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e dinner being held on Sunday 15th April to commemorate the tragedy of the sinking of the Titanic sold out within 4 weeks. Due to the enormous response, Grand Café has decided to replicate the dinner in every detail on Tuesday 10th April 2012. is special dinner will remember the day when the ill-fated liner sailed out of Southampton at 12 noon on Tuesday 10th April 1912. Grand Café, now a wonderfully unique bar, bistro, restaurant and venue, is the former Wedgewood Ballroom of the old South Western Hotel where many 1st Class passengers would have certainly dined and danced before departing from Southampton on-board the Titanic.

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As with the 15th April dinner, invitations for this unique event have been designed as Boarding Passes for 1st Class passengers and each guest will be given the name of an actual passenger of the Titanic for the evening – we look at this wonderful event in fine detail. e South’s best radio station is pleased to announce that Wave 105 Live! sponsored by Beales is set to take place on 31 March at the Bournemouth International Centre from 6pm. Five internationally-acclaimed acts have already been confirmed; Will Young, e Saturdays, Caro Emerald, Cover Drive and Beverley Knight. Following the success of the inaugural show last year Wave 105 Live! is back and promises to be bigger and better by featuring a host of Wave 105 playlist favourites. ere will be more acts announced over the coming weeks and we take a look at what makes this concert so popular. From 30-31 March, English Touring Opera will visit the Lighthouse in Poole with two much-loved operas: a new production of Rossini’s e Barber of Seville and a revival of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, last performed at e Lighthouse, Poole in 2007. Both operas are performed in English with a live orchestra and in lavish period costume – we have a look at the programme for this wonderful local event.

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A world of celebrities and famous people, beautiful and expensive clothes and general fashion glitz. e vibrant and internationally renowned London Fashion Week is always exciting and inspirational, and last month's event proved to be just that. London Fashion Week presented another unrivalled opportunity for both established designers and newcomers to present their latest collections. A constantly buzzing key event for those who haven't got the patience to wait until the latest fashion designs and stylish fashion trends make it into the fashion magazines. e magic of London Fashion Week is not merely thanks to the fashion designers' and fashion stylists' cutting-edge collections but the media excitement that accompanies them. e allure of the show is exceptional and London Fashion Week continues to be the top fashion event pulling visitors from every corner of the globe – have bring you a 5 page guide on one of the social scenes highlights of the year. Enjoy your March issue and see you again in April.

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WHAT’S ON KIDS IN GLASS HOUSES Cardiff rockers will be showing just why they are currently considered one of Wales best live acts with a series of must-see shows. With singles Easy Tiger, Give Me What I Want and Saturday taken from album Smart Casual it is guaranteed that fans of great rock bands will be eager to snap up Kids In Glass Houses tickets whenever lead singer Aled Phillips and the boys head out on the road. Start time:19:30. See website for prices and details.O2 Academy Bournemouth, 570 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth, BH1 4BH. Tuesday 20 Mar 2012 MAYDAY PARADE Concert : You Me At Six With Kids In Glass Houses, Mayday Parade, e Skints : Tickets avaiable. Start time:19:30. See website for prices and details. O2 Academy Bournemouth, 570 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth, BH1 4BH. Tuesday 20 Mar 2012 YOU ME AT SIX You Me at Six have come a long way since being voted the Best New Band of 2008 by Kerrang! magazine for their debut album Take off Your Colours. For starters two more albums have been released, Hold Me Down and the latest Sinners never Sleep which have confirmed You Me at Six as one the biggest bands in their field. All of which means that You Me at Six tickets are always popular and sell out fast. So if you want to see a You me At Six concert then you need to make sure you have the right tour date for the You Me at Six concert UK in order to get your You Me at Six ticket on time. Start time:19:30. See website for prices and details.O2 Academy Bournemouth, 570 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth, BH1 4BH. Tuesday 20 Mar 2012 HOLD EVERYTHING DEAR/ SINGER See a double bill featuring two powerful and contrasting performances by Laïla Diallo and Jane Mason, two unique female choreographers, for just £5 at



Pavilion Dance in Bournemouth. In Hold Everything Dear Laïla Diallo finds inspiration in themes of migration and transience to create a compelling moment of dance. In her solo Singer, Jane Mason constructs ephemeral and fragile 'homes' and 'worlds' inhabited by fragments of arrival and displacement, connection and separation, love and longing. ese compelling performances are part of Pavilion Dance's Dance for Five Pounds, a season of high-quality dance with a ticket price of just £5 per person. Time: 8.30pm Price: £5 For more information and booking: 01202 203 630. Pavilion Dance, overlooking Lower Gardens, Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU. Friday 16 Mar 2012 CHINESE STATE CIRCUS BOURNEMOUTH From the land of legends and warrior Shaolin monks comes the incredible new Chinese State Circus production - the live acrobatic spectacular Yin Yang. To say the Chinese State Circus is merely a show is grossly to underestimate it; it is the embodiment of a traditional art form which can trace its history back over 2000 years. e presentation lives and breathes with the enthusiasm of its acrobatic artistes. e result is the purest, honest, most abiding and exhilarating circus that is a true privilege to see. e undisputed masters of physical theatre will have the audience enthralled with a breathtaking fusion of precision acrobatics, martial arts and dazzling circus skills entertainment for the whole family. Bournemouth e Pavilion eatre Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5BH Friday 30th: 7.30pm Saturday 31st: 2.30pm & 7.30pm Sunday: 2.30 & 6pm Prices: £26.00, £22.50, £19.50, £16.00. To book: 0844 576 3000 WAVE 105 LIVE! e South’s best radio station is pleased to announce that Wave

105 Live! Sponsored by Beales is set to take place on 31 March at the Bournemouth International Centre from 6pm. ree internationally-acclaimed acts have already been confirmed; e Saturdays, Caro Emerald and Beverley Knight. Following the success of the inaugural show last year Wave 105 Live! is back and promises to be bigger and better by featuring a host of Wave 105 playlist favourites. ere will be more acts announced over the coming weeks. 6PM ONWARDS For further information or to purchase tickets please visit Tickets cost just £17.50 each. No under 5’s permitted. No under 12’s are permitted to stand. Over 14’s are permitted to stand with parents’ permission. Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, BH2 5BH. Saturday 31 Mar 2012 SOLID SILVER 60’S SHOW With over 20 UK top ten hits between them and many millions of records sold, Peter Noone, Chris Montez, Brian Hyland, Brian Poole and Vanity Fare embark on the legendary Solid Silver 60's Show, a live rock 'n' roll concert which tours the UK this spring. 7.30 PM, Box Office: 0844 576 3000, £21.50 - £25.50 Bournemouth Pavilion, King’s Park Drive, Bournemouth, BH1 4NN. Tuesday 27 Mar 2012 /the-solid-silver-60s-show SOCCER ANYDAY LIVE Arts and eatre : Soccer Anyday Live : Tickets avaiable. Start time:19:30. See website for prices and details. Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), Exeter Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5BH Monday 19 Mar 2012 LASER EYE SURGERY OPEN EVENING AT CLASSIC EYES IN POOLE WITH AVC You can find out all you need to know at Classic Eyes on Monday 26th March at 6.30pm when the UK’s leading independent eye

care clinic Advanced Vision Care comes to Poole. Based in London’s Harley Street, AVC offers not just laser eye treatment but also a range of procedures to correct even the most complex prescriptions. With AVC’s internationally respected surgeons, superb standards of patient care and affordable payment plans, we believe you won’t find better treatment anywhere else. Why not come along to this free and relaxed event at AVC’s partner Classic Eyes in Poole and find out more? ere will be no obligation to go ahead. Come along for exclusive discounts, available only on the evening! To book your place, call Classic Eyes on: 01202 749941 It’s free to come along! But pease ring Classic Eyes in advance on 01202 749941 to book a place! Classic Eyes, 37 Penn Hill Avenue, Poole, BH14 9LU Monday 26 Mar 2012 BEAR GRYLLS Arts and eatre : Bear Grylls the Mud, Sweat and Tears Live Tour 2012 : Tickets avaiable. Start time:19:30. See website for prices and details. Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), Exeter Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5BH. ursday 22 Mar 2012 JOAN BAEZ Secure the best tickets from our selection of Joan Baez tickets as well as other Country and Folk tickets and Concert Tickets on viagogo. Since all Joan Baez 2012 tickets on viagogo - including concert tickets, sports tickets and theatre tickets - are covered by the viagogo Ticket Guarantee, you can rest assured that your transaction will be 100% safe and secure. Get your Joan Baez tickets on viagogo today! Start time:19:00. See website for prices and details. Lighthouse/Pool Arts Centre, Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG. Sunday 25 Mar 2012 LEARN TO PLAY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT Free instrument “taster” lessons at your local musical instrument store - part of National Learn To Play Day. Wide variety of instruments to try out. For information phone: 01202 682700. Musicroom, 14 Towngate Centre, Poole, BH15 1ER Saturday 31 Mar 2012

Whats on MARCH__ 29/02/2012 18:34 Page 2 FOREST FORGE TOTS -CREATIVE WORKSHOPS FOR UNDER 5’S! ese sessions will now be bigger and better than ever, with even more story telling, singing, drama, rhymes, movement, crafts and much more! Tailored specifically for children under 5, these lively creative sessions are run by workshop leader Lucy Phillips who has years of experience working with children of all ages, and is looking forward to introducing drama to a new set of young minds! As usual, these vibrant sessions will engage and stimulate your child, using music, movement and drama to encourage a sense of play, develop imagination and build confidence. Sessions will last for 45 mins, but we’re then inviting you to stay on for a cup of tea or coffee (with juice and biccies for the little ones) and a chance to catch-up and chat with fellow parents. Tuesday mornings, 10.00-11.00am. From 24th January, weekly until the 27th March. e cost is £1.50 per child, with accompanying adults free, and is payable on the door. ere’s no need to book, but for more information please call us at the Forest Forge office on 01425 470 188. Forest Forge eatre Centre, Endeavour Park, Crow Arch Lane, Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 1SF Today, Tue 6 Mar, Tue 13 Mar, Tue 20 Mar. FREE CALL IN ON THE MIDWIFE COFFEE MORNING Come and meet Wessex independnet Midwives for a cup of tea and chat. We are aware that clinicn times are often short and there is not enough time to talk so here you can come and drop in to talk about any pregnancy or baby worries you may have. We can also tell you about the services we offer Independent, private midwifery care Beautiful Births birth preperation classes Poole Bay Maternity classes Mindful Mama Hypno birth classes Breastfeeding workshops and support in your own home Placenta encapsulation, Baby Calm classes Please come and invite any of your friends who may benefit for some relaxed time with a midwife. FREE entry 10 - 12 hours 01425 472775 07828719278

www.wessexindependentmidwives. ika. Ringwood Waldorf School, Folly Farm Ln Ashley, Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 2NN Saturday 24 Mar 2012 MOONLIT MARCH Discover Blashford Lakes by night with moon magic tricks and sensory delights. Meet and park at the Blashford Lakes Centre. For further details, please contact Jim Day or Michelle Crooks on 01425 472760. Children must be accompanied by adults. 7.15-8.45pm. Suggested donation £3 per person - please book in advance. Blashford Lakes Centre, Ellingham Drove, near Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 3PJ Friday 16 Mar 2012 CATERPILLARS OF BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS A talk by Dave Green of Butterfly Conservation. To be held at Blashford Lakes. For further details please contact Paul Toynton on 01725 518510. 7.30pm. Admission £2 including refreshments. Blashford Lakes Centre, Ellingham Drove, near Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 3PJ Tuesday 20 Mar 2012 SPRING FIRSTS Join Bob Chapman for a guided walk around Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve to look out for the first signs of spring and to welcome the arrival of the first migrants. Meet at the Tern Hide. Parking at the main Blashford Lakes Reserve car park (not the Centre). Map ref. SU 151 083. For further details, please contact Jim Day or Michelle Crooks on 01425 472760. 2-4pm. Suggested donation £3 per person - please book in advance. Blashford Lakes Centre Car Park, Ellingham Drove, near Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 3PJ ursday 22 Mar 2012 RSPB New Forest Local Group Indoor Meeting. As part of our regular Indoor Meetings, we have an illustrated talk "e Otters Return", by Chris Matcham. Members & non-Members all welcome We also arrange bird walks etc. 7:20pm. 7:30pm. Entry £2.50. price includes light refreshments. Contact

01425.615171, Lyndhurst Community Centre, main car park, off High Street, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7NY. Wednesday 14 Mar 2012 BEAUTIFUL SOUNDS Music workshop for adults with learning disabilities. Singing favourite songs, playing percussion instruments, musical games, a bit of songwriting. A great fun session. £5 per person, friends, family and carers go free. 11.30 - 1.00pm. £5 per person, friends, family and carers free. 01425 276161. Coda Music Centre, Chewton Farm Road, Walkford, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 5QL. Wednesday 21 Mar 2012. GUILDED IMAGES HIGHCLIFFE CASTLE Building on the continued success of annual art exhibitions at the Red House and Christchurch Priory, Christchurch Arts Guild are proud to now add "Guilded Images" at Highcliffe Castle to their 2012 schedule. is new exhibition will be staged in the main library between 1st March and 15th April 2012. e exhibition will contain paintings in Figurative, Contemporary, Abstract and Impressionist styles with some members having had paintings accepted by top London galleries and also sold through the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. e Castle and Exhibition is open from 11.00am to 4.30pm Friday & Saturday and 11am to 5pm Sunday to ursday. Last admission is half an hour before closing each day. Admission is £3.00, accompanied children under sixteen free Highcliffe Castle, Rothesay Drive,Off Lymington Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 4LE ursday 1 Mar 2012 to Sunday 15 Apr 2012

Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1BN ursday 22 Mar 2012 CREAM TEAS, CRICKET WHITES AND ANYONE FOR TENNIS? Musical Entertainment: Following the success of last year’s Sunday afternoon musical soiree we are delighted to invite you to a new concert once again performed by Peter Witham and Chris Dowie with Sue Witham as raconteur. Music will be a mix of light classical, film scores and swing interspersed with readings and recitation in a truly Edwardian style, plus traditional afternoon tea. Tickets (price £10) will be on sale from early February at the St Barbe Museum shop, New Street, Lymington, also at the door on the day. Doors open 2.00pm for 2.30pm start. Fuller -McLellan Hall, Lymington Community Centre, Cannon Street, Lymington Hampshire SO41 9BQ Sunday 18 Mar 2012 CHARMINSTER AFTERNOON TOWNSWOMENS GUILD Monthly meeting of local branch of national organisation. next meeting will be on Tuesday 28 February at 2 pm at St Francis of Assisi Church Hall, Charminster Road, Bournemouth when we will be entertained by St George,s bellringers.. Come along and meet us = every body welcome. We celebrated our first birthday at the end of January 2012 Our March meeting will be our Annual General meeting on 27 March. 2 - 4 pm.St Francis of Assisi Church Hall, Charminster Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 9SH. Today, Tue 27 Mar ■

"SAVE THE CHILDREN" FASHION SHOW e Christchurch Branch of "Save the Children" are holding a Fashion Show at M & Co, 38 High Street, Christchurch on ursday, 22nd March at 7.p.m. Starting at 7p,m, Tickets £5, free glass of wine and nibbles. Raffle. Tickets available from 01425-270773 or 01425-273517 and in store at M & Co. M & Co,38, High Street,



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LOCAL LIFE Brazilian infused Wind Samba and Marc Yeats’ new geological sound world. Each offers choirs the chance to explore new music and the magnificent World Heritage Site coastline which will form the backdrop to the Olympic sailing and windsurfing events in 2012. Performances are planned in Poole, Weymouth and Greenwich in 2012.


ed by Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts and international music producers Serious, the Coastal Voices project is building up to the London 2012 Olympics by looking to recruit hundreds of voices to join in professional workshops and rehearsals in locations up and down the Jurassic Coast from September 2011, with four vocal ‘hubs’ set-up in Poole, Weymouth, West Dorset and East Devon.




