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emember, remember, the whole of November. As for me it is the very best of months. With its chilly temperatures, dreary weather and fondness for precipitation, the penultimate month of the year might seem an odd choice to champion. So why do I love it so? Well, it is no doubt in some part because my birthday falls within its 30 days, but there are a myriad of other things to love about the 11th month. Such as the fashion - If the calendar were your wardrobe, then November would certainly be the coat. In ‘Baby, It’s Getting Cold Outside’ we run down this winter’s most desirable coats. And because it’s not just ladies who need wrap up warm, we have dedicated our men’s trends page to all things woolly, with a selection of stylish-as-theyare-snugly knitwear. November, of course is also home to fireworks night, check out the various local events happening on the 5th and throughout the rest of the month, with our ‘What’s On Guide.’ However, if even the thought of candyfloss and bonfires is not enough to convince you of November’s charms then we also have plenty of ways for you to get away this month. From Provence to Mexico, in ‘Making The Most Of It...’ we pick the best breaks to make the most of the last of your annual leave. When combined with a weekend, you would be surprised just how far a couple of days of holiday will get you.

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NOUvO’S FReDeRIcK FORSTeR wINS cHeF OF THe YeAR 2011 Buckhurst Hill’s Nouvo’s Head Chef Frederick Forster has been named Chef of the Year 2011. The chef takes home this prestigious accolade following an intense two hour cook off between eight finalists at the Restaurant Show held at Earls Court. His winning dishes included sauté scallops with crab ‘Biegnet’ and roasted breast of duck with braised thigh flavoured with smoked bacon. Despite this amazing achievement the spectacularly talented chef remains charmingly modest, saying ‘my reputation is as good as the last plate to leave my kitchen’. I guess that means we will have to test a couple of those plates ourselves. T: 020 8504 2299

New NURSeRY STepS AHeAD celeBRATe THeIR lAUNcH wITH AN OpeN weeK New Ofstead registered Loughton based nursery Steps Ahead opens its doors this month. And to celebrate they are offering an open week from Monday 14th. Catering from ages 2-5, the nursery offers both day and sessional care, with a timetable designed to better suit what owner Mary Butler sees as the demands of modern parenting. For Mary, the children clearly come first, ‘providing fun and quality childcare is what I believe in.’ To book your open week visit please call: 07527 778 358.

passionate about the beauty industry and providing a relaxing, professional environment for clients, so I wanted to create a beautiful and trendy new salon for people to come in, unwind and be pampered.’ And with its treatment list including everything from Dermalogica Facials to Gelish nails, The Lemon Tree really can take care of you from head to toe. T: 020 8508 6167

pIzzA BAR KITcHeN OpeNS ON wANSTeAD HIgH ROAD The iN team got to indulge in our favourite Italian treat at the opening of Wanstead’s new Pizza Bar Kitchen. As you might expect from the name, the focus of the menu at the contemporary lounge restaurant is pizza. Delicious, handmade, authentic Italian ones, though some scrumptious salads and tempting burgers also make an appearance. To wash down your dinner or lunch Pizza Bar Kitchen also offers a range of cocktails and specialty beers. Over one of these we spoke to general manager Kieran Brennan ‘We’re all really excited about showing off our gorgeous new look,’ he told us ‘Everyone, from our talented chefs to dedicated bar staff, is ready to bring Italy to the East End.’ T: 020 8989 0552


Loughton has welcomed a brand new boutique multi-purpose beauty salon. Owner Angie Vassallo, who is known for her fantastic treatments and celebrity client list, said, ‘I’m so

Loughton based beauty academy Beautec celebrated its relaunch with a brilliant champagne and canapé reception for local businesses, ex-students and local salons. The academy, which has over 26 years of experience, and offers both short intense courses and NVQs in beauty therapy, had a lot to celebrate with their excellent new premises, beauty rooms and a fantastic new nail room complete with the most up to date equipment. T: 020 8502 0240


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Family run storage company, BWI Self Storage, South Woodford, understands that at the run up to Christmas space is at a premium. With this in mind, they have decided to whack an amazing 75% off for up to 12 weeks of storage for the rest of the year. Ideal for those panicking about where on earth they are going to put all those presents. T: 020 8504 1700


South Woodford based PURE Medi-Spa celebrated its 3rd year in style, with a host of beauty events throughout its anniversary month. Alongside demonstrations of cutting edge beauty solutions, guests were treated to a host of treatments, with each one of the party guests going home with a glorious goody bag filled to the brim with samples and vouchers. Now in their third year PURE Medi-Spa is one of the most well established beauty and advanced aesthetic clinics in the area, boasting a large celebrity following. T: 020 8989 1822

cOcO HOlD THeIR ANNUAl HIgH TeA IN AID OF BReAST cANceR cHARITIeS Here at iN the only thing we like more than homemade cakes and fashion, is helping out a good cause. And lucky for us, the Wanstead based ladies fashion boutique, Coco, have found a way of combining all three. Coco’s annual high tea not only serves up the best cheesecake around, but also does a brilliant job at fundraising, this year the tea raised £2000 for Breast Cancer Care and The Maria Falco Memorial Trust. T: 020 8989 1008

SHUFFlIN weBSITe lAUNcH IN BReNTwOOD Sugar Hut in Brentwood hosted the launch party for Wayne Lineker’s newest social networking site Essex VIPs and friends of Wayne were out in force for the event, with the Brentwood Night Spot offering free guestlist entry and a champagne reception.

geORge’S FISH AND SOUvlAKI BAR’S UNveIlS ITS New lOOK ReSTAURANT Awardwinning South Woodford George’s Fish and Souvlaki Bar has unveiled its newly expanded and refurbished restaurant. Already known for having officially the best chips in London (London's Perfect Portion Award Winner 2009 and 2010) George’s chic new look is bound to see the fish restaurant become a local foodie hub. T: 020 8989 3970

wYcleF JeAN celeBRATeS HIS BIRTHDAY AT RS lOUNge International music star Wyclef Jean celebrated his birthday with a party hosted by Chelsea Footballing Star Florent Malouda at local luxury lounge and bar RS Lounge. Wyclef was joined by celebrity friends Ashley Cole, Soloman Kalou and William Galls, on the night, with the birthday boy even entertaining the crowd with a live performance. As the drinks flowed we all agreed that the star studded birthday bash has got to go down as one of the biggest nights of the year so far. T: 020 8509 6450

