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June – August 2012 FREE

ACE COACH Alison Taylor THE GAMES COME TO TOWN Exclusive Clare Wood Interview KATE GREENHALGH Jubilates SONGBIRDS OF WIMBLEDON BRUSHED ASIDE The plight of female artists VILLAGE FAIR FEVER 23rd June Wimbledon Common

PLUS: Summer Events List, Richie Halliday – Hardware Hero, Merton Arts Trail Time, Road Works are Bad for Biz, Tim Dunn Lights Our Fire, Passing of a Legend – Mara Berni, Quantum Leap in Kitchen Designs, A Winning Attitude with Alessandro Ferullo, Safe As Houses – Or Are You? TVF inspires our Young Champions, Darling’s Social Pages, What’s Up Diary


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editor’s letter Dear Darling Reader The hottest March in history, the wettest April in living memory, the coldest May on record, and now – come rain, come shine – the Greatest British Summer of a generation. Yes, there’ll be winners and losers, hype and hysterics, ag-wavers and nay-sayers, but if ever there were an excuse for good old unabashed jingoism, this is it. And we’ll have it with strawberries and cream on top, Your Majesty! Cover Girl Natalie Stevens Photographer Taylor Torr

Publisher Darling Magazine UK Karine Torr Editor Karine Torr 020 8739 0059 Advertising 07930 396356 Email info@darlingmagazine.co.uk Contributor Kate Greenhalgh Photography Taylor Torr Design Director Talitha Minchin talitha@talithadesigns.co.uk Printer Aquatint/bsc jane@aquatintbsc.co.uk Distribution Three Colours Ltd info@3colours.co.uk Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this publication is accurate, neither the publisher nor its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. Darling Magazine does not officially endorse any advertising material included within this publicaiton. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form – electronic, recording or otherwise, without prior permission from the publisher.

So in amongst the Games, the Jubilee and the Championships, we’ve been digging up some great British stories of our own, from our exclusive interview with LOCOG’s Clare Wood to the opening of our brand new Wimbledon Way, from the inspiring Alison Taylor to a who’s who of local celebs splashing out in our social pages. And if that’s not your cup of tea, how about an array of up and coming ‘wow’ factor musical talent, a new CEO for the Wimbledon Guild and check out Nick Holmes’s take on male chauvinism through the art ages. So here’s hoping for a space on the train, a ticket to any event and a summer to remember forever. Until September when we turn our gaze to autumn… Karine Torr Editor | info@darlingmagazine.co.uk CONTENTS 5 9 13 14 15 16 18 20 21 22 23 26 31 32 33 37 39 40 41 42 43 43 44 44 46

Inspiring Woman of Wimbledon, tennis ace – Alison Taylor Exclusive interview with LOCOG’s Clare Wood – sneak preview 60 years on the throne – Kate Greenhalgh on the Jubilee Celebrity florist, Tim Dunn now in our town. Come & meet him Ghigo Berni laments the passing of a Legend Wimbledon’s got Talent – see their fortes Village People – annual fair comes to town for Wimbledon Guild Local girls win Top Drawer Award for kids toy Winning at Life with Alessandro Ferullo Little Puggle – Keep kids happy this summer holiday Local schools win with TVF charity’s latest film project Glittering social pages – have you been papped? Nick Holmes – No women artists here please Why burglars have rights too – Hart Brown warns Taking kitchen designs seriously with Candice Sevenus Retreating to the right garden room for you Handyman Hero, Richie Halliday for your DIY inspiration Honing your Bridge skills with Paul Mendelson So much happening! Your official list for summer Darling Magazine Hotspots – get a copy here Road works causing havoc Elegance at New Wimbledon Theatre – New Piano Bar What’s On – diary page Summer art on the Merton Arts Trail Fathers, we all have one darlingmagazine.co.uk | june–august 2012 

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Alison Taylor all-round tennis inspiration What brought you to Wimbledon? Well I was working in the Algarve where it was sunny and warm for 100s of days at a time so clearly it wasn’t the weather. My future husband was spending more time in Wimbledon so naturally I wanted to be with him and as someone who has made their career in tennis; there is no better place to live. Also, during World War II, my father was assigned to the RAF 115 squadron and was a bomber pilot rst on Wellingtons and then Lancasters, he was based in Yorkshire and Ely in Cambridgeshire.

