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NOVEMBER 2009 Issue 123


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cathedral restoration project. He decided to raise cash by selling a piece of ancient rubble from the work on eBay and now the gift shop’s taken up his bright idea. The piece he sold attracted 13 bids and sold for £21. Now small pieces of the 800 year-old, locally-quarried Barnack limestone are on sale in the gift shop in tiny gift boxes.

JO BRAND IN THE BORO ESP caught up with Jo Brand as she met fans for her book signing at Waterstones in Bridge Street. If you want to catch a celeb in the Boro this is the place to be! Jo was signing copies of her autobiography Look Back In Hunger, which she tells us she’s actually written herself which is a bit of a rarity these days. The good news is she’ll soon be back on our TV screens too - “I did a comedy earlier in the year on BBC4 with two friends of mine set in an NHS ward and that rather fantastically has been recommissioned,” Jo told ESP, “so we have a series of six that we’re writing at the moment and that’ll be filmed early next year. “I’ve also got a commission to do a documentary on crying in public for the BBC. You can trace back to Gazza or Gwyneth Paltrow at the Oscars but there’s much more of a fashion to cry at the drop of a hat on things like X Factor and Strictly and we’re just going to try and trace through that and see what conclusions we come to. I’m going to have a go at crying in public as well because normally I couldn’t think of anything more humiliating than to blub on screen but there you go.” The next celebs to hit the bookstore are the Hairy Bikers who’ll now be appearing later in the month than originally planned on November 23.

BBC’S PAUL SAVES CATHEDRAL… SORT OF! Paul Stainton, host of the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Peterborough brekkie show has done his bit to help the

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"We have a lot of rubble and stonework that's been chipped away during the restoration project," said Reverend Canon Richard Cattle, "but we're only going to be selling bits that have naturally fallen off." To hit the target, nearly 6,000 pieces will need to be sold. The project’s now into its last phase and needs £30,000 before the scaffolding is due to come down. Paul’s declined to take commission and has waived all patents on the idea! Check out Paul’s Peterborough Breakfast Show every morning from 7am on 95.7FM BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

BEER FEST @ CHARTERS Don’t forget about Charters Autumn Beer Festival, which runs from October 30 until November 1. On Saturday October 31 the venue will be transformed in to a pirate ship for their Halloween disco. Fancy dress is optional and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes with a selection of spooky cocktails on sale throughout the evening. Entrance is free with a free shot on offer for all those who dress up. With a massive range of real ale, from Oakham Ales and other breweries during the Beer Festival, as well as ciders and parries – sounds like an ideal way to nurse the post-Halloween hangover.

PRUFC VS. THE LADIES Things got a bit raucous at the Peterborough Rugby Club in Fengate last month, but not for the usual reasons – this time, it was the ladies who were responsible! They were

attending a lunch to raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness, dressed in their finest pink party dresses. Several burly rugby players had their legs waxed (and other parts) and those that didn’t had to wear pink rugby socks, which probably aren’t going to be part of next season’s kit, although they did look rather fetching. Around 140 ladies and their guests enjoyed the food, free pink bubbly, magician and shopping marquee, raising over £1,673. Watch this space for details of next year’s event, or visit

Lynn Cream, who runs Ramp-Age with her husband Dave, said - "We’re extending our ranges all the time and hope to bring many new brands to Peterborough that aren't currently available."

ITALIAN FESTIVAL SUCCESS Thousands of people enjoyed a taste of Italy at the big Italian Festival in the city centre and we’re hoping it’ll become an annual event.

ROCKY HORROR GETS A REVAMP Things got a little saucy at Goodbarn’s Yard in Peterborough last month, when there was a special screening of the Rocky Horror Show with burlesque dance troupe Candyland performing risqué routines alongside the film. The show went down a storm with die-hard Rocky Horror fans and newcomers alike; in fact, the organisers are planning to take the Candyland show on tour, so keep watching this space!

SCOOTER BASH The Peterborough Lambretta, Vespa and Scooter Club have their end of season do this month and it’s always a good one! Scvooter fans should head to the Fleet on November 28 for the bash which includes Blistered playing tunes from The Jam, The Specials and the Rolling Stones through to The Small Faces with support from DJ Jay Watson. It kicks off at 7.30pm and tickets area fiver. Call Corky on 07759 777132 for details or see

RAMP-AGE COMES TO THE BORO We’ve told you before about the great skateboard shop Ramp-Age in Whittlesey, well the good news is that a second store’s now opened in Bridge Street in Peterborough. These guys sell everything from skateboards, to jewellery, to printed t-shirts in the former Card Warehouse at 17 Bridge Street. Ramp-Age specialises in everything to do with skate boarding - selling boards, accessories and clothing, as well as costume jewellery, bags and backpacks. The new shop even gives you an on demand clothing printing service. We’re loving the graffiti art!

The festival was a big success and celebrated 60 years of the Italian community in Peterborough and the 25th anniversary of the Italian Community Association. There were celebrations throughout the day with everything from Romans to dancers and pizza to Ferraris. Justin Beaumont from the city council told ESP – “It was absolutely brilliant day and from our point of view it couldn’t have gone much better. If they’d like to do it again next year we’d certainly be up for it!” In the evening the Town Hall was illuminated and the whole thing ended on a high with a fabulous fireworks display.

OSTRICH QUIZ The big Wednesday quiz returns to the city centre at its old location but a new venue. The quiz at what used to be Bogarts years ago built up a real following and now The Ostrich the fantastic new pub on North Street is bringing it back from November 4. The former quizmaster Andy Whittaker returns to his old haunt with general knowledge questions to get you pondering over a decent pint! It’s a pound to play, it kicks off at 8.30pm and there’s a cash prize up for grabs.

QUESTION TIME FOR THE POLICE If you’ve got any worries about policing in the city centre, then officers will be around to answer your questions on November 11, at St Mary’s Court, City Road from 2.30pm and later at Laxton Square, next to the market and in front of the Passport Office. They’ll also be in the Rivergate Shopping Centre on November 26 from 7pm.


GET REWARDED WITH WESTGATE Spend money on your fave beauty products and get rewarded for it... brilliant! This is exactly what Westgate are offering. The department store has introduced a new Beauty Reward Card which allows you to collect stamps as you shop so you can earn £10 back just for you. Pick up one of the cards in store now and start collecting stamps for every £10 you spend on cosmetics, perfume and beauty bags. So whether you’re buying Christmas gifts or simply treating yourself you’ll be rewarded either way.

SULTRY SUE STEPS INTO SPOTLIGHT Local girl Sue Hutson has been wowing lads all over the country after being selected for Wickedelic Lingerie’s 2010 calender, which will be raising funds for the Help for Heroes charity. Beating off competition from thousands of other hopefuls, she joins 11 other girls on the pages of the calendar, as well as the chance to become the face of Wickedelic Lingerie. After deciding she had nothing left to lose after a horrible few years, which saw her become a single mum, suffer a breast cancer scare and discover her son has hearing difficulties, Sue decided to take her future into her own hands to chase her dreams of becoming a model! She’s now also been made the official pin-up girl of RAF Wittering, which will see her raising morale as well has funds for everyone there. This has the potential to become a true rags-toriches tale, so give your support to this hardworking local mum by voting on lic+Model+Winner-9430.html

The Oculist in Westgate Arcade is two years old this month and they’ve quickly built up a reputation as the goto opticians for seriously fabulous and funky frames. To celebrate, they’re having a birthday party weekend on November 7 and 8, with one of their exclusive suppliers, Orgreen, giving their entire collection of frames in every size and colour to the shop for one weekend, so if you fancy updating your look, you’ll be able to find a unique and flattering pair. For more information, call 01733 555621or visit

CHRISTMAS MARKET @ THE HARRIER The Harrier in Gunthorpe is holding a new Indoor Christmas Market in a few weeks. So if you feel like having a browse around the stalls, then there may be one or two that will be of interest. They have an Anne Summers stall, Cherry Tree Cakes, The Body Shop, Farahs Jewellery, Usbourne Books and more… You can also enjoy a meal and drinks, two meals for £8 (selected menu) and house wine for £5.99. The Christmas Market will be held on December 3 from 7pm-9pm.

WHEELS FOR CHARITY Wheels For Charity, a new charity aimed squarely at petrolheads, launched last month with a full throttle car show at Skylarks Showground near March. Several car clubs were exhibiting, although no one’s vehicles were quite as good as the two F1 cars that the organisers managed to blag for the day! There were loads of raffles with prizes such as family tickets to Santa Pod, VIP tickets to next year’s Modified Nationals at the East of England Showground and Ann Summer’s vouchers. For more information, join up to the forum on or visit or look for Wheels For Charity on Facebook.


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KAT’S STEPPING OUT AT THE KEY The 25th anniversary production of Stepping Out will grace the stage at The Key with its heart-warming and timelessly funny story. Well known ex Corrie actor Brian Capron (sinister Richard Hillman) and actress Jessie Wallace (best known as the vivacious Kat Slater) will be the stars of the show, along with West End star Rosemary Ashe. The trio are all brought together to dance as if no one is watching and pull together to put on the performance of a lifetime. The Evening Standard assures us this is going to be the ‘comedy of the year’. If you’re into dancing and comedy then take a trip to The Key Theatre from November 2 – 7. Tickets from £13 - £20. Box office: 01733 207239.


ALLO ALLO COMES TO OUNDLE If you are a fan of the hugely popular TV series Allo Allo then this is definitely something for you! The stage version still follows the amusing adventures of Rene and his wife Edith, who are living in war-torn occupied France. They need all the wit they can gather to save their café and their lives and struggle to keep for themselves a priceless portrait stolen by the Nazis. So if you want to watch Rene during his many embarrassing moments head to the Stahl Theatre. The show is on both November 5 and 6 at 7.45pm, and tickets are £5. Box office: 01832 273930.

THE GRASS IS GREENER This classic English comedy has been a West End hit and a movie starring Cary Grant and now it’s heading for The Key Theatre stage on November 16 to November 21. Famous faces include Christopher Cazenove (Judge John Deed) and Liza Goddard (Bergerac), Jack Ellis (Bad Girls/Corrie) and Sophie Ward (Holby City). This feelgood comedy is about an impoverished earl whose wife falls for an American millionaire in a desperate attempt to save his marriage the earl throws a house party and enlists the help of an old flame with dangerous and hilarious consequences. Tickets from £16 - £21. Box office: 01733 207239.

This is the second of the Love And Madness productions coming to Stamford Arts Centre and this is certainly a show which puts race, gender and sexual orientation into question. Jo’s relationships with her irresponsible mother, the Nigerian sailor who leaves her pregnant, and the homosexual art student who moves in to take care of her while she waits for the baby to be born, are chronicled in this play which has become a modern classic. This will be performed on November 12 at 8pm. Tickets £9 (£7.50, £5 students and groups). Box office: 01780 763203.

ORQUESTA BUENA VISTA Time to wiggle your hips to some Cuban greats! This month there’s a rare chance to see an extraordinary line-up of Buena Vista Social Club™ stalwarts, together in a 13 piece band direct from Havana when they come to Peterborough for the very first time to present some of the finest Cuban music ever made. This unique concert will take audiences on a musical excursion from the original 1996 Buena Vista Social Club™ recordings up to the present day.

BEVERLEY CRAVEN Successful singer and songwriter Beverley Craven, best known for her 1991 hit Promise Me is back on the road supporting her forthcoming CD Close to Home. It is her first album in 10 years, since her previous multi-million selling album, and she will be backed by an array of multi talented musicians. This will definitely be an evening guaranteed to show you an artist at the top of her game. If you feel a good sing along is needed then Beverley will be performing at Stamford Corn Exchange on November 28, 7.30pm. Tickets £16.50. Box office: 01780 766455.

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Don’t miss them live on November 4 at The Cresset. Tickets £28.50. Box office: 01733 265705.

GRUMPY OLD WOMEN Comedienne Jennie Éclair and friends bring you ninety minutes of advanced grumping plus vital tips on getting through these gloomy days the Grumpy way! Expect beauty on a budget (using items you might find under the sink) and the indispensable Grumpy Grumpy Pumpy guide to safe sex (The Grumpy Karma Sutra). Catch the girls at The Cresset live in Grumpy Old Women on November 6. Tickets £20. Box office: 01733 265705.

STRICTLY CABARET Are you a fan of all the classic musicals? Newly formed production company Emcee productions will be performing their first cabaret production this month. Local radio presenter Keith Dalton will be taking audiences on a journey through a Lifetime of Musicals making this a night to remember. Experienced artists will be performing numbers from shows such as Oklahoma! Wicked! Hairspray and Les Miserables, so there’s definitely something to suit you. It will be a fantastic show for couples, families and friends on November 27 - 28 at the East of England Showground. Tickets are £10. Tel: 01733 704303.

ROMEO AND JULIET Romeo and Juliet is one of two productions from Love And Madness. If you’re a fan of Shakespeare then this is definitely something you’ll enjoy. Separated by their fathers’ bitter rivalry, Romeo and Juliet experience a first love that is truly forbidden, and in this cruel adult world of pride, envy and greed, youth and innocence have no place. They must go to desperate measures to be together. The show will be performed at Stamford Arts Centre on November 11, 8pm. Box office: 01780 763203. Tickets £9 (£7.50) £5 students and groups.

LOCALENTERTAINMENT Lara Johnson has the ESP guide to the hottest shows around…

ILLEGAL EAGLES Eagles six piece tribute act The Illegal Eagles will be strumming out the well known classics at The Cresset this month. They have become the biggest selling Eagles tribute act, playing to packed out venues such as the Royal Albert Hall. If you were a fan of The Eagles then tickets to their electric show on November 12 cost £20. Box office: 01733 265705.

EVERLYS AND LED ZEP @ BOURNE QUEEN FOR A NIGHT No tribute line-up is complete without paying homage to the greatest rock star of all time – Freddie Mercury. And no one does this better than Gary Mullen, who won the grand final of the TV Talent show Stars In The Their Eyes. Gary now tours the UK, Europe, the USA and New Zealand with One Night Of Queen, and is bringing us an evening that celebrates the best of the legendary Freddie Mercury. You can see Gary Mullen at The Cresset on November 27 at 7.30pm. Tickets £18.50. Box office: 01733 265705.

Spanning the generations and music styles, the Bourne Corn Exchange continues to bring a range of live entertainment to the town. On Saturday November 7, The Everlys Experience perform the hits of the Everly Brothers such as Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie and Cathy’s Clown. If you like a good sing-along then check out this great venue. Later in the month on Friday November 27, you can let your hair down to a Whole Lotta Led. One of the best Led Zeppelin tribute bands (given the thumbs-up by no less than guitar-god Jimmy Page himself) will be performing both the rock and acoustic side of Led Zep. Tickets for both performances are available from the Corn Exchange, or from Deeping Travel. See website for more details.

