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Barney Bardsley Barney started out as an arts journalist. Then she re-trained in dance and T’ai Chi, which she taught for many years. Now she writes books and articles for the Guardian and Yorkshire Post - and she gardens,in a haphazard kind of a way.
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NOT EVEN NEARLY DESPERATE
As ‘Desperate Housewives’ completes its seventh season, Eva Longoria’s career goes from strength to strength. Here, the 35 year old actress and model, who recently separated from her husband Tony Parker, talks about how she dropped the pounds to go back to being super-hot, why she is a genuine domestic goddess and the real life links between her and her iconic screen character, Gabrielle Solis... Do you still enjoy working on Wisteria Lane even though you’re in to the seventh season? I love it more. I have always loved Desperate Housewives. We have such a family atmosphere on set. I couldn’t ask for better work colleagues. It’s always fun.”
“If I had to describe myself
in one word it would not be sexy because I do not identify myself superficially but I think it is flattering that the world or people or men or women find me sexy because I think it is a lot of different definitions to a lot of people.
You have so many projects going on. You have Desperate Housewives, your restaurants, your charity work. Do you have any other projects going on? Could I possibly have any more going on? (Laughs) I launched a perfume. And I am just working. I am working and enjoying it We have Vanessa Williams on the show now so that is a lot of fun. Real fun.
What was it like going from super hot, to super frumpy to being super hot again? Wow, well - I loved being super frumpy because it means that I spend less time in hair and make-up. I had so much response when I looked like that though. I did not know the kind of response we were going to get as a show with people being angry about me being made frumpy! It was just so interesting that people just wanted glamorous Gaby. I wouldn’t mind going back to it though as it was fun. And I love my food!
How much of Gabrielle Solis do you find in yourself and what do you have in common with your character? I have way more in common with Gabrielle now than I used to because before she didn’t want kids, she was having an affair, she didn’t cook, she had all of this stuff that was the opposite of me. I am extremely domestic, I love to cook, I can’t wait to have kids. There was all of this exact opposite stuff going on but now that she has kids she is a little more compassionate and there is a little side of her that I can relate a lot more to.
on If Gaby never existed could you ever see yourself playing any of the other housewives on the show? Yeah, I could have seen myself playing Edie. I loved the character of Edie Britt. Only because it was really fun. Edie was a really fun character. She kind of took the qualities of Gaby and pushed them to the extreme. She is the only other character I could’ve seen myself playing really. But Ireally can’t imagine my life without Gabrielle now.
What has been your favourite moment in DH so far? There have been so many I don’t think I can choose. But one of my favourite lines Gaby ever said was in season one when she pointed to her face and said ‘Hello? Cash cow!’ because she was so vain. After that line, ever since season one the crew have called me Cash Cow. They shout out ‘Cash Cow is on set!
The creator Marc Cherry has no fear of killing people does he? No he does not! We have a list in the make-up room of all the deaths and there are pages and pages even the dogs are on there.
How do you feel about your private life being discussed and speculated about? Is it tough? It is part of the business, as long as you don’t really let it get to you it can’t harm you. We don’t read a lot of stuff. Plus about 90per cent of the stuff that is written is not true and that is why I like to do these interviews and answer questions as opposed to people just writing their own stories. And even so when I do some of these interviews it is totally turned around and backwards. So you can’t really depend on the media to accurately portray you so you just have to have faith in yourself and be yourself.
What is it like to be classed as a sex symbol? It is very flattering (laughs). If I had to describe myself in one word it would not be sexy because I do not identify myself superficially but I think it is flattering that the world or people or men or women find me sexy because I think it is a lot of different definitions to a lot of people.
You did a lot of scenes in lingerie - did you get used to it or is it still a little bit intimidating? Doing scenes is nowhere near as sexy as it looks on TV. It is really technical, with all the lighting and direction. So it is not really sexy at all.
How do you manage to stay so slender and gorgeous? Oh you’re too sweet! I work out with a trainer about four times a week and I eat pretty healthy. I’m not on any particular diet but I definitely eat healthy. But I think when you do maintain that balance you should always treat yourself to something special.
Do you like to watch yourself on TV or is it strange seeing yourself on screen? No I never watch the show - I never have time to watch my show because we are always busy catching up on our other shows. I feel like when I film it and do it I don’t need to see it.
You have a few restaurants of your own now don’t you? I do and I am really enjoying be a restaurateur!
Do you like to cook at home too? I do, I love it. I like to cook Mexican food. That’s why I opened the restaurants, but I cook everything because I just love it. Everything - French food, Mexican food, Italian food.
Do you use Twitter? I do, and I use it to help my charity work. But to me that is the whole point in Twitter. It is to reach out to a wider network of people that can help you accomplish things philanthropically so I use Twitter and Facebook and all that to aggregate an audience to really care. When I first started someone else had my name and I called and said ‘Can I get my name?’ and they said that I had to prove I was Eva LongoriaParker, and it took me weeks to prove that it was me and I wasn’t some imposter.
