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OCTOBER 2010 Issue 134



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Night, where there will be a screening of Halloween at the bar, and there will also be a spooky Ghouls Ball Halloween party on October 30, where East Coast will be performing, and fancy dress is optional. Mighty Mouth Trev will be appearing on October 31, and there’ll be plenty of cocktails, prizes for best dressed, and even a psychic card reader there to tell your fortune!

CRAIG HAS DIVA FEVER At the time of ESP hitting the presses Peterborough singer Craig Saggers had just made it through X Factor Bootcamp and was heading to Simon Cowell’s pad with the groups. Craig teamed up with his uni mate Joe to form Diva Fever who’ve livened up the programme no end. “The show can get quite dark with everyone having sob stories – we really just want to have fun and be entertaining,” Craig told ESP. “I think we’ve brought something different to the show. To be honest we never even expected to get past the first hurdle let alone make it to Simon’s house! When we got through I think the look on my face said it all! Bootcamp’s really tough and long hours. I’m not a dancer and really didn’t expect that. Whatever happens we’re enjoying it – it’s a talent show but it’s also an entertainment show. We’ve had some fantastic support and we’re both really grateful.” Read our full interview with Craig on Good luck guys, we’re rooting for ya!

IAN’S GOT SOUL ESP’s Ian Gray is also well known in soul circles and has been hosting a one hour programme on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire every Tuesday at 6pm for almost four years. Now Ian’s got more soul with a new extra two hour programme on Sundays at 9pm on 95.7FM from October 3 in the Peterborough area and on-line on BBC iplayer. It’ll be networked across seven BBC stations and nine counties. Ian’s show has featured some big-name guests over the last few years including Candi Staton, Eddie Floyd, Geno Washington and Tommy Hunt. The new Sunday show will build on the musical content of the existing one, featuring both well-known and under-played rare gems from Motown, northern soul, Stax and Atlantic genres. You can also hear some of his tunes at soul gigs locally including the Holiday Inn’s Classic Soul & Motown Night on Friday October 1, the Lime Tree’s Northern Soul & Motown night in Paston on Friday October 15 and at the Hunstanton Soul Weekender on Saturday November 27.


WEREWOLVES AND WITCHES @ THE WORTLEY One of Peterborough’s oldest – and maybe spookiest – pubs, the Wortley Almshouses on Westgate, is hosting a Halloween party on October 30. The right hand side of the bar will be decked out in scary decorations and the pub’s resident ghouls and ghosties will be in attendance – and by that, we mean the bar staff and regulars will all be dressed up! It should have a great party atmosphere so make it your starting point on Halloween weekend! They’ve also got two new beers in for you to try, Taddy Porter and Oatmeal Stout. If you’re not a drinker, then try the new sparkling apple juice which is definitely a lot healthier than cider.

EASTENDER @ WATERSTONES We hear that Eastenders star Derek Martin alias cabbie Charlie Slater will be heading for Peterborough on Saturday November 20. He’ll be promoting his new book My Eastend Life at Waterstones on Bridge Street where he’ll be signing copies between 1.30pm – 2.30pm. Make sure you reserve your copy!

Stealer, one of the country’s top Free tribute bands who are based in the Cambridgeshire / Lincolnshire area are seeking a new vocalist to join their talented band. If you think you’re a vocalist of a very high calibre who can carry off the vocal style of Paul Rodgers to fit in with these high quality musicians, then get in touch with Steve on 01733 205178 / 07775 086427 to arrange an audition.

Get a new look and maybe a little more harmony in your life with a day of Fashion Feng Shui, hosted by image consultant and ESP’s own style guru, Sue Donnelly on October 6 in Peakirk. The idea is that you combine the five Feng Shui elements – water, wood, fire, metal and earth in every outfit to bring harmony and happiness into your life, as well as looking fashionable! For more info visit or visit for a general overview of the discipline.

FASHION WORKSHOP @ JOHN LEWIS Get glamorous and raise cash for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust at John Lewis’ Fashion Workshop on October 14 in Queensgate. Showcasing autumn’s hottest trends from great brands such as Damsel In A Dress, Whistles and French Connection, this is the perfect chance to update your wardrobe as John Lewis’ fashion advisers will be on hand to make sure you look fresh and fashionable. Starting at 6pm, the event includes a light buffet. Tickets £12 from Sandra Howarth on 0300 373 1032 or email showarth@ p m ag .co.u k ( Oc to be r )

PLOUGHMAN RECEIVES CAMRA GOLD AWARD The Ploughman in Werrington centre has been awarded a CAMRA Gold Award this month. Brothers Andy and Stuart Simmonds introduced real ales to the pub when they took over last December, and have had a great response to all the new changes and attracted a new crowd. Andy said he was very pleased to receive the award, telling ESP – ‘‘I was over the moon, we are the first pub in Werrington to receive a Gold Award, and since introducing five real ale hand pumps, we’ve had people using the pub that we never had before.” The Ploughman now has its own darts team, they often have live music nights where some of Peterborough’s best bands perform, and they’ve even got more beer festivals planned throughout the year. They’ve also got a series of events coming up, October 29 is Fright

info and to book, visit or call 0844 581 1315.

GLAMOUR GALORE The best girls night out is back so get ready to shop ‘til you drop at Glamour Galore. This fantastic event in aid of Sure Ryder Care returns on Thursday November 18 from 69pm at Thorpe Hall Hospice. Once again ESP is proud to support the night and will be providing a fashion show featuring the fabulous new ranges from Westgate Department Store. There’ll be lots of lovely girly stalls selling jewellery, make-up, clothes, bags and shoes plus a pamper zone with massages and nail technicians. Entrance is £2.50 and includes a free glass of wine.

TREAT YOUR DOG @ THE DOGROOMS A brand new dog grooming salon is opening as of October 1 along Lincoln Road. Dogrooms will be the area’s premier dog grooming salon, where owner Debbie offers a variety of treatments, such as wash & dry, nail clipping, full groom, clip and styling! Debbie is City & Guilds trained, and will endeavour to make your dog look as handsome as ever. She’s even offering a 10% introductory discount for all dogs, and 50% off the first groom for all puppies under five months old – aaww! For more info, you can catch Debbie on 07951 866946.



Tel: 0844 3340713

The new Bedeck Home store has just opened at Peterborough Garden Park near Eye. It’s packed with fabulous bed, bath and living products by famous brand names including Sanderson, Harlequin and Cath Kidston, as well as curtains by Montgomery and wall coverings from Graham and Brown. It’s the perfect place to find something special for your home.

If you’re a student then get down to Westgate Department Store before October 25 and you’ll be able to get 10% discount on all full priced fashions and accessories. All you have to do is fill in a little card and you’ll be able get cash off brands such as Motel, New York Laundry and Yumi, leaving you with more money to spend on partying – sorry, books and stationary…

MICHAEL JOHN ROCKS A total transformation is about to start at Michael John hair in Queensgate. With the staff being moved across to their other salon in Millfield – rumours are flying of new services and special V.I.P packages. All we're being told are the words 'Rock Baroque'! Definitely sounds like it’s worth a look!



We hear Holiday On Ice is set to return to the Exec centre, East Of England Showground on February 3 – 6 next year and their new show, Energia, is even bigger and better than ever. This is one to stick in your diary – the new show is in a unique 3D setting and tells the story of the universe, mixing physics with the mythic. Tickets are from £24. For more

Lisa and Gianni are the new owners of the Patisserie in Westgate Arcade. They have a variety of fresh food, freshly ground coffee served daily, and an exciting new menu available for everyone to try. So if you’re in need of a pit stop and a little bite to eat then don’t forget to pop in. For more info, call 01733 553923.

Come and see Ady and his team for a cracking deal on a brand new Peugeot which is really worth talking about!!



Owner of the Banyan Tree, Mr Odedra, has taken over Bar Bloc, which is due to reopen as an exciting second Banyan Tree restaurant. It’s sure to be just a superb as its sister restaurant in Werrington, offering some mouthwatering Indian cuisine. Make sure you book a table and indulge in some great Indian cuisine in contemporary surroundings. You can also eat as much as you like with their Thali deal, for only £8.99. Mr Odedra and the team will be pleased to serve you!

As there’s no County Ball this year, Swanky Rags are hosting a Winter Wonderland Ball at the Holiday Inn West on November 12. It’s the perfect chance to get glammed up and enjoy a sophisticated party. After a delicious four - course meal, you can dance the night away to live music from Vision and the disco afterwards. Tickets £55, or £50 if you book a table of ten. Box office: 01733 345181.


REPUBLIC RETURNS After the boards being up for weeks Republic has now opened a store twice the size of their original one in Queensgate and we have to say it’s looking hot! Showcasing some of the best high street brands such as Firetrap, Diesel and G-star alongside their own makes such as Soul Cal, Miso and Fabric, Republic is a great place to pick up on-trend clothes with a tough edge to them.

SWANKY HAIR Swanky Rags have a new addition to their store on Broadway – London-trained hairstylist Leyla. She specialises in cuttingedge styles and has a range of products on offer including Biolage and Bedhead, so now when you pick out a fab gown for that special occasion, you can get a hair style to match! Call her on 01733 345181 for an appointment.

PUB QUIZ @ CHARTERS Charters launch a pub quiz this month which will run every Tuesday. Starting at 9pm, entry costs just £1 each for a team of four. Make an evening of it by trying the special Tuesday menu where you can get two courses with side vegetables and rice for just £10.

THE EYES HAVE IT BB’s Brow Bar in Westgate Arcade are celebrating their one year anniversary this October and are expanding their range of beauty treatments to include waxing, facials, massage, and nail extensions alongside threading – the ancient, traditional Asian hair removal technique. They’re also holding a raffle for all customers with the grand prize of £50 worth of free beauty treatments. For more information, call Kam or Cindy on 07786 020008 / 020007 or visit www.bbs

TRY FAZE4 Faze Four recently opened on Long Causeway and their beautiful jewellery from brands such as Pandora, Thomas Sabo, Skagen and Ice Watches have already been wowing customers. As they’re a small chain, the pieces are unique and the staff really put the time and effort in to help you choose something really special.

We hear two more stores are set to open in Queensgate this month. Following hot on the heels of Republic the fashion offer gets even better with the arrival of CULT clothing selling the Superdry range. Ladies fashion boutique MButterfly has already opened and later this month, shoe shop Schuh will be taking over the former Disney Store unit next to Bhs. MButterfly launched in 2004 and has gone from strength to strength with its gorgeous vintage inspired fashion at tempting prioes – the interior also has a great vintage feel. Schuh is a footwear favourite with something for everyone and as all girls know, you can never have too many shoes… It’s great to see more choice in the city, and just in time for Christmas too!

GRUESOME AND GREEN Take the kids to the Green Backyard, at the corner of Oundle Road and London Road, on October 30 for their spooky Halloween bonfire. There’ll be spooky stories aplenty and monsters made from natural things, as well as lots of other activities for grown-ups yet to be confirmed. Keep an eye on or search for ‘The Green Backyard’ on Facebook.

SPRINGFIELDS EXPANDS AGAIN! Yet more big brands are opening up at Springfields Outlet Shopping and Festival Gardens, Spalding, with three new shops opening in time for the start of October. Menswear at the centre gets a boost with Melka, a Swedish lifestyle brand that’s been going for 60 years and offers fashions for both the working week and casual wear for the weekend. Amefa, the kitchen and tableware experts, offer a specialist service that you may not find on your typical high street. Staff in store are happy to give you all the advice you could need on choosing the perfect knives and how to care for them, as well as giving advice on the latest homeware trends. Gift and gadget store Red5 has also recently opened at the centre and has hundreds of unusual and innovative products – perfect for picking up a Christmas present for those tricky people who seem to have everything. Many of the shops in Springfields sell their goods at a fraction of the usual price, so make a start on your Christmas shopping and save a fortune by heading out to Springfields!

KEEPING UP APPEARANCES Live on stage for the first time is this classic British comedy at its very best. Keeping Up Appearances will keep you laughing all night! Starring Debbie Arnold, David Janson and Rachel Bell, this bouquet of laughs revolves around Hyacinth Bucket, who is obsessed with maintaining what she deems to be the highest levels of good taste and good behaviour, and despite heavy odds, she’s never deterred from keeping up appearances! The show will be on at the Key Theatre from September 27 – October 2 nightly at 7.30pm and 2.30pm on Thursday and Saturday. To book tickets, call the box office on 01733 207239.

CHICKENSHED DANCE The explosive dance theatre company is turning its attention to the spread of knife crime amongst young people. Crime of the Century is their new show, using words, movement and projection alongside a contemporary score of hip-hop dance and music. If you fancy a punchy show, then this may be the thing for you. It’s on at the South Holland Centre in Spalding on October 7 at 1.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are £11, and there are limited free tickets for under 26’s. To book, call 01775 764777.

SWAN LAKE This beautiful classical ballet takes you into a fairytale world telling the story of a princess turned into a swan by an evil curse. The dancing is accompanied by the wonderful music of Tchaikovsky as it takes you on a journey that’s full of mystery and romance. There’s no doubt audiences will be captivated and impressed by the dancers, as Swan Lake will continue to be one of the greatest ballets of all time. It’s on at the Key Theatre on October 31 at 2.30pm and 8.30pm. Tickets are £17.50, box office: 01733 207239.

