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AUGUST 2009 Issue 120



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DAVID HEADS FOR THE EASTEND Local actor David Proud from Whittlesey is set to be our latest TV celeb as he joins the cast of EastEnders. The disabled actor is currently filming for the soap and will star as new character Adam Best. David’s already appeared on TV in CBBC's Desperados and in ITV2's Secret Diary of a Call Girl series two and will make his debut in the soap later this year. This is his biggest break yet and David can’t wait – "I’m delighted and honoured to be joining such a talented cast. I'm very excited and looking forward to bringing the character to life." Executive Producer of EastEnders, Diederick Santer said – "I'm delighted to welcome David to EastEnders. He's a fine young actor with a wonderfully dry comic delivery, playing an interesting – and possibly rather irritating – character. I'm sure he, and his character Adam, will be strong additions to EastEnders.

Skins has been running on Channel 4 recently putting the focus back on Luke as skateboarder Freddie, not that he’s left the limelight in Peterborough with everyone still queuing for pictures everywhere he goes! The fourth series will air early next year and Luke told ESP – “It’s coming back bigger and better than before!” We can’t wait.

RUDDY DUCK BEER FEST It’s beer festival month and wherever you go you’ll find real ales to sample. The Ruddy Duck pub in Peakirk is running its own mini beer festival so if you fancy a more intimate venue head there on Saturday August 22. There’ll be some truly fine live music too with the wonderful One Eyed Cats and Matt Zilch (ESP’s Stamford reporter in his other guise!)

RIGBYS BEER FEST Rigby’s on the market place in Market Deeping is also getting into the beer festival spirit and the guys there hold their second event from August 7 – 9. There’ll be over 20 real ales to sample so you can use it as a warm up to the big event on the embankment at the end of August!

"In recent years, we've had a number of regular and guest characters with disabilities – but this is the first time we've had a regular adult character with a visible disability played by an actor with a disability. It's about time." We’re told David’s character Adam Best is an Oxford University student who arrives in Walford to visit his mother, Manda, during his holidays. He’s a tad self-possessed and a bit of a snob, thinking his mum's boyfriend Minty isn't good enough for her. In fact, the only thing Adam does like about Albert Square is Libby Fox!

LUKE IS BACK BEHIND THE LENS Peterborough’s TV star Luke Pasqualino is back on set filming his second series of Skins. He also has some other appearances planned, some of which are hush hush, but we can tell you he’ll be appearing in the Miranda Hart show around October time.

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Don’t miss your chance to snap up some exciting works by rising urban artists at the Key Theatre from August 25 – September 5 and raise funds for the Peterborough Young Carers Project. Organised by local stencil artist Kaine Kulczak, works have been donated by both local and international artists – some we’ve had sneak peeks at are very good indeed and as all profits go to helping needy local kids, it’s the perfect chance to pick up something unique! For more info, visit Entry is free.

HGs will re-open as The Grapevine on August 3, although apparently they’ve had a bit of trouble getting planning permission to replace the sign on the listed building! The landlord will be Sharpey, formally of The Solstice, and he’s aiming to create a traditional pub with live music and a jukebox full of rock classics.

STEP TOWARDS STARDOM If you know any youngsters that fancy themselves as the next Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie, get them to the Cresset on weekdays between August 3 – 21, where Peterboroughborn but nationally successful actress Charlotte Chinn will be leading a summer school every week, which culminates in a live performance in front of a real audience. Open to anyone aged between 9 and 15, whether they’re beginners or practically professionals, it’s a great chance to have fun, make new friends and build up self-confidence, as well as develop drama skills. One week costs £90, two weeks cost £160 and this year, there’ll also be a breakfast club so you can drop your future stars off before work and still ensure they’re properly fed – for just £15 extra. Box office: 01733 265705 or www.


ENTER FACE OF ESP @ SERPENTINE This is your last month to enter the Face of ESP competition girls, so don’t hang about. We’ll be out talent spotting in Serpentine Green shopping centre on Saturday August 15 so look out for the ESP team from 11am – 3am. It’s an opportunity for you to find out more about what the competition involves, ask any questions and also to enter on the spot. We’re looking for a girl who has that magic something and can represent the spirit of ESP Magazine for a full twelve months. You must be 18 by the time of the finals night on Friday September 11. It’s not a beauty pageant, but you need to look after yourself, be able to take on anything from an It’s A Knockout contest to a fashion show and of course have a great personality. Alternatively you can enter online on

Soak in the exotic atmosphere of the near-east at the Shisha Lounge at the Towngate Inn in Market Deeping on August 23. With sensual bellydancing performances along-side Turkish cuisine and Shisha disco – there’ll also be a licensed bar to help you pluck up the courage to give it a go yourself it’s the only near-eastern themed-night in the area and the perfect chance to travel without leaving town! Tickets £6 advance from

BOGARTS BECOMES THE OSTRICH At long last, The Ostrich, the pub formally known as Bogarts will open its doors to the public on August 22 with live music and real ales. Tuesday nights will be a pre-New York New York disco and Saturdays will be dedicated to live music – so far, they’ve got Storm booked for August 29, Retrolux for August 30 and Citizen Smith for September. The whole place has been refurbished, so the grime has definitely gone, but the new landlords are aiming to keep a similar, music-friendly vibe.

WOMEN GET IN GEAR AT PEUGEOUT We hear a car confidence course for ladies held at Peugeot in Peterborough recently went down a storm and others could be planned soon. The Women in Gear event at the Tyrell Park showroom was a self-help course organised by the Marshall team to help teach local women drivers the basics of mechanics and personal self-protection. It included roadside get-you-home tips, defensive driving and how to ward off a possible ‘road rage’ attacker with Karate instructor and self-protection specialist Grant Hicks. After learning to change a car’s wheel the ladies were given practical advice including dealing with roadside emergencies, routine car maintenance and checking oil and fluid levels.

ROCK COUTURE OPENS AT SPRINGFIELDS We’re loving news of more shops at Springfields outlet centre in Spalding because it means great fashion at great prices. If you’ve not checked it out yet get down there and you’ll find loads of stores with up to 60% off! The latest addition is Rock Couture which sells tops, bottoms, designer jeans and dresses, as well as great Italian leather bags and accessories. Brands in-store include Rock & Republic, Juicy Couture, Evil-Iceberg, DVB jeans, Boxfresh and its own brand Rock Couture.

POSH @ WATERSTONES Here come the boys…. Time to get up close and personal with your sporting heroes as Peterboorugh United players line-up to sign copies

of a new book about the team. Meet them on August 2 at Waterstones on Bridge Street for the big launch of the new book ‘Boyd, Sweat and Beers’ telling the story of their rise to the championship last season. For more info and to reserve your copy call 01733 555323.

VERVE BECOMES RESTAURANT We were sad to see Verve shut again on Church Street however, it does apparently mean the city centre will get a new restaurant in the form of Chimichanga. Part of the Prezzo chain, this is a Mexican restaurant chain with freshly prepared traditional food from dishes to nibble and share through to three-course meals as well as an extensive range of cocktails. Sounds like a great addition to the city scene – we’ll keep you posted.

HYDROSPHERE AT FERRY MEADOWS How cool is this?! This fantastic Hydrosphere means you can now walk on water at Ferry Meadows. If you’ve seen Zorbing then you’ll be familiar with the idea. Think of a hamster in an exercise ball but make it much larger and of soft plastic, big enough for a human to run in and you’ve got it. Hydrosphere will be operating daily, weather permitting, on Lynch Lake from now until September 6, 11am to 5pm. It costs £3 for a 3-4 minute session in the Hydrosphere and anyone over the age of 3yrs can have a go after going through a few basic checks with the site staff. For more info call 07842 102442.

SPRINGFIELDS GOES GLOBAL The Spalding based outlet shopping centre will be bringing you flavours of the world throughout this month. On August 8 - 9 it’s the Italian Job, with pizza chef Stefano cooking up some treats on the Saturday and a Pavarotti lookalike wowing visitors on the Sunday and classic mini cars on both days. Then it’s time take a trip Down Under with the Go Walkabout in Australia weekend on August 15 - 16 with a baby crocodile, snakes, lizards and a wallaby or kangaroo on the Saturday, and a Rolf Harris lookalike on the Sunday. It’s back to Blighty with a Best of British on August 22 - 23 when visitors will be transported back to the 1940s and 1950s with folk dancers and a comedy spitfire pilot on Saturday, a Captain Mainwaring lookalike on Sunday, plus the Cinque Port Lindy Hoppers will be performing both days. Finally the bank holiday weekend takes on an Out of Africa theme with tribal stilt walkers on the Saturday, music workshop on the Sunday and a steel band duo on Saturday and Monday. For more info visit www.

SWIM TEAM NEEDS SUPPORT The Peterborough Special Olympic Swimming Club team is competing once again in an Olympic style competition for learning disabled athletes. It costs £3,000 to send the team to the competition every four years so they’re always looking for more support. They’ve been fundraising themselves but still need donations or sponsorship – £300 would send one swimmer to the competition. These guys and girls do us proud so if you can help, or would like to in future, please call Julie Orr on 01733 358665.


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RENT @ THE KEY Based on Puccini’s La Boheme, Rent is a much-loved musical about a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to live and work in New York’s Lower East Side. The great Key Youth Theatre team will be bringing it to the Key on August 25 - 28. Parodied in the opening scenes of Team America, Rent has been a massive success across the world due to its powerful portrayals of love and death – with little theatrical glitz, the storyline is dramatic and gritty, complimented by moving, sensational music, possibly musical theatre’s answer to the cult movie Trainspotting. Tickets from £13. Box office: 01733 207239. Liv Slater


Rising R’n’B group Filthy Halos will be bringing their brand-new show to the Key Theatre on August 15 – all fans of smooth, summery R’n’B should head down to hear songs from their forthcoming debut album. From Cambridge, Filthy Halos were spotted by a producer and promoter and have since been working hard in the studio, producing tracks and are now starting to tour to get their name out there – recently they supported Jo O’Meara of S Club fame, Tickets £10. Box office: 01733 207239.

Relive the days of rock legends, lightshows and massive hair when Essential Light Orchestra bring their tribute to ELO to the Stamford Corn Exchange on August 15. One of the biggest prog-influenced acts of the 70s and early 80s, ELO had scores of hits across the globe – you probably know songs such as Mr Blue Sky, Turn To Stone, Living Thing, Don’t Bring Me Down and Hold On Tight. Essential Light Orchestra are serious fans of the band as well as talented musicians, and with ELO’s sound influencing a new generation of bands such as MGMT, there’s never been a better time to check out their back catalogue. Tickets £13. Box office: 01780 766455.

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BORO’S GOT SOUL! Peterborough’s always been a soul city and the music’s popularity here has never died. Soul fans keen to relieve the glory days will be pleased to hear that soul and Motown returns to the Cresset in Bretton on September 4 bringing together some of the best DJs playing out all the classics. There’ll be two rooms, one playing northern soul with Ian Gee, Paul Donnelly, Andy Smith and Ady Bull behind the turntables. In room two it’s soul and Motown with Ian Gray from the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Soul Show (pictured) John Bradley and Malcolm James. Special guests on the night are Steve Gutteridge and Martin Topley and together they’ll all have you dancing from 8pm through ’til 1am. Whether you’re an original soul fan or have just got into the scene, you can’t beat the atmosphere at these nights. Tickets are £7 from the Cresset or on 07714 336373 or 07950 468011.

SINGING FOR THEIR SUPPER Come see Peterborough’s future stars in action at West End Summer Nights on August 5, a concert of song from shows like Mamma Mia, Blood Brothers and Chicago, as well as newer shows you might not have seen yet. Organised in conjunction with The Derek Killeen Trust, the show at the Key Theatre is all to raise funds for Peterborough kids such as Elizabeth Watts, a KYT regular who’s off to study Performing Arts at the prestigious Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Starring everyone who’s involved in this year’s summer school, this night will be a celebration of all the talented and hardworking youngsters in the city, and will help some of them achieve even bigger futures. Tickets £10. Box office: 01733 207239. Liv Slater




Fancy heading to the beer festival for free courtesy of CAMRA and ESP? We have ten pairs of tickets for the event which runs from August 25 – 29 at the embankment in Peterborough. The tickets are for any day of your choice and are worth a fiver each. Just text or email us the word BEER along with your name, address and phone number and it could be your name we draw from our beer barrel!

Soul returns to the Cresset next month with a great line-up of DJs playing soul and motown in two rooms. We have three pairs of tickets to the event on September 4 up for grabs worth £7 each. Just text or email us the word SOUL along with your name, address and phone number and it could be your name we draw form our record bag.

Usual competition rules apply, winners will be notified, entries must be in by 17/08/09

Usual competition rules apply, winners will be notified, entries must be in by 24/08/09



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A fantastic event makes a return to the city on July 30 when Lava Lamp touches down at Pulse8 on Geneva Street. The Lava Lamp nights were set up in 2006 by Vincenzo Petruzziello who came up with the idea of a club night organised by adults with disabilities, for adults with disabilities. Vincenzo believed it was just what Peterborough needed and is the only event held of its kind held in an actual nightclub! The first club night took place back in 2007 and was such a success there have since been five more. One of the main aims of Lava Lamp is to provide a safe environment in which adults with disabilities can relax and enjoy themselves. The event’s a great opportunity for everyone to meet new people and make new friends. Before each event there are DJ workshops and stewarding workshops and it runs from 8pm until 1am. Pulse8 Manager, Aigars, has kindly offered the venue free of charge for this event and Vincenzo told ESP – “His generosity has enabled us to move forward with the Lava Lamp events and we’re sure that it’ll be a very popular venue! I’d like to say a huge thank you to Aigars as Lava Lamp relies on many volunteers and helpers to make the night happen, for which we’re all really grateful.

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“The Lava Lamp events have limited funding and rely on the kindness of volunteers, local businesses and organisations to help us where possible, such as Ken Girvan Printers in Farcet who’ve kindly printed tickets and posters for free.” If you’d like to go along, get involved or find out about future Lava Lamp nights, just give Vincenzo Petruzziello a call on 07923 843177.

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LIVE MUSIC AT THE BEER FEST! TUESDAY 25TH DR A’S BLUES CONSORTIUM On stage 8.50pm – 9.35pm and 9.55pm – 10.45pm The very best of British and US Blues.

