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Cult British Beauty Brand, illamasqua, is now availaBle in the metquarter, liverpool Hailed as the most significant make-up launch in over twenty years by British Vogue, Illamasqua are bringing their extravagant make-up artistry to Liverpool for the first time, encouraging you to discover your alter ego

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his autumn sees avant-garde professional beauty brand Illamasqua open their first standalone store outside of London, in Liverpool’s Metquarter. This night-time make-up brand that empowers both men and woman to explore their alter egos, has been sending shockwaves throughout the international beauty industry since its launch in November 2008. Officially the fastest growing make-up brand of all time, it is the product of a heady mix of influences; from its roots in the dark and illicit club scene of 1920s Berlin (the inspiration for their new Theatre of the Nameless collection), to a rich heritage in the manufacture of professional make-up for film and theatre, Illamasqua is founded on a fundamental belief in self-expression, capturing the imagination of anyone who wants to accentuate their look through make-up.

Liverpool was the perfect fit for Illamasqua … eventually it became too loud to ignore.” Julian Kynaston, Illamasqua Founder and Joint MD Visit the new Illamasqua store in the Metquarter now to discover your night-time alter ego. Alternatively book a one-on-one transformation with an Illamasqua Make-up Artist and discover the wonders of their colour intense range directly from the professionals; the perfect start to any big night out.

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Bringing professional night-time make-up to the high street for the first time, not only is the independent British brand a favorite amongst leading beauty editors and beauty bloggers, but also lists celebrities such as Nicole Scherzinger, Courtney Love, Daisy Lowe and Lady Gaga as key members of their evangelical fanbase. These celebrities don’t work on commission, but choose to associate themselves with the brand due to the superb performance and professional quality of the products. Illamasqua’s new 925 sq ft concept store within the Metquarter will be a hub of creativity, providing the best opportunity yet for the brand to demonstrate its position as the most vibrant, unique and professional make-up brand on the planet. Located in Liverpool’s Whitechapel, the Metquarter is a haven for luxury fashion and retail brands – providing a shopping experience like no other and the perfect new home for Illamasqua. “High pigment, long-lasting colours specially formulated for die-hard party girls.”GLAMOUR UK“Everywhere we went people were telling us that

Infused by the essence of self-expression that transformed 1920s Berlin, Illamasqua intoxicating new AW11 Theatre of the Nameless collection envelops the senses. Darkly sophisticated tones are accompanied by shocks of dazzling iridescence and kinky rubber-look finishes, creating a breathtakingly modern interpretation of the most illicit night-life in history.

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First of Liverpool Fashion We’re happiness in yet First sprinkling of all all there’s there’ssome Liverpool Fashion Week, Week, incorporating 40 shows from local another fabulous issue which all the incorporating 40 catwalk catwalk showshas fromgot local and national companies, introducing graduate pictures fromcompanies, our amazing Liverpool Fashion and national introducing graduate designers generally showcasing brilliant designers and generally showcasing our brilliant Week whichand took place as we wereour going to city as the fashion capital for the North West of city as forsee theso North West of print. It the wasfashion really capital great to many stores the UK. This exciting event takes place between the UK. This exciting event takes place between getting involved by putting posters in their 18-22 at locations around the 18-22 October October at various various aroundyou. the windows and you behind thelocations tills, so thank city city centre. centre. If If you haven’t haven’t got got tickets tickets it’s it’s not not too too We are also proudattowww.liverpoolfashionweek. have introduced so late late to to buy buy online online at www.liverpoolfashionweek. many new designers to the we hope co.uk, or can luck and co.uk, or can can can try try your your luckcatwalk, and buy buy on on the the door. Catwalk shows starts 6.30pm prompt you enjoyed the shows as at much as we did. door. Catwalk shows starts at 6.30pm prompt each night will 88 to as This month seesthere another celebrity packed each night and and there will be be to watch watch as well well as as the music performing each magazine, with us talent chatting to Jennifer the freshest freshest music talent performing each night. night. Lifestyle is to responsible for Metcalfe, the Hollyoaks actress danced Lifestyle magazine magazine is proud proud to be be who responsible for bringing to of bringing this event to the the forefront forefront of the the fashion fashion her way onthis iceevent last season and opened calendar for Liverpool, each we bigger calendar Liverpool, each year year we get get this year’sfor Liverpool Fashion Week forbigger us. and better and expect this year’s event to and betterisn’t and Christmas expect this year’s event to be be Christmas without Aled Jones magnificent. Hollyoaks beauty, Jennifer Metcalfe and we also met him ahead of his appearance is is opening opening this this year’s year’s LFW LFW and and you you can can read read our our ininterview the Empire’s her White Christmas production. interview with with her soon. soon. We recently attended the unveiling of Leo Back Back to to October October though though and and it it is is Halloween. Halloween. 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twentyfive Liverpool welcomes its newest and most exquisite champagne and cocktail bar! Liverpool’s newest and most chic champagne and cocktail bar opened its doors to the City with a lavish, exclusive opening and Lifestyle Magazine was there to cover the event. Located in the heart of the business district, twentyfive is situated in Liverpool's most prestige address, Beetham Plaza. The opening of Liverpools very own Champagne & Cocktail bar has been eagerly awaited and last weekend seen the doors open for this amazing event.

Above: Red carpet rolled out waiting for the evenings guests Left: Francine Bond with friends.

Guests were welcomed into the event with a 20 metre red carpet running across the Plaza to the venue and greeted with a choice of Grey Goose Le Fizz cocktail or Vueve Clicquot champagne which flowed till the early hours of the morning. This hidden gem is something special and the venue is like no other in the city, walking into the venue is like walking into a stylish New York bar as it oozes sophistication and class. I think this is going to be a firm favourite for the ladies in the city who like the little luxuries in life! twentyfive is already synonymous with great drinks including fantastic cocktails and amazing champagnes. The attentive service is implausible and the lavish surroundings united with a stylish soundtrack provide a sophisticated ambience and attract a fashionable crowd.

Above: Tony Sullivan, Peter Dillon, Peter Gavin and Daniel Woosey Left: Sara Wilson and friends enjoying cocktails. Below : Friends arriving for the opening

All staff at twentyfive have extensive training and are experienced in a wide variety of events. They pride themselves on discretion and always make guests feel as comfortable and welcome as possible. The launch of twentyfive turned out to be a fantastic evening and a good time was had by all. twentyfive is definitely going to be Liverpool's newest hotspot attracting the most stylish people within the city and deservedly so. But don’t just take my word for it – experience it for yourself.

Private Event Hire twentyfive offers space and facilities for any private occasion from birthday parties to leaving parties, business meetings and weddings to larger events including high profile launch nights, fashion shows, after parties and wrap parties. All functions can be tailor made to suit your requirements by our specialist team of event planners. twentyfive is renowned throughout Liverpool for its flexibility when it comes to accommodating large parties and the specific requirements of our guests. We take a personal approach to event organisation, therefore ensuring every event is a huge success. To enquire about private hire, please contact our Events Director Paul on 0151 2360997 or email paul@twentyfive.uk.com Twentyfive, Beetham Plaza, 25 The Strand, Liverpool, L2 0XL www.twentyfive.uk.com

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THE NUMBER ONE MAGAZINE FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE STYLE IN THEIR LIFE

Lifestyle Monthly

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Contents

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ROCHELLE WISEMAN

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ALED JONES

18 Liverpool Fashion Week

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Craig Phillips

competition 27 Lush Win Lush goodies worth over ÂŁ200!