THE ELIXIR OF LOVE Peterborough Opera are celebrating their 41st birthday with a new production of Donizetti’s romantic comedy The Elixir of Love. The show promises to be full of hummable tunes, fantastic melodies, loads of fun and, surprisingly, nobody dies! The opera will feature the well known Una Furtiva Lagrima tune directed by Fraser Goulding and produced by Shirley Birchell. It’s on at the Key Theatre from October 28 – 30 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £14, to book, call the box office on 01733 207239.

OUR NOBBY Everyone in Peterborough will immediately remember the familiar character Nobby the tramp as soon as the name is mentioned. For many years, Nobby made a bus shelter his home, received postcards, presents and food from well wishers, and now he’s inspired Kenneth Emson in his new play. Our Nobby is a funny, affectionate and heartwarming play, using many of the myths that surrounded one of Peterborough’s best loved local figures. It’s showcasing at several different locations around Peterborough between September 22 and October 9. For more info, visit or call the box office on 01473 211498.

T.REXTASY Officially recognised as the world’s number one group dedicated to the greatest rocker of them all, T.Rextasy are touring again with an even more powerful and mesmerizing show full of Marc Bolan’s rock anthems. The spectacular show will take you on a journey through all the fantastic hits, such as I Love To Boogie, Metal Guru, Children of the Revolution, Jeepster… the list goes on! They are definitely the closest you’ll get to the real thing and you can catch them at the Key Theatre on October 16 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £18, to book, call the box office on 01733 207239.


ESSENCE OF IRELAND This is the show that promises the magic of shows like Lord of the Dance, Spirit of the Dance and Riverdance. Essence of Ireland is a breathtaking show with spectacular dance routines and sparkling costumes, capturing the true spirit of the Emerald Isle. There’ll be a mixture of traditional and modern songs combined with energetic routines which will mesmerize the audience! If you liked Lord of the Dance then you’ll love this! It’s on at the Cresset on October 21 at 8pm, tickets are £20, and make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Box office 01733 265705.

This show will make you relive the magic of the Everly Brothers, featuring the UK’s leading tribute band The Temple Brothers. Colin and Steve Temple have worked together singing and playing for over 16 years at theatres and festivals throughout the UK so they’re sure to give you an entertaining show. Make sure you don’t miss out and enjoy a nostalgic evening which will take you back through the 50s and the 60s. It’s on at Stamford Corn Exchange on October 15 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12, to book call 01780 766455.

STRICTLY CABARET Emcee Productions are bringing their new show to the Holiday Inn this November. The show follows a similar theme to their last hit performance, featuring favourites from Broadway and West End musicals. So get ready for an evening of singing along to those much-loved musical numbers from We Will Rock You, Blood Brothers, Sound of Music, Footloose and many more. Audiences will have their table for the evening and sit back, relax and enjoy the show with a drink. The Saturday night performance will consist of a three course meal and a live acoustic act before the show begins. Local compere and ESP writer Keith Dalton will be taking audiences through the evening in his own unique way. It’s on from November 4 - 5 at 7.30pm show only, tickets £12 and November 6 at 1pm show only and 6.45pm for the three course meal plus the show, tickets £29.95 To book, call 01733 704303.

NEW PERSPECTIVES An entertaining new country and western musical’s been created by the team that brought us the very successful show The Hired Man. The storyline is based around Dolly The Sheep, who burst onto the world stage in 1996, and became an overnight sensation! It’ll be performed at the South Holland Centre in Spalding on October 30 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12, to book, call 01775 764777. p m ag .co.u k ( Oc to be r )

PETERBOROUGH ARTS CINEMA The John Clare Theatre on Broadway has got a few exciting films up its sleeve this month. On October 14 Up In The Air will take to the screens at 7.30pm. This film stars the handsome George Clooney and Jason Bateman, as they teach people lessons in cutting down on unnecessary obligations. October 21 will see the screening of Tulpan at 7.30pm, a film set in Kazakhstan. Asa, a young character has just been demobbed from the navy and now earnestly wishes to go into the family shepherding business. Later in the month on October 28, The Idiot Cycle will be shown, also at 7.30pm. The story focuses on six major chemical companies who allegedly produce cancer-causing chemicals and yet also invest in and develop cancer treatments. And finally, on November 4 there’ll be a showing of the satire Four Lions. For more info on films at the John Clare Theatre, visit

THE BROWNING VERSION If a dark, amusing, tense and inspiring drama is what you’re looking for, then this might just be the show for you. The Browning Version follows the story of worn-out teacher Andrew Crocker Harris, who’s forced into retirement because of illness. Hated by pupils, fellow teachers and harassed by his vicious wife and headmaster, we follow the journey of how he finds redemption in a small act of kindness. The play will be shown at the Stahl Theatre in Oundle on October 13 – 14 at 7.45pm. Tickets are £5, for more info call 01832 273930.

WATERLOO Waterloo is definitely something not to be missed by all those Abba fans out there! This show guarantees a sensational night out, with award-winning lighting design, stunning costumes and completely live entertainment. Fans will experience over two hours of fantastic Abba hits including Mamma Mia, Voulez Vous, Dancing Queen, Waterloo and many more. The fabulous musicians and performers will have you singing and dancing all night as they reignite all those memories! They’ll be performing at the Cresset on October 22 at 8pm. Tickets are £17.50, box office: 01733 265705.

SLEEPING BEAUTY The Vienna Festival Ballet returns with their traditional production of Sleeping Beauty. This classic fairytale acts out the story of sleeping beauty, and the fateful day when the princess and the entire palace fall into a deep sleep. This enchanting story is set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score and is full of brilliant choreography and stunning costumes – a great show for the whole family. It’ll be on at Stamford Corn Exchange on October 9 at 2.30pm and 6.30pm, tickets £18.50. Box office: 01780 766455. To find out more visit


Need a night out? Lara Johnson has the ESP guide to the best shows around…


BOUNCERS & SHAKERS RE-STIRRED The hilarious parody of the 80s disco scene is taking to the stage at the South Holland Centre in Spalding later this month. Bouncers is a show that’s based on four door staff out on the town – hair slicked back, smooth talking and set against the tatty glamour of the 80s disco scene. Shakers Re-stirred will then take over the stage after the interval, which will take you to the trendy cocktail bar where everyone wants to be seen, and the waitresses have their own life stories to tell. Both shows are on October 20 – 23 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £9.50. Box office: 01775 764777.

TWELFTH NIGHT One of Shakespeare’s finest plays will be hitting the Stahl Theatre stage from October 5 – 7. The Oundle school students will be presenting the new play, which is set during the aftermath of World War I. A sudden storm shipwrecks a pair of twins on the coast of Illyria, and each believe the other to be dead. They’re thrown into a mad world full of obsessed love, suppressed desire and repressed appetite. Shakespeare’s comedy looks at the heart of what love is and the despair and joy to which it can lead. The play will be shown at 7.45pm each day, and tickets are £5. For more info call 01832 273930.


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


Peterborough city centre will be very busy indeed on October 10 when the Great Eastern Run returns and there’ll be a couple of ESP faces joining the runners. Over 4,000 halfmarathon runners will be coming to the city to take part, with elite athletes running the same course as those doing it for fun! Our own Man About Town, Pep Cipriano and ESP reporter Mikey Clarke will be among them.


Pep is entering for the third year in a row and told ESP – “I did it in 1.47 last year but I’m carrying a couple of injuries so this year I just want to complete the race. I think it’s the best event the city puts on and the community really gets behind it. I shouldn’t really be running but it’s such a great buzz – I love it!” Mikey agrees – “This is my second time doing the Great Eastern Run. I genuinely believe this event brings out the best in Peterborough. During last year’s run, the streets were filled with people shouting encouragement, and handing out sweets to keep the runners motivated. Even shops were handing out free energy drinks. I

really hope the community does the same again this year... not only because I love freebies, but because it helped me to reach the finish line!” Kicking off at 10.10am, the route takes them in a big loop from Cathedral Square to Werrington and then finishes up at the Embankment where there’ll be a real carnival atmosphere. Hundreds of spectators will be there cheering on the runners and there’ll even be a funfair. To check whether you’ll be affected by the road closures or for more info visit Good luck guys!

GHOSTLY GOINGS ON The Peterborough ghost walks and talks are always popular especially during the spookiest month of the year! Book early for the Candlelit Ghost Tours at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery on October 12 to secure your place on a tour of the city’s most haunted building… by candle light! Tickets £5 adults, £3 children/concessions on 01733 864663. Or why not try one of the ghost walks around the city which are always highly entertaining as well as scary! There’s one on October 19 starting at Peterborough Museum on Priestgate. Adults £5, concessions £3 – book in advance on 01733 864663 or see

Photo: Terry Harris


Last year’s Italian Festival in Peterborough was such a success it’s set to return on Sunday October 17. This year’s event sounds bigger and better with many community groups and Italian business people adding to the programme. Expect stalls, demonstrations, food (of course!) a fabulous hair show and lots more throughout the day bringing the city centre to life with a distinctly Italian flavour. See for more details nearer the time.

SWISH FOR DEAFBLIND UK Grab yourself some gorgeous new clothes without spending a single penny on October 19 at the Deafblind UK Swishing event, held at their headquarters at Cygnet Road, Hampton. Clear your wardrobe out and take in your high-quality clothes and accessories in exchange for a token before the night, then when you arrive you’ll be able to swap your tokens for a whole new outfit! Women’s clothing store Private Kollection in Market Deeping has donated some of its last season stock to the event and with designer names such as Amanda Wakeley and Fenn Wright Manson clothing – those taking part will bag themselves a brilliant bargain! John Lewis and Sisley will be offering pampering treatments such as massages. Local company The Fudge Factory will also be there so you can treat yourself to their seriously yummy fudge and real hot chocolate drinks in between choosing your new outfits! Tickets are £5 on 01733 358100. p m ag .co.u k ( Oc to be r )

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL AUTUMN BALL PARADE The 10th annual, award winning Pumpkin Festival returns to Spalding this month with loads of events leading up to the big pumpkin parade. The Festival starts on Saturday October 2 with the ‘Pumpkin’ Throwing Competition which takes place at the Castle Playing Field in Spalding between 10am and 2.30pm. There’s a programme of events throughout the following week ending with the grand finale of the festival, which takes place in Spalding town centre on Friday October 8. The action starts at 10am and finishes at 9pm. During the day there’s entertainment, demonstrations, live music, face painting, a fancy dress competition and an open air market selling all sorts of pumpkin related treats. The pumpkin parade will take place in the evening at 6.30pm led by the Flower Queen in her brand new pumpkin coach serenaded by music along the way. The parade will be followed at 7.30pm by a spectacular fireworks display with the final act of the day being the Wild Boys ultimate 80s cover band in the town centre.

CONKERS IN THE YARD Nothing says autumn like conkers, so the Green Backyard team are celebrating the season with the return of the Conker Championships. Running from midday on October 9, there’ll be live music from Moony and Niksays and DJs Day Joe Glow and Urb, the former world-record holder for the longest DJ set, as well as fresh food from the Green Backyard itself – you don’t get much more locally sourced and environmentally friendly than that! If you fancy your chances at becoming the conker champion, make sure you’re nice and early as to enter, you need to be on site by 12 noon at the very latest. Competition entry is £1, spectators get in free.

The Holiday Inn in Peterborough is hosting a dinner and dance ball in aid for Jake’s Appeal later this month. R99 Entertainment and Adiva Events have an evening full of entertainment. Nicole Lawrence from the X Factor will be taking to the stage, along with other acts such as Magician Sean Adams, John Lennon finalist D-Mindz, and music from 3TheHardway and London unique Radio’s DJ GTISerge. You’ll also get to indulge in an excellent mouth watering three course meal, all for just £38 per head. There’ll be a raffle with all proceeds going to the Jakes Appeal trust fund, so book your tickets now by calling 07005 804799. It’s on October 30 from 6.30pm, and the dress code is strictly formal wear – so get those cocktail dresses out and let your hair down!

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Refresh your party wardrobe at Club Caliente at the Parnwell Centre, where they’re hosting a swishing event on October 22 to raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness. All you need to do is bring up to five items of clean, pressed, evening or party wear and get swapping! A local style consultant will be on hand to help you judge what suits you, and there’ll also be refreshments. For more info call 01733 352573, email or visit

GO BONKERS WITH CONKERS That fantastically eccentric British event – the World Conker Championships – returns to Oundle on October 10. It’s now held at New Lodge Fields between Ashton and Polebrook. It attracts thousands including people from all over the world and raises thousands for charity. It’s a great spectacle as modern day gladiators fight for glory armed only with a nut and 12" piece of string! Organised by Ashton Conker Club, the competition first took place in 1965 and has grown year-onyear ever since. The competition starts at 10.30am and finishes at 3pm but there are plenty of other activities, stalls and attractions to entertain you beforehand. It’s £4 for adults and £2 for senior citizens and children. Family tickets (2 adults and up to 4 children) cost £10. Car parking is free!

