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THE CROWN IS BACK! Remember the famous ‘Crown to Town’ pub crawl? Most of us have done it. Well now The Crown Inn at New England’s under new ownership and has been refurbished to return it to its former glory. Brian Gascoyne has taken the helm and wants to put it firmly back at the heart of the local community. The Mayor was there to officially open the pub and function room and it’s hoped it’ll become a hub for local drinkers and charity events. www.crowntotown.co.uk

JIMMY SPICES TO OPEN SOON Builders are working hard to get the Jimmy Spices world buffet restaurant finished later this year. It’s located where Toho used to be, and is sure to be a favourite with all those food lovers who are keen to sample some of the world’s finest cuisine. The renowned restaurant chain offers sumptuous Indian, Thai, Italian and Chinese dishes served fresh every day – and as it’s multi cuisine you can go back and try something different every time! For more info or to check out the menu you can visit the website www.jimmyspices.co.uk.

GUITAR & DRUM CLINIC Brush up on your drum or guitar skills at Peterborough Live Music Shop, Lincoln Road, The Triangle, where they’re hosting a couple of clinics this month. First up is the drum clinic on November 4 with Richard Rayner, followed by a guitar clinic on November 25 with Gav Coulson. Aimed at players young and old, this is the perfect chance to pick up some tricks and tips and regain your inspiration. Drum clinic £2, the guitar clinic is free. For more info call 01733 555505. www.es p m ag .co.u k ( No ve mbe r )

Whether you’re a professional golfer or like to play for fun, try out the newly opened Virtual Golf Centre in Whittlesey. It doesn’t replace the real thing, but it’s suitable for all ages and you can have great fun trying it out and choosing from over 20 golf courses to play on! There’s a licensed bar, Sky TV and food available, with plenty of seating to socialise with your friends and watch the professionals putt away! They’re open seven days a week. For more info you can email them at golf@peterboroughvirtual golf.co.uk or call on 01733 202604.

NICOLE LAWRENCE @ THORNEY Thorney Golf Club are hosting their first ever Wedding Show on November 14, and have a large range of exhibitors with everything you could possibly need for your big day. Nicole Lawrence – who was on X Factor – may also be in attendance, serenading all you bride-and groomsto-be and also offering the chance to book her for your wedding. Entry’s free, for more info call 01733 270570.

GRAB JOULES GEAR FOR LESS We hear you can pick up loads of bargains at the Joules Sale at The King’s School, Park Road on November 5 and 6. The students have managed to get their hands on loads of catalogue returns and samples from the label. Joules is known for its relaxed look inspired by country living and can be worn classically or layered up. All proceeds will be going to the British Heart Foundation, Anna’s Hope and the Intensive Care Unit at Peterborough City Hospital. For more info call 01733 751541.

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until Christmas, and on Sundays from November 14. Shoppers can leave their cars at the Diligenta car park at Lynch Wood or the Perkins car park at Eastern Industry and catch one of the frequent buses into Queensgate. It’s only £1, or £2.50 for a family ticket. Don’t worry if you miss a bus though, as the next one will be there in just 12 minutes! For full details see www.travelchoice.org.uk

FESTIVE FUN @ FOX & HOUNDS

LAST CHANCE FOR SANTA SPECIAL There might still be a few places left on the Santa Special at Nene Valley Railway, running until December 24. Santa will be in his grotto at the Wansford station, and after meeting him you can ride the special festive train while enjoying wine and mince pies – and the kids get sweets and soft drinks! Box office: 01780 784444 or go to www.nvr.org.uk.

There’s plenty of entertainment in store this Christmas at the Fox & Hounds, Longthorpe. To kick off the party season, local band Rockit will be performing on October 31, Goldrush on November 28 and DJ Chicken and DJ Sweetness will be playing the decks throughout the Christmas period. The staff will be joining in the festive fun and will be in fancy dress every day. Don’t forget they’ve also recently launched a new food menu, so make sure you take the opportunity to taste the food whilst sitting by the cosy fire with a pint!

THE BOY’S HEAD RE-OPENS The Boy’s Head on Oundle Road has temporarily reopened for business and has some great plans in the pipeline. They’ll be open through December, but as of January they’ll close for 4-8 weeks for a major refurbishment by the Scottish & Newcastle pub company. The plans are looking fantastic, and with a new garden area being put in place out the front, a new restaurant opening inside, and a new menu with food on the go every day – who wouldn’t be impressed! We look forward to seeing the transformation and with approximately £100,000 being spent it’s sure to wow the punters!

IMPERIAL BENTO TAKE-AWAY We’re delighted to hear that Imperial Bento is launching an ‘Imperial Bento Express’ take-away service. Bento’s is known for its mouthwatering traditional oriental cuisine, and anyone local to Peterborough will happily sing its praises. Their new generation takeaway service comprises of a set delivery price, £13.50 per person –

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FESTIVE PARK & RIDE Shoppers can enjoy a relaxing and environmentally-friendly trip into the city centre again this Christmas with the launch of Peterborough City Council's park and ride service on October 23 and every Saturday up

HARLEQUIN WINS AWARD Harlequin the party shop has won an award for the best party and costumes website by the British Costume Association. They now have over 3,000 products on their website, as well as party ideas pages and galleries of wedding and party balloons. You can now find Harlequin on Facebook, where customers can post their comments and photographs and view photos from different events. So if you’re looking for a fancy dress outfit this Halloween or for any party occasion, you’re sure to find the perfect one at Harlequin. For more info see www.harlequinthepartyshop .co.uk.


Come and see Ady and his team for a cracking deal on a brand new Peugeot which is really worth talking about!! Owner Sam Hale told ESP – “It’s been an amazing journey to come from the back bedroom twelve years ago to a store of 4,500 sq ft, and having Ron Hill at the opening just makes things more special.”

BLACK HORSE @ NASSINGTON RADIO PETERBOROUGH RETURNS Following its hugely successful first trial broadcast in June this year, Radio Peterborough has now been granted a second 28 day trial licence which started on October 22. They’re broadcasting on 106.2FM with a popular mix of music, local news, sport and entertainment. The whole team’s enjoying being back on air, and the same team of presenters and volunteers are in the line-up including journalist Simon Potter, presenters Dave King, Wayne Fitzgerald and Keith Dalton. Listen out for ESP’s what’s on guide on Tuesdays at 11am. www.radiopeterborough.co.uk

STRICTLY CALIENTE Strictly Come Dancing is back on the air and if you’ve caught the bug, Club Caliente in Parnwell is offering social dance classes on Monday evenings at both beginner and intermediate levels. If you’re just looking to lose weight, then they’re also offering Latin Fusion exercise classes, which mix aerobics with Latin dance. All lessons are £4 each. For more info call Pam Chelmiah at Club Caliente on 01733 352573 or 343450 or visit www.clubcaliente.biz

RON HILL @ ADVANCE PERFORMANCE To celebrate the launch of their move to new premises, Advance Performance, the specialist running store in Peterborough, will be joined by former Olympian Dr. Ron Hill MBE to officially open their new store on November 10 at 11am. The specialist running store will be doubling in size by moving around the corner from their current location to 4 Fengate East. It’ll also be host not only to their famous gait analysis, but also new sports science testing and, in association with the Fitzwilliam Hospital, in-store physiotherapy as well as a wide range of running shoes, clothing and equipment for runners of all ages and abilities.

Fancy a nice quiet drink away from the city centre? The Black Horse at Nassington is now under new management, and there’s a new menu available for all to try. They’re open daily from noon, and serve food every day, including a Sunday lunch for only £9.95. A Christmas menu’s now also available and they’ll even be open on Christmas Day! For more info, call 01780 782324.

SAVE ON XMAS CARDS WITH SUE RYDER If the thought of writing Christmas cards for all of your work colleagues leaves you feeling less than full of the Christmas spirit, then Sue Ryder Care has the solution. Why not write just one card for everyone and donate the money you save to help others? Running for the seventh year, the Sue Ryder Care team are running their alternative Christmas card idea – they’ve produced special packs which include a selection of cards for you to write your message on, a tree for you to hang your cards on and donation envelopes. So, when everyone in your workplace takes part this card tree makes a wonderful centrepiece bearing all of their festive messages. Last year’s appeal raised more than £5,000 and fundraisers are hoping to beat that total this year. For details call 01733 330060.

BAR BLOC TO BANYAN TREE The latest word from Mr Odedra, owner of the Banyan Tree restaurant is that his new venture at the former Bar Bloc premises on Westgate is set to be open by the end of November. It’s sure to be just as superb as its sister restaurant in Werrington, offering some mouth-watering Indian cuisine. Make sure you book a table and indulge in some great Indian cuisine in contemporary surroundings. You can also eat as much as you like with their Thali deal, for only £8.99. We can’t wait!


SAKOBA DANCE

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The Sakoba Dance Company featuring Bode Lawal presents a special performance in the Key Theatre Studio called Isowopo – Togetherness. Bode Lawal is hailed as one of the finest exponents of creative African dance now working in Britain. He’ll have a residency at the Key Theatre and will be working with The Key Youth Theatre as well as students from Peterborough Regional College and another local school to study different dance styles and techniques leading up to this special performance on Saturday November 20. Tickets are £7.50 (£6.50 concessions). Box office: 01733 207239.

TOUR DE FRANCIS Best known for his appearances on Mock The Week, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Stewart Francis is one of today’s most popular comedians. He’ll be making an appearance at The Cresset with a mind-blowing stand up comedy show, where he’ll have audiences in fits of laughter as he reels off his many gags and hilarious one-liners. If you don’t want to miss out on what will be a fantastic evening of entertainment, then book your tickets now. Tour De Francis will be at the Cresset on November 12 at 8pm. Tickets are £15, box office: 01733 265705.

A stunning new show is coming to the Stamford Arts Centre stage later in the month. The famous Welsh folk tale of love and loss will be interpreted by talented ballet dancers with breathtaking choreography. Be prepared to feel the passion, as the dancers interpret the story of the Lady of Llyn y Fan Fach, the fair bride lured from her underwater home to become a farmer’s wife on the Brecon Beacons. Audiences will get to see the Independent Ballet Wales perform in their stunning costumes as they put on a brilliant and entertaining production. The show’s on November 25 at 8pm, tickets are £15, box office: 01780 763203.

FANCY A ROB DEERING EXPERIENCE? Rob Deering and his guitar – the finest double act working in Britain today – combines razor-sharp stand-up with incredible flights of musicianship! Catch him live right here in the Boro at Radius on Northminster on November 25. Box office: 01733 560231.

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED The world’s number one tribute to Jimi Hendrix is hitting the Stamford Corn Exchange stage, providing fans with the ultimate Jimi Hendrix experience. Fans will get to spend the evening with John Campbell, who is known to be uncannily like the real thing. He’ll strum his guitar and show off his talent in this knock out show, so if you missed the chance to see Jimi Hendrix himself, then John Campbell is a dream come true. It’s on November 17 at 8pm, tickets are £18.50, box office: 01780 766455.

THE NIGHTMARE A WARNING TO THE CURIOUS ROOM Be prepared for the most mysterious and spooky performance of the year. The Nightmare Room takes you into a room in which two girls – Helen, and best friend Catherine find themselves trapped, and playing a game, which is far from what it seems. Are they alone? Or is there someone watching? If you dare to find out then make sure you head over to the Key Theatre between November 4 – 6. This dark thriller will be shown at 7.30pm nightly with a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday 6. Tickets start at £15, to book, call the box office on 01733 207239.

The Nunkie Theatre Company presents two real spine chillers as another addition to the Stamford Festival Of Ghosts. The first story offers one of M.R James’ most memorable villains, followed by the second spooky story of a young archaeologist who’s haunted and hunted by a guardian of an ancient treasure. Don’t miss out on this evening of horrors on November 6 at the Stamford Arts Centre. It’s on at 7.30pm and tickets are £12… prepare to be spooked! Box office: 01780 763203.

BLACK COMEDY @ THE KEY The show Black Comedy will be quite a challenge for Mask Theatre as in this play the usual conditions of light and dark are reversed: when the lights are 'on' we see nothing but darkness; when they’re ‘off’ we see the characters behaving as if they’re in a black-out. This very funny farce by Peter Shaffer is hilarious as the characters invent all sorts of excuses why the room must be kept in ‘darkness’. Characters Carol and Brindsley, an engaged couple, have invited a German millionaire to see Brindsley's sculpture, and to impress him have ‘borrowed’ antiques from a neighbour. Throw in Carol's formidable military father, an ex-girlfriend, a German electrician and other eccentric characters and mayhem ensues. It’s on at the Key Theatre from Wednesday 24 – Saturday 27 nightly at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm and tickets are £10. Box office: 01733 207239.

BHANGRA NIGHT Fancy something a little different? RSVP is the festival favourite bhangra band, and have played alongside top names at Glastonbury, WOMAD and Bath. Their music’s entertaining, unique, very catchy and will instantly create a great party atmosphere. RSVP blend classic Indian music with all the best from the global music scene – some say they’re the ultimate party band! They’ll be playing at the South Holland Centre in Spalding on November 20 at 8pm, where you can book a table in the function hall and indulge in some complementary Indian snacks. Tickets are £12, box office 01775 764777.

THE LITTLE STRANGER Join author Sarah Waters as she discusses one of her latest novels The Little Stranger as part of the Stamford Festival Of Ghosts. Sarah has had a number of award-winning Victorian novels, of which two went straight to number one in the bestseller chart. The Little Stranger remains set in the 1940s, in rural Warwickshire where a crumbling country manor house is haunted, but is it haunted by something more sinister than first thought? Sarah Waters will be at Stamford Arts Centre on November 5 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £19.50, with a £5 special book club offer! Box office: 01780 763203.

THEATRE COMES TO SHOWCASE CINEMA! The Showcase Cinema has introduced a new entertainment experience for local viewers. They’ve recently been presenting live satellite broadcasts of famous performances, and the next one to be showcased is the Die Walkure, live from La Scala, Milan. Don’t miss out on the chance to view this sensational performance broadcast live at the Showcase on December 7 at 4pm. Also on the cards is the chance to view some of the finest pre-recorded operas and ballets on the huge Showcase screens. Swan Lake will be the next to be showcased on November 8 at 7pm, followed by Madame Butterfly on November 15 at 7pm, and a Christmas special of Ode To Joy on December 19 at 7pm. For more info call 0871 220 1000. www.es p m ag .co.u k ( No ve mbe r )


ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN One night of Queen is guaranteed to rock you! Winners of the grand final of Stars In Their Eyes 2000, Gary has toured with One Night Of Queen entertaining fans all around the world. The show has been a sell out throughout venues in the UK, Europe and New Zealand, and is sure to be a huge success this autumn. Expect brilliant lighting, staging and music as the band bring back all those memories of the legendary Freddie Mercury. They’ll be performing at The Cresset on November 27 at 8pm. Tickets are sure to sell out, so don’t hang around! Box office: 01733 265705.

STUNNING DANCE @ THE STAHL The C-12 Dance Theatre presents an emotionally charged double bill of danceinspired theatre, which has captured audiences since the premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Enough features a female duet who are struggling to deal with suppressed desire, and the title piece – The Chair – tells the story of a man who’s forced to face his past. Expect fluid dance and movement, as the dancers vividly bring to life charged emotions. The show’s on at The Stahl Theatre in Oundle on November 9-10 at 7.45pm. Tickets are £9.50, box office: 01832 273930.

