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n 21st March 2012 Gaucho will host The Gaucho International Polo at London’s O2 arena, uniting high-octane polo interspersed with live world famous music to produce a unique event never seen before in Britain. Following the triumphant inaugural year in 2011, Gaucho International Polo has now evolved into the ultimate celebration of Argentina’s sporting and cultural heritage at the O2 arena. The 2012 event will consist of two international arena polo matches merged with exclusive performances from Grammy award winning band, Bajofondo. Sport Relief is back - and it’s coming to London! The city is set to host one of the flagship Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Miles on Sunday 25th March, and needs Londoners to show their support by entering now at www.sportrelief.com. This year, over one million people are expected to pull up their socks and take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile in order to raise some serious cash for vulnerable people right here in London, across the UK and in the world’s poorest countries. Enjoy your issue and until March...

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Leander Club Henley On Thames

Leander Club is the most prestigious and successful rowing club in the world, with 99 Olympic medals won by our members up to and including the Beijing Olympics in 2008. In celebration of our success we are proud to introduce an evening with… Dan Snow The evening will take place at the historic Leander Club, Henley On Thames where you and your guests will be welcomed by Dan and meet and mingle with the Club’s Acadamicians who have set their sights on the very top of the sporting ladder. Guests will enjoy a fine-dining experiece and get the inside track from Dan and the athlete table hosts as we move closer to Eton Dorney Rowing Lake in August 2012. We are extending a special offer to readers of Fish Media Group’s ‘Life’ titles at a special price of £295.00 per person or a table of 10 including an athlete at £2,950.00. This will be a great corporate event or for that special occasion. It will be a night to remember! Profits for the evening will go to support the Leander Academy in developing our next generation of athletes for 2016 and beyond

Sales - corporate@leander.co.uk or tel. 01491 636764 If you are planning a stay in South Oxfordshire and are in need of overnight accommodation at short notice, allow us to let you in on one of the Thames’s best kept secrets. Leander Club is a fabulous place to stay, whether you’re a club member, non-member or member’s guest. It is also steeped in Olympian rowing history, echoing to the footsteps of legendary rowers. Exceptional standards of comfort are available in a choice of 11 individually designed en-suite bedrooms, offering: • Many bedrooms offering river views from the second floor • Unique designs reflecting the history of a particular major rowing school, university or club, and featuring associated memorabilia • Complimentary olives and nuts on arrival with a choice of refrigerated pink sparkling wine, cooled mineral water, tea or coffee • Inclusive full English breakfast. In addition, you’ll find everything you would normally expect – television, hairdryer, telephone, lift access to bedrooms and complimentary WiFi. Members receive priority bookings for the Club facilities but non-member bedroom booking enquiries are welcomed. To book your accommodation, or to find out more about the Club and what we can offer, please call 01491 575782. Bookings may also be made on-line through the Club website.

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A Grand Ukulele Festival in aid of Unicef. There will be solo acts including Krabbers, Ken Middleton, Keef and Hamish Currie, Groups and open mic sessions. For the beginners there will be a workshop and some easy strum-a-longs. Improvers will have a choice of two workshops. There is a raffle with many prizes which include two fabulous ukuleles. Light refreshments will be served and there is a licensed bar. All ages and abilities welcome Those staying for the day should use the station car-park. 11.30 to 17.30 Entry is by donation to Unicef. Berkhamsted Civic Centre Hertfordshire HP4 3HD Saturday 3 Mar 2012 www.ukesforunicef.com SCRAPBOOKING RESIDENTIAL WEEKEND

Scrapbooking Residential weekend. All meals and accomodation included Beginners and experienced equally welcome!! Run by experienced scrapbooking tutor. Includes teaching sessions, use of papercrafting tools. Crafting shop onsite £155 twin £189 single Ring 01525 400523 or email linda@lindagransby.co.uk Friday 4:30pm to Sunday 4:30pm Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire HP3 9BQ. Friday 9 Mar 2012 to Sunday 11 Mar 2012 www.lindagransby.co.uk A BIRD IN YOUR EAR

Snail Tales brings you another chance to enjoy stories you won't find anywhere else - because each one has been born in the minds of children. Genies in teapots and hat-munching squirrels are just a few of the characters joining boys and girls like you on fantastical exploits, brought to life with puppetry, song and opportunities to jump on stage and join in. Families with children aged 3-11 years will join our magic-spinning storytellers on a journey through a creative world, made for children 14

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by the people who know them best - children! ‘Refreshingly encapsulates everything that a child’s imagination should be...’ The Stage ‘A delight from start to finish.’ Bedford Corn Exchange Saturday 25 February, 2.30pm Tickets £6.25 / £4.25 Dacorum Card To book call 01442 228091 or visit www.oldtownhall.co.uk The Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead HP1 3AE Hertfordshire HP1 3AE Saturday 25 Feb 2012  BEACONSFIELD FARMERS’ MARKET

This popular and busy market has around 30 stalls offering an amazing selection of quality, local food - traditionally reared beef, lamb, bacon and pork products. Also free range poultry, game, great cheeses and yoghurts, seasonal fruit and veg, beer and cider, wines, breads, pies, cakes and other baked goods, honey and preserves, fresh trout and sea fish. Guest local stall: Young Enterprise Group selling fair trade tea! Hot bacon rolls available from Castleman's Farm. Other refreshments from tea rooms nearby. Free parking in Windsor End. 9am - 12.30pm Windsor End, Old Town Buckinghamshire HP9 2JJ Saturday 25 Feb 2012 www.tvfm.org.uk MAGNOLIA HOUSE - OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS

½ acre, many mature trees incl magnificent copper beech and large magnolia.Wollemi pine,Cactus,fernery, stream,beehives, 2 ponds, greenhouses. 2 small aviarys. 10,000 snowdrops and hellebores in spring. Collection of over 60 different hostas. Stay in our self catering accomodation,enjoy the garden. It is constantly being udated and new features added. Open:Suns 26 Feb (11-2), 24 Feb 2013 . Admission £3, Children free.

14th January 2012 10am-1pm. Parking (Pay&Display) Disabled Access, Free Entry. 10am-1pm - Free Admission Disabled Access - Public Car Park (reasonable charges 30p/hour) on-site refreshments available. Any interested producers please note that you must be local to Bourne End. We also have sufficient food and jewellery producers. Bourne End Library, Wakeman Road, Bourne End Buckinghamshire SL8 5LX Saturday 10 Mar 2012. GERRARDS CROSS BOOK FAIR

CPSA CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING COMPETITION

100 English Sporting registered Shoot over 10 manned stands. Prize Money will be High Gun receiving £75, followed by 1st place in each CPSA class receiving free entry to the next month’s CPSA. During winter light conditions: first entries from 10am and last entry 3pm. All shooting needs to finish by 4pm. All entries £30.00 No booking required. For more information call 01494 883227 or email reception@ejchurchill.com E.J.Churchill Shooting Ground, Park Lane, Lane End Buckinghamshire HP14 3NS Thursday 1 Mar 2012. www.ejchurchill.com Times:11-2. Telephone:01628 525818. Open for charity. Magnolia House, Buckinghamshire HP10 0QD. Sunday 26 Feb 2012 www.lanford.co.uk/events BOURNE END COMMUNITY CRAFT MARKET

10am-1pm. Bourne End Library, Wakeman Road, Bourne End, SL8 5LX. Local residents offering their own produce and services, including: Purely Local Fresh Food ~ Savouries ~ Cakes ~ Fudge ~ Charity Tombola ~ Jewellery ~ Cards ~ Jams & Chutneys ~ Garden Produce ~ Candles ~ Crafts ~ Art ~ Fashion ~ Health & Beauty ~ Bags ~ Cushions ~ and more Saturday

Secondhand and antiquarian books for the collector, dealer or casual reader 10am - 4pm Tel: 07884 425450 Gerrards Cross Memorial Centre, East Common, Gerrards Cross Buckinghamshire SL9 7AD Saturday 10 Mar 2012 www.davidfordbooks.co.uk LITTLE CHALFONT FARMERS’ MARKET

This is the place to shop for locally produced, quality rare-breed pork, bacon and award-winning sausages. NEW! Veg stall. Also beef, lamb, poultry, free range eggs, organic breads, pies and baked goods, cheeses, yogurts, home baked cakes and lots more from small local producers. Take a break - refreshments by WI in village hall. 9am - 1pm Every second Saturday in the month. Village Hall car park, Cokes Lane, Little Chalfont Buckinghamshire HP8 4UD Saturday 10 Mar 2012 www.littlechalfontfarmersmarket.co.uk CONCERT: DUO DORADO -"ANGELS AND DEVILS"

The programmes presented by Hazel Brooks - violin and David Pollock - harpsichord, have been widely praised for their variety and colour. Visually interesting and musically stunning, the duo introduce the pieces to bring to life the musical and historical context. This programme includes works by Corelli, Handel, Scarlatti and ends with Tartini's 'Devil's Trill' sonata. Concert starts at 20.00 Doors


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open at 19.15 Single tickets £15 Under 18s free Tickets and further information from the Box Office 01494 765420 Dr Challoners High School, Cokes Lane, Little Chalfont Buckinghamshire HP7 9QB Saturday 25 Feb 2012 www.amershamconcerts.org.uk HENLEY WINE EVENING

Join us at this lovely venue over looking the Thames for a fun and informal wine tasting evening this March, and this year we have decided to push the boat out by inviting some of the very finest wine producers to join us. You will be able to sample over 30 fantastic wines from across the globe, including a number of wonderful wines presented by their producers as we will be joined by Andrew Napier from Domaines Barons De Rothschild (Lafite), and highly acclaimed winemaker Henry Laithwaite, both of which will be happy to talk to you about life in the vineyards. We will also be showcasing our very own stunner, the Theale Vineyard English Sparkling Wine from Theale. Our tastings are very relaxed – no wine knowledge needed! 6.30-8.30pm Tickets are £23.50 Henley River & Rowing Museum, Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames Oxfordshire RG9 1BF Tuesday 6 Mar 2012 www.laithwaites.co.uk  NEARLY NEW SALE

Baby/Kids Nearly New Sale Fantastic bargains to be had! Mothers to be and parents can pick up a bargain at our sale. Items include high chairs, buggies, toys, books, clothes and more ……… Lots of Nearly new stalls and small businesses. Face painting for the children. Stalls available at £12.00 each. If interested please call or text 07921 560356 or email mamafifisales@hotmail.co.uk 10 am - 12.30 pm £1.00 entry per adult. Children get in free. A donation from each entry fee given to Action For Kids. With each entry a raffle ticket given for the FREE RAFFLE. Lots of lovely prizes. Raffle drawn at 12.00 noon. Liston Hall, Chapel Street, Marlow Buckinghamshire SL7 1DD Sunday 4 Mar 2012

THE LITTLE FOX MARKET

Rickmansworth's Boutique Outdoor Market at the Fox & Hounds in Rickmansworth High Street! Offering a great mix of unique stalls and undiscovered gems, The Little Fox Market has something for everyone, bringing you a unique shopping experience every month. Savor some delicious locally home baked goodies or browse the excellent selection of jewellery, homeware, gifts, hand made beauty products and more. Come along on the first Saturday of every month from 10 am 3pm. Fantastic high quality products run by local people. Each event raises money for charity and promotes small business in our area. Homemade. Individual. Tasty, Interesting, Friendly and Unique! The Market opens at 10am and ends at 3pm. We take entrance donations for local charities. The Fox & Hounds Public House Garden - 183 High Street, Rickmansworth, Herts. WD3 1AY Hertfordshire WD3 1AY Saturday 3 Mar 2012 www.littlefoxmarket.co.uk BRIDGE DRIVE

Start your day with a coffee and biscuit followed by a great Bridge Drive, spend time chatting with friends over lunch with Bucks Fizz and continue playing in the afternoon before we announce the prize winners of the day! There will be a raffle as well and all proceeds go towards the Paul Strickland Scanner Appeal, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood. Paul Strickland Scanner Centre provides state-of-the-art scanning services for the early diagnosis of cancer and other serious diseases and needs funds for new scanners. Registered Charity No 298867. 10.30am for 11.00am start and finishes at 3.30pm. Entry is £10.50 per person to include coffee & lunch with bucks fizz or soft drink, bookings on 01923 844290. Pairs and teams of four welcome, the format will be Chicago Bridge, please bring your own cards and table cloth for lunchtime. Sarratt Village Hall, The Green, Rickmansworth Hertfordshire WD3 6AS. Monday 5 Mar 2012 www.stricklandscanner.org.uk