Sssh… I can’t tell you it’s a secret. Westside is a great tennis facility located in the heart of Wimbledon. I love teaching and playing tennis so can be found most days working at the club. We have a fantastic team of enthusiastic coaches and a supportive committee and club members. We run a friendly

exible junior/senior programme for all ages and abilities.

Why do you think we battle in the UK to develop young talent when smaller countries in Europe manage to? I hope that is about to change, the LTA have put very good programmes in place to

How did you get into tennis as a career? I grew up in a competitive family where all sports were encouraged and as I was the youngest of 5 children I always tried to keep up with my 3 older brothers and sister. I competed in athletics, swimming, skiing and horseback riding but tennis became my focus. I started teaching tennis during the summers while at University and quickly realised that I wanted to teach tennis as a career.

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inspiring woman coaching framework, but we are still playing catch up with other countries. Having the Olympics here this summer should encourage many young children to become more active and involved and this should generate better results in the near future. British success in tennis is long overdue.

Left to right: Ben Thesiger, Jorge Beltrao, Eduardo Vicente, Alison Taylor, Dani LaPorta, Arthur Fery; kneeling: Alice Klugman, Yasmin Howe and Victoria Subev

encourage young talent to become professional tennis players. We now have an improved system for children to progress through the ranks, more competition and a better

What is the scariest thing you have encountered?

Last year I was selected to represent Canada in the World Senior Team Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was our 2nd day of competition when the devastating magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit that killed

65 people. I was watching my teammate play when the ground started to shake violently, the whole ground had buckled and water came seeping up through the ground. We were very fortunate to be outside in a park rather than in a hotel in the city centre.

What are you looking forward to the most over this exciting summer period? This is a very exciting time to be in London. I nally managed to get some tickets for the Olympics and will denitely look forward to Wimbledon; maybe Andy Murray can make Wimbledon History and be the only British Men’s player to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry. Photography by Liza Roe; Alison’s hair by Richard Kent of Parkside Hair Studio

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Wimbledon v The GAMES Exclusive Darling interview with LOCOG’S Clare Wood Clare competed for Great Britain in three Olympic Games and has worked at a further two and also played in the Wimbledon Championships.

What are your main responsibilities in relation to the Olympics, and where are you based? My title is Sport Manager and I am responsible for everything to do with the athletes and the competition, to ensure the courts are in top condition for

competition, the facilities on site are all suitable and t for purpose such as the locker rooms, dining areas, lounge, gym and re-stringing service etc. Currently I am based at the LOCOG ofces in Canary Wharf and during the Games will be based at the venue.

What do you see as the greatest challenge of bringing the Olympic Games to SW19? One challenge is getting the courts ready in 20 days, however extensive testing of the process for regenerating the courts has taken place post Championships 2010 & 11 and Eddie Seaward and his team have had excellent results. Other challenges include transforming the venue from Championships mode to Olympic mode in terms of the ‘look and feel’ of the grounds and also ensuring all the spaces to be used during the Olympics are equipped with the right technology and furniture.

What are the main differences between the Championships and the Olympics?

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There will be no queue for the Olympics, all tickets will be pre-sold. Players will not have to wear whites, national colours will be allowed. Medal ceremonies will take place on centre court with national anthems and ag raising. The Olympics will use 12 match courts, less than the darlingmagazine.co.uk | june–august 2012

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How many courts will be used for the Olympics, and will they cope with this extra pounding in a drought year? 12 competition courts and 7 practice courts will be used. The courts will continue to be watered and maintained as in any other year.

