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Hello! We’re gone a bit wedding-crazy in April’s Inspired. Apologies for the romance factor but the blossom on the trees and the clocks going forward seem to have brought out the joys of spring in everyone! Anyone who’s planning a wedding should find lots of inspiration, from the very latest in menswear to some absolutely fabulous jewellery, gifts and accessories. We’ve also been talking to some Essex-based businesses who told us all we needed to know about wedding hair, make up and flowers for 2012.






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Essex and the Not-so-Single Girl

of clear plastic bag, which then resulted in me having all my hand luggage swabbed for contraband flower remedies. Finally I got through and when I’d located my shoes and hopped across to The Man, he was giggling like a schoolboy at my predicament. Clearly I need to work on my guilty face. “If you’re a terrorist, you’re chucked!” he laughed. I reminded him to keep his smart comments to himself as joking about being a terrorist tends to get people ejected from airports and I was really looking forward to this holiday!

I think it’s fair to say that I don’t like airports. Every time I fly anywhere, I tell myself I’ll have everything ready, sail through security without a blip and even have all my liquids in a clear plastic bag like you’re supposed to. I’ll wander happily around duty free and pick up a bargain perfume, and all will be stress-free…yeah right.

The holiday, once we’d negotiated Stansted and a four-hour flight, was lovely – just what we both needed and I think we can both say that we survived our first holiday as a couple intact. I’ve realised that map-reading isn’t his forte, after being taken on a couple of really quite impressive wild goose chases around Tenerife looking for landmarks…and he’s realised that the reason I never go brown is that I insist on covering every inch of my body in Factor 50 and then complaining that

What really happened? Well, firstly my earrings and watch set the alarms off and I was frisked a little too enthusiastically by the Stansted security lady. When it was established that it was just my jewellery that was setting off the alarms, it still didn’t stop there. I had to take my shoes off and put them in a separate tray, which I couldn’t find afterwards. I had a telling off for not putting my liquids in the right type




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it makes my skin itch. We’ve also discovered a shared dislike of airports and he knows JUST how much they stress me out. All in all, a great time was had. Now back to work…


My third summer with MiBootcamp - How time has flown by! It’s my favourite time of year as the clocks move forward and the nights get lighter. More people are now benefitting from getting at least two hours of vitamin D before the sun goes down. It’s the time now for getting in shape for the summer holidays. What better time to start outdoor exercising?


It’s time to make a change from the 30 minutes on the cross trainer or treadmill, add something different to your routine – and have fun at the same time.

Maybe some new “joiners” are slightly fearful that it will entail being shouted at, or running five miles without rest before hauling up timber poles. I love to hear what clients first expected once they’ve tried it for themselves- they usually seem to be pleasantly surprised!

Some people want to build their selfconfidence; others want to get work out of their heads before and after that long boring commute to work every day. I have come across them all.

I’ve worked with people from all walks of life in my eight years in the fitness industry and nine out of ten customers are professional working people who just want to get fit and maybe lose a few pounds whether for a holiday, appearance or, maybe, on medical advice – even for a better life insurance quote!

I like to vary the workouts constantly and I think my clients manage to stick with MiBootcamp because it’s a bit less about following set protocols. Whatever your goal may be, spring is in the air. The loveliest time of year… and a local mibootcamp beckons. Russell Byham -

Maybe with so many choices of bootcamp hitting the nation it’s hard to choose one? Let me assure you that there is something for everyone. This time of year I love to see new faces starting at MiBootcamp in Little Waltham, Chelmsford, and finding out their goals whether they’re just for there to get fit for a holiday or as part of a long term fitness goal and better all-round health and fitness.

Some people may feel slightly nervous going in a new direction with a bootcamp. At Mi bootcamp we offer a “Free to see if it’s for you” session.







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Wedding Flower Trends 2012 Rustic country garden seems to be the key terms couples are using to explain their vision for wedding flowers. The use of natural materials such as twine and raffia create a more relaxed look for bouquets, buttonholes and table centres. For that ‘thrown together look’ texture can be achieved by using foliage and herbs that can be found in the garden such as Bay Leaves, Rosemary and Lavender these also add beautiful scents to arrangements. For the more adventurous bride succulents are an interesting way to add texture as shown. Table display from Chelmsford’s

Claire Sankey – Lily & May Floral Design Price - £19.00

Must read this...

Must watch this...

The Single Girl’s To-do List

Need to listen to this...

A&E Graham Coxon


Having just been away on holiday, I’ve had the

Legendary storyteller Martin Scorsese has created a

Any Graham Coxon fans expecting a Blur-revisited

perfect opportunity to catch up on the books I’ve

journey to a magical world based on Brian Selznick’s

style offering from his eighth studio album, A&E,

downloaded to my Kindle, and also made the most

award-winning New York Times best-seller, The

are likely to be in for a dollop of disappointment, as

of its ‘experimental’ Internet browser after I managed

Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Graham has been making very sure that everyone knows his forthcoming new LP, which is released on

to drop my beloved Blackberry on a tiled apartment The film, Hugo, features the adventures of a wily and

April 2, will focus less on romance and “moaning

resourceful orphan boy whose quest to unlock a

about relationships and girls” than his previous

The first book I read was by far the best – ‘The

secret left to him by his father will transform Hugo

studio efforts.

Single Girl’s To-do List’ by the wonderful Lindsey

and all those around him. Asa Butterfield, who plays

Kelk. It starts with Rachel, our heroine, getting

the film’s Oliver Twist-like charmer, is the perfect

unceremoniously dumped by her long-term boyfriend

vessel for Scorcese’s movie about movies.

floor and render it sulkily unusable.

“I suppose I’ve never gone so blatantly for a synthesiser and a drum machine before,” he told the NME, when they asked him what set this album apart

while they are ‘on a break’ – and saved from wallowing in self-pity by her erstwhile best friends,

After his clockmaker father (Jude Law) perishes in a

Emelie and Matthew, who come up with a to-do list

museum fire, Hugo goes to live with his Uncle Claude

of things she needs to do now she’s properly single

(Ray Winstone), a drunkard who maintains the clocks

for the first time, well, ever!

at a Paris train station. When Claude disappears, Hugo carries on his work and fends for himself by

from his others. “This time I started to listen to the bleaker side of things more. There is a bit of a drought of romantic songs on this record, which is usually my default setting.” He went on to add, “There are no love songs on it and no moaning about relationships and girls. So I’m quite proud of that, because sometimes

Of course the list takes her on a journey of reinvention

stealing food from area merchants. In his free time, he

(it inspired me to invest in a whole new wardrobe…)

attempts to repair an automaton his father rescued

and some daft adventures, but although some of the

from the museum, while trying to evade the station

plot twists are a bit far-fetched, it all seems to work

inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen), a World War I veteran

and it’s such an uplifting, funny read that you just

with no sympathy for lawbreakers. When Georges

can’t help but warm to all the characters and end up

(Ben Kingsley), a toymaker, catches Hugo stealing

believing in the story.

parts for his mechanical man, he recruits him as an

Perfect holiday reading…

assistant to repay his debt.

stand out indie track, while ‘The Truth’ and ‘Knife in

Out on DVD and Blu-Ray on 2 April 2012.

‘mechanised drone rock’ that gets into your head like

you think, ‘Will I ever get away from singing about that crap?” So what can we expect from a bleaker, romance-less Graham Coxon album? There’s a bit of post-punk and plenty of electronic beats and bounces in store, as well as a dash of indie disco. ‘What’ll It Take’ is the the Cast’ are harder work, having been described as a’ rickety handheld power drill.’ Bleak, indeed? Released 2 April 2012







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What to buy the couple with EVERYTHING It used to be so easy to pick the perfect wedding gift. You would either get a copy of the wedding list, compiled with the help of the Argos catalogue, or if you were a bit more upmarket you could have your wedding list held at Debenhams or John Lewis, and they would make sure that you didn’t get two toasters. Most people have lived together before they tie the knot these days, which means that towels, toasters and tea-sets aren’t likely to be on the list of things the blushing bride and groom covet. Increasingly, couples are asking for vouchers towards a honeymoon or a bigger purchase, sometimes they even specify ‘no gifts’ or charity donations.

East of India - Our Wedding Photo Album This gorgeous East of India cream fabric covered photo album with wooden applique heart is just perfect for storing those precious memories from the big day. Brilliant if the couple are going for a ‘do it yourself’ wedding, as a lot of couples are, and getting the photography done by a trusted friend. The album is absolutely gorgeous, and it holds up to 48 6 x 4” photographs, so it’s big enough for the job. Price: £12.99 -

Everyone loves a gift, though, so if you’re stuck for something individual, and want to give a special couple something they will remember and cherish…look no further for our gift ideas with a difference.

Breakfast in Bed Set If you’re going to give this gift, make sure that you stipulate that they take it in turns to do the breakfast honours! This breakfast set has everything they need to rustle up a perfect breakfast in bed - and is already proving popular. The set includes two ceramic mugs, two egg cups, two shakers, two spoons, a box of coffee mix and a box of tea, all on a cutesy serving tray. Now whose turn is it…?

Personalised Magnum of Champagne

Price: £27.99

Personalised Salt and Pepper Shakers Perfect for the couple that have everything – and love to hold dinner parties. This personalised silver plated heart salt and pepper shaker set will take proud of place on the dinner table and makes a great wedding gift. It comes in a ‘just perfect for weddings’ romantic heart shape, and can be personalised with a special message using over four lines with up to 16 characters per line. Price: £34.99







A delicious champagne from one of France’s finest producers – Georges Lacombe – combined with a personalised label, this might not be the kind of gift the happy couple will treasure forever but they’ll certainly enjoy toasting you with it. It comes personalised, tissue-wrapped and in an Italian gold gift box. Will they keep it, will they just drink it? Who knows, but you can bet they will love it. Price: £49.99 www.treathim. com

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Shaping up for the big day As someone who recently married, I know the challenges a bride has in preparing for the big day. The key with regards to looking and feeling your best is to set realistic goals, based on the time period you have. The build-up to your wedding should be as exciting and enjoyable as the day itself, without putting any additional stress on yourself with regards to weight loss. Remember, if you are starting exercise for the first time, whilst it’s good to use the wedding as an incentive; try to also see this new regime as something you will continue in the future, for long term health. With this in mind, aim to pick exercise you will enjoy, such as a dance class or going for a jog with friends. If your specific goal is weight loss, try to avoid crash dieting as in many cases, you could end up putting all the weight back on once you resume a normal eating habit. Try to reduce portion sizes, eat a healthy balanced diet & cut out those naughty snacks! Increase water intake to ensure your skin is glowing on the day. Aim to exercise at

least three times a week (both cardiovascular and resistance), but also add “activity” into your routine on a daily basis, e.g. take the stairs rather than the lift, as these lifestyle changes will make a difference to calorie burn. A client of mine did exactly that. We set her three small, achievable targets for her wedding, with her main goal being to tone up. She told me she felt really confident in herself on the big day - fitter, healthier and firmer (see photo below.) Plus, I received a text from her on her honeymoon, saying she now looked great in her red bikini that she hadn’t worn for some time. Carly (Inspired by Carly) Visit for more information on getting in shape for your wedding.

