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Temperatures have dropped, there’s a distinct chill in the air and threat of snowfall will soon loom over the country — winter is creeping in. But before it arrives we have time to prepare. While for some this means filling the car with antifreeze, investing in a new snow shovel and cranking up the central heating, for others it’s an excuse for a new wardrobe. So in this month’s edition, we ask how Yorkshire men can be both snug and stylish for the colder months ahead. The answer: wax jackets,

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We’re also told to look out for more fashion designers crossing over to the world of interiors with striking fabric and wallpaper collections. Elsewhere, we chat to members of Barnsley Squash Club who have put together a star-studded team, we learn of a new memorial garden that is being planned by The National Coal Mining Museum near Wakefield to remember those who have lived and died in the industry and we travel to the crazy capital of China, Beijing.


Mirfield: A place steeped in history and character.



Helicopter heroes: Ed finds out about the charity which saves lives.



TRAVEL Precious China: China — an insight into one the biggest countries.

FOOD & DRINK A talented chef: Kirk creates a stir at Rob Royd.


ARTS & CRAFTS Gem of a jeweller: Oliver moulds his individual designs.



Men’s clothing: A look at gear for autumn and winter



Coal musuem: A new memorial garden is planned.



Harpers: Delving into the upcoming trends.


chunky knitwear, smart suits and, of course, a tweed flat cap. For those brave enough to venture out into the cold, we suggest a trip to the picturesque town of Mirfield. From its bustling high-street to its boat-lined canal, there’s plenty to explore in the West Yorkshire Parish which harbours a colourful past. Heading indoors we take a look at interior design trends for the coming year which include vintage furniture, historic patterned wallpaper and industrial influences.



Making a racquet: Squash club attracts some top players.



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SEASONAL Christmas: Get it all wrapped up early this year.

MOTORING Mini magic: It’s the vehicle for some open-top fun.





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Steeped in history and character, the fascinating West Yorkshire town of Mirfield is not to be overlooked, as Rosemary Crampton reveals.





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Top food, famous residents, and a past as colourful as its longboats


t first glance, Mirfield seems like many other picturesque West Yorkshire parishes, from its bustling high-street to a boat-lined canal. But, take a closer look, and you’ll discover colourful history, fascinating architecture and a host of extraordinary residents, both past and present. Mirfield’s past was certainly an eventful one. The town appears in the Domesday Book of 1086, though historians still disagree as to the origins of its name (which could mean either ‘clearing near a swamp’, or ‘pleasant field’ – I’m sure most would prefer the latter). Following the Norman Conquest, it was presented to French nobleman Ilbert de Lacy. A seasoned soldier, he promptly set about building a motte and bailey to protect his new manor, the remains of which can still be seen today. In the 14th century Mirfield was a burgeoning industrial hub, renowned, in particular, for its woollen goods. Nevertheless, the town’s occupants went on to suffer their fair share of misfortune and hardship. In 1631, a plague-like


Colourful: Mirfield’s boat-lined canal.

epidemic claimed 130 lives and, following the outbreak of civil war, able-bodied men were ordered to gather weapons and ‘assist in the driving out of the Papist army’. By 1755, Mirfield had more than 2,000 residents – many of whom were involved in the local textile industry. The town’s canal was built in 1776, with a railway station following less than 100 years later. During the 1800s, Charlotte, Anne and Emily Bronte attended Mirfield’s Roe Head School. Older sister Charlotte later returned to teach there, while Anne became a governess for local family, the Inghams. Her young charges proved spoilt and wilful and when writing Agnes Grey, she drew heavily on her experiences at Blake Hall. But the Bronte sisters weren’t Mirfield’s only famous residents. Cyclist Brian Robinson (the first Briton to finish the Tour de France and win a stage) lived and trained in the town, while actor Sir Patrick Stewart is one of its most celebrated sons. Between 1976 and 78, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams taught at its theological 

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training institute, the College of the Resurrection (whose pupils live and work alongside a monastic community). Today, Mirfield’s architecture stands as testament to its long and colourful history. Consecrated in 1871, St Mary’s Church is notable for its dramatic stained-glass windows and 80-year-old organ. Beside it stands the original St Mary’s tower and, to the North, the remains of Ilbert de Lacy’s motte and bailey. Mirfield’s canal is part of the Calder and Hebble Navigation, and still very much in use. Today, it’s home to award-winning charity The Safe Anchor Trust, A dog’s life: A Mirfield which runs boat-trips Canal resident. for disadvantaged people and counts Princess Anne among its patrons. Those keen to stay on dry land can even walk or cycle along its winding towpaths. The town is surrounded by woodland, moors and picturesque West Yorkshire countryside. Its annual agricultural show always proves popular; held at Mirfield showground, it features animal displays, classes and competitions, children’s games, family races, puppet

Historic: St Mary’s Church, Mirfield.

shows, a fun beach and much more. Or, how about a spot of retail therapy? Mirfield’s highstreet boasts a great selection of shops, selling everything from flowers, meat, fine chocolates and freshly baked bread and cakes, to cards, gifts, jewellery, shoes, clothes and home accessories. For those of an artistic persuasion, there are galleries, ‘creative hubs’ and a popular print workshop to explore. Visitors can even stop for coffee and cake in a café or enjoy a restorative pint of real ale in one of the town’s pubs. And, if you’re feeling peckish, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. The fare on offer is varied and delicious; think aromatic curries, homemade Italian pizzas, traditional carvery lunches, freshly fried fish and chips, and hearty pub meals. Fantastic food, famous residents, and a past as colourful as the longboats on its canal – there’s certainly more to Mirfield than meets the eye.

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It costs almost £10,000 a day to keep the Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s two helicopters airborne. Ed Elliot found out more about the charity which continues to save the lives of Yorkshire folk.





