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there are two ways to explore the wonders of ancient egypt, by river boat, or from a fixed hotel base usually in luxor or aswan. nowadays most tourists prefer to go by boat, but just to be different brian spencer tried both methods of exploring the banks of the nile.

With memories of Peter Ustinov’s Poirot, in Death on the Nile, we booked ourselves on a fortnight’s trip; one week by river cruise and the second week land-based in order to independently explore the temples and tombs around Luxor, the ancient capital of pharaohic Egypt. No matter what your preconceived ideas might be, the impact of the 4000 year old remains comes like a bolt from the blue. Eventually the thought that comes to mind is how did those pharaohic builders erect such huge structures? Carved only with the aid of bronze tools, furthermore the massive pillars had to be transported miles downstream from quarries near Aswan, before they could erect them in their present positions. Massive stone pillars rising majestically from surprisingly shallow foundations were erected on behalf of the families of rulers who seemed to have more thought about the after life than their earthly state. Column after column is carved with hieroglyphics extolling the earthly virtues and exploits of the dynasty responsible for the temple. In death these people were expensively embalmed and entombed surrounded by fabulous wealth together with pictures of food to see them through eternity.


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The temple cried out to be explored There are two main reasons why we can learn so much about the ancient Egyptians; one is the fact that the Nile in its annual flooding eventually preserved the riverside temples beneath thousands of tons of silt. The other is again Nile related and is linked to a plant growing along its banks. This is a kind of reed called papyrus which when hammered flat can be made into sheets which we now know as paper. Before the invention of paper, records were made by laboriously marking clay tablets with a stick marking a crude alphabet. Papyrus based paper made it easy to write with more permanent ink and so the complex explanatory pictures were eventually simplified into a form of writing known as hieroglyphics. Nowadays it is possible to decipher these hieroglyphs that were carved on the temple columns thousands of years ago and from that we know what the pharaohs did during their lifetimes. Life on board a Nile cruise ship is one of easy luxury; excellent meals to be enjoyed while the hundred-cabined ship sails majestically in the safe hands of one of the team of river pilots, each responsible for a section of the shoal-filled river. Travelling upstream our first port of call was Kom Ombo, a temple dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek. We had deliberately disembarked in the dark and the cleverly illuminated temple just cried out to be explored, imaginatively peopled by its long dead priests.

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The Aswan Dam and the Isis Temple of Philae The religion of Ancient Egypt is characterised by a bewildering profusion of divinities, with the country divided between local and regional gods, many of them, especially those at the top of the hierarchy being responsible for the essential matters of life: Ra controlled the universe; Osiris the underworld and the afterlife, usually portrayed as a mummified pharaoh with a false beard; Isis was the goddess of fertility, often alongside Hathor the cow-eared goddess of love and beauty. Every year prior to the building of the Aswan Dam, the Nile flooded, bringing with it fertile silt, the actual amount and subsequently the fair system of taxation in ancient times was determined by the height of the flood. For some unknown reason, the inundation was heralded by crocodiles and each year the first would be trapped and kept in a deep pit beside Kom Ombo temple. Even now the pit looks an evil place that might have appeared in one of the Indiana Jones’s screen adventures. Whether or not victims were sacrificed is not on record, but the crocodiles ended their brief spell of fame by being mummified – a large number of them fill a macabre museum next to Kom Ombo temple. With the building of the Aswan Dam producing hydro-electricity and making modern Egypt an industrial nation, one thing that it lost was the annual bounty of enriching silt. As a result of Egypt’s industrialisation the land is losing its fertility but farming is still carried out as it has always has been, with a bountiful year round sun allowing at least three crops. One of the places the inundations buried was Esna on the west bank of the Nile. Here the temple dedicated to Khnum, a ram-headed god of creation and protector of the source of the Nile, was buried so deep that a later town was built on top. It was at Esna that a dosing calèche driver waiting for passengers in his horse drawn carriage was to our minds the modern but far gentler version of the warlike chariot drivers carved on the temple walls. When the Aswan Dam flooded the Nile, it also flooded a number of temples so an emergency rescue of heroic proportions saw the beautiful Isis Temple of Philae moved on to a small island close to the dam. Further along Lake Nasser is the magnificent Abu Simbel temple built from solid rock by Rameses II, the most enduring image of Egypt after the Pyramids. Here four monumental statues of the great king that gaze out over the lake were lifted and set into an artificial hill a hundred feet or so above the lake. A narrow passage between the 65ft high statues leads to four seated gods who are lit by the first rays of the sun on 22 February and 22 October, just one day later than when they were in their lower position. Close by the Rameses temple a smaller, but more poignant one was erected to the memory of Nefertari, wife of Rameses. Whilst the wives of pharaohs were often shown almost in miniature alongside their husbands, here Nefertari stands shoulder to shoulder in equal height with Rameses, eternally facing the rising sun. The road journey to Abu Simbel is a must for anyone who appreciates the vastness of deserts. Only four miles from the Sudanese border, the road crosses the tropic of Cancer and passes through fantastically wind sculptured dunes and arid desert scenery where the stark beauty contrasts dramatically with the greenness of England.

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One of the drawbacks of organised ‘cultural’ holidays is that they usually come with obligatory on the spot lectures. Some information is fine and necessary, but I have to admit that I much prefer to explore and use my own senses rather than stand around being talked at, then only given a few moments to see what all the blather was about. Admittedly this didn’t happen to the group we were with, but I saw one group stood with their backs to the wonders of Abu Simbel while their guide droned on – what a waste.

The second week: Doing our own thing Preferring to ‘do our own thing’, our second week based at the delightful riverside King’s Island complex outside Luxor was far less of a hassle. Ever willing taxi drivers took us over to the Valley of the Kings and the lesser visited Valley of the Queens on either side of the Theban Hills. Not every tomb is accessible, but those that are throw light on the life of the pharaohs almost four thousand years ago. The whole district is devoted to the cult of immortality with mortuary temples in profusion; especially that of Queen Hatshepsut, a woman who acted like a king and whose temple could easily have been designed by one of Mussolini’s fascist architects. Tomb building was very much a full time industry in pharaohic times and the village where the artisans lived, Deir el-Medina, can still be traced from its half-standing walls and streets to the east of the Theban Hills. Working a ten day week digging deep complex tunnels, or decorating them with vibrant colours they still managed to build their own tombs on their days off. The temple of the cow-eared goddess Hathor at Dendera is about 27 miles north of Luxor. The temple was dedicated to love and fertility and is where royal births took place. Even now women with fertility problems come to pray at the birthing temple later taken over by the Coptic Christians. Queen Cleopatra prayed here and bathed in the now dried up sacred pool. She became something of a goddess and is depicted on the back wall of the temple alongside Cæsarion the son she had following her liaison with Julius Caesar. The cost incidentally of the 54 mile taxi ride came to the equivalent of £9.50, but we did buy the driver’s lunch!

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In fact, cork flooring is also a great environmentally friendly flooring option. Granorte’s cork flooring products are created from the pre-consumer cork waste of the wine stopper manufacturing industry and cork trees will naturally and repeatedly regenerate after harvesting for up to 200 years without any harm whatsoever. It’s also an ideal choice if you need something that is hypoallergenic, as cork will not absorb dust and it provides good levels of sound and heat insulation for a cosy and peaceful home. However it’s not only hard flooring types that have advanced in recent years. If looking after the environment is on the top of your agenda but you also want something that provides sumptuous underfoot comfort, the array of eco-friendly carpets from Mohawk should fit the bill. Ideal for rooms where you want to feel snuggly and warm, such as bedrooms and living rooms, Mohawk’s SmartStrand carpet offers a luxurious underfoot feeling and is also created from 37% renewably sourced corn polymer. SmartStrand also features built-in stain and soil resistance that will never wear or wash off, giving you ultimate peace of mind even if you choose the lightest of colours. For an even greener option, EverStrand carpet, which is also made by Mohawk, is created from 100% post-consumer


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In recent months, we’ve noticed that carpet shops are no longer full of beige styles, with eye-catching and contemporary patterned designs becoming more prominent on the shop floor. If you’re after a real wow-factor, Vorwerk produces stunning carpets that will become real talking points. We predict that bold botanical designs, such as Vorwerk’s Modena Design Jardin, will replace old-fashioned fusty floral carpets in the style stakes, as well as vibrant stripes. Crafted from durable and soft polyamide fibre, these carpets are designed to provide lasting good looks.

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The December Fine Art Sale at Bamfords offered, amongst its 4000 odd lots (sold over three days), a very fine near-contemporary portrait of Derby’s incomparable 18th century artist, Joseph Wright (1734-1797). Estimated at a modest £2000 to £3000 it was deservedly sold at £5000. The catalogue note, which I had the pleasure of largely writing, had to err on the side of caution but also remain to the point. Yet there were so many unresolved and potentially exciting possibilities concerning this picture (right).

