JANUARY 2012 Issue 149
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ESP JOINS THE NY EVE PARTY ON THE SQUARE! The big New Year’s Eve bash in Cathedral Square will see the ESP Dance Crew help get the party going! The free knees up is sponsored by The Clock Coffee Lounge and hosted by Nick Carter from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. Some of the live music under the Guildhall includes the fabulous electro pop band Whisky Jax and rock ‘n’ rollers, Rocket 57. You’ll be ale to keep warm with hot drinks and food from The Clock which will have food stations on the Square and at the restaurant on Bridge Street. The good news is their loos will also be open in the café! All the fun starts at 8pm and there’ll be fireworks at midnight to welcome in 2012. See you there! Keep an eye on www.espmag.co.uk for all the latest.
GET HOOKED @ SPRINGFIELDS A new shop has opened at Springfields outlet shopping centre in Spalding, stocking a wide range of fishing equipment, all up to 70% off RRP. Dragon Carp Direct has thousands of items to clear at fantastic prices, including a 12ft carp rod for just £10 reduced from £99.99 – that just shows how great the discounts are! There are brands such as Barbus, Carp Kinetics, Feeding Frenzy, Pantera and Avanti so there’s sure to be something for any keen fisherman! Don’t forget there are loads of other shops at Springfields Outlet meaning even more bargains and now the sale’s on too! To find out more visit www.springfields shopping.com.
For those who love a golden glow all year round, Melanie Richards Hair Boutique on Bridge Street has some great prices for their sunbeds. You can have 30 minutes for just £9, and 60 minutes for £15 so you can look sun-kissed and gorgeous 24/7. They’ve got loads of great offers on the go so keep up to date with all the latest on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/melanie richardshairboutique.
QUIT SMOKING WITH FRUIT E CIGS Looking to quit smoking this year? Well the new alternative to smoking – FruiteCigs – are the ideal alternative! They’re an electronic cigarette which lasts longer than a traditional cigarette and have different flavours of eliquid. There’s no tar, no tobacco, no smoke – so no passive smoking and you can smoke it wherever you like! Plus, you can save so much money, up to 80% on what you’d normally spend on your daily/weekly packets of cigs so all in all it’s a great way to wean yourself off them. Visit www.fruitecigs.co.uk to see what they have to offer. Happy quitting!
Peterborough really is spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants, and it’s always nice to try somewhere new! Angel Spice is only a quick trip down the A1 in Stilton, and is a great family venue with authentic Indian food, excellent choice of wines and a mouthwatering menu. They’ve got plenty of offers weekly, including their special Sunday buffet – eat as much as you like between 12noon and 10pm for just £8.95. Or if you don’t fancy Indian they also prepare English dishes too. It’s the perfect venue for any occasion, and they’ll cater for parties for birthdays, office do’s and family events, and with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, they have a romantic set menu for you to enjoy with your loved one! Just call 01733 244373 to make your reservation and to find out more.
If you’re keen to snap up an offer then you need to get booking quickly with a fantastic four for the price of three treatments at Beautiful Spa in Yaxley. This offer is for treatment packages during the month of January and there are limited spaces available, on a first come first served basis. Call 01733 248938 to find out more!
OPEN WEEKEND @ VIVACITY GYMS We’re sure many of you will be wanting to kick start a fitness regime for the new year, so an open weekend at Vivacity gyms shouldn’t go a miss! The Regional Fitness & Swimming Centre, Werrington Leisure Centre, Bushfield Leisure Centre and Jack Hunt Pool & Gym are all available to try out for free during the weekend of January 14 – 15. This excludes swimming and classes however, but if you’d like to find out more just call 01733 864760.
We all think of things we’d like to give up for Lent, or even new things we’re going to take up in the New Year – a majority would say they’d like to lose weight! Why not try out the hypnotic gastric band? This virtual hypnotic surgery (without any physical surgery involved!) will make you feel as though you’ve had a real band fitted. Or if you’re trying to quit smoking, how about the Smoking Cessation programme – giving you the reinforcement you need to stop smoking and keep stopped. There’s also Stress Management – bring back the balance to your life, helping to make you feel happier and more in control of your life. Call Tim Pinning on 01733 768839 or visit www.curativehypnotherapy.com for more info.
NYE @ THE BREWERY TAP Get ready to dance the night away to the best sounds of the 70s and 80s with an old school disco. There’ll be plenty of champers flowing, and a Thai a la carte menu served from 5.30pm – 10.30pm and booking is advised if you want to enjoy the delicious food! It’s sure to be a great way to bring in the New Year so let all your friends know and call the team for more info on 01733 358500.
PARTY @ THE BANYAN TREE You’ll need to get booking now if you want to take up this fantastic New Year’s party offer at the Banyan Tree. Celebrate the New Year with a set meal for £20 per person, accompanied by live Indian music which should set the mood perfectly! Once you’ve indulged in some fine Indian cuisine you can settle down in the bar and sip their unique cocktails until the early hours! Reservations are preferred and there’s only a few days to go so call 01733 342800 ASAP to avoid disappointment.
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January, Sacrewell Farm will be giving all children free admission! Even better news – the Farm is freezing its prices for 2012, so you can enjoy a fantastic day out that’s great value for money.
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Calling all men! The city’s first Man Auction is coming to the Holiday Inn on March 30, to raise money for Sue Ryder Care and other local charities. ESP is supporting the event, and it’s sure to be a great girl’s night out. The event needs one main ingredient however – MEN! To help raise money for such a good cause, they need any men who are chefs, plumbers, decorators, fitness instructors, electricians, hairdressers, builders etc (you get the idea…) to offer their services and be auctioned off on the night. Ladies will then bid and the money will go to the charities. They also welcome any sponsors to come forward, and any donations of raffle prizes will be greatly appreciated. The night will include a glass of bubbly on arrival, a meal and only women can do the bidding! Contact Karen Devine on email KDvn9@aol.com for further details or to offer your services for what will be a fantastic night.
The excitement’s growing as we count down to the arrival of the Olympic Torch relay in the boro, and a counter’s now operating on Peterborough City Council’s Leisure and Culture page on its website . The city will be the first in the region to host the iconic flame and has been selected as the host of one of the 66 evening celebration events. The celebration will take place on the Embankment with loads of entertainment showcasing the city’s cultural and heritage offerings provided by Vivacity, Peterborough’s Culture and Leisure Trust and Peterborough City Council.
While you’re there, you can feed the friendly animals, hop on the bumpy tractor ride, or visit the Timeline Barn to discover the fascinating history of Sacrewell Farm through the ages, or pop into the Small Animal Village to meet the cuddly guinea pigs, rabbits and ferrets. They serve tasty home-cooked lunches and the shop sells a fantastic selection of fine foods and great gifts. The farm’s open seven days a week throughout January, 10am-4pm. Call 01780 782254 or visit www.sacrewell.org.uk.
There will also be a special celebration on the morning of Wednesday July 4 as the 2012 Olympic Torch relay begins its journey out of the city. www.peterborough.gov.uk.
280 people entered the Model Search and Perry got through in the 16-20 yearolds category. It all took place in the Grafton Centre in Cambridge where he had to take to the catwalk modelling clothes for BHS, Debenhams and Republic. In the end he took the title and bagged himself trophies, £100 in vouchers a photo shoot with Sarah Reynolds and a chance to be with their agency. Well done Perry – looking good!
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GET READY FOR THE PERKINS GREAT EASTERN RUN 2012
Runners have even more reasons to enter the 2012 Perkins Great Eastern Run following news the race will be part of the successful runbritain Grand Prix Series.
Blow away those winter cobwebs, pop on your wellies, and experience an action-packed, fun-filled day at Sacrewell Farm this January.
The Perkins Great Eastern Run, organised by Peterborough City Council, will take place on Sunday October 14. The course is being redesigned to allow the route to pass through the city centre and for the start and finish area to be in the same place.
After the budget-busting excesses of the festive season, the popular farm attraction has a fantastic solution for a great value family day out. Throughout
You can enter now on-line, by post or in person at the Visitor Destination Centre on Bridge Street, Peterborough. www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk
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The five-race series, which will conclude with the Perkins Great Eastern Run half marathon, offers a total prize fund of £55,000 for British runners based on their four best scores across the five events. There will also be time bonus cash prizes for men and women competing in the race who can beat specific times.
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As well as the usual prize money on offer to the first three men and women past the finish line, there will also be cash prizes for the first five UK men and UK women as part of the Grand Prix series.
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As part of the events LOCOG and the presenting partners, Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, will also stage exciting entertainment shows where a cauldron will be lit from the Olympic Flame, marking the end of the day’s proceedings. The route of the Torch relay through Peterborough will be announced nearer to the date and more info about the city’s Olympic year will be revealed soon.
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Coming to the Cresset stage this January is the energy and excitement of a live Rolling Stones concert. The Stones are a great tribute to the famous rock and roll band and will be covering songs spanning their career like (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction and Brown Sugar. There’ll be some great songs sung by Mick Jagger tribute artist Ben – who’s definitely got the moves like Jagger – supported by the rest of the talented band. It’s on at the Cresset on January 20 at 7.45pm. Tickets are £17. Box office: 01733 265705.
LAST CHANCE FOR ALADDIN @ THE KEY It was packed out before Christmas but there’s still a chance to stretch out the festive spirit and take a magic carpet ride at the Key Theatre with this year’s fantastic panto, Aladdin.
The intimate setting of the Key is just perfect and the team have come up with a real cracker this year. We went along and can tell you there are some great performances all round – even ESP’s Stamford Calling columnist Matt Zilch makes an appearance as I Pong! It’s great to see Peterborough favourite Donna Steele return to take the stage in the title role and Patric Kearns is a dame who can handle any dirty washing as Widow Twanky! His one liners and improvisations command the stage but we have to say everyone gets a fair share of the fun, even evil Abanazar, brilliantly played by Philip Stewart.
Adam Patman puts in a great Lee Evans style performance as Wishee Washee and we loved the cheeky panto Panda! It’s funny, punchy and fast paced so no bored kids, and we reckon Tyler Fayose, who brings real life to the genie, should keep the mums happy too! This is one of their best yet so well done Michael Cross and the team. Aladdin runs until January 8 so don’t miss it, book now on 01733 207239.
HENRY BLOFELD SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED There’s more to Henry Blofeld than a cozy commentary box, and he’s coming to Spalding to tell everyone about his life and living it to the fullest. He’ll be telling audiences about his entry into the world of journalism and broadcasting with some great stories, plus some witty tales and ridiculousness including his link to his namesake Bond villain! It’s sure to be an evening that will have you positively shaken and stirred and itching for more. He’ll be at the South Holland Centre on January 11 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15. Box office: 01775 764777.
ALADDIN @ STAMFORD ARTS CENTRE Polka Dot Pantomimes are proud to present Stamford’s fab professional panto as Aladdin takes audiences on a thrilling carpet ride and adventure to remember. There’ll be sparkling sets, amazing special effects, plenty of dancing and singing, comedy and audience participation – another show that’s family orientated. It’s on at Stamford Arts Centre from January 5 – 8 at 6.30pm and also 2pm on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8. Tickets are £8.50 or £28 for a family of four. Box office: 01780 763203.
