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FEBRUARY 2013 Issue 162




The best

Leisure and Lifestyle for Greater Peterborough

In this month’s issue:

What’s On Dining Out Health & Beauty Movies Comedy Live Music Valentine’s Gifts


Nina Nesbitt

The City Centre Plan

– time to have your say!



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ANGEL SPICE CHARITY NIGHT Local Indian restaurant, Angel Spice in Stilton has organised a charity evening for a local disability charity, the Papworth Trust. At the price of only £12.95 you can enjoy the finest Indian cuisine and live music and raise some much needed funds for the charity as £8 from the sale of each ticket will be donated to the Papworth Trust. There’ll be an opportunity to win a free meal for two and some other great prizes in the raffle they’re hosting. Call 01733 244373 for details.

DATE SET FOR ITALIAN FESTIVAL It’s been confirmed that the city’s Italian Festival will return for another two days this year on September 21 and 22. After last year’s huge success which saw chef Gino D’Acampo draw thousands to Cathedral Square the city council’s promising another lively mix of events celebrating all that’s good about Italian culture and of course plenty of music and delicious food!


Heats are in The Solstice and other venues including St Neots, St Ives & Huntingdon. The guys are looking for bands to compete so if you’re interested take a look at or email and add subject Cambs Entry.

NEW LIPOBELT ARRIVES! My Body Essentials are really excited about their new low level laser body sculpture treatments – not just a one day wonder; this one uses the latest technology that really does shrink body fat! You can lose from one to 3cm instantly in just one session and the results are long term too. If those festive inches have made a sneaky appearance in unwelcome places grab a big fat saving of 45% off and pay only £45 per session. Now you really can say goodbye to those bits you would rather be without. For more info just call My Body Essentials on 01733 305102.


If you need to get fit but you’re on a budget, check out the fantastic £2.99 a week memberships offer at FeelGood Fitness in Bretton! With a private ladies fitness suite, a wide range of equipment, plenty of weights and various classes for all there’s no excuse not to get those new year’s resolutions started! Give them a call on 01733 261641 for details.

BROTHERHOOD CALLS OUT TO LOCAL GROUPS The new Brotherhood Shopping Park tell us they’re offering local clubs and charities the opportunity to use their Community Space for free throughout 2013! From animal shelters to Morris dancers and everything in between, Brotherhood is encouraging everyone to get in touch. Activity at the shopping park should be as visual as possible and encourage shopper interaction. This could be anything from demonstrations and kids’ activities to raffles or educational talks – the more visual the better. So, don’t miss out call Tilly Bull on 01403 783400 or email

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LAVANDULA NIGHTS GO LIVE The Lavandula charity nights at the Brewery Tap are still going strong and they're looking forward to a great 2013. This year they’ll include a live act at all their events this year, on top of the DJs and visual projections you can always expect. The next Lavandula will be Friday February 1 at The Tap Room, where they'll be hosting Lunatrix. This seven piece contemporary swing family will be bringing their modern take on swing music to the people of the UK. With influences ranging from reggae and jazz through to drum ’n’ bass and techno, each member brings their own unique flavour and talent to the mix.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS @ SOLSTICE The Battle of the Bands competition is returning to the Boro on Saturday April 27 at The Solstice promising a great night for the city’s live music fans.

The new album Dance On The Moon by local talent Amy Woods is out now on AMS Records. The album was recorded at the AMS Studio right here in Peterborough and produced by Andy Nicholls and Michal Gil. You can find it on iTunes and all other download sites now. Look out for Amy as she’ll soon be touring again with some dates in Peterborough too!

DELICIOUSLY TASTY CUPCAKES Love cupcakes? Deliciously Tasty pride themselves on providing tasty, high quality cupcakes at an affordable price. They’ll personalise your cupcakes to suit your occasion and deliver your order. This family run local business say they know that service and personality is what counts and tell us they strive to achieve a personalised service no matter what the size of your order. So whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, baby shower, christening or wedding cupcakes your after, give them a call on 07572 178158 or find them on facebook by searching ‘Deliciously Tasty’.

VALENTINE’S GIFTS @ MEL RICHARDS Looking for a gift your girl will really like guys? Pop down to Melanie Richard’s hair boutique on Bridge Street and pick up Valentine's Day gift vouchers packaged in a box with free mini shampoo and conditioners. Or girls, you could treat yourself to their product of the month – GHD Straight & Tame Cream retailing at £14.95 with 10% off during February. This will

tame and transform curly/thick unruly hair making it easier and quicker to blow dry and it contains the GHD Heat Protection system.


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With the boos and cheers of thousands of happy panto-goers still ringing through the theatre, the team at The Cresset are already setting their sights on Christmas 2013 – Oh yes they are! They’ve decided to waste no time and are now selling tickets for this year’s show, Beauty and the Beast which will run from December 14 – 30.

If you’re still desperate to get in shape after all the festive over indulgence, or just generally need to improve your health try personalised nutrition with Resolution, Nutrition and Fitness. It’s different to other things out there and is all put together by a qualified nutritionist, tailored personally to you all accompanied by that vital support and encouragement needed to keep you on track. At £25 a month it sounds like just what we all need to shape up! Call 07774 330371 for more info.

Promising all the magic and fun of a traditional family panto it’ll be an all-singing, all-dancing festive spectacular. Even better news is that prices have been frozen until August 31. To book go online at or call the box office on 01733 265705. Fantastic offers are available for schools and group bookers, contact the groups co-ordinator on 01733 842500.

SPECIAL OFFER @ HARLINGS AUTO CARE If you need your wheels sorting, try Harlings Auto Care on Oxney Road and you’ll get 20% off if you’re a new customer this month. Whether it’s an MOT, service or repairs give the guys a call. They also offer 24hour recovery and have a selection of used cars for sale. Tel: 01733 687794 or take a look at

SPECIAL OFFERS @ OMG HAIR & NAILS Not only are there new sun beds with super fast tanning tubes now available at OMG Hair & Nails at Cardea Park in Stanground, they also have some great offers to have you looking gorgeous this Valentine’s. There’s 25% off any hair an nail service every Wednesday, 25% off any beauty service every Tuesday including spray tans and 25% all products throughout February including Dermalogica and GHDs. All you have to do is quote ESP!

LE CREUSET LAUNCHES NEW COLOUR Peterborough United have announced the dates for the February Football Fundays for players aged between 4 and 12. Anybody attending the courses will be sure to have a great time with fun sessions taken by UEFA and FA qualified coaches. Players will also get the chance to meet first team stars who will visit for one day at each venue to sign autographs and pose for photographs with participants. It’s at Hampton Sports Club, Beaumont Way, Hampton Hargate on Monday February 11, Tuesday February 12 and Wednesday February 13. All courses are from 10am – 3pm. For more information or to register please go to or call the football club.


Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre’s launched a fun photography competition encouraging people to get out in the fresh air and take a great winter snap of the Farm!

Have you heard about Rech@rge the exciting new fitness concept for Peterborough? Using the unrivalled facilities of the Nene Park Academy Rech@rge is a great group fitness centre with a studio that can cater for 60+ people, complete with fully spring-loaded floor, a sports hall perfect for team sports, group training and other activities. Rech@rge is focused on providing the ultimate environment for costeffective group training and they’re running free classes from February 11 – 17. To find out more visit or call 01733 368383.

It’s free to enter, all you have to do is visit the Farm and take a photograph that shows the fun you’ve had! It could be anything from the frozen Mill Pond, a family tractor ride portrait or a friendly Robin in a tree!



There are three age catergories for entry: under 11, under 16 and adult. The winner of each category will receive a family ticket to the Farm for two adults and two children. The overall winner will receive a family membership to Sacrewell Farm for one year worth £125! To enter submit a photo no smaller than 1mb of Sacrewell Farm in the winter to stating your name, age and address and when the photo was taken. Entries must be of the Farm and must not have been manipulated. Deadline for entries is midday on February 8.

HEALTH AND FITNESS COURSES NEAR YOU Whether you’re contemplating a career in the Leisure and Fitness industry, or are a qualified exercise professional aiming to gain more knowledge through CPD, Pocketfit Training has the products and services to meet your needs. Pocketfit are now delivering a wide variety of courses and workshops in Peterborough and the surrounding areas at two of their Centres of Excellence – Bannaytne’s Health & Fitness Club and Fit England Health Club. For more info on any of the courses or to discuss their Apprenticeships offer, call 07568 319703 or email To view the

Dee at the Lancôme counter in Boots in Queensgate has been in touch to tip us off about the great offers this month! From February 1 they’ll have their fabulous BAFTA gift – a gorgeous full size clutch bag packed with lovely travel size products and mascara, lipstick and a sample of Genefique. They’re also launching their new foundation which contains the Visionnaire serum so it keeps your skin hydrated with great coverage too! There’ll be makeovers and samples available so drop by and see Dee to get booked in. That’s not all – the big Lancôme gift event is from February 21 – March 10 with two full size products and two 125ml products so don’t miss out!

GREEN ROOM RETURNS Live music fans in the city should be loving the new Green Room Live Sessions which have just launched at Radius (our Paparazzi guys were there) and the next of these monthly gigs is on Friday March 1. It’ll be another quality line-up of four bands including Drive Angry and Columbian Necktie . It’s £4 on the door and after this the next one will be on March 29. For all the latest or to get in touch with James the organiser visit

Anyone who loves cooking will be aware of Le Creuset, renowned the world over for its premium quality cookware including iconic, award-winning enamelled cast iron, three-ply stainless steel and toughened non-stick ranges plus oven-totable stoneware and professional kitchen and wine accessories collections. A new colour’s being launched at the store over at The Garden Park near Eye this month so drop by on the weekend of February 23 – 24. You’ll receive a free Scandinavian cookbook with every purchase over £20 over the two days and enjoy a glass of Prosecco and nibbles with the team.


Local celeb Warwick Davis proved he also has talents in the kitchen when he joined Duncan Bannatyne (Dragons Den) Andy Akinwolere (Blue Peter) and Simon Reeve (Indian Ocean) in The Great Comic Relief Bake Off and whooped them to take the title! The show was so popular that Warwick Davis was trending on Twitter worldwide. Afterwards Warwick told us – “I always get in touch with Comic Relief to offer my services, so it was nice having them approach me this year. We often associate the charity with Lenny Henry going out to Africa and helping people out there, but there’s so much more to it than that. It’s important to remember that Comic Relief makes a huge difference in this country too. “I also love the fact that Comic Relief is a charity that everyone can get involved in. Not everyone can walk ten miles or take on similar challenges, but everyone can do something for this charity. Dress up silly, lie in a bath full of beans, or maybe the show inspired people to bake and sell cakes. Anything goes.” Warwick’s done his bit for Comic Relief but if you have any fundraising events planned don’t forget to let us know on and we’ll do our best to let everyone know. Keep an eye on for all the latest news.




HIGH SCHOOL ROCKS On Friday February 15 an exciting new production comes to The Cresset to provide an ideal end to half term week. High School Rocks is a high-energy, footstomping, totally interactive production featuring all the very best hits from your television and stage favourites High School Musical, Hannah Montana, Camp Rock and Glee! Join the superb cast of singers and dancers for a rollercoaster ride of fun, as they invite you to the ultimate pop party at The Cresset to celebrate all of these teen sensations in one unmissable concert. Don’t forget your dancing shoes and be prepared to rock out with the gang! Tickets are £12.50 for adults, £9 for under 14s and £36 for a family of four. Box office: 01733 265705. Alex Jones

With the film version proving a hit, Peterborough’s leading media arts specialist Academy is bringing the West End hit Les Miserables back to the stage.


