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CIVIL PARTNERSHIP WEDDING FAYRE AT THE HAYCOCK The Haycock Hotel is holding the first ever Civil Partnership Wedding Fayre in the area on Sunday April 27. It’s open to all, but is especially geared towards same sex couples and will incude around 25 stalls icluding everything from photographers to cake makers. Already a popular wedding venue, the hotel in Wansford welcomes same sex couples wishing to have their civil service partnership ceremony and reception at the Haycock, so is holding this special event to help with planning for the big day. The Wedding Fayre is free and takes place from 10am – 4pm and if you’d like more details just call 01780 782223 or see www.the haycock.co.uk

THOMAS COOK & POSH HELP KIDS The guys at Thomas Cook have raised nearly £1600 for the Variety Club with a star-studded fundraising bash at the Posh ground. The Variety Club helps out seriously ill, disadvantaged kids and the money from this night will be going towards two new children’s wards. Posh player Aaron Mclean was a special guest along with Face of ESP Kerry Bates. We sent our Paparazzi crew along for the night, so if you were there then you might just be in next month’s ESP!

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If you’re looking for love then why not give a new charity speed dating event in aid of Sue Ryder Care a try? It takes place at the Deeping Stage, Market Deeping on May 13 for anyone between 35-45, then May 27 for 45-55 year-olds and June 10 is for anyone aged between 25 and 35. It’s bound to attract caring, sharing types and the best part is, even if you don’t meet anyone you like, you’ve done something good for charity so it’s not an entirely wasted night! Tickets £10, to book call Lynn on 01733 230007 or 07780 912435 or email pborospeeddate@yahoo.co.uk

STATUS HAIR SALON GOES ALL THE WAY Congratulations to Status hair salon in Yaxley for making it all the way to the finals of The L’Oréal Professional Trophy – the hairdressing ‘Oscars.’ The salon, which is thought to be the smallest to ever make it this far, beat off competition from around 10,000 rivals. As owner John Haymes told ESP – “It’s a bit like the Faeroe Islands qualifying for the World Cup!” All salons entering had to submit a 10x8 photograph; however, unlike salons up and down the country which spent thousands on their entry, the guys at Status managed it on a few hundred quid! The ace up their sleeve was a long time friend of John the salon owner, the Vogue fashion photographer Mark Curtis, who said – “It’s always fantastic when nice things happen to good people.” We couldn’t agree more.

information about all the events surrounding the Flower Parade. There’s something for everyone when it comes to the music, with daily specialist shows including Blues, Soul, 60’s and 70’s as well as ‘the pre-loaded show’, an end of the week show to get you ready for a night out. Tulip Radio are hoping to get a full time license so lend them your support as it’s run entirely by volunteers!

SPRINGFIELDS EXPANSION ON TRACK The £11 million expansion of Springfields shopping outlet in Spalding is almost complete! The expansion, which will see loads of new shops and a 43-room Travelodge hotel coming to the complex, will also create well over 100 new jobs. The bosses at Springfields are keeping details of the new shops under wraps but have promised ‘high quality national retailers,’ to join existing stores like M&S, Pilot and Game and the Festival Gardens, designed by people such as Charlie Dimmock. The expansion will mean that even more visitors (currently 2 million a year) will head to Spalding and give the town a real boost.

TAKE THAT, TAKE THE MARRIOTT Take That have gone from strength to strength recently, with chart topping albums and a sell out tour. If you didn’t make it to London to see the guys live then head to the Marriott hotel at Lynchwood, Peterborough on April 18 for a tribute night with Take That 2. These guys are so good they’ve actually been asked to perform with Take That at the O2 arena! As well as Take That 2, there’ll also be a 2 course meal and the resident DJ will be spinning tunes until 1am. Bedroom packages are available. Tickets £25, contact Ashley Lee on 01733 375527 or Maria Osker 01733 375515.

TULIP RADIO BACK ON AIR

DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL ROARS INTO LIFE!

Spalding’s very own Tulip Radio returns to the airwaves on April 13 on 87.9fm to provide coverage of the town’s 50th Flower Parade. It’ll be online 24 hours a day until May 10 broadcasting news, music and

Peterborough’s Dragon boat festival celebrates its 10th anniversary on June 22 this year, and it promises to be the most exciting yet! Get a team together from work or the pub and raise

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money for Peterborough SportsAid Foundation, which helps youngsters achieve their sporting dreams. You don’t need any experience in racing any kind of boat and all equipment is provided, so you just need to turn up and not fall in the river. With prizes for the best dressed team as well as the fastest men’s, women’s and mixed teams, the emphasis is more on having fun than winning. With tons of bankside entertainment and music from Hereward FM, the whole family’s welcome. For more information, go on www.dragon boatfestivals.co.uk/peterborough or call 01780 470718 (Photo courtesy of DE Photo)

RHYTHM FESTIVAL ROCKS If you’re bored of Reading and Glastonbury or just fancy going to a different festival this year, then why not make it the Rhythm Festival. It takes place just outside Bedford and mainly features music like the Saw Doctors and Jefferson Starship as well as Chas and Dave (Oh yes!) and an act called Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (worth it just for the name), as well as top Blues, Folk and Roots DJ’s. There are all sorts of mad events going off on the side too and the website even promises luxury loos – maybe that’s why it’s been nominated in five categories at the UK Festival Awards 2007. Tickets from £85 weekend, £36 day. Visit www.rhythmfestival.net or call 01923 282725.

P.KAI ARE GHD EXPERTS Last month we told you about Kai Wan from P.Kai Hair at Serpentine Green being selected as a finalist for the ghd Expert Awards in the category of the Innovation Award. Well, he headed down to London on March 17 for the glitzy award ceremony and was judged by a panel including celebrity stylist Paul Merrit and Hair Magazine editor Louise White. The good news is, he won! His prize was a car (a convertable Nissan Micra we’re saying nothing…) and of course, national recognition for Kai and the salon. So if you need you hair styling for a special occasion or just want to pick up some tips, then P.Kai is definately the place to go!

PRC OPENS UP Fed up with your job or just feel like trying something new? Head over to the next Open Evening at Peterborough Regional College on April 1 and stop being a fool! (Like April Fools Day? Anyone?) The


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ESP - keeping you up-to-date with the latest gossip college will be open from 5pm until 8pm and there’ll be loads of different things for you to try out as well as staff on hand to answer questions. Arrive using the Park Crescent entrance and you’ll get an info pack which has a map and a complimentary drink voucher! There’ll be tours of the college as well as interactive activities like live cookery and tasting, complementary therapies and a chance to read off an autocue – you can’t be any worse than Vic Reeves at the Brit Awards. There’ll also be chance to enrol for part time and evening courses like languages and childminding. The Information Centre will also be enrolling for courses beginning in September, as these are already filling up. For more information visit www.peterborough.ac.uk or call 0845 8728722.

ENTER YOUR HUMAN HOUNDS TO HIT THE TRACK We like a laugh and if you’re the sort who’s game on for a bit of fun too it’s time to get your name down for the Human Dog Race, organised by Sue Ryder Care and supported by ESP Magazine. There’s a wag in every work place that’ll do it, so get them to roll over to the dog track this summer and take part! If you’ve never seen this event before, it basically involves people dressing up as dogs and running round the greyhound track. The heats take place this summer during race nights at the dog track, Peterborough, so if you fancy doing something silly to help raise money for charity then get involved. Before you pause (like paws? Get it?), you don’t have to be as fit as a butcher’s dog because you only have to race half the track. If you’re at the dogs this summer, keep an eye out for the heats and make sure you don’t miss the final – it’ll be a scream! If you’d like to take part give Emma Long a call at Sue Ryder on 01733 330060.

IT’S FUN TO RUN AT THE GREAT EASTERN – ENTER NOW! OK so a half marathon might be a tad too strenuous... so try the Fun Run instead! The Great Eastern Run is on its way and dedicated runners are in training now, but over a thousand people took part in the Fun Run last year, and this year the organisers would like to see that number double! There are loads of good reasons to do it, from raising money for charity or just getting in shape in time for beach season. If you are doing it for charity, then there are on the spot prizes for the best fancy dress so you better start thinking of ideas now. The Fun Run’s only 5km so get your friends together to dress up, or get your work mates to enter and get some profile for your company at the same time. Both races take place on October 12 so you better get in training now! For more information visit www.peterborough.gov.uk/page5340 or call 01733 747474.

PUSH THE BED OUT! If you see strangely dressed people racing hospital beds (with patients still in them!) down Long Causeway, Peterborough on April 5, don’t worry. It’s not a result of NHS budget cuts but Sue Ryder Care’s annual Bed Push. Last year, £16,000 was raised by 26 teams including winners Perkins Pushers from the Perkins Fire Department. It’s a laugh to watch and take part as teams in fancy dress hit the street and take on various challenge - last year, a team from Buckles Solicitors dressed as Elvis and the Memphis Babes and a team from Peterborough Hospital dressed as Palliative Pirates. If you fancy taking part in this slightly surreal fundraiser, then all you need is a team of 4 - 6 people and to get in touch with Jackie at Sue Ryder Care on 01733 330060 or by email on Jackie.page@sueryder care.org.


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LOCALEVENTS Liv Slater has the lowdown on the best events around… CELEBRATE 50TH FLOWER PARADE IN SPALDING

It’s the 50th Spalding Flower Parade over the May bank holiday, and it’s all set to be extra special this year – over 500,000 fresh tulips heads will be used to make the floats, which all have the theme of ‘Thanks for the Memories.’ As well as the parade on May 3, there will be a carnival with purpose-built music trailers and over 300 local children taking part. The parade will leave Springfields at 2pm and will make its way through the town centre to the Sir Halley Stewart field where there’ll be absolutely loads happening on both Saturday and Sunday including a motorbike display team, games, stalls and live music. When night falls on Saturday, there’ll be a firework display to kick start what is one of the busiest nights in Spalding. A lot of pubs will have special entertainment on for the weekend and they’ll all be very lively! Tune into Tulip Radio on 87.9 for chat and information, or visit www.tulip2008.com, www.flowerparade.org, or www.springfieldeventscentre.co.uk – or call 01775 760380 or 01775 724843.

SPIRIT OF PETERBOROUGH

Here at ESP we’re always banging on about what our fine city has to offer so we’re right behind this special Spirit of Peterborough night at The Brewery Tap on April 15. It’s all about celebrating our home town, past present and future. There’ll be feel good bands like Citizen Smithy and entertainment all night, all from Peterborough and with as many different cultures and communities represented as possible! There’s a Thai buffet and if you’ve ever eaten at Brewery Tap before, then you’ll know the food’s delicious. A Spirit of Peterborough Award will be given to someone who has promoted or enhanced the city through their work, fundraising or just good deeds so if you know someone who deserves a little recognition, the organisers want your nominations now. It’s bound to be a great night, one that’ll put a smile on your face and make you glad to live in or around this city. If you know someone who deserves an award for all their hard work, don’t forget to nominate them as the search is already underway. Contact Lorraine Slynn by email at lorraine.slynn@aokagroup.com. Tickets are £10, call 01733 315766.

BIRTHDAY PARTY AT SOUTH HOLLAND CENTRE

It’s time to party in Spalding. It’s been ten years since the South Holland Centre in Spalding was refurbished and reopened and it’s still going strong! So if you’ve ever been to see one of the wide variety of events in the purposebuilt auditorium – from jazz divas to ballet, talks with TV stars to plays – join their 10th anniversary party! Everyone’s invited on April 11, even if you’ve never been to the centre before. Leading the celebrations will be the boogie-woogie blues band Tipitina, who’ve had great reviews and sound like they’re straight from New Orleans. They’ll definitely get you in the mood for dancing and there’ll also be a disco in the function room, which will be decked out with posters from all the old shows. Obviously, the bar will be open throughout, and you even get a free welcome drink! The guys at the South Holland Centre would like former staff and old friends to come too and celebrate a brilliant ten years. The future looks good as well, with Gervase Phinn, the author, appearing on June 5 as well as a packed schedule of workshops all through the summer. Tickets £7, buy ten get one free. Call 01775 764777 for more info.

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CINDERELLA YOU WILL GO TO THE (GOLDEN) BALL

If work’s a nightmare and you feel like doing something a little fairytale, then don’t miss the Golden Ball on May 17 at the Holiday Inn. It’s a big fundraiser for Sue Ryder Care and is organised by two sisters, Claire and Sallie, in memory of their dad who was cared for at the Thorpe Hall Hospice. The ball is now in its third year and this time you’re encouraged to wear black tie and diamonds. Claire and Sallie have promised new additions to the entertainment and lots of surprises for the guests, as well as the return of the band ‘After Dark’ and a disco so you can dance the night away. As well as a welcome drink, there’ll also be a three course meal. Tickets are £35 from Claire 07906 794842, or Sallie on 07812 374349.

ESP SUPS UP AT CHARTERS BEER FEST!

It’s a widely known fact that here at ESP we enjoy a drink or two, so we’re definitely going to be at the Charters’ Bank Holiday Beer Festival – and we’re bringing our Paparazzi! Charters’ massive beer garden will be full of people enjoying a few of the wide range of drinks that’ll be on offer from May 2 – 5. There won’t just be real ales (more than 60!) and continental beers; there’ll also be traditional ciders, whiskeys and wines on offer. Live bands will be performing all weekend and in case you get the munchies there’ll be a barbeque all day, which was tasty and reasonably priced last year. So why not head down, have a couple of drinks by the river, listen to some live music, enjoy a burger and maybe get your mug in ESP! More info on 01733 315700.

THE FOX INN BEER FEST

It’s not very often we’re that patriotic in this country, although the special St George’s Weekend at The Fox Inn, Folksworth gives us a very good excuse to start flag waving! Running on April 26 and 27, there’ll be beers and ciders from all over England as they’re having their first beer festival. Once you’ve sampled all the drinks (well, maybe not all) you can take part in the tug of war championship or even try your hand at pole jousting, which sounds like a laugh! This weekend has something for everyone, as there’s also a bouncy castle and a barbeque in the new outdoor area. Call 01733 240258 for details.


TIME TO ENTER THE ESP BIG QUIZ

Think you’re pretty smart? Why not come and prove it at our big quiz at the Brewery Tap – the biggest quiz in Peterborough – on May 14. Get together a team of up to six people, and help raise money for Sue Ryder Care. Get sponsored for every point your team gets and if you win, expect a big pile of prizes. Everyone gets really competitive and it’s always a fantastic night. There will be a prize raffle too, and if you want to try the Tap’s delicious Thai food then all teams get a 10% discount if you book in advance. Get all your mates together and join in – you never know, you might just prove you’re the smartest people in Peterborough. It’s all for a good cause too, helping provide hospice care for people at Thorpe Hall, Longthorpe. So what are you waiting for? The entry fee is £10 a team, give us a ring on 01733 579707 or email bigquiz@espmag.co.uk to register and get your sponsorship pack.

APRIL BIKE SHOW AND PARTY

Whether you’re into bikes or just good music, don’t miss the April Bike Show at The Plough, Farcet Fen. Organised by BMF Region 4 (East) to raise funds for The East Anglia Air Ambulance and motorbike safety schemes, there’s some great entertainment on over the weekend of April 18 to 20. The bands include TMS Blues, Knocker and Inoffensive and there’ll be a Best at Show prize for the person with the coolest bike. There’s also a pizza eating contest (we’re there!), raffles, auctions, a tattooist, a bouncy castle and face painting. All the local clubs will have stands, like the BMF, and there’ll also be some stalls selling all things bike-related. The highlight has to be a guy called John Evans. He can balance very heavy things like a Mini, two people or 235 pints of beer on his head and holds Guinness world records for it! Camping is available, as well as food and drink from The Plough. Day tickets £3, £10 for the weekend (£8 adv.) Kids under 14 go free. For more details visit www.myspace.com/bmfregion4aprilbikeshow Call 01733 328985.

TRUCKER’S DELIGHT

Truckfest is always one of the biggest shows in Peterborough and this year’s event on May 4 and 5 looks to be no exception. With literally hundreds of trucks taking part in the UK truck awards – known as ‘Crufts for Trucks’, death defying monster truck displays in the main arena and some great evening entertainment for campers, it’s an exciting weekend for all the family. There’ll be various celebs (yet to be revealed), there’s also a massive general trade exhibition so there’s opportunity for a little retail therapy too. For those who are in the trade, there’s free advice from Norwich Union and a Top 100 used vehicles section. To round the weekend off, there’s even chance to win a truck of your very own! Call 0870 121 1223 for more details.

