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residential which we feel is right for the over all scheme.” They’ve already had a great deal of interest in the remaining units from national and regional occupiers so let’s hope there are some exciting stores on the way!

NEW BAR @ BACCARA The site will also have space for 2-3 other developments including restaurants and two national chains are already interested. Spokesman Steve Hawkins from Barker Storey Matthews told ESP – “It’s good to see such positive developments in Peterborough. We’re still going through the planning process and the city council is being very helpful. There’s a real demand in this part of the city which at the moment is under supplied.”

NANDOS FOR CITY CENTRE

And so are we as it’ll not only provide another welcome addition to the dining out scene but will also create more than 30 new jobs. Nando's is the home of legendary, Portuguese flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken served in a warm, fun and vibrant atmosphere. Each of their restaurants are individually designed with unique features and this one will be on Cathedral Square with seating for 100 diners.

NEW HEALTH CLUB FOR HAMPTON Forget the doom and gloom it’s all happening here in Peterborough! Plans for a new health club in Hampton are said to be advancing well with an operator already lined up. Designs for the club which will include a 25m swimming pool are being finalised and if everything’s approved building work could start by the summer.

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HUBS PLACE Whittlesey’s not missing out on new developments either with the new bar and restaurant Hubs Place now open for business on the Market Place. If you haven’t taken a peek yet it’s looking good! This month is an ideal time to give the restaurant a try as they’re offering a special Valentine’s menu including tasty sounding dishes such as duck and plum terrine, rump steak, tuna, chicken stuffed with asparagus, desserts to share and a free bottle of wine all for just £20 per head!

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Fans of Nandos restaurants will be pleased to hear the famous chain looks set to open in the city centre this summer! In fact they’ve had their eye on Peterborough for around five years now but have been waiting for the right spot. A Nandos spokesman told ESP – “We’re in negotiations at present and it’s all looking very positive. We like to go where there’s a demand for Nandos and its clear people in the area are right behind us. We’re very excited.”

Planning consent’s been given to extend the former Baccara building on Broadway and a new bar operator has made a formal offer on the site. Spokesman Steve Hawkins from Barker Storey Matthews wouldn’t reveal who exactly, but told ESP it was a long term investment from a national name making an investment of around £3.25m in the new venue. The conservatory area will be replaced with a two storey extension including an upstairs terrace area so watch this space for more details as we get them!

BROADWAY OPENS AT LAST! Get ready for the big opening night of the Broadway Theatre on Saturday February 12 with top dance group Flawless the opening act. The waiting’s finally over as the city’s biggest theatre re-opens with a bang so expect a red carpet affair. Some of the other shows already lined up include Joseph, Blood Brothers, the Chippendales, Abbamania, Spirit of the Dance, Elvis on Tour, Neil Morrissey and Jim Davidson among many, many more. Flawless have the sharpest new moves, the slickest routines and the hottest beats around, their breathtaking show Chase the Dream will start The Broadway Theatre’s new season in style!

NEW CENTRE @ HEMPSTED We could see work starting on some great new shops and a new neighbourhood centre at Hempsted within the next few months if the city council backs the plans this month. The £3million neighbourhood centre is part of a new housing estate between London Road and Drake Avenue. It includes plans for seven retail units in all, as well as 15 residential apartments above. Ben Sheppard of Sheppard Developments which has bought the site told ESP – “This is truly a mixed use scheme, and the neighbourhood centre represents a good mix of retail and

SWANKY RAGS FOR THE BRIDE TO BE Swanky Rags along Broadway are as glamorous as ever, and tell us they’ll soon have a new range of bridal gowns in stock this month. You’ll be able to select from many popular designs from the likes of Scarlett Evening, Night Moves, eXtreme & eXcite and Joli Prom. Don’t forget that you can also pamper yourself by getting your hair cut by London trained stylist Leyla, who uses a range of products from Bead Head, Matrix and Tigi. Look out for the S.W.A.G.S charity walk, coming soon!


February 5. They’re one of the few bands that attract a large enough crowd to warrant the use of the conference suite and they’re showcasing 12 new songs, so get there early!

CUPIDS WEDDING SHOW

ESP’S KAREN LOVES LOCAL ESP’s nutritionist Karen Devine is helping launch a brand new local fruit and veg shop in Peterborough. Love Local is a new shop, which will offer high quality, fresh, local produce at the best value prices, with a friendly and welcoming service. The launch is on January 31, where there’ll be a ribbon cutting at 3.30pm, cooking demonstrations throughout the day and plenty of free tasters! It’s located along Central Avenue, Dogsthorpe. Here’s to a healthier new year!

RACE TO WEBSITE Listen up girls – we hear the Race For Life website goes live on February 17 so you can start entering from then onwards. This year the event’s relocating from Ferry Meadows to the Embankment in Peterborough and takes place on June 12. The Stamford race will still be at Burghley Park and takes place over two days – May 14 and 15. www.raceforlife.org

All those brides to be will be very excited to hear that it’s not long until the region’s greatest wedding show takes place at the East of England Showground on February 20. Organised by Cupids Wedding Shows, each show is packed full of inspirational ideas from the very best exhibitors, including large high street retailers and the smaller boutique wedding service providers. Whether you’re just starting your wedding planning, or you’re adding the finishing touches, you’re sure to find what you need at this fantastic event. There’s also a wedding show on at the Springfields Exhibition Centre on March 6. You’ll be spoilt for choice with everything from wedding dresses, tiaras, cakes, photographers and so much more! There’s also the chance to get a free glass of bubbly if you’re one of the first 250 brides to arrive, and with free parking – you won’t want to miss out. For more info, call 01775 765385.

SHARPE’S SGT HARPER HITS THE KEY

SING YOUR HEART OUT Learn to sing with the aid of Sing for Heroes 2011 – Peterborough Male Voice Choir is looking for members. Even if your experience is, shall we say ‘limited,’ you’re welcome to take part and gain some confidence. Finishing with a concert in aid of Help For Heroes with Lesley Garret at the Broadway theatre, introductory sessions take place on February 17 and 18. For more information, call 01733 232596 or email sing4heroes@peterborough mvchoir.org.uk

GET RICH QUICK BBC’s Flog it! Is coming to Peterborough Cathedral on February 25 and their experts will be valuing anything and everything – providing you can carry it through the doors! For more information, call 0117 974 7839 or email flogit@bbc.co.uk

THE IRREPRESIBLE REPLICAS One of Peterborough’s favourite covers band, the Replicas, are playing a special gig at the Cherry Tree, Oundle Road on

Fans of the hit TV series Sharpe will instantly recognise actor Daragh O’Malley who’s best known as Sgt Pat Harper in the show. Well now you can see him live in the city when he appears at the Key Theatre as part of the national tour of Brian Friel’s critically acclaimed Dancing at Lughnasa, on February 14-16. The story’s set in the summer of 1936 and follows the story of the Mundy sisters, five brave Irish women facing the loss of love and opportunity played out against the echoes of the twentieth century with a dark humour, raw energy and tenderness. The show’s previously been produced in the West End and on Broadway, winning an Olivier Award and three Tony Awards and is an awardwinning film starring Meryl Streep and Michael Gambon. Now Daragh will bring it to life on the Peterborough stage.

LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE Here’s a fundraiser with a difference – Peterborough Rugby Football Club are hosting a Snail Race on January 29 for the U14 team’s European tour. With the chance to win cash prizes by sponsoring snails as well as an auction, this will be a fun, quirky night out. For more information, call 07958 662021.


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Set in a pole-dancing class, this show is a brilliantly funny but moving story about sisterhood and it’s packed with celebs. The Naked Truth stars Michelle Heaton (Liberty X), Maureen Nolan (The Nolans), West End star Leanne Jones, Clare King (Emmerdale) and Julie Buckfield (Grange Hill / Hollyoaks). It’s the ultimate girly show, as five very different women struggle to conquer the art of poledancing for a charity event to raise money for breast cancer. It’s on at the Key Theatre from February 1-5. Tickets start at £16. Box office: 01733 207239.

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ENERGIA HAS THE WOW FACTOR! The Holiday On Ice team present their most ambitious show ever in Peterborough this month and ESP had a sneaky peek at the show’s launch in Birmingham. Energia is a brand new production exploring how the universe connects with energy and features a breathtaking kaleidoscope of colours and movement. You’re taken on a fantastical journey accompanied by Ein & Stein – two comic skating clowns who witness the awakening of light and energy on Earth. You join them on a metaphorical trip across the solar system to Mars, Neptune and Venus.

Emcee Productions who brought us Strictly Cabaret are back with another upbeat show packed full of music, dance, humour and incredible voices. Candle Lit Cabaret promises to be a great night out for everyone where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the entertainment. There’ll be songs from movies, shows and Motown classics, comedy sketches, dance and plenty of those favourites from artists like The Feeling, Elvis, The Supremes, Bryan Adams and many more! It’s on at The Radius on Northminster from February 12-14. Tickets range from £10 cabaret only, to £30 for a full evening and four course meal! Call 01733 704303 for more information.

The costumes are stunning as is the huge spaceship that comes down from the stars to take Ein & Stein on their journey of discovery. The spaceship alone is a huge feat of engineering, dominating the stage, almost completely covering the ice. The costumes are very inventive and children will love the bright colours and the many animal characters portrayed. This show is for all the family and if you’re a lover of ice dance it’s the must see of the year, featuring world class skaters from across the globe. See it at the EXEC centre, East of England Showground from February 3-6. Tickets 0844 581 1315. Mike Harris

The Producers

The fabulous performing arts students from Peterborough Regional College are performing the film hit The Producers, which is based on the original classic. It became a huge Broadway and West End musical hit and the students are ready to bring you a superb showbiz sensation. The story follows two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop, and complications start to arise when it all unexpectedly becomes a hit! It’s on at the Key Theatre from February 8-12, nightly at 7.30pm with a 2.30pm matinee on Thursday and Saturday. Tickets start at £12. Box office: 01733 207239.

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The Westwood Musical Society is returning to the Key Theatre with a new and exciting show. They’re bringing the much loved Disney classic Beauty and the Beast to the stage, with extraordinary dance routines and fantastic visual production. There’ll be all the famous characters: Lumiere, Cogsworth, Gaston and Mrs Potts, plus all the well-known songs including Human Again, Be Our Guest, and Beauty And The Beast. It’s a great show for adults and children of all ages, and with performances on throughout the February half term, there’s no excuse! It’s on from February 22-26 nightly at 7.30pm and 2.30pm matinees Wednesday to Saturday. Tickets start at £10. Box office: 01733 207239.

