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Fancy Festive Fashion Trendy, stylish and attractive outfits for your winter wardrobe

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WELCOME WINTER 2011 W

elcome to the 21st edition of Feel Alive, Coventry’s leading lifestyle magazine for the city centre.

Now that the dark nights have drawn in and icy conditions and sub-zero temperatures are the order of the day, what better way to warm yourself up than by getting stuck into our festive feast of special features, latest news and previews and some fantastic money off coupons perfect for the mad Christmas period dash. With 44 pages of funky fashion items and delightful dresses in our ‘Snow Belles’ feature, to the latest children’s wear and hip hop styles with our ‘Jack Frost’ menswear, we’ve got it covered. With features on the latest gifts for all the family this winter, to dreamy gadgets and sparkling decorations, your home will be your palace come December 25th. With all the latest news for the city centre, top tips on where to party come New Year’s Day and a fascinating and insightful look into some of our city’s most treasured Independent stores, this issue has it all! With a six-page spectacular on this year’s ‘Christmas Cracker’ campaign for Coventry, covering all of the necessary parking, events and winter entertainment in 2011, you have no excuse not to join in the celebrations and win some amazing prizes worth thousands of pounds. All of this as well as an eye opening interview with Coventry’s passionate painter sensation George Shaw, some incredible competitions and the chance to read up on all of the main shopping centre plans for the holiday season, it’s so jampacked we’ve had trouble squeezing it all in! There’s so much to see and do in Coventry city centre this winter, so make sure you head on down and get involved with all of the shops and eateries, bars, clubs and visitor attractions and really show your support! And finally may we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Cover image courtesy of Accessorize www.accessorize.co.uk

City Centre Manager Marc Dwyer marc.dwyer@coventry.gov.uk 024 7683 1266 Senior Project Manager City Centre Projects Jade Mosey jade.mosey@coventry.gov.uk 024 7683 2036

Improvement District (BID) for Coventry city centre, and is operated from Coventry City Council. The levy paid funds retail security, cleanliness, marketing and promotion and is in place to make Coventry a safer, cleaner and greener destination for visitors and residents to the city centre.

All the latest news for Coventry city centre

FASHION

8  S now Belles – Be the ‘Belle of the ball’ with these eye-catching designs and latest trends

10 B  aby It’s Cold Outside – Wrap up warm with the very best winter wools, hats and scarfs

11 N  aughty or Nice – Splash out on this season’s luxurious and sexy under garments

12 J ack Frost – Look pin-sharp with these superb male outfits 13 C atwalk Capers – The most current and stylish garments for your little cherubs

14 S tep into Christmas – Right on the heels of the latest fashionable footwear

15 F estive Highlights – The latest trends for your tresses

FEATURES

16 Independent’s Day – Our brand new feature centres on some of Coventry’s most unique and original Independent retailers

18 Winter Selection Box – Books, DVD’s and Games to fill your stocking this holiday!

20 A ll Wrapped Up – Christmas gifts for the whole family, we give you the lowdown on what’s hot and flying off shelves

22 F antastic Winter Offers – We have 16 of the very best offers to help you make the most of your Christmas shopping in Coventry city centre

32 C arols and Celebrations – A comprehensive list of the main Christmas services in Coventry city centre

34 W  inter Wonderland – Make your home a Santa’s Grotto with these sensational winter decorations

35 S tarlight City – Hit the town and have some fun with our sparkling guide to city centre nightlife

36 P ainting the Perfect Picture Interview – We interview one of the most unique and original painter’s from Coventry

38 S hape Up! – Trim up and get into shape with our keeping fit feature perfect for that post-Christmas bulge

39 G  et Jet Go! – Fed up of the winter blues? Then take our advice and see the world with these amazing holidays

If you would like to receive a copy of the magazine in large print format, please contact the Destination Marketing team on 024 7683 1385/3461 * Disclaimer: Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, Coventry City Council accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions from the time of press. All prices, facts and news items were correct at time of print. The views and opinions in this edition do not reflect the views and opinions of that of Coventry City Council and its respected partners and advertisers.

Design Watermark Design www.watermarkdesign.co.uk 01926 493666 Print and Distribution Trinity Mirror Midlands

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pounds worth of prizes with Coventry’s Christmas competition!

Feel Alive is produced by Coventry City Council Inward Investment and Destination Marketing Team City Centre and Development Services City Services and Development Directorate, Floor 7, Civic Centre 4 Much Park Street Coventry CV1 2PY www.coventry.gov.uk Feel Alive is funded by the Business

Editor Stevie Keith stevie.keith@coventry.gov.uk 024 7683 3461

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24 N  -Ice Picks! – All the latest gadgets and tech in one place 26 C oventry’s Christmas Cracker Competition – Win thousands of

Darren Lee Taylor and Stevie Keith Editors – Feel Alive Magazine

Editor Darren Taylor darren.taylor@coventry.gov.uk 024 7683 1385

Contents

40 C hristmas Teasers – Test your brain matter with these chilly conundrums

COMPETITIONS

42 T his issue we have some fantastic prizes on offer, with something for everyone!

131,693 average net circulation July 2010 – December 2010 (100% Free) Publisher statement – June 2011 edition, Print run total 100,000 copies

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nEWS NEWS | COVENTRY

GE A VINT VICTORY!

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trendy new store in Coventry city centre has just opened its doors, offering customers a unique and stylish alternative for their winter wardrobes. JACK & JONES offers several world leading brands, from Intelligence and Vintage clothing ranges, to Premium and Premium Tech outfits and accessories. Providing a modern and sophisticated look for any age, JACK & JONES offers high quality, cutting-edge designer labels from Jeans, Jackets, Knitwear, T-Shirts, Polo-Shirts, Boxer Shorts and Sweatshirts, to hundreds of alternative footwear options and accessories. Located at the heart of Coventry city centre, right next door to Costa Coffee on the upper precinct, JACK & JONES is a welcoming and attractive addition to the city’s high street fashion range. Look out for ‘Dave’ whilst you shop; the denim dog mascot of JACK & JONES.

s one of the leading independent stores in Coventry, Hannigans Menswear on Hales Street has recently expanded its product ranges, incorporating some exciting and new brands. Along with their staple labels such as Fred Perry Polo Shirts, Original Penguin Knitwear, Fila Tracksuits, Wrangler Shirts and One True Saxon Round Neck T-Shirts, they have now added new lines in the form of Women’s Vintage clothing in the basement, from all over the globe, with styles reflecting era’s from the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Along with these funky, fashionable

and colourful garments and accessories, Hannigans also now stock ‘Fixies’, fixed gear bicycles that have no freewheel. This means you can actually hop on the bike and the pedals will actually rotate themselves, negating the need for a brake as all you need do is pedal backwards to come to a stop. You can’t coast, but you can ride backwards if you’re daring enough. Hannigans 3 Hales Street Coventry city centre CV1 1JB Tel: 024 7622 3536

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ith over 400 stores and nearly 3,000 employees, Caffè Nero is one of the leading coffee houses in the UK, and has become one of the best recognised and most admired food and beverage brands in all of Britain. With a brand new store in Coventry city centre, Caffè Nero provides a warming, welcoming coffee house experience, with fresh daily produce and hot and cold drinks. From Espresso Ristretto’s, Macchiato’s, Americano’s and Cappuccino’s to Caffe Lattes and Frappelatte’s; Caffè Nero also dishes up delicious wraps, pastas and pastries, as well as tasty sandwiches and cakes, offering a friendly and relaxing break for the busy shopper during the cold winter months. Caffè Nero Lower Precinct Shopping Centre Coventry city centre

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hameleon Menswear, in the West Orchards Shopping Centre, has recently had a major refit. It now offers even more fantastic designer clothing ranges, from Hugo Boss, Armani Jeans and Police to other leading high street fashion labels. Offering the latest styles and trends, it’s great to see an independent store expanding its product ranges and providing an updated, modern shopping experience. From suits to street, for work, rest and play, Chameleon has got the looks that’ll suit you down to a tee. With over 25 years’ worth of trading experience, Chameleon

can bring you the latest labels, from heritage brands like Lacoste, Boss Green, Ralph Lauren Polo, and Lyle and Scott, to the more formal Boss Black label. Other labels include Boss Orange and True Religion, as well as Just Cavalli, Bolangaro Trevor, and RaRe, alongside sportswear from EA7 and Henri Lloyd. Chameleon Menswear Unit 31 West Orchards Shopping Centre Coventry city centre CV1 1QT Tel: 024 7655 0000


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Families, football, marriage and musicals in Belgrade’s new Spring Season!

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oventry’s Belgrade Theatre has announced details of its Spring 2012 season, which features a range of drama, music, comedy and family shows.

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eter Johnson, owner of 17a hair salon is approaching his 25th year of hairdressing in Medieval Spon Street. Over the years the salon has almost doubled in size and has recently introduced a large relaxation area which includes massage chairs, Aveda Treatment Spa and the newly acclaimed Shellac ™ nail manicures. A Shellac manicure is designed for the natural nail client who simply can’t keep polish on for more than a few days, or who ends up marking a fresh manicure because of impatience during the drying process. Shellac is the revolutionary answer for all those customers that want beautiful nails but don’t have the time to maintain them. Shellac offers a perfect finish, tremendous shine, and depth of colour, along with a 14-day wear. The salon now also offers free WIFI to its customers so they can either totally relax in comfortable surroundings, or catch up on all those all-important emails! 17a’s focus has always been, and will always be, a salon which produces high quality hairdressing, using the industry’s best products, whilst keeping pricing competitive.

