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Liverpool International Tennis Tournament celebrates 10 years at Calderstones




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his year Northern Vision is delighted to welcome back a true legend and ambassador of tennis, Miss Martina Navratilova to the Liverpool International. Martina was the most successful female tennis player of the Open era; Martina Navratilova amassed an unmatched number of professional records over the course of a career that spanned an amazing four decades. She won 59 grand slam titles, including a record 9 Wimbledon singles championships, and overcame the odds to become a champion both on and off the court. It seemed fitting to invite Miss Hingis back to Liverpool to compete against Miss Navratilova, especially with her own incredible tennis record, she spent a total of 209 weeks as World No. 1, won five Grand Slam singles titles, as well as nine Grand Slam women's doubles titles. Wimbledon Champion and fellow Tournament Director, Richard Krajicek, former British Number One and US Open Finalist, Greg Rusedski and the Iranian tennis trickster with the unmistakable ‘tash’, Mansour Bahrami, will join the two ladies. The Liverpool International is an important tournament for ATP and WTA players as it is a key warm-up event pre-Wimbledon. The grass court season is only four weeks long, hence the requirement by players for as much grass court time as possible before descending upon SW19. Fernando Gonzales is our main player in the ATP draw, he has been as high as number 5 in the world and is an Australian Open Finalist. His forehand is renowned on the circuit and on his day, he can and has beaten the best players in the world including Nadal, Djokovic and Federer. He has been out for eight months due to injury, but he is now fit and well and has chosen Liverpool to mount his comeback. Players such as world number 1, Caroline Wozniacki, world number 2, Novak Djokovic, local hero Ken Skupski and British hopeful, Laura Robson have all used this event to launch their singles careers. Northern Vision is carrying out a lot of work at grass roots level in Liverpool and is working with some incredibly talented youngsters on our performance academies managed by Anthony Hardman. Harry Meehan is one of Liverpool’s aspiring players, at just 16 years old he possess all the qualities required to compete at the highest level. Harry has a wild card into the main ATP draw this year, so watch out for him and give him plenty of support. Northern Vision has introduced over 50,000 children to tennis through our School Programme during the Liverpool International. Moving forward they will work closely with Liverpool City Council to guide as many of the children who attend the programme in the park into public tennis clubs in Liverpool. The Liverpool International is set in one of the country’s most beautiful parks, Calderstones. This unique environment provides an entertaining and friendly atmosphere for guests which allows you to get‘up close and personal’ with tennis stars of the past, present and future.

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OLYMPIC TORCH TO LIGHT UP LIVERPOOL Liverpool is glowing with pride after the city was selected to host the Olympic Flame as part of the build-up to the 2012 Olympic Games. Liverpool is one of 66 locations across the UK confirmed by the London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). Leader of Liverpool City Council, Councillor Joe Anderson, said: “Liverpool is a city world-renowned for its sporting prowess and it’s fitting we have been selected to take part in this prestigious event”. “The city is no stranger to hosting high profile sporting events in many fields including tennis, badminton, netball, golf and sailing, and we’re proud that the city is part of the warm-up to the world’s greatest sporting competition! The Olympic Flame arrived in the UK from Greece last month before travelling to Land's End. It is expected to travel an estimated 8,000 miles across the UK, giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as the Olympic Flame comes to their doorstep. It will arrive at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Olympic Flame will be carried across the UK by 8,000 inspirational torchbearers and once the detailed daily route is confirmed later this year, it is the aim that 95 per cent of the population will be within a one hour journey time, of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

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What up doh, this is big Snoop Dogg in the studio working on my 11th solo record, ‘Doggumentary.” AND TALKING TO LIFESTYLE MONTHLY MAGAZINE What was your inspiration behind ‘Doggumentary’: What was my inspiration behind ‘Doggumentary?’ My inspiration was just basically going in the studio trying to make a record that feel good, that felt good to me, that felt good to the environment that I’m in, that Hip Hop is in right now. For me being on my 11th solo record, like, just trying to go in and make a record that could really depict my whole career but go with a brand new twist to feel like right now Did you intend for the album to be so eclectic? Um, no, when I went in to make the record I was trying to just make a record that felt good.You don’t really have no direction or no substance when you first start. It’s just about shooting in the sky trying to find something, and when you hit, you know, you feel like, ok, I got one, and you go back and you, ok, I got another one, then I got another one, and then you start taking those songs and trying to put them together until you create a formula that has a concept behind it. So, in the initial beginning it was more about just making songs, because, you know, when you get to the point where I’m at, you know, some would say it’s time to retire. So, you know, you try to find a groove that feels good to your groove, and once you get it then you stay at it. What are the stand-out tracks for you and why? Songs that stand out on this album to me, uh definitely a song I got called “My Own Way.” Frank Sinatra did it his own way, and this song is like my version, because it’s me just saying what I, what I really feel at the time, as far as like I really want to go back to the hood and try to kick it, but I can’t because I’m so far ahead of that now. And there’s another song on there called “Cold Game,” where it just talks about, you know, me as an artist, and my growth, and my, my failures, and my successes in the industry, and the things that I’ve had to deal with and overcome, and just the way I put them all in perspective, and, you know, still having fun doing it. Tell us about some of the collaborations on the album. Stand-out collaborations on my album would definitely be Wiz Khalifa “This Weed Iz Mine” is a hell of a record, T.Pain “Boom,” R.Kelly “Platinum,” and the way I get, you know, to the point of me working with somebody on my album, it has to be someone that I really love their music, their craft, and their whole integrity behind making music, and then it has to be somebody who I feel that can complement the record that I’m working on, and really fits the concept of the whole album as opposed to the song.You have to be able to, you know, engrope the whole concept of the record when I call on you to be a part of my situation, because to me my albums are like movies, it’s like, I can’t just throw you in the scene if you not a part of the movie.You know, you have to have some relevance to yourself and what you’re doing, so when we’re watching this movie and listening back to this movie it all comes together as a puzzle. What stands out about the track you did with Kanye West and John Legend? The Kanye West track, what stands out about that to me is just how he just flipped it and took an old school track and made it brand new. And John Legend singing the hook, just the stuff we talking about, just being real and opening up, and not really being on no flamboyant, flossy “I got it all” type rap, but really saying something that means something. And a lot of times, we, we don’t take the opportunity to say things that matter over great music, because in hip hop, it’s so cool to rap about what you have, as opposed to the have-nots, so this is more about a record that’s a reflection of what we see when our eyes are closed. Uh yeah, David Guetta did a remix for “Wet,” which will be the original version for “Wet” on my European release of my album because he’s so big, and so international, and he flipped a song and made it sound completely different than it did when we did it, but, you know, working with somebody like that, that’s what I strive for - I strive to work with, you know, with greats. I also worked with Willie Nelson on my album, on a song that he wrote called “Superman.” So, you know, it’s - it’s about being great and working with great acts to continue to have greatness in your career. 8

