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6 | Interview | SIENNA MYSON, CHARLIE HOLE Charlie Hole is a talented young singer/songwriter that Sir Rod Stewart hailed as a new emerging musical talent. Sienna Myson finds out more about this understated rising star.

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Interview | CHARLIE HOLE

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16 | Leisure breaks | LEDOMAINE

Spain’s Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine is as unique an offering as it’s possible to find for those searching for the ultimate weekend of luxury, says Chantal Borciani.

Charlie Hole is a talented young singer/songwriter with a soulful voice who writes distinctive and haunting lyrics. Sir Rod Stewart hailed Charlie as a new emerging musical talent. Andy Hill, three-time Ivor Novello award singer proclaimed his astonishment at the sheer quality and maturity of Charlie’s music: all of which Charlie takes in his stride. TV presenter Sienna Myson found out more about this understated musical talent, meeting him in a recording studio at Ingrid Tarrant’s home. Surrey is where Charlie’s career began under the guidance of Jim Cregan, songwriter, guitar legend and member of Rod Stewart’s band.

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Q So, who exactly is Charlie Hole? A I’m a singer/songwriter from Bournemouth. Q In your eyes, what makes a good songwriter? A I think honesty is important: honesty, integrity and truth. People can see straight through a dishonest songwriter. If you tell the truth through your music, I don’t think you can go far wrong. It’s about making a connection with the listener, making them feel like they can relate, as though you’re singing about their life, and not your own.

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Emanuela Alladio of Alladio Sims Garden Landscape Design Limited discusses the aspect of light in the garden and how to ‘light up’ plants to best effect.

Q What’s your inspiration when you are song writing? A Inspiration comes from all around...people always interest me, I people-watch all the time. I used to play in coffee shops, hotels and restaurants most nights to cover my rent, and I’d observe people the whole time. I’d write songs about them, or make up stories about their lives. All songwriting comes back to people at some point: you’re telling a story and the more personal it is the better. >>> Continued on page 10

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Eton Musk’s brainchild, Tesla, is viewed by financiers as an energy company rather than a carmaker, so how far have we travelled down the all-electric car road? Euan Johns looks at Tesla’s latest offerings.

30 | Fashion | PETER HAHN

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The French Riviera is an exclusive destination over the summer, but there’s a strict dress code to follow. Peter Hahn demonstrates how to be Riviera ready.

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LAUGHABLY STUNNING SPA There is, for romantic weekends away, a holy trinity of sorts – exceptional food in a hotel that has a ‘secret gem’ appeal (ideally with incredible views), excellent wine and a spa with enough to do for both. Spain’s Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine is about as unique an offering as it’s possible to find and for those searching for the ultimate weekend of luxury, the search is over, writes Chantal Borciani.

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the stresses of everyday life. Guests can dine under the vaulted ceiling in the hotel’s Michelin restaurant, arrange private dinners, a strings’ recital, a blessing or wedding in the restored chapel, or tour the ancient winery and vineyards. LeDomaine was awarded the Europa Nostra Prize for its sympathetic restoration, and with good reason. Its ancient walls, baroque staircase, buttressed walkways and stone-paved courtyard are immaculately LeDomaine's Cloister Garden PHOTO COPYRIGHT: ABADIA RETUERTA LEDOMAINE presented and ingrained with such history that visitors cannot help but feel swept away by the romance of it all. Despite being steeped in history, this exclusive getaway still feels chic ocated in a restored Romanesque-Baroque abbey, amid acres of farmland and prime vineyards and opened in 2012, LeDomaine and contemporary. Wooden floors hail from Italy, the drinks lounge has is 25 minutes drive from Valladolid, or less than two hours drive from Ralph Lauren furniture and bespoke lamps, a curated art collection is on Madrid. Fear not, a lux picnic bag is sent, complete with Serrano ham, to show throughout the hotel and the long glass walkway or ‘crystal corridor’ satiate on the journey across beautiful countryside. The pay off for being has been painstakingly designed and built to link newly renovated stables a little more secluded is that this historic hotel feels like a real retreat from to the rest of the abbey with as little disruption to the natural surroundings as possible. The hotel boasts just 30 bedrooms and suites, eight of them PHOTO COPYRIGHT: ABADIA RETUERTA LEDOMAINE situated in the ancient abbey’s former stable with direct access to the 10,000 sq.ft spa and wellness centre.

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Ladies’ day at the races is a chance to impress. As these events are known for pushing the boundaries of formal fashion, Dee Brain of Serendipity Fashions and milliner Beverley Edmondson offer welcome advice.

40 | Food review | STEPHANIE BROOKES

Foodie expert and BBC Radio London contributor Stephanie Brookes believes Balthazar in Covent Garden is arguably one of London’s best restaurants.

44 | Food | CRATES LOCAL PRODUCE

Seasonal and local food comes in the form of cucumbers and tomatoes with recipes to try.

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Wine and dine If the abbey is at the heart of the estate, the winery pulsates through its veins. Considered one of Europe’s most innovative wineries, the guided estate and vineyard tours and wine tasting courses come highly recommended. Covering around 700 hectares, the medieval estate dates back to 1146. There are bikes for guests to use to ride around the vineyards and explore: a total of 54 plots have been identified and grow single grape varieties based on soil composition – 70% Tempranillo, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah, with the remaining 10% divided between Merlot, Petit Verdot and a clutch of white varieties. Fortunately, the best of the vineyard’s produce is served back at the hotel. LeDomaine’s greatest gastronomic dining experience is under the vaulted ceiling of Refectorio, which has gained the hotel its first Michelin star. This small and intimate restaurant has around 12 tables and chef >>> PHOTO COPYRIGHT: ABADIA RETUERTA LEDOMAINE

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46 | Artisan food | EAT SURREY

Hunts Hill Farm and Shop has a long history of providing outstanding local food to enjoy, as Shirlee Posner finds out.

Motoring | TESLA

BRIGHT SPARK Tesla’s recent worldwide recall may, for some, have created a slight whiff of trouble in the air, but this sort of thing is hardly unusual for car manufacturers and there are no safety issues. It hasn’t affected the company’s share price as Tesla is viewed as an energy company rather than a carmaker. So how far have we travelled down the all-electric car road? Euan Johns looks at Tesla’s latest offerings.

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he voluntarily recalling of 53,000 of Tesla’s Model S and Model X electric cars came as a result of a fault found with one of the braking systems. The system is used in both vehicles and the fault is minor in that it may cause the parking brake to lock thus preventing vehicles from moving. To be on the safe side, Tesla wants to inspect them all, but estimates are that less than 5% of recalled cars might be affected. So nothing to worry about and a small recall in comparison to some from other prestigious marques. CEO Eton Musk’s brainchild, Tesla, has sold more than 200,000 vehicles and the company produced just shy of 85,000 vehicles last year with increasing sales expanding with popularity. The brake fault may no doubt provide some fuel for the electric car’s doom mongers, but it’s nothing to do with the battery technology of the cars. This has moved on apace and now provides some real alternatives to conventional vehicles, allowing electric cars to undertake longer driving distances. The Tesla Model S P100D has added oomph thanks to the addition of a new 100kWh battery. It’s another hardware upgrade and these usually come with an almost constant supply of revisions and software upgrades, something to take note of, but to which anyone possessing a smart phone will be accustomed. Officially the Model S P100D now has a range of 381 miles available from a fully charged battery. That translates in the real world to a respectable and comfortable 250 miles plus if driven carefully. And that is the watchword – no, not carefully, but if. The trouble is that being careful is trickier than first thought and it’s just not in many people’s physique. As well as increasing the driving range, Tesla has increased the Model S’s performance to hyper car levels. A software update for cars with the ‘Ludicrous Speed’ upgrade (standard on the P100D) now means drivers can access ‘Ludicrous Plus’ mode.

52| Legal | MUNDAYS

Kevin Healy, Partner at Mundays LLP, explains the differences between conventional and Islamic Finance.

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54| Finance | PMW

Simon Lewis, CEO at Partridge Muir & Warren Ltd, reflects on recent investment returns and looks to the future with increasing confidence.

56| Travel | BAHRAIN

Rebecca Underwood visits the Pearl of the Gulf.

60| Charity | MORNING STAR

A day in the life of Sarah Wilkins at The Morning Star Children’s Centre, a day care facility for underprivileged children with HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

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MY MONTH IN FOOD Stephanie Brookes, foodie expert and BBC Radio London contributor, introduces readers to one of her favourite eateries, Balthazar, situated in the heart of Covent Garden.

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m often asked: “Where is a great place to eat in London?” and of course, that doesn’t have a one-answer response. There are so many superb places to eat, and it also largely depends on budget and what kind of cuisine is sought. However, more often than not, I find myself coming back with the same answer: “You have to go to Balthazar!” and for very good reason. In the last couple of years, I have visited Balthazar more than any other restaurant (including an impromptu visit last week) and I like to think that each time it just gets better and better. Balthazar is open for breakfast right through to dinner, serving up its delicious and extensive French bistrostyle cuisine. Located in the heart of Covent Garden, just off the main Piazza, Balthazar is arguably one of London’s best restaurants. It first opened its doors to great fanfare in 2013, as the sister-restaurant to the renowned Balthazar in New York City. The new London restaurant was promptly lauded by critics and celebrities alike, eager to be seen at London’s hottest eatery. Four years later, what remains is a restaurant that has truly earned its earlier praise. If enjoying a day in London, and without a reservation, the ever-courteous staff will endeavour to find a table, and if there is a short wait, it’s just an opportunity to enjoy a cocktail at the bar. That’s the thing about Balthazar, the atmosphere is part of its unique charm. It’s always busy, but never claustrophobic, the waiting staff are always charming, but never intrusive. You can sit at the bar

62| Events | SURREY

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

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in great company without knowing a single person. I have actually eaten alone on many occasions, and never once needed to reach for that book, or hide behind my phone. I come to Balthazar for the atmosphere and never want to miss a beat. Once at the bar, however, visitors won’t be able to resist one of the superb cocktails. I’ve recently been going through a Peach Bellini phase (a little boring, I know) but when it’s made so well, and with fresh peach purée, there’s no reason not to enjoy this old favourite. I can also highly recommend the Gin

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Resilience There appears to be a lot of talk about how younger people aren’t as resilient and determined as earlier generations perhaps were or are. Older generations had to overcome different and, on occasions, notably sterner challenges than exist today. In this issue our interview highlights two young people who have faced adversity and succeeded. Sienna Myson broke her back whilst horse riding and has now made a new career as a television presenter, whilst Charlie Hole, a musician, has had to experience playing at venues without an audience. Also in essence this month, Tesla has produced a proper supercar, the S P100D, with an increased range claimed as being close to 400 miles and Euan Johns examines its credentials. A luxury five star attraction in the form of a restored Romanesque-Baroque abbey provides the perfect weekend break in Spain’s Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine whilst Peter Hahn fashion demonstrates the French Riveria’s dress code, from Breton stripes to romantic dresses. With summer events approaching, Serendipity Fashions offer some race day fashion tips and foodie expert and BBC Radio London contributor Stephanie Brookes samples the delights of Balthazar in Covent Garden. Light is an important aspect to consider in any garden and in this issue Alladio Sims Landscape Design considers how to make the most of the medium and light up garden plants to best effect. As the weather warms, essence has beauty, legal and financial advice on offer, together with the pick of activities highlighting food and events to enjoy and places to go. The essence team

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Interview | CHARLIE HOLE

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Charlie Hole is a talented young singer/songwriter with a soulful voice who writes distinctive and haunting lyrics. Sir Rod Stewart hailed Charlie as a new emerging musical talent. Andy Hill, three-time Ivor Novello award singer proclaimed his astonishment at the sheer quality and maturity of Charlie’s music: all of which Charlie takes in his stride. TV presenter Sienna Myson found out more about this understated musical talent, meeting him in a recording studio at Ingrid Tarrant’s home. Surrey is where Charlie’s career began under the guidance of Jim Cregan, songwriter, guitar legend and member of Rod Stewart’s band. Q So, who exactly is Charlie Hole? A I’m a singer/songwriter from Bournemouth. Q In your eyes, what makes a good songwriter? A I think honesty is important: honesty, integrity and truth. People can see straight through a dishonest songwriter. If you tell the truth through your music, I don’t think you can go far wrong. It’s about making a connection with the listener, making them feel like they can relate, as though you’re singing about their life, and not your own. Q What’s your inspiration when you are song writing? A Inspiration comes from all around...people always interest me, I people-watch all the time. I used to play in coffee shops, hotels and restaurants most nights to cover my rent, and I’d observe people the whole time. I’d write songs about them, or make up stories about their lives. All songwriting comes back to people at some point: you’re telling a story and the more personal it is the better. >>> Continued on page 10

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Profile: Sienna Myson Louise Alexander-O’Loughlin decided to find out what it really takes to be a television presenter in the digital age. Spending time with Sienna Myson, TV presenter and double gold medallist for Team GB in the Equestrian Sport of Eventing, Louise found out what sets Sienna apart from many other talents out there.

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ienna is best known for winning two gold medals (individual and team) in the equestrian sport of Eventing at the European Championships for Team GB in 2008, selected on the Lotteryfunded World Class Programme geared towards the Olympics and being nominated for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award. Her background of winning two gold medals for Team GB proves that this all rounder and TV presenter can jump any hurdle. Sienna faced the toughest time of her life when she was about to head to Italy to compete in an international event when she was thrown from her horse which landed on her in a rotational fall, breaking her back in three places. She was almost paralysed due to the severity of her injuries, but her determination, positivity and strength made this extraordinary lady tirelessly work hard to get back in the saddle allowing her to achieve her goal of becoming European Champion. Sienna is a woman of many different facets, a warm, charismatic and spiritual soul who believes life is truly for living. This is reflected in her infectious smile and sunny disposition, both in her home life and working as a TV presenter. Living a life of tranquillity near the Surrey Hills, she is never concerned about getting her hands dirty, quite literally as she strolls out to pick fresh eggs from her flock of hens roaming around her garden, before taking her horse Tambourine (with whom she won her gold medals) out for an early morning hack. Her great sense of humour gives her a natural edge that many presenters work hard to obtain as Sienna takes off her riding hat and morphs gracefully into her role as international TV presenter.

