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6 BLACK IS BACK We take a look at the winter’s new fashion trends
CLOSE SHAVE The best way to get that smooth look
12 MAN BAGS? There’s bags of info on the latest male accessory
CHEF’S SPECIAL The man bringing French flavours to Cawthorne
22 BOYS’ TOYS Mixing it up with the latest gadgets to hit the streets
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WELCOME TO MOSAIC for MEN Mosaic for Men is the new magazine for inspiring men in Yorkshire. In this issue we take a look at winter's fashions and show you how to be cool while keeping warm. We visit a London shopping street, linked with style since the swinging 60s, and we consider the merits of 'man bags'. Chef Jason Neilson reflects on his time working for fearsome Frenchman, Raymond Blanc. And he tells us how to cook up a winter warmer to impress your mates. Ben Robinson explains the rules of Aussie Rules, we meet a chorister who turns weekend rock-God and ponder what turns middle-aged men in to motorbike maniacs. Enjoy.
G’DAY SPORT It’s not football and it’s not rugby - so what is it?
Adam Civico, assistant editor.
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE GET YOUR COAT 8 STREET STYLE 14 PECS IN ORDER 16 VOICE OF AN ANGEL 24 MAST DEBATE 27 LOVE OF TWO WHEELS 29 Keep warm and look good this winter Capital gain for our man about town From fatty to fitty - John Heaton
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IS THE JAG PURRFECT? Mosaic puts its foot to the floor in the new XJ
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Black is back DEEP, dark colours and understated sophistication are the order of the day this winter - making it easy to look good. Fill your wardrobe with anything in black, grey or white and you'll not go far wrong. But if all that monochrome makes you gloomy it's easy to lighten the mood with a bit of boldness and attention to detail. Inject some bright blocks of colour into your outfit with a scarf to brighten up the bleakest of winter days. Knitted Fair Isle scarves in blue or red should do the trick. If you're after a 'formal' look French Connection has a great collection. Many of their shirts and tops have unexpected features giving them a stylish twist and they won't break the bank. A black ruffle-fronted dress shirt would get plenty of wear over the festive season which - for the brave looks fantastic under a black velvet blazer. Slim-fitting denim is still popular and to maintain the understated look, really should be black or deep indigo. If you're going for a more casual look - or are sick of trying to squeeze into jeans that would fit Kate Moss FCUK's sport-inspired winter range ditches jeans in favour of loose denim combats, or heavy cotton khaki trousers, which look fantastic with white pumps. Granddad shirts are also back in vogue and look great under an old-school cardigan.And Firetrap's designers follow the casual theme and have taken a heavy military influence with chunky army jackets leading the way. Don't forget your scarf to brighten things up and remember ... tassels are back.
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Stay cool: Wrap up warm This season's stylish overcoats are perfect for going out in the cold. From virile double-breasted designs to debonair city-gent tailoring, the look is smooth and sophisticated, with an air of enigma weaved in. Styles range from big wool overcoats to urbane three-quarterlength crombies in smoky greys and charcoal.
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Smoothly does it On average we shave more than 20,000 times. There are six steps to a perfectly smooth chin, as Adam Civico finds out. Shaving is an art-form which sadly all too often we men get wrong. If you don't want your chin to look like the surface of Mars you need proper shaving technique. Here are six useful tips from Sheffield-based razor manufacturer Edwin Jagger Firstly, hot water is essential to every shave - as hair absorbs water it becomes easier to cut. The best time is straight after a shower, or dip a flannel in hot water and use it to steam the face. Then wet a badger hair shaving brush in hot water, apply a small amount of shaving cream to the brush and work up a rich creamy lather. Lather the beard area with the brush using a circular motion to build up a good layer for the razor to glide smoothly. To lather above the top lip, squeeze the brush between thumb and fingers. Using a clean razor, shave in the direction of beard growth without excessive pressure. Start at the sideburns and work down each side of the face toward the chin. Shaving against the growth can cause razor burn. The rash is caused when hair gets pulled in the opposite direction to growth pulling up the skin, the razor takes off the top layer, leaving the skin sore. To shave the area under the nose, push the nose upwards with one finger and below the jaw line shave in the direction of the beard growth only. After shaving rinse the face with cool water and apply shaving lotion. For more visit www. edwinjagger.com
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Is it a folded top hat or a concertina?
