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Welcome to our March issue. PUBLISHED BY THE FISH MEDIA GROUP LTD. THE RIDINGS, WOODFIELD LANE, ESSENDON, HERTS, AL9 6JJ

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Editor Faye Manning Editor’s Assistant Katie Miller Sub Editor Alexandra Lux Fashion Editor Hazel Englander Design & Production Claire Stone Art Editor Kathleen Barbour Account/Admin Kathy Manning Ken Fleet Sales Patrick Smith James Marshall Senior Sales Executive Alison Griffin 07944 129 393 Directors Patrick Smith Rory Smith

e hugely popular English Touring Opera return to Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts with two more classic operas - Così Fan Tutte and Simon Boccanegra – on April 5th and 6th as the company’s new season celebrates opera in the ‘bel canto’ tradition, meaning beautiful singing. Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte on April 5th, which will be sung in English, is one of the top ten most performed operas worldwide. Widely regarded to be one of Mozart’s best opera scores, this high energy, laugh-a-minute comedy about making mistakes in love is also one of his most famous operas. Marking 30 years since the hull of the treasured Tudor warship broke the surface of the Solent, the new Mary Rose Museum - one of the most ambitious and significant heritage projects in recent years - will open to the public at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard late Spring 2013. e opening of the new museum marks a major step in the final chapter of the conservation of this great Tudor warship, bringing together for the first time the hull and many thousands of its 19,000 artefacts in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. e £35 million heritage project to build the new museum and complete the conservation process received in excess of £20m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and offers visitors the world’s finest insight into Tudor life from almost 500 years ago. Salterns Brokerage and organiser are pleased to announce that once again the highly successful Sandbanks Boat Show will go ahead for its third year in succession. is year the event will run over a two day period on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May 2013 from 10am to 5pm daily. is ’boutique’ style show is now an established and important date in the boating calendar. e prestigious Salterns Marina with 5 Gold Anchor status is the perfect venue to display over 80 quality new boats and marine products with great hospitality to boot. As a highlight of the South Coast’s summer season, the Asahi British Beach Polo Championship will return to Sandbanks, Poole for its sixth year on the 12/13thJuly 2013. Supported by some of the best arena polo players the hotly anticipated beach festival promises more excitement and glamour both on and off the pitch. England, Ireland, Scotland (sponsored by our very own Sandbanks Life for the second consecutive year) and Wales will be competing with Ireland keen to retain the title after a gripping final against Wales last year. ere is floodlit night beach polo on the Friday evening, visiting international polo teams and of course the ‘bonkers’ beach polo after parties. Enjoy your issue and we look forward to seeing you again in April.

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Lyndhurst Gallery Signs of spring

A solo show of 18 new paintings by Marie Mills

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‘Early summer bloomers’ 100x80cm

‘Hearts and flowers’ 80x80cm

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LOCAL LIFE, EVENTS, HISTORY & ART

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THE STORY OF DURLSTON ENGLISH TOURING OPERA IN FULL BLOOM MARY ROSE MUSEUM STARLIGHT STOLL A SPECIAL GALLERY EASTER AT A CORFE CASTLE THE CHARM OF RINGWOOD A SPECIAL PRODUCTION SALTERNS MARINA GETS READY GET MORE OUT OF YOUR LIFE MAGAZINE! THE BEACH POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013 EASTER FUN WONDERS OF WESTBOURNE

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A YACHT FROM HEAVEN THE BOAT RACE PREVIEW

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LONDON FASHION WEEK HIGHLIGHTS LOCAL AWARD WINNING CLOTHING

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WHAT’S ON FEMALE OCAL DUO THE SONGBIRDS PERFORM CHART HITS AT BOURNEMOUTH"S PRINT ROOM Sisters, Laura & Emma Dean, will be singing live at Bournemouth's Print Room from 8pm onwards. ey will be performing chart hits from the likes of Adele & Emili Sande to e Script & Kings of Leon. ey have performed at numerous Hotels & Clubs on the south-west coast, plus at celebrity's weddings. Come along & enjoy the "Live Friday Night Music at e Print Room" which is situate in the former Echo building on Richmond Hill, offering a decadent style & ambience! 01202 789669 FREE ENTRY 8pm start The Print Room, Richmond Hill, Bournemouth Dorset BH2 6HH Friday 15 Mar 2013, Fri 29 Mar, Fri 12 Apr, Fri 26 Apr, Fri 10 May MO O MI - E CITING ENTHRALLING DANCE FOR OUNG PEOPLE NOW TOURING MOKO DANCE presents MOKO Mix, an exciting double bill of dance for young people and their families, coming to Pavilion Dance South West 2013! MOKO Mix consists of two stories: e Rock and e Suitcase Story. THE SUITCASE STORY A poignant and uplifting dance show about a little girl and her magical, travelling suitcase. THE ROCK A group of children from a sleepily remote town meet up regularly to share confidences, stories and each other’s lives at a mysterious place called e Rock. Set in a dark, eerie clearing, e Rock is a place where strange events unfurl and these life-long long friends discover what happens when their secrets spring to life. Full of adventure, magic and thrilling escapades, MOKO Mix is suitable for ages 7+ and their families. Monday 8th April 2013 (11.30am) Tickets: £5 (babes in arms free) BOX OFFICE: 01202 203630 Pavilion Dance South West Dorset BH1 2BU

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Monday 8 Apr 2013 www. a iliondance.org.uk LITTLE COMETS Little Comets: Concert : Little Comets : Tickets avaiable. Start time:19:00. See website for prices and details. The Old Fire Station, 36 Holdernhurst Rd, Bournemouth. Hampshire BH8 8AD Monday 15 Apr 2013 TWICE AS NICE NEARL NEW SALE AT WINTON METHODIST CHURCH Join us for a fantastic selection of nearly new maternity, baby and children's items. If you love designer and high street items at a fraction of the original cost, you'll love our sales! Entry is £1 per adult, children FREE! We have gorgeous cakes and refreshments on sale and goody bags for the first 50 fabulous buyers. If you'd like to hire a table to sell on your items, visit www.2asnice.com Table hire is £10 and you keep all the cash you make on the day. Booking is simple and instant! If you would like to come be involved in our sales as a small business, and get the chance to network with our amazing client base, our opportunities to do this start from £10. Please get in touch if you need any information, or follow us on facebook at Twice as nice! Bournemouth. £1 per adult and children are FREE 2.30pm - 4.00pm Contact Kerry on 07806516675 Winton Methodist Church, Alma Road, Winton, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH9 1DE Dorset BH9 1DE. Saturday 30 Mar 2013 www. asnice.com MEMOIR WRITING Need help, guidance, and a structured approach to whip your memoirs into shape, or a guide to begin writing them – then this is the course for you! Memoir, or Life writing is an increasingly popular genre, either in published format, or as a way of recording lives for the family, and future generations. e memoir-writing course stimulates and develops writing based on personal experience and with literary

purpose. It will focus on all elements of the genre including characterisation, plot, dialogue and description that can be built upon. Most importantly it will make space for writing. e tutor who will also offer objective advice for skill development will highlight each individual student’s strengths. summer term 16th April - 25th June 10 Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm Course fee £ 199 Telephone no: 01202 363222 The Arts University College at Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole Dorset BH12 5HH Tuesday 16 Apr 2013 www.aucb.ac.uk HOLT ROAD - OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS 3/4 acre walled garden for all seasons. Garden seating throughout the diverse planting areas, comprising Mediterranean courtyard garden, wisteria pergola. Walk up slope beside rill and bog garden to raised bed vegetable garden. Return through shrubbery and rockery back to waterfall cascading into a pebble beach. Open:Suns 17 Mar; 14 Apr; 19 May; 28 July; 15 Sept (2-5.30). Admission £3.50, Children free. Times:2-5.30. Telephone:01202 387509. Visitors also welcome by appointment Apr to Sept. Open for charity. 22 Holt Road, Poole Dorset BH12 1JQ. Sunday 17 Mar 2013, Sun 14 Apr www.ngs.org.uk INDERMAR ET IS BAC WITH A FANTASTIC NEARL NEW SALE Looking to kit out your kids on a budget? Come along to KinderMarket to find great quality clothes, toys and baby equipment at bargain prices! is event is Fully Booked! Our sellers have had a Spring clear-out so there’ll be a fantastic range of items to buy, including; A pink micro scooter, Mamas & Papas rocker, tricycle, boys & girls clothes from birth up to 7 years, travel cot, play gyms, pushchairs, books, moses basket, blankets, lots of pre-school toys, Mega Blocks, books & DVDs - basically

everything you need for bumps, babies and beyond! PLUS bring the kids along for a fab craft activity with the brilliant Dorset Scrapstore, stock up on your craft supplies from Feeling Crafty and tog your little ones out in the best sleepsuits around from a wonderful local company, Slumbersac : 10 am - 11.30am £1 entry per adult - Kids come free :) St Aldhelm’s Church Hall, Poole Road, Branksome Dorset BH12 1AD. Saturday 23 Mar 2013 www.kindermarket.co.uk MARCH E ENTS IN THE SO EREIGN SHOPPING CENTRE March 2013 • Band Day – Saturday 9 March - 2pm until 4pm – Bournemouth born ‘Sounds Like Adam’ will entertain shoppers in the Sovereign Shopping Centre with his fun and witty lyrics, and heartfelt songs. Find out more at www.facebook.com/soundslikead am • Seniors’ Day – Tuesday 19 March - 11am until 1pm – Seniors visiting the Sovereign Shopping Centre will be able to have a chat with Coles Miller Solicitors and Churchill Retirement Living about later life planning. Plus FREE tea or coffee and biscuits are on offer for all seniors that come along • Family Day – Saturday 23 March - 2pm until 4pm – the Sovereign Shopping Centre is hosting an Easter fun day with a visit from Bertie the Bunny. FREE face painting will also be available for children that visit the Centre by Diamond Faces Professi FREE 2pm - 4pm 01202 392 721 The Sovereign Shopping Centre, Boscombe Dorset BH1 4SX Tuesday 19 Mar 2013, Sat 23 Mar www.so ereignsho ingcentre.co.uk COTSWOLD OUTDOOR BOURNEMOUTH TENT SHOW ! EASTER " Bournemouth kicks off the Cotswold Outdoor Tent Show Season and your Easter Holidays. e Show begins on March 29th - April 14th, promising to be the biggest display in Dorset with 50+ tents. As a premiere camping equipment supplier, stocking a variety of top brands, we aim to showcase our 2013 Family camping range and remaining Sale Clearance tents. So, whatever your activity they’ll be something for you. We understand no two


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trips are the same; so throughout the show staff will be available to offer first-hand experience and advice to make sure you get the right gear for your next adventure. Attendance is FREE. e event will coincide with the Store’s opening hours so will not be accessible 31/03/13. For more info visit: the store: (01202) 529123 The Bishop of Winchester Academy Dorset BH8 9PW Friday 29 Mar 2013 community.cotswoldoutdoor.com/st ores/bournemouth/ EASTER FUN ON BROWNSEA ISLAND Join in with our Easter activities and have a go at our special Easter trail with chocolatey prizes. Easter Monday - Egg & Spoon race at 2pm (eggs provided!) Normal entry fees and boat fares apply. NT members free entry. Easter trail (£2) 10am-4pm. Call office for more details 01202 707744 National Trust, Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Poole Dorset BH13 7EE. Friday 29 Mar 2013 to Monday 1 Apr 2013 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brown sea-island DURMAST HOUSE - OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS Designed by Gertrude Jekyll, Durmast has contrasting hot and cool colour borders, formal rose garden edged with lavender and a long herbaceous border. Many old trees, Victorian rockery and orchard with beautiful spring bulbs. Rare azaleas: Fama, Princeps and Gloria Mundi from Ghent. New rose bowers with rare French roses Eleanor Berkeley and Euphrosyne. New Jekyll border, blue, yellow & white scheme. Open:Sun 7 Apr, Sun 30 June (2-5). Admission £4, Children free (share to Delhi Commonwealth Women’s Assn Medical Clinic). Times:2-5. Telephone:01425 402132. Visitors also welcome by appointment, admission includes talk and teas. Open for charity. Sunday 7 Apr 2013 Durmast House, Burley Hampshire BH24 4AT www.durmasthouse.co.uk JUMP INTO SPRING Get active and discover the forest as it awakens for Spring. Spring is a time of new life so come along, meet the Forestry Commission rangers and enjoy the forest at

this special time of year. Our 'fairytrail' will get all the family involved and inspired! Suitable for the whole family. Just turn up between 11am and 4pm. ere is a £2 charge per child. For further information please contact the Forestry Commission on 023 8028 6840. Friday 29 Mar 2013 to Sunday 14 Apr 2013 Bolderwood Information Unit, Bolderwood car park (SU242086) Hampshire SO43 7GQ EASTER DECORATED GARDEN If you missed the christmas decorated garden at the Greyfriars Community centre ,Ringwood, now you have a chance ot visit again. is time the courtyard garden will be decorated for easter, there will be lots of eggs, quite a few chickens and rabbits. ere will be unusual plants to see, and some to smell. ere will be plants and garden gifts on sale and all donations will go to the charity prostate cancer U.K Pop in and see something just that little bit different for Easter. We are only a few minutes walk from the town centre and if you have never visited Greyfriars before come and check out this wonderful facility in our town and find out about the huge range of activities that take place here. Monday to ursday 25th to 28th March 12.00 to 5.00 Good Friday and Easter Saturday 9.00 to 5.00 Free entry Donations to Charity Monday 25 Mar 2013 to Saturday 30 Mar 2013 Greyfriars Community Centre, 44 christchurch road Ringwood Hampshire BH24 1DW SPRING FIRSTS Join us for a guided walk around Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve to look out for the first signs of spring. Meet at the Tern Hide. Parking at the main Blashford Lakes Reserve car park (not the Centre), Ellingham Drove, near Ringwood (Map ref. SU 151 083). Contact Jim Day or Michelle Crooks on 01425 472760 or e-mail BlashfordLakes@hwt.org.uk. Booking is essential. 10am-12noon. Suggested donation £3 per person. Sorry, no dogs. Blashford Lakes Centre, Ellingham Drove, near Ringwood (meet at the Tern Hide) Hampshire BH24 3PJ Sunday 24 Mar 2013 ■

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Help Tell the Story of Durlston

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n exhibition at Durlston Castle, planned for Easter this year, will tell the intriguing story of Durlston Park and Castle in the 20th Century through visitor’s photos and recollections. Do you remember the camel at the Tilly Whim Inn? Did you listen to Jim play at the Castle? Were you at Durlston during the War? e Rangers would love to get copies of your photos at Durlston from 1900 to the present day – from the everyday (picnics, walks or family holidays) to the extraordinary, and your stories (large or small) to go with them. From the lady, once a waitress at the Castle who’s son (now retired) learned to ride his bike around the ramparts of the Castle, to the son of the Wartime Lighthouse Keeper, punished by his dad for stealing a box of hand grenades from the army base, or the couple who met (and were later married) at Durlston, the Rangers need your stories and photos. Said Countryside Ranger Ali Tuckey, “Durlston is a place which has played a big part in so many people’s lives and our