LAUREN JOINS LIGHT SWITCH ON @ QUEENSGATE We can hardly believe it’s getting near that time already but Queensgate will be switching on their gorgeous Christmas lights on Thursday November 4, with a little help from our new Face of ESP Lauren Hughes. She’ll be on stage with Kev and Ros from Heart’s breakfast show, plus Sporticus and Stephanie from Lazy Town for the big switch on at 6.30pm. It’s always a great atmosphere with some fun and games beforehand from 5.30pm and it will also mark the opening of Santa’s Grotto so the little ‘uns can get an early pressie. Throughout November the shopping centre will stay open until 6pm.

JO BRAND @ OUNDLE The Oundle Festival of Literature has some big names booked this year, ranging from comedian Jo Brand to Michael Morpurgo. Jo Brand appears with Peter Florence, the man behind the Hay Festival, on October 13, where she’ll be talking about the second volume of her autobiography, Can’t Stand Up For Sitting Down. Michael Morpurgo will also be appearing at the festival, performing The Mozart Question. In a mix of words and music, a cub reporter goes to interview a world famous violinist, but is told not to ask the Mozart question – but then the violinist himself decides that the truth must be told. It’s a heartbreaking but beautiful story of war, survival and music and suitable for adults and children over 8 years-old. Tickets for Jo Brand are £10, tickets for the Mozart Question are £12, £6 for under 21s. Box office: 01832 274333 or

AUTUMN SHOW Animal lovers should head to the East of England Showground for the Autumn Show on October 10, where there’ll be literally thousands of animals of all shapes and sizes. You can see rare livestock, fancy rats, shire horses, poultry, waterfowl, pigeons, dogs, goats, ponies and donkeys – as well as the East of England Giant Vegetable competition! There’ll also be the chance to make a start on your Christmas shopping in the food hall and the craft fair, and there’ll be a Victorian funfair to keep the kids entertained. Advance tickets are £6 for adults and £3 for children, with family tickets available. Box office: 0845 600 5445.

The Great Northern Hotel Carriages Restaurant has long been considered one of the area’s best hidden secrets, the restaurant combines a contemporary menu with a traditional ambience enhanced by candlelit, linen covered tables adorned with freshly cut flowers. We serve homemade food using prime cuts of meat and locally sourced quality produce, which serve as the foundation for our creative cuisine. Please note: Breakfast is now Mon- Fri 7.00am till 9.30am Sat-Sun 8.00am till 9.30am, Lunch 12 till 2.30, Dinner is now 6.00 till 9.30, Sunday Lunch 12 till 3.00

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Tony Hadley, Toyah Wilcox and Tommy Robson walk into a bar... no this isn’t the start of a terrible joke.

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charity. He told me it had been the best ever – “This event is not only a firm fixture in my diary, but it’s something I really look forward to.

Everyone who’s been playing golf today has had such a great time. Last year we raised £20,000, and I think that after today, we’ll have raised even

It’s a local charity dinner raising money for Action Medical Research in Peterborough. After spending the afternoon enjoying a few rounds at Elton Furze Golf Club, various celebrities then headed down to the Marriot hotel to continue fundraising and I dropped by for ESP to grab a quick word.

Toyah Wilcox (left), charity event organiser Angela Hyde and Annie Cooper

more.” Of course it would’ve been rude not to ask about a possible Spandau Ballet reunion. “I think it will happen,” he revealed. “At the moment I’m working on a solo album but I’d love to have all the guys back together. Because of our schedules, it wouldn’t happen until 2012.” Remember, you heard it here first!

In attendance was Spandau Ballet’s lead singer, Tony Hadley, who’s the ambassador for the

well, I think he was joking! “The footballers were all pretty decent because they don’t have to work much!” On a more serious note, Kev continued – “This is the most popular golfing event in Peterborough and it’s great to know that every penny goes to such a good cause.” During the charity dinner, I spoke to the organiser Angela Hyde, to find out why so many celebrities had attended the event. “Action Medical Research can save and change children’s lives,” Angela passionately explained. “For over 60 years we’ve contributed to some of the most significant Ziggy from Big Brother and medical Annie Cooper breakthroughs in recent history. We help find ways to reduce premature birth and we support children facing a lifetime of challenges caused by disabilities.” If you’d like more details on the charity or the golf day visit Mikey Clarke

Alongside the celebs such as Big Brother’s Ziggy and Toyah Willcox, I spoke to local Heart presenter Kev Lawrence to find out who’d played the best round of golf. “It was me!” he joked...

FAMILY FUN AND FIREWORKS Get ready – Firework Fiesta at Ferry Meadows Country Park returns on November 6 this year and it’ll be the biggest display in the history of the event!

Every year around 20,000 spectators witness some of the most awe-inspiring explosives in the country in a safe environment. The gates are open from 4pm and there’ll be some great entertainment as usual, a huge funfair, and the biggest bonfire you’ll see which will be fired up by the mayor before the fireworks go bang at 7.30pm. There’s also plenty of hot food stands to keep everyone’s bellys full and if you want to add to the adventure, why not travel there on Nene Valley Railway? Over the years, Firework Fiesta has raised over £310,000 for local charities. The organisations behind it – Peterborough Round Table, Peterborough Rotary Club and Peterborough Minister Rotary Club – put in hundreds of hours of their time for free every year. It’s generously supported by Serpentine Green Shopping Centre which has backed the event for several years. So grab your tickets now and get ready to enjoy the perfect way to celebrate bonfire night while raising funds for good causes. Tickets are available on 01733 452336 or p m ag .co.u k ( Oc to be r )

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The ESP promotions team and new Face of ESP Lauren Hughes will be there to join in the fun and give out some goodies, so make sure you say hello.


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4 CAR TICKETS WORTH £25 EACH UP FOR GRABS! If you’d like to go to Firework Fiesta this year but money’s tight, you could go free courtesy of ESP! We have four car park tickets worth £25 each ready to go to a good home. Just make sure you chuck a few quid in the collection buckets when you get there as it’s all for local charities. To be in with a chance of winning, just send us the answer to the following question. Q – The popular spinning firework pinned to a post is called a Catherine ….. ? Text or email us your answer along with your name, age, address and contact number. Usual competition rules apply, winners will be notified, entries must be in by 31/10/10.


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START OF SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK? Acting coach Patsy Rodenburg on how to attract a woman: “Rock onto the balls of your feet and settle your body into confident stillness. This technique assumes dominance and convinces her you have a unique connection.” I lost my balance trying this in front of the mirror, cracking it with my head. Patsy was right about making a ‘unique connection’.


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FLAMAS’ RE-LAUNCH LIGHTS LAUREN’S FIRE New Face of ESP Lauren Hughes’ feet have hardly touched the ground after being crowned cover girl with invites to here, there and everywhere starting to pour in! Lauren’s approval was needed at Flamas’ restaurant re-launch in Hampton where we munched through a selection of tasty dishes from an all new South American-themed menu.

‘OWN’ A POSH PLAYER FOR £500! Posh defender Mark Little swapped football training for pizza chef training as he got a taste of what it would be like to be ‘owned’ by a city business and raise cash for worthy causes. Members of the Posh squad are available to be ‘bought’ for two and a half hours on the afternoon of Tuesday October 12 by businesses who stump up £500 or more.

The re-launch has seen Flamas become an all-day eatery offering a morning caffeine kick, lunch and delicious evening dining. The restaurant will undoubtedly continue to build on its reputation for serving mouthwatering dishes by night, but owners Mike Hall and Dominic Ricciardi are now open for business from 8am with the temptation of fresh croissants, pastries and paninis and a flick through the daily papers while browsing online. Flamas has fast become one of my favourite places to eat. The food, service and atmosphere combine nicely for a very satisfying dining experience you’ll want to repeat often. Have a browse at or give them a bell on 01733 241246.

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Italo-Australian comedian Joe Avati struck a cord in the hearts of more than 400 Italians with his tales of growing up as the son of Italian immigrants in a side-splitting performance at the Key Theatre. His Peterborough following has grown in size since his last visit four years ago and Joe told me he was equally impressed with the Key Theatre too. His brilliant show had already reminded me why I’m so proud to be Italian and his approval of the Key Theatre as an excellent venue made me extremely proud to be a Peterborian.



Most of the money raised will go towards a charity fund to help aspiring young footballers, which was set up after Adam Stansfield – previously managed by Posh boss Gary Johnson at Yeovil – lost his battle to cancer aged 31. Local causes Sue Ryder Care and Peterborough Soup Kitchen will also receive money raised. Someone had to step in and wear the team jersey while the players were out and about honing their work skills in preparation for the big day. Yours truly is modeling this season’s away shirt, which is priced at a respectable £40.


LAUREN’S PURPOSE AS FACE OF ESP… …is to make me look good standing next to her. Thanks Lauren. Read all about our new cover girl in the big Man About Town interview next month.

If you haven’t had one, you will or she will or you know someone who has. Fling is (in no particular order as always): Tramp, whore, bone, Travelodge, perfume, happy, stripper, payback, buzz, syphilis, viagra, lies, La Senza, kids, solicitor, condoms, sweat, pulling, tugging, variety, fight, orgasm, suitcase, bondage, pregnant, Thai, treats, divorce, overtime, texts, hen do, stains, skint, adrenalin, heartache, excitement, credit card, desire, commando and Rooney.


More dining out. Yes I love eating. But I love boxing too. And I remember onetime boxing trainer and promoter Kevin Sanders telling me he used to be a chef. I also remember thinking when he told me this – ‘Yeah Kev, we can all make fish finger sarnies’. Kevin can probably rustle up a mean fish finger sarnie but his culinary skills extend to much more than this, lots more in fact. Mr Sanders is head chef at the Addison Arms in Glatton and his food is every bit as good as the champion boxers he once trained. Landlords Ian and Michelle Gamblin took over this cosy, traditional and welcoming pub just over a year ago and set about making subtle but notable changes to the décor and the food offering, while retaining the same crucial ambience and firm menu favourites. Good, honest food served with passion and smiles is how I’d describe my dining experience here. My bird summed the menu up as – “Proper man food but with Bailey’s cheesecake.” And damn, that cheesecake was good – and so was the chocolate tart I demolished. Ten out of ten for presentation too. A bowl of delicious homemade Stilton and broccoli soup and crusty roll kicked off my meal, while the other starter comprised of a generous portion of crispy fried mushrooms (not soggy – like so many I’ve sampled – and cooked in fresh oil) accompanied by a seriously tasty blue cheese dip.



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The main course was a delight. I can honestly say I haven’t tasted fish as good as this for years. I opted for the pan-fried sea bream with lemon butter (my mouth is watering and I haven’t finished typing the sentence yet), new potatoes and fresh vegetables. The vegetables were cooked to perfection and there were plenty of them too. The fish literally melted in your mouth and being delivered fresh daily by a fishmonger makes all the difference let me tell you.



My partner chose homemade chicken and mushroom pie with fresh peas and proper gravy. I ended up scoffing half of it just so she could squeeze dessert in. The pie was rammed with massive chunks of succulent chicken packed tightly with mushroom slices into a pastry any decent chef would be proud of. Next time I’m ordering this! The Addison Arms has a champion chef who knows a thing or two about winning and the food and overall experience got top marks on the judges’ scorecard. I’m told Sunday lunches are top drawer too, especially as the meat is cooked fresh that morning. That’s next Sunday sorted then. Check out and for details of their traditional Christmas fayre give them a bell on 01487 830410.

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Pep – new business venture? ‘The Sfogliatella Factory’. ‘Kek’ – what we’d give for another ride… Janet – glad to see you’re still picking up a copy! Lucy and Caroline – best wishes blah blah blah x Katie – time for an end of year forecast? Sandee – thanks for fastening my dickie!

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Confessions... Susan Saunders

Remember, remember the 5th of November, gunpowder treason and plot, I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.

Now, there was a much more simple time in life when you just danced about in school learning rhythmical songs, without a care in the world. Without a care in the world, apart from the important issues such as who had the best My Little Pony of course! Those simple rhymes seemed pointless but fun and we smiled as we sang whilst ignoring the troubled boy who repeatedly banged his tiny head against the wall for attention. I’m no genius, but perhaps that’s down to the fact that we learnt silly songs of little relevance in primary school, rather than learning about Einstein! Being of this mindset, I obviously didn’t think that the ‘Remember, Remember’ rhyme would ever come back to bite me on the bottom. To this day I never really understood why we celebrate an anniversary to mark the day that someone almost caused serious damage by playing around with gunpowder? Fair enough, it is cause for celebration that the attempt was sabotaged; however we celebrate this day by playing around with gunpowder ourselves.. . A contradiction of sorts maybe. Anyway, where was I? It was, as the rhyme would suggest, the 5th of November and we were at the local bonfire/fireworks show. We had our sparklers, scarves, hats and amaaaaazing toffee apples and were standing in the crowd. Suddenly a small boy ran past, stood on my foot and made me drop my prized toffee apple on the floor. Without a care in the world, he and his friends, or siblings (or in fact who cares?) just carried on laughing and running. His mum shouted p m ag .co.u k ( Oc to be r )

after him: “Say sorry to the lady”. When he carried on regardless, the lady flashed me an apologetic smile. OK then…! As I walked back to the stall to get another (despite the fact that I’d nearly finished the one that I’d dropped), to add insult to injury I twisted my ankle in a small rabbit hole (one that I would’ve avoided in the daylight). Why is it that some people who have children, don’t teach them how to behave themselves and then expect that everyone won’t be cross when they run riot? I would’ve been made to pay for the ‘unsuspecting lady’s’ toffee apple. Not that I would’ve ever accepted the child’s pocket money but all the same! It was that boy’s fault that I was hobbling around with a Fiddy (50 cent) style limp. I for one did not like this! After my friends had stopped laughing (it wasn’t THAT funny) I finally felt less annoyed that I’d now consumed the calories of one and a half toffee apples rather than just one! The fireworks were really good. In between the ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’, one of my friends decided that we should light our sparklers and so dished them out. The very idea made me excited like a small child – I love sparklers! I didn’t have any gloves on. Random you may think for me to mention? Well somehow my stupid sparkler had been lit whilst I was holding it the wrong way round. Arrrrrggghhh! Stupid bl**dy sparklers and stupid bl**dy rabbit hole. A twisted ankle, singed finger and fat(ter) thighs later and somehow I will definitely remember, remember the bl**dy stupid 5th of November.

