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May 2011



Fashion Music







ELLISON on her Fame Academy



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Editor’s Letter Wow, it’s May! Spring is nearly over and we are optimistic for a glorious summer if last month is anything to go by. It’s my favourite time of the year with long, hazy summer nights to look forward to. And there’s lots of things to excite you about the May issue of Lifestyle Monthly – we’ve got an exclusive interview with the talented and beautiful Jennifer Ellison. She is opening her Fame Academy in Liverpool and talked to us about her plans for helping kids achieve their artistic dream. We also chat to Delta Maid about her performance at the Liverpool Sound Festival this month. This annual event is packed with the coolest bands and musical sounds in the city. There’s so much going on around the region; Liverpool is holding its annual Light Night with so many free events to go to, it’s time to grab a bit of culture and embrace our beautiful city. Just up the road in Southport there is the Food and Drink Festival, and we welcome new columnist Janet Marsh to bring us the news and views from Southport every month. For our fashionistas, the latest beauty news comes from our make up artist, Jennie Freedland and our resident model scout Dan brings you all the up to date fashion gossip from around the country. As the plans for Liverpool Fashion Week 2011 get underway we are close to announcing our venue. Book your diary for 18-22 October as this year promises to be extra special, with some jaw-dropping shows and A-list celebrities. As part of this year’s line up we are proud to be supporting new talent in the north west. We have teamed up with Style Factory who are looking for youngsters age 13-18 to make their own fashion label. One of the prizes is to showcase at Liverpool Fashion Week on the catwalk. Keep up to date with all the news on facebook and on our website, It’s almost time to book our summer holiday, I feel the need to slump on a beach for a couple of weeks but how can I with so much for us to do. Have we mentioned our summer birthday party as well? We will have a very special announcement soon to celebrate our 3rd birthday. Until next month, have fun in the sun and keep reading Lifestyle Monthly, the no 1 magazine for Merseyside! Amanda Moss, Editor Email: Phone: 0791 633 2469


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News & Events

Calling all BROOKSIDE fans Discussions are taking place about the possible release of a DVD next year, 30 years after the launch of the Channel 4 soap. Channel 4's DVD label 4DVD have said they are happy with the suggestions from Brookside fans but want more to give an idea of what storylines they could put onto a 'Best of' DVD. In December 2010 the petition with almost 6,000 fan signatures was sent out to the series producers and now they are asking for your storyline suggestions. Visit:

EVERTON LEGENDS V LIVERPOOL LEGENDS Merseyside Masters Charity Match In aid of Everton Former Players' Foundation and Radio City's ‘CASH FOR KIDS' (TEENAGE CANCER TRUST) Wednesday 25th May @ Goodison Park Gates open 5:30 Match Kicks off 7:30 (35 mins each way) Tickets: Adults: £3.00 & Children £2.00 Can be bought at the Everton FC Box Office and online on the Everton website There will also be a celeb match between Radio City presenters and Soap stars

Artists encouraged to showcase their work Merseytravel has launched its third annual Art on the Network competition, giving artists across Merseyside the chance to showcase their work to thousands of commuters, with the winning entries being displayed on the transport network.


The competition is open to all residents or professionally based

PLANS to dedicate areas of the new-look Central Library to Liverpool legends has been given the thumbs up by Sir Paul McCartney.


The city council recently announced plans to dedicate different areas of the redevelopment to writing, cinematic and musical greats. A shortlist was drawn up and members of the public were encouraged to have their say on who and what should become a permanent fixture at the library. Sir Paul McCartney was a popular choice to be added to the Literary Liverpool panel which will cover the back of the building and celebrates writers who were born, lived, worked, visited or were influenced by the city. It’s even more fitting that the former Beatle will be permanently recognised, as one of the earliest examples of his creative genius was unearthed at Liverpool Central Library in 2009 – a prize winning essay written by Sir Paul when he was just ten years old. TV writer Carla Lane, poet Roger McGough and author Anne Baker have also made the final list and have expressed their happiness, and relatives of poet Adrian Henri were “delighted”.

RADICAL CHANGES COULD BE ON THE WAY A RADICAL change to the way activities for young people are commissioned in Liverpool is being recommended. The proposals include the creation of Youth Activity Zones across the city.They will be focused on the needs and aspirations of young people, with an emphasis on Friday and Saturday nights, weekends, evenings and school holidays. Young people will also be given more of a say over the type of activities available, when and where they take place, and their duration. The city council is also set to pool its resources with partners such as charities, social enterprises, Mersey Fire and Rescue Service and housing associations to make sure it is getting the best value for money. Visit:

people in Merseyside aged 16 and over, and each entrant can submit a maximum of two original designs. Visit:

Merseyside crime writer Cath Bore has come second in a novel writing competition at the Festival of Writing in York. The Missing Link beat 300 entries in the competition and followsDS Constance Ward’s struggle to catch a serial killer who is butchering call girls in Merseyside.