Your music weaves seamlessly from Hip Hop to R’n’B, from Dance to Pop, has it always been an effortless transition for you? Well, music has always been a part of my life, and I mean by all forms of music, so for me to make the transformation from going into Rap, Hip Hop, Country, Rock, Pop, whatever it is, it’s all music to me. I never had a prejudice when it came to music, I had an ear for music, and if it sounded good, I rocked my head to it. And I tried to emulate it, and when I became a musician, the same rules apply, you know, that’s why you can find myself doing Country music, or Rock music, or R’n’B music, or Hip Hop music and never falling without, you know, hurting myself. When I do fall, I fall back. Which Rock artists would you like to collaborate with? Uh, If I was to do a collaboration with Rock artists, I would probably choose Rage Against the Machine, or um, what’s my guy, Trent from Nine Inch Nails - one of those two, so that way I know I had some exclusive, gangsta, rock your motherfuckin’ head shit. What is your writing process? Um, my writing process, it’s different. Sometimes I don’t write, sometimes I can just feel the track and go in and just spit that shit and it come out and it is what it is, and then other times it may take me a day or two, or maybe three or four days, to write something that’s compelling, that takes that sort of time to get off what I’m trying to get off, and then sometimes I can just go in there and hit that shit, start feeling it, right to it, bam, write it, spit it, drop it, double it, triple it, lock and load it, bounce it, mp3, ooo-wee. What do you enjoy more, recording or playing live? I would have to say that playing live is what I enjoy more than anything in my career.You know, the recording part of it is very fun, and you know, different, but it’s more work.The performing side is fun, because it’s, it’s like, you’ve reached the pinnacle, that’s when the music is already understood by the people, and the expectations is for them to sing along with you. You have a huge Twitter following, how important is your connection with your fans? Um, I feel like that’s like the number one key in music right now.You know, having that relationship with your fans where it’s not based on your record label, it’s based on you.You know, when you tweetin’ and all that, that’s not about what label you on, it’s about you dealing with your fans directly. So whether you have, you know, a successful album, or a label that supports you or back you, you have a relationship with the people who make you who you are, and to me, that’s way more important nowadays to me, because that’s what the industry is broken down into.Trust. I don’t trust, you know, that, but I trust you and if I have a relationship with you and you telling me you putting a record out and it’s gonna be good, I’m gonna buy it because I trust you. How do you relax when you get some down time? Go to sleep (laughs) how does Snoop relax? I mean, you know, I have many different ways of relaxation. Some is just sleep, um I like to play video games, umm, basketball, football, just, you know, the simple things in life go a long way with me. I’m not complex at all. Do you want to coach football at the next level? Um, I’ve been offered a position at my alma mater high school to be a coach there, so I’m thinking about entertaining that, then from high school, you know, what’s next? NCAA, and then, you know, the big wop wop, the NFL. I’m just easing into it, you know, I love the kids, I love coaching, I love giving information, and teaching, and learning, and passing it on, and being a mentor. So, football is one of my number one passions, and coaching is definitely up there at the top. How did you become a Pittsburgh Steelers fan growing up in Southern California? Well, when I was a kid in the 70s, you know, you was either a Steeler, a Raider, or a Cowboy. And um, something about the Steelers really intrigued me at an early age, the way their defense played, Franco Harris, Lynn Swann, Terry Bradshaw, just the way they got down. It was my style, it was me, and I fell in love with them, and I’ve never been able to really undo it, you know, I’ve got a lot of friends who I like that play for different NFL teams, a lot of NFL players that I love and respect from different organizations, but I am a die-hard Pittsburgh Steeler, and that’s what I was bred and bled to be. Wrap-up It’s been a hell of an experience, you know what it is, the record is gonna give you what you need, cause I got what you want, and you can dig that. Peace. 9



Head of Make Up, Liverpool Fashion Week & Lifestyle Monthly

Well it’s certainly been a busy month and set to get even busier with the launch of Liverpool Fashion Week just around the corner- I can’t wait!! There’s been shoots a plenty including Gypsophilia Couture shot by the fab Keith Hitchmough and events including the Personal Shopping evening at Topshop with gorgeous drinks and cakes viewing some truly fabulous pieces for this summer leading to autumn with Grazia’s own Sophie Ferguson Jones (and a few pieces of make up were acquired of course!) With colour everywhere at the moment, the other colour trend to go with is pastels. Urban Decay have brought out 3 limited edition palettes that will inspire even the smoky eye diehards to try soft shimmering purples, aquas, soft browns and sparkling blues along with the new 24/7 glide on eyeshadow pencil that comes in 8 shades and a must for the handbag. If pastels on the eye isn’t your thing try them on your nails- with fab new shades from Nails Inc, Dior, YSL and my favourite OPI, who have done a range to celebrate the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie with names such as “Sparrow me the Drama”, “Planks a Lot” and “Mermaid’s Tears” and to top them off the silver shatter polish. Talking of nails..... and guys this one also applies to you as well.......we are certainly in the season of open toed shoes and heels are out There is nothing more terrifying to view peeling, cracked heels and yellow untidy, unpolished nails- eeewww!! The must have treatment to start getting those feet in tiptop condition has got to be the fish pedicure. Yes, I said fish. This involves you comfortably sitting with your feet in a tank and Garra Rufa fish sucking and nibbling at all the nasty dead skin on your feet- I won’t lie it is a very odd sensation, yet strangely 10

relaxing and 15minutes later OMG you have new feet!!! Seriously! My favourite place for this is Appy Feet in Chestergo see Harry and the team there. Once you have new feet, take a buffer over your nails, trim them and apply a gorgeous pastel and moisturise to keep them soft- best ones have shea butter in, try Body Shop, Soap & Glory and Crabtree & Evelyn who all have lovely foot products. I have also been lucky enough to try lots of new products this month and making it onto my must have list are- Clinique’s Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser spf 15 (stays colour true for 12hrs) £21, Dior’s Addict Crystal Gloss £20, Rimmel’s new 2-in-1 Mascara (gives you 2 choices on how to wear your lashes) £7.99, Sleeks Acid i-Divine palette £6.49 ( colour blocking for the brave!) and Givenchy’s Le Prismissime eyes in Acid Lights £39.50 and the new fragrance for this summer is full of tangerine, iris and pink lily nectar courtesy of Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Soleil Eau Fraiche. And for those of you who are nicely pale like myself, we are in good company with Liv Tyler, Florence Welch, and Evan Rachel Wood this spring/summer. Fake tan is so pre-coalition and having a complexion look this good, you are going to want to dodge the sun or at least use factor 50. Cheating is allowed to achieve perfection with foundation and a dab of blush ( try the new Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tint). Hope you’re all enjoying the sun that we seem to be having and remembering to use sunscreen (even if it’s cloudy!), enjoy some new products and treat those feet to a bit of TLC!! I’m available for private appointments,shoots,advice etc.. Get me on 0795041177 or on facebook (Jennie MUA Freedland) Photography: Adam Johns Model: Alanna Saskia Thomas MUA/Hair: Jennie Freedland

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hat a mad month its been, I hope you have all been busy!! Royal wedding fever has certainly not died down, in fact it has kicked the wedding season off to a great start, with the boutique dress shops and designers churning out copies. I found a great wedding gown shop in Southport called The Bridal Boutique. It is a new and exclusive boutique and partners an existing boutique in Warrington called Eternity Bridal Wear. They stock Jenny Packham, Ellie Saab and their own range Lucy Ella What a delightful and charming interior with a large collection of beautiful designer bridal gowns. They offer appointments to customers to help you find the dress of your dreams. They also stock the most fabulous Brooch Bouquets watch out for these fabulous creations.

Networking is really one of the best ways to get to know other businesses and to do business in a relaxed way so I was excited to be invited to Claudes of Churchtown for a networking lunch. This charming intimate restaurant is just outside the centre of Southport and is Chef owned and operated and it shows!! We sat down to a fabulous lunch of Seafood Sausage, and Slow Roasted Pork. absolutely delicious. This gem is well worth a visit with a selection of bakery and sandwich products during the day and yummy dinner menu. 98 Botanic Road, Churchtown, Southport. PR9 8RE, 01704 228334

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has been in full swing this month, what a great opportunity it was to check out all the wares available. After all this yummy eating I thought I would try out one of our newest beauty clinics Model Me on Dukes Street Southport For the complete make over, Model Me provides Nail, Beauty and Hair Treatments to complete your look. Their Team is fully trained and up to date with the all hottest new trends within the industry from a simple Blow Dry to a specialised Celebrity favourite Crystal Clear Facial whatever you fancy, be assured you will feel amazing when you leave their Salon: 01704 541071 114 Shakespeare St, Southport PR8 5AJ Love Janet x

The nail and Beauty Lounge Karen Hellier, Nail Educator and Salon Owner of The Nail and Beauty Lounge based in Birkdale, Southport teams up with co worker and nail and beauty professional Sabrina Malik -Winner of TV Favourite ‘Channel 4’s The Salon’ to talk Nails, Brows and All Things Beauty.... Coming into Spring/ Summer, beauty treatments and self grooming becomes a necessity. Picking the right treatments and choosing the right salon is still as confusing as ever! 3 hot topics on the press are How to pick the right nail salon to get those perfectly groomed nails Getting the perfect eyebrow and is the NEW Garra Rufa fish treatment all they are cracked up to be???

