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How To Do London on the cheap
Residual Heat - Episode One
Film Review - High Plains Drifter
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1. The tallest man-made structure to date was opened in Dubai. What is the name of the building? 2. The sculpture, L’Homme qui Marche, sold for £65 million in London. Who was the sculptor? 3.One of the protectors of Anne Frank and her family passed away in January 2010? What was her name?
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7. On 10 October 2010, a suborbital spaceplane for tourists made its first manned free flight from 45,000 ft. What is the name of the company that will take tourists into space? 8. Which former Leader of the Labour Party passed away in March 2010? 9. The Duke of Vastergotland is now married. To whom? 10. At the 64th Tony Awards, which actor won for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical? 11. Which three-times Tour de France champion failed a drug test in 2010? 12. In which two cities were the last Winter Olympics held? Answers are on Page 30.
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Something for the Winter and a look forward to Summer NOTHING’S nicer than a winter supper in front of the fire - especially after a hard day at work. If you’re on a budget, careful shopping and thrifty cooking can produce some delicious results. Here are some favourite recipes for warming winter suppers that are cheaper than chips! SPICED KALE AND CHICKPEAS - This thrifty supper is great served with grilled naan breads. Warm 2tbsp oil or ghee in a frying pan, then add 3 cloves of garlic (crushed), 2cm of ginger (peeled and crushed) and 2 chopped green chillies. Fry for a minute before adding 250g shredded kale, approx 120ml vegetable stock and 2tsp garam masala. When the kale is tender – and the liquid has evaporated – add approx 120g cooked chickpeas and 100ml double cream, the juice of half a lemon, and 1/2tsp salt, and simmer until thickened. Garnish with fresh coriander. HADDOCK WITH GRIDDLED LEEKS AND CREAM SAUCE - This looks like a fancy dinner dish, but it’s easy to make. You can buy frozen haddock fillets for oven baking: look in your local supermarket and choose Icelandic haddock if available. Choose small to medium leeks; wash and then steam them for 2-3 minutes or until floppy. Rub a griddle pan with butter and add the leeks, then griddle. To make the cream sauce, soften 1 chopped shallot in 1tbsp butter. Add 100ml white wine and reduce to half the volume. Add 3tbsp single cream and a drop of lemon juice and simmer to thicken - then strain and serve over the fish and leeks. 8 www.ytyc.co.uk
Toad in the hole SAUSAGES are always in season! Think thrifty, and make them go further by baking them in a yorkshire pud. Here’s a classic recipe that is the perfect accompaniment for winter greens like cabbage or broccoli. THIS RECIPE SERVES 2 TO 3 PEOPLE. • 115g plain flour • Pinch of salt • 1 egg • 285ml semi-skimmed milk • 2 tbsp sunflower oil • 4 pork sausages 1. First, grill the sausages until lightly browned (they will cook more in the oven), then slice them into 16 pieces and set aside. Choose a dish about 15cm diameter to cook the toad in. Put it into the oven with the oil to preheat while you mix the batter. Set the temperature at 200 degrees C, gas mark 7. 2. Beat the egg and set it aside. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl and make a well in the middle. Add the egg and half of the milk, and whisk the flour in from the sides to incorporate it slowly. Whisk until the batter is smooth and starting to bubble at the top. 3. Pour in the remaining milk and whisk again until it’s frothy. Take the dish from the oven using oven gloves and pour in the batter – it will sizzle. Drop in the sausage pieces, pushing them with a fork to submerge them in the batter. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until a skewer comes out cleanly. Serve with gravy and winter greens such as steamed savoy cabbage.
SATURDAY 23 - SUNDAY 24 JULY 2011 THIS is a festival celebrating the very best Food and Drink from local, regional, national, and international producers and vendors.
Pylewell Park, near Lymington, is set to play host to an International Food and Drink Festival in July next year. The 1,500 acre estate will see over 100 stalls attend in the form of a farmers market representing the county of Hampshire and its best producers of food and drink. In addition to the regional and national producers, there will be an international food village with caterers from all over the world offering visitors a taste of both their cuisine and culture. Celebrity Chefs will be on site with cookery demonstrations and talks on local and seasonal
produce. An on site restaurant will offer VIP treatment to corporate clients who will be entertained by a variety of musicians and genres. The event will be endorsed by Hampshire Fare and will act as a finale to its nationally known festival that runs through the month of July. There will be a small entry charge to the event of £5 per adult, and £3 for OAP’s,which will include car parking, but children will receive free entry.
