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magazine Jan/Feb 2011 Edition

Jan/Feb Edition 2011



What’s New & Novel p3

Chef Ken Hom p18 Tasty Tagliatelle p20

FASHION Top Buys For S/S’11 p6

WHAT’S ON Guide p22


Editor’s Note

V-Day Treats p8

WORK VAT Increase p23

Penny x

INSIDE & OUT Save Our Skin p10 Celebrity Q&A p12 2011 Tarotscopes p13

BACK FEATURE Healing Touch p25

New Film: Never Let Me Go p22

Red Delicious for Women from £30.00

Now that 2010 is over and a brand new year has begun, I have a confession to make. I may have eaten my body weight in mince pies over the Christmas period, but I’m not going to diet, start some sort of fitness fad or hire a life coach. I may gamely sport a pair of new trainers and buy a book on yoga - but the reality is I’m not going to turn into some health freak just because the calendar’s changed. So, there we have it. There are no resolutions this year because by definition, resolutions require resolve. And I don’t have any. Of course, the January ritual of sales shopping and packing cool new experiences into my diary remains sacrosanct. My motto life is for living not munching salad leaves and risking pulled muscles.

Valentines Gifts p8

On The Cover Model wears outfit from TK Maxx



sale savvy p3

1. sale now on Forget about bagging last season’s trends for less than a tenner. As any sale savvy stylista will tell you, a real bargain is all about finding great quality basics that can be worn time and time again. Thanks to Celine, the return of purism and a raging recession classic pieces are gaining new status. We’re talking about the perfect LBD, the well cut camel coat and the luxe cashmere sweater. Just make sure that they fit and work with the rest of your wardrobe. If you really prefer one season wonders over building blocks, make sure you do your homework and check out S/ S’11 main trends.

2.the hour We hate to say it - but Mad Men is sooo last year. Don’s getting married and we’re fast approaching the decade that taste forgot. So, 2011 is all about The Hour. Dominic West (left), Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw, all star in this thrilling six-part drama which takes viewers behind the scenes of a topical news programme in 50s London. Sexy cast, fab fashion and a bustling BBC newsroom - what more could you want? Coming soon to a small screen near you.


3.bread Thanks to our tanking economy, we’re a little low on dough. But that doesn’t mean we won’t rise to the occasion by making our own bread. Forget cup cakes - 2011 is the year of the artisan loaf. And everyone who is anyone is signing up for lessons.


January always brings with it an empty pocket and post festive blues. So, I always try and cheer myself up with free/less expensive cultural distractions and some good old comfort food. I recently discovered TROF in Manchester’s northern quarter. Its intimate, cosy atmosphere and mix of simple, wallet friendly delicious bites and quirky beers makes for a great place to spend a lazy winter afternoon or evening. Speaking of evenings, the Tony Award winning musical Spring Awakening, this time produced by LIPA graduates & students, makes its Northwest debut at the Unity Theatre from Feb 2 – 5. This landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll that explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion. At just a tenner a ticket, it’s a bargain. To get over those winter blues - I’m taking a trip to Egypt, which is now conveniently situated in the middle of the northwest thanks to Tutankhamun- His Tomb and His Treasures. The exhibition is right next door to the shopping Mecca that is The Trafford Centre. It’s not an Egyptian Souk, but I’m sure you’ll be able to sniff out a bargain none the less.

John Bridge


THE MICRO CLASS Part 2: Art by Judith Walsh, lecturer at the University of Liverpool Have you ever felt confused by what you see in an art gallery and are not sure what you are supposed to think or feel about certain works of art? Do you think ‘modern art’ is too difficult to enjoy? It can be true that we often feel safer in our judgement about art when we look at works that look like things we are familiar with, This type of art is called realist, figurative or naturalistic art and it is easy in many ways to admire because we recognise what is being depicted and can see the technical skills necessary to create such work. But some of the most fascinating and intriguing works of art available for us to see in galleries don’t look like anything we recognise and yet can still stimulate our senses and give us a feeling of wellbeing. A good example would be a painting by Bridget Riley. Riley is a British painter who is famous for her large scale paintings filled with stripes of beautiful colours. As a young girl she and her mother and sister lived in Cornwall, by the sea, and Riley spent much of time wandering along the cliff tops. When she started to paint she wanted to recall those wonderful sights. But instead of painting a