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Sienna is well respected in the industry with experience ranging from live studio work to live outside productions hosting to global audiences. She has interviewed celebrities on the red carpet and in addition has attended and presented high profile charity events around the globe. Her career has seen her working throughout Europe presenting holiday features and international motor racing events interviewing an extensive list of influential sports personalities such as Sebastian Vettel, David Coulthard and Damon Hill. She has also interviewed stars from the music industry including Carly Rae Jepsen, Aloe Blacc, Calum Scott, Kool and the Gang and The Drifters. As a qualified Cordon Bleu chef, Sienna had the great privilege of interviewing Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood and is one of the few to have conducted exclusive interviews with members of the royal families of the UAE. During her career, Sienna has worked for production companies such as IMG, Forturian Entertainment, Daytona TV and presented for Tesco. She has also worked with FEI TV and represented them as the ‘face of FEI TV’. Sienna is available for presenting at corporate events and one of her great passions is working with the Brooke foundation, a charity that reaches over two million working horses, donkeys and mules across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Its staff includes vets, animal welfare experts and advocacy and development specialists. 

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Q Where did your love of music come from? A I suppose my Dad always loved music. He wasn’t a musician himself, but he would always have hundreds of CDs around, all in alphabetical order. He took me to my first gig when I was 11 – the Isle of Wight Festival with The Who and David Bowie. It’s hard not to love music after experiencing something like that. Q Do you ever get writer’s block? A I think every writer gets a block in some form or another, but most of the time it’s just in your head, or a convenient excuse. Writing flows better when you stop overthinking it. It’s all psychological. Q When did you first discover you could sing? A I really don’t know the answer to that, I suppose it’s a bit like discovering you can walk, or that you can speak... at some point I must have learned, but I can’t remember the particular moment. Q You also play the guitar. Did you have lessons? A I had a few lessons to begin with, but I was never interested in scales or reading theory... once I had three chords down I just wanted to play songs, so I basically taught myself or learned from playing with friends who were better than me. I remember I wanted to carry on practicing through the night, so I drew out six lines on a piece of paper and

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practiced changing between chord shapes until 3 or 4am without waking anyone up. This was before YouTube tutorials, so I also used a guitar magazine and learned songs from the tabs. Q How do you know Rod Stewart? A Well, the connection came really through Jim Cregan, he introduced us once over lunch – it was during the World Cup so we just spoke about football mainly. Q What’s his advice been to you? Does he give constructive criticism? A Rod and Jim have an incredibly honest working relationship: they never hold back with criticism, which I think is really important, and I’m the same with my friends. There have been a few times where he’s heard something and offered some really great advice on a song which I’ve always taken on board. When someone’s had as much success as Rod’s had, and consistently written some of the greatest songs of all time, you’d be a fool not to listen. Q You were invited to Jim Cregan’s studio in Surrey to record your music. How did that come about? A Jim was a distant family friend, but he was always in LA, or off on tour, so I’d never met him. One night I found myself at a party and my


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same guitar on my songs as he did on all those Rod Stewart songs in the seventies. But, above all, he’s just a great friend; we spend a lot of time talking at the pub, or staying up and playing each other music we’ve found. Q Have you ever lived in London? If so, why did you go there? A Yeah, I lived in London for about five years. I loved it! It’s the greatest city in the world in my opinion, and for a musician I think it’s important to spend time there. I met so many amazing people from all over the world, it’s an incredible melting pot and it’s constantly moving and changing. London taught me a lot about the world and I still manage to pop in for gigs, meetings and nights out a couple of times a week. Q You’ve just released a song called ‘The City’. What’s that about? A It’s about my time in London: the good, the bad and the ugly. I know many people will be able to relate to it.

“This has been a long time coming, but I’m so happy to finally show you what I’ve been working on... here’s The City, a song I wrote about my time living in London: the good, the bad and the ugly... enjoy.” Charlie Hole about his new single

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Dad put us together. I was only 14, but Jim had just been to St. Petersburg to play with Cockney Rebel, supporting The Rolling Stones, and he was telling me all about Ronnie Wood. I sent him some demos and he invited me to his studio. Q Why is Surrey such a special place for you? A I’ve spent so much time in Surrey, mainly recording... Jim’s studio was in Cobham, so in the early days I’d stay with my cousin who was in Guildford whilst he was at Uni. We’d hang out at parties with his friends all night, then I’d go and record in the mornings. Q What role does Jim Cregan play in your life now? A He’s a great song doctor. I’ll write a song and play it to him and then he’ll offer suggestions for different chord progressions, melodies, lyric tweaks and other things that take the songs to a different level. He helps me finish the songs, or helps to tidy up a mess I’ve made! He also produces the music and plays guitar on most of the tracks. When you consider who he’s played for over the years, it’s incredible to have him play on my albums. I love the fact that he still uses the

Q What do you love most about performing? A I love being able to make a real connection with people. I try and make eye contact with every single person in the room when I’m playing. There’s something so liberating about getting up on stage with nothing but a guitar and a few songs. You’re completely naked and you just have to lay your soul right out there for people to see. It’s terrifying but strangely therapeutic. Q How do you deal with set-backs? A I was fairly lucky early on, and I was a good few years into my career before I experienced any. When they came it seemed they wouldn’t stop, it was a relentless tide. I just couldn’t get a foothold anywhere, I felt lost and I had to ask some pretty serious questions of myself. Set-backs make you realise why you’re doing the work in the first place, and you have to be doing it for yourself because when no-one else cares, you have to keep going regardless. I remember once I was playing to a completely empty room in Dalston: I mean even the sound man had gone outside for a cigarette, it was literally empty. I played my heart out and it was actually incredibly liberating. I realised I was perfectly happy doing this for myself, and if anyone came to listen that would be a bonus. By the end of my set there were about 20 people in the room and it made me appreciate every single person in there, which I continue to do at my shows as I know what it’s like to play to no-one. Q We all know women love musicians (fact!). Has being a musician ever given you an advantage when dating? A I’d be lying if I said it hadn’t helped. Once I was at a party and someone brought a guitar out... if you ever want to make every guy in a room hate you, that’s probably the most effective way. >>>

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Q Have you ever serenaded a woman? A Ha! Never for myself, but I’ve serenaded a few women for other men. One was on the London Eye when myself and an eight piece choir surprised an American couple at the top with her favourite song – Something by the Beatles. Her boyfriend proposed, she said yes and we sang all the way back down. Also, I heard a friend of mine serenaded his girlfriend with one of my songs. They got married last year and I sung her down the aisle. That was probably the closest I’ve come to anything like that. Q Where do you base yourself these days? A These days I’m back home in Bournemouth by the beach. All my friends and family are there and it’s just the most beautiful place. There’s always someone with a boat or a paddle-board, and loads of music going on, you’d be surprised. In the summer we sing songs round campfires on the beach, and I put on secret gigs around town with Sofar Sounds Bournemouth. Q What’s your opinion on the X Factor and other reality television shows? A I’ve actually been scouted a few times for X Factor, but always turned it down. Those things are great for Saturday night TV, but they’re not for musicians. I’ve heard too many horror stories from people who have been on it. Q Who’s your favourite musician? A I’ve always been a huge admirer of Damien Rice, and I’d go as far to say that ‘O’ changed my life. I think most acoustic songwriters of this generation would say the same about that album. It had some intense emotional depth to it that I’ve been searching for ever since I first heard it. PHOTO COPYRIGHT: SUNPECKER STUDIOS

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Q What are your upcoming projects? A I’m working on all sorts at the moment. I’m just about to release my new single, and an album, and I’m launching an arts and music festival in Bournemouth later in the year called Late For The Sun. Q Everything you have achieved has been without the support of a record label. How have you managed to do this? A The way the music industry is nowadays you don’t necessarily need a label for a lot of things. The internet has created a level playing field for the industry and in some cases labels are struggling to keep up with independent artists. We have all the tools we need at our fingertips, from recording, to marketing, to speaking directly to fans. People listen to people nowadays, not to brands or big corporations, and that’s true of most industries. That’s why YouTubers and independent personalities hold so much power. It’s all up for grabs and you can have complete control. Q Charlie, where do you see yourself in the future? A Making music, going on tour and having a great time.  essence INFO Website: www.CharlieHole.com Twitter: twitter.com/charliehole Facebook: facebook.com/charlieholeuk Instagram: www.instagram.com/charliehole/ Youtube: youtube.com/charliehole

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LAUGHABLY STUNNING SPA There is, for romantic weekends away, a holy trinity of sorts – exceptional food in a hotel that has a ‘secret gem’ appeal (ideally with incredible views), excellent wine and a spa with enough to do for both. Spain’s Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine is about as unique an offering as it’s possible to find and for those searching for the ultimate weekend of luxury, the search is over, writes Chantal Borciani.

Hotel Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine

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the stresses of everyday life. Guests can dine under the vaulted ceiling in the hotel’s Michelin restaurant, arrange private dinners, a strings’ recital, a blessing or wedding in the restored chapel, or tour the ancient winery and vineyards. LeDomaine was awarded the Europa Nostra Prize for its sympathetic restoration, and with good reason. Its ancient walls, baroque staircase, buttressed walkways and stone-paved courtyard are immaculately LeDomaine's Cloister Garden PHOTO COPYRIGHT: ABADIA RETUERTA LEDOMAINE presented and ingrained with such history that visitors cannot help but feel swept away by the romance of it all. Despite being steeped in history, this exclusive getaway still feels chic ocated in a restored Romanesque-Baroque abbey, amid acres of farmland and prime vineyards and opened in 2012, LeDomaine and contemporary. Wooden floors hail from Italy, the drinks lounge has is 25 minutes drive from Valladolid, or less than two hours drive from Ralph Lauren furniture and bespoke lamps, a curated art collection is on Madrid. Fear not, a lux picnic bag is sent, complete with Serrano ham, to show throughout the hotel and the long glass walkway or ‘crystal corridor’ satiate on the journey across beautiful countryside. The pay off for being has been painstakingly designed and built to link newly renovated stables a little more secluded is that this historic hotel feels like a real retreat from to the rest of the abbey with as little disruption to the natural surroundings as possible. The hotel boasts just 30 bedrooms and suites, eight of them PHOTO COPYRIGHT: ABADIA RETUERTA LEDOMAINE situated in the ancient abbey’s former stable with direct access to the 10,000 sq.ft spa and wellness centre.

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Wine and dine If the abbey is at the heart of the estate, the winery pulsates through its veins. Considered one of Europe’s most innovative wineries, the guided estate and vineyard tours and wine tasting courses come highly recommended. Covering around 700 hectares, the medieval estate dates back to 1146. There are bikes for guests to use to ride around the vineyards and explore: a total of 54 plots have been identified and grow single grape varieties based on soil composition – 70% Tempranillo, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah, with the remaining 10% divided between Merlot, Petit Verdot and a clutch of white varieties. Fortunately, the best of the vineyard’s produce is served back at the hotel. LeDomaine’s greatest gastronomic dining experience is under the vaulted ceiling of Refectorio, which has gained the hotel its first Michelin star. This small and intimate restaurant has around 12 tables and chef >>>

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Breakfast in Refectorio restaurant

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The LeDomaine Five Year Anniversary Package is available weekdays until December 2017 with rates starting at £400 per night. The package includes: accommodation for two nights with a welcome bottle of Legras Champagne, full butler service, free minibar and internet access welcoming foot ritual performed by spa sommeliers and a 50 minute couples’ massage à la carte breakfast at Refectorio restaurant a history tour of the historic abbey and entrance to the Ulrich Rückriem Museum: an open-air sculpture garden situated on the property unlimited use of bicycles, swimming pool, spa and fitness centre facilities.

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Pablo Montero offers seasonal menus complemented by the estate’s award winning vintages. The wine menu also includes wines created on the estate exclusively for the restaurant. A haven of haute cuisine, dishes are full of flair and innovation, from steamed aubergine with honey and ashes cream to salads finished with goat’s cheese snow. Guests can also dine at Vinoteca, a lovely choice for elegant tapas lunches and casual dinners, with indoor seating and outdoor tables in Jardin del Claustro. Spa in the vineyards LeDomaine’s deep-rooted wine heritage extends even to its state of the art spa and its vinotherapy concept, where a guest’s personalised treatment is based on a blind wine tasting. Le Grand Cru, for example, combines a soothing footbath, body exfoliation with grape seeds and essential oils, a nurturing anti-ageing body wrap and soothing massage. Unusual to be sipping wine before a treatment, true, but the ambience of the spa and luxurious treatments do work sublimely and therapists are excellent, most having been lured from five star hotels elsewhere. Aside from cooling and calming therapy rooms, the subterranean spa also offers sauna, steam baths, hydrotherapy pools and a veritable banquet of spa treatments, from couples’ therapies to Cryo Time Freeze facials and blissful massages. Spain’s best kept secret? The concept of bringing the outside in is overdone and more often than not poorly executed, but thanks to the magnificent restoration process, LeDomaine is intrinsically a product of its setting. From every window, corridor, doorway and courtyard, guests can glimpse the changing colours, flowers and fauna of the vineyards. Even the Jacuzzi has a picture window overlooking the countryside. It’s a place that soothes the soul – with spa, setting and, erm, wine! Despite its Michelin star restaurant, consummate spa facilities and the status of being the first hotel in Spain to offer a complete butler service, LeDomaine achieves five star service without the stuffiness. It’s hard to believe this dramatic boutique hotel was once a historic landmark left derelict and falling into disrepair. Guests can while away a morning in the sun with a newspaper (the hotel prints a personalised paper every morning, depending on the visitor’s country of residence) in the suntrap of the courtyard, relax by the open-air pool surrounded by vines, or cosy away in the Chapter House lounge. The showstopper may always be the incredible twelfth century abbey, but the beauty of this place is also that it’s possible to relax, enjoy the spa, exquisite food and pedigree wine and get a taste of real Spain all in one stay.  essence INFO

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Catching the light If plants’ response to light is key to the design of a garden, then a successful scheme must understand how to respond by ‘lighting up’ plants and using them to their best effect. Emanuela Alladio of Alladio Sims Garden Landscape Design Limited explains how to do just that.

