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SUMMER 2010

GODIVA ROCKS IT’S BACK, IT’S HAPPENING, IT’S HERE!

BEACH BABES

SWIMWEAR JUST GOT HOTTER

HOT STUFF

THE LATEST GADGETS TRIED AND TESTED

WETHE 80’s FRIDAY NIGHT LEGENDS REVEAL ALL

IN THE BAG!

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO ALL THINGS HOLIDAY

WIN! WIN! WIN!

IT’S THE NAKED TRUTH BRODY AND KIRSTY GET CHEEKY!

RAISE the ROOF

WE TEST DRIVE THIS SEASON’S HOTTEST CABRIOLET

COMPETITIONS COMPETITIONS A CHILDREN’S BIRTHDAY BASH – A SUMMER MAKEOVER – BARBECUE BONANZA.... WIN WIN WIN


EDITOR’S SUMMER 2010

WELCOME Welcome to the summer edition of Feel Alive magazine Things are hotting up and do we have a scorching summer edition for you!

With the Godiva Festival just around the corner, we caught up with two 80’s legends, Garry Christian and Hazel O’Connor and got the low down on their life, news and views before they turn up the heat at this year’s hottest event. As the temperature rises make sure you look cool by the pool in all the latest trends for summer. School’s out and for all those considering university make sure you turn to page 28 where two Coventry students give us the gossip about life on campus. Join us as we lift the lid on Lexus’s latest Summer model and meet local business woman Beryl Atkins who is quite literally transforming peoples lives in our new “You’re the Boss” feature. Brody and Kirsty from Touch get cheeky with this season’s beauty essentials and make sure you have a stress free holiday with our hints and tips on surviving that last minute break. Add in news, reviews, competitions, activities for the children and lots more and you’re in for one Sizzling Summer issue – enjoy!

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NEWS 5 K eeping you up posted on all the latest happenings in the city

FASHION 12 Women’s fashion – The perfect 14

15 Children’s fashion – add a splash of colour to their wardrobe

FEATURES 16 How to Look Good (nearly) Naked! – A cheeky insight into looking your best whilst undressed!

20 Drop the Top and Drive – We took the Lexus IS 250C SEi for a spin

22 Hot Stuff – We review the latest entertainment technology so you don’t have to

26 Holiday – left your holiday to the last minute again? Turn to page 26 for some tips

28 University Speaking – Our intern caught up 30

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38 Feel Alive is produced by CV One Ltd Editor in Chief Mick McLaughlin m.mclaughlin@cvone.co.uk 024 7660 7015 Editorial Team Deputy Editor Jo Grimshaw j.grimshaw@cvone.co.uk 024 7660 7004 Editorial Darren Lee Taylor d.taylor@cvone.co.uk 024 7660 7003 Editorial Sean Taggart Sales Executive Lucie Watson l.watson@cvone.co.uk 024 7660 7013 Design www.watermarkdesign.co.uk 01926 493666 Print and Distribution Trinity Mirror Group

guide to pool side glamour Men’s fashion – keep it cool this summer

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with two final year students for the low down on student life You’re the Boss! – We met Beryl Atkins a local lady who is quite literally transforming people’s lives! Be !nventive – The Bubble Machine comes to Coventry! Celeb Interview – 80’s legends Garry Christian and Hazel O’Connor popped in for a chat Kid’s Page – Give your brain cells a workout with our riddles and giggles and enter our fab competition

OUT & ABOUT 24 Guide to Godiva – It’s back, the guide to the city’s finest festival

32 Twilight – with the recent release of Eclipse the editorial team went for a gothic adventure

40 What’s On – the lowdown on events and activities happening in the city this summer

42 Godiva Awards – The Search is on for the finest venues and attractions in the region!

46 The sun is shining... – Everything you need to know about hosting the perfect bbq garden party

COMPETITIONS 47 Win Win Win! – Win Barbecue Bonanza courtesy of Coventry Market 50 Win Win Win! – Win a course of laser hair removal, a spray tan and Bumble and bumble goody bag!

Feel Alive is funded by the Coventry City Centre Business Improvement District (BID) a partnership between customer facing businesses in the City Centre, CVOne and other key stakeholders. The levy paid, funds retail security, cleansing, a major marketing programme and also supports our entry into Britain in Bloom to make Coventry City Centre a safer, cleaner and greener place to visit, shop and do business.

CV ONE LTD 8 Hay Lane, Coventry CV1 5RF www.cvone.co.uk Chief Executive Liz Millett Head of Destination Marketing Nicola Leake

* Disclaimer: Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in the publication, CV One Ltd cannot accept any responsibility for any errors it may contain. All prices, events and information was correct at time of going to press but may be subject to change without further notice. The views and opinions in this publication do not necessarily reflect those of the advertisers or publishers.

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Corporation Street has welcomed its newest addition, Embrace. The stylish and contemporary new unisex hair salon has been opened by local businessman and stylist, Tony Zita. Tony has over 20 years experience in the field and started his career in London before relocating to Coventry. The Salon opened in late April and has already built itself a strong client base. Tony formerly of Chaplins in Cannon Park, and his team of 3 stylists offer a full range of services at very competitive prices. In addition to offering standard cut and finish and colour treatments they also specialise in colour correction, perms and Racoon hair extensions and offer student and OAP discounts Monday to Thursday. Product wise Embrace stock a wide variety of treatments including Australian favourites Muk and Fudge, Matrix professional haircare products

Embrace your hair!

and the latest celebrity must have treatment, Morrocan Oil. Embrace are currently offering an exclusive Feel Alive 20% discount, simply mention this article before paying. Opening hours are usually: Tuesday to Friday 9am – 5:30pm and Saturday 9am – 4:30pm but the salon can be flexible, to book an appointment call: 024 7663 3665 or visit www.embracehair.co.uk Embrace 6 Corporation Street Coventry

Living the Dream

Godiva Award Winner for Best New Venture 2009, American Imports has gone from strength to strength since winning the prestigious award last October. The popular shop has joined forces with the Coventry Blaze Hockey Locker and moved into a larger retail unit in Market Way. American Imports specialise in bringing a taste of Uncle Sam’s finest wares to the centre of Coventry. Customers can expect to find an array of candy including nerds, hot tamales, jolly ranchers and candy corn to

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Coventry’s latest sandwich shop can be found on Hertford Street in the City centre tucked in beside the Glasshouse bar. Open from 7.30am ‘til 4pm Mon-Sat, Howies is the perfect place to go for mouth watering breakfast baguettes with bacon, sausage, fried egg, tomatoes and onions to start your day. The lunch menu is varied and extensive and the friendly staff are more than happy to create a

name but a few. In addition to the extensive range of candies and chocolate the store stocks everything from Lucky Charms and Pop Tarts to Mountain Dew and Aunt Jemima Maple Syrup. American Imports are also the only UK based enterprise to have sole distribution rights to Janes Krazy Mixed Up Salt. American Imports can be found at 18 Market Way, Coventry City Centre. Market Way Coventry 07717201888 www.4thofJuly.co.uk

custom sandwich from ingredients on the menu. The sandwich shop also offers a free city centre delivery service, customers can choose from a range of freshly filled baguettes, paninis, rolls, sandwiches or bagels and prices start from just £2.30. Howies 48a Hertford Street Coventry CV1 1LF 024 7622 2700

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King of the Swingers The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum will be opening a spectacular new exhibition on the 31st July which will run all summer. The Face to Face exhibition from the National History Museum will showcase 30 stunning and emotive portraits of primates including, gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans and bonobos from the internationally acclaimed photographer James Mollison. Face to Face will highlight the vitality and intelligence of these magnificent and threatened animals. Each image tells a personal story, to encourage the audience to consider their relationship with, and their treatment of the natural world. It

Unique new showcase for city centre Already the logical arrival point for many people visiting the city centre, West Orchards has recently reinforced its gateway status with a strong marketing initiative ”the city starts here”. As part of this initiative it has created an exciting venue offering community organisations, public bodies and commercial businesses a promotional space unlike any other to showcase their talent, events, activities and

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The Atrium Gallery in the city’s West Orchards Shopping Centre offers a unique new type of experience to Coventry’s discerning shoppers and a unique new way for the city’s community and partner organisations to reach their audience. services to the 145,000 people who visit West Orchards every week. For further information about the Atrium Gallery and showcasing your organisation email: cathy@westorchards.co.uk

does this by bringing us face to face with some of the individual animals that have been most deeply affected by the actions of humans. To complement this exhibition, local artist Katie Boyce has created a thought-provoking installation which considers Man’s impact on their closest relatives. ‘Roots’ explores the themes of deforestation, extinction and animals in captivity, the artwork touches upon these hard-hitting subjects in the way of photography, and installation based sculpture. If you’ve got little monkeys to entertain over the summer, you could also pay a visit to this year’s

FREE play installation. Strongly influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach to creative play, ‘In The Big Treetop’ is waiting to be discovered by children and their families. It is a magical place where anything can happen; if you can imagine it, you can be it. This drop-in activity is open from 17 July until 31 August and is suitable for the under 8s. All of these activities are FREE To join the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum’s mailing list, visit the website at www.theherbert.org. The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum Jordan Well 024 7683 2386

Conroy’s Comes to Coventry Conroy’s is a new Coffee House and Sandwich Bar situated on Corporation Street. It is the brain child of local caterer and entrepreneur Mary Conroy. With over 20 years experience and award winning pub food under her belt Mary saw the opportunity to open up a quality coffee house and sandwich bar in Corporation Street. Before opening up the coffee house Ms Conroy conducted extensive research in Italy, New York, Denver and Seattle, all the places that you would associate with great coffee. The aim of Conroys is simple, to help you make the most of your break time by providing excellent coffee and freshly prepared food in comfortable surroundings which makes it the perfect place for respite from your shopping trip or lunchtime spent away from the office.