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Helicopter heroes


APID response times and the capability of reaching remote, rural areas combine to make the service provided by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance second to none. Speeds of up to 160mph can be attained by the charity’s two MD 902 Explorer helicopters meaning paramedics can race across the vast and varied topography of the four counties covered and have patients stabilised and en route to the relevant medical centre within minutes. More than 5,200 people and their families have benefited from the emergency service since the charity was established little more than a decade ago and although running


costs — in excess of £3.6m a year — sound high, the figure is quite small considering the number of people catered for, as director of fund-raising Paul Gowland explains. “It’s 75p per person per annum,” says Paul, 48, who joined the charity 12 years ago, not long after it was formed in October 2000. “We really do try tell our story about what the charity does, talking to as many different groups as possible and really educate them about where the money is spent. “Next year there will be another 1,000 call outs and it’s important we’re there for everybody. “If we can continue that fund-

raising, we can continue to offer that service.” Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond’s infamous high-speed crash in 2006 helped bring the work of the Air Ambulance to a national audience and the charity also participates in BBC daytime documentary show ‘Helicopter Heroes’, which gives a fly-on-the-wall view of missions flown. Donations in the aftermath of the much-publicised Hammond incident led to the purchase of the charity’s second chopper, and, to ensure two craft are always available 365 days a year, a hire helicopter is leased when either is being serviced.




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Missions are flown from sunrise to sunset, with an average of three operations each day. “People never know when they’re going to be affected — it’s not just people from Yorkshire, it could be people visiting Yorkshire,” adds Paul. “People want to enjoy the beauty of Yorkshire and the landscape. “People don’t expect to see the air ambulance but lots of people have been affected.” Based at Leeds Bradford Airport and RAF Topcliffe, near Thirsk in North Yorkshire, the two helicopters serve a population of approximately five million, across four million acres of land.

Patients, on average, are only ten minutes from the nearest hospital when they are received by paramedics and 15 minutes from the most relevant treatment centre. The charity has numerous highprofile patrons, including Prince Andrew, with ITV news presenters Gaynor Barnes and Jon Mitchell the longest-serving. Weatherman Jon says the greatest thing about the charity is that it is there for everybody. “I’m a great hill walker, I like being out in the dales and on the moors and, God forbid anything should happen, it’s always nice knowing the Air Ambulance is there ready to take

you to hospital,” he says. “It costs £9,990 a day to keep the charity flying so if I can help in any small way to raise the profile of the charity then that’s fantastic. “At the end of the day, we all hope we won’t need it but it’s good to know it’s there. It’s a life-saver and I’m honoured to be associated with the charity.” News reader Gaynor became involved after covering a story when the charity was based at Sheffield Airport. She adds: “It’s such a brilliant charity — those extra minutes it buys could buy your life.”  For more information visit


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Chef Kirk Wade honed his skills in the kitchen of one of Britain’s most acclaimed chefs. Now he can be found cooking up a storm at Rob Royd Farm shop in Worsbrough. Katia Harston met him.





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Dishing up a treat at Rob Royd


Hearty seasonal dish: Chef Kirk Wade creating a tasty slow-cooked rib eye of beef at Rob Royd Farm Shop.


t is cold enough to see your breath outside (a sure sign winter is on its way) and as the rain beats down on Rob Royd Farm Shop, I can’t think of a better time for chef Kirk Wade to be putting together a hearty seasonal recipe. Kirk, 27, is no flash in the pan when it comes to quality cuisine. He’s been to breaking point and back for his career in preparing fine food for the more discerning diner. He studied catering at college before learning his trade in the kitchen of Michael Caines, one of Britain’s most acclaimed chefs, at the two Michelin star Gidleigh Park Hotel in Devon. He got the opportunity after writing to every chef who appeared on the first series of the Great British Menu – and luckily Caines had a vacancy. After a couple of years precision cooking at Gidleigh, Kirk, who hails from Thorne in Doncaster, moved north to the Pipe and Glass Inn, a one Michelin star pub in Beverley. But now he’s got his feet well under the table after two years as chef at Rob Royd Farm Shop, serving hearty wellturned out lunches through the week and a mouth-watering fine dining menu on a Saturday night. He must be doing something right; his style of cuisine is pleasing the Barnsley palate as the fine dining evening is fully booked up to March. “We like to change the menu around every four weeks to keep things fresh,” says Kirk. “It tends to be simple and kind of rustic. There’s a balance to strike and I always try to get that right. “It’s going very well and I’m always pushing the menu and try to use things in season, as well using produce from the shop, which works well for us and cuts on waste.” With modesty in abundance, Kirk has come up with a seasonal recipe to keep food lovers warm during the cold winter evenings. It is best enjoyed with lashings of red wine but, admittedly, that’s only my advice. “This is perfect for the winter. It’s a good hearty and warming dish, with plenty of seasonal flavour that is Yorkshire through and through,” says Kirk.




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Slow-cooked rib eye of beef FOR THE RIBS Ingredients 4 tbsp oil 8x4oz rib eye steaks 4 carrots, peeled, cut into pieces 1 celeriac peeled and diced 1 large red onion, peeled, thickly sliced 4 shallots peeled 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme 1 bottle red wine 400ml beef stock salt and freshly ground black pepper


For the beef, preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3. Heat the oil in a large roasting tray over a medium to high heat. Add the beef and fry, turning regularly, until browned on all sides. Add the carrots, onion and shallot and stir until coated in the oil and pan juices. Add the thyme sprigs, then pour in the red wine and beef stock and mix well to combine. Bring the mixture to the boil, then transfer to the oven and cook for three to four hours, or until the sauce has thickened and the meat is tender. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. To serve, divide the beef equally among four serving plates. Spoon over the cooked vegetables and sauce. RED CABBAGE Ingredients: 1 large red cabbage, quartered, cored and

sliced 2 red onion peeled and sliced 2 tsp ground mixed spice 70g demerara sugar 70ml balsamic or red wine vinegar 100ml red wine 50g red currant jelly Salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 170C/3325F/Gas 3. Mix the cabbage with the rest of the ingredients and put in an ovenproof dish. Season well and cover with foil. Bake in the oven for 60 to 90 minutes until the cabbage is tender and juicy. Mix the ingredients together two to three times during cooking. Allow to cool and store in the fridge. Re-heat when needed. THYME YORKIES Ingredients 1 cup plain flour 1cup milk 1 cup beaten eggs Teaspoon finely chopped thyme Salt and pepper pinch of each