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LO C AL EVENT S

CHEESE MAKERS MARKET DATE ANNOUNCED FOR 2012

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ith over 98% of British households buying cheese, and a staggering 700,000 tonnes (including cottage cheese and fromage frais) consumed on average each year, the UK is clearly a nation of Cheese Lovers.  And so what better place to visit, than the UK’s top event for Cheese Lovers, which will take place on Saturday 14th April at The Market Place, Old Beaconsfield? Although Cheddar is the nation’s favourite cheese, this event will offer visitors so much more! An opportunity to taste, learn about, and buy new and unusual cheeses, as well as artisan and traditional favourites, the Cheese Makers Market will offer cheeses from over 70 different producers, showcasing both British and Continental varieties. In association with Premier Cheese (a specialist supplier to top restaurants around the UK including Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons and Tom Aikens) and La Cave à Fromage (a wonderful cheese retailer with shops in London and Brighton offering over 200 different varieties) this will mark the second year of the market. In 2011, the market was opened by Alain Roux, Chef Patron of the renowned Waterside Inn. With over 2,000 visitors, last year’s participants included noted producers such as Cooleeney from Ireland, Thornby Moor from Cumbria, Bath Soft Cheese, Cornish Blue Cheese, Errington from Scotland, Isle of

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Mull Cheddar and Innes Cheese from Staffordshire. This year, Eric Charriaux and Amnon Paldi, Directors of both Premier Cheese and La Cave à Fromage, will be making The Cheese Makers Market even bigger and better, with more producers (hailing as far as Portugal, Spain, France and Italy), cheese and wine matching tutorials hosted by renowned wine journalist Tim Atkin, workshops and chef demonstrations. The Cheese Makers Market will also have a few carefully selected stands selling cheese macaroons, cheese ice cream, cheese making kits, cheese accessories, wine, cider, beer, bread and hot food made with

cheese.  Look out for the pop-up restaurant sponsored by Premier Cheese and La Cave a Fromage, which will offer delicious fine cheese selections served with bread and wine, or a selection of fine cheese and charcuterie platters or raclette served with or without wine. Cold storage will be available for visitors wanting to purchase and keep their

shopping chilled while they continue to browse and enjoy their time at Old Beaconsfield. Amnon Paldi said: “Although Cheese is our business, it is also our passion and hobby!  We want to give visitors the opportunity to not only taste cheeses that may be new to them, but also allow them to meet the Cheese Makers who may produce some of their favourites.  The Cheese Makers Market will be a must visit for not only

die hard cheese lovers, but also for consumers looking for a one stop for everything relating to Cheese and Dairy.” The Cheese Makers Market will be on Saturday 14th April 2012, from 9.30am to 5.30pm. The location is The Market Place, Old Beaconsfield, HP9 2JN Car parking is available, and there is a fast train service from London Marylebone to Beaconsfield. Events and further details at www.cheesemakersmarket.com


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hen you read the “Life Series” group of magazines across Berkhamsted, Amersham, Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth, Marlow and the beautiful surrounding areas about the fascinating stories concerning local people, local businesses, good causes and the countryside, towns and villages that you are part of, don’t you sometimes think that there are other topics that would look good in print? are you perhaps a keen amateur photographer producing shots taken in the immediate area that would complement and enhance the articles in the magazine? WELL – NOW’S YOUR CHANCE TO SEE YOUR NAME, OR THAT OF YOUR ORGANISATION IN PRINT!

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fund-raiser in Marlow, a charity organiser in Beaconsfield, a life-style coach in Chorleywood or a successful community group in amersham, we would love to hear from you! ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS WRITE AN ARTICLE (SOMETHING BETWEEN 1000-1250 WORDS), WITH PHOTOS, AND E-MAIL IT TO: PATRICK@ FISHMEDIAGROUP.CO.UK OR CALL 07932 608 797.

You’ll get the idea of the sort of thing we are looking for by browsing through this edition of the magazine. Don’t worry too much about perfect grammar or spelling – we will check it before it goes to print! So how about it? Why not get those creative juices going, sit down and start thinking of ways in which you could publicise the part of your Local Life that is most important to you? if you want to talk about what you have in mind, or would like some advice

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n 1990, Nick Fitch founded Nicholas James (his middle name) – a jewellery design company. Aware that he couldn’t change the jewellery world overnight, Nick quietly designed bespoke pieces for his clients.  But he longed to introduce contemporary styles to the then-static jewellery industry. Gradually he developed his own, unique styles; ultimately succeeding in introducing his collection to more than 70 top-end, independent jewellery retail stores. Innovative, design-led jewellery had arrived. In 1999, the year he won ‘Best Design in Diamonds’ at the UK Jewellery Awards, Nick prepared to open his own boutique jeweller’s.  The shop in St Cross Street (off Hatton Garden) became known for its seasonal décor and imaginative displays, featuring anything from gilded walls and 1970s wallpaper to feather-filled baubles. Customers paused to admire the displays – then stopped to gaze at thejewellery, which matched the décor for wow factor and creativity.   The shop’s success soared as it built up a reputation for its fast-evolving collections.  Nick’s work was commanding great respect within the industry; in 2002, De Beers invited him to design the ‘King George V & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes’ commemorative pin for Royal Ascot. Within 5 years, the property on St Cross Street was no The current look of Nicholas James’s ever changing interior. longer big enough. In 2004 Nick acquired new, much larger premises in the busiest part of Hatton Garden. With a huge blank canvas to work with, Nick was able to create a truly inspirational interior.  The showroom broke with design convention, presenting the collections in art-gallery style, with hyper-modern fittings and a relaxed atmosphere.  It took 12 months to complete, but the flagship Nicholas James store opened to critical acclaim – and huge popularity. It beat the Apple Store in Regent Street as best shop "HAVING BEEN design in 2005 at the British Retail Interior LIVING IN CENTRAL Design Awards. Nick’s signature style, light with blue LED's and 758 combined with an interior that was completely LONDON FOR SO LONG AND WITH A BLOSSOMING FAMILY, spoons, 150 diamond set. It is unique, was destined to transform the THERE WAS NO OTHER PLACE I'D RATHER BE currently on display at the Wyndham landscape of Hatton Garden forever.  In 2009 THAN IN GERRARDS CROSS. I HAVE KNOWN Grand Hotel in Chelsea Harbour. Nicholas James won Best Independent THE AREA FOR A LONG TIME AND “It was a fun and exciting project Retailer at The UK Jewellery Awards. HARBOURED A DESIRE TO LIVE IN GERRARDS that pushed our skills as jewellers into Throughout the noughties, Nick had been CROSS WHEN THE TIME WAS RIGHT". a completely different arena.” attracting attention within the industry and his NICK FITCH, OWNER AND CREATIVE Specialising in clean, contemporary success has been recognised and rewarded DIRECTOR OF NICHOLAS JAMES lines and working predominantly with many times over in the years that have platinum, 18ct gold and diamonds, the range is designed to be worn every followed. Most recently, Nick was placed on the Hot 100list compiled by day and exudes an understated chic whilst obviously being specialist fine Professional Jeweller magazine in 2010, described by editor Rachael jewellery. Nick takes on bespoke work all the time – in fact it is one of the Taylor as “a roll of honour of the most creative, successful and talented highlights of his job, working closely with a customer to produce a people working in the British jewellery industry today”. Nicholas James fabulous one off creation that captures the desired outcome completely. was voted No: 5 out of 50 Inspiring Independents by the UK jewellery So, to get a taste of Nick's jewellery and shop, visit nicholasjames.com, or visit the industry last month. Nick was approached by Arthur Price (one of the UK's biggest store at 16-18 Hatton Garden, London, EC1N 8AT. Mention you are "LIFE MAGAZINE READER" and you will be assured of being given VIP and most established) cutlery manufacturers to come up with treatment! something unique for their cutlery. The end result was a 65kg spoon 20

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Drawing room Dining room Family room Kitchen/breakfast room Superb basement entertaining suite to include cinema room, dance floor and bar Dining area Hobbies room and cloakroom Master bedroom suite with dressing room Bathroom and balcony Four further first floor bedrooms Three en-suite bathrooms Second floor bedroom suite Four car garage Ample parking Wonderful south facing walled garden, including heated swimming pool, pool house/plant room ‘Polynesian’ teak garden house About 3.1 acres

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Presenting a traditional, tile hung appearance, this double fronted detached new house is set at the end of a long driveway. Located in the kitchen/breakfast room, being the core of the modern lifestyle. Lounge Dining room Kitchen/breakfast room Drawing room Conservatory Master bedroom suite Two further guest suites Two family bedrooms Family bathroom Bedroom six /games room Rear garden Own driveway leading to double garage

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A Announcin ng an exciting yearr of exhibitions, eveents and artist atteendancess Never one to stand still, it will come as no surprise to learn that Gallery Rouge have a full schedule of events planned for the year ahead. The gallery once again demonstrates its commitment to bringing you the strongest selection of artwork bar none.

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Salvador Dali exhibition MARCH 24TH TO 31ST

Following on from their hugelly successful ‘Picasso and the School of P Par a is’’ Show held last Maayy, the ffocus ar ocus of this eevvent will be on one of the most influential Spanish artists of a generation. Whilst Dali has been described as a mavver erick and a genius in the same breath,, his impact on the modern art movement is unquestionable. Both Dalí’s extraordinary talent and eccentric personalittyy helped him to rise above the rest of the ttw wentieth century surrealists. This is an opportunittyy to acquire signed limited edition work which would ordinarily be inaccessible.

John-Mark Gleadow exhibition MAY MA AY 12TH - 20TH 2012

Hyper realist painter John-Mark has taken the arttw world by storm with his stunningly detailed depictions in a book spine cover format. Bridging the gap between portraiture and literature, John-Marks work demonstrates exceptional skill (each piece taking months to create) and the galler y are delighted to be holding his first ever European exhibition. John-Mark will be flying or the event. across from the US especially ffor 28

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Kal Gajoum exhibition JULY JUL Y 21ST - 29TH 2012

Follo lowing wing on from his sell-out exhibition in March 2010, Gallery Rouge is delighted to be welcoming Kal back to the UK for for a highl highlyy anticipated show to be held in central London. Kal’s palette knif knifee oil paintings have have become incredibl ediblyy sought af after ter since his tenure as the Official Artist of the 2010 Winter Olympics, and this event will coincide with the 2012 Summer Olympics. As his exclusiv lusivee European representativ esentatives, es, Gallery Rouge will be flying flying Kal Gajoum over from Canada to make a personal appearance and meet with collectors.

Barry Hilton exhibition NOVEMBER 3RD - 11TH 2012

Landscape painter Barry Hilton will be in attendance later in the year year with a strong collection of original oil paintings. Barry’s ability to capture atmospheric backdrops has catapulted him to the for forefront of the modern landscape genre. Barry will be holding only two exhibitions in 2012, and specifically approached Gallery Rouge, suc such h is the profile of the gallery.

Kerry Darlington exhibition SEPTEMBER 15TH - 23RD 2012

To mark Galler y Rouge’s fifth fifth anniversar y they are thrilled to announce that the UK’s top selling artist Kerr y Darlington will be coming to the galler y in St Albans. Galler y Rouge held Kerr y Darlington’s first ever solo exhibition and this event is in recognition of their special relationship. D ue to her work commitments Kerr y rarely has time for for events, so this is indeed rather special.