ReSIDeNTIAl ReTReAT lAUNcHeS ITS DATeS FOR 2012 Located in the heart of the beautiful Epping Forest, the exclusive Loughton based

Residential Retreat is adding a sense of luxury to the bootcamp experience. And now it has released its residential dates for the upcoming year. With their unique six, three and one day courses available alongside hen, stag and mother’s day packages, you can now set the date to kick start a brand new you in the new year. E: T: 07740 926 230

DAMANIS RAISeS OveR £7000 FOR THe DReAM FAcTORY cHARITY Prestigious East London department store Daminis raised a massive £7000 with their brilliant fashion show, dinner and dance at The Metropolitan Police Club, Chigwell, for charity The Dream Factory. The Dream Factory seeks to make dreams come true for children with life limiting or life threatening conditions or disabilities. Well done Damanis for putting on such a successful event and raising so much money for this local charity. T: 020 8503 4200

eSSex MeeTS THe eAST AT THe ROSe & cROwN Traditional British pub Rose & Crown is set to breathe some fire into Brentwood with the opening of its sumptuous new Thai restaurant. The Grade II listed building on Ongar Road has undergone an exciting transformation to create a pub restaurant that combines the best of British with the culinary appeal of the Far East. T. 01277 372 322

treatments, all of which are available in the comfort of your own home or at the convenience of your office. Lunchtime facial? Yes please. T: 0844 793 8344

wOODFORD pANTOMIMe pReSeNTS peTeR pAN The annual Woodford Pantomime is back and this year the amateur troop has decided to take their audience on a trip to Neverland, along with Peter, Wendy and of course the lost boys. Performances take place between the 2nd and 15th of January at the Sir James Hawkey Hall, Woodford. All together now, ‘He’s behind you!’

New FITNeSS STUDIO AND BOOTcAMp OpeNS IN BReNTwOOD Seconds Out fitness studio and bootcamp at Hutton Community Centre wants to get you fit. Owner and trainer John Hadley told iN that some one to one training with one of his professional trainers promises ‘to get you fitter than you have ever been before.’ T: 07786 117 664


Urban Retreat has been providing an exceptional service and the finest brands to clients in Harrods, London and Harvey Nichols, Manchester for 10 years… And now it is delivering its expertise straight to your front door. The Urban Retreat at Home therapists are trained and experienced in a full range of pampering, relaxing and invigorating

The Only Way Is Essex star Jessica Wright had an eventful October with the launch of both her new lingerie boutique ‘With Love, Jessica’ in Loughton and her new clothing range for Love. The cupcake and candy tree sprinkled launch party was rife with both celebrities and press, with even Nanny Pat turning up to congratulate her granddaughter. The woman of the hour, Jessica herself, looked radiant wearing one of her own ballet style designs from her Love collection.

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in LANA DEL RAY – Singer, internet sensation and owner of perhaps the most coveted lips around, we’ve had Lana’s haunting and folksy ‘Video Games’ on repeat since we first heard it at Christopher Kane’s catwalk show.


Welcome to iN’s society column, ‘Girl About Town’ where socialite Caroline Polledri gives her own hilarious take on being out and about in Essex and beyond.

Many of you office folks will know that at this time of year, you start to frugally try and ration the last few days left of your entitled holiday desperately trying to save a few days in order to scatter them across the festive period. The last thing you want to do is to face coming into a half empty office on New Year’s Eve. What an anti climax!

GOOD MANNERS – On the tube, that is. London Transport staff are to receive training from John Lewis staff on empathy and customer service. But the question is - will they be able to advise us on which Smeg fridge is for us?

And just as you’re moaning about using most of your days up and how you wish you’d never wasted one on ‘paintball’, some smug little weasel in Accounts pipes up with ‘Oh I have sooo much annual leave left, I may have to carry them over into next year’. Leaving you with the need to strike them very precisely with a metal ruler, if for no other reason than they actually used the phrase - ‘annual leave’.

YEO VALLEY’S BOY BAND – Organic dairy company and producers of scrumptious breakfast accompanying yogurts Yeo Valley have entered into the pop music biz with the formation of their custom made boy band ‘The Churned’ – a collection of sexy farmers singing about, well - farming. What’s not to love?

For those of you who do have the odd day to spare or can suddenly feel signs of ‘that bug that’s been going around lately’ (wink, wink) coming on, then why not arrange a little sight seeing? And the beauty is you can do it somewhere that doesn’t require much travel or a suitcase. The kind of destination that if you are midway into your journey and suddenly realise that you’ve left the iron on – it wouldn’t be the end of the world if you had to turn back home again. The magical (and oh so convenient) place I am harping on about is London Town, the big smoke, the largest city in the Britain we call Great - the Queen’s backyard. Basically take a tour of your own city. Give yourself just one day this month to pose as a proper tourist, book all touristy things you can think of - a ride in an open top bus, a visit to the Tower of London, lunch at an Aberdeen Steak House, followed by a go (I refuse to call it a ‘trip’) on the London Eye! Ok, so you’ve walked past them countless times but I bet you’ve never actually done any of them. How many of you have got one of those ‘me with a beefeater’ photos, where you’re not in your primary school uniform? You just don’t do you, when you know you can do it any time. To make your ‘London Day’ even more fun, you could dress up for the experience. You could even adopt an accent for the occasion; no-one will question it, not with your bum bag as back up. So that’s what I’m going to be doing this month and I suggest you do the same – I’ll send you a post card from my visit. So what if I get home before it arrives – that’s not the point!