The Grand Art Fair The UK’s leading contemporary home show, Grand Designs Live, launches, for the first time, the Grand Art fair with handpicked works of art from some of the UK’s top art galleries. Grand Designs Live, hosted by TV’s design guru Kevin McCloud, is the perfect show for you, if you’re looking for inspiration and expert advice for everything from home redecoration to renovations or even full scale self-build projects. This year the show also includes a Grand Art Fair where interior design is merged with classic and contemporary art to enable

visitors to stamp their own individual style on their home. So whether you are a seasoned collector, a new collector or just an admirer of beauty and originality, the Grand Art Fair will give you the opportunity to add a touch of exclusivity to your home. For the first time ever there will be an exclusive selection of handpicked original art work from renowned artists displayed across a range of exhibiting galleries. Located in Grand Interiors, sponsored by Dulux, the participating galleries will provide a unique opportunity for visitors to







shop from a variety of artists with designs to suit all homes and styles as well as providing expert advice from established art retailers. Grand Designs Live London runs from Saturday 5th to Sunday 13th May 2012 at ExCeL London. Book tickets in advance and save £4, book online at www.granddesignslive. com, or call the 24 hour box office on 0844 854 1348 + kids 15 and under go free. Or…visit our Home Style section and enter our competition to win a pair of tickets to the show!

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The “Me-List” Celebrity. Red carpet glamour at a fraction of the price

In these days of doom-laden news and financial pressure we all need cheering up a bit. And what better way to do it than by wearing real A list jewellery, but at ‘Me-List’ prices. Inexpensive dressing up, with the added benefit of having people do a doubletake as you sweep confidently down the street, will do wonders for your ego and mood. The look is simple to achieve and needn’t cost the earth. Our favourite stylists like Gok Wan have already shown us how easy it is to copy the designer look for just a fraction of the price, but if you don’t have the time or skills to trawl the shops or the internet for bargains then there’s at least one alternative and that’s hiring the real thing; all kinds of fashion goodies are available to rent these days from Jimmy Choo shoes and Gucci handbags, to dresses worn by the celebs. Accessorising is by far the most important element of achieving celebrity style and good accessories can lift just about any outfit. Apart from the obvious stuff like shoes and

handbags, the things that will really grab attention are sunglasses and jewellery; the bolder the better. So, for sunglasses, buy them big and brassy and, most importantly, keep them on at all times. When it comes to jewellery, you can’t really go wrong if you copy what the real celebs are already wearing – just look at Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez or Nicole Kidman; just a few of the many stars frequently seen wearing the stunning and sometimes outrageous work of jewellery designer Rodrigo Otazu. Lady Gaga wore Rodrigo Otazu jewels during her performance on last season’s X Factor. Dramatic Jewels is an authorised stockist in the UK of Rodrigo’s jewellery and they’ve brought his current season’s collections, including his “I Do” bridal range to the UK for the first time. They can kit you out with the very latest look for less than you might think, and they’ve







introduced a hire service on the whole collection. So now you can look like an A List celebrity and walk along your own red carpet for much less than you’d think. You can rent Rodrigo’s jewels in one week blocks for just 30% of their retail price. Refreshingly, there’s no security deposit to pay or any additional carriage charges. Check out the web site at or call 0845 600 80 99

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Wedding Hair 2012 – by Gail Gardner The Joys of Spring! What wonderful words and I could not agree more. Spring brings joy to all, especially if you are soon to be married and are now considering your hairstyle for your wedding day. Finding that perfect hairstyle can often be quite a challenge so it’s important that you book your hairdresser early and have a trial to try out different styles a few weeks before your special day. I always recommend that you have your hair trial on the same day as your final dress fitting so that you can be sure that you have chosen your perfect hairstyle to suit you beautiful wedding gown. Your wedding hair trial should be a fun experience so take along a close family member or friend to give you an honest opinion. If there’s a catchphrase hairstylists and makeup artists could use to describe the trends they’re seeing in the brides of 2012, it would probably be ‘simple elegance.’ This spring, romance is in the air, and vintage and modern are engaging with each other, resulting in softer natural hairstyles. Or your Big Day, you’ll want to look beautiful, elegant and simply perfect with the right wedding hairstyle.

Short-Length Hair The look of romance is still possible for brides who don’t want to go through the trouble of growing their hair out for months before the big day. A short style works fantastically well with the elegant hair accessories available today. An updo is not out of the question for brides with short hair either. You would be surprised how the shortest hair can be styled into an elegant updo. Also, extensions are becoming even more popular with brides to help create the exact look you want for your wedding day.

Medium-Length Hair

Long-Length Hair

For medium length hair, take a relaxed approach to the up-do with an unstructured bun with a few stray tendrils. Mid-length hair is famous for its versatility, from a beautiful elegant up-do to a classic chignon. Soft loose waves also offer a very romantic look.

If you choose to wear your hair down, consider loose waves or even partly up. Tight buns are being replaced by less formal updos, gathered lower at the base of the neck for a softer romantic look.

This bride had mid-length hair and was convinced she would need extensions to achieve this hairstyle.

Braids are also an updo to consider. They’re a great way to add unique twists on classic styles. Even the ponytail can be glamorous, wear it on one side using pretty hair clasps. This bride had very long hair and wanted a romantic vintage updo.

This bride wanted to keep her long hair loose with romantic curls.

This bride had extensions as her hair was in the style of a short bob.

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Winner of Best Wedding Make-up Artist (East of England) – The Wedding Industry Awards 2012 - Kelly Hollands, tells you how to get the perfect bridal look for your big day. The key to wedding day make-up is in the application and once this has been mastered your look should last all day long and through into the night without any touch-ups. Thankfully this doesn’t mean you need heavier makeup, but more about using the right products and applying them in the correct way to ensure not only longevity, but also that it will look great in all kinds of light, including your photograph’s flash! With my hints and tips for the perfect bridal look you can ensure you will look radiant all day and night! In the months leading up to your big day you need to invest time treating and looking after

your skin. Your daily routine should include cleansing, toning and moisturising morning and night. My favourite skincare range is Dermalogica – as well as having amazing skincare products they also offer a free face mapping analysis for your own personal product prescription. Visit their website at www. for your nearest stockist.

I always use a face primer to even out skin tone and provide a fantastic base for make-up to adhere to. My favourites are Yves Saint Laurent Matt Touch, ideal for oily skin and GOSH Velvet Touch which suits every skin type, especially hydrated skin. Make sure you use a primer specifically for eyes - I love Urban Decay Eye Potion Primer as it stops shadows from creasing and sliding.

My key tips for long-lasting, flawless make-up would be to always start your wedding day with applying a moisturiser to your face. Dermalogica’s Active Moist is a great light, oil-free product to suit all skin types.

I always work on the eyes first. It means the primer has time to sink into the skin and you can always wipe away any fallout from the eyeshadows. This is a complete must when creating a smoky eyed look for example as you won’t want the ‘punched in the eye’ look on your big day!

The products I’ve listed below are just some brands I would pick from on a daily basis for creating a full make-up application ideal for Bridal.


Face Mapping

Yves Saint Laurent Matt Touch

Diorshow Blackout

Bobbi Brown Long Wearing Gel Eyeliner



GOSH Velvet Touch

DiorSkin Forever



My favourite eyeshadow brands are MAC, Bobbi Brown and Urban Decay and I use sheer,




Urban Decay Eye Potion Primer

Benefit’s High beam

Made Up…

matte, lustre, frost, pearlescent and satin finishes in every shade imaginable. I love these brands for their longevitiy and high pigmentation. The Urban Decay palettes in Naked and Naked 2 are amazing for bridal – whether it be a classic English Rose, Vintage or Dramatic Smoky eyed look. Every bride needs a waterproof mascara on their wedding day. My favourites are Diorshow Blackout and Max Factor False Lash Effect. Unless you know you want a vintage look on your wedding day with bright red lips, either define the eyes or focus on the lips. Never do both. False strip lashes are a great way to

enhance the eyes or use eyelash curlers prior to using mascara if you don’t feel comfortable with lashes. Eyeliner will define the eyes and make them ‘pop’. Bobbi Brown Long Wearing Gel Eyeliner and Clinque are both easily blenable and are waterproof. As well as Airbase Airbrushed make-up I use a wide selection of liquid foundations including DiorSkin Forever, Chanel, and MAC Face & Body. A silicon-based foundation will ensure it stays in place all day/night. Use a concealor over foundation to cover dark under-eye circles and blemishes and set with a loose fine milled powder.







Contour the cheeks using a bronzer and blend a peach/pink blusher onto the apples. Highlight under the brow bone and along the top of the cheek bone with Benefit’s High beam and groom those brows! To complete the look line the lips with a natural colour, opt for a nude lipstick if wearing a smokey eye, a red lip for vintage (with a red liner) and a fresh pink lipstick for a classic bride – all 3 looks seem on trend for 2012. 07834 364029

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Elegant and Dazzling It’s all in the detail – and the trends for bridal jewellery are all vintage-inspired in 2012 it seems. Brides are looking back to bygone eras and studying film clips to get a feel for their wedding ‘look’.

Betina Silver Heart & Pearl Bracelet – £36 Spring Garden Silver Bluebell and Pearl Bracelet - £36

Underwear becomes outerwear - Victorian corsets have made their way from the fashion runways to bridal runways. Chokers are key to achieving the elegance of this look, teamed up with crystal teardrops on all accessories.