The menu is extensive and serves hot toasties and paninis, filled sandwiches and croissants, salads and jacket potatoes as well as homemade soups and a selection of cakes and pastries. Toasties and sandwiches are also available as a gluten free option. www.conroyscoffeehouse.co.uk

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Feeling Blue? The Belgrade Theatre’s B2 auditorium is going from strength to strength with its productions, the latest addition being a true story of triumph over adversity with the production of ‘We Love You City’ from 25 Sept – 16 Oct, which focuses on Coventry City’s legendary FA Cup Final win in 1987 in what BBC commentator John Motson described as “the finest Cup Final I’ve had the pleasure of commentating on.” Spurs were going for a record eighth victory and had never lost a final, while unfancied Coventry were appearing in their first ever final after 104 years of trying. Against all odds and expectations CCFC eventually triumphed and

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAMADA!

the streets of Coventry were soon awash with a sea of blue as the city became united in victory.

to relive the atmosphere and emotion surrounding this defining time in the city’s history.

We Love You City is a coproduction between the Belgrade Theatre and the Coventry based Talking Birds Theatre Company, which has an international reputation for creating theatre that transforms spaces and marks significant moments, particularly in Coventry. In September, We Love You City will transform the Belgrade’s B2 auditorium into Wembley stadium.

For three weeks eleven players will take centre stage in the B2 auditorium to recreate the events of that legendary match and tell the inspiring and life changing stories that were taking place in and around the city during those nail-biting 90 minutes – plus a bit of extra time.

The Belgrade Theatre and Talking Birds have been working together to collate people’s stories, memories and reflections of that day to provide a snapshot of Coventry in 1987 and the chance The Godiva award winning Ramada Hotel and Suites celebrates its 5th Birthday this September. The stunning four star contemporary Hotel has a mix of high tech modern bedrooms and exquisite apartment suites with panoramic views over the city centre. In addition the ultra chic Mediterranean style Fellinis restaurant offers mouth watering cuisine and a 5 star dining experience including a bespoke menu cooked by the head chef.

Tickets for We Love You City will be available from the box office on 024 7655 3055 or via www.belgrade.co.uk at the end of June when the Belgrade’s new season is introduced.

in Coventry. We are extremely proud of all we have achieved and its testament to our fantastic staff who all play an extremely important part in providing customer excellence.” “We are planning to celebrate this year by involving the community and local schools who have supported us so well over the years. In addition we are also looking forward to the future, welcoming guests old and new and continuing to provide a world class professional service.”

In celebration of its achievements over the past 5 years the hotel will be providing a series of special offers throughout September to thank everyone who has contributed to its huge success.

Check the website for special offers and celebrate with Ramada Coventry, whether it’s a relaxing weekend or a business function, this fantastic hotel never fails to impress.

Lee Hart, Sales Manager, Ramada Hotel, Coventry, said:

The Butts, Coventry Tel 024 7623 8110 www.ramadacoventry.co.uk

“It’s hard to believe that it’s 5 years since we opened the hotel

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School maybe out but the uniforms are in...

The new store will stock all the usual uniforms at very competitive prices as well as introducing specialist dance and work wear to its range.

Cat Ballou is an established name in Coventry having provided the local community with school wear and uniforms since 1972. The high-quality retailer is the largest year round stockist of school uniforms in the area and also specialises in uniforms for cubs, scouts and brownies. Cat Ballou has recently expanded and opened its doors to the public with a new city centre based premises in The Burges.

The opening hours are Monday – Friday 9:00 – 5:30 and Saturday 9:00 – 6:00 which will make shopping for the school uniforms over the summer a lot easier. Cat Ballou 1-3 The Burges Coventry 024 7655 5499 www.catballou.co.uk

Eden Better! Eden Bar and Restaurant has recently undergone an extensive redevelopment since being taken over by new management last year. Situated in the grounds of a stunning grade 2 listed property, Eden is quite possibly one of the most unique Bars and Restaurants in the Midlands. The refurbishment has rejuvenated the venue, bringing it up to date with contemporary touches whilst incorporating and embracing all the original listed features.

Eden is a laid back and stylish venue which boasts four open fire places, a newly rendered marquee, enclosed courtyard garden and lots of cosy corners to ensure there is always a place to match your mood.

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The restaurant serves up a blend of gastro and modern cuisine and is fast becoming a popular choice amongst city centre diners for a relaxed bite to eat or an intimate dinner. The bar welcomes some of Coventry’s best live acoustic artists, live jazz, tribute acts and top class house DJs over the weekends. 3 Ryley Street Coventry, 024 7655 1234

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Bumbling Along! New York City-based Bumble and bumble is the celebrity and fashion world’s favourite hair care company dedicated to innovation, inspiration and education.

products stocked include the highly talked about surf spray which adds definition and texture without weighing the hair down. Pop into 17a for the full range of products and prices.

17a on Spon Street Coventry are the only city centre based salon to have secured sole distribution rights for this upmarket and luxurious brand. Bumble and bumble specialise in high end shampoos, conditioners, treatments and styling products for all types of hair. The

17a Salon Spon Street Coventry 024 7625 8010


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FEATURES | HOW TO LOOK GOOD NAKED

How to look good At long last, summer’s finally here and that can only mean one thing, it’s time to bare all down the beach! If the thought of stripping down to your swimwear makes your blood run cold, fear not we took two of Coventry and warwickshire’s most popular disc jockeys to uncover some of the best beauty tips, tricks and cheats around to ensure you look and feel hot even if the weather’s not!

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Before you flash the flesh, it is essential that your skin is in tip top condition, you can achieve this by taking simple steps such as drinking plenty of water, maintaining a regular sleep pattern, exfoliating once or twice a week and moisturising regularly. The skin on our faces has a different need to that of our bodies so make sure you use scrubs and creams that are specifically designed for the delicate face and neck area. The Body Shop do a great Shea Butter Body Scrub which is packed full of skin loving nutrients and smells gorgeous too.

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Breakfast DJ for Touch FM Best body bit:

Smile? Proper smile, not a put on smile hahaha! Worst body bit:

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Clinique in Debenhams have a fantastic range of skin supplies for men, including the exfoliating body wash which is gentle yet effective and the Age Defense Hydrator that reduces lines and wrinkles whilst preventing further damage.

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Brody Swain Occupation:

Breakfast DJ for Touch FM Best body bit:

I’ve been told my eyes over the years. The current Mrs Swain also likes my one dimple when I smile. Worst body bit:

My belly! Looking 7 months pregnant isn’t a good look for me.


HOW TO LOOK GOOD NAKED | FEATURES De fuzzing is also a regular feature in the pre holiday routine, here you have a number of choices, go to a professional salon, such as Renaissance for a wax, Kirans in West Orchards for threading session or even invest in a course of laser hair removal treatments from Blushers in City Arcade. Alternatively you could go for a bit of DIY with either; hair removal creams, wax strips, epilation or shaving. In summer your hair and nails tend to grow faster so essential maintenance is a must. For your nails you can choose to give yourself a manicure and pedicure, with bodycare stocking a fantastic crystal nail file and Boots in Lower Precinct have a whole section dedicated to nailcare and treatments or alternatively visit Enigma on Spon Street and either go for a standard manicure or opt for acrylic tips. Obviously with the hair side of things it’s always best to go to the professionals to banish any split ends! Toni and Guy on Market Way are experts in the industry and will be able to give advice on what your hair needs to stay silky all summer long. A dazzling white smile is a great way to boost your appearance and confidence, Spa Dental on Corporation Street offer a professional and friendly service which delivers fantastic results. If a visit to the dentist isn’t top of your list there are a great range of home whitening kits and toothpastes out there. Wilkinsons in Cathedral Lanes have a huge range from Beverley hills whitening to pearl drops and even cater for sensitive teeth too. If you’re after instant results visit spa dental for a whitening treatment alternatively try Clinique’s lipstick collection for a brighter smile. Arguably one of worst moments of your holiday for those with a fair complexion is that first day sunbathing, everyone else seems bronzed to perfection whilst you remain a bit pasty to say the least. Don’t worry, it’s nothing a spot of fake tan won’t sort out, head down to Superdrug on Hertford Street for a range of brands and applications styles from mists to foams to ensure a streak free finish.

READERS OFFER

We have teamed up with Diane from Renaissance to offer Feel Alive readers 3 exclusive Summer beauty offers: Book a full facial and get a free eyebrow shape. Book a pedicure and get a half price manicure and finally a free bikini wax with a full leg wax! To take advantage of any of these sizzling offers contact Diane on: 024 7622 0694

Tune into Touch fm from 6am weekday mornings to start your day with a smile. Brody covers Coventry on 96.2 whilst Kirsty touches Warwick, Leamington Spa and Kenilworth on 107.3 www.mytouchfm.co.uk

Sun protection is paramount to healthy skin so make sure you invest in a decent sunscreen as they have an average shelf life of 12 months. It’s no good digging the remains of last year’s lotions from out of your suitcase – the SPF will have significantly fallen! We love the L’Oreal Solar Expertise range, available in both Boots and Superdrug, which claims to offer long lasting protection whilst fighting premature skin aging caused by UVA and UVB rays.