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FASHION fashion

Bright & Beautiful This month ESP’s style guru Sue Donnelly goes for all things bright and makes girls look beautiful! We’re marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month by turning two local ladies who’ve beaten breast cancer into gorgeous fashion models.

HOW TO WEAR BLOCK BRIGHTS The catwalks are concentrating hard on minimalist, ‘grown-up’ dressing in camel, tobacco, caramel and grey which, to our two lovely models, Amy (dark haired) and Vanessa (blonde), seemed as exciting as blancmange. “Too bland”, they said, “We’re celebrating.” And so they should. Beating breast cancer is about as good as it gets. So we knocked the latest trend on its proverbial head and did some p m ag .co.u k ( Oc to be r )




grown-up dressing of our own – bright, bold, elegant and unashamedly sexy. Unfortunately, wearing bright colours isn’t for everyone. Overdo it and you’ll have less of the sex siren and more of the pantomime dame. So here are my top tips…

• Bright colours are visually bold but to add some creative drama use a complementary colour in your shoes or your bag (not both). Team purple with yellow as seen on Vanessa, green with red or try blue with orange.

• The dress should have the WOW factor but without overwhelming the wearer. Don’t add accessories when they’re not required. The ruffles on Vanessa’s purple dress speak for themselves, and frame the face beautifully so no necklace required.

• Matching shoes and handbags is really dated so we opted to match the bag to the dress.

• The colour red has the longest wavelength so it really catches your attention. To keep the impact, match a red dress with either black or nude shoes.

• This type of dressing needs long legs so heels are a ‘must’. Vanessa’s kitten heels work well because they still elongate the leg. • Flesh tights or bare legs, if you can do it, are your best option. Steer clear of fishnet style patterns as they can look cheap and tarty. • Create a clever ‘rhythm’ in your outfit and you’ll

always look fantastic without others being able to pinpoint exactly why. The layered effect of this purple dress is reflected in the horizontal stripes of Amy’s shoes while the ruffles of the neckline on Vanessa’s dress are repeated in the yellow heels. • Don’t like dresses? You can still wear brights and look fantastic just team a top with leggings. • In the current climate money can be tight but there’s no need to buy from scratch. We’ve paired old with new. It looks amazing and kept the cost down. • This type of dressing needs great make-up and hair. Concentrate on defining your eyes with smoky grey or mocha shades with lots of mascara or copy the sirens from Mad Men and create vibrant, red lips.

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Amy (1) Bramble pleated purple dress, Phase Eight (John Lewis) - £110 Purple/grey suede shoes, Circles of Yaxley Size 5 Ref 92-2 - £18 Dolcis purple satin clutch, Circles of Yaxley 738-4 - £15


(2) Turquoise silk dress, Monsoon - £85 Gold multi-jewelled Clutch, Monsoon - £32 Black silk peep toe Shoes, Monsoon - £55

Amy (3) Red dress,Ted Baker (John Lewis) - £149

Timothy Hitsman Red/gold clutch, Circles of Yaxley D157-19 - £30


(4) Deep purple frill V-neck fitted dress,Ted Baker (John Lewis) - £129 Purple evening clutch with silver jewelled clasp skinny jeans, Monsoon - £30 Vivienne Westwood yellow frilled shoes. Size 5 (unworn), Circles of Yaxley price on request (original price £340)

Amy (5) Blue belted jersey tunic, Ted Baker (John Lewis) -£89 Black leggings, Warehouse £14

Black and silver multi bracelets, Monsoon - £14 Philip Treacy silver clutch, Circles of Yaxley M342-10 - £30


(6) Carmel teal dress, Monsoon - £85 Sea green beaded evening bag, Circles of Yaxley M3523 - £8 Cocktail Rings – stylist’s own from a selection at Style, Westgate Arcade. Other jewellery – model’s own. k ( Octobe r )


So as autumn sets in one thing I can recommend is a lovely long walk round the edge of the Hambleton peninsula which looks out in all directions over Rutland Water, a man-made success. I take my mum for a sprightly walk around it every year in October and it really is a refreshing change from the madness of nights out, hangovers and rock ‘n’ roll! As well as the beautiful views and wildlife you can experience it’s also a great way to have a healthy afternoon! (Followed by a pub lunch may I recommend?)

Q&A ...with Mark Crick, creative consultant for the Stamford Festival Of Ghosts

THE EXETER ARMS AT EASTON ON THE HILL OPENS ITS DOORS! I was invited to the opening night of the Exeter Arms in Easton on the Hill which looks set to be another successful establishment for Michael Thurlby. Sally Rouse the new manageress told me – “They’re aiming to provide a family orientated pub which the locals can enjoy as well as anyone travelling through the village.”

This month’s Q&A is with Mark Crick the creative consultant for the Stamford Festival of Ghosts. He’s lived in Stamford now for the best part of 12 years and has had a long interest in ghost stories of all different forms. Where is your favourite place to go on a night out in Stamford? “On the rare occasions when I can get a night out and away from the kids we like to go out to one of the older town centre pubs and meet up with some close friends for a nice quiet drink. It’s a lovely place to do it and a great place to walk back from.”

They’ll be building a new car park, and in the spring/summer of next year, they will be able to provide marquees in the big area out the back of the pub for weddings and parties of any kind. There are also five wonderful rooms to let on a B&B basis.

What’s your favourite thing about Stamford? “My favourite thing is just the whole history and feel to the place. It’s a wonderful little market town, with so much going in the arts, beautiful countryside and loads of really nice shops – it’s just generally a great place to live.” Have you ever seen a real ghost?

The food looks like it’s not to be missed either! They have a great pizza menu; Simon, their head chef’s own signature menu; a home comforts menu that includes a pie of the day priced at £10 with vegetables and potatoes. And also a children’s menu named after Michael’s own son – the Sidney Thurlby menu! I highly recommend you check out this beautiful venue. It’s in a fantastic country setting and anyone who fancies a night away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre should give it a whirl. Easton on the Hill has a new great pub! p m ag .co.u k ( Oc to be r )

“I think I have, it was a long time ago when I was wandering around in part of west Devon, out on a night walk near one of the lighthouses and something strange came out from one of the bushes and it moved ahead and across from me and then vanished off from the cliff edge. Now was it a ghost or was it a trick of the light? I don’t know but it scared me!” What’s your favourite thing about doing these ghost walks/events? “I think for me it’s seeing the enjoyment people can get out of it. Everybody knows about ghost stories, they’re familiar with them from when they were a small kid right on up to being an adult. There’s just so much variety there and everybody can go to this ghost festival and take something away from the fantastic events we’ve got going on.”

Do you like being scared? This Halloween Stamford Arts Centre brings you the Stamford Festival Of Ghosts; a festival of storytelling, story writing, theatre and film, that will have you sleeping with the light on… With international best selling author, Sarah Waters, topping the bill the festival also features actress Hannah Gordon with a performance of Ghosts, Ghouls And Goblins; a special late night screening of Paranormal Activity plus other freaky films; Stamford’s infamous Halloween Ghost Walks; spooky storytelling in the gallery for children, story writing workshops and loads more!

The Stamford Festival Of Ghosts runs from Wednesday October 27 to Saturday November 6. To find out more and to book your tickets visit or call the box office on 01780 763203. Grab a leaflet from Stamford Arts Centre.

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HEALTH and beauty

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

IT’S BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month where all the major breast cancer charities, including Breast Cancer Campaign, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Cancer Research UK, aim to increase awareness and help raise money to fight the disease through research, campaigning and education. According to Breakthrough Breast Cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the UK with 46,000 women, including 4,340 in the east of England, and even 300 men, being diagnosed every year. More than 1,000 women in the UK die of breast cancer each month, however with your help and support along with the hard work and research carried out by the major charities, more women can survive breast cancer due to better awareness, treatments and screening. Cancer Research UK have launched their ‘join the fight for women’s survival’ campaign to do exactly that – increase awareness and encourage people to raise money to fund the research they do, whereas Breakthrough Breast Cancer are promoting awareness with a fun twist with their Go Pink campaign.

Lots of well known brands are doing their bit to support the cause by launching limited edition products for you to purchase. Clinique supports the campaign with their limited edition Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion dressed with a ‘hint of pink’ with a cute pink ribbon keyring. Designed especially for Breast Cancer Awareness, £2 from each sale in Selfridges in October will go towards the appeal. Avon is once again supporting the campaign with their Pink Pamper Parties where you can enjoy a girly night in being pampered whilst raising funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Or why not treat yourself (or your partner) to this gorgeous M&S Vintage bra, £18, with a minimum 10% being donated. You can also get in the pink with Estee Lauder’s Jewelled Pink Ribbon Pin, £10, with all net proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, so you can wear yours with pride. Top ways to keep yourself safe • Eat healthily – according to Breast Cancer Campaign a diet rich in fruit & veg and low in red meat and processed foods will contribute to a protective affect again breast cancer. • Exercise regularly – the more exercise you do and more active you are, the lower your risk. • Check your breasts regularly – look and feel for any changes and visit your GP if you notice anything unusual. • Attend routine screenings if over 50 – the older you are the higher the risk. • Reduce your alcohol intake – many cases of breast cancer in the UK are linked to excessive alcohol consumption.

REAL SHAVING, REAL BENEFITS, REAL RESULTS We can’t forget the boys this month so we thought we’d focus on that dreaded morning routine – shaving! These days guys like to be as well groomed as the girls but as us ladies know too, shaving can be a real pain, but not if you use the right products. If you’re looking for a great shave the Real Shave range is a real winner – literally! Their Hot Towel Mask and Super Slide Shave Gel have been voted top by Men’s Health in their Grooming Awards this year, so come highly recommended. Since 1953 The Real Shaving Company has been a pioneer in premium male grooming, helping keep fellas across the world irresistibly smooth. The range has now expanded considerably and was inspired by the type of care guys would receive in a traditional barbershop. The great thing is that all Real Shave products are free from parabens, SLS and SLES and use natural and organic ingredients in all products, so you can feel even better about using them! They’ve produced a three step system for tackling the usual problems of razor rash and dry skin which you can follow online. These great products are available in all major Boots, Morrisons, Waitrose and John Lewis stores nationwide and online at great discounted prices, or pop into the Potter & Moore shop in Werrington and you could pick up a bargain or two! p m ag .co.u k ( Oc to be r )

CELEBS GIVE BODY SHOP HELPING HAND Celebs are raising their hands in support of The Body Shop and ECPAT’s ‘Stop sex trafficking of children and young people campaign’. The petition calls for the UK Government to provide every young victim of trafficking with a guardian to care and protect them, with the likes of Jamie Oliver, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller all submitting their handprints in support of the appeal. This is the second year running that The Body Shop has championed the cause with their Soft Hands, Kind Hearts hand cream (£3.50 for 50ml) where all proceeds from the sales go to ECPAT. As well as buying the hand cream, you can also help by signing the petition in The Body Shop store in Queensgate or online at


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BEAUTY BEGINS… FOR LAUREN Just days after winning the Face of ESP Lauren Hughes had invitations to glamorous nights out flooding in. One of the first was to the Beauty Begins event at John Lewis in Queensgate where the beauty concessions held demonstrations, make-overs, special offers and competitions. It was such a success we’re told it’ll definitely be held again. Lauren told ESP – “I really enjoyed watching other people get pampered and to see what they looked like after having a makeover and then I had my own make-up done and was given some great advice. Everyone received lots of goodies and had an amazing evening which made the evening really spectacular.” Look out for details of a special Christmas shopping event at John Lewis on December 1 – we can’t wait!