ENTERTAINMENT

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JOE BROWN LIVE IN SPALDING One of the best guitar players around will be coming to Spalding to show off his talent with a stomping rock ‘n’ roll show. Joe Brown joined his first band 50 years ago, and has been entertaining audiences ever since. He’s performed alongside many famous names such as Johnny Cash, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent and is returning to the stage after his recent 50th anniversary concert to wow audiences again. Make sure you don’t miss out on seeing rock legend Joe Brown, and get yourselves over to The South Holland Centre on November 10 and 11 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £20, and there’s only a limited number left, so get booking now! Box office: 01775 764 777.

UP ‘N’ UNDER IN OUNDLE Local pupils will be presenting a new exciting production of the popular comedy Up ‘n’ Under as they celebrate The Stahl Theatre’s 30th birthday. The Wheatsheaf Arms’ rugby club has to team together to keep their unbroken record of defeat and prepare to play against the rival team at the Cobblers Arms. However, the unfit group of men unwillingly has to accept the help of a… female coach! It’s on at The Stahl Theatre in Oundle on November 3-4 at 7.45pm. Tickets are £5, for more info, call 01832 273930.


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Liv Slater has the ESP round up of the best local events…

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL RETURNS It’s getting close to that time of year again – yes, Christmas! Leave your friends and family smiling by grabbing loads of unique gifts at the Christmas Festival at the East of England Showground on November 12 – 14. As well as over 250 stalls, there’ll be a food hall with demonstrations from chefs – all of which can inspire you to make this year’s Christmas better than ever! Take the little ones along too as not only can they help you carry all the shopping, Santa will be in his grotto so they can tell him in person what they want for Christmas. Tickets are £4 on the Friday, £5 over the weekend. Entry for under 16’s is free. Box office: 0845 600 5445. For more info call 01733 234451 or visit www.showground.org.uk.

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CHRISTMAS LIGHT SWITCH ONS It’s time to put some sparkle into Peterborough, put the Christmas decs up and turn on the lights in the build up to the festivities. Here’s a quick round-up of the big switch ons… ESP hosts a fantastic Festive Fashion Show with Westgate Department Store as part of the entertainment for the big city centre lights switch on this month, on Saturday November 20 – see p.10 for all the details.

Tottenham and Argentina legend Ricky Villa will be calling into Peterborough Lion’s Rugby Club, Bretton Park, on November 18 for a book-signing and Q & A session. It’s all to raise funds for the Free Kicks Foundation, a local charity which gives needy football-mad kids the chance to experience a day of their dreams. He’ll be signing copies of his book Still Villa and you can have your photo taken with him. Hosting the night is Posh legend Tommy Robson and there’ll be a football themed charity auction and a fish and chip supper. Tickets are £20. Box office: 07845 651343, www.theposhtickets.com or steve.thorpe@ntlworld.com

EASTENDERS STAR @ WATERSTONES TRUE ROMANCE Try a different way to find love at Halo this month as they’re teaming up with When The Music Stops, an exclusive dating agency which has just been set up in Peterborough. The speed dating evenings run from November 15 – November 24 and are split into evenings for straight over 35s, straight 25-40 year-olds and nights for gay men and lesbians. Everyone taking part gets a free glass of champagne on arrival and a waitress will be calling round the tables offering special discounted drinks including cocktails. Entry’s £17.50. For more info call 01733 343035 or visit www.whenthemusicstops.com/dating-events-inpeterborough

SANTA’S ON THE RUN Do your bit for charity this season with the Santa Fun Run hosted by EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices) at Ferry Meadows on December 5. The idea is that you get sponsored, dress up in the Santa costume provided and have a gentle run or stroll around some beautiful scenery with like-minded people. EACH provide support for children, young people and their families with life-threatening illness across the eastern region. Entry is £10 for adults, £5 for those 13 and under. For more info, visit www.each.org.uk/events/santaruns, call 01223 205180 or 01953 715559. www.es p m ag .co.u k ( No ve mbe r )

Derek Martin, best known for playing Charlie Slater on BBC’s Eastenders is coming to Waterstones, Bridge Street on November 14 from 1.30pm 2.30pm to sign copies of his new autobiography, An East End Life: My Story. Born in Bow, he grew up with some of the area’s well known characters such as the Kray twins, and his life off screen has been even more colourful than that on screen – he apparently first decided to become an actor after he was acquitted of a charge of receiving and larceny at the Old Bailey! For more info, call 0843 290 8545.

CHARITY GIG AND GROOVES @ RADIUS Loads of local bands and DJs are getting together on November 12 at Radius, Northminster, to help raise funds to build a Young People’s Enterprise Centre in Peterborough covering genres from R‘n’B to house, techno to rock. Acts booked to appear include local

Firstly though, Queensgate gets the festivities started with the launch of the centre’s gorgeous decorations and lights on Thursday November 4. The entertainment starts at 5pm hosted by Kev Lawrence from Heart who’ll be joined by Face of ESP Lauren Hughes, Sportacus an Stephanie from Lazy Town, characters from the Key Theatre’s panto Jack & The Beanstalk and of course Santa himself, to switch on the lights. Santa’s grotto will then be opened and then Santa will be there every day through until Christmas Eve. This month the centre’s open until 6pm during the week and late night opening begins weekdays from November 29 when the centre’s open until 9pm and there’s free parking from 5.30pm through until December 23. Over at Serpentine Green the shopping centre at Hampton gets its festivities started when Santa’s Grotto is opened at 1pm on Saturday November 20. The decorations will be up along with a huge Christmas tree and the kiddies can get to meet Fifi and the Flowertots at intervals from 11am-4pm. In Stamford the town council light switch on is on Friday November 26 with entertainment from around 4.30pm – 6pm and the light switch on by the Mayor at around 5pm in Red Lion Square. There’ll also be carol singing and the regular market will have a festive feel. The Stamford Christmas Festival organised by the Stamford Town Partnership is on Sunday December 12 from 10am – 4pm. This will see over 100 exhibitor and trade stalls, selling everything from festive food to Christmas crafts all along Broad Street, Ironmonger Street, High Street and Red Lion Square.


JOIN ESP @ FIREWORK FIESTA The biggest firework display in the area is set to go bang on Saturday November 6 and the ESP girls will be there to join in the fun… and dish out some goody bags too! Firework Fiesta at Ferry Meadows is East Anglia's largest firework display and one of the top ten in the UK, sponsored by Serpentine Green shopping centre. In the largest display yet by the Firework Fiesta team a £20,000 show will light up the skies in a spectacular display lasting almost 25 minutes watched by around 15 to 20,000 spectators.

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Spokesman Tony Cronin told ESP – “This is the only professional display of its kind in Peterborough and has been widely acclaimed as a spectacular show and one which the people of Peterborough can be very proud of. “Almost £310,000 has been raised for Peterborough charities, with all the money raised going back into the community to help disadvantaged individuals and groups pf people in the Peterborough area.”

Open Mondays from 8.30am – 11am Enjoy coffee, pastries and croissants in a relaxed atmosphere with free WiFi access and newspapers. Children welcome.

The three main organisations who run the event are the Peterborough Round Table, Peterborough Rotary Club and Peterborough Minister Rotary Club.

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Local radio station Connect FM are hosting the entertainment and Gregg Nunney told ESP – “We’re excited to be part of Firework Fiesta again this year – it just gets better and better. Mark Jeeves from the Breakfast Show will be there and we’ll have some great music, fab entertainment and then the countdown to those amazing fireworks!”

12noon – 9pm. Adults £9.95, children £4.95 – includes a free drink of your choice, and children receive a scoop of ice-cream too!

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FIREWORKS @ THE BULL

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There’s another fireworks celebration on November 6 at The Bull Inn in Newborough. Gates open at 6.30pm, and the 30 minute explosive fireworks display will begin at 7.30pm. They’re planning a display with over £1,500 pounds worth of fireworks to display to Newborough and surrounding villages, plus it’s free entry (donations are accepted). Over 2,500 people watched the display last year and they’re hoping to beat it this year. For more info, please contact newboroughfireworks@gmail.com.

Celebrate Christmas at Flamas Christmas party bookings now being taken. • Christmas Lunchtime Menu – 3 courses £15.95 pp including a complementary drink. • Christmas Evening Menu – 3 courses £19.95 pp

FESTIVITIES AND FIREWORKS WITH THE LIONS It’s a busy month at Peterborough Lions Rugby Club with loads of events going on. First up is the Fireworks Extravaganza on November 5 at their grounds at Bretton Park. The fireworks will all be set to music and there’ll also be a BBQ and a bar open until late. Entry is £4 for adults, £3 for children. Following that, the grounds will play host to a shopping night on November 12. Stalls will be selling a massive range of gifts including cakes, jewellery, handbags, crafts and hand-made cards – there’ll even be an Ann Summers stall. To pre-book for just £1, call Rhowen on 07738 005563. Finally, help raise funds for East Anglia Childrens Hospice (EACH) at their Race Night on November 13 – win prizes and enjoy a buffet for just £5 in advance. For tickets call 07962 007183.

THE PLOUGH CELEBRATES BONFIRE NIGHT There’ll be fun and fireworks on Friday November 5 at The Plough on Ramsey Road, Farcet Fen. The bonfire night celebrations include a professionally managed display, funfair, food and bar, and loads of fun packed entertainment! Gates open at 5.30pm with the fireworks going off around 7.30pm. Tickets are £5, call 01733 844307 or 07763 978616.

Children’s Menu now available 2 courses £4.95 including ice cream.

For many more offers visit:

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FESTIVE FASHION ... AND LIGHTS! ESP is taking to the catwalk and helping get the festive party started! A fabulous Festive Fashion Show in Cathedral Square on November 20 will see ESP’s models showcase some of the best new trends available at Westgate Department Store. New Face of ESP Lauren Hughes will take to the catwalk with our other models stepping out in some fantastic new looks for winter and the party season. The ESP Dance Crew will kick things off in style at 2pm and Wickedly Perceptive columnist Sarah Tempest will compere the fashion show, with ESP’s style guru Sue Donnelly giving tips on how to wear the new season’s trends. Our promo girls will also be out an about in the crowd giving out some goody bags too… well it is Christmas! Face of ESP Lauren Hughes says it’ll be a fashion show to remember and can’t wait to strut her stuff in some gorgeous party wear – “I’m really excited and so looking forward to taking part in such an amazing event!” Jill Basson, marketing and PR manager at Anglia Co-operative added – "I think it's great that ESP, Peterborough city council and Westgate Department Store are working together on the festive fashion show. All these companies highly value the importance of local businesses and this event really demonstrates being part of the community." It’s all absolutely free and the ESP catwalk show will be part of a fantastic day of entertainment hosted by Connect FM which will culminate in the big Christmas lights switch on between 5.30pm and 6pm when Peterborough city centre will officially get the festive party started. Weather permitting there’ll be fireworks too! Gregg Nunney from Connect FM told ESP a packed programme of entertainment, including many local acts, will keep the crowds on Cathedral Square entertained from 12noon onwards. “I’m really proud that, as Peterborough’s local radio station, we’re teaming up with the City Council for the Christmas Lights switch on again this year. It’s an exciting year as it’s the first time we’re back in Cathedral Square since the work started so we’ve got a show planned that is bigger and better than ever before. It was one of the best days I had last year and I expect it to be the same again.” The lights switch-on kicks off a series of Westgate-sponsored festive events taking place on Cathedral Square this Christmas organised by the City

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Council. You can pick up some extra special gifts and shop ’til you drop at a traditional Cologne Christmas market which will open on Friday November 26, offering shoppers a fantastic range of food and gifts all the way through until Thursday December 23. Then the festivities climax with the first New Year's Eve celebration on Cathedral Square since the millennium. Get ready for an evening of family entertainment, including an Abba tribute act and an 80s experience band from 8pm, culminating in a fireworks display to mark the New Year. So, get ready to party! Annette Joyce, the City Council's head of city operations told ESP – "The Christmas lights switch on is always one of the biggest events in the city's calendar and this year we’re delighted that we’re able to hold it on Cathedral Square again. We’re lining up a great programme of entertainment for all the family to warm up the crowds in preparation for the switch on." Keep an eye on www.espmag.co.uk for all the latest news on who’s appearing at this year’s light switch on and we’ll see you at 2pm for the Festive Fashion Show!


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LAUREN HUGHES: THE INTERVIEW Did you ever feel like you'd blown it? “In all honesty I didn’t feel I had blown it. I focused on just being me throughout the whole evening and as I got through to the higher stages I actually became more relaxed.”

Describe how you felt when your name was announced as winner: “Shocked! I remember thinking: ‘Oh my God they’ve just called my name, this is actually me! Now do I get up or say something? What should I do next?!’ I didn’t expect to win but after a few minutes I got all excited as I knew I’d be doing so much representing ESP.”

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“It feels absolutely amazing! Every time I look at it I still can’t believe it’s me on the cover. I’m still in awe but at the same time really excited.”

Have you made friends from the night?

What prizes are you looking forward to the most?

“Yes and some of us are friends on Facebook. But it’s hard to keep in touch, as everyone has different lifestyles so it’s nice when I walk past people I met on the night in the street or around town and we smile and say Hi.”

“All of them! When I got home after the finals night I had a look at the list of all the prizes and was so shocked but amazed at how much I had won. I’m really looking forward to getting my teeth whitened and the shopping trips, which means I can buy more shoes!”

Have you got a message for all the people who voted for you? So what’s there to know about our lovely new Face of ESP Lauren Hughes? This gorgeous sporty 20 yearold has a certain passion… the photo says it all doesn’t it?!

What does it feel like having been on the front cover?

“I would just like to thank everyone for voting for me and that I hope I can make you all proud.” What made you enter? “I wanted to be the Face of ESP and have people recognise me but I also wanted to represent the magazine, to be a good ambassador for Peterborough and the surrounding areas. I also wanted to have all the fun that the winners previously had; going to balls, taking part in charity events and lots of other worthwhile experiences.”

Have you any ambitions you'd like to realise while in the role? “I’d love to go on a rally course. I love driving and would love to experience being in control of a car at those speeds. I’d also love to try skydiving. It’s something I’d never normally do being scared of heights, but I think it would still be an amazing thing to do.” Tell me about your hobbies? “I’ve always loved sports and played football for Yaxley Ladies until they folded in 2009. The girls were


MY WORD OF THE MONTH

Dump

You’ve got to love the English language – one word with so many connotations: Brown, Dogsthorpe tip, Andrex, churn, Stig of the Dump, seagulls, curry, undercarriage, flush, chemical, trump, Royal Dalton, environment, pong, pellet, spillage, tracing paper, plumber, puppy, Steptoe and Son, runny, blocked, plop, waste, pebbledash, disease, law, rats, wind, Mr Whippy and skid mark.

like family, we had so many good times and stopping was hard, which is why I decided to take up rugby. My boyfriend plays rugby and the ladies kept trying to get me to play rugby whilst I was still playing football. I’m training only this season but hope to play the next.”

NEW BALDERSTON SHOWROOM A HIT! An incredible number of motorcyclists – more than 1,000 – visited the new Balderston BMW showroom in Hampton at their open weekend last month and our Lauren (pictured) got a slice of the two-wheeled action.

Do you have any special skills? “I guess my special skill would be shopping for shoes?! I have over 80 pairs! When it comes to shoes I know what I’m looking for and what I need to match any outfit or to just match my mood at that time. My family hasn’t room to put their shoes anywhere now! My shoes have taken over my room, the downstairs cupboards and the spare room. I’m also hiding pairs because my parents get frustrated every time I buy a pair.” What career aspirations do you have? “I’m studying childcare but unsure what direction to take as there are so many options. I feel very strongly towards child protection and children who need someone to speak up for them, which is why I’m heading more towards becoming a social worker or working within this sector.”

