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Salterns Marina is the perfect setting to this two-day event bringing together a great selection of new boats and marina products for the boating enthusiast, which is suitable for all ages and is free of charge to visit. Russell Hayden of Salterns said “is ‘boutique’ style boat show has been truly welcomed by the marine industry; main dealers, manufacturers, associated companies, the boating press and visitors alike. When we organised the show back in 2011, we didn’t realise just how successful this event would become and has rapidly established itself as a fixed date on the boating calendar. It’s just what the visitor and trade were looking for as an alternative to the larger shows like Southampton and London. We have progressed and improved each year and look to bring you an even better show for this coming year”. Ray Quinn, who recently starred in panto as Aladdin at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, will be returning to the venue, in the town where now has set up home, from April 15th – 20th with e Rise And Fall Of Little Voice. Written and directed by Jim Cartwright, the Olivier Award-winning e Rise And Fall Of Little Voice stars Ray Quinn as ‘Billy’, Coronation Street favourite Beverley Callard as ‘Mari Hoff ’, Duggie Brown as ‘Mr Boo’ and introduces Jess Robinson as ‘Little Voice’. e cast also features Philip Andrews as ‘Ray Say’ and Sally Plumb as ‘Sadie’.Ray continues his very special connection with the local area, having married Bournemouth-born West End star Emma Stephens in a private ceremony on a Caribbean beach last year. e happy couple then celebrated the birth of Harry, the couple’s firstborn in August, and have now settled into their apartment overlooking the sea in Poole.

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On Wednesday the 8th of May you can meet up with us at the Bolton's Cricket car park, Lyndhurst between 10am - 2pm. Why not come and spend some time enjoying a scenic walk over the New Forest landscape while learning from our guide about its history as a Royal hunting forest and a little about the English monarchs, who once hunted here. is will be a six-mile moderate walk that follows the route of the Park Pale, which surrounded Lyndhurst’s traditional medieval deer-hunting park.

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1963: Bournemouth a Go! Go! – ere have always been years which seem to shine out in any era: years in which that electrical charge of lightning flashing across the sky illuminates a landscape caught in a moment of fast changing adventure. Sometime those changes of society, art and style arrive with colour and excitement. 1963 stands out as one of the 60’s ‘Lightning Years’. Even in a decade so full of movement and change, this particular year seems remarkable – we take a look back at this wonderful year with local historian Jane Martin. Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts present a new version of Hans Christian Andersen’s magical tale e Snow Queen from April 25th to 27th, adding a colourful Bollywood twist that transports its audience to a land rich in colour, music and unforgettable imagery. is unique production is a fast and funny family show for audiences aged 6+ and takes a classic wintry fairy-tale and immerses it in the burning heat of Southern India, desolate bandit country and glitzy Bollywood. With lively dance scenes, modern music and stunning sets, this is a show to delight young audiences and accompanying adults alike. Enjoy your issue and we look forward to seeing you in May.

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WHAT’S ON JUMP INTO SPRING Get active and discover the forest as it awakens for Spring. Spring is a time of new life so come along, meet the Forestry Commission rangers and enjoy the forest at this special time of year. Our 'fairytrail' will get all the family involved and inspired! Suitable for the whole family. Just turn up between 11am and 4pm. ere is a £2 charge per child. For further information please contact the Forestry Commission on 023 8028 6840. Bolderwood Information Unit, Bolderwood car park (SU242086) Hampshire SO43 7GQ. Monday 8th 2013 to Sunday 14 Apr 2013 y/INFD-93UF6B HORSE AGILITY TRAINING / TASTER / PLAY DAY Horse event at Hurn Bridge Equestrian: Horse Agility Training / Taster / Play Day. Be sure to check the website page for times and latest information, especially in case of bad weather. Hurn Bridge Equestrian Dorset BH23 6AD. Sunday 14 Apr 2013, Sun 12 May nt INTRODUCTION TO ARCHERY Learn the basics of bare bow shooting and take part in some archery games. Family groups welcome. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Leaders are GNAS qualified staff from the Countryside Education Trust. Booking Essential! 10.00am-11.30am 2.00pm-3.30pm £12 per person per session. Friends of the Trust £10.00



Treehouse Study Centre, Beaulieu Hampshire SO42 7YL. Friday 12 Apr 2013 ASTRONOMY EVENING A talk about the stars we can see in the night sky followed by tips on how to use telescopes and photography to capture images. Visitors also have the opportunity to have a go with some serious telescopes to view the moon and the stars. Using the telescopes is weather permitting as it requires a clear night. £6 per person Museum of Army Flying Hampshire SO20 8DY Saturday 20 Apr 2013 MI FLAMENCO LIVE IN BOURNEMOUTH Mi Flamenco, international flamenco company are coming to Bournemouth to that unique venue, e Winchester. Authentic flamenco at its best with artists of the highest calibre, direct from the birthplace of flamenco. A show full of heart and soul: dazzling footwork, virtuoso guitar and powerful voice combined in a exhilarating show. An opportunity to see the raw and passion that true flamenco has; an experience not to be missed. Saturday April 20th at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) Sunday April 21st at 2pm (doors open at 1.30pm) Seating: £16 Standing £14 Tickets can be bought online from (look for Mi Flamenco) or call their 24 hour hotline on 0844 870 0000 Limited early!! The Winchester 39 Poole Hill (The Triangle) Bournemouth BH2 5PW Dorset BH2 5PW

Saturday 20 Apr 2013 and Sunday 21 Apr 2013 DORSET COAST & HARBOUR BIKE RIDE Welcome in the spring with a choice of 3 routes (42, 33 and 17 miles) on the 3rd year of this lovely ride through the beautiful Dorset countryside and along the famous 'Jurassic Coast' to raise money for the Lewis-Manning Hospice. 8am to 5pm. £18.00 (£16.50 / £8.00 in advance). 01179 897080 West Field, Poole Park, Poole Dorset BH15 1TP Sunday 12 May 2013 coastandharbour SUMMER SERIES TIME TRIALS A series of 6 5K cross country races, including a 1 mile race for children aged 4 to 15. Results are age categorised, with prizes at the end of the series, for those taking part in 4 or more. If you are new to running or just fancy a picking up your old shoes again, this is a very friendly event through the beautiful scenery on summer evening, all ages are welcome from the very young to the ones that want to feel it again. Parking on site. Children’s Race starts at 7pm £1, Adults 7.30pm £2 Friday May 3rd, May 24th, June 7th, July 19th, August 9th and August 23rd - prize presentation and BBQ afterwards on last event Upton Country Park, Poole, Dorset BH17 7BJ Friday 3 May 2013, Fri 24 May, Fri 7 Jun

SAXON AND VIKINGS: SIEGE OF WAREHAM We invite you to come and witness re-enactments and battles, visit the Saxon village, and talk to the craftspeople. Last year’s new improved Kings Court returns in 2013. Beware the cries of ‘Odin’ across the Isle of Purbeck. 10-6 Free to National Trust members. £8.50 per adult. £21.25 for a family ticket - no additional charge call 01929 466060 Corfe Castle, Wareham Dorset BH20 5EZ. Saturday 4 May 2013 to Monday 6 May 2013 corfe-castle/ SPINNAKER SAILING CLUB OPEN DAY FREE taster sailing and kayaking sessions. Whether you've never seen a boat before or you've been sailing all your life, this is an exciting day out not to be missed with free sailing and kayaking taster sessions running through out the day available to all. New Forest and District ‘Sailability’ will also be supporting our event with boats available for wheelchair users. BBQ and drinks available. Come along and bring your friends. Fun for all the family. 10.00am to 4.00pm. FREE sailing & kayaking taster sessions available for all, including wheelchair users. Spinnaker Club, Ivy Lane, Blashford, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 3LY Monday 6 May 2013 BIG BANANA BONANZA AT MONKEY WORLD! Each year on Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Spring and Summer Bank Holiday weekends, every child that enters the park bringing a banana for the primates receives a FREE Monkey World badge! Monkey World is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 10am to 5pm

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(10am to 6pm during July and August). For all current prices, Contact us at or call 01929 462537 for any other queries. Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre, Longthorns, Wareham, Dorset BH20 6HH Saturday 4 May 2013 to Monday 6 May 2013 SPECIALIST PLANT FAIR LULWORTH CASTLE A large choice of plants with over 13 specialist nurseries and stands from throughout the south attending A GREAT OUT FOR GARDENERS! 10.00am-4.00pm Plant Sale Entry: £2.50 Adults (children free) Free Parking. Dogs on lead Lulworth Castle Take A352 signposted Wool follow the brown signs for Lulworth Castle Dorset BH20 5QS Sunday 28 Apr 2013 SANDBANKS BOAT SHOW Salterns Brokerage and organiser are pleased to announce that once again the highly successful Sandbanks Boat Show will go ahead for its third year in succession. is year the event will run over a two day period; Saturday 11th and Sunday the 12th of May from 10am to 5pm. Salterns marina,40 Salterns Way, Lilliput, Poole, Dorset, BH14 8JR. Admission Free .uk NEW FOREST SPRING FAIR e Fair will be held on Sunday 5th May and will be open between 9.00am and 5.00pm with music until 9.00pm. ere is going to be a ‘street party theme’ with tasty treats, crafty stands, activities to get involved with, a dog show, local musicians playing throughout the day and visitors will have the

opportunity to enter their handmade crafts. 9.00am - 9.00pm Free Entry 01590 622400 The Showground, New Park, Brockenhurst Hampshire SO42 7QH Sunday 5 May 2013 LIVE MUSIC FEMALE VOCAL DUO Sisters, Laura & Emma Dean (aka "e Songbirds") will perform chart hits from the likes of Emeli Sande, Adele, Kings of Leon, e Script, plus many more. 2 x 45 minute sessions start at 7.30pm. The Print Room, Richmond Hill, Bournemouth Dorset BH2 6HH. Fri 26 Apr, Fri 10 May, Fri 24 May SUMMER SERIES TIME TRIALS A series of 6 5K cross country races, including a 1 mile race for children aged 4 to 15. Results are age categorised, with prizes at the end of the series, for those taking part in 4 or more. If you are new to running or just fancy a picking up your old shoes again, this is a very friendly event.. Upton Country Park, Poole, Dorset BH17 7BJ Friday 3 May 2013, Fri 24 May, Fri 7 Jun WALKING WITH CANCER Do you feel alone or need to talk, are your friends or family afraid to ask questions? If your answer is yes why not come along and meet others whose lives have been changed with hearing the dreaded word Cancer. Home made teas and cakes, any monies collected going towards Oakhaven Hospice and.. Greyfriars Activity Centre, 44 Christchurch Rd, Ringwood, Hants Hampshire BH24 1DW. Saturday 13 Apr 2013 JUNIQUE EVENTS CRAFT FAIR Craft Fair with some collectables, featuring many

unique items ideal for that perfect gift or a treat for yourself. Different stalls attend each date e.g hand made fudge and confectionery, handbags, preserves, soap, multi-media and jewellery etc. You can also relax in our refurbished centre cafe.. Lyndhurst Community Centre, Main Car Park, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7NY Sun 21 Apr, Sun 28 Apr, Sun 5 May, Mon 6 May, Sun 12 May, Sun 26 May, Mon 27 May, Sun 2 Jun BIG SPRING STEAM UP AT BURSLEDON BRICKWORKS Our first event of the year will see traction engines, steam rollers, a steam yacht, a saw bench (hopefully), tractors and trailer rides. ere will be arts and crafts, including an Exhibition by the Art Group. e second hand book stall and you can make a start on your garden with great bargains.. Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum Hampshire SO31 7HB Sunday 14 Apr 2013 Tel 01489 576248 WILDLIFE IN THE GARDEN ‘Wildlife in the garden’ is the theme for a series of new events at Knoll Gardens near Wimborne. ese special wildlife-focused events include dawn chorus gatherings, garden tours and bat walks. ey will highlight the many environmental benefits associated with Knoll’s renowned naturalistic gardening style as well the pure enjoyment that wildlife can bring to any garden. Early birds can catch the dawn chorus at Knoll Gardens on Saturday 1 May at 4.30am. Night owls can go newt lamping, bat spotting and moth hunting on Saturday 25 May from 9pm; or stroll on the nearby common in search of the elusive nightjar before returning to observe the

antics of the bats at Knoll on Saturday 15 June - again at 9pm.You can enjoy the butterfly walks for £7 per person, whilst all the other events cost £10. Light refreshments are included in the ticket price. For more information and booking call Knoll Gardens on 01202 873931. www.knollgardensfoundatio EMERGENCY LIFE SUPPORT e Red Cross believes that first aid is a basic life skill that everyone should learn. e Emergency Life Support course is aimed at anyone wishing to learn first aid skills covering the most common first aid situations, including critical first aid skills, major injuries, illnesses and medical conditions. If you would like a place on the course please contact British Red Cross on 01483 749066 or e-mail HantsIoWSurreyTraining@ 1000-1500 £30 (inc VAT) 01483 749066 Lymington Red Cross Centre, Wisteria Court, 22 Avenue Road, Lymington Hampshire SO41 9GJ. Saturday 27 Apr 2013 n



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hy not come and spend some time enjoying a scenic walk over the New Forest landscape while learning from our guide about its history as a Royal hunting forest and a little about the English monarchs, who once hunted here. is will be a six-mile moderate walk that follows the route of the Park Pale, which surrounded Lyndhurst’s traditional medieval deer-hunting park. ere will be plenty of opportunites for a tactical refreshments’ stop or even a pub lunch, in one of the lovely New Forest country pubs along the way. We recommend stout footwear and suitable clothes for the weather conditions. COST AGE DOGS BOOKING

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here have always been years which seem to shine out in any era: years in which that electrical charge of lightning flashing across the sky illuminates a landscape caught in a moment of fast changing adventure. Sometime those changes of society, art and style arrive with colour and excitement. 1963 stands out as one of the 60’s ‘Lightning Years’. Even in a decade so full of movement and change, this particular year seems remarkable. An initial glance back to 1963 reveals a country awakening to the Beatles exhilarating command to Please Please them, shouted from their 2nd single – ending 12 months later with a

Beatlemania scream of delight as a nation wants to Hold eir Hand. Along the way the rapid pace of events, both national and worldwide, included the beginning of the end of 13 years of Conservative government, courtesy of Stephen Ward’s goodtime girls, Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice Davis; the so-called ‘Great Train Robbery’, and the assassination of President Kennedy. Not to mention the shifting tectonic pates of social/political UK life engendered by the satirical shafts of Davis Frost’s at Was e Week at Was and Peter Cook’s Private Eye, plus his Establishment Club. It’s possible to reference Bournemouth and surrounding area as the 60’s home and/or starting point for Al Stewart, Andy Summers, Robert Fripp, Greg Lake and Gordon Haskell, as an indication of the local names that were to reach a worldwide audience in the years ahead. Or even Tony Blackburn, the first voice to be heard on BBC Radio 1. From this handful of names spring personal reminiscences of music, songs, records and stories. As the evolution of 60’s beat groups throughout the western world has frequently shown, a prerequisite to an eventual Fame ’n’ Fortune journey, however brief or bountiful, includes initially time spent underground. Underground because more often than not, the hot, crowded, smoke-filled clubs they performed in were in cellars, basements, or the like. Liverpool’s Mathew Street had its Cavern and Bournemouth’s Holdenhurst Road: Le Disque a Go Go. Situated at No.9, underneath a fruit and veg shop, Le Disque opened in early 1963 under the astute management of Alan Azern and his partner Tony Silvestro. It had been previously known as the Downstairs Club, run by Jerry Stooks as a jazz club. is perfectly timed transformation coincided with a countrywide move from jazz venues to R ’n’ B clubs. e policy of Le Disque was to present live music purveyed by not only local groups, but those usually available only to patrons of London’s Marquee and Flamingo clubs. Alan’s success in achieving this aim was to prove a key element in the early mid 60’s Bournemouth scene. First, and perhaps foremost, of the many non local groups his club booked, was an embryonic Manfred Mann. Known then as the Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers. In fact the small ‘What’s On’ Bournemouth Echo ad, which alerted me to their existence, added to this already rather long band name: featuring Paul Jones. Scanning the Echo, as a Broadstone dwelling 16 year old that late April evening, I was looking to find something to make the trip into town worthwhile. In those pre driving licence, still bussing it, teenage days, the No.10, Hants and Dorset double-decker, was at least 30 minutes of travel to consider. Spotting this ad, alongside one for Zoot Money’s Sands Combo, I reached for the phone and dialled the Wimborne number of my then, as now, close friend Al Stewart.



