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The Southbourne Link Welcome...

Edition 57

Published by:

Stephen & Debbie Corney at Dorset Publications


01202 894397


Copy deadline for the April 2014 edition: 24th March 2014

Disclaimer: Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that data in this publication is accurate, the publisher cannot accept any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. The Southbourne Link does not officially endorse any advertising material included within the publication. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval systems or transmitted in any form, without prior permission of the publisher.

Dear Southbourne and Tuckton, We hope you are all doing well and haven’t suffered too much from the torrential rains and winds that we have had. I heard yesterday that we may get some snow! Does it ever stop? Well we have a packed Southbourne Link for you this month so do grab a cup of tea or coffee and have a read in the warmth of your own home. There are many different articles including an interview with Paloma Faith, Southbourne goes International, storm damaged trees at Knoll Gardens, our very own Adventures of Nellie and many more… The prize wordsearch is also fun to do. You could just be the lucky winner so give it a go. Don’t forget that if you have a club or society in the area, I can promote you for free. There are of course our very valuable trades’ people and local businesses who would love to hear from you. The useful index at the back tells you all you can find inside. Do mention The Southbourne Link when making any calls or enquiries, this makes all the difference and makes our work worth while. I still get very excited when advertisers tell me they are getting lots of calls from you. Stephen and I wish you a good month of March and may Spring soon be here! Best wishes,

Debbie & Stephen Corney Useful Numbers

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Scrooge was a HUGE success!


We really enjoyed our trip to the De La Salle Theatre at St Peter’s School to see Scrooge - The Musical presented by the All Saints Dramatic Society. I particularly enjoyed the acting and singing of Tony Edwards, Ebenezer Scrooge himself. The performance was moving, very well acted and the singing was great by all of the cast. Hayden (who is 10) and I were definitely joining in in full song - to “Thank You Very Much” at the end! Dorset Publications and The Southbourne Link would really like to congratulate each and every actor, actress, child, props person, lighting technician, scenery creator and Director. You were ALL fantastic! Here are some fond memories for you on photo…

If you would like to become a Patron of All Saints Dramatic Society you will not be disappointed. Please contact Anne on 07548 100770. Stephen, Hayden and myself very much look forward to your next performance... All the best, Debbie Corney


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Here’s a new FUN page for you!

Where is Nellie? Do you know the South of England? Can you recognise these places? These are just some of the sights that Nellie, the rather large Dorset Publications Campervan has travelled to in just the last month. The answers are at the bottom of the page so you can immediately see if you are right. Most are easy, but one or two maybe a challenge‌? Have a go and see how many places you know! You can also follow her...


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1. Chain Ferry, Sandbanks 2. Christchurch Castle 3. Humber Bridge 4. Corfe Castle 5. Jurassic Golf, Swanage 6. Canford School


Continuing to build on improvements At the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals we have some outstanding services that have been recognised for their excellent clinical outcomes, innovation and patient care. For example did you know that: • Toshiba has chosen the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH) as the first site for installation of its latest CT scanner – the first of its type in the world • we have among the lowest mortality rates for major colorectal surgery (statistically within the top 2% of trusts nationwide) • our Bournemouth Transplant Unit is JACIE accredited which means we are compliant with several hundred quality standards, all of which strive to ensure that a patient having a stem cell transplant has a safe procedure • in orthopaedics we are the third largest joint centre in the UK with some of the shortest lengths of stay, lowest rates of infection and highest levels of patient satisfaction • our cardiologists have the lowest levels of major adverse cardiac events in the country Many of you have also told us about your experiences and the great care you have received which is very reassuring for all of our staff. However, we know that we don’t give high quality care for every patient, every time, everywhere. This means providing safe and effective care and a good hospital experience. We are putting this right and building on the improvements we have already made. Assessing patients’ needs All patients on our wards now have their condition monitored via an electronic system, known as VitalPAC nurse. Using a handheld device, similar to an iPhone, nurses record and monitor a patient’s