Les Miserables is the Voyager Academy’s most adventurous musical yet and with their reputation for high quality arts projects this should be another great night out in Walton! The musical’s being performed on February 6, 7 and 8, at 7pm. Tickets cost £6 for adults and £4 for children and can be purchased from Voyager Academy’s reception which is open from 8.30am – 4.30pm. For more info call 01733 383888.

The UK’s leading all male dance company 2Faced use their trademark urban style in this new full length work. Critically acclaimed, this bold, energy fuelled show should please contemporary dance fans at the Key Theatre on Wednesday February 20. Tickets are £14 (concessions £10). Box office: 01733 207239.


HANSEL AND GRETEL Fresh from a seven week sell out run in Bristol, award-winning theatre company New International Encounter (NIE) are returning to Peterborough with the enchanting fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, showing at the Key Theatre for just six performances running from Thursday February 14 – Saturday February 16. Famed for their ability to turn the most traditional of tales into spectacular productions, you’ll quickly forget you've ever heard the familiar fairy tale before. There’ll be ludicrous clowning, jovial folk songs and a delightful use of puppetry with performers from all over Europe. The Key Theatre will also be transformed into a magical winter wonderland, with interactive craft workshops taking place each performance day for only £2.50 per person. Expect giggling, gasping and big surprises; just make sure to pack some breadcrumbs. Tickets are £12 for adults and £6 for children with a special family ticket available at £30. For more information call the box office on 01733 207239 or visit Alex Jones



This Shakespeare favourite includes fairies, lovers, hapless actors, a disapproving father and of course oodles of theatrical magic!

Summer Loving, Grease Lightning, Sandy and You’re The One That I Want. Aware of these songs? Of course you are! Know all the words? Of course you do! Want an event which lets you express your love for these songs in a friendly carefree environment? Then head to Sing-along-a Grease at the South Holland Centre in Spalding on Thursday February 7.

NIGHT’S DREAM This production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from nationally renowned Sell a Door is guaranteed to be dynamic – with music and madness revealing the darker side of this much loved comedy. They’ve developed a reputation for high quality theatre following critically acclaimed tours and now turn their attention to one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. See it at Stamford Arts Centre on Tuesday February 12, tickets are £12 (£10 concessions, £8.50 students and groups). Box office: 01780 763203.

It’s a brand new sing-along version of the classic high-school film, brought to you by the producers of Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music. The evening begins with your host leading a vocal warm-up before showing you how to use the contents of your free goody bag during the film. And of course you need to learn how to hand jive! After you’re well versed in the essentials it’s time to sit back and watch Danny, Sandy and the gang, while singing and dancing along to the lyrics as shown on the screen.

RAF SWING WING Following last year’s sell out Help for Heroes Charity Concert, the servicemen and women of the RAF Swing Wing Band are returning to the South Holland Centre in Spalding for two evening concerts on February 14 and 15. The Swing Wing perform the music immortalised by the great orchestras of Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Glen Miller and many more from a time when melody was King and music fans its adoring subjects. Come and enjoy songs and tunes from a truly golden age of music.

It couldn’t be easier... or more fun! Fancy dress is strongly encouraged and full audience participation essential. Tickets are £15 or £13.50 for seniors, under 26s and disabled. Box office: 01775 764777.

The concert starts at 7.30pm each night and will finish around 10pm. Tickets are £18.50 and all proceeds will be donated to the Help for Heroes charity. Box office: 01775 764777.

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Award winning comedian and science brainbox Robin Ince brings his unique brand of stand-up comedy to the South Holland Centre in Spalding on Friday March 1.

scientists Charles Darwin and Richard Feynman. Find out why we have eyebrows, why bald dogs have bad teeth, how heavy metal music makes pigs deaf and why spaghetti snaps into four pieces.

Robin who won the 2011 Sony Award for his Radio 4 show The Infinite Monkey Cage weaves his stand up magic to the tune of ideas from

Tickets are £12, £10 for over 60s and £7.50 for under 25s. The show has an age rating of 14+. Box office: 01775 764777. Alex Jones


John Clare Cinema Here’s a good tongue twister I came up with whilst writing this article. Four Thursdays full of fantastic films throughout February. Pretty good right? Anyway, yes as the tongue twister implies this February Peterborough Arts Cinema has some great films showing that you won’t want to miss.

BURLESQUE DELIGHTS Fancy a night of sophisticated tease? The Burlesque Show at the Key Theatre on Saturday March 2 promises a night with a difference featuring some of the finest artistes of the genre – and certainly something different for the Boro! Expect beautiful choreography, hilarious routines, classic comedy and a delicious night of tassels, tease and titillation… try saying that after a drink! Tickets are £19 and of course it’s over 18s only. Box office: 01733 207239.

SPECTACULAR 60’s SHOW Travel back in time on Thursday February 21 to the decade of peace and love with the Spectacular 60’s Show at the Cresset. Top of the bill are The Merseybeats who in the heyday of the Cavern were as popular as The Beatles. With such hits as Wishin’ and Hopin’, Don’t Turn Around and the world wide smash hit Sorrow they’re still as much a force today as they were 50 years ago. Joining them are The Swingin Blue Jeans who’ll be sure to perform the unforgettable Hippy Hippy Shake, and special guest Mike Pender from The Searchers who enjoyed hits with songs such as Sweets for My Sweets, Sugar and Spice and many more. This will be one of the last chances to see Mike on stage as he’s announced his retirement. Completing the line-up will be local band Sounds Force 5 who’ve also appeared at the Cavern and in the 60s appeared alongside such greats as Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and Pink Floyd. Tickets are £22.50. For more information call 01733 265705. Alex Jones

DARK HORSE (15) Thursday February 7 at 7.30pm Directed by Todd Solondz and starring Christopher Walken, Selma Blair and Jordan Gelber, Dark Horse follows Abe, a Jewish man in his 30s who still lives at home with his parents, played in a genius spot of casting by Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow. At a wedding, Abe (Jordan Gelber) meets the beautiful but heavily medicated Miranda (Selma Blair), who also still lives at home, and the two begin a painful romance under the director's merciless, absurdist eye. The Classic Buskers are returning on Friday February 15 to Oundle with very special guest Neil Henry, one of Britain’s best-known magicians! Together, they’ve created a brand new show in which the Buskers’ wit and musical virtuosity on over forty instruments is combined with the oftenunbelievable magic tricks and illusions from Neil. Flutes may disappear and appear as something else, accordions (and players!) levitate, musical scores torn to shreds may be miraculously reconstituted. To say any more would give the game away… so if you’re looking for a fun night out to chase away the winter blues, try this funny and hugely entertaining show. Tickets cost: £12 (adult), £10 (concession) and £5 (under 18’s) and are available from Oundle Box Office at 4 New Street, Oundle, by calling 01832 274734 or via

PLANET OF SNAIL Thursday February 14 at 7.30pm Perfect Valentine’s Day viewing! This is a life affirming documentary about a Korean couple who overcome their personal traumas and form a bond which truly personifies the concept of love. These two halves of one soul seem to be living every day, every hour, every moment to the full. There's not only more joy here than the subject implies but also more profound insight into what it means to be human. An absolute gem.

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JUST ANOTHER (GREAT) SHOW! If you like a little music and variety head to the Ivy Leaf Club in Whittlesey on Saturday February 23 as The Patient Participation Group are hosting a Variety Show with music, dance and drama. Performers range from solo singer songwriters and choral, to a wind ensemble and contemporary dance to drama/comedy. Doors open at 7pm curtain up at 7.30pm.

A ROYAL AFFAIR (15) Thursday February 21 at 7.30pm Directed by Nikolaj Arcel this film tells the story of Caroline Matilda, the young wife of ‘Mad King’ Christian VII of Denmark. However, not everything is well in this relationship and the young queen falls secretly in love with her physician and together start a revolution that changes a nation forever. Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Tickets are just £5 from The Ivy Leaf, the Jenner Health Centre, or email It’s all to raise funds for the additional equipment not covered by the Primary Care Trust’s budget.

ROMANTIC COMPOSERS The City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra’s spring concert is filled with romantic ardour. Music is from three of the most popular composers, comprising Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony, Elgar’s Froissart overture and Bruch’s violin concerto No.1. The soloist is former winner in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, David Le Page, playing on an 1874-made violin. Enjoy a romantic night with a difference with this wonderful concert at The Voyager Academy, Mountsteven Avenue, Walton, on Sunday March 17, 3pm-5pm. Adult ticket prices are £12.50 and £10.50 (concessions) and will be available on the door. Bookings can also be made at Accompanied school children are free.

MONSIEUR LAZHAR (12A) Thursday February 28 at 7.30pm An asylum-seeking Algerian restaurateur, whose wife and family have been killed by terrorists, passes himself off as a teacher to help the staff and pupils of a francophone school in Montreal come to terms with the suicide of a troubled female teacher. It’s a serious, unsentimental film of real insight into loss, grief, guilt, exile and the true meaning of education. The end sends you out of the cinema in a positive frame of mind, but it's neither triumphalist nor unrealistic. Some teachers will learn from it. All teachers will find it a reaffirmation of their vocation. Alex Jones


Strictly Live ESP’s Sarah Tempest follows ‘Team Peterborough’, Louis and Hayley, on the Strictly Live Tour… Hayley also revealed – “He's also a bit of a whizz at cards.” We didn’t know that about our lad from Eye! “That's the problem with Olympians,” says Hayley “they win at everything! I think he'll end up winning every show on tour, which has never been done. He is dancing the same routines as he did with Flavia but they’ve been slightly adapted so it works for him and Ola and to make the most of the big space.” he TV series of Strictly Come Dancing may have come to an end at Christmas but that’s not the end of the dancing story for our twinkle toed local hero Louis Smith as he’s currently wowing audiences in the live Strictly Tour. And to really fly the flag for our city, he’s joined on tour by fellow Peterborian Hayley Sanderson, singer in the resident Dave Arch band. Despite their hectic tour schedule, Hayley found time to catch up with ESP Magazine, let us know how the tour’s going and fill us in on the latest gossip!


“The tour’s going really well,” says Hayley, “There's less panic on tour as you're so well-rehearsed and you're not going out to eight million people at a time.

But what about the gossip, Hayley, we’re relying on you to spill the beans! “Well, Fern (Britton) and Louis have never seen Dirty Dancing even though Louis is dancing to the theme song on tour! And backstage there’s glitter, eyelash and tan wars... and that’s just the boys!” So what plans have you got once the tour is over? “I have a few performances booked in and I'm looking forward to guesting in Johnny Partridge’s (Christian from Eastenders) show as soon as this finishes. He's an amazing performer, a vocalist, actor and dancer.” If you’re not able to get along to the tour and you’re missing your fix of our boy back home then all you

Louis on display in the city

“Having a large audience is great and it has more of a live gig feel to it than the TV studios! You also get to see a lot more of us in the band than on the television. “We all go to the centre of the stage in group numbers on tour, it's more of a full show. Even the brass players take to the centre for their beautifully played solos. “ Craig Revel Horwood directs the show and he (throughout the year) puts on what they call 'actor/muso' shows and always he champions musicians on stage. He's a very encouraging director believe it or not! He tries to create the most entertaining show possible using the whole cast.” The live show follows the TV format with the judges critiquing each performance, but are the judges’ comments genuine or is it all just for show? “A bit of both,” reveals Hayley. “It's a genuine reaction from the judges but if the routine never improves or worsens then the comments don't change. This is why the band love it when the dancers make a mistake as we get to hear different comments!” And what about our Louis, the reigning Strictly champion – seeing as Flavia wasn’t able to go on tour due to her Midnight Tango show with Vincent, how’s he getting on dancing with Ola? “He's getting on great, they’re winning every night! They make a beautiful couple, really complement each other.”


need to do is pop down to the city centre and gaze longingly at the billboard of his Subway advertisement; not only is he looking quite the hottie in his lycra but the more you stare (not that I’ve tried this of course), the more his eyes follow you. And if that’s not enough to make you dash out and order a low fat turkey breast sub, all the salad and honey and mustard dressing, Louis himself will be back in the ’boro after the tour as a special guest at the NSPCC Business Support Group dinner on Thursday March 21 at the Holiday Inn. Paul Ross will be hosting the fundraising event. Tickets, priced at £55 or £500 for a table of 10 are available by emailing or by calling 01733 223031.