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Gary Bond

30 Red Carpet

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Mick Rathbone

Ferrari 33 Annalese Model and F1 Formula Racer

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THE TEAM

Editor: Amanda Moss editor@lifestylemonthly.co.uk 07916 332 469 Advertising Director: Neil Woods neil.woods5@btinternet.com 07984 565 931 Journailist: Joy Lewis Sales Executive: Gemma Hibbert Head of Make Up: Jennie Freedland Design: Eve Russell, Simon Jakes, 45 Degree Design Photography: Mandrake Photography, Capture Events, Foto Foto, Adam Johns Photography, Dark Soul Photography.

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NEWS & EVENTS

ON YOUR BIKE!

A NEW initiative aimed at transforming biking beginners to strong-cyclists gets underway in South Liverpool. Cycle Aigburth, the city’s popular cycling scheme is launching a series of weekly Sunday rides aimed specifically at beginners. The rides, which leave from the Obelisk, Sefton Park Gates (Ullet Road/Aigburth Drive) at 11am and are about 60 minutes long, are designed to increase cyclists’ confidence and proficiency.

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etal, the arts organisation behind the regeneration of Edge Hill Station the world’s oldest passenger railway station, have announced a brand new permanent exhibition  ‘The Edge Hill Archive’ which will be a ‘living’ documentation of the station’s monumental past.   The Edge Hill Archive will open to the public on Sat 12 November from 12pm-4pm, situated in the   Welcoming area of Metal – the station’s former Boiler House.  Edge Hill Station is of significant importance to the local community, Liverpool and the UK. An historic landmark, where Stephenson’s ‘Rocket’ first left for Manchester,  Edge Hill possesses a proud history of technological innovation and aspiration. Following over three years of collecting hundreds of interesting stories, memories and insights about the station as well as objects, photographs and memorabilia, METAL and a dedicated group of volunteers called Future Station, the history of Edge Hill Station can now be shared online across the world and the exciting digital exhibition at the station can now be   enjoyed by visitors and passengers alike.

The archive has been split up into ten diffe ent categoriesi cluding shops and shopping, social life, war, change and communities and will feature spoken memories which will be played into the space in addition to physical records. There will also be frequent discussions and community events were local people can share their memories of the station in addition to commenting   on the memories of others. Metal continue to add memories and artefacts to the Archive and anyone with anything to share is invited to contact 0151 707 2277 or email edgehill@metalculture.com The organisation is particularly interested in i ages and memories of the station and its impact on the surounding communities, old industries and the people work worked in the  neighbourhood as well as the everyday lives of people who grew up surrounding Edge Hill. For more information visit www.edgehillstation.co.uk  or www.metalculture.com

Christmas ClassiCs return to liverpool Cathedral with a sense of sound Liverpool Cathedral’s Choristers will join voices with renowned local choir Sense of Sound Singers for an exciting evening of Christmas music on December 3 rd . This time the action moves onto the main floor for the annual Christmas event. BBC Radio personality Roger Philips returns to host the evening of popular sacred and secular Christmas music in aid of Claire House and the Cathedral. Rapidly established as a highlight in the Cathedral’s calendar, Christmas Classics has grown in popularity over the years and for the first time takes over the entire Cathedral. Tickets for the event are on sale from the cathedral shop or www.cathedralshop.com priced £10. Or you can enjoy a special pre concert 2-course festive buffet before the show for £25 (ticket and buffet).

It’s the perfect starting point for local people who want to take up cycling but need extra support, as well as being a great opportunity to have fun, meet other people, get some exercise and see the city’s sights on two wheels. And best of all – it’s all free! Upcoming rides are: n  n  n n  n

6 November - Calderstones Park. 13 November - Sefton Park Circular. 20 November - Mersey Promenade. 4 December - Calderstones Park. 11 December - Liverpool City Centre (Radial Route 10).

The rides are led by qualified and experienced cycling instructors, and everyone is welcome to join. Children under 14 should be accompanied by an adult and all participants must have a roadworthy bike to take part. If you don’t have a bike, don’t worry. Cycle Aigburth has teamed up with Cycle for Health Liverpool and has a limited number of pool bikes available.  To book your bike in advance, please phone Callum on 233 5246 or email callum.gregson@liverpool.gov.uk Visit www.liverpool.gov.uk/cycleaigburth or www.liverpool.gov.uk/cyclespeke for further details, to find out about forthcoming city council cycling events or to download guides, showing

you great places to explore by bike.

LoCAL BREAkTHRoUgH BREAST CANCER FUNDRAiSER,  SUzy yoUNg FRoM CHiLDER THoRNToN RAiSED A STAggERiNg £6116.00 iN oNE EVENT RECENTLy. Her sister in law, Lila Young died on the 20th August from Breast Cancer and Suzy and her husband Neil have been working to raise awareness and raise much needed funds for Breakthrough. Suzy came up with the idea of a raffle and wear PINK for the day, pay £1.00 for all tenants in the POL & Cunard Buildings and used her contacts in hotels and restaurants in Liverpool to gain amazing prizes from the likes of Hotel Indigo, The Racquet Club and the prestigious Hughes Holiday Homes. This Morning presenter, Terri Dwyer, showed her support and came along to the iconic Port of Liverpool Building to pull out the winning raffle tickets. Suzy said: “Lila’s smile lit up a room and she never gave up hope of winning her battle with breast cancer. “All this is in her memory, and I’m delighted by how it has snowballed into such a big event. “We’re so grateful to everyone who has donated prizes and we’re so pleased to have Terri’s support.” Suzy’s next event will be at Blundell Street in February, she is now looking for prizes and support – if you can help please tweet on Suzanneyoung2 or email suzy420@btinternet.com 9


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Thank you for opening Liverpool Fashion Week. What did you enjoy the most? The whole night!I love fashion and to be able to get the opportunity to open Liverpool Fashion Week is an honour. You are very fashion conscious with the opening of your own boutique. Tell us about it. Yes I am but not to the point where I obsess about it. I like trying new styles and throwing things together When you took on the role of Mercedes, did you imagine she would be so popular? No I didn’t. I thought she would be hated. She can be a bitch bitch but actually the public are warming towards her. Your amazing figure is well documented in the press, does that bother you? No, I fluctuate a lot and I am aware of that and that seems to interested the media. It isn’t deliberate, as long as `i am healthy I don’t care. Your health and fitness background must help. what regime do you follow? I see my personal trainer twice a week and try and fit in an hour of cardio and one body pump class every week. Any beauty tips? Less is more! What’s your favourite item in your wardrobe? Flesh coloured Laboutins that I treated myself to recently for my birthday.

What did you learn from it? You cane never stop learning, keep challenging yourself. Would you consider any more reality TV shows? Not at the moment. What are your plans for Christmas? France with my mum, Roger my boyfriend and his family. What was your last big splurge on your credit card? A Herve Leger top What is your favourite pampering treat? A facial and massage Although you are from Bradford, do you consider Liverpool your home? I like Liverpool but you can take the girl out of Bradford but not Bradford out of the girl. Bradford will always be my home. What do you think of the Liverpool “style”? I love it. Girls are proper girls, they make a real effort. It always makes me smile. I wish I had their energy! What is it like on the set of Hollyoaks. Fun, fun, fun. What do you love about your job? Everything. The fact that I go to work everyday and it doesn’t feel like work says it all.