Grooming your talons......

We do not hesitate to invest good money on Hair Extensions and making sure they are put in as perfectly as possible by a reputable person the same goes for Nail Extensions. Extensions either Acrylic or Gel have become the norm and something of a must have for most of us ladies.The classic French, long or short, square or oval you name it we will try it. Now with new 12 amazing systems like MINX, which gives

fantastic patterns and metallic looks on our toes and lasts approx 6 weeks and Shellac, which is an instantly dry, none chip and high gloss half gel /half polish for natural nails, this lasts for 2 weeks on your fingers and at least 6 weeks on your toes we have more options of what we can have on our digits! To ensure youre getting the perfect nail treatment choose the right nail salon and nail technician. As clients you should educate yourselves to know what you are paying for to ensure for a safe and hygienic treatment! Nails have become a quick and cheap treatment done in 30 minutes for some , this is all well and good but it doesn’t mean because they are done quick they are necessarily good! A true professional will take their time, provide you with pre and after care and always give you value for money, based on their reputation and products used. Keep in your mind- is the salon youre choosing a accredited salon using professional products? Is your technician qualified? Do they carry out a client consultation prior your service? Is the procedure youre receiving clean and hygienic? What is the drill being used for? If..... and I say if..... it is being used.. This should be for only shaping the acrylic once applied, to get rid of any bulk of product, NOT to be really used on the natural nail. This may cause a burning and sensitive feeling on your nail if used incorrectly. Is any after care being given to you? Correct

removal should ALWAYS be done within the salon by your technician.

Must have brows.....

Grooming brows has become so much more importantthis is great for us... because to create brows or help you achieve the perfect shape, is a brow specialists dream. Remember the eye brow completely frames your face. Unfortunately we are born with what we are born with, but this does not mean we cannot have a brow treatment to achieve something. Brow bars and new treatments are being launched to achieve the MUST HAVE definition brow using various depilatory methods and techniques.... Same advise applies as before but a a lot of great local Salons have invested time and money to be able to offer these new techniques for you ... so go and frame your face today and get that beautiful brow!

Fishy Business.....

We know there has been a lot of contreversey about the new Fish Spa treatments using Garra Rufa Fish. Fish Spa’s are literally popping up every where! Is this the next biggest trend? Like all treatments if the practice is being carried out professionally and you are being given a full client consultation prior your treatment then all is good. The tanks have been carefully designed to ensure that the filters are sterilising the water at all times. The tanks should look clean and fish should look lively and ready to carry out their work, which is to naturally exfoliate the feet. This treatment has been known to be recommended for people with skin conditions, like psoriasis and eczema, so therefore ensuring normal problems, like dry skin is treated and your skin feels amazing after. Now is the right time to consider having this in preparation for those summer feet... we suggest you go to a salon and treat yourself to the fish treatment with a pedicure and finish by getting your therapist to apply Shellac or MINX on your toes. Sabrina Tel 07974 77 635


Astrology and Lucky Numbers


James Griffiths James is an international Psychic Medium, Numerologist, and Astrologist from Cheshire. James can be contacted to do personal readings: ARIES Financial situations are in hand and will level out very soon. Try and relax. 4,16,17,32,37,38 TAURUS Romance is in the air, show more affection and attention. Don’t neglect those that are close to your heart. 1, 5 6,18,21,34, SCORPIO Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but that does not mean that their opinion is right.You will be surprised who is listening. 4,5,7,15, 27,32, GEMINI Injustice, think positive as you reap you shall sow. Love luck 2 ,10, 13, 27, 28, 30 CANCER Emotional support around a young person is needed. Life does seem on the up for you. 4, 19, 22, 34, 36, 41 LEO Don’t despair, try to remain grounded; don’t have your head in the clouds. 5, 7, 22, 24, 39, 41, VIRGO You will feel you have an angel on your shoulder; onwards and upwards. 1, 4, 13,23 39,40 10

LIBRA Stressful time lately just relax and let go. Surround yourself with nature. Financial, your ship is on its way! 2, 17, 25, 28, 30, 35, SAGITTARIUS Remain tight lipped or you could end up saying something you may regret. Stop look listen, is the best approach. 1,29,30,35,36,49 CAPRICORN New doors are opening fantastic opportunities. An old flame turns up this month, please try and avoid them and their Karma! 16,24,38,39,40,42 AQUARIUS Look at problems differently look outside of the box. New friendships and good news. 15, 27,35,46,47,49 PISCES Very energised this month and able to do anything. Enjoy yourself or you may miss a great occasion. Wedding bells are on the cards. 21, 25, 27, 34, 40, 41 Spirit Messages Mike,Wallesey. Listening. Joan,Liverpool. The top drawer. Jean,Crosby. Always with you. Isim.Neston. So many flowers. Eileen,Chester. Each evening. Tom,Everton. Fit perfectly.

We spent 5 minutes with Nicola Byrne-Woods, co-owner of Urban Calm in The Metquarter , Liverpool

What is your background With a Masters in Urban Regeneration and a background in project management, the beauty world is a world a way from where I thought I would end up.With my Business partner Sharon Doyle, we opened our first store 10 years ago in Ormskirk and our second store Utopia Retreat in Aintree in 2003, Lash Out! Lashes followed in 2009 then Urban Calm in 2010. I still work as a project manager on a consultancy basis and in many ways the two worlds complement each other, they both require good organizational and management skills. Plus everything is a networking opportunity You were one of the 1st, if not the first, person to introduce the long eyelashes to Liverpool. Tell us about Lash out Lashes As a business we have been involved in lashes for over 6 years, extensions are such an amazing service that can totally transform someone’s look.Lash Out! is a cult Australian brand that we rebranded for the UK market . Along with the Metquarter Lash Bar, we also train and supply to a network of salon across the country.With a big celebrity following we have plans to expand Lash Out! Lashes further What is the concept behind Urban Calm The name says it all, life is go, go, go – we offer a little me time for city slickers.We want to bring top brands to Liverpool city centre, we launched with three and plan to expand our retail lines this year. Why did you choose the Metquarter as a venue? The Metquarter is such a lovely shopping mal , it chic and chilled just like us . Being along side such strong brands like ,Jo Malone,Vidal Sasson and MAC ,is such an advantage for an independent like us. What treatments do you offer? All your typical grooming treatments, Dermalogica facials , Mama mio body and pregnancy treatments Who are your typical clients? Really varied, we have ladies that lunch, young trendy lads, Liverpool’s glamorous girls, quite a few celebrities and weekends are jamp packed with tourists. What is the secret of your success? Our ethos has always been to provide the best customer service, its all about the experience, whether your popping in for a quick eyebrow wax or spending a full day with us, its about making our clients feel special. Our general manager Kathy (who is also my mum) instills this into all our staff. We also have great staff , some of whom started with us straight from college. We are big supports of the apprentice system What do you think is the next "big" beauty treatment We visit the US and Europe on the hunt for innovative products. Semi permanent mascara will be new this year; it’s a great alternative to lash extensions but will give you much more than a lash tint. I also think consumers are more aware of what chemicals they are using on their bodies and skin, they want to know what is in their false tans and skin care. As a result of this I think we will see more organic and natural based products. What is the hardest thing about running such a high profile business Running any business is tough , you have to wear so many hats, HR manager, health and safety officer , accountant , PR and your not born with all these skills . Each day can bring a new challenge but I do love problem solving What do you love about your job For me its the business development side of the role , whether its opening a new store , landing a new account or finding a new product. Tell us about a typical day in your life I don’t have a typical day , with four businesses to run anything can crop up