THE VOYAGER – CINEMA CENTRAL! The Voyager Academy has lined up some great films for their community cinema at the school over the next few months. If you fancy a thriller then Psycho may just be the ideal film for you. This will chill you to the bone and is definitely one of the most terrifying films of all time. It’ll be on at the school on Friday January 13 – the perfect date! Next up is Footloose – this film is guaranteed to have you up out of your seats dancing. You can be sure to shake off those January blues with this feel good blockbuster on January 27. Johnny English Reborn is the final film to be shown at the school in Walton on February 17 (during half term). Follow the most unlikely intelligence officer as he tries to stop a group of international assassins before they eliminate a world leader. All films are shown at 7.30pm and doors open at 7pm. Tickets are £4 per adult and children £2. Group tickets are £10. Call 01733 383873 for more details.
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The New Perspectives Theatre Company are bringing a new one-man show to the South Holland stage which will delight football and non-football fans alike. This production combines the classic rise of the underdog with a much gentler story of 1950s English village life. Don’t miss out on the chance to see if a village Fenland team really have taken on football’s finest – and won! It’ll have you laughing, crying, and hopefully believing every word. It’s on at the South Holland Centre in Spalding on January 18, tickets are £11 each. Box office: 01775 764777.
The musical of musicals is coming to the Cresset stage, celebrating the best of Broadway and the West End. This sparkling show tells the story of a small town girl’s dream to become a Broadway star. It’s mixed with all your favourite musical songs, and features eight of the UK’s finest singers and dancers. You can expect songs from the likes of Fame, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, West Side Story, Dirty Dancing and loads more, plus it’s a great night out for all the family. It’s on at the Cresset on February 12 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £19.50. Box office on 01733 265705.
Lara Johnson has the ESP guide to the area’s hottest shows... PETERBOROUGH ARTS CINEMA There are plenty of films on at the John Clare Theatre as a new season gets underway, kicking off with Potiche. Follow the story of trophy wife Suzanne as she has to take over the factory that her husband previously managed until his health is shattered by a violent strike. It’s on January 5 at 7.30pm.
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Next to hit the screen on January 12 is The Tree Of Life – starring Sean Penn who plays a middle aged executive evidently in the throes of a midlife breakdown. He’s mentally carried back in time to his boyhood in the 1950s when he was dominated by an overbearing father, played by Brad Pitt. Armadillo will be on the screen on January 19 at 7.30pm, described as a documentary that looks like an art film. This film records the routines of modern-day military, with central character Mads – a shy spotty youth who initially justifies his impending mission to his family by comparing it to football.
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Finally on January 26 it’s Attack The Block. A recently qualified nurse gets mugged by a racially mixed gang of hoodies on the way home to her tower block home, but when some creatures arrive from outer space, she has to join forces to fight off this new menace! Visit www.peterboroughartscinema.co.uk for more info.
ROUND THE TWIST A mega mash-up spoof is coming to town later this month, and is a crazy alternative to the traditional Christmas panto. Round The Twist features a whole mix of Dickensian characters and is produced by the Eastern Angles Theatre Company – so it’s bound to be entertaining! The show features characters such as Obadiah Snoop, Miss Haversack, feisty Foggarty and this witty, wacky and slightly anarchic comedy will have you loving every minute! It’s on at the Cresset from January 24 – 28. Tickets range from £9.50 – £14.50. Box office: 01733 265705.
MERCURY – THE ULTIMATE QUEEN TRIBUTE After a decade on tour, Mercury have established themselves as one of the most authentic tribute bands to the legends that are Freddy Mercury and Queen. You’ll be blown away by the amazing vocal range of Joseph Lee Jackson as Freddy Mercury, and the intricate guitar work of Glenn Scrimshaw as Brian May – both backed by the superb harmonies and a rhythm section. You won’t be disappointed! They’re back by extremely popular demand, and will be performing at Stamford Corn Exchange for two nights on January 27 and 28 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15.50. Box office: 01780 766455.
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TROPICANA’S THE IDEAL NEW YEAR TONIC! Christmas is over but the party doesn’t have to stop. Banish those winter blues and get along to the hottest ice show in town from February 2 – 5.
This is your last chance to book tickets for the fabulous Holiday On Ice spectacular Tropicana – The Passion Tour right here in Peterborough. That’s right you’ve no further to go than the Exec centre at the East of England Showground and with music from Barry Manilow, colourful costumes and a huge LED screen we guarantee this will definitely brighten up those cold, dark nights.
interpreted by the cast of talented ice dancers. Manilow’s songs are incorporated into an original score which sees Robin earning his first ever song writing credit for the numbers City Streets and Think Of Us.
Tropicana features interpretations of some of the best loved songs from world-renowned songwriter Barry Manilow, who collaborated with ice star Robin Cousins in allowing his music to be given the Holiday On Ice treatment with orchestral arrangements by Holiday On Ice’s musical director, Maurice Luttikhuis and a variety of lead vocalists.
Anyone who books through the Visitor Destination Centre by January 7 can enter a prize draw to win a special meet and greet package worth £10. This includes an exclusive chance to meet the skating stars and crew after the show and a goody bag with show programme worth £5.
Whether you’re a Barry Manilow fan or not, there’s no denying his music is inspirational, from well-known classics such as I Can’t Smile Without You and Copacabana to plaintive love songs like Weekend In New England all beautifully and movingly
Tickets for the world’s most visited ice show are now on sale at the Visitor Destination Centre on Bridge Street in Peterborough.
Tickets are available to purchase at the Visitor Destination Centre in person by cash only. Prices range from £25 to £36 with concessions for senior citizens and children at just £12. For more information visit www.holidayonice.co.uk
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WHAT THE DICKENS?! As it’s the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’ birth we’re seeing quite a lot of the famous author lately and early next month there’s a special event coming up at the John Clare Theatre.
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Dickens 2012 is a re-enactment, storytelling and talk by local historian Richard Jones. Dressed in full costume he’ll be re-enacting the man himself, talking about his life and performing readings from some of his best known works. He’ll be joined by Stuart Orme from Peterborough Museum (he of the city’s ghost walks!) revealing Dickens’ many links to Peterborough.
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It all takes place on Dickens’ birthday February 7 at 7pm and tickets are £3 (£2) from the Central Library. Call 01733 864280 for details.
January might not have much going for it other than the sales but this annual event in Whittlesey will definitely provide a little light relief. Follow the straw ‘bear’ around the town centre as he drops into several pubs (now you’re talking!) for a tipple followed by various folk dance troupes. Now we’re not talking six sad old blokes with hankies here – the new breed can be great to watch and like nothing you’ve seen before. It’s a quirky, unusual but fun event and the town really comes alive with music and dance. There’s a fantastic vibe in the pubs and the place is usually packed to the rafters with a great atmosphere. It all takes place from January 13 – 15 and kicks off with a concert at the Ivy Leaf Club at 8pm with bands like Quicksilver performing. On Saturday get there early as it’ll be heaving by the time the big parade gets underway at 10.30am with the straw bear being led through the town until 4pm (you’ll be well oiled by then!). On Saturday night you can have a knees up at the barn dance at the Sir Harry Smith Community College at 8pm (£9), or the Cajun dance at Childers (£7.50). The burning of the bear is at the college from 12.00 – 2.30pm. www.strawbear.org.uk
FORMULA ONE’S JAKE HEADS BACK TO THE BORO!
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Sport presenter Jake Humphrey, who was born in Peterborough, is coming home next month as the after dinner speaker at a special Formula One themed fundraiser.
If you’re planning your big day and need some big ideas for what to opt for to make it just perfect, head to the Bull Hotel’s wedding fayre on February 5.
Jake will be the celebrity guest at a Gala Dinner on Thursday February 23 to generate money for the NSPCC’s Peterborough Business Support Group. All funds raised are spent supporting vulnerable youngsters in the city.
His visit to Peterborough will provide him with the perfect opportunity to catch up with family and old friends – Jake was born in the city and spent his first years here before moving to Norwich.
If you need some inspiration for a new look this year Circles Dress Agency of Yaxley have lined up a fundraising fashion show which should give you some stylish ideas. It’s on Wednesday January 11 at the Whittlesey Conservative Club in Whitmore Street at 7.30pm and tickets are £5 each. There’ll be a raffle as well with the proceeds going to The Hermitage Rest Home in Whittlesey (Residents Comfort Fund). Pop into Circles on Chapel Street in Yaxley for a ticket or call 01733 204922.
The evening, at Peterborough’s Holiday Inn West, will include a meal, auction, raffle and presentation by the sports presenter. “We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming Jake Humphrey back to Peterborough,” said Group Chairman Chris Collier. “Jake has become a very popular presenter and we are very appreciative that he is sparing the time to attend our event.”
before the event for champagne and canapés.
The Group’s most recent money-spinner, its 15th Tickets are priced at £60 each and are available Anniversary Gala Dinner with Penny Smith by emailing email@example.com. A VIP upgrade raised an impressive £14,000, one of the most is available with the chance to meet Jake lucrative events in the Group’s history.
As well as being the perfect venue itself for your special occasion there’ll be plenty of inspiration for the rest of your wedding arrangements with dozens of stalls and demonstrations. Cakes – check. Flowers – check. Entertainment – check. Yep, it’s all here as well as hair and beauty, the all important wedding gown and much more. Drop by between 11am and 4pm, it’s free admission and we reckon you’ll come away with loads of fantastic ideas to make your day the best it can be! Call 01733 561364 for details.
CHOOSE A COURSE @ COLLEGE OPEN DAY Deciding what to do in life is a tough decision but if you’re thinking of studying at Peterborough Regional College head down to their open day to find out just what’s on offer, and whether it’s right for you.
They’ll be enrolling for courses in everything from accountancy to art, science, management, journalism and construction to name a few. There’ll be tutors on hand to explain more and give plenty of advice from 2pm – 8pm so pop in on January 26 and see what your future could be. Call 0845 872 8722 if you need more details or take a look at www.peterborough.ac.uk.
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When a celebrity comes to town ESP is usually not far behind. ESP’s showbiz writer Susan Saunders grabbed a word with motorbike star James Toseland at the Bull Hotel…
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TOSELAND leading bike insurance companies and James is a huge biking star, I was still a bit confused. Did motorbikes and music really go together? “My first love was always music. My parents divorced when I was three and I went to live with my grandparents, who had a piano, so I started to play. I had piano lessons until I was 16, reaching grade six by the start of my motorbike career. I had to stop my lessons because I was racing all the time.