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small collection of family photos provide a fascinating record of this amazing place and the millions of people who have visited over the last 100 years. We’d love to see your photos and create an archive of your memories and stories of Durlston” If you can help in any way, please get in touch with Durlston by emailing info@durlston.co.uk, calling 01929 424443, visiting Durlston.co.uk or popping into the Castle ■


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Silver & Plated Ware Monday 18th March A late nineteenth century Indian salver by Oomersi Mawji, Bhuj, Kutch. Estimate ÂŁ500 - ÂŁ700

Antique & Modern Jewellery Thursday 11th April A mid 20th century 18ct gold diamond three-stone ring, weighing 2.75cts. Estimate ÂŁ3,500 - ÂŁ4,500

Auction of Vintage & Modern Wrist Watches Monday 15th April at 11am An 18k white gold automatic lady’s Blancpain LÊman Tourbillon Large Date wristwatch. Estimate £18,000 - £26,000 A titanium hand wound gentleman’s Chopard L.U.C. Engine One Tourbillon wristwatch. Estimate £25,000 - £35,000

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he hugely popular English Touring Opera return to Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts with two more classic operas - Così Fan Tutte and Simon Boccanegra – on April 5th and 6th as the company’s new season celebrates opera in the ‘bel canto’ tradition, meaning beautiful singing. Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte on April 5th, which will be sung in English, is one of the top ten most performed operas worldwide. Widely regarded to be one of Mozart’s best opera scores, this high 10

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energy, laugh-a-minute comedy about making mistakes in love is also one of his most famous operas. In one day, two pairs of fiancés are parted, and new fiancés found – or so it seems. Discovering they are not at all the people they thought they were is strange, exciting, and very embarrassing. Paul Higgins’ new period production will be sung by a remarkable cast, including Laura Mitchell, Paula Sides, Richard Mosley-Evans and Kitty Whately (Rosina in ETO’s e Barber of Seville in 2012). Written by Guiseppe Verdi, one of the most famous opera


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composers, who also wrote Aida, Rigoletto and La Traviata among many others, Simon Boccanegra is one of his lesser-known works, and tells the story of the title character, who in real life was the first Duke of Genoa in the 14th century. e opera performed on April 6th, sung in Italian with English subtitles, is set in the Italian port of Genoa and sees the title character as an outlaw who returns to the city to become its leader. Verdi’s depiction of the shimmering Mediterranean is wonderful. So too are the characters he creates, from Simon, the rough-hewn buccaneer (sung by Craig Smith), to his spiteful adversary, his own father-in-law (Fiesco, Keel Watson). e large orchestra and chorus make taking this opera on the road a massive undertaking, so this is a rare chance to see

this little-toured masterpiece outside of London. English Touring Opera gives on average 110 performances for 40,000 people each year, travelling 4,483 miles across the UK.

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BOURNEMOUTH FLORIST REBECCA MEDDINGS IS THE ONLY FINALIST TO REPRESENT DORSET AT THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

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he future is looking rosy for Bournemouth-based florist Rebecca Meddings, whose career is set to bloom after being selected as the only finalist to represent Dorset in the RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year Competition 2013. Her distinctive bridal bouquet design for a gold medal-winning Chelsea gardener to carry at her wedding ceremony caught the eye and the imaginations of the judges in the Loughborough heat of the prestigious competition. After receiving the brief at the end of March, Rebecca will have just over a month to design and craft her final arrangement. Rebecca says: “To be the only Dorset finalist is both exhilarating and nerve-wracking as the briefs for previous years were so diverse that there really is no way to plan for it. Last year’s finalists were tasked with creating a floral chandelier and the year before that it was a jockey silk. “But I am looking forward to testing out my new techniques and pushing my creative skills beyond anything I have done before for this high profile competition.” Originally from London, Rebecca has 12 years floristry experience and is the owner of e Floral Design Company, which specialises in bespoke floral arrangements and styling for events, weddings, professional businesses and the home.

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Inspired by European contemporary techniques, Rebecca is currently studying for a level 4 HND in floristry to develop the range of techniques and skills at her disposal to incorporate within her work. Rebecca explains: “Floristry is constantly evolving to incorporate a range of materials and mediums, whether it is man-made or natural. I’m experimenting a lot with up-cycling at the moment, taking one product and changing or manipulating it to create a base for flower material to be placed in. “Floristry to me is about having fun and really stretching my imagination and boundaries to create new and interesting designs for my customers to enjoy.” Rebecca has already won the silver gilt medal team competition at Hampton Court RHS in 2012, with a bespoke design based upon Romeo & Juliet’s death scene. She has also been commissioned to dress photo shoots for national magazines including Wedding Flowers. For more information or to support Rebecca in her quest for RHS Chelsea Florist of the year go to www.floraldesigncompany.co.uk n


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19th July 1545: when their world ended, our story began New Mary Rose Museum, one of the most significant heritage projects in recent years, will open to the public at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard late Spring 2013 £35 million heritage project to reunite the Tudor warship’s hull with many thousands of her unique collection of artefacts for the first time under one roof, providing an unrivalled perspective of life on board the sixteenth century ship New Museum to place the ship’s hull at its centre, displaying many never seen before artefacts ranging from one of the ship’s anchors and bronze and wrought iron guns on their original carriages, to wooden eating bowls and leather shoes, providing visitors with an insight into life on board the ship moments before it sank Learn for the first time about the ship’s crew, such as the carpenter, cook and archer

Marking 30 years since the hull of the treasured Tudor warship broke the surface of the Solent, the new Mary Rose Museum - one of the most ambitious and significant heritage projects in recent years - will open to the public at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard late

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Spring 2013. e opening of the new museum marks a major step in the final chapter of the conservation of this great Tudor warship, bringing together for the first time the hull and many thousands of its 19,000 artefacts in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. e £35 million heritage project to build the new museum and complete the conservation process received in excess of £20m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and offers visitors the world’s finest insight into Tudor life from almost 500 years ago. e new museum, designed by a team led by Wilkinson Eyre Architects (architect) and Pringle Brandon (interior design), represents the very best in 21st century architecture and construction. It provides a beautiful and secure environment for the finest collection of 16th century artefacts in the world, helping to enhance Portsmouth Historic Dockyard’s positioning as a major visitor destination. e new building takes the form of a finely crafted wooden ‘jewellery box’. It places the hull at its centre with galleries running the length of the ship, each at a level corresponding to a deck level on the ship. Artefacts are displayed in such a way to provide visitors with an insight into what the decks would have looked like moments before the ship sank. ese artefacts– including the


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skeleton of Hatch, the ship’s dog – will be arranged in galleries by theme, to help reveal some of the personal stories of life on board the Tudor warship. Examples include: n Men of the Main Deck, Lower Decks and Upper Decks – explore the different professions of the crew on board the ship, the associated unique objects found as well as their own personal belongings. n Science and the Mary Rose – discover the extraordinary collection of contents displayed thanks to the dedication of thousands of people involved in the excavation, raising, conservation and research. Get an insight into the various techniques used to uncover and preserve these priceless treasures and learn how research including DNA analysis, tells us more about the ship and her crew. n Hands on the Mary Rose – find out how strong the men were to pull a longbow or lift a pike, plus special demonstrations that will run frequently with costumed interpreters. n e Admiral’s Gallery – see fine pewterware of the officers, musical instruments, books, accessories and clothing, giving an insight into the finer life enjoyed by the officers. n Divers’ stories – hear the modern day story of the search, excavation and final raising of the ship. n e context of the Mary Rose’s service as King Henry VIII’s ship leading to the fateful day of the sinking on the 19th July 1545. Visitors will see the crew, both through precise reconstructions and by examining some of their remains which show the harsh reality of injury, disease and repetitive strain damage. A flythrough has also been produced, unveiling key aspects of the new Museum: www.maryrose.org/your-visit/ When visitors enter the new museum they will witness the ship’s hull in its final phase of conservation (controlled air drying), providing a unique look into the complexities of preserving this fascinating Tudor Warship. Until the conservation is complete the Mary Rose hull will be contained in a ‘hotbox’ with ducting running throughout to control the environment. ere will be windows which will gradually reveal the hull to visitors. e ship’s hull has undergone over 19 years’ treatment to conserve the ship’s timbers by spraying with polyethylene glycol, but it will still take another four to five years for the ship to dry out. Head of Collections at the Mary Rose Trust, Professor Mark Jones said, “Our visitors will be able to see this final phase of conservation by looking into a hotbox and seeing both the ship and the process for removing the tons of water the timbers contain. is should be done within 5 years, when we can take away the hotbox and reveal

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the ship completely. But even when she is fully dried out, the building’s temperature, light and humidity will be very carefully controlled to ensure that all the artefacts are preserved in perpetuity”. e excavation and salvage of the Mary Rose created a milestone in the field of maritime archaeology and remains the largest underwater excavation and recovery to be undertaken in the world. One of the first ships able to fire a broadside and a firm favourite of Henry VIII, the Mary Rose sank while leading an attack on a French invasion fleet in 1545, and was raised from the seabed on 11 October 1982, after 437 years submerged in the Solent. Since its excavation, the Mary Rose has established its position as the only sixteenth century warship on display anywhere in the world. John Lippiett, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust said: “e opening of the new Mary Rose Museum marks a new and exciting chapter in the ship’s history, providing a beautiful and secure environment for the finest collection of 16th century artefacts in the world. Once opened, the museum should be recognised as a world class centre of excellence for maritime archaeology and conservation.” Lincoln Clarke, Chief Executive of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard said: “Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is a leading attraction on the South Coast and the new museum, which lies alongside HMS Victory, is at the forefront of the plans to confirm the site as a large, internationally renowned visitor attraction that provides an unrivalled experience spanning 800 years of British naval history.” Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “e drama of the day the Mary Rose was raised from the depths of the Solent is forever seared in my memory – the most significant archaeological find in our nation’s maritime history. Right from the start the Heritage Lottery Fund has worked closely with the Mary Rose Trust on this groundbreaking project to reunite the 600-year-old warship with thousands of artefacts telling her story. It’s incredibly exciting that, after much painstaking conservation work, the Mary Rose is finally ready to go back on show in a wonderful new space where she will undoubtedly wow all who come to visit.” Historian Dan Snow, and ambassador for the new Museum said: “e story of the Mary Rose has fascinated people for generations. e Tudor warship has long been described as this country’s Pompeii, painting the finest picture of sixteenth century life. is tremendous new Museum housing together for the first time the hull of the ship and its many treasured artefacts will give us a sense of what life was like on aboard a Tudor ship like never before, helping to preserve the history of the Mary Rose for generations to come” www.maryrose.org n MARCH2013 15


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THE EVER POPULAR LEWIS-MANNING HOSPICE STARLIGHT STROLL RETURNS FOR THE 6TH YEAR AND IS SET TO BE BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER.

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he multi-ability 5km Starlight Stroll commencing at 10pm will take place on Saturday 23 March commencing and finishing at the Sandbanks Beach Café with a pit stop for halfway refreshments at e New Beehive in Canford Cliffs Village. Fundraising Manager, Maria Tidy, said, “e Starlight Stroll is one of our biggest and most exciting events of the year. It’s a great opportunity for people to get involved and raise funds for a local charity, have fun, and get some exercise. It’s also a chance for people to help us celebrate our 21st birthday and the opening of our new hospice later this year.” All ages and abilities are welcome and fancy dress is encouraged so why not get a team together and join in the fun to bring light to the lives of local people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

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e registration fee for the Starlight Stroll is £10.00 for adults and £5.00 for children (under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult), which includes free flashing head boppers, halfway refreshments and medals for all. e suggested minimum sponsorship is £30.00 for adults and £15.00 for children. Fancy dress is optional but very much encouraged! For more information about the Starlight Stroll and how to sign up contact the fundraising team on 01202 701 000, email maria@lewis-manning.co.uk or visit www.lewis-manning.co.uk n


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arie Mills produces elegant, highly textured paintings that capture the spontaneous beauty of wild and garden flowers. Born in Yorkshire in 1963, Marie cannot remember a time when she wasn't drawing or painting. Her well informed love of botany combines with finely honed artistic skills to produce deeply beautiful paintings that bring their subject matter to life; ‘I perhaps owe my love of painting to my mother who taught me how to see nature doing her thing throughout the seasons; I absorbed her love and wealth of knowledge of flowers and nature and felt compelled to record such beauty on canvas’ Like many successful artists before her, Marie pursued a

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conventional career before realising her dream vocation to be an artist. She began working life as a nurse, a role which requires passion and dedication but which could never give her the creative outlet she longed for. roughout her time in the medical profession Marie continued to paint and attended private classes. Finally, in 2000, Marie moved to Cornwall with her family where she found the time and the inspiration to take the plunge into becoming a full time artist. Working from her studio overlooking Portmellon Bay, Marie is surrounded by the ever changing abundant nature that frames the sea and landscape. She likes to rise early and paints from dawn, enjoying the peace, solitude and early misty light. She begins by


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using washes of oil paint to build up the layers and colours of the undergrowth. She then adds the plants and grasses using oil bar and heavy oil paint which are applied by pallet knife and fingers. Marie says; ‘e sensuality and depth of colour in oils allows me to embrace the subject I choose to paint. I play with the versatile textures during the drying stages usually with a pallet knife and my hands. I build up layers and manipulate the medium as well as splashing rubbing and dripping thinner layers. It is a very dirty process!’ e respect that Marie has for nature is also evident in the materials she uses. Eschewing artificial colours, Marie chooses to use natural dry pigments. She has developed her own unique recipe of beeswax impasto to create the indulgently thick paint that allows her to build layers of texture. e result is work that is deeply connected to the subject matter and canvases that have a sculptural, three dimensional feeling. Marie exhibits all year round with Lyndhurst Gallery in the New Forest. Her next solo show there launches on 30th March. e gallery will be showcasing 18 new canvases from Marie, offering a fantastic opportunity for fans and collectors of Marie’s work to invest in her uniquely beautiful paintings. ‘Signs of spring’, a solo show of new work by Marie Mills launches 30th March. Further details: 68 High Street, Lyndhurst, SO43 7BJ Tel 02380 283243 www.lyndhurstgallery.co.uk n