Would you say you are quite a girlie girl? Are you happiest around other women? Yes, definitely. I am a big girlie girl because I grew up with a lot of women - three sisters. I am always surrounded by my girlfriends or my sisters. I love pretty dresses and I love shoes and I love bags. So yes, I would definitely say I was a girlie girl (Laughs).
Why do you think that the show appeals to women so much? Is it because it is based on all the female friendships? All women identify with one or more of the housewives. They’re like ‘Oh I’m a little bit of Gabriel’ or ‘I’m a little bit of Bree and Lynette’ and they identify with them and can see themselves in those women. And also I think it is the universal themes that we have. Everybody deals with divorce, everybody deals with marriage, children, relationships, dating. So women identify with all of those things and they are global issues.
Who is your favourite designer? One of my favourites at the moment is Naeem Khan. He has done dresses for me before. And I still love the Latino designers. Oscar de LaRente, Angel Sanchez and Eduardo Lucero. There are so many!” Series 7 of Desperate Housewives is on Channel 4
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Leeds designers put the city on the global fashion map Leeds based Designers, James Steward and Lisa Jayne Dann were the first British designers EVER to showcase their incredible talent at Vancouver Fashion Week, thanks to a pioneering initiative by strategic marketing organisation, Marketing Leeds. Over 500 guests, including regional and international media and international buyers gathered at the Empire Landmark Hotel on Robson Street. Leeds in Vancouver has proved to be an overwhelming success. Deborah Green, Chief Executive of Marketing Leeds said of the initiative: “We are delighted to give two of Leeds most talented designers this international opportunity, not only does this showcase their particular work but it actively demonstrates the creative and collaborative nature of Leeds as a city.” We should be very proud of this achievement and the talent our city beholds! For further information on Marketing Leeds visit www.marketingleeds.com or www.liveitloveit.com. The designers’ collections can be viewed at www.jamessteward.co.uk and www.lisajaynedann.co.uk
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Best Western Dower House Hotel gets a makeover and introduces a spa
Azendi has branched out with a host of new store openings recently. Good news as I can now bag this stunning timepiece, £125 Available at www.azendi.com and available in all Azendi stores including Yorkshire stores Leeds, Headingley, Harrogate, York and Meadowhall.
Drastic changes were made at Knaresborough’s Best Western Dower House Hotel recently with a £500,000 improvement programme that provided the hotel with an enhanced health club and a brand new day spa. The project created 10 new jobs and a luxurious venue for North Yorkshire folk to relax and chill out in.
An Apple a day keeps the wrinkles at bay With the promise of ‘instant visible results’ and heralded by celebrity fans including Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez and Helen Mirren as the ‘hottest and most technologically advanced antiageing ingredient’ to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, Dr Kadir is the beauty brand on everyone’s wish list. The ‘Apple Lift’ range both incorporate an anti-ageing ingredient PhytocellTecTM made from an endangered apple species in Switzerland with many benefits including its ability to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in as little as 24 hours, repair deep skin tissue and boost the production of human stem cells. The Dr Kadir Apple Fix is exclusively available in Harveys in Halifax, being the ONLY stockiest outside of London. However, we have one Dr Kadir Apple Lift Serum PhytoCellTec Serum (RRP £ 98), deemed ‘almost a miracle in a bottle’ and one Dr Kadir Apple Lift Nourishing Cream Normal (RRP £ 68) to give away to the first lucky reader. To enter, please answer the following question: ‘Where is Dr Kadir range available exclusively?” Email your answer to comps@on-magazine. co.uk – the winner will be selected randomly on 31st January. Good luck! Harvey’s of Halifax, Commercial St, Halifax, West Yorkshire HX1 1LJ T: 01422 331 188
The new spa and health club, Imagine Health and Spa is equipped with a heated indoor swimming pool, herb sauna, spa bath, aroma steam room and a fabulous day spa offering individual and couples’ treatment rooms, hammam table, aromatherapy bath, manicure and pedicure area, relaxation room and a thermal suite with aromatherapy bath, foot spas, Adventure showers and ice fountain. For the more energetic the Club already has a well equipped gym too. The spa manages to envelop you in warmth and relaxation instantly, helping you to escape the bitter cold outside making it perfect for escaping the bustle of everyday life or for a reviving short visit. Prices start from £18.00 for a mini manicure, facials are £25.00 and massages from £30.00 but at Imagine book time in the spa and decide on the treatment later. All the therapists are trained in every treatment meaning any treatment on any day can be booked. Open from 9am-9pm Monday to Friday and 10am - 6pm Saturday and Sunday. Day spa packages and overnight stays are also available. Imagine Health & Spa, The Dowerhouse Hotel, Bond End, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 9AL www.imaginespa.co.uk
CONGRATULATIONS! Leeds Restaurant Achieves AA Rosette Award Salvo’s Italian Restaurant in Leeds has been awarded its first AA Rosette! Giuseppe Schirripa (Zeppi), Head Chef of Salvo’s said; “Receiving an AA Rosette when you’re head chef of a restaurant is an amazing achievement, and having never had an AA Rosette prior to today this one is extremely special to me and the whole Salvo’s team”. Salvo’s 115 & 109 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 3PX. 0113 275 5017
Sunshine Bakery and Salsa Mexicana join forces The much-loved Sunshine Bakery and authentically delicious Salsa Mexicana both based in Chapel Allerton, Leeds has joined forces to create Sunshine Café based in Salsa Mexicana by day. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 8am – 2pm, the menu offers a choice of yummy breakfast and lunch dishes with the flavour and quality of you’d expect. I can see this becoming a firm favourite, attracting folk from afar. Sunshine Café @ Salsa Mexicana, Chapel Allerton, Leeds
Barburrito chooses Leeds for next store thanks to the city’s ‘sophistication and excitement’ Award-winning burrito independent, Barburrito has just opened its fifth outlet in Leeds providing freshly prepared fast food inspired by the street stalls of Mexico.