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short walk to the Square, then of course pre pedestrianisation, a busy roundabout complete with the charming option of trolley bus transport. Now a decision to be made. Should we lazily hop on a trolley bus for the short haul to the Lansdowne, or take a stroll up Old Christchurch Road? I must admit our usual default position on this would frequently have been the 2d (old pence) bus ride. On this dry, clear skied evening, however we opted to walk and talk. We would certainly have expressed our mutual curiosity regarding both these Blues Brothers and the club. Although frequenting the Pavilion ballroom’s Big Beat Night on a succession of recent Tuesday evenings, to be regaled by Zoot Money and Tony Blackburn, this would be our initiation into the world of the cellar clubs. And with music provided by a genuine, London based R ’n’ B band. With the full blown UK R ’n’ B boom still on the horizon, Bournemouth in keeping with the rest of this green and sceptered isle was still in thrall to early Merseymania. In fact even this was balancing on the cusp from the previous era of Cliff and e Shadows etc. Zoot Money, to be fair, with his fondness for all things Ray Charles, seemed slightly ahead of this musical curve. A few hours earlier would have seen us detouring into one or more of Bournemouth’s various record shops. Or to be accurate: shops within shops. In the early 60s Top 20 record buying took place for the most part in department stores or record outlets aligned with music shops. For example in the town centre our Lansdowne walk would have taken us past W.H. Smiths, J.J. Allens, Beales and nearby Minns Music with its basement ‘listening booths’, all purveyors of 45s and LPs. Perhaps the most significant in many ways was to be found on a corner opposite Horseshoe Common: Bourne Radio. But as at that time of the day, they were all closed, we stopped for a coffee in the El Cabala. is was situated on Old Christchuch Road, just before Bourne Radio and opposite the Calypso & 81 Club. Coffee bars: one of those nationwide flashpoints of change, alongside Rock ’n’ Roll, Teddy Boys and Commercial T.V. that erupted on the mid 50’s demarcation line between the black and white before and the Technicolor time to come. ese espresso centrals in that pre corporate Starbuckian era were actually, at least for teenagers, the cool place to be. Originally they had been deemed an ‘eight day wonder’, a craze, like Hoola Hoops or Davy Crocket hats. By now they had survived to be an accepted part of the townscape. One of course, Paul Lincoln’s famous 2i’s coffee bar, in Soho’s Old Compton Street, had been the launch pad for UK Rock ’n’ Roll: its basement hosting the career debuts of Tommy Steele, Cliff Richard, Johnny Kidd, Hank B. Marvin and Jet Harris. Plus employing Peter Grant as a bouncer; later to be known as the semi-notorious manager for Led Zeppelin. As we continued on our way up the hill towards Holdenhurst

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Road, Paul Jones plus Blues Brothers, having somehow managed to manoeuvre Manfred’s Hammond organ down the steep Le Disque stairs, to reach a tiny stage, were already in full mojo working swing. Entering the club we first encountered Alan Azern taking the entrance money. Quickly followed by his bouncer, Frank, who seemed to us to possess shoulders almost as wide as the narrow corridor which led, right then left, to a flight of stairs. Opposite these a door opened on to the rear of the building and a car parking area, accessible from Lansdowne Road, where the group had left their van. Before reaching the bottom of the stairs an aural wave of alto sax / harmonica lead 12-bar blues surrounded our ears, followed closely by the sight of twenty to thirty people gathered around a small stage directly ahead. Perhaps you were one of them? A few couples were dancing in a pre-mod variation on the shake – but more were watching a line up that wasn’t even close to the standard pop/beat group template of two electric guitars, bass guitar and drums. Moving through the dancers for a better view we exchanged glances: this band didn’t possess a single guitar! At that moment Mike Vickers, who was soon to become the Manfreds’ guitarist was playing alto sax, alongside him Dave Richmond on double bass. Just behind them on drums: Mike Hugg. Manfred Lubowitz was seated behind his Hammond, his back to a wall, sideways on to the right of the stage. Centre front, harmonica in hand stood vocalist Paul Jones. A Hoochie Coochie Man or two later, we edged back through the audience towards the rear of the Disque, to find a small coffee bar and a few seats. We glimpsed in the club’s smoky half light some familiar faces: one belonging to Chris ‘Fergie’ Ferguson, a Zoot Money drummer, one day to record with Bournemouth band the Nite People. e centre of attention for many Manfred Mann enthusiasts in those early days was the man Manfred himself. And very cool for 1963 indeed was Manfred: with a hint of Jacques Loussier’s beard, Hank Marvin’s black horn-rims and a laconic hipster’s speech patterns. Le Disque in common with many live music clubs of the day did not hold a licence to serve alcohol: therefore during breaks in the sessions both band members and more than a few of their audience would decamp to the Metropole directly opposite for a drink and chat. 1963: the year the sixties started to fly. Looking outwards from Bournemouth – or indeed almost anywhere in England – the changes in style, music, fashion, politics and humour were displayed in a fast moving panorama. And at the heart of it all of course: Beatlemania. But e Beatles and Bournemouth that is another story…. Jon Kremer reminisces. Extracts and illustrations taken from his book Bournemouth a Go! Go! ■

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alterns Marina is the perfect setting to this two-day event bringing together a great selection of new boats and marina products for the boating enthusiast, which is suitable for all ages and is free of charge to visit. Russell Hayden of Salterns said “is ‘boutique’ style boat show has been truly welcomed by the marine industry; main dealers, manufacturers, associated companies, the boating press and visitors alike. When we organised the show back in 2011, we didn’t realise just how successful this event would become and has rapidly established itself as a fixed date on the boating calendar. It’s just what the visitor and trade were looking for as an alternative to the larger shows like Southampton and London. We have progressed and improved each year and look to bring you an even better show for this coming year”. Great hospitality includes the Salterns Seafood Bar, serving



amazing freshly cooked seafood dishes and the ‘Piddle’ Pub providing local ales and Dorset ciders including the Amber Piddle, Silent Flasher and Jimmy Riddle! If you like a good pie, then let us spoil you with Timmy’s Pies; who supply the likes of Harvey Nick’s and top London pubs – they are truly scrumptious! e Sandbanks Boat Show provides the perfect opportunity for boating enthusiasts to come and see an impressive and enviable selection of boats and products including marine electronics, engines and chandlery with professionals on hand to provide expert advice. e RNLI will be in attendance where they will be hosting a free lifejacket clinic. Anyone owning a lifejacket is invited to bring it along to the clinic and have it checked free of charge for safety. e setting is stunning and the atmosphere is welcoming and friendly and we look forward to welcoming you to Salterns.

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Ɣ New Boats Displayed On The Water & Ashore

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Ɣ Over 70 New Boats On Display Including Motorboats,

Ɣ Waterside Bar & Restaurant Ɣ Great Boats, Great Food, Great Bar, Great Fun!

Personal Watercraft, Dinghies And Luxury Motor/Sail Yachts Ɣ 5 Gold Anchor Marina Setting

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arkstone Bay Charters is part of the Parkstone Bay Marina group, we are a new exciting company oering the new way of chartering and enjoying boating. Parkstone Bay Charters is managed by a great team of experienced people who are full of energy and cannot wait to get you out on the water this season! We are very proud to introduce our new membership boating scheme, Boat and Go, this is the new way of enjoying your time on the water, Boat and Go makes boating accessable to people who



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thought they never could get out there. Boat and Go memberships start from just £165 per month. Boat and Go offers you the opportunity to use a boat or a fleet of boats for up to six days each month by paying a fixed monthly sum and avoiding all of the ownership costs of running your own boat. We take the hassle so that you can enjoy your days on the water. Parkstone Bay Charters also have a fantastic fleet of hire boats, available for skippered hire or bare boat hire ranging in sizes from 20ft to 55ft. We are very proud

of being able to tailor your day on the water to your every need whether it be a wedding reception a birthday party or just a special day out with friends and family. We have the boat to suit you! Here at Parkstone Bay Charters we pride ourselves on our professionalism and high standards of customer service. We are very privileged with our prestigious marina facilities and of course a prime position in the heart of Poole Harbour. We are always moving forward and are renowned for our friendly welcoming feeling with all of our customers! Parkstone Bay Charters are confident

in boasting that we are the best value and quality for money when it comes to boat memberships and boat hire. Parkstone Bay Charters really do have a fleet of different shapes and sized boats whether it’s a beautiful classic harbour launch, 30ft twin jet thrill boat or a 58ft classic motor cruiser. Visit our website to find out more or come and see us at Parkstone Bay Marina, Turks lane, Poole. n

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bitter chill fills the air as I walk towards the end of the walkway. Hat and gloves on, coat zipped up to my chin I look behind at the glowing lights from the town and think of the families cosy inside their homes, giving a slight sense of warmth inside that battles against the darkness of the ocean which awaits. I often question what am I doing out here? Why do I feel the need to punish my body against the elements? I could be at home with a mug of hot chocolate, feet up and telly on. As the last few people leave the beach to head home into the warmth, I’m suddenly alone, just me and the cold for one more hour. I turn to face the darkness and make the last few steps towards the crashing waves. e sun has had its last glimpse of this landscape for another day and the afterglow starts to follow beneath the horizon. Now is the 20


time to take the shot. To fight the plummeting temperature just once more and capture a moment that will hopefully make the pain worth it. As a landscape photographer, pushing your body to fight the cold becomes part of the job. As you leave the shutter open for sometimes twenty minutes at a time to get just one picture, you try anything and everything to keep warm. Star jumps, running on the spot, it all helps while you wait for the magic to happen. And then… “Click”. As you fumble with numb fingers to look at the screen, you realise the coldness was worth it. You have captured a moment that is beautiful, moving, and unique. e cold makes the end result all the more rewarding and I wouldn’t change the conditions for anything. James Kelly, creative director at Fuel Designs, set up the

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company three years ago and relocated to Bournemouth in October 2011, a decision which has led me into pushing photography from what was a hobby into a professional offering. With an ever expanding photography and design portfolio, Fuel Designs is always keen to offer a service that is both eye catching and memorable. Whether it is creating design for new marketing material, photographing an occasion, or purchasing one of the fine art prints available, Fuel is a creative offering that strives to satisfy the client’s needs in every aspect of art and design. Take a look through the design and photography portfolio and you will see that a future working with Fuel is a thrilling and fantastic decision for all your creative needs. n

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ighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts present a new version of Hans Christian Andersen’s magical tale e Snow Queen from April 25th to 27th, adding a colourful Bollywood twist that transports its audience to a land rich in colour, music and unforgettable imagery. is unique production is a fast and funny family show for audiences aged 6+ and takes a classic wintry fairytale and immerses it in the burning heat of Southern India, desolate bandit country and glitzy Bollywood. With lively dance scenes, modern music and stunning sets, this is a show to delight young audiences and accompanying adults alike. After a freak snowstorm on the southern tip of India, Kumar disappears. Gowri, his best friend, discovers that he has been captured by the formidable Snow Queen, and embarks on a



journey across the length and breadth of the continent to save him. From the burning heat of southern India, through lush backwaters, glitzy Bollywood and desolate bandit country, our brave heroine strives to bring the warmth of friendship to the icy north. e Snow Queen premiered to great acclaim at the Unicorn eatre for children in 2011. Originally devised by award-winning playwright Anupama Chandrasekhar and renowned children’s theatre director Rosamunde Hutt, the production toured South India in autumn 2012 and gained a fine four star review from the Financial Times who said, “Rosamunde Hutt’s production is acted with flair and humour and can hold an audience of schoolchildren rapt from start to finish.” 0844 406 8666 / n

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s a highlight of the South Coast’s summer season, the Asahi British Beach Polo Championship will return to Sandbanks, Poole for its sixth year on the 12/13thJuly 2013. Supported by some of the best arena polo players the hotly anticipated beach festival promises more excitement and glamour both on and off the pitch. England, Ireland, Scotland (sponsored by our very own Sandbanks Life for the second consecutive year) and Wales will be competing with Ireland keen to retain the title after a gripping final against Wales last year. There is floodlit night beach polo on the Friday evening, visiting international polo teams and of course the ‘bonkers’ beach polo after parties. Arena polo is a spectacular spectator sport and played on a stunning Blue Flag beach (preferable sundrenched!) brings the very best out

of the players and guests. The thorough bred ponies and high goal players love playing on the beach in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd. Jack Kidd who is a regular for England at the Championships says ‘I have been lucky enough to play polo all round the world – Sandbanks is still one of my favourite weekends of the year. The polo is insanely competitive, the guests are always on great form and the beach party’s well – they are simply the best!’ Whether visitors are dining in the waterfront Sandpolo Hospitality marquee, enjoying the exclusive VIP experience, soaking up the atmosphere with General Admission tickets, or just choosing to sit outside the fence on the purpose built beach viewing area it is a chance for polo and Sandbanks to show off its attributes to about 5000 seasoned and new supporters each year.