To register an interest, enquire about space, or receive any further information contact The Foodologist magazine or Simon Scutt. Tel: 07717 367977 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ytyc.co.uk
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- by Jennifer Sutcliffe. AT the close of the eighth edition of Frieze Art Fair, sponsored by Deutsche Bank, several galleries reported their strongest sales since the fair’s inception in 2003. Fair directors, Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover were delighted with reports of significant sales from both established galleries and from the newer galleries in the Frame section and beyond. 173 galleries exhibited over 1,000 artists at Frieze Art Fair 2010 - the largest in the fair’s history. Twenty-nine different countries were represented. Collectors from the traditional hotspots of Germany and the USA were joined by
a strong showing of Asian, Latin-American, Middle-Eastern and Russian collectors.
Quality Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover commented: “Overall, we feel the quality level was very high this year - with very elegant installations and presentations of significant artworks. This translated into substantial sales, to both public and private collections, from Europe and the US but also, increasingly, from the rest of the world. Frieze Art Fair is a truly global event.”
Over 60,000 visitors were welcomed to the fair during the five-day professional and public event. Strong sales were reported at every level. London’s White Cube gallery sold Damien Hirst’s’ The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths, for £3.5m, Thaddaeus Ropac sold a Georg Baselitz painting for €630,000. David Zwirner gallery from New York sold Luc Tuymans’ 2006 painting Evidence for $850,000. Marina Abramovic and Anish Kapoor sold well on London’s Lisson Gallery with £800,000 for a black fibreglass Kapoor sculpture and £200,000 for an editioned hanging sculpture. Hauser & Wirth, who opened their new gallery space in London during the fair, had significant sales including a 2009 Paul McCarthy sculpture for £750,000 and a new work on paper by Ellen Gallagher for $300,000.
Galerie Fortes Vilaca sold both editions of Sala de Lectura (Reading Room) by Los Carpinteros for $200,000 each. Greene Naftali sold Tony Conrad’s Yellow Movie 2/28/73 to a US museum for $150,000. Vitamin Creative Space sold their entire booth by Cao Fei to a European museum.
before in the main section, from Marianne Boesky, Isabella Bortolozzi, BQ , Elizabeth Dee, Stephen Friedman, Casey Kaplan, David Kordansky, Long March Space, Eva Presenhuber, Vitamin Creative Space and Zero.
Frame, the section in the fair for galleries under six years old, supported this year by Cos, reported important new contacts and good sales made. Curator advisers Cecilia Alemani and Daniel Baumann said: “This second edition of Frame confirmed Frieze Art Fair’s commitment to showcasing artists' work in depth. With its solo booths and specific focus on both upcoming artists and seminal figures, Frame is a unique occasion to get to know new artists. This edition of Frame brought together some of the youngest artists in the fair, presented alongside key figures and overlooked talents.”
20 October 2010, Frieze Art Fair 2010: High quality presentations attract strong sales There were more solo presentations than ever
How to do London...
Listen to a lunch time recital
The Church of St. James's, Piccadilly offers a holy grail of free (donation welcomed) recital programming with free 50 minute concerts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. At St. Giles-in-the-Fields Church there are free concerts every Friday from 1.10pm whilst around the corner at St. Martin-in-the-Fields a donation of £3.50 will get you in to a free lunchtime recital at 1pm every Monday, Tuesday and Friday with works from the likes of Franck, Parry, Mozart and Gershwin.
Columbia Road Flower Market Columbia Road, E2 7RG. Liverpool Street or Old Street tube. One of London's most visually appealing markets, Columbia Road overflows with bucketfuls of beautiful flowers every Sunday. There are bulbs, herbs, shrubs and bedding plants too. An early start is recommended (the market opens at 8am) if you want to guarantee yourself the pick of the bunch. A key tip is to wait until 3/3.30pm, this is when the stalls are closing and you can get some amazing bargains as the traders are keen to sell their stock.
Visit the viewing platform “View Tube” at the Olympic Stadium The Greenway, Marshgate Lane, London, E15 2PJ email@example.com See the building of the Olympic stadium come to life before your eyes. View Tube is a viewing platform to watch the Olympic Park being built; It includes educational facilities; cycle hire; a café; arts and culture activities, residencies and more; information for the local community.