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Joseph Wright of Derby The portrait seems at first glance to be a copy of Joseph Wright’s ‘Self Portrait at the Age of about Fifty’ now in the National Portrait Gallery, which was also one of the highlights of the Tate Exhibition of Wright's work organised in 1990. This well known image shows the artist, bust length looking half right to the artist (himself in this context) wearing a green coat and a rather worried expression. His natural hair, slightly tinged with grey, curls over his ears in the fashion of the time, but looks a trifle fly-away on his right side. Bamford’s painting, which is nevertheless extremely competent, seems on closer inspection to be distinctly different in its detail. The green coat, white stock and the fly-away hair are still there, but here the coat collar is ridged at the back, the stock more tucked in, the hair greyer and the expression more determined and steadfast than troubled. Judy Egerton remarks in the 1990 catalogue that “the hair is thinning, and the gaze troubled” and notes its “private, intimate quality” suggesting a date of c1782-1785 on the basis of similarity of attire to the well-known portrait of Samuel Ward (in Derby Museum), dated by Wright’s biographer the late Benedict Nicolson to c1782-3 ‘or later’. Importantly, Egerton also points out that the self-portrait is not fully finished: “the handling is most perfunctory, and the work lacks finishing touches; the condition of the picture is only fair, with old re-touchings showing through…” The sitter’s general demeanour in the Bamford’s portrait is much closer to the ‘Self Portrait in the Black Feathered Hat’ (also in the Tate exhibition) of c1767-1770. It was generally agreed that the self-portrait was not by Wright himself, so what does it represent and exactly who painted it? It is known that Wright included a ‘Portrait of an Artist’ in his one-man exhibition at Robin’s Rooms in 1785 along with a

self-portrait, painted the previous year and purchased by Josiah Wedgwood. A contemporary review noted “the head is highly finished” which is not something one could say about the National Portrait Gallery’s picture. The NPG painting descended from the artist’s daughter, Anna Romana (Mrs Cade) to WAW Bemrose of The Cedars, Whitaker Road, Derby and was sold by his son, Alan Bemrose, to the gallery. Judy Egerton also notes that the NPG version would hardly be something the artist would have wanted to put in an exhibition to advertise his flair and competence in its unfinished state as we now see it. Thus the highly finished self portrait of similar date sold to Wedgwood and subsequently untraced, may have been a re-working or a worked up version of the NPG/Bemrose one.

The missing Wedgewood Self Portrait The Bamford’s picture is certainly properly finished and the artist looks out confidently at the world. If it lacks the flair to be the missing Wedgwood Self Portrait, it seems exceedingly likely that it is a highly competent copy of it. Thus Wright seems to have painted the sketch for his self-portrait (now in the National Portrait Gallery) and abandoned it, so that it remained in his heirs’ possession after his death in 1797. He then started again, producing a highly finished version which was sold to Wedgwood. That painting has, it would seem, disappeared but what was sold in December seems to be a very good copy of it and painted not long afterwards too. We cannot be positive who painted the copy that was sold but there are three candidates, one amateur and two professionals. The amateur was the artist’s devoted friend, John Holland of Ford House, Ogston. The professionals were Thomas Barber of Nottingham (later of Derby) and James Rawlinson of Matlock Bath, all three were remarkably gifted.

“Mr Wright many times has entrusted many of his most choice pieces to me, & permitted me to take a copy...” John Holland John Holland was the only son of Thomas Holland, an opulent maltster in the third generation at Chesterfield. Thomas’s grandfather had bought the Ford estate in 1680 and the grandson had erected a new rather grander house on a fresh site. Thomas served on the local Bench and as High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 1763, he married Cornelia, daughter of Cornelius Farr of Bolsover. Their son John was born the same year as Joseph Wright, in 1734 and appears to have been at Derby School with Wright himself. Holland and Wright became reacquainted in or around 1780, when Holland came to Wright’s studio to study his painting of the Synot Children. A close affection similar to that between the artist and the reformist grandee Thomas Gisborne developed. A letter of 10th October 1795, for instance, concludes “...your affectionate friend”. Nicolson added, “He showed his devotion to Wright by executing around the turn of the century a number of conscientious copies of some of his self-portraits and landscapes”. Holland later wrote to John Leigh Philips on 19th August 1799 “I will tell you that Mr. Wright many times has entrusted many of his most choice pieces to me, & permitted me to take a copy...” Holland married Mary (died at Ford 1847) daughter and co-heiress of Revd Benjamin Burrows, rector of Morton and he died without issue in 1807. It was on the Ford estate that Wright painted his Rainbow (duly copied by Holland) and the parkland around Ford House was landscaped by another friend, Revd Christopher Alderson, whose portrait was one of the last painted by Wright in 1795.

The Holland copies The two self-portraits we are certain Holland copied are the ones in the Turbutt collection, inscribed on the reverse, “Mr. Wright from an original of his painting by J Holland.” and the very well known ‘Self Portrait in a broad-brimmed Hat’ (sold in a Derby dealer’s c1990). Holland also painted other subjects by his friend, as with two of his ‘Bladder’ studies. Nottingham-born Barber (1771-1843) had been a pupil of Sir Thomas Lawrence who from 1812-13 settled in Derby and is said to have copied some of Wright’s paintings, although no details survive. James Rawlinson on the other hand was also a professional artist. He was a son of George Rawlinson, an architect whose career seems to have been given a considerable boost by commissions from Sir Richard Arkwright, through which he moved from Derby to Matlock Bath. James, born in 1769, was a pupil of George Romney and remained in Derby until 1823 when he moved to his father’s house in Matlock Bath. We know he copied Wright’s ‘Portrait of Erasmus Darwin Holding a Pen’ at least once. Indeed, there is still some doubt as to whether the

Joseph Wright; The National Portrait Gallery.

portrait of the great polymath in Derby Museum is by Wright or Rawlinson. However, it is not known whether this was produced just in an effort to meet the phenomenal demand for portraits of Darwin, especially after his death in 1802, or whether Rawlinson copied Wright on other occasions. (Derby Local Studies Library, MS 3202 f. 83; Derby Mercury obit. 20/8/1848; Nicolson (1968) I. Cat. No. 54). The size of the picture also tells against it being the original Wedgwood self portrait, however. The Bamford’s portrait measures 20” x 17”, a size which Wright did use in his early days, as in ‘The Wilmot Children’ of c1760, but later his head-and-shoulder portraits were invariably 30” 25”. Yet it has to be remembered that the NPG portrait of the same period is not that much larger, measuring only 24.5” x 20.75”. If the self portrait is indeed a copy of the missing and highly finished Wedgwood one, then the most likely person to have made such a striking copy would seem to have been John Holland. No single copy of a Wright by Barber has ever been certainly identified, despite contemporary attestation that he did copy his works and Rawlinson may have confined himself merely to painting Erasmus Darwin in order to satisfy the considerable local demand for pictures of him in the period surrounding his death in 1802. Provenance in this case is of little help as the distinguished Derbyshire family from which it came bought it originally from a dealer and the thread was lost.

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The breezy upper reaches of the amber Valley are a patchwork of green fields and secluded wooded hollows. amidst this and reached only by winding side lanes, Stubbing Court sits back from its Great Pond where olave, Lady Baden-Powell, wife of the founder of the scouting movement, spent part of her childhood. Brian Spencer follows her fascinating life.


Lady Baden-PoweLL Recently Derbyshire County Council ran a

Olave, the youngest daughter of brewery

near Wingerworth. The privately owned

competition to nominate those who have

owner Harold Soames and artist mother

eighteenth century two-storied sandstone

done most to put Derbyshire on the

Katherine (née Hill), was born on 22nd

house is set back at the top of sloping

worldwide map. Despite strong

February 1889 and educated at home by

parkland and catches the first rays of

competition from the likes of Sir Richard

her father and mother together with a

sunlight at dawn. This sylvan idyll is

Arkwright and George Stephenson, Olave

string of governesses. She lived at

perfected by the Great Pond of Stubbing,

Baden-Powell, first leader of the Girl

seventeen homes in the first 23 years of

where, no doubt the venturesome Olave

Guides, was an easy winner, polling

her life, becoming an active outdoor

swam, canoed and in winter skated on its

several thousand votes ahead of her

sportswoman, something unheard of in her

ice covered surface.

nearest rival. As a result a blue plaque in

time. These sports ranged from tennis,

her honour now stands in Shentall

swimming, skating and canoeing, but she

The man who was to become her life

Memorial Gardens, Rose Hill,

also enjoyed playing a violin which she

companion despite a difference of 32

Chesterfield, on the site of her birthplace,

called ‘Diana’.

civic dignitaries, fittingly the plaque was

years in their ages, Boer War Hero and founder of the Boy Scouts, Lt General

West House. Alongside the gold chained It is easy to imagine Olave enjoying her

Robert Baden-Powell spent the years

unveiled by 9 year old brownie, Halie

sporting interests when the family moved

before the First World War developing his


quite early in her life, to Stubbing Court

far reaching ideas. Following the first


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olave and her lifelong companion, Robert Baden-Powell

scout camp in 1907 on Brownsea Island in

In 1912 Olave and her father were

the vernacular of the time, what were his

Poole Harbour, Baden-Powell, or BP as he

crossing the Atlantic on the RMSP

intentions? A chastened Baden-Powell

became known went on to write the

Arcadian en-route for the USA. On board

dropped everything (he was on a fishing

handbook, Scouting for Boys. Despite the

was Baden-Powell at the start of a

trip at the time) and rushed to make

book’s somewhat jingoistic content

trans-America tour on behalf of the

amends with Olave. The couple were

attuned to the still flourishing Empire, it

scouting movement. Despite their age

married on 30th October 1912. This was

went on to be a bestseller with a

differences, she was 23 and he 55, it was

much to the delight of all members of the

modernised version still in print.

love at first sight, although Olave freely

scouting movement; the girls and boys

admitted that BP was ‘the only interesting

each donated one penny towards the

In 1909 the scouting movement was

man on board’. They found a mutual

purchase of a car as a wedding present.

flourishing with branches worldwide and

interest in having the same birthday, 22nd

The couple started married life at Pax Hill

the first scout rally was held at Crystal

February, but more importantly, BP

near Bentley in Hampshire where they

Palace. By then it was becoming obvious

admitted having watched Olave exercising

began their family of a son Peter (1914),

that the sisters and cousins of boy scouts

her dog in London several years earlier.

didn’t want them to have all the fun and strong willed girls were keen to take part in this exciting organisation. Much to the consternation of BP many of them turned

It was love at first sight

competition within the Girl Guide Movement. Soon becoming interested in her husband’s

up wearing the same uniforms as the boys, and as they showed no inclination to go

Heather (1915) and Betty (1917); Heather incidentally was named following a

The couple had to go their separate ways

life work, Olave wanted to take an active

away, something had to be done. To this

on arrival in New York, but continued a

interest in running the guides, but was

end BP invited his sister Agnes to write a

loving correspondence which BP strangely

turned down as being too young. In 1913

handbook along the lines of his Scouting

stopped on his return to England. No

the couple moved to Ewhurst Place near

for Boys, following which the Girl Guide

doubt in order to prevent his distraught

Robertsbridge in East Sussex where BP

movement was founded, with Agnes as its

daughter from moping around the house,

inaugurated the 1st Ewhurst Scout Troop

first president.

