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NOVEMBER 2011 Issue 147


In this month’s issue check out our:

What’s On

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POSH LAUNCHES SANTA RUN Posh players are encouraging fans to take part in the Peterborough Santa Run to support their local children’s hospice. They’ve chosen EACH as their charity for the 2011-12 season and will help to raise the charity’s profile and much needed funds. It takes place at Ferry Meadows on December 4 in aid of EACH, where participants dress up in Santa outfits to run, jog or walk the 2.5km route which is suitable for both wheelchairs and pushchairs! The Santa Run relies on sponsorship to raise as much money as possible. To find out more or enter online visit or call 01223 205180.

LANCE BLOOM ROCKS CHARITY NIGHT There’s a great night in store at the Masonic Hall in Ellindon, Peterborough this month. The Freemasons are helping the Nightingale Trust for Nutritional Support – Feeding for Life – and they need your help too. It’s a rock ‘n’ roll night with music from Lance Bloom, who’ll be singing to all the original tracks in the style of Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, Billy Fury and Roy Orbison. So dig out those blue suede shoes and drainpipe trousers! It’s on November 12 at 7.30pm and tickets are £15 per person which includes a light buffet. To book call Pam Harris on 01778 344300.

buffet – eat as much as you like between 12noon and 10pm for just £8.95. Or if you don’t fancy Indian they also prepare English dishes too. It’s the perfect venue for any occasion, and they’ll cater for parties for birthdays, Christmas, office, and family. Speaking of Christmas – get booking now if you fancy celebrating the festive season there. Just call 01733 244373 to book your party now.

TREASURE ISLAND FUN CASINOS Ever fancied adding a special twist to your party with a Las Vegas theme? Well look no further as we know just the right thing for you. Treasure Island Fun Casinos is a mobile casino which has top quality professional tables and equipment to make any event a special one! Owner John Harrison will bring the party to you – he has over 30 years of experience having worked in top casinos such as Palm Beach in Mayfair, and on cruise ships as casino manager and has even been casino director at the Hilton Hotel in Puerto Rico! He and wife Yon hope to make your party a great success, where you can experience the fun of a real casino without the financial risk! Call John on 07867 542275 for more info or email

SPECIAL OFFERS @ ANGEL SPICE Peterborough really is spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants, and it’s always nice to try somewhere new! Angel Spice is only a quick trip down the A1 in Stilton, and is a great family venue with authentic Indian food, an excellent choice of wines and a mouthwatering menu. They’ve got plenty of offers weekly, including their special Sunday


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TAHLIA’S CLOSET Dark mornings, bitter evenings and coughs and colds are all a recipe for making us feel miserable in winter. Don't hibernate away till spring, embrace the biggest party season and do so in style! Local lady Natasha is very excited to bring Tahlia’s Closet to you on the high street. This magical boutique offers a huge choice of jewellery, bags and embellished scarves to choose from. Whether it’s for a Christmas gift or something to wear to the festivities, they have it all in store. If like Natasha you're a magpie to sparkle then you'll be in your element when you visit. You'll find Tahlia’s Closet on Cowgate next door to Leeds Building Society, opposite Prezzo.

OFFICIAL CLUB NIGHTS @ HALO Official Club Nights return to Halo on Northminster on Friday November 25 with music from world famous super club Pacha. The night will be headlined by international DJ David Cherish, who’s been booked by major promoters around the world including MTV, Mixmag and Space, even supporting superstar acts such as Fedde Le Grande and Laidback Luke. Guestlist entry is just £3 before 11pm, and £5 after – all you have to do is text Halo Official and your full name to 87202 to join the guestlist. For more info on what’s happening visit


CHIQUITOS GETS FESTIVE Head over and join in the festivities at Chiquito’s this year for your Christmas party. They have on and off peak times to save you money. Also get your chance to win £1000 with their grab-a-grand board, or enter their raffle for your chance to win one of the fantastic hampers. They’re also running a Christmas Fiesta Night to get you all in the mood for the festivities on November 21. Contact the restaurant on 01733 898540 for all the details.

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PETERBOROUGH CALENDER OUT NOW Local photographer Chris Porsz’s recent exhibition in Queensgate was a great success, with loads of people viewing and recognising his work. You’ll be pleased to hear that you can now see even more of his work as he has a new calendar coming out with all the very best photographs in it. They’re a great gift idea and you can find the calendars at the Destination Centre, Reba, HMV, Colemans, Save the Children, Cancer Research, Salvation Army, Serpentine Green, Twiggy’s, Shrives the Central Library and many more outlets. They’re priced at £6 each – don’t hang about though as they may sell out during the Christmas period! Find out more about Chris by visiting

Ladies, the perfect evening is fast approaching as the Windmill in Orton Waterville hosts an evening full of health and beauty treats! There’ll be several businesses offering their services for the night, giving you a chance to try out their products and treatments. MBE Partners will be giving demonstrations and testers for the proto-col branded skincare, nutrition and make up. SkinFirst will be there to promote their treatments such as MPL – for removal of hair, pigment, sun damage, age spots and thread veins. FM Cosmetics will be bringing samples of perfumes for you to try and you’ll be able to order or buy products on the night. Maydor – a specialist company who produce hand made body and skin care products will also be there, and all products are made in Peterborough! There’s more happening on the night so make sure you pop over on November 8 at 7.30pm and spoil yourself!

AMAZING OFFERS @ THE HALCYON Everyone loves a bargain don’t they? Well head over to the Halcyon for some of the best meal deal offers in town. From Monday to Friday you can have a burger, chips and drink for just £4.99, or even better two meals for £5! Wednesday’s curry night, where you get any curry and a drink for only £4.99, or if you fancy something different, try out their big plate specials on a Thursday for just £5.99. Sunday roasts are always a winner, and to take the stress out of cooking

it yourself they’ll throw in two big plate Sunday roasts for just £12 – an offer you can’t refuse. They’re also ready to take bookings for Christmas parties, and at just £8.99 per person we suggest you get booking now. Call 01733 263801 for more info.

GADGET SHOW IN QUEENSGATE Do you like to keep up-to-date with all the latest gadgets? Well head along and meet the experts from John Lewis, Apple, Panasonic, Pure, Roberts and TomTom and discover the latest in technology. There’ll be demonstrations, the opportunity to ask questions, a chance for you to have a go and perhaps find that extra special gift for Christmas. It all takes place in Queensgate, central square over the weekend of November 12 – 13.

BEEHIVE JAZZ FUNK & SOUL SUNDAY Steve Allen, DJ Ian Pass and special guests will be playing a mash up for 60’s soul, r‘n’b, jazz fusion, mellow soul, 70’s funk and dance anthems from 4pm on the last Sunday of every month at the Beehive! They’ve got real ales, a great wine list and delicious food, the perfect combination for a great Sunday evening. The next Jazz Funk & Soul Sunday is on November 27, so make sure you pencil it in your diaries!

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENT @ JOHN LEWIS John Lewis is hosting a Christmas shopping event on December 1 between 6 – 9pm with a host of activities running throughout the department store. Entertainment will be provided by The Salvation Army Brass Band, and the Ravensthorpe Primary School Choir will be singing all the festive Christmas carols. All shoppers will be welcomed with a drink and nibbles and there’ll be a range of competitions and prize draws. Kids will have a ball as there’ll be toy demonstrators and face painting, plus Father Christmas will also be making an appearance. The perfect Christmas outfits will be showcased during the catwalk shows and there’ll be cookery demonstrations and food tasting, plus experts from the home department will offer tips and advice. For more info contact Caroline O’Donovan on

MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO A BABY’S LIFE Little Big Souls International Charitable Foundation is hosting a special family fiesta and walk for babies on November 17 to raise awareness on the world’s first ever World Prematurity Day. Volunteers are encouraging local people to head to the Exec Peterborough at the East of England Showground and complete five laps of the building to celebrate the awareness day. There’ll be various entertainment stops on the circuit with local choirs, bands, dancers and children’s entertainers – with Santa making a visit for the kids to talk to and have their photo taken! Everyone who completes the circuit will receive a certificate and other goodies, plus it’s free to enter. All money raised will help Little Big Souls provide vital healthcare to babies in Africa. To register, email or call Little Big Souls on 0845 3721992.

THE MUSIC OF RYAN ADAMS Glockle & Hyde productions are presenting another evening of Ryan Adams music, performed by Gavin Hyde, The Glock, and a cast of friends. Demand has been sky high for another show following the success of the last event, so the lads have decided to put on one last show. There’ll be more songs from Adam’s classic and extensive catalogue of music, including some tracks from his latest album Ashes & Fire. Offshore Rivers will be supporting the act, and it’s just £5 on the door at Mama Liz’s in Stamford on December 8. Entry will be on a first come first served basis and you can find out more by visiting

BROTHERHOOD COFFEE MORNING Brotherhood Shopping Park’s inviting the local community to join them on site on November 16 between 11am and midday for a coffee and a look at the development plans for the new scheme! Building work’s underway, and we already know the exciting news that M&S and Next will be two of the stores opening at the shopping park. It’s the perfect chance to preview the area’s newest shopping attraction, and there’s a chance to win an M&S hamper worth £150! Make sure you head over to Brotherhood Shopping Park if you want to keep up to date will all the latest gossip from parking spaces to when it will finally be open for business.

CHRISTMAS COMES TO SERPENTINE GREEN Christmas arrives at Serpentine Green Shopping Centre on Sunday November 13 with their grotto opening and a special visit from Santa’s friends from the South – the South Pole that is. Shoppers will be enchanted by Mr & Mrs Penguin and their gorgeous baby Egbertah. Combining animatronic costumes, traditional puppetry and witty banter, these gentle giant penguins and their boisterous babies will delight the crowds. Santa’s also invited his good friends the Victorian snow family the esteemed Major Wilfred Winterbottom, Lady Uphemia Winterbottom and their little son Baby Snowflake who’ll enchant the kids. The fun starts at midday. Tickets for the grotto cost £4.50 per child including a present from Santa.