PRINCE WILLIAM SCHOOL REUNION

Anyone who attended Prince William School in Oundle between 1994 and 2000 should head back there on April 26 for a special reunion. Organised by Kelly Massie to raise funds for her trek to Mount Kilimanjaro for Marie Curie Cancer, there’ll be a great live band, a charity auction, a DJ and, most importantly, a bar! So, if you you’re feeling generous or you just want to see how your classmates turned out, it should be a fun night. Tickets £12 – go on to www.justgiving.com/kellymassie and donate at least £12 for a ticket. She’ll know if you haven’t! Call 07877 160145 for details.

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BEER FESTIVAL AT WETHERSPOONS

Don’t forget to head over to the Drapers Arms on Cowgate, College Arms on Broadway and Ivy Wall in Spalding this month as the Wetherspoons beer festival is still running.With over 50 real ales in stock including some all the way from Japan and America, there’s bound to be something you like! It runs until April 14… Hic!

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Looking for a night out? Liv Slater has the ESP guide

DISCO INFERNO WHAT A NIGHT!

ABBA GOLD

Time to get your flares out of mothballs, as Voulez Vous come to the Cresset in Bretton on April 25. Telling the story of Abba’s rise and fall through all their hits and some truly fabulous outfits, this show has had great reviews from audiences across the country. Voulez Vous have been going for 15 years, but the new show, ‘Abba - The Story’ looks set to be their best yet. Tickets £16.50. Box office: 01733 265705.

If your life has ever revolved around Saturday nights, then you’ll probably enjoy this show at the Broadway on May 1. ‘Oh What a Night,’ starring Kid Creole, is a musical based on a 70s nightclub and features all the hits from decade, like ‘Celebration, ‘Shaft,’ and, best of all, ‘YMCA.’ The plot involves a desperate club owner who lets Hollywood film inside his club, the Inferno, in order pay off his gambling debts. Of course, all the regulars want a piece of the action and there’s some romance too. But that’s not really what this show is about – it’s all about the music! The cast are all young, very energetic and make this show into the escapist disco party it promises to be. Tickets £27.50 (£25 concessions). Box office: 01733 316100.

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ANYTHING GOES AT THE KEY!

With all their recent productions being such a success, the talented people of Westwood Musical Society are pulling out all the stops for their production of Anything Goes. Set onboard a 1930’s transatlantic liner, it’s a farce featuring mistaken identities and all kinds of chaos with some brilliant songs. Cole Porter classics like ‘You’re the Top’ and ‘it’s De-Lovely’ get an airing, as well as the title song, ‘Anything Goes.’ Book quickly or you’ll be left ashore! Tickets £13 (£12 concessions). Box office: 01733 552439.

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DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

Think you’re the best dancer in town? ‘Dance Aboard,’ on April 19, will probably prove you wrong. Featuring incredibly talented, local youngsters and a variety of styles from Salsa to Jazz, cheerleading to ballet, there’s something for everyone on what promises to be a lively night out at The Cresset in Bretton. Box office: 01733 265705.

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YOU SHOULD BE DANCING OUT OF TOWN HOT ONES

If you fancy going to see a musical this month, then make it ‘Showboat.’ Set on the Mississippi river, it was first shown over 80 years ago on Broadway, and is about the performers on board a steamer as they travel down river. The songs are classics, like ‘Ol’ Man River’ and the characters have very tangled lives, which Captain Andy must try and sort out so that the show can go on. See it at The Key Theatre from April 2 – 12, tickets are £15 on Saturday evening, otherwise £13. Box office: 01733 772439.

If you’re a fan of the Bee Gees, you might want to head over to the Priory Centre in St Neots on April 11. Bee Gees Magic are said to be one of the best tribute acts in the country, and are even said to outperform the original act live! They will be singing all the Bee Gee’s hits from the sixties, seventies and eighties, like ‘Staying Alive,’ ‘Night Fever’ and ‘Tragedy,’ as well a songs written for other artists like ‘Chain Reaction’ in one scarily authentic stage show. Since the death of Robin Gibb, the Bee Gees haven’t toured and this is the next best thing! Tickets £16.50. Box office: 01480 88922.

HEARD IT ON THE GRAPEVINE

Despite him being a little bit strange, Michael Jackson’s music is widely loved and ‘Thriller Live’ celebrates all that’s good about him as a performer. With a West End cast of singers, dancers and live band, April 12 is set to be a real party. Featuring songs like ‘Billie Jean,’ ‘Beat it’ and, of course, ‘Thriller’, you’d better start practising your moonwalk as this pretty spectacular tribute to one of the world’s biggest pop stars comes to The Broadway Theatre in Peterborough with tickets priced £26.50.

It’s 40 years this year since the release of Tamla Motown’s biggest hit – ‘Heard it on the Grapevine’ by Marvin Gaye and to celebrate this ‘The Magic of Motown’ comes to the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on April 18. It’s a celebration of the influential record label with loads of classic hits by the likes of Diana Ross, the Four Tops and Stevie Wonder recreated live on stage, with some fantastic outfits and dancing. The cast includes X Factor contestants Pierre ‘Blue’ Herell and Ryan King of Ghostt, a 3-part female vocal group and a backing band who have performed with original Tamla Motown artists, which means this show should capture that unique sound all Motown records had. So whether you love these songs from the first time or whether you’ve just discovered them, ‘The Magic of Motown’ looks to be worth the trip. Tickets £19.50 (£18.50 concessions).

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WEST END COMES TO TOWN

What makes a good West End show? The songs? The dancing? Decide for yourself when ‘West End Rocks!’ comes to The Cresset on May 9. The cast of talented West End performers and Pop Idol’s Zoe Birkett will be paying tribute to all the great rock musicals like ‘We Will Rock you,’ ‘Dirty Dancing,’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar.’ Chances are they’ll be performing something from your favourite musical and with the video back drop it’ll be just like the West End, without having to leave Peterborough. Tickets £18.50 (£17.50 concessions). Box office: 01733 265705.

DON’T PANIC!

You have to admit, Dad’s Army is very funny - even though the TV series is almost as old as the characters in it. This stage version features four episodes, two of which had been lost when some BBC engineers wiped the tapes, which almost sounds like an episode in itself! One lost episode focuses on Walker, the cockney spiv, trying to avoid the army, the other on Frazer and Jones (don’t panic!) competing for a promotion. Starring Leslie Grantham, of Eastenders fame, it looks to be just as chaotic and funny as the original series. It’s coming to The Key Theatre in Peterborough from May 12 – 17. Tickets from £15.00 - £20.00.

Celebrating 60 years as a bandleader

HUMPHREY LYTTELTON Performs music from the likes of Ellington and Basie Fri 18th April at 7.30pm

ELMER THE PATCHWORK ELEPHANT Join Elmer and his friends for a host of adventures Sun 27th April at 1.30pm & 3.30pm Mon 28th April at 10.30am & 1.30pm Hannah Waterman (EastEnders) stars in

STRANGERS ON A TRAIN A classic thriller packed with mystery and suspense Tues 6th – Sat 10th May. Nightly at 7.30pm. Mats Thurs & Sat at 2.30pm

PETER GRANT IN CONCERT With special guest HAYLEY SANDERSON Fri 23rd May at 7.30pm

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SIMPLY SEE THIS

If you’ve become addicted to the BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and the end of the series has left a gap in your life, then Simply Ballroom could be just what you need. With a cast of world-class champions and various dance styles like the Tango, Salsa and the Rumba, this show has it all: passion, drama and some absolutely fantastic dresses. Quickstep to The Broadway Theatre (sorry!) on April 19 for your ballroom fix. Tickets £22.50 (£20.50 concessions). Box office: 01733 316100.

THINK FLOYD The definitive Pink Floyd experience Sat 24th May at 8.00pm

DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE Coronation Street’s Eric Potts stars with Big Brother’s Grace Adams-Short Tue 27th – Sat 31st May. Nightly at 7.30pm. Mats Thurs & Sat at 2.30pm

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE The Agatha Christie ‘Masterpiece’ featuring an all-star cast Mon 9th – Sat 14th June Nightly at 7.30pm. Mats Thurs & Sat at 2.30pm

HERE’S TO YOU, MRS ROBINSON

Mrs Robinson is a screen icon, and she’s coming to the South Holland Centre in Spalding from April 23 - 26. Based on the classic 1960’s film ‘The Graduate,’ this show’s about a young man’s rebellion against the American middle class and promises to be dark… and a little bit sexy. Tickets £7.50 (£7.00 concessions). Box office: 01775 764777.

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THE EARLY BIRD JOINS THE SHOW Here she is, the new early bird who’s taking on Kev Lawrence at breakfast on Hereward FM. Abby Surgeon, step up to the mic… "I’ve been looking for a new woman in my life for ages!” jokes Kev about his bubbly new cohost. “Seriously though, Abby is a big talent, and while it would’ve been easy to have stuck on any girl to give the show a female element, waiting for Abby to come along has been a great move for us.”

Ant – “He wasn't how I remember him in the Prince Charming video... he didn't stand and deliver in my eyes!” Abby confides.

screaming at your radio anymore... I will be fighting your corner in my own sassy way and adding a slice of Abby to the mix!”

Since then she’s clocked up plenty of TV experience in a short space of time including The Disney Channel, MTV, VH1, Five, Sportal, Avago, E! and Legal TV.

Abby’s a self confessed sports nut and works on the weekly football wrap show for Team Talk and the PGA Golf News from around the world, which she wrote, produced and presented has now been snapped up by Sky Sports.

“Being, what some might call a cheeky girl one of my favourite jobs was landing my own kids show every morning on Living TV working with my co-host - a shaggy dog! So Kev should be no probs!” Kev’s had the hot seat to himself for quite a while now though so can Abby size up to him? “Well, with him at 6' 2 and me at 5' 4 - no competition! What I lack in inches, I make up for in a... big, big personality.”

Abby Surgeon is already a media pro, working on TV and films so now she’s getting behind the mic and sizing up to Kev every morning as she tries her hand at radio. “I’ve been on Sky and Terrestrial Television for the last five years and thought it would be great to work with a local radio station,” Abby tells us. “So when the challenge of working with Kev came up it was just too good to miss!” Abby landed her first TV job interviewing Julia Carling exclusively for VH1, which then led onto other interviews for MTV including getting up close and personal with Adam

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“She's young and provocative in terms of her presenting style,” adds Kev “and while she may try and lead me astray with her mad ideas, I only hope my own experience in the job will keep me out of trouble.” Now the female element has been restored to the show what other changes will we see? There are some interesting new competitions, but they promise classic bits like the Thousand Pound Minute and the Hereward Years will still remain. But Kev reckons the show itself has been given a huge lift with Abby’s outgoing zest for life. “I'm going to bring the female slant to the show,” says Abby, “so ladies no need to be

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The new radio star’s been living in Peterborough for the past few months, although she’s still darting off regularly to fulfil her filming commitments. If you want to see more of Abby, she’s appearing in a film called 'A Bunch of Amateurs' which will be out in 2009 starring Burt Reynolds and Samantha Bond and in the meantime you can also catch her on Adrenalin Junkie and Celebrity Fitness Focus on HKH TV. At the moment though, she’s still settling into life in Peterborough. “I don't know the city very well just yet,” she confesses, “however, I love the multi-cultural lifestyle. Anyone who’s been to the city will know how amazing the cathedral is and I would love to live in one of the houses surrounding it. But, for all you Posh fans I'm with you guys - come on the Posh for promotion this year!” Tune in to hear Kev and Abby on the Hereward breakfast show week days from 6am on 102.7fm.


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VOX POP Liz Wilson “I love it! It separates the men from the boys!”

Romina Pinto “I love them! It’s a sign of masculinity and it’s far more attractive on Italian and Mediterranean men. Hairy arms and legs are a complete tease, as you know there’s more of it under that shirt you just want to rip off and run your fingers through. On a cold night there’s nothing better to snuggle into. Hairy backs are not so good though…” Anna Elmore “Excessive hair is gross. A little soft chest hair is fine but any more and you might as well be sleeping with a monkey! Men should be clean shaven at all times and should keep all other body hair under tight regulatory control!”

RETURN OF THE RUG? THE JURY IS OUT... If I’m to believe the findings of a recent survey, one in three UK women are turned on by: • Smearing suntan lotion into their man’s hairy chest • Feeling safe and protected when they nestle into their man’s rug as they snuggle up to him in bed • Seeing their man in a crisp white shirt, with just a couple of buttons undone to reveal his hairy chest (medallion optional) • Having to vacuum chest hair out of the bed after an intense night of passion • Catching a whiff of Old Spice from their man’s chest, still fragranced hours after it was applied, as hair prolongs scent for longer That’s because research by online matchmaking firm PARSHIP has revealed 34% of UK women are leading the trend in Europe for the return of the hairy hunk. Looks like the time has come for me to shelve plans for semi-

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According to findings, in comparison to women in other European countries, British birds are more intensely attracted to a man with body hair - and as they get older their desire for a ‘real man’ increases. A man in the classic masculine mould of Sean Connery, Andy Garcia or Robbie Williams is outnumbering the one in four women who prefer smoother types like Daniel Craig, Johnny Wilkinson and Colin Farrell. For British women over 30 a hairy man is the pinnacle of masculinity, but just 24% of women under 25 find a man with body hair attractive. It also turns out a hairy man's appeal increases the further north you go (Scotland, 47%). Not that I’ve ever had any complaints – I’ve successfully converted many a bird – but I’ve always fancied a weekend in Edinburgh… But since my playground is Peterborough, what take do some of the city’s fittest birds have on hairy men?

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Susan Saunders “Chest hair I like. It represents two things, post puberty and loads of testosterone. I also love how it tickles your nose when snuggling! As for other hairy body parts, that's a different story…I will say this though: Peaches or nectarines? Nectarines please!” Joanne Quinney “No gorillas for me thanks! The thought of a hairy back makes me gag, chest and back should be like a baby's bottom - smooth!” Jill Roberts “I'm a bit of an inbetweeny girl. I like a little bit of chest hair to run my fingers through and treasure trails are a definate must! As for back hair and the rest of it, even the slightest strand and he's down the salon for a back, crack & sack!” Sophie Pickering “Oh ill! It’s got be smooth men! There’s nothing worse than a man with a carpet on his chest - so 80's! If a man has no hair it doesn't make him less masculine, in fact it gives the impression of a cleaner well manicured/presented male. The less hair the better… time to get with the year 2008 Pep and get yourself down to a salon.” Verity Slattery “It’s smooth all the way for me - I don't like rugs, I prefer something I can slide on! I think every guy should take everything off, as it’s so much more clean and sexy. Sorry Robbie Williams but you’re out and Becks is in!” So, a 50/50 split but the rug can still hold its own over laminate flooring. Watch this space for my survey next month (aimed at men) - Your Lady’s Garden: Shrubbery or Decking?


confident boxing fans will attend this latest dinner to support a man who’s now in need of the backing of his public more than ever before. Tickets are selling fast so don’t miss out. Call Kevin on: 07872 601467.

EVER HEARD OF TRICHOLOGY?

No, me neither. But I’ve since been schooled on the subject. Trichology is the science and study of hair - and clinical trichology is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the hair and scalp. How do I know this? Well, I was given some cheap shampoo for Christmas and didn’t start using it until recently (emergency supply). Thing is, my hair became dry and my scalp itchy.

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NO CHOKING ON YOUR BREAKFAST

Thanks for all your feedback on my weekly stint with Keith Dalton on the Lite FM breakfast show. Not sure we’ll cover the topic of men’s body hair whilst you’re tucking into your Coco Pops, but feel free to call or email on the back of anything you’ve read in Man About Town or stuff we happen to be rambling on about whilst on air. You can catch me on 106.8 FM, Wednesdays, 88.30am. Call 01733 704106 or email keith@1068.com

ONE FOR THE BOYS AT EL ESHA

El esha Saturday boy, Massimo, has finally got himself some male company at work after been surrounded by girls ever since he started at the busy salon. Matt has joined Jayne and her crew on a full time basis and I’m praying when I’m next in for a cut I can have a conversation about Holly Willoughby’s breasts and football instead of bleaching, make-up, Eastenders and nail varnish remover. Models are required every Wednesday (5-8pm) as Hannah and Elissa continue with their staff training. Call 01733 310879 or pop in to find out more about that and for details of a big April giveaway plus The Bull Hotel bridal fair, which El esha are exhibiting at on May 11.

TOILETS CLOSED – PLEASE PEE ON THE STREET

Lib Dem Councillor, Darren Fower, was recently going on about how the City Council is failing local people by keeping the toilets closed along Cattle Market Road during evenings. I second that motion – that’s what they say in politics isn’t it? Apparently re-opening them can lead to attracting anti-social behaviour and drug taking.

These toilets, when open, really come into play at weekends. The walkway where they’re situated divides Broadway and New Road, the two main areas of heavy reveller traffic on a Friday and Saturday night. People who socialise in town at the weekend pay their taxes, spend money and help to keep the city’s nightlife as vibrant as it can be. So why has their right to pee in a public toilet been taken away from them? Using these toilets beats using the crowded and broken ones you have to queue for at most of the city’s bars and clubs. If the council wants to curb anti-social behaviour and drug taking then give me a call and I’ll take you to places where plenty of both are going on right this minute.