Delivering you Exceptional Choice Gallery Roug Gallery Rougee has fir firmly mly established itself as the place place you you must must visit first looking should you you be loo king for for artwork artwork for for your your home home or office. office. The selection selection artwork of ar twork is the largest largest and widest in Hertfordshire, Hertf tfor ordshire, as the gallery gallery is uniquelyy positio positioned uniquel ned in representing representing work work from; from; DeMo DeMontfort ntfor ntf ort Fine Fine Art Art (who rrepresent epresent household names in F Fabian abian Perez, Hyde, Harris P erez, Henderson Henderson Cisz, Doug Hyde Hy de, Rolf Harr is and Todd Todd White White to name but a fe ffew) ew) Washington Washington Gr Green een Fine Fine Art Art (r (representatives epresentatives of Alexander Mil Miller, ler,

Bob D Dylan, ylan, Peter Peter Smith, Smith, P Paul aul Kenton Kenton and Lawrence Law awrrence Coulso Coulson n amongst amo ngst others) Buc Buckingham kingham F Fine ine Ar Artt (with the hugely hugely popular Kerr Kerryy Darlington, Darlington, Barryy Hilto Barr Hilton, n, A Adam dam Barsby Barsby and Mark Mark Spain) Spain) Independent ar artists tists fr from om aacross cross the UK inc including luding David Renshaw, Renshaw, Chris Wileman Chr is Chapman Chapman and Peter Peter W ileman PRIO PRIO Inter International national ar artists tists ex exclusive clusive to the gal gallery lery in Eur Europe ope inc including luding Hessam Abrishami, Billl Ma Mack, Waugh John-Mark Abr ishami, Bil ck, Eric Eric W augh and Jo hn-Mark Gleadow. Gleadow. FEBRUARY2012 29


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n 21st March 2012 Gaucho will host The Gaucho International Polo at London’s O2 arena, uniting high-octane polo interspersed with live world famous music to produce a unique event never seen before in Britain. Following the triumphant inaugural year in 2011, Gaucho International Polo has now evolved into the ultimate celebration of Argentina’s sporting and cultural heritage at the O2 arena. The 2012 event will consist of two international arena polo matches merged with exclusive performances from Grammy award winning band, Bajofondo. Bajofondo, who have put ‘electrotango’ firmly on the world music map will open and play throughout the tournament, creating a thrilling blend of polo and performances. The matches will see Scotland taking on Ireland and culminate in the titanic clash between IG Index’s England and Argentina, pitting Britain’s finest player, Jamie Morrison 34

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against the Royals’ favourite star, Nacho Figueras. The Gaucho International Polo will be a true Argentine festival, with tastings from some of the country’s finest wine producers, brought to the event by leading authority, Wines of Argentina. There will also be a fun and charitable twist to the event in the form of “The White Jeans Party’. What to wear to polo matches has often been hotly debated amongst the style conscious, but white jeans are winning in the fashion stakes with enthusiasts such as Prince Harry donning them at matches around the world. In keeping with this, every guest who arrives at the event wearing a pair, a pound will be donated to the BFF (British Forces Foundation). Arena polo is an emerging trend in the polo world and takes place on a smaller pitch with only three players per team rather than the usual four, creating a fast-paced and spectator friendly game. With simpler rules and tickets starting at just £20, it is an accessible way of introducing


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Londoners to Argentina’s most celebrated sporting tradition. Combining the best in Argentine food and wine with the sophisticated glamour of Buenos Aires, Gaucho is now not only the ultimate dining destination but an established ambassador for Argentine culture and sport. Gaucho’s UK Operations Director, Martin Williams sums it: “Gaucho are delighted to be working with the HPA to create an annual International Polo match at the O2- I hope that it will grow to rival the success of the former ‘HPA Cartier International Polo’. This year we have created what promises to be an amazing Gaucho Polo Party: The Argentine wine tasting lounge and Bajofondo concert are included in the event and all tickets, while the ‘White Jeans’ charity theme and after-parties will keep the event casual and a lot of fun.” 21st March 2012, Doors open 5.30pm Polo matches start 7.15pm with live performances from Bajofondo throughout Afterparty starts 9.45pm Tickets from £20, through Ticketmaster W: www.gauchopolo.com F: www.facebook.com/Gauchointernationalpolo

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EDUCA EDUCATION UCA ATION LIFE Welcome readers T H E

Q U A L I T Y

The independent school system in the UK is one of the finest in the world and you are fortunate to have some of the best schools in the country right on your doorstep. In today’s economic climate, making the right choice for your child’s education is of paramount importance.

E D U C A T I O N

Sometimes every parent needs a helping hand in deciding what is best for their children.

Our Education Life series is an invaluable resource for any parent considering private education. Many schools will be having their first open days of 2012 soon.

S U P P L E M E N T

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Encourage your children to come with you and get their feedback after each visit. Take a note book with you and write down positive or negative things that your child brings up. This will be a useful tool when you are comparing notes!

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way a child sees a prospective future school. This month sees the first of our three part Education Life series which will also appear in April and September issues.

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Words Tom Jenkins

Choosing the right GCSEs for your child For man nyy families, choosing which combination of GCSE subjectss ffor or their son or daughter to study can be a daunting experience. Many listen to advice from teachers, talk to other parents and desperatelly try to apply their own liffe experience to the decision. Others adopt a more laissez-faire attitude, delegating the choice almost entirely to the person who has to sit the exams. For pupils, it can offten ften bbe a st stressful and confusing time – eevven beffor ore the anxiety of deciding between Ger G man and Art is factored into the equation.

subject – although it can sometimes be difficult ffor or teenagers to separate this from the personality of their current teacher, which will inevitably change. For man nyy, choices are motivated otivated bbyy thoughts of undergraduate degree courses and the w wor orld of w wor ork.. It is certainly w wor orth looking at the qualifications needed for for certain courses and careers (Medicine, ffor or example l, requires Maths and Chemistry, and languages will in nvar variably require students to have studied up to and beyond GCSE), although a surprising number of courses encourage a flexible and varied menu at GCSE.

All students are taught English, Maths and at least one Science up to GCSE. Man ny schools also add a language to this list of compulsory subjects, It is probably better to avvvoid oid pressuring your son or daughter into and there are other constraints ts dictated bbyy staff and timetable concerns. selections which theeyy do not personally ffeel eel suited to. In nvar variably this can lead to resentment and stress due to the increased pressures and Leading schools will be able too off ffer er a broad range of subjects which provide a sm ffor or varied and stimulating learning experience ffor or teenagers. At Merchant Taylors’, intellectual demands. Higher grades and an ongoing enthusiasm the subject will leavvee individuals indiv better placed in the long run. Northwood,, pupils are stretched and challenged by by the more demanding IGCSE qualification in the core subjects,, (mathematics, English and the separate GCSEs can be something of a grind at times – there are seemingly endless sciences) and facilities are superb for for budding artists or students of Design assessment and aspects off the syylllabus which are quite prescriptive. Ideally or the most able Technology. Sciences are taught as three separate awards ffor a and these aspects will be off ffset seet bbyy the breadth and balance of the subjects chosen: a healthhyy mixture of lessons –challenging diff ffer erent skills - characterise each daayy. a health hyy mix of Arts, Sciences and Humanities is important. Alongside our son or daughter will want to So what factors should you consider? Ideally, studying a subject will begin to the subjects studied in the classroom, yyour become more in nvvolved in n the wider liffee of the school in order to provide kindle and enthusiasm ffor or the subject which lasts a liffetime etime. A key concern breathing space and develop their individual interests and confidence. is clearly going to be to be thee individuals’’ aptitude and enjooyyment ffor or a

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Merchant Taylors’ School 450 years of excellence 1561

You are welcome to arrange an individual visit anytime

Why not choose the best for your son? A ‘Top Ten’ boys’ school ‘Outstanding’ - 2008 School Inspection Inspirational teaching Unique tutorial system Civilized, friendly & unpressured Small class sizes Superb facilities set in 250 acres

Open Morning

May 12th 2012 10.00 - 12.30

Easy access by tube and coach MTS is a 15 minute journey by car from the M1 or M25. MTS coaches from Beaconsfield, Ealing, Harpenden, Harrow, Mill Hill, Radlett, Stanmore. MTS is adjacent to Moor Park (Metropolitan Line); Chiltern Line trains change at Harrow

Guided tours (last tour 11.30) The Head Master speaks at 12.15

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Please contact Penny Wright, Admissions Secretary admissions@mtsn.org.uk +44(0)1923 845514 Merchant Taylors’ School Northwood Middlesex HA6 2HT

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development is strong, they develop self confidence and self esteem through their life in the school.

t is one of the more stressful weeks in the life a Headmaster when the Inspectors come to call. The Independent Schools Inspectorate, who have responsibility for visiting independent schools give a week’s notice of their intention to arrive and ask for relevant paperwork to be sent to them immediately. This produces a frisson of excitement for those responsible for the raft of paper work, although thankfully, these days the rain forests are safer given the use of email and electronic media.

The school offers excellent pastoral care, fully supported by policies and procedures and the pupils feel cared for and safe. The school provides an excellent curriculum which covers all the requisite areas of learning and which creates independent learners, well prepared for their senior schools.

The importance of the inspection cannot be overstated. This is peer-review, from experienced professionals, most of who have been or are current school leaders. Their findings stay with the school for the next six years, so that three day visit can have a dramatic effect on a school.

Teaching is excellent overall, successfully promoting the pupils’ progress and supporting the school’s aims.”

FACT

“Pupils’ achievement is excellent and they are very well educated in accordance with the school’s aim for pupils to realise their intellectual, social and physical potential.

WESTBROOK HAY IS AN EXCELLENT SCHOOL...

The pupils’ overall achievement is excellent, well supported by

a broad and very well planned curriculum and good teaching

The personal development of pupils is excellent; pupils’ spiritual

One could be forgiven for thinking the school had written these comments, but they come from the ISI report undertaken this year at Westbrook Hay Prep School. Was there a sense of relief ? Of course, but also an understanding that our parents would expect nothing less. Visit www.westbrookhay.co.uk to read the full report

An Independent Prep School for boys and girls aged 3-13 years

Happiness | Confidence | Success

OPEN MORNING Saturday, 3rd March 2012 9.30am – 12.30pm The pupils’ overall achievement is excellent, well supported by a broad and very well planned curriculum.

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To view, contact:

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Promoting Independent Learning At St. Helen’s girls are encouraged to take an active involvement in their learning as part of a broad education that promotes independent learning and creative thinking. Independent Learning Weeks are a regular feature of the curriculum, enabling girls to work individually, and as part of a team, to produce pieces of work that they can be really proud of by taking control of their own learning. Further up the school

there are opportunities for students to develop their critical thinking skills through activities such as the Year 9 Enquiry project where girls undertake individual student-led research on a topic of their choice.

Sixth Form students can choose to study A Levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma, which places emphasis on developing the skills needed for university and beyond, focusing

on independent research, critical thinking and active involvement in the community. All students are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning through effective planning of their time and a critical approach to their studies.

leadership skills and take the initiative through activities such as the Combined Cadet Force, operated jointly with Merchant Taylors’ School, or by taking on roles of responsibility within the school community.

Outside the classroom, a varied extra-curricular programme offers opportunities to develop key skills and to build confidence. Girls are encouraged to develop

By developing those core skills, upon leaving St. Helen’s, each girl is confident, self-reliant and independent, ready to take their place in the adult world.

Open Morning Wednesday 20th June 2012 10.30am - 12.30pm Our staff and pupils are delighted to welcome all prospective Senior School (11+) pupils and parents. (Last school tours leave at 11.30am) By appointment only - please contact the Admissions Secretary

~International Baccalaureate and A Levels offered ~Impressive range of extra-curricular activities ~Focus on the individual ~Bursaries available ~Scholarships offered: academic, art, music and sport at 11+ ~20 acre parkland site

St. Helen’s is adjacent to Northwood station (Metropolitan Line), 20 minutes from Amersham, and coaches are available from Amersham, Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross and Hemel Hempstead.

An independent day school for girls aged 3 to 18

St. Helen’s School Eastbury Road Northwood Middlesex HA6 3AS Tel: 01923 843230 admissions@sthn.co.uk

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Chesham Preparator Preparatory y School Independent Day School for Girls 3-16 & Boys 3-5

Independent education for boys and girls aged 3 to 1 13 3

OPEN DAY

10.00am - 12noon (last tours begin at 11.30am) no appointment necessary • Excellent academic standards & results • Wide range of extra-curricular activities

• Breakfast and after school care available • Small class sizes

Working Open Morning - Friday 18 May 2012 Come and see our Nursery and Junior Department in action. Please telephone to book your place

Bunkers Lane, Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire HP3 8RP E: registrar@abbotshill.herts.sch.uk www.abbotshill.herts.sch.uk T: 01442 240 333 F: 01442 269 981

Open Days Monday 5th March 2.00pm to 4.30pm

Y ER EN RS P U O N OW N

Saturday 17 March 2012

Saturday 1 10th 0th March 9.30am 9 .30am to 12.00 12.00 midday Tel T el 0 01494 1494 78 782619 2 619 | www www.cheshamprep.co.uk .cheshamprep.co.uk Email registrar@cheshamprep.co.uk Chesham P Preparatory reparatory School, Two Two Dells Lane, Orchard Leigh, Chesham, Buckinghamshire HP5 3QF

LOCKERS PARK Bene agere ac Laetari:good results, good manners, good fun Day & Boarding Preparatory School for boys aged 5 - 13 years

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Bursaries are available to boys years 3 to 6 “... a winning formula of security, activity and motivation.” The Good Schools Guide

www.lockerspark.herts.sch.uk Telephone us on: Hemel Hempstead 01442 251712

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abilities. Small class sizes, specialist teaching and strong pastoral care enable pupils to achieve highly within a supportiv tivee and nurturing envir en vironment. In the past five years pupils have have been awarded 68 Scholarships to many many respected senior schools such as Harrow, Eton and North London Collegiate.