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t’s hard to resist colour, mainly because our brains respond so strongly to it. We are wired to receive colour and in our gardens this is more noticeable than elsewhere: flowers catch our attention first and stop our gaze more than anything else. Yet colour is not as solid as we might think, instead it’s ever changing and infinitely complex because it’s made out of light, and its variety of hues and tones change in relation to the quality of the sunlight. Growing up in Italy, I was blessed by month after month of relentless powerful sunlight and bottomless blue skies and I soon learnt to appreciate the colour-enhancing properties of the sun, especially on warmer hues and vibrant combinations. Yet in the harsh light of a hot summer afternoon these tones would sometimes become overbearing. This extreme light context contrasts with the soft colour combinations of a classic English border illuminated by the gentle diffused light of a misty or cloudy sky; here the subtlety of each hue is allowed to show itself – soft pinks and pastel tones glow, coppery hues are warm under grey skies while whites gather what light there is and sparkle against green foliage foil. In the low rays of a shady corner, the foamy white flowers of Tiarella and Astilbe positively glow

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Garden design | ALLADIO SIMS A perfect contrast – dark tulip Havran absorbs all the light, while the lime green flower of Smyrnium perfoliatum glows and radiates it back. Image courtesy of Alladio Sims Garden and Landscape Design Ltd

Backlit, this wall of golden variegated Miscanthus Zebrinus diffuses a golden glow that looks dramatic against the dark sky and deep green columnar cypresses. Image courtesy of Alladio Sims Garden and Landscape Design Ltd

This dynamic reaction to light shows just how the process of designing a successful garden must start by observing local colours and the way in which they behave in local natural light conditions, in an attempt to recreate some of this magic within the garden. Colours look different in different climates and not all climates support the same tones, so better to be restrained in choosing and using them, like in so many classic Italian gardens or in the famous English ‘White Garden’ of Sissinghurst, where a limited mix of grey, green and white interacts creating sheer light magic based on the principle set out by its designer, Vita Sackville West: “Any colour, as long as it’s white.” Attempting to design a garden closely obeying the criteria set out by a colour wheel has often proved disappointing. Of course, adding colourful accents can be fun and can help to introduce brief moments of delight, but when this is not connected to the bigger picture, or it’s not bold enough to make a statement, it can appear too harsh and fail to work overall. A good approach would be to observe how colours behave locally and how they help to form specific moods or create drama, and to try and replicate some of those aspects within the garden. Indeed understanding the continuously evolving light properties of a specific garden will allow a designer to play with light and dark, and the full spectrum of hues available within different times of the day, different seasons and throughout the evolution of a plant life cycle. The vivid light shining through a daffodil in the pale rosy morning glow takes on red tones in the evening, while the golden rich tones of the autumn sun make purple asters and the yellow of maturing grasses glow. With the passing of time light changes, and these changes allow plants to illuminate dark corners, bounce light from under tree canopies, shimmer against the evening sunset and look vibrant and alive when backlit. A silver leaf plant like Salvia argentea, whose woolly leaves shine even on the dullest of days, is capable of radiating light as soon as the sun hits it and therefore is best placed where the sun shines directly on it. The variegation and white flowers on shrubs like Pittosporum tenuifolium variegatum, Choisya or Osmanthus burkwodii will light up even the darkest of corners, bouncing the diffuse light back into the landscape. A dark leaf such as that of an Asarum will absorb light to make the best of its shady growing condition, but in early morning light its glossy surface will be reflective. A golden or yellow leaved plant will work in much the same way as a white flower would, radiating light back from its leaves, but adding a golden glow. Hackonechloa macra aureola is one such plant, forming a divine matt of luminous golden blades in the under storey of trees or other dry and inhospitable shady spots which appears magical when early morning or evening light goes through it. Ferns behave in a similar way >>>

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The yellow flowers of euphorbias radiate light, bouncing it back and illuminating this shady spot. Image courtesy of Alladio Sims Garden and Landscape Design Ltd

too. When such simple and beautiful golden luminescence is available the plant palette can be kept simple. A good example of trees that display similar translucent properties when light touches them, glowing through their leaves, are Japanese maples or heart shaped Cercidiphyllum japonicum. Observed in direct sunlight, a purple leaved maple will absorb the light and be a dark hole in the landscape, but carefully positioned with the sun behind it, its leaves will appear vibrant and alive with multiple tones as light passes through the layers of leaves. Plants with fine textures such as feathery Stipa tenuissima or fennel are also particularly stunning when backlit, as their fronds trap the light creating a wonderfully luminous radiance. They require careful placing in a location where the early morning sun or mellow evening light backlights them as we stand against them. Mixed with strong architectural shapes and bold silhouettes such as the elongated swords of a phormium or the vertical blades of an iris with their dramatic shadows and sculptural presence, the result can produce a striking mix of exuberant and rigid forms softened by flexible and radiant plumes. Difficult as it may be, designing a garden with these fleeting but wonderful light effects in mind is to try and recreate beauty, and whilst it’s true that plant behaviour will somehow always be partially beyond our control, there is a sense of real accomplishment and satisfaction when such moments of joy are achieved. 

In the low light conditions of a wood, the relatively small amount of early morning light that filters through is absorbed by bluebells producing a magical effect. Image courtesy of Alladio Sims Garden and Landscape Design Ltd

Jon and Emanuela in the show garden they created for the Istanbul Flower Festival in 2016

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Profile: Alladio Sims Alladio Sims Garden Landscape Design Ltd was established in 2015 after Jon Sims and Emanuela Alladio collaborated on a Silver Gilt winning show garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The two directors continue their collaborative approach throughout their practice with Jon’s background in interior architecture giving distinctive spaces and Emanuela’s passion for plants and photographic eye adding great texture and contrast.


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BRIGHT SPARK Tesla’s recent worldwide recall may, for some, have created a slight whiff of trouble in the air, but this sort of thing is hardly unusual for car manufacturers and there are no safety issues. It hasn’t affected the company’s share price as Tesla is viewed as an energy company rather than a carmaker. So how far have we travelled down the all-electric car road? Euan Johns looks at Tesla’s latest offerings.


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he voluntarily recalling of 53,000 of Tesla’s Model S and Model X electric cars came as a result of a fault found with one of the braking systems. The system is used in both vehicles and the fault is minor in that it may cause the parking brake to lock thus preventing vehicles from moving. To be on the safe side, Tesla wants to inspect them all, but estimates are that less than 5% of recalled cars might be affected. So nothing to worry about and a small recall in comparison to some from other prestigious marques. CEO Eton Musk’s brainchild, Tesla, has sold more than 200,000 vehicles and the company produced just shy of 85,000 vehicles last year with increasing sales expanding with popularity. The brake fault may no doubt provide some fuel for the electric car’s doom mongers, but it’s nothing to do with the battery technology of the cars. This has moved on apace and now provides some real alternatives to conventional vehicles, allowing electric cars to undertake longer driving distances. The Tesla Model S P100D has added oomph thanks to the addition of a new 100kWh battery. It’s another hardware upgrade and these usually come with an almost constant supply of revisions and software upgrades, something to take note of, but to which anyone possessing a smart phone will be accustomed. Officially the Model S P100D now has a range of 381 miles available from a fully charged battery. That translates in the real world to a respectable and comfortable 250 miles plus if driven carefully. And that is the watchword – no, not carefully, but if. The trouble is that being careful is trickier than first thought and it’s just not in many people’s physique. As well as increasing the driving range, Tesla has increased the Model S’s performance to hyper car levels. A software update for cars with the ‘Ludicrous Speed’ upgrade (standard on the P100D) now means drivers can access ‘Ludicrous Plus’ mode.

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Of course, wanting to behave like a petrol car changes things somewhat and the additional technology required to do so comes at a hefty price. Allied to a recent 5% price hike blamed on Brexit (why not, as everything else is at the moment?), the P100D costs an eye-popping £132,700 without the Government green car subsidy. In other words, it costs nearly twice as much as the basic rear-wheel-drive Model S 60 model. If the question was simply: “Should I buy a Tesla Model S?”, then the answer could well be yes, depending on taste. There are a few areas of questionable trim in the interior, but it’s still a great way to travel. Given the improved range, low running costs and the fact drivers can truly compete with petrol heads in conventional cars, it makes a tempting luxury saloon. Recommending this top of the range version though is a serious conundrum. Let’s get past the rather industrial sounding and boringly

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technical label, and go straight to the car’s credentials. It’s a technological marvel, but there’s a real catch as drivers can’t explore this car’s true capabilities on the road without making its driving range fall off a cliff. Extended periods at motorway speeds don’t help either and no doubt nearfreezing temperatures would reduce range further. Then there’s the jaw-dropping price, even for those who are green to the core. A Tesla 100D that has more range and can ‘only’ notch 60mph in 4.2 seconds is just under £91,000, before incentives. Adding the P reduces range and brings the price up to £132,700. The P100D is good, but not for the additional £40,000. The ‘Ludicrous Plus’ mode is just that: ludicrous, and begs the serious question as to whether the P was being added or taken. The Tesla is far from perfect. More is expected from a luxury car interior and annoyingly it’s pretty hard to park due to its large size. It’s a heavy car too, but handles well, negotiates potholes with ease and is very comfortable on the motorway. It ticks boxes other electric cars can’t even get near and is capable of providing a thoroughly exhilarating drive, but when doing so just try and put thinking about the location of the next charging point out of mind. When opting for the thrills, take extra care, as nobody will hear this silent beauty (and it does look good) coming. On balance, for me, there are more pluses than minuses for the Tesla. For those who want to be different and stand out from the crowd, this is certainly one way of doing so, feeling you’re doing your bit for Mother Earth into the bargain.  essence INFO Website: www.tesla.com


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Morning Star Party Night Friday 23rd June 2017 to raise funds for Morning Star Children's Centre for underprivileged children in South Africa

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Menu Delicious three course dinner with coffee, accompanied by fine wine from Château de Berne. CONTACTS: Linda lindagardiner@hotmail.com 07979 600877 Bill bill@ruxley.com 07768 848899

With entertainment from The Antidote (6-piece band) featuring George Royall Vocalists Sheila Daniels & Zara Mason And the amazing magician, Lee Burridge Plus an exciting auction with a surprise celebrity auctioneer

£100 per person or £750 for a table of eight Places are limited, so please send your application for tickets as soon as possible by visiting essence-magazine.co.uk/charity The ingredients are all there for a great evening, but it’s you who’ll make the difference. Kindest regards Linda and Bill

If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation it would be very much appreciated by the children of Morning Star. Please make cheques payable to ‘Morning Star’ and send, marked as a donation, to Morning Star, Flat 9, Hill House, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 9LN.


Riviera ready Now over 50 years old, fashion retailer Peter Hahn remains true to its motto: ‘Our fashion – your style’ and to its use of natural materials. Only available online in the UK, Peter Hahn has stores in Germany and Switzerland offering high quality fashion from over 250 international designer brands. The French Riviera is an exclusive destination throughout the summer months, but there’s a strict dress code to follow. From Breton stripes to romantic dresses, find all that’s required at Peter Hahn. And don’t forget the essentials, vintage sunglasses, sliders, a one piece and a straw hat, to be Riviera ready.

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Fashion | PETER HAHN Bermuda shorts by Brax £90, Fluffy Ears cashmere cardigan £194

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ladies’ day look Ladies' day at the races is a chance to dress to impress. These events are known for pushing the boundaries of formal fashion and here Dee Brain of Serendipity Fashions and milliner Beverley Edmondson offer advice.

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he highly polished look of ladies’ day fashion doesn’t have to be restricted to Epsom, Sandown Park or Royal Ascot – the elegance of the races can be transferred to weddings, garden parties, concerts and flower shows. Style rules The Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot has a strict dress code, specifying dresses or tops with straps of least an inch wide and banning fascinators in place of more substantial hats. Epsom and Sandown Park have more relaxed rules. Although most other formal events won’t have such a strict dress code as Royal Ascot, it’s worth bearing in mind what constitutes a ‘ladies’ day look’ so it can be achieved with the right level of elegance: • Keep dresses and skirts at modest lengths. • Less is more when it comes to baring flesh, so avoid strapless dresses and anything too low cut. • Shoes should be formal and not club wear, so aim for courts or stilettos, unless heading somewhere soft underfoot and then opt for wedges. • Hats should be worn, but fascinators or headpieces without a solid base of at least 10cms are not permitted. What to wear When it comes to a busy season of events, it’s best to invest in some key pieces that will become wardrobe staples to accessorise and mix and match across a number of events. Dee Brain, owner of Serendipity Fashions in Guildford, Surrey, recommends focusing on a show-stopping hat and building an outfit up from that. She says: “There are a number of luxury brands that offer very special collections ideal for a special event, including Condici and Ispirato for dresses and Veni Infantino for hats. For something less expensive, go for highly wearable brands such as Joseph Ribkoff, Gina Bacconi or Tina Taylor. The epitome of the ladies’ day look is a fabulous hat, eye-catching colours and a stylish dress.” Hats A striking hat is the epitome of ladies’ day style and can ensure the wearer stands out from the crowd. Farnham-based milliner Beverley Edmondson recommends letting personality take the lead. She confirms: “Personality is such a huge part of millinery, a hat needs to make the client ooze with confidence to make her stand tall and wear her headwear with pride.”

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Ispirato IY923. Cap sleeve, ruched print dress with beaded neckline and bolero jacket in Watermelon. £659

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As the hat is the most important part of the look, the choice of hat should be reached before making a decision on the dress. Beverley continued: “Most of the time people come to me with a dress and want a hat to match, but, for a hat to make a statement, sometimes it is best to start with the hat, as the dress could end up limiting choice. Unfortunately, far too often people leave the hat to the last minute, which not only limits choice, but at that point it can be too late to realise the dress may not work with the longed-for hat.” Beverley’s top tips to keep a hat stylishly perched all day are: • Take time to fix the hat or headpiece and style hair around any fixings. • Remember, hair can be used to hold the hat in place. • Don’t be shy about using copious amounts of hairspray and Kirby grips to fix the hat ensuring it stays in place and doesn’t slip throughout the day. • Keep extra grips in the handbag, just in case wind catches the hat or it gets knocked…rather than taking it off and starting again, just pop in a few more grips!  essence INFO Serendipity Fashions 52 New Road, Chilworth, Guildford GU4 8LU Website: www.serendipityfashions.co.uk Telephone: 01483 577475 Beverley Edmondson Millinery 27A The Borough, Farnham GU9 7NJ Website: www.beverleyedmondsonmillinery.co.uk Telephone: 01252 715039


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Beach ready The experienced cosmetic surgery team at Bella Vou Pantiles Clinic in Tunbridge Wells discuss treatments to help obtain that ‘beach-ready’ body for this summer.

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ith warmer weather finally here and summer holidays within sight, many people will be looking forward to dusting off their swimwear and preparing to hit the beach. However, for others, the prospect of exposing a little more skin can cause anxiety and a preoccupation with getting bodies ‘beach ready’ in time for the summer. Fortunately, there is a range of cosmetic treatments and procedures that can help give confidence. Many of the most popular aesthetic procedures are minimally invasive, allowing clients to hit the beach only a few days after being treated. Mr Amir Nakhdjevani, lead surgeon at Bella Vou cosmetic surgery clinic in Tunbridge Wells, brings us up to speed with some of the top cosmetic procedures that can help give a fantastic beach perfect body in time for the holiday season.