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SPRING AT CORFE CASTLE CORFE CASTLE IN 2013 One of Britain’s most dramatic ruins and was once a controlling gateway through the Purbeck Hills, steeped in history with breathtaking views. e demolition of the castle in 1646 by the Parliamentarians marked the end of a rich history as a fortress, family home and royal residence. e castle, shop and tea rooms are open daily from 10am. Corfe Castle will be brought to life throughout 2013, with a series of events each month taking the castle back to a different period in history. ere will be Medieval Archery in April, Saxons & Vikings in May, Medieval Falconry in June, Summer Festivals in July, a Medieval Village in August, and the Civil War in September. Horseback Falconry & Medieval Jousting will take place for the first time in June this year as well as the already very popular programme of open air theatre and cinema in July and August. Following their successful debuts last year, returning foodie events include the Food & Drink Festival (6-7 July) and the Medieval Banquet (20 July). SPRING AT CORFE CASTLE is Spring at Corfe Castle there will be lots of brilliant experiences to enjoy. An Easter Egg Trail supported by Cadbury takes place over the Easter bank holiday weekend. If you have always wanted to have a go at archery then visit the castle during the school holidays or weekends in April. Coming up in May there will be a series of Saxon & Viking events including the popular battle re-enactments. Every weekend in June the iconic landmark will host Medieval Falconry displays in the day at weekends with Horseback Falconry & Medieval Jousting on Saturday evenings. EVENTS AT CORFE CASTLE EASTER EGG TRAIL Fri 29 March – Mon 1 April It will be fun for the whole family as you take part in an egg-citing hunt for tokens around the castle to claim a chocolate prize. ere will also be egg & spoon races on Easter Monday - so bring along your favourite spoon and join in! MEDIEVAL ARCHERY: THE GRAND MUSTER Tue 2 – Sun 14 April e Wolfshead Bowmen and other archers come to Corfe Castle and bring the past to life. A medieval encampment, demonstrations of combat with swords, skilled archery displays, talks on the longbow and have-a-go sessions. MEDIEVAL ARCHERY ACADEMY Sat 20 – Sun 21 April Sat 27 – Sun 28 April An opportunity to take part in have-a-go sessions with individual tuition on the skill of combat with bows and arrows in this new event for 2013. 20

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SAXONS & VIKINGS: SIEGE OF WAREHAM Sat 4 – Mon 6 May We invite you to come and witness re-enactments and battles, visit the Saxon village, and talk to the craftspeople. Last year’s new improved Kings Court returns in 2013. Beware the cries of ‘Odin’ across the Isle of Purbeck. SAXON & VIKING ACADEMY Sat 11 – Sun 12 May Sat 18 – Sun 19 May Sat 25 – Sun 26 May Join the ranks as a Saxon or Viking warrior, learn the skills, see the weapons, feel the armour, and hear the stories at this new event for 2013. VILLAGE MAY FAIR Mon 27 May Stalls, plants, raffle and bric-a-brac to raise money for village causes plus a dog show. MEDIEVAL FALCONRY: BIRDS OF PREY Sat 1 – Sun 2 June Sat 8 – Sun 9 June Sat 15 – Sun 16 June Sat 22 – Sun 23 June Sat 29 – Sun 30 June Jonathan Marshall presents falcons, eagles and hawks demonstrating their spectacular aerial manoeuvres. Falcons dive from thousands of feet at speeds of over 100mph while eagles and hawks skim the top of your head. MEDIEVAL JOUSTING & HORSEBACK FALCONRY Sat 1 June Sat 8 June Sat 15 June Sat 22 June Sat 29 June Adult £10, child £7, family £30. 6.30pm is display is unique to the UK with beautiful horses performing amazing feats while stunning falcons are flown to the lure. e falcons and horses work together accompanied by beautiful music. e show also includes a jousting tournament with knights in shining armour, squires, ladies and even a medieval jester. Tickets available on the night For more details call 01929 481294 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfecastle n


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he market town of Ringwood grew up at the crossroads beside an important crossing point of the River Avon. e conservation area is large and extends well beyond the town centre and contains many listed buildings. e character of the town is a wonderful and harmonious mix of fine 18th and 19th century houses, independent shops and old inns around a market square, old thatched cottages, village lanes and a modern shopping centre. Situated on the east bank of the River Avon and on the western fringes of the New Forest, Ringwood has a long and interesting history. ere is even speculation over the meaning of the town’s name, which has changed over the centuries. Documents state that in 955 it was called Rimcwude which translates into ‘rim of the forest’. e name is also recorded in the 10th century as Runcwuda and Rimucwuda, other later variations being Rincvede, Ringwud, Ringwode and Rinkewode. e Domesday Book indicates that there was a church and mill here in the latter part of the 11th century and that it was in the overlordship of the Crown, the manor frequently changing hands amongst the nobility. Prior to 1066 it was held by Earl Tostig, King Harold’s brother. By the middle of the 17th century the manor had passed to the Arundells of Wardour, and the 8th Baron sold it to John Morant of Brockenhurst in 1792. e Morant family held it until 1916 when most of the manor was sold off. e last town mill which was built on this site in the mid 19th century was demolished in 1936 in order to construct the bypass (A31). e miller’s house became the Avon Hotel but that too was demolished when the A31 was widened in the 1970s. One of Ringwood’s most notable events was when, after his disastrous defeat at the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685, the Duke of Monmouth was arrested near Horton, Dorset and imprisoned in a

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house in West Street (now Monmouth House). He was transferred from Ringwood to London where he was brought to trial and beheaded on Tower Hill for treason. Moyles Court, an old mansion 3 miles north of the town, was the seat of the Lisle family and is now an independent school. Colonel Lisle was one of the judges on the trial of Charles I. Shortly after Monmouth’s execution, the Colonel’s wife Dame Alice Lisle, who supposedly harboured fugitives from the Monmouth Rebellion in her house Moyles Court, was arrested and condemned by the infamous Judge Jeffries to be burned at the stake. is sentence was later reduced to beheading by James II and her grave can be found in Ellingham Church nearby. A pub named the Alice Lisle is in the vicinity. Over time the small settlement grew, its development dependent on the river for transport and the mills and the forest to provide fuel for industry. In 1226 King Henry III granted the Lord of the Manor the right to hold a market in Ringwood on Wednesdays. Ringwood became known as a market town selling locally produced goods and New Forest ponies. e weekly general market continues to this day in the Market Square although the cattle market, which was held in e Furlong ceased in 1989. Framptons Mill in Framptons Yard adjacent to e Furlong was used to store and grind corn and seed for animal feed. It was closed down at the same time and Framptons Yard and e Furlong became part of the new Furlong Shopping Centre. e mill was not demolished and the building now houses a restaurant and wine bar. Beer has been brewed in Ringwood for centuries making use of the clear water from the Avon and the malted barley grown locally. e town became renown for the quality of its ales from the several breweries in the area and served in numerous taverns, alehouse and inns. Ringwood Brewery still exists (now owned by Marstons) and it


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moved to its Christchurch Road position (once the site of Tunks Brewery which closed in 1821) in 1979. Many of the inns and taverns dating from the 18th century can still be seen, especially around the Market Place. e Crown Inn was the staging post for the mail coaches on their way to London to change horses. Employment in the area was mainly agricultural. In 1830 farm workers rioted, afraid of losing their jobs due to the introduction of thrashing machines. Ringwood had a cottage industry of knitted gloves and White’s 1859 Directory indicates that this was still being carried out along with the production of cotton gloves and worsted stockings. It also mentions a tannery, 2 saw mills and the corn mill. Ringwood railway station opened in 1847 and it gave the town a faster connection with London and Dorchester. Charles Castleman was the driving force behind it. e Ringwood, Christchurch and Bournemouth Railway created a new link with Christchurch 15 years later. Ringwood station ceased operating when the Southampton and Dorchester Railway line was closed in 1964. However in recent years suggestions have recommended rebuilding part of the line between Brockenhurst and Ringwood. With the arrival of the railway, the town subsequently grew and many buildings were erected during the second half of the 19th century including the Almshouses, the National School, the police station, gasworks and the town hall. is latter building was paid for by the Lord of the Manor Mr Morant in 1868. In later years this became a cinema and then a shopping centre. It is currently boarded up. Many churches were built or renovated at this time too. e parish church of St Peter and St Paul, which was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1087, was rebuilt around 1854. Industry also flourished; Joseph Armfield came to the town in 1875 to aid agricultural engineering. Wellworthy Engineering was

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set up in 1943. ere was also a large linen collar and cuff factory here. e Ringwood Union Workhouse on the Verwood Road at Ashley was built in 1725 in the form of a line of cottages as the ‘House of Industry’ to accommodate the poor of the parish. Later called Ashley House, it was closed in 1936 but part of it still survives as private housing. e almshouses in the Quomp was founded by William Clark, a wealthy brewer, who gave the site in 1833 and over £2000 on his death in 1842 for the erection of this now listed building. Greyfriars, the building that houses the Community Centre, is also of some note. It is a fine 18th century house and was originally called London House (often corrupted to Lonnens) because it was built on land belonging to Mary London, the widow of Samuel London. Last but not least is perhaps the most important building architecturally in Ringwood: the Meeting House in Meeting House Lane. It is a Grade II listed building and was built in 1727. It is one of the best surviving 18th century Presbyterian meeting houses in the country as it is largely unaltered and still retains its original box pews. In 2011 the Meeting House underwent a major restoration costing over £700,000 with grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Stephenson Trust, Hampshire, New Forest and Ringwood Councils and other generous benefactors. It is now one of the social hubs for the community offering a wide variety of activities and events and also houses a local history centre.

Jane Martin Information from New Forest District Council, Ringwood Town Council and Hampshire County Council websites, ‘Roundabout Ringwood and Fordingbridge Then and Now’ articles by Mary Baldwin and the Meeting House www.ringwoodmeetinghouse.org ■

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ward-winning choreographer and Associate Artist of Sadler's Wells, Jasmin Vardimon returns to Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts on March 27th – 28th with her hotly anticipated new work, Freedom. Exploring notions of what keeps our imagination free, this full-length dance theatre production promises breathtaking physicality with beautifully detailed and brutally visceral characterisation. Powered by Vardimon's beguiling theatricality and provocative daring, Freedom will be performed by a versatile company of international dancers. Uniting the creative team behind her previous productions Yesterday, Justitia and Park, Freedom layers richly intricate visuals, fusing clever animation with live action and inventive set designs. Jasmin Vardimon Company was founded in London in 1997 and rapidly rose to become a significant element within the British dance theatre scene. e company is dedicated to the choreography of Artistic Director, Jasmin Vardimon – Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells since 2006. Renowned for her uniquely theatrical choreographic and directorial style combining physical theatre, quirky characterisation, innovative technologies, text and dance, 24

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Vardimon accentuates her work with an acute observation of human behaviour. With sharp instincts and provocative daring, she has developed an individual choreographic voice, distinguished by her beautifully detailed movement, insightful humour and engaging drama. e company’s works are widely accessible through their exposure of human experience, social relevance, high quality, passion, skill and commitment. e company tours nationally and internationally performing at high profile theatres throughout the UK, across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the USA. Now a major force on the international dance theatre scene, Jasmin Vardimon Company has already enjoyed repeated sell-out success at Sadler's Wells, so advance booking for Lighthouse is recommended. 0844 406 8666 / www.lighthousepoole.co.uk n


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Black and White Special Edition The Special Edition Freelander 2 Black & White stands out from the crowd. It has distinctive LED signature headlights, gloss Black exterior details and 17” alloy wheels. You can even opt for privacy glass at no extra cost. Bluetooth® connectivity, a rear load space cover and a new interior for 2013 make this a stylish and practical complement to an active lifestyle. The Freelander 2 comes with 2WD or 4WD capability, and six-speed manual or automatic transmission to suit your driving style. And, it’s finished in two striking colours: Santorini Black and Fuji White. Now that’s a tough one.

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SANDBANKS BOAT SHOW 2013 DATES ANNOUNCED - 11TH & 12TH MAY 2013

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alterns Brokerage and organiser are pleased to announce that once again the highly successful Sandbanks Boat Show will go ahead for its third year in succession. is year the event will run over a two day period on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May 2013 from 10am to 5pm daily. is ’boutique’ style show is now an established and important date in the boating calendar. e prestigious Salterns Marina with 5 Gold Anchor status is the perfect venue to display over 80 quality new boats and marine products with great hospitality to boot. Russell Hayden of Salterns said “is ‘boutique’ style boat show has been truly welcomed by the marine industry; main dealers, manufacturers, associated companies, the boating press and visitors alike. When we organised the show back in 2011, we didn’t realise just how successful this event would become. It’s just what the visitor and trade were looking for as alternative to the larger shows like Southampton and London. We have progressed and improved each year and look to bring you an even better show for 2013.” Having set the date at the beginning of the boating season, we hope to attract visitors of all ages and help them kick off the season in their search for new craft ranging from dinghies and personal watercraft to luxury motor cruisers. Please come and speak to the exhibitors where you can buy or admire the boats, seek expert advice and find out exactly what you need to get you out on the water this coming season.