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FEATURES | CITY COLLEGE COVENTRY

Over the years our students have proven themselves in all walks of life and professions, from world class athletes to captains of industry. The one thing they all can say with pride is that they were all ‘Made in Coventry’ by us.

www.covcollege.ac.uk

Join Us If you would like further information on our courses or the College please visit www.covcollege.ac.uk or email our course information team on courses@covcollege.ac.uk. You can also telephone Course Information on 024 7679 1000

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Main enrolment dates: Wednesday 1st September 2010 10.00am – 8.00pm Thursday 2nd September 2010

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City Salon offers a variety of treatments to refresh, relax and revitalise, including a range of hair, holistic, beauty and nail treatments. For a small charge you can enjoy relaxing massage, facial, hand treatments including artificial nails, holistic treatments in aromatherapy or reflexology or change your image with a new exciting hair colour or style.

Look good, feel good, and work better! You can enjoy a variety of treatments which will relax, refresh and revitalise including:

• Electrolysis • Facial treatments • Hairdressing • Make up • Manicures • Massage • Pedicures • Waxing

Be a Fashionista at City College Coventry The brand new salons are open during the day and evening for your convenience during term time. Check out our range of treatments and price list on line at www.covcollege.ac.uk Please note that all treatments are undertaken by college students under the supervision of tutors.

Please book your appointment on 024 7679 1748

City College Coventry has a proud and successful track record in fashion. Over the last few years they have won the Clothes Show Live Young Designer of the Year twice and runner up once. They have also won the Clothes Show Live Young Hat Designer of the Year once. Julia Fallon, course leader for fashion said, “Most of our students go on to have successful careers in the fashion industry, running and promoting shows. Each year they organise the College Fashion Show from start to finish, they promote it, design it, choreograph it and star in it.”

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FEATURES | LEXUS IS 250C SEi

LOOK HOT THIS SUMMER IN ONE OF THE MOST STYLISH, SMOOTH AND SENSATIONAL DRIVING EXPERIENCES ON THE ROAD…

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From coupé to convertible in around 20 seconds, the IS 250C SEi combines style with substance, providing a sophisticated and pleasurable driving experience for the distinguished and smart individual. With a simple, tight and angulated shell, it effortlessly drifts and turns from every slight motion, reaching 60mph in just under 9 seconds. The V6 engine purrs into life at the press of the electronic starter button, with firm pressure on the middle brake pad, the 250C lights up like an alien spacecraft, with steering column extending out for ease and comfort. Once the operating procedure is complete, dials and dash set and raring to go, the six speed automatic gearbox comes into life. Offering parked, reverse, neutral and drive and sport options, you can slide the comfortable lever into position and ease the throttle with the simplest of motions. In top gear and cruising at optimum speed, the 250C is a beautiful thing. It steers and corners with a fluid, tracked and steady flow that makes you feel as if you’re flying through the air. Every bump and nudge is cushioned by the double wishbone, multilink suspension, and the leather interior completes the all round softness. Smooth, sultry and sensationally poised, the 250C combines all the latest technology with state of the art handling and control to make your drive, the ultimate experience on the road. Heated seats, electronic windows, ABS, BAS, EPS, Traction Control, USB ports, a Vehicle Dynamics Integrated system, 18’ alloys, multi-purpose airbags, electrically adjustable mirrors, a three part retractable

hard top, parking assistant sensors and a fully integrated unit on the dashboard including satellite navigation, mobile phone link-up, audio tuning, 6 CD player, climate control and locking features, the 250C is like a James Bond car of the future. Even with an extremely handy parking and reversing aid on the main console terminal the 250C has limited view through its tiny back screen, and instead, the driver has to become accustomed to the adjusting and levelling of the interior seats and mirrors in order to see fully. With so much onboard navigation, sensory equipment and alarms, the 250C still manages to be a car that is extremely safe and easy to drive. Boot space was disappointingly shallow, although with the folding roof and the mechanisms this wasn’t hard to see why. However what it loses in depth it gains in length, still offering plenty of space for that all important shopping. One other point of negativity is the slow pull off in drive control, from idle stop; it tends to drag slightly from low gear, although if controlled manually with the sports speed box, it improves dramatically. The most comfortable and natural position in drive mode however does require some heavy acceleration. Once the car reaches 3rd gear automatically it zooms like a bullet from a gun, infiltrating the sensory organs of its co-host with a dazzling and vengeful nature.

Brakes were extremely responsive, shift downs were accurately maintained and controlled and the onboard driver aids were exceptional. Apart from an endlessly dirty touch screen, the main console added a futuristic, modern approach to an otherwise standard looking motor.

SPECIFICATIONS Maximum Speed mph (km/h) 130 (210) Acceleration 0-62 mph (s) 9.0 Combined mpg (l/100km) 30.4 (9.3) Engine Type VVT-i Fuel type Petrol Capacity (cc) 2500 Cylinder/Valves V6/24 Compression ratio 12.0:1 Maximum output (kW / DIN hp @ rpm)153/208@6400 Maximum torque (Nm@rpm) 252@4800 Transmission type6-speed automatic Drive Rear-wheel drive CO2 Combined (g/km) 219 Fuel tank capacity (l) 65 Gross Vehicle Weight (kg) 2045 Kerb weight (min.-max.) (kg) 1730 – 1750 Length (mm) 4635 Width 1800 Height 1415 Luggage compartment (litres) 420 / 165 On The Road (OTR) Price £38,240.00

Car courtesy of Listers Lexus, London Road, Coventry CV3 4LP Telephone 02476 518100 www.listersgroup.co.uk/Lexus Feel Alive Summer 2010 21


FEATURES | HEATED GADGETS

HOTSTUFF These super heated gadgets are guaranteed to send you into meltdown with their slick, smart and smouldering specifications…….

Bose QuietComfort 3 Noise Cancelling Headphones For those that prefer a compact on-ear design with rechargeable batteries, the QuietComfort 3 headphones offers substantial noise reduction, enhanced audio performance and an ergonomic, comfortable fit that frees you up to sit back and relax with your favourite tunes. These super powered, sophisticated and high quality headphones from Bose, leaves all other interpretations firmly in second place.

B&W Zeppelin iPod Docking Station The B&W Zeppelin iPod docking station is a serious piece of kit. With over 40 years of speaker design excellence and inspirational technology, it’s an extremely clever, ergonomic and intelligent system. With a seamless clip-on attachment on the front for a range of iPod models, undiscovered musical clarity in the amazing volume definitions and the breathtaking and revolutionary fluidity of its crystal clear notes, the Zeppelin is an absolute marvel to behold. The outer body shell is made up of a clever composite of highlydamped, constrained layers of stiff polymer, making it look super smooth and sleek. Combining super sound, sexy looks and an easy to use setup, the Zeppelin certainly packs a powerful punch in the innovation department.

KRCS – West Orchards Shopping Centre 024 7625 2280 £299.99

SAMSUNG HT-C555/XEU Home Cinema System A state-of-the-art, 5.1 channel surround sound, 1000w speaker system, with wireless rear utilities, HDMI upscaling capabilities, an iPod cradle, Crystal Amp Pro technology and WMA, JPEG, MP3 playback as standard. The HTC555/XEU system also has CD ripping boosters, enhancing and building on the impressive beats that reverberate around your room, giving you cinema quality sound for any occasion.

Electronix – Shelton Square Coventry www.electronix-direct.co.uk 024 7663 0444 £329.99

ON THE

HORIZON

Nintendo 3DS Coming Winter 2010 Nintendo have revealed to the world that they are working on the next iteration of the Nintendo DS system. The new console, unlike the recent XL model, is a brand new unit, and will be a standalone product come launch in Q4 2010. Hopefully out in time for Christmas, the Nintendo 3DS offers 3D technology without the need for glasses. Exactly how the unit works is still a mystery, although expect plenty of details to come out of Japan very soon.

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SKU: 20355 Frank Harvey Hi-Fi 163-165 Spon Street Coventry City Centre 024 7652 5200 £399.00

Apple iPhone 4GS Coming Winter 2010 Apple iPad Out Now! KRCS – West Orchards Shopping Centre £399.99 – Pre-order your copy now

Apple is set to reveal the full details of the next iPhone iteration, the 4GS which leaked onto the Internet a few months ago. Reports confirm that although not all of the original facts were true, we won’t be waiting long to find out from the main man himself, Mr. Steve Jobs, Co-founder and CEO of Apple.


FEATURES | HOLIDAYS

WE’RE ALL GOING ON The essential So at last the summer’s finally here, if the typically British weather is leaving you out in the cold and you are finding yourself dreaming about sun kissed beaches, clear blue seas and balmy evenings why not head down to one of the city’s many travel agents and bag yourself a bargain?

Book it

This time of year is perfect for a last minute deal, the hardest part is choosing where to go! Make sure you scout out the offers in Thomson, Thomas Cook and Going Places who all offer fantastic deals on holidays the world over ranging from all inclusive indulgent holidays to self catering adventure breaks with everything in between.