Handbag or suitcase?
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Bag 4 Love the strap: Adam Civico with his satchel/ bloke bag
Where’s a bloke to carry stuff? asks Adam Civico
Careful, or I’ll hit you with my manbag… A new look in men’s bags, with bold colours and cartoon-style design, is hitting the stores. Sara Ratcliffe’s collection includes big travelling and overnight bags, shoulder belts sandals and hats. The designs have a strong 3D element and their inspiration comes from objects from camper vans to kitchen steamers. She says: “I want to create things that stand out first and that are commercialised second. There is room for more experimentation in menswear accessories as the market grows and men are getting braver about what they wear.” Well, I’m not too sure about that but I've always had a bag. At school I had a bag. At university, ditto. And now I’m a journalist I’ve got a bag, you know one of things you carry stuff in?
To me it’s simple but it doesn’t stop the bemused jibes. ‘Nice bag,’ I get told, or asked ‘what's in your bag?’ Forget the mystique and work it out . . . I’m a journalist, so it’s usually got a paper and a notebook in it. And a pen. Oh and I’m a bloke and I like my food, so there’s usually plenty of that too. It’s quite simple, it’s a bag, to carry stuff. But suddenly, some idiot, probably the same one that coined the pointless phrase ‘metrosexual’, declared they should be known as ‘manbags’ and people started giving out grief. They are usually the same morons who walk around with a tatty carrier bag or a mucky lunchbox. Well here’s the news, it’s not a ‘manbag’ it's just a bloody bag. And it’s better than a lunchbox.
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Man about town CARNABY Street has risen phoenix-like from the ashes of tacky tourist shops to become a mecca for the seriously trendy. There has been a steady influx of concept stores as sidestreets have been re-developed. This part of Soho is today known merely as 'Carnaby'. All Saints has had its main store in 'Carnaby' for years. Other, more recent additions include Diesel's '55 DSL' on the corner of Newburgh Street. Its plasma screens and vibrant clothes make it a great place just to hang out. Beauty store Pixi on Foubert's Place offers party makeovers and just a few doors away Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams are among those who have bought jewellery from the Swedish retailer Efva Attling. Kingly Court opened a couple of years ago. The courtyard spreads over four floors and includes shops, bars, restaurants and clubs. Henri Lloyd has one of its biggest shops there and other tenants include a members-only champagne bar. Other shops in what has become one of the most interesting retailing parts of the West End
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include Ben Sherman, Miss Sixty, Puma, MAC, Mambo and Base London. The area has seen nothing like it since the heyday of the late John Stephen who was known as 'the King of Carnaby Street' and 'the Man Who Dressed the Sixties'. Stephen was the son of a Glaswegian shopkeeper who moved to London to work as a tailor's clerk. He set up his own boutique, 'His Clothes' on the western fringes of Soho. Customers could try on what they wanted while the sort of pop singles broadcast by the pirate station Radio Caroline blared in the background. Stephen took the opportunity to experiment with flamboyant cravats and violently dyed trousers. By 1967, he owned ten boutiques in Carnaby Street alone and others in Europe and in the United States. Shops like 'Lord John', 'Topper', 'Carnaby Cavern' and 'I Was Lord Kitchener's Valet' were Stephen's retailing rivals. One wonders what Stephen, who died in 2004, would have made of contemporary 'Carnaby'.