VitalPAC in action on the wards

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Patricia Ellis and her mum Virginia stopped by the Carers’ Café recently observations, for example blood pressure and heart rate. If a patient’s condition deteriorates the system automatically triggers a response from an appropriately skilled clinician, enabling a quicker clinical response, improving safety and enhancing patient care. It enables staff to prioritise treatment for the sickest patients. Listening and learning Listening to you and learning from your experiences is really important. This includes hearing from those who may find it difficult to have a voice. Every week we hold a Carers’ Café where carers and relatives can share their experiences with a qualified nurse over a coffee. We also have a range of support information and resources available for you. We are in the main atrium of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital from 1.30-2.30pm and look forward to seeing you. We have also invited local independent consumer watchdog Healthwatch Dorset to collect people’s views on our hospital and its services. Healthwatch will be at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital a couple of days a month for the next six months. The first two dates are Wednesday 5 March from 9am to 1pm and Friday 14 March from 12pm to 4pm when they’ll be talking to people in the main entrance area and main outpatients department. You can also share your feedback at You can read how we are continuing to improve in our weekly bulletin at Just follow the link on the home page under the ‘Providing quality care’ section.

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Vdub At The Pub Festival 2014

Friday 16th May – Sunday 18th May 2014 – Wimborne, Dorset 2014’s Vdub At The Pub Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with a great new line-up of live music, acoustic artists and live DJ’s. We will of course be bringing back our ever popular Show & Shine competition, with this year’s classes including: Best Beatle, Best Type 2 Bay, Best Split, Best Type 25 Air & Water, Best Type 4 Van, Best Newie, Best Golf/Polo, Best Other, Best Paint, Best Rat and Best Overall, for our Volkswagen lovers to show off their wheels. Our line-up of music this year will see the return of Vdub veteran Si Genaro, (recently becoming a national personality after his quirky performance on BBC’s The VoiceUK) Saturday Sun, (in January being listed as one of The Guardian’s new band of the day) and The Crematics, (having previously supported the likes of Bastille and The Rizzle Kicks) just to name a few. As well as live music all weekend, we are kicking off the show this year with Friday night’s DJ night, where 2014 Vdub festivals goers can start their weekend by dancing the night away. The first Vdub at the Pub took place back in 2008 at Drusilla’s Inn in Dorset and was the first time the festivals creator John had combined engines, beer and live music. Dubbers came from far and wide to Drusilla’s Inn for 2 years before the numbers grew so high that it was time to find a larger show ground. In 2010 Vdub moved to the grounds of Wimborne Town Football Club, where it still runs today. Last year’s festival was a 3 day event, catering for everybody’s needs, with live music all weekend, DJ’s playing into the night and local Brewery Dorset Piddle Beer holding a mini beer Festival in the live music tent. We also had the Dorset Stormtroopers in attendance all weekend entertaining the crowds. We sold out our camping spaces a week before the festival and with the help of local land owners we managed to increase our camping facilities and open and second camping field for the second year running! The 2014 show will be our best yet. We hope to see you there!

Tickets available now from Follow us on Facebook: Vdub at the pub and Twitter: @VdubAtThePub



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A smoke alarm without batteries is ‘a useless piece of plastic’ That is the message from Group Manager Karen Adams, Head of Prevention at Dorset Fire and Rescue Service. Karen leads a team of firefighters and officers, who are taking DFRS’s safety message out into the community, with a particular focus on educating vulnerable and hard to reach groups. When someone dies in a fi re, it is always upsetting. At Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, our aim is to reduce all preventable fire deaths to zero. We want to see every home in Dorset with a working smoke alarm and that means testing your smoke alarms every week! With the clock change fast approaching, when you go around your home changing the time on all your clocks, take the time to test your smoke alarms too! Karen said: “We provide a FREE home safety check service. This means fi refi ghters and DFRS staff visit residents in their homes and if appropriate, fit or replace smoke alarms, advise on the use of candles, unattended cooking, electric blankets, overloading sockets, chimneys, low energy light bulbs, escape plans and much more. This is all free of charge with the aim of encouraging people to think about fire safety in the home.” She added: “People need to consider their night-time routine – close doors,