If you’re a fan of the hit TV series Glee, then Gleeful may just be the best show for you. Inspired by the global phenomenon, Gleeful has all the typical ups and downs of teenage life at the average American high school. A teacher’s dream to transform the students into a singing and dancing choir is brought to life with loads of classic songs, and is the ultimate cheesy musical extravaganza, perfect for all you Gleeks out there! It’s on at Stamford Corn Exchange on February 23 at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are £10. Box office: 01780 766455.

MERCURY RISING The ultimate Queen tribute band, Mercury, are ready to rock you at the Stamford Corn Exchange. They’ve been touring for over a decade now, and have firmly established themselves as one of the world’s most authentic tributes to the legends themselves – Queen. Lead vocalist Joseph Lee Jackson has extraordinary vocals and is backed by a superb band. They’ve even been asked by Freddie Mercury’s family to perform live at the UK’s first memorial to the work of Freddie Mercury – so don’t miss out on this brilliant show. It’s on February 12 at 7.30pm. Tickets £15, box office: 01780 766455.

LILIES ON THE LAND A delightful and deeply touching play is coming to the Key Theatre later this month. Lilies On The Land takes audiences back to an extraordinary episode in Britain’s history – World War Two. The story follows the journeys of four women who sign up to become Land Girls, who are determined to work endless hours on farms across the country in a bid to do their best for the war effort. It’s based on real Land Girls’ memories, accompanied by period songs it’s touching theatre. It’s on from February 28 - March 2, nightly at 7.30pm, with a 2.30pm matinee on Wednesday. Tickets start at £16. Box office: 01733 207239.

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BACK TO BROADWAY Performers from London’s West End are joining forces in a brand new classical, yet contemporary musical theatre show. Prepare to be taken through all the best loved musicals, old and new, as the talented cast dazzles you with their fantastic costumes and world class voices. If you love musicals, then this is definitely something for you! It’s on at the Stamford Corn Exchange on February 19 at 7.30pm. Tickets £14. Box office 01780 766455.

PRECIOUS LITTLE SLEEP Dance legend Wayne Sleep is performing in his own choreographed show – Precious Little Sleep. The show is a celebration of the life and career of Wayne, with amazing dance routines created by the man himself. He started off with a scholarship at the Royal Ballet School in 1961, followed by dancing for the Royal Ballet Company in 1966. Since then he’s been in numerous ballets playing roles especially created for him. To see this dancing legend, get yourselves over to Stamford Corn Exchange on February 24 at 7.30pm. Tickets £18. Box office 01780 766455.

MOVIES @ PETERBOROUGH ARTS CINEMA There’s another great line up of films at the John Clare Theatre this Feb. Made In Dagenham is the first, which will be shown on February 10 at 7.30pm. An ordinary working mum finds herself elevated to the position of striker-spokeswoman, battling against the bosses, whilst employers and smug chaps get ready to stitch up a dodgy compromise behind her back. On February 17 at 7.30pm, Winter’s Bone will be on the screen. This film takes place in the Ozark mountains of Missouri, where teenager Ree is the only normal adult in her household. Her mother’s become very depressed, her father’s absent, and her siblings need looking after. Dangerous secrets unfold as she tries to find her father. The Illusionist will be on the screen on February 24 at 7.30pm. Follow a stage entertainer whose thunder is being stolen by emerging rock stars. Forced to accept increasingly obscure assignments in fringe theatres, garden parties and bars, he meets a young fan who changes his life forever. For more info, visit www.peterboroughartscinema.co.uk.

DOUBLE TAKE DANCE Contemporary dance lovers should enjoy this exuberant double bill called Double Take. African Vocalist Tsungai Tsikirai will accompany the show with her amazing voice, as the dancers tell the story of the impact of black dance and choreographer and musician Bawren Tavaziva on the dance scene in Britain. It’s a real celebration of culture, hardship, agony and joy. This unique performance is on at Stamford Arts Centre on February 9, at 8pm. Tickets are £10 with concessions for students and groups. Box office: 01780 763203.


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WHEN THE MUSIC STOPS THE PLOUGHMAN WINS CAMRA PUB OF THE YEAR! Congrats to the Ploughman in Werrington for winning CAMRA’s Pub Of The Year! You can help Andy the landlord and his regulars celebrate on February 23 when the guys from CAMRA will present them with their award. Andy and his brother Stuart have transformed the place from a keg-only pub into a hub for the community offering a great range of real ales. Several pubs in the area had received CAMRA Gold Awards, all for brewing the best local ales which have been brewed within 30 miles, and LocAle officer John Price told ESP the Werrington pub’s a deserving overall winner – “They’ve done a grand job, and we want people to recognise the pub as the great place it is today, and not what it was in 2009.”

If you’re single this is definitely the month to change that! The city’s newest cringe-free dating organisation When The Music Stops has been set up to help you meet and mingle through some great social events with more being added all the time. There’s a Valentine’s special at Halo in the city centre on February 14, speed dating at The Barn in Stamford on February 21 and then their unique quiz dating night on February 28 at Halo. Combining speeddating with a pub quiz, you’ll never struggle to think of an icebreaker and it helps you weed out both insufferable know-it-alls and the clueless! In March they’ll be launching their first night at Toscanini in Eye. For more info visit www.whenthemusicstops.com or call 0845 2303199.

Andy told ESP – “We’re totally overwhelmed with the support we’ve had from CAMRA and the local community. We’re overjoyed that Tesco have extended our lease too, which the locals are also very pleased with. Without our customers, we’d never be as successful as we are today.” There’s karaoke on Sundays and look out for another beer festival in July.

THE TALENT SEARCH IS ON Get your talent noticed at Peterborough Has Talent 2011 – any act and any age are welcome. Whether you’re a singer, a comedian, an MC, a dancer, gymnast or have any kind of talent at all, get yourself to the auditions at the Key Theatre on February 25, 27, and 28. It’s a great chance to get noticed and maybe even win a cash prize! The final show takes place at the Key Theatre on June 18 and all proceeds go to the Papworth Trust and the Mayor’s charities. To take part call 01733 864082.

WERE YOU THERE FOR THE BEAR? This year’s Straw Bear Festival in Whittlesey was another big success, with hundreds turning out to follow the bear. The weekend is an ancient tradition revived in Whittlesey and alongside the dancing straw bear there was live music, traditional molly and morris dancing and of course, plenty of drinking – ESP was there to catch the best of the action.

ENTER NOW FOR RACE FOR LIFE Race for Life is a massive success every year – and this time around it’s set to get even bigger. Now starting from Peterborough Embankment in the city centre instead of Ferry Meadows, it takes place on June 12. Last year, the event raised over £212,000 for Cancer Research UK and over 4,715 people took part. This year, organisers are aiming to get 5,000 to take part – ESP will be there to support you and you don’t even have to run the course. Enter now at www.race forlife.org or call 0871 641 1111.

BATTLE OF THE BRAINS @ POSH Peterborough United’s nominated charities – ASBAH, Sue Ryder and Free Kicks Foundation – have organised a quiz night on February 3. Hosted by Paul Stainton from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Peterborough Breakfast Show, the quiz covers a wide range of subjects and a meal of pizza and chips is included. Some of your favourite Posh players will also be taking part. To take part, call Annette on 01733 421336 or email annettea@asbah.org

WeddingFayre@TheBull It’s the month of romance and if you’re planning your big day a visit to the Bull Hotel wedding fayre on February 6 wouldn’t go amiss. With everything you need for your big day including cakes, gowns, flowers and entertainment all under one roof – including the perfect wedding venue of course! It’s free admission and is on from 11am – 4pm.

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GET READY FOR THE MIDNIGHT WALK ESP is backing the city’s Midnight Walk again this year and if you’d like to take part you can save some dosh by entering early this month. The event raises vital funds for Sue Ryder Care. Our own Face of ESP Lauren Hughes will be joining hundreds of women on the walk on April 30. This year it’s moving to the Greyhound Stadium in Fengate and there’ll be a special launch night there this month – keep an eye on our website for details www.espmag.co.uk. You can enter that night or from this month through the Sue Ryder website www.sueryder.org/midnightwalks, but get in early and it’ll be £12 rather than £15 which includes your T-shirt, goody bag, medal and all importantly… breakfast! You can walk either six or ten miles and as it’s the Royal Wedding weekend why not dress up princess style in your tiaras and join in the fun!

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Febru-hairy is back and Sue Ryder Care would like you to get sponsored for doing something unusual with your hair – whether it’s a group bad hair day, leg waxing, growing a beard or wearing wigs, the possibilities to have a bit of fun are endless. ESP are teaming up with The Hair Gallery in Bretton to offer a free haircut to the person with the best fundraising idea – email pictures to michael.clarke@sueryder.org. Loads of people across the city are taking part, including musician Gizz Butt, POSH players, radio presenter and ESP’s live music writer Keith Dalton and Face of ESP Lauren Hughes. Sue Ryder Care’s Thorpe Hall Hospice cares for local people with terminal and chronic diseases. For more information, call 01733 330060 or visit www.suerydercare.org/pages/febru-hairy.

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ESP’s Ian Gray and presenter of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Soul Show will be DJ-ing at The Cresset Got Soul Part 4 on February 4. He’ll be joined by Tony Dellar, John Bradley and Jamie Trundle across two rooms where they’ll be playing northern soul classics, Motown and soul. Tickets are available from Larry’s Heel Bar in Whittlesey, the Music Box in Wisbech or the Cresset on 01733 265705.

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Here’s one for the kids – Thomas is at Nene Valley Railway over half-term, and we hear he’s making some special journeys! From February 19 – 27, he’ll be taking you from Wansford to Yarwell and back – the route takes you through a haunted tunnel so watch out for the friendly ghost. Tickets: Adult £6, child £3.

The Talbot hotel in Oundle host a Wedding Fayre on February 27, featuring local suppliers with everything you could possibly want for your big day. Everyone gets a free goody bag and a glass of bubbly! Call 01832 273621 for more information.

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FASHION Floaty fabrics and ruffles in nudes, pinks and florals are everywhere with pretty flowers on everything from your shoes to your bag – even your undies, so you can feel a true romantic from top to toe!