What question are you most asked about the Games? Do I have any tickets and the answer is no! Only joking, I get asked about the courts a lot and also who will be playing. The courts I have already touched on, the entries for the Olympics close on 11 June and I would anticipate most of the top 20 players in the world taking part.

Will you be taking a long holiday away from tennis after it’s all over? I will be taking a holiday denitely and am also going to work on a project in South Africa called Tumelong Haven that runs a mission and development programme to help residents in the local community. Working on the Olympic and Paralympic Games has been an amazing experience and I am really proud to be part of the London 2012 team. I work with a great team of people across both Games which has made it a really special project. We are really aiming to deliver the best Olympic tennis and Paralympic wheelchair tennis events EVER!

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Championships. There are 5 events at the Olympics, men’s and women’s singles 64 competitors, doubles 32 competitors and 16 in the mixed doubles.

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Kate Greenhalgh celebrates the Jubilee

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ne of Wimbledon’s nest moments was in 1977, the year of the Silver Jubilee, when we welcomed the Queen here to watch the Ladies’ Finals, and Virginia Wade took the title. Miss Wade is possibly the only person in the world with naked thighs and frilly pants to be presented to Her Majesty - in public, anyway. Sadly, I doubt we will experience anything so historic for the Diamond Jubilee, but I, for one, am hopping on my bike, prepared for a strenuous pedal along the Embankment to follow the progress of the Royal Barge, as I doubt there will be many people lining the banks to get in my way, and in fact I may get an invite on board when she recognises me from the 2001 Garden Party. While I squeeze excitedly into my Geri Halliwell Union ag dress, let’s consider the point of all this celebration. Rationally, we are all republicans, surely - like my daughter, who is still annoyed that we named her Elizabeth. For people like her, many years of the same monarch, (usually a queen, if you think about it, as they avoid the liver damage,

syphilis and getting killed in battles which make Kings such a lousy bet for a long-term tenure) vigorous longevity in the chinless aristocrats who oppress us is not

so much cause for a party as for a disappointed sigh . ‘Well,’ I said to my Lizzie, as I unwrapped our new Diamond Jubilee tea towels patriotically, ‘You have to admit,

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jubilee monarchist or not, the Queen’s long reign signies a fair few disasters averted for all of us, does it not? I’m not talking about The War, now, (I know – we are so over it) I mean the last time they cancelled the monarchy. Look what happened – Cromwell shut the pubs for 11 years. And look at France. I bet they are still sorry they had that Revolution! All that attitude – you don’t get decent voter apathy like here – ask Sarkosy – and…’ In the face of this devastating logic, Lizzie walked off, muttering something about democracy and equality, in the way the young do.

Jubilee is just part of a bigger build up to the REAL jubilee, in 2066. Boy, that will be the one, so reserve your souvenir copy of Darling now! I will be 103 then, so maybe not channeling Geri Halliwell – probably something less ‘mutton-dressed-as-lamb’, like a shroud maybe, but 1,000 years of beating back invaders, (England I mean, not me) is something to feel really patriotic about. We’ll probably party so hard that Argentina will take the Falklands while we’re not looking.

but beat a hasty retreat when they realised about the congestion charge. I’d like to see them try that again, during Her Majesty’s Royal Jubilee Flotilla Barge Procession With Bells On: Sir Matthew Pinsent yelling at them through a loud-hailer, loyal subjects booing them for being spoil-sports, and people shouting ‘Fenton!’ after them as they ee. Ever since King John famously had to attend to a spot of paperwork at Runnymede in 1215, the Thames has been the symbol of our nation’s nononsense approach to tyrants and invaders, and if the Queen is our willing mascot for all that, as she oats regally downstream, then she gets my vote!

