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Simple game In this issue of essence, Wimbledon resident Boris Becker tells how success came at an early age (perhaps too early by his own admission) as he found tennis a simple game. Former tennis ace and legend Arthur Ashe found tennis a simple game too, but for him the game of life was harder. Ashe used his success to achieve higher goals: in winning his most important match against Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon in 1975, like Becker, he became a first – the first black player to win the title. The lyrics ‘Be what you want to be’ never rang more true and the contrast of human achievement to recent events in Tunisia is stark. Life is a game that can end abruptly as it did prematurely for Ashe who became an inspiration for generations. So let’s just enjoy this simple game and all that’s good in it. In this issue, holiday inspiration comes from Hanna Lindon who picks ten of the best destinations to head for this summer. Citroën’s upmarket DS subsidiary recently detached itself from the parent company to take on the ‘big three’ German marques. Will it succeed? In addition, we look at Fabryan fashion – a brand that’s creating waves in the fashion industry, leaving others in its wake. With Vector watches and Pain de Sucre beachwear, there is plenty of classic style for readers. As always, essence features a wonderful variety of activities as we take a summer look at the best food, travel and events to enjoy. The essence team
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Hanna Lindon suggests the ultimate summer break. Whether your taste runs to sublime beaches, spectacular scenery, urban attractions or adrenaline-boosting adventure, Hanna does the hard miles to sort through what’s available to discover the perfect destination.
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Boris Becker‘s home is now Wimbledon and it’s the title of his new book. Over for another year, the BBC were without one of their more colourful commentators again as Becker was fulfilling his ‘day job’, managing Novak Djokovic. Able to court controversy on and off court, he recently opened up to Lynn Barber.
Shirlee Posner sources local niche producers and introduces readers to Dirty Vicar, a cheese from Surrey’s only artisan cheesemaker, the Norbury Blue Cheese Company. Highly regarded by farm shops, delis and featured on local menus throughout the county, it’s a must have menu item.
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Fabryan is a luxury womenswear brand based in the heart of Kingston. With international credentials, celebrity clients and a range of stockists both UK and overseas, Fabryan is the ‘local’ up and coming brand making waves in fashion.
Vector produce sophisticated British smartwatches crafted from premium materials with a classic aesthetic modelled on the traditional timepiece, demonstrating that tech doesn’t have to be nerdy.
Crates Local Produce chooses current seasonal offerings, including Kohirabi, lettuce, raspberries and local ice cream, with recipes to try and enjoy.
Eleanora Newbery, associate solicitor at Mundays, looks at some tips to ease any possible summer angst that may occur when it comes to child access, so all parties can enjoy themselves over the holiday period.
Simon Lewis examines the damage that has been inflicted on the Greek economy in the run up to what is expected to be the most crucial decision to date regarding the future of Greece whilst considering how investors around the world might be affected.
Michael Connolly, headmaster at Cranmore School, West Horsley, considers the relative merits of co-education versus single-sex education as Cranmore itself prepares to become fully co-educational.
Rebecca Underwood travels to Rotterdam, considered to be the ‘second capital’ of the Netherlands. Attracting hordes of visitors drawn to the positive ‘vibe’, travellers are amply rewarded with an intriguing insight into a colourful culture.
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Linda Seward’s detailed diary of the best of what’s on in theatre, music, exhibitions, arts, sports and countryside over the coming summer weeks.
Surrey resident Jennie Jewitt-Harris has brought both experience and dedication to the Watts Gallery as the current Artist in Residence.
Nick Swindells of MRM Project Solutions explains why property renovation and construction work takes careful planning and management.
A new season deserves a new look; Jenny Allan from JCA Interiors demonstrates how interior and exterior spaces of any home can be adapted to make the most of long summer days.
Sport From its origins in London’s 2012 Olympics, the Prudential RideLondon has become the world’s greatest festival of cycling. Over 95,000 cyclists are expected to participate in five events on traffic-free roads in London and Surrey during the weekend of 1-2 August.
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Wimbledon over for another year the BBC were without one of their more colourful commentators again as Boris Becker was doing his “day job”, managing Novak Djokovic. Able to court controversy on and off court he recently opened up to Lynn Barber.
hatever you do, don’t mention the broom cupboard.” These were the instructions ringing in my ears as I set off to interview Boris Becker and I swear, cross my heart and hope to die, that the words “broom cupboard” never passed my lips. Thus, dear readers, I can offer no help in answering the eternal mystery of how it is possible to conceive a baby in a broom cupboard while wearing a condom. But even though I behaved impeccably I thought, my interview with Becker still ended badly with him telling me that some journalists are very professional while others – moi! – are not. And then he got his publicist to complain to my editor that I’d called him a male chauvinist pig. Diddums. I’d better begin at the beginning. I went to see Boris Becker in Rome, where he was attending the Rome Masters tournament in his role as chief coach to Novak Djokovic, who went on to win Rome and is hot favourite to win Wimbledon. Becker is staying at the same hotel, the Rome Cavalieri, where all the players stay and where I once interviewed Rafa Nadal – in fact, I keep looking round rather nervously in case Nadal walks in and kills me. Becker limps down to the lobby at the appointed time, wearing a lightweight jacket, jeans and trainers. At first he is friendly enough. He is giving this interview because of his book, Boris Becker’s Wimbledon, which commemorates the 30th anniversary of his first Wimbledon win, when he was 17. (I had to keep doing the maths and reminding myself he is only 47 – he looks much older.) The book has lots of glossy pictures but it is not a patch on his earlier autobiography, The Player, published in 2004.
That was probably my first mistake – mentioning that I had read The Player. I think Becker would like to put that book behind him, along with the broom cupboard, and his prosecution for tax evasion in Germany, and his divorce from his first wife, Barbara Feltus, and a lot of other sticky things that happened to him in the early Noughties. It would have been more tactful to pretend I had never read it, never even heard of it. He kept telling me off for mentioning things that are “not in the book”, meaning the Wimbledon book, but actually several of them are in the Wimbledon book, which makes me suspect he hasn’t read it. But this interview, he keeps reminding me, is only supposed to be about Wimbledon. OK, Wimbledon. Big tennis tournament, nice village and nowadays home to Boris Becker. He moved there four years ago with his second wife, Lilly. He likes the quality of life, the fact that it feels like the country but is only 30 minutes from Knightsbridge and “I think it’s rather fitting to live in the one village where no one is asking me, ‘What are you doing here?’ When I jump in a black cab at Heathrow and say Wimbledon, the driver says, ‘I should have known!’ ” Before moving to Wimbledon, he lived in Zurich, but his teenage sons, Noah and Elias, who live in Miami with their mother, weren’t crazy about visiting him in Switzerland because they found the language difficult and television dire. So it was a family decision to move to England, and he says he’d be happy to stay for the rest of his life. Would he feel the same if Labour had won the election? “Ha ha! Good question! Of course it would have been more difficult for us foreigners – I’m a non dom – if Labour got in.” He is friendly with David Cameron, has >
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stayed at Chequers and played doubles with him for charity and says: “For a politician, he’s a very good tennis player.” His five-year-old son, Amadeus, was born in London and Becker is applying for him to have British citizenship. He might then apply for British citizenship himself. He is still officially German (his wife, Lilly, is Dutch), but he has no desire to live in Germany because he still feels bitter about the 2002 tax-evasion case, when he was successfully prosecuted for saying he lived in Monaco when he actually spent most of his time in Munich. He was fined 300,000 Euros and was lucky not to go to prison. He also suffered a lot of racist abuse when he married Barbara Feltus in 1993 – some Germans didn’t like their golden boy marrying a mixed-race woman – ideally they would have liked him to marry Steffi Graf. So one way or another, he finds Germany uncomfortable. But where he lives is almost immaterial, because he travels so much. “I’ve been travelling since I was 15, so it is nothing new to my wife, my family. The weeks I’m with Djokovic are about half the year. But I was travelling that amount anyway with other businesses that I do.” What are these other businesses? In the book he mentions he owns a company called Becker Private Office that employs 200 people, but he refuses to tell me what it does apart from investing in real estate, private equity and three car dealerships. “It is nothing to do with promoting the brand Boris Becker, and I don’t really talk about it.”
Commentators Apart from being a businessman, he was a BBC tennis commentator for 12 years, and enjoyed it. “After playing for so many years, it gave me a comfort zone to talk about something I truly know, in surroundings I like very much.” But he had to give it up when he joined Djokovic because, “I don’t think it’s right for a coach, who knows all the secrets of the locker room, to go on TV and talk about them. Most commentators lead you to believe they really know what’s going on. Trust me, they don’t.” He says there’s only a handful of good commentators, starting with John McEnroe and followed by Mark Petchey and Andrew Castle, but there are others – “I’m not naming any names” – who are useless. He thinks part of the reason Djokovic hired him was because he heard his commentaries and was impressed by his opinions. “I think Novak thought, ‘Well, he still knows the game a lot, why not ask him to be my coach?’ ” There was suddenly a fashion for hiring ex-players as super-coaches – Andy Murray was among the first when he took on Ivan Lendl – but there have been many more since. Becker thinks it’s surprising it didn’t happen earlier. “When Ivan was hired by Andy it was big news, but I always thought, ‘Of course Ivan is a great coach.’ I was surprised it took current players so long to understand we didn’t play in the Stone Age. And guys who’d won must understand the game very well.”
As a supercoach, he says, his job is not to tell Djokovic to work on his forehand – “He knows how to hit a tennis ball. But I talk about strategy, mentality. I can tell him how to win.” Is it a quasi-paternal role? “Yes. The relationship becomes very personal, very intimate, and what a 27-year-old does the day before matters the next day, if you know what I mean? If he has a row with his girlfriend, or a night out in town, he’ll see the effect in the match. This isn’t a problem with Djokovic, but I’m sure with many younger players, it is about when you go to sleep. That really matters.”
Tortured soul In his book Becker says that sleep was a problem for him at one period and he became addicted to sleeping pills. “That was in The Player,” he snaps, but actually, I tell him, it’s in the Wimbledon book as well. He says he was addicted to a pill called Planum for two years and by 1991 was “a tortured soul” who could barely talk, he was so doped up. “I wouldn’t say doped up. The pressures on an individual are very, very high and there was a point in my life where I couldn’t cope with the pressure. So to put my mind at ease and rest, I started taking sleeping pills. It was a short period of my life. But Boris Becker’s Wimbledon isn’t about that. The story is what the most important tennis tournament meant to me from 30 years ago up till now.” Well, yes, indeedy, but can I just finish my question? “You are a journalist,” he says sourly. You say specifically that you didn’t take marijuana, but did you take any other drugs? “No. What people forget is that tennis is an Olympic sport since 1984, so we were tested almost as much as these guys today. In my opinion, it gets out of hand, how often they are tested. But we got tested for whatever was available. First, I was never that type of guy. Secondly, I couldn’t have played if I was on drugs; tennis is too complicated for that. Unless you’re l00%, you’re not going to win.” Yet in his autobiography Andre Agassi confessed that he did take drugs, specifically crystal meth. “I think he took a number of long breaks in his career. There was a time when he didn’t play for one year. Maybe he took drugs then.” What about alcohol? Can you drink the night before? “You shouldn’t. I think when players are a little older, they can handle a beer or two, but anything more than that will affect their performance the next day. These guys run a lot, and if you drink or smoke, you just can’t run the next day.” Of course, Becker can’t run now. He has had two hip replacements and walks with a pronounced limp. Does he feel that was a price worth paying? “It was the price
I paid,” he says flatly. “Today, at 47, I can say, yes, it was worth it, but of course there were moments when I was upset about it and there were moments when I was frustrated about it. Otherwise, I still feel very young. In my mind I can still play Novak today. But when we go on court, I say ‘Play with me, not against me!’ ” Will he need other operations later? “Knock on wood,” he says fervently, touching the table leg. “At the moment I’m physically as good as I’ve been in many years, I think the worst is over. But five years ago, when my left hip went, then my right hip, and, in between, my right ankle, then I was really stressing because I was only 42 and I shouldn’t be having a hip replacement. The doctor said, ‘Once we do this, you can’t win Wimbledon any more.’ And I said I don’t want to win Wimbledon, I just want to be able to walk. So then I was struggling with it, but now I’m happy that I’m pain-free.” He can walk five miles without difficulty. “It’s just that I’m slower. And I can’t sprint any more. When you’ve been a professional athlete, people assume you’re an athlete all your life. You’re still meant to run faster than someone else your age. But I don’t.” He thinks Nadal will have similar difficulties later – “He’s only 29 and he’s already had some trouble; his walk is a bit off” – but he thinks Andy Murray, Djokovic and Federer will be fine.
Game of strategy Who does he fancy to win Wimbledon? He says Djokovic, of course. He thinks Andy Murray is looking good, and Federer will be in the top four. But, he says, there might be a surprise fourth and suggests Milos Raonic, the Serbian-born Canadian. Will he bet on him? No. “I’m not a betting man – I’ve never bet on sports. I played poker professionally, but poker is not gambling. It’s a game of strategy, calculation and maths and the ability to read people.” From the age of 38, until three years ago, he travelled the world playing poker. It filled a gap when he gave up tennis. “There’s always this 17-year-old in me that likes real competition. When it was no longer on the tennis courts, poker gave me that opportunity.” Tennis experts often say of Becker that, given how good a player he was, it is surprising he didn’t win more titles. “I won six majors! But I think I could have, or should have, won more – I agree. What made it more difficult for me was that I won Wimbledon at 17 and 18, when I was still maturing as a player, and as a man. If I have an ideal scenario, obviously I’d have won Wimbledon a bit later, because I’d have understood more about the importance of it. I was thrown in the deep end overnight. Imagine a sportsman today being as successful at 17 as I was. With social media, they couldn’t walk out the door any more, they couldn’t go to restaurants or sit in bars. That affects your life.” It must make it difficult meeting girlfriends, forming relationships, I suggest. “Ja. Overall, I must say, I’ve been lucky with my girlfriends, and wives. I always call my wife my last wife.