Love is in the air this February at Outfit in Peterborough as a variety of products arrive in cutesy florals and dusky pinks – two of the hottest trends – to ensure this is one Valentine’s Day you’ll never forget.

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As well as all the usual offerings of fashion-forward clothes, footwear and accessories from your favourite high street brands including Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, Wallis, Warehouse, Topman and Burton, a new addition’s been added to the line-up making Outfit a one-stop shop for everyone. The unit at Serpentine Green shopping centre is excited to announce that womenswear brand Oasis will also be available from February 2, just in time for Valentine’s Day. This fabulous new addition has some gorgeous pieces that are perfect for creating a feminine silhouette, just what you need come the 14th and to ensure you have the hottest date ever!


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A study by the world’s largest social dating network – www.badoo.com – has revealed women respond best to the chat-up line: “You have beautiful lips.” I’ll leave it there. If I type what I’m thinking it’ll get edited out. Women are obviously more sexually liberated than I thought…

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hVALENTINE’S DAY – HOW ROMANTIC? Here we go again – February 14. Let me break it down for you: • She’s been hinting what you should do for her this Valentine’s since New Year’s Day. • You’re going to have to dip into your overdraft. • It isn’t reciprocal. In other words Valentine’s is all about her. • You spend £40 on roses and they’re dead after two days. • You buy her Thornton’s finest and she accuses you of trying to fatten her up so no-one else will have her. • You buy her an extortionately priced card when it’s cheaper to say ‘love you blah blah blah’ to her face. • You pay 25 per cent more for the same meal in the same restaurant you normally frequent. The extra is for Barry White CD background music, a plastic red rose on your table and the romance of sharing a restaurant with dozens of other table-for-two lovers. I’d rather thrust toothpicks into my testicles. • She might let you have sex that night for a change.

ARE YOU FUNDRAISING THIS FEBRU-HAIRY? Sue Ryder Care is once again challenging you to do something hairraisingly funny and raise money to help care for local people with lifechanging illnesses. The ‘Febru-hairy’ campaign is all about staging hairy fundraising events throughout February or just on the 18th – Sue Ryder’s ‘messy hair day.’ I’ll be doing my bit by skipping a back wax this month, meaning I’ll have enough to plait by March. I’m also contemplating growing a moustache similar to Daniel Day Lewis’ in Gangs Of New York.

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You can raise cash and have fun doing it in lots of hairy ways such as: • Grow a ‘tache or beard for the month • Have a crazy hair / wig day • Get sponsored to dye your hair • Sponsor someone to wax their legs / chest / back / feet / arms / hands • Have a hairy look-alike competition (Jedward, Einstein or BA Baracus!)

Like the heading says, how romantic?

For more ideas and info on how to get involved visit www.suerydercare.org or better still give ESP’s Mikey Clarke (he works at Sue Ryder Care) a bell on 01733 330060.

DEFINITELY NO LICENCE TO THRILL FLAMAS MAKES WAY FOR NEW ITALIAN My thanks to Harlequin fancy dress and party shop in Fengate for telling me I look ‘great’ dressed as James Bond in his Moonraker space suit. I don’t remember 007 having to tuck his outfit into a pair of River Island boots or him ever sporting a Christmas hat.

This month will see a new contemporary-looking Italian restaurant open for business in Hampton Vale where South American eatery Flamas once was. The same owners are at the helm so expect the same good food and attention to detail.

Nor do I remember Bond villain Blofeld wearing a giant condom on his head or stroking a back-to-front Westie. Maybe the guys at Harlequin meant I looked ‘great’… for a laugh. But isn’t that what fancy dress is all about (I keep telling myself)?

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Check out more photos (and fellow columnist Steve Gonzalez who inspired me to wear it) on the ‘Harlequin Fancy Dress Shop – Peterborough’ Facebook page.

Mattoni will be a restaurant serving authentic Italian stone-baked pizza and other delightful dishes from La Dolce Vita. As with many establishments today, it’ll have a separate wine and cocktail bar too. I’ll be scoffing there soon. In the meantime, good luck lads and please tell me you’ll be dishing up some ‘spaghetti aglio e olio’ for me?

More good news for food lovers is the opening (finally!) of Jimmy Spices where Praise used to be in the city centre. I popped in to grab a menu and it struck me how unique this place is. Basically, you and your friends need never debate what type of food to go out for again. Here you get Indian, Italian, Thai and Chinese all under one roof. Genius.

LEARN TO BIKESAFE AT BALDERSTON Here’s one for the bikers. There’s a free introductory talk by BikeSafe at the Balderston Motorcycle showroom in Hampton on February 16 at 6.30pm. BikeSafe is a police-led motorcycle road safety initiative that focuses on how to avoid collisions. Classroombased workshops by advanced police motorcyclists cover areas such as: attitude to risk, cornering, overtaking, filtering and group riding. Cambridgeshire Constabulary forensic collision investigators and advanced police motorcyclists, PC Peter Bimson and PC Simon Burgin, will host the evening.

MY WORD OF THE MONTH

Valentine

Not that I’m against the whole Valentine’s Day lark but: skint, rip-off, fake, proposal, pressure, sex, cheap, consumerism, rejection, babysitter, cringe, affair, overdraft, behaved, lurve, chocolates, asparagus (smelly wee) and oysters (bad guts).

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THE PLAICE TO BE When I was invited down to Appy Feet in Queen sgate for a pedicure, I thought – ‘why not, I could do with a bit of pampering’ – so imagine how I felt when I turned up and found out that my ‘treatment’ was to stick my size sixes into a fish tank, complete with over 100 fish swimming about! I nearly had heart failure! “No, honestly”, said Vanessa, from Appy Feet in a reassuring tone, “it’s incredibly therapeutic, not only will the fish gently nibble away at your dead skin but it’ll be a bit of a reflexology massage as the fish stimulate the foot’s acupuncture points.” I wasn’t convinced but with lots of curious looks from the numerous passers by, I decided I’d better be brave and take the plunge – literally! Tentatively I lowered my toes into the tank (after a quick foot wash – apparently I had dangerous levels of sock fluff and could have caused fish genocide, who needs that on their conscience? !) but I had visions of big, scary, hungry fish taking lumps out of me. I hones tly expected to have nothing left but bloody stumps below my knee when I lifted them out again whilst the fish swam around with expressions of ‘we’ll get the rest of you later’ on their fishy faces. But actually, nothing could be further from the truth. Once you get your head around the fact that your feet are being nibbled by fish, which should be wrong on every level, it’s actually quite pleasant as the fish are actually toothless. It feels ‘bubbly’, as one lady described it, like ‘putting your feet in a bucket of champagne’, or in my case, a bucket of Lambrini. Treatment over, my feet felt softer than they had in ages and, as promised, I felt really relaxed. “You often sleep really well after a treatment,” said Vanessa but having a 6-mon th-old with reflux, I knew there was fat chance of that! Actually, there’s a thought, maybe I should bring her with me next time – not that I’m desperate but anything that could make her sleep has got to be worth a go! Appy Feet is now open in Queen sgate, down near Michael John. Be brave and pop in next time you’re shopp ing, I dare you!


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The foursome, also known as their alter-egos Will, Simon, Jay and Neil, did the tour of their risqué route in the classic yellow Fiat from the series, with the cameras rolling the entire time capturing all of the banter as they navigated their route to meet the 50 hour deadline.

As the nation prepares to do something funny for money for Red Nose Day 2011, The Inbetweeners lads are already on it... The cheeky chaps from hit TV show The Inbetweeners have been on a hilariously naughty Red Nose Day challenge travelling around the country to find the rudest and crudest named places possible! Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison – otherwise known as The Inbetweeners – challenged themselves to rack up 50 lewd locations in just 50 hours. Setting off from Bush Lane at 12pm on Tuesday January 18 and finishing at 2pm on Thursday January 20 at a rude London location to be

executed. More and more buyers are looking for smaller, more efficient cars, but with all the luxury trappings of much larger cars. That's exactly what Audi has given them – a super-stylish, high quality small car that's affordable and great fun, too." Prices for the A1 start at £13,420 OTR for the 1.2 TFSI (86PS) SE model, and rise to £18,665 for the 1.4 TFSI (122PS) S line model.

To show them your support, make a donation at www.comicrelief.com/inbetweeners or donate £1 by texting RUDE to 70011. You can see how the guys got on, with footage available to buy exclusively from iTunes (www.itunes.co.uk). The whole show will be available to download from February 3 – when Red Nose Day officially launches. The big day itself is on March 18.

PEUGEOT 3008’s A WINNER! There was success for Peugeot at the What Car? Awards with the Peugeot 3008 winning the Best Crossover of the Year 2011. Introduced in October 2009, the 3008 has proved a compelling all rounder with its clever blend of quality, practicality, comfort and interior space. With a host of useful driving aids including available features, like Grip Control, Dynamic Roll Control, Head-up Display, Distance Alert and automatic electric parking brake with Hill Assist, it continues to deliver a thoroughly modern driving experience. Commenting on the 3008’s award, Steve Fowler, Editor in Chief of What Car? said – “So, last year’s 'Car of the Year’ rules the roost yet again in the increasingly competitive Crossover category. The 3008 offers levels of class and comfort that rivals can’t match and, with the 1.6 THP engine under the bonnet, it’s great fun to drive, too.” This year’s seen the introduction of two new models – the SR and the special edition Envy – which offer extra levels of standard equipment, making the 3008 even more unbeatable for practicality and comfort.

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138 ISSUE SPECTACULAR Hello, I'm Troy McClure. You may remember me from such TV network specials as The Simpsons's 138th Episode Spectacular, and the one where I married Marge's chain smoking sister Selma – but tonight we're here to honour Greater Peterborough's favourite A4-shaped publication. So join me, won't you, for the ESP 138th Issue Spectacular! Right about now, you're probably saying – "Troy, I've seen every ESP issue there is. You can't possibly show me anything new." Well, you got some attitude, Mister. Besides, you're wrong! Because over the 12 years the magazine's been in circulation they've received dozens of letters from fans wanting to know more about the magazine – so tonight for the very first time, I'll answer some of your unanswered questions. Professor George Michael Clarke of the University of East Anglia writes – ‘I think Steve Gonzalez gets funnier every year.’ That's not a question, Professor, but we'll let the readers judge for themselves.