Pack it

Before you get too excited about your time away, there’s always the tedious or exciting task (depending if you’re male or female) of acquiring all the bare necessities for your trip. Think travel bottles, E111’s first aid kits and phrase books. Thankfully Coventry has it all covered. First rule; don’t forget your sun cream! It sounds pretty obvious but you don’t want to end up hiding in the shade doing your best lobster impression! Boots, Superdrug, Wilkinsons, Bodycare and Debenhams offer a great range of sun screens from Nivea’s moisturising sun cream and Dove’s perfect skin ranges to Christian Dior’s anti-ageing sun cream for the uber glamorous. Holiday Forms and travel insurance are also pretty high on the agenda make sure you head to the post office in WH Smith to obtain an E111 (now

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known as EHIC) which entitles the bearer to free or reduced cost healthcare whilst abroad. Everyone wants to look good at the airport as well as on the beach so why not invest in some seriously stylish luggage, trust us it will make finding your bag a lot easier in the scrum at the arrival lounge! Debenhams in West Orchards have plain and sophisticated suitcases right through to colourful and funky holdalls It’s always exciting shopping for a fresh summer wardrobe and Coventry city centre has it all! The high street is awash with all the latest looks and trends from Topshop, River Island, Two Seasons, H&M, New Look, Bank, Dorothy Perkins, BHS, Primark, Hannigans, Next, Garb, Kong and Glad Rags to name but a few!

Guide books are no longer just for the sensible and sophisticated and are an invaluable addition to your handbag as they are often packed full of local tips and gems which lay slightly off the beaten track. Waterstones offer a whole array of guide books including the traditional sight seeing ventures, but they also now accommodate for the younger generation with ideas for party hotspots and starlit nightlife with a clubbing guide to Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca. Whilst you’re there a phrasebook can assist with any conversation you may find yourself in, whether it’s ordering a lunch or bartering your way out of a parking ticket. It’s also worth checking out Partners for some essential beach reading and colouring books for the kids.


A SUMMER HOLIDAY! travel collection HOLIDAYS | FEATURES

t i d n e p S Do it

Make sure you buy travel sized toiletries from Boots, Bodycare, The Body Shop or Superdrug alternatively pick up some bottles for all your favourite lotions and potions and decant to your hearts content!

You won’t get far abroad with that shiny sterling in your pocket either, check the Foreign Exchange Service, M&S and the Post Office for some competitive exchange rates and the essential travellers cheques.

Shoot it

Make sure you invest in a top quality, high spec camera for all those precious moments.

Argos, Jessops and the Sony Centre all offer state of the art photography equipment, from high definition, instant playback and mega pixel perfection.

So, flash new clothes, a fancy new suitcase along with the antiageing sun cream, a handy guidebook, cool accessories, pocket money and those fashionable sandals, you’re nearly all set. If you’re the type of person who can’t leave their phone at home make sure you pop into your phone store to check price plans or top up on talk time. It’s best to buy your thank you presents for the neighbours plant watering and pet feeding services before you go otherwise they’ll end up with a cheap bottle of sangria or worse! We recommend a trip to Thorntons for some luxurious chocs and a bottle of fizz from Tesco Express.

Finally, Relax have fun and don’t forget to send us a postcard!

Thomson 26 Hertford Street 024 7663 3999 Thomas Cook 19 Hertford Street 0845 308 9229 Going Places 67 Hertford Street 0871 664 7150 Boots 49 Lower Precinct 024 7622 6561 Bodycare West Orchards 024 7663 0399 The Body Shop West Orchards 024 7663 3997 Superdrug Market Way 024 7622 3032 Debenhams West Orchards 0844 561 6161 Marks and Spencer Upper Precinct 024 7663 1616 Topshop 54/56 Broadgate 024 7623 1953

River Island 5/11 Upper Precinct 024 7622 5209

Foreign Exchange Cathedral Lanes 024 7622 5511

H&M 87/91 Lower Precinct 024 7650 0890

Argos 41 City Arcade 0845 165 7444 Jessops 32 Hertford Street 024 7622 9400

Hannigans 3 Hales Street 024 7622 3536 Garb 8 Shelton Square 024 7655 9345 Two Seasons Lower Precinct 024 7663 0020 Dorothy Perkins Lower Precinct 024 7663 4975 Waterstones 50/52 Lower Precinct 024 7663 4224 WHSmith West Orchards 024 7622 2669 Post Office WHSmith West Orchards 024 7622 2669

The Sony Centre 66 Lower Precinct 024 7655 9111 New Look Lower Precinct 024 7655 9594 Primark Broadgate 024 7663 2018 BHS Upper Precinct 024 7622 3661 Bank The Precinct 024 7625 8914 Next Lower Precinct 0870 386 5371

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FEATURES | COVENTRY UNIVERSITY

Live and ‘Learn’ in this Town… We at Feel Alive enjoy a fantastic working relationship with the University and we are thrilled to welcome Sean Taggart, a 3rd year Communications, Culture and Media student as our latest intern. His first task was to catch up with two final year students Charlotte Brown and Ned Talbot both 21, on the cusp of graduation to reflect on their life as a Coventry University Student…

NED

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CHARLOTTE

Coventry is home to one of the largest city centre based universities in the UK and is an evolving and innovative University with a growing reputation for excellence in education.


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C – I’m from Nuneaton and I still live there. I drive in every day which is great as it’s only 15 minutes away. I’m studying Human Resource Management and have really enjoyed it over the 3 years. It’s a challenging degree but very rewarding. N – I’m from Boston in Lincolnshire but would now class Coventry as my adopted home. It’s about two and a half hours by car which is the perfect distance. My parents can’t visit every weekend but I can still get home for some decent food when I need to! I study Computers, Networking & Communications Technology. C – I chose CU as it was just right for me. The degree course was exactly what I wanted and I save money by staying at home. I had a very tough decision but once I weighed up the pro’s and con’s I knew CU was where I wanted to be but living 15 minutes away I opted to carry on living at home. N – I looked at studying in Birmingham but everything was so spread out and complicated. I love how close everything is at CU and being a city centre university makes it even more appealing. Plus the degree I’m doing is very broad compared to other Uni’s. It opens up so many possibilities. C –Living at home means I don’t get to go out in Coventry as much as I’d like but when I do Varsity and Dogma are my favourite places to go at night, especially on a Wednesday in Varsity as all the sports societies meet there after their games. The atmosphere is electric!

N – The Students’ Union on a Friday gets really busy and it’s great for a drink and a game of pool. To be honest there is something going on every night if you can afford it. The Phoenix does great food during the day and promotes cheap drinks at night and being so local it’s the ideal student hang out. Also the shops are only a stone throw away from the campus. I’m into my computer games so it’s handy having Game and Game Station on my doorstep.

N – Once I graduate I will definitely look for job opportunities in Coventry. When I say to my mum that I’m going home I mean Coventry and not Boston, it’s weird! Fortunately I have two job links in Coventry and who knows how long I will stay here for. I’m hoping as long as possible. C – I can’t believe it’s all over! It has gone so fast and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I just wish I could do it all over again!

C – The Primark is amazing. It has everything I need and it’s great for a student’s budget. When I eat in between lectures I go to ‘The Terrace’ food court in West Orchards. It has everything from McDonalds to Subway to Simply Spuds. N – I use the CU gym a lot as it is so easy to get to, the equipment is immense and it’s very reasonable for the students. With the lifestyle a student can live away from home I think it’s important to stay in some sort of shape. C – I wish I’d done more sport at CU. The facilities are really modern and the sport societies are very friendly. To be honest that tends to be the vibe you get from everyone studying here. It has a very homely feel which is just what you need when you move away for the first time. And being a Student Ambassador for the Uni has really made me feel part of what is going on around me. I can speak to people who are just starting in their first year and make them feel as comfortable as I did when I first started.

Come and see Coventry University for yourself. The next Open Days for prospective students are on Saturday 9th and Saturday 23rd October. Visit www.coventry.ac.uk for more details.

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You’re the

YOU’RE THE BOSS | FEATURES

Ever found yourself daydreaming whilst stuck in a dead end job with no chance of promotion? Chances are you’re not alone, a staggering 63% of people want to be their own boss!* In our brand new feature Mick McLaughlin met local entrepreneur, Beryl Atkins and found out how she made the break, achieved her dream and became the boss.

Improving confidence and changing people’s lives forever was certainly on the menu when Coventry business woman Beryl Atkins launched her own cosmetic surgery venture “Transpire Surgery”. The entrepreneur, wife and mother of one was so determined to fulfill her dream of running her own business she ploughed her life savings into it and became the driving force and Director of a very successful organisation in an increasingly popular and competitive market. Spurred on from a bad experience relating to her own cosmetic procedures Beryl knew she was equipped with the skills, experience and knowledge of the pitfalls in surgery and vowed to start her own business to ensure that her clients never experienced the same problems that she had. Beryl explains: I couldn’t believe that after putting my trust in a leading surgery company and spending so much money I would have received complications. I received no aftercare and had to keep calling the clinic to try and get a check-up. It was three months after the surgery that they finally got around to seeing me and the company’s own nurse was so disgusted with how I’d been treated that she advised me to try and get my money back.” Beryl did contact the company for a refund but received nothing. However, after putting her thoughts about her experience into writing another surgeon commented that she would make a fantastic consultant as she had experienced being rushed into surgery without a full understanding of the procedures she was having at that time and could empathise with patients to make sure they had full knowledge before moving forward. In addition and more importantly she knew that it was advisable to check up on the surgeon before undergoing any cosmetic procedures, something that she wasn’t advised to do prior to her own surgery.