BACON SARNIE THE HARLEY’S WAY I’ve found the perfect bacon sarnie and they serve it at Harley’s Diner in Market Deeping. Although the name would lead you to believe this is a biker-infested eatery, don’t worry it’s not. Harley’s is a family-friendly diner offering all-day breakfasts including American classics such as French toast and breakfast burritos. Head chef Tom Griffiths (pictured) uses fresh produce and even makes his own French fries and chips. Desserts are damn good and there’s a mouthwatering selection including bourbon pecan pie, brownies, Oreo cookie cheesecake and a large array of proper ice cream. This is a gem of a place serving fresh, homemade food at very respectable prices. A plea to proprietor Richard Swinscoe: Peterborough needs a Harley’s Diner too!

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Fans of touring motorcycles can check out BMWs all-new K 1600 GT and the K 1600 GTL at the Carole Nash Live show at the NEC, Birmingham from November 27 to December 5. These new models will be in the Balderston showroom in the spring. Book a test ride and expect to experience a long-distance tourer with supreme comfort and the lightest and most compact sixcylinder in-line engine ever fitted in a serial production motorcycle. Both these machines offer 175 Nm of torque and an output of 160 bhp. Trust me there’s a lot of fun to be had on this bike! For details on the new 1600 GT range and to book a test ride on any new or used bike at Balderston, give them a bell on 01733 565470.

MY GREAT EASTERN PROMISE Here I am pictured – a man among giants. And giants they were too. My Great Eastern Run buddies Petch and Jon completed the city’s annual half marathon in less than 1 hour 45 minutes. Sterling work. They trained for this target and achieved it. I was on course to do the same before I hit ‘the wall’ at nine miles and just had enough left in the tank to walk the last four miles. It was the longest, loneliest walk of my life. I’ve never stopped in a race before.

What makes you laugh? “I love playing practical jokes on friends. The best time was when we had one of our friends’ college work on us, she was looking everywhere for it until we put it back in her folder and she told us it was there all along and must have missed it. That was such a funny day purely because she didn’t even think we were the culprits. We did let her know and we still laugh about it now.”

My Man About Town sponsors were amazed by the number of motorcyclists (and one Vespa rider) who turned out to see their fabulous showroom. The ESP girls were there and there were nonstop test rides on new BMWs and plenty of exhibitors for everyone to have a browse at.

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T IN TH ESP excl E ACT! us strikers ive: Capello signs with tale gr nt up fron eat pair of t.

Paul – where’s my GER photo?! Elisa – look after my mamma! Caffe Nero – thanks for the espresso Hannah – don’t be a girl Dave / mush – when’s the house-warming?! Amanda & Steve – congratulations on tying the knot!

It was a difficult time for me but in truth I was never mentally prepared or fit enough to compete this year. If I can overcome a stubborn injury I’ll be back in 2011 challenging my personal best of 1.47. Thanks to Petch for continuously pushing me in training and to Gary for our customary warm-up. And well done to the City Council, sponsors, runners, spectators and volunteers who once again made it a fantastic event. The only thing I wish I could change was the fact we lost two lives on the day. May they both rest in peace.

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Confessions... Susan Saunders

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Being the kind and caring person that I am (modest, I know) I decided to offer my help on a charity mission to India.

Curry anyone? The purpose of the trip was to help those less fortunate than me, work with some orphans and Dalit people, and to have my eyes opened to another way of life.

“Meet back, one hour from now.”

The poverty and suffering I'd heard about sounded terrible and were hard to come to terms with in the flesh – but having the chance to play a part in improving things and to make a difference was something I'd really wanted to do, and I can now say it's been one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

And off she went, practically sprinting like a pro. I’d just mastered walking in my sari and off she went like a Cheetah in the night. She was actually a ‘cheater’ in the night I thought. I was stranded in a place far and beyond, didn’t know how to get back, mobile was off and left in my bag (roaming charges undeniably extortionate) and my guide had vanished!

In true Susan style though (I’ve been sheltered by the Western ways for a tad too long!) I put clothes shopping quite high up on my priority list when preparing for this trip. I needed some clothes that would shield me from the humid weather, protect me from mosquito bites and also make me look like one of the ‘locals’. The perfect solution I thought was to buy a couple of saris and long dresses. A couple, turned into six but my thought process was thus; if I was going on a beach holiday I’d wear various bikinis so as I was going to India I should wear a variety of sari-type attire. Little did I realise then just how much fashion would pale into insignificance when I was out there… So, day four and the start to my charity work had gone exceptionally well. I’d entertained children from an orphanage, avoided death many times when cows stopped the traffic (we didn’t have seatbelts) and reduced my food intake to avoid having to use the blocked, long drop loo! We had two hours of free time, which we were advised to use wisely (i.e. sleep) because we had one of the most challenging days of the trip so far ahead – a medical mission. Instead of sleeping, I took the ‘use wisely’ advice and interpreted it into ‘do shopping’. One of the girls from the village that we were staying in, Suchita, offered to be my guide at one of the local markets. She obviously shared my love of shopping I thought. Shared my love of shopping? Suchita had other ideas and instead, used the opportunity to get out (I later found out) to meet her secret boyfriend. “Meet here in an hour,” Suchita informed me the minute we arrived. “Huhh?” I mused as if I’d just been told to recite my 18 times tables.

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“But why? Where are you going?” “Must go.”

I decided to cover more of my face with my headscarf so I wouldn’t look too foreign, therefore less vulnerable and took each amazing market stall in my stride. I only made it to the 15th stall marvelling at the crafts and that was my hour up, which wasn’t as scary as I first thought (everyone was very friendly) and headed back for dinner. I decided to stick to what I knew (it was the first night eating with one of the families) and so went for one of my favourites, chicken curry. Or that is what I’d thought. This was NOT the curry I knew, this was some spicier than spicy concoction of spiciness. To avoid spitting it out, I tried to wash it down with some chai. Uh oh. Even the chai was spicy! Two things quickly raced through my head. If I spat it out, I’d be surely thrown out into the wilderness for my rudeness – but if I made a run for the door to “excccooooose” myself (the way that I’d pronounce it with a mouthful of edible lava) to the toilet, I’d be ok. As a child I was always told to walk rather than run. Sound advice I thought as my back foot caught on the edge of the beautiful woven carpet… Needless to say the family and everyone laughed, including Suchita, as I peeled myself from off the floor. Judas! I was always expecting my charity work in India to be a challenging experience and it was. Not only did I meet some really amazing people, we did some fantastic work and changed lives and circumstances for the better. It was undeniably one of the best and most enriching experiences of my life. I may have made a dufus of myself at times but hey, if that's all I’ve got to worry about, I count myself lucky!


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Thursday November 18

Glamour GALORE

GET READY FOR THE BIG GIRLIE NIGHT OUT! Yes it’s back, so come on girls get ready for some pampering, shopping, fashion and fun at Glamour Galore with ESP Magazine.

great night out with the girls as well as a chance to start your Christmas shopping… or just to treat yourself to some pampering!

Once again we’re backing this fantastic girls’ night out at Thorpe Hall Hospice on Thursday November 18 in aid of Sue Ryder Care.

Jackie Page, fundraiser at Thorpe Hall told ESP – “We’ve been delighted with the success of Glamour Galore in the past. It’s a great girlie night out and the nice thing about this event is that most of the things on sale can’t be found on the high street. We like to offer something different and encourage new people to our events who we hope will become supporters of Sue Ryder Care and the hospice.”

You can see the new Face of ESP, Lauren Hughes and the ESP models strutting their stuff on the catwalk and showing you the latest fashions from Westgate Department Store. They have some fabulous new brands such as Yumi, Noa Noa and Motel and we’ll give you a taste of the new season’s trends. ESP’s Wickedly Perceptive columnist Sarah Tempest will host the show with ESP’s style guru Sue Donnelly giving style advice. Glamour Galore is now in its second year and is a really

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This is a shopping evening with a difference – no crowds, no parking fees, no queues! There’ll be loads of stalls including: Peggy & Minnie Ltd selling bags, scarves and gloves, Fruit Bat Designs selling silver gemstone

jewellery and Miche Bags – bags with interchangeable shells and fairtrade jewellery. Then there’s the Pick Me Up Pamper Zone for a manicure, reflexology or Thai foot massage. But don’t miss the ESP and Westgate fashion shows at 7pm and 8pm! After a bit of shopping and a relaxing treatment you can then put your feet up in the coffee shop and enjoy cupcakes by candle light. It’s all on from 6pm-9pm and admission’s just £2.50 which includes a glass of mulled wine. See you there girls! For more details call 01733 330060.


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Some things the girls bought...

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Cardigan, Yumi £45

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Style Spotting at Westgate Girls just love to shop and if you haven’t taken a peak inside the new look Westgate Department Store lately you’re missing out on some great new fashion brands exclusive to Westgate in Peterborough. ESP caught up with this girly group on

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a shopathon who’ve certainly spotted the new brands and were having a great time searching out some hot new looks. We caught the girls stocking up on party frocks for Christmas and splurging with a bit of retail therapy

Sarah boug ht – Yumi dre Mischa Bart on bag £39 ss £50, .

amongst the fab new fashion department at Westgate. Amber, Heather, Lisa and Sarah tried on clothes from new names in store like Yumi, Motel, Fuse, Esprit and Vero Moda and looked fantastic on their shopping trip. A sneaky peak in their

shopping bags revealed some great Fiorelli and Mischa Barton bags, plus accessories and more of the latest new looks. Guys don’t miss out either – there are some great ranges for the fellas too!


Floral print skirt, Motel £30

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Heather bought – Tunic, £5 0, cardigan £38, scarf £17 all Yumi, Fuse necklace £6.

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S Zilch Matty Speaks... T A M F O R DCALLING Matt

Off I go again then on tour, and I’m writing this just before I board the sleeper ferry to Hook of Holland. This time I’ll be travelling around Germany, Holland, Belgium and then a month dotting around the UK! Then it’s home for Christmas and a few local gigs with the Meizters! I miss quite a lot locally when I’m away, Halloween, Fireworks etc. but it’ll be nice to be on the road again, (those German hotels are always cracking!)

Q&A ...with Petra Johnson

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ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? The world’s number one tribute to Jimi Hendrix are making their way to Stamford Corn Exchange. If you were fortunate enough to have seen Jimi Hendrix, and thought you’d never see the like again well, this is a dream come true. And if you never saw Jimi Hendrix, and wish that you had, then you can spend an evening with John Campbell, and experience what it was all about. This is the Jimi Hendrix Experience you’ve been waiting for! Get your tickets for £15 for the show on Saturday November 13 on 01780 766455.

Petra Johnson was born and bred in Stamford and has been in the hairdressing trade for 35 years. “I reckon I’m as established as some of the oldest buildings in town,” says Pet. “For example my lovely holiday home Burghley House!” Petra’s salon is situated on Broad Street in a wonderful 14th Century building which provides a great environment to work in with a delightful courtyard which she shares with her daughter and son-in-law’s business the Bakehouse Kitchens studio. She’s a mother of two beautiful girls, Jazmin and Sade and a nana to three grandkids. “I’m a true believer in ‘women rule the world’ and I feel I’ve done my bit!” What’s your favourite thing about Stamford? “If I had to be honest it’s the people. Although they can be a funny breed, I seem to get along with them OK! Obviously the town itself is so picturesque with the old stone buildings. I would defy anyone to find fault with my town – need I say more?”

What’s your favourite thing about the hairdressing business? “As well as being my area for creativity, it’s the people around me on a day to day basis that give me a multitude of great times. Having fantastic staff and such interesting clients every day is totally different. It’s a great source for everyday human interaction. Changing someone’s outlook on life can start with a haircut for sure. The pleasure I get from seeing happy faces and them feeling great far outweighs material gain. You would think after 35 years in this trade my passion for it may have depleted but it only keeps getting better, especially now I’m also a NLP practitioner (Neuro Linguistic Programmer).” Which celeb has the best hairstyle? “In my opinion anyone who sets a trend is valuable to the world of hair and fashion. The greatest being Posh & Becks for team effort. My personal favourite is myself (LOL!) Only at the moment Florence Welch with her vibrant red hair is taking the country by storm. Let’s paint the town red!” Where is your favourite place to go out in Stamford? “Everywhere in Stamford is a

pleasure and I have different pubs for different experiences. The Lord Burghley I call the ‘Office’ as it’s close to business and most decisions can be made over a lovely glass of Bacardi and Coke and a good laugh. The more serious ones are made in the privacy of my own head! (In the toilet!) For the more upbeat moments the Pear Tree offers me live music or my favourite DJ Steve McGurk. I only give it a miss if Matt Zilch is playing!” …Whatever Pet! What’s the strangest hairstyle/haircut you’ve ever been asked to do? “I have two favourites and they’re the ones that challenged me the most. Being asked to create a style for a party with a Footballers Wives TV series theme. To me the hair had to make a statement. So I used Stamford market’s flower stall outside our shop as my inspiration. I created a flower display using the hair entwined and interwoven through exotic flowers and leaves. The result was AWESOME! I’m always loving my clients bringing in a photo or cut out image to replicate but I was bemused when a young man brought in a picture of a cartoon character from Japan. Replicate it I did and his stunning ginger hair made it look amazing!”

STAMFORD PAPARAZZI As I’m away, Paparazzi king Pep Cipriano and the ESP girls, Emma and Dani, hit Stamford on my behalf and caught you in the act of having a good time at The Millstone and The Lord Burghley…

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GOOD MUSIC - GOOD DEALS - GOOD TIMES

BONFIRE AND FIREWORK SPECTACULAR So, are you getting excited about fireworks night? The Stamford and District Kiwanis are staging the annual Stamford Bonfire And Firework display at Stamford Queen Eleanor School, Green Lane on Saturday November 6. It’s the largest organised event in the Stamford area so should be good! The gates open at 5pm and the bonfire’s lit at 6pm followed by the traditional firework display. There’s free parking, hot food and fairground rides from 5pm. Tickets: adults £5, children £2 and under 4’s get in free. The Stamford Kiwanis area good hearted bunch and have been running charity events since 1977 to raise funds to support those in real need in Stamford and the surrounding areas. Funds are distributed only to deserving local charities and good causes. Events organised by Kiwanis include the Stamford Festival Parade of Floats, the Stamford Bonfire And Fireworks Night and Father Christmas on his sleigh, raising some £10-15,000 each year.

MAGIC PUDDING AVENUE KICK OFF THEIR FIRST NIGHT! Local lads James Cotton and Darren Harris have started a new gig promotions partnership and their first gig is on Saturday November 13, at Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge. The night offers three bands, Nottingham's Spotlight Kid are the main act, with Peterborough's The Precious 20 and The Fleeting Minds in support.

SATURDAY 4th DECEMBER featuring live TV crew filming - ibiza uncovered DJ spinning an ibiza anthems set Pole dancers - Stilts Fire performers Drapes banners 10-3am

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Spotlight Kid are shoe gaze / psychedelic drone rock / indie, the other guys are quite modish, crossed with indie / Britpop. Future gigs include bands such as Eat Lights Become Lights who are booked for December 11.