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DIY Superstar and original Big Brother winner, Craig Phillips, joins our team Welcome to Lifestyle Monthly. What can readers expect from your column? My column will offer Lifestyle Monthly an insight into my life and what I get up to behind the scenes. I will also be giving readers my latest DIY tips covering a huge range of tasks around the home and garden. I aim to help readers become more knowledgeable and have the confidence to complete DIY tasks at home. What are you currently working on? I am currently working on two brand new TV shows as well as running a campaign for UKTV called “Seize the DIY” which aims to encourage the British public to carry out more DIY and how to improve their home effectively and safely. I also have a weekly column in the Sunday Mirror, which again gives the nation a few key tips to sort out their DIY disasters. In addition to this I endorse a number of brands and will be appearing at events across the country to show off their products. I am a brand ambassador for Heat Holders ultimate thermal socks, Blåkläder clothing and Ryobi tools. Tell us about your new show The shows are very different, the first, “If its Broke Fix it” sees two teams of hopeless homeimprovers battle it out to become DIY experts. I have set up a builder’s bootcamp in which I can teach the public vital DIY skills and tricks of the trade. The second show, “Celebrity DIY with Craig Phillips” delves deep into celebrities’ homes, uncovering their DIY dilemmas. I also find out some endearing facts about the celebs after spending so much time in their homes, it has definitely been interesting! Will you be watching Big Brother? Of course! I am really looking forward to see how Channel 5 are going to change it! What is your favourite Big Brother moment? Winning! I think my favourite moment would be just leaving the house after 64 days of being locked up, although I loved taking part in the tasks. What did you learn from appearing and winning the first series? Being stuck in the Big Brother house for so long, with very little to do but talk to the same ten people day in and day out, you do a lot of thinking and find that you actually learn about yourself, and how you feel about other people. How well was your autobiography received? The autobiography was very well received, it is something I am extremely proud of and it was nice to have some great feed back. Everyone said the name “Building Beyond Big Brother” was perfect! What is most common DIY mistake people made? I think a lot of people jump into DIY without doing the appropriate research. I have filmed loads of great video and picture tips in an attempt to combat this problem, and I hope they will help people to conduct their DIY tasks effectively and safely. They are on the UKTV and Ryobi websites. What is the most popular DIY job people do? I would imagine the most popular DIY tasks that people do are painting and decorating. However, I often get asked my advice on tiling and flooring, so I have tried to cover all of these areas in my two new TV shows. What tips would you give people doing DIY? Do as much research as possible, plan your time carefully and make sure you are using the right tools. Tell us about the charities you support and the work they do? I try and support as many charities as I can to the best of my ability. I am proud to say I am ambassador for a number of charities and am happy to lend a hand in any way I can to support them. In 2000 I became involved in the national ‘Think!’ drink drive media campaign, as a cause that is close to my heart, it was an honour to represent such an important campaign. I am also an ambassador for ‘Brake’ a road safety charity, and have used my profile to raise awareness to launch many drink drive campaigns across the country. I believe my greatest achievement has been my work for The Down Syndrome Association, as not only have I raised money but also awareness of the discrimination that was demonstrated by the NHS. I am very pleased to say that with the support of Government ministers, steps were made to abolish this discrimination. I often get asked to help out with various charities, and whenever I can I go along to events to support them and give something back. If you have a DIY question for Craig email:

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Latin fever


will sweep through Liverpool next month as the biggest Brazilian samba carnival in the UK, called Brazilica, hits the city...

On Friday 15th July Liverpool city centre’s shops and bars will play host to the ‘Samba in the City’ event, a colourful taster of the carnival, to get Liverpool in the mood to party.

Brazilica is an exciting three day event that will comprise of a Rio-style, glittering night time city centre parade, plus lots of free for all activity filled with music, dance, sport and entertainment. The event, which takes place on the 15th - 17th of July attracted over 30,000 revellers last year who lined the streets. The festival is designed to appeal to families, young people, fans of art, music and sport, and people interested in travel and discovering new cultures. The festival is also directly targeting the Latin communities across the UK. There are opportunities for brand awareness across all our promotional materials including the Brazilica souvenir brochure (30,000 copies) and Big Screen advertising on the Williamson Square city centre event site. (August 2010 footfall figures: 6,000,000). Brazil is a country with an economy on the ascent; it will host the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. As the eyes of the world turn to these events, the opportunities for the future of Brazilica are bright.

Saturday 16th July will see the city come to life ‘Latin style’ with Brazilian and South American inspired activities taking place around Liverpool throughout the day including a FREE all day South American street party, which will see open dance classes, music sessions, street football demonstrations and workshops taking place, with Brazilian food, drink and fun for all the family available throughout the day The carnival steps up a gear in the evening as Liverpool’s streets are set ablaze with colour and the carnival parade of over 1,000 people makes its way to the festival site, winding through the city centre streets, whilst the Brazilian bands and DJs take to the stage for the party to begin! Festivities will continue well into the evening finishing with an exciting after part event at a city centre club Wind down your weekend with Samba

Sunday on 17th July as the carnival gets cultural with sports, film and artistic events taking place across the city. Roger Morris, festival producer at Liverpool Carnival Company said ‘Since we started in 2008, the Liverpool Carnival has continued to grow and we’re looking forward to our biggest year ever with BRAZILICA in 2011. It’s so exciting to think that we now have Britain’s biggest Brazilian carnival on our hands! The festival is going to be immense and I hope that the people of Liverpool will come along and join in, there will be so much to do, it’s going to be sambatastic!’

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to whip your taste buds into a frenzy. Choose between the layers of blissful Carrot Cake, creamy Chocolate Cheesecake, heavenly White Raspberry Swirl or the ultimate in indulgence – the decadent ‘Choc-a-lot’ cake – all served with the perfect compliment of clotted cream. Nando’s cakes are ideal for sharing… so you can have a bite of all of them!

Nando’s focus on the individuality of each of the restaurants created, making them unique and interesting. Each restaurant has a rustic and trendy appeal with the most of the floors made from wood, comfortable seating and fantastic chilli shaped lighting. There are also several pieces of art, sourced directly from South Africa - which really adds to the authenticity of the design.

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Nando’s pride themselves on their quality PERi-PERi chicken! Fresh, never-frozen, A-grade chickens are butterfly-cut and immediately marinated in Nando’s marinade for 24 hours to ensure that the flavour seeps through the meat. The legendary PERi-PERi chicken is flame-grilled right in front of you and basted with your choice of sauce from the PERi-ometer: Lemon & Herb or Mango & Lime for the not so brave, Medium PERiPERi for the slightly more adventurous while Hot and Extra Hot should satisfy hardcore chilli enthusiasts. Flame-grilling the chicken means most of the fat of the chicken literally disappears during grilling and the result is the finest tasting, healthy chicken on the high street. Chicken is the main dish at Nando’s but the menu is diverse enough to cater for all tastes including vegetarian options such as veggie and bean burgers and new house special Portobello mushroom and halloumi burger with tangy chilli jam. Fancy a salad? You can choose between a Mediterranean, Caesar and Cous Cous, which you can have with or without chicken. There’s a wide selection of appetizers and side dishes including PERiPER nuts, Macho peas, Creamy Mash and Ratatouille. If you are going in a group, there are a number of platters designed for sharing so you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice. Although we are passionate about chicken, we haven’t forgotten the perfect way to finish a meal – something sweet! Nando’s new range of sublime and devilishly delicious deserts are guaranteed

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Carnival Parade AND AFTER PARTY

Day Three

Samba Sunday


Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Up and coming star, launches his solo album on 4 July, "Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm". At just 21 years of age he is already causing waves in the music industry with is sell out tour and we were fortunate to have a 5 minute chat.....