Preheat your oven to 240C,475F or gas mark 9. (If you are cooking roast beef and/or roast potatoes, make sure the beef has been removed to 'rest' before carving and that the potatoes are moved down to the bottom shelf and need browning still). Pour a scant amount of oil or dripping into your Yorkshire Pudding

tins. (A large roasting tin can be used too. If you do not have a Yorkshire Pudding tin which has four wide and shallow cups of about four inch in diameter, then use a large muffin tin. Put the tin into the preheated oven about five minutes before you want to cook the Yorkshire Puddings. Empty the flour, salt and pepper and thyme into a large roomy bowl. Make a dip in the centre and add the beaten eggs bit by bit, mixing as you go along. Add the milk gradually and whisk in between each addition. Keep whisking until all the liquids have been added. The batter may still be lumpy - this does not matter. Cover and leave to rest for up to one hour. Just before cooking, whisk thoroughly again to break down any lumps and add some more air. Carefully take out the tins. Pour the batter into the tins and quickly return to the oven. Cook for about 20 minutes until well risen and golden brown. Do not open the oven in the first 10 to 15 minutes or they will drop. If you have two tins cooking, rotate the tins from top to bottom shelves after the 10 to 15 minutes so they cook evenly. CRISPY SHALLOT RINGS Ingredients Finely sliced shallot Milk Plain flour


Dip shallot in milk then flour fry in hot oil until crispy and golden brown.


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Oliver Carnelly has been involved in the jewellery business since being a teenager. He now owns Infinity Jewellers in Cudworth and has developed a strong reputation for his skill and craftsmanship. Adam Guest spoke to him.





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Jewel in Cudworth’s crown


ntricate instruments stand in rows on Oliver’s wooden workbench with rings and bracelets shining under the lamplight. It’s delicate work but Oliver admits he is a perfectionist – whether it be mounting diamonds, creating a wedding ring from scratch or making jewellery alterations. Oliver, 39, began his career as an apprentice at H L Brown and Sons in Sheffield. He was taught by craftsman Jim Burton who was a jeweller for 60 years. It is clear, with a coffee in hand, chatting to Oliver in his workshop, Jim was a man he was very fond of. Oliver still has some of his tutor’s equipment – including his old rolling mills which stand proudly behind me. He has continued to work in the business since and has supplied jewellery across the country. Oliver opened Infinity Jewellers in 2008 and since then trade has largely come by word of mouth. It is a trade that works on trust and reputation, Oliver says. So just what is it that he enjoys about the art of jewellery making?


“It’s the satisfaction of making dreams come true,” he says. “I turn things into exactly what they want, fingers crossed. Jewellery making is quite a unique thing. “You’re always learning. I’ve learned more the longer I’ve gone on, even if I haven’t been working at the bench.” Seeing other people’s work and supplying big stores throughout the country has all been part of the learning process, Oliver says. And when it comes to designing wedding rings he can be asked for anything – from a simple band to a big diamond ring like Elizabeth Taylor’s. “Most customers I deal with are quite amenable; they go on what we suggest rather than this fixation on one idea. Sometimes people are looking for one particular thing and it doesn’t exist,” Oliver says. He works from a basic design but says a ring can evolve during the process of making it. Oliver works with the metal and compares it to another artistic endeavour. “It’s like a painting,” he says. “You can’t know what it’s going to turn out like until it’s finished.”




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Master craftsman: Jeweller Oliver Carnelly, 39, and a couple of his works in progress created in his shop, Infinity Jewellers, on Barnsley Road, Cudworth.

And if you thought it might be women who would be picky when it comes to designs, you would be mistaken. More and more men are getting more particular about their wedding rings, with one customer’s wedding ring costing three times more than his wife’s and taking hours to pick. “She was sitting down having a coffee laughing at him,” Oliver recalls. “It was like a role reversal and I’ve had that quite a few times.” And it’s not just locals who have been happy with his work. Pop star Katie Melua and her husband James Toseland – a double world superbike champion have also popped in. Last year James, a friend of Oliver’s, asked him to make an engagement ring for his bride to be. A bespoke wedding ring was also made for Katie to fit around her engagement ring. Katie then asked Oliver to hand engrave wording onto the inside of James’s wedding ring. Oliver and his wife were both invited to the wedding and he says it was a great occasion to be part of.

Oliver provides a range of jewellery services – from making broaches to re-polishing jewellery to melting down jewellery and creating new pieces. Infinity Jewellers, Barnsley Road, Cudworth – 01226 714447.


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As the cold weather starts to bite, Rachel Parry gets an expert’s opinion on men’s fashion for autumn/winter...