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With my first wife – things happened, you get a divorce – but today we have a very civilised, respectful relationship. I was educated by my parents, especially my mother, the right way in seeing what is important in another person, to understand the important values of one another. So you could say I was lucky. With all the opportunities I had in my past, I didn’t do too bad.” I find it hard not to splutter at this point. I can’t believe his mother taught him the important value of having sex in broom cupboards. But since I am not allowed to ask about it, I will never know, though he does say in The Player that when he told his mother she had just become a grandmother again, she said: “That’s nice. Now we’ve got a girl.” Incidentally, he told Piers Morgan it was not a broom cupboard, it was a back staircase between two bathrooms. Unfortunately, I have never been to Nobu so cannot help with the geography. In Fleet Street’s golden age, I could have taken a whole party of colleagues there on expenses and done some research, but, alas, we live in straitened times. In The Player he writes: “I was careless, stupid and irresponsible that night, but I’ve stopped feeling guilty about it.” That night was in June 1999, when he made his last ever appearance at Wimbledon, being beaten by Pat Rafter in the fourth round. He had some drinks with journalists, then went back to his hotel where Barbara, his wife, who was seven months pregnant, “started creating a scene” and went into labour. She went off to hospital and he went to Nobu. At 11pm he was sitting at the bar when he saw a girl he’d noticed two weeks earlier, when he went to Nobu at the start of Wimbledon. “She had looked at me for those exact two extra seconds that tell the experienced hunter she’s up for it. And here she was again. She walked past the bar twice, giving me the same look. A little later she got up from her table and went in the direction of the loos. I followed her. Five minutes of small talk, then into the nearest suitable corner for our business. Afterwards she returned to her girlfriends, and >
I drank another beer, paid up and took a cab back to the hotel. There was still no news from the hospital...” Luckily, his wife was not actually giving birth – it had been a false alarm – and the next day they left England. But eight months later, his secretary in Munich handed him a fax from one Angela Ermakova saying they had met at Nobu and in a month’s time his child would be born. “I intend to refrain here,” he writes in The Player, “from describing in detail what we did or, rather, what we didn’t do. But dammit, this was impossible. This was absolutely impossible.” [His lawyers said they only had oral sex and he was wearing a condom, so the conception must have required considerable ingenuity.] He went to meet Ermakova and “The tone of our conversation was businesslike. If I wasn’t prepared to take responsibility, the press would be informed... There was no mistaking the threat.” The baby was born in March 2000 and a year later, after a DNA test, Becker acknowledged paternity and made a generous financial settlement.
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His daughter, Anna, is now 15, and lives with her mother in London. She recently made her debut as a catwalk model at Berlin Fashion Week. Becker has got to know her mother better over the years. They’ve even been on holiday. “But I want the right of privacy for my daughter, and we made an agreement not to speak about it any more in any detail.” Fair enough, but despite having a daughter, he doesn’t seem to have revised his attitude to women. Even in his new book, he calls himself a macho man, an alpha-male. “Is that so terrible?” asks Becker, so I obligingly read out a toe-curling passage in which he describes how he met his present wife, Lilly. He had taken his son Noah, then
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11, to a pizza place on Miami Beach and “There were a group of young women sitting in the restaurant, my eye was drawn to one of them. I like to think I have a qualified eye for spotting talent, and I immediately saw the talent.” When the talent came to the counter to order something, he got his son to initiate a conversation and eventually obtained her phone number. But though he left messages on her voicemail for weeks, she never replied. “Being a bit of a macho man and expecting every girl to respond to me when I call, I was very intrigued by this stubbornness...” “Is that bad?” asks Becker, genuinely mystified. Well, yes, I tell him, it is the attitude of what we women tend to call a male chauvinist pig. “Well, I can only tell you that if I speak with my male counterparts, they’d all agree on that. But we shouldn’t get into these discussions about man and woman because my book is not about that. I have a question: do you have children?” Yes, two daughters, four grandchildren. “And you have a husband?” Well, I’m a widow, but yes, I did. “So one way and another, you found your love and you have a wonderful family. And I can say the same thing.” So that’s all tickety-boo. We seem to have successfully edged our way past the broom cupboard, but oddly, and still bafflingly, it’s my next question that enrages him. I asked if he travelled with anyone, perhaps a PA, but he said stiffly: “I can handle a phone call and write an email myself. I don’t need a daily caretaker.” But he said in his book that being a tennis player was a lonely life, and I was going to ask if being a coach was also lonely, but he snapped: “I think you’re a little mixed up, because some of your questions are about the book The Player, which is not the reason why we’re here today. It’s almost 20 years since I was a tennis player. I’m a grown-up, a mature 47-year-old, so I don’t get lonely. When you’re 23 and you don’t speak the language, yes, there is a chance you get lonely. But that is not why we meet today. And I’d like to finish the interview soon. We’ve been talking for over an hour now.” I asked for an hour and a half. “Well, I wasn’t aware of that. An hour and a half I wouldn’t have given to you.” You said in your book that you liked being interviewed. “It depends on the interviewer. I’ve been interviewed by very professional interviewers and I’ve been interviewed by non-professionals. So – it depends. Goodbye.” And he limps off to tell his publicist to complain to my editor. Heigh-ho. I won’t be visiting the Rome Cavalieri again. l
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best Looking for the ultimate summer break? Whether your taste runs to sublime beaches, spectacular scenery, urban attractions or adrenaline-boosting adventure, Hanna Lindon has the perfect destination.
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1. Florida, USA
Best for: Family fun
The Sunshine State arguably has more appeal for holidaying families than anywhere else on the planet. Not only is it the spiritual home of the theme park – Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens are all within easy driving distance of Orlando – but it comes up trumps in the beach stakes as well. When bored riding the world’s biggest rollercoasters or exploring the mysteries of Hogwarts at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, make the quick trip east and relax on the brochure-ready sands of Daytona Beach or Cocoa Beach. For those keen to explore further, then the colourful Art Deco waterfront of Miami Beach combines cultural charm with a sizzling summer vibe – and further south still are the croc-infested mangrove swamps and coral reefs of the Everglades and Florida Keys.
4. Istanbul, Turkey Best for: Food fanatics
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2. Hardangerfjord, Norway
Best for: Adventure junkies
A short drive from the colourful coastal city of Bergen, Hardangerfjord is the perfect base for exploring Fjord Norway. Plenty of tourists come here to cruise gently around the coastline and admire the ethereally stunning scenery, but Hardangerfjord is also a mecca for active types. Hill walking, Via Ferrata, sea kayaking, caving, white water jumping, rock climbing and glacier hiking are all on offer here – not to mention year-round skiing on the Folgefonna Glacier. For the ultimate adventurous experience, stay in a Mongolian yurt at Hardanger Basecamp (www.hardangerbasecamp.com) and bring out an inner Bear Grylls with a wilderness survival course.
3. Baden Baden, Germany Best for: R&R
Tired? Run down? In need of a complete reboot? Baden Baden in the foothills of Germany’s Black Forest is the ultimate relaxation destination. The curative powers of its natural springs have attracted health tourists since Roman times, and the views over the picturesque little city and its surrounding hills will soothe the mind as well as the body. Caracalla Spa, a haven of marble pillars, grottos, whirlpools and waterfalls in the heart of town, should be the first port of call for luxury lovers. The Roman-Irish bath at Friedrichsbad is another gem, with its elaborate frescoes and neo-Renaissance façade adding gravitas to the spa experience.
From the seventeenth century Spice Bazaar to the mouthwatering smells of the Kadıköy market, Turkey’s capital is brimming with fabulous foodie venues. Istanbul has always been home to street hawkers selling freshly-squeezed juice, spiced kofte (meatballs), doner kebabs and sesame-dotted simit bread, but the city is increasingly becoming known for its high end restaurants as well. Tugra (www.kempinski.com), set on the first floor of the original Çırağan Palace with an authentic Ottoman menu and mind-bending views over the Bosphorus Bridge, is the perfect place to begin a culinary odyssey. There’s also the best of contemporary Turkish cooking at Lokanta Maya (www.lokantamaya.com) and Rumelihisari Iskele (www.rumelihisariiskele.com). >
“For the ultimate adventurous experience, stay in a Mongolian yurt and bring out an inner Bear Grylls with a wilderness survival course’”
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7. Barcelona, Spain
5. Umbria, Italy Best for: Romantic breaks
Crowned by fortified towns and blanketed with sun-soaked vineyards, the rolling hills of Umbria have been inspiring artists and novelists for hundreds of years. For those hoping to treat the other half to a romantic excursion, then this idyllic region is the obvious choice. Sample the area’s impressive selection of fine wines, discover locally-sourced truffles, trout and wild boar, or journey back in time with a visit to the incredible Roman ruins of Casuiae. As a special treat, why not stay at an upmarket boutique hotel such as the Palazzo Bontadosi (www.hotelbontadosi.it) – once the residence of a fifteenth century cardinal and now a palatial hotel with underground spa and classy restaurant.
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6. Skye, Scotland
Best for: Spectacular scenery
Caribbean-style beaches, mighty mountains, outlandish rock formations and postcard-perfect fishing villages all combine to make the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides one of the most beautiful places in the UK. There’s plenty to do on this magical island (linked to mainland Scotland by a road bridge), including walking on an ancient landslip called the Trotternish Ridge, sea kayaking to Loch Coruisk in the heart of the Cuillin mountain range, relaxing on the coral beaches of Clagain and exploring Dunvegan Castle. For foodies there are two Michelin star restaurants: Kinloch Lodge (www. kinloch-lodge.co.uk) and The Three Chimneys (www.threechimneys.co.uk), along with plenty of fabulous pubs. Just remember to take the DEET as midges can be a problem during the summer months.
Best for: Party animals
Ibiza and Magaluf might have the edge when it comes to supersized clubs and nighttime debauchery, but for those who like to combine partying with fabulous food, plenty of culture and a good dose of sightseeing, then Barcelona is the obvious choice. Start the evening with tapas and cocktails on Las Ramblas, the city’s busiest boulevard and the starting point for exploring the old town. From here, most bar hoppers head to the Gothic Quarter where world-class venues such as Sidecar Factory Club (www.sidecarfactoryclub.com) and Macarena (www.macarenaclub.com) await. An ongoing line-up of music festivals, including Cruilla (www. cruillabarcelona.com) and Primavera Sound (www.primaverasound.com) further enliven the summer months.
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9. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Best for: Beautiful beaches
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8. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Best for: Cultural kicks
This chic Cambodian city was once known simply as the gateway to Angkor – the ruined seat of the ancient Khmer kingdom and one of the most important archaeological sites in South East Asia. Angkor, with its incredible array of crumbling temples, is still the cultural highlight of Siem Reap, but nowadays the city has plenty to offer travellers in its own right. Activities and attractions abound, from cookery courses and apsara dances through to horseriding and exploring the floating villages on the nearby Tonle Sap lake. Siem Reap also throngs with exceptional restaurants: try the tasting menu at Cuisine Wat Damnak (www.cuisinewatdamnak.com), tuck into the best of international gastronomy at Abacus (www.cafeabacus.com), or have a private chef cook a three-course meal while visitors lounge in a secluded thatched pavilion with Destination Dining (www.sojournsiemreap.com).
There’s plenty of debate among travel experts over the world’s most beautiful beaches, but most will agree that Fernando de Noronha at least makes the top ten. This Brazilian island paradise is a wonderland of pristine sands, turquoise sea and foaming green jungle. The ocean surrounding the archipelago throngs with dolphins, sharks and other marine life; boutique beach houses and villas are tucked discreetly away in the trees and the tiny village capital is a vision of cobbled streets and Portuguese rococo. The reason most people come here, though, is the beaches. Visitors won’t find creamier sand or a more spectacular backdrop anywhere else on Earth – and there are no sun loungers, beach bars or manmade paraphernalia to ruin things. For the ultimate worldly paradise, climb down a long ladder to Praia Do Sancho, which recently won a coveted ‘Best Beach in Brazil’ award.
10. The Faroe Islands Best for: Something a little bit different
They might just be a short flight away from the UK, but landing on the Faroe Islands feels like entering a completely different world. Marooned in the middle of the Atlantic, this remote archipelago is a dazzling mish-mash of majestic fjords, bird-blanketed cliffs and isolated hamlets. The ethereal scenery and incredible wildlife spotting opportunities have made the islands popular with both hikers and ornithologists, but they are also becoming known for the fabulous local food and the opportunities to engage in adventurous activities such as diving and sailing. There’s also a national art gallery and a diminutive Natural History Museum to explore – and, of course, don’t forget to snag one of the famous Faroe jumpers before leaving. For seasoned travellers looking to explore new shores, this is a top choice. l
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ark Thompson’s history is the first full account of the Royal Engineers’ work in the Peninsular War and the contribution they made throughout the conflict. Drawing on his unrivalled collection of the engineers’ letters and diaries, he tells, in vivid detail, the story of the war as they experienced it. His narrative describes their role in all the major operations between 1808 and 1814. His deeply researched study will be fascinating reading for those interested in the history of military engineering and a vital text for readers keen to broaden their understanding of the Peninsular War. Mark S. Thompson has had a lifelong interest in the British
C army in the Peninsular War. Recently he completed a PhD on the role of the Royal Engineers in the Peninsula. He is a member of the British Commission for Military History, the Friends of the Lines of Torres Vedras and the Friends of the British Military Cemetery at Elvas. By Mark S. Thompson RRP: £25.00 276 pages • Hardback • 60 illustrations ISBN: 9781783463633
1815: THE RETURN OF NAPOLEON
offered further evidence that Chesney was able to include in the later English editions published. This edition of Waterloo Lectures is the last, best and most complete. Colonel Charles C. Chesney (1826–1876) was an officer of the Royal Engineers and Professor of Military History at Sandhurst and the Imperial Staff College. By Colonel Charles Chesney RRP: £25.00 272 pages • Hardback • illustrated ISBN: 9781848328334
WATERLOO: THE DEFEAT OF NAPOLEON’S
his unique and atmospheric volume presents the dramatic story of Napoleon’s escape from Elba and his march on Paris in the words of eyewitnesses and participants. Drawing on hundreds of firsthand accounts by Napoleon’s supporters and opponents, Paul Britten Austin recreates the drama of those tumultuous days of the spring of 1815: Napoleon’s dramatic landing at Antibes in the south of France, the first heady days of his arrival after almost a year of exile, his almost miraculous march across France, his arrival in Paris and the coup which led to the fall of the Bourbons.