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COME ON BABY, LIGHT MY FIRE Timothy Dunn and Senti – a Match made in Heaven

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ith the Championships just around the corner renowned London Florist and Southelds resident, Timothy Dunn has two events to celebrate this month. Not only has Tim once again been commissioned to create the beautiful blooms at the All England Tennis Club and the winner’s bouquets, but his debut luxury candle range Timothy Dunn London, will be launching at Senti in Wimbledon Village. For over twenty years Timothy Dunn has been one of the leading lights of British Floristry, designing oral creations for a coterie of celebrities such as Madonna and Take That and renowned brands and events such as Henley and Wembley. The new Timothy Dunn London collection has been a labour of love; each one of the exquisite eight fragrances has been inspired by Tim’s love of owers and his travels around the world. The signature scent of the range is the Violette de Lune candle inspired by Marrakesh and which incorporates Moroccan Rose, Neroli, wild Fig, Violet and Jasmine. Debbie Knight, owner of Senti, is thrilled to be stocking the new range and both she and Tim are looking forward to the ofcial launch event 20th of June, 6-8pm which will include an evening of celebs, champagne and fragrance testing. To book call: 0208 947 5179.

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y mother was a working mum and a great provider in the old-school tradition. She was a woman of rare physical beauty and ery temperament, strong, intelligent, loyal, spontaneous and entertaining. Though I often looked to my father for inspiration, she taught me much more than I ever realised. Among her professional peers Mara was unanimously regarded as a giant, her greatest asset being her unique desire to bind everyone she met to her charismatic bosom and to spoil them with warmth and generosity. This conqueror of hearts was a host beyond comparison. With a formidable memory for names, faces, and events, she made people feel special and she always went the extra mile. That’s how she earned her legendary reputation, by being a universally affectionate giver. Backstage she was a potent motivator. An assiduously dedicated grafter who led by example, ruled a tight ship and oversaw every detail. She treated staff like family, with a maternal blend of educative nagging and

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frequent scolding, and always forgiving. Throughout her career she was loved and respected by countless loyal employees, many of whom became devoted friends. In her prime she was a sassy mix of feminine feist, resourceful independence, and formidable intuition, yet she remained instinctively grounded and maternal, always making sure that the younger guests ate their greens. From the numerous condolences I’ve read, it’s astonishing now just how many have grown up to regard her as their special mamma, such was her magnetism. When many conded and sought counsel, she seldom hid emotion or empathy,

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Songbirds Wimbledon’s Got Talent Melissa James Ahead of the release of her debut album, local singer-songwriter, Melissa James, is causing a stir. Performances at The Cannizaro Park Festival, Bar 191 and The Wimbledon Village Fair have all helped secure her position as one of our most prominent singers and she is quickly attracting an army of followers. Melissa’s songs take the listener on mini detours, which often open up to reveal the sometimes raw elements of her innermost thoughts. Combined with the soulful power of her delivery, her performances are spine tingling. Day Dawns is released on 25th June. Signup for Melissa’s gig and album updates at www.melissa-james.com and visit www.soundcloud.com/melissajames

Misty Miller This talented 18 year old was born into a musical family and raised in Wimbledon attending The Hall School. She has been singing all her life and writing songs from the age of 8. Discovered at Bestival Festival while ‘Singing for Supper’ (open mic), she recorded her rst album at the age of 15 at RAK studios. Misty has been played on Radio 1 via Rob da Bank & has done 2 live appearances on XFM with John Kennedy. She was even invited to appear live on East Village Radio in New York City in October of 2011. She has appeared in British Vogue, Dazed and Confused, American Elle, Blackbook Magazine and many more. Voted ‘One to Watch’ by Vogue.com she has sold over 50,000 downloads and has had her music appear in advertising campaigns for Burberry, Coke, Pull & Bear, Loewe, Macy’s (in NY) and the Woodland Trust. (Photograph by Amelia Pemberton) www.mistymiller.com