It’s not every day that you get to hang out with world champion motorbike stars, but that’s exactly what I got to do when James Toseland came to town for a charity gig with his rock band, Crash. For those of you who don’t know anything about the world of motorbike racing: think F1 but for motorbikes, James then, would be the equivalent to Lewis Hamilton; and his girlfriend, Russian born singing sensation, Katie Melua, would be our version of Nicole Scherzinger. In the wake of WSBK and MotoGP world champion James’ unexpected early retirement from motorbike racing, earlier this year, I got the rare opportunity to catch up with him to talk bikes, Bennetts, girls and his first love… music?! Retirement and 30 years-old aren’t words you’d often see in the same sentence. Although after a crash left him with a dislocated wrist and damaged ligaments, James – now aged 31 – couldn’t work the bike throttle effectively anymore and he had to retire from motorcycle racing. Thankfully though, James had already made World Superbike Champion twice (2004 and 2007), supported Queen to a crowd of 25,000 and played keyboard and sang in rock band, Crash. It’s fair to say then that he’d already achieved a lot. No stranger to Peterborough, James, who’s sponsored by Peterborough-based bike insurance brand, Bennetts, has been here before. Whilst I knew that Bennetts is one of the
“I’d found something that I was naturally good at in my music and racing came out of the blue after, at the age of 20. After hard work and lots of practice, I was World Champion by 23.” At ease performing both on and off track – if singing We Will Rock You with Queen wasn’t enough, James played piano with the legend that is Jools Holland at Newmarket Races. “It really was brilliant. He’s someone that I respect and grew up listening to, so it was great playing with him – definitely an achievement.” Wasn’t it hard juggling a world class biking career and singing?
“Ironically, I ended up being at home frustrated because of my accident and mum called to ask if I wanted to go with her to see Katie that evening. Mum dumped my step dad for me and off I went to Sheffield. Katie’s piano player was a big motorcycle fan and recognised me from the second row. He emailed and invited me to another gig where I got to meet everyone backstage, including Katie, and I used my Yorkshire charm to take it from there!” But just because they’re both musicians, it doesn’t mean that there’s a duet on the cards though – “It would only be a gimmick if I suggested a duet. Katie is such a professional and so I’d never put anything like that on her. “Hopefully, if I become an established artist in my own right, we could discuss it then and in the meantime we just sing around the house together. I do tell her that she should change the title of her track, Bicycles to Motorbicycles!” As an Isle of Man resident, having a girlfriend based in London and frequent engagements across the globe – I expect it’s difficult juggling everything? “I’m only in the country for 90 days a year which can make spending time with Katie hard but I think she’s relieved to know that however long I stay, I’ll be going home!”
“Well motorbiking season runs from February to October so I was also able to play at season end.” So, rumour has it that the hunk that is James is dating friend of ESP and past cover star, Katie Melua, who I had the pleasure of interviewing last year. “I met Katie when I booked tickets for my mum and I to watch her live in my home town of Sheffield, for my mum’s Christmas present,” James revealed. “Katie was taken ill and so it was rescheduled for February. As that’s in the motorcycle season, mum was going to take my step dad instead.
James at Radius in Peterborough
BENNETTS INTRODUCES FREE CLASSIFIEDS Bike fans will be pleased to know that Peterborough based Bennetts, the UK’s No.1 Bike Insurance Specialist* has launched a free Classifieds service for all bikers and dealers alike. Hosted on Bennetts.co.uk, the new site’s designed to bring bike lovers together to buy and sell their wheels in a safe and secure environment, totally free of charge.
The first in a range of online initiatives being launched by Bennetts, the new classifieds service offers completely free and unlimited use to all bike enthusiasts and riders hoping to buy or sell their bike. With thousands of different models already listed for sale, the free classifieds service allows a quick and easy upload mechanism through the Bennetts website, encouraging
users to readily communicate with other bikers whilst buying and selling their motorbikes online. For more info on the Bennetts Free Classifieds, log onto www.bennetts.co.uk/classifieds. *In June 2011 independent brand tracking research identified Bennetts as the UK’s No.1 Bike Insurance Specialist.
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NEW RESOLUTIONS FOR YOUR WOMAN I’ve been doing some New Year research and gathered some resolutions women want us guys to make – for them. Here’s a sample:
Balderston have been seeing in the New Year with a toast to their BMW Motorrad UK Apprentice of the Year – 2011, Bradley Greenwood.
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• Show your feelings more • Stop leaving your pants on the bathroom floor • Tell me you love me every day • See if you can find where the vacuum cleaner is kept • Look up the definition of foreplay • Less football, more me • Stop farting in bed • Surprise me occasionally • Rinse the sink after you shave • Stop scratching your fun pouch
ESP photographer Chris Brudenell has been carrying in his wallet blades of grass he ripped from Posh’s London Road turf when David Farrell scored that memorable hat-trick against Barnet in May 2000. Sad I know, but that’s being a footy fan.
There are more but you get the picture. The distinction between them being everyday moans to actually sounding like proper resolutions is impossible to make. Therefore they can’t be considered as real resolutions so it’s business as usual for us blokes in 2012.
Chris’s face lit up like the Vegas strip when Faz signed his good luck charm. It was a stark contrast to Faz’s face when Posh’s press officer Phil Adlam teased him for allegedly having less pages dedicated to him in the book than Helgi Danielsson. Let’s just say a copy of the book is firmly lodged with Phil at all times…
He’s preserved his ‘lucky charm’ by mounting them on a piece of card and sealing the blades with sticky tape. His scribble on the back of the card tells the story of that unforgettable night. Chris waited 11 years to meet David so he could sign it. ‘Faz’ was one of several former Posh players signing copies of the latest Posh book Ebdon to Charlery – London Road Legends at Waterstones last month.
However, the resolutions below that women should make for men are easily achievable. • • • • • • • • • •
Stop being sensitive Cook a meal for a change Wear less make-up Forget trying to find where the remote control is hidden Save more instead of spend more See if you can drive without riding the clutch Eat less chocolate, not go to the gym more Remove the hot water bottle from our bed Stop buying candles and scatter cushions Leave the toilet seat as you found it
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The award bagged Bradley a five-day trip to the BMW factory in Munich this March. Bradley’s rubber gloves will certainly come in handy at the airport check-in… because he doesn’t want to get grubby finger marks on his award of course.
SECONDS OUT FOR JESS It’s official – our Jess has been lacing up her gloves and training for the whitecollar boxing event at the Holiday Inn (March 3) in a bid to raise a bucket load of cash for Sue Ryder. She’s been throwing some shots in the ESF Sports gym and claims she sent me crashing to the canvas with a left hook. The truth is I slipped at the point of this photo being taken. Read our Face of ESP’s progress next month when I’ll be announcing more details about the event.
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GHOST IS NOTHING TO BE SCARED OF The former Shooters Bar in New Road has finally been scrubbed off the night scene map and in its place is the new Ghost Club Lounge. The name of this new venue is a bit scary and odd if I’m honest, but it was chosen from a bunch of short-listed names by revelers who obviously know best.
Too much food and drink during the festive season? Gym throws up the nicest of images: Man boobs, muffin tops, toe bogies, sweaty top lip, stains, palpitations, B.O., Michelin Man, crusty, panting, flatulence, thunder thighs, sweat rings, expense, grime, flip flops, wrinkly cleavage and loopy earrings.
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The motorcycle technician (posh name for grease monkey) completed a three-year NVQ 3 apprenticeship at the BMW training academy in Bracknell. He also gained IMI and ATA accreditation, which are both nationally recognised qualifications.
Gladly, a £200,000 investment hasn’t included a fairground ghost train ride as part of the revamp. Instead we’ve been treated to a plush, relaxed venue with a capacity for 250 people, which is the perfect size to make it welcoming. Halo bosses are behind this latest addition to our night-time offering and that means it’ll be around for a lot longer that Shooters was and definitely more popular too. Well done guys, even if I don’t like the name!
>> Tony – happy 43rd >> Gary – Starbucks or Costa? >> Dale – does it have an ejector seat? >> Lenny – I need a pillow >> Boney M – lots of love and happy New Year! >> Daren – two pizzas for a Triple next time?
WILLOW GARAGE GRUNGE Preparations are gathering pace for the return of The Willow Festival on the embankment this May and monthly events have been taking place since its re-launch at the back end of last year. The Willow will showcase 120 live bands from across the UK and abroad and organisers expect it to attract visitors of more than 50,000 as it did when it was last staged in 2003. It was free to go to then (that’s why I used to
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February’s (Saturday 11) Willow Festival teaser is a garage grunge night at Club Revolution in Park Road. Tickets are £5 and start time is 7pm. If it’s anything as good as the recent Christmas bash at the Fleet Centre then you’ll be in for a great night (see our Paparazzi pages). I’ve spared a photo of Willow organiser Mark Ringer dancing. Hardly John Travolta but thankfully he’s got a few months to perfect his moves before the big festival.
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OfficialClubNights! IT’S BACK! Last time the OfficialClubNights! event hit town our very own Faces of ESP Jessica Lockhart and Susan Saunders were spotted having a wiggle on the dance floor! Now the club night returns to Halo on Friday February 3 for their biggest session yet, headlined by the gorgeous DJ Lucy Stone this event is sure to sell out. Lucy has recently played in Ibiza Rocks, Es Paradis, and Pacha as well as clubs right across Europe – expect a showstopping set combining chart head turners, and glam house mixes.
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It’s chilly outside but ESP’s style guru Sue Donnelly has the answer to keeping warm in style… Whenever I speak to people about layering they all assume it means piling on the pounds and visually looking like the proverbial Michelin Man. But if you know the secret, this needn’t happen. In fact layering can make you appear taller, slimmer, more shapely AND keep you warm throughout the winter months. The secret is to use lots of finer fabrics not thick ones. Lighter weight, stretchy fabrics that fit snugly around the body trap air against the skin ensuring you stay warm – without creating bulk. Building up a collection of these invaluable pieces means that you can easily mix and match, creating variety in your wardrobe. If you need something thicker, wear it in your outer layer – a coat or sweater maybe. Avoid wearing heavy fabrics on your top and bottom half together.
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Layering This is a better option if you’re petite, though you could forego the lacy petticoat which I’m wearing to bring the dress hemline down to a respectable length. The black tights and shoes elongate the leg and match the scarf around the neck making the whole body look taller than it actually is. Our eyes need to make sense of patterns so they automatically ‘join’ the black in the bottom half with that in the top creating a vertical elongating line. Wearing a matching colour top and bottom is a good trick generally if you’re shorter.
This type of layering is great if you’re really tall and want to appear shorter. By creating a number of obvious horizontal lines (there are seven in this outfit) the body is broken up into sections creating width and so you appear less tall. If you have no waist, ditch the belt or wear it lower on the hip.
Adding texture can also be beneficial. The faux fur shrug adds inches to the upper shoulder line so it’s great for those with larger hips (widening the shoulders reduces the size of the hips) or athletic types that want to showcase their shoulders. There are many different shades of black but don’t worry if they don’t match. The tights and boots shorten the legs so great for tall people but wearing all black would balance this out. I’ve chosen a charcoal long sleeve T-shirt but a slim fitting polo neck would also look great. If you have a larger chest, stick to a V or scoop neck.
This is where layering finer fabrics look flattering and funky rather than fattening. The longer length figure of eight necked T-shirt is incredibly lightweight but fits the body snugly, smoothing out any lumps and bumps. The lightweight cardigan adds an extra layer of warmth. You could ring the changes teaming with tights rather than jeans. Keeping the pattern to one piece adds interest as does the asymmetric hemline. Great for those of us with short legs.