How to find the View Tube: 1. Exit Pudding Mill Lane DLR 2. Turn immediately left 3. Go down steps and cross road 4. Follow blue hoardings round to left 5. Go up ramp to Greenway 6. The View Tube is a big lime green building. Open: Monday - Sunday 09.00 - 17.00
Visit the Old Bailey Central Criminal Court, Corner of Newgate St & Old Bailey, EC4 (020 7248 3277 www.oldbailey online.org). St Paul’s tube. For a perhaps a more unusual day out you could watch a court case at the Old Bailey. The public is welcome to visit and a notice by the front door gives details of forthcoming trials. Whether it is to indulge your curious side or perhaps just to see what really goes on inside a court this trip will not fail to disappoint.
Listen to the Bells of St. Clements St Clement Danes, The Strand, WC2R 1DH (020 7242 8282). Temple tube. “Oranges and Lemons say the bells of St. Clement’s” Relive your youth and go and listen to the bells of St. Clement’s, The nursery rhyme has something of a sinister note as it refers to the infamous executions that took place in Newgate. St. Clement Danes Church is said to have given rise to the nursery rhyme ‘Oranges and Lemons’ (though others including St. Clement Eastcheap claim the same). The bells ring out the tune at 9am, noon, 3pm and 6pm Mon-Sat.
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Get a free tour of parliament by writing to your local MP. It does take a bit of forward planning as the waiting list can be up to six months long, but why not send your MP an email now, forget about it and be contacted in the summer next year with the plans for your free tour? You will be shown around the Commons and Lords debating chambers and the Queen’s Robing Room and get to experience up close one of this countries most significant buildings.
found in the forest. Wander past the beautiful Kenwood House, home some impressive art works, where one can take a look inside for free. Take in the view over the famous bathing ponds, frequented more at this time of year by various types of water fowl and perhaps spot the less occasional brave swimmer. Don’t forget to include a break from your walk on one of the many well placed benches and admire the impressive views over London.
Visit the Wellcome Collection The exhibition ‘High Society’ at the Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road is free to enter and runs until 27th February. Nearest Tube Euston The Wellcome Collection pitches itself as a place for ‘the incurably curious’. With its series of exhibitions where medicine, history and art meet, it provides the opportunity to see a whole range of shows for free.
For those who can’t wait that long, tickets for tours of parliament can be purchased for £14 through ticketmaster. The tour of ‘Big Ben’ is available to UK residents only and tickets can only be obtained through your MP. Visit www.parliamnet.co.uk for details. Nearest tube: Westminster
The current show, ‘High Society’, is an exploration of the role of drugs in society with artefacts collected from ancient Egyptian times to present day. Get along there and immerse yourself, see images of Nasa’s experiments on spiders and find out what type of webs they produce whilst under the influence of various intoxicants.
Take a stroll on Hampstead Heath Embrace the winter and go for a weekend stroll on Hampstead Heath. Far less busy at this time of year than in the summer months, it is still a lovely way to spend a crisp morning or wintery afternoon. Wrap up warm, take a flask and get lost in the woods and perhaps search for some of the 300 varies of fungi recorded to have been
Browse photographs of Victorians experimenting with Laudanum, sit in a darkened space and relax as a revolving cylinder plays tricks on your eyes and view some of the many video and installation pieces.
- by Lauren Witts.
It is even possible to climb ‘Big Ben’, one of London most famous landmarks, also by emailing your local MP well in advance. Visitors are advised to be ‘confident in their health and fitness’ before making the ascent, yet promised a guided talk of the history of the tower, as well as an explanation of how this most-accurate of clocks works.
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The gallery stays open late on Thursdays - until 10 pm, making it accessible for a bit of free, week night interest and intrigue.
“Just when I need to give up smoking!! This’ll be a 30 Marlboro problem if I don’t watch out. And I’m talking Reds!! Do you mind?” asked Mill, offering his packet. “Actually, I do mind. My agent said I have to think about my breathing and my skin, so I packed them in 6 months ago. It has been absolute hell but I can’t have my mouth looking like a cat’s arse by the time I’m 40.” replied Serena Thompson. “Surely you noticed this was a smoke-free floor when you came up? Anyway, I thought the strong arm of the law didn’t indulge in such vices these days. Doesn’t it make it harder to chase criminals?” Mill gave a wry smile, surprised to hear something so vulgar from an actress like her. She was becoming a standard player in the usual Edwardian country house, bustles and lace, ”Oh God!! The heir’s gone and died on the Titanic!! What are we to do?” kind of dramas. “Alright, I’ll delay the gratification. I need to stop anyway. My wife and I liked you in Anthony Pomeroy’s “Castleford Hall”, by the way. Fun to work with?” “Fuck, no!! The guy’s ignorant. And minging with it!!!” she replied, betraying her estuarine roots with an ever so slight, glottal stop. “But that’s why you’ve got to get these photos, Inspector. If the press get hold of them, my career is over!!”