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With the end of the year fast approaching, iN Magazine shows you how to make the most of the what is left of your annual leave. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got just one day squirreled away or a full five, when combined with a weekend, we have the getaways to help you make the last of your holiday count.



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TAKE A HUSKY TOUR ‘After a long day of mushing the tour guide was feeling a little husky...’ Explore the beauty of the Lapland wilderness by one of the cutest modes of transport known to man. Whether you opt to be a passenger or even try your hands at the reins yourself, dog sledging has got to be the must ‘do’ of any Artic escape. You would be barking not to.


Reindeer, which perhaps unsurprisingly tastes like venison, is a Swedish delicacy and well worth sampling. However if you can’t quite bring yourself to tuck into this more exotic form of Donner meat, there are plenty of other Artic specialities including Artic Char and Grouse. Vegetarians be forewarned - flesh free meals can be rather thin on the ground on the tundra.

PLAY IT COOL AT SWEDEN’S ICEHOTEL Average room temperatures that start with a minus sign would usually be a turn off for even the most intrepid of travellers, but at Sweden’s Iconic ICEHOTEL the chill is half the thrill. With everything from the polar bear bedposts to the spectacular chandeliers carved from ice and snow, it is no wonder that the ICEHOTEL is one of the most surreal and beautiful places on earth to spend the night. With a direct flight time of 3h30m and the classic break consisting of three night in the Swedish winter wonderland this has got to be the most magnificent ways of making that final day of holiday count.

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The ICEHOTEL is rebuilt and redesigned every year, ensuring no two seasons are the same. Direct flights to Kiruna, the ICEHOTEL’s nearest airport take around 3hrs 30mins from Heathrow. The currency in Sweden is the Swedish Krona. At time of print the exchange rate was 10.48SEK to 1GBP. Temperatures within the hotel are kept around -5°C to -8°C; outside temperatures can drop to around -37°C. Keep your eyes on the sky, as this winter gives you the best chance of catching Aurora Borealis - aka the Northern Lights - as the snowy months mark the climax of the 11-year solar cycle. On arrival at the ICEHOTEL you will be given special clothing for use during your stay but be sure to bring your own warm clothing to wear underneath. And leave the Louboutins at home, as flat shoes with a good grip are the must have accessory at the ICEHOTEL.



Relax on one of the bar’s reindeer pelt covered ice seats and chill out (pardon the pun) watching the expert mixologists knock up some gloriously colourful beverages behind the solid ice bar. Cocktails here are not so much served over ice, as within it, with the bars famous chucky ice glasses acting as both vessel and cooler. Vodka is Sweden’s tipple of choice, however if you fancy something to warm the cockles the bar also does a mean hot chocolate. Just don’t leave your mug on any of the furniture.


ICEHOTEL The classic three night winter break includes one night in a snow room and two in heated accommodation. You can upgrade your stay to one of the individually themed Art Suites for the full ‘white witch’ experience. The quickest way to get to there is to book with Discover The World, who offer the UK's only direct flight from Heathrow to Kiruna, which is just 20 minutes from the ICEHOTEL. Discover The World have an in-depth knowledge of Lapland and have been organising holidays to the ICEHOTEL every year since it was first built in 1992.


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GO TRUFFLE HUNTING Join expert truffier Eric Jaumund at his forest home and get your hands dirty in search of the woodland’s most famous and expensive wild crop. Beyond the thrill of the hunt, Provence is perhaps is at its most beautiful in November when the chestnut trees change colour and truffling can be one of the most exciting ways to enjoy the region’s enchanting countryside.


RUSTIC FRENCH It is very difficult to eat badly in Provence as the locals just won’t stand for lack lustre cookery. Most villages have weekly markets, so do your research beforehand and swing by one of these for amazing cheese, scrumptious bread and other rustic treats. Also don’t forget to sample your finds with a truffle speciality or two.

TRUFFLE HUNTING IN PROVENCE One of the most popular holiday destinations in the South of France, Provence is famed for both its picturesque countryside and fabulous food. November is the perfect month to make a foodie pilgrimage, as it marks the start of the region’s truffle season. Nicknamed ‘black diamonds’ truffles are probably the most highly prized of funguses on earth, indeed Alexandre Dumas claimed that eating truffles put one in touch with the divine. And what better way to get to grips with this most luxurious and pungent ingredient than to hunt out your very own?

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The Hotel Crillon Le Brave’s Truffle and Wine weekends run on the 10th13th and 24th-27th November. The weekend included truffle hunting with Eric Jaumund, wine tasting at a Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate, breakfast and dinner including a dedicated truffle speciality dinner, truffle cooking demonstration with the hotel’s chef and a trip to Provence’s antiques capital Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Provence’s daytime temperatures in November average around 14°C; though it can be surprisingly balmy, warm clothing is recommended. Provence is best explored by car. Particularly if that car happens to be a vintage Citroën 2CV. Several companies offer rentals of classic French automobiles, so do your research before departing. Crillon le Brave is reachable by air from Avignon and Marseille airport and by Eurostar to Avignon.


SAMPLE VINTAGES AT A VINEYARD Educate your palate in the difference between Grenache and Shiraz and maybe find a new favourite at one of the region’s legendary Châteauneuf-duPape estates.


HOTEL CRILLON LE BRAVE Made up of a collection of centaury old picturesque stone buildings nestled in the heart of a tiny hilltop village, Hotel Crillon le Brave combines both rustic charm and airy luxury to make the perfect Provence hide away. And with its stone vaulted dining room serving high quality, locallysourced ingredients, cooked simply but brilliantly, it is a foodie’s dream too. in MAGAZINE 17


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BARTER AT A TRADITIONAL SOUK Souks are covered markets which sell everything from spices to carpets. Bargaining is a big part of the Souk experience, so come ready to barter. When entering a stall you may well be offered a cup of mint tea by the stall-holder. Be sure to accept as a refusal can be seen as rude, at a Souk everything is negotiable except the pleasantries. Morocco has an expert tanning industry, making it the ideal place to pick up a unique and beautiful alternative to this season’s ‘it’ bag.