Where do you like to shop?

What is it like being an award winning actress?

Online- Net a Porter. I like designer stores like Cricket and Harvey Nics. On the high street I like Top Shop and Miss Selfridge.

I am not yet, ha ha! But watch this space. I actually did win a “Best Style Award” for TV Choice, Inside Soap or one of them

Do you have an item in your wardrobe that the fashion police would confiscate but you absolutely adore?

Where do you want to go from here?

Erm, maybe my Timberland winter boots, they’re gorgeous. Why did you go on Dancing on Ice? I watched ice skating so much when I was younger and I was always mesmerised by it. To get the chance to learn the skill alongside a job was heaven.

Who knows. I love what I am doing right now, I appreciate my life and what I have in it. Have you any burning ambition you want to fulfill? Not really, I wouln’t mind doing an underwear modelling campaign for boobs and bums, it’s been a while since I got my kit off and think it’s about time! 11


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e arrived at the restaurant and were greeted at the door by a gentleman in traditional punjabi dress who welcomed us in and took us Also at: Princess Street, City Centre, Manchester M1 7DL Tel: 0161through 244 5353to the waiting area, where me and my dining Alasdair from Radio City, had a Blackfriars Street, Deansgate, Manchester M3 5BQ Tele:0161 834 partner, 3500 9 Church Street, Preston PR1 3BQ Tel: 01772 200084 chance to enjoy a beer and peruse the menu.

The restaurant looks fantastic. It is decorated in a contemporary punjabi fashion and can seat 400 diners at a time. It’s open for lunch if there’s a conference at the nearby ACC, and opens 5 til midnight during the week, 3 til midnight Sunday. After a short wait we were shown to our table which was a private booth offering a view of the restaurant and the echo wheel. Russell, our waiter, advised us that he would be able to help us negotiate the menu, which carries a huge range of punjabi dishes for every taste and palate. We began the meal with the traditional poppadums and a well stocked pickle tray. Interestingly all the pickles are hand made in the kitchen by a specific chef, and an explanation of what each one contains can be found under each dish!

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might like to try. Following his recommendations I went for the karahi lamb sookha bouhna and Alasdair chose lahore jhingha king prawn handi. The starters arrived on sizzling skillets and Russell again advised the best dips to accompany the different foods. Feasting on a selection of samosas, chicken & lamb boti, spicy king prawns, fish tikka and more we began to wonder whether we’d have room for the main course!! I had the option of the lamb on or off the bone, I chose on, as it keeps the meat moist and gives the sauce better flavour. The king prawns enjoyed by my colleague alasdair were succulent, juicy and perfectly complemented by the tomato garlic and ginger sauce. Side orders of pilau rice, tarka daal and tandoori roti were the best we’ve ever tasted. Desserts offer a tempting finale to your meal with a simple range of traditional and non traditional sweet treats. We plumped for a belgian waffle with ice cream which was the perfect end to a great evening’s dining and soothed our tingling mouths from the delicious spices of previous dishes.

We ordered a mixed starter to begin with, Eastzeast is not your typical curry house, it’s and having chosen our mains, Russell showed great place for a lads or girlie night out, and most Lifestyle Monthly ritalian review:Lifestyle Monthly 20/10/11 15:19 Page 1 definitely the perfect choice for impressing a date. his expertise and knowledge of theGerard menu byfeature “Lunch with Rossie - Radio City Breakfast showfish with suggesting alternative dishes that he thought we Book your table today! Rossie & Co weekday mornings 6am till 10am.”

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itting on the fringe of Liverpool city centre, at the top of Bold Street lies one of the cleanest restaurants I have ever had had the pleasure to dine in (and I go to a lot). The wooden floor was sparkling, the authentic Italian ornaments were gleaming and the aroma of freshly cooking fish along with the Italian music was very welcoming. We sat opposite the bar looking out of the large windows which streamed a huge amount of light into the cosy space. This has to be the best place to buy and eat fresh fish in Liverpool. As a dedicated fish restaurant you can have traditional freshly cooked fish and chips, or be more adventurous. A wide selection of delicious non-fish dishes is fully available for those who are not really fish fans, so there is no excuse at all for not going! For antipasta, I chose the Smoked Haddock Rarebit, my smoked haddock served on a toasted ciabatta topped with welsh rarebit and a garlic salsa verde, which was absolutely delicious. My husband, who isn't really that fond of fish, chose the Suppli di Pesce; home made Italian fish cakes served with a mixed salad and tartare sauce. It went down extremely well.

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For mains, I had the special from the blackboard - Seared Tuna Loin with home made thickly cut chips and sauted spinach with butter and parmesan. Oh my god, this was absolutely gorgeous. My mouth tingled with the medley of flavours and the tuna was cooked to perfection. My husband had the full Sea bass with new potatoes in garlic butter and mixed vegetables. The fish fell lightly from the bone and was sweet and succulent. Our 2 year old had the fish pie, it had to be ordered as the Club Fish's reputation precedes itself with this classic dish. It was served piping hot and included a mixture of cod, haddock and salmon in a white sauce topped with mashed potato and parmesan crust. Fortunately for me she barely touched it so we took it home for our dinner where it was eagerly devoured. Safe to say, it definitely lives up to its reputation. Despite being heartily satisfied with our meal, we managed to squeeze in a latte and Torta Valter, an unbelievably moist and tasty chocolate and almond cake served with cream. The Italian Fish Club is an adorably quaint restaurant. The service is impeccable, the food is divine and the whole experience is five star. You can't beat it. 13


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t eastzeast, the home of Punjabi cooking, we have set a new standard for Indian restaurants. Over the years the Manchester and Preston restaurants have been receiving great reviews. And with the eve of the New Liverpool Restaurant opening, you can expect big things from us in the future.

The modern design, stylish fittings and quiet, but efficient service all add to the refined atmosphere, making eastZeast the place to go. Come and enjoy the very best of traditional punjabi cuisine. With extensive menus of Punjabi dishes and wines from around the world eastZeast has something for everyone.

Unit 2, Kings Dock, Liverpool L3 4FN (Sat Nav postcode: L3 4BX) Tel: 0151 707 9377 Email: info@eastzeast.com Web: www.eastzeast.com

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iverpool Fashion Week took place 18-22 October. Over 3000 people visited the event, which took place in Hard Days Night, MODO, Newz Bar and The Marriott. Sixty five models had spray tans by Fake Bake and hair styled by Hooka. There were 40 catwalk shows across 5 days, 27 of those local and new designers from our region, making Liverpool Fashion Week the biggest fashion event in the North West of the UK.