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To complement the polo The Asahi British Beach Polo Championship offers a host of other activities such as ‘have a go’ polo, the Oakley Ladies Beach Volleyball, fashion shows, the charity Audi V Polo Pony race and the vibrant retail village. The polo is an excuse to dress up (or strip off for a quick swim), stay up late and indulge. Founded by Johnny Wheeler and David Heaton-Ellis the publicity for the inaugural Championships in 2008 was kick started by Piers Morgan drawing people’s attention to Sandbanks as ‘Britain’s Monte Carlo’ . Despite the onset of the recession a growing number of businesses use this ‘boutique’ event to entertain clients, reward their staff and promote their brands. Whilst sponsorship is still an important revenue stream new ideas such as camel polo (stand by for the elephants!), floodlit beach polo, equine displays and the appearance of the odd celebrity has kept people talking about the event and coming back year on year. So why does the Championships keep returning to Poole. Johnny Wheeler says ‘a cooperative council and a large stunning easily

accessible beach are the vital ingredients for us as event organisers. Some good weather, the best polo players and an enthusiastic crowd is pretty important too’. The beach polo continues to add massive value to Sandbanks and continues to go from strength to strength. After Dark Polo players and supporters have something of a reputation for letting their hair down. The polo ‘beach after parties’ at Sandbanks provides seasoned and new comers to the sport with a very cool but exciting place to relax, socialise and dance until the small hours of the morning. On the Friday evening live music will increase in tempo after the floodlit beach polo match with the most original DJs connecting with the mixed generation audience. The closing party on Saturday night brings an unmissable eclectic mix of sounds to rock the Jurassic coast. With the title sponsors Asahi beer providing a refreshing balance to the flowing champagne and excellent food to fuel the dancing it is rare to see people leave the beach before the 1am survivors photo.

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hen you read about the fascinating stories concerning local people, local businesses, good local causes and the local towns and villages that you are part of, don't you sometimes think that there are other topics that would look good in print? Our "Life Series" of magazines cover Sandbanks, Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, The New Forest and the beautiful surrounding areas. So, if you are a new business in Poole, a fund-raiser in Bournemouth, a charity organiser in Christchurch, a life-style coach in The New Forest, a historian in Canford Cliffs or a successful community group in Sandbanks, we would love to hear from you. Or perhaps you are a keen amateur photographer

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inclusion in the magazine. In all cases, material should be original and the work of the author/sender. Fish Media Group reserves the right to edit and/or amend any material and accepts no responsibility for errors or inaccuracies, however caused. Origination and copyright will be acknowledged where appropriate. Usual terms and conditions apply, and are available upon request. WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU!

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ollowing the success of her popular Wizzy-Woo picturebooks, Helga is embracing the world of e-publishing by simultaneously releasing Captain Blownaparte & the Sticky Footballs and e Adventures of Captain Blownaparte, Pirate Superstar on Amazon Kindle and Apple iBooks. “is is the future of publishing,” says Helga. ‘It allows instant access for readers at a fraction of the price of conventional books. Buying books has never been so quick and easy.” Captain Blownaparte has already caught the eye of TV executives and Helga is in talks with production companies with a view to developing a series with Chuggington writer Merlin Ward. 28


e new titles are the first in a series of Captain Blownaparte adventures that Helga has worked on with illustrator David Benham. “Right from the outset I wanted to get back to traditional values with my characters and concentrate on entertaining stories with a good moral code,” she says. “I was very keen to stick to good, old-fashioned fun like the famous survivors from our own childhood such as omas the Tank Engine, Peter Rabbit and Rupert Bear who continue to mesmerise children. At such a young age, children deserve the joy of fun and laughter and need to be surrounded by storybook characters they can learn from and aspire to.” Born in Switzerland and with a large family of young

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children, Helga started writing stories for her niece about her cat, Wizzy-Woo. But when her chiropractic patients began to tell her how difficult it was to find a good picturebook for their little ones, Helga decided to share the Wizzy-Woo stories, many of them based on real-life events. Her published Wizzy-Wood books are now on sale worldwide. But Captain Blownaparte is a very different kind of character whose adventures are played out on the seven seas and in exotic locations around the world. “Although these stories are a little more rough and tumble, Captain Blownaparte is all about loyalty and friendship,” explains Helga. “I like to think my potty pirate promotes a strong ethos of trust and the importance of family.” Helga has many happy memories of long hot summers canoeing on the River Rhine and playing at being pirates with her brother and sisters. ose memories ultimately provided the foundation for Captain Blownaparte and evolved into one of the funniest pirate characters for pre-school and early reader children n

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t’s Sunday, it’s raining and your Poole Life magazine is sitting on the table. Your article “Get More Out of Your Life” started me thinking and before I knew it, this whole story was scribbled onto my notepad! Maybe you will print it or maybe you won’t, but I have enjoyed putting my thoughts down and maybe some of you might enjoy reading it? I was born in Swanage during the Second World War, where my father was working in wartime research connected to the development of Radar at Worth Matravers. His autobiography “ I Was ere” printed by Poole Historical Trust, explains his work and life at that time. As I recall, my first memories were of searchlights, planes droning overhead engaged in dogfights and blimps floating over the coastline. My parents moved from Swanage to a house in Elms Avenue, overlooking the Blue Lagoon. is was mainly as a safety precaution against being bombed by the Germans who had realised that Radar was being used near Worth Matravers. It was quite expensive to live there, even in those days, and father did a little car dealing to help out with the finances. I can remember riding in one of his bought cars one day and as he went round the



corner in Lilliput Road my door suddenly flew open! I just managed to hang onto my seat and not fall out. No child seats or seat belts in those days. e house and garden were my peaceful haven and I was given a pet rabbit. Somehow I had a feeling that it had actually been bought for the pot so I adopted the poor creature. One beautiful spring morning, I looked out of my bedroom window and the rabbit had managed to get out and was eating Mother’s homegrown vegetables. I know I was not very old and had the presence of mind to put on a dress before going out into the dawn light. Preoccupied with catching the rabbit, I was unaware of the shrapnel coming down. My father must have heard me get up and rush outside, as no sooner had I managed to catch my rabbit, we were both grabbed hold of and bought inside very quickly and escaped unscathed. To this day I still have a piece of that shrapnel. e garden sloped down to a little sandy beach on the edge of the Blue Lagoon, where there was an apple tree leaning across the beach, blown by the South Westerly winds. In the morning I was left to my own devices while my Mother did her housework. I used to wander down to the beach,

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unknown to her, and sit under the apple tree. One day I became aware that I was not alone and there in front of me were two dolphins, bobbing up and down looking at me. A few days later Father had been given a Clinker built dinghy in return for an old car. is was so much fun as the two of us were out in it all weekend rowing around and of course the dolphins played around us the whole time we were out. e War ended and Mother was busy packing our entire belongings into boxes. Sadly we had to move away as Father had been offered a very good job in New York. So the three of us were driven to Southampton Docks and put onto a troop ship. Men and women were separated on the troop ship for cost reasons and it was a nightmare crossing. I did not see my Father until we docked in New York a week later and Mother and I had been so seasick. As you can believe, it was a total shock to me, to be confronted with the huge tall buildings, crowds of faceless people, pushing and shoving. It was nosy, dirty, a very different life to the quiet Lilliput. No friends, no animals and strange speaking children. My sister was born soon after we arrived in the States and Father was very

successful in his work, so it was not until many years later that my family returned to Poole. I was sent to a local school and soon settled back to the English way of life. Horse mad at this point, I rescued a New Forest pony and kept it in a field near the Old Bee Hive pub, in Lilliput. Over the weekends the two of us would go across on the steam ferry and trot along the beach at Studland. e Captain of the Ferry would blow the steam whistle before he set off and the pony always wanted to bolt into the water. Fortunately the Ferry had gates. e ride along Sandbanks road was beautiful with all the old beach houses and dunes. e Harbour side was quite different then, as when the tide was out, the Poole mud

was very smelly and very dangerous. Fishermen would have to wear mud boards, so they didn’t sink up to their knees and in the early morning and late evening the bait diggers would be silhouetted against the sky. Now along the Harbour shores are the vehicles of the wind and kite surfers enjoying the safe sailing. My father was given the CBE in 1980, for his work in the invention of Gas Detection, which was sold worldwide, saving many lives and also employing over 300 people in the Poole area. Now in 2013, my sister is a much sought after professional photographer and working with Poole Tourist Board for their Ariel and local views. She has made some amazing films on the Life Of Poole and the cod fishing in Newfoundland, while I have worked with animals and had a horse clothing manufacturing business in North Yorkshire for over 20 years. Now I am back in my native Dorset and have started another business as a local oil artist, selling to many private collectors. e strange thing is after all this time, I have returned to the place I started from! n

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ay Quinn, who recently starred in panto as Aladdin at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, will be returning to the venue, in the town where now has set up home, from April 15th – 20th with e Rise And Fall Of Little Voice. Written and directed by Jim Cartwright, the Olivier Award-winning e Rise And Fall Of Little Voice stars Ray Quinn as ‘Billy’, Coronation Street favourite Beverley Callard as ‘Mari Hoff ’, Duggie Brown as ‘Mr Boo’ and introduces Jess Robinson as ‘Little Voice’. e cast also features Philip Andrews as ‘Ray Say’ and Sally Plumb as ‘Sadie’. Ray continues his very special connection with the local area, having married Bournemouth-born West End star Emma Stephens in a private ceremony on a Caribbean beach last year. e happy couple then celebrated the birth of Harry, the couple’s firstborn in August, and have now settled into their apartment overlooking the sea in Poole. In this heart-warming northern fairytale, shy Little Voice spends 32


most of her time immersed in her late Father's record collection and perfecting her astonishing impersonations, much to the dismay of her fun loving, out of control mother Mari. Overheard singing by Ray Say, a hapless talent scout and Mari's man of the moment, Little Voice is propelled to stardom as Ray sets about creating the show of the century in a dingy local working man's club. With an agent from London coming and everything counting on this one performance, Mari and Ray's ticket to the big time rests squarely on Little Voice's shoulders. But has anyone asked Little Voice what she wants? Featuring songs from some of the world’s most iconic divas including Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Bassey and Judy Garland, this is a night of star-filled magic to remember. Beverley Callard is best known as Coronation Street’s ‘Liz McDonald’, a role she played for over 21 years. She made her television debut in 1983 as ‘Angie Richards’ in the ITV’S Emmerdale Farm, and the following year played the role of ‘June Dewhurst’ in Coronation Street. In 1989 Beverley returned to

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Coronation Street, this time as ‘Liz McDonald’, and went on to become one of the Rover’s Return’s most iconic landladies. In 2001 Beverley was cast as ‘Flo Henshaw’ in the popular BBC ree sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, a role she went on to play for four years. Other television credits include roles in Hinge and Bracket, Dear Ladies, Hells Bells, Will You Love Me Tomorrow and e Practise. In 2010 Beverley was also a recurring panelist on ITV's flagship daytime show Loose Women. Ray Quinn began his career in Channel 4’s Brookside playing ‘Anthony Murray’, for which he won numerous awards including Best Dramatic Performance at the Soap Awards 2002. Ray is also well known as a finalist on ITV’s award-winning reality programme e X Factor in 2006, in which he came second to Leona Lewis. He has since had a No.1 platinum selling album ‘Doing It My Way’ and his own sell-out tour as well as appearing on the X-Factor


tour in 32 arena shows all over the UK. In 2009 Ray took part in and won ITV’s Dancing On Ice, and in 2011 he also competed in the winning team on ITV’s primetime show Sing If You Can. Ray’s West End credits include ‘Billy Kostecki’ in Dirty Dancing at the Aldwych eatre and ‘Danny’ in Grease at e Piccadilly eatre. Other theatre includes Buster at e Playhouse eatre, Me and My Girl at e Empire eatre and Peter Pan at e Neptune eatre. Film credits include Bulletproof and e Singing Cactus, and television credits include Mersey Beat and Doctors. Duggie Brown is an actor and comedian whose career spans five decades. Best known for starring in the Granada Television series e Comedians, his many other television credits include e House at Jack Built, e Enigma Files, Take My Wife, e Glamour Girls, Brookside, Coronation Street, Heartbeat, e Bill, Minder, Ellington, e House of Cards,

Doctors, A is for Acid, Fat Friends, EastEnders and Hotel Babylon. On film Duggie has appeared in the iconic Ken Loach film Kes. Jess Robinson is an actress, singer and impressionist. As an impressionist Jess has appeared in BBC2’s Dead Ringers, ITV1’s It's Paul Burling, is a series regular on BBC1's e Impressions Show, and provides many of the female impressions for ITV's Headcases. Jess has also appeared as an accent expert on the BBC’s flagship children’s show Blue Peter. eatre credits include ‘Martine’ in Full Circle, in which she starred opposite Joan Collins, and ‘Ophelia’ in Hamlet - e Musical! at Richmond eatre. Jess is also no stranger to the role of Little Voice having previously played the role at London’s Courtyard eatre. Radio credits include e Now Show, 15 Minute Musical and e Secret World, all for Radio 4. 0844 406 8666 n APRIL2013 33

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ife as a pupil at Durlston Court Prep School is certainly a busy one. e school prides itself on enabling all of its pupils to fulfil their potential, whether academically, in sport, music or the arts; the opportunities available certainly reflect this commitment. Shortly after 8.20am the school minibuses arrive, as many children travel from surrounding areas such as Ringwood, Bournemouth, Lyndhurst and Lymington. Middle and Senior school pupils gather in Chapel as the day begins. “Having Chapel and then House meetings, really wakes you up, meaning we can really seize the day!” says James (aged 12). At the same time, Pre-Prep children start their day as they are welcomed with enthusiasm to their classes. One Pre-Prep parent commented “All the staff are friendly and welcoming and make every day fun for the children.” Another parent commented that “Pre-Prep is such a harmonious and nurturing environment, which makes our son feel relaxed and confident.” It is evident that this approach, combined with small class sizes, really enables the children to thrive here. From Year 3 pupils are taught by specialist teachers in Music, Art, Design Technology, P.E, Games, I.T and French. Jonathan (aged 12) appreciates this: “Every week we have a lesson in the art room. I love being in a place with so many materials and such inspiration.” In addition, Year 6,7 and 8 pupils receive specialist Maths, English and Science teaching. Sophie (aged 11) says “I like