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HEALTH and beauty

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

MOODY MAKE-UP Make-up takes on a deep, dark and sensuous twist this autumn with plum and cherry shades appearing popular. Strong, powerful colours with a fierce edge are set to be huge this season with Bobbi Brown launching their new

LAUREN’S LANCÔME MAKE-OVER Black Velvet Collection. From metallic and sparkle eyeshadows available in almost-black shades to intensely deep lip colours, such as limited edition Black Chocolate lip gloss, the collection is packed full of strong, rich tones for you to choose from and experiment with. They may seem a little daunting at first but are truly wearable and give a sophisticated edge. Celebs seem to be ahead of the game with well known stars such as Drew Barrymore and Nicola Roberts already seen sporting deep, wine red lips. Berry coloured lips are a must have for autumn 2010 giving a dramatic, vampish look. Try Revlon matte lipstick in Wine Not, £7.29, for bold colour and maximum effect. It’s not just make-up that has a dark side this season; fragrances are also capturing richer, more intense notes. Estée Lauder’s new Sensuous Noir fragrance takes sensuality to a new dimension. Enriched with black pepper, vanilla and amber this fragrance is warmer, richer and darker than their pervious scent Sensuous. Prices start from £32 for 30ml.

Lancôme’s international make-up artist Benjamin Rousseau recently came for his annual make-over session at John Lewis and Face of ESP, Lauren Hughes, was lucky enough to be invited along. Benjamin in association with Lancôme does the make-up for the BAFTAs and has worked with many celebs over the years including Kate Winslet, Gemma Arterton and Sharon Stone. He has a unique way of applying make-up – he streaks it on like war paint before blending it using several brushes – he says this is because he actually started out as an artist. He believes that make-up should reflect your mood and personality but that we shouldn’t make the mistake of overdoing it. It should simply highlight your best features, especially when it comes to everyday make-up. Having a good skincare regime is also one of Benjamin’s top tips, as having well-kept, moisturised skin means it’s the perfect base for foundation and will give you a flawless, smooth finish. If you’re lucky enough to have skin as good as Lauren’s though then make-up will just be an accessory. Lauren really enjoyed her time with Benjamin and learnt a lot along the way too. She said – “I loved it. You could really talk to him and he had some great tips. It’s not a look I would’ve put together but it’s great. I was surprised he mixed eyeshadow with a clear lipgloss to create the colour he wanted, and used mascara on my eyebrows! I’ll certainly take his advice and experiment more.”

BEAUTY BARGAINS If you’re after a beauty treat for yourself or friends in time for Christmas then get yourself down to Tesco where all their beauty gifts are currently on a three for two offer. From their Glam lip gloss trio to the Retro All You Need In A Stack, there’s something for everyone and all at pocket money prices.

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ON TREND THIS AUTUMN Mushroom nails are all the rage at the moment so if you haven’t jumped on the ‘greige’ bandwagon already it’s time you do so! This nail shade is sophisticated and super chic and is perfect for days in the office or girlie nights out. Keep nails short though! I love OPI’s version… and it looks great if you have paler skin.

HOLLYWOOD COMES TO BOURNE Bourne now has its very own Hollywood make-up artist, Lisa Hinks. Having worked in the industry for 24 years and still loving what she does, Lisa decided to open a glamorous salon of her own. Lisa didn’t want a typical sterile salon and with a zebra print theme set off by shocking pink accessories it really does feel like you’re in luxurious Hollywood itself. Lisa, who also lectures at Stamford College, has worked alongside many well known make-up artists including Bobbi Brown and Daniel Sandler as well as working at the LA Oscars. She’s discovered many brilliant products throughout her career which she now uses on her clients, including an amazing brand of spray tan which she uses in her studio and a high-end mineral cosmetic brand which is good for your skin and reasonably priced, called Lily Lolo. Luckily for us, Lisa recognises that most of us women and mums work 9am – 5pm so she stays open until 9pm each evening as well as working both Saturdays and Sundays. Her prices are both reasonable and affordable meaning that essential beauty doesn’t have to be a once a year luxury. Lisa offers a wide range of treatments and make-up lessons as well as being available for bridal and hen parties. Why not treat your mum, daughter or girlfriend for Christmas with a gift voucher – new Lily Lolo gift sets have just arrived – or even treat yourself to one of her fabulous spray tans just in time for the Christmas party season. Give Lisa a call on 07952 602145 and see www.bridalmakeupandhair.co.uk

HOPE FOR HAIR @ HAIR XCLUSIVE Further to last month being Breast Cancer month, there’s now help at hand in Peterborough for ladies suffering from the devastating effects of cancer treatment. They now have something to look forward to and boost their confidence at the Hair Xclusive salon in Peterborough. Tony and Rita Manganiello, the salon owners, have recently been trained to offer a hair extension service specifically tailored for women suffering from medical hair loss, especially those recovering from cancer. The service, called Hair In Recovery, was started a year ago by the UK’s no.1 hair extensions company, Racoon International, and so far 60 salons across the UK have been trained in the procedure, meaning it’s accessible to women throughout the country. It’s also good to hear that it’s affordable as up to 70% of the cost of the extension and bonding system has been subsidised. This truly is a breakthrough service for women suffering the devastating effects of treatments like chemotherapy and always includes a full consultation, on-going advice and regular salon check-ups. So, if you’re interested or know someone that could be helped by Hair In Recovery, call Hair Xclusive on 01733 344307.


On the Charm Offensive at Faze 4 We love it when some fresh new looks hit Peterborough and the arrival of a cutting edge range of designer jewellery originally only available in Selfridges has arrived just in time for your Christmas wish list. Thomas Sabo's famous jewellery and watch brand is wowing customers at

Faze 4 in Peterborough! From charm bracelets to chunky rock star pendants, the impressive designs, including the trendy Rebel at Heart range for both men and women is now available at the store on Long Causeway. Faze 4 is the modern incarnation of the Moore and Scrupps group of jewellers in Lincolnshire who have a local store in Bourne. This little gem of a jewellery shop has a fantastic range including

you're after, just ask. We'll see if we can order it the exact colour and design you're after.” The Thomas Sabo range has really got tongues wagging and the western inspired and rock star range should please the rebel in your life girls, if you’re looking for something for your

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Pandora, gorgeous sleek and contemporary Skagen Watches, funky, bright coloured Ice watches, Hot Diamond (sets) and Ortak – sounds a perfect place for Christmas shopping to us!

The friendly staff at Faze 4 (left to right) Alicia, Naomi, Aly, Amy, Emma

Manager Aly Betts told ESP – “We pride ourselves on our wide range of stock, and much of the jewellery is available in a huge selection of colours and designs. Please feel free to come in and browse, and don't forget, if you can't find exactly what

man this Christmas! Intricate, stylish and unique these sterling silver designs mixed with leather or encrusted with jewels bring celeb looks for girls and guys to our high street.

“We offer great customer service; our staff are always there to help customers in every way. You’re always welcome to try on any jewellery and mix and match any charms to suit and to take as much time as you need to choose the perfect gift.” The Pandora range has really taken the jewellery market by storm and Faze 4 stocks charms ideal for every occasion, especially Christmas. The individual charms really make your gift personal and memorable, but if you’re spoilt for choice the staff at Faze Four will be happy to help even the most indecisive shopper. You can find Faze 4 at 21 Long Causeway, just past Boots near the corner of Westgate. Tel: 01733 551182. www.mooreandscrupps.co.uk

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Silver Skagen watch £130

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Aly says it’s not just the fabulous range of jewellery and watches though that sets Faze 4 apart. Thomas Sabo charm bracelet

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Let’s rock baroque style at city salon! Hairdressing rocks at Michael John in Peterborough and their fantastic new image certainly does too. All we can say is WOW! The salon’s been among the best in the area for styling for many years and now they’ve hit the top slot for design and layout with the fabulous ‘rock baroque’ themed decor. If you want to feel you’re in a London salon that’s as stylish as the looks they’ll create for your hair, maybe it’s time you booked in at the Queensgate salon.

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Husband and wife team Mick and Kris Bird have been eager for this major refit for months after original plans fell through and are justifiably pleased with the results.

Mick told ESP – “We really wanted to create something very different this time, much more individual. The idea began at least two and a half years ago when I was looking through an Italian hairdressing furniture suppliers magazine and saw a silver and black baroque chair and thought how fantastic that would look if you could match it to the right modern furniture.” From the shop front to the basins the place has been stripped out and styled in a purple, silver and black colour scheme with funky LED lighting and elegant baroque design touches like the fabulous mirrors. Fully electric

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chairs all slide forward to the adjustable basins and if that wasn’t enough they also have two with full body air massage! The changes aren’t just cosmetic though, clients are greeted at reception by the very latest fully computerised system with appointments, till, record system, stock and marketing all being part of the Shortcutts programme. Even better, the computer system has 24/7 online booking and a day before text messaging reminder service! The team have settled straight into the new computer system – “It really does modernise the whole salon,” said Marita one of the senior stylists. Kris says – “We have 18 stylists working here at weekends and the salon has to be extremely practical as well as functional. All the hairdressing furniture is from Italy and was supplied by regional supplier’s Ideal – we’d both like to thank Malc for going the extra mile to make things run as smooth as possible. Nothing has been left to chance even the doors have been changed and the loos are fab too!” There’s a fantastic new VIP area to make you feel extra special and soon there’ll be five different VIP packages to choose from. These include – A Make-Over with new make-up artist Amber, Restyle, Bridal Special and Luxury Package that includes a shampoo and

conditioner called Ten (apparently favoured by Jennifer Aniston and Victoria Beckham) plus an Extension Package by Greater Length. They all include a fabulous intensive treatment and you receive a goody bag along with all the extra perks of being a VIP client. As for products they have the absolute best of everything imaginable including System Professional, Sebastion, S-Factor, Alterna Caviar and TEN. Michael and Kris have just had their work featured in the International Hairdressers Journal magazine for the past two months so you know you’re in a safe hands… and one of the best looking salons in the city! For your next appointment call 01733 553732 or you can book online at www.michaeljohnhairartwork.co.uk


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Christmas is coming to the Westgate Arcade as the decorations go up and are switched on as part of the big Christmas light switch on, on Thursday November 4 from 6pm. This is an ideal time to take a peek at what the independent shops there have to offer as they’re packed with gift ideas many of which you won’t find elsewhere. The Oculist stocks gorgeous designer brands of glasses and sunglasses and is holding a special event this month with Orgreen, the vibrant Danish brand. For two weeks only from November 2 - 14 they’ll have every single Orgreen frame in every possible colour combination. Express Watch Repairs not only mend and alter jewellery and watches, but also sell some great brands like Breitling, Tag Heuer, Rolex and Omega, while Style has accessories to die for from bags to bangles!

At P.Kai hair the Kerastraight Brazilian Blowdry’s now arrived so if you want to get pampered in time for your Christmas do, this new treatment has amazing results on damaged, dry, unmanageable or frizzy hair. Of course when it comes to gifts Silver Fox is like Santa’s grotto – for something really unusual and individual, as well as lovely jewellery, this place is brimming with ideas. Once you’ve shopped ’til you’ve dropped pop into BB’s Brow Bar for a little pampering as they now offer a full range of fab beauty treatments not just eyebrow shaping. You can now have your nails done, grab a facial or even try henna painting. Even better – just quote ESP and you’ll get 10% off!


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CAUGHT IN THE ACT?

A LOOK BACK AT THE BEER FEST! Blimey – we’ve been so busy what with the Face of ESP and loads of other events that we’re only just able to include the fruits of our labours at the Peterborough Beer Festival. It’s honestly because we’ve had a lot of other pics to include… not that we’ve only just recovered from the hangover of course… Hic! Now that the dark nights are here it’s great to say a final farewell to the summer and look back at the city’s big social event of the season. If you were there and beat the rain to get to the bar you will have been among the 31,567 who went along this year. It’s amazing to think that 95,412 pints of real ale were supped and the atmosphere and live music from the likes of The League Of Mentalmen was as good as ever. Here’s just a few of you snapped by our Paparazzi team with Mike Harris the man behind the lens (not propping up the bar – honest!) We know the new layout had one or two teething problems but with rain like that it proved they needed to make some changes in order to prevent their heavy vehicles used to build the site from turning it into a mud bath! Anyway, we’re sure there’ll be a bit of tweaking next year but the Beer Fest remains one of ESP’s favourite events of the year and looking at these photos we reckon you had a damn good time too!

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The Crazy Chick is back and she’s gone Back To Scratch – after years of silence Charlotte Church returns with a new album and some words of wisdom… “I feel like I've grown, I've got something to say, I've had a bit more life experience and I just have to sing again,” says a grown up Charlotte Church. “Cause for me, from when I was young, that is all it has been about. I'm a singer, through and through.”

The Welsh singer’s been a star since she was 11 years old, exploding in the world's consciousness with the number one album Voice Of An Angel in 1998. She captured hearts everywhere she went, was garlanded with awards (including a Classical Brit), released five original studio albums and sold over ten million worldwide. In 2006, still just 20 years-old, Charlotte decided to take a break from music. Not that she disappeared altogether. She hosted various television shows, including her own, and has been a near permanent fixture in Britain's gossip press, endlessly speculating about her love life and appearance. Meanwhile, she’s been doing her best to ignore it all and enjoy the quiet life in rural Wales with the two young children she has with Welsh rugby player Gavin Henson, Ruby, now 3, and Dexter, 2. Desperate to return to her first love though, she started the process of writing songs for a new album last year. “It's been a bit of a journey,” she says. “I kind of just had to throw myself in and start writing with different people and see what came out. I really wanted to write for my range, to be able to show that off, because it’s quite rare to

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find songs that will span three or four octaves. I suppose because of my classical days, I've got a reasonable amount of musical knowledge and understanding, I can read music and play piano. The biggest difference is feelings I have, things I need to express.” New songs include The Story Of Us, which she wrote about her mother. “She's brilliant, I love her to bits, but she takes a lot of care and affection. The song is kind of sad. She cries every time she hears it.” The album’s title track, Back To Scratch, is a big, feisty pop song about the emotional detritus of a romantic break up. “I've got to be careful what I write, ’cause I wrote my future in that song,” she says. It was originally inspired by problems her aunt was going through but by the time she came to record it, Charlotte's own long term relationship had broken up. “It became the perfect song for my situation, so I sing it with a lot of conviction. Gavin's been a massive part of my life, so it is definitely reflected in the music. You have to draw from stuff like that, to try and bring a positive out of it. I think people will hear that it's real. It might not have come out of the happiest times, but this album's got real heart.” Charlotte's excitement about her return is palpable. “I'm so proud of this album, it’s been completely organic and honest and real. I can't wait to get it out there and remind people that I'm not a TV personality, I'm not some celebrity who’s just famous for being famous, I'm not some lager lout chav who sells papers. I'm a singer. And I'm good at it.” Back To Scratch is released November 1.

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IT’S RAINING MEN The world premiere production of Raining Men hits Peterborough this autumn, and marks the return to the stage of the Key Theatre’s artistic director Michael Cross. Always a firm favourite with Peterborough audiences there was great disappointment when Michael Cross announced he’d no longer be playing his usual role of the dame in the Key’s annual panto – something he’d firmly made his mark on over the years! It’s fantastic to hear he’s now decided to perform again in this great new show. Described as ‘the Full Monty meets Priscilla Queen of the Desert’, Raining Men sounds a scream and teams Michael with Patrick Kearns (who’s stepped into his high heels in the panto) and Andrew Ryan. They play characters Phil, Doug and Colin who all work together in a nightclub. When they realise there’s no act booked to perform on Halloween they decide there’s nothing else for it but to do it themselves! Expect tunes from Shirley Bassey, Barbara Streisand and Judy Garland as the boys drag it up in style. It’s on from November 18-20 at 7.30pm with a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday 20. ESP grabbed a quick word with Michael during rehearsals… We're very excited to see you back on stage – what's prompted your return to the spotlight? “Thank you – basically I read this new play and thought – ‘that part is just me’. Fortunately the producers agreed! It’s always good to go back to the roots of what it is you do and remind yourself why you wanted to work in the theatre in the first place!” What are you enjoying most about this role? “I love to make people laugh – the play has some great one-liners – when it’s going well it’s great therapy for cast and audience alike!”