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BE F A B U - B L I S S - F U L ! with Jennie Freedland

Head of Make up for, Liverpool Fashion Week and Lifestyle Monthly’s Beauty Editor

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ell another fashion week has been and gone with great success and amazing press coverage but even those of us who don’t wear make-up all the time need some help with their skin and I’m sure even our models need a bit of TLC aswell. Add to that the weather and central heating playing havoc with our skin and with us all being super busy we need to get clever and product savvy to keep it nourished,smooth,radient and moisturised without cutting into our busy lives. So in the name of research this month I’ve had the chance to experience Bliss and become Blissed out. For those of you not in the know Bliss is THE #1 skincare company in the US and is found in no less than 13 countries offering cutting edge technology with a “tonguein-chic” attitude - no wonder they’ve won countless beauty awards! Bliss have just opened doors in Debenhams Manchester with a beauty room on site offering facials,eye treatments and waxing coupled with expert advice for the right products to be using at home and as someone with sensitive skin I was a touch apprehensive about the new ranges....but I soon learnt I had nothing to fear! First up was the ‘fabulous foaming face wash’(£18.40) which is a 2-in-1 oil free cleanser and exfoliator that left my skin soft and smooth, next was ‘lid & lash makeup remover’(£12.30)that actually took my waterproof mascara off and didn’t irritate my lenses!Then came my new must have product of the year..........’Triple oxygen Instant Energising Mask’ (£39.90). All I can say is WOW,WOW,WOW.......this is a home version of Bliss’ most famous facial and instantly delivers glowing,radient revitalised skin by delivering a shot of oxygen,anti oxidents & a huge dose of vitamin C (this comes off the back of research that shows oxygen levels reaching our facial tissues can drop as much as 70% by the time we hit 30! Eeekkk!!) I definately saw a difference straight away and this was after ONE use at this point. ‘Daily detoxifying facial toner’(£20.50) followed the mask and this felt so nice without over drying or tightening my skin, coupled with it being a fab primer for makeup (always a must for me!) For those whose eyes are an area of concern the ‘Triple oxygen Instant Energising Eye Gel’(£42) - that VOGUE calls ‘the definition of sleep in a bottle & promises to banish

bags in an instant’.......I must say I’m inclined to agree with caffeine to depuff,oxygen to revitalise and Vitamin C to brighten - a definite must after fashion week!! Out of all the products I could have chosen from my moisturiser of choice came from ‘The youth as we know it’ range - the anti aging moisture cream (£52.90) has 10!! advanced ingredients,can be used day or night & used everywhere; truly a multi tasker and a must for us busy girls. Now for those that like their technology and gizmo’s there’s the ‘Pore-fector gadget’ (£127 approx)....... this will truly amaze and wonder even the most sceptical of you out there. It a dual action tool working on sonic vibrations (125000 vibrations per milisecond to be exact) and it shakes up pores, power washes them and deep cleans and eliminates impurities , then on the second setting use it to help massage treatments/moisturisers into the skin. This scarily gives instant results that will have you queuing to get your mitts on this gadget! Top this with the ‘No zit sherlock’ purifying range containing 2% salicylic acid to really blast those blackheads and improve uneven skin tone amongst other things, goodies for those hands and feet including softening socks and gloves lined with a self activating gel that works in just 20 minutes (really!!) and the nicest, most gorgeous smelling bath and body range I’ve come across and for those of us who really have a tough time with those ‘problem areas’ then ‘Fat Girl Slim’ range is for you. It works by stimulating the circulation and contouring the body, reducing the appearance of cellulite, stimulates the drainage of fluid retention and toxins!! Phew - with proven results I’m first in this queue!! You simply need to try this range for yourself I am now officially a ‘Bliss-ette’ Bliss can be found in Debenhams Manchester or online at www.blissworld.com

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Pineapple juice (37.5ml) Coconut creme (25ml) Blue Curacao (2 tsp) Vodka (12.5ml) Archers (25 ml) Shake all the ingredients together and serve over ice. Garnish with red cherries and lime peel for a bit of festive colour.

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but Tulissa is a really good friend of ours so we will definitely be heading to the studios to support her backstage. Do you feel the need to always look the part for the cameras? No, but we are always aware that there might be someone trying to pap us whilst nipping out for some milk or something. On TV we always have a stylist to assist us but if it’s just us hanging out at home or with friends then we dress ourselves. Who are your favourite designers? Yves Saint Lauren, Christan Laboutin and if it’s the high street, then Zara What was you last big credit card splurge? My house and everything in it. It’s in London, which is expensive in itself, but now that I have it, I just keep buying more stuff for it, it’s one of those things. But I get a lot of pleasure form my home. How are you looking forward to band mate Molly’s new baby? Oh I can’t wait to be an auntie, I am so excited. The baby is due on my birthday, march 21st so I think it will be a girl!

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Talks to editor, Amanda Moss, On a rainy Autumn morning sat in Starbucks on Bold Street, Liverpool, Amanda Moss’s mobile rang- it was Rochelle Wiseman, from the Saturdays, phoning for a chat over a latte….

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i Rochelle, I remember seeing you perform at The Carling Club two years ago as a support act. You have come a long way since then. Oh gosh, yes, I look back now and always dreamed we would be here now but never expected it. Do you feel a lot of pressure to behave correctly as a lot of young girls see you as role models? I don’t get stressed out about it but I am aware of our responsibility to behave in a certain way as yes, there are a lot of young, impressionable girls out there. As long we we do

what we do, I am proud of who we are and I think a lot of our fans can relate to us. Tell us about your new single. It’s a big ballard , All Fired, Up. It’s doing something completely opposite to what we normally do, it’s a raw, emotional song, It has taken the best part of a year to put the album together and we wrote it and are very proud of it. Will you be performing on the X Factor this year as a guest? I am not sure, we never know what is going to happen on that show,

Will she be taking time out from the band as she adjusts to being a mum? No not at all, she’s pregnant, not ill and everyone has baby’s and gets on with work, it’s no different for Molly. Obviously she will rest after the birth but then she’ll be back in the studio as normal and just bring the baby with her. Bring at the top of your game can you chose who you work with? Well we can certainly ask. We wan tto collaborate with Ne Yo but to be honest we are so happy with what we have achieved and it’s a good feeling to sell out arenas. It’s a reminder of how well we have done. We always love coming to Liverpool, the crowdis just always just up for it. 25


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hen Lewis’s, Liverpool’s original department store, closed its doors to the public for the final time in May last year, its Famous Magical Grotto was already being dismantled and transported to Rapid Hardware in Williamson Square, where it is now situated. Lovingly rearranged, reassembled and embellished by the original Lewis’s display team, it is also under the same management, along with Santa’s favourite photographers, m.d.studios, who started at Lewis’s Grotto in 1986. Enchanting characters from a bygone era adorn the festive displays and scenes, decorated with the latest led lights to create that nostalgic atmosphere for people of all ages to enjoy, all in the indoor comfort of 3,500 sq feet of space. Father Christmas arrives at Rapid Hardware on 5th November at 11.00 am.