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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

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


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

stunning Blue Flag beach (preferable sundrenched!) brings the very best out of the players and guests. e thorough bred ponies and high goal players love playing on the beach in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd. Jack Kidd who is a regular for England at the Championships says ‘I have been lucky enough to play polo all round the world – Sandbanks is still one of my favourite weekends of the year. e polo is insanely competitive, the guests are always on great form and the beach party’s well – they are simply the best!’ Whether visitors are dining in the waterfront Sandpolo Hospitality marquee, enjoying the exclusive VIP experience, soaking up the atmosphere with General Admission tickets, or just choosing to sit outside the fence on the purpose built beach viewing area it is MARCH2013 31


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a chance for polo and Sandbanks to show off its attributes to about 5000 seasoned and new supporters each year. To complement the polo e Asahi British Beach Polo Championship offers a host of other activities such as ‘have a go’ polo, the Oakley Ladies Beach Volleyball, fashion shows, the charity Audi V Polo Pony race and the vibrant retail village. e polo is an excuse to dress up (or strip off for a quick swim), stay up late and indulge. Founded by Johnny Wheeler and David Heaton-Ellis the publicity for the inaugural Championships in 2008 was kick started by Piers Morgan drawing people’s attention to Sandbanks as ‘Britain’s Monte Carlo’ . Despite the onset of the recession a growing number of businesses use this ‘boutique’ event to entertain clients, reward their staff and promote their brands. Whilst sponsorship is still an important revenue stream new ideas such as camel polo 32

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(stand by for the elephants!), floodlit beach polo, equine displays and the appearance of the odd celebrity has kept people talking about the event and coming back year on year. So why does the Championships keep returning to Poole. Johnny Wheeler says ‘a cooperative council and a large stunning easily accessible beach are the vital ingredients for us as event organisers. Some good weather, the best polo players and an enthusiastic crowd is pretty important too’. e beach polo continues to add massive value to Sandbanks and continues to go from strength to strength. AFTER DARK Polo players and supporters have something of a reputation for letting their hair down. e polo ‘beach after parties’ at Sandbanks


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provides seasoned and new comers to the sport with a very cool but exciting place to relax, socialise and dance until the small hours of the morning. On the Friday evening live music will increase in tempo after the floodlit beach polo match with the most original DJs connecting with the mixed generation audience. e closing party on Saturday night brings an unmissable eclectic mix of sounds to rock the Jurassic coast. With the title sponsors Asahi beer providing a refreshing balance to the flowing champagne and excellent food to fuel the dancing it is rare to see people leave the beach before the 1am survivors photo. www.sandpolo.com ■

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ome and join the fun at Moors Valley Country Park, in Ashley Heath, on Sunday 17 March and get a real taste of a pirate’s life by taking part in a Pirate Treasure Trail. e family friendly event will be raising much needed funds for Dorset-based disability charity Diverse Abilities Plus and Naomi House & Jacksplace in Winchester. Each participant will receive a pirate treasure map guiding them around a trail leading to treasure. While walking around the trail there will be six pirate themed activities to enjoy including walk the plank, swab the deck, man overboard, cannon ball, buried treasure and find the pirate! Once the trail has been completed there will be further fun in the Swashbuckling Village, including a toy tombola, face painting, pirate tattoos and refreshments to celebrate success on the trail. Fancy dress at the event is optional, but very much encouraged, and there will be a prize for the most realistic pirate! Jon Wheatley, at Diverse Abilities Plus, said: “is is a great family event for all ages to enjoy. Not only will you have a fantastic time but you will be raising much needed funds for two charities. We hope to see lots of children and adults getting

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dressed up for the occasion and getting into the pirate spirit!” e event is £4 per person or £10 for three entrants. Monies will be split between Diverse Abilities Plus and Naomi House & Jacksplace. Times available to start the trail are 10am, 11am, 12pm and 1pm. Diverse Abilities Plus provides a lifetime of invaluable care and support to children and adults with physical and learning disabilities across the county. e charity’s services include a specialist school, respite home, and youth club, play sessions and activities at weekends and school holidays. It seeks to work with people throughout their lives through providing an adults day centre and specially adapted supported living accommodation. Combined, this work supports nearly 500 families in Dorset. To support this work the charity must raise nearly half a million pounds in 2013. Many of the children supported also benefit from the valuable services Naomi House offer, based in Hampshire. To register to be a pirate, please contact Jon Wheatley on 01202 718266, or e-mail jon.wheatley@diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk. You can also contact or Yvonne Campbell at Naomi House & Jacksplace on 01962 843513 n


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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 Westbourne.info Online guide to Westbourne ■

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JENNIFER LAWRENCE WEARING CHOPARD

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CHOPARD IS LUCKY CHARM TO ACADEMY AWARDS WINNERS FOR THE TENTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR AND ALSO FOR FRANSES JEWELLERS “The Swiss based jeweller and watchmaker brought luck to Jennifer Lawrence, winner of the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role, making her the eleventh Academy Award nominee to win wearing Chopard” LOS ANGELES, CA, Sunday February 24th 2013 – For the tenth consecutive year, the top winners presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences are adorned in jewellery created by the prestigious Geneva-based House. Winner of the Best Actress in a Leading Role Oscar, Jennifer Lawrence is following in the glamorous footsteps of such luminaries as Colin Firth, Charlize

eron, Hilary Swank, Rachel Weisz, Helen Mirren, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Penélope Cruz, Mo’Nique and Michel Hazanavicius. Chopard, the jeweller and watchmaker of the cinema world, has a decidedly golden touch.

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CHOPARD MILLE MIGLIA

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s always, the stars stride the red carpet offering a spectacular parade of charm and elegance. Clothed in their stunning evening gowns and sparkling in Chopard jewellery as the flashbulbs pop all around them. Chopard creations meet with universal approval, making it the only company to have consecutively adorned 11 Academy Award winners in the top categories. Chopard and film are engaged in a long-running love story studded with stellar events and promising encounters. Admired for its original and refined creations that are able to enhance a woman’s natural beauty, Chopard is well accustomed to red carpets. As well as the Cannes Film Festival, of which it has been Official Partner for 16 years this year, it is also present at the most prestigious venues on the movie world calendar, including the Césars, BAFTA’s, Golden Globes and Oscars.  An ever increasing number of legendary stars and promising young hopefuls, actresses, actors and directors choose to trust Chopard to make them shine at premiere screenings and official ceremonies. It’s not just the Stars in LA who appreciate their Chopard Jewellery. FRANSES Jewellers in Bournemouth is very proud to be one of the main retailers in the south coast to have such a prestigious agency. It’s not surprising that both Director’s Beverly and Jeff together with their son and in-house designer James Franses also wear the latest Chopard timepieces. Chopard has a reputation for bringing good luck and good fortune to all who wear it, hence all the Oscar Nominee’s are only too pleased to fashion one of their latest designs to the biggest event in the film industry. e Franses family recognised and appreciated the quality and design of Chopard as a brand several years ago and their success with it has gone from strength to strength. Chopard’s designs, for example the ladies Imperiale watch, represents a certain style which compliments James Franses’ own bespoke jewellery perfectly. What this brand has offered is not just something for the women, far from it. As the original Swiss watchmaker dating back to 1860, the founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard has inspired the creation of the finest automatic timepieces that would leave even the keenest of horologists speechless with admiration. e hand-wound L.U.C Quattro, named in memory of it’s founder, with the famous four-barrel L.U.C 98.01-L movement is the world’s only movement to have been fitted with four stacked and series-coupled barrels. is patented technology ensures a full nine days of operating autonomy to the L.U.C Quattro and a constant rating regularity that enables it to meet all the requirements 40

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of the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). It’s a gentleman’s time-piece, worn by Colin Firth when he won the Oscar for Actor in a leading role for e King’s Speech in 2011. en there’s the automatic Chopard ‘Mille Miglia’, designed with the 1000 mile race in mind as Chopard is the official sponsor of the infamous Italian Classic Car Rally from Brescia to Rome and back again. Each year Chopard make only a certain number of that particular limited edition watch according to the year of creation. For example, this year’s Mille Miglia watch will have only 2013 in circulation, available to purchase. e strap bears the rubber tyre tread as it’s mark of distinction. Or there is the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono… Historical "speed machines" face off every two years in the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique. is is the race for which Chopard are the official timekeeper and the watch is considered to be the motor-racing legend for any man’s wrist, hence both proprietor and son, Jeff and James Franses are scarcely seen wearing anything else. e Franses family are obviously very aware that whilst the male of the species thrives on the power and engineering of such a movement, for us ladies we may find excitement in other more fashion orientated items. For this reason, in Franses Jewellers

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there is now a luxury Chopard gift boutique filled with the finest collection of handbags, sunglasses, silk scarf ’s, pashmina’s, purses, iphone holders and pen’s. All created to the finest standard as seen in Chopard’s Bond Street boutique but available right here in Bournemouth. With the fashions ever changing, Franses Boutique, together with Chopard are inspired each season, not only with designs which are donning the red carpet, but also the catwalk. With different styles evolving in Jewellery, watches and now the finest accessories, Franses is more motivated and thriving as ever with the direction these changes are heading. For more information please come and visit the Franses Boutique, 23 Westover Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 2BZ or alternatively peruse our new website www.franses.co.uk to see our in house designer at work, enjoy ‘e Franses Experience.’ 01202 558928 (Closed Wednesday’s)

OSCAR WINNERS WHO WON WEARING CHOPARD: THE RETROSPECTIVE 2004 Charlize eron, Best Actress, Monster 2005 Hilary Swank, Best Actress, Million Dollar Baby 2006 Rachel Weisz, Best Supporting Actress, e Constant Gardener 2007 Helen Mirren, Best Actress, e Queen 2008 Marion Cotillard, Best Actress, La Vie en Rose 2009 Kate Winslet, Best Actress, e Reader 2009 Penelope Cruz, Best Supporting Actress, Vicky Cristina Barcelona 2010 Mo’Nique, Best Supporting Actress, Precious 2011 Colin Firth, Best Actor, e King’s Speech 2012 Michel Hazanavicius, Best Director, e Artist 2013 Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

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Harrods launches luxury wedding planner service

‘Weddings by Harrods’ ondon’s leading luxury store has launched a brand new service, Weddings by Harrods, a deluxe addition to Bespoke Events - Designed & Delivered by Harrods, a service specialising in custom-created occasions. Weddings by Harrods offers a complete bridal planning service, to ensure that every aspect of the wedding is executed with the style and elegance for which Harrods is renowned around the world. The team of wedding planners will see that each couple’s special day runs seamlessly, providing the bride and groom with peace of mind so that they can relax and enjoy the happiest day of their lives.

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The beauty of this resource lies in the extensive range of departments and services available at Harrods, which provide everything required when organising a wedding, from stunning bespoke wedding dresses and tailored suits, to beautiful tiered wedding cakes and a team of beauty experts from Urban Retreat spa to ensure the bride enjoys the ultimate pampering in preparation for the day. Roja Dove haute parfumerie, Smythson stationery, Moyses Stevens Flowers and luxurious wedding gowns by J Mendel are just some of the exclusive brands available to each couple through this service. Other departments include the Harrods Gift Bureau, the renowned Fine Jewellery Rooms and the store’s own range of elegant personalised stationery to use for invitations and 42

place cards. Weddings by Harrods ensures the bride and groom have full use of these luxurious services and products wherever possible; making their wedding a truly unique and memorable day. Each wedding consultant provides a personalised ‘handholding’ wedding package that is tailor-made to each couple. Taking care of every element, the consultant will find the venue of their dreams, organise the showstopping design and catering with Bespoke Events and oversee all the finer details including favours for guests. Their passion and expertise does not just apply to the wedding day; the dedicated consultant will also organise the honeymoon in partnership with luxury travel specialist Abercrombie & Kent, ensuring that the newly-weds are whisked off on the most romantic of getaways. Couples wishing to make an appointment can do so by contacting Weddings by Harrods on +44(0)20 7225 5805 or email bespokeevents@harrods.com. Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL www.harrods.com

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the Xhibitionist Gray Design is pleased to announce the release of it’s latest yacht and car design, the Xhibitionist. Provisional price tag of around 100 million. culpted with the flowing lines of an Art Nouveau masterpiece and heavy tones of automotive styling, the Xhibitionist, with it’s deployable bow platform and reconfigurable interior space breaks new ground in yacht styling and indeed opens a new niche in corporate floating real estate.

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that has almost developed a personality of its own. As much thought has gone into the conception of this vessel in terms of its viability as has gone into the actual structural design itself. It is, quite simply, a masterful blend of style, purpose and efficiency. One of the most striking elements on this one-of-a-kind vessel is the hull. The inverted trimaran configuration has been employed for one overriding reason; stability. That, in itself, speaks volumes about the real reason the Xhibitionist has come about. Futureproof Stability in any line of business can quite often mean going with the flow: literally. The Xhibitionist is endowed with the capability to evolve with and adapt to the pace of change we see in today’s world alongside maintaining its enduring aesthetic appeal. It has been future-proofed in some respects; both in terms of its actual features and its potential ‘lives’, as it were. Unlike a ‘private’ yacht, this versatile yacht has been designed to do a job; or rather, jobs. What those jobs are could vary tremendously but one of them is probably abundantly obvious: this thing has been designed to wantonly, shamelessly, unabashedly and knowingly steal the show.


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‘Show’ is, really, at the crux of what the Xhibitionist is all about. Aside from being a ‘show’ unto itself, it has been created in such a way that some of the real showing takes place on the inside. The shape of the outside may give some people a clue as to where we’re heading next. The undeniably automotive lines are testament to Eduard Grays achievements as a designer of supercars (one of which, the Xhibit-G, has been specially created to complement the Xhibitionist). A common first reaction, it has to be said, is just that; ..’it looks like a car’ (indeed, Batman has been mentioned a few times, too). Art-Nouveau Styling As far as investments go, the Xhibitionist resembles more of a real estate and marketing venture than a yacht. If so desired, it can effectively be used as an exclusive, floating showroom. A Steinway piano completes the scene beautifully while the vessel is in ‘guest mode’. The dual staircase by Cornish Stairways adds a homely familiarity to the main exhibition room in its full open glory and the Baccarat lighting perfectly complements the subtle Art-Nouveau styling throughout. In ‘Retail Mode’ the partitions are in place creating many individual spaces for a more private retail experience and the Nuance smart shading feature from Vision Systems provides yet more privacy at the swipe of a fingertip. Sun Lover At the stern is the sprawling beach club area providing space for events closer to the lapping water. It is, as with most yachts, also an access point and will likely be the first place one would set foot on board. Matching pontoon extensions are also an option, should they be required. Above all the fly deck is where the serious relaxation takes place. Two separate areas, one with a jacuzzi, provide guests with ample space to unwind in comfort and take in the views and sunshine.

Sunshine is something the Xhibitionist is particularly fond of, with massive solar panels in operation; a sight to behold in itself. Opening up out of what looks like the hood of a giant sports car, they serve two purposes. The solar panels themselves not only provide power to the vessel; they’re sturdy enough to act as a helipad, concert stage, or whatever else suits the need of the owner. The frontal section that drops down serves the same purpose as its counterpart on aircraft carriers; allowing for access and loading. It is not beyond the realms of imagination: seeing a celebrity DJ or a live band perched on the platform performing in front of ten thousand people in a marina. At the bow of the yacht is another fascinating addition; the viewing window, Jacques Cousteau himself would have approved. Although it’s above water, in this case, it provides a select group of guests with something of a secluded alcove; one with a spectacular view. Floating, Working Asset The Xhibitionist is an intelligently designed and finely tuned instrument that was made, quite simply, to turn heads. More than that, it poses a serious option for investors when comparing to the real estate market in terms of Dollars per square foot and as a key feature in a business model literally represents a floating, working asset. The size alone of the solar panels gives some indication of just how efficient the Xhibitionist can be (and how quietly it can glide into a marina). They also go to provide free energy for the final piece de resistance when talking eye candy..the night time illumination. As though the Xhibitionist weren’t spectacular enough, evening lighting by Ocean LED have ensured that it marks its territory and keeps it long after the sun has set.

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2013 BOAT RACE SATURDAY 31ST MARCH 2013, 4.30PM he 159th Boat Race on 7th April will see oarsmen of six different nationalities competing, as the older, more internationally experienced crew from Oxford take on the younger, heavier Cambridge eight. The idea for a rowing race between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge came from two friends - Charles Merivale, a student at Cambridge, and his Harrow school friend Charles Wordsworth (nephew of the poet William Wordsworth), who was at Oxford.