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The man’s winter wardrobe I t’s time for men to fix up and look smart with wax jackets, tweed suits and silk scarfs all on trend for the autumn/winter season. After unseasonably warm weather during September and October, many men will only just be starting to build up their wardrobes for the colder months. We asked Michael Hopkins, of Laurie Hopkins Menswear, Lindley, what should be included. “Outerwear is key for winter – men want something that looks good and will keep them warm,” says Michael. “Modern wax jackets are popular and provide a smart yet casual outerwear. When teamed with Harris Tweed accessories such as a flat cap and gloves the overall look is very English gentleman. “Other outerwear options include

traditional overcoats and all-weather coats, like the one modelled by Peter, which are fully wind and water proof ideal for the Yorkshire countryside. For those wanting something less anoraklike, there are breathable wool coats in similar designs. “While black and navy are always popular, we're also seeing more autumnal, rustic colours coming through in golds, oranges and burgundy.” Layering is key for the colder months so Michael suggests men also invest in a blazer style jacket that can dressed to suit a variety of occasions. “Single breasted blazer jackets are a great key piece for autumn/winter as they can be made to look casual or smart. “The pure wool jackets worn by Pino

and Peter look great teamed with a shirt and cotton trousers. Pino’s is a shorter modern length while Peter's is a more traditional full length design. “Most jackets for winter are wool but there are also cord and cotton jacket options too. We stock jackets by Douglas, Digel, Gurteen. “Shirts are key pieces for men for both day and evening so it’s also worth adding some new ones to the wardrobe. We have shirts by Jupiter, Viyella and also an Italian range of shirts by Claudio Campione.” To keep the cold at bay, Michael says knitwear is also a must. “Knitwear is ideal for layering up in the winter months, from chunky knit zipper tops by Belika, to more formal crew neck and V-neck jumpers and cardigans. There’s also patterned


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Venue: Three Acres Inn and Restaurant, Shelley, Clothes: Laurie Hopkins Menswear, Kirkburton, Photographer: Scott Bairstow. Models: Peter LawrenceBrown and Pino Margaglione.

knitwear pieces around for the winter.” With the festive season just around the corner, men might also want to invest in a new suit for social nights out and/or gatherings with family or friends. “There are lots of suit options to choose from, though tweed is popular this season,” says Michael. “The tweed three-piece suit worn by Pino gives a great casual/smart look when worn with an open necked shirt and the silk paisley scarf adds some autumnal colour. “The Prince of Wales check suit worn by Peter is a more formal style suit. We’ve teamed it with a Seidensticker blue


cotton shirt and Van Buck silk tie. Van Buck's 100 per cent silk ties are unique in that they are limited edition – only 100 of each design is made and each is numbered. If men don't have one in their wardrobe already they should definitely put it on their Christmas lists.” Laurie Hopkins is at 18/20 Acre Street in Lindley. It also offers a full made to measure service for suits, jackets and trousers and groomswear hire. The outfits are captured at The Three Acres Inn in Shelley, near Huddersfield.

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The impressive Monument to The People’s Heroes in Tiananmen Square.

China is one of the biggest countries on earth, Lynsey Bradford visited to find out more. 28 TRAVEL

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Busy Beijing by night.

Good stuff, my old China... B eijing is an unreal place. On arrival, it was 27 degrees and humid. It's hard to say what I expected, because I didn't think it would be this. Everything is grey, the buildings, the sky, the air – especially when it’s smoggy, which is not all the time, but some people wear masks. The traffic is fast and furious and I’m honked at several hundred times. Trying to cross a road (five lanes on each side of the road) is like taking your life into your own hands. There are so many cars, motorists beep for everything - driving too slowly, to warn you to move, if they’re stuck in a traffic jam. I wouldn’t attempt to drive here if my life depended on it. There really are Nine Million Bicycles in Beijing – eight million of them almost hit me.

You move out of the way for one, and step into the path of another. Highlights included the Great Wall – an amazing experience. The steps are uneven and steep, but we walked from watch tower eight to ten. The scenery and the views of the mountains are spectacular. I had my name and the date engraved on a padlock which is now locked on the wall chain forever. I can never find anything with my name on, let alone spelled correctly, but now there is something bearing my name attached to one of the most iconic structures in the world. Pretty cool. Tiananmen Square was incredible – it’s still hard to believe I’ve actually been to where the massacre took place in 1989 and the student protester stood in front of a row of tanks.

It’s bigger than I realised and absolutely heaving with tourists who want their photos taken next to the Monument to The People’s Heroes. At night, bars are few and far between. We head to the San Li Tun district where there are lots of bars, restaurants and shops. There are lots of brightly coloured lights, and music, in both English and Chinese, can be heard coming from the bars. It’s buzzing. The smells range from yummy food to sewers – the toilets being a hole in the ground. I made friends with Benjamain and Shane, two Chinese people from the town of Harbin and they came to eat with us. They were very friendly and spoke good English, and were impressed I could say ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ in Chinese.


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Above: The Temple of Heaven, The Mao Memorial Hall (Below left) and The Great Wall of China (below right).

But Benjamin told me I was pronouncing ‘goodbye’ incorrectly and tried to teach me how to say it properly. He asked if there were any difficult English words so we tried to teach him how to say photosynthesis. Benjamin also recorded a Chinese tongue twister on my phone – very difficult to understand, let alone learn how to say! The pair are going to USA next year to study engineering. In terms of eating, I got to grips with the chop sticks very well – I had been practising beforehand.


My host, Mary Lui, and her friends were very impressed. They had originally tried to give me a knife and fork, but I insisted on using the chop sticks. Mary also brought two loaves of bread from John Foster’s bakery in Mapplewell and her friends said it was delicious. I struggled with some of the food – steamed egg and tofu are not for me – but most of it was lovely. At least four groups of people asked if they could have photos with me – I was warned this may happen, but still found it slightly bizarre.

Many other people just stare. I don’t think they have ever seen blonde hair before. Other places we had visited include Imperial Gardens, Olympic site, Pearl Market and the Temple of Heaven. The Forbidden City was closed which was disappointing, but we managed to see some palaces and gates from the outside. Had I not been to Beijing and seen it with my own eyes, I don’t think I’d quite believe it existed. But it does, and it’s there waiting to be explored. Expect the unexpected.




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A new memorial garden is planned for the National Coal Mining Museum (NCM) in Overton near Wakefield. Helen Williams visited the site to find out more.


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John Jacques at the NCM garden site.

A coal lot of fun...