Edge Grove School Academic & Creative Excellence at

Set in 28 acres of countryside just 15 miles from L London, ndo Edge Grove is an independent boarding/da ding/dayy preparatory school for for boy boys and girls aged 3-13. Pupils are offer offered an allround education in an envir environment and atmosphere tailored to fulfilling the potential in all of them.

Frrom the age of 3 years F years pupils enter Hart House House, the purpose built pre-prep department, into a balanced and structured setting. A broad curriculum is offer offered in a livel liv ely and stimulating stimulating envir environment with Fr French, Music, ICT ICT,, and Sport taught by by specialist teachers and

regular use made of the school’s grounds and facilities.

Throughout the main school academic traditions are well respected and blended with a fresh, modern approach to learning that benefits a wide range of

Creative Arts are an essential part of life life at Edge Grove with opportunities for for Music, Art and Drama that allow pupils to develop their creative talents and gain confidence. Sport is also fundamental and with over 20 sports available each child finds something to enjoy enjoy and be successful in. A flexible boarding experience is available in recently refurbished weekl eekly boarding facilities, with full, w for pupils and flexi boarding options for from age 7. The next Open Morning is on Wednesday 29th F Feebruar uaryy 9.30am – 12pm. To visit the sc scho hool or find out moree please conta mor contact the Admissions Secret Secr etar et aryy on 01923 855724 or email ar admissions@edg dmissions@edgeegrove.com.

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Habs is Exceptional! Following a detailed assessment by the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate), Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School has recently been judged to be excellent in virtually every aspect of its relationship with its pupils and its community. The school knew that it offered an outstanding educational environment. After all, it has achieved 40% or more A* grades at A level in each of the years that this new distinction has been awarded. However, it was exciting to read the ISI’s conclusion that the school provided an ‘outstanding educational experience’ which allowed its pupils to perform to ‘the highest level of their ability’. Particular attention was drawn to the high quality of the teaching that enabled such spectacular results.

‘I always knew that I and my team of outstanding staff were focused on building a first-rate educational environment,’ noted Headmaster Peter B Hamilton, ‘yet even I would not have dared to expect such an outstanding ISI report. I pay tribute,’ he continued, ‘to the support and direction provided by our entire community of pupils, staff, parents and old boys. Working together,’ he concluded, ‘we have built a school whose pupils go on to lead happy, purposeful, and successful lives. What better start can a school provide to any child?’

More importantly, perhaps, was the praise which the ISI focused on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of Habs boys. The high standard of pastoral care provided at Habs was particularly noted, which the inspectors claimed played a powerful role in creating what they described as a ‘friendly and supportive school community.’ Furthermore, added the ISI conclusions, this sense of community extended to the parents, judging by the responses received to the parental questionnaire which the ISI undertook.

The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School Nurturing Excellence

An outstanding independent day school for boys aged between 5 and 18.

Open Day Saturday 6th October 2012, 1–4pm (no appointment necessary)

Headmaster Peter B Hamilton MA Butterfly Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire WD6 3AF Tel: 020 8266 1700 office@habsboys.org.uk

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2012: SPORT RELIEF

LONDON GEARS UP FOR SPORT RELIEF

port Relief is back - and it’s coming to London! The city is set to host one of the flagship Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Miles on Sunday 25th March, and needs Londoners show their support by entering now at www.sportrelief.com. This year, over one million people are expected to pull up their socks and take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile in order to raise some serious cash for vulnerable people right here in London, across the UK and in the world’s poorest countries. This year, the London Mile has a new route along the Mall which takes in some of the most iconic sights the city has to offer. Entrants will pass Horse Guards Parade, the Queen Victoria Memorial, Buckingham Palace and Admiralty Arch to name but a few.     Last time, more than 16,000 people took part in the London Mile, and the

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people of London raised and donated over £6million. Since then, more than 190 projects in the city have received grants thanks to money raised through Sport Relief. Sportsman, James Cracknell, has pledged his support to the campaign: “It’s that time of year again, London, Sport Relief is back! Make sure you enter your whole family into the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile, which this year is

happening along the Mall on Sunday 25th March. You can choose to complete 1, 3 or 6 miles, so what are you waiting for? Come on London, with your help we can help to raise money to change the lives of people here in the city, across the UK and throughout the world’s poorest countries.”  Celebrating the UK’s biggest year of sport, a whole host of famous faces from the world of sport and entertainment will be taking part in Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile events across the length and breadth of the UK on Sunday 25th March including Olly Murs, Lorraine Kelly, Kara Tointon and James Cracknell among many others. The public

can go the extra mile too by choosing to take on either 1, 3, or 6 miles and entering online at sportrelief.com/mile. On Sunday 25th March BBC One will host the Sport Relief Mile Show which for the first time will be live in London from the Mall. From Birmingham to Belfast and Leeds to London, it will bring all the highlights as the great British public is joined by a magnitude of famous faces as they tackle 1, 3 and 6 Miles all across the UK.  This year’s Sport Relief splashed into action early with Sport Relief superstar, David Walliams, going to extraordinary lengths for The BT Sport Relief Challenge:

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FEAT U RE special Union Jack inspired design. Made from Fairtrade cotton, they’re perfect for lounging or training in. Grab a pair from Sainsbury’s and Fitness First from 15th February and www.sportrelief. com from 19th January. The nation can also get its hands on the official Sport Relief 2012 T-shirts, available from SportsDirect.com stores and online. For the first time ever, the Sport Relief T-shirt can be personalised by adding letters and numbers to give them their own unique twist! The T-shirts are made from Fairtrade cotton and available now!      February will see the return of the ever popular Let’s Dance for Sport Relief hosted by Steve Jones and Alex Jones on BBC One. The show will feature a fresh batch of celebrities shimmying their way onto our screens every Saturday  in the run up to the big Sport Relief Weekend on 23rd - 25th March.

Tune in for a fantastic night of BBC TV entertainment on Friday 23rd March on BBC One from 7pm. Claudia Winkleman, Fearne Cotton and Gary Lineker will join other top presenters to host a night of comedy sketches including award winning comedian Miranda Hart’s special Sport Relief ‘Miranda’ and the return of Outnumbered. There will also be special Sport Relief episodes of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 out of 10 cats, Mock the Week and A Question of Sport. There will also be celebrity challenge highlights including David Walliams and Helen Skelton and films about the amazing work Sport Relief supports shown on the night. Money raised from Sport Relief will be spent helping some of the most vulnerable people in the UK and across the world’s poorest countries.  Visit www.sportrelief.com   for the latest news! 

Walliams vs The Thames. He swam a staggering 140 miles along the Thames, raised over £1 million and even rescued a dog! A documentary catching every splash will be shown in the lead up to the Sport Relief Weekend. David’s was the first in a series of celebrity challenges supported by BT. More challenges will be announced during the campaign. ‘The JLS boys have also written and recorded the official Sport Relief single, Proud. The single will be available to download on 18th March and in stores from 19th March. JLS will also be performing a special one-off matinee concert for Sport Relief at The O2 on Saturday 24th March. The boys will be joined by special guests and it looks set to be huge. The Sport Relief Sock is back and to coincide with the nation’s biggest year of sport, the Socks feature a FEBRUARY2012 47 FEBUARY2012 3


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CELEBRATE THEIR SECOND BIRTHDAY B eautiful Spring season stock is now on offer at Labels of Amersham - a Charity shop with a designer difference which this month celebrates its second birthday. Labels of Amersham, part of the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity (FNHC) is a beautiful boutique-style Charity shop, attracting customers from across Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern Hills with the offer of grabbing a one-off couture bargain at a fantastic price - and with wedding season coming up, it could be the perfect afternoon date for any Mother of the Bride. On offer in the shop, are nearly new items in excellent condition with famous names to choose from including Mulberry, Prada, Jaeger, Vivienne Westwood, Diane von Furstenburg, Nicole

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Fahri and Barbour and many more. “We have some beautiful designer outfits on offer perfect for any occasion and could certainly dress a Mother of the Bride or wedding guests from head-to-toe,” said Lynne Reynolds, Shop Manager at Labels. “We have a variety of accessories, handbags and hats to choose from to create that complete wedding outfit or all-important Spring look – you simply don’t need to go anywhere else!” If you wish to sell clothes through Labels on a 50/50 split then please call the shop on 01494 728333 to make an appointment with. It’s a great way of making some money and helping the Charity at the same time!

EXCLUSIVE SHOPPING EVENING AT LABELS

Labels is open Monday-Friday, 10am-5.00pm, but if you can’t make these times, the team is giving all you fashion-conscious ladies the opportunity to visit the shop out of office hours with an EXCLUSIVE promotional shopping evening taking place on Thurs 1st March until 8pm. So why not pop along for a glass of bubbly as Labels celebrate its 2nd birthday, bring a few friends and enjoy having a browse throughout the shop at your leisure. “Knowing you are helping to support the Florence Nightingale Hospice which gives care and support to local families affected by life limiting illness, will make your shopping experience at Labels all the more

pleasurable,” added Lynne. If you would like to find out more, contact Lynne Reynolds or Liz Dickinson on 01494 728333 or pop in to Labels, 12 The Broadway, Old Amersham, today. For more information about the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity visit www.fnhospice.org.uk. The Charity needs to raise over half a million pounds each year to keep essential local Hospice services running for families affected by life-limiting illness.


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opt for some of the cheaper versions on the high street." Dive into the denim rainbow revolution with our jean-ius guide. CANDY COLOURED Dolly mixture-inspired shades will be difficult to resist this spring. Whereas last winter was all about leather-look dark and moody jeans, this season is pale and interesting. Denim boutique owner, Donna Ida Thornton (www.donnaida.com) says: "As seen on the catwalks, pastels are so fresh for spring. "From acid colours of sharp lemon to pretty mint shades and soft candy tones, it's time to embrace a sugary sweet denim palette." How to wear them: Think chic and team them with blouses and pointed courts.

SUMMER STRIPES Hello instant leg lengtheners! Pyjamas are a big catwalk trend for spring/summer but stripy denim is the more wearable way to work stripes on the streets. "This season anything goes with stripes contrast colours, thick stripes or pinstripes," Thornton suggests. "The 'pyjama look' is the fashionista favourite, worn skinny and cropped for a fresh take on nautical." How to wear them: Keep the look fresh and maritime-inspired with washed-out colours like creams, pale blues and faded reds. CROPPED CAPERS If you can't bare to be parted from your blues, step into summer with a pair of cropped jeans. Shoe addicts will adore these for their feet-baring qualities, which make them perfect for teaming with ballet pumps and ankle boots alike. Thornton says: "If the new denim hue is colour, colour, colour, then the new shape for spring is the crop. "The look is mid-rise, straight leg and ankle length." How to wear them: Pair with a crisp shirt for a clean and modern look.


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CHORLEYWOOD LIFE WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE DR POPAT AND HIS TEAM ON THEIR 10TH ANNIVERSARY AT ROSEBANK DENTAL PRACTICE. DURING THE PAST 10 YEARS UNDER THE CAREFULLY GUIDANCE OF DR POPAT, ROSEBANK HAS SEEN A COMPLETE TRANSFORMATION. FROM A SMALL TWO SURGERY PART TIME PRACTICE TO A THRIVING, COMPLETELY RENOVATED, MULTI-AWARD WINNING PRACTICE WITH THREE TREATMENT ROOMS AND IN HOUSE SPECIALISTS. AS THE NEW YEAR PROGRESSES AND WE REFLECT ON THE ACHIEVEMENTS AT ROSEBANK - WE CAN TRULY APPRECIATE AND CONTINUE GIVING OUR SUPPORT TO A WELL DESERVING LOCAL DENTAL PRACTICE.