THE NEW PLATTERS Coming to Stamford is a breath-taking vocal and choreography group, who will be performing major hits of The Platters such as Blue Moon, Only You, Twilight Time and many more. This vibrant group ease their way through an impressive selection of stunning vocal and dance routines, and combine the very best classic hits from the early rock & roll (doo-wop) era of The Platters. This stunning floor show will be a great attraction, and never fails to please the most discerning of music lovers. Get yourselves down to Stamford Corn Exchange on November 20, 8pm. Tickets £14. Box office: 01780 766455.

THE NUTCRACKER Are you ready to catch one of the world’s famous classical ballets? Highly acclaimed Vienna Festival Ballet Company will be returning to town to perform The Nutcracker. The enchanting tale is one of the best-loved ballets and centres around Clara and her nutcracker doll, which magically transforms into a princely soldier. Their adventures see them combat the Mouse King and join the Sugar Plum Fairy for a wonderful trip to a kingdom made entirely of sweets. This will be performed at Stamford Corn Exchange on November 21, 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets £18.50 (£17.50) Under 16’s £10. Box office: 01780 766455.

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GLAMOUR GALORE Time to get the girls together for a night of gifts, glamour and glitzy looks. Join us at the next big ESP Perfect Ten event with Sue Ryder Care on November 19 – it’ll be Glamour Galore! Glamour Galore will be a girls’ night out to remember. Leave the boys at home and forget the high street stress at this special shopping evening at Thorpe Hall. It’s a great girlie night out where you can shop ‘til you drop and pick up some great gifts or treats for yourself, many of which you just won’t see on the high street. While you’re there you can put your feet up for some pampering and grab a quick manicure or get your eyebrows waxed. We’re right behind the night and have made it one of our Perfect Ten events – a series of events we’re either supporting or staging ourselves to celebrate our ten years in business. This fantastic night will raise vital funds for Sue Ryder Care. New Face of ESP, Tori Bradshaw, and the ESP girls will be modelling some great fashion looks from Westgate Department Store, ball gowns from Rhema by Design and some vintage fashion from the Sue Ryder store. ESP’s style guru Sue Donnelly will be on hand to fill you in on the best looks for you and how to wear the latest styles and the night will be compered by ESP’s Wickedly Perceptive columnist, Sarah Tempest.

Compere: Sarah Tempest

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Organiser Jackie Page from Sue Ryder Care told ESP – “We’re really excited about the night and hope it’ll grow and become a trademark event for us. There was a great feeling at the first one last year, this will be bigger and will be a great girlie night out, something different. “We always want to encourage new people to Thorpe Hall and hope that people who come to our events will want to become supporters of Sue Ryder Care and the hospice.

• Steppin Out Shoes – Ladies shoes and bags • Banjo Crafts – Hand dried fruits, Christmas decorations and candles • Reba – clothes, jewellery and shoes • Handmade chocolates and chocolate gifts Style guru: Sue Donnelly

“We’re delighted that ESP have taken Glamour Galore on as one of their Perfect Ten events and congratulate them on their tenth anniversary.”

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• Sue Ryder Care Vintage Fashion • Yon’s Nail C – mini manicures • Mamafiglia – Italian bags, wallets and gloves • Beauty with Ruth – Dermalogical skin care and make-up

There’ll be coffee and cupcakes by candlelight and it’s all held in the beautiful Thorpe Hall in Peterborough. It’s on from 6pm - 9pm and admission’s just £2.50 on the door including a glass of mulled wine to get the evening off to a great start! For more details or to have a stand at the event please call Jackie on 01733 330060. See you there!


• Desi ladies – Pashminas, jewellery and hairbands • Forever Living – Aloe vera products • Cushions and curtains • Crafts • Rhema by Design – ballgowns Model: Tori Bradshaw

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Nearly 5000 runners took to the streets for the Great Eastern Run last month and ESP’s own Pep Cipriano was among them – but didn’t quite come first. That honour went to city policeman Neil Addison, who completed the 13.1 mile course in just 67.5 minutes. British international runner Jo Wilkinson clocked her third Great Eastern Run win in a row finishing in the women’s race in 73.3 minutes. In the wheelchair race, favourite Brian Aldiss set a new course record of 52.35 minutes. The atmosphere was electric and it was great to see so many people on the streets of Peterborough! We’d like to say well done and thank you to everyone who took part, including the runners, volunteers and organisers and we’re looking forward to next year’s race on October 10 next year.

Christmas will kick off in style in the city this year, with the Christmas Light Switch-On on November 19. This year’s party will be hosted by Lite FM. Warwick Davies, of Harry Potter, Star Wars and Willow fame, will be pressing the big red button with members of the Peterborough United squad. This year’s Christmas tree will be a massive 40ft tall and most of the entertainment will be based on Bridge Street and Long Causeway. You can pick up a few gifts on the way, as there’ll be a Christmas market and as Westgate House are this year’s sponsor, there’ll also be festive activities and special offers in store. Councillor Gavin Elsey told ESP – “True to our word, the work to develop Cathedral Square won’t affect our Christmas celebrations and I’m looking forward to welcoming lots of people to the city to see the lights and enjoy the entertainment!” QUEENSGATE Meanwhile over in Queensgate, Heart FM take to the stage in the shopping centre on November 12 from 5pm, when Kev and Abby will be joined by Wallace and Gromit, the Posh players and Face of ESP Tori Bradshaw to switch on the Christmas lights at 6.30pm on North Square, outside John Lewis. The fabulous decorations will then be on full show to get you in the festive spirit and from November 12, you can bring the little uns to meet Santa Claus at the Victorian themed Christmas grotto outside John Lewis. From Monday November 30 and through to December 23, lucky shoppers will be able to park for free on weekdays after 6pm and the stores will stay open until 9pm, giving everybody more time to find that perfect gift or brilliant bargain. Queensgate will also be opening until 7pm on each Saturday in December in the run up to Christmas. SERPENTINE GREEN Father Christmas returns to Serpentine Green this year, when kids can have a chat with him in his grotto from Saturday November 21 between 1pm and 5pm. Some of the stars from Holiday on Ice at the East of England Showground will be dropping by on the day to open the grotto and dish out some goody bags. RIVERGATE Rivergate will be switching their lights on this month too, so if you’re stuck for gift ideas, take a wander down to Rivergate and take a look in the boutiques and independent retailers, as well as enjoying the decorations.

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STILL AN EXCITING PLACE After standing empty for a long time, The Old Still in Westgate Arcade will be given a new lease of life from this month, when an artist’s collective take over and use it as studios and a gallery. Kat Moore, Sue Shields, Rene Viner, Anita Bruce and Julie Reid are known as View 5 and will be preparing for an exhibition called Coastal Drift at the Yarrow Gallery, Oundle early next year. You’ll be able to watch the artists at work, as The Old Still is full of little rooms that they’re turning into studios, as well as admire completed works in the gallery at the front of the space. There’ll be a Christmas Allsorts Fair on December 4 – 5, featuring works by other artists and craftspeople, where you’ll be able to find some truly individual gifts. For more information, call into The Old Still or visit

WEDDING ESSENTIALS Ultra-glam brides-to-be should head to Burghley House in Stamford on November 8 for the Essential Wedding Show, featuring the best of everything you could need for your wedding day. It’ll feature a catwalk show with bridal gowns by Vera Wang, Valentino and Temperly, as well as gorgeous bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride outfits and suits for the groom. The show draws to a close with a fireworks display at 4.45pm. There’ll also be photographers, bands, cars and jewellers, amongst others exhibiting and all have been hand-picked by the organisers and carefully vetted, to ensure your big day is a little less stressful! Box office: 01780 766629 or visit

BIKERS RAISE CASH Proof that bikers really do have a heart has to be the fantastic benefit gig the United Kingdom Bikers organised for Ghurka soldiers in Peterborough. The event at Stafford Hall in Westwood was organised to support the widow of a Ghurka soldier who sadly died here, but his remains were flown back to Nepal because his family couldn’t afford his funeral. Dodo the organiser told ESP– “Despite fighting for this country for hundreds of years the Ghurkas just don’t get the support from our government. They’re a very proud people and deserve more. We’ve become good friends with the Ghurkas over the last few years and can’t believe the treatment they receive. We wanted to help and I’ve never put together a bash so well supported, it was a great day.” Six bands played including Five Miles High, Lloyd Watson, Dave Astell of Dr A's Blues Consortium and Big Grin as well as an auction and raffle. More than a hundred Ghurkas attended the event and bikers came from all over the country and beyond. They took pillion riders on a big ride out which raised even more cash. So far £2,500 has been made and Dodo and the guys are determined to raise even more. “These guys are heroes,” Dodo told ESP, “and they deserve our respect and support. It was great to show our appreciation for their sacrifices for this country.”

SIMPLY SOULFUL Take a trip back to the 70s at The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue on November 13 for the Love Train Soul Reunion. It’s a must for all soul and northern soul fans, with live band Carwash playing classic soul floor-fillers, supported by DJs Rob Jones, Peter Tee and Skip Stuart. Tickets £6. Box office: 01733 452336 or visit

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

FIREWORKS ROUND UP FIREWORKS FIESTA ESP will be joining forces with Lite FM to make sure this year’s Fireworks Fiesta on October 31 goes with a bang! Our very own columnist, Susan Saunders will be singing live on stage, with other local stars such as Mikey Matteo, Ahsleigh Askew and Craig Saggers. The lovely ESP promotions girls will also be there meeting and greeting on the gates and dishing out some goodie bags. For your chance to get your mug inside December’s mag, come dressed to chill/kill as ESP will be there, armed with cameras – the costume we later judge to be the best will win a fab prize, as well as city-wide fame! Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children in advance on 01733 452336 or a pound more on the gates which open at 4pm with the fireworks going off about 7pm. Tickets for a car are £25 and must be bought in advance. ETTON EXPLODES! If you don’t fancy the crowds at Ferry Meadows but still want to watch some fireworks, head to The Golden Pheasant in Etton on November 5. It’s more of a traditional display, with a big bonfire and hot food, all while raising funds for the local Scout groups. Everything kicks off at 6.30pm, with the fireworks starting at 7pm. For more details call 01733 252387. ROCKETS @ THE RUGBY Peterborough Lions Rugby Club are having a massive firework display at their ground at Bretton Park on November 6, and it looks like it’s going to be one big party! There’ll be a barbecue on the go, licensed bar and small fair rides to keep everyone happy. You won’t need too many warming glasses of whiskey though, as they’ve got a big indoor space to huddle in if the weather turns too nasty. Tickets £3 for adults, £1 for children and under 5s get in for free.

RIDE WITH SANTA The Santa Specials at Nene Valley Railway start on November 29 and run right up to Christmas. You’ll be able to meet Santa at Nene Valley Railway in Wansford, where he’ll be dishing out presents to all kids then take a trip with him on his festively decorated train, where kids will get a drink and sweets, and adults will get a alcoholic miniature, wine or a hot drink with a mince pie. There’s also a first class option, which includes added refreshments and luxurious surroundings, as well as the opportunity to have a buffet from £12 per person for breakfast or £25 for lunch. Get booking now as these journeys sell out fast! Tickets start from £10 standard class, £13.50 first class. Booking office: 01780 782833 or 01780 784444 or visit

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It’s not often you get a Hollywood star in Peterborough let alone err… Helpston!

Oh yes, A lister Patrick Stewart really was on their doorstep visiting the John Clare Cottage education centre to launch its new weather station. It was slightly surreal to see such a famous face chatting to local school children and taking the first reading from the weather gauges. The John Clare Cottage has expanded beyond an exhibition of the poet’s birthplace, life story and poetry and moved further into environmental issues. John Clare had a great love of the local landscape and nature and not only does Patrick share the same birthday as our famous local poet but also his love of the environment.

The star’s also played a large part in this centre becoming a reality. He has strong links with the Trust’s chairman Barry Sheerman, Patrick’s local MP in Huddersfield, and led the bid for Heritage lottery funding. “All my life I’ve been a classical actor so language and poetry’s played a big part in my career as well as my personal social life,” Patrick told ESP. “I discovered the work of John Clare about 35 years ago having never heard of him – no-one taught John Clare in my school. I was moved and thrilled by the quality of his writing and then learned something of his somewhat tragic personal story. When Barry told me about the work he was doing with the trust here, restoring John Clare’s cottage and all of the educational aspects I told him I’d be happy to be as involved as possible.” Patrick spent several hours looking around the centre, chatting to local

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Drinkers in The Exeter Arms spluttered in their pint glasses as none other than X Men’s Professor Charles Xavier wandered in, and you could see passing drivers gawp in awe thinking ‘is that really Star Trek’s Jean Luc Picard sitting on the memorial?!’

school children about his acting roles and recounted a story about how he was once asked to do a live link up with real life astronauts on the space station who were big Star Trek fans! Although he says he’s unlikely to return to Hollywood as he’s decided to focus on his theatre work he has no concerns that it’s for those roles that he’s most recognised. “I have never had any concern for whatever brings young people or anyone into a theatre or to see a Shakespeare performance of mine or to hear me talk or go to see one

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TORI THE CUSTURD CREAM MUNCHER! To quote from the film Forrest Gump: “The Face of ESP is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get.” So true. It's a tough job but someone has to do it and every year I bring you the first interview with our new cover girl. And getting up close (yum) and personal with our new face always unleashes their playful side and their obsessions – like with custard creams! Tori Bradshaw is mad for those little 65-calorie monsters. So much so that she turned up to our photo shoot with three family-sized packets of the buggers. She didn't mess about, they were Crawford's too. But there's more to our new lass than being a serial custard cream muncher. Here's what she told me as we slurped a cuppa and tucked into a pile of the little devils... So 'custard' (my new nickname for her), let's start from the beginning, what made you enter the Face of ESP? “I entered with the mindset of 'what's the worst that could happen?' I want to become the person I’ve always wanted to be, confident and independent and I knew even by just entering it would be a step in the right direction.”

“Nikki (Hatch), Lauren (Wright), who were in the final six, and me, stayed together all night trying to calm our nerves. I met Nikki at the pre-final interview evening and her friend Chantelle (Noyce) and another girl, Emily (Cooper). We're hoping to all meet up soon. Nikki was a very deserving runnerup, I'm so happy she was there and we got to the end together!”

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It's been a couple of months and you've already clocked up some appearances...

“Nikki was announced as runner-up, the drum role was going and I could see the compere looking at me. I thought 'no it can’t be...' then he said my name and I was in complete disbelief but so happy! I just kept thinking 'I'm just Tori Bradshaw, why me?' Apparently that was all I was saying all night to my friends when we went out to celebrate afterwards.”