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a blue plaque in olave Baden-Powell’s honour now stands in Shentall Memorial Gardens, Rose Hill, Chesterfield.

assisted by the family’s housemaid and

By the time of the Second World War, BP’s

gardener. This no doubt gained her the

health began to fail and he died on 8th

approval of the local guiding hierarchy for

January 1941, but this did not stop Olave

by 1915 she was appointed County

from continuing their joint work. Early on

Commissioner and began to organise

in the war Pax Hill was requisitioned by

guiding in Sussex.

the Canadian Forces and she was given a ‘grace and favour’ apartment in Hampton

The horrors of the war put a great strain on

Court. Here, despite the shortages caused

the Baden-Powells; they spent long hours

by rationing, she regularly managed to

visiting wounded ex-scouts as well as

entertain visiting scouts and guides from

keeping scout troops active despite

the armed forces.

depletions caused by their leaders being called away on active service. During much of this time Olave acted as BP’s chauffeur as he hated driving. It was after the war and with a return to normality, that

The post war years

both the boy scout and girl guide movements began to expand, with

Post war saw the indefatigable lady

jamborees and world wide conferences

working with Guides International Service

taking up a great deal of the couple’s time;

in parts of devastated Europe. Much of her

during this time both partners spent

spare time beyond this work was spent

months away on tours around the world of

fundraising, during which she travelled

scouting and guiding. In 1923 the

30,250 miles by land, sea and air, making

places until the furore had died down. Retiring in old age, but still keeping an

Baden-Powells bought Foxlease Estate

231 speeches and giving 62 press

active interest in the Girl Guides, she

which was converted to a training camp

interviews. A tour of Africa in 1956 was

moved to Bramley in Surrey where she

for guides. During a conference of

rudely interrupted by the Anglo-French

died on 25th June 1977. Her ashes were

guiding in July of that year, Olave was

invasion of Suez, but this did not stop her

placed next to BP’s grave at Paxton in

promoted to Chief Guide.

work, she simply went to less dangerous



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Phenology? Phenology is the study of the timing of recurring natural events in relation to the climate. It may be a word now increasingly used but the studies involved are not new. I remember talking to farmers and knowledgeable country people many years ago about the things they noticed as they went about their work in the natural world where events were programmed by nature. I always recorded the date when I saw the first swallow, the first bumble bee, celandine flower, leaves on hawthorn hedges and many other events.

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This article should be with you in early February, a good time to observe what is happening in the natural world in and around the house, the garden, hedgerows and many other habitats. The creatures and plants observed can be one or many, according to your choice. Plants and resident creatures, emerging hibernating animals and insects, the arrival of summer visitors and the departure of winter visitors give more than enough choice. I regret not having systematically recorded data over the years so perhaps I am not the best person to suggest drawing graphs and charts. However, what an opportunity it provides to involve children in learning more about the wonderful world around them. What a story could be told by swallows for example. It is important to record all the data previously mentioned if we are to gain a better understanding of our planet. I use the word planet because world wide events are affecting what is happening in our gardens, in addition to what is taking place beyond our world. Reading studies and the information gleaned from them is only part of the jigsaw puzzle. We all need to play a part, no matter how small, in helping to redress the balance. It is very depressing to read about the demise of many species but

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Baying at the moon What of the present state of the natural world? First impressions suggest it is still in a state of slumber with little to interest a phenologist. I am on new territory so I cannot compare this mid-January with previous years. Birds are feeding on a holly with yellow berries; those that have fallen to the ground are being consumed by mice. I stood looking for life in the cold, clear water of the stream, flowing relentlessly on its way to the sea, not far away now. The north-westerly breeze was cold, like the stream, both part of huge processes aimed at restoring parity to the world without ever succeeding, the water flowing downhill to sea level, the wind from high to low pressure. Not all is slumbering as I heard a dog fox barking as it searched for a mate during the night, deep-seated instincts holding sway. The eerie call of a tawny owl came to me over the frost-covered fields, the temperature had fallen to minus two degrees centigrade. If a creature doesn’t hibernate it has to feed regularly, no matter what the weather. Bye for now


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The south front as rebuilt by Joseph Pickford, seen in 1958 [the late Edward Saunders]

DarleydaRLey HallaBBey by Maxwell Craven

Darley Hall was one of a trio of major country houses demolished by Derby City Council; only Allestree Hall survives and that distinguished house has been empty and decaying for thirty years, having spent a long time on English Heritage’s ‘at risk’ register. Darley was easily the most distinguished and when it was demolished in 1962, was grade II* listed, making it one of the 5000 most important buildings in England. Not that such a consideration counted a whit with Derby Borough Council at the time, nor did the law then stand in their way. Before the 1st January 1969, a listed building could be demolished provided the owner gave due notice, mainly to give time for it to be recorded by the Royal Commission for Historic Monuments (England). The estate first emerges as an entity in the possession of the de Derby family, the town’s first native grandees. Hugh de Derby, the Dean, gave the estate, called Little Derby, to the Augustinian Order based at St. Helen’s to expand onto as a fully-fledged religious foundation, Darley Abbey. This survived until 1538, when Henry VIII dissolved it, disposing of the assets to Sir Henry Sacheverell who asset stripped the site of the church before selling it on to Sir William West. He did not own it for long either, selling it to Peter Bullock.


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Bullock’s purchase included the ‘Abbye Howse’ which suggests that Sir William had done what purchasers of dissolved abbeys all over the country had been doing; turning the Abbott’s residence – invariably fairly grand - into a country house for his own use. The nearest comparable example is Repton, where the prior’s spectacular lodging was converted into an opulent residence by Thomas Thacker, the man to whom the Priory had been sold. We have no real idea of what the Bullocks’ house was like, but we can assume that it underwent a good few re-builds over the years. The Bullocks, who had moved to Norton in the north of the county, sold the estate in 1666 to Roger Allestrey MP, of a distinguished and ancient local family which had lost much through support for the King in the Civil War. He had been elected to the Cavalier Parliament and was busy rebuilding the family fortunes. Ironically, he was a direct descendant of Elias de Allestree, a serf or villein belonging to Darley Abbey, freed by the Abbott in 1141 and whose descendants rose to the gentry

as tenants of the Abbey. Perhaps they felt they were coming home. Roger Allestrey’s son Sir William, eventually sold the Hall and estate to locally-born London merchant William Wolley early in the 18th century. He was the author of a projected history of the Country and died in 1716. He was succeeded by his son William, an Alderman of Derby and Mayor in 1722-23. It was in his mayoralty that All Saints’ church in Derby was taken down and rebuilt to the design of James Gibbs by Francis Smith of Warwick, a happenstance which reinforces the late Wilfrid Holden’s assertion, in his history of his family, that Smith was the architect of the new house which Wolley Jr built in 1726-27.

The new House Smith provided Wolley with one of his typical four-square houses, orientated east, facing the river, the original entrance front and south facing down the park towards a distant view of All Saints’ itself. The house was of brick, three storeys high, the long sides (facing east and west) being of seven bays, those at the ends breaking forward as corner pavilions and flanked by plain giant Doric pilasters and a further pair, rusticated, enclosing the central three bays. There was a cornice, parapet and a hipped roof behind. The south front was of five bays and there were service ranges to the north, with a separate stable block c1730 (still extant, albeit badly decayed) not attributable to Smith at all, to the north-west. Inside the hall was the fine timber staircase which rose in two stages in the centre of the house to the north.

Elevation of the east front as built from an estate plan of 1758 [Derby Local Studies Library]

This seems to have greatly impoverished Wolley and he died only a few years later in 1732, leaving his widow in severe financial difficulties. To ameliorate these, she unsuccessfully attempted to sell in 1748, leading to her mortgaging the estate to the crooked financier John Heath, leaving her with just 76 acres of parkland and gardens. This was sold under a decree in chancery in 1754, being purchased by the extremely opulent lead trader, Henry Thornhill, a younger son of the Stanton-in-Peak family. He moved to Mansfield Woodhouse in 1768 and sold both house and park to Heath, who thus re-united the estate. Heath eventually managed to sell a long lease of Darley Hall to Robert Holden of Aston-on-Trent with the proviso that should he wish to improve the house he should consult Joseph Pickford, the notable Derby architect. In 1777-8 Pickford duly enlarged the house, adding a chaste, well proportioned two storey range to the south, lowering the roof, rebuilding the east front, putting in a new door with a pediment and rebuilding the west front as the new entrance side of the house, reflecting the fact that the main road north from Derby had in 1754 been

The entrance front seen from the drive, 1949 [the late Ron Cook]

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The tower of All Saints’ Derby, seen from the park as landscaped by Emes, c1800, painted by Derby artist Henry Moore [M Craven]

The original staircase seen in 1955 [the late R G Hughes]

The east front as rebuilt, seen in 1937 [M Craven]


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LOST HOUSES OF DERBYSHIRE moved from the old Roman alignment to the east of the house to the new turnpike road, out of sight to the west. A new secondary staircase was provided on this side, rather marring the elevation. The new rooms on the south front were magnificent, decorated in chaste opulence by Pickford’s craftsmen. John Whitehurst FRS devised a wind direction indicator for the main stair case, the dial of which survives in Derby Museum. He also installed his patented hot water system and flushing lavatories, installing a three seater on the ground floor. Finally, the park was spectacularly re-landscaped by the eminent William Emes (1729-1803) a follower of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown who had come to Derbyshire in 1758 at the invitation of Adam to realise the Scottish architect’s plans for the park there.

further rebuilt the house, adding an arcaded loggia to the entrance, new lodges and a large conservatory. When the widow of the last Evans died in 1929, her heir Lionel Curtis offered the house and 40 acres of park, which had been open to the public on Sundays since the 1880s, to the Council. In accepting the gift, it purchased the remainder too, totalling 66 acres. Derby Central School was later moved into the house and a turret clock was added to the south front in 1950, a bequest from the daughter of former Mayor, Alderman William Hoare.