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s “White Christmas; The Musical” dances its way to the Liverpool Empire, Kayleigh Ward chats to its star,

ALED JONES hen you think of Christmas, what springs to mind? The Snowman and its star, Aled Jones. Now Aled is perfectly placed to star alongside west end performer Adam Cooper in this year’s spectacular seasonal performance of “White Christmas the Musical”. It promises to be an exciting beginning to the Christmas festivities. The show will be sure to propel excitement across the city. Talking of the show, he says,”It’s a big production, a west end show, and Liverpool is getting to see it before the West End which is absolutely fantastic and an honour for us to perform at The Empire.” And working alongside Adam, he says, “We have a great relationship and really bounce off each other” Adam Cooper is a regular on the London theatre circuit, performing in many well-known stage productions such as Billy Elliot and Swan Lake, he describes his character ‘Private Davis’ as “a bit of a womaniser”, He admits that he’s having a lot of fun in this role and is enjoying the company his co-star Aled who is playing “Bob Wallace” originally played by Bing Crosby in the 1954 movie version. Through his regularity on stage, he explains “I find it easy to move from one role to another, I just have to completely forget the last character I was playing and move on”. For those who have never heard of or seen White Christmas the Musical, the play is set in the midst of World War 2, and touches upon the lives of two American Soldiers ‘Private Davis’ and ‘Bob Wallace’ After a near death experience whilst fighting in Europe, the two decide when they return home they will join together to create a performing duo that will take America by storm. The play takes us through the many tribulations the men face along the way to fame, love, seduction, financial austerity and tough friendships, all set against the snowy season of Christmas. The show promises to capture the holiday spirit and dazzle the audience with show stopping dance performances and outstanding singing from Aled Jones and the rest of the cast, Aled says, “The play has a family feeling. Anybody can come and see it”. Over the Christmas period Aled will be spending his time in Liverpool with his family, as the play runs from 22nd Dec through till 7th Jan, although no rest for the singing sensation on Christmas morning as he is live on Radio 2 before being back at the Empire theatre the next day. This will be the second time Aled will be performing in this show, the last time was in 2009 headlining at Manchester’s Lowry theatre. He says “The excitement of the show pulled me back to do it again, There are fantastic dancers, it’s a great story line, it’s got music and dance, what more could you want? I was a big fan of the original play and was thrilled when I was asked to be a part of it again”.

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Matou’s catering is fit for the King! Waterfront Pan-Asian restaurant Matou is getting All Shook Up at the thought of their latest catering challenge – creating a selection of Elvis Presley’s favourite foods, including hamburgers and deep-fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Pictured is Danny Boon in the Beatles Story gift shop with the Elvis canapes and merchandise.

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Aled Jones and Adam Cooper with Lifestyles Neil Woods.

The producers of the show are delighted to announce that singer, actor, radio and TV Presenter Aled Jones will return to the role of  Bob Wallace, a character he first played to great acclaim at The  Lowry, Salford Quays.

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Annalese Ferrari Model and F1 racer, Annalese Ferrari (no that’s not a pun) chats to us about life on the runway and freeway.

Tell us about some of your most thrilling races? I think the races I’ve won are the most thrilling - the one that I remember the most is when I started from 9th on the grid and managed to overtake all of the cars in front of me to win - this is quite difficult to do when all of the cars are to the same spec but I managed it, I think I just got determined, took some risky overtaking manoeuvres and won! There was also a race where I beat 23 boys and I was just about to be handed the winners trophy when a few of the competitors demanded a stewards enquiry as they were convinced I shouldn’t have won - because I was a girl - but eventually everything was found to be in order and the one that made the most fuss had to award me with the trophy!

Which came first, modelling or motor racing? Racing came first - I started karting in my early teens and then progressed through to racing cars at the age of 17, initially in Formula Renault and Formula Ford, a training ground for future Formula 1 drivers. I got into modelling when my boss entered me into Miss Wirral, a Miss England heat and my modelling career went from there, doing numerous fashion shows including Liverpool Fashion Week and photographic shoots. How did you get into racing? I always watched Schumacher in his prime F1 days and wanted to be like him. So when my mum took me for a fun karting party, and I was not only fast but managed to win the whole thing, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. Once you get behind the wheel of a racing car there is no other feeling like it. I’ve also been trained in stunt driving which is really good fun too. What training did you require? First of you have to have an official racing licence from the Motor Sport Association. The theory test requires you to know about all the different flags used in racing and safety rules and the driving part requires you to demonstrate an ability to handle a car at speed on a track and there is also a medical. After this, you are required to keep familiarity with rules and the more testing and trackdays you can do, the better you become. I also have driver coaches who help you improve lap times and racing lines around corners and as it is quite a demanding sport, there is an element of physical and mental fitness training as well.

How do you feel when you’re on the track? It’s exciting and fun to be racing and I get very competitive, the adrenaline kicks in and I want to win! It can get quite bolshy on the track during races so you have to make bold moves and stay alert 100%. Is it quite a male dominated industry? It is still fairly male dominated, there are grid girls who do the promotional side of things but most of the time the racing grid is made up of males, I have always been the only female in each race I’ve competed in. But there are more girls taking up racing now and there are even quite a few female mechanics and engineers. How do you cope with that? In general there isn’t really much sexism or discrimination - in fact being a girl sometimes has it’s benefits as it generates more publicity so the teams start to negotiate over having you drive for them! It’s also quite fun when you beat the boys, but a lot accept now that girls can race and win, at the end of the day when everyone has their helmets on and are sitting on the grid, physical differences don’t count. I’m also the first female stunt driving instructor at the Terry Grant Stunt Academy which is quite fun, some men get in the car and think they know what they’re doing and they don’t need to listen - they soon accept I need to tell them what to do! Where do you want to go from here? In 2012, I will be racing in the AirAsia Renault Clio Cup which is a support race to the British Touring Car Championship. This means it gets live television coverage on ITV and I’m currently in talks with the team that runs Lewis Hamilton’s brother - when I was at Rockingham a few weeks ago, Lewis was sitting on the next table in the same awning!

I’m also due to race in the new Electric Vehicle Cup, solely for electric cars in the new Westfield iRacer and I’ll also be taking part in the Autosport Celebrity Karting Challenge in January as part of Ben Collins’(ex Stig) team. Moving forward in racing, I would like to reach top level sportscars in FIA GTs and hopefully compete in the Le Mans 24 Hour race. In 2012, I also have my UK Karting challenge where I am driving a green fuelled go kart from John O’Groats to Lands End for charity and to promote green fuels. What reaction do you get when you tell people what you do? Sometimes people are quite shocked as I am quite girly - I still like to have my hair done and make up on under my helmet and have my nails done, I’m even getting my helmet sprayed leopard print and I think my car for 2012 will also be leopard print! Just because it’s a typical male sport, doesn’t mean the girls have to dress like them - it’s fun to be different and it’s important to keep your own identity and as a model, I have a reputation to hold up! Tell us about your modelling career. I have modelled for lots of designers and retailers, my favourite being Marc Cain, as well as lots of fashion shows including Liverpool Fashion Week, Liverpool International Tennis Tournament, Wirral Fashion Festival and many more. I’ve done some beauty pageants including Miss England heats and I’ve also done some presenting for national press and even a supercar garage in London! This year I have been published for modelling, stunt driving and racing in a lot of magazines and even on BBC radio. Are you sponsored by anyone? Yes in 2011, I have been sponsored by Terry Grant Stunt Academy, Fuel Topia and AF Trading. However for 2012, we are still looking for investors and sponsors to support me in the Renault Clio Cup and we have generated a lot of interest already. If anyone is interested in further information, please email: info@annalese-ferrari-motorsport.co.uk What races have you got coming up? I am racing on 29th October in a Peugeot 206 GTI in the Fuel Topia Series at Santa Pod Raceway, Northants and then hopefully in the Lotus Cup 1000km Race in a Lotus Elise on 5th November at Brands Hatch, Kent. Then it is the racing off season until the Renault Clio Cup starts on 31st March 2012 but I have some kart racing over the winter period and testing in preparation for 2012 racing as well. The Renault Clio Cup and BTCC will visit Liverpool’s local racing circuit, Oulton Park in June 2012. Email: annalese@annalese-ferrari-motorsport.co.uk Website: www.annalese-ferrari-motorsport.co.uk Twitter: @annaleseferrari 33


crAiG’S 40Th BirThdAy Craig celebrated with a huge bash with around 500 friends and family helping him mark the occasion.