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HAIR RAISING FUNDRAISING IN FEBRU-HAIRY Once again, Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice is asking you to fire up your imagination and fundraise around the theme of hair by putting the fun back into fundraising. Febru-Hairy has raised thousands of pounds for Thorpe Hall Hospice over the past few years. Wearing a wig, shaving your head, leg waxing or beard and moustache growing are some of the ways people have raised money from sponsorships. People can take part during the whole month of February. Sue Ryder fundraiser Jackie Page told ESP – “This is something anyone can get involved with. Do it with your work colleagues, school friends, at the local pub or on your own. You can do anything – cut it, colour it (like Nick Porter pictured), grow it, wax it, curl it, fake it – the wackier the better.” If you want to know more about Febru-Hairy, contact the fundraising team on 01733 330060 or email


STEAM GALA @ NVR Photo: Ian Macdonald

Serpentine Green is kicking off its 2013 events programme with a half-term visit from the legendary Samsam the Bubbleman. Shoppers of all ages will be transfixed by Samsam’s amazing bubble show on Tuesday February 12. He has performed all over the world for many famous names including Prince Charles, JK Rowling, David Cameron and Shakira. In the summer he trained 300 people to perform with him at the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

Steam fans should head to Nene Valley Railway over the weekend of February 23 – 24 for the Winter Steam Gala Star turn is the massive main-line Locomotive Britannia (number 70000). First of her class built and famous for (amongst other things) having pulled the funeral train of King George VI. Britannia will be joined by a 'Large Prarie' Number 4141. This locomotive is of the same type worked on by Guy Martin in his recent TV series How Britain Worked, and will give fans of the show a great chance to get a really close view of what he worked on.

The world famous Bubbleologist has broken nine Guinness World Records to date and holds three Blue Peter badges. He is currently on TV creating thousands of bubbles in the new Imperial Leather advert.

The two guest locomotives will be joined by the home fleet of five other steam locomotives including Standard 5, City of Peterborough, and children's favourite, Thomas!

The Bubbleman will be performing four shows on Tuesday February 12 outside Mothercare from 11.30am. Check facebook/serpentinegreen for details of show times.

Rover tickets (ride all day) for the event are adult £22, senior £16, child £11 or a family ticket (two adults three children) is £56.

CHARITY BALL FOR SUE RYDER Local guy James Clipston is about to embark on the biggest challenge of his life so far, running the Virgin London Marathon in April to raise money for the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. To boost his fundraising, he’s organising a Charity Ball at Greetham Valley Golf Club on Friday March 8. It’s just £35 per ticket which includes a two course meal, drinks on arrival, live music and a raffle. If you would like to go just contact the fundraising team at Thorpe Hall Hopsice on 01733 330060 or email

CHARITY LADIES NIGHT Come on girls lippy at the ready and get your glad rags on for a great night out! This charity ladies night at the XXI Club on Priestgate features the UK Pleasure Boys, Posh Buff Butlers a disco, raffle and loads more. They’re taking group bookings for the event on Friday March 1 and it sounds ideal for a hen do or birthday night out with the girls. There’ll be champagne and canapés and tickets are £15 and £20 on 07762 870868 or email

THOMAS HALF TERM AT THE NENE VALLEY RAILWAY Children’s favourite Thomas the Tank Engine will be puling into the Nene Valley Railway this February half-term to say hello to his young fans! This is one of the last times Thomas will be visiting for a while as he’s off to ‘locomotive hospital’ in the middle of the year and won’t be back until the end of 2014. No need to send cards though, the beloved tank engine is fine! But all steam locomotives need a thorough overhaul every 10 years and the children’s favourite is no exception. The time it takes might seem surprising but when it comes to overhaul, what people imagine to be a little blue engine is in reality quite a big blue engine! Thomas will be in steam at Wansford station on February 9 and 10, also February 12, 13 and 14 and then again on February 16 and 17. Alex Jones

TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE! If you’ve been inspired by Winter Watch you can engage in a bit of wildlife watching yourself in Peterborough over half term and occupy the kids. Wildlife Week is back at Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre following its successful launch last year! The event will run from February 9 – 17 and there’ll be plenty of fun-filled activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Farm’s revamped Wildlife Trail will help you to discover fun animal facts and you can find out more about wildlife at the Farm, including bats in the 18th century Watermill and swans on the Mill Pond. You may even get to see the Farm’s hedgerow inhabitants up close on a Small Mammal Safari! Aterwards you can enjoy a tasty home-cooked lunch, warming soup and sweet treats in The Fresh Restaurant Sacrewell Farm has held its prices for 2013 with under 2s visitng the Farm for free, so you can enjoy a fantastic family day out that’s great value for money. Open daily, 9.30am-5pm from February 9. Before February 9, opening hours are 10am-4pm. Normal admission prices apply and activities and times vary. Call 01780 782254 or visit


EXPERIENCE ‘BON JOVI’ LIVE Described as an ‘outstanding tribute’, The Bon Jovi Experience will be bringing the tunes made famous by the legendary rock band to the Stamford Corn Exchange on Friday March 1. They’re the only Bon Jovi tribute band in the world to have actually played and shared a stage with Jon Bon Jovi himself! (Fans will have thought there were two Bon Jovi’s on stage that night, so much does lead singer Tony Pearce resemble Jon!) Recreating Bon Jovi Live in Concert, The Bon Jovi Experience perform all the great hits: Livin’ On a Prayer, Keep the Faith, Bad Medicine, You Give Love a Bad Name and many, many more. It’s no easy task replicating a band who’ve sold over 120 million albums worldwide but if anyone can do it these guys can! Tickets are £16. Box office: 01780 766455. Alex Jones

DOWNTON ABBEY’S FAMOUS FROCKS ON SHOW IN CITY Downton Abbey fans can get up close and personal with the TV show’s wardrobe in a new exhibition coming to Peterborough Museum. This spring, Peterborough Museum is delving deep into its fabulous costume collection to bring you the very best Edwardian Fashion from La Belle Époque (the beautiful era). This exhibition will be an absolute must for all lovers of fashion! Rarelyseen items from the Museum’s collection will be elegantly displayed to create a snapshot of Peterborough life before the Great War changed the city forever. Explore an iconic decade of changing silhouettes, elegant lines, tall starched collars and wide brimmed hats! Don’t miss the opportunity to see some famous frocks too from March 2 through to May 6. Guest-starring the wardrobe of award-winning ITV drama, Downton Abbey, high fashion will meet the work-wear of the masses.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY’S ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION It’s hard to believe that 125 years ago the Peterborough Photographic Society began in the city and is still going strong with some great local talent. In 1887, a small group of keen photographers started meeting at Bedford Coffee Tavern, on Queen Street, and formed Peterborough Photographic Society. Therefore it’s quite apt that their celebratory anniversary exhibition will be held at Bailey’s Coffee House in Peterborough Museum to mark the special occasion. It runs from February 5 to March 10 so what could be better than fabulous photography and a slice of history to complement your cuppa? While you’re there, make sure you take the opportunity to browse the rest of the Museum’s galleries.

CRESSET WEDDING SHOW Getting hitched? Don’t stress, the Cresset’s Wedding Show always has some great ideas all under one roof! Sunday February 24 is the first of the Cresset’s two annual Wedding Shows. One of the biggest in the region, this show has over 30 quality exhibitors and a stunning professional catwalk show displaying beautiful ensembles. It’s the ideal place to browse, research and get ideas on every element of the perfect day. Admission’s free, as is the parking! It’s open from 11am – 3pm with a fashion show at 1pm.

Stamford CALLING RACE FOR LIFE REGISTRATION OPENS Come on girls! Stamford women are being urged to make a stand against cancer by entering Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, and the registration’s just opened. Women and girls of all ages, shapes and sizes are needed to join together as a formidable army and take on cancer at Burghley House, Stamford on Sunday June 2.


Last year, 2,901 women took part in Race for Life in Stamford and raised a fantastic £135,515. This year, organisers need 2,900 women and girls taking part in either the 5K or 10K to stride out to help raise £213,682 for vital research. The entry fee’s £14.99 for adults and £10 for girls under 16. This covers the costs of staging the event series and means that money raised in sponsorship can go to helping beat cancer. To enter the Stamford Race for Life simply go to Alex Jones or call 0845 600 6050.

Former Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie will be performing at Stamford Corn Exchange on Friday February 15.

You can expect several tracks from his debut solo album What Is Love For including the lead single from the album No Surrender as well some brand new material and renditions of classic Del Amitri tracks like Nothing Ever Happens, Always the Last to Know and Roll to Me. Tickets are £20 and doors open at 7.30pm. For more info call 01780 766455. Alex Jones

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BURGHLEY’S ‘DARK SECRETS’ REVEALED IN TV SERIES Burghley House is no stranger to film and TV crews but did you catch its latest appearance on Great Houses with Julian Fellowes on ITV?

The TV series from the creator of smash hit show Downton Abbey unveiled a secret side to this Elizabethan house. The man who’s penned the most successful period dramas of recent years turned his attention to the real life stories and secrets of not only those that owned Burghley, but also those that served them. Burghley had a few historic surprises – including the shocking murder of a cook. See if you can find it on ITV Player if you missed it on January 22. Even though the House is currently closed, Burghley’s popular Orangery Restaurant continues to serve up foodie treats this winter from 10am until 4pm Wednesday to Sunday. You can stop off for a cuppa after a walk through Burghley Park free of charge throughout the year. For more details about visiting Burghley see or call 01780 752451.

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MADNESS Complete Madness have cordially invited you to their 'House of Fun', there is a strict dress code of Baggy Trousers and lifts back will be provided by Driving In My Car… despite what you think about those puns, Complete Madness are indeed coming to the Stamford Corn Exchange on Friday February 22! The Complete Madness experience is a theatre extravaganza featuring the amazing talents of the five-piece band who’ll take you on a musical journey through the story of one of Britain's most memorable, visual and fun bands. Complete with crazy costumes, comedy and chirpy banter. Tickets are £15 and the show starts at 7.30pm. For more info call 01780 766455.

With hits like Gertcha, Rabbit, The Sideboard Song and Margate, they created a sound that was uniquely British and rockin' to boot. And it’s these songs that have ensured that the boys have continued to tour for over five decades to audiences across the world, enchanted by their East End charm and great song-writing.

Tickets are £24 (concessions £21.50) for more info visit or call the Stamford Corn Exchange box office on 01780 766455.



They pioneered the 'Rockney' genre with their blend of memorable songs, music-hall humour, and rock'n'roll. And now, due to phenomenal demand from fans, Chas & Dave are back and about to embark on an extensive UK tour and they’ll be coming to Stamford Corn Exchange on Thursday March 7.

The show explores the entire history of the band with the first 30 minutes consisting of a classic 1979 pub set ending with Gertcha and the rest of the show filled to the brim with the hits written after that!

The Scottish singer/songwriter is most recognised as the founding member and front man of Del Amitri however after the band’s split in 2002 he is now spreading his wings and touring as a successful solo artist. Currie's music is dominated by strong imagery and storytelling, powerful yet understated vocals and a sound that, whilst firmly rooted in nineties pop-rock, translates beautifully into modern, urban ballads. With influences from Nick Cave, Crowded House and Mark Lanegan, his music is hauntingly dark, yet refreshingly uplifting.