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On 12 March 1829, Cambridge sent a challenge to Oxford and thus the tradition was born which has continued to the present day, where the loser of the previous year’s race challenges the opposition to a re-match. The first Boat Race took place at Henley-onThames in Oxfordshire and contemporary newspapers report crowds of twenty thousand travelled to watch. The race was stopped soon after the start and, following the restart, Oxford were

clear winners. Cambridge wore pink, the colour of Lady Margaret Boat Club (of St. Johns College), who their captain and two other crew members rowed for. Oxford have always worn dark blue. The event was such a resounding success that the townspeople later decided to organise a regatta of their own which duly became Henley Royal Regatta. After the first year, the early Boat Races took place at Westminster in London, but by 1845, when Westminster had become too crowded, the Boat Race moved


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six miles up-stream to the then country village of Putney. In 1856 the race became an annual event (excepting only the war years). The Modern Boat Race still runs along the same lines but has now become a major international sporting occasion drawing millions of viewers from around the world. The Boat Race course is marked by three classic bends, two in favour of the Middlesex station, on the north bank of the Thames, while the third favours the crew drawn on the opposite Surrey station. In spite of these bends the course is theoretically fair - the start and finish lines are exactly parallel, and in the unlikely event of the crews staying level throughout the race, they will both have covered the magic Boat Race distance of exactly 4 miles 374 yards.

yards downstream from Chiswick Road bridge and here the crowds on Race Day are as densely packed as those near the Start. What those crowds witness as the crews cross the Line is the ecstasy of the victors and the despair of the losing crew. On Race Day up to 250,000 spectators crowd the banks of the Thames from Putney to Mortlake to witness the action.

The start of the race is marked by the University stone, a few hundred yards upstream from Putney Road Bridge and for the first quarter of a mile, as the crews pass the historic boathouses of Putney Embankment. The Finish Line is just a few

Enjoy the festival atmosphere of the Boat Race by watching for free from one of the many vantage points along the course. You should be able to find a place to watch on either side of the river along the full length of the course, but particular areas to note are: Putney Bridge, Putney Embankment and Bishops Park (at the start); Hammersmith and Barnes (mid-course); Dukes Meadows and Chiswick Bridge (at the finish). Please do not drive to the race if you have a choice. Parking is limited and for non-residents on the day of The Boat race it is extremely hard to find. You risk listening to the race on the car radio instead of seeing it from the riverbank! There are large screens at Bishops Park, Fulham and Furnival Gardens, Hammersmith which mean you will be able to watch the whole Race before and after the crews have passed. The parks will also feature food outlets, beer stands and merchandising stalls. BBC1 will be showing the Boat Race live including build up from around 2pm, visit www.bbc.co.uk for more information For more information www.theboatrace.org

How to get there... BUS For the start in Putney, the number 14 bus from Tottenham Court Road and the 22 from Piccadilly Circus will both take you across Putney Bridge. For the middle part of the Race at the Surrey Bend, the number 9 bus from Charing Cross or the 10 from Euston and Oxford Circus or the 27 from Camden will take you to Hammersmith - close to the riverside at Chiswick Malls. For the Finish in Mortlake, take the 209 or 190 from Hammersmith. Bus routes are shown on all maps. TRAIN For the start in Putney, Putney railway station is on Putney High Street at the

Upper Richmond Road. Trains arrive from Clapham Junction, Waterloo or Victoria. West of Putney, the line divides at the next stop Barnes Station - just over a mile away - going towards Barnes Bridge where the finishing stretch begins, or towards Mortlake for the Finish. Stations are shown in all maps. LONDON UNDERGROUND For the Start, East Putney is south of the river and Putney Bridge is north Putney Bridge is the closest station. Ravenscourt Park and Hammersmith are closest to the viewing areas at Chiswick Mall. Stations are shown on all maps. Hammersmith station is accessible for wheelchairs but the Putney tube stations are not.

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London Fashion Week Highlights Autumn/Winter 2013 Collections A world of celebrities and famous people, beautiful and expensive clothes and general fashion glitz. The vibrant and internationally renowned London Fashion Week is always exciting and inspirational, and last month’s event proved to be just that. ondon 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. 62 catwalk shows and 20 presentations took place across the 5 days. The 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. The 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, with international press attending from 42 countries. It’s a week where designers are free to create at will and experiment with new trends for clothing. The world watches as fashion history is made. While we are all thinking about our Spring and Summer wardrobes, designers were showcasing this year’s Autumn/Winter collections during last month’s London Fashion Week.

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PRINGLE OF SCOTLAND The Pringle of Scotland Autumn/Winter 2013 collection offers a clean and structured silhouette, softened through the use of luxurious knits and a colour palette that builds from white, chalk, praline and caramel tones through to vivid cornflower and sea blue, with a 1960’s influence. The brand’s iconic argyle is presented in varying forms, from a more literal interpretation on a knitted dress with devore effect diamonds, to the subtle formation of pixelated prints, to the use of sharp angles that mimic the points of a diamond seen on the v neckline of a tuxedo jacket and in the rib hem detail of a cashmere knit. The twinset concept is developed through the matching of elements throughout looks; from the yarn on a knitted sweater that is mirrored in the knitted pocket panels of the trouser, to skirt and trouser suits that pair double weave fabrics, to the trimming of a knitted dress and cardigan with matching tubular knit piping. Pringle has been a favourite of the stars of stage and screen since the 1940s. in the 1950s, the original sweater girls: Jean Simmons, Margaret Lockwood, Deborah Kerr, Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot, and many more all wore Pringle. Pringle now

sells from London, Milan and New York showrooms, with their London flagship store in Sloane Street, Chelsea. BURBERRY PRORSUM Burberry showed its Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, inspired by Burberry classics, sixtiesbeauty Christine Keeler, and featuring an iconic Burberry colour palette. The show culminated in a surprise music performance that celebrated Burberry’s support of emerging British music talent. The runway opened up to reveal a stage with Tom Odell, 2013 Critics’ Choice BRIT award winner and Burberry Acoustic musician, accompanied by a choir of concert backing singers. The performance of the forthcoming single ‘Hold Me’ served as the backdrop for the show finale, concluding a British soundtrack by Paloma Faith and Burberry Acoustic musician Misty Miller. The show marked Burberry’s debut of Runway Made to Order, a service that offers custom-made outerwear and bags from the collection featuring personalised engraved nameplates. Over 1500 guests attended the show at the custom-built Burberry show venue in London’s Hyde Park, including Les Miserables director Tom Hooper, actors Kate Beckinsale, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Freida Pinto, Vicki Zhao, Melanie Laurent, Michelle Dockery, Gabriella Wilde, Alinne Moraes, Alice Braga, Olivia Palermo, Douglas Booth, Harry Treadaway, Joe Dempsie and Callum Turner. Musicians Rita Ora, Tinie Tempah, Jake Bugg, Dan Gillespie-Sells, George Craig, Harley Viera-Newton, Nil Karaibrahimgil and Misty Miller and 2012 Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton also attended. As part of the show, Burberry also introduced Burberry Nail Polish to its beauty collection, launching in stores in Autumn 2013. JASPER CONRAN Jasper Conran lit up London Fashion Week, with models sporting bold creations in navy, blue, brown, black grape, ultra violet and moss green. The show illustrated gorgeous cashmere knit and crepe de chine, double jersey suit shirts and pleated skirts. Violet Pink, Persimmon Ginger, Tan and Caramel Wood Crepe, Leather and Cavalry twill tailored t’s and Short, jersey MARCH2013 49

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ASTON MARTIN TIMELINE 1913 On 15th January 1913 Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin form Bamford and Martin Ltd, based in Henniker Mews, off Fulham Road in London 1915 The first Aston Martin is registered on 16 March. It is christened ‘Coal Scuttle’ and powered by a 1389cc Coventry Climax engine 1920 The second prototype Aston Martin is developed at new premises at Abingdon Road, Kensington. It’s fitted with a 1487cc engine and front wheel brakes. It is the true forerunner to the first production cars. Count Louis Zborowski begins to invest in the company and Robert Bamford steps away 1922 An Aston Martin prototype nicknamed ‘Bunny’ breaks ten world records in 16 1/2 hours at Brooklands. It averages 76mph. Aston Martin fields two cars at the French Grand Prix on 16th July 1925 The company goes into receivership but is rescued by Lord Charnwood, John Benson, Augustus Cesare Bertelli and William Renwick. It is renamed Aston Martin Motors and relocates to Feltham, Middlesex 1932 Bertelli proves the speed and endurance of Aston Martin’s new range by winning the Biennial Cup at the Le Mans 24 hour race with Pat Driscol. Sir Arthur Sutherland becomes the new owner of Aston Martin and focuses his efforts on a new road car range 1935 The Aston Martin Owners’ Club is founded at The Grafton Hotel on Tottenham Court Road, London 1939 The highly advanced Atom prototype takes shape. It has an early type of spaceframe chassis, independent front suspension, an aerodynamic shape and a four-speed Cotal electric gearbox 1947 Engineering magnate David Brown answers an ad in The Times seeking an owner for a ‘high class motor business’ and buys Aston Martin for £20,000. Following the purchase of Lagonda he forms Aston Martin Lagonda 1948 A 2-litre Sports wins the SpaFrancorchamps 24-hour race 1949 Three DB2s tackle the Le Mans 24 hours, including one with a new 2.6-litre in-line sixcylinder engine designed by Willie Watson 1955 David Brown buys Tickford Motor Bodies in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. Production of Aston Martins begins to migrate to the new facility 1958 The DB4 is launched, powered by a new 3.7-litre in-line six cylinder engine designed

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by Tadek Marek. It produces 240bhp and propels the DB4 to 140mph. The four-seater body is designed by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, using their ‘Superleggera’ construction method in which handmade aluminium panels are fixed to a tubular frame built onto a substantial platform chassis 1959 The DBR1 wins the World Sports Car Championship with victories in the Nürburgring 1000km and at Goodwood along the way. The crowning glory is outright victory at the Le Mans 24 hour with Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori at the wheel 1960 Aston Martin begins its long association with Milan-based coachbuilder Zagato. The DB4 GT Zagato features a 314bhp engine, acrylic windows and a super lightweight body. Only 19 are produced between 1960-1963 1964 Sean Connery as James Bond drives the new DB5 in Goldfinger and an iconic on-screen relationship is born 1972 David Brown sells Aston Martin and Company Developments take control. In a period of uncertainty Aston Martin changes hands again 1975 Canadian George Minden and American businessman Peter Sprague rescue the BURBERRY FRONT ROW company fromPRORSUM administration 1976 The controversial William Towns’-designed Lagonda is launched. It attracts a huge amount of publicity and sales are strong 1981 The company changes hands again, this time bought by Tim Hearley’s CH Industrial and Victor Gauntlett’s Pace Petroleum. Gauntlett becomes chairman and quickly begins to turn Aston Martin around 1984 Automotive Industrial becomes sole owners of Aston Martin but Gauntlett stays on in his role. He’s soon a shareholder again when shipping magnate Peter Livanos takes a 75% share and Gauntlett the remaining 25% 1986 The Vantage Zagato is launched and becomes one of the fastest supercars in the world with a top speed of 186mph. Just 52 Coupés and 37 Volantes are produced. 1987 Ford Motor Company takes a 75% share of Aston Martin and later becomes sole owner. A period of rapid investment begins 1993 The Ian Callum-designed DB7 is unveiled at the Geneva Auto Salon. It goes on sale the following year and is produced at a new factory in Bloxham,

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Oxfordshire. The DB7 goes on to become the most significant Aston Martin to date and represents a turning point for the company The 550bhp Vantage is launched to great acclaim DB7 Vantage Coupe and Volante versions are produced using the first V12 production engine for Aston Martin A new era begins under Dr Ulrich Bez, who becomes Chairman and CEO. His vision of a modern Aston Martin will mark the beginning of the most successful period in Aston Martin’s history A new supercar utilising a bonded aluminium chassis and body with carbon fibre composites is launched. The V12 Vanquish sets a new blueprint for Aston Martin Aston Martin’s new global headquarters is opened in Gaydon, Warwickshire. It’s the first purpose-built facility in the company’s history DB9 production gets underway at Gaydon – the first car to use VH architecture Aston Martin’s engine plant in Cologne, Germany commences production of all V12 and V8 engines The DBR9 marks a return to the racetrack. It will go on to secure class victories at Le Mans in 2007 and 2008 A new chapter in the company’s history is written as Aston Martin returns to independence. The Ford Motor Company sells Aston Martin to a consortium of two international investment houses, Investment Dar and Adeem Investment, led by Chairman David Richards The rapid development of the brand continues. The four-door Rapide is unveiled at the Frankfurt Motorshow and the V12 Vantage and DBS Volante are launched. Aston Martin also unveils the ultimate expression of the marque, the One-77. On its debut the One-77 wins the Design Award in the Concepts and Prototypes Class at the Concorse d’Eleganza, Ville d’Este, Italy An historic partnership is rekindled with the launch of the V12 Zagato at the Concorso d’Eleganza, Ville d’Este, Italy. It also went on to win the Design Award in the Concepts and Prototypes Class at the Concorse d’Eleganza The iconic Vanquish name returns for a new flagship. This ultimate grand tourer combines world-leading design, industry-leading technology and advanced engineering to create a car that is the best Aston Martin in history.