TRADITIONAL MOROCCAN AT PEPENERO Italian and Moroccan might not seem the most immediately obvious of culinary bedfellows but this Marrakech hidden gem makes it work. And when we say hidden, we mean hidden. The Pepenero however more than makes up for its being difficult to find with fantastic food, beautiful decor and fantastic waiting staff – who should you get lost on the way to dinner will more than happily direct you by phone to the front door.

WANDER THE MARKETS IN MARRAKECH Morocco’s third largest city is just a short hop away on one of the myriad of budget airlines that fly to the city’s airport and with November days averaging 23°C Marrakech is the ideal destination for some winter city sun. The distance may not be all that much, but culturally Marrakech is a million miles away from the certainties of a European short break. Instead you will find a labyrinthine ancient city filled with the exotic colours, smells and sounds, where sensory overload is more of a certainty than a risk. From sun drenched pools to snake charmers, Marrakech will certainly allow you to see off your final days of annual leave in splendour.

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Marrakech is the third largest city in Morocco after Casablanca and Rabat. Marrakech has an international airport with direct scheduled flights coming in from London and other British cities. Easyjet, BMI, Thomson Airways, British Airways and Ryanair all fly to Marrakech. The currency is Moroccan Dirhams. At time of print the exchange rate was 12.85MD to 1GBP. Average flight time from London the Marrakech 3h30m Though warm during the day, the temperature drops to around 10°C at night in the autumn. So pack a jumper if you are planning to head out in the evening.



FRESH ORANGE JUICE AT DJEMAA EL-FNA The Old City’s market place Djemaa el-Fna is the beating heart of Marrakech. Refresh yourself between acrobatic displays and bargaining, with a glass of fresh orange juice from one of the markets many stalls. Do as the locals do and add a pinch of salt to your OJ, the results are startlingly delicious.


THE RIAD MONCEAU Dating from the 18th Centaury but refurbished recently this gem of Hispano-Moorish architecture, set in a quiet little side-street just a few steps away from the giddy bustle of Marrakesh’s old town. Owned by the French Artist Isabelle Aubry this enchanting boutique hotel comes complete with sun drenched courtyard, mosaic swimming pool and views of the Atlas Mountains. Its gourmet restaurant has recently inspired its very own cookbook ‘Le Riad Monceau Moroccan gastronomy in its palace’ and offers Moroccan cookery


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LAGUNA CHANKANAAB If you manage to tire of the powdery white beachfront and 240 square hectares of mangrove forest and jungle, then we recommend travelling to Laguna Chankanaab, just a short ferry ride to the island of Cozumel. It features a beautiful marine park and botanical gardens, as well as a beach and a dolphin discovery centre. It is also situated near the Paraíso and Chankanaab coral reefs, which provide splendid diving.



Overlooking a vast lagoon, one would expect it difficult for the food to outshine the views from the Casa Del Lago. But rest assured the chef somehow manages it. If you can drag your eyes from the lagoon for five minutes, you’ll find the menu is inspired by local Yucatan flavours and contains a number of traditional Mexican dishes, as well as contemporary European cuisine. Dining on the outside terrace is a must.

RELAX ON THE BEACHES OF THE RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO If you’ve got a fair amount of holiday and don’t mind a 9-hour flight then the Riviera Maya is the ideal holiday destination for the winter sun worshipper. Located in Mexico and on the edge of a stunning Caribbean coastline, the Riviera Maya boasts perfect white sandy beaches and ancient Mayan ruins, as well as lush jungle, home to some of the world’s most endangered species. November signifies the start of the dry season, with temperatures averaging at around 25°c, and with the kids back to school, you might be able to bag a bargain on accommodation.

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The Riviera Maya is approximately 30 minutes drive from Cancun International Airport. Although the dry season is from November to May, there is a period in which northerly winds rule the coastline, usually from January to February. The Riviera Maya is home to the second largest coral reef in the world – the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. The currency is the Mexican Peso. At time of print the exchange rate was 20.98MXP to 1GBP. Average flight time from London to Calcun International Airport: 9h. On average, the Riviera Maya expects only 9mm of rainfall throughout November.


TEqUILA AT AGAVE AZUL No visit to Mexico is complete without a sample of the nation’s finest beverage – tequila. The Agave Azul bar is billed as a tequila library, fronted by resident tequila experts. Visitors can sample a tequila menu unrivalled by any other, ensuring that this library is far more interesting than the traditional kind.


ROSEWOOD MAYAKOBA At the Rosewood Mayakoba, there is nothing that they don’t know about the word ‘luxury.’ Situated at the beachfront, this award-winning hotel offers outdoor pools, sun loungers on the beach and a luxurious Sense spa, which features traditional Mayan health treatments. If you’re feeling a little sportier, you can try out a variety of watersports, play a round of golf, or embark on day-trips to explore nearby Mayan ruins. And a concierge service, 24-hour butler service and valet service will ensure that your every whim is satisfied along the way. in MAGAZINE 19

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Win a Five Star Break in Lanzarote

At the Luxurious Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel, Playa Blanca. Positioned on the spectacular south-eastern coast on the island of Lanzarote, the fabulous Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel is the ideal get away. The stunning five star resort is offering one lucky iN reader the chance to win a short break for two complete with two treatments in the resort’s luxury spa.

THE LUCKY WINNER WILL RECEIVE: • Two nights at the Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel, Lanzarote. • Two complimentary Thalasso circuits at the resorts Thalasso-therapy Spa. • Half board catering in one of the three themed buffet restaurants plus special discounts at the five à la carte restaurants. • Access to the resort’s six swimming pools and other excellent facilities.

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EXCLUDES FLIGHTS & TRANSFERS TERMS AND CONDITIONS All entries must be received by 24th November 2011. One entry per person. Winners will be notified by email after the closing date. Over 18s only. Flights and transfers not included. Prize must be claimed before 1st December 2012. Prize is subject to availability and is not valid in high season (31 March – 8 April, 1-31 August, 22 December – 7 January). Bookings to be made via Prize provided independently of iN Magazine. Entrants may be contacted by iN Magazine and selected partners. By entering the competition you agree that should you be selected as winner that you will provide an image of yourself for publication within iN Magazine as a condition of receiving the prize.