“Certainly have! I've been on Lite FM, Heart FM and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and I've met my first celebrity in the role – Justin Lee Collins! He was so funny and very huggable. I've modeled the Posh away strip like you did last month Pep and attended the ASBAH launch at the football ground

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where I met footballer Danny Mills and local Eastenders actor David Proud. David is an inspiration to those suffering with spina bifida.” So what prizes have you used so far and which ones are you looking forward to? “Well, I had my hair cut and coloured at Pkai in Serpentine Green with Miranda who also did my hair for the cover shoot. I absolutely love having my hair done, so it's been my best prize so far. I've also had a

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TITBITS... Age: 18 Lives: Bretton School: Jack Hunt - studying A-level maths, physics and biology. Maths being her favourite. Bloke status: Single... but with an interested guy on the scene... Car: Vauxhall Corsa. Hobbies: Dancing (seven years with Fit to Dance school). Playing Monopoly Habits: Untidy. Making a snorting noise when laughing. Likes: Custard creams! Walking in the rain. Girls nights with lots of wine and Chinese take-away. Dislikes: Spiders. Washing-up. People who don't text back. Obsessions: James Lafferty (One Tree Hill)

ANNUAL FESTIVAL IN THE MAKING Top marks to Peterborough City Council and the city's Italian Community Association for putting together an excellent Italian festival along Bridge Street to celebrate 60 years of the Italian community in Peterborough and the 25th anniversary of the Italian Community Association. This festival has the potential to be bigger and better if it's held annually – let's hope it is. Despite no reference to Italy being football world champions, it was great to see all generations of Italians turn out for the event and even better to see new Face of ESP, Tori Bradshaw join in with the celebrations. She lapped up a few slices of pizza and tried to upstage the Romans! Who says Italians do it better...

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Superstitions: Never goes out on Friday 13th. Never walks over three drains.

manicure and a pedicure at Scarlet Nails in Serpentine Green too. I've just got my hands on my £500 shopping voucher at Outfit and have loads more to come so I MUST try and space it all out so it'll last all year!” Is there one experience you'd like ESP to arrange for you during your year? “I would absolutely love to sky dive! And if I could do it to raise money for Cancer Research that would be even better.”

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SEMI-PRO BOXING RETURNS TO METRO Fight fans who were at the first semi-pro boxing event at Metro nightclub on London Road in the summer are in for a treat with the return of 12 more exciting bouts on November 28. I'll be there to add a bit of glam with Tori (I wonder if she'll be a ring girl?) Tickets are selling fast and you can get yours at Smackdown Boxing Gym, Vision Park in Hampton or by calling Lee on 07794 491 078.

STILL BUZZING FROM GREAT EASTERN Yet another fantastic Great Eastern Run and long may they continue despite the handful of residents who complain about roads being shut – get a life. I ran it with one leg but still managed to clock a respectable time (10 minutes off my PB). Big shouts to Petch (for running and training with me since way back when), Darrell, Stewart, Dario, Dan, Nicola and all the other girls who wore tight Lycra on the day – that got me through, trust me. Thanks also to everyone who supported me during my injury turmoil before the race, who cheered me and who sent texts. Respect to Gary as always. Next year I'm running sub 1hr 40.


Party tricks: Makes her tongue into a flower!


Ambition: To go to New York (see 'Pep Cipriano guide to the Apple'). Career ambition: To be a doctor of optometry (she prescribed the glasses in our photo).

Some of the best DJs of the Cafe En Seine era are going up against the new guard at Baccara for a special event to celebrate house music on November 28. 'Blend' brings together Nick Slater (Shades of Rhythm, Winners), Rayan Gee (Shades of Rhythm, Attic) and Carl Sayers (Toho, Bar Bloc) playing the best in old skool house music – and Jay Heal and Benji Brown spinning the very best in upfront house. This will be a celebration of house and the dance scene in Peterborough, which has spanned over more years than the age of some of this column's readers! Entry is £5, dress code is smart casual. Visit

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Boheme in Wansford brings her designs to our doorstep – from tartan suits for the girls to twisted stripe trousers for the boys and a huge range of accessories to die for. Gorgeously stylish hair and beauty salon SW31 brings a slice of Knightsbridge to Wansford and the girls there created a Vogue style dramatic look for Becca. Weaving colours into a rock chick style beehive gives it an edge and smoky eyes are taken to the next level. The glamorous Haycock hotel provided the perfect backdrop to these stunning looks with its old style edge mixed perfectly with modern luxury.

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Now the summer holidays feel like a lifetime ago and tans are fading, most of you who travelled abroad this year look back longingly at your time at the resort, but less so your time at the tiresome airport checks that take forever…

So, spare a thought for me as I head off to Germany on a two week tour, spanning eight cities with the legendary Steve Harley as back line tech (basically, just a glorified roadie!) along with looking after the musicians and their various instruments. After many years I have this down to a fine art – the only catch is the holiday I need afterwards to recover!

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VOODOO STANDS UP It’s great to see some new regular comedy nights will be coming to Stamford; organized by the guys behind the King Knut’s comedy club (which used to run in Peterborough) the Voodoo Stands Up comedy night is at Mama Liz’s on November 26. This month’s bill is headlined by Wes Zarahuk, travelling all the way from Canada and has Steve Walker as compere, John Elson, Kahn and Alfie Moore plus a music act and a poet. This converted Victorian wine cellar will be perfect for stand up comedy and, yet again, the guys at Mama Liz’s have come up with a great night out with a difference by bringing a comedy night to Stamford, all for just £7 on the door.


It seems incredible that the Stamford Corn Exchange has been open and running its professional programme for over a year already. It’s been great to see this new addition to the Stamford entertainment scene do so well and I have to give a massive pat on the back to all the volunteers who’ve made this happen. I popped in to have a catch-up with Judith Mackie from the theatre to find out what their future plans are and the improvements are still ongoing, as she told me – “The latest plan has been to have an extension to the front of the stage built in time for the Vienna Festival Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker. This will be something we can take on and off depending on the show requirements, as some shows need the orchestra pit, which is below the stage.” Over the next 12 months they’ll also be improving the in-house lighting system to include an intelligent lighting rig and working towards having a full PA system to attract larger acts, without the hassle of them bringing their own PA with them. Judith told me – “Our 1K system works extremely well with musicals

and smaller touring shows, but we feel more resources like this will enhance our programme.” There are plans to improve the front of the building and to include a large stained glass window, which was part of the original fittings in 1857, which unfortunately was damaged in a fire in the 1920s, but was never replaced. This will all cost loads of dosh, of course, and will take a great deal of fundraising – so next time you’re enjoying a show there, make sure you drop some cash in the collection tin. The programme’s been growing by the day and the theatre hopes to offer something for every age group. This month they’ve got everything from Journey South on November 7 through to Vienna Festival Ballet: The Nutcracker on November 21. Take a look at for advance news of who’ll be coming next year, or keep watching this space!

MAMA WINS GOLD FINNAN’S BRASSERIE GETS THUMBS-UP Laura (a very lovely new member of the ESP team) and I stopped off for lunch at Finnan’s, which is a beautiful little Brasserie on St. Paul’s Street. For some reason, I didn’t know a lot about it before and boy, am I regretting it now! The owner Nigel Kaye and wife Catherine were very friendly and the food was wonderful – I had the freshly cooked haddock and chips, with some outstanding homemade tartar sauce, while Laura had the salmon and cod fish pie. Nigel told us the restaurant aims to offer good quality food at good prices, which I think they do with ease. Finnan’s is able to provide individually prepared menus for any special occasion, including hospitality events and are taking bookings for Christmas now.

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Great to see Mama Liz’s on (left to right):David Murray - Branch Chairman, Daniel Dawson - Mama Liz's coNorth Street owner, Patrick Juggins - Mama Liz's co-owner, Elizabeth Bullimore - Mama Liz's coowner, Mike Houlihan - Mama Liz's co-owner, John Rice - Branch LocAle Officer) presented with a Gold Award for their top ales by The Peterborough and District branch of CAMRA. The award was for a ‘conversion from non-pub use into a new outlet selling top quality real ale’. This great bar/restaurant incorporating live music venue, the Voodoo Lounge, has now been open for just over a year and the guys opted to sell real ale from the start. It already has LocAle accreditation and beer brewed locally has proven as popular as the locally sourced food offered in the restaurant. If you like a pint of the good stuff you can expect names such as Digfields – Fools Nook, Newby Wyke – White Squall and Oakham – White Dwarf. Co-owner Dan Dawson said – “At Mama Liz’s, we pride ourselves on great food and excellent live music, but most of all on our range of beers of which our real ales are an integral part. We’re tremendously proud to be part of the ‘LocAle’ campaign and honoured to have been recognised in this way within just over a year of having opened.” Good going guys, well done!

STAMFORD ARTS CENTRE CELEBRATES 15 YEARS OF CINEMA Stamford Arts Centre celebrates ‘15 Years of Cinema’ this autumn and has a selection of birthday treats lined up, with something to suit nearly everyone. As well as this season’s fantastic new films, they’ll be featuring favourites of the last 15 years in double bills such as Hidden/Russian Ark on November 10 and Elizabeth/Atonement on November 4. They celebrated their official birthday last month with an exclusive preview of Brightstar starring Ben Withshaw, followed by a celebration party. Visit for more showings.

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Confessions... Susan Saunders

WAIST WATCHERS Well I’ve decided to do something pretty organised for me – diet now in anticipation of what I’m going to eat this Christmas!

Should your friends or boyfriend say ‘you don’t need to go on a diet’ you effortlessly fall into what I call, the puppy fat trap. Instead of being strong-willed, you find yourself agreeing with your friends and get comfortable in the warmth of your boyfriend saying he loves you just the way you are.

As I sat at my laptop and sifted through my emails in response to last month’s column (yes the flasher story is true – check my Facebook pages for the pictures, he’s the guy in the orange polo shirt!) I thought if I keep criticising the male species I’ll put myself in the very awkward position of being scrutinised myself!

I think a mixture (mmmm… Dolly Mixtures!) of my love of good food and… my love of food has got me to a point where serious action is required. After a massive shopping spree to get all the ingredients and other weird and wonderful things that I needed, I was all set for my diet. An item from the weird and wonderful list was a small notebook in which I would write how I was feeling and what I was eating.

Not the biggest fan of being laughed at (who is?) I thought it would be a good idea to start working on my flaws – the main one being my uninvited friend (otherwise known as puppy fat) weighing in at an enormous five stone. If you’re anything like me, you’ll always find an excuse to put off the diet plan, using delay tactics like – ‘I’ll get in shape for summer’ and ‘I’ll start a diet in January’. It’s only when you start asking yourself ‘when does summer end?’ that the goal posts start moving.

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Susan’s small notebook (why can’t my waist be this small?) Day one – I feel good and not hungry at all – this is going to be EASY! Then… approximately seven minutes after breakfast and I’m thinking about what to eat for lunch already. Uh oh! Why is it that the second you try to tell yourself to cut down on food or cut out things like bread (mmmm…. pizzzzza!) that is all you can think about? It’s so seriously frustrating and nature’s way of making things harder. Day two – I feel different. After eating a small handful of seeds, I feel ever so slightly shaky and apart from being starving (well thankfully not actually dying), I ponder about the fact that a man with the world’s biggest hands would

get to eat more seeds than me if measured in handfuls! I decide that I must have previously been addicted to sugar… and frappachinos, donuts and kettle chips. Day three – after dreaming about being cooked in a caldron, surrounded by all the foods I should be eating, like a pot roast, I decide that I’m going to really tap into my new friend – Miss Willpower. I was surprised how quickly the day passed me by. Was it because Miss Willpower was working or was it because I had a sneaky chocolate bar at lunch time (mmmm… chocolate)? By 9.30 that evening, after watching Bridget Jones AGAIN (a bi-monthly ritual), I decided that I was going to call my friends’ and my boyfriend’s bluff. As these are the people who know me best, I should believe them when they say they love me as I am. This decided, off I trotted to the kitchen for a light late night snack of ice cream. It wasn’t too bad because it was frozen yogurt so I could go to sleep with not only brain freeze but with a clear conscience. If anyone has a friend called Miss Willpower and would care to swap her for Miss Unwanted 5 Stone friend, I would oblige!

Susan’s disclaimer OK so the picture has been tampered with for motivational purposes and needless to say that is the only way that it would be humanly possibly to get a waist that small!



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BUY OF THE MONTH… ESP’s recommended product for November is Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion. Now is more important than ever to look after your skin and every girl should use this moisturiser as part of their skincare regime. It leaves skin hydrated, ensuring it looks healthy and smooth at all times. It also helps improve the skin’s texture and you will notice a visible difference from the first time you use it. Available in various combinations for different skin types it’s perfect for everyone and there’s even a gel for oilier skin. Prices start from £15 and it’s available from Boots in both Queensgate and Serpentine Green Shopping Centre as well as in John Lewis at Queensgate.

HEALTH and beauty ESP’s Charlotte Jolly has all the latest health and beauty news… 24 ( November )

TRIED AND TESTED This month I decided to test face wipes as there’s so many different ones around. Read on to discover my top three... 1) Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hydrating Face Wipes – these remove ALL traces of make-up, even waterproof mascara, and do not leave eyes sore or stinging. Perfect for dry skin as they moisturise as they cleanse, leaving you with soft skin. 2)

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes – ideal for sensitive skin, these wipes are 100% alcohol free so are non drying and leave skin soft and supple. With no perfume or colour either, they simply cleanse your skin whilst toning at the same time. Perfect for every day use.

3) Johnson’s Dreamy Skin 3 in 1 Facial Wipes – these nighttime wipes contain moonflower and smell amazing. The scent helps to calm and relax you, perfect after a long, hard day. I was left with smooth, moisturised skin which smelled good too.

LANCÔME’S BENJAMIN ROUSSEAU HITS TOWN If you want top make-up artist treatment but missed Benjamin Rousseau at Lancôme in John Lewis recently, you’ll be pleased to hear that Beckie Gray will be trained by the man himself this month. Benjamin is Lancôme’s main man who makes celebrities look fantastic at events such as the BAFTAS and he’ll be passing on his skills to Beckie on the Peterborough Lancôme counter in the Queensgate store. He paid a visit to the store recently showing some lucky ladies how to work with the new Christmas palette of colours which give a brighter twist to the smoky eye look using burgundy, pink and brown (Eye shadow quad 203 – £31). Beckie told ESP – “These eye shadows give a true intensity of colour, they’re easy to blend and you can increase the strength of the colour by mixing with a little water. They suit all skin tones, just alter the intensity.” Benjamin’s big tip is to cleanse, tone and moisturise morning and night to provide the best base for your make-up and to achieve that flawless look. Pop in for a make-over with Beckie and she’ll pass on more of Benjamin’s advice following her training session.

WINTER MAKE-UP AT WESTGATE Wish you could update your look without spending a fortune? Then why not simply invest in some new make-up and stay on trend this winter with the latest trends of the season. Westgate Department Store stock some of the best beauty products to ensure you stay looking hot, even when temperatures are cooling down.

Fresh Faced Great skincare ensures a great look. Clarin’s new MultiActive Day Cream will help you achieve that fresh faced look even when you may not feel so fresh. The rest is easy; apply a good foundation, cream blusher and finish off the look with a good mascara such as Clarin’s new Wonder Perfect Mascara.

Bold Lips Bright lipstick can really transform your look and really makes a statement. The brighter your lipstick, the brighter your mood. However, this look works best with a natural face so ensure you prepare skin properly. Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair is perfect and leaves you with younger, healthier looking skin. We adore Estée Lauder’s Signature Lipstick in Rich Red to complete this modern and elegant look.