Beryl continues:

Beryl explains:

“I was working as a Community Auxillary Assistant at the time so I already had a good grounding in patient care. Also being a caring person by nature and nursing my mum through illness until she died, I knew that I had always wanted to help people. In addition after what I went through with my experience of cosmetic surgery, including the lack of aftercare I received, I wanted to make sure that patients were looked after properly and were aware of and understood the pros and cons of surgery.”

“Having been a consultant for many years, I wanted to branch out on my own and focus considerably on patient care. Utilising my skills I enlisted the services of leading plastic surgeon Mr Shaikh, to open my own business “Transpire Surgery”. We pride ourselves on a first class service from consultation to postoperative and ensure that everyone who steps through our doors leaves feeling positive about themselves and ready to face the world.”

A change of career was just what Beryl needed and becoming a patient consultant proved highly successful, with her working within Private Clinics and running up to seven practices at one time. Liaising with a variety of surgeons she built up a successful rapport with clients and a professional, caring and trusting reputation. Slowly her confidence was restored but the nagging complexities of her unsuccessful surgery played on her mind and she vowed to get it fixed. But her plans were suddenly cut short in November 2008 when her older brother died suddenly from a massive cardiac arrest. Plunging into despair it was her colleague and friend Mr Dawood Shaikh, a Consultant Plastic Surgeon, who in her opinion is “one of the best in the business” having performed surgery for cancer patients, burns units, reconstructive and cosmetic work, came to her rescue. Referring to him as her friend and saviour, Beryl poured out her troubles and her insecurities regarding her surgery that she had six years prior and Mr Shaikh promised to fix her and make her happy again. In a remarkable twist, the two who had worked together for numerous years, admired each other’s work so much they decided to carry on in business together and Beryl opened up Transpire Surgery. Transpire is an Independent healthcare provider for cosmetic surgery and fully registered with the Quality Care Commission. Joining forces with Mr Shaikh, a consultant plastic surgeon and having a reputation of being one of the best in the business. Has been key to the success of the business but it’s not just his skills that will take “Transpire Surgery” to the next level, Beryl’s consultancy skills has ensured she is equipped with the attributes for the role.

Beryl, received further training and advice from the Women’s Business Development Agency, an organization offering business support, training and advice for women which she says have been invaluable in helping her set up her own business. She added: “Setting up and running your own business can be a very daunting experience and the help and assistance that I received through the Women’s Business Development agency has been invaluable in getting my business off the ground. In addition juggling a career and being a mum to George (9) is challenging but I believe if you have the drive and determination to succeed you can make it happen! My advice to any aspiring entrepreneur is… Go for it! You have to build on your skills and experience and if you want something badly you have to at least try and achieve it. I’m also lucky that I have very supportive people who back me 100 per cent and I’m certain that “Transpire Surgery” will continue to go from strength to strength.”

For further information visit the website

www.transpire-surgery.co.uk * statistic from the learning institute website

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FEATURES | TWILIGHT

This summer Twilight mania hits fever pitch with the release of the latest saga Eclipse. Edward and Bella’s journey together mesmerised the millions of avid Twilight fans. Every girl would melt at the sight of Edward and every boy would pretend they’re not jealous! The fantasy love story has made every enthusiast find the gothic lifestyle lead by the Cullen family intriguing. Who would have thought vampires would provide the next fashion inspiration, the next box office hit and the next poster on every teenager’s wall? So for this issue we use Coventry’s historic past to create a Twilight inspired adventure around Coventry city centre venues. Think Gothic architecture, haunted buildings, and eerily inspired fun ... We start off the day with some late lunch in the medieval surroundings of Godiva’s, St Mary’s Guildhall. The Guildhall on Bayley Lane is one of the finest surviving medieval guildhalls in England which has stood for over 650 years and is rumoured to have very high levels of paranormal activity. It served as King Henry VI’s court during the War of the Roses, as a temporary prison to Mary Queen of Scots and William Shakespeare is thought to have staged his plays here. Located in the magnificent, vaulted undercroft of St. Mary’s Guildhall, Godiva’s offers a wonderful, historic setting for afternoon tea before moving on to discover some of the city’s other hidden treasures. With the low ceilings, the low light and the gothic mirrors The Golden Cross and Coventry Mint on Hay Lane are just the place to enjoy a few Bloody Mary’s, surely the drink of choice for a Vampire! The Cross, as it is more

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St Mary’s Guildhall commonly known, is one of the oldest pubs in Coventry, West Midlands, and one of the longest alcohol-serving venues in England. Located on Gosford Street, Whitefriars Olde Ale House dates back to 1335. The traditional surroundings provide a great backdrop for our gothic theme and the wide selection of ales, bitters, continental lagers and wine cater for the whole group. The old building used to be a butchers shop before turning into an alehouse and there have been reports of some seriously spooky goings on! It’s off to Spon Street next and as one of Coventry’s eldest streets, we’re bound to find a suitable pub for our adventure. The Old Windmill Inn or Ma Browns as it is affectionately known amongst the locals, provided just the place! Supposedly deceased landlords still prop up the bar but with a lively and friendly atmosphere not to mention the terrific real ales on offer, it’s no wonder they stick around.

The Golden Cross Finally we headed off to Coventry’s famous third spire, Christchurch Spire. At the foot of this historical landmark is one of the most unusual and quirky pubs in the city, Inspire Bar Cafe in the Bull Yard. Inspire is famed for its extensive continental beer selection with local favourites Erdinger and Duvel alongside a huge variety of flavoured and even organic tipples. The spectacular array of lager would make any enthusiast weak at the knees and combined with the well heated beer garden and eclectic background music Inspire is the perfect place to while away the evening. If a night out away from the norm sounds appealing, then Coventry is definitely the place to visit. The history and mystery that surrounds the city and these public houses creates a fantasy atmosphere almost straight off the big screen!


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Whitefriars Olde Ale House Inspire Bar Cafe

The Old Windmill Inn The Rising Sun

Odeon Cinema

Twilight: Eclipse is out on July 9th at The Odeon Cinema, Coventry Skydome, if you need a refresher on the Twilight Saga Twilight and Twilight New Moon are both available on DVD and Blu-ray from HMV in the Precinct. Feel Alive Summer 2010 33


FEATURES | CITY OF INVENTION

In this edition Mick McLaughlin talks to Oliver Scott, Director of Mercurial Dance and producer of the innovative Bubble Chamber, a unique and exciting digital-dance event that’s set to transform an empty space in City Arcade.

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Be !nventive


CITY OF INVENTION | FEATURES of the first installation began in midApril and is continuing throughout May, building to the public launch on 23 June. Explaining his creation, Oliver Scott, director of Mercurial Dance and producer of the Bubble Chamber explains: “The journey to the reality of the Bubble Chamber has been a long one; I started developing the idea in 2006, straight after completing another major participatory dance project, 100 Faces.

Something new and unexpected is being created in a previously empty space in Coventry’s City Arcade. Produced by Coventry’s own Mercurial Dance, The Bubble Chamber is a fun, unique and exciting digital-dance event that is being created by the city’s young people for themselves, their families and the general public. Using dance, live images and video, pupils from Coventry’s Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School and Language College are turning an empty room into a space with eyes and ears and which responds and changes as viewers move through it. A perfect example of Coventry’s inventiveness, the Bubble Chamber is the first event of its sort in the country. It is truly pioneering young people’s use of Isadora, a graphic programming environment developed for professional dancers, and so is enabling them to develop and interact with their own digital dance experience and ultimately create their own, unique digital-dance ‘installation’. The Bubble Chamber has been commissioned through the People Dancing programme. Part of the West Midlands Culture Programme for London 2012, People Dancing is a three year programme funded by Legacy Trust UK, Arts Council England and Advantage West Midlands and uses the inspiration of the London 2012 Games to get as many people as possible dancing in the West Midlands. The Bubble Chamber has also been supported by Arts Council England WM, The Higgs Charity, Warwick Arts Centre and Coventry City Council. Development

“My personal passion is dance and new technologies; for a number of years I have put aside a few weeks during which I have developed new ideas in this area and created new platforms as a solo artist. I also very much enjoy working with younger people to engage them with dance, relishing their enthusiasm for anything new and their determination to push out and away the boundaries. “In essence the Bubble Chamber is the coming together of these elements.” The Bubble Chamber launch will showcase the work of the young people and visitors to the ‘installation’ will find themselves interacting with the ‘performance’ since their movement will trigger a unique response from software used in the display. Before they realise it visitors will be moving to explore the responses they get, effectively choreographing their own dance. Oliver’s vision is for a project that will develop over time, engaging more and more young people on new ‘installations’, with each building on the previous one and ultimately culminating in a major event to celebrate all that will be achieved throughout the project. The Bubble Chamber is just the beginning and there is a long way to go before the final celebration but, after a long gestation period Oliver’s imagination is becoming a reality. “Having come up with the concept of the Bubble Chamber it has taken about two years to secure the funding, find the right location and bring in the right people, “I’m excited about basing the project in City Arcade, which is a great place to be for artists right now; the City Council has been really inventive in the way it has occupied the empty spaces and the area has effectively become a ‘creative quarter’. All of us working and performing there are sourcing inspiration and motivation from those around us.”