keep an escape route clear, and check they know where the door key is so they can let themselves out. Smoke alarms should be tested once a week to make sure they are still working and in good condition. A smoke alarm without a battery is useless piece of plastic.” To request a Free Home Safety Check for you, or someone who may be vulnerable and would benefit from a visit, please get their permission and contact us FREE on 0800 038 2323 or use the online form found online at Just fill out the form with your name and address details and click ‘submit’. Our PinPoint technology will analyse whether or not we can make your home safer and you will either receive a FREE Home Safety Check or Home Safety Information Pack, containing a leaflet on safety and a checklist for the home.


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Wildlife News

Talking about Wildlife...

Barn Owls

Barns owls are amongst the most beautiful birds in Britain. Although some barn owls are brown in colour, the majority have golden and silver-grey feathers and white under-parts. They also have bright-white, heart-shaped faces, which resemble masks. Contrary to popular belief, these mystical birds do not hoot; instead, they hiss and emit long, unsettling shrieks. Barn owls consume small mammals (mice, voles and shrews), which they hunt from the air above. These striking birds are formidable hunters, but unfortunately the recent bad weather may have a negative impact on their ability to hunt: their wings are not waterproof, but designed with tiny serrations on their flight feathers so they are able to sweep through the air soundlessly. This unnerving ability has earned them the title ‘Ghost Owl.’ In addition, their sensitive hearing enables them to pinpoint the smallest sound whilst they are in flight. Ordinarily, barn owls hunt at dusk or dawn, although they will occasionally hunt during the day and at night (they do not require sight to hunt). Barn owls favour the open country. They will venture into the woodland if necessary, but prefer to hunt along the edges of woods. Barn owls breed when food is abundant. Ordinarily, they lay 4 to 7 eggs, 2-3 days apart.

Each egg will hatch after 31-32 days incubation. Females will sit on their young for an additional 3 weeks after they have hatched. During this time, their mate will bring food to the nest. Barn owls were once Britain’s most common owl species; however, the numbers have declined by up to 70% in recent years. This is due to the growing use of rodenticides, which are highly toxic. There are an estimated 4,000 pairs in the UK today, but there is concern that numbers are ever decreasing, and in recent years, the wet summers and cold winters have made conditions difficult for them. Dorset Wildlife Trust hosts a barn owl nest webcam, so you can see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. For updates on our next nesting Barn owls, keep an eye on our website for more information: Barn Owl in flight

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Southbourne goes international! There will be more of an international buzz around Southbourne leading up to the summer months as Southbourne School of English welcomes students from all over the world. Last year we had over 50 different nationalities! For some of the students it will be their first time out of their country and a little bit alien. So many customs and traditions that we take for granted in England are completely unfamiliar abroad. Queuing for example, or walking on the pavement in a single file, saying ‘May I’ or ‘Could I’, even ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ are used differently abroad so please be lenient as we try and acclimatise them to their new surroundings! Here are our top questions and answers from current host families: Top 5 tips for making students feel welcome: 1. Guidance is better than strict rules 2. Give them a variety of food - food is important. Go easy on potatoes! 3. Give students access to WIFI they like to be connected to their family 4. Eat meals together with the students: this is a home from home experience - family is important to them

5. Make sure the student has your contact number and all emergency contact numbers at all times What are the benefits of being a host family: 1. Having students is a good introduction of different cultures and languages to our children 2. We save the extra money we make for DIY, holidays and general treats 3. Satisfaction of showing them the best of our culture Here are recommendations from current host families: “It’s a rewarding and interesting opportunity that we didn’t imagine we’d do. It has broadened our outlook and understanding of different cultures.” V. Wharton “It’s a great way to fill an empty room, meet new people and learn about the rest of the world - we get some lovely presents too!” J. Taylor “It’s really rewarding when the students come home and tell you how well they are doing and how much they appreciate your help.” P. Batchelor