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ear all, I would like to thank Life Magazine for their kind words and would also like to take this opportunity to say Thank You, to you, and all my kind patients that have come to play a big part in my life. I am very grateful that I have been able to work hard and achieve so much, but would not have been able to have done so, had I not been so happy and fortunate to have such wonderful patients as I do at Rosebank. Dentistry is my passion, but none of it would have been possible without my lovely team. For this months’ Q&A, it occurred to me that a huge number of people are currently in the process of planning summer holidays. So even

though most of us are great at looking after out oral health when we are at home, we don’t often pack the dental floss! So here are a few ways you can prevent cavities while you are away from home..... Crunchy fruits and vegetables such as apples, carrots, cucumbers, and celery can help to mechanically clean food debris and bacteria from your teeth. In addition, fruits such as cranberries, blueberries, and apples contain nutrients that decrease the stickiness of the bacteria that causes cavities. Green and black teas also contain minerals that can reduce the growth of bacteria on your teeth. And best of all…Cheese.

While the mechanism is not completely understood, numerous studies have shown that eating cheese after eating a sugary snack greatly reduces the damage to your teeth. Cheese tends to increase the amount of saliva in your mouth which helps keep cavities at bay. Cheese can also help neutralise the acid that bacteria produce. Calcium, phosphorous, and proteins in cheese may also help remineralise damaged tooth enamel. The best thing is that cheese just tastes so good. These are some basic ideas – but together with your normal tooth care regime can help you maintain happy healthy teeth. Dr S Popat

• Private Dentistry Awards 2007 Dr Popat - Finalist for ‘Best Smile Makeover’ • Dentistry.co.uk Website Awards 2007 Rosebank - Winner most Improved website – www.rosebankdental.co.uk • Dentistry Awards 2008 Rosebank Winner ‘Best Practice in the South East’ • Dentistry Awards 2009 Rosebank Finalist ‘Best Practice in the South East’ • Smile Awards 2010 (Clinical Awards) Dr Popat - Winner ‘Restorative Smile Award 2010’ Dr Popat - Highly commended ‘Patient Smile Award 2010’ Dr Popat - Highly commended ‘Overall Smile of the Year 2010’ • Private Dentistry Awards 2010 Dr Popat - Winner ‘Private Dentist of the Year’ (10th Year Anniversary of the Awards) • Smile Awards 2011 Dr Popat - Winner of ‘Interdisciplinary Award 2011’ Dr Popat - Finalist ‘Patient Smile Award 2011’ • The Dental Awards 2011 Monika Patel - Winner ‘Dental Hygienist of the Year’ • Dentistry Top 50 2011 Dr Popat voted No. 23 most influential in UK Dentistry • Kois Centre, Seattle Graduate 2011 (Dr Popat 3rd UK Dentist to achieve it) • Smile Awards 2012 Dr Popat - Member of the Judging Panel for the Smile Awards 2012

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CELEBRATING HIS 25TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR IN HAIRDRESSING CHARLES WORTHINGTON REVEALS HIS INSIDER SECRETS AND RED CARPET GLAMOUR TRICKS. BY LISA HAYNES


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airdressing is constantly evolving. From dip-dye colour trends to asymmetric cuts and feather hair extensions, the faddy trends may come and go. But an elite stable of hairdressers has stood the test of time.

Charles Worthington is undoubtedly a member of this exclusive club - and this year marks a quarter of a century since he opened his salon doors. With a client book crammed with A-listers, and blow-drying skills at the ready for his fourth year as official hairdresser at the BAFTAs in February, Worthington is celebrating the occasion with a hair gift for us all - a limited edition BAFTA and CW 25th Anniversary Collection of products. His mantra is "bouncy, shiny, touchable hair that looks full of life". With the Oscars and BAFTAs upon us, Worthington reveals how to achieve that red carpet look in the comfort of your home.

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You don't need an invite to a flashy premiere to feel like a superstar. Follow Worthington's hair tricks for a big event in your diary and you'll be fighting off the camera flash bulbs in no time... Eat your hair healthy The glossy hair you see on the red carpets isn't achieved by shine spray alone. Stars spend weeks prepping for their big red carpet moment, according to Worthington, diet included. "You can't expect to have shiny hair without a balanced diet with plenty of vitamins, minerals and nutrients," he says. "If you want to boost your diet with supplements to help your hair health, then take vitamin B complex, zinc and Omega 3 that will provide essential fatty acids." Hold the lather Ditch grand plans for hair treatments on the day. Styling your tresses when it's not freshly washed provides better hold for dressed hair. "Freshly washed hair can be slippery, so day-old hair is always better," Worthington explains. "Spritz a volumising spray into dry hair, then rough dry to achieve more texture to work with for dressing your hair. Beware if you have greasy hair, use a dry shampoo first." Faux gloss Hair looking bouncy but lacklustre? Fake that Hollywood shine. Worthington recommends ditching the hairspray and using volumising spray and shine serum instead. "A little trick of mine is to apply a tiny amount of serum to the palm of the hand then, using a large make-up brush, lightly sweep

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over the hair for subtle glossiness and shine," he recommends. You can also try Worthington's trick of blasting cold air at the end of each blow-dried section to set the style and seal the cuticles with extra shine. Secure the style Nobody wants to spend half the night constructing an elaborate hairstyle only for it to start falling out as soon as you pick up your first canape. Matte hair grips are an essential in Charles Worthington's wardrobe of hair essentials because they have a firmer hold and show up less than shiny ones. "If you're dressing hair, my top tip is bending back one corner of a hair pin to form a fish hook - it means that when you put the pin into the hair, it can't come out. "Bear in mind you need to allow a little time to take the hair out afterwards!"


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Worthington has coiffured the locks of countless A-listers during his 25 years of blow-drying, snipping and styling. Here, he reveals some of his favourite famous encounters in the hairdresser's chair: I loved working with Sharon Stone for the BAFTAs in 2009 that lady has star quality! She was breathtakingly beautiful even without any make-up. For the BAFTAs, her hair was quite short, so we decided to put it up to give the impression of an up-do. The aim was for an effortlessly chic look that wasn't too structured or ageing but had a more spontaneous feel. When Sex And The City were filming the very last episode, they did the final scenes in our salon in New York. That was thanks to Kim Cattrall who was a client and suggested our salon for the shoot. At the time, Kim had blonde shoulder-length, high-maintenance hair, which needed to look mega-groomed for the part. She loved having polished, bouncy hair - our blow-dry times together were always fun. Jerry Hall has thick, luscious hair, which sometimes needs controlling. That said, she is so lucky to have good strong hair. She loves the Salon Results Moisture Seal range, which has the nourishing Argan oil as a key ingredient. Jerry also used to love using the Moisture Seal Mineral Rescue Rejuvenating Masque (£5.69); we would put this on her hair whenever she was in the salon for a bit of extra conditioning and a moisture boost. When we started working with model Jodie Kidd for one of our hair collections, we wanted to create a Twiggy-esque look so we got her to wear a short wig as her hair was long at the time. She loved having an elfin look so much that it was shortly after the shoot we decided to cut her hair short. Wigs are a great way to give people insight into how they might look with short, long or curly hair and can help to give you the confidence to make a big change.

TRIED & TESTED Valentine's Day is upon us. Give your lips a kissable makeover with an alluring red lipstick. Our testers rouge their pouts: Vivo Lipstick in Red Red, £1.99 (Tesco) 3/5 One coat of this looked sheer, but the second really packed a bright punch. An affordable way to pull off a seductive pout without going into the red with your bank balance. New CID Cosmetics i-pout lipstick in Scarlet, £15 (www.newcidcosmetics.com) 4/5 Containing a miniature version of your dressing table, this lippy boasts a light and mirror - perfect for Valentine night top-ups. Loved the deep blood red tone of the lipstick too. Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Red Tango, £18.50 (www.esteelauder.co.uk) 5/5 Knock 'em dead with a power pout in this pillar box red lipstick. Moisture rich, with warm tones and long-lasting coverage, this is every siren's staple.

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One pot, double the fun. Givenchy's latest limited edition is both a make-up and skincare treatment. The Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip & Cheek Balm is available in two Peachy or Pearly shades, £20.50 each, nationwide (01932 233 824).

BEAUTY BULLETIN Snip scared Women are officially caught in a time warp when it comes to hair. The average woman has been sporting the same hairstyle for six years and 153 days, according to new research by Remington. One in three women is suffering a 'hair rut' while 75% admit to wearing the exact same style for work and play. Princess Anne topped the celebrity hair rut chart, voted as most in need of a revamp. Recessionista alert Looking for a fragrant Valentine's Day find? Whether you're treating yourself or your beau, Boots has some savvy offers. For the ladies, CK IN2U Her eau de toilette 50ml is £21, reduced from £28, and for him Davidoff Cool Water Man 75ml is £25.33, reduced from £38. The fine fragrance offers run until February 14 (www.boots.com) ■

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Ian Croft above; The inner ear, left and the new hearing centre in Chalfont pictured below

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o you know someone who has the TV just a little too loud or maybe has lots of gadgets and gizmos, that are supposed to help with this situation, but never uses them? Perhaps they have a medical condition in their ears that prevents them going swimming? Or they have hearing aids but don’t like the look or feel of them? If that is you, or someone you know, you can now drop into the Chalfont Hearing Centre, which has recently opened in the Nightingales Corner parade of various health practices in Cokes Lane, Little Chalfont. Here you will find a blend of old world courtesy combined with the latest technology to provide an individual solution for your unique problem. Ian Croft is the practice lead and is now approaching twenty years in this field (after a previous incarnation as a teacher!) and has a wide range of experience. He previously had a practice in Pinner and has also provided audiological services on contract for the NHS. Other relevant experiences include being invited to Maryland (USA) to observe practices there, launch hearing services for a number of large companies and, a while ago, introduce digital programming to the South-East team of a national dispensing company. When asked why this new centre has opened Ian responded, “I thoroughly enjoy helping people with their various needs audiologically and, since the take-over of my last practice by a larger company, I have really missed the day-to-day involvement. Although the other national & international ventures were interesting, I am still involved nationally through my work on the Council of my professional body BSHAA (British Society of Hearing Aid 60

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Look for the new wave of serum-enriched foundations to make your skin look radiant and healthy in an instant. Max Factor make-up artist Caroline Barnes says: "January days tend to take the glow out of your skin. Max Factor Ageless Elixir 2 in 1 Foundation + Serum (£12.99) boasts light reflective pigments plus it smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and evens skin tone to boot." Eyes

They are usually the first place you spot the tell-tale ageing signs, so an eye serum is an ideal place to start. Roger Southin, Functionalab scientific formulator, says: "For younger people, I recommend starting off with an eye serum to provide nutrients for this fragile area." Hair

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TRIED & TESTED Lisa Haynes tries out the all-new 'rasul mud treatment'. While I gave up on most of my detox resolutions at approximately 10pm on January 1, there was one ritual I left on my list. That was to have a 'rasul' - a traditional Arabian cleansing ritual. Dubbed the ultimate luxurious detoxification experience (no dieting required), these have taken off across the country in past months. Wearing bikinis, my friend and I entered a glistening tiled room and unrobed to slather ourselves from top to toe in Moroccan clay mud. Said to be 100% natural, the solution resembled melted milk chocolate but felt lovely on the skin and the application process was a real giggle. We were also given a runny, gooey honey, rose and ginger oil mask to apply to our faces. Covered in mud, we sat in the steam room and waited for the rose essential oil--infused steam to fill the space. At first it was relaxing but as the heat intensified, we really started to sweat, allowing the mud and steam to combine and remove impurities. We were thankful when a refreshing tropical rain shower completed the treatment, dousing us with cooling water. While a friendly therapist is on hand to supervise the treatment, you do have to get stuck in, so it's a great treatment to carry out with friends. The Sanctuary's sparkling crystallised steam room accommodates four, but spas nationwide cater for varying numbers. As the mud-focused treatment draws toxins from deep within the skin, it can leave you feeling fairly zonked afterwards, so it's important to re-hydrate. Overall, the rasul experience is a good mix of mud slinging, unwinding and sweating out your sins. THAT'S MY KIND OF DETOX! Find your nearest rasul and mud treatment at www.wahanda.com/treatment/rasul-and-mud-treatments The Sanctuary Hammam Rasul Experience, £50 for 45 minutes, Covent Garden Day Spa (0844 875 8443/www.thesanctuary.co.uk). BUY IT NOW MAC have collaborated with haute couture queen Daphne Guinness. She describes the luxurious make-up as "a window into my imagination". The limited edition collection is priced from £9-£33, available now (0870 034 2676/www.maccosmetics.co.uk).