Y granddad was a miner in Goldthorpe – and I wouldn’t be sitting here writing this without the sacrifices he made. He also loved gardening and his roses and vegetables were second to none. So, I find the idea of a memorial garden to those who lived and died in this once mighty industry very appealing. Mark Carlyle, the National Coal Mining Museum’s curator of industry, said the concept for the garden sprung up about 12 months ago, out of talks about NCM exhibitions which are held three times a year. The garden, at the Hope Pit end of the site, will have an entrance feature with a full-size pit wheel, steel screens with artwork, and a curved girder feature. Its working theme is ‘Lives

Lived, Lives Lost’. Mark said: “We are a large site and quite busy, so having an area for quiet contemplation is important. “Many ex mining villages have their own memorials, but this would be a memorial not to any one disaster, but to the whole industry. “We want it to resonate with people’s relatives that have died in accidents but we also want the garden to speak to people who have worked in the industry and show how family history is embodied in that industry.” During the summer months, the NCM has been consulting over garden plans with the public. The museum collected words, thoughts and stories and is incorporating these into the garden. Mark said: “Certain words and ideas

kept coming up like camaraderie and community spirit. “There was also reference to all the accidents and shock at the ages of kids who worked down the mines.” One family from Barnsley came up with the words and phrases: “Brotherhood, strong willed, working together as families, supporting each other – community.” The plans have been designed by Groundwork Wakefield and are now awaiting the outcome of an ecological survey, checking the site as a habitat for newts and bats. The museum is fund-raising and has put forward bids to help pay for the garden. It also has a form on its website for people to make donations. John Jacques, who shows visitors around the museum, said: “Everyone


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The flame safety lamp — a mining symbol.

Margaret Faull, director of the museum.

has an opinion, so it can be difficult, but Groundwork has been very good and really listened to us. “We had to walk a line between a contemporary and traditional design but it was important that we featured the pit wheel. “Memorials often have half a pit wheel but to me, as an engineer, I wanted the full wheel. The headgear pulley is one of the two mining symbols, while the other is the flame safety lamp.”


An artist’s impression of the new memorial garden.

The museum already brings visitors in from all over the country and is popular with people from as far afield as France. John said the garden would attract more visitors to that particular part of the site. “It is often people from outside the mining industry who seem to get the most fascination from what they learn,” said John. “We have all kinds of questions, especially from children. One asked me, ‘What is coal for?’.” There are still aspects of the garden

design that may be tweaked but the general concept is now in place, and it is hoped it will open next summer to coincide with the museum's summer exhibitions. The museum is also planning some oral recordings about mining memories. John added: “We’re coming to a point where less and less people are around with the first hand knowledge, so it’s important to preserve that while we can.”

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– and, from November 25th, will be selling fresh and potted Christmas trees, too. Visitors can choose from a great selection of giftware (including designer candles, cards, fragrance oils and home accessories) – or, pick up firewood, log baskets and made-to-measure log stores. What could be more festive than a crackling open fire, after all? Well, a mug of cream topped hot chocolate springs to mind! Totties’ bistrocafe The Olive Tree has unveiled a new seasonal menu, featuring delicious snacks, cakes, fresh sandwiches and home cooked mains. For breakfast, there’s porridge with honey and blueberries – or, pan fried mushrooms with granary toast, chives and a poached egg (not to mention the ever popular Full English). Ladies and gents who lunch can opt for a freshly made Panini – or, one of the bistro’s mouthwatering mains. We’re struggling to choose between slow cooked beef pie with hand-cut chips and minted mushy peas, and the Barnsley Chop, served alongside creamy mash. There are plenty of vegetarian and gluten free options (including fish and chips), too. And the seasonal culinary delights don’t end there. From November 29th, The Olive Tree will be serving Christmas lunch; treat the family to one course for £8.95, and three for just £12.95. Or, opt for a Lavazza cappuccino, topped with chocolate sprinkles and enjoyed in the warmth of Totties’ cosy bistro. The views are as good as the food – and you can even round off your visit with a spot of Christmas shopping. How’s that for a winter pick-me-up? Contact Totties on 01484 683363; or for more information, visit

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Interior designer Michael Metcalfe.

Rachel Parry speaks to interior designer Michael Metcalfe of Harpers Interiors about upcoming trends, top design tips and the perks of hiring a professional.


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Impressive interior projects by Harpers Interiors. Photos by Jules Mosley, of Jam photography.

The perfect design


hen it comes to redecorating, whether it be an entire property or a single room, there’s so much more to consider beyond paint and paper. During a recent visit to Harpers Interiors in Kirkburton, owner and interior designer Michael Metcalfe explained that no matter what the project there are several key elements that should be taken into account for a flawless finish. “Lighting is absolutely key to creating the right look and feel for a room,” says Michael. “Flooring should also be chosen with care as it's expensive and disruptive to replace once it’s down.” Through his business, Michael has worked on numerous interior projects

throughout Yorkshire and beyond, with clients ranging from owners of rustic farm houses, to contemporary new builds – but his approach to all remains the same. “When designing a room you should always think about the way it will be used, both during the day and in the evening, to ensure it suits your needs,” says Michael. “It’s also important to consider the scale and balance of a room – be sure to measure and mark out with masking tape or chalk where furniture will go before buying it. “Finally make sure you save some of the budget for those all important finishing touches as these will add detail and interest. Always buy the best quality you can afford.”