Science because I like being in the Science Laboratory and doing all of the experiments.” Durlston has a well-established and impressive sporting reputation and many of the pupils express their enjoyment of their daily sports coaching. Max, aged 10 observes, “e coaches help you improve at the sports you are good at and those sports you find slightly harder.” Wednesday afternoon is match day, “the best day of the week” according to 11 year old Robert. Many of the children choose to stay at school until 5.30pm to take part in the endless list of clubs on offer, including Photography, Cartoon Drawing, Choir, Pottery, Martial Arts and Swimming. 11 year old Kira enjoys Play Club. “Although I only have a small part in Midsummer Night’s Dream, the thrill of being on stage is exhilarating,” she said. e academic success speaks for itself, with an impressive record of Senior School Scholarships and entrance exam success. “I am very proud of our pupils” comments David Wansey, Headmaster, “and I thoroughly enjoy helping them to grow, learn, achieve and thrive. Durlston Court is an extremely happy school.” Listening to the pupils, it is clear that children truly enjoy all that life as a Durlstonian has to offer. Tel: 01425 610 010 n

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e lived in Bournemouth in the 1930s and the chain ferry was the way we departed from the conurbation to explore the wonders of Dorset’s dramatic coastline, our Jurassic playground. We had no car and so to reach the delectable sands of Shell Bay, we had to catch a bus to Sandbanks and then travel as foot passengers on the ferry across the narrow entrance to Poole Harbour reputed to be one of the largest natural harbours in the world. e ferry was and still is run on a chain even though the old ferry has been superseded by new improved models and it is probably the only sensible way of crossing this narrow opening in view of the strong coastal currents; even this method of transport although tied to the strongest of cables is carried somewhat sideways by the tides. We marvelled at the thickness of the metal chain and wanted to take a closer look, but Father warned us to stand very clear of it, because the cable had considerable movement and was capable of maiming one for life.

So the excitement of the day out began before we reached our destination and once aboard the ferry, we rushed up to the top deck to see the vast panorama of the harbour and to view our destination: the widest expanses of sand that we had ever seen with only a scattering of people; hoorah! Before we reached the other side in a matter of about 15 minutes, Father insisted on our going below to look at the engine turning the cog wheel which grasped the enormous chain. Once landed, we hustled to the sea side of the peninsula where there was a large ramshackle hut which served light refreshments and then ploughed our way through the softest of sand which was never disturbed by the tide; this was hard work and it seemed an eternity before we had reached a mini-headland and were able to walk over firm sand at the water’s edge in Studland Bay. Father jollied us along this arduous part of the walk by telling us that the sands would sing to us if we swished our feet along and sure enough they did, but I was a wee bit disappointed because I was anticipating a jolly tune and discovered that what we heard was only one note

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Studland beach with chain ferry and Sandbanks in the distance

regardless of the way we moved our feet. However, it was good fun finding out how much noise my two sisters and I could create if we shuffled in unison. Rounding the curve we discovered innumerable shells as one might expect from its geographical name, ‘Shell Bay’; we were especially delighted by one particular shell which was about the size of a thumb nail with extensions and which had a convenient small hole one end from which its inmate must have escaped when it outgrew its shell. Both sides of this beautiful find were pearl-like and, when we arrived home, we were able to extend the enjoyment of our wonderful day out by threading together some of these attractive finds to make excellent necklaces. Another shell which we collected was the topshell if some of its pinkish outer covering had been rubbed off revealing the pearl-like nacre; fan shells also attracted us because of their fine symmetrical shapes but razor shells and mussels in abundance we largely ignored. Occasionally, one of us would discover a cowrie shell and then there were huge whoops delight. After lunch we were left to do some exploring of our picnic spot. e wide beach was everywhere backed by great sand dunes covered with marram grass which holds the drifting sand in place largely because of its long straggly roots which delve deep down to find water and nourishment. Father warned us that the blades of this grass were sharp; of course we believed him but I had to try for myself, because, not having any experience of pampas grass, I could not conceive of grass having a knife like edge; a small cut on my hand proved evidence. We were therefore careful not to rush through the grass with our bare legs when we played hide and seek amongst the dunes. Typically childlike we discovered an even more exciting pastime; we collected our wax covered thick cardboard dinner plates and took them to the steepest and least vegetated dune and sitting on them cascaded down to the beach below in a flurry of sand. Needless to say these improvised toboggans did not last long and so on future trips to Shell Bay we tried to remember to take an old tin tray. A suitable time having elapsed since eating, we went for our swim; the warm water was soft and caressing to my ankles and the



Old Harry Rocks with Bournemouth in the distance

waves were mere ripples because this was a beach facing east and much protected by the curve of the bay out to the promontory of Old Harry rocks. I waded out and out and yet out again and still the water did not reach much above my knees so when I tried to swim my tummy got in the way! But it was great to splash about. Naturally we would have liked to explore the inviting land beyond the dunes which seemed to be full of small paths, but Father had warned us that it was the land of snakes and in particular ‘vipers’. Such a word struck terror into our hearts so we never explored beyond the dunes. On occasions though our parents would guide us through the colourful heather and gorse to view a quite expansive lake which was called the Little Sea and which was framed by just a few willows and pine trees. e fun was nearly over as the homeward trek began; we always seemed to be somewhat late to catch the ferry back so we had to follow the quickest route which was a stretch of tarmac nearly two and a half miles long, which ran in a dead straight line except for one minor bend and we children were not allowed to lag behind. Luckily cars were few and far between and there was supposedly an infrequent bus service but we never saw one until we arrived at the ferry. e heather sprinkled with clumps of gorse extended for miles either side and although most attractive in bloom did little to raise our spirits. Nearly always we just caught the ferry; otherwise we were faced with a long wait especially after six o’clock when it ran only once an hour.” e chain ferry is the shortest route connecting Bournemouth and Poole with Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck and carries vehicles and foot passengers every day, weather permitting. e idea of operating a car ferry service here was largely the brainchild of Frank Aman from Totland Bay on the Isle of Wight. With his two sons, Gerard, an engineer, and Arthur, a stockbroker, he was instrumental in starting the Bournemouth-Swanage Motor Road and Ferry Company in 1923 and maintained the family connection with the business until 1961. Stone for the slipways and the road foundations came from quarries on the Isle of Purbeck, mostly from the cliff-face quarry at Seacombe, which is between Dancing Ledge and St. Aldhelm’s Head.

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Ferry No. 1 began the service on July 15th 1926. It was steam-driven and originally constructed to carry 15 cars at any one time, later modified to accommodate 18 cars. e service was popular from the start and in the first short summer season 100,000 passengers and 12,000 cars were ferried across the 400-yard harbour mouth. e service continued until the outbreak of World War II when a restricted service was introduced. After the fall of France, the ferry was taken over by the military and closed to the public for the duration. Studland Bay and the surrounding heath became a battle-training area for the troops who were to take part in the D-day landings in France. At the end of the war the ferry was in need of an extensive refit and the road too required substantial repairs to bomb and shell craters, as well as the removal of tank traps and ‘Dragons Teeth’ obstacles so it was not until 1946 that the service was resumed. For a short while a second ferry was used during the extended refits of Ferry No. 1. Ferry No. 2 was also steam-driven. It was a small ferry that had been purchased after it became redundant on the East to West Cowes service on the Isle of Wight. With space for only 8 cars and was really too small for use. During the 35 years that it was in service Ferry No. 3 proved to be very reliable. Diesel-electric powered, it carried a maximum of 28 cars. It was equipped with three Ruston diesel engines and normally operated on two of these; this meant that at least one engine acted as a spare at all times and also repairs could be carried out without making any changes to the scheduled service times. Annually the ferry carried something in the order of 650,000 vehicles of various sorts, up to the

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then 10 ton weight limit, and well over 1 million people. Ferry No. 3 helped enormously to popularise the service, which, over the years, attracted a hard-core of regular users and provided a unique experience for visitors to the area, many of whom were prepared to wait in quite long queues in order to travel on the ferry. In 1961 the Raglan Property Company took over the business and in the 1980s the company was sold on to its present owners Fairacres Group Ltd. and many improvements have since been made. Both slipways have been completely rebuilt, mains electricity laid on to Shell Bay, the old wooden buildings at Shell Bay replaced with a modern office, a roundabout and new toll booths constructed at Shell Bay and a new computerised toll system introduced. Some of the latter changes were made to improve the method of toll collection prior to the introduction of the latest ferry, the fourth to operate this service but the first to actually have a name Bramble Bush Bay - after a small bay located close to the Shell Bay side of the crossing. is current diesel-hydraulic propelled ferry came into service in January 1994 and has a nominal capacity of 48 cars but can quite easily accommodate 52 without difficulty, also buses, coaches and large trucks. Despite new and improved roads on the Wareham route round Poole Harbour, this crossing remains at least as popular as ever, if not more so. Ferry Office, Shell Bay, Studland, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3BA. Telephone: (01929) 450203

Paths through Studland heath

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he award-winning New Forest Tour is introducing a third route this summer, to complement the existing green and red routes, which means you can now travel around the whole National Park. e new blue route will explore the south west of the New Forest, including Keyhaven, Milford on Sea, Barton on Sea, and New Milton, as well as holiday parks, campsites and attractions such as New Forest Cider at Burley. Passengers can hop on and off where they like, and bring their bikes, to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the New Forest National Park without the hassle of driving, sat nav and map reading. All buses are equipped with fascinating audio guides which include tales of witches, smuggling and salt mining. e new route has been introduced following continued growth across the New Forest Tour operation, which is delivered as a partnership between operators Go South Coast and the New Forest National Park Authority. Recent figures showed the existing red and green routes of the tour saved an estimated 147,000 private car miles, and contributed an estimated £500,000 to the local economy. e new route connects with the other New Forest Tour routes at Burley, Brockenhurst and Lymington. New Forest Tour customers can also enjoy free bus travel to and from Salisbury, Southampton, Bournemouth and Hythe. All routes run every hour daily from 29 June to 15 September. Andrew Wickham, Managing Director of operator Go South Coast, said: ‘Go South Coast is thrilled to continue its part in the success of the New Forest Tour. With the introduction of the blue route, our customers will be able to absorb all the sights and sounds of the Forest as well as the coast, with the unrivalled pleasure of an open top bus ride.’ Julian Johnson, chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘e New Forest Tour has proved to be enormously successful, making a real difference to the local economy and encouraging environmentally-friendly travel. anks to this new blue route the entire National Park area will now be covered by the tour.’ Councillor Mel Kendal, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council said: ‘We are pleased to have been able to play a part in bringing about this third route. is has been made possible with funding from a successful bid by the County Council and the National Park Authority for Department of Transport Local Sustainable Transport Fund monies, to support initiatives that will reduce the impact of traffic on the National Park. e bus has been a real asset for tourism in the New Forest and undoubtedly helps to reduce traffic levels in the National Park as people opt for the bus instead of the car to visit this beautiful area.’ Simon Bransgrove, Marketing Manager at Shorefield Holidays Limited said: ‘Shorefield Country Park is delighted to welcome the New Forest Tour’s new route. e new pick up point and interchangeable route from Shorefield will not only give our customers a grandstand view and direct access to the stunning New Forest and all its attractions, but gives new guests the opportunity to visit our park and all its facilities.’ For more information visit / @newforesttour ■



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Whether it's drizzle or downpours, prepare yourself for the elements with some rainwear essentials. Not just reserved for April, a weather-savvy wardrobe is ideal for festivals and other al fresco events where you may be caught out. Make your gear eye-catching to brighten up grey days. ese pieces are so stylish you'll want to wear them come rain or shine. Stand by your brollies - the fashion forecast for this season is looking bright. LEAK-FREE LAMINATE You can still wear heritage fabrics like tweed without getting soggy thanks to the latest high-tech fabrics. Jaeger's laminated pastel tweed coat bridges the gap between winter and spring, £350 (0845 051 0063/ PUDDLE PROOF Wet pavements are no obstacle course with a WedgeWelly - think wellie with a wedge. Opt for a high-fashion quilted look with WedgeWelly's Opulence Unique boots, £45 ( HAIR HELMET In-between weather demands a wide-brimmed hat to eliminate bad hair days. Save your tresses and look fashion-forward in Topshop's neon trim fedora hat, £25 ( WATERPROOF WONDER Combat a dull sky with a mood-enhancing bright colour. Marisota's red trench coat is sure to be uplifting on stormy days and the frill lapels will dance in the breeze, £75 ( STRIPY SHOWERS Work spring's biggest trend via your brolly. You'll be performing a rain dance to flaunt the bold monochrome lines on Lulu Guinness's Bloomsbury Stripe umbrella, £40 at Fulton ( HOOD HIDEAWAY No need to carry umbrellas or hats if your coat does all the hard work for you. Ruby & Ed's Indra raincoat has a roomy hood for changeable forecasts, £110 (0166 4452 906/ SPLASH SHOES Look, wellies can be both feminine and fashionable. Parade through the puddles in Mel's transparent lace jelly mules, from £28.50 at Amazon ( CLOUDY DAZE Put your head in the clouds, quite literally. Paperchase's dreamy print umbrella will have you walking on cloud nine through the rain, £12 (

DOTTY DELUGE Rain spots will pale into insignificance when wearing Damart's polka dot print trench. It's lightweight enough for stormy high-summer days too, £45 ( WELLY UPGRADE Stand tall in the rain showers. Hunter wellies have gone sky-high with the Gabby wellington heel boots in springtime neutral cream, £125 at Javari ( GET THE LOOK Frankie Sandford stands out from her Saturdays bandmates in eye-catching neon. Go Day-Glo with George at Asda's neon pocket top, £5, in stores now (0800 952 0101). You can also bag Rochelle Humes's Benefit stripe patent court shoes at Dune, £85 ( BUY IT NOW Prepare to gasp in ballgown awe. Coast's selection of dresses just got even prettier with a new collection inspired by the V&A's hit exhibition, 'Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950'. Six gorgeous gowns are available, from £550, available now in selected Coast stores and online at n