Barburrito Leeds, which is a six-figure sum investment, is one of the first of its kind to carry the brand’s new flagship interior design, to coincide with their revised branding.
Managing directors Morgan Davies and Paul Kilpatrick announced their latest fast-casual restaurant, located in The Light, as part of the brands coordinated expansion plans for the UK. Barburrito will open a total of seven stores around the country by the end of 2010.
Mr Davies, a former management consultant, said: “We decided to open in Leeds because it’s a sophisticated and exciting city that boasts a strong mix of office, leisure and student customers that fits with our brand audience. The Light is the leisure hub of Leeds and it’s the place to be in terms of shopping, bars and restaurants. It’s the perfect pitch for us.” 62 The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 8EQ T: 0113 245 4976
The company currently has three stores in Manchester at Piccadilly Gardens, Deansgate and the Trafford Centre and a further store in Liverpool city centre.
There’s a new type of night out to be had in Leeds Fed up with going to the multiplex, paying a fortune, having people munching loudly on their popcorn or yelling into their phones? Sneaky Cinema is the perfect alternative with a totally original spin. Film viewings are arranged in secret locations to watch an undisclosed film with theatrical interaction and a relevant dress code making it a thrilling experience. Live music and a licensed bar before AND after the film make this a far from average event. The concept is easy - register with Sneaky Cinema, become a fan on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. They’ll provide you with clues to what film will be screened and the whereabouts of the clandestine location. But it’s not until seconds before the film starts that it’s announced just what you’ll be watching…
The Modern Girl’s Guide to Fabulousness sells out! My book, The Modern Girl’s Guide to Fabulousness, published by Book Guild is out now and I’m thrilled to say it has sold out already! Don’t worry though, Amazon.co.uk and www/Waterstones.co.uk have re stocked so you can get your hands on your own copy. The Leeds book signing at L.K. Bennett, Victoria Quarter went brilliantly and saw some of the cities movers and shakers get together over a glass of bubbly as they bought a signed copy. Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this venture! Images courtesy of Steve Stenson: www. stevestensonphotography.commages: ..com
Watch out for the clues on Twitter and Facebook…Where will it lead you?.. The top of a building? A city park? A derelict church? You’ll have to wait and see! Join the fan page here: www.facebook.com/SneakyCinema Tickets are now on sale from www.wegottickets.com. Be warned, tickets usually go fast.
Want the best savings and discounts in Leeds? There’s an app for that. There’s an app for everything these days but I’ve discovered one that provides discounts and money saving offers in Leeds’ top shops, bars and restaurants! The Pink Gorilla App features offers redeemable at venues such as Office, Aqua Couture, Paper Scissor Stone, Oracle Bar, Riverplate and Revolution plus hair salons such as Rebecca Charles, Ego, Toni and Guy and even Leeds’ oldest running club night Back to Basics. It’s efficient too since, once its downloaded onto your phone, all you need to do is show it in-store to get your instant discount without the need for printed vouchers. The App is completely free to download. For a full list of participating venues, simply download the Pink Gorilla App at http://bit.ly/9bItlO or visit www.pinkgorilla.co.uk
• Toby Carvery has opened on Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton Leeds. Offeringfantastic Sunday Roasts for under a tenner – pile your plate high! • A gorgeous new Pandora store on Briggate, Leeds – I know where my wish list will be created. • Crust & Crumb – a new bakery and delicatessen selling freshly baked bread and cakes plus smoothies on Harrogate Road, Leeds.