The season opens with the Belgrade’s production of Nora, which is Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, from 28 January to 18 February. This is followed by The Father on the Main Stage from 31 March to 14 April. Both Nora and The Father explore the nature of marriage and family life but from very different perspectives.

Other shows in the season include family musical Swallows and Amazons from 14 to 18 February, hit West End show Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat from 6 to 10 March and awardwinning psychological thriller Equus from 24 to 28 April. The season also sees the return of the Belgrade’s top scoring play, We Love You City from 8 to 26 May to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the year Coventry City FC won the FA Cup Final.

Tickets for all of these shows are available now from the box office on 024 7655 3055 or via www.belgrade.co.uk where cheaper tickets are available.

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brand new store has opened in Coventry’s Smithford Way, opposite the West Orchards shopping centre entrance. Funktion offers a variety of clothing styles perfect for so many different occasions. Whether you’re looking for that sparkly new prom dress, an evening cocktail dress, party dress, casual tops and knitwear or hundreds of different clutch bags and accessories, Funktion is the place to be.

From men’s suits, shirts, ties and trousers to children’s gear and footwear, Funktion really does offer garments for all occasions. Upstairs even has its very own glittering catwalk, with full length mirror to strut your stuff in style. With alteration services and private shopping experiences, not to mention their friendly and informative one to one advice, Funktion is a fantastic addition to Coventry’s retail offer. Funktion 41 Smithford Way Coventry city centre CV1 1FY Tel: 024 7667 4232

Any new hairdressing client who reads Feel Alive will get a free Aveda Treatment when they visit the salon for a Cut & Blow Dry or Hair Colouring. Please mention at time of booking. Offer ends 31st January 2012. 17a Spon Street Coventry city centre CV1 3BA Tel: 024 7625 8010

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rancis and Gaye have opened a brand new retail outlet in West Orchards Shopping Centre. As one of Coventry’s leading family jewellers, Francis and Gaye provides exceptional levels of service and helpful, friendly advice. With an emphasis on quick, efficient and excellent customer care, F&G stocks hundreds of specialist products perfect for Christmas gifts. With Pandora bracelets and charms, TrollBeads, Links of London, Thomas Sabo, all kinds of gold, silver, platinum and plated jewellery, watches and quality gifts, F&G is the

only place where you can find so much variety with top high street brands. Pop into the local branch today for free specialist advice on the perfect present for a much-loved family member, or the latest sparkling diamond ring for that very special proposal. Francis and Gaye A1A West Orchard Shopping Centre Coventry city centre West Midlands CV1 1QX Tel: 024 7663 0327

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he annual Heart of England in Bloom presentation ceremony in Wolverhampton took place this September. The Heart of England in Bloom awards form the regional section of the nationwide Britain in Bloom Campaign which is organised and run by the Royal Horticultural Society. Coventry’s entry into this year’s Heart of England in Bloom campaign has seen another gold award for its commitment to the Large City category. A combined effort with the staff from Coventry City Council, the City Centre BID, CV One, The Landscape Group, Coventry University, Warwick University, Whitefriars Housing and a whole host of volunteers, made the city’s efforts stand out from the crowd. The city’s colourful parks, greens and floral displays across the town centre were picked out for particular praise with University of Warwick gaining a special award for its excellent grounds work.

Back of the Net! WANTED: 1987 FA

Cup Memories of Coventry City Football Club!

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ith a tradition in banking dating as far back as 1806, State Bank of India carries the art of banking in their blood. With a brand new branch now opened up in Coventry city centre, customers can expect to receive exceptional high quality services from every staff member. SBOI provides banking services for private and corporate interests with an international vision.

Chequeus Out Savings accounts, responsible investments as well as money markets, forex trading and hassle free, fast transfers to and from India and other International countries are the cornerstones of their business. Come and find out what customers from all over the globe already know – that banking with the State Bank of India means banking with confidence and a unique tradition of service. State Bank of India 68 Hertford Street Coventry city centre CV1 1LB Tel: 024 7623 4900

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Where were you when Coventry City shone in their golden FA Cup winning glory? Did you witness the open top bus, the city centre mobbing of the team, cheer them on from the stands at Wembley or listen on the radio with brothers and sisters? Wherever you were the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum needs your memories! Just as with other historical events, everyone in Coventry knows where they were and what they were doing when

Coventry City won the FA Cup. The Herbert is asking for donations of images, videos, written stories and memorabilia that fans may have made or bought that hold stories and memories from that day. ‘From Highfield Road to Wembley Way’, celebrates one of the greatest FA Cup finals of all time and looks at how a football team can unite a whole city. All images and stories submitted may be used in the exhibition as well as for press and publicity purposes. People can do this via a variety of methods:

• email skybluestories@theherbert.org • use our flickr site http://www.flickr.com/groups/theherbert. (Use the Twitter hashtags #FACup87 and #skyblues50 to submit their thoughts) Herbert Art Gallery & Museum Jordan Well Coventry city centre CV1 5QP Tel: 024 7683 2386


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FASHION | WOMENS

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o for bold this season with bright and vivacious prints and structured fashion pieces for your winter wardrobe. Brighten your outfit with a glistening clutch or a sparkling pair of shoes whilst teaming muted tones with mustards, tones of grey and shades of navy. Remember to keep your outfit understated by combining statement pieces with your December essentials to ensure your look is trendy yet comfortable and cosy enough for the colder months!

Debenhams Dress £90

Primark Dress £17

Monsoon Dress £110

Debenhams Tunic £35 Clutch £14

River Island Vest £25 Cardigan £30 Necklace £35 Trousers £35 Shoes £65

Next Jacket £65 Jeans £35 Bag £32 Belt £7

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WOMENS | FASHION

Marks & Spencer Ring £25

Accessorize Ring £8

Debenhams Dress £95

Debenhams Aviator £80 Top £35 Flare £35

Monsoon Bag £40

Marks & Spencer Belt £6

Monsoon Clutch £35

Marks & Spencer Belt £6 Monsoon Dress £110

Debenhams Blouse £32

Primark Cardigan £12 Cable Knit Midi £12

Warehouse (Debenhams Concession) Hat £25 Blazer £65 Top £55 Trousers £40 Bag £45 River Island Dress £70 Monsoon Pearl Top £130

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Baby it’s

FASHION | BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE

Debenhams Beanie £15 Duffel £95 Dress £35

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espite our burst of summer sun during October, it was always inevitable that the colder months would soon creep upon us – so why not take some inspiration from these winter warmers? Shades of raspberry offset ‘heritage chic’ tones of khaki and continue to brighten your wardrobe through into spring. Combine your chunky knits with a vibrant duffle coat, patterned tights and leather boots to complete your seasonal look!

Primark Cardigan £16

Next Hat £20 Coat £65 Boots £85 Monsoon Coat £160 Dress £95 Clutch £45

Monsoon Cardigan £95 Skirt £50 Marks & Spencer Snood £25

River Island Jumper £38 Shorts £60 Coat £90 Scarf £28 Hat £20 Debenhams Scarf £22 Jumper £35 Jeans £30

Marks & Spencer Hat £12 Top £39.50 Gilet £39.50 Shorts £29.50 Belt £29.50 Boots £45

Marks & Spencer Gloves £25

Marks & Spencer Tights £6

Monsoon Boots £95

Marks & Spencer Tights £6

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Debenhams (Faith) Boots £70


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reat yourself to a brand new pair of delicates this season or why not ensure the man in your life knows exactly what you’re after! Feminine, yet sultry garments are what will keep you feeling sexy during the coming months; tones of red, black lace and luxurious silks are to die for!

New Look Bra £12.99 Brief £5.99

Marks & Spencer Earrings £16 Bra £20 Brief £8 Bracelet £19.50

Debenhams Bra £22.50 Briefs £15 Robe £35

New Look Bra £12.99 Brief £5.99

Ann Summers Bra £30 Brief £16

Marks & Spencer Bra £29.50 Knicker £16

Next Bra £14 Brief £6

Next Bra £12 Short £7

Marks & Spencer Chemise & Knicker £30

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Debenhams Jacket £135 Shirt £38 Jeans £45

Debenhams Jumper £38 Chinos £29.50 Boots £70

FASHION | MENS

Debenhams Bag £45

Next Bag £75

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or guys, it’s all about comfortable fashion this season. Oversized parkas, duffle coats and knit wear are not only what will keep you bang on trend but warm and cosy too! Team-up a fashionable pair of chinos with military boots or a leather satchel and you’re well on your way to a laid back, stylish look! Denim shirts and cable knits are an essential purchase and available in your favourite high street stores at great prices. So don’t be shy, stock up on your winter must haves now!

Debenhams Scarf £15

Jack Frost

Marks & Spencer Duffel £110 Shirt £35 Jeans £39.50

New Look Shirt £24.99 Jumper £29.99 Gloves £5.99 Jeans £32.99 Boots £44.99

Next Cardigan £55 Shirt £35 Jeans £28 Hat £12

All available from River Island

New Look Denim Shirt £26.99 Cardigan £32.99 Chinos £27.99 Parka £49.99 Jumper £29.99 Shirt £19.99

Marks & Spencer Shoes £69.50

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New Look Dress £11.99 Socks £2.99 Boots £19.99

ittle girls sparkle in warming pinks, creams and super trendy prints with luxurious faux fur and coloured tights keeping them cosy this Christmas. Tones of navy, shades of brown and chunky knit wear see boys taking the lead from adult fashion this season. Quilted jackets, denim and leather combat boots are right on trend!