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CITY OF DREAMS For the last 14 years here at ESP Magazine we’ve been pushing all the positives this city has to offer, but we all have aspirations for our home town and now’s our chance to have a say on what we’d like it to become over the next 15 years. You can watch the film by visiting the city council’s website or by heading to ours – it’s worth a view and helps you get your head around some pretty wide ranging developments that could have a big impact on our city.

The full consultation draft version of the City Centre Plan can be viewed at where you can make comments online or by email to


There are a number of ways you can get involved with the consultation and have a say. The consultation will begin on Friday February 8 and ends on Thursday March 21. A public exhibition will be held for three days at Queensgate Shopping Centre from February 21 to 23 so you can take a look-see at the plans being suggested.

You’ll have six weeks from February 8 to comment on current proposals as part of a public consultation on the City Centre Plan, which sets out Peterborough City Council's vision of future city centre growth. It features a major extension to the city’s main retail area and a brand new 100-acre riverside development.

City council leader Marco Cereste, says – “This is about making the city centre bigger and better. We want residents to take part in our consultation and to tell us what ideas they have. Our vision is to create a modern regional shopping and leisure destination, one that is well connected and with a thriving riverside area bustling with restaurants, high-quality housing and leisure.

Copies of the full plan, leaflets with information to take away and the fly-through video are available in your local library throughout the consultation so go on – you’ve probably moaned enough in the pub about what you’d like to see so now’s your chance to tell the powers that be!

Other elements include improvements to swimming and sporting facilities, a provision for a new cinema and better walkways and accessibility throughout. The plan also makes provision for an increase in the number of homes in the city centre and modern office space.

“We want to build a city centre where people want to work, live and enjoy themselves. This plan will guide new development and make it clear to developers and investors what the vision is for our city centre and how they can work with us to achieve it.”

Artists impression e’re all being asked to come forward and have a say on plans to make Peterborough city centre bigger and better so go on, dream a little...

A state-of-the-art film’s been produced so you can take a virtual tour across the city centre visiting all the various development sites, which includes the Station Quarter and the regeneration of Fletton Quays, part of plans to make more of the River Nene as a feature in the city.


Following input from this public consultation and subsequent Government sign off, it is expected the plan will be adopted in late 2014. The City Centre Plan sits alongside the already adopted Peterborough Core Strategy which is the overall plan for the development of Peterborough up to 2026.


Peterborough United grounds

Here’s some of our views on what we’d like to see… ESP reporter

Peterborough from the air

Photos: Emma Bothamley, Joe Dent, Embankment Dave Smith Periscope Photography

Mikey Clarke “Nando’s has become my favourite place to eat in the city, but I still feel strongly that we need a TGI’s! “I’ve also been a DJ in Peterborough for many years and have noticed a HUGE difference in the nightlife of Peterborough during holidays – when the Uni students are home. Having a proper university in the Boro would make a huge difference to the bars in the area, and plenty of other businesses I’m sure!”

ESP’s style guru

Sue Donnelly “I’d like to see more planning to put Peterborough on the tourist and cultural maps. More BIG advertising of the fabulous Cathedral for instance. Why is it not as visited as York Minster? Peterborough is a place that people see from the train or go through on their way to and from London. It should be somewhere everyone wants to visit. “I’d also like more individual boutiques and a better choice of shopping. We always seem to have three of everything – Next, M&S, H&M, New Look. Where is Karen Millen, Whistles, Jigsaw, Joules etc? Why isn't Westgate Arcade full of beautiful charm?”

ESP’s music writer The Embankment

Andy Slater "Hopefully it will have some riverside pubs (not bars) and restaurants. It would also be good to see the burger and pizza chains kept out of the development of the river front in favour of more independent places to create more of a mix for all ages."

ESP’s Man About Town

Pep Cipriano "This plan will be the icing on the cake to a period of significant investment during the last few years. The much talked about fountains in Cathedral Square and the transformation around St John's church helped put our city on the map in terms of business investment. We've since seen the likes of Chimichanga, Patisserie Valerie, Nando's, TK Maxx, Primark and now Carluccio's move into the city and this is just the beginning. Peterborough hasn't seen investment like this for more than 20 years and the proposals outlined in the plan will help make the city a major attraction for big business and tourism. I can't wait to see it all come to fruition!"


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WHAT’S THERE NOT TO LIKE? “He never shows an interest in things I like.” This is one of the biggest moans women have about their partners. What a load of rubbish. I like her: baking, sewing, cooking (sometimes), wearing sexy lingerie, cheap perfume, borrowing her hand cream and watching her clean.

WHAT DOES THE ‘F’ STAND FOR? BITE YOUR LIP THIS VALENTINE’S DAY Only Jordan, Kerry Katona and the entire cast of TOWIE annoy me more than Valentine’s Day. It’s a time when you have to lay on all the niceties and do your very best to forget just for one day that: • She takes hours to get ready • She loves shopping - too much • She spends a month’s salary on a haircut • She’s always nagging over DIY jobs • She can't park the car • She constantly rides the clutch • She doesn't like criticism of her ‘cooking’ • She never notices when I've done the housework • She starts conversations with: “You never listen to me.” You have to dig deep, put all this aside and tell her that you love her. February 14 is all about what you say rather than what you do. Expressing loving feelings doesn’t come naturally to us blokes but putting our foot in it does. So, whatever you say to her this Valentine’s make sure it’s none of these common howlers: • “I hope you like your perfume babe; I can’t believe how good the Pound Shop is for presents these days.”

• (Her) “I want to go somewhere I’ve never been before on Valentine’s Day...” (You) “How about you try the kitchen?” • “This is the best Ann Summers gear there is, I hope you like it. The young sales assistant was so helpful. She was wearing the exact same lingerie set and showed me what it looked like on in the fitting room.” • “My gym is offering a 50% off joining fee. You said you’d eaten loads over Christmas so I thought I’d get you a year’s membership.” • “You always say I’m not resourceful so to prove you wrong I got you these flowers from the Shell garage at the same time I was there to fill up with petrol.” • “I know how you like a bargain so I thought you’d love these chocolates from Lidl. They were reduced to £1 because the sell by date was last week.”

Carluccio’s is finally here in the city centre and you can find out what the main man Antonio Carluccio had to tell me by reading my interview with him on later this month. In the meantime it’s all about Valentine’s Day and what to buy for that special her or him in your life. How about presenting your loved one with a Carluccio’s long stem milk chocolate rosa? It doesn’t need water and won’t die. All it needs is scoffing. Or if you’re opting for an intimate Valentine’s meal at home, how about a Carluccio’s heart shaped raviolo cutter and a ‘Passion for Pasta’ recipe book? These kitchen aids and a whole host of Valentine’s delights are available from our new Carluccio’s. But if you prefer eating out on Valentine’s then Carluccio’s is laying on a four-course treat for just £25 per person from February 8 – 16. The starter is a platter of Italian antipasti to share with your amore, followed by heart shaped pumpkin and ricotta ravioli and chargrilled king prawns. Main course is lobster lasagna or wild mushroom risotto with porcini and truffle oil. For dessert you can share a dark chocolate heart filled with a light passion fruit cream and a white chocolate panna cotta with raspberry coulis. Chocolate hearts seal the deal.


• “Babe, I know you keep asking if your bum looks big in your dresses, so I bought you a size 14. That way you won’t see how big it is and you can grow into it.”

Browsing through Facebook the other day, this caught my eye and I began to salivate: The Ultimate Pancake Stacker Challenge.

• “I thought I’d save us both some money so mum’s going to cook us a Valentine’s dinner.”

This mouth-watering treat and other Pancake Day specials are being rustled up at Iron Horse Ranch House (formerly Harley’s Diner) in Market Deeping on Tuesday February 12 from 9am until 6pm. Check out the menu at



Spring can’t come quick enough because I’m itching to get my leg over the new BMW F 800 GT motorbike that’ll be sitting pretty in the Balderston showroom. I don’t know what the ‘F’ actually stands for but I’m sure enough delightful adjectives beginning with F will be easy to list once I’ve been on a test ride. The GT replaces the original ST and it’s a bike I’ve always been curious about but never ridden. Anything with the letters GT in it will naturally appeal to the petrol head in me and this bike’s no different. Firstly, the new machine gets a five BHP increase in power, which is always a welcome addition. Then there are upgrades aimed at improving wind protection and comfort – again, bring it on. The GT also comes with longer mirror stems to give me a better but unwelcome view of a flashing blue light behind me and there’s an overall improvement to the bike’s handling. But most of all I welcome the lower seat height (800mm) and so will the rest of us (short) Italians tempted to buy one. The bike’s load capacity has also increased, which means Jo Brand can now ride pillion without upsetting the F 800’s handling. Watch this space for a test ride report (minus Jo of course).

Basically, it’s six American-style pancakes stacked high with a choice of two fillings for under eight quid. I wonder if they’ll turn it into a Man v Food challenge?

>> Nash - photos please! >> ‘Intern’ - call yourself a marketing man? >> ‘Peg’ - where will your cookie be this time I wonder? >> Lenny - has the pillow arrived? >> Tony - reservation made >> Rai - thanks for loading my stick...


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CHEER ON CELLO IN TITLE FIGHT Peterborough’s very own Italian Stallion, Cello Renda, is defending his International Masters title at the Robert Waterman Championship Boxing show on Saturday February 2 at the Peterborough Arena.

Carluccio’s has opened at the heart of Peterborough’s bustling central Queensgate shopping centre on Cumbergate, which leads out to the shopping centre’s newly refurbished piazza. Offering an all-day Italian restaurant, food shop and deli, Carluccio’s will be the ideal destination for breakfast, coffee and pastries, a light lunch, three-course meal with wine or even a spot of retail therapy. Look no further than Carluccio’s food shop for a sophisticated range of Valentine’s Day gifts, including Carluccio’s long stem milk chocolate rosa – an edible slant on a classic available to buy individually, by the half dozen or as a statement bouquet of twelve, a heart shaped raviolo cutter and a decadent box of ‘Gianduiotti’ soft milk hazelnut chocolates. Carluccio’s – offering a genuine taste of Italy in Peterborough, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Eight other fights were on the bill at the time of writing and if the action is half as good as the last show then we’re in for another feast of boxing. Cello and another of our city’s popular fighters Karl Wheeler are being backed by several local sponsors including Stanground car dealership Autovia. Karl is all set to make his return to the ring in April after a broken hand signalled a five year spell away from the sport. His comeback, which will most probably take place in London, is going to be televised by Eurosport. The cruiserweight will in the meantime be paraded in front of the crowd at Peterborough Arena where fight fans will see Eye’s Sam Barron making his professional debut and St Ives puncher Tommy Martin looking to make it two wins in two. Super middleweight Sam has been trained by his dad Gary who knows a thing or two about being in the professional ranks after a career in the late 80s and early 90s. I’ve seen Sam and his dad putting in hours of training at Vic’s Gym and I’m looking forward to seeing it all come together in the ring. There’s still a chance for tickets to see the action and to reserve places to see Karl Wheeler. Call Vic on: 07595 167679.



Because she’s (probably) worth it: Effort, routine, fatter, (deep) joy, (having to) share, tolerance, sacrifice, manners, burping ban, patience, training, commitment, (no more) Babe Station, politeness, scatter cushions, pebbles, candles and putting the toilet seat down.

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SIGNED COPY FOR LINA Congrats to regular reader Lina Rogalla who has won a signed copy of Man About Town after her caption: "Gross. How did he manage to get one of his chest hairs in my drink?!" was pulled out of a hat from dozens of other Caught In The Act captions for this photo last month.

BUBBLE REUNION? Word is at the time of going to print that there’s a Bubble reunion on the cards – most probably at Attica. If this is the case I’ll be coming out of semi-retirement to attend. I remember Bubble at Quo Vadis / Faith (delete as appropriate) and they were fab nights. It’ll be good to see some of the old crowd even though most of them are grey and fat (including the DJs). Anyone with photos from Bubble dating back to the late 1990s and early noughties, please email them in.