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ugh Grant fans might well recognise the Hempel’s garden square from the wedding scene of iconic 90’s romcom Notting Hill. Whereas motoring aficionados might identify the tranquil space as the location of the rolls royce Ghost press launch. either way it is fair to say that the Hempel’s Zen like outdoor haven is as strikingly designed, as it is a million miles from what you would expect, nestled as it is within ten minutes walk of Paddington station and Hyde Park.

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reated by legendary British designer Anouska Hempel, the fifty room five star boutique hotel was arguably the first of its kind to arrive in the capital. overtly influenced by the east the Hempelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s distinct form of minimalism manages simplicity and balance withoutever being stark or medical. each of the individually designed bedrooms have a decidedly Japanese flavour with low lying beds and natural earthy tones. restful in their simplicity, with an atmosphere akin to a spa, the Hempel manages what many other central hotels stumble at, making their bedrooms an escape from the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events rather than just the location of the end of them. in MAGAZINE 25

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Just minutes from Hyde Park, Notting Hill, Kensington Gardens, and the West end. Paddington. No.35 restaurant serving artistic nouveau cuisine and is popular with both guests and local residents. expect to pay about £16.50 - £22.50 for an al a carte main course. or £55/£75 for the tasting menu, either with or without matched wines. small if luxurious the Hempel’s lounge bar No. 31 has spectacular bar service; though expect to pay for it - cocktails start from approximately £13. Plenty of nuptial options available from services in the lobby to receptions in the garden. the Zen Garden, the Gallery, No. 17 event space, Meeting rooms and Apartments. ren cosmetics in the bathroom and the Art Work space gallery area featuring regular exhibitions from artists. the ante-lobby was a little confusing and the lifts may be a little on the snug side if you are not travelling light.

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From coats and sweaters to suits and boots we have everything you need to see in November with style. Sparklers not included.

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MOveMBeR HAWKSMOOR SEVEN DIALS ne of the best moments of the most recent series of Mad Men has got to be when Don and stereotypically reserved Englishman, Lane, following a considerable amount of whisky end up in a steakhouse. Upon the arrival of the steaks at the table Lane proceeds to pick up the lump of ungulate and slaps it on his trousers, yelling ‘I've got a big Texas belt buckle, yeah!’ What marks this seemingly inconsequential piece of beef based accessorizing out as memorable, is not just that it is the first time you see Lane relax that upper lip a bit, but also the disconcerting realization that the steak in question looks so spectacularly good, you would give your collector’s edition signed boxset to have it for dinner. Even after its trouser pressing. And that is the sort of steak you get at Hawksmoor. A carnivores dream, Hawksmoor is a temple to the glories of British beef. The myriad of cuts to be found on the steakhouse’s menu all come from excellent, Yorkshire-based butcher Ginger Pig. And alongside the expected Rump and Sirloin you will also find the more specialty Porterhouse and Chateaubrian. Each of which is perfectly aged and cooked with the sort of love that makes you wonder if the chef had known this particular cow personally, and maybe even raised it as his own. Starters focus of British seafood, with Dorset rock oysters and blue lobster all finding their rightful home. The bar’s surprisingly good cocktails are the perfect thing to wash arguably the best steaks in London down with. And amongst all the animal protein, don’t forget to save some room for Hawksmoor’s legendary beef dripping chips.

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Age: 57 Height: 5ft 7’’ weight: 11st 8lbs Debut Fight hen Gary McGrath’s nephew Alex Field was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour, his friend John Rolfe desperately wanted to help out. So he organised a charity boxing event to raise funds for Alex’s crucial brain surgery. There was only one problem – he had nobody to fight. So he took his mate Steve Bailey down to the Warren Wood pub in Buckhurst Hill and after several large Bacardis he convinced him be his opponent. Bring on the Rocky training montage. Sadly, Alex passed away before the match could go ahead, so John has selected another worthy cause – that of Grace Windram, who met Alex through the children’s charity The Tree of Hope. Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy in 2008, she is unable to walk or crawl, and must rely on a wheelchair to move around. Her parents are hoping that the money raised by the charity boxing match will help pay for life-changing surgery which could eventually allow her to walk with the aid of crutches.

Age: 48 Height: 5ft 7’’ weight: 13st 7lbs 4th charity Fight Now months into their training routines, Steve and John are determined to do her justice. Training is going well. Steve has already sustained a broken nose and a cracked rib, which shows that he’s working hard at least. He has been dividing his five times a week training sessions between Alan Mortlock’s Gym and RJ’s Gym, under the watchful eye of experienced boxer and manager Alan Mortlock. Not bad, considering John chose Steve as an opponent because he thought he’d be an ‘easy target.’ But boxing is something that Steve has always wanted to do, so his determination is hardly surprising. Maybe that’s why John isn’t getting complacent. He’s also sparring five times a week, with the help of former pro Dominic Negus and Ian Wilson of Spartan Gym. The event to be held at The Prince Regent, Chigwell on 26th November promises to be a fantastic night of boxing entertainment, with several other fights being organised by Noel Tierney of Club KO in Walthamstow. Even if he might not win the match, John is certainly going

all out to raise cash for Grace, as the evening also includes a charity auction of boxing memorabilia, as well as a raffle. Although table seats are already sold out, you can still snap up a balcony ticket on the night for £20 – money that goes straight into Grace’s operation fund. Surely a good enough reason already, but you’ll also get to experience an event that’s more than capable of punching above its weight. John and Steve would like to thank several people for helping them with their training programmes. Sean and Adam Mortlock for their motivation, as well as Chris Mac of Virgin Active, along with Rod and Terry ‘The Tan’ of RJ’s Gym. In addition, Steve would like to thank his friend Bill Mahoney for his support, and Paul Isaacs of Queen’s Dental Practice for making his gum shield. Perfect fit, apparently! Also promises to be a perfect fight.