Smoky Eyes It’s easy to get carried away when going for the smokey eye look but the key is to keep the rest of your make-up simple and subtle. Lancôme’s Blush Subtil is ideal to highlight cheek bones and try their Juicy Tube in Melon for a slightly tinted lip. Alluring, edgy eyes can be created with the help of Lancôme’s Le Crayon Khol in Noir and Color Design eyeshadows. With so many different trends out there this season there really is a look to suit everyone. But if you’re still unsure then pop into Westgate Department Store where their beauty experts are on hand to help.

Karen Devine



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– Irritability and aggression – Shakiness or dizzy spells when skipping meals… and much more Blood sugar levels are under a constant control, the brain needs a constant supply of glucose and any slight drop will set the body’s alarm bells off in an attempt to maintain balance. If you allow it to rise too quickly you will feel the drop with some of the above symptoms.

– Crawl out of bed despite good sleep

If you’re on a roller coaster all day with your blood sugar levels then you may find the beast in you comes out causing – – Sudden fatigue (especially mid afternoon) – Anxiety – Emotional ups and downs – Cravings for all sorts of stimulants from sugar to caffeine (and more) – Inability to concentrate and lacking motivation

1. Eat good quality protein with main meals (fish, eggs, chicken) 2. Up the vegetable content of your diet (adds enzymes, vitamins and minerals) 3. Reduce starchy carbs such as potato (some people do better without potatoes) 4. Stop eating sugar – after the sugar high will come the sugar low making you want more or crave other things 5. Reduce caffeine, limit it to one coffee or tea per day, if you can take it out altogether even better 6. Get more fibre in your diet from oats, whole grains and vegetables 7. Avoid drinking lots of fruit juices 8. If you smoke, this plays havoc with your blood sugar so you will need to consider cutting back

So if you –

Ever heard the old sayings ‘what goes up has to come down’ or ‘the higher they climb the harder the fall’? What if this happens to you on a daily basis and you’re not really aware of it? Believe it or not, your blood sugar levels can rise sharply and fall even quicker, leaving you feeling less than in control. It can affect your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing if not managed well.


– Don’t want to be spoken to until around 10 in the morning (if at all) – Need a ciggy or strong coffee just to get you awake – Get the munchies about 11am and then again about 3pm – Need the caffeine fizzy drinks to get you through the day

9. Avoid high alcohol consumption 10. You might need to ‘graze’ throughout the day eating every two hours (some people are better grazing and others eating three main meals only) 11. Avoid white bread, bagels and other ‘refined’ foods – they’re low in nutrients 12. Reduce your salt intake 13. Make sure you’re not dehydrated

– Get shaky and sweaty if you miss food for more than three hours then you’re describing a person who may be controlled by blood sugar lows, and your current diet might be the problem for you. Eating a diet high in sugar or junk food can raise the blood sugar levels in the blood too high and your body will attempt to burn this excess sugar (as energy) or store it by releasing hormones in response to it. But what this can leave you with is the slump shortly after the high. If you’re eating loads of processed and junk foods then you’re making the problems worse. What you eat can help to keep your blood sugar levels in a good range so that you avoid all those dips during the day. You might then find that your physical energy is better and that you feel more mentally alert and emotionally stable.

Good supplements can help bring a balance but always get advice, many supplement companies rave on about health but ‘sell’ a product at the end of it. So if you want to feel alive and kicking and to tame the beast that comes out if you’re not eating well, you need to start by watching what you put into your body. By eating more of the above, you avoid the sharp highs and lows and can feel a bit more balanced during the day!! Always seek advice before changing your diet or using supplements. Karen

For more information on nutrition and health please go to my website

Karen has a diploma in nutritional medicine, nutritional therapeutics and homotoxicology; she is a member of the British Association of Nutritional Therapists and runs her own private practice.

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GLOW, GLISTEN AND BE GLAM GIRLS. SCARLET NAIL STUDIO NOW OFFERS SAFE TANNING TOO! top pedicures by Kim who’s none other than the mum of the salon owner Ben so you know she knows her stuff! Tori had a soothing leg massage, foot bath and fabulous French polish while relaxing in their pedicure chair. Our gorgeous new ESP celeb was looking just great afterwards and says she’s loving all her pampering – “The prize from Scarlet nails and tanning is just fabulous. They’ve already made me feel like a star and my nails look great. I can’t wait to get some colour on the sun beds too.” New Face of ESP Tori Bradhshaw will be looking bronzed and beautiful from head to toe with her latest prize from Scarlet tanning and nails in Hampton. Lucky Tori has £500 to spend (how envious are we!) and has already enjoyed her first pampering sessions there.

Whether you want a standard French manicure through to glamorous nail jewellery or artistic designs to match a particular theme they can come up with whatever you fancy!

Perfect nails always look great when teamed with a summer glow and the latest addition to the salon is the new tanning area. Scarlet have been assessed and are members of The Sunbed Association (TSA) which aims to ensure high standards of conduct so you can be confident of safe tanning. If you haven’t dropped by lately the salon’s been transformed with the arrival of three stand-up Aurora tanning booths for quick tanning sessions and a Zenith sun bed. The Sun Kissed Tanning Studio sun beds all comply with the new maximum irradiance level of 0.3W/m² for safety and because they have such fabulously high ceilings in the salon these booths are so much more cool and airy. “I think it looks fantastic,” owner Ben Nguyen told ESP. “There’s lots of greenery, it’s fresh and airy and we have a range of sun creams on sale. The best thing is that because we have such a high ceiling the tanning area doesn’t get humid and sticky which is a problem in many tanning salons.”

So with safer tanning and great nails we can all look truly glam from tip to toe. There’ll be no need to worry about your nails discolouring when you hop on the sun beds either, as there are protective treatments available.

The fabulous range of nail treatments remains though, with nail art and extensions their speciality. Tori tells us she can recommend the

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November's a busy time in the world of comedy, especially if you're a comedian with a new book out. If you’re having trouble deciding, here are a few suggestions. Why not get yourself down to Waterstones and get involved.

Jo Brand – Look Back In Hunger Jo was at Waterstones in the city last month signing copies of her book. She's been a regular visitor to the city since her early stand-up career and there are some brilliant stories about her rebellious teenage years, her early jobs working as a psychiatric nurse, and what persuaded her to carve out a career in comedy.

Peter Kay – Saturday Night Peter This picks up from where his 2007 book The Sound of Laughter finishes and charts his rise through the comedy clubs and on to TV as he hones his stand-up skills. There's a wealth of behind-the-scenes stories and it’s a great insight into the mind and workings of a top comedian.

Harry Hill's TV Burp Book Transplanting the spirit and comedic daftness of his TV show, Hill’s produced a book with all sorts of glorious ideas and off-the-page digressions. Packed with all kinds of knowing jokes about our favourite TV shows and celebrities, the laughs are as big as his collars. But what's better? His TV show or his TV book – there's only one way to find out... Fiiight!

Frankie Boyle – My Shit Life So Far As the dark heart of TV quizshow Mock the Week, Boyle's amassed a reputation as an outspoken, cynical and outrageous comedian for whom no topic is out of bounds. His book pulls no punches with him tackling life as he knows it. Definitely not one to buy your granddad – but fans of his TV show will lap it up.

Jack Dee – Thanks For Nothing Friendly, smiling and happy-go-lucky aren't phrases that spring to mind when thinking of comedian Jack Dee and you'll be pleased to know there's none of it in his book as he reveals the highs and lows of his career. Whether it's disastrous day jobs or his blatantly unreasonable views on everything from personal trainers to 'people who hold their cutlery the wrong way,' Dee is the original grumpy old young man and this book shows it on every page.

This Mitchell & Webb Book David Mitchell and Robert Webb have crammed all the comic genius from their award-winning TV and radio shows into their first book. It's more like an annual than an autobiography with plenty to enjoy throughout. Ted

the snooker commentator's Hello Magazine photo shoot being unveiled, Hitler's lost text messages, tips on surviving the credit crunch, a Sir Digby Chicken-Caesar board game and an ever-expanding range of Mitchell and Webb products. Top stuff.

Justin Lee Collins – Good Times On the front cover there's an endorsement from Alan Carr that says Justin has ‘The drama of Dickens and the hair of Jilly Cooper’. I'm not sure which part of the book most reminds Carr of Dickens. Is it the time Justin got his first job on TV and had to dress up as twiglet in a cinema advert? Or the time he met Kylie Minogue at an awards ceremony and she didn't know who he was? Who knows – one thing’s for sure if you’re interested in the adventures of JLC then just like Oliver Twist you'll be asking for more (D'you see what I did there?)

Jeremy Clarkson – Driven To Distraction I'm recommending this book for one reason, and one reason only. The expression he's pulling on the front cover looks as if the photographer took it whilst Jezza was sitting on the toilet. If that's not the face of a man who's had a dodgy curry the night before I don't know what is. I hope his mum doesn't see it.

Next month: I’ll be choosing some comedy DVDs you might want to get for Chrimbo.

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BARACK TO THE FUTURE There's one story that's rarely been out of the spotlight recently. You haven’t been able to pick up a newspaper or watch the news without hearing about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Is he, or isn't he trying to build a nuclear bomb? The UN Security Council and the American government say he is, but he says he isn't and that Iran's developing nuclear technology for peaceful means. Now, I'm no expert on enriched uranium, but I do know that there’s a third use for it that Barack Obama has completely overlooked... What if Iran have got hold of a 1980s De Lorean and are trying to build a time machine like in Back To The Future! Think about it, that's what they'd need uranium for: to be able to generate the 1.21 gigawatts of electricity that powers the flux capacitor. In the film that's the reason Marty McFly travelled back in time in the first place. When the De Lorean hit 88mph he was being chased by some middle-eastern extremists driving an orange VW campervan who wanted their uranium back! It wouldn't surprise me if Barack Obama knew all this and the reason he isn't telling the rest of the world is because he's secretly got NASA trying to build him a time machine as well. That's why NASA have stopped trying to send anyone into space – they're too busy trying to send Barack Obama back in time so he can play Johnny B Goode at his high school dance and see the school bully get covered in manure.

MORE FOOLING AROUND Look out for an Only Fools & Horses prequel next year called Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Chips. Written by John Sullivan (who wrote the original series) it'll star Nicholas Lyndhurst playing Rodney's dad – art connoisseur and career thief Freddie 'The Frog' Robdal (Rodney's biological father). Set in 1960, the year Rodney was born, the one-off show will feature James Buckley (Jay from C4 sitcom The Inbetweeners) as a teenage Del Boy, Bad Girls actress Kellie Bright playing mum Joan Trotter with her husband Reg played by Shaun Dingwall (Rose Tyler's Dad in Dr Who). Ex-Eastender Phil Daniels will play granddad Trotter. The 90-minute comedy drama will centre on the reappearance of Robdal, after a ten-year stay in prison and also feature the teenage versions of Fools And Horses favourites Boycie, Trigger, Denzil and Roy Slater.

STANDOUTSTANDUP The best comedy nights to try out this month… Firstly, great to hear there’s a new series of comedy nights starting at The Solstice this month which sees stand-up back in the city centre. Starting on November 27 these sessions upstairs are organised by two local guys who are hoping to pick where the much-missed Gaslight left off. They’ve already held two successful nights at the Tap Room at the Brewery Tap but have decided to move to Radius. They have a varied lineup of up-and-coming acts including William Morris, Doc Brown and Bridget Christie. lt kicks off at 7.30pm and tickets are £8 from the bar. Give them your support and if the club takes off they’ll be bringing bigger names here in future. The monthly Comedy Club season is back up and running at The Cresset with the next session on November 13. Expect another great line-up of stand-up comedians currently plying their witties on the national circuit. Tickets are £9.50 in advance and £12 on the door. Aside from the Comedy Club there’s a great lineup of funny men appearing at The Cresset in their own shows this month so you’re spoilt for choice. Firstly Ricky Tomlinson (couch potato Jim in TV’s The Royle Family) brings his Laughter Show to the city on November 7 (£17) followed by Aussie entertainer Kevin Bloody Wilson on November 8 (£20). The comedy singer/songwriter has audiences in stitches with his clever knack for changing the words to other people’s songs. Comedian Stephen K Amos drops in at The Cresset as part of his third UK tour on November 14 (£16.50) and Cornish comic Jethro makes a return on November 19 (tickets £18). Finally the nation’s favourite impressionist, Alistair McGowan, brings his first stand-up tour in a decade to the city on November 24 and you’re guaranteed a night full of famous voices as Alistair shows just how he can make such a big impression. Tickets to his show cost £15. Box office: 01733 276705.

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Caught in th GOOD TIMES IN THE BORO! It feels like a long time ago now but we couldn’t let our favourite event of the year pass by unmarked. Our Paparazzi boys and girls have been so busy and the magazine’s been so packed we just haven’t been able to squeeze in all our photos over the last couple of months! So, now’s your chance to glance over these pics and relive the last throws of the summer and see if you can remember what you got up to at this year’s Peterborough Beer Festival. Mike Harris bravely stayed sober (well he may have squeezed in a cheeky pint!) in order to Paparazzi you lot getting merry and wins the ESP ‘commitment to duty award’! It was another huge success this year and the ESP lunchtime quiz entertained the beer drinkers during the day. Host Ian Gray tells us there were a few answers hampered by the ale but winning teams walked away with some packed ESP goody bags. Music wise it was another stunner with the live band stage hosted by Lite FM and a great line-up of acts entertaining the crowd. The League of Mentalmen will certainly stick in our memories… you’ve never heard Leaving on a Jet Plane quite like the Mentalmen do it! Cheers – and here’s to next year. Hic!