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We’re sure our gorgeous Face of ESP Simona would never be short of Valentine’s Day attention so we put the spotlight on our new star to see whether she’s all loved up or skipping the hearts and flowers…

What's your best and worst Valentine's memory?

What would be your ideal Valentine's gift?

What would be your Valentine's outfit?

“I don’t have any bad memories; I have always had lovely days. The best memory is when I was little and at school, everyone used to get so excited on a Valentine’s Day to receive love letters from your crush, it was so cute. I still have mine, I’ve kept them safe. It brings back fun memories and people that I haven’t seen for years.”

“It’s not like Christmas when I hope for a lot of presents, so something cute –and chocolate is a must.”

“PJs and my dressing gown is my perfect day outfit – Hah! Well I am going to have to go do some shopping at Queensgate for a holiday. Must get something from River Island, in fact I only shop at River Island, they have such a lovely new collection!”

What's your perfect idea of Valentine's Day? “This year is going to be perfect as Valentine’s Day is on a Thursday, so including a weekend we’ll have four days to celebrate it with loved ones. Me and my boyfriend are going away to Paris, I have never been before, so I’m really looking forward to it!”

Best and worst Valentine's chat-up line? “I hate chat up lines, I’ve heard many and all are very embarrassing. The worst one must be – ‘You’re beautiful, I’m beautiful, let’s be together’. It’s one I will never forget. Sorry to the guy if you’re reading this, you must be a little embarrassed!”

Are you a romantic person?

What are your plans for Valentine's Day?

What's your advice to girls who haven't got a guy for Valentine's Day this year?

“Me and Harry had a lot of options on what to do this year; shopping, cinema, food... and we decided to do it all in Paris!”

“I am! I love kisses and cuddles, I love Valentine’s Day. I spend it with my boyfriend just relaxing and having a lovely time.”

“You don’t need to be in a relationship to have a good time! Go out with your girlfriends, have a little gossip and talk about your crush!”

Who would be your fantasy date? “If Johnny Depp asked me out, sorry Harry, our relationship is over! I’ve had a crush on him since I was little, he’s just amazing!”

Do you prefer chocolates or flowers? “On Valentine’s Day you have to get both! It’s against the law not to, but on a normal day I’d prefer flowers, shame I always have to ask Harry to buy me some and then act surprised when I get them. The proud look on his face when he gives me them... and I’m just like ‘I had to argue with you to get them’ – Ha Ha!”

What's the most romantic thing that's happened to you? “Hmm… it wasn’t on Valentine’s Day, but the day Harry came back with a puppy. I’ve been wanting a little dog for years and he bought one. It was so cute! The loveliest day so far!”

I Love You chocolates - £2.50

Love Heart Boxers – £3

Next, Queensgate

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George at ASDA

Heart Lamp - £25 Next, Queensgate

Kisty.X leather bag - £89 OMG Accessories, Bretton

Valentines Heart Print and Lace Detail Push Up Bra

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Lace Push-up Camisole - £12.99 New Look, Serpentine Green

Red large cocktail ring - £25 Tahlia’s Closet

Purse with gold bow - £20 Tahlia’s Closet


Men's Guess Brown Leather Strap Watch - £105 Limited Collection Lipstick in Rose £5

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Marks & Spencer

Tresor exclusive bracelet - £149 Faze 4, Long Causeway


Coeur de lion necklace £109, bracelet £49, earrings £45 Faze 4, Long Causeway

Love Cushion - £5 Sainsbury's Home

Heart Bracelet - £12.50 White Stuff, Queensgate

Whether it’s for him or her here’s a selection of great gift ideas. Independent retailers like Tahlias Closet on Cowgate and Faze 4 on Long Causeway (near Boots) have some fabulous jewellery but there are some fantastic finds in both Serpentine Green and Queensgate which should see you getting all the hugs and kisses on February 14! And don’t forget Springfields Outlet Shopping in Spalding also has some great stores where you’ll find perfect gifts at a perfect price!

Ghost Whisper eau de toilette £34 Boots Serpentine Green

Yankee Candle True Rose - £19.99 large Clinton Cards Serpentine Green


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COMEDY IS THE KEY TO ENJOYING SKYFALL February 18 is a day that James Bond fans around the world have been waiting for. The day the Skyfall movie’s released on DVD and Blu Ray. I enjoyed watching it at the cinema, but can't help wondering whether I was short changed by the producers. This is mainly due to the part of the film when James Bond drives up to Scotland with ‘M’ in his Aston Martin DB5. On screen the car journey takes about 90 seconds (and before you ask, no – Q hasn't fitted the DB5 with a flux capacitor like the Delorean in Back to the Future), yet when I looked it up on AA route planner I discovered it was 412 miles and would take a bum-numbing nine hours 12 minutes! The journey starts at a lock-up in South East London and ends up in the Scottish Highlands by the side of the A82 Road in Glencoe. Judging by the way Bond’s standing when he gets out of the car it appears he's taking a leak in a Scottish stream, (thankfully, we're spared the sight of Judi Dench squatting down in the bracken), but there's no way you'd drive for 412 miles without having to stop before that point. I really think the producers missed a trick by not showing Bond pull up at Corley Services on the M6 so he could fill up, stretch his legs, and maybe buy a packet of Werthers Originals for 'M'. Maybe he'd bump into some Posh fans on their way back from Birmingham away? Or maybe he'd get to Corley, and decide to plough on another 70 miles and stop at Knutsford services instead. He could probably do with a Ginsters by then, or maybe ‘M’ would splash the cash and treat them to an overpriced meal in the Road Chef café? These are just some of the unanswered questions that continually watching Skyfall (like I have been) will do to you...

THE KEY COMEDY FESTIVAL ...So my advice is don't bother buying the Skyfall DVD and use your money to buy a ticket to see one of the shows at the first ever Key Theatre Comedy Festival in association with Bottle Rocket Comedy, the people behind the Key’s great regular comedy nights. Running from February 21 – 26, there's comedy to suit all ages and tastes. Plenty of familiar comedy names you'll recognise from the telly, plus a lot of others that are on the verge of breaking through to the big time. Give it a go – I'm sure you won't be disappointed and who knows, maybe one of the comedians will do a routine about driving nine hours from Deptford to the highs of the Highlands… Thursday February 21

Terry Alderton The star of Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow, Dave’s One Night Stand, Let’s Dance for Sport Relief and The Sun’s Comedian of the Year is back with a brand new unmissable show at the Key Theatre.

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The Horne Section Fringe favourites after three years of sell-out shows, and the first ever comedy jazz band to present an episode of Never Mind the Buzzcocks back in November appear at the Key Theatre. Saturday February 23

Sean Walsh & Josh Widdicombe Double Bill

Zoe Lyons TV regular Zoe appears in the Key Studio with her mixture of silliness, satire and caustic one-liners.


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Join Stamford Arts Centre for their new comedy nights! The producers of The Graham Norton Show and The Sarah Millican Television Programme bring you an evening of the very best in stand up and sketch comedy. This one includes Rayguns Look Real Enough described as ‘gloriously entertaining’ by Chortle! Tickets £15 (£13 concessions, £12 students and groups). Box office: 01780 763203.




The North Street Bar has another great line-up with Junior Simpson, a real favourite on the circuit with a great stage presence, Chris Turner, Phil Knoxville and compere Ben Murray. Tickets £7.50 in advance (includes nibbles). Info and tickets




Now in its 15th year, Peterborough’s longest standing Comedy Club is back. This month’s line up features masterful delivery and side-splitting deadpan from the star of Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, headliner Mike Gunn. Support comes from cheeky Cockney Rich Wilson and Sunna Jarman, a talented Funny Women finalist with compere Erich McElroy, the Seattle comic with an hilarious take on British life. Book early, tickets £11.50 advance. Box office: 01733 265705.




This month’s comedy night at Stamford’s Voodoo Lounge sees Andy White and headliner Hal Cruttenden provide the laughs. Andy brings silly faces, funny voices and observational gags to the show, while Hal is a TV regular and one of the top comedians on the circuit. Tel: 01780 765888 or visit

Charming, charismatic and natural motor-mouth Sean Walsh, a TV regular, brings his sharp observational comedy to the Key Theatre in a double bill with Josh Widdicombe. Josh has notched up lots of awards and nominations but at the moment is a well known face on TV’s The Last Leg.

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Jarred Christmas Beat the Monday blues with a night in the Key Studio with TV’s Jarred – the guy with the sideburns and the glasses. He’s fast, funny and in demand. Tuesday February 26

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Boothby Graffoe This unique multi talented eccentric is back on tour and drops by the Key Theatre Studio as part of the comedy festival.

Justin Moorhouse Plenty of laughs with the comedian, actor, writer and radio presenter in The Key Studio. For more info check out their page on, or follow on Twitter @keycomedypboro. Call the box office on 01733 207239, or book online at

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paparazzi Caught in the act? The ESP cameras have been out putting you in the frame in the city centre… The Green Room Live Sessions launched a fantastic series of live gigs in Radius while the Friday night crowd enjoyed the DJs downstairs in The Solstice. The next Green Room session for live fans is on March 1 so don’t miss out. Mike Harris was there to capture the action. There’s plenty happening over at Edwards this month (see Clubland) but were you partying there over Christmas at Mixology, the OfficialClubNights event or New Year’s Eve? If so photographers Mitch Brewster and Wayne Williamson might’ve caught you in the act of having a ball! View all our Paparazzi pictures on or our facebook page.




Nina Nesbitt Will Nina Nesbitt be the next big thing in 2013? ESP reporter Mikey Clarke seems to think so… New stars are introduced to the world every year, with 2013 being no exception. Ladies and gentleman let me introduce you to Nina Nesbitt…

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Like many new singers nowadays, Nina began posting a selection of her own songs and some beautifully conceived cover versions on YouTube. The response she received was overwhelming. Over a million music lovers (including myself) have clicked onto her links and as shown by their comments, they loved what they heard.

Example was one of those YouTube viewers. The music legend was so impressed with the half Scottish, half Swedish singer-songwriter’s version of his song Stay Awake that he invited her to tour with him last December. So who is this YouTube sensation? Starting from the very beginning, Nina explained – “I was an extremely shy kid. But from the age of six, I wrote short stories, which I started putting to music when I got a keyboard at ten.” Nina composed on her keyboard until she got an acoustic guitar. Overnight, she found a blueprint of her sound. One of the first songs she wrote on guitar, Standing On One Leg, about growing up, broke her into the music business after a chance meeting with Ed Sheeran at a radio gig in Edinburgh last summer. “I was chatting to him and asked for tips on becoming a singer,” says Nina. “He handed me his guitar and told me to play something. I sang Standing On One Leg, nervously, but I must have done OK because Ed immediately offered me a gig in Glasgow!” Since then, the performer’s wowed a packed tent at T In The Park, written or co-written twice as many songs as she needs for her debut album (due out soon) and finally signed a record deal with Island – on her own terms, exactly as she intended. With Island Records responsible for artists such as Florence And The Machine, Jessie J and Mumford & Sons, I feel she’s in safe hands. Prior to her signing though, she’d already released her second EP, The Apple Tree, comprised of five self-penned songs about growing up, which shot in to the iTunes Top 10, peaking at No.6, and topped the iTunes singer/songwriter chart. Fearne Cotton fell for the EP’s infectious, upbeat title track, The Apple Tree, playing it every day for a week, before it was placed on a Radio 1 playlist. Then the release of her first single, Boy, on Island Records, saw her headline her own tour last October. Nina recently relocated to London to begin recording her debut album, which she’s co-producing with Jake Gosling, a Brit Award and MPG nominated producer. “I met Jake backstage at a show last year,” she says. “I’d never recorded in a real studio and I didn’t want to go into one of those expensive, intimidating places. The moment I saw his studio, I loved it. It’s a wooden hut in a field in the countryside. It’s so chilled; it’s the perfect place for me to record.” Nina is performing at Islington Assembly Hall in London on March 12, with tickets costing only £11.50! If she becomes the huge artist I predict she will, take advantage of this price before it rockets up.