JOE’S BIGGEST FIGHT COMES TO TOWN

City promoter, Kevin Sanders, will be bringing former heavyweight boxing champion, Joe Bugner to the Peterborough Marriott Hotel on April 24 and Face of ESP Kerry Bates and I will be in attendance for what will undoubtedly be a moving and memorable evening. Joe was ranked as one of the best boxers of his era during the 1970s after beating Henry Cooper to win the British heavyweight title and twice going the distance with the great Muhammad Ali. He retired having held the British, Commonwealth and European titles and made several comebacks before finally throwing in the towel in 1999 with a record of 69 fights, 13 losses and one draw – 41 of his wins came by the way of knockout. Today he’s struggling to live with a crippling back condition that has made his spine weak. As with Ali and Parkinson’s Disease, it’s unimaginable how these once feared fighting machines now struggle to do everyday things we take for granted. Kevin, who recently put on a sportsman’s dinner with boxing’s bravest, Michael Watson, has also brought the likes of the legendary Sugar Ray Leonard, Jo Frasier, Henry Cooper, Amir Khan and Joe Calzaghe to the city. He’s w w w.

Tracey was quick to point out the shampoo as a cause, but I was amazed to learn how a few subtle lifestyle changes can protect my barnet and scalp in future. Check Tracey out at www.hairscalpclinic.co.uk

NO CHANCE OF GETTING LICKED!

So, I know a bit about trichology now, but I’ve discovered something else I wasn’t aware of. Did you know it’s impossible to lick your elbow? I’m starting to think I’ve led a sheltered life.

KAREN’S MINUTES’ SILENCE

While Tracey’s giving me tips on my hair, our food and nutrition columnist, Karen Devine, has been advising me on food for fuel ahead of my running training. Karen, or Dori, as she’s better known by one of her closest friends, is also an expert on attending memorials outside Boots in Queensgate. Confused? She was too. Anyone contacting Karen should ask her to explain…

ONE FOR THE WIFE?

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CIAOS OUT TO: • JP - something about biscuit boys? • Joe @ Solutions – now you’re famous in P’boro • Fiona - does this now mean Bob wants a Ciao too?! X • Med Boy - remember, “a window of opportunity…” • Bad Cop - have you s*it your gallstones yet? • Rai - when does “lavede e vatene” open?

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Ever since the Blue Peter ‘getting a kid on a studio tour to pretend to be a competition winner’ scandal, and reports of certain Radio 1 shows using producers as callers, there’s been a new culture of ‘transparency’ within the broadcasting media and promise of openness and honesty – and I for one absolutely HATE it. Maybe I’ve got this wrong, but I really don’t have any problem whatsoever having the wool pulled over my eyes if it enhances my viewing/listening pleasure. I don’t care if the giant crab Gordon Ramsay claimed to have plucked from the sea bed was actual ly caught by a researcher and I don’t care if Jeremy Clarkson built a car by himself or not. If Gord and Jezza tell me they did, that’s good enough for me, don’t spoil it! Listening to a radio programme the other day I actually heard the presenter say “Please don’t call or text, this programme is pre recorded.” What?! Did I have to know that? Did it really harm anybody letting us assume the guy was at work like us, not sitting at home stuffing his face whilst some spotty kid with a GCSE in Media Studies, desperate to break into radio sits in a lonely studio pressing the buttons to play out recorded links? Do they really have to tell us that an interview was pre-recorded two days ago? It just totally ruins the magic. And don’t get me started on competition winne rs. Believe me, when you’re a presenter giving away a great prize on air, it’s soul destroying to hype it all up, build the moment, only to have to give it away to some flat winner with a charisma bypass who can barely say thank you. And as a listener, it’s even more rubbish. Pick someone who’s so ecstatic to win that they give you a great reaction on air and everyone’s happy. The whole point of radio is that it’s ‘theatre of the mind’ and any radio presenter worth their salt exploits that to its limit. We certainly did when I was broadcasting, but if you think I’m going to be honest enough to admit how now, you can forget it!

DON’T TAKE COLE TO NEWCASTLE, CHERYL Rumours abound that cheating love rat Ashley Cole wants to renew his wedding vows with wife Cheryl in a bid to get their marriage back on track after it was revealed how he could barely keep ‘little Ashley’ in his Calvin Klein’s long enough for the ink to dry on the marriage certificate. Am I missing something here? I know footballers are thick (excepting our beloved Posh, obviously) but surely even Ash can work out that the correct response to the bit about remaining faithful and forsaking all others is “I do”, not “I do, I mean it this time,” or maybe he just thought that, that bit was optional the first time round.

CHOCOLATE THI N-G ER? In a rubbish attempt to make us feel a little less guilty about stuffing our faces with Dairy Milk over the Easter period, one of the Sunday newspapers proudly launched the ‘chocolate lover’s diet’ claiming we could all have the thighs of Kate Moss and still indulge in a bucket of Cadbury’s mini-eggs. Hurrah I hear you cry, but before you get too carried away and leg it down to Queensgate to spend your overdraft in Thornton’s, I have bad news. The chocolate lover’s diet is nothing new to me, I’ve been following it for most of my adult life and trust me, one glimpse of my thighs and you’ll know it doesn’t work.

IT’S A BARE COP A female police officer from Hungary has been chucked out of the force after it was discovered that she’d appeared in a hardcore porn movie. I don’t know what all the fuss is about, at least she put her handcuffs to good use. And as for her skills handling a truncheon…

GREEN SOLUTIONS AR E IN TH E BAG

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Polka dot dress Topshop (Outfit) £45 Brown bag - Dorothy Perkins (Outfit) £20 Cream shoe boots Topshop (Outfit) £55

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BUT NICE! Ahoy there! Unsure of what trend to go for at the moment? Joanne Quinney chooses red, white and blue… There are so many different prints, textures and shapes right now it’s easy to walk into a shop and walk out disappointed at not having bought a thing. To make things easier, go for the nautical vibe, it’ll take you nicely into the spring/summer months and still look high fashion. This doesn’t mean you need to wear a silly hat and call everyone ‘captain’ or ‘matey’, you can just add small aspects to liven up your wardrobe. It’s more a look based on key pieces, day or night, for any age.

Red jacket - Topshop (Outfit) £35 Stripy top with bow detail - Principles (Outfit) £35 Jeans - Miss Selfridge (Outfit) £35

Styling: Joanne Quinney Model: Kathryn Morphew Hair and make-up: Andrea Connor (07801 987905)

Naughty nautical takes its inspiration from kitsch pieces from the 50’s and 70’s. Full skirts, cropped jackets and detailing such as ruffles or big buttons are a must. Go for the bold colours first, reds, blues and white make a great combination and are fab colours for this time of year. Also take a look at what prints you may like, the catwalks have been full of stars and stripes for this season so why not add a pinstripe blazer to your spring wardrobe? Dare to be as bold as you feel comfortable with, you can go all out with this look with red shorts or a red jacket or keep the look simple with gold button detailing. The dress of the season is the tea dress, which flatters all shapes and sizes. Be noticed in bold polka dot like Kathryn or opt for plain navy chiffon with tan and gold accessories. Make a statement with a gorgeous skinny belt or a waist belt (that doesn’t seem to be dying out), with plenty of detail at the clasp. Layer pretty collared tees with stripy cardigans (Topshop and Gap have a good selection). Surely this should keep you on your toes until the warmer months finally arrive and we can finally set sail into spring?!

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Red bracelet - Wallis (Outfit) £8 Gold knot necklace - Freedom @ Topshop (Outfit) £12

Cream flower ring - Diva @ Miss Selfridge (Outfit) £5 Multicoloured skinny bangles - Freedom @ Topshop (Outfit) £8

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2. A 'will they, won't they' story between 007 and a woman. Traditionally this always used to be between him and Moneypenny, but in CR I saw signs that Judi Dench's 'M' was taking a bit of shine to him. There's a definite sexual undercurrent to their 'working' relationship if you look closely. Firstly Bond breaks into her flat and as he leaves she sternly says - "Oh, Bond one more thing, never break into my flat again." Later on we seen 'M' woken up in bed in her flat by an urgent phone call from MI5 with her snoring OAP husband laying next to her, and thirdly (and most telling) when Vesper Lynd first meets Bond and thinks he's trying to chat her up he nonchalantly says... "Don't worry, you're not my kind of woman... you're not married."

A QUANTUM OF COMMON SENSE Right, now pay attention James Bond fans - because this is important. As you’ll know there's a new Bond film on the way called 'Quantum of Solace'. (Yeah, I know, not the catchiest title but there you go). Apparently it’s taken from a short story Ian Fleming wrote about Bond and the film’s due for release towards the end of 2008. 007 actor Daniel Craig has revealed that the film will pick up from where 'Casino Royale' finished, and this should be an interesting development in the Bond franchise. None of the other actors who've played Bond ever got a continuing story, but as Craig's been signed up to make three films, it effectively means the next two are going be Casino Royale 2, and 3 rather than stand alone adventures.

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But what storylines are the next two films going to develop I wonder? Well, after watching the DVD of Casino Royale again last month I’ve got a few suggestions. 1. The open end to Casino Royale should mean we get to see Bond go after some of the other villains that were involved with Le Chiffre. The trail has eventually got to lead to 'Blofeld', Bond's arch nemesis. If there are glimpses of this in the next film it'll set up a great showdown in the third film. All the filmmakers have to do is find someone who's famous, bald and egotistical to play Blofeld. I don’t know about you, but my money’s on Elton John.

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Put these three things together and what do you get? A storyline where Bond beds 'M' (maybe after an MI5 works do?) Obviously it would have to be tastefully done. I don't think any of us want to see them rutting like rabbits, so perhaps they could just hint at it. You know, so all we see is Bond wake up in bed with a groggy head, look over (we think he's bedded yet another stunner) when all of a sudden she turns over in her sleep, and it's not a Bond girl, it's a Bond gran - Judi Dench with her 'denchers' on the bedside table in a glass. 3. Now we've got a female 'M' with Judi Dench, I think the stage is set for a male Moneypenny. I've given this a lot of thought and I think the best person to play a male secretary would be David Walliams. He's a massive Bond fan, and could play Moneypenny in a similar way to the character of Sebastian in ‘Little Britain’, the government press secretary who's in love with the Prime Minister. "Moneypenny, you're looking as beautiful as ever, I've brought you back a present from the Bahamas, here... " "Oh, so you've been to the Bahamas without me have you James? What have you brought me back I wonder? Crabs?" 4. Another hallmark of all the great Bond movies are the gadgets and cars. Everyone seems obsessed with the Aston Martin DB5. For me though, my favourite ever Bond car was the Lotus Esprit Roger


BRING ME THE HEADS OF NICKELBACK

JOKES OF THE MONTH "I got a letter in the post the other day that said ‘Do not bend’ and I thought ‘So how am I supposed to pick it up ?’" - Lee Mack

It’s been a while since I’ve done a song parody of a popular song, but I couldn’t let Nickelback’s ‘Rock Star’ off the hook any longer….

"If I could meet anyone in the world it’d be Michael Flatly. I’d push him off a bridge to see if he really could river dance. I bet he’d use his arms then." - Kevin Hayes

I'm through with listening to guff

"My Granddad was given powdered egg during the Second World War and sniffed it thinking it was drugs. Do you know what happened to him? He choked on his own omelette." - Sean Lock

Singing songs that are so pathetically lame

By bands with stupid names If Kurt Cobain could hear them now He'd be turning in his grave. (Tell me what you want)

Moore drove in 1977's 'The Spy Who Loved Me'. It was the one that turned into a submarine when Roger Moore got his flares caught on the clutch.

I want Spinal Tap to meet with Tenacious D and track down every single Nickelback CD

Anyway, as luck would have it, a brand new Lotus Esprit was launched last year so it’d be great to see Bond back behind the wheel of a fully-gadgeted up version. Sadly Desmond Llewellyn who played 'Q' is no longer with us, but I'm sure Stephen Fry would make a great gadgets boffin.

so they can rid the world of this Rock n Roll atrocity (Yeah, so tell me what you need) I'll need Jack Bauer to come up with a plan

5. There's a scene in ‘Casino Royale’ when it's mentioned that Bond is an orphan. In the original books Bond's back story is that he lost both his parents in a skiing accident, but it got me thinking... What if they're not really dead? What if MI5 faked their deaths and placed them under witness relocation to protect them from Blofeld. It'd be an interesting twist to the Bond saga for example if Daniel Craig's in a casino about to deliver his - “The name's Bond... James Bond” line when all of a sudden another voice at a card table beats him to it… the camera pans around to reveal Sean Connery and he's at the table with Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore)! How good a storyline would that be. Connery and Blackman playing Daniel Craig’s Mum and Dad.

that forces Nickleback to go and tour Afghanistan Man, I'm sure they'd get along fine with the Taliban Cos we all wanna see the back of Nickleback I'd rather wax my back, sack and crack than listen to another song these dooshbags make Cos 'Rock Star' is tearing my head apart It's the worst song since 'Achey Breaky Heart'. If Hendrix was still with us, he’d chop ‘em down

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STAND OUT, STAND UP One of my favourite club comics is back at the Cresset Comedy Club on April 25. Ian Cognito is like no other comedian I’ve ever seen. A veteran of the alternative comedy scene of the late 80’s, the man is explosively opinionated but very, very funny. Stories of his performances have entered stand up comedy folklore. My favourite is the time he walked on stage at a notoriously rowdy gig down South carrying a power drill, proceeded to drill a hole in the side of the wall, took out a Rawlplug, put it in the hole he’d just made, then filled it with a huge hook he had in his pocket, and then to howls of laughter hung his jacket on it, turned to the crowd and said… “There’s never anywhere to hang your f***ing coat is there ?” The Cresset box office: 01733 265705. I can also strongly recommend Paul Foot at the Stamford Comedy Club on April 15 at Stamford Arts Centre. I heard one reviewer describe him as ‘the missing link between Ross Noble and Frankie Howerd’, but the best way I can describe him is if you imagine Julian Clary and Paul Merton having a secret love child… Paul Foot would be that child. He’s brilliant. Check him out - you won’t be disappointed. There’s also musical comedy with Isy Suttie, a regular on Radio 2’s ‘Out to Lunch’ series, and rising comedy star Michael Fabbri. Stamford Arts Centre box office: 01780 763203. Meanwhile at The Broadway make sure you catch Dave Spikey on April 17. Dave Spikey’s performance in Peterborough is sure to go down with fans of Peter Kay as Spikey co-wrote and starred in the popular ‘Phoenix Nights’ sitcom a few years ago. Before Spikey’s career really took off I remember seeing him at a club in Liverpool and standing behind him in the queue for the gents. Oh, the glamour. The Broadway box office: 01733 316100.

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HERE KITTY, KITTY… KERRY TAMES THE BIG CATS! The Muscle Finesse Panthers have leapt into their new season so we sent our Face of ESP Kerry Bates along to wish them luck. With a hot young team, their youngest ever in fact, Kerry had no complaints and was happy to be their mascot. By the looks of things The Panthers were pretty happy to have her along too! “I really enjoyed meeting the boys,” said Kerry with a grin, “they’re all rather hot so going down to wish them well for the coming season was a very welcome job for me to do! Hans the captain and Danny who was at the Dinner Dance last year are especially easy on the old eyes so I’m very much looking forward to going down for a night with the rest of the ESP crowd!” Captain Hans Andersen is the oldest at just 27 while the average age is just 22. It’s an exciting new team what’ll be hitting the dirt and doing battle at the Showground over the coming months. If you haven’t been along to the Speedway before it’s worth checking out this all-action sport which sees some top talent hurtling around the track on bikes with no brakes! Owner Colin Horton and Co-Promoter / Commercial Director Mick Bratley are determined to make everyone in Greater Peterborough aware of the joys of Elite League Speedway at the East of England Showground this season and ESP Magazine is behind them all the way. Last year, the Panthers narrowly missed out on retaining the Elite League trophy they gloriously won back in 2006. The club are widely renowned as one of the best in the country and facilities for spectators at the East of England Showground are pretty

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impressive. Co-Promoter Mick Bratley told ESP “Peterborough Panthers are in my opinion, one of the city’s best kept secrets. We have got to change that public perception. The public of Peterborough have world class speedway riders on their doorsteps every week during the summer months. The thrill and spectacle of a race meeting has to be experienced to be believed, and I feel sure that once the people of Peterborough find out what we have to offer in terms of family entertainment, they’ll be back again and again”. This year, to help spread the word, they’ve commissioned a Peterborough Panthers Roadshow to visit local schools. Students in local schools can look forward to meeting one of the Panthers riders in person and to seeing one of the speedway bikes up close. Hereward FM’s Breakfast Show presenter, Kev Lawrence kicked it all off by hosting the first roadshow. Long term Panthers fan Christina Clarke has helped put the roadshow together and told us - “My family first became interested in Speedway when we were looking for some family activity that we could do together. We went to the Speedway at the East of England Showground and were hooked from the start. There was no bad language in the crowd and we found that the riders were very approachable with our requests for autographs, but above all, we found the competition to be so exciting. We believe Speedway to be fantastic family entertainment at a very reasonable cost and the children love it!”