harles Chesney’s Waterloo Lectures is one of the most outstanding of the many works written on the great battles of 1815. Colonel Chesney brilliantly realised his aim of presenting and analysing all the available facts in an impartial and accurate way, at a time when other historians were more concerned with painting the picture most flattering to national pride. Colonel Chesney consulted English, German, Belgian and French sources on the battle, and brought a logical and objective mind to bear on them. Waterloo Lectures was quickly translated into German and French, and approved by such renowned soldiers as Moltke the Elder. A number of German and French authorities subsequently
T Paul Britten Austin was born in Dawlish, South Devon. He spent twenty-five years researching and writing his vast study of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812. His 1815 book follows the same principle of ‘stitching together’ eyewitness accounts to create an exciting narrative. By Paul Britten Austin RRP: £25.00 336 pages • Hardback • 16 pages b/w plates ISBN: 9781848328341
his is the most detailed account of the 2nd Division at Waterloo ever published. It is based on the papers of its commander Sir Henry Clinton and it reveals for the first time the previously unrecognised vital role this division made in the defeat of Napoleon. Perhaps the most significant aspect of the book is the description of the defeat of Napoleon’s Imperial Guard. Just who and how the incomparable Guard was stopped and driven from the battlefield is explained in detail. Gareth Glover is an ex Royal Navy Officer who has studied
the Napoleonic wars for over thirty years. He is the acknowledged foremost authority on the British Archives related to the Napoleonic Wars and has made a huge number of discoveries which have radically altered our understanding of the Waterloo campaign. By Gareth Glover RRP: £19.99 241 pages • Hardback • 16 pages b/w plates ISBN: 9781848327443
All published by Pen & Sword Books Ltd www.pen-and-sword.co.uk
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Fabryan The Surrey label with a big impact Fabryan is a luxury womenswear brand based in the heart of Kingston. With international credentials, celebrity clients and a range of stockists both UK and overseas, Fabryan is the ‘local’ up and coming brand making waves in fashion.
abryan designs are created for every woman, for every occasion. The brand’s philosophy is to combine high-end tailoring with luxe fabrics for a collection that is both feminine and elegant. With looks for both day and night; Fabryan is the go-to brand for this summer’s events. Fabryan offers ready-to-wear collections, silk scarves, accessories and made-tomeasure bespoke designs. The sophisticated yet summery colour palette in the current collection makes each piece a versatile, timeless member of your wardrobe. For example, the Spring/Summer ’15 collection’s tailored shorts are perfect for balmy holiday evenings, whilst the bright day midi-dress is great for a contemporary mother-of-the-bride look. For those who are after a more unique look for that special event, Fabryan also creates bespoke, made to measure garments. So, whatever the occasion this summer, Fabryan is the high-end label for every woman. l
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Meridian Contemporary (above) Fine linear brush stainless steel case. 40.5mm, rectangle. 50m/5ATM water resistant custom case with hardened mineral crystal. 22mm custom fine linear brushed solid stainless steel three link bracelet with solid stainless steel butterfly closure. High contrast (even enhanced in direct sunlight) always on monochrome display.
Sophisticated British smartwatches from Vector crafted from premium materials with a classic aesthetic modelled on the traditional timepiece.
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Luna Classic IP high polished rose gold case with fine linear brushed sides. 43.5mm, round. 50m/5ATM water resistant custom case with hardened mineral crystal. 22mm custom polished rose gold solid stainless steel five link bracelet with solid stainless steel butterfly closure. High contrast (even enhanced in direct sunlight) always on monochrome display.
Luna Performance IP matt black case with polished IP black ring. 43.5mm, round. 50m/5ATM water resistant custom solid stainless steel case with hardened mineral crystal. 22mm supple silicon strap with IP matt black custom forged stainless steel buckle. High contrast (even enhanced in direct sunlight) always on monochrome display.
Luna Contemporary Fine circular brush stainless steel case with polished gun metal ring. 43.5mm, round. 50m/5ATM water resistant case with hardened mineral crystal. 22mm painted cut edge, fine grain leather strap with fine brushed custom forged stainless steel buckle. High contrast (even enhanced in direct sunlight) always on monochrome display. l
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Ruby large Rio print multiposition pareo, drawstring ties on waist ÂŁ115
Hotter than July Pain de Sucre excels in creating swimwear. Precursor of bikini jewellery, the brand offers a stylish range of swimwear combining sophistication and creativity. With innovation in the choice of shapes, its unparalleled expertise oozes French elegance that attracts an international clientele.
nspired by haute couture, Pain de Sucre also offers high-end lingerie, revisiting and reinterpreting classic cuts to extract creative sensuality and sophisticated subtleties. Beachwear has pushed the boundary between lingerie and ready-to-wear clothing to create fascinating pieces of couture. Discover Pain de Sucre and find all the beauty tips and styles for a glamorous look all year round! l >
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Luyana off-white robe £140 Neal ruby red bra £90 Geane ruby red low rise boyshorts £50
Stili azure blue boyshorts £55 Belina azure blue bra in lace £55
Judy azure blue knitted top £95 Rizo azure blue triangle bikini set with jewels £370
Rica black long tunic £205 Agatha black robe £155
Rana ruby red camisole £75
Big blue on tour
Audiences will be able to immerse themselves in the wonders of the ocean without getting their feet wet as the Ocean Film Festival World Tour returns to theatres this autumn. essence finds out more.
Above: Swell chasers. Below and far left: Arctic swell by Chris Burkard
he vision of the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is to inspire visitors to explore, respect, enjoy and protect the oceans. Film is at the heart of the Ocean Film Festival Australia and by introducing this tour of the UK the aim is to share the best films from around the globe with audiences. Each of the Festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home. This autumn tour will screen over two hours of the most inspirational, educational and entertaining films related to the ocean from independent filmmakers gathered from across the globe, including a unique selection of films of varying lengths and styles covering topics such as the oceanic environment, marine creatures, ocean related sports, coastal cultures and ocean lovers.
The Festival originates in Australia, will feature a new selection of the world’s most captivating ocean-themed short films and will be shown in towns and cities across the UK. It’s at the Dorking Halls on 3 September and London in early October. Designed to mesmerise and enthral, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface. Films document the beauty and power of the ocean and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and
oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray, who chase the crests of waves and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. Heart-stopping shots of big wave surfing and adrenalin-inducing scenes of divers swimming with white sharks will leave audiences on the edge of their seats. The films also encourage viewers to dive head first into ocean culture as the Festival is filled with touching interviews and insightful narrations from the characters whose lives are inspired by the ocean. l
Devocean: The story of South African Bruno and a new life found exploring the oceans
2015 highlights include: DEVOCEAN South African born Bruno spent the majority of his life in or on the water. However, in 1998, a tragic event left him a paraplegic. A chance wave and the restorative powers of the ocean showed Bruno a new path in life. Devocean is an inspirational story of life’s lessons as taught by the sea.
OCEANMINDED Oceanminded follows champion freediver Hanli Prinsloo along the coast of South Africa and Mozambique. Her underwater journey takes her into the realm of the ocean’s most feared predator, the shark. These beautiful creatures are portrayed in a very different light. It’s an adventure full of risks and passions – on one breath!
A SMALL SURFER Known as the Flying Squirrel, Quincy Symonds may well be the best six-year-old surfer and skater on the planet. She has captured the attention of the surfing world, prepare to be surprised!
Small surfer: Quincy Symonds, the Flying Squirrel
essence info For more about the Ocean Film Festival World Tour, view the trailer and book tickets at www.oceanfilmfestival.co.uk
Background: Lightning Strikes Twice, a film detailing the quest to unlock the mystery of the only Nantucket whaleship ever found on the sea floor
Arctic swell by Chris Burkard
Ocean factfile 1The oceans cover 71% (and rising) of the Earth’s surface to an average depth of almost four kilometres. The deepest point discovered so far is almost eleven kilometres deep. 1The oceans provide about 190 times as much living space as all of the Earth’s other environments – soil, air and fresh water – put together. 1More than 97% of all our planet’s water is contained in the ocean. 1Life on Earth almost certainly originated in the sea and was more or less restricted to the oceans for the first three billion years of evolution. 1The giant squid has the largest eyes of any animal on Earth. They grow to about thirty feet across. 1The record for the deepest fish goes to Abyssobrotula galatheae, a cusk eel member of Ophidiidae family. It was dredged from the bottom of the Puerto Rico Trench at a depth of 8,368m in 1970. 1The largest known deep sea fish is the Greenland shark, Somniosus microcephalus, which grows to over seven metres in length. 1Life in the sea is incredibly rich. There are creatures from 28 major groups of animals living in the sea, including sponges, crustaceans and molluscs, whereas only 11 major groups of animals live on land. 1More oil reaches the oceans each year as a result of leaking automobiles and other non-point sources than was spilled in Prince William Sound by the Exxon Valdez.
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“New DS 5 is more than just a new car. It is the car introducing our new brand identity.” YVES BONNEFONT, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, DS
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Back in the race
Every now and then something extraordinary comes onto the motoring scene, and in homage to some classic sixties’ design, Citroën recently launched its new DS range. Euan Johns looks at a refreshing addition of flair to a packed premium motor market.
espite some tough words it’s difficult to successfully launch a relatively unknown brand into a jam-packed sector of the UK motorcar market. While DS already exists as a sole entity in China, and is fairly well known in Europe, here it’s still firmly thought of as an extension of Citroën. But not for long. Although it’s the way it’ll stay for the time being, the long-term goal is to disassociate DS from its French parent completely. It is easy to see why the decision has been made. As well as the chance to catch trend-setting customers who’ve become dissatisfied with the ‘big three’ German premium brands, DS has a chance to set its price list firmly in the premium arena. The company has already said customers can be expected to pay more for a DS product than they would for a Citroën.
As well as appearing expensive (the updated DS 5 looks it, both inside and out) the car will need to match rivals in other areas, such as ride and handling. This is one area that’s poor on the current car. Of course, only time and full year sales figures will tell whether the move is successful, but DS has every chance of becoming a fully fledged premium brand in Britain. A lot of middle market brands speak of ‘moving upmarket’ these days, but Citroën seem to be on track to put words into action. The current range of Citroën DS models will slowly morph into a stand-alone DS range, to be sold worldwide. DS will eventually have a vehicle line-up of six models with the face lifted DS5 the first model to be badged solely under the DS brand. DS officially separated from parent company Citroën with the reworked DS 5 launched at the Geneva motor show earlier in the year. The firm also revealed its new strap line: ‘Spirit of Avant Garde.’ Aimed at a new generation of fashion-conscious buyers, and with a focus on personalisation, models will >
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eventually be sold through a network of stores and ‘salons’ in up to 200 cities worldwide, including the UK. A concept car based on a face-lifted DS 5 (named Moon Dust) headed the launch. Features include a new chrome exterior trim, a lightly re-profiled front grille and contemporary brown leather trim inside. There’s also a modified version of the DS 21 Pallas, first launched in 1955 and celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, as well as the Divine DS concept car. Already recognised as a stand-alone brand in China, the company say the firm’s launch here will be phased in slowly, with dwindling links to parent Citroën in the coming years. In the short term, Citroën dealers will offer dedicated areas in showrooms for DS products. Around half a million DS models have been sold in Europe since the brand’s launch as part of Citroën in 2010. Sales are expected to grow due to the expanded model range that will eventually be made up of six models. Two SUVs, one large and one small, will aim to take on Audi’s Q3 and Q5 models respectively. At the very top of the range will be an Audi A8 competitor, with inspiration set to come from 2012’s DS 9 concept. There are no plans to offer a smaller model than the current DS 3. A desire to take on Audi is nothing new. Last year PSA Peugeot Citroën boss Carlos Tavares stated that DS would look to specifically rival Audi by 2020, primarily by matching the German manufacturer’s appeal and exclusivity. The separation and launch of DS as a solo brand forms part of PSA’s ‘back in the race’ plan, announced early last year. The new models have some real class and bags of pedigree to boot, however, the trick will be to get this across in a crowded market. ‘Spirit of Avant-Garde’ reflects a specific attitude of mind and I do have a feeling that French flair will win a fair number of people over from German efficiency and function.
The DS brand
A French brand born in Paris, DS was officially founded on 1 June 2014. Its stated ambition is to revive the tradition of premium vehicles in the French automotive industry. It draws on the very best of values of innovation and distinction inherited from the first DS, launched in 1955. Designed for customers looking for a means to express themselves as individuals, the DS range now comprises DS 3, DS 3 Cabrio, DS 4, DS 5, DS 5LS* and DS 6*. The DS range combines exceptional styling, sensations and refinement with premium materials and advanced technology. Marketed in Europe by Citroën, in DS Stores and dedicated showroom areas, DS has come to represent a brand experience that goes beyond the product to include a range of exclusive premium services. *Available in China only.
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At their best...
Seasonal and local food offers taste, health and even economic benefits. Crates Local Produce highlights the amazing seasonal produce available from our region.
rates 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.
Kohlrabi This vegetable can certainly turn heads with its unusual look. Part of the cabbage family, the crunch and peppery taste of kohlrabi works really well raw in salads and slaws. Once the stems that protrude are removed it can be easily peeled and chopped. The name actually means ‘turnip cabbage’ and the flavour is almost turnip crossed with chestnut. They have a good shelf life and will stay fresh for up to two weeks. Kohlrabi can be hard to find in supermarkets, but this beauty is quite common at farmers’ markets and in greengrocers from July right through to December. Originally grown as cattle feed in this country hundreds of years ago, in parts of Europe, Israel, China and India it has always been used as a staple ingredient in many dishes and works especially well in curries. This is a truly versatile crunchy delight that deserves to be embraced. Image © Bikicav | Dreamstime.com
Lettuce It is something of a crime that lettuce has gained the reputation of being just a limp leaf or crunchy, but completely tasteless, iceberg. There are so many more lettuces with flavour and colour that will bring any salad to life. Look out for Oak Leaf lettuce, both red or green, or Radicchio, a beautiful red and white colour with a more bitter taste offering real contrast in a mixed leaf salad. Our climate is particularly suited to growing lettuce and there are plenty of local growers producing exciting exotic varieties, as well as more flavoursome old favourites. For a good all rounder, Little Gem is lovely or also Cos. Add in some Red Chard, spinach leaves or a contrasting flavour like Endive and you can create a truly lively leaf salad that only requires a light dressing. Image © Nipaporn Panyacharoen | Dreamstime.com
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Raspberries Given the fragrance and flavour of these berries, it comes as little surprise the fruits are produced by a member of the rose family. Raspberries grow well in our climate, although the season is not long, but it’s always worth waiting for local raspberries which are far tastier than anything imported. Try to buy and eat on the same day as they have a very short shelf life. The delicate fruits work really well with all the other berries that become available in the summer, so desserts become vibrant and full of flavour. It’s an old favourite, but a good summer pudding brings a smile to anyone’s face. Some of the best raspberries are delightful just on their own or they can be easily juiced. Our tradition of jam making from these red delights is no accident as preserving ensures we can enjoy their sweetness through the winter. Image © Bjørn Hovdal | Dreamstime.com
Local ice cream The plight of our dairy farmers is well documented and the price they get for their milk hardly covers basic costs. There are a growing number of dairies, however, which are investing further to create more valuable produce from their milk, including cheese, butter and ice cream. Creamy ice cream is well known in the West Country, but now our more local dairies are creating the most amazing ice creams. What makes local ice cream even better than the mass produced high water content ice creams is the rich milk cows produce once they are grazing outdoors. It is also far fresher and not frozen for months on end before even being sold. From just traditional vanilla through to more adventurous salted caramel, most farm direct ice cream is, quite simply, addictive through the summer months. Nearly all local farm shops, cafes and even cinemas are now stocking ice cream made close to home. Image © Thomas Perkins | Dreamstime.com
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Spicy Kohlrabi noodles www.crateslocal.co.uk Serves two as a main Ingredients: Two kohlrabi 100g rice noodles One avocado pear Handful of peanuts Red chillis, basil and mint to taste Half teaspoon hot pepper sauce Two limes Two tablespoons soy sauce Two tablespoons rice vinegar One clove garlic One teaspoon fresh ginger Method: • Remove the protruding stems from the kohlrabi, peel the remaining bulbs and chop into thin matchsticks – a mandolin is useful for this. • Cook and chill the rice noodles. • Squeeze one of the limes and mix with all the remaining ingredients (except the avocado). • Marinade the matchstick kohlrabi with the mixture for at least half an hour or more in the fridge. • When ready to serve, toss this with the noodles, taste and add more seasoning if needed. Serve with slices of avocado, wedges of lime and the peanuts.