Beer we go again… our favourite event of the year is back! Get ready for the biggest social event of the summer as the 32nd Peterborough CAMRA Beer Fest returns to the Embankment with another cracking line-up, and we don’t just mean the 350+ real ales! There’s great live music hosted by Lite FM, the ESP Lunchtime Quiz, fun games for the kids with Heart FM, food stalls, soft drinks for the drivers and more great real ales, ciders and country wines than you can possibly imagine. More than 33,000 people went along to sup some of the good stuff last year so when we tell you this is the event to be seen at, you know we’re not telling porky pies. If you’ve booked a holiday anywhere near Tuesday August 25 through to Saturday August 29 – cancel it! ESP’s Ian Gray is back with the lunchtime quiz from Wednesday onwards and this year we’ve partnered up with the Real Shave Company to give away some great products for the top three

WEDNESDAY 26TH NIMMING NED On stage 8pm to 9pm Infectious high energy folk.

BACK PORCH BAND On stage 9.15pm to 10.45pm Unique foot-stomping acoustic blues with a Southern States tinge.

teams (and the one with the funniest name) as well as other goodies.


CAMRA spokesman Harry Morten told ESP it’s still the second biggest beer fest in the country and as popular as ever – “From CAMRA’s point of view of course it encourages people to try real ales, but to be honest this is just Peterborough’s biggest social occasion.

On stage 7.30pm to 8.55pm Deep powerful vocals and electric guitar.

“There’s never any trouble which is brilliant and when we finally shut down at the end and the beer’s all gone we know we’ve succeeded in putting on another great event and raised funds for the RNLI. “Figures show that on average there’s less than three pints consumed per person which just goes to show a fair proportion of people come along and don’t drink at all, which proves it’s a great night out.” Oh, we don’t disagree Harry – see you there for a pint of Old Codger’s Gut Grumbler!

For more info: Harry Morten – 07900 056940,

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TOUCHSTONE On stage 9.15pm – 10.45pm Five-piece prog/rock/alternative influenced band .

FRIDAY 28TH CONVULSIONS On stage 8pm to 9.30pm 1960’s riff based, up tempo, British RnB stylings with punk rock energy.

THE LEAGUE OF MENTALMEN On stage 9.45pm to 11.15pm These guys take a song and make it their own – their reputation precedes them!

SATURDAY 29TH SHAKE HANDS ERIC On stage (or around the site) during the afternoon Acoustic, country, pop and folk chorus classics.

ANGRYMAN On stage 7.40pm to 8.40pm Acoustic guitars, a mix of rock and percussive drumming and emotional lyrics.

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1pm to 2pm General trivia with quizmaster Ian Gray Prize winning teams. Win an ESP goody bag including Real Shave Company gifts and beer festival goodies.

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BACK TO THE 80s @ FERRY MEADOWS Nene Park Trust, the people who run Ferry Meadows, celebrate their 21st birthday this year and are holding one massive party to celebrate on August 8 and 9. On the Saturday, Heart FM will be taking us back to the 80’s, when the Trust was founded, with live music, a special guest appearance from DJ Pat Sharp and a Limahl performance from Limahl of Kajagoogoo. There’ll be demonstrations of birds of prey and the chance to have a go at flying model aeroplanes, sailing and GPS-led nature trails as well as ‘beat the keeper’ and golf competitions. The Sunday has a more family feel, with kid’s fair rides and bouncy castle, kite flying and outdoor poetry reading – perfect to enjoy with a picnic! Leave the car at home for the weekend, obviously you can walk or bike to Ferry Meadows, but Nene Valley Railway will also be running extra services all weekend – see For more info, visit or call 01733 234193.

ESP, VIKINGS AND ELECTRIC WARRIORS It’s all go at Itter Park on August 23 for the annual Summer Fun Day, which promises to be even bigger and better this year and the ESP girls will be dropping by too. There’ll be great live music from Acer, Electric Warriors, Highway Somewhere, Look Don’t Touch and Monkey Boys as well as Heart FM in attendance. There’ll be a real party atmosphere in the rather pretty surroundings of the park. All the family are welcome as there’ll be fairground rides and viking warrior displays, a car boot sale and the ever-essential beer tent. Everything kicks off at 11am and entry is free. Look out for the gorgeous ESP girls armed with goody bags. Acer

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FAMILY FUN ON THE FARM If the summer holidays are dragging on and you’re running out of ideas to keep the young ‘uns entertained, or you just fancy doing something different, head to Sacrewell Farm on August 9 for the Family Fun Day, organised by Age Concern and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. There’ll be loads going on, such as a Human Table Football tournament which will see teams from across the city competing, live music and performance. Organiser Jane Grant told ESP - “The event is set to be fantastic – there is just so much going on – there’ll be the chance to have a go at archery and meet your favourite Star Wars characters. There are even fairy dust workshops, along with arts and crafts stalls and some lovely food and drink on offer for the grown-ups!” It’s bound to be a great day out and if the weather’s less than pleasant, as usual, there’s a massive marquee to huddle under as well as indoor cafés. For more info, visit, contact Jane Grant at Age Concern Peterborough 01733 564185 or email Entry is just £1 for adults and 50p for children.


ROWING LAKE REGATTA Spend a lovely day on the banks of the rowing lake at Thorpe Meadows, watching tanned and toned men and women compete on the water at Peterborough Rowing Club’s Summer Regatta on August 8 and 9. With teams competing from across the country bringing their supporters, licensed bars and a disco on the Saturday night, there’ll be loads going on and if you’ve always fancied rowing, it’s the perfect chance to take a look at the sport and make contact with the ever-welcoming rowing club. For more information, visit

RAFT RACE RETURNS – FANCIER THAN EVER! Here’s proof of the power of Facebook – after a thousand-strong group requested the return of the Deepings Raft Race, after a two year break, it’ll return on August 9 and moves into the High Street and Market Place to raise funds for Sue Ryder Care. As well as the main entertainment of watching the home-made rafts race, or disintegrate, along the river, the organisers are aiming to set a world record for the biggest fancy dress street party. There’s no theme, so just wear whatever you wish you could get away with every day – whether you go as a pirate, cowgirl or in drag, the choice is yours! There’s also a Best Dressed

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If you’ve signed up for the Great Eastern Run, which takes place in Peterborough on October 11 and want a little professional help to get up to speed, then don’t miss the free training sessions on August 5 and 19 at the Esporta Health Club, Thorpe Wood. Runners of all abilities are welcome and male and female coaches from city running clubs will be supervising group runs, as well as warm-ups and warm downs. Everyone taking part in the training sessions will get a free day pass to Esporta which can be used anytime, as well as access to the changing rooms, bar and restaurant. For more information on the training sessions, call Advance Performance on 01733 891111.

Pet competition running, good luck with getting your mutt to sit still long enough to get the fairy wings on. It’s a real family-friendly day with a funfair, balloon race, raffles, stalls and hot food and Lite FM 106.8 will be hosting the live music stage with bands such as The Gangsters, Retrolux, Circa 73, Loose Baby Charlotte and The Nuggets playing from 1pm. The Lite FM DJs will be hosting the main stage in the town centre and Keith Dalton told ESP – “I’m delighted to see this great event back on the calendar. It’ll be a fantastic weekend and I hope everyone gets right behind it to make sure its back again next year.” Look out for the ESP crew down there too taking part in the fun… whether we manage a raft or not though remains to be seen as our last efforts weren’t so great! For more info, visit

LOCALEVENTS Liv Slater has the ESP guide to the area’s best events.

Experience the delights of the East

IT’S ONLY THORNEY BUT I LIKE IT! Head out of town on August 30 for the Thorney Live Charity Music Festival, the annual event which sees the normally quiet village turned into a raucous rock and roll playground – all in the name of charity of course! Taking place in the grounds of Bedford Hall, the festival is always busy, with acts booked for this year including Faze 4, The Overdubs, The Mighty Quinn, Brotherhood’s Roundabout, Irene's Secret, Big Grinn, Motor City Vipers and Simon Russell – not bad for just £5 entry! The whole family is welcome as there’ll be inflatables for the kids as well as food, drink and stalls. This year’s chosen charities are Macmillan Cancer Relief, Parkinsons Disease Society and Thorney Football Club. For more information, visit

OPEN AIR CINDERELLA IN SPALDING Fancy some open air summer theatre? The beautiful Festival Gardens at Springfields Outlet Shopping in Spalding is the backdrop for a fabulous performance of fairytale Cinderella this August. The open-air performance on Sunday August 6 follows Louisa and her friends who, evacuated to the countryside during World War Two, find fun and song in re-enacting their favourite fairytale one summer’s afternoon. The show is a childfriendly hour and a half long and includes a fairy tale fancy dress parade in the interval. Audience members are being encouraged to come in fancy dress and join in the fun! It starts at 7.30pm with the Festival Gardens open from 6pm for picnics. Tickets cost £11 for adults (£7 concessions) while a family ticket comprising two adult and two child tickets costs £30. Box office: 01775 760909 or 0871 2200260 or

SUNNY HUNNY GETS SOUL The biggest soul weekender in the eastern region returns on November 27-29 and the East Anglian Soul Weekend at Hunstanton looks set to be even better than last year! With loads of DJs playing northern soul, soul and Motown and jazz funk and modern soul, there’ll be some truly brilliant tracks played throughout the weekend. It’s a chance to get together with like-minded soul fans across three rooms for a whole weekend of fun with DJs such as Ian Gee, Tony Dellar, John Bradley, Martin Topley and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Ian Gray. Taking place at the Searles Resort in Hunstanton, the facilities are five-star and include a golf course, indoor pool, fishing lakes and hot, tasty food all weekend. For more information, call 07950 468011 or visit If you can’t wait that long, don’t miss the warm-up event at The Cresset on September 4. With some of the main DJs from the Hunstanton weekend over two rooms, it’ll be your chance to practice your moves for what promises to be a massive party! Tickets £7. Box office: 07714 336373/07950 468011. East Anglian Soul Weekend tickets £29, with accommodation £79. Box office: 01485 534211. Liv Slater

ULTIMATE EQUINE EXPERIENCE Go horse-mad at Equifest, which comes to the East of England Showground on August 20 – 24. Anyone who owns a horse or pony or simply wishes they did will love this equestrian extravaganza – with over 480 classes of competition, rare breeds and loads of trade stands, there’ll be everything equestrian you could imagine. For more information, visit

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THE DREADED MODULE ONE? Most bikers who've taken their motorcycle test in the last few months will tell you there's now two parts to it. Pass them both and the examiner will hand you a pass certificate. Up until earlier this year a full bike test was done on the road – and it was on the road where you'd be asked to complete moves such as the U-turn and emergency stop. But now manoeuvres like these and the well documented 'swerve' are done during the Module One part of your test at the motorcycle test centre in Fengate. Basically, you can't take part two of the test (a 45 minute ride) until you've passed Module One. And at first glance this part of the test can appear pretty daunting. This was my final lesson before test day and luckily for me it was a Saturday, which meant I was able to try out Module One at the test centre where I'll be doing it for real next month. CAM Rider offers slots for learners to familiarise themselves with what's required for Module One on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. I can’t emphasise just how crucial it is to get a go at the test centre before the big day. The area you take Module One on is about the size of a football pitch and it's littered with different coloured traffic cones. Here you must: • Demonstrate you can push your bike a short distance and park it safely. • Complete a slow 'figure of eight' several times without putting your foot down. • Accelerate around a bend in second gear and swerve between two cones at no less than 50 kilometres per hour before coming to a swift halt and parking between two cones. • Take the same bend in the same way (without the swerve) and perform an emergency stop, maintaining control of the bike throughout. • Perform a U-turn inside the set parameters (average road width) without putting your foot down. • Slow ride just behind the examiner (walking). All of this sounds quite tough – and it would’ve been if the opportunity of trying out at the centre passed me by. My instructor was fantastic in breaking down each segment of the course, which included top advice on how to tackle the swerve manoeuvre. This part of the test has caused controversy from the offset with instructors calling it dangerous following several incidents of riders coming off their bikes in the wet and breaking limbs. Luckily for me the surface was dry and luckily for me I was given a comprehensive guide on how to successfully complete it wet or dry. There was a knack and I'd nailed it. There was plenty of time to do four practice runs of the test and with one lesson left to go (the morning of my test) I was feeling confident. Next month is the big day... Visit or email Call: 01733 320820.

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LIFE'S A BEACH AT BAR CUBA Lads, if you want to see a bunch of girls (mostly fit I hope) in bikinis but can't afford to go to Miami then get yourselves down to Man About Town sponsors, Bar Cuba and Latinis on August 8 for their Beach Party night. You'll be drinking £3.95 cocktails to the sounds of funky house, Latin beats and deep funky house. Best dressed in summer gear will get free shots with every drink they purchase, so leave the Speedos at home. Resident DJs play Bar Cuba every Friday and Saturday night and on the first Saturday of each month, don't miss 'Glam' – a night dedicated to Latin beats and funky house with a few drink deals thrown in for good measure. Food deals don't come any better than those at Latinis either. There's a buyone-get-one-free on main meals every lunchtime, eat as much tapas as you want (as I'm doing here) for £10 from 6-9pm Monday to Friday and a buy-one-get-one-free on selected main meals during the week too. And for a cheeky cocktail after work, get down to Latinis Monday to Friday where you can get two-for-one until 9pm.

BOURNE’S NEW LOFT INSTALLATION Popped into Bourne for a quickie (Guinness that is) and word is the Loft Club (and Nags Head) are set to reopen following a fire. Until it does, its resident DJs continue to play at The Red Lion and Angel Hotel cocktail bar. There's a new management team at The Angel too, hopefully they won't put a stop to those delicious homemade cakes they do there. Another new face can be found at The Jubilee with manager Ross (formerly of The Periwig in Stammy) taking over the reins. Who said nothing ever happens in small towns?!

ANYONE FOR OSTRICH? The opening and closing bar merry-go-round continues in the city centre and with it comes good and bad news. Good news first is the return of The Ostrich Inn (formerly Bogarts) which is set to open on August 22. Former Comet manager Jacqui Dean is at the helm and she brings live music, open mic nights, karaoke and quiz nights plus a selection of real ales and lunchtime grub to the venue. Not so good news is the closure of Bar Bloc, although good news is it may resurface at another location before too long. Verve has also had its day but good news for food lovers is it'll eventually be transformed into a new Mexican restaurant called Chimichanga, which is owned by the Prezzo group. Bad news is The Bar continues to gather dust and to be honest I'm not interested in hearing any more frustrating rumours of it reopening unless I plan to do it myself! And there's still no news on whether or not Praise will be reborn following the fire which forced it to close. My bet is it'll stay closed and miserable like The Bar, Bar Bloc and 5th Avenue. Chances are there'll be a couple more venues joining them before the year's out. I'm not usually one to be so negative but I can't see any solutions to keeping struggling operators open. If anyone reading has, then I'd be keen to hear from you at But to end on some good news, The Solstice is running a £2 drinks promotion all day, every day on Fosters, John Smiths, WKD, vodka and Red Bull and glasses of wine. I've never known Peterborough to have so many drink and food offers! People, where are you?!