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ocal jewellery designer Catherine Budd has been selected as one of the top seven jewellery designers from the Design Quarter at e Jewellery Show 2013 to take part in the prestigious ‘Designs of Excellence 2013’ national touring collection. Key pieces from Catherine's Crown collection and the new Lumière collection have been selected to tour Houlden Group member's retail stores throughout the UK and Ireland during 2013 showcasing the latest trends and top designing talent from around the country. e expert panel of judges, included Stuart Laing, CEO Houlden Group and Judy Deuchar, Founder of the Clifton Studio, chose the designers who they thought had produced the most original, innovative and eye-catching collections. Joining Catherine on the tour are Anya K Designs, Arabel Lebrusan, Charmian Beaton, Erica Sharpe, Laura Gravestock and Rachel Galley. "e calibre of the designers was incredibly high and with such exciting talent to choose from there was much deliberation and discussion." Stuart Laing, CEO Houlden Group. Chosen for the tour were Catherine's Crown rings, a bridal collection inspired by the shape and form of the vintage tiara, and two key pieces from her latest collection, Lumière. e Lumière collection takes inspiration from a trip to the magnificent and medieval Mont Saint Michel in France. e collection features pendants, earrings and rings, available in 18 carat rose and white



gold with diamonds, creating a luxurious pastel colour palette and a soft feminine feel. Not only has Catherine been working hard creating and launching her collections, she is continuing to grow the bespoke arm of her business. She is keen to dispel the myth that commissioning jewellery is expensive, and convey the great advantage of bespoke design being its flexibility, being able to tailor something to suit a chosen sense of style and budget. It does not need to be a daunting or complicated affair, on the contrary it should be enjoyable and fun. e bespoke journey starts, like any good relationship, with a conversation. Catherine explains, "e inspiration comes from the client. I spend time with them, getting to know them and understanding their style, their likes and dislikes, their stone and colour preferences before starting to research and create initial sketches. It is very much a collaboration, and I like clients to be involved as much as possible in creating their dream piece." For more information about any of Catherine's work or to discuss any design requirements please call +44 (0) 7701 080615 or email n

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What better way to welcome spring than with hues inspired by blooming daffodils ? But don't get in a flap about eye-popping orange and yellow. ere's a multitude of ways to work these bright shades that makes them wearable right now. Traditionally high-summer colours, it pays to be an early bird this season. "ere is no better way to 'spring into spring' than injecting citrus shades into your outfit," says Veronique Henderson, creative director at Colour Me Beautiful ( Get tweeting and chirping about these uplifting looks. SUNNY SIDE UP ere are few colours on the rainbow spectrum that freshen up your style like orange and yellow. Henderson says: "Lemons, primroses, daffodils, light gold, oranges, tangerines, pumpkins, orange red and corals all evoke the feeling that spring is in the air." Add some vitality to your new season look by going statement top-to-toe in your favourite shade. If you're feeling bold, try mixing up two different orange and yellow separates for an uplifting colour-clashing cocktail. "Before figuring out if yellows and oranges are great shades on you, you need to look at the fabric of the garment," Henderson advises. "Yellows and oranges on wool, cotton or linen fabrics will look flatter and matte, making them slightly easier to pull off."


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CITRUS TWIST Not everyone wants to stand out like a New York taxi, so use these zesty shades more frugally as accents. "Personality comes into play when wearing brighter colours," says Henderson. "ose feeling cautious should avoid the head-to-toe look and wear as a print." If you prefer an unfussy look, try teaming your yellow or orange with neutral colours like white and beige, which will slice through the colour but still look spring-like. See Louis Vuitton's spring/summer 13 catwalk for a masterclass in a white-hot yellow look. A casual look is the easiest way to experiment with brights so swap your traditional blue denim for a pair of pastel lemon or tangerine skinny jeans. Still feeling colour-shy? Turn to bright accessories - those little 'eggstras' - for a nod to the spring chick look. A bag, shoes or jewellery in one of these hues will transform an everyday outfit with a shot of sunshine. CRACKING COLOURING Find the right uber-bright for you and it will see you right through to autumn. Follow Veronique Henderson's colouring advice to avoid unflattering clashes with your skin and hair. e colour types apply to all skin tones, from ivory pale to black and Asian colourings - the key lies in looking at the contrast between hair and eyes and the subtle tones that make up the overall feel of your colouring. Light Is this you? Light blonde hair, pale transparent skin, pale eyes: think Gwyneth Paltrow. Try and keep your yellows as pale as possible. Ivory with a hint of yellow or a light primrose will be best. Wearing two light colours together is the prerogative of the lights. Clear Is this you? Dark hair and bright eyes: think the Duchess of Cambridge. Dark and Asian skin tones with 'clear' colouring will have dark hair and eyes and jewelled-like sparkling eyes, with the whites of the eyes a brilliant white. A bright yellow or bright orange on a shiny fabric (silk, taffeta) will emphasise your bright eyes and show clarity in your look. Wear it in contrast with another shade to recreate the brightness exuded by your look.



Deep Is this you? Dark hair, dark eyes: think Victoria Beckham. Dark skin tones with 'deep' colouring will have dark hair with the whites of the eyes yellow-tinged. Wear lemon yellow and tangerine in contrast with stark black for a great look, or on its own for greater impact. If you have darker skin, dark citrus shades like marigold and sunflower will be flattering. Warm Is this you? Strawberry blonde to auburn hair, or dark hair with red undertones or highlights: think Tilda Swinton if you're pale or Tyra Banks if you're darker. You are born to wear yellow and orange. Whether you have freckles or not, don't be shy. Embrace those colours and make them your own. Cool Is this you? Ash tone hair, grey/blue/green/brown clear eyes, skin may have slight bluish tinge: think Dame Judi Dench. Japanese women with clear, translucent skin often have 'cool' colouring. Steer clear of all yellow and oranges. If you simply love those colours, you are best to inject them in a print mixed with your best colours (blues and pinks), or in an accessory that's away from your face. Soft/Muted Is this you? Highlighted hair and little definition between hair, eye and skin tone: think Beyonce. Keep your citrus shades as light as possible, unless you have greenish eyes when you can wear the stronger shades. GET THE LOOK Finding a dress like Oscar-winning Jennifer Lawrence's voluminous Christian Dior number (that she tripped over in!) may be a challenge too far, so try to emulate her SAG Awards strapless number instead. Get an award-worthy look with Coast's Portobello maxi dress, £180 ( It's so versatile the straps can be worn up or down. BUY IT NOW Add some statement designer gems to your jewellery box with the Libertine by Giles Deacon collection for QVC. With themes inspired by gardens, golden scorpions and cartoon characters, there's an eye-catching piece for everyone. e Libertine collection is priced from £15.25-£70, available now at n

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What is the 90-Day Challenge? It’s a fun and exciting new Challenge to help you reach your personal health goal.

Well, you remember when your Mum or Grandma would let you lick the bowl after she’d made a cake?

weight loss I’d recommend the Boost Kit but for different Challenge goals you need to select your kit accordingly.

What do you mean by a personal health goal? I mean whatever goal you choose for improving your physical health and wellbeing.

Oh yes! Well that’s what it tastes like, cake mixture. It’s known as “the shake mix that tastes like cake mix”.

Okay, so how do you order a Challenge Kit? It’s simple, you order on line. e product launch in the UK is 15th of April but you can pre-order your Challenge Kit now.

You mean e Challenge is all about losing weight? No, the 90-Day Challenge is not just for losing weight, it has been designed and adapted to help you lose weight, improve your health or gain lean muscle mass. Okay, so how do I know that it works? Because it’s a proven system and has grown to become the No.1 Weight Loss and Fitness Challenge Platform in North America. So what is the “system” that e Challenge is based upon? It’s a health-improvement programme based around the delicious Vi Shape Nutritional Shake. Is it expensive? Not at all, it works out at around £1.24 per shake. I bet you couldn’t buy lunch for £1.24? And better still, you could even get it free. Free? Yes free. What if it doesn’t work? Believe me it does work, there are literally thousands of people who have had life-changing transformations on e Challenge but if you’re not satisfied with your Challenge results, then ViSalus are so confident that they provide a money-back guarantee. Okay so what’s in the Vi Shape Shake? So here’s the science bit. It’s a proprietary Tri-sorb™ protein blend that is low sodium, low fat, lower carb, Lactose and Gluten free and friendly for those watching their sugar intake. It also contains 23 vitamins and minerals. Did you say lower carb? Yes and if you’re used to using a weight-watching calculator, a normal serving of 2 scoops of shake mix is equal to 2 points. So what’s Tri-sorb™ protein, I’ve never heard of it before? It’s a unique blend of high-quality proteins made up of non-GM soy protein and two forms of whey protein. Okay but what does the shake taste like? 48


Sounds yummy but won’t I get bored on e Challenge with the same flavour day after day? Not at all, each kit comes with a selection of nutrient-based flavour mix-ins, so you can choose whatever flavour you want. What are these kits that you mentioned? ere are three Challenge Kits that are designed to meet your individual goal while you’re on e Challenge. Can you describe them? Of course. ere’s the Balance Kit that is designed to maintain nutritional balance, the Shape Kit designed for moderate weight loss and to promote lean muscle growth and the Boost Kit for maximum Challenge results. Is it all shakes then? No, there are cookies too and with the shake mix you don’t have to just drink it as a shake. You can use the shake mix in 1,000s of recipes to make smoothies, hot drinks or even bake with it. Did you say cookies? Yes, there are delicious protein cookies that come in three flavours: Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal & Raisin and Peanut Butter. How can a cookie be healthy? e ViSalus Nutra-Cookie™ is more than your ordinary cookie; it’s a protein snack. It is packed with nutrition to help your body support a healthy immune system, a healthy digestive system and a healthy heart, while fueling your body with energising protein, fibre and other nutrients to keep you feeling full. Milk shakes and cookies, mmmmm. So if I had a friend who wanted to take e Challenge to lose some weight, what kit would you recommend? A friend who needs to lose weight on e Challenge? Yes, a friend. Not you then? No, a friend! Okay, how much weight do you, sorry, does your friend need to lose? Hmmm, about 4 stones. For a Challenge targeting significant

What if I want to know more about e Challenge? Simply go to en how do I start my personal 90-Day Challenge? To get on e Challenge you simply set a goal, select your kit and enrol online. And then how do I enter? You’ll be sent an email giving you access to log in to the Challenge Website at You then go public telling everyone what your goal is and get encouragement from others as you update your progress. So why should I enter the Challenge? Because like thousands of others you’ll be on a path to making a life-changing transformation. What’s more you’ll be able to win holidays, prizes and cash and new for 2013 there’s Project 10. Project 10? In 2013, everyone on e Challenge who loses 10lbs will be put into a draw and each week 5 men and 5 women will be drawn and they’ll share $10,000 (~ £600 each) in cash and everyone who loses 10lbs will receive an “I Lost It” T- shirt. What other prizes are there? ere are over £30 million in prizes including holidays, spa pampering, a £3,000 spending spree, a Hollywood photo shoot and product giveaways. at sounds amazing. It is and you could even get your Challenge Kit free every month. What’s more, with a results money back guarantee and prizes to be won you, or your “friend”, have nothing to lose but pounds. So where do I go again for more info? Just go to If you are serious about making a change to your health, then try the new and exciting Body by Vi 90-Day Challenge.

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If winter has felt a little black, white and grey, inject some colour back into your life via your vanity case. is season brands have gone to town with light and bright hues to put a spring in our step and revamp uninspiring make-up bags. "Colour is back and making a statement for spring/summer 13," says Kirstin Piggott, Rimmel London's make-up artist. "Whether you wear beautiful soft powdery pastels or bold pigments, a focal bright shade either on the eyes or lips is a key trend in make-up looks. is season it's all about being fun and experimental." EMBRACE THE NEW SEASON WITH BEAUTY'S SEA OF FRESH COLOUR. EYES - GO BLUE In the words of Frank Sinatra, Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back - but there's nothing old-fashioned about this look. Banish visions of an Eighties throwback. Fashion-forward aquamarines are the favoured colour family gracing eye sockets this season. Blue is officially the new spring black, whether it's a pretty cornflower pastel wash or turquoise lined eye. "A directional bold eyeliner is an amazing way to add a mega flash of colour without having to brave coloured eyeshadow," advises make-up artist Liz Beckett. Keep mascara to a minimum to really make your true blue liner stand out. LIPS - MAKE THEM POP Pouts are anything but hidden in the background this season. Achieve a loud mouth with a statement spring bright that does all the talking for you. Choose from tones of red-hot scarlet, magenta, fuchsia or coral, or get creative and mix two bold shades together to create your own signature lip hit. L'OREAL PARIS ROUGE CARESSE IN CHEEKY MAGENTA 50


"Pops of velvet brights are this season's nude lip," says L'Oreal Paris make-up artist Val Garland. "When creating a a powdery lip, dust a powder over the chin to catch any excess pigment then sweep the powder away with a soft brush." NOSE - JUST ADD FRECKLES e signature of youth, freckles are the instant way to anti-age your face - with no pricey skin cream involved. Embrace the faux freckled look for perfectly preppy skin that's been magically sunkissed. It's an easy effect to achieve but think subtle scattering rather than oversized dots that look OTT. e look should say athletic glamour rather than fancy dress gone wrong. Revlon global artistic director Gucci Westman says: "Adding freckles to the face feels youthful and sweet. Create a thin point using brown eyeliner and add sporadically for authenticity." COLOUR PALETTE - PASTEL PRETTY Every spring has a dominant colour theme for make-up and nails, whether it's subdued nudes or flashy neons. For 2013, sugary sorbet hues are sweetening up beauty counters with limited editions aplenty. Estee Lauder's Pure Colour Nail Lacquer fanciful collection of mouthwatering pastels has been christened 'Heavy Petals'. Creative make-up director Tom Pecheux says: "I thought of amazing bouquets from the flower markets, the pretty pastels of children's carousels and the pops of colour from macaroons for inspiration." Simply choose your intensity, ranging from wishy-washy watercolours to power pastels that pack a dramatic punch. FACE - THINK MANNEQUIN SKIN A season awash with uplifting spring colour requires the perfect base to pull everything off. Aim for mannequin-like skin with a

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TRIED & TESTED Overwhelmed by new trends? Our testers give their nails a slick of classic nude pink: Seventeen Lasting Fix Nail Colour in limited edition Darling, £2.99 (Boots). Available March 20. If you like your polish on the shimmery side, this pink from the Oh So Spring collection is for you. It's verging on mauve rather than nude but the polish delivers a smooth finish and dries quickly with two coats. 3/5


luminous finish. Say goodbye to matte and flat, and hello to hydrated skin with flattering subtle highlights that bring your features to life. "Highlights are about pulling your face back from the foundation," says M.A.C's director of make-up artistry, Terry Barber, who dubs it 3D spa skin. "It's the idea of nude skin that's slightly high-tech for a well-conditioned look that's balmy and beautified." BROWS - SUPERSIZE THEM Blame Cara Delevingne. e supermodel-of-the-moment admits she never tweezes or threads her caterpillar shape and the power brow look has well and truly caught on... Dominant boyish brows automatically give eyes a tough, modern edge. ink of them as the new mascara for framing your eyes. If you're not the proud owner of a bushy pair, step away from the tweezers and use an eyebrow pencil to create the illusion of couture brows. Make-up artist Bobbi Brown says: "Use a brow pencil in the shade that matches your natural hair colour to define brows. Begin at the inner corner of the brow and follow its natural shape using light, feathery strokes."