Seafood and mixed leaf salad www.crateslocal.co.uk Serves two or four as a starter Ingredients: 250g of preferred cooked seafood such as prawns, mussels, squid or clams Generous selection of mixed lettuce leaves Vine of cherry tomatoes Two tablespoons of mayonnaise One lime For the dressing: One tablespoon balsamic vinegar Three tablespoons oil, olive or rapeseed One teaspoon honey Half teaspoon dijon mustard Method: • Halve the tomatoes and toss lightly with the mixed leaves and mayonnaise. • Prepare the seafood dressing by heating all the ingredients in a pan, allow it to come to the boil and simmer for several minutes until it starts to become sticky. • Simply serve with the salad, drizzle the dressing over the seafood and add wedges of lime.
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Raspberry Pavlova cake www.crateslocal.co.uk Serves four Ingredients: Four egg whites 250g caster sugar One teaspoon white wine vinegar One teaspoon cornflour One vanilla pod or one teaspoon vanilla extract 600g raspberries or mixed berries 350ml double cream Mint leaves to garnish Method: • Heat oven to 150°C or gas mark 2 and prepare some parchment paper by cutting out a large circle at least the size of a dinner plate. Place on a baking sheet. • Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks and slowly whisk in the sugar until the mix appears glossy. Then whisk in the vinegar, vanilla and cornflour. • Spread the mix thickly on to the parchment paper within the circle, but create slight walls around the perimeter. Bake for one hour, turn off the heat but leave the meringue to cool within the oven. • Whip the double cream until thick, spread into the crater of the cooled meringue and just top it off with the berries and mint leaves.
Stout beer float www.crateslocal.co.uk Serves one Ingredients: One bottle or can of good quality stout Two scoops ice cream, vanilla or chocolate Chocolate or chilli sauce Method: • Freeze a pint glass for around 20 minutes and chill the stout. • Simply pour the stout into the cold glass, leave the head to die back to around half and add in two scoops of vanilla ice cream. • For a really different float, use chocolate ice cream and drizzle over a runny chocolate or even chilli sauce.
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ETON MESS CAKES IN A JAR By Jen’s Cupcakery
erfect for summer picnics and easy to prepare, our caketake on the popular Eton Mess creates luscious layers of soft sponge, strawberry, meringue and clotted cream for an indulgent twist, all perfectly portable in cute glass jars. Serves 10-12
Ingredients: 100g Flora buttery (or unsalted butter) 225g caster sugar 210g plain flour 100ml milk Two teaspoons baking powder Two teaspoons vanilla extract Three eggs Approximately 150g strawberries Ready-made meringues (much easier than making from scratch if short on time!) Glass jars with lids (buy these from some supermarkets or Ebay)
• Preheat the oven to around 180°C (160° fan). • Put twelve cupcake cases in a twelve hole cupcake tin. • Cream the butter and sugar together until light and creamy in appearance and texture.
• Add the vanilla, eggs, flour, baking powder and milk and mix until fully combined.
• Fill the twelve cases with the batter and then bake in the • •
oven for around twenty minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean, then transfer to a rack. Whilst cooling, chop the strawberries (leaving some for decoration) and break up the meringues. When the cupcakes are cool, simply cut in half, drop one half into the bottom of the jar, then add a scoop of clotted cream, pieces of strawberry and meringue, top with the other half of the cupcake, then add another layer of clotted cream, fruit and meringue. Finish off with a whole strawberry to add a rustic touch!
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TIP: For those who prefer something a little less sweet, substitute the strawberries for raspberries or blackcurrants/berries and use mascarpone or crème fraîche.
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Surrey only has one artisan cheese-maker, but Norbury Blue Cheese Company’s delicious cheese could easily fight off any competition. Highly regarded by farm shops, delis and featured on local menus throughout the county, it’s a must have menu item, says Shirlee Posner of Eat Surrey.
ichaela Allam started making cheese from her dad’s Friesian cows’ milk in 2001. Travelling around farmers’ markets to sell her cheese, she met Neil, a watercress grower, and love bloomed over their love of local food. Neil decided that watercress was a lesser love, so he married Michaela along with her cheesemaking prowess and moved to Surrey. Now they work together blissfully making batches of their delicious cheese, Norbury Blue, a soft blue cheese with a big attitude. Made with unpasteurised milk from Michaela’s dad’s closed herd of Friesian cattle, this is artisan food production as it should be. A couple of years ago I went to see them in production. Sadly we had to share the cheese shed with a film crew who were making an educational movie, so Neil showed me the ropes while Michaela was transplanted onto the big screen. Neil explained that their milk is a huge element of the provenance of the final product. Cows are grazed on Norbury Park Farm’s meadows and milked twice a day. Morning and evening milking is mixed as the first milking is the most nutritious: this also changes in quality during the seasons, with summer milk being of a higher quality than winter milk. The essential element here is the high percentage of buttermilk; it’s the richness of this that adds a creamy mouthfeel to the ripened cheese. Cleaning up on arrival, with hairnets and plastic overshoes in place, Neil and I proceeded into the red brick dairy where, in the centre, sits a huge cooling and heating tank holding 900 litres of milk deposited after the previous night’s milking, chilled and
allowed to settle. A layer of buttermilk glistens on the surface. In preparation, the milk has now been heated to around 30°: the prime temperature for the addition of a bacterial culture. Different cheeses have different bacteria added depending on the flavour and texture to be achieved. Bacteria that appreciate protein are used in soft cheese making (I studied this at university, luckily) which ensure a creamy soft finish. The bacteria used here is also responsible for the blue mould growth that adds distinctive flavour. After Neil stirred in the culture, the milk is left for just under an hour to allow the bacteria to do its magic. Hearing a commotion outside, Neil took me to see the cows being brought down for milking. These are lucky cows, living in prime meadows and allowed to roam free range. Norbury Park Farm is near Box Hill, hidden away from the road and hard to find too. I arrived driving down a public footpath which Neil assured me was the only access road to the farm. Nestled at the bottom of the hill, the red brick nineteenth century farmhouse and outbuildings create an idyllic environment. It was time to return to the milk as at this stage regular stirring has to take place for which Neil has alerts set up on his mobile phone (how did we ever manage without them?). Every ten minutes the milk is stirred with a charming pink spade and finally it’s time to add the vegetarian rennet. Rennet makes the curd and whey separate, as it’s the milk solids that make cheese. Milk has a high water content which is why you need so much of it.
Neil starts to pull a huge circular cheese wire through the solidifying milk. This helps release the whey which is collected into a drainage system and recycled to enrich the soil for winter feed production. The curds were obvious now and Neil used a large plastic jug to pour the sloppy mixture into the waiting moulds. The curds are left overnight then removed from the moulds and rubbed with salt. After salting, cheeses are taken to a holding room with an atmosphere warm and humid to encourage mould growth and then on to a maturing room. Cheeses are ripened for six to eight weeks, hand turned every couple of days, after which they are dispatched for sale. About four years ago Neil and Michaela added a new cheese to their portfolio. This took investment and planning for a new ripening room as it is made with a different culture to Norbury Blue. They were struggling to find a name for their soft white cheese with a crumbly creamy texture and Camembert style rind. An incident in the local pub one night came to their rescue as a local vicar was leaving and a fellow drinker muttered under her breath “dirty vicar”, a reference to the fact that he had remarried swiftly after the death of his first wife. They had been searching for a whimsical name after seeing the success of Stinking Bishop (a real cheese featured in a Wallace and Gromit movie) and this they decided immediately was it. Dirty Vicar is a lovely cheese with a charming story and makes a great conversation piece for any cheeseboard. Buy Norbury Blue and Dirty Vicar cheeses from many farm shops and delicatessens in Surrey and farther afield. A full list of stockists can be found on the Norbury Blue Cheese Company’s website.
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f I serve good cheese and fruit in place of a dessert I often make my own biscuits. These are delicious with blue cheese and why not experiment with other dried fruit too? Figs work really well, as do chopped nuts for a more savoury finish. The biscuits make lovely edible gifts and the image shows that I used a homemade biscuit stamp too! Makes at least 12 biscuits Ingredients 50g medium oatmeal 75g milled flaxseed 100g plain wholemeal flour (stoneground is preferable) One x 5ml spoon soft brown sugar One x 5ml spoon baking powder Half teaspoon salt 100g butter, softened Two x 15ml spoons of semi-skimmed milk 60g dried cranberries, very finely chopped
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Method 1. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan/gas mark 4. 2. Combine the oatmeal, flaxseed, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. 3. Rub the butter into the flour mixture using fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. 4. Stir the dried cranberries into the flour mixture. 5. Add the milk gradually to form a slightly sticky dough. 6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to a thickness of three millimetres. 7. Cut the biscuits using a round cutter (six to seven centimetres). 8. Place the biscuits on a greased or lined baking tray and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Store cooled biscuits in an airtight container. Shirlee Posner
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‘English’ curry Sameena Thompson recently launched a new range of fresh home-made curry sauces. She left her job with an aim to transform people’s idea of curry forever through The Art of Curry.
ailing from a family with a wonderful culinary heritage, and using original recipes passed down from her mother through generations, Sameena Thompson creates a sophisticated, delicate, complex mix of flavours in her sauces. After being disappointed with the “bland and tired” taste of curries in the UK for a long time, Sameena has followed her passion and launched a range of curry sauces alongside an Indian supper club. Sameena explains: “The Art of Curry aims to bring a distinctive, sophisticated and delicate style of cooking to a wider audience using the slow cooking style of the royal palaces across the different regions of India, which is the way we cook at home. My mum was a celebrated cook in London and I grew up on her fabulous food and a house full of weekend dinner guests. They all asked her what her secret was.
It was said that she had the ‘zaika’ (taste) in her hands. I’m lucky she has passed the zaika on to me. I’m honoured to continue the heritage.” Frustrated that the amazing flavours she knew from her own and her mother’s cooking were just not available in shops and restaurants, she decided to create her own range of fresh sauces. In the true style of the Nawabs and Moghuls across India, each sauce is carefully cooked by hand, in small batches, then chilled. The sauces are slow cooked to bring out the intensity of the flavours and maintain natural textures. Art of Curry sauces are available in six flavours and are full of delicate layers reflecting the true heritage of Indian cuisine’s classical methods – unique to Sameena’s style of cooking. Her supper clubs are booked well in advance, so it looks as though Sameena has the sweet smell of success on her hands. l
essence info The Art of Curry Sameena’s sauces from The Art of Curry range are available online, or through a selection of farm shops and delicatessens across Surrey. For more information, or to book onto one of her supper clubs, visit www.theartofcurry.co.uk.
The taste of Innocente Innocente Caffe d’Orzo di Siena is an Italian caffeine free alternative to coffee. It’s artisan wood roasted barley that brews like coffee, offering a caffeine free, tasty and satisfying drink. A natural after dinner choice, Innocente Caffe d’Orzo or ‘Barley Coffee’ is a traditional Italian drink for all ages. With none of the acids present in conventional coffee, there’s no bitterness, just the full rich after taste and a smooth easy caffeine free drink. Company founder Jeremy Levis discovered a producer based outside Siena who uses the same wood-fired roasting machine that his grandfather bought and has been going since 1831. For years dismissed in Italy as an old fashioned drink, now health conscious Italians realise that endless cups of espresso aren’t such a good idea, and this drink from their childhood makes an extremely tasty alternative. Says Jeremy: “Orzo has all the goodness and taste of coffee, with none of the nasty side effects of caffeine.” Innocente can be made in the same manner as coffee, in a cafetiere, a filter machine or in an espresso machine. Innocente £7.99 for 500g and £5.99 for 250g. For a full list of stockists www.innocente-orzo.com
In the ever evolving beauty and aesthetic industry, it is difficult to choose skin treatments best for the skin. Aesthetician Naomi Diamond of The Epsom Skin Clinic helps out with this handy guide to the latest innovations.
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ast month I talked about the importance of consultations and this applies to all areas of beauty treatments, from regular facial treatments to plastic surgery. Clients need to know the minimum and maximum that can be achieved for their skin, so do ask the therapist or doctor to lay out all options available so that a plan can be agreed in advance and informed decisions made.
Thread facelifts Recently there has been a lot of excitement surrounding the new thread facelifts. This non-invasive procedure can take between 30–60 minutes to complete and is carried out under local anaesthetic. Results can be immediate as the thread gives an instant but discreet lift. It also stimulates the skin’s own natural collagen production adding more volume gradually and lasting approximately eighteen months.
