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contents Issue 77 | December/January 2016-17

8 | Interview | ALEXANDRE MEERSON

Alexandre Meerson’s eponymous brand made its debut in 2014. He talks to essence about Surrey-based MEERSON watches which have achieved international recognition in a very short time.

14 | Travel | NEPAL

Nepal is a country of extremes and is divided into three geographical zones, the high Himalayas, the mid Himalayas, and the flat sub-tropical Terai region. Subhasish Chakraborty finds an old friend with whom to explore.

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Sustainable Himalayan adventures Nepal is a country of extremes with a total area covering over 147,000 square kilometres. It’s bordered by China in the north and India in the south, west and east. Divided into three geographical zones, the high Himalayas, the mid Himalayas or Mountainous Region, and the flat sub-tropical Terai region, Subhasish Chakraborty finds an old friend with whom to explore Nepal.

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18 | Festive food | STEPHANIE BROOKES

Travel | NEPAL Beautiful view of the Himalayan region

Stephanie Brookes, foodie expert and BBC Radio London contributor, offers her pick of the best festive food markets in London.

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he high Himalayan region extends in the north from west to east at an altitude of 4,000 to almost 9,000 metres. The world famous peaks of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna dominate the formidable range of eternal snows. The mid Himalayas consist of mountain ranges varying in height from over 1,500 to 4,877 metres. Below these lie the Churia range. Fertile valleys of various widths and altitudes lie between these mountain and hill ranges. The southern belt stretches east-west varying in width between 26 to 32 kilometres, and with a maximum elevation of about 300 metres. Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is full of shrines, temples, palaces, palace squares and ageless sculptures now an integral part of the city. Amazingly, Kathmandu is the only city in the world with seven World Heritage Sites (Cultural) located within a radius of 20 kilometres. Being in Kathmandu is like walking through the pages of history. In Nepal, tourism is the most important industry after agriculture and contributes substantially to the quality of life for local people. As a socioeconomic activity, tourism touches the life of every Nepali citizen in one way or the other. As such it’s imperative Nepal should resolve to maintain its tourism industry through sustainable and value based tourism. I consider myself fortunate to have been able to serve the cause of Nepalese tourism and promote the concept of sustainable tourism in the late 1990s from Delhi and more recently. Last year, by a stroke of luck, one of my childhood school friends, Ang Tshering Lama, called and informed me about his rise as one of Nepal’s most renowned mountaineer and high-altitude trekking expedition organisers. After a flurry of phone calls and lots of emails, I just couldn’t say no when Ang requested me to visit Nepal and see for myself the state of this Himalayan wonderland. Ang and I grew up together and he was always fond of the outdoors. Moving to Delhi to further my education, we lost touch. No wonder then that we shared an emotional few minutes after I landed at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan Airport on an evening flight and Ang was there to greet me. After spending a couple of days at leisure and sightseeing in >>>

24 | Gardening | HTA

What better way to celebrate the season and bring festive cheer to a garden than with two traditional favourites – holly and ivy.

“Everyone should feel the duty and the pressure to keep the mountains clean. More than anything else, it is the sheer number of people who are now making ascents of the mountain that is causing the problems.” PAUL HART, MOUNTAINEER

28 | Motoring | AUDI

34 | Fashion | REALLY WILD

As winter grips, don’t sacrifice style for comfort. Invigorate the winter wardrobe with Really Wild which has reinvented favourite tweeds for a bespoke look.

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The Audi S8 plus has a lot more clout than previous models. Euan Johns finds out the reasoning behind having another fast giant in the market.

Festive food | STEPHANIE BROOKES

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42 | Fashion | KAREN MILLEN

Karen Millen’s autumn/winter collection embraces the symbolism of three botanicals: the beautiful fragility of cherry blossoms, the sheltering essence of the frangipani and the strength and moral integrity of gladioli.

LONDON’S TOP FOOD MARKETS THIS

CHRISTMAS Stephanie Brookes, foodie expert and BBC Radio London contributor, offers her pick of the best food markets to be found for the festive season.

52 | Restaurant Review | THE RICHARD ONSLOW

Food writer Laura Scott visits The Richard Onslow in Cranleigh and discovers competitors have a fight on their hands attracting customers away from this thriving pub.

ondon throughout the festive season is a magical and rather delicious place to be. Food markets, in particular, become an even more exciting prospect with a whole range of fresh, seasonal produce, warming winter drinks and even longer opening hours. The markets also offer up a wonderful array of foodie gift ideas, which make for more unique (and tastier!) present options. Here is my round up of some of the best food markets to visit this Christmas.

Duke of York Square Fine Food Market In the heart of fashionable King’s Road, discover this delightful food market. Each Saturday, this popular venue attracts local customers and ardent foodies from around the capital. This year it is running a Gourmet Gift Market between 3 to 4 December as an extra-special festive addition to the usual Saturday market. Stalls will be offering everything from personalised gingerbread, artisan confectionery and fresh fish, to some delicious, seasonal drinks. And don’t forget to visit nearby Partridges, –

46 | Food | CRATES LOCAL PRODUCE

Crates chooses current seasonal offerings of sweet chestnuts and red cabbage, together with recipes to enjoy.

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56 | Legal | MUNDAYS

Judith Fitton, Partner at Mundays LLP, discusses how to approach the difficult issues of divorce and separation.

The Audi S8 was fast and now there’s the S8 plus which has a lot more clout. What’s the reasoning behind having another fast giant in the market? Euan Johns searched for an answer.

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58 | Finance | PMW

With the dust settling in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s surprise US presidential election victory, Simon Lewis, CEO at Partridge Muir & Warren Ltd, believes the time is right to pause and consider what a Trump presidency might mean for UK investors.

60 | Education | ST JOHN’S SCHOOL

Ash Vargas, Head of Boarding at St. John’s School in Leatherhead, explains why flexi-boarding is a viable alternative for busy parents.

62 | Leisure Breaks | SILVERSEA

Silversea offers a cruise voyage like no other. This Italian, family owned business provides exceptional standards of service and comfort, as Rebecca Underwood discovered.

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68 | Events | SURREY

Linda Seward’s detailed diary of the best of what’s on in theatre, music, exhibitions, arts and the countryside.

78 | Interior accessories | GHIDINI 1961

Architect and designer Stefano Giovannoni has assembled an exceptional roster of talent to create pieces under a new brand, Ghidini 1961. Follow us on Facebook

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Christmas style Another Black Friday over, or should I say black weekend, three days, four days, or week, take your pick. It may still be continuing in some places, who knows? I remember an old schoolmaster saying whatever happened in America finds its way over here sooner or later, good or bad. Well OK, what will be will be, hopefully we can be spared some of the more colourful politicians, entertaining though they are. On that note, and following Mr Trump’s triumph, Simon Lewis, CEO of Partridge Muir & Warren, pauses to reflect on what may be in store next year for UK investors. essence takes a step back from the avalanche of media messages exhorting us all to buy certain products and focuses on items of real quality: interviewing Alexandre Meerson, founder of MEERSON watches. Undeniably chic and stylish, these timepieces are works of art, and have rapidly gained an international clientele won over by exquisite design and craftsmanship. Stephanie Brookes, foodie expert and BBC London contributor, shares her pick of the best London Christmas markets to enjoy. We also travel to the roof of the world in Nepal to see what action is being taken to alleviate problems caused by the numbers now seeking to climb Mount Everest. For those needing to get to that all important festive event in style and luxury, the Audi S8 plus may just be the answer. As it gets colder, there’s no need to compromise on style for comfort as Really Wild clothing provides some winter chic for that weekend away in the country, whilst Karen Millen evokes botanical beauty in its language of flowers collection. So, as we all have the time to pause for thought at this time of year, essence offers up beauty, legal and education advice, together with the pick of festive activities highlighting food, events to enjoy and competitions to enter. Season’s greetings and a very Happy New Year The essence team

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WATCHES OF DISTINCTION Alexandre Meerson, whose eponymous brand made its debut in 2014, talks to essence about Surrey-based MEERSON watches which have a sophisticated, smart design, are of impeccable quality, and have achieved an international reputation in a very short time.

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Interview | ALEXANDRE MEERSON

Far left: ALEXANDRE MEERSON Première Date titanium case graphite and white silvered dial; Left: ALEXANDRE MEERSON Altitude Première Small Seconds gold case true blue dial

Q Alexandre, what were the main reasons behind deciding to start your own watch brand? What were you setting out to achieve when you began two years ago? A I am a designer, and creating is a necessity for me. I decided to found my own House to offer something new and to express my individuality. It offers me the opportunity to experiment and explore new areas freely. I also believe that if you want to create you have to be accountable without seeking validation from anyone else other than your clients – and there is no better accountability than starting your own business. My objective is to build MEERSON into a perennial House that creates a very close relationship with clients through its own workshops and showrooms – very much like haute couture. MEERSON is a ‘Maison de style et d’horlogerie’ that is rooted in watchmaking and expresses its unique, luxurious style. Q The Haute Horologerie market is very competitive: did you have any doubts you would succeed? A As a luxury brand, we create and manufacture beautiful timepieces in our very own style, and with passion. This passion is what brings us together with our clients. There are many illustrious brands around, it is true. When our clients order a MEERSON, they do so for love of the piece and for the House, not as a result of a comparison. They want us to craft a piece for them and to the highest standards of excellence. A luxury purchase is not a choice between comparable products, it is the ultimate expression of love. I had doubts at first, of course. Things changed when I saw the first watch coming together: my team had managed to build exactly what I had designed. At that precise moment, I knew we would be successful.

Profile: Alexandre Meerson Alexandre Meerson was raised in France and inherited a passion for luxury accessories, and a relentless pursuit of excellence from his father. He was initiated into the art of design and watchmaking between the family’s studio in Paris and its workshop in Besançon. Whilst he later pursued a career on the other side of the business, for many years working for the world’s most iconic luxury brands, it is a lifetime of passion for horology and design that brought him full circle in 2007 to start the next chapter in Meerson’s history. Alexandre is passionate about couture, fashion and architecture. He is also fascinated by the imprint of the handmade the moment before the machine and the relationship between design, craftsmanship and luxury.

Q Your father, Emerich, was a Parisian watch and jewel designer. Did this spark your initial interest in the industry? A As I build my House, I perpetuate a long family tradition in entrepreneurship and creation – in fashion, jewellery and watchmaking. During my formative years in Paris, I have been influenced by masters and mentors from illustrious ‘Maisons de Luxe’. From my father, I learned a sense of time, of independent creation that does not try to please others, along with an obsession for excellence and an untameable curiosity. Today, I follow my own path, and am writing a new chapter in my family’s history. >>>

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Q You have worked in the luxury goods industry for a long time. Do you feel having this background was essential for success? A There is a culture to luxury and being an insider gave me access and understanding. Being independent gives me freedom – far from misconceptions and dogmas. I believe that creating beautiful design requires intimacy between the designer, the client and the artisans. Working for some of the most iconic luxury brands in the world has given me incredible access and insight. It allowed me to explore new territories – technology, methods, craftsmanship – and to meet the artisans who today endorse us with their talent. Q You obviously have a sense of style coupled with functionality. How important do you feel these aspects are in the watches you produce? A Being beautiful is not enough for an item to be a luxury product. It must also have a purpose and a meaning for that beauty to endure. Each of my watches is fit for purpose – they are all incredibly legible, balanced and refined. On the wrist, they embody my style: a contrast of strength and finesse. They are also the most comfortable timepieces you will ever wear. Q Production is in Switzerland – was this an easy decision to make? A Yes, because we work with integrity. Very much like wine making has its ‘terroirs’ in Champagne, Bordeaux or even Napa Valley, watchmaking has its own lands: Switzerland and Japan. We chose Switzerland for our first collection and I dream of manufacturing a collection in Japan someday – their craftsmanship is fabulous. But this is not enough. I did not choose Switzerland for the ‘Swiss made’ label which has become deceptive and obsolete. It has lost a lot of its lustre and interest. For me, producing in Switzerland meant entrusting 100% of the manufacturing to over 80 individual artisans. Making this decision was easy – making it happen was the hardest part as it took us over four years to build our team and supply chain. Q What are the main influences on the watches you design? A Couture, fashion and architecture are very strong influences. But people and nature remain my primary sources of inspiration. People for the way they walk, speak, what they say (or don’t) and how their bodies express their feelings. Nature speaks to balance and harmony. In my constant travels, I pursue its contrasts, textures, and sheer organic strength.

“In Alexandre Meerson, the apprentice has stealthily become the master.” ALEXANDRE MEERSON D15 Mk-1 GMT titanium case white silvered dial

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Interview | ALEXANDRE MEERSON

ALEXANDRE MEERSON Altitude Officier Classic and Small Seconds titanium case graphite dial

Q Your inaugural collections were the Altitude Officier and Altitude Premiere, what were the reasons for producing these? A In a world of complication and tension, I decided to inaugurate our brand with my interpretation of the classic dress watch. I called it Altitude. This collection explores the contrasts between striking architectural aesthetics and organic, intuitive shapes. Altitude has the understated elegance of a genuinely classic timepiece. With an air of quiet discretion, it speaks of refined taste. A multitude of meaningful details reveal themselves to those in the know. The signature lugs, with their strong geometric styling yet subtle finesse in providing a perfect, comfortable fit on the wrist, are only the beginning. Its integrity is in every facet, and especially in its beating heart: the AM-4808 movement, which is visible through the curved crystals of the case back. Reminiscent of Art Deco and inspired by a stay at the Peace Hotel in Shanghai, the Premiere is an homage to classic minimalist horology. The Premiere’s pioneering asymmetric hands lead the eye for easy readability at a quick glance. Its indices are individually shaped by hand to follow the unique curve of each dial, and are framed in the luxurious textures and subtle and exclusive shades of the dial face. The Officier retains the understated elegance of the Premiere, but has been designed with the more active individual in mind. With a flair of MEERSON styling, the handcrafted numerals pay tribute to tradition in watchmaking, while the framing ‘railroad track’ shows time with precision. Tuned to meet the highest standards of accuracy, it is efficient, resilient and quietly brilliant. Then came the MEERSON D15 Mk-1 GMT, our sport-inspired traveller’s watch.