Capers Next Coat £22

Debenhams Jacket from £44 Cardigan from £24 Top £10.50 Trousers £22

Marks & Spencer Coat from £22 Jumper & T-Shirt from £10 Jeans from £11

Marks & Spencer Jumper £12 Jeans £11 Boots £8

Monsoon Hair Clips £5

Next Hat & Mitts Set £7 Shirt (set of 3) £12.50 Coat £12.50 Coat £14 Jeans £10 Socks (set of 5) £5.50

New Look Hat £9.99 Jacket £17.99 T-Shirts £4.99 Chinos £12.99 Boots Stylists Own

Next Jacket £21 Tunic from £7

Marks & Spencer Boots from £16

Next Boots from £29

New Look Beret £4.99 Blouse £10.99 Playsuit £13.99 Batwing £13.99 Socks £2.99 Wellies/Tights Stylists Own Print Dress £2.99 Ribbed Cardigan £13.99 Jacket £16.99 Tights/Socks Stylists Own Loafers £15.99

Debenhams Top from £11.50 Gillet from £32 Shorts & Tights Set from £18 Accessorize Bag £16

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FASHION | FESTIVE FOOTWEAR

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ickle your festive fancy this season with these delightful picks of fabulous footwear! From glam sparkle to practical fashion, ensure you’re kitted out for all your Christmas capers this winter. Marks & Spencer Boot £39.50

Debenhams Miss KG Thalia £75 Marks & Spencer Boot £59

New Look Shoe £27.99

Debenhams Faith Rayleigh £85

Next Wedges £38

Primark Court £16

Next Glitter Shoes £35

New Look Shoes £27.99

Shoe Zone Boot £16.99

Next Platform £38

Shoe Zone Boot £24.99

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FestiveHighlights HAIR | FEATURES

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ith the long winter nights drawing in, your hair still deserves to shine! Why not sample some of these top celebrity trends to show off your tamed tresses? Whether for the Christmas party or a crisp, brisk trip to the shops, your hair never need be left in the shadows again!

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This effortless transition from the Sienna Miller, boho look of the last decade is easily wearable and able to work with any look. The ‘shaggy bob’ hairstyle has become ubiquitous among the cool crowd both in the UK and Hollywood, sported by celebs such as Dianna Agron, Alexa Chung and Fearne Cotton. Try this look for a simple yet manageable style which won’t look out of place during those windy and wet mornings. Not ‘too done’ and not too messy, this is an easily accessible style for your move into 2012.

Forget structured braids and think ‘plaits’ this season. Taking the lead from the intricate woven numbers sported by models for Alexander McQueen, plaits are perfect for winter and will give all your outfits a rebellious, youthful edge. The celebs love plaits in every shape and style, so take inspiration from the likes of Selena Gomez and the Olsen twins by mimicking their laid back look which won’t look out of place at the office party.

The likes of tattoo artist Kat Von D have enabled partings to come back in from the side this season and take centre-stage once more. Simple and chic, whether you go for the new wave and wear your curls brushed out like Nicole Richie, blow-dry your hair straight like Sienna or rock full-volume curls like Jennifer Lopez – just don’t forget to part your hair down the centre – you’ll be in good company! Why not use a slick centre-parting as the base of a sophisticated up-do in the evening?

This season, rainbow hair hues are sweeping Tinseltown! Never did we think we’d see Kate Bosworth sporting green hair but there’s no more playing it safe! Grunge goddess Pixie Geldof gets involved with a nonchalant hint of green at the front of her messy locks whilst Rihanna tries a bold and beautiful red. With home grown X Factor star, Cher Lloyd and international sensation Katy Perry trying pink for size, this pop punk look has had the seal of approval from beauty editors.

‘John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Blow Dry Lotion’ works wonders for its amazing thickening results. Still loved by consumers and the beauty elite, the formula has just got better – this fantastic product is essential for your hair care regime, adding extra oomph to your tousled bob. Boots £5.79 (125ml)

With an improved microfine spray system, your rebellious plaits will get a fine mist of hairspray that will always leave your hair sparkling. Pantene’s, ‘Ice Shine Ultimate Hold’ hairspray offers the perfect combination of hold and sparkling ice-like shine every time. Superdrug £3.35 (300ml)

‘Got2b Guardian Angel’ provides defense for your sizzling styles with up to 220°C heat protection. Your hair will be invincible when using hot irons and blow dryers with your very own guardian angel so go ahead and create your centre parting style with ease – be divine and shine! Superdrug £4.05 (200ml)

For a less permanent transformation, ‘Colour Xtreme Hair Art Gel’ gives celebrity and trend inspired looks in a flash, used to recreate hair colour trends with zero commitment ... it is applied in seconds and removed just as quickly with a hair wash! Boots £5.10 (40ml) (each sold separately)

Check out these top hairdressers in Coventry city centre Renaissance Broadgate House 024 7622 0694

Echoes Hay Lane 024 7622 5744

Malcolm Hair & Beauty Bull Yard 024 7601 6852

Kudos Spon Street 024 7622 5656

Studio B Shelton Square 024 7655 1475

White Room Smithford Way 024 7655 1055

Heslyns Corporation Street 024 7663 4569

17a Spon Street 024 7625 8010

Supreme Hair Salon Trinity Street 024 7623 0606

Royal Beauty Salon New Union Street 024 7652 0696

Cutting Room City Arcade 024 7622 4425

Embrace Corporation Street 024 7663 3665

Enigma Hair & Beauty Spon Street 024 7663 3077

Cabellos Hill Street 024 7625 8256

Supercuts West Orchards Shopping Centre 024 7623 0646

Toni & Guy Market Way 024 7663 3883

Paul Frederick Ironmonger Row 024 7622 7007

Hair Express Sherbourne Arcade 024 7663 4425

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s ’ t n e d n e Day Indep FEATURES | INDEPENDENT REVIEWS

BUSY FINGERS

An established business spanning 40 years, ‘Busy Fingers’ specialise in a full range of yarns plus everything you need to get you started with your knitting or crochet.  hat makes your business W unique in Coventry? We offer an independent, oneof-a-kind experience for our customers, bringing in people from all across the region.

 hat can you offer customers W that other stores may not? All of our staff offer friendly and direct customer service and all are equipped with fantastic specialist knowledge.

 hat additions do you think W may improve your customers’ experience in Coventry? I would love to see a dedicated area for independent retailers such as ourselves.

Where do you spend your time in Coventry city centre? I usually visit places such as West Orchards to do my own shopping at the weekend.

Owner: Jonathan Wilson Location: 29, City Arcade, Coventry CV1 3HX Contact: 024 7655 9644 – www.busyfingerswools.co.uk

SILVERGLADE

Family run business, ‘Silverglade’ has existed now for eight years as a dedicated jewellery specialist selling brands which are exclusive to Coventry city centre.  hat makes your business W unique to Coventry? We offer a specialist and unique in-store facility which includes a goldsmith, silversmith, gemmologist and diamond grading service.

Owner: Jackie Logan

GLADRAGS

Location: 2, City Arcade, Coventry CV1 3HX Fashionable store, GladRags has been owned and run by Natalie for four years offering a unique vintage shopping experience for shoppers in Coventry.  hat makes your business W unique in Coventry? At GladRags we sell unique, one off items along with handmade jewellery, vintage handbags and accessories.

Owner: Natalie Haynes

CRAFT CULTURE

 hat can you offer customers W that other stores may not? Our store offers bespoke and unique items along with top named brands such as Chamilia, Kit Heath and Ti Sento. Where do you spend your time in Coventry city centre?

What additions do you think may improve your customers’ experience in Coventry? We’d love to see big brands bringing their promotions or live events to Coventry to draw in shoppers whilst some areas could be improved slightly to make them more visually appealing.

Next, Garb or Tomlinsons.

Contact: 024 7663 4477 – www.silvergladejewellery.co.uk What can you offer customers that other stores may not?

Where do you spend your time in Coventry city centre?

Staff here offer a one-toone, personal customer experience in a boutique-style environment. We occasionally hold parties for customers with great offers whilst we have a 10% discount rate all year round for students.

Topshop. What additions do you think may improve your customers’ experience in Coventry? I’d like to see a wider range of independent and unique shops in the city centre.

Location: 12, Shelton Square, Coventry CV1 1DG Contact: 024 7663 2201 – www.gladragsboutique.co.uk Pushy Sanghera has worked tirelessly to create a warm and welcoming store specialising in fair trade, recycled and unique merchandise. Open for three years, ‘Craft Culture’ is a haven for ethically sourced and specialist items. What makes your business unique in Coventry? Here at Craft Culture, we are able to suit and accommodate numerous cultures and creeds

by working alongside Shared Earth to sell alternative healing and fair trade items.  hat can you offer customers W that other stores may not? We continue to offer a dedicated one-to-one customer service in a friendly, relaxed and tranquil environment. We also offer a 10% discount for students! 

Where do you spend your time in Coventry city centre? I always like to visit Drop in the Ocean and Café Giardino, I also occasionally visit Gladrags. What additions do you think may improve your customers’ experience in Coventry? I would like to see more signage in the city centre along with more independent stores to entice shoppers from outside of Coventry.