Getting the funding for the project was not easy but Oliver has now secured the backing of the People Dancing programme, Arts Council England WM, The Higgs Charity and Warwick Arts Centre. “Without their support, this project would not be possible, so I am incredibly grateful to them for their vision.” Oliver is also now collaborating on the project with Ashleigh Brown, a Coventry DJ and expert in the use of interactive technology. Together they have explored the work of others, beginning with a visit to the Decode exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. “I have spent many years exploring the integration of dance, technology and interactivity but as the project got closer to reality I began to hone my ideas. I have viewed and considered the work of many artists who incorporate technology within their dance performances, our purpose was to understand and debate the work of others so we could evolve our own perspective and make the Bubble Chamber stand apart.” “In my view, the real edge of this piece of work is the engagement of young people, their exploration of the software and the potential it gives them and finally the public platform they are being given for their creative voice. It is incredibly rare for them to aspire to produce a piece of work that is sufficient to engage with a wide ranging audience.” Giving a wonderful platform to young people to find their own voice and explore their own creativity, the Bubble Chamber is inventive and inspirational and will bring vibrant life to an otherwise empty area of Coventry City Centre. For further information visit: www.mercurialdance.co.uk www.bubblechamber.net www.wmfor2012.com/peopledancing

Are you Inventive?

If you’ve got a story to tell contact the Editor in Chief – Mick McLaughlin on 024 7660 7015 or email m.mclaughlin@cvone.co.uk

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FEATURES | GODIVA CARNIVAL 2010

GODIVA CARNIVAL take Care of the World 2010

SATURDAY 3 JULY

Designed by Jane Hytch of Imagineer Productions, this year the Godiva Carnival Procession celebrates some of the most colourful, exotic and extraordinary creatures from the natural world made more extreme and beautiful through carnival costume. Titled ‘Take Care of the World’ the Godiva Carnival Procession will feature an army of Penguins, Zebras, Chameleons, Meerkats, Foxes and Otters amongst many other large scale spectacular costumes – a Lionfish, an Arctic Owl, a Polar Bear, an African Lion and a Flamingo. The beautiful masquerade costumes include wild flowers, arctic dancers, and rain forest dancers. The procession starts with a quote from London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Chairman Sebastian Coe; “Sustainability has to be at the heart of everything we do” and the design of the floats tells a darker story of how man has had a negative impact through deforestation, non eco tourism, greed and the threat to biodiversity. It finally ends with an image of a lone white tiger – the last ever to be seen in the wild was shot in 1958 – A symbolic reminder that we need to ‘Take care of the World’. Live music in the procession will be provided by Coventry’s Dave Barrett & Drumestra, Dhol drummers – Masterclass, Phase One Steel Band, Triumph RBL Pipe 36 Feel Alive Summer 2010

Band, and guest band – Bloco Fogo from the South East playing Brazilian, Cuban and African Rhythms. Various sound systems will keep the dancers jumping to all the latest Soca road marches from Trinidad. Carnival masquerade camps are currently being set up across the city – in Willenhall, Radford, Wood End, Walsgrave, Charterhouse, Bell Green, Canley and Hillfields. Here participants will work alongside professional artists to make their costumes and create their performance ready for the procession on Saturday 3 July. On 3 July the ‘Carnival Warm Up’ Live will be provided by the BBC and Imagineer Productions from 11.30am onwards in Broadgate getting everyone into the Carnival spirit with carnival themed entertainment! As Coventry builds towards the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the carnival will include an Olympic themed section featuring 200 young people from across the West Midlands carrying the flags of the 206 nations taking part in London 2012. This year’s carnival will also include the work of internationally acclaimed and award winning Carnival designer Brian McFarlane from Trinidad. Brian McFarlane is working in partnership with Imagineer Productions on Godiva Awakes

and will return to Coventry in 2011 to design part of the 2011 Godiva Carnival. Godiva Awakes is one of the major projects for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, commissioned through Artists Taking the Lead and managed by Arts Council England. Imagineer Productions will create a ten metre high Lady Godiva, who in July 2012 will awake to a spectacular performance developed over three years where Godiva, powered by 50 cyclists, joins 2000 dancers, actors, aerialists, musicians, pyrotechnicians and carnivalists in a processional performance with young performers at its heart, marking the unveiling of the new Lady Godiva. Godiva will walk to London to play a part in the London 2012 Celebrations in Victoria Park. Groups who would like to join the Godiva Carnival Procession in 2010, join one of the masquerade camps or simply wish to volunteer on the day by helping push one of the amazing wooden floats should contact Imagineer Productions: info@imagineerproductions.co.uk www.imagineerproductions.co.uk Tel: 024 769 92480 Godiva Carnival is funded by Coventry City Council, Imagineer Productions, CVOne and CSWP 2012 Partnership.


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80s

Stars Give it Some

With Godiva Festival looming and the promise of an electrifying Friday night line up courtesy of Heart 100.7 for ‘Back to The 80’s’, we caught up with musical legends, Garry Christian and Hazel O’Connor just before their Godiva debuts!

Garry, as the original founding member of The Christians when was your ‘big break’ and were you involved in the local music scene before this? Yea I’ve been into music since I was 12 years old, my brother gave me a bass guitar and he played the sax and we started playing together. I found it so frustrating that I couldn’t sing and play guitar at the same time, you see these bands where the lead singer’s strumming and singing and I’m like how do you do that?! So I put down my guitar and focused on my vocals... The band formed in ’85 and we produced a demo at the Benson street studios in Liverpool. We sent that out to loads of labels and kept getting the same response, thanks but no thanks. Luckily for us Island Records could see the potential in our tracks and signed us up, I remember thinking after we’d signed to them, this is great – Island have got so many big artists like Cat Stevens and Bob Marley on their books I’ll be able to get all their back catalogues for free! Who are / were your musical influences? As a boy growing up it was my older siblings, I was into all the merseybeat around at the time thanks to my brothers, my mum was into her soul with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and my dad, well he only really liked cricket and wasn’t really into music! Do you think the music industry has changed much since the 80s? Oh! Beyond all recognition! I really feel for the young bands out there now back in the day it was always about the music, now it seems to have shifted the focus onto image and marketing and I think Mr Simon Cowell may be responsible for a lot of this, pop music seems to consist of a bunch of manufactured pretty people singing someone elses songs... and don’t even get me started on the downloading side of things, it’s something I don’t really understand and feel like we are turning into a digital generation.

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What was the first record you bought? And the last? My first record was Ray Charles, In the Heat of the Night. I remember hearing it on the soundtrack of the film with the same name and I was completely blown away by it, since then I have always been a fan of Ray’s music. The last album I bought was Valleys of Neptune by Jimi Hendrix, it has some previously unreleased tracks on there and it has a vintage kind of feel. If you could collaborate with any artist – past or present who would it be and what would you sing? Ok, so many to choose from, I’d go with John Lennon, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, I’d like to go to heaven and start a super group with those guys who are all fantastic artists in their own rights. I also think a collaboration with Ben Harper would be good, if you haven’t heard of him look him up, he’s an amazing singer songwriter and guitarist, I discovered his music, when I was living in Paris and he just captured the audience! Paul McCartney would also be on my list, we did a charity single of Ferry Across the Mersey a while ago and he was brilliant to work with, just very down to earth and un star like! Do you think the festival scene has a different atmosphere to a typical gig? Definitely, you get to meet and play alongside a huge variety of bands and the backstage area is usually mad, whereas on a gig it’s usually just you plus support. I also love the outdoor feel to a festival and it’s amazing when you get the crowd, who aren’t necessarily there to see you, sing along to your songs. What songs can we expect to hear on your set list? 80’s hits like: Forgotten Town, Greenbank Drive, Words, Ideal World and Hooverville

than his own version, that was pretty impressive and do you agree with him? Haha I don’t! But it was a massive compliment and a great endorsement from him, I don’t think Yusef is the kind of guy who would say something like that and not mean it. What celebrities would you most like to invite to a dinner party? John Lennon, George Harrison, Ray Charles, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Laurie Latham and Jools Holland, he’s quite a character! Sounds like a great boys night in, would you not invite any ladies to your party then? My girlfriend would kill me but yeah and it would have to be Bette Davis, I was and still am in love with her! I would also want to invite the poet Maya Angelou. If you were prime minister what would you do? I wholeheartedly agree with Nick Clegg on cutting tax for those on less than 10k a year, that would certainly be a boost for the poorest of the poor in this country. We need to focus on the young people and children and really push to give them all a better education. I’d stop wasting money on things like weapons of mass destruction and keep it simple and invest the money into real things that would make a real difference... The World cup is looming, do you fancy Englands chances? Any predictions on who will be lifting the cup after the final? Barring injuries I think we had a good chance of making it to the semi finals, we have a really strong team this year so I’m keeping optimistic, you’ve gotta have hope at the end of the day! I would love it for us to win the world cup this year, its long overdue! Looking at the other teams I think Brazil have a strong chance, so does Portugal and Italy are usually very lucky.