traditional seascape she painted long vertical lines of vibrant colours that seem to draw you in. But if you are still struggling with trying to make meaning out of an artwork try these ideas. A good way in to art that we don’t understand is to think about what the artwork is made of and how it’s put together. We could also note the date the artwork was made and what was going on the artist’s life when she or he made it. The title can also give us a clue. So we could look at Salvador Dali’s Lobster and Telephone and see that it was made in 1936 at a time when the Surrealist group of artists were fascinated by the creativity of the unconscious mind and the world of dreams. It’s a fabulous fun object but you need to find out a little more to discover its dark and wild meaning. Through discussion and talks as well as group visits to exhibitions our art history tutors at the University of Liverpool aim to help you understand and really enjoy looking at different kinds of art. If you want to know more, the University’s Continuing Education Prospectus is available online at http://


FASHION the new season’s key buys models wears outfit from Primark s/s11 p6

Adopt a fresh, modern look with graphic stripes in eye popping colours. Both Jil Sanders and Prada championed the ‘rock candy’ look. Just keep the silhouette sleek with simple lines and neutral separates.

Women who want something anonymous, less showy and more relaxed would do well to embrace modern minimalism’s hero piece - the white shirt. Versatile, chic and perfect for spring, it featured in the collections of Chanel, Marc Jacobs and Derek Lam to name but a few.

Mango Lassi, £78, Office


The future looks bright - the future looks orange, fuchsia and electric blue. Blocks of florescent colours were seen everywhere on the S/S ’11 catwalks. But fashion wall flowers needn’t worry. Neon accessories will help you dip a toe in the trend.

Limited Collection Shirt, £35, Marks & Spencer



Lola 70's style high waisted pocket flares, £50, Monsoon

Cubana striped button front skirt from Monsoon


Seventies separates should be dictating your new season wardrobe. So consider buying a pair of wide legged trousers and a sheer blouse, teamed with a pair of statement platforms. p7u


valentines day models wears janet reger lingerie from debenhams p8

Smythson Address Book, from £35.

Left: Top, £45, For Her From You. Right: Christian Louboutin shoes, £490, from Cruise.

Below: Heart stud earrings, £48, Avant Garde Jewellery.

Below: Decorative tile, £21, Kiss Her By Bianca Hall.

Circus love card, £3, Kiss Her by Bianca Hall.

Jane Constantine love tea cups, £13, from We Love British.



saving face image from transformulas p10

SAVE OUR SKIN Tried-and-Tested Skin Care for Cold Weather Survival. 1.Hydration Gold, £45, available from Formulated with a blend of easily absorbed vitamins, minerals and age-defying Hyaluronan, this 23ct gold treatment promised to firm and nourish skin. It also offered an instant line filling illusion. VERDICT: 8/10. Gave my ageing, winter stressed skin a more youthful glow. The golden sheen may not appeal to everyone though.


2.Vie At Home Moisture Repair, £11.50, available from Infused with a soothing combination of Swiss Glacial Water, Chamomile and flower waters to help protect, nurture and de-stress skin. VERDICT: 7.5/10. A mini facial that resulted in delicately scented and hydrated skin. Smelt and felt good, so I’ll definitely be using this again. The price tag is appealing too.

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5. 4. 5. NIA 24 Intensive Recovery Complex, £90, available from Space NK A luxuriously rich cream clinically shown to visibly improve the skin’s texture, tone and reduce hyperpigmentation. VERDICT: 8.5/10. Expensive, but worth it. My skin felt softer, firmer and generally younger with continuous use.