What's Raining Men all about and who will enjoy this show the most? “Three guys work in a night club. A Halloween cabaret has been arranged and due to a problem getting an act the guys decide to do it themselves… before they realise that it’s not as easy as it looks! “The play will appeal particularly to women – hen nights and girls night out groups will really enjoy the humour and glamour – but guys do love it too. But it is strictly adults only with strong language throughout.” Will you be going on tour with the show? “The show opened in Chesterfield and recently played the Central Theatre in Chatham. There are no immediate plans for more dates but who knows?” Is it extra special for you to perform in front of a Peterborough audience? “Oh yes. The home crowd will terrify me but playing to audiences that know your work is always special and I really hope that we’ll get lots of support.” Are we likely to see you return to the stage again? “I never say never! Initially though this really was a one-off trip down memory lane, but I have enjoyed going out there again and so perhaps when good roles come along I’ll always be tempted!” Tickets for Raining Men are £12 - £17.50, so get booking ASAP! Box office: 01733 207239.

VIVA ITALIA! The second Italian Festival in Peterborough was a big success and it’s now hoped it’ll become an annual event… although it may well move to a warmer time of year!

ESP’s Mike Harris was there to capture the action and of course our Man About Town Pep Cipriano dropped by to drool over the Ferraris and Ducati bikes! A city council spokesman told ESP – “It’s our intention to continue to work in partnership with the Italian Community Association to host this event annually. Next year we’re looking to move it to June or July to attract the winemakers from Italy.” Fantastic –we’ll be there! www.es p m ag .co.u k ( No ve mbe r )

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Several thousand people attended the event throughout the day in Peterborough city centre. Highlights included the Italian flag throwers who marched from The Bull Hotel on Westgate to perform on Cathedral Square and Aldo Maglietta with the Euro Quartet featuring the tenor Angelo De Maio from Italy. There was also a stunning hair show by Image International from Spalding and Hair Xclusive in Thorpe Wood and the day of Italian themed entertainment had a big firework finale.


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The Crown Inn 6 All Saints Place, Stamford. Tel: 01780 763136 Don’t be fooled into thinking that the Crown Hotel in Stamford is just for weekend visitors who need a central overnight location. This is a seriously popular drinking and eating destination as well. On a recent Saturday evening visit, we found the bar to be buzzing and lively; it’s light and welcoming, but was only the start of what turned out to be a totally successful dining experience. Through to the adjacent bright and colourful restaurant area, there’s none of your standard pub grub here. Starters that appealed to us were delicious hot goat’s cheese with a fruity chutney, a trio of fish and Hoisin duck. On to mains – it was perfectly cooked and oh-so-tasty rib eye steak and pork medallions. Sorry – can’t comment on the dessert as we were all too full. And it has to be said that the waiting staff managed to attain that difficult-to-achieve balance of excellent service with a sense of humour. Would we return? Absolutely, it was all just like that big road not far away – A1! Ian Gray

The Boathouse Thorpe Meadows, Peterborough. Tel: 01733 898469

It seats around 50 people inside, and has free Internet access if you’re on a swift working lunch. It’s one of those places you can feel equally happy popping in for a quick side order, or a full-blown main meal. It’s got an equally affordable food menu, which I’d highly recommend to anyone, offering (in my opinion) one of the tastiest pub lunches in the city. They’ve just launched their new winter menu, which has loads of delicious traditional British dishes; Shepherd’s pie www.es p m ag .co.u k ( No ve mbe r )

ESP READER OFFER @ SIDINGS BRASSERIE Fancy eating in a great setting and getting a little extra? Well the lovely new Sidings Brasserie at the Great Northern Hotel has a great offer this month for ESP readers. Just spend £30 on dinner for two (excluding wine) during November and you’ll receive a complimentary bottle of house wine – just quote the ESP offer when ordering. Food in the Sidings Brasserie features some tasty homemade locally sourced dishes that are well worth a try. Tel: 01733 552595.

NEW LOOK @ THE STAGE The newly refurbished restaurant at The Stage is looking gorgeous so make sure you drop by and take a look and of course try out their tasty grub. At the moment they’ve got some great homemade winter warmers available for just £5.95

BANGERS ‘N’ BEER! The Golden Pheasant in Etton is celebrating National Sausage Week in style on November 3. Kate and her team are cooking up some great food for a bangers and beer night with 15 varieties of sausages to taste during the evening!

SUPPORT PAKISTAN FLOOD VICTIMS @ MAHARANIS CHARITY NIGHT If you like great Indian food and want to do your bit for charity too they’re holding a special charity night on Monday November 8. The restaurant on Bridge Street in Market Deeping is helping raise cash for the Pakistan flood victims with a three course meal at £12.50 per head. It’s on from 5pm-10pm and all proceeds go to the charity appeal. To book call 01778 341110.

FIVE STARS FOR STAMFORD KEBAB!

The Boathouse… a place where the entire Peterborough population flock for a pint in the sun. Most of us have planned a Saturday afternoon drink here at some point over the summer months, but that’s not all The Boathouse on Thorpe Road should be celebrated for. The inside has a lot of character about it, and offers a warm homely welcome in the winter months too (especially the sofa area which is usually taken when I’m there!).

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(£7.45), fish and chips (£7.95), Surf n Turf burger (£7.95), beef and Ruddles ale pie (£8.15) and a winter vegetable cottage pie (£6.95). Or, if you fancy being a bit more adventurous, you can try the handbattered halloumi (£6.95), or the smoked haddock, spinach & West Country Cheddar Florentine bake (£7.95). During my latest visit, despite the new meals on offer I couldn’t help but be my typical self and order the same thing I do every time I’m at The Boathouse. Yes, I would recommend their Sunday roast to anybody who loves this classic weekend dish. I always find the meat to be cooked just right and the chef is generous with the portion size. So, definitely something for everyone! I guess what I’m saying is, The Boathouse is for life, not just for summer. Mikey Clarke

Congrats go out to the Stamford Kebab and Pizza House for gaining a five star food hygiene award. South Kesteven District Council’s given the take-away the maximum in its ‘Scores on the Doors’ hygiene ratings after making major improvements. Run by chef and owner Imtiaz Azam, The Stamford Kebab and Pizza House in Red Lion Street, Stamford, is the first kebab house in the district to receive the full five stars, and has managed it after year on year improvements since 2005. Christian Polzin of SKDC’s healthy communities team said – “Since his early poor ratings he’s done a food hygiene course and has also undertaken the Safer Food, better business coaching previously offered by SKDC. He also had a large refurbishment in the summer of 2010, but although the structure does make up an element of the star rating he now appreciates that key areas are safe practices and careful consideration as to how food is stored, prepared, cooked and served safely.” Imtiaz Azam says he’s delighted – “I’m very happy and proud to be the first kebab house in South Kesteven to get a five star food hygiene rating. “We’ve worked hard over the last four years to get to this point and I hope that it’ll have a positive impact on our business.”


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HAVE A CRACKING CHRISTMAS AT HOLIDAY INN PETERBOROUGH WEST The four star Holiday Inn Peterborough West hotel has festive fun all wrapped up this Christmas with its choice of superb party nights guaranteed to get your Christmas celebrations off to a cracking start!

Peterborough West certainly knows how to whet your appetite. Get your taste buds tingling with a three course meal serving the finest food made with only the freshest of ingredients. With a choice of starter, main course and dessert, every palette is catered for but if you choose everyone’s festive favourite of turkey with all the trimmings, you won’t be disappointed with the homemade cranberry sauce and lemon and thyme stuffing. Feeling more Santa than Scrooge? Tickets to the 007 party nights hosted by Kev Lawrence are from just £24 per person. Available dates are December 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, 22, and 23.

Christmas covered with a simply stunning six course meal served at either 12.30pm or 1pm. You’ll be greeted with a glass of Bucks Fizz and a selection of canapés on arrival and, of course, the hotel has also made sure there’ll be a special appearance from Santa himself with a gift for all the children. So, make this Christmas Day one to remember for just £55 per person, £19.50 for children under 12 years and FREE for all children under five.

Bring in 2011 in style! What better way to end the year and welcome in 2011 than with the extravagance of a black tie gala dinner? Forget snuggling up in the lounge watching fireworks from the bedroom window and make the biggest party night of the year go with a bang! This year the Holiday Inn Peterborough West has all the right ingredients for the ultimate New Year’s party – a fun casino, a tempting six course meal, a brilliant atmosphere, popular resident DJ Barrie John and a black tie dress code to ensure the night oozes style and sophistication. With dancing ’til the wee small hours guaranteed, you’ll ring in the bells of 2011 before partying until 2am for just £80 per person. For £109 per person, you can save on taxi fares and enjoy the dinner as well as overnight accommodation, full English breakfast and complimentary use of the hotel’s leisure facilities to start the New Year feeling refreshed and revitalized.

Renowned for hosting some of the best party nights in town, this year promises to be even better, so dust off your dancing shoes, grab the mistletoe and check in to a party night of your choice. If you want to be shaken and stirred this Christmas then the James Bond party nights are Licensed to Thrill! Experience the sophistication of the world’s favourite secret agent in this themed evening and you will be dazzled by the 007 glamour. On selected dates, Heart FM’s Kev Lawrence is the hotel’s guest host who’ll make sure that the party spirit continues into the early hours with cabaret, dancing and party games. No Christmas party is complete without a sumptuous meal and the Holiday Inn www.es p m ag .co.u k ( No ve mbe r )

Those with families needn’t miss out on the New Year celebrations as the hotel is also hosting a family dinner with the warmest of welcomes and family friendly environment. With a hot and cold buffet being served followed by a disco, you can make this a night to remember for friends and family of all ages for £55 per adult, £13.50 for children under 12 and free for children under five! Make Christmas a day to remember… Let mum have a day off and book your family in for a Christmas lunch to remember at the hotel. Take the hassle out of preparing the biggest meal of the year and enjoy more time with the family opening and playing with presents. With no washing up to do either, you can truly relax and spend quality time with the children. The Holiday Inn Peterborough West hotel has

Put some sparkle into your Christmas! Not all bosses can host a Christmas party so why not gather your friends from work together for a festive lunch? Grab your secret Santa pressie and head to the hotel for a delicious festive lunch in the restaurant. Sit back, relax and enjoy some Christmas classics from the menu complemented by the attentive service in the modern restaurant for just £12.95 per person. If you’re one of the valued key public sector workers from the community, you can also benefit from a special £9.99 rate so if you work in healthcare, the fire or police service, or at schools or colleges, why not take advantage of this discounted offer, available midweek from December 1 – 24. The four star Holiday Inn Peterborough West is one of the best regarded hotels in the area, renowned for its stunning food, superior service and excellent party nights so put some sparkle into your celebrations and join them to celebrate in style this year. Whether it’s a party night with friends or work colleagues, a Boxing Day lunch, New Year celebration or family Christmas day occasion, the hotel has something for everyone. For more information on any of the Christmas events or to book your tickets, please call 01733 289988 or log on to www.qmhhotels.com/christmas to download a festive brochure.


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… y r a i D We promised our new Face of ESP, Lauren Hughes, a busy year and one like no other. She’s got off to a flying start with invitations flooding in…

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“After winning I went shopping with ESP’s style guru and image consultant Sue Donnelly to find an outfit for the cover shoot the following day,” says Lauren as she beams enthusiastically when asked what she’s been up to so far. “I then did an interview for BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on the Monday and the next night Pep and I went to the re-launch of Flamas restaurant in Hampton where the food was lovely.” Of course there’s lots of pampering to be had as the Face of ESP and Lauren was soon invited to some great girlie events.

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“The following day after the meal at Flamas I was out again at the Beauty Begins beauty promotion night at John Lewis where I had a great night getting loads of beauty advice and goodies. I also attended the Sex And The City 2 movie night event at Voyager school’s community cinema in Walton which was all about being glam and enjoying the movie! Oh, and I went to the opening of the new Bedeck bedding store at the Van Hage Garden Centre and I’ve also had my make-up done by one of Lancôme’s top make-up artists – Benjamin Rousseau!” Lauren will have to make appearances at all kinds of events as she spreads the word about ESP and says they’ve already proved quite diverse – “There was the Balderston BMW open weekend where I got to sit on a very nice bike and pose with my shades on and then the Swish clothes swap for Deafblind UK. It’s been such a fantastic start!”

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TOP GEAR LIVE’S DREAM CAR FOR A DREAM STAR V

So who would be your dream passenger and what would be your dream car to drive them off into the sunset in? Well, California Gurl Katy Perry beat off stiff competition to become the favourite choice for legions of Britain's male drivers who voted in a recent poll, carried out by MPH the Prestige & Performance Motor Show powered by Shell V-Power featuring Top Gear Live. Picked as the ultimate driving partner, the poll revealed that where men would most like to 'kiss the girl and like it' is in the Lamborghini Gallardo. Heading up the pack for the girls as the best cruising companion is the chiselled bloodsucker Robert Pattinson, coming in as number one choice for Britain's females. Not afraid of sinking their fangs into the Twilight Star, R-Patz was partnered with the classic Ferrari 458 as the dream driving experience which really revved their engines.

Both Lamborghini and Ferrari along with an array of the world's finest supercars will be on display at MPH the Prestige & Performance Motor Show powered by Shell V-Power featuring Top Gear Live at London's Earls Court from November 4-7 and Birmingham's NEC from November 11-14. Of course Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond will add their usual dose of energetic bickering and cutting edge cocking about to the proceedings! The Top Gear Live Prototype Tour 2010, promises to be their most exciting, ambitious and complex stage show to date. This all-new celebration of automotive utopia will see the debut of the world’s first ever transparent car, Porsches modified beyond all recognition and a custom made ‘Godzilla’ Nissan GT-R going head-to-head with a police helicopter! Visit www.mphshow.co.uk or call the ticket hotline on 0871 230 5588.

NEW PASSAT IMPRESSIVE, SAFE AND FUEL EFFICIENT With over 15 million cars sold, the Volkswagen Passat is one of the most successful cars in the world. Now there’s a new Passat on the block. Launching simultaneously as a saloon and estate car the seventh generation has a fresh new look, more like the Phaeton. Plus Volkswagon tell us the overall range of technological innovations now included put it up there with the posh boys of the upper and luxury class car market. It’s also the first Volkswagen with fatigue detection and city emergency braking function and at 4.2 l/100 km combined fuel consumption, it’s the most fuel-efficient Passat ever. Volkswagon say each of the new models is a safe, comfortable and powerful touring vehicle but also very low emitting, fuel efficient and blessed with extremely long driving ranges. The Passat 1.6 TDI with BlueMotion Technology with its 70 litre fuel tank capacity and 4.2 litre fuel consumption yields a driving range of 1,666 kilometres – on one tank of fuel! So, it’s probably a good thing then that there’s fatigue detection to remind you to pull in for a kip or a cuppa after four hours at the most!