COMMUNITY LITTER PICK Want to do your bit for the community? Why not join the community litter pick and help your environment at the same time too! All pickers are supplied with pickers, gloves and bags, and all you need to bring along is yourself and some high spirits. There’s a few days lined up for the rest of the year on every third Sunday of the month, with all Woodston, Fletton, Oundle Road, City Centre and Sugar way picks meeting at the Riverside Pavillion at 10.45am ready to rock and roll for an 11am start until 12pm (or for any hardcore pickers you can work an extra half hour until 12.30pm). To find out more contact

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JESS HELPS QUEENSGATE LIGHT UP There’ll be some fabulous new decorations in Queensgate shopping centre this year with the big light switch on taking place between 6pm and 7pm on Thursday November 3. Our very own Face of ESP Jessica Lockhart will be there joining in the fun and helping turn on the lights. Look out for a giant walk in snow globe on the mall from November 20 to December 24 outside John Lewis and a Victorian carousel in North Square from October 31 and November 18. To make the seasonal shop even easier, Queensgate’s extending its opening hours on weekdays till 6pm in November and from Monday November 28 through to December 23 you can shop until 9pm and enjoy free parking after 5.30pm. In December Queensgate will also open an extra hour on Saturdays until 7pm. Photo: Mike Harris

A number of new retailers have already opened including Menkind, Whittard and the Sweater Shop and Fat Face is opening soon so your gift buying should be sorted! For more info visit

TIME TO TURN ON CHRISTMAS! Christmas comes to Cathedral Square on Saturday November 19 when the city council gets the festive party started in Peterborough. Paul Stainton, breakfast show presenter on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Peterborough Show will be hosting the entertainment with loads of free fun throughout the day from 4pm-6pm. Then the lights will be turned on and we officially kick start Christmas in the city centre. Paul told ESP – "It is indeed a huge honour to stand on a stage on a freezing cold December night and be heckled by the good folks of Peterborough! “I haven’t yet decided how hecklers will be dealt with, but I have been stocking up on paper plates, custard and hundreds and thousands. Seriously though, it will be brilliant, I can’t wait to see you all there." This year there’ll be some brand new Christmas lights, music from top local acts, fireworks, a very special guest to turn on the lights and of course Father Christmas will be dropping by as well. The main sponsors of Peterborough’s Christmas celebrations, The Clock Restaurant, will be serving a selection of winter warmers and licensed alcoholic drinks from the restaurant on Bridge Street, which can be taken to Cathedral Square. Paul Tapparno-Clark, manager at The Clock Restaurant told ESP – “All of us are really excited to be involved with the biggest series of community events of the Peterborough calendar. We want to establish ourselves as a member of the local community and we hope that people will see that The Clock Restaurant is here to serve the needs of everyone in Peterborough.” For more info call 01733 747474 or visit

SHOWGROUND CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL Christmas is coming, whether we like it or not – and there’s an opportunity to blitz that all-important present buying under one inspirational roof at Exec Peterborough. The regional venue, based at the East of England Showground, is poised for a festive transformation when the popular Christmas Festival is open for business on November 11-13. It’s a great day out for the whole family and an ideal opportunity to find a unique or unusual gift with over 200 stalls – along with a fantastic food hall, and the chance to meet Santa in his grotto. It runs from 9am until 5pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with all three days offering free admission to children. Discounted adult tickets priced £4 on Friday and £5 on Saturday and Sunday – are available by booking on-line at

PASSION FOR FASHION IN STAMFORD Evo2events are hosting Passion For Fashion, a fashion show and shopping event on November 30 in aid of Help For Heroes and Action Medical Research, at the Arts Centre Ballroom in Stamford. There’ll be canapés and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, kindly donated by local businesses the Periwig, Adnams and Thierry Daugeron Catering. Doors open at 6.30pm for shopping, with the fashion show starting at 7.45pm. There’ll be a performance from the Welland School of Dancing and local band the Blue Soul Express. Tickets are £7 from Abi Golightly Fashion Boutique in Stamford, from Rachel on 07738 960374 or Abi on 07950 155754. Sounds like an ideal opportunity to start Christmas shopping and keep up with the latest looks!

GIFT FAIR @ SACREWELL It’s time to start the Christmas shopping so for some fresh inspiration drop into Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre near Wansford on November 5. You can choose from a wonderful selection of gifts and goodies, including hand-made jewellery and bespoke presents. There’ll be home-baked cakes, craft supplies and framed embroideries and you can even discover the art of glass bead making! Sacrewell Farm’s Craft & Gift Fair will be held on the first Saturday of every month. Although entrance to the Fair and parking is free, normal admission prices apply for entry to the Farm. The barn doors open at 10am. Tel: 01780 782254.


SNOOKER LEGENDS LIVE IN THE BORO! Listen up snooker fans – legends from the world of snooker hit Peterborough this month for one of the most important tournaments in the sport’s calendar. Household names including Steve Davis, Jimmy White, Dennis Taylor and John Parrott are among the 16 players confirmed to take part in the World Seniors Snooker Championship, which will be televised live from Exec Peterborough at the East of England Showground! The venue has been specially chosen by event organisers to host the Championship on Saturday and Sunday November 5 and 6 – with Sky Sports broadcasting live to an expected audience of 1.5 million. Local sporting fans can soak up the atmosphere first hand with tickets ranging from £10 to £30. To book, contact or call the booking hotline on 0871 620 7052. WorldSeniorsChampionships


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Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service encourages the safe use of fireworks – use the firework code! With the sad cancellation of Firework Fiesta make sure you enjoy bonfire night in safety by attending some of the other great local displays instead…

SPRINGFIELDS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR – Thursday November 3 The Springfields Fireworks Spectacular in Spallding returns with a sporting heroes theme. The event, in the Festival Gardens at Springfields Outlet Shopping, is hosted by Kev and Ros from Heart 102.7’s Breakfast Show with the fireworks accompanied by iconic sporting themes. Gates open at 6pm, main fireworks display at around 7.30pm, there’ll be live entertainment and refreshments. The entertainment includes a fire eater and a juggling lights show using state-of-the-art, electronically illuminated kit to create constantly changing colours and forms. Shops will be open until 9pm. Admission’s ticket only – adults £6 and accompanied children (under 16) £4. Tickets available from Springfields Information Centre or by calling 01775 760909.

LIONS RUGBY CLUB – Friday November 4 The Lions Rugby Club in Bretton is holding another fireworks extravaganza on the playing fields with a fireworks display set to music. Bar, BBQ, rides for the children and former Face of ESP Lauren Hughes will be there too. It all starts at 6.30pm. Tickets are available online or from Sainsburys in Bretton priced £3 for adults, £2 for children, £10 family (2 adults, 3 kids).

DEEPINGS FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA – Friday November 4 Deepings Rugby Club on Linchfield Road in Deeping St. James stages another fantastic fireworks event in association with Deepings Rotary club. Expect hot food, drinks, stalls and a licensed bar. Tickets are £4 for adults, £2 children or £10 for a family ticket (two adults, three children under 16). Open from 6pm with the display at 7.30pm.

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THE BULL NEWBOROUGH FIREWORKS – Saturday November 5 This increasingly popular pub display’s being held in a field across the road from the Bull to accommodate the growing numbers and can cater for up to 5,000 so there’s plenty of room. Gates open at 6.30pm, fireworks start at 7.30pm. There’s no entry free, just donations for Sue Ryder and the local cricket club. Call 01733 810349 for details or email

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The annual display at Queen Eleanor School in Stamford kicks off from 5pm with the bonfire being lit at 6pm. There’ll be burgers and mulled wine and it’s the biggest in town! Tickets are £5 adults, £2 for kids.

Follow the Firework Code… • • • • • • •

Buy fireworks marked BS 7114 Keep fireworks in a closed box and follow the instructions on each one Light them at arms length using a taper and stand well back Never go back to a lit firework Never put fireworks in your pocket Never throw fireworks Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves - never give sparklers to children under five • It is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 18 • It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess fireworks in a public place.


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TROPICANA – THE PASSION TOUR and Tropicana should be the perfect antidote to those winter blues. “It does have a joyous feel to it generally,” explained Robin, “but it’s typically me in that I like the audience to have time to just sit back and watch something beautiful in silence and appreciate what’s happening, not just keep things bumping all the way through. The love songs medley is nine minutes and it is just glorious. For most of the time the most difficult thing for me was deciding what I didn’t want in the show – there’s such an incredible catalogue of great material.” Tropicana features a cast of over 40 world-class ice skaters performing breathtaking routines in those stunning costumes the show’s famous for. There’s always something extra each year and Robin told us a huge screen will add a magical backdrop to this one – “The creation of the content on the LED screen is exquisite – that’s actually a show in itself. It’s beyond what I expected and really thrilling.”

ESP talks to ice skating champ Robin Cousins about his fabulous new ice show coming to Peterborough, promising a little Manilow magic to brighten up the new year… ‘Music and passion were always the fashion, at the Copa…’ Oh yes the feel good tunes of Barry Manilow have everyone singing along including Dancing On Ice judge and

Olympic champion Robin Cousins MBE. Twelve years after he jokingly mentioned to Barry they should take a show on the road inspired by his music, here it is in the fabulous form of Tropicana – the latest spectacular production from Holiday On Ice.

This sounds perfect for a Christmas present with a difference, a night out with your mates or a treat to lift your spirits in February. “It certainly has a party atmosphere about it,” says Robin, “I don’t have a problem with anyone dancing in the aisles if they want to, in fact we encourage it at the end of act one!”

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It’s the third time this incredible ice show has come to the EXEC arena at the East of England Showground and has consistently wowed the Peterborough crowds. It’s incredible to have a show of this type right on our doorstep

Tropicana comes to Peterborough from February 2 – 5 – catch Robin at the gala night on February 2 raising cash for local charity Anna’s Hope. Tickets range from £25 to £36 with concessions for senior citizens and children at just £12. A family ticket for £70 is also available and new for 2012 is a limited edition ‘meet and greet’ package on selected performances for just £10 per person. There are big savings for groups of 10 or more people.



Lara Johnson has the ESP guide to the area’s hottest shows...

20th CENTURY BOY 40 YEARS ON Forty years ago a record that inspired and kick-started a new music and fashion culture termed glamrock was released. That record was Get It On by 1970s legendary musician and icon, Marc Bolan of T.Rex. Now T.REXTASY – the only band endorsed and approved by Marc Bolan’s family, estate and management – will be playing homage to Bolan’s biggest hits, such as Ride A White Swan, 20th Century Boy, Telegram Sam and I Love To Boogie. Catch the 70s vibe and sing along at the Key Theatre on November 18. Tickets £18. Box office 01733 207239.

IT’S (NEARLY) PANTO TIME! You definitely won’t be short of a fun-filled panto this Christmas, with two traditional favourites leading the way. It’s great to hear that panto will be returning to the Cresset this year with Cinderella kicking off from December 13 – 30, starring Matt Milburn, vet Nicky Pritchard from Emmerdale and Cathy Murphy from Eastenders! Stamford Corn Exchange is also Cinderella mad with the Stamford Pantomine Players performing their own version of the story from December 27 – 31!

FRIEND OR FOE Following on from their excellent production earlier this year, Scamp Theatre have returned with Friend Or Foe. It’s set during the Second World War, with two boys – David and Tucky – preparing to be evacuated from London. Once settled in with their new family their new found peace is shattered when a German bomber crashes nearby and although the boys feel they should hate the airmen, one of them ends up saving David’s life. It’s a touching story and will keep audiences hooked from start to finish. It’s on at the Key Theatre on November 14 at 2.30pm and 7pm. Tickets are £9. Box office: 01733 207239.

PASSING STRANGERS Outloud Productions are back with another great show, following the success with Eric Chappell’s thriller Dead Reckoning. Chappell’s talent is well known from a string of TV sitcoms such as Rising Damp and Only When I Laugh, and this new show is very much a comedy, with wonderful twists and turns that are one of Chappell’s hallmarks. Follow the story of two divorcees as they arrive together at a singles evening… who’ll end up with whom, and where? To find out, call 01780 766455 and book your tickets now. Tickets are £10 and the show is on at Stamford Corn Exchange on November 3 at 7.30pm.