Scarves can make an outfit and I’m a huge fan. I’ve layered up with three T-shirts, a fleecy jacket and some stretchy harem pants. Great for the gym.
THROWING MORE THAN A TANTRUM year So here we are then, 2012 and of course the big news of this I’m is that the 2012 London Olympics are virtually upon us and wondering if it’s too late to enter my little boy in the shot put event? If you think I’m being ridiculous, check out this picture; this is what happens when you cross a 42 inch plasma with a 2 year-old who’s completely terrified of the Sun baby in Teletubbies (I’m kind of with him there – freaky eyes). If only a tantrum had been the only thing he was throwing but alas, he also saw fit to hurl his Zingzillas cup at the offending creature and scored a direct hit, the accuracy, strength and With right in the middle of the screen. I’m distance he threw that cup, he is surely a dead cert for the Gold. to wait Can’t pride. with myself not sure if I’m furious, or beside explain this one to the insurance company!
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the word ‘mucus’ to a would make us all ho cold remedy t foot it down to Boots in Queensgate to gra bottle of this wonder b ourselves a elixir? Benylin started it with their poetically Mucus Cough which named Benylin they helpfully advertise d using a big green mo on a coughing man’s nster sitting chest, and Sudafed, Covonia and even Bo soon followed suit. The ots own brand very word, not to mentio n the images it conjure making me heave jus s up, is t writing about it, let alo ne trying to drink a spo rather have the cough onful. I’d thanks. In fact the wh ole thing is so stoma yucky that they really ch-retchingly should stick a bottle of it in a bushtucker tria between the kangaroo l, sandwiched ’s anus and the purée d dung beetle. But thin perhaps it’s a genius king about it, product with a major trick that all those ove execs have missed – rpaid advertising if I stick a bottle in the fridge and another in maybe, just maybe I the biscuit tin might be so put off tha t I might actually manag the New Year diet for e to stick to once.
WEAKENING RESOLVE This year’s New Year’s resolution – face up to reality. I’m not going to pay off the credit cards this year; I’m not going to be a size 10; I’m not going to manage to only drink on a Saturday night and I’m definitely not going to be able to give up chocolate. So pass the Galaxy, pour me a glass of Merlot and log me onto Asos.com. Cheers and Happy New Year!
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LONDON ROAD Lifelong Posh fan Jamie Jones has turned his love of Peterborough United into a new venture that’s proved a huge success. His book Ebdon To Charlery – London Road Legends leapt off the shelves at Waterstones on Bridge Street, helped by some current Posh stars who signed some of the copies. It includes 170 pages profiling some of the figures that have made Peterborough United such a great football club from the 1950s through to the current day. Despite not being an official PUFC book, the football club have been very supportive and
Chairman, Darragh MacAnthony even wrote the foreword. A percentage from the sale of each book, priced £9.99, is being donated to the Posh Foundation charity and it’s also been sold at the club shop on London Road. Jamie, who is best known for his weekly unofficial Posh podcast, told ESP – “I am a lifelong Posh fan, and wrote the book so that the memories of these great players stays fresh in our minds and that of the next generation of Posh fans.” The fans clearly couldn’t wait to get their hands on a copy and for the chance to have the book signed by Posh favourites like Grant McCann, Gabi Zakuani, Tommy Robson, David Farrell and Marcus Ebdon. If you’d like a mail order copy of the book you can order from www.standingontheglebe.co.uk
DAVID FARRELL IS A LEGEND – OFFICIAL! Modern-day Posh legend David Farrell is just one of the favourites featured in Jamie’s new book, and it comes not long after he was inducted into the Peterborough United Hall of Fame. ‘Faz’ has joined the likes of Ken Charlery, Chris Turner, Terry Bly and Tommy Robson in the Hall of Fame. He made more than 350 appearances for Posh during nine years at London Road but will always be remembered for a hattrick against Barnet in the play-off semi final in 2000. David (who even wrote the movie column for ESP back in the day) is now back at the club as Community Manager for Health and Education, so the announcement – which was made in front of nearly 10,000 fans before Posh’s league game against Derby – had to be planned behind his back.
“I was more shocked than anything, especially as all the planning was done on the QT, so I didn’t know a thing about it. The first thing I knew was when I went up to the executive suite before the match and they told me what was going to happen,” David told ESP.
“It wasn’t long before my 40th birthday so it was a bit of a double celebration. I am quite a reserved person generally, but when I had a chance to think about it I realised it was a fantastic accolade. There are some great players among the names of the people who’ve been inducted into the Hall of Fame.”
POSH IN ACTION! The FA Cup third round clash with Sunderland at London Road is live on ITV on Sunday January 8 at 3.30pm. Tickets are on sale from the London Road box office, online at www.theposhtickets.com and via the 24-hour hotline 0844 847 1934.
memory and the one everyone talks about, but there are other matches that stick out for other reasons. When we went to Oldham in the FA Cup and had to hang on for the 1-0 win which took us through to the game against Chelsea. “There are lots of special memories for different reasons. Money obviously dictates a lot these days, so some of the things we achieved when we had no money at all and Barry Fry had to put his house on the line to keep us going can compare with some of the recent success.” David’s job at Posh means he can keep an envious eye on the current crop of players – but he sees his future coaching the next generation rather than the present generation. “There is a bit of envy when I see them playing in the Championship. There are times when I do miss playing, when I would like to pull my boots on. But the next best thing to playing is being involved through coaching.
David joined Posh from Wycombe in 1997, staying until 2006 when he moved to Boston.
“As to managing the first team, I’d never say never – but at the moment I can’t really see myself coaching higher up the age range. Youth team level is what I would really like to do.”
“Obviously the hat-trick against Barnet is a favourite
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Matty Speaks... Well, as my season in pantomime at the Key Theatre’s in full flow, I took some time out to ask the cast members to sum up panto in one word and here’s what they came up with... Liz (Slave Of The Ring) – Electric! Adam (Wishee Washee) – Magical. Phil (Abanazar) – Mental. Paul (Emperor) – Pandamonium. Mark (Panda!) – Eclectic. Vanessa (Princess Jasmine) – Exotic. Pat (Dame Twanky) – Aladd-Insane!
Lovely stuff! The show’s running twice or three times a day until January 8 so come and give us a cheer! I’m happy to say that me and my band the Meizters will be playing the newly refurbed London Inn for the first time on New Year’s Eve! Very excited to be playing the new venue and we’ll be starting around 10pm so hope to see you there.
NEW LEASE OF LIFE FOR THE TOREADOR! MAMA’S DOES ITS BIT FOR SPORT AND THE ARTS
It’s great to be able to open my New Year column with some positive news and we were all really chuffed to hear that the Toreador is set to become a new venue in the town. It was leased from the Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre and is now being taken over by the theatre team who plan to use it as a café bar for pre-show meals and drinks, smaller more intimate events such jazz nights and also as a fantastic new private hire space. This cellar bar area holds around 200, and I’ve played there myself many times. It’s ideal for parties and weddings and Judith Mackie from the theatre tells me they’re even hoping to get it licensed so you could have the full ceremony and party! Judith’s looking forward to creating a new opportunity for the theatre and the town – “I do hope people will think ‘yes, that’s just what we need’ as there’s a shortage of private hire venues in the town. We’ll have an open day as I’m sure there are lots of people who’d like to take a look and potentially use it but who may have not ventured there when it was a bar.”
It’s always good to see Stamford venues getting behind local good causes and Mama Liz’s has stepped up with a couple of events helping out budding actors and budding roller bladers!
Renovations started before Christmas and it could well be open again by the end of January, so we’ll keep you posted as soon as we get the word.
First up it’s a fundraising night organised by the Mean Valley Roller Girls. These girls are trying to get a decent team together to compete so they’re staging a gig to raise some dosh. It’s on January 7 at the Voodoo Lounge and includes White Clouds and Gunfire, Flawless Victory, A Great Notion plus support and an aftershow DJ. It’s a fiver on the door so do your bit to help ‘save a rollergirl’ by helping them buy some safety gear.
Judging by the success of this night there certainly is a passion for fashion as I hear it was another cracking event. The Evo2 Events team put the night together once again featuring a fashion show and plenty of shopping at the Stamford Arts Centre Ballroom. The Welland School of Dancing kicked off the catwalk show, and local band Blue Soul Express entertained the shoppers. The event was supported by local businesses which is always good to see, with canapés donated by Thierry Daugeron Catering and sparkling wine donated by Adnams, the Tobie Norris, the Cosy Club and Opus Dai. The event was a huge success, raising two thousand pounds for Help For Heroes and Action Medical Research – so all good stuff all round. Nice one!
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PASSION FOR FASHION IN STAMFORD
Later in the month it’s the turn of the Stamford Senior Youth Theatre to head to the Voodoo Lounge to raise funds on Sunday January 29. This talented bunch will be joined by nationally acclaimed performance poet, Hannah Jane Walker, for an evening of live music, poetry and comedy. All proceeds of the event will go towards funding SSYT’s new touring production Torchbearer, later in the year. Hannah Jane Walker is a Norwich based performance poet who’s performed at Latitude festival, Truck festival, Norfolk & Norwich festival and Forest Fringe. Tickets are £5 and seating’s limited so don’t hang about! Tickets can be booked and collected at the Stamford Arts Centre box office: 01780 763203.
RIVERSIDE – THE RETURN!
the Riverside directors over the last few weeks to iron out some of the misunderstandings which led to the cancellation. The recent meetings have proved very productive and are set to continue on a regular basis in the future.
Something I’m really looking forward to this year is the return of the Riverside Festival, and so is my mate Andy Slater.
“We are all delighted by the news and are looking forward to staging a fantastic event for the whole community.”
After some difficult times and the fest being cancelled in 2011, I was pleased to hear the team had managed to reach agreement with the Town Council at last and salvage the event for a return – with a few changes – in July.
It’s now going to be ticket only but it’s still a not-for-profit event and will need sponsorship. ESP always supported the Riverside Festival and we’ll be right behind it again so I’ll be keeping you posted as things get moving.
Jenny Collins from the Riverside Association of Music & Arts told me she’s relieved things have been sorted out – “Representatives of Stamford Council have been meeting with
To find out more about ways you can get involved and help the festival please contact Jenny on 01778 343337. www.riversidefestival.co.uk
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paparazzi Caught in the act? It’s party time... The team at the Cock Inn have been celebrating their first anniversary at the Werrington pub and threw a big party to celebrate. Mike Harris was our man behind the lens for this one and he managed to catch ESP’s very own live music reporter Keith Dalton enjoying the tunes by the wonderful One Eyed Cats, as well as enjoying a few pints! Well done to Gill and Chris who’ve worked wonders with the place. Look out for more live music this month with the likes of the Sound Injectors and the Electric Warriors – full details are in the ESP Gig Guide. Next our Paparazzi cameras were out an about at the Willow Festival Xmas Party at the Fleet as our resident Italian, Pep Cipriano dropped by to capture the action… and have a wiggle on the dance floor! Live music came from top rock and soul band The Nuggets with support from the Dave Reed Roadshow and more than 200 attended to help raise cash for next year’s big music festival which returns next May. There was lots of dancing and drinking and a scrummy BBQ. All in all a great taster for what's in store for the big festival in 2012. www.willowfestival.org.uk See more photos at www.facebook.com/espmagazine
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She’s young, gorgeous, talented – remember the name as this year we reckon you’ll be seeing a lot of more of Yasmin. ESP’s Mikey Clarke grabs a word with 2012’s hot new talent… How do you know when you’ve officially ‘made it’ in the music industry? Perhaps when you’ve toured with Snoop Dogg, dueted with Ms Dynamite, had a Mobo nomination for best newcomer, a top 15 single and played at Glastonbury – all by the time you’re just 21? Well, new kid on the block Yasmin has done all that, and more. That’s why she’s set to be the music industry’s new revelation for 2012, with one of the most anticipated albums of the year.