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Tell us about the proposal – how did it happen? Sallie: Andy proposed on Valentine’s. He suggested he wanted to take me out to dinner for Valentine’s Day; I laughed and said I didn't want to sit in a cheesy restaurant with lots of other couples. Disappointed he suggested he cook for me. I laughed again and suggested that he just get a Marks and Spencer’s meal as it would be less hassle. He gave up, bought the meal deal and proposed after we ate our readymade dessert. I cried and immediately said yes.

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pOcKeT ids are expert at levering money out of mum and dad with little regard for how or where that money came from. They are manipulative – a flutter of the eyelashes to dad or an adoring smile to mum and they’ve bagged the vital twenty quid they want. And, they’ll expect that any change is theirs too. T-mobile recently carried out a survey amongst 13 to 15-year-olds to test their knowledge of the price of things. Typically the youngsters knew the prices of the latest smart phones on the market, but were less aware of the price of texts. Possibly because their parents paid the bill? The kids surveyed could quote the price of trainers and iPads, but were unsure of the cost of daily items such as you would find in the supermarket. Living in one of the capitals of consumerism as we do, these findings are not so surprising, after all, the cost of carrots is boring to kids. However, what they are too young to realise is that the only boring thing about money is not having enough of it.

But where do kids learn the vital life skill of money management? Firstly by observation, just like any other skill we learn growing up. Which is great if mum and dad are on top of things. However typically as parents our own finances are often not what we’d like them to be, particularly in the current climate. Or, often our household economics are so complex that how we handle our money doesn’t mean much to a child. The result is that kids just don’t seem to get that every product or service you can imagine requires payment of some kind. Modern day kids are though under tremendous pressure – to get a job, to contribute to society and also to do well at school and aspire to university. Consequently, like many parents we are guilty of feeling the desire to protect our kids for as long as we possibly can from the harshness of the rat-race we live in. This we Words by Sue Lovett

have to balance with the need to give them some appreciation for the things they buy, perhaps by giving them pocket money and encouraging them to use their own money when they buy things. Leading economists have gathered evidence showing that the weaker the maths skills of the citizens of a country, the more indebted its citizens are and its economy. In the league table drawn up from the findings Greece and Portugal are near the bottom, the UK is 19th and Ireland 20th. Not surprisingly Switzerland and Germany are near the top.

earlier this year more than 120 Mps launched a campaign to make financial education compulsory in schools. Members of the new all-party parliamentary group on financial education for young people said it was vital that students were taught about debt. New university tuition fees kick in next year. Fees will triple to in most cases, £9000 per year. Accommodation costs are extra. With the average degree course lasting three, sometimes four years, that’s a hefty debt for a twenty-two-year-old to carry. Surely it is more vital now than ever for our children to be taught to understand how finance works.

The Facts of life we’re not talking about the birds and the bees here, but another message that can be equally difficult to explain to our young – the pounds and the pennies. Any responsible parent will want to teach their kids the financial facts of life, because if there’s one thing every one of us will have learnt from experience and that is that money talks and it’s amazing how quickly it can say ‘goodbye.’

our youth into debt, but never about debt. we simply can’t let students take this debt out unless they know how it works.’ Mr Lewis revealed that he had met school children who believed they would not have to pay for items bought on a store credit card. He said ‘I asked a group of 15-year-olds how old they would be when they paid off a credit card bill of £3000 at 17.9 per cent if they made the minimum payments. Some said 20, some said 30, but the answer is 60-years-old.’ He added ‘Kids are not stupid, but we are a financially illiterate country and are bad about talking about money.’ Perhaps then it’s time to put our money where our mouth is and adequately prepare those who will be holding the purse strings of our future.

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hat have Jodie Marsh, Jack Tweed, N-Dubs and Professor Green all got in common? They have all been guests of celebrity hotspot FACES HODDESDON. Alongside the wealth of celebrities on their guest list, the Hertfordshire night club has something else to celebrate. Following a full refurbishment, not only is the night spot more glamorous than ever before, but the new VIP lounge is also now available. With de rigueur personal waitressing and star treatment, the newly opened lounge is bound to be a favourite for red carpet regulars, birthdays and those just wanting a taste of the VIP lifestyle. The people behind the success of Faces Hoddesdon are party organisers Crystal Parties. Having taken over the night club late last year, the club promoters have used their expertise in exclusive parties to make Faces Hoddesdon one of the area’s most glittering venues for a night out. Since then Faces Hoddesdon has become a regular destination for glamour models, footballers, the cast of TOWIE and Geordie Shore, R’n’B superstars and hot stylish things from the local area alike. The place to show your face? Most definitely.



in Land Rover doesn’t launch new models very often and this - the Evoque - is meant to appeal to people who don’t want a full-size Range Rover (and the running costs), but do want to tap into the brand’s core of cool and classy durability. The looks have Range Rover written all over them, but without being too traditional. There’s the same slab-faced front end, imposing grille, pronounced wheel arches and raked rear. The genes are obvious. But from there on in, it’s all change. The Evoque’s headlights frown menacingly over the large front bumper, the windscreen sweeps back in a very un-Range Rover manner, and glass space is comparatively minimal, especially in coupe form. Meanwhile, the rear has the usual twin exhaust pipes, but they fit flush into a rear diffuser and look appropriately ‘concept.’

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’m really sorry, but we can’t insure you’ was the message I was greeted with when I arrived at Lookers’ plush Bishop Stortford showroom. But then who could blame them? Arriving in a battle scared Volvo, with a face that masks my years too well and a licence laden with points that masks my nature not well enough - I’m not the ideal candidate to drive your shiny new Range Rover, but thankfully, and with a bit of persuasion, I did.