Chemical peels

To give the face a real glow this summer, consider treating it to a chemical peel to improve the skin’s appearance and to turn back the clock. Chemical peels are very effective at combating wrinkles, lines, acne scars and rough skin and reveal refreshed and regenerated skin after treatment which is smoother and more radiant. The effects of a good peel will last up to 12 months. Semi-permanent makeup

A little makeup can certainly help to accentuate our best features, but with all that sun, sea and sand there’s a good chance products will be washed off – leaving panda eyes and smudged lipstick – which probably isn’t the look to go for! Fortunately, semi-permanent makeup can help by inserting small amounts of pigment into the dermal layer of the skin: the technique can be used to enhance eyebrows, lips, eyeline or lashes and lasts for up to 18 months.

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Liposuction/body contouring

For most of us, hitting the gym and eating appropriately just isn’t enough to achieve a perfect bikini body. Liposuction can help to remove stubborn fat from problem areas to create a more toned appearance where dieting and exercise aren’t achieving this, or, if like me, the resolve to diet and exercise is lacking! This procedure is a great option for both men and women who want to reduce a little volume on their tummy, love handles or thighs. Varicose vein removal

Women are often self-conscious about varicose veins and spider veins on their legs, and as a consequence will avoid wearing shorts, dresses or swimwear. Sclerotherapy is a popular treatment that involves injecting a saline solution into the veins, causing them to break down and be reabsorbed into the body. In most cases the treated veins will fade within a few weeks, leaving the client to concentrate on obtaining a great tan with confidence! PHOTO COPYRIGHT: MICHAEL SIMONS | 123RF.COM


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Cellulite treatments

For those unhappy with stretch marks or cellulite and who would like to improve the look of their skin and show it off with pride this summer, then dermal roller (Maseotherapy) treatment can help. A roller with fine needles is applied all over the affected area to encourage skin cell renewal. Vitamin rich anti-ageing creams are then applied to the area, penetrating deeper due to the very fine needle holes, to rejuvenate dimpled, puckered or stretched skin. Breast augmentation

For those whose breasts are a bit smaller than they’d like, or if the breasts have lost volume from pregnancy and breastfeeding, implants can help to fill out the bikini top this summer. Breast augmentation is consistently one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures and can help to finally achieve that elusive, longed-for summer body. Whether or not you decide to undergo an aesthetic treatment this summer, don’t forget to regularly apply a good quality sun cream to reduce the risk of sunburn and avoid premature skin ageing. Look for products with a high factor UVA and UVB rating, and remember to apply the cream to lips as well as the face!

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To discuss treatment options in more detail, or to book a consultation, talk to a member of Bella Vou’s friendly team: Telephone: 01892 257040 Website: www.bellavou.co.uk/contact-us PHOTO COPYRIGHT: MICHAEL SIMONS | 123RF.COM

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Beauty | EPSOM SKIN CLINICS

Hair today, gone tomorrow Laser hair removal and IPL laser hair removal are fast becoming popular for eliminating unwanted body hair. They are very similar treatments often confused: but what is the difference? Naomi Diamond of Epsom Skin Clinics provides the low down on how to obtain silky smooth, hair free skin this summer.
 Both laser hair removal and IPL laser hair removal mechanisms aim to disrupt the hair cycle using energy to reduce hair growth. Lasers have been found to be more precise targeting hair on the lightest to the darkest of skins without damaging surrounding tissue. This is because they produce a single wavelength of concentrated energy aimed to target the colour of the hair or the blood supply in the hair follicle. Blonde or white hairs are nearly impossible to treat because of the lack of colour. Electrolysis uses a probe to individually treat each hair and has been around since 1870. This is the only treatment which can effectively treat unpigmented hairs. Electrolysis was used for hair removal on large areas of the body prior to laser which is now able to treat body areas such as backs, underarms and legs in a shorter period of time. The FDA’s (US Food and Drugs Adminstration) approval of lasers means that aesthetic therapists, doctors and surgeons can help treat unwanted tattoos, warts and verrucas, varicose and thread veins and ageing skin concerns. Epsom Skin Clinics have just launched Fotana Spa Dynamics NDYAG laser with Frac3 technology offering the latest standards of efficiency to obtain optimal results.   IPL machines, on the other hand, are unable to successfully treat the above concerns as they produce a broad spectrum of wavelengths with energy absorbed by different layers in the skin. Because of this, surrounding skin is more at risk with burning occurring in darker skin types, and is less commonly used. For silky, hair free skin, expect six to eight laser treatments, with a small reduction at each session. With laser, expect up to 60–80% removal of hairs with regrowth sparser and thinner. My seven top tips to ensure clients are aware of how to obtain the best hair removal treatment are as follows: 



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The therapist should thoroughly consult with the client prior to treatment. As with any procedure, there are a lot of considerations to ensure the success of the treatment. This includes checking the client’s medical history as laser treatment should be avoided if taking any photosensitive drugs or topical solutions. 


environmental challenges and UVA/UVB rays. 
I would advise commencing laser treatment when sun exposure of the treated area can be minimised or completely avoided.

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Avoid waxing and plucking hair for four to six weeks: shaving is the way forward throughout the treatment. Hair needs to be present in the hair follicle for laser treatment to be successful.

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Any aftercare advice given by a therapist should be followed and is vital not only to the success of the treatment, but to ensure there are no adverse reactions. Post-treatment with laser there is an increase in heat: hot baths, swimming, saunas, steam room, exercise and restrictive clothing must be avoided. Makeup application should not take place for 24 hours, with the exception of mineral makeup. I love Jane Iredale’s light powder mineral or mineral foundations. 


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Exfoliation should be avoided a week before and a week after treatment. I encourage my clients to exfoliate skin once to twice weekly to remove dead skin cells. My favourite product at the moment is Jan Marini’s bioglycolic body scrub as it contains highly concentrated glycolic derived from sugar cane which encourages the skin to exfoliate quicker and more effectively. Used before jumping in the shower of an evening, it is brilliant for callous and roughened areas of skin, ingrown hairs and can help the appearance of keratitis pilaris, a common skin condition causing tiny bumps and redness usually affecting the upper arms and thighs. 


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Moisturising is essential for the skin to function properly so it’s something I make my clients aware of during the consultation process. Before a laser session no moisturisers, deodorants or perfumed products should be applied to the treatment area. Aloe Vera is a great natural hydrator and can be used immediately after any hair removal process to soothe and moisturise skin. 


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With a 60-80% reduction in hair, top up sessions may be required a couple of times a year to keep the remaining hair at bay. After a course of laser treatment, hair can be expected to be a lot more manageable than before.

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Natural/fake tan should be avoided for at least four to six weeks prior and post treatment. I can’t stress enough the importance of using high factor sun protection on a daily basis. Sun and sunbeds are a no-no: they are the main causes of premature ageing and both offer a higher risk of skin cancer. Avoiding harmful UVA rays from the sun reduces the risk of burning and pigmentation changes to the skin during laser treatment and UV damage to skin cells is irreversible. My favourite product at the moment is Heliocare advanced spray 200ml: perfect for the whole body and clinically proven to protect skin against daily

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Apart from some swelling for the first 3 days, I have had no bruising and within a week I was looking like I never had anything done, which is exactly what I was after. I wanted my saggy eyelids gone, but I didn’t want to look like I had been under the knife and that is exactly what the surgeon has achieved! The surgeon was excellent and I am so thrilled with my results. Thank you very much Bella Vou for helping me feel so much better about myself, I am so very, very happy!

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Food reviews | STEPHANIE BROOKES

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Stephanie Brookes, foodie expert and BBC Radio London contributor, introduces readers to one of her favourite eateries, Balthazar, situated in the heart of Covent Garden.

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m often asked: “Where is a great place to eat in London?” and of course, that doesn’t have a one-answer response. There are so many superb places to eat, and it also largely depends on budget and what kind of cuisine is sought. However, more often than not, I find myself coming back with the same answer: “You have to go to Balthazar!” and for very good reason. In the last couple of years, I have visited Balthazar more than any other restaurant (including an impromptu visit last week) and I like to think that each time it just gets better and better. Balthazar is open for breakfast right through to dinner, serving up its delicious and extensive French bistrostyle cuisine. Located in the heart of Covent Garden, just off the main Piazza, Balthazar is arguably one of London’s best restaurants. It first opened its doors to great fanfare in 2013, as the sister-restaurant to the renowned Balthazar in New York City. The new London restaurant was promptly lauded by critics and celebrities alike, eager to be seen at London’s hottest eatery. Four years later, what remains is a restaurant that has truly earned its earlier praise. If enjoying a day in London, and without a reservation, the ever-courteous staff will endeavour to find a table, and if there is a short wait, it’s just an opportunity to enjoy a cocktail at the bar. That’s the thing about Balthazar, the atmosphere is part of its unique charm. It’s always busy, but never claustrophobic, the waiting staff are always charming, but never intrusive. You can sit at the bar

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in great company without knowing a single person. I have actually eaten alone on many occasions, and never once needed to reach for that book, or hide behind my phone. I come to Balthazar for the atmosphere and never want to miss a beat. Once at the bar, however, visitors won’t be able to resist one of the superb cocktails. I’ve recently been going through a Peach Bellini phase (a little boring, I know) but when it’s made so well, and with fresh peach purée, there’s no reason not to enjoy this old favourite. I can also highly recommend the Gin

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Fizz for that clean, crisp taste which is a great way to cleanse the palette before the feasting begins. If visiting Balthazar for the first time, at least one person at the table has to order Onion Soup Gratinée, which is worth a visit to the restaurant in itself. A bowl positively overflowing with an oozing, cheese topping that will instantly make fellow diners envious of the choice will be presented. The onions, pale and translucent, are beautifully soft, and the onion broth is rich and flavoursome. The combination of the onion soup with the salty cheese crust makes for the most unctuous, savoury mouthful. As I write this, it brings me back to the intense flavours of what must be one of the best soups in London. Actually, I think ‘soup’ doesn’t quite capture the magnificence of this dish – it has to be consumed to be fully understood. Allow a short interval before the entrée arrives as the Onion Gratinée certainly does satisfy the appetite. I always have that little flutter of excitement, however, when the main event finally makes its entrance. The Lobster Spaghetti with roasted tomatoes, piment d’ Espelette and basil has been a regular on the menu and is a sight to behold as it’s presented. The lobster, meaty yet soft with its natural sweetness, combined with the fresh tomatoes and earthiness of the garlic, makes for a bowlful of spaghetti heaven. For the finale, I always opt for something sweet, profiteroles usually being the winning choice, yet, still in a ‘savoury’ mood I eventually landed on the Assiette de Fromage. For me, it’s the perfect cheese

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Frisée aux Lardons at Balthazar

plate for one, with a small but perfectly thought-out choice of blue, soft and hard cheese, served with freshly toasted bread and a side of fresh grapes and sweet raisins. It’s not often that I linger at the table after the meal is complete, but with Balthazar it almost feels like a home away from home. I just never want to leave. By the time this column is in print I’m almost certain I would have visited again. For my top London restaurant recommendation, this love letter is all the answer needed… essence INFO Websites: www.stephaniebrookes.com and www.balthazarlondon.com Twitter: @stephbrookes @balthazarlondon

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This bright red fruit (or vegetable to many) is now grown in all corners of the world since its humble beginnings growing wild in the Andes and first cultivation by the Aztecs. Today’s tomatoes are available in thousands of different varieties and not even just in red. The biggest market for tomatoes remains the Mediterranean region, but cultures around the globe have embraced the flavour in their traditional dishes. British tomatoes are now far more sophisticated than just a standard classic. Grown in abundance from May onwards, many producers employ bees to pollinate and insects working hard as natural pesticides. Look out for vine-ripened tomatoes as these are far tastier than just vine tomatoes. To retain the flavour, store tomatoes at room temperature and do try the more unusual varieties such as Tiger Tom, Pineapple Marmande or Coeur de Boeuf.

Originating in India, the cucumber is a member of the gourd family and has been cultivated for at least 3,000 years. Whilst it may contain over 90% water and some people find it tasteless, a good, locally grown cucumber is a refreshing addition to many plates and often has a sweeter flavour with less seeds than the mass-produced or imported varieties. Many vegetables (although cucumber is botanically fruit) lend themselves well to pickling, but the cucumber is exceptional and, therefore, can be enjoyed well after the season has finished. Whilst in season, cucumbers are a must in salads, make a superb cold soup and are worth making into a dip. There are even plenty of desserts that feature this green gourd as well as fresh tasting cocktails.

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Food | CRATES LOCAL PRODUCE

Chicken with tomatoes from Nutbourne Tomatoes @nutbournetomato

Cucumber and lime granita from Crates Local Produce www.crateslocal.co.uk

Serves two

Serves 4

Ingredients: Two–four chicken breasts, thighs or wings Two vines of Tiger or cherry tomatoes Half a cup of stock, vegetable or chicken Half a cup of white wine or increase stock to a cup 25ml of rapeseed or olive oil Half teaspoon mustard Half teaspoon mixed herbs Cracked black pepper Sea salt crystals

Ingredients: One cup of sugar, preferably caster with a touch of demerara One cup of water Four English cucumbers Four freshly squeezed limes

Method: w Rub the vines of tomatoes with the oil and place in bottom of a baking tray and then season with cracked black pepper and coarse salt. w Season the chicken by brushing with mustard and sprinkling on herbs before placing on top of the tomatoes. w Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 25-30 minutes, turning the chicken half way through. w Remove from oven and allow to rest. w Add stock to the baking tray, together with the white wine, if using. Bring to a high heat on the hob and reduce by half, thicken with arrowroot or corn flour. w Plate up, pouring sauce over and around the chicken. Delicious served with rice, couscous or roast potatoes.

Method: w Add the sugar to the water in a pan and gently heat until the sugar has dissolved. w Allow this syrup to cool and add the lime juice and some zest of the limes. w Peel the cucumbers, remove the seeds and blend in a processor with the syrup. w Pour this mixture into a shallow dish and freeze for at least two hours, remove and rake through with a fork before returning to the freezer. w After around another hour, repeat the raking and serve in glasses with a lime garnish. This granita works well with fresh oysters; for Natives wait until September or go for Rock all year round. Enjoy!

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The good life Hunts Hill Farm and Shop, based in Normandy, Guildford, has a long history of providing outstanding local food to enjoy, as Shirlee Posner explains.