Recessionista alert Celebrate spring with Coty L'Aimant. roughout March and April, spend £10 or more on fragrance and receive a free candle or compact mirror gift. A 30ml parfum de toilette is £10.49 for 30ml, available at Boots nationwide.

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s fuel costs rise year on year, a small but growing band of New Forest residents who want cheaper, cleaner energy are increasingly looking at wood fuel boilers as an alternative to fossil fuels and the national grid. Although only 0.5% of boiler sales in Britain are biomass, they are widely used in Sweden, Germany and Austria. Installation costs for wood fuel boilers range from about £5,000 for split log versions to about £13,000 for pellet boilers, with woodchip boilers somewhere in between. Logs are the cheapest fuel but require more work to prepare. Pellets are more expensive but are more automated, and are available in bags from local companies like New Forest Energy from £45 for a 15kg bag. Running costs for boilers fired by wood pellets compare



favourably to other types of fuel. Wood pellets are 4.2p per k/w hour, compared to piped gas at 4.8p per kwh and oil at 6p per kwh. Conventional alternatives, LPG at 8.7 per kwh and electricity at 15.3p per kwh, are even more expensive. e Government is also expected to expand renewable heat incentives (rhi) to domestic households to promote conversion to wood fuel boilers this summer. As part of this scheme, average sized households with biomass boilers or solar thermal panels could receive tariffs worth about £1,400 a year for up to 20 years for the hot water and heat they generate and use themselves. Georgie Watson, from the New Forest Land Advice Service, which is promoting the use of biomass boilers, said: ‘As fuel prices continue to rise, wood fuel in the New Forest is a real and sustainable alternative. Biomass boilers are a renewable, low

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carbon energy source and after the initial installation costs are a cheaper alternative to many other fuels.’ Alison Barnes, chief executive of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘ere is a huge opportunity in the Forest for wood fuel. is has been recognised recently by the Government, highlighting National Parks as a place we should be piloting this technology. is is not only good for the local economy but good for nature as well.’ Liz Rolfs and her husband Bill Peach have been living in their newly built green home near Sway since December. ey have solar thermal collectors, a heat recovery system and insulation at their four bedroomed detached home. But what’s become an increasingly important heat and hot water source is their biomass boiler. ey paid £13,000 to have a wood pellet boiler and buffer installed in their garage, which was partly paid for by a £1,000 renewable heat premium payment (rhpp) from the Government. Although the start-up cost is sizeable, Liz has already noticed how much cheaper it is to run. In their last home they paid £3,000 a year for their oil fired boiler. Liz estimates bags of wood pellets for their new boiler will only cost them £600 a year. ey’re also expected to benefit from the Government’s proposed renewable heat incentive (rhi), which is due to be expanded to domestic properties later this year. Liz said: ‘Our main motivation was environmental. We wanted to generate our own power. We didn’t want to depend on the national grid and be at the mercy of price hikes from the power companies.

‘I’d say most houses in the New Forest could benefit from a biomass boiler. It doesn’t have to go into your home or garage. I’ve seen them in out buildings with pipes running into the home. ‘You have to have it installed by experts, especially if you want to take advantage of government incentives which require certification of the product and the installers. You also need storage room for the bags of pellets. But we’re looking at getting a hopper to make it easier. We’re very happy with it.’ Local businesses, community projects and enterprises should be aware that the Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) could assist in funding the purchase of equipment such as briquette maker. If interested please contact Andy Brennan on 01590 646676 or email If anyone needs advice about installing biomass boilers or producing wood fuel, please contact Georgie Watson on 01590 646698 or email ■

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BY PETER JENKINSON Most people's music files now live inside a laptop, tablet or smartphone. Great. But wait. It really isn't that friendly to wander around your abode wearing headphones. e rest of your troop want to hear (or ridicule) your tunes. HERE ARE SOME HOT WIRELESS SPEAKERS TO LET YOU STREAM OVER THE AIRWAVES. Team tunes - Jongo - £169.99 from is colourful range of music makers is from the group that brought digital radio to the masses, so it knows a thing or two about sweet sounds. You can use a single Jongo to stream music from your smartphone or other Bluetooth gadget, or connect up multiple machines via Wi-Fi so you can listen to music all around your house. From the east wing to the west wing, you'll have music everywhere thanks to this compact, rich-sounding speaker. Sleek sounds - Logitech UE Boombox - £199.99 from e new UE brand from Logitech has upped the ante in terms of sound delivery and this, its top-end boombox, is a flagship model of note. Connecting over Bluetooth, there is simply no loss of clarity as your bass is pumped over the airwaves. Premium quality, including a die-cast aluminium handle, it's designed to look the business. High-end music - Ruark Audio MR1 - £299 from Not for the faint of wallet, these finely crafted speakers give high-quality sound. Any Bluetooth system can stream to this stylish pair, which come in a choice of walnut, white or black lacquer finishes. Easy on the eye to boost your computer or TV systems, your ears will be most pleased too. Make noise - Logitech UE Mobile Boombox £79.99 from is mobile boombox is ideal for taking on your travels. It'll pair up with your Bluetooth music machine to set your tunes free, giving a bass sound that's far above your expectations. Available in a range of colours, it really punches above its small dimensions. Dr's orders - Dr Dre Pill - £169.95 from With a 30ft range, this deep bass delivery system will not leave you disappointed. is portable player is visually striking and ideal for those looking to crank up the volume to 11. Complete with a carry case and



carabiner, you can clip it on to your bag for a 21st-century boombox experience. Room filler - Sony BTX 500 - £279 from is is a must-have for fans of the brand. Among the first to incorporate near field communication (NFC), all you need to do is touch the slim system with your NFC-enabled smartphone for a clear, vibrationless sound. With wireless streaming over Bluetooth as well, it's well ahead in the tech stakes. Fully portable with a rechargeable battery, it makes a stylish addition to any room in your home. APP OF THE MONTH: AA Roadwatch Pro - Free seven-day trial then £1.99 annual subscription - iTunes Powered by TomTom, this app provides immediate access to live traffic and roadwork information - all displayed on detailed street-level maps. You can get individual text alerts to help beat congestion and avoid traffic delays, giving you the best possible head start for your daily commute or spur-of-the-moment single journeys ■



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heating is frowned on in most walks of life but in decor, these days, it's a badge of style. Savvy homeowners are making their interior dreams reality by using the latest tricks of the trade. A new breed of digital wallpapers can replicate any effect from stately home style, through to stripped brickwork, wood panels, edgy urban breeze blocks, or penthouse cityscape views. Whether you term it cheating or 'faking it' this trend is fast becoming one of the most popular and affordable ways to transform homes. "People are prepared to take a theatrical approach to rooms these days and they want drama and impact and a 'wow' factor" says Debbie McKeegan who with her husband founded the hugely successful Digetex, which specialises in digitally printed papers and fabrics. "Most of us don't have the budget to afford the homes we admire in the glossy interiors magazines but, by using our walls as a backdrop, we can conjure the perfect setting no matter what our postcode. "Papers featuring period-style plaster work designs have undoubtedly been hugely boosted in popularity by TV's Downton Abbey, while Scandinavian dramas help increase the demand for the pared-back effect, white-washed-boards or driftwood designs. "Georgian brickwork remains the out-and-out favourite as it's so characteristic of uber-chic lofts. It has a natural rustic look and brings instant colour, warmth and texture to a room." McKeegan predicts ever more dramatic effects will find favour this year as trompe l'oeil - a 3D art effect - features in ranges. She's created a new Decor collection of wallpapers in this style. e collection includes Pompeii, replicating Greek pillars, and a Florence panel depicting a decorative carved plaster panel of an Italian mansion. Wallpapers start from £40 a roll, and



Digetex wallpaper murals from £79. Here, the experts give their guidance on cheating your way to chic decor. GRANDEUR TO GRUNGE If you want to be the chatelaine of a grand house, imitate 'street' style with breeze blocks or subway decor, or go folksy with a log cabin look, there's a paper or mural to suit. Delusions of grandeur are totally catered for at new interiors company, Mineheart, which includes Palace wallpaper inspired by the opulent interiors of stately homes and palaces of the 18th century. It features an image of a large hall adorned with beautiful paintings and chandeliers and costs £56 per square metre. "It gives the illusion of a vast room and the feeling of space and elegance it brings to an interior is proving hugely popular," says Vanessa Battaglia at Mineheart. Rustic enthusiasts could mimic a wooden cabin effect with a Forest Feel Knock On Wood wall mural by Mr Perswall, £248, John Lewis. Alternatively, wallpaper designer Deborah Bowness keys into a utility vibe with a Tiles F paper, £60 a panel, available to order. e plain tiles look as though all they lack is graffiti. BOOKWORMS DELIGHT If life's too short to collect books over the years, let alone read them, a private library or book-lined study can be conjured in an instant with wallpaper. "ere are so many ways to achieve both a classic or contemporary look by choosing from a number of design cheats. Library designs on wallpaper are an elegant way to do that," says Andrew Waller, founder and chairman of interiors specialists Andrew Martin.

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"ese themed papers are a fantastic way to transform both the look and feel of any room, and at a fraction of the cost that it would be to truly install that style in your home." Library wallpaper, £119.90 a roll, one of the collection at Andrew Martin. PAINT MAGIC Wallpapers and murals aren't the only way of working wonders on walls, says Annie Sloan, paint specialist and author of Color Recipes For Painted Furniture. At her home in France she's used techniques such as stencilling, gilding, and sponging, to create a host of visual effects in her favourite decorating styles, from Swedish and Country to French and contemporary. "Faking it is totally cool," she says. "I think people are much more visually minded these days and prepared to experiment in their homes. "ere's a huge enthusiasm for putting a personal stamp on our homes these days and, at a time when budgets are tight, the way to do that is by being creative. "at can be using paint techniques to add interest, texture, or another dimension. I've created faux marble effects and distressed vintage looks and Scandinavian panelled walls. e only limit is the imagination." GALLERY STYLE Art enthusiasts who've gazed longingly at the old masters hung in public art galleries can now have lookalikes of those paintings, and bespoke art work, for their own homes. "Right now people want to feel that their home has a real sense of authenticity and personality, but it has to be achieved on a budget," says Alison Cork interiors expert and founder of AlisonatHome. "I look to the web to source good value art work - companies like Top of Art can reproduce virtually any oil painting you wish, and at a fraction of what you might pay in an art gallery. I had two classic Dutch still-life paintings reproduced at a cost of only a few hundred pounds." Reproducing favourite pictures or photos on fabric, canvas and wallpaper is another way of expressing your personal style, she suggests. "It's a cost-effective way to create a dramatic and unique focal point." Hand Painted Oil Painting Reproductions of Old Masters, Canvas Art Prints are part of the repertoire at Alternatively, make an instant photo gallery by choosing a Picture Frame paper, £70 a roll, Mineheart. It features a selection of old photos in white frames, hanging on a concrete wall. DigetexHome will replicate photos or pictures on to fabric, canvas and wallpaper.




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ased on the outskirts of the New Forest, Russell Pearce is an independent carpenter and designer specialising in bespoke fitted furniture. Using the highest quality materials, RP Designer Carpentry mix traditional craftsmanship with innovative design and cutting edge technology to provide individually tailored solutions to the varied demands of modern living. WHAT MADE YOU START YOUR OWN BUSINESS? Bespoke Furniture has been my passion for years, I worked out recently that I’ve built over a thousand fitted wardrobes, walk in wardrobes and freestanding furniture projects. As an experienced craftsman I believe that the satisfaction of my customers should be my first and only concern. After many years in the industry as a freelancer I realised that the only way to guarantee that I could deliver the service, quality and workmanship that my customers deserve was to make sure they really were MY customers. As a sole trader I have total control of every project and nothing moves from my workshop to your home until it meets my exacting standards. WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT R.P DESIGNER CARPENTRY? I'm a highly skilled carpenter, not a retailer or a salesman. My sole priority is delivering the highest standards of design and craftsmanship on every project. From the initial consultation right through to final installation, every stage of your project will be handled personally by me. I don’t just put my initials on my business card, I put my heart and soul into each and every job. When you get a quote from me it’s for design, manufacture and installation not showrooms, sales reps and TV ads. WHAT MATERIALS DO YOU USE? When I say bespoke furniture I really mean it. ere’s no catalogue, no picking from a list of options, just my passion to create furniture that’s as unique are you are. Over my years as a carpenter and joiner I’ve built up a huge network of suppliers that allow me to find the perfect materials to suit your home and your lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for traditional aged timber, contemporary melamine faced panels, coloured glass or fabrics, I can find the ideal solution for your home, tastes and budget. DESCRIBE A TYPICAL PROJECT ere’s really no such thing as a typical project but whether it’s a sliding wardrobe or a complete home office I follow the same process. After an in depth initial consultation to discuss your needs, I digitally produce full colour 3D designs to show exactly how your finished article will look. Once you’re 100% happy, I prepare the materials in my workshop to minimise the time spent in your home, and installation will take place at a time convenient for you. It’s all about delivering what you really want with minimal disruption to your busy life. 0203 8036 3142 07920 795133 ■



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Go wild for flowers TIPS TO GARDENERS ON HOW TO SOW THEIR OWN MINI-WILDFLOWER MEADOW, PERFECT FOR ATTRACTING BIRDS AND BUGS OF ALL TYPES - PLUS, FIND OUT WHAT ELSE NEEDS DOING IN THE GARDEN THIS WEEK. BY HANNAH STEPHENSON Wildflowers are back in fashion, according to reports on their sales. In the past year, sales of UK wildflower seeds have increased by 60%, thanks partly to renewed interest fuelled by the stunning wildflower meadows at the Olympic Park in 2012. e combined elements of eye-catching visual impact, ecological awareness and wildlife value have fuelled sales of wildflower seeds among many of the main seed companies, including ompson & Morgan, Suttons and Mr Fothergill's. With this in mind, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is playing its part during National Gardening Week (April 15-21) as its gardens across the country host talks, demonstrations and events to get gardeners growing wildflowers. Young gardeners will be encouraged to get their hands dirty and learn how to sow their own mini-wildflower meadow, perfect for attracting birds, bugs and creepy crawlies of all types. More experienced gardeners can find out how to support the wildlife in their gardens through a range of talks and interactive workshops on beekeeping, managing meadows and more. Ian LeGros, curator at RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex, explains: "Wildflowers are currently going through a massive boom in popularity and are set to be one of the big trends for amateur gardening in 2013.