Vitamin drip Now most of us have heard of IV drips for the ‘hangover cure’, but how about the Vitamin Drip? The Canadian originators of this new treatment began in 2011 and it has now made its way to the UK. The drip’s unique blend of vitamins and minerals can be tailor made to each individual based on lifestyle, diet, exercise habits and more, which are carefully determined by a questionnaire completed prior to treatment. The products can help a range of concerns from rejuvenation to immune support to athletic performance. The vitamins and minerals are placed in
a drip and delivered intravenously which results in 100% absorption. Fans include everyone from sports personalities to arthritis sufferers. Take a look and treat yourself from the inside.
Eyes and lips Two of the more noticeable areas that tend to show our age the most are around the eyes and mouth. Those tell tale eye bags, crows’ feet and pout lines give us away! Previously, the eye area was too sensitive to treat, however, the Enerpeel Eye and Lip is a chemical peel that uses two different acids and the patented Enerpeel technology which contains acid activity until it has been absorbed. This allows the peel to focus on remodelling the skin from the inside, encouraging natural collagen and elastin production and improving skin laxity. R20 tattoo removal Not so much a new treatment as a unique method! Throughout the last couple of years, tattoo removal has become more recognised and is proving a common talking point in the media. Conventional laser tattoo removal means carrying out one pass over the whole tattoo with the client returning six weeks later for the next, and so on, for around 18–24 months. However, the R20 technique allows multiple passes in one day, leaving a twenty minute gap in between each pass to allow the skin to calm and frosting to disappear. This innovative technique will cut total removal time down and allows clients to live without regrets.
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Skin rejuvenation There is always something new on the skincare market and products are continually advancing, especially in the prevention of ageing and rejuvenation. Now that summer is here, many of us are focusing on pigmentation and sun damage that has accumulated over the years where sun exposure damaged skin. I always say sun protection is essential to any homecare routine, however, there is available a system of products that contain vitamin C, an antioxidant and anti inflammatory that promotes collagen and elastin as well as brightening, along with pigment lightening ingredients for the prevention and early stages of ageing. Obagi CRX combines all of these with exfoliating ingredients to give skin back its luminosity, prevent premature ageing and lighten the initial signs of sun damage whilst brightening and tightening the skin. Booking a complimentary consultation with one of our therapists could start a treatment plan to inspire confidence – see the contact details below. l
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Avoiding summer angst Eleanora Newbery, associate solicitor at Mundays, looks at some tips to ease any possible summer angst that may occur when it comes to child access, so all parties can enjoy themselves over the holiday period.
My children are aged 10 and eight. I have been separated from their mum Fiona for two years or so. We had agreed that I would take the children to France for two weeks during the summer and I therefore booked the flights and a cottage for us and we were really looking forward to going. Now, with two weeks to go until the holiday, Fiona is saying that she won’t allow them to go with me. She says that she can only get time off work those exact two weeks and she wants to take the children away then. What can I do? I really feel for you because it must be horrible to have this stress leading up to what should be a very happy time for you and the children. The first thing you need to do, if you have not already done this, is speak to Fiona and explain to her that you have already booked the flights and the cottage and that you intend still to take the children away as agreed. Try to keep the conversation courteous but do be firm. Come up with some other options for her. Could she take the children away during half term? Could she take the children away for a long weekend at another point? See whether you can reach agreement between you. I would also find out whether she has any other reservations about the holiday that are the real reason for her to say this. Have the children been away with you before? Perhaps she feels nervous about it. If this is the case then reassure her as much as you can. I would suggest you give her the details of where you are staying and flight numbers and so on, as this might help her to feel more positive about the holiday.
You can arrange with her that the children Skype her on particular days so that again she feels reassured. I would not suggest that this is every day, unless the children want to do this, but every couple of days. See if by doing this, you and Fiona can reach some agreement between you. In the longer term, you and Fiona might like to draw up a Parenting Agreement to set out principles like this to help you to co-parent in future. It is very important that you secure Fiona’s agreement because if you are going on holiday outside England and Wales then unless you have Fiona’s consent to do so, this is considered to be abduction which is a criminal offence, even though you are the children’s parent.
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If you cannot reach agreement then speak to a solicitor urgently. It may well be that you could agree with correspondence through solicitors, and if Fiona has advice from a good solicitor, she may be persuaded to agree to you taking the children away. If you still can’t agree then you have to decide whether you want to proceed
with the holiday. If you do then you would need to make a very urgent application to Court. My view is that given that the holiday was previously agreed, and has already been booked, it is likely that you would be successful in that application, unless Fiona can show really good evidence that the holiday would not be in the children’s best interests. Therefore whilst I think ultimately you would be successful, it would be a stressful and potentially costly experience and it would be much better if you and Fiona could reach agreement between you. The other option is for you to agree that Fiona takes the children away instead, and for you to perhaps have a longer October half term with them. Whilst this seems rather
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unfair, it is always important to think about all possible options and to put the children first. The most important thing is that you have happy children, so make sure that you keep this in mind, rather than the battle with Fiona. It would be difficult to recover any wasted costs from Fiona, so check before doing this that you can re-book.
My partner and I have been separated for nearly three years and we have three children, aged 15, 12 and eight. The children live with their mum and I see them every second weekend. When we separated initially, my ex partner was very supportive of me seeing the children but now she seems determined to prevent me seeing them. She says that they do not want to see me but I am sure they do. I have a new girlfriend and I think that is what is causing it. The children have met my girlfriend and they really like her. My ex partner says I have to provide her with details of what the children will be doing every minute that they are with me. I think it is really unfair. What can I do? Raising children is not easy, even for parents in a loving relationship. It is even more difficult if you do not get on with the other parent. However you have to accept that your relationship with your ex partner is never going to be perfect and you have to accept that you will disagree. All you can do is your best for the children. There are a few points you raise in your letter. The first is about your new girlfriend. You need to be very understanding and sensitive about introducing her to the children. However old the children are they will have mixed feelings about this. Sometimes children will have continued to think that one day their parents will get back together, and it can be hard, however nice your girlfriend is, for children to accept them. It can also worry children that they may not be as important to you once you have a new girlfriend. It is really important to reassure them about this. If you are going to introduce your new girlfriend to your children, do it gradually. Make it very informal and initially just have her join you and the children for an hour at a time. Over a period of months you can extend that time, provided the children are content with this. It is really important that you continue to have time with just the children and without your girlfriend being there. They really want to spend the time with you. Equally however, your girlfriend is part of your life and it is reasonable that the children meet her and get to know her. It is unreasonable for your girlfriend never to be allowed to meet your children. This just needs to be done sensitively. Often these things take some time to get used to, so give it time and be sensitive to the children’s feelings.
The next point you make is about the children’s mum asking you for huge detail as to where the children will be and what they will be doing. Again, there has to be some balance here. You are the children’s dad and their mum has to trust you that you are looking after them, just as when the children are with her, you trust that she is looking after them. Equally however, if you are going somewhere unusual, then as a matter of courtesy my view is that you should let the children’s mum know where the children will be. You should remind her that you would like the same information from her. You and the children’s mum will need to have as trusting a relationship as is possible. Try to be as kind to her as possible to try to build trust. Overall, studies about contact with children show overwhelmingly that children are happiest when their parents get along. Do not worry about fighting every battle, or about whether you are “giving in” to your ex too much. The most important thing is that the children are happy, and not whether you or your ex “won” the argument. I know that this can be hard to do, but what you are aiming for is to have happy, loved children, not to be the “winner” in an argument with your ex. The point that concerns me most is about the children’s mum saying that the children do not want to see you. You really need to get to the bottom of this with the children. The only way you can do that is by seeing them and talking to them. Be very gentle when you ask them about this. If what she is saying is right then you need to see whether you can change anything. Perhaps it is too early to introduce your girlfriend, or perhaps the children would prefer that you all took part in some activities that were more suited to their interests and ages. If however you find that the children are enjoying seeing you and it is actually just that your ex has a problem with you having a new girlfriend, then there are various ways to approach this. The best way to do this is as I have set out above, to try to be sensitive to her feelings and to talk to her about this. Probably given time she will get used to the idea of you having a new girlfriend. If however there is a real problem then you could consider attending mediation together, where you and your ex would sit with a trained family mediator and try to work out a way forward.
You could also speak to a solicitor about writing to your ex partner to see whether you can reach an agreement in correspondence. Finally if you cannot agree then you could apply to Court for an Order that the children spend time with you. The Court would take into account lots of different factors to decide what was in the children’s best interests. One of the factors it would take into account is how the children feel about contact. The Court is likely to follow the 15 year old’s wishes, and perhaps also the 12 year old’s wishes. However the Court will start from the presumption that it is in the children’s interests to have a meaningful relationship with you which involves them spending time with you. I expect the Court would put in place measures in the short term for your girlfriend to be introduced gradually to the children. I would suggest that you speak to a solicitor before making an application to the Court so that this is done correctly and so that your case is put forward in the best light. I would suggest you have a look at some websites including www.resolution.org.uk/ advice_for_parents which contains very useful and practical advice for separated parents, and www.thefma.co.uk to find a local family mediator. l
essenceinfo Eleanora Newbery can be contacted on 01932 590500 or at Eleanora.Newbery@mundays.co.uk. For more information on divorce and family matters or to discover more about the personally tailored service Mundays can offer or Mundays’ mediation service please contact a member of the Mundays Family department. Mundays LLP Cedar House, 78 Portsmouth Road, Cobham KT11 1AN Telephone: 01932 590500 More information about Resolution, Mediation, Collaborative Law and Arbitration can be found at: www.mundays.co.uk www.resolution.org.uk www.thefma.co.uk www.collabfamilylawsurrey.co.uk www.ifla.org.uk
Simon Lewis examines the damage that has been inflicted on the Greek economy in the run up to what is expected to be the most crucial decision to date regarding the future of Greece whilst considering how investors around the world might be affected.
t was evident at the time of the second Greek bailout in 2011 that another bailout would eventually be needed. Many years of economic mismanagement by successive Greek governments had created a problem that would take much effort and many years to resolve. Less evident was the tortuous and destructive pathway that Greece would follow in the run up to the next bailout. The Greek economy - and its people â€“ suffered a heavy dose of austerity in the aftermath of the 2011 bailout. It was painful, but did serve to reduce an ongoing budget deficit of almost 10% to practically zero. In fact, some economists were, until recently, predicting a budget surplus in 2015. To put that in context, over the same period the UKâ€™s budget deficit was reduced from around 10% to approximately 5%. Simplistically, Greece endured twice the level of austerity experienced by the UK. However, such severe austerity had a very
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high cost, both economically and socially. The Greek economy was in recession for over 5 years and contracted by over 25%. Unemployment rose to over 25%, leading to an increase in poverty. In the circumstances, it is understandable that the Greek people became tired of austerity and wanted change. However, by electing a radical and inexperienced government there is a danger that much of the economic progress so painfully achieved will be squandered as a result of the protracted fear and uncertainly that has ground the economy to a halt and is further discouraging the payment of taxes. The inactivity of businesses and the suspension of new investment to improve productivity will have resulted in a permanent loss of economic output that will hinder the economyâ€™s potential. There is a growing resentment amongst the electorates of many Eurozone countries about funding a further Greek bailout because ultimately, it is taxpayers in those countries who would carry the cost even though it would be spread over a long period of time. This has encouraged a tough negotiating position on the part of European politicians, who are fearful of disenfranchising their core voters.
Negotiations have therefore been dominated by intransigence and belligerence. One side wishing to â€˜extend and pretendâ€™ by not offering debt relief, even though it is clear that the debt is unsustainable, whilst the other side resists any further major economic reform. Both sides must realise that in the long run, the solution to the problem will be cheaper the sooner it is implemented. Both sides must also realise that the most expensive outcome for everyone is no deal, followed by a Greek exit from the Eurozone. Let us hope that common sense finally prevails. Despite the soap opera-like daily doses of political drama, global financial markets were relatively unruffled by events until recently. This was in sharp contrast to 2011 when markets were very nervous about the prospect of Greece defaulting on its national debt and fell heavily. This is because a significant amount of the Greek debt was owed to European banks, which would probably have collapsed because they could not have sustained such losses. This could have created contagion through the global banking system in a repeat of 2008. This time it is different because the debt is now spread largely between three institutions, The International Monetary Fund (IMF), European Union and European Central
Bank (ECB). Crucially, the ECB has the ability to print money to replace any that it might lose and its scope to do this is improved by the cyclical recovery underway in the Eurozone economy. This has weakened the Greek governmentâ€™s negotiating position and contributed to the delay in reaching a deal. In some ways, a Greek default would have little economic relevance for global investors because the amounts involved are not large. Nevertheless, the impact would be symbolically significant. It would call into question the long term viability of monetary union without fiscal union, and reduce confidence in the ability of other Eurozone economies to service and repay their debts. Investor faith in the ability of those negotiating to reach agreement has eroded recently and this does much to explain the increase in volatility. This nervousness, against the backdrop of a falling Chinese stock market and weak consumer spending data that has emerged from the US, means that stock and bond market investors should brace themselves for a bumpy ride over the coming months. Those who have a suitably structured and well diversified portfolio should hold their nerve. If you are not a client of PMW, this might not be the case so please contact us if you would like us to carry out a review. l
essence info 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 46 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: email@example.com Website: www.pmw.co.uk
Working together Michael Connolly, headmaster of Cranmore School, considers the relative merits of co-education versus single-sex education.