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As an expectant mum, getting out and about to exercise classes can be tricky. Claire Spreadbury leafs through new book Pilates For Pregnancy by Lynne Robinson and tries out some moves from the comfort of her front room.

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Pilates For Pregnancy is a new book by Lynne Robinson, who if you don't know, is one of the most recognised faces in pilates and wellbeing. It's beautifully illustrated, taking mums-to-be through a series of exercises suitable throughout pregnancy and beyond, in order to help you regain your figure after birth. WHAT'S IT LIKE? If you don't mind working from a book, Pilates For Pregnancy is the perfect exercise companion for all expectant mums looking to keep fit and stay strong for labour. It's packed with information about your changing body and includes a multitude of exercises to perform at every step of your

pregnancy. In a time when the advice on what we should and shouldn't be doing while pregnant continually seems to contradict itself, it can be reassuring to have a book full of pilates moves you know are totally safe to do. The book itself is really easy to follow, broken down into sections, depending on which stage or trimester you're in, and the large images of pregnant women aid in ensuring you perform the exercise correctly. I found this book a pleasure to read through and follow. It contains lots of information about my constantly growing body I wasn't aware of and I would happily recommend it to any mums-to-be. Working from a book can be a bit tricky but I found allowing myself plenty of time to perform a few moves definitely helped. And if you can get the daddy-to-be to read out the instructions, even better! Information: Pilates For Pregnancy by Lynne Robinson is published by Kyle Books, priced £12.79, available now from www.kylecathie.com ■

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silver should be guaranteed to be of the sterling standard and marked as such it was impractical to expect silversmiths from these disparate places to travel to London to have their wares marked and so each adopted a different emblem to equate with the Leopard’s Head of London. All these towns and cities used a letter of the alphabet to identify the Assay Master but they did not all use the same sequence of letters. London used the first twenty letters in the alphabet excluding ‘J’ and when the run was exhausted the typeface or the shape of the background ‘shield’ was changed. In 1560 Queen Elizabeth I restored the value of the coin, a move which set Britain on a steady course to recovery for the best part of 100 years only to be decimated by our civil war (1642 – 1649.) Among the results of this were vast amounts of earlier wrought plate being melted down to pay for it, which in turn caused a shortage of silver for manufacture. Over time this affected the monetary supply to such an extent that by the 1690’s further legislation was necessary. Until the reign of Charles II all our coinage was made by hand, stamped by hammer and die and the edges trimmed with shears. Although trade was often conducted through barter or credit, cash transactions were

common enough and so, before parting with your coins it was only human nature to snip a little bit of the edge of each one. These little snippets all mounted up - the original ‘every little counts’ – but it had already become a capital offence to clip coins and, with a fake die, forge your own money. However with an increased demand from working silversmiths these scraps could command as high a price as the coins they had been cut from, and with less risk of detection of the crime. So a new type of coinage was called for and a mill was set up in the Tower of London and powered by horses to produce perfectly circular coins. As a belt -and-braces measure an inscription or legend was engraved around the outer edge thereby making illegal clipping virtually impossible. But the authorities failed to see the problem with having both old and new currency in circulation at the same time. Obviously people hung on to the new with its full face value money’s worth, while spending and clipping - the old. Clearly the old coinage had to be withdrawn and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of May 1697 were the final days for collection at the ten furnaces specially built behind the Treasury, which was then at Whitehall between the Banqueting House and the river. For weeks great piles of coins, mostly half face value and barely recognisable had been collected, melted down and cast into ingots. In one instance some £52,000 of face value coins were melted to produce just over half that amount of silver worth. But distribution of the new coins was slow and while all this was going on another factor became evident; the value of coin clippings to silversmiths had to betaken out of the equation. This was done by raising the silver content of wrought plate to a level above that of coin. Not by so much as to make the material too soft for use and durability but sufficient to be detected by the assay. The figures were a raise from 92.5% pure to 95.84% pure. It was known at first as the New Sterling Standard but – as it

was denoted by a stamp showing the figure of Britannia – it soon became known as the Britannia Standard. This mark replaced the Lion Passant mark and in London the Leopard’s Head was replaced by a mark showing a Lion’s Head in profile, facing to the left with a jagged neckline as if torn from its body. Heraldically this is called ‘erased’ and so the Britannia Standard in London is denoted by the Britannia mark and the Lion’s Head Erased. In all other towns and cities the Lion’s Head Erased is used in addition to their town mark. From 1697 until 1720 the Britannia Standard was obligatory but in the latter year the economy in England had recovered sufficiently for the government to restore the old Sterling Standard while retaining the Britannia Standard as an option which it remains to the present day. In the early days of the maker’s mark, people were less literate and initials meant little or nothing to most, so symbols were commonly used. These might be a miniature image of the shop or tavern sign where the silversmith had his workshop, such as leathern bottle or a swan, a star or crescent moon. By the 17th century we see the first two letters of the surname being used and by the beginning of the 18th century the silversmith’s initials gradually became the norm. From the 1720’s it can be said without question that the manufacture and sale of English silver was the most proficiently run and tightly controlled of all industries, with the welfare and benefit of manufacturer, supplier and purchaser held in equal esteem. The four marks as described filled every requirement and would surely have survived unaided save for a change in taxation in the 1780’s and the Convention Hallmarks introduced in the 1970’s, nearly two hundred years later. When we’ve dealt with them we really will get onto the silver from the Channel Isles, Scotland, Ireland and other desirable categories where the present day equivalent of the prudent Tudor person should still be putting their money ■


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BETTER THAN DOUBLE GLAZING? M ore importantly, which is the better product for you and your property? Nowadays, although they do cost more, triple glazed UPVC windows, residential doors and French doors are not that much more expensive than double glazed products. Properly installed UPVC triple glazing offers unrivalled value for money when household energy savings and consequent financial savings are taken into account (i.e. painting and decorating), not to mention the other benefits of triple glazing over double glazing. However, as triple glazing in casement windows, tilt and turn windows, Georgian windows and doors has an extra pane of glass, each sealed unit is thicker and more heavy duty. So not only does the extra glass cost at least 50% more, each window and/or door costs more to

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transport as is much heavier. Top quality UPVC triple glazing, with a U-value of 1.0 W/m²k, is around 40% more thermally efficient that standard "A" rated double glazing and 60% more thermally efficient than standard "C" rated double glazing. This is a great benefit to UK home owners bearing in mind that between 2003-2009 gas prices (i.e. heating bills) rose by an average of 14% each year. Unfortunately, this long term trend does not look likely to reverse. Going forward, future window Building Regulations (which currently dictate a minimum 1.6 W/m²k U-value) are likely to call for windows used in new build homes and replacement windows to have a U-value of 1.4 W/m²k by 2013, and 1.2 W/m²k by 2016 in order to reduce carbon emissions from the UK housing

stock. By investing in high quality UPVC triple glazing, with a U-value of 1.0 W/m²k or better, property owners are essentially future-proofing their home. Triple glazing supplied and installed by Hazlemere Windows is all but identical to their "A" rated double glazing with the main difference being the internal bead, so aesthetically there is little or no difference. The internal bead has been specially developed to enable a wider 36mm unit to be fitted into a standard 70mm profile. By using a 36mm triple glazed sealed unit, as opposed to the 44mm sealed units of other fabricators, Hazlemere’s triple glazing bead blends in with the overall aesthetics of the window and retains its concave form (sloping in towards the sealed unit). When a 44mm sealed unit is used in a standard 70mm

profile, the internal bead often has to protrude from the frame of the sash, or "overhang" to allow for this much wider sealed unit. This can look rather clumsy and compromise aesthetics. Triple glazing is genuinely worth the added investment for five reasons: 1) Triple glazing is approximately 40% more thermally efficient than "A" rated UPVC double glazing so the savings are going to be far higher, potentially in the region of £10,000 and 30 tonnes of carbon over the next 20 years. 2) Triple glazed windows and doors will further reduce draughts and cold spots in a room that currently has less thermally efficient windows and doors. For instance, research has shown that if it’s -5°c outside, and 21°c inside a


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home, the surface temperature of the inside pane of the triple glazed windows will be no less than 18°c. With single glazed windows the inside pane would register at a mere 1°c and standard double glazed windows would reach no higher than 11°c. 3) Triple glazed windows and doors can reduce the impact of exterior noise. They do reduce noise and are not sound proof, but the extra pane of glass, being of a different make up to the two external panes, does help toward acoustic insulation. 4) Triple glazed windows and doors could save each UK home owner over £10,000 during the next 2 decades, which is not inconsiderable when the rising costs of fuel are taken into consideration. In many cases these savings

could even offset the cost of having triple glazing installed in a home (over the recommended lifetime of the product). 5) A 3rd pane of glass, by definition, makes a triple glazed sealed unit much harder to break than a double glazed sealed unit – especially when the middle pane is made of toughened glass. What’s more, all Hazlemere's “A” rated UPVC triple glazed windows are internally beaded and the glass unit can only be removed from the frame by a person who is inside the premises. Double glazed windows are usually made up of two panes of float glass, unless the sealed units are in a door, within 300mm of a door or in windows that start less than 800mm from floor level, in which case

Building Regulations stipulate all glazing must then be toughened glass. It is important that triple glazed windows have a toughened middle pane even if the two outside panes are float glass, as this helps prevent thermal breakage of the middle pane. Thermal breakage of the middle pane can occur when there is a considerable difference in the indoor and outdoor temperature of a property. Because the thermally efficient triple glazed sealed unit keeps more heat in, the internal pane will remain at roughly room temperature. Similarly, because less heat is escaping, the external pane will remain cold when it is cold outdoors. Therefore the

middle pane of glass is subject to very contrasting temperatures i.e. warmth from the internal pane/cavity and cold from the external pane/cavity, and thermal breakage could occur if standard annealed glass was used. By using toughened glass, the possibility of thermal breakage is all but eliminated. To find out more about aluminium and UPVC double or triple glazing, contact the independent experts at Hazlemere Windows on 01494 854266 who have over 25 years experience designing, manufacturing and installing replacement window and door products. Alternatively visit www.hazlemerewindows.co.uk FEBRUARY2012 77


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rithsden Construction, established early in 2006, evolved from the frustrating occurrences experienced by owners Anthony and Julie Hayes. Over a period of ten years the local couple purchased various large properties needing refurbishment or extending, but often experienced problems with tradesmen letting them down, failing to complete the work to schedule etc. After several years of learning the hard way, Anthony, a business entrepreneur, and Julie, an Interior Designer saw the need to create ‘Frithsden Construction’. With a strong team behind them, consisting of experienced and creative architects, a good working relationship with local planners, knowledgeable contracts managers and all the necessary skilled trades and craftsmen needed, they have gone on to build several outstanding new homes in Hertfordshire. Even managing to win the much coveted ‘Federation of Master Builders’ award for the Southern counties area, in just their second year of building! There seems to be no stopping this enterprising and driven company, with a very strong ethos on creative designs, high standards of finish, and a complete understanding of their clients needs in order to achieve their dream home. Identifying the need to expand into the private residential sector, the company now offer a full ‘Project Management Service’ from the conception of your dream to the 78

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reality of completion. Catering for the private client who may be unsure of moving at such unpredictable times, but has a need and desire to improve their home through extending or refurbishment. Whilst recognising the current financial uncertainties we are all faced with, the company also offers a ‘Stage Payment Plan’ system, allowing the client to pay at various agreed stages of the project, as the work is completed. This runs in-conjunction with the recognised building standards ‘JCT minor works contract’. Ensuring that the client has both financial protection and value for money at all times. ‘Frithsden Construction ’ is also a registered NHBC and LABC home builder and contractor, and they strive to exceed the

high standards set by these regulatory authorities. The Company can even support you with their knowledge, expertise and contacts for all the internal aspects of your home, helping source competitive kitchen and bathroom ranges, through to window treatments and advice on paint colours! Therefore, if you are thinking of improving, or building your new home, then why not consider using the complete services of local award winning ‘Frithsden Construction’. If you would like to discuss any aspect of your home, then feel free to call Anthony or Julie on 01442 870495 or email them on info@fclimited.com. You can also visit the web page for further information and previous projects at www.ourdreamhouse.co.uk