Owner: Pushy Sanghera Location: 15, Sherbourne Arcade, Lower Precinct, Coventry, CV1 1DN Contact: 024 7655 3673 – www.craft-culture.co.uk

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INDEPENDENT REVIEWS | FEATURES

some of Coventry’s leading independent retailers or this issue we have taken time out to chat with services in our brand new feature! to showcase their unique, specialist products and

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Established for over eight years, ‘Garb’ offers Coventry shoppers a unique and personal experience whilst shopping for the latest, on-trend items.

What can you offer customers that other stores may not?

What makes your business unique in Coventry?

Where do you spend your time in Coventry city centre?

We sell fashionable and unique brands which are often unique to Coventry including TOMS, Religion and Humor.

We recently visited the restaurant, Aqua Food and Mood.

Owner: Haydyn Geaney

Along with the specialist items on offer, we give direct and one-to-one customer service.

far back as the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. We also sell, ‘Fixies’, fixed gear bikes.

What makes your business unique in Coventry?

We offer a personal shopping experience with cake and tea on offer for ladies and beer and soft drinks for the boys! Customers are loyal to us and we like to treat them well.

What can you offer customers that other stores may not?

We serve as mini ‘Urban Outfitters’ selling menswear labels such as Fred Perry and Original Penguin whilst offering vintage wear for girls dating as

We offer collectors Teddy Bears, all of which are unique to Coventry. Similarly, we offer many Dolls Houses and

Owner: Tina Wheat A family run business, ‘Beryl Houghton’ has been trading since 1952, and continues to provide a one-to-one specialist service, catering for all your photographic needs and more. What makes your business unique in Coventry? We offer everything from photographic services to telescopes and binoculars. We have our own photographic studio and framing service

Where do you spend your time in Coventry city centre? On a night out, we enjoy spending our time at Inspire, S7ven and Bar Eden.

GARB

We think Coventry has improved a lot in recent times but a few more individual, independent stores would be great.

Contact: 024 7622 3536 – www.hannigansmenswear.co.uk

accessories which you won’t find anywhere else in the area.

Where do you spend your time in Coventry city centre?

 hat can you offer customers W that other stores may not?

I usually shop in both Marks & Spencer and BHS. For a coffee I enjoy visiting Café Giardino and Etna’s.

We provide an individual and direct service to all of our customers. We do not pester our shoppers but are on hand to provide specialist advice and knowledge should they need it. 

CEJAIS

What additions do you think may improve your customers’ experience in Coventry? I believe our customers would benefit from some more greenery in Spon Street to highlight the beautiful surroundings we have here.

Location: 169, Spon Street, Coventry CV1 3BB whilst we are also available for wedding and event photography. What can you offer customers that other stores may not? We have loyal customers who return year after year for our specialist knowledge and personal attention. We can also offer unique services such as converting VHS to DVD and passport photography.

HANNIGANS

What additions do you think may improve your customers’ experience in Coventry?

Location: 3, Hales Street, Coventry CV1 1JB

Husband and wife team, Tina and Eric Wheat have established their Teddy Bear and Dolls House business, ‘Cejais’ over the past 10 years into a delightfully quaint store based in historic Spon Street. What makes your business unique in Coventry?

I’d like to see a dedicated area for independent retailers such as ourselves.

Location: 8, Shelton Square, Coventry CV1 1DG Contact: 024 7655 9345 – www.garbonline.co.uk

Since 1991, Hannigan’s have been able to offer a unique shopping experience, selling fashionable designer labels to customers here in Coventry.

Owner(s): Rocket & Carlos

What additions do you think may improve your customers’ experience in Coventry?

Contact: 024 7663 3630 – www.cejais.net

Where do you spend your time in Coventry city centre? I try and purchase all my fresh produce from Coventry market along with the butchers and green grocers in Coventry city centre. What additions do you think may improve your customers‘ experience in Coventry? Personally, we’d love to see some big retail names in Bull Yard to encourage even more custom to the area.

BERYL HOUGHTON

Owner(s): Mark, Andrea and Catherine Houghton Location: 10, Bull Yard, Coventry CV1 1LH Contact: 024 7622 4639 - www.andreahoughton.co.uk

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FEATURES | WINTER SELECTION BOX

BOOKS

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Harry Potter: Page To Screen – Bob Mccab Released – Out Now

It’s the Harry Potter series, as you’ve never seen it before with an in-depth look at the craftsmanship, artistry, technology, and ten-year journey that took the world’s bestselling fiction from page to screen. From elaborate sets and luxurious costumes to state-of-theart special effects and filmmaking techniques, Harry Potter: Page To Screen chronicles all eight films. Not only do Radcliffe and his fellow cast members discuss the reality of “growing up Potter,” they also reflect on the countless memories that made the Potter experience so unique.

The winter season is in full swing and bursting at the seams with the very latest hot new releases and top pre-orders, not to mention an overwhelming amount of award-winning games, great reads and high definition movie thrills! So whatever your passion, these cracking DVD’s, CD’s, games and books will leave you buzzing with excitement!

CDS

‘This charming book is a unique, behind-thescenes look at the making of one of the most popular film series in cinema history, as told by the people who made the magic real. A musthave for any Potter pro!’ Available at WHSmith and Waterstones from £32.49.

Wrapped up in You – Carole Matthews Released – Out Now Thirty-something hairdresser Janie Johnson’s single status is a constant source of gossip for her friends and clients. So after too many nights in with her cat, a blind date disaster and news that her ex is getting married, Janie realises it’s time to do something dramatic with her life. It’s time for an adventure! Leaving winter behind, Janie takes the plunge and books an exotic trip to Africa. Her friends think she’s mad and Janie thinks they may very well be right ...but then she falls head over heels for her tour guide – and fully fledged Masai Warrior – Dominic. But can Janie now face spending a snowy Christmas back home without him? ‘Packed with unforgettable characters, romance and laughter, ‘Wrapped up in You’ is your very own perfect Christmas Carole!’ Available at WHSmith and Waterstones from £4.49.

Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography – Walter Isaacson Released – Out Now From bestselling author Walter Isaacson comes the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs’ professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews, Isaacson provides an insight into the life and times of one of the greatest innovators on this planet. Along with interviews with key family members, colleagues and Apple themselves, this biography is a perfect reminder of a true inspirational figure.

This biography promises to be an ideal Christmas read for fans of his work, his life and the successful business model he helped create. Available at WHSmith and Waterstones from £16.29.

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U2 – Achtung Baby (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) Released – Out Now

Katherine Jenkins – Daydream Released – Out Now Katherine’s eagerly anticipated new album is her most personal to date, drawing together music and songs she loves from across classical, traditional, folk and easy pop backgrounds that have inspired her over the course of her life. Recorded in Los Angeles and London in spring this year, Katherine has once again teamed up with top producers to work on songs which include I Dreamed a Dream, Ave Maria and Katherine’s stirring tribute to service men and women throughout the ages, A Flower Tells A Story. To follow up to her new album, Jenkins will embark upon a UK tour in the New Year. Available at HMV from £8.98.

This October, international rock sensation, U2 will mark the 20th anniversary of their hit record Achtung Baby with the release of a deluxe, special edition. The album previously released in 1991 won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance and became one of the most significant records of the nineties and of U2’s career. The album will be re-issued across five formats and content will include previously unreleased material, live and documentary video footage, remixes, b-sides and even an album full of demo and early versions of the final 1991 track listing; an essential purchase for any U2 fan! Available at HMV from £8.99. Leona Lewis - Glassheart Release Date: 28.11.2011 X Factor superstar and British pop diva, Leona Lewis is back with her brand new album, out in time for Christmas! Featuring some of her latest smash hit singles including Collide, Glassheart promises to see Lewis return bigger and better than ever with powerful vocals and poptastic tunes. The X Factor winner’s first album Spirit made her the first British solo artist to top the US Billboard 200 chart with a debut album and sold more than seven million copies worldwide; let’s hope this one is a soaring success too! Available at HMV from £8.98.


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X O B DVD GAMES

WINTER SELECTION BOX | FEATURES

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X-Men First Class Released – Out Now

X-Men: First Class brings together the epic scale and action of a classic blockbuster with a character driven story that unveils the beginning of the X-Men saga – and a secret history of the Cold War and our world at the brink of nuclear Armageddon. As the first class comes to terms with their formidable powers, alliances are formed that will shape the eternal war between the heroes and villains of the X-Men universe. One of the biggest blockbusters of the year, and a perfect watch for any Marvel fan. Available from HMV, Coventry city centre, from £11.99. Also available on Blu-ray.

Super Mario 3D Land – Nintendo 3DS Publisher/Developer – Nintendo Released – 18.11.2011

Super Mario 3D Land sees Mario take on Bowser for the very first time in full 3D. Exclusive to Nintendo’s new handheld, the 3DS, Mario fans rejoice as the portly plumber makes a glorified return this Christmas with brand new worlds and brain melting puzzles in this 3D platforming adventure. Featuring the famous Tanooki tail power up, as well as series classics such as the super mushroom, fire flower and new moves such as the somersault attack and dash moves, Mario takes centre stage this winter in this fun, colourful and stylish new 3DS title. Available in GAME, HMV and Argos, Coventry city centre £32.99.