Meanwhile Cameron David has emailed wanting to know if the rumour about Anne Widdicombe appearing on next month’s front cover is true? Oh Cameron, you are funny. As everyone knows, ESP front covers follow a strict 'no fat chicks' policy so if you want to see pictures of an elderly lady who can't dance, maybe you should try buying a 2011 Madonna calendar. And, let's not forget all those writers, contributors and advertisers who have made ESP possible, 138 issues don't just write, produce and pay for themselves you know – ‘Woo-hoo's to you all’ as we say in Springfield. Yes, ESP has come a long way in 138 issues and who knows what further adventures will unfold on its pages between now and when the magazine becomes unprofitable. Anyhoo, I'm Troy McClure, and I'll leave you with what we all came here to see: a picture from the very first issue of a woman with her breasts painted like puppies…

THE LAST MAN HOWLING For the third time in his career, Deeping darts ace Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams came away with the BDO World Championship at Lakeside last month. The oldest darts slinger in town rolled back the years to beat Dean Winstanley 7-5 in a thrilling final that was watched by an enthusiastic crowd and millions of viewers at home… including me! Wolfie's third world title also prompted some great stories in the newspapers. The Sun dubbed him 'The Codfather of Darts' and reported that he was set to build a new fish pond in his back garden, while The Daily Mirror revealed that he was set to give his set of winning darts as a wedding present to Prince William and Kate Middleton due to the Prince being a massive darts fan!

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Following in the footsteps of Milton Jones comes another big name with Jo Caulfield making an appearance at Mama Liz’s in Stamford this month. A former student at Casterton College near Stamford, Jo Caulfield is now Graham Norton’s head writer. Best known for her legendary one-woman shows, Jo is a regular guest on both Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You as well as TV appearances on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Saturday Night Live, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, plus many more. Tickets are available through the website www.mamaliz.co.uk

MICKY FLANAGAN February 12 Comedian Micky Flanagan draws on his East End background and takes a sledgehammer to the Cockney myth with his razor-sharp wit. Last seen on TV in BBC1’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and at the Royal Variety Performance you can see him live at The Cresset. Tickets £15. Box office: 01733 265705.

ZOE LYONS February 24 Look out this month for a woman described as ‘one of the UK’s fastest rising talents’ by The Guardian. Zoe Lyons brings her Clownbusting show to The Cresset for one night only. You may already have caught Zoe on the likes of Michael MacIntryre’s Comedy Roadshow, Mock The Week and The Paul O’Grady Show. There’ll be supporting acts too. Tickets £12. Box office: 01733 265705.

CRESSET COMEDY CLUB February 25 Scotland’s finest Brian Higgins headlines with support from musical double act Brian Damage and Krysstal and New Zealander Benjamin Crellin. Compered by the warm, witty and tough-talking Georgie Phil Dinsdale, this month’s Comedy Club is sure to be a corker. Tickets cost from £10. Box office: 01733 265705.

JENNY ECLAIR February 10 The recent star of I’m A Celebrity touches down with her latest comedy show Old Dog, New Tricks at the South Holland Centre in Spalding this month. She’s still a great Grumpy Old Woman but she’s dug up a few new comedy bones. Tickets £17.50. Box office: 01775 764777.

JONGLEURS ON THE ROAD February 17 Comedians from the famous comedy club come to Spalding for the regular gig at the South Holland Centre this month. Enjoy the laughs from your table courtesy of three stand-up comedians and an MC from the Jongleurs circuit. Tickets £12, group offers. Box office: 01775 764777.

ANGELOUS EPITHEMIOU & FRIENDS March 2 The star of TV’s Shooting Stars who took over from George Dawes (Matt Lucas) drops in at The Cresset in Bretton. Tickets £16.50. Box office: 01733 265705.


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Matty Speaks Well the dust from the Christmas period has finally settled, and now we move on to February, and of course it’s the month of romance with the 14th being Valentine’s night! My top three places to go for a nice romantic meal would be – if you’re really feeling special – the George of Stamford (always a winner), I had a meal there between Christmas and New Year and I can honestly say it was one of the best I’ve ever had! Another winner for a lovely night in Stamford is of course Cloisters Italian Bistro on St Mary’s Hill, and my last, but in no way least, would be the Tobie Norris with their beautiful stone-baked pizzas.

7 Sins Bar & Club I popped my head round the door of the newly revamped Hole In The Wall and it’s looking very special, the new restaurant and bar offer a great new menu plus they have a special set one for Valentine’s night this month. The new venue is spilt into a beautiful restaurant and a newly designed night club upstairs called 7 Sins. The club offers free entry before midnight, £3 after, and their DJs are playing club classics until 3am including 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. The club is also being let out for hire for private parties and functions. The new licensees Shaun and Fiona Hurrell are looking forward to seeing the next year get busier and to continue to provide the great service they’ve started! Stamford’s newest night out has been kicking into gear recently and I’ll be there with the Paparazzi girls next month to snap a few photos of the new venue and the new clientele!

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This year’s Stamford Race For Life is going to be held at Burghley Park in Stamford on May 14 and 15 and the website goes live on February 17 so you can start getting your entries in. The Race For Life events are fantastic fun for women of all ages and fitness levels and my family regularly take part. Enter the local 5k or 10k Race For Life and raise money for Cancer Research UK's lifesaving work and I guarantee you’ll have a brilliant day! www.raceforlife.org

It comes as a great shame for me to hear that there’ll be no Riverside Festival in 2011 as the organisers say they can't comply with what the Town Council has asked of them and consequently haven't been granted permission to run it. They're still hoping to resurrect the Riverside Festival but may be forced to move it out of the town centre from its usual location on the Meadows. They're making enquiries to see if they can find a new site nearby and are looking at several options. View their website for updates www.riversidefestival.co.uk or write to Stamford Town Council to pass on your views. If you’d like to get involved there are a few Facebook pages that are encouraging people to have their say and also an online petition can be found at www.ipetitions.com/petition/riverside/signatures. Be careful to click on the ‘sign’ bit and not the ‘like’ button. Riverside spokesman Jenny Collins told ESP – "We're determined to try and keep it going as we've all worked so hard on it. We'd prefer to keep it Stamford based if possible. We had footfall of 65,000 throughout the weekend last year with around 15,500 there at its peak on the Saturday and although there are always one or two things you can try and improve the feedback was really positive that people had really enjoyed it and there were no major problems. "If anyone has any suggestions for a new site we could use to hold the festival in the future or can offer help in any way we would love to hear from them." Call the Riverside Festival hotline if you think you can help or want more information on 07766 266136. Let’s hope that the Riverside Festival can be resurrected for the future!

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Oasish at the Corn Exchange Oasis fans should take a look at OASISH, Europe’s leading tribute to Oasis accurately re-creating the looks, the sound and the attitude of the band when they come to the Stamford Corn Exchange this month. Catch them on February 26 when they’ll be reeling out the tunes from the Manchester based worldwide music phenomenon who’ve clocked up eight UK number one singles, seven UK number-one albums and sold an estimated 70million records worldwide… before the attitude got a little too much! Tickets are £15 on 01780 766455.


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paparazzi Caught in the act? ESP HITS THE TOWN AND FOLLOWS THE BEAR TO WHITTLESEY ESP’s Paparazzi photographers Mike Harris and Pep Cipriano have been out an about catching you all in the act of having a good time and here’s the evidence! The drinks were certainly flowing when we dropped by the Straw Bear Festival in Whittlesey – the pubs were packed! Everyone seemed to be having a great time at the likes of The Black Bull following the bear through the town and stopping off for a bevie or even a sing song at The Boat. The Beehive pub at Rivergate is fast building a reputation as a great place for a pint (try their Castor Ales, they’re gorgeous!) and for some particularly good pub food – but then it is run by the team behind Jim’s Yard in Stamford and Jim’s Bistro in Peterborough – and this crowd were certainly having a good time. It’s not just great live music the Cherry Tree’s famous for, karaoke night with Mighty Mouth Trevor is always a winner. This Oundle Road pub always has a great atmosphere thanks to landlords Ann and Jess and they’re such good sports they even bashed out a few tunes themselves!

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ALEXIS JORDAN After the huge success of hit single Happiness, Alexis Jordan is out to prove she’s still a Good Girl with plenty more hits on her debut album… New single Good Girl showcases Alexis’ sassy side as she sings – “I can be a good girl, but I’ve been bad before,” in between the upbeat, bouncing track where she flexes her wide ranging and powerful vocal capability. “I want to be really positive, no cussing, none of that,” says Alexis Jordan of her new album due out this month. “I’m a young artist and I want to be a role model. A lot of songs are upbeat, and some are ballads. There’s a little bit of that country vibe in it, and a little bit of that reggae vibe. My album really has everything.” Bold words from a confident young lady but when you’re just 18 with a huge debut hit under your belt and you’ve been songwriting since the age of 11 you can see why Alexis would be at ease with being just where she wants to be.

Born in Columbia, South Carolina, Alexis embodies a rich cultural background that includes her father’s Puerto Rican heritage and her mother’s African American, Native American and European ancestry. Singing since she began to speak, Alexis moved with her parents and three younger siblings to Santa Clarita, California to pursue a career in

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“When I was 12, I opened up for Smokey Robinson at a Stevie Wonder tribute,” remembers Alexis. “I sang Ribbon In The Sky and Stevie was backstage like, ‘You didn’t think I heard you singing my song did you?’ I didn’t know how big of

With sharpened performance skills and more confidence than ever, the family travelled to Atlanta, Georgia for its burgeoning music scene and hotbed of talented producers. Alexis began making YouTube videos in between professional appearances. Although it would be these same online clips that would eventually land her the recording deal she wanted, Alexis was never crazy about the idea. “I was like, Mom, this is so not cool!” remembers Alexis. “Kids don’t sing in front of cameras, it’s weird. It didn’t feel natural at all! But after I did it for a little while I thought it was fun.” In September of 2008, her Youtube page was racking up millions of views. At that time, the multi-platinum, awardwinning production and writing team, Stargate, invited Alexis to New York for a meeting and recording session. “I thought if they didn’t love me then they wouldn’t fly me all the way out to New York,” says Alexis. “I knew I had a good chance. Once I got out there we recorded a few songs and JAY-Z came to the studio. I was so excited! And the next thing I knew I was signed to StarRoc/Roc Nation.”