Christina Nicola Christina Nicola is a singer/songwriter and music producer. After completing her schooling locally and graduating from the London College of Music and Media with a degree in Music Technology, she built her own professional recording studio in West Wimbledon. She has worked with the likes of producer Steve Brown (WHAM, Manic Street Preachers, Freddie Mercury, Graham Bush (Madness), Ebony Bones and Dj Deekline (also from Wimbledon). Dubbed a chameleon and the new Cathy Dennis, Christina combines her 90s pop inuences (Wham, Madonna, Sade) and smooth sultry vocals with current productions. You can nd her on iTunes and Beatport. www.facebook.com/christinanicola | www.myspace.com/christinanicola 16

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Alex Howlett Alex, born and raised in Wimbledon, has always been a performer and her parents are opera singers. Her mother is famous soprano and Professor at The Royal College of Music, Elizabeth Robson. Nowadays Alex regularly performs with 18 piece Swing Band ‘Any Swing Goes’, around London in venues like The 100 Club, The Bulls Head, Barnes and the Bedford in Balham. Her latest CD, Once Upon A Lifetime is a fab swing album, featuring the legendry talents of saxophonist Nigel Hitchcock and jazz guitarist Bill Shanley. This talented supermom of three is donating all the proceeds to her African charity, Friends of the Children of Tanzania.  www.alexandrahowlett.com Album cover by Sean Ebsworth Barnes

Malory Torr 17 year old Malory Torr is already a rm favourite at live gigs across London that include The Troubadour, Proud Camden, The Half Moon and The Cellar as well as local festivals. A product of Holy Cross Prep and Coombe Girls, Malory was born in South Africa and spent three years in Mexico City before settling in Wimbledon. Now at work on her rst album, Malory’s infectious singing and performing style combines folk, indie and homespun styles with distinctively quirky lyrics and music videos. XFM’s John Kennedy wrote about her in the magazine Dazed & Confused saying, ‘Her songs are simple but impressive with an inherent drama that calls to mind Regina Spektor on ukulele or guitar’. Last year she reached the nals of Live & Unsigned and sang at the 02 arena, as well as coming in the Top 50 in a Jamie Cullum Pizza Express competition. Watch out for her on stage live at the Wimbledon Village Fair around 3:15pm, 23rd June. ‘Like’ Malory Torr on Facebook www.soundcloud.com/malory-torr

Emily Coates Emily Coates is a contemporary singer/songwriter from Ireland, living in Wimbledon for the past three years. In essence her music is moving, warm and reective, carved from everyday experience. Her voice can be described as very powerful, almost ethereal, with a distinct Irish timbre. She accompanies herself on piano, enhancing the melodic nature of her songs with beautiful supporting harmonies. You can hear Emily play at various venues around London, as well as locally at Hemingways on a Wednesday evening and her EP Nature’s Flow is available now on iTunes. www.emilycoates.com darlingmagazine.co.uk | june–august 2012  17


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All the Fun of the Fair The Wimbledon Village Fair Returns

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he Wimbledon Village Fair takes place on Wimbledon Common on Saturday, 23rd June. It is the Wimbledon Guild’s agship fundraising event which attracts up to 20,000 visitors, and features over 200 craft stalls, two excellent food villages and a high quality farmers’ market and great entertainment. It’s a brilliant day out for everyone with loads of fun activities including Mr Alexander’s travelling show, pony rides, the exhilarating Zorb Balls, rodeo sheep and

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human table football, candy oss and Krispy Kremes. Not forgetting the Horse Show and hilarious Fun Dog show. A new attraction that is bound to be an extraordinary crowd puller will be The Big Red Balls – based on the BBC1 TV Show Total Wipeout. The fair will open from 10.30am to 5.30pm, with an ofcial opening at 11am by Sebastien Foucan, former Dancing on Ice contestant, free runner and James Bond actor! The famous Wimbledon Village Fair rafe will be offering great

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New Chief Executive of The Wimbledon Guild, Wendy Pridmore

prizes including restaurant vouchers, theatre tickets, spa treatments and gifts galore! Tickets will be on sale across the fair for just £1 each.