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Soul queen Beverley Knight is back and giving it 100%. Now her new single sees her join forces with rapper Chipmunk who seems all too keen to step into her shoes. This month Beverley Knight is set to rip up the charts with her latest single featuring none other than Chipmunk, the MOBO winning rapper and big fan of Bev. The track In Your Shoes is the second single from her critically acclaimed 100% album and is released on November 9 through Hurricane Records. Following on from the classy soul/pop of lead single Beautiful Night, In Your Shoes is an altogether funkier beast, built around an infectious sample from 80s classic Rip It Up by Orange Juice. “That’s a funky song for a bloody punk band!’ laughs Beverley. “I’ve worshipped that song forever and always thought one day it would be great to sample it, and now all things 80s are oh-so-cool it makes more sense than ever.” 100% is Beverley’s sixth studio album and a set that sees the triple MOBO award winning star working with illustrious former writing partners including Guy Chambers, as well as Grammy Award winning legends Jam and Lewis and Ivor Novello winning songwriter Amanda Ghost. Beverley is the reigning UK queen of soul, who over the course of 15 years has amassed over one million album sales, performed countless sell out shows and made scene-stealing collaborations with everyone from Take That to Prince, taking in Carlos Santana, Chris Martin and Stevie Wonder along the way. “In lots of ways it’s become more than just the title of an album, it’s really become my attitude for this new phase of my career,” says Beverley, looking svelte and stunning in figure-hugging jeans and killer Alejandro Ingelmo heels. “Everything has to be 100% on point or it gets left behind.” Some of the biggest names in the business have lined up to work with Beverley including chart-topping songsmith Amanda Ghost. “Me and Amanda have wanted to write together for years,” says Beverley of the cowriter of hits like James Blunt’s You’re Beautiful and Beyoncé & Shakira’s Beautiful Liar. “I knew we could come up with something special.” She’s not wrong. Their song Beautiful Night – the lead single from 100% – is an utterly anthemic, state of the art pop-R&B record that’s bound to turn a few heads in perceptions of what Beverley is all about. “That’s why I wanted it as the lead single, absolutely,” says Beverley. “Coming after my last record, Music City Soul, which was completely old school in concept, I wanted something that wasn’t just contemporary and hooky, but had real weight to it as well.” There’s always a strong element of biography to Beverley’s compositions and no more so than on the mighty Soul Survivor where she’s joined by the force of nature that is Chaka Khan. “When me and Guy (Chambers) first wrote that we thought ‘oh Tina Turner might like this’ – then I thought ‘sorry Tina, I’m keeping it for myself!’. I recorded it alone initially, but I knew there was another dimension to it – and Chaka was that dimension. She’s incredible.” Clearly both women could relate to a song about keeping your head high and pushing on, sometimes against the odds. “Everyone knows there are ebbs and flows in a career in the music industry. People fall in and out of favour all the time. The thing that gets you through is the love of what you do. It’s 15 years since my first single (the Brit swing classic Flavour Of The Old School) and now I’m more focused than ever.” This year, Beverley can add a new string to a bow that also includes radio presenter (BBC2’s Beverley’s Gospel Nights) and philanthropist (she’s a active campaigner for Christian Aid and Terrence Higgins Trust) with the launch of her own cosmetics range: K by Beverley Knight. “I wouldn’t do something for vanity, it had to be about supplying a real need, and there aren’t many widely available make-up ranges that cater for black skin,” says Beverley. “So I was involved in every step of the process – the formulations, the packaging everything. I had to own it.” Beverley also embarks on a full UK tour in November and tickets are on sale now on 0871 2200 260 or visit

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The album ‘100%’ is out now and the single In Your Shoes, is released on November 9.

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NEW EASTENDERS STAR IS FIT FOR SUCCESS! “I’d just like to say a big thank you to everyone in Peterborough – the response in my home city has been amazing. People keep coming up to me and talking to me in town about the show. To know that people, in Peterborough especially, are looking out for the character and giving feedback is really exciting.” ESP caught up with David on a trip back home to attend ASBAH’s launch of the Fit For Success campaign, a new initative supporting high profile athletes with spina bifida or hydrocephalus and to encourage everyone with disabilities to become fitter and healthier.

David in his role as Adam Best in Eastenders

Life is certainly changing for Peterborough actor David Proud since his arrival on Albert Square. After clinching the role of Adam Best in Eastenders, David’s now been asked to be a patron of the city charity ASBAH where he did his first work experience.

It’s just one way in which becoming a soap star is changing his life and David’s still coming to terms with his new found fame.

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based charity and joined Paralympic swimmer Sam Bradley and Gobi Rangathan, the UK’s top disabled badminton player at the launch.

David is proof that disability doesn’t have to hold you back from being fit, active, or indeed famous!

David is happy to ensure his new found fame brings positives for the charity and revealed things will be hotting up as his character settles in.

“Once you learn to live with who you are and what you’ve got you can achieve good things,” says David, “and for me my disability has never been a negative it’s always been a positive. To try and inspire people to think like that is a wonderful opportunity for me.

“There’s so much more to see of Adam! Of all the characters at the moment I’d say he’s the one to keep an eye on because you never quite know what he’s going to do…” he says with a smile.

“The stereotypical thing is that disability’s a weakness and you’re not fit and can’t really do much. I play wheelchair basketball so I’m quite fit most of the time when I go to training. If you have to have an operation you can bounce back much quicker if you’re fit.”

“He’s kind of taking a liking to Libby, you can see in his eyes he’s trying his best bless him so we’ll have to see if he succeeds or not!” As the new boy we wondered how David’s finding his way with the long established actors on set but he says he’s been made really welcome. “I’ve been there a few months and people I work with have been coming up and saying ‘well done’, so to know other cast members have watched my first episodes has been really nice. You form quite nice friendships down there and it’s been a really great response.

ASBAH, The Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, was also a great source of help to David when he was growing up and it’s safe to say he’s pretty chuffed with both his new roles! “It’s an absolute honour to be patron; it was really quite emotional when they asked me. To be able to do any type of charity work because of the job that I do is obviously great and I’ll spend as much of my free time doing it as I can.”

David with Gobi Rangathan

A big toast from Danny Mills

Former England and Manchester City defender Danny Mills, who lost a son through spina bifida, is also a big supporter of the Peterborough

“Most interesting by a mile is Belinda who plays Libby she’s a lovely girl and I’m really getting on great with her. “The writing is amazing and over the next few months you’re going to see a lot of interesting stuff involving the younger people.”

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FILLETS LOOKS FRESH We guarantee you’ve never seen a fish and chip shop quite like the new Fillets outlet in Stewartby Avenue Hampton and all we can say is – wow! Owner Antony Christodoulou already has other outlets in Sleaford, Lincoln and Mansfield so it’s great to see him open one here. This has to be one of the most stylish chippies ever! Not only that the food looks fabulous and also includes tasty pies, kebabs and burgers so when you get the munchies you know where to head. Even better they’re open late til 10pm every night, 10.30pm on Fridays and they’re even open on Sundays from 4.30pm – 10pm as well.

GREYHOUNDS MEAL DEAL IS BACK If you’re looking for a cheap night out over the Christmas period make sure you don’t miss our great ESP reader offer for a real meal deal. Everyone’s looking to save some cash but you still want to get out and at the Greyhound stadium in Peterborough you could even win some dosh too!

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NAGS HEAD RE-OPENS WITH NEW MENU The Nags Head in Bourne has recently reopened and relaunched with a brand new menu after being closed for a refurb after a fire. There’s new décor throughout, with a warm, welcoming and cosy atmosphere. They’ve introduced a new menu, along with a separate Christmas Fayre Menu, and new drinks offers. On Sundays and Tuesdays only, there is buy one get one free on real ale, pitchers and house wine and a free cheese board. Food is served from Wednesday through to Saturday. You can also sit back and indulge in a Sunday Roast any time between 12pm and 5pm every Sunday.

It’s great fun betting at the dogs but with our meal deal you can eat out too in the raceview restaurant while you catch all the action on the track. The voucher entitles you to free entry and a meal for a penny – bargain! Meals include jacket spuds, burgers and scampi among others along with chips or salad. The meal deal offer is valid on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and all you need to do is print out our voucher on or email or you can give us a call on 01733 579707 and we’ll send some out to you!

GASTON TO RE-OPEN It’s great news to hear that the team behind Imperial Bento on Broadway are to reopen Gaston a little further up the road. The restaurant’s been closed ever since a fire struck at the adjoining Broadway Theatre but now it’s set to have a new lease of life as a Thai Malaysian restaurant. Building work’s already begun and they’re hoping to open very soon – we can’t wait!

SPICE UP YOUR LIFE – IT’S CURRY WEEK! It’s Britain’s favourite dish and there’s a brilliant reason to enjoy even more of your hot an spicy favourites this month. National Curry Week runs from November 22 – 28 across the UK and aims to promote Indian cuisine and culture, while raising money for The Curry Tree Charitable fund which helps various projects in the Indian sub-continent. Restaurants all over the country are having special events, and if you order a takeaway online from and £1 from your order will go to The Curry Tree. The Can You Handle The Heat competition is back this year, with curry chefs competing with their signature dishes and the speed they can make pakoras and samosas. Founder Peter Grove told ESP – “This year we’re trying to pull the national curry family together to have some fun and help as many disadvantaged people as possible.” If you’d like to donate visit or find out more on

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WHO’S A BRIGHT SPARK? It’s party time for fireworks fans, and Barbara Russell, community safety officer at Dogsthorpe fire station, is busy making sure everybody’s celebrations go with a bang… not a whimper or a scream. “Of course organised displays are always the best option,” says Barbara, “but if you do have a fireworks party, have a great time but don’t take risks. You just need to stick to the code and you should have a fun time that’s injury free so you’ll be able to party again another year. “Alcohol and fireworks just don’t mix so it’s a bit like having a designated driver – have a designated person to light them who stays sober!” Living in Peterborough all her life gives Barbara a unique understanding of the city and its people and her job brings her into contact with many of them as she passes on various fire safety messages. "I really enjoy meeting people. My previous job with The Prince's Trust was not dissimilar as it involved helping vulnerable people, but this job is much more hands-on and rewarding. Amongst other things I visit people in their homes, giving

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them simple advice on how to keep safe from fire, particularly those that are more vulnerable like the elderly or new Mums with babies, I deliver fire safety talks to schools and groups as well as working with other agencies. If you need fire safety advice, I am here to help". This month of course the big safety message is all about fireworks and enjoying the celebrations without ending up in casualty! Barbara’s not about to tell you not to have bonfire party but just says it’s a case of playing by some simple rules. “Bonfires and fireworks are dangerous and can be lethal. We’re still trying to reduce the number of accidents resulting from improper use of fireworks and really prefer people to go to organised public firework displays – they’re far more impressive and certainly safer.” For the past two years The Safer Peterborough Partnership’s been running ‘Operation Brightspark’ at this time of year to try and cut down on antisocial behaviour which seems to happen around this time. So just remember, not everyone wants fireworks exploding outside their back garden and their pets are unlikely to be as excited as you! Forewarn your neighbours if you’re planning a fireworks party and they might just remain friends with you in future. Better still, go to a display, ‘ooh and ahh’ a bit at some really decent rockets and then pile down the pub afterwards and you won’t need to worry.

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I PREDICT A RIOT! service courses who may become police officers themselves) don’t hold back and truly test the resolve of the officers. Even though they’re kitted out like something out of a Playstation game in helmets and body armour from head to toe, you still fear for their safety and this crowd’s only playing at it! “By training them to this level they’re dealing with a level of force way above the norm so it enables them to comfortably deal with levels of force much lower,” adds Gary, “and to operate in teams at things like football matches and protests without becoming too aggressive. Missiles rain down, the crowd chants and then the petrol bombs strike and police officers are momentarily consumed in a ball of flames. Your adrenaline rushes in time with the wall of shields which suddenly surges forward as the officers charge the crowd. It’s fair to say this is no ordinary day on the beat for Peterborough police and our nerves are stretched just watching, but fortunately this is not a genuine riot. Students from colleges across the country are the rowdy crowd and police officers are being put through their paces. This training exercise is carried out at Alconbury four times a year to prepare our officers for the worst, and from what we saw as we watched the ‘riot’ from a rooftop, it’s as realistic as they can make it. Chief Inspector Gary Martin surveys the tactics of his officers

Chief Inspector Gary Martin

from above as they break through barricades while the rioters bombard them with missiles and abuse. “Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s very fortunate to have this facility and to run the realistic training we do,” he tells us. “It makes a big difference to the way the officers can react in a real life situation – when they’ve had missiles thrown at them like this it’s easier for them to psychologically accept it, so if it happens for real it’s not such a shock. It provides an awful lot of resilience.” We joined the training day when the action had reached a peak but prior to that the officers had spent the day reacting to the scenario that had built up to the riot. The exercise involved the safe evacuation of Peterborough United’s London Road ground when a fire broke out ensuring fans left the stadium safely and rival supporters didn’t clash. The next situation found disgruntled fans in a housing estate causing trouble which had escalated into the riot we were now viewing. Just watching makes your hair stand on end and you can only imagine how scary it must be if you’re faced with it for real. The students (all on public

“The commanders in particular are put under huge amounts of stress that they get used to so they can continue thinking through all the difficult options and scenarios they may have to be faced with, such as pushing officers into dangerous situations while at the same time considering things like legislation, human rights and local people who’ll be terrified in their homes. “All the time everyone’s getting tired and stressed so it’s a hard day. Afterwards we then have a full debrief to learn what we can.” It’s been an eye opener for the students too but has it put them off dreams of being on the other side of those shields one day? Sixteen year-old student Nadia from Luton was buzzing after the experience – “I wanted to see what the police was like and what the job is. I think they have to put up with a lot but it’s encouraged me more – it’s been really exciting.” Claire from Leighton Buzzard agrees – “It’s amazing, I’ve never done anything like this in my life. Now I’ve seen it, I just want to be in there now and doing it.”

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TOP DVD For those of you that like your thrills Top Gear style, there’s a Christmas treat heading to stores in Peterborough. Richard Hammond reveals some of the special skills that you need if you want to follow in his footsteps in Top Gear Uncovered – The DVD Special which is out mid month.


His master-class includes hints on how to make a grand entrance, driving sideways whilst talking at the same time, getting a trials bike prodigy to beat the clock indoors, as well as the more mundane tasks of driving some of the world’s best supercars.

Sometimes you need much more than just a man with a van and if you need the wheels to move your home or business, Budget Plus Removals in Peterborough offer a moving service anywhere in Europe.

NEW CAR REGISTRATIONS ROCKET AT MOTORPOINT The credit crunch doesn’t appear to have lessened our appetite for new cars in Peterborough. We’re buying more new plate motors than this time last year, according to city based car supermarket Motorpoint. It claims its customers took delivery of a record number of 59 registrations during September. “We may be in the midst of a recession but it hasn’t stopped a big increase in customers turning to Motorpoint to treat themselves to a new car in September,” claimed Richard Chard, General Manager of Motorpoint Peterborough.

Moving can be a stressful time. Whether you’re moving around the corner or somewhere else in Europe, Budget Plus tell us they provide a safe and reliable removal service that is personalised to your needs. Asif Rehman told ESP – “We offer exceptional service within your budget. We are a trustworthy company with a wealth of experience and are therefore able to offer competitive prices. “We are fully insured and are governed by the national guild of removers and storage association. We also work closely with and are recommended by local estate and letting agents.” They offer a seven day service with no extra charge for weekend removals, and don’t charge rearrangement fees, which means you won’t have to wait to book last minute. They also offer a full packing service with packing materials and can arrange for your items to be placed into storage if required.



We might be more concerned with having a little bit longer in bed at this time of year, but it could be a good idea to spend those valuable minutes in the morning checking our cars haven’t fallen foul to some of autumn’s hazards.

If you like your motors classic rather than modern, a trip to Birmingham could be the ideal day out this month.

While leaves on the line, slippery streets and endless hours sweeping the driveway might be a pain, they can also interfere with getting around – and have a devastating effect on the electronics of many modern cars.

The NEC is hosting the Classic Motor Show on Friday November 13, Saturday November 14 and Sunday November 15.

The IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) is advising us to do a few simple autumn checks to prevent breakdowns.

The event will feature more than 1,200 cars from all over the world.