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Red Arrows confirmed for all four days of the 2014 Bournemouth Air Festival It’s officially a first for the Bournemouth Air Festival, but the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows have confi rmed today they will be displaying at on all 4-days of the much anticipated summer event. Jon Weaver, Air Festival Director said; “We’ve only found out today (12th February) and can’t believe we have been allocated the Red Arrows for all 4days of the Air Festival, its incredible news. For us as a Festival, the organisers, teams of people behind the event and the hundreds of thousands of people who attend, it really shows how far we have come to have such superb RAF support. We have great plans to develop this year’s festival and with news like this - it can only get better!” It’s a momentous year for the Reds as they celebrate their 50th display season and with this a recently unveiled new tailfin design. The makeover is the most significant change to the look of the Team’s

famous aircraft in its history. In the shape of a Union flag, the striking new tail design reflects the Best of British and emphasises the Red Arrows’ role as ambassadors for the United Kingdom and as the public face of the Royal Air Force. Timings are yet to be confirmed, more information will be released at the Air Festival launch event at the end of March. See or follow #bmthairfest for updates.

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Adventures of Nellie

The Adventures of Nellie The Dorset Publications Camper Van Wow, what a mixture of weather we have had these last few months! Nellie took us all the way to Hull to see my family and we had 7 hours of solid rain getting there. Poor Nellie, she looked pretty drowned by the time we arrived. In fact a few days before we left, a shop owner pointed out that Nellie was “illegal!” Astonished, I asked “Why?”… He was right, Nellie was so dirty with all the spray, mud and debris off the roads, that you couldn’t see her number plate. Well I am pleased to say that she has had a wash and there should be NO policeman knocking on our door! Anyway, the journey back from Hull was far more pleasant and I just had to show you our panorama view of Nellie under the magnificent Humber Bridge. Back to ‘sunny’ Dorset and last weekend we went on a Geo Cache. If you have never done a Geo Cache before and like walking, exploring sights you may not have seen previously,

I highly recommend it. It is free! All you need to do is go online to www. It is a “real world treasure hunt” and there are literally hundreds of walks with a purpose…to find the hidden “treasure”. The hidden treasure is actually a box of odds and ends that walkers have added, which you can take and replace with some thing else. There is often a list of all the ‘geo cachers’ who have done the same hunt which you can add your details to. The way you find the hidden treasure is by use of a GPS device which you can buy, or indeed find an app on your phone. Once you have printed out the Geo Cache that you want to do, there are lots of clues which you use to discover the coordinates and thus find the trail to the treasure. It is ideal for youngsters who would otherwise complain about a ‘boring old walk’ and basically make your life a misery whilst you try and enjoy the fresh country or

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Finder’s reward We followed the trail back past the golf course, had a much appreciated and rather large ice cream reward, a cup of coffee in Nellie and a final brisk walk along the wonderful coastline. Once we were back on the cliff top with a very cold sea breeze, though a gorgeously bright day, I think Hayden forgot about the “swimmers”! A really pleasant day was had by all and we do recommend trying a geocache. Where will Nellie go next…? By Debbie Corney whereisnellie




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Storm damaged trees could benefit garden wildlife – with your help Two iconic trees were felled by the February storms in Wimborne last weekend. Knoll Gardens lost its stunning Monterey Pine along with the garden’s tallest tree, the amazing Eucalyptus chapmaniana. Both were listed on Knoll’s tree trail that features a selection of the rare and unusual trees found throughout the gardens. Knoll’s owner, Neil Lucas said, ”It was a real wrench to wake up and discover these wonderful trees had fallen. The shallow rooted eucalyptus literally just toppled over as its roots had less and less solid ground to cling too. Its fall has seriously damaged a water feature, but if we are able to sensitively relandscape the area we will try to save this iconic tree in its now, horizontal position. Sadly that is not an option for the Californian pine which will have to be cut down.” As well as their botanical interest both trees had huge sentimental value to both Neil and Knoll’s many visitors and he is hoping a way can be found to use at least some of the timber as a permanent reminder. “Alongside the gardens we also run a gardening charity,” said Neil. “The Knoll Gardens Foundation aims to promote wildlife-friendly,