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It was the big night to be seen at as we prepared to choose a new Face of ESP. After weeks of sifting through and then interviewing dozens of entries, 34 contestants had made it through to the final. The girls and judges arrived early for the first stage of judging at The Holiday Inn, Thorpe Wood and were greeted at the doors by the glamorous ESP Dance Crew. In the bar guests were entertained by King Don on the steel drums getting them in the party spirit for a great night ahead. k ( Octobe r )

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Our gorgeous contestants had to introduce themselves to as many of our sponsors and judges as they could during the first phase of judging called ‘mix and mingle’. Sponsors and special guests including Eastenders’ star David Proud, Big Brother housemate JJ Bird, X Factor finalist Nicole Lawrence and Fabio Cappello lookalike Howard Brown met and scored our finalists. The Face of ESP has to be able to represent the magazine at all kinds of events throughout the year so the girls needed to show they could work a room! k ( Octobe r )


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Guests were entertained by the ESP Dance Crew and special guest JJ Bird from Big Brother was interviewed by ESP’s Mikey Clarke on stage before all the contestants were introduced to the audience. Soon the first results were in and the top fourteen girls were selected. Then after showing they were girls who just wanna have fun on the dance floor the senior judges selected the top six finalists. It was a tough decision and all the girls who didn’t make it through received a fabulous gift bag packed with goodies. k ( Octobe r )

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Our top six finalists gave the main judging panel a hard time choosing as Amy Simms, Lauren Hughes, Kylie Soraya, Natasza Slater, Charayne Thomas and Nicky Hatch took to the stage. Each had different qualities and were worthy finalists. In the end as the confetti rained down, bubbly Natasza Slater was the runner up with lovely Lauren Hughes taking the title of Face of ESP’10. What a night! p m ag .co.u k ( Oc to be r )

A special mention The Face of ESP finals night was a fabulous event and we have to thank so many people for making it the success it was, including all those mentioned below and The Holiday Inn which was a fantastic venue. Our thanks go out to everyone who provided goodies for our gift bags, to all those who helped out and worked so hard on the night, all our photographers, Honeypot Caterers for our fabulous cupcakes and local florist Sharon McLean from Bespoke Blooms for providing the gorgeous bouquets (Tel: 07759 983474). A big thank you of course to all our finalists for making such a great effort and who looked stunning on the night.

INSPIRATIONS SOUND AND LIGHT The crowd at the Face of ESP Finals night were wowed with intelligent lighting effects and digital music playback systems – perfect examples of the kit available to either buy or hire for any size event from Inspirations Sound and Light. Whether you just need something for a birthday party, or if you have a corporate showcase or conference where you need a ‘wow’ factor, this is the place to look. Equipment from many of the big brand names in the music entertainment sound and lighting markets are on display in their showroom in Mancetter Square, Werrington, with helpful staff on hand as well. They can also equip DJs and bands with the full array of latest technology kit to fill any venue for any gig. Tel: 01733 577666.

DÉCOR BY HARLEQUIN If ever you needed to see how balloon decorations can highlight a venue, then the Harlequin team certainly demonstrated it on the night. Designed to a chosen colour scheme and supplemented by shimmer curtains, ribbons and table décor, all areas of the Holiday Inn were transformed to amaze our guests. Add to that the fantastic costumes worn by the ESP Welcome Girls, and it’s easy to see why Harlequin is the place to go for your party – big or small. Contact Jen and her team on 01733 896758 or

KING DON ON STEEL DRUM Guests were put in the party spirit and kept entertained by the cool Caribbean sounds of King Don on the steel drum. Don created a great upbeat mood for the night and attracted plenty of attention. Don’s played his steel drum on TV’s Ground Force gardening show and regularly gets the party going at events, weddings and parties. This type of music always puts you in a fantastic mood so if you fancy putting a little flavour of summer into your event just contact Don Saunders on 07751 825785 or email for details.

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IN-ADVERT-ENTLY POINTLESS I seem to have been watching a lot of rubbish telly whilst I’ve been off at home feeding babies and it’s really struck me just how many stupid adverts, sometimes for stupid products, there are at the moment. The first one I noticed was for the new Dettol ‘no touch’ hand washing system. The idea behind it is that, because we all have dirty germy hands when we touch a soap pump, we can then transfer those germs and the pump itself becomes a breeding ground for all kinds of nasties. To counteract this, Dettol have come up with a dispenser with a sensor that automatically dispenses soap when you put your hands under it, thus removing the need to touch a germy pump. Great idea in theory but, call me stupid if you want, isn’t the whole reason that you’re touching it because you’re about to wash your hands?! So who cares how germy the pump is? Then there’s the terminally annoying ‘Hotter’ shoes advert where women everywhere are apparently moaning in ecstasy at the comfort and ‘wriggle room for toes’ that are a feature of these shoes. Just one problem – since when did wome n ever buy shoes just because they were comfy? If we were all meant to wear comfy shoes instead of killer heels, God would n’t have invented Compeed plasters! But by far my absolute favourite is the ad for Colga te Sensitive Pro Relief toothpaste where that dentist chap extols the virtues of the ‘Pro-Argin Formula’. When he instructs the woman volunteer to rub the paste on an area where she ‘feels sensit ivity’ was anyone else disappointed when she rubbed it on her teeth?!

POPE IDOL Obviously it’s a hugely momentous occasion for all the Roman Catholics here that the Pope visited Britain for the first time since Pope John Paul in 1982 but as I watched some of the news footage of his ct four day State visit, one thing struck me. As Pope Benedi out within arrived at each official event and went on a bit of a walkab of the reaction the that noticed I , gations congre ecstatic the clearly hopefuls crowds was not dissimilar to the reaction of the X Factor was: I when Simon Cowell pulls up in his limo. All I kept thinking at know you’re excited but surely it can’t be appropriate to scream know! you s William Robbie not He’s man? an 83 year-old










HER NAME WAS LOLA... Hi everyone, it’s great to be back after a couple of months on maternity leave. Having had two babies in 14 months, it definitely feels like I’m coming back for a rest! I’m either superwoman or bonkers and with the numbers of hours sleep I’ve had in nine weeks being countable on my fingers, I know which one my money’s on! , I’m now proud mummy to Lola Frances and, despite her being a total insomniac people with though, name her about s comment she’s gorgeous. I’ve had lots of don’t asking me where I got it from. No, I’m not a Barry Manilow fan and I certainly I’ve that more it’s hair, her in feathers with girl show bank on her growing up to be a the always loved The Kinks. Lola is one of my favourite songs ever and I just loved name. Yes, I know that, that Lola was a Soho transvestite but who cares? named One thing is for certain though, before you ask, she most definitely was not timing for after that bloomin’ cat that got chucked in a wheelie bin in Coventry. Great that story to break – and a stupid name for a cat!

THEY’RE NO CHEAP TARTS No sooner are we getting over the news of footballer Peter Crouch allegedly cheating on his fiancée with an £800-a-night hooker than, hot on its heels, another story breaks that Wayne Rooney has also apparently been playing away, this time with an alleged £1200-a-night hooker. What is it with these footballers? It’s not that both of them have absolutely gorgeous partners that most men would gladly switch off Top Gear for an hour with, or that they’ve risked their whole relationships (or in Rooney’s case, marriage) for a bit of reckless slap and tickle; or even so much that they paid for that slap and tickle, when all they’ve got to do is head to the VIP area of any nightclub where a waiting WAG wannabe would willingly take care of their every sleazy wish for a free mojito and the promise of a Gucci handbag. No, what’s really got me is not so much that they paid for it; it’s more the amount that they were prepared to pay for it. £2K between them? For a quickie? Those girls must have seen them coming, if you’ll pardon the pun. OK so the money they paid was just small change to Crouch and Rooney but at that price what exactly did they think they were getting extra from a professional than they’d get from a wannabe freebie? Discretion perhaps? Well done lads, that worked out well then.


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IT’S A DEAL, IT’S A STEAL… Marshall Toyota in Peterborough must be getting their Christmas spirit early - they’re offering the new Yaris 133TR, five door for just over £10,000 – that’s well over £2,000 off! We’re all looking for a good deal at the moment and when it comes to cars if we can save a few quid and save the environment too it’s double good! Well, when it comes to the new Yaris 133TR it’s five times as good – five doors, a 5* Euro Ncap safety rating and a brilliant five year warranty. Yes we did say five year warranty – sounds like the definition of ‘peace of mind’ to us! This nippy number is agile and responsive with a six speed gearbox and does 65.5mpg so it’s saving you dosh at the pumps, plus its low emissions mean some are nil road tax. There’s a great range of colours to choose from including chilli red and funky island blue if you want to stand out. The TR range also boasts a great spec for this size car with alloy wheels, air con, front fog lights, electric mirrors, six speaker stereo and all the gadgets you’d expect. We reckon with the new registration just out and such a great offer on, Marshall Toyota should be the dealership to check out this month if you need a new set of wheels. p m ag .co.u k ( Oc to be r )

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During the Face of ESP our reporter, Mikey Clarke managed to squeeze past hundreds of girls who were trying to get a photo with our special guest, boxer and recent Big Brother housemate JJ Bird. He caught up with our new local celeb and ended up arm wrestling some answers out of him on how things are going after leaving the house… evening I got to attend the Halo Reach game launch for Xbox along with Brian Belo and Sam Pepper where I got a new Slimline Xbox for free... so basically, I got some cool presents for this birthday!” Hmmm... That almost beats the socks I got for my birthday! So how did you find things in the Big Brother house? “You know what; I found it real easy to be honest! I was having such a good time and nothing got me down. I was only in there for four and a half weeks so maybe if I’d been in for the full 10 weeks it might have been different.” Honestly... Did anything happen under those covers with Corin?

So it was your birthday yesterday, what did you get up to? “It was a very busy day! I’m very keen to get myself back in the ring so I’ve found myself a new trainer and met up with my manager to go through plans for my return to boxing.” Did you get anything exciting? “Well randomly I was called up by River Island and asked if I'd like to go down with John James to a store in Oxford Street. I went and got £300 worth of free clothes which is so surreal as just a couple of months ago, I was shopping there. Then in the p m ag .co.u k ( Oc to be r )

“No nothing happened, she was just stroking my stomach and we had a little cuddle but that was it. I think Corin's lovely, but I just don't fancy her. We're good friends though and will be meeting up soon as she's moved to London.” Are you regularly spotted in the streets now? What do people say to you? “I am and it’s weird being spotted. People’s reactions vary usually depending on age. I get a lot of young girls who scream at me and give me hugs! But I think it’s more because I'm friends with Aston, they all seem to be JLS fans! A lot of guys who are a bit older shake my hand and say I was really genuine. That's pretty cool because all I was doing was being myself.”

What plans do you have for the future? “I've had a break from my boxing for over a year now so my plan is to get back into training and back in the ring. I still aim to be a British champion in the next two years. Other than that I'm busy with different bits of TV work but the main thing is to get my boxing back on track.” For all the females… what do you look for in a girl? “Someone who’s kind, can make me laugh and likes watching DVDs. She must also enjoy eating out and partying!” I hear you've been living with Aston from JLS. What's it like sharing with a member of the biggest boy band out there at the moment? “I don't look at it like that. To me he's just one of my boys and I forget that he's in JLS. We just chill whilst playing Xbox and stuff. To other people it might seem really amazing because of how much success he’s had, but I don't see it as a big deal.”

Rumours are, you and JLS will be taking a lads holiday to Ibiza. What will be on your to-do list, once you’re there? “Yeah, we're in Ibiza for a week in an amazing villa. I'm going to miss the BB wrap party which is a shame, but Ibiza is definitely worth missing it for! We’ll just be sunning ourselves up and possibly partying a little.” So when you’re not partying in London, or sunning it up in Ibiza, where's your favourite place to visit in Peterborough? “Probably Fratelli's for food. When I’m back in the city, I’m definitely going straight there!” Now JJ, for some reason, whenever I chat to a boxer or anybody in a fitness career, I have an uncontrollable urge to challenge them to an arm wrestle. So my final question is... Will you arm wrestle me? “Sure…” (For the record I’d like to announce that I won the arm wrestling!) OK, this is genuinely my final question. Did you let me win? “Well I didn’t want to embarrass you during ESP's biggest night of the year. Perhaps you can find out for sure during a rematch sometime?” You’re on! (Read the full interview on

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Eating well but feeling bad? ESP’s resident nutritionist Karen Devine says it’s time to listen your ‘body talk’.

“Getting the right foods for you may need some detective work, so, following one diet may not be right for you. ”

to choose from and 5,722 ‘diet for weight loss’ books. I’m sure many of them have very healthy sound advice for you but what most of them do not look at is you as an individual. Sure we need the same nutrients (some in higher amounts than others) to support the workings of our body but we may not all thrive on the same foods. As they say – one man’s food is another man’s poison.

fruits that cause the same problems, what if you’re left bloated and full of wind? OK, a digestive support may help you but is that the answer when your body is giving you some ‘body talk’? It doesn’t sound like a good exchange to me, if you put petrol or diesel in your car you expect it to drive well. Same for your body, if you put your right foods in you want to get the energy and vitality exchange back.

Have you ever followed a diet that’s the latest thing in the history of dieting, thousands claiming that it worked for them only to find it didn’t work for you? You may well have been left feeling the odd one out. Or have you been following a so called ‘healthy diet’ and still don’t feel fantastic?