UNDER MILK WOOD Another fantastic show by Ballet Cymru is on at Stamford Arts Centre this month. Under Milk Wood is a show that invites you to listen in on the innermost thoughts and dreams of the people of Llareggub, interpreted in dance, ballet and physical theatre. Join Mrs OgmorePritchard – bossing her two dead husbands, or follow Organ Morgan and his obsession with music, or even Polly Garter pining for her dead lover – plenty of dark humour in this performance! It’s on November 24 at 8pm. Tickets £15. Box office: 01780 763203.

The Key Theatre’s ever popular annual panto is the tale of Aladdin – starting on December 8 and running through ’til January 8 with over 50 fabulous performances. And finally the South Holland Centre in Spalding is also staging their version of Aladdin from December 7 – January 2, so whether it’s the genie or the fairy godmother you choose it looks like a great panto season is about to start! Oh yes it is…

ICE If you’re into something unique and edgy, then Ice may just be the show for you. Ace Dance And Music are collaborating with world acclaimed artists – co producing Ice with Japanese choreographer Akiko Kitamura and digital artist Akihiko Kaneko. Six quicksilver dancers will be performing in a polished audio visual installation of movement, music and light, exploring the artificial and natural systems, and the use of mechanics to extend the body and how fragility drives us to enhance and transform. It’s on at Stamford Arts Centre on November 29 at 8pm. Tickets are £13. Box office: 01780 763203.

ROBIN HOOD The panto season has officially arrived, and Robin Hood is set to hit St Mark’s Hall stage from November 24 – 26. The Revellers have produced a fun family show, following the tale of Robin’s ongoing fight against the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. The show’s packed full of songs, dances and jokes, and will appeal to all ages with all the ingredients for a fun night out. Tickets are just £6 and show times are 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. To book your tickets call 01733 755176 or 01733 560449.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST The award winning Ballet Cymru are presenting a new, refreshing ballet based on the fairytale Beauty And The Beast. The show features breathtaking choreography by Darius James, a brand new score by David Westcott, stunning sets and sparkling costumes as the dancers tell the magical story of the merchant’s youngest daughter and the enchanted beast. It’s on at Stamford Arts Centre on November 23 at 8pm. Tickets are £15. Box office: 01780 763203.


LADIES NIGHT @ CRESSET Girls, the sexiest night of the festive season is back! Ladies night is hitting the Cresset on December 2, so put on your best lippy and grab your mates for the ultimate night full of thrills! There’ll be hunky male strippers, a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, a sumptuous buffet, hunky male waiters, drag queens and a disco. It’s sure to be a great night out and it sells out fast, so we suggest you get booking now! Call 01733 842500 if you’re booking for a group of 10 or more. Enjoy!

HENCEFORWARD Set in a futuristic world, Jerome Watkins is a desperate man. His family and his inspiration has gone, and the world is devoid of human contact, and all he has for company is a malfunctioning android housekeeper and some strange ideas! Follow Jerome as he tries to regain the things that matter the most in Henceforward. This futuristic farce hits the Key Theatre on November 19 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12. Box office: 01733 207239.

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25th November – Rio (U)

16th December – Home Alone (PG) Seasonal special screening, free gift for all children.

Opening times Mon-Wed 9am-6pm, Thurs 9am-8pm, Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 8.30am-5.30pm.

Doors open at 7pm and the films are showcased from 7.30pm. Adults – £4, Children – £2, Concession – £2, Group of 4 (2 adults & 2 children) – £10

Cinema Central is based at The Voyager Academy, Mountsteven Avenue, Peterborough. Find us on facebook, search for ‘Cinema Central’. For more details, call 01733 383873.

Baskervilles’ revamp looking good It’s been an exciting year for the Baskervilles with some fabulous improvements but there’s still more to come.

The traditional bar is full of character if you just want to drop by for a drink but as the festive season arrives the Baskervilles looks like it’ll have plenty to attract party-goers. Their special party nights kick off from December 1 with a three course meal, live music and disco all included for £25 per person. Then it’s the big party night on New Year’s Eve with a special menu and live music from Kudos. The new look function suite is ideal for any events and can cater for 112 seated.

The restaurant and hotel has had a gorgeous refurbishment and is looking great, so if you haven’t been along for a while pop in for a look. Now under new management this all-round venue set in its own grounds in the peaceful country village of Baston is building a great reputation.

Of course that’s also perfect for weddings and celebrations and if you are planning your big day you’ll also be interested in their fabulous new bridal suite. Their other eight en suite rooms have also been refurbished in a lovely contemporary style. You can get some great ideas at their Wedding Fair from November 1 – 5 which will be packed with options to make your special day the best it can be.

The newly refurbished restaurant is attracting diners with its a la carte menu and homemade dishes in the week and the Sunday carvery between noon and 4pm at weekends. When the weather’s nice you can enjoy the beer garden and the secure play area for the kids.

There are more improvements on the way so it looks like the Baskervilles will see out the year in style. See or call 01778 560010.

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According to the Kinsey Institute, men aged 30 to 39 have sex 86 times a year. Blimey. Is that with themselves?

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It got to the stage where some idiot I met on holiday managed to balance a pint on one of my love handles. Yes, my muffin tops are that pronounced you can see them from space.

It didn’t last long – I’d eaten everything by the end of the warm-up. Time I thought to find out a little more about our winner while I caught my breath… So you’re a fitness instructor. Do you want to release a DVD or is there something else you’re itching to do? “I want to be a pilot! I have an expensive hobby – a small aircraft called a Robin. I absolutely love being in control of a fly in the sky and my main ambition is to take flying further and become a commercial pilot.”

So what's it been like being Face of ESP so far? “Busy! I had to teach a class the morning after winning and then meet Sue Donnelly the ESP style guru to choose an outfit for the front cover shoot. Then on the Monday I had a radio interview with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, which was a brilliant experience as I've never done anything like that before. Then the following Saturday I had the chance to do my first fashion show as Face of ESP for ‘Wear it, Love it, Share it’ in Queensgate.” So why did you enter the competition?

Blimey! Any other hobbies?

“I wanted the chance to be an ambassador for ESP and someone for other girls to look up to. I love helping others, especially when I see the benefits and positive outcomes. I wanted the chance to meet more new people and grow my confidence.”

“Netball. I’ve been part of team Coca-Cola but being busy with work has meant not being able to play for a while.”

Was your experience of the finals night how you thought it would be?

So what do you like and dislike?

“I'd only ever seen photos of the previous finals night but being there was absolutely amazing. The whole set up was fantastic and you could tell a lot of time, effort and money had gone into the event. Everyone was so well presented and the other girls were supportive of one another, even though most of them hadn't met before. I knew the final was going to be glitz and glam and there was a lot of attention to detail. Well done ESP – it was brilliant.”

“Well I like lasagna! I don’t like sitting around doing nothing (apart from sleeping) and I don't like doing my washing. I don't like the winter either, unless I'm wrapped up in hat and gloves with a set of skis on my feet racing down the side of a mountain. I'm a Manchester United fan but I don't like fishing or golf. And of course I love shopping! I have a bit of an addiction to shoes and trainers.” Sadly, a pair of trainers wasn’t one of the prizes you won though? “No but I’m really looking forward to wearing the Gucci watch that was given to me by The Clock restaurant – it’s beautiful. All of the vouchers donated were fantastic and I couldn’t believe how much brilliant stuff I got. I woke my mum and dad up when I got home after the final and they couldn’t believe it either! I’m so grateful for everything given to me as a prize and I can't wait to enjoy it all.”

Tell me what went through your mind when your name was called out as winner? “When the number 30 was called out my head went down straight into my hands and all I remember saying out loud was 'Oh my goodness!’ I was totally overwhelmed and couldn't stop smiling.” What went through your head the next morning? “I didn't sleep well that night. When we got home, I woke mum and dad up because I was so excited and we finally went to bed at about 3am. When I woke I was constantly smiling and couldn't wait to tell my Zumba class the good news.” Read more at


I needed to shift them. Enter newly crowned Face of ESP Jessica Lockhart – a fitness instructor. Jess took me through her moves and I took her through the food moves to blame for the increase in my waistband.

Age: 22 Lives: Whittlesey Job: Leisure centre manager, fitness instructor (Zumba, spinning, circuits, toning) Ambition: To become a commercial pilot Relationship status: Single

Other than the prizes, what are you looking forward to doing and what would you like the magazine to try and make happen for you? “I want to go to as many charity balls as I can and help raise money for worthy causes. I had the chance to go to the Comptons Charity Ball, where they raised money for the RAF Benevolent Fund. “All the charities that support the military like Help For Heroes and also their families are really close to my heart and I was so pleased I could attend. I’d like to organise a big Zumbathon where instructors can teach Zumba fanatics and raise money doing it. I like the idea of holding my own ball or music night to raise money too. “I’m also looking forward to being a part of the Christmas lights switch-on too – not many people can say they've had the chance to do that!”


>> Dale – it’s time you joined the two-wheel club! >> Code word: ‘High maintenance’. >> Stew the stick insect – brilliant time. Salad leaf to celebrate? >> Hannah – yeah I know I didn’t call blah, blah, blah. >> Wayne and Pete. Thanks for sorting me some boots… >> Impariamo insieme Lunedi sera?




A big shout to Petch, Tony, the Julie’s (and the chick on the left of this photo whose name I don’t know) for completing the Great Eastern Run in brilliant times. Your GER mascot salutes you!

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BAND IS THE DOGS! You’ll be hard pushed to find a better rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll band in the UK than The Houndogs. I’ve seen these guys on several occasions and each time they get better and better.


There’s never a dull moment when these three brothers from Holbeach play a gig and – apart from the best roast pork and apple sauce roll I’ve ever eaten – they were my highlight of a visit to Rutland Day back in September. Catch them at the Nag’s Head in Bourne on November 24 (tickets required, includes dinner) and I promise you won’t be disappointed. Sniff them out

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Our Face of ESP Jessica Lockhart is big on supporting worthy causes and joined me in throwing a leg over the Piaggio 250cc scooters that’ll be ridden by two of the Balderston team in an attempt to complete ‘The Unbearable Challenge’. What’s even more unbearable is that I’ve agreed to take part on the first leg of the journey – Peterborough to Northampton – on my tiny 125cc machine. I might even have to give teddy bears Ollie and Stan (pictured with me and Jess) a ride…Visit www.theunbearable and you’ll see why.


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DOBBIES HAS CHRISTMAS ALL WRAPPED UP! OK don’t panic! The countdown to Christmas may have started but if the thought of shopping queues, supermarket aisles and present buying is sending you into a nervous sweat, a trip to Peterborough’s newest garden centre could be the answer! It’s not just about plants at garden centres these days and although Dobbies at Hampton is the ideal place to find your perfect Christmas tree, it’s also a great place to find some gorgeous decorations, delicious festive food and even the ideal gift. The Farm Foodhall specialises in providing the very best local produce and festive delicacies such as exclusive wines, spirits and champagnes, indulgent Christmas puddings and cakes, and gourmet gifts and hampers. Decorating the house is one of the best things about Christmas and making everywhere homely and festive really gets you in the right mood. There are some great decorating themes at Dobbies including Woodland Walk – a naturally inspired rustic collection full of rich colours and natural materials. A big look this year is Nordic inspired, featuring winter whites and Christmas

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How to get Glamour Galore We came, we saw, we shopped… and raised plenty of cash for Sue Ryder.