Milan - Freshwater Pearl & Crystal Back Drop Necklace - £60 All from

Antique peach rose Hair accessory - Gorgeous silk, organza and velvet flower with leaves. Price: £29.99

Pretty Things

Classic diamante hair comb - can be worn at the side, back or top of hair. Price: £44.99 www.ay Mini wedding flower hairpins - This set of 6 tiny ivory roses single hairpins are perfect to add those finishing touches to your hair. Price: £8.99 Silver and grey hair comb Shiny medium size hair comb made with twisted stems in shades of grey, crystallised Swarovski Elements and genuine hematite beads. Price: £25







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Gorgeous diamante wedding tiara with diamante flower and clear Swarovski crystal stones - £154 Art Deco influences are all over the wedding fashion scene in 2012 - think geometric patterns, long pearls and lots of fringing. Greta Garbo and Jean Harlow style is also making a fashion comeback – if you’re going for the drop-waisted, swishy gown with a 1930s feel, team it with Deco style and a flourish of crystal.

Vintage necklace - perfect for a wedding dress with diamantes or crystals and anything with a daisy or floral theme - £54.99

Grace Kelly classic elegance still gets many a bride’s heart a-fluttering, so dazzle in pearls – classic look multistrand pearl necklaces and earrings will never go out of style on the aisle.

Vintage Tiara with tear dropped shaped diamante - £89

White keishi pearl necklace with crystals - £50

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Vintage Dresses There’s no sign of the vintage trend going away in the near future, and one of the very best showcases for beautiful vintage-inspired designs is a wedding gown. Styles have changed a great deal over the decades but the mid-20th century still seems to be the era that inspires most brides. Which era is right for you? Here’s a very brief guide…

Thirties This amazing dress is cut on the bias, which means that it stretches and moulds to the body. The thirties were renowned for super-flattering diamond panelling and these lines all draw down the body, pointing over the bottom to really enhance your shape. The sexy keyhole opening at the back is subtle and understated, and teamed with a demure fully covered neckline. A bias cut dress like this will show off your curves while the seams across the hips define your shape. A figure-hugging dress like this suits curvy girls, hourglasses and pear-shapes too, as the shoulder detail balances the silhouette out.

Forties The 1940’s style dress is sometimes unfairly overlooked as thirties’ and fifties’ shapes are so iconic, but the higher waist on 40s style dresses are perfect for nipping in the waist, at its smallest area, right under the bust. This beautifully designed lace dress has vertical panels which will also slim you down, and suits all sizes. The wider straps and sophisticated A-line skirt complement each other perfectly to balance out the curves of hour glass and pear shaped figures.

Fifties Rock the 1950’s with a fantastic full circle dress, and a feminine shape which evokes the glamour of Hollywood and Marilyn Monroe. The full skirt is reminiscent of the fairytale princess and the dress is cut on the waist, making it perfect for showing off a more boyish figure and creating a curvy hour glass silhouette.

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Ladies Fashion

The perfect look for this summer, for a wedding or otherwise, is the new pretty pastel trend that’s everywhere right now. Set to be one of summer 2012’s biggest trends, the new season palette suits just about everyone, with cool ice cream shades that come in pastel hues of pink, blue and yellow. The candy cuteness covers very item imaginable - from romantic dresses and floaty skirts for lazy spring and summer special occasions to teeny tiny shorts for beach and barbecue, and pretty accessories, headbands and bags. If you’re blessed with a porcelain pale complexion, a pair of spray-on skinnies or an adorable floaty chiffon skirt will keep the lighter shades away from your face and prevent you looking washed-out. Ease yourself into the trend with accessories and build up from there. Mixing and matching different colours is fine, but steer away from pairing two shades of the same colour together, unless you want to rock the pastel version of the dreaded double-denim disaster.

F&F at Tesco. Blazer, £28, top £14, bag £12.50

New Look.

Marks &

Yellow pleat

Spencer. Park

midi skirt,

Avenue dress,



This slouchy, laid-back yellow blazer is a relaxed take on tailoring this summer. It will pull outfits together nicely without appearing too formal or ‘done.’ Throw it casually over a print dress or dark jeans and a t-shirt for day and lace or leather for after-dark.

Missguided. Gail blue top, £8.99

Spencer. Park

shorts, £18.

Avenue dress, £39

Whether you’re after a dress for a big ‘do’ or the perfect picnic ensemble, pastels are the way to go this season so get in there and take your pick while the trend (and the weather) are both hot… Love Label supersoft skinny jean

F&F at Tesco. Turquoise ankle

River Island.

grazer jeans,

Plastic belt.




Part sixties chic, part playful and girlie, this Park Avenue dress by Marks and Spencer has pocket detailing and a drop-waist, breaking up the block colour. The sculpted neckline adds a sexy edge. Alternatively, show off a summer tan in these jaunty yellow denim shorts by Next. This gorgeous midi number from New Look is slightly reminiscent of Olivia Newton-John in Grease. The length and pleat detailing both tick the on-trend box for this summer. Pair it with River Island’s clear sky blue belt to add a modern edge.

Marks & Next. Denim


Matalan. Vest, £7, hoop drop earrings, £6, coloured skinny jeans, £16.




Hazaar of London Hazaar of London has come up with a romantic collection of bridal gowns and jewellery that’s designed to combine versatility with the romance of the big day. Hazaar’s founders Isoline Hickman and Rachel Farrimond met while studying Costume for the Performing Arts at the London College of Fashion in 2004. They decided to create a bridal range that would take a bride from day to evening without the need for a second dress, featuring elegant dresses with removable over or under skirts. The gorgeous collection showcases the duos love of classic style icons and designers including Dior and Grace Kelly, and Rachel and Isoline have fully immersed themselves in the design and creation process of each of their gowns; carefully sourcing fabrics, trims and embellishments from suppliers in the UK. Hazaar of London will be previewing the latest additions to their collection at White Gallery London, Battersea Park 20-22 May 2012, which includes a range of brooches, clasps and embellishments to give buyers the option to customise and personalise the clean simple lines of the gowns with individual bespoke detailing. |

Regal Rings From The Queen Mother in 1923, to the Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, generations of the Royal Family have chosen precious Welsh gold to create their wedding rings. Clogau has designing beautiful wedding jewellery, containing a touch of rare Welsh gold, for 17 years, and the Windsor Collection of wedding rings has been crafted in either 9ct or 18ct rose, yellow or white gold. Inscribed on the inside of the band is the Welsh word ‘Cariad’, meaning beloved, sweetheart or darling in a beautiful italic script. Contained within the gold is a touch of rare Welsh gold from Snowdonia, making this a truly unique piece of jewellery that can be treasured and admired forever.

with the Welsh word ‘Cariad’ and also contain a touch of rare Welsh gold. Engagement rings are available in 18ct white, yellow or rose gold, and wedding rings in 9ct or 18ct white, yellow or rose gold. Clogau’s distinctive Tree of Life collection symbolises the evolution of nature, which Charles Darwin expressed as a metaphor he termed the Tree of Life. Here, a combination

For a wedding band that’s just a little bit different, the Make a Wish collection features classic designs that are created to be treasured forever. Dazzling princess cut diamonds and wishbone shaped contours are all also inscribed







of berries, leaves and vines represent new life forms that intertwine and evolve from the old, creating ever more beautiful natural shapes. Tel: 0845 606 88 77

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An absolute must for any fan...

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18th April 2012

at quadrant, Chelmsford Doors open 6.45 for a 7.15pm start



Fashion Show

Our expert presents an unique angle on the single action that triggered the disaster, the three crucial causes and the many underlying reasons that contributed to the best known marine accident in history!

Tuesday 17th April 2012 Doors open 6pm for 6.30pm start Hosted by Heart Essex,

Su Harrison Tickets £6

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Featuring over 30 major high street brands including Menswear!

Bow Railing of SS Titanic

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Get Le Whif Laptop Surf Pillow

Get the look – rather sexy iPad Cases One of a range of super-sleek iPad cases from Giant Sparrows, this sexy and exclusive Frida Kahlo image comes from the ‘Collections’ page. The case detail has been taken from ‘Self-Portrait on the Borderline between Mexico and the United States’, painted by Kahlo in 1932. Check out the Collections page – it brings together an eclectic range of art, from popular and famous images to lesser known pieces, all with a view to bringing art to your fingertips. Price: £44.95

Fed up with hot thighs from surfing on the sofa? This could be the very thing you need to allow you to use your laptop in comfort. The silicone buttons on this Swedish designed Bosign lap pillow allow air to circulate underneath the laptop so that it stays cool and so does the skin on your legs. The pillow is filled with micro balls to rest comfortably around the contours of your thighs, and it makes a great gift for someone who spends a lot of time glued to their laptop! The silicone buttons clip off, the cover unzips and you can give it a wash to freshen it up. The back has a silicone design to stop the pillow slipping forward off your knees. Price: £28.50

Le Whif is a handy little thing for any man (or woman) trying to resist the lure of chocolate cravings - an inhaler that’s packed with tiny particles of milk chocolate! Just inhale Le Whif and a small amount of the particles are absorbed onto your tongue, which deals with your choc-cravings straight away. Scientists from Harvard University claim that a whiff or two can give you all the pleasure of chocolate without any of the guilt. They put their (very clever) heads together and came up with the idea of using particle engineering to create chocolate that was small enough to be airborne but too large to enter the lungs. Each Le Whif is fully biodegradable and allows for eight to ten puffs so that is plenty of puff to get your chocolate fix. It can be closed and reused so that you don’t need to inhale the whole thing at once…worth a try if your cravings are getting to your waistline! Price: £4.95

Just for fun…

Sound Asleep Pillow

If you’re bored with the usual selection of uninspiring iPhone covers and long for a chance to design your own…you can! A personalised iPhone Cover from Getting Personal gives you a chance to create your own unique, one of a kind, iPhone cover... Simply let them know what you want written on your cover and they can create a bespoke one for you in durable, high-quality plastic. It’s available for iPhone 3 or iPhone 4.

At first glance this looks very much like an ordinary pillow…but of course, it isn’t. The pillow doubles up as a speaker, so you can listen to music or podcasts without using awkward headphones, from a speaker deep within your pillow. It’s much more comfy to sleep on than a set of headphones stuck in your ear, as the soft hollow fibre filling means you can’t feel the internal speaker at all, and you get to listen in comfort and drift off to sleep without annoying your partner too!

Price: £19.99

The sound pillow will stop playing once your selected tracks come to an end. Price: £16.95







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Spa Man – by Murray Burgess Well gentlemen, it’s a leap year this year so chances are your better half has proposed to you, you’ve been delighted to accept and now, following on with the whole role reversal theme, you’re organising the wedding itself, taking on all the stresses and strains that that entails. You’ve earned a break, a bit of rest and relaxation for all your hard work so far, so why not take some time out and visit a spa, as a little treat for yourself. OK, it may not be the usual way in which you treat yourself, but I can assure you it is well worth considering, having been lucky enough to visit The Malvern hotel and spa myself recently.