As part of the Cultural Olympiad, Coastal Voices will link to Australia and is connected by World Heritage Sites and also by the commonality of Sydney and Poole having the 2 largest natural harbours of the world. Communities right across the coastal region of Dorset and East Devon will be unified through ‘voice’ and ‘place’ and 25 people from Dorset will perform in London on 21st and 22nd July 2012. Working with composers from rock, jazz and contemporary music, the commissions range from new arrangements of cult classics by Nick Cave and B sharp’s stories of Lyme Regis from John K Miles and Billy Bragg, to John Surman’s

Elspeth McBain, Chief Executive, Lighthouse Poole said, “I’m particularly excited about the way this project can link communities, all generations, bring local talent of all abilities and guest artists together to sing new and wonderful work, created by international composers and inspired by London 2012 and the Jurrasic Coastline of Dorset and Devon. e burgeoning strength of the choral community in this region seems unlike any other in the UK, and I’m delighted we can offer our choirs this international platform, as well as providing a body of new work created for the region of Poole and Dorset as a lasting Olympic legacy.” Coastal Voices want as many people as possible to have a chance of taking part in the project. For more information, contact Kate Burrough, Project Manager 07967 622680 ■

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he smash hit production of Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay’s play Yes, Prime Minister will tour again in 2012, including performances at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts from March 20th – 24th. Michael Simkins will play Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby and Graham Seed will play Prime Minister Jim Hacker. Graham Seed is best known for his role as Nigel Pargetter in BBC Radio Four’s e Archers since 1983. Among his many TV appearances he has starred as Jorkins in the television series



Brideshead Revisited and Britannicus in I, Claudius. His more recent TV credits include Spielberg’s Band of Brothers and Midsomer Murders. Seed has featured in numerous on stage productions, from the national tour of Journey’s End to the Accolade in February this year. An associate member of RADA, Michael Simkins has made film and television appearances as well as starring as Billy Flyn in Chicago from 2007. His career in the West End has seen him featuring in Mamma Mia, e King and I and Off West End in Pinter’s e Old Masters (2004) and Terence Rattigan’s Less than Kind (2011). On television, Simkins’ has played a regular character in Foyle’s War, as well as featuring in TV dramas such as A Touch of Frost, Judge John Deed and most recently, Above Suspicion: Silent Scream. His film credits include Wilde and V for Vendetta.

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Antony Jay has enjoyed a distinguished career as writer, broadcaster and producer. He was founder and editor of the BBC’s legendary Tonight programme, is the editor of e Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations, and author of Elizabeth R and two acclaimed documentaries on the Royal Family. He is a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. Jonathan Lynn’s prolific career spans more than four decades as a director, screenwriter, producer and actor in films, television and theatre, as well as best-selling author and novelist. As well as co-writing, he will be directing this stage version of Yes, Prime Minister. His film credits as director include e Whole Nine Yards, e Fighting Temptations, e Distinguished Gentleman, My Cousin Vinny and Nuns on the Run (which he also wrote). Jay and Lynn’s BAFTA award-winning political comedy Yes, Minister first aired on BBC2 in 1980 and ran until 1984. e sequel, Yes, Prime Minister ran from 1986 until 1988. Lynn and Jay also wrote three novels, e Complete Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, Volumes 1 and 2, which cumulatively sold more than a million copies in hardback, were on the British top-ten bestseller list for three years and have been translated into numerous languages. Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, the original writers of the classic TV series Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister have taken the stage version nationwide having received universal and public acclaim. e production opened at Chichester Festival eatre and transferred to the Gielgud eatre in the West End with David Haig and Henry Goodman in the title roles. Simon Williams and Richard McCabe took over Haig and Goodman in a sell-out UK tour which ended back at Apollo eatre in London. e production then moved next door to its original West End home at the Gielgud where it is due to run until 19 November.

e UK tour of the Chichester Festival eatre production of Yes, Prime Minister is produced by Mark Goucher (e Vagina Monologues, e Complete Works of Shakespeare), Wimpole eatre (Whipping It Up, A Christmas Carol) and Matthew Byam Shaw (Frost Nixon, See How ey Run, Boeing, Boeing) for Playful Productions. for more information ■

Prime Minister Jim Hacker and Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby face a country in financial meltdown. e only prospect of salvation comes from morally dubious allies – leading to deliciously comic consequences.

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rom 30-31 March, English Touring Opera will visit the Lighthouse in Poole with two much-loved operas: a new production of Rossini’s e Barber of Seville and a revival of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, last performed at e Lighthouse, Poole in 2007. Both operas are performed in English with a live orchestra and in lavish period costume. Set in 17th century Seville, e Barber of Seville tells the story of Rosina and Count Almaviva, a pair of young lovers who, with the help of Figaro, outwit Rosina’s guardian – Doctor Bartolo. e opera is based on a play by French writer Philippe Beaumarchais, whose famous ‘Figaro’ plays also inspired Mozart to pen e Marriage of Figaro. Conducted by Paul McGrath and directed by omas Guthrie, e Barber of Seville features Kathleen Ferrier Award Winner Kitty Whately in the role of Rosina alongside Nicholas Sharratt as Count Almaviva. THE BARBER OF SEVILLE COMES TO THE LIGHTHOUSE, POOLE ON FRIDAY 30TH MARCH, 7.30PM




Eugene Onegin is a romantic

opera based on a story by Russian author Alexander Pushkin. Set in 19th century St Petersburg, Eugene Onegin features grand ballroom scenes and a dramatic duel to the death. Directing the opera is ETO’s General Director James Conway, and its Music Director, Michael Rosewell, conducts ETO’s 32-piece orchestra. Emerging star Nicholas Lester takes the title role of Onegin. Joining him, in the role of Tatyana, is Welsh soprano Sarah-Jane Davies (who represented Wales at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World). EUGENE ONEGIN COMES TO THE LIGHTHOUSE, POOLE ON SATURDAY 31ST MARCH, 7.30PM

English Touring Opera gives on average 110 performances for 40,000 people each year, travelling 4,483 miles across the UK. ETO last performed in Poole last Spring, when they toured two Puccini operas, Il tabarro and Gianni Schicchi, alongside Mozart’s masterpiece La clemenza di Tito. Booking information for both e Barber of Seville and Eugene Onegin can be found at

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estbourne is but a short distance from the Triangle area of Bournemouth and yet it has a totally different atmosphere. In the 1870s Westbourne was described as a hamlet built around Seamoor Road, an important position on the Bournemouth side of the old county boundary (before 1972 Bournemouth was in Hampshire and Poole in Dorset) but soon the rapidly expanding town of Bournemouth swallowed it up along with other villages and towns on its outskirts. In more recent times the area has become a fashionable and popular part of Bournemouth, while still keeping its autonomous village atmosphere, with a unique mix of clothing shops, cafes, restaurants and many other independent businesses located in the main shopping area of Seamoor Road, Poole Road and the Victorian covered shopping arcade linking them. is arcade was built by Henry Joy. His first project, completed in 1863, was South Bourne Terrace, the parade of shops overlooking Bournemouth Square. ree years later he began to construct nearby e Arcade over Church Glen which had been crossed on the same site by a rustic bridge built of pine logs in 1853. is bridge had a halfpenny toll and spanned the valley with a stream running down from Horseshoe Common to join the Bourne near e Square. Regret at the loss of this attractive amenity led local people to call the new arcade ‘Joy’s Folly’. By now a town commissioner, Joy lived at Seymour House (Eldon Place site) in Westbourne where in 1884 he built the adjacent arcade. e house gave its name to Seymour Crescent which is now part of the one-way system. Until it was closed in 1965, Westbourne had a train station known as Bournemouth West; it was situated in Queen’s Road. e station was often very busy during the summer seasons, as it was a main disembarkation point for holidaymakers to Poole and Bournemouth. It is recorded that Edward VIII when in 1927 as the Prince of Wales caught the 5 p.m. train back to London from this station. During his full day in Bournemouth which included various opening ceremonies and visits he lunched at the Royal Bath Hotel 18


and had tea at the Branksome Towers Hotel. Westbourne Eye Hospital, on the corner of Poole Road and Clarendon Road was originally the Royal Victoria Hospital. It was built by Charles George, the picture rail inventor, in partnership with Henry Harding. eir building firm George & Harding produced many houses, shop parades and familiar buildings in the local area including Bournemouth’s Head Post Office and e Miramar Hotel. In 1898 the company rebuilt Brownsea Castle on Brownsea Island. e eye hospital moved to a new purpose-built site at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital in 2000 and the redundant building was converted into flats. e Royal Victoria Hospital was opened in 1890 by the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII. He set out in a carriage from Canford accompanied by his son Prince George (the future George V), his host Lady Wimborne and Lord Randolph Churchill (her brother and father of Winston). e Prince officially entered Bournemouth at Cemetery Junction and from there the route was down Lansdowne Road, St Paul’s Road, Holdenhurst Road and Bath Hill. A halt was made at the Royal Bath Hotel which had been lavishly decorated by its owner Sir Merton Russell-Côtes in honour of the Prince’s visit. e procession continued into the gardens and passed through e Square to Poole Road. Following the official opening of the hospital the Prince had lunch at Lady Wimborne’s seaside house Branksome Dene (now Zetland Court). John Elmes Beale, founder of the well-known Bournemouth departmental store, was Mayor of Bournemouth when he welcomed Princess Louise (Queen Victoria’s daughter) to the Westbourne hospital in 1903 to open a children’s ward. She had previously been to the area in 1863 when she sailed from the Isle of Wight to Bournemouth pier to visit the Queen’s doctor Sir James Clark at his home Eagle’s Nest in Exeter Road (now the BIC Purbeck Hall site). It was generally believed that the Bournemouth air contributed to a healthy environment and was the reason why so many people came to Bournemouth to convalesce. Sir James Clark was of this

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view as was Horace Dobel, a prolific author, who published e Medical Aspects of Bournemouth in which he praised the chines as “arteries through which the pure sea air penetrates to the crowded thoroughfares of the town” and “the resinous emanations from the pines”. He was the founder of Mont Dore “residential and bath establishment” and moved to Bournemouth in 1882 to open a building for the treatment of people with ‘Affections of the roat, Chest and Mucous Membranes’ as well as ‘Rheumatic, Gouty, Syphilitic and other Morbid Constitutional States’. In 1921 the building became Bournemouth Town Hall. Another Westbourne hospital of local history interest is Herbert Hospital. Situated in Alumhurst Road it was opened as a convalescent home in 1867 as a memorial to Sidney Herbert 1st Baron of Lea, who lived at Eagle’s Nest in Exeter Road, for his influence in sanitary and hygiene reform in the British Army. Herbert was Secretary for War during the Crimean War and sent Florence Nightingale out to Crimea where she became famous for her part in nursing the wounded soldiers and imposing strict discipline and high standards of hygiene in hospitals. After the war Herbert became the Chairman for the Royal Commission to investigate the health of the British Army and Florence Nightingale was the driving force behind the scenes. She was very interested in the foundation of Herbert Hospital and was actively involved in its design. Part of the building was named Nightingale House after her. Still on medical matters, from 1876 omas Bodley Scott and his wife Adeline lived at Aldington, 7 Poole Road (now Poole Road Medical Centre). He was a general practitioner and was the first doctor to attend to Winston Churchill when he fell from a bridge while staying with his aunt Lady Wimborne at her seaside house Branksome Dene in Alumhurst Road in 1893. e 18 year old was playing on a bridge spanning a corner of Branksome Dene Chine when he found himself cornered by

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both his brother and cousin and decided to escape by sliding down a pine tree. However, he fell 29 feet and his companions rushed back to the house to report that he had, “jumped over the bridge and won’t speak to us”. He remained unconscious for three days; it was discovered that he had a ruptured kidney and a broken shoulder. Another of Bodley Scott’s patients included the author Robert Louis Stevenson who lived at Sea View in Alum Chine Road from 1885 to 1887 with his wife Fanny who renamed the house Skerryvore after a lighthouse designed and built by Stevenson’s uncle and extended the garden down into Alum Chine. Skerryvore was bombed in 1940 and the site is now a public garden dedicated to Stevenson. e doctor had to deal with Stevenson’s lung haemorrhages, influenza and frequent bouts of depression. Lady Jane Shelley, daughter-in-law of the poet Percy B. Shelley, wife of Sir Percy Florence Shelley of Boscombe Manor and a close friend of Stevenson, claimed that it was Bodley Scott’s prescription of Indian hemp for curing his haemorrhages that caused the fevered dreams which resulted in Stevenson writing e Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Stevenson dedicated his collection of poems Underwoods to his doctor and two years after leaving Westbourne dedicated his next novel e Master of Ballantrae to Sir Percy and Lady Jane Shelley. Although Robert Louis Stevenson is perhaps its most well-known resident, Westbourne has many other literary connections but that is another story Jane Martin Extracts from Bournemouth’s Who Was Who by Leigh Hatts ISBN 9781897887813 published by Natula Publications other information from Online guide to Westbourne ■

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ward winning hair salon group, Scissors has been established in the Dorset and Hampshire area for nearly 50 years and over that time the brand has become synonymous with style and quality hairdressing. Scissors began in the 60’s when the parents of Ray Saffer, the owner of Scissors up until 2008, opened the original Westbourne salon in 1963, then trading under the name of Janette’s. Over the next 40+ years, the company moved into franchising and expanded to a total of six highly successful salons located in Bournemouth town-centre, Winton, Westbourne, Ferndown, Poole and New Milton before Ray Saffer eventually retired and sold the franchise business in October 2008. Still occupying the original site in Westbourne, the current Scissors salon is spacious, stylish and superbly furnished. Led by Salon Directors and franchisees Anthony and Zoe Beal, the team of highly experienced stylists are committed to providing all their clients with the highest quality hairdressing and customer service. Anthony commented, ‘‘At Scissors Westbourne we treat all our clients as individuals and try very hard to exceed their expectations. To ensure we understand exactly what our clients are looking for from their hairstyle every client is given a personal consultation. All aspects of the cut, colour and condition of our client’s hair are important to us as well as ensuring we understand their needs, ideas and lifestyle.’’ Anthony and Zoe also believe that the location of their salon is perfect. ‘‘Westbourne is a thriving local community and fits a perfect profile for Scissors.’’ e new owners of Scissors Franchise Company Ltd are a partnership including the current Scissors Managing Director, Steve Lowe, and the highly respected Staffordshire-based salon group, Francesco Group, who currently operate 31 franchised salons throughout the Midlands as well as 3 training academies in their home town of Stafford. With Scissors already firmly established as one of the leading salon groups in the Dorset and Hampshire area, the new company believes there is tremendous potential to expand the group even further and despite the difficult economic climate, began with the opening of a brand new salon in the fashionable Furlong shopping centre, Ringwood in August 2010. e expansion has continued with Scissors celebrating the addition of an eighth salon to the group with the successful opening of its latest salon in the Saxon Square Shopping Centre, Christchurch in November last year. All the salons in the Scissors Group exude an air of confidence, elegance, professionalism and high quality hairdressing and with the additional input of Francesco Group has seen the expanded group’s work constantly featured within professional trade magazines as well as consumer magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Women’s Journal, Hair Flair, Looks and Hair Magazine. Over the years Scissors has undoubtedly made its mark within both the hairdressing industry as well as the local community and has earned a considerable reputation for extremely high standards of hair care and customer service. Scissors was one of the first hairdressing salon groups to attain the prestigious Investors in People Award in January 1994, which recognises companies who are committed to achieving their business goals through the development and training of their staff. ey have been successfully re-assessed in 1997, 2000 and 2004. During this time Scissors have attained several other goals which

they set out to accomplish. In 1996 they became a City & Guilds Approved Training Centre, licensed to deliver Modern Apprenticeships. In 1999 they became a Key Skills training provider using OCR as the awarding body. In October 2000, their hard work was rewarded by the Training Standards Council for their outstanding practical training. is commitment to training has continued under the new owners with Scissors providing full training to NVQ Level 2 and 3 for all its trainees and now in conjunction with its sister company, Francesco Group, a recognised national training provider, are in the process of opening up its training courses to young apprentices from other local salons. With plans to continue the expansion of the business through the opening of further new salons over the next couple of years, the outlook for the Scissors group looks very positive. If you would like any more information about career opportunities with Scissors, having your own franchise or would like to know more about Scissors training please contact them. Telephone: 01202 533018, e-mail: or visit the Scissors website: ■