DUCATI DEBUT NEW DIAVEL AND UPDATED RANGE AT MOTORCYCLE LIVE Can’t wait to get up close and personal with Ducati’s latest two wheeled wonders? Well, take a trip to Motorcycle Live this month and you can dribble all you will over the updated Monster and Streetfighter ranges plus the new Diavel. Ducati UK have announced these hugely anticipated new models will make their UK debuts at this year's Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham from November 27 – December 5. The Superbike family has had some comprehensive updates and The Streetfighter sees some aesthetic changes with two new colours – red with red frame and a diamond black with black racing frame. The Monster family welcomes new colour schemes and ergonomic updates to Ducati's naked icon. At last year's Motorcycle Live it was the Multistrada that drew all the focus, anticipation and hype that a new Ducati brings and now it’s the turn of the recently announced Diavel. The Diavel is Bolognese dialect for devil and with its commanding presence, stunning looks and performance to match it is like no other Ducati. The Diavel features the latest Ducati technology including ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Riding Modes a Superbike-derived Testastretta 11° engine and 207kg (456lb) providing Ducati performance in comfort that could only be dreamt of until now. The full 2011 model range will be on display so for more show information visit www.motorcyclelive.co.uk www.es p m ag .co.u k ( No ve mbe r )


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SAFE SEX-FACTOR Top boy band JLS, featuring Peterborough’s very own Aston Merrygold, have this month released their new single Love You More and not only is it a sure fire hit but it’s also this year’s official charity single for the BBC’s Children In Need Appeal. I’m all for the boys doing their bit for charity, and let’s face it, it’s bound to be huge and raise lots of money, but I can’t help thinking that they’ve already done more than their bit for that cause – by launching their range of condoms they’ve made sure that there are a few less children in the world, in need or not. Well done boys!

NOTHING HOT ABOUT A SAUNA

According to a report on MSN.com , the best places to meet members of the opposite sex are not nightclubs or bars but instead are more unusual places such as motorway service stations, airport terminals, music festiv als and, bizarrely, saunas and steam rooms! Not only does that sound well dodgy but I can’t believe it to be true; after all, if you do score, where exactly do you put their number?! I once met the gorgeous Bruce Reih ana (Northampton Saints winger) in a sauna in a local gym (yes, I do go occasionally!) and, maybe because I was bright red in the face, my hair was plastered to my forehead and I was sweating like a serial cheat awaiting a DNA test on the Jeremy Kyle show, I most definitely didn’t pull. All I can remember is goin g even redder than the steam had already made me, and wishing I had a bigger towel!

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BEAT THE BANGER Much as I love the Apprentice and V Plus it each week so I can watch them make idiots of themselves over again, I can’t get used to Lord Sugar being Lord Sugar. I’m sure he more than deserves his peerage but it just seems so wrong that S’ralan no longer exists. Even 2008 winner Lee McQueen, who I met recently at a Cancer Research UK 10K event I was presenting in London, agrees and said he’d have real trouble getting used to it if he still worked for him. At least the format is the same with the usual bunch of idiots talking themselves up big time and then failing miserably in the common sense department in the various tasks. My favourite so far has got to be the ‘sausage’ task which the boys lost after numerous testosterone-fuelled shouting match es where they each strutted round trying to prove they were the alpha male. Forget making sausages, the way they were behaving they should have just flopped them out and measured to settle it once and for all!

NT PETERBOROUGH’S GOT TALE year? What is going on with X-Factor this a The standard is rubbish! I reckon made warthog with a sore throat could’ve this it through to the over 28s category year, such was the lack of talent that gutted Louis had to choose from. I’m just e, renc Law le Nico ’s that Peterborough who made it through to the judges’ ed out houses stage last year but just miss , on being put through to the live finals have d she’ cos year this didn’t audition walked that category. exactly Wagner?! I rest my case! Just who ld shou he like s look He him? is voting for edos be drinking Martini and wearing Spe But by in a bad porn film from the 1970s. Fever far the biggest travesty is that Diva show. nd seco the only on out were voted not just They were my favourite act, and g because one half of the duo, Crai es from he looks a bit like Jim Carey?) com Saggers (does anyone else think to wear gh enou e brav and ble likea rtaining, Peterborough. They were fun, ente t singing abou know e-time national telly. Don’t fluorescent cycling shorts on prim r! s facto talent but they definitely had the keck

LASHINGS OF BAD MAKE-UP

And on the subject of the X-Factor, what was with all the badly applied, hideous false eyelashes sported by many of the auditionees in the first round this year? They wear them in a bid to look more alluring and attractive but most of them looked more like they’d glued comedy Hitler moustaches to their eyelids every time they blinked. And don’t get me started on the feather lashes worn by ‘drama queen’ Katie Waissel at Cheryl’s ‘house’. Seeing as Girls Aloud have their own range of false eyelashes, the first act Cheryl should’ve undertaken as mentor should’ve been to hand out a few free pairs quick. Ironic really that the first act voted out last year was girl band Bad Lashes; clearly less of a band name, more of a prophecy. www.es p m ag .co.u k ( No ve mbe r )


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Whilst you read this why not grab a pint and have a chill for a bit? I am talking a pint of H2O – life-giving water as we know it. You’re probably like many other people who don’t drink enough of it and yet it serves more than just to satisfy your thirst. So many excuses not to drink water and yet we’re made up of around 70% water particularly in our brains. Good health can never be reached without a good supply of it on a daily basis. We need it for the function of all our cells and importantly to help digest our foods and clear away our waste products. Our brain needs a constant supply of water and if you’re dehydrated then some of the symptoms you may experience quite quickly could be – Fatigue Irritability Constant hunger Headaches Lack of concentration… and much more Longer term dehydration (which is very common) can age you more quickly. You’ll start to see other signs such as – Dry skin/wrinkled skin Skin and muscles losing elasticity Joint stiffness pain Muscle pain/fatigue Constipation... and much more

introducing more fluid that way. So, as always, how much one person needs can vary to another but as a general rule, which I tend to stick to, is to – – Take your weight in pounds (i.e. 140lbs which is 10 stone) – Divide that by 2 (which would be 70) – The total is then the number in ounces of water per day (so that would suggest about 70 fluid ounces per day – roughly 2 litres per day) However, if you’re also guzzling down lots of coffee, tea, fizzy drinks, alcohol, then you’ll find that these can accelerate fluid losses so you may need to a) reduce these types of drinks each day and b) add in extra water to replace the loss to help your fluid balance. Of course you have to also think about exercise and fluid loss through sweating which may mean you need extra, or losses through sickness/vomiting etc.

“Our brains need a constant supply of water...” as landfill is being loaded up with water bottles and the safety of plastic bottled water is under scrutiny due to the chemicals in the plastic. Therefore a good filter for home or office use is probably the best option right now. Before I leave this topic, let’s also be realistic – guzzling pints and pints of water is not a good idea. We’re not fish – you do not need to over-do it. For more information on nutrition and health go to my websites www.karendevine.co.uk or www.devinedetox.co.uk NB If you’re on diuretic meds or you cannot quench your thirst talk to your GP. Oh and a personal message for Barry who I know is reading this.... go get that healthy pint of H2O and enjoy – my round next!

The water you choose is important; the freshest purest water is what Mother Nature provided us with until we started polluting it with chemicals. The new trend in flavoured or sweetened water should be avoided, a good water filter at home to help pull out more impurities will help in cleaning up your water. Bottled water sales are big bucks now but there’s a huge down side to using this

When you’re dehydrated the body, in its innate wisdom, will draw upon fluid to maintain its balance as best as it can, so it could be that fluid is drawn from joints which would then cause stiffness and lead to pain. How much you need will vary from person to person and on the types of food you’re eating. For instance a high level of vegetables and fruits would increase levels of water whereas bread / pasta / cereals etc won’t. Drinking herb teas will also be

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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Wolfie looked at the crowd and milked the 'Ooooohs' that people were yelling. “No, the reason he doesn't try any of that with me, but does with you is because Phil Taylor has respect for me!” This then got the biggest round of applause of the night and quite a few wolf howls as well, which prompted Russ to add – “You can tell this is Martin's home crowd!” And there was a happy ending to the story for Adrian too because two weeks later he played Phil Taylor in the semi-finals of the Darts Grand prix in Dublin and beat him. Wolfie's words of wisdom obviously had an effect. Thanks again to Tanis and all her staff for a great night. Now check their website for details of forthcoming events.

WOLFIE RIGHT ON Q

On the night it was fantastic to see so many people from the citiy’s local darts team attend and give Wolfie such a great reception. There was a brilliant atmosphere throughout, helped by the shaven-headed, and gravel-voiced darts MC Russ Bray, a familiar face from Sky Sports who sounds like he's gargling razor blades when he shouts “One hundred and eighty!” After the darts had finished I was just about to head off until Wolfie said – “Where are you going? It's not over yet, we're doing a question and answer session next.” Now, having interviewed Wolfie numerous times over the years I thought I'd heard all the stories he had to tell, but nothing prepared me for the Q&A session. He, Adrian and Russ all took questions from the floor and I don't think I've laughed so much on a night out in Peterborough since Harry Hill came here in 2005. The banter between the three of them was incredible. Adrian as a scouser had a funny line for everything, Russ was delivering deadpan put-downs every time anyone shouted anything out, and Wolfie's stories are a cross between Al Murray and Gordon Ramsay.

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It was great to see our local darts legend Martin 'Wolfie' Adams in the city recently. The reigning World Champion and England captain took part in an exhibition match at Riley's Q Club in Cowgate with Adrian 'Jackpot' Lewis. Riley's have recently refurbished all their venues across the country and as part of the revamp have been putting on a series of exhibition matches with professional players. Manager, Tanis Johnson (pictured) runs a brilliant club and the dart, pool and snooker facilities they've got are second to none. If you've not been in there recently and fancy a game, it's definitely worth a visit.

PETERBORIAN GURLS Recently I've been trying to persuade Jess Weaver (the new Miss Posh) to record my re-written version of Katy Perry's Californian Gurls. We've had words, but apparently she has a dreadful singing voice... yeah right! Whatever Jess – we've all heard you sing And It's Posh We Are so you're not getting out of it that easily! C'mon gurl, get yer lungs around this... I know a place, north of London up the A1 Flat, grey and mild, it's not far from Rutland Water Singing in your car, stuck in traffic on the parkway The boys toot their horns, cut me up every single day You can travel the world but nothing compares to Cathedral Square Once you see the fountains, you'll be falling in love oh, oh, oh, oh, oh oh (Chorus)

Best of the night was when someone asked the trio which darts player was the worst for gamesmanship. Adrian without hesitation said – ‘Phil Taylor’ – and then gave some examples of the subtle things he'd done when they'd played, Russ then added a couple of things he'd seen Taylor do, before Wolfie grabbed the mic, and turning to the everyone in the club said – “I can't believe what I'm ****ing hearing. You both know Phil Taylor's gonna do this stuff and you still let him? He never tries any of that when I've played him, and that's because he knows it won't wash with me!”

Peterborian gurls, we're unbelievable Proud to be Posh in our replica tops shorts, top hats, scarves and monocles oh, oh, oh, oh, oh oh Peterborian gurls, we're unforgettable Some have fake tans the colour of orange Tango P.U.F.C represent now put your hands up oh, oh, oh, oh, oh oh

“The reason he doesn't try it with you Martin, is because he knows you're not a threat!” replied Adrian cheekily.

And so on until Mr Posh gets out his matchday shizzle stick and dazzles us with a Snoop Dog dizzle rap.

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Barry from Watford is a regular guest on Steve Wright in the afternoon’s Radio 2 show. Now you have the chance to see the octogenarian, motivational speaker and guru live at The Voodoo Stands Up comedy club on Thursday November 25 at 8pm. He’ll be joined by three other comedy circuit names and it’ll no doubt be a hot ticket, so book ahead by contacting Mama Liz's in Stamford. www.mamaliz.co.uk

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BLAST FROM THE PAST @ CENTRAL Central in Stamford is getting all nostalgic this month with their Reflex 80s Night on November 12, featuring 80s dancers and all your favourite party tunes from that decade. Then on November 26 they’re hosting I Love the 90s a night with loads of giveaways as well as some of the hits you’d forgotten about from the last 20 years.

BETTER THAN BONFIRES For a different kind of fireworks, get down to Club Dissident on Lincoln Road on November 5 where Funkdoobious from Shtum will be making an appearance at Bass Camp. He’ll be joined by residents Eksess, Trillion, Sparky and Mischief, who’ll all be spinning drum ‘n’ bass.

dubstep, drum ‘n’ bass and breaks while Acidik Vibes will be playing hard trance, electro and progressive psy.

HENNESY CREW Hennesy Crew are taking over Club Revolution, Park Road on November 27 with a dancehall event called Ping Me. Entertainment comes from special guest Supa 'Sen On' Nytro as well as Gazzully AKA Mr. Lion, Ghetto Force International, Fire Lox and Lady Kay. Add Hennessy Crew on the Ping feature of iTunes with code 21699E200 and gain entry for just £3.

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LAVA LAMP IS BACK The next Lava Lamp club night for people with learning disabilities returns on December 2. The night’s built up a strong following with a reputation for a great clubbing experience. This time the night at Pulse8 in Geneva Street has a winter wonderland theme and founder of the night, Vincenzo Petruzziello is hoping people will come in fancy dress. It’s on from 8pm-1am and entry’s £3. Advance tickets are available from PCVS at Lincoln Court on Lincoln Road or call Enzo for more details on 07923 843177.

The best boogie night in town returns to the Tap Room at the Brewery Tap on Saturday November 6. Expect the best in boogie, 80s soul, funk and rare grooves from 9pm 2am from DJs Julz, Sito and guests Ian Pass and Mr Clubman. Entry £3.

TIME FOR GRIME DAVE PEARCE @ DISTRICT 7 Kre8ive Nites take over the whole of District 7 and Club Revolution on November 6 with some of the biggest names in trance and hardcore set to appear. In District 7 they have Mark Barnes of God’s Kitchen and Pam’s House supporting none other than Dave Pearce. Dave Pearce is one of the world’s biggest trance DJs and has appeared at pretty much every major dance event you care to mention, as well as presenting Dance Anthems on Radio 1 until 2008, and now his show is on BBC 6 Music. Upstairs at Club Revolution, Hyperbolic will be taking over so expect big hardcore tunes with one of the friendliest crowds around. Entry’s free before midnight, £5 after. They’re also bringing Hed Kandi to Coco’s, Broadway, on November 30 and special guest DJ Imi D from Funky Buddha will be headlining.

CLASH OF THE GENRES Boston’s Dubfilth will be battling it out with Acidik Vibes over two rooms at Club Dissident on Lincoln Road on November 13. Dubfilth will be in the main room, playing www.es p m ag .co.u k ( No ve mbe r )

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Shadow Demon Coalition will come to 4Cross at Club Dissident on Lincoln Road on November 19 as part of their national tour. Featuring MC Bassman, MC Trigga, MC Shaydee and DJ Sly, this is a massive night and will be recorded for their forthcoming CD – don’t miss your chance to be part of the worldwide D‘n’B scene.

DIG DEEP DOUBLE HEADER It’s double helpings of Dig Deep this month at Mama Liz’s in Stamford. On Friday November 26 expect a healthy session of soul, rare groove and Motown followed by the best of breaks and house on Saturday November 27. That night features a very special appearance by Demarkus Lewis (USA) who’ll be playing a set as part of his UK visit. Both nights kick off at 9pm and entry’s free.

HARD AS HELL Hard trance, hard dance, hardstyle and gabba is what to expect at Hard Entity at Club Dissident on November 20. The DJs are Hellion, Bud, Bline Baw, Corps-E and K Ward with MCs Mellow-D, Bonio and Ducky D.