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P.KAI TO OPEN CITY CENTRE SALON

We can finally confirm the rumours! Top hair salon P.Kai Hair, the official hairdresser of our Face of ESP Kerry Bates, are expanding and opening a brand new salon in the city centre. They’ll be refurbishing what was formally the Sakra unit in the Westgate Arcade and hope to open in May with a swish launch. “It’s been a long time coming,” Jen from P.Kai told ESP, “but now it’s finally moving forward we’re really excited. We’re getting the team ready for the expansion and are looking forward to being able to give our clients a choice of locations with the same high standards of service.”

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WALK YOUR WAY TO SUMMER FITNESS!

It’s that time of year again. The winter cold and darkness is beginning to disappear and it’s time to start thinking about summer… and fitting into all those clothes we haven’t even looked at since last year. Well ESP is here to help set you on the right track to fitness. It doesn’t have to be all slogging at the gym and fad dieting to get on the road to that perfect bikini body – walking can be a great way to work out and help you stay healthy. All you need is a pair of good trainers and off you go - low impact and low intensity exercise for all fitness levels and you can get some fresh air and enjoy the view at the same time. It’s also great fun to walk with friends – why not rope in a few people and walk together at lunchtimes…you’ll be in that bikini in no time! You don’t even need to purposely set out to go walking, why not build in a walk on your way to work or even walk to the shops when you hit Peterborough at the weekend? You’ll be getting fit without even realising it! Ladies – why not get set for success by setting yourself a target and sign up to take part in the ten mile Sue Ryder Care Midnight

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Walk in Peterborough on May 17. It’s a great fun way to get fit, you can take part with friends and Sue Ryder Care are also looking for men to marshal the event so the guys can get involved too! Not only will you feel great for achieving your fitness goal but you’ll be supporting a local charity and having fun at the same time. The Midnight Walk is being sponsored by Serpentine Green Shopping Centre and entry costs £12. Each walker will receive a T-shirt, sponsor form, special Midnight Walk goodies, refreshments along the way and a welldeserved medal and breakfast at the finish line. For more information and to get involved call 01733 330060 or email thorpe.fundraising@suerydercare.org

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We have ten fabulous gift boxes up for grabs courtesy of the lovely guys and girls at LUSH in Queensgate. The Honey Farm gift boxes retail at £13.95 and include - Flying Fox shower gel (100g); Ma Ba bubble bar, Honey I Washed the Kids soap (100g); Honey Bee bath ballistic. Honey is a fantastic beauty product which gives energy and soothes nervous tension so it’s useful for when you’re feeling tired or stressed and it’s great for your skin. To get your name in our beauty bag just email or text the word LUSH along with your name, age, address and telephone number. Usual competition rules apply, winners will be notified, answers must be in by 30/04/08.

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IT’S A MASK-ERADE!

Facemask recommendations from Lush, for flawless skin…

Put some goodness back into your skin with the fresh facemask SACRED TRUTH (£4.95 for 75g). This one’s made with ingredients specially chosen to help fight the ageing process. Three of the most powerful antioxidant ingredients Wheatgrass, Green Tea and Ginseng mop up the free radicals that cause ageing, while Linseed, natural yoghurt and honey soften, moisturise and help the skin retain moisture. Sunshine (once we get some!) can be extremely drying so to nourish and cleanse try BB SEAWEED (£4.95 for 75g) with fresh, nutritious seaweed and seaweed absolute. Packed with vitamins, seaweed is extremely softening, protective and moisturising. A soothing blend of rose absolute, aloe vera and antiseptic honey soften the skin and reduce redness. Another mask perfect for when the sunny days start to kick in is CRASH COURSE IN SKINCARE (£4.95 for 75g). This will lovingly cleanse and nourish the skin with rich, wholesome organic avocado to soften and freshly squeezed lemon juice to brighten and tighten. Soothing natural yoghurt effectively reduces redness.

RECYCLE @ LUSH AND GRAB A FREE FACE MASK!

To encourage customers to return all their LUSH black pots to the Queensgate store for recycling, LUSH are offering one of their lovely bio-fresh facemasks (of your choice) when you return five. Their Biofresh facemasks are all made Fresh with beautiful natural ingredients and sent to the shop within 24 hours of being made, they’re ethical and cruelty free. www.lush.co.uk

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Longer hair for men is back in fashion and here to stay, and now Brylcreem tell us that taming long locks doesn’t have to be a lengthy process. To give you an effortless and un-styled look, Brylcreem has launched its first long hair styling paste – Brylcreem antiStyler. Brylcreem antiStyler scruffing paste is the latest addition to the Brylcreem range and was created specifically to give guys control when taming longer locks. It has a smooth and springy texture, giving definition to long hair so you can create that ‘just got out of bed’ appearance without spending hours in front of the mirror! If you don’t want to miss a styling trick, pick up some antiStyler from Boots in the Queensgate centre or Serpentine Green. Joanne Cooper

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Does your nosh for the night comprise of a ‘just add water’ packet mix? ESP’s healthy eating guru, nutritionist Karen Devine says it’s time to rustle up some real food! Call me old fashioned here but if had to bake a cake I’d get out the flour, the sugar, butter and the eggs as that’s the way we bake a great cake… (not that mine has ever been called great). So why are many of our kids being taught to make a cake with an egg and ‘just add water’ cake mix what’s that all about? OK, a cake is fattening I know but I am using this as an example. I had an experience years ago when I decided to take my kids to Centre Parcs with a handful of friends, the vote was they wanted Spaghetti Bolognaise for dinner. So armed with my ingredients it suddenly felt like I was appearing on Master Chef when I was questioned about what I was putting in, you know the normal stuff - onions, garlic, tinned tomatoes etc. - the kids asked me “When do you put the Dolmio sauce in?”!

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You can find out more about eating better when Karen makes an appearance at The East of England Country Show on Saturday June 14 this summer.

Many people generally don’t have time to cook in the way they want. Convenience foods in jars, tins and boxes have become a regular feature in many a cupboard which our busy lifestyles have demanded. But one thing I can say as a mum of teenage kids, if mine want to cook, they cook from scratch. I want to teach them the basics so when they need to, they can look after themselves in a healthier way. I was glad to hear the other day that schools are aiming to bring back more cooking at school. I remember one of my lessons in the school week was ‘home economics’, or should I now say ‘food technology’ as that’s the techno name for cooking. It seemed that every week we’d be rustling up something in our home economics block. Mind you by the time I’d sat on the crossbar of my mates bike to get home it looked anything like a culinary delight, more like football team had whacked it round the field for 90mins! Whatever, it was great to get it home and show off my skills. If kids want to cook, I think we should teach them the basic ingredients, the real food ingredients, not a box of chemicals which when adding a cup of water and an egg produces a perfect black forest gateau, tempting as it is. I used to love locking myself in the kitchen and having a cooking afternoon, it was a way of losing that boring Sunday afternoon when I was a kid, we didn’t have MSN, Play Stations or computers to occupy the weekends so being in the kitchen was a good pastime. I read an article the other week where a child was asked what vegetables chips came from. He didn’t know because he got them from the chip shop! Food comes under one of the basic ingredients we need for life, why is it we take it so much for granted and not give it the time? Busy lives, always doing something, or having to be somewhere has killed off this basic skill for many of us and yet some of our favourite TV programmes are based on food and cooking which shows we love it really. Another factor is that some basic ingredients can be more expensive than buying a box of cake mix or a jar or sauce. The odd convenient jar is a way to rustle up a quick meal for the family but when used every day it kills off one of our basic skills which are to collect/prepare and cook food. The taste of real home cooked food with basic raw ingredients will always bring more satisfaction. Your kitchen might be written off in the aftermath like mine, but the end result is worth it. Karen For more information on health take a look at Karen’s website www.nutritionalenergy.co.uk

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CELEB CHEF COOKS UP A FEAST AT LOCAL CHILDREN’S CENTRE

Celeb chef Lesley Waters, star of BBC2’s cookery show ‘Ready Steady Cook’ hit Peterborough recently and helped the next generation of chefs rustle up some healthy snacks as part of a new government campaign to showcase the range of support and activities available to young children and their families through Sure Start Children’s Centres.

Lesley helped out in the kitchen with children, parents and staff from the Caverstede Early Years Centre in Walton. The visit was part of the DCSF campaign, Altogether Better for Children, which aims to raise awareness of Sure Start Children’s Centres and the broad-range of support they offer to children, parents and the community. They help to educate, support and engage all families by offering a variety of community-led services, such as access to early learning, health professionals, parenting support, training opportunities and help finding employment. For more info call 0800 2346 346 or visit www.direct.gov.uk/childcare. Karen has a diploma in nutritional medicine, nutritional therapeutics and homotoxicology; she is a member of the British Association of Nutritional Therapists and runs her own private practice.


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Confessions... Susan Saunders

This month our Susan’s backing St. George and asks you to join her campaign for another Bank Holiday on April 23…

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If there’s one thing that I know, England doesn’t have half as many public holidays as other countries in Europe. Ireland gets St Patrick’s Day, Scotland, voluntary holiday on St Andrew’s Day, and the Welsh Assembly agree that St David’s Day should be a holiday. Further afield, French citizens get Bastille Day – it isn’t a Saint’s day, however I couldn’t think of any others!

I know you’re probably thinking ‘yeah Susan tell us something we don’t know,’ but if you give me a chance, I’ll ignore your heckles and tell you why it’s my mission to honour St George by supporting the need for an extra days holiday in his memory. Now don’t get me wrong, I love work (just wanna say ‘Hi’ to the boss who’ll probably be reading), I’ve got a really strong work ethic, but I know I’m hardly Nelson Mandela either so help me out here, I’ve always been one to want to make a difference. Our St George was very brave in fighting that big mean dragon, so really I think it’s only polite to mark his good deeds.

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Another reason is that I don’t think we celebrate our Englishness enough and we have such a lot to celebrate we really ought to have St.George’s Day to do it don’t you think? Everyone’s just gone Guinness mad for St. Patrick’s Day but what about all the things we could celebrate…Ye Olde bacon butty, the full English breakfast, good old English Sunday roast and our great Queen, Elizabeth II (all food related apart from the latter – you can see a theme here). Then there’s our sporting heritage, we can celebrate (some) great games of football... I only really like live football, you understand, TV football is trés boring unless it’s England or Man-U playing, rugby (yawn am not a fan of burly lads – well not that burly anyway) and cricket (triple yawn or let me put it another way – yawn, yawn, YAWN! But I am a Flintoff fan). I remember the last bank holiday… I woke up early on autopilot for work, fell out of bed (literally!) with a groan and then realised that no, indeed I didn’t have to go to work and no, I didn’t actually have to get up so ruddy early! I snuggled back in bed and reset my alarm to later o’clock, and my body came over all tingly. Was it the sense of euphoria or was I actually still drunk from the night before? Quite possibly… but how glorious it is when you realise it’s a Bank Holiday and you have the whole day ahead for fun and frolics with your bezzie friends! Savour that thought – saints, or not so hard working sinners, surely we need more of that? Am I convincing you yet to leap on my extra Bank Holiday band wagon! Of course a little extra time off gives us the chance to partake in a little self development… last bank holiday I had a fantastic day out at Paintball (improving my self protection skills hiding behind a bush – Ouch! Those paintballs hurt!) followed by some grub and yummy hot chocolates at Toscanini in Eye (improving my dining etiquette – slurping is so not a good look!) I’m sure even St. George would’ve been glad of the chance to settle back down in bed for an extra hour with a dragon butty and the chance to kick back with the lads… so if you love Bank Hols as much as me, support my pledge for an extra day off on April 23. See you down Sunny Hunny…


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The third Barnardo’s Ten-Pin Bowling Tournament was organised by Steve King from Buckles Solicitors LLP, chairman of the Peterborough Fundraising Committee, a group of local businesses who get together to raise cash for the charity through various events. Over the last few years

Peterborough based Greenwoods Solicitors LLP may have taken home the trophy but Sphere made their mark with Anthony Barnes, Director of Sphere Financial Recruitment being the individual top scorer!

The guys and girls at Sphere know all about figures so were keen to do their bit to help raise some cash for charity. All the team from the Lynchwood office had a great night out and while Sharon, Clare and Emma from Sphere’s Office Support division received the wooden spoon, Jenna got so carried away and enjoyed the night out so much she walked home in her bowling shoes!

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The team from Sphere Financial Recruitment joined staff from fortyeight local companies and helped raise £3,200 for the children’s charity Barnardo’s.

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YOURMORTGAGEDECISIONS... recruiting now! Peterborough based finance company Your Mortgage Decisions are a relatively new name on the scene. That hasn’t stopped them flying out of the traps and becoming a market leader and a great place to work. Directors Dominik Lipnicki and Martin Wade have just overseen the qualification of their first internally trained mortgage advisor. Claire started with the company in Feb 2007 as a part time telemarketing assistant and by May was pulled to one side and asked if she wanted to train to be a mortgage advisor. “I thought why not, the company promised they would support me so I went for it,” says Claire. The course involved a lot of home

study and three exams but she cracked it. “I had to study for about two hours a day at home and a lot of the work and the exams were complex, but the guys at work gave me lots of practical help and they just stuck by me, in fact we stick by each other, it certainly helped me.” The company does seem a great place to work and by the look of it they train their staff well too - “We would rather spend time developing our staff than let them stagnate or move on,” Dominik says, “we also like to work hard but enjoy it too, we sponsor the greyhound race of the year at the Fengate stadium, The Cesarewitch. We have the whole VIP suite, 40 tickets where we invite all the staff and their families and other guests and we have a great night.” So is Claire going further up the ladder? “I don’t know yet, I think I will get my teeth into this one and see how it goes,” wise words indeed. The guys at Your Mortgage Decisions are recruiting now, just check out their main advert, to us at ESP it sounds like a cool and rewarding place to work!!


ESP PAPARAZZI

Caught in the a ESP HITS THE LOCAL PUBS … The ESP Paparazzi boys and girls are always out an about capturing the fun and games at various venues and events. They recently joined Kerry Bates our Face of ESP at The Bull in Newborough where she was presenting some charity cheques and adding a little glamour to their special night. The pub holds several fundraising events throughout the year and then hands over the cash to local good causes so Kerry was all too happy to join in the fun. This year it was the Newborough Amateur Dramatic Society and the Friends of Newborough Society who were in the money. Feet to the Fire provided the music and regulars sank a few celebratory pints before getting ready to rasie a few more quid over the coming months. Thanks for your hospitality guys! Next up, local band Voodoo decided to call it a day and invited Kerry and the Paparazzi girls along to their farewell gig at The Cherry Tree on Oundle Road. The place was heaving and our girls joined the party atmosphere as music fans bid a sad farewell to this popular band. Steve from the band told ESP they had a brilliant send off – “The band had a fantastic final night with the Cherry Tree full to the brim. A lot of people turned up for our special night who’ve followed the band over the years in it's various formats, all commented on how sad it was to see the end of a great local band. “The guys in the band were very pleased to be joined for a photographic session by the lovely Kerry, it gives us older guys some street cred to be seen with a fantastic looking young lady!”

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in the act? ESP JOINS THE PARTY AT THE LEGENDS ICE HOCKEY GAME…

EThe Peterborough Arena in Bretton recently saw one of the greatest anniversary games that this country’s ever seen… and our Face of ESP Kerry Bates shoot some ice hockey pucks! The Legends of Peterborough game celebrated 25 years of ice hockey in the city and saw fifty players who’ve pulled on a Phantoms or Pirates shirt take to the ice in front of a capacity crowd. Our Paparazzi crew went along, with Emma behind the lens and Kerry and Becca mingling with the crowd. Eventually though, it had to be done and the girls were dragged on to the ice to test their sporting skills with an ice hockey stick and puck. Despite wearing their heels, a carpet was spread over the ice and they joined Mikey from Hereward FM to take their shots without falling over once! There was a cracking atmosphere as hundreds of ice hockey fans raised the roof as old favourites like Doug McEwen, John Lawless, Todd Bidner, Alcide Jutras, Duncan Cook, Danny Shea, Cam Plante, Trent Kaese and Randy Smith took to the ice – many had flown in specially. It was a fantastic night which will stay with the city’s hundreds of ice hockey fans for years to come. There’s more on the game in this month’s ESP sports section but if you’d like to relive the action on the night a full DVD of the evening is now available, see www.peterborough-phantoms.com

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ESPCELEBS

Tough but sweet? Joanne Quinney takes a look at the latest reinvention of Madonna as she returns with Hard Candy… Almost 25 years at the top of her game and still Madonna shows no sign of letting go of her crown as Queen of Pop. Having grown up to the sounds of Papa Don’t Preach, Like a Prayer and Into the Groove to name just a few hits from the 1980’s, I’m sure everyone has their favourite Madonna track.