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FASHION dresses with a silk binding with a patent shoe. Geranium, Bubblegum gold, Brown and Black Organza, Chiffon and Zibeline – The dress a soft trapeze, pailettes and beaded spirals. A colour hit. PAUL SMITH Packed with rich texture and vibrant colour combinations, Paul Smith’s autumn/winter 2013 women’s collection offers a contemporary twist on sartorial classics. The collection mixes hard and soft textures contrasting soft alpaca tweeds and lambskin with silk twill and layered organza. Dark, wintry shades collide with optimistic brights and a softened silhouette with harsh lines; relaxed shoulders contrast with tailored trousers and sharply cut collars and sleeves in outerwear. Geometric prints are subtly incorporated into fabrics, bonded onto felted wool and crisp cotton, and inject a signature Paul Smith twist into linings and soft accessories. Vivid accessories mix and match with bold separates, either complementing rich hues or clashing with right tailoring. The oversized portfolio clutch is a key accessory, available in an array of colours, asis the ‘Ziggy’ bag. The ‘Base’ holdall is reinvented this season in ‘Point’ fabric, designed by Paul in collaboration with textile designers Maharam. Key shoe styles include ‘Pepper’ court shoes with an elegant pointed toe, ‘Eta’ low-cut booties with ankle straps, ‘Waters’ elongated loafers and ‘Miles’ loafer ankle boots. MATTHEW WILLIAMSON This season, Matthew Williamson imagines a TOM FORD spirited English rose seeking adventures new. It’s an idea that best translates into a unique jacquard that sets a red rose against a rich tapestry, conceived entirely in-house and which often appears further enhanced with hand embroideries, creating an almost 3D effect. Opulent colour and print is informed by the Northern Lights. This spectacular light show is depicted as digitally printed snowscapes with acid green-lit skies, and also, as long shards of neon and iridescent sequins which land on full-length column sheaths. This concept of surprise illumination continues into sequined floor-skimming evening gowns, in degrade pewter, gunmetal and sulphur yellow. Silhouettes are refreshed and now fall away from the body in favour of trapeze and tunic designs with longer hemlines. Below-the-knee skirts are knife pleated and erupt into fluted shapes inspired by the traditional dress of Nordic natives, whose eclectic costumes also inform strings of mini pompoms and jewels adorning necklines of sweaters, blanket-style dresses and coats in hyper-coloured stripe and chevron. Waffle sweaters are knitted with rabbit fur, and elsewhere, wildly colourful fox and raccoon stoles add new verve to clean line tailoring and evening wear. Autumn/Winter 2013 also sees the debut of Matthew Williamson leather handbags, a capsule collection of roomy handheld totes, and smaller duffle styles in leather and jacquard boasting longer across-body chains. HOUSE OF HOLLAND ‘Nana Rave’ House of Holland harks back to the autumn of 1989, the end of the second summer of love and the acid house scene. A field full of “like minded people” a pocket full of “treats” and they’re all up at 9 to collect their state pension. 70s graphic interior prints, jewel coloured palettes of tonal ruby, emerald and sapphire, pops of neon appear in shearling trims and floor length zips. Crystal embellishments of club night indulgence all collide in this 70s – meets – 90s nostalgic homage. Silk fil coupé, printed and embellished wool crepes, printed stretch and patent leather, and maribou embellished grey marl all come together to create a rich layering of textures. VIVIENNE WESTWOOD RED LABEL This season the collection took inspiration from mythical nature. The collection began looking at feminine prints of delicate flora and wild fauna,

looking at patterns in nature, that then lead to studying gods of nature and Greek mythology, split into 3 main areas of inspiration: ‘Pan’- in Greek Mythology is the God of Wild, shepherds and flocks, nature, hunting and rustic music, and companion to the nymphs. ‘Pan’ is the more masculine part of the collection- with oversized, boxy, loose coats and minimal clean lines in jersey and knitwear. ‘Artemis’- is the great Olympian goddess of hunting, wilderness and wild animals and is also a goddess of the nymphs. Artemis is one of the patron gods of the mythical, warlike, bow-wielding Amazons. ‘Artemis’ is the pared down feminine part of the collection that offers rounded shoulders, fitted high waists, hiplines curving outwards creating a slight 40’s silhouette, soft curved lines in tailoring with contrasting voluminous and narrow silhouettes. ‘Selene’- is the moon goddess and Pan’s greatest conquest. He wooed her by wrapping himself in a sheepskin to hide his goat form and drew her down from the sky into the forest where he seduced her. ‘Selene’ is the most sensual part of the collection, offering cape details in coats, fluid draping in tops and dresses, short jackets and bolero styles in leather and sequins, and feminine voluminous knitwear. Vivienne Westwood’s press release presented at the show is in support of the Climate Revolution: The Revolution is already begun. The fact of man-made climate change is accepted by most people. Through every walk of life people are changing their values and their behaviour. The fight is no longer between the classes or between rich and poor but between the idiots and the eco-conscious. Climate Revolution is the only means towards a sound economy. When the general public massively switches on to this fact we will win. If we want a sound economy we have to have a sound environment. What’s good for the planet is good for the economy / What’s bad for the planet is bad for the economy. How to join the revolution sign up today at http://climaterevolution.org.uk/ www.activeresistance.co.uk/getalife ISSA LONDON Rolling sandy hills, sprawling valleys, endless blue skies. The rugged home of native Navajo Indians acted as a rich source of inspiration to Issa this season. From the bold geometric designs of woven blankets to wide brushstrokes mimicking the flow of the Colorado River, Issa delivers prints as diverse as the landscape from which they originate, experimenting with fabrics and textures rich in tradition, yet re-worked to deliver a thoroughly modern finish. Woven, monochrome feather jacquards feel warm and comfortable but fashioned into pleat front trousers, circle skirt dresses and fitted jackets they’re the epitome of understated chic. Our Fit & Flare jacquard dresses have been updated with a variety of contemporary prints from skeleton, monochrome designs to striking geometric, bright angles. Silk, in all its timeless indulgence, is part of Issa’s culture and has been expertly tapered into slim-fit, printed shirts and neatly fitted or flowing, wide leg trousers to effortlessly take you from day to evening. Alternatively, the Issa woman can waft through the heat of the day in breezy silk chiffon kaftans printed with majestic eagle feathers; embroidered with plumes and beaded fringe echoing the headdresses of warrior tribes as they fan out sumptuously across the neckline. As the light fades and evening sets in she slips into one of this season’s show-stopping, embroidered evening dresses. Ultra-glamorous shapes cut from heavy crepe de chine are adorned with cut mirror and crystals to ensure she glimmers alongside the camp fire. Gliding through the crowd in a long, languid dress cut to reveal an open back, seductively long sleeves or teasingly closed neck. These are dresses to guarantee you’ll have all eyes on you. MARCH2013 51

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JOHN ROCHA Continuing his exploration and love of colour from his Spring Summer collection, John Rocha finds inspiration in the winter bright landscapes of Wicklow and the palettes in the work of Gary Hume. As always with John’s work there is a duality – a balance between the tender and the strong. The palette, while grounded in all the textured tints of black, is bold and beautiful with meadow greens, olive and lime, candy and sugar pinks, coral, red and flame. The silhouette is crafted in rugged felts, autumn sparkled tweed, mohair, double jerseys, latex glazed lace and John’s signature silk georgettes and chiffons.

JULIEN MACDONALD Autumn Winter 2013 sees Julien Macdonald’s return to the catwalk to present a ready to wear collection displaying his signature styles, embodying Macdonald’s aesthetic of chic, modern glamour. Taking inspiration from the energetic, bright lights, casinos and graphic architectural aesthetic of Las Vegas, Macdonald fuses elegant style with elements of modern construction, tinged with a rock and roll edge for a fresh geometric feel. Focusing solely on dresses named after luxury Las Vegas hotels and iconic places, encompassing the high energy of the casinos, the collection showcases long, lean graphic silhouettes softened with feminine adornment as well as short dresses vibrant with Over-sized great coats envelope the body, falling from the shoulder or pops of colour. Each dress encapsulates the atypical Macdonald woman, tucked to the waist with slender belts. Cape coats and cropped reefers strong, confident and sophisticated. Luxe detailing and eccentric styling feature embedded collars. Figured dresses with cropped kimono sleeves translates into expertly placed feathers, Swarovski beads and graphic bell or skim the form. While long sleeved shifts and trouser suits create sequins creating luxurious, opulent sheets of armor. The collection is a slim, more austere silhouette. Throughout the collection surfaces are highlighted with flashes of colour such as poison green, while dangerous densely worked in tone on tone stitch work, looped felts, and cartwheels in reds, Ochre yellow and burnt orange imitate the saturated colours of hand crochet mohair, and flurries of wonderful blossoms lend an almost a desert sunset, contrasting with shimmering metallics reflective of couture sensibility. The collection is dressed with colour bright patent shoes Las Vegas architecture. The collection is completed with Macdonald’s and over size felt clutch bags. Headdresses signature knitwear styles. New bionic stretch draped in tulle, wrap the hair adding a little lace mixed with velvet yarns is seen on beautiful whimsy. body-con dresses and cat suits, while other styles are infused with metallic thread and MARIA GACHVOGEL chain breaking the boundaries of stitching techniques within knitting. Launched in Reflection January of 2012, Macdonald continues 1913 On 15th January 1913 Robert Bamford and Lionel by Tadek Marek. It produces 240bhp and Oxfordshire. The Julien DB7 goes on to become the Martin form Bamford and Martin2013 Ltd, based in propels the DB4 to 140mph. The four-seater most significant Martin date and Maria Grachvogel Autumn/Winter to offer a bespokeAston service to to private clients Henniker Mews, off Fulham in London body is designed by Carrozzeria Touring of represents turning point for the company presents extreme simplicity andRoad modernity in made in his aLondon atelier. 1915 first Aston is registered on 16 by Milan, using their ‘Superleggera’ construction 1993 The 550bhp Vantage is launched to great acclaim cut andThe texture. The Martin collection is inspired March. is christened ‘Coal Scuttle’ and method in which handmade aluminium 1999 DB7 Vantage Coupe and Volante the quiet calmItof winter woodland landscapes OSMAN powered by a 1389cc Coventry Climax engine panels are fixed to a tubular frame built versions are produced using the first V12 laid bare. Through artwork prints and A journey to an otherworldly place, an ethereal 1920 The second prototype Aston Martin is developed onto a substantial platform chassis production engine for Aston Martin intricately textured fabrics, Maria Grachvogel fantasy at new premises at Abingdon Road, Kensington. 1959 The DBR1 wins the World Sports Car 2000 A new era begins under Dr Ulrich Bez, exploresIt’sthe beauty winter decay Colours - bright winter and white, icyHis tones of fitted with aof 1487cc engine andand frontthe wheel Championship with victories in the who becomes Chairman CEO. introspection witnessing blue, smokey greys,Aston gold & cream brakes. Itprovoked is the true by forerunner to thethe first Nürburgring 1000km and at Goodwood vision of a modern Martin willpunctuated changing seasons.cars. The collection expresses with deep sheers production along the way. The crowning glory is outright mark theblack beginning of the most successful Count Louis Zborowski begins of to invest in the victory at the Le Mans 24 hour with Carroll period- in Astonwoven Martin’s historyfaced cashmere, this reflection through the purity carefully Fabric finely double company and Robert Bamford steps away Shelby and Roy Salvadori at the wheel 2001 A new supercar utilising abonded bonded techno aluminium composed prints and tailoring, embodying hand loomed brocades, fabric, 1922 An Aston nicknamed 1960 Aston Martin begins its long association with chassis and body with carbon fibrelurex and wool nature’s cycle ofMartin birth prototype and rebirth through‘Bunny’ jacquard wool, crochet, karakul, breaksStark ten world in 16printed 1/2 hours at Milan-based coachbuilder Zagato. The DB4 composites launched. V12 Vanquish the seasons. barerecords branches blend, leatherisand lurex The sheers. Brooklands. It averages 76mph. GT Zagato features a 314bhp engine, acrylic sets a new blueprint for Aston Martin on a fragile silk chiffon slip dress, decaying Aston Martin fields two cars at the windows and a super lightweight body. Only 2003 Aston Martin’s new global headquarters is leaves cascade down tailored wool pieces or 2012 was an unforgettable year for our city and French Grand Prix on 16th July 19 are produced between 1960-1963 opened in Gaydon, Warwickshire. It’s the first monochromatic looks with Japanese-inspired thepurpose-built serotonin isfacility still flowing with the history launch of 1925 The company goes into receivership but is 1964 Sean Connery as James Bond drives the in the company’s architectural cling to the female form theDB9 talentfest thatgets is London Fashion Week. We rescuedfolds by Lord Charnwood, John Benson, new DB5 in Goldfinger and an iconic 2003 production underway at Gaydon with silent strength. down white-onhave astonishingly people working in Augustus CesarePared Bertelli and William on-screen relationship is born – the first car to usecreative VH architecture Renwick. It is renamed Aston Martin 1972 David Brown sells Aston Martin and Company 2004 Martin’s engineenergy plant inand Cologne, black graphic botanical prints and theirMotors theAston capital, bringing ideasGermany as well as andevoke relocates to Feltham, Middlesex Developments take control. In a period of commences production of all V12 and V8 engines negatives a photographic quality. These generating business. 1932 Bertelli the speed endurance of Aston uncertainty Aston Martin changes hands again 2005 The DBR9 marks a return to the racetrack. give way to theproves soft beauty ofand fragile change new range by winning thebone, Biennial Cup 1975 Canadian George Minden and American It will go on to secure victories throughMartin’s dark hues of ashen, lichen, “Over just a few days class Fashion Week showcases at the Le Mans 24 hour race with Pat Driscol. businessman Peter Sprague rescue the at Le Mans in 2007 and 2008 oxblood and deep winter rivers of teal blue our best fashion designers, puts London’s Sir Arthur Sutherland becomes the new company from administration 2007 A new chapter in the company’s history is written edged with ice and bare-branch black. The ethereal sparseness of the creative industries on the front as pages and brings in over £100 million of owner of Aston Martin and focuses his 1976 The controversial William Towns’-designed Aston Martin returns to independence. season efforts is illustrated upon orders alone” on a newwith roaddiscreet car rangeflashes of print that are revealed Lagonda is launched. It attracts a huge The Ford Motor Company sells Aston movement and the playOwners’ of light andis dark that to the THE MAYOR OF LONDON BORIS JOHNSON 1935 The Aston Martin Club founded atgive The symmetry amount of body publicity and sales are strong Martin to a consortium of two international throughGrafton the cut of textured fabric. Hotel on Tottenham Court Road, London 1981 The company changes hands again, this investment houses, Investment Dar and Adeem 1939 The highly advanced Atom prototype takes time bought by Tim Hearley’s CH Industrial Investment, ledtobythe Chairman David Richards The direct value of the UK fashion industry UK economy is £21 shape. It has an type ofof spaceframe chassis, the collection and Victor Gauntlett’s Pace Petroleum. The rapid development of the brand continues. billion (source: BFC Value2009 of Fashion Report 2010) The UK fashion industry As a counterpoint to early the mood decomposition, is infused independent front suspension, anan aerodynamic becomes chairman and quickly Rapide is unveiled at theofFrankfurt is estimated to support 816,000The jobsfour-door and is the largest employer all the with elements of newness, marking evolution for MariaGauntlett Grachvogel. and a four-speed electric gearbox begins to turn Aston Martin around Motorshow and the V12 Vantageto and DBS creative industries. The sector also provides opportunities minority Textureshape is explored through Cotal the use of innovative, technically sophisticated 1947 Engineering magnate David Brown answers 1984 Automotive Industrial becomes sole owners Volante are launched. Aston Martin also unveils groups to a greater extent than most other creative industries fabrics, adding a dimension of unique discovery and illusion. Woven an ad in The Times seeking an owner for a of Aston Martin but Gauntlett stays on in the ultimate expression of the marque, the (SOURCE: BFC VALUE OF FASHION REPORT 2010) jacquard, reminiscent of vintage embroidered lace, is cut into inherently ‘high class motor business’ and buys Aston his role. He’s soon a shareholder again when One-77. On its debut the One-77 wins the Design modernMartin pieces. Degradé wool weaves together black and bone and is for £20,000. Following the purchase of shipping magnate Peter Livanos takes a 75% Award in the Concepts and Prototypes Class Week profile fashion eventsVille in the world cut to create a textured illusion thatLagonda sculpts the body. Printed velvet adds theFashion Lagonda he forms Aston Martin share and Gauntlett remaining 25% is one of the highest at the Concorse d’Eleganza, d’Este, Italyand one of the influencers. The event is organised richness theSports Mariawins Grachvogel Maria 1948 A to 2-litre the Spa- signature jumpsuit.1986 TheGrachvogel Vantage Zagato is launched and‘big four’ international 2011 Ancatwalk historic partnership is rekindled with the Francorchamps 24-hour race offering and new capsule becomes supercars inFashion the launchand of the V12 Zagato the Concorso by the British Council (BFC) funded by a at number of sponsors introduces an expanded knitwear jersey one of the fastest 1949 Three DB2s tackle theoptions Le Mansto 24form hours,luxe, go-anywhere world withDrapey, a top speed of 186mph. Just 52 Europe current d’Eleganza, d’Este,for Italy. It alsoconsecutive went on (including Canon headlineVille sponsor seven collection that offer new looks. including with a new 2.6-litre in-line pieces sixCoupés and 37 Volantesseasons). are produced. win London the Designand Award in theFashion Conceptsfirmly and on London Fashion Weektoputs British simple knits pairone with structured, tailored whilst Maria’s signature engine Ford Motorpant. Company takes a 75% share ofgenerating orders Prototypes Class atof the£100m; Concorse the global stage, in the region thed’Eleganza event itself artworkcylinder print tops aredesigned shownby forWillie the Watson first time with a 1987 skinny stretch 1955 David Brown buys Tickford Motor Bodies in Aston Martin and later becomes sole owner. The iconic Vanquish name returns for a new contributes £20 million to 2012 the London economy in terms of direct spend and Maria Grachvogel has once again partnered with Atalanta Weller to create Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. Production of A period of rapid investment begins flagship. This ultimate grand tourer combines attracts visitors from over 25 countries including US, France, Italy, Russia, wedge ankle boots in artwork printed leather and glossy patent to finish Aston Martins begins to migrate to the new facility 1993 The Ian Callum-designed DB7 is unveiled at the world-leading design, industry-leading Middle East, China and UAE. the look. A softly tailored kimono cape jacket and a leather belted-waist 1958 The DB4 is launched, powered by a new Geneva Auto Salon. It goes on sale the following technology and advanced engineering to create sheepskin coatin-line embody the pared-down simplicity of Maria Grachvogel 3.7-litre six cylinder engine designed year and is produced at a new factory in Bloxham, a car that is the best Aston Martin in history. www.londonfashionweek.co.uk Autumn/Winter 2013 collection.