Mill walked over to the window and stared out at the Selfridges store, all amorphous and sequined. He liked it. After the shithole that made up most of the Bullring, Birmingham needed something to be proud of and Spaghetti Junction just didn’t cut it. Now they had the Cube and the Mailbox as well. He turned his mind to the matter in hand. Since Hermione ClaphamDean had concentrated on the fantasy parts created for her by her eccentric, movie director husband, Britain had a space vacant for the classic English rose. And Serena Thompson, all peaches and cream complexion, hour glass figure and dark hair might just fill it. Yes, she was a halfIrish, half-German lass from Essex with an accent straight out of Billericay but nobody knew that when she got up to perform, what with her RADA training and everything.... And talking of performing, she’d certainly “performed” in the photos!! The public really didn’t need to see them. And now some toilet had broken into her home and stolen her laptop. Why the hell did people take photos of themselves in compromising positions.... “I’m up for Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars for the Castleford role. They want me in Uncle
Vanya on Broadway next month. If this gets out....” said Serena, tears stinging her eyes. “Look, you’ve done the right thing,” said Mill, as he walked towards her chair. “We are onto him. If my colleague does what I expect him to do, I won’t be needing those 30 cigarettes,” he smiled. “How can you be so sure?” asked Serena, looking up at the barrel-chested Police Inspector with the thighs of a rugby player. People had always assumed she dated the androgynous ladyboys she had to play the love interest to but, really, she liked them butch and older. A nice bit of rough, this Inspector Mill.... A bit like Philip in the photos.... God!! Why had they taken the photos...? And why had she stored them on her laptop...?!!! Mill ignored the flicker of desire he sensed in her eyes. Again, better to keep to the matter in hand. His wife had only just forgiven him for his indiscretions with that Special Constable last year and he didn’t want to lose his wife, not again.... And this was an up-and-coming star, definitely out of his league. “It’s simple,” he said, in a firm voice that definitely wasn’t Brummie, despite having served in the West Midlands Police for 20 years; there was more than a hint of London to his accent. “The blackmailer knows you are scared and that you’ll send a go-between to collect the photos and hand over the money. He’ll be met by my sergeant and bish, bash, bosh, jobs a good ‘un. ‘E’ll be banged to rights,” he growled and then grinned. Sometimes those cliches... seemed appropriate. Mill was half right. Sgt. McBride had indeed arrested one blackmailer minutes earlier. At that moment, Serena’s PR man-cum-little man who does everything, Tom, walked into the room; wearing an Alexander McQueen suit, with cheek bones so sharp you could slice fruit with them and with hair so floppy Hugh Grant was in danger of losing his job, it was clear that his cheek bones weren’t the only thing that were fruit-related about Tom. He sashayed towards them with a tea tray, raising an eyebrow at Mill. Mill was sure that Tom fancied him, which made him smile. “I’ve brought you lemon and ginger, Dear,” said Tom, setting a cup of herbal tea down on the table by Serena. “Something to soothe you at this terrible time.” His lips pursed into a little moue and his head dropped towards his shoulder. “Thanks, Doll,” said Serena, like an East End barrow boy. Mill winced ever so slightly, the
By John O’Neill
movie persona was very different to the woman in front of him. “Your name wouldn’t happen to be John Stuart, would it, Inspector?” asked Serena. Mill smirked. “Aah!! Not just a pretty face, eh? I was born in Islington and my father studied philosophy in his spare time. Sadly, I don’t share my namesake’s brains.” Mill’s mobile rang. It was McBride. “John, we’ve picked the guy up. It’s Philip, the fellow who appeared in the photos. The thing is, he’s not the only one. The other blackmailer’s her PR man, Tom.” Of course, thought Mill. Tom had the means for blackmail (as her PR man and general wallah-ofall-tasks, he had full access to her personal life, he knew where she lived and how to get into her home). Just because he was a pretty boy, working in PR, didn’t mean Tom couldn’t be a lying, thieving, little toe-rag. Maybe he was jealous of Serena, maybe he had a drug habit to fund. Maybe this Philip had something on Tom as well and coerced him. Serena’s star was definitely in the ascendant and now would be a good time for a bit of extortion. “Cheers, Lee. I’ll see you back at the station”, said Mill, not wanting to let Serena, and especially Tom, know exactly what was happening. He looked at his watch. “Ooh, is that Jaeger?” asked Tom. “They do make some very masculine watches,” he said, raising the eyebrow and pursing the lips yet again. “Talking of the time, I need to get a bath and then get to bed,” said Serena. “Please tell me you’ll have caught this man by tomorrow morning, Inspector. I’m sure Birmingham is a lovely place but I need to fly to New York on Monday so I can start rehearsing Vanya. I have to head back to London tomorrow so I can pack.” “Oh, like I said before, bish, bash, bosh....” Mill replied, raising an eyebrow back at Tom. Tom looked at Mill, understanding the game was up he dashed for the door and ran out into the corridor. “Oh for fuck’s sake!! Get back here, you toerag!!” shouted Mill. He’d imagined his obvious power would have been enough to subdue the effete young man into submission. “You live and you learn. You can’t go by good looks alone, can you, Johnny-Boy?” he said to himself.