Looking at what will be happening in interior design in the next 12 months, Michael says he expects to see more fashion designers crossing over into the world of interiors. “Vivienne Westwood did an interior collection for Cole and Son and others are following in her footsteps taking prints from the fashion catwalks and translating them into fabric and wallpaper collections. “Christian Lacroix has done a collection for Designers Guild, Matthew Williamson has done one for Osborne and Little and Alexander McQueen has collaborated with The Rug Company. “When it comes to trends, industrial style decor featuring wood, metal and stone will be a key look. This works


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better teamed with neutral or earthy backdrop colours. “Vintage will continue to be popular but it's important not to over do it – instead go for one star piece of vintage furniture to act as a focal point.” For those looking to add wallpaper to their home, Michael says to be brave and cover all four walls. “Go for patterned paper on all walls, or if that feels a bit too much, try wallpapering above wood panelling – its architectural detailing will add interest to a room lacking in features. “While bold patterns are continuing in wallpaper, we will see a lot of historic patterns coming through where geometric and block prints have gone before. Zoffany’s Tespi collection is a great example. Cole and Son and Pierre Frey also have historic patterns in their new collections. “For those wanting to introduce bold


patterns to interiors, there are options beyond curtains and blinds. For example in dining rooms mix things up and recover chairs with a bold printed fabric like the designs in Matthew Williamson’s collection.” Harpers Interiors is currently enjoying its busiest period to date with ongoing projects including a full property project on a farm house in Farnley Tyas, full interior design on a new tapas and wine bar in Holmfirth and assisting clients with holiday homes in St Andrew’s, Scotland, and Verbier, Swtizerland. Michael says hiring an interior designer doesn't necessarily mean handing over the entire project, but instead having an expert on hand who can help to source all that’s needed to achieve the desired design scheme. “It’s not about taking over but listening carefully to what the client

wants and fulfilling the brief,” says Michael. “We do everything from full property projects and single rooms through to assisting with individual elements such as furniture, soft furnishings, wall coverings, lighting and flooring. “Hiring an interior designer can also give you ideas for designs and products that you might not have even thought about as they get to see things at trade exhibitions that others don’t.” ■ Harpers Interiors, on North Road, Kirkburton, offers a full interior design service, from initial consultation to completion, and stocks leading brands including Osborne and Little, Colefax and Fowler, Designers Guild, Ralph Lauren, Cole and Son. Harpers Interiors has been short listed for ‘Best Room 2013’ in the Northern Design Awards.

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The season to be jolly: Gift buying sooner rather than later usually avoids a pre-Christmas melt down.

Get your Christmas wrapped up early


e are well and truly on the run up to the festive season now, which means it’s high time to start thinking about presents, parties and fabulous food. With so much to arrange it can be difficult to know where to start, but taking care of the gift buying sooner rather than later usually avoids a preChristmas melt down. For ladies’ clothes, perfume, lingerie, beauty products and jewellery always go down a treat. For something a little different, beauty treatment vouchers or spa experiences are bound to earn extra brownie points. Men are generally seen as harder to buy for but there are still plenty of gift options to choose from. Music vouchers, DVDs, video games and gadgets like tablet PCs, wireless head phones and smartphones are all top gifts and will keep men entertained during the festive season and beyond. Thinking outside the box, gig tickets or football tickets are often a good


way to a man’s heart. Experience days are equally popular, with choices including go-karting, white water rafting and hot air balloon rides. If you’re buying a joint present for a couple, indulgent food hampers are a great option. Ready made and packaged hampers are available for those with little time to spare, alternatively you could make your own up by visiting local farm shops to find festive goodies and fine local produce such as jams, chutneys and chocolate. Other joint present options include homeware, restaurant vouchers and overnight trips. When it comes to buying for children, the possibilities are pretty much endless. According to the experts top gifts for little ones this year include Monster High dolls, robotic fish and puppies, Lego and the Leappad Ultra – the closest thing yet to an iPad for children.

Once the gifts are all wrapped up you might want to concentrate on yourself by splashing out on a new outfit for the work Christmas party and/or festive get-togethers with family and friends. Other things on the ‘to do’ list include the festive food shop which often requires a visit to the supermarket for the essentials then a trip to the local butcher and farm shop for the all important turkey and extra seasonal treats. For those who prefer to leave the hard work to others, make your Christmas reservation with your chosen restaurant as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Any bookings for Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve should also be done as soon as possible. All that should be left to do is putting on a classic Christmas film, cracking open the mulled wine and decorating the Christmas tree.

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Wortley Bank Barn was converted as ‘a labour of love’ by its previous owners and lovingly redeveloped by its current ones. Paul Nizinskyj paid a visit.


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Your can bank on luxury


estled in a secluded edge of Wortley village, Wortley Bank Barn is the perfect spot for anyone who likes a quiet space to entertain guests. A beautiful barn conversion, the property is divided into two buildings, with a detached coach house forming a leisure annexe that also doubles up as a two-bedroom flat for guests. For owner Michelle Rigby, this was a Godsend for her entertaining personality and love of social gatherings. “There was just myself and my husband living here,” she said, “but if we ever wanted a bit more privacy that came in really useful. “Whenever we had guests staying, too, it was nice for them to have their own apartment and it was a great area for partying it up.”

The annexe was also used by the couple as a games house, and anyone keen on a game of snooker will be pleased to know the table is staying with the house and is joined by a scoreboard and optics for spirits. Another room was used as a cinema and could be easily turned back to this use for film buffs. The apartment also benefits from a first-floor decking area above two garages which offers tremendous views of the surrounding area from what is essentially the edge of a great hill. “We saw some great properties before we bought this one,” Michelle says, “but it was the view that really did it for us here.” Perfect for animal-lovers, too, there are two stables in the annexe, one of which has been converted into a gym

room, and an area of the four-acre garden is fenced off for horses or other animals. The house itself has been lovingly converted by the property’s previous owners, who spent the best part of 15 years transforming a bare barn into a comfortable, luxury home. The rooms, although large, have the low ceilings one would expect from such a conversion but the manner in which it has been done offers a warm, cosy, autumnal feel. The property is also helped by the underfloor heating added by Michelle. Indeed, Michelle and her husband also spent about a year redeveloping the house to their needs, fitting it with all mod cons while maintaining a traditional feel to the property. This development also made the annexe a useful temporary living


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space during the work. A three-bedroom house, a former box room was knocked through to form a larger family bathroom complete with stand-alone bath and two sinks. The master bedroom itself has its own large ensuite while the two spacious extra rooms would also be ideal as either children’s bedrooms or guest rooms. Children will be especially delighted


by a large wooden Wendy house in the grounds of the property, crowned by a pair of deer’s antlers and offering a magical refuge from the adult world. Couples without children would also find the structure a useful storage shed. Due to the size of the property’s grounds, green-fingered buyers will have plenty to get stuck into but, for those who take more of a backseat in

garden, the driveway area has already been taken care of. “For the rockery, we had a landscaper recommend all the plants we needed and we bought a lot of established plants,” Michelle says. “We paved the driveway, too, as it was pebbled before.”  Wortley Bank Barn is offered for sale by Fine and Country for offers in the region of £1,150,000.