local A huge variety of live entertainment takes place on the central stage all day long and you can also enjoy the Young’s beer tent accompanied by Berkeley Homes’ Jazz Tent. The International and British Food Villages will cater for all tastes while delicious cream teas and cupcakes will be available at The Wimbledon Guild Tea Garden. Local resident Wendy Pridmore has regularly enjoyed the fair but this year she will be there in her new role as Chief Executive of The Wimbledon Guild. ‘Now I’m seeing all the “behind the scenes” work that goes to make this wonderful community event happen! It raises much needed money for the Guild which supports people of all ages in

Merton. We deliver free advice and information, counselling services and small grants that can make all the difference. We run a stimulating range of clubs, classes and events and lots more.’ So come and enjoy all the fair has to offer knowing that you are helping to support people in the local community. To nd out more about The Wimbledon Guild, visit

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We can all be winners in the Olympics of life! By Alessandro Ferullo, local Chi Gong teacher

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lessandro Ferullo expands on the art of Chi Gong and how having a positive and winning attitude to life can benet our health and happiness. Bring an issue of Darling Magazine to Alessandro’s next class, and have your first lesson free

Tell us what you mean by the ‘Olympics of life’ Life is like the Olympics in many ways: we have many events we are entered for. Some we choose, some not. Some we are good at, others we are not so good at. Races, hurdles, short and long distances and unexpected circumstances too. What is important is our attitude going in, how we deal with victory and loss and how we view the whole picture.

How important is acceptance of our strengths and weaknesses? Crucial I would say. If we are born with the gift of sprinting why would we struggle to keep running marathons? With Qi Gong practice one of the benets is a mental clarity where we see the whole picture. We learn from our mistakes and being more in tune with ourselves on a deeper level, we tend to learn where our strengths are and accept our

weaknesses. If we do not win at an event we do not create a big drama. If we do win, we also do not get over excited.

How can Qi Gong help with our health? With Chi Gong practice, which is over 2000 years old, there are many health benets. By cultivating and balancing our energy (Chi) internally, our energy system is re-organized and re-structured. It benets our body and mind and calms our spirit. With the simple form we learn to sustain this vibrant, healthy state in daily life and when we are thrown off course at times. We handle ourselves better at all events and in this sense become winners in the Olympics of life. *Note from the Editor: I highly recommend this class. It’s deeply relaxing, leaving one profoundly peaceful at the end of a session. Karine Torr Monday Evening Classes (ongoing) 7.30–8.30pm (drop-in classes) Wimbledon Village Club Hall, corner Ridgway and Lingeld Rd Alessandro Ferullo: 07747 113305 alessandro@owinghealth.co.uk www.chineseheritage.co.uk

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How to get kids into arts and crafts

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WHY WOMEN ARTISTS GOT THE BRUSH OFF By Nick Holmes

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hen we hear the phrase ‘Old Master’ one will almost invariably think only of male artists, as if women of an era gone by didn’t paint, sculpt or draw in the same way. To evoke memories of women past we tend to see them as pale and starched in appearance often depicted in a stern or unattering manner. This image however is far from your fault. Historians and male artists have not looked kindly on women. Edgar Degas, a man known for his strong views on women once described them as ‘Animals, with an absence of all feeling in the presence of art’. Undeniably strong words from a man who often relied on them as his muse. However, before we get carried away, it’s not just male artists and Historians who have left us with this impression, female Historians have also under played the role of female artists. Sister Wendy Beckett has not helped the cause. In her book The Story of Painting she failed to mention that both Angelica Kauffmann and Mary Moser were at the Royal Academy studying life-drawing with