Yasmin has been at the centre of a whirlwind of success in 2011, firstly with the release of her cult underground single On My Own and more recently with Finish Line, which landed in the top 15 of the charts.
one of their home-grown slots, showcasing unsigned talent. One of the show’s producers noticed from her MySpace that she was a DJ, and invited her to do a pilot for the station.
Yasmin grew up in Manchester and Glasgow, joining the music scene by becoming one of those elusive figures – a female DJ! “As a child, my parents always had music playing in the house. By my teens I was already trying to look for different types of music than what was played on mainstream radio stations. I started recommending different kinds of music to friends and family. When I was 17, a DJ I knew let me play songs when he went on toilet breaks. That’s how I became a DJ – and again, I always liked to play songs people might not have heard in a while, or come across at all.”
Yasmin would be the first to admit, it’s a long road to success of your own accord – when you haven’t got a reality TV show to help you along the way. She says that’s what helps her to keep her feet on the ground. “It’s taken a lot of hard work and dedication to get even this far – but I’m passionate about what I do and I’ve grabbed every opportunity with both hands.” Even when things were taking off, she still put her own money into making her first music video. Now that’s commitment! “Even with everyone saying I’ll be the next big thing, you can’t let that go to your head. Things change all the time and I’m just going to keep working hard – after all, no one puts more pressure on me than myself.”
She went on to study Physiotherapy at university, and that’s when she started to realise that her other dreams of singing and song writing really could come true! Radio 1Xtra put a song Yasmin had made onto
As well as working with some of the freshest names in music Yasmin has also become one of the darlings of the fashion world. Straight from a
photo shoot with the king of Italian couture Mr Roberto Cavalli himself she was personally invited by UK Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman to perform on Vogue’s stage at this year’s exclusive Vogue Fashion Night Out. So DJ-ing, modelling, music – just what should we all be expecting from her in 2012?
“My album will be coming out – it’s been in the works for a while now, and there’s something for everyone, including remixes and club tracks inspired from my DJ background. Each song has its own message, which hopefully people will be able to connect with. But the best thing is, this album truly represents me, and I’m really proud of it.” Make sure you look out for her new single, an old school, reggae infused carnival jam, Light Up (The World) featuring Ms Dynamite, available through Levels Entertainment and Ministry of Sound on January 15. www.yasminsworld.co.uk Read more at www.espmag.co.uk
It’s a new year with a new single – ESP’s showbiz reporter Susan Saunders has a quick catch up with Nicola Roberts…
It only seems like yesterday since my last interview with Nicola Roberts for our cover in July, but as we know, so much can happen in the world of showbiz in six months. Despite being mega busy – the upcoming Girls Aloud reunion and the like – it was great that Nicola took time out of her busy schedule to catch up with ESP. Fast becoming one of my favourite celebs, Nicola started the interview by asking about one of my favourite subjects in the whole world; me. This was new! So whilst I saw Nicola in the VIP lounge at a Rihanna gig in December, I wondered, what she’d been up to since we last spoke? Were her two pugs Ronnie and Reggie still as cute as ever? And of course I wanted to hear all about her upcoming single, so we had a lot to cover. “Well I can’t believe how fast it’s gone since we spoke! I feel like this year’s gone so fast, my feet haven’t really touched the ground since last November. I can’t believe it! I’ve been a busy bee.” Everyone had said performing on her own would be the same as riding a bike, after a two year break from the band, so was it? “It definitely wasn’t – I can tell you that!” So it wasn’t what you expected? “Nah. The first thing I did was two arena shows. The single had been on the internet for 24 hours. No one knew it – it was just so different from the last time I was on stage. “It was really good but just totally different. I did enjoy it though. It was weird coming from being at the studio for so long and submerged into studio life when you can rock up in a tracksuit and hair in a pony tail. Then you’re on stage in front of 10,000 people – it was a complete culture shock.” So apart from no end of promotional activity, gigs and the like, did Nicola have any down time in the summer? “Not really. I didn’t go anywhere this summer – I was just working. I have such an amazing team and we have such a laugh that it doesn’t feel at all like work. We call ourselves ‘Team Ginge’ and we were all together and we work hard but have fun too.” Whilst I could talk to Nicola for yonks, I felt it would be a good idea to step foot off the ‘Nostalgia Express’ and find out more about her upcoming single – Yo-Yo. “I wrote Yo-Yo with Demetri and Mya – most of us have been in a relationship or situation where you don’t know whether you’re coming or going – like a yo-yo. It’s the moody, desperate side of love rather than the needy side that we sometimes find ourselves in. Or just before you’re in a relationship and you don’t know where you stand.” Seeing the negligee moment in the video for Yo-Yo, I wondered if Nicola was prudish at all. “Do you know what? I’m not a prude at all. To be honest, this is the reality of being in a band or performer, which I have been since I was 16. You’re always in a room, whipping your clothes off – always in front of stylists, half dressed – always in front of people. I remember when I first met my boyfriend and he came to something that I was doing and when he came in, I was just walking around in my underwear. He was a bit shocked but my hairdresser just said to him ‘oh, get over it’. After eight years, it’s just normal. “I wasn’t like that when I first joined Girls Aloud. I was a total prude in the beginning. I wouldn’t get changed in front of anyone – always nipping off to the bathroom to get changed.” It sounds like this year’s going to be equally busy with her make-up range Dainty Doll, her fashion and of course her music, but Nicola wouldn’t reveal all the goss – “The next few months I’m really excited about – there’s a few bits I’m working on that I can’t talk about too much but I’ve just signed off my spring/summer collection and working on my autumn / winter collection for 2012 and working on new material.” I love her! Nicola, for me, could just be one of my mates, who despite the fame and fortune, is such a down to earth, girlie girl, which just makes her even more lovely. We’ll no doubt catch up with her again but in the meantime, her latest single Yo-Yo is available to buy in the shops and on download from Sunday January 8. Read more from my chat with Nicola on www.espmag.co.uk www.nicolarobertsmusic.com
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pump up THe VoLume THis New year Fed up of having flat, lack-lustre locks? Then look no further than Melanie Richards Hair Boutique this January. Moroccanoil have just launched Extra Volume Shampoo and Conditioner and the salon is a local stockist. Infused with argon oil this luxury shampoo, £17.65 and conditioner, £18.55 will help
you achieve amazing volume and movement like you’ve never experienced before. Both contain Tilicine, derived from the buds of the linden plant, which plumps the hair cuticle from the inside out giving your hair the lift and bounce you desire for a guaranteed super hair day. The lightweight formula boosts your bonce
DazzLiNg DigiTs Want to add some drama to your nails this New Year? Myleene Klass’ new collection of nail wrap designs are the answer. With seven fab designs they’re the perfect way to add sparkle and glamour in an instant. They’re so simple to apply too and there’s no need to wait for them to dry or be worried about smudging – just peel, stick and go! At just £5.99 each stunning set includes 24 wraps for both your fingers and toes (yes, there are a few spare) and a nail file. There’s something for everyone and every outfit, from polka dots to love hearts or just plain red for understated every day chic. Available at Boots, Asda, Debenhams, Wilkinson and JML direct, grab yours now and add some Klass to your nights out this winter!
Happy New you from LusH In need of some serious January rejuvenation after the holiday season? Then Lush in Queensgate is here to help with treats for both the body and mind. For many New Year is all about fresh starts, detoxing, and making yourself feel good again and Lush’s BB Seaweed (£5.50) facemask is the perfect solution. Rich in fresh seaweed as well as cleansing kaolin, antiseptic honey and calming aloe vera, this fabulous facemask will cleanse, soften and beautify the skin leaving your face feeling brand new! Fancy a spa experience but feeling the pinch? Try Lush’s new Steamer Tabs (£2.50) – a wonderful home-spa treat. Simply drop into a bowl of hot water and watch the tab fizz as it infuses aromatherapy essentials oils into the steam. Lean over the bowl, cover your head with a towel and inhale the vapour et voila… you’ll be left with a clear mind and clear pores! You can even use it as toner once the water’s cooled to wash away any traces of dirt. Choose between Moon and Sun which contains neroli oil and lavender oil or Dream Steam which features a blend of tea tree oil, rose absolute and lavender oil. If you’re still feeling tense after the frenzied festive period then give Lush’s peace massage bar (£6.95) a go to bring instant peace to your world. A solid, preservative and packing-free alternative to massage oils, it gives your skin a super-moisturising helping of cocoa and shea butter. Don’t just keep it to yourself either as they were actually invented to be used in pairs – double the relaxation and double the fun! So, leave behind those post-Christmas blues and say hello to a New Year and a new you with a helping hand from Lush.
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Hair BouTiQue waNsforD Everyone loves a bargain, especially in the new year when all our pennies have been spent on Christmas pressies! If you’re in need of a hair makeover then you’d be silly not to take up the offer of £80 off a Brazilian Blowdry with Hair Boutique’s junior stylist Katie. The offer is only available for the month of January so book your appointment ASAP to avoid disappointment! Call 01780 781102 or check out their website www.wansfordhairboutique.com.
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Friendly face of law Think personal injury claims and get rich quick companies and an overdose of compensation culture springs to mind. Think lawyers and you might think Silk, Kavanagh QC or Judge John Deed – stuffy, uptight and often decidedly old fashioned. So, enter the team of bright new things at Balfour Law bringing a fresh, modern slant to our image of legal eagles ready to help with genuine personal injury issues! Whether it’s through a car crash, an accident at work or an injury caused by slips and trips the end result can be much the same – your life suddenly turned upside down! You can not only find yourself inconvenienced but in serious cases totally incapacitated. When your life’s changed dramatically the last thing you’d want is for the very person who’s supposed to help to be pompous or stuffy and Naina Tilney is a personal injury specialist with the gentle touch. Naina has 20 years experience having been a partner at another leading local law firm before taking a career break and then setting up Balfour Law in 2007. These bright and welcoming offices reflect her modern approach to the profession.
Naina with Neil McCulloch, Balfour’s Business Development Director
“I like to take a hands on approach – I’m never too busy to see my clients”
“I like to take a hands on approach – I’m never too busy to see my clients – and the most important thing is to really listen. People who come in with personal injury issues are in a very vulnerable place – they often feel they’re being a burden or it’s their fault and building up trust is vital. I have a great ability to empathise.” “I can tell within just a few minutes if I feel someone has a genuine claim and I’ll then see them through the whole process to make sure I get the very best for them. I’ve not lost a case since I started out in 1989 and I don’t intend to start.” Naina and her team are clearly keen to change people’s perceptions of lawyers and personal injury claims so you’ll find them tweeting on Twitter and updating their Facebook pages frequently with all their latest news.