“I was simply blown away by the design.” Ann Scott, managing director, Ann Scott Associates

Q There is a fair degree of personalisation available between these designs. Is this key to the watches’ appeal? A Owning a MEERSON is an experience at every stage. Personalisation is a natural component of this experience. Every timepiece can be customised, this means the client is part of the process from the start. The client is then invited to follow the process online and even to meet with us and visit for fittings – exactly like a haute couture experience. This process takes from two to seven months. We are also working on ‘Piece Uniques’ – absolute bespoke creations for specific clients – and here the process runs from eight to 16 months >>>

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International clients Owners and friends of the MEERSON brand provide insight on each watch’s legacy. Flying across Orlando, tearing around iconic race tracks or taking it easy at the Icebergs Club in Sydney, two of MEERSON’s many owners describe their experiences below.

Ann Scott’s watch: Altitude Premiere Date Material: 18k 4N gold. Dial: white silvered; 18k 4N gold appliques. Indication: hour, minute, date

ALEXANDRE MEERSON D15 Mk1 GMT titanium case, true blue dial

Q What would you say is your optimum target market? A Our clients – men and women – are accomplished individuals. Very often, they are successful entrepreneurs. They are confident and have in common humility and a form of understatement. When it comes to quality and service, they are intransigent and expect excellence. They genuinely understand luxury and are extremely open and curious of creation. They want something new and unique, that is made for them. A piece of enduring beauty that will not shout wealth, but quietly convey their sense of style. Q The company has official outlets in Paris, Florence and New York, with the head office located in Surrey. Why Surrey? A MEERSON is a British House – and Surrey has been my home for 12 years already. England, and Surrey in particular, has welcomed me. It is a stunning location and a unique place allowing people to really be who they want to be, who they really are if they work hard.

Ann Scott

When it comes to taste, there are fewer names that hold as much weight in London than Ann Scott. Engrossed in the world of high culture, she has been a main stay in luxury travel ever since she founded her public relations company over three decades ago: being named as one of London’s 1,000 most influential people last year is tribute to this. She became one of the first MEERSON watch owners, weeks after the launch two years ago. Ann says: “It was coincidental discovery, but one I am very happy occurred. I was invited by the Telegraph Luxury team to the Salon QP event, held at the Saatchi gallery, as one of their guests. I was drawn to the MEERSON stand, and to this piece in particular. I am not a collector of watches, I have a couple of timepieces for various reasons, but when I saw this very beautiful watch, I was instantly enthralled. It is very unlike me to be tempted to purchase a watch on the spot like that, but it was just so stylish and so clear, that I tried it on. Then, when I realised I could have number 002 from the inaugural collection, I bought it. I was impressed by the clarity and style – it is a simple but very elegant watch.”

Q Did you expect the company to become established in such a short time? What are the plans for 2017 and beyond? A We are very pleasantly surprised by the way our House has grown. Our idea is to maintain low volumes of production because exclusivity, personalisation and artisanal process underpin our values of integrity and boldness. By meeting our clients one by one we are delivering pieces of enduring beauty, and hopefully for many years to come. Q How would you describe your watches to someone who had never heard of Alexandre Meerson watches before? A MEERSON watches are exclusive luxury timepieces – each one is unique, numbered and individually manufactured. They are built to order by 88 of the most talented Swiss artisans after an individual meeting with the designer himself to determine the level of customisation required. Whether you choose to wear the iconic Altitude Premiere, the more casual Officier or the masculine D15, you will own a timeless, subtle piece which projects effortless elegance at first, and reveals striking and meaningful details to the wearer over time.v essence INFO

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Adam Ashley-Cooper’s watch: MEERSON D15 Mk-1 GMT Material: titanium. Dial: white silvered; black gold & black superluminova. Indication: hour, minute, second, GMT, date, AM/PM

Adam Ashley-Cooper

If you have any sort of interest in rugby, you probably already know his name. And if you haven’t, Adam’s achievements speak for themselves. Born in Sydney in 1984, the outside back stalwart is one of only five Australian players to have reached the prestigious 100-game milestone. Widely regarded as one of the most versatile players in Rugby Union, he is also part of an elite group of players to have recorded 50 wins for the Wallabies. To date, only David Campese has scored more tries for Australia against the All Blacks. Despite the constant string of success in his life, Adam remains incredibly humble and courteous. Hard work, grit and determination got Adam to where he is today, and he outlines that it was seeing Alexandre apply this same ethic to his craft that convinced him to join the MEERSON family.


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Travel | NEPAL Beautiful view of the Himalayan region

Sustainable Himalayan adventures Nepal is a country of extremes with a total area covering over 147,000 square kilometres. It’s bordered by China in the north and India in the south, west and east. Divided into three geographical zones, the high Himalayas, the mid Himalayas or Mountainous Region, and the flat sub-tropical Terai region, Subhasish Chakraborty finds an old friend with whom to explore Nepal.

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“Everyone should feel the duty and the pressure to keep the mountains clean. More than anything else, it is the sheer number of people who are now making ascents of the mountain that is causing the problems.” PAUL HART, MOUNTAINEER

he high Himalayan region extends in the north from west to east at an altitude of 4,000 to almost 9,000 metres. The world famous peaks of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna dominate the formidable range of eternal snows. The mid Himalayas consist of mountain ranges varying in height from over 1,500 to 4,877 metres. Below these lie the Churia range. Fertile valleys of various widths and altitudes lie between these mountain and hill ranges. The southern belt stretches east-west varying in width between 26 to 32 kilometres, and with a maximum elevation of about 300 metres. Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is full of shrines, temples, palaces, palace squares and ageless sculptures now an integral part of the city. Amazingly, Kathmandu is the only city in the world with seven World Heritage Sites (Cultural) located within a radius of 20 kilometres. Being in Kathmandu is like walking through the pages of history. In Nepal, tourism is the most important industry after agriculture and contributes substantially to the quality of life for local people. As a socioeconomic activity, tourism touches the life of every Nepali citizen in one way or the other. As such it’s imperative Nepal should resolve to maintain its tourism industry through sustainable and value based tourism. I consider myself fortunate to have been able to serve the cause of Nepalese tourism and promote the concept of sustainable tourism in the late 1990s from Delhi and more recently. Last year, by a stroke of luck, one of my childhood school friends, Ang Tshering Lama, called and informed me about his rise as one of Nepal’s most renowned mountaineer and high-altitude trekking expedition organisers. After a flurry of phone calls and lots of emails, I just couldn’t say no when Ang requested me to visit Nepal and see for myself the state of this Himalayan wonderland. Ang and I grew up together and he was always fond of the outdoors. Moving to Delhi to further my education, we lost touch. No wonder then that we shared an emotional few minutes after I landed at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan Airport on an evening flight and Ang was there to greet me. After spending a couple of days at leisure and sightseeing in >>>

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Mount Everest – cleaning up the mess

and around Kathmandu city, it was time to focus on the question of how best to make the sustainable tourism agenda a success. Leaving behind Kathmandu’s impressive heritage and warm Himalayan hospitality, Ang decided to embark on a trek to the Everest Base Camp to experience first hand the state of affairs in the high Himalayas. However, with the news of inclement weather being flashed on television, we decided not to take any undue risk and instead opted for a helicopter trip. After fastening our seat belts and with the helicopter attaining height, the scene below of the city of Kathmandu seemed like a fairytale land, draped with temples and pagodas. More surprises awaited us as the helicopter whizzed past the Kathmandu valley and the magical sight of the array of some of the highest mountain peaks in the world flashed before our eyes. After a thrilling half-an-hour flight, we reached the high Himalayan town of Lukla and the first brush of the mountain air that hit me as I disembarked from the helicopter was bone chilling. Being someone from the plains of India, exposed to scorching summer months, Ang knew I would be facing problems and provided me with a weatherproof jacket. As we checked in at the specialty tent, I saw in disbelief my own image in the mirror. With the jacket on, I already looked like a sturdy ‘mountain man’. After an impromptu lunch, Ang and I decided to have a short nap inside the tent before venturing outdoors. Outside, a hurricane-like wind was blowing, and from the tiny hole in my otherwise sophisticated tent, I could see a group of cherubic young ones playing hide-and-seek, while womenfolk were busy cooking food in traditional wood-fired mud ovens. For someone like me, it was unbelievable how in spite of such harsh weather conditions, people could still survive and sustain themselves at such great mountain heights. I was told by Ang that Lukla is a tiny Sherpa village located at an awesome height of 2,860 metres above sea level. Practically perched on Dudh-Koshi, Lukla is a trekker’s paradise and a popular starting point for treks to Mount Everest. In Lukla every lodge and tent owner knows Ang Tshering Lama’s name. There is lots of tented accommodation available in the village and not everybody visits to conquer Everest, although the number of Everest aspirants is sizeable, as I was to discover during my numerous mountain walks with Ang for company. Nepal is a mountaineer’s paradise. From the days of the advent of modern tourism during the sixties, Nepal has beckoned trekkers from the world over. The focal point of attraction luring discerning trekkers are Nepal’s majestic and awesome peaks, blessed with eight of the world’s highest nestled in the lap of the Himalayas. According to Ang, it’s not just the height that lures trekkers to Nepal as some of the world’s most challenging waterways are here. The region has one of the richest bio-diversities anywhere in the world, unparalleled National Parks and game sanctuaries and, above all, a diverse population with a great array of culture.

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Back in Kathmandu, as we sat by the cozy fireplace at Ang’s home, he was a touch emotional about the sorry state of affairs in Nepal’s high altitude trekking and mountaineering sector. The South Col holds the key for mountaineers determined to climb Mount Everest. It’s the launching pad from which all expeditions make their way up to the summit. Considered the most hostile place on planet earth, it’s 7,900 metres above sea level, lashed by 100 to 140 mph winds and frozen by temperatures running below minus 40 to 100 degree Celsius. According to Ang, the region today enjoys the dubious distinction of having become the world’s highest graveyard. Strewn with garbage and dead bodies of unfortunate climbers, mountaineers dread having to camp there today. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbed Everest in 1953. Then it seemed to be a feat. Today, anyone could do it. It is quite common to find 300 people from 15 teams simultaneously camped at the base camp. The numbers of climbers are rising. Two people climbed the summit in 1970, ten in 1980, but with the advancement of technology, as many as 72 had conquered Everest in 1990, and the number keeps on increasing every year. The reason for this is that one can conquer Everest with state of the art equipment including titanium bottles, packed power bars and Gatorade for nourishment. Climbers wear six layers of space age thermal clothing, designed to give protection from temperatures up to minus 30 to 40 degrees Celsius. What is more, each climber has a handheld radio set for the progress of the expedition through satellites and computers. Climbers can call home and even send e-mails from the summit. Attempts have been made to clean the area, but as part of the sustainable tourism agenda it’s imperative to complete the operation so that one of the world’s greatest natural wonders can be restored to its pristine glory. For many years, mountaineers worldwide have been clamouring that the Government of Nepal pass a law making it mandatory for expeditions to bring down the bodies of dead climbers. The Everest experience also has lessons with regard to mankind’s forays into virgin territories such as Antarctica and the unexplored realms of outer space, which are also becoming cluttered with debris of our civilisation. During his lifetime, Sir Edmund Hillary vehemently drew the attention of the environmentalists, pointing out the critical area of neglect in caring for the environment. Now, with Everest already becoming a junkyard as well as a graveyard, a combined effort and co-operation will be required to rectify the situation. Once cleaned, a restricted and environmentally friendly climb to the summit is the only way to preserve one of the world’s greatest natural wonders.