At first glance it may not appear to be your traditional spa; located on a business park in a building that can, at first glance, be mistaken for an office building. But once inside you get the more traditional feeling of being at a very modern spa, and a quick tour of the facilities by one of the friendly and knowledgeable staff shows you just how modern and well-equipped it is.

To eliminate some of that pre-wedding or post-work stress you have two main options; either you can work it off yourself using the well-equipped gym, or you can let someone else do it for you by having a treatment. Me, I had a very relaxing back, neck and shoulder massage, coupled with a facial which was surprisingly relaxing and refreshing. If only it felt that good when I washed my own face!

As well as having over 20 comfortable bedrooms, The Malvern also boasts two saunas, a steam room, salt grotto and a number of different showers, including Tropical Rain, Cool Fog and, for the braver men among you, a cold water Plunge Bucket. To really help you relax though they have a heated spa pool that you can enter indoors and, by means of a flexible partition, swim outdoors to enjoy the warm water and spa bubbles in the fresh air.

The Malvern also has a restaurant, which offers a good selection of meals for both carnivores and vegetarians, with good balanced meals of protein and carbs.







All of these things make The Malvern a great place to visit and stay, just the thing to help us men cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life.

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Men’s wedding fashion:

House of Fraser - blue blazer £499, turquoise polo shirt £89 both Kenzo

look the part for every big day

While it might seem like men have it easy when it comes to dressing for weddings, the combination of a plain black suit, white shirt and non-offensive tie often just feels like attire for another day at the office, rather than someone’s special day. Lakeside’s Personal Shopper, Angela Poplett, is here with some expert advice on how to break the mould and find some slick but suitable wedding attire for men. “The first thing to do when the invitation lands on your doormat is find out what kind of event it will be. There’s a big difference between a high-brow function and a low-key affair so

dressing appropriately is almost impossible unless you ask the question beforehand. “If you’re going to a wholly traditional wedding, nothing beats a chic suit, dress shirt and a pair of smart shoes. It might sound boring but the high street stores have some great items on offer at the moment that will soon have you rethinking that statement. “Rather than opting for basic black, choose a suit in a soft shade of grey. The Ben Sherman store at Lakeside currently stocks some of the best in gorgeous grey iridescent fabrics. Ben







Sherman suits are cut in very sleek, modern shapes and styles though, so you’ll need to ooze cool and have plenty of charisma to pull it off. “The men’s section in Zara has some similar styles on its shelves that will look particularly good on slimmer frames, so there really is something on offer for everyone. “You’ll need an equally sleek shirt to team with that suit so head to T.M. Lewin at Lakeside and browse through the John Francomb range. They guarantee to offer you something far more interesting than your dull, day-to-day office selection.

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“To make sure you look fly from top to toe, you’ll also need some shoes to complete the outfit. Most men opt for black shoes with a grey suit but tan is a good alternative, particularly if you’ve gone for a pastel shade of shirt. Jones the Bootmaker is a great place to look – and they’ll even renovate them for you every few years! “For a more relaxed style of wedding, it’s often advisable to ditch the suit jacket and opt for a shirt and trouser combination. The key to keeping the look smart enough is to wear a crisp pair of tailored trousers with a dress shirt neatly tucked in at the waist.

“Ties aren’t always necessary, but if you do want to step things up a notch then a slim tie is always preferable. They always look stylish and will keep you right on trend. “You can be much more adventurous with your shirt selection if you’re only going to the reception, since you won’t have to worry about clashing with other guests’ outfits in the professional photographs. H&M at Lakeside offers some shirts at incredible prices and Debenhams is worth a visit too, particularly if you’re into brands.







“One final tip for dressing for any wedding: make sure you look smart but you’re also comfortable because wedding receptions often carry on late into the night – and there might even be some dancing involved!” Angela has both male and female personal shopping clients, so for more fashion advice, why not book your very own accompanied shopping trip? Just call 01708 869 933 or visit for details. Lakeside is open from 10am – 10pm weekdays, 9am – 9pm every Saturday and from 11am – 5pm on Sundays.

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House of Fraser - contrast collar shirt £105 William Hunt

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Gentlemen’s Fashion

The King & Allen guide to ... Choosing a suit for a wedding Choosing your wedding suit can be a difficult process. It’s probably your first time (and hopefully your last!) so even the most experienced suit buyer will need advice and off the peg shops will always try and sell you whatever they have in stock. The key to getting the wedding suit right is to make sure that the suit is stylish so that you don’t look like you’re wearing a business suit on your wedding day, whilst ensuring that you don’t upstage the bride! The only way to make sure you are wearing the perfect wedding suit on the day is to buy a bespoke wedding suit.

Do you know someone getting married this year? King & Allen has a special offer for both of you… We have a very unique offer just for you and a friend, family member or colleague who is getting married this year. If they quote “Stitch Groom Offer 2012” Stitch will immediately give them a £50 discount on their suit. With wedding budgets being stretched to the limit they’ll surely thank you for it! And as a thank you for introducing us to a new customer Stich will also give you the same discount - £50 towards your next suit. Everyone’s a winner! The Rules: • Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. • One discount per customer. • New customer must be the groom at a wedding in 2012. • New customer must not already be on the K&A database look-book-formal-suits.html







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The Perfect Suit? Looking for the perfect suit for a mate’s wedding – a suit that won’t leave you bankrupt but still looks the part? A brand new range of suits just launched by T.M. Lewin promises to deliver a million dollar look, without making your overdraft scream for mercy. The five new suits in the range feature a selection of new fabrics, styles and finishes. Two new pinstripe options, a mohair/merino grey, a blue and a contemporary Princes of Wales check – all designed to complement the existing range and add an extra dimension to your formal wardrobe. The new suits are a little bit funkier than the usual suit from T.M.Lewin – they are all made to a slimmer fit, with a more modern cut than some of the traditional T.M.Lewin suits, and are produced using precise designer patterns and completed with striking linings, kissing buttons, strategic pocket placement and meticulous lapel structure. It’s a new direction for T.M. Lewin - suits that are elegant and edgy but versatile enough to wear for a big occasion or even in the boardroom.

The new suits are priced at £299 (the Earlham is £249)

The range is available online at and at the store in lakeside.

Little details

Time for Indulgence

You’re looking sharp in your suit – but if there’s just a little something missing from your final outfit, accessorise, darling!

If you’re pushing the boat out and want to treat yourself, or a groom-to-be, to a gift that will last as long as the marriage (which we hope will last a long time) why not splash out on a fabulous, classy timepiece?

Choose from a selection of cuff links, perfect for the big day, at Aye Do – try the With Love silver-plated cuff links which can be personalised just for you, and come in a traditional design with a smooth mirror polished curved profile. If you’re buying them as a gift, they also come in a FREE presentation box. Change the words to suit your own special day… Price: £19.99

Set the scene with this Heirloom Quality Pocket Watch. It’s perfect for a wedding gift as it can be engraved with a name, date or message too and it’s made by Chrono UK Ltd so you know you’ll be getting a quality timepiece. Go on, treat yourself… you only get married once… Price: £1075








Top Wedding Mistakes – What to do about inviting children The thorny issue of of whether to invite children to your wedding can cause more problems than almost any other. Some couples can’t imagine a wedding without children while others want a kid-free zone. So what can you do? Your best bet when you’re trying to decide whether the little ones are welcome at the big day is to look at how many of the guests have little darlings of their own. If you seem to be the only one in your family or friends group that hasn’t heard the patter of tiny feet yet, it could be considered mean if you ban kids…although be prepared for a noisy wedding if you do. If your family all come with mini-mes, it’s probably best to err on the side of keeping everyone happy and invite the kids along too. A wedding is a bit of an excuse for a family reunion and to un-invite children could make you really unpopular with the older family members who haven’t seen their younger relatives for a while.

But I don’t want children there! If you do decide you want a peaceful, quiet, child-free day, you need to make it clear. Don’t rely on the invitations not expressly mentioning the children’s names, as this can be easily overlooked – parents tend to assume that they come as a family, unless specified otherwise. Don’t leave it too late to make it clear, either. If you decide right from the word go that you don’t want children there, don’t wait until the invitations go out to tell everyone. They might have bought outfits, and will have to plan for babysitters. It also avoids disappointment for the kids who will probably be excited about a big party – letting them down at the last minute will make sure you’re never going to be their favourite uncle ever again! What about small babies? New parents might be a bit put out at the idea of leaving their newborn at home, so be prepared to have people drop out if the blanket ban expressly says no babies too. You could quietly make an exception for infants – but again that leaves you open to accusations of favouritism, and you just know that the baby will decide she wants feeding just at the crucial, quiet moment…







Explaining yourself When it comes to the inevitable questions about why you don’t want the younger generation around the wedding breakfast table, it can be tricky to explain how you feel. Even if the truth is that you can’t stand the idea of kids running around and getting under your feet, or that you know some of your friends’ ideas of ‘relaxed parenting’ mean you’re going to be scared that the little angels will be instigating a vol-au-vent fight by 7.30, you have to be diplomatic. Blame money – say that you have a tight budget and can’t stretch to whole families as you need to keep the numbers down. Tell everyone it was ‘a difficult decision’ and stick to the party line. Remember it’s your wedding, your decision. And if you feel really guilty, simply buy extra wedding favours and send each parent away with an extra ‘party bag’…


Best dressed boys and girls They make a wedding, don’t they, the cute bridesmaids and pageboys, all done up to the nines in their best wedding gear? There’s a new name on the block when it comes to wedding wear for little ones, and that’s Little Eglantine. The range of super- cute outfits has been created by French designer Stephanie Staub, and she offers up personally-designed delicate dresses for flower girls, and sophisticated and stylish outfits for pageboys. Fabulous for weddings and parties, these gorgeous shirts and French shorts from 6 to 18 months will make the little boys effortlessly chic. Choose from the online boutique among long or short sleeved Peter Pan collar shirts in ivory or white cotton (from £35) and French shorts in cotton or taffeta (from £50). Little Eglantine has brought colour and playfulness to some well-photographed celebrity and society weddings, and we think you’ll agree the designs are adorable…

On the High Street If a designer wedding isn’t in your budget, there’s always the high street. Surprisingly good quality and much more affordable than a bespoke design, you might not think of sourcing your wedding party outfits from Tesco, but the Florence and Fred collection is actually rather adorable, and the bridesmaid’s dresses start at just £20 for a basic cream dress with a matching taffeta bag. A boy’s three piece brocade waistcoat set starts at £18. Debenhams has been in the weddings game for a good few years now, so it’s not a great surprise that they have a great range of affordable outfits – that are just a little bit special at the same time. The page boy and flower girl collections feature stunning dresses, the smartest of suits and all the accessories to make the day extra- special. Dresses start at around £30 for dresses for babies, and £48 for older girls, and come with a range of little details like petals, bows and even a gold corsage. Top the outfits off with these flower baskets from Fair Baskets – the pretty willow baskets are available from just £5 For the boys, £22 for a very grown-up looking waistcoat, shirt and cravat set.