After the school moved out in August 1958 the writing was on the wall. After all its re-buildings the house was perhaps not the handsomest in the County, especially having had all its chimneys raised to counter the effect of being sited in the lee of the scarp to the west. Nevertheless it was an historically important and potentially useful building. The Council refused a Government grant of £14,000 towards vital repairs and starting on 13th March 1962 began the wholly lamentable process of demolition.

Bankers and Bankruptcy All this cost Holden a substantial £4,000 but, almost as soon as everything was finished, John Heath’s bank went bust. It then emerged that Holden’s title to the estate was invalid, Heath having previously mortgaged it for £8,000 to a London bank, Boldero & Co, who now informed the hapless landowner that he would have to buy a new lease from them, but at a cost that accounted for the improvements he had made (and paid for) to house and park! After a long court battle, Holden agreed to pay £7,000 to reclaim the house, park and part of the estate. The local Receiver in Bankruptcy was banker Thomas Evans, who went on to own the rest of the estate, including the village, where he built a large new house and founded a cotton mill. Holden died in 1780, but his cousin, another Robert, added a library in 1814 (now the only surviving portion of the building). The Holdens were increasingly hemmed in by the village, which was expanded greatly by Thomas Evans’s successors to house the workers of their cotton mill and eventually sold it to the Evans’ family in 1835. Samuel Evans February 2013 Country Images



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Boasting an impressive portfolio of customers, including the Chatsworth Estate, the owners of Castle Alarm Securities believe the reason for their success is their forward thinking vision and friendly, professional service. No job is too big or small for their dedicated team who run a 24 hour service, 365 days a year. Harry, who plans to continue running the business for many years to come says “For me my customers are an extension of my own family and it is my job to keep them safe and secure. We are now fitting alarms in the homes of second and third generations which is a real testament to how loyal our customers are.” Using the most current innovations in security, Castle Alarms design and install cutting-edge security systems suited to your every need. The team also upgrade and maintain existing alarms as well as installing CCTV and other security solutions. This year not only sees Castle Alarm Securities celebrating 30 years of business but also sees them welcoming their daughter, Christina, into the company.“We are delighted to be welcoming Christina into the business and we believe she has the drive and determination to keep this business going into the future.”

The Arts Shine at Alfreton Grange! We have an exciting term ahead at Alfreton Grange Arts College! Our annual Condover Hall Arts and PE residential takes place this month.The weekend is an ideal opportunity for students to have fun with their peers whilst participating in exciting projects that build self-esteem and start to prepare them for future career choices. Ten of our students are busy preparing for a performance of The Kings of Cloth of Gold. Organised through the Angus and Ross Theatre Company and the Alfreton Business Community, this ‘witty new historical play’ has all the elements of a fantastic show. Tickets for the performance on 2nd February in the college hall are available through Finally, we have the pleasure to announce our annual performance.This year, the Arts team are staging The Crucible, which will take place the week beginning 18th March. With Year 10 and Year 11 students forming the cast, we are looking forward to seeing them present this challenging Arthur Miller classic. See the college website for details.

There are good savings to be made on glass, bakeware, table accessories, cookware and much more, along with 50% off the rrp on most Denby tableware ranges. There’ll be plate painting and frog making fun over the Half Term Week, when the Denby Craftroom re-opens for 2013. Bring the kids down between 18th and 22nd Feb for lots of fun and a special ‘fire to keep’ offer of just £6.95 per item painted. Craftroom Tours are daily at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm. Call 01773 740 799 to book. See for further details. Denby Visitor Centre is just 2 miles south of Ripley off the A38 and is open daily with a selection of Cookery, Garden and Gift Shops. Bourne’s Restaurant serves home made cakes, snacks and meals (Carvery on Sundays and Mondays). There are free daily cookery demonstrations at 12.30am and 2.30pm, the Denby Museum and Pottery Tours. Centre entry and parking are free.

Jigsaw - A New Collection of Poetry and Prose by F Philip Holland Renowned Derbyshire poet F Philip Holland's latest book is now available.‘Jigsaw’ is a new collection of 80 pieces of writing, free verse, rhyming poems, prose, ballads, haiku, sonnets, observations, songs and stories.The book features previously unpublished works taken from the last three years.The book is imaginatively illustrated by Pat Holland, the author's wife and the foreword has been written by the nationally acclaimed poet, Roger Elkin.‘Jigsaw’ is dedicated to Sir Christopher Ball, the ex-Chancellor of Derby University and acclaimed educationalist, another fellow-poet and friend of the author. Philip has performed his poetry at a wide variety of national and local events including Buxton Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Chester Festival, Leek Arts and Ashbourne Festival. He also regularly performs for groups and societies in the region. The award winning poet's work has been featured on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Derby, Channel MTV, BBC’s North West Tonight TV, Radio Sheffield and High Peak Radio. ‘Jigsaw’ is available to buy at £9.99 (plus postage) from the author by emailing also at 'J Sidebotham and Son', 9 Grove Parade, Buxton,T: 01298 71938 and at all good bookshops in the Peak District and Derbyshire. ‘Jigsaw’ is officially catalogued as ISBN 978-0-9573619-0-4 . For further details about Philip's books, poetry readings and performance availability please use the above email or call 01298 27644.

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• Last chance to plant bare-root raspberry canes. • Cut down autumn-fruiting raspberry canes to soil level.

FEBRUARY At the beginning of January we had a number of warm days and many people including myself had already started gardening, then came the snow. It was very annoying, as people I spoke to saw their bulbs appearing then the snow fall and frosts put everything back. With all the emails I've been getting it shows that everyone is already in the 'starting blocks' ready to start gardening. so, fingers crossed, let's hope that February is a snow and frost free month.

In the Greenhouse • Buy and plant summer flowering bulbs in pots. Bringing pots of spring flowering bulbs into the greenhouse will promote flowering. • Sow summer bedding seed now such as lobelia, ageratum, antirrhinum, verbena and begonia etc. • Vegetable crops to sow in a heated propagator should be tomatoes, onions, celery, peppers and aubergines. • Vegetable crops to sow without heat – ready to plant later outside brussel sprouts, cauliflower, onion, leeks and spring cabbage. • Check your greenhouse for any winter damage and repair.

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General Garden Maintenance • Check any evergreen plants for snow damage. • When you do plant any new shrubs or trees, remember to place rabbit guards around them to prevent damage to bark. • Fix nesting boxes to any suitable surface, check bird feeders and fill if needed. • Top up bird baths with fresh water and de-frost with warm water on frosty days. • Clear away old leaves in borders and around ponds, taking out any leaves or plant debris in the pond and put into the compost heap. • Dig over borders, remove and thin out congested herbaceous beds. • Trim back any tatty looking autumn flowering heathers. • Spread a good layer of home-made or nursery bought compost around established roses and shrubs. • Look out for weed seedlings appearing; keep under control with regular hand weeding or hoeing. • Look for 'multi-buy' bargains at nurseries or garden centres on compost, buy cheaply now to last you through the spring and summer season. • Last chance this month to plant bare root hedging.

•Camellia : Technically some camellia varieties start to flower around Christmas time but the majority look their best at this time of year. Ericaceous compost loving camellias have the unfair reputation of being difficult to grow, this is a shame as with good preparation and a little care camellias are as easy to grow as most other garden shrubs. Camellias need shelter – but not too much if they are to thrive. An area in dappled shade under trees is ideal, but they will tolerate a more open position if shaded for part of the day. A west-facing aspect is perfect as strong early morning sun on frosted flower buds can cause them to thaw too quickly and drop off. In very exposed gardens, camellias are best fan-trained on a west or south-facing wall. Ideal for container growing most people would find a place for a camellia in their garden, with so many varieties it's hard to recommend a single variety – Margaret Davis (Pink/White bi-colour) , Debbie (Double Pink) and Lady Campbell (Double Red) are my favourites.

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In the Allotment or Vegetable Patch • Finish winter pruning fruit trees and soft fruit if not already done so, painting any cuts with a pruning sealing compound. • Buy onion and shallot sets and seed potatoes now, apply a potato fertiliser to the planting area if needs it. • The frosts may have done this for you but if not use a winter wash on fruit trees (before they come into leaf) to kill any over-wintering aphid eggs. • Sow carrots, parsnips, peas and broad beans outside in soil that’s been warmed with sheets of polythene or cloches.


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In these days of instant stardom, when people are thrust into the limelight only to disappear after their 15 minutes of fame, it’s gratifying to know that there’s still a place for genuine talent.

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At the age of 72 Buxton-born Tim Brooke-Taylor has a new television show, is part of one of the longest-running panel games on radio and is still fondly remembered as one third of a comedy powerhouse which was last on mainstream television 30 years ago. On top of that he is a true ambassador for both Derbyshire and Buxton, promoting their attractions and attractiveness at every opportunity. Tim’s latest TV show Animal Antics, a send-up of news stories which has unfairly been described as the BBC’s answer to You’ve Been Framed, is due to end on the second Saturday in February. The producers said they had chosen Tim to present the show because of his “gravitas”. “I said does that mean I’m older?” says Tim who admits he still does not know what his gravitas is. He explains that the whole point of Animal Antics is not to make it like You’ve Been Framed. “There’s no doubt about it, there are clips of animals doing silly things. But we want to make it slightly different. It’s a very serious news format and we take it very seriously,” says Tim with his tongue very firmly in his cheek.