He leapt across the room and gave chase. Yep, he smoked but he also did three days at the gym with weights and two days cardio. Bench-pressed 150 kg and ran 100 metres in 13 seconds. There was no way this little mincer would be escaping. As it happened, Mill didn’t have anything against homosexuals, his favourite brother was gay, but he did prefer them honest, it had to be said. And this Tom was bent in more ways than one. Out in the corridor, he saw Tom in the lift and the doors were closing. Mill ran to the emergency exit and down the stairs to the lobby of the Malmaison Hotel where he saw Tom run out of the front doors, into the Mailbox. Picking up the pace, Mill realised he’d be 10 seconds behind his quarry at best. With a bit of luck, young Tom wouldn’t have spent the last year at the gym and wouldn’t have been top sprinter at school as he had been. But then again.... Tom barged into a street preacher who was shouting “Repent!! For the end is nigh!!” “I wish the end fucking well was nigh, Mate,” said Mill to himself. “Another couple of minutes of this and my lungs will burn up!!” Tom ran in to Cafe Rouge. Knowing that this would slow him down, Mill followed and saw him crash into a waiter. After stumbling for a few steps, Tom continued down one aisle between tables, round and up another. Waiting for his quarry to draw level with him, Mill made a flying tackle and brought Tom down on a plate of gigot d’agneau au jus de thym. “What the fuck!!” said the surprised young man in the Ralph Lauren polo neck who had been about to tuck in. “Sorry about this, Sir. We’ll get your meal sorted,” gasped Mill, with a wink. “Right, Tom, you toe-rag!! You’re nicked!! And I have sodding well got... to stop... smoking!!” Taking his handcuffs out, Mill arrested Tom and read him his rights before radioing for some local officers on the beat to come and collect him. A job well done, except for the paperwork which shouldn’t take more than a few hours. Nobody need know about Serena Thompson’s very torrid photos. Bish, bash, bosh and the job’s a good ‘un!! Or is it...? (To be continued...)
Classic Movie Choices by Edward Bagley
HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER was one of Clint Eastwood's best-loved western movies, and also the first movie he also directed. His role as “The Man With No Name” continued after its introduction in the three nowfamous spaghetti westerns that preceded it - “A Fistful of Dollars”, “For a Few Dollars More” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. Released in 1973, High Plains Drifter finds a stranger (Clint Eastwood) passing through Lago, a greedy mining town whose prominent businessmen conspire to murder their sheriff when he discovers their income-producing mine just happens to be on government land and threatens to expose them. The lawman, Marshal Jim Duncan (Buddy Van Horn), is horsewhipped to death by three hired assassins - Stacey Bridges (Geoffrey Lewis), Bill Borders (Scott Walker) and Cole Carlin (Anthony James). No one lifts a finger to help Marshal Duncan, and he is buried in an unmarked grave. The three killers have been doing time and are about to be released from prison. They aim to return to Lago and extract vengeance on its residents. Knowing they will return someday, the town's corrupt leaders hire three other tough guys to defend them when the killers return. Unfortunately, they have a small problem. The three tough guys decide to bully The Man With No Name just after he arrives in town, and orders up a drink at the local watering hole. When confronted and cornered, the stranger promptly kills all of them in a gunfight. The town leaders, in a panic because they get word the three killers have been released and our on their way to Lago, decide to hire the stranger to replace the three now dead tough guys. 18
The Man With No Name soon finds that there is not an honest fighting man in Lago, including the corrupt replacement Sheriff Sam Shaw (Walter Barnes). He tries to teach the incompetents how to defend themselves but finds the task boring and useless. He has every building in the town painted red to unnerve the unwelcome visitors. The stranger then leaves town and the townspeople are left to fend for themselves. Bridges, Borders and Carlin ride into town and take over, killing along the way and putting everyone on notice that their lives are at stake. Then The Man With No Name returns and what happens next is why you should see High Plains Drifter.