Home style

Much Improved

We all know how hard it is to sell a house at the mo-

“Designs and styles of conservatories have come a

ment, so a lot of people are turning to home improve-

long way since the 1980s dominance of ‘off the shelf’,

ments like conservatories and brand new windows

uPVC and wooden structures, just stuck on the back

to brighten up their home to live in – or make it more

of a house. The noughties have redefined the con-

sellable if they need to move.

servatory market. TV shows like Grand Designs have reinvented conservatories. Homeowners are looking

It can be a confusing minefield out there. We’ve asked

for high-quality, bespoke and contemporary aluminium

industry experts about the trends in home improve-

‘glass extensions’ to suit all property styles – old, listed

ments – and got the best tips and tricks for choosing

or modern. “ So what types of designs are available for homeowners looking to improve their homes? Here is Peter’s low

Companies like award-winning Apropos specialise

down on the options available: Lean-to conservatory

barn - and creating new, harmonious lay-outs. They are also great for making use of external ‘dead’ space, such as unused patio areas surrounded on three sides by its adjoining property.

“Apropos has a fine tradition in creating bespoke glass

of glass extension in the market today, but bespoke

and aluminium structures, and it is one endorsed by

designs still provide individualism for clients.

a historical client list that includes Hampton Court

Peter says, “I prefer to describe them as mono pitch

Palace, the Grosvenor Estates, and the English and

conservatories. ‘Lean-to’ fails to convey the elegance

Scottish Departments of Agriculture.” says Apropos de-

that can be created with this classic style. Steep roof

signer, Peter Holland. “Our projects cover the spectrum

angles; tall, elegant gables; and higher than normal

from new-build, glazing projects costing hundreds of

front elevations all add to the dramatic and spacious

thousands of pounds, to small mono pitch extensions.

feel of the structures.”

Such is the versatility and affordability of modern day, residential bespoke structures that the days of domi-

Reverse lean-to conservatory

nance for the shoddy, one-size-fits-all, wooden or uPVC

Reverse lean-to conservatories are designed to

conservatory are long gone. The sky truly is the limit

maximise a feeling of space and light. “This style of

when it comes to modern contemporary design.”

structure is an ideal and creative addition with a feeling of space and height when having to extend from a bungalow or similar single storey building with low eaves,” says Peter. |



Orangeries are popular for period or listed properties. Peter says, “An orangery is an ideal solution for a client wanting to balance a need for light and space whilst

Bespoke extensions

Lean-to conservatories are the most popular style


rate properties - such as a farmhouse and a converted

trying to retain the feel of a more conventional room.”

in designing and creating bespoke glass extensions tailored to the specific requirements of clients.

Link conservatories are perfect for connecting dispa-


and planning the work and even finding the best person for the job.

Link conservatory



Bespoke extensions can be created to house ‘wow’ factor kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms, or home ‘hubs’ that merge a combination of uses. Folding sliding doors and rooflights Adding these to existing properties can be a creative and cheaper way to bring cutting-edge glazing style to a property, without the outlay of a conservatory.

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What are the questions homeowners should ask themselves before they commit to a design? 1. What’s the style of the original building?

More Conservatory advice

Designing a glazed extension; tips to consider “Due to the high density of glass, conservatories

Westbury Garden Rooms design and manufacture

can reach temperatures of 40 degrees during the

bespoke timber garden rooms, orangeries, conser-

summer. It’s worth considering alternative types of

2. What type of ‘flow’ does a client want for their

vatories and pool rooms from their factory in South

glazed extensions such as garden rooms with a tiled

property? “An orangery will provide a seamless transi-

Woodham Ferrers. They offer a complete service and

roof or an orangery with a smaller glazed roof lantern

tion between the original building and the new exten-

so are involved in all stages of the project - right from

to minimise sun exposure, and to help retain heat in

sion. In comparison, a conservatory will provide a

its initial outset to laying the final roof tile.

winter, too.” When you’re still at the design stage, you need to

complementary style of living space, ideal as a ‘wow’ factor room.”

Managing Director Jonathan Hey has some advice for

3. What will the extension be used for?

anyone looking for a conservatory; •

“Conservatories and glass extensions can be versatile, practical living spaces, and with excellent thermal and

“A badly built uPVC conservatory could contribute to

energy efficiency ratings they can be used all-year-

bringing down a property’s value – but a well-built


conservatory can add real financial value and help

4. Is privacy an issue? “Orangeries provide more privacy, while conservatorystyle extensions make the most of clever design, tailor-made blinds, privacy glass or a partial or full wall.” 5. Where will the conservatory be located? “Modern day bespoke designs make it easy for both property and conservatory to flow into each other via elegant archways, without dividing doors, so they can be built either to the side or to the rear of properties.”

think about:

with the sale of a house.

●What you want to use the extension for, and when you’ll be using it.

●Who will it be designed for? Young children, adults, pets?

●Where you’ll build it – this can dramatically impact on the temperature in the room. If you

“Timber frames provide a far greater depth and pro-

have a choice, it’s best to construct it on a south

portion over their uPVC counterparts. With its natural

facing outer wall to attract more sunshine.

density and weight timber creates a look of strength. Add precision cuts with crisp edges, and a timber

●In a south-facing extension, shade is crucial to regulate temperatures. If there isn’t any natural

conservatory will give a nicer look, with cleaner lines

shade, think about using a high quality film to

and deeper shadows. By investing wisely a property

reflect heat ultraviolet rays – these can cause

instantly becomes more attractive and therefore more

carpets and furniture to fade.

saleable in the future.” •

●Ventilation is another crucial consideration -

6. Budget

air must be able to flow through the building

“The client’s budget dictates everything. However, the

and draw colder air in. Think about roof vents,

beauty of choosing a bespoke design is that it can be

extractor fans, ceiling fans or air conditioning.

tailored to fit the client’s budget.”







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Much Improved

Conservatories v Orangeries v Garden Rooms

“Garden rooms or orangeries are well suited to the UK climate, and add value to a property because they

have more of a visual impact. “Generally a semi-glazed and tiled roofed building will constitute a garden room. An orangery will also be semi-glazed but with a flat roof and roof lantern to

solution in terms of solar gain and brightness.” Building the extension Building a large bespoke extension can need planning permission, although some smaller projects will fall under ‘permitted development rights’, making it exempt from an application for planning permission, providing certain conditions are met. These conditions include; •

“All glazing products are assigned a U-value, which

That side extensions are single storey, no more

relates to the amount of heat loss per square metre

than 4 metres high (measured to ridge of roof

of material. The lower the U-value, the less heat you’ll

system), and no wider than half the width of the

lose. Another method of understanding the energy

original house

efficiency of glass, is its Energy Rating: A is the most

That there are no verandas, balconies or raised

to inefficient windows and doors, making the choice

“Another thing that many people don’t know is that you can apply for a ‘Certificate of Lawful Development’ before or during the project. This document proves that the property owner has taken steps to ensure that their project is lawful. •

of glass in a glazed extension a key decision. IGUs, or Insulated Glass Units can be double or triple glazed but bear in mind that these units are only a part of the factors influencing the overall performance rating. One very important factor is the type of gas that is used to fill between glass panes. Argon is the cheapest and

The latest ‘Part L building regulations’ specify energy performance and heat loss requirements. Conservatories and orangeries are exempt from

That no more than half the land around the

efficient and G is the least. “Around 20-25 per cent of heat loss in a house is down

Certificate of Lawful Developmen

building regulations if:

original building is covered by additions or

Glazing choices:

within two metres of a boundary is 3 metres


flood the room or area below with light. A conservatory is usually fully glazed which isn’t always a practical

That the maximum height of an extension that is

most commonly used and works by reducing convection between the pieces of glass. Xenon and Krypton are also being used to achieve better IGUs but are more expensive.

separate buildings

●It is a ground level extension and less than 30m²

“You also need to take into account acoustic perfor-

That the maximum depth of a single storey rear

●Fifty per cent of the new walls and seventy-five

mance, light transmission, solar heat gain, safety, pri-

extension is 3m for a semi-detached house and

per cent of the roof of the new room are in glass

vacy, security, cleaning and the reflection of UV light.”

4m for a detached house

or other translucent material

For roof lanterns self-cleaning glass is the best bet,

●It is separated from the main part of the house

and solar reflective coating also comes highly recom-

by external quality doors

mended, keeping the glare of the sun at a minimum

That the maximum height of a single storey

rear extension is 4m (measured to ridge of roof system)

●Has a heating control separate from the house

and reducing UV rays. or Tel: 01245 326500.







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Network VEKA’s Top Tips for choosing PVC-U

Who guarantees the guarantees?

Network VEKA, is a strictly-policed organisation of

home improvements

We’ve all heard of dodgy installers ducking out on

more than 100 independent installation companies, all

If you’re worried about ending up on TV’s ‘Cowboy

their obligations by folding the company then starting

committed to raising standards of quality and integrity

Builders’ with a sorry tale about being ripped off by

again. One form of protection is the Insurance-Backed

within the industry. Members collectively achieve a 97

a dodgy double glazer or conservatory company, you

Guarantee – one that’s backed by a third party so it

per cent customer satisfaction rating – compared to

need to know where to go for advice FIRST. National

remains valid even if the installation company goes

the industry average of 83 per cent.

standards and guarantees organisation Network VEKA

bust. Network VEKA commits every member to its strict

has some tips on choosing the right product – and Many companies offer some kind of IBG nowadays

standards of materials, training and workmanship and

but some are less foolproof than others. Here are a

insists that every member offer every customer – at

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no additional charge – the organisation’s own pack-

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age of guarantees, including its Ten-Year Insurance

company - for your plans. •

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areas such as corners, mullions and part or all of the roof •

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Many companies can send your old PVC-U frames to be recycled. Some companies, such

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as Network VEKA’s associate manufacturer,

The best tip by far for choosing the right home

VEKA plc can even offer new windows made

improvements – and guarantees – is to pick the right

from its ‘Infinity’ system with nearly 80 per cent

company to do the work. But in an industry with such

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Home style

Olympic Home Style

This striking collection of cushions is being produced – and made right here in the UK for the British 2012 Olympic Games by official licensee Jan Constantine.