he Happiest Days of Your Life is a classic British comedy which was a successful play before becoming a movie hit. Filmed in 1950, the humorous thread running throughout is the ‘crazy notion’ that boys and girls can be educated together. The central plot is that St Swithin’s Girls’ School is accidentally billeted with a boys’ school. The jolly japes include attempts to prevent visitors discovering that girls’ lacrosse and boys’ rugby are being played at the same time. Of course, this scenario seems terribly quaint for education in the twenty first century. Most people think there is nothing remarkable about teaching boys and girls together. Nevertheless, the debate continues on whether or not boys and girls should be educated apart. In truth, there is no easy
answer to this question. Perhaps it is more useful to look at other factors which might influence a child’s education such as the quality of the teaching, the curriculum on offer, the range of extra-curricular activities, and last but not least, the facilities and resources which a school has at its disposal. It is striking that a number of former boys only schools have decided to cater for girls too, although the reverse is quite rare. The evidence available indicates that such transformations have been very successful. At Cranmore School, which was a very strong boys’ school for decades, we have a marvellous co-educational nursery (Bright Stars at Cranmore) and have already extended this co-educational model to age seven. After careful deliberation, the governors unanimously decided the time
essence education was right to build upon its exceptional reputation by offering a full co-educational experience for girls and boys across the full age-range up to age 13. Old prejudices are gradually disappearing. The Women’s World Cup received considerable television coverage last month and members of the English squad are becoming better known. It is true that their earnings of about £65K per year fall far short of their male counterparts in the Premier League who can earn more in a single week. However, these professional female players are good role models for young girls who now know they can develop their talents in sports which were previously the preserve of men. Tim Hunt, a Nobel prize-winner for science, created a media storm when he suggested that research laboratories should segregate men and women. It might have been a slightly light-hearted comment taken out of context, but the subsequent brouhaha confirms that segregation of the sexes is a hot potato. The push for equal opportunity in the workplace is supported by many organisations such as the Women in Physics Group which promotes the varied careers of women physicists in industry, commerce, academia, teaching and research. It makes perfect sense that it is the attitudes being formed in girls and boys within schools which will alter the landscape of the workplace in future years. Girls and boys working together in a school laboratory will surely mean that it will not be odd when they work together on projects at university or in their professional lives thereafter. The reality today is that over three quarters of independent schools are co-educational, whereas barely 10% are for boys only. This is hardly surprising as it is generally accepted that girls and boys can work co-operatively and effectively,
particularly in the junior years. At Cranmore, the introduction of a Forest School and other outstanding features are equally appealing and relevant to the development of both boys and girls. There is no doubt that young children can work very well together and, from a practical point of view, it can make life much easier for parents if sons and daughters share the same school run. One structure for education which has drawn attention in recent years is the Diamond Model in which there is co-education in the primary years with a separation for teens before joining as a co-educational Sixth Form. In the end, parents should recognise that the quality of a school is unlikely to be determined by whether or not it is single-sex or co-educational. There are far more aspects which influence the outcome and it is better to refer to inspection reports, the Good Schools Guide and other authoritative sources in order to obtain a true picture of a school’s character. Only then can parents attempt to match their child’s needs with what is offered and, it hardly needs stating, a visit to the school is essential. l
essence info Cranmore School Cranmore School has recently announced a programme of change to transform it into a fully co-educational school for pupils aged two and a half to thirteen years. It is committed to providing a balanced curriculum which can develop each child’s potential. This includes a Forest School so that the youngest pupils from the nursery onwards can experience real ‘outdoors education’. Telephone: 01483 280340 Website: www.cranmoreprep.co.uk
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city of Rotterdam Rotterdam, considered the ‘second capital’ of the Netherlands, attracts hordes of visitors, drawn to the positive ‘vibe’ of this contemporary city. Those fortunate visitors are amply rewarded with an intriguing insight into Dutch maritime history and presented with the enviable opportunity to take a fascinating glimpse into a colourful kaleidoscope of culture, says Rebecca Underwood. >
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arly records show that Rotterdam was subjected to regular flooding and several dams and dikes were hastily built. In 1270 the construction of a major dam on the river Rotte resulted in large groups of people settling on and around the riverbanks and the area began to prosper. Seventy years later, William II, Count of Holland and Zeeland, and brother in law of Edward III, granted Rotterdam its city status and only a decade later a shipping canal was completed which provided access to larger towns and trade quickly increased. The maritime trading routes to England and Germany were then established and Rotterdam became a strategic port for the Dutch East India Company. In 1872, a shipping canal, named the Nieuwe Waterweg, was completed and Rotterdam benefitted greatly, as this canal was, and is, the primary access route to the Europoort of Rotterdam, now considered
to be the busiest port in the world. The river Rhine and the river Meuse connect Europoort to Germany’s Rurh area, Switzerland, Belgium and France and to Antwerp via the Sheldt Rhine canal. For more information on the city’s maritime history, visit the Rotterdam Maritime Museum, founded by Prince Henry of the Netherlands in 1873 and located on Leuvehaven. Permanent exhibits include the Masterpiece Collection, featuring the Mataró, the oldest model ship in Europe, which dates back more than six hundred years. Be sure to view the fascinating collection of East India Company charts, which remained in England for three centuries and were purchased by the museum in 2006. A very popular attraction is Professor Splash, giving ‘little ones’ the chance to learn about life and work on a number of different vessels. Their undivided attention will be drawn to a number of activities including sorting fish, loading and
unloading cargo, navigating, dealing with a ‘fire’ onboard and the sudden outbreak of scurvy! The delightful squeals of children and grown ups is wonderfully uplifting and it’s an unforgettable experience for the whole family. Should you be feeling peckish after all that arduous activity, climb on board the bright red painted Vessel 11, once a British lightship in service at Morecambe Bay, and now docked within walking distance of the Rotterdam Maritime Museum. Purchased by a Dutch entrepreneur, the vessel was completely restored and with the removal of the bulkheads and machinery, space was created for a restaurant and bar, a reception area and living quarters. The current resident owners, a charming Dutch/English couple, have opened a very successful British gastro pub which presents an excellent English menu, including a delicious Sunday roast, bangers ‘n’ mash and shepherd’s pie, with the hand pumped ‘Vessel 11’ ale, brewed
specifically for the gastro pub by Kaapse Brouwers, the perfect accompaniment. To take part in the Rotterdam shopping experience, head for Coolsingel, only a ten minute stroll away, where visitors will pass by the imposing City Hall. Dating back to 1915, the foundation stone was laid by Queen Wilhelmina and it is one of Rotterdam’s landmarks. Take a stroll around De Bijenkorf, an enormous department store crammed with fashions, lingerie, cosmetics and a wonderful perfumery. Browsers are sure to be tempted to part with more than a few Euros. For art lovers, Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, located on Museumpark, presents a collection of 145,000 pieces and includes works by Rembrandt, Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Van Gogh and Kandinsky. One of the most intriguing exhibits is ‘A day in the life of Odilia Beck’, a fascinating snapshot of Dutch life in the seventeenth century.
Another treat for art lovers is the Chabot Museum, housed in a beautiful white villa also located in the Museumpark and just a short hop away from the Boijmans Van Beuningen. Built in 1938 as a private property, the villa houses an extensive collection of exhibits by the very talented Dutch painter and sculptor Hendrik Chabot. For those feeling a trifle weary and seeking a high-end contemporary hotel that offers a real touch of luxury, the Mainport, located on the banks of the river Maas, is ideal. Accommodation is spacious, comfortable and lavishly furnished with panoramic views across the water. Hotel facilities include Spa Heaven, a Finnish sauna with a Turkish steam room, a hamam and a lounge area where guests are welcome to relax and rejuvenate after a long day exploring the city. Spa treatments include the ‘Lomi Lomi’: a 55 minute smooth massage to spread vital energy throughout the body. Other facilities include an indoor pool and a gymnasium, or some may prefer to take a leisurely stroll across the Erasmus, a combined bascule and cable-stayed bridge connecting northern and southern areas of the city. Nicknamed ‘the swan’ by locals, it was completed in 1996 and is part of the World Port Days festival held in Rotterdam from 4 to 6 September. This very popular festival offers visitors the opportunity to look behind the scenes and learn how the port functions. There are also spectacular displays and a wide range of activities including tours of the ships.
For a pre-dining tipple, visit ‘On the Rocks’, the Mainport’s popular cocktail bar where unwinding and consideration of dining options can be undertaken. The hotel’s restaurant, ‘Down Under’, serves an extensive array of delicious dishes, including cod poached in green tea, served with black potato mousseline, mini shitake, romanesco and dashi broth or perhaps try the tender lamb cutlets served with potato gratin, asparagus and a sauce of choice. To go further afield, one of the best restaurants in Rotterdam is Fred, recipient of two Michelin stars and located on Honingerdijk, only a ten minute taxi ride from the Mainport hotel. This is an impressive, contemporary, elegant restaurant, which presents an outstanding array of European dishes and the overall dining experience is first class. To work off those calories, wander around Delfshaven, a charming picturesque area of Rotterdam once part of Delft and known for its links with the Pilgrim Fathers who settled in Delfshaven prior to their journey to North America. Delfshaven was also a hub for the Dutch East India Company and wandering around the courtyards, note the abundance of historic buildings and the relaxed pace of life reflected by the series of canals and waterways. Join locals in a waterway café, order a glass of ale and make a toast to Rotterdam. All visitors are sure to have been captivated by this wonderful city. l
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RIDE on... From its origins in London’s 2012 Olympics, the Prudential RideLondon has become the world’s greatest festival of cycling. Over 95,000 cyclists are expected to participate in five events on traffic-free roads during the weekend of 1-2 August.
The Pro Women's Grand Prix race at Prudential RideLondon, the world’s greatest festival of cycling, involving 70,000+ cyclists – from Olympic champions to a free family fun ride – riding in five events over closed roads in London and Surrey Photo: Thomas Lovelock for Prudential RideLondon. 9th August 2014
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RideLondon cyclists pass a Surrey Hills’ sign as they approach Dorking Town Centre Photo: Jed Leicester for Prudential RideLondon
Sir Bradley Wiggins at the start of The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic in 2014 Photo: Jon Buckle for Prudential RideLondon
fter the inaugural event in 2013, the vision for Prudential RideLondon – to be one of the world’s leading cycling events and a lasting legacy of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games – has become reality. Prudential RideLondon is an annual two-day festival of cycling and a true legacy of the 2012 Games. The festival was developed by the Mayor of London, London & Partners and Transport for London in partnership with Surrey County Council and sponsors Prudential. It combines the fun and accessible element of a free family ride in central London with the excitement of watching the world’s best professional cyclists race. Taking a cue from the London Marathon, amateur cyclists also participate by riding a 100-mile challenge on the same closed roads as the professional men with the added incentive of raising money for good causes. The best of the action is broadcast live on TV both on BBC TV in the UK and internationally.
essence info Website: www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk
Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle, Saturday 1 August, offers a chance for all the family to enjoy traffic-free roads through central London, passing some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks. Everyone is welcome, no matter what age or ability – and it’s free! Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix, Saturday 1 August, showcases the Olympic cyclists of the future in two youth races and offers a superb opportunity to witness and support professional women’s cycle racing in the biggest women’s criterium staged in the UK. New this year is the inclusion of the 10th Brompton World Championship on Saturday 1 August. This unique and hugely enjoyable Brompton event takes the form of a Le Mans-style mass start as 500 smartly dressed competitors from around the world make a mad dash to unfold their bikes before setting off on the circuit. The rules require smart dress so no lycra is seen! The Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix races take place on closed roads in and around St James’s Park in central London on Saturday 1 August. Prudential RideLondon Handcycle Classic, Sunday 2 August, in which a field of around 30 top handcyclists race over a fifteen mile route, starting from Kingston upon Thames and finishing on The Mall.
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, Sunday 2 August, will see more than 25,000 amateur cyclists take on a cycling challenge through London and Surrey on a similar route to that of the London 2012 Olympic Road Cycling Races. The ride starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, travels through the capital and onto Surrey’s stunning country roads, then through the Surrey Hills before a spectacular finish on The Mall in central London. As well as the personal challenge in completing the ride, participants’ involvement will benefit good causes with thousands riding for charity. A recordbreaking £10 million plus was raised for charity last year. There’s also a Peloton Relay for teams of four, where one rider starts the event, rider two joins after 26 miles, rider three joins after 48 miles, rider four joins after 75 miles and the full team of four rides the last 25 miles together to finish on The Mall. Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, Sunday 2 August, will see 150 of the world’s top cyclists, including Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, start from Horse Guards Parade and then follow largely the same route as the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 sportive with an extended route and multiple circuits in and around Dorking to meet international race requirements. Surrey County Council’s Cabinet agreed to allow the events to take place in the county until 2017, subject to final approval of the routes by delegated members and officers.
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Celebrity cause Now in its sixth year, the recent Lusso Homes celebrity golf day at Wentworth Golf Club in aid of Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospices was hailed as another great day for the charity.
ver the last five years the golf day has raised over £220,000 for charity and attracted celebrities from the world of sport, TV and comedy. This year the 30 teams included rugby aces Danny Care and Nick Easter; footballers Tony Cottee, Tony Gale, Stewart Castledine and Matt Le Tissier plus other celebrities including Andrew Castle, Philip Glenister, Brian McFadden, Colin Salmon, Jimmy Tarbuck, Rishi Presad, Kevin Whateley, John Inverdale and Bobby Davro. Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospices provides support to families from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care. The charity makes every moment count by providing opportunities for fun and laughter, as well as support for the whole family through the toughest times. Caring for a life-limited child is emotionally and physically exhausting. That’s why bespoke support is available free of charge to families 365 days a year at the
two hospices – Shooting Star House in Hampton and Christopher’s in Guildford – and in family residences through the Hospice at Home service. “It’s fantastic we can raise so much money for such an important cause. I’m proud to be involved and we’re very grateful to all the celebrities who gave up their free time to make the day a triumphant success. It’s amazing to have seen more than 300 attendees which made for a wonderful atmosphere,” says Neil Jones, Lusso Homes director.
essence info Lusso Homes is an award winning, luxury house building company established across the home counties which offers twenty first century living built on traditional values. Websites: www.lussohomes.co.uk, www.shootingstarchase.org.uk Telephone: 01932 858580 (Lusso Homes) and 01932 823100 (Shooting Star Chase).
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We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare for Horrible Histories live on stage with Groovy Greeks and Incredible Invaders. Using actors and 3D special effects, these two world premieres are guaranteed to thrill the whole family. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at the fingertips. Groovy Greeks From savage Sparta to angry Athens, discover the truth about growing up in Greece. Take on the Trojans and pummel the Persians! Compete in the first ever Olympic Games and appear in the very first play. Meet your match with the Minotaur and be zapped by Zeus!
Incredible Invaders The Celts are crunched when the Ruthless Romans invade Britain. Can crazy Caratacus save the nation? Hide behind Hadrian’s Wall. See the Savage Saxons smash their way in. Find out who’s at Sutton Hoo. Will you survive the Vicious Vikings as they sail into the audience? Stop King Alfred burning his buns!
To win a family ticket
for a performance on 10 or 11 September at Harlequin Theatre, Redhill simply answer the following question at www.essence-magazine.co.uk. Closing date Friday 14 August 2015.