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he trend for home working is increasing and that’s a fact. These days more and more people choose to work from home for at least some part of the working week. British Telecom was one of the pioneers of home working with roughly 15,000 home-workers who say that they are around 20% more productive and take fewer sick days than employees who travel to work each day from home! With the 2012 Olympics fast approaching, the UK Government is suggesting that people work from home during that time to avoid travel chaos but in reality this once quirky concept has already become a realistic choice for many and is set to continue. Working efficiently from a home office requires certain criteria which contribute to meaningful and productive work. Top of that list is the all important desk which crucially has to be the right height and size for the job at hand. A good chair and plenty of space for filing and storage are also major considerations. Since an office can be fitted almost anywhere, it’s most important to make best use of the

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space available. We have helped many clients adapt existing rooms into home studies, creating valuable storage space along with a comfortable area to work in which doesn’t compromise on style. In the case of home studies’ it’s really important that the area works well in the environment for which it is designed. Luckily for us at St Giles Furniture we are able to work within a general framework of products all made in our own workshop here in the UK from good quality sustainable materials which fit into either traditional or contemporary styles to suit everyone. English furniture makers have a

wonderful reputation for quality and a real timelessness about their style which we like to replicate as we design each piece of furniture. Driven by clients ideas and work requirements, we are able to design and create innovative use of space, essential for the home office. The shape of furniture is often dictated by the materials used but, the hardwoods we tend to work with give huge versatility. A working desk area can still be a beautiful piece of furniture and compliment the room it sits in whilst also being durable and fit for purpose. We have been lucky enough to

design many beautiful home study areas and have recently found ourselves involved in an exciting project associated with the “home office” as part of our association with the National School of Furniture. Second year students studying Furniture Design at Bucks New University in High Wycombe have been set a project by St Giles Furniture to “design a home office with elegance, to incorporate modern technology”. St Giles Furniture is supporting the students involved with advice and sponsorship to encourage young talent in this field. The finished pieces of furniture designed and produced by these students, will be displayed in our showroom in Chalfont St Giles at a special open evening to be held on the 16th March 2012. The evening will also be an opportunity to celebrate 25 years of trading along with the opening of our newly re-furbished showroom. Please come and join us for a glass of champagne and participate in our charity auction on the 16th March from 6.30pm onwards. Reserve your place by calling 01494 873031 or e-mail to debbiesmith@stgilesfurniture.com


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TIPS ON HOW TO HAVE RED, WHITE AND BLUE DESIGNS IN THE GARDEN IN TIME FOR THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS - PLUS, FIND OUT WHAT ELSE NEEDS DOING IN THE GARDEN THIS WEEK. BY HANNAH STEPHENSON

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he landmark events of 2012 - namely the Queen’s 60-year reign, followed by the Olympics - are set to prompt patriotic gardeners to fly the flag for Britain this year in the form of red, white and blue designs in their beds, borders and containers. Blue and white lobelia, red salvias and geraniums and other bedding favourites could be the mainstay for many borders. The challenge will be getting these colours in the garden in time for the jubilee celebrations in the first week of June. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has just launched an advisory page on its website (www.rhs.org.uk) providing advice and suggestions to gardeners wanting to go for red, white and blue planting schemes, bringing together a selection of suitable plants that will go well together. “Unfortunately June is not the best time to have masses of colour from plants grown from seeds,” says Jenny Bowden, RHS advisor. “But we have come up with some great suggestions that are relatively easy to grow. “We know how important these two wonderful events are to people and we just thought that some patriotic planting would help in the celebrations.” The secret will be to buy partially grown plug and mini-plants such as white verbenas, lobelias and Nemesia ‘Wisley Vanilla’, red pelargoniums (geraniums) and blue Lobelia ‘Panthera Cobalt’ to put in containers and hanging baskets. These plants will have to be purchased as early as possible. 82

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Verbena, lobelia and bacopa used to create a Union Jack bedding plan

Geranium St George

Plant centres are likely to have supplies from April. “Although it will be necessary to get the plants into containers and hanging baskets as soon as possible, gardeners also need to ensure that they are kept in sunny, frost-free conditions until the threat of frost has passed. A temperature of 15C (59F) is ideal,” says Bowden. Themed selections for June flowering include Petunia grandiflora ‘Jubilee Mixed’, from Suttons (www.suttons.co.uk). Compact in habit and reaching a height of 25-30cm (10-12in), they should be sent out as young plants in late April. Another Suttons celebratory package includes Calibrachoa Superbells ‘Red Devil’, Lobelia ‘Panthera Cobalt’ and Verbena ‘Superbena White’, which should perform all summer in baskets or containers. Young plants will be sent out in May. Verbena ‘Union Jack’ collection is being offered by Vernon Geranium Nursery (www.geraniumsuk.com). With delivery at the end of April, there should be time for plants to settle in and start flowering for June. DT Brown is offering a

patriotic blend of young highly scented red, white and blue sweet pea plants, which should be delivered in late March and, once hardened off, can be planted in their permanent positions. As the Olympics and Paralympics are being run during the end of July, August and early September, gardeners will have enough time to grow plants from seeds for these celebrations. The RHS suggests growing red, white and blue sweet peas, red-flowered Salvia splendens, Nicotiana (tobacco plant) in red and white, and blue flowers such as ageratums or Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria’. However, if the thought of a red, white and blue border stirs up images of old-fashioned planting schemes often seen in parks or on roundabouts, vertical displays may provide a more contemporary feel. Consider planting a wall of

blue, white and red with verbenas, ivy-leaved pelargoniums, lobelias and begonias. RHS Garden Harlow Carr, in North Yorkshire, is extending the theme to vegetables by planting red (‘Highland Burgundy Red’), blue (‘Purple Majesty’) and white (‘Elisabeth’) potatoes, while all four RHS gardens will be featuring planting displays to celebrate both the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics. Other patriotic veg might include the purple/blue variety of carrots, ‘Purple Haze’, white cauliflower ‘Avalanche’, runner bean ‘Painted Lady’ which produces red and white flowers and rainbow chard, for its colourful red stems. Flying the flag opens up so many opportunities for gardeners to go red, white and blue this summer.


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conservatory which creates a link between house and garden has long since been a way of adding an extra room to our homes. recent trends however have seen the humble conservatory become so much more exciting! Over time our clients have become increasingly discerning and know exactly what to expect from a company such as ours. Accordingly we have evolved with our clients and we now produce breathtaking orangeries, garden rooms and kitchen extensions as well as our stunning conservatories that we are renowned for. We build light and airy rooms that very quickly become the hub of your house, wonderful family rooms where you are able to cook, entertain 84

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and relax. The edwardian orangery is ever more popular with smooth ceilings and glass lantern roof it gives you the important light with bags of sophistication. however the options are endless; we specialise in traditional or contemporary designs using slate, glass, sustainable hardwood, aluminium or upvc. Our interiors are finished to a very high standard using wonderful natural products, flooring in slate, lime stone or marble with underfloor heating to keep youwarm on icy mornings and lighting designs that can change the mood of the room at the flick of a switch. Everything can be modified to suit your home and budget. Landsdowne offer a complete

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FREEZING WEATHER DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T HAVE FUN INDOORS. HOME BARS AND GAMES ROOMS ARE BOOMING IN POPULARITY AS STAYING IN BECOMES THE NEW GOING OUT. GABRIELLE FAGAN REVEALS THE TOP ‘TOYS’ FOR THE HOME.

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elebrities may party at chic clubs, restaurants and premieres but, increasingly, the hottest entertainment destination for the rest of us is our own home. Cinemas, party rooms, bars and games rooms are now considered must-haves in high-end homes. But while most people don’t have the budget for such lavish spaces, it doesn’t stop us embracing the philosophy that ‘staying in’ is the new ‘going out’ - and looking for kit to make it possible. “The world has moved on in terms of the way people use their homes,” says designer Tara Bernerd of Tara Bernerd & Partners. “Of course, those who can afford luxury want entertainment areas - a cinema room, a games room with a pool table and a party ‘night club’ zone so they can effortlessly and instantly enjoy their often limited leisure time. “Most people now regard their homes as little kingdoms, where they can demonstrate their taste, be cocooned and amused when they’re alone or with family, or entertain in style when the mood 86

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takes them.” Home bars have shed their naff reputation. A built-in bar was a famous and much mocked fixture in the Trotters’ lounge in TV’s Only Fools And Horses, but now high street giants Marks & Spencer and John Lewis both have sophisticated ranges of drinks cabinets and trolleys. Freezing weather aside, which makes venturing out even less appealing, socialising indoors means you can tailor an occasion exactly to suit you and your guests. This could potentially save you money, not to mention freeing hosts from concerns over drinking and driving. “Men may be more interested in gadgets, gizmos and toys for a games room, while women are keen to have areas where they can relax and entertain such as cinema rooms and bar areas,” says Bernerd. Convenience and privacy are motivating factors for those who already have the luxury gyms, pools and spas, and see separate entertainment zones as complementary to those facilities. But she points out many people want their homes to have multi-functional spaces.

“One of our aims is to ensure these rooms are versatile and have just as much atmosphere and appeal when they are used as intimate, relaxing spaces as when they’re used for entertaining groups of friends or for parties,” she says. So, if you’re a dedicated party-giver, movie buff, or just want to kit out a room to give teenagers some space (and you some privacy), check out entertaining ideas from the experts. GAME ON

“Games rooms are now essential ‘play spaces’ in homes,” says Henrietta Perry, director of interior design specialists Callister Russell. “One of the most important things for our clients is creating that ‘wow factor’. “We source bespoke details whether it’s a vintage arcade game or one of our most recent acquisitions - a pool table which once belonged to musician Eric Clapton. “It’s all part of ensuring a games room provides everything to create the

right mood with a touch of the individual’s character. “They can be equipped with everything from pool tables and pinball machines, to table football, memorabilia or art.” GET SET AND PLAY

SPEND: For fans of the beautiful game, The Games Room Company’s football tables start from £1,500 and include a bespoke luxury table, from £19,000, on which family, team-mates or even pets’ faces can be replicated on hand-painted cast metal figures. Change the pace with a sleek Vortex Air Hockey table, £599 from The Conran Shop. Or play the machines with an Arcade table in a coffee table design with 60 vintage games including Space Invaders and Pac-Man, £2,500, and limited edition Juke Britannia juke box, £6,500. Both from The Games Room Company. SAVE: A Champions League Football Table, £129.95, has UEFA Champions League stadium graphics and a grass-effect pitch. Or go


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for an Arcade Mania Upright Machine, £1,399, which features 150 games. Both from John Lewis. Getting Personal has Table Top Air Hockey, £19.99.

at one end for socialising. It particularly suits those with children who don’t want the bother and expense of finding babysitters and so can easily party at home.”

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“Home bars are enjoying a huge revival and can be positioned discreetly in the corner of a living room or act as a focal point in a party area,” says interior designer Joanna Wood. “Clients can enjoy using them as an intimate space for evening drinks or cocktails or as a convenient serving and preparation area during the day for non-alcoholic drinks such as smoothies.” The demise of the dining room is allowing people to use that space for entertaining, says John Stephens, managing director of Rencraft, specialists in bespoke kitchens and furniture. “We are certainly noticing an increase in demand for home entertainment zones from sociable bar areas through to home cinema rooms,” he says. “People now prefer larger open-plan kitchens, with an area

SPEND: A bespoke home bar crafted in oak, hand-painted and lit starts from around £5,000 from Rencraft and a curved bar in walnut with nickel detailing, and sides in metallic plum-coloured vinyl, starts from around £4,000. Both available from Joanna Trading on request. SAVE: A Mayfair Drinks Cabinet crafted from American ash wood, £599, and a Conran Cayley Drinks Trolley, £399, with wooden wheels. Both from Marks & Spencer. Alternatively, John Lewis’s range includes an Ellis Drinks Cabinet, £299, with a walnut finish only available online and a gilded Biggins Drinks Trolley, £599, available in March. LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION

“Cinema rooms are outstripping pools in popularity in luxury homes,” says Matt Wayne,

consultant designer at Finite Solutions. “Cinema-size screens which magically appear or disappear when not in use are enormously popular, so we can conceal them in walls behind panels or pictures. “For one client we created a private ‘multiplex’ with a lit pathway to leather seats, a 100-inch screen, integrated acoustic panels whose fronts displayed family photos, and a library of 6,000 films arranged into themed programmes.” Lighting is key to the right atmosphere in entertainment areas or cinema rooms, points out Sally Storey, design director at John Cullen Lighting. “It’s essential to have lighting effects which are dimmable so that one can immediately change the environment of a room from a brightly-lit area to a moody, dramatic party space or viewing

area at the touch of a button. “Consider adding uplights at low level at either side of a fireplace or around the corners of a room, which can be very dramatic.” SCREEN STARS