Jan, who is renowned for her handembroidered textiles, is printing the cushions with vintage posters from past Olympic Games, reproduced from the Historic Collection of the Olympic Museum. The most prominent posters in the range were originally designed for the previous 1908 and 1948 British Olympic Games.







All products from this collection will be available from Jan Constantine in April and a selection will be on sale at the Olympic Village Megastore at Games Time. Part of the funds raised from the sale of these products will be used to help stage the London 2012 Olympic Games which begin on the 27th July.

It doesn’t have to be carpet!

Home style

Flooring has come a long way in recent years, with technology and techniques making it possible for durability and style to come in many different finishes. If you don’t fancy carpet, why not try another option?

Natural flooring Sisal, sea grass, jute, plant fibre, coir and even paper are potential materials that can be used in natural flooring. Some of the more unusual materials are also pretty expensive and some varieties feel quite rough underfoot, but they can be great if you want to buck the trend and give your home a really contemporary finish. They’re also good news for the environment

such a temperate climate, you’ll also need to invest in

Engineered wood can work out cheaper than certi-

and anyone who suffers from allergies. Unlike man-

under floor heating and soft rugs to make the room

fied, environmentally friendly options, as it’s made

made flooring, which tends to be quite uniform, a

feel more inviting.

of layers of wood glued together, with a hard wood on top and softer wood underneath. The thicker the

natural floor will add texture and character.

Wooden floors

outside layer, the more durable it will be – and you

Floor tiles

A solid wood floor with all its knots, grains and rich

get what you pay for. A wood laminate is the cheap-

A difficult choice for some rooms, like the living room,

colour is full of character and looks fantastic in period

est option. It’s also easy to clean, stain and scratch

but cool, clean tiles can look very striking in a modern

and contemporary properties. If your living room gets

resistant and if you get good quality, it can look just

setting, complemented with some funky furniture.

a lot of traffic, choose a harder wood such as oak,

like the real thing.

You can recreate your very own Italian town house, a

ash or maple that will tolerate the wear and tear. If

cool white Greek monastery floor or even your own

you have children and animals around, go for a matt

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Vintage Vespa design mural by Dorothy Tsang - Price: £220

This modern non woven wallpaper, recently featured on the HOME show, has been designed to be easier and faster to hang, and it’s bang on trend for all girly girls. Price: £60

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The Garden

Get your garden table looking its best 1. Use masking tape to create a column that runs along the centre of your table 2. Use a small, flat brush and paint gradually within the lines of the masking tape. Here we’ve chosen Cuprinol Garden Shades Sunny Lime to create a bright and bold look 3. Once the paint is dry, carefully strip away the masking tape 4. The end result - a beautiful table with painted runner This image features Cuprinol Garden Shades in Berry Kiss, Sunny Lime, Pale Jasmine, Beach Blue and Purple Pansy. Prices: £22.98 / £22.99 for 2.5L Available from major DIY stores including B&Q, Home Base and smaller independent stores throughout the UK.


- Grant Whitaker

If any plant has had bad press in the last 10 years it would have to be the conifer. Cast your mind back to the “Neighbours From Hell” series on television and any local paper from the 90’s and you are bound to have read or seen stories regarding hedges that have grown out of control, or that are 60 feet tall and blocking out the day light. To be fair to the Leylandii, it wasn’t really its fault. The poor thing was discovered by accident in South Wales in 1888, the cross of two other conifers – the Monterey Cypress from California and the Alaskan Cedar. Its offspring, the Leylandii, was found to grow extremely fast – up to four feet a year, and since then it was been used as wind breaks, screens and hedging. This is all well and good, but if you try to recommend a conifer to someone for their garden, you are often met with the response, “Oh no, they get far too big!” And for this reason I am firmly in the ‘dislike’ camp for Leylandii. They have ruined the reputation of one of the most beautiful family of plants. There are hundreds of amazing dwarf and slow growing conifers to choose from. Not only are they evergreen to add interest all year round,

they range in many colours from rusty reds to bright yellows and blues. A properly planted conifer bed really can be a breath taking sight.

Here are a few varieties to get you started. Thuja ‘Rheingold’ is a golden rounded tree that turns a coppery orange in the winter. It will grow around three feet in ten years. Chamaecyparis ‘Boulevard’ is another rounded tree similar to Rheingold but this has silvery blue foliage that turns purplish blue in winter. It can grow three feet in ten years. Cryptomeria japonica ‘Sekkon Sugi’ is a wonderful Japanese cedar with spirally arranged foliage. The new growth has golden-yellow white tips and hang gracefully down. They can grow five feet in ten years. Junipur horizontals ‘Glauca’ is a ground cover plant which produces long branches that slowly cover the soil. It has a wonderful steely blue colour that can eventually cover around nine feet. These are just a few examples. Open your mind to the conifer again and you’ll never look back! Inspired






Dine in Style

Fresh tastes – An organic spring lunch Serves: 4

Celebrate the arrival of spring with some mouth-watering organic recipes from Why I Love Organic. These delicious recipes are full of organic goodness, easy to make and full of seasonal flavours. The Slow Roasted Lamb can be prepped first thing in the morning or even the night before. Try serving this with crunchy green beans and buttered new potatoes for a fabulous dinner. Discover Organic (RRP £14.99) is available at selected Waitrose stores and online at

Slow Roasted Lamb Marinated With Saffron Infused Yogurt Preparation time: 10-15 minutes (Marinate for 5 – 6 hours or overnight)

Method: Make a few deep cuts in the surface of the lamb. Place the garlic cloves and ginger with the lemon juice in a food processor or mini chopper and blend to form a paste.

Cooking time: 2 hours

Ingredients: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

1 small leg of organic lamb, 1.2kg-1.5kg 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2cm piece of root ginger, grated Juice of 1 lemon 1 tbsp. saffron strands or turmeric Pinch of sugar Pinch of salt ½ tsp chilli powder 125g organic Greek yogurt 4tbsp olive oil 2 onions, sliced 2 star anise 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half

Place the saffron strands (or alternatively use turmeric) in a small bowl with the sugar and salt and pour over 1tbsp hot water. Let it soak for 5 minutes. Mix together the garlic paste, saffron, chilli powder, yogurt and 2tbsp oil. Pour over the lamb and rub into the cuts. Marinate for 4- 6 hours or preferably overnight. Preheat the oven to 170ºC, gas mark 3.







Heat the remaining oil in a large casserole dish which is large enough to fit the lamb. Add the sliced onions and whole spices and sauté until softened but not brown. Add the leg of lamb then either seal with foil or a lid or both. Place in the oven and cook for 1½ hours. Remove the foil and lid and baste. Cook for a further 30 minutes without the foil or lid until the lamb is golden brown, really tender and completely cooked through. Allow the lamb to rest for 10 minutes before carving. Spoon over the onions and pan juices to serve.

Dine in Style

Celebrate the true taste of Thailand this Thai New Year

Uncover your exotic side this April and re-create the colourful and vibrant celebrations of Songkran, Thailand’s traditional New Year festival, with a little help from Chang Beer and Thai Taste. Thai New Year is celebrated in April with traditions including colourful Songkran parades and festivals, religious ceremonies, and almighty water fights – which represent the washing away of sins from the previous year. But there’s no need to miss out here in the UK, as Chang Beer and Thai Taste are here to help you and your friends host your very own Songkran dinner party for that ultimate Thai experience! For recipe inspiration visit and

Thai Green Curry Fish Pie This East-meets-West recipe is a mouthwateringly original dish. Makes four small pot pies or one large pie. Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients: • • • • • • • • • •

Thai Taste Rice Bran Oil, for frying 200g raw prawns, peeled and de-veined 400g firm white fish such as haddock or cod, cubed 3 shallots, finely sliced 150g button mushrooms, sliced 3 – 4 tbsp Thai Taste Green Curry Paste 400ml Thai Taste Coconut Milk 1/2 tsp Thai Taste Kaffir Lime Leaves 1 sheet puff pastry, fresh or thawed 1 egg, beaten

Method: 1) Heat the oil in a large pan and add prawns. Cook until just pink and remove from the pan. Wipe the pan with kitchen paper and add a little more oil. Add shallots and mushrooms, and cook for a couple of minutes until the shallots are soft and mushrooms lightly browned. 2) Stir in the curry paste and cook for another minute. Add the fish and prawns to the pan and stir to coat with the curry paste. Add the coconut milk and kaffir lime leaves. 3) Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes. 4) Preheat oven to 200°C, Fan oven 180°C, Gas Mark 6.

5) Unroll the pastry sheet onto a lightly floured work surface. Set one of the pie dishes upside down onto the sheet and cut a circle about 1cm larger than the dish. Repeat four times. 6) Divide the fish mixture between the pie dishes. Brush the dish edge with water and place a pastry lid over the top of each dish, pressing firmly onto the pastry rims to seal. Cut some holes in the top to allow steam to escape. 7) Brush the top of each pie with beaten egg, then bake for about 15-20 minutes until the pastry is puffed and golden brown. (If making one large pie cook for 20- 25 minutes). 8) Serve the pies hot with a selection of vegetables.







Want to eat out tonight?

Eating out

Inspired recommends American Restaurant

Casual, Portuguese

Pizzeria Restaurant


15. Nando’s 01245 344506

27. Pizza Hut 01245 261643

Back Inn Time 01245 269983 VICTORIA ROAD, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1NY


1 - 5 Grays Brewery Yard, Springfield Road, CM2 6QR

Frankie & Benny’s New York


01245 343790 6, The Army & Navy, Parkway, Chelmsford, CM2 7GY


17. Cafe Rouge 01245 250588

1 Chequers Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3NG

18. Balti King 01245 264038

31. Rose & Crown Public House 01245 420266

190 Moulsham St, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0LG

Imperial Chinese Buffet 01245 250759 1st floor, 11-15 Baddow Rd, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0BX

19. Gulshan 01245 259017

20. Radoni Indian Restaurant 01245 347772

86-87 Duke St, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JP


33. Seabrights Barn - Carvery & Grill 01245 478033

British, Modern British 7.