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WRECK-IT RALPH Released: February 8 Voice cast: John C Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch Director: Rich Moore

How can you not want to see an animation that boasts some of the most beloved video game characters from your childhood? Just seeing title character Ralph (John C Reilly) in a villain support meeting with the likes of Zangief and M Bison from Street Fighter 2, Bowser from Super Mario Brothers, Dr Robotnik from Sonic the Hedgehog, and the ghost monsters from Pac-Man – was more than enough to whet my appetite.

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Wreck-it has been a coin-op bad guy all his life – constantly falling to his doom in arcade game Fix-it Felix Jr – and now pines for a life of heroism in new shooting game Hero’s Duty.

But as Ralph pursues his ticket for happiness, he unwittingly unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade where he lives – and then tries to make amends with the help of troublesome computer ‘glitch’ Vanellope (Sarah Silverman). After notching more than $180m at the US Box Office, Disney has undoubtedly struck gold with the start of an exciting new franchise – with a sequel already in the works. And without the assistance of Pixar, it’s great to see the House of Mouse can still blast out inventive animations of their own – something the legendary studio built their foundations on.






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Back to the Future and Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis returns behind the camera to helm his first live-action movie in more than a decade. Denzel Washington stars in this drama as a seemingly heroic airline pilot who miraculously lands his plan after a mid-air catastrophe. But everything isn’t quite what it seems.

Sylvester Stallone continues his comeback in this brutal graphic novel-based thriller from the director of 48 Hours. A New Orleans hitman (Stallone) and a Washington DC cop (Fast Five’s Sung Kang) team-up to bring down the killers of their respective partners – led by the evil Keegan (Conan remake’s Jason Momoa). With Christian Slater.

British star Nicholas Hoult (Skins, X-Men: First Class) gets his first major Hollywood lead role in this comedy-horror-romance. He stars as a zombie who gets romantically involved with the girlfriend (Teresa Palmer) of one of his victims after an ‘undead’ epidemic – and slowly shows signs of returning to his human self as he fights the virus.

Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren headline this semi-biographical relationship between legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and wife Alma Reville during the filming of his controversial horror Psycho in 1959. Scarlett Johansson and Brit actor James D’Arcy star as his movie’s lead actors Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins respectively.

Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons and The Help’s Oscar-winning star Viola Davis star in this supernatural love story set in America’s south. When Ethan (Aiden Ehrenreich) meets the mysterious Lena (Alice Englert), they soon uncover dark secrets about their town and families, in this fantasy drama from the director of PS I Love You.




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Released: February 14 In this spin-off sequel to 2007’s Knocked Up, it trails the lives of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) a few years after the events of the original movie. It encompasses the stresses and strains of modern life (marriage, kids, work, you know the drill) under the comedic guidance of returning director Judd Apatow. Jason Segel co-stars.


Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) becomes the first actor since Leonardo DiCaprio in 1998 to have the top two films at the US Box Office. This horror tells the haunting tale of two rescued girls – who disappeared when their mother was murdered – bringing supernatural disturbances to the home of a young couple looking after them.

The Wachowskis are back trying to recreate the magic of The Matrix (the original at least) in this thought-provoking sci-fi drama that explores how the actions and consequences of lives impact one another. This nearly three hour movie has sadly flopped Stateside, despite decent reviews and an allstar cast which boasts Tom Hanks and Halle Berry.

Released: February 22 I bet the producers who greenlit this project are sweating after the Abraham Lincoln-based vampire equivalent flopped last summer. At least it has a decent pair of leads in The Bourne Legacy’s Jeremy Renner and Brit starlet Gemma Arterton, who star as witch-slaying bounty hunters in this modern spin on the classic fairy tale.

Released: February 22 Acclaimed director Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line) is back with his latest work – which usually splits everybody right down the middle. This time he beautifully crafts a love story that chronicles the problems when a woman (Olga Kurylenko) moves from France to Oklahoma to be with her new man (Ben Affleck). With Rachel McAdams.

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NI NO KUNI: WRATH OF THE WHITE WITCH (PS3) Released: February 1 For those of us who want to take a trip down memory lane to those days when Japanese role-playing games basked in gaming glory – then this PS3 exclusive is it. It’s been a while since we’ve had a stand-out RPG from the land of the rising sun, but with this gorgeously-crafted outing – with breathtaking hand-drawn animated sequences from the studio behind anime masterpieces like Spirited Away – this is arguably the best next-gen offering of this ilk.


With an estimated 80 hours plus to complete everything in this questing world centered around young adventurer Oliver – this could even convert non-genre fans if you fancy getting your teeth into this genius slice of originality.

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ANARCHY REIGNS (360/PS3) Out now If you’re into chaotic multiplayer fighters – think the likes of Tekken with up to 16 players brawling in an arena – then this if for you. But sadly you have to work your way through a couple of pretty lame character campaign story modes to unlock features that lead to the real reason you bought the game in the first place – to kick ass against multiple combatants. It’s undoubtedly at its best played frenetically online – and features Sega favourite Bayonetta as a Limited Edition inclusion – but despite lacking anything ground-breaking, it offers raucous fun at a less than full retail price.

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Happy Valentine’s Day. What could be more romantic than watching Bruce Willis back for his fifth-outing as sweaty white-vested bullet-proof cop John McClane. This time he travels to Mother Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son Jack (Jai Courtney, who starred in Spartacus: Blood and Sand TV series), only to discover he is a CIA operative working to prevent a nuclear weapons catastrophe. As you’d expect father and son then team-up to take on underworld bad guys in the usual

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OFFICIALCLUBNIGHTS OfficialClubNights are taking over Edwards on Friday February 8 for their first party of 2013! Having gained a reputation as one of the city's craziest nights, filling the club with confetti cannons, supersize LED glowsticks, lazers, free champagne shots, mini dessert canapés and a TV Crew, the team are now bringing you a huge Grey Goose giveaway too. As if that wasn't enough incentive to come out, there are free Nandos vouchers available for everyone who joins the guest list and £1.50 premium drinks all night. Just visit to join.

NEW CLUBBING APP Clubbers at Liquid & Bar Rock can experience a new and better way of clubbing with the launch of a new iPhone app that takes them straight to the front of the queue. In a UK first, Liquid & Bar Rock’s new digital passport iPhone application also gives clubbers the chance to purchase and store e-tickets, receive vouchers and offers on their iPhone. You can browse events, choose when you want to visit and buy the package you want. All transactions are stored within the app, so there’s need to print off vouchers. Once you’ve bought your ticket, just walk straight to the club’s main entrance without queuing, as the voucher’s instantly recognised by their EPoS system.

MIXOLOGY Off the back of booking some of the biggest and most inspiring deep house DJs and Producers last year, Mixology welcomes James Silk to the Red Room on Broadway on Friday March 1 – playing an infectious mix of bass-laden funk, disco grooves and 90’s urban samples. Doors open at 10pm; arrive early as this event is always popular! Search 'MixologyUK' on Soundcloud, Facebook and Twitter for full details.

DISCO INFERNO The hit live stage show is back in Flares, playing the best 70s, 80s and 90s party tunes all night, join local sensations Theodore Supafly and Ginger Jones as they get their groove on! The show includes over 27 different routines, numerous outfit changes and ultimate crowd participation – and of course £1.50 premium drinks all night. Watch the video at

VANITY FOR VALENTINE’S Once a month the hugely popular Red Room is turned into all things Urban as DJ Nick T takes to the decks for Vanity, playing the sexiest and most seductive R’n’B tunes all night long. On Friday February 15 it's the Valentine’s special, so expect the slowest urban slow jams playing in the rooms 30+ speakers! VIP booths with champagne and strawberries are available from just £50.


WESTWOOD AND TOP HOUSE DJs @ ATTICA VIP The newest club and cocktail lounge on the block, Attica VIP has seen TOWIE stars and Aston from JLS all enjoy a great night out there, but on Friday February 1 Tim Westwood will be entertaining clubbers. The Big Dog is back in the Boro to launch Lavish the club’s new R’n’B night. Expect a night of sexy R'n'B, bashment, hip hop and UK funky with support from DJ Firestar. Admission’s £6 in advance, more on the door. Then on Friday March 1 it’s another biggie with the launch of #House with a fantastic line-up including special guest DJ Grant Nelson along with DJ Oliver Lang and DJ Nathan Cozzetto it’s gonna be huge! See our back cover for details! Don’t forget your ID if you haven’t been before and check /AtticaVIP on facebook for all the latest or @AtticaVIP on Twitter. Call 01733 303303.

HALO If you want to make your clubbing night a little more at Halo on Northminster book one of their nine booths. You can either be right in the thick of the dancefloor action or further away so you can chat over a cocktail. All VIP guests get the red carpet treatment with no queuing and waitress service all night. Keep an eye on facebook /haloclublounge for news of special events or follow them on Twitter @haloclublounge. Call 01733 343035 to book a booth or email

THE SOLSTICE Many people will have heard of DJ Rob. He’s been a Peterborough DJ for many years now, and has run several popular Karaoke nights. You’ll be pleased to hear Rob’s now host to Karaoke nights at The Solstice every Sunday. With free entry all night and drink offers till 11pm, what better excuse is there to belt out some Cyndi Lauper?! Also at The Solstice, Thursday nights see DJ Soape on the decks, Friday nights we’re entertained by DJ Jason Lee, whilst Saturday nights we’re in good hands with DJ Soape. Each night is free entry till 11pm.

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HEALTH & VITALITY with Karen Devine

Local nutritional expert Karen Devine reports on why SUGAR’S NOT SO SWEET FOR YOUR ENERGY LEVELS We all find from time to time our energy isn’t great, we might need a few early nights or a bit of time out and some tweaks in our diet in order to get back on track. However many people may feel they’re constantly running at 50% or less each day and not releasing their full energy potential. When we have good energy it ripples out into all areas of our lives including a healthy outlook, how we relate to ourselves and others, helps us to stay focused on our dreams and aspirations and generally to feel happier which draws more of the same to us (we are an attraction based universe). Constant low energy on the other hand lowers our outlook on life and robs us of that inner spark and vitality which is in all of us waiting to be tapped into. We can lose our vitality and energy from many sources, including our emotional, mental, physical and spiritual bodies. One area can affect the other and vice versa, for example you may have the cleanest, healthiest diet but be frozen in fear of changing/leaving a job that doesn’t serve you or you could be in a relationship that’s draining you. We drain our reserves when we’re in a constant state of anxiety or fear.