3. StriVectin Instant Moisture Repair, £49, available at An instant surge of reparative moisture plumping and smoothing the skin, layer by layer, working above and below the surface, to reverse the dry, deflated look of dehydrated skin. VERDICT: 9/10. The technology involved in this cult product is impressive as are the results. My skin felt and looked noticeably healthier after use. 4. Caudelie Vinosource Moisturising Concentrate, £25.50, available from Debenhams Highly concentrated in organic essential oils, this professional treatment offers deep down rehydration to the driest skin, and stimulates cellular renewal. VERDICT: 8/10. My dry,sensitive skin loved this 100% plant derived formula. The dropper bottle may be small but a little goes a long way. p11

MIND, BODY & SPIRIT Model Lily Cole talks about style, student life and being the face of Rimmel.

Is swapping from student life to style icon more difficult than it looks? What’s a style icon? I don’t see myself in those terms. It's a nice relief in various ways to be in an environment where I don't have any pressure to look a particular way. That also brings the novelty of getting dressed up for an event back to life, and I enjoy the two contrasts of my student and professional life a lot. When did your fascination for style begin? When I was in my teens growing up – raiding my mum’s wardrobe of dresses and coats, and walking home from school through Portobello Market, dreaming up fantasies to be made up in all these strange clothes I saw. There was a diversity and rawness to the trends that wasn’t driven by anything too cynical then. What is true beauty? Someone who makes another feel beautiful. What products help you to keep up to date with beauty styles? Style – whether in fashion or beauty, means looking great and being comfortable with yourself, and not looking like a slave to a given trend. Any top beauty tips for the recession? This works – drinking lots of tap water and getting a good amount of sleep – both are

free. Make-up always looks nicer on healthy skin. Do you ever struggle to find make-up to suit your unique colouring? No, I feel blessed that the colour of my hair allows me to wear a lot of colours I might not otherwise get away with. I definitely don't get away so easily with the tanned/bronzed make-up though! I would have to wear a lot of heavy make up to go there and I'd rather keep it light. Give us some gossip. What two things do you think some people may not know about you? That I love to dance and I wish I could play the piano better. Do you enjoy being the face of Rimmel? Of course! I love the youthful ethos of Rimmel, its association with London and my memories of using it as a child. p12u


your year ahead p13

ARIES March 20 - April 19 Patience, logic and an extra dose of determination will help you overcome any work challenges this year, says the seven of wands. This is a time to let past disappointments go, especially if they concern money. Your ambitions will be fulfilled - but this is a time for slow and steady progress. If you’re looking for love, you’ll find it on holiday this summer, says the seven of swords. An air sign’s lively manner and independent thought will fascinate you.

TAURUS April 20 - May 20 Difficult situations are finally being swept away, leaving you feeling less frightened and tense, says the world card. Spring is a great time for you to broaden your horizons or even begin a business. Don’t let pride prevent you from accepting financial help from a generous relative or loved one. They believe in you, so start believing in yourself. Of course, there needs to be a sense of balance. Spending too much time away making money may cause relationship problems, warns the tower card.

GEMINI May 21 - June 20 This is a year when perseverance and positivity pay off, especially if you’re eager to turn past losses into future gains, says the seven of pentacles. Try to forgive those who have recently wronged you and move forward with a warm heart and a clear mind. In essence, 2011 is a time for simple pleasures and moving away from past problems, says the ten of swords. Know that there is a solution to every puzzle - you just have to have a little faith and a lot of logic.


CANCER June 21 - July 22 The five of cups foretells of strong resolve and enough stamina to move proverbial mountains at the moment. You’re no longer willing to settle for second best, especially in love. Ask for what you want and, if it’s meant to be, you’ll receive it by September. Single crabs can expect admiring glances from a shy Virgo. But you’ll have to make the first move if you want anything significant to happen. 2011 seems to be an auspicious year to start a family.

LEO July 23 - August 22 If you seek love, warmth and security, this is the year to find it. The empress card offers emotional fulfillment for the open hearted. Yes, the wheel of fortune is finally turning, allowing you to leave behind the disappointments and mistakes of 2010. But you must have courage to start afresh. Adventure and brilliant business opportunities are yours for the taking if you’re willing to leap into the unknown. Don’t allow a needy water sign to hold you back. This is your time to shine.