“I’m a young artist and I want to be a role model”

“I’m bringing something fresh, something new and something positive to the world,” she says. “Something that is going to leave a mark on history and music. We are going to make this international. That’s my goal; it’s going to spread all around the world.”

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the arts. After performing the National Anthem for the United States Air Force Academy, she soon started to attract a lot of attention. Soon, she was asked to sing at the start of various professional baseball games, which quickly gave way to bigger and better opportunities.

Alexis. “At the time I was crying, like oh my gosh, Simon Cowell! It’s a little girl’s dream to be singing for him so I was just so overwhelmed.”

a legend he was but looking back on it now, I can’t believe that I did that! It was such a great experience.” While she continued to sing at high profile events around the country, Alexis spent the next few years in school, working as a professional actor, appearing on soap operas and commercials. At age 14, she entered the Simon Cowell produced TV competition, America’s Got Talent and made it all the way to the semi-finals thanks in part to a thrilling performance of Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing. “When I got off stage after singing I Have Nothing Simon said, ‘You are an amazing singer,’” says

Now that Alexis has had the chance to work with some of the industry’s most sought after hit makers, she’s releasing her debut album this month and with her tremendous voice and a rack of potential hits we reckon you’ll be hearing a lot more of Alexis Jordan. The new single Good Girl is released February 20. Her self-titled debut album is out Monday February 28.


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ESP’s Charlotte Jolly has all the latest health and beauty news…

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Sweet Valentine Boys – want to pamper your special someone this Valentine’s Day? Girls – want to look your beautiful best for the man in your life? Either way, take a look at our pick of the best beauty gifts out there....

For the fourth year running Clinique has teamed up with Great Ormond Street Hospital children’s charity to support the Kiss It Better appeal, helping to raise essential funds for research into children’s cancer.

Treacle Moon Raspberry Kiss shower gel, body scrub and body butter from Tesco smell amazing and look great, and will leave you (or your girlfriend) feeling the same.

Set up by Carmel Allen, a beauty editor whose daughter Josephine was treated at the hospital, the appeal helps to make a real difference to the lives of children with cancer everywhere.

Capture Hollywood glamour and the man of your dreams with a little help from Jemma Kidd. Scarlet red lips are sure to get his heart racing, and Jemma Kidd’s Lip Line Duo in Red, £14, and Ultimate Lipstick Duo in Scarlet, £13, are ideal for creating the perfect red lip.

2011 sees the creation of a special new Limited Edition Smoothie Kisses lip gloss set, £22.50, including four gorgeously glossy Vitamin C Lip Smoothies which come in a bright pink bag. Exclusive to House of Fraser stores nationwide during February, £4 from each sale will go towards the appeal.

Thinking Of You fragrance, £25 from Mary Kay, makes for a personal and unique gift. The lid of the box opens up and has a space for you to write a special, hand written message for your loved one. The heart shaped charm attached to the bottle also adds a romantic touch.

For more info on the appeal and ways to make a donation visit www.gosh.org/kissitbetter

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Valentine’s Day @ Westgate Westgate Department Store's perfumery department has gone all out for Valentine’s Day. Stock up on ladies’ perfume by Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Michael Kors or any product by D&G The One and you’ll receive a gorgeous free gift! Make sure you pick up a free Beauty Reward Card too, where for every £10 spent on beauty or fragrance you’ll receive a stamp . A full book of ten stamps gives you £10 to spend on whatever you fancy on the make-up counters and perfumery department. Come on girls what are you waiting for?! Make yourself irresistible for your man this Valentine's Day at Westgate Department Store, Peterborough.

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Our Face of ESP Lauren Hughes needs to keep in shape this year and has taken up her gym membership prize at Feelgood Fitness in Bretton just as the club launches its new studio.

The team there have continued to expand and have now introduced a new space upstairs offering classes in pilates, yoga and boxercise in addition to the spinning classes they’ve been running for a while. This friendly local gym is always listening to what members want and looking to add to what Feelgood has to offer so manager Matt Walker says this was the next step – “We’re not dictated to by directors out for more and more profit so we can re-invest each year and provide more for our members. Last year we introduced power plates which are the new in thing with many celebrities in their workouts and this year it’s the new studio area.”

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There’s room for 20 people in each class and there’s a new timetable but also new heart rate monitors are available at the gym to really see how well you’re working out. Just borrow a heart monitor, strap it on and then see how you’re doing with the read-out appearing on the plasma screens. You can even have your results emailed over. It’ll show you how many calories you’ve burned, how long you were in the fat burning zone and how long in the cardio zone. So no need to buy your own! Feelgood Fitness has a full range of gym equipment, training machines and weights and the team always pride themselves on having a friendly atmosphere and helpful staff, but if you’re a girl and still prefer a little more privacy there’s a ladies-only area upstairs. “I enjoy coming to the gym as I feel I can go to the ladies-only suite and continue with my training without being embarrassed in front of the guys working out at the gym,” says Lauren. “I enjoy going for a run and doing my cardiovascular workouts but am looking forward to starting some of the classes and working out with my personal trainer.”

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“It’s nice to have Lauren coming in,” adds Matt “and hopefully we can help keep her as trim as she already is. She obviously needs to look and feel her best as the Face of ESP and hopefully she’ll stick with us even after her free year is over.” Fitness classes are just £3.50 and one month membership’s available so maybe now’s the time to get those New Year’s resolutions kick started!


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When it comes to the heart let’s look more at your physical heart as Italian cuisine uses foods that have several benefits particularly as many of them are the typical healthy Mediterranean foods such as:

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Garlic – may provide protection against heart disease due to its blood pressure and cholesterol lowering abilities, it contains many good nutrients too such as B6. Olive oil – fresh, cold pressed olive oil drizzled over your salad may offer health benefits due to its ability to help lower inflammation, and its cholesterol lowering abilities (notice I said a drizzle – don’t have your food swimming in it!) Tomatoes – contain lycopene which has many benefits but one is to help protect the heart by blocking harmful chemicals called free-radicals that can damage cells and tissues. Red wine – packed full of substances called flavanoids that may help prevent heart disease by protecting the heart against cholesterol deposits. We’re not talking bottles but a glass or two with a nice Italian meal. Oregano – the herb used in most Italian dishes, it’s high in antioxidants which may help protect the heart, so get sprinkling! The Italians also love fresh, seasonal foods which of course are particularly rich in a huge supply of vitamins, minerals and enzymes (if eaten raw).

This year I am travelling around the world (well virtually anyway) to bring you some of the health benefits of world cuisine.

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My first trip has to be Italy. Why? Because St Valentine’s Day itself emerged from Rome. The symbol of Valentine’s Day is the heart which relates to love. Is it true that the Italians are meant to be the most romantic? Hmmm, I think I should stick to food and not open a huge debate here, but there’s certainly plenty to love about the Italian diet! Italian food includes many fresh, seasonal foods that can be good for us. Of course there are some elements that are fat-laden and not so good such as the fatty sausages, cheese and creams but if these are occasional foods then enjoy, but these should definitely be treats and not daily meals. If you’re like me and try to avoid eating too much pasta and bread then you might find that a good Italian restaurant will offer some wheat-free options such as Topo Gigio on Cowgate, Fratellis in Castor, Riva on the Embankment, Amici in Spalding and Cloisters in Stamford to name just a few although probably best to give them the heads up in advance. You can also ask for a mix of pasta and roasted veg so you don’t overload on the gluten too, plus you get the additional nutritional benefits of the veg. Karen has a diploma in nutritional medicine, nutritional therapeutics and homotoxicology; she is a member of the British Association of Nutritional Therapists and runs her own private practice.

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Valentines Dinner - 12th February & 14th February £40.00per person (Including a Glass of Bubbly) What could be more romantic than a Six Course menu already created for you and your Valentine We will Pop the bubbly, light the candles and let you enjoy this elegant menu that has been inspired by our head chef in a surrounding of your choice, either our Elegant Carriages Restaurant or our Stylish Sidings Bistro Menu offerings to include:

Oysters Florentine Poached Oysters on Spinach With a Gratinated Parmesan Mornay Sauce

Mushroom Tea, Cep Palmiers Wild Mushroom Consommé, Pearl Vegetables, Mushroom Tortellini

Pan Fried Fillet of Halibut

Roasted Loin of Venison Celeriac Dauphinoise, Braised Red Cabbage, Blueberry and Chocolate Jus

Passion Fruit Perfection A light Passion Fruit Cream encased in a Chocolate Teardrop

Pomme Mousseline, Braised Lentils with Pancetta We hope this prelude is enough to get your taste buds tingling For further details or to make a reservation please call the Hotel. The full menu is available on our website

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It’s the month for wining and dining so here’s ESP’s at a glance guide to where to treat your Valentine this February 14…

BANYAN TREE, Westgate

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BREWERY TAP, Westgate

Tel: 01733 342800

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This fabulously refurbished venue on Westgate will make a real impact on your loved one if they favour authentic Indian food. Cuddle up on a sofa in the gorgeous bar area and enjoy a fine wine will you wait. There’ll be a special menu for Valentine’s night but the food is great whenever you decide to visit.

EAST is always the place to head for fine dining with the best in pan Asian cuisine and a lovely atmosphere. The special Valentine’s menu is available on February 14, but is also available on Friday February 11, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 during the evenings alongside the normal a la carte menu.

Well known for its great Thai food and fine Oakham Ales, the Tap’s recently launched a gorgeous new menu with very reasonable prices. Choose from this menu on the night but there’ll be a free glass of bubbly for each set menu purchased over the Valentine’s weekend.

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BULL HOTEL, Westgate

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This four star AA award winning hotel offers a four course dinner, with champagne on arrival and the resident restaurant pianist adding to the romantic atmosphere on February 11 and 12. It’s 24.95 per person or if you want to make a night of it, stay over for £99 per couple including breakfast.

This city centre hotel always offers a special touch and their luxury Valentine’s dinner in the Brasserie Restaurant on Saturday February 12 sounds gorgeous. With three courses plus canapés, champagne and chocolates as well as candlelight and live romantic music you’ll certainly have that loving feeling.

RAMBLEWOOD, Orton Longueville

HOLE IN THE WALL, Stamford

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If money’s tight but you still want a treat away from the oven, make the most of the 50% off ESP Reader Offer at the Ramblewood in the beautiful setting of Orton Hall Hotel. They’ll be providing specials of the day for you to choose from.