The boys made £1200 for charity during Movember
Having met the Balfour team they certainly have broken the mould – how many lawyers do you know who’d take part in fundraising schemes like Movember, when the guys all grew fabulous moustaches, raising £1200 for prostate cancer charities? Not only that but they then came in decked out in outfits to match their ’tache like Hulk Hogan and Jason King. Now that’s what we call really ditching the po-faced image of the legal profession in style! When it comes down to business though, there’s no messing about – this eight strong team has a combined legal experience of over 50 years and as they also handle claims for insurance companies they have a full understanding of both sides. Their expertise also covers commercial disputes, professional negligence and debt recovery – but when it comes to personal injury you can rely on Balfour Law to take you through the legal maze. They offer a free initial consultation, no win no fee and promise fast efficient service – with a smile! Balfour House, 1110 Lincoln Road, Peterborough. Tel: 01733 324444. www.balfourlaw.co.uk
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THE 2012 MOFU'S
Hello and welcome to the 2012 MOFU's – the Mostly Funny comedy awards that celebrate the very best in laughter over the past 12 months. The results are all in my brain, so let's get started…
Best Chat Show guest
Best Royal family joke
– Alan Partridge
– Kevin Bridges
Interrupting Jonathan Ross' interview with Ewan McGregor – "Great to meet you, I'm a huge fan, I have to say I actually think the first three Star Wars films are nowhere near as a good as the three you were in... and I know I'm probably the only person who thinks that, but I don't care what anyone says."
"It must be pretty strange being Prince William or Harry on a stag weekend and stuffing pictures of your gran into a lap dancer’s bra."
Best joke read off an autocue machine
Best response to being asked why you didn't want to be a judge on the X Factor – Chris Addison "People’s opinions vary from 'I'd rather put tiny sticks of dynamite into my nostrils and blow my eyes out than watch this sh*t coming out the telly' to 'I'd rather put massive sticks of dynamite in my eyes and blow my nostrils off than smell this sh*t coming out the telly'."
– Noel Gallagher "Can you f***ing imagine? I'm in me new f***ing garden and there's a fat waitress from Bradford standing in my daffodils singing Flying Without Wings. I'd be like –, S*** song. Fat arse. F*** off!"
Best contribution to comedy – John Bishop In April 2010, the comedian appeared at the Cresset the week it was announced the venue was closing due to funding problems. During the encore Bishop said out of the 85 gigs he'd done that year, the venue was in his top five and said – "I know a lot of you will do nothing, but even if half of you got off your bum and protested, writing a letter to the Council, you may be successful in securing the Cresset’s future.” A month later, the venue was saved from closure and throughout 2011 has seen the likes of Jimmy Carr, Al Murray and Reginald D Hunter perform.
– Chris O'Dowd Louise Redknapp: “I've heard it's a bit risqué for the BBC?” Chris O'Dowd: “There is a lot of todger – I'm not going to lie to you Louise, it's like I made it for you specifically.”
– Frank Skinner "When you watch Bruce Forsyth do a gag on Strictly these days you need nerves of steel. It's like watching a 147 break on snooker – you don't breathe for the last 30 seconds, you're on the edge of your seat and then when he gets to the end of it people think 'Oh fantastic!' and just start applauding."
An MC and three top comedians from the Jongleurs circuit deliver an evening of stand-up routines in the South Holland Centre’s function hall. Always great for a good laugh, cheer yourself up, book your table and enjoy the fun with a drink from the bar. Tickets are £13, buy nine and get the tenth free! Box office: 01775 764777.
FUNHOUSE COMEDY CLUB
Best answer to a question about your new show
Best joke about the jokes Brucie does on Strictly
JONGLEURS ON THE ROAD
– Sir Bruce Forsyth "The head of the BBC came up to congratulate me on my knighthood and said he was so pleased that I'd finally been recognised along with my contemporaries. You know the people I grew up with. I said 'Oh you mean people like Sir Michael Caine' and he said 'No – people like Sir Lancelot'."
Best joke about reality TV
Best joke that should be turned into a Top Gear Challenge – Jimmy Carr "The NHS announced they've been forced to spend £12m on making extra wide ambulances to fit obese patients. I say just tell them it's an ice cream van and they'll squeeze in somehow."
Worst contribution to comedy – Graham Norton For BBC1's Totally Saturday (cancelled after three weeks), Eurovision song contest commentator (less funny than Wogan who's not even a comedian like Norton), Friday Night with Graham Norton (poor imitation of what he was doing for C4 ten years ago) and finally the creepy Over The Rainbow where he acted like a camp pimp for Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The Magners Funhouse night comes to Bourne this month at the Late Bar and Venue on Abbey Road and includes a three-course meal so you can really make a night of it. The line-up is another strong one and includes Scottish comedian Brian Higgins – likened to a young Billy Connelly – and Jamie Sutherland a regular headliner with some quality material along with compere Ben van der Velde. Tickets are £15 in advance (including meal) with doors opening at 7pm. For more info and tickets see www.funhousecomedy.co.uk
THE VOODOO STANDS UP
Mama Liz’s in Stamford kicks of the new year with another cracking comedy night in the Voodoo Lounge. The club’s line up this month includes Hal Cruttenden, one of the top comedians working in the UK today, as well as being an accomplished writer and actor. He’s joined by Kelly Kingham, a highly rated circuit comic performing regularly all over the country and Markus Birdman – a regular booking at The Comedy Store. Pay on the door £8 or £6 advance from www.mamaliz.co.uk
STAMFORD COMEDY CLUB
We all need a laugh and the 2012 season gets off to a great start in Stamford with John Gordillo guaranteed to give you a laugh. Described by The Guardian as – ‘A grown-up comic who combines emotional intimacy with high-quality gags’ and ‘Wonderfully intelligent and insightful... a consummate comedian’ by Time Out. He’s supported by the disgustingly talented Nat Luurtsema and Alfie Moore, recently seen on ITV’s Show Me The Funny. Tickets are £12 (£10 and £8). Box office: 01780 763203.
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VALENTINE’S WEEKEND romance your loved one this Valentine's and enjoy a glass of Champagne on arrival, followed by a delicious 4 course dinner in our restaurant, accompanied by our resident musician. Dinner £24.95 per person. Stay the night and enjoy the Valentine's Dinner, overnight accommodation and breakfast for just £99 per couple. Sunday 18th MarCh
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FOOD AND FUNCTIONS @ THE CHERRY TREE This year everyone will be looking to save a few pennies where they can so if you’re looking to throw a bash or need somewhere to hold a meeting we reckon the function room at the Cherry Tree pub could solve the problem. Ideal for smaller wedding receptions, special birthdays, discos and private functions as well as business meetings, amiable hosts Ann and Jess will certainly look after you. It seats 40 (50 standing) and they cater for all tastes and budgets and are flexible on what you can spend if you need catering – Ann will even decorate the room in your favourite colour schemes. Many local groups have already cottoned on to the benefits of this little gem which has plenty of free parking, is close to the city centre and not far from the railway station. It’s only £12 an hour to hire during the day so it’s ideal for meetings or training sessions – and when the work’s all over of course you can enjoy a bit of team building in the bar with their great choice of real ales! It’s no surprise they’ve made it into the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and won Gold Awards. There are regular Oakham Ales on tap, changing guest ales and Timothy Taylor’s Landlord. The food’s all homemade at the Cherry Tree – and Ann can also cook up some great Italian or even Polish dishes. Buffets can range from two to five courses and on Fridays and Saturdays the room Jess and Ann hire’s £150, or just £50 for something like a Sunday Christening. Buffets start at £7 per head but can be flexible, or £13 for a carvery or £15 for a three course meal – it’s whatever suits you and your budget so you can’t say fairer than that!
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Imperial Bento on Broadway is always a great night out with a buzzing atmosphere and a fabulous buffet served to your table. We reckon it’s always great value and lovely food but during January you needn’t give up on your meals out as they’re offering 15% off your total bill – how good a deal is that?!
The Cherry Tree on Oundle Road always offers reasonably priced pub grub, that’s all homemade, but there’s an even better offer over the next few weeks that’ll save you slaving over the oven and save your pennies.
South Asia on Broadway offers a serve yourself buffet of authentic cuisines including Chinese, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Thai with a selection of over 50 dishes. It’s always good value ranging from £12.50 Wednesday and Thursday to £14.50 on Fridays and Saturdays, but during January they’re offering 15% off your total bill.
The Hungry Horse in Netherton is well known for its great food deals throughout the week and Monday to Friday you can even get two meals from a selection for just a fiver! Wednesdays you can have any curry and a drink for £4.99 and Thursdays their big plate specials start at £5.99. If you’re a fan of a good hearty roast you can get two big plate roasts (and we mean big!) for just £12 on Sundays – not bad eh?
Two main meals from the specials board for just £10 throughout January and February between 6pm and 9pm.
RAMBLEWOOD ESP can help you out with our 50% off voucher for the Ramblewood at Orton Hall when you spend £25 or more. It’s valid from January 2 to February 19 (doesn’t include drinks or apply to groups of eight or more) and you can download it on www.espmag.co.uk or we can send you one if you email us on email@example.com or text us. See details in the advert.
THE FALCON The new management at The Falcon in Whittlesey have a tasty New Year offer with their carvery at just £4.99 per person including homemade soup. It’s available Monday – Saturday with lunch served 12.002pm and dinner from 5pm-8pm.
OPUS DAI Opus Dai on Broad Street in Stamford have not only brought champagne culture to the town but some great food too. During January and February the guys are offering a free bottle of wine when you buy two selected main meals from the bar – that should make your evening out a little more exciting! Not forgetting the Sale Of The Century – yes Opus Dai are getting into the spirit of the sale season and have jugs of cocktails, bottles of wine and bottled beers on offer throughout January and February to get you in the party mood. For you champagne lovers, bubbles will be on offer too!
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EATING with Karen Devine
Our resident nutritionist Karen Devine practices in Peterborough and begins a new series of features for ESP this year designed to help you eat well by adding a rainbow of colour to your diet…
Whatever our personal goals are for 2012 we need our health to help us achieve them.
Why not make a plan to improve your diet for 2012? Most of us have room for a little improvement, but some need a complete overhaul of bad food habits!
My theme for 2012 is to encourage you to eat more of a colourful plate which will help bring chemicals called phytonutrients (or
This year I want to really highlight certain foods and their benefits to health, I want to look further than that of vitamins and minerals and show you that by adding in certain foods you may just be able to improve your health and wellbeing this year. ‘A PLATEFUL OF MANY COLOURS’
phytochemicals) into your diet, which literally means chemicals found in plant foods. These chemicals offer us many health benefits which I’ll be sharing over the coming year. This will look further than just your 5-a-day and I’ll help you find ways of hiding some of these foods within dishes if you’ve always avoided them because of the taste!
anti-ageing and much more.