A dog called Sparky. The show features Tim and a dog called Sparky, played by Matthew Crosby, presenting funny clips. Tim obviously does not take notice of the old showbusiness adage about never working with children and animals. “Sparky I’m afraid to say is a little bit prejudiced – he thinks all cats are very stupid, which I don’t think the BBC should allow. “The show was originally called Newshound which was rather a good name but the BBC were worried that people might think it was actually a news programme,” says Tim. Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor OBE was born in Buxton in 1940. While he was at Cambridge University he performed in comedy sketches and became president of the Footlights theatrical club. He soon gained work as both a writer and performer on radio and television. Series such as I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again, At Last the 1948 Show and The Goodies teamed him with the likes of John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Marty Feldman, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie. He was one of the original members of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue which was Garden’s idea and was an offshoot of the sketch show I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again.


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“He’d heard another quiz programme which was absolute rubbish, so he said we could take some of the sketch show and ad lib,” Tim points out. “We did a pilot and we all thought it was total rubbish. I can remember Humphrey Lyttelton (jazz musician and chairman of ‘Clue’) saying never again and I said I agree with you – never ever again. And then we did it every year for the next 40 years.” So why does Tim think ‘Clue’ has been so successful? “One of the big plusses is that we’ve got a very good producer who we still call young John (Naismith) although he’s been with us 25 years. He makes us come up with new ideas. “We have a meeting before each series and he says ‘look, we need new ideas, we can’t just rest on old ones.’ We have some favourites which we always do but we try to get new stuff in every series. “I think the other thing is we’re not trying to outdo each other. We’re all trying to keep the balls in the air, basically – we’re not fighting each other.” When I interviewed Barry Cryer (Country Images, August 2012) he compared the ‘Clue’ team to an old rock band. Tim agrees.

three-quarters of a million’. Well, at half past 12 that’s not bad.” Tim concurs with my comment that it’s strange a channel such as UK Gold has not picked up The Goodies. “An independent company brought out DVDs and they’ve sold incredibly well. They’ve been digitally remastered so they actually look better than they ever did.”

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“The point I make about always trying to do new stuff is very important. There’s a danger that you rest on your laurels. That’s the beauty of music – you can do the same song thousands of times. Unfortunately you can’t do that with jokes.” There also seems to be a resurgence of interest in The Goodies, the television show which ran for 12 years and was nominated for a BAFTA award for best light entertainment programme, only to lose out to Fawlty Towers.

The Funky Gibbon Tim is pleased that so many people still fondly remember the show which led to Brooke-Taylor, Garden and Oddie appearing on Top of the Pops singing The Funky Gibbon which got to number four in the chart. “It always surprises me that the BBC don’t repeat it (The Goodies). We’ve done three tours to Australia where they’ve gone on showing it and the great thing is it attracts all ages, which is extraordinary really because quite a lot of it is topical. “Some of the episodes are a bit dated and some of them actually are slightly better than I remember.” Such is the interest that last month Tim appeared in The Lost Goodies at the Slapstick comedy festival in Bristol.

Now Berkshire residents Tim and his wife Christine who have been married for 44 years – her father was a housemaster at Repton School - try to get back to Derbyshire once a year. It usually coincides with a trip to the Tiny Tim Trust, a charity which provides equipment and resources for children with special needs, of which Tim is patron. His other interests include football - he is a former honorary vice-president of Derby County – cricket and golf. He did a television series, Golf Clubs with Tim Brooke-Taylor, for one of the satellite channels and this month is due to play in the annual Jimmy Tarbuck Golf Classic tournament in Portugal. Tim admits he is probably looking through rose-tinted glasses but never tires of praising his birthplace. “Buxton is not a big town but it’s self-contained. It was a perfect place to grow up. I’ve always sold Buxton because I owe it an enormous amount.” So does the actor, writer, comedian and pop star have any ambition he would like to fulfil? He would like to do another TV comedy show, although he admits he is not quite sure what. “I always enjoy watching sitcoms. They’re not fashionable now but they still make me laugh more than most. It would be very hard work but it’s that feeding off the audience which I’ve always liked in comedy, both performing and watching.” As many people in the entertainment industry will tell you, comedy is a serious business. So don’t be surprised to see a Tim Brooke-Taylor sitcom on the small screen soon – he certainly has the gravitas to pull it off.

“Funnily enough one of my two sons who lives in Brighton gets his television through Virgin and they’re showing the first series of The Goodies at the moment. That seems fairly bizarre because (a) there’s no publicity and (b) we knew nothing about it. “The BBC did some repeats about two years ago at Christmas at half past 12 at night. And they actually got good viewing figures for that time of day. I think they were trying to test whether they were popular or not and they probably said ‘oh, they only got

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Every year around the middle of December I am invited to join the Derbyshire Association of the Blind’s (DAB) Christmas walk. This year was no exception, but it did come with a reminder to bring waterproofs! Apparently, or so Keith my blind friend and organiser of the walk told me, there was likely to be a lot of mud; how right he was, but it is something that has to be accepted at this time of the year. The walk starts and finishes at the hospitable Horse and Jockey in Wessington before moving out in the general direction of Crich where the beacon of the Stand makes a good indicator. Fortunately the mud Keith promised was not too bad, mostly as one would expect, around valley bottoms and ploughed fields. The walk should be perfect in frosty weather, but a note of caution nevertheless; frozen mud can be a bit ankle turning as they say. Wessington sits roughly in the middle of a little known corner of Derbyshire, the largest village in a

group of farming hamlets to the west of a ridge used by the Romans to carry their Rykneild Street on its way north to Chesterfield. All the farms, which look as though they have been around since the seventeenth century, sit amidst some of the most fertile land in the area. Winter wheat was just making itself obvious in fields, where if the weather had been warmer, could easily have grown rice! Several farms have been amalgamated and the surplus houses and cottages converted into most pleasant properties, especially around the straggling hamlet of Wheatcroft. There were plenty of sheep and beef cattle still braving the elements and although guide dogs are trained to ignore stock, it was only courteous to keep them on the lead when crossing meadows. One of the dogs is called Dylan and he has featured in my walks from time to time. Born and bred in Sheffield, he ignores sheep, possibly thinking them to be large cats, but hates cows. He makes no attempt to chase them, but grumbles and mutters all the way until they are out of sight.

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THE WALK • With your back to the Horse and Jockey, cross the main road heading for the green more or less opposite and follow the lane at its far side, past new houses and as far as a largish house sheltering behind a high hedge on your right.. Wessington is unique amongst north Derbyshire villages in that it has a common, known here as Wessington Green. The concrete pillar surrounded by wooden seats opposite the village school contains a cache, recording life in the twentieth century. • Opposite the entrance drive to the house, climb over a rather awkward stile on your left and bear right, downhill across a field where two large friendly horses live. I didn’t notice the horses when I climbed over the stile, but soon became aware of them when their hot breath blew down my neck. They were obviously on the lookout for the odd carrot or toffee, but as none were on offer, they totally

ignored us on our return later that morning. • Aim towards the bottom corner of a wood on your left and go through another awkward stile and into the first muddy section of the walk. Turn right and walk down the field, keeping just a few feet to the left of a boundary hedge. • Cross the brook by a plank bridge and bear right and then left on to a track to the side of a ploughed field. • Join the access track leading to Spring Farm, but do not go as far as the farm buildings. • Turn right by a gate and cross the field in front of the farm, bearing left and then downhill to a side stream. • Follow the muddy track up and over into Lindwaysprings Brook valley and then through woodland away from the brook and on to a fairly wide track. • Continue past a converted farm, just one of the excellent properties in the area and go

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forwards until a side road is reached. • Turn left along the quiet lane and go down to the brook once more. • Skirt round another converted property and on the far side of a large stone barn, the last building; leave the road by climbing over a stone stile beside the corner of the barn. • Cross the field immediately to the right of the house by going diagonally right and downhill. • Cross a small side stream and bear right to climb fairly steeply uphill to the top corner of the field at a junction of boundary walls. • Go forwards and into a walled track visibly used by cows on their way to milking. The track will unfortunately be muddy at all times, but perversely the firmest ground will usually be in the water filled tracks made by tractors. • Go through the yard of Beech Farm and out along its drive, then bear left downhill through the scattered hamlet of Wheatcroft. Take notice of the restored farm implements and an old pillar box in the yard of Beech Farm, obviously collector’s items of merit. • Where the road bears left and right, turn sharp left and go downhill along a wide grassy track beside a high stone wall. • Climb through a stile when the track reaches a field of winter wheat and go downhill on a field path until it reaches a footpath junction bedside a boundary hedge. • Turn sharp left and follow the path as far as the access drive to Spring Farm • Turn right along the drive, rejoining the outward part of the walk, but in the opposite direction. • Where the drive bears sharply to the right, go forwards on to the track beside the ploughed field, following it towards the tree-shrouded brook. • Cross the stream and go uphill to the left to reach the unsurfaced lane back into Wessington.