Inside, it’s the same story. The (almost as) commanding driving position being the most obvious link to a traditional Range Rover, but where big brother’s interior is an imposing mass of fine materials, the Evoque’s is far less angular. It’s sportier in feel. Getting in (and this is best done at night) you’re treated to Evoque apparitions projected below both wing mirrors, and the kickplate glows blue with the words ‘Range Rover.’ The interior lighting can be adjusted to different shades and map lights are operated by sweeping your finger across the lenses, doing so reveals a spacious interior fittingly kitted-out with leather and polished metal. The boot, although the smallest in the range, will happily accommodate either a Labrador or a pack Chihuahuas, and their requisite handbags - depending on your lifestyle.

The only real annoyances, inside, are seats (in this 3-door Coupe) which are slow to allow rear-seat access and sat-nav that could be more intuitive. These aside, it’s all extremely well executed and puts the ambience of cars costing twice the Evoque’s £42k, to shame. The 4wd Si4 Dynamic Coupe, which is the sporty variant, with its 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine (you can read about the diesel in the following article), produces 240bhp and 251Ib ft of torque, will return 30mpg and allows for a 135mph top speed and 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds. Surprisingly for a 4-pot, it even sounds good doing it. Going fast in a straight line has never been a major challenge, though - big car just equals bigger engine. But in the corners? That’s where the Evoque marks itself out, helped by Adaptive Dynamics and MagnaRide. Switched to ‘Dynamic’ mode the Evoque’s body control is the equal of the prodigious grip generated by 20’ wheels, it can be thrown into corners with confidence, helped also by weighty and comparatively communicative steering and a smooth, if stiff, ride. And, when you’re not in the mood, you can switch back to the cosseting ride of the normal settings. The six-speed auto, while not the absolute best in the business holds on to gears in sport mode, and keeps things refined when not. Offroading is not the Evoque’s primary role in life, but we’ve taken one across some slippery and heavily rutted tracks in the Scottish Borders, and found it up to the task, so we’ll assume it can cope with the snow-dusted roads of the South’s winter. Road-biased tyres and a lack of ride height would limit it for much else. Offroad ability aside the Evoque has all the character of a traditional Range Rover, but handles better on the road and manages to ooze a sense of cool menace that is absent from the larger models. After the helpful staff at Lookers had jumpstarted my ‘trusty’ Volvo after a minor side-lights-left-on-forthree-days oversight, I handed back the keys to Evoque convinced it is the best in class and a fine addition to the line-up.

the Five-dooR evoque diesel the Family evoque, iF you Feel you must… The 3-door petrol Evoque may be the prettiest and fastest in the range, but it is not expected to be the best seller. Unsurprisingly, that honour falls to the more practical and fuel efficient 5-door diesel. Although the extra doors take something of the concept look away from the Evoque, they do make for a more sensible family car. Accommodating your nearest and dearest with ease. The 5-door Evoque’s rear legroom is impressive, even with tall people in the front. And boot space is fair, too. Although we’d have reservations about letting children anywhere near the lovely cabin. It’s that lovely… Out on the road, the diesel’s characteristics suit the job of lugging the relatively heavy Evoque down the road, with plenty of low-down torque (310 lb ft) it doesn’t need to be revved as hard as the petrol to give its best, and riding the torque wave it can reach 60mph 9.5 seconds and go on to a 124mph top speed. We tried both the manual and the auto’ box and, although the manual was direct and precise, second gear could find the Evoque caught off boost, certainly we would opt for the auto’ which seems to better suit the car. Of course the best part of the diesel is its fuel economy. With the 2.2 litre 190bhp version will be capable of around 50mpg, say Land Rover. The prestige model we tested did without the dynamic suspension settings of next door’s road test, but it’s still a tidy handler with an excellent ride. Saying that, we did find the diesel’s steering was slightly dulled. A result, we think, of the heavier engine. So, the five-door diesel’s not quite as pretty as the three-door petrol, but it is bigger inside, more practical and more economical. Why you would want to expose such a beautiful machine to a family? We do not know... But if you really must, it comes highly recommend.





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This month photographer Garry Castle gave iN Magazine an exclusive window on to the lavish world of yacht racing, the heart racing subject matter for his latest trio of limited edition books.

uring the month of September hundreds of the world’s most beautiful and skilfully crewed yachts migrate from all four corners of the globe to Monaco harbour for the start of one of the most spectacular oceanic sporting events of the year, the Régates Royales.

Both these remarkable boats were originally built in Fife, Scotland over a centaury ago. Sadly at some point over those hundred years both vessels fell into disrepair, with the Mariquita almost being lost to the elements. Following a painstaking program of restoration both boats are now back to their former glory and can be found racing all over the world.

And as the photographer for Yacht Club de Monaco I was there to capture all the action from the race. The weather gods were smiling for the first day of the competition, with the winds up and the Monaco sun beating down; conditions were perfect for an exciting day on the waves. I love this race and I feel very fortunate to be involved is such a legendary and prestigious event.

The next leg of the race sees the yachts travel from Cannes to Saint Tropez. As we waved goodbye to the glamour of Cannes, the wind struck up granting us and our shore gathered audience of onlookers a dramatic departure. As the sails filled and the yachts gathered knots, we sped towards the horizon and the celebrations in Saint Tropez.

Which is not to say getting ‘the shot’ whilst on the water is without its difficulties. We tailed the yachts in a fully restored classic Riva Aquarama. The gloriously stylish Italian speedboats were made famous in the 1960’s when virtually all the global glitterati where photographed on a deck of one or other of these ‘Ferrari’s of the boat world.’ We put the Riva through its sleek paces chasing down the yachts and capturing all the excitement as they raced towards Cannes. Words by Garry Castle

Even amongst the world’s most beautiful ocean going craft it is impossible not to play favourites. One of the most noteworthy yachts we captured making headway towards the South of France was the Tuiga. A restored J Class, the Tuiga is the flagship for the Yacht Club de Monaco. The spectacular vessel was presented to the club by none other than Prince Albert of Monaco, head of the House of Gramaldi, and as a member of the club I am privileged to have access to sail her. Another one of my favourites from the glamorous flotilla must be the Mariquita, which is captained by my friend Jim Thom. He races the Mariquita all over the globe, and both his speed and skill are legendary.