BOXING TREAT AT CLUB METRO Fight fans will enjoy watching some of the city's established and up-and-coming boxers take on challengers from all over the UK when Club Metro hosts a semiprofessional boxing event on August 29 from 7pm. Peterborough-based Bad Boys Promotions has teamed up with Ricky English of Touch Gloves Promotions to bring us 14 bouts featuring city lads including Rory Malone, Michael Maguire, Steve Plavecz and Arif Quaddus to name a few. Tickets (£30 standing, £40 seated and £60 VIP ringside) are available through Lee on 07794 491078.

SIZE DOESN'T MATTER It's always great when I get to meet celebrities who turn out to be just as they are on TV. Ainsley Harriott is one of them. He towered over me like the Honey Monster and I felt like a sugar puff standing next to him, which is why I think he offered me a chair. The TV chef was at Waterstone's in Bridge Street promoting his new book, 'Just Five Ingredients'. Manager Anna Elmore is currently working on bringing Keira Knightley (who cares if she hasn't written a book) to town for me, aren't you Anna.




Yes it's that time of year again when I get to pinch my nostrils and neck some cloudy pint of real ale named after some dead horse. You've guessed it, I don't do real ale very well but I do love the atmosphere at Peterborough Beer Festival and will be down the Embankment with thousands of others at some point during August 25 to 29. More than 350 real ales will be on sale and there'll be over 100 different ciders and plenty of fruit wine options to sample. For times and admission prices see p.8 of this issue or email • • • • • •

'Gemma From The Hill' - thanx for the info! Dario - what a ball break our mums were... Aimee - what's your ‘can't do coffee’ excuse this week? x Steve and Jimmy - thanx for sorting my key Suggs - I need my annual feedback please Sam and Chester - well done at Bushy and thaks for holding our bags!

LAST CHANCE TO This is it girls… time to go for it and get ready for the night of your life that could give you a year to remember. If you fancy being our next Face of ESP you must get your entries in by September 1, 2009. There’s nothing to lose by entering and everything to gain. Get through to the finals night and you’ll be treated like a star from start to finish, regardless of whether you take the title. It’s a fabulous night to take part in and you’ll feel glamorous and gorgeous. Every girl gets a fabulous gift bag to take home and it’s an experience you’ll never forget. So come on, take the step on to the red carpet… you never know, at the end of the night it could be you, but only if you enter! Alannah Di Cataldo reached the top six finalists last year and has since joined the ESP team in promotions. “I was really nervous about turning up on both the preview night and the finals night,” said Alannah, “and both times I needn’t have worried at all. All the ESP staff and judges were really friendly and most surprisingly all the other girls were too! It is such a well organised, professional event yet a lot of fun at the same time and a great opportunity to meet people. After just a few minutes being there it was really easy to relax and be myself, which is something I think the judges are looking for. The whole evening absolutely flew by, I would definitely recommend entering!”






This month we’ll be out talent spotting in Serpentine Green Shopping Centre on Saturday August 15 so look out for the ESP team from 11am – 3pm. It’s an opportunity for you to find out more about what the competition involves, ask any questions and to enter on the spot. We’re looking for a girl who has that magic something and can represent the spirit of ESP Magazine. It’s not a beauty pageant, but you need to look after yourself, be able to take on anything from an It’s A Knockout contest to a fashion show and of course have a great personality. The winner will be lavished with over £5,000 of prizes and pampering throughout the year, appear on our October front cover and become a local star!

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Independent’s Day Break free from the chain stores! If you want to stand out from the crowd a trip to a more independent boutique is called for. Neon brights, geometric designs, bold jewellery or casual cool, there’s a great choice out there to help you create a more individual look whatever your style. The Westgate Arcade is a haven for many of the smaller independent fashion shops with shoes from RAW, great jewellery from Stephen Diggle, Style

Accessories stocking ranges like Pilgrim and Majik and for the guys there’s Clues and C2 with great brands like Firetrap, Diesel, G Star and many more. For the girls there’s now Purples a boutique selling the ladies range of Diesel and Firetrap plus names like Lipsy. For those who want to look super cool there’s even a designer glasses and shades shop with The Occulist stocking a fantastic range of eye wear to drool over! So get shopping and support the independent men and women of fashion.

WIN A £50 GIFT CARD To celebrate our own ‘Independent’s Day’, we have a £50 Queensgate gift card to give away which you can use anywhere in the centre, including the stores in Westgate Arcade. To nab yourself a nice little shopping spree just email or text 07762 147679 the word GIFT along with your name, address and telephone number and it could be your name we draw from our shopping bag! (Usual competition rules apply, winners will be notified, entries must be in by 31/08/09). To get a gift card just head to the Queensgate information desk outside John Lewis where you can load it up with anything from £5 £1,000… and then let the shopping begin at over 100 outlets.

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Ear splitting screams and hundreds of girls packed into HMV… that’ll mean JLS are back in town!

Peterborough’s number one guy, Aston Merrygold has been downing the champagne after hitting the top of the charts with his band mates from JLS. The guys told ESP after the news broke – "We’re a boy band who’ve gone straight to No.1. It’s a big statement but that is what we are. We have got a few bottles of champagne. We'll wake up with sore heads but it is well deserved because we’ve worked so hard over the last two years. It's amazing. "We want a great album and to tour and have longevity as an act. We want this to be a career, to have album after album, hit after hit." It’s hard to believe that just a few days before storming the charts with debut hit ‘Beat Again’, Aston, a former Jack Hunt School pupil still couldn’t get over the fact he was at his own CD signing in his home town, so being number one would certainly have floored him. ESP caught up with JLS behind the scenes of the Queensgate music store. Clearly humbled by the sheer number of fans who’d waited hours and hours to meet him and the band, Aston looked like he couldn’t quite believe any of it. “I always used to go to HMV and now I’ve come back as someone in the industry… it’s all a bit crazy!” JLS have broken every boy band rule by being involved in every aspect of the creative process as they put the finishing touches to their debut album which is coming soon, but still the assumption for many is that they’re just another manufactured

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group because of their arrival on the scene through the TV show.

Marvin told us. “We’ve had an amazing day today.”

Aston was keen to put the doubters straight – “It doesn’t work like that. When you go into X Factor everyone would assume you’re a manufactured band but we were together a year before X Factor, trying hard. We had managers before that, other projects, loads of stuff going on but obviously now it has paid off. We’ve got ourselves a fantastic record company and management, they’re supplying us with the greatest producers in the world and we’re just very lucky to be here.”

It was all a bit overwhelming for the fans too, especially 14 year-old Kirstie Shrimplin who’d travelled down from Co. Durham!

All the guys recognise they’ve been lucky enough to have such an opportunity – “We have to pinch ourselves every day,” Oritsé told us. “We wake up and we do something we love to do every day, it doesn’t feel like a job it just feels like fun.” Laughter broke out when we enquired which one gets the most fan mail with the guys furiously pointing at Aston (who still looks pretty embarrassed) before Marvin says – “Aston is Peterborough’s prodigal son – he gets the most fan mail!” Then he added with a grin – “Well, we all get our fair share of attention though I guess!” While the guys admit they’re not short of female attention now, they say finding a ‘special’ lady won’t be quite so easy. JB admits they weren’t exactly ignored at school though – “It wasn’t on a plate or anything but everybody showed a little bit of love, I was alright at school…”

“I got kisses and cuddles off all four of them about three times over,” Kirstie told ESP. “Aston saw that I was upset and jumped up and gave me a kiss and a cuddle straight away! “I just love them, when they sang during the X Factor they could sing any type of song really well. They’re so genuine and down to earth, much nicer than what I had expected, and as for who's my favourite, I'm afraid boys, it's got to be Aston.” You can see JLS live on tour next February and tickets are on sale now – go to for details.


WIN SIGNED COPIES OF ‘BEAT AGAIN’ AND ESP We asked the boys to sign a couple of copies of ‘Beat Again’ and a recent issue of ESP and these could be yours if you can answer this question. Q – Which Peterborough school did Aston attend?

To the envy of many a girl queuing up outside, our Face of ESP, Claire Smith, came behind the scenes to sit in on the interview and found the guys friendly as ever – “The boys are just as genuine in person and real gents and to make a few thousand fans jealous, I even had a couple of kisses...”


That morning JLS had been live to the nation on Radio One with Chris Moyles, just one of dozens of high profile appearances the boys have been enjoying.

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MATT SAYS... So what have I been up to this month? I can’t even remember myself! I did go to see my first favourite band Oasis in concert at Wembley and drank so much that I can’t really remember it (damn those free bars!) Although I can remember them being superb! At least I have a holiday to look forward to this month - the first proper one for about two years I think! Also looking forward to playing at The Woodstock festival at the end of July in Poland with Conflict. The festival is the biggest festival in Europe (probably because it’s free!) But check it out at



PASTY SHOP OPENS IN TOWN! At last! A new shop has opened in town that doesn’t sell mobile phones! The High Street does seem to be getting overrun with new phone shops. Haven’t people already got plenty of phones? Anyway rant over, I’ve noticed a very cool looking new pasty shop opening on the High Street and checked out the menu and it looks like there’ll be a good range on offer. I even saw a good few vegetarian options up on the board!

THE CORN EXCHANGE CELEBRATES It’s a year since The Corn Exchange started its professional programme. The full time theatre programme was launched with professional acts and amateur and community groups performing in the theatre every week. Theatre manager Judith Mackie told ESP she’s delighted with the progress and popularity of the theatre – "We’re attracting people from all over, our autumn programme includes Elkie Brooks, Journey South, Cara Dillon and Beverley Craven. We have some fantastic big production shows coming in starting with 'Pop Goes the Eighties' in September, consisting of 16 West End performers with 24 costume changes! We also have The Hamsters and Black Ram Theatre Company with the classic ‘One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest’ and more to come.” It’s great to see all their hard work paying off, so if you haven’t dropped by yet don’t leave it too long.

HIT OR MISS NIGHTS Good to see that the Hit or Miss has a great month of live entertainment planned to make your summer a little more entertaining. It starts with The Hit or Miss Biker Day on August 1 with live music from The Les Woods Band at 12pm and The Vintage Rock Company at 3pm. There’ll be a BBQ and loads of bikes and it starts at 11am. Later on in the month there’s live music from classic rockers Zarakan on August 8, rock and blues band Feet to the Fire on August 14, then there’s music from the great Status Quo with the tribute band Spare Parts on August 21! For more updates for events and nights on at the pub check out

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RIVERSIDE REVIEW It was a great day down at the Riverside Festival as you’ll see in this month’s Paparazzi. I arrived later than I’d planned as I was still recovering from a superb gig at the Toreador the night before with the band, plus the ESP girls had taken the wrong turn and were running late… but hey, I’ll let ’em off! Even so, I still managed to see plenty of the great bands on, including White Clouds and Gun Fire, Cute Looney and Portman, to name a few! I also appreciated the great prices on the beer and the choice. Early indications show the festival broke lots of records for all sorts of reasons – weather, crowd numbers and donations received and although it went brilliantly the organisers are still predicting the event will have run at a loss! I think the donation buckets for admission at the gates were a great idea, but I think the festival is still in need of more sponsors and more backing. So come on, if anyone has any ideas or would like to stage any events to raise money for next year’s festival give me a shout on

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Davina McCall is backing a campaign for us all to do a ‘welly’ good thing and wear our wellies to work on September 18. In aid of Action Medical Research (who fund research into diseases which affect babies and children) the idea is that we all donate £2 and wear our wellies to work on that Friday. And I for one think it’s a great idea! I’m sure everyone in the ESP office will be up for a giggle (any excuse to dress up – and that’s just the fellas!) and don their best rubber footwear (steady!) to join in the fun – the only problem is I can foresee some serious cases of ‘welly envy’ affecting office bonhomie! Susan Saunders is bound to find the pinkest, sparkliest most fabulous wellies this side of a Young Farmers’ convention at G-A-Y; I can see Claire, our reigning Face of ESP, arriving in something super stylish like Ugg wellies or cowboy wellies or wedge-heeled wellies (ooh, I’m getting excited at the thought – maybe I should get into welly design?!); I’ve got a lovely white pair with yellow and pink flowers on – not especially exciting but they still have splodges of Glastonbury mud caked on the sole so I figure they’ve earned their place. And as for Pep – I’m not quite sure what kind of wellies our very own Man About Town will favour but I’m willing to bet they’ll be sponsored, have a pocket for alcohol and co-ordinate with his shirt perfectly. I can’t wait! To register or for more info, check out


Congratulation s to Noel Edm unds who’s jus got married ag t ain to his third wife, Liz, at a ceremony in th e Cotswolds. It’s been widely reported that th e ring was pres ented in a red ‘Deal or No De al’ box but I’m just wondering what would ha ppen if the Bank er offered her ‘the swap’?! An d did the vicar ask her if she was ‘ready for the question’ be fore the ‘I do’s’? But what I really want to know is if, before the vicar asked her if the marriage was ‘Deal or No De al’, did she find out if the Banker had a be tter offer?

Coming hot on the heels of the surprise visit to Peterborough by the King of Lovable Naff, The Hoff, Peterborough has just played host to real royalty (you mean the Hoff isn’t?!) when Princess Anne made a whistlestop visit to our city to open three new state of the art centres. After arriving by helicopter at Hampton College the Princess, who’s Commandant-in-Chief of St John Ambulance, officially opened the National Distribution Centre in Bretton. Then, in her role as Patron of the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB), she officially opened the new CAB centre in St Marks Street before finally, in her role as President of Victim Support, travelled to Hampton police station to open the Cambridgeshire Victim Care Unit. Phew, I didn’t realise she had so many jobs, no wonder she never has the time to get a new hair-do.

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HEALTH and beauty Charlotte Jolly has the ESP guide to what’s hot in health and beauty this month…

GRAB A TAN – FAST! In need of a pick-me-up? Then why not head down to Deeping Fast Tan’s new studio? They’ve recently moved to the new shop units on Bridge Street opposite Terry Wright’s Cycles. Offering a wide variety of deals on both tanning minutes and lotions there’s no excuse not to pay them a visit. August deals include 30 minutes plus six minutes free for just £15 and 60 minutes for £20! The new, more spacious unit is modern and welcoming and each sunbed now has its own individual changing room. They’re now also doing gel nails with a full set of NSI Gel Nails starting from £28. Tel: 01778 346501.