Justin also provides backing vocals. Why did the first lady of pop name her new album Hard Candy? “The album title is a juxtaposition of tough and sweetness, kind of like I’m going to kick your ass but it’s going to make you feel good. And of course, I love candy!”

The mother of two biological children and one adopted child is back with a new and improved sound on her eleventh album Hard Candy, the follow up to Confessions on a Dancefloor, which debuted at number one in thirty countries and sold over eight million copies. The style of the album is still up tempo and remains in club mode, but with an added Hip Hop beat which comes courtesy of her collaborations with Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes.

It can be said that Madonna is one of the biggest selling female solo artists ever. A multi-Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter, producer, stage performer, actress and let’s not forget children’s book author! She’s sold over 200 million albums in the course of her two decades at the top and in March was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This reunited her with Mr Timberlake as he presented her the award. In his speech he managed a dig at a certain ex-girlfriend of his, cleverly saying that Madonna had publicly kissed someone he may or may not have kissed, whilst he was in the audience, quickly adding that it was Sean Penn (Madonna’s ex husband) but we all know he meant Britney! He also added that there are a lot of ‘Madonna wannabees,’ but there is only one Madonna.

The first track to be released from Hard Candy is fantastic dance number ‘4 Minutes.’ This brought Madonna into contact with Justin Timberlake, as the two co-wrote the song and it was produced by Timbaland.

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She is no doubt the queen of reinvention. From Like a Virgin to Vogue, from Ray of Light to Hung Up, this 49 year-old is going to be entering her fabulous 50’s as a true icon of our time. She’s constantly been under scrutiny from the press, speculating whether her marriage to Guy Richie is on the rocks, which she maintains it’s not. She’s used sexual, social and religious themes in her music and has been nicknamed ‘Material Girl.’ It’s fair to say she’s answered all those critics who said she was a one hit wonder! I hate to quote The Sun, but I’m afraid I agree with them for once when the paper says – ‘Today’s generation of Pop Idol wannabees should listen, learn and take note from a woman who has no intention of handing over her crown for a good few years yet’! Madonna’s new single 4 Minutes is released on April 21. The album Hard Candy is released on April 28.


VIBRANT YOUNG

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AMY MACDONALD Her album’s just gone double platinum in the UK, she's on a sold out tour and her album’s climbing the charts in Germany. Amy Macdonald’s going places but is keeping it real… Amy Macdonald is a Glasgow teenager who writes and performs songs that sound like the work of someone much older and wiser. She’s been performing her folk influenced songs in and around Glasgow since she was 15, and is currently touring Europe, selling out lots of venues. Her success has been slow burning, but has seen her achieve double platinum sales. Her inspirations come from artists like Travis, who inspired her to pick up a guitar and their album, ‘The Man Who’ was the first she ever bought, and from artists like Pete Doherty, whom she wrote the song ‘Poison Prince’ about. “When you’re a fan of somebody, it’s really hard to watch them spiral out of control,” she says about him. Amy isn’t letting success go to her head, however. She lives in the same area she grew up in and still camps when she goes to festivals, whether she’s performing or not. She says – “I didn’t get into this to be famous. It was for the music. If I end up being miserable then I’ll quit or take a long break.” She’s cynical of the fame game, and hates the X Factor. She says – “It’s just a money-making machine for Simon Cowell. And these poor people go on there and they’re basically tortured for TV.”

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She doesn’t take herself to0 seriously, either. While talking about performing at T in the Park, she says – “My posters were plastered all over the place and I was looking at a whole row of them when I saw a guy peeing on the face of one of them!” If you haven’t listened to any of her stuff yet, visit www.amymacdonald.co.uk or www.myspace.com/amymacdonald Liv Slater

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LOCALFOOD THE WINDMILL TAVERN

FOOD NEWS

Food Review

Oundle Road, Peterborough Tel: 01733 231374 You know when you’ve had one of those days at work - stress, hassle, you get home, cant be bothered cooking, you reach for the takeaway menus… Stop! There is an alternative. We found ourselves in such a situation last month so we drove across to The Windmill Tavern in Orton Waterville to have a go at their all you can eat buffet for £5.95. Having paid at the bar we took our tokens into the back restaurant, which is a lovely intimate but large room, handed them over and got stuck in. I chose ham and mushroom pie with curly fries and salad, perfect for a chilly night. It was delicious. Light puff pastry and rich creamy filling and as much as you can eat! My partner Tracy chose the curry - succulent chunks of turkey in a creamy Korma style sauce with light fluffy rice which kept her quiet for a good 20 minutes! We also tried the sweet and sour pork which again did what it said on the hot plate, it was great tasting, simple fayre, and piping hot. If your appetite is huge and you can eat your way through this menu there are a selection of sweets available too! We were served quicker than you would be at a fast food joint, the food was miles better and the ambience of the tavern is warm and welcoming… Oh, and the range of real ales was more than welcome! So, put the takeaway menus back in the drawer and give The Windmill a try Monday through to Wednesday. 6pm- 9pm. Andy Slater

BE OUR GUEST AND GET YOUR DINNER PARTY ON THE TELE!

Are your dinner parties the stuff of legends? Or does one of your friends just love entertaining? ITV will be filming a new daytime series called ‘Be Our Guest’ in Peterborough from April 7 to 12 and they’re looking for fun and interesting couples to entertain together – you could be married, relatives, friends, workmates or any other combination. All they ask is that you’re fun, interesting and have a passion for food and entertaining. Over five days the couples will be taking turns to host the perfect dinner party for their guests – their fellow contestants – and at the end of the night one guest will be selected to sleep over. This is to test the couple’s ability to look after someone all night as well as their breakfast making capabilities – so no burnt toast! The guests will form a jury and score the hosts – the couple with the highest score at the end of the week will win a fabulous cash prize.

So if you reckon you’re the host with the most, or someone you know is, get in touch with the production team on 0207 157 4828 or email beourguest@itv.com for more info.

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NEW WINES AT THE GREEN MAN

The Fitzwilliam Arms in Marholm, (best known as The Green Man) tell us they’re launching their new, improved and expanded wine menu this month. If you missed their wine and cheese tasting party, they’ve added around 10 new wines to their list, like a Zinfandel called Dancing Bull from the USA, Montana Rosé from New Zealand and the new star of their wine list, a white called Gavi Gavi. If you feel like having one of their delicious meals, the staff are on hand to recommend which wine is best suited to it, otherwise you can relax in the large beer garden and enjoy the first few days of spring sunshine with a few glasses of gorgeous plonk!

VAMPIRES AVOID PIZZA HUT!

If you’re a lover of garlic, then you might want to head over to Pizza Hut in Boongate and try their new Garlic Crust pizza. While coming up with the new base, the guys at Pizza Hut commissioned a survey and found out some rather interesting things. Nearly nine tenths (88%) of Britons don’t mind if their lover scoffs garlic and 69% of people said they eat more garlic than they did ten years ago. In fact, 85% of the population love garlic, which makes it the most popular herb in Britain, beating old favourites like Basil and Parsley. Some of its popularity may be due to its anti-vampire properties, which 16% of the population believe it possesses. As Peter Kay said, “Garlic Bread, it’s the future that is...”

GET OUT AND ABOUT WITH WALKERS

If you get the munchies this month grab some Walkers Crisps as they’re currently running a special offer called Brit Trips. You collect tokens from the special packets and once redeemed they can be used for all sorts of things - like two for one dinners, golf passes and dry skiing, half price entry to top theme parks like Thorpe Park and Alton Towers as well as up to £100 off hotel rooms and reductions on Haven and Butlins holidays. It’ll help make a snack attack feel less of guilt trip so get the whole family collecting and start exploring Britain. For more info visit www.walkersbrittrips.co.uk


LIVE MUSIC AT THE CROWN INN ELTON 1st Thursday of every month • Food served every day • Sunday carvery from £7.95 • Function room available for weddings and corporate events • Real Ales served • B&B available with en-suite rooms • Regular entertainment • Quiz night every Wednesday • April 11th – Soul & Funk with Ollie and Terry

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THURSDAY 3RD APRIL PURE & SIMPLE Lively acoustic, solid vocal, Blues and Soul band Also launching our OPEN MIC sessions MONDAY 14TH APRIL Budding musicians and talented performers all welcome. Phone ahead to book your slot on 01832 280232 or just turn up THE CROWN INN 8 Duck St Elton PE8 6RQ

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Think it’s swish but pricey? Welcome to the new look Haycock Hotel – still classy but friendly and affordable. Chilling out in gardens by the river in summer, or snuggling up in front of cosy log fires in the winter is appealing, but if you thought the Haycock Hotel at Wansford was stiff and uninviting ditch the old image and take a fresh look. This hotel’s gone through many changes with a major refurb, new management with a background in four and five star London hotels, new kitchen team, new menu - you name it. If the Haycock was somewhere you headed to for a one-off special occasion, maybe now’s the time to pop back in and check out the changes for yourself. For the team they’ve not only embraced a fresh approach, but have also had to adjust following the tragic loss of owner Phillip Carter. “When I first arrived here Phil was a great support,” says Neil Scott, general manager. “He was a truly inspirational leader and great to work for. He is greatly missed.”

It’s not often you see the general manager of a classy hotel propping up the bar with the locals but Neil can be seen regularly enjoying a glass of wine and the banter. It was time the Haycock regained its position as a hub for the local community too, and it’s a hard job but hey, someone has to do it!

peanut parfait among the gorgeous looking desserts. Two courses at lunch are £15.95 and just £17.95 for three courses.

“We’re confident we have the best food offering in the area,” says Neil. “Our food’s prepared in a classic way with a modern twist and is realistically priced. The new menu’s been a huge success and is far more in keeping with what local people want. We pride ourselves on our friendly efficient service.”

coming up on Friday June 6, Jazz Nights, Civil Partnership Wedding Fayre on Sunday April 27, Halloween Ball and Christmas Party Nights already lined up. There’s even a Friday night quiz… you never know, you might find yourself enjoying a drink or two at the bar with Neil, but we bet he won’t give you the answers!

If you do want to make a night of it, there are 48 rooms all individually designed to a beautiful standard that even Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen couldn’t pick fault with! They also offer Pamper Packages, Golf Packages The new Beat the Clock promotion from and romantic breaks so no excuses if you live 5pm onwards has been going down a storm close-by, you can still in the restaurant and it’s hard to believe “We’re confident we have the enjoy a stop over. that if you eat at One of the main best food offering in the area” reasons 5.35pm, all you’ll pay you’ve probably is £5.35 for such visited The Haycock in gorgeous food. Yep – the time you order is the the past is to attend one of the many Balls or price you pay. We like it! Especially as the functions. Their own special events are also dishes on the new menu are crafted by a filling up the calendar with new additions of a fantastic chef and it’s all local produce. Father’s Day BBQ, the Masked Summer Ball

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If you like your sport action packed and full of muscle it could be time to touchdown with Peterborough Saxons. Sundays won’t know what’s hit them… There’s a new team about to storm their way into the fixture lists this month as our local American Football team, backed by the might of Marshall Dodge, aim to make sure everyone knows there’s another sports team on the block worth a watch. The Peterborough Saxons will kick off their season on Sunday April 20 with a corker of a local derby game away against Cambridge Cats. Traditionally when these two teams clash they’re very close games, and always very physical! Last season the Saxons won 6 - 0 in torrential rain at their ground at Stanground College. If you’re going to start supporting these guys this game should certainly fire up your interest! The Peterborough Saxons are a contender for the Division 2 title this year after narrowly losing to Dundee in last year’s Playoffs and will be going head to head with the Cats for the Eastern Title. ”There’s more at stake than just a win or a loss,” Saxons’ general manager Mark Kerr told ESP, “county bragging rights are up for grabs in this game. It’s a real battle to be the top team in Cambridgeshire.” If you didn’t realise we even had an American Football team here it’s fair to say the Saxons have had mixed fortunes getting established, but things improved in 2005 when ex Cats head coach Chris Wallis transferred to the team and brought experienced players to the club. Two of those players were Peterborough based Ricky Benson and Eddie Nash who became key players for the Saxons. Eddie Nash, a defensive end, won last year’s

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Lineman of the Year Award while Ricky Benson (2007 Saxon of the Year) missed all of last year with an injury. He’s now keen to get back into action for the first time in a year against his old team. The Saxons are placed in Division 2 East of the British American Football League (BAFL) and mark tells us they have high hopes for the season ahead. “We’ve recruited almost 15 new (rookie) players this year who’ve come on in leaps and bounds in pre-season and we've made a number of signings from around the league, including some from the Premier Division to strengthen our squad going into the new season.” This year the guys will be up against the likes of the Watford Cheetahs, Milton Keynes Pathfinders, Bedfordshire Blue Raiders, Cambridge Cats, Essex Spartans and Plymouth Admirals. Their first home game will be against Milton Keynes on May 25 at Stanground College and they’re hoping to gain more team support. ”We’re looking to build a fan base now that we've confirmed Peterborough as our home and hope to have a good crowd. It’s great fun for families too so come along and support the city’s fastest growing sports team!” For tickets to the Saxons home matches pop into their sponsor’s - Marshall Dodge Tyrell Park, Boongate or email alan.wensak@marshallweb.co.uk for details.

THE IDIOTS GUIDE TO AMERICAN FOOTBALL!

• The game’s split up into four 15 minute quarters but will often run for 2 – 3 hours due to various clock stoppages.

• Each team is made up of anywhere between 25 and 50 players, these are made up of three distinct units the Offence, the Defence, and Special Teams. • It’s the job of the Offence to move the ball down the field by running and passing to score a touchdown - it’s the job of the Defence to stop the opposition Offence from scoring. • When the Offence of one team is on the field, their Defence is on the sideline. • If the Offence crosses the goal line (the End Zone) with possession of the ball, they are awarded a Touchdown, worth 6 points. • Referees will signal any fouls by throwing a yellow flag on the field at the spot of the foul.

‘TEXT ME’ COMPETITION WIN 2 PAIRS OF TICKETS TO SEE RACE DRIVER JAMES GORNALL AT ROCKINGHAM Peterborough based racing driver James Gornall will take to the track at Rockingham in the British GT3 Championships on May 26 driving a Dodge Viper. If you’d like to go along ad have the opportunity to meet James and walk the pits we have two pairs of tickets to giveaway courtesy of Marshall Dodge. Q – Where do the Saxons play their home games? Usual competition rules apply, winners will be notified, answers must be in by 30/04/08

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Two unique sites and different styles of gaming. Fight in and around buildings or in the woods and undergrowth. The games run with two teams, each are given objectives which they have to try and achieve. Competitive Prices Private, corporate and open days catered for.

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Elite Automotive…log on for even more choice of Performance and Luxury Sports Cars 7 Mallory Road, Boongate, Peterborough. Tel: 01733 213100

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This month’s car is supplied by Marshall Dodge Chrysler Jeep

Chrysler Grand Voyager 2.8 CRD

A VIEW FROM THE BACK SEAT

When I collected the spacious Chrysler Grand Voyager it felt like I was driving a normal car, it’s not until you come to park you remember just how big it really is! It’s so easy to handle and all the controls are quick and easy to pick up, the sat nav is fantastic (if like me you are always getting lost) and after having a bit of fun driving it around I thought I’d give

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my verdict from the back seat as well. As I’m a busy woman it was time I was able to sit back and be driven around for a change giving me time to focus on the job in hand and do the all important things like my nails… I mean paperwork, to keep the boss happy.

“We’ve had a great start to 2008 thanks to a variety of new and used Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles to offer our customers. “And despite reports that the UK is experiencing the effects of the ‘credit crunch,’ we’re delighted to report that it’s not dampening the enthusiasm of motorists eager to get their hands on some of the most distinctive cars on the market.”