We know we need vitamins and minerals to help prevent diseases and to help us reach optimum health, but by looking at foods in terms of the colour spectrum you’ll bring a host of these phytonutrients into your diet which may help with immunity, energy, inflammation,
Happy, healthy New Year!
If you’re ready for a healthy start to 2012 why not join me on a day of juices and healthy foods along with talks on nutrition, detox and wellbeing during the next few week/months. Email me for details of my next event on Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org
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WAR HORSE Released: January 13 Cast: Jeremy Irving, Emily Watson, David Thewlis Director: Steven Spielberg Steven Spielberg starts the New Year with a glorious canter – adapting the hit West End play for Hollywood. The Oscar-winning director ignites the awards season with this bigscreen version of the remarkable friendship between a horse called Joey, and a young man Albert (newcomer Jeremy Irving), amidst the backdrop of rural England and Europe during the First World War. When his beloved horse is sold to the British cavalry, Albert enlists for duty, and their paths ultimately cross as the fearless Joey touches the lives of everyone he meets as war rages on the frontline. With a predominantly British cast that includes the talents of Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston – this should be a shoe-in for Oscar nods.
THE IRON LADY Released: January 6 Cast: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent Director: Phyllida Lloyd Talking of a shoe-in for an Oscar nod – and current front-runner for Best Actress – is Meryl Streep’s portrayal of the only female British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Despite early reviews providing controversy – mainly due to exaggeration of Lady Thatcher’s alleged dementia – Streep’s performance, and the film in general, has received positive feedback.
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And Mamma Mia! director Lloyd will hope to build on the success of one of the UK’s biggest box-office hits of all-time with this story that denotes the trials and tribulations of the Iron Lady’s time in office within a heavily maledominated world.
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Released: January 20
Mixed martial arts superstar Gina Carano stars as super soldier Mallory Kane in this action thriller from Oscar-winning Traffic director Steven Soderbergh. Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Channing Tatum and Michael Fassbender round off an extremely impressive cast.
Despite middling reviews Stateside, there’s no doubting the pedigree involved in this film adaptation of one of America’s most enigmatic characters and face of law enforcement for nearly fifty years. Leonardo DiCaprio puts in another powerhouse performance as the lead, under the usually dependable guidance of director Clint Eastwood.
UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING Released: January 20 Kate Beckinsale returns for this fourth instalment of the horror fantasy franchise that won’t be worrying Oscar contenders. Humans have now discovered the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans and plan to eradicate their existence. But not if vampire warrioress Selene has anything to do about it.
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Released: January 27
Liam Neeson re-teams with ATeam director Joe Carnaghan in this high-octane action thriller set in the Alaskan wilderness. Neeson leads a group of unruly oil rig workers whose plane crashes in the icy elements – and they have to try and survive with a pack of vicious wolves on their tail.
We’ve already had a contender for Best Actress, and after winning various film critic awards George Clooney’s performance here is garnering similar praise. He stars as a Hawaiian land baron looking to reconnect with his daughters after his wife’s near-fatal crash – in acclaimed director Alexander Payne’s (Sideways) first film in seven years.
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UDRAW GAMETABLET (360/PS3/WII) Out now This exciting new peripheral has come in a little under the radar – but this solid and sleek piece of kit is pretty darn good. After being released for the Wii last year its just made its debut on next-gen consoles, and is a surprisingly responsive tablet for all ages – whether you’ve got a doodling child or more advanced artistic teenager.
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The fully functional tablet includes motion control capabilities (using a lightweight stylus), comes complete with Instant Artist game – but also does a great job of bringing other uDraw-inspired games to life. The tablet undoubtedly added a new dimension to Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat and Pictionary (just two of the games played), and despite a touch of intermittent lag this is undoubtedly the best next-gen peripheral of the year.
WWE ‘12 (360/PS3/WII) Out now With a brand new dynamic game engine this franchise has been brought back to life with a John Cena-esque Attitude Adjustment. It always had all the wrestling bells and whistles – and the presentation for the WWE Universe is again mouthwatering – but the laboured control system has been RKO’d for something refreshingly balanced. With an extensive roster (including the likes of Alberto Del Rio and Justin Gabriel), this is the best overhaul since 2003’s Here Comes The Pain. If ya smell what WWE is cookin’…
JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN (PG) Friday 17th February Doors open at 7pm and the films are showcased from 7.30pm. Adults – £4, Children – £2, Concession – £2.50, Group of 4 (2 adults & 2 children) – £10
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NEED FOR SPEED: THE RUN (PS3/360/WII/3DS/PC) Out now
After the exceptional Hot Pursuit, a change in direction for the franchise has provided a hitand-miss affair this year. By trying to offer a cinematic experience – you star as Jack Rourke, a man trying to shake off the mob to win £25million in a ‘no rules’ San Francisco to New York race – it tries something different, but ends up being a surprisingly dull and linear experience. It still has the tried and tested Need For Speed formula, but sadly this sticks the franchise in reverse after the bar was raised last year.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: WAR IN THE NORTH (360/PS3/PC) Out now It might not be saying too much – but this is the best console incarnation of The Lord Of The Rings so far. You star as a ranger, elf or dwarf in pursuit of an Orc lord, in an original story running parallel with Frodo’s quest to Mount Doom seen in the hit movies. With great weaponry and co-op mode it can be engaging fare, but it has limited exploration for a socalled RPG, and hacking and slashing can get a tad monotonous. But for LOTR fans this is the most ‘precious’ title for the franchise to date.
GOLDENEYE 007: RELOADED (PS3/360/WII/DS) Out now
For a generation of gamers, the original Goldeneye will rank among the best of all-time. So Activision were up against it to provide the same sparkle 13 years on – with Daniel Craig replacing Pierce Brosnan in a revamped story – and with the impressive multiplayer mode it's easily the best next-gen Bond title. Although the new Goldeneye lacks the gloss of a big budget shooter, the addictive multiplayer is the highlight here – paying worthy homage to the N64 original. Throw in the all-new Mi6 mode and you've got a shooter that is licensed to thrill.
LEGO HARRY POTTER: YEARS 5-7 (360/PS3/WII/DS/PC) Out now Just as you could begin to grumble about another LEGO title – developers Traveller’s Tales continue to raise the bar to provide their best game yet. Based on the last four films, Hogwarts is relatively unchanged from the last outing, but this family-friendly package – complete with new dueling spells, great cut-scenes and all-round polish – has that important ingredient of fun in abundance. It may lack in originality, but for fans this is still spellbinding stuff.
Keith Dalton has the ESP guide to the best news and views from the local live music scene…
You have a chance to see in the New Year accompanied by some live music in Peterborough’s Cathedral Square this year. The ESP dancers will be spicing the evening up with some brilliant routines and electro pop band The Whisky Jax, and rock ‘n’ roll trio Rocket 57 are performing live on stage. The countdown to midnight will be marked by a burst of fireworks and the event gets underway at 8pm.
BANDS HIT THE PUBS FOR NY EVE It seems to me that we’re getting more opportunities to see live music on New Year’s Eve, with more and more venues in the area booking bands for their festivities. Now, it could be because the bands have no friends to share the evening with or that they’re going to make a nice little earner, but I prefer to look at it from the perspective that it’s a win-win situation. The bands get to let their hair down whilst doing what they love doing, the pub has a great atmosphere for the evening, and you and I can enjoy live music instead of the same old disco that’s wheeled out for the night. As always, the ESP Gig Guide tells you where to see the bands every weekend but just to highlight a few of the venues that will bring us live music on the big night, here are just a few we’ve been told about so far…
TWICE AS NICE FOR QUEEN FANS It’s quite unusual for touring shows to appear for two nights at the Stamford Corn Exchange, but this will happen at the end of January when Queen tribute band, Mercury, come to the area as part of a string of 2012 dates.
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big hit, greatly encouraged by the packed bar. The schoolboys range from 12 to 14 years-old and attend The Deepings School and Thomas Deacon Academy. The band’s made up of vocalist Liam Stone, guitarists Michael Firko and Joe Schollar with Bradley Caston on drums. Their music covers classic rock stretching from the 50s through to modern day popular music covers. The boys met at school and the band’s been together for the past six-months.
With the extraordinary vocal range and outstanding delivery of Joseph Lee Jackson as Freddie and the intricate guitar work of Glenn Scrimshaw as Brian May, backed by superbly crafted harmonies, a driving rhythm section and some powerful equipment these guys are well worth a watch.
Sounds like they’re worth seeing for all Queen fans. Mercury are at The Stamford Corn Exchange on January 27 and 28. Box office: 01780 766455.
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After a decade on tour, Mercury have firmly established themselves as one of the world’s most authentic tributes to the legend that is Freddy Mercury and Queen.
They were recently very honoured to be asked by Freddie Mercury's family to perform live at the official unveiling of the UK's first permanent memorial to the life and work of Freddie Mercury at Feltham, South London. And what about this for an accolade from Freddie’s mum, Jer Bulsara – "Freddie was an original. He and Queen were the best. But now, in this new century, Joseph, Glenn & Mercury are the next best thing."
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Michael Firko says – “It was fantastic having the opportunity to play at the Brewery Tap the reaction from the audience has given us a real boost and we’ve gained experience from watching other performers.” He continued – “Since playing there we’ve been invited to play at other venues and a sound technician’s offered his time to record a demo disc for us.” Good luck in the New Year to local schoolboy band, Amplified, who’ve entered a competition called The Next Brit Thing and would really appreciate support from their growing army of local fans. The Brewery Tap, recently hosted its second open mic night which takes place on the first Sunday of every month and Amplified were a
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Good luck in 2012 to Amplified, and if you want to support them in their forthcoming competition, you can go to www.nextbritthing.com/profile/amplified to place your vote. Meanwhile, the Brewery Tap plan to continue with their open mic nights, with the first one in the New Year scheduled for Sunday January 7. If you fancy joining in, it starts at 6pm.
After the sad passing of Bob Banks from The Influence in November it’s heartening to hear that the remaining band members hope to find a new singer and bass player in order to honour the gigs they already had booked in. It will be under a new name though as I guess The Influence just won’t be quite the same without him.
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EVERY LITTLE HELPS… TO SAVE THE PLOUGHMAN The guys at The Ploughman in Werrington start the new year with the threat of closure hanging over them but are still hoping to convince Tesco to rethink their plans for the Werrington centre which could see the pub demolished. We’ve been very impressed with what the lads have achieved there – Andy and his brother Stuart have worked miracles with the place and transformed it from a run down dive into a thriving community hub. Their charity efforts have raised thousands and it’s won the Pub Of The Year Award 2011 from CAMRA for serving a very decent pint. If you value this pub you need to speak out and make your voice heard! So visit www.savetheploughman.com and leave messages of support, sign the petition and write to Andy Simmonds at the pub with letters of support so he’s armed with the community’s views when he next goes into battle to change the supermarket giant’s mind!