“When we’re low in energy we start to reach for the worst things in an attempt to give ourselves a quick boost and one such substance is sugar.” When we’re low in energy we start to reach for the worst things in an attempt to give ourselves a quick boost and one such substance is sugar. Yes the white refined stuff that’s now linked to many of our chronic diseases including diabetes. There’s nothing good about sugar, even though you will get your quick pick me up your body will be punished with a sudden drop in blood sugar, you may also find you get unexplained joint pains, palpitations, headaches, extra hot flushes, problems with hormones, mood swings, anxiety or over the long term even worse with diabetes, high cholesterol and more. What you won’t get in the long run is good energy, vitality or an overall sense of well-being. In fact trying to concentrate on anything will be difficult too. You may say you’re not adding sugar to your drinks or you don’t eat sweets but there’s plenty of sugar lurking in other manufactured foods so best get label savvy to see it (which isn’t difficult). You’ll find it in cereals, breads, jars of sauces, beans, some yoghurts, ketchup, drinks and more. Refined carbohydrates (white bread, bagels, crackers, white potatoes etc) also convert rapidly to sugar

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and switch on the cascade of negative chemical events in our body that can make us feel sluggish, tired and lethargic. Don’t believe that changing to the unnatural sweeteners will help either, they’re also addictive and much sweeter than normal sugar. As with sugar they also hijack your taste buds and will always keep you wanting more sugar hits. Sugar is widely considered addictive and harmful to our health. You might hear that it’s OK in moderation, but what is that moderation? For some even a small amount of sugar starts the chain of events to make you want it more so you’re back on the hormone rollercoaster, for others they can tolerate a little but the test is if you can stop all sugars and added sugars without strong cravings then great keep going, but most find they crave it as it’s highly addictive, so wean yourself off it bit by bit. So for this month try reducing your obvious sugars, do it slowly over a few weeks to make the transition a little easier. Set an intention that today you’re reducing the amount of sugar in your diet, write out affirmations and put them all over the place where you can see them – the more you see it and read it out loud or in your head the more you can stick to it. You may just find by the end of it you find your own inner energy improving. Karen

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CARLUCCIO’S OPENS AT LAST The much anticipated new eatery Carluccio’s is finally here and we have to say it’s looking great!

It’s bound to be on the wish list for many couples looking for a romantic meal out but book early! They have a great Valentine’s menu (see Man About Town on page 16 of this issue) but as they use the freshest seasonal ingredients, the varied restaurant menu offers something for everyone on any day of the year. We’re loving the great prices too with two courses costing as little as £15.

VALENTINE’S SPECIAL @ ANGEL SPICE If you like great Indian food put some spice into your love life and book in for the fantastic Valentine’s specials at Angel Spice in Stilton. Don’t worry if only one of you likes Indian though, as they’ll happily provide English dishes or cater for vegetarians so you can still impress the one you love. There’s a Valentine’s VIP meal which includes a glass of Champagne, Ferrero Rocher and red rose along with a tasty four course set meal all for £19.95.

Don’t forget Carluccio’s deli for food on the go and the food shop for beautifully packaged Italian products.

Or there’s a Valentine’s Special three course set meal including a red rose, Ferrero Rocher and complimentary shot after the meal for £16.95.

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THE RUDDY DUCK 12 St Pegas Road, Peakirk, Peterborough, PE6 7NF. Tel: 01733 252426 There’s something about the chilly days that makes a cosy country pub serving up generous helpings of home cooked food particularly appealing. But we know from experience that the Ruddy Duck’s just as good a location in the summer to dine outside or enjoy one of their popular beer festivals. While the colder weather and dark nights are still here though their varied menu running from lunch to evening meals is tempting. I tried the chicken breast wrapped in bacon and stilton with home-made crisp wedges. Tender and tasty this dish certainly hit the spot. My friend made short work of the huge mixed grill stacked high with chicken breast, pork, gammon and rump steaks, sausage, egg, pineapple, mushrooms, onion rings and chips – phew! This is perfect for those with an appetite for a hearty meal that’s great value. While cash is tight it’s great to see a wide proportion of the Ruddy Duck’s meals available on their double bill menu with two main meals for £17 available lunchtimes (except Sundays) and evenings. This includes a wide choice of dishes from good old bangers and mash and steak & kidney pud through to homemade chicken curry and lasagne. Surely something to please all tastes, but if not the blackboard offers another great list of dishes separate from the double bill menu.


Sundays it’s all about a great traditional roast of course and again this quaint country pub gives you plenty of choice on what you’d like to spend with one course £9.50, two courses at £14.95 and three courses for £18.95. With a friendly welcome at the bar from Sue and the team, some great home style cooking from Andy the chef (who’ll happily cater for any special requirements) and a traditional feel the Ruddy Duck is well worth a visit. Sharon McAllister

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February Dining Still freezing in Feb? Join us by our roaring log fire and enjoy our home made pub classics and February specials

Valentine’s We have a tempting Valentine’s menu (see our website), served on Thursday 14th and Saturday 16th Feb, so come and share a cosy evening in the countryside.

Live Music February Live Music – every Saturday from 8.30pm – check our website for great local bands

2013 Weddings and Celebrations Planning your wedding or family celebration? We still have some limited weekend availability for bookings in our wonderful marquee, set in Etton’s beautiful countryside

The Golden Pheasant, 1 Main Road, Etton, Peterborough PE6 7DA Tel: 01733 252387 •

Valentine’s Day 3 course meal of your choice, including tea or coffee for only £17.50 per person • Fully licensed bar and restaurant • Bar opens 12 noon – 12am Karaoke in bar every Friday • Hotel rooms available • Heated smoke shelter

• Function rooms available – Weddings – Christenings – Birthday parties and special occasions • Live entertainment last Saturday of every month

Why not try our new discount card this year? Pay only £10 and receive a 10% discount off all future drinks and food at the Falcon for the year. Terms and conditions apply.

1 London Street, Whittlesey, Peterborough, PE7 1BH Phone number 01733 351001

It’s great to hear some good news and not only are My Body Essentials bucking the gloomy trends they have actually expanded into great new premises and introduced more treatment options. The most exciting of which, at least in our office, is the much anticipated arrival of their new Lipobelt! If like most of us you’ve added a few pounds recently, this wonderful new piece of equipment could be just the thing. Using a low level laser it painlessly zaps your wobbly bits breaking down fat cells and then helps flush them away through your lymphatic system. All you have to do is spend ten minutes on the metabolism plate to stimulate your system, then lie back for 20 minutes while the Lipobelt does the work, finish off with another 10 minutes on the plate and away you go. They’ve seen fantastic inch-loss results so we reckon there’ll soon be a queue!

For skin niggles, their FormaTK system is unique in this area it uses IPL (Intense Pulse Light) to gently zap away things like thread veins, acne, sun/age spots and with Diamond Peel Dermabrasion and R-Sonic Radio Frequency technology too it can rejuvenate skin and shrink pores. This system enables them to treat darker skin types safely. It’s safe and relaxing using a warm applicator which heats and stimulates the collagen and elastin to renew cells and shrink the skin back to a firmer appearance, drains toxins and stimulates the lymph.

MBE’s new ‘Lipobelt’

Their range of treatments also includes the Clarity Skin Advisor System 1000 which gives an in-depth skin analysis by photographing deep below what we can see in the mirror, so its clearly obvious which areas need treatment and what preventative measures are needed for the future, they offer chemical peels to combat the issues too. The new premises look great with relaxing treatment rooms and they also stock cosmeceuticals – a specialist range of scientifically proven creams and lotions which can both correct problems and help prevent them in future. These can only be prescribed with a consultation and the team at MBE can give expert advice.

Of course you do have to couple this with a healthy diet and lifestyle to maintain results but it sounds great for kick-starting your good intentions with immediate results and desired effect in 3-4 sessions. It’s also great for removing stubborn areas of fat and sculpting the body. It usually costs £65 a session but this month there’s a launch offer of £45. Mary and Martin have three years extensive experience and training in all aspects of what they offer so you know you’re in safe hands, and they’ve already built up a good reputation locally especially for their skin treatments and permanent hair removal.

New premises in Shrewsbury Avenue, Peterborough

If you’re fed up with hair in all the wrong places you can opt to have rid of it permanently using their light treatment – and that applies to the guys too! There’s no charge for a consultation and patch test and the team are friendly but very discreet and professional.


5F Aston Business Park, Shrewsbury Avenue (near The Party Shop) Peterborough, PE2 7BX. Tel: 01733 305102.

New Sunday Lunch Menu • 3 Course £18.99 Children’s Roasts (inc Ice Cream) £5.55 Served 12-2.30pm Homecooked food served lunchtimes and evenings every day Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day bookings now being taken For more info please view our website:

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

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Kiss it BetteR this

FeBRuaRy For the sixth year running Clinique has teamed up with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity for the Kiss It Better appeal – raising money to fund research into the causes and treatment of childhood cancer.

Get ready for romance and follow my simple steps to a seriously sexy look that’s bound to win any man over this Valentine’s Day. First mix together your favourite moisturiser with a spoonful of Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24hr foundation for a flawless, velvety smooth complexion. Next add a dash of Love at First Blush by Soap and Glory, £11, to the apples of your cheeks to give you a gorgeously girly glow. Use lashings of Rimmel Extra Super Lash mascara in Black Black to separate your lashes and accentuate your eyes. For the frosting apply lots of The Body Shop Love Gloss for Lips in Raspberry Pink which even comes with a heart-shaped wand applicator – romantic! He’ll be puckering up in no time. Finish off with a generous spritz of Lovestruck by Vera Wang (The Perfume Shop £29.99 - £49.99) which really will leave him feeling well, lovestruck! ...Delicious, how could any man resist?

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For 2013 Clinique has created a special new Limited Edition Kisses from Clinique set containing six of the best selling shades of their Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss. Their high sheen colour and ultra nourishing formula mean they definitely get a kiss of approval from me. This set will be sold exclusively in House of Fraser stores nationwide as well as online at throughout February, with a whopping 50% of the RRP going to the appeal! Carmel Allen started the appeal after her daughter Josephine was treated for Neroblastoma at the hospital. Carmel spent many months at the hospital with her daughter which took a toll on her job as a beauty editor. She decided that she wanted to help and so devised the Kiss It Better appeal. Carmel said – “The premise was really simple, KISS IT BETTER is something every parent says and does when their child is sick or injured.” New Limited Edition Kisses from Clinique set RRP £24, £12 donation to the Kiss It Better Appeal during the month of February (£6 from Clinique and £6 from House of Fraser).

Beauty News ... MoRe piLates @ uLtiMate peRFoRMaNCe LiFestyLe Due to high demand we’re pleased to tell you that UPL in Orton Southgate now have a selection of eight Pilates classes. All are run by a Chartered Physiotherapist so whether you’re looking for relief from lower back pain, need to improve your posture, want to improve core stability or need help improving performance in your sport, this is the class for you. They’re also looking to run an advanced group – Pilates for Runners. So anyone interested in improving their running technique to prevent injuries and tight ITB's (iliotibial bands) should get in touch and they’ll run a class for this specific group. This is for runners of all abilities from athletes and marathon runners to those that run for leisure. Tel: 01733 235226.

Lush The Kiss lip gloss £5.50 is the ideal way to perfect your pout this month! This delicious lip gloss is absolutely free from preservatives, feels lighter than normal balms as it has a


new aerated formula and leaves a subtle yet pretty pink sheen on your lips as well as a sugary sweet after taste. Brilliant for keeping your lips soft after all that kissing!

ReCipe FoR LoVe @ Day spa The fabulous Beautiful Day Spa at Yaxley (tried and tested by me!) has come up with a great Valentine’s themed treat which sounds lovely. Their Recipe For Love offer puts two people in the mix with, two sets of robes, two pairs of flip flops and half a day of relaxing delights. It includes an all over body exfoliation, full body mud envelopment, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room with complimentary hot drinks all for just £84. Vouchers are available so cook up a relaxing session for your loved one this month. Call 01733 248938 to book.

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As I continue to call upon long standing acquaintances to uncover the stories behind the great people and music of this great city, a cold January night takes me to the bowels of a Woodston industrial estate and a neatly kitted out rehearsal room in a warehouse to chat to Peterborough’s iconic punk band The Black Maria’s.

The Black Marias…

Andy Slater

This month Andy meets Peterborough punk stars,

pubs and stuff, some crap gigs, y’know only a handful of people – then you play a packed one and see happy, familiar faces and it’s worth it then.”