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Best Independent Children’s Retailer AT NATIONAL FOOTWEAR AWARDS Local chain of independent, family-run, children’s boutiques, Belle Enfants, were given the great accolade of being voted National winners of Best Independent Children’s Footwear Retailer for 2013. Amanda & Hannah Arkell - Mother & Daughter co-owners were joined by Store Managers Emma Butler and Lauren Richards, at a sumptuous Awards Ceremony and Dinner at e National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. Nick West of Garvalin Children’s Shoes presented the award on behalf of e Footwear Industry. Amanda said ‘We are honoured to have received this award which acknowledges all the hard work that our whole team has put into making Belle Enfants the success that it is today. Every member of staff, right down to Saturday girls, has been fully trained by the Society of Shoe-fitters to measure and fit children’s shoes correctly. Hannah and I believe in great service and great products, and this is the ethos that we have based our business upon. Belle

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Enfants now offers a boutique shopping experience without prohibitive prices for design led clothing, shoes, toys, gifts and accessories for children from Birth to 10 years old!’ Belle Enfants will be promoting ‘Keep Feet Fit’ week from 25th March to encourage parents to ensure their children’s feet are correctly fitted and as such continue to offer free no obligation measuring and checking of existing footwear, along with a great loyalty discount scheme that works across the whole store. Hannah said ‘I have learnt how easy it is to take feet for granted and have seen the long term effects of poorly fitting shoes on foot and general health – I would definitely encourage Mum’s to get their children’s footwear fitted properly right through from first steps to teens!’ Belle Enfants have stores in Christchurch, Lymington & Ringwood and can be found online at www.belleenfants.co.uk ■


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o see London Fashion Week through the eyes of a top make-up artist, Lisa Haynes sneaks backstage amongst the powder and paint When a model struts her way onto the catwalk, the clothes are only half the story. Backstage, she may have been in hair and make-up for two to three hours as the beauty teams preen, polish and perfect to create the image visualised by the designer. Val Garland is puppeteer of her make-up team, pulling the transformation strings. A top make-up artist for 27 years and with M.A.C Cosmetics since 1994, you may not have heard her name but you'll undoubtedly have seen her work - in magazines, on

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television and at international fashion weeks. It's day three of London Fashion Week and Sunday is anything but a day of rest for Garland. She is the key artist at nine shows but today she is juggling ďŹ ve backstages in just one day. From late model arrivals to dealing with indecisive designers, we shadow her day. PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI Some make-up artists work quietly and seriously. Not Val Garland. After going to bed at midnight and getting up at 4.30am, Garland is the life and soul of the backstage party at the 6am 'call-time' for Preen while others are still rubbing the sleep from their eyes.


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VIVIENNE WESTWOOD WITH MAKE-UP ARTIST VAL GARLAND

Her temporary backstage home is made obvious by her trademark 'Val Garland' branded tape marking out her area. She describes the look for Preen as "delicate punk", created using grey eyeshadow mixed with water to create a liquid liner, drawn in a sharp diagonal line on either the upper or lower lid. It's modern and graphic but there were a few variations before getting to the final runway look as the designer switches from one line, to top and bottom line, before reverting back to one line. "e only way you can decide on the make-up is when you see it on the runway, under the lights," says Garland. "I'm always there for pre-show rehearsal with the designer and stylist. We have a list of the models and I might say, 'She's too shiny' or 'I don't like that' or the designer says, 'I love that' and that's how it works." TEMPERLEY LONDON Time is tight between Preen's finale and Garland's 9.30am arrival for Temperley but luckily Val has a motorbike revving outside for her. "As the finale starts, I run outside, hop on the back of the bike and whizz to the next show," she says. "It's essential for getting to each backstage on time in traffic. "I love it because it's a moment of relaxation between shows, with the wind blowing in my hair as I take in the capital's sights." All of Val's immediate crew are miked up with headsets so there's no shouting between make-up stations. Just calm, orderly beautifying. e inspiration at Temperley is Hitchcock heroine Kim Novak, and it's all about the eye with a bold liner. Although it's a retro inspiration, Garland is adamant the eye shouldn't look too Fifties. Using one of her prized possessions, an artist's brush, she lines with fine precision using her statement glasses for close-ups. Garland dubs herself the 'Queen of Brushes' and estimates she has thousands in her total kit. Vivienne Westwood e midday atmosphere backstage at Vivienne Westwood is frantic and highly-charged. e face chart is like the blueprint for the final look and this one resembles a Jean Cocteau-inspired avant-garde painting. While some designers want to keep the focus entirely on the clothes, Vivienne Westwood's make-up is always a masterpiece in itself. Today's reference is 'Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour, shot by Helmut Newton'. e creative look is achieved using bright products like M.A.C's Pro Chromalines in red, yellow and cyan. "It's been a sea of grey and monochromes so far this season so it's great to see colour and have some fun," Garland enthuses. "I love working with Vivienne Westwood because as a make-up artist it's all about ideas and I can go in there and really open up the toybox, throw all the toys in the air and see what sticks!"

SUPER-SKIN BACKSTAGE

e show is due to start at 2pm and two late-running models sprint in at 2.05pm but Garland isn't fazed. Four hairdressers, two make-up artists and two nail artists on each model and they're ready in five minutes flat. MARY KATRANTZOU US Vogue editor Anna Wintour is on the front row so the pressure is on for "beautiful super-skin" that complements the clothes. e late-running Westwood show means Garland doesn't arrive until 3pm and it's a 4pm show but her proficient team has everything in hand and Garland greets the crowd of beauty press waiting to jot the show inspiration in their notepads, Tweet the looks and take videos of make-up artists in action. As well as overseeing the final make-up looks, Garland is story-teller of the designer's vision. "I deal with the press, ensuring journalists get what they need for the story and talk about the products we've used to create the look," she explains. "I've worked with M.A.C for so many years, they will make me a product if I need something specific." Katrantzou's busy designs are all about architecture and landscapes so Garland explains she's keeping the make-up very pure. ere's an intriguing 'ghostliness' to models' faces, created with a cellophane-look gloss on eyes and by highlighting bone structure to reflect under the high beam of the catwalk lights. MARIOS SCHWAB It's Garland's last show of the day and her energy hasn't waned in the slightest. e call-time is 5.30pm and she's flaunting a glossy manicure to beauty journalists that she's managed to squeeze in between shows. "We've got a bit of a skin eruption going at Fashion Week so we're bringing out the M.A.C Mineralize Concealer," Garland teases, referring to the models' skin that's already feeling the strain of Fashion Week. She pulls out an iPhone from her Celine bag of essentials to reveal a snapshot of a beautiful medieval woman, the inspiration for the show. "It's all about skin sculpture but in a much more modern way," she reveals. "It's medieval futurism!" e show time may be 8.30pm but it's running 40 minutes late and Garland never packs up her make-up kit until the finale when the models take their final catwalk. But the show isn't over for Garland. A quick recharge and then the action continues at Paris Fashion Week, but she shows no sign of backstage fatigue, saying: "I'm alongside make-up artists that have worked with me for years. ey know what the Val-ism is 'Give me your magic!'" M.A.C Cosmetics is official make-up sponsor of London Fashion Week

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HI SIMONE, IT’S BEEN AN AMAZING 8 MONTHS FOR YOU AT M.W.A.H; TELL US WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING. I opened my first salon M.W.A.H (Make Up, Wigs & Hair, and Beauty) in Westbourne in June 2012, and it’s been an absolute whirlwind! My feet have not touched the ground since. When I opened the doors and accepted the first customer we were a team of three, now we have expanded to a team of 9. I am amazed at how busy we have become in such a short space of time. SO TELL US, WHAT PROMPTED YOU TO OPEN M.W.A.H? When I was younger I suffered with hair loss, and being a model at the time my hair was very important to me. I had to find a way to hide my hair loss but when I started to investigate I found there was very little information available. The wigs were pretty tacky and the hair extensions on offer at the time did little to protect the hair I did have. From that moment onwards I made it my mission to one day help people in the same predicament that I found myself in. I guess that’s when the seed for M.W.A.H was planted. Over time I trained as a Master in Hair Loss in London, where I still regularly work from their salon one day a week. I am able to help my clients in that part of the country that are unable to travel to Bournemouth. I also found a fantastic wig supplier, who I work very closely with and together we design wigs and hair pieces. Working with so many clients who need these products, helps me to work closely with

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Simone Thomas, owner of M.W.A.H Bournemouth talks to House Magazine about what it was like to open her first salon and the plans for the future. the designers to make custom pieces, and to also know what styles potential clients are looking for. This enables M.W.A.H to offer only the best top quality human hair wigs, hair pieces, custom made wigs and toupees, and great quality mono fibre wigs. To see clients – men, women and children, who suffer hair loss whether through alopecia, cancer, stress or burns smile and grow in confidence when they walk out of M.W.A.H really is humbling. It makes all the hard work and long hours worth it! SO, YOU STARTED WITH A TEAM OF 3 AND NOW HAVE A TEAM OF 9, TELL US WHAT YOU AND YOUR STAFF SPECIALISE IN? I have a fantastic Dermalogica Beauty Specialist. Danielle was one of the first 10 people in the country to attain her Dermalogica credentials, and her skills and expertise are priceless. Her knowledge is extensive and I am lucky to have her on board. Our client base is growing by the day. I also have another makeup artist, like me, to help with the wedding make up and prom bookings. It’s also allowed us to do more hen parties and spa packages, and more makeup training sessions, her vision is fantastic and cutting edge.

We also have an award winning nail technician who has a celebrity client list; bookings in advance are highly recommended! All my hair team have been trained in London with regards to our Transformations Connections Hair Extension System. At last there is finally a hair extension technique that is suitable for all people, especially those who suffer hair loss issues. We also offer the PerfecTress Hair Volumizer System, which is revolutionary and completely undetectable, you can even go swimming and no one would ever know you have hair loss issues. We also have a weekly clinic with a fully licensed and trained in house doctor to offer Botox and dermal fillers etc. Bookings for these clinics are also highly recommended. I personally have seen over 200 hair loss clients since I opened the doors of M.W.A.H last June. SO THE FUTURE IS LOOKING BRIGHT FOR M.W.A.H, WHAT IS NEXT? I am due to open in March a M.W.A.H salon at The Lewis Manning Hospice offering their patients free cuts, blow dry’s, advice/ styling and a collection of wigs, manicures and pedicures. The salon is fully funded by myself and

I am very honoured to off been asked to help them. My staff and I will work there on a weekly basis offering free services to any of their patients. Lewis Manning is a fantastic hospice and we are looking forward to working with them. Further details will be announced a long with a press launch and launch day. I also have plans and currently in discussions for a premise to expand M.W.A.H and open a specialist hair centre in Bournemouth this year. The enquiries I am getting and the work I am doing with local charities has only highlighted to me that there is a far greater need than I had first thought, and I need additional space in which to help these clients. I recently read an article that said there were over 8 million women suffering hair loss in the UK and many suffer in silence with their confidence eroding because they don’t know where to get help from. Hair loss through various reasons such as Trichotillomania, Telogen Effuvium, Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy, pregnancy hair loss and Psoriasis to name but a few. I want to help these people; I know what it’s like to lose your hair because I was once in that very same predicament. We work very hard at M.W.A.H to rebuild that lost confidence and bring back that smile!

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I am planning on going on holiday to Cyprus this Summer but would like hair extensions before I go, can I still go in the sea with extensions in? You may swim, go in the ocean in fact do all activities as normal, we provide all our customers wit a aftercare sheet, which tells you what to do after swimming in the pool or the sea. You treat hair extensions like your natural hair. Shampoo and condition your hair and extensions with good products such as Moroccan Oil. Always use a good quality moisturiser such as Bed head smoothing cream, Moroccan Oil or serum, daily to keep the moisture in the hair. Never go to bed with wet hair. Always brush from the bottom upwards using a hair extension brush, or wide toothed comb. Wash hair once or twice a week. Use dry shampoo to refresh hair between washes. Wash your hair in one direction. Best to apply shampoo to dry hair wait 5 to 10 minutes then wash out. Always wash and condition straight after swimming.

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I have wanted hair extensions for a long, time as my hair is taking ages to grow, I have been told that extensions will damage my hair though. Is this true? If your hair extensions are done correctly then damage does not occur. We always provide an aftercare sheet to all customers who have hair extensions which provides information on how to look after there hair once applied. Hair extensions are fun, affordable; add volume (thicker fuller hair) and trendy. ey help grow out an unwanted haircut and give you longer hair.