FANCY FEET With flip flops coming out of hiding as temperatures hot up, ensure your feet are fancy this summer with our guide to the perfect pedicure as recommended by Chrissie of Christique Nail & Beauty in Deeping... 1) Soak – Start by soaking feet in a bowl of warm water to soften the skin. 2) Scrub – Spend a few minutes massaging a good exfoliator into each foot. Pop your feet back into the water and pat dry with a towel. Try Footwork’s Green Tea & Mint Foot Exfoliating Scrub from Avon. 3) Remove hard skin – If your feet aren’t too dry then simply smooth a foot file over your heels, balls of your feet and around the base of your big toes. If, however, you really do suffer with dry patches, gently use a grater to remove the hard skin. 4) Massage – Next massage lots of nourishing foot cream all over your feet and ankles. Don’t just be swayed by fancy packaging, some of the best products are the cheapest – try Lidl for some great foot products that really work. 5) Cuticle care, cut and file – Always cut nails straight across and smooth over with a file afterwards. Don’t neglect cuticles either – if dry apply a cuticle oil to nourish. 6) Polish – Use toe separators to space out toes before applying a base coat - try OPI Base Coat. Next apply two thin coats of nail varnish carefully, using a cotton bud dipped in remover to fix any mistakes. For fabulous colours which are hard wearing try OPI Nail Lacquers as used by Chrissie. Finish with a top coat for extra shine and staying power. Job done! Christique Nail & Beauty offer a variety of pedicures, all giving great results, so for more info or to book an appointment just give Chrissie a call on 01778 347775.

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TOP NEW HAIR TREATMENT ARRIVES AT EL ESHA El Esha hair salon on Broadway, Peterborough, are using a new hair treatment just launched in Britain called MOROCCANOIL Daily Treatment which claims to literally change your hair before your eyes. Jayne Reynolds from El Esha told ESP – “It’s simply amazing to work with, we’ve never seen anything like it, the look and feel of the hair is so different.” The treatment’s absorbed into hair instantly making hair beautifully shiny and adding strength and elasticity. The formula is extremely light so it’s suitable for use in both damp and dry hair and can be used to control frizz or get rid of tangles, even in your children’s hair. Unlike many hair products it’s alcohol free and contains Argan oil (originating from Southwest Morocco) known for it’s nourishing and moisturising properties. MOROCCANOIL Daily Treatment even helps to reduce blow drying and styling time. A regular client at El Esha, Deborah Fone of Dogsthorpe tried it out and was very impressed – “I expected it to make my hair look and feel quite greasy but it was so light. It just added a lovely shine and my hair was so much more manageable afterwards. I couldn’t believe how it reduced the styling time. I’ll definitely be buying this product.” With such a wide variety of hair products on the market it’s often difficult to know which one’s right for you, but this daily treatment is suitable for all hair types and definitely sounds worth trying. Jayne or Maggie at El Esha can tell you more on 01733 310879.

A TASTE OF TIBET IN DEEPING Not going on holiday this year? You can still experience a flavour of the exotic overseas by popping into Serenity Beauty which has opened inside The Lounge Salon in Market Deeping. Throughout August choose from two relaxing Tibetan treatments: a Tibetan Spa back treatment including full back exfoliation and a Ku Nye back, neck and shoulder massage lasting 45 minutes for just £32, or a Tibetan full body massage from the tips of your toes to the top of your head for £47 for an overall sense of well-being. Top off your treatment by enjoying a Tibetan herbal tea, said to relax and balance the body’s energies as well as to promote healthy skin and aid digestion. Ku Nye, meaning to apply oil with pressure in a variety of movements, is a brilliant way to relax after a hard week at work, helping to relieve stress and promote general good health helping with anxiety, depression and insomnia. Tel: 01778 349317.

BUY OF THE MONTH… Carex Aloe Vera hand gel is our recommended buy of the month for August. It allows you to clean your hands without the need for water and kills up to 99.9% of bacteria. The handy 50ml travel size bottle makes it ideal for hand hygiene on the go. At £1.39 and with 100 applications per bottle it really is a bargain buy!

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Turning over a new leaf! The great British cuppa has been ‘our’ drink for a few centuries now, but with the explosion of coffee shops around us maybe we Brits are not drinking as much as we once did. There are some health benefits to our normal regular tea and maybe not the way my granny Devine used to make it. It was put on in the morning and reheated until you could stand your spoon up in it, then some evaporated milk was thrown in and a few sugars and there you had a gran (Annie) Devine tea! Enough to put you off it for life… But one tea that’s really having some positive reports is green tea, which is a delicate Chinese tea packed full of antioxidants (chemicals that can protect your cells). The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times. No other tea appears to be so health promoting than this green variety which is due to the way it’s processed. Adding this to your daily routine may help in supporting you in more ways than just as a good ‘anti ageing’ drink. The health benefits are numerous and it’s said to be a good source of protection for health issues such as • Prostate and breast health

• Lung health in smokers (it is still questioned why the Japanese have a high smoking rate but low lung cancer rates. Could it be because they drink green tea?) • Infections • Immune functions • Cholesterol…. and much more It still contains small amounts of caffeine but nowhere near as much as regular tea and coffee so it shouldn’t leave you full of the jitters. It can also be a great way of getting you to reduce the amount of tea and coffee you drink in the day. So, if you’re a tea and coffee addict, then it’s worth giving it a try. I thought I’d come across a few tea addicts in my time but (mentioning no names here) someone told me he drinks 20-25 cups of regular tea per day with added sugar!!! Karen

For more information on health and nutrition go to my website

KAREN’S GREEN TEA TIP Love it or hate it but stick with it as it can take some time to get used to the taste. Try replacing one of your regular teas with a cup of green tea each day and make it a bit weaker to start with. Or try making it into an iced tea as summer’s still here and add a small amount of red grape juice to sweeten slightly.

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. in the grounds of the Bedford Hall, station Road, Thorney, peterborough

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Confessions... Susan Saunders

IT’S MY PARTY AND I’LL CRY (UP A MOUNTAIN) IF I WANT TO… When you think of birthdays, you perhaps also think of parties, alcohol and mates to go hand in hand with your birthday festivities. Fun, relaxation and frivolities are normal… but are pain, 18 hours of exercise and sheep? Wanting to achieve something big before my next birthday, I thought it would be a good idea to do something momentous. The pledge I set myself was to do, what I thought was, a spot of walking in the beautiful countryside by undertaking the charity Three Peaks Challenge. My expectations weren’t wrong, there was just a spot of walking… sandwiched between hours of Ray Mears’ worthy trekking, mountain climbing, muscle-straining, hole-in-your-head ‘fun’. Anyway, on what should’ve been my birthday celebration (the weekend before my birthday) with plenty of drinks and banter from friends, I was climbing Mount Everest… well OK, Snowdon (Wales), Scafell Pike (England) and Ben Nevis (Scotland) in just over a day. As my training regime had failed miserably, to try and ensure I was prepared for anything (Dib Dab Dob and all that, as Tawny Owl taught me in the Girl Guides) I decided to buy myself the ‘best’ kit. So I of cooooourse had to buy a fab pink waterproof jacket, along with a matching head band. Did I want skiing gloves? No thank you – my leather ones go much better! It was my birthday after all – if I was going to face the elements, I wanted to look good in the process! So after a 4am start and a five hour mini bus journey, we were at the base of the first mountain – Snowdon, supposedly the easiest of the three. After torrential rain, trudging through streams that resembled rivers and nearly being blown off the peak by a 70mph wind storm I figured it couldn’t get any worse. That was until I needed to go to the ‘ladies’ on the side of a mountain. That was better! Now for pulling my waterproofs back on. They weren’t cooperating on account of my frozen fingers so I had to pull them off and then couldn’t get them back on properly. I had to walk the rest of the mountain with my bottom poking out of the top of them. Brilliant. Just brilliant.

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Maybe the next mountain would be better. First two hours, so far so good. After reaching the peak at Scafell the four thousand litres of water I’d consumed made me need the ladies (side of the mountain) AGAIN! The guys waited as I ran off in the dark. Almost there now and… woooooaaahh! My big, un-mountain worthy derriere was falling fast as I slipped over on something squidgee. It had been raining after all so the grass was wet. No such luck – it was bl**dy sheep pooh. The same sheep I’d been saying hello to on the way up the mountain. Marvellous. The third mountain, Ben Nevis, went pretty well and my team (The A Team) worked very well together. A lovely leisurely stroll of four hours to the summit (pant, pant, wheeze, wheeeeeeeze!) me relying on them to pick me up after twenty girly whimpers of – “Please help me, I’m in pain!” – and them relying on me to sing them some tune to pick them up, or to speed them up if they didn’t want to hear me sing ONE MORE TIME! We reached the top in one piece and there was snow! I didn’t fall over, which was a nice surprise. I did however, feel like my fingers would drop off, victims to Mr Frostbite, inside my trendy black leather gloves that matched my pink jacket… Brilliant. I did however manage to hurtle down and finish 1st, which I was so happy about! This year for my birthday I don’t think I’ll get unmistakably drunk and stumble around in high heels, not I. For I have climbed a mountain and realised that whilst a birthday can be very much my day, sometimes a sense of achievement means far more. This lesson, I managed to learn as I stumbled down the mountain, grazed my legs, slipped in sheep pooh, lost my dignity and bared my slightly oversized derriere to the mountain and my unsuspecting team mates.

Susan’s disclaimer I’d like to say well-done to everyone who took part in the BGL Three Peaks Challenge and a HUGE BIG THANK YOU to The A Team – John, John, Dave, Dave, Ian, Toby, Turtle, Matt and Paul and to everyone who sponsored us. Seriously amazing. There’s still chance to sponsor us on

As the uniform team follow Star and his handler into each pub, few drinkers bother to look too far from their glasses. The officers do have to run the gauntlet of those with something to hide or who are picked out for a search they don’t want, but most people appreciate their efforts in trying to do something positive. Although it’s not always that easy as Sergeant James Sheffield, the man in charge of the operation, explained.

SNOW PATROL - meet the group keeping city nightlife drug free

Whether it’s snow, charlie, hash, skunk or too much booze it can be a recipe for trouble. ESP’s Mark Shaw takes a trip on the night shift with officers safeguarding our nights out… By 9.30pm on a Friday night most of us are kicking back, enjoying an alcoholic drink or two to welcome in the weekend. But for those of us crammed into a hot briefing room at Thorpe Wood police station, the only drink we want is cold water. Welcome to the night shift briefing, ahead of a summer night on the beat in Peterborough city centre. These guys (and girls) usually have more than enough to look forward to ensuring revellers out for a good night on the town aren’t troubled by those with a bad attitude or who’ve downed a few shots too many. Tonight though, is a bit different. Operation Bradford means visits to city centre clubs and bars looking for anyone with drugs. By the time we’ve reached our first port of call, the heavens have

opened. This means a warm welcome from the outdoor smokers for Star, the black Labrador on sniffing duty tonight, and the uniformed officers who follow him in, ready to carry out searches of anyone suspected of carrying drugs. There’s a keen interest in Star, who gently pokes his nose around each punter before moving on. Instead of being seen as a threat, most people welcome his novelty value. Three members of the team are on undercover ‘spotting’ duty, heading into each venue first to look for any potential suspects and those making a quick dart for the door. They just blend into the crowd, going about their business without even making eye contact with their uniformed colleagues.

“In this kind of operation my job is to speak to the pub owners and explain what we’re doing. All of them came up to me to thank me afterwards and said we’re welcome to come as often as we want. “Very occasionally you get difficulties with punters, but that’s quite often fuelled by drink. We just have to calm people down and tell them we’re doing the job that most people want us to do.” For the unit of 15 officers, Operation Bradford has provided the opportunity to do something different. None of this is possible without the ‘specials’, who put the hours in without pay and on top of their own jobs. Tonight they make up more than half of the team. Sergeant Sheffield knows their importance “The specials are an invaluable resource. I can’t emphasise how useful they are, operations like this would not be able to go ahead without them,” he said. One of the specials on duty is Dan Low, by day a supervisor at Tesco. “Whenever I have some free time I always try and put some hours in as I want to become a police officer,” the 21 year-old told me. “Doing this kind of shift puts the nightlife into a different perspective. You get to see the other side of it. It’s a real eye-opener!” Six bars, quite a few hours and a number of diversions later, the operation ends with some success. For ‘spotter’ PC Jemma Cooper, it’s a night to remember as it’s her debut in plain clothes. “It’s the variety, which is why I love this job,” she revealed afterwards. “It’s good to see a different side to the city and know we’re making a difference to the place where we live and work. It’s a good thing to re-assure the public we’re doing something about drugs.”

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Caught in th RIVERSIDE FESTIVAL IS SUMMER SUCCESS IN STAMFORD The sun shone, the bands played, beer was downed and ESP photographers took photos! ESP nominated this as one of our Perfect Ten events, a series of events we’re either staging or supporting throughout this year in celebration of our ten years in business. Matt Zilch our Stamford reporter and photographer Mike Harris joined ESP girls Becca and Alannah to capture the action down at this year’s music festival on Stamford Meadows. The field was packed, the tunes went on into the night followed by fireworks and a fabulous festival was had by all. There was a great choice of different music from rock to acoustic and some pretty talented buskers entertaining the beer tent crowds. Our congratulations go out to the hard working team who put this together for our fun! Read Matt’s report on P.20 of this issue and check out more photos online at our website where you can also buy any you like the look of! We hear that despite its success the festival is still desperately in need of more support and funds so get in touch through to show your support.

VIEW PAPARAZZI ONLINE Remember all our Paparazzi photos, even those that we just can’t squeeze into the mag, go up on our fantastic new website so you can see who’s been caught in the act of having a great time! If it was you and you’d like to savour the flavour of that night, you can buy images to keep.