Hunts Hill Farm Shop

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here is nothing quite as evocative as the aroma of freshly roasted pork or grilled sausages on the street. On moving to Guildford in 2005 after living abroad for ten years, I was walking to the High Street, past the George Abbot Memorial, and little by little the aroma of roasted pork and a barbecue intensified: this was my introduction to Guildford’s monthly Farmers’ Market. On arrival at the market it was apparent that Hunts Hill Farm was responsible for the wonderful aroma. In addition to selling rolls with freshly roasted pork and award winning sausages, it also sells

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prepared cuts of home reared meat. I have been buying the farm’s poultry, goat, lamb, veal and sausages at markets ever since (full list on the farm website). The bulk of its business is at these markets and Hunts Hill Farm is a regular at eight; barbecues, however, are only staged at some of these. We are blessed in Surrey to have a few really good, local meat producers with smallholdings who sell directly to the public via small shops or farmers’ markets and Hunts Hill Farm is one. Based in Normandy, the farm is owned by Georgina and John Emerson, not as you would think from a family of farmers, but an ex interior designer and garage owner. Theirs is a story which could have been modelled on the seventies’ TV series ‘The Good Life’ and I imagine from meeting them with as much fun and comedy on the way. Having decided to make a huge lifestyle change and a move to the country, Georgina and John bought a farm that had run into trouble and needed an injection of energy to get it back on its feet. First off John undertook an agricultural course at Merrist Wood to get himself on the right track. Georgina made their temporary mobile home comfortable while they planned their new farmhouse on the site. The small farm shop was built and this also houses the butchery and sausage production unit. Slowly they built up their livestock. In addition to saddleback pigs, goats, Aberdeen Angus cattle and poultry, Georgina and John also have laying hens, geese and ducks. All free range and with lots of space: Hunts Hill is the home of happy animals. Like many smallholders, the best way to make a living is by selling via popular farmers’ markets where the couple enjoy meeting their customers and have built up a strong following. They take their meat to market, ready cut and vacuum packed with a good shelf life. Sadly, the meat doesn’t look so great


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Artisan food | EAT SURREY

Spring asparagus and courgette flower Scarpaccia When I was at Hunts Hill Farm Shop, I bought half a dozen newly laid duck eggs. With a box of courgette flowers at home, I did some research and found a delicious sounding Italian Scarpaccia: a vegetable traybake covered in cheesy batter and baked with fresh thyme and chilli. I adapted the recipe, using asparagus instead of courgettes, and included the courgette flowers. This bake is simple and effective for something so easy to prepare. When just baked, it's quite delicate, but firms as it cools. Perfect for lunch with salad, for picnics or buffets, or served in small squares with drinks. Ingredients 300g fine speared asparagus, snap off the tender spears* 1 red onion, very finely sliced Four cloves garlic, crushed One dessertspoon extra virgin olive oil Two tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped One generous sprinkle of chilli flakes 10-12 courgette (male) flowers, remove petals for use and discard stems (optional due to short season and availability) 200g self raising, gluten free flour (I used Doves Farm) Salt and freshly ground black pepper Six duck eggs 200ml milk 100g crumbled Feta cheese 50g grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese Some extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling Method Prepare a baking tin 22cm x 32cm, lined with silicone non-stick baking paper. Traditionally this recipe is made in a larger, flat tray (Swiss Roll size), but I decided to go a bit deeper, frittata style. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4. Scatter the asparagus on the baking sheet. Mix the sliced onion and garlic in a spoon of oil before scattering on top. Arrange in an even but not-too-organised layer and sprinkle with chilli flakes and courgette flower petals. Combine flour and seasoning in a mixing bowl. In another large mixing bowl, whisk up the eggs and milk. Whisk the dry ingredients into the eggs and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Pour the batter evenly over the asparagus all the way to the edges of the pan. Crumble with Feta and drizzle with a little oil. Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes until golden and puffed. Delicious served warm or cold.

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* Hold the asparagus and bend it: it will break naturally where the woody part starts. If using very fine asparagus, this will not be necessary. Shirlee Posner, eatsurrey.co.uk

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packed this way, but its quality in eating: that’s the real moniker here. I have never had a duff joint or sausage from Hunts Hill. In fact the leg of goat I had from them was a dinner party centerpiece. It was only recently that I realised Hunts Hill also had a small farm shop and bed and breakfast on site too. I made a much overdue visit to the farm in late April. On a private road, it’s signposted from the junction, but caution here as the shop is only open from Wednesday to Saturday. At the end of the road sits the farm and its vestige reminded me of the description in ‘The Darling Buds of May’. Rustic and ramshackle, but in a friendly welcoming way and, like all places I visit, with its own distinct personality. The farm shop is small, but with enough ingredients for shoppers to put a meal together. The butcher’s display is the main attraction, of course, and meat is sold fresh and frozen. Choose from small joints ready to go or order larger joints in advance to avoid disappointment. Meat is all reared on the farm (apart from the rose veal which is provided from a farm in Horsell Common). Animals travel a short distance to an abattoir in Farnborough before returning to the farm where butcher Peter expertly prepares the meat for sale. To complement the meat, a small range of vegetables, sauces, chutneys and, of course, freshly laid goose, duck and hen eggs are on offer too. The ducks eggs looked so inviting, large, white and freshly laid, I bought half a dozen (see recipe). They came with a large white feather too! Strawberries in the shop were from Tuesley Farm which grows berries on its 459 acre site in Godalming. The farm is famed for its fruit and Georgina ripped open a pack of strawberries to sample. New season, they smell and taste sensational >>>

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Georgina and Mary from Hunts Hill Farm

and it’s good to note that Hunts Hill also stocks Meadow Cottage Farm raw untreated cream (an absolute delight) and ice cream too. Perfect with strawberries. The Hunts Hill free-range pork is also the star of the farm’s award winning sausages. There are currently over thirty recipes in the repertoire, which are made on a rolling basis. Expect at least eight of these on offer at any one time. Some of the prizewinners include pork, apple and maple syrup, apple and black pudding, beef and Guinness and beef chilli and chocolate. I decided on a pack of hot Spanish with smoked paprika which I enjoyed with my family that evening. They were succulent, spicy and soft textured, perfect. Georgina kindly took me into the farmhouse which is also home to the two rooms let out for a bed and breakfast business. Here is a glimmer into the previous world of interior design that the lady of the house inhabited. Rich colours and large comfortable sofas, it’s a really fabulous space. The bedrooms for guests are off the main reception area and have their own private bathrooms. Comfortable and well furnished, they look over the rear garden with rolling hills as a backdrop. As I was leaving, we went to see the pigs in a field next to the house. There were two pregnant sows and a very satisfied looking boar. Taking my leave, a farm helper handed Georgina a goose egg that had just been laid. I got a chance to hold this warm, perfectly formed giant egg: it was a touching moment for a city girl like me. Hunts Hill Farm and Shop is a classic example of a small producer bringing high quality produce to the market and selling directly to the public. If, like me, you are interested in the provenance of the food you eat, it doesn’t get much better than this. essence INFO Hunts Hill Farm, Shop and Bed & Breakfast Normandy Common Lane, Normandy, Guildford GU3 2AP Telephone: 01483 811840 Websites: www.huntshillfarm.com and eatsurrey.co.uk Shirlee Posner is a food writer and blogger at www.eatsurrey.co.uk and provides social media management, web copywriting and food photography.

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Baking | JEN’S CUPCAKERY

Makes 12 cupcakes

FRESH RASPBERRY CUPCAKES WITH RASPBERRY BUTTERCREAM Spring evokes lighter, fresher flavours; it's time to pack away the sticky toffee puddings and revel in a fresh raspberry cupcake, perfect for afternoon tea in the sun.

Ingredients 80g unsalted butter 270g golden caster sugar Two medium eggs 240g plain flour Three teaspoons baking powder One teaspoon good vanilla extract About 150g fresh raspberries Raspberry buttercream 110g unsalted butter 500g icing sugar About 50ml milk Two tablespoons raspberry jam (preferably with no added sugar) Method w Preheat the oven to around 180°C (160°C fan). Place cupcake wrappers in a 12 hole cake tray (or use a silicone mould cake tray if preferred). w Cream together the butter and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. w Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. w Sieve the flour and baking powder and add one third to your butter and sugar mix, followed by one third milk, until all is mixed in. w Add the vanilla extract. w Take the raspberries (keeping 12 aside for decoration) and just sift a tiny amount of flour onto them as this can help stop them sinking when baking. w Spoon the batter into the cupcake cases, then pop a couple or three raspberries into the top of each cupcake and bake in an oven on around 180°C (160°C fan) for around 20 minutes, but ovens vary so take a toothpick or cake tester to make sure. w Whilst the delicious cupcakes are baking, prepare the raspberry frosting. w Mix together the icing sugar and soft butter till creamy then add the milk, mix till blended and then the raspberry jam until blended. w Raspberry jam buttercream icing has a very pale subtle shade, for something a little more vibrant, just add a small amount of pink colouring (either a drop or two of the liquid colouring from supermarkets or a paste colouring from a sugarcraft supplier). w Transfer the baked cakes to a wire rack and take the cupcakes out of tin to cool. w When the cakes are cool, either pipe the frosting in swirls on to each cupcake or spread with a knife and then decorate with a fresh raspberry on top.

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Literature | REVIEW

     

Herbs Delicious recipes and growing tips for all seasons 

Herbs have a transformative power. They can lift a dish from ordinary to sublime, replace fatty, salty foods with fresh, bold flavours, add a light, elegant fragrance to hearty dishes – and all this can come from our very own gardens. In this book find everything from simple herb sauces and salads to more ornate dishes, such as guinea fowl with lovage and lime, or spare ribs with plum, chilli and sage sauce. There are also inspiring ideas for fresh takes on herbs in dishes such as herb syrups, herb ices, herb cheeses, and more. Author Judith Hann is a science journalist and was President of the Herb Society. She was a presenter on BBC’s Tomorrow’s World for twenty years, and has also written the bestselling How Science Works. She lives in the Cotswolds, in a farmhouse surrounded by her wonderful herb garden, which has been featured on Gardeners’ World and Rick Stein’s Food Heroes. By Judith Hann RRP: £20 www.nourishbooks.com

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The Mindful Art of Wild Swimming Reflections for Zen seekers



This book explores how swimming in rivers, lakes and seas is the very epitome of conscious living. Zen-seeker and author Tessa Wardley reconnects the physical and spiritual cycles of life to the changing seasons and flow of wild waters worldwide and leads the reader on to a mindful journey through the natural world. With expert insight and personal anecdote, she shares a sparkling clarity on why our relationship with open water is so fundamental, and reveals how wild swimming can be the ultimate Zen meditation. Tessa is a river lover and miniadventurer who has worked and played in waters worldwide, from New Zealand to the Arctic Circle. She is a global environmental consultant and mother of four daughters. Tessa is the author of The River Book, The Woodland Book and The Countryside Book and practises mindfulness in her everyday life. By Tessa Wardley RRP: ÂŁ8.99 ISBN: 9781782404293 Published by Leaping Hare Press www.quartoknows.com/ Leaping-Hare-Press

Lunatics, Imbeciles and Idiots A History of Insanity in Nineteenth Century Britain & Ireland In the first half of the nineteenth century, treatment of the mentally ill in Britain and Ireland underwent radical change. No longer manacled, chained and treated like wild animals, patient care was defined in law and medical understanding and treatment of insanity developed. This new study enables the reader to understand how progressively advancing attitudes and expectations affected decisions leading to better legislation and medical practice throughout the century. Kathryn Burtinshaw is an experienced researcher who holds an Advanced Diploma in Local History from Oxford University and a M.Sc. in Genealogy, Palaeography and Heraldry from the University of Strathclyde. Dr John Burt is a professional genealogist and family historian based in Edinburgh. A retired general medical practitioner, he has held a lifelong fascination in Scottish social history. By Kathryn Burtinshaw and Dr John Burt RRP: £19.99 248 pages • Hardback ISBN: 9781473879034 Published by Pen & Sword Books Limited www.pen-and-sword.co.uk

Voices from the Past The Charge of the Light Brigade The most notorious, and most contentious, cavalry charge in history still remains an enigma. Though numerous books have been written about the charge, all claiming to reveal the truth or to understand the reason why, exactly what happened at Balaklava on 25 October 1854 continues to be fiercely debated. This book relives that fateful day, not through the opinions of historians, but from the words of those that were there. This is the story of the charge told by the soldiers of both sides, in the most detailed description of the Battle of Balaklava yet written. The leading figures defended their positions. One of those senior figures made an astonishing admission immediately after the battle, only to change his story when the charge became headline news. Who was it that made the fatal error that cost the British Army its Light Brigade? Author John Grehan has written or edited more than 300 books and magazine articles covering a wide span of military history from the Iron Age to the recent war in Afghanistan. By John Grehan RRP: £19.99 272 pages • Hardback ISBN: 9781848329423 Published Frontline Books www.pen-and-sword.co.uk


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Art | DAVID SHEPHERD WILDLIFE FOUNDATION

Cross River Gorilla by Steve Nayar

The bigger picture

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The tenth annual David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s Week of Wildlife Art returns to the Mall Galleries, London this summer with a stunning exhibition of original art.

rom June 28 to July 2 the Mall Galleries will be flooded with the colour and form of the natural world celebrated in a wide range of media, including oil, watercolour, bronze and ceramic. Forming the heart of the exhibition is the shortlist for the 2017 Wildlife Artist of the Year prize. Launched in 2007 to raise awareness and funds for endangered wildlife, the competition brings together the world’s best wildlife artists exploring seven exciting categories. From Earth’s Beautiful Creatures to Urban Wildlife, more than 160 original works will challenge preconceptions of wildlife art. As part of the event’s tenth anniversary celebrations and helping to bring the story of wildlife protection to life, the Threadneedle Space at the Mall Galleries will host ‘The Bigger Picture’, an exhibition of art, photography and film, which weaves a visual tale of life as part of an antipoaching ranger team in Zambia captured over a month on the ground in February. As David Shepherd CBE, wildlife artist, conservationist and founder of DSWF explains: “I set up my Foundation with the sole purpose of giving something back to the animals which helped me achieve success as an artist. At a time when the world’s wildlife is under such devastating pressure from expanding human populations and illegal trade, it seems fitting we take a step back and reflect on the sheer beauty and diversity

of our natural world, and what could be lost if we do not truly appreciate the value of the world around us. “The addition of The Bigger Picture at this year’s event helps bring to life the struggle of the rangers who protect precious wildlife populations on the front line of conservation, illustrating that saving wildlife is a truly human story.” Each original piece in the exhibition is for sale, with profits supporting the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s wildlife conservation projects across Africa and Asia.  essence INFO Website: www.mallgalleries.org.uk and www.davidshepherd.org

Event: A week of wildlife art Venue: The Mall Galleries, The Mall, SW1 Dates: Wednesday 28 June to Sunday 2 July: public opening from 10am to 5pm (4pm Saturday, 1pm Sunday). Entry by donation. Saturday 1 July: family day at the Mall Galleries with art and photography workshops for all ages. To book a free space, go to www.davidshepherd.org Pre-sales and an online catalogue will be available from mid-June.