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Released: November 19 Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson Director: David Yates It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since I interviewed the kids of Harry Potter (Radcliffe, Grint, Watson, Robert Pattinson and co.) for what was then the fourth part – and in my opinion currently the best – The Goblet Of Fire.

the Horcruxes in an attempt to defeat their nemesis, as Rowling’s last book gets split into two films.

British acting stalwarts Bill Nighy and Rhys Ifans (who’s just landed the plum role as the But now, as the movie tag-line goes – ‘the end new Spider-Man villain The Lizard in 2012’s begins’ in this penultimate instalment of the reboot) make their Potter debuts. Plus uber-successful JK Rowling franchise, with Peterborough-based actor Warwick Davis Radcliffe’s Potter and his two faithful sidekicks takes on a new role as Griphook the Ron (Grint) and Hermione (Watson) putting Goblin in part one, before raging teenage hormones on the backburner reprising his regular with Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) power established part as growing. Professor Flitwick in part two. As the Dark Lord tightens his grip on the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts, the trio Expect Potter to kill the box-office this winter, decide to finish the work of the recentlyeven with 3-D versions ditched at the last deceased Dumbledore by finding the rest of minute due to time constraints…

LONDON BOULEVARD Released: November 26

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Cast: Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, Ray Winstone Director: William Monahan

There’s a good early vibe for this heavily British (and Irish) influenced London-based crime drama with The Departed’s Oscar-winning screenwriter making his directorial debut.

recently-released-from-prison criminal try to shake off his South London gangster roots by becoming a handyman for a reclusive young actress (Knightley).

Based on Ken Bruen’s bestselling novel, it sees Farrell’s

With Ray ‘he had to be in it because he’s a Cockney rogue’

Winstone taking time off from enticing us to throw away money in those Bet 365 ads – along with the recognisable faces of Ben Chaplin, Anna Friel and David Thewlis – this could be a rare bright spot in a pretty uneventful year for British cinema…

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Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O and co. aptly open on Fireworks Night with more ludicrously dangerous and vomitinducing shenanigans – cleverly capitalising on 3-D – in this third franchise instalment which had a bumper $50 million boxoffice opening Stateside.

Robert Downey Jr teams with the equally in-demand director of The Hangover, Todd Phillips, and star Zach Galifianakis, in this road trip comedy. This time he plays a highly-strung father-to-be attempting to make it to his child’s birth on time by hitching a ride with a college slacker.

The buzz is good for this Independence Day-crossedwith-Cloverfield-looking sci-fi thriller – with Scrubs’ Daniel Faison being one of the few recognisable faces – but let’s hope the Brothers Strause do a better job than their messy directorial debut Aliens vs Predator: Requiem.

Denzel Washington and Tony Scott (The Taking of Pelham 123) continue their moviefetish for locomotive-based thrillers, as Washington tries to stop a runaway train loaded with toxic chemicals decimating an entire town – aided by Star Trek’s latest Captain Kirk, Chris Pine.

The cult trailer from Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror has spawned a feature-length movie featuring Danny Trejo (Desperado) as the deadly title character – supported by Robert De Niro and Jessica Alba – in this shamelessly violent flick which leaves tongue firmly embedded in cheek.

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F1 2010

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This is the game Formula One fans have been clamouring for – and Codemasters doesn’t let them down.

It’s only fair to judge this first-person shooter in its own right – ignoring the now ditched ability to play as the Taliban in the game’s very decent multiplayer section – as American special operatives go to war in Afghanistan. The single player campaign is suitably gritty as EA does a notable job in re-igniting the campaign – but it sadly pales against similar more established genre definers. But FPS enthusiasts shouldn’t rule this out as it still boasts some standout moments – but in medal terms it's more bronze than gold.

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Take on the best the sport has to offer, including Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, as superb visuals, excellent career mode and a plethora of realistic tracks brings F1 to life – despite a few racing flaws that need to be ironed out for the next version.

NBA 2K11 (X360/PS3/WII/PSP/PC) Out now Despite some strong competition from EA – their version has been pushed back until January – this is without doubt king when it comes to the NBA. And talking of king, the addition of arguably the greatest player of all-time in Michael Jordan – in which you can replicate some of his biggest games – is the icing on the cake of a game which is nigh on perfect.

This is without doubt the best incarnation for some time, and when you throw in the exceptional dynamic weather system, this is the closest thing to being there.

With improved dribbling controls and deeper career mode this even betters last year’s exceptional effort – and delivers a thundering slam dunk.

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SOCCER 2011 (PS3/X360/WII/PSP/PC) Out now I’m a PES man and always will be – and this year sees the biggest wholesale changes in some time. Fortunately the changes are for the better (even though they take a little time getting used to) as a new 360 passing and power gauge system makes it a more complete game. An overhauled tactics system and far improved presentation undoubtedly makes it the best version since PES 6 – as it claws back serious ground on FIFA.

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It’s clear that FIFA is the people’s choice – and I’ve had many friends convert from PES.

I’ve been a fan of the franchise since playing IV on the SNES some eighteen years ago – and this new re-imagining comes hugely recommended.

I have no gripes with that, as it’s arguably the more refined game – particularly with the more official license polish – and you know exactly what you’re getting. This year’s version has a few gameplay and graphical tweaks that again slightly improve the formula – but FIFA fans don’t need convincing. Choose your side.

EVOLVED

(X360/PS3/PC) Out now This game tries to do something different with a third-person shooter – but ultimately feels a few years out of date.

It suffers from comparison with a plethora of recent similar games (God Of War, Dante’s Inferno etc) but its core mechanics, production values and lengthy campaign are of an extremely high standard. The script isn’t great and there are a few minor annoyances but this atmospheric adventure is well worth getting your teeth into.

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Mech-heads will love using the hulking human-controlled war machine, the Wanzer, but when the novelty wears off and repetitiveness kicks in, it kind of falls a little flat.

This skews that thin line between whether this could have been expensive downloadable content compared to a full game – and just about falls into the latter. This bright and colourful game is a worthy companion to the Cartoon Network series as Batman teams up with the likes of Robin and Hawkman in this simplistic side-scroller.

It does have a few stand-out intense battle moments, but sadly this isn’t quite evolution, despite some decent ideas trying to break out.

Some noteworthy special moves ignite the extremely repetitive gameplay, but this will only really appeal to the TV demographic.

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The History Channel dips their proverbial toe into the gaming world with this accessible real-time strategy – that just lacks a bit of depth. It would be unfair to compare it to PC genre-definers such as Total War which is a more complete game, but with more than seventy medieval battles from the Hundred Years War, this is about as detailed as it gets on a next-gen console. Ultimately this is a chivalrous effort that RTS fans should check out.

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This captivating action game will undoubtedly be one of the dark horses for your hard-earned cash over the coming months.

Role-playing masters Square Enix go old-school with this stylish take on the successful franchise.

Not everyone can afford to splash out on full-price games so it would only be fair to point out one of the better downloadable offerings.

It doesn’t break any boundaries, but with effective mechanics that do exactly what it says on the tin it proves to be engrossing fare as you and three heroes attempt to rescue the king’s daughter.

The simple platforming cel-shaded world of Atari’s Blade Kitten harks back to 16-bit days as you battle as bounty hunter Kit in this anime-influenced world.

It is undoubtedly one of the best of its ilk on any handheld – and is charming to boot.

It may not be a Shadow Complex beater on XBLA, but this engaging game shows the growing quality available.

The basic mechanics sometimes don’t go beyond simple platforming and button-mashing, but the overall presentation is exceptional as you play as brutish Monkey, who becomes bonded with tech-savvy girl Trip to escape captors 150 years in the future. Hugely entertaining fare, that oozes quality production values.

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As with many musicians Murray’s venture into the world of rock ‘n’ roll was maybe down to his older brother who handed him a Led Zeppelin album and suggested he listened to it. “It was like nothing I had heard,” he tells me, “I wanted to be part of that thing, that vibe.” So with Steve his brother at his side they toured Britain extensively throughout the 80s and 90s under the Hockridge Brothers and Cage stage names, they even cut a dance track under the name Mo N Beev which was well accepted in some circles. He also toured in bands like Force Four and Future Shock at which Murray winces visibly… not at the band but the names… every musician does it Murray, you’re not alone! He’s the first to admit also that they were never the luckiest of bands when it came to being signed, a lot of near misses as he delicately puts it. “There was one gig at the Rock Garden where the guy who signed Terence Trent Darby was coming to see us and was very interested, I broke my leg a while before so had to play with my leg in plaster on crutches… it didn’t go too well.” There was also a showcase gig lined up for them at the Borderline in London where again a top industry guy was coming to see them only for him to get stuck www.es p m ag .co.u k ( No ve mbe r )

Murray’s other current project is the collaboration with Rex Gates and Lloyd Watson in which all three take turns to sing a song of their choice. Often unrehearsed and unplanned arrangements of Ray Charles, Curtis Mayfield, Robert Johnson and Bob Dylan ensue. As Lloyd said to me in the break between sets recently – “It’s magic Andy, something magical is happening there.” And you know what? He’s right; no two gigs are the same, there are variances on each song at each gig. All three have the licence to vibe-out the way they want with Murray driving the groove-on drums. It really is special. No article about Murray can finish without a mention of his voice, yes he’s a great drummer and is quickly becoming a very good self taught guitarist. Yes he’s an intelligent producer and arranger who can also lay down decent keyboard but his voice is something else. Beautifully soulful, strong and with a range to die for, live and up close he’s quite mesmerising when he sings. If you haven’t seen him sing you’re missing out on one of the greats, maybe a kickback to his father who had the most amazing baritone voice. When most people talk about making it in the business they reckon if you haven’t made it in your twenties you’re too late. Don’t you believe it – Murray Hockridge is on a journey that may just be entering its most fruitful period. Murray can be contacted at www.murrayhockridge.com

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“There was always music in the house when we were kids,” says Murray who’s immensely proud of his family heritage. With his brother Steve and Kevin Murphy (now with The Malingerers) one of his first projects was a blues band which he took to the Scotgate Inn in Stamford, and as three fresh faced teenagers, blew away a hard-nosed bunch of middle aged blues fans – “We were only kids really but they loved it.”

The future however is looking good after a fated encounter at a Costa’s coffee shop in Milton Keynes where Murray was busking. He met up with Dave Killminster who’d just finished a massive tour with the remnants of Pink Floyd – “He actually came over and said he liked my stuff and bought a CD. We swapped details and it went from there really.” An album of covers will be out soon but not done in a normal sort of way. “We’ve taken some songs, stripped them down and put our spin on them, they really are different. I knock out the rhythm and sing which leaves Dave to do some fantastic lead, it’s a good vibe.”

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Murray’s journey through his musical life had a remarkable start with his parents Edmund and Jackie being stars of the West End theatre in the 1950s and indeed for decades after.

in traffic and miss the whole gig… as Murray said, his journey has had its near misses.

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SOLSTICE GETS READY TO ROCK CHRISTMAS The upcoming live nights at the Solstice are looking good with a December line-up well worth a watch and a listen. On December 20 the Whisky Jax kick things off and perform live at the Northminster venue. Then on December 21 it’s local heroes The Brays who always pull in a great crowd, followed by Haylestone, another regular at the venue, who perform on December 22. You’ll need a break from all that Christmas shopping so get these dates down now!

BLAZE AND GMT @ AT VOODOO November is going to be rocking at Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge in Stamford. They’ve announced an eyebrow raising programme starting with former Iron Maiden and Wolfsbane front man Blaze Bayley arriving as part of his current UK tour on Friday November 5. Michael at Mama Liz’s told me – “We’re delighted to welcome Blaze Bayley here to Voodoo Lounge, its attracting a lot of interest and will be another excellent night in the venue, with more and more higher profile acts now asking to come and play, it demonstrates how far we’ve come in a short time since opening.” Magic Pudding Avenue will also make their promotional debut the following week on Saturday November 13 supporting Spotlight Kid. Thursday November 18 sees an appearance of The Supercalas. From Stamford and Peterborough, they released a well received debut album, Life In A Middle England Town earlier this year. And something very special indeed – on Friday November 19 classic rock super group GMT arrive, featuring on vocals Bernie Torme, on bass John McCoy and on drums, Robin Guy, who’ve worked, toured and recorded with Ozzy Osborne, Ian Gillan and Anthrax. For tickets call 01780 765888 or email voodoolounge@mamaliz.co.uk

WINTER WARMER WITH PENNYLES As the clocks go back and those winter months are upon us, have you thought what you can do on those dark Sunday evenings? Something that’s different and beats sitting in the house watching football and Songs Of Praise? Well wonder no more, because the latest local musicians to entertain on a Sunday are Pennyless who are taking up residence in the Back Room at Mama Liz's to provide regular gigs on Sunday from 4pm ’til 6pm. It’s just nice to spend a couple of hours with a pint in hand listening to fast and furious Irish, stomping Scottish and the best of English folk plus some great American fiddle and country rock. Penny and Les will be joined by Graham Dale of Paspatou to bring some three part harmonies to soothe your soul on a Sunday evening on the following dates: October 3, 17, 24 and November 7 and 14, December 5 and 19 and January 9 and 23. More details on www.pennyless-music.co.uk

SUE RYDER ROCKS RADIUS! A special mention this month to local guy Adam Thomason who’s setting out to raise some important funds for Sue Ryder and Thorpe Hall with a special charity gig here in Peterborough. He’s put together a very impressive line-up for live fans. The bands playing are Whisky Jax (who played at this year’s Beer Festival) Leon and Sunset Alley. In addition there’s an appearance by solo artist Greg Fidler. It is on Friday November 19 and is being held in Radius above the Solstice. Doors open at 7.30pm and it’s £5 entry on the door. Adam’s not stopping there with trying to raise important funds for Thorpe Hall, because around summertime next year he’s going to be hiking the Inca trail in Peru. He reflects what a lot of people think about the Sue Ryder organisation when he says – “It’s a great charity that offers a fantastic service to people that really need it. It’s a crucial part of the community of Peterborough.” Adam is certainly working hard to help the charity that he admires so much and all he needs is your support on November 19 – £5 well spent!

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Bluebell (DOGSTHORPE)

HEATHER GIVES LIP SERVICE The celebs keep coming at Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge as Lip Service actress and singer Heather Peace has just signed up to appear in Stamford on November 29. Although Heather’s well known for her television, film and theatre roles, singing is actually her first love and she’s an accomplished folk, jazz and cabaret singer. Heather is better known though for her TV roles as Sally ‘Gracie’ Fields in London’s Burning, Sgt Becca Gallagher in Ultimate Force and Fiona James in the BBC TV series The Chase. She is currently starring in the new BBC 3 drama Lip Service. For more info visit www.heatherpeace.com

• Live music every weekend (check ESP Gig Guide) • Food served Monday-Sunday • Sky + Espn • Real Ales • Quiz Night Sunday • Large family beer garden • FREE pool on Mondays • Carling £2.50 during Premiership football

St Pauls Road, Dogsthorpe Tel: 01733 554890 www. Bluebellpub.co.uk

The Dragon • Live entertainment see gig guide • Live sports including Saturdays 3pm, 5 screens (not sky) • Real ales • Mon Darts, Tues League Poker, Wed, League Poker and Crib • Thur League Poker and Pool • Fri & Sat Entertainment • See us on face book – The Dragon Pub

Hodgson Avenue, Werrington Tel: 01733 578088 peterboroughdragon@hotmail.co.uk

Geneva Bar Liv Slater has a round up of the rest of the local live scene…

OCTOPUSSYS IN TOWN The Octopussys travel all the way from Belgium to No Gods No Managers at Club Dissident on November 4 and they aim to entertain with a rowdy blend of punk rock and humour. Fans of Fat Wreck Records’ output will enjoy them and they’re a hardtouring and hard partying band. Support comes from Cambridge’s Beverly Kills, an all-girl pop punk band; Wolf Ganggg Wolf, who mix chaotic guitars with screaming vocals and finally, new boys King Kill, featuring ex-members of Hands Down, The Escaped, The Ruined and $up who are definitely ones to watch. Entry £3.