Congratulations on your whirlwind success, did you ever imagine this? Thanks! No I never thought it would get to the stage where Iwas doing my own headline tours and playing festivals. Crazyness! Tell us about your headline tour The headline tour was amazing. It was great to be able to get out and take my music to lots of places and countries I'd never visited before. I think being that far from home and playing shows has a really positive impact on the live shows. It was also great because we were touring in really small venues so it was always rammed and a good vibe!

Good Vibrations music club night Summer Soiree

The freshest underground music club night and magazine in Liverpool! Friday 24th June 7.30pm-1am Good Vibrations presents it’s summer soiree. If you missed out on Glastonbury, then Good Vibrations Summer soiree, is something that you may be interested in. It is the feel good factor gig of the summer, with Wirral samba bands, improvised hip hop bands with mc’s, blissful solo acoustic duos and solo acts and Dj’s playing afro-beat to get your grooving. All this for a startling £5 Ticket and we also have a face painter for good measure. This is the only place to be on this weekend and all in the unique setting in the suburbs of Blundellsands rugby club!!! Jo Bywater ( Yorkshire-born, Liverpool-based singersongwriter Jo Bywater assumes the form of an innovative and inspired musical force. Solo and acoustic, her tunes are an infection of tasty riffs

You're playing all the major festivals this year, what can people expect from you? I'm going to play most of the festivals just by just me and my guitar... :) Who would you compare yourself to? I never really take the time to compare myself to anyone, it's hard to take that much of an objective view of my own music when I'm so involved in it all the time! How long did it take to write your debut album? Some of the tracks on my album are 4 years old and some are much newer, it's quite varied I guess. I re-worked some of the older ones though. What plans are in the pipeline? I guess I'm just going to be touring the album a lot after summer and I'm going to europe and america too which will be cool, and also a festival in iceland! Who would you like to collaborate with? I'd love to collaborate with Mike Skinner from THE STREETS. I think he's an amazing lyricist and song-writer!

Explain your style of music and fashion? I really love writing and playing songs predominantly on the acoustic guitar. I love the realness of that kind of music and it's cool being able to write and record in a wider variety of places ya know? As for fashion, I wear whatever is closest to the bed when I get up in the morning. Who do you want to bump into on the festival circuit? N-Dubz What message do you have for your growing fans? Thanks for the support and see you at a show soon! :)

and blues rawness. A melting pot of styles and influence laced with funk and injected with the rusty edge of vocal honesty. Dynamic, rhythmic, tactile, rockin’ poetry. OXIRIS (The Wirral samba band) Oxiris, the Samba Band from Wirral have performed at many festivals, events and carnivals since their formation in 2002. Oxiris are led by Brian Evans, a professional drummmer/percussionist/percussion teacher who lives on the Wirral. They perform regularly throughout the North West in festivals and events. They have taken part in ‘Fated’, a feature film starring Craig Charles, Brendan McKay (Touching The Void), Michael Angelis, Kate Robbins, Lee Boardman (ex Coronation St) which was made by Liverpool film company ‘Ace Films’. Sensorites ( Sensorites are an interesting duo, who have bucket loads of authenticity and soul in their live set-up and on recordings. They are an acoustic led duo with genuine song-writing and added to this they sometimes have drum loops and beeps in the background. Sound good, they are! Jamurai Warriors (Improvised hip hop band with MC’s) Jamurai Warriors are on a quest to do things differently. A hip-hop jam band with a difference, all the grooves are laid down and improvised on the night. Guest MCs then turn up and do an impromptu jam not to be missed! Jamurai Warriors play for Good Vibrations nights only, so are a rare live performance to saviour.

Lucy Carew A DJ who play’s everything that make’s your body groove or just anything to chill out to. Ruminating from her DJ sets can be anything from samba, afro-beat and the best in world music. Organiser James Wilson said, “The summer soiree is all about bringing something to the community in the Crosby and Waterloo area. I wanted to bring a unique samba experience to the area with a few little extra surprises as well.” Price: £5 ticket/ £6 Door Tel number: 07948994985 Facebook: Good Vibrations Website: Venue name: Blundellsands Rugby Club Address: The Pavilion, St Anthony’s road, Blundellsands, Liverpool, L23 8TW City: Liverpool

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The Spirit of Merseyside Awards were recently held...

Liverpool’s best dressed men flocked to Hard Days Night Hotel, which is hosting the opening night of Liverpool Fashion Week 2011,as it hosted Esquire magazine and’s search for Britain’s Best Dressed Real Man 2011.


Bespoken Dreams Wedding Design & Consultancy launched last month at the Neighbourhood Cafe in Childwall. Local business donated their goods and raised £750 for Marie Curie Liverpool on the day. Guests including Liverpool designers Kirsty Doyle, Benna Harry, Wade Smith and television dramatist and writer Alan Bleasdale enjoyed champagne, canapés and entertainment from hot on the circuit wedding singer Steve Charles, supplied by Riverside Entertainments Agency

The Vincent Hotel held it’s second Charity Golf Day at Royal Birkdale in aid of the newly formed Steven Gerrard Foundation. Over £30,000 was raised for children and young people in need, whether through illness, family breakdown, disability, involvement in the streets, financial or educational disadvantage. Celebrity guests which included Steven Gerrard, Alan Hansen, Roy Evans, Mark Lawrenson and Kenny Logan, joined corporate clients of the Vincent Hotel and enjoyed a great day of golf followed by an evening drinks reception and dinner at the Warehouse Restaurant in Southport, which included an enthusiastic charity fundraising raffle and auction.VIP guests then headed back to the stylish Vincent Hotel for a nightcap in Mc Gee’s Bar.

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Wandering down Lark Lane on a summer's evening is not dissimilar to window shopping whilst on holiday. There's an air of casual contentment as the restaurants and bars are filled with happy revellers celebrating the end of work with a cold drink.Lark Lane's latest eaterie is the beautifully decorated Chy chinese restaurant. What an absolute stunner! from the opulent entrance to the fine menu choice you are given high expectations and you are not let down. The food is amazing, the first Chinese that isn't drowning in monosodium glutamate. The dishes are piping hot, bursting with taste and overly generous portions.The service is better than excellent, the staff are friendly, helpful and sharp on their feet as they wind round the tables to serve the happy customers.For appetizers I had the chicken tikka and seaweed while my friend had the wan ton soup. For mains we had the chicken chow mein with crispy noodles and crispy chilli beef with egg fried and boiled rice. While this may not be that adventuous for a food review, sometimes Home is the perfect choice of name for a cafe that not only makes you feel at home, but serves delicious home cooked food as well. The cafe at the Woodside Ferry Terminal has just undergone a refurbishment with the addition of a £10,000 outdoor terrace at its Woodside Ferry Terminal premises. I went for a leisurely lunch with my 2 year old daughter and a couple of friends. While the menu isn’t vast, it is sufficient for a stylish lunchtime snack However if you’re on a carb free diet there are a few salad choices and soup of the day. I opted for the home made mushroom soup with a crispy role. It was served exactly at the right temperature- piping hot but not enough to burn. It was absolutely delicious, I could have had another bowl! My friends had the barbecue chicken melt, a towering stack of thick bread, gherkins, mayo and bbq chicken. A vast and generous portion! My other friend selected a tuna melt served with an ample side salad with dressing. Again the portion size wasd very generous and certainly value for money. What made this lunch special, aside from the stunning riverside views and galleried venue, was the feeling of light and space. It was as if time stood still and we actually relaxed and forgot about work that two hours flew by quite comfortably. We ordered lattes to round off our meal, and my daughter was even brough a bayccino. That touched me that the owners really have thought of everything. We could have

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it is harder to impress when you are faced with someone's stalwart favourite dishes. Chy did not fail me or my friend, we were extremely content.The menu is typical of a Chinese restaurant, all your favourites are there and more. What makes this special is the beautiful interior design, the fabulous service and, of course, the delicious food which was surprisingly filling. I can't wait for my next visit. It is very highly recommended.