Now under new ownership and tastefully refurbished the Hole in the Wall is a cosy location for loved-up dining. Their special Valentine’s menu runs on Saturday February 12 and Monday 14. They offer traditional English food and are offering three courses for £24.95 including a glass of bubbly to make your evening go with a fizz!

BLACK HORSE, Elton Tel: 01832 280240 This historic country pub is a great, away from it all, romantic venue offering great food all year round but they’ll certainly have something special for St. Valentine’s Day. On February 14 you can enjoy a three course meal for just £25.95 and then relax afterwards in front of their cosy open fire.

NORTH EAST CORNER, Westgate MAMA LIZ’S, Stamford

Tel: 01733 342469

Tel: 01780 765888

This new fully licensed bar and grill in the city centre offers great freshly prepared food from breakfast through to evening and is well worth a try if you favour good English food. For Valentine’s they’re offering a special two course meal for just £12.50.

Mama Liz serves up some Valentine’s specials on Saturday February 12, Sunday 13 and Monday 14. At £15 for a starter and main, or £17.50 for three courses and coffee you can enjoy the treat without breaking the bank. There are dishes like surf and turf Jambalya, eggplant gratin and rump steak followed by some naughty but nice desserts to share.

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MALAYBA, Broadway Tel: 01733 561806 This restaurant on Broadway always transports you out of the city with its exotic décor so for a taste of paradise this Valentine’s give it a try. Specialising in Malaysian and now a new Vietnamese menu it’s always worth a try but for Valentine’s they’ll have a special set menu including a complimentary rose and glass of pink bubbly.

THE GOLDEN PHEASANT, Etton Tel: 01733 252387 Head for a country setting and enjoy the Golden Pheasant’s romantic dinner for two special for just £19.95. There’ll be an exclusive menu, candlelight and music.

GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL, Peterborough TEL: 01733 552595 For a special treat head for the Great Northern Hotel and dine in either the wonderfully elegant Carriages Restaurant or the stylish Sidings Brasserie. They’re offering a sumptuous six course Valentine’s menu that sounds gorgeous available on February 12 and 14 for £40 including a glass of champagne.

QUEENS HEAD, Nassington Tel: 01780 784006 This gorgeous country pub has recently been awarded 4 stars and an AA rosette for its fabulous food. They’re making a night of it with a Valentine’s Dinner and Dance on Saturday February 12 for £28.50 per person. There’ll be canapés on arrival and the varied menu includes delicious dishes such as Cornish crab or peppered medallions of beef fillet and tempting desserts. It’s all followed by dancing until midnight and you can even stay the night.


JIMMY SPICE’S NOW OPEN The restaurant everyone’s been talking about is now open offering diners a chance to try foods from around the world with their amazing buffet selection. Beautifully refurbished, this restaurant on New Road looks stunning and brings a new dining experience to the city. The kitchen’s live and interactive so you can watch your food being cooked and sample a whole range of different foods from their frequently changing menu. Everyone’s been eager to try it out and there’s an even better reason to go along. ESP readers get the VIP treatment with our special reader offer – just quote ESP for the buy one get one free deal on food up until February 10. If you become a member of their Diners Club you’ll get even more special offers.

NEW MENU ON TAP

A new exciting Italian restaurant opening on February 7th in Hampton Vale.

The Brewery Tap on Westgate has just launched a new Thai menu with some tasty sounding additions to freshen up your dining experience. ESP will be reporting back next month with a special food review and we can’t wait. The Tap’s built a great reputation for its food and this should strengthen their offer with some great dishes like Soft Shell Crab, Chu Chi Salmon and Tamarind Duck at very reasonable prices.

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GREAT MENU @ BANYAN TREE The newly opened Indian restaurant has started the New Year with a bang, and readers have given the exclusive North Indian cuisine some fantastic reviews! If you haven’t made a visit yet, then make sure you do. You’ll be amazed at the transformation of the former Bar Bloc building along Westgate, and will no doubt thoroughly enjoy dining in the chic surroundings. What’s more, they’ve got a special Valentine’s night menu, so make sure you book now to avoid disappointment – go on, treat your girlfriend! And don’t forget to end the night with your favourite beverage at the bar. Alternatively, you can pop in at lunchtime and make the most of their lunchtime special offer from £5.95.

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Christian Bale proves he’s not just a man behind the mask of a popular superhero franchise – by joining fellow Brit Colin Firth (see below) in grabbing a Golden Globe gong.

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He’s joined by fellow cast member Melissa Leo in snagging Best Supporting Actor awards at the important ‘prelude to the Oscars’ show, which leaves them both with hopes of going the distance come Oscar time. But they’re not the only ones who pack a punch in this boxing drama from Three Kings director David O Russell, with Mark Wahlberg and Enchanted’s Amy Adams also nabbing their own fair share of the credit.

THE FIGHTER Released: February 4 Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams. Director: David O Russell

This moving Rocky-esque flick is inspired by the unlikely rise to fame of Wahlberg’s Irish boxer Micky Ward, shepherded by half-brother trainer Dickie Ecklund (Bale), who himself was nearly KO’d by drugs and crime. Also check out the masterful re-imagining of John Wayne’s True Grit from No Country For Old Men Oscar-winning directors Joel and Ethan Coen – starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon – which was featured last month, but has since moved to a February 11 release date.

THE KING’S SPEECH Out now Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter. Director: Tom Hooper

I should be put in stocks and have hot Bovril, cabbages and gravel thrown at me for missing this heavily British-influenced gem from last month’s guide – I’ll blame it on release date confusion – as Colin Firth steals the show as stammering King George VI with his Golden Globewinning Best Actor in a drama performance. An Oscar win should be a cert – but I said the same about Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler a couple of years ago – in this rousing period drama from The Damned United director Tom Hooper, which boasts fantastic support from Geoffrey Rush as George’s eccentric speech therapist during his 1936-52 reign.

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Released: February 25

This major hair-raising, half-term, computer-generated animation offering – which also boasts Golden Globe nominations – sees Mandy Moore voice the long hairladen Rapunzel, who kidnaps charming bandit Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) in this criticallylauded non-Pixar Disney tale.

James Cameron produces this claustrophobic, based on a true story, 3D thriller which sees a bunch of explorers – including Fantastic Four’s Brit actor Ioan Gruffudd – fight for survival after a tropical storm forces them deep into the labyrinth nightmare of a remote cave system.

British Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost re-team once again as two comic-book geeks who befriend an alien they find outside Area 51, in this out of this world (ahem) sci-fi comedy from the director of Superbad, which co-stars Seth Rogen and Sigourney Weaver.

This Michael Bay-produced action-thriller sees young Brit star Alex Pettyfer – recovering from the failed Stormbreaker franchise – star as a teenager with special powers on the run after three like him have been slain, with the aid of Die Hard 4.0's Timothy Olyphant

Rom-com stereotyped Ashton Kutcher teams up with Golden Globe-winning actress Natalie Portman (Black Swan) in this flighty flick about two friends who try and keep their sexual relationship strictly physical, before they realise they want more. As you do.

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

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DC UNIVERSE ONLINE (PS3/PC) Out now Finally the wait is over as comic-book fans finally get to fight alongside the likes of Superman, Batman, the Flash and Wonder Woman. Or if villainy is your poison, then the Joker and Lex Luthor as your allies works equally as well in this massively multiplayer online (MMO as it’s known) world – which is the most anticipated to ever hit a home console. Travel to legendary places such as Gotham City and Metropolis, as you enter this expansive universe with your own created superhero after Brainiac sweeps down from the skies to take over earth. As with all MMOs (or even great games like Fallout 3) it is nigh on impossible to make it glitch-free – which proves to be its Kryptonite – and this monthly subscription game will undoubtedly receive constant patching as it strives for perfection. With a great combat system and state-of-the-art physics engine, Universe is more action-paced than your average MMO, but it’s undoubtedly the whole DC Comics package that makes this a must-have for fanboys. To the Batcave...

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GRAN TURISMO 5 (PS3) Out now This undoubtedly takes the chequered flag when it comes to the best racing package on Playstation’s premier console. It tags itself as ‘The Real Driving Simulator’, and with more than 800 car models and sixty track layouts the attention to detail from developers Polyphony makes it worthy of the slogan – with jaw-droppingly photo realistic (and intermittently sub-standard) graphics thrown in. But it isn’t quite the benchmark title for the PS3 that Forza 3 was for the 360 last year – it doesn’t quite drive as well with surprisingly long loading times – but with its sheer depth it’s an encyclopaedic dream for motorsports fans that oozes quality.

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If you mish-mash all the recent racing games – Shift, Burnout and Split/Second – and throw in the ability to drive as a cop, then you’re in Hot Pursuit. With racing games raising the bar extremely high in the past 18 months, this NFS game joins an elite pack with welcomed ingenuity, boasting an Autolog system that makes it easier to face-off against your friends, coupled with racing modes that see you on the right and wrong side of the law. The career mode does get a tad repetitive, but alongside Blur and the aforementioned Split/Second – this is a pure adrenaline rush.

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EPIC MICKEY (WII) Out now After notching the award for best Wii game at the world famous E3 show – the hype machine was in overdrive for this first Mickey Mouse game in eons.

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But though it doesn’t quite compete with the likes of Super Mario Galaxy this is a delightfully innovative 2D and 3D experience as Mickey paints his way through an imaginatively Disneyinfluenced world that encompasses famous animation films and shorts. Sadly it is woefully let down by technical problems – mainly camera related – that will make you say “oh, boy!” – and leaves Walt’s most famous creation just short of ‘epic’ despite getting so much right.

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FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS – DEAD MONEY (360/PS3/PC) Out now The massively expansive five-star New Vegas still took my game of the year award despite being an intermittently glitchy game – but sadly the first DLC isn’t a high-roller. It deserves plaudits for offering something different – and Fallout fans will love the high difficulty curve – as you’re stripped of your weapons and bottle caps, and dragged by an explosive collar to a mysterious town. But its slow-paced survivalist story, coupled with a rushed feel, leaves this more like Operation: Anchorage than Broken Steel – but your level cap being raised by five (to 35) still makes this a worthy purchase.

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CLUBLAND decks. Covering 90s hip-hop, modern hip-hop, dancehall, R’n’B and funky house, this night’s something a little bit different. Entry £5. Crunked Up return to Club Dissident on February 11 with more hip-hop and some serious filthy dubstep. K. Silk are hosting a special Valentine’s rave on February 18, so grab your partner and get dancing!

been asked to produce remixes for artists such as David Bowie, Bjork and Basement Jaxx – make sure you get to this one early as it’ll sell out fast.