Best online fashion buy Check out the Spring/Summer 2011 collection by up and coming designer, Tsemaye Binitie. Tops are cropped, trousers are slim and dresses are cut out to reveal bare skin or contrasting fabrics. Silk crepes and organza, jersey, denim and leather come together with signature body conscious silhouettes to create a unique and contemporary collection. Available from January 2011 on www.myasho.com and www. souvenirfashion.com Prices in the collection range from £52 - £550 For more information on the designer, see: www.tsemayebinitie.com
Appy Feet opens in The Light
A few issues back, I wrote about UK’s first ever fish foot spa, Appy Feet opening with their flagship store in Meadowhall. Since the, they have opened stores across the entire country and an impressively rapid rate! You’ll be pleased to know they’re now open in The Light, Leeds so go and have a pedicure with a difference and let the talented garra ruffa fish gently suck the dry skin from your feet! It may sound peculiar but not only are your feet left sot-to-the-touch, these clever little fish also stimulate your acupuncture points and have been known to aid the cure of psoriasis. Appy Feet, The Light, Upper Level, Leeds.
Ooh la la, be Femme Fatale for the day Harrogate based photographer, Javan Liam has created a new photography experience, La Femme offering a personally tailored shoot for women who want to create truly amazing, evocative and memorable pictures of themselves. Photographer Javan Liam has over 35 years experience of taking incredibly sensitive and beautiful pictures of women and creates a space where the client can feel relaxed and very special making this an experience which will empower and remind all women of how gorgeous they truly are. You go girl! The La Femme experience costs £395 including a gallery of all pictures taken on the day which you choose from to create your very own La Femme book and a print of the shot of your choice. Javan Liam Photography, Strawberry Dale, Harrogate, HG1 5EA www.javanliam.co.uk
What’s Hot in the Shops BIBA From 1960s London to twentyfirst century Yorkshire, the globally iconic brand Biba has arrived at House of Fraser in Leeds, Metrocentre and Meadowhall, Sheffield! Expect sumptuous fabrics of lace, velvet and silk and plenty of rich gold and blacks and striking embellishment. Available in HOUSE OF FRASER in Metrocentre | Leeds | Meadowhall
Brigg’s Lincoln & York offers dream opportunity to work in coffee industry I just had to share this with you -Brigg-based Lincoln & York is seeking applicants for the new role of Coffee Taster & Buying Assistant – some people’s dream job! They offer an unparalleled training scheme which culminates with an exciting trip to see where their coffee is grown, so the successful applicant could be jetting off to the likes of Costa Rica, Brazil or Guatemala. The role involves grading and roasting green coffee samples, evaluating competitor products and helping with coffee buying. They will also be responsible for the development of new blends and roasts and advise clients about the products available to them. For more information about Lincoln & York or to apply for the role, please contact 01652 680101 or visit www.lincoln-and-york.co.uk
Beth’s one to watch… Yorkshire born Sarah Clough lives with her husband Richard and daughter, Mala (8) in an idyllic setting in Burley Woodhead on the edge of Ilkley Moor. Sarah is the founder and Designer of OPIKA, a globally acclaimed belt design brand as worn by Kate Moss and the fashion elite.
Though snuggling in your tatty towelling dressing gown might be tempting, you can feel cosy AND look chic in one of these beautiful Kimonos by Kiku Kimono’s, made in Hebden Bridge. They come in a range of designs and colours and you can’t find the Kimono you’re looking for in store, Harvey’s can order it the same day and delivery will take place the following day, great service!
OPIKA’s brand new chic and stylish salon is in the grounds of their home and is an incredibly pretty place to work, in the heart of Sarah’s beloved home county of Yorkshire.
All Kimonos’ are One Size, priced between £90 and £160 each. Available in the lingerie department at Harveys of Halifax
Sarah’s designs are very much influenced by her love of travel and her beautiful home and studio have a very tasteful and stylish African theme, which reflects Sarah’s passion for design and international adventure. Check out the premier online boutique dedicated to luxury belts, the Signature belt collection and stunning waist Jewellery Collection. OPIKA, Moor Cottage Studios, Burley Woodhead, ILKLEY, LS29 7BE T: +44 (0)1943 865516 / 0845 871 1068 www.opika.co.uk
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So, it’s cruise time. Nope, I am not going on holiday. This is what those clever people in the fashion world call the in-between collections perfect capsule collections that carry us seamlessly between Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer.
All Things Bright & Beautiful If the winter weather, short days and cold long nights are getting you down, then bring a bit of summer in to your life with bold ﬂoral prints and colours. Not only will you be bang on trend you will also be bringing a little ray of sunshine in to the lives of those around you. Floral print jacket £715 STELLA MCCARTNEY Floral print shorts £345 STELLA MCCARTNEY Tank top £60 T BY ALEXANDER WANG
Leather shorts £460 SEE BY CHLOÉ • Aztec print blouse £340 SEE BY CHLOÉ
Gold plated hoops £65 KENNETH JAY LANE
Here’s a sneaky peek
at what mere mortals will be wearing next summer but looks that you can still rock right now!