It was indeed Glamour Galore as Thorpe Hall played host to a girlie day of shopping, pampering and fashion last month.

Photos: Emma Bothamley

New Face of ESP Jessica Lockhart took to the catwalk ably supported by a host of ESP models demonstrating how all ages can look stunning in the latest party wear from John Lewis in Queensgate. Michael John hair stylists (01733 553732) gave the girls some stunning party styles, while make-up artist Andrea Connor (07801 987905) enhanced their glamorous looks. ESP’s three fashion shows were compered by our very own Sarah Tempest and ESP’s style guru Sue Donnelly, who gave some fabulous tips on how all shapes and sizes can look great for the party season.

Sue’s top tips for party fashion… It’s that time of year again. Christmas is coming and, along with it, the need to buy something sensational to wear. The trends this year are suitable for everyone, whatever your age or shape, so ditch the black and live dangerously. Choose from blocks of colour (emerald, cobalt, purple), lace, animal prints, faux fur, metallics, jumpsuits and short, as well as full-length, hemlines. • Think investment – Palazzo pants and jumpsuits are versatile to wear all year round. A gold dress could be worn with leggings and shoe boots or trousers. • Accessorise plain fabrics to create a different look using a pashmina or shrug if you want to hide upper arms. • Silk and shine enlarge, so choose matt fabrics with drape to slim your silhouette. • Flirty or classic? Both looks are ageless so you can go long or short. Pearls add ‘taste’ to any outfit.


• Metallics and animal prints are huge but you don’t have to dress head to toe in gold. A new clutch, a belt or an oversized wrap can work wonders. • Buy the right size. It’s not glamorous to be spilling out of your clothes. Check your undies. Overhanging flesh, panty lines or lacy bumps visible under the fabric instantly ruin the effect. • Spend time on your hair and make-up. After all, this is the part of your body that is most looked at. Smile and ‘go get ’em’! Sue

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What a day! Thousands took part in the Perkins Great Eastern Run making it another huge success. Mark Salt was one of them and reports back for ESP...

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During my formative years, I was used to doing things for the first time with my mother on hand. By the age of 37 I thought it might’ve been something I’d have grown out of. But on a mild October morning in Peterborough city centre, I was back in the same position alongside my 66 year-old mum as we headed to the Great Eastern Run’s starting line. I had one half-marathon under my belt, but not on the streets of my home city. I was one of more than 3,000 runners who headed down Long Causeway and onto Broadway full of nervous excitement for the 13.1 miles ahead. As we stepped over the starting line, I felt a great sense of comfort in knowing that only familiar roads, and maybe some familiar faces lay ahead. I wouldn’t say that the next two hours and two minutes were fun – the final twenty minutes were a good deal closer to hell than heaven – but being on ‘home turf’ made the experience immensely more enjoyable. And even as my energy levels started to wilt, the roar of the crowd that emerged as the Embankment came into range was enough to spur any tired limbs and carry them into the welcoming arms of the finish area. Since its return in 2006, the Perkins Great Eastern Run has become an increasingly popular event. Some may come from far and wide, but the success in part must come down to the many hundreds of local runners.

Mark Salt

For anyone who pounds the streets of Peterborough, the opportunity to take on the challenge of a half marathon amongst the streets and people they know is one that shouldn’t be missed. Long may it continue.

RUN FACTS HALF-MARATHON - 3,261 participants Men’s winner - Edwin Kiptoo Women’s winner - Liz Yelling FUN RUN - 1,171 participants


Photos: Chris Brudenell


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Matty Speaks... Well the summer’s once again gone and left us for another year, which doesn’t make me too sad because it means I get to buy a nice new winter coat! It also means fireworks night and that Christmas is on the way. If any of the local bars, restaurants, bands or groups around Stamford are planning anything fun then get in touch with me here at ESP on or give me a bell so I can give it a plug!

MAMA’s Liz’s GreAt Live Line-up Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge on North Street continues a great run of live music this month with Pat McManus of 70s/80s rock legends Mammas Boys attracting attention on November 10, tickets for that one are £8.

Q&A With Clare Griffiths from the Lord Burghley

Then they host a night of reggae sounds with hot new Peterborough band Zeb Roots! The guys perform a fresh and energetic show performing a trip through five decades of reggae, from Desmond Dekker's the Israelites and a set of Bob Marley & The Wailers hits through to Dawn Penn. Catch them on November 12, tickets are £4. If you like Psychobilly, like our very own Andy Slater, get November 19 down for a new night featuring an exciting headliner who’ve just toured with Imelda May, the Toy Hearts. Support comes from Beau Holland and also the Front Porch Preachers. Tickets £8.

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What’s your favourite place/places to go on a night out in Stamford?

OPUS DAI OFFERING MORE THAN JUST CHAMPAGNE Opus Dai has brought a touch of champagne culture to Stamford but it’s not just about the fizz and the fine wines, they offer up some delicious food too by the looks of things. The comprehensive bar menu’s available from 12noon till 7pm daily, offering light lunches such as Panini and ciabattas right through to good old bangers and mash and fish and chips. They only use local suppliers and produce and are introducing a ‘Winter Warmer’ menu with tasty dishes like spicy lamb hot pot, porkie pie and childhood favourites like spotted dick and jam roly poly. The festive menu is available from now until December 24, so this could be the ideal place for your Christmas bash! Promising ‘opulence without the arrogance’ these guys tell me they place the emphasis on hospitality and service and offer free Wi-Fi, there are conference facilities and families are welcome during the day. In the evening it’s a different vibe altogether with the main emphasis moving to the comprehensive wine and champagne selection, not forgetting the global beer offering and the fantastic cocktail menu. Pop in on Cocktail Klass Thursdays to sample some with £2 off from 8pm till late. Champagne Culture Fridays offers £5 off selected bottles of champagne and wine for that sophisticated evening out. The guys make the most of the enclosed courtyard, with DJ nights into the early hours and special events so you can chill out with a cocktail in hand. Check out the Opus Dai Facebook and website for all the latest info.


“Well I'd have to say the Lord Burghley of course! When I do venture out I like the Pear Tree, the Periwig (feel a little old in there!) and the Millstone then maybe a boogie up Central (definitely too old in there!)” What’s your favourite thing about Stamford? “I like Stamford for its charm and character that it has to offer and the tourists that it attracts who obviously come and visit the Burghley.” What’s your favourite Stamford restaurant? “I'd have to say the Voujon, don't have to walk very far!” If you could have any band/artist do a low key gig at your pub who would you choose? “Silly question, it would have to be you of course!” (God bless you dear!) What four celebs would you invite to a dinner party? “I would invite Gary, Mark, Howard and Jason from Take That, definitely no Robbie! Don't like it since he joined again!” (Sad isn't it?)

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CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHTS this really is the place to be this christmas. you will walk the red carpet in style like the stars of the silver screen and join a party fit for the great and good of tinsel town. Prices from £24.95 per person. Sunday 25th december

CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH Just 2 miles from the centre of Peterborough, the Holiday Inn Peterborough West is one of the city's most prestigious hotels, fully air conditioned and situated opposite an excellent 18-hole golf course and some 500 acres of beautiful parkland. With our recent refurbishment, our contemporary restaurant has an excellent reputation, as has the hotel's Club Moativation with pool, spa, sauna, steam room, aerobics, beauty treatment, solarium and gym. Golf at Thorpe Wood course opposite the hotel can be pre-booked.

bring along the family and enjoy a traditional christmas day lunch, served in the relaxed atmosphere of our restaurant. We will greet you with a glass of bucks Fizz and a selection of canapés on arrival; and then you will enjoy a sumptuous five course lunch with all the trimmings. £59.95 pp, £24.95 for children under 12 years. Free for children under 5 years Saturday 31St december

NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA EVENT Holiday Inn Peterborough West Thorpewood, Peterborough PE3 6SG

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you will enjoy champagne and canapés on arrival followed by a six course Gala dinner and live entertainment from our renowned vocalist Peter Jay, supported by our resident dJ for dancing until late. We promise you a spectacular evening as we count down to 2012! £75.00 per person Saturday 31St december

FAMILY NEW YEAR’S DISCO enjoy a new year’s eve dinner and disco with friends and family. you will sample the delights from our sumptuous buffet islands and then enjoy a disco till late, all in the surroundings of our family friendly restaurant. drinks reception from 7pm, dinner served at 8pm, followed by disco and dancing until 2am. £59.95 per person. £17.50 per child under 12 years. Free for children under 5.

choice of special set menu or special buffet. this offer applies to parties of 8 or more. not available on Friday or Saturday night, christmas day, christmas eve and new year’s eve, must reserve table in advance.

Special Sunday Buffet 12noon – 10pm, £4.95 per head adults £8.95 per head, children and senior citizens £4.95 per head. up to 40 freshly prepared mouthwatering dishes to choose from.

paparazzi Caught in the act? We’ve had so much to squeeze in the last few issues we’re playing catch up on our Paparazzi this month. Mike Harris was the man behind the lens capturing the fun at the Peterborough Beer Festival at the end of the summer and by the looks of it you were out in force having a great time! Ahh, fond memories! This is one of our favourite events and ESP was there once again to run the popular lunchtime quiz. Thousands went along despite the weather so it’s congrats to CAMRA for another fine event. Things were looking a little more sophisticated at the Comptons Charity Ball at the East of England Showground, where Household Cavalry soldiers joined in the fun having their picture taken with guests for charity. That included special guest Jessica Lockhart who was there as one of her very first engagements as the new Face of ESP. This year’s event was to raise money for the Household Cavalry Operational Casualties' Fund, The Free Kicks Foundation and the RAF Benevolent Fund. It was also the launch event for Market Deeping-based Comptons Property Agents Charitable Fund which means every time the estate agency sells a property they’ll provide a small grant to either a club or group in the local community. See more photos at


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BEVERLEY’S GOT SOUL (UK) Soul Queen Beverley Knight has recently received the Best Album award for her latest album Soul UK at the ninth Urban Music Awards adding to her many accolades since she made her debut in 1995. The award saw Beverley beat strong competition in the category from the likes of Jessie J, Katy B, Adele and Example! If you’ve heard her fabulous, gospel-infused cover of George Michael’s One More Try you’ll understand why. It’s the latest release from her acclaimed album and Beverley’s version is widely credited as the stand-out cut from Soul UK, even gaining praise from George himself!

Soul UK was the highest new entry on the UK album chart (at No.13) on its week of release in the summer, and sees Beverley paying tribute to the UK soul artists who inspired her to start her 17-year career, with her versions of songs by artists including Soul II Soul, Jamiroquai, Heatwave and Princess.

“The UK is a world-beating producer of musical talent and this genre can sometimes feel overlooked and underplayed. I hope with this album that people can enjoy these songs all over again and in some cases discover them for the first time.”