• Plenum chambers – At this time of year it’s quite common for leaves to accumulate in plenum chambers (the tray-like area under the bonnet, just below the windscreen) and block them up causing rain to leak into areas that should be protected from the elements, such as the computers which control the engine, braking systems and other expensive electronic equipment. So the next time your bonnet’s up, take a look and clear out the leaves.

Every motoring taste is catered for with around 200 of Britain’s best motoring clubs creating impressive displays of unusual and breathtaking marques while over 300 trade stands sell a wide range of parts, spares, tools, motoring services and memorabilia.

• Batteries – Autumn can also take its toll on car batteries as the first frost settles, but some basic maintenance can help to prolong battery life. The top of a battery must be clean and dry, the terminals must be tight and free from corrosion and the battery itself must be mounted securely in its tray.

For those like our Pep who prefer two wheels, there’s a dedicated Classic Bike hall complete with club displays, classic bike concourse, stage interviews and a bike jumble.

It’s also worth checking your antifreeze and stocking up on de-icer for the frosty mornings ahead. Brrrrrrr…

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Neil Crees from Buckles beats The One Group’s pro’

Recruitment specialists The One Group always keep an eye on their competitors and then do the opposite – so while many companies have been slipping into recession blues they decided to cheer everyone up with a relaxing day on the green! Golf fans (and some novices) took a day out from their businesses and headed for Wyboston Lakes Golf Club. It was the second charity golf event organised by The One Group and raised a whopping £1,300 for MAGPAS. The One Group helps local companies find the right people for their business and has specialist recruitment divisions in accountancy, office support and executive posts. So when they invited some of the clients along to the golf day, auction and dinner the eager team of 54 golfers came from companies as diverse as Indesit and Travelex. “It was a chance for us to say thank you for their support during a difficult year, to get them out of the office to meet all of our team and to network with some other local business people,” explained Jenni Clayton from The One Group. “The sun shone and it was such a fun and relaxing day it certainly lifted everyone’s spirits. Raising so much for MAGPAS also brought a smile to everyone’s face. We were delighted to have two female competitors this year – so thank you to Anne Smith and Sandra Skeels from Travelex for coming.

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Giles Cooper (Bauer) – Individual winner

We’re looking forward to next year’s event already!” Teams competed for various golfing prizes and winners of the 1st Team Prize were Paul Ellen (Indesit), Stuart Holmes (Indesit), Clive Harrison (Acushnet) & Neil Davies (Acushnet) while the 1st Individual Prize went to Giles Cooper (Bauer). On the 16th hole Paul Ellen from Indesit achieved a hole in one!

The winning team

Maybe next year Executive Director of The One Group, David Bord can ditch the title of ‘golfer with the worst score’ which he’s now held for two year’s running!

The company chose to raise money for MAGPAS because they save lives locally. Their doctors and paramedics are able to operate on patients at the scenes of serious road traffic accidents and their Community First Responders get to people’s homes quickly to give treatment when people have called 999. They don’t receive any government funding so they were a top choice. Anthony Barnes, Executive Director of The One Group said – “I’m delighted that despite the harsh economic conditions over the past 12 months we still found the support from our clients to run this year’s charity golf day. This event was even more successful than last year’s with the money we helped raise for MAGPAS and the feedback received from those who attended was fantastic. We’ve already received a number of acceptances for next year and we haven’t even booked a date yet!”

David Bord (The One Group) collecting some well needed pro lessons

Donation of £1300 to Magpas from The One Group

Runners up – Produce World’s team ‘From my Farm’

Paul Ellen from Indesit with his hole in one ball

3 out of 4 beat The One Group’s resident pro

Thanks to the following companies / people who donated to the day… • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Acushnet Golf Europe – Titleist FootJoy & Cobra Hemingford Abbots Golf Club Direct Golf Menzies Hotels – Mark Nesbit, Bar Hill FT Financial Services – Robert Price Latinis Restaurant – Kiran Makwana Buckles Solicitors – Neil Crees & Duncan Jackson – Tony Morley The Black Swan, Facet – Jan Thurston & Emma Hanson Produce World, Rustler Produce & Solanum Toft Golf Club Marshall Motor Group – Alan Wensak Hereward Care Homes – Ed Tyner Callaway Golf Company PW Mortgages – Jim Winton Gilchrist & Soames – Graham Shaw Cambridge University Press – Howard Buckley ESP Magazine Spectrum Creative – Tony Fisher Wyboston Lakes Golf Club – Dave Little

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ESP’s Andy Slater knows this area’s music scene and its local heroes better than most, so now he’s back to celebrating some of our local talent… Laid back at the V Festival

Performing with Mick Davison

It’s been a long, hard road, that festival road and now it’s run its course for another year it seemed like a good idea to get back to ‘Profileborough’ by talking to a man, and I use that term loosely, who’s also spent his summer in fields surrounded by speakers and amps. Due to the nature of his work as an electrician at concerts all over the shop and my lifestyle, I hadn’t seen Phil ‘Pish’ Screeton for six months or more. There was something different about him, yes he had the summer spread of too many beers like we all do, but his facial features had changed. “Pish, what happened to your front tooth?”

A pint with Rex Gates

Eagles. This is not an extraordinary summer, for the last 13 years it’s been the norm having done V Festival consecutively since 1996. “I’ve worked with just about every major star,” he tells me. “Bruce Springsteen, James Brown, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Dire Straits, even Whitney Houston in Barcelona.” So how does a local lad whose father was the 12th employee of Perkins get to travel the world and meet the stars? Like his dad he went to Perkins and started as an apprentice electrician. Along the way he bumped into fellow sparky and burgeoning festival power provider Sean Pearce of the now industry standard Pearce Hire.

The following explanation gives the perfect demonstration of the circles that Pish works within.

“I worked for him at Cambridge Folk Festival in 1991, I think it was that year that Sean got the contract,” he recalls. “We had a few mishaps like junction boards catching fire but it went well. I worked it with Sean for years after.”

“You know when Oasis split up at V? Well I was backstage when Noel and Liam started fighting. Liam’s manager, Steve Allen (not he of Peterborough DJ fame) ran across to part them and I thought – ‘he’s gonna get hurt’. I ran across to help him; Liam swung a punch at Noel, missed, hit me instead and knocked my tooth out!”

Like a lot of circles in the music business if you’re good and prepared to travel there’s plenty of work, it also gives you plenty of chance to play and Pish is a mean bass player. “I played with a band called 32-20 from Northampton, we were good! Along with Dire Straits we had the very first CD in the shops back in the early eighties.” Not a bad claim to make.

I suppose that’s another claim to fame amongst many, how many people can say – “Liam Gallagher knocked my tooth out?”

“I also played locally with The Davison Woods Band. I could tell some stories about those days but I’d better not, they’re all bigger than me!”

Not bad in a summer that’s seen him work with the likes of Rod Stewart, Elton John and The

That’s the thing with Pish, he has a thousand stories to tell. He is one of the wittiest men I have

“V Festival,” he replied.

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had the pleasure to know, and as such his recollections are genuinely funny. My favourite is the story of the 55th birthday party of the boss of Arcadia group, Sir Philip Green. “It was in the Maldives, Friday night was George Michael, Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin. Saturday was quieter, Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez… Every night, and day, it was glasses of Cristal Champagne. I was staying on a separate island from the gig and was given a little phut phut boat to transfer me to and from the gig, it was taking me an hour. I complained to Mr Green’s man and he got me a Sunseeker power boat with two 1000 horse power Merlins attached. It took me fifteen minutes each way then. Mind you I was that p***ed I crashed it into the jetty on the way out and on the way back… every time! “One of the crew was that wasted he backed a Gator 4 wheel drive truck off the jetty and it landed in the sea…luckily the three phase cable was still attached so we could drag it back ashore!” The stories, mayhem and tales of misfortune go on and on. What they don’t tell is a man who is amongst the best in his profession. You don’t get to travel the world and see who he has seen by not being good. So there you have it, from Perkins apprentice to crashing £250,000 yachts in the Maldives in front of Aretha Franklin. If Carlsberg made backstage sparkies…

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Reviews Released: November 13 Cast: John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Thandie Newton Director: Roland Emmerich Love him or loathe him, Roland Emmerich does disaster on a grand scale.


He adds another ‘end of the world’ movie to his repertoire, this time based on ancient Mayan prophecies that predict apocalyptic events set in… you guessed it, 2012.

Released: November 16 (also on Blu-Ray)

As usual some poor family gets embroiled in the unfolding chaos – this time it’s John Cusack (Runaway Jury, Con Air) and daughter – as oceans rise, earthquakes shatter and volcanoes erupt. To be fair, Emmerich generally hit the spot with the popcorn-munching Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, so this could be the big-budget blockbuster to watch in the next month.

Lost creator and M:I 3 director, JJ Abrams gets the re-boot spot-on for one of sci-fi’s most beloved franchises.

Check for the full lowdown on 2012 once it’s released…

He appeases Trekkies and general action fans alike with a blistering spectacle that sees the origin story of the Enterprise’s fledgling crew, including Kirk (Chris Pine), Scotty (Simon Pegg) and Spock (Heroes’ Zachary Quinto) take on the might of a rogue Romulan (Eric Bana). Despite a few plot-holes, it’s arguably the most enjoyable two hours I’ve spent watching a movie this year. #####

TERMINATOR: SALVATION Released: November 23 (also on Blu-Ray)




Released: November 20

Out now

Released: November 25

The massively successful Twilight gets the sequel treatment with Brit heartthrob and poster boy Robert Pattinson reprising his role as vampire Edward, alongside Kristen Stewart, as About A Boy helmer, Chris Weitz, takes over directorial duties.

Fans get an inside glimpse into the last remaining days of Michael Jackson’s life in this docu-film with exclusive interviews, rehearsals and backstage footage as he prepared for his sold-out London concerts – directed by Jacko’s creative partner Kenny Ortega.

It’s ten years since The Blair Witch Project brought visceral horror to the big-screen and this low-budget US box-office ‘mockumentary’ hit has had the same cult effect, as a simple haunted house story is turned into a relentless ninety minute suspenseful nervejangler.

The harshly maligned new Terminator series is another mindless entertaining romp. While director McG doesn’t quite have the same classy screen-savvy as Abrams, this continuation of the franchise sees Christian ‘that foul-mouthed rant’ Bale star as the now grown-up John Connor as Skynet’s fledgling army of Terminators aim for world domination. It’s actually Aussie actor Sam Worthington who steals the show as a mysterious half man/half cyborg, but this watchable fare still lacks the heart of the first two movies. #####

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

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ESP dissects all the major games in the run-up to Christmas, here’s part one of our bumper guide, which gets the extended cut online at


FIFA 10 (X360/PS3/WII/DS/ PSP/PC) Out Now The greatest all-round football game ever – and that’s coming from a PES fan.


Forget about Modern Warfare 2 – this is the one PS3 fans have been waiting for. And for good reason, as this sequel to Drake’s Fortune is without doubt one of the best games of the year with its breathtaking graphics, coupled with gameplay that offers such sensational set-pieces. You can’t help but get embroiled in this epic adventure. This is the ultimate cinematic gaming experience and arguably the best-ever PS3 exclusive that will undoubtedly ignite sales of the new slim edition console. Discover it now.

Unless you’re a hardcore PES enthusiast, I’ve no hesitation in saying this is the best pound-for-pound football game on the market. Let’s Fifa.

To compare this to the forthcoming MW2 would be unfair as this is an exceptional nerve-jangling alternative in its own right. This visceral war-based strategic shooter set against Chinese troops on an island battlefield, offers a more realistic war experience with solid solo, multiplayer and co-op modes that offers more than the usual ‘run and gun’ affair. Codemasters have just unleashed a little gem that shouldn’t be ignored.







(PS3/X360) Out Now

(WII) Out Now

This notches the award for mostimproved sporting game of the year.

This infuriating beat ’em-up has the meat but sadly not the trimmings.

Thought this franchise couldn’t cut it on the Wii? Think again.

Despite getting the basics right with luscious chunky graphics and a solid game engine, it suffers from presentation glitches, a distinct lack of unlockable content and a hit-and-miss ‘laggy’ online experience which leaves it trailing the far superior Streetfighter IV.

Naysayers were worried about this being an ‘on-rails’ (a linear, constantly moving arcade style) shooter, but with some of the best graphics seen on the console, this prequel to the hit 360/PS3 game is simply out of this world – particularly with the Zapper add-on.

But with 22 fighters available – including favourites such as Raiden and Terry Bogard – it should still offer enough for KOF die-hards.

With horror-laden atmospheric environments that have terror at every turn, it would be a travesty if this doesn’t find a market on Nintendo’s generally family-friendly console.





(PS3/X360/WII/DS/PSP) Out Now

There hasn’t been such a drastic expansion as the previous year, but with great 360 degree dribbling, create a ‘Virtual Pro’ and improved manager mode, this has been honed into world class status.

(X360/PS3) Out Now If there were gaming awards for effort this flawed shooter would need a cabinet. As it stands, this slow-mo FPS shows flashes of stylistic ingenuity, but is littered with infuriating platforming glitches and samey enemy confrontations that leave it drowning in a pool of disappointment.

This series is in need of a Batman: Arkham Asylum-style revamp – despite offering fans plenty of reasons to celebrate. Based on recent civil war storylines, this sequel is still ultimately the same linear button-masher – albeit with new ‘Fusion’ superhero combining powers – as you take Spidey, Hulk and co, through this massively gratifying Marvel universe. Unlocking your favourite characters still gets those spider senses tingling.

If you can get over its problems though, it still has enough moments of ‘crazy, sexy, cool’ from its leather-clad vixen heroine Rubi to make it worth a playthrough.



NHL 10


(X360/PS3) Out Now This is arguably one of the best sporting games on any next-gen console. If you’re an ice hockey fan you’re in heaven, as this tweaks the immense improvements made to last year’s version – but whether it’s enough to warrant a purchase if you’ve already got 09 is the only question mark. Expanded gaming mechanics like fighting and board play, coupled with great graphics, makes this an authentic NHL experience that can’t be bettered.


(X360/PS3/PSP) Out Now

It’s arguably the only EA sports game that trails a competitor (the 2K series), but boasting enhanced user control, ‘Dynamic DNA’ technology and an ‘Adidas Live Run’ online mode – this now pushes the boundaries of the basketball experience. Some teething problems still rear their ugly head, but it’s moving in the right direction and is the first time the franchise has slamdunked in a while.


MARIO & SONIC AT THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES (WII/DS) Out Now This winter-themed game will undoubtedly keep families happy during the cold months. This Sega/Nintendo (mainly the former) crossbreed from Mario, Sonic and friends offers an interesting selection of core events and mini-games – from the surprisingly good curling and bobsleighing to the sub-standard ice hockey and skiing – that are mainly fun, if uninspiring fare (even with the balance board). Like the original, this does exactly what it says on the tin.


(PS3/X360/WII/DS/ PSP/PC) Out Now There was a new hope for this Star Wars game, but unfortunately it has taken a turn to the dark side. Early promise has proved unfounded as poor platforming and graphics plague this glitchy and repetitive actioner. Being a massive Star Wars fan, I tried my best to love this game, but this is strictly for kids who love the decent TV series.