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had a selection of the delicious looking cakes such as chocolate brownies and traditional scones but we were too full and were watching our waistlines! My daughter amused herself during lunch by opening all the sugar sachets and licking the sugar off the plate. No-one batted an eyelid or made any disapproving glances. It was a refreshing change for me, we all felt so very much at home that it was with huge reluctance that we had to leave to do the school run. Ben Harrison who runs the cafe with his wife Polly said he hoped the terrace would become a major attraction for business lunches, tourists and family days out and after our lunch there, I would say that he is on track fr that to happen. “A huge amount of investment has taken place at Woodside Ferry Terminal and we believe we now have one of the most stylish café bars on Merseyside,” he said. “Certainly the views we offer diners here are spectacular. Birkenhead is crying out for this kind of venue and we want to urge local workers and families to visit us and see our terrific facilities including our new terrace and sample our wonderful menu.” Ben said the café bar’s new corporate loyalty card is aimed at Birkenhead’s public and private sector workers. “When workers come here they are amazed,” he said. “And we want to spread the message far and wide about the new refurbishment and the standard of food and drink we offer. The new loyalty card is available to individual workers and organisations. It offers terrific cut price deals on lunches, take out drinks and food and corporate functions. Our aim is to bring European style café society to Birkenhead.”

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he’s scouting for models on behalf of the UK’s top modelling agencies... I have been fortunate enough to do a fair bit of travelling this last the name of work of course! Having partied out the London, New York and Paris Fashion Weeks, London wins again. Over the past couple of years London has stood out for its quirky and ‘none too serious’ designs. Where else would you see Disney inspired collections strutting down the catwalk on a top class model? That is exactly what we got from Topshop in London. Having said that though, I can’t wait for Liverpool Fashion Week 18-22 October, it promises to be amazing. Look out for these creations by Karen Bosner in Topshop, Liverpool soon!!

Who was on my scouting radar this month? This month has been phenomenal for potential modelling talent. I want to introduce you to two new faces this month that have great success already; Meet Alex, an Abercrombie and Fitch model. Alex had a bidding war for him between several top London agencies and just signed to Elite, London, giving him global exposure. His strong commercial look grabbed my attention.

Let me tell you, it is ALL about Jeremy Scott for Adidas. As the sports brands biggest designer he has revolutionised what used to be ‘just a tracksuit’ or ‘just a pair of trainers’. The guy that gave us the winged trainers and jackets has gone all out with his latest collection, mixing gothic with urban street.

Meet Thomas, all the way from Sweden. Currently being seen by NEXT and Select, Thomas stood out to me because of his angular face and amazingly full lips. Ultra friendly guy too! Thomas is lucky as he has a look that can easily fit between editorial and commercial. As well as this he’s paired up with the amazing Katy Perry and David Beckham for ANOTHER collection, all in one season!! Jeremy’s strong and iconic designs are both playful and witty and always a big player on the fashion circuits. Be fashion forward this season whilst at the same time investing in what will one day be a retro icon. Visit:

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International HOT Liverpool Tennis Tournament This is possibly NOT just a brilliant tournament, but it’s a real big occasion that Liverpool rightly has every year. Some fantastic names will be gracing us with their presence this year and for me, it just gets better and better. Even if the sun’s not shinning it promises to be a brilliant event.

Radio City LIVE If there was one gig I was going to be at this year then it’s got to be this one, for a number of reasons! It’s easy for me to say as I love all our Radio City events, but for my money this is our real Summer Pops. Radio City bringing big name artists exclusively to Liverpool; artists that everyone wants to see and live in front of 10,000 people at the Echo arena….. beat that!

Toms Well these summer shoes seem to be all the rage at the moment and last week in Mallorca I saw them everywhere. If I can be honest with you, they are not my cup of tea but lots of you seem to love them.... so hey, what do I know?

Faux Columnists Well, well, well, this really does seem to be the new thing to be! Forget wanting to be a billionaire..... Everyone wants to be columnists these days. I never knew we had so many people with so much to say! Well actually I did, just now they have a platform to do it ..... I’m a columnist, get me outta here!

Feet It’s that time of year when almost everyone has a license to don the Birkenstocks and the Havianna’s, only to reveal that state of their feet! Oh my goodness, I don’t think there’s anything worse than someone’s feet looking awful in the sunshine, so do everyone a favour and sort it out please.

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I totally get E4 wanting to rival ITV2 with this series, but in no way does it tick the boxes like Essex does. Yes, it’s an interesting watch but it’s just not got that connection with all of us that Essex has made.

June is finally here and I’m just back from topping up my tan in Mallorca! Yes, just back from my annual escapade in the Balearics with the boys and even though we go the same hotel and same place every year, it just gets better and better. I think that’s partly down to the people that attend the yearly gathering and also the fact we can just relax and have a laugh. Now, normally when returning from a trip away, you can get a touch of the old holiday blues but not this time and not this month as there are all sorts going on in June. As per usual I’m really busy this month and there’s not enough hours in the day! Officially kick-starting the entertainment this month is Radio City LIVE! I mentioned it in my column that it’s easy for me to wax lyrical about how great it’s going be and how great Radio City is , but hey it’s so true. For Liverpool, North Wales and the North West this is fast becoming in my book the event of the year. Socially, the big one this month will be the birthday bash of my old pal PKPR! The guest list will read like a list of who’s who – but I’ll also be blagging my way in! Liverpool’s original circuit boy celebrates being another 12 months older, and no better way to do that than with a packed house at the MEN in Manchester for the big Glee Concert, what a way to go PKPR!

Meanwhile, back in Liverpool you expect to see the likes of John Bishop and Britain’s Got Talent all at the Echo arena, and if that wasn’t enough Michael ball comes to the Empire this month too. There really is something for everyone this month in Liverpool. Talking of something for everyone; my Friday night continues at Ruby Sky and my Saturdays continue at Envi on Fleet Street, both these nights just reign supreme when it comes to getting out the house and wanting to have a good old fashioned great night out. This month I’m once again upping my game out and about, pounding the streets of Liverpool with my running! I’m currently doing about 18 miles a week, which isn’t that bad to be honest with you- but it’s made all the better this time of year when the weather is a bit better than normal; that has never been made so evident when I see all the fair weather runners out and about, love it! Now next month be ready, as for better or worse we’ll be talking Summer Pops; summertime and summer love, not necessarily in that order but it will all be good. That’s it I’m outta here, stay safe; have fun this June and do catch me on Radio City weekdays from 10am .