Big Bang Theory Seasons 1-4 Collection Released – Out Now Leonard and Sheldon are brilliant physicists, the kind of ‘beautiful minds’ that understand how the universe works. But none of that genius helps them interact with people, especially women. All this begins to change when a free-spirited beauty named Penny moves in next door. This highly anticipated collection features all four seasons of Big Bang Theory, and will have you falling on the floor with laughter with its witty performances and stellar script. Available from HMV, Coventry city centre, from £39.99. Also available on Blu-ray.

Cars 2 Released – 21.11.2011 Follow racing legend Lightning McQueen and his trusty sidekick, Mater, as they secure their passports and take part in the biggest race on the planet. As the first-ever World Grand Prix approaches, cars from every continent prepare for the ultimate competition. But who will have what it takes to become the fastest car on the planet? Just as Lightning McQueen edges up to the starting line, however, his old pal Mater gets sidetracked on a top-secret spy mission that takes him from Japan to Europe as the entire world watches. Available at HMV, Coventry city centre, from £11.99. Also available on Blu-ray.

Sonic Generations Special Edition Multiformat Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, 3DS Publisher – Sega Developer – Sonic Team Released – 04.11.2011 Celebrate 20 years of Sonic the Hedgehog with Sonic Generations, the latest speed thrill from Sega. Delivering the definitive gaming experience for Sonic fans old and new, Sonic Generations sees Sonic the Hedgehog playable as both the much loved classic 1991 character, and the modern day video game hero he has become in this exciting new fast paced adventure. Sonic’s universe is thrown into chaos when a mysterious new power creates ‘time holes’ which pull him and his friends back through time. As a result he encounters some surprises from his past history including Classic Sonic, Sonic as he appeared in 1991. Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic must defeat this strange new enemy, save their friends, and find out who really is behind this diabolical deed... Available in GAME, HMV and Argos, Coventry city centre £34.99. Special Edition exclusive to GAME. Limited Collector’s edition also available at certain retailers only.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Multiformat PC, Xbox360, PS3 Publisher/Developer – Bethesda Softworks Released – 11.11.2011 The next installment in the critically-acclaimed Elder Scrolls series is finally coming: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Skyrim is the homeland of the Nords, a fierce and proud warrior people who are used to the bitter cold and mountainous terrain that mark the lands of Skyrim. Wracked by civil war, and threatened by the return of the legendary dragons, Skyrim faces its darkest hour. You must make sense of this maelstrom, explore the frozen tundra and bring hope to the people. Featuring a dynamic, living breathing world with over 300 hours of content, this massive first person role playing adventure game will literally take your breath away. Available in GAME, HMV and Argos, Coventry city centre, £39.99. Limited collector’s edition also available priced £129.99 from selected retailers only.

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FEATURES | CHRISTMAS GIFTS

All For her

Wrapp e Marks & Spencer Watch £29.50

For the Accessorize Cookie Cutters £5

The Entertainer Mr Potato Head £8 Boots Justin Bieber Someday 50ml £28

Debenhams Hello Kitty MP3 Player £30

Debenhams Dior Rouge Dior £22.50

Accessorize Woven Barrel Bag £42

Debenhams Sanctuary Ultimate Collection £30

Marks & Spencer Knitted Doll £19.50 Next Cake Timer £6.50

The Entertainer Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway with Captains Shed £34.99

Next Cupcake Bath Fizzers £5.50

Bank Ugg Classic Short Boot £175

Debenhams Jamie Oliver Mini Cheeky Mug £8 each

Marks & Spencer Truffle Collection £5

Debenhams Chocolate Twister £10

Debenhams Marc Jacobs Lola Gift Set £50

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Debenhams Floozie by FrostFrench Makeup Bags from £10


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CHRISTMAS GIFTS | FEATURES

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ind the perfect gift for your loved one this Christmas by checking out some of the top buys available in Coventry city centre!

Kids Next Teddy Bear £6

For him

Debenhams Ben De Lisi Mugs £8 each

The Entertainer 15 inch George Pig £15

Marks & Spencer Watch £29.50

Game Call of Duty MW3 £44.99

Debenhams Pyjama Sets £28 each

Boots Boss Bottled Night 30ml £26 Next Secret Note Book £6

Marks & Spencer Dominos £6

Debenhams Gobstoppers £8.50

Debenhams Ben 10 Camcorder £50

Debenhams Jamie Oliver Hamper £45

Debenhams Scrabble Flask £17

Gamestation Sony PlayStation 3 Bundle £249.99

Marks & Spencer Mini Football Table £19.50

Bank Converse All Star Hi £40

Marks & Spencer Remote Control Car £35

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FEATURES | WINTER OFFERS

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Offers

ANTASTIC

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15% 15% 15% 10%

INTER

Greyfriars Walk Tel: 024 7663 2201

OFF

15% off total bill at GladRags

Terms and Conditions Apply. Voucher valid until January 31st 2012.

OFF

Hales Street Tel: 024 7622 3536

15% off total bill at Hannigans

hannigans

Terms and Conditions Apply. Voucher valid until January 31st 2012.

OFF

Smithford Way Tel: 024 7667 4232

15% off total bill at Funktion

Terms and Conditions Apply. Not to be used on sales items. Voucher valid until December 23rd 2011.

OFF

Lower Precinct Tel: 024 7622 3551

10% off for you and a friend at Jacques Vert and 20% off a Premium Styling Service full price outfit

Terms and Conditions Apply. Not to be used on sales items or discounted products. Voucher valid on Jacques Vert and Precis ranges, valid until January 31st 2012.

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10% 10% 10% 10%

Medieval Spon Street Tel: 024 7663 3530

OFF

10% off total bill at Silverstitch

Terms and Conditions Apply. Voucher valid until January 31st 2012.

OFF

City Arcade Tel: 024 7655 9644

10% off total bill at Busy Fingers

Busy Fingers

Terms and Conditions Apply. Voucher valid until January 31st 2012.

Sherbourne Arcade Tel: 024 7655 3673

10% off total bill at Craft Culture

OFF

Terms and Conditions Apply. Not to be used on sale items. Voucher valid until January 31st 2012.

Medieval Spon Street Tel: 024 7663 3898

10% off total bill at Butterfly Bras

OFF

Terms and Conditions Apply. Voucher valid until January 31st 2012.

Terms and Conditions for all offers. All vouchers must be used by 31st January 2012, except those stated. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. No cash alternative. Vouchers can only be used once per customer. Photocopies or scans of vouchers are not accepted. Voucher must be presented to cashier at time of purchase for discount to apply. All rights reserved.


WINTER OFFERS | FEATURES

Don’t be afraid to splash out this season with these spectacular money-off vouchers perfect for any last minute Christmas shopping, school holidays and the January sales in Coventry city centre. There really is something for everyone!

10%

Bayley Lane Tel: 024 7683 3328

10% off total bill at Godiva’s café-restaurant in Bayley Lane

Terms and Conditions Apply. Voucher valid until January 31st 2012.

Bull Yard Tel: 024 7622 5595

Studio session

FREE Studio session worth £35 plus an additional £25 off any wall hanging at Beryl Houghton’s Beryl Houghton’s

Terms and Conditions Apply. One voucher per customer. Wall hanging discount applies only when used in conjunction with free studio session. Voucher valid until January 31st 2012.

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Skydome Arena Tel: 024 7663 0693

2 FOR 1 Adult’s Evening Skating at Planet Ice Arena

Terms and Conditions Apply. Voucher valid until January 31st 2012.

£1

Priory Row Tel: 024 7652 1200

£1 off entry into Coventry Cathedral

OFF

Terms and Conditions Apply. Valid for one single full paying adult only. Voucher valid until January 31st 2012.

£20

Medieval Spon Street Tel: 024 7625 8010

£20 Cut & Blowdry with selected stylists at 17a NEW CLIENTS ONLY

Cut & Blowdry

Terms and Conditions Apply. Adults Only. Saturday 8pm-10pm only. Not including Skate Hire. Voucher valid until January 31st 2012.

OFF

FREE Kids Pack with any 6” Sub at Subway

Kids Pack

OFF

Free

Free

High Street Tel: 024 7655 2662

Hertford Street Tel: 024 7652 5581

10% off total bill at Druckers

Terms and Conditions Apply. Voucher valid until January 31st 2012.

Free

Valid until 31st January 2012. Excluding 16th to 24th December 2011.

Medieval Spon Street Tel: 024 7625 8010

FREE IRON OIL (rrp £9.95) Or GHD BAG with any GHD IRON PURCHASE at 17a

IRON OIL or GHD BAG

Valid until 31st December 2011. Whilst stocks last.

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FEATURES | GADGETS

N-ice Picks!

Chill out with these motion tracking titles, powerful portables and the very latest gadgets and gizmos with our winter icebox selection!

Xbox 360 Kinect Want a user friendly, quick and affordable way to keep fit and active? Want to work alongside friends or family, or to just enjoy some workout time alone? Then the motion sensing camera attachment for the Xbox360 games console is an ideal purchase. Available now at all good electronic retailers, Kinect offers true one-to-one body motion tracking, and can be enjoyed for up to four people. Work out a sweat with these top five titles available right now:

PS Vita With a Japanese launch date set for December 17th, gamers in the UK won’t have to wait too long to get their hands on Sony’s latest dual stick handheld, with a spring 2012 release date looking likely with 26 launch titles. With a stunning 5 inch, 960 x 544, OLED multi-touch screen, rear touch pad, front and rear cameras, built-in stereo speakers and microphone, six-axis motion sensor, headset and accessory port plus built in wireless technology, PS Vita is a phenomenally powerful console.

- Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 £34.99 - Just Dance 3 £34.99 - Kinect Sports Season 2 £34.99 - Dance Central 2 £34.99 - Zumba Fitness £29.99 Available from GAME, HMV and Argos, Coventry city centre.

With HD graphics, two versions available at launch (3G Mobile Broadband or Wi-Fi), compatibility with the PlayStation Network and PS3 home console, social gaming and GPS tracking on the go, and a rechargeable lithium battery, you will be constantly connected to the world of PlayStation. Standard Wi-Fi model available to pre-order at GAME, HMV and Sony Centre Coventry for £229.99, 3G version £279.99.

Sony HDR-TD10E Sony’s latest HD camcorder captures every moment in incredible 3D. With up to 26 hours of full HD with 64GB memory, Dual G Lens with 10x optical zoom in 3D/12x in 2D, plus a 8.8cm x 3.5” 3D LCD screen. You can effortlessly shoot 3D video with exceptional high quality images utilising a vast array of advanced features, including 50 full HD frames per second, an Exmor R CMOS Sensor for image

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Psssstt!! Several of the hottest industry rumours all in one place: • PlayStation 4 in 2013 • Nintendo Wii U launching Spring 2012 • Samsung Galaxy S III leaked • PlayStation Vita is region free • Facebook to launch a brand new movie and music ‘ticker’ • Microsoft ready to launch Windows 8 OS

noise reduction and full connectivity with any 3D-compatible TV. This is the ultimate camcorder perfect for beginners or advanced operators, with its smooth and sleek outer casing, silent processing and crystal clear display, the Sony HDR-TD10E is a perfect gift this Christmas. Available to order at Sony Centre Lower Precinct Coventry, £1,249.98 online price.


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Christmas OUT & ABOUT | CATHEDRAL & CHURCH TIMES

Carols, Choir and Concert Celebrations Coventry Cathedral Christmas Schedule 2011 Date Sunday 27th November

Time 6.30pm

Saturday 10th December

3pm

Family Carols: Informal concert led by The Saint Michael’s Singers lasting just one hour. Especially suitable for families, with opportunity for participation by children. Carols for All: Gala Christmas Concert featuring The Saint Michael’s Singers, City of Coventry Youth Orchestra and Cathedral Choristers. Compèred by BBC Coventry and Warwickshire’s Stuart Linnell. Mince pies and wine will be served during the interval. Tickets £12 (concession £10) available from Jill Pacey on 01676 532436. You can also email jill.pacey@lineone.net

4.30pm

BBC Christmas Carol Service: Join us for this special celebration to be shared with the whole of Coventry and Warwickshire. Ticketed event. Find more information on how to get tickets from BBC Coventry & Warwickshire on 94.8FM or visit www.bbc.co.uk/coventry

7.30pm

La Nativité du Seigneur Organ Concert: Organ recital by Kerry Beaumont, Coventry Cathedral’s Director of Music. A deeply moving musical event based on the birth of Jesus.

6.30pm

Carols by Candlelight: Join the Dean of Coventry to celebrate Christmas at its best. Traditional and modern carols, choirs, readings and candles. A special occasion for all.

3.00pm

Journey to Bethlehem: One of the most popular services of the year where children are invited to dress up as characters from the Christmas story. Bring your family and join us on the journey to the stable.

7pm

Form of a Servant: Our world-famous service for Christmas Eve – a carol service with a difference. If you haven’t experienced how special this is, make this the year you don’t miss out!

11pm

Holy Trinity – Midnight Eucharist: This service is held in Holy Trinity Church next to the cathedral, in partnership with Coventry Cathedral and Methodist Central Hall. For more information call the Church Office on 02476 220418.

Christmas Eve Saturday 24th December

Christmas Day Sunday 25th December

Light in our Darkness: A magnificent celebration to start the Advent and Christmas season with carols, candles and choirs.

7.30pm

Saturday 17th December

Sunday 18th December

Event

10.30am

A Celebration of Christmas: The Cathedral’s glorious Christmas Day service with wonderful music to uplift the spirit on one of the most important and exciting days of the year.

The Collegiate Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, Coventry. Advent and Christmas services 2011/2012. Date

Time

Event

Sunday November 27th FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

10.00am Sung Parish Mass 4.30pm

Procession of Readings and Carols for Advent

Sunday December 4th SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

10.00am

Sung Parish Mass with Presentation of Offerings for the work of the Children’s Society

Sunday December 11th THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

10.00am Sung Parish Mass

Sunday December 18th FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT Saturday December 24th CHRISTMAS EVE

Midnight Mass with Procession and Blessing 11.00pm of the Crib

Sunday December 25th CHRISTMAS DAY

10.00am

Sunday January 8th THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD Sunday February 2nd CANDLEMAS

Services at Holy Trinity Church, Coventry Date Sunday 27th November

Time

Event

6.30pm

Darkness to Light

10.30am

Family Carol Service

6.30pm

Nine Lessons and Carols

Sunday 18th December

Christmas Eve Saturday 24th December

Midnight Eucharist (joint service with the 11.00pm Cathedral and Methodist Central Hall)

10.00am Sung Parish Mass

Sunday 25th December

10.30am

4.30pm

Sunday 1st January

10.30am New Year Service

4.30pm

4.30pm

Evening Prayer

Evening Prayer

Carols and Readings for Christmas

Christmas Morning Mass with Prayer at the Crib and Carols

10.00am Procession of the Kings and Festival Mass 4.30pm

A Service of Prayer for Healing

10.00am Procession and Festival Mass 4.30pm

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Evening Prayer

Christmas Day Service


Coventry Cathedral is the perfect Christmas setting in which to light your Christmas spirit! Celebrate in style and experience the special meaning of Christmas this year by joining us in the many wonderful events taking place at the Cathedral. The Cathedral is a place of beauty and creativity, housing one of Britain’s best collections of 20th century art. The Ruins have been listed on the World Monuments Fund 2012 Watch List, giving worldwide recognition to the importance of the city of Coventry and the Cathedral Ruins in particular as an important and sacred landmark. Launched in 1996 and issued every two years, the Watch List calls international attention to threatened cultural-heritage sites around the world. 2012 is going to be a fantastic year! Amongst other things Coventry Cathedral celebrates its Golden Jubilee – a landmark occasion for a landmark building, celebrating 50 years since the opening of the new Cathedral in 1962. During 2012 we are planning a wide-ranging programme of art, music, theatre, poetry and worship that will inspire everyone. Programme announcements will be made throughout the year. COVENTRY CATHEDRAL 1 Hill Top, Coventry CV1 5AB, United Kingdom Tel +44 (0) 24 7652 1210 Fax +44 (0) 24 7652 1220

For further details of our Christmas events and our 2012 Golden Jubilee, please visit: WWW.COVENTRYCATHEDRAL.ORG.UK

Opening Times Open Daily : 9am – 4.30pm Sunday :12pm – 4pm Entrance Fees Standard Adult : £7.00* Concessions : £5.00 Passport to Leisure : £1.50 Daily Guided Tours: 11am & 2pm (available April – September) *Gift Aid your £7.00 admission ticket to receive 12 months free entrance to the Cathedral.


FEATURES | CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

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Wonderland Add a touch of festive sparkle to your home this Christmas...

All available from Marks & Spencer

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Debenhams Kew Gardens Honeysuckle Candle £10

Next Plum Glasses (set of 4) £18

Next Perfume Bottle £12 Debenhams Gold & Cream Gift Wrap Set £7

Debenhams Silver Sequin Bauble £3.50

Wilkinson Star Decoration £0.80 Debenhams Glitter Pillar Candles £3.50

All available from Next

Monsoon Tall Lantern £20 Next Crackers (set of 12) £12 Monsoon Wax Filled Jar £18

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CHRISTMAS NIGHTS OUT | FEATURES

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Starlight City

hristmas provides the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends, old and new whilst donning a paper hat to enjoy a meal out or a quiet drink – or three! Coventry city centre offers a wide array of fantastic nightlife spots, here are just a few to get you started.

BABY BUDDHA

S7VEN

1450 CAFÉ BAR

Formerly known as Dogma, Coventry’s hot new nightlife spot Baby Buddha offers a brand new and refurbished party environment to celebrate the festive season with friends! This up and coming social hub offers the very best in freshly prepared, locally sourced food served daily from mid-day, fine wines, cocktails and a fantastic selection of beers. Open seven days week, Baby Buddha offers a warm welcome with amazing discount opportunities. Offering services for individual bookings, this venue has it all!

Brand new Coventry nightclub, S7VEN is destined to set pulses racing with its great venue, great music and a great atmosphere! Located right next to Coventry’s busy bus station in the bustling Millennium Place, this fantastic new club is well worth checking out. Not far from other great nightlife spots such as Coventry’s Kasbah and Baby Buddha, you’ll be well connected for a great night out with friends here.

1450 café bar is situated on picturesque medieval Spon Street, ideally located in the centre of town with all of the city’s amenities within a short walking distance. This superb nightlife spot invites you to savour a la carte dishes along with beers and wines from all over the world. Stop by for a drink after work, a pre-theatre meal, or just pop along for an evening with friends. Sit back, relax and enjoy the unique menu choices in luxurious and comfortable surroundings for some festive escapism!