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WE’VE GONE TO THE DOGS It’s always a good night at Peterborough Greyhound Stadium but on a hot summer evening the dogs were given a night off while local people hit the track… in err… dog suits… The Human Greyhound Race, supported by ESP, helped raise over £3,000 for Sue Ryder Care and it was a howl! Employees from Stanground Fire Station, Bookers, Identity and Passport Services, Heart FM and a group of mates who got together to compete, bravely completed half a lap of the track dressed in dog costumes while punters placed their bets. In the end it was congratulations to Nick Jackson from Heart FM who really did ‘give it some heart’ and pounded his way to a clear win and became top dog of the event! “I really enjoyed running it, but to be in a dog suit on the hottest day of the year so far wasn’t much fun! The final was just after my heat so I had to lay down and throw a few bottles of water over me afterwards, but it was worth it to be crowned the fastest human dog of 2009!” The ESP Paparazzi crew saw Mike Harris behind the lens while Alannah, Nicole and Becca mingled with the crowds as they cheered on the winners. Raffles throughout June at The Greyhound Stadium helped boost the total and other sponsors including CBA Developments Limited contributed towards the total. If you fancy taking part in this fun event next year, please register your interest now at

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She’s the hottest property on television and is about to become one of radio’s leading ladies; ESP’s Joanne Quinney finds out why Fearne Cotton is high on everyone’s radar… The blonde 27 year-old beauty who hails from London has the world at her feet right now. TV and radio presenter Fearne Cotton is about to permanently present BBC Radio 1’s mid-morning programme, taking over from long-time host Jo Whiley next month. But how did the rock chick get to this? Can you believe Fearne actually started her career at the tender age of 15 presenting GMTV’s early morning children’s programme The Disney Club and then later Diggit after she was discovered during a nationwide talent search. Since then she’s worked her way up through the ranks of CBBC to huge mainstream TV shows like ‘Top of the Pops’ as well as presenting everything from ‘Celebrity Love Island’ and the ‘X Factor’ ITV2 spin-off ‘Xtra Factor’ to being backstage at ‘The Brits’,’ Live 8’ and hosting ‘Children in Need’. This lady has truly made TV her home. Not to forget Fearne’s charity work; not only did she present several strands throughout Red Nose Day in 2009 but climbed Mount Kilimanjaro along with a team of celebs raising a whopping £3.3 million. In 2005 Fearne turned to radio and joined the Radio 1 team and in 2007 became the first ever female presenter to permanently present the Chart Show. Radio 1 has now announced that the bubbly Londoner will take over from Jo Whiley on the mid-morning show 10am 12.45pm, as part of a major shake up of the station’s weekday schedule. ‘The Live Lounge’, made famous under Jo Whiley’s guidance, continues in Fearne’s new show, bringing more live music than ever to the daytime. Current early breakfast presenter Greg James will be replacing Edith Bowman in the afternoon slot, adding games and gaming to the existing movie-related show.

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But how does Fearne feel about this huge move? “I love being at Radio 1 and taking on a weekday show is a dream come true. Jo is leaving very big shoes for me to fill and it’s nerve wracking.” Jo has made a big impact so replacing her as she moves on to take up the weekend afternoon shows must surely be daunting? “Jo has been a massive inspiration to me throughout my career,” adds Fearne “so I have a high standard to live up to. The live music legacy will live on in the new show and I can’t wait to get started.” Everyone of course sings Fearne’s praises, Ben Cooper Deputy Controller at Radio 1 says - “This is our first big shakeup of the weekday schedule for over five years. Bringing Fearne to the daytime schedule is really thrilling for us as she has proven herself to be a great broadcaster in the time she has been at the station.” But how does Jo Whiley feel about her replacement? “After eight wonderful years the time has come to move on and give someone else the privilege of entertaining the nation on a daily basis. I think Fearne is fantastic and I couldn’t leave the show in a better pair of hands.” Fearne Cotton regularly appears in ‘best dressed’ lists alongside her best pal and fellow presenter Holly Willoughby, due to her quirky rock chick style. Not only is she becoming one of radio’s leading ladies but she is designing her own line of clothes. She’s one sought-after lady! However, where fame brings opportunity it also brings its dark side, as she recently received what were believed to be threatening text messages during her weekend show. A man was later arrested. But Fearne won’t let this get her down, her career is on an all time high and I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of her on our television screens in years to come. For now though, get ready to listen to her new show on the radio which starts on September 21.

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GREYHOUND TRACK’S MEAL DEAL Saving cash but fancy a night out? Take a trip to the dogs and grab their great meal deal to make a night of it. If you use one of our ESP Reader Offer vouchers on a Wednesday, Friday or Saturday you can enjoy

free entry to Peterborough Greyhound Stadium and eat at the Rumblin’ Tum fast food servery for just 1p – bargain! Here you can choose from tasty jacket potatoes with various fillings, burgers, hot dogs, chicken, scampi or veggie nuggets all with salad or chips. So, you can nip out of work, head for the track for a night out with your mates and munch while you bet. This is one night out where you can win more than you spend… just don’t choose the dog with a limp!

The offer runs through until August 29 so no need to sit in when you can eat out and enjoy the excitement of the dog racing too from the raceview grandstand. Just download your vouchers on, email us on to request them via email or post or text us on 07762 147679 with your name and address.


RAMBLEWOOD INN Orton Longueville. Tel: 01733 391111 I never did quite understand why a rapper would want to call himself ‘50 Cent’ – surely it’s better to be a full dollar – but 50 PER CENT off at the Orton’s Ramblewood Inn (courtesy of ESP’s on-line voucher at is well worth rapping on about. Needing a quick plateful meant that we took a trip down the road to this pub in the fantastic grounds of Orton Hall Hotel. All we needed to do was spend a minimum of 25 quid on food and the bill would be halved! There’s a decent choice of traditional English, along with some continental variations, such as pasta, but we both opted for good ‘ol steak and ale pie with new potatoes and veg, after a shared starter of hot ‘n’ garlicky bread. This pie oozes melt-in-your-mouth beef in a tasty gravy every time (yes, I’ve tried it before) and after that, we need to halve the dessert as well. Jam sponge and custard – mmm! Compliment all that with a pint or two from the decent real ale selection and some great rosé wine – what more could you ask for? Ian Gray

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NEW COUNTRY SHOP @ KINGSHEAD There’s now another reason to head over to the Kings Head in Apethorpe and once again it involves gorgeous food! This lovely country pub, already renowned for its fantastic food has now added a new country shop to its attractions. The deli style store is packed with local produce including Grasmere Farm sausages, bacon, ham and pork pies. It specialises in cheeses including Black Bomber cheddar and Cornish Yarg as well as olives, jams, pickles, paté, gift cards and quality wines. We like the sound of it! You can buy and take away or select your own cheeses, olives and paté for a platter to eat in the garden, restaurant or courtyard bar. Gorgeous on a lovely summer’s day – go on, you can always walk it off with a country walk around Apethorpe afterwards!

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Based at: Dogsthorpe Fi re Station, Red Watch Service: 19 years Best thing about the jo b: “Helping the co mmunity I live in.” Worst part: “None!” Most proud of: “Being part of a team saving lives and help ing people in Best thing my city.” about living in Peterboro “The diverse co ugh: mmunity.”

Fire fighting? What a load of rubbish! What’s the biggest misconception about firefighters? “That we sit around waiting for calls drinking tea – we’re flat out!” So says firefighter Farsh Raoufi from Dogsthorpe fire station. More than 3,500 calls are attended by Dogsthorpe crews each year ranging from horrific car accidents to birds stuck behind fireplaces! In between that there are school talks, community work, training, preventing suicide attempts and, of course, battling fires. Farsh and his team on Red Watch are a close knit bunch, enjoying a laugh in between dealing with incidents of every description that can stretch the nerves of any of them. During his 19 years of service Farsh has seen it all, but one of the most frustrating things is when he knows it could’ve been easily prevented. “So many incidents could be avoided if people just thought a little more and followed safety advice.” A prime example is wheelie bin fires – they may sound like a joke and hardly top of the major

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incidents list, but when they’re left out, up close to the front of houses they’re an easy target. All too soon that bin fire can set a house ablaze with a smoke logged bedroom and a family potentially losing their lives… makes you think doesn’t it? Rubbish is a problem for all of us, but for Farsh and the firefighters in Peterborough it’s a big problem. Dumped rubbish, by people or companies is a dream for fire bugs, so if you spot any tell the council so it can be cleared away and you’ll be doing everyone a favour. Apart from the potential of any fire becoming more serious (even if it did just start in a manky mattress!) every time a fire engine’s called out it costs us all dosh, while they’re putting out a bin fire they could be needed at something more important, plus any fire damage just looks bad and the city’s image takes an instant dip. “You just need to report any fly tipping so it can be moved and stick your wheelie bin out of sight – it’s easy really,” says Farsh. “You’ve got to

remember that your rubbish is an arsonist’s fuel and it’s a pretty pathetic reason for someone to lose their life.” Farsh has attended plenty of near misses where they’ve stopped buildings going up in smoke after piles of dumped waste have been set alight, but he’s also seen his fair share of incidents that have become far more serious. “The most memorable things that stick in my mind aren’t the worst incidents but the personal touches – the ‘Thank you’ you get when you’ve made a difference or saved a life. I just wish they weren’t put in that position in the first place.” So give Farsh and the firefighters a break, don’t be lazy – stick your wheelie bin out of harm’s way. After all, if we help cut down on rubbish fires he might get time to slurp some of that tea everyone thinks he’s drinking!

CLAIRE GETS SOME COLOUR AT SCARLET Great news girls, not only can you get your nails painted every colour of the rainbow at Scarlet Nail Studio but soon you’ll be able to get all over, gorgeous, sun-kissed colour with the arrival of fabulous new tanning units. In September the salon at Hampton will be transformed with the arrival of three stand-up Aurora tanning booths for quick tanning sessions and a Zenith sunbed. “I have great plans for the salon, it will look fantastic,” owner Ben Nguyen told ESP. “There’ll be a new juice bar, lots of greenery, and sun cream on sale and because we have such a high ceiling the tanning area won’t be humid which is a problem in many tanning salons.” The Sun Kissed Tanning Studio sunbeds will all comply with the new maximum irradiance level of 0.3W/m² for safety and be housed in a separate area of the Scarlet unit at Serpentine Green. Our lucky Face of ESP, Claire Smith, won £500 to spend at Scarlet Nail Studio and is also looking forward to staying glowing and gorgeous as autumn approaches. “Having Scarlet Nails in Hampton as a prize giver was a real treat and has meant I can literally pop up the road for the a quick manicure and pedicure! “Now that the sunbeds are coming in September, as we haven't had much of a summer and my holiday feels like it was a long time ago, it’ll definitely be the ray of sunshine we've all needed!” The fabulous range of nail treatments remains though, with nail art and extensions their speciality. Claire enjoyed a fantastic pedicure and chilled out during the treatment in their relaxing massage chair. Whether you want a standard French manicure through to glamorous nail jewellery or artistic designs to match a particular theme they can come up with whatever you fancy! There’ll be no need to worry about your nails discolouring when you hop on the sunbed either, as Ben promises there’ll be protective treatments available. So this September you’ll be looking truly glam from tip to toe.

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ATTENTION SEEKER! Having owned a Fiesta years and years ago I couldn’t resist taking the new model for a spin for ESP, and in this hot magenta colour I certainly got noticed. Wow, how they’ve changed over the years – and I don’t just mean in the funky range of colours which really make the new models stand out. I was amazed it actually felt like a much bigger car with loads of space and dare I say it, a sporty feel. I know this particular colour is more girlie but don’t worry boys, Jeremy Clarkson put a funky green one through its paces on Top Gear and I do believe he stormed a beach with a bunch of soldiers, so you can still get the butch factor out of the new Fiesta! If you want to show some individuality and colour’s your thing there are certainly some fresh exteriors in this range, but me, I just prefer the plain white one. The Ford Fiesta Zetec has all the mod cons we’re so used to today like Bluetooth, air con and controls for the radio/MP3 on the steering wheel. At night we loved the ambient glow of red light on

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the roof, glove box and centre console. It has such a neat and funky body shape, halogen headlights, boasts power operated door mirrors (selected models only) and as standard it has capless refuelling. That means no more dirty hands at the pumps girls, plus you can’t accidentally fill it up with the wrong fuel… not that we’d do that of course! During development the new Fiesta was certainly put through its paces – it was driven the equivalent of 87 times around the globe and exposed to extreme temperature over and over again – so it’s fair to say it should be pretty reliable. You can grab the new Fiesta from as little as £10,595 on the road but the model we had starts from £12,895. If you’ve already got a car and want to get yourself a new nippy little number, it’s worth talking to the guys at TC Harrison in Peterborough about the scrappage allowance in time for a new 59 plate in September. Not only was I impressed with this little gem but the editor ran off with it to take Claire - our Face of ESP - for a spin, and for once it wasn’t just Claire attracting the glances as she competed with this hot magenta model. Shirley Frost



As we celebrate our ten years in business we’re also celebrating ten local success stories. This month, ESP’s Rebecca Jane talks to number eight in our series, TV presenter Sarah Cawood… Sarah Cawood is in a car on the AI heading north from London. Today she’s heading to Luton airport to go on holiday, but it’s a stretch of road she knows really well because it’s the start of another journey she often takes – away from her hectic working life in the capital back to her hometown of Stamford. Originally Sarah’s family moved to Castor when she was about four and then to Maxey before sending her to Stamford School for Girls. Despite her career taking her to London she’s regularly back for shopping trips in Peterborough and to dine out in Stamford. So why did you move away when you were 17? Was it to get your career going? “I left to go to the Royal Ballet School in London, where I trained for three years before I started dancing for a living. Then I got into television. I only live in London now out of professional necessity, if I didn’t have to then I’d live in the area – ideally Stamford or in the adjoining villages because they’re all so pretty.” You’ve presented a huge variety of different TV shows – ladette culture in The Girlie Show; being a roving reporter for Richard and Judy; children’s shows such as Live and Kicking; guest slots on Big Brother’s Little Brother; and the winner of Celebrity Weakest Link 2007. Does being so versatile help you to get work? “No, I think that’s a real problem. They want to be able to box you into a niche. The ‘daytime’ people think I’m a bit too ‘evening entertainment’. If you’re Tess Daly you do family shows, but you’d never see her do a late night edgy show like I did The Girlie Show. Being versatile can be an albatross to be honest. It’s famously hard for children’s presenter’s to get out of children’s telly. I’ve yo-yo’d from children’s TV to The Girlie Show back to Live and Kicking for children. I got lucky I guess!” Didn’t presenting The Girlie Show get you a rep as a ladette? “I hated it! You ask anyone I went to Stamford School with and they’ll say I was a bit of a swot! I got my homework in on time and I was always well turned out. I so wasn’t the rebel that I was portrayed to be!” I saw you at Mama Liz’s a few months ago watching a band…

Where are your favourite local places? “Mama Liz’s of course… There’s a great Mexican restaurant in Peterborough, but I’ve forgotten its name… and The Burghley in Stamford tends to be a local for us. For rural areas… the second meadow in Stamford and also Southey Woods is really pretty. I went to Stamford Fair in March with my dad, and that was lovely.” They say there’s no place like home, but for you which place is the most similar to home? “You know what? Crouch End, where I live in London. I love it there. It’s like a small town and I’ve carved a little life for myself there that mirrors my life in Stamford. I know my dry cleaner’s name and I know all my neighbours. I think it was subconscious but deliberate.” Who’s the sexiest male presenter that you’ve worked with? Is it Eamon Holmes? “Ha ha, he does have a certain something! Everyone would say Steve Jones ¬– but I don’t think he is. He’s got too many teeth! I have to say… I did love Eamon, he is such a funny man. Yeah, let’s go with Eamon: the thinking woman’s crumpet! But my guilty pleasure, and I’ve never worked with him but I have the real, real hots for him, is Alan Hansen the Scottish guy that does Match of the Day. Ah man… he’s so fit!” If you could steal a TV show from another presenter and host it yourself which show would it be? “I’d like Loose Women and because I was a dancer I’d do Strictly Come Dancing. And I’d do it better than Tess Daly! Why? Because I haven’t got the accent for a start! But I know about dancing. I think when you have authority over your subject matter you always do a better job. A lot of those prime time jobs are just in front of an autocue so they’re not really that taxing, but if you want a really taxing job it would be to do what Kate Humble does. I think she’s an awesome TV presenter, no way is that autocued, she’s thinking on her feet.” If you were going for a gals night out in Stamford, where? “The Raj for an Indian.” … and for a romantic night with a man? “Oooh, The George, I love The George, I want to get married there!” Do you have a suitable candidate? “Hmmm, he hasn’t arrived yet, he’s stuck in traffic on his white charger!” How busy are you in the next couple of months? “I’m filming a travel show. We’ve just shot in London and the next one in Alsace in France. August is quiet, hence the holiday. And hopefully I’m setting up a production company with a friend of mine so I will start making programmes as well as fronting them.”