sustainable gardening and it would be wonderful if there was someone who felt able to use our wood to create something which would make a permanent contribution to the value of the wildlife in the garden and we could position in pride of place where this stately tree once stood. “I have seen some stunning designs for bee houses which would fit beautifully into the landscape of the garden, but I’m very open to any good idea.” If you would like to help please contact Neil Lucas on 01202 873931 or email The gardens at Knoll are currently closed while the clear up is underway. Please check the website for details of reopening at The onsite nursery has not been affected at all and remains open for business.

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WANT TO JOIN IN? We are having OPEN DAYS on SUNDAY 27th April 10am - 4pm. And MONDAY 28th April 6pm – 8pm Please come in and meet us. Regular Coaching is available on Monday evenings in May FREE We are a Bowls club in Barrack Road with male and female teams in Local Leagues, on Tuesdays and Saturdays Internal competitions and social bowling on Wednesday afternoons and Friday evenings. A bar, car parking and disabled facilities. Phone Richard, the club Secretary, on 01202 419402 See our website:


Wickmeads A Care South Residential Care Home

Thinking of moving into a care home? We’re here to help Situated in the heart of the Southbourne community, Wickmeads provides quality residential care, including dementia care, in a home-fromhome atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for a new home or a short respite stay, we offer a warm welcome, comfort, security and peace of mind. To arrange a visit or find out more, please contact the Wickmeads manager, Karen Taylor

 01202 427144

Care South is a leading provider of residential and home care across the south of England Registered Charity No. 1014697 RESIDENTIAL






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Spring should really be on it’s way by the end of this month and there’ll be plenty of jobs to keep you busy on your plot. There’s nothing quite like sowing seeds and the thrill of watching those first tiny seedlings appearing just a week or two later. Weather permitting the soil should be warm enough to be sowing outdoors in March. Your new seedlings will need all the help that you can give them if they are to flourish so don’t forget the weeding and pest control too! Jobs for March:Prepare beds for sowing by raking level when the soil is dry enough. Get a supply of containers and fill with compost ready for sowing (supermarket plastic trays containers are handy to reuse for this!) Make sure you have all the seeds you need and sort them into the order that you’ll sow them in. Plant first early potatoes later in the month. Keep on top of the weeding and pest control. Sow carrots, peas, parsnips, lettuce and radishes.

There’s no doubt that the weather during the first part of the year lived up to our expectations of a month of extremes - with mild temperatures and homes and gardens hammered by incredible rainfall. Hopefully March should see the weather settling down and Spring truly starting to emerge. Most seed packets give you some guidelines as to which month/or months are best to sow in but personally I think that it’d be a lot more helpful if they gave a little information about the temperature required, not to mention just how long germination is likely to take. Soil temperatures of at least 6º are needed for most seeds - if you don’t want to guess at this you can get a soil thermometer to check. Don’t forget that by using products such as fleece, or cloches, over your beds you can raise the temperature. Some seeds, such as parsnips, are notoriously slow to germinate taking up to 3 weeks for seedlings to appear - a good idea with slow starters like these is to sow quick growing crops such as radishes on either side of the row. This will help mark the rows out until your parsnips appear and the radishes will quickly be grown and ready to harvest. Take note also of the depth that the different seeds should be sown at - too shallow and they’ll either blow away or be eaten by the birds, too deep and you may bury them alive! Try to space seeds evenly, though if you sow too many you can thin out the weaker seedlings after they appear. Do remember that with many crops it