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Two of the top players in the world met at Barnsley Squash Club recently. Doug O’Kane found out how the club has attracted such stars.


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STARS AT SHAW LANE: National squash ace Andy Whipp (left) takes on Hallamshire’s Chris Fuller in Barnsley, while Josh Greaves (below) was also in action.

Making a racquet


haw Lane Sports Club is one of the busiest and best-equipped in Barnsley and the surrounding area but, from the outside on a Wednesday evening in October, there is nothing to suggest that two of the best squash players in the world are in action. Once you make your way past the bowling green, through the busy bar filled with amateur sportsmen and women and past the changing rooms for Barnsley’s cricket and rugby union teams, you will find the five courts owned by Barnsley Squash Club. They are all used by regular members of the club, of which there are more than 100, but the two show courts are

reserved every couple of weeks during the winter months for the first team’s games in the Yorkshire Squash League. On this particular evening, Barnsley are playing Hallamshire in the Yorkshire League and each side has one of the biggest names in the world playing for them. Making a rare appearance for the visitors is Commonwealth Games champion and former world number one Nick Matthew, from Sheffield. His opponent is Barnsley’s exciting new signing Ong Ben Hee, a former world youth champion and double Asian Games gold medal winner from Malaysia.

Both players are ranked in the top 25 in the world and the match is played to a very high standard in front of around 100 spectators packed into the impressive viewing area. “It is great to have such talented and well-known players at Shaw Lane,” said Barnsley chairman Ian Meade. “We see ourselves at the forefront of Yorkshire squash and we have brought in a lot of high-profile players.” Barnsley are well backed by a host of sponsors so are able to sign the likes of Hee, who took bronze at the last Commonwealth games when Matthew claimed gold. The Shaw Laners’ squad is completed


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World number three Nick Matthew looks on at Shaw Lane.

Harrogate’s Ben Hee.

by Andy Whipp, one of the top players in the country, 13-time Barnsley champion David Evans, Yorkshire’s Mike Stead, England under 16 star James Peach and Cheshire County players Peter Bilton and Rob Taylor. Whipp said: “I have been to a lot of squash clubs in the past which are dark and dingy and not very nice places to be, so it is very refreshing to walk into Shaw Lane and see these great facilities. “I would keeping playing for them forever if I could.” Club secretary Richard Maxwell says


being based at Shaw Lane, where there is a bar and other sports facilities, has helped the squash club to grow. He said: “Squash is a good sport to get involved with. It is popular because there is a good social aspect to it. “A lot of our members come down, play a game and then have a pint at the bar and watch a Yorkshire League match. “A lot of the cricket and rugby players are also members of the squash club. It is quite accessible. We can lend new starters racquets but if you

wanted to get your own and the special shoes you need then it would probably cost you about £50 for all the equipment.” Squash is currently in the Commonwealth Games but not the Olympics. Maxwell says that, if squash was featured at London 2012, the Barnsley club would have seen an increase in participation. He said: “If squash was in the Olympics, Great Britain could get gold, silver and bronze in the men’s events. We would definitely benefit from some exposure in the Olympics.”

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The Lamproom Theatre Company presents

Family run business with a personal, friendly service



A comedy by Tim Firth A grown-up seasonal treat that is perfect for adults – and the child in all of us! Monday 11th to Saturday 16th November at 7.30pm

The Lamproom Musical Theatre Company presents


A wonderful Christmas family show by John Kelly

Thurs. 21 to Sun. 24 Nov. and Thurs. 28 to Sat. 30 Nov.

You must book early! Oh yes you must!

* SHOWROOM 108 Barnsley Road Wath-upon-Dearne Rotherham S63 6DQ

PHONE 0500 123435


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The Lamproom Theatre, Westgate, Barnsley

Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.00pm Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm

Box Office: 01226 200075

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furniture interiors


Large extending table and 6 faux leather chairs Was £1393 £799 Limited stock (MEASURES: CLOSED 5’ 7” EXTENDED 7’ 3”)

For every room in your home For every occasion in your life FANTASTIC SHOWROOM DISPLAYS AT: The Old Garage | Genn Lane | Ward Green | Barnsley Telephone: 01226 280773

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Christmas Opening Closed from 20th December 2013 Reopen 6th January 2014

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Baker Finch Interiors


Suppliers of beautiful bespoke kitchens and bedrooms Based in Horbury Bridge, we supply and fit kitchens including appliances, bedrooms, doors and flooring. A full installation service is available including gas and electrics.

Telephone: 01924 271999 Mobile: 07768 222913 Bridge House, Bridge Road, Horbury Bridge, Wakefield WF4 5NN

A quality service from design to installation

Part of the Leods Group

Belgian chocolate! Belgian chocolate shipped in and brought direct to us to use in our handmade chocolates. Delicious truffle, creme and fondant fillings made by us in our very own mini “chocolate factory!” We put our own twist on traditional Belgian and Swiss recipes plus we have also developed our own delicious flavours with wonderful textures. We also make moulded Santas, trees, snowmen, Christmas puddings and everything for the chocoholic and Christmas gifts for young and old.