DOG IN A DOUBLET BARKS ONCE AGAIN This well known pub on the Nene near Whittlesey has come back to life in cracking style! After a massive refurbishment by John McGinn (he of the Anchor in Wimblington) it’s looking great and attracting plenty of repeat custom. With three real ales available, a range of bottled beers and some great homemade food on offer from 10am-10pm it sounds like John’s put together an attractive mix. The food’s good quality, homemade form local produce and the Sunday carvery’s going down a storm. John tells us he has more plans afoot for the year ahead so we’ll keep you posted. On New Year’s Eve they have a great piano knees up going on upstairs with a disco downstairs and a buffet all for £23 so grab a ticket and help celebrate a pub’s re-opening rather than the closures we hear so much about!
OAKHAM ALES’ HAWSE BUCKLER GOES INTO BOTTLE Fans of Peterborough based brewery, Oakham Ales’ can now get their hands on more of their favourite beers off the shelf. Cambridgeshire Golden Ale has been taken up permanently by Marks & Spencer and now Hawse Buckler black beer, has been bottled and launched as the brewery’s winter seasonal beer. Originally brewed on draught for the 2006 Peterborough CAMRA Beer Festival, the team at Oakham felt that this 5.6% A.B.V. ale, bursting with chocolate, raisin and dark malt aromas, would make an excellent seasonal addition to Oakham’s bottled beer range. It’s now available through selected independent retailers. Call 01733 370500 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Lime Tree • Live entertainment - SEE ESP GUIDE • Live Sky sports • Real Ales • Beer gardens front and rear • Two pool tables • Quiz every Sunday night • Function room for hire Paston Lane, Walton Tel: 01733 708320
Goodbarns Yard • Under new management • Major refurbishment • Traditional pub food – two meals for £8 • Fri – Free pool • Sat – Karaoke/Disco • Large Screen • New relaxing conservatory area • Dance floor • See Gig Guide for listings 64 St.Johns Street, Peterborough Tel: 01733 313826
The Boro Bar • LIVE music every Friday & Saturday • Karaoke Thursday's • Live Sports on Jumbo screens • Real Ales • Pool, Darts and Poker
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Bluebell (DOGSTHORPE) • 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)
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Reasons to be
...cheerful With January being notoriously quiet on the live music scene it’s always a good time to mull over what the coming year will be offering us especially as it looks like the economical outlook is, well, bleak.
If we are all stood on the edge of a financial precipice to which we are all likely to tumble, I guess I should try and bring you some glimmer of hope and point out a few things that should make us think of a future if slightly austere, still laced with fun.
I remember as I sold most of them. One that crept into the consciousness via Kerrang and MTV in about 2003 was a band called InMe. That wise old coot Chris Lovell booked them for The Club With No Name and within days had sold 350 tickets (via Lounge Lizard) for their show at the Park, or Club Revolution as it is now. The vibe amongst the kids at that time was electric; they couldn’t talk of anything else and treasured their prized tickets. Well, Dave McPherson lead singer of the band is back at Club Revolution on January 20 on his solo Love Rats Tour, a chance for the not-so-young fans to catch up with him in very close quarters. It’s been eight years since that time and most of the 14 year-olds that revered him then will have matured as he has and it will be interesting to see how many still hold the torch for him. Anyhow at 27 he’s a seasoned pro so expect a great show and an excitable following. www.clubrevolutionrocks.com
It’s great to see the Willow Festival coming back this year on May 25 – 27. I was fortunate enough to help Mark Ringer on the last one in 2003 (coincidently the same year as the InMe gig) and I know he put his heart and soul into it and I’m guessing this one will receive the same amount of passion. Some of the bands lined up already include King Kool, Burning Codes, The Fleeting Minds, The Nuggets, The Gangsters, Hooker,
Southern Discomfort and Aladdinsane. I’m sure the embankment will once again be alive and kicking, placing Peterborough on the festival map in a way it deserves. One definite change is the introduction of a camping field, if anything will draw people in from out of the area this is it – great change to the formula Mark and a very positive one. If you or your band does get a slot at the festival, let me know and I will give you a shout out for helping the festival become a success. www.willowfestival.org.uk Photo: Stagedive Photography
Those of you who remember the Lounge Lizard days of the late 1990s to mid 2000s will remember every kid in the area walking around with a black hoody on with bands such as Slipknot, Offspring, Korn and Green Day plastered across the front or back.
The Riverside Festival in Stamford is also up and running once again for 2012 which is great news. A slightly different format this year in that entry will be by ticket only. They’ll be available from the website in early Feb for all you bargain hunters out there so keep your eye on the website www.riversidefestival.co.uk. Expect three stages including the main stage and an acoustic roots stage as well as stalls, food outlets, fireworks finale and the all important real ale tent! It’s on July 7, very near my birthday, so if you remember and see me there you can buy me a pint… or two.
There’s a massive sea change at the Cherry Tree this spring with the well deserved retirement of Jess and Ann. Who will replace them has not yet
Jess and Ann @ the Cherry Tree
been revealed but I hope the city’s bastion of live music will continue – it has been on the music scene for far too long to disappear. The good news is I get a couple of festival buddies out on the road as Jess and Ann fire up their camper and hit some festivals. More on those guys in another issue but for now, long live the Tree and a happy rockin’ New Year!
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Wash & Wax • Dry • Windows In • Windows Out Door Inserts • Hoover • Dash Board Air Freshener • Bumper Gel • Tyre Shine
Wash & Wax • Dry • Windows In • Windows Out Door Inserts • Hoover • Dash Board • Air Freshener • Bumper Gel • Tyre Shine • Polish Upholstery Clean • Engine Wash
Maskew Avenue Peterborough PE1 2AS
(next to B&Q)
WED DEC 28
The Axe & Cleaver The Cherry Tree Boston Oundle Road
The Boro Bar Oundle Road
THU DEC 29 MIGHTY MOUTH The Three Horseshoes Werrington
OPEN MIC NIGHT The Cherry Tree Oundle Road
THE SCENE IS DEAD + VARLA GUNS + TWO POINT ZERO The Met Lounge Bridge Street
FRI DEC 30 LATINO SOUND The Crown Inn Lincoln Road
MUSIC NIGHT WITH PHIL Quinns Club Whittlesey
O.B SEAN The Boro Bar Oundle Road
MATT ZILCH & THE MEIZTERS London Inn Stamford
THE NUGGETS The Ploughman Werrington
THE REPLICAS (TICKETS)
GLASS HEART The Blue Boar Eye
HOOKER The Dragon Werrington
KICKBACK The Cherry Tree Oundle Road
LIVE BAND The Cherry Tree Oundle Road
OUTA-STOCK The Falcon Hotel Whittlesey
Goodbarns Yard St Johns Street
The Golden Pheasant Etton
LES WOODS BAND The Ostrich North Street
ON THE CEILING The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe
THU JAN 5
Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford
FRI JAN 6 HOOKER The Cross Keys Oundle Road
JELLY FISH TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
FRI JAN 13 CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION The Cross Keys Oundle Road
CITIZEN SMITH The Cherry Tree Oundle Road
GRUMPY OLD MEN Ebeneezers Grove Street
OPEN MIC NIGHT RETROLUX The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe
SLIDE TO OPEN The Ostrich North Street
The Cock Inn Werrington
THE WASH The Dragon Werrington
TUE JAN 17 OPEN MIC NIGHT The Boat Inn Whittlesey
THU JAN 19
NEW ORLEANS DR. A'S RHYTHM JAZZ & GROOVES Mama Liz's
Bourne Corn The Swiss Cottage Exchange Bourne Woodston
SAT JAN 7
THE SOUND INJECTORS
HOOKER The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe
LEON The Ploughman Werrington
Voodoo Lounge Stamford
Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford
The Fayre Spot Bretton
STORM The Cross Keys Oundle Road
STROLLERS The Braza Club March
THE RETURNS The Cock Inn Werrington
FRI JAN 27
BLACK ROSE The Cherry Tree Oundle Road
DON'T LOOK DOWN + THE BLACK MARIAS Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford
ELECTRIC ATTIC TIL DAWN WARRIORS The Cherry Tree Oundle Road
The Cock Inn Werrington
GRUMPY OLD MEN
METAL + ROCK NIGHT
ONE EYED CATS
Ye Olde Dun Cow Cowbit
Fletton Ex Servicemans Club Fletton
The Cross Keys Oundle Road
The Golden Fleece Stamford
INDIE + PSYCHEDELIC NIGHT
Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford
SUN JAN 29
MUSIC NIGHT WITH PHIL
Charters Town Bridge
Goodbarns Yard St Johns Street
Quinns Club Whittlesey
WED FEB 1
The Lime Tree Walton
CLUB SMITH ON THE CEILING The Met Lounge
OUR TIME DOWN HERE + ALL IN SAT JAN 21 COLOURS + CUTTIN' LOOSE DEATH RADIO + The Golden Fleece THE DEADITES
FRI JAN 20
Charters Town Bridge
The Swiss Cottage MY DEAR Woodston The Cherry Tree Oundle Road SUN JAN 22
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SUN JAN 8
The Railway Inn Ramsey
The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe
CALLING ALL BANDS!
The Millstone Inn Barnack
DR. A'S RHYTHM & GROOVES
Mama Liz's RETROLUX Voodoo Lounge The Swiss Cottage Stamford Woodston
TUE JAN 3 OPEN ACOUSTIC SESSION
The Ostrich North Street
Brewery Tap KAST OFF KINKS The Westgate Bourne Corn Exchange Bourne
Ebeneezers Grove Street
The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe
THE DAVISONWOODS BAND
The Swiss Cottage The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe Woodston
Charters Town Bridge
WHITE CLOUDS AND GUNFIRE + A GREAT NOTION + FLAWLESS VICTORY
SUN JAN 1
Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford
GIZZ BUTT’S RED, BLACK AND BLUES
Cathedral Square Peterborough
SAT DEC 31
The Cock Inn Werrington
WHISKY JAX + ROCKET 57 + LIVE BANDS
ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC
Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford
The Axe & Cleaver Boston
Mama Liz's Fletton Ex Voodoo Lounge Servicemans Club Stamford Fletton
The Cherry Tree Oundle Road
A HARD DAY'S NIGHT + MAD SCATTERS
SWEET REVENGE SAT JAN 14 CUTTIN' LOOSE
Club Revolution Park Road
SHANE POOLE The Fayre Spot Bretton
THE OVERDUBS The Dragon Werrington
THU FEB 2 ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford
FRI FEB 3 CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION The Swiss Cottage Woodston
FRANKLY MY DEAR
The Cock Inn Werrington
The Dragon Werrington
SAT JAN 28
HOOKER Goodbarns Yard
ATTIC TIL DAWN St Johns Street The Stage KINGS OF LYON DAVE Market Deeping HIGH ROLLERS The Met Lounge The Swiss Cottage MCPHERSON + CRASH 'N' BURN Bridge Street Woodston MARC HALLS + The Bluebell Inn The Swiss Cottage A GREAT NOTION Dogsthorpe PASPATOU THE REPLICAS Woodston ON THE CEILING Mama Liz's + DUCKING The Fayre Spot CUTTIN' LOOSE Voodoo Lounge The Dragon Bretton PUNCHES + The Carpenters Stamford DROPOUT DAN Werrington Arms THE MALINGERERS
Club Revolution Park Road
The Cherry Tree Oundle Road
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