The Everest National Park can be visited throughout the year and covers 1,148 square kilometres of wilderness. As the name suggests, the Park includes the highest peak in the world – Mount Everest – and several other impressive, challenging Himalayan peaks. What overwhelmed me most was the sheer richness of the flora and fauna of this region. Wild animals include the Himalayan Thar, Serow, Goral and the rare and elusive Snow Leopard. The Shey Phuksundo National Park harbours one of the world’s largest habitats of the Snow Leopard, Blue Sheep, Wolf and other rare wildlife species. Better known as the Hidden Valley of Crystal Mountain, the Shey Phuksundo National Park is less than a week’s trek and takes visitors nearer to one of the most desolate places on earth – the Tibetan plateau as it dips into Nepal. Thus, trekkers get to enjoy a slice of Tibetan landscape, culture and lifestyle whilst still being in Nepal. What more could you ask for?  essence INFO For further information on high altitude trekking expeditions and mountaineering in Nepal: Ang’s Himalayan Adventures, P.O. Box 1384, Kathmandu, Nepal Website: www.angshimalayanadventures.com Email: ang.himalayas@gmail.com Telephone: #977-1-4497192 and #977-9-841255380


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Duke of York Square Fine Food Market In the heart of fashionable King’s Road, discover this delightful food market. Each Saturday, this popular venue attracts local customers and ardent foodies from around the capital. This year it is running a Gourmet Gift Market between 3 to 4 December as an extra-special festive addition to the usual Saturday market. Stalls will be offering everything from personalised gingerbread, artisan confectionery and fresh fish, to some delicious, seasonal drinks. And don’t forget to visit nearby Partridges, –

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one of the most famous food stores in London, to pick up wonderful preserves, teas, coffees and all manner of pantry essentials, which also make for great Christmas gifts too. Open every Saturday between 10am–4pm Duke of York Square Fine Food Market 19 Duke of York Square, King's Road, London SW3 4LY Website: www.dukeofyorksquare.com

Camden Christmas Market A trip to Camden isn’t complete without a visit to the famous market and its incredible street food. The sights, smells and sheer array of choice are enough to have the most ardent foodie salivating over the stalls. And come this festive season there is even more of a reason to visit with the Season’s Eatings event on Thursday 22 December which offers up a wonderful selection of foodie gifts – the perfect opportunity to pick up a few, lastminute Christmas presents. Visitors will also find many of the market’s favourite foodie regulars, including Voodoo Ray’s Pizza, Club Mexicana, Burger & Beyond and The Mac Factory. This market is particularly good to visit with friends for a delicious after-work bite and drinks. Open every day between 10am-late A Very Camden Christmas from 17 November–22 December Camden Market 54-56 Camden Lock Place, London NW1 8AF Website: www.camdenmarket.com

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where visitors can enjoy a cup of hot, mulled wine and peruse stalls for Christmas ideas. I can also recommend one of its most popular stalls that sells an extensive selection of flavoured coffees – a great idea for foodie Christmas gifts. Open from 10am–5.30pm, seven days a week until 24 December. Closed 25 December. Open 26 to 31 December. Greenwich Market Greenwich High Road, London SE10 9HZ Website: www.greenwichmarketlondon.com >>>

Borough Market London’s most famous market becomes the ultimate foodie destination as the festive season draws nearer, with even more culinary happenings than usual. Vendors bring out their seasonal specialities including fruit preserves, cakes, perfectly prepared meats and hot mulled cider. Also, for those who haven’t been to Borough Market before, it’s well regarded for its incredible range of cheeses, so to create that perfect cheeseboard, this is the place. As well as foodie stalls full to the brim with seasonal offerings, watch the demonstration kitchen in action with a fantastic lineup of guest chefs ready to take visitors through some delicious recipes. The market is also extending its hours through the Christmas period, so it’s the perfect opportunity for some after-work shopping. For full Christmas and New Year opening times, see the Borough Market website for details: boroughmarket.org.uk Borough Market 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL Website: www.boroughmarket.org.uk

Greenwich Market A journey south of the river isn’t complete without a visit to historic Greenwich Market. It has grown to up to 150 stalls selling a wonderful variety of handcrafted gift items, as well as delicious foodie favourites. This market is a great place to pick up freshly made produce, including beautiful handmade cupcakes, crunchy churros and warming curries. From 1 December right through to Christmas Eve, this market will be open seven days a week. It makes for a wonderful Saturday afternoon,

Profile: Stephanie Brookes Based in London, Stephanie, a leading food writer and presenter, is considered the ‘go-to’ contact for recommendations of the best places to eat in London and beyond. Stephanie’s fresh approach sees her celebrating food, whether it is discovering the hottest street food, dining at Michelin-starred restaurants, seeking out up and coming eateries or experiencing the newest food markets around. Stephanie’s passion has seen her land the food expert contributor spot on BBC Radio London, exploring London’s thriving culinary scene on the Jo Good and Simon Lederman Saturday show. The segment has proved to be very popular, and she enjoys giving her food recommendations as well as detailing the hottest food trends and current happenings in the food world. Stephanie is highly sought after by brands as her social platform is continually growing and is a resource for anyone looking for the best food suggestions around. Last year saw Stephanie launch her official website covering reviews, what’s new and her latest culinary obsessions. With her wit and unique outlook, she is attracting the attention of food lovers everywhere.

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Real Food Christmas Market The redevelopment of Kings Cross has brought about a revitalised food scene with a number of great restaurants and cafes in the area. Discover the popular Real Food Market which is becoming well known for its top quality artisan produce. This Christmas it will be running a special Real Food Christmas Market: the perfect place to shop for any last minute Christmas food items on the way to visit family. However, for those who have time to make an afternoon of it, I highly recommend visiting this wonderful market, where the emphasis is always on quality produce and vendors are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. From the mouthwatering, hand-filled cannoli, to Christmas hams and cheeses, this market will have many of those much-loved Christmas food items ticked off the shopping list. Real Food Christmas Market open Wednesday 14 to Friday 23 December, 12 noon–7pm daily The Real Food Market runs every Wednesday to Friday, 12 noon–7pm on Kings Cross Square, Euston Road, London N1C 9AL Website: www.realfoodfestival.co.uk

Southbank Winter Market A sign that the festive season has well and truly begun is when the delightful wooden chalets of this market line a stretch of the South Bank. The scent of mulled wine mingling with roasted chestnuts is a sure sign the Southbank Winter Market is back for another year. It’s the perfect

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place to bring the whole family who will delight not only in the food stalls, but also the handmade craft items including toys, jewellery and Christmas decorations. This market is known for its array of chocolate stalls where I purchased several sweet-inspired gifts last year. It’s also great for food on the go, and with the incredible view of the River Thames, it’s an event not to be missed. Open until Sunday 8 January Southbank Winter Market Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX Website: www.southbankcentre.co.uk essence INFO Website: www.stephaniebrookes.com Twitter: @stephbrookes


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Festive favourites It will soon be Christmas, and what better way to celebrate the season and bring festive cheer to a garden than with two traditional favourites – holly and ivy. Countless cards carry their images, often with leaves touched by frost or covered with a crisp layer of snow, and garden displays will have even greater appeal, says The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA).

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olly and ivy are perfect garden plants, and they’ll provide material for indoor arrangements and table decorations too. What better way to welcome visitors over the Christmas period than with a woven wreath made using holly, ivy and other seasonal flowers and foliage picked from the garden? Both plant families offer a wide range of wonderful evergreen varieties, with many boasting beautifully variegated leaves. Fruits and berries provide seasonal food for hungry birds, but to preserve a few sprigs to enjoy indoors, protect berry-laden branches with pieces of tightly fastened fine netting or fleece to keep birds away. Holly is hardy and evergreen, making it an ideal shrub to form part of the backbone or structure every garden needs. The common or English holly (Ilex aquifolium) grows across the country, but as well as choosing holly with glossy green leaves, there are lots of different cultivars with more colourful foliage. Most holly plants are either male or female, so to ensure a crop of berries, a female variety needs to be grown, and ensure there’s a male nearby to pollinate its flowers. However, don’t always take the name Holly varieties including Ilex Golden King PHOTO COPYRIGHT: ADAM PASCO MEDIA

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Top four favourite holly varieties From green to gold, silver and cream, choose holly varieties that add interest to a garden right through the year, including these award-winning varieties.

w ‘Golden King’ – Berrying female variety w ‘Silver Queen’ – Male variety w ‘J.C. van Tol’ – Self-fertile berrying female variety w Hedgehog Holly (Ilex ‘Ferox Argentea’) – Male variety

as a guarantee of the plant’s sex, as the popular ‘Silver Queen’ is actually male, and ‘Golden King’ is a female berry-bearing variety! For those who want berries and only have room for one plant, then look out for self fertile ‘J.C. van Tol’ which also has almost thornless elliptical green leaves. With thick evergreen growth and spiny foliage, holly is also a good choice of shrub to form a dense and secure boundary hedge to a property. Most varieties carry spiny leaves, but for something with extra deterrent consider the variegated Hedgehog Holly (Ilex ‘Ferox Argentea’). Holly can also be tightly clipped into formal shapes and topiary too. Leaf sizes and shapes vary enormously between varieties, so explore the Ilex family to discover more. For instance, the Box-leaved or Japanese Holly is often used to create small topiary features. Or for something a little different, search out varieties of Blue Holly (Ilex x meserveae) that produce deep green leaves with a bluish tinge. >>>

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Top four favourite ivy varieties Dozens of ivy varieties are available, and many of the best have received an Award of Garden Merit (AGM) from the Royal Horticultural Society. Here are a few of the most popular ivy varieties to consider for the garden and patio pots. w ‘Sulphur Heart’ (also sometimes called ‘Paddy’s Pride’) – Hedera colchica ‘Dentata Variegata’ w ‘Glacier’ – versatile variegated variety, often used in indoor arrangements w ‘Ivalace’ – attractive crimpled and lobed green leaves

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Other holly varieties also highly recommended w Ilex x altaclerensis ‘Lawsoniana’ – Berrying female variety w Ilex aquifolium ‘Argentea Marginata’ – variegated female variety w Ilex aquifolium ‘Madame Briot’ – variegated female variety w Ilex aquifolium ‘Handsworth New Silver’ – prolific berrying female. Variegated foliage

w Blue Holly Ilex x meserveae – including Blue Angel, Blue Prince and Blue Princess

Other ivy varieties also highly recommended: w ‘Gloire de Marengo’ w ‘Goldheart’ (also called ‘Oro di Bogliasco’) w Hedera helix ‘Parsley Crested’

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Ivy is a valuable climber or ground cover plant, perfect for a shady spot or for cladding bare fences or garden structures. However, it must be kept within bounds with regular pruning to prevent it spreading too far or becoming invasive. Hundreds of varieties have been bred over the years, and many garden favourites have colourful leaf forms or attractive variegated patterns adding to their appeal. Established ivy carries flowers late in the season that provide valuable nectar for late-flying butterflies and bees, as well as great nesting site opportunities for blackbirds and others. Small-leaved ivy trails gracefully down the sides of baskets and containers, the perfect partner for many flowering and foliage plants. So, for a traditional touch to seasonal displays, check out the varieties of holly and ivy available at local garden centres and nurseries now. v

Top tips for planning and planting w Prune holly carefully with secateurs to shorten individual shoots

rather than a hedge cutter or shears that can tear and damage leaves. w Established, overgrown holly can be cut back hard in spring to encourage new growth to develop from nearer the base to revitalise old plants. w Ivy can be invasive, so check growth regularly through the year, snipping off wayward shoots to keep plants in check. w Plain green shoots sometimes develop on variegated plants. Prune these away at their base as soon as they are spotted.

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This book is the perfect companion for every home grower who wants to fill their garden with old and interesting varieties while helping to save threatened or forgotten plants. Heirloom plants often have a charm lacking in commercially produced varieties. Unless these seeds are grown and saved, they will not only be forgotten, but lost too. Based on the seed catalogues of Thomas Etty, the book lists exciting cultivars, along with profiles and growing tips. Responsible gardening, certainly, but with more than a hint of romance; who could resist the lure of the splendid Hubbard Green Warty squash, or the Green Zebra tomato? Thomas Etty Esq is the UK’s only dedicated heritage seed company and was set up over twenty years ago by Ray Warner. The company name is inspired by Ray’s great, great, great grandfather who himself dealt in seeds in the nineteenth century. Ray is the dedicated seedsman behind this heirloom seed company with Thomas Etty Esq sourcing seeds dating from the seventeenth century to the end of World War II, all from small-scale seed suppliers from the UK and Europe. Lorraine Harrison is a keen practical gardener with a master’s degree in garden history. In addition to contributing to the gardening quarterly Hortus, she has authored a number of books, among them the bestselling Latin for Gardeners. “A strikingly produced compendium of heirloom vegetables, fruit and flowers” – The Bookseller By Lorraine Harrison & Ray Warner, seed catalogues written by Thomas Etty 224 pages • Hardback • Illustrations throughout ISBN: 9781782403173 • RRP: £18.99 essence INFO

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the current 520PS S8. This sonorous V8 biturbo unit is extensively modified resulting in this stately super saloon taking a mere 3.8 seconds to blast past 62 mph, after which it swiftly pulls towards an electronically limited 155mph top speed. The full force of this prodigious output hits the road via an eight-speed tiptronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive and that, ladies and gents, makes this the fastest accelerating limousine you can buy. What makes the car so special? Well, once inside and encased in the leather seats, relax with the massage feature. Look round and see one of the most solidly built interiors that could be wished for: very Germanic and a veritable cocoon.

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I thought the whole point of having a limo was to exude a stateliness and serenity, rather than try and rival more sporty colleagues, but try telling that to this car. Stateliness, of course, is not a problem on Britain’s roads with motorway speeds of around 40 mph for most of the time, and will continue to be, despite the government’s proposal to spend billions on improving congestion. Insomniacs will be the only ones who will have the chance to unleash this big barge. With all the extra power there’s some welcome and necessary options over the standard S8 in the Dynamic Pack. One of which is the use of carbon ceramic brake discs and the pack also increases the inhibitor from 155 mph to 189 mph. Audi say the car will do over 200 mph, but it’s been


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Party beauty and skin recovery Jacqui Casey of Epsom Skin Clinics provides some of the best skin solutions and top make up tips to make those planning their Christmas or New Year’s Eve party looks feel festively fabulous!