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NEW gyms seem to be springing up all over the place. You would expect these gyms and health clubs to be awash with slim, healthy, fit looking people. Ironically, it is this reputation that can actually put people off joining a gym. No-one wants to be the odd one out. The fact is that while there are lots of fitness-minded people in every health club, there are far more still overweight, out of shape and in some cases, not improving. Why is this? Is it the gyms’ fault? In some cases, yes. Staff should be there to offer guidance and motivation. The good instructors do this but there are others that don’t. The main reason though is a lifestyle issue. Just by going to the gym and going through the motions every visit and not addressing what you do in the other 23 hours of the day, you can be wasting your time. So before investing in a gym membership and hoping for the best, make five simple lifestyle changes and you might be surprised at the difference... Write a food diary. Start today. Make a weekly spreadsheet (or get a friend to do it) and log everything you eat and drink for two weeks. After that time, sit down and read it. Be honest and give yourself feedback. You will be amazed at all the poor choices you make on a daily basis when it comes to food and drink. Drink at least two litres of water each day. Contrary to what you read in the Sunday papers and magazines, water is nature’s best fat burner. Not tea, coffee or sugary sports drinks but plain old water. Bottled mineral water or filtered water is best, but tap water will do. It is essential for every function in life and can improved energy, skin tone, fat burning and much more. Eat three balanced meals and two snacks per day. Without doubt, bodybuilders for all their faults are the leading authority on fat burning and weight loss. One of their main rules is multiple meals or snacks per day. A quick example is if you have two men consuming 2,000 calories each per day and one eats this in two meals and the other has five, the one eating more times per day will metabolise the food better and burn more fat. Lots of reasons can be cited but the main two are the metabolic effect of feeding (see my website www.johnheaton.co.uk) and regulated blood sugar.
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Educated at Oxford - not at university but under the guidance of a magnifique frenchman
Drawing a blanc IT'S a job most aspiring chefs only dream of. Fresh out of Sheffield's Castle catering college Jason Neilson landed himself a stint in a two Michelin star restaurant. He was just 18 and his boss was the inspirational, yet intimidating, Raymond Blanc. The restaurant was the renowned Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, Oxford. "The top two students of the year got to go down to Oxford on a weekend and the head chef decided which one he wanted for a 12-week placement," says Jason, 35. He impressed and was selected. He recalls: "It was totally different to anywhere else I had worked
part-time before. It's so full-on ad there is no compromise whatsoever and you're doing 14 or 15 hour days five days a week." The demanding shifts and constant pressure would have broken other men but after two days Jason was offered a job as commis chef. "I started on the veg' section and after a couple of months moved on to hot starters and moved very quickly with promotions. Within three months I was the youngest junior sous chef." That's a kitchen position, equivalent to middle-management and as Jason says: "It means you get all the crap. You're
overlooking every section of the kitchen and if there is a problem on the section you get the bollocking." Some of them were pretty fearsome and Jason says: "I saw some pretty horrific pan throwing and people getting punched and kicked. You have to make sure you cover your back because you're always on the receiving end." In 1992 Jason, originally from High Green, left Blanc's restaurant and went to work in Alsace, France, on a placement set up by his mentor. The Auberge de Lille, which has held three Michelin stars for more than 30 years,
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MOSAIC MEN 19 Mosaic Men-u Beef stroganoff 2 8oz sirloin steaks cut in to 1cn thick strips; 1 red onion diced; 6 button mushrooms sliced thin 500ml double cream; 1 25m shot of brandy; Salt and black pepper; Paprika; 30g butter. Method Melt butter in a heated frying pan and add the beef. Turn until brown and place on a plate. Put the pan back on the hob without cleaning it and fry onion and mushrooms until coloured. Add paprika, brandy and cream, stir and boil until thick. Taste then season with salt and pepper. Place the beef and juice off the plate back in the pan with the sauce. Boil, taste for seasoning and serve with chips or pasta. Bread and butter pudding with Baileys 500ml double cream; 200ml milk; 200ml Baileys; 8 eggs; pinch five spice; 10 slices white bread, crust off; 125g butter; 125g sultanas; 125g caster sugar; 50g brown sugar Method Butter the bread. In an oven-proof dish place a third of the sultanas then lay in five slices of bread. Sprinkle the caster sugar all over and another third of the sultanas, the rest of the bread and the rest of the sultanas. Mix cream, milk, Baileys, eggs and five spice together. Pour over the bread and press down slowly. Leave for 30 mins and press again and refrigerate for an hour. Remove and press down again ad sprinkle over the brown sugar. Bake in the oven at 190Â°C for 30 minutes.