VIRGO August 23 - September 22 Use your kind, sympathetic nature to help others this year, says the queen of wands. You’ll gain much from charity or mentoring work. This doesn’t mean over stretching yourself though. Find balance in work, family and personal plans or risk burn out. Some tough decisions may have to be made in late February, especially at work. But it’s about time you weed out people and projects that drain your energy and positivity. Money matters improve by early autumn.


LIBRA September 23 - October 22 A mature man with a calm, clear approach to life will give you invaluable support this year, says the king of cups. It’ll be difficult for you to fully trust their offer at first due to past disappointments. But by August, your faith in human kindness will be restored. The high priest card tells you to pass on this good turn to others in order to feel the full affect of spiritual healing. Remember, blessings multiply when they are shared.

SCORPIO October 23 - November 21 Nothing is what it seems at the moment, especially in love’s arena, says the reversed queen of cups. Spiteful words can mask a much deeper issue. Don’t be tempted to play someone’s psychological game. I know you hate walking away from a challenge - but sometimes - it’s the sensible thing to do. You’re much more vulnerable to hurt than you think. Besides, you’ll need all your energy to deal with a daunting issue at work. Focus on what you can achieve, not what you can’t, concludes the five of swords

SAGITTARIUS November 22 - December 21 A brilliant idea will spark a stunning change in your life this summer, says the ace of swords. Perhaps you’ll start a new venture, invent something new or even stumble on an illuminating fact. Either way, it’ll kick start your confidence and encourage you to welcome positive new changes into your life. Lots of love and laughter are on the cards. But you must first give without expecting anything back - an easy challenge for someone as kind and generous as you.


CAPRICORN December 22 - January 19 Your need for power and financial security can sometimes bring out the worst in you, says the devil card. You’re not a bad person. Quite the opposite. You’re wise, patient and loyal. You just need to remove the blinkers from time to time and realise that money isn’t everything - especially if getting it means hurting others. Late January is a time to be more considerate of loved ones and not allow that stern facade conceal the tenderness you actually feel.

AQUARIUS January 20 - February 18 If you’re looking for love, you’ll find it in a younger air sign. Broken hearts will take time to heal but this good looking charmer will help you recover. Late spring brings both happiness and jealousy in equal measure. Ignore what other people think. You deserve whatever success comes your way, especially if it’s linked to the entertainment business. 2011 is a time to face your past, let it go and seize new opportunities with gratitude.

PISCES February 19 - March 19 This is a year for finding your true identity, says the six of cups. This may mean spending more time alone. Single fishes should be more authentic, that way they’ll attract the love they need and deserve. Work wise, you’re moving into a time when you’ll feel more in control of your destiny. Confidence and a sense of purpose leads to career success come July. But be prepared for the jealousy and anger of rivals.


HOME chinese new year p18


Penny Fray hops into the year of the rabbit with celebrity chef Ken Hom I believe you were born in the year of the Ox. Are you typical of this sign? Correct, I was born on the 3rd of May 1949. I am typical of the sign in that I am stubborn, determined and hard working. Why is Chinese New Year so important to you? It’s a chance for people and families to come together and eat dishes that they don’t normally have - dried soaked oysters and seaweed for example. How do you usually celebrate it? I have been in Britain and helped the British people celebrate Chinese New Year for the last 27 years. Hopefully by inspiring them to cook their own banquet, giving tips on how to host the perfect Chinese New Year celebration or, if

short of time, encouraging them to try my range of meals at Tesco. Which recipe always impresses guests? Roast Peking Duck. It was a dish that was created for the Emperor of China and nowadays is generally served at banquets or on special occasions. Any tips on how the rest of us can bring in the year of the rabbit with panache? Have a Chinese banquet with lots of people and the more dishes the better; make it a real social occasion for young and old. Each dish symbolises good fortune and abundance; noodles for longevity, chicken for fortune, seaweed represents wealth and duck is a symbol of fidelity.

YEAR OF THE RABBIT 2011 will bring people more strength, resilience and determination. The metal bunny will also encourage you to follow your intuition and spend more time with friends and family.

Celebrate the Chinese NY on Feb 3rd, 2011


INGREDIENTS • 100g tagliatelle pasta. • 200g tomato sauce • 50g pepperoni - sliced thinly. • Half a red chilli finely sliced. • 1 sprig of flat leaf parsley - chopped. • 1 clove garlic finely chopped. • 1 dsp of olive oil. • 25g buffalo mozzarella cheese - ripped into chunks. • 2 sprigs of torn basil • Pinch of salt & black pepper.


Tagliatelle With Tomato & Pepperoni Bring a pan of water to the boil and add a pinch of salt. In a separate pan, add the olive oil and place on a high heat. Add the chilli and pepperoni along with the garlic. Saute until the chilli and garlic are soft. Add the tomato sauce and allow to come to the boil Place the tagliatelle into the other pan of boiling water and stir regularly until cooked. Follow the packet instructions for timings.

When the pasta is cooked, drain the excess water from it and add to the pan with the sauce. Sprinkle the chopped parsley into the pan and toss together. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper if required. Place the pasta on to the plate and scatter over the ripped mozzarella and basil leaves. Recipe courtesy of Gusto Restaurant, Liverpool.


Learning the art of butchery

Gourmands are becoming increasingly skilled in the kitchen. They are already baking their own breads, growing their own herbs and keeping bees. This year, they’ll want to cut and portion their own meats, make the most of the trim and create rich broths from the bones.


WHAT’S ON never let me go p21

CORRIE! IT’S RIGHT UP YOUR STREET The nation’s favourite and longest running soap is trading its famous cobbles for the boards with a new comedy. Corrie!, written by playwright and long-term Coronation Street scriptwriter Jonathan Harvey, celebrates the soap’s 50th anniversary by condensing five decades of much-loved story lines and characters into one hilarious two-hour show. Directed by Fiona Buffini, it features over 55 of everyone’s favourite characters, played by just six actors. They include Street legends Bet Lynch, Elsie Tanner, Hilda Ogden, Ken Barlow, Jack Duckworth and Gail Platt. Great story lines relived include Deidre going to prison, Brian being

stabbed and Tracy killing Charlie. The script carefully weaves through the highs and lows of the characters living on Britain’s most famous street. Following its sell-out run at The Lowry Theatre in Salford, Manchester earlier this year, the play hits the Liverpool Empire from February 21-26. Rumour has it that a former Coronation Street star will be appearing in the role of the narrator - but no names have been released yet.

on What’s b Jan/Fe FILM NEVER LET ME GO February 11, cinemas nationwide A tasteful adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's brilliant 2005 novel about love, loss and hidden truths. Starring Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield, it tells the story of three friends slowly facing the truth about their seemingly happy childhoods and realising the fragility of their lives. Powerful stuff.







JLS Jan 29, Liverpool Echo Arena

NATIONAL WINTER ALES FESTIVAL Jan 19-22, Sheridan Suite, Manchester

A lifestyle programme that’ll help you lose weight, look younger and feel healthier - without restricting calories or excessive exercising.

This much loved fairy tale is brought to life with amazing choreography and performance.

Pop sensations, JLS have gone from talent show hopefuls to the biggest boy band of a generation in just two short years. See what the hype is all about.

Calling all beer-lovers this national CAMRA festival presents a selection of over 200 British and foreign beers - plus cider.



value added tax p23u


The standard rate of VAT has risen from 17.5% to 20% as the government looks to boost tax revenues to cut its deficit. We ask accountant Andrew Biddle from Dufton Kellner Ltd what it means for us. How will the VAT increase affect individuals? If a retailer chooses to pass on the VAT increase in full, then the price you'll pay will increase by 2.1%. So on many lower priced items you're unlikely to notice a huge difference, and of course, there is no increase on many of the major day to day items we spend our money on - like food. You will of course see a difference on big ticket items and many people will probably notice the VAT increase when it comes to filling their cars up at the petrol station.  What about SMEs? For companies that are VAT registered and who deal with other VAT registered businesses the increase has no financial impact since the VAT charged by one business is reclaimed by the other. For businesses who deal with non-VAT registered companies or individuals or businesses who cannot reclaim VAT their prices or costs will effectively rise by 2.1%.  Of course, any VAT-registered business is faced with the hassle of amending its accounting systems, price lists and possibly even having to re-price all of its stock, and doing so at one of the busiest times of the year. Is VAT added on everything? No. There are many items that are exempt or zero rated for VAT, such as most food, medicines and children's clothing to name a few. 

There are also a number of products which carry a 'reduced rate' of VAT at 5% such as your home gas and electricity supplies. The rate on these products is not changing. Will there be more VAT increases in the future? It's impossible to say. The government needs to reduce the deficit, and there are only two alternatives - cut costs or raise taxes, or do both.  VAT is considered something of a 'soft target' as some people think that it's voluntary - it can be avoided if you don't spend. Of course, the reality is somewhat different, as many essentials are subject to VAT.  And of course in times of austerity the government needs us to spend in order to revive the economy, which is not encouraged by a tax on spending. A further increase would be politically and economically difficult, but if the circumstances require further tax increases then it might be a slightly lesser evil than increases in income tax or other direct taxes. Any easy tips for saving money in January? Most analysts expect January to be a very poor month for retailers. Many people have brought forward large-ticket purchases into late 2010 in order to avoid the VAT increase. It may be the case that retailers become so desperate for business in January that prices are cut to the bone, possibly saving the canny consumer even more money than the VAT increase. So, it may actually cost less to buy certain items in January, even with the increased VAT, than before. 



the positive power of touch p25


Penny Fray discovers how harnessing the healing power of touch can help people reach their full potential. Ever experienced any of the following symptoms? Fatigue, misanthropy and stress? You’re probably suffering from the same thing as everyone else life. Fret not. We’ve discovered a drug free cure. Reiki - the healing power of human touch. Yeah, yeah, we see you rolling your eyes. I did too when I first met Reiki master Chris Parks at the Manchester Mind, Body & Spirit Festival. But curiosity got the better of me, so I handed over my tenner and plonked myself on the treatment table for a trial run. Chris, who also coaches Reiki, gently placed his hands on my head and within minutes I felt warm and ‘tingly’. The strange sensation continued and intensified as he worked down my fully clothed body. It felt odd rather than unpleasant, and after 30 minutes of hands-on therapy, I felt a little light headed. I was told to drink plenty of water and went away feeling less stressed. So, how does it work? Well, Reiki is similar to spiritual healing where energy enters the body through the crown chakra and comes from the palms, aiding relaxation and bringing balance to people’s lives. The ki, or

energy, in Reiki is said to be similar to the chi used in Chinese acupuncture. It promotes the body’s healing process on an emotional, mental, physical and spiritual level. Christian healing similarly works on various levels. I’m Church of England and was amazed that free healing sessions are carried out at many churches. Contrary to what many believe, it’s not occultist or dependent on super-holiness. According to Canon Roy Lawrence from St Hilary’s Church in Wallasey, healing is for everyone and every form of suffering can be helped in some way through Christ. “I have seen all kinds of things happen in healing services people are cured of arthritis and ME, while others experience a change of attitude or feel more peaceful and whole,” he says, adding: “Asking for the presence of Christ is never a non event.”   The way in which services are used in the Church's healing ministry varies from parish to parish. But Canon Lawrence says that it’s just a matter of claiming the ministry of Christ and asking for his presence.

HEALTH BOOSTERS 1. Drink dandelion tea. The common garden pest is a traditional tonic that helps you detox and, according to research, reduces the severity of headaches. 2. Stroke away soreness with a massage. It promotes tissue repair and lymphatic drainage. 3. Lie down with lavender. Just a few drops of this essential oil on your pillow will help you relax and sleep better.


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