Pleated lame dress £340 HALSTON HERITAGE
Patent Pigalle shoes £375 CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Saturn earrings £310 LARA BOHINC
Solar Eclipse bracelet £405 LARA BOHINC
Designers always reference past decades in their collections and next season is all about the 70’s. There are loads of bright patterns and ﬂares around but what I am most excited about is all the references to Bianca Jagger circa her Studio 54 days … and nights.
Shiny fabrics, Grecian draping and lots of attitude.
Pleated lame maxi dress £485 HALSTON HERITAGE Saturn earrings £310 LARA BOHINC Solar Eclipse bracelet £405 LARA BOHINC
Wind Rider dress £760 SASS & BIDE
Organza one shoulder dress £3095 STELLA MCCARTNEY
Asym m e t r i c a
This is a trend that keeps running and running and long may it continue. The one shoulder dress ads a fashion edge to any cocktail, party or wedding look.
Read My Lips Where celebrities go, we mere mortals must follow! And the slebs’ latest foray is into the most kissable red lips. More wearable than you may think, there is a shade for everyone. I particularly like Giorgio Armani, Chanel or Tom Ford as their range of shades and tones mean there really is something for everyone - I promise! All items are available from
Left Bank Chic
As we start 2011 all things Français continue to be where the savvy girls go for inspiration. ‘Chanel’ that left bank look with cropped trousers, simple courts and a palette of navy, white, red and muted shades. The mini bag continues to be a huge trend, whether it’s carried as a clutch, slouchy across the body, or just slung over the shoulder - it’s versatile, stylish and not too heavy! Stripe tank top £85 T BY ALEXANDER WANG Gigi jeans £180 J BRAND Patent Pigalle shoes £375 CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Pandora cross body £550 GIVENCHY
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Office Party Chic
The ultimate party season guide to getting your hair just right
With an array of parties, office events and family get-togethers upon us, there’s no time to waste when getting ready for the party season. Along with keeping your trusty Kirby grips and styling spray handy in the top draw of your office desk, there are plenty of quick tricks which can work wonders and help create stunning looks for your locks - without having to have your hairdresser on speed dial! If you want to really let your hair down and transform a sensible work do into a foxy look for the office party, there are many looks you can try - from braids to twists to knots. The infamous Bardot ‘pouf’ with a thoroughly modern makeover from Odile Gilbert
BRAIDING: Braid small amounts of your hair while it dries in the morning and clamp each section with straighteners so that the braids set ﬁrm. This way, you can unpick the braids just before the party, revealing fun and funky waves. Plaits are not just for the playground, in fact they have been propelled to stardom by designers, catwalk stylists and celebrities. It seems this season everyone is wearing plaits and they’re very much the season’s alternative to the ponytail. The ﬁshtail plait is very popular with its messy ﬁnish and perfect when worn over one shoulder on long hair - think Leona Lewis, Cheryl Cole - and looks pretty as a small ponytail plait on shorter hair. It is the ideal way to add an on-trend ﬁnish to your look.
PARTY PONYTAIL: The classic ponytail is always an elegant choice for long hair, and it will suit most people regardless of their age. This is also a low-maintenance option if your hair is not behaving as it should! Use a small amount of hair care product to tame unruly locks, brush the hair through and secure at the nape of the neck with a sparkly hair band for added Christmas cheer. For an alternative look try crimping, waving or ﬂicking the pony tail for a more modern feel.
A chic up do with a surge of sixties glamour by Antoinette Beenders.
CHIC SHORT HAIR: Short hair doesn't have to mean a lack of styling. Look at Dannii Minogue, every week she experiments with a new style. Dannii demonstrates how easy it is to have fun with a short bob. Wear it with a fringe and straight for a sharper, edgy feel or sweep it back and add some waves for a more feminine ﬁnish. You might not be able to create such a dramatic look with your hair alone but stock up on glamorous head bands and accessories and you could still have striking Christmas hair all through party season. Match with immaculate make-up for a strong overall look.
CRIMPING: This is the hottest new texture this season, whether its random sections or just crimping the roots to give full volume and bouncy padded hair. Maybe it’s time to dig out those crimpers and start experimenting with texture? Whatever look you wear, make it a good one! Happy partying!
Flat, plaited low bun - wear with a pretty centre parting - by Odile Gilbert.
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Neal & Wolf’s Ritual Daily Shampoo and Ritual Daily Conditioner are both designed to leave the hair wonderfully fresh, tangle-free and ready for styling. Each product works to a level you would expect from a product with a very high price tag, yet Neal & Wolf products retail at a beautifully aﬀordable £12.95 or less. From nealandwolf.com
This issue, professional make-up artist Samantha Marshall offers up some advice on exfoliators and how to use them correctly without scrubbing yourself away - while opposite, Julia Paddon tests out the best exfoliate products on the market – and nearly scrubs herself away in the process!... EXFOLIATE FOR A YOUNGER LOOKING SKIN Sometimes you may think your skin looks dull and uneven. Maybe dry patches and blocked pores are visible. Because our skin is always growing, it constantly casts off dead skin. This dead skin, if not properly removed, can be the cause of these blocked pores, which in turn cause blackheads, and it can also make the skin surface look dull.