How you feel with your food is so important. After certain foods do you feel healthy and full of vitality? Or do you feel tired, bloated, irritable and anxious or suffer brain fog... hmm. If this is you then maybe what you’re eating is a bit of a rouge trader (that includes the so-called healthy food). We all have foods that suit us better than others. Once you can clear the decks you’re able to pick up on this so much quicker which may result in stable weight and an overall sense of being nourished and less need to go on the yo-yo diet.

We’re all unique, we have so many variables such as the capacity to digest and assimilate the food, your hormones, your nervous system, how your glands are working etc. You may find that you eat a so-called healthy diet and still crave the choccies or the crisps, or you feel irritable or clogged. How can this be when you’re following the guidelines?

We all want to feel fit, healthy and well, not just physically but mentally and emotionally. Somewhere though things get in the way of those ‘healthy’ goals. Ask yourself how many times this year you’ve started your new regime only to break it a few weeks (or hours) down the line? We’ve passed the time of year for the post Christmas detox diet, the ‘put a spring in your step diet’ and the summer detox diet. Apart from the ‘little back dress diet’ round the corner surely we’ve now come full circle again? We all go off track from a healthy diet from time to time but if you’re always on the ‘diet’ treadmill each year maybe it’s time for a rethink.

Getting the right foods for you may need some detective work, so, following one diet may not be right for you. So before you attempt the ‘latest diet’ or go on that next diet plan put ‘you’ first, start to monitor how you feel after your food, the body is always giving you feedback if you’re prepared to listen! Karen

What I’ve experienced in many, many people is that not all those so-called healthy foods work for them.

I’ve just looked on Amazon and under the ‘lose weight’ book section I found 49,227 results, yes that’s 49,227 books to choose from! Then I found ‘diet’ book, there were 123,504 books

For instance beans and pulses, we know them to contain high levels of nutrients and fibre but what if you can’t digest them? Or certain healthy vegetables or

For more information on health and nutrition go to my website or Don’t forget taking major food groups out needs to be replaced with the correct nutrients so always take advice before making dramatic changes to your diet.

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Now taking Christmas bookings Opening hours Mon - Sat 11.30am – 3pm, 5pm-11pm , Sunday - 5pm – 10pm 297 Lincoln Road Peterborough PE1 2PH Telephone: 01733 343446

Now taking bookings for Christmas Day dinner 5 course dinner for only £55.00 (Just one sitting so no need to rush)

Also taking bookings for Christmas Party’s – book early to avoid disappointment.

Bookings now being taken by City & Guilds trained dog groomer Debbie • Wash & Dry • Nail Clipping • Full groom / clip / styling

Self-employed basis, 60/40 profit share – 60% to you.

10% introductory discount 50% off first groom for all puppies (under 5 months old)

953 Lincoln Road, Walton Peterborough PE4 6AF Mobile: 07951 866946 e-mail: web:

• New exciting Menu Starts from £4.95 • Six real ales on at all times • Local fresh produce • Beer garden • Child friendly with play area

Full time TuesdaySaturday, existing clientele an advantage. Email:

Tel: 07854 033945

• Monday – Friday – food served 12-2pm, 6-9pm • Saturday – Sunday food served all day. Sat 12-9pm, Sun 12-8pm • Early Bird menu Mon-Fri, £12 for two main courses 6pm-7pm • Sunday evening quiz – cash prizes to be won • Karaoke first Saturday of every month • Live entertainment Friday nights • Fantastic Folk Night with Alan Wood and Friends Tuesday 28th September 8.30pm

Marquee available for weddings and other events - very competitive pricing

48 King Street, West Deeping, Peterborough, PE6 9HP Tel: 01778 347190

Traditional pub with a warm, welcoming atmosphere

FOOD food

FEED YOUR FACE WITH HONEYPOT CATERERS Guests at the Face of ESP finals were treated to some very special cupcakes branded with ESP! The gorgeous cakes were soon devoured and are the speciality of Honeypot Caterers who’ve been producing some fabulous cakes and buffets for the past few years. They’ve built quite a following with local businesses and have even supplied their cupcakes to a private function at the House of Commons! Recently they supplied Alice In Wonderland themed cakes for the launch of Voyager school’s community cinema. They’re a traditional catering company and can provide menus from just £2.95 per person with everything from buffets and Whoopie pies to themed cupcakes and high teas, all produced and baked fresh on the day. We can definitely recommend the cakes and think our guests would too. You can even hire a fab display stand to put them on! If you fancy having your cake and err… eating it – give them a ring on 01945 440325 or take a look at

The new menu offers three courses freshly prepared on the premises using local produce where possible. Manager Paul Tapparno told ESP – “With our Mezzanine Restaurant we will be extending the high quality of our coffee and high standard of service to our lunchtime and evening menu. At Andronicas, we pride ourselves in serving meals and beverages of the very finest quality using the highest quality ingredients. We are delighted to now extend our services to offer a full three course menu through our Mezzanine Restaurant.” You can enjoy private dining if you’re in a large group and there’s loads of free parking making it a great choice for this year’s Christmas party and they’ll even tailor the menu to suit. Call 020 77494 791.

NEW MEZZANINE RESTAURANT It’s always fantastic to hear there are some new eateries opening in Peterborough and with Flamas relaunched in Hampton in style (see Man About Town on p.12) there’s been more good news with the opening of the Mezzanine Restaurant at Peterborough Garden Park near Eye. The Mezzanine is located upstairs within Andronicas World of Coffee, already well known for its gourmet coffee but now turning its ethos for quality and fine ingredients towards offering high quality food. With main meals such as lamb shank in red wine and rosemary, or a mushroom, cranberry and brie wellington, the varied, luxury menu certainly sounds tempting. The Mezzanine Restaurant is now open every weekend from 11am until 7pm, and in the evenings from December. p m ag .co.u k ( Oc to be r )

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL With Halloween on the way it’s time to get carving those pumpkins and turn them into some tasty grub! Sacrewell Farm on the A47 is holding a joint party with Riverford Organics to celebrate Halloween. Drop by on October 23 and pick your own pumpkin from the field and then learn how to carve it into a spooky decoration. See Meanwhile in Spalding head to Sergi’s restaurant on Wednesday October 6 when Karl Sergison will be holding two cookery sessions to show you how to get the most out of your pumpkin recipes. It’s on between 6pm-8pm but you need to book a place on 01775 766640.

Malaysian & Thai Restaurant Cocktail Bar

Superb Sunday offer 50% off from third person onwards choose from one of the 4 set meals, check website for full details.

Christmas menu now available

Book now to avoid disappointment. Check website for Xmas offers

Lunch time offer – Mon-Fri 12noon -2.30pm, 2 courses, including a coffee, tea or soft drink £9.50

Experience Paradise at Malayba An unforgettable journey to the Far East where you can enjoy the fantastic exotic flavours. Come and relax at our bar with a Polynesian cocktail in its tranquil surroundings. You can enjoy your business lunch or even celebrate a special occasion, and choose from our extensive menu. Or you can also book for your own private function, and all parties will be catered for.

01733 561806 All our food is free of additives and preservatives and we use halal meat.

Opening hours Mon – Sat 12.00 noon – 2.30pm 5.30pm 11.00pm Sun

12.00 noon – 2.30pm 5.30pm 10.00pm

Malayba 44 Broadway Peterborough PE1 1RT Email: Website :

Specialists for parties in Peterborough



HENNESSEY CREW RETURN Gazully (AKA Mr. Lion) and the Hennessey Crew – which includes Blackheart Sound, Love Unlimited and Ghetto Force International – are taking over District 7 on Park Road twice this month with their trademark mix of dancehall, bashment, hiphop and R’n’B. First up is the Ladies Night Edition on October 9, with free entry for all ladies. Then on October 30, they’re hosting a Halloween party with fancy dress and some spooky tracks.

GET YOUR GEEK ON Central in Stamford has a busy Halloween weekend and first up is the Freaky Geek School Disco party on October 29, when you can get your scariest geek clothes out and get ready to horrify – think Ugly Betty and you’re on the right track. Then on October 30, they’ll be having a Heaven And Hell Party, with dancers, firebreathers and more freaky entertainers – again, fancy dress is encouraged.

DIGITAL VOODOO Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge continue their eclectic blend of music this month with three different electronic music nights, covering a big range of sounds. Ocotber 13 is all about house, funk and tech when Escapology take over the venue, then on October 15 things get deeper and slower when Dub Presents host a night of reggae, dub and dubstep. Finally, on October 30, Awakenings: Back To The Beats will be hosting a night full of old-school house.

LIVE THE LIFE Diamond Life returns to Coco on Broadway on October 2 and is featuring the best local talent. DJs Jay Heal, Darren James, Rayan Gee, Benji Iannotta and Jon Le Pore will be playing house and electro to launch Diamond Life’s podcast – available from p m ag .co.u k ( Oc to be r )

Kicking off the month with some drum ‘n’ bass at Club Dissident on Lincoln Road is Bass Camp on October 1. Their residents Eksess, Trillion, Sparky and Mischief will be joined by special guests Funky Green, Komplex, Funkduubious (from Kettering) and Koas.

STEREO SUSHI @ COCO Stereo Sushi comes to Coco on Broadway October 30 and is described as ‘Hedkandi’s cool kid sister’ – expect deep, funky house. Held on two floors and featuring Hedkandi’s DJ Oz, supported by Steve Andrews and percussion from Phil Lee, this is going to be one sophisticated evening!

SUNSHINE VIBES A Portuguese and African-influenced night, Mega Festa Da Lusofonia comes to Club Dissident on Lincoln Road October 2. Featuring live singers Rui Sangara and Malone Monteiro as well as DJs Cubano, DK and Snypper, it’ll bring the spirit of the PALOP countries to the heart of Peterborough.

SLIPMATT @ RADIUS All old-skool ravers need to get to Radius on Northminster on October 8 for a UV Rave featuring none other than DJ Slipmatt on the decks. With chart hits dating back to the early 90s, he’s still a force to be reckoned with to this day, thanks to his commitment to updating the sound everyone knows and loves. He’s played all over the world and his previous Peterborough shows sold out – doors open at 9.30pm so get their early! Entry £8.

PUT A DONK ON IT Sick of dubstep? Try something completely different at Wonky Donkey at Club Dissident on Lincoln Road on October 23. Featuring donk, bounce, hard house and hardstyle, it’ll be fast and frantic fun.

MIRROR IMAGE Kre8ive Nights are going from strength to strenth and they recently launched Reflexions at District 7 on Park Road. Taking place every Saturday night, it has an upbeat mix of funky and disco house, club classics, 90s dance anthems and bootlegs. Special guests are being promised so pop down and check it out.

D’N’B DELERIUM Collateral Damage launches at Club Dissident on Lincoln Road on October 15 and is a brand new Jump Up drum ‘n’ bass night. With a lighter feel than a lot of D’n’B, expect to dance all night! On the other side of the spectrum, things get dark and dangerous on October 30 when Filthy SubbΩhmz host a Halloween Spooktacular Fancy Dress Ball. Heavy on the bass and twisted beats, Coalminer is headlining with supporting DJs yet to be confirmed.

THANK GOD FOR GRAVITY Get you monthly dubstep fix at Crunked Up and Submerge at Club Dissident on October 8. The night also sees Bobby Bits, part of the Locality crew and also known as Big G, launch his new dubstep album, Thank God For Gravity.

DJ BROCKIE AND MC DET @ DISSIDENT 4cross are hosting another birthday bash on October 22 – this time it’s for Sn+per and Ty, owners of the club – and they’ve got DJ Brockie and MC Det booked. DJ Brockie is one of the founders of the infamous Kool FM 94.5, one of the world’s longest standing drum ‘n’ bass radio stations. Originally playing soul, swing, hip-hop and ragga, he moved into the jungle scene back in ’88 and his wide influences have given him a unique but crowd-pleasing sound. He’ll be joined by MC Det, who used to MC on Kool FM and has released albums with Skibadee, Dynamite MC, Ed Solo and the Ragga Twins. Entry’s free before 1am, £5 after.



Previews the social network Released: October 15 Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield Director: David Fincher In a month awash with Halloween-timed horror sequels and school half-term earmarked 3D animations – this little ditty from Se7en director David Fincher could be one actually worth talking about. Based on the meteoric rise to fame of Facebook inventor Mark Zuckerberg, this drama has a youthful cast which boasts the next big Hollywood stars: Zombieland’s Jesse Eisenberg; soon-to-be-Spider-Man (in the new franchise reboot) Andrew Garfield; along with A Nightmare On Elm Street starlet Rooney Mara; and the ever-improving pop starturned-sometimes-actor Justin Timberlake (Alpha Dog). The movie chronicles Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Zuckerberg (played by Eisenberg), who revolutionises communication with the introduction of a global social network, which in turn makes him the youngest billionaire in history – but not without personal and legal complications. Could be intriguing fare…


Cast: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin Director: Oliver Stone

First things first – as the sequel to the highly-acclaimed 1987 movie is about to hit the bigscreen – best wishes to Michael Douglas as he undergoes treatment for cancer. But Douglas for one wouldn’t like his own personal situation to overshadow a movie that could be another major acting vehicle




Released: October 1

Released: October 15

A seasoned team of bank robbers including Hayden Christensen (Star Wars prequels), Paul Walker (Fast & Furious franchise) and hiphop star Chris Brown get lured back for a mega-heist, despite cop Matt Dillon being right on their tail, in this US box office number one thriller. p m ag .co.u k ( Oc to be r )

This comedic computergenerated animation was one of the major surprises of the summer in the US as it came in under the 3D radar and even usurped Shrek at the box office. Steve Carel’s criminal mastermind softens to a trio of orphan girls he’s using for a grand scheme.

for Transformers and Indiana Jones actor Shia LaBeouf – as Douglas returns as disgraced former corporate raider Gordon Gekko. When Lebeouf’s young trader Jake Moore gets caught up in a meltdown at his investment banking firm at the height of 2008’s economic credit crunch,



Released: October 22

Released: October 22

This was one of the biggest movie phenomena of last year – and one of the most profitable – as this simple supernatural horror eeked out an impressive following, before a sequel less than eleven months later inevitably cashes in on Oren Peli’s original work.