Violence This is a violent film. At one point early on, the town tease and wife of the mining owner, Callie Travers (Mariana Hill), manages to goad the stranger into dragging her into the barn for a sexual encounter. At another point, prior to the arrival of the returning killers, a few unhappy businessmen conspire to kill the stranger with little success as the stranger blows up the hotel and kills all four of them along the way. Another encounter finds the man with no name bedding the hotel owners wife, Sarah Belding (Verna Bloom). Despite the killing and indiscretions of The Man With No Name, he is the “likeable” good guy in the film because he avenges the murder of Marshal Jim Duncan. The stranger just also
happens to be the only man in the story with the balls and the fighting ability to back up his macho image. No one plays macho like the legendary Clint Eastwood. He doesn’t put up with much and he doesn’t take names - he just settles the score and solves the problems no one else can. High Plains Drifter, like so many of Eastwood's earlier films, got no recognition from the film industry. I like Clint Eastwood as an actor and a director, and it shows. I would give this film an excellent rating but cannot because of one first-time director's flaw - the man with no name is assumed by most viewers to be the stranger’s brother or family member whom he has come to Lago to avenge. In fact, the Director Clint Eastwood meant The Man With No Name to be Marshal Jim Duncan, an out-of-place, surreal attempt that made little sense to moviegoers. Even reviewers worldwide still assume that the stranger is not reincarnated as Marshal Duncan. During an interview on “Inside the Actor’s Studio” in 1994 - 21 years later - Eastwood made it clear that he favored the less explicit and more supernatural interpretation. Fortunately, Eastwood got over that idea in later movies in which he was both the star and director, and would go on to win 5 Academy Awards and 6 additional Oscar nominations for his work. www.ytyc.co.uk
- by Jennifer Sutcliffe.
OPENING SHOW OF LFW WHICH WAS PAUL COSTELLOE. HERE is a run through of the clothes and pictures of the models: • Messy beehives, textured metallic mini dressed and Eliza Doolittle serenading us at Paul Costelloe • Boys now suits and macs with a metallic hue. Shorts to the knee too • Floral pastel green textured mini dresses on girls now with cropped jackets • Deconstructed suits now for boys • Throw in a floral maxi into the mix • Boys bright red shorts fantastic, floral prints on shorts and blazers, not sure • Six suited boys now not models looks like they found them in 151!
JASPER CONRAN AT LONDON FASHION WEEK, SEPT 2010 THE pictures do better justice to the designs. Pastels, yellows, flowers, prints, white canvas pumps and patent handbags. Simple, elegant and chic.
CHARLIE LE MINDU AT LONDON FASHION WEEK SHOCKING is probably the best way to sum up the Charlie Le Mindu show at LFW. Human hair extensions made up the clothes; Poodles made out of hair were worn on heads; as well as flamingoes. The most shocking ensemble, or lack of, was when Charlie sent two girls down the catwalk completely naked apart from hats, handbags and sky high fluro pink heels. I talked to Charlie after the show and asked why he had sent the girls down the catwak naked. He said, “These were my favourite pieces and I didn't want anything to distract from these items. It didn't really work though as people were more distracted by the nudity!” Charlie is a unique designer who pushes the boundries of fashion. He has made wigs for Lady Gaga and is about to do a callaboration with Disney.
ASHLEY ISHAM AT LONDON FASHION WEEK RAINBOW colours, fantastic prints, beautiful tailoring, exquisite shapes, Paloma Faith front row, beautiful.
Local News for Local People THURSDAY morning is the best morning of the week for me. That's the time when I pop down to the newsagent down the street and pick up the local paper. I flick through it quickly in the store, take it home and devour it at a more leisurely pace as I eat my Cornflakes. Like the Sunday papers, the local paper has always been an important, habitual part of my adult life. It's a thrill to see your friends smiling down at you from the pages, celebrating an anniversary, maybe getting married, or having achieved something worthwhile. It's also interesting to see what your neighbours and people you know are up to - are they planning work on their home, have they been up in court for something or are they up in arms about some proposal or the other? Also, of course, there's the public service the local paper provides keeping you in the frame over what the local council and businesses are planning and letting you know the latest in BMDs (births, deaths and marriages). And then there's the chance to pick up a veritable local bargain from the array of classified and display adverts. But now this valuable source of local news, entertainment, buys and services is under threat as never before. As The Guardian newspaper so succinctly put it recently: 'For the first time since the Enlightenment, large communities face the prospect of muddling through without any verifiable source of news...their potential disappearance should be a matter of some public alarm.' Indeed it should - we need a thriving local Press, it is as much a part of the local community as the local police bobby or the library or town hall. In the 1960s our local railways suffered a similar nightmare of decimation - with local branch lines
and service lost for good after the report of axeman in chief, Dr Richard Beeching.