J.M.W Turner and Joshua Reynolds. An important point to miss in such a titled book as, between the renaissance and the start of the 20th century, women weren’t allowed to draw from life, but here they were, in an academic setting for the very rst time and Sister Wendy’s book draws blank on this. Anna Hyatt Huntington won rst place in a Paris competition with her life size equestrian statue of Joan of Arc in 1910, however, after discovering the artist was female the judges took her prize back despite women present on the judging panel! So let us, for a moment, spend some time celebrating women artists whose stories need re telling. Sofonisba Anguissola, a 16th-century portraitist was sent drawings from Michaelangelo to copy and in turn he critiqued. Angelica Kauffmann, an 18th century painter of ancient history, gained her rst commission well before she was even a teenager. Rachel Ruysch was a Mother of 10 when she started to paint in the 17th century and was still very active well into her eighties, while Judith Leyster was a mother of 15 before

being inducted into an all-male painter’s guild. Properzia di Rossi was a 16th-century sculptor who won over many male artists and competitors in a marble work competition. Let’s not think this hardship for woman artists stopped after the 16th, 17th and 18th century. Rosa Bonheur, a 19th century sculptor wanted to get animal anatomy just right so she asked to visit slaughterhouses where she wore trousers, for which she needed a police permit that had to be renewed every 6 months. She made the effort each and every time. Heroes for women, maybe, artists most denitely.

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An Englishman’s home is his castle – or is it?

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n the middle ages unwanted visitors to an Englishman’s castle might be greeted by boiling oil, heavy rocks or worse!

Things have changed since then. Do you remember the case of Tony Martin in 1999? He shot and killed a burglar at his farmhouse. He was found guilty

of using unreasonable force although the conviction was reduced to manslaughter and he was eventually released from prison in 2003. Modern law does not take the view that burglars are ‘fair game’ and that a house owner can do what they like to protect their property against unwanted visitors. Last year, homeowners in Kent and Surrey were facing claims for compensation by criminals who injured themselves whilst breaking into garden sheds that had been protected (by the homeowner) with wire mesh on the windows. Members of the public who were interviewed felt that the law was ‘stupid’. On the other hand Surrey Police advised the public to invest in items such as good quality locks and bolts and not to resort to home-made devices as this could cause injury. The Police did not recommend the use of wire mesh on garden shed windows.

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depends on all the circumstances. The Occupiers Liability Act 1984 establishes that a home owner may owe a duty of care to a trespasser. That may include burglars or any uninvited guests (more commonly trespassing children rather than professional burglars of course). The act provides for three conditions to be met in order for liability to be established. Firstly, the occupier knows or ought to know of the existence of the danger on his land. Secondly, the occupier knows or ought to know that the trespasser is in the vicinity of the danger or is likely to come to it. Thirdly, the risk is one against which in all

a burglar ought to be removed in order to protect your unwanted visitors! Deliberate measures specically designed to hurt a trespasser are clearly unacceptable (so no boiling oil or rocks then).

Will burglars or trespassers succeed in a claim against an occupier if they are hurt whilst trespassing? It may be a relief to note that courts do not easily favour any trespassers who make personal injury claims. Many of these cases fail. Courts do appear reluctant to nd in favour of a trespasser even where that

‘Homeowners may face compensation claims by criminals who injured themselves whilst breaking in’

the circumstances of the case the occupier may reasonably be expected to offer some protection for trespassers. So wire mesh on a window which may cause cuts to

trespasser may be an innocent albeit foolish child who gets injured whilst trespassing. Courts undoubtedly would also be very reluctant to nd in favour of a

burglar who was injured whilst engaged in criminal activity. Nonetheless, applying some commonsense is no bad thing. One should not prepare traps for trespassers. Mantraps for poachers were banned in the 19th century after all. A homeowner or occupier of land should avoid creating a danger on their land or property and the law may not protect you if you do create such a danger and a trespasser is subsequently injured as a result. If you do want to secure your property get advice from the police or a professional in the security business: following the right type of advice should protect you both from break-ins and unwanted compensation claims!