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o raise awareness of the importance of purchasing local produce, Dorset food producers are set to make a debut appearance at the south’s largest hospitality trade event, the Hotel and Catering Show. Local producers including From Dorset with Love, Badger and Bumble, Lulubelles Cakes, Filbert’s Fine Foods, e Dorset Charcuterie Company and Oxford’s Bakery will descend upon the Bournemouth International Centre on Tuesday March 13 (10am to 6pm) and Wednesday March 14 (10am to 4pm) to fill the show’s Market Place area. With the aim to inspire people to learn about locally-produced food, the Market Place will have a street market ambience and give visiting caterers, chefs and hoteliers the opportunity to meet small local producers, taste and compare regional food and drink and get to know the true story behind the product, as GILES THOMPSON, CHEF PATRON OF CHICHESTER-BASED well as learn about the benefits of buying local produce. THE EARL OF MARCH, TO DEMONSTRATE AT THE SHOW Lee Moreton of e Dorset Charcuterie Company says: “With quality and provenance high on the consumer agenda, GLASS ROOM the Market Place will enable regional food and drink producers such as ourselves to showcase the superb quality of their products. Producers place a great deal of importance on building strong JAMES GOLDING, EXECUTIVE CHEF OF relationships with local suppliers and farmers and this show will THE PIG HOTEL IN BROCKENHURST, TO DEMONSTRATE AT THE SHOW provide us with a perfect opportunity to make new connections to people committed to foods that are fresh, wholesome and taste superb.” Aside from the Market Place, hearty food from field-to-plate will be on display in the show’s Platinum eatre when White Pepper Cookery School chef and teacher, Luke Stuart, presents a specially conceived dish using meat butchered by Lee Moreton. e demonstration will provide inspiration to up-and-coming chefs on the second day of the show. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the butchery skills of artisan butcher, Lee Moreton, and the technical cookery abilities of Luke Stuart. e duo BIC AT NIGHT will be championing pig’s trotters from the rarest of British pig dimension to this trade exhibition. By choosing local produce people breeds, the British Lop, and will show the processes of boning, stuffing, not only enjoy the best but they also make an essential contribution to cooking and plating to create an inspirational dish. the sustainability of the countryside, the rural economy, environment and Luke Stuart of Lytchett Minster-based White Pepper Cookery our market towns. In showcasing small local producers of organic and School says: “e Hotel and Catering Show is a yearly source of regional products we’re sure this area will, without doubt, be an inspiration, you'll always learn something new and it's also a great place extremely popular and tasty section of the show, with vibrant food and to network and meet like-minded people. Lee and I have been asked drink on offer to tantalise those taste buds.” on many occasions to demonstrate how to handle and cook some of the more economical cuts of meat, and with the game season behind us For further information on visiting at this free hospitality trade event, please many budding and professional chefs are looking for new and visit or telephone Anna Wallis on 01425 485040. flavoursome alternatives.” Follow the Show on Twitter and join the Show organiser, Anna Wallis, adds: “e Market Place and demonstrations such as this one brings a new, interactive and informal Facebook fanpage ■ 22


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he dinner being held on Sunday 15th April to commemorate the tragedy of the sinking of the Titanic sold out within 4 weeks. Due to the enormous response, Grand Café has decided to replicate the dinner in every detail on Tuesday 10th April 2012. is special dinner will remember the day when the ill fated liner sailed out of Southampton at 12 noon on Tuesday 10th April 1912. Grand Café, now a wonderfully unique bar, bistro, restaurant and venue, is the former Wedgewood Ballroom of the old South Western Hotel where many 1st Class passengers would have certainly dined and danced before departing from Southampton onboard the Titanic. As with the 15th April dinner, invitations for this unique event have been designed as Boarding Passes for 1st Class passengers and each guest will be given the name of an actual passenger of the Titanic for the evening. e evening will commence with a Champagne reception held in the magnificent former foyer of the South Western Hotel, a marbled room of true splendour that adjoins Grand Café. During the reception a string quartet will play music from the repertoire of that fateful night and staff will serve canapés that will represent 7 courses of the original 11 course dinner. Guests will then be called to dinner by the MC, Denis Bundy, who will introduce the format for the evening. In addition to the boarding pass invitation, every guest will receive a commemorative souvenir menu. is will reflect the menu of the very last dinner that took place on the evening of the 14th April before the Titanic struck the iceberg and sank in the early hours of the 15th April. A starter, main, dessert and cheese platter will exactly replicate the original dishes as near as possible and the quartet will continue to play throughout the meal. During dinner, the Sarah Siddons Fan Club will enact scenes on the stage and dance floor taken from that last night up to the time the iceberg is sighted and struck, finishing with a scene from the inquiry that followed the disaster. As they leave at the end of the evening, the guests will be able to read the list of passengers and see whether the passenger whose name they had adopted for the evening perished or survived. is event will be the first of two of the most prestigious and historically important dinners to be held in the city with Grand Café being arguably the best possible venue for such an occasion. EVENT: VENUE: DATE: TIME: DRESS CODE:

RMS Titanic100 year ‘Sailing from Southampton’ Grand Dinner Grand Café, South Western House, Southampton Tuesday 10th April 2012 7.00pm for 7.45pm ‘til late Appropriate period costume Gentleman - Dinner Jackets with white wing collar shirt and white bow tie. It is also possible to hire the Edwardian tailcoat dinner jacket, trousers, white waistcoat and white bow tie from Moss Bros in Southampton. Ladies - Long off the shoulder dress fitted at the waist with hair up with a fascinator or similar.

TICKET PRICE: £75.00 CONTACT: Denis Bundy on 023 8033 9303 email: denis@grand-café ■

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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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publicise the part of your Local Life that is most important to you? If you want to talk about what you have in mind, or would like some advice as to how to get the best from the topic you want aired, then please include a contact number so that we can help you. Remember, the "Life Series" set of magazines publishes articles about stories of general local interest, so please don't send us the account of great-aunt Maud's wedding or your precious offspring's coming of age! We would also be delighted to receive photographs relating to the area, illustrating aspects of local life, commerce or nature. Again, please send your files to the above e-mail address sorry but we are unable to accept printed media for

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WAVE 105 LIVE! HITS BOURNEMOUTH he South’s best radio station is pleased to announce that Wave 105 Live! sponsored by Beales is set to take place on 31 March at the Bournemouth International Centre from 6pm. Five internationally-acclaimed acts have already been confirmed; Will Young, e Saturdays, Caro Emerald, Cover Drive and Beverley Knight.


In December 2011, Will Young celebrated the 10 year anniversary of winning Pop Idol. He has spent the past decade well-established in the music industry, his albums have produced many songs that have accomplished top ten positions in the UK: four of which went to the number one spot. His success as a singer has been proved by multiple awards including two Brit Awards.

Following the success of the inaugural show last year Wave 105 Live! is back and promises to be bigger and better by featuring a host of Wave 105 playlist favourites. ere will be more acts announced over the coming weeks.

e Saturdays have just made an extraordinary album but their achievements to date should not be glossed over. Since forming in 2007, the multi-platinum-selling band have become a household name scoring 10 Top 10 singles. Add to this two nationwide headline tours, they’ve also found time to support everyone from




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Take at to Girls Aloud and become unavoidable on screens across the nation. Acknowledged by many as the Queen Of UK Soul, Beverley Knight has sold more than a million albums in her career so far and has been the UK’s most consistently successful Soul artist since her debut in 1995. As well as winning three MOBO awards, including best r’n’b artist twice, Beverley has been nominated for Best British Female at the BRIT Awards three times, and been nominated for a prestigious Mercury Music Prize twice.


Audiences all over the continent have been falling for Caro Emerald’s sepia-tinged melodic take on life. 'Deleted Scenes From e Cutting Room Floor' and its various singles have been topping airplay charts all over Europe, while in the UK, Caro has been embraced by radio. Inspired by films and music from the 40's and 50's, the result of Caro’s first album was an exciting, hugely accessible collection of 12 original songs. Bringing a new sound to the UK, Cover Drive, the latest import from Barbados, are set to be one of the biggest new band launches of the year. ey blasted off with single Lick Ya Down, released in 2011, now splitting their time between Barbados and London, they have already accumulated a huge following. WILL YOUNG

Keith Penny, Wave 105 Live! Event Director, said: “e feedback after the first Wave 105 Live! was fantastic, so we’re delighted to launch our second show with such quality acts. As a pop performer Will Young has it all. Superbly crafted songs, fabulous vocals and great stage presence. It’s a real coup to be able to confirm Will, alongside the up tempo pop of e Saturdays, the infectious retro sound of Caro Emerald, the amazing voice of UK soul queen Beverley Knight and recent number 1 chart act Cover Drive. With even more Wave 105 playlisted acts to be announced, and tickets priced at a family-friendly £17.50, we know that our listeners across the south will love Wave 105 Live!” For further information or to purchase tickets please visit Tickets cost just £17.50 each. No under 5’s permitted. No under 12’s are permitted to stand. Under 13’s standing must be accompanied by an adult (ratio 1 adult to 4 children). 14’s and older are able to stand without an accompanying adult at parent’s discretion ■ CARO EMERALD © DANIEL MAISSAN

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xhausted, starving and suffering from extreme cold, Robert Falcon Scott and his four comrades Wilson, Evans, Bowers and Oates, succumbed to the savagery of the relentless Antarctic weather exactly 100 years ago. So what is the connection between the well-renowned Scott of the Antarctic, the Race to the South Pole and the Dorset town of Blandford Forum? Well, the answer lies almost 10,000 miles from the Earth’s southernmost continent on a tablet, mounted on the wall of Blandford Parish Church. It is commemorated to the immortal memory of one Scott’s crew members from his first exploration to the South Pole, George T Vince Able Seaman RN, born in Blandford, September 20th 1880. e British National Antarctic Expedition, later known as the Discovery Expedition, was a joint scientific and explorative enterprise of the Royal Geographical Society



(RGS) and the Royal Society. Championed by the RGS’ President, Sir Clement Markham, the recently promoted Commander Scott and his 50-strong party, including Sub-Lieutenant Ernest Shackleton, sailed on board Discovery on 31st July 1901. During Scott’s first Antarctic foray, Discovery spent 2 years in the ice and the ill-prepared and under trained men had their mettle severely tested. Although the expedition was suitably equipped with Arctic equipment, including dogs and skis, there had been little or no training in their use or in coping with extreme conditions. Vince was one of a party of nine men who were caught out in a blizzard during an excursion from the Discovery. Instead of staying where they were and waiting for the storm to end, the men decided to try to make their way back to the ship. Vince was wearing fur-soled boots with very little grip and wandered onto a snow slope, he slipped down before falling over

the cliffs and into the unforgiving waters of the Southern Ocean. e slope was later named "Danger Slopes" and his body was never recovered. Scott wrote: "Tuesday, March 11, was to be one of our blackest days in the Antarctic.... From the moment when he joined us at the Cape of Good Hope, Vince had been popular with all; always obliging and always cheerful…….. His pleasant face and ready wit served to dispel the thought of the hardship and difficulty to the end. Life was a bright thing to him, and it is something to think that death must have come quickly in the grip of that icy sea." During the British National Antarctic Expedition of 1901-1904 Able Seaman Vince was the only member of the ship’s company to lose his life. George Vince was born in a long-since-demolished, gardener’s cottage that stood in the grounds of Cedars House at the Badgers Crossroads. Today, his memory is echoed in the cold of the Antarctic, by the

lonely McMurdo Sound, where a wooden cross, erected by the crew and men of the Discovery, stands commemorating the death of this Blandford seaman and explorer. e memorial brass tablet, fixed to the church wall, was erected by his shipmates and friends. is simple tablet on the wall of Blandford Parish Church tells us little about the man. It simply reads: “Erected by his shipmates, schoolfellows and friends, to the memory of George Vince ABRN, of the exploring ship Discovery. A member of the expedition to the Antarctic regions under Captain Robert F Scott RN. Born at Blandford Sep 20 1880. Died by a fall over an icecliff into the sea at Ross Island March 11 1902. e only one of the ship’s company who lost his life.” “We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea … we are going back from whence we came.” John F Kennedy ■

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Vintage Jewellery & Accessories Monday 12th March

Over 900 lots of vintage jewellery, clothing, shoes and accessories. Estimates range from £15 to £400

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An Edwardian diamond pendant. Principal diamond estimated weight 3.45cts Estimate £10,000 - £15,000

Auction of Silver & Plated Ware Monday 19th March at 10am

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A gentleman’s 18k gold manual wind IWC Romana perpetual calendar wrist watch. Estimate £2,000 - £3,000

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oole’s iconic hotel, e Harbour Heights, which is part of the FJB Collection, has introduced a unique and exciting experience to the hotel group’s wedding portfolio – outdoor wedding ceremonies.