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Hi Lifestyle readers Well this has been a hectic month!! I turned 40 last week and had a brilliant time at my birthday bash, held at The Park Hotel in Liverpool. So many of my friends came, including my fellow Big Brother housemates and everyone had a great time. I would just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped to make the party happen including: The Park Hotel, Sitting Pretty Covers, Sweet Decorations, Candy Buffets, Prominent Events, Blaklader, Sika, Daytona Lights, Laura White, Andy Abraham, Victoria Jones, The Driftars, Elsie, Scott Wright and Band, Blind Mickey DJ, Laurel and Hardy MODELS, Sugar Dollets, Heat Holders, Ryobi, Home TV, PWS Management and Champions (UK) Plc. A few days before my party, I was up in Cumbria with 5 time Olympic skier Graham Bell and TV weather girl Emma Jesson doing a shoot for Heat Holders. Heat Holders really are “the ultimate thermal sock”, perfect for any outdoor activity, especially with the cold weather which is approaching, but also just to wear around the house. The shoot went really well and it was really nice to go to the countryside for the day and to see Emma and Graham. This month I also did a week long competition for ‘This Morning’ with Homebase. Homebase offered viewers £250,000 worth of DIY essentials and I had a great time filming with the team. My website has had a complete revamp this month, so please take a look at www.craigphillips.co.uk and sign up to my e-newsletter.

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STAGE 1 The centre post/beam is going to play a large role in the stability of the bird table, so I’m using an old Newel post from a staircase. This is more than suitable and will also add to the look of the bird table, however, if you don’t have such an item you can use 3”x3” timber. For stability, your centre post/beam will need to be supported by 4 small legs. Using your chop saw, cut your 3”x2” timber to size so that you have 4 equally sized legs. Again using your chop saw, cut angles into both ends of all 4 feet. Next, using your drill driver screw your legs to your centre post/beam and use a spirit level to check it stands level. STAGE 2 For your feeding tray, use your chop saw to cut a piece of 18mm plywood to around 400mm square and using your drill driver, screw down to the top of your centre post/beam. Top Tip: A rim about 10mm high around the edge of your feeding tray will help stop food from being knocked or blown off. Remember to leave gaps at the corners to allow rain to drain away and to make cleaning easy. You are now ready to build the roof supports for your feeding tray. Use your chop saw to cut 4 lengths of 2”x2” timber to about 250mm long and screw them down in all four corners of your feeding tray using your drill driver. If you screw down your roof supports from underneath the food tray, the screw heads will not be visible. STAGE 3 For the roof, use your chop saw to cut two sheets of plywood to around 450mm square. Fix the edge of both sheets of plywood to a batten, forming a pitched roof effect and secure the roof to your roof supports using a drill driver and screws. Top Tip: Make your roof slightly bigger than your feeding tray to protect your visiting birds and food from the rain. Finally, fill your bird table with wild bird food and sit back while your garden springs to life!

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I can remember as a child spotting my dad in a neighbour’s garage, putting the finishing touches to a bike he was “doing up for me” for Christmas. At the time I remember feeling gutted that I wasn’t getting a brand new BMX like all my friends were getting. I now think about the time and effort that that it must have took to make that bike a present. I now appreciate how he did the best with what we had at that time. The bike was one present however the real present was an understanding of living within your means. There is much more to present giving than the money we spend. It’s the thought and time that plays such a big part. Imagine this; if you don’t have the cash to pay for something then you can’t afford it. Follow these 5 steps to manage your money:

am City Lites of High Profile Music U.S.A. and also of City Lites World Wide, 2 independent entertainment organizations. Now I am overseeing the United Kingdom PR Firm of Karl Fischer Biz GLOBAL USA, a division of the home base Karl Fischer Biz UK. Our business relationship started on Twitter, Yes! TWITTER changed my career. And it is daily changing my life. I started out as a deejay, while working at Harley-Davidson in York, Pennsylvania and doing weddings, high school /college dances, as well as my share of talent showcases. Using my income from Harley- Davidson I found an unique kid’s group called B Boys 2. In 1992 I made a BIG move from York, PA., and came to Atlanta, where music acts were becoming popular due to Jermaine Dupree, LaFace Records, Rowdy Records, and many others. I was given an opportunity by Master && Master Records, an independent label, with a new group named 9 Milli. This opportunity gave me the Manage, do Street Promotion, National Street Promotion, as well as Radio PR && Magazine write-ups. One accomplishment was taking Thugz Nation to the Source Awards in Los Angeles, California. I see Karl Fischer as a “Visionary” Our goals/ dreams/ and talents were uniquely parallel to one another. Oh, remember, I am in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and Karl has been in Liverpool tending to a busy September appearance to almost every prime time event as he prepares for the Liverpool Fashion Week, at the time of writing this,along with girl band, The Sirens. They are our first act/ artist that we’ll have a daily hands-on presence of their growth. Within Karl Fischer Biz GLOBAL USA, I will be doing alot of the same services offered by The UK office which is Business Consultancy, as well as National and International Promotions, Model PR, Event Planning & Coordinating, Radio PR, and Club Promotions. but together we want global presence. I would like to say that my recent collaboration Karl Fischer Biz has shown me that my Atlantic neighbors have been very open-arms to me & welcoming of my words, my ideas, and now wishing to know me. Thank you, LifeStyle Monthly as well. It was PR which which got me noticed for this interview. I’m seizing the moment! In 2011, as we go into 2012, be creative, make every posting count, and always know...... “Somebody Is Watching YOU!” 44

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Set a goal to follow a budget This goal takes discipline and some work. It is important to realize that it takes a few months to settle into a working budget so get started now. The two main goals are to spend less than you earn, and to know where your money is going. Watch your Monthly Expenditure This simple budgeting goal is essential to making your budget work for you. It can be real therapy to do a balance sheet. Down one side of the page, write everything you spend. And be honest. Down the other side all your income. Now simply do the maths. Before we can change anything we need to know our starting point Understand any debts you have It’s worth taking time to look at the interest that your paying on any debts you have. It makes sense to pay off first the debts that attract the highest rates of interest. Shop around Look at your budget to determine which categories you can save more money on. Get good at looking for bargins, and asking for discounts. A great question is “What’s the best discount i can get on this product” not “do you give discounts”? It’s a tough market for retailers right now so don’t be afraid to ask for a discount. Save Money Get GOOD!. Get Out Of Debt The best advice i can ever give anyone who is looking to free up financial burden is to save 10% of your earnings every month. Do this as part of your budget. It doesn’t matter how little or how large this amount is. This is a success habit and one worth learning. You will always have a reserve. Enjoy Christmas more by not worrying about January bills. Don’t have your head in the sand, follow your budget and have a Christmas and New Year.