SPEND: A cinema room with luxurious red carpeting, red silk drapes, leather seating and touch pad control, from £10,000 upwards for the audio visual equipment and installation from Finite Solutions. More information available on request. SAVE: Set up a screen in any room you like by using a projector and screen. Amazon has a wide range of screens including a Duronic FPS100/43 Floor 100-inch projector screen, currently reduced from £169.99 to £129.99, and an Aiptek PocketCinema V50 - DLP projector, currently reduced from £299.99 to £239.99. Recline in comfort on a Home Cinema Chair, £1,119.99, and complete the experience with popcorn made by a Movie Popcorn Machine, £349.99. Both available from Drinkstuff. FEBRUARY2012 87


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Choice of the Discerning Homeowner The Hertitage Window Company’s legacy of quality

The Heritage Window Company is a family run business with over 35 years industry experience, and was specifically formed to provide a bespoke service to discerning homeowners, who are passionate about retaining original window styles where at all possible. Their “Benenden” aluminium window is the slimmest aluminium window on the market, and has been uniquely designed to fit into existing timber frames, to replicate the original metal windows of period properties, while giving the benefits of modern double glazing and preserving the character of a period home. The Benenden window can also be installed direct into brick or stone, or into new frames, and can be individually designed to replicate the shapes and sizes of the original metal windows and doors. The ethos of the company is to offer a personal service which is second 90

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to none and they will not willingly More and more homeowners and sacrifice style or quality to reduce costs. specifiers choose “The Benenden” for its ability to replicate the slim elegant It was this combination of the unique lines of steel windows. The Benenden range can be supplied with a wide “Benenden” ultra slim aluminium choice of glazing types, matching the window, allied with the superb lead patterns on original windows. quality and service offered by the Heritage Window Company which The “Benenden” window is available in a range of colours with 4 choices of prompted the Grand Designs team glazing: leaded, heritage cross, Art Deco to choose the Heritage Window and Georgian, to match the original. Company to work with them on the The “Benenden” is also available with striking Art Deco house (link www. a choice of handles, including brass to channel4/4homes/on-tv/granddesigns, then go to Episode Guides, replicate the originals. Inspired by History, Guildford: the Art Deco House). The Heritage Window Company can also supply and install a wide range of double glazed products, including The Heritage Window Company bi-fold doors. prides itself on offering an unpressurised approach, no obligation, just friendly, professional advice that the The Heritage Window Company company’s clients have come to expect is a Fensa registered company. The from The Heritage Window Company, “Benenden” range of slim line metal who directly employ their teams of replacements for period style homes skilled carpenters, thus ensuring a is fully compliant with the latest superb level of quality control. Building Regulations. All orders are

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ou might not think so when it’s as cold as it is now, but you’re lucky if your home has rooms with really high ceilings. Not only are they a fantastic architectural feature and quite unusual, but they can also be used to create an extra room. With the addition of a mezzanine level (an internal balcony overlooking the space below), you can add a room more easily than converting your loft or cellar or building an extension. A mezzanine level can have all sorts of uses - a dressing room, home office, studio, spare room, or bed platform or play area in a child’s room (bed platforms also work well in high-ceilinged studio apartments). However, there are lots of practical considerations. So that you can stand up comfortably in both the mezzanine and the space underneath it, the room should have a ceiling height of at least 4.2m (13ft 9in), unless it’s a small child’s room. Whatever you use the mezzanine for, you’ll need something to enclose it. A balustrade or half-height wall is a 92

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popular choice because you still get a feeling of space, although you do, of course, lose privacy. You’ll also need a staircase up to the mezzanine. Ladder-style ones are fine for kids, but not so user-friendly for adults, while spiral staircases save space. For a really clever use of space, you can tuck things under a (conventional) staircase, like a built-in home office or storage, or even a tiny shower room or kitchen in a studio apartment. One thing you don’t want to do without is soundproofing, because this could affect your enjoyment of the mezzanine and the room below. And don’t forget the importance of natural light. Depending on where and how tall the room’s windows are, the mezzanine could lack daylight, so you’ll need bright artificial lights that can be operated from both levels of the room. Because a mezzanine level is an internal structure, you probably won’t need planning permission to build one, unless you live in a listed building. If you do, you’re likely to need consent from your local council’s conservation officer - and your application may be rejected.

You should also check with the council’s building control department, as they may want to monitor the work to ensure it complies with building regulations. Using an architect to design your mezzanine is a good idea, because they should know what rules and regulations apply. Alternatively, a builder may be happy to design and construct the mezzanine for you, or build it to your design. You may even need to employ a structural engineer, as mezzanines are often big and heavy and so could put more weight on the floor than it was designed to take. If your home’s leasehold, you may need the freeholder’s permission to add a mezzanine, depending on the terms of the lease. And if it’s a flat, with a flat below, you’ll probably have to comply with the Party Wall Act because the weight of the mezzanine could damage your neighbour’s ceiling underneath it. Costs for a mezzanine level start from hundreds of pounds (for a small, simple platform in a child’s room), but can cost thousands, depending on the

structure’s size and the work involved. Compared to most types of building work, though, this is a relatively quick and inexpensive way of adding a room. PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

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few days here will only be enough to make you want to return again. But here’s a few pointers to whet your appetite. HISTORY

With the remnants of 2000 years of history, there’s plenty to see in Lisbon. Phoenicians and Romans, Barbarians and Moors have all left their stamp on the city. Start with the quiet of the Sé, the 12th century cathedral, before plunging into the narrow, atmospheric streets of the Alfama district. Its Rua de Sao Pedro hosts a lively fish market. There are museums and the rebuilt castle, the Castelo de São Jorge. For a taste of neo-classical history, the buildings of the Restauradores area will fill your gaze as you sip coffee from a pavement café. As you continue your tour, you’ll swiftly realise that each area of town - Belem, Bairro Alto, Baixa – has a wealth of museums, galleries and buildings to amaze you. 94

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FOOD AND DRINK

On the Atlantic Ocean, seafood plays a large part in Lisbon’s cuisine. Portugal is associated with sardines, but try squid, sea bass, oysters…or a cataplana de peixe e mariscos, a fish stew that lets you taste many at once! A feijoada is a spicy pork and bean stew: hearty cuisine maybe edges it over haute cuisine, here, but everything is available. There are hundreds of restaurants for all palates – a cervejaria is the place for a less formal beer and a snack. Portuguese wine may not be that well-known to the British palate, but it should be. For a free (yes, free!) crash-course tasting in what’s good, try

ViniPortugal’s (www.viniportugal.pt) tasting rooms at the Sala Ogival, all set in beautiful surroundings. SHOPPING

Chiado is Lisbon’s stylish, upmarket shopping area, but at the other end of the scale is the Feria da Ladra (‘Thieves’ Market’) flea market in Alfama district. Watch your handbag! In-between, you’ll stumble across everything from sleek and chic shopping malls to brimming delicatessens, wine merchants and antiques markets. GETTING AROUND

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A DAY OUT

A short break from your short break? There’s enough to do in Lisbon to fill a lifetime, but for something different, take a train ride to Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, a delightful town set among wooded slopes. It’s a favourite summer retreat with parks and palaces. Managing Director of enjoyholidays, Ronnie Findlay and his staff can recommend and advise on a whole host of great-value city breaks (including Lisbon). Give them a call on 01753 885272. Content provided by Murray Stewart. muzzer45@yahoo.co.uk


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WELL NOW THE SNOW HAS MELTED AND THERE IS HOPE OF SPRING JUST ROUND THE CORNER AND THE ABUNDANCE OF NEW SEASONAL INGREDIENTS, THIS SCRUMPTIOUS DESSERT PAYS HOMAGE TO THE COMFORT FLAVOURS OF WINTER - ZINGY ORANGE AND SPICE FINISHED WITH THE EXOTIC FLAVOURS OF COCONUT, PINEAPPLE AND RUM. PAIN D’EPICES IS CLASSICAL FRENCH, HONEYED, AND SPICED BREAD THAT WE ALSO SERVE WITH SAVOURY AS WELL AS SWEET AT THE RESTAURANT.

Ingredients

Pain d’epices 250g clear honey 125ml milk 50g caster sugar 3 eggs 120g dark rye flour 120g plain white flour 20g baking powder 2 teasp mixed spice 2 teasp ground ginger Finely grated rind of ½ orange and ½ lemon 2 teasp vanilla extract Orange Curd 4 oranges zest and juice 150 g caster sugar 150 g butter 4 egg yolks Caramelized Pineapple 1 large Pineapple 200 mls dark rum 50 g salted butter 50 gm demera sugar Coconut Ice cream 12 large free range egg yolks 75g caster sugar 500ml whole milk 400 ml coconut milk 100 ml double cream

Method

Pain d’epices 1. Butter a large loaf tin 23 x 12 cm and line with buttered greaseproof paper. 96

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2. Heat the oven to Gas Mark 3, 160 degrees C /325 degrees F 3. Heat the honey with the milk until melted, keep warm 4. In a large bowl, whisk the sugar and eggs together until very light and smooth 5. Sieve all the dry ingredients together. Stir the warmed milk and vanilla extract into the egg mixture. Then fold in the dry ingredients 6. Bake for 30 minutes, then lower the heat to Gas Mark 2/150 degrees C/300 degrees F and continue to bake for one hour. 7. Leave to cool in the tin for 30 minutes and then turn out Orange Curd 08. Reduce the juice and zest of oranges by half 09. Add the caster sugar and the butter 10. Add the 4 egg yolks – them mix together and place on a very low heat, cook out until thick and creamy Caramelized Pineapple 11. Peel and cut the large pineapple in small cubes. 12. Heat a heavy bottomed frying pan add salted butter 13. Sauté the pineapple chucks 14. Flame with the rum and then add the demera sugar and caramelize the pineapple until golden

Coconut Ice cream 15. Lightly whisk your egg yolks and sugar together 16. Heat the milk and cream and coconut milk in a pan to near boiling 17. Add a little of the hot milk and cream to the egg yolks, whisk together and then add back into the pan with the remaining milk cream mixture 18. Continue to cook on a very low heat gently whisking all the time until the custard coats the back of your spoon 19. Allow to cool and then churn in an ice cream machine

To serve

20. Cut a strip of pain de epices, toast on both sides 21. Spread with a little of the orange curd 22. Place on a plate to serve 23. Stack your caramelized pineapple on top and serve with a scoop of the coconut ice cream 24. Drizzle over a little of the pan juice rum syrup to finish.

Chef’s tip

You can garnish the dish with thin shavings of fresh coconut that have been toasted under a grill; a mandolin is a great tool for this job. There are a number of other ice creams that would also work with this dish such as passion fruit and banana and mango.

Artichoke events Next month will see dates being released for our Guest Chef Event. The Artichoke will be welcoming an acclaimed guest chef, who will collaborate in the kitchen with Laurie offering a unique menu for one night only. If you would like to join our mailing list and receive our monthly newsletter and details of events and promotions please contact info@artichokerestaurant.co.uk

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ust 60 bottles of a Diamond Jubilee scotch, made by Johnnie Walker distiller Diageo, have been produced for sale, and are being offered to known collectors of rare and expensive whiskies. Another single bottle will be given to the Queen herself. The whisky is a blend of grain and malt whiskies dating back from 1952, and finished in casks made of oak from the Queen’s Sandringham estate. If you don’t have £100,000 to spend and are wondering what it tastes like, the master blender for all Johnnie Walker whiskies, Jim Beveridge, said he is “surprised and delighted” by the way the Jubilee whisky has turned out. “With whisky as old as 60 years, sometimes it can be a bit crusty and the flavours can be a bit subdued. But this one is very vibrant,” he said. “It has a fresh fruity flavour, and a finish which is smoky and also has an exotic fruit taste.” He added that Diageo has whisky stocks dating back 50 years, but for anything older than that there are far fewer to choose from. “1952 was an interesting year for distillers, as the whisky industry started to get back on its feet after the Second World War “ said Mr Beveridge. The whisky was bottled on 7th February in Baccarat crystal decanters, at the Royal Lochnagar Distillery on the edges of the Queen’s Balmoral estate. David Gates, the head of Diageo’s whisky business, said the company originally planned to offer the Diamond Jubilee whisky to wealthy afficionados in Asia Pacific and Latin America, but has now had requests from the US and Europe as well. All profits from the sale of the bottles will go to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST).


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Beaconsfield Life February 2012