PARTY HARD WITH PABLO DIABLO Party into the small hours at Pablo’s Birthday bash at Club Dissident on February 12 – don’t worry, everyone’s invited! DJs include Peddlebreaker, Piratech, Reza, Audio-In and Funky Green and they’ll be playing, electro swing, breaks, techno dubstep and D’n’B. With an eclectic line-up like this and a crowd ready to celebrate, it’s definitely one not to miss and best of all, entry is free!

VALENTINE’S BRINGS HOLLYOAKS TO CENTRAL Valentine’s weekend is bringing a whole load of surprises to Central in Stamford. Friday February 11 brings Jamie Lomas AKA bad boy Warren Fox from Hollyoaks to the nightclub, where you’ll get the chance to meet him in the designated VIP area, and maybe even a drink and a photo! There’ll also be the best collection of music on the go all night, so get your requests in and get ready to party the night away!

IN THE GROOVE Formation touches down at Club Revolution on February 5 and brings some massive names in drum ‘n’ bass with them. Headlining is Grooverider, and he’s joined by Hazzard, DJ SS and Taxman as well as MCs like the fearsome Skibba Dee, Warren G and MC Maverick. In the urban, dubstep and old skool room producers Denaeo and Greenlaw are both playing live. Tickets £10. Box office www.thepark4music.com or 07534 140272 - 07525 864441

HIP-HOP HEROES Boom Boom Room hits Club Dissident on February 19, with DJs DJ B.D.S. T. Rex and Slademan plus DJ 173 on the

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DAVE PEARCE @ DISTRICT 7 One of BBC Radio One’s longest serving DJs will be headlining Reflexions at District 7 later this month. Dave Pearce’s remix for Ministry of Sound reached No. 2 in the charts last year, and he’s known for his euphoric, uplifting hard dance and trance tunes. You must get there early to make sure you don’t miss out as you can’t book in advance. Entry is £5. Don’t miss this classic club night with all the best dance music on February 26.

BALANCE OF HOUSE TUNES Balance brings you a night of serious underground house in their first event of the New Year on February 19 at Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge in Stamford. Expect the best new house on the scene, leftism and breaks from DJs Justin Wilson (Ministry of Sound), Nikki Bell and Jamie Scott. Entry £3.

DILLINJA TO DECIMATE DISSIDENT One of the most prolific and respected producers in the D‘n’B scene, Dillinja, comes to 4cross at Club Dissident on February 25 and he’s joined by MC Dynamite. Not only does Dillinja run the UK’s loudest sound system, he’s also

WESTWOOD AND GOLDFINGER @ CLUB REV The legendary DJs Tim Westwood and Chris Goldfinger are going head-to-head at Club Revolution on February 12 for a massive hip-hop vs. dancehall showdown. Taking place over two floors, and with local support, this is a Valentine’s party with a difference – chocolates and roses will be given out, so impressing that special someone gets even easier. Tickets: £6 for women, £8 for men and £10 for couples. Box office: www.thepark4music.com


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Andy Slater

After chatting to some of the city’s more mature musicians and being delighted by their stories of backache, stair-lifts and Viagra (only teasing lads...) I had an opportunity to sit and have a chat with a guy of less advanced years. John Quinn is a 26-year-old who it seems has been around far longer than his formative years suggest. I can remember John from the Met Lounge circa 2002 in his Beatles jacket and peaked cap and he seems to have been around and about ever since.

The Fleeting Minds

John Quinn

“Yeah that was probably when I did an acoustic set supporting the up-and-coming Snow Patrol,” he tells me, “or around that time anyway.” A time when guitar bands were coming out of bedrooms and into the national spotlight thick and fast.“I don’t think we have had that for a while now, guitar bands have sort of disappeared. The last wave were like Kasabian and The Pigeon Detectives but they were a few years ago, it seems all a bit synthy now.” A point I personally agree with. There doesn’t seem to be the next wave on the horizon, the next Libertines or Razorlight. Where is the next fresh sounding band to inspire the 13-year-olds to wanna be a rock star…? The Fidds, the Met, the Solstice, schools, local pubs – all had battle of the bands competitions, you don’t see it so much now. “It gave me an apprenticeship all that kinda stuff, I won a competition at the Solstice,” which funnily enough is where his life in a covers band started. “I was playing there and Smithy (Colin) was doing the sound. Big Paul and Blanty came to see Smithy and we got chatting.” Out of this chat came what was to be one of the most popular covers bands of the last three years – The Mighty Quinn. To be fair it was destined to be good, Paul Allen and Paul Blant are serious musicians, the rhythm section that has driven Peterborough’s pub scene for the last 15 years. The Loan Sharks, The Setting Sons, Smithy and then The Mighty Quinn, they’ve stirred up some cool beats and grooves in just about every venue in the area. Put John’s indie, Beatles-esque, soulful voice on top, a bit of guitar and you’re onto a winner. “It was only meant to be once a month,” he explains, “but we were asked to play more and more.”

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However after three years of gigging the band have called it a day to allow John’s talent for songwriting to flourish more in The Fleeting Minds which includes, Paul Blant on drums, Louis Speed on bass and John Dalton on guitar. “I think I’ve matured as a songwriter, I sing from the heart and hope the songs have meaning. I can write a song and know how Blanty will interpret it, it’s great working with him we’re just on the same wavelength.” Again, testament to the talent and perception of Paul Blant and to their friendship which not only sees them play and socialise together but work together at the Live Music Shop. Referring back to earlier there was a time when lots of bands sounded very much like Oasis or Blur with a bit of Beatles thrown in, some hoped they’d make it but you kind of knew they’d missed the boat by five years. John is aware of and embraces his influences but puts his own take on that influence which means you can’t really pin his music down to one band or even an era. It’s now, it’s today. “Mods, or Modernists to be precise, what’s the point of copying their style to the letter?” says John. “You can’t be a retro mod, what’s that all about?” It’s a very astute point from an intelligent guy and sums up The Fleeting Minds, it’s not retro but… there are little hooks and phrases in there that almost take you back but then they let you back through the door of the present. There is a record deal in hand with IMJ and you can expect an album out spring time with another maybe in the autumn, the songs are written and ready to be laid down and are different again to the album out soon. Busy lad that John Quinn, track The Fleeting Minds down on Myspace and Facebook.


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Keith Dalton has the ESP guide to the best news and views from the local live music scene…

EAST COAST HIT THE STUDIO

Local purveyors of ‘simmerin' blues & cookin' country rock’ East Coast have been building up quite a buzz with a number of live shows recently and now plan to follow up with some studio time. During February the band, which consists of Nigel Lavender, Nick Thorpe, Chris Thompson and David Block plan to record two versions of their own song Hillbilly Rose, one at Rock Star Studios near Corby and another at Confetti in Nottingham. If you'd like to hear Hillbilly Rose live, along with covers by Lynyrd Skynrd, Neil Young, Steely Dan and more, you can catch East Coast locally at The Railway Inn, Ramsey on February 5. Contact Nigel on 0795 8757824 for info or go to www.myspace.com/nigellavender

DUFFY BROTHERS HIT STAMFORD

As Willie Nelson said: "On the road again". This time though it is not he but the legendary Duffy Brothers. Once of County Mayo now of county local these guys have pedigree. Think Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette and Charley Pride, yes these guys have toured the USA with all of those legends which is not a job you get by being average. Couple that with appearances at the Grand Ole Oprey in Nashville and winning the UK's best country duo for seven years then you know you have something special.

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The Brothers’ on stage humour is as revered as their banjo, mandolin, guitar and fiddle playing and you can catch them doing the whole caboodle at Mama Liz's in Stamford on Wednesday February 23 at 8pm. On stage helping the guys out will be bassist and Lin Griffin who some of you will recognise as the accordion player from the Dead Rabbits and the ceilidh band Claddagh. Sounds like a real hoot to me, and only a fiver... Yeeeeeeehah! Andy Slater

It’s considered highly unlikely that we’ll ever see again all members of Pink Floyd performing together on stage. The last time they got together was for the mammoth Live 8 gig in Hyde Park. But if you are a fan of the music of the band then Think Floyd are undoubtedly the nearest you’ll get to the experience. Think Floyd, dubbed "the definitive Pink Floyd experience," are renowned for their stunning celebration of the band’s music. They’re not lookalikes – that’s not a requirement to appeal to Pink Floyd fans – but they are quality musicians and they’ve managed to faithfully recreate the atmosphere and musical genius of one of the world's most legendary rock phenomena. I’ve seen Think Floyd a few times and in particular a memorable appearance at the Peterborough Beer Festival a few years ago made an impact. The four members of Think Floyd are based in different parts of the UK, but there’s a local connection with bassist Lewis Hall coming from Peterborough. He’s been with the band for 10 years and has always been a fan of the Floyd. His favourite track: Echoes. Great taste!

FROM YEE-HA TO ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK! Never let it be said that this area doesn’t cater for a wide range of musical tastes. So a brief mention for some shows coming to the area in February. First of all The Wilders visit Spalding’s South Holland Centre for an evening of old-time Americana, consisting of hillbilly, bluegrass, ho-down and good-time music.

They spend an increasing amount of time together as there’s an understandable demand for their services in this country and also Belgium, Holland and Greece. This year they travel back to the Greek island of Rhodes, where they play at Rhodes Rocks. Purely by coincidence, this giant festival takes place on land adjoining the house of Pink Floyd’s Dave Gilmour. I wonder if he’s seen Think Floyd but Lewis told me there have been no ‘official’ sightings of Mr Gilmour at the gig.

Kansas based The Wilders write and perform classic honky-tonk, old-time country and fiddle tunes with engaging energy and spirit that’s won them a reputation as one of the most mesmerising country acts coming out of the US. In the UK for a short tour they’re headlining at the Celtic Connections festival before taking the road south to Spalding! It’s on February 9 and the box office at the South Holland Centre is on 01775 764777. Yeeee-ha!

Before that they’re about to start their 2011 tour of the UK and we have the chance to see the band in this area when they return to Bourne Corn Exchange on February 4. Box office 0782 803 2241.