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Who are you and What is your background My name is Su Grainger age 46 I am a singer/songwriter, voice coach and founder and Musical Director Of Singing Our Socks Off a community choir across Merseyside Why did you set up your choir Iinitially set up SOSO as a singing club to allow enthusiastic people to get together regularly and enjoy singing, It was something I wanted to do myself but didn’t want to join a formal choir and couldn’t find anything that suited me, so I decided to create my own workshops What did you hope to achieve I wanted to run a series of classes in which people could attend regularly without feeling they were committed to attend and come and go as they pleased, like any other exercise class, I also wanted to expand the classes and create an image of Singing Our Socks Off as a way for anyone, whatever level and experience to discover what a fun activity singing in a group is and how it can have a big impact in people s lives. Initially I did struggle as I had no financial input, or indeed formal training, but we now have a number of classes on Merseyside with over 100 members Why is singing so important in your life Apart from singing making me feel great personally, I have come to learn and experience what it has done for my members and friends, there are many studies about the benefits of singing, not just emotionally but physically and psychologically too,. The feedback I receive from people I teach or coach humbles me every day when they tell me the impact and difference it has made in their lives, and how it has helped them through some very difficult situations, personally it has also helped me cope with caring for my husband who has a long term illness and disability What do you offer others? We offer a range of services from singing and voice training workshops, to one to one personal coaching. We also have piano and song Writing courses Myself and my Business partner Billy Hui are both regular public speakers and appear on local radio, we offer Public speaking and vocal confidence courses and fear of public speaking courses What’s the definition of a voice coach A voice coach is someone who can teach you how to sing safely, improve your voice, and discover your potential in a safe and effective

manor. A vocal coach, as oppsosed to a singing teacher will have at least some understanding and knowledge of how your voice works physiologically Initially when I started coaching I taught the emotional side of delivering a song and how you can interpret your music and engage with an audience. Over the past 3 years I have trained with industry leaders from the field of voice from ENT surgeons, speech and language therapists and experiences vocal coaches and singing teachers through the British Voice Association, we attend regular conferences and courses to study how to use our voice safely and what our body does physiologically when we sing, speak and communicate have you trained anyone Well knoWn Not yet, but some of my students have great potential! I am also a judge at the national Open Mic Uk Competition, one of the biggest talent searches in the Country and I am always pleased to see and hear the real talent our city has to offer. Why did you take up a career singing I love Singing and how it make me feel and I was in a situation where I couldn’t work for someone else or in a tradional 9 to 5 job, but needed an outlet, Initially the idea was a part time hobby and I didn’t take it too serious, it soon changed as my passion for knowledge and enthusiasm to learn how to teach groups and individuals grew. I am very fortunate to be working in an area that I love and (I used to find this hard to say), but I am actually quite good at too! my daughter is 9 and loves to sing, What advice Would you give to encourage her At 9 she is only just beginning to develop her voice and discover what it can do; I see so many adults who decided at a young age they couldn’t sing so stopped trying! I would say encourage her to explore, sing a range of songs she enjoys, perform at every opportunity tell her if she gets it wrong it doesn’t matter she is still in training It’s the adults around her that I would prefer to advise as negative comments, or even a slight wince or judgmental attitude can kill confidence in youngsters singing abilities. So Mum, Dad her self image and confidence in herself as a personwill help her voice shine through. When she is around 14 or 15 she can then think about formal voice coaching and training

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Are you still a Birmingham fan or do you have mixed loyalties after playing and working for different clubs? A bit of both really. Obviously I’ve been lucky enough to play and work at a few different clubs in my time, so I still have a great interest in how they’re each all doing. However, if you put a gun to my head then I’d say I’m foremost a Birmingham fan. After all, I am a local boy, and that’s where my roots are – but that’s not to take away from the affection I have for the other sides I’ve been at.

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ick Rathbone was head of sports medicine for Everton FC for 8 years.... he has now released his biography.. in an interview with Joy Lewis

Who was your favourite football manager to work for, and who was the most inspiring? Bob Saxton was my favourite manager, simply because the six or seven years that I played under him at Blackburn were my ‘golden period’ if you like. That was the time when I became the player I always knew I could be - playing with a great bunch of lads in a good, strong solid team that did the club proud year in year. The most inspiring manager I worked for was, without question, “Big” John McGrath at Preston. He was a great motivator with a sharp sense of humour and had the most amazing oratory skills of anyone i’ve ever met, which obviously all made his team-talks the stuff of legend. I could spend all day retelling some of his finest quotes, but - restassured - plenty of funny ones are included in my book... Can you see yourself going back into the Premier League as a Physio? Yes, I can certainly see that happening. I’ve had a year out working on the book, which has been great fun, but i’m first and foremost a physio. In fact, lately i’ve been treating the England Under 17 squad - who are a great bunch of lads - so i’m still actively involved in that line of work. I think my experience from the clubs i’ve worked for would stand me in good stead at another Premiership side or a major Championship team.

Football in the 1970’s was a harsh environment, do you think if you were given more confidence at Birmingham you would have been telling a completely different story? Yes, I think that would be the case – though I’m not sure there would have been a book at all then! Certainly the first section – where I go into detail about my struggles with nerves in my early days at Birmingham – wouldn’t have been applicable at all. If I’d had more confidence then who knows what I could have achieved in my playing career? I certainly think I had the natural ability to play at the very top, but the confidence issue stopped that properly manifesting itself when I was starting out. Having said that – as I always tell anyone who’ll listen – confidence is one of the absolute fundamentals for any football player. If you’ve got no belief in yourself then you might as well not be able to kick the ball in the first place. That’s how important it is to the game. Do you think a return of a longer summer break or the introduction of a Christmas break would be beneficial to the players health and therefore improve their game? A longer summer break would definitely be something I’d introduce, but what also needs to change is the way clubs approach the period too. In my opinion, more of an emphasis should be placed on allowing the players to properly relax and unwind. Look at Wayne Rooney now for instance. He freely admits he did nothing over the Summer, and you can see the benefit it’s had for him – he’s been brilliant so far this season and looks stronger than ever! The idea of a Christmas break is a different kettle of fish though. Usually we tend to get our worst weather in January, so if we weren’t playing over the holiday period then there could be a pile-up of rearranged fixtures toward the end of the season. Because of that, I just can’t see how it’s workable right now. What’s next for you? I love the work I’ve been doing lately with the FA, but I’m a strong believer in fate so I’m just enjoying going with the flow and taking each day as it comes…oh, and promoting my book too! (laughs.) ‘The Smell of Football’, the perfect gift for any football fan, is available from www.visionsp. co.uk, online shop price £7.49.