Happy couples now have the opportunity to tie the knot in a terrace wedding at e Harbour Heights Hotel which offers magnificent sea views overlooking Poole Harbour, the second largest natural harbour in the world. e breath-taking outlook is exceptional and changes continually with the seasons. e view is glorious whatever the weather. is boutique hotel, situated high above the Sandbanks Peninsula, has been designed with a careful eye for detail to maximise the spectacular views. e beautiful south-facing terrace makes the most of the sun at any time of day and is the ideal location for a memorable, romantic wedding ceremony. A terrace wedding is for couples who want to make Poole Harbour and its stunning views a glorious backdrop to their big event. e hotel’s terrace can provide seating for up to 80 guests for a ceremony. David Knight, general manager at the Harbour Heights, says: “We are all absolutely delighted that we can now facilitate terrace



weddings. We wanted to offer couples something different and truly unique for their special day. e position is stunning, and couples we’ve shown it to so far have fallen in love the view immediately!” e hotel’s brigade of chefs creates exquisite award-winning cuisine for that perfect wedding breakfast, which is complemented by attentive service and an extensive cellar of fine wines. To view the terrace, please the visit the hotel and ask to speak the wedding co-ordinator or call on 01202 707272. Harbour Heights, Haven Road, Sandbanks, Poole, BH13 7LW . A proud member of the FJB Collection ■

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local events of the eco-luxury movement, all Tammam wedding dresses are a perfect marriage of style, quality and sustainability - the ideal choice for the bride who cares about the planet as much as following fashion. Head designer at House of Tammam, Lucy Tammam, said: “With so many fantastic sustainable suppliers at an amazing location, it was a great day for southern brides and grooms-to-be who want an ethical aspect to their wedding.”


he Alternative Wedding Fayre at the end of last month was bursting with brides-to-be, who came to the Green House Hotel to discover how to plan an environmentally-friendly wedding. Betrothed couples browsed the organic, fair-trade, recycled and vintage wedding wares which filled the four-star, boutique hotel in Bournemouth. Florists Fresh Floral Design and Miss Dolly’s Vintage Tea Parties dressed the Green Room restaurant to show brides-to-be how beautiful their special day could be and the South Coast Sweet Cart tempted visitors to make their wedding even sweeter. Sarah Pavett, event manager of the Green House Hotel, explained: “It is our ethos that you can have a wonderful wedding that doesn’t scrimp on luxuries but doesn’t cost the earth either. As the UK’s greenest hotel, we wanted to create a Wedding Fayre which illustrates the many ways that couples can make sure the planet doesn’t pay the price for their special day. “A thoughtfully planned menu for the breakfast, organic wedding cake, recycled or FSC stationery and a vintage or even organic wedding dress all gain eco-points. We are delighted to have met so many future brides and to inspire them to be considerate in their wedding choices.” Designer bridal brand, the House of Tammam, was on hand to dress the brides in a selection of eco-couture wedding dresses. A trailblazer





Travel agents from Responsible Travel were there to help happy couples pick an exceptional, ethical honeymoon, which is as kind to the culture of the holiday destination as it is to the holidaymaker. Husband and wife team, Light Tree Photography, delighted visitors with their portfolio of timeless photographs, which capture the magic of a wedding day. Parked in the hotel grounds, waiting to whisk the bridal party off in style were Dorset Dubhire’s baby blue campervan, Lulu, Limberlost carriages and Silver Service cars. Visitors sampled New Forest ice cream in the sunshine, courtesy of Little Al’s vintage ice cream trike which took pride of place in the hotel gardens. Anna Coombes from Miss Dolly’s Vintage Tea Parties, who exhibited at the Fayre, commented: “e event had a lovely energy, so thank you to the Green House for all your hard work. I'd love to be involved if you host another Alternative Wedding Fayre.”


General manager of the Green House hotel, Olivia O’Sullivan, added: “ank you to all our sustainable suppliers and to all the happy couples who came to see us, even the sun made an appearance!”



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as it gets to a guaranteed good show." e Sun’s verdict is short and sweet: "Rich Hall is a comedy phenomenon." Absolutely!

Now, more than two decades later, he is hailed as one of our finest comedians. Well-known for his gruff, deadpan style, the man from Montana is a master of absurdist irony and rapid-fire wit. You will not see a funnier stand-up at work today.

Rich and I are meeting in the run-up to the tour in a central London office. He is wry, crisp and dry. All in all, the American comedian is one of the most engaging people you could ever have the pleasure of spending an hour with.

ich Hall has come a very long way indeed since he gave up his job as a hurricane namer for the United States Meteorological Service.

Which means it is especially good news that Rich is on tour once again this spring. He is coming to a theatre near you very soon. So, as they say in all the best adverts, you had better book early to avoid disappointment. is is one show that you really do not want to miss. Rich is a rare comedian in that the critics are united in acclaiming him. e Scotsman, for instance says that he, "Creeps up on you and ambushes your funny bone like no one else." e Guardian, meanwhile, declares that, "Now is the time to grab this chance to see the great man at work." For its part, Scotland on Sunday asserts that Rich delivers, "As close



One of the elements that distinguishes Rich’s live act is that he tailors each show to that particular location. Every night, he delivers an object lesson in performing off-the-cuff. Rich, who won the coveted Perrier Award for his brilliant, bourbon- soaked, Tennessee redneck, Country and Western singer alter ego, Otis Lee Crenshaw, at the 2000 Edinburgh Festival, says he adores the spontaneity of live comedy. "I really look forward to the fact that every night is different – that's the only way to keep it fresh. A lot of comedians lock onto a show and never change it. But for me, that is not taking advantage of where you are. e more you try to acknowledge

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local events where you are and take in local colour, the more you involve yourself with an audience and the more comic sparks fly. "Nowadays I don't need to look in the local papers to find out information about a particular town. I can go on Wikipedia and find out everything I need to know about a place in an hour." One of the highlights of the show will be the song that Rich sings about every single town where he is performing. e comedian, who has also starred in such TV shows as Stand Up For e Week, QI, Live at the Apollo, Channel 4’s Comedy Gala Live at the O2, Have I.Got News for You, and Never Mind e Buzzcocks, says that, “I will do a specific song in every single town. I will build a structured song around the information I gather about each place I'm in. I will take into account the history of that town and what it is known for. I will also bring in things that have happened during the first half the show. "Whenever I ask, 'what's this place famous for?', I always get an amazing response. Recently they have mainly been downbeat stories about closed factories. Someone is always hacked off that they don't make trouser presses there any more. So I take the Woody Guthrie approach and turn it into a song!" Rich, who has also presented such critically acclaimed documentaries as How e West Was Lost, Rich Hall’s e Dirty South, Rich Hall’s Continental Drifters, Rich Hall's Cattle Drive and Rich Hall's Gone Fishing, continues to get a real thrill out of live comedy. He asserts that, "I have always loved doing live comedy more than anything else. I adore the electricity of it. I like being in that moment. ere is nothing sanitized about that, it's very real. You have to really think on your feet, and that always keeps it interesting. I really enjoy making documentaries and writing books - I get a lot of pleasure out of that finished product. But above all I love the fleeting nature of stand-up. When it's over, it's not coming back, and I love that ephemeral quality." e comedian, who has also enjoyed a hugely successful career on the other side of the Atlantic where he has written for and appeared on Saturday Night Live and e David Letterman Show, for which Rich won two Emmy Awards, is brilliant at bantering with his audience. He observes that, "I get a real buzz from that interaction. "Anything that anyone says on the night becomes a key word that you can play off. A lot of people make fun of comedians for asking someone where they're from, but often that is all you need to raise the level of a show and go somewhere with it. Frequently what people do for a living becomes a real feature of the show. It's unique for that audience and for the comedian. "e crucial thing is that you never belittle people in the audience. You always try to elevate what they say. So when someone says, 'I breed frogs in a biology lab", you don't want to belittle that. In fact, the more mundane you can stay about that, the funnier it is. For example, if someone said they were an RAF pilot, I would probably write a song on the spot about a hero in a mundane situation. I'd sing about an RAF pilot having to rescue an orphaned puppy in a jet!" Over the years, the stand-up has cultivated a marvelously grouchy comedy persona. In fact, he is perceived as so crotchety that Matt Groening based the character of Moe, the

short-tempered bartender in e Simpsons, on Rich. Rich reflects that the disgruntled persona works very well as a comic vehicle. "You can articulate the audience’s anger. We all know that you can't be that angry all the time, but as a comedian you can touch on it and help people to express their rage. You always have to have a target, whether it is e Man, the economy, the government or some celebrity idiot. Something has to be taken down a notch, and the best way to approach that is through articulated rage. "I've taken on this grouchy persona, and that works very well on stage. People might say it's invective, but deep down when I'm doing comedy I'm just trying to touch raw nerves. Someone in the audience is always a lot more peeved than I am and is glad that someone else is talking about it." Rich points out that we should not confuse the persona with the person. "Audiences are watching this grouchy persona, but most people can see that I'm having a really good time on stage. It's ironic grouchiness. No one can stay worked up about things for that long. Once you have generated a passion about something, it's already passed. Also when people get really angry on stage, it never works. It has to be controlled rage." Superb comedy such as Rich’s flourishes even more during a time of recession. e stand-up muses that, "It's a very restive world we are living in right now, and that is very good for comedy. Comedy always thrives at a time when there is very intense economic hardship. When the world is teetering on the brink of collapse, the purpose of comedians is magnified. Tragedy is always good for laughs. Live comedy is a chance for people to sit back and forget all about how rubbish things are." One of Rich’s major themes in his live show will be the contrast between the US and the UK. He explains that, "Because I've lived here for 14 years, I feel I've earned the right to talk about Britain. I like to talk about what's going on in America and compare that to here. ere's plenty of material there. “Americans are outward-looking, loud, brash and ostentatious, and that's very easy to make fun of. But British reserve is also very funny. e Brits do not want to be seen to be enjoying themselves, while Americans go out of their way to let people know they’re having a great time. Americans have a front-porch culture, while Brits hide more in their backyard. ey are having a good time, but they don't want anyone to know about it. Planes fly overhead and see the Brits having fun in their backyards, and you guys say, 'Watch out! ere's a plane flying overhead! Look miserable!'" Rich adds that our way of dealing with the financial crisis is also very different to America’s. "In the UK, the economy has gone into austerity mode, while in America it's a completely different approach. Americans say, ‘Buy more stuff!" While over here it's, 'Don't buy anything at all!'" As you can see, this is going to be a dazzling live show from Rich. is wonderfully funny evening will include compelling stories, fantastic one-liners, piercing insights and hilarious songs. It's the perfect night out. I close by asking Rich what would be a good title for a random song during this tour. Without a moment's hesitation, he replies, "Do ey Still Make Trouser Presses Here?" Lighthouse, 21 Kingland Road, Poole, Dorest, BH15 1UG ■

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DAYS O UT Charitable Trust has awarded more than £35 million in grants to develop sport and recreation facilities in the capital and other areas in the country where the London marathon stages events. e elite races start at 9am for women and 9.45am for men, with the London Marathon wheelchair races beginning at 9.20am and the mass race at 9.45am.



ince the first ever London Marathon on 29th March 1981, the race has grown in size, stature and popularity ever since. Now established among the major events in the sporting calendar, the London Marathon is shown on television in more that 150 countries around the world. As a fundraising event, there is no race in the world that comes close to the London Marathon. Runners in the 2011 Virgin London Marathon set yet another record figure for charity fund raising when they collected £51.8 million for good causes at last year’s race , confirming the London Marathon as the largest annual one-day fund raising event in the world. With a similar total expected from this year’s runners, the total raised over 30 years since the first race in 1981 will reach more than £500 million! An iconic image of the event is the thousands of runners traipsing the streets to raise money for charity, many in fancy dress, hoping to stand out as a rhino, football mascot, giant tree, or escaped convict. More than three quarters of competitors now run for a good cause and a third of all entry places are offered by charitable organisations. In addition, over the last three decades the London Marathon



David Weir and Amanda McGrory will defend their Virgin London Marathon titles against the strongest fields ever assembled for the elite wheelchair races. Weir is aiming to match the six London Marathon titles won by British Paralympic legend Dame Tanni Grey -ompson when he makes his 12th consecutive appearance in the race. Celebrities lined up to take part this year include: chefs Michel Roux, Gordon Ramsey, Tom Aiken and Tony Tobin, Will Young, DJ's Neil 'Doctor ' Fox, Mark Goodier and Charlie Hedges, Callum Best, Ben Fogle, Katie Price, Nadia Sawahla and EastEnders stars Danielle Harold and Neil McDermott. Some advice to those that wish to go along and support and cheer on the brave runners, many roads are closed on race day, so the best way to get around is using the London Underground, South Eastern and Docklands Light Railway (DLR), who lay on extra services especially. Remember, the trains will be busy all day – expect it to be like rush hour. You’ll probably have to queue at some stations and the tube lines may be forced to shut temporarily throughout the day to help ease the crowds. For more details go to

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n 21st March 2012 Gaucho will host The Gaucho International Polo at London’s O2 arena, uniting high-octane polo interspersed with live world famous music to produce a unique event never seen before in Britain. Following the triumphant inaugural year in 2011, Gaucho International Polo has now evolved into the ultimate celebration of Argentina’s sporting and cultural heritage at the O2 arena. The 2012 event will consist of two international arena polo matches merged with exclusive performances from Grammy award winning band, Bajofondo. Bajofondo, who have put ‘electrotango’ firmly on the world music map will open and play throughout the tournament, creating a thrilling blend of polo and performances. The matches will see Scotland taking on Ireland and culminate in the titanic clash between IG Index’s England and Argentina, pitting Britain’s finest player, Jamie Morrison 40

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




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

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



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

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

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

This year, over one MILLION people are expected to PULL up their socks and take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile




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

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

Walliams vs The Thames. He swam a staggering 140 miles along the Thames, raised over £1 million and even rescued a dog! A documentary catching every splash will be shown in the lead up to the Sport Relief Weekend. David’s was the first in a series of celebrity challenges supported by BT. More challenges will be announced during the campaign. ‘The JLS boys have also written and recorded the official Sport Relief single, Proud. The single will be available to download on 18th March and in stores from 19th March. JLS will also be performing a special one-off matinee concert for Sport Relief at The O2 on Saturday 24th March. The boys will be joined by special guests and it looks set to be huge. The Sport Relief Sock is back and to coincide with the nation’s biggest year of sport, the Socks feature a RA CR HY22001122 433 FME A BU

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he vibrant and internationally renowned London Fashion Week is always exciting and inspirational, and last month's event proved to be just that. London Fashion Week presented another unrivalled opportunity for both established designers and newcomers to present their latest collections. A constantly buzzing key event for those who haven't got the patience to wait until the latest fashion designs and stylish fashion trends make it into the fashion magazines. e magic of London Fashion Week is not merely thanks to the fashion designers' and fashion stylists' cutting-edge collections but the media excitement that accompanies them. e allure of the show is exceptional and London Fashion Week continues to be the top fashion event pulling visitors from every corner of the globe. It's a week where designers are free to create at will and experiment with new trends for clothing. e world watches as fashion history is made. While we are all thinking about our autumn wardrobes and digging out our winter jumpers in an attempt to stay warm, designers were showcasing this year’s Autumn/Winter collections during last month's London Fashion Week. e first lady of British fashion today made her appearance at this season's London Fashion Week. Samantha Cameron graced the front row of the Christopher Kane catwalk show at central London's One New Change shopping centre. e Prime Minister's wife, who is ambassador to the British Fashion Council (BFC), was spotted wearing a Joseph trouser suit and a Jonathan Saunders green shirt. She also sported a pair of wedged black high shoes showing off a small blue tattoo on her right ankle. Mrs Cameron chatted with BFC executives before watching the autumn/winter collection. So who else was taking the front row seats at London Fashion Week? Celebrities from the worlds of sport, music and film watched the Burberry Prorsum show at Kensington Gardens in London. Rap star was there and Hollywood actress Kate Bosworth was over from her native Los Angeles for the event. Former 'Strictly Come Dancing' contestant