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he sun has disappeared and temperatures have dropped, but there's no reason why we shouldn’t show off our pins, ensuring they look their best though: smooth and moisturised with a hint of tan. Now’s the best time to start thinking about laser hair removal: organise a laser session prior to the party season and then add a hint of colour ready for the main event. Here at Epsom Skin Clinics, we love Jane Iredale Tantasia, a two-in-one moisturising, natural bronzer and self-tanner for face and body which activates a beautiful, natural-appearing, long-lasting colour. This sensitivity-tested formula makes it ideal for use on face and body: a good exfoliation and application a few days prior is all that is needed. For those who require a facial that isn’t going to cause too much downtime, but will encourage a healthy glow, opt for a skin peel. We are often asked: “If I opt for a skin peel, am I going to look like Samantha (Sex and the City) did when she had one?” Our answer is that this is all dependent on the strength of the peel. It’s very important before having any treatment to ensure there is full understanding of any procedure being undertaken. Our skin peels here at Epsom Skin Clinics work superficially and usually contain combinations of lactic, salicylic, glycolic or mandelic acids which are designed to exfoliate skin and encourage it to refresh itself. This treatment can be used to refresh hands and the neck as well. If Christmas is a booze-filled fest, or perhaps the New Year is anticipated as the start of a ‘new you’, joining a gym, booking a holiday or taking care of physical appearance may be top of the list in 2017. Taking vitamins is beneficial to everyone. However, when actually swallowing a vitamin, the natural absorption process can make up to 85% of it useless. This means only 15% of active nutrients find their way into the bloodstream. Receiving vitamins and minerals through an ‘IV’ Vitamindrip means they enter the bloodstream directly and

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immediately. Intravenous therapy is a treatment which uses nutrients such as vitamins or minerals administered directly into the bloodstream typically through a vein in the arm.

Stuck for make up inspiration? The internet is filled with bloggers showing how to recreate any look. A smokey eye is a timeless and classic style that's always glamorous, sophisticated and seductive. We love Jane Iredale’s In the Blink of a Smoky Eye Palette to create the ultimate smokey eye. Start with a sweep of ‘Bone’ just under the browbone and apply a dusting of ‘Pure Gold’ over, and then add ‘Dawn’ in the crease of the eye. Finish with Ebony Black blended from the lid to crease. For those concerned about fine lines around the mouth for that cheeky kiss under the mistletoe, then dermal fillers can naturally redefine and enhance lips for effective and long lasting results. If the New Year typically starts with resolutions, why not consider a course of the Fotona 4D facial laser system? This treatment provides up to four dimensions to work on deeper, medial and superficial connective structures of the skin, whilst targeting different skin imperfections. Combine all four treatments in a one hour session or pick the favourites, planning and leaving enough time to recover before any party to be picture perfect ready.

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Baleno have been protecting the most demanding of countryside enthusiasts from all weather as well as wrapping style around their innovation in Fabric and design. Stylish, warm and made to last, Baleno fuses technology with classic country fashion in addition to controlling the entire manufacturing and design process, an undeniable guarantee of quality.

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The Country Lifestyle range is specifically designed to meet the demands of a variety of country pursuits fused with a classy twist of British Heritage to offer both practicality and style when enjoying country life. Elegance and comfort is combined with the well known technical quality Baleno has been offering for around half a century. The Baleno Team

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The language of flowers The language of flowers must be the prettiest of all languages: an ancient practice of using flowers to convey messages between friends and lovers. For example, in Japan, cherry blossoms represent a time of renewal and the fleeting nature of life. Karen Millen’s autumn/winter 2016 Atelier II collection, shown here, embraces the symbolism of botanicals: the beautiful fragility of cherry blossoms, the sheltering essence of the frangipani and the strength and moral integrity of gladioli.

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Fashion | KAREN MILLEN Pearl satin gown £250

Pink satin v-neck dress £199

Oriental print silk kimono £250

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Great Britons of Photography Vol.1

THE DENCH DOZEN

Peter Dench presents this new collection of intimate, acute and heroically revealing insights into the lives and work of some of British photography’s most colourful characters. An instant classic, often hilarious, sometimes crazy, but always engaging. The content within this new book is the result of years of personal encounters between Peter Dench and his choice of photographers in conversation pieces that serve as a celebration of British photography and give a unique insight into the lives and professional practices of this impressive list of subjects.

“All of the photographers featured have shaped me in some way; sometimes professionally, more often, personally. I view each piece as a collaboration, a written account of our time together, a glimpse into the lives and practices of extraordinary photographers, all of course, with a healthy dose of Dench.”

Great Britons of Photography Vol.1 Includes Jocelyn Bain Hogg Laura Pannack Marcus Bleasdale Martin Parr Harry Borden Tom Stoddart John Bulmer Homer Sykes Chris Floyd Anastasia Taylor-Lind Brian Griffin Peter Dench [naturally]

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Says Peter: “All of the photographers featured have shaped me in some way; sometimes professionally, more often, personally. I view each piece as a collaboration, a written account of our time together, a glimpse into the lives and practices of extraordinary photographers, all of course, with a healthy dose of Dench.” essence info Hardback 160 pages with over 80 colour and black and white photographs Limited edition: 500 numbered copies of the first edition only £50 ISBN: 978-0-9926405-2-1 Available to purchase via HungryEyeMagazine.com and selected specialist outlets. Produced in association with Leica UK.

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Misfit It’s 1682 and Max, a young man in post-Cromwellian Haslemere, has been framed for two murders he didn’t commit. His only chance of escaping the gallows rests on the shoulders of a failed wine merchant called Travis. There’s only one problem: Travis won’t be born for another three hundred years. A murder mystery three centuries in the making, Misfit is a time shift thriller told with a historian’s eye for detail. It whisks readers from the gallows of Hindhead, to Wealden iron works, through Haslemere’s bustling market and inns, to its thrilling conclusion in the shadow of Blackdown. Francis Gimblett, local wine presenter and cheesemaker, spent five years researching the area to help provide a faithful portrayal of life in the hills around Haslemere during the period. By Francis Gimblett RRP: £5.99 Email: francis@tasteofthevine.co.uk Available via The Haslemere Book Shop

Audrey The 50s A stunning compilation of photographs showcasing Audrey Hepburn’s career in the 1950s – the decade that solidified her place as one of the world’s greatest stars of film and fashion. Audrey The 50s brings together the allure and elegance that made her the most iconic figure in modern fashion history. Photographed during the early days of her career, both on the sets of Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Funny Face, and other classic films, and in fashion photo shoots by top photographers who adored and immortalised her, these beautiful images radiate with Audrey’s waifish charm, ethereal beauty and effortless style. David Wills has carefully selected this collection of two hundred museumquality photos that capture Audrey in her prime as never before. Audrey The 50s displays this star at her brightest, and brings her legacy into perfect focus. Highlights include rare and classic images digitally restored, quotes from photographers, directors, and co-stars, and previously unpublished images. David Wills is an author, independent curator, photographic preservationist, and editor who has accrued one of the world’s largest independent archives of original photos, negatives, and transparencies. He has contributed material to many publications and museums. By David Wills, designed by Stephen Schmidt RRP: £25.00 Hardback Published by Dey Street Books www.deystreet.harpercollins.com

A Right Royal Scandal Two Marriages That Changed History A Right Royal Scandal recounts the fascinating history of the irregular love matches contracted by two successive generations of the Cavendish-Bentinck family, ancestors of the British Royal Family. The first part looks at the scandal that erupted in Regency London, just months after the Battle of Waterloo, when the widowed Lord Charles Bentinck eloped with the Duke of Wellington’s married niece. A messy divorce and a swift marriage followed, complicated by an unseemly tug-of-war over Lord Charles’ infant daughter from his first union. Over two decades later, and while at Oxford University, Lord Charles’ eldest son, known to his family as Charley, fell in love with a beautiful gypsy girl and secretly married her. He kept this union hidden from his family, in particular his uncle, William Henry Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck, 4th Duke of Portland, upon whose patronage he relied. When his alliance was discovered, his family, with devastating consequences, cast Charley adrift. Sarah Murden and Joanne Major are joint authors, brought together through their shared passion for history and genealogy, having met online via a genealogy forum. By Joanne Major and Sarah Murden RRP: £19.99 200 pages • Hardback • 32 illustrations ISBN: 9781473863422 Published by Pen & Sword Books Limited www.pen-and-sword.co.uk

London Bombed, Blitzed and Blown Up The British Capital Under Attack Since 1867 When it comes to being bombed, London is unique. From the first Irish Republican bomb in 1867, London and its population have been under almost constant assault. Terrorism features in virtually every decade from the 1860s to the present and has caused much damage, particularly during the late 1980s and early 1990s. However, by far the greatest destruction was from the air. The Zeppelin and Gotha bomber raids in the First World War being but a foretaste of what would happen in the Second. The capital was devastated by the Luftwaffe’s airplanes and then Hitler’s vengeance weapons, the V-1s and V-2s. After the Second World War, bombers returned, in the form of the IRA, and then the home-grown terrorists of 2005. Ian Jones’ career in bomb disposal spanned thirty-five years. As a major in the British Army, he served as CO for all bomb disposal personnel in Northern Ireland. After retirement, Ian served as an explosives officer for the Metropolitan Police. Ian was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1993. By Ian Jones RRP: £30.00 512 pages • Hardback • 32 illustrations ISBN: 9781473878990 Published by Pen & Sword Books Limited www.pen-and-sword.co.uk

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Seasonal and local food offers taste, health and even economic benefits. Crates Local Produce highlights the amazing seasonal produce available from our region.

At their best right now Crates Local Produce is located centrally within the historic market town of Horsham and bursts with fresh, seasonal food sourced directly from local producers. For more details see www.crateslocal.co.uk. Follow on Twitter @crateslocal or Facebook page Crates Local.

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Red cabbage

Of course, a variety of brassica, but the red cabbage has much more to offer than its very close cabbage relatives. With double the amount of iron and much more vitamin A than the green or white cabbages, this coloured vegetable packs a punch. A traditional accompaniment for Christmas dinner, red cabbage is also widely used raw in salads and is a perfect candidate for pickling. Also known in other areas of the world as purple cabbage, red or blue kraut, the red colour is more defined when grown in acidic soils with cabbages more purple in neutral soils. All red cabbages, however, turn blue when cooked without the addition of vinegar or other acidic additive. Due to these properties, red cabbage juice works well as a pH indicator. The red cabbage is one of the longest lasting winter vegetables and can be stored successfully for several months in a cool place.

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Sweet chestnuts

The chestnut is a wonderful addition to many dishes and was actually an important staple in the diet of Romans and Ancient Greeks. Even until the nineteenth century, chestnuts were the main source of carbohydrate for many communities living in forested areas. Foraging for sweet chestnuts is particularly rewarding, but should not be confused with the poisonous horse chestnut or conker. Look out for the spiky, hedgehog type shells containing at least three nuts in each casing. Fresh chestnuts can be easily bought at this time of year: the rich nut meat is ideal as a stuffing or added chopped to vegetables, in stews or even mashed instead of potato. Try chestnut flour for delicious cakes, pancakes and breads.


Food | CRATES LOCAL PRODUCE Chestnut rum mousse Aromatic red cabbage and beetroot

Aromatic red cabbage and beetroot SERVES FOUR AS A SIDE

Ingredients: One red cabbage Two apples, eaters Three large (raw) beetroot Two medium red onions Two glasses of red wine One cinnamon stick Two star anise 70g brown sugar 20g butter One teaspoon yeast extract Salt and pepper

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Method: w Thinly slice the red cabbage and onions, cut the beetroot into wedges and thickly slice the apples after coring. Mix one teaspoon of salt and black pepper into the sugar. w Using a heavy, large pan, start to layer a mix of the fruit and vegetables with a sprinkle of the sugar between each layer. w Dissolve the yeast extract in a little boiling water and combine with the wine and vinegar. Pour the liquid over the mix in the pan and break the butter into pieces to drop on top. w Cover the pan, bring to the boil and then turn down to a simmer for at least 15 minutes or more to soften further. w Serve with any roast or Christmas dinner. Great also for leftover buffet or sandwiches.

Chestnut rum mousse MAKES ONE LITRE

Ingredients: Two eggs Three tablespoons caster sugar Two tablespoons dark rum 125ml double cream 250g sweet chestnut purée or make as below For the chestnut purée: 350g roasted chestnuts One cup of granulated sugar Two cups of water One teaspoon vanilla extract Method: w If making the chestnut purée, score a cross on the flat side of each chestnut and boil for around 20 minutes. w Peel shells whilst still warm and chop into small pieces. w Combine with the sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil to then reduce heat and simmer for around 30 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated. w After removing from the heat, add vanilla and strain the mixture which will leave a syrup, set this aside. w Blend the mix until smooth and add back in the syrup. Allow to cool before using. w Separate the eggs and beat the whites until stiff, set aside. w Whisk the yolks with two tablespoons of caster sugar until smooth and add in the chestnut purée, rum and mix all well. w Fold in the egg whites to the chestnut mixture and when all is light and fluffy, transfer to serving glasses and put in the fridge for at least two to three hours before serving.

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Perfect pies Food writer Shirlee Posner of Eat Surrey introduces essence readers to delicious traditional meat pies made by hand for farm shops and direct to the public in true cottage industry style by Carolyn Smith.