Who was the main author of the Horrible History books? a. Timothy Leary b. Terry Deary c. Terry Pratchett
essence info Harlequin Theatre Warwick Quadrant, Redhill, Surrey RH1 1NN Box Office: 01737 276500 Horrible Histories on stage from 10 to 13 September 2015. For details of the UK Tour: @HHLiveOnStage Visit www.birminghamstage.com for more information and tour tickets. Terms and conditions apply. Prize is valid for performances at the Harlequin Theatre only. Valid for Monday to Friday performances 10 to 11 September 2015. Family ticket is comprised of four tickets, minimum one adult and one child. Subject to availability. Prize is as stated and cannot be transferred or exchanged.
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spotlight on... Guildford Fringe Festival Various venues, Guildford To Sunday 26 July Taking place across eleven venues in Guildford town centre, this multi-arts festival has been running since 2013. There are far too many events to list here, but a few of the highlights include: Wednesday 8 to Thursday 23 July: Guildford Arts Summer Exhibition at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre; Saturday 11 July: Morris dancing in the High Street; Sunday 12 July: Music in the Meadows at Clandon Wood (pictured right); Thursday 16 July: Flamenco Dance Show at Bar Des Arts; Wednesday 22 July: Classic Hitchcock Movie Night at The Keep; Thursday 23 July: Hats Off to Laurel and Hardy at G Live’s Bellerby Studio. New events are being added all the time, so see the website below for details.
Information: 01483 361101 or guildfordfringefestival.com
theatre Richmond Theatre Richmond Thursday 16 to Saturday 18 July Room on the Broom Musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s fabulous tale. Tuesday 28 July to Saturday 1 August Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on a brand new tour with this classic tale of tragic love. Tuesday 4 to Saturday 8 August Calamity Jane A new production of this popular musical from The Watermill Theatre. Tuesday 1 to Saturday 5 September Flare Path For one week only, Terence Rattigan’s epic wartime romance. Tickets: 0844 871 7651 or ambassadortickets.com/richmond
Tuesday 4 to Saturday 8 August Avenue Q A musical like no other. Saturday 29 August The Chicago Blues Brothers The best in blues and comedy. Tickets: 0844 871 7645 or ambassadortickets.com/woking
Dorking Halls Dorking Thursday 3 September Ocean Film Festival World Tour Amazing ocean films. Information: 01306 881717 or dorkinghalls.co.uk
The Electric Theatre Guildford Monday 27 July to Saturday 1 August Electric Theatre summer film festival Independent and world films. Information: 01483 444789 or electrictheatre.co.uk
New Victoria Theatre Woking
Tuesday 21 to Wednesday 22 July Inala South African choral legends Ladysmith Black Mambazo join choreographer Mark Baldwin in a unique collaboration.
Friday 28 August, 7.30pm Robin Hood the Musical at Alice Holt Forest A joyful musical in the Forest. Information: farnhammaltings.com
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Frimley Lodge Park Surrey Heath Saturday 25 July Outdoor theatre Quantum Theatre return to perform two productions: The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
music Camberley Theatre Camberley Friday 17 July 80s Mania Tribute acts performing eighties’ hits. Information: camberleytheatre.biz
Information: 01252 838998 or surreyheath.gov.uk/frimleylodgepark
Dorking Halls Dorking
G Live Guildford Wednesday 22 July Stick Man Wonderful adaptation of the popular children’s book by Julia Donaldson. Monday 17 to Saturday 29 August The Wizard of Oz Children’s summer theatre course: put on a show in two weeks! Tickets: 0844 7701797 or glive.co.uk
Saturday 1 August The Spooky Men’s Chorale Macho Australian choir with a polished, close harmony sound. Thursday 6 August The South Featuring members of The Beautiful South. Information: 01306 881717 or dorkinghalls.co.uk
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, inc. ARS, NY and DACS, London 2015
From Marilyn, [no title], 1967, The Lightbox Gallery and Museum
Elmbridge Choir Holy Trinity Church, Claygate
Saturday 11 to Saturday 25 July The Taming of the Shrew Guildford Shakespeare Company return to the elegant gardens of the University of Law with one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedy plays. Information: 01483 304384 or guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk
Elmbridge Choir Ladies Molesey Regatta, Hurst Park Saturday 18 July, 8pm Rollin’ by the River Charity concert with a mix of popular music. Information: riverbanksongs.co.uk
Pranksters Theatre Co Guildford Castle Gardens
Epsom Downs Racecourse
Friday 10 to Saturday 18 July Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare’s tale of trickery, love and jealousy, but set during the summer of 1982 at the end of the Falklands war. Bring a picnic to enjoy in the sunshine.
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Thursday 16 July Epsom’s Beach Party Relax at the pop-up beach watching racing at Epsom, followed by live music and Hawaiian shirt competition! Thursday 30 July Girls’ Night Out An evening of racing, cocktails and a live DJ set with Heart’s Toby Anstis.
Monday 17 to Saturday 29 August Film season summer 2015 Including recent releases Far From The Madding Crowd and Woman in Gold. Tickets: 01483 440000 or yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
Farnham Maltings Farnham Friday 10, 17, 24 and 31 July, 8.30pm Grills and Guitars Hear the best local music talent and enjoy a barbecue.
Photo by Matt Martin Photography
Saturday 18 July, 7.30pm Fanfare & Frolics charity concert Music for all in aid of SERV Surrey and South London Blood Runners.
The cast of Avenue Q, New Victoria Theatre, Woking
Photo by Danny North
Guildford Shakespeare Company
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spotlight on... Prudential RideLondon London and Surrey
Photo: Jed Leicester for Prudential RideLondon
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 August Described as the world’s greatest festival of cycling, Prudential RideLondon, a ‘legacy’ event from the 2012 London Olympic Games, comprises: • Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle, Saturday 1 August. All the family can enjoy a traffic-free route on closed roads in central London. • Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix, Saturday 1 August. Youth races and professional women’s cycle racing around St James’s Park. • Prudential RideLondon Handcycle Classic, Sunday 2 August. A race by thirty top handcyclists from Kingston-upon-Thames to The Mall. • Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, Sunday 2 August. 25,000 amateur cyclists challenge each other on closed roads in London and Surrey. • Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, Sunday 2 August, professional cyclists race through the capital and into testing terrain through Surrey. Riders this year include Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.
Saturday 18 July, 7.30pm Mark Jennings Master of the classical guitar performs Spanish and other guitar favourites. Tickets: 01252 745444 or farnhammaltings.com
Frimley Lodge Live Frimley Lodge Park, Surrey Heath Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August With a tribute to the best of eighties’ rock and reggae on Saturday and a celebration of swing on Sunday.
Sandown Park Esher Wednesday 29 July, 4pm An evening at the races with Boyzone Six races followed by one of the UK’s most enduring boybands. Thursday 6 August, 4pm An evening at the races with the Kaiser Chiefs The cracking Chiefs follow six races earlier in the evening. Information: sandown.co.uk
The Rural Life Centre, Farnham
Thursday 23 July, 7.30pm Raise the Roof! Orchestral concert in aid of the Guildford Cathedral appeal, featuring works from Elgar and Holst.
Friday 4 to Sunday 6 September A Planet Rock top six festival, this late summer offering showcases some great acts including The Waterboys, Nazareth, Paul Carrack, Mungo Jerry, The Christians, Roachford, Level 42, Andy Fairweather Low and lots, lots more. Camping available for the masses, with additional festival ‘glamping’ on offer comprising an elegant cool canvas nomadic tent in the style of the Touareg tribe of North Africa...What are you waiting for? Dig out the wellies, sun cream and hat, and head down to Farnham.
Guildford Sunday 9, 16, 23, 30 August and Sunday 6 September, 2–4pm Music for all on the Castle bandstand. Information: guildford.gov.uk
Guildford Cathedral Guildford
Farnham Maltings Riverside Café Gallery, Farnham To Friday 7 August Joella Wheatley: From this Corner to Another An exhibition showcasing a series of work from this London-based artist which examines secluded spaces to use as hideaways and retreats. Information: 01252 745444 or
Tickets: 01276 707600 or
Guildford Castle Bandstand Concerts
Museum of Farnham West Street, Farnham Until August 2015 Contemporary fashion exhibition A request from the Museum for outfits to be donated or lent from the local community. They are looking for fashion which tells a story to be included in an exhibition in August. Can you help? Information: 07805 417957 or farnhammaltings.com/museum
The Lightbox Gallery and Museum Woking
Guildford Cathedral Stag Hill, Guildford To Saturday 8 August Commemoration of Magna Carta A facsimile of the Magna Carta document will be on display at the Cathedral. Information: guildford-cathedral.org
Saturday 25 July to Sunday 1 November Warhol and the World of Pop Art The artwork of Andy Warhol takes centre stage in a unique exhibition showcasing the colourful highlights of international Pop Art, bringing together some of the finest examples. Information: 01483 737800 or
Guildford House Gallery
High Street, Guildford To Sunday 6 September International Garden Photographer of the Year A collection of winning images from this prestigious competition.
Information: 01483 444751 or
Information: 01483 860591 or
Godalming To Tuesday 8 September The summer exhibition Featuring gallery artists.
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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
New Ashgate Gallery Farnham To Saturday 22 August Summer craft exhibition A diverse collection of ceramics, wood, basketry, jewellery and glass.
Friday 31 July, 28 August and 25 September Watts at Dusk late night openings Evenings of art and entertainment.
Image: A Clarke
Pond dipping, Surrey Wildlife Trust
Information: 01483 813593 or wattsgallery.org.uk
Information: 01252 713208 or newashgate.org.uk
The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden
Ockley Until Saturday 31 October Summer exhibition 140 exhibition pieces set within a beautiful garden.
National Trust properties offer perfect venues in which visitors can play and relax. A few are shown here, but visit nationaltrust.org.uk for more.
Information: 01306 627269 or hannahpescharsculpture.com
Claremont Landscape Garden
Surrey Sculpture Society
Saturday 1 to Sunday 9 August Claremont on Sea activity week Punch and Judy shows and more.
To Monday 27 July Art in the garden Figurative and abstract pieces along a winding trail at the beautiful Loseley Park in Guildford. Saturday 22 August to Sunday 27 September Sculpture trail A sculpture trail in the stunning surroundings of RHS Wisley.
Embracing figures by Henrietta van der Does, Surrey Sculpture Society, Loseley Park
Information: 01372 467806
Hatchlands Park East Clandon, Guildford Thursday 13, 20, 27 August, 7.30â€“9.30pm Bat walks Bat detectors provided.
Information: 01483 222482
Great Bookham, near Dorking
To Sunday 1 November The Art of Bedlam: Richard Dadd An exhibition exploring this troubled Victorian painter remembered for his depictions of mystical subjects.
Wed 22 to Fri 24, Mon 27 to Thur 30 July and Mon 3 to Thur 6 August, 10.15amâ€“4pm Wild Learning Den building, wild art and more. Information: 01372 452048
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River Wey Navigations and Dapdune Wharf
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Saturday 18 July, 11am–4pm Puffing-A-Wey at Dapdune Wharf Free steam boat rides on the river.
Friday 25 September Harambee 2015 A gala dinner in aid of the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned baby elephants. Book tickets via:
Information: 01483 561389
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near Dorking Saturday 18 to Sunday 19 July Big Camping Weekend For one night only, camp at Box Hill. Information: 01372 220644
Winkworth Arboretum Godalming
Dorking caves’ tours Dorking Throughout July by appointment Dorking’s South Street caves have re-opened for group tours. See walls covered with many inscriptions, with the oldest visible date being 1666.
Monday 10, 17 and 24 August, 1.30–2.30pm Teddy bears’ picnic Storytelling and songs for all.
Information: 01483 208477 or
Supercar Day, Brooklands Museum
Surrey Wildlife Trust Nower Wood Nature Reserve, Leatherhead
Woking Food and Drink Festival Woking
Thursday 6 August Minibeasts and microscopes! Explore different habitats: go pond dipping and minibeast hunting.
Friday 4 to Sunday 6 September Watch Michelin and culinary masters in action and forage amongst over 70 foodie stalls.
Saturday 8 to Sunday 9 August Jazz bands, solo artists, artisan makers, dealers, jewellery and more.
Booking: 01372 379509 or
Information: 01483 755855 or
out & about
West End Village flower show
WWF’s Living Planet Centre
Guildford Lido open air cinema
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August Movie classics Mamma Mia and Jaws at the Lido.
Saturday 29 August, from 12.30pm Traditional bank holiday fun on the village green, including competitions, tug o’ war, classic cars, fairground rides and lots more.
Throughout August Summer holiday fun The Centre will host great natureinspired family activities every Tuesday and Thursday morning.
Saturday 18 July to Tuesday 1 September Summer fun on the farm Animal handling, pony and tractor rides, gold panning and pig racing are just a few of the activities on offer.
The Loxwood Joust
Wings and Wheels
Loxwood, West Sussex
Saturday 1 & 8 & Sunday 2 & 9 August A mediaeval fun day out.
Saturday 29 to Sunday 30 August, Five hour airshow including the Red Arrows (on Saturday) and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, along with a two hour motoring show and much more.
Sunday 19 July Supercar day Demos of modern and classic cars including Ferraris, Lamborghinis and many more.
Sunday 9 August, 2–4pm Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows Mole, Ratty and co brought to life by London Contemporary Theatre.
Firle Vintage Summer Fair Firle Park, East Sussex
Information: 01932 857381 or
Information: 01932 868113 or
RHS Garden Wisley
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July Lavender harvest weekend Pick your own lavender at Stanley Road Allotments with lots of other attractions on offer.
Wednesday 22 July to Monday 31 August Summer Adventures in Wonderland Activities for all ages celebrating the 150th anniversary of the classic tale.
The Guildford Cricket Festival 2015 Guildford Sunday 2 August Surrey CCC take on Derbyshire. Information: guildfordcc.com
farmers’ markets Camberley Saturday 18 July and 15 August, 10am–3pm Cranleigh Saturday 18 July and 15 August, 10am–2pm Epsom Sunday 2 August and 6 September, 9am–1.30pm Farnham Sunday 19 July and 16 August, 10am–1.30pm Guildford Tuesday 4 August and 1 September, 10.30am–3.30pm Haslemere Sunday 2 August and 6 September, 10am–1pm Milford Sunday 19 July and 16 August, 10am–1.30pm Ripley Saturday 11 July and 8 August, 9am–1pm Walton-on-Thames Saturday 1 August and 5 September, 9.30am–2pm Woking Thursday 16 July and 20 August, 9am–2.30pm
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The Artist in Residence scheme is the beating heart of life at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, inspiring visitors, students, volunteers and staff alike.