Beverley says the album’s been a labour of love – “I gave a lot of thought to choosing the songs I wanted to interpret for this album and it was great fun putting my own flavour and twist on tracks by some of the fantastic UK artists who preceded me and inspired me. A lot of these artists opened doors for both myself and many others, and many of them are still going strong – so the album is, in part, a thank you to them.

This month Beverley kicks off her Soul UK tour, which includes a date at London’s Royal Albert Hall on November 16 tickets from and – see for more details.

“Doing anything else never really entered my mind. This is my life. There wouldn’t be another option – this is it.” So what’s your book about (dumb question really when you’re at an autobiography signing)?

Photos: Chris Brudenell

“It’s all about me darling. From when I was born, right up until when I was in the Pineapple programme. All the days of my dancing, from when I was with the Spice Girls, to Take That, Whitney Houston – so my travels all over the world dancing and the trials and tribulations of being a dancer.” And which one of us, did he feel was the biggest diva I wondered?

LOUIE’S STILL GOT IT! Louie Spence knows how to launch a book in style and ESP’s Susan Saunders was there to strike a pose… Even I was surprised to see the magnitude of the army of adoring fans who turned out in force to see Louie Spence in Peterborough. Over zealous, energetic and slightly kooky behaviour I expected from Louie; from the crowds, not so much!

“Oh you darling. Definitely you. I can see that from all the frills. Excellent.” As we posed for our picture together he said – “You can’t outpose me” – I did however, give it my best shot! And what did the Ministry of Dance dancers make of dancing with Louie?

There was screaming, cheering and a few whoops (from me), when Louie made his way down the stairs of Waterstones in Bridge Street, treating us to a rendition of his dance routine, which he performed with local dance troupe Ministry of Dance, to fellow kook, Lady Gaga’s apt song Born This Way.

Rebecca Darby from Market Deeping told me – “It was amazing, the best thing I’ve ever done! Just so fun.” Dancer Rebecca Croson from Maxey added – “Today’s been unbelievable – a once in a lifetime opportunity. We’re so privileged and we’ve been practising for weeks. Miss Tracy (dance teacher) put us forward to dance with Louie – I’m so glad she did.”

Being a bit of a Louie Spence fan myself, I was particularly happy that he took a bit of time out to hang out with me so I could get to know a bit more about the guy behind the flying splits!

Louie Spence’s autobiography Still Got It, Never Lost It! is out now and priced £18.99.

So when did he first realise he could dance I wondered? “From about the age of three, but I started dancing from five properly. I was always copying my mum who had Motown music playing – I’m a bit older than you darling!

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movember… WeLcome to moustAche seAson! During November each year the annual charity event, ‘Movember’ is held, where men can proudly grow a moustache all in the name of raising money and awareness of prostate and other cancers that affect men.

In 2010 over 112,000 Mo Bros in the UK got on board and rocked their Mos, helping change the face of men’s health by raising a fan-tash-tic £10.3 million, but come on chaps, let’s see if we can do even better in 2011.

Guys register at with a clean shaven face and then for the remainder of the month participants, known as Mo Bros, can grow, groom, trim and wax their way into the archives of fine moustachery whilst collecting much deserved sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

As well as being probably one of the best ways to raise prostate and testicle issues in public without being arrested, Movember is also jolly good fun and a great excuse to sprout some ludicrous upper lip foliage. Once registered, check out the moustache style guide to give you some ideas as to which direction you want to go with your mo; there’s the trucker, the rockstar or my personal favourite… the connoisseur.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men with more than 37,000 men in the UK alone being diagnosed with the disease in 2008. With your help, the funds raised are directed to the Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research to support worthwhile programs.

So, make sure you register now and prepare to stride into moustache season with pride!

10 Autumn-Winter skincAre tips for rAdiAnt skin Everyone loves summer time, the sun (sometimes) shines and your skin feels young and alive. But as winter approaches your skin starts to dry which can leave you uncomfortable and unhappy in your own skin. So, what do you do? Here’s what…

Get set to spArkLe Sparkle into the party season with Avon’s gorgeous limited edition Holiday Sequins and Shine Collection that will leave you with eyes that sparkle, lips that shine and nails that shimmer. Glimmerstick Diamonds Eyeliner, £6, will put a real sparkle in your eye and the 12-hour fade and smudge-proof formula ensures your eyes will glisten and shine all night long. Now available in Flashy Copper and Sparkling Silver you’ll be sure to dazzle this season. Whether you want intense colour or that smoky-eye look the new limited edition True Colour Eyeshadow Quad pallets in Sequins and Shine and Glitz and Glamour are ideal. For luscious lips try Avon Glazewear Sparkle Lip Gloss. The ultraglossy high sparkle finish is perfect for Christmas parties and really will give you a knock-out pout. With four new shades, the hardest part will be choosing. Follow up with two coats of the Pro Nail Enamel, leaving you with party perfect nails that can last for up to 10 days. Choose from Sequinned Turquoise, Mercury Metal, Violetta Sparkle and Gleaming Gold for the ultimate glamorous finish.



Drink water – Hydrate your skin from within by drinking plenty of water. Drink up and don’t let your skin go thirsty.


Exfoliate – A good exfoliant will help remove dead skin cells. Do once a week and your skin will feel fresh and free from dry, old cells.


Humidifier – Put moisture back in the air with a humidifier to help reduce the likeliness of dry, cracked skin.


Sunscreen – Just because it’s winter don’t say goodbye to your sunscreen. Apply an SPF15 to protect your skin from the harsh elements.


Oil-based moisturiser – This will help protect your skin from moisture loss whereas creams and lotions tend to dry out the skin rather than keep it soft


Flaxseed oil – Rich in fatty acids its very good for your overall health and can moisturise your body from the inside – be warned though, it doesn’t taste great!


Gloves – Keep hands dry and warm in gloves. People tend to forget about their hands which can become very irritated in the colder months.


Say goodbye to the blow dry – Your hairdryer is not your friend in the winter. Hot air dries your scalp and can irritate the skin. Try the tousled look instead.


Bath oil – Nourish skin by adding jojoba oil or sweet almond to your bath. Not only will it leave your skin soft but will also leave you relaxed.

10. Do not lick... your lips!! – Licking your lips will only leave them even more chapped and sore. Keep a lip balm or Vaseline with you and reapply as often as needed.

beAutY neWs FEATHER YOUR TRESSES @ MELANIE RICHARD’S A brand new craze that’s hit America has come to Melanie Richard’s hair boutique on Bridge Street – feather hair extensions! Celebs such as Kim Kardasian, Kesia, Selena Gomez and Hilary Duff have all been sporting this exciting new trend. Featherhead extensions are 100 per cent natural highest quality feathers attached on to a few strands of hair (no glue is used at all) using a micro link. They can be washed, brushed, straightened or curled, for long or short hair in various styles and colours. Featherheads are suitable for all hair types and can last for up to four months depending on care. Tel: 01733 553600.

FROM NEW YORK TO WANSFORD The Hair Boutique in Wansford has just introduced the New York Blowdry. There are two types of treatments, a hot one and a cold one. The hot one will make your hair very straight, frizz free, silky and shiny while the cold one is for curly hair. It takes away the frizz and just relaxes it slightly and leaves hair silky soft and shiny as well. It starts from £45 and is permanent. They tell me it's a safer, cheaper and permanent version of the Brazilian blowdry!

CHOCOLATE DELIGHT @ BEAUTIFUL SPA Beautiful Spa in Yaxley which I reviewed last issue has a tasty special this month – a luxurious chocolate body envelopment which sounds delicious in every way! Enjoy a full body exfoliation followed by a full body envelopment with a self-heating chocolate wrap. See www.beautiful for details or call 01733 248938.

New Paul Mitchell gift packs

The team at Sa Vi

Six months after the salon opened Sa Vi has already expanded with new staff, new skills and a new colour range – The Colour by Paul Mitchell.

Owners Samantha and Victoria are very excited about the new Paul Mitchell colouring products which boast low ammonia, so they don’t damage your hair and are gentle on the scalp, while giving a vibrant colour that’s slow to fade. You can try this out for yourself for half price on their colour sale day, November 3 from 9am-9pm. The salon on Oundle Road has also extended its Paul Mitchell range and there are some beautiful gift packs we’ll certainly be asking for in our Christmas stockings! You can pick up treatment packs from between £15.75 and £25 and enjoy some great savings as well as free gifts when you buy two or more. With party season approaching the Sa Vi girls are now party savvy and have been trained in all the latest looks and up dos, plus they’re offering 15% off party hair during November and December.

With the arrival of well known local hairdresser Liz Sgroi and Alice their talented graduate adding to the mix, November is a great month to try out some of Sa Vi’s fantastic offers and get yourself a new look.

If your locks are a little lacklustre and need some TLC you can also book a treatment for just £12.50 and you’ll receive a Paul Mitchell take home care pack for free!

Liz has 15 years experience and knows the hair business inside out having been a salon manager in Peterborough, she’s also an expert in hair extensions, while Alice adds another price tier to the salon’s offer with a cut and blow dry now starting at £22.

New stylist Liz Sgroi

It’s great to see the salon doing so well – it’s no wonder when they’re just a few minutes out of town with free parking and offering high standards at lower prices. Sa Vi, 29 Oundle Road, Peterborough. Tel: 01733 310222.

Opening times: Monday & Tuesday 8am-8pm, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8am-5.30pm and Saturday 9am-1pm Join us at our

Invisalign (clear braces) for adults and teenagers open evening with Peterborough’s only platinum Invisalign Dentist Wednesday 2nd November from 6pm For LESS than a cup of high street coffee a day, you can get the smile of your dreams. Finance Packages available, subject to status Places are free, but on a first come, first served basis. To reserve your place simply email

Visit us for a FREE consultation Get the smile you have always wanted with Peterborough’s No.1 Invisalign dentist, Dr Philip Johns.

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receive support from car manufacturers when selling to young drivers which means they can then return the favour by offering cash back to pay towards their premiums.

Your kids are eager to hit the road and you’re keen to hang up your ‘taxi’ keys and get some time back for yourself but… tot up the cost of driving lessons, the insurance costs so they can drive the family car and then a decent car once they pass their test and you’ll be telling them to get on their bike!

You have to admit you’d feel reassured if they’re driving a decent car rather than a possibly unsafe and unreliable banger and for them there’s the kudos of having a better car than their mates!