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young singers making a name for herself on the folk scene with her own unique version of songs from the English tradition. 11-12 Hull Truck Theatre presents Jane Eyre By Charlotte Brontë 12 Anton & Erin Go To Hollywood 13 Gilbert and Sullivan Abridged 15-16 Chinese State Circus – Yin Yang Chinese artistes will perform remarkable acrobatics, martial arts and human juggling in this daring, breath-taking and thrilling family show. 15 Derby Jazz – Darius Brubeck Quartet 18 The Elephant Bridesmaid by Steven Lee 20 Harry Hill - Sausage Time - The self-styled floppy-collared loon is back with a new live show. 21 Dancing Queen 22 Ola Onabule 23 Derek Acorah – The Eternal Spirits Tour 24 Hey Diddle Diddle - A magical show of songs, laughter and audience participation – ideal for children of all ages, especially those under 5. 26 to 2 March The Good Companions: A Great Night Out March 2 Hairy Bikers – Larger Than Live 2 Justin Moorhouse – Justin Time 3 Heidi Talbot 3 Wedding Fair 6-9 Gatepost Theatre Company Presents: The Wedding Singer 6-7 Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom 7 Gretchen Peters 8 The Rat Pack Live 9 Rock 'n' Roll Paradise 12-16 Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company

Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel 18 February 2013 7:30 PM Much-loved British rocker Steve Harley has been touring consistently for over 30 years and shows no sign of slowing down. Now back with Cockney Rebel for their first full band British appearance in several years, Steve’s captivating performances now encompass some brilliant new songs that are sure to be future classics. Cockney Rebel first broke onto the scene in mid 1973 with the release of Sebastian, which was an immediate success in Europe. The band then released their debut album The Human Menagerie to wide acclaim. A prolific songwriter and renowned lyricist, Steve returns with a setlist packed with all his big songs – Judy Teen, Mr Soft, Here Comes The Sun, Mr Raffles (Man, It Was Mean), Sebastian and of course, the smash hit Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me), which still guarantees a feel-good highlight at every show. Location: Buxton Opera House £22, £24



WHAT’S ON LOCALLY Presents – The Winter's Tale 13 The Fureys & Davey Arthur Royal Centre Nottingham & Concert Hall 0115 989 5555 February 3 Anton & Erin - The UK's favourite dancing duo Anton Du Beke & Erin Boag are back. 5 Nottingham Classics - sinfonia ViVA 8-9 Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Grab your diaries and start circling the dates when you can again be amused. 9 Beanbag Music Club. Magical musical adventures for under 6s & their families 12 Boogie Nights The Concert The West End's original and favourite 70s musical is back with an all star cast 12 Dirty Dancing 15 The Nolans 19 Harry Hill - Sausage Time. The self-styled

DIARY m floppy-collared loon is back at the Royal Concert Hall 21-23 Moscow City Ballet 24 Sunday Morning Piano Series - Juho Pohjonen 25 Dirty Dancing 28 Nottingham Classics - BBC Philharmonic March 2 Julian Lloyd Webber and NYO 3 The Robert Cray Band 4 Halfway to Paradise 6 Richard Thompson 6-8 Rambert Dance Company 9 Nottingham High School 500th Anniversary 9 How to Catch a Star Lacemarket Theatre Box Office 0115 9507201 February 11-16 On Golden Pond 27 - 2 Mar Elton John's Glasses March 11-16 The Winslow Boy Nottingham Arena February 1-3 Madagascar Live Nottingham Playhouse Box Office 0115 941 9419 February 7 The Old Fashioned. A cocktail of music from a group of musicians with a long and wide ranging pedigree. 9 My Big Little Sister. A delightfully funny story for 4–8 year olds. 10 Carl Donnelly. This Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee comes to the Playhouse. Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre. February 4 Woody Sez 5 Inspector Norse 6 Milton Jones 7 Dr Feelgood 8 The Meat Loaf Story



8 Justin Moorhouse 9 Maria Friedman 10 The Nightingale 10 Mothership – A Tribute to Led Zeppelin 12 The Soldiers 13 The Circus of Horrors 14 Mad About ABBA 15 John Shuttleworth 15 3Fold 16 Cast 17 Richard Hawley 18 Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel 18 Michael Chapman 19 The Zappatistas 19 Juan Martin Flamenco Dance Ensemble 20 Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion 20 The Men They Couldn’t Hang 21 Heaven 17 21 King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys 22 June Tabor & Oysterband 23 Red Hot Chilli Pipers 23 Ruby Turner 24 Canon, Campbell, Watchorn & O’Connor of The Dubliners 26 The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists 27 Gilbert and Sullivan Abridged 28 Boeing Boeing March 1Recitals at the Arts Centre - Aurora Percussion Duo 1Buxton Buzz Comedy Club 2The Elephant Bridesmaid 2Toby Hadoke - My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver 3 Jazz at the Arts Centre - The Trefor Owen & Shades of Shearing (Pavilion Arts 3 Rohan McCullough in Testament Of Youth (Studio Theatre) 3 Bill Oddie - Unplucked 4-5 New Jersey Nights 6Yamato – The Drummers Of Japan 7-8 Swan Lake 8-9 In A Land Much Like Ours 9 The Nutcracker 10 Madam Butterfly

tale. But, big people will also have lots of fun, too. 20-22 Showcase 2013 23 Rotary Junior Showtime 26 S4K’s The Tempest 27 Good Old Days Of Music Hall and Variety 28 Too Fast March 2 Classic Clapton 6-10 Me and My Girl 13 The Irish House Party 14 A Celebration of John Denver 15 An Evening of Burlesque 16 Chris Packham Wild Night Out! 17 Roy Orbison and Friends Derby Theatre (formerly Derby Playhouse) Theatre Walk, St Peter’s Quarter, Derby, Box Office: 01332 593939 February 12-16 Losing the Plot. Brand new comedy from John Godber Company and Theatre Royal Wakefield written and directed by Godber himself. Starring Steve Huison and Susan Cookson 21-23 How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found 20-23 One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show The Cosby Show meets Restoration Comedy in this hilariously outrageous play set in 1970s Philadelphia 28 to March 1 All Our Daughters A New Vic Borderlines production exploring issues around forced marriages and so called honour violence. 28 to Mar 2 Oh, What a Lovely War! Combining movement, music and satire to create a chronicle of the Great War. March 2 Hardeep Singh Koli: Indian Takeaway Writer and Celebrity Masterchef, Hardeep is on a mission to find the best Indian takeaway in the UK

Palace Theatre Mansfield 01623 63313 February 9 The Meat Loaf Story 13-14 Port Manteau 18 The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark is a charming production brought to us by Blunderbus with music, songs and exquisite handcrafted puppets that remain true to Jill Tomlinson’s original classic. Plop is a baby Barn Owl. He lives at the top of a very tall tree. He is fat and fluffy. He has big round eyes and very knackety knees. Plop is exactly the same as every Barn Owl that has ever been – except for one thing. Plop is afraid of the dark! Join Plop as he journeys into the night-time world of campfires, fireworks and moonlit adventures. Little people will love this funny, heartwarming Country Images February 2013




BIRDWATCHING FOR BEGINNERS WALK at CARSINGTON WATER With all the summer visitors, including the ospreys, now back in Africa, now is a chance to come and see the winter thrushes, the ducks, and - he's back!!.. the great northern diver, so come for a leisurely 2-hour stroll with the volunteers to find the diver and get some useful tips on bird identification. All walks start from the visitor centre at 10am prompt, and are on the first Sunday of EVERY month. Adults accompanied by children are always welcome - bring binoculars and appropriate wear. Future dates - 3rd February, 3rd March and 7th April. To ensure a place tel: 01629 540696 to book. Darley Abbey Historical Group Friday February 15th 2013 "Every Picture Tells a Story" Presented by Danny Welës Friday March 15th 2013 "Felucca and Pharaohs" Presented by Mr and Mrs Fitzpatrick The Marlowe Players. ‘Shakespeare Country’ by Peter Whelan. Four couples find themselves in a wood on Midsummer's Eve. Add a sprinkling of magic potion, some spirits, then watch this comedy of mistaken identities take off. The production will be at Darley Abbey Village Hall, Abbey Yard (off New Rd), Darley Abbey from Tues 19th until Sat 23rd March, 2013. Tickets are all priced £6 and doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Book via the Marlowe Players Box Office: 07961 607372 or the website: Sitwell Singers invite you to Come and Sing with them! Saturday 2 March 2012, 10am - 5pm Strutts Community Centre, Belper Derby’s Sitwell Singers will be bringing their popular Come and Sing event back to Strutts Community Centre in Belper again this year. On Saturday 2 March, Conductor Malcolm Goldring will take participants through a full day’s workshop on Schubert’s visionary Mass in A Flat, culminating in an informal performance open to the public at 4pm. Helen Geary, Chair of the Sitwell Singers, said: “This will be the third time we have brought our annual Come and Sing event to Strutts – it’s a wonderful venue and previous events have had a terrific atmosphere. Last year over a hundred singers tackled Mozart’s Requiem – we would love to see both familiar and new faces joining us this year to sing this wonderful piece by Schubert. Sheet music and refreshments will be provided – just bring your voice and your enthusiasm!” Advanced booking is essential – last year’s event sold out well in advance so

make sure you don’t miss out! Little Chester Local History Group Thurs Feb 21st - an illustrated talk by Robin Knott about our Local Mountain Rescue - its History and Development. We meet at 7.30pm in Chester Green Community Centre , Old Chester Road, Derby. Admission non-members £2. For further information Tel. 559615. Uppertown Social Centre Uppertown, Ashover, S45 0JF. Sat 2nd February. The Ann Duggan Band. Country Blues and Roots.7pm for 8pm. £10 including supper. Contact Eddie Marriott for information and tickets on: 01246 590502 or 07966 154798 Website Allestree Flower Group Tuesday 19th February 2013 Practice Night and Supper Venue - Evergreen Hall, Cornhill, Allestree. Admission £2 non members, £3 free. For further details contact our Chairman on 01332 675727 or email: Acrylic for Beginners Smalley Art Group, 79 Main Road, Smalley, DE7 6DS is starting a 24-week Painting Landscapes in Acrylic for Beginners course on Wednesday evenings 7-9pm which commences on 6 February 2013. For further details contact our Chairman on 01332 675727 Kyleburn Historical Society January 17: AGM followed by - Loscoe Then and Now - a study of this local village by Brian Key February 21: Sir Arthur Heywoods Railway’s by Trevor Griffin. Meetings at Kilburn Baptist church schoolroom, Highfield Road, Kilburn. 7.30pm. Admission for non-members is £2.00. Belper Historical Society Wednesday 6th February talk by Jill Day on ‘Birkin’s Court’ Birkin’s Court was some of the earliest housing provided by the Strutt family for workers in the mills at Belper. Wednesday 6th March talk by John Barnett on ‘The Poor Law in Action in Muggington, 1795-1834’ Before the modern welfare system, people were dependant on The Poor Law which, if they could have it, gave minimal parish relief to the very needy. Belper Historical Society meet at St. John’s Chapel, Belper at 7.30pm Charge for non-members £1.50.