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My first appointment was with Neil Scott, general manager of the Haycock Hotel in Wansford where I was greeted by Ellen at the main entrance. I took the opportunity to get Neil’s thoughts on the Voyager while I was there and he seemed impressed. First impression from the back seat was how big and comfortable everything was. Even though I’d rather have been playing on the Play Station or watching a movie on its many in-car gadgets, I was forced to keep focused which is hard with all that luxury so close to you. The seats are like great big armchairs which I eased into as Gerald my chauffeur drove me around, and it’s so smooth when you’re in the back you could quite easily nod off (which I didn’t, I promise). From a family point of view I think this car would be great if you have children as you can keep your eye on them without moving round thanks to a secret

mirror on the sunglasses holder, plus there are all the game/DVD options to keep them amused. It’s safe with side-curtain air-bags too, traction control and ESP, seven full-size seats and fixings for three Isofix child seats as standard. This month I was voted by my Tai Kwan Do club to perform taxi duties to our black belt training session and everyone was pleased to have a very comfy seat on the trip down there. The Grand Voyager’s also versatile, if like me you’re always transporting larger objects around or do a lot of camping, as the seats fold flat into the floor giving you an instant ‘van’ and there’s no having to leave the spare seats in the garage. So let me give you the details… priced from £25,995 (the same as the previous generation model) the new car boasts revised exterior and interior design plus an updated range of petrol and diesel engines. Among the new features are heated seats, electric windows in the power-sliding


second row doors, movable LED reading lamps, automatic three-zone climate control for all passengers and even a removable torch at the back – see, I told you it was practical! Our thanks to Alan and his team at Marshall Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Peterborough. The Chrysler Grand Voyager has just been launched and is available any time for you to take a test drive yourself at Marshall’s.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Shirley Frost

NEIL SCOTT

General Manager at The Haycock Hotel Normally drives an Audi TT and Peugeot 306.

“It’s a good looking car with lots of space for passengers” Neil Scott. General Manager, The Haycock Hotel

“It’s a good-looking car with lots of space for passengers and if you have children the only downside is a lack of convenient space for storage of bits and pieces in the front. Comfy and easy to drive and all the controls are easy to work. Fast to convert into a large van for moving around big objects, the built in DVD players are brilliant in this model and it also has sockets to plug in Play Stations which is a great feature if you have children. Safety is high on the list and for an American car that’s pretty good. It has a good driving space too.” w w w.

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BIKINGWHEELS

Just the latest replicant of the Fireblade formula, or have Honda created the bike of the future? With futuristic good looks and a powerhouse engine the CBR1000RR Fireblade needed a test pilot with some serious credentials.

been a biker who changed machines every year he’s since clocked up a massive 72,000 miles on his pride and joy and it’s never failed an MOT or had any work done to the engine. New models of Fireblade have come and gone so would the latest futuristic looking machine tempt him away? We sent Mark to Marshall Honda in Peterborough to take to the parkway and put the new model through its paces – he returned a changed man… “Whenever I’ve thought about changing bikes, I’ve never been convinced, even by the previous Fireblade models… until now! “It’s so smooth and easy to ride, even for a novice, which is scary as it’s definitely not to be recommended as a first bike for anyone!”

in a wind tunnel by Honda boffins and was found to be the most wind resistant so they’ve stuck with it! The rest of the bike is pared back giving a lean and muscular appearance and the specially designed exhaust incorporates a three port valve system. “The delivery of power is so smooth,” says Mark, “it’s like a sports car. It’s like jumping on a 600 it feels just as agile. “Mine seems so large in comparison. The new Fireblade is very comfortable, I could certainly do long distance on it in fact I’m off to France and I’d rather take this one than mine! “Anyone interested in a sport bike, I’d say once they’ve ridden the Fireblade CBR they’d consider buying one. My bike’s been faultless for thousands of miles so with that sort of Honda pedigree along with the styling, handling and effortless power this one certainly gets the thumbs up. “I’ll definitely get one - it will be my next bike!”

This bike is certainly far too slick and powerful for a newbie. It reaches 0-60 in 2.8 secs, 0 -170 in 14.7 secs! You can even do 95mph in first gear!

Mark Luffman has been a motorcycle instructor with Camrider training for the last five years so it’s fair to say his backside has graced a few bikes! This guy knows his stuff and is also a dedicated fan of the Fireblade 1994 RRP model which he’s been riding since 1997. This bike changed him forever – having

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It’s super lightweight in design, no poundage is wasted. They’ve even hollowed out the brake and clutch levers to save weight and the indicators are in the mirrors. Apart from the obvious sleek good looks everything has been done to maximise speed and efficiency. The angular front bike faring originally came in for some stick by critics who thought it looked ugly in comparison to the favoured pointed design on most sport bikes, but this design was tested to the limits

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Call into Peterborough Honda Motorcycles, Tyrell Park, Boongate for a test ride or call 01733 561062.


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CLUBLAND

TRIZZACKZ GRIME FEST

After taking a break last month Trizzackz is back at The Park on April 25 with a special Trizzackz Grime Fest with a live PA from North London's Chipmunk who’s taken the Grime scene by surprise with his abilities on the mic. With mentoring from MC Wiley, Chipmunk has worked with Maniac & Bless Beats, Danny Weed and DVA. As young as Chipmunk is, he has already released THREE mixtapes entitled 'Whatever The Weather' Volumes 1 & 2 and 'League Of My Own' which cements Chipmunks place as the future of UK music. With support from the likes of Radio 1's very own Tim Westwood he’s definitely tipped for big things this year! Also on the night performances by Peterborough's very own MC Rowdie, Devious, J.B, Rafroman & Kage from Cambridge. DJ's on rotation include Lroy, Munya and Hype Kronik playing a mix of the very best in Hip Hop, Grime, Dancehall, R’n’B, Bashment, Bassline & UKG. Entry’s £5 before Midnite and more after. For more information please visit www.myspace.com/undadoggpid. Doors open 11pm ‘til late.

JUNGLIST MASSIVE

If you love your D’n’B, Jungle, Breakbeat and Dubstep then don’t miss the Run Tingz night at Club Dissident on April 4. Featuring the finest local DJ’s like Morley Way and Aesthetix, as well as special guest DJ Andy Massive and Sn+per as MC, this night was a massive success last time it was on. Tickets £3 before 11. www.myspace.com/runningtingz

KCAT @ FAITH

Faith and Fusion on Geneva Street proudly present the return of the R’n’B room with their new resident DJ, competition winner Big G, every Saturday night up in Fusion from 11pm until very late. Also don’t miss Delinquent featuring Kcat live in Faith on bank holiday Sunday May 4.

TUNES!

KISS FM DANCE PARTY

SOUND CLASH

Don’t miss the Kiss Dance Party Weekender this month from April 18 – 20 at the Vauxhall holiday park in Great Yarmouth. This banging weekend features Jez Welham bringing Kissalicious to Saturday night along with DJ EZ banging out the bassline and garage. PLUS, Steve Smart now joins the party for Friday and Saturday! They complete the all star line-up with Stuart Grant, Thomsta, Neilos, Nikki Elise, Ray Keith, Michael Lewis, Ric Groves and Chappers. There will also be a live performance, but you'll have to book your tickets and see who it is for yourself! Don’t forget your swimmers – pool party is Saturday afternoon! You can book by calling 01493 857231. Tickets from £80 per person for standard accommodation and £90 per person for upgraded.

A brand new night comes The Park on April 4 called Rise Di Machine – Sound Clash. Six upand-coming Reggae sounds will be battling out for £100 prize money, a trophy and a residency at the park. Audience response decides who stays on out of Black Heart Sound System, Splash Hits Sound Intl, Firelox Sounds, Lunatic Jammer, King Eruption Sound and Terra Spax. The compere will be Demus from Generation Sound. Tickets £7

Contact returns to Club Dissident on April 25 and the headliners are the 65d Mavericks, a techno project who have support from DJs like Mary-Anne Hobbs and Giles Peterson. Also on are Sys-Ex, Microwave and Static Noise for the relaunch of Surface and Blueprint Records. Contact always attracts a good crowd and if you’re into techno or just new, intelligent music then you’ll love this night. Tickets £5 before12. www.myspace.com/contactstatic

DIG DEEP SPRING SESSION

FUTURE SOUNDS

CALLING THE HARDCORE NATION

Hyperbolic return to the Park this month on April 5 with the Hardcore Rampage All Niter. There’ll be plenty to keep you awake until 5am with a massive line up of hard dance DJs and MCs, like Sharkey, Stormtrooper and Elmo. If you’ve liked the past few Hyperbolic nights, then this one looks to be even better! Tickets £7 (£6 advance) www.thepark4music.com

CHRIS GOLDFINGER RETURNS

One of the first DJ’s to ever play at the park, Chris Goldfinger returns to Suite Chocolate on April 26, playing Dancehall, R&B and Reggae. As Chris doesn’t finish his Radio one show until 2am, it’s going to be an After Show All Nite Party finishing at 6am! Chris will be playing at 3amand he’s supported by T-rex, Cryer DJ and Supa T. Tickets £7 (£6 Advance)

The guys at Dig Deep continue their quest to provide a quality underground House scene for the city on April 5 at Club Dissident, Lincoln Road. The first room has Deep Funked up beats from DJ’s like Pat Unwin, Andy and Ian (from Safe and Sound) Harry and Gino (Audio Gormet) and the return of Mug the Goat. The second room has Electro House, Tech House and Dirty Breaks from the Phono Brothers and Jake Daville (Audio Gourmet). Tickets £4 before 11pm. www.dig-deep.net

LIVE DJ AT THE PERIWIG

The Periwig in Stamford is now playing host to a live DJ every Friday night. It’s a great way to start your weekend, and will satisfy all your preclub needs with a lively atmosphere and comfortable surroundings. Call 01780 762169 for more details.

GET FUNKED UP

Ollie and Terry present a night of the finest Soul and Funk at The Falcon, Whittlesey on April 11. The boys always put a good night on and the Falcon is a hidden gem, cosy but with a lively atmosphere. Call 01733 351001 for more info.

‘MAYBE’ IT’S JAY SEAN

Jay Sean follows his smash hit comeback single ‘Ride It’ with a new track, ‘Maybe’, out April 14 on 2Point9/Jayded. It’s a smooth, mid-tempo slab of Old Skool, 80’s pure groove R’n’B and will be as big as Jay’s last single, ‘Ride It’, which entered the charts at No.11 in January, stayed in the top 20 for a month and got 2 million hits on YouTube. “It was such a buzz when I got the chart position,” Jay said, “as I realised people were feeling the music I’m making again.” He releases his new album, ‘My Own Way,’ on April 28. To listen to some of the new tracks as well as ‘Maybe,’ head for http://www.myspace.com/jayseanbeats or http://www.jaysean.com

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SCENE It’s the return of the zombies on the big and small screen. ESP’s Tony Stephens checks out the best of the undead… and the rest. DEATH NOTE OUT THIS MONTH

Out: Apr 25

Light Yagami (Tatsuya Fujiwara from ‘Battle Royale’) is a top student that chances upon a book with the words ‘Death Note’ scrawled on the front. Dropped by a Shinigami (death god), it grants the user the power to take any life by writing their name on its pages. Light decides to utilise its power by ridding the world of as many criminals as possible, but ends up as public enemy No.1. When L, the world’s best detective takes the case, a thrilling cat and mouse chase ensues, where the lives of everybody involved are at stake. Based on the worldwide smash hit Manga that had a brilliant twist on every other page, will the comic book battle of wits translate as well to the big screen?

SON OF RAMBOW

‘TEXT ME’ COMPETITION

Out: Apr 4

No, not another Stallone sequel, but a gentle comedy about two boys in the 80’s that are inspired by Rambo to make their own action movie. They don bandanas and terrorise adults, but most importantly learn a lot about friendship. Sounds charming, and if you enjoyed ‘Be Kind Rewind’ then you may want to give it a look.

AWAKE Out: Apr 4

Clay Beresford (Hayden Christensen) is a young millionaire waiting for a transplant after suffering a heart attack. When he eventually goes under the knife, he finds that he can hear, and worse, feel everything despite the anaesthesia. And then… well, it’s a thriller so of course the idea is to see it and find out for yourself. I’ll just mention that Jessica Alba, who plays the secret fiancé here, stars in another movie released this month; ‘The Eye’ is a horror about an eye transplant with spooky consequences for the recipient, and is out on the 25th.

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GAME ON

MARIO KART (Wii) Out: Apr 11

Out: Apr 7 When a fairy tale princess is banished to a land far away (New York) will all hell break loose, or will she just break into song? Princess Giselle was all set to marry a prince, until an evil queen sent her from the cels of the animated world into a live-action Times Square. Of course, the prince dashes to the rescue. We’ve seen cartoons meet with reality before (‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’) but it’s fun to see the Disney ‘magic’ at work in the real world.

The plumber themed racing series has been a multiplayer favourite for years now, and the most recent iteration on the DS is probably the best so far. Can it get any better? New tracks (plus a few classics), motorbikes, stunts and a bigger online mode will give the previous entries a run for their money, and maybe even leave them eating dust. It should keep us going until we finally get our hands on Smash Bros. Brawl.

Wii FIT (Wii) Out: Apr 25

ST. TRINIAN’S

Out: Apr 14 This film is a riot. The pupils of all-girls school St. Trinian’s are out of control and running wild. When the war zone they call a place of learning is threatened with bankruptcy, all the factions (emos, goths, chavs etc) unite to save the day. The Ealing studios classic is back with a wide appeal; a new generation of noisy kids, those wrinkly enough to remember the originals the first time round and the odd dirty old perv.

When looking for a way to get yourself into shape, staying in and playing videogames is usually hard to recommend (well, there was Dance Dance Revolution I suppose). Now there’s a game designed specifically to encourage you to keep fit and healthy. Of course it can’t do all the work for you, but the challenges make the exercises fun and more appealing to those without the inclination to go to the gym. It costs a bit more than the average Wii title (about £70) because it comes packaged with a hi-tech slab of heavy plastic that you stand on that measures your balance to play the games.

I AM LEGEND

Out: Apr 21 Will Smith is a scientist that had a role in the creation of a ‘miracle cure’ that ends up mutating most of the world’s population; ‘most’ being everyone but him and his dog. By day, Smith has the streets of New York all to himself, and it’s the scenes like this in the first half, when not much is happening, that prove to be the most interesting. At night the former citizens, now mindless killers that can’t stand the sunlight (not quite the vampires of the novel) roam anywhere not barricaded and sealed off by heavy metal shutters. These scenes are effectively suspenseful to begin with, but it all dissolves into by the numbers action and dodgy CGI that falls short of the promising start. Worth a rental though.

GRAND THEFT AUTO IV

(Release dates are subject to change).

(PS3/XBOX 360) Out: Apr 29 This game is going to be BIG. It’ll be a big deal, the talk of the gaming world, and probably in the news too, as Rockstar’s games are always controversial (except Table Tennis, unless you see that as a controversy in itself). The sales will be big, that’s a given. The Grand Theft Auto games were the best selling on the PS2. But best of all the game itself will be big. The new and improved Liberty City is yours to explore and wreak havoc in. But you know the drill by now; everybody and their gran has played GTA, and will snap up the latest one.

TAKE 5: STREET GANGS THE WILD ONE (1953)

Two biker gangs, the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and the Beetles clash in a small, quiet town, and the terrorised residents soon take matters into their own hands. The film has dated quite a bit obviously (Rock ’n’ Roll wouldn’t arrive for a couple more years, so all they have is Jazz) but Marlon Brando and Lee Marvin were way ahead of their game here, and it’s still quite cool for its age.

THE WANDERERS (1979)

Apparently if you were a teenage boy in New York in 1963 then you were in a gang; the Del Bombers for black kids, the Wongs for the Chinese and the

Baldies for the ’tough’ guys that are prepared to shave their heads. And if you were Italian, you were in the Wanderers. A great film about gangs that is as fun as it is gritty, with themes about coming of age at the end of an era similar to ‘American Graffiti’ and ‘Easy Rider’.

THE WARRIORS (1979)

Similar to ‘The Wanderers’, this seems to take itself more seriously, despite the comic book style uniforms the gangs wear. The film is based less on reality than it is on an ancient Greek tale of Spartan mercenaries that had to fight their way back across Europe after a botched alliance with Persia saw them almost wiped out. In director Walter Hill’s adaptation, via the Sol

Yurick novel, the Warriors are a small gang in big trouble, trying to get from one end of New York to the other without getting ‘whacked’ by one of the other memorable gangs such as the Orphans and Baseball Furies that are baying for their blood. Oh, and check out ‘Streets of Fire’, another Walter Hill classic.

QUADROPHENIA (1979)

“We are the Mods! We are the Mods! We are, we are, we are the Mods!” Based on The Who album of the same name, this is no musical, rock opera or what have you, but a proper good film. It covers every aspect of Mod culture as it was in 1965; shrinking your jeans, taking the scooter down to Brighton for the day, fighting with rockers and yes,

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listening to The Who. It features early performances from Phil Daniels and Ray Winstone who were both in ‘Scum’ (another one to watch) around the same time.