And your worries don’t stop there – once they do get on the road you’re then worrying about what they’re up to, where they’re going or if they’ve got there safely! Parenthood’s not easy but Young Marmalade’s range of support for young drivers is aiming to make it a little sweeter. Peterborough based Young Marmalade specialises in helping get young drivers on the road. They can provide the opportunity to buy a decent car and get a great price on insurance. Sounds too good to be true? Well here’s how it works – they

Then there’s another trick up their sleeve. A clever black box installed out of sight in the car monitors how they’re driving, recording the information for review – you can even keep an eye on it on your own home PC. It flags up speeding, harsh braking or cornering and grades the journey, helping improve driving technique. Careful young drivers are rewarded with lower insurance premiums so they’re no longer paying the price for the boy racers who ruin it for the rest! The Provisional Marmalade arm of their business is the market leader in providing insurance for learner drivers enabling them to drive the family car (if you’ll let them!) without a huge hike

Select really makes the difference. As the longest established national staffing company to specialise in office recruitment, we’re looking for the following individual to join our team:

Recruitment Consultant £ Potential to earn £30 to £40k OTE (uncapped) As a team player with a ‘can-do’ attitude, your role will focus on candidate attraction and selection, client development and relationship building and developing your income potential. An equal emphasis on sales and service will ensure you successfully deliver our key vision of finding jobs for people and people for jobs. You will need to be highly motivated, a self starter, energetic, enthusiastic and a good team player. If you have the confidence and enthusiasm to succeed then apply now and get a step closer to your exciting new career. Please contact Donna Stafford on 01733 865070 or email your CV to We are an Employment Agency and an Employment Business.

on your insurance, or your no claims bonus being put at risk. Young Marmalade have already won awards and had the nod of approval from Dragons Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne so if they think it’s a good idea, it’s likely to be a winner! Young Marmalade’s Young Driver Centre in Fengate is open Saturdays too so you can drop by and chat through how it works. Find out more on or give them a call on 0845 644 2026.

Goodbarns Yard • Under new management • Major refurbishment • Traditional pub food – two meals for £8 • Fri – Free pool • Sat – Karaoke/Disco • Large Screen • New relaxing conservatory area • Dance floor • See Gig Guide for listings 64 St.Johns Street, Peterborough Tel: 01733 313826

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


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

Staniland Way, Werrington Tel: 01733 327696

The Boro Bar • LIVE music every Friday & Saturday • Karaoke Thursday's • Live Sports on Jumbo screens • Real Ales • Pool, Darts and Poker • Food (served mon-fri 12-3.30) • Football menu during live matches • FREE FUNCTION ROOM HIRE

Oundle Road, Peterborough PE2 9PJ Tel: 01733 310374


The Spinning Wheel

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

(Baston’s hidden secret) • Pool, Darts and Poker • Freshly prepared cooked food • Sunday Roast (the roast that Sundays were made for) 12-3pm • Sunday night Quiz • Real Ales and premium lagers 4 Church Street, Baston PE6 9PE Tel: 01778 560395

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Photo: BBC Pictures

- The rise of a comedy legend

"Pound for pound, Warwick Davis is one of the funniest men I know". Not my words, but the words of multi-award winning comedian, writer, actor and Manc twonk befriender Ricky Gervais. Warwick, who lives on the outskirts of Peterborough with his wife and two children will be familiar to many of you, whether it's from seeing him in and around the city or on the big screen. For the younger generation as Professor Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter films and to a generation of film fans as Wicket the Ewok in Return Of The Jedi, the Star Wars film which launched his career when he was just 11. His 30-year career as an actor has seen him play many varied roles, ranging from a Irish leprechaun who scared the bejesus out of a pre-Friends Jennifer Aniston to dressing up as Wayne Rooney in a sketch for BBC sport at


the 2006 World Cup that caused Ian Wright to literally fall off his chair laughing – but up until now Warwick’s never been the star of a major British sitcom. But this year, all that's about to change with Warwick taking the lead role in Life's Too Short, the third sitcom that Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant have written for the BBC (after The Office and Extras). Gervais has described it as – ‘A cross between Extras and Curb Your Enthusiasm and One Foot In The Grave... but with a dwarf’ so with that in mind I caught up with Warwick to find out more...

Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em and Dad's Army, things that had a lot of visual jokes and Ricky and I are big fans of Laurel and Hardy so some of the physical aspects to my character we discovered accidentally as we were filming. When I was younger I had some training from an acrobat and those skills stayed with me in terms of how to fall without getting hurt and it helped to enhance the character.”

Hi Warwick, can you tell us a bit about the character you play in Life's Too Short' ?

“No, no bruises but there was a scene where I had a near death experience. I had to retrieve an award from a bookcase. The award was from a blood ‘n’ guts film and made of metal with a golden arrow stabbed through what looked like intestines. I had to fall from the shelf before I got to it but when I landed on the floor I then saw this golden arrow falling towards me. It had a sharp metal spike on top but luckily it landed spike down next to me!”

"Well, he has the same name as me and shares my career background but is different to me in terms of his private life and the situations he finds himself in which Ricky and Stephen have written. He has a ‘small man complex’ and is an angry little Napoleon type who feels the world owes him a living and just wants to be famous. It was a terrific character to play and when you think about all the best comedy characters like Basil Fawlty – they're delightful to watch, but so pompous and there's a lot of that in the character I play." Now, when you last appeared on TV with Ricky in Extras his character accidentally kneed you in the head. Do we get to see much physical comedy from you in this? “Actually there's quite a lot. I think slapstick's a bit of a dying art in sitcoms. I remember growing up watching

So you didn't suffer any bumps or bruises on set?

There are a lot of cameos from A-list stars in the show. Did you have much say about who you got to work with? “I left that to Ricky and Stephen really. I'd occasionally get a text from Ricky saying 'Guess who I've got!' but it was a real surprise to me who they had. All the cameos are cleverly woven into the plot but working with Johnny Depp was one of the highlights. It was towards the end of filming and I was able to bring my children on set and he was very good with them, and gave my son some of the beads he wore in Pirates Of The Caribbean."

Photo: Emma Bothamley


The page that's writing a new sitcom in memory of David Croft, the co-writer of Are You Being Served and Dad's Army who passed away recently. It's set in a department store during World War II and I've called it Are You Being Invaded?

In your autobiography you mention about a long-running idea you've had for a 3D Leprechaun movie with a pirate theme. Now you're friendly with Johnny Depp does that mean we can expect that to happen? (Laughs). "I did pitch that idea to him, and he looked at me in a strange way. I'm not sure if he thought I was being serious and I'm not sure that I was – but no, there are no plans at the moment." Ricky is of course a renowned practical joker on set. Were you able to get him with any of your own? "I was so focused on acting that there wasn't much of a chance. I should’ve done really but he was well behaved, although there was one scene where he caught me out. I had to go up to the backdoor of my house, and my soon-to-be ex-wife has changed the locks. We did a few takes and then they said one more, and on the last take as I got up to the door Ricky's head popped up in the window and I was so surprised that it made me jump and Ricky swears my feet lifted off the ground! He then erupted in a fit of laughter and still does whenever we talk about it." Are there any plans for a second series? "We're just going to wait and see how it's received first of all. I'm immensely happy with what we've produced as comedy is very difficult to get right but Ricky and Stephen are so good at it that I feel it's the best thing I've ever done." The making of Life’s Too Short will be screened on November 5 and the series starts on BBC2 on November 10. Warwick’s autobiography Size Matters Not is available from Waterstones.



JIMMY CARR Jimmy’s back by popular demand bringing his Laughter Therapy tour to the Cresset in Bretton. It’ll be an evening of none stop jokes, gags and banter. If you’ve got a sick sense of humour then maybe laughter is the best medicine. Not to be taken if you have a sensitive disposition or an overactive moral compass. Box office: 01733 265705.



A new comedy club hits town at the North Street Bar (above Clarkes Restaurant) this month. With over 35 venues across the region, Funhouse Comedy Clubs bring the very best stand up comedians on the circuit today to intimate venues around the country. There’ll be three stand-up comedians plus a compere and the headline acts are always regulars at either The Comedy Store or the world famous Jongleurs, usually TV faces. Tickets are £7 in advance from the bar, on 01733 892681 or buy online from November

24 November


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MARK STEEL Writer and stand-up comedian Mark Steel brings his highly acclaimed Radio 4 hit to Spalding’s South Holland Centre. The material for the show’s based on the quirky and interesting aspects of each town he visits, so … are you ready to have a laugh about Spalding? Box office: 01775 764777.

THE VOODOO STANDS UP The independent comedy club in Stamford launches into a stellar season with Michael Fabbri, who effortlessly slips between some harsh, controversial topics to light-hearted silliness and Shazia Mirza, a circuit regular whose deadpan delivery about life as a female practicing muslim is always a hit. Catch Shazia on TV on November 6 presenting 10 Things You Always Wanted To Know About Islam (But Were Afraid To Ask). Pay on the door £8, or £6 advance from



This month’s comedy club line-up includes Alistair Barrie, one of the comedy circuit’s finest headliners and core member of The Cutting Edge, the weekly topical satire show at the Comedy Store in London, and Tiffany Stevenson from ITV’s Show Me The Funny – her live material’s much racier than was allowed on TV! Then there’s Ola, a talented new act taking the comedy circuit by storm with his unique and original style. Compere for the night is Tiernan Douieb. Box office: 01733 265705.



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This month’s offer is a file and polish with the new Gelicure semi-permanent nail polish for just £15. Also a special offer from stylist Aishah, receive 20% off all colour services when you quote ESP.

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163 New Road, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 9HH

Face of ESP Jessica Lockhart launched the restaurant’s new range of beers which are set to compliment the Banyan Tree’s fantastic food. Since opening on Westgate the Banyan Tree has brought us a stunning looking restaurant with delicious traditional Indian dishes you won’t find elsewhere. Lucky Jessica has won free dining there for a year but you’ll be just as keen to eat there yourself when you see the menu and enjoy their new beers. The stylish bar area is open for casual drinkers so even if you’re not planning on eating out you can drop by. Having already made a name for itself with some top cocktails and a great range of wines, Dinesh and his team have now introduced some fabulous beers including: Vedett Extra White, Pilsner Urquell, Innis and Gunn, Oranjeboom, Mongoose Indian Beer and Aspall’s cider. He’s also looking to introduce local real ales and a broader range of bottled beers. The Banyan Tree was the main event partner for this year’s Face of ESP and Dinesh is looking forward to seeing Jessica as a regular at the restaurant – “Jessica has done well to win as there were so many lovely

finalists – she is exceptional and should be a big help promoting Peterborough and local businesses throughout the year.” Jess, of course, has already made a start on enjoying her fabulous prize (who wouldn’t?) and told us her dining experience was fabulous – “The food is absolutely amazing and all the staff are really welcoming. The restaurant is a lovely place to eat – and the cocktails are good!” This family run restaurant has already made a name for itself on the local dining circuit, and Dinesh says they’re doing their bit for the Westgate area. With more quality, independent establishments setting up nearby, the area’s developing a real buzz again and he’s looking forward to the regeneration of this part of town in future. There’s always a friendly atmosphere here and the food is just gorgeous! Everything’s freshly made with no artificial colourings or flavourings, just fresh spices. The chefs are highly skilled and specially recruited from India to create genuine dishes Indian people themselves would really eat. They’re constantly adding to the menu and are always happy to tweak a dish if you have special requirements. With Christmas on the way it’s ideal for that special night out and there’s a private function area available too. You never know, you just might bump into Jess as she’ll be a regular there now!