is better to sow just a few and then sow again in a few weeks time to avoid having too many ready to harvest all at once. Salad crops such as lettuce will bolt if left too long, and other vegetables which may have a short harvesting period can be enjoyed for much longer if you save the seed and sow a few in succession every few weeks. As the soil warms up for your new crops so it also warms up nicely for the weeds about now! For many people part of the attraction of growing your own is eating chemical free produce and organic methods of pest control will therefore be preferred. Little and often is best - take a quick walk around the veg patch each morning and hand pick any emerging weeds. Hoeing also works well and if you are careful not to let weeds set seed you’ll avoid a long-term problem. Of course the situation isn’t helped by the fact that your patch is likely to have large amounts of bare soil on it between widely spaced rows at this time of year. Some crops, such as potatoes will obligingly grow to ultimately block out the light and deter weeks, but if you’re really having problems then think about putting down a thick, organic, mulch to cover the bare soil. Slugs will also emerge to attack your young seedlings - there’s no end of organic ways to do battle from hand picking at night and beer traps to watering in nematodes. Strike early and gain the upper hand!


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LEWIS Spending Overseas

So if you're planning a trip abroad in 2014, I'm going to explain how in a few clicks you can give yourself perfect exchange rates in every country, every time you go. Permanently holster unbeatable exchange rates. Spending abroad on plastic is usually costly, as banks get perfect rates but then add a hidden 3% load onto what they charge (so spending £100 worth of dollars costs us £103). Yet a few cards are marketed as super-cheap abroad in the hope you’ll also use them here, where they’re not always so cheap. These specialist, no annual fee, credit cards are load-free worldwide, smashing bureaux de change, giving permanently unbeatable rates everywhere you use them. In other words, spend £100 worth of dollars and it costs £100. So I suggest you grab one, just for use abroad, and – if you’re a nerd like me – stow it in your overseas purse or wallet (alongside an EHIC card and any leftover cash from past travels). Yet the key rule is to ensure you always repay IN FULL, preferably by direct debit to minimise any interest. My top pick is’s Clarity card, which has the lowest ATM fees (even so, spending on the card beats cash withdrawals). If you fail to fully repay it's 12.9% representative APR (but remember this is charged on ATM withdrawals, even if you do fully repay). Yet if you’ve a (over-50s) (11.9% rep APR), (17.8% rep APR) or (15.9% rep APR) or Santander Zero credit card, then as these are load-free worldwide anyway, it's not worth a new application. Full best buys, including load-free debit cards, at Will you get these cards? As always, it depends on your creditworthiness. The usual problem's the only way to find out if you’ll get a card is to apply, but that marks your file, whether you’re accepted or rejected, and each mark has a minor impact. To help, try my free Overseas Cards Eligibility Checker at, which shows your odds of acceptance for most cards without

impacting your creditworthiness – allowing you to apply for the one you’ve the best chance of getting. Poorer credit scorers still have an option, though. The easier-to-get Classic Extra card is load-free overseas, and also pays 0.5% cashback on all spending – a useful double purpose. Do watch out for its 34.9% rep APR if you fail to repay in full. It’s worth noting you'll also be charged this (and a fee) on cash withdrawals even if you fully repay, so err towards spending on it, not ATM withdrawals. Top prepaid cards. You load one up before you travel, then use it like a debit card. If you lose it, your cash is protected. However, unlike the top credit cards, you get the rate on the day you load, not when you spend, so currency fluctuations can hit you. My top pick cards, based on low fees and best rates, are FairFX Euro and FairFX Dollar - usually they're £10 but go via the links at comparison site and they're free, provided you load at least €60 or $75. These charge an ATM fee, so if you need to withdraw cash regularly, consider the ATM fee-free card. You can choose a euro, dollar or 'global currency' card. NEVER get cash at the airport. Airport and ferryport bureaux know you're a captive customer, so they often give terrible rates. If you've left it too late, at least order online for airport pick-up, as you usually get a better rate. Use my comparison tool which finds you the very best deal before you go. Foreign shops/banks asking "want to pay in euros or pounds?" If you're using a card abroad, sometimes you'll be asked if you want the transaction to be in pounds or the local currency. In a nutshell, pay in the local currency (eg, euros) not pounds.