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eat packed, home-baked pies are made with top quality ingredients by experienced dedicated pie maker Carolyn Smith who is famed for her culinary prowess. Products like these are the epitome of what a really good meat pie should be! Quality local ingredients, fresh stock, gravy and, of course, perfect handcrafted pastry. I love modern contemporary cooking, but sometimes seriously need a throwback to the traditional. Meat filled pies with gravy or a creamy sauce are part of our food culture. Eel pies sold by hawkers in London were one of the first fast foods we had and there are still some old school pie and mash shops around the UK. When done well, a meat pie is hard to beat, but it takes time and a good skill set to confidently produce. On a recent visit to Secretts Farm Shop, I met Carolyn who had just started her own pie business. The pies she had delivered looked fantastic and I wanted to find out more. Carolyn lives just a mile away from the farm shop down a leafy Milford lane. On arrival, I was shown into the newly built kitchen, the core of her business. Well designed, spotless and professional, it was no surprise that Carolyn was awarded Five Stars for food hygiene by Waverley Council. Unlike many small food business start-ups, Carolyn knew exactly what she was getting herself into as she has years of pie making experience up her sleeve and her kitchen and its organisation reflects this. Starting her early career as a pub chef, Carolyn took time out to raise her children. Returning to work

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Sally, pictured left, and Carolyn, right

years later, she worked for Country Cooks who produced a range of hot and cold eating pies for a local butcher. This experience gave her a good understanding of what products sell in this category. The market sector is divided into hot and cold eating pies. Hot pies have meat or poultry with a gravy or white sauce, which creates a delicious middle to a good pastry case. Cold eating pies are known for hot water crusts (usually made with lard or white fat) and minced or cubed meat which is finished with a jelly. When boiling down bones for stock, it will solidify when cold, but


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Quality ingredients are used in Carolyn's home-made pies

Pork, Cranberry & Cointreau tarts These tarts are perfect to serve during the festive season. Easy to make, with the minimum of fuss, it's possible to take short cuts with ready rolled pastry and freeze the filling ahead of time. Use Seville orange jelly for the glaze, but any sweet, clear jelly will work, such as quince, redcurrant or cranberry. Makes 18 Ingredients 450g good quality sausage meat One small bunch of thyme, finely chop half and retain the rest for a garnish One orange One 300g pack of fresh cranberries Five tablespoons Cointreau Two tablespoons Seville orange marmalade jelly Two packs ready rolled short crust pastry Two clementines or satsumas, peeled and broken into segments Method Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4 Mix together the sausage meat and chopped thyme. Grate the orange zest and then remove pith from the orange and dice the fruit. Add the zest and fruit to the pork mix. Finely chop 180g of cranberries (I used a food processor) and add to the pork with one tablespoon of Cointreau. If the sausage meat has not been seasoned, add salt and freshly ground black pepper. Line two bun tins with pastry and add a spoon of pork mixture to each. Bake in a preheated oven for 25 minutes. While they are cooking, make the topping. Place the Cointreau and Seville orange jelly in a pan and bring to the boil. Add the cranberries and clementine segments and simmer for four to five minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat and allow to cool. When the tarts are out of the oven spoon over the glaze. Allow to cool before serving. For the topping to sit flat on top of the tarts, use deeper muffin trays which offer a higher side so tarts will be easier to top with the cranberry mixture. Garnish with sprigs of thyme and serve.

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aspic or gelatine can be added to achieve this too. The solidified stock is added to the pie once it’s cooked to fill the cavity at the top to make it air tight and add texture and flavour. There are a few commercial pie making companies around, but they tend to have a high sauce to meat ratio, thick pastry and lack the finesse of the handmade, unsurprisingly as profit is king. This is where Carolyn is different. She prides herself on producing the real deal, the sort of pies that granny would make, packed with meat, chicken, ham, mushrooms or leeks. Carolyn, for example, makes pies for Black Barn Butchers in Milford using their meat. Free-range chicken, ham and beef is poached or casseroled and seasoned into scrumptious fillings. These are then chilled and packed into pastry cases which can be bought from Black Barn’s fridges and freezers to cook at home. In contrast, pies for the farm shops are ready cooked and just need heating through again before eating. These pies come in foil trays and should be reheated in an oven, not in a microwave. Microwave ovens heat food by vibrating the water molecules and destroy pastry, making it soggy to eat. On pie production days, Carolyn works with her sister, Sally, who looks after the paperwork. The day before a pie making session, Carolyn prepares fillings and pastry. Poaching chickens, she reserves stock for the silky white sauce that accompanies the filling. Beef is cooked with red wine for some recipes and mushrooms for others. Carolyn rings regular customers for orders and then may also have a few additional pies to make for >>>

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individuals. As a new business, but with a hardcore following, Carolyn sells direct to consumers as well as butchers and farm shops. Secretts was the first farm shop to take her pies as they knew of her from Country Cooks: they were keen to support her new venture, realising their customers would love her fabulous pies. The price of these pies reflects the level of filling and quality of the ingredients: individual pies start at £3.85 and a larger one for two from £8.75; keen pricing given that similar products are inferior. Whilst pie making, Sally dons her apron too, as she is key here to making a production day go smoothly. Carolyn makes a core range of products, but once a pie is finished, it has to be identified. So the trick is to use pastry cut outs in the form of animals and letters. For instance, a chicken and leek pie will have a chicken pastry topper and the letter L on top. No chance of a mix up here. The day I was with them, they were producing pies for Black Barn and Secretts. So all the meat for these came from the butcher. David Mitchell’s meat is always top notch, and it’s all local too, apart from the chicken which comes from Crediton. The pies are produced and baked to a strict production sheet. Filling for each pie is weighed and labelled, with the pie topping brushed with an egg glaze before being labelled and baked. Chilled and packed for delivery later in the day, this is as close to an old school cottage industry as possible. It is really heart warming (and so are the pies) to see the local food movement is alive and kicking in our county.

restaurants, artisan food producers and farm shops in Surrey. A supporter of the local food movement with an aim to promote, support and champion their work. I always tell a personal story by taking the time to meet the people behind the products or the brand. Read my reviews here www.eatsurrey.co.uk Twitter: @eatsurrey Instagram: @eatsurrey Telephone: 07917 891881 Email: eatsurrey@gmail.com

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A peach of a pub Reputed to be the largest village in England, Cranleigh is the setting for Laura Scott’s latest food review of The Richard Onslow pub. ALL IMAGES PHOTO COPYRIGHT: THE RICHARD ONSLOW

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or the last six years, The Richard Onslow has been run by The Peach Pub Company which likes to ensure all of its pubs are individually designed to suit their surroundings, respecting the integrity of buildings and their history, as well as sourcing ingredients from excellent producers around the UK. This thriving local pub was almost full by the time we arrived for our meal on a Saturday night. It seemed THE place to be with tables packed with families, couples and friends. The Richard Onslow’s dining room, coloured a gorgeous shade of aubergine, with grand chandeliers hanging from high ceilings, had a relaxed warm atmosphere. I’m not sure if the colour of the walls had any influence on my thoughts, but it immediately made me want to order red wine and settle down in this welcoming room. The oft-changing, seasonal menu had a great selection of dishes from which to choose. To begin, we chose Brixham crab cakes, spring onion, chilli and coriander and pan fried Brixham scallops with

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chorizo, confit shallots and seashore vegetables. Crisp nuggets of crab were served with plenty of good chilli heat and the ubiquitous sweet chilli sauce. The scallops were the biggest hit: cooked perfectly, utterly plump and fresh from the sea, they were the stars of the show. Main choices consisted of braised halibut with salsify, olives, tomato and artichoke and 28 day dry-aged rib eye supplied by award-winning butchers Aubrey Allen. The steak came with chunky chips and a garnish of mushrooms, onion rings and grilled tomatoes, as well as our chosen extra: garlic herb butter. The meaty, richly-flavoured halibut has always been one of my favourite fish to eat. I would have happily eaten it with just the salsify, artichokes, olives and tomato, but it also came with some buttery mash. Because of this, I felt the dish needed a sauce to bring it together: something simple to not detract from the fish itself. The rib eye was as good as it gets: cooked and rested so that the rosy pink meat was a pleasure to eat. The Richard Onslow e


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It had an intense rich flavour, was well seasoned and cut through with ease. It hardly needed the accompanying garlic butter – that ’s how good it was. Sides were fine, but surplus to requirement. A few chips to mop up the juices were more than enough. The only misjudgement was to serve chips below the steak, a pet hate of mine. I only like chips when they come in pots or cones so they have no chance of becoming soggy. The whole point of a chip is to stay crisp: perhaps something The Richard Onslow could look into? Also, I would have loved to see skinny fries on the menu. There is something a little dated about chunky steak chips, so it would be good to offer an alternative for us skinny fry lovers. To finish the meal, a lemon posset with blackberry jelly, which was great in taste but it wasn’t set! I suspect the cream might not have been heated through sufficiently to set the lemon and the jelly would have worked better as a compote, but the buttery homemade shortbread was delightful. Along with the posset, we tried out the cheeseboard, a strategy in discovering an establishment’s commitment to placing as much emphasis on the quality of their cheeses as placed in all other aspects of the meal experience. This cheeseboard was a real winner: by far the best I’ve tasted. >>> A full cheese board

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28 day dry aged Rump Steak

Included were five cheeses, four of which were British, with the fifth French. The French option – a Camembert Gillot AOC – had too much of an aftertaste and a sour note to it. Included amongst the other four British cheeses were Pave Cobble (ash coated ewe’s milk cheese from Somerset), Quicke’s cloth bound goat’s milk Cheddar from Devon, Wyfe of Bath (organic cow’s milk cheese inspired by Gouda) and Cropwell Bishop organic Stilton from The Peak District. Each of the cheeses was served in prime condition and came with a spiced, sticky fig chutney and good quality crackers. After speaking to the excellent and informative general manager, we discovered that The Richard Onslow and the other pubs (of which there are several) that form The Peach Pub Company place a huge amount of importance on sourcing their ingredients, especially supporting British produce. They source all fish from Brixham in Devon, grassfed, dry-aged beef from the Queen’s butcher Aubrey Allen, Cornish lamb and free range chicken, eggs and pork. They also invest in great chefs who are allowed to put their own mark on seasonal menus. The success of this pub is largely down to the regularity of the changing seasonal menus. Not only are there interesting, innovative meat and fish dishes, but vegetarian choices are streets ahead of many of its competitors with ideas such as roast cauliflower steak, puy lentils, hazelnut, raisin and caper and wild mushroom galette, truffled celeriac purée and

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balsamic dressing. The chefs are definitely aware of the importance of catering for all customers equally and creatively and food is priced competitively considering the quality of ingredients used. The locals of Cranleigh seem to consider The Richard Onslow a safe bet for good food on a weekend night. If it’s anything like this during the week, competitors will have a fight on their hands attracting these customers away. Especially where steak is concerned.  essence INFO The Richard Onslow 113-117 High Street, Cranleigh Village, Surrey GU6 8AU Website: www.therichardonslow.co.uk Telephone: 01483 274922 Laura Scott: www.howtocookgoodfood.co.uk


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Baking | JEN’S CUPCAKERY

JOLLY GINGERBREAD CAKE

with Amaretto crumb

Nothing says Christmas like the subtle spiced scents of ginger and cinnamon. This ginger cake is a great alternative to the traditional Christmas cake and offers moist sponge with a filling of ginger cream cheese and the added crunch of Amaretto biscuits. Top with whatever festive frills take the fancy. We baked some little gingerbread men, then added candy canes, chocolate coins and some glitter. Happy Christmas from Jen’s Cupcakery!

TOP TIP: For more of a showstopper, slice each cake in half to make a four layer cake and drizzle with toffee icing. Ingredients For the cakes: w 175g butter w 175g soft brown sugar w 175g golden syrup w 200ml milk w Two eggs w 325g self raising flour w Two teaspoons ground ginger w One teaspoon cinnamon w One and a half teaspoons bicarbonate of soda For the cream cheese frosting: w 175g cream cheese w 450g icing sugar, sifted w 125g unsalted butter, at room temperature w Half teaspoon ginger w Six to seven small Amaretto biscuits Method w Preheat the oven to 160°C/320°F. Grease and line two six inch cake tins. w Melt the butter, sugar and syrup in a saucepan over a low heat. When the three ingredients are melted, remove the pan from the heat. w Add the milk to the mix of melted ingredients and blend until smooth. Add the eggs and mix in. Finally, fold in the flour, ginger and bicarbonate of soda and mix well before pouring in to the tins: it’s quite a fluid mixture. w Bake for about 35 minutes, then check every ten minutes until a skewer comes out clean w Remove the cakes from the oven and leave for five minutes before turning out on to a wire rack. w Whilst waiting for the cakes to cool, make up the cream cheese frosting by creaming the butter, then adding the icing sugar until a crumb-like texture is achieved, at which point add the cream cheese and ginger. Mix until smooth. w Sandwich the cakes with cream cheese and some of the Amaretto biscuits – just break with your fingers into a crumb, you want a bit of texture. Swirl some icing on top and then decorate. w Enjoy with a nice cup of tea, but the cake will keep for a good few days in an airtight tin.