ANNUAL CHARITY QUIZ Age UK Cheshire will be hosting its annual charity quiz night on Saturday 21st May at Blakemere Craft Centre. Please come along and help raise money for charity. Tickets are priced at £8 per person and include a hot pot supper. Teams can be between 3 and 6 people – and the more creative the team name, the better!!! Drinks aren’t included, but there will be a fully functional bar on the night. To buy tickets, please contact Georgina Alexander-Pulham on 01606 305000 ALL money raised from the event will be going directly to the essential work that Age UK Cheshire do in the local area. 7


ELLISON uperstar Jennifer Ellison is about to embark on her latest business venture. As if a successful career in modelling, film and TV drama, theatre and singing isn’t enough! The Liverpool entrepreneur chatted exclusively to editor Amanda Moss.


How did Fame Academy come about? I have been looking at setting something up for six years and every time I have come close to buying premises, negotiations have fallen

Also, a lot of professional dancers reach a certain stage and then have to go to London to continue their studies to an elite standard as there isn’t the opportunities up here- until now. Fame Academy will provide that further training. We will also have a casting agency.

through because of the planning regulations. Fortunately I have been lucky to acquire the Contemporary Urban Centre. I am running a summer school fame academy and I am really excited, I can’t wait to

Do you feel that you are giving something back to Liverpool?

be up and running. I love Liverpool, it’s my home.My roots are here and yes, I want to give something back. I am offering scholarships for kids via Cash for Kids, Who is it aimed at?

I am going back to the area where my school was, it’s quite a deprived area but I am going to find talented kids and give them the

Anyone from six years upwards.

opportunity to take up dancing and acting. Some kids aren’t lucky

The summer school will incorporate performing arts, dancing,singing

enough to have the fantastic parents I had, who sacrificed everything

and acting. I differ from other schools because with the vast experience I have, I will be teaching audition techniques and script

for me, I know what real talent is, I can spot the x-factor and I want to open doors for these kids.

reading. That is something rarely touched upon at other stage schools. Initially I am looking at three age groups with around 30 people in each group.

What is the star quality that you are looking for? It’s difficult to explain but I’ll know it when I find it. Right away, I’ll just know. It maybe someone who has never had any experience at all, they just shine.

What are you offering that is different?


Loads of kids go to dance and drama school, that’s true, but the

So you will be hands on?

teachers aren’t experienced in show business like I am, they teach

Oh definitely. I am extremely passionate about this, I am investing a

from a very educational aspect and text book way. I can show them

lot of money in this. As soon as I finish touring with the Calendar Girls

a very different way, and give them the best grounding for getting

this will be my full time job. I am not just throwing cash at something

into show business. I will be hands on, teaching master classes and I

and putting my name to it, I live and breathe it. I was up last night

have assistance from people who have appeared in West End shows,

until 4am working on the website. Every spare moment I have has

films, theatre and the music industry.

been working on the Fame Academy.

How has motherhood affected your work? I want to be in Liverpool to pick my son up from school and see him everyday, I want to be a proper mum to him and not be just at the end of a phone to him. That’s one of the reasons why I have set up Fame Academy. Being a mum gives me the focus to set up a business where I can be in my home town. My career is now coming secondary to the academy. This is my future and I want to be in Liverpool.

As a key character in Brookside, what do you think of the campaign to bring back Brookside? Wow, that would be amazing. I am very flattered. Brookside was a huge part of my life and I owe everything to it. It’s the reason I am here now, I learned so much from it and I am very grateful to Brookside.

For more details about Jenifer Ellison’s Fame Academy, visit Photography by Laura Tickle

or call 0151 420 3876 9




Roxie o Del Ablett This month has been long over due, for me, for two reasons. It’s my birthday at the end of the month and I’m also going to see Take That. I’m so excited!

How did you get into the business?It’s not a typical career choice?

Wish List So, because of my excitement, I’ve been looking through all of the Take That merchandise and I’ve found this summery tank top on PLAY.COM to sit at the top of my wish list. It costs £17.99 but it isn’t due for release until June, 6th.

I have always been really creative and interested in textiles just wasn’t so sure what career path to take that would let me show off my talent! I applied for a fashion marketing course at university and decided to change it to decorative arts. I knew that I wanted to work with fabric and embroidery and make 3D products that I could sell which turns out to be headwear! I used to go out and see women wearing hats and thought I could create headwear that I so much more exciting and stylish!