by FRANK WORRALL
Beeching recommended the cuts to 'streamline' local services but the inevitable result was that there were no services left to streamline after his savagery was implemented. Ring a bell? It should do - similar cuts are now being suggested, and implemented, at local level in the world of newspapers. This is something we should fight against. Why is it happening? Essentially, because classified advertising is migrating to the internet - but also because local councils are sticking the boot in by suddenly producing their own freesheets on 'cost efficiency' grounds. How are they 'cost efficient'? Well, simple really - their existence means there is no need to spend money supporting local papers, because the jobs and council ads now appear exclusively in their own freesheets.
of our local councils that they divert their adverts out of their freesheet and back into the local papers. And we can demand of the Government that they divert some of the astonishing sums of money we plough into the BBC towards helping the survival of local papers. They do, after all, provide a more important service to the normal man and woman in the street than say some avant-garde, little-listened radio station or some so-called worthy cause string of programmes on BBC4. We need to lobby our local MPs and councils - and ask them for their help.
The council freesheets are invariably dull, poorly produced and full of puffs about how good a job the local council is doing.
Subsidies and advertising returned to its rightful place may be the key to survival.
They are in no way viable substitutes for the local papers they are replacing and helping sentence to a slow, painful death.
Otherwise, Thursday mornings will one day hold a less special affection in my heart. And probably yours too...
So what can we do about it...how can we help our valuable local papers survive? We can keep buying them, of course but that in itself may not be enough. As far as I can see, we can also explore two other avenues... We can demand
- by Jennifer Sutcliffe.
THIS is a restaurant like no other. First there is the size, 29,000sq ft. You would think this would be a difficult space to fill but Roger Payne and his team has done it with style so you are not overwhelmed by the space and instead it makes you want to explore. Thousands of conch shells adorn the walls with the panels being handmade in Africa. Gigantic statues of Zulu warriors watch over you as you indulge in a South African gastronomic delight.
Impressive Every wine is from South Africa and the food is pleasing the expats, who are surely the best judge of character, three rugby players who each ordered a ÂŁ70 platter of fine South African meats of springbok, kudu, ostrich and borrewurst, which I can also assure you is also divine! Our tastes buds were whetted with biltong and a delicious accompaniment of a massai mara sauce made of peppers and olive. We then enjoyed pickled fish with onions which was served cold and was marinated with 12 spices it was delicious. Smoked salmon cured with Rooibos, a South African tea,
followed this was supposed to make it less oily but I couldn't really tell the difference. The highlight of the evening for me was the Babootie. This is a spiced mince with baked savory custard on top, anyone who has been to South Africa will know this delight and Shaka
Zulu's offering is some of the best I have tasted. The meat board that I mentioned earlier followed and as our table was joined by the owner Roger Payne and head chef Justin Wallace we had a special dish of pork skewers with apricots which was again delicious. Pudding was a fried sweet dough morsel which didn't live up to the main courses but we were all rather full at this time. A special mention has to go to Tony Safqi who is an extraordinary cocktail magician who tantalized our taste buds with a sumptuous blend of lemon, absinthe and egg white a potent mix. Shaka Zulu is worth the trip to taste his cocktails alone. www.shaka-zulu.com Stables Market, Camden, London, NW1 8AH Tel: 0203 376 9911 www.ytyc.co.uk
the international competition standard snow jump once again becomes an iconic sight on the capital’s skyline. Standing over 32m high and 100m long, using over 500 tonnes of real snow, the LG Big Air World Cup showcases the world’s best snowboarders competing for vital ratings points in their quest to become World Champion. The London leg of the FIS-sanctioned World Cup kicks off the UK winter sports season and is the third event on the Men’s LG World Cup tour.