INSPIRE CAFÉ BAR

TOWN WALL TAVERN

SPONGATE

Priory Place Fairfax Street Coventry CV1 5RZ 024 7623 9306

Christchurch Spire New Union Street Coventry CV1 2PS 024 7655 3355

This stunning city centre venue prides itself on its wide range of continental and rare beers, housed within a bohemian, laid-back, stone walled church spire. Coventry’s Inspire Café Bar has been recently recognised in the Independent newspapers top 50 bars in the UK for 2011 alongside a host of the UK’s most exclusive and trendy places to chill out. Inspire, which has leased the Christ Church spire for 10 years, came an impressive 28th on the list! This sophisticated yet relaxed bar is one of Coventry’s top places to be so if you’re looking for a great place to host your Christmas party - this is a high contender!

Old Fire Station Hales Street Coventry CV1 1JA 0787 5348358

Bond Street Coventry CV1 4AH 024 7622 0963 www.townwalltavern.co.uk Escape the hustle and bustle of Coventry city centre into a haven of good oldfashioned charm, genuine caring service, excellent real ales and possibly the best pub food in town! Tucked away in Bond Street, the Town Wall Tavern is located in close proximity to the Belgrade Theatre and the SkyDome Arena. One of the pub’s key attractions which you may not have heard about is its unique, ‘Snug’ or ‘Donkey Box’ which is reputedly the smallest room in Britain; definitely standing room only!

21 Spon Street Coventry CV1 3BA 024 7622 9274 www.1450cafebar.co.uk

The SkyDome Coventry CV1 3AZ 024 7662 7300 www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk Coventry’s latest Wetherspoon’s addition comes in the form of the Spongate, based at the lively and active SkyDome Arena in Coventry city centre. Described as the ultimate party venue, bargain booze and great music all adds to the exciting nature of this great bar! The Spongate is a relaxed and comfortable pub by day before transforming into a lively and exciting club by night so whether you’re looking for a tasty pub lunch, a glass of wine or a place to hang out with your friends, this place has it all.

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FEATURES | CELEBRITY INTERVIEW

Painting the perfect picture… of George Shaw We took time out to interview one of Coventry’s most unusual and unique artists, George Shaw, who was recently shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2011. Made most famous for his work on highly detailed naturalistic and English suburban subject matter, George attracted significant attention for his personal story with Coventry. From watercolours to growing up in Tile Hill, we get to know the man behind the brush…

Tell us a little about yourself, where you were born, where you grew up? I was born in Walsgrave hospital in 1966 and our first home was a caravan somewhere in Bell Green. After living for some time on Swan Lane we moved to Tile Hill and that’s where I grew up. Who or what inspired you to become the artist you are today? I’m not sure that you can put what inspired me down to one thing or one person. I was fortunate enough to have loving supportive parents who believed in their children and the value of education. My schooling was good and I received generous financial help in the form of grants to go on to further education. It would have been more of a surprise if I’d become a useless drop-out. What’s your favourite piece of work that you have created? I’m not that keen on my own work to be honest. My favourite piece is always the thing I’ve just finished so I can get on with something else. The Goal Mouth, 1999

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CELEBRITY INTERVIEW | FEATURES

The Fall, 1999

Bus Stop at the Top, 2003

WIN!

Turn to page 42 for your chance to win an original painting by Turner Prize Nominee George Shaw.

Back of The Club and the bottom of The Steps, 2001

How would you describe your artistic style? A director who can’t make films, a novelist who can’t write, a vocalist who can’t sing. I’m just trying to say something in the only way I can. What can visitors expect from your upcoming exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum? I hope most visitors will feel it was worthwhile leaving their homes and making the effort to come into town. If it sparks off a conversation or a thought or two about themselves or where they come from, or about the sentiment we all experience as time passes or on those things we lose or forget as we go through life then it’s a conversation they are having with me I suppose. I would be happy if I felt that I’d slowed down time for one or two people. I also intend to show a small room of all the works of art I made when I was living in Tile Hill. The earliest piece is a drawing made in the early seventies when I was at primary school and the latest a self portrait made in the summer before I went to art school, a foundation course at the Lanchester Poly in 1985. For many years the bedroom I shared with my brother was, in my pretentious

imagination, an artist’s studio. I still think fondly of the ambitions I had in this adolescent retreat and in many ways I’m quite in awe of the passion and commitment of this young man. This is in some way an act of homage. It is to be called Midland Educational. Many will remember the Midland Educational shop at the top of the arcade in Coventry as the place to get art materials. And quite a few of the pictures have been shown before at the Herbert as part of their frequent exhibitions of children’s art in the early eighties! Where do you like to visit in Coventry during your spare time? I always like a drink in Whitefriars. What are your aspirations for the future? I’d like a holiday! No, I’ve been very fortunate over the last few years that my work has been exhibited and that there has been interest in what I do. I can’t ask for any more than that.

George Shaw’s exciting new exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum will be the first time a collection of his paintings will be shown in the place they represent. Many viewers of the individual scenes will recognise the various pubs, street corners, and rows of garages, trees, shops as the place they live or lived in. They will see things that they know are no longer there; places they have perhaps forgotten about, places that have fallen to the passing of time or have been rebuilt beyond recognition and there will be those things that have remained. Besides his collection of famous paintings, there will also be a series of recent watercolours. Each watercolour will show a previously painted place as it exists in the here and now. To accompany this exhibition which runs between 18th November 2011 to 11th March 2012 there will also be a chance to see some of the works of art from his life in Tile Hill. Herbert Art Gallery and Museum Jordan Well Coventry, West Midlands CV1 5QP Tel: 024 7683 2386 © copyright George Shaw, images courtesy Wilkinson Gallery, London

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FEATURES | NEW YEAR FITNESS

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ith the New Year fast approaching, now’s the time to kick-start your health and fitness regime to help burn off that Christmas bulge! 2012 is the year of the London Olympics and with Coventry playing a huge part as a host city, why not be inspired, take part and get fit?

Keeping Fit You don’t have to slog it out in a sweaty gym to maintain your fitness. Simply boosting your levels of general daily activity can massively improve your health and energy. It’s never too late to change your habits, and by establishing a healthy lifestyle now, you’ll continue to reap the rewards in the future. Fitness classes are a fab way to fight the flab and keep active all year round. Many superb classes are on hand at the Coventry Sports & Leisure Centre so why not rally up some friends and have a laugh at the same time! LEGS, BUMS & TUMS – a fantastic work out for the lower body! PILATES – create leaner, stronger and toned muscles around your torso with a Pilates class. ZUMBA – this hip-swivelling craze combines flavours of Africa, the Caribbean and Latin dance, all whilst keeping fit. For a slightly tougher challenge, why not try some of these fast paced, sweat-inducing classes for a real calorie burn out? BODY PUMP – using weights and all major muscle groups, this session is an all-over body workout. SUPER CIRCUITS – including all elements of fitness, strength and endurance, ‘super circuits’ is an exciting and energetic way to maintain fitness. For a full list of events, classes and further information contact Coventry Sports & Leisure Centre 024 7625 2525

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Eating Fit

Feeling Fit

Eating well is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel at your best all day long. Your body is by far the most sophisticated piece of equipment you will ever own, fuelling it correctly with a balanced, healthy diet is just as important as keeping active. Why not try to…

Emotional wellbeing can play a big part in determining your overall health status. Stress and its negative effect on your immune system remains the major challenge to good health so why not brave your psychological fitness as well as physical this New Year?

• Eat the right number of calories for how active you are, so that you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use. Eat too much; you’ll put on excess weight. Eat too little and your body will lack all the right minerals. The average man needs around 2,500 calories a day. The average woman needs 2,000 calories. Use this as a scale to determine portions and sizes. • Eat a wide range of foods to ensure that you’re getting a balanced diet and that your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs. • It’s recommended that we eat at least five portions of different types of fruit and veg a day. It’s easier than it sounds. Why not chop a banana over your breakfast cereal, or swap your usual mid-morning snack for some dried fruit? • Fish is a good source of protein and contains many vitamins and minerals. Aim for at least two portions a week, including at least one portion of oily fish. Oily fish is high in omega-3 fats, which may help to prevent heart disease. Pick up some top treats and healthy snacks from some of these reliable retailers: Coventry Market Market Way, Coventry City Centre 024 7622 4927 Love Shake Smoothies West Orchards Food Court 024 7623 1133 Holland & Barrett West Orchards & Shelton Square 024 7622 2752 Drop in the Ocean City Arcade 024 7622 5273

Confidence – Identify your abilities and weaknesses together, accept them, build on them and do the best with what you have. Exercise – Go for a walk in the morning before starting your day’s work. The fresh morning air will vitalise your brain with positive thoughts. You can even make room for an evening jog too. Learn – Learn to play the guitar, write some fiction, practice painting or adapt your gardening skills. These will improve your ability to observe and learn from overall observation. Volunteer – Being involved in communal activities gives a sense of purpose and satisfaction that paid work cannot. Socialise – Friends provide great opportunities for sharing experiences, challenges, emotions, trust, and understanding which provides us with an opportunity to feel appreciated, enjoy life, laugh, and have fun! Why not try out some relaxation therapy, yoga classes, or try one of the many trinkets available at: Craft Culture Sherbourne Arcade 024 7655 3673 Holistic Health Care & Beauty Fairfax Street (Coventry Sports & Leisure Centre) 0800 111 6886


GET JET GO! | FEATURES

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Amsterdam is one of the most enjoyable city’s in Europe. Distinguished by its impressive architecture and the network of canals which the city was built around, it’s renowned for excellent shopping, from markets to cutting-edge design stores, as well as world-class museums and art galleries. A visit to the Van Gogh Museum should be at the top of your list of things to see during your stay in Amsterdam whilst the veritable bounty of designer boutiques, cool bars and restaurants will keep you entertained. With its village-like atmosphere and world-class attractions, Amsterdam offers the best of both worlds!