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Islamic finance Kevin Healy, Partner at Mundays LLP, explains the differences between conventional finance and Islamic Finance.

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Kevin Healy, Partner Kevin has over 20 years experience in property matters and is Head of Mundays’ Residential Property and Construction departments. Kevin has extensive experience in the field of property development, in particular commercial land acquisitions for residential developers including joint venture agreements, development agreements and conditional contracts. He acts for a wide variety of clients and has significant experience in representing contractors and employers in the drafting and negotiating of bespoke and standard forms of construction contracts including professional appointments and collateral warranties. Kevin also has broad experience in planning matters including the drafting of planning agreements with local authorities and in general commercial property work including office and retail leasing and landlord tenant matters. Kevin can be contacted by telephone on 01932 590 638 or by email at kevin.healy@mundays.co.uk

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slamic finance, despite its name, is not a religious product. It’s a rapidly growing series of financial products developed to meet the requirements of a specific group of people. Under traditional financial services there are elements of interest and risk and these are prohibited under Shari’ah Law. The field of Islamic Finance has grown rapidly over recent years to allow Muslims to invest savings and raise finance in a way which does not compromise their religious or ethical beliefs. At Mundays there is a dedicated team of property finance experts who deal exclusively with Shari’ah funding, acting for both private individuals and Islamic banks across the UK. These products are increasingly appealing to a broader spectrum of people looking to invest for ethical reasons and sound financial reasons in these emerging products. Islamic Finance, whilst undergoing a resurgence in recent years, has its roots in the past. These links to the past are based on principles and features which were established more than 1,400 years ago. It’s becoming more relevant today due to the fact that these ancient features are now being presented to contemporary society in a form which is both modern and innovative. Whilst Islamic Finance is distinctive from conventional finance in a number of ways, there is a common goal in achieving the same economic benefit as conventional finance offers. Shari’ah gives guidance in terms of belief, moral conduct and practical rulings of law. According to Islam a complete system of life is based on both legal prescriptions and moral and good conduct. Consequently moral

values have been incorporated as legal requirements in some specific contracts such as Amanah (honesty) in Murabahah (markup). There are many principles running through the core of all Islamic Finance commercial transactions although the main ones include: • Prompt payment of debt or delivery of an asset; • Tolerance in terms of bargaining, where the parties are encouraged to be considerate of each other’s requirements and circumstances; • Mutual revocation of a contract on request by one party if they find themselves uncomfortable with the outcome of the transaction; • Honesty or Amanah in all statements, representations and warranties. Islamic Finance is a term that reflects financial business that is not contradictory to the principles of Shari’ah. Conventional finance, for example conventional banking business, relies on taking deposits from and providing loans to the public. Consequently the banker-customer relationship is always one of debtor-creditor. A further key aspect of conventional banking is the giving or receiving of interest which is specifically prohibited by Shari’ah. Another example of a conventional banking practice can involve the selling or buying of goods and services that are certainly not lawful from a Shari’ah perspective. These might be non-Halal foods such as pork, alcohol or services related to gambling, pornography and entertainment.


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What are the components of Islamic Finance ? Banking and interest (Riba) Money has never been considered as a commodity for which there is a price for it to be used. Instead, Islamic Law consistently views money as a method of exchange, a store of value and a unit of measurement. As money cannot earn money, a link has to be introduced between money and profit as an alternative to interest. Those involved in Islamic Banking are not in a position to either borrow or lend money for interest. Subsequently the nature of the Islamic banker-customer relationship varies according to the different contracts that Islamic Banks and their customers enter into. Rather the relationship of a bank with an investor can be one of agent and principal, depositor and custodian, investor and entrepreneur as well as between fellow joint investment partners. Takaful – Islamic insurance In these circumstances the insurance company cannot provide indemnity to the insured as this is not acceptable to Shari’ah principles. This is because both the premium and the indemnity paid are both uncertain and therefore not permissible as they contain the element of uncertainty or Gharar. The principle of Takaful therefore introduces the contract of donation as a substitute for the contract of an indemnity of a premium. Interest free All banking business and activities must be free from any element of interest. The requirement for underlying assets Islamic Finance requires that all banking business based on a sale or lease must have an underlying asset. This is in direct contrast to conventional banking where assets are charged or assigned as security.

London Central Mosque, Regent's Park

Avoidance of uncertainty or gambling All transactions by Islamic institutions must be free from the elements of uncertainty (Gharar) and gambling (Maisir). The principle of profit and loss sharing This is possible in Islamic Banking activities. The bank will share the profit made with its customers. In the case of a loss, the loss would be borne by the bank under the Mudarabah Contract or by both parties proportionately in the case of a Musharakah Contract. This differs from conventional banking in the form of fixed income based products.

How then does Islamic Finance compare with conventional finance? Islamic Finance does not and should not deal with money directly as money cannot earn more money by itself. Money must be put into real business activities to earn extra money. This underpins the principle of trading. In other words, Islamic Banks facilitate the financing needs of customers by becoming sellers, lessors or partners as the case may be, depending on the particular structure that is created by the bank and the client. This process transforms money from a mere commodity into a tangible process to facilitate trading, leasing and investment.

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Money collected through Islamic accounts and/or shareholders’ funds is channelled to finance trade, leasing or investment activities. Any profit created by Islamic Banks arises from the process of dealing with a real asset rather than a monetary asset. This explains the basis of the main contracts use in the development of Shari’ah compliant products which are: • Bay’Mu’Ajjal (deferred payment); • Ijarah (operating lease); • Istisna’ (construction finance); • Mudarabah (partnership contract); • Murabahah (cost-plus); • Musharakah (partnership contract where funder has executive involvement); • Wadiah (safe custody); • Wakalah (agency). The two most popular forms of finance are Mudarabah and Murabahah. Islamic funding in the UK and across the world has never been stronger with Islamic Banks appealing to a broad spectrum of investors. 

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Reasons to be Cheerful Simon Lewis reflects on recent investment returns and looks to the future with increasing confidence. Happy clients We always enjoy our review meetings with clients. It is a good opportunity to catch up with their news and take some time to step back and look at the big picture as far as their personal financial plan is concerned. It is also a time to report on the performance of their investments over the preceding 12 months and it is good to be able to deliver great news; our Wealth Management Service clients have typically enjoyed returns of between 12% and 20% over the last year, depending upon the amount of risk it was agreed they would take. Plenty to be optimistic about The review meeting is also an opportunity to talk about our current view of the world and in particular, the geopolitical, macroeconomic and business themes that are likely to develop and have a bearing on future investment returns. With our customary caution, I must admit that there is a temptation to downplay the prospect of good investment returns over the next year or so. After all, clients have done so well recently and many of the major stock markets are at, or close to, their all-time high. Surely this cannot continue? There is a famous stock market saying of, "Sell in May and come back on St Leger Day". This refers to the fact that historically (before my time!) city traders spent a lot of time away from their trading desks over the summer months, leading to reduced trading volume and as a result, increased volatility. However, investors who take this outmoded approach (most trading is computer based these days and computers don’t spend their summers on holiday and attending sporting

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events) will miss out on some key events that are likely to move markets in one way or another. In particular, June is going to be a busy month. 8 June - UK General Election Of course, the domestic focus is the forthcoming general election. It's never a good idea to rely on opinion polls but common sense dictates that Theresa May's government will achieve a much increased majority. This can only be positive for the UK. I appreciate that this might be a controversial statement to some, however, the most important issue facing the UK right now, having voted to leave the EU, is to negotiate the most beneficial terms for our future relationship with the EU. So far, the narrowness of the government's majority means that it is far too dependent upon marginal factions on both sides of the House. A strong mandate will enable a more considered and rational approach and therefore improve the chance of achieving the best deal. History has shown that self-conscious governments, which are constantly obsessed by public mood swings, are seldom effective. Unfortunately, the economic illiteracy of the opposition renders it ineffective. The populist notion of levying high rates of tax on business and the very rich is, in the modern world, naive. Many of the very rich who live in the UK are not British and will simply move elsewhere if their wealth is threatened. Companies must serve the interests of their shareholders first and will

therefore choose to locate themselves in countries that offer a supportive tax environment. President Trump is proposing to slash US corporation tax rates so now is not a good time for the UK to be increasing its rates. Better that we attract rather than repel wealth creators; otherwise we must accept less from the State or be prepared to pay more ourselves to fund it. An increased government majority will likely strengthen the pound and give some impetus to the valuation of UK small and midcap companies. FTSE 100 companies, that generally have a much greater proportion of their earnings overseas, will fare less well if sterling strengthens. 8 June – European Central Bank Policy Meeting The ECB will announce its latest policy for interest rates. After announcing a reduction in the ongoing rate of quantitative easing in April, no change is expected. A continuation of what is regarded as very loose monetary policy (interest rates are still negative) will be good news for European stock markets. 13 and 14 June - The Fed decides on rates The Federal Open Market Committee meets on 13 and 14 June to decide on the future path for the US discount (‘interest’) rate. The rate was unchanged in May but many expect a further rise (following March’s 0.25% increase) in June. Increased borrowing costs are a headwind for businesses and consumers; of greater significance will be the confidence this will signal about the health of the US economy.


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The Trump factor Investors seem to be getting used to President Trump in that his unpredictability is becoming predictable. Regardless of his apparent flaws, his instincts and likely policies are unashamedly business-friendly and this can only be a good thing for corporate America and US stock markets. In spite of the rampant growth of China in recent decades, the US continues to be the most significant economic influence on the world by virtue of its vast wealth. A successful US economy is good for everyone in one way or another. The Eurozone is recovering The success of Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential election is serving to increase the political stability of the EU at a time when the Eurozone is starting to benefit from a cyclical economic recovery. Whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, the EU will remain the UK's most important trading partner, so an improving European economy will be good for the UK in the same way that a deteriorating European economy was bad for the UK in 2011.

China The Chinese economy has performed better than expected and this is one of the factors that has led to a general recovery in commodity prices. An interesting fact about China’s development is that it used more cement between 2009 and 2012 than the US used during the entire 20th century. Although there are likely to be some bumps in the road ahead, the ongoing transformation of the Chinese economy would seem unstoppable. To conclude, the global economic environment is much more encouraging than a few years ago. All of the evidence shows that there is a positive correlation between economic prosperity and geopolitical stability, so hopefully we can look forward to a little less downside risk in the future. Happy clients As a consequence, unexpected geopolitical events aside, there is every reason for us to expect our client review meetings this time next year to deliver a positive story. If you would like us to provide you with a reason to be cheerful, please get in touch.

“Better that we attract rather than repel wealth creators; otherwise we must accept less from the State or be prepared to pay more ourselves to fund it.�

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 48 years. Simon is an independent financial adviser, chartered financial planner and chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. The opinions outlined in this article are those of the writer and should not be construed as individual advice. To find out more about financial advice and investment options please contact Simon at Partridge Muir & Warren Ltd. Partridge Muir & Warren Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Telephone: 01372 471 550 Email: simon.lewis@pmw.co.uk Website: www.pmw.co.uk

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Camel farm in Bahrain

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Pearl of the Gulf

Soaring above the clouds with Bahrain’s national carrier, cocooned in true comfort and style, reclining in Gulf Air’s Falcon Gold seats, we placed our dining order. In just over six hours we touched down in the captivating Kingdom of Bahrain, writes Rebecca Underwood. PHOTO COPYRIGHT: ART ROTANA HOTEL

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nown as the ‘pearl of the Gulf’, Bahrain was once the world’s leading supplier of natural pearls and is made up of a cluster of thirty-three islands located on the glittering waters of the Persian Gulf. Connected to the north east of Saudi Arabia by means of the 25 kilometre King Fahd Causeway, Bahrain offers visitors an intriguing glimpse into a colourful kaleidoscope of Arabian culture and history. Bahrain, which translates to ‘two seas’, was once known as Dilmun, one of the oldest civilisations throughout the Middle East. Mentioned in the history of Mesopotamia dating back to early-middle Bronze Age, Dilmun became a strategic trading hub and controlled the Persian Gulf routes until piracy thrived and its power diminished. Subsequent to a period of Arab rule, the Portuguese took control in 1521 until 1602 when they were expelled by the Persians who were later defeated by an alliance of Arab tribes, known as the Bani Utbah. The current monarchy’s lineage can be traced back to this alliance. In 1892 Bahrain became a protectorate of the United Kingdom, the members of the Al Khalifa tribe were recognised as rulers and bilateral


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treaties were signed forging a lasting relationship. In 1931 the Bahrain Petroleum Company discovered oil at Jabal al-Dukhan, production began the following year and Bahrain prospered. Independence was declared in 1971 and in 2002 the country became a constitutional monarchy headed by HM King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa. The Al Fateh mosque, Bahrain Today, the Bahraini Dinar is the second most valuable currency in the world. Bahrain invests heavily in tourism and the country’s profile continues to grow due to the Bahrain International Formula 1 Circuit and also as a result of UNESCO World Heritage status awarded to the Qal’at Al Bahrain fort in 2005. The site, located on the northern shore, is recognised as the capital of the Dilmun, with evidence of an almost continuous human presence from around A chance to barter in a Bahraini souk 2300 BC to the sixteenth century AD. To view the extensive collection of archaeological finds, visit the adjacent Bahrain Fort Site Museum and be sure to examine the clay ‘bathtub’ sarcophagus used to bury the dead in the Dilmun era. To experience a taste of Bahrain’s rich trading history, we visited the bustling Manama Souq, which is marked by the Bab Al Bahrain, a striking gateway designed in 1945 by Sir Charles Belgrave, the British advisor to the Emir of Bahrain. Bab Al Bahrain, which houses government offices, was renovated in 1986 reflecting the Islamic architectural style and there are a number of photographs displayed on the walls of the arch interior which illustrate local life in bygone days. For those who enjoy haggling, this is the place. The meandering alleyways are crammed with a vibrant jumble of stalls and shops overflowing with sparkling jewels, glittering gold and silver, colourful carpets, exotic perfumes, Bahraini sweets and all manner of trinkets and treats. Even the most resistant shopper is sure to part with more than a few Bahraini Dinars. Take a breather and stop off in one of the many lively cafés, order a cup of sweet Arabic coffee and a few dates and take in the dynamic atmosphere amidst the fragrant aromas of incense hanging in the air. Another popular attraction, where visitors can immerse themselves in local culture, is the Royal Camel Farm located at Janabiya, a thirty minute drive from Manama. Divided into age groups, the farm houses a herd of hundreds of camels and the spirited younger ones exude a charming inquisitive and gentle nature. >>> PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BAHRAIN TOURISM & EXHIBITIONS AUTHORITY