THIS IS ENGLAND (2006)

Shane Meadows (director of the excellent Dead Man’s Shoes) takes us back to 1983, where young lad Shaun is trying to buy Dr. Martens and hang around with a gang of skinheads. They’re just in it for the style until Combo shows up, bringing politics with him, and things turn sour. Not only is it true to the times it depicts, but many of the themes and issues touched upon here will seem uncanny to the present day audience.

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COLUMN Andy

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There’s some fantastic musical talent in this city with some great stories to tell. Andy Slater has a chin wag with Rex Gates – someone The Beatles once supported! Northumberland stint mixing with Chris Rea, David Coverdale and a very young Chubby Brown, was a reformation with Pete Carter and a six month long ball breaker on the QE2.

Rex Gates

Rex Gates is the son of a Norfolk man who entertained in pubs for beer in the true Vaudeville style, standing on a table singing and dancing, a showman. I saw Rex playing a couple of songs at The Comet in Dogsthorpe a few weeks ago, firstly belting out a mean lick on the bass and secondly bursting his lungs to an old Blues standard, just like his dad then… You have to wander back to the mid fifties to find 16 year-old Rex in his first band, a school friend’s Skiffle band called The Chain Gang, remember this is before Elvis hit Britain and Skiffle was the thing “We had a rival band in Peterborough, The Ferryboat Men, it was Pete Carter’s band,” Rex recalls. The older reader will remember Pete as the landlord of The Cherry Tree before Jess and Ann. “After a while we forgot the rivalry and me and Pete formed The Rebel Rousers, we were the number one Rock ‘n’ Roll band in Peterborough.” A couple of years gigging found Rex living on Southampton pier with the likes of Screaming Lord Sutch touring the South coast and West Country village hall circuit which was the norm for that time - “I stayed in some rough old places!” he tells me, which again was the norm for early sixties Britain.

Beatles open up for us at one gig, I’d never seen anything like it, the noise they made was fantastic.” How many musicians can say that The Beatles opened up for them?! “We also played the Palladium; I had to stand on this bloody platform 8ft in the air and 3ft wide…” Heady days Rex, heady days! Still in the sixties, Marty Wilde calls and not content at having The Beatles as a support act it was the turn of The Stones “They supported us at Hammersmith Odeon!” Not many people left alive can say that… surely. Years of session work in London during the mid to late sixties saw Rex play with the likes of Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Brenda Lee. “They would come over from the States but because of a dispute they weren’t allowed to bring their musicians with them so we got the job,” - who says that unions don’t do any good! Eight years of London took its toll on Rex and he moved back to Peterborough around 1970 and was promptly asked by the then Squire of Stanground (yes, it’s real) Jack Rayner, to form a trio for the Stilton Country Club. This he did with Adrian Titman, a fine keyboard player and vocalist, Colin Hodgkinson on bass and Rex playing his second instrument, drums. A couple of years doing this incorporated a six month stint at the Intercontinental in Liberia where jailing and muggings were

“We had The Beatles open up for us at one gig, I’d never seen anything like it, the noise they made was fantastic.” Still, it paid off, a job with chart topper Emile Ford as one of The Checkmates took up the next 2 ½ years of his life. “We had The

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”It was hard work,” he tells me, “it did me in just about, working 14 hours a day. We did have some laughs though!” The wicked glint in his eye gets sharper! “I was chased round the deck by an American woman brandishing a Derringer pistol, I chose her daughter instead of her and she wasn’t happy…” We all have choices to make but what a choice - a mad woman or her daughter who will get you shot! On his return Rex more or less was done, it was time to hang up the gigging boots and do some real work, the type us mere mortals do day in day out - “I needed to, I was done in. I got a job at the showground and then as a crane driver - I needed to be normal.” Would it last? Well for nigh on a decade yes, until Lloyd Watson and Jimmy Luff coerced him into playing bass with them. “We were a great trio, probably the best I’ve played with, we played all over the place, I loved it, the break did me good.” To this day you can still find him playing, sat on the drums behind Les Woods and the band - why? “Why do you think? I love it! I’m not the most musical or technical of musicians but I get up there and entertain - I’m a showman.” Just like his dad then. Rex has a beautiful wife, Romy, who he first dated in the late 50’s but got back with and married only recently. I know Rex won’t mind me calling him ‘the grand old man of music’, but he is. The two hour conversation I had with him and Romy really was uplifting and humbling. I dare say that there are some hidden longforgotten treasures in Rex’s mind but at 68 years-old he’s entitled to forget the odd bit of mischievousness and chaos. Kids, you didn’t invent Rock ‘n’ Roll… Rex Gates and his like did.


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LIVEMUSIC Like it live? ESP’s music reporter Andy Whittaker has the latest on the local band scene. CALLING ALL GUITAR HEROES

VOODOO FAREWELL

Everyone and their dog, including the ESP posse, turned out to Voodoo’s final gig at The Cherry Tree on Oundle Road. The band played two extended sets during the evening with Nick Pooley, the band’s original vocalist (a little worse for wear on drink!), joining Richard the current vocalist to belt out a couple of their classic numbers. The crowd was buzzing and The Cherry Tree came into its own as a great live music pub.

The last few days remain to register your band to take part in the UK’s biggest search for unsigned talent. Road to V is back for its fifth year, with online registrations being accepted until Sunday April 6. So to win the chance to be sharing a stage with the likes of Muse, you’d better crank up the amp, fire up the fretboard and upload your best track to the website. Fourteen bands will go through to the live stages of the competition, with each gig being broadcast live on Channel 4 and TV viewers choosing the final winner to play in front of a 160,000 crowd at this year’s V Festival. www.roadtov.com

“We were very surprised by our special fan club of Eddy, Roz, Liz and Pam, who laid on a champagne supper for us”, Richard told ESP, “they’ve been such great support over the years!” ESP’s Kerry joined the guys for the photo session, giving the older guys a touch of street-cred… I can’t help thinking they’ll come out of retirement before too long!

L Ryan & Friends come to the stage followed on April 18 by Emily Fraser, Alice Wroe and McAngel. The final Friday of the month, April 25 sees Hannah Whitehall and My First Tooth at the venue. As always, a range of alternative bottled ales are available, as well as organic and fair-trade teas and homemade nibbles! www.muddy.org.uk

NEW LIVE MUSIC VENUE

Recently opened in Peterborough is the new Live Lounge (formerly Café Razz and Fiddlers Elbow) in King Street, Peterborough. New owner, Carl Allan, has ambitions to turn the venue back into one of the town’s best venues for live music. “I’m booking bands now,” Carl told ESP, “good covers bands, original and acoustic”. Thursday night is ‘jam’ night, with live bands every Friday and Saturday. If you want your band to play, give the man a ring on 07789 713205.

VOTE OPAQUE NOW

SAX APPEAL

Top British saxophonist, Snake Davis, is touring with his band in celebration of his eighth album release ‘Talking Bird’. Often wrongly described as a Jazz player, Snake is more widely known for his sax solos on tracks such as M-People’s ‘Moving On Up’ and Take That’s ‘A Million Love Songs’. He has also played and recorded with artists ranging from James Brown, Paul McCartney and Amy Winehouse; having recorded on more than 400 tracks in recent years for over 60 artists. As well as saxophone, Snake Davis’ performances include flute, whistles and the Japanese Shakuhachi. So if you like Soul, Jazz, Funk and world-music, you can see Snake Davis and his band on Saturday April 19 at The Kings Lynn Arts Centre in Kings Lynn. Tickets are available at £13.50 each. www.myspace.com/snakedavisband www.kingslynnarts.co.uk

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Muddy troubadours, Opaque, have been nominated as Best Alternative Act at this year’s Indy Awards… and they want your vote! Opaque are currently recording their follow up album to ‘The Last Moustache’, which has seen them win great acclaim and enabled them to tour some of the nation’s best festivals, including Secret Garden, Bestival and GrassRoots. These guys are a delight to see live, with great tunes and quirkiness, you can’t help but smile and move your feet. If you’ve not seen them live yet, then try Goodbarn’s Yard, St Johns Street, Peterborough on Thursday April 3, along with The Surgens… but whatever you do, don’t forget to vote for them at the weblink below. www.indyawards.co.uk www.myspace.com/bandopaque

GLASS ONION FRIDAYS

It’s been a while since we mentioned happenings at The Glass Onion on Burghley Road (more information needed guys!), but Friday nights are as lively as ever with live acts every weekend for your listening pleasure… starting April 4 with Richard Groom and Andy Whittle, April 11 sees Anne

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DERRIN IS BACK ON THE BOAT

Acoustic guitar virtuoso, Derrin Nauendorf, returns to Charters, Town Bridge, Peterborough on Friday April 11. Derrin is currently on tour in Germany promoting his latest album, ‘The Rattling Wheel’, and is in the process of recording a new UK release album in September of this year. With over 1000 gigs under his belt, this is one live act not to miss… especially if you like raw acoustic guitar with a bluesy vocal. www.derrinnauendorf.com www.bluesontheboat.co.uk


April Entertainment

WISHBONE ASH IN BOURNE

The next couple of months see Wishbone Ash touring the UK, US, Canada and mainland Europe, and you can be lucky enough to catch them at the Bourne Corn Exchange on Saturday May 3, supported by local band, TUT. Tickets are £13 in advance or £15 on the door. With 40 albums to their name recorded over the past 38 years, their latest offering, ‘The Power of Eternity’, is every bit as fresh as their early releases and is their first studio album for some time; having recorded a live album and released some very early recordings in 2007 on the album ‘First Light’. Tickets are going fast, so to catch the Ash and see our local boys in action, call for tickets on 0782 803 2241.

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FEET TO THE FIRE

This band has been two years in the making and it looks like it’s been well worth the wait. They’re now frequently gigging locally and play a brilliant mix of acoustic Country, Blues, Americana, old favourites from The Drifters to Kirsty McColl and The Beatles to Nora Jones. Feet to the Fire are made up of very experienced and committed musicians with female singer, Carly Tilney belting out some wonderful tunes. The strong acoustic flavour of the guitars, mandolin, dobro, congas and full harmonies add another slant to the well known songs in their play list and make them all the more enjoyable.

9 Oundle Road, Fletton, Peterborough 01733 703495 FAX 01733 757563 Visit our website at www.cherrytreeinn.co.uk

The band currently have a pretty full diary for the rest of the year playing local pubs and music venues and are also venturing further afield to Copenhagen at the end of May. “We’re not your average band,” says the band’s John Stokes, “if you want thumping bass and ear-splitting Rock then there are plenty of great bands for you to go and see. Feet to the Fire is a whole new experience, you won’t be disappointed!”

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JACK SAVORETTI GRABS A COPY OF ESP @ CAFFÉ NERO Rising star Jack Savoretti hit the Boro last month and Ana Hernandez was there for ESP to catch his gig at Caffé Nero.

Jack has partnered up with the coffe shop chain to promote his 'Between the Minds' album and has been touring the country. Ana cosied up with a cappuccino and settled down for his acoustic set.

”He played an acoustic set of album tracks from 'Between the Minds' including the tracks 'One Man Band', 'Without', 'Dr. Frankenstein' and the title track. If you like the music of Damien Rice and Nick Drake, I’d say give this guy a listen.” Last year’s debut album has just been rereleased as a deluxe (2 CD) edition with bonus live tracks and new material so keep an eye out for Jack Savoretti, the next big thing! For more info check: www.myspace.com/jacksavoretti

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“This guy seems to know his mind, with beautifully worked poetic lyrics. Jack has charisma that’s absorbing and a performance that seems effortless.

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PUBGUIDE The Westwood Hotel • Completely refurbished and under new management • Friendly staff - Friendly atmosphere • Sunday afternoon Irish folk session 4pm-7pm • Beer garden with smoker’s area • Function room - Real Ales • Karaoke and disco every Fri/Sat

Mayors Walk, West Town Tel: 07961 887534

The Fox

Let’s face it, we all like to get things off our chest so a new feature on city radio station Lite FM’s really taking off… Presenter and programme controller, Gregg Nunney has introduced ‘Talking Peterborough’, a new music and chat slot from 2-3pm, which gives you the chance to play interactive with your radio and get involved. It’s the first time there’s been an interview and chat feature of this style on 106.8 Lite FM and Gregg’s keen to get everyone talking! “The show allows us to chew the fat on a few topical points with some special guests,” Gregg told ESP, “but is also a real platform for local people to have their say too. Lite FM is Peterborough’s station and we want to hear what people think so don’t be afraid to get in touch with your views!” On Mondays it’s all about health issues, Tuesdays the focus is on everything local, Wednesdays focuses on your dosh, Thursdays it’s all about legal issues and on Fridays it’s a free-for-all, rant day so just have your say on whatever’s got your goat that week! You can have your say by calling Gregg on 01733 704106 or drop him an email on gregg@lite1068.com

• Family friendly pub with beer garden and play area • Fully refurbished bar and restaurant • Home cooked bar food daily • A La Carte restaurant Thurs –Sat eve (booking advisable) • Sunday lunch 12-5pm - booking essential • Garden marquee available for functions, weddings etc.

The Fox, Folksworth Tel: 01733 240 258

The Greyhound (NEW ENGLAND) • Relax in our friendly, no attitude, welcoming bars!’ • Karaoke every Sun, Wed, Fri and Sat. • Pool tables and pool league teams • Smoking area Lincoln Road, New England Tel: 07961 887534

The Greyhound (EYE) • Home Cooked Food served daily 12 - 2.30pm & 6pm - 9pm • Sundays 12 - 4pm & 6pm - 9pm • Large beer garden with children’s play area • Real Ales, Charles Wells, Adnam’s and Young’s • Small parties catered for in our garden marquee • Family friendly

Crowland Road, Eye Green Tel: 01733 222487

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PEP HAS HIS SAY WITH KEITH

Don’t forget to listen in on Wednesday mornings when our Man About Town, Pep Cipriano joins Keith Dalton on the Early Morning Wake Up from 8am-8.30am to natter about all the city goings on!

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Chequers

Dog in a Doublet

• Regular Entertainment • Tues - Open Mic Night • Fri – Karaoke • Sat – Games and Poker Night • Sun – Quiz Night • Real Ales and home cooked food • Beer Garden

• A community based family-friendly pub • Food served Tues –Sat in our refurbished restaurant daily • Sunday Roast 12pm-4pm • Children’s menu and play area • Happy Hour - Mon and Thurs 5pm-7pm • £2 all pints - Fridays 7pm – 10pm

Napier Place, Orton Wistow Tel: 01733 230375

North Bank, Whittlesey Tel:01733 202256

Wheatsheaf

Carpenters Arms

• Fully refurbished bar and restaurant • Sky and Setanta sports • Beer garden and patio • Food served daily inc BOGOF on steaks every day • Live music (see ESP gig guide) • Entertainment every 2nd and 4th Saturday • Families welcome ‘til 8pm

• Real Ales served • All major sporting events shown including Sky Sports • Sunday lunch 12pm-4pm • Food served daily 12pm-7pm • Karaoke every Friday • Beer garden with dedicated smoking area

Eastfield Road, Peterborough Tel: 01733 562724

South St, Stanground. Tel: 01733 894554

The Plough

Bluebell (WERRINGTON)

• Full A La Carte menu served • Steak Night Wed & Sun - £7.50 inc sweet • Curry Night Thurs - £7.50 inc sweet • Children’s Menu and Sunday Lunch Menu please book • Large serviced events field for hire • Conference room for hire • Large beer garden with children’s play area

• Family Friendly Pub • Food served Tuesday - Sunday • Regular live entertainment • Real Ales always served • Beer Garden with designated heated smoker’s area

Milk and Water Drove, Farcet Fen. Tel: 01733 844307

The Green, Werrington. Tel: 01733 571264

Windmill Tavern

The Packhorse

EAT ALL YOU CAN - £5.95 MON-WED 6-9PM • Real Ales • Sky Sports shown • Fully refurbished beer garden with terrace • Fri Night & Sunday carvery – booking advisable

• Full evening menu served Tuesday – Saturday • Sunday Lunch 12 - 3pm (booking advisable) • Early bird menu - 5.30 - 7pm, 2 courses £9.95 • Full lunch menu - 2 courses £7.95 • Real ales a speciality – families welcome - beer garden

Cherry Orton Rd, Orton Waterville Tel: 01733 231554

Lincoln Road, Northborough. Tel: 01733 252300

Bluebell (DOGSTHORPE)

Golden Fleece

• Live music every weekend (check ESP Gig Guide) • Food served Mon-Friday • Sky + Setanta sports • Real Ales • Free pool on Tuesdays • Large family beer garden

• Food served daily • Live music every weekend (see ESP Gig Guide) • Karaoke every Thursday & Sunday • Real Ales served in our welcoming bar • Prize quiz first Wed every month Sheep Market, Stamford. Tel: 01780 763749