Celebration Cakes & Chocolatiers

316 Barnsley Road, Cudworth, Barnsley S72 8TD • 01226 710221 •




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Bill Bass, Horticulturist: Totties Garden Centre:

“Of moonlight through my lacy Lilac tree; I heard the robins stirring in their nest; And saw the path that fairy feet had pressed; Reflected stars were in my garden pool; On my arm face the breeze was kind and cool.” Eva Sparks Taylor

“Winter is almost here but there is still a lot to do. Get your spade and follow me”


PLANTS FOR FREE: Hope you enjoyed the garden design and found it useful. Winter is just around the corner and already it is much colder. There is still a great deal to be done in the garden. October is a good time to plant border perennials. The soil is still warm so the plants can make some root growth before the winter sets in. Plant in the way discussed earlier using a slow release fertlizer and well rotted manure as a base dressing. Also October is the best time to divide border perennials, (propagation by division). Just dig out the established plant and divide into two or more plants. You can cut through roots with a spade or divide with two garden forks placed together at the centre of the plant, and split them apart. Prepare the ground for tree and rose planting, which can be done in November. You only get one chance to make planting areas the best you can before planting. Make sure the area is weed free and do this by double digging, (getting down to a depth of two spades). Pull out weeds as you go and add well rotted manure and a slow release fertilizer. This will stand you in good stead, as it will soon be time to start winter digging.


1: Harvest main crop potatoes. Half-term was the old potato picking week when I was a lad. Try to get it done for then. 2: Order roses and bare rooted trees for planting in November. 3: Carry on planting spring bulbs. Place the bulbs in a flat bottomed hole, twice the depth of the bulb. 4: Plant primrose and winter pansies to keep borders, baskets and tubs looking good up to Christmas and through the winter. Primroses flower in autumn and spring, so they are always a good buy. Transplant them in to borders in late winter. 5: Any hard landscaping can be started. Paths, patios and walls can be constructed now. Remember good preparation is vital for this. Good foundations are a must for this task. It’s what you can’t see that counts.

NOVEMBER: ROSES: Plant roses bare rooted or in containers. Prepare the ground well by digging, removing weeds and adding well rotted manure and a balanced slow release fertilizer. If the roses are bare rooted soak them in water for two hours before planting. Prune established roses back to five buds to prevent winter rock. VEGETABLE GARDEN: Harvest main crop potatoes and store in a cool dark frost free place, in paper or hessian bags. Hoe in between sprout plants and winter cabbage, and add a little potash to get those sprouts ready for Christmas. You know you love them really. THE LAWN: You will have done the last cut and edged the lawn for winter. Clear all fallen leaves that may have gathered on the lawn and do not walk on the grass when it is very wet or frosty.

At Totties: There’s an abundance of plants, tools, gifts, decorations, paving stones, garden furniture, fertilizer and sundries to choose from.

“I have enjoyed chatting to you about gardens and gardening. Hope you have enjoyed it and look forward to more chat with you in December and the new year.”

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Building and Garden Supplies

Suppliers to the trade and public of:

Fencing • Paving Sand • Cement Limestone • Topsoil Decorative gravel Turf and much more ROCKSALT NOW IN STOCK

Sheds and summer houses now available from £170 Find us on

Yard 1 • 14 Peel Place • Barnsley S71 1LU Just off bottom of Old Mill Lane

Telephone Barnsley 243344

Treat yourself this Christmas at

ROB ROYD Farm Shop and Restaurant!

Pick up one of our Christmas order forms with a selection of succulent turkeys, the finest quality meats and delicious pies to ensure you have the best Christmas feast! Our gift hampers, gift wrapped wines and vouchers make the perfect Christmas present! GENN LANE, WORSBROUGH, BARNSLEY S70 6NW. (01226) 248662




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Fed up of all those PPI calls? Read on...



ouldn’t you just know it? There I was, engrossed in the latest action-packed episode of Emmerdale – a tiny Yorkshire village with a higher crime rate than Johannesburg and LA put together – when the phone rang, an ear splitting, reverberating racket, filled with menace, sufficient to set me off imagining all kinds of nasty things. Leaping from my seat, I swooped eagle-like for the receiver. Big mistake; the instant the receiver touched my ear, it was possible to make out the non-stop hustle and bustle of the busy call-centre. Timeshare or double glazing used to dominate; nowadays it’s PPI. “...But I’ve never taken out protection insurance on anything,” I protested, foolishly engaging the commission-based, target driven, speed-talking salesman in conversation. “Not according to our records, sir. It says here you purchased a second-hand Formula One racing car for £50,000 last year; Arrows FA-14; V8 engine; sequential gearbox; the lot – complete with missold monthly PPI.” Formula One racing car? What? He was having a laugh, wasn’t he? I had a Scalextric when I was at school – but got rid of that when I somehow managed to pick up three points for speeding. “You really have got the wrong person,” I insisted, sighing so heavily, it sounded like an


express train, passing through a deserted station at midnight. “I don’t know the first thing about motor racing. It’s a dreadful sport and bores me rigid.” But the salesman wasn’t letting go without a fight; I pictured him, sitting there, mouthful of gum, coolly adjusting his flesh coloured, wraparound headset. “Give up, sir. It’s the best sport there is, that’s all – and anything you need to know on the subject, I’m your man.” I glimpsed the TV; Cain Dingle was up to no good again. And neither was I – it was time for a bit of sport. “OK then, big head,” I said, nonchalantly, “who won the last of his three driver world championships in 1984?” The response was instantaneous. “Lauda,” he said, oozing with confidence. Raising my tone several decibels, I hurriedly repeated the question, and then again, over and over, until I almost burst his eardrums with my intensity. “Who won the last of his three driver’s championships in 1984!” “Lauda!” he screamed. “Lauda! What are you? Deaf? Daft? Or both...? Sir? Are you still there? Hello, sir. Hello...” I put the phone down, punching the air as I returned to the TV. Get in there, son: one nil to the lad.




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