For sightseeing and exploration... New York, the city which never sleeps, offers visitors a skyline that is familiar to all who have ever watched the movies! The juxtaposition of the lush greenery found in Central Park standing alongside the high rise buildings which surround it offers an ideal opportunity to find your own tranquil space in amongst the hustle and bustle of downtown Manhattan, Times Square and all that which encompasses the spirit of New York. With over 18,000 restaurants, countless bars, world-class museums and more than 10,000 stores brimming with brand names and bargains, there is nowhere else on earth quite like New York. An extraordinary city which really does offer something for everyone.

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As the impressive capital of the Czech Republic, Prague is a perfect blend of old and new. Its flawless architecture dating back hundreds of years acts as the foundation for a place bustling with the activity of a modern city just waiting for you to explore! Prague offers plenty to see and do ensuring that every year, thousands of people flock there to immerse themselves in its culture and attractions. Prague prides itself upon its breath-taking sights, unspoilt over hundreds of years. Lose yourself in Prague Castle, one of the largest in the world, which towers boldly over the old town, before browsing the street stalls along the medieval Charles Bridge!

Once the capital of the ancient and powerful Roman Empire, Rome is now a peaceful yet bustling city housing some of the world’s greatest treasures. The Vatican, a sovereign enclave within the city itself, is a magnet for Roman Catholics from all over the world, while ancient architectural highlights such as the Spanish Steps and the Colosseum draw many thousands more. No weekend break to Rome would be the same without a visit to these tourist havens. Rome is a fabulously beautiful city and you can only truly appreciate this while exploring the city on foot or perhaps dining al fresco whilst enjoying a delightful Italian dish before exploring the cobbled streets!

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Dominating the landscape of eastern Sicily is Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano that attracts thousands of tourists every year. Situated between its slopes and the Ionian Sea is the island’s second city, Catania. Damaged by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, Catania is today the result of 18th century rebuilding. As a still relatively unknown tourist destination, Catania is just 100 miles from Africa meaning that autumn temperatures soar to around 25c during the day! The town offers several interesting sights, including two Roman amphitheatres and a 13th century castle. If sandy, beach views are more your thing, the chic resort of Taormina is a picturesque 40 minutes away by train.

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ChTeasers

FEATURES | PUZZLES

Did you know?

To cope with the huge demand for Christmas trees every year, 33-36 million trees are produced in America specifically for the festive period, while 50-60 million are grown in Europe.

Did you know?

Christmas carolling began as an old English custom called Wassailing – toasting neighbours to a long and healthy life.

Did you know?

We kiss under the mistletoe because according to Scandinavian legends, it was the symbol of love!

Maze Madness Can you help our Feel Alive angel find her friend through this tricky snowball maze?

Sudoku Puzzle One for the grown ups! Can you solve this challenging Sudoku puzzle?

9 5 8

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7 3 2

4 8 9 2 6

5 2 6 8 4 7 9 6 2 8 3

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1 1 6 6 4 2

7 9 5 1

Did you know?

British people started putting trees in their houses when Queen Victoria’s husband Albert brought the idea over from Germany in 1841.

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Christmas Crossword

Using the handy hints above, can you complete this Christmas crossword? 4

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Christmas was banned by the Puritans under the rule of Oliver Cromwell. In 1647 Parliament passed a law making Christmas illegal!

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Did you know?

ACROSS 5. If you stand underneath this, expect to be kissed! 6. Oliver Cromwell made Christmas illegal over 400.... ago 8. What is decorated with lights, baubles and tinsel? DOWN 1. Who sings from door to door at Christmas time? 2. Where was Jesus born? 3. The three wise men followed the north ……..? 4. The birthday of Jesus Christ is celebrated in which month? 5. Jesus was born in a ……..? 7. Who delivers presents on Christmas morning?


COMPETITIONS | FEEL LUCKY

TITIONS COMPETITIONS COMPETITIO WIN an original painting by Turner Prize Nominee George Shaw

The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum Launches Major Art Competition to Get Coventry Creating! As part of the forthcoming free ‘I woz ere’ exhibition taking place at the Herbert from 18 November – 11 March, George Shaw is giving away one of his extraordinary original watercolours. Those wishing to enter the competition have been challenged to create a piece of art depicting their favourite Coventry landscape. The artworks can be in any medium that the entrant wishes to use; from photography, paint

and sculpture, to mixed media, knitting or collage and everything in between. The competition will also be encouraging Coventry schools to get creative as part of this unique opportunity. Along with the artworks, entrants will have to write 200 words about what their landscape means to them and why they chose to create it. To enter entrants need to download and fill out an application form and return it to the gallery by the 16 January, 2012. Entrants should visit www.theherbert.org to download the forms.

Entries (completed artwork) will then need to be submitted on Saturday 11 February 2012 between 10.00am and 3.00pm at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum. Short listed entries may be used for marketing and promotional purposes and may also be included in a forthcoming exhibition of the best entrants work. Work that is not selected for the exhibition should be collected by the artist on Saturday 18 February 2012, 10.00am – 3.00pm. The decision of the judges is final

PETITIONS COMPETITIONS COMPET WIN a family tic ket to see M 0 5 Goose at th £ N I W other e ES N B JO & e lgrade The IN VOUCHERS FOR JACK atre! *

We’re offering one lucky reader £50.00 in vouchers to spend in the brand new JACK & JONES store that has opened in Coventry’s upper precinct in the city centre.

Celebrate Christmas with Mother Goose at the Belgrade Theatre!

All you have to do to win this incredible prize is answer the following question correctly?

With Coventry’s Dame extraordinaire Andy Hockley in the title role, this year’s show promises unbeatable fairytale fun, magical enchantment and egg-scruciating jokes and japes by the dozen.

Q. What is the name of JACK & JONES’ denim mascot?

Write the answer, your name, address, email and/or telephone number on a postcard and send your entries to: JACK & JONES Competition Feel Alive Magazine Inward Investment and Destination Marketing Team City Centre and Development Services City Services and Development Directorate Coventry City Council Floor 7, Civic Centre 4 Much Park Street Coventry CV1 2PY Closing date January 31st 2012. Voucher not to be used on sales items. Full price goods only. Voucher valid for the Coventry store only. Entrants must be 18 or over. Only one entry per customer. No cash alternative. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Winner will be notified by phone or email.

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The Belgrade Theatre’s traditional Christmas pantomime returns to the Main Stage from Tuesday 29th November to Saturday 7th January 2012 with the timeless tale of Mother Goose.

Join Mother Goose and her two sons, Jack and Archie as they embark on a spectacular journey to battle the wicked schemes of Squire Spartikus Skinflit and the villainous Demon King. As ever, the tale will be told in the very best Belgrade panto tradition with beautifully designed stage sets, incredible costumes and a helping hand from the audience. Tickets are available now from the box office on 024 7655 3055 or via www.belgrade.co.uk priced from £13.25 - £21.75 with children’s tickets from £9.75 and family tickets from £35. Cheaper tickets are available online.

All you have to do to win this incredible prize is answer the following question correctly.

Q. What are the character names Goose’s children?

of Mother

Write the answer, your name, address, email and/or telephone number on a postcard and send your entries to: Mother Goose Competition, Feel Alive Magazine, Inward Investment and Destination Marketing, City Centre and Development Services, City Services and Development Directorate - Coventry City Council, Floor 7, Civic Centre 4, Much Park Street, Coventry, CV1 2PY *Two adults and two children. Showtime is 7pm on 14th December 2011. Closing date for all entries December 2nd 2011.


CENTRE ENQUIRIES

024 7663 4710

Coventry Located off junction 7 from the ring road

The Lower Precinct is home to some of the City’s most exciting retailers, cafés and restaurants. Each offers something that will appeal to everyone this Christmas, and is centrally located and easily accessible by bus, train or car, with its own quality car parking. *This Christmas we are excited to announce that Bjorn the Polar Bear is making a return to the shopping centre on Sunday 20th November. *Hazel ‘O Connor will be appearing in the Lower Precinct Shopping Centre on the 10th December at 3.00pm.

*Why not take some time to experience Sherbourne Arcade in the Lower Precinct, featuring the CCFC Official Merchandise shop, H Samuel, Craft Culture, Supercuts, Home Bargains, Julian Graves, Sally Hair and Beauty and Herbal Inn to name just a few.

Visit the website for the latest information, opening times and a complete store directory.

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In his grotto every day from 20th November either queue on level 3 or prebook online

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING UNTIL 9PM Starts Wednesday 23rd November with FREE parking from 4pm to 9pm

45 SHOPS & CAFES

Great choice of top brands plus a 700 seat food court

Scan with your smart phone to access our Christmas Information Site

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING I 45 SHOPS & CAFES LARGE CAR PARK I 700 SEAT FOOD COURT

www.westorchards.co.uk *Grotto Charge of ÂŁ4.50


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