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Be sure to visit Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa’s house, which is one of Bahrain’s finest historical buildings and where the longest reigning sovereign (1869 to 1932) once resided. The period architecture, intricate wall carvings and wooden ceilings made from palm tree trunks and fronds offer an insight into royal life during the nineteenth century. A leisurely stroll away from here is the home of Sheikh Isa, a wealthy and influential pearl merchant. The property was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the ‘Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy’ award and was built in the 1920s. For those keen to reside in similarly lavish surroundings, the Art Rotana hotel, located on Amwaj Islands, a man-made waterside development, is the place to be. Guests accommodated on floors seven to ten are invited to use the complimentary Club Rotana Lounge which presents an elaborate international breakfast buffet, Baristaserved coffees, cool refreshments and tempting afternoon canapés. It’s the perfect place to unwind and appreciate the view of the hotel’s gorgeous private beach and lagoon surrounded by swaying palm trees. For water babes there are three temperature-controlled swimming pools and a children’s waterpark to keep the ‘little ones’ entertained. The Art Rotana features a wide array of dining options including Choices, with ‘live’ cooking stations offering Middle Eastern, Asian and Western dishes and the Flames Steak and Seafood restaurant, where I sampled the succulent Kiwami Ribeye, and accompanied by a glass of Villa Girardi Valpolicella, it was truly scrumptious. For those attracted to the idea of even more space and the freedom that apartment-style living offers, the Majestic Arjaan by Rotana property is located in Muharraq, only two kilometres away from Bahrain airport. Accommodations include studios and one, two and three bedroom duplexes with contemporary and comfortable furnishings and open plan living/dining/kitchen areas with separate bedrooms. Ginger, the hotel’s contemporary informal restaurant, presents a buffet-style breakfast extravaganza and serves a wide range of dishes throughout the day. So to experience the warmest Arabian hospitality, visit the ‘Pearl of the Gulf’, the beguiling Kingdom of Bahrain beckons.  essence INFO For more information on Art Rotana and the Majestic Arjaan by Rotana, visit www.rotana.com

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A day in the life of Sarah Wilkins, Morning Star “W

The Morning Star Children’s Centre is a day care facility for underprivileged children infected with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Here Sarah Wilkins, a volunteer at Morning Star’s school, details a typical day.

hen I arrive at the school around 7.30am each day, the sun is almost always shining in a cloudless sky. I have been working here as a volunteer since 2010. Morning Star School is situated in Welkom, approximately three hours south of Johannesburg, South Africa. Our little school of just three classes is part of a day care centre for children infected with HIV/AIDS where 145 children are cared for on a daily basis, of which 54 attend our school. We are much more than a school, providing all round care for the children and their families. The children tumble out of minibuses that have collected them. Their shining faces and beaming smiles never fail to bring me joy. After greeting them, I join those in the two older classes who by now are sitting on the carpet in the main classroom singing enthusiastically. We start our day with a short Bible lesson and speak and listen to the children. It is a very important time. We check for children who are sick or need help. Today we talk about what we can be grateful for. One child says water to wash with, another that he woke up alive today, another that he can come to school to learn. We finish by giving each one a hug and telling them they are loved. The nurse has arrived to administer their medicine. They receive an antibiotic, vitamins, selenium and some TB treatment. We don’t give out the Anti-Retroviral drugs (ARVs) – these are administered by their caregivers. Things have changed significantly since the drugs were made freely available ten years ago: they keep the children alive and give them more energy and strength. However, some children experience negative side effects and, in extreme cases, organ failure. The children sit at long tables outside to eat porridge for breakfast, this is the first of two nutritionally balanced meals. Some of them help me water our small vegetable garden currently producing spinach, cabbage, beetroot and carrots. The children are here for different reasons; some are too weak to attend their local school and some have no birth certificates and therefore no access to education. Then we have our special class of mostly older children who have severe problems with learning. This is due to a

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combination of malnutrition and the HIV virus when they were infants affecting the development of their brains. They have an inability to retain information and have severe concentration problems. After lunch comes the best part of the day. Recognising the limitations of many of the children, the complete lack of creative experiences in their lives and poor motor skills, we introduced a programme of arts and crafts and practical skills activities each afternoon. This week the children are designing and making Basotho cone hats from their own culture. The hats need to be ready for Heritage Day on Friday when they will dress in their traditional clothes. At 2pm the appearance of enthusiastic cleaners evicts us from the classroom and the children rush out to spend the remainder of their day playing. Soon clouds of dust envelop those kicking a football and the shouting and noise creates a sound familiar in playgrounds all over the world. I go back inside, passing the wall of remembrance, a stark reminder of the horrific toll HIV/AIDS has taken here over the last seventeen years. 283 stars, each with a child’s name printed inside it, cover the wall. I collect some food, a warm hat and blanket and drive to the hospital. Two of our teenagers were admitted recently. One of them died on Saturday. An emerging problem is teenagers aborting their treatment deliberately. The boy is grateful for the hat and blanket. He looks better to me and


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Morning Star Party Night

Friday 23 June 2017, 7pm at ACS International School, Cobham £100 per person, £750 table of eight CONTACT: lindagardiner@hotmail.com for tickets

hopefully is recovering. I return in time to see the last few children climbing onto the minibuses and wave them off. An Australian who had travelled to almost every country in the world once visited us and at the end of her visit said she had never experienced the same joy and love anywhere else. I too love being part of a very special and unique organisation.” Sarah Wilkins, volunteer, Morning Star

About Morning Star Morning Star is a day care facility for under-privileged children who are infected/affected by HIV/AIDS. It opened its doors in January 2000 to admit its first eight children. Now, 17 years later, there are over 750 children on its register, with 143 of them attending on a daily basis. Morning Star’s great desire is to help change the lives of as many HIV/AIDS and vulnerable children as possible and, where funding is available, assist their families too. This is achieved through optimum care, nutritious meals, adequate medication, stimulating activities and lots of love. Although the majority of children blossom and thrive at Morning Star, they do lose some of the little ones and, over the years, more than 281 of them have died. Morning Star’s key objectives are: • To rehabilitate as many HIV/AIDS children as possible and enable them to reach their full potential • To provide for the spiritual and educational needs of the children from a Christian perspective • To deliver support to their families • To ensure the organisation’s ongoing sustainability. Morning Star is located in the centre of the Free State Province of South Africa in the city of Welkom. Until fairly recently this was a bustling mining town, but the falling gold price and outworked gold-bearing reefs have meant that many mines have drastically scaled down their operations. This has resulted in multiple job losses. It is estimated that up to 50% of the local workforce is currently unemployed. Most of the men who were made redundant were migrant workers who returned to their homeland leaving behind them children and mothers who no longer had any financial support. What also remained is AIDS, which has infected and continues to affect a very large proportion of the community 

essence INFO Morning Star Children’s Centre Non-Profit Organisation: Registration Number: 009-016-NPO Pretoria, South Africa, 9 November 2000. Contacts Linda Gardiner: 07979 600877, lindagardiner@hotmail.com and Bill Muddyman: 07768 848899, bill@ruxley.com

UK supporters of Morning Star: Linda Gardiner and Bill Muddyman: a personal testimonial Morning Star is a day centre for children with HIV/AIDS in the city of Welkom, South Africa. We became personally involved at the very beginning in 2000 when we met founder Joan Adams at our home in Esher. Joan is the remarkable lady who started this charity to help the many innocent children affected from birth by the AIDS epidemic in Africa. Joan has been visiting the UK each year since then to raise funds, primarily through churches and women’s groups. We became actively involved by initially holding fundraising events in our garden. Over the years, we also added some unusual events, such as lunch at the Clink in Banstead, a dinner at an Esher restaurant and, more recently, an evening at the Hare and Hounds pub in Claygate. In addition, we were privileged to be allowed to use the BT Tower three years ago and delighted to raise over £40,000 for the day centre. When we visited Morning Star in January of this year, we were very happy to see they had managed to secure a permanent building in Welkom, made possible in part by funds raised at these events, and the constant support of our friends and family. This has been a very important step for the future of Morning Star, as the tenure of the current premises is dependent on the local government and has always been insecure and fragile. We are thrilled to have been offered the opportunity to have what almost certainly will be our last big event, in the wonderful grounds of the ACS Cobham International School: a party night on Friday 23 June at 7pm. The School’s generosity and willingness to help us make this a fantastic evening is appreciated by Joan Adams (who will be joining us), her staff and all of the children in the care of Morning Star. We would love it if you can join us on Friday 23 June and thank you in advance for your interest and support. Linda Gardiner and Bill Muddyman

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spotlight on... The Surrey County Show Stoke Park, Guildford Bank holiday Monday 29 May Described as ‘the best family day out in Surrey’, this year’s Surrey County Show certainly looks as if it will fulfil expectations. There is something for everyone and animals, big and small, are at the heart of the spectacle with over 1,000 cows, sheep, pigs, goats, horses and donkeys to see. In addition, the Grand Arena will host two showjumping classes competing for a prize fund of over £6,000, along with scurry driving. This year the showground will be zoned to make it easier for visitors, with zones including ‘Motor’ containing a Formula One simulator, Health and Wellbeing, Home and Garden and a Creative zone. With plenty of food and drink on offer and demonstrations in the Food Theatre, this really is a day not to be missed.

Information: surreycountyshow.co.uk

Richmond Theatre Richmond Monday 8 to Saturday 13 May Fracked! Timely new comedy. Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 May The Mikado All male version of this loved classic. Friday 2 to Sunday 4 June The Tiger Who Came To Tea A musical play for ages three plus. Tuesday 6 to Wednesday 7 June Northern Ballet Performances of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Thursday 8 June Reginald D Hunter Comedy’s coolest stand-up. Tickets: 0844 871 7651 or atgtickets.com/richmond

Monday 29 May to Saturday 3 June Jane Eyre Retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s tale. Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 June La Cage aux Folles New production of the classic musical. Tickets: 0844 871 7645 or atgtickets.com/woking

New Wimbledon Theatre Wimbledon Tuesday 16 to Saturday 20 May The Addams Family Musical comedy. Information: 0844 871 7646 or atgtickets.com/wimbledon

Cranleigh Arts Centre Cranleigh Friday 26 May Sylvia The story of Sylvia Pankhurst, artist, who gave up art to fight for the vote. Information: 01483 278000 or cranleighartscentre.org

New Victoria Theatre Woking

Dorking Halls

Monday 8 to Saturday 13 May Thoroughly Modern Millie Hit comedy set in New York. Tuesday 23 May Reduced Shakespeare Company Madcap comedy abridgement.

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Saturday 10 June Reginald D Hunter See listing under Richmond Theatre. Information: 01306 881717 or dorkinghalls.co.uk

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Epsom Playhouse

Rose Theatre

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Kingston-upon-Thames

Wednesday 17 May Legally Blonde The Musical Performed by Hinchley Manor Operatic Society.

Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 May All or Nothing: The Ultimate Mod Musical Featuring the music of The Small Faces. Wednesday 17 to Sunday 21 May We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Sally Cookson’s fun-filled adaptation of Michael Rosen’s tale. Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 May Bring on the Bollywood Romantic comedy with great dancing and soundtrack. Wednesday 31 May to Sunday 4 June The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle’s wonderful story told with puppets. For ages two plus.

Information: 01372 742555 or epsomplayhouse.co.uk

Farnham Maltings Farnham Tuesday 16 May Burton Starring Rhodri Miles, a play presenting the life of the great Richard Burton. Sunday 21 May Andy Hamilton: Change Management Award-winning comedian on tour. Tuesday 30 May Rich Hall’s Hoedown A mash-up of music and comedy. Age 14+.

Information: 020 8174 0090 or rosetheatrekingston.org

Woodfield Entertainers

Information: 01252 745444 or

Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall

farnhammaltings.com

Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 May Heroes! A show containing a mix of songs and sketches celebrating famous people who died in 2016.

Gag House Comedy Clubs The Star Inn and Komo, Guildford Saturday 20 May, 8pm Guildford Gag House The best stand-up at The Star Inn. Wednesday 31 May, 8pm Komo Gag House The cocktail bar hosts its own club. Information: gaghousecomedy.com

G Live Guildford Thursday 1 June Half Term Sizzling Science Fun, full day workshop for ages seven to eleven. Friday 2 June Out of this World Aerial choreography and explosive special effects presented by Mark Murphy’s V-TOL. Information: 01483 369350 or

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Reginald D Hunter, Richmond Theatre and Dorking Halls

Information: 07941 105612 or woodfieldentertainers.co.uk

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford Wednesday 10 to Saturday 13 May Trespass Emlyn Williams’ ghost story. Monday 15 to Saturday 20 May Gabriel Drama starring Paul McGann. Tuesday 30 May to Saturday 3 June Emma Jane Austen’s spirited comedy.

KT Tunstall, G Live

Information: 01483 440000 or yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

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Guildford

The Star Inn, Guildford Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 May You Give Me Fever, the Phaedra Cabaret Classic tragedy backed up by classy jazz standards and tasty cocktails...

Throughout May A creative community hub for music, the arts and events. Music acts during May include Shame on Tuesday 9, Sad13 on Thursday 18 and Jaya The Cat on Saturday 27.

Information: guildfordfringe.com

Information: theboileroom.net

Photography by Manuel Harlan

Boileroom Guildford Fringe

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spotlight on... Investec Derby Festival Epsom Downs Racecourse

Photo courtesy Investec Derby Festival

Friday 2 to Saturday 3 June One of the most prestigious social events in the British calendar, and right on our doorstep here in Surrey, the Investec Derby Festival takes place over two glorious days. This renowned flat festival comprises Ladies’ Day on Friday 2 June, with Saturday 3 June showcasing the Investec Derby, said to be the greatest flat race in the world. With the best racehorses in Europe attracted to this exciting event, and to the millions of pounds in prize money, the two days promise to be full of action and thrills. In addition to watching the Derby, racegoers with tickets to the Grandstand or Queen’s Stand are welcome to stay once the afternoon has finished to enjoy a live DJ set, this year from Radio 2’s Jo Whiley, as the after party gets underway.

Information: 03445 793004 or epsomderby.co.uk

Electric Theatre

Guildford Opera Company

Guildford

Holy Trinity Church, Guildford

Investec International Music Festival

Wednesday 10 May, 7.30pm Anna and Elizabeth Appalachian roots music. Information: 01483 444789 or

Friday 12 and Saturday 13 May, 7.30pm Lakmé by Delibes Beautiful opera featuring the famous ‘Flower Duet’ and ‘Bell’ song.

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Information: guildfordopera.com

Epsom Playhouse

Guildford Symphony Orchestra

Occam Singers

G Live, Guildford

Holy Trinity Church, Guildford Saturday 3 June, 7.30pm Fanfare! French music for brass and voice.