Bargain of the Month I love, love, love these cut out flower earrings from Republic, and at £7.99 how could anyone deprive themselves of a treat?

Holiday Style I’m sure everyone is getting more and more excited about their summer holidays as they draw closer and closer, so I’ve been on a mission to find you something different to wear by the pool! Both are from DUNNESSTORES.COM and are extremely good value for money. The Aqua blue swimsuit is £13 and the black swimsuit is £10.

What was your big break into the business? I took internships with milliners’Philip Treacy and Stephen Jones which were both incredible and different experiences but at the end of it I felt that my talent was wasted working for someone else and there for the only option was to launch my own brand ‘Rosie Olivia’.

Must Have of the Month I saw this Multi Crystal Coloured Heart Bangle from TALULLAHTU.CO.UK and, instantly, I fell in love. It will instantly brighten up any plain outfit. It costs £25 and worth every penny.

How did the Princes Trust help you?

How to Make... A Flower Ring Equipment 1 6inch long and 3inch wide piece of coffee coloured duchess satin 1 domestic over-locker 1 domestic flat machine 1 gathering foot 4 brown cottons 1 sewing needle 1 gold plated sieve ring blank 1 small square of light brown felt 1 tube of ‘Make Me’ jewellery making glue

Step one Firstly, set up both the over-locker and flat machine with the light brown cotton.

Step 2 Take the of piece duchess satin and use the over-locker to trim around the edges of the material. Now, attach the gathering foot to the flat machine and sew through the middle of the material.

Step 3 Roll the material like you would when putting away a rug, then tack it (with the sewing needle) at the end so it stays in place. Turn one end upwards and you have your flower.

Step 4 Turn the flower upside down, you should see a hole, if not you are looking at the wrong end. You now need the ring blank and ‘Make Me’ jewellery making glue. Fill the sieve bit of the ring blank with glue and wait 20 minutes for it to dry a little.

Step 5 Slide the felt into the middle of the finger hole of the ring blank, then glue it to the bottom of the flower, ensuring that you are covering the sieve bit of the ring blank. Leave to dry for an hour or so.

Step 6 Wear and show off your new piece of jewellery!

Princes Trust were amazing! I knew all about the creative side to my business but they taught me everything I needed to know about running a business and all the paperwork side of things but the most valuable thing I got from them is a great business mentor who I still work with and I recommend anyone starting up to get in touch with them. Tell us about your products? I create a range of different styles and shapes that are all hand made and designed by myself. I don’t use traditional hat trimmings; I manipulate fabric using screen printing and embroidery techniques and have discovered my own form of lace which is my trademark! I create bespoke hats to fit my clients’ needs. Talk us through the process For a bespoke service, A client would come to my studio where I show a variety of styles and colours and will look at their outfit, their budget and come up with something unique to them. I can dye fabric and source all types of trimmings to suit the client. All in all, a bespoke service from start to finish usually takes 4 weeks! Why are your hats so special? Everyone appreciates a hand made product from a skilled craftsman that is exclusive to them! What is your inspiration? Everything and anything! I keep up to date with the fashion trends and forecasts; read magazines, watch national events and regularly go to London to see what is out there and search for new fabrics and trimmings. What next? Build up my brand, get ‘Rosie Olivia’ established! I will be on the catwalk at Liverpool Fashion Week this year.

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follow for this spring/summer 11 that will ensure you are never out of fashion. Slick those brows The only way to go is to dump those powders and pencils and go glossy. This is not just for the catwalk, it's workable and wearable for every day as many celebrities are proving- on the plus side as well once you've preened those arches the dewy finish will give a facelift effect, knocking years off!! Try Blink Nourishing Oil(£16), NYX Eyebrow Shaper (£9.95) and Smash-box Brow Tech Wax (£18.50) Colour pop make-up This season there are so many ways to wear the trends so be prepared to inject some colour onto your face and join in with January Jones, Scarlett Johansson and Leona Lewis. To go with Safari chic fashion try shades of Sunset colours- we're talking about a tropical punch of gold, orange, coppery yellows,corals and for the bold a red lip........ Try Estee Lauder’s pure colour lipstick in either Blazing sun or Watermelon, MAC eye-shadow in Goldenrod, W7 neon eyes in Orange and Sleek's limited edition palette Paraguaya or

Now some good news for us girls that struggle to control your hair....... If you are addicted to your straighteners and can't afford to have those amazing Brazilian blow drys there is light at the end of tunnel- the UNDER £10 DIY Brazilian blow-dry!!!