When we exfoliate we gently remove these dead cells. No matter if your skin is dry, oily or normal, using an exfoliate once a week is important. Not only will it keep your pores clean and remove all dead skin, it will also help to even out the skin tone and leaves your skin looking radiant. Plus, it helps your make-up to go on easier. That’s why I tell my clients to exfoliate regularly. TIPS ON HOW TO EXFOLIATE FACE
1. Ideally, you should exfoliate once a week. 2. Make sure the skin in clean before exfoliating. Use your cleanser to remove your make up and rinse your face to remove any residue.
3. Use lukewarm water over the face before you apply the product - you should never use hot water on your face as this can cause broken capillaries.
4. You only need to use a small amount. I use a pea-sized drop and that is plenty for the entire face.
5. Exfoliate should not be used around the eyes as the area is too sensitive. Also, try and avoid the lips unless it’s a special lip product.
6. Apply by using the finger tips in a circular motion around the face. Concentrate around the nose area and don’t forget to go in the hairline.
7. Once the face and neck are covered, rinse well with lukewarm water, making sure the entire residue is off. You may need to rinse a few times, then pat dry with a soft towel. Never drag the face with the towel.
8. Apply moisturiser on your face straight afterwards. Follow this routine weekly and you should have younger and more radiant looking skin!
BODY OVERALL WINNER Darphin Nourishing smoothing body scrub with red berries and essential oils (£36 / stockists 0870 034 2566) Unbelievable. The quality shines through - this was the most outstanding scrub we used. For use on dry skin before you bathe - you will not believe that it is the same skin when you step out of the bath and no real need for a thick moisturiser afterwards because the oils are so rich. Worth every penny. For a special occasion when you want to feel like a goddess.
SPA STYLE WINNER Elemis Lime and Ginger (£35 / stockists 01278 727 830) Packed with the essential oils, feels like you‘ve just had a full treatment.
Runner up: Pinks Boutique (£17.50 / pinksboutique.com)
SELF HEATING WINNER Dove Spa Hot Stuff Body Polish (£15 / dovespa.co.uk) Hot, hot, hot! =Soft, soft, soft!
Runner up: Bliss Hot Salt Scrub (£27.40 / Boots)
DRY SKIN WINNER Nougat Pampering Body Scrub (£18 / nougatlondon.co.uk) Leaves skin super soft and moisturised. Smells fabulous.
Runner up: Melvita Body Scrub (£15 / melvita.co.uk)
Winter skin is a challenge. Dry and flaky, no matter how much you moisturise, your face and lips start to feel chapped and sore. And all this when you’re trying to look your best for the party season. As Samantha says, the trick to smoother skin is to exfoliate. Most commonly linked with summer and the essential prep work for a fake tan, regular exfoliation in winter makes for silky smooth , fresh looking skin. Here’s our top (thoroughly tried and tested) picks.
FACE OVERALL WINNER Soap and Glory- Greatest Scrub of All (£7.99 / Harvey Nichols) Gentle enough for every day if used sparingly and with a light touch. Great at removing the last bits of make up at the end of the day. I’ve taken to using this in between cleansing and moisturising. Smells delicious and skin is noticeably softer.
SPA STYLE WINNER Cowshed Calendula Refining Facial Scrub (£18 / cowshedonline.com) Velvety textured and smoothes skin without abrasion.
Runner Up: Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream (£17 / SpaceNK)
MATURE SKIN WINNER Estee Lauder Dual Action Refining Treatment (£35 / stockists 0870 034 2566) Skin looks brighter and is dramatically softer.
Runner up: Strivectin SD Instant Retexturising Scrub (£35/ Selfridges)
SENSITIVE SKIN WINNER Ginvera Marvel Gel (£15.60 / happybabble.com) Cult black head treatment in Asia. Works!
SENSITIVE SKIN WINNER Dermalogica Exfoliating Body Scrub (£25.10 / stockists 0800 591818) A brand you can trust to deliver. Several of my friends will use no other, with good reason.
Runner up: Clinique Sparkle Skin (£18.50 / stockists 0870 034 2566)
ORGANIC WINNER Essential Care Coconut Candy Body Scrub (£28 / BigGreenSmile.com) Scrub all over to turn into a delicious human Bounty! Mmm…
Runner up: Naturally Coarse Salt Scrub Upper Canada (£10 / stockists 01277 220842)
Runner Up: Cleo Q Emollient Peel (£19.99 / club-cleo.com)
ALSO WORTH A SCRUB… Pucker up Lush Mint Julips (£4.50 / lush.co.uk) Delicious. Legitimate lip smoothing sugar fix.