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Handling divorce Judith Fitton, Partner at Mundays LLP, discusses how to approach the difficult issues of divorce and separation. How to be a good divorce client ivorce and separation are a fact of life and about 40% of children have parents who do not live together. Yes, it can be very sad, but being brave enough to face a positive change in your living arrangements and finances can enable both of you to move on and hopefully be much happier in the future. To ensure that you manage your divorce well, it would help to be aware of some common pitfalls. Be civil to your ex, especially in front of your children. You may need to accept that there are always two sides to every story, and it is likely to be better for your children if they can see mum and dad continuing to talk and agreeing arrangements. The children need both of you in a fit state emotionally and financially to continue to look after them and co-parent effectively in the future. Try not to use your divorce lawyer as a therapist. We are here to help, support and advise you and we need to know how you are feeling, but costs can increase very quickly if you want to chat things over with us on a daily basis. Do your homework. There are a lot of forms to be completed for a financial case and many documents to be collected. The more administrative work you can do yourself, the more you can keep your divorce costs down. Be realistic about your financial claims and what money is likely to be available to meet your needs, your ex’s needs and the needs of the children. We will encourage you to make commercial decisions with your head, not your

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Judith is a Partner in the Family Team at Mundays LLP and has over 20 years of experience in the field of high net worth divorces. She has a particular skill in the forensic aspect of cases and investigating complex financial arrangements. Judith also has a niche practice in cohabitee matters and any disputes between non-married couples regarding their property interests. She is accredited as a Specialist in the fields of Cohabitee Disputes and Complex Financial Remedies by Resolution (a national organisation of family lawyers). She has been mentioned in The Legal 500 UK as a recommended family lawyer and is known for her pragmatic and constructive advice to clients. She is a regular contributor to articles in the national press. Judith can be contacted by telephone on 01932 590557 or by email at judith.fitton@mundays.co.uk Twitter: @judith_fitton

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heart. It is very rare that the Court will take into account who said what and who did what during a marriage breakdown; financial claims are about just one thing – money. How to be a good divorce lawyer The former chair of Resolution, Jo Edwards (see below), has recently described the media perception of divorce as being a War of the Roses–style gladiatorial battle. The stereotypical divorce lawyer, especially when presented by the red top newspapers, is a fee chasing Rottweiler, ready to fire off applications to Court at the drop of a hat. A divorce lawyer does need to be able to fight your corner in Court and to stand firm by your side when necessary, but it is not necessary and is counterproductive to be aggressive throughout. We need to be knowledgeable, skilled, and empathetic – all that goes without saying, but a really good divorce lawyer also needs to have several other qualities in order to maximise your chances of reaching a negotiated settlement at an early stage in proceedings. We need to respect our clients. You may be our bread and butter but first and foremost you are people. The approach we take and the advice we give you could help to shape the rest of your lives and your children’s lives, both financially and personally. A divorce can be one of the most difficult times of your life and it is essential to know when our clients need help, not just from us, but also from other professionals such as counsellors or family therapists. Taking a holistic approach means that we will know when to refer you on and at


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Mundays we have built up long standing relationships with such other professionals. We need to understand that this is your case and your life. We need to find out what are your aims and priorities and you should not be pushed into any course of action that you do not feel is right for you. If we are walking into Court by your side, you need us to be able to project a confident persona, but this should not be about showcasing ourselves, it is about doing a good job for you. We need to be creative in listening to you and carving out a financial solution that is right for you and your family. It is absolutely vital to be proactive and to actively promote our client’s wishes and timetable for the separation. Problem solving and finding a constructive solution tailored to each family is one of my favourite aspects of this job. We need to be tactically astute, to work with you in deciding on a strategy and to be able to adapt that as your case develops. Many divorce cases need involvement from specialist valuers or forensic accountants or specialist family barristers, if there are any court hearings. We need to know the right people to go to and to

ensure they are involved at an early stage. Too late, and evidential mistakes may have been made already. We need to be able to recognise the right time for you to attempt a settlement outside of Court proceedings and to know which method of alternative dispute resolution might be right for you, whether that be face to face meetings with your ex and their lawyer, mediation,

collaborative law or arbitration. And possibly most important of all – we need to speak and write in plain English! 

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Mundays LLP Cedar House 78 Portsmouth Road, Cobham KT11 1AN Telephone: 01932 560500 Website: www.mundays.co.uk

Resolution Almost the first thing I did as a newly specialist divorce lawyer, back in 1995, was to join Resolution (then known as the Solicitors Family Law Association). The members of this voluntary organisation are family lawyers who are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes and agree to abide by a Code of Practice which advocates a non-confrontational approach. You may think that as a litigator, this is a rather odd approach. But it is a sign of strength in a family lawyer, not a sign of weakness, if they are able to put forward solutions to their clients that consider the needs of the whole family, including the children. I qualified as an Accredited Specialist with Resolution in January 2016, in the fields of Complex Financial Remedies (i.e. high net worth financial claims on divorce) and Cohabitation and TOLATA (financial claims on behalf of parties who are not married and may jointly own a property). All of us in the Family Department at Mundays are members of Resolution and several others are also Accredited Specialists.

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Hope Trumps All The dust is settling in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s surprise US presidential election victory. Simon Lewis believes the time is right to pause for breath, filter out the media hype and objectively consider what a Trump presidency might mean for UK investors.

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lthough only a few journalists might be prepared to admit it, the media must collectively believe that its fairy godmother waved her wand and made their wish come true. Love him or loathe him Trump will certainly make a colourful President of the United States and will surely provide countless column inches of controversy during his tenure. Even our beloved BBC has become pretty shameless in using its editing prowess to pluck comments out of context in order to reinforce the media spin on the Trump story. It is therefore important not to take everything we see, hear and read too literally. It was smart to play the fool Trump was taken seriously but not literally by his supporters and literally but not seriously by his detractors. It didn’t end well for his detractors and investors need to learn from this. In fact, the first assumption that should be made by investors is that although he might have different values and beliefs to many of us, Trump is smart. No fool could firstly build a sizeable personal fortune and then go on to win a US presidential election. Trump worked out what was wrong with America and articulated what he believed he could do about it in a way that resonated with voters. He then played the role of plucky underdog to perfection in order to snatch victory from the clear favourite. The American Dream has faded Although compared to most mature economies the US has been performing well from the perspective of unemployment and GDP growth, such growth is well below its long term average. The problem with the US is that the ‘American Dream’ has been tarnished by rising inequality. It used to be

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the case that there was opportunity for all and in most cases, each successive generation could look forward to being more prosperous. That is no longer true and although some of the reasons that have led to this are hard to escape, the fact is that for many workers real terms take-home pay is no better than it was in the 1970s. Globalisation takes much of the blame for this but protectionism is not the answer because it would be economically damaging on both sides of the barrier. If the US government wants to improve the employment prospects of its workers it needs

Change is coming Whatever his apparent politics, prejudices and behaviours, Trump does stand for change and he will be motivated to deliver on this promise. He will be aided by the fact that, unlike his predecessor, he will have a theoretical majority in both the US Senate and the House of Representatives. This should mean that a watered down version of his ideas is likely to prevail, which is a significant departure from the previous years of Washington gridlock. Although we have not heard much in terms of concrete policies (walls on the border

“Trump is smart. No fool could firstly build a sizeable personal fortune and then go on to win a US presidential election.” to provide a stronger incentive for companies to invest in the US. At the moment such investment is discouraged by what is one of the highest corporation tax rates in the world (currently 35%). That’s one of the reasons why successful American companies like Apple chose to manufacture their computers and phones in China, Taiwan, Korea and Mongolia. It isn’t just about exploiting ‘cheap’ labour. Monetary policy (low interest rates and quantitative easing, courtesy of the US Federal Reserve) has accentuated inequality because as well as shoring up the broken financial system it has acted to inflate the value of assets, widening the wealth gap between those with assets and those without. The actions of technocratic central bankers have also provided politicians with an excuse to dither - in a manner that is widely perceived to be motivated by their own self-interest - when it comes to muchneeded economic reforms.

aside) there is enough evidence to indicate how his business instincts might drive his political objectives. Trump appears determined to kick-start US economic growth and one of his pre-election pledges was to increase the economic growth rate to 4%, a level not seen for almost 20 years. It is a tall order but there are a few quick and easy fixes that might improve his chance of success. Fiscal stimulus A big increase in government spending would lift GDP growth, albeit at the expense of increased government borrowing, at least in the short term. This would allow substantial tax cuts for both individuals and businesses. Individuals would feel richer and spend more. Less tax and higher consumption would incentivise businesses to invest more. Over time, the resulting increase in economic activity would improve tax receipts, helping to offset the cost of borrowing required to


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finance the initial cut in rates. Additional fiscal stimulus could be provided by investment in infrastructure, another key campaign pledge. The resulting fiscal expansion would take the pressure off the US Federal Reserve and allow interest rates to normalise over time, which will perhaps allow the asset bubble that has been created to gradually deflate rather than burst. Easy wins The high corporation tax rate encourages US businesses not to repatriate profits earned overseas and it is estimated that the amount of cash held offshore exceeds $2.5 trillion. Much of this money is therefore unproductive capital and it would be much better for the US economy if it were returned to the shareholders of such businesses to either spend or invest in other enterprises. It would make a lot of sense to offer a tax amnesty to businesses, for example by encouraging repatriation of profits at a discounted corporation tax rate of say 20%. This would theoretically raise $500 billion for the US government, which could be used to finance Trump’s plan to invest in the renewal of the country's crumbling infrastructure. The outlook for the US dollar Although an overly aggressive fiscal expansion might lead to US dollar weakness as a result of concern for a spiralling US government debt, a well judged stimulus is likely to encourage US dollar strength because it will lead to rising US interest rates. The outlook for bonds Yields on government and corporate bonds have been artificially low for too long as a result of relaxed monetary policy and it seems likely that fiscal expansion in the US will lead to rising yields by virtue of its inflationary impact. It would seem that this trend is

already underway in anticipation of policy change. It is important for investors to remember that for yields to rise, bond prices must fall and the extent of such falls will be correlated to the duration to maturity of such securities. Bond biased investors should therefore be focusing their positions on short dated and index-linked issues. The outlook for equities On balance, the outlook for US equities is positive. Firstly, a strengthening US dollar will provide further encouragement for US domiciled investors to repatriate their money, which will increase demand for US domiciled investments. A reduction in taxation will increase consumption and improve corporate profitability, which will support share prices. Domestically (US) focused businesses are likely to fare better than those that derive much of their earnings overseas as such earnings are diluted by US dollar strength. The UK stock market should also benefit because the US dollar is the predominant currency of global business and many large UK domiciled companies earn most of their revenue in US dollars. A stronger US dollar will inflate profits in sterling terms, supporting higher share prices. There will be losers as well as winners. Global emerging markets are likely to struggle as a result of a stronger US dollar because it will encourage investors to take money away from what are generally less liquid markets. It will also increase the debt servicing costs for many businesses. Nonetheless, in the long run a higher rate of GDP growth in the US would lead to growth in US consumer demand, which would benefit many emerging economies. The outlook for the UK The good health of the US economy is important for Britain, particularly as we

embark upon what is likely to be an acrimonious divorce from the EU. Britain exports more to the US than any other country and significantly, exports of goods and services to the US have been increasing steadily each year. In 2015 the value of these totalled £47 billion and represented 17% of our exports and crucially for the UK, which has a sizeable trade deficit overall, our trade with the US is in surplus by £14 billion. Therefore, we have much to gain from a vibrant US economy so we need to be hopeful that such vibrancy is created. We also need to be hopeful that our own politicians are sufficiently smart to negotiate favourable trade terms with the US… Don’t Panic Global financial markets are likely to remain volatile while they adjust to the idea of a new pathway for the US economy. There will undoubtedly be plenty of financial media hyperbole along the way and ‘Trump Tantrum’ and ‘Bond Sell Off’ will probably be overused headlines. However, the important thing is that long term investors need not worry; provided of course that they have a sensible asset allocation strategy. This is an area where we do particularly well for our clients so we hope this reassures them that we have it covered. 

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Simon Lewis is writing on behalf of Partridge Muir & Warren Ltd (PMW), Chartered Financial Planners, based in Esher. The Company has specialised in providing wealth management solutions to private clients for 47 years. Simon is an independent financial adviser, chartered financial planner and chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. The opinions outlined in this article are those of the writer and should not be construed as individual advice. To find out more about financial advice and investment options please contact Simon at Partridge Muir & Warren Ltd. Partridge Muir & Warren Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Telephone: 01372 471 550 Email: simon.lewis@pmw.co.uk Website: www.pmw.co.uk

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Considering flexi-boarding Ash Vargas, Head of Boarding at St. John’s School in Leatherhead, explains why flexi-boarding is a viable alternative for busy parents.

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or many parents the choice of whether to opt for boarding or day school is a tough one. Often parents are keen for their children to experience all the advantages that come with boarding: a sense of pride in their school, extended extra-curricular activities and longlasting ties with friends. However, the disadvantages of rising fees and time spent away from families is often a drawback. Twenty years ago, many predicted boarding schools were on their way to becoming obsolete. However, statistics from the Independent Schools Council have shown that, contrary to expectations, boarding is becoming ever more popular as an option for UK parents. This doesn’t mean that the image of packing small children off to a far-flung location is an accurate representation of boarding today. Whilst many boarders remain full-time, increasing numbers of parents are now considering ‘flexi-boarding’. St John’s School is the latest to introduce flexi-boarding as an option that the school hopes will appeal to parents with busy schedules, but for whom the cost of fullboarding may be prohibitive. The advantages for both students and parents are clear. Students are able to dip a toe in the water to see if boarding suits, without the commitment and expense of full-boarding. Flexi-boarding can be hugely helpful for busy families where parents are working long days and often travelling on business. There is also

often the capacity to cope with a short-notice family emergency. Our flexi-boarding option is increasingly popular because it gives children the best of both worlds in that they get to spend time with their families, and their friends. It breaks up the week for them, particularly if they too have a long commute. There’s a rigid schedule for prep and additional support is available if required. There is also a strong social side and a wealth of educational and co-curricular activities to try: everything from sport to cinema to cake decorating. So no need to nag for prep to be done, and there’s even a school laundry service! Pupils get a taste of independence, as they are responsible for themselves and their belongings away from home. There’s no doubt that some element of boarding enhances the education experience for all pupils in many ways and can be ideal preparation for their eventual move to university. At St John’s, parents can sign up and prepay for an agreed time each term, but we try to be flexible and accommodate last-minute requests too. 

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For those seeking a Christmas gift for someone special, Silversea offers a voyage like no other. This Italian, family owned business provides exceptional standards of service and comfort, as Rebecca Underwood discovered. ALL IMAGES COURTESY SILVERSEA.