• Mon – Sat, 10 til 4pm, Fosters & Carling, £2 per pint. John Smiths, £1.60 per pint • Thursdays – RnB, Soul, Hip-Hop & Reggae • Friday & Saturday – Join DJ Andy – Disco and Karaoke, 8pm – 2.30am • Sunday – Megamix 8.30pm – 1.30am • Late night opening Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday until 2.30am

2 Geneva Street, Peterborough Tel: 01733 340099

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Real Ales Under new management Fri, Sat, Sun in-house music New food and old music New restaurant now open Major refurbishment in New Year Food served daily

140 Oundle Road, Peterborough Tel: 07749 360238

REMEMBER BETH A tour has been organised in memory of Deeping teenager Beth Hardwick, who sadly passed away this summer in a car accident. It takes place on weekends from November 25 – December 14 in Market Deeping, Stamford, Peterborough, Spalding and Lincoln. Bands involved include The More I See, Stringfinger, Exit State, We Are Fiction, Filthy Lucre, The Monuments, The Ruined and Vendetta and all funds raised will go towards improving road safety in Market Deeping. For more info on who’s on where and when email drew.markwick@virgin.net.

BLACK MARIAS PUNK IT UP IN STAMFORD Peterborough’s own old-school punk legends, the Black Marias will be breaking out of the Boro and tearing down Mama Liz’s, Stamford on November 12. Influenced by classic punk such as The Damned, UK Subs and Sham 69, over the past few years they supported The Business, Sham 69 and Anti Nowhere League. Support is from Stamford’s Don’t Look Down, who have a slightly more ska-influenced punk sound. Entry £3.

Lime Tree • Live entertainment - SEE ESP GUIDE • Live Sky sports • Real Ales • Beer gardens front and rear • Two pool tables • Quiz every Sunday night • Function room for hire Paston Lane, Walton Tel: 01733 708320

The Ploughman • Sky Sports • Camra Gold Award winning real ales available from £2 (5 hand pumps) • Happy hour Mon – Fri, 5 ‘til 7pm • Live entertainment – see ESP Gig Guide • Karaoke every Sunday with Mighty Mouth Trev • Award winning real ales available from £2 • Function room for hire at reasonable prices • Join our Facebook group The Ploughman

Staniland Way, Werrington Tel: 01733 327696


GIGS gigs @espmag.co.uk

GRUMPY OLD MEN

MIDWEZT

THU NOV 11

GRUMPY OLD MEN

FRI NOV 19

The Office Oundle Road

The Rose Burghley Road

FALLEN

ISIAH

MOONLIGHT SHADOWS

The New England Club Occupation Road

CIRCUS + AMY WOODS

ISIAH

The Cross Keys Oundle Road

The Rose Burghley Road

PUNK REBEL MEDIA The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

STORM

THU OCT 28

SWINGING THE LED

3 MILE SMILE

The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

THE OVERDUBS The Prince Of Wales Feathers Castor

SUN OCT 31 FRI OCT 29

MIGHTY MOUTH

AMELIA + THE VOW The Ploughman Werrington + STRINGFINGER Mama Liz's Voodoo ROCKIT Lounge Stamford

The Fox & Hounds Longthorpe

CARIBA

THE JEREMY WATSON TRIO

The Office Oundle Road

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

The Ostrich North Street

THU NOV 4

COLIN SMITH + FRIENDS

CLUTCHING AT STRAWS

Charters Town Bridge

HOOKER The Red Lion Eye

KZIZ The Red Lion West Deeping

LEON The Fayre Spot Bretton

MASLOW The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

PULSE The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

RETROLUX The Rose Burghley Road

THE MALINGERERS The Swiss Cottage Woodston

The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe

SAT NOV 6

The Ostrich North Street

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

WAYNE MILLS

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

JAMES EDMONDS SOLO OPEN MIC NIGHT

The Red Lion West Deeping

The Ploughman Werrington

OPEN MIC NIGHT The Scotgate Stamford

PETE + JOSH ACOUSTIC DUO The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe

FRANKLY MY DEAR The Golden Fleece Stamford

HONEYWELL Ebeneezers Grove Street

IRENE RAE The Rose Burghley Road

IRIDIUM The Fletton Club Fletton

MOONLIGHT SHADOWS The Ram Inn Whittlesey

PASPATOU + VOX MONDIALLE + SUPPORT Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

SIREN

The Rose Burghley Road

MURRAY HOCKRIDGE SOLO The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

FRI NOV 12 CARIBA The Office Oundle Road

CRAYFISH ROCKETS The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe

The Stage Market Deeping

MICK JONES

BLUES AGENTS

FIOR The Red Lion West Deeping

HONEYWELL

The Waggon & Horses Langtoft

The Fayre Spot Bretton

PULSE

The Office Oundle Road

Radius Northminster

The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe

LES WOODS BAND

SPOTLIGHT KID + PRECIOUS 20 + FLEETING MINDS + PSYCHEDELIC GROOVES

The Rose Burghley Road

LLOYD WATSON The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

NO MANS BAND RETROLUX

The Office Oundle Road

The Ostrich North Street

THE INFLUENCE

SHAMELESS TEMALLICA

101 PROOF

Club Revolution Park Road

THE TRIPTIC BILLIES + WOODEN CASINO + BENJAMIN BLOOM + M FALLAN

THE BLACK MARIAS + DON'T LOOK DOWN + SUPPORT Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

TUNNEL

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

THE NUGGETS The Lime Tree Walton

THE REPLICAS + LEE MAJOR + DJ GOWEN The Fletton Club Fletton

The Ploughman Werrington

TWENTY 4 The Dragon Werrington

Mama Liz's Back Lounge Stamford

The Office Oundle Road

RETROLUX

CIRCLE The Office Oundle Road

EAST COAST

ELECTRIC WARRIORS

The Bull Inn Newborough

The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

TATTOOED SEX GODS

Quinns Club Whittlesey

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

CUTTIN' LOOSE

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

DARREN BUSBY

KICK BACK

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

LES WOODS BAND

FALLEN

Charters Town Bridge

BLACK ROSE

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

COLD SWEAT

OPEN MIC SESSION

The Ostrich North Street

OPEN MIC NIGHT

Mama Liz's Back Lounge Stamford

TUE NOV 9

101 PROOF

The Letter B Whittlesey

The Ostrich North Street

The Cock Inn Werrington

SAT NOV 20

FRANKLY MY DEAR

The Lime Tree Walton

GIZZ BUTT'S RED, BLACK AND BLUE'S

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

SUN NOV 14

SAT NOV 13

HOOKER

THE ROCK AND BLUES BAND

DISCO CHIMP

THU NOV 18

The Stage Market Deeping

The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe

The Indian Queen Boston

PENNYLESS

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

The Rose Burghley Road

CUTTIN' LOOSE

JAMES EDMONDS

The Lord Nelson Morton

The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

EAST COAST The Angel Yarwell

THE SUPERCALAS + ANIMALS HELLWING

ELECTRIC WARRIORS

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

The Ostrich North Street

The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

LLOYD WATSON The Rose Burghley Road

PORKY PIG

The Scotgate Stamford

SLIDE TO OPEN The Walnut Tree Deeping St James

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS The Dragon Werrington

THE NUGGETS The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe

MONKEY BOY The Dragon Werrington

ONE EYED CATS The Lime Tree Walton

RETROLUX The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

SHAMELESS The Peacock London Road

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

SKYLINERS

FRI NOV 26

SLIDE TO OPEN

101 PROOF

The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe

THE MIGHTY QUINN

The Three Horseshoes Werrington

SUN NOV 7

BRIDE OF THE ATOM

SOUNDS UNLIMITED OPEN MIC NIGHT

THE RETURNS

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

The Rose Burghley Road

Charters Town Bridge

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

OUT OF ORDER

PENNYLESS

IAN PARKER

WED NOV 24

THU NOV 25

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

The Dragon Werrington

The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

The Office Oundle Road

MY FIRST TOOTH + MOONEY + KERRY AND THE GIANTS + KARENINS SMILE

SHAMELESS

BLISTERED

FRONT COVER

OPEN MIC NIGHT

ELVIS TRIBUTE

Mama Liz's Back Lounge Stamford

The Ostrich North Street

The Swiss Cottage Woodston

The Stage Market Deeping

The Ploughman Werrington

O'Neills Broadway

PORKY PIG

SWINGING THE LED

REX GATES + LLOYD WATSON + MURRAY HOCKRIDGE

HOOKER

PENNYLESS

The Conservative Club Peterborough

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

SAT OCT 30

The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

ELECTRIC WARRIORS

The Fayre Spot Bretton

UNDERCOVER

LEE MAJOR

The Red Lion West Deeping

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

Charters Town Bridge

Charters Town Bridge

LLOYD WATSON + REX GATES + MURRAY HOCKRIDGE

MOONLIGHT SHADOWS

THE RETURNS

BLAZE BAYLEY + SMOKESCREEN + THE ENGINES OF ARMAGEDDON

LATINO SOUND

FRAZ

SUN NOV 21

The Ploughman Werrington

FRI NOV 5

Ebeneezers Grove Street

The Dragon Werrington

The Ploughman Werrington

The New Inn Boston

The Office Oundle Road

The Bluebell Dogsthorpe

AMY WOODS

KICKBACK

CITIZEN SMITH

CUTTIN' LOOSE

The Stage Market Deeping

DAFFY AND THE ALIEN

The Ostrich North Street

The Fayre Spot Bretton

The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

THE SPIRIT

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

ALADDINSANE The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe

CIRCLE The Office Oundle Road

ELECTRIC WARRIORS The Ploughman Werrington

NEIL TIMOTHY The Red Lion West Deeping

SHAMELESS

The Fletton Club Fletton

STORM The Ostrich North Street

THE GANGSTERS The Brewery Tap Westgate

THE GUARDS O'Neills Broadway

THE KARSIES The Rose Burghley Road

ZEBRA The Bell Deeping St James

The Bell Sawtry

SUN NOV 28

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS

GOLDRUSH

The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

THE LES WOODS BAND The Ostrich North Street

THE LEXIE GREEN BAND The Rose Burghley Road

THE OVERDUBS The Fayre Spot Bretton

The Fox & Hounds Longthorpe

LLOYD WATSON + REX GATES + MURRAY HOCKRIDGE The Rose Burghley Road

THE JEREMY WATSON TRIO Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

TWENTY 4

THU DEC 2

The Pear Tree Stamford

TH'PARISH + ANDY ROBINSON + PENNYLESS

SAT NOV 27 BURLESQUE The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

CIRCA 73 The Stage Market Deeping

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REAL ALES, CASK MARQUE APPROVED, CAMRA GOLD AWARD • Food served daily, Mon – Sat 12pm-2pm and 6pm-9pm. Sun 12 – 5.30pm Christmas • Every Tuesday - Karaoke 9pm booking now • Quiz night every Wednesday, 9pm start. being taken Hosted by Ann. • Sunday evening easy listening, new acoustic sessions 8-10pm • Function room available for private parties • Live music every weekend See ESP Gig Guide for bands

Live Music October Sun 31st Grumpy Old Men – 4pm

November Fri 5th Sat 6th Sun 7th Fri 12th Sat 13th Fri 19th Sat 20th Fri 26th Sat 27th

Children of the Revolution The Influence Feet To The Fire – 4pm Retrolux Electric Warriors Porky Pig 101 Proof The Les Woods Band Storm

December Fri 3rd Sat 4th

Circa 73 Gin House

The Ostrich Inn

9 Oundle Road, Fletton, Peterborough 01733 703495 www.cherrytree-inn.co.uk

17 North St, Peterborough 01733 752255

• Food served daily from 12 - 3pm - Bar snacks and main meals now available see our new Menu • Selection of real ales • Food served from 12-3pm • Beer garden • Bar Billiards • Mighty Mouth Karaoke with Matt every Thur 8.30pm • Texas Hold ‘em Poker every Tuesday 7.30pm


Mikey continued – “Thanks so much to everyone who sponsored me. As the dressing up idea was so successful, I need to start thinking of an even better costume for the London Marathon next April!” Of course our Mikey wasn’t the only one who did it in fancy dress – there were some great costumes and fundraisers taking part including this great bunch (pictured) from Alex’s Angels, who dressed up to raise cash in memory of their mate and local lad Alex McGuinness. The Voyager school student sadly died earlier this year of leukaemia aged just 18 years-old and his friends have formed the fundraising group to raise cash for East Anglian Childrens Hospice (EACH) and Children with Leukaemia.

WHAT A GREAT (EASTERN) RUN! ESP’s Man About Town columnist Pep Cipriano and ESP writer Mikey Clarke are still nursing their blisters after taking part in the Great Eastern Run… along with thousands of others who braved the race or the fun run. Mikey did his bit for charity and ran as… Wonder Woman! He promised friends that if he reached over £500 in sponsorship money, he’d hire the costume and run the entire race in the dress. Mikey chose this amount, as he didn’t think he’d quite reach the target, and therefore not have to do the forfeit. However, he quickly received a generous donation from David Dixon of Personnel Matters for the full £500! Mikey told ESP – “Five hundred pounds is a lot of money, so I genuinely wasn’t expecting to have to run in the costume. When I saw www.es p m ag .co.u k ( No ve mbe r )

His mum Raena told ESP – “It’s fantastic Alex’s friends are doing this. He was the glue that held them all together, everyone would gather at our house before they went out – and now it’s like they’re still together because of him even though he’s gone. “My experience with Alex totally changed my view of what hospices are all about – I just thought they were places people went to die but they’re so supportive, even now, which has been fantastic. They get very little funding so fundraising’s so important and sponsorship for Alex’s Angels is still coming in.” In the main race Kenyan athlete Edwin Kipyego stormed across the finish line in 62 minutes 16 seconds to set a new course record while the first local man home was Glen Watts from March who crossed the finish line in 66 minutes 51 seconds. Race director Stuart Hamilton said – "We had a record breaking number of runners sign up this year, so we knew we were in for a special day.

how awful I looked I almost regretted making the pact, but then I thought about what a great cause the money is going to. And to be honest, hearing the community shout things like ‘you can do it Wonder Woman’ helped me complete the run.”

"Once again the number of people registering to run has increased, which proves that the Perkins Great Eastern Run is now established as the greatest run in the Eastern region. We are very proud to have attracted some of the UK's most elite athletes this year. In addition I am very pleased that so many ordinary members of the community have turned out to run, whether it was for charity or simply for their own personal achievement."

He finished the run in just over two and a half hours, and raised nearly £700 in total for Sue Ryder Care, while poor Pep hobbled with injuries and had to walk the last few miles (see p.13).

Plans are already under way for the 2011 run and the principal sponsors have pledged funding to support the race for another five years. Good stuff – we can’t wait! Come on Pep get back in training… you can’t be beaten by Wonder Woman for a second year!



ESP November 2010