Sunset. I know it sounds crazy and impossible but believe it. For those that If that doesn't grab you try one of the other trends- if you're going with all those fab tropical prints go for the new dusky tan using matte bronzers (try

want a temporary effect (perfect for festivals) try John Frieda frizz ease 3day straight for curly hair (£6.99) that when tested after 3 days hair was still straight and only required a top up with straighteners after being caught in the rain. And for those that want to forget

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and for the working girls in sleek tailoring toughen up pastel shadows that are chalky and matte, creating a halo of solid colour around the eye in one shade to create that pop of colour (Max Factor, No7, Illamasqua). 12





SOUTHPORT Lifestyle's classic column... with Janet Marsh


elcome to my new column,I am here to guide you each month through this great town, just down the coast from Liverpool. I want to let you in on all the local secrets about where to shop, where to eat and where to go. Southport has a thriving business community, many of whom will be offering Lifestyle Monthly readers special deals

SO TO KICK OFF... Get yourselves to Cachet shoes,This fab boutique is located on Union Street and has some of the best brands locally including the top designers Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Miss Sixty. Of course not forgetting the fabulous Irregular Choice Brand!! Cachet shoes are an official Ugg Australia stockist so they only offer authentic Ugg boots, bags and Ugg accessories. They are also on line too at We have got a special offer just for Lifestyle monthly readers from Cachet that if you quote Lifestyle when you visiting the shop you can get an 20% off for the month of May (terms and conditions apply)

designed with you in mind. From the stylish décor and sleek, sophisticated design - to the exciting and innovative menu. The Gastro offers guests a fun and casual dining experience.You may be looking for somewhere to celebrate a special occasion or simply to pop in for a bite to eat with family, friends or business colleagues. Whatever the occasion, you’ll be welcomed by their friendly, dedicated staff, all wanting to make it a memorable experience for you. Don’t take our word for it…go and see for yourself!

AND FINALLY Victoria Ward Photography A couple of years ago Victoria had the chance to completely change direction and change her hobby into a career. So now she actually does a job that I loves and it shows!! Vicky does the most gorgeous photos and especially of kids. Aww, those little people. You can never have too many pictures. So if it’s newborn, birthdays, first days of school, graduation, first detention, whatever you want recorded.

Union Street is a great little shopping gem with stores such as Over the Moon Kids,Vintage (for some fabulous preloved designer clothes) and Tappers Bar & Café for when you need a little rest!!

Victoria has offered Lifestyle readers a great package. A Holiday special for children. £45 pounds for a 2 hour location shoot. You get 3 free 8 x 10 prints from your shoot too! Share this location shoot with a friend and pay just £35 each but still receive 3 prints each. Book in today and ring her on 07540 578 810 you will love the photos!!!

Brand new in Birkdale is a new restaurant called The Gastro Bar and Grill. Set in the heart of Birkdale Village in Southport, it has been

Love Janet x

Sweetie Factory is a candy dream, styled and decorated Sweetie and dessert tables for any event you could think of, from weddings to baby showers to kids parties!! added to that they do the most gorgeous homemade iced biscuits, Cake Pops, Chocolate dipped Strawberries and their piece de resistance homemade fresh Cream Truffles all made with the finest ingredients including the yummy raspberry vodka flavour and Tequila and Lime. Not for the kids. Check out their Sweetie Trees!! these can be themed or colour coordinated a great change from birthday cakes and even better for table centres. Call them now on 01704 541863 or find them on





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At the forefront of fashion is Liverpool designer, Caroline Oates who went down a storm at the Wirral *EWLMSR *IWXMZEP PEWX QSRXL ;I WTIRX ½ZI QMRYXIW GLEXXMRK EFSYX XLI FIWTSOI HIWMKR WIVZMGI WLI WXEVXIH  ]IEVW EKS Have you always wanted to be a designer? Oh yes, since I was seven years old. I come from a big family, I was a child during the 1970s and I used to love seeing my sisters getting ready to go out to the local clubs ERH HMWGSW [MXL XLIMV ¾MGOIH LEMV ERH JEFYPSYW SYX½XW MRWTMVIH F] &MERGE .EKKIV When did you start drawing designs? - [EW JSVIZIV HVE[MRK TMGXYVIW SJ women wearing massive dresses out of LMWXSV] FSSOW EW E GLMPH FIGEYWI - PSZIH GSPSYVMRK XLIQ MR [MXL EPP Q] JIPXTIRW My dad was really into art and he used to encourage me to draw because he saw my talent from an early age. When did you realise you had a unique talent? - WXEVXIH XS HIZIPST Q] S[R WX]PI JVSQ the time when I was drawing with my dad. I have always been creative and had a very inquisitive mind. I went to college [LIR - [EW  EJXIV [SVOMRK SR XLI LMKL

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KINSELLA CAFE, 72 ROSE LANE, LIVERPOOL L18 8 AG Radio City 96.7's breakfast show host, Simon Ross is our new restaurant columist. Each month he'll be taking someone special out for lunch.


his is a fabulous café/restaurant to go and break bread with some friends and people watch! On the day we went the sun was shining through the full length windows.