Information: 01372 742555 or

Saturday 20 May, 7.30pm Tango Fiesta! Latin rhythms, live Tango dancers and a carnival atmosphere.

epsomplayhouse.co.uk

Information: g-s-o.org.uk

Farnham Maltings

Happy Days 2017

Addlestone Community Centre

Farnham

Imber Court, Esher

Friday 19 May, 7.30pm Elkie Brooks Tour celebrating the fifth decade of this singer’s career.

Saturday 10 June, 7.30pm Elmbridge Choir and Elmbridge Ladies Choir present Razzle Dazzle Celebration of songs from stage and screen.

Thursday 4, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May World class artists perform in stunning locations in the Surrey Hills. Information: iimf.co.uk

Epsom Thursday 11 May, 7.30pm The Billy Joel Songbook by Elio Pace and his band A celebration of Joel’s music.

festivals

Various locations

Guildford Beer Festival Guildford Cricket Club Friday 2 and Saturday 3 June The eighth annual festival features more than 80 casks of ales from independent and micro breweries. Information: guildfordbeerfestival.co.uk

Guildford Wine Festival Guildford Cathedral

Information: occamsingers.co.uk

Friday 12 and Saturday 13 May Showcasing over 150 local and international wines.

Surrey Music

Information: vantagepointevents.co.uk

Reigate Tunnel Beer Festival – Ale for Aid

Information: 01252 745444 or

Saturday 27 to Sunday 28 May Music festival celebrating legendary artists. See performances from Sister Sledge, Roachford, Go West, Billy Ocean, The Christians and more.

farnhammaltings.com

Information: hdfestival.co.uk

Trinity Folk Festival

Friday 19 to Sunday 21 May A unique location for this festival which raises funds for Rotary charities, including Prostate Cancer Research and MS Therapy Centre.

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Harlequin Theatre

St Mary’s Church, Guildford

Information: redhillredstonerotary.org

Guildford

Redhill

Tuesday 23 May, 7pm KT Tunstall Brit Award and Ivor Novello Award winning artist performs. Information: 01483 369350 or

Friday 2 June, 7.30pm Gordon Haskell & Hannah’s Yard Singer/songwriter returns with support from another Radio 2played band, Hannah’s Yard.

Friday 19 to Sunday 21 May Running for its fifth year, the festival brings the best folk, roots and acoustic music from local and national artists to Guildford. See website for lineup and details.

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Information: harlequintheatre.co.uk

Information: trinityfolkfestival.co.uk

Information: surreymusic.org

Reigate Tunnel

The Whiskey Affair Electric Theatre, Guildford Saturday 20 May Discover more about whiskey with live entertainment on offer. Information: guildford.gov.uk

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

exhibitions Art & Soul 2017 The Artful Gallery, Haslemere Saturday 3, 10 and 17, Sunday 4, 11 and 18 and Friday 9 & 16 June Part of this year’s Surrey Artists’ Open Studios, local artist David Paynter stages an exhibition of over 100 works, including a sculpture trail. Information: theartfulgallery.co.uk

Loseley Park Monday 1 to Wednesday 31 May Culture in stone Sculptures in the walled garden. Information: loseleypark.co.uk

McAllister Thomas Fine Art Godalming Saturday 13 May to Tuesday 20 June Gallery artists Art from Edo Kaaij and others.

Cranleigh Arts Centre

Information: 01483 860591 or

Cranleigh

mcallisterthomasfineart.co.uk

Tuesday 16 May to Saturday 10 June Cloth, Thread, Scissors A festival of quilting.

New Ashgate Gallery

Information: cranleighartscentre.org

Dorking Museum

Farnham To Saturday 17 June City Life Art inspired by city living.

Dorking

Information: 01252 713208 or

Until Sunday 21 May, 10am–4pm Medieval Betchworth Depicting life in a medieval village.

newashgate.org.uk

Information: dorkingmuseum.org.uk

Times Square, New York by Clare Caulfield, New Ashgate Gallery

Guildford

Blue Circle by Edo Kaaij, McAllister Thomas Fine Art

The Lightbox Gallery and Museum Woking

Guildford House Gallery Guildford Saturday 20 May to Sunday 4 June Aspects of a changing landscape Art by Keiron Leach and Tim Saunders.

To Sunday 7 May Henry Moore: Sculpting from Nature Featuring over 50 artworks. Information: thelightbox.org.uk

guildford.gov.uk/guildfordhouse

Watts Gallery Compton, Guildford

Haslemere Museum Haslemere Tuesday 2 to Saturday 27 May History of Haslemere Discover more about the town. Information: haslemeremuseum.co.uk

To Sunday 5 November Watts 200: A Life in Art: G F Watts 1817–1904 Marking the great artist’s life. Information: 01483 813593 or wattsgallery.org.uk

Photo copyright: Bocketts Farm

Information: 01483 444751 or

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national trust

out & about

National Trust properties offer

Bagshot’s Big Bike Ride

perfect venues to explore during

Hall Grove School, Bagshot

any season. We list a few here, but

Sunday 28 May, 8.30am In aid of Sebastian’s Action Trust.

visit nationaltrust.org.uk for more.

Photo copyright: Brooklands Museum

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Information: 01344 622500 or

Claremont Landscape Garden

sebastiansactiontrust.org

Esher

Birdworld

Saturday 20 to Sunday 21 May, 10.30am–4.30pm Victorian soldiers re-enactment Watch soldiers from the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment engage with the Boers in late nineteenth century Africa.

Farnham

The 1940s relived, Brooklands Museum

Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June Love your zoo week Extra activities throughout the week.

Godalming Town Show and Carnival

RHS Wisley

Information: birdworld.co.uk

Godalming

Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 June Family Gardening Show Talks, workshops and lots more.

Woking

Bocketts Farm

Saturday 3 June, from 12 noon Carnival, stalls and live entertainment.

Information: 01372 467806

Leatherhead

Information: godalmingtownshow.co.uk

Information: rhs.org.uk/wisley

Hatchlands Park

Saturday 27 May to Sunday 4 June Spring spectacular Animals and circus skills workshops.

Godstone Farm

Surrey Sculpture Society

Godstone

Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden, Birtley Estate, Bramley

East Clandon, Guildford Sunday 21 May and Sunday 4 June, 11.30am–1pm Paws in the park A stroll for dog walkers.

Information: bockettsfarm.co.uk

Information: 01483 222482

Saturday 13 May, 10am–10pm The 1940s relived Vintage market, live dance music, pre-war vehicles and re-enactors. Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June Half term family fun Test Hill will be open for rides in a vintage-style car plus trails and family workshops.

Leith Hill Place near Dorking Throughout May

Music May-hem Leith Hill plays host to musical performances this May including an evening concert on Saturday 20 May featuring the Bach String Quartet. Until Sunday 29 October

Brooklands Museum Weybridge

brooklandsmuseum.com

English Wine Week

Information: 01306 711685

Saturday 27 May to Sunday 4 June Indoor and outdoor wine tastings.

Polesden Lacey

Information: denbies.co.uk

Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking

Great Bookham, near Dorking Friday 2 June, 10–11am

Farnham Library

Silver strollers

West Street, Farnham

Social walking group for active older walkers.

Throughout term time, 10.30am Storytime Stories and songs for the under fives. Information: surreycc.gov.uk/libraries

Winkworth Arboretum Godalming

Fun Dog Show

Sunday 4 June National Garden Scheme Day With a free guided walk at 2pm.

RSPCA Millbrook, Chobham

Information: 01483 208936

Sunday 21 May, 10.30am–5pm Many classes in which to enter your pooch, including Best Rescue Dog!

nationaltrust.org.uk

Information: rspca-millbrook.org.uk

Information: surreysculpture.org.uk

The Brook Fete Hidden Gardens of Grayshott Grayshott Sunday 28 and Monday 29 May Private gardens in the village open their gates to the public. Information: grayshott.com

The Pirrie Hall, Brook Monday 29 May, 1–5pm Traditional games, stalls, dog show, Pimms’ tent and more. Information: brookfete@hotmail.co.uk

WWF Living Planet Centre Woking

NSPCC Messathon Saturday 3 June A 2.5km muddy obstacle course for families. Register via website.

Thursday 11 May, 6pm UK wildlife trade: what’s legal? Craig Fellows discusses the illegal wildlife trade of endangered species taking place here in the UK.

Information: nspcc.org.uk

Information: wwf.org.uk/whatson

Frimley Lodge Park, Guildford

See the collection of Wedgwood ceramics on display.

To Sunday 4 June Indoor and outdoor sculptures.

Information: godstonefarm.co.uk

Information: 01932 857381 or

Wedgwood at home

Information: 01372 452048

Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June Bush Craft Workshops Fire lighting, camp fire cooking and spoon carving.

farmers’ markets Camberley Saturday 20 May, 10am–3pm Cranleigh Every Friday, 9.30–11am Epsom Sunday 7 May and 4 June, 9.30am–1.30pm Farnham Sunday 28 May, 10am–1.30pm Guildford Tuesday 2 May and 6 June, 10.30am–3.30pm Haslemere Sunday 7 May and 4 June, 10am–1.30pm Milford Sunday 21 May, 10am–1.30pm Ripley Saturday 13 May and 10 June, 9am–1pm Walton-on-Thames Saturday 6 May and 3 June, 9.30am–2pm Woking Thursday 4 May and 1 June, 9am–2pm

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DIVINE WAX

Cire Trudon candles have an air of history about them from first glance: there’s something in their design and distinctive scents that emanate years of expertise. Jane Pople found out more about the world’s oldest and most prestigious French wax manufacturer.

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Home accessories | CIRE TRUDON

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ormed in the seventeenth century, Cire Trudon was founded by grocer and candler Claude Trudon and made its name by supplying the court of Louis XIV, as well as many large and prominent churches in Paris and the region. The company’s success has always been attributed to the extremely high quality of wax used, which continues to the present day. Today Cire Trudon is known as the French specialist in manufacturing perfumed candles, and it enlists the very best ‘noses’ to create perfumes for stories it wishes to tell. Each candle is still made by hand in Normandy, continuing the luxury manufacturing process. Cire Trudon has created many scents and each and every one is created around historical themes and famous patrons. Choosing raw materials, testing formula in the laboratory and mixing perfume with the wax are some of the steps that lead the way to a scented candle. Each of the perfumes are created as sophisticated compositions rather than single note fragrances, producing exquisite and distinctive smells. Cire

Trudon uses the very highest concentration of fragrance possible within its wax, which ranges from 12% to 14.5%. Extreme care and years of know-how are demonstrated within each candle. From choosing the raw materials and testing the formula in the laboratory, to mixing the perfume with unique wax, all scent creation processes are completed by experts. At the bottom of each meticulously crafted glass the wicks are set, ensuring they stay perfectly centred. All the glasses are then aligned on wooden counters before pouring. Straight after the molten wax is mixed with the perfume it is carefully poured, still by hand, into the aligned glasses. Once the wax is poured, the wicks are softened due to the effect of the heat, and they slightly bend inside the glass. As the wax cools and starts to solidify, the wicks are carefully straightened by hand to ensure they stay perfectly centred. The candles are then surfaced as the next step in the process, which means the top is carefully slightly melted to make sure the surface is perfectly smooth. >>>

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The Cire Trudon craftsmen then cut the wicks to a specific height to ensure an optimal first burning. The final step in this meticulous process is that, once cooled, every candle is inspected, wiped and packaged by hand. Every wick found within a Cire Trudon candle is made of cotton and they are carefully chosen, depending on the burning characteristics of each candle. The prestigious and historic wax used in each scented candle is the culmination of intense research and years of expertise. It is this special wax that offers the exceptional olfactory and burning qualities of Cire Trudon scented candles. As long as the candles are properly cared for, no smoke will leave a Trudon candle and no wax will be left on the sides of the glass. Inspired by the shape of Champagne buckets, each

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glass is unique and carefully handcrafted in Tuscany. The iconic Cire Trudon emblem can be found across every candle and was originally inspired by a bas relief found at the old Royal Wax Manufacture which used to belong to the Trudon family. Situated in Antony, near Paris, it now belongs to the church, and hosts the nuns of the Saint-Joseph de Cluny congregation. Bring centuries of perfume expertise home with the Cire Trudon range of scents available now at Amara ď ś essence INFO Websites: www.trudon.com, www.amara.com This article first appeared in The Lux Pad, www.amara.com/luxpad


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Interior fittings | HOMEWOOD FURNITURE

Perfect fit

Designing a perfect fitted wardrobe can be exciting, as you get to choose how to store and display clothes, shoes and accessories. Barry Martin, designer at Homewood Furniture, provides some top tips here and explains the advantages of having a custom built, functional wardrobe space.

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ot everyone has the luxury of space or budget for a walk-in wardrobe like Carrie Bradshaw’s famous closet, which wowed viewers of Sex and the City. The good news is that even with the smallest room it’s possible to have a bespoke, functional fitted wardrobe in which to store clothes and accessories, so you too can feel like a film star! Plan your wardrobe Firstly sort out your clothes

and accessories. To judge the hanging space required, group together dresses, shirts, trousers, jackets, shoes etc. This will provide a clear idea of what to hang up or fold. Decide on which items are to be easily accessible and items to be stored away for the season.

Hanging space The amount of hanging space

will depend on the individual. With ‘crease-free’ materials it is possible to fold tops, jumpers, and jeans meaning other items can hang without cramming. With custom-built wardrobes, you could opt to have two hanging rails, one placed on top of the other, if you don’t have lots of long items of clothing. Or have a mix of double rails at one end and a single rail at the other. If you can’t decide, you can always consider having adjustable rails for greater freedom and flexibility.

Drawers These are a perfect solution for storing

smaller items such as ties, belts, scarves, hats and other accessories. Drawers keep items organised, so they are visible and not hidden away. They also provide more possibilities when choosing an outfit as selecting colours and styles becomes easier. Using dividers in drawers creates order and avoids everything from becoming jumbled up.

Shelving There is always space at the end of a wardrobe or under a hanging rail for some open shelves, ideal for handbags and even linen. Purpose

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built wardrobes enable a variety of shelves to be made, with deeper shelves above waist height and more shallow shelves at the bottom to store shoes – tilting offers a real luxury shop front feel to any wardrobe. Doors Sliding doors are a great solution to save

space, and mirrored doors make a room feel much bigger and lighter.

Make use of all your space Think vertically! Space can be gained by going up to the ceiling. This top space can house out of season items, for example, winter jumpers during the warmer months.

A bespoke wardrobe is an investment, will finish a room and ensure space is maximised. Don’t rule out having a wardrobe in a walkway to the bedroom or on the landing, they can be constructed to blend in with surroundings and to fit awkward space. essence INFO

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