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POET NICO RUSSELL from the Wirral, was so moved by watching the repatriation ceremony of three local soldiers killed on duty in Afghanistan, that we wrote a poem that received recognition from The Queen and the Prime Minister. He spoke exclusively to Lifestyle Monthly. What inspired you to write poetry? A British Heart I would never class myself as a typical poet - I Down beats the drummer’s hand to lead them on their way. don't even own a corduroy jacket. I always Faultlessly they march in line, no single stride astray. enjoyed writing limericks when I was a child, Immaculate from head to toe, this military perfection; These highly polished men, today in personal reflection. but when I started studying the likes of With heads held high and shoulders back, they carry him with pride; Owen, Keats and Shelley in school, I realised how immensely powerful Their ally and their friend, who on the battlefield had died. poetry could be. When you read a great poem you find yourself immersed in the words and transported into the mind of the author, The English breeze caressed the air and dried the springtime dew; feeling either their sadness, terror or joy depending on the subject. As children watched in wonder at the draped red, white and blue. He was just a boy himself, yet the job had made him older. Despite studying the First World War in depth and reading the To most he was a fearsome sight, an armed and dangerous soldier. terrible accounts of soldiers, it was really Wilfred Owen's poetry that But to his doting mother, who now numb forever more; gave me a true sense of the horror those men faced, and therefore He’d always be her tender son, snatched from her by war. helped me better understand the subject. Likewise when reading Wordsworth's 'Daffodils' even on a cold November morning I still The streets were lined with mourners: those he knew and had not met; getting a real sense of Springtime. So I think poetry has a unique way There to do their duty and whisper, “We shall not forget”. He spent his life in service, to his Country, to his Queen; of engaging the reader and conveying a sense of true feeling, and that's He gave his life for freedom, a better future, now unseen. what I always try and achieve in my poetry. The essence of a British heart: proud and brave and loyal; Tell us about the Repatriation Poem. Returning home to peaceful rest, within the British soil. I wrote 'A British Heart' after watching the repatriation of three local soldiers from the Mercian Regiment who were killed in Afghanistan, by the Grand Canal was wonderful. It was a very inspiring and beautiful two of them only 20 years old. As always, the ceremony was carried place, perfect for a writer. However I think to experience life properly out with such dignity and respect that I felt a real mixture of emotions: you need to see as much as possible and do as many different things sadness, pride but also tremendous guilt that these 'boys' were giving as you can which is why I joined the Merseyside Special Constabulary, up their lives so people like me, sitting at home in comfort, could and in doing so I saw and experienced situations that I would never live in a safer World. I wanted to show not only my overwhelming (hopefully) have had to deal with in normal everyday life. I am very gratitude to them, but also my pride in having the most professional glad I did though, I am a true believer in variety being the spice of life. and well-trained army in the World, the terrible waste of life that war What moves you to write? brings, and the fact that they will never be forgotten. I wanted to write Anything can move me to write, especially regarding poetry, but it's something that gave a sense of pride and patriotism to whoever read normally the strongest emotions that fuel the best poetry. Strangely it, and make people stop and think about the sacrifice our servicemen though, especially as all my other areas of writing are comedy-based, and women make, and I hope I've achieved that. I find it much easier to write sad poems despite being a very happy person, and I have only ever written one love poem called 'When How did the Queen get to hear of it? I Awake'. I love the English language, especially obscure words and I sent a copy of the poem to the Mercian Regiment and got a very nice phrases that are no longer in general use, and even this can move me reply and a suggestion to send it to the Royal British Legion and other to write a verse. Regiments around the Country. I received some lovely letters back, What plans have you got for this year? including a letter from the Household Cavalry Casualties Fund asking I hope to achieve a lot this year. I am planning to put together a if they could use the poem in charity events around the Country, and collection of poems entitled 'A British Heart' to raise money for then to my great surprise I received a letter from Buckingham Palace those who have been injured and families who have lost loved ones saying how appreciative The Queen was of my poem. I then sent a in the conflict, and I would love to hear from any of your readers who copy of the poem to the Prime Minister and the Ministry Of Defence would like to submit poems of their own which can be sent to me who wrote back requesting permission to publish it in Soldiers I am currently trying to find an illustrator for Magazine so servicemen and women servicing throughout the World my Children's books (many publishing houses prefer to use their own could read it. but I'd like to find someone young and fresh who is looking for a break How did you feel getting a letter of thanks from the Queen like I am) and once they are finished I can start the up-hill struggle to and the Prime Minister? find a publisher. Same with the sitcoms; I've had feed-back from a few I felt very honoured that my poem had been so well received, especially production companies so after a few tweaks I shall resubmit them by the Queen as it is a great ambition of mine to meet her, so now and see what happens. If nothing comes of it I shall just go back to we'll have something to talk about! However, what I found extremely the drawing board and start again. As long as I am doing something humbling was receiving a message from relatives of a soldier that had creative I'll be happy. been killed, saying how touched they had been by the poem and that Does living in the wirral have any impact on your writing? it had given them some comfort in such a difficult time. This to me was I feel immensely lucky to have been brought up on the Wirral, It's a the most important letter. You have worked in so many places, what is your most very beautiful place. I am fortunate to overlook miles of fields and trees which is a great inspiration for my writing, and has shaped my outlook memorable experience? I couldn't really pick out one experience that overshadows everything on life. I'm very calm and laid back which is probably because it's hard else, I have been lucky enough to travel extensively and experience to get stressed when you're surrounded by beautiful countryside all life in different cultures, and the best thing to come out of that is the the time. I also love the fact that I'm so close to such a vibrant city friends I have made whilst there. One of the most enjoyable times in like Liverpool which is only 15 minutes on the train, and which is full my life was working in Italy though. It was so different to the corporate of like-minded enthusiastic people all working hard to create original office environment that I was used to and hated so much, and being work, so again I've got that variety; with living on the Wirral I can be able to take a fifteen minute train to Venice after work and have drinks surrounded by fields one minute, then in the heart of the city the next.

AS LIVERPOOL CONTINUES TO GROW AS ONE OF THE UK'S FAVOURITE CITY BREAK DESTINATIONS, LIFESTYLE MONTHLY CHATS TO LIVERPOOL CITY COUNCIL'S NEWLY APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF REGENERATION, NICK KAVANAGH ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR CITY Congratulations on your new job, What does your new role involve? Managing the economic and physical regeneration of the City. In essence creating the physical and economic infrastructure that grows the business base of the City, grows the number of jobs available in the City and ensures that people resident in the City have the best chance possible to access those jobs. How does your background make you suitable for your role? I've got 20 years of experience in regeneration both in terms of hard physical regeneration and in delivering programmes that create new job opportunities and move local residents into those opportunities. I've also a real focus on delivery and being results orientated. Liverpool is a world class city and it deserves excellent services and my whole reputation has been built upon driving excellence. Moreover I'm a local lad. This is my City, my home. I understand the needs of the City and the needs of its citizens and I've got a real, personal motivation and desire to see the City grow and become even more successful. What changes would you like to implement? The challenge for me isn't really about change, its about delivering growth in some very challenging times. I've got an excellent team and there are some real opportunities in Liverpool to be realised over the next few years. My job now is to ensure we deliver on those opportunities. What are you looking forward to about the role? Liverpool is a city ready to grow, ready to realise its potential. Being at the heart of that growth and being able to help the city achieve its potential will be an exciting and fulfilling challenge. Why is our waterfront so special? Our City grew from the waterfront. Without a waterfront there is no Liverpool. Clearly that heritage and our status as a World Heritage site is massively important but for me the waterfront's real importance is its key role in the City's economic future rather than its historic past. Anyone who visits the City can see the enormous strides we have made in regenerating the waterfront (the Arena and Convention Centre, museum etc) but over the next 10-15 years the opportunities offered by Liverpool Waters and the growth of the port are enormous. What improvements would you like to see in Liverpool city centre? The City Centre has changed beyond all recognition in the past ten years. There’s a real buzz about the city centre and we have a retail, cultural and leisure offer second to none. But there are some big improvements we can still make; enhancing the key gateways into the city centre, improving traffic through into and around the City and building still further on the existing excellent retail offer.

Can you tell us plans for the new cruise liner terminal? The City is already a successful Port of Call for the cruise industry. However a city such as Liverpool deserves more than that and we are working with Government and private sector partners to establish the City as a place from where cruises start and end their journey. We believe that there are untapped cruise markets that Liverpool's unique positioning and history will allow us to exploit and so increase the UK cruise market as a whole. How will you keep Liverpool a thriving economy to boost tourism and employment? Some of the projects and schemes I've mentioned so far I think give you a flavour for the exciting future we're moving towards. Liverpool Waters, the continued growth of the City Centre, the potential for bio-medical and life science industry and green industry growth, opportunities for sectoral growth in the South and East of the City, the continued regeneration of the City Centre, the Cruise Liner initiative - the list goes on but key to all of that is our image and brand. One of my main challenges is to ensure that band continues to grow and that the City is a place where people want to invest and find it easy to invest. Tell us about a typical day in your life I don't think there is a typical day. The range and diversity of activity is vast and no two days are ever the same. Whether its working with developers, dealing with civil servants, sorting out problems on the highway, developing new planning approaches, talking to small local businesses or major international companies, making deals with investors or finding new ways to deliver services on reducing budgets - the only typical thing really is the diversity of the challenge on offer. What is the biggest obstacle you face in your new role? The national and international picture remains fairly challenging. The reduction in available government funding is going to be difficult for the City but our economic growth is far more reliant on our connection to the economy of the wider global village and its important that we position ourselves to be able to move rapidly respond to any new economic challenges or opportunities that might present themselves over the next few years What are you looking forward to the most? I wouldn't say there was any one thing really. I thrive on challenge and I genuinely enjoy work in such a diverse field. What is your favourite part of Liverpool and why? My house in South Liverpool. That’s were my family are my partner Philippa, my five year old daughter Holly and baby son Will. Regeneration is about building a brighter future and nothing inspires me more to build that future than they do.