Best Folk ‘n’ Acoustic Music in Derbyshire Fri 9 Feb 8pm - TIM EDEY & BRENDAN POWER Winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 for ‘Best Duo’ & ‘Musician of the Year’ (Tim Edey) - Tim and Brendan love to improvise, which means that every time they play a piece of music it sounds different and fresh. These two are truly amazing! Plus KIRSTY BROMLEY and her band. One of the up and coming young singers making a name for herself on the folk scene with her own unique version of songs from the English tradition. Assembly Rooms, Market Place Derby DE1 3HA Box Office 01332 255800, or 01773 853428 Sun 17 March 6pm - WAR HORSE - THE CONCERT A reading by its author, MICHAEL MORPURGO, combined with songs from Derbyshire musicians and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners, JOHN TAMS & BARRY COOPE. A powerful story, through the eyes of a horse, which moves from life on a farm in peaceful Devon to survival on the Western Front in the First World War. This is the epic story of the horse who didn’t have the human frailty of taking sides. Suitable for children aged 10 years and above. Assembly Rooms, Market Place Derby DE1 3HA Box Office 01332 255800, or 01773 853428. For tickets and information ‘phone Ticket Hotline 01773 853428


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Time for the romantic at Leabrooks Gallery George Gale’s work is featured in the Main Exhibition Room at Leabrooks Gallery from 2nd - 15th February 2013; his paintings providing a wonderfully apposite backdrop to this month’s chief festival, St Valentine’s Day on Thursday 14th February. His work, completed in finely delineated acrylics, is full of humour and colour Other suitable gifts can be found at ‘A Fair for Valentines’ to be held at the Gallery on Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th February 2013, 10am-4pm.You will be spoilt for choice with a variety of options: jewellery, paintings, stained glass and images on wood, classic handbags, Aloe Vera products and other desirable items – as well as coffee and cake!

GALLERY Ridgeway Gallery The Ridgeway Gallery is thrilled to be hosting a solo exhibition of English Landscape paintings by Rex Preston, from April 12th - April 27th, giving art lovers a rare opportunity to see nearly 50 paintings from one of the country’s leading landscape artists. It has been two years since Rex’s last solo show in Bakewell and the gallery will be filled with paintings of Cornish harbours and coastal views, along with Lake District scenes, moorland sunsets and glorious reflections of light in rivers and pools that Rex has become so much admired for. There is an opportunity to meet Rex at the gallery on Saturday 13th April. The extended exhibition opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sundays (14th and 21st April only) 10am – 4pm. For more information, or to request a copy of the brochure for this show please see


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Sylhet Spice is located in the middle of Ripley with its contemporary décor providing a relaxing atmosphere. We received a warm welcome and were shown promptly to our table. Whilst we were there we noticed the waiters conversing freely with the diners and knew many by name, which shows that many return frequently. For our starters we had the traditional popadoms with a trio of pickles, but diverting from the ‘norm’ my partner’s starter was the Sea Bass, pan fried in tandoori spices and topped with fried onions, which was a refreshing change. We also shared a Garmi Gost; for the uninitiated this is lamb cooked with fresh green chillies and topped with cucumber slices, rather a hot dish. The real stand out dish for me amongst the starters was the Navrang Tikka; chicken tikka cooked with spring onions, peppers and coriander, a milder dish, which I could have happily had again as a main dish!

The dishes were all beautifully presented

For this dining review we asked our waiter to choose 4 dishes for us – as sometimes you can get stuck in a rut ordering the same dish, the staff at Sylhet are very helpful in recommending dishes that would suit your taste. We were served Salmon Bhuna, with onion, peppers and tomatoes cooked in a bhuna sauce with spices in a tandoori oven. Shahi Jai Puri – chicken tikka, special medium sauce, topped with fried onions and mushrooms which was mild and fresh. Jalpati, cooked in jalfrezi and pathi sauces with red and green peppers and whole green chillis, a sweet sauce. Milli Jilli Bahar is lamb cooked with palak, paneer and potatoes, fresh green chillis and dry chillis, mixed with spinach.

One of the dishes I enjoyed most was the Shahi Jai Puri, this was a mild dish but also had a very fresh taste. The dishes were all beautifully presented and whereas sometimes you can end up with more sauce than substance, here the dishes all came with nice pieces of the meat and vegetables, bound together with the sauce.

My partner loves fish and finished the salmon bhuna dish by himself. The first thing that impressed him was the generous size of the salmon pieces, but he also said the sauce beautifully complemented the salmon and was not too overpowering.

Our dishes came with special fried rice which was beautifully light and fresh lemon rice. If you’re a fan of Naan breads then this is the place for you – they have around 14 different types, the garlic naan was not too overpowering but light and


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The Milli Jilli Bahar had quite an earthly taste being topped with spinach.

delicate with out being too doughy. Overall we found the food at Sylhet Spice excellent. I would say that if you find yourself always ordering the same meal when dining at an Indian restaurant go to Sylhet Spice and put yourselves in the waiters’ hands, you never know, you might find your new favourite dish. We recommend phoning to book ahead at the weekend to save disappointment as the restaurant is very popular and ask for the table in the window!! Although Sylhet Spice is not licensed to sell alcohol, you are welcome to bring your own drinks with they will cork for no extra charge.

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Last night we had the pleasure of being invited to The Fox & Goose Inn in Wigley, near Chesterfield to sample some dishes from their winter menu.


eedless to say, after navigating the fog and the vagaries of my satnav, which decided to take us on a very varied route through what I am sure is lovely countryside, when one can actually see it, I was very glad to see the stone built building which sits atop Pudding Pie Hill. Intrigued by both the name of the pub and the hill itself, I had a look on the pub’s website and found a full explanation of both. The name Fox and Goose was given to the Inn by the monks of Beauchief Abbey who often visited; Fox and Goose was the name of a board game played by the monks, where a single piece, the fox, tries to capture geese one by one so preventing them from hemming him in and winning the game. The name Pudding Pie Hill comes from the vapour which rose from burnt limestone that the farmers of the time spread on their land to aid plant growth, giving the hill the appearance of a giant steamed pudding. We were welcomed at the bar by Lynne, the Inn’s General Manager, whose natural hospitality was evident throughout the evening and taken through to the Orangery; a new addition to the

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old part of the Inn, providing a roomy and ambient atmosphere. Although it was early in the evening, there were already a fair few diners and as the evening progressed the room filled up nicely. The kitchen is visible from the dining area and we could see the chefs as they put the finishing touches to the presentation of their plates. Everything in the restaurant follows the same theme – things that stood out to me immediately were the table settings; polished cutlery, sparkling glassware but also, something which is rare these days and reminds me of my childhood, heavy linen serviettes with proper serviette rings. Lynne brought us some drinks over and gave us the menus. I was impressed with the food on offer as there was something for everyone, but not an overfull menu; all the dishes were well thought out and whether you fancied something small or a full a la carte dinner, there was plenty of choice. A complimentary ‘amuse bouche’ from the chef arrived at the table first; exquisite mouthfuls of goat’s cheese mousse on small

A towering homemade burger, velvety smooth duck liver pate and the best cheesecake I have ever tasted.


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ever felt so full, not even after Sunday dinner (a feat in itself, I assure you!). When our desserts arrived, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to do them justice but it’s incredible how quickly that feeling disappears after the first bite – it’s true what they say about having a ‘pudding stomach’…….. We were served a trio of desserts, as the chef couldn’t decide which ones to give us, what a shame! There was a warm nut and chocolate brownie, with mint chocolate ice cream, a sticky toffee pudding accompanied by a vanilla ice cream and its own jug of sauce so you could decide how decadent to make it and last, but most definitely not least, quite possibly the best cheesecake I have ever tasted. Despite being full to bursting, there was no way I was allowing any of that to be left on my plate so like the true martyr I am, I soldiered on and finished every last, delicious forkful.

toasts and a salmon and dill cream in a pastry case. These disappeared in a flash.

The starters tasted as delicious as they looked. For our starters, we were served smoked Scottish salmon with pickled cucumber noodles and a lemon and dill crème fraiche and a duck liver paté, with toasted brioche pieces, a salad of hazelnut, orange and chard leaves, accompanied by a red onion marmalade. Both plates were beautifully presented on slate platters and tasted as delicious as they looked. The duck liver paté was velvety smooth and the red onion marmalade it was served with complemented it well. The salmon was perfect, simply served with a light cream so as not to ruin its natural flavour and the slightly pickled cucumber noodles balanced it very well.

Lynne brought us coffees to end our meal. The service is exemplary and I know this may seem a small thing to most people but I eat out a fair amount and am always amazed that despite asking for black coffee, it invariably arrives with a pot of cream or milk – it didn’t this time. As well as providing a wonderful restaurant, with a private dining room available if required, the Fox and Goose also has a licence for wedding ceremonies and can cater for any function, large or small - hog roasts are a speciality I am told. Thank you to Lynne and all the staff as we had a wonderful dining experience, the Fox and Goose comes highly recommended. Emma

Our mains arrived shortly, a towering homemade burger, complete with every trimming you would expect; fantastically crisp, beer battered onion rings, gherkins, cheese, crispy bacon, tomatoes and a little basket of chunky chips. On the side of the plate was a dish of tomato relish, so tasty that my daughter decided that the addition of ketchup would be pointless. I chose the hake fillet on a chorizo, pea and saffron risotto with roasted courgettes and aubergines, topped with an ultra crispy, wafer thin piece of bacon, my mouth was watering just looking at it. The portion sizes do not disappoint at The Fox and Goose, even the heartiest appetite would be sated. In fact the comment from my daughter was along the lines of the fact that she didn’t think she’d

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Fish and Chips Preparation time: 25 mins Cooking time: 15 mins Ingredients (fish): 1 medium sized cod fillet per person 100g (4oz) plain flour 100g (4oz) self raising flour 5ml (1/2 tsp) salt 280ml (1/2 pt) milk and a splash of lager 15ml (1 tbsp) of oil 2 stiffly beaten egg whites 1 egg yolk Water You will also need: Sunflower oil Method 1. Sift the flours and a pinch of salt into a basin. Make a well and add the egg yolk (keep the egg whites for the next step) and liquid and beat the mixture together until it’s smooth. Leave the batter to rest for 30 minutes. You can add a little cold sparkling water to your rested batter to give it a lighter finish. 2. Meanwhile, whisk the egg whites until they are light and fluffy. Fold them into the rested batter mix and you are ready to go. If you like, you can use a splash of lager in your batter as it can give it a bit more flavour as well as more bubbles for a lighter covering. 3. Coat the fish lightly in seasoned flour. When ready, carefully hold the fish at the tail end and dip it into the batter. Use the side of a bowl to wipe the battered fish lightly to remove any excess. 4.The fat temperature in the fryer should be pre-heated to 180˚C and the wire basket should be removed. Gently place the fish away from you into the oil to avoid splashes with the hot oil. 5.The fish should rise to the surface after 3-4 minutes and may need turning with a erforated spoon to ensure an even browning and crispy texture. After another 3-4 minutes the fish should be ready.