“Oh it’s great there, my best friend, who I’m going on holiday with, well her husband puts bands on there.”

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SCREENSCENE Tarantino does the Second World War in this unashamedly bloodsplattering fiction of a different kind. QT’s long-mooted war project finally sees the light of day, with the injection of A-lister Brad Pitt undoubtedly hoping to give him his first truly commercial box-office success since ‘Pulp Fiction’ (which is in my top three favourite movies of all-time). In this tale of Jewish retribution, Pitt’s Lt. Aldo Raine leads a group of mercenaries – including Tarantino’s director pal Eli Roth (‘Hostel’) and Diane Kruger (‘National Treasure’) – known to their enemy as ‘The Basterds’, in violently ruthless attacks on German targets in Nazioccupied France. After generally favourable, if unspectacular, reviews from the Cannes Festival screening, hinting at a movie that’s equally talky as it is actionladen, it remains to be seen if one of Hollywood’s most highly-regarded directors will put the financial misfire ‘Deathproof’ behind him, or whether this is one pet project too many…

Released: August 21 Starring: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth. Director: Quentin Tarantino



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Released: August 5

After limited success with the likes of ‘Goal!’ former ‘Brookside’ starlet Anna Friel finally gets her blockbuster shot, alongside established lead man Will Ferrell, in this – loosely based on the seventies US TV series – comedy adventure which sees the duo tackling dinosaurs after being sucked into a space vortex.

New Hollywood rom-com princess Katherine Heigl (‘27 Dresses’) stars as a romantically challenged morning show producer who gets teamed up with a confident relationshipanalysing TV personality, played by rising Brit sensation Gerard Butler (‘300’) in this battle of the sexes.



Released: August 7

Released: August 14

Former Dr Who Christopher Eccleston is on bad guy duty in the last major big budget blockbuster of the summer, which also boasts Channing Tatum, Dennis Quaid and Britain’s own Sienna Miller, in an action-flick based on the Hasbro toys. Let’s hope it’ll live up to the hype created by the spectacular trailer.

This romantic drama, based on the best-selling novel, sees Eric Bana (‘Hulk’) as a genetically-cursed man with a rare anomaly that makes him travel involuntarily through time, while his longsuffering wife Rachel McAdams (‘The Notebook’) battles to build a normal life with her one true love.

After plane, road and rollercoaster crashes, this fourth horror instalment opts for race car carnage as a youngster – who has a nightmare premonition – and friends temporarily cheat death before being brutally picked off by freak accidents. The fourth 'Final Destination' movie also gets the 3D thrillride treatment in selected cinemas.

All release dates are correct at the time of going to press.


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Knowing (August 3), Race to Witch Mountain (August 24)


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With a tidy, if linear and intermittently dull, single-player campaign, you star in a predictably clichéd story as a trigger-happy, alien-hating, secret service agent – but it’s the well-rounded multiplayer game (which utilises Wii Speak) that takes Sega/High Voltage’s FPS to the next level.

As one of the very few first-person shooter exclusives, this has been tagged as the game to take the revolutionary console to the next level.

It won’t beat the likes of the excellent ‘Metroid Prime: Corruption’ – and if you have a X360 or PS3 it won’t worry the likes of ‘COD’, ‘Halo’ and ‘Bioshock’ – but this impressive effort, despite a few teething problems, is arguably the best pure shooter on Nintendo’s console.

(PS3) Out Now

This much-hyped game (in a nicely-presented Special Edition pack) gets the basics spot-on, with fantastic controls and arguably the best graphics seen on the Wii so far.




INDIANA JONES & THE STAFF OF KINGS This is one of those games where you put a bunch of niggling problems aside, simply because it’s Indy.

‘Let’s Tap’ is noticeably a little on the thin side, but at around 20 quid it’s worth giving the gaming equivalent of Fred Astaire a go.

What do you get when you combine the new Wii MotionPlus with golf’s most famous player? Arguably the greatest golfing game of all-time. Nintendo’s new control system gets you as close as possible to a true-to-life golf swing with precise draw and fade capabilities, along with a much-improved putting system. With a plethora of worldrenowned courses, dynamic weather conditions and online tournaments, you can play as Tiger or other top golfing names. The X360/PS3 versions vastly improve on the Wii’s jagged up-close visuals (that should really be better), but all formats (including the PSP incarnation) have moved significantly in the right direction, despite still having some crowd atmosphere issues. But for me the immersive MotionPlus controls give Nintendo’s version the all important edge over its graphically-enhanced counterparts – and takes the franchise from a par to a birdie.




(WII) Out Now

With the MotionPlus getting so much attention, one new control system that has slipped in under the radar is a worthwhile addition to the Wii party scene. This aesthetically pleasing – if initially bizarresounding – control mechanism of two boxes that register the strength of your Wii remote-tapping actually works extremely well throughout intriguing mini-games. The selection of games, which includes puzzle, rhythm, running and 2D scrolling shooter, are generally hit and miss, but due to its quirky nature it would be a noteworthy addition to anyone’s multiplayer collection.

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Fanboy feedback for Indiana Jones’ latest adventure, which takes him to multiple world locales in search of the mythical Staff of Moses, has been far more forgiving for this title which also boasts the die-hard favourite ‘The Fate of Atlantis’. Yes, the graphics are only PS2 standard, yes, the overused whip-cracking controls are frustratingly hitand-miss, and yes, the co-op and multiplayer modes are crap – but the variety of the level designs and wealth of unlockables just about pulls it through. Factor in the obvious dosage of Indy nostalgia and fans should lap this up.

You’ve read about the ultimate golfing game – well the ‘Fight Night’ franchise has just done the same for boxing.

With jaw-dropping (or is that breaking?) graphics which shows every sweat-flying and cut-opening reaction to the faces of some of the greatest fighters of all time across all weight classes – Ali, Tyson, Frazier, Lewis, Hagler, Calzaghe, Hatton and Jones Jnr are all included – this is a nigh-on flawless arcade representation of the sport.

This needs very little explanation as this is the best boxing experience ever, bar none. Nothing even comes close.

If you’re ultra-picky ‘Fight Night 3’ fans may pick out a differing control system (which works great if you weren’t used to the


previous game) and Legacy Mode inaccuracies, but with great pacing and gaming mechanics, sublime slow motion and a fantastic create-a-boxer mode, this is a first class effort from top-to-bottom. Five star reviews are hard to come by on these pages, and as it doesn’t get the annual ‘cash cow’ treatment, in comparison to football, golf, tennis and wrestling games, it delivers a stand-out knockout blow that is simply champion.


Thanks to Ian Hilling for playtesting Fight Night Round 4.

ONLINE REVIEWS THIS MONTH: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (WII), Wii Sports Resort (WII), Point Lookout (X360) ( August )


Steve Gonzalez


The page that wants to see Bubbles in a PG tips advert drinking cups of tea and moonwalking. It’sh the tashte…


THAT MITCHELL & WEBB SKETCH In the latest series of their sketch show, David and Robert were sitting backstage discussing the running order of the show -

MONKEYING AROUND WITH JACKO The death of Michael Jackson has dominated the headlines. Some have celebrated his life with candelit vigils, others by texting hundreds of jokes to their mates. Me? I sent an email to PG Tips. Dear Mr Tips Following the death of the King of Pop, surely the time is right for his pet monkey, Bubbles to appear in an ad. I’ve re-written the lyrics of ‘Beat It’ to suit the occasion which I’m sure a Jacko sound-a-like could record. Maybe you could give Lenny Henry a call, we’re so bored of all those Premier Inn commercials. Anyway, here are the new lyrics. Let me know what you think…

"So I thought we'd go with hit, miss, hit, miss, hit, miss, hit, miss," says David, pointing out that all sketch shows invariably follow this formula. When Robert queries this David replies: "Look, if we didn't perversely include about 50% deliberately unamusing material people would have to think of something else to say wouldn't they?" "Like we're too self-referential," says Robert. "Ah, clever." "And people call us smug," Robert says smugly. In another, a man played by David Mitchell is trying to cook a meal for his date and is visited by a vision of TV chef Gary Rhodes – played by Robert Webb with a foot-high spiky quiff. "So is that what Gary Rhodes looks like?" says Mitchell unimpressed. "No" smiles the vision, "but this is the best version of me that your imagination could piece together."

ONLY FOOLS & ZOMBIES Last summer I got to meet film director John Landis who in the 80’s directed some of my favourite films – ‘Animal House’, ‘The Blues Brothers’, ‘American Werewolf in London’, ‘Trading Places’, ‘The Three Amigos’ and ‘Coming to America’. He’s been back in the news recently as he was also the director of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ video. Since the ‘King of Plastic Surgery’ passed away, the video’s been on non-stop on the music channels and Landis tells a great story about how the 13 minute video was the first to get a big Hollywood movie premiere "Everyone was there from Marlon Brando to Diana Ross and it got a standing ovation. People were yelling 'encore, encore' and I said 'Sorry there’s no encore!' Then Eddie Murphy got up and shouted – ‘Show the goddamn thing again!’ So they sat there and watched Thriller again.”

When doctors told you that your owner had died Even though you are a monkey I bet you cried So have a sit down, flick the kettle switch on And heat it, just heat it You better drink you better drink what you can Don’t wanna see no bananas, don’t be an orangutan You wanna cuppa tea, better getta brew on So heat it, cos you gonna feel sad (Chorus) Just heat it, heat it, heat it, heat it A cuppa tea picks you up when you’re grievin’ Just add some milk and sugar to your brew It doesn’t matter if it’s one lump or two Just heat it….etc etc Yours sincerely S Gonzalez

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OI BRUCE OVER HERE – ANDY'S GOT YOU A BEER ! As everyone knows one of the best things about Peterborough is that you're only an hour away from London by train, so last month myself and ESP’s music writer Andy Slater went to see Bruce Springsteen play in Hyde Park. From the opening cover version of 'London Calling' to the last song of the night 'Dancing in the Dark’ the charismatic old rocker kept the crowd of 55,000 entertained for over 3 hours... but that's enough about Andy juggling beer bottles and 'liberating' promotional posters from fences, 'The Boss' wasn't bad either.

JOKESOFTHEMONTH "I think there's something wrong with putting a roof on Wimbledon for the tennis, you're tampering with the very fabric of a national institution – that it rains at Wimbledon. It's like putting doors on Stonehenge. It's wrong. What I'd like to see next year is that as the roof closes, the ground opens up and the crowd fall in." – Sean Lock "Do you think that sometimes to wind up Prince Charles when he walks in the room, The Queen pretends to be dead? He's there going 'Yeess!' and she goes 'Ah, one has got yer'. – Jason Manford

STANDOUTSTANDUP Top impressionist Alistair McGowan’s just been confirmed to play at the Cresset on November 24. He’s the first of a cracking line up at the Bretton venue which is really pulling in the comedy stars. It’s a great coup for the Cresset to have bagged a date with the king of impersonation on what will be his first stand-up solo tour for a decade. He’s been concentrating on TV shows like ‘The Big Impression’ but now he’s taking to the road in a one-man show with some brand new impressions. Tickets cost £15. To book, call the Cresset on 01733 265705, or visit After Jimmy Carr’s two shows on September 5 (tickets £22.50) Dave Gorman brings his ‘Sit Down, Pedal, Pedal, Stop And Stand Up’ tour on September 10. He’s travelling between each of the 32 venues on the tour by pushbike! (Tickets £15). Then multi award-winning comedian Jason Manford will be appearing on October 15. He’s best known for guest appearances on TV’s ‘Live At The Apollo’ and ‘Eight Out of Ten Cats’. (Tickets £15) Looking ahead Ricky Tomlinson from the ‘Royle Family’ is booked for November 7. Just a day later, Kevin Bloody Wilson brings his songs and anecdotes to the Cresset on November 8, charming comedian Stephen K Amos appears on November 14 in a brand new show and then Cornish comedian Jethro finishes off the line-up on November 19. Box office: 01733 265705 or 01733 842500.

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After a bit of travelling around of late, this month’s column will have a more local flavour to it, as two of the annual favourites take place in August, one of them with a big headline act. The team behind Randall Rootz (August 14 – 16) have pulled a real iron out the fire by getting The New Beautiful South to headline on the Friday night. A band that has sold 15 million albums playing the Brewery Tap has got to be a good thing and the band is looking forward to it. “We’ve passed through Peterborough before but we never played, it‘s our first time. It’s always good to play somewhere new,” singer Dave Hemingway told ESP. Far from being a big stadium gig like they used to play in the 90s Dave is acutely aware of the benefits of a more

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Talking to the guys it’s clear that some of the older songs didn’t quite work with the new line-up but those lucky enough to have tickets should hear most of the classic hits as well as a few new tunes – “There’ll still be plenty of the songs to sing along to and we’ll be enjoying ourselves as much as you.” It bodes well for the festival. On the Saturday and Sunday over at Charters you have a massive amount of music to choose from, and it’s all free. Pick of the bands for me are Kissmet who play a very rare city gig and will be on about 9pm on Saturday. They are now regarded as one of the best festival circuit bands with their fusion of reggae / banghra / rock. If ever there was a band for a balmy summer night and the sky above your head, this is it. A festival band personified. Another good call, and a reason to be there at midday on Saturday (it’s the music I’m going for, not the beer, honest love…) is Saturday openers Opaque. A happy, intelligent, free-spirited way to rock the festival off to a flyer, Mooney and the boys will set the standard for the others to follow. Take your pick then from Chris Watson, The Malingerers, The Stolen Gnomes and our very own Andy Whittaker-fronted Motor City Vipers (think Pot Noodle advert in the gym). They’re all worth a trip to see on their own, never mind as a collective. Do the whole weekend, you know it makes sense and you’ll be raising money for Sue Ryder at Thorpe Hall so feel good about yourself too. ESP is supporting Randall Rootz as one of our ‘Perfect Ten’ events this year as we celebrate ten years in business by backing, or staging, a number of local events, so we’ll see you there with our cameras!