Monthly recommends: BUSINESS FOCUS... Lifestyle Nik Ellis and his company Laird Assessors. Set up in 2000, Nik comes from and Karl Fischer; Who am i? I have worked in business since 1987, I am well known in the Liverpool business district. I am delighted to be working with Lifestyle magazine on businesses across the north west. If you would like to be featured on this page please contact me: twitter: @karlfischer_biz Email: Web:

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Darren Lawrenson is one of the North West's leading business advisors and life coaches. He shows Lifestyle Monthly readers how to get the most out of networking events. Networking = a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest: “I would be great at meeting people if knew what to say” This is a common statement and yet to be great at meeting people and networking you need to be great at asking questions. People and their business are more interested in themselves than they you. So why not work with this truth. Allow people to tell you about what interests them. Let people tell you how great they are by asking them about themselves. Questions can unlock a great conversation. Networking has been a buzz word for growing your business for 30 plus years. Networking truly became a buzz word when people started to make a business from setting up Networking events and meetings. Networking as the definition says is in essence the coming together of individuals for the mutual benefit of all. For some people networking comes really naturally and for some we have to work on it. Experts in networking have no end of opportunities to grow their business and explore exciting and interesting opportunities. I believe great networkers build their network and meet people all the time. Communicating and asking questions is a habit and a habit that’s worth forming, but it does and will take practice. The best networkers are the one that ask the best questions and pay a real interest in other people. Some of us have a natural fear of meeting people and uncertainty of what to say. It’s what you ASK not what you say about yourself that is critical to successful networking. Meeting new people can challenge our comfort zone and by definition can feel uncomfortable like a duck out of water but remember “practice makes permanent” So we have to get our focus right and overcome the FEAR of rejection, FEAR of failure and the FEAR of uncertainty and remind ourselves that most people have the same FEARS. Remembering this can really help. You don’t have to BE confident to ACT confident you do however need to practice being confident. The act of walking up to people and saying, "Hello my name is Darren, what’s yours?" can, and does, give the impression of a confident person. Try it and practice it. The skill of remembering and using a person’s name can have a real impact just use their name 3 plus times as you have your opening dialogue to embed their name. When attending a Networking Event be prepared. Be prepared by having a goal, how many people do you want to chat with. Look at the attendance list and decide who want to meet. Be prepared with an answer to the question most commonly asked , “What do you do”. Be prepared by having business cards. Be prepared to make contact quickly after the event with people you meet. Be prepared with open questions. Open questions warrant an explained answer eg.Tell me about your business? Tell me about yourself? Can you explain to me how your business works? A great tip that I use is to use the acronym when meeting new people FORM = Family, Occupation, Recreation, Message. Asking questions about these 4 key conversational areas can really help the conversation feel natural and follow a comfortable path. So number 1-Set a goal = know your outcome Mindset = Focus and ACT confident Be Prepared Challenge your Comfort Zone If you have any questions please email

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Liverpool’s famous cartoonist Steve Best aka BESTIE, has for some time now, been the source of national and probably international chuckling, with his extremely waggish and sometimes provocative sense of humour that he cleverly translates into witty cartoons for comic strips, greeting cards and regional art galleries. Was it nature or nurture that created the cartoon genius? You would be forgiven for thinking he came from a background of artists, writers and/or comedians, but nothing could be further from the truth. It may surprise you to hear that Steve’s mother worked as a cleaner and his father a postman. But being the youngest of seven children (six boys and one girl), his sense of humour may have started to develop as a defence mechanism, when he found himself to be the butt of his older siblings’ shenanigans!

Koestler to recognise the “creative work in the fields of literature, the arts or sciences by those physically confined”), but also won on three occasions and went on to win The Alex Prowse Website Award for Pastels in 2007. A huge success by anyone’s standard. However, Steve’s career in HMS Services was to be short lived when his position became untenable and following a tribunal, Steve was awarded an out of court settlement for unfair dismissal.

Born in 1954, Steve grew up in a Guildford council house and cannot recall having any particular desire at that time to sketch or draw; in fact his favourite pastime was football.

Shortly after his contretemps with the prison, Steve attempted to secure the services of an agent to promote him and his work, but fate obviously had other plans when he failed to find someone who fitted the bill.

But all that changed when in 1974 he decided to study a subject in which he was starting to show some interest and he went to the West of England College of Art, Bristol to study painting and sculpture and it was here that his artistic flare began to flourish.

By this time, Steve was writing for a comic called The Damage that he describes as “a comic for big children along the lines of Viz”. It followed the activities of a disagreeable character who worked in the paparazzi of a Murdoch publication.

Like so many talented artists, the driving force behind Steve’s enthusiasm to study the subject was simply the pleasure he derived from it rather than being motivated by the possible financial rewards.

In 1992, Steve’s life took a different direction when he sent some examples of his work to some greeting card companies and one of them, Paperlink Ltd, was wise enough to see the potential and the BESTIE range of cards was launched.

Having left the Bristol Art School in 1979, he moved to Liverpool to gain an art teaching qualification and put down some roots. Steve’s memories of Liverpool in the 1980’s are a mixture of the harrowing riots that broke out in Toxteth in the summer of 1981; the abundance of punk clubs and “the best football club in the world”. At 25 years old and considering himself something of an ‘activist’ during the Thatcher years, it was also the start of his career in the world of ‘political’ art. Steve wanted to make a statement about the direction he thought society was heading and cartoons became a method of getting his message across, after all ‘a picture paints a thousand words’. By 1986, his work was appearing in publications such as Greenpeace, Private Eye and Punch. The pay wasn’t great but it was more important for Steve to convey his message in a medium everyone could understand. Steve also worked for a number of adult education establishments, amongst them was a part time job at Walton (now Liverpool) Prison teaching Art and the History of Art to the inmates. He saw his work in the prison as an opportunity to open doors for a group of people who would otherwise never experience the pleasure and benefits derived from art. Amongst his students was Peter Cameron who was serving time for drug offences. But Steve saw beyond the crime and encouraged him to continue his artwork. Peter not only entered the Koestler (an annual scheme set up by capital punishment reformist Arthur

In 1996 Steve published a selection of his cartoons in ‘All the Bestie’ that was met with great acclaim. He has also been a regular guest at the annual Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival for several years, where a large number of artists can be seen at work drawing caricatures or running cartoon workshops. Steve has lived in Liverpool for over thirty years now and it was here that he met his partner Jean, in 1984. They have two children, a son and daughter. Alex is 21 and studying criminology at Manchester University and Lauren who is 23 and studying for an MA in mental health. There must be some very interesting conversations around the dinner table and plenty of material for Steve’s cartoons! Steve is modestly proud of his achievements and continues to see it as a method to convey an important message, albeit with slightly less political emphasis and being a lover of all art forms, had he not chosen the world of cartoons, he told me he would probably have turned to his second love; music. The rest as they say is history, Steve’s name has become synonymous with humorous greeting cards under his nom de plume ‘BESTIE’ and he also has a number of pictures he sells through The Cartoon Gallery in Chester. When I asked him where he found und his inspiration for the subjects of his artwork, it was just the sort of answer you would expect from someone like Steve, “all around me, from films to domestic scenes and sport to a work of art; life is an inspiration”. The words of a true philosopher. written by Sophia Moseley

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