St Pauls Road, Dogsthorpe Tel: 01733 554890

please give Andy a call on 01733 579707 or email: andy.slater@espmag.co.uk


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GIGGUIDE FRI MAR 28 PULSE

Cherry Tree Oundle Road

STORM

O’Neill’s Peterborough

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION The Cross Keys Oundle Road Woodston

LEE MAJOR Fayre Spot Bretton

OPAQUE

ORANGE GOBLIN + DVP

UNFORGIVEN

THE PULSE

THURS APR 3 Goodbarns Yard Wellington Street Cherry Tree Oundle Road

PURE & SIMPLE Crown Inn Elton

FRI APR 4

DERRIN NAUENDORF

LLOYD WATSON

Charters Town Bridge

DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL

Bar 23 March

Bluebell Dogsthorpe

The Park Park Road

CHRIS SCOTT HOOKER

The Whittle Way Stanground

SAT MAR 29

ANGRY MAN

Cherry Tree Oundle Road

FRANKLY MY DEAR

PORKY PIG

Charters Town Bridge

The Park Park Road Red Lion March

SUN APR 6

HOUNDOGS The Periwig Stamford

FRI APR 11

PORKY PIG

The Cross Keys Oundle Road

HOOKER

The Whittle Way Stanground

DERRIN NAUENDORF Charters Town Bridge

ANNE L RYAN & FRIENDS Glass Onion Burghley Road

TUT

The Prince of Wales Castor

SOUL PROVIDERS Ebeneezers Grove Street

DOGHOUSE

Three Horseshoes Werrington

ON THE CEILING Bluebell Dogsthorpe

DOUG MCLEOD Shakedown Blues St. Kyneburgha’s Church Castor

SAMCHARA CABERET Cherry Tree Oundle Road

The Corn Exchange Bourne

Mi Familia Stamford

Park Road

The Nags Head Bourne

Bluebell Dogsthorpe

Pear Tree Stamford

THE REPLICAS IRENE SECRET Ebeneezers Grove Street

THE MOONLIGHT SHADOWS The Vine South Street Coates

STORM

The Cock Inn Werrington

KING KOOL Mi Familia Stamford

KEV COLLINS OPEN MIC NIGHT Stamford Arts Centre

FREE PEACE Fayrespot Bretton

RETROLUX Cherry Tree Oundle Road

LEAGUE OF MENTALMEN Toreador Bar Stamford

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION

SAT APR 5

FEET TO THE FIRE

Town Bridge

Prince of Wales Castor Punchbowl Stamford

THE MIGHTY QUINN Bluebell Dogsthorpe

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ELECTRIC WARRIORS Bluebell Dogsthorpe

JENNIFER JAMES Fayrespot Bretton

HOOKER

Whittle Way Stanground

ALADIN SANE Cherry Tree Oundle Road

THE COCKROACH SAT APR 12 OCEAN COLOUR CLUB Charters SCENE PORKY PIG

The Cresset Bretton

MOONLITE SHADOWS

Goodbarns Yard Wellington Street

The Cock Inn Werrington

THE NUGGETS

Ebeneezers Grove Street

GRUMPY OLD MEN

UNCLE MONKEY + THE JAKE HALCYON DAZE Fletton Club WALKER BAND High Street Fletton

The Swiss Cottage Woodston

PORKY PIG The Comet

THE REPLICAS + DJ GOWEN Fletton Club High Street Fletton

FRANKLY MY DEAR The Danish Invader Stamford

MON APR 14

Arts Centre

THE MOONLIGHT SHADDOWS The Whittle Way Stanground

HONEYBOY HICKLING Charters Town Bridge

EMILY FRASER + ALICE WROE + MCANGEL Glass Onion Burghley Road

THE LIBRARIANS Mi Familia Stamford

SYLOSIS

The Park Park Road

THE RETURNS Bluebell Dogsthorpe

2 OLD GITS Fayrespot Bretton

HOOKER O'Neill's Broadway

GROOVE CARTEL Cherry Tree Oundle Road

The Park Park Road

HALCYON DAZE Fayrespot Bretton

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Pear Tree Stamford

SAT APR 26

RETROLUX

PORKY PIG

Ebeneezers Wellington Street Lime Tree Walton

FEET TO THE FIRE Three Horseshoes Werrington

CHILDREN OF THE NOASIS ACOUSTIC REVOLUTION Bluebell SET Dogsthorpe The Periwig Stamford

SUFFOCATION

WILSON

SUN APR 13

EDDIE BLUE LESTER FREE PEACE OPEN MIC & THE RAVENS RICHARD GROOM Mi Familia Crown Inn Stamford Charters Elton + ANDY WHITTLE Town Bridge Glass Onion HERESY OF THEIVES FRI APR 18 Burghley Road THE JETS + V8 + SUPPORT SNAKE DAVIS RUMBLE GROOVE CARTEL The Park King’s Lynn Brennans Bar Spalding

SAT APR 19

DR TEETH BIG BAND

Stamford Arts Centre

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Bluebell Dogsthorpe

THE PULSE

Three Horseshoes Werrington

PANDORA’S BOX Cherry Tree Oundle Road

BURLESQUE The Cock Inn Werrington

The Roundhead Bretton

THE NUGGETS Five Bells Morton

GRUMPY OLD MEN The Golden Fleece Stamford.

JC MOODY & THE USUAL SUSPECTS Charters Town Bridge

AFTER DARK Ebeneezers Grove Street

MOONLIGHT SHADOWS Lime Tree Walton

THE MIGHTY QUINN Wheatsheaf Eastfield

GEORGE BUFORD UNLIMITED

FRI APR 25

Shakedown Blues Village Hall Castor

THE SPIRIT O’Neill’s Broadway

Bluebell Dogsthorpe

THE PULSE Black Bull Whittlesey

OUT OF ORDER

SUN APR 27

BURLESQUE

The Periwig Stamford

The Whittle Way Stanground

PURPLE ORANGE

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

THURS MAY 1

THE GREGG WRIGHT BAND Charters Town Bridge

HANNAH WHITEHALL + MY FIRST TOOTH Glass Onion Burghley Road

THE MOONLIGHT SHADOWS

SETH LAKEMAN Cresset Bretton

IRISH NIGHT Lime Tree Walton

JOHN WHITEHEAD Bar 23 March

Mi Familia Stamford

Charters Town Bridge

If you wanna get your gigs in ESP for free e-mail gigs@espmag.co.uk or fax on 01733 579708 or post to: ESP Magazine, PO Box 431, Peterborough, PE6 7FG.


RIVERSIDE DINING - BLUES, BREWS AND FINE VIEWS MAY BANK HOLIDAY

Beer Festival • Great live music all weekend • Relax by the river in the largest beer garden in the City Centre • BBQ all day • Traditional ciders • Extensive range of Belgian/Continental Beers, Whisky and Wine • Open late every day

60+ Real Ales Friday 2nd May Monday 5th May KIDS EAT FREE THIS SCHOOL HOLIDAY 25th March 11th April Monday to Friday 4pm 8pm* *conditions apply

• Real Ales served daily • Sky + Setanta - all sporting events shown with drinks offers for the big matches • Food served daily 12pm-9.30pm and Sunday 11am-9.30pm • Karaoke every 2nd and 4th Friday • Don’t miss a thing in our heated and covered designated smoking terrace with TV’s and sound system • 3 beer gardens • Free pool on Sundays

THE HARRIER Gunthorpe Road, Gunthorpe

Town Bridge, Peterborough

01733 315700

Tel: 01733 575 362

www.oakhamales.com

NEW MEMBERS WELCOME Members Club

Members Club New members welcome

Live Music April 5th 12th 19th 26th

Moonlite Shadows Soul Providers Wilson After Dark

Admission £2 – members free Admission £2 – members free Admission £2 – members free Admission £2 – members free

Also A selection of fine real ales Darts, dominoes, crib, snooker and pool also available

Grove Street, Peterborough Tel: 01733 567352 Function room available for party hire (not Saturdays)

5th April

10th May

Uncle Monkey + Halcyon Daze + Disco

Noasis + Disco Members Free/Guests £2

Members Free/Guests £1

17th May

19th April

Members Free/Guests £1

St George’s Day Celebration featuring The Replicas + Disco Members Free/ Guests £2

Porky Pig + Disco 31st May

Wella Live + Disco Members £2/Guest £4

Weekly guest real ales • Sky Sports Snooker/ Pool • Large Beer Garden 243A High Street, Fletton, Peterborough 01733 341326


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LOCALSPORT AT LEAST PARIS WAS GOOD!

We’re saying nothing...

A pre-match drink

It has to be done if you’re interested in rugby – a Six Nations match, and Paris is by far my favourite away trip. The chance to remember some schoolboy French – ‘ou est la toilette?’ and ‘an autre bier, s’il vous plait’ - and the chance to enjoy good food and wine! Leaving in the early hours of a Saturday morning with three other rugby freaks Doug, David and Neil from our base just outside Paris we were soon arriving at the Gare du Nord around midday. A short stroll to the Terminus Nord restaurant and we were met by our French hosts Phillipe, Henri and Alex – three former French rugby players who were keen to tell us by just how many points we were due to come second later that day. With kick off not until 9pm that evening (yes, 9pm!) we were obliged to spend some three hours having lunch and sampling some wine. Everywhere we went the white and red shirts of England rugby supporters were clearly to be seen enjoying the atmosphere with the slightly strained singing of various rugby songs floating from the packed bars. It was soon time to jump into the stretched limo for the short trip to the magnificent Stade de France. The tented village around the stadium comprising of several shops, cafes and bars was a buzz of anticipation as the 80,000 spectators jostled their way into the ground (thank goodness the beer was all alcohol-free!)

A chance to meet some frogs

Moulin Rouge

Checking out the show dresses at Le Pigalle

Jonny Wilkinson

Phil Elmer

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After eleven victories from thirteen matches prior to the top of the table clash with Milton Keynes, Posh are firmly in the box-seat to go up into League One but still face clashes against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday April 5 at Adams Park and promotion rivals Hereford United on Saturday April 19. The club also take on in-form Stockport County on Saturday April 12 before the final scheduled game of the season against Darlington on Saturday May 5. The game with Darlington is ALL-TICKET for Posh supporters.

Then back to the restaurant at the Gare du Nord and chance to relive every aspect of the match with our French companions, celebrate England’s success and eventually say our goodbyes in the early hours of Sunday morning… slightly worse for wear!

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STRIKER CRAIG STICKS WITH POSH

It’s the business end of the season for Peterborough United and Darren Ferguson has his sights firmly set on automatic promotion as the club embark on a quartet of difficult fixtures against sides in and around them in the end of season shake-up.

The match was a revelation – England dominating the game to run out 24–13 winners!

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Drown your sorrows - the big booze up is on its way. The Third Peterborough Rugby Beer Festival is on Friday May 2 - Saturday May 3 at Fortress Fengate. Expect over 50 real ales plus live bands on both evenings… Hic!

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England fans may still be drowning their sorrows, but Peterborough Rugby’s chairman Phil Elmer is still basking in the glow of England’s moment of glory against France. The jammy devil was lucky enough to be at the Six Nations match in Paris so we just had to ask him to do the decent thing and report back for ESP…

GET READY FOR THE RUGBY BEER FEST

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England in action

Meanwhile, Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has again demonstrated his commitment and determination to realise the ambitions of the football club by offering highlyrated striker Craig Mackail-Smith a new four-and-a-half year contract, keeping him at the club until 2012. Darragh, who flew into the country to tie up the deal, was delighted that one of his talented players had committed their long-term future to Posh and confirmed it was a sign of the club’s intent to make progress through the divisions. Darragh told ESP – “It’s made my day that we’ve been able to finalise all of the details. It’s something we’ve been working on for the last couple of weeks and it’s great that one of our major assets has secured his future at the club on a long-term deal. Craig, Aaron Mclean, George Boyd and Charlie Lee are all on long term deals and we’ve managed to secure Jamie Day this year as well. We have an average age of 23 or 24 in our squad and we want to make sure they stay with us. We’re not a selling club and this news is fantastic for everyone connected with Peterborough United.”


...coming soon! Peterborough’s BIGGEST quiz is coming back with even BIGGER prizes and BIGGER fun, so to join in REGISTER today! Venue: The Brewery Tap, Westgate, Peterborough - Date: May 14, 8pm Register now on 01733 579707 or email bigquiz@espmag.co.uk for details and to receive your sponsorship form – gain sponsorship per point to help raise cash for Sue Ryder Care Thorpe Hall Hospice. 10% off Thai food for teams taking part – meals must be booked in advance on 01733 358500. Maximum six per team - £10 per team.

F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N C A L L :

01733 579707


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LOCALSPORT

SERPENTINE GREEN SHOPPING CENTRE BACKS PETERBOROUGH LIONS

Peterborough Lions are celebrating a fantastic sponsorship deal with Serpentine Green Shopping Centre for 2008. It follows their win against rivals Peterborough RUFC in the semi final of the Hunt’s and Peterborough County Cup. The Lions then went on to defeat Deeping RUFC to take the cup for the third year running! The deal will ensure that the success at the club will continue and allows the club to start to involve schools and the community. “This is a great deal for us,” said Lions’ director Mike Kenny, “we’re proud to have Serpentine Green on board. I would like to publicly thank the centre manager Dennis Baldry for his support.”

KERRY & BECCA HIT THE ICE WITH THE LEGENDS

What a night! Sunday March 16 saw the 'Legends of Peterborough' Ice Hockey game take place at the Peterborough Arena and the ESP crew were there to capture all the fun.

ESP supported the night and our Paparazzi crew were in the arena capturing the fans (see P. 34 and 35) while our Face of ESP Kerry Bates hit the ice for a special shoot out along with ESP’s Becca Evans. The pair caused chaos!

Photos: Paul Young, Nene Digital

“I really enjoyed my time at the ice hockey,” laughs Kerry, “especially as Becca and I beat the Refs and got more pucks in the net! Everyone had to lay loads of carpet down for us both so we wouldn’t slip over on the ice as we didn’t realise they wanted us to take part and had put our high heels on - typical! “It was a great night with a huge crowd, I would definitely like to go again... maybe next time they’d trust me to actually skate on the ice!”

A sold out Arena saw players from the last 25 years of Peterborough Ice Hockey take to the ice for a once in a lifetime game. Included in the game were Granville Raper and the Hunter Brothers who originally set up the club back in 1982, Ellwyn Dawkins who played against the Pirates in the first ever game, and some of the best Canadians ever to have played in this country. At 60 years-old, the oldest player to take to the ice was Garry Unger, who before coming to play in the UK spent 16 years in the NHL where he earned the 'Iron-Man' title for playing over 900 consecutive games, a feat only achieved by one other player.

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Also honoured on the night were Bill Glover who has worked for the club as Physio and equipment manager since 1982, and the five players who’ve had their numbers retired by Peterborough Ice Hockey.

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If you want to catch some more action from the real experts on the ice, (with no high heels in site!) head along to support The Phantoms in the Play-Offs as they take on Guidlford Flames on April 5 at home and then away against Romford on April 6. The Phantoms are hoping to make the Play-Offs a 'White Out' with hundreds of small white towels being handed out at the Cup Final and opening Play-Off games. Fans are asked to wave them when the team comes onto the ice and when the team scores, to help hieghten the atmosphere at the Bretton rink. The idea is taken from the NHL in North America where it has become a firm tradition in the Play-Offs.

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Youth training sessions with their academy are open to all youth that turn up and want to be a part of team sport. (U11’s) Years 1-6 sessions run at Peterborough High School every Saturday 9.30 – 11am. (U18’s) Years 7-12 sessions are at the Thomas Deacon Academy every Sunday morning. All you need is comfortable sportswear and trainers and if you want to learn more bring a gum shield! “Playing rugby doesn’t have to be fierce, we want to get kids playing out in the fresh air, it can build confidence and self esteem as well as keeping you fit,” said Andy Moore, club chairman . Dennis Baldry, centre manager of Serpentine Green agreed - “Children need to be able to play and watch sport in a safe environment The Lions offer this and I am pleased to be associated with the club for this reason.” Home games are played at the main arena at the East of England Showground, Alwalton, Peterborough (opposite the Marriott hotel) so go and take a look. Contact Ami on 01733 558989 for more details. www.peterboroughlionsrugby.co.uk

FOOTBALL FACTORY

If you’re an aspiring football star you should check out the new Football Academy at Peterborough Regional College. They’ve joined forces with Spalding United to offer a course that combines a two year BTEC National Sport qualification with 12 hours a week of football coaching from Spalding United. So you could be playing for Spalding United Youth Team as well as gaining a qualification – ideal if you’re unsure of which route to take. More trials are to be held on April 4. To book your place or to find out more call PRC on 0845 8728722.


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