Another local treasure this month is the Thorney Live music event, now in its 14th year! Based in the grounds of Bedford Hall this charity fund raiser has eight bands and a bar, what else is there?! Musically you have Brotherhoods Roundabout (led by everyone’s favourite plumber, Smithy), The Mighty Quinn, Simon Russell, Faze 4, the Big Grin, Irene’s Secret (sounds like a lingerie collection)The Overdubs and The Motor City Vipers.

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It’s only a fiver to get in and under 16’s go free so it’s a great family day out as well. It’s on August 30, bank holiday Sunday as well, so no work the next day… lie in! Gates open at 11.30am The other big festival round and about is Summer Sundae at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall on August 14 - 16. Headlined by The Streets, The Charlatans, Idlewild and The Zutons it promises to be a cracking weekend. Also playing are The Beat, St Ettiene and The Lightning Seeds and with England hopefully regaining the Ashes by then ‘three lions on the chest’ should be ringing out all over the place. See for the last remaining tickets.

Finally though I can’t miss the chance to comment on a great weekend I drank away at the end of June in London. Firstly Neil Young, Hyde Park with Liv and Tracy on the Saturday. Absolutely awesome, he’s an icon of cool, 62 years old strutting and snarling through his repertoire like a 18 year-old. The gig was the best this year by far. It’s the second time I’ve seen him and both times I’ve been blown away, should you ever get the chance to see him you should, just to say you’ve been. Then on the Sunday I went back down again with fellow ESP columnist Steve ‘not so funny’ Gonzales to watch The Boss, Bruce Springsteen. He too was amazing, another geezer of advanced years he wowed the crowd for three hours. He was that good I swiped a Bruce banner off the fence 12’ x 6’ …don’t know what the hell to do with it but hey ho… good idea at the time. Anyway Steve, sorry to say, Bruce is The Boss but Neil Young is a god. ‘keep on rockin’ in a free world; Steve… keep on rockin’!

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THE MALINGERERS There are several bands around that claim to be unique, but few can be more unique than The Malingerers, who I caught playing in Stamford recently. Featuring several members from the now disbanded and much-lamented Surgens, The Malingerers have been busy writing new material and welding together a fresh and exciting sound from the melting pot of old-time country, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Think twisted harmonies and lyrics, wailing harmonica, country picking, bouncing bass and shuffly snare and you’re about there! Their performance was simply astounding and if you want to catch them soon, there’s no better place than at the Randall Rootz Festival on August 15 & 16. The Malingerers play on the Sunday at around 1pm.

LIVE @ THE VOODOO LOUNGE The Stamford crew at Mama Liz’s continue to up the ante on the live-music scene and August is no exception. Just take a look at their website to see what’s on! But, to highlight a few corkers, the Boomerang Returns sessions kick the month off on Saturday August 1 with Kerry Devine, Julian & Jesse Wright and local songstress, Irene Rae. Then on Saturday August 8, the No Country for Old Men sessions continue with The Mojo Kings and Joe Solo, then again on Saturday August 22 when The Drugstore Cowboys take over the venue for the evening. If you like your soul and funk, then don’t miss Groove Cartel on Friday August 28, but make sure you take your dancing shoes!


If you want great singers, songwriters and dancers all in one show, with more than a little sexiness thrown in for good measure, then go to see them at Ebeneezers, Grove Street, Peterborough on Friday August 7. Tickets are just £5.


“I’m going for the music darling, honest!” The Peterborough Beer Festival kicks off on Tuesday August 25 until Saturday August 29 on the Embankment. While there will certainly be hundreds of beers, ciders and wines to choose from, it’s the stunning line-up of live music that always attracts me to the evening sessions (I only drink during the day!) Check out the line-up in our Beer Fest feature on p.8, but if you want to see a show, then head to the fest on Friday August 28 when League of Mentalmen take to the stage turning well-known pop ballads into rock monsters, punk classics into reggae vibes and

One of the toughest things for local bands is finding rehearsal space where they won’t fall out with the neighbours! Now there’s an answer for your musical needs in more ways than one. El Tano is a new rehearsal space, recording studio and the venue for drum tuition and sales – sorted! It’s run by two local guys, including none other than local drummer Carlos Palato, who you’ve probably seen in action at the Thorpe Lodge Cellar Bar amongst many other venues, either under his name or his band Latin Colour. Carlos knows his music having been a sound engineer and session ( August )

After a whole year of hard work rehearsing, gigging and working on their debut album, girl-group, Ragestar, are now ready to take the world by storm. Having changed the line-up of the band several times in search of the perfect fifth member, they have at last found 18 year-old Emma Hunt (far left). The girls tell us Emma is – “feisty and brings her own individual element into the band.”



dance tunes into erection-section ballads. Imagine Robbie Williams’ ‘Angels’ done stadium-rock style and you’ll get the idea! Supported by Symptom, this is bound to be a great night of high-octane music and fancy wigs. The last night at the festival on Saturday August 29 is set to be another classic, when Madness tribute band One Step Beyond will play to a guaranteed-to-be packed out marquee. Supported by local acoustic-rock gods, Angryman, be sure you get there by 7pm in order not to miss anything!

Deep Purple arguably wrote some of the greatest rock songs in living memory and through the musical interpretation of tribute band, Pure Purple, the music of Ian Gillan, Lenny Glover, Ritchie Blackmore, John Lord and Ian Paice - the classic Purple line-up lives on. Pure Purple perform the songs with the same infectious energy and passion as Deep Purple did in the 70s and go to great lengths to sound as authentic as possible with Marshal Amps, Hammond Organ, Fender Guitars and Leslie Speakers. To see Pure Purple, with support from Stealer, then Saturday September 12 is the date to head to the Bourne Corn Exchange. Tickets are available from the box office. musician for Warner Music and having toured with many a famous name including Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin. He’s partnered up with Steve Drinkwater to provide a cracking new facility for local musicians over at The Square in Vicarage Farm Road. The rehearsal space is fully kitted out; all you have to do is plug in your equipment and play! The recording studio will be up and running this month and with Carlos on board you get the added bonus of some expert advice and guidance. You can hire the rehearsal space by the hour, and if you fancy learning to play the drums Carlos can help with that too… he can even mend them! Get yourself booked in on 01733 873147 or 07956 050237.


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Food Times Mon – Fri Lunch 11am – 2pm (Bar snacks from £3.50 or 2 courses from £4.95) Evening 5pm – 8pm Saturday Lunch 11am – 3pm Evening 10pm ‘til late

Sunday Lunch 12pm – 4pm (£7.95 for 2 courses)

Friday 21st August

Kent Duchaine sunday 23rd August

The Gangsters live in the garden from 3pm Friday 28th August

• Relax by the river in the largest beer garden in the City Centre • Great selection of Real Ales • Traditional Ciders • Extensive range of Belgian/Continental Beers, Whiskeys and Wine For further details please see our website.

The Mighty Quinn

Town Bridge, Peterborough 01733 315700

Live Music

Members Club New members welcome

August 1st 8th 15th 22nd 29th

Overdubs Honeywell TBC Frixion Grumpy Old Men

Admission £2 – members free 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 • Function room available for party hire (not Saturdays)

Ebeneezers, Grove Street, Peterborough Tel: 01733 567352







The Three Horseshoes Werrington

Peterborough Post Office Club Peterborough


Mama Liz's Stamford

Westwood Hotel Mayors Walk

THU JUL 30 OPEN MIC NIGHT The Harrier Gunthorpe

OPEN MIC NIGHT Cherry Tree Oundle Road


Ebeneezers Woodston



Cherry Tree Oundle Road

Wheatsheaf Eastfield Rd





Westwood Hotel Mayors Walk


Thorpe Lodge Hotel Thorpe Road

Ferry Meadows Peterborough


The Blue Bell Dogsthorpe




The Fayre Spot Bretton

The Three Horseshoes Werrington

Woodston The Blue Bell Dogsthorpe




MIGHTY QUINN The Cock Inn Werrington

Charters Beer Garden Peterborough



Nags Head Beer Festival Eastrea Whittlesey



Club Revolution Peterborough


THE OVERDUBS The Hit Or Miss Stamford



Cherry Tree Oundle Road

The Boat Inn Whittlesey



Club Revolution Peterborough

Mama Liz's Stamford

The Fayre Spot Bretton Centre




Swiss Cottage Woodston

The Hit Or Miss Stamford




Charters Town Bridge

Club Revolution Peterborough

The Cock Inn Werrington



LES WOODS BAND The Swiss Cottage Woodston


OAK The Hit or Miss Stamford

STEALER Cherry Tree Oundle Road

STORM The Blue Bell Dogsthorpe

Club Revolution Peterborough


TEMALLICA Toreador Stamford

Mama Liz's Stamford

THE MOONLIGHT SHADOWS The Halcyon Atherstone Ave



Whittle Way Stanground



Mama Liz's Stamford



101 PROOF The Prince of Wales Castor

ACOUSTIC & WORLD MUSIC Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford


BURLESQUE The Dragon Werrington

DAN (FROM THE LOUNGE) The Toreador Bar Stamford

FILTHY LUCRE The Lord Westwood Westwood

LEFTOVAS Lord Nelson Morton

The Hit Or Miss Stamford



The Bell Green End Road, Sawtry

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

FRANKLY MY DEAR The Blue Bell Dogsthorpe

LEE MAJOR The Fayre Spot Bretton Centre

NO MANS BAND Cherry Tree Oundle Road

RAGESTAR Ebeneezers Woodston



The Harrier Gunthorpe

The Hit Or Miss Stamford

SAT AUG 8 ALADINSANE Cherry Tree Oundle Road

RETROLUX THE DAMNED + FAKE EXTERIOR Club Revolution Peterborough

Toreador Stamford




RETROLUX Cherry Tree Oundle Road







Club Revolution Peterborough

TUE AUG 11 CREAM DAY + DUCKING PUNCHES Club Revolution Peterborough

Cherry Tree Oundle Road

Corn Exchange Theatre Stamford

KEV REYNOLDS The New Decoy Peterborough

LEGEND The Blue Bell Dogsthorpe

LLOYD WATSON The Three Horseshoes Werrington



Mama Liz's Stamford


The Hit Or Miss Stamford Ebeneezers Oundle Road




NEW DISASTER + VERAX Club Revolution Peterborough


O'Neill’s Broadway

The Three Horseshoes Werrington

NO MAN'S BAND Westwood Hotel Mayors Walk

PORKY PIG The Marquis of Granby Bourne

RETROLUX The Ostrich Peterborough



THE PULSE King William March


NIMMING NED + BACK PORCH BAND Beer Festival The Embankment


Club Revolution Peterborough



Club Revolution Peterborough

The Fayre Spot Bretton


The Jubilee Bourne

THE PULSE The Blue Bell Dogsthorpe

TWENTY 4 The Hit Or Miss Stamford

SAT AUG 29 ANGRYMAN + ONE STEP BEHIND Beer Festival The Embankment

CHILL FACTOR The Cock Inn Werrington








The Cock Inn Werrington

Quinns Whittlesey

The Sports Lounge Peterborough

The Harrier Gunthorpe

Beer Festival The Embankment



Goodbarns Yard Peterborough


Pear Tree Stamford

Mama Liz's Stamford





OPEN MIC NIGHT Cherry Tree Oundle Road


The Coach House Market Deeping

LLOYD WATSON Westwood Hotel Mayors Walk

STORM The Ostrich North Street

UNLIMITED Cherry Tree Oundle Road

SUN AUG 30 ALADINSANE + LEE MAJOR + THE GUARDS + CIRCA 73 The Deeping Stage Market Deeping



LEFTOVAS The Burghley Bourne


Beer Festival The Embankment

The Lord Burghley Stamford






The Bell Deeping St James

The Hit Or Miss Stamford

The Prince of Wales Castor

BLACK ROSE Cherry Tree Oundle Road

CITIZEN SMITH The Cock Inn Werrington

Beer Festival The Embankment

CRASH & BURN Cherry Tree Oundle Road

SHAMELESS The Ivy Leaf Club Whittlesey

THE HOUNDOGS The Talbot Inn Stilton

DWAYNE WATSON The Fayre Spot Bretton Centre

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

Friday 21st August A Tribute to Michael Jackson Live songs and a spectacular dance performance, ‘Ben – A Tribute to Michael Jackson’ is the closest you’ll now get to the real thing. £19.95 per person. Includes a two course meal, tribute act and a disco. Just 2 miles from the centre of Peterborough, the Holiday Inn Peterborough West is one of the city's most prestigious hotels, fully air conditioned and situated opposite an excellent 18-hole golf course and some 500 acres of beautiful parkland. With our recent refurbishment, our contemporary restaurant has an excellent reputation, as has the hotel's Club Moativation with pool, spa, sauna, steam room, aerobics, beauty treatment, solarium and gym. Golf at Thorpe Wood course opposite the hotel can be pre-booked.

Holiday Inn Peterborough West Thorpewood, Peterborough PE3 6SG

Tel: 0871 9429 186

Friday 11th September Face of ESP Final The most glamorous social event of the year, when a new Face of ESP will be chosen. Limited tickets for the general public are available for £11 each from 01733 579707.

Friday 23rd October Soul & Motown Night Soul food buffet and dancing to Soul DJ Steve Allen and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Soul Show host Ian Gray Full ticket - £19.95. Late Night Reveller - £10

Grease really is the word! Head Back To The 50’s And Experience A Great Party Night Christmas Parties – various dates throughout November and December including entertainment, disco and three course meal From £19.00

SOUND OF THE UNDERGROUND Dubstep comes to Stamford on August 8 – with a little bit of D’n’B, of course – when DJs Sam Cartwright, Nick Crook and James Drain take the Toreador truly underground. Promising dirty, bassheavy sets, these three newcomers could become a regular fixture on the Stamford scene – support it and you’ll be able to say you were there from the start! Entry is free.

TUSSLE WITH THE BEAST ESCAPE FROM DUBAI Hijack celebrate their third birthday on August 29 at The Park and this year’s bash is set to be their biggest yet – Radio 1's Fabio and Grooverider will be making a long overdue return to Peterborough. Two of the original jungle/drum ‘n’ bass pioneers, Fabio and Grooverider have helped to build and mould your favourite sounds into what you hear today. Now, they’ve got weekly shows on Radio 1 and are constantly headlining events all over the world – expect nothing but the biggest, baddest and toughest tunes around! Entry £10, advance tickets available from

HOT & HALF-NAKED If you’re a fan of beautiful girls – or think you’re pretty hot yourself, don’t miss the first heat of Central’s annual Miss Wet T-shirt Competition in Stamford on August 6. All entrants will receive free bubbly and the chance to compete at the final on August 12, where the winner will bag a big cash prize and all runners-up will walk away with goodies too!