For the Boys Eyre - Triple Action Facial Scrub (£28 / nivenandjoshua.co.uk) Man packaging. Good no nonsense scrub. Job done.
Fancy Feet Ms Pedicure Sugar Foot Tool (£4.99 / Boots) Brilliant at going to work on the tough dead skin at the back of your heel. Follow up with Natio Wellness foot scrub (£9 / Debenhams) for feet smooth enough to glide into your dancing Choo’s!
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by Paul Howard
TOO HOT TO HANDLE? How To Enjoy Wines With Spices These days, Britain’s favourite dish is often said to be Chicken Tikka Masala, and there is no doubting our love of the ethnic cuisines of Asia, particularly those from India, China and Thailand. Unlike in Europe, wine made from grapes was neither produced nor consumed in quantity in Asia, so there is no clearly established tradition of wine and food matching. Partnering wine with Far Eastern food is more difficult than with western cuisine – names, dishes and ingredients may be unfamiliar and it is well known that key ingredients such as chilli, ginger and tamarind are not winefriendly. Nonetheless, it is possible to enjoy wine with Asian food, particularly where it majors on subtlety and complexity rather than sheer heat. So here are some guidelines and suggestions as to which styles of wine are likely to be most successful with Indian, Chinese and Thai food. Drinking beer is rightly a good and popular option - but it doesn’t have to be the only one! Indian Let’s write off the searingly hot stuff straight away. Dishes with testosteroneappeal like vindaloo verge on the lethal and numb the taste buds so don’t waste money on wine with those. Lager (preferably Indian) or lassi will serve you best if you like searing heat. However, Indian cuisine is the product of many cultures and regions, offering milder dishes that do collaborate with wine, including tandoori and balti. Don’t get too hung up on individual ingredients, just know how hot the dish is. The inclusion of cooling yoghurt, coconut, rice and various breads is also helpful.
Don’t waste money on expensive bottles; it is inevitable that the subtle nuances of complex wines will be diminished and older wines are just too frail. Tannins and oak flavours are best avoided too. Most rosé is too flimsy while, conversely, robust fortified wines like port are too alcoholic for most people to drink through a meal. Fortunately, that still leaves a wide range of wines to try! Fight fire with fruit; wines with plenty of fruit can afford to lose a little when faced with spices. Try a New World unoaked chardonnay with mild and creamy coconut dishes or korma. A little sweetness is also a good weapon against heat and sweetness will diminish when it encounters chilli. Off-dry aromatic wines such as Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris or Muscat are a very good choice, say with vegetable curries or bhajis. A demi-sec Vouvray is another savvy selection. In red wine, young and fruity low-tannin wines are much the best choice. Southern Italians such as Primitivo and Negroamaro can deal with meat dishes while South Africans swear by Pinotage. Drinking fizz with curry has its advocates too – Omar Khayyam sparkling wine is the authentic choice as it’s made in India near Mumbai. Chinese As with Indian cuisine, Chinese is comprised of a whole range of regional cuisines, but in Britain probably the most commonly eaten style is Cantonese. The emphasis is on textures and savoury sauces rather than combining spices. Vegetables, mushrooms, pork, duck and chicken are all important ingredients. Dishes are usually milder than in India but those classic sweet and sour elements present a challenge. Given that various Chinese dishes are frequently served together, a wine that can act as a good all-rounder is ideal.
This is where classic German white wines are ideal. An off-dry German Riesling has both acidity and a delicate sweetness that is delightful with stir-fries and can handle sweet and sour. They
also go well with pork dishes and crispy Peking duck pancakes. Aromatic grape varieties from Alsace such as Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris pair well with saltier or soy-sauced dishes such as spare ribs!
Most reds usually do not fare well with Chinese and will feel heavy. Their tannins clash badly with salty foods, creating bitter tastes. So choose low-tannin fruity young reds and ask for them to be chilled. Beaujolais is first choice, or a young Pinot Noir from the New World or Cabernet Franc from the Loire. A good compromise is to drink rosé – a heavier off-dry style offers the best potential. You might like to try a well chilled bottle of fizz with Chinese food. If you do then a demi-sec Cava would be my selection. Thai There are Chinese influences on Thai food but there are several different regional cuisines. Thai food employs herbs, coconut, and various pastes and fish sauces (nam pla). Fish and shellfish are common ingredients, as are beef and pork. Flavours range from the mild to the volcanic, so as with Indian food check the overall impression of heat first.