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Faith Healer

It takes listening to precisely fi ve seconds of Paloma Faith’s comeback single to realise that you are already in the company of one of the best pop tracks that you are going to hear all year. By the time it gets to the chorus of Can’t Rely on You, with its defiant stomp and backing vocals from the songs’ creator, hit-maker-in-chief Pharrell Williams, it also becomes patently clear that Faith, reinvigorated and buoyant, is set to enjoy a bumper year. Can’t Rely on You is the lead track of her forthcoming third album A Perfect Contradiction, and her best yet: as equally upbeat and sassy as it is soulful, and with a positivity that’s impossible to resist. The inspiration, Faith says, came from not wanting to make a record as downbeat as its predecessor Fall to Grace, which documented failed relationships to mostly melancholy, ballad-like fare. “When I was touring the last album I got a bit bored of being upset,” Faith says. “I think sometimes when you write sad songs you write them in a moment when it’s like therapy, but then when you’re singing them 18 months later it’s like picking off a scab. This time I knew I needed to inject some hope. There’s some heartache, but it’s got a hopeful vibe to it. And I’ve returned to my soul roots, working with people I’ve admired for a long time.”

A Perfect Contradiction is an evocative title - where did that come from? “I mean perfect contradiction in terms of the last album, because that was melancholic, but also in everyday life. You can’t have real joy without real sadness. It extends to a conversation I had with Pharrell. He was asking me about myself and I said I feel an affinity with people who are a perfect mix of contradictions. And he said ‘do you think you are?’ and I said ‘yeah’ and then he told me I should call my album that. I went home and mulled it over; I decided it was a really good title, because it meant a lot of things. It’s to do with accepting difference within ourselves as well as other people and our experiences.” Faith worked with a host of names on A Perfect Contradiction (Raphael Saadiq, John Legend, Diane Warren) but it is inevitably the collaboration with Pharrell that is of most intrigue. “He approached me at a party to work

45 with me and we wrote a couple of songs together, and as we got to know each other through that time he said that he had this song that he’d written that he’d been sitting on for ages. He said he thought it would suit me, and did I want to hear it. I was like ‘of course’, and I loved it. It totally has my name on it. “Pharrell is very nice, humble, and so likeable. He works very hard and throws a lot away, because he only wants the best to come out.” He is certainly is a happy fellow, and the go-to man for a smash hit, isn’t he? “Yes, but you want to hear the ones that don’t make it, though!” Faith is arguably as well known for her sense of style than she is for her music, and her appearance is a vital component of the entire songstress/ fashion icon package. “For as long as I can remember I’ve had it drummed into me that presentation is important. My family is full of women who really make an effort. I’ve never been around people who just wear jeans and t-shirt. “In fact, the other day I was walking around Brick Lane with my mum, my aunt and my cousin. This girl came up and said ‘you four look like brilliantly dressed women; can I take a picture for

my art project?’ She later wrote to me on Twitter later to say ‘sorry, I had no idea it was you!’ It was so funny.” But getting stopped in the street was partly what made Faith head across the Atlantic to make A Perfect Contradiction. “I do get stopped a lot – it’s flattering but it’s difficult to detach yourself. Ultimately, I wanted to write an album that was down to earth and about real issues, and I didn’t feel that my life was conducive to that over here. It’s not a realistic lifestyle to have being stopped by people all the time; it doesn’t promote a realistic attitude of life. People can’t relate to it.” After A Perfect Contradiction hits the shops in March, Faith says she can’t wait to get on the road and reinterpret the new songs for a live audience. “We haven’t planned it yet but we’ll hopefully be touring towards the end of the year. I am looking forward to going out and touring it - it’s a musician’s album. My band love it; they can’t wait to show off, and nor can I!” Shaun Curran Paloma Faith’s new album A Perfect Contradiction is out March 10th, on RCA Records.

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