The Black Marias

As the band muster in a chilly room Spud offers me a cuppa – “Do you want tea? We have milk and sugar.” “Nah I’m OK thanks Tom,” Jules the drummer chips in “D’ya want lager?”

together in the early eighties in Delinquent Youth in what was a very vibrant Peterborough scene. “We supported bands like The Destructors and played a lot around town, that’s

“Unlike a lot of bands who knock a set together in a few weeks and hit the pubs, The Black Maria’s spent a year rehearsing, writing and honing their set.” When John Lydon advertised Country Life butter I remember saying – “Punk’s dead, it’s gone.” That very simple moment made me realise it’s not, it may not be in your corporate face on your TV but in the backstreets of our city, in the industrial units with bands like The Black Marias keeping the spirit alive. Mitch (vox) and Spud (guitar) first played


how we started, us two.” The band also had John Church and up and coming boxer Gary Da Roux on drums, brother of current drummer Jules. After a few years the band kinda fizzled out and that part of the story entered a quiet time as Spud went south to live in London. Jimmy (bass) and Phil (guitar) knocked around and mid nineties found themselves on stage with the much

vaunted Evil Macaroni the ska punk band around the area at that time. “I don’t know how it happened really, I knew Phil and we just sort of walked into it really,” Jim is as relaxed and nonchalant about it as you can probably get. “It lasted a few years for me then it all got a bit too much ska so I decided to quit.” Fast forward to the early 2000’s and Mitch and Jimmy are sharing a flat next door to The Postillion in Paston (location, location, location!!!) Mitch explains – “We shared the same flat and the love of punk so Spud turns up, back from London, Jimmy knows Phil. We all know Jules so that’s where it started.” Unlike a lot of bands who knock a set together in a few weeks and hit the pubs, The Black Maria’s spent a year rehearsing, writing and honing their set. Then with a well recorded CD Anti Social Behaviour in hand to tour they hit the gigs and quickly won a following. Spud explained – “We played loads of

They have continued with the same line up, no bust ups, no fall outs. “Our best gig was supporting Stiff Little Fingers at the Cresset, not because of them they were (unprintable) but the sound, the crowd and the atmosphere, it was great to play though that PA with loads of mates in the crowd!” The lads have played with all their heroes over the years, UK Subs, 999, The Lurkers, Angelic Upstarts and Sham 69 who all played hard, fast, balls out songs which the band have recreated in their own way and use on their own material – “especially the balls out bit!” – yes Jimmy… we have all seen. Moving on… The band though, have a following that’s stretched beyond the Boro, and with Contra and Poink record companies now supporting their releases and tours the band’s travelled Europe and beyond. Jimmy has the itinerary in his head – “France, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic and two tours of the states…” 2013 sees them pack up again for the USA, Holland, Sweden and Belgium. Not a run of the mill pub punk band as you can see but a very talented, very

professional outfit that has a few tales and a lot of mileage under their belts. “Having the record companies around helps us financially but it’s never been anything to do with money, we are five mates, have been for 34 for years some of us,” Jules continues the theme, “I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t do this after work.” Golf? Again the replies to my suggestion can’t be printed! At first appearance you have five big, shaven headed, tattooed, burly geezers that your mother would cross the road to avoid. In reality, you have five talented, savvy musicians blessed with modesty and humour. They almost trivialise their achievements which are plenty. They do it all with a laugh – great band, great ethos and most of all great guys. Punk’s not dead its among us more than you think. They have a facebook page so check ’em out, they have lots of things to buy including their new CD, A Clockwork Army which I’ll be reviewing in next month’s mag.

Punk legends 999 play Stamford Seems we have a great night of punk and mayhem on the cards on Friday February 8. Punk royalty 999 will be playing the Voodoo Lounge thanks to the energy and faith of promoter Sophie Pallash. Soph has stuck her neck out and put on a great gig and if it goes well more will follow with the UK Subs earmarked for later in the spring. The gig includes 999, Stamford’s very own March to The Grave, T Bag and The Sugar Shakers and Don’t Look Down. On top of that for those of you that know him Tucker will be DJ-ing in between which is a right old treat because he really knows his stuff. So, four bands and a quality DJ and you only have to part with £6.50 for a ticket, what are you waiting for? Tickets can be bought from event/204503 or you can buy them on the door for an extra quid… I’m gonna be there are you?


The Lonely Years The Malingerers Fat & Bulbous records You’d think that with a title like The Lonely Years, The Malingerers’ new album would be a moribund affair – quite the opposite, this album is really upbeat. I haven’t the kind of nose that smells blackberries, rhubarb and coal tar in wine but my ears are well tuned to picking out nuances in a great album like this. You’ll get whiffs of Hank Williams, Neil Young, The Eels, early Scotty Moore and Bill Black and Ronnie Lane to name just a few. That said, it’s not that it’s a complex album it’s an album of songs of genuine craft and in some part social comment. My personal favourite is Want Me Back, a barrelhouse of a song designed to be played live in a boozy pub with feet stamping and crowd participation. Drunken Angel is another beautiful song with talk of drinking and smoking and playing and maybe some fun. The Comic is a clever reverse on laughing at people and being laughed at with a background chorus of music hall laughter, wonderful. All in all there is not one song that I thought – “yeah… OK” – they’re all good. The album bounces along and if the truth be told, I played it back to back in the car for five days. You may probably do the same, it’s that good. Available from


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

WILLOW FESTIVAL SET TO BE BIGGER THAN EVER At the time of going to press The Willow Festival organisers tell us they’ve managed to book in approximately 50 of the 123 bands for the event on July 12, 13 and 14. TWF have been focusing on Peterborough based talent first and foremost, and familiar local acts such as Aladdinsane, Junk Puppets, The 925’s, Zeb Rootz, Groove Cartel and Ingnition have all been confirmed. Organiser Mark Ringer told me – “The aim this year is to raise the standard of the event once again. We’ve had fantastic support from the public, our sponsors and of course Peterborough City Council and we need to live up to

their expectations and hopefully surpass them. “With this in mind, The Willow Festival will look different in 2013. We’re looking at bringing in infrastructure that would enable the event to run regardless of the weather. Basically we’re looking at giant, open sided roofed structures, which will be great for shade in the heat and dry shelter if we’re unlucky enough to suffer the dreaded rain.” Maybe having The Sun as a major sponsor in 2013 is a good omen. Come rain or shine, ESP will be there to support once again… roll on July and the festival season!

HEIDI TALBOT IN BASTON Female solo artists are the vogue currently and you have a great opportunity to hear a well renowned voice appear at The Barn in Baston on Thursday February 28, when the award-winning Irish folk singer/songwriter Heidi Talbot visits the area as part of her UK tour. The tour promotes her new album Angels Without Wings which comes out on February 18.

Heidi, from Ireland’s Co. Kildare, who spent several years in New York as a member of the Irish-American group Cherish The Ladies, has built up a following on the Folk circuit by clever re-working of traditional and contemporary material that earned her rave reviews. You can get further information and tickets for the appearance in Baston on February 28 by phoning 01778 560497.

This year, I hear great news of the return of another local music festival which used to be a popular annual event for Peterborough folk fans. Peterborough Folk Festival is back and ESP will be backing the event scheduled to be held in the relaxed and easily accessible setting of Central Park. The two day event will be held on the weekend of May 25 and 26 (Bank holiday weekend). Organisers are intending to put the Festival back on the folk music map and are awaiting final licensing clearance. The organisers plan to feature approximately 45 performers who’ll be appearing over the weekend on the two stages, under canvas. They want to hear from artists and bands who are interested in applying for slots. There’ll be an online band/artist application form up on their website, and as more plans are announced, we will update you here in ESP. Find out more at

ENJOY THE FLOYD EXPERIENCE @ THE CRESSET The Cresset plays host to the UK Pink Floyd Experience on Friday February 22 – an authentic nine-piece tribute to Pink Floyd which includes a three-girl backing vocal section, costumed and choreographed so you get a big show. Lead vocalist and guitarist Paul Andrews fronts the band and has a voice that’s remarkably similar to David Gilmour’s. This authentic Pink Floyd Tribute Show not only includes all the well known songs from Dark Side of the Moon through to Division Bell, but also some very early 60s Floyd, so fans of all ages will find something from their era in two distinct sets. The band claim that their shows leave you both visually and musically satisfied! If you’re a diehard Pink Floyd fan it may be worth a visit because you’re not likely to see the original Floyd any time soon. Tickets available from the Cresset box office on 01733 265705 or

VISTAFEST RETURNS TO SPALDING If you live in the Spalding area, there’s a chance to see VistaFest 2. It takes place on Saturday February 23 at The Vista just off Churchgate in Spalding. Five local bands will be supporting the event to raise money aimed at supporting Cystic Fibrosis. The excellent line up includes: Dog Goblins, Hand Drawn by Crayons, Two Point Zero, Suburban Toys and Smokescreen! In addition to the great music all night long there’s a fully licensed bar and refreshments available. Also you get a unique chance to win a signed Take That tour t-shirt. The Vista is run by volunteers who, along with the bands are giving their time to support this very important charity so the £5 entry sounds like a great value evening from which everyone will benefit. For more info visit look under events or call the Vista Crew on 07868 891288.


It’s certainly busy in Spalding at the start of the new year, because there's another music event worth considering.

It’s Gigabyte Gig Night in the Function Hall at South Holland Centre. The evening of Friday February 8 starting at 7pm, brings five


emerging acts ranging from soft acoustic, through heavy metal to pop punk. Keep an eye on YouthTakeover’s facebook and twitter feeds for latest line-up info. Tickets from South Holland Centre box office: 01775 764777.

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TWENTY 4 The Kings Cliffe Club, Kings Cliffe

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The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road

SHANE POOLE The Carpenters Arms, Stanground

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SYMPTOM Charters, Town Bridge

THE 707 The Burghley Club, Burghley Square


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The Limetree, Walton


Mama Liz's, Stamford


The Swiss Cottage, Woodston


The Ploughman, Werrington






Charters, Town Bridge





The Bluebell, Dogsthorpe

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The Crown, Lincoln Road

The Barn, Baston


JIMMI & PEPP (HIGHROLLERS) North Street Bar, Peterborough

LET THERE B/DC The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road

PHOENIX The Cock Inn, Werrington

ROCKET'57 Ebeneezers, Woodston

THE MORE I SEE Charters, Town Bridge

SAT FEB 16 AGGI JAROCKA North Street Bar, Peterborough

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The Crown Inn

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

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The Dragon

• Under new management • Live music - check ESP Gig Guide • Home cooked food served Mon–Sat 11am – 4pm, Sun 1pm – 5pm. • Sky + Espn • Real Ales • Quiz Night Sunday • FREE pool on Mondays • Cambridge £2.70 and Fosters £3 during Premiership Football • Wakes and Christenings – function room available. • Disco / Karaoke (contact us for details)

St Pauls Road, Dogsthorpe Tel: 01733 554890

• Weekly Live Music (see Gig Guide) • Live Sports (showing all major premiership/championship games) • 6 Real Ale hand pumps • Darts – Poker – Pool – Crib • Cash quiz every Sunday • Join our new facebook site – dragon,werrington Hodgson Avenue, Werrington Tel: 01733 578088

Addison Arms

The Ploughman

• Full home cooked lunch and evening menu • Sunday Lunches • Real Ales • Quiz on Sunday nights • Extensive Beer Garden • In The Good Beer Guide 2012 • Poker night on Fridays • Christmas menu now available Sawtry Road, Glatton, Peterborough, PE28 5RZ Tel: 01487 830410

• Camra Pub of the Year 2011 • Oakademy of excellence accredited pub • Sky Sports • Happy hour Mon – Fri, 5 ‘til 7pm • Live entertainment – see ESP Gig Guide • Karaoke every Sunday with Mighty Mouth Trev • Outside bar available • Function room for hire at reasonable prices • Join our Facebook group The Ploughman


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