behind the wheel, the E-Pace isn’t mindblowing, but it’s very good - as far as small SUVs go. The car’s steering weights up well at speed and the baby Jaguar feels planted, inspiring some confidence in corners. Zero to 62mph is achieved in 7.4 seconds and the top speed is 139mph. Unsurprisingly, I found myself enjoying lacing the E-Pace down Corsican roads; perhaps even more so than if I’d been at the tiller of a Germanmade machine. The jewel in the E-Pace’s crown is undoubtedly its ride quality. The car feels refined on every road surface, behaving better than an SUV has any entitlement to, even at a snail’s pace. Potholes are soaked up so well that there are times when you wonder if the Jaguar has metamorphized into a hovercraft. The D240 produces just a smidgeon of diesel clatter on start-up, but it soon settles. Give it the beans with your right foot, though, and the oil-burning musical score returns. To be fair, the car’s sound

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insulation masks this most of the time, to the point where you start to question which fuel type the Jaguar drinks. The E-Pace’s ZF nine-speed automatic ‘box changes smoothly, and on the RDynamic, gearshift paddles make things more fun. Rather than staying in ‘auto’ mode, you can dance through the cogs yourself using the shifters behind the steering wheel. The cabin is a lovely place to spend time. It’s even grin-inducing at times, with neat touches, like the ‘cub’ image in the windscreen frame helping to raise a smile. The general effect is elegant enough, with skilfully placed sections of leather and double stitching to remind you you’re in a quality motor. Only some hunks of dark plastic here and there rain on the parade. Room-wise, you’re laughing in an EPace. The car will sit four-up, no problem, and tall occupants in the back seat won’t have cause to moan about legroom or headroom. There’s plenty of that.

By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Writer

FAST FACTS • Max speed: 139 mph • 0-62 mph: 7.4 secs • Combined mpg: 45.6 • 1,999cc four-cylinder diesel turbo • Max. power (PS): 240 • CO2: 162 g/km • Price: £43,100

The practical side of things continues to the Jaguar’s boot. At 577 litres, it offers more cargo capacity than most other small SUVs. And things become positively van-like with the rear seats folded down. In place of human cargo, there’s 1,234 litres to knock yourself out with.

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Alex Dudley takes a look at tennis’ premier event.

The 132nd Wimbledon tournament returns 2 July, organised by the All England Lawn Tennis Club. It is the most prestigious event in the world of tennis and the only Grand Slam to be played on grass. This year’s event promises to be as exciting as ever, with Britain’s hopes hanging on Andy Murray to win his third Championship. There will also be great anticipation for Britain's Johanna Konta who will be looking to improve on her semi-final exit in last year’s competition. Competitors this year will receive over £28 million in total prize money, a 5% increase of £1.35 million from last year’s winnings. The singles champions (both male and female) will receive £2.4 million. This year will also see the third wheelchair championships. It has been widely accepted by all tennis fans and shows the diversity that the All England Club has. This tournament begins on 12 July, if you have chance to catch a day of this, I would encourage you to see it. The amount of endurance, not to mention skill that these competitors have is phenomenal to watch. For those lucky enough to be heading down to Wimbledon this year, a new exhibition has recently opened entitled ‘Through the Hoops: Croquet at Wimbledon’. The exhibition explores the early history of one of Britain's oldest sports and explains how and why croquet was the original sport of Wimbledon - not tennis! The museum shows the evolution of croquet from the medieval sport to the modern formation of the sport. It's an exhibition that is sure to attract a wide range of fans and all visitors will leave having learnt something new.

The women’s bracket looks just as hard, if not harder to figure out, than the men’s championship. The six-time winner of the championships, Serena Williams, is back, having recently returned to competition after the birth of her child. The other main contenders would be Serena's sister, Venus, and fellow American and 2017 US Open winner, Sloane Stephens. Jo Konta has British hopes on her young shoulders whilst Dane Caroline Wozniacki can't be discounted. There is no clear favourite in the women's bracket of the competition thus far, so it should keep fans on the edge of their seats. I for one am looking forward to this summer’s long festival of sport – and Wimbledon promises to keep the country intrigued in all-things sport following the conclusion of the World Cup in July.

As for this year’s Wimbledon tournament - it offers again to be as unpredictable as ever. Returning champion, Roger Federer, looks at winning his ninth Wimbledon title whilst regular rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are back again. Andy Murray will be looking to do Britain proud again after winning the Championship in 2013 and 2016, and he will be hoping to have a better season this year after his injury last year. Other competitors will include last year’s beaten finalist Marin Čilić, Grigor Dimitrov and young Austrian Dominic Thiem. Cornfield Magazine | 65

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Cornfield Magazine June 2018 Worcestershire Edition  

Our new summer edition includes a very special feature on the BBC Good Food Show and Gardeners’ World Live, coming to the NEC from Thursday...

Cornfield Magazine June 2018 Worcestershire Edition  

Our new summer edition includes a very special feature on the BBC Good Food Show and Gardeners’ World Live, coming to the NEC from Thursday...