Until Sunday 1 November 2015, Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village This is the first major exhibition in more than 40 years to explore the life and career of Richard Dadd (1817–1886), one of the most fascinating artists of the Victorian era. Dadd is remembered primarily for his paintings of huge imaginative power created during his long confinement in Bethlem Hospital and Broadmoor. Returning from a tour of the Middle East in the 1840s, Richard Dadd succumbed to a psychotic illness and murdered his father. Detained in asylums for the rest of his life, he only received the acclaim his work merited after his death. A trained academic painter, Dadd was as technically accomplished as any artist of the period. He possessed an outrageous imagination that refused to be eclipsed by his illness seclusion. The combination of technical brilliance and fantasy make Dadd one of the most compelling artists of the nineteenth century. Says Watts Gallery’s curator, Dr Nicholas Tromans: “The painters G F Watts and Richard Dadd were exact contemporaries, and their early training and ambitions were similar. While Watts went on to become one of the most famous artists in the world, Dadd’s name was largely forgotten after his arrest until recent years.” A related event, Richard Dadd: The Worlds of a Visionary, will take place on Wednesday 1 July, 7–8pm, at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village. Watts Gallery curator and world expert on Richard Dadd, Dr Nicholas Tromans and curator at Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Victoria Northwood, give a fascinating insight into Dadd, his contemporaries and those he inspired. More at: www.wattsgallery.org.uk.
Left, ‘Answers’ and above, ‘You Can’t Possibly’, both by Jennie Jewitt-Harris
nder the leadership of Simon Ofield Kerr, The University for the Creative Arts has developed the Artist in Residence scheme by offering opportunities to post graduate students. Surrey resident Jennie Jewitt-Harris has brought both experience and dedication to this role at the Watts Gallery. Jennie is both a medical doctor and psychologist and her background in transplantation medicine has inspired some of her artworks examining our relationship with time and mortality. Jennie juggles her role as chief executive officer of the international medical charity Transplant Links with her Artist in Residence position. Her work includes collages, intricate drawings, sculpture and stereo photography created during her residency. Jennie’s work has visibly drawn from the inspiration of her surroundings and gallery collection. Works consider the human desire to ‘live in the moment’ and how this contradicts a competing desire to capture and hold on to memories.
As Jamie Dobson, head of school, School of Communication Design at the University for the Creative Arts confirms: “As an artist, medical doctor and psychologist Jennie Jewitt-Harris approaches creative practice from an interesting vantage. Jennie’s overlapping intertwined and potentially contradictory experiences offer a unique lens through which to view the world; this lens informs and drives her practice. Her work is considered and careful. It is illustrative, often describing the stories of others; there is a precision both in terms of narrative as well as execution.” l
essence info Jennie Jewitt-Harris’ studio at Watts Gallery is open to the public on various days throughout the summer. For further information visit: Websites www.jenniejh.co.uk and www.wattsgallery.org.uk
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A full-scale renovation on an existing property or any kind of construction work is a huge undertaking, especially for the uninitiated. It takes planning and requires careful and constant management once the work is underway, Nick Swindells of MRM Project Solutions explains.
construction project can prove a logistical nightmare and can easily go off the rails very quickly: it’s not for the faint hearted or inexperienced amateur. An architect is there to aid with design and planning, but essentially a hands on manager is required: somebody on-site who has the skills and expertise to look after all the day-to-day aspects of the build. This includes managing contractors, tradesmen and deliveries to ensure smooth and timely running. Any project can take months to complete and it’s only when the design, architectural planning and construction are all managed professionally that objectives can be achieved, expectations exceeded and the desired result obtained. MRM Project Solutions Ltd is a bespoke project management company based in Surrey, totally flexible and tailoring its services to meet specific requirements, achieve objectives, solve problems and offer solutions. Renovation and construction is a complicated business and the various contractors will constantly seek guidance which, if not provided, could result in decisions being taken detrimental to the end product. A manager on site will oversee progress and ensure the project runs according to plan, to schedule, and problem solving along the way. This removes stress for the client so they are happy and achieves the original intent with minimum fuss. There will
always be problems and decisions to be made no matter how carefully everything is planned. Project managers are responsible for the overall planning and managing of a building project, whether a residential home or commercial office. They might work with an architect throughout the project, but the architect will not be on-site every day. Responsibilities include budgeting, managing the contractors, liaising with and updating the client as often as needed, and managing the lifecycle of the project to a successful conclusion. They will importantly handle compliance issues such as health and safety, sustainability and insurance all of which have to be considered and addressed. It’s a simple choice, and not hiring a project manager may be a false economy. Problems that arise which are not dealt with properly can end up costing far more than any potential saving, and will probably result in the project falling behind schedule. Are you planning a building or construction project? Why not look to MRM Project Solutions Ltd, a company serving clients throughout London and the southeast. l
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S U M M E R LIVING A new season deserves a new look; Jenny Allan from JCA Interiors explains how interior and exterior spaces of any home can be adapted to make the most of long summer days.
n effective interior design should mean that rooms can be changed easily to fit the current season. When creating a summer time feel, draw inspiration from outdoors, beach holidays and florals. Light, bright interiors with natural materials and a seasonal palette will make a home feel ready for the warm months ahead. Small changes can transform rooms such as replacing velvet cushion covers with linen and packing away fur throws and heavy duvets. Darker colours should make way for whites and sand tones as using large amounts of white fabric can help to convert a room from a cosy winter space to an airy summer sanctuary. Blue accent colours can really bring a seaside or tropical feel to an interior, from turquoise to azure from sky blue to navy, blue is very on trend this season, so look to include it within the updated design. Evoke memories of blue skies from summer holidays with bright blue accessories or layer different shades of blue cushions on a white sofa to create a fresh summer vibe.
Simple touches such as changing artwork to beach or floral themes will be an instant update that can easily be swapped or moved around once the season changes. Floral arrangements will also affect the feel of a room, so choose a summer bouquet with roses, peonies or hydrangeas to start the summertime transformation. For more summery additions, accessorise with items such as white ceramic vases, resin coral and mother of pearl photo frames to create a beautiful glamorous feel. Given that most of us prefer to spend time outside during summer, designing the perfect garden retreat is essential to making the most of sunny days and warm, balmy evenings. Updating terraces and outdoor seating areas with interior qualities will create an exterior ‘room’ that will be a pleasure to sit in. Rattan is a popular choice as it is stylish and weatherproof, however, metal or teak furniture also suit a more traditionally designed home. Consider the layout of outdoor seating areas in the same way an interior room
would be designed. The space would ideally have an eating area, seating space and loungers for sunbathing, so almost three rooms in one! Clever, subtle lighting with the addition of outdoor warmth such as a gel fire will look inviting in the evening and can be used to bring the outdoor design together, creating a cosy atmosphere. Accessorising a terrace as an interior really helps to make it a beautiful, attractive area. Brightly coloured cushions or fabrics with patterns such as chevrons can lift the space and add vibrancy. Adding a selection of coloured glassware and jugs to the table and a bright summer floral bouquet will also bring it to life and offer a holiday feel. These changes to the interior design and outside space will ensure that a home adapts to brighter, longer days and feels perfect for enjoying summer living throughout the warmer months.
essence info Jenny Allan is founder of interior design company JCA Interiors Telephone: 020 3714 9325 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.jcainteriors.co.uk
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THE PLUNGE Despite the UK’s somewhat mixed climate, leading Virginia Water estate agent Barton Wyatt this year has seen a marked appetite for houses with pools to aid a healthy lifestyle.
wimming can burn anywhere from 500-650 calories per hour and regular swimming has huge health benefits. It can reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and strokes, as well as boosting mood and keeping weight under control. Although the name Virginia Water might suggest utopia for residents, the man-made lake, which dates from 1753, cannot be used for swimming. This leaves those more at home in the water looking for an alternative. For many
this means purchasing a home complete with onsite swimming pool. Estate agent Barton Wyatt's experience this year is that the number of houses coming onto the market in Virginia Water with swimming pools has nearly doubled; currently one in four homes for sale having either indoor or outdoor pools. Swimming is unquestionably one of the finest ways to keep fit. Few, if any, other sports work as many muscle groups at the same time giving swimmers a total body workout every
time they enter the water. It reduces the risk of illness, keeps the body in trim and is very low impact making it ideal for people of all ages. James Wyatt, partner at Barton Wyatt, is an avid swimmer. As he points out: “Swimming pools are an enigma when it comes to selling a property. They can be hard work to look after, but the lure of a pool in a back garden is often the icing on the cake. It’s a good selling point and once children have seen the pool it’s > pretty hard to walk away.”
“Open water swimming is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK which is why now is the perfect time to consider a house with a swimming pool.” JAMES WYATT, PARTNER, BARTON WYATT
Winbar, South Ascot £2,600,000 Entrance hall, cloakroom, dining room, drawing room, study, utility, conservatory, five bedrooms (three en-suite) and family bathroom. Garage with separate guest/staff flat with living room/bedroom six and bathroom. Large outdoor area with swimming pool, BBQ, Jacuzzi, kitchen, large tiled terraced entertainment area and pool house. Gardens 0.62 of an acre. Approximately 4,000 sq ft.
Roundbarrow House, Sunningdale £3,950,000 Seven bedrooms, five bath/shower rooms, second floor sitting room, drawing room, dining room, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, games room and basement plant room. Large two bay garage with one bedroom staff flat over. Swimming pool with beautiful gardens amounting to approximately one acre.
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HEALTHY exercise Swimming regularly may help reduce the risk of chronic illnesses in some people. The national governing body’s (the ASA) report that looked at health and fitness research from around the globe shows swimming may increase life expectancy. Swimming cuts men’s risk of dying early by about 50% compared to runners, walkers and those who are inactive. NHS guidelines suggest adults should undertake thirty minutes of moderate-intensity activity on five or more days a week. A thirty minute session at the pool on one or more days a week will count towards this recommended weekly activity target. The ASA believes that swimming can offer a sense of mental wellbeing: something not easily measured, but anecdotally mentioned by thousands of participants. Swimming is a safe form of exercise as water can support up to 90% of the body’s weight in the water, so reducing strain on the body. The activity builds strength, endurance and muscle tone. Swimming is a family activity in which everyone can partake throughout the year, inside or outside.
KEY BENEFITS OF SWIMMING • Low impact There’s no ground impact when swimming and so joints are protected from stress and strain. • Can be continued for a lifetime Because there’s no impact with swimming, it can be continued throughout a lifetime. • Builds cardiorespiratory fitness Swimming improves endurance, increasing maximal oxygen consumption and stroke volume (the amount of blood pumped with each beat which indicates heart strength). • Builds muscle mass: an alternative when injured Swimming is a resistance exercise and will strengthen and tone musculature. The resistance of the water makes muscles work hard without the strain or impact experienced on land. • It’s a break from the summer heat There's nothing like a cool dip in the pool during the hot days of summer; it's relaxing, movements are smooth and rhythmic and it’s a great workout. • It's a family affair Swimming and other water activities are something the entire family can share. • Burns calories Swimming burns lots of calories, depending on how efficient the swimmer and how buoyant. Original research on swimming and calorie expenditure showed that swimming, regardless of the stroke, burned about 89% of the calories burned during running and 97% of the calories burned during cycling for the same time period (depending on the intensity of exercise).
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The Ridge, Wentworth £8,750,000 Six bedrooms with en-suite bath/shower rooms, four reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, entertainment room, cinema, staff kitchen/utility room and gymnasium/games room with adjoining shower room. Double garage, outdoor swimming pool and gardens of over an acre facing south to the rear. A stunning Georgian style family home beautifully presented with high ceilings and large windows. The property is situated in the very heart of the Wentworth Estate, backing onto the Executive Course, and set in delightfully secluded gardens of approximately one and a half acres.
Broomfield House, Windlesham £4,350,000 Five bedrooms (three bedrooms with en-suite facilities, master with en-suite dressing room and bathroom), family bathroom, reception hall, drawing room, sitting room, dining room, family room, study, conservatory, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room and two cloakrooms. Indoor swimming pool complex, triple garage with one bedroom staff flat above, tennis court, secluded landscaped gardens and grounds of approximately 1.68 acres.
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essence info Barton Wyatt The Estate Office, 2 Station Approach, Virginia Water, Surrey GU25 4DL Website: www.bartonwyatt.co.uk Telephone: 01344 843000
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Antiques and art may not have been the most conventional way of making money, but paltry returns on savings accounts in recent years have caused many people to re-evaluate alternative investments such as antiques, art and jewellery. Jane Brown from Fryer & Brown Auctioneers gives a few pointers.
nvestments now need to work harder, and what could be more rewarding than knowing your investment can be sat on, slept on or eaten off and gazed at with satisfaction every day? Price fluctuation in the art and antiques world is based on demand and supply. This means there can be some dramatic price swings as collecting fields come in and out of fashion. So: If buying a large piece, whether in size or value, do remember that you have to live with it. You and your family will be looking at it every day, so make sure you’re happy to have it in your home for years to come. Furniture in particular can follow a twenty year decorating fashion cycle. For example, 1960s’ furniture was very much out of fashion throughout the 1980s and 1990s, but started to rise in value during the early 2000s; now some Scandinavian designs, and even G Plan pieces, are commanding more than ‘true’
antique furniture items. The simplicity of the shapes fit well with the pared down minimalist interiors that have been popular in recent years. However, decorating trends are now turning, incorporating more antique furniture and objects in a move away from the identikit, catalogue style interiors. Homeowners have realised that individuality had been lost and are looking for statement pieces that no one else has. Marble topped commodes are rapidly rising in value, combining practicality with quality of craftsmanship. The eighteenth century Italian commode pictured below sold in a recent auction for £1,100 + 20% buyers’ premium.
risen on the back of this trend, particularly colourful and sculptural examples, many of which were made in Italy. The Sommerso vase illustrated above was designed by Flavio Poli; in good condition these can realise upwards of £200.
Brighten up minimalist monochrome interiors with interesting displays of grouped coloured glass. Prices for antique glass have also
Explore other cultures to add a touch of the exotic to traditional English interiors. Possibly the greatest rise in prices, and most well documented, has been experienced by the Chinese antique market, and this trend appears to be continuing. Jade and porcelain have always been prized for their workmanship, evident in the difficulty of the manufacturing process. This is very much a market where demand is outstripping supply. The eighteenth century Chinese jade vase shown above, only 15cm high, recently sold at Fryer & Brown for £8,500 + 20% buyers’ premium.
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