What about ‘invited visitors’ who get hurt? These cases are very different and are often successful, but that is another story! For more information, contact Marek Bednarczyk on personalinjury@hartbrown.co.uk or call 0208 947 8171. hartbrown.co.uk

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IN THE KITCHEN AT PARTIES… New designs by Candice Sevenus

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What do you see when you look out of your window? Garden rooms come alive with Jason Coetzee

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IMPORTANT SUMMER EVENTS Saturday 2 June

Sunday 3 June

Mitcham Carnival Including Jubilee celebration at Three Kings Piece, Commonside West, Mitcham River Pageant Civic Service St Mary’s Merton

Monday 4 June

Beacon lit in Morden Park

Tuesday 5 June

Queen’s Jubilee Bank Holiday

Monday 25 June– Sunday 8 July

The Wimbledon Championships Outdoor Arts Festival – Wimbledon Piazza

Saturday 21 July

Monday 23 July

LONDON WELCOMES THE WORLD Olympic Torch Arrives in London Olympic Torch to pass through Merton Vestry Hall, Western Road, Tandem Centre, Haydons Road, Durnsford Road, Gap Road, Leopold Road, Arthur Road, St Mary’s Road to AELTC MitchamFair FairGreen; Green;Merton MertonAbbey AbbeyMills, Mills,South SouthPark Park Mitcham Gardens,Ricards RicardsLodge LodgeHigh HighSchool School Gardens,

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OLYMPICS – LONDON 2012

Friday 27 July– Monday 6 August

Advertising regulations in Wimbledon Zone in place

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ROAD CYCLING – time trials Hampton Court, Kingston Bridge, Kingston Road, Strawberry Vale, Waldegrave Road, Park Road

Saturday 28 July– Sunday 5 August

OLYMPIC TENNIS – at AELTC

Wed 29 August– Sunday 9 September

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THE THEATRE MANAGERS Front: L-R: Samantha Bain GM, Stacey Pedder, Carly Strachan. Back Row: L-R: Alice Torjussen, Francesca Hoare, Helen Windebank and Nicci Allt


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WHAT’S ON STAFFORD GALLERY & WIMBLEDON FINE ART PRESENT Equestrian Painter Jo Taylor & Sculptor Andrew Lacey 10th – 24th June Wimbledon Fine Art 41 Church Road, Wimbledon Village, SW19 5DQ SUMMER FAIR Hollymount School Cambridge Rd, SW20 0SQ. 16th June, Live Music, Children’s Entertainers & Shopping!

WIMBLEDON VILLAGE FAIR 23rd June 10:30am– 5:30pm Wimbledon Common wimbledonguild.co.uk WESTSIDE CHARITY TENNIS CLINIC Judy & Jamie Murray (and possibly Andy too!) Sat 23rd June 10:30am – 12:30pm £25 per child T: 020 8947 4987 JIGSAW PLAYERS Saturday 30th June ‘French Music, Cheese & Wine’

PLEASURE HUNT Merton Arts Trail is back!

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fter a very successful rst year the next Merton Arts Trail is scheduled to take place across the weekends of 22nd, 23rd and 29th, 30th September. The event is free to visitors, and this year there are more than 100 quality local artists showing their work – so make a date to get out there and visit your local studios, houses, shops and ofces where you can meet our artists and makers! Co-Founders Wendy Bliss & Chrissie Craig feel that this festival is transforming Merton’s artistic prole. One artist summed it up perfectly by saying, ‘It is the huge range of work that I liked and the community idea.  It felt like artists emerging from their studios and blinking like moles in the sun’.  It is testament to the talent in the borough, which has been patiently waiting for a forum such as this, that nearly 30% more artists have signed up to be part of the Trail this year.  Much of the art you will see will be available for sale and the artists, and the charities they support, will benet 100%. www.mertonartstrail.org.uk

Artist: Alison Price

Concert 7.30pm Christ Church, West Wimbledon jigsawplayers.com SOUTH PARK GARDENS MUSIC FESTIVAL 7th July 12pm – 8pm Trinity Rd SW19 8PN southparkmusicfestival.com THE SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL Wimbledon Film Club The Polka Theatre Sat 21st July  Doors open at 7pm, 7.30pm start.  wimbledonlmclub.com


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ALIA JEWELS continued...

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june–august 2012 | darlingmagazine.co.uk

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