was his new place of work. "That was absolutely fantastic, I lived with a family over there and got used to the way of life. We tend to eat to live, using food as fuel, but in France they live to eat." While there Jason also got used to cooking to perfection and adopted a style in marked contrast to Blanc's complex creations. "It was a massive change, Raymond Blanc's food is quite complex with three or four sauces on a plate and four or five garnishes. When I was in France it was more simple. A piece of fish or meat on sauce and a small garnish. That was it, really."
Jason - via two successful Yorkshire restaurants - is now head chef at the Spencer Arms pub, Cawthorne, where he has combined the French food philosophy with the atmosphere of a traditional English boozer. "I didnâ€™t go back into fine dining because I didn't want to lose the country pub feel. At the end of the day it's a pub. I will probably always keep prawn cocktail on the menu because people love it and I always have steak and ale pie because it's what people expect." I wonder how many gravies the pie comes with?
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A class act During the week he teaches some of the area’s aspiring kids, but his image as a classroom role model goes out of the window when he gets down and dirty on the rugby pitch on a Saturday afternoon. Alex Pearson will regularly bear the scars of battle on a Monday morning after a gruelling 80 minutes playing for Barnsley Rugby Union Club. His pupils at Dearne High School are as quick as Jona Lomu to pick up on the fact that the loose-head prop has obviously suffered a few bumps and bruises after an afternoon in the scrum. However, the 24-year-old Northumberland-born PE teacher takes all the banter on the chin. “The kids love it,” he said. “They will always give me a bit of stick on a Monday when I come in bruised. I currently have two dislocated fingers strapped up. “I think it helps get a bit of respect out of the pupils. We have a laugh about it and because they know that I play the sport it means that when I am asking them to play in difficult conditions or to play contact they know that it is nothing that I haven’t already done.” Alex, who moved to Sheffield five years ago to study at Sheffield University, has been at Barnsley Rugby Club for three years. After just one season he managed to break into the first team and was part of last season’s South Yorkshire Cup winning side. The team are also on course for promotion this season and Alex is hoping that some of the team’s future stars are ones that he helped nurture at a young age. “When I first arrived at the school rugby was not even on the curriculum. I managed to get it added because I thought it was a good way of letting off steam. I think the image of
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Alex prepares to put his pupils at Dearne High through another PE session while, above, it’s scrum-down for the loose-head prop who is nearest to the referee and wearing head gear. rugby is not always the correct one. The sport can sometimes be seen as too physical to introduce at a young age and there are a few apprehensions about the contact and safety side. “But we teach the skills side of the game and the rules and one of the main things the kids gain from it is respect. They all know to shake hands at the end of the game and they all know to form a tunnel to clap the opposition off. “They also know they cannot speak to the referee and they have to go through the captain instead.” In a world where a lack of respect to match officials and opponents in sport is becoming increasingly alarming, Alex believes he has combined sport and discipline to the benefit of the kids. “We have managed to start arranging fixtures against other schools in the area and we are now playing regular games. “The respect and discipline that we have taught them remains in the games and there are a couple who have already gone on to join Barnsley.”
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APPLE Mac owners have another reason to look down on their PC-owning friends. The new Macbook models have just been launched and feature groundbreaking design technology that means the case is made from a single piece of aluminium. Apart from a major marketing desirability coup, the designers claim this also makes them far more reliable and robust. Under the bonnet, the new Macbook still trounces anything that a PC can throw at it. But at just shy of a grand for the base model, having that smug feeling of superiority over PC owners doesn’t come cheap. Verdict: As sexy as ever. But with a price tag to match.