53 Westgate, Peterborough, PE1 1QA Telephone: 01733 342800


Photos: Chris Brudenell


Book a table of 4 or more and receive a free bottle of wine Quote ESP

Friday 28th October Friday 25th November

Book your Xmas party now 2 courses £15.95 pp 3 courses £18.95 pp

Retrolux Porky Pig

Christmas menu out now, please see our website • Real ales • Food freshly cooked - local produce • Restaurant Mon – Sat, 11.30am-1.45pm, Tue – Fri, 5.30pm8.45pm, Sat – 6pm-8.45pm, Sun – 12-2pm • Booking advisable • Beer garden • Families welcome • Open everyday from 11.30am




Kings Cliffe Road, Apethorpe, Peterborough,PE8 5DG

Ye Olde Dun Cow Barrier Bank, Cowbit, Spalding, PE12 6AL Tel: 01406 380543

Telephone: 01780 470627

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A and contemporary restaurant refurbished to a high standard

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Jimmy Spice’s 35 New Road, Peterborough, PE1 1FJ. Tel: 01733 564930.

It’s always tough deciding where to go for food, particularly if you’re in a group and everyone likes something different! A few months ago Jimmy Spice’s arrived to provide the answer and it’s been going strong ever since. Jimmy Spice's operates a buffet style dining experience offering a sumptuous range of Indian, Thai, Italian, Mexican and Chinese dishes served freshly every day. This vast array of authentic cuisine is served in a massive open plan restaurant, with plenty of choice for those who may fancy something a little more spicy or Oriental! It’s really simple, just choose from a selection of the cooked dishes on display, or select a few of your favourite ingredients and the chefs will immediately cook your meal in front of you.

We were keen to try out the food on offer, and when we arrived we were greeted by a very helpful waiter who kindly showed us where everything was. We grabbed a plate each and started piling them high with starters such as onion bhajis, assorted poppadoms and chicken pakora – absolutely delicious, not to mention the Chinese spring rolls – and that was only the starter! We quite fancied the idea of having a fresh stir fry made to order, so we chose our ingredients and handed it to the chef, who threw it all into a wok and cooked it for us. Again, you can’t beat a freshly cooked meal, and we devoured that without any complaints too!


BEST WESTERN Orton Hall Hotel & Spa The Village Orton Longueville Peterborough PE2 7DN

t: 01733 391 111

For a limited period - From the pub menu main course dishes or Special’s Board - BUY ONE MAIN COURSE AND THE SECOND ONE IS FREE - see terms and conditions on the coupon. The ESP reader offer is only valid when two main courses are ordered; one main course is FREE and is valid from Monday 31st October to Sunday 11th December 2011 inclusive. The discount dose not apply to spend on drinks or for group bookings of 8 or more. To receive your coupon for ‘2 for the price of 1’ food purchases, just text us the word ‘RAMBLEWOOD’ along with your NAME and EMAIL address on the number shown, or email to receive your coupon along with your NAME and PHONE NUMBER. Alternatively log onto and click on the Ramblewood logo on the home page to print out your own voucher.

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On to the desserts which are always changing. We had a choice of gorgeous little cubes of cake and fruit, a chocolate fountain with marshmallows, or ice-cream and sweets which the chef would mix together to create your ice-cream treat exactly how you want it! We certainly weren’t disappointed with the amount of effort that goes into the preparation of the meals. It’s the perfect place to go with your mates as most people have different preferences when it comes to food. With a variety of cuisines under one roof you really can’t go wrong. With Christmas fast approaching too it’s the ideal spot for a business lunch or party, and there’s no long wait for the food either. It would be a shame not to try out Jimmy Spice’s as they’re great value for money and you can eat as much as you like. Lunches are £10.99 and evening meals start at £14.99. They’re open on Christmas Day too, so take away all the stress of cooking, relax and have it all done for you for just £24.99 per person! Lara Johnson

Andrea Connor

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Tel: 07801 987905

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on your first visit during November when you mention ESP

Award Winning Butchery

The best produce from local farms

• Game from local shoots • Norfolk turkeys, capons and geese • Casterton reared, 21 day aged Lincoln Red beef • Rutland Gloucester Old Spot Pork • Braunston lamb • Leicestershire free-range chickens • Award winning homemade produce

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Tel: 01780 765656 Casterton Road, Stamford Lincs. PE9 4BB Open 7 days

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Karen Devine


TV GMTV, LK Today and UKTV Style’s ‘Spa of Embarrassing Illnesses’

EATING with Karen Devine

The basis of a typical Japanese diet is the use of foods with low cholesterol, a high intake of fish, seaweeds and fermented soya. They do not eat dairy, very little sugar and don’t eat bread interestingly enough! Let’s look a little further at some of the typical foods they’ve eaten for centuries:

Japanese I’m turning Japanese this month to take a look at the possible reasons why they have less obesity, less cardiovascular disease, lower rates of osteoporosis and less hormonal cancers than we do here in the West. Life expectancy in Japan is said to be the highest in the world too.

Soya – Fermented soya is high in the Japanese diet such as miso, soy sauce, tempeh and natto. The fermentation releases the nutrients including calcium, protein, iron, selenium and can also help feed and nourish our own gut bacteria (fermented soy NOT unfermented). Eating fermented soy may also reduce hot flushes and may also support a healthy hormone balance. (N.B the negativity towards soya is pointing at the unfermented soya beans which contain anti nutrients which mean they can block the uptake of nutrients so they should be used in moderation, they can also block thyroid hormone production. Soya milk is NOT a fermented product and should be used in moderation). Mushrooms – eaten frequently in Japan, these are not just any old mushrooms but shiitake mushrooms, very high in selenium,

protein, good fibre and also an active compound which may have anti-cancer properties. Soba Noodles – made mainly from buckwheat which is high in rutin and quercetin (both flavanoids that are powerful anti-oxidants) which may also help blood flow and keep cholesterol at healthy levels. Buckwheat also has good sources of magnesium, B5 and fibre. Green Tea – one or two mugs of loose green tea may offer protection due to the EGCG content which is short for epigallocatechin 3 – gallate (let’s just stick with EGCG!). This is the active flavanoid compound in green tea which the Japanese people drink daily. This compound is said to offer protection from many cancers but in particular prostate and breast. Green tea can be strong tasting so if you’ve tried it and really dislike it give it another go (you can tell this is me I am talking about) but make it very mild to start and build up to the stronger taste. You can also add in a slice of lemon which takes the slight bitterness way. However don’t add sugar and milk! Fish – this is a common staple in their diet, but the Japanese eat a wide variety and fish contains high Omega 3 essential fats and good proteins. We all know the benefits of Omega 3s such as lowering inflammation, brain health,

smooth skin, energy and much more. Seaweed – Kombu and wakame are commonly eaten in Japan, which deliver high levels of iodine (helps thyroid function) and are high in plant compounds called lignans which may help in the prevention of hormonal cancers. Seaweeds also contain compounds to reduce inflammation along with good levels of B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and potassium. They also eat plenty of nori which is a flat dried seaweed famous for making sushi rolls. The Japanese also eat many fresh vegetables daily. Why not add in some of these typical Japanese foods into your own diet, you never know you might just grow to like them! In health, Karen For more information on health and nutrition go to You may be interested in joining me for one or all of my six up and coming talks/workshops on nutrition (coming up in November from 6.30 – 8pm). Email me for more info.

Christmas Menus available bookings now being taken


Lunchtime special 12-2pm Mon - Fri plus full menu Early bird 6-7pm Mon-Fri plus full menu 6-9pm Sat Food served from 12-9pm Sun food served 12-6pm Seasonal A La Carte menu freshly cooked local produce Open all day Fri, Sat and Sun

Bonfire Beer Fest (Nov 4th – 6th) Starting on Friday night at 5pm. 16 ales plus ciders and fruit beer - live music from Collaborators. Saturday afternoon live music from Pennyless - food available throughout. Saturday night - bonfire at 6pm, firework display at 7pm. BBQ plus live music from the One Eyed Cats at 8pm. Donations on the gate - all monies go to local scout groups. Bonfire Beer Fest all the music in the marquee for October please see Gig guide. Just £1 entry per adult and 50p for children

Music in the bar with 4 King Fiasco 12th November

Christmas Craft Market in the heated marquee 11am – 4pm Sunday 20th November

3 Market Gate, Market Deeping Tel: 01778 346952

Main Road, Etton, Peterborough. Tel: 01733 252387

Open Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.


A mix of traditional and contemporary cuisine from the Pacific Rim

10% OFF

for parties of over 20 people during Christmas! Book now to secure your favourite date. • Buy two get one free on spirit or liqueur shot • Christmas Menu available All food is cooked freshly to order and serviced to your table.

A perfect venue with stylish surroundings, Bento caters for all types of functions and events. Wedding receptions, Birthdays, anniversaries, special events, corporate events and training sessions.

Imperial Bento Ltd Peterborough 15% off your total bill. (not available during Christmas) New Menu coming soon.

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A la carte table service buffet Fresh homemade dim sum Lunch menu Bento boxes Pre-theatre set menu Imperial Bento express delivery take away - New generation set price

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Released: November 18 Cast: Robert Pattinson, Kristin Stewart, Taylor Lautner Director: Bill Condon

When my sister’s best mate’s wedding was delayed by a week so it didn’t clash with the opening weekend of the fourth movie – you kind of get an idea of what this means to those Twi-hards out there. Despite the word ‘sad’ springing to mind – as my Mum, sister and friends continue their fully-fledged allegiance to Team Edward – there is no doubt how far this uber-successful franchise has come. With each (competent and slightly improving each time three-star) movie in the series, the adventures of Edward (Pattinson), Bella (Stewart) and Jacob (Lautner) continue – with acclaimed Dreamgirls director Bill Condon helming. This time round Ed and Bella must deal with a chain of consequences brought on by marriage, a honeymoon and the tumultuous birth of a child – which also brings an unforeseen and shocking development for Jacob. Did I forget to say ‘spoilers’ to those of us who don’t really care? Okay, I’ll admit it, I find it watchable. Watch those box-office tills ring out loud.






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Considering this is coming from a man more at home with sci-fi – Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow – Roland Emmerich’s intriguing political thriller advances the theory that William Shakespeare’s plays were penned by The Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans) – set against the backdrop of Queen Elizabeth the First’s reign.

In the future people stop ageing at 25, and must work to ‘buy’ more time. Justin Timberlake’s character Will Salas is falsely accused of murder and goes on the run and with the aid of Mamma Mia’s Amanda Seyfried – tries to bring down a corrupt system where the rich get richer and the poor have to beg, steal and borrow to buy enough minutes to live.

Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy headline an all-star cast – including Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick and Tea Leoni – which sees a swindled group of colleagues aim to bring down a wealthy businessman by conspiring to burgle his luxury high-rise penthouse apartment, in this comedy caper from director Brett Ratner.

Aardman – the geniuses behind Wallace & Gromit – are back with this festive computergenerated 3D offering, as Santa’s youngest son hijacks his father’s high-tech operation to undertake an urgent mission as Christmas looms. It’s a family adventure that boasts the British voice talent of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie and Bill Nighy.

This critically-acclaimed comedy drama sees Seth Rogen take on a more serious role as he, and his best friend, recently diagnosed with cancer (Inception’s Joseph GordonLevitt), tackle friendship, love, survival and humour in the most unlikely of places – drawing its emotional core from writer Will Reiser’s own experiences with the disease.

Football Feature That huge debate about which footballing video game is best rages on (well, maybe) – and this year sees the competition at its most ferocious as they battle for your hard-earned cash.