The more serious half-term CGI offering comes in the form of this owl-based animation which sees a group try to rescue a kidnapped friend before he’s brainwashed into becoming a soldier – in this movie from 300 and Watchmen director Zack Snyder.

Moore asks for Gekko’s help in return for facilitating a reconciliation between Gekko and his estranged daughter (Carey Mulligan) – who is conveniently Moore’s partner. Expect twists and turns aplenty, especially with Oliver Stone back behind the camera . . .

SAW 3D Released: October 29 In fact it’s not Saw 3 rereleased in 3D, but actually Saw VII in 3D, as reportedly the Halloween horror cash cow comes to an end. Interestingly Cary Elwes’ doctor from the original returns as Costas Mandylor’s Hoffman continues to reinvent the sick, death-fuelled games of Tobin Bell’s Jigsaw.

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

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The video game industry now usurps both cinema and DVD sales combined, and with Microsoft’s Halo: Reach – undoubtedly the video gaming event of the year so far – oozing ingenuity out of every pore, it’s not hard to see why.

You’ll feel like a ‘made man’ if you give the most complete gangster game a ‘hit’. A captivating story – with impressive cinematic cut-scenes – keeps you coming back for more despite functional, if repetitive, third-person shooting mechanics.

This prequel evolves the game in every way from an expertly honed combat system, less linear and more exciting singleplayer campaign, impressive co-op play, extensive customisation options, and a more intuitive multiplayer experience.

A sadly underused vibrant and colourful free-roaming world is a mystery as you’re compelled to stick to the story constraints, but that is the only downside to this immersive game that pays perfect homage to the fiftiesinspired setting.

In Reach, you get immersed in Halo folklore starring as a member of the legendary Noble Team – a squad of heroic Spartan soldiers – the last line of defence between the invading Covenant alien race and Earth, in this epic shoot ’em up. Only some of the vehicle and AI mechanics slightly hamper what is a nigh-on perfect experience, and after the underwhelming third instalment, developers Bungie look to have left Microsoft with one of the best parting gifts in gaming history.






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This improved take on last year’s hit-and-miss original reaches for the skies – without quite achieving the heights. Minor tweaks to the graphics, storyline and overall gaming mechanics makes this a noteworthy game for arcade/sim flight fans – with co-op and multiplayer modes which extend the longevity of the gameplay. But for everyone else this is simply above average fare that doesn’t offer any particularly new surprises. #####


(X360/PS3/PC) Out now I’m not the biggest fan of realtime strategy games – mainly because I don’t have the time or inclination.

Four Spider-Men are definitely better than one in this most impressive outing from the webslinger to date. This predictable button-bashing affair isn’t going to trouble Batman’s excellent Arkham Asylum, but with the four different eras – Amazing, Ultimate, Noir and Futuristic 2099 – beautifully presented, fans will be more than satisfied. Repetition is Spidey’s biggest enemy – even across the different styles – but this is a noble effort that will get your spider senses tingling.

Instead of bleating on like I usually do about minor incremental improvements to the already unbroken engines of EA’s sports games, this does offer notable tweaks – particularly the impressive Real-Time Physics in-game enhancements. Again is there anything drastically different to last year? No. But it’s still far and away the best at what it does. #####



CHRONICLES II (PSP) Out now You’re preference for this RPG or the aforementioned Kingdom Hearts literally comes down to the source material – it’s win-win if you go for both or either.

The first of two exceptional roleplaying adventures for Playstation’s portable system is the continuation of this muchloved franchise.

I found the main game slightly monotonous for the first few hours, but endeavour and you’ll find war – as was said in Hot Shots Part Deux – to be fantastic.

This game has consistently captured numerous sports gaming awards – and if you’re an ice hockey enthusiast it’s not hard to see why.


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But after giving this a bash I could be converted – as long as I somehow grow the patience of a saint. It has slick presentation and quite immersive battle and online modes that are great if you’ve got RTS pals.


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Impressive graphics, combat system and multiplayer make this Disney-laden world a pleasure – with three different campaigns and a wealth of unlockables. Long loading times are a bind – but this doesn’t hamper what is arguably the best game in the series so far. Fantasmic. #####

The original game was scandalously overlooked, but this PSP exclusive is a superb sequel as you lead your cadets through a heroic civil war campaign. The battle system and multiplayer modes work extremely well, with only a predictable story hampering a game which has oodles of longevity. #####



Thanks to Harry Vickers and Ian Hilling for playtesting some of this month's titles

IRON MAN 2 (12) Released: October 25 (also on Blu-ray)

Iron Man solidifies itself as one of the best super-hero franchises of alltime in this entertaining sequel which is every bit as good as the original. Again Robert Downey Jr steals the show with another charismatic turn as Tony Stark, even though Sam Rockwell and Mickey Rourke – as dual whip-wielding Russian Ivan “Whiplash” Vanko – both shine on bad guy duties.

And with both Samuel L Jackson and Scarlet Johansson starring in supporting roles as undercover SHIELD leader Nick Fury and agent Romanoff (aka Black Widow) – fanboys are gleefully spoon-fed info for the impending release of The Avengers film in 2012. You could easily argue that with the lack of originality and the busy screenplay this could be deemed a tad disappointing for some – with Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Rhodey (Don Cheadle) both

woefully underused – and it really is more of the same. But that unequivocally isn’t a bad thing with the important ingredients of humour and entertainment in abundance, making this a thoroughly enjoyable jaunt. It could do without being an advertisement for The Avengers come Iron Man’s third outing – but this still pushes the pedal to the metal. #### k ( Octobe r )

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The page that's discovered a brand new, free, city centre car wash – it's called the Cathedral Square fountains. Perhaps next time the Town Hall send me a letter about my council tax they could make the envelope out of a chamois leather?


ONLY FOOLS CONVENTION On Sunday October 31, the annual Only Fools & Horses convention will be taking place close by in Bedford at the Bunyan Sports Centre. For full details check the website The plonkers who run the event hold it at different venues every year so if you’re a fan of the show it’s a great opportunity to see some of the actors from it and buy some memorabilia.


If you've been watching the latest series of The Simpsons on Sky One you'll know that while the show's golden years may have passed, it's still capable of capturing moments of subversive comedy brilliance. In episode 464 (the last one of season 23) Moe the bartender becomes a judge on the US version of the X Factor after a producer hears his well timed put-downs. Fellow judge Simon Cowell (playing himself) tricks Moe into not being the 'mean' one during a live show and an outraged Moe reacts by picking up a Buzz Cola bottle, smashing it on the judging desk and going for Cowell.

LET’S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE Right, now you’ve seen all the photographs I’m sure you’ll be interested in hearing a few stories from the evening. Where else but the Face of ESP finals night would you get to rub shoulders with the likes of an Eastenders actor, a Big Brother contestant, an X Factor singer and an injured Posh defender? That kind of night up would normally only happen in a late night cheese-induced dream. And there isn’t enough cheddar in all the world to then imagine a scenario where Fabio Cappello’s lookalike showed everyone he knew all the dance moves to Whigfield’s Saturday Night! A special mention also to our outgoing Face, Tori Bradshaw who’s had a fantastic year representing the magazine. I’ve had a lot of good laughs with Tori at events and her new tattoo ‘Life *** Laughter’ is a nice touch. p m ag .co.u k ( Oc to be r )

Moe: “You're pretty smart huh Simon, well let's see how smart you are with your vocal chords hanging out!" American Host: “Moe! Label to camera, label to camera!” Quite possibly my favourite story of the night came from talking to Nicole Lawrence who made it through to the boot-camp stage of last year’s X Factor. She was one of our judges this year and told me how when she was talking to one of the girls she recognised her, but couldn’t place her face. “You look really familiar, where do I know you from?” Nicole asked her. “Er… I was the girl who drove into the back of your car last week!”

Moe's thrown off the show and ends up back running his bar in Springfield where he tells Homer and the regulars – "I didn't rip out his voice box in the end, but I did stretch out his t-shirt, then they said I can no longer make judgements about nothing." Barney: “Hey Moe I am OK to drive?” Moe: “Legally I can't say…” Barney: “To a drunk man that's a yeees!” He then stumbles over to the gents, sits on the toilet, pulls the loo roll over his lap like it's a seatbelt and makes car noises as he pretends to drive off… genius!


If you fancy a little trackside action and a few bets to get your pulse racing you need to try a night out at the Greyhound Stadium in Peterborough – it’s the dogs danglies!

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Great news everybody, Back To The Future – arguably the greatest film of the 80s is coming back to the big screen! From October 1 and for a limited time only you'll be able to see it at Cineworld in Huntingdon, (check their website for details). Now, I know what you're thinking but don't worry it's OK, they haven't remade it with Will Smith's annoying son as Marty McFly and Jackie Chan as Doc. They're re-releasing the original to coincide with this year being the film’s 25th anniversary by digitally remastering the sound and picture quality. I know the film seems to be on a never-ending loop on ITV2 at the moment but the chance to see it on the big screen is a rare treat. I can still remember being mesmerised when I saw it as a kid during the school holidays at the Peterborough Odeon (later the Broadway theatre).

STAND OUT STAND UP Our guide to where to see great live comedy this month… October




COMEDY CLUB, CRESSET The Comedy Club returns to the Cresset with another great line-up. This month it’s Tony Law, Duncan Oakley, Colin Owens and compere Tom Price. Tickets are £12.50 on the door, £10 in advance. Box office: 01733 265705.

COMEDY CLUB, STAMFORD A new season of comedy kicks off at Stamford Arts Centre with Ivan Brackenbury’s Hospital Radio Roadshow - one of Chortle’s Top 50 Comedy Gigs of the Decade 2000-2010, Tom Bell and Josh Widdicombe, both highly rated on the circuit. Tickets are £10 (£8, £6 students and groups). Box office: 01780 763203.



You’ll find the stadium at Fengate - to find out more on our great offers visit or call 01733 296939.



The ULTIMATE Combat Gaming Experience Airsoft is a military simulation game similar to paintball. It costs a lot less to play, it hurts less and uses realistic looking replica weapons.


Dan Antopolski comes to Radius on October 27 with his latest show from Edinburgh Turn Of The Century’. Dan was winner of TV channel Dave’s 2009 Joke of The Year with the following one liner: ‘Hedgehogs – why can’t they just share the hedge?’ and his new show is packed full of loads of great new jokes as well. Tickets are £10. Tel: 07854 794630 or drop in at The Solstice.

JONGLEURS ON THE ROAD Don’t let the dark nights get you down, head out for a night of comedy with three guest comedians and an MC from the Jongleurs circuit at the South Holland Centre in Spalding. Group bookings get the tenth ticket free. Tickets are £12 on 01775 764777.





The popular comedy club returns to the Voodoo Lounge in Mama Liz's, Stamford. The Voodoo Stands Up is every last Thursday of the month with city cartoonist John Elson introducing a great line-up of circuit comedians. Tickets are £5 in advance or £7 on the door. Box office: 01780 841239.


Two unique sites and different styles of gaming. Fight in and around buildings or in the woods and undergrowth. The games run with two teams, each are given objectives which they have to try and achieve. Competitive Prices Private, corporate and open days catered for.

01733 247171 email: Airsoft Shop


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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLIFF There’s currently lots of nostalgia and hype surrounding Sir Cliff Richard’s big birthday in October, and this month you have a chance to see an act which celebrates the music of the Peter Pan of pop. It’s at the Bourne Corn Exchange on October 2 and features Kytsun Wolfe & The Senators. They’ve impressed fans across the country, not only because they look and sound so much like Cliff and The Shadows, but also because they do it with great style and panache. Clearly with an early October date you need to be quick for your tickets. Call the box office on 0782 803 2241.