32. Loch Fyne Restaurant 01245 293620 109-111 Bond St, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1GD

170 Rainsford Rd, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 2PD

Zen Noodle Bar 01245 353899

57 The Green, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3DT

Seafood Restaurant

32-33 New St, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1PH

San Chinese Restaurant 01245 290099 136 Moulsham St, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0JT


30. Chequers Inn, The 01245 422744

Indian Restaurant

17-21 Broomfield Road, CM1 1SY


80 Springfield Rd, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6JY

219 Moulsham St, Chelmsford, Essex,

Lantern Restaurant 01245 491088

Local Pubs 29. Two Brewers Public House, The 01245 268801

French Restaurant

Hot House Bar & Bistro, The 01245 491248

Chinese Restaurant


Chelmer Village Retail Park, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6XE

Army & Navy, Parkway, Chelmsford, CM2 7GY

57 New St, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1AT


28. Pizza Hut 01245 496490

16. Chiquito 01245 240800


5 Moulsham St, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0HR

Galleywood Rd, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, CM2 8DL

County Kitchen at The County Hotel 01245 455700 29 Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, CM1 2PZ


The Lion Inn 01245 394900 Main Road, Boreham, Chelmsford, CM3 3JA


Italian Restaurant

Thai Restaurant

21. Strada Restaurant 01245 491991

34. Lanthai Authentic Thai Restaurant 01245 290600

12 Baddow Rd, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0DG

Rosewood Restaurant 01277 829990 Greenwoods Hotel, Stock Road, Stock, Essex, CM4 9BE

35. Lanthong Thai Restaurant 01245 494525

22. Sapori 01245 268179 Atlantic Hotel, Chelmsford, CM1 1PP

10. Russells 01245 478484

first floor 6a, Baddow Rd, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0DG

36. Siam Cottage Thai Restaurant 01245 352245

23. La Vista Italian Restaurant 01245 478884

Bell Street, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, CM2 7JF

23 Church St, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 7HX

11. Alma, The 01245 256783

Imperial House, Victoria Rd, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1NY

44 Moulsham St, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0HY

24. On the Square Restaurant 01245 505880

37 Arbour Lane, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7RG

1 Exchange Way, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1XB

25. Pizza Express 01245 491466 219 Moulsham St, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0LR

European Restaurant

26. Prezzo 01245 264335

12. Barda Restaurant & Bar 01245 357799

113-115 Bond St, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1GD

30-32 Broomfield Rd, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1SW

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13. Grahams on The Green 01245 422432 12-14 The Green, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3DU

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14. The Punch Bowl Restaurant 01245 231222 High Easter, Chelmsford, CM1 4QW







Everest Gurkha Bar & Restaurant

Loch Fyne

The Bay Horse

Back Inn Time

We would like to invite you into the

Situated on Bond Street, our restaurant

Situated in the heart of Chelmsford this


restaurant for a fine-dining and cultural

has a large bar area, restaurant seating

beautiful 15th Century Tudor Style


experience with our truly authentic

for 120 guests. Come and join us for the

building, maintains all its original

Head on down to Back-Inn Time!

Nepalese cuisine that is sure to give

freshest, most delicious seafood - we’re

features, with the decor and quirkiness

Steak, Mexican chill, ribs, 10 different

you an exotic taster of the vibrant yet

open all day from breakfast through to

of a more modern, contemporary

all-American burgers… and plenty to

equally peaceful country. There will be

dinner for drinks, light snacks and

cutting edge establishment. The

offer seafood-lovers and vegetarians.

frequent dates of Live Jazz Night, with a

seafood feasts! We are delighted to

beautiful Bay Horse in Moulsham

Serious desserts, too. Marshmallow

cleared dance floor for our customers to

offer a first rate à la carte menu at our

Street has been transformed into an

sundae, waffles and baked vanilla

catch the rhythm including special

Loch Fyne Chelmsford restaurant and

amazing upmarket eatery, combining a

cheesecake… to name just three. Plus a

traditional performances of Nepalese

you will be treated to a great array

traditional wine bar and bistro concept,

range of beers, cocktails and fine wines,

folklore dancing. We hope you can come

of fresh and seasonal dishes that are

with exquisite yet contemporary tastes.

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The Lion Inn



Sapori Ristorante

The Lion Inn offers diners a unique

‘South of the border’ passion is always

Strada describes itself as ‘a group of

Located in the Atlantic Hotel. Translated

eating and drinking experience as well

served up at Chiquito. A menu of

stylish, contemporary Italian restaurants,

“Sapori” is italian for flavours. This es-

as hotel facilities and a new style to rival

bold Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine is

serving good quality, simple and freshly

sence has been incorporated in every

many. Our menu is based on good pub

prepared however the diner likes it.

prepared dishes’. Each outlet retains

detail of this elegant restaurant and

grub that’s been given a continental

Burritos, sizzling fajitas and tacos can

the feel of being a local neighbourhood

bar. The menu focuses on the region of

feel. We know you’d expect to find

all be customised for vegetarians or

Italian restaurant. The menu includes

Abruzzo on the Adriatic coast. Sapori

steak, fish & chips and a delicious

those wanting more spice. A kids menu,

pastas, risottos, salads, and fish dishes,

offers an a la carte menu, as well as a

shortcrust pastry pie but we also hope

games and entertainment add to the

but they are best known for their quality

bar menu for those who prefer a lighter

to tempt you with Thai style mussels

family-friendly vibe, and there is a great

pizzas. They present authentic Italian

meal. Specialising in fresh seafood,

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range of exciting cocktails, mocktails,

dishes in contemporary surroundings

home-made pasta with a variety of

name but a few of the freshly prepared

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finest ingredients, imported from Italy

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Taking the stress out of buying a used car Buying a used car or van needn’t cause you a headache. If your budget won’t stretch to a brand new set of wheels then a pre-owned vehicle can be a great choice – and save you lots of cash to boot! But there are a few things that you need to be aware of before you part with your hard-earned money. Inspired Essex asked the team at Airport Fleet Services, Stansted for the heads up on buying a used vehicle. With over 60 years experience in the automotive industry, the Airport Fleet Services experts will not only help you find the right car, but also service, MOT and maintain it. Andy Thompson (Director, pictured) says “before you even lift the bonnet you should consider these 11 things”……. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Ask to see all the paperwork. Make sure it is original and not copies. It’s best to view the car in daylight and maybe take a friend along in case you miss anything. If you are not an expert then arrange for the car to be inspected by a qualified car mechanic (Airport Fleet Services can provide this service). Check out the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). It should match the logbook. Make sure the mileage in the service history is in line with the mileage displayed in the car. There are companies that will carry out finance checks to see if there is any finance outstanding on the vehicle. If the vehicle is over 3 years old it should have a valid MOT certificate to be considered roadworthy.

8. 9. 10. 11.

Have a thorough look at the tyres (including the spare) and use a tread gauge to make sure that they are all legal. If you do go ahead with the purchase, get a receipt. Complete the ‘new keeper’ part of the v5C (logbook) and ensure it’s sent to the DVLA Make sure your insurance is valid before you drive away.

“We are always happy to offer advice on second hand vehicle purchases and can carry out inspections on cars and commercial vans for a small fee. Our garage is located near Stansted Airport and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. We are licenced to carry out MOT testing for class 4 (cars) and class 7 (commercial vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes).”






SPECIAL OFFER FOR INSPIRED ESSEX READERS: Treat your car to a full service this month. We are offering a discount of 10% to all Inspired Essex readers booking a full service in April on vans and cars. Airport Fleet Services Stansted Limited, 6023 Taylors End Road Stansted Airport, CM24 1RL Tel: 01279 661122 Open Mon-Fri website:

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Gladiator crowned ‘manliest’ movie of all time Ridley Scott’s epic 2000 blockbuster Gladiator has been crowned the manliest movie of all time. The film, starring Russell Crowe, picked up 20per cent of the public vote in a survey organised by luxury grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge. Die Hard (the first film) took second place on 12 per cent, with The Godfather third on 11 per cent and Commando a close fourth on 9 per cent. Bruce Willis, famous for playing New York cop John McClane in the legendary Die Hard series, was named the world’s manliest actor. Nick Gibbens, spokesperson for The Bluebeards Revenge, said: “Gladiator will go down in history as one of the greatest films ever produced. The film was nominated for and won multiple awards, particularly five Academy Awards in the 73rd Academy Awards including Best Picture. It’s certainly a deserving winner of the coveted title ‘world’s manliest move’.

Survey Results:

Top 15 Manliest Movies

Top 10 Manliest Actors

1.) Gladiator (2000) - 350 (20%)

1.) Bruce Willis – 520 (28%)

2.) Die Hard 1 (1988) - 220 (12%)

2.) Russell Crowe – 320 (16%)

3.) The Godfather (1972) - 195 (11%)

3.) Sylvester Stallone – 245 (13%)

4.) Commando (1985) - 165 (9%)

4.) Daniel Craig – 145 (8%)

5.) Fight Club (1999) 123 (7%)

5.) Jason Statham - 123 (7%)

6.) The Terminator (1984) - 116 (6%)

6.) George Clooney - 109 (6%)

7.) The Expendables (2010) - 110 (6%)

7.) Mel Gibson 99 - (5%)

8.) Predator (1987) – 91 (5%)

8.) Gerald Butler – 52 (3%)

9.) Braveheart (1995) – 89 (5%)

9.) Sean Connery – 47 (3%)

10.) Goldfinger (1964) – 81 (4%)

10.) Harrison Ford – 45 (3%)

11.) Jaws 1 (1975) – 61 (3%)

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan, Clint Eastwood, Steven Seagal, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Danny Dyer and Brad Pitt all polled less than 2%.

12.) Wall Street (1987) - 54 (3%) 13.) Conan The Barbarian (1982) – 49 (3%)

“Bruce Willis is what we like to call a ‘real man’ and is loved around the globe for his ‘manly’ roles in the likes of Die Hard, The Sixth Sense, The Fifth Element, Hostage, 16 Blocks and Armageddon.” The Bluebeards Revenge, a shaving range that can actually reduce stubble by up to 40 per cent over a 60-day period, surveyed 1,845 people via email in the last two weeks of February 2012.

14.) Miami Vice (2006) – 44 (2%) 15.) Hard Target (1993) – 33 (2%) Hard Boiled (1992), 3:10 to Yuma (2007), Rocky (1976), The Fast and the Furious (2001) and Under Siege (1992) all polled less than 1%.








What to look out for at the ODEON this month...