UP (X360/PS3/WII/DS/ PSP/PC) Out Now Compared to Star Wars this, on the other hand, shows how a kids’ game should be done. Disney games are steadily improving and this extends the Up experience to children who loved the movie; with tidy graphics, humorous dialogue, decent platforming and engaging environmental puzzles. The gameplay is expectedly simplistic, but with a ‘jump in and out’ co-op mode for parents to interact, it’ll keep your kids out of mischief for a few hours.


Thanks to Ian Hilling for playtesting some of this month’s titles ( November )


LIVEMUSIC We Are Fiction

from Cambridge and further afield. You might even catch Ezio himself playing there as a warm-up for his band’s traditional pre-Christmas gig at The Junction!


MET LOUNGE The Met Lounge is yet again the venue for another album launch on Friday November 20, when local Screamo band We Are Fiction take to the stage. This is going to be quite an album launch and is being covered by Kerrang and Metal Hammer magazines, among others. Previews and the ability to pre-order can be accessed via their website. Later in the month, the Campaign for Real Punk Rock, or CRPR for short, is joining forces with the Club With No Name which has resurfaced for a special gig at The Met Lounge, Bridge Street, Peterborough on Friday November 27. It’s a special one-off show featuring one of the UK punk scenes most notorious live acts: Sick On The Bus. Imagine Motorhead in a fist-fight with The Sex Pistols and you should be able to imagine what to expect! With four albums and numerous US tours under their belts SOTB will be supported by local punk legends The Destructors. Tickets are on sale from the venue at just £5 each.

It’s happening! With a lot of effort from ESP’s very own Mike ‘da hat’ Harris, Peterborough once again has its very own folk festival on Saturday November 14 and Sunday November 15 at Goodbarn’s Yard, St Johns Street, Peterborough. With over 30 acts over the weekend, it promises to be a stonker! There are certainly too many acts to mention, but as well as local legends such as Irene Rae, James Chadwick and Heather McVey, there’ll be acts from as far afield as Brighton, Sheffield and Warrington. From 2pm until 11pm each day, entry is totally free all weekend, so go and check it out!

ARUSHA ACCORD IN THE BORO Leading a UK tour of musical mayhem, The Arusha Accord are playing at The Park, Park Road, Peterborough on Sunday November 15. Considered one of the UK’s finest prog-metal bands, their post-hardcore style is a unique contrast of core melodies, clear vocals and agonizing yelps… what more can I say! They’ll be joined by Canadian tech-metal wizards A Textbook Tragedy and UK band Ghosts On Pegasus Bridge.

THE REPLICAS DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Describing themselves on the website as ‘foot-stomping, ska-chasing, danceshaping’, our good friends, The Replicas, have got a busy schedule in the run up to Christmas (I’ll be doing a run-down of what’s happing on the music scene over Christmas in next month’s issue). However, if you want to catch them in November, get yourself to the Deeping Stage, Market Place, Deeping, on Saturday November 21. Dancing and singing along is compulsory, but not difficult with the best of the 60s, Mod, punk, new wave, ska and soul being played. Entry’s free of charge.

No, it’s not due to tight underwear… it’s the title of a song by 80s pop band, Ultravox, whose lead singer, Midge Ure, will be performing at The Cresset on Thursday November 26. As well as hits with Ultravox, including the classic Vienna, Midge Ure has also notched up hits as a solo artist and is credited with writing Band Aid’s, Do They Know It’s Christmas. Tickets are available from The Cresset box office on 01733 265705, or online at

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Tickets are £12 from For more info email com or call 07963 288114.

EZIO TURNS PROMOTER Former Peterborough guy and front man in one of Cambridge’s most enduringly successful bands is currently finding out what life is like on the other side of the music business, by promoting a series of forthcoming gigs in the city. Ezio Lunedei, who was brought up in Peterborough but has lived in Cambridge for some years now, is better known as songwriter, guitarist and vocalist in his band Ezio. He’s now welcoming some of the nation’s bestloved musicians to the intimate stage at The Boathouse in Cambridge for a series of acoustic gigs during November. The autumn line-up in the 100 capacity upstairs venue on Mitcham’s Corner includes solo appearances from former Sex Pistol bassist Glen Matlock (Sunday November 8); another Cambridge songwriting legend in the form of Boo Hewerdine (Wednesday November 11); folk-rock genius Martin Stephenson (of Daintees fame – Thursday November 26); and Chris Difford – in a previous life one of the mainstays of Brit legends Squeeze (Friday November 27 and Saturday November 28). Ezio told ESP – “I decided to promote a few gigs just for the fun of it, and the inspiration it’ll provide. It’s also a chance to put on the sort of gigs that I’d like to see myself.” Ezio is also planning a series of monthly Songwriter Nights at The Boathouse, which will act as a showcase for some of the best artists

WINTER BLUES There is some great blues happening at the Stamford Arts Centre on Saturday November 7, when the legendary Woody Mann will be giving out some awe-inspiring guitar licks in a concert that will definitely take your breath away. Tickets are £12 from the box office. Continuing with the blues theme, if you prefer a pub venue then check out Dr A’s Blues Consortium, who’ll be playing at The Halcyon, Atherstone Avenue, Peterborough on Saturday November 14. Best of all, why not do both?

GOING GLOBAL Peterborough bhangra-rock fusion band, Kissmet, have stepped up their game by attending the World Music Conference in Copenhagen recently and are hoping to win even more global bookings on the world music scene. If you’ve got a valid passport and a few quid, you can see them in Goa on New Year’s Eve, or wait a few months before catching them in Florida, Mexico City, Bogota or in the Caribbean. Manager and performer, Ron Singh, said – “It’s great that we’re being more recognised on the world music scene across the globe, although we will continue to play local charity events as a way of saying a big thank you to the people of Peterborough who’ve supported us for so long.” To keep posted on events, check the Kissmet website.


The Roundhead

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

• Sky Sports • Karaoke every Friday • Disco/ Karaoke every Saturday • Family friendly, children welcome until 7pm • Happy Hour 9.30am – 12pm • Meals from £2.99 • Now serving Sunday Roast • FUNCTION ROOM FOR HIRE

Lime Tree

Cross Keys

• 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

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Sky Sports Beer garden Two pool tables Live music Karaoke / Disco Sats Poker night every Sunday Beer garden and children’s playing area • Quiz night every Tuesday

Paston Lane, Walton Tel: 01733 708320

Oundle Rd, Peterborough Tel: 01733 565103

The Harrier(Hungry Horse)

The Office

• Sky • Carling at £1.99 during major sports • Karaoke every Friday • Live bands Saturdays • Food served all day, every day • Sunday roast from £5.49 – full children’s menu 184 Gunthorpe Rd, Peterborough Tel: 01733 575362

• Disco / Karaoke - Fridays • Live music on Saturdays • Poker night with free buffet on Wednesdays @ 8pm • Happy Hour - Sunday 12-2pm • Premiership football games including 3pm Saturday kick off’s • Function room for hire • Family beer garden

Rightwell East, Bretton. Tel: 01733 267340

72 Oundle Road, Woodston Tel: 01733 557248

November 2009

• Food served daily, Mon – Sat 12pm-2pm and 6pm-9pm. Sun 12 – 5.30pm • Every Tuesday - Karaoke 9pm • Every Wednesday - Quiz Night 9.30pm

• Function room available for private parties • Every Sunday Texas Hold’em Poker starts 7.30pm

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Tunnel Grumpy Old Men Citizen Smith Black Rose Pandora’s Box Tut Crash n Burn Porky Pig

20% OFF all advanced Christmas bookings Limited space available. Please quote ESP.

The Halcyon Atherstone Avenue, Netherton, 01733 263801

9 Oundle Road, Fletton,

Peterborough 01733 703495 FAX 01733 757563 All bands subject to change

Live Music

November 7th Honeywell 14th Phoenix 21st Intruders 28th After Dark

Members Club New members welcome


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

4th 5th 6th 7th 13th 14th 19th 20th 21st 26th 27th

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


Also • A selection of fine real ales • Darts, dominoes, crib, snooker and pool also available • Function room available for party hire (not Saturdays)

Food available daily all non members welcome

Available for private bookings and functions

Ebeneezers, Grove Street, Peterborough Tel: 01733 567352

Karaoke The Throwaways Retrolux Mojo Working - 50s/60s soul and R&B Aroon van Beeken/Proto Inferno Coldsweat Nicky Open Mic with Richard and Paul Icon of the Brave Karaoke The Gangsters (limited entry with ticket only) 28th Swomp Rock

83-85 Thorpe Road, Peterborough PE3 6JQ Tel: 07775 841239 Email:


saturday 31st October

Halloween Fancy Dress Party Prizes for the best dressed. Halloween themed Ales and Spooky Cocktails.

saturday 7th november

Freepeace Free entry B4 11pm £3 after. Friday 27th november

Groove Cartel

• Belgian beer selection • Selection of Real Ales • Traditional Ciders

Free entry B4 11pm £4 after.

Live Music November Fri 6 Brotherhoods Roundabout Sat 7 Porky Pig Fri 13 Jet Skiffle Band Sat 14 The Mighty Quinn Fri 20 Retrolux Sat 21 Riff-Raff Fri 27 Children of the Revolution Sat 28 Aladinsaine December Fri 4 White Spirit Sat 5 Storm

The Ostrich Inn

Town Bridge, Peterborough 01733 315700

17 North St, Peterborough 01733 752255

• Quiz night every Wednesday 8.30pm • Selection of real ales • Food served from 12-3pm • Beer garden • Bar Billiards • Mighty Mouth Karaoke with Trev every Sunday 8.30pm




The Elmtree Tavern Peterborough

The Periwig Stamford


THE NUGGETS The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe






The Golden Fleece Stamford

BLACK ROSE Cherry Tree Oundle Road

The Palmerston Arms Oundle Road

The Ex-Servicemans Club Thorney

The Lime Tree Walton


The Dragon Werrington



The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road


The Ostrich North Street




The Corn Exchange Bourne

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

Cherry Tree Oundle Road

5 MILES HIGH The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road


BACKSTREET BOYS (BLUES BAND) The Ostrich Peterborough

DR. A'S BLUES CONSORTIUM The Old Coach House Deeping

OUTA STOCK + MIKE LUFF The Moorhen Hampton

THE OVERDUBS The Fayre Spot Bretton

WHITE NOISE The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe

SAT OCT 31 A STORY TO TELL The Tulips Football Club Spalding

BURLESQUE Cherry Tree Oundle Road

CITY SOUNDS Ebeneezers Grove Street

DR. A'S BLUES CONSORTIUM The Green Man Stamford

THE LEGENDS Club Revolution Park Road



Mama Liz's Stamford

The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road



The Lime Tree Paston

THE OVERDUBS The Bluebell Dogsthorpe

The Angel Yarwell

GRUMPY OLD MEN The Three Horseshoes Werrington

LEGEND The Blue Bell Dogsthorpe

MENTAL MEN The Lime Tree Walton


The Blue Bell Dogsthorpe


The Brewery Tap Peterborough



The Old Coach House Market Deeping

The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe



The Hit Or Miss Stamford

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road




Club Metro London Road

The Lord Nelson Morton

The Office Oundle Road




The Grapevine Queen Street

MOTOWN NIGHT The Lime Tree Paston



Mama Liz's Stamford

The Grapevine Queen Street



Ebeneezers Grove Street




The Cross Keys Oundle Road

THE MIGHTY QUINN The Grapevine Queen Street



The Fayre Spot Bretton

Quinns Whittlesey

Cherry Tree Oundle Road


Club Revolution Park Road

DWAYNE WATSON The Grapevine Queen Street

JET SKIFFLE The Ostrich North Street

KEV COLLINS The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe

LOVE TRAIN The Parkway Club Peterborough



The Fayre Spot Bretton

Cherry Tree Oundle Road



The Carpenters Arms Peterborough


Ebeneezers Grove Street



The Swiss Cottage Woodston

The Office Woodston

Thorney Golf Club Thorney




The Elmtree Dogsthorpe

The Coach House Market Deeping


LIVE BAND The Grapevine Queen Street

The Railway Whittlesey

THE MIGHTY QUINN The Ostrich Peterborough

THE PULSE Parkside Peterborough



The Waggon & Horses Langtoft


Cherry Tree Oundle Road

The Ostrich North Street


The Old Coach House Market Deeping


Charters Town Bridge



The Ostrich North Street




Cherry Tree Oundle Road


Fleece Peterborough The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe


The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road Cherry Tree Oundle Road

SWINGING THE LED Peterborough Metro Peterborough

SAT NOV 21 FAT CHANCE The Lime Tree Walton

FRANKLY MY DEAR The Angel Yarwell


The Royal Oak Walton

HOOKER O'Neills Peterborough



FRI DEC 4 CIRCA 73 The Cross Keys Oundle Road

LEFTOVAS The Marquis of Granby Bourne

WHITE SPIRIT The Ostrich North Street

SAT DEC 5 HIGHWAY SOMEWHERE Pincushion Inn Wyberton


The Lime Tree Walton

The Bell Deeping St James


Deepings Rugby Club Market Deeping



The Halcyon Peterborough

Ebeneezers Grove Street



The Ostrich North Street

The Ostrich North Street



The Lord Burghley Stamford

The Grapevine Queen Street

The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe

The Halcyon Netherton


The Grapevine Queen Street



The Axe & Cleaver Boston



The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

Club Revolution Park Road

A TEXT BOOK The Decoy TRAGEDY + SHANE POOLE ARUSHA ACCORD + Newborough The Fayre Spot ICON OF THE BRAVE Bretton MORE The Cellar Bar Club Revolution THE GANGSTERS Thorpe Road Peterborough The Cellar Bar INTRUDERS GUY TORTORA BAND Thorpe Road Ebeneezers The Crown Inn THE GUARDS Oundle Road Crowland The Bluebell Inn K.C BROWN Dogsthorpe THU NOV 19 The Office THE RETURNS Grove Street NICKY The Grapevine The Cellar Bar PILLOW FIGHT Queen Street Thorpe Road


The Cross Keys Oundle Road



Thorney Ex-Servicemans Club Thorney


The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

Ebeneezers Grove Street

The Brewery Tap Peterborough

The Cross Keys Oundle Road


The Cross Keys Oundle Road


The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe

The Burghley Bourne

The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

The Office Oundle Road

Cherry Tree Oundle Road








The Grapevine Queen Street


The Swiss Cottage Woodston

New England Club Peterborough


The Pear Tree Stamford


The Three Horseshoes Werrington


The Grapevine Queen Street


The Halcyon Netherton


Charters Town Bridge


The Ostrich North Street



The Fayre Spot Bretton

The Office Oundle Road

The Hit Or Miss Stamford


The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

The Office Oundle Road



The Office Oundle Road



The Waggon & Horses Langtoft



STORM The Ostrich North Street

*ESP can not be held responsible for errors in this listing, be sure to check with the venue for confirmation.