Holly Valance attended with her property tycoon fiancé Nick Candy. Singer Will Young wrapped up in a cosy cashmere knit.Boxer Amir Khan made up the sportspeople on the front row......along with former athlete Denise Lewis. Stella McCartney’s show proved her one of the most influential designers in the world. Not many had a guest list like this one: Rihanna, Kate Moss, Jamie Hince, Amber Valletta, Shalom Harlow – and that was just the seating plan of Stella’s own table. Much table hopping went on as Yasmin Le Bon chatted to Paul Whitehouse, Minnie Driver caught up with Mario Testino, Richard E Grant met Alison Mosshart, Jo Whiley caught up with British singing sensation Katy B – it was a case of who wasn’t there. Topshop Unique always draws a celebrity-packed front row. Alexa Chung looked casual but stylish in classic navy jeans and coat. Girls Aloud singer, make-up entrepreneur and dedicated follower of fashion Nicola Roberts also attended the Topshop Unique show. Actress and designer Sadie Frost also made an appearance at the Vivienne Westwood Red Label show looking summery in salmon pink. At Aquascutumn, singer Dionne Bromfield mingled with One Directon's Harry Styles , and comedian James Corden and his fiancé Julia Carey . Alexa Chung and Pixie Geldof supported their friend Henry Holland by sitting in on his House of Holland show. So what we will be wearing this Autumn and Winter? Here are just a selection of those names that hit the catwalk! BURBERRY Over 1500 guests attended in London's Hyde Park. On show included bellow pocket panelled trench coats, cropped tailored bomber jackets, oversize waxed field jackets, cinched riding jackets, down-filled dress coats, slouchy T-shirts, pocket pencil skirts and tiered fringed dresses. Fabrics included traditional British tweed wool, check silk and angora wool coating, plush velvet and floral print silk faille. And introducing the Burberry Orchard Bag and the Burberry Field Boot (suede lace-up ankle boots, brogue lace-up ankle boots, moccasin -inspired ankle boots) tweed peak caps, tubular waist belts and cuff length gloves. Colours were Trench, honey, dark camel, pebble, white, olive green, laurel green, pewter, granite blue, gingerwood, black olive, malachite, blackcurrant, chartreuse yellow, and black. Burberry created an immersive physical and digital British weather experience with

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JASPER CONRAN AUTUMN/WINTER 2012 Tailored precision enables a steely determination. Strict yet not uptight. Curves, pleats and gathers soften the line. A sinuous flow defines the bust, the waist, the hip. e leg smart in understated colour, the shoe with a meaningful point. Cashmere, tweed, flannel and faille give texture, a softened line and subtle sheen. Tones of tan, cocoa, stormy grey and uncompromising black injected with shots of molten metal. Half belts, tabs, bows and buttons set the standard. Silks in muted pinks and silvered greys reveal a glimpse of feathers, fringing and glittering gems for cut-to-the-knee finery. e final glance in matt black jersey – composed and cut to the floor. MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN e collection is about a love story, a love of McQueen and a love of great British style – from military coats to overblown ball


PAUL SMITH is season Paul Smith captures the heydays of highborn elegance and starry glamour. Embracing the tuxedo and smoking suit, the collection offers a sumptuous fusion of traditional tailoring with a rich melange of palettes and textures. Highlighting the contrasting feel and finish of heritage cloths and yarns, barley checks and luxurious Prince of Wales motifs are layered alongside two-tone flannels, mohair and merino wools. Silhouettes maintain a simple, contemporary ease with oversized outerwear shapes and heavily pleated trousers which enhance Paul Smith’s modern, masculine aesthetic for women. Sensual silk dresses, to the floor and heavy with crystals, add decadence. Sheer blouses with contrasting wing collars are worn with crushed velvet skinny pants and jackets. Colours and fused by jewel tones; blues of every shade, from deepest indigo to electric and petrol, lie alongside deep Bordeaux, plum and burgundy. HOUSE OF HOLLAND AUTUMN WINTER 2012 “RIDE IT” e House of Holland girl rides the Tour de France INSPIRATIONS 70s Sci-Fi Tour de France Futuristic Sportswear


AQUASCUTUM AUTUMN/WINTER 2012 e Aquascutum woman is provocative, sexy and a touch dangerous. Joanna Sykes explores iconic British interiors and architectural profiles. Form, rich textures, detailed cornicing, chiselled angles and a play on light and shadow drive the story. A modern British palette of oxblood, racing green and winter white is accented with dolphin grey, champagne and olive. Tonality is key; the silhouette is sleek. e overall proposal and colour palette are underpinned with crisp geometric shirts in black and white. Luxurious bonded wools, new variations on English tweeds and technical jerseys sit well alongside contemporary leather combinations, ironed shearling and fluid silks. Taking inspiration from Aquascutum’s heritage, the traditional epaulette is made modern and the silhouette enhanced with bold cage-like elements. Sharp cutting defines a new sexy kick that features in signature outerwear and tailored separates. For eveningwear the architectural details are softened in pale and dark silks, flowing vertically down the form. Aquascutum was founded in 1851 by high quality tailor John Emary with the mission to provide stylish protection from the unpredictable British weather. Aquascutum has been part of London city life for nearly 160 years.

gowns. Sharp tailoring. A nipped in waist with a masculine dropped shoulder and an exaggerated hip gives an hourglass silhouette. Traditional English fabrics felts, velvets and Black Watch Tartan. Hand knits, shearlings and leathers. Appliquéd velvet flowers in black and ivory. Rainbow colours on tulle. Colour - Black, green and oxblood. Shoes - Super-elevated classic British styles, DMs and jodhpur boots. McQ was launched in 2006. e London flagship store on 14 Dover Street, London W1S 4LW is scheduled to open late Spring 2012. McQ’s website mcq will be launching in mid-March 2012.


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HIGHLIGHTS Boucle houndstooth Metallic embroidery detailing Goat hair trim Luxe optical striped wool jersey COLOURS Pillar box red Fuschia Navy Sky blue PRINCE OF SCOTLAND e Collection was inspired by Alistair Carr’s return to England after some years spent abroad, and the memories of youth it invoked, ‘Behind this collection is a girl I used to know at school, grown out of her teenage angst into a sophisticated woman, but with just a hint of that rebellious past remaining’ says Carr. e result is a chic collection in luxurious knits and feminine colours, but with an undercurrent of defiance in the detailing. JOHN ROCHA Drawing inspiration from beloved memories of Hong Kong’s Happy Valley Race Track and the patterns and colours of Sean Scully’s canvasses, the Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection continues John Rocha’s exploration of surface and silhouette through the things he loves most. John’s palette is grounded in black in all it’s depths, through silk georgette, lace and devore, felted wools, cashmere, marabou and Mongolian lambskin. While a winter landscape of green, loden, gold and navy is worked through in silk taffetas, satins and velvets. e silhouette is at once sporty and elegant, with patchworked seams panelling the form in lean sweeping dresses and skirts, and structured generous volume wrought in taffeta and satin coats and jackets. 48


roughout the collection surfaces are densely worked in tone on tone crewelwork, patchworks and hand crochet and fantastical 3D blooms that lend an elegance an edgy couture sensibility. ere is a natural duality in the collection, as John creates an atmosphere of rock and roll romanticism, his women appearing at once wild and beautiful, a little haughty yet tender. OSMAN Inspiration was the autochrome plates of Albert Kahn's collection of the Balkans. Colours were black and white punctuated with jewel rods and moss greens. Lime and fuchsia brocades on a black base. Fabrics were hand loomed brocades, over dyed herringbones, double bonded techno cottons, luxurious leathers and oversized embroideries VIVIENNE WESTWOOD RED LABEL AUTUMN-WINTER 2012/13 Red Label creates ideas from history with a collection that is British, with the world looked at through their eyes. Tailoring, masculine- Savile Row inspired long Edwardian jackets, Jermyn Street stripes, feminine tailoring - checks + tartans, prints + jacquards taken from African body painting, mottled effect prints that remind you of feathers and fur. Evening looks are paper taffeta and duchess in checks, stripes and block colours are used for wrapped and twisted dresses. More formal ‘portrait’ suits and cocktail dresses alongside traditional ‘smoking’ suits in satin finish wool and glitter stretch. e show supports the Environmental Justice Foundation’s (EJF) ‘No Place Like Home’ campaign for climate refugees. e t-shirts designed for the show, raise awareness of the plight of people forced




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from their homes and land due to the intensifying impact of climate change. is can happen through violent calamity. EJF believes that climate change is one of the most profound threats to people’s rights to life, food, health, water and shelter, with currently no legal status or protection. EJF is calling for urgent international action to provide them with legal recognition, assistance and protection. e bespoke t-shirts are made using an exemplary low carbon supply chain and manufactured using renewable green energy. Priced at £20, the exclusive t-shirts are on sale from 4th May at Selfridges and online at and Vivienne would like to thank you all for your support of Cool Earth. Since the last Red Label show they have raised £1,150,000 and need your continued support to reach our target of £7million. Please keep giving MARIA GRACHVOGEL AUTUMN/WINTER 2012 is collection is an evocative celebration of colour, print and texture. e palette is decadent with rich shades of garnet, peridot and petrel blue, which sit alongside autumnal neutrals; almond and teak. e shapes this season have an air of relaxed, contemporary glamour and the fabrics are rich and varied with beaten satin in jewelled shades, touches of distressed gold lame and combined with gentleman’s winter tweed and leopard jacquard. e mood of the collection is easy luxe; e look is cool and insouciant. Signature Maria Grachvogel magic pants appear in a cropped, cigarette leg and masculine slacks in wool tweed. e wide leg is carried through into the infamous Maria Grachvogel catsuits. Skirts are key for this season with the introduction of

ANTONIO BERARDI AUTUMN/WINTER 2012 “As perfume doth remain In the folds where it hath lain, So the thought of you, remaining Deeply folded in my brain, Will not leave me: all things leave me: You remain.”

MENSWEAR DAY AUTUMN/WINTER 2012 Menswear Day autumn/winter 2012 captured the essence of the capital's menswear talent including the eight designers under the NEWGEN MEN umbrella, the dynamic NEWGEN MEN & Fashion East installations and the tailoring of the Savile Row presentations. Wednesday 22nd February was a highlight of London Fashion Week, with 9 on schedule catwalk shows and 3 presentations. e menswear showrooms returned for a second season, located on the first floor of Somerset House. Six menswear designers showcased in this dedicated space including Baartmanns & Siegel, Junky Styling, Mr Start, Omar Kashoura, Palmer // Harding and Serdar Uzuntas. NEWGEN MEN began in February 2009, building on TOPMAN and Fashion East’s successful MAN initiative. It has since become instrumental in raising the profile of emerging British designers using the dedicated Menswear Day at London Fashion Week as a showcasing platform. It isn't so different from the women's shows – there's the clothes, the models, the celebrities – but it is more relaxed.




BELSTAFF ENGLAND AUTUMN/WINTER 2012 Heritage and luxury meet in a new modern Belstaff Belstaff ’s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection celebrates the brands British Heritage and projects a re-defined new modernity. Inspired by its classic and extensive archives, the new collection firmly establishes Belstaff as a luxury lifestyle brand. e ready-to-wear, outerwear and accessories are infused with rich tones of graphite, steel, ochre and peat, colours that offer a modern sensibility for today’s luxury consumer. e iconic Roadmaster and Trialmaster outerwear pieces have been updated in exotic materials such as crocodile and python, as well as in cashmere, satin, leathers and shearlings. Belstaff ’s new ready-to-wear classics like the low slung trouser, stretched napa skinny pant and classic silk dress reference a storied past reborn for today. Men’s and women's totes, such as the Dorchester, are presented in the signature house waxed cotton, finest napa leathers and crocodiles, some with the Belstaff tire tread adorning the exterior and the famous house check lining the interiors.

Arthur Symons, 1896 e Autumn/Winter 2012 Antonio Berardi collection takes inspiration from the 18th century Rococo artistic movement. Embracing the period’s architecture, Antonio was influenced by Sicilian sculptor, Giacomo Serpotta and the more recent British artist, Rachel Kneebone. e florid elegance of their work is translated into beautiful shapes and curves sculpted to the body. Rococo asymmetrical designs and pale, pastel-like colours reign supreme, with last season’s use of metallics replaced with plastic.


three new silhouettes which as a collection are designed to suit every body shape. Pencil skirts are given a new season feel with drop waisted pockets; then there is the bubble shaped Ellington and the Charleston flippy skirt.




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Fashion Week is one of the highest profile fashion events in the world and one of the ‘big four’ international catwalk influencers. e event is organised by the British Fashion Council (BFC) and funded by a number of sponsors (including Canon Europe current headline sponsor for seven consecutive seasons). London Fashion Week puts London and British Fashion firmly on the global stage, generating orders in the region of £100m; the event itself contributes £20 million to the London economy in terms of direct spend and attracts visitors from over 25 countries including US, France, Italy, Russia, Middle East, China and UAE ■

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A place to relax and unwind this Mother’s Day… With a blissful spa retreat nearby, there’s no better way to treat your mum to a little TLC than with a spa day or stay at Champneys - the perfect place for her to really relax and unwind. Breathtakingly beautiful and one of the most glamorous spa retreats, Forest Mere is set in peaceful Hampshire woodland overlooking a stunning lake. Blending its tranquil location with the latest spa facilities, guests can also enjoy the outdoor heated pool during summer months, as well as the Terrace Café which overlooks the lake. It’s the perfect place to escape the stresses of modern day living, a place to hideaway and reap the benefits of spa life. Whether alone or with friends, Champneys offers a warm welcome within gorgeous surrounds, with plenty to keep you active! Join a fitness or relaxation class,meander the beautiful gardens and footpaths - on foot or by bike, or simply take afternoon tea and enjoy the views. Alternatively, settle down in the spa where you can enjoy deeply soothing spa treatments, lose yourself in the Laconium or take a dip in the heated pool. This Mother’s Day Champneys has a fabulous Mother & Daughter 2-night spa break offer from just £344.85 per room – it’s the perfect way to catch up and enjoy quality time together! All meals are included (breakfast, buffet lunch and a three course evening meal), plus a Champneys Relaxing Massage and a Thalassotherapy Pool Session.

Visit for more information Terms: The Mother & Daughter 2-night promotion is available from 1st March until the 29th March 2012. It applies to new reservations only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Inclusive treatments are per person, each 25 minutes. The offer is available in shared standard or superior rooms and guests must be 16 years or over. With limited availability this offer is not available on Saturdays or in triple rooms.

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njoying good health now and in the future comes from good habits and food choices. erefore, healthy eating for kids is essential. Children who are trained to eat healthy foods at an early age are more likely to choose healthy food for a lifetime.

As parents we provide the role model for our children. erefore, if we want our children to develop healthy eating habits we need to start with ourselves. If both parents enjoy eating nutritious foods, the chances are that their children will copy their good food habits. Educating ourselves regarding good nutrition is a major part of good parenting. We can help children to have more control over their own health and to lead healthier, happier and more productive lives. ey need to know about the effects that food has on their health, they need to know that they have the power to make wise choices and that they can contribute to the prevention of disease.



Creating a nutritional home is the first step to ensure the wellbeing of children. Kids will eventually see that consistent daily food choices mean healthy bodies and a happy life. As children grow up they will develop an attitude of wellbeing. Children seem to be the target group for the promotion of junk foods. Processed foods, promoted to children via TV advertising, offer free toys or use cartoon characters to ensure kids pester their parents to buy these foods and food companies continually use these tactics to promote sales of their products. ese processed foods include baked foods, snacks, chocolate, burgers, pizzas, cookies and carbonated drinks. Processed foods contain high levels of saturated fat, refined flour, sugar and salt which contribute to an unhealthy diet and are detrimental to a child’s health.

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Modern foods are produced with artificial fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals. Filling up on processed and overcooked foods that provide little nutritional benefits can lead to discomfort, depression and ultimately diseases that affect our society today.

nutrients. For good health and optimum mind power a child needs a variety of foods. e body needs carbohydrates, protein and fat, as well as vitamins, minerals, enzymes and water. Nature has given us a wide variety of plant foods that are rich in nutritional content. Unprocessed food is the key to health and longevity.