The lunchtime menu was well varied and the food came out quickly, was served with a smile and everything looked and tasted fresh. My dining partner, Amanda had a dish that when it came out I thought, I wish I had ordered that! It was hot mackerel on a crisp salad, topped with a perfectly poached free range egg.

I couldn’t resist having a taste and it tasted as good, if not, better than it looked. Steve tucked into a rather yummy looking bacon and chicken sandwich with home-made thick cut chips. I also felt it was only right I nicked a few chips - boy they were good and more-ish! Having just returned from a weekend of eating and drinking in Ireland, I opted for the chicken Caesar salad but swapped the garlic bread for some fantastic silver marinated anchovies, one of my favourite things to eat.

Everything in the salad from the chicken to the crisp leaves and the well seasoned Caesar dressing combined with the anchovies got a full 10 out of 10. While I was there, I took a peep at the evening menu and will certainly be returning for dinner. There is a cool almost Mediterranean vibe about this great little restaurant on Rose Lane – one not to be missed.

Radio City's Simon Ross with Kinsella Owner, Terry.



Restaurant Review

ow, what a view and what an aroma I was hit with as I entered Matou. Why had I not been here before? This pan Asian delightful restaurant sits on the edge of the Mersey above the ferry terminal on Pier Head. To one side there are floor to ceiling windows capturing the amazing views of the river andWirral shoreline.To the other side are the views of the city. It’s a beautiful sight.


Coupled with the mouthwatering aroma of freshly cooked spices, it’s a real awe inspiring visit. The decor is beautiful, dark oak floors and eye catching mosaic pillars set the scene for this fine dining experience. The kitchen is open plan and sits majestically in the middle of the restaurant, so you can see the chefs at work. The space is clean and feels fresh and inviting. We went for lunch on a busy afternoon of the races. We were seated by the window. For lnch we were given a small menu with just three dishes for each course to chose form. Had I not been doing a review this would have been ample, but I wanted to explore the main menu of this breathtaking restaurant. The dishes merge food from the Far East, including Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Japan and China.

They tasted fresh and light, a perfect starter. For mains I opted for the Salmon Teriyaki (£17.90)served with egg noodles and a house special sauce. It was delicious. The husband had the Spiced Lamb Shank with panang curry sauce (£16.50). Our daughter had beef chow mein, which we took home to finish off later. The presentation was exceptional, as were the large portion sizes. Having never come across Matou before it was a real treat to discover such a gastronomic gem in the middle of the city. Part of the dining experience makes you feel as if you are on a five star cruise ship, I am sure that is intentional. The service is impeccable, the food is exceptional. A wonderful meal is guaranteed at this marvelous restaurant.

The staff were wonderful, as always we took our toddler and they immediately fanned round her, offering her prawn crackers and tasty nibbles to keep her occupied. For our appetizers we had the Malaysian Chicken Satay(£7.50) in a crunchy peanut sauce, along with Wonton soup (£6.50) and Crispy Spring Rolls (£5.90).


The Red Door is named after its imposing large red door, funnily enough. The bistro style restaurant, on Grange Road in West Kirby is warm and inviting, with mellow tunes playing softly to put you in the mood for relaxation and leave your troubles outside the door.

e arrived on a warm spring afternoon and the large doors were open to the street. I preferred a table tucked away in a corner and we were offered a drink immediately, which was very welcome.


I chatted to our waiter, a very pleasant and friendly chap who informed me that the previous weekend there had been a table of girls who came in for a drink and stayed 5 hours. This is the kind of establishment I like. The menu is a small, simple affair, with around 8 dishes in each section. Apart from the starters in which there was plenty of choice, I think this restaurant encourages people wanting to order lots of nibbles alongside their drink, such as salt and pepper chicken wings, mixed olives, houmus and beer battered prawns. Thus making it an ideal place to lounge around with the papers on a leisurely weekend afternoon. We chose the Thai fish cakes, which were petite and piping hot. Absolutely delicious salmon infused with spring onion in a sweet chilli sauce. In addition we had the roasted portabello mushroom with cheese and a garlic sauce. Amazing. You could taste the fresh ingredients, they make such a difference to a meal. There's a selection of salads, sandwiches and baked potatoes and "Home comforts" rather than mains. I like that touch. We both had steak frites, a 7oz fillet steak with crispy home made french fries. The steaks were seared to perfection. It would have been rude not to have a desert and we had the hot chocolate fudge cake with vanilla ice cream. It was a perfect, comforting lunch, and had I not been required to leave to do the school run, I would still be sitting there now. 22