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



With all the change at The Park (now District 7), you might be missing the urban music that gave the club its success in the first place – but the Hennessy crew are back in action on November 21 with a Krazy Colours themed event. The idea is to wear as many colours as possible, and there’ll be a TV crew filming the night. They’ll return on November 28 for another night of urban classics.

OFFKEY KHANAGE Fresh from a trip to the Clubs of Central Europe, NeuroFunktion returns to Club Dissident on November 7 with a massive night planned. After causing a roadblock when he played there back in March, Raiden will be back in town, joined by one of his main recording artists and local legend, Khanage for a special showcase of his label, Offkey Recordings. Initially, they brought a touch of techno to Drum ‘n’ bass, but the sound has evolved to include organic breaks & heavy sub bass, drawing on a wide range of influences, including salsa and cuban rhythms. The second room will showcase all things breaks, bass and bleeps, with TripleSickz, Shaggy, Overdrive and others playing breaks and dubstep. Entry £5, free for the first 20 people with a flyer before 10pm

THE PARK BECOMES DISTRICT 7 The Park boasts loads of new nights this month – following a revamp of the venue, looks like they’ve upped the ante on the music front too! Hybrid begins on November 6 and sees the Hijack and Locality crews joining forces to bring you the heaviest hip hop, D’n’B and dubstep. Locality are in action again at District 7, downstairs at The Park, on November 7. The place now has a chilled out bar vibe, which should suit Locality’s mix of cuttingedge hip hop, D’n’B and dubstep with live MCs and beatboxers. There’ll also be cheap drinks such as £2 for a pint and all bottles will be £1.80, while upstairs in Club Revolution Sensation returns with slick R’nB and dance.

RETURN OF THE KING For a more relaxed tempo, head to District 7 (formerly The Park) on November 14, when reggae king David Rodigan will be returning, bringing his unique style to the city. If you’re after something a bit more frantic, then Hyperbolic at Club Revolution on the same night will be more to your taste – think hyper hardcore with a friendly crowd and you’re there.

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ULTERIOR BASS Following a great night in August featuring the immense Digital and Outrage, Subliminal returns on November 20 with Ulterior Motive headlining. Tipped for massive things by those in the know in the drum ‘n’ bass scene, their release Infrasonic/Holding On To Never is flying out of the shops and they’ve got support from some major DJs, such as Teebee and Calyx. Support on the night comes from Komplex, Mr. Bang-E and City Kings and the second room features Spinny (Random Concept / Bass Addict), Darka & Luger and Clarkfader. Entry £5.

RUN THIS TOWN Run This Town Part 2 comes to Distrct 7 on November 21, part of the Spotlight Saturdays nights that have been massive in these past few months. Featuring the best in dancehall, Reggae, R ‘n’B, hip-hop and UKG from Mr Lion and DJ Bizzy, dress to impress and prepare to move. Entry £5 advance.

GO OLD-SKOOL Dig your old school uniform out of the wardrobe and get discounted entry for the School Disco at Central in Stamford on November 27. With giveaways, UV décor, sexy schoolgirl disco dancers and drinks offers, it’ll be a fun, silly night packed full of cheesy tunes from back in the day.

SWEET NEW RESIDENT Cryer DJ joins Everett Irie as a resident at Sweet Indulgence, the new urban and R’n’B night at Pulse 8 nightclub on Geneva Street. Playing hip hop, crunk, slow jams, reggae and dancehall old and new, as well as urban and R’n’B every Friday night in the Red Room. Relive your summer holidays in the main room, where you’ll hear club classics, chart hits and Euro house – with all the drinks offers, your wallet will feel like it’s on holiday too!

ELEMENT VS TERRAFORM Element join forces with Oxford’s Terraform on November 6 at Dissident to bring you Distorted Minds, well known producers thanks to their tunes Warface and T-10 and Crystal Clear, whose recent release of Itz A Lot with Cabbie making an impact on the scene. Terraform have got a national reputation thanks to their diverse sound, covering dark, deep and tech D‘n’B and dubstep, residents Greencode, Bolo and Phil Blunt will be joining Element residents Krisp, Geewizz, Overdrive, Timeshift and Herbz on the decks, as well as brand new talent, Lines – E and Shok. For your chance to play at Element, email a 30-minute set to before November 10. Entry £6 with flyer, otherwise £7 before midnight.

BLEND @ BACARRA There’s a new night at Bacarra, one of the city’s most glamorous nightspots which kicks off on November 28. Blend is a heady mix of Peterborough’s club history, with Nick Slater and Rayan Gee representing old school house, in the style of the much-missed Café en Seine, while Jay Heal and Benji Brown will be representing the best in upfront house. Dress is smart casual, and some special early bird VIP tickets are available for £5 from the club, P Kai Hair in Westgate Arcade and Serpentine Green, or

LIBERATION @ DISSIDENT It’s another busy month at Club Dissident with drum ‘n’ bass on November 13, from Bass Camp and after a massive night last month, Liberation return on November 14 with more heavy drum ‘n’ bass. A new grime night will be launched on November 21 and Submerge returns with the best in dubstep on November 27. The following night, November 28, sees Avit and Broken Laboratory join forces for a night of hardcore.





Kerry Bates our former Face of ESP and other half of Posh player Chris Whelpdale takes a bird’s eye look at footy life… Photo: Paul Young

By the time you read this we should finally be in our new home!

THE FUTURE’S BRIGHT... The future is orange – or at least that was the hope pre-season in the Peterborough Phantoms camp as they sported their new orange shirts ready to defend the unprecedented treble they secured last season. However, it wasn’t to be the best of starts for new coach Doug Irwin as his side started their league campaign with eight defeats in their first nine games. This season’s English Premier League looks to be the most competitive in the history of the sport at this level and the Phantoms had the misfortune to face all the early pace-setters in a series of very tough match ups. Despite being hindered by the loss of key overseas forward Jason Cassells with a fractured wrist and the surprise retirement of captain Lewis Buckman due to work commitments, the Phantoms took every one of their games right down to the wire but lady luck never seemed to be smiling on them at the death. The good news is that the smiles have returned to the camp at last after a nailbiting 4-3 win at home to high flying Slough Jets and, with some less daunting fixtures on the immediate horizon and hopefully a full line-up again the future is once again bright in the camp. Club media officer Paul Young told ESP – “It’s a fantastic league this season with very little to choose between top and bottom and the smallest of misfortunes can make all the difference. Losing key players right at the start of a campaign like this really does make a huge difference and once a team starts losing then it can, mentally, be very difficult to snap out of the rut. However, we know we have a very capable roster this season and now we have the win under our belts, confidence will start to return and we are very positive about the weeks ahead. As far as we are concerned, our season starts now and we’re ready to start climbing the league table.” The Phantoms fixtures see them hosting Sheffield on Saturday November 7 (face-off 7pm), Guildford on Sunday November 15 (face-off 5.30pm), Romford on Sunday November 22 (face-off 5.30pm) and Swindon on Sunday November 29 (faceoff 5.30pm).

It’s been a long four months since the process began, but now I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. They say moving is one of the most stressful things you can do in your life and I most definitely agree. Chris on the other hand disagrees with this, as he’s been very chilled and relaxed about the whole experience! As the four months went by I gradually got more and more stressed and grumpy with everything as I tried to handle most of it myself. As Chris has bought a house before, I thought he knew everything there was to know when it came to mortgages so he could help me, but no… last time he had a lot of help from his financial adviser, so I was left to my own devices. Stress! Anyway… off the ‘let’s feel sorry for Kerry bit’ and onto the very welcome international break from the season. About four times a year (if teams are in the Championship or Premiership) they get weekends off so players can join their national teams. For us this meant a WHOLE weekend off football which honestly is so nice considering for the last two years this hasn’t been an option. This escape was very well timed for us as we were able to get away from houses and have a nice romantic weekend together! Chris and I decided to make the most of our weekend and headed down to Marbella to visit my parents. We thought it would be a great idea to take Chris’s parents with us so the parents could meet the parents and have a FULL ON bonding session! Three days with the six of us… I must say I was slightly nervous! Naturally you want your other half’s parents to get on with your own. But after the first hour, I could see everyone was getting on like a house on fire so I knew we weren’t going to have a problem. Whenever I’m in Spain, all I seem to do is… eat, drink, sleep, sunbathe, eat a little more and drink a lot more! This weekend was no exception. On the Saturday we went to the beach where Chris found a little 1p sized friend. He called him ‘crab’ and thought he’d make better friends with him by catching him… sadly his capture didn’t last long as ‘crab’ obviously got angry and bit his finger making Chris scream like a girl!! Hehe, very funny to watch. Since Chris has been back playing football, I’ve not really seen him play as they’ve had quite a few away games which I don’t tend to go to. Even if I don’t go I always like to keep an eye on how he’s doing. I’m usually out when they’re playing so I follow the game on my phone. I’m always excited when I see his name come up as having done something, even if it’s something like ‘foul’… lol! I’m looking forward to some of the away games coming up, especially the Newcastle game. The girls are going to have a little trip up there as we hear the nightlife and shopping is amazing. Oh and of course to see the boys play football!

Photo: Paul Young

The other day when I was trying to fit into some old jeans and I couldn't due to my arse being the size of Jupiter, I decided I needed to buck up my ideas when it comes to exercise and shed a few pounds. So... I’ve now started kick boxing and pole dancing, so hopefully in a week’s time I’ll be a slim, slim Jim! I’ll keep you posted on my progress…

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WE’RE GOING TO THE DOGS If you fancy a little trackside action and a few bets to get your pulse racing you need to try a night out at the Greyhound Stadium in Peterborough – it’s the dogs danglies! We’re always on the look out for some serious social action so we’ve joined forces with the stadium to give you a top night out that could see you quids in. The Raceview Grandstand at Peterborough now has a capacity of over 1,000 seats for customers at tables, all with a view of the racing circuit and easy access to the indoor Totes, making Peterborough one of the top five tracks in the country. If you decide to make even more of a night of it and book into the restaurant for a meal (pre-book and pre-paid on 01733 296939), the great thing is that while you chill out and enjoy the food and a few bevies, state of the art technology means messengers carrying mini Tote machines come to you to take your bets. They’re then transmitted instantly to the central Tote system by radio link and your ticket’s printed for you at the table. Winnings are also paid out on the spot. Result! If you’re in business and want to give your staff a night out or impress your clients you can also book one of two separate areas for corporate entertaining.


Go to the dogs and eat at the Rumblin’ Tum fast food servery for just 1p. You get admission to the grandstand (usually £5), and choose any burger, jacket potato (various fillings), hot dog, chicken nuggets (6 piece), scampi (6 piece), veggie nuggets (6 piece). All with chips or salad. Total cost: One penny (subject to availability). The ESP Reader Offer is only available with a voucher and is valid for any Wednesday, Friday or Saturday up to and including December 31, 2009. NOTE: There is no racing on December 25 and 26 and this offer is not valid for the meeting on Sunday December 27 afternoon. Programmes available - £1.

There are loads of free car parking spaces too, so grab your mates and get clicking or texting and have a night out and a meal on us and Peterborough Greyhound Stadium. You’ll find the stadium at Fengate - to find out more visit or call 01733 296939.

To receive your voucher for the single admission and meal offer, just text us the word ‘dogs’ along with your NAME and EMAIL address on the number shown, or email to receive your voucher along with your NAME and PHONE NUMBER. Alternatively log onto and click on the Greyhound Stadium logo on the home page to print out your own voucher.


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Is it possible to cite sports channel ESPN in a divorce petition? If so, someone get me a lawyer quick! It was bad enough in the old days of Setanta sports when I had to endure the odd big football match (which, if I’m honest, I didn’t really mind, I just pretended I did so I could store it in the bank and get my own way on something else later) but looking back, I never had it so good. I guess that considering we don’t have Sky Sports I’ve got away with things lightly and even I can cope with televised cricket when it’s condensed into 45 minutes on Channel 5. Although it does get a bit much when it comes after a whole day of being











subjected to them wittering on about cake and googlies on 5 Live which, trust me, is not as much fun as it sounds like it could be! But this new ESPN malarkey, who took over the vacant Virgin Media channel after Setanta went belly up, is a whole different ball game, if you’ll pardon the pun.



example, the three and a half hours of the 1982 FA Cup final, or the (seemingly) three and a half years of the 1989 Ashes series; quite simply it’s sport that fashion forgot.

Now, not only do I have to endure wall to wall boring football and cricket but, as they seem to have a penchant for screening ‘classic’ historical matches, I am now subjected to wall to wall boring football and cricket with bubble perms, ’taches and too short shorts. Take, for

So now, not only am I forced to watch it, he expects me to feel nostalgic about it too! The way I see it, 80s fashion didn’t even look good in the 80s and is best left in the archives, not being dragged out for our viewing pleasure day in day out. It’s a bloomin’ good job I love him because the fact that he doesn’t agree with me could definitely be considered ‘irreconcilable differences’. The only exception to the rule is the vintage darts matches they show (yep, I’m subjected to them too); with the hair, the fashion and the jewellery. I can’t tell the old matches apart from the present day!


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If ever there was a reason to holiday in this count ry instead of going abroad, it has to be the trial of the new ‘naked ’ scanner at Manchester airport... When I first read about the X-ray scanner, I was all excited because I thought that, for once, I’d look skinny in a picture (working on the principle that even I don’t have a fat skeleton) but then I found out the awful truth that despite the passenger being fully clothed, the man taking the picture gets to see you starkers. The scanner, being trialled at the airport’s Terminal 2 beams electromagnetic waves onto passengers whilst they stand in a booth and a virtual threedimensional ‘naked’ image is created from the reflected energ y. It’s been designed to detect any explosives or weapons being concealed on the passenger’s body, but if ever there was an invention open for abuse it’s this one! Any man who says he didn’t grow up wanting Super man’s X-ray vision so he could see through girls’ clothes is either Elton John or a big fat fibber! Especially as this one also clearly shows breast implants – I’m willing to bet that it won’t be long before the scanner man (who in the interests of privacy will be sat on his own in anoth er room – it gets dodgier by the second!) starts playing his own game of ‘true or false’.

SHE NEEDS A BACHELOR BOY! It’s been well documented in the long and (yawn) very public saga of the demise of Jordan and Peter’s marriage that one of the main contributing factors in the breakdown was their incessant jealousy of each other being in the company of members of the opposite sex. Indeed, Jordan (I’m resisting the urge to type – real name Katie Price – like all the papers seem to. Like, WE KNOW!) told us in her well timed soon after the split was confirmed, of their pact Morgan interview with Piers to avoid jealous rages by not going out partying unless they were together. you So why then, if you suffer so severely from the green eyed monster that have to take such ridiculous precautions, would you take up with a cross in a dressing (by his own admission), highly sexed actor who’s appeared controversial sex film and, if the kiss and tells are anything to go by, been nice, around the block a bit? It’s just asking for trouble. What she needs is a is up quiet, unattached man not driven by his loins. Anyone know what Cliff to at the moment?!

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