PROCESSED FOODS AND CHEMICAL ADDITIVES have upset our entire chemistry, resulting in health complications, food intolerances, sensitivities and allergies, for example:

TOP TIPS TO INSPIRE YOUR CHILDREN TO BECOME HEALTHIER Take kids shopping and let them select nutritious foods. Let your children help out in the kitchen and let them wash fruits and vegetables. Use simple recipes and allow them to follow instructions alongside you. Encourage children to make simple fruit and vegetable dishes (for example: raw vegetable sticks, fruit kebabs, fruit salads, healthy dips, juices, dairy-free milkshakes and desserts). Demonstrate the positive value of antioxidants in fruits, vegetables, beans, seeds and nuts and how they contribute to good health — energy boosters and mood elevators. Introduce new food every week; have taste-test samples. Discuss with them how you are going to eliminate junk foods and substitute with nutritious dishes. Praise your children for their contribution — children will learn to develop confidence in their abilities.

SATURATED FAT Obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fatigue and learning disturbances. SALT High blood pressure, water retention and kidney stones. REFINED FLOUR Immune deficiency, low energy, chronic fatigue and parasites. ARTIFICIAL FLAVOURINGS AND COLOURINGS Allergies, skin reactions, eczema and asthma. SUGAR AND SWEETENERS: Dental cavities, diabetes, hyperactivity, mood swings, tantrums and aggression. When we begin to realise the health risks associated with these processed foods and food additives we start to eliminate them and opt for more wholesome alternatives that taste delicious and do not put our health at risk.

Raising healthy children does not need to be time-consuming. Daily smoothies and juices are a fantastic source of nutrients when you have little time to prepare food. Juicing at home is the key to giving the entire family a radiant and energetic life ■

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Westbourne which Ian had advised on wearing around the house before going outside. He was attentive and helpful; advising the trendy trainer wearer in her fifties which style and size might be more comfortable. After ten minutes, the happy customer left the shop having exchanged her trainers without any tiresome filling in forms or complications.


omen can find the prospect of going into a gym or sports shop quite daunting as there are usually teams of perfect looking girls that look like they’ve never so much as dropped a bead of sweat in their lives, they will have perfect hair and nails and a figure you only see in magazines. To your average woman aspiring to get fit, braving the gym bunnies is very often the first and most difficult of hurdles to overcome.




Not forgetting of course the most important in fitness wear for women - a good selection of sports bras. If you are looking for something a bit more specialist or unique Ian also promises “I will go out of my way to look for items not stocked, aiming to satisfy all customer needs.”

Husband and Wife team Ian and Becky are warm and welcoming and make you feel instantly at ease, so much so that I was treated to a cup of tea while I waited for Ian to look after one of their valued customers.



Ian and Becky stock the most exclusive fitness wear as well as the mainstream labels like Nike, Ron Hill & Asics. ey specialise in Casall, Rohnisch, Pure Lime & Zoca making it easy to look great while you exercise. e team can advise you on what’s best for you depending on what sport you’ll be doing and what you need from your sports clothing. Workout have a fantastic range of clothing for in the gym, working out, yoga, Pilates, tennis, running, swimming as well as dance shoes ideal for Zumba classes.

Workout of Westbourne do things slightly differently; you walk in, feel immediately at home as it appears more like an upmarket boutique than your average fitness store.

e lady in question had bought some of the fabulous FitFlops from Workout of

Ian summarised his goals for Workout “My mission is to become Dorset’s number one store for women to come to for their fitness wear, whatever their size. I aim to offer a friendly, relaxed, intimidation free atmosphere....somewhere where women can come & feel they are getting the right, expert advice about what they could wear.”

With this positive attitude Workout of Westbourne are well on their way to becoming the most comprehensive and helpful ladies fitness store in the area.


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s nail polish sales continue to rise, (surpassing lipsticks as our go-to beauty buy) find out what colours you need to be sporting this Spring/Summer to be bang on trend.

e new season nail colours are in, and nowadays they are as lusted after as the new season it-bag or the latest hemline. We ladies know that the best way to work a trend without having to pay a fortune is to fancy up our fingernails. Nail colours for the Spring/Summer 2012 seem to fall into two strict camps: neon or nude. First up, leading the trend in an ever brilliant mini boxset is Nails Inc. e New Neon & Nude Collection (£22, brings together three of their best selling nude classics paired with three brand new ultra-bright neons. From the muted mushroom of Porchester Square to the Coral neon of Portobello, this mini polish set is a great way to combine a nude base with neon tips for a colourful unique 'french manicure' look. With nude being the must have nail shade, there are an array of neutral colours popping up to tame our talons. Get a colour that is as close to your natural skin tone as possible for the chicest results. For an affordable take on the trend, Andrea Fullerton Nail Boutique has created 'Matthew' (£4.99, Superdrug stores nationwide).is is a nude baby pink shimmer following on from the desert island texture inspired nails she created at the namesake Matthew Williamson SS '11 show. And if the nude shade you're wearing doesn't excite you as much as the fresh brights, simply press Andrea's new Pearl Nail Studs (£5.99) into semi-wet varnish for timeless elegance. Celebrity favourite OPI also have a library of natural shades (£11, eir latest softshades collection is inspired by the world renowned New York City Ballet featuring five pretty nude pastel shades to take you from office-chic to stylish evening glamour. 'Barre My Soul' is a beautiful sheer hint of light barely-there caramel and is extremely flattering on paler skin tones. If you want to channel Kate Middleton's subtle naked nail glamour like she did at her wedding day last April, chemical free nail brand Zoya (£11, 01753573423) have brought out ultra long-lasting ladylike muted shades, like the wearable milky lilac Kendal and a silver based soft grey called Carey.

To carry off the pastel colours that have been introduced to steer us seamlessly from winter to spring, Mavala Nail Ambassador Jenni Draper recommends the style be altogether more feminine. "e nail shape should be shorter, round and elegant", she says. I predict that the spearmint green sherbet shade of 'Pistachio' from Mavala's Delicious collection (£4.30 each, 01732459412) to be a huge hit to add a hint of playfulness to your look. ORLY's new 'Cool Romance' Collection (£9.25 each, consists of 6 delicate, sophisticated hues that bridge that gap between winter's deep berry lacquers and summer's bright fluoro's. 'Prelude to a Kiss' is a dainty yet dusky pink, which has great staying power and good opaque coverage. e neon trend is almost certainly the result of the big beauty houses. is season's Chanel Le Vernis Spring Collection (£17.50 each, Harrods) is comprised of a trilogy, whose names list the months associated with fine weather. April is a highly luminous wild berry shade, May instill's happiness with an intense pink and June offers us a foretaste of summer with a pastel apricot. Fresh fruit sorbet colours dominate at Yves Saint Laurent with the limited edition N°8 Manucure Couture Duo (£28, available nationwide) comprising of an iridescent pink and coral. Leighton Denny's vibrant and violet 'Maroon Me Knot' (£11, John Lewis) from the Castaway collection is reminiscent of the eye popping tropical colours inspired by the recent Diane von Furstenberg collections; whilst ciaté paint pot in 'pom pom' (£9, provides the powerful orange seen on the SS12 Prada and Jonathan Saunders shows. e highly saturated bubblegum pink pigment of Pink Crush (£25, 08700342566) by Fashion designer Tom Ford, is one of my new covetable shades. e intense glossiness of Pink Crush is a definite style statement with Ford commenting that "Perfectly lacquered nails complete your look, whether you have one signature look or you love to transform yourself with color". New silicon-free balm textured Elemis Pro-Radiance Hand & Nail Cream (£22, formulated with Omega 7 and Virgin Plum oil, is the perfect final addition to your manicure routine. It will ensure that you can pull off either the neon or nude talon trend successfully with hydrated hands ■

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hether you are considering hearing aids or are currently an existing wearer, you may be wondering if it is possible to get a device that is so small no one will notice you are wearing it, and yet so powerful that you can hear clearly in any situation. Nano is the perfect new solution from Phonak. eir smallest ever in-the-ear hearing aid, it delivers outstanding sound quality whilst sitting discreetly in the ear canal out of sight. is new hearing device has many advanced features for better understanding in background noise and can automatically adapt to your ever changing environments. Whether you are playing sports, socialising with family and friends or simply watching a movie at home – Nano will ensure your hearing is never compromised. Heather Cowell, of Clarity Hearing Solutions in Christchurch, says “We all care about our appearance and the image we present to the outside world. Unfortunately there are some negative images of hearing aids and we are constantly trying to break through those barriers. We believe that this product is the change we have been waiting for. Brilliant, sparkling hearing can now be restored without any visible outward signs. For those who are looking for a private and discreet solution - we believe that the Phonak Nano is the answer.” Clarity Hearing Solutions are one of the first dispensers to supply and fit this amazing new solution. For more details call Clarity Hearing Solutions on 01202 478881 ■


TESTIMONIALS COME THROUGH LOUD AND CLEAR “ank goodness for Clarity Hearing. Friendly and professional service throughout and the results are staggering! TV is a delight now that I have the TV link set up - no more lost dialogue in dramas. My wife is also delighted now that she doesn't have to shout, interpret or cower at the back of the room when the TV is on. e automatic switch to music is fantastic and the zooming control in noisy situations has transformed my day. Should have done it years ago!” Mr R. Cross, Christchurch “I am so pleased that I decided to go to Clarity for my hearing, I am very impressed by the high level of service & care. My family and friends are very pleased, that I can now enjoy a conversation with them all, it has opened up a new world of hearing. I know now what I have been missing. I only wish I had gone to Clarity earlier.” Mr R. Johnson, Ferndown “I had NHS aids for many years, they weren’t giving me what I wanted in many situation but particularly at church when I wanted to hear the prayers for people. My day to day activities were limited. e new hearing aids are lovely to wear and have done all that I wanted them to do, I no longer have to continually say “pardon”. ey have led to a complete improvement in all aspects and I am very happy with the testing procedure and the people at Clarity Hearing Solutions. ey are always courteous and willing.” Mr K. Carpenter, Friars Cliff “…whilst writing I would mention that the difference in my hearing is dramatic, you exceeded my hopes...I am so pleased Mike recommended I consult you.” Mr P. Bolton, Branksome.


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Next Season Be inspired by the model hair and make-up looks at London Fashion Week. Lisa Haynes goes backstage to discover the emerging beauty trends. Fashion Week isn't just about showcasing new clothing. Techniques for make-up, hair, nails and skin are all weaved seamlessly together to emphasise a designer's stylish vision. "Every aspect needs to be considered as even the final touches have a big impact," says fashion designer Roksanda Ilincic. Mix all those final touches together and next season's trends start to take shape. Yes, there were statement mohawks, blue face paint and cartoon character nail art but amidst the backstage craziness were also some beautiful looks to try at home.

Time to get a sneak preview for next season. BacksTagE BEauTY "It's all about the lip," said Petros Petrohilos about the Nicole Farhi make-up. But it would be a good summary of the upcoming season. Red lips were seen at Pringle, Jonathan saunders and House of




Holland to name a few. Mac even mixed three of their classics Russian Red, Ruby Woo and Lady Danger - to create a "true, classic red" for House of Holland's modern, matte lip. On faces, it was about bringing the outdoors indoors to the dressing table. ere were ski girl-inspired looks at Margaret Howell, Tour de France cycle chic at House of Holland and Dr Zhivago-style glows at Temperley, achieved with a flush of colour to the cheekbones, where the elements would naturally hit the face. Mac's Lucia Pica says: "ey're healthy and glowing girls sporty but in a more sophisticated way."

New season tip: Choose rouge for lips or cheeks. HaIR FLaIR e fashion world went slightly askew this season with hair. Youthful yet chic, side partings and ponies were a backstage staple with hair teams. ere were deep side partings at Daks, Matthew Williamson, House of Holland and Paul smith - some slick and close to head


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and other tousled and soft. Even Moschino's chic sixties beehives sported a soft side-swept fringe. "We created a shape that was masculine from the front, yet feminine at the back," explains Peter gray, who created a definite side parting for Paul smith's show. Moving on from the must-have show pony of spring/summer, ponytails have a new sideways twist. ey can be low and elegant, nipped to the nape of the neck, as seen as Margaret Howell, or high and swinging a la ashish, who wanted an urban, messy ponytail.

New season tip: Time for a one-sided view on hair. NaIL aRT Forget the pale and interesting look, backstage nail teams were feeling blue. e fashionable hue of choice backstage, one of kate Middleton's designer favourites, Erdem, opted for a bright royal blue to co-ordinate with his modern tweeds and prints, while at Holly Fulton chalky cream teal was the shade of choice. Her ocean-inspired blue was mixed to appear as if models were emerging straight from the sea, with long 'ovaletto' shape and a glossy finish to match the models' dewy skin and wet-look hair. e House of Holland show used the collection's houndstooth for print nail art inspiration. Nail artist sophy Robson created houndstooth transfers which were placed over electric blue using Leighton Denny Expert Nails colours.

New season tip: Stand by for a blue talon takeover. skIN cHIc e catwalks may have been showcasing autumn/winter collections but glowing limbs were still a must for the models. at Roksanda Ilincic, sepia-tone skin was the goal. st Tropez's skin finishing expert, Nichola Joss, took her inspiration from the collection, inspired by the Forties and sepia photographs, to create a soft focus glow on the skin. "e models skin is pale but with a real warmth to it - just like that of a sepia photograph. I wanted to give it a flushed terracotta tone," Joss said. at Erdem, the look was focused on matching skin colour to clothing - dubbed the 'amethyst Tan'. Models limbs were drenched with a combination of st Tropez's Body Butter and Violet skin Illuminator to complement the rich palette of navy, red and pink.

New season tip: Match your tan to your wardrobe. TRIED & TEsTED Forget matte, give your nails the wet look treatment. Our testers try three super-shiny polish top coats: 17 Nail Xtras Double gloss Top coat, £3.99 (Boots) With a slim brush I felt like I needed quite a lot of polish to cover each nail but the end result is hard-wearing with a reflective gloss. 3/5 Rimmel London Pro super Wear ultra shine Topcoat, £4.59 ( e wide 'maxi' brush makes for a quick application. e 10-day chip resistance is impressive but I was underwhelmed by the 3D shine once it had fully dried. 3/5 save the Nail Wet Look Top coat, £6.95 (Boots) is polish packs a shiny punch with diamond powder particles, which makes for a wet finish, even when dry. It also looked fab on natural nails for a speedy gloss look. 4/5

Buy it now stella Mccartney is the darling of the Fashion Week calendar, showing in London and Paris. Embrace stylish skin with her new line of L.I.L.Y body products, shower gel and body cream, £26 each, available nationwide now.