PRE-LONDON CARNIVAL SPECIAL Bizzy T hosts a massive party at The Park on August 28 – it’s a warm-up for the London carnival, the grand finalé of the Frantic Fridayz series of nights, the official launch of the refurbished Park nightclub and Lionheart Promotion’s fourth anniversary party. BBC 1xtra’s Seani B, king of the mash-up, will be overseeing a night with live PAs from Gus Tafari, Ninja Dan, Jusa, New Vibes Entertainment and others playing reggae, dancehall, funky house, bassline and grime – the ultimate versus battle!

TWISTA DJ @ SPEED SWING One of the Midland’s best funky house DJs, Twista DJ, will be coming to The Park on August 7 for Speed Swing – expect a fast-paced mash-up of the latest urban tracks as well as old skool classics. Entry for ladies is free and £4 for gents before midnight.

JAMAICA CELEBRATIONS Celebrate Jamaica’s Independence Day on August 8 at The Park with Lantan the Reggae Genie, Ras Ackeem, Role Mode and Gus, all straight from Jamaica. As well as dancers, there’ll be DJs playing the hottest reggae, R’n’B and hiphop tunes; there’ll also be Jamaican food such as jerk chicken and curry goat available in the smoking garden. Entry £7.

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With a reputation for showcasing UK hip-hop’s biggest stars, Locality moves to Club Revolution, upstairs at The Park, on August 1 for a show from Klashnekoff. Born and raised in Hackney, London his lyrics deal with growing up on the streets and he had a massive underground hit with his 2004 release ‘The Sagas of’ and his single ‘It’s Murda,’ got him the attention of Channel U. This show’s part of his tour to promote the upcoming album, ‘Beyond the Sagas’ and support comes from Ill Gramr and Omen D, who’ll be launching Ill Gramr’s second release ‘Reload’d’. Between these, there’ll be hip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass and dubstep DJ sets and MCs. Entry £10, which includes a mix CD.


CLUBLAND HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHAGGY! Shaggy, the man in charge at Club Dissident, will be celebrating his 27th birthday on August 1 and has got a rather special night organised, with live music and DJ sets. Returning to the city will be Free Peace, who blend hip-hop, psychedelic rock and soul for a real festival vibe and Opaque will be playing their unique mix of indie and electronica. Shaggy himself will be on the decks playing dubstep, techno and progressive psy, along with the Random Bullsh*t Generator. Entry is £3, to cover Free Peace’s travel costs.

HONEYS AND HENNESSY It’s time to get glamorous for the Hustlers & Divas night at The Park on August 1, a champagnefuelled celebration of Friday night! With an Afro Beat set from Leicester’s DJ Runie and Millenium Sound, Black Heart Sound and Village Sound playing bassline, R’n’B and bashment, dress to impress for one of the hottest parties this month. Tickets £7 in advance on 07971 084308 / 07908 342246.

Club Dissident play host to a Bank Holiday mashup on August 30 at Club Dissident and all DJs and MCs are invited to take part! All styles will hopefully be represented, so come along and make the weekend last into the small hours of Bank Holiday Monday! If you want a slot to perform, they’re being dished out on a first come first served basis, so email Justin at Entry is £3

D‘N’B BATTLES Three systems will be battling it out across two rooms at Bish Bash Bosh on August 8 at Club Dissident when they go head to head with DJs from Bass Camp and Nocturnal. With the emphasis on hardcore and drum ‘n’ bass, DJs such as Surj, The Alliance, Messy P, Vaypa, Sparky, Dexter. Bully and Line-z will be tearing it up all night. There’ll be another night of heavy drum ‘n’ bass battles at Terror Bass on August 21, with Sly and MC Trigga, amongst others, leading the charge.

ECLECTIC BEATS @ DISSIDENT Fancy something a little different? Some Other Future on August 29 will be pushing the boundaries of D‘n’B, dubstep and techstep, promising eclectic mixes from The Jellyhead Collective and White Noise across two rooms. To help open your mind, the first 50 people at the bar will receive a free shot of whatever bottles the promoter has in! Entry £5.

ENERGY BEATS COLLECTIVE HIT STAMFORD The Energy Beats Collective is back with their annual summer of drum ‘n’ bass, UK garage and dubstep night at The Millstone in Stamford on August 8. There’ll be five DJs and three MCs playing out from 8.30pm - 12.30m. Dress to impress and make the effort it’ll be worth it!

RED LETTER LAUNCH Subliminal have a massive night on August 14 at Club Dissident, where they’ll be helping launch Digital and Outrage’s new album, Red Letter. They’re both huge on the D‘n’B scene – Digital is known for his heavily dubbed-out basslines and has played at Fabric, Creamfields and Global Gathering, whereas Outrage goes for deeper, more abstract sounds and his cerebral, experimental sounds have seen him play at events such as Belgium’s famous Love Parade. Both of these producers joining forces is a big thing, so don’t miss your chance to hear some future classics! Entry £5.

FINAL DJ BATTLE @ DISSIDENT The past few months have seen loads of talented bedroom DJ’s and professionals compete in Club Dissident’s DJ Competition – only five remain to battle in the final on August 15. DJ Lukas, playing breaks and Leon, Mr Sneakz, Lokut and Kaos, playing drum ‘n’ bass, will be playing an hour’s set each before being judged and scored by the crowd, with the winner closing the night and walking away with £200 cash. It’s been an intense competition, with many people taking part going on to start their own nights or getting slots across the city – it’ll run again next year, so if you fancy yourself as the next Goldie, get practising now!

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• Mon Night Biker Nite • Every Sunday night Karaoke

August Sat 1st Louis Lane and the Supermen Sat 8th Mighty Quinn Fri 14th Leon Sat 15th Disco Fri 21st Lloyd Watson Sat 22nd Citizen Smith Sat 29th Chill Factor

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Rehearsal Room Acoustics set up, fully equipped PA system, you just need your equipment. Hire price from £10 per hour

Recording Studio Come and make your own demo tracks We use Apple Mac and Pro Tools, 32 channels

‘Special Night’

Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday Dine in our restaurant - choose anything from the menu

Drum Tuition / Sales & Repairs 19-20 The Square, Vicarage Farm Road, Fengate, Peterborough PE1 5TS

Tel: 01733 242002 / 873147 • Mob: 07956 050237

(excluding King Prawn dishes)

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It looks like there’s going to be another exciting season ahead for football fans in Peterborough with Posh in the Championship. ESP’s Mark Shaw catches up with team captain Russell Martin…

The team head into the new season on a high after back-to-back promotions under Ferguson’s charge. “Everyone’s really excited. We are going into the season feeling optimistic – pre season has been really good,” revealed captain Russell Martin.

Photos: Paul Young - Nene Digital

“Last season we set the target of promotion, we haven’t set a target for this season yet, although that could still happen. Our aim is to

just go and establish ourselves – we don’t want to struggle – and we have enough ability in the squad to do that.

“He’s going to be linked with other clubs just because of the success he has had here, so him staying gives us a lot of confidence.”

“Momentum is very important. It can take you a lot of places in a short space of time. So it’s vitally important we maintain the momentum we have.”

Russell expects tough tests every week, but there appears to be one stand out fixture for the players. “Newcastle is the biggest game,” he revealed without any hesitation.

There have been a few new arrivals at London Road during the summer, but for the players the most important thing was keeping their indemand manager where he was.

“But every week we’ll be playing a massive club, there are going to be no easy games. They’re all going to be really tough.

“Keeping the manager was the best bit of business the club has done,” Russell told ESP. “It was massive news to hear he’d signed a new contract – he has brought most of the lads here and has a lot of respect from them all.

The treble winning Phantoms after securing the play-off title in Coventry.

“All of us want to get to the best level we can, and the best way we can do that is by proving ourselves against the highest level of players possible. We all want to play at the top level. We proved ourselves last year and want to do it again.”

Photo: Peterborough United

Darren Ferguson’s side start life in the second tier of English football this month with a trip to Derby on Saturday August 8, while mouthwatering clashes with the likes of West Brom, Nottingham Forest, Newcastle and Middlesbrough beckon in the months ahead.

Doug Irwin (new coach)

Jason Cassells (new overseas forward)

PHANTOMS READY TO RETURN TO BUSINESS The 2008/2009 season is one that surpassed the wildest dreams of all local ice hockey fans with Phantoms winning an unprecedented treble of League, Cup and Play-Offs but anybody who thought the Bretton-based side would be taking a breather in the forthcoming campaign had better think again. As expected, last season's headline grabbing campaign resulted in a number of big money contracts being offered to Phantoms players resulting in some big-name departures, but for every quality player lured away from the club, there has been a quality replacement inbound. Heading the list of summer re-signings was netminder Stephen Wall who lived up to his surname last season and was always the club's top priority for the new campaign. On defence, the club lost stalwarts James Hutchinson and Andy Munroe but have moved swiftly to bring in former Phantom Nick Compton

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who, since leaving the club, has been developing strongly in North American college hockey and Alex Symonds who has Elite League experience with Cardiff Devils. Familiar returnees on the blue line will include fan's favourite Dwayne Newman along with Julian Smith and Thomas Jeffery. The early-summer departures of Nathan Rempel and Craig Peacock were significant blows to the club but fans can look forward to some very exciting inbound talent headed by highly regarded and prolific marksman Jason Cassells who’s joined the club from Elite League Edinburgh Capitals. Joining Jason will be Tom Carlon, another highly sought after forward who has experience at Elite League level. Familiar returnees to Phantoms forward line will be former Peterborough Evening Telegraph Sports Personality of the Year Brent Gough, former Olympian Maris Ziedins, club captain Lewis Buckman, Joe Miller, Shaun Yardley and James Spurr.

Further signings are expected between now and the start of the pre-season campaign in early September. Off the ice, the club moved sharply to replace departing treble-winning coach Colin Patterson with 40 year-old fellow countryman Doug Irwin who has professional coaching experience in both North America and Europe. The 2009/2010 English Premier League season will see the added challenge for Peterborough's reigning champions of locking horns with former Elite League clubs Manchester Phoenix and Basingstoke Bison, both of whom have chosen to drop down from the arena based top flight and will be viewed by many as the teams to beat in the new campaign. A tough season ahead but Peterborough Phantoms are shaping up ready to defend their titles and will be in no mood to make life easy for any of their ambitious rivals!


The Events field this summer The ULTIMATE Combat Gaming Experience Airsoft is a military simulation game similar to paintball. It costs a lot less to play, it hurts less and uses realistic looking replica weapons.

DUBLICIOUS 14th – 16th August 2009 Free Camping (family & general) Advance weekend tickets £10 pp On the Gate £15 pp Sundays £5 pp 3 Music Zones Live Bands Food Zones And much more…

WOZWOLF RALLY 27th - 31st August 2009 National Rally Club New Site Near Peterborough Limited Numbers only with 600 Limit £26 (strictly pre-book) No ticket – no bike – no entry Absolutely no cars or caravans.


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.

01733 247171 email: Airsoft Shop

August sale - buy one DVD get one FREE

Visit Licence to Thrill for 1000’s of DVDs, adult toys, libo pills and much more Licence to Thrill Unit 7, Park Road, Peterborough (Opposite Westgate Dept. Store) Open Monday To Saturday 10am to 6pm

01733 341555

4th – 6th September 2009 All weekend £11 Saturday Day £6 Friday OR Saturday Night £4 Excellent Pub Grub Stalls No under 14s

The Fox

Crown Inn

• Family friendly pub with beer garden • Home cooked bar food daily • New Tapas menu available • A La Carte restaurant Thurs - Sat • Sunday lunch 12-4.30pm - booking essential • Garden marquee available for functions, weddings etc. • Petanque terrain • Outside bars and hog roast available

The Fox, Folksworth Tel: 01733 240 258

• Real Ales served in our friendly welcoming bar • Beautiful village setting • Home cooked food served Tues-Sat 12-2pm and 6pm-8pm • Sunday Lunch 12-6pm £6-95 Main St, Great Casterton, Stamford Tel: 01780 489463


Cherry Tree

• Live music every weekend (check ESP Gig Guide) • Food served Mon-Friday • Sky • Real Ales • BBQ every Sunday • Quiz Night Sundays & Tuesdays • Large family beer garden St Pauls Road, Dogsthorpe Tel: 01733 554890

• Food served daily, Mon – Sat 12pm2pm and 6pm-9pm. Sun 12 – 5.30pm • 3 course Sunday Lunch £9.95 • Children’s menu and play area • Every Tuesday - Karaoke 9pm • Every Wednesday - Quiz Night 9.30pm Oundle Road, Woodston, Peterborough Tel: 01733 703495

The Roundhead


• Sky Sports • Karaoke every Friday • Live music every Saturday • Children welcome till 7pm • Happy hour 9.30am -12pm • Meals from £2.99 • Now serving Sunday roasts • FUNCTION ROOM FOR HIRE Rightwell East, Bretton. Tel: 01733 267340

• Family friendly with beer garden • Full children's menu • Sunday roast from £5.49 • Sky sports • Curry & Quiz night every Wednesday • Karaoke every Friday • Poker every Tuesday and Sunday from 8pm Atherstone Ave, Peterborough Tel: 01733 263801

Cross Keys

The Golden Pheasant

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Oundle Rd, Peterborough Tel: 01733 565103

• Food served daily noon – 2pm and 6pm – 9pm, Sundays 12noon ‘til 6pm • Open all day Fri, Sat, Sun • Pit-stop for Green Wheel cycle route • Real ales, large beer garden and parking area Main Road, Etton, Peterborough. Tel: 01733 252387

The Harrier(Hungry Horse)

Lime Tree

• Sky • Carling at £1.95 during major sports • Karaoke every Friday • Live bands Saturdays • Food served all day, every day • Sunday roast from £5.49 – full children’s menu 184 Gunthorpe Rd, Peterborough Tel: 01733 575362

• Live entertainment - SEE ESP GUIDE • Live Sky sports • Real Ales • Beer gardens front and rear • Two pool tables • Quiz every Sunday night • Function room for hire

Thorpe Lodge Hotel


Sky Sports Beer garden Two pool tables Live music Karaoke / Disco Sats Poker night every Sunday

• Live music every weekend in the Cellar Bar • Ideal for the City Centre • 19 ensuite Guest Rooms • Evening meals served in the restaurant – open to the public • Bar snacks available • Plenty of parking • New Beer Garden 83 Thorpe Rd, Peterborough Tel: 01733 348759

Paston Lane, Walton Tel: 01733 708320

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