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mbarking at Piraeus, Athens, my mother and I were enchanted with our first view of the sleek lines of the Silver Spirit, operated by Silversea, which was launched in 2009 and carries 540 passengers served by a dedicated crew of 376. The efficient check-in procedure ensured no time was wasted and we were promptly escorted to our spacious suite. Whilst admiring the view across the glittering ocean, our butler arrived to pour two glasses of chilled Champagne, and present a selection of Bvlgari and Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries. The luggage was swiftly delivered, and whilst he unpacked, we headed for the deck to watch ‘anchors aweigh’ as we sailed sedately on bound for Santorini, Rhodes, Aghios Nikolaos, Katakolon, Argostoli, Corfu, Dubrovnik and Venice. The Silver Spirit offers eight passenger decks with interiors adorned with art by Rembrandt, Chagall and Picasso and several Salvador Dali sculptures. The décor follows modern and Art Deco themes and there are several lavishly furnished bars, including the Panorama Lounge where Amedeo, an excellent pianist, performs.

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Leisure breaks | SILVERSEA

The magnificent atrium on board the Silver Spirit

The Connoisseur’s Corner is a clubby cigar and cognac lounge, where guests are welcome to relax in low-slung leather chairs and enjoy their preferred cigar, fine cognacs, vintage wines, ports and a selection of the world’s finest caviar. There’s no shortage of on board dining venues and we took advantage of the open seating option offered by the ship’s main dining room, The Restaurant, which serves modern Mediterranean and regional dishes. Up with the larks the following morning and we had docked in Santorini, a dazzling sight from our veranda. After a delicious in-suite breakfast, we hurried off the ship to explore our first port of call. Back on board in time for lunch we dined in La Terrazza, which offers a buffet style extravaganza. Temptations included a choice of meat or fish, pasta or pizza, a salad bar and indulgent desserts that just cannot be ignored. We dined ‘al fresco’ on the back deck, and then an afternoon snooze in the sunshine was just the ticket. For water babes, the pool deck features an impressive swimming pool with three bubbling Jacuzzis surrounded by ultra comfortable sun loungers and the pool bar and grill serves light fare for luncheon, which means that those of us who prefer not to be disturbed during our sun bathing sessions may dine ‘in situ’. After a pre dinner tipple on our veranda, we made our way to The Bar, where Captain Mino Pontillo’s Welcome Reception was in full swing. Tasty canapés, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails were served by a bevy of dapper waiters and our fellow passengers were simply dazzling in their elegant formal wear: ladies dressed in stylish, flowing evening gowns and gentlemen resplendent in evening attire. Later we dined in the Stars Supper Club, a retro experience, which recalls the romance and opulence of Manhattan’s legendary Rainbow Room. Delectable small plate selections are served whilst the ‘live’ jazz band and a cabaret vocalist entertain guests. Entertainment choices include the Show Lounge, which presented a striking performance by four soloists and a pianist from Milan’s

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Accademia Teatro alla Scala. The audience was treated to a selection of enigmatic, evocative and beautiful librettos from the world’s most magical operas and the soaring voices of the soprano, mezzo soprano, tenor and baritone were magnificent. Another highlight was a performance by Moss Hills, the talented cruise director. A first rate entertainer and a master drummer, guitarist, saxophonist, keyboard player and singer, he soon had the audience singing along to his repertoire. For those keen on activities, a daily programme is delivered to each stateroom including a stretch class, Pilates, Yoga, table tennis, shuffleboard, golf putting and a number of enrichment lectures, seminars and cooking demonstrations. Alternatively the Spa is the place to be, covering 8,300 sq ft, there are nine treatment rooms, interior and exterior relaxation areas, and an outdoor whirlpool. Or, perhaps select a good book from the ship’s library, sink into one of the chairs in the Observation Lounge and recall words attributed to Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  essence INFO For brochures and quotations visit www.silversea.com or call 0844 251 0837. Silversea received the USA’s Global Traveller 2016 Leisure Travel Award for ‘best luxury cruise line’ and a Condé Nast Traveller 2015 award for food in the ‘world’s best small cruise ship’ category.

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La Terrazza on the Silver Spirit

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a pair of tickets to see The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre, London Stumbling through their third catastrophic year, The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society is putting on a 1920s’ murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does! The accidentprone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences! As seen on last year’s Royal Variety Performance, The Play That Goes Wrong is guaranteed to leave an audience aching with laughter after winning an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2015. “Genuinely hilarious” – Daily Telegraph “An unexpected gut-busting hit” – New York Times “Exquisitely choreographed mayhem” – The Independent To win a pair of tickets for a performance of The Play That Goes Wrong, simply answer the following question: Which theatre is hosting The Play That Goes Wrong? A) The Apollo Theatre B) The Theatre Royal, Haymarket C) The Duchess Theatre To enter, simply visit www.essence-magazine.co.uk with the answer, your full name, email address, contact number and the date (Tuesday to Thursday performances until 2 February 2017) when you would like to attend. Closing date: Friday 30 December 2016 See essence website for details: www.essence-magazine.co.uk

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Duchess Theatre 3-5 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5LA To book tickets: 0844 482 9672 Website: www.theplaythatgoeswrong.com twitter: @playgoeswrong facebook: theplaythatgoeswrong #ThePlayThatGoesWrong Booking until 10 September 2017. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Prize is valid on Tuesday to Thursday performances until 2 February 2017. Prize is as stated and cannot be transferred or exchanged. No cash alternative will be offered.

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spotlight on... Surrey Wildlife Trust Various locations across Surrey Various dates Surrey Wildlife Trust manages almost 8,000 hectares of land in Surrey, equating to five per cent of the county. The Trust organises many events and a small selection taking place over the festive season are listed here: Sunday 11 December: Christmas at Bay Pond Educational Nature Reserve, Godstone. Children aged four to nine and parents can enjoy a wildlife walk and visit Santa in his bird hide grotto between 10am–12 noon or 1–3pm. Saturday 17 December: In the bleak midwinter at East Clandon. A taste of winter on the North Downs with a guided walk of Shere Woodlands between 10.30am–1pm. Friday 6 January: A guided wander, spotting wildlife, on Wisley Common between 10am–1pm. Thursday 26 January: Garden bird ID with Epsom & Ewell RSPB at Bay Pond Educational Nature Reserve, Godstone between 10am–3pm.

Information: surreywildlifetrust.org/events

Richmond Theatre Richmond To Sunday 8 January Sleeping Beauty Fun-filled pantomime starring Maureen Lipman and Chris Jarvis. Tuesday 17 January Ross Noble: Brain Dump Talented comedian on tour. Wednesday 18 to Sunday 22 January Moscow City Ballet presents Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake Stunning ballet performances. Monday 23 to Saturday 28 January Ruth Rendell’s A Judgement in Stone A new adaptation of this thriller.

Thursday 12 January Bowie Experience A celebration of the pop icon. Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 January Blood Brothers Willy Russell’s classic musical. Monday 23 to Saturday 28 January Gaslight Starring Kara Tointon, Rupert Young and Keith Allen. Tuesday 31 January to Saturday 4 February Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes A new production of the much-loved fairytale. Monday 6 to Saturday 11 February Not Dead Enough The premiere of Peter James’ novel. Tickets: 0844 871 7645 or atgtickets.com/woking

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New Victoria Theatre Woking Saturday 10 December to Sunday 8 January Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs This year’s panto stars TV and film actor Warwick Davis.

Friday 9 December to Sunday 15 January Dick Whittington A cracking line-up for this panto: Tim Vine, Matthew Kelly and Arlene Phillips. Information: 0844 871 7646 or atgtickets.com/wimbledon

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G Live

Cranleigh

Guildford

Monday 19 to Tuesday 20 December The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Visit wondrous Narnia in this adaptation from APL Theatre.

Thursday 8 to Saturday 24 December Santa Claus and the Christmas Adventure Songs, stories and Santa. Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 December Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet: Swan Lake and The Nutcracker Popular ballets.

Dorking Saturday 17 to Wednesday 28 December Dick Whittington Rags-to-riches, fun pantomime. Information: 01306 881717 or

Information: 01483 369350 or glive.co.uk

Guildford Fringe Theatre Company

dorkinghalls.co.uk

The Back Room of The Star Inn, Guildford

Electric Theatre

To Saturday 31 December Adult panto: Robin’s Wood A saucy version of the well-known story: great for office parties!

Guildford Wednesday 21 to Friday 23 December Santa Saves Christmas Musical family show, especially suitable for two to seven year olds, with a special meet and greet with Father Christmas. Saturday 14 to Saturday 21 January The Eclectic Festival Celebrating 20 years of the Electric Theatre with ballet, film, jazz and more. See website for details. Information: 01483 444789 or electrictheatre.co.uk

Epsom Friday 16 December to Sunday 8 January Aladdin A festive treat for all the family. Saturday 28 January Stephen K Amos: World Famous Feel-good comedy. Information: 01372 742555 or epsomplayhouse.co.uk

Guildford Gag House Comedy The Back Room of The Star Inn, Guildford Saturday 21 January The best stand-up comedy. Information: gaghousecomedy.com

Guildford Shakespeare Company Tuesday 6 December The Play’s the Thing A revue show including an appearance from Brian Blessed. Information: 01483 304384 or

Seth Lakeman, G Live

guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk

Guildford Spectrum Guildford Friday 9 to Sunday 11 December Cinderella on Ice A special ‘ice’ pantomime.

Farnham Maltings

Information: 01483 443333 or

Farnham

guildfordspectrum.co.uk

Saturday 17 December Santa’s Little Helper by Blunderbus Music, puppetry and storytelling. Thursday 9 February David Starkey: Henry VIII An audience with the historian.

Warwick Davis, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Information: guildfordfringe.com

Guildford Cathedral Marquee

Epsom Playhouse

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Dorking Halls

Photo copyright: Matt Austin

Information: 01483 278000 or cranleighartscentre.org

Harlequin Theatre Redhill Friday 9 to Saturday 31 December Cinderella Panto starring Chesney Hawkes.

Information: 01252 745444 or

Information: 01737 276500 or

farnhammaltings.com

harlequintheatre.co.uk

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spotlight on... 32Red Winter Festival Kempton Park, Sunbury on Thames Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 December An absolute must-be-there festival for all jump fans over Christmas. Day one, Boxing Day, features three Grade 1 races including the flagship race, the 32Red King George VI Chase, won last year by Cue Card, positioned right in our image (left), and previously by the great Desert Orchid, Best Mate and Kauto Star. This year there’ll be a host of star horses on show from both the UK and Ireland. Day two, a popular and festive day out for all the family, features two Grade 2 races and competitive handicaps, perhaps providing form clues for the rest of the National Hunt season. A variety of free children’s entertainment, festive food stalls and shops will also be available. A variety of ticket and dining packages are available, with discounts on offer for advance bookings. See website for details.

Information: 0344 579 3008 or kempton.thejockeyclub.co.uk

Rose Theatre Kingston-upon-Thames Tuesday 6 December to Tuesday 3 January The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame’s beautiful story of friendship and courage. Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 January The Bear A Raymond Briggs’ tale. Friday 3 to Saturday 11 February Silver Lining A new comedy by Sandi Toksvig, Information: 020 8174 0090 or rosetheatrekingston.org

music

G Live

Occam Singers

Guildford

St Nicolas’ Church, Guildford

Wednesday 14 December, 7.30pm Seth Lakeman Award-winning folk singer.

Saturday 17 December, 6.30pm New Boy Born Annual concert of carols.

Saturday 10 December, 5.30pm Family Christmas concert Featuring voices of St John’s School.

Information: 01483 369350 or

Information: 01252 783977 or

glive.co.uk

occamsingers.co.uk

Information: brockhamchoral.org

Godalming Choral Society

Surrey Mozart Players

The Great Hall, Charterhouse

The Electric Theatre, Guildford

Sunday 11 December, 7.30pm A concert including works by Carl Orff and Handel.

Saturday 10 December, 7.30pm Joyeux Noël Including Ibert’s flute concerto.

Information: godalmingchoral.org.uk

Information: surreymozartplayers.com

Brockham Choral St Martin’s Church, Dorking

Camberley Theatre Camberley Friday 3 February, 7.30pm An audience with Lesley Garrett An evening of song and chat with popular soprano.

Guildford Cathedral

Vivace Chorus

Woodfield Entertainers

Information: 01276 707600 or

The Marquee, Guildford

Holy Trinity Church, Guildford

Ashtead

camberleytheatre.biz

Tuesday 13 December, 11.15am Christmas carol concert with Age UK Surrey An informal free carol concert.

Thursday 15 to Saturday 17 December Alice in Wonderland A fun-filled pantomime. Information: 07941 105612 or woodfieldentertainers.co.uk

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Tuesday 13 December, 8pm Paul Jones and friends charity concert A fundraising event for the Centre.

Information: 01483 547860 or

Sunday 11 December, 7pm Mayor of Guildford’s carol concert A programme of carols, old and new, supporting the Mayor’s Christmas charity.

guildford-cathedral.org

Information: vivacechorus.org

Mane Chance Sanctuary

Information: cranleighartscentre.org

Church of St Peter & St Paul, Godalming

Woking Symphony Orchestra Family Concert

Epworth Choir

Sunday 11 December, 5pm Carols at Christmas Carols and readings for this worthy charity from celebrities including Jenny Seagrove and others.

Cranleigh Arts Centre Cranleigh

Guildford Friday 9 December to Sunday 8 January Aladdin All singing, all dancing, action-packed pantomime.

Christ Church, Woking

Information: 01483 440000

Monday 12 December, 7.30pm Family Christmas concert Much-loved carol concert with St Andrew’s School Choir.

or yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

Information: epworthchoir.org

HG Wells Centre, Woking Saturday 14 January, 3.30pm Family-friendly concert aimed at young listeners consisting of short pieces including a movement from Beethoven’s 5th symphony.