Beauty bulletin BRIT sPa celebrities at the Brit awards flocked to the backstage spa for some pre-performance pampering. adele's make-up artist stocked up her prep kit with more than £500 worth of Decleor skincare, while she encouraged her four backing singers to experience the radiance enhancing spotlight skin facial before their big moment on stage. Lana del Ray, kylie, Pixie Lott and Jessie J also met with Decleor therapist Fiona Brackenbury for a personalised skincare prescription and recommended products. Launching at the Brits, the Decleor spotlight skin facial is now available nationwide, from £60 ( REcEssIONIsTa aLERT Bag your Mother's Day gift early with Boots' No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Face collection. e set is currently on offer at £32, saving £34, available now while stocks last ( ■

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ell what an interesting month since I last addressed these pages. I’ve had more enquiries from readers than the previous three months put together, which reminded me of the writing load I used to have when I was the ‘Silver Editor’ of an American newspaper called “e Antiques Monthly” and questions with photographs poured in from all over the States. Anyway the recent batch of enquiries was so diverse that thought I would print just a couple for you to illustrate the range of items that people have. e first is one of a pair of vases, each bearing the stamp of Carlton Ware, but the owner could find no further information. e vases are extremely - what is known in the trade as ‘showy’; lots of shape and lots of colour with big classical scenes on the front and back. is was because the Victorians of the late 19th century loved mirrors over their fireplaces, at the back of sideboards and anywhere else they could stand ornaments, and so they had to be decorated on the reverse side as well as the front. is practice did not cease with the end of the century and continued well into the next, when in fact these vases were made. Carlton Ware was one of many products from the company formed by the partnership of Laurence Arthur Birks and Adolphus Joseph Rawlins in the 1890's, which continued until1932 at the Vine Pottery at Stoke. e company was still in production in 1957. ey made china in addition to their earthenware products the latter of which these vases are a fine example. For something so decorative it is surprising that these wares do not have great commercial value. ey were made in vast number and, being available to the masses of



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middle class families were considered ‘old fashioned’ by the following two generations, and are only just being collected.

create revival pieces of an earlier period. But sometimes even this can defeat an old hand like me. A case in point is the slope-top box illustrated. ese boxes are often referred to as bible boxes but that more correctly describes a straightforward box with no slope. is is actually a desk, of a type not much referred to before the Tudor period but universally popular by the end of the 17th century when more people could read and write. One early record is in an inventory of Sir William More of Loseley who owned ‘a deske (sic) of chestnut tree’ and ‘another little deske to wryte (sic) on. e latter was valued at 3d by the valuer.

e name of the country of origin marked on any item will indicate that it was made after 1891 when the ‘McKinley Tariff ’ as it was known was brought in by the future President of e United States of America as an import protectionist measure. e addition of the words ‘Made In’ will indicate after 1904. ere are very few rules in the antiques business but that is certainly one of them. Dates inscribed, engraved or carved on antiques can be very difficult to authenticate; the typeface and quality of writing are key factors. It is too complicated to put briefly but a guide rather than a rule is to visit and take note in a cemetery of the dates and lettering on gravestones. It was rarely if ever done to put old-fashioned lettering on a headstone, and of course a date before the lettering was invented would be equally wrong. e forms of decorative borders and frames, particularly around crests, coats of arms and presentation inscriptions are also indicative of age. e Victorians loved to mix designs and periods when they tried to

Now part of the carving on this desk is a mystery to me. e scrolling designs is common enough and typical of the mid to late 17th century which would tie up nicely with the construction and the iron work and it is good Baltic oak, the stable timber for good solid furniture at the time. But to my knowledge the diagonal lines do not fit to any known pattern in the UK, nor am I sure if they are contemporary. It could be Scandinavian or even more romantically, it could have been done by a sailor on board ship after he had visited some exotic island and picked up some native designs. So I’m stuck on this one and ask if anyone recognises this pattern, and has the sort of ”Oh I know where that came from” reaction please write and tell me. One of the most interesting pieces of American silver I have ever dealt with came to light after an enquiry from an English reader of ‘e Antiques Monthly’. It was a large bowl with two cast side handles and a presentation inscription over a coat of arms. It read ”Valentine and Louisa D.

Mott”. Back in the 1970’s this meant nothing to me and there was no Google, but the lettering of the inscription was typical of the 1850’s, so we had an approximate date. Underneath were the stamps ‘Jones,Ball & Co’ ‘Boston’ and most interestingly ‘Pure Silver Coin’. Armed with this I flew to my copy of Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers by the delightfully named Dorothy T. Rainwater. Here I discovered that Jones and Ball registered their mark in 1852 as part of a huge conglomerate with the equally engaging name of ‘Shreve, Crump and Low, Co. Inc. ey certainly know how to come up with catchy titles. So now we have date, maker and material. But who were Valentine and Louisa Mott? e shield of the coat of arms was divided in three; in one third was a hand with a scalpel, another was a ribbon around a tube and the last was a crescent. e latter is a device with many meanings but the scalpel was a clue. By now I’m sure the suspense is almost too much to bear so I will cut to the chase and tell you that via e New York Historical Society, Rosary College Library, Chicago and the Milwaukee Museum of Fine Art I found that Valentine Mott was a hugely important American surgeon (1785 – 1865) who performed over one thousand ground-breaking operations including the first successful amputation at the hip. e bowl went on tour from New York to the places just mentioned and now rests on display In the Milwaukee museum. So you never know what might happen when you write to me. I hope someone will re the Desk.

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he right bed is extremely important to our health and wellbeing because our sleeping environment will affect the quality of our sleep – which in turn has a big effect on how well we feel, both physically and psychologically.

A bed with the correct support, comfort and space will ensure you wake less, move about less, are less disturbed by your partner and are less likely to wake up feeling tired or aching. So, what is the right bed? It’s not easy to make specific recommendations. ere’s such a huge choice on the market place and the key deciding factor – is it comfortable – is such a subjective measure. “All we can do is give people an overview of the different types of bed available and tips on how to go about the process of choosing the right bed for them,” explains Sleep Council spokesperson Jessica Alexander. e Sleep Council was set up to provide an independent source of advice on bed buying – as well as to raise awareness of the importance of getting a good night’s sleep to health and wellbeing. According to e Sleep Council, Goldilocks had the right idea: the right bed’s neither too soft nor too hard – but it suits everyone’s very individual needs. First and foremost it must give you correct support and comfort – but individuals might also have to consider factors such as back pain, allergies, breathing problems, available budget, whether a type of mattress makes you too hot, storage or space requirements: not to mention style preferences. Size is important. e most common British double bed size of 4ft 6in x 6ft 3in (135cm x 190cm) really isn’t big enough for two to sleep well without disturbing each other: studies have shown that more space – even a slight move up to a 5ft x 6ft 6in (150cm x 200cm) King size bed – can make a lot of difference to night-time comfort. Always consider both the mattress and its support, whether divan base or bedstead. ey work together to create the overall feel and performance of a bed, with different combinations producing differing results. If you are not buying a base and mattress from the same supplier, make sure the mattress is suitable for use with the type of support you are considering: if you don’t, lack of durability could be a problem, with no comeback to the supplier. ere are many types – and prices of beds – from which to choose, each offering their own features and benefits. Mattresses come with various types of internal spring unit – open coil, pocket sprung or continuous springing – in ordinary foam, visco-elastic or latex foam, filled with cotton or other fibres (futons!). You should spend as much as you can afford on a new bed – it’s probably one of the most important investments you’ll make, not just for your home but also for your own wellbeing! Remember, every £100 you spend represents just 2.7p a night over 10 years.

Once you’ve got your new bed, do remember that it won’t stay wonderful forever – beds get a lot of wear and tear! Over time, your comfort and support needs change, too. Do the Bed MOT test once a year – National Bed Month, which runs throughout March, is a good time to consider the state of your bed and your sleep and comfort quality. Visit to take the Bed MOT, New Bed Profile, reach bed-buying and sleep tips, and watch videos that help people sleep better or select the right bed for them. e Sleep Council is a generic organisation which seeks to promote the importance of a good night’s sleep to health and wellbeing and the advantages associated with a comfortable bed, regularly replaced. In addition to advice on how to get a good night’s sleep, the Sleep Council provides tips on choosing the right bed. e Sleep Council is funded by the bed industry ■

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hen we are young our brains have a greater capacity to soak up more information more quickly. 98% of nursery school children score at ‘genius’ level when it comes to divergent thinking and creativity according to one education study. e same children were tested regularly throughout their formative years. e results show a uniform decline in creativity and divergent thinking as we grow up. Is school education undermining our ability to think for ourselves? If we’re given a text book, told to read it front to back to formulate an answer to a question the text book was designed to answer – are we missing the point? In real life the challenges we face don’t come with an instruction manual, where the answer is in the back. I’m pretty sure Einstein, Newton, Da Vinci, Dyson and Lady Gaga are all celebrated for their unique and creative approach. It is time for us to rethink education. iPad enables us to learn anywhere, anytime. Take any subject and find any number of routes to a whole range of answers. You select which one fits best. You form the question and the answer. Divergent thinking requires that you ask your own questions as much as it requires you to come up with your own answers. Today you can point an iPad at the night sky and instantly reference plane and satellite movements as well as astrological and astronomical charts. Point an iPad at a landmark building and you instantly get hundreds of historical, architectural and cultural references. Rather than rely on out of date textbooks iPad has iBooks. A place where schools, teachers and students can publish their own newsletters, coursework & study guides – and access an ever growing global library that already includes the literary classics. Many head teachers and parents already know that iPad represents a significant advantage in education. e challenge lies in how to incorporate this new technology into school life and work. Most schools have classroom suites of computers that are shared by



students as they rotate between lessons. iPad is different, iPad is personal – and works best when every student has their own device. is means a new approach is required. Hundreds of UK schools will find a way to embrace iPad by the start of the new school year in September. Many have already begun. A lot are considering asking parents to contribute towards the cost of their child’s school iPad – so be prepared and not shocked if you are asked to help out. I believe, that we have a responsibility to ensure equality within education. Sure, this is ideology and unfortunately not reality but we should strive for equality none–the–less. Perhaps it is worth raising iPad with your school. What is their vision of the future and how will this effect you and your children’s education? We all face a big challenge bought about by new technology. It will take some divergent thinking and creativity for schools to succeed. You may already own a iPad and there are plenty of educational resources widely available. Don’t be tempted to think an iPad is just another gaming platform. Explore how you and your family can use iPad on a nature ramble, to coach a football team or learn about a different culture before your next holiday. Remember that we never stop learning and that we are naturally best at learning when we’re young. Encourage your children to seek out answers to their own questions. 78 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1LR T 01202 559776 E ■

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insulated your home is, the more money you're likely to save, especially if it has an open-plan layout or you keep the internal doors open so the stove does more than just heat the room it's in. Wood burners can give out a lot of heat and you should need your heating on less when yours is lit. When it comes to the wood you burn, it's not as simple as you might think. Freshly cut wood contains up to 90% water, so you have to dry it out (season it) before you can burn it. is can take as long as three years. You can buy wood that's already seasoned, or you can season it yourself using a log store. e important thing is to allow air to circulate all around the logs so they dry out. e installation of a wood-burning stove must comply with building regulations. Rather than involving your local council's building control department (which can check and sign off the work for a fee), it's often easier to get a qualified fitter to do the job. HETAS-registered installers deal with wood, solid-fuel and biomass domestic heating appliances and can self-certify that their work complies with building regulations. Another consideration is whether the chimney needs to be lined before the stove is installed. Homes dating from the mid-1960s onwards should have had a concrete/clay chimney liner fitted when they were built, but older properties won't necessarily have an adequate liner. Get your installer to smoke-test your chimney to see if it leaks if necessary, they should be able to line it. ere are lots of benefits to having a chimney lined, including better energy efficiency - and who doesn't want that?


PRODUCT OF THE WEEK Cuprinol has launched a new Garden Shades Colour Mixing service, thought to be a first for woodcare. e service offers 26 new colours, including everything from traditional, earthy garden greens to bolder and brighter pinks and purples.

FIRE IT UP G et those jobs done with a little help from DIY guru Julia Gray. is week: how to get all the benefits of a real fire by using a wood-burning stove. e weather may be warming up, but it's still nice to snuggle up in front of a real fire. e problem with open fires is that they're not very energy efficient, at only around 20%. e majority of wood-burning stoves, on the other hand, are 70-90% efficient, so you get all the benefits of a real fire without most of your money going up in smoke. With prices for wood burners starting at less than £200, they can be a really good investment. And wood, as long as it's sustainably sourced, is a more environmentally friendly fuel than oil or gas - and subject to fewer price hikes. But if you don't want to burn just wood, you don't have to - get a multi-fuel stove, and you should be able to burn coal, smokeless fuel, turf and peat, too. While the stoves themselves can be relatively inexpensive, you need to add on the cost of the accessories, installation and any associated building working. e good news is that your stove should start saving you money straightaway. e more powerful it is and the smaller and better



ey're available at Dulux paint-mixing machines in DIY stores. For more information, go to where you can buy tester pots and will find great ideas about how to jazz up your garden wood this spring/summer. HOW-TO TIP If your radiators are hot at the bottom and cold at the top, this usually means there's trapped air inside, which stops them from filling with water and working properly. e bleed valve is generally at the top of the radiator, and the shape of the hole in it will determine whether you use a radiator key or a small screwdriver to bleed it. Only bleed your radiators when the central heating is turned off and the radiators are cold. If you don't, you could get scalded, and more air could get into the radiators. Before you open the bleed valve, cover the floor underneath to protect it, and hold a cloth underneath the valve to catch any drips. Insert the key or screwdriver into the valve and turn it slowly to open it. You'll hear a hissing sound, which is the air escaping. Once water starts coming out, close the valve, clean up and move on to the next radiator ■

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DIG DEEP Get those jobs done with a little help from DIY guru Julia Gray. is week: how to convert a cellar into living space. If your home has a cellar - as many in towns and cities do you're probably using it as storage, but it could be much more useful - and valuable - as living space. When you're starting to outgrow your home, a cellar conversion can be a great way to make it bigger, without having to go to the hassle and expense of moving. ere are a couple of obvious problems with cellar conversions lack of light and head height. ese can be improved, but cellars are never going to be the lightest, tallest spaces. For this reason, cellar conversions tend to make better bedrooms, bathrooms and playrooms than living rooms and kitchens, because the latter work best when they're light and bright. Few cellars have enough head height as they are, as the ceiling should be at least 2.4m (8ft) from the floor. is usually means digging down below the existing floor level and removing a lot of earth - an expensive and laborious task that can reveal hidden problems. Converting a cellar is difficult if the house's foundations prove to be shallow. If this is the case with yours, you'll have to get the house underpinned, which isn't cheap, although some cellar-conversion companies do this as a matter of course. ere may also be pipes in the way, but these can usually be moved. Rather than digging down, you may find it easier to have the floors raised in the rooms above the cellar, providing the ceilings in those rooms are high enough. Another problem with cellar conversions is making them watertight, so it's really important to get a reputable company or companies to do the work. You can either employ an architect to draw up plans for the conversion (in consultation with a structural engineer) and a builder to do the work, or you can get a cellar-conversion company to do everything. If you do use a builder, it's a good idea to use a specialist damp-proofing company, too, because you don't want to risk the conversion springing a leak. Planning permission is usually required for cellar conversions ask your local council's planning department about this - not least because they usually involve a light well being dug in the front garden. Your architect or cellar-conversion company should be able to help you apply for planning. 70




Like all major building projects, conversions must comply with building regulations. e council's building control department will want to check on the work as it progresses to ensure it complies and will have to sign it off at the end to make it legal. You may also require permission from the freeholder (if you live in a leasehold property), and from your neighbours (if the cellar conversion involves a wall or boundary you share with them) so that you comply with the Party Wall Act. A cellar below your home's footprint will take around 12 to 24 weeks to convert, plus a few months for the planning stages. e cost should be from around £3,300 per sqm, depending on what's involved. PRODUCT OF THE WEEK e Bosch Prio sander, £50.98, B&Q, is a rarity because it's cordless. e Prio has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and, unlike a lot of sanders, is light and manoeuvrable. It also has a rubberised, ergonomically designed top, so it's a pleasure to use, even for long periods. A handy indicator light shows you when the battery is running low and when it's fully charged. It charges in no time, and the charger doubles as a holder for sanding sheets. You don't even have to change the battery - just slot the Prio into the charger and plug the charger into the wall. A brilliant little sander. HOW-TO TIP e easiest way to paint around light sockets and switches is to undo the screws fixing the front plate to the box buried in the wall, then ease the plate away from the wall slightly (turn off the switch/socket and don't touch the wires inside), so you can paint right up to the box without getting paint on the plate. Screw the plate back on when the final coat of paint is dry ■

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Stephane Jouan, Recipe page THE PERFECT APPETISER Scallops have become a Great British restaurant classic and the head chef at the Seaview restaurant based at The Sandbanks Hotel, Stephane Jouan, tells you how to cook fantastic pan-seared scallops in your own kitchen. Very gourmet, this appetiser is surprisingly easy to make. And the results? If you like seafood, you're going to fall in love with these melt-in-your-mouth scallops, as well as the sumptuous spinach mousse and pea cream that accompanies them. Great for serving at a dinner party as an appetiser or for a romantic starter for two. Enjoy!