Red Door Grange Road, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 4DY Telephone: 0151 929 6380



Packing a hipflask of Mersey moonshine, Liverpool country and blues star, Delta Maid, 26, talks to Lifestyle Monthly about Liverpool Sound Festival and her new album out on the 9th May

Tell us about what we can expect at the Liverpool Sound Festival

Well I think I am headlining on the 19th May at the Bombed Out Church. I have never performed there before but I am looking forward to it. I will be singing a mixture of my old stuff and some tracks off my new album as well.

Tell us about Outside Looking In

It's a very reflective album. It's all about how I have been feeling over the last few years, all my thoughts and sounds I was processing. It was recorded at Parr Street Studios and co produced with my brother, so it's very special.

How did you get into being a professional recording artist?

I always knew I wanted to sing since I was a child. I was drawn the blues music as a child, I was in awe. I became fascinated by the style of play, the whole feeling of it. After hearing the likes of Son House, Skip James, Bessie Smith and Robert Johnson for the first time I dived head first into a world that has since become a part of my own makeup." "They forced me to write my own music, which I performed on MySpace. A publishing company found me and expressed an interest in me. It became the catalyst for me to carry on."

Gary Barlow asked you to perform at his 40th birthday party. Wow!

Yes it was really good.To be honest though, I am a bit to young and so I missed out on their popularity first time round and i was never drawn into their boy band thing. However I do respect Gary immensely as a songwriter and performer. Being at his party was completely different to something I was used to, it was a massive production, a big show time event but it was really good.

Your musical style is country, have you ever been to Nashville?

No but I dream of going to all the southern states, definitely. However part of me is a little bit frightened that it won't live up to my expectations.

You have broken the trend of many people who want to break into the music industry. Was that hard?

In some ways it has been a bit more of a struggle. Some people didn't know how to accept me as I don't fit into particular mould. and so I was opening myself up to criticism which was hard. But music is all I love, I am deeply passionate about what I do, I liked doing it and when I realised what I did was different I embraced it.





Rick Vaughn

on what’s HOT & NOT

t’s May, and as per usual it’s another fun


packed month in my life. One of the big

things I’m really looking forward to this








Council, celebrating the achievements by the young people in their area and hosting the graduation ceremony. This will be my third year at this event, and it’s one I really love too as it’s celebrates the how well the youngsters are doing. It gives me a chance to speak to them all about my job, my life and how I can help them if at all possible. I leave there every year with the same feeling; very inspired and privileged that I’m able to be a part of it. It is ironic only a few weeks ago, I sat reading Donald Trump’s autobiography, now if you are not sure who he is then he is like the Sir Alan Sugar of America. He hosts the Apprentice USA, and owns lot’s of property in America; needless to say he’s very rich and successful. So, whilst I’m reading this book looking for any clues on how to make a million quid as soon as possible, many things he wrote struck a chord with me but the one that stuck out the most was the one that said “Not everyone will love me, but hopefully lots will like me!” After reading that I thought “You’ll do for me Donald Trump!”Other than reading, I’ll be taking in the delights of Duran Duran as they play Doherty appear at the Academy, Liverpool Sound City is back and Olly Murs plays the Empire. My own gigs continue this month at Ruby Sky and Envi and if that was not enough, I fly out to Mallorca at the end of the month for a week of fun in the sun. I normally take advantage of the great weather and location, so with that in mind it will have to be another carb free month if I'm going to make an attempt at looking half decent on the beach! I feel sorry for Mr. Gilgeous my trainer, who’ll be getting it with both barrels! Well that will do it for this month, join me next time when I talk Radio City Live which is set to June, featuring all the top bands and artists from

the charts and the Liverpool Tennis Tournament. Until then, stay safe and make sure you catch me on Radio City, weekdays from 10am.

meet any open minded person, who didn’t like the original Hangover movie. I just hope that the Hangover 2 does better than Sex and the City 2, as some critics panned that. Either way, just like the original, I know I’m gonna love it when it’s released at the end of this month.


JEGGINS – Come on now girls,

why are some of you still being caught out and about in these fashion failures? Get with the programme, slap on a bit of the old fake tan and get those pins out, after all it’s nearly summer.


Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! No one does live events like Liverpool and Sound City has become an annual success that everyone can get involved with. My tip this year is local lass, Delta Maid who is appearing at the bombed out church in town.