The Cold Light Of Day

Jo Nesbo’s Headhunters

Payback Season

* Genre: Action, Thriller * UK Release Date: 6/4/2012 * Directed by: Mabrouk El Mechri

* Genre: Thriller * UK Release Date: 6/4/2012 * Directed by: Morten Tyldum

* Genre: Action * UK Release Date: 11/4/2012 * Directed by: Peter Berg

Who’s in it? Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver

Who’s in it? Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Who’s in it? Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson, Rihanna

What’s the plot? When Will Shaw (Henry Cavill) heads off to Spain for a boating holiday, it’s anything but plain sailing in action thriller ‘The Cold Light of Day’.

What’s the plot? In crime thriller ‘Headhunters’, Norway’s most charismatic corporate headhunter takes a break from his successful day job by becoming an equally high-achieving art thief by night.

What’s the plot? Peter Berg (Hancock) produces and directs ‘Battleship’, an epic-scaled action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force.

When he sets his sights on his biggest heist ever, little does he know that the priceless painting’s owner is a man with secrets of his own and a trap has been set to make sure this robbery is no easy steal.

Inspired by Hasbro’s classic naval combat game, ‘Battleship’ stars Taylor Kitsch as Lt. Alex Hopper, a Naval officer assigned to the USS John Paul Jones; Rihanna as Petty Officer Raikes, Hopper’s crewmate and a weapons specialist; and international superstar Liam Neeson as Hopper and Stone’s superior (and Sam’s father), Admiral Shane.

Finding himself unwittingly entangled in an espionage plot of global proportions that sees his family kidnapped, he’s forced to go on the run pursued by ruthless intelligence agents desperate to retrieve a mysterious suitcase. From new face director Mabrouk El Mechri, ‘The Cold Light of Day’ stars Hollywood big-hitters Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver.

Based on Jo Nesbø’s best-selling novel, ‘Headhunters’ stars Norwegian writer and actor Aksel Hennie.

Lock Out

Avengers Assemble 3D

* Genre: Science Fiction * UK Release Date: 13/4/2012 * Directed by: James Mather, Stephen St. Leger

* Genre: Action * UK Release Date: 26/4/2012 * Directed by: Joss Whedon

Who’s in it? Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare

Who’s in it? Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson

What’s the plot? Set in the near future, sci-fi action thriller ‘Lockout’ stars Guy Pearce as Snow, a falsely-convicted ex-government agent who is offered his freedom if he can successfully complete a mission to rescue the President’s daughter.

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The LowTax Group 2012 Initial Budget review The 2012 budget had much of the same noises we have heard from the government over the last few months. George Osborne has made clear his intention to tackle tax avoidance amongst the wealthy, at the same time he has appeased the Liberal Democrats with a watered down mansion tax and a watered down tycoon tax. There are benefits to companies and individuals, as the coalition aim to stimulate growth and ease the tax burdens on working families.

Corporation Tax Rate In a boost for British businesses, from April 2012 the main rate for corporation tax will be reduced by a full percentage more than was previously planned to 24%. There will be further reductions to 23% in April 2013 and 22% in April 2014. This is not just accelerating a pre-planned decrease, but a further drop in the main corporation tax rate. The LowTax Group welcome these changes, which can only be good for business and encourage growth amongst Britain’s leading entrepreneurs.

Individuals The government has set out to ‘ease the financial burdens on low and middle income working families’. From April 2013, the personal allowance will rise by £1,100 taking it to £9,205 in total, the largest single increase for 30 years. For those in the higher rate tax brackets, the 50p tax rate will be scrapped in April 2013 and high earners will pay 45% tax on earnings above £150,000.

Calculations based on an individual aged under 65 paying employee NICs (not contracted out). Gross income refers to pay only (i.e. all gross income is subject to income tax and Class 1 NICs). Income tax calculations assume no other allowances or deductions. NICs calculations are on a weekly basis and then annualised. All figures are round to the nearest £10.

Child benefit Child benefit will be phased out for households where someone has an income in excess of £50,000 a year and withdrawn entirely for households with an earner above £60,000. For households where someone has an income between £50,000 and £60,000 child benefit will fall by 1% for every £100 earned over £50,000. Although this has removed the ‘cliff edge’ effect, discrepancies will arise when a household with two people earning £50,000 are better off than a household with a single earner of £100,000. As a result of these changed many middle income families, especially those with only one earner in the household, will now find themselves worse off.

they align with the personal allowance. This will generate £1.25 billion for the government at the expense of pensioners. Although the government argue there is no cash loss to pensioners, they have removed a previously promised allowance that will have a huge impact on many of today’s already struggling pensioners.

Mansion Tax A watered down ‘mansion tax’ will be applied to individuals buying property valued above £2million with a 2% raise in stamp duty to 7%. Properties valued above £2m which are purchased through a company will now be subject to a whopping 15% stamp duty. The LowTax Group view this 15% stamp duty as nothing more than an anti-avoidance measure. Those purchasing such properties will now be forced to purchase in their own names and pay the extra 2% in stamp duty.

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Aside from those earning over £150,000, the main ‘losers’ in today’s budget are 4.41 million pensioners who will be worse off. Pensioners will feel the burden for years to come through the freezing of age-related allowances (ARA’s). The ARA will be frozen at 2012-13 levels until

The government’s anti tax-avoidance measures will now see a 25% cap on income tax reliefs above £50,000. Alongside the consultation on General Anti Avoidance Rule’s these factors threaten to do serious harm to the tax avoidance industry.

Overall individuals earning below £100,000 will be better off in 2012-13 and in 2013-14 by approximately £200 each year. Despite the axing of the 50p tax rate, by 2013-14 those earning £150,000 will still find themselves taxed £380 more than today.

Tax & NI payable on earnings (Source: HMRC)

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Enjoy The Bluebells And Help Canine Partners In Essex Spring is in the air, so why not put on your walking boots and take part in Canine Partners annual Bluebell Walk and help raise money to provide more assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities. The Bluebell Walk will take place on Sunday 6th May at Langford Grove, Nr Maldon, at 11.30am, covering a distance of two miles, which is set amongst 92 acres of picturesque countryside. There will be a BBQ (included in the ticket price), children’s quiz, merchandise stall, Essex Gourmet ice cream and a cake sale by The Vintage Tea Company. You will also get to see a demonstration with partnerships and puppies about the work of the Charity. The fundraising event is part of the Charity’s national Bluebell Walk Campaign, which has raised over £100,000 in the past eight years. All funds raised from this walk will help the Charity to train more assistance dogs to transform the lives of people with disabilities, including wounded servicemen and women in conjunction with Help for Heroes.

The funds raised will help the team in Essex train more dogs to change the lives of people with disabilities like Alison Wyatt from Colchester who has multiple sclerosis. “Prior to having canine partner Maddy, it was difficult to bend, pick things up and reach far away objects due to being in a wheelchair. As soon as I met Maddy I felt happiness and love, especially when she came home with me last year. Day to day she helps me with jobs and moving about that I cannot do. Life has become so much easier and Maddy has allowed me to be more confident and start to socialise again.”

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The Broomfield Hospital Medical Photography department were able to make use of the fund when they purchased a new dermascope attachment. The dermlite/scope shows the skin structure just below the surface of the skin and provides a significantly enhanced image of moles/lesions and gives the consultant what can be a diagnostic photograph. Jackie Kelly, Head of Medical Photography, said “The attachment fits to the front of a camera lens and illuminates the skin at a low angle in all directions, making the skin’s upper layers more transparent, and making deeper pigment patterns and structures visible. The attachment will be really useful and will be used regularly - certainly each week, and usually whenever there are dermatology clinics running.” Pictured: Jackie Kelly shows how the camera works with the dermascope attachment


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Mid Essex Hospitals Charities Foundation was set up back in 1991 to look after charitable donations to the hospital, and still operates in this way today.

Telephone: 01245 514559 or 01245 514460 Email: or

Patients, visitors and staff on dedicated wards or departments have all benefitted for the generosity of people saying a big thank you for the care they have received, or in memory of a loved one. But sometimes people give donations directly to the hospital without any special wishes, and in these cases a special committee helps to decide how best to use this money to benefit the hospital.

Tree donation improves woodland areas Our local community make a huge difference to life at Broomfield Hospital, through fundraising and donations as well as practical gifts which all help ensure we provide the highest quality care to our patients.

New equipment helps Hospital Radio broadcast far and wide Thanks to a grant from Mid Essex Hospital’s charitable fund and a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Chelmsford Mildmay, Hospital Radio Chelmsford can now provide even more great entertainment to patients at Broomfield Hospital. Hospital Radio Chelmsford (HRC) already brings patients 24 hour entertainment and information and a wide selection of popular music requested by patients. For many patients, it’s a welcome distraction, and a vital link to life outside of the hospital ward. With this extra money, HRC have been able to buy a brand new mixing desk that can be used in the studio based at the hospital or transported to other events. The presenters know how important it is to offer listeners a wide variety of programmes and this new equipment gives them the opportunity to report LIVE from local events. Graham Medhurst, Chairman of HRC, said: “We were really keen to purchase this new equipment to enable us to broadcast from outside the studios so we’re delighted our application for funding from the hospital’s charitable funds was successful. Now we can bring patients all the action from wherever we go! Our team of volunteers is always expanding so we’ll also use the new mixing desk to give us more flexibility in the studio.”

Pictured: Mid Essex Hospital Trust Chairman, Sheila Salmon tests out the new equipment with Robert Cappin (Vice President of Rotary Club of Chelmsford Mildmay) and Graham Medhurst (chairman of HRC)

How you can help A gift to our general purpose fund means your donation can be spent on items that the hospital most needs. A team of hospital staff, including consultants and nurses, work together to identify where your money can be spent. Alternatively, you can request that your donation be given to a specific department or ward for patients’ benefit, or to help education or amenities for the staff in those areas. To make a donation, please send a cheque made payable to Mid Essex Hospitals to the following address: Charities Office Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust Broomfield Court Annexe Pudding Wood Lane Chelmsford Essex CM1 7EW







Local couple, Valerie & Roy Carter, helped make sure the grounds are kept in good condition by kindly donated 12 young oak trees to be planted in the grounds. The trees are now in place in Puddings Wood, opposite the staff multi-storey car park and behind Broomfield Court wooded area. A huge thank you to Valerie and Roy for helping enhance the environment at the hospital, and thank you also to Terry Fleming, Projects Manager, who kindly helped instigate and transported the trees to site. Pictured: Merv and Jamie from the grounds & gardens team plant one of the young oak trees

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