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

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

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


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ASTON MARTIN TIMELINE the event. We have all come together to demonstrate quality, luxury, unparalleled service and attention to detail.” Crown Pavilions manufacture a whole range of garden rooms which can feature outdoor kitchens or barbecues, sitting rooms with plasma screens, studies with storage and internet connection, screens or fold-back doors to protect you from the weather, mood lighting for evening entertainment, heating, hot tubs, home gyms. Crown Pavilions can create a wide range of buildings for a variety of requirements, all of which will enhance your use of outside space, whether it be leisurely breakfasts with the family early evening drinks with friends, lunches and dinners, or just a private, quiet sanctuary. One of the most important aspects of garden rooms is the landscaping. Luke Dejahang, explains “When we install a garden room we are especially mindful of the landscaping around it. We look after every aspect of planting and creating a beautiful setting which fits in with your existing garden. By partnering with Easigrass we can show how our garden rooms can work in conjunction with low maintenance, safe and beautiful artificial grass to create exceptional and stylish outdoor environments. Tendercare are an award-winning specialist plant nursery with an unrivalled range of mature and specimen trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, all of

which will enhance the landscaping around our garden rooms.” At the Easter Garden Show advice and insight will be available from RHS experts in soft landscaping who have worked on some of the most prestigious projects from Royal weddings to some of the finest country estates in the UK, small city gardens and city roof terraces. The Aston Martin Stratstone team will be on hand to talk through their current range and show the power, beauty and soul that creates an Aston Martin. Crown Pavilions have created some wonderful garden rooms for many UK and international clients. They specialise in providing a tailored, bespoke service. ‘We will be serving complimentary canapés and drinks all day’ said Luke Dejahang, ‘and there will be plenty of luxury products to view and buy from sculptures and themed landscaped show gardens to new products not yet launched. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone who is interested in sharing this outdoor living experience.’ Tickets will be free but spaces will be limited. Call 01895544190 to register for a free ticket. www.eastergardenshow.co.uk

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ARE YOU SLEEPING ON THE RIGHT BED? 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.

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bedstead. They 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. There 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 www.sleepcouncil.com 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. The 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. The Sleep Council is funded by the bed industry.

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private 3D cinema with surround sound, an elegant lounge with open fire and intimate library - perfect for tucking yourself away and enjoying some quiet time with a good book. e hotel’s restaurant holds two AA Rosettes for the quality of its food. Outside, there are several tiers of wooden decking where you can sit and relax with a refreshing drink, dine al fresco or just take in the stunning views. e bedrooms at Fermain Valley are also stunning. ey are beautifully decorated and many have views down the valley and out to sea. Special attention has been paid to comfort, with wonderfully comfortable beds and luxurious bed linen to assure a great night’s sleep. Few hotels in the UK have a view to surpass Braye Beach Hotel in Alderney. It is literally on the beach. It is a true get-away-from-it-all destination. From the moment you arrive, you


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sink into Alderney time. e coastal path is fantastic, and if you are a bird watcher, golfer, cyclist, runner, walker, water sports enthusiast, fisherman, surfer, history buff, botanist or wildlife enthusiast you can be sure your interest will be well served. e exterior decks provide a comfortable haven from where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the breathtaking view; ideal for those days when you are feeling less energetic. e hotel has an AA Rosette restaurant and the food is excellent, with much focus on locally caught seafood and fresh island produce. e bedrooms at Braye Beach are beautifully appointed with many offering sea views. All are equipped to the same high standard as those at its sister hotel, Fermain Valley in Guernsey, with the added bonus of being able to fall asleep to the lull of the waves breaking rhythmically on the beach. Braye Beach has a private cinema and a huge library of DVDs for guests to enjoy, two comfortable lounges and a private dining room. e welcome at Braye is a truly hospitable one and from the moment you arrive, nothing will be too much trouble for the attentive, helpful staff who will ensure that by the end of your stay, you will already be looking forward to a return visit. EXCLUSIVE READER OFFER BOOK BY 31 MARCH AND RECEIVE A FREE BOTTLE OF SPARKLING WINE. We have teamed up with Vista Hotels so it’s even easier to experience both of these little gems with a Twin Island Break that offers three nights in Guernsey at Fermain Valley and two nights at Braye Beach, with dinner on one evening at each hotel, inter-island flight (Guernsey to Alderney) and return taxi transfer from Alderney airport to Braye Beach Hotel, from only £391 per person. For further information or to make a booking, please visit www.vistahotels.co.uk, email reservations@vistahotels.co.uk or FREEPHONE 0800 316 0314 quoting LIFE. Prices are correct at time of going to print and rates quoted are per person per break for a Silver room based on two people sharing, in March. Offer available throughout 2013 rates may vary. Upgrades to superior rooms are available for a small supplement. UK flight inclusive packages are available via Reservations.

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overing on the edge of the Isle of Purbeck, overlooking Brownsea Island and Sandbanks, sits Shell Bay restaurant and marina. A stone’s throw from neighboring Poole and Bournemouth, this seafood restaurant (or a version of it) has existed on its current site since the turn of last century and has continued to thrill ever since. With west facing views, diners enjoy an almost Ibizan sunset on balmy summer evenings, filling up on local Poole oysters and a bottle of cold Rose. On colder nights, steaming bowls of Moules Marinier please those who happen through the door. e atmosphere is relaxed and inviting, the setting like no other. And with a new season kicking off this month, there are a few changes in store. Shell Bay shuts in the winter, because anyone who knows the local Jurassic coast knows how quiet it gets after Christmas. Mother’s Day signals kick off though, and from then on this idyllic spot, flanked by multi-million pound Sandbanks’ homes on one side and a marina on the other, is bustling. ose who keep their boats at the adjacent Shell Bay marina reappear after a winter hiatus, the shutters are lifted, and life pours back into this spectacular restaurant for the spring. An a la carte menu is served in the restaurant – this can change almost daily depending on what local catch the fishermen haul in – while the front of the restaurant is a bistro serving everything from fish and chips to open-faced crab sandwiches, Superfood salads to pints of prawns, to be enjoyed either in the gardens that fringe the restaurant or on the acres of surrounding beaches leading out to Old Harry’s rock. e a la carte menu should not be missed though if you have the leisure of an afternoon to while away: squeaky fresh line-caught sea bass proves ever popular while the beer battered haddock and chips with homemade tartar sauce (replete with cornichons of course) remains a permanent fixture on the menu. Scallops and mussels are brought in from Scotland, because the water is cooler so they are larger in size, though head chef Dan

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Small insists that as the season progresses they’ll come in from Cornwall. Like any restaurant worth its eco-weight in gold, Shell Bay is very much focused on serving local, sustainable food. Vegetables and fresh produce come mainly from the New forest and most of the fish is brought in by the restaurant’s own fisherman, Steve, who can be spotted off the edge of Shell Bay each sunrise. is season there are some fun “nights” taking place: Bouillabaisse Wednesdays (made of whatever fish Steve hauls in) and “Mussels ursdays” showcasing Mussels served four different ways including ai green curry mussels and Moules Provencale. Sundays throughout the summer and over Easter weekend (weather permitting) will see live music and a large outdoor BBQ taking over the restaurant’s cedarwood, waterside decking. Love beef burgers or prefer fish burgers? e Sunday BBQ’s will showcase both to determine which proves more popular. ose who don’t adore fish need not be put off. Carnivorous menu items include a fantastic fillet steak or pork belly, and pig cheeks wrapped in Parma ham, served with scallops and a red wine and star anise reduction, to name but a few. If the beach proves irresistible, the bistro shouldn’t be missed: aside from the aforementioned goodies, take-away options will include picnics through the summer featuring classics like scampi as well as healthier samphire salads and grilled fish fillets. Such a menu is no surprise when one considers the weight of those behind the scenes. Part-owner Jamie Farrar previously worked at London’s highly acclaimed Le Gavroche under Michele Roux, and then Nobu. Head Chef Dan Small trained at Westminster College and enjoyed a stint with Gary Rhodes before taking over at Shell Bay. So whether you book for Friday night supper, check out Shell Bay at the annual Weymouth Seafood festival or dock your boat up on the neighboring boat yard pontoon before a jaunt into the bistro, this Isle of Purbeck institution is not to be missed. (01929) 450 363 www.shellbay.net ■


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THE ULTIMATE LUXURY CHOCOLATE GIFT FOR EASTER What do you do if you really want something special and just can’t find it? When all you yearn for is just the best of its kind in the world - and no-one seems to have produced it; at least not to the standard you desire? f you are Roy and Tracey Jones you initially scour the earth for a key ingredient and, when you have finally tracked it down, you create what you were looking for in the first place - the world’s finest luxury chocolate experience. “I wanted to buy a very special present for a very special person on a very special day - her 40th birthday,” explains Tracey. “Like me she is a chocoholic! I went to the top-end departments stores and even some of the little luxury chocolate boutiques but just could not find what I wanted. There is a lot of nice chocolate about, of course, but, I don’t know, there was always something missing. It was very frustrating and in the end I bought her something else entirely. ”That was the beginning but by no means the end of a two year journey which has reached a triumphant conclusion with the launch of ‘the Chocolate’ Roy and Tracey’s new business dedicated to producing ‘the best luxury chocolate experience in the world.’

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What is it ? In its simplest form we are talking about an amazing ‘experience’. Handmade truffles using an award winning, secret recipe Italian chocolate, filled with champagne, flaked with edible 24-carat gold all enclosed within a bespoke handcrafted boutique box encrusted with more than 450 Swarovski Crystals inside and out. Also made by hand no two of these boxes will ever be the same. The chocolate itself is 63% Toscano Black sourced from a tiny artisan chocolate maker based just outside historic Pisa. The cocoa beans are refined using a traditional granite stone mill and the result has been judged by the Academy of Chocolate as officially the best in the world. What experts call the ganache - basically the mixture of cocoa, cream and a variety of other ingredients to form what consumers think of as, well, the chocolate – that forms ‘the Chocolate’ is a closely guarded secret but Roy and Tracey are happy to confirm that there are several glasses of champagne added to the normal recipe. “As we make everything ourselves we can, of course, 72

produce ‘the Chocolate’ without alcohol if required,” commented Tracey. You Eat the Gold? It’s the world’s most expensive foodstuff and has been eaten for millennia. Although the Ancient Egyptians believed it gave them immortality no such claims are made for ‘the Chocolate.’ (yet). However other authorities do claim that gold has many attributes when eaten, including generating a higher IQ, managing rheumatoid arthritis, developing mystic power and contributing to a long and healthy life. More seriously it is authorised for use in food products in both Europe and the USA. High quality chocolate also has its enthusiasts. They claim that chocolate with over 60% cocoa content (‘the Chocolate’ has 63%) reduces blood pressure, decreases the chance of both diabetes and heart attack, improves the memory and even eases a persistent cough amongst a plethora of other attributes. Be that as it may the fact remains that ‘the Chocolate’ has a fantastic taste that will exceed the expectations of the wildest choccie enthusiast. And the memory of the experience will last and last. The Products Available online at www.the-chocolate.com and and seasonally at Harrods, the Boutique Box contains 15 chocolates minimum and a weight of 200 grammes (shown above). It retails at £190 including postage and packing. Delivery of this unique hand-made product is within five days or can be expressed for specific delivery date. Various box designs starting from £20 delivered. Available online and seasonally at Harrods For more information on the Chocolate visit: www.the-chocolate.com

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an you ever have too much of a good thing? ere are those who seem pretty confident that there is no such thing as too much. How else could you explain the existence of the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster LP700-4; even the name is longer than the Coupé on which it is based. e burning enthusiasm that rages down in Sant'Agata has resulted in a drop-top version of its incredible supercar, which gives you more of pretty much everything. ere's the looks for starters. e Aventador Coupé is hardly a wallflower, but the Roadster has a few tricks of its own. For starters it has to accommodate some sort of roof mechanism, so at the back where there is normally a slated window there are two hexagonal windows into the engine bay. e roof itself comes in two pieces of carbonfibre, and although at launch they're coloured matte black other colour options will be available later. To remove them you have to tilt the seat forward, release a catch, pull the panel out of position and stash it in the boot at the front. You could argue that's a bit of a faff (and you'd be right) but the alternative would compromise the car's looks, and a fabric roof would not handle 217mph.

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Yes, the Aventador Roadster is not a fraction slower than its Coupé counterpart. Under those little windows there is the same satanical 6.5-litre V12 engine that debuted in the fixed-roof version, pumping out a spectacular 691bhp. e roof system also helps keep the weight down; with that plus a little body strengthening the Roadster is a mere 50kg heavier, and as a result it can post 3.0 seconds for the 0-62mph sprint and bash past the 200mph mark. Lamborghini claims that the Roadster posts exactly the same lap times around its test circuit as the Coupé, so you can sleep safe in the knowledge you've not compromised yourself around the racetrack in the name of open-air fun. Unusually for a supercar drive, Lamborghini let us loose around a circuit first before trying the Aventador on the road but it gave us the opportunity to savour the performance in full flow. Idling down the pit lane it's hard not to be a little intimidated given the huge amount of power and the whopping price tag, but after only a few corners it's clear to see that it is actually a remarkably friendly device. ere's four-wheel drive spinning away beneath you to keep the power in check, and the Sport and Corse modes (selectable on


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the centre console) not only alter the operation of the ESP and the gearbox but also the power split between front and rear. Select the most aggressive Corse mode and the Aventador feels pinned to the track, and allows you to get on the power early out of the bends and simply rocket down the straights. Even in the tighter bends where the weight should count against it the Aventador feels surprisingly nimble too; the steering is packed with feel and the carbonfibre brakes remain strong lap after lap, even slowing down from over 150mph. Switch to the Sport mode and there's an increased power bias to the rear (90% as opposed to 80%) which makes the tail a little more happy to swing, but even then it is far less demanding to drive than you might imagine. And all the while the glorious V12 is wailing away behind your head, and with the roof up you can still lower the little rear window to allow the incredible sounds to flow more easily into the cabin. After the track came the road drive, and a quick look at the map revealed just why; Miami may be the playground of the rich and famous but it doesn't have a twisty road for miles in every direction. However a cruise along Ocean Drive revealed the other reason why you'd want to buy one; people love this car. Some other rival marques might not enjoy the same universal approval that the Aventador got, thanks to its sheer outlandishness. e maximum possible speed on Ocean Drive is about 15mph, but the crowd along the street waved, applauded, wanted their picture taken with it and were calling out for us to rev the engine. One guy raced out into the

middle of the road and offered us a free lunch if we parked the Aventador outside his restaurant; that's the kind of response it provokes. And that's exactly why you'd buy one. At almost £300,000 it won't be your only car and if you have that much to spend you're unlikely to be much of a wallflower yourself. Its rivals seem a bit plain and straightforward in comparison - this is a proper, outlandish, cartoon-like Lamborghini supercar that can still do the boring stuff too ■ FACTS AT A GLANCE Lamborghini Aventador Roadster LP700-4, Price: £294,665 Engine:

6.5-litre petrol unit producing 691bhp and 508lb.ft of torque

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Seven-speed automatic gearbox driving all four wheels

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Emissions:

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