Unfortunately, it’s not like our teams have had the greatest season ever and I know its great news for you footballing widows that this month, the football season ends. Personally though, I’m gutted! I love listening to Saint and Snods on Radio City’s Terrace Talk, what am I gonna do with my Saturday lunchtimes now?

sick of me harping on about getting fit, but this really is the cheapest and best way to do it. There nothing better than a run around Sefton Park or along the riverside when the weather’s nice and at the moment celebs are practically throwing themselves into running, it’s very vogue.

in concert when I saw her, but just lately are we really taking any notice of what she does anymore? Her latest single has been branded as sounding like Madonna’s ‘Express Yourself’. Is Lady Gaga slowly becoming the new Madonna? I just think we have been shocked one too many times by her outfits.

RUNNING – I know your probably


make a return to the Echo arena on the 10th

THE HANGOVER 2 – I’m yet to


at the Echo arena. Also Ali Campbell and Pete

LADY GAGA – She was brilliant


TWISTED HITS TOWN. Entrepreneurs Tom Hart and Kelly Birchall launched Twisted Management, a showcase of entertainment designed to enhance events.The party for 200 guests took place at The Imperial in St Helens and hosted by Radio City’s Rick Vaughn

With Rick (L-R) Kelly Birchall, Tom Hart & Rick Vaughn

Welcome to the

RED CARPET first past the post "Revellers enjoyed the Grand National last month. The weather was as stuning as the outfits for the most prestigious event in Merseyside's racing calendar.


on the town...

@ Alma de Cuba

The Grand National Winner’s party took place at Alma de Cuba. 600 guests attended the party which included the winning jockeys, owners and trainers as they toast the conclusion of the world’s greatest steeplechase.



Wayfarers Shopping Arcade in Southport showcased seasonal fashion at a charity fundraiser evening. The‘Dress to Impress’event raised over £1000 for Clatterbridge Cancer Research, which funds research to help prevent, diagnose and treat cancer for the people of Merseyside and Cheshire. The Lord Street arcade’s 30-plus retailers took part in the event, and guests were treated to a canapés and drinks reception, live music and a goodie bag to take home.

Tel: 01704 571118

Larry McKeown Alan Kennedy (former LFC) Colin McKeown (LA Productions)





Friday 13th May 2011 Venues across Liverpool 5pm – Late

The wait is over, promising a very special night on Friday 13th May, visitors of all ages are invited into the city to celebrate Liverpool’s world-class arts and heritage. Over 50 organisations across Liverpool will stage an exciting mix of free events and activities including exhibitions, choirs, bands, theatre, historical talks and radical walks, a candle-lit labyrinth, extravagant makeovers and Look11, Liverpool’s first International Photography Festival launch.


LIGHT NIGHT AT HOPE UNIVERSITY’S CREATIVE CAMPUS Explore a multicultural mix of music and performance including Classical Indian Dance from Milapfest, plus Indian restaurant Mayur will serve up traditionally prepared food from their Tandoor oven.4pm – 9pm. Hope University Creative Campus, 17 Shaw St, L6 1HP



The streets will come alive with 100 dancers, musicians, giant costumes and puppets to launch the city’s international carnival. Starting at 5.00pm on Paradise Street (next to John Lewis) heading to Whitechapel, Williamson Square, Clayton Square & Church Street.

Enjoy Halewood Youth Theatre’s riveting promenade theatre A Mystery of History taking you on a journey through the cells and court room. 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm.Whilst you’re there you test your knowledge with the St George’s Heritage Quiz. St George’s Hall, St George's Place, L1 1JJ

GOLDEN TICKET TO A RADICAL MAKEOVER AT PEACHES & CREAM Visit the Peach Fairy Godmother and nominate a loved one into the Golden Ticket prize draw to win a makeover worth over £200. Observe the radical makeovers in the Peaches Parlour in their live art exhibition! 5pm -7pm Peaches & Cream, 8b Dale Street, L2 4TQ

There are many more events to choose from – pick up your FREE Light Night programme from leaflet stands across Merseyside or visit

CRAFT CREATIVE & VINTAGE FAIR AT LIVERPOOL CUC A radical shopping and making experience! Get crafty and discover vintage treasures including clothes, arts and crafts and much more from Pillbox Vintage. 6pm – 10pm. (And afterwards enjoy A Very Superstitious After Show Party until 2am) CUC Liverpool, 41 Greenland Street, L1 0BS

SENSE OF SOUND AT THE ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL Witness Liverpool's amazing choral ensemble Sense Of Sound as they film a new performance. Experience the beauty of contemporary a cappella singing in a divine space. From 8pm Anglican Cathedral St James Mount, L1 7AZ