Ingredients (chips): Allow 2 medium sized potatoes per person, preferably Maris Piper, washed and peeled sunflower oil. Method: 1. Cut the potatoes into slices about 1cm (1/2in) thick, and 5cm (2ins) long. And then cut the slices into strips 5 x 1 x 1cm (2 x 1/2 x1/2ins). Wash them well and dry them with a cloth. 2.Place them into the basket, and lower them carefully into the deep oil at 165˚C. I find the best way to cook chips is by doing it in two stages so once the potato chip has softened and become “limp”, drain it thoroughly trying not to shake the basket and damage the chips. 3.Put them aside on a plate. 4. When required for eating simply place the chips back into a basket. Increase the oil temperature to 180-185˚C and lower the chips into the oil carefully. Cook them until they are crisp and golden then drain them well, season with salt and they’re ready to eat.

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On The Open Road When thoughts turn to holidays, why not take a closer look at getting out onto the open road. More and more people are taking to the open road in their motor-homes and caravans. The rise in sales of these vehicles over the last few years is evidence that this is an expanding market. The luxury levels in these latest mobile homes is quite exceptional. Gone are the days of going to a cold toilet block in the middle of a field as these homes now come equipped with flushing toilets, hot showers, double glazing and central heating. All the mod cons that you have at home but this time out in the countryside. What could be better than flinging open the door of your mobile home or caravan and just breathe in fresh country air at any one of hundreds and sites around the country. Britain has some fantastic scenery to be enjoyed and motor-homes and caravans can open up new vistas for the adventurous holidaymaker. The initial

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Following it’s successful launch the new Peugeot has rejuvenated the diverse Supermini car segment. The 208 has been an instant success and the 208 GTi will deliver even stronger desirability with exhilaration, performance and panache. Intended for demanding individuals, 208 GTi owners will benefit from sophisticated choices of the materials and colours employed. The car’s dynamism is expressed first of all by its external identity, specific and immediately recognisable, due to its characteristic posture. Defined on a widened track by 10mm at the front and 20mm at the rear, these three-door models are specially identified by bodywork components which enhance the overall effect, with wheels that hug the arches and with body sills and wing extensions that enhance its visual appearance.

section and the 208 GTi offers a unique ambiance themed with red highlights. The dashboard houses a high-mounted instrument panel with an innovative and distinctive light signature. Echoing the LED functions of the headlamps, the dials are surrounded with satin chrome beads backlit by LEDs, whereas the needles move on a brushed aluminium background.The passenger compartment is also punctuated with carefully designed components. So, the vents, the side decorations of the touchscreen, the dashboard decoration, the steering wheel insert, the seat belts, the front and rear door crossbars all blend with the same interior ambiance. The aluminium pedal bracket and footrest provide the final touch to this technological and refined interior.

Particularly eye catching and visible both by day and night, the light signature of the front face is refined by new halogen headlamps, equipped with a latest generation light guide. These carefully designed lamps with a rectangular internal structure use LED technology for the directional indicators and daytime lighting. Tightly enclosing the main beam headlamps, the floating trim of which calls to mind a cat's pupil, they give the expression of an iris.

The driver is well supported in the cossetting seat structure, harnessed in black seat belts (with red edging) allowing an excellent driving position that is clear and comfortable. The feet naturally find the aluminium pedals and footrest, the heels in contact with the unique 208 GTi floor mats with black surround and again, overstitched in red. Intuitively, the hands rest on the small black full grain perforated leather steering wheel with red overstitching. The left hand easily and naturally finds the aluminium gear lever knob, with red side insert and the overstitched leather handbrake lever.

Attention to detail has also taken precedence in the design of the passenger compartment, to create a most pleasant environment. This applies even when stationary as it becomes evident at first glance when the door is opened, revealing the aluminium sill stamped with the Peugeot name. Dark colour schemes exist throughout the upper

The 208 GTi delights its driver with an incisive driving experience due to the involving chassis dynamics, providing superb driving sensations. Springs, calibration of the shock absorbers, anti-roll bar, enhanced front subframe and rear crossmember rigidity, plus that the suspension and wheels are specific to this latest Peugeot GTi.

Rolls-Royce Wraith Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has published the first official image of its new model Wraith, which will be launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013. The graceful silhouette gives expression to a bold and thoroughly contemporary luxury motor car. Flowing lines hint at the extraordinary power and dynamic promise of the most powerful Rolls-Royce in history, yet also highlight design cues that can be traced through the model generations. Rolls-Royce Wraith evokes the pioneering spirit and lust for adventure that drove company forefather the Honourable Charles Rolls - the consummate gentleman racer. But like Rolls, Wraith will also be steeped in the trappings of luxury and opulence.

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Land of Chaos A comedian on TV recently said that every man has a drawer in the house where he puts things that he will ‘use one day’. It appears I have one (or two). There is a simple procedure that leads to this drawer getting fuller over a period of time. I replace a padlock but keep the old key just in case and so it goes on.

In a quiet moment I sneaked into the kitchen just to check on my Man Drawer to see what stupid things I had saved. I tried to open the drawer but it got stuck, like it always does on the small circular brush attachment that fits onto a floor cleaner that we no longer own. Silently(!) opening the drawer I espied things that had lurked in corners for years and never seen the light of day. There were batteries from a Ferguson video remote control, discarded because they were flat and also because the video was scrapped in 1993. Other batteries were there but I’m not sure if they’re flat. I found two padlocks, locked with no keys, I had obviously reversed the pattern. A block of extremely good snooker chalk, it’s about 10 years since I last played snooker, but it will come in handy if I decide to threaten The Crucible with my presence - so that goes back into the drawer (same mistake you see). Two plastic feet for a fridge that we had three houses ago are lurking within - I will throw them away. Wax for the bow of a violin, however I cannot play a violin and have never owned a violin! I will phone Nigel Kennedy. There were three tape measures, one of them a present from Peter the landlord of The Dog Inn, Pentrich in 1998. The strange thing is, there is never one in there when I look. Lo and behold I found a Nokia mobile – broken but you never know when you might need one, do you? The sad thing is I couldn’t resist trying to switch it on just to see. Then getting distracted I rushed to another room and rooted through a basket full of computer and phone leads to see if I still had the charger – nope, that’s gone. I wonder if anyone has got a spare? This is the thinking process of the man drawer – you just never know when it will become useful. A rubber belt that must fit something in the house, I’m sure that it

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came as a spare for something but I can’t quite remember what. Could it belong to the floor cleaner along with the circular brush attachment that stops the drawer opening? Rummaging about I also came across some hair clippers which sent a shudder down my spine as I remembered the village barber tearing my hair out by the root with a similar implement. Goodness knows why he used clippers. Flooding back came my penny pinching attempt at cutting the kids’ hair, only to take a chunk out of my son’s ear and being banned from doing it after that (not taking chunks out but cutting their hair). I haven’t the heart to throw them away, they are full of happy(!) memories and pieces of ear..... Ah the spare key for the Vauxhall Carlton that I owned back in 1990. If I see the current owners I can give it to them. That can go with the spare padlock key. Next an allen key, well 6 of them. That must be my DIY days coming back. Talking of keys there is one for a clock. Now I’ve tried all the clocks in the house but it doesn’t fit any of them. Oh and one for a gas meter cupboard which we had 2 houses ago. Other things included: two radiator keys, I can never normally find one but two is a bonus; a pack of used Stanley knife blades, what use are rusty ones?; a spanner to tighten the studs on football boots. I hung up my boots years ago at about the same time as Stanley Matthews; 12 inches of string; 3 packs of picture hooks; a Swiss army pen knife – now that’s a really useful find. Well it would be if it still had all the blades; oil for the aforementioned clippers; a heavy brass finial that screwed onto a fire grate long since gone. But it’s great as a plumb bob when wallpapering. That must go with the string so that’s staying. I have decided that keys are my fetish. As a young man my hobby was trying to open friends’ cars with my invincible set of collected old keys. I must point out that this was not with a view to pinching them but it was only to see if I could do it whilst they were there. A couple of months ago a friend of mine visited and realised he had left his keys in the car and the doors were locked. Nipping into the garage for a bendy ruler we were in the car in seconds, long before his wife had got through to the AA. Ah the old skills were coming back. The interesting thing is that the car is relatively new. I would have thought modern cars were far more secure than a Hillman Imp. A good hour later I was quite proud of my drawer tidying ability as I pushed the drawer smoothly in and out. I couldn’t wait to show my wife my drawer tidying feat as I am always in trouble for putting small change, receipts and bills in my underwear drawer. Most of the stuff is still there though because you never know when the barbers will be closed! But at least the drawer opens without catching on the stupid round brush attachment, you see I worked out that if it was laid flat it would fit easier!


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