Bedroom DJs will love this latest iPod invention from Sony. The DJ2i boasts twin iPod connectivity with a built-in mixer that is also capable of adding phat beats to your mix – guaranteed to annoy the hell out of any next door neighbour. And as if that’s not enough, this sexy little set-up also comes with a USB line-out connection so you can save your mixes to a memory stick and give them to friends so they can annoy their neighbours too... Result. Just in case you aren’t well heeled enough to afford two iPods, you can also mix between MP3 and the on-board CD player. Verdict: One more reason never to leave the bedroom.
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Appearances can be misleading. To look at 20 year-old Louis Romégoux and then to hear him sing is something of a surprise. With a voice reminiscent of the late, great Jeff Buckley, combined with his penchant for reflective, beyond-his-years lyrical twists, Louis is an artist that belies his years in many ways. From a young age, Louis sang in various choirs, joining Sheffield Junior Choir at the age of 7, and eventually moving to the Sheffield Cathedral Choir. His formal training shines through in what has become a familiar sound in the pubs and venues around Sheffield. “I still sing five times a week at Sheffield Cathedral as I'm still learning as a classical tenor,” says Louis, “I have lunchtime recitals pencilled in at Sheffield Cathedral, where I’ll be singing some of my acoustic material along with some classical tenor repertoire. “It should offer the regular gig-goer something a bit different.” Playing most Sundays at the Riverside pub in Kelham Island, and having a residency at the intimate Green Room venue on Devonshire Green in Sheffield, Louis is by no means resting on his laurels. Acoustic guitar, accordion and banjo are just some of the instruments he uses to create his popular and highly original compositions. Influenced by the familiar folk archetypes like Bob Dylan and Jeff Buckley, Louis makes no secret of his love for more leftfield musicians such as little known protest singer Phil Ochs (covering songs of his in the past), Leonard Cohen, and even more fiery acts such as Nick Cave and Morrissey. Having just released his second CD with Sheffield music label and promoters OPUS, Louis has developed into an even more formidable songwriter, the five-track release entitled Le Vin De l'Assasin it features songs in both French and English. He says: “My songs on the new CD are mainly personal tales of my travels, daily life and an adaptation of a French poem by Baudelaire. “I have strayed a bit from writing purely political songs, but I do still keep writing songs about the state of the world we are living in.” With a French father, Louis grew up surrounded by French acoustic music, but his lyrics are as easy to listen to whichever tongue he decides to sing in and the recent addition of a band consisting of guitar, bass and drums should make for interesting listening. A cursory glance at his myspace profile shows that he has a packed schedule for the next few months, all the more reason, then, to check out Sheffield's very own troubadour. http://www.myspace.com/louisromgoux
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sings his Sunday best in the choir of Sheffield rather different anthem to sing, says Michael
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Nothing can beat messing about in sailing boats, writes Robert Cockroft
Calm Waters: Boats at anchor in a habour on the island of Hvar, Croatia
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friend who had done well in sport management decided that the best place for his big-zero birthday would be a castle on an island off Scotland. Wives and girlfriends would go by helicopter and the men by boat, which we would help to sail. The last time I’d been on a boat was on a mirror-flat lake and I’d felt distinctly queasy. And now I was stepping from the deck of a bucking 45ft yacht off the Scottish coast and into the saloon where the captain was cooking bacon. My face, he said, went the colour of cabbage and I shot back on deck ready to throw up. As a precaution I’d brought some fresh ginger as folk-lore says it can quell seasickness. So I sucked a piece. It worked. I went on more sailing trips with the same crowd and although less than impressed by the business of tacking – the term for criss-crossing water like a gouty old snail – there was fun to it. What could beat ripping through the warm waters off Kefalonia doing ten
knots? What better than dining under the stars on a murmuring sea off Turkey or climbing the cliffs of Majorica in search of lunch that proves memorable. But there’s more to sailing than pointing a boat somewhere and setting off. Where do you point? How do you tell how long it will take? And how do you set off if the wind is pinning you to a pontoon? Some people begin with dinghy sailing, an excellent way to learn basic handling. Others, mix practical courses with onshore theory in programmes run by the Royal Yachting Association. I took the latter route. Having crewed on yachts varying in length from 36 to 50 feet, I went to night school for two years to study for day skipper and coastal skipper qualifications. Two spells of two weeks on board brought the corresponding practical ticket. The theory, ranging from navigation to safety, was absorbing and enjoyable and the on-board test of your abilities – from how to chart a course to how to rescue someone overboard – was equal fun.