"ey are easy to plant and maintain, provide much needed habitats for wildlife and are valuable sources of nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators. "Encouraging wildlife and pollinators is particularly important in urban areas, so if you've a sunny patch of dry ground that won't support much else in your front garden, it's time to convert it into a wildflower meadow." He offers the following tips to those who want to follow the wildflower fashion: ● Choose seed carefully. Wildflowers are easy to grow but, like all plants, need the right conditions if they are going to thrive. Check your soil type and find a mix that will work for it. ● Poor soil? Look to perennials. If you have poor soil perennial wildflowers will do very well as there will be fewer grasses for them to compete with. Buy seed mixes that contain ox-eye daisies, yarrow, harebells, birdsfoot trefoil, cowslips, lady's bedstraw, betony, yellow rattle and others for waving drifts of colour. ● Go mad with colour. If you have well-cultivated soil, annuals such as cornflowers, corn poppies, corn marigolds and corncockles will do well. Toss in a few barley and wheat seeds for an authentic feel. Annuals are a good choice if you are converting an existing border. ● Time of sowing a meadow is important. An annual seed mix

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HOUSE GARDEN containing cornflowers and poppies will do better if sown in the autumn, while corn marigolds prefer a spring sowing. If you have sandy or well-drained soils, wildflowers can be sown during the autumn, but if you have wetter, colder soils, you're better off sowing in the spring to avoid seed rotting off. ● Prepare your ground. Wildflowers are easy but do take a bit more work than just opening a packet of seeds over the ground. Prepare your soil first, making sure it is weed free and has been well dug or rotovated. If you are growing wildflowers, keep fertility low in most cases, so avoid using manures or fertilisers as this will just give grasses and weeds the advantage they need to crowd out your wildflowers. ● For full details of the events at RHS Gardens during National Gardening Week, visit Best of the bunch - Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) ey may seem a fairly insignificant sight in a border but their fragrance is unparalleled, wafting through the air on a warm spring day. I have them in drifts in a shady spot around a garden seat, to enable visitors to experience the sweet scent first hand. You can also cut the stems of the small, neat, white bell-shaped flowers to put in a small vase and bring inside. Planted singly, they only span 10cm x 5cm (4in x 2in) but they soon spread sideways to make a loose carpet, and be careful if you're planting them in a border among other plants because they can become invasive. ey prefer rich, fertile soil with lots of added organic matter, in a shady spot. ey are great ground cover plants for shady, damp situations, spreading by means of creeping roots. Other varieties include 'Albostriata', which has gold striped leaves, and 'Fortin's Giant', a slightly taller type, growing to a height of 30cm (12in). Good enough to eat - Hosta greens If you think that only slugs can eat your hostas, think again, because if you like sushi, you'll probably like to add a few hosta leaves to it. e growing tips are slightly salty and succulent and are better known in Japan as urui, a springtime addition to your kitchen table, and can be blanched and served with goat's cheese and crispy fried onions, or simmered in stock and rolled to make vegetable sushi, or even fried as tempura. Hostas like moist, fertile soil in shade, but when you plant them, put eggshells or sharp grit around the plants to seal in the moisture and deter the slugs and snails. ey can be planted at any time of year, while overgrown clumps can be lifted, separated with a sharp knife and then replanted into smaller offsets. e best flavour comes from the newly emerging shoot tips, when they reach around 20cm and are still closed. You can snip around a third of them off without damaging the plant's health. Suitable varieties include H. sieboldii and H. montana.




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olidays may be short but the memories can last for decades. Keep them alive at home with reminders of those far-away places in displays and decor touches. Gabrielle Fagan explores high street travelogue style. Let's be honest, a holiday isn't just about relaxing and getting away from it all, it also has status value. Exotic destinations - the farther flung or more unusual the better - give us instant holiday cred and most of us will have boasted about a break. But now our homes can do the talking because travelogue style is hot, whether it's walls and accessories displaying maps, or small touches which give the impression you're always on the move. So introduce a little wanderlust into your home - or satisfy the armchair traveller within - with a trunk full of travel treats for rooms. ● Wonder wall: Be bold and paper a wall with a Vintage Wall map mural, from £99 from bespoke textile and wallpaper printers Digetex (0161 873 8891/ ● Armchair adventure: Lounge on a Maps cushion, showing a map of the world. £28 from John Lewis ( ● Tray chic: Offer tea and sympathy to those who haven't had a break and serve it on a Photo Tray, on which you can mount nine photographs (holiday or otherwise!). £35 from Cox & Cox (0844 858 0734/ ● All packed up: Have trunk will travel! But even if you don't go anywhere, a hand-made vintage-inspired traveller's trunk is still decorative. From £35-£45 from John Lewis ( ● Picture perfect: A photographic print, featuring your own photographs and personalised with your own title and captions, could be a brilliant way to display a collection of holiday memories. Personalised Polaroid Album Print from £80, by e Drifting Bear, from Not On e High Street (0845 259 1359/ Or list all your favourite places with a Classic Personalised Destination print, from £38, by Betsy Benn, also from Not On e High Street. ● Memory board: Pop tickets and trip 'to do' lists on to a Home Comforts pin board, decorated with a variety of destination stamps. £35 from John Lewis, available from August 31 ( ● Postcard pretty: Text and tweeting may be the fashionable way of communicating that 'wish you were here' message nowadays, but postcards still have traditional charm. Paper a feature wall in Postcard wallpaper, featuring either a collage of the back of old postcards with messages, stamps and addresses; or one depicting vintage style destination photos. Postcard wallpapers available to order from around £54 a square metre from Purldeco (0203 110 0643/ ● Name drop trend: Mimic a transatlantic vibe without leaving home. A red New York cushion, £20 from Kenneth Cole's New York Home collection at House of Fraser (available August 31). Add pieces from his New York To China collection, featuring landmarks: Mug, £6, bowl, £6 (0870 160 7270/




Mark the time difference with a Typographic New York clock spelling out the city's name. £45 from Hunky Dory Home (0191 645 4004/ ● Far-flung furniture: Make a statement with a Map Chest of Drawers, by Bryonie Porter. £850 from Not On e High Street (0845 259 1359/ ● Steaming style: A retro-look cushion emblazoned with the message See e Country - Travel By Rail, and a steam train, could turn back the clock to more leisurely journeys. £30 from John Lewis (available from August 31). ● Landmark looks: Who needs a passport when you can have an iconic landmark in your room? An Eiffel Tower-shaped lamp base, and black shade, £95 from Graham & Green (0845 130 6622/ ● Small world: Capture locations and landmarks of a city on a bespoke globe from specialists Globee, which offers a wide variety of cities in the UK and throughout the world. An Edinburgh Globee, from £14.95 (0800 987 5907/ ● Dreamy destination: Get capital style with the Green 'London Map' bedding set. From £20 by Yukari Sweeney at Debenhams (08445 616 161/ ● Refresh the style: Classic Penguin Book Stainless Steel Flask depicting the cover of the Jack Kerouac novel On e Road. £16.99 from e Gifted Penguin (01642 763 000/ ■

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s April approaches and we go cuckoo over some welcomed daylight, it's time to reacquaint ourselves with the allure of fresh white wines. To develop a strategy and capture the spring fervour in a glass, busy bees need to start stacking the shelves with the fruits of green grapes - some of which may even unveil a taste of summer with their youth and brightness. e fusion of a southern French


marsanne and viognier will wake up the palate with its fragrant honeysuckle and apricot notes and Les Pierres Bordes Marsanne Viognier 2012, IGP Pays D'Oc, France £5.50, ( is a lovely example. is pretty blend marries richness of fruit with white flower aromatics and shows just enough liveliness to drink in the great outdoors. Light and frivolous, trebbiano is Italy's workhorse white grape, but in the right hands this neutral style can start to excite

the tastebuds with its orchard fruit flavours and crisp acidity. Produced by the Farnese winery, which has exploited this Italian staple with great results, try Vila Farnia di Farnese Trebbiano 2011, Italy £7.99, ( for a delightfully zippy glass to put some wind in your sails. With its picture-postcard label, Le Citronnier 2011, Gascony, France £7.99, ( offers tipplers double the pleasure with its pretty notes


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food drink of orchard blossom, citrusy-limey fruits and a grassy essence. A blend of colombard and sauvignon blanc, Le Citronnier offers a bright, juicy finish with thoughts of lemon groves and picnic baskets. For sauvignon blanc lovers who prefer to pierce the gooseberry flavours with a splash of chenin blanc, try Spring Valley Chenin/Sauvignon, Old Vines, Coastal Region 2011, South Africa £7.95, ( Distinctive, with an array of ripe appley fruits and a nettly sting on its tail, it's a wine to pair with native oysters while there's still an 'r' in the month. Up there with a good claret, a white Bordeaux from Graves signals an elegant wine with rich, dry citrus fruit and a flinty edge. An equal blend of sauvignon blanc and semillon, Vieux Chateaux Gaubert 2010, Graves, Bordeaux, France £11.96, ( is fermented in oak barrels to give extra richness and weight, with green and yellow fruit backed by classic mineral notes and a tangy grapefruit finish. Organic wines tend to come at a higher price point and a rich, lightly

oaked chardonnay such as Domaine de Brau Chardonnay Finemont Boise 2010, Pays d'Oc IGP, France £9.75, ( is worth the outlay. Generous and fruity with pineapple, soft pear and cream lingering on the sumptuous finish, it's seriously refreshing and dangerously easy to drink. Wine buffs who don't like the fruit to mask the minerality of a bottle should try a top-flight white from the heart of the Douro, such as Quinta da Romaneira Douro White 2011, Douro Valley, Portugal £15.99, ( With flaxen highlights, hints of herbs, white stone fruits and a glimmer of passion fruit set against a steely backbone, it's a terrific food-friendly wine to accompany leafy green salads, seafood and white meat.

semi-sweet cherry red with a slice of simnel cake for a grown-up treat.

LIQUID NEWS Whisky for weekend warriors... e latest bottling in the Highland Park Valhalla Collection, Highland Park Loki £130, (, teams the distillery's Orkney roots with Scandinavia. e 15-year-old limited edition single malt is presented in a wooden frame inspired by a traditional Viking long ship, and is the second release in e Valhalla Collection. Aside from taking inspiration from the legendary Nordic gods, Loki marries sweetness and fruitcake spice and is matured in Spanish sherry casks as well as heavily peated casks for its complex and smoky profile ■

BEST BUY Sweet temptation... For chocolate lovers thirsty for the decadent taste of red wine infused with cocoa, Chocolate Shop, e Chocolate Lover's Wine £6.74 until April 9, 75cl, (Sainsbury's) could set hearts racing. Designed to be enjoyed with food or on its own, pair this

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SIX OF THE BEST KITCHEN GADGETS BY PETER JENKINSON While you slave over that hot stove, you may decide your kitchen is in need of a couple of quirky, colourful and useful additions. ere are no electrical can openers or other such Eighties paraphernalia here. THIS SELECTION OF SIX IS A COMBINATION OF FORM AND FUNCTION THAT WON'T BE CONSIGNED TO THE BACK OF A DRAWER WITHIN A WEEK OF PURCHASE. Entertainment centre - Spiderpodium Tablet - £24.99 from Load you iPad in this arachnid-style gadget so you can lean it on any work surface or wrap it around a cabinet handle for the perfect view. Its non-slip legs and durable form make it a must-have - it's ideal for following online recipes hands-free. Rounded revolution - Spoutnik - £179 from A few decades ago, the microwave helped to transform the way we cook and eat. is new 700W microwave is one of the most innovative designs to date. Available in green, purple or blue, the see-through spherical dome can hold a wide range of dishes and gives you a 360-degree view of the cooking process. Light fry - Tefal Actifry - £199.99 from Cook up delicious crispy fries and roast potatoes inside this marvellous machine. It needs only a spoonful of oil, making it a healthier way to feed the family. And its talents don't stop there. e included cookbook will guide you on how to create puddings and stir-fries, with ideas for meat, fish and vegetables, too. Get spicy - Scientific Spice Rack - £19.99 from Fill up these five test-tubes with your seasonings and spices for a laboratory look in the kitchen. e set comes complete with silicone stoppers to keep the contents fresh and 36 easy-peel, re-usable labels. ey're stylish and practical for the scientist in your life. Perfect balance - Heston Blumenthal Orb Scales - £39.99 from With these good-looking kitchen scales out on display, you'll likely be more inclined to do some baking. You can measure multiple ingredients in the same bowl with the 'zero' function, and it has an aquatronic feature for liquids - with all the measurements read out on a rather decent backlit LCD display. Flat out - Bakeball Bat - £15 from is may be an over-the-top approach to the humble task of rolling out your dough, but this is sure to make a great addition 70


to your kitchen. It's certainly one way to ensure no one complains about your cooking skills, and it makes a great unique gift for sport fans. APP OF THE MONTH: Sleep Art - Free on iTunes From the hotel group Ibis, this rather nifty app is free for all to use. Just plug in your iPhone before you nod off and the app will run throughout the night. It captures sound, movement and vibration through the motion sensor and, when you are woken up by the app's gentle alarm, it'll present you with an image that portrays your sleep pattern. It certainly makes getting up more enjoyable ■





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JET PROPELLED EVENTS ‘HIGHCLIFF’ STYLE. Spring SoirĂŠe Dinner Dance—Friday 3rd May 2013 Dance the night away to the sounds of our fantastic live house band, 5th Avenue. Combined with award winning dining, this is an occasion not to be missed! Enjoy a glass of fizz on arrival, a delicious three course choice menu and live music, for only ÂŁ45.00 per person.