Do you think you’re sound has changed much since your first self titled album to the latest album Soul from Liverpool? I think so, It’s definitely a more organic, acoustic album with real instruments as opposed to that from back in the day where synthesizers were all the rage! Saying that though, our early albums were great and definitely of their time. Cat Stevens referred to your cover of his ‘Where do the Children Play’ as ‘better

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So Hazel, as a Coventry kid, what is your earliest memory of the city? Being pushed in a trolley down Wyken Croft! What do you think has been the biggest change in the city? I think the Lower Precinct is fabulous, historic sites have been preserved. I love Spon Street and there’s a great positivity about the city at the moment it’s definitely on the up. The 1980s were quite a decade, what was your favourite moment and your worst? The release of “Eighth Day”, the whole two tone movement, being with mates on the road, those were all exciting times, I guess the worst part was being sued by my record company which was followed by a girl’s holiday to Morocco with the airline going bust and being left stranded! You have also worked extensively as an actress, which career path was easier to get into, acting or singing? I guess singing makes me happy, it’s like giving a gift back, with acting it’s about playing, it’s like having a holiday from yourself! I love both to be honest and it’s fantastic to be given an opportunity to do both. You’ve had a sensational career, what for you was the highlight so far? Everything is a highlight! Winning an acting award for my portrayal of Kate in Breaking Glass although I left the award behind in the hotel! Being invited to meet the Queen which would have pleased my mum but deciding I’d rather keep my integrity! I’ve been blessed with many great things and I’m really thankful for them.

A lot of people think of you as the founder of ‘girl power’ would you agree and are you a bit of a feminist at heart? I think women should be chosen for their talents and energy and not for their looks and stacked heels. Women like Pauline Black and Suzie Sioux are all positive role models. Your life sounds pretty hectic, what do you do to relax? I love DIY. When my mum got ill we decided we’d go on a road trip in France, be a bit nosey and look at people’s houses. We came across a half built house with its own piece of land and the rest is history. I did it up and it keeps me relaxed, actually I think I’m obsessive about it, I keep collecting tools and I’d love to host my own programme on DIY! Other than that I love karate and meditation at the Krishna temple. What do you think of the UK Festival scene? I think it’s great! I love the Godiva Festival, Larmer Tree Festival and Beautiful Days. I always wanted to do Glastonbury and rang them up myself and sorted it! Are you excited to play at Godiva and have you ever been before? It’s about time! I’ve wanted to play it for years! I’ve been before and I’m really looking forward to kicking it off on the Friday evening. Be there 6.30 on the dot for some classics and expect a real powerful and energetic vibe.

You’ve shared the stage with some pretty big names including U2, Duran Duran and Thin Lizzy, any backstage gossip or diva-ish demands? No not really – I’ve always found the bigger the star the more down to earth they are. I remember having some great laughs with Elton John, David Bowie was always fantastic too! Any celebrity crushes? Years ago I had a massive crush on Bob Geldof! I once wrote him a letter to blag a backstage pass to one of his gigs saying we need to make friends before we become too famous! There was no backstage pass waiting for me! Years later I became friendly with Paula Yates, his wife at the time and I used to visit them at their home each week. He told me he still has that letter!!

Thanks Garry and Hazel, it was a pleasure speaking to you both and we are all really looking forward to seeing you at Godiva on Friday the 2nd July... Tune into Heart 100.7 fm and on DAB for all the latest updates and announcements on Godiva – Back to the 80s! www.thechristianslive.co.uk www.hazeloconnor.com www.heart.co.uk

Do you think the music industry has changed much over the years? Yes, definitely more manufactured. Everyone wants to be famous, the whole celebrity thing is really plastic.

Looking back did you expect to have an award winning, multi faceted career which spanned over 3 decades? No… I thought I’d never get past 30!

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OUT & ABOUT | WHAT’S ON

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Watch it! A sorcerer and his newly recruited protégé must defend a modern day Manhattan from his archnemesis as a force of darkness threatens to end mankind. Yes you heard that right! Nicholas Cage, Alfred Molina and Jay Baruchel star in what is a surreal look into fantasy life with surroundings so familiar to the masses. Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel) is reluctant to place his life in danger but to save the city and get the girl he soon becomes ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Odeon, Sky Dome Released 16th July 2010

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This unique market really is a blast from the past as local farmers gather together to offer a wide range of fresh, seasonal and high quality produce direct from the producer to the consumer. The extremely popular market is held in Market Way on the second Thursday of every month. Customers can expect to find a selection of fresh meat, vegetables, conserves, bread, cheese and pastries to name but a few!

The Shackletons and The Pockets The Farmers Market are two unsigned Coventry bands Market Way, City Centre that are joining forces to rock The 9am – 5am Kasbah during Saturday night’s infamous Groovy Garden club night. Come down and see the best in what Coventry has to offer in new music and why not stick around until the early hours of the morning in the ambient Moroccan inspired garden. Well it wouldn’t be summer in The Shackletons and Coventry without Godiva Festival. The Pockets The highly anticipated festival is The Kasbah back and better than ever with Saturday 17th July a wide array of music from top Tickets £5 (free entry to club name bands and artists including night) 18+ Ash, Badly Drawn Boy, Detroit Social Club, The Primitives, Joshua Radin, The Christians and Hazel O ‘Connor there is sure to be a style of music to suit everyone. Godiva Festival brings people

The annual Caribbean Festival returns to Coventry’s War Memorial Park at the peak of summer. Live music, mouth watering food, interesting stalls and a funfair all combine together to create a wonderful day out for the family. There will also be a 6-a-side football & netball tournament. If you would like to take part please contact Ken Matthews on 0797 0069 811 for Netball and Charles Kelly on 079 7006 9811 for football. Caribbean Festival The Memorial Park, Coventry 24th July 2010 Free entry

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BOOK IT! ‘In Our Own Words’ is the new play at the Belgrade Theatre. As part of the Belgrade’s Third Community Festival this story celebrates the city’s diverse communities. Coventry’s citizens’ roots hail from across the globe including Ireland, Scotland, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kosovo, Poland, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Jamaica and Barbados. Join us to experience this new play based on real life experiences in B2, the city’s newest theatre space. In Our Own Words Evenings: 7.30pm Matinees: Weds 14 July 1.30pm & Sat 17 July 2.30pm Tickets: £6 Concessions: £3

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together for a celebration of music, laughter and entertainment for the whole family. 85,000 people enjoyed the sunshine in 2009 and it looks like it’ll be another cracker this year, best of all it is all free of charge! Godiva Festival The Memorial Park, Coventry 2nd – 4th July 2010 Free entry


Learning for Life

with a course from a top university

The Centre for Lifelong Learning offers a range of courses, from Day Schools to one year Certificates, Part-time, Foundation and 2+2 Degrees. Courses are offered in the day and evening, have flexible entry requirements and are competitively priced. They can be taken for career progression or for interest and pleasure. Subjects offered include: Art Counselling Creative Writing Journalism Early Years Environmental Science European Studies History Literature Philosophy Psychology Social Studies and many more.

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FEATURES | PLANET ICE

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A GREAT WAY TO COOL THE KIDS OFF THIS SUMMER HEAD DOWN TO PLANET ICE , SKYDOME ARENA This year marks the tenth year of the Skydome Arena being open and what a ten years it’s been!! The arena has played host to a whole variety of events and activities over the years from basketball and ice hockey to WWE wrestling and big name music acts. This summer the arena will be celebrating in style with some brilliant activities taking place including our brand new Sub Zero Fridays and some great family fun days.

Looking for a way to entertain the kids? Why not send them down to our brand new Sub Zero Fridays; we have a live DJ every week playing the hottest tunes and the session runs from 7.30 – 10.30. We have some great games being played on the ice as well to keep your children entertained, the evening is suitable for children aged 10 –17 and we have an expert team of security to make sure your children are kept safe.

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We will also be hosting our learn to skate in 5 days courses giving you the chance to have a 30 minute lesson each morning followed by all day skating till 4pm and a meal deal daily! Not only that but you will also receive a certificate and some other great prizes if you win the showcase held at the end of the week. For more information on these courses visit www.planet-ice.co.uk and select the Coventry Arena.

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Maybe you’re looking for a great way to cool the kids off this summer? Why not try one of our great Birthday party packages and let us show you and your children a great time. We have packages including food as well as lessons so why not visit our website or call the arena for some more information on 024 766 30693, then press 0 to speak to one of our advisors.


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2 for 1 admission FRIDAYS

Receive 2 for 1 admission to the all new Sub Zero Fridays! Valid throughout the months of July and August. Voucher can only be used once and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, voucher only valid for 1 person.

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Receive 2 for 1 admission on the Saturday night Session or Sunday day session. Valid throughout the months of July and August. Voucher can only be used once and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, voucher only valid for 1 person. us as well at the Don’t forget to visit you can pick up all Godiva festival where in need whilst relaxing the information you ok bo ce Fa o find us on the sun. You can als . try ven net Ice Co by searching for Pla

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Become a fan of Planet Ice Coventry on Facebook an d receive some great offers only available to our fans! Offers will be sent in the form of a Facebook message and must be downloaded and brought with you.

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Win a full learn to skate program!!