An entertaining way to dip your foot in the briny is to enrol for a five-day RYA competent crew course. These can be taken almost anywhere in Europe with a charter company like Sunsail and they blend learning with a holiday on board with four others. You’ll learn the ropes in the widest sense, be shown how to put up and take down a sail and the basics of helm-work. A flotilla holiday is another way to mix knowledge and pleasure. It may start off like an episode of The Navy Lark but after a day or two you’ll find that the urge to go to sea won’t go away.
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28-29 Aussie Rules spread
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It’s fast, bruising and, to the casual observer, inc Player Ben Robinson gets to grips with football
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Football, but not as we know it.
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USTRALIA, birthplace of Steve Irwin, the baobab tree and the duck-billed platypus, is home to something stranger still – Aussie rules football. With its roots in rugby and Gaelic football, this is one of the toughest contact sports in the world. While not being as ‘front-up’ as rugby league or as crushing as rugby union, the peculiarly Australian game has all the physicality of angry men in shorts, with all the safety considerations of a Top Gear special. Created by miners in the midst of the Victorian gold rush, Aussie rules went through a few changes until its codification in the late 1850s. However, despite its blue-collar credentials, the sport itself generally accepted as one of the most intellectually baffling in the world. Forget being hit in the kidneys whilst springing for a high ball, the rules are the things that will you the damage. So here’s a quick run down. If you’ve ever tried to watch Aussie rules you may have noticed three things. O b s e r va t i o n o n e : They’ve got posts a bit like rugby posts. Correct - two large uprights and two smaller ones either side. Kick the ball through the middle and you get six points, get the ball through the outer bits in practically any way imaginable, and you get one point. Other elements akin to rugby are tackling and the ability to call a ‘mark’ when you catch the ball from a kick. O b s e r va t i o n t wo : They bounce the ball a bit like basketball. Indeed – every 15m of travel the ball has to be bounced. Also, just like basketball you can ‘shepherd’ or block the opposition when they are within five metres of the ball. O b s e r va t i o n t h r e e : It’s completely mental…yes, but all is
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observer, incomprehensible. with football Australian-style
at football, OK? made clearer once you understand one simple premise; the game is never meant to stop. The most important idea is that the player carrying the ball must dispose of the ball before they get caught. You can pass the ball by either kicking it or handballing, (punching), it to one of your 17 team-mates. But if you get tackled with the ball it is an offence. Hence, when you are tackled with the ball a free kick is given to the defending team. The exception, and this is what makes it incomprehensible to those who watch rugby, is that if you have not had time to dispose of the ball legally, (like if you get tackled the moment you receive the ball, the defender wraps the ball up, or there are five or six bodies lying on top of you), then this is deemed not to be a foul. In these cases the referee bounces the ball basketball style into the air to restart the game, giving both teams equal opportunity to gain possession. So, off you go! You are now ready to play the sport that most people can’t even think about without an exaggerated sigh and the raising of one eyebrow – but I will leave you with a final thought; Aussie rules was used for a long time as a sport to keep their cricketers fit in the winter. Should we be using it as a punishment for ours when they don't win?