Father’s Day —Sunday 16th June 2013 Treat your dad to Sunday lunch he will really appreciate. The Highcliff Grill is offering a gourmet menu selection of Ringwood Ale pies with an extra bottle of Ale to takeaway. Enjoy three courses for only £22.50 per person or £17.50 per person for two courses.

Air Festival Hospitality—Friday 30th August 2013 Bournemouth Air Festival is back in it’s sixth year and set to be bigger and better than ever! Join us and experience hospitality in true ‘Highcliff’ style. Enjoy a glass of bubbles on arrival, two course gourmet BBQ luncheon and half a bottle of house wine, for only ÂŁ47.00 per person.

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aking cakes isn't all sweetness and light for master chocolatier Christine Taylor, when there are kitchen fires and swearing celebrities to deal with. Keeley Bolger glimpses life for the Choccywoccydoodah creator When you're a chocolatier tasked with serving up a show-stopping cake for actress Whoopi Goldberg in an unfamiliar kitchen with unfamiliar ingredients, bad things can happen. ings like setting fire to said kitchen. "I went over to New York to bake cakes for Whoopi Goldberg in some lovely community kitchens," says Choccywoccydoodah star Christine Taylor. "I used to bake in commercial quantities - it was a long time ago, but I thought it would be like riding a bicycle. It was disastrous. I set fire to the kitchen." Taylor is back on the Good Food channel for Choccywoccydoodah: Starstruck - the fourth series of the fly-on-the-wall programme - which will see her and the team challenged to make kooky confections for famous customers in the UK and the US. e creations will then be presented before the star at a lavish party. is is all a world away from Taylor's original Brighton chocolate shop and bakery Choccywoccydoodah, which was born after a drunken night out 17 years ago. Since then, the business has gone from strength to strength and the show has been a mainstay on the Good Food channel for the last few years. In the first three series, viewers saw the staff design a giant Easter egg for Paul O'Grady and sculpt Boy George's elaborate multi-tiered 50th birthday cake, replete with a chameleon perched on top. Although Choccywoccydoodah: Starstruck will take the team away from their beloved Brighton kitchen and into new premises each week to bake their cakes, there will be plenty of the familiar faces who have made the show such a hit. Taylor's namesake and financial director Christine Garratt will be back to rein in Taylor's spending. And then there's chief designer Dave Ratcliffe, whose professional dreams come true when he creates a cake for a very special female author. But it's all in a day's work for creative director Taylor and her team who have also served up cakes for Kylie Minogue, Simon Cowell and Johnny Depp. And then there was Whoopi Goldberg, who Taylor describes as "funny and warm", as well as a fellow lover of fruity language. "I'm quite fond of a four-letter word and so is Whoopi so we got on quite well. And not all those four-letter words are 'cake'! At the very last minute it went to plan but Whoopi will never know - until she watches it - that it almost didn't!"




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food drink Taylor, who has opened a London branch of Choccywoccydoodah, may have met her swearing soulmate in Goldberg but for Ratcliffe, it was writer Jackie Collins who got his pulse racing. "Jackie Collins is Dave's icon of all time," says Taylor. "It was his lifetime ambition to not only meet Jackie but to actually create something that would impress her. Her cake was such a labour of love. It had its trials and tribulations but ultimately she was blown away and Dave was made into a very happy man. at was a love story." While Collins was "charming" and

Goldberg was "irreverent", one famous designer was a little trickier to please. "On the whole, people are just people," says Taylor. "You put them in the world of cake and chocolate and they are like everybody else. ey talk to me through a mouthful of Jelly Babies and chocolate buttons. "I wouldn't say that Julien Macdonald was a diva but he was very entertaining... He challenged us to make the wedding cake for his best friend Grace Woodward. e pressure was on him to get this right. "He has a rule that he won't make wedding dresses. He certainly won't make

a wedding dress for someone he knows, but she somehow manipulated him into agreeing. And I think that stressed him. "en he agreed to challenge us to make her wedding cake. But it wasn't within his control." Pleasingly, Macdonald, who Taylor said made her laugh, was "almost happy" with the end product. Whether you're a chocoholic, or only indulge your sweet tooth occasionally, these three recipes will give you a taste of Choccywoccydoodah goodness ■

BRIGHTON CHOCCY ROCKS (Serves 4) 2 egg whites 100g caster sugar 2tbsp cocoa 75g roasted almonds, roughly chopped 50g milk, white or dark chocolate, chopped Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4. Whisk the egg whites until they resemble stiff peaks. Gradually whisk in the sugar a spoonful at a time. Fold in the cocoa and almonds, reserving a few nuts for topping the 'rocks'. Put small spoonfuls of the mixture on a baking tray lined with parchment paper or a heatproof Teflon mat. Bake for about 15 mins until set and leave to cool on the tray. Melt the chocolate in a bowl, and using a piping bag or fork, drizzle the rocks with melted chocolate. Scatter with the reserved nuts.

CHOCOLATE PALMIERS (Makes about 20 palmiers) Plain flour, for rolling out the pastry Ready rolled puff pastry 50g milk chocolate 2tsp cinnamon, or other spices according to taste 2tsp caster sugar Egg or milk to glaze Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas mark 6. Roll out the sheet of puff pastry on a well-floured surface until you have a rectangle about the thickness of a £1 coin. Grate the chocolate over it and add the cinnamon or other spices and the sugar. With the short end facing you, roll one long side of the pastry like a Swiss roll from one side to the middle then repeat, rolling from the other side to the middle, so that you have two tight rolls that sit next to each other, joined. Brush with egg or milk. If you have time, chill in the fridge for 20 mins to make it easier to cut and then slice into 1cm slices and pull the ends out like a tulip. Place the slices flat on a baking sheet, well apart, and bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool before eating.

STRAWBERRIES DIPPED IN CHOCOLATE (Serves 4) 1 punnet of strawberries 200ml Champagne 100g icing sugar White, milk or dark chocolate Melt the chocolate on a low heat in a microwave or in a heatproof dish over a pan of boiling water. Transfer to a prettier dish if you wish. Dip a strawberry in Champagne, then icing sugar, then the melted chocolate. Eat immediately, before the chocolate sets.

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n the four-door coupe market Mercedes has form. When it was launched, the original CLS prompted much head scratching from the press and was dismissed by many as little more than a glamorous sideshow. Oh how wrong they were. For buyers seeking E-Class levels of road presence but wanting something more eye-catching than a traditional saloon, the CLS delivered in spades and was bought in droves. So, how do you expand the appeal of something like the CLS? Simple, you build a smaller one and call it the CLA. Seeking to cause the same disruption in the compact executive saloon market, where conventional cars like BMW's 3 Series and Audi's A4 reside, the CLA's aim is to add some much need glamour and, crucially, encourage younger buyers to embrace what's often viewed as an older person's brand. Key to the CLA's appeal is that it doesn't look like a conventional Mercedes. Displaying similar design cues as the latest generation A-Class at the front and a pleasingly shapely rear, the car's appearance blends visual appeal with the ability to slice through the air more efficiently than your average small saloon - Mercedes has the numbers to prove it, too.



Rakish looks and the CLA's coupe-like profile aside, the car is different mechanically from your average Mercedes C-Class in that it's front-wheel drive. is bucking of the premium market trend continues with power coming exclusively from four-cylinder engines - petrol and diesel - including a four-wheel drive AMG version. UK buyers initially get a choice of a 1.6-litre 122 horsepower petrol motor badged as CLA 180 and a 2.1-litre 170 horsepower CLA 220 CDI diesel unit. Launch specification is a six-speed manual transmission for the former and seven-speed direct-shift automatic for the latter. e CLA is a two trim range - Sport and AMG Sport - boasting comfort and sport suspension set-ups respectively. e reality is a car that, despite being a fraction longer than a C-Class, feels surprisingly compact on the road. e largely A-Class influenced cabin fascia works well, especially the generously dimensioned central colour display and familiar switchgear, and there's enough room up front for two adults to sit comfortably. In the back it's not quite the compromise you might first think. Granted, headroom is modest for all the obvious reasons, but there's enough legroom for adults if the journey is short yet there's plenty of

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space for a small but growing family. Space isn't an issue in the boot - all 470 litres of it - and there's the double bonus of folding rear seats. Funky looks and reassuringly high levels of real-world practicality notwithstanding, the car's also got to drive well. In front-drive guise the CLS delivers a solid performance on a wide variety of road surfaces. e difference between comfort and sport set-ups is noticeable, although it's good to know that the latter doesn't disgrace itself on poorly surfaced urban roads. e lack of pitch and roll when traveling at speed plus above average levels of cabin refinement can be credited to the car's well sorted chassis and class-leading aerodynamics respectively. And in diesel guise, a choice likely to be popular with company car drivers, the combination of low noise and ample pulling power help cement the CLA's engaging driver-focused appeal. For the UK Mercedes is pitching the CLA as a youthful alternative to conventional compact executive models. As such there's a predictable sporty theme extending past the car's model names; 18-inch wheels are the default size for both trim levels along with sports front seats and a chunky three-spoke steering wheel. e glitzy grille found on upmarket A-Class models is standard here, while over and above the audio kit and large central colour display on both cars, AMG Sport variants gain a subtle bodykit, the aforementioned sports suspension set-up, privacy glass and bi-xenon headlights.

After the success of the larger CLS it was only a matter of time before Mercedes turned its attention to the smaller, compact executive market. Despite the firm's focus on exterior design and delivering a coupe-like four-door profile, the day-to-day compromise is minimal. Luggage space easily matches its conventional rivals and the cabin is plenty big enough. e icing on the cake is the car's polished road manners, which do much to banish any idea that it's a car that's abandoned substance for style. FACTS AT A GLANCE Model: Mercedes-Benz CLA 220CDI Sport. Sport range Price from:



2.1-litre diesel unit developing 170bhp.


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The excitement of Las Vegas Meets the Glamour of Monte Carlo. Baha Mar The most glamorous address in the world! The New Rivera. The New Glamour. The New Chic. Baha Mar. Poole Bay International have just been appointed as the sole selling agents on the South Coast of England for the stunningly successful Hotel, Casino & Golf Resort of Baha Mar, Nassau Bahamas. With 25 years experience of selling luxury properties from Sandbanks to Europe and beyond, with a fully qualified Caribbean Property Expert in the office no one is better placed to guide you through buying experience in this fabulous 3.5 Billion dollar lifestyle resort. Baha Mar is currently the largest resort development being built in the Western Hemisphere scheduled for opening in late 2014. It will boast 2,200 hotels rooms, spread across four major hotel brands including Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Mondrian, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts as well as the new dazzling centre piece of Baha Mar, e Baha Mar Casino & Hotel. Baha Mar’s stunning new 9,000 square-meter casino will be one of the most compelling and exciting gaming experience’s in North America, comparable only to the best in Las Vegas. A total of 307 private



freehold residences are available for sale and located within each of the hotels, offering a lifestyle choice to suit all buyers. Prices for the Residences start from 1.5 million USD (£924,784.) Exclusive Villas up to £12 million dollars, with purchasers having the option to enjoy year round personal use of their residence or elect to participate in Baha Mar’s Rental Program. ere is also an optional Residents Club, which can be used for holidays at more than 300 luxury resorts around the world! Residents will be eligible for Private Offshore Banking & Tax Benefits. We currently have limited inspection tours available for our clients. Please contact us for a full brochure. Email: Telephone: 01202 674777 Please see our exclusive properties worldwide on Right Move Overseas ■

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A NEW CHAPTER IN THE HISTORY OF GLOBAL GLAMOUR ‘20’s Paris. ‘30s Shanghi. Saint Tropez in the ‘60s. e epicentre of glamour seems to change its location every decade or two. Now an exciting new enclave of chic will debut for this generation – an epic place, just off the Tropic of Cancer for today’s global nomads, luxury travellers and all those who accessorize their life with experiences. The New Riveria. The New Glamour. The New Chic. Baha Mar. We are about to play host to the party that fun-lovers from all over the globe will want to attend. Join us, and recount for future generations time well spent beneath an azure sky accented by the splendour of dappled light on the surface of the Bahamian Sea.

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SOLD IN 5 DAYS AT BATTERSEA POWER STATION DEVELOPMENT Building has not even started yet, but the hotly anticipated properties in the first phase of the new Battersea Power Station development have nearly all been reserved. he Grade II listed power station is at the heart of the 39 acre development. The largest brick building in Europe and an impressive example of Art Deco architecture, the power station will be renovated, as part of the plans. Circus West is the name of the first area of development, with a mix of 800 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, townhouses and penthouses as well as a blend of offices, shops, leisure and hospitality designed by Ian Simpson Architects and de Ryke Marsh Morgan (dRMM). Prices start from £338,000 for a studio, from £423,000 for a one-bedroom, from £613,000 for a two-bedroom and £894,000 for a threebedroom apartment with first occupancy expected to be in 2016.


Situated on the western side of the Power Station, Circus West at Battersea Power Station will be a thriving new community where people come to live, work, socialise and spend their leisure time. As well as over 800 apartments, suites, townhouses and penthouses across 8 buildings, Circus West will have a range of amenities and services including art galleries, a Power Station Design shop, independent coffee shops, a boutique theatre, 35,000sq ft of creative business studios, a 15,000sq ft. gym, an indoor swimming pool and a health spa. All residents will have access to an elevated residents garden, with many apartments having an enclosed ‘Winter Garden’ that will provide useable outside space all year around, whilst the penthouses will have private rooftop 82

terraces. Circus West residents will also have access to a 5,000sq ft private Residents Club designed by David Linley – this club will have a bar, private dining space, library, business centre and a cinema. The site will also provide large areas of public open space including a new six acre riverside park that will provide direct access to Battersea Park and Chelsea via a new riverside pathway adjoining the existing River Thames Walk. Preparation for construction is underway and is expected to begin in the second half of this year. The entire Battersea development will stretch along 400 metres of the River Thames’s south bank, sitting directly opposite Chelsea. The development will coincide with a proposed extension to the London underground that will bring the Northern Line to Battersea. Rob Tincknell, Chief Executive Officer of Battersea Power Station Development Company, commented: “We are incredibly excited to be welcoming the UK public to the site of one of Britain’s most iconic landmarks. Over the past few months, we have seen enormous interest in this unique development from potential purchasers, and we are delighted to be presenting them with an opportunity to be a part of what is sure to become a vibrant new town centre in the heart of London.” Potential purchasers can find further details at or telephone 020 7501 0678.



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