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cho Arena had a bouncing October with some true international superstars gracing the stage – Snoop Dogg and Rihanna no less! Oh and not forgetting Katy Perry, who declared that she loves Liverpool so much that she just had to come back! We also saw Liverpool boxer Tony Bellew do the city proud in his thrilling match against Welshman Nathan Cleverly. Despite the judges’ final decision going marginally against Tony, I think Liverpool could still have a future World Champion in the making and we can expect to see a lot more from Tony in the future. It’s been a busy month for new shows and we’ve recently had some great events confirmed for 2012, including NKOTBSB (Backstreet Boys & New Kids On the Block for the non pop fans amongst us!), Il Divo, Steps, CBeebies and Disney On Ice presents

Princesses & Heroes – all on sale now! Plus a real biggie – the legend that is Paul McCartney announced that he will be closing his tour here on 20 December…WOW! Finally on some wider industry news (this is me doing my serious bit!) – the organisation ‘STAR’ (Society of Ticket Agents & Retailers) has created a new recognisable kitemark to help remove ticketing fraud in the UK. One in ten people have been affected by this and it is increasingly important to buy tickets from reputable ticketing agencies and venues (for example the Echo Arena) so that you know your ticket is genuine. Just remember to look out for the STAR kitemark and please spread the word!

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JO JONAS You’ve only been here a couple of days but how are you finding the UK so far? It’s been great. I always love coming over to Europe, the response is always great. I did the BBC Teen Awards and that was a great time – its good to be back! The BBC Teen Awards were at Wembley Arena; did that give you a taster and make you a little bit more excited to be back at the same venue later this month? Yes, it’s always an incredible feeling to play there. It was a great taste tester of what it’s going to be like back here at the end of the month. After being in a group it must be a little bit daunting going out by yourself, is it a bit like starting from scratch? Sometimes – it’s cool to be back and to be able to do my solo stuff here. It’s a little bit sometimes scary to be up there by myself but I’ve been getting great support and the band support so overall I’m just happy.

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Did he offer you any advice coming from a solo artist? We sort of both gave advice to each other, just to go out there and have a good time and to really enjoy every second, every moment as it can move by so quickly. Who would be your dream collaborations to work with in the future? Maybe Kanye West, British artists like Adele, Tinie Tempah, then Foster The People, something a little different from what I’m used to. That way it shows a different side to the music that I am making. How different was the creative process with making an album as a solo artist in comparison to making an album with your group [Jonas Brothers]? It took a WHILE! I wanted to really spend time on this album - to take my time to make sure I made music that I was really proud of; that I wasn’t holding back from anything necessarily. I didn’t want to just rush this album at all so I was very pleased with taking the time, and really finding the sound that I wanted to go with. There’s been some times with my brothers that we’ve done some things and really just rushed them, like making records quickly and I wanted to take my time with this one. Have your brothers been supportive of your solo career? My brothers have been very supportive. They’re incredible and I’m really thankful for the fact that they’re happy for me to

ARIES A month full of u turns and dead ends but you are determined. Lots of travel indicated and money breaks. Give your opinion when you need to. TAURUS It’s not too late to get fit for Christmas. In business honesty is needed.Time to take that break you need. GEMINI It will be all about you this month. Maybe it’s time to socialise with younger friends. A time to be recognised. CANCER To much time together with work friends can cause problems. A new social life is needed. Partners will want you to do what they want, think about yourself for a change. LEO Start using all your talents to bring more work in for next year. Don’t talk, do! Big plans made will come to fruition.

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VIRGO If you don’t talk no one will know how you feel. Get out and be proactive when meeting people. Remember everyone has a heart just like you.

take my time and do my thing, it’s the best feeling. Throughout your music career you’ve also been dipping your toe into a bit of acting, is this something that you would like to do more of in the future? Yes I would love to; I really enjoy doing movie roles or acting roles. I’m actually working on a project with a friend of mine out in LA, we’ve just got a writer involved so it’s very very exciting. I’ve got a few plans for next year – at the beginning of the year I may be making this movie that I’m thinking about creating and then I think what it’s looking like right now is that we may try and do a world tour of some sort and definitely make more music. I’ll definitely be coming back soon to do my own tour – I’m not exactly sure when but it’s in the works. If everything goes to plan with your solo career would that mean you would have to put the Jonas Brothers on hold? No we’re still going to be doing Jonas Brothers stuff, nothing yet is plan, no specific stuff for when we’re going to make our next album, we’re just taking our time with it. My brothers are doing their own individual things – Nick is going to be on Broadway next year so we may end up making music in New York but it all depends on what our schedules look like. www.JoeJonasMusic.com Twitter: @joejonas | Facebook.com/joejonas You Tube: JoeJonasVEVO

LIBRA Take time out to be with the people you care for.Leave mechanical repairs to the experts.Work issues may cause you to speak out again. SCORPIO Be looked after for a change in November, you will be surprised how many need your company. Spend a little cash on a new look. SAGITTARIUS Family may touch a raw nerve at the start of the month. Be careful how your words can be twisted at work. Money well starred in mid-November. CAPRICORN Keep yourself and your opinions close to home as possible, you could be brought into heated discussions otherwise.Try a healthy option. AQUARIUS Don’t look back in anger at your own mistakes.Keep pushing forward with your new outlook on life. PISCES You have saved enough this year, time for a little spending spree. Keep your cool when conversations get heated.


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As The Hilton Liverpool launches it’s PlayGround VIP Club, we chatted to Alex Gerrard who has worked on the exclusive project. How did you get involved with PlayGround? The owner George Panayiotou, from The Ability Group - the owners of the Hilton Liverpool - approached me to get involved a while back and when I saw the designs and the ideas for the club it looked fantastic so I immediately agreed to help out. What’s the story behind the name? I think they feel it’s going to be a place where everyone had let go of their inhibitions and have some fun. Who are the target customers? Anyone who is looking for a seriously fun and glamorous night out. What appealed to you about PlayGround? There are some great clubs and bars in Liverpool but this one has a really luxurious feel to it. The owners of the Hilton Liverpool have put in so much effort and attention to detail that I think people from all over the northwest will want to travel to go to there, it’s going to be well worth the journey. What will your role be with regards to the memberships? I’ve been asked to design the membership cards for the Private Playroom section of the club. The main room at PlayGround is open to everyone and you don’t have to be a member, but there is a more intimate room with a separate entrance and that is for the members and they can bring a guest, get waitress service, and invites for all the VIP parties and after-show events. These memberships are by invite only and I was flattered to be asked to design a card to suit the sort of clientele that PlayGround is going to attact. What do you love about it? The really luxurious feel of the venue, you feel like you could be anywhere in the world. And the added bonus is

that there’s a beauty salon next to the ladies toilets. Who do you want it to appeal to? I want it to appeal to people who are looking for a great night out. Tell us about the Bentley chauffeur service This is another one of the member’s perks. They can book ahead and get picked up by a brand new Bentley Mulsanne and brought right to the door of the venue. What other benefits are there? The benefits are there for everyone not just members. There is a breathtaking LED screen and a stage for live performances, great bartenders, stylish interior and lighting. It’s a beautiful venue and I think people in Liverpool are going to love it. How much does it cost? It’s going to be pretty standard late night venue prices for the northwest. The PlayGround owners want people to offer good value for money and have a good time and not worry too much about the cost. The memberships for the year though will cost £500 and members and their guests will only will be allowed in the Private PlayRoom area. How will you be spending Christmas? Probably at home with the family. What are your plans for work next year? Haven’t got any plans just yet as I’m going to take some time off to spend with the baby. PlayGround at the Hilton Liverpool hotel is due to launch in December. PlayGround, 3 Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool, L1 8LW 0151 708 4200 www.PlayGroundliverpool.co.uk 57


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Welcome to the November 2011 issue of Lifestyle Monthly