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400g frozen peas 360ml of chicken stock 60g unsalted butter 2 banana shallots, sliced

2. Add the chicken stock, bring to the boil and add the peas. Season with salt and pepper, blend until smooth and set aside. SCALLOPS PREPARATION

1. Rinse scallops and pat dry. Place on a clean, dry surface. 2. Warm a large frying pan over medium-high heat (allow pan to warm up for at least 1 minute). While the pan is warming up, use a paper towel or clean tea towel to gently dab any remaining moisture from the scallops. 3. Add the oil to the pan and swirl around. 4. Gently place the scallops in the pan. Allow the

scallops to cook for at least 2 minutes. Larger scallops may take as long as 3-4 minutes per side. While scallops are cooking, season with a pinch of salt and black pepper. 5. Gently turn the scallops. Season once more with salt and pepper. Scallops are done when both sides have a nice crispy-looking crust and are firm to the touch. Also, you will see them 'open' slightly, as though they are going to flake. 6. Finely slice the smoked pancetta and place onto tin foil and gently crisp up under the grill and set aside. To serve, put a dot of pea cream onto the plate and drag across. Place the spinach mousse on the plate and position three scallops on top of the pea cream. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic syrup and sprinkle the smoked pancetta on top. Wine to match: Charles Van Wyk, sommelier of FJB Collection, recommends La Monetta Gavi di Gavi, Araldica – Piedmont, Italy 2010. He says: “e

fruitiness of the Cortese grape used in Gavi lends itself well to the sweetness of the scallop. Gavi di Gavi is also renowned for its fresh citrus flavours and great acidity, which helps cut through the scallops leaving your mouth feeling refreshed and ready for some more.” Wine available from: Waitrose at £9.49 / bottle e team at the Sea View restaurant is headed by restaurant manager Joseph Martins and a special Mother’s Day lunch menu will be available on Sunday 18 March. Priced at £21.50 per person for two courses or £27.50 per person for three courses, families will be able to enjoy dishes such as seared scallops, roast rump of 28 day matured beef from Pennington Farm and Dorset apple, pear and cinnamon crumble. To book, please telephone 01202 707377.

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some years and loves the food and it helped her to provide the taste of home-cooked meals when she was short of time and found it a great way to entertain friends in a stress free environment.


or all our good intentions, few of us have the time to cook a meal worthy of Masterchef every evening. And while we all love the idea of friends coming over for dinner, the preparation and cooking of a posh meal can escalate into a time-consuming and expensive stress-fest. e recent arrival of COOK on Poole Road in Westbourne is therefore reason to celebrate. COOK has garnered numerous awards and media accolades for making food that looks and tastes homemade – in fact, it might even be a bit better than you could manage yourself. What’s even more remarkable is that all its meals are frozen and go straight from your freezer into the oven or microwave. COOK’s founding principle 15 years ago was to make food using exactly the same techniques and ingredients that a good domestic cook would use at home, so everything looks and tastes homemade. Today, nothing has changed and COOK continues to make its meals by hand at its kitchen in Kent. As proof of the food’s hand-prepared nature, the name of the individual chef who cooked each dish is printed on the packaging. e owner of Cook Bournemouth, Elaine has been a customer of COOK for



When Elaine found that COOK was starting to franchise she saw an opportunity for Westbourne and for her personally; “I had a mile stone birthday last year (50) which always makes us re-evaluate our lives and I decided to do something totally different. I had a desire to do ‘my own thing' rather than work for someone else again and the rest as they say, is history.” Elaine runs the shop with the help of her son Lawrence and a team of very helpful ladies. COOK’s range of meals extends from kids food for time-poor mums who don’t want to compromise on the quality of what they feed their children to the kind of dishes you’d expect to find in a gastro pub or restaurant, such as Sea Bass with Asparagus Tips and Linguine in a Lobster and Saffron Bisque, or Roasted Confit of Duck with a Juniper Berry Sauce. ere are plenty of classic, everyday British recipes; a brilliant Indian range to challenge the best your local takeaway has to offer; and some truly indulgent puddings and cakes. And because COOK’s meals come in portions for one, two or four (and some dishes feed many more), it’s the perfect way to entertain with the minimum amount of stress or fuss. Ultimately, the food speaks for itself. As one happy customer put it: “I love cooking and that’s why I love COOK. Good food, cooked as I would.” So, if you enjoy good home-cooked food and take pleasure from eating well, then go down to COOK on Poole Road in Westbourne and Elaine and Lawrence will be delighted to help you choose the tastiest, easiest meals around. 120 Poole Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth, BH4 9EF. Tel: 01202 765560 ■

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



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Sat in the beautiful library area of the hotel Life Magazines asks Andrew how he’s settling into Bournemouth. LM When did you start at the Highcliff Marriott? AF I started in early November. I had been running two Marriott hotels in Manchester and have been working for the Marriott group for the last 18 years. I’m from Manchester originally and when I joined Marriott it was to open a new Marriott hotel in Leeds. My first General Manager position was at the Goodwood Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Chichester which was developed from quite a small hotel to 100 bedrooms. Lord March then changed it to the Goodwood hotel when the brand became large enough to stand on its own. I always said that if the Bournemouth position became available I would be interested. LM How are you settling in? AF Good, they’re a really good bunch of people here, a great team. We’ve just re-secured the two AA rosettes which I’m really pleased about. ere was a fair bit of pressure for me as the new GM to make sure that we kept hold of those two rosettes, so I’m really, really pleased. I think that the food we cook here is superb; it is very simple, the Highcliff Grill is a seafood and grill restaurant, it’s not fussy. Where possible it’s locally sourced, in this location seafood plays a big part in what we do. LM What’s your favourite dish at the Highcliff Grill? AF Right now, it’s the Oxtail fritters served with spiced parsnip puree and onion chutney, it’s very much a winter dish, quite a seasonal dish. Superb, absolutely superb. We also make a big feature of scallops here, they’re available 12 months of the year, and they’re from Lyme Regis. On a bi-monthly basis we give them a seasonal twist based on where we are in the calendar at that time. At any time there’ll be scallops on the menu but with a seasonal twist. LM Tell me about the leisure facilities here, I’ve heard that you’ve just filled your outdoor pool? Presumably it’s heated?! AF Yes, absolutely! Most of the time it’s warmer than our indoor pool, traditionally the outdoor pool hasn’t been in use before Easter time but the last few years have brought us quite a warm Spring and we’re hoping for a repeat performance this year. LM What have you got in the calendar for 2012? AF We have a whole calendar of events from great corporate hospitality packages for the air show – I don’t think there’s anywhere better from a vista perspective than the gardens and our poolside area at the hotel. We also have some fantastic themed nights lined up this year from a night with the Bournemouth Rat Pack to an exciting murder mystery evening. I’m also really hoping that the outdoor pool area will develop into something quite unique. I’ve seen it work really well in some Marriott’s in the US where it almost becomes a second bar/restaurant area in the evening and that’s something we’d really like to develop, light the whole area with candles at night, get the bar working well, develop that area into something really special. We’re also hoping that our outdoor wedding area will develop more in 2012. We’re doing a promotion with ITV’s Daybreak at the moment together with Bournemouth Beach Weddings. To give away the first ever Bournemouth beach wedding as a prize. We’ve been on Daybreak every day one week in February when the

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competition was launched and we will be on again throughout March which is fantastic! We’ve got a beautiful pagoda area for outdoor weddings with a great view over the sea. e principle is that they’ll get married on the beach then come up here for the reception with all their guests.


After a visit from the AA inspector this month the Highcliff Grill can celebrate retaining its 2 AA rosette awards for fine dining. is is the third consecutive year the award winning restaurant at the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel has been honoured with its 2 AA rosettes. e Highcliff Grill is one of just four restaurants in Bournemouth town centre that has been awarded with 2 AA rosettes, making it one of the top restaurant choices in the town. e second AA rosette proves the Highcliff Grill is one of the best local restaurants, offering high standards and great consistency. ‘e AA inspector highlighted that great precision is apparent in the cooking and there is obvious attention to the quality and selection of ingredients, which we source locally’ explains Andrew Francis, General Manager at the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel.


‘e AA rosette award once again confirms our passion for culinary excellence. Our high-end location overlooking the sea, the fantastic appearance of the restaurant, great service and a menu of high quality and variety, skilfully prepared by passionate chefs are an award winning combination’. Highcliff Grill's Signature Dishes includes the fish soup served with croutes, rouille and gruyère as a popular starter choice, the Highcliff fish and chips with a minted pea purée and tartare sauce for a main course and the sensational lemon posset with a hazelnut shortbread or chocolate fondant pudding with white chocolate ice cream to finish! e Highcliff Grill is open daily for breakfast and dinner. À la carte 3 courses from £26.50. For the best Sunday Lunch in town, the Grill offers a special 3 Course Highcliff Style Sunday lunch with live music, including an aperitif and coffee for only £21.50.


You can also take advantage of the prestigious private dining room in the restaurant, the Signature Room, which seats up to 16 guests in elegant and atmospheric surroundings. is is ideal place for private dining, meetings or family celebrations. e Highcliff Grill is located at the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel, 105 St. Michael’s Road. For more information or reservations, call 01202 200 800 or visit ■ MARCH2012 79

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e ship sets sail on 14th January 2013. So far Six Star Cruises has not revealed whether there are any bookings so far for the millionaires' holiday. Mal Barritt, company director, said it was "likely to be the most expensive cruise ever sold."

THE LUXURY STARTS FROM THE MOMENT YOU LEAVE HOME, WITH A HELICOPTER PICKING YOU UP AND WHISKING YOU OFF TO A UK AIRPORT. AS YOU FLY, YOU WILL ENJOY £4,000 -PER-KILO BELUGA CAVIAR, DOM PERIGNON ROSI CHAMPAGNE AND DA HONG PAO TEA. "We have listened to what some of our most discerning customers say they look for in a holiday and have created the most desirable cruise holiday in the world," he said. "is is truly a cruise that will never be forgotten." ■

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ometimes you need an expert to make the most of an opportunity. Selling land to a developer is no exception and Lance Trendall, owner of e Land Office is in no doubt about his ability to offer specialist advice to land owners. e Land Office deals with prime locations and is turning its attention to Sandbanks, Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs, Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and the New Forest where the demand for development land is outstripping supply. With a long track record in property, including a period as a developer himself, Lance works with land owners to help them maximise the potential of their property when selling to a developer. “However successful someone has been in their career, when


they come to sell their home to a developer they are at a disadvantage unless they have someone like me on their side” comments Lance Trendall “Developers buy land all day long and know how to buy well and negotiate a very favourable deal, so it is worthwhile levelling the playing field by having an experienced land agent on your side.”

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Lance maintains that a third party is really helpful as negotiating direct can result in accepting a low offer or failing to explore the terms of an offer thoroughly or getting the right deal. With such issues as overage, where you can get a share of the price achieved by the new homes built on your site above an agreed base price or an additional premium for deferring payment for land until new homes are sold, it is easy to see how complex land deals can become. Timing is another area where land sellers can fail to negotiate effectively. e Land Office were called in to help a land owner who had agreed a three year option with a buyer who never even made a planning application on the land. “It is fundamental to us to make sure there are performance-clauses requiring the land buyer to submit a

planning application within a certain time and a three year option is far too long and restrictive for the land owner.” With some amazing properties sold recently e Land Office has proven success, a recent sale of a single plot for £1.8 million resulted in a house being demolished to be replaced with a 10,000sqft new mansion, which e Land Office sold off plan with a guide price of £4.6M. e Land Office often sells the new homes following the land sale which can help the land owner claim any overage agreed with the builder. e ‘before and after’ photos show the improvement to the street-scene and the sort of house that is viable to develop in the right location. Mulberry House is another stunning home ‘coming soon’ through e Land Office, which enjoys an elevated 1.5

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acre plot, making it really private and perfect for a celebrity, with 18,000sqft of beautifully designed accommodation. With the opportunity to buy this mansion off-plan, comes the chance to save tax as the buyer would only pay tax on the land, not the build contract, and have the house fully finished to their specification to create the dream palace! We wonder if a F1 driver might buy it as it includes a 10 car underground garage/showroom perfect for a collection of luxury cars. is property is in Beaconsfield, Bucks, another of the UK’s most sought after locations and is an example of the portfolio of clients looking for land through e Land Office. Your land may have development potential for an additional house on the plot or to be replaced with a mansion,

but even if it is a smaller plot where you can combine with a neighbour to create a building plot then e Land Office wants to hear from you.

for an impossibly large property that will never get planning approval so the deal may look good but will never happen.

“We work on all sorts of projects and have builders and developers calling us every day looking for land in prime locations. In addition to house and apartment builders, we have people looking for sites for care homes and retirement homes and even an American company wanting to build retirement villages in prime areas”

With the ethos of ‘experience, integrity and enthusiasm’ e Land Office tries to agree win-win deals that will proceed. “Having been a developer in the 1980’s, I understand the margins a developer needs, so I know how hard we can push on price and when to shake hands on a deal.” e Land Office offer a free initial appraisal for land owners so they can explore the development potential and discuss the various ways to harvest their land value which will compare the advantages of obtaining planning permission prior to selling or selling ‘subject to planning’ where the buyer pays all the architect and

Whilst e Land Office helps maximise the price for the seller, they are keen to explain that the deal must allow enough profit for a developer or it will never happen. Apparently some developers might be pushed too far on price and will need to apply

planning costs and purchases the land once planning is approved. is sounds a good place to start when you think you may be sitting on a goldmine of valuable development land. Whilst e Land Office is a Hertfordshire based company it has a site for sale with planning for 22 holiday lodges close to Loch Ness, was approached about a site for houses on the Isle of Man and is currently investigating a development opportunity in the Cayman Islands so Sandbanks is what they might call ‘within easy reach’. More information is available on e Land Office website or you can ring them at their Hertfordshire HQ on 01582 461581.

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New House after – Sold off plan by The Land Office


Great site with river views and fishing rights

LandWanted for luxury homes & apartments Land is in great demand in prime locations like Sandbanks, Canford Cliffs, Branksome Park, Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and the New Forest.

Site for 2 homes subject to planning

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Whilst this property is in an elevated position with distant views, this delightful lawn is right by the river.

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