‘Forget being hit in the kidneys while springing for a high ball, the rules are what do the damage’
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bikers. Utter this with care, it is almost guaranteed to raise feelings and passions. These people are re-visiting their love after a reluctant lay-off. One problem facing them is that sometimes the machinery has moved on so dramatically that they are unprepared for the rapid acceleration and braking that current marques can offer. Several bikes are capable of 0-60 acceleration that will leave many sports cars behind and ABS brakes that can bring things to a halt very quickly indeed. Recent high-profile celebrity bikers have seen a new revival in the return to two wheels. Ewan McGreggor and Charlie Boorman’s exploits have rightly received much TV coverage and seen a huge increase in sales for BMW. If you are thinking of a return to bikes my advice is this: Get some training and make sure you are as prepared as possible – the police operate “Bike Safe” training schemes, check if there is such a scheme in your area. Don’t go in to a dealership with your credit cards unless you have decided on the type of bike you have in mind – shiny motorbike disease is so easy to succumb to. Think long and hard about the type of bike – riding position and comfort form an important part of your decision as well as b.h.p. and colour! Most importantly get out there and enjoy it, there has never been such a diversity of choice – from the exotica of the Italian machinery, the dependable and ever-improving Japanese bikes and the resurgence of Hinckley produced British bikes now firmly re-established in the market.
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As Jaguar strives to modernise its range, it’s good to see the firm is familiar with the phrase “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it”. With us in name since 1968, the lines of the XJ have morphed over the years to keep up with trends but while somehow retaining the DNA of the original Sir William Lyons design. Jaguar has kept up with the times under the skin too. For example, take the monocoque chassis. Aluminium has been used to not only reduce the weight, and therefore the fuel usage, but improve the rigidity of the body. In fact, while the shell of the XJ actually weighs the same as that of a BMW Mini, it is 60 per cent stiffer and 40 per cent lighter than the steel underpinnings found in the last generation XJ. But we digress onto the stuff that would bore most nonpetrolheads. When the black XJ I was testing for the week arrived outside my house, I wondered initially if I had upset someone usually referred to as ‘Don’. Once I was assured it was just the delivery driver hammering on my door and not two goons called Vinny and Paulie, I took
delivery and was instantly confronted with a dilemma on how to test this car properly. In the driver’s seat, the XJ is an absolute dream. Even with a diesel engine it was quiet and sombre and almost left me hoping for heavy traffic on the commute to and from work as I was so comfortable. The automatic box was smooth, which in a diesel is a rarity. Some of you though may be lucky enough to employ drivers, and in a bid to emulate you affluent folk, I bribed my long-suffering partner into driving me into the office. In the back I was able to work comfortably on my laptop, spread out my legs and easily read a broadsheet paper, all without so much as a moment’s distraction from engine noise or pot holes. This was the short wheel base version too - it must be possible to hold board meetings in the longer version. Even so, I preferred my time up front, even though it won’t match something sporty through the bends it more than makes up for it when a lorry jack knifes and you spend the evening on the M1.
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Sitting comfortably Mr Bond? Let's be honest - we all fancy being James Bond, if just for a day. In his latest adventure, The Quantum of Solace, 007 he travels around Europe on a revenge mission, beds a few Bond babes and manages to stop a coup d'etat. Not bad, eh? While the concept of being Bond might have to stay as fantasy, you can at least dine like a secret agent. Furniture company Chaplins, supplied items for the latest Bond movie. The ultra-cool wire, glass and leather furniture would fit in any self-respecting bachelor pad. Though the secret agent look comes at a price, with the chairs topping £1,450 and the dining table more than £1,800. They may cost a lot but unlike Bond, you only live once, so why not go for it? Alternatively, for an ultra-macho look you could install your own mini-bar cabinet in a hand-painted camouflage design. Although, at more than £9,500 it might be cheaper to lease a pub and at least you'd be able to find the bar. I Visit www.chaplins.co.uk Cin cin, design by Boffi. Camouflaged bar cabinet with metal feet £9,552.
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