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With birthday celebrations and Christmas just around the corner, your party season has started. Whether in your glass, on your shoes or in your conversation, the next month is all about sparkle. Lucky Blue: Midnight.


What’s wrong with this picture? Something seems out of place this month and you can’t quite put your finger on what it is. Study and sleuthing will resolve the mystery for you. Lucky Date: 12th November.


You are in for a pleasant surprise this month, so look out for that. However be modest, bragging has never won anybody friends. Lucky Vegetable: Garlic.


Things are better when shared. Whether it is a meal, good news or a journey home, it is often the company that makes the memories. Lucky Number: 4.


Loyalty, even when overlooked, is a worthy character trait. But remember, there is little glory in going down with the ship for the sake of it. Lucky Letter: A.


Difficult questions require answers just like the easy ones. Stop avoiding the issue and make up your mind. Otherwise the universe might do it for you. Lucky Colour: Green.


The problem with constantly playing a role is that you can forget when you’re no longer on stage. Why not let people see your true colours this November? Lucky Element: Air.


Giving should be its own reward and generous people are generally happier. Don’t expect anything in return; just enjoy the act of making someone else smile. Lucky Nut: Chestnut.


Life is riddled with coincidences, so don’t start reading too much into them. The improbable is all too often mistaken for the impossible. Lucky Word: Serendipity.


Anger, even when righteous, can often do more harm than good. Instead keep your calm and take your time to explain your grievance. Raised voices close more ears than they open. Lucky Meal: Lunch.


With winter setting in, it is hard not feel a dampening in your spirits. But don’t give into the drear. Resolve to be as sunny as July and that is how you will feel. Lucky Day: Wednesday.


Sometimes it feels good to just let it all hang out. Give into your inner slob a little this month and recharge your batteries with some well earned laziness. Lucky Snack: Twiglets. 60 in MAGAZINE

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A character house in need of modernisation + about 1/2 acre + 4 beds. 2 A substantial detached house + about 4,00::1 sq ft + 5 beds, 4 baths baths + 4 receptions + potential for redevelopment, subject to planning recaps. study + superb kitchenlbreakfast room + garden 120' x 50 ' Guide £1 .75 million

Guide £1.35 million

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Profile 'I never ever thought I would end up in boxing and having my own gym, I just didn’t see it coming.'

IN MAgAzINe TAlKS gYM OpeNINgS, MODeRNIzINg BOxINg AND wORlD cHAMpS wITH MIcHAel AMOO-BeDIAKO. 'I never ever thought I would end up in boxing and having my own gym, I just didn’t see it coming.' Sitting in the reception of his newly opened PRO SW Gym, which amongst its specially imported resistance machines and spinning bikes, boasts a full size boxing ring, this is not what you would expect to hear from owner and boxing manager Michael Amoo-Bediako. Dressed in all white sports clothes, Michael is much more accommodating and friendly than the stereotypes of his profession would have you believe. But this intimating mythos that surrounds the fighter's sport is in part what has driven Michael to set up PRO SW Gym. 'Boxing is one of the few sports that is still in the dark ages,' Michael tells me, 'I want to modernize boxing, make it more accessible.' If shaking off the tired image of spit stained floors and lumpy punch bags hung from the eves of warehouses in the wrong end of town is what Michael had in mind that is certainly what PRO SW Gym has done. 'You look at premiership footballers and some other professional athletes and the pampering they get,' Michael explains, 'and they are not putting their lives on the line when they compete like boxers do.' I ask Michael, as an insider in the sport, if he has a theory as to why boxing or more specifically boxers are treated so differently. 'Well it’s a working man’s sport for one,' he tells me, 'and it's the fighters sport. It appeals to fighters, and not just for the ring, boxing is a dog eat dog world, whether you’re a promoter, manager, trainer or a fighter. But what people don't realize is a lot of these young boxers are fighting for their way out.' 66 in MAGAZINE

Lending a helping hand to local youths who want to don the gloves is clearly something Michael is passionate about.

‘Some people just need a little guidance, someone from the same background to help them make something of themselves.' In fact it was through helping out a local amateur boxer that Michael first fell into the sport. 'I had a car firm at the time, but found something was missing. I suppose I was looking for excitement,' Michael tells me, 'it was around this time that Philip Bowes came to me asking for work. Knowing that he was an amateur boxer, I said 'I don’t have a job for you, but tell me when your next fight is and if you’re any good I will be your sponsor.'' And that, as they say, was that. At the height of his managerial career Michael was representing five professional boxers, but with the demands of his new gym that number has now dropped down to two.

'I wanted to give PRO SW Gym the right attention,' Michael indicates the light filled chic fitness centre, 'every element is meticulously planned.' On my tour of the gym Michael points out the groundwork room telling me of his expansion plans. It seems representative of Michael's personality that only two weeks after opening he is already planning what’s next. 'Ever bigger, ever better' could very well be his personal mantra. Perhaps this goes someway to explain his affinity with boxing, ‘There is never an end to training in boxing. You can always be better. Once you have a five punch combo down, then you start trying to tie together a seven punch combo.’ Michael explains,

‘Boxing is a science. People think it is about two people just slugging it out in a ring, but the technical side would blow your mind. It’s where your feet are, where your hands are, knowing your next move.’ Michael, who is a father of three, is not the only member of his family to find himself drawn to the world of rounds and punching bags, his son Michael Junior, who for the length of my interview with his father has been studying a video of another competitors fight behind the reception desk, has been making waves within the boxing community. Clearly very talented, the young athlete already has one UK national title under his belt and has hopes of representing Ghana in the London Olympics next year. ‘Boxing has brought me and my son closer,’ Michael tells me, ‘it’s funny though, we both came to the sport at the same time but completely separately.’ Michael is obviously incredibly proud of his son, and rightly so. When I ask him who is all time boxing hero is, he replies with a wry smile, ‘Muhammad Ali, at least until my son wins the world title.’

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