Acidity is important, but sweetness less so. When in doubt, a dry New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is a good choice, as are dry Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris from Alsace or New Zealand. There is even a role for a buttery Chardonnay or aromatic Viognier if you stick with mild coconut or peanut dishes. As for fizz, I’d choose a well-chilled Prosecco. Red wines are again harder to match; the tannins will actively clash with many ingredients and taste bitter. Mild beef dishes present the best opportunity to drink reds – try a simple young red such as a Dolcetto or Valpolicella. As with Chinese food, rosé can be a good compromise, but with Thai choose a dry version - you’ll get red fruit flavours with refreshing acidity and no awkward tannins. Finally, it’s also useful to recall that Asian cuisine comes with plain accompaniments designed to refresh the palate, such as rice, breads or noodles. These provide an interlude where wine can be enjoyed. In a restaurant buy wine by the glass, as this is a simple and low-cost way to experiment and reduce the risk of a dud match. Do try some of these suggestions even where that might mean putting some of your usual wine or food choices on hold. But of course there are no rules, only guidelines that are still being worked out. Your personal taste is always paramount; if a combination tastes good then it is good!
Dr. Loosen, Dr. L Riesling, 2009. QbA, Mosel, Germany. 8.5% Ernst Loosen is devoted to Riesling and this is the introductory wine, made with grapes sourced form local growers in the beautiful Mosel valley. The nose is typically highly aromatic; all zesty citrus and peach. The palate is gently off-dry, showing apple and peach fruit cut by a steely mouth watering acidity. A cracking vintage with masterly winemaking creates a wine that is magical with Chinese food. Try crispy Peking duck pancakes. What more do you want at this price? Majestic £6.99
Lawson’s Dry Hills, Sauvignon Blanc, 2009. Marlborough, New Zealand, 13.5% This classic Kiwi sauvie has plenty of varietal character - gooseberry, passion fruit and lime fruit on the nose and palate, with depth and richness. It’s punchy rather than tart and has had a small proportion fermented in old French oak casks that lends additional subtlety, texture and a leesy complexity. There is plenty of fruit and weight, good mouthfeel and length and it finishes crisp and dry. Thai fish cakes, stir-fries and satay dishes should all benefit. Majestic, £8.74
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I’ve chosen the following five wines specifically to match with Asian food. All are good quality wines in their own right that show typical varietal character and should be drunk now while at their most fruity and vibrant. They are also inexpensive enough for affordable experimentation – so why not give ‘em a try!
Cono Sur, Gewürztraminer, Bio-Bio valley, Chile. 2008 13.5% The Bio-Bio valley is the most southern wine region in Chile, a cool climate where aromatic white grapes such as Riesling and Gewürztraminer flourish. With a typically aromatic nose of rose petals and jasmine, the palate adds grapefruit and lychee. With a slightly oily texture and with just enough acidity, this dryish example goes well with Indian vegetable bhajis or Chinese spare ribs. Alternatively, pad thai noodles with spicy prawns, peanuts and garlic matches well. And the bicycle on the label shows how the workers get around Cono Sur’s extensive vineyards. Waitrose, £5.69
Brown Brothers, Tarrango, 2008, Victoria, Australia. 13% Tarrango was bred in Australia by crossing the red Touriga Naçional from Portugal with the white sultana grape in 1965. Designed to thrive in the torrid heat of an Australian summer, it produces a light bodied, fresh and fruity dry red wine with little tannin but plenty of moreish soft acidity. With raspberry and strawberry flavours, it’s similar in style to Beaujolais. Serve this unoaked red chilled, when it will match Indian tandoori and balti meals or with various mild Thai beef dishes. Waitrose, £6.16
Bon Cap, The Ruins Pinotage, 2008, WO Robertson, South Africa. 13.5% Bon Cap is South Africa’s largest certified organic wine farm, privately owned by the du Preeze family. They offer a stylish medium-bodied red made from pinotage – a South African grape created by crossing pinot noir and cinsault. A blue-ish ruby colour, it majors on blueberry and black cherry fruit with a silky texture and earth undertow. A deft winemaking hand means tannins are light and there’s a light smoke and coffee finish. An easy-drinking red wine that over-delivers at this price, it has the versatility to cope with Indian and Thai curries. Serve cool.
Vinceremos, Leeds £7.38
Dear Paul, Have you ever vehemently disagreed with a fellow critic about the calibre of a certain wine - or do you all pretty much concur on these things? Thanks, Ady Gray, Menston
Disagreement goes with the territory. No matter how hard we try to be objective we all have our preferences and biases. My own palate is a closer match to some colleagues than others, a good reason why wine judging is best conducted by a panel. Occasionally, sparks fly in public when things get personal. An infamous spat some years ago between American guru Robert Parker and our own Jancis Robinson occurred
over the merits of Château Pavie 2003. Parker thought it brilliant; Robinson called it ridiculous. All part of the fun!
What’s your take on mulled wine? Is it worth a look beyond Christmas? Don C, via email
Mulled wine is for life, not just for Christmas. It’s great as a party icebreaker or just shared in front of a log fire anytime, though winter suits it best. Virtually any cheap red wine will do, as long as there is fruit and alcohol. There’s a great recipe on my website at www.winealchemy.com.
MASSAI MILKSHAKES & MOPANE WORMS: An African Food Journey
East Africa might not yet be an essential stