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Cotton Trader TV star Fearne Cotton reveals her new summer collection Time for bedding Graham Porter’s top tips for a colourful summer Fairway to heaven Our guide to West Yorkshire’s best golf courses

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contents Fashion and Beauty Fearne has a Very keen 4 sense of fashion Field day for festival fashion 6 40 Let Robbie’s fashion entertain you

You may notice a new feel to this issue of our summer magazine. Whilst we are always keen to know what’s happening under our noses (and this issue we take a look at some of Huddersfield’s finest family owned and run firms) sometimes it’s nice to take a broader view of what’s happening in the world. With that in mind we have taken a look at fashion through some celebrity eyes. Fearne Cotton gives us the low down on how her style has developed from fashion misfit at school to joining up with pal Holly Willoughby to design a range for Very.co.uk. Summer also brings the festival season, and whilst mud and loud music aren’t to all our readers tastes, it always interesting to see the styles and ‘must have’ accessories that grace Glastonbury and the other festivals that follow. Don’t pack your wellies away as soon as the festivals are over though. You may need them to try out some of the ten new walks recently launched by Kirkburton Parish Council. With stunning countryside surrounding the village, Kirkburton is an ideal place to take a stroll and then spend the rest of a leisurely afternoon investigating the host of interesting and independent shops, pubs and eateries in the village. If you fancy something more challenging than a gentle stroll but still want outstanding views how about heading for the Lake District and Windermere in particular? A stay at Holbeck Ghyll is a treat for all the senses, with fabulous food, fresh country air, peace and quiet and a view rated as being among the top 15 vistas in the world, and it’s all less than two hours from Huddersfield!

Mark Twain was quoted as saying that golf was a good walk spoiled but there are millions who would disagree. Huddersfield has over 20 different courses offering a wide range of challenges, so instead of playing where you always play check out the other courses on offer for a quick 9 holes, the full 18 or even 6 in one case. Summer always brings welcome bursts of colour to our gardens and parks and we discover how our obsession with bedding plants, whether in formal displays or tumbling chaotically from pots, baskets and containers, comes from our Victorian ancestors. Graham Porter outlines his favourite bedding plants and offers suggestions on combining them to make stunning displays and tips on how to prolong their beauty. On those odd days when the sun shines almost everyone’s thoughts turn to barbecuing. We have 10 hot tips for making the most of those rare balmy summer afternoons and evenings, so come over all Aussie, dust off the barbie, stock up on charcoal and sausages and enjoy.

Home and Garden Perfect recipes for 8 a stylish kitchen 10 Give your garden that summer wow factor Eating and Drinking 12 The heat is on 14 Restaurant review: Argento Steakhouse 16 Making ends meat 18 Play it cool this summer Leisure 27 Village Life and Walk 34 The holiday page 36 Examiner Literary Luncheon 44 Swing it like Rory 50 Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival Plus 21 Independent Huddersfield 32 It’s Our World 38 Are you ready for the big switch? 42 Home is where the heart is 47 A battery powered tree of knowledge

A few cool frosted beers are a great accompaniment to any barbie but how about being all British and serving a jug of Pimms? We have some delicious sounding recipes for cocktails including Pimms Deuce, combining Orange and Cranberry Juices for a totally different take on the usual version. If cocktails aren’t your style try one of our wine and fizz suggestions. All have been specially selected for alfresco dining. Whatever you choose to do have a lovely relaxing summer

Diane

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Fearne has a Very keen sense of fashion Radio one presenter, TV host and even Royal correspondent ... Fearne Cotton isn’t short of glamorous job descriptions. But, while she’s one of the hottest media stars of the moment, she’s almost as well known for her fashion sense as her on-screen style. Quirky and individual, there’s something effortlessly cool about her festival-ready look.

Print black tunic tee, £35; bloomer shorts, £25

“Which is funny because at school it wasn’t that I didn’t always get it right, I didn’t ever get it right!” she laughs. “I’d wear luminous things and my friends would go ‘what are you wearing that for?’ And I was a real tomboy as well. I think it took me until my early 20s before I felt comfortable dressing like a woman. I finally felt like I could wear dresses and not feel tarty and that was a bit of a revolutionary moment for me. “It definitely took me a long while to find my fashion confidence, though.” Having found it, Fearne is rock solid with it now. She has no qualms about taking risks, mixing up trends and generally following her instinct. Backless midi dress with kimono sleeves, £55

Short sleeve swing dress, £55

“ fashion design was something i’d already wanted to do” Most of the time, it works brilliantly and millions of teenagers and twentysomethings are keen to emulate her look. “Some people love my sense of fashion, some obviously don’t,” she shrugs with a smile, “but that’s fine, I know what I like and I know what suits me. That’s why fashion’s so brilliant: your look is a personal thing and that’s what’s important.” It was Fearne’s status as a style icon which led to her collaboration with Very.co.uk >

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“it’s not about having worked for Vogue or anything, it’s about having a real flair for fashion” With best telly pal Holly Willoughby, she’s created fun, funky collections for the online brand. “I’ve been with Very right from the start, which is a real honour,” she says. “We’ve got to know each other very well and work nicely together. “Fashion design was something I’d already wanted to do, I had an art background and I’ve always painted. I had lots of sketches lying around and I didn’t know what to do with them. Now I can just sit at home drawing and making them into reality which, for me, is the best part of doing my job. “I can’t think of anything worse than lending your name to a collection but not actually having any involvement in it. When Very first approached me they said ‘it’s totally up to you what you want to do’ and they gave me creative control. “So I’ll happily sketch for hours on end, then take them in to the office and we go through them together. We look at what prints might work for what patterns and then the technical drawers will draw up my sketches. It’s such an exciting process to work with.” Right now, as well as creating her summer collection for 2012, Fearne is promoting Very.co.uk’s competition to find an online style advisor. One winner will join the V Team of experts, giving customers fashion advice and makeovers. It is, admits 29-year-old Fearne, just the sort of challenge she’d love if she wasn’t already in the business. “Oh it’s amazing, it’s ideal for anyone wanting to work in fashion,” she enthuses. “I know lots of people who’ve got a really good sense of style and know how to put a look together; it’s not about having worked for Vogue or anything, it’s about having a real flair for fashion.” As for her own design career, she says it’s something she still wants to be doing in 10 or 20 years’ time. “I honestly hope this job’s got a real longevity to it,” she smiles. “I don’t think I can be young and groovy on Radio One forever, but hopefully I can do this for a lot longer.”

Dipped hem chiffon shirt dress, also cover, £42

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Field day for festival fashion With festival fever gripping the nation, personal shopper Sam Wylie-Harris sounds out some must-have accessories for a great day out If you want to look your best – and coolest – this summer then go retro but practical. Music festivals and even the village gala can be brilliant events, but the English weather can turn your light summer dress into a fashion nightmare in seconds. Flip-flops and floppy straw hats may be the uniform for festival-goers in sunny California, but back in changeable Britain rain-proof shoes and cagoules should feature on your checklist. The trick is to do it in style.

“Every summer the festival season just gets bigger and bigger and has become part of the social calendar,’’ says Yasmin Yusuf, creative director at Miss Selfridge. “Women want to look fabulous at the festivals – it’s a chance to dress up and be extrovert, because anything goes!’’ Whether you’re camping outdoors for the long haul or day-tripping to your local festival, stay cool and dry in effortless fashion. Wet or dry, you’re a festival-goer who likes to be prepared. From downpour to heatwave, you’ve usually got the pac-a-mac or SPF to hand. A statement umbrella is a great tool for shielding from the rain and attracting AWOL festival pals, so stick to a loud colour or print in a superlightweight model. Parkas are no longer for geeks – and they don’t have to be boring. Work this season’s colour blocking trend and choose a bold shade that clashes with your bottom half.

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Take an item of clothing that doubles up as a cover-up and comfy mat. Yusuf says: “You can be fashionable and functional at the festivals. A denim shirt is fab as you can sit on it or throw it on if you’re feeling cool.’’ A hat is another all-weather essential you can’t forget, whether it’s a trilby, fedora or Panama. “A lot of people will be working fedoras this year,’’ Yusuf says. “They fold up really small so you can stuff them in your bag but also store things in them. To stand out from the crowd, wrap a scarf around your hat or decorate with a brooch.’’ For some, the festival fields are a catwalk opportunity to flaunt their most outrageous/ glamorous/ostentatious clothing. >

     

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Pegging down this fair-weather friend shouldn’t be too much of a task ... light and easy to assemble, this quick-pitch tent will not only stand out from the crowd with its cute blue print, but offers shade from the rays when the sun does comes out. High Point Quick Pitch tent in blue, £24.99, from Millets. For stockists, call 0800 389 5861 or visit www.millets.co.uk Wet and muddy, with the rain signalling a total wash-out, the only footwear fashionistas will be sporting is a pair of wellies. This year, cue Indian head-dresses as this season’s dressing-up prop of choice. With a retro Seventies feel, this butterfly-print cardigan hits all the right notes. Rain or shine, hippy chicks can wear it with cut-off denim shorts or jeans and a slip of a jumper worn underneath will keep out the chill. Sheer butterfly-print cardigan, £14.99, from TK Maxx. For stockists, visit www.tkmaxx.com Now this may not be the sexiest piece of kit, but a field essential for music lovers revelling in the great outdoors.

These Redfoot state-of-the-art foldable fancies will keep your tootsies warm and toasty long into the night. Redfoot folding rain boots, £49.99, from Redfoot. For stockists, visit www.redfootshoes.com Chart topper ... with 10 free songs a month from a choice of millions, Vodafone is riding the sound waves with its Music 10 Track Pack.

Vodafone customers purchasing (or upgrading) to a new BlackBerry (now until the end of July), can download their favourite tunes for six months. Models include the BlackBerry Bold, BlackBerry Curve and BlackBerry Torch, free on pay monthly plans from £25, with Vodafone Music 10 Track Pack, from Vodafone. For more information, visit www.vodafone.co.uk Hands free ... a wardrobe essential whatever the weather, Radley’s stylish leather utility bag will carry your wallet, lippy, mobile and a pair of sunnies. Grosvenor Across Body, £175, from Radley. For stockists, visit www.radley.co.uk

The Ultimate Festival Kit comes in a waterproof pouch and includes waterproofs, wipes, plasters, tissues, emergency blanket, toothbrush, and ear plugs for if the sound from the crowds gets too much! Ultimate Festival Kit, £19.99, from 24 Studio. For stockists, visit www.24studio.co.uk

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a Stylish Kitchen

Perfect recipes for

From contemporary chic to country cottage, no matter what your taste, there’s a kitchen to suit your lifestyle.

Unless you have the money to keep up with the latest trends every couple of years, it’s best to think carefully about what you really want your kitchen to be like.

Whether you’re on a tight budget or ready to splash the cash on the most up-to-date trends, here’s a brief guide to what’s available:

Sleek bold surfaces such as red and yellow may be hitting the showrooms, but is this really the style and colour you want for the next 10 years?

Surfaces

Many people don’t tend to change their kitchen units and worksurfaces that often, so, although it may be tempting to choose the most recent styles and colours, why not try and find that ‘middle ground’. Opting for high gloss sleek units in neutral shades is a good way to compromise, or why not go for wooden units with high specification granite worksurfaces?

Laminate is one of the cheapest options available and comes in a wide variety of colours and designs. It can scratch easily, though, so be sure to use chopping boards and pan stands for hot items. Wood is more expensive, yet keeps a timeless look, although it can also scratch easily and stain, so make sure it’s treated. Corian, a plastic-style worktop, gives a seamless look and can come in a wide choice of colours– and any scratches can be repaired. Granite and quartz surfaces provide an excellent worktop, although can be costly. They’re hard to scratch, long-lasting and hygienic. Units/cupboards Laminate unit doors are durable, easy to clean and are often long-lasting. Solid wood units can sometimes be prone to the temperature changes and humidity in a kitchen, although wood veneer is cheaper and isn’t affected so much. Walls Wallpaper and paint are the cheapest ways to decorate your kitchen walls, but be sure to buy specific ‘kitchen’ paint or wallpaper so it’s more durable to humidity and temperatures. Tiles are one of the best options, although depending on the size of your kitchen can become costly, so maybe try a combination of tiles and paint/wallpaper to get the best overall look

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Give your garden that

summer wow factor

with Graham Porter

Let’s all get into bed together – whether you are planting containers, borders or beds with the nation’s favourite plants, this month the busiest summer bedding time for most gardeners. With all chance of frost now a distant memory, at least until September, we can look forward to a warm, sunny, colourful summer, with the huge choice of bedding and container plants that we have available to us these days. We can blame the Victorians for the extravagant image that spring and summer bedding now has, as it gradually developed in the public parks of the later half of the 19th Century. Plant breeders worked hard to develop suitable half-hardy plants with bright, often garish colours that were then used in large, sweeping flower beds and ornate gardens that the public could enjoy. This enthusiasm for bedding continued well into the 1970’s until local authorities were re-organised in 1974 and this saw a gradual decline for the next 10-15 years until us amateur gardeners started to spend money on our own gardens. This in turn caused plant breeders to look again at container gardening and our modern range of bedding and container bedding plants emerged as a result.

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We now have an unprecedented range of plants available to us for brightening up our gardens and our neighbourhoods, with us amateurs adding baskets and containers to our houses and local authorities giving us street planters and hanging baskets to help give our towns and villages a feel good factor, all because our Victorian forebears wanted to do the same thing for their local people. My own top ten best plants for baskets are Impatiens (good in shady spots), Surfinia Petunias (cascading and continuous flowering without the need to dead head), perennial Nemesia (superb in baskets and containers), Diascia (some are fully hardy), Verbena (dead head for summer long flowers), Trailing Pelargoniums (superb for those hot, sunny spots), Trailing Lobelia (fills gaps in baskets better than any other), Calibrachoa (Million bells relative of Petunia), Helichrysum (silver or golden foliage plants to help soften the brighter colours, Bidens (a great filler with yellow flowers). >

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For containers and flower beds or borders, my favourite plants are Ageratum (fluffy mauve-blue flowers on short stems), Antirrhinums (snap-dragons for children – dead head for the best performance), Begonia semperflorens (summer long masses of red, white and pink flowers), Cleome (the spider flower to give height to a display), Dianthus (choose a good one to add scent to the display), Gaillardia (for those really hot, sunny patios), Bedding Pelargoniums (sold as Geraniums – superb flower colours), Lobelia (huge variety of flower colours to act as a background to other bolder plants, Bedding Nemesia (annuals that flower their heads off), Nicotiana (scented flowers in their thousands). So, if you haven’t bought your bedding and container plants yet, there’s still just about time.Take a trip to a garden centre, a local nursery, a farm shop or a local plant fair and be amazed at the vast selection that you have to choose from to help give your garden that summer wow factor

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Money Saving Tips

The heat is on

Let’s face it, we all love a barbecue - it’s just that the UK weather isn’t always that helpful.

At this moment all across Huddersfield, there will be grills and barbecues rusting away after a long sentence of garden misery. It is a sorry sight. But we all like playing with fire - even if it’s a fair-weathered passion, and the flames are soon burning again if the weather’s nice. So here’s 10 quick tips to help you make the most of those sunny afternoons and evenings. 1. Invest in a good barbecue. This means you need a grill surface – cast iron is particularly good. Buy a good-quality grill brush because constant cleaning will help ensure that your grill remains non-stick. 2. Lightly oil the grill surface. Use a clean tea towel that you are willing to part with. Fold it up, lightly coat with vegetable oil and, using a pair of tongs, brush the grill surface. (This will accentuate the grill lines on your burgers). 3. Create a safe zone, an area where there are no flames on the barbecue. If flames start rising up, you have a safe haven where your food won’t burn.

5. Glaze and sauce toward the end, otherwise the sugar will cause the meat to burn. 6. Consider vegetables – onion flavours work well because of the natural sugars. Leeks, spring onions and vegetables in their skin, such as onions and sweet potatoes. 7. Make easy side dishes beforehand, so you don’t have to walk away. That way you’re at the heart of the party and enjoying yourself – the most important part of barbecuing. 8. If you are cooking barbecues keep it simple and resist serving food before it is cooked thoroughly. Keep guests happy with crisps or salad to pick at while you cook. 9. If you are having a buffet, only bring it out of the fridge at the last minute, so it stays fresh for longer. 10. If there are any leftovers from the buffet or barbecue put them in the fridge as soon as you can.

4. Cook with shorter and thicker cuts of meat. That way you develop a more flavoursome crust and help to make the meat juicy. Rib-eye steak is particularly good. Re-season as you cook because grill bars tend to pull off spices and seasonings.

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HOPEFULLY, SUMMER IS HERE AND IT’S TIME TO DUST OFF THE BARBECUE!

Why not treat yourself to some of our tasty, home-made sausages, made from local farm-reared pork from Slaithwaite. We have: traditional pork, pork ‘n leek, pork ‘n tomato, pork ‘n chilli pepper, pork ‘n apple stuffing, cumberland, pork + black pudding, pork + caramelised onion, pork, cranberry + chutney. Or why not try our 100% beef burgers made with true Yorkshire beef. We have traditional plain, cracked black pepper and caramelised onion, also pork + apple burgers.

As well as lovely chicken breasts to marinate in: • Caribbean Jerk • • Hot ‘n Spicy Chinese • • Traditional BBQ • Also steak, beef, lamb and pork cuts to your liking.

KEEP IT LOCAL

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The real

REVIEW

RESTAURANT

A sizzling good experience by Andrew Hirst

This is the temple where meat lovers come to worship ...

This popular Argentinian-owned restaurant in the heart of Huddersfield has become a well established favourite for carnivores over the last four years. And one of the features that keeps customers coming back - apart from the superb steaks - is the hot rocks. A small slab of volcanic rock is heated in the oven to 400ºC so you can cook your own meat with your chips or new potatoes nestling on one side of this formidable platter and your salad or vegetables on the other.

A tart taste that adds life to the lightly-spiced empandadas. Other starters range from corn on the cob for vegetarians who must have walked into the wrong place in a moment of utter confusion, soup of the day and Argentine pork and beef sausage or black pudding with chargrilled pepper. Or, for the adventurous, 15 fresh peeled tiger prawns on the hot rock with garlic mayo, fresh lemon and a small salad.

A veritable DIY feast, but more of that later.

But enough of this build-up. Steak’s what this place is all about. The giant cow hide on the wall is a statement of intent.

This seals in all the juices. And then keep cooking until it’s just how you like it from virtually raw to just about blackened.

Help is always at hand here. Although the menu may not be extensive, it has been pulled together with true Argentinian pride.

Now there’s two ways to do this. Get the chefs to cook the meat or get yourself a hot rock.

It’s out to showcase the best of South American cuisine.

Up popped the waiter with Mr Benn-style regularity and familiarity to convince us to get hot – so we did.

Now my friend has always liked her steak well done until we did this. She now sees there’s a different way with it slightly pink in the middle.

Traditional starters are empanadas – smallish Cornish pasty-style with a choice of three fillings, beef with olives and onions, chicken and onions or cheeses. They come – as does the main course – with the restaurant’s piece de resistance, chimichurri sauce. This is an earthy offering of olive oil, vinegar and oregano. Now so popular they plan to sell it in bottles by the end of the year.

There are four main cuts of meat – rump, ribeye, sirloin and fillet. I went rump, my companion went fillet. Would we tell the difference? You bet. The meat has been cut up so you put it on the rock in slices. Sprinkle salt on your rock first so the meat doesn’t stick, pop the meat on and then quickly turn it over.

The rump was tender compared with your average supermarket cuts but the fillet was the tenderest steak we’d ever had. It made you wonder if the unfortunate beast had spent its final days in a spa. We both had homemade chips with their skins on. Friend had sauteed vegetables – courgettes, carrots, peppers, green beans, corn and broccoli cooked in olive oil and garlic. Stunning. I’d opted for the salad. Oh, and for those disorientated vegetarians, handmade parcels of pasta filled with ricota and parmigiano cheese served with cream or tomato sauce. No time for a dessert, but toffee plays a major role here including pancakes with Argentinian toffee and toffee ice-cream. Main courses vary from £14 to £16 or you can go massively overboard and have taster meals for two that are just a tad under £50. More good news is that from July 1 the early bird menu - which starts at £16 includes the hot rock option.

Argento Steakhouse 37 John William St., Huddersfield 01484 535440 www.argentosteakhouse.com

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Making ends

meat When you’re cutting costs - and who isn’t meat is often the first to go, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s a range of really tasty recipes making the most of better value cuts from your butcher. Get to know your local butcher and he can be a guide to keeping within your budget. Here you’ll find recipes for beef, pork and lamb - give them a try. Enjoy!

Lamb Chop Casserole Ingredients: 6 large (1kg) shoulder chops 25ml oil 2 large onions, chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 green pepper, seeded and diced 50ml flour 50ml tomato sauce 15ml Worcester sauce 15ml light brown sugar 25ml brown vinegar 250ml meat stock 2 bay leaves Salt and milled black pepper 5ml mixed and dried herbs Method: Preheat oven to 200ºC. Arrange chops in large baking dish to fit in single layer, and put into oven for 15 minutes. While baking, make sauce by heating oil and frying onions, garlic and green pepper. When softened, remove from stove and stir in flour. When well mixed, add tomato sauce, Worcester sauce, sugar, vinegar, stock and bay leaves and stir to combine. Remove chops from oven and sprinkle with salt, pepper and herbs. Pour sauce over and cover securely. Reduce temperature to 160ºC, and bake for about 1 hour 30 minutes, or until tender. Serves 6

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Stifado Ingredients: 50ml flour 10ml salt 5ml paprika 30ml oil 1kg top quality beef shin in 2cm thick slices 24 pickling onions, peeled 250ml beef stock 35ml tomato paste 15ml brown sugar 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2 bay leaves 1 stick cinnamon 3 whole cloves 175ml red wine 100ml sour cream Method: Mix flour, salt paprika and origanum and coat shin on both sides, reserving any that remains. Heat oil and brown meat lightly on both sides. Remove to baking dish in single layer. Brown onions in same frying pan, adding a little more oil if necessary. Transfer to baking dish with meat when golden brown. Drain off any fat from pan, then add stock, tomato paste, sugar, garlic, bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves and red wine mixed with remaining flour mixture. Bring to the boil and pour over meat. Check that spices are lying in the gravy and not on the shin. Cover and bake at 160ºC for 1 hour 30 minutes or until tender. Cool. Remove bay leaves, cloves and cinnamon and return dish to oven for 40 minutes at 160ºC to heat through before serving. The gravy should be fairly thick and quite generous, but if it has reduced too much, add 100ml stock before reheating. Just before serving swirl in sour cream, and garnish with parsley. Serves 4-5.

Chinese-style Spare ribs of Pork These ribs are first steamed until tender, marinated and then baked – which is not the regular way of dealing with them, but it does save hours or broiling, basting and possible drying out in the oven. They are neither overly sticky nor sweet, but do need to be eaten using fingers, with forks for the Chinese rice. Ingredients: 1,2-1,4kg spareribs in one or two pieces 15ml oil 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 50ml soy sauce 100ml dry white wine 25ml honey 1 knob root ginger, peeled and crushed 15ml brown vinegar 10ml brown sugar Method: Steam ribs over simmering water for about 1 hour 30 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile make marinade by heating oil and frying onion and garlic until soft. Remove saucepan from stove and add soy sauce, wine, honey and ginger. As soon as ribs are cool enough to handle, slice lengthways into long strips. Arrange in a single layer in a large glass baking dish and pour marinade over while they are still hot. Leave at room temperature for about 3 hours, turning occasionally. Before baking, sprinkle with vinegar and sugar and then bake at 180º for 30 minutes or until browned. Place ribs on serving platter and surround with rice. Don’t forget the finger bowls. Serves 4.

Chinese Rice Ingredients: 2 leeks 25ml oil 250ml white, long-grain rice 500ml heated chicken stock 25ml soy sauce 250ml mung bean sprouts 100ml chopped, toasted almonds Method: Soften leeks in heated oil. Add rice and toss until coated with oil. Add stock and soy sauce, cover and simmer for 25 minutes or until cooked. Fork in sprouts and almonds. Serves 4-6.

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Playthis it cool summer

As summer heats up, thoughts turn to parties and BBQs and something bright and light in a glass.

For an outdoor afternoon with friends, here are some colourful suggestions to help you serve up a treat. For the prettiest cocktail on the circuit, try this tasty concoction featuring Chambord raspberry liqueur (£6.79, 20cl, www.ocado.com) and Midori melon liqueur (£16.69, 70cl, major supermarkets). Similar to a daiquiri, with lots of crushed ice and fruit, it’s superlicious. STRAWBERRIES AND GREEN 30ml Midori, 30ml Chambord, 30ml lemon juice, 4 fresh strawberries, 2 pieces of fresh melon Blend ingredients with crushed ice into a sorbetlike texture, and pour into a chilled tumbler. Garnish with a strawberry, and a slice of melon.

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Quintessentially British, a jug of Pimm’s is our favourite thirst-quencher in the great outdoors. This year, Pimm’s is flying the flag with a limited edition Union Jack label on its Pimm’s Original Number One Cup (£14.56, 70cl, Sainsbury’s). Here’s a delicious concoction to try at home. PIMM’S DEUCE Take a jug or glass and fill it with ice. Mix one part Pimm’s Number One with 1.5 parts orange juice and 1.5 parts cranberry juice, add a slice of orange and a strawberry. Sit back and toast your favourite sporting star. Purists who prefer to sip guilt-free will enjoy Shloer’s limited edition Summer Fruit Punch (£2.29, Tesco). Famed for its grape juices, this non-alcoholic sweet sparkler is light, fruity and versatile enough to please discerning drinkers if you add a measure of white rum.

For a sparkling performer and unanimous crowdpleaser, try Louis Bernard Rose NV Champagne (£22.97, Asda). A Decanter medal winner, this classic blend of 53% pinot meurnier, 34% pinot noir, 13% chardonnay is a fragrant salmon pink with a raspberry nose, fine mousse and refreshingly clean finish. Or if you prefer the more traditional glass of wine, why not try Jacob’s Creek Semillon Chardonnay (£7.59, major supermarkets), Jacob’s Creek Shiraz Rose (£7.59, major supermarkets) or its rich, velvety red, Jacob’s Creek Shiraz Cabernet (£7.59, major supermarkets). If you prefer a breezy sauvignon blanc, try Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc Aconcagua Costa Single Vineyard 2010 (£11.49, Waitrose) - the Chilean winemaker’s first release from its new Manzanar Estate, close to the Atlantic Ocean (and a worthy addition to its portfolio). Crisp and herbaceous with gooseberry fruit flavours and hints of freshly cut grass, it’s an intense mouthful that’s terrific with salads and seafood.

For a picnic at your favourite beauty spot with a portable DAB radio, try sipping on a lovely, light red such as Pirie South Pinot Noir 2009 (£13.95, www. jeroboams.co.uk). This modern New Zealand pinot from Tasmania is soft on the palate with delicate plummy fruit, a backbone of fine tannins, and a perfumed bouquet. It’s the perfect partner with antipasti, chicken with potato salad or a wheel of brie. For the patriotic, celebrate summer with English winemaker Denbies - its Denbies Chalk Ridge Rose 2010 was awarded gold at the International Wine Challenge for best still rose 2011. Stocks are limited, but wine lovers can still pick up a special fourpack gift set which includes the Chalk Ridge Rose 2010, Rose Hill Rose, Bacchus 2009 and sparkling silver medal winner Cubitt Reserve (£55.75, www.denbies.co.uk)

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Independent Huddersfield

Keep it in the family Family businesses have long made an important contribution to Huddersfield and its economy. The town has a host of familyrun firms in retail, manufacturing and construction. In many cases, these firms have been providing jobs, products and services for several generations and have become a much-loved feature of the local economic landscape. Nationally, about three quarters of all businesses are family concerns and together they employ about half of all those in employment. Many of Huddersfield’s biggest businesses began as family firms. Happily, many of the town’s foremost businesses have retained that status.

JOHN SHAW & SONS

WALKERS JEWELLERS

John Shaw & Sons is one of Huddersfield’s most successful independent garages. The company, based at Leeds Road near the Galpharm Stadium, provides commercial sales and repair facilities and has also been an appointed local area agent for vehicle recovery organisations Green Flag and Britannia Rescue.

Step into The Old Shop in Huddersfield’s Market Walk and enter an enchanting world. The Old Shop was established as a high class jewellers in 1852. The present sumptuous interior, with spiral staircase, velvet drapes, etched glass cabinets and crystal chandelier, dates from 1901.

The firm is regarded as a fine example of a thriving Huddersfield business and one of the area’s few remaining independent local garages. As well as catering for commercials, John Shaw’s garage offers a full service and MOT facility for private motorists and work on a wide range of vehicles, cars and vans, aswell as commercial vehicles and particularly specialise in motorhomes. John Shaw & Sons operate a ‘one stop shop’ for all motoring needs, even a small petrol station, and many customer’s return time and time again.

This family business is headed by Sharron Walker, part of a long line of highly regarded goldsmiths and jewellers. An experienced working jeweller and qualified diamond grader, Sharron herself undertakes repairs and alterations in the company’s own workshop on site. Sharron takes great pride in investing in the education of her team, with continual training and specialist courses. Walkers Jewellers also offer remodelling, stone setting and valuations for the purposes of insurance and probate. >

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Independent Huddersfield PP MARRON CARPETS

NAYLOR MYERS

QUARRY GARAGE

Family flooring business P P Marron Carpets has built up an enviable reputation across West Yorkshire and the north of England.

Naylor Myers Ltd has forged a name for itself as one of Yorkshire’s leading independent building supply companies.

Quarry Garage was established in 1975 by proprietor John Denton, who embarked on the business following a career in engineering.

The company provides a professional flooring suppy and fitting service direct to its customers in Huddersfield, Halifax, Leeds, Dewsbury, Wakefield and further afield. Its experienced team can offer a complete service - from friendly guidance to choosing the right product to measuring, planning and preparation and installation. P P Marron boasts a huge selection of flooring products at its showrooms in Wakefield Road, Waterloo, including carpets, carpet tiles, wood laminate flooring, vinyl flooring and underlays for lounges, dining rooms, hallways, staircases, kitchens and bathrooms.

The business, based at Barr Street, off Leeds Road, Huddersfield, takes pride in its reputation for customer service, keen pricing and sophisticated delivery service. It is able to offer a wide range of building materials and associated products through its network of 10 branches, including ones in Huddersfield, Brighouse, Batley, Denby Dale and Penistone. Naylor Myers is part of the family-run Myers Group, which also includes Myers Build & DIY, Readymix Concrete, Johnsons Wellfield Quarries, Boards Timber Merchants and HSH Skip Hire.

The business has been operating from its site – originally a quarry stable at Mount – for more than 30 years. The business has invested in training and quality assurance programmes as well as state-of-the-art facilities to meet demand for a range of motor requirements, including car sales, servicing and repairs. The company is proud of its reputation for quality and its success in achieving repeat business – where customers are treated as friends.

Naylor Myers was founded in 1973 and is now the biggest trading element of the Myers Group.

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The business of Armitage’s Garden Centres was established in 1842 as seed merchants in Huddersfield.

ARMITAGES GARDEN CENTRES

The family-owned business garden centres at Birchencliffe and Shelley, which offer a range of products for the home and garden, including plants, garden furniture, ornaments, home accessories and gifts. The centres draw on the firm’s seed merchant roots, offering an extensive choice of seeds and bulbs, shrubs and bedding plants. Both centres include contemporary coffee shops. Armitage’s is an award-winning member of the Garden Centre Association and puts excellence, quality and customer care at the forefront of its business. T W BIRKS LTD The family firm of T W Birks Ltd was formed in 1929 by Thomas Wilfred Birks as a joinery and undertaking business. From humble beginnings, the company was expanded and improved by Wilfred’s son, Thomas Geoffrey Birks. Today, the firm is run by the founder’s grandchildren, Thomas Neil Birks, Alastair, Ian and Fiona. The company operates a fleet of modern hearses and limousines and provides a 24-hour service with funeral homes in Huddersfield, Holmfirth and Sheffield. It is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors, the British Institute of Funeral Directors, the Society of Allied Independent Funeral Directors and the British Institute of Embalmers. >

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Independent Huddersfield WALKER TIMBER

THATCHERS FURNISHINGS

SWIFT BLINDS & CURTAINS LTD

Walker Timber has been supplying high quality timber, fencing, hardware and accessories to the trade and the public for more than 70 years.

Thatchers Furnishings is one of Huddersfield’s premier independent stores.

Since its formation in 1969, Swift Blinds and Curtains Ltd has manufactured, supplied and installed all types of quality blinds and curtains from its showroom, office and factories on Lockwood Road, Lockwood.

Joseph Walker started the business in the 1930s as a “general dealer”. The reins passed to his son George, who grew the business from the 1950s until he transferred the company in the 1980s to his son Richard and his wife, Liz. During the 1990s, Mark – Joseph’s great grandson – took the helm with his wife Michelle, since then they have added two new divisions, the Fencing Centre and the Joinery Shop.

The company, which has been supplying furniture, carpets and curtains since 1940, celebrated its diamond jubilee in 2000. It has a vast collection of traditional and contemporary designs available to view at its showrooms in Dundas Street. It also has a popular coffee shop, Rafters, which occupies part of the top floor. Thatchers was started by Herbert Thatcher in premises at Queen’s Mill Lane before moving to Albion Street at the end of the 1940s and to its present site in 1962.

The firm’s logistics division offers a choice of vehicles to ensure a fast, efficient delivery. Its bespoke joinery and fitting service further compliments the firm’s personal approach to business.

The firm’s modern showroom displays a vast array of products for the home, while specialist flame retardant blinds and curtains are available for the workplace – whether it be education, health, industrial, leisure or office premises. Swift also supplies the blind trade nationwide on a daily basis and employs more than 50 people in its two modern factory buildings. The company encompasses design and measuring to expert installation by CSCScertified tradesmen. Swift is a member of the British Blind and Shutters Association. See advertisement page 37

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Family Run Business Since 1923 OPEN NEW DIY STORE Brother and sister, James & Katie Berry, the fourth generation of the Myers Family have set up a DIY store at Crosland Hill. The Brand New DIY Store has everything under one roof including Kitchens, Bathrooms, Gardening, Decorating, all DIY essentials. Title Feature



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Kirkburton A retail revival breathing new life into Kirkburton must surely qualify as one of the region’s best kept secrets. Village shops in many parts of the country have become an endangered species. In others they are almost extinct. But Kirkburton has bucked the trend - a glimmer of light, a ray of sunshine, in the economic gloom which still lingers over much of the UK. A shopping trip five miles out of town usually involves traipsing around one or more stores of warehouse proportions, but here, the old adage rings true: small is beautiful. >

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Venturing from the A629 along North Road, around the corner into George Street and slightly further afield, visitors returning to the village for the first time in years have been pleasantly surprised by the variety of ‘one-off’ independent retailers, essential services and a choice of places to wine and dine. Among others, you will find ladies fashions, ladies hats and gents contemporary fashions, cycle shop, bakery and butcher’s, as well as pubs and restaurants, an interior design business and - a boon for busy people everywhere - an ironing service. Parking is easy and free of charge at the council-run car parks on Huddersfield Road (clinic) and Riley Lane. The village is also served by regular buses from Huddersfield. Present day Kirkburton combines ancient and modern. Centuries of history soon begin to unfold if you take a little time out to explore, but as a thriving community also looks forward with a spring in its step and a youthful vigour. The University of Huddersfield’s student village at Storthes Hall Park has been a major influence, bringing an influx of hundreds of young people each year, who become, for their time here, a vital part of Kirkburton’s extended family, providing a healthy boost to the local economy.

Life in a busy town must seem a world away when you return home after a long day of learning and socialising to an oasis of calm, with beautiful countryside all around. Set against this idyllic backdrop is the hamlet of Thunder Bridge, probably best known for its village ‘local’ The Woodman, which dates back to the 1800s. Lower Hartley Bank Wood, to the north, is home to a fine array of tree and plant life with a meandering stream along the valley bottom. Lovingly maintained by the Woodland Trust, the wood is a veritable haven for wildlife conservationists. Bramble, bracken and foxglove are just three examples of the many varieties found here.

Kirkburton

The Foxglove is now also the name of a popular country pub and restaurant in Kirkburton, which many people still remember as ‘The Three Owls’. It was built in 1868 in a mock Tudor style as ‘The Railway Junction’ - at the same time as the local branch line. The tradition of welcoming travellers continues and nowadays you can also arrange an overnight stay at the 23-bedroom Innkeeper’s Lodge. >

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Way back in medieval times, Kirkburton as we know it today was in the shadow of Highburton, the upstart neighbour which had its own market. You can still see the ancient market cross, at the top of Far Dene at its junction with Town Gate and Hall Lane. Dating back to the 14th century, it stands as a permanent reminder of what was once a hive of retailing activity. Kirkburton eventually took centre stage with the village church of All Hallows, one of the district’s best known landmarks, its western tower rising to 78ft. Although it has undergone many changes, the building today is considered to be the most complete example of a 13th Century church in West Yorkshire. >

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The surrounding churchyard is an interesting feature in its own right with a heritage trail to follow. The church is open to visitors on selected dates, which include Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, and Saturdays - in addition to the usual service times. For more details, visit the church website www.allhallows.com Burton Village Hall, formerly Highburton School, was extensively renovated in 1999 with funds raised by the local community and supported by a lottery grant. It is home to Kirkburton Parish Council and a number of village groups and organisations.

If Wimbledon fortnight inspires you to take up tennis, or start playing again, perhaps for the first time in many a year, Highburton Gregory Fields Tennis Club is definitely worth a visit. Coaching is offered on an individual or group basis. Beginners and new members are welcome to go along on Thursdays from 7pm - the regular ‘social tennis’ evening for adults. You can play as a visitor for five sessions (£3 each) before deciding whether to join or not. To find out more, contact membership secretary Maureen on 01484 341365

Kirkburton

The village as a whole has good amenities for ramblers and walkers  - a Township Trail circular walk which includes the church would be worth considering if you are keen to explore in a little more detail.

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Take a walk on the mild side

HUDDERSFIELD WALKS

Kirkburton is one of the prettiest - and more historic - areas in West Yorkshire.

And ten new walks– one for each village in the ward – were recently launched to promote heritage, fitness and tourism.

Molly lived in the 19th century, and had the only mangle in the village, which she used to make her living.

The project is managed by parish councillor Michelle Atkinson.

Along the route near Stocksmoor, walkers will come across a half tonne guide stoop, or stone marker post, carved by David Bradbury from Shepley.

Each walk features a historical character and narrative. The Stocksmoor and Thurstonland walk, for example, is called the Molly Mangle Meander.

This has already attracted interest from local hikers. The ten walks are located in Shepley, Shelley, Farnley Tyas, Kirkburton, Highburton, Grange Moor, Flockton, Kirkheaton and Lepton. Project manager Clr Michelle Atkinson said: “We would like this project to celebrate our beautiful countryside and encourage visitors to the area to boost business income. “People can do the whole route or just walk to the guide stoop and back. “We are also hoping to achieve ‘Walkers are Welcome’ status for the parish, which will also help local business pull in tourists from around the country.” The project, scheduled for completion by December, incorporates a series of ten leaflets, a website and ten guide stoops. It has been funded by The East Peak Innovation Partnership (www.epip.org.uk) and Kirkburton Parish Council. Marshalls Plc has donated the stone for the guide stoops

“Bringing rural projects to life”

Kirkburton Parish Council

MARKING THE WAY The new guide stoop at Stocksmoor, on one of the ten new signature walks around the Kirkburton area

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Affordable solar energy for the home was once the stuff of science fiction More and more homes and businesses however are opting for sustainable and renewable energy which not only reduces your carbon footprint, but is surprisingly affordable. The energy from the sun can be used to generate two types of power, electricity and heat. Solar collectors gathering the sun’s energy to transform into electricity are called “photovoltaic” (PV), and the solar collectors can be used to heat domestic hot water.

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Even taking into account the temperamental weather in the UK, solar water heating can typically provide almost all hot water requirements during the summer months and averages around 70% year-round performance. In April 2010, the Government introduced an incentive scheme, which means PV systems are even more cost effective. It is a key aspect of reaching the national targets in carbon reduction which governments have signed up to. >

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The scheme includes paid “Feed-in Tariffs” (FITs) for producing electricity. In addition, you can use the electricity produced free of charge.

There is even a cashback scheme for the energy you do not use, which is sold to the National Grid

The Government introduced FITs in order that businesses, domestic householders and social housing could make the most of renewable technology.

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A taste of heaven, a v I wonder what Alan Partridge would have made of the view we encountered as we looked out from Holbeck Ghyll over Lake Windermere. The grand vista from this splendid former hunting lodge has been rated by one guide as among the top 15 in the world. I don’t doubt it is because my wife and I had a similar outlook, albeit from a hotel nearer the lake, on the last night of our honeymoon. This was the first time we had re-visited the area to stay in a top rung hotel since that night in 1994 when the sunset seemed to last forever. This time round, we could see all of 50 yards in front of our mist-dampened noses. The Lakes were fog-bound. “Ah-haa,” as Norfolk’s most famous DJ might say. Were we disappointed? Not really because the pleasures of staying at Holbeck Ghyll mitigate against the vagaries of Mother Nature. When you’re in this part of the world, you go with the flow. The ex-pad of Lord Lonsdale, of boxing fame, may be set in a beautiful location, far above the bustle of Windermere’s tourist beat in a secluded fellside spot, but don’t worry if the weather turns bad outside: there are plenty of pleasures that lie within.

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The Alan Partridge reference is apposite because Holbeck Ghyll was one of the restaurants Steve Coogan, the fictional presenter’s creator, visited for his latest TV comedy outting. The Trip featured Coogan playing himself, sort of, during a riotous gastronomic journey across Northern England. The comedian had supposedly been commissioned to fill in as The Observer’s food critic and dragged along Rob Brydon as a dining companion. It was a bold move by Holbeck Ghyll to allow the BBC to set a large chunk of one of the episodes in its splendidly English oak-panelled restaurant. Contracts were no doubt examined by lawyers but you can never be sure how things will turn out in the final cut. As it was, the gamble clearly paid off, several times over. When we visited on a Wednesday, the restaurant was full. A member of staff told me the hotel restaurant has now become part of The Trip circuit.

Committed diners follow in the elbow prints of Coogan and Brydon, working their way through the half dozen places featured in the show.

Is the food worth the hype? Totally. Head chef David McLaughlin has successfully retained a Michelin star for 11 years. The food is modern, reassuringly English with French flourishes, and it’s consistently good. There wasn’t a duff dish among those we tried between the four of us. Yes, four. Children are now in tow. The honeymoon may be truly over, but the accommodation at Holbeck Ghyll ensures privacy all round. We stayed overnight in The Shieling, a private suite just 50 yards from the main house (25 doubles). It is one of five luxury accommodations of its type, which sleep between two and 12 people. Love-birds should swoop on the Miss Potter Suite, which has a lake view, private terrace and sunken hot tub. >

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The two well-sized bedrooms at The Shieling are on the ground floor, with their own bathrooms, and the well-lit first floor offers a good-size sitting room, kitchen and a small balcony, from which you can see the lake and the Langdales, or possibly just mist. It’s a very peaceful, stressfree arrangement. Our daughters are now old enough not to terrorise fellow guests but I’d imagine The Shieling, or any of the private suites, would be particularly attractive to parents with young children. At Holbeck Ghyll, mums and dads seeking a spot of luxury and gastronomic fulfilment can have their Kendal mint cake and eat it.

Before dinner, Sally and I enjoyed an hourplus of pampering in the hotel’s unshowy, welcoming spa. ESPA products and the therapist’s gentle hands ensured I soon entered blissful oblivion. Don’t feel guilty, just pretend, like I did, that you’ve completed a gruelling fell run and are perfectly entitled to a soothing spa treatment.

The daube of beef offered up rich flavours while the veal fillet couldn’t have been cooked any better. Wonderful meats, as was the duck (with creamed cabbage) and our youngest polished off every trace of her seabass and butternut squash risotto. All the sauces were exemplary, the bottle of 2006 Mercurey offering lovely red fruits. Puddings, which can overface after such indulgence, were all lightness of touch while offering sweet depths of flavour. A pretty summery duo of coconut and pineapple and a majestic chocolate platter, comprising five elements, all won praise but my date pudding with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream was the surprise of the night.

Being a masochist I chose it, thinking it would be too heavy, too rich, too damn much. How wrong I was. A simply lovely pud, a real favourite. I barely noticed that it had got dark, let alone that it was misty.

With food this good, who needs to look at a lake? Andrew Hirst For more details, go to www.holbeckghyll.com or telephone 01539 432 375.

The three-course a la carte dinner (£60) was a joy. After aperitifs and generous canapes in the main lounge, we had some delicious starters from land and sea, with two terrine pressings of guinea fowl and chicken, a simply roasted trio of plump scallops and a light crab salad, all well (and freshly) garnished.

Left: Holbeck Ghyll hotel, one of the finest hotels in the Lake District Below: View of Windermere from Holbeck Ghyll

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We have a sparkling line-up of authors for this year’s Examiner Literary Luncheon on Tuesday, October 4th

Her latest novel, Blueeyedboy is a dark and complex psychological thriller set in the world of the internet.

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Although the book is a work of fiction, Chris says corporate espionage is populated with fascinating, often eccentric people - a rich seam of material for any writer. The London-based author has advised Middle Eastern governments, Russian oligarchs, New York banks and African mining companies. It was his job to find information that would solve his clients’ problems or help them to make important decisions. The stakes, he says, were often high. Annabel Pitcher is a former teacher whose first novel, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, an unusual and cleverly-told tale of how the ripples from a single act of terrorism can tear the heart from a family, was snapped up by publishers and launched earlier this year to critical acclaim. Born and raised in the Holme Valley, Annabel gave up her job teaching English in order to become a full time writer. My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece has been nominated for the Guardian Children’s book of the Year prize and will be out in paperback this autumn. Annabel has just completed her second novel, which will be published in 2012, and is discovering that life as an author can mean travelling the world on promotional tours. Rights for her first book have now been sold to 15 countries.

Mike Pannett

Joanne Harris was brought up in Barnsley but has made her home in Huddersfield, where she lives with her daughter and husband. She had written and published two previous novels before hitting the big time with the best-selling Chocolat, the whimsical tale of a sleepy French village changed by the arrival of a beautiful young chocolatier. The book was made into a film with Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche. Since then Joanne has written eight more novels, a book of short stories and collaborated on two cookery books.

Chris Morgan Jones spent many years working for one of the largest business intelligence agencies in the world, Kroll International, and it is from this fast-paced world that he has drawn material for his first novel, An Agent of Deceit.

Annabel Pitcher

The event - on Tuesday, October 4 - has a Yorkshire feel as three of the speakers have a close connection to the region.

Chris Morgan Jones

Joanne Harris

Huddersfield’s own internationally-acclaimed novelist Joanne Harris will be joined at the event - now in its 26th year - by spy thriller writer Chris Morgan Jones; Annabel Pitcher, an acclaimed new name in children’s fiction; and Mike Pannett, the North Yorkshire police officer turned author.

Mike Pannett was born in York and joined the Metropolitan Police in 1988. He also served on the Divisional Crime Squad, Murder Squad and TSG (Riot Police). He transferred to North Yorkshire police in 1997 as he missed the countryside, became a rural beat officer and eventually, a wildlife officer. In 2005 he starred in the BBC’s Country Cops and was inspired to write about his adventures in the North Yorkshire force. He lives with his wife Ann, who is still a serving police officer, and their three children in a small village in the shadow of the North Yorkshire moors, and has written three books. The latest is Not on My Patch Lad. Mike has been described as the James Herriot of policing

The menu for the event is as follows: roast breast of chicken with buttered new potatoes, green beans, tarragon and white wine cream sauce; apple crumble tart with vanilla custard; coffee and chocolates. The vegetarian option, which must be pre-booked, is Wensleydale cheese and potato pie with roast tomatoes, rocket and basil pesto.

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Are you ready for

the big switch? The first part of the analogue television service switch-over starts at Emley Moor in September. It will eventually render analogue televisions unusable if they’re not altered to digital. Emley Moor mast, which provides coverage for most of Yorkshire, will be switched over in two stages.

September 7 is the first main test for Huddersfield – BBC Two analogue is switched off in favour of digital.

We’re urging anyone still watching analogue television to make the change now...

But by September 21 what remains of the analogue system will be gone forever. It means that anyone who has not switched to digital and re-tuned will lose their TV service. Users of Freeview on digital will also have to re-tune twice to keep all channels. However, digital viewers using Sky or Virgin do not have to do anything. The switch-over also involves local repointer services which ensure coverage in the hills and valleys where Emley Moor cannot reach. A Help Scheme has been set up to help the elderly to switch to digital, while people eligible for disability benefits, registered blind or partially sighted or living in care homes can also get help.

What will happen • Emley Moor mast will have two stages to going digital on September 7 for BBC Two and September 21 for all channels. • At the completion of switchover, Freeview services are predicted to be available to 98.5% of UK households. • Switchover will see more than 1,000 local relay/repointed transmitters throughout the country upgraded to digital. • Some viewers may receive two regional variants of BBC and ITV channels, but viewers can prioritise their preferred regional services by completing a manual re-tune. • For £40 the elderly and eligible disabled will be given equipment to switch one TV per household to digital, have the equipment installed and a demonstration of how it works. More information is available on 0800 40 85 900 www.helpscheme.co.uk. By 2012 the whole country will be digital.

John Askew, Digital UK’s regional manager for the Yorkshire TV region, said: “We’re urging anyone still watching analogue television to make the change now and to contact the Help Scheme if they’re eligible for practical support.” By 2012 the whole country will be digital.

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Let Robbie’s fashion entertain you Turn the guy in your life into a style magnet. Here are some of this summer’s hottest menswear trends. When Robbie Williams hangs up his designer touring shoes with Take That, he’s planning on fashioning a career out of menswear.

“Summer is the best time of year to inject a bit of colour into your life and be more playful with your wardrobe,’’ explains Toby Bateman, buying director at mrporter.com

The singer has announced the launch of his Farrell label for autumn 2011, drawing inspiration on the smart tailoring of London’s Savile Row.

“You can easily introduce colour, lose the socks if you’re wearing loafers and there’s no need to be constricted by heavy outerwear.’’

His late grandfather, Jack Farrell, is the muse for Robbie’s collection, which pays homage to his style with a heritage feel – one of winter’s upcoming top trends.

But dads, beware of embarrassing your kids with age-inappropriate fashion.

But if next season is all about herringbone, tweeds and tailoring, now is the season of anti-stuffiness for men.

“Have fun this summer, but remain cautious – neons, short shorts and sandals in the city are the domain of the under-25s,’’ Bateman warns.

Here’s how to wear this season’s hottest looks. BLOCK COLOUR Ditch the dark colours until September and embrace bold brights for high summer. Up the colour ante as temperatures soar. “Block colour is an easy way to modernise your wardrobe and was seen all over the catwalks,’’ says Bateman. “I’d suggest chino shorts in a bold primary colour teamed with a shirt or polo shirt as the most simple way to work the trend. Don’t co-ordinate the colours to show true fashion savvy.’’ CHAMBRAY If you’re one of many guys addicted to denim, beat the heat and lighten up with chambray. “It’s a great alternative to denim for summer,’’ Bateman says. “As a natural fabric it ‘breathes’, so keeps the wearer cool while retaining a distinctly masculine feel.’’ Chambray is available in a variety of colours but stick to pale and mid-blues to achieve a distinctly denim feel minus the heavyweight fabric. UTILITY No need to join the services like Prince Harry to work the utilitarian trend. Opt for military-inspired tones of khaki, camel and pale grey for off-duty style. “Most menswear has an element of utility in it,’’ Bateman explains. “I always feel that the best menswear has to combine form and function, in that fit is always key but it has to serve a purpose otherwise it’s just decoration.’’ Adopt raw-edged fabrics, workmeninspired boots and lightweight leather jackets for an ‘undone’ look. GINGHAM One of the big issues for shirt wearers this summer is – buttoned-up or down? In one corner, the mod-style shirt done all the way to the top and, in the other, the 70s gigolo chest-baring look a la Simon Cowell. One trend that isn’t up for debate is the print of the season – gingham. Bateman says: “It’s a great swim short fabric and it works well in any colour.’’

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Home is w Kevin Brown is a very proud Lancastrian. And the large red rose tattoo on his right arm leaves no doubt. But the captain of Huddersfield Giants has also admitted he’s happy to have the tag of an honoury Yorkshiremen.

Before Brown moved from Wigan to the Galpharm-Stadium based Super League club midway through 2006, the 26-yearold stand-off would never have thought that possible. However, the St Helens-born Brown and his wife Kirsty have now settled into Huddersfield life so comfortably that the couple wouldn’t want to live anywhere else – although the highly popular skipper admits he still has to pinch himself whenever he says that! “We really do love it here,” said Brown, who played rugby league as a junior at Thatto Heath Crusaders, Haydock Warriors, Pilkington Recs and Blackbrook before signing for Wigan’s Academy side in 2002. “I have to admit that when I came on loan to Huddersfield I wasn’t exactly over-joyed about it. In fact, it’s fair to say I was pretty devastated. “From the day I started playing the game as a seven-year-old, all I wanted to do was to play for Wigan, and when I joined them shortly after my 16th birthday it was one of the proudest days of my life. “My dream had come true. “And it just kept on getting better and better. “Within a year I was making my Wigan firstteam debut in a home derby against St Helens in front of the Sky TV cameras, when Saints were odd-on favourites to win. They were at full-strength and we were badly hit by injuries, which is why I was thrown in at the deep end. >

‘I salute you’, Kevin Brown shows his appreciation to the Huddersfield fans who have taken him to their hearts.

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is where the heart is “But it was a fantastic day, and to cap it all I was named the Sky TV man-of-the-match. “I suppose you could say that was the day when I’d arrived. “By the time I was 19, I was a member of Wigan’s senior leadership group and had been called up to the Great Britain Test trainon squad. “At that time, I felt on top of the world. “But just when I thought life couldn’t get any better, I was hit by a real hammer blow. “Although being part of Wigan’s first-team and playing Super League on a regular basis was fantastic, it was still a difficult time for the club. “I was part of what was a fairly ageing squad and at one stage we found ourselves involved in a relegation battle. “We’d gone through a number of coaches, and when Brian Noble came in to take over, he decided he needed a bit more experience and signed Stuart Fielden. “That took the club over the salary cap, and I was one of those who was told to leave as a consequence.

“Our families still live over the other side of the Pennines (Kirsty’s brother is Wigan and England back-row forward gareth Hock) and we obviously visit them on a regular basis.

By his own admission, it’s another moment he’ll savour for ever.

“But we now call Huddersfield home, and we’re proud to say it.”

“I suppose I was always in the frame, having led the side a number of times last season when Brett was injured, but you can never take anything like this for granted. After all, this squad is full of quality players.

Brown knows, however, that life wouldn’t be quite as comfortable if he wasn’t enjoying his rugby league quite so much. In his time at the club, he has played in a Challenge Cup final at Wembley – although it was to end in heartache when he suffered a knee injury during the 2009 defeat to Warrington Wolves and missed the last two months of the season – helped the Giants to reach last season’s Super League play-off semi-final and then tour Australia and New Zealand as part of England’s Four Nations squad. But his proudest moment came two months after his return from Down Under when Giants head coach Nathan Brown asked him if he would to take over as club captain from the departed Brett Hodgson. Last season’s Giants Player of the Year didn’t need much persuading.

“As I said I was pretty devastated at the time, and when I came to Huddersfield I thought it was one of the worst things that had ever happened to me!

Having led Huddersfield into Super League action on the occasions when Hodgson was absent, Brown was always the natural choice.

“It’s nothing personal against Huddersfield. It was just that my dream of playing for Wigan was over, and being told by the club you’d supported since you were a young kid that they didn’t want you any more is very hard to take.

Yet that still didn’t make the moment when he was officially approached to take over any less special.

“I’ll never forget how I felt when Nathan asked me,” reflected Brown.

“So when he did ask me, I couldn’t have been more delighted. “I’d have to say being named Huddersfield captain is probably the highlight of my career so far. Even better than being signed by Wigan and making such an amazing debut for them! “It’s such a massive honour to be asked to lead a side that’s so full of talent and now regarded as a real ‘big’ club in the game once again, and a club that is now a genuine challenger for silverware. “As the new captain, I’d love to mark my first season in the role by lifting a trophy, which I know we can. We’re in the top four in Super League and in the quarter-final of the Challenge Cup. “I think bringing silverware to Huddersfield would be the icing on the cake. “That would be another dream.” ‘True colours’, Kevin Brown proudly displays his Lancastrian heritage to his Dewsbury-born half-back partner Danny Brough.

“But since then I’ve learned that what can seem a bad thing at the time can end up becoming a good one. “When I look back at the way things went, I can honestly say everything was for the best. “I’m now an incredibly proud captain of Huddersfield Giants and the team leader of a club that has become one of the most respected in Super League. “And I’m also part of a squad that’s the most tight-knit I’ve ever known. I’m not only playing alongside my teammates, I’m playing and training with my best mates, and being coached by the best coaching team imaginable. “But life is also just as good away from the club. “As a proud Lancastrian, it grates me to say this, but I love the Huddersfield people and I love the town. I’ve now come to realise that Yorkshire folk aren’t that bad after all! “Kirsty and myself decided a couple of years ago to move over to Huddersfield, and the people here have accepted us as their own.

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Swing it like Rory RORY McILROY’s US Open victory last month was just another step in the resurgence of European golf. We now hold the Ryder Cup plus have the world ranked number one and two golfers in Luke Donald and Lee Westwood. And with The Open at Royal St George’s hitting the July headlines, golf is the sport of the summer. But even if you’re not quite ready to tackle the Majors, West Yorkshire still offers a raft of quality courses with a wide variety of challenges.

BRADLEY PARK SS 70 Length: 6,284 yards Bradley Road, Bradley, Huddersfield, HD2 1PZ T: 01484 450656 Huddersfield’s newest addition to the town’s impressive list of golf clubs, Bradley Park was created by Kirklees Council as an 18-hole municipal course, which is also open to membership. Positioned between Bradley Road and the M62 motorway, the Parkland course is now an established part of the Halifax, Huddersfield & District Union’s golfing scene, and regularly features on the calendar for major events. The club also boasts a nine-hold par three course as well as a floodlit driving range. CASTLEFIELDS SS 50 Length: 2,407 yards Rastrick Common, Rastrick, Brighouse, HD6 3HL T: 01484 402429 www.castlefieldsgolfclub.co.uk

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CROW NEST PARK SS 69 Length: 6,030 yards Coach Road, Hove Edge, Brighouse, HD6 2LN T: (Clubhouse) 01484 401152 www.crownestpark.co.uk Established as recently as 1995, Crow Nest Park has been hailed as one of the finest nine-hole courses in England, and described by tournament professional Paul Carman as ‘a hidden gem’. Set in Parkland on the original land owned by Sir Titus Salt at Hove Edge, the club also offers an eight-bay floodlit driving range. Unlike some other clubs, Crow Nest Park also operates a more relaxed style where smart casual dress is the norm in the clubhouse. DEWSBURY DISTRICT SS 71 Length: 6,360 yards The Pinnacle, Sands Lane, Mirfield, WF14 8HJ

The only six-hole course in the area, Castlefields was converted from a single field, and with space at a premium, all six holes are par threes. Although one of the smallest courses in England, it is still a challenge for all levels of golfers and after holding their centenary year in 2003 is still going strong.

The Pinnacle course is part Parkland, part Moorland, and is a test in every sense of the word. Re-designed by the legendary Peter Alliss in 1971, the course is very hilly in parts, certainly over the first four holes, when the course gradually climbs to Hopton Moor at its high point, for a number of flat holes, before tumbling back down into the valley in Mirfield.

CROSLAND HEATH SS 70 Length: 6,082 yards Felks Stile Road, Crosland Heath, Huddersfield, HD4 7AF T: 01484 653216

ELLAND SS 67 Length: 5,948 yards Hamserstone, Leach Lane, Elland, HX5 0TA T: 01422 372505

As the name suggests, a Heathland course, adapted from disused quarries and unused farmland, designed by Dr Alistair MacKenzie who famously designed the Augusta National course, home of the Masters. Because the course is built over quarries, it is the best-draining course in the area, and subsequently is playable all-year round. Set high on the hills above Crosland Moor and Meltham, the Heath offers both spectacular views and stunning golf.

Another charming nine-hole Parkland course, Elland offers an esier ‘walk’ than some of its neighbours, with only a couple of gentle inclines to negotiate. Each hole has two alternative tees giving a different approach on the second time around, and the course is renowed for the excellent greens.

HALIFAX SS 69 Length: 6,069 yards Union Lane, Ogden, Halifax, HX2 8XR T: 01422 244171 www.halifaxgolfclub.co.uk The second highest course in England, Ogden is a genuine Moorland course, with several steepling holes, before plunging down into ravines. Known as Halifax Golf Club, Ogden is another course which has benefited from being re-designed by Alistar MacKenzie, and calls for both accuracy and stamina! HALIFAX BRADLEY HALL SS 70 Length: 6,138 yards Stainland Road, Holywell Green, Halifax, HX4 9AN T: 01422 328650 wwwbradleyhallgolf.co.uk Bradley Hall is a course with a wonderful combination of both Parkland and Heathland, presided over by a Grade II listed clubhouse. The early holes involve a certain amount of climbing around heathland at Hollywell Green, while from the 10th hole onwards the course reverts to beautifully sculptured parkland, presenting golfers with a totally different challenge. HALIFAX WEST END Paddock Lane, Highroad Well, Halifax, HX2 0NT T: 01422 341878 www.westendgc.co.uk West End is situated 1,000ft above sea level at the top of the course to the north of Halifax, thus ensuring long distance views. However there are no really steep gradients and layout offers easy walking with a par of 69 for men and 71 for ladies. Another course with superb drainage which makes play possible for 52 weeks of the year.

HANGING HEATON SS 68 Length: 5,327 yards White Cross Road, Dewsbury, WF12 7DT T: 01924 461606 www.hhgc.org Another delightful Parkland setting greets both members and visitors to Hanging Heaton. Unusually for a ninehole course, Hanging Heaton, which overlooks the town of Batley, includes three par five holes. Like Crow Nest Park, Hanging Heaton is another club with a more relaxed dress sense in the clubhouse. HEBDEN BRIDGE SS 66 Length: 5,173 yards Great Mount, Wadsworth, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8PH T: 01422 842896 www.hebdenbridgegolfclub.co.uk The Mount Skip club is a traditional Yorkshire Moorland course, sitting 1,000ft above sea level in the Pennines. A nine-hole course with 18 tees, Hebden is always a difficult challenge, not least because of the almost permanent windy conditions that golfers must overcome. HUDDERSFIELD SS 71 Length: 6,502 yards Fixby Hall, Lightridge Road, Huddersfield T: 01484 426203 www.huddersfield-golf.co.uk Fixby is a championship course, which, along with Woodsome Hall, is one of the two premier clubs in the whole of the area. The home of the Yorkshire Union of golf clubs, Huddersfield is set around two loops of nine holes, both starting close to the magnificent 18th century Grade II Listed clubhouse. The greens have recently been upgraded to USGA standard to complement a superb golf course.

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LIGHTCLIFFE SS 68 Length: 5,850 yards Knowle Top Road, Lightcliffe, Halifax, HX3 8RG T: 01422 202259 www.lightcliffe.net

MELTHAM SS 70 Length: 6,407 yards Thick Hollins Hall, Marsden, Huddersfield, HD9 4DQ T: 01484 850227 www.meltham-golf.co.uk

RYBURN SS 65 Length: 5,127 yards The Shaw, Norland, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 3QP T: 01422 831355 www.ryburngolfclub.co.uk

Not the longest of nine-hole courses, Lightcliffe has undulating fairways on a Meadowland course, with tight greens. As with most shorter courses, accuracy is paramount, both off the tee in order to set up good position, and with approach shots to pave the way for par chances on the greens.

Meltham is another of the town’s top clubs and the Thick Hollins course is a blend of challenging Heath and Parkland. An 18-hole course with tree lined fairways, it also features babbling brooks and lake features and tricky to read greens, all set against the splendour of the Pennine hills and can be enjoyed by all levels of golfer.

A quirky little nine-hole course, Ryburn is set on a hillside between Ripponden and Sowerby Bridge. Different tee positions keep golfers honest on both front and back nine, while they are one or two very interesting ‘blind’ holes which require an act of faith off the tee.

LONGLEY PARK SS 66 Length: 5,212 yards Maple Street, Aspley, Huddersfield, HD5 9AX T: 01484 426932 Longley Park is the nearest anyone could get to a ‘town centre’ course, the Aspley nine-holer being less than half a mile from the hub of Huddersfield. Another relatively-short Parkland course, the fairways are quite tight with heavily protected greens. Among Huddersfield golfers it is more famously known for the steeply-climbing fifth hole, colloquially known as ‘Coronary Hill.’ MARSDEN SS 68 Length: 5,702 yards Mount Road, Hemplow, Marsden, HD7 6NN T: 01484 844253 www.marsdengolf.co.uk Another venue from the MacKenzie stable, a Moorland course set high in the Pennines on the edge of the Peak District National Park. A nine-hole course with the opening two holes at one side of Mount Road, and seven at the other – Marsden is another testing course where shots off line are punished by thick reeds and heather.

OUTLANE SS 69 Length: 6,015 yards Slack Lane, off New Hey Road, Huddersfield, HD3 3FQ T: 01422 374762 www.outlanegolfclub.ltd.uk Outlane is a moorland course which runs parallel with the M62 motorway down two of the first three holes, the Slack Lane course has recently undergone re-structuring both on an off the course. The 7th and 8th greens have both been re-developed, the latter widely regarded as the longest par three in Yorkshire. The clubhouse has also recently had a new balcony installed overlooking the 18th green. QUEENSBURY SS 65 Length: 5,008 yards Brighouse Road, Queensbury, Bradford, BD13 1QF T: 01274 882155 www.queensburygolfclub.co.uk Queensbury sits high on the hills above Bradford and Halifax. With scenic views set among Parkland and Moorland, the nine-hole course has several uphill par fours and water to negotiate.

SADDLEWORTH SS 69 Length: 6,196 yards Mountain Ash, Ladcastle Road, Uppermill, nr Oldham, OL3 6LT T: 01457 873653 www.saddleworthgolfclub.org.uk Saddleworth is a rambling Parkland course, set over 18 holes, in Uppermill, Oldham. There are several good climbs, as the name of the club, Mountain Ash would suggest with spectacular Pennine views. TODMORDEN SS 68 Length: 5,874 yards Rive Rocks, Cross Stone, Todmorden, OL14 8RD T: 01706 812986 www.todmordengolfclub.co.uk

WILLOW VALLEY Blue markers: SS 74; 7,030 yards White markers: SS 72; 6,496 yards Highmoor Lane, off Walton Lane, Clifton, Brighouse, HD6 4JB T: 01274 878624 www.wvgc.co.uk The home of the Yorkshire PGA Championship, and boasts 50 holes over four different courses. The main championship course is guarded by countless bunkers and lakes and is a big test for even the best golfers. The Clifton course also has a 24-bay floodlit driving range. WOODSOME HALL SS 71 Length: 6,191 yards Fenay Lane, Fenay Bridge, Huddersfield, HD8 0LQ T: Office 01484 602739 T: Club 01484 602971 www.woodsomehall.co.uk Along with Fixby, Woodsome Hall is the cream of the crop of courses in the Halifax, Huddersfield District Union. Designed by James Braid, who also created Carnoustie, Gleneagles and Dalmahoy, the magnificent Parkland course and its 14th century Grade I listed Jacobean clubhouse is stunning. Golfers of all levels, will be tested on a course needing accuracy and thought, with a par of 70 and SS 71.

Formed in 1895 Todmorden is a compact nine-hole golf course set on a plateau 400 feet above the town. Bounded on one side by the Calderdale Way it also encompasses a Celtic burial ground. This well-maintained course, with narrow fairways, testing rough and excellent sculptured greens, provides the visitor with a realistic golfing challenge.

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A battery-powered tree of knowledge An online game of global greenery awaits drivers who make the switch to electric motoring with the Nissan Leaf. Smart technology fitted to the world’s first mass production electric car relays energy saving information to a Nissan website which shows your performance in the Leaf, gauging the average economy achieved over a day’s driving and representing that by tree symbols.

At the moment the cars which are now on sale in the UK are made in Japan.

The more trees you ‘grow’ the greener your driving style and you can compare how you fare with other Leaf drivers.

Nissan makes no bones about the Leaf not being suitable for all. With a range of around 110 miles under ideal conditions, it’s very much an everyday car for use around town.

You can see where you are ranked on a regional basis, and know the size of the global Leaf forest – the number of trees which have been generated by Leaf drivers across the world. The science is rather imprecise - according to Nissan there is no set value for a tree – so, apart from the satisfaction of being in with the e-crowd and using less energy to get from A to B than fossil-fuel drivers, the virtual forest you are creating is just that – virtual. But it is clever stuff and makes the Leaf one of the first cars to be part of the internet age. Indeed, the Leaf is a remarkable car in many ways – reflected by it being named Car of the Year for 2011. It’s also a very important car for Britain. By next year the lithium-ion batteries which power the Leaf will be produced in the north east of England while the car itself will be built at Nissan’s Sunderland factory from 2013.

Including the £5,000 Government incentive for electric vehicles, the Leaf is priced at £24,000, but most will be leased at £365 a month after a £5,000 deposit.

An overnight charge takes up to 12 hours from a normal domestic supply. Have a special power point fitted at home – which costs around £1,000 – and a full recharge can be done in eight hours. The battery pack is guaranteed for five years and 60,000 miles. The warranty on the car itself is three years and 60,000 miles. It costs less than £2 to ‘refuel’ with Nissan saying the Leaf’s running costs equate to 72.6 miles for a pound. For that amount of money you would travel just 11 miles in a diesel Ford Focus. Thinking of the Leaf as a 300-plus mpg vehicle is quite appealing and its zero emission status makes it tax free for all, at least until 2015.

For a company car driver using a similarsized car, that could stack up to a saving of some £5,000 a year in tax. On top of that it’s excellent to drive, fullykitted and very smart inside. It’s about the same size as a Focus and a five-door, five-seater with boot space ranging from 330 litres to a maximum of 680. The instrumentation is high-tech, there are just two gears – forwards and reverse with speed limited in reverse – and everything including sat-nav is standard. On the road the Leaf is as quiet as a limousine – so quiet that the likes of the wiper motor have had to be re-engineered so it does not make too much noise. It will handle motorway work with ease, but the faster you go the less the range. Air conditioning too takes its toll on how many miles you can cover As a further aid, the sat-nav shows just how far the car can travel and also displays information about the nearest charging points – data which is updated ‘live’ from the telemetry. All in all the Leaf is a super car – so good that you really do want to drive it for more than 100 miles. The problem is that until a workable network of roadside charging points is in place that’s just not going to be possible

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Thursday 11 - Sunday 14 August 2011 St. George’s Square Huddersfield’s 11th Food and Drink Festival begins on Thursday 11 August and runs for four days until Sunday 14 August. The festival is one of the largest free events of its kind in Yorkshire and brought over 65,000 people into Huddersfield last year. This year’s festival is bigger than ever before and with an exciting programme of demonstrations, workshops and children’s entertainment – it’s a must-visit event for all the family.

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS Food and Drink stalls

Festival at dusk

Over 70 food and drink stalls, from farm shops to gastro pubs, award-winning restaurants to micro-breweries. New stalls for this year include Honley restaurant Mustard and Punch, Holmfirth’s Grumpy Mule Coffee and The Miniature Bakery from Batley. We also welcome the return of Hinchliffe’s Farm Shop, who will be selling their best local produce from a giant marquee on-site

Enjoy Huddersfield Food and Drink until late on Friday and Saturday evenings, giving you more chance to soak up the atmosphere and make the most of those long summer nights.

For full details of this year’s Demonstrations and master festival please visit classes www.foodanddrinkfestival.co.uk More than 30 free demonstrations and master classes, including chocolate and or call 01484 480890. wine pairing and the secrets of making an award-winning Yorkshire Parkin. The programme runs every day inside the cookery theatre, which you will find at the bottom of the square.

Friday 12th August Start the weekend in style with our Friday night party, featuring live music and entertainment. The main festival bars and hot food stalls will be open until 9pm. Saturday 13th August The whole festival will stay open until 9pm, so bring the family down for some al fresco dining and shop until the sun starts to set.

FRINGE EVENTS

Children’s workshops and entertainment

Back by popular demand, Huddersfield’s Taste Trail and the Real Ale Trail will be taking place in the run up to the festival.

We’ve got plenty of free entertainment for young visitors to the festival, including chocolate truffle making and a hands-on go at using cookery methods of yesteryear.

Real Ale Trail 25 July – 14 August

The children’s marquee will be located at the top of the square and, for the first time this year, there will also be activities for children inside the Byram Arcade, a 2 minute walk from the main festival site.

Sponsored by Mallinsons Brewery Taking in some of Huddersfield’s finest pubs, this trail is a must-do for fans of real ale. Buy a pint or half in eight or more of the participating pubs and swap your stamped card for a limited edition t-shirt at the festival. Visit the website for more details.

Taste Trail (FREE) Saturday 6th August, 2-5pm Sponsored by Hoults Wine Merchants From Lebanese to Indian, Mexican to British, ten of Huddersfield’s best restaurants are taking part in this year’s Taste Trail and will be offering free taster dishes from their menus. Find out who’s taking part on the festival website.

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