CANDLE-LIT LABYRINTH AT LJMU ART & DESIGN ACADEMY Take a walk under the stars through the labyrinth accompanied by live music with star gazing opportunitities from the university’s astrophysicists. 8.15pm - 11.00pm LJMU Art and Design Academy Duckinfield Street, L3 5YD

LAUNCH OF LIVERPOOL’S 1ST INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL: LOOK 11 Enjoy special Look11 preview events and much more across 12 sites including the Walker Art Gallery, the Bluecoat, Liverpool CUC, Baltic Creative, Open Eye Gallery and more. It’s a Call to Action for everyone to pick up a camera, take photographs and explore. 31



BUSINESS WOMAN AND WAG, JUDE CISSE TALKS ABOUT JUGGLING HER BUSY LIFE AS A MOTHER OF FOUR, WIFE OF FOOTBALLER DJIBRIL CISSE AND OWNDER OF ROUGE ET NOPIR SPA IN HELSBY, CHESHIRE How do you find time to run a business, look after the kids and be a footballer’s wife? I don’t really. I always have so much on all the time, jugging my family life with the business, so I sometimes find it hard to keep on top of things. I generally get a lot of my work done at night when I’m in bed as it’s the first chance I get all day to relax. My husband Djibril plays for the football team Panathinaikos, in Greece, so I spend a lot of my time there. When I’m in Greece I feel like I get a bit more time to sit back, I tend to get a lot more paperwork done while I am over there, and also get to spend a lot more time with the family.

What do you prioritise? It depends really who needs me the most. If everything in my family life is settled and the children are happy, then I take the chance to focus my energy on the business. Although, overall I do make sure I’m home every night on time as I like to be there to feed the children and put them to bed. In particular, when I’m in Greece I always find I have a better family balance, the lifestyle there is not as hectic and much more peaceful, so we get to spend a lot more time together as a family. Although come to think of it, perhaps that’s why I am always so busy with meetings and appointments as soon as I get back and don’t have much time for myself.


Tell us what you wanted to achieve with Rouge et Noir did you decorate it yourself- it’s so different from other spas I have been to, much more original and gothic, what was your inspiration for it? The idea behind opening the spa was always centred around the fact that so many people just don’t enough time for themselves – including me. I wanted to offer a place where people could come and just forget the problems in their everyday life and relax. I had experience in the industry and had run my own business for nine years and it seemed like the perfect time to open somewhere myself. I also thought it would give me the perfect place to pamper myself, although that hasn’t quite gone to plan as I now don’t have time to do that. As soon as I get into the spa I’m bowled over with questions and meetings so I don’t get to spend too much time enjoying the treatments. I came up with the ideas for the interiors of the spa as I wanted to make it very French art deco. Djbril’s French background obviously inspired me initially, but the French culture is so elegant and chic that I wanted to reflect this in the spa. We also stock high-end luxury products - the majority of which are from Paris – so this added to the overall theme which we wanted to create.

What’s your favourite treatment? I would have to say either the Guinot Hydradermie Facial or the Crystal Clear Oxygen Facial.



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the world to receive them, Marco Pierre White is a name synonymous with quality and a great dining experience. Like the man himself, e Swan Inn is entertaining and full of character. It is a place where diners can enjoy simple yet exquisite cuisine that perfectly embodies what Marco calls Affordable Glamour. Marco's restaurants are all about the experience the buzz, the unique atmosphere, and enjoying the company of friends in gorgeous, comfortable surrounds. Newly refurbished, e Swan Inn makes a unique stylish venue for your dining experience. With gorgeous, stylish surrounds, a lively atmosphere, exquisite food, the ability to cater for parties of up to 100 people, and 12 bedrooms, Marco Pierre White’s e Swan Inn is the perfect venue for any occasion. After for a highly successful debut year, MPW e Swan Inn has been acknowledged in the Michelin Guide!

EXCLUSIVE NEWS! We're extremely excited to announce that Marco will be visiting The Swan Inn to promote his new bitter, 'The Governor'. Join us on Thursday 7th July where you can enjoy a champagne & canapé reception, a delicious 3 course meal, a bottle of Marco's new bitter plus a chance to meet the man himself!

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Last month Krispy Kreme opened the doors of their new kiosk in Liverpool ONE's Paradise Street. Serving something for everyone, from the signature Original Glazed doughnut to 15 other delicious varieties including Chocolate Dreamcake, Strawberries & Kreme and Chocolate Sprinkles. Krispy Kreme doughnuts are traditionally bought by the dozen to share with friends and colleagues and are presented in the iconic green dotty box – which inspires envy wherever it goes! The kiosk also offers customers the best doughnut companion - Krispy Kreme coffee, made from a freshly roasted blend of Arabica and Robusta coffee beans.

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