Secondly, get out of that kitchen and rattle those pots and pans at Bourne Corn Exchange on February 5. Rock ‘n’ roll fans can see Phil Hayley & His Comments. They have an incredible live show, featuring, not only all the big Bill Haley, hits but a lot of their own material. If you want to rock around the clock the number for tickets is 0782 803 2241.

The gig will feature the whole range of classic Pink Floyd from Syd Barrett, through Dark Side Of The Moon and Wish You Were Here, to The Division Bell. With exhilarating visual lighting effects and great sound this is a 'must-see' evening for all Floyd fans and lovers of live music!

Then there’s American outlaw country legend, Bob Wayne dropping by at Mama Liz’s in Stamford. He’s only doing four dates in the UK, all at big city venues, apart from lucky Mama’s who’ve clinched his appearance in Stamford on February 22. Good going guys! Don’t leave it late to book if this your thing – 01780 765888.

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I managed to catch Aladdinsane frontman Paul Henderson on the One Show on BBC the other night. He was in a feature on the Ziggy Stardust hairstyle. Paul revealed that he has to have the styling about five times a year – and I always thought it was natural!

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PUB GUIDE News The Rose Pub & embe Restaurant

SMITHS, BOURNE

If you fancy a change from a city centre pub, then head over to Smiths in Bourne. This pub serves a wide selection of tasty meals, and they’ve even got a team of new chefs to continue cooking great food. There’s a new evening dining experience, and everyone’s advised to book early to avoid disappointment. You can enjoy an early bird special, which consists of two courses for just £10.95, which is on offer from 12pm – 2.30pm and 6pm – 7pm Monday to Saturday. Or if you’re an early bird yourself, drop in for some breakfast anytime between 8am and 11am. No matter what time of day, Smith’s are open and ready to take your order!

THE CHERRY TREE The Cherry Tree along Oundle Road has introduced some great new ideas for 2011. As well as all of the fantastic live music at weekends, they’ve got some great food on offer too. Friday night is now steak night; you get two 8oz rump steaks (yum!) with all the trimmings for only £12! And to make things even better, from Monday to Friday between 6pm – 8pm you can enjoy two main meals for £10, leaving you with a little more money in your pocket to enjoy their Real Ales.

THE ADDISON ARMS, GLATTON If you’re looking for somewhere different to go to enjoy a quiet drink, head over to the Addison Arms in Glatton. It’s only 10 minutes from the city centre, but feels like it should be miles into the country. The 18th century pub has a lovely warm atmosphere – with a huge selection of Real Ales, wines and food. There’s plenty on offer, with traditional Sunday Roasts served from midday, and a special lunchtime offer of two selected courses for £10. You can even unwind on a Sunday evening with a cash quiz – where it may just be your lucky day!

EMBE/THE ROSE The Rose and Embe Restaurant along Burghley Road have had some great feedback recently. They were pleased to tell us that Mr. Peterborough himself – Peter Boizot OBE – dropped in for a visit to the restaurant, and thoroughly enjoyed one of their specialities, a mango salad and rundown vegetable dish. He’s also said he’ll be returning soon for another tasty meal, so make sure you pop along too and try out the yummy food yourself! They’re taking bookings for their first ever Valentine’s Day, so for any further details check their website, or call them on 01733 873003.

The Taste Of Africa & The Caribbean • Open 7 Days for drinks • Lunch & Dinner Tues - Sun • Takeaway Service Available • Office Lunch Time Menu Available • Real Ale, Lager & Cocktails • Live Bands on Weekends • Freshly Cooked Meals For more info, visit www.emberestaurant.com

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GUIDE

FRI JAN 28

SUN JAN 30

ALADDINSANE

AINT MISBEHAVIN

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

BURN CITY BURN + THUNDER HORSE Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

EAST COAST The Ostrich North Street

JOEL EVANS The Fayre Spot Bretton

LEE MAJOR O'Neills Broadway

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

Glinton

MON JAN 31

HONEYWELL + AMY WOODS

TRACY MELINDA The Red Lion West Deeping

FRI FEB 4 AMY WOODS + RAGESTAR The GPO Club Peterborough

LOOSE BABY CHARLOTTE The Pear Tree Stamford

LAFFING BOYS The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

The Swiss Cottage Woodston

LLOYD WATSON

PHIL QUINN

LOOSE ROCKET

Quinns Club Whittlesey

RETROLUX The Dunn Cow Spalding

SAT JAN 29

The Rose Burghley Road The Axe & Cleaver Boston

PULSE The Vine Coates

STORM The Ostrich

CENTRE North Street EXCUSE + THE GUARDS SINGLE LAUNCH The Bluebell Inn + SUPPORT Dogsthorpe Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

DAFFY AND THE ALIEN The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe

FRANKLY MY DEAR The Ostrich North Street

GLASS HEART The Old Coach House Market Deeping

LOOSE BABY CHARLOTTE The Grapevine Queen Street

SPARE PARTS The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

THE RETURNS The Ploughman Werrington

EAST COAST

Charters Town Bridge

The Railway Inn Ramsey

DWAYNE + PETER

The GPO Club Peterborough

THE INFLUENCE The Fayre Spot Bretton

ISIAH Club Dissident Lincoln Road

The Cross Keys Oundle Road

MAURICKY COLLINS

KICKBACK

The Dragon Werrington

Werrington

PHIL HAYLEY AND HIS COMMENTS The Bourne Corn Exchange Bourne

SLIDE TO OPEN The Cock Inn Werrington

THE GUARDS O'Neills Broadway

SAT FEB 5 CUTTIN' LOOSE The Golden Fleece Stamford

DISPOSABLE MAN The Rose Burghley Road

LOOSE ROCKET

OPEN MIC NIGHT

The Indian Queen Boston

THE NUGGETS The Old Coach House Market Deeping

SUN FEB 13 The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

The Stage Market Deeping

MICK JONES (MR POSH) SWINGING THE LED

DR A’S RHYTHM & GROOVES

The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe

Bell Inn Sawtry

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS

FRANKLY MY DEAR

SUN FEB 27

The Straw Bear Whittlesey

The Firkin Bourne

THE KARSIE CHIEFS

The Firkin Bourne

GLASS HEART

OPEN MIC NIGHT

The Rose Burghley Road

The Boat Whittlesey

THE RETURNS

THU FEB 17

TWENTY 4

The Dragon Werrington

THE GUARDS O'Neills Broadway

The Golden Fleece Stamford

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

BURLESQUE The Cross Keys Oundle Road

LLOYD, REX AND MURRAY

Charters Town Bridge

The Waggon & Horses Langtoft

GRUMPY OLD MEN The Golden Fleece Stamford

JAY The Rose Burghley Road

DRUMBLUIE BAND

TUE FEB 22

The Firkin Bourne

PENNYLESS

LOOSE ROCKET

IAN GRAHAM + KAT MOORE

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

REX, LLOYD AND MURRAY The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

Stamford

The Indian Queen Boston

MERCURY Stamford Corn Exchange

RETROLUX The Three Horseshoes Werrington

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

STORM O'Neills Broadway

THE INFLUENCE The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe

HOOKER The Blue Boar Eye

INTWINED The Rose Burghley Road

NO MANS BAND The Cross Keys Oundle Road

RETROLUX

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

MAXWELL HAMMER SMITH

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

THE FOLLOWING

The Swiss Cottage Woodston

GRAPHIC

PHIL QUINN

DR A’S RHYTHM PENNYLESS & GROOVES The Fayre Spot Bretton

The Red Lion Eye

The Rose Burghley Road

BOB WAYNE + KONTACT + The Cherry Tree THE OUTLAW PET SLIMMERS Oundle Road CARNIES + OF THE YEAR + NEW DEVICE + OLDBOY LOOSE BABY Mama Liz's HOLLYWOOD CHARLOTTE Voodoo Lounge TEASE + Mama Liz's Stamford MIDNIGHT Voodoo Lounge DOGS

SUN FEB 6

The Ploughman Werrington

The Three Horseshoes Werrington

SUN FEB 20

GLASS HEART

BURLESQUE

UNDERCOVER WE ARE FICTION

FRI FEB 18

TRUE BEAT + THE ABSTRACTS + THE NEW LEAVES

Ebeneezers Grove Street The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe

TUE FEB 15

The Swiss Cottage Woodston

THE NUGGETS

AMY WOODS + SUPPORT

The Ruddy Duck Peakirk

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

SLIDE TO OPEN

FRI FEB 25

Stamford Corn Exchange

RETROLUX

NOISY VENDORS

The Golden Fleece Stamford

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road The Brewery Tap Westgate

ELLIE WILLIAMS

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

OUT OF ORDER

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

OASISH

HOOKER ISIAH

NO MANS BAND TATTOOED SEX GODS The Rose Burghley Road

The Lord Nelson Morton

FRANKLY MY DEAR

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

The Bourne Corn Exchange Bourne

THU FEB 24

CUTTIN' LOOSE

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

THINK FLOYD

SAT FEB 19

The Letter B Whittlesey

SAT FEB 12

TRYPTIC BILLIES + INDIGO CHILD + AMICUS + CENTRE EXCUSE

The Cross Keys Oundle Road

The Dragon Werrington

THE INFLUENCE

THE REPLICAS

THE MALINGERERS + THE FRONT PORCH PREACHERS

THE SPIRIT

The Fayre Spot Bretton

HOOKER + STORM + THE BRINK

LANE CITIZEN SMITH PARK The Ploughman The Swiss Cottage Woodston

ONE EYED CATS

DR A’S RHYTHM FRI FEB 11 & GROOVES BENJAMIN The Bluebell BLOOM

WED FEB 23 THE DUFFY BROTHERS Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

Quinns Club Whittlesey The Swiss Cottage Woodston

SOULWEAVER The Fayre Spot Bretton

SAT FEB 26 CRASH 'N' BURN The Peacock Fletton

KICK START The Rose Burghley Road

LAFFING BOYS The Cock Inn Werrington

LATINO SOUND The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

THE RAINMEN

THU MAR 3 PAT MCMANUS Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

FRI MAR 4 GLASS HEART The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe

HOOKER The Cock Inn Werrington

KICKBACK The Ostrich North Street

MAS Y MAS Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

MONKEY BOY The Ploughman Werrington

PULSE The Golden Fleece Stamford

SELL OUT The Cross Keys Oundle Road

SHAMELESS The Fayre Spot Bretton

UNDERCOVER BAND The Swiss Cottage Woodston

LOOSE BABY CHARLOTTE The Grapevine Queen Street

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ESP February 2011