RELENTLESS Freeze Festival (formerly London Freeze), the UK’s biggest winter sports and music event, returned to London following its success in attracting over 20,000 to Battersea Power Station in 2009. The event, now in its third year, saw several of the world’s best winter sports athletes - fresh from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver – fiercely competing in a world class snowboarding and freeski event. From 29-31st October
The superstars of the ski world are in town for the International Freestyle Ski Big Air, the only event of its kind in the UK. Australian Russ Henshaw took the first prize purse last year and is expected to defend his crown against world class opposition including exciting young American star Bobby Brown. The best of the British athletes go head to head in the Battle of Britain competitions across both snowboarding and freestyle ski disciplines over the course of the weekend. The Top 4 riders in each competition then go on to compete in the international competitions. When the sun set on the slope, the music stages at the event hosted a range of live music performances. Mark Ronson, one of the UK’s most talented artists, headlined along with his band The Business Intl. The Brit and Grammy-Award winning artist appeared on the Saturday night bill which included New Young Pony Club, the hip five piece outfit whose electro grooves have attracted critical acclaim and I Blame Coco, featuring one of the UK’s finest young talents. Also on the main stage and topping Friday’s dance bill is Mercury Prize winner Roni Size and he was joined on stage by MC Jakes. Other acts on Friday evening were Nextmen and Krafty Kuts alongside MC Dynamite, Scratch Perverts and Jaguar Skills. The dance line up is completed by Charlie G, Klimax and Benny MC. Andrew Topham, Event Organiser for Big Freeze Ltd commented: “We are delighted that London has been chosen to host the third leg of the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup series. For UK winter sports fans, the Relentless Freeze Festival offers a rare glimpse of the world’s best winter sports athletes including competitors from the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Music fans can look forward to an eclectic range of live acts appearing on two stages across three nights. This year’s event will reinforce our position as London’s most exciting winter spectacle.”
- by Jennifer Sutcliffe.
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- by Jennifer Sutcliffe.
The weekend of 16th and 17th October 2010 saw Kensington Olympia descend into a carnival delight as
RumFest came to town. RUMFEST celebrated the diversity and rapidly-growing popularity of rum, the UK RumFest saw two days of demonstrations, seminars, master classes, live salsa and samba dancing, cocktail sampling, a Tiki Cocktail Face Off, and an opportunity to win a tropical dream holiday at the world’s largest rum event.
Over 25,000 tots of rums sampled, Over 20,000 rum cocktails made, Over 5,000 litres of fresh lime juice. The world’s biggest Pina Colada contained: 95 Litres of Milk, 100 litres of Pineapple Juice, 100 Litres of Bacardi & Wray & nephew rum, 12 Kg of ice. The UK RumFest featured over 400 rums from across the globe from the Caribbean, Central and South America, Asia and Africa, including brands like Appleton Estate from Jamaica, Bacardi from Puerto Rico, Havana Club from Cuba, Mount Gay Rum from Barbados, Ron Zacapa from Guatemala and Santa Teresa from Venezuela. The only place to see such a varied selection of rums, the UK RumFest also showcases some of the rarest rums on the planet including the world’s most expensive bottle of rum worth a whopping £26,000.
Over the course of the weekend some interesting statistics came to light! 5,500 guests came through the doors over the weekend. Over 450 different rums sampled, 28
During RumFest World-leading mixologists competed against one another for the first time in the advanced Tiki Cocktail Face Off. Bartenders from the London hottest rum bars, including Mahiki, competed against US opponents in a challenge of champions to be the best cocktail makers both side of the Atlantic.
During RumFest World-leading mixologists competed against one another for the first time in the advanced Tiki Cocktail Face Off. Bartenders from the London hottest rum bars, including Mahiki, competed against US opponents in a challenge of champions to be the best cocktail makers both side of the Atlantic. Speaking ahead of this year’s event, organiser and UK Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell said: “Rum is not simply a drink but a lifestyle. The UK RumFest gives an insight into this way of life by celebrating its ever growing popularity and a chance to pass on my passions to both bartenders and consumers alike. The weekend hosts the world’s biggest celebration of rum including tasters of the hundreds of varieties and an opportunity to watch the world’s best mixologists. The Rum Experience really does offer something for everyone looking to develop their appreciation of this wonderful drink.” UK RumFest was not simply an opportunity
to taste the delights of hundreds of diverse rums from across the world but also a celebration and enjoyment of its wider culture. Rum and chocolate sessions opened up the palette to a new dimension of flavours and after looking round the stands, you could relax in the Bacardi Dominoes and Daiquiri Zone. Live music bands played out their reggae rhythms accompanied by samba, salsa and zouk dancers and salsa classes provided an immersive experience of rum culture.
3 measures dark rum 3 tablespoons coconut milk 3 tablespoons crushed pineapple Place the ingredients in an electric blender. Add two cups of crushed ice and blend at high speed for 30 seconds. Strain into a tall tumbler and serve with a straw. www.ytyc.co.uk
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