DAVE’S TAKING THE STAGE BY STORM The next few weeks promise to be very busy for Storm front man, Dave Palmer. Firstly, the band has local appearances at the Golden Lion in Stanground on October 16 and the Cherry Tree on October 30 – both regular live music haunts. Anybody who’s seen Storm will know they play some unusual rock classics. Songs like Green Day’s Basket Cas’, Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who and Queen’s Hammer To Fall are all featured. And at the same time Dave will be swapping the smell of beer with the smell of greasepaint when he takes to the stage as a member of the cast of Strictly Cabaret. You could well see the rocker dressed as a pussycat, and in past performances Dave has appeared as the Phantom Of The Opera and other characters. I suggested to him that it was quite a contrast from rock to musicals. “It’s the transition between the two styles that makes it so much fun,” Dave told me. “Although in musicals it’s the powerful orchestral productions and dance routines compared with the tighter, raw sound of rock music, they’re both passionate forms of music and of course both with a live audience that you can get involved with. And that’s what I love doing – communicating with people.” Strictly Cabaret returns to the Holiday Inn with some popular song and dance routines from West End and Broadway shows like Cats, Footloose, My Fair Lady and We Will Rock You. It’s on November 4, 5 and 6. Following the sell-out success of last year’s show, you need to grab your tickets fast for what director Monique Benoiton promises is an even more spectacular and energetic show from some very talented local performers.

NOW YOU KNOW… The answer to last month’s question about where the photo of the Richard Hall Band was taken…it was taken in Fletton Avenue, after one of their practice sessions.

Liv Slater’s round up of the rest of the local music news…

PUNK WITH A HEART Radicus, Pet Slimmers Of The Year, A Great Notion and Hi-Fi Mafia will be on stage at Radius on Northminster on October 16 to raise funds for Mencap, which helps people with learning disabilities and their families. Expect melodic punk, a bit of metal and acoustic music with attitude – tickets are £5 advance.

DIRTY DELTA Dave Acari brings his blistering delta blues to Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge, Stamford on October 22. Seasick Steve’s a big fan of his and Dave Acari has played at festivals and gigs across Europe and is about to break into the big time – catch him while you can!


I’m hosting the show but don’t let that put you off! And, if you do go, you’ll see what Dave means about the music synergy as he performs Queen’s Under Pressure along with Oh What A Circus from Evita. “I’m not so much Antonio Banderas, more like Antonio Baldhairless!” says Dave, pictured in performance with Storm and as the Phantom. For tickets and information visit or call 01733 704303.

DEATH VALLEY PILEDRIVER PILING ON THE SUCCESS 2010 has been a good year for Peterborough based metal band Death Valley Piledriver. First of all they won the Stamford Battle Of The Bands back in May, which secured them a slot at the Riverside Festival for a third successive year. Then they reached the final of the Metal 2 The Masses competition in Derby. Now they’ve been signed as main support act for US heavyweights Fozzy (who are fronted by WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho) for their forthcoming tour of the UK & Ireland. For a full listing of the tour dates visit the bands MySpace page at p m ag .co.u k ( Oc to be r )

The Swing In’ Class Hero will be showcasing their infectious blend of punk, rock ‘n’ roll and swing at Club Dissident on Lincoln Road October 9. From Switzerland, the lads are promoting their new album and are joined by Excellent Adventure, Anarcho Dave, Broken Window Effect and A Great Notion. Entry £3.

STADIUM SOUNDS Sleaze rock comes to Mama Liz’s in Stamford on October 8 when New Device call in on their tour. Influenced by the stadium rock of the 80s, expect big riffs and even bigger hair! They’re supported by 69 Shots, who play party rock, and local guys The Brink. Tickets £5.

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

The Fox & Hounds • Food served daily 12 – 9pm • Curry & Quiz Night – Thursday • Award winning real ales • CAMRA discount – £2 a pint on Mon • Beer Garden, family friendly • Email club promotions – 2 for 1 meals

St Pauls Road, Dogsthorpe Tel: 01733 554890 www.


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The Dragon

• 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

Thorpe Road, Longthorpe Tel: 01733 264126

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

Hodgson Avenue, Werrington Tel: 01733 578088

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Geneva Bar

• Disco / Karaoke - Fridays • Live music on Saturdays • Poker night with free buffet on Wednesdays @ 8pm • Sky Sports • Happy Hour - Sunday 12-2pm • Function room for hire • Family beer garden

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

72 Oundle Road, Woodston Tel: 01733 557248

2 Geneva Street, Peterborough Tel: 01733 340099

GIGS gigs

DAFFY AND THE ALIEN The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

GRUMPY OLD MEN The Golden Lion Stanground

IRENE RAE The Rose Burghley Road




The Ploughman Werrington

The Ostrich North Street


CURLY RICH The Red Lion West Deeping


DRUMBLUIE BAND The Swiss Cottage Woodston

LOOSE ROCKET The Axe & Cleaver Boston

OUT OF ORDER The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

ROCKSTAR The Office Oundle Road

SWINGING THE LED The Fayre Spot Bretton

THE BRINK The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe

THE COMMON OFFENDERS The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

THE LATINO SOUND The Rose Burghley Road

THE REPLICAS The Lime Tree Walton

TWENTY 4 The Golden Fleece Stamford

SAT OCT 2 ADAM LEON The Office Oundle Road

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford


The Stage Market Deeping The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe





The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe

The Fayre Spot Bretton

The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

The Ostrich North Street

The Rose Burghley Road






The Met Lounge Bridge Street





The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

Club Dissident Lincoln Road

The Red Lion West Deeping

JOEL EVANS The Fayre Spot Bretton

LOOSE ROCKET The New Inn Boston


NEW DEVICE + THE The Ostrich North Street BRINK Mama Liz's Voodoo LATINO SOUND Lounge


The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road



The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

Charters Town Bridge

NATALIE DIAMOND Quinns Club Whittlesey

SWINGING THE LED The Walnut Tree Deeping St James


The Lime Tree Walton

THE MIGHTY QUINN The Swiss Cottage Woodston

TUE OCT 12 OPEN MIC SESSION The Bull Inn Newborough

SAT OCT 9 BLACK ROSE The Office Oundle Road


THU OCT 14 OPEN MIC NIGHT The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

The Ostrich North Street





The Ostrich North Street

Quinns Club Whittlesey



The Prince Of Wales Feathers Castor

The Old Coach House Market Deeping




The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

The Ostrich North Street



The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

BURLESQUE The Bell Sawtry

CARIBA The Office Oundle Road


DAVE ACARI The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford




The Ship Inn Oundle

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road



Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

LES WOODS BAND The Ostrich North Street

LLOYD WATSON The Rose Burghley Road

OPEN MIC NIGHT The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

PUNK REBEL MEDIA The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

STORM The Cherry Tree Oundle Road


SWINGING THE LED Ostrich AMELIA + THE VOW The North Street + STRINGFINGER Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge Stamford




The Ostrich North Street

Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge Stamford



Charters Town Bridge


The Red Lion West Deeping

NO MANS BAND The Rose Burghley Road




The Swiss Cottage Woodston

The Three Horseshoes Werrington



KZIZ The Red Lion West Deeping


The Fayre Spot Bretton


The Fayre Spot Bretton

Ebeneezers Grove Street



The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road


The Stage Market Deeping

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road




The Dragon Werrington



The Rose Burghley Road

Ebeneezers Grove Street



The Golden Lion Stanground

THE MIGHTY QUINN The Ploughman Werrington

THE NUGGETS The Dragon Werrington

THE VALVE The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

The Axe & Cleaver Boston


The Ploughman Werrington




The Rose Burghley Road

The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

The Rose Burghley Road





The Ostrich North Street


Charters Town Bridge


Quinns Club Whittlesey


The Red Lion West Deeping

The Stage Market Deeping




The Golden Fleece Stamford

The Prince Of Wales Feathers Castor

The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

Prince Of Wales Feathers Castor

The Ostrich North Street

The Office Oundle Road


The Rose Burghley Road


The Fayre Spot Bretton


The Office Oundle Road

The Cross Keys Oundle Road


The Stage Market Deeping

Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge Stamford

The Office Oundle Road


The Palmerston Arms Oundle Road JOHNNY HOLLAND Quinns Club Whittlesey LLOYD WATSON +




The Ostrich North Street

Bourne Corn Exchange Bourne



SUN OCT 17 PENNYLESS Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge Stamford

ALAN WOOD FOLK NIGHT The Red Lion West Deeping

BARNABY NEWMAN Quinns Club Whittlesey

The Swiss Cottage Woodston

BIG 10


The Lime Tree Walton


DAFFY AND THE ALIEN The Stage Market Deeping

DISCO CHIMP The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

PARK LANE The Ploughman Werrington



The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

UNDERCOVER The Stage Market Deeping

The Lime Tree Walton




Quinns Club Whittlesey

The Bull Inn Newborough



The Ploughman Werrington

FRONT COVER The Stage Market Deeping

The Palmerston Arms GIZZ BUTT'S RED, Oundle Road BLACK AND BLUE'S Charters Town Bridge ROCKSTAR The Office Oundle Road GRUMPY OLD MEN The Office Oundle Road SUNSET STRIP The Indian Queen Boston

DAFFY AND THE ALIEN The Ploughman Werrington

ELECTRIC WARRIORS The Swiss Cottage Woodston

SHAMELESS The Bluebell Dogsthorpe

If you wanna get your gigs in ESP for free e-mail or fax on 01733 579708 or post to: ESP Magazine, PO Box 431, Peterborough, PE6 7FG. *ESP can not be held responsible for errors in this listing, be sure to check with the venue for confirmation.

• Food served daily, Mon – Sat 12pm-2pm and 6pm-9pm. Sun 12 – 5.30pm • Every Tuesday - Karaoke 9pm • Quiz night every Wednesday, 9pm start. Hosted by Ann. • Function room available for private parties See ESP Gig Guide for bands

Live Music October Fri 1st Sat 2nd Sun 3rd Fri 8th Sat 9th Sun 10th Fri 15th Sat 16th Sun 17th Fri 22nd Sat 23rd Sun 24th Fri 29th Sat 30th

Citizen Smith - 9.30pm - free Mighty Quinn - 9.30pm - free East Coast - 4pm - free Frankly my Dear... - 9.30 - free Circa 73 - 9.30pm - free 101 Proof - (acoustic set) - 4pm - free Porky Pig - 9.30pm - free The Les Woods Band - 9.30pm - free tbc - 4.00pm - free The Lloyd Watson Band - 9.30pm - free The Guards - 9.30pm - free tbc - 4.00pm - free Children of the Revolution - 9.30pm - free Swinging the Led - 9.30pm - free

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

The Ostrich Inn

9 Oundle Road, Fletton, Peterborough 01733 703495


- Daily Special & Wine festival


- Curry & Quiz Night


- Fish Night


- Mixed Grill, Live Band


- Poker Night £11 entry includes free meal! (From 7pm every Sunday)

(Every last Saturday of the month)

• Christmas bookings now being taken for groups of 10 or more • Free bottle of Wine for Christmas promoter • 28th Nov – Nottingham based band, starting at 6pm

17 North St, Peterborough 01733 752255

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

THE PLOUGHMAN Staniland Way Werrington Centre PE4 6NA 01733 327696

Andy Slater’s

Live Music every weekend

83 – 85 Thorpe Road, Peterborough 07775 841239

Spider Stacy

Photo: Mike Harris

Photo: Liv Slater

Photo: Liv Slater

The Randall Rootz Festival Review

Photos: Mike Harris

and whistle player Spider Stacy. Over the weekend, the weather managed to hold out and we were even treated to some sunshine! All of the other bands were well received and as well as the usual party animals, the whole weekend saw a great mix of people coming to enjoy the music and support their local scene, including Posh fans calling in on their way to the game, families with young kids and older people dropping by after a Sunday afternoon shopping.

The Randall Rootz Festival, which ran from August 20 – 22 at the Brewery Tap and Charters, was another big success this year and raised thousands for Sue Ryder Care’s Thorpe Hall Hospice. Organised in memory of my mate Mark Randall, a much-loved and influential local musician who sadly passed away in 2007, the weekend-long festival has been running for four years and continues to go from strength to strength. The Friday, August 20, was held at the Brewery Tap and saw the Dead Rabbits – Mark’s former band – joined by The Pogues’ drummer Andrew Ranken

ESP is proud to have been able to support such a successful weekend and wishes the organisers the best of luck for next year! If you’d like to volunteer to help at next year’s festival, visit Another festival that warrants a five star mention is Alchemy up in Lincolnshire. It was how festivals should be, how they used to be, how Secret Garden Party was before it turned into the money spinning monster that friends report. Alchemy was a great variety of people, a diverse music line-up and more chilled than the fish counter at Morrisons. Kissmet played a blinding set on the Saturday night which impressed a lot of people who hadn’t seen

them before. I also found out at that point that three glow sticks joined together perfectly fit the circumference of my head…don’t ask! Other bands worthy of special mentions were Skip Rat, late 70s punk as it should be played and Gypsy Fire, two superb flamenco-style guitarists who were quite simply mesmerizing. Do it again next year? You bet – it was just about the perfect end to a summer of festivals.

Finally on a sombre note I dedicate this column to my good friend Pete Dawes who sadly passed away last month. I had spent a lot of time this summer with Pete and his wife Paula, mostly in fields watching music. He was a true friend and a great man and my world won’t quite be the same without him around. Keep on rocking Pete wherever you are.

Vibe from the underground... "Things down at the Cellar Bar bundle along at a pace and the Sunday night gigs are working a treat. Gio does however want to fill two for October, 17th & 24th, so if you fancy rounding the weekend off in style give the old boy a call on the number above and tell him Andy sent you…" p m ag .co.u k ( Oc to be r )

ESP October 2010  

ESP Magazine