This package is worth in excess of ÂŁ600 and gives you the chance to really skate like the stars!! You will receive a place on our Learn to skate course every six weeks for 10 courses. The prize is for one person only and the courses must be taken one after the other. It is a prize draw so we will require Name, Address, Telephone No, Date of Birth and E-mail address. You can enter by posting in your details or e-mail us at boxoffice@planet-ice.co.uk

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Send your details in to: Planet Ice, Skydome Arena, Croft Road, Coventry CV1 3AZ OR E-Mail your details to boxoffice@planet-ice.co.uk

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FEATURES | BARBECUES

With July and August almost upon us it is officially Barbecue season! Here are our tips on how to hold the perfect garden party. In our humble opinion, you can’t beat a traditional charcoal barbie, Argos have a great range of grills including freestanding, portable and built in options starting from as little as £9.99 going up to a deluxe Antony Worral Thompson BBQ for a sizzling £299.99.

Wilkinsons do a fantastic range of garden furniture ranging from swings, gazebos, chairs and tables and if you feel like making your do a little more informal you can pick up a great range of blankets, throws and cushions from IKEA or why not really push the boat out and invest in an inflatable pool or even an aquaslide from The Entertainer? Cutlery wise you can either go for convenience and stock up on paper plates and plastic cups, we recommend Poundland on Market Way for a good bargain or nip over to BHS for some seriously stylish crockery, cutlery and glassware.

Remember when you were young and how exciting it was to be handed a party invite from your friends? Why not shun the modern day trend of texting or creating a facebook group and head down to WH Smiths for some kitsch party invites?

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Now for the good bit, the food! Coventry City Centre has an abundance of retailers to suit all tastes and budgets, from specialist butchers like Stuart Francis and Walter Smith to uber convenient supermarkets like Tesco Express and Sainsburys. Iceland is a must for low cost bumper BBQ packs, Marks and Spencer have a fantastic range of antipasti such as marinated artichoke hearts, olives, cheeses, cured meats, breadsticks and their freshly baked crusty French baguettes.

Anyone for Pimms?

A party wouldn’t be a party without chilled beverages! Tescos, Sainsburys, The Co-op, Iceland and Bodyfuel will undoubtedly have some great summer deals on drinks, including beers, spirits and softies. Pimms and cider on ice are popular choices so make sure the freezer is well stocked on the cube front!

Summer Soundtrack

Now 76 available from HMV is due out on the 19th July, the cult compilation album is sure to be packed full of all the hottest summer anthems of 2010, alternatively why not take a trip down memory lane and pick up a copy of ‘Jackie the Album Summer Special’ packed with sizzling tunes from the likes of Mungo Jerry, the Bay City Rollers and Typically Tropical!


BARBECUES | FEATURES

Coventry Market

BARBECUE BONANZA! The lovely people at Coventry Market have offered us a fantastic barbecue package of a whopping £150 worth of meat or fish vouchers and a sensational three burner wood and metal hooded gas barbecue worth £300!

The market is a popular choice with city centre shoppers as it provides a one stop shop for all kinds of everything! Reids butchers is an obvious choice for that summer barbie, the family run stall buys its stock direct from livestock shows and farmers, so you can be sure that all meat has been personally selected by the butchers and is of the highest quality.

The market is also home to top class fishmongers, why not opt for a more healthy option of barbecued shrimp or salmon – both are amazing with a honey and lime marinade! If your garden is more grand farce than ground force, Southall’s is a great garden stall which offers tools, bedding plants, plant and vegetable seeds as well as expert gardening advice. In addition to the fancy dress stall

the market has also welcomed a T-shirt printing facility which is great if you are planning a themed party evening. Ladies why not pretend you’re at Ascot and go all out with some posh hats from the hat stall. Music wise if you’re after something a little bit different to the mainstream chart entries make sure you visit Midnight as it is bursting with an enviable collection of

rare and alternative records and cds including picture discs and limited editions from heavyweights like Clapton, Bowie, The Beatles, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy and Led Zeppelin to name but a few...

To be in with a chance of winning this scorching prize just answer the following question below online at www.visitcoventry.co.uk or send your entry to: COVENTRY MARKET Competition, 8 Hay Lane, Coventry, CV1 5RF

What is the name of the plant stall in Coventry Market? (please circle) a. Northall’s

b. Southhall’s

c. Easthall’s

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T U O t s o C e h t g in t Cut of Summer Gladiator Sandels – DG Shoes – Stall 48 & 84 £12.00

Doc Martins – Shoekings – Stall 57/97 £60.00

Summer Bags – Howarths Bags – Stall 74/114 From £10.00

T shirt Printing – Prints Charming – Stall 17 From £5.00

Beach Hat – Melinas Hats – Stall 63 & 103 £16.99

Summer Loafers – Shoekings – Stall 57/97 £19.99

Union Jack Bag – Mook – Stall 165 £6.99

Sunkissed Summer Bronzer – Sams Cosmetics – Stall 116 & 76 £3.99 Pineapple Slicer – Shaw’s Kitchenware – Stall 50 & 86 £4.99

Rhythm Radio – L and E Electrics – Stall 29 £13.95

Hairflower – Avanzi – Stall 49 From 99p Cocktail Shaker – Shaw’s Kitchenware – Stall 50 & 86 £9.99

Summer Bouquets – Ben & Zacs – Stall 209 Delivered from £25.00 Ascot Hat – Melinas Hats – Stall 63 & 103 From 25.00 - £145.00

Summer Scarf – Avanzi – Stall 49 £2.99

Prescription Sunglasses Stall 5

stalls

80,000 visitors a week

Market of the year winner

It’s all about me summer pyjamas – M&P Hosiery – Stall 104 £6.50

Summer Novels – Pat & Johns Books – Stall 41 & 77 2 for £5.00

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Beach Towel – Jeannes – Stall 54 & 94 £6.99


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SUMMER PUZZLES & JOKES | FEATURES

DingBats

Anagrams

Can you unscramble these words to make new ones with a summery twist?

JokesJokesJokes

Can you solve these cryptic clues... Just say what you see!

1. Ace Crime 2. Until Soon 3. Bean Huts 4. Owlet 5. Coil Yell

1. bojackx 2. Dr do 3. rasingingin 4. w e e k e n d 5. funny funny word words words words

6. iiiiiiiii*****iiiiiiiiiii

Can you help little Johnny to find his way to the ice cream, watch out for pesky critters and don’t drop it!

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Did you hear about the robbers who fell in the sea? They started a crime wave. How do you stop moles digging up your garden? Hide the spades Why were the two elephants arguing over who should go in the pool first? Because they only had one pair of trunks between them!

A. B. C. D. Ding Bats Answers: 1. Jack in the box 2. Dr Dolittle 3. Singing in the Rain 4. Long Weekend 5. Too funny for words 6. Stars in your eyes Anagram Answers: 1. Ice Cream 2. Sun Lotion 3. Sunbathe 4. Towel 5. Ice Lolly

Win a Birthday Party! Competition

Coventry Sports Trust is pleased to give you the opportunity to win a fantastic children’s birthday party for up to 20 children…

You can choose from either a Multi Sports Party or a Mega Bouncy Castle Party!

Each party will include 1 hour of activity, set up of room, party

invitations, dedicated party leader and a designated room for food for 45 minutes. Both Parties are for up to 20 Children and valued at over £70!

To be in with a chance of winning this competition all you need to do is answer the following question below online at www.visitcoventry.co.uk or send your entry to: BIRTHDAY PARTY Competition, 8 Hay Lane, Coventry, CV1 5RF

In which Country did the Olympic Games originate? (please circle) a. France

b. Greece

c. Germany

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COMPETITIONS | FEEL LUCKY

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COMPETITIONS COMPETITIONS!

Bumble and bumble Giveaway!

17a Hair & beauty are excited to be bringing a ‘slice of the big Apple’ to Coventry, with the launch of New York hair care range Bumble and bumble. Some say ‘shampoo is just shampoo’ Bumble and bumble disagree. The range of cleansers, loved by celebrities spanning the globe, caters for a broad range of needs, whether hair is dry, oily, ultra-fine or normal, you can be sure there is something for everyone!

To celebrate the launch of Bumble 17a are running an exclusive competition with Feel Alive magazine, offering one lucky reader the opportunity to win a Bumble and bumble prize goody bag… To be in with a chance of winning simply answer the question below online at www.visitcoventry.co.uk or send your entry to: BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Competition, 8 Hay Lane, Coventry, CV1 5RF

What is New York also known as?: (please circle) a. Big Apple

b. Giant Peach

c. Little Orange

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Hair today gone tomorrow!

Closing date: 30th September 2010. Terms and conditions apply

NSC are approaching their first anniversary in Coventry and to celebrate they are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a course of 5 pain free laser hair removal treatments. Choose from either: underarms, lip and chin or standard bikini.

To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize worth up to £500 simply answer the question below online at www.visitcoventry.co.uk or send your entry to: NSC Competition, 8 Hay Lane, Coventry, CV1 5RF

What anniversary is the NSC celebrating?: (please circle) a. 5th anniversary

b. 10th anniversary

c. 1st anniversary

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The Tanning Shop situated in the Upper Precinct is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a free spray tan, perfect for maintaining your post holiday glow!

Tantastic!

The Spray Tan utilises a process designed to deliver a self tanning application using electrostatic technology to ensure a perfectly

uniform natural looking tan in less than 60 seconds! To be in with a chance of winning this Tantastic! prize simply answer the question below online at www.visitcoventry.co.uk or send your entry to: TANTASTIC Competition, 8 Hay Lane, Coventry, CV1 5RF

What technology is used in the spray tan?: (please circle) a. Electronic

b. Electrostatic

c. Electromagnetic

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