That’s because FIFA has tweaked arguably the greatest soccer franchise of all-time – but the Pro Evo boys are fighting back with their finest release since PES ruled the footballing roost many eons ago. On the one hand FIFA 12 has been notably tweaked to nighon-perfection with a Player Impact Engine, Pro Player


Intelligence and (most impressively) Precision Dribbling, to make much more than just lazy improvements. On the flip side, Pro Evolution Soccer 2012’s more arcadeinspired style is its best since the PS2 days of Pro 6, with Active AI – which basically means improved off the ball control and pass support – and a more rounded experience. VERDICT: Despite the official polish of the FIFA license, I’ll always be a PES man – despite my best mate considering a permanent switch to EA’s game – so despite FIFA 12 garnering five-stars to the much improved PES 2012’s four, I’ll firmly sit on the fence, and say it’s whatever footballing style your prefer. Either way you can’t lose.


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FORZA MOTORSPORT 4 (360) Out now While some racing fans still prefer the more outrageously exaggerated worlds of Need For Speed or Split/Second – there’s no doubt this is the daddy for racing purists. Just like with FIFA (see previous page) this has had notable and worthwhile tweaks to presentation, graphics and playability that simply oozes class from every pore. From the Top Gear license – complete with Jeremy Clarkson’s dulcet tones – to surprisingly well-implemented Kinect functionality in Autovista Mode, this is simply a gloriously-crafted game in every department – and with a sensational car roster it drives like a dream. The best driving game of all-time? You betcha.


RAGE (PS3/360/PC) Out now The grand-daddy of the first person shooter genre is back to show the rest how it’s done. From the creators of Doom and Quake, Rage is set in a post-apocalyptic world of bandits, mutants and unique characters. At first glance Rage is reminiscent of Fallout or Borderlands – but developer id Software stay true to their shooting roots with delicious graphics, enthralling combat and gadgets galore fuelling the enjoyable 14 hour-plus campaign. With a spree of high-profile FPS releases out in the coming weeks – make sure you don’t miss this gem of a game.


NBA 2K12 (360/PS3/WII/PSP/PC) Out now Just when you thought 2K had pushed the award-winning basketball franchise into an inspirational Michael Jordan cul-de-sac – it actually improves on last year’s version. Why have one megastar when you can have some of the greatest of all-time in one game? Ingenuity opens up the debate as stars such as Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Shaq are added to the mix. The actual game is virtually faultless so there are just minor tweaks to last year’s version – but I don’t think there’s a game out there that boasts such slam-dunking presentation. Simply the best at what it does.


F1 2011 (PS3/360/3DS/PC) Out now Following the greatest F1 title of all-time was always going to be tough – but Codemasters have performed the perfect pit stop.

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Fans of 2010 won’t notice a massive difference from last year’s offering, but the introduction of KERS and DRS functions makes for a more polished product. Handling is much-improved too and the racing is as fast and furious as ever, even if the career mode remains largely uninspiring. With oodles of playability F1 2011 deservedly storms to pole position.


SUPREMACY MMA (360/PS3) Out now Jumping on the back of THQ and EA's impressive MMA efforts – this arcade-style offering comes up a bit short. It tries hard to push its brutal and unsanctioned stance – which in turn provides its lack of notable star names – with some decent ideas fighting to get out, but it all ends up a bit clunky, one-dimensional and tactically uninspiring. Only for fans of the MMA underground circuit.


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Any game boasting some of your favourite Marvel superheroes is going to get fanboys excited – but sadly only temporarily. It’s touted as an action-RPG – and does have a few intermittent moments of excitement – but the role-playing elements are really wafer-thin with limited choices. Coupled with a surprisingly dull, predominantly button-mashing storyline, this hasn’t got the Professor X-factor.


THE CURSED CRUSADE (360/PS3/PC) Out now It’s another game about Templars – but unlike Assassin’s Creed and plenty of others, this isn’t very good. The Cursed Crusade sees demonic Denzo and sidekick Esteban hacking and slashing their way through thirty gore-filled medieval levels with satisfying finishing moves. But unfortunately that’s where the fun pretty much ends – with long-winded cut-scenes and clichéd linearity.


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BACK TO GO WILDE FOR THE PISTOLS THE 80s Two very different periods of rock ‘n’ roll can be seen at Stamford Corn Exchange this month.

I’ve been looking forward to early November because that’s when I’m compering the Absolute 80s show at the Cresset. Emcee Productions, who produce the show, have brought some high quality musical shows to Peterborough over the past few years and this time they’re turning the spotlight on to the eighties which brought us a rich span of music from new romantic to power ballads and from Michael Jackson to Madness. I’ve seen the rehearsals and can tell you that you’ll be enthralled by a very talented cast of singers and dancers.

An exciting addition this year is a live band who add plenty to the excitement of a showtime theme, and with seats at tables in a cabaret style it means you have somewhere to rest your drink. Absolute 80s runs from November 3 – 5, for ticket info go to

Pioneers of the music scene, Marty Wilde & The Wildcats appear on November 26. Between 1958 and 1962 Marty had thirteen consecutive hit records, including Donna, Teenager In Love, Rubber Ball and Jezebel.

Marty was a part of the hugely successful TV shows 6-5 Special and Oh Boy!

Before that, on November 12, you can get The Sex Pistols Experience. With support from Ed Tenpole Tudor (who briefly sang with The Sex Pistols). The show will give you a chance to experience

what The Sex Pistols were really like from their start in London in 1975, through to the development of the punk movement in the UK. They’re regarded as one of the most influential acts in the history of popular music. Box office: 01780 766455.

PLAY YOUR PART IN WILLOW FESTIVAL I went to the launch of the revitalised Willow Festival a few weeks ago, and I’m pleased to say that it promises to be an exciting part of the social calendar of Peterborough. Mark Ringer, who came up with the idea of the original Willow Festival, will once again be in charge of the event, but judging by the attendance at the launch, very strong support from Peterborough City Council, other enthusiastic organisers and some keen sponsors. The event will be free for us to enter and will showcase local talent and some from further afield. Some big name headline acts are being sought as well. Plus in addition to the music stages, there’ll be space focusing on other areas of the arts giving it a real festival feel. The Willow Festival will take place on the Embankment on May 25 to 27 next year and obviously, an event of this size (expected to showcase 120 bands on multiple stages), will need financial support and many hours organisation.

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Anyone who feels they can help with their time or with sponsorship should log onto the website for information. Likewise if you’re a band or artist that would be interested in performing now is the time to let the organisers know. The address is

As we’ve been enjoying a late Indian summer we thought it sensible to give the VW another trip out and make the most of the clement weather. We found a small event called the Hardraw Gathering by chance really. Last year we bumped into the characterful landlord of a pub called the Green Dragon up in the Yorkshire Dales. Doing a bit of tinterweb surfing we found his pub and as such the Hardraw Gathering. Billed as bluegrass, country and folk set in the grounds of a 13th century inn which had a cider festival on, the 170 miles drive was a no brainer. As it turned out the weather, the people there and the setting were sublime. In D Mark Thompson you have a landlord with a wealth of soul and good spirit, a person that wants to further the cause of live


music, friendship and good times and this he did in spades with the help of Sue and Nigel, organisers of the event. Yes we can talk of an excellent set by the Gin Jammers and a swinging honky tonkin’ afternoon with the 309’s. We can drool over the late evening Dog Roses concert, slick as you like, and I even danced ever so slightly to the Five And Dimers who probably got my vote as favourites but there was something more magical going on. In every room of this marvellous old inn jam sessions sprung like infections dervishes to enchant and mesmerise all at the same time. Fires burned in big old grates, candles flickered, cider and real ale flowed and fantastically talented musicians played and played and played. Saturday afternoon sat outside the inn they still played and played, this time in hot sunshine. The small crowds, swelled by passing walkers blocked the road as landrovers towing trailers full of livestock picked their way through the audience. Bryan Thompson led one session which grew from just him and his guitar to five, six maybe seven musicians and singers. All this was framed by the majestic Yorkshire Dales and the Hardraw Force, a 60ft waterfall, the highest continuous fall in Britain, which was also in the pub grounds. Small, old time, rootsy

it may have been but it was quite frankly the best weekend we’ve had in a long, long time. www.hardraw should you want to catch it next time or maybe their folk weekend in May, which is definitely on the Slater calendar for next year. Finally, a gig to look out Squiffy waited patiently for his for this month is goldnext gill of Theakstons caped prog rock crusaders Yes who are playing at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on Tuesday November 8. The band have sold 30 million albums worldwide and will no doubt reel out the hits you crazy people love, like Owner Of A Lonely Heart and Roundabout. Tickets are £34.50 and you can get them by calling 01223 357 851 or log on


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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH FENECH SOLER Before I saw the supremely talented Fenech Soler play live, it was fair to say that I was new to the cool world that is funk/kitsch-rock/electric pop (try saying that in a hurry). It’s also fair to say then, that jumping around in a mosh pit of their fans, gave me the education that I so obviously needed. Fenech Soler is local lads: Dan Soler, Andrew Lindsay and brothers Ross and Ben Duffy – an amazingly talented quartet. I (lucky me) got to hang out with the lads at their headline home coming gig at The Cresset. After four years together, a year of album recording and a bursting at the seams gig schedule including; Glastonbury, V and Blissfields, you’d be forgiven for thinking they’ve already achieved a lot. It’s a far cry from their humble beginnings – supporting Chappers and Dave at Anglia Ruskin University, alongside Fake That! Ross told me – “I’m not sure Chappers even speaks to Dave nowadays but Fake That is still going strong – probably stronger than ever! We have fond memories of that gig – it was a great one.”

The quartet had been due to embark on the festival tour the year before but had to postpone when lead singer, Ben Duffy, was taken ill. It was a defining moment for them all. Ben revealed – “I was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which was tough. I fortunately received treatment quite early on – we went to Australia and started my treatment, which lasted about 10 weeks or so. Then there was a period after that, obviously getting myself back fit and luckily, it coincided with the week of Glastonbury. It went pretty quickly and now I’m back and out the other side. In some ways it was quite positive for the band as we all pulled together and the guys were able to work on music for a while without me.”

Dan: “Everyone freaks out but sometimes you’ve just got to go. The bladder becomes weak – you could call it a lucky wee!” But unfortunately ladies, there’ll be a fight on your hands to get a slice of the Fenech cake, because all but one is taken – but don’t despair, because Ross (he’s lovely ladies) is single! So back to the music; I wondered who their favourite collaboration was. “Groove Armada was probably the best,” they told me. “They sang on the track and we part produced it. We did a lot of touring with them too, here and in America, which was amazing. We learnt a lot.”

The band are now in fine form so what I really wanted to know is, who takes the longest to get ready on tour and who of the gorgeous lads are – wait for it – single?

Waving goodbye to the guys as they left the stage for a couple of weeks off before gigs in Poland and Istanbul, I thanked them for what was a great night. The lads were really great and down-to-earth, despite going on tour with Example later this month!

Ross: “Well, he’ll hate me saying this, but one thing that Dan does before every gig is disappear off to the toilet as we’re literally going on stage!”

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