Information: 01483 351526 or

Information: 01483 712710 or

manechancesanctuary.org

wokingso.org.uk

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Cranleigh Arts Centre 01483 278000 or cranleighartscentre.org Farnham Maltings 01252 745444 or farnhammaltings.com Odeon Esher 0871 2244007 or odeon.co.uk/fanatic/film_times/s89/esher Odeon Epsom 0871 2244007 or odeon.co.uk/fanatic/film_times/s88/epsom Odeon Guildford 0871 2244007 or odeon.co.uk/fanatic/film_times/s92/guildford The Screen Walton 01932 252825 or screencinemas.co.uk The Ambassadors Cinema, Woking 0844 871 6743 or ambassadortickets.com/cinema

exhibitions

display paintings, ceramics and more. Perfect gifts for Christmas.

Guildford House Gallery

newashgate.org.uk

Night Lights Piccadilly Circus by Nagib Karsan, The Art Agency

Information: 01252 713208 or

High Street, Guildford

The Art Agency Esher

Information: 01483 444751 or

Information: 01372 466740 or

guildford.gov.uk/guildfordhouse

theartagency.co.uk

The Lightbox Gallery and Museum

Watts Gallery

Woking

To Sunday 19 February 2017 Untold Stories: British Art from Private Collections Great works of art usually kept behind closed doors.

To Saturday 31 December The Story of British Comics So Far: Cor! By Gum! Zarjaz! An exhibition exploring comics. To Sunday 22 January Camden Town Group: Art for the Edwardian Era Camden Town Group artists. Information: 01483 737800 or thelightbox.org.uk

Museum of Farnham

Compton, Guildford

Claremont Landscape Garden in winter, National Trust

Information: 01483 813593 or wattsgallery.org.uk

national trust

Willmer House, Farnham

National Trust properties offer

To Saturday 28 January On View Objects reflecting the diverse history of Farnham.

perfect venues to explore this festive

Information: museumoffarnham.com

Claremont Landscape Garden

New Ashgate Gallery

Esher

Farnham

Sunday 1 January, 10am–4pm New Year’s Day garden opening Climb the Belvedere Tower.

To Saturday 7 January Winter Exhibition More than fifty artists and makers

Photo copyright: NT/Michelle Kent

From Wednesday 4 January Nagib Karsan Tanzanian-born artist known for mixed media and collage works.

season. A few are shown here, but visit nationaltrust.org.uk for more.

Information: 01372 467806

Photo copyright: RHS Garden Wisley

Saturday 10 December to Saturday 28 January 2017 The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2016 A showcase for contemporary watercolour painting in the UK.

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Hatchlands Park

Bocketts Farm

East Clandon, Guildford

Leatherhead

Weekends from 3 to 18 December, 11am–3pm Little donkeys and more See Santa, donkeys and sing carols.

To Saturday 24 December Meet Father Christmas Hop on board the Santa Express to Santa’s magical hay barn workshop.

Information: 01483 222482

Information: bockettsfarm.co.uk

Polesden Lacey

Brooklands Museum

Great Bookham, near Dorking

Weybridge

To Friday 23 December, daily, 10am–4pm A 1930s’ Christmas party A special period Christmas party with a family Christmas carol concert on 18 December, 12 noon–2pm, in the music room.

Wednesday 14 December Torchlight tour: Xmas special A special tour of the Museum as night falls, including refreshments. Sunday 1 January New Year’s Day gathering Classic, modern classic, vintage, veteran, super cars, motorcycles and vehicles are welcome.

Information: 01372 452048

Woking

Wednesday 21 to Saturday 24 December Santa’s Victorian parlour Meet Santa and visit the Museum shop for last minute gifts.

Museum of Farnham Farnham

Information: 0845 260 9000 or

Thursday 8 and 15 December, 7pm Christmas readings See A Partridge in a Pear Tree, a selection of Christmas readings on the meaning of presents. Booking essential.

rhs.org.uk/wisley

Information: haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Denbies Wine Estate

Information: denbies.co.uk

out & about

RHS Garden Wisley

Haslemere

Sunday 11 December, 10am–4pm Vintage and collectables fair Collectables from the 1920s to 1980s.

brooklandsmuseum.com

nationaltrust.org.uk

Haslemere Museum

Dorking

Information: 01932 857381 or

Godalming

Information: 01483 208936

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

Until Monday 2 January Christmas Glow Jigantics create a beautifully brilliant light installation in the Garden with giant, botanicallyinspired blooms. RHS Garden Wisley is extending its opening hours during December until 8pm.

Winkworth Arboretum Wednesday 21 December to Monday 2 January, 10am–3pm Festive trail Follow a traditional Christmas trail.

Photo copyright: Hampton Court Palace/S.Frack

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Dorking Museum

Rural Life Centre Tilford, Farnham

Information: museumoffarnham.com

Albury Vineyard

Saturday 17 December, 2–4pm Family activity Saturday Make a Christmas decoration.

Painshill Park

Saturday 10 & 17 and Sunday 11 & 18 December Santa specials Ride on The Old Kiln Light Railway and meet Santa in his grotto.

Silent Pool, Albury

Information: dorkingmuseum.org.uk

Cobham

Information: rural-life.org.uk

Sunday 11 December, 11am–4pm Christmas wine tasting See Godalming Community Gospel Choir for carols, mince pies and Albury Estate wine and brandy. Information: alburyvineyard.com

Dorking

Godstone Farm Godstone Saturday 3 to Monday 26 December Meet Father Christmas Join Santa in his festive cabin. Information: godstonefarm.co.uk

BBC Good Food Festive Fayre

Guildford Castle

Hampton Court Palace

Guildford

Friday 9 to Sunday 11 December Stock up for Xmas from foodie exhibitors. With festive entertainment and carols from local choirs.

Sunday 18 December, 11.30am–3.30pm Christmas at the Castle Craft and food stalls with festive fun.

Information: 0844 482 7777 or

Information: guildford.gov.uk/castle

bbcgoodfoodfestivefayre.com

Birdworld

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

Farnham

Hampton Court

To Saturday 24 December Magical Christmas Meet Santa and his reindeer.

To Sunday 8 January Spectacular ice rink at the Palace.

Information: birdworld.co.uk

hamptoncourtpalaceicerink.co.uk

Information: 0844 482 7777 or

To Saturday 24 December, 10am–4pm Father Christmas at Painshill See Santa and his elves in the magical Crystal Grotto. Booking essential.

Santa Fun Runs 2016 Richmond Park

Information: 01932 868113 or

Sunday 4 December, 10.30am and 12.30pm Family-friendly, 5k runs in aid of Princess Alice Hospice.

painshill.co.uk

Information: pah.org.uk

farmers’ markets Camberley Saturday 17 December & 21 January, 10am–3pm Cranleigh Every Friday, 9.30–11am Epsom Sunday 4 December & 1 January, 9.30am–1.30pm Farnham Sunday 22 January, 10am–1.30pm Guildford Tuesday 6 December & 3 January, 10.30am–3.30pm Haslemere Sunday 4 December & 1 January, 10am–1.30pm Milford Sunday 18 December & 15 January, 10am–1.30pm Ripley Saturday 17 December & 14 January 9am–1pm Walton-on-Thames Saturday 3 December & 7 January, 9.30am–2pm Woking Thursday 1 December & 5 January, 9am–2pm

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Glacier Christmas TREND

Some opt for the National Lampoon style of Christmas lighting, ensuring their house can be seen from space; some go for the ultimate in pared back style, even foregoing a Christmas tree. Jane Pople suggests the key to Christmas interior style is investing in a trend that sits somewhere between these two polar opposites.

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he festive season signals a lot more than Santa, it also paves the way for a special creative licence when it comes to our homes. Bringing a contemporary slant to the bleak monochrome Christmas palette of yesteryear is the Glacier Christmas interior trend. Graphic shapes, simplistic touches and monochrome tones introduce a winter appearance with this arctic inspired look. Natural materials are key, and help create a contemporary and stylish scene perfect for hosting a seasonal get together with friends to celebrate the festive season. Festive style is mainly seen in the living room, this is thanks to the Christmas tree and it being the general space for family gatherings. Your tree really should be the focal point, so it can be easier to consider this first and then work your way out around the room. For the Glacier trend, white, silver and black are the mainstays of the palette. Since this is a relatively monochrome look, it’s easy to add interest by using texture: think gloss or mirror finishes across decorations to add the right amount of Christmas sparkle. Stylish decorations can be used around the home, not just for the Christmas tree: look to add key festive pieces across mantle pieces and

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Interiors | AMARA

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shelves. The simplicity of the colour palette means being bold with patterns, this works especially well across soft furnishings. Cushions and throws can clash patterns in black and white to bring interiors alive. The dining table is often the star of the show when it comes to Christmas interior style, and it should follow suit from the rest of the festive decor. Set the table with contemporary, modern designs: look to geometric patterns across tableware. In keeping with the look, maintain the table in black and white and add festive details from ribbons to tree decorations to create the perfect stylish seasonal setting. Candles will always add ambience to a home and never more so than at Christmas. Elegant glass candleholders will bring the Glacier look together; look for interesting seasonal shapes such as stars or designs with

festive slogans. Don’t forget about home fragrance, this is integral for the perfect festive interior and will add the perfect seasonal atmosphere. The front of a house can always benefit from a dusting of festive style, and in keeping with the look it can work best if kept simple. Try a contemporary wreath on the front door and perhaps a few carefully placed minimalist trees on the front step, or perhaps just a few lights in a window to give a festive glow to the outside. So why not give the home decor an uplift in time for Christmas with the Glacier interior trend? ď ś essence INFO Websites: www.amara.com This article first appeared in The Lux Pad, www.amara.com/luxpad

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Contemporary brass designs Architect and designer Stefano Giovannoni has curated an exceptional roster of talent to come together and create pieces under a new brand, Ghidini 1961. Jane Pople explores this contemporary collection, the history that influenced it and the designers who are shaping its future.

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tefano Giovannoni has created a new brand leader in brass products, bringing together the world renowned manufacturing excellence of the foundry Ghidini Bosco of Villa Carcina, specialists in die casting brass, aluminium and zamak, with some of the most iconic designers of modern times. A long-time home of Italy's manufacturing skill, Ghidini Bosco of Villa Carcina is located in the province of Brescia. Here the foundry excels in combining advanced technologies and rapid prototyping with traditional craft skills. Its vast portfolio of products spans thousands of designs, from lighting fixtures to furnishing and decorative items. Over the last fifty years Ghidini Bosco has established close ties with many international architects and designers. Together they have developed custom products and continue to create classical and contemporary art items. All production takes place in-house and is characterised by a meticulous attention to detail from the idea to the end product. Each design passes through various processing stages; from pressure die casting to lost wax and gravity casting, from machining to drilling, from satin finishing to sandblasting and polishing. All this expertise and experience has laid the solid foundations of Ghidini 1961, a new design brand created in this year under the art direction of Stefano Giovannoni. Putting together a diversified creative team, Giovannoni has curated them on the ability to enhance the properties of brass. A luxurious material which features golden tones and reflections, tactile with a velvety smooth surface, the brand feels it has so

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Interior accessories | GHIDINI 1961

far been unjustly disregarded by contemporary design. Being aware of the corporate potential, the creative team led by Giovannoni has developed a remarkable collection of items of furniture and accessories for daily use, characterised by innovative design, smoothed by classical and playful shades, consistent with the nature of brass. The resulting Ghidini collection comprises works of art, where brass acquires an almost sculptural power, bearing witness to Ghidini’s attention to detail. Almost all the line’s catalogue of designs is for the home. One of the most iconic pieces to emerge is a striking doorstopper in the shape of a rabbit, with a skilfully rounded profile designed by Stefano Giovannoni. He has also created small desktop versions to be used as paperweights and a version as salt and pepper shakers.

Profile: designer Stefano Giovannoni Stefano graduated in architecture at the University of Florence and is a designer who has mainly worked in home accessories and kitchenware. He collaborated with international companies such as Alessi, Fiat, Lavazza, Pepsico, Samsung, Seiko, Siemens, Sodastream, 3M, Telecom, Toto, Veneta Cucine, and many others. He has designed very successful products that have broken all sales records in the design field such as the Girotondo collections (over 10 million units sold) and Mami, the famous products of ‘FFF’ series for Alessi, the Alessi-one bathroom ware and the Bombo family for Magis. Thanks to Stefano’s ability to intercept the tastes of the general public, he has been named ‘The champion of super and popular of the 2000s’ (A. Alessi); ‘Most designers bankable’ (E. Perazza) and ‘design King Midas’ (C. Morozzi).

There is the fabulously surreal Champagne cooler in the shape of a large thimble, conceived by Studio Job, and one with large circular handles by Richard Hutten, who also designed a coat hanger in the shape of a stem on which there are wide-open winged butterflies. Everything is made with precision, from paper bins to fruit bowls, all characterised by a geometric weave, made so as not to require any welding of the sides. Nika Zupanc’s platters in the shape of palm leaves are characterised by an outstanding surface finish. Then there are Stefano Giovannoni’s rectangular anthropomorphic platters, where geometric shapes are softened by a series of ‘humans’ who stand along the edges and also appear at the top of salt and pepper shakers, like a personal brand. In its rich variety, the collection is a compendium of the most significant contemporary creative expressions, interpreted and enhanced by Ghidini’s skilful expertise and ability to interpret brass in all its possible shapes and finishes. Shop the Ghidini 1961 collection and fill the home with stunning contemporary artworks.  essence INFO Shop the Ghidini 1961 collection at www.amara.com Websites: www.ghidini1961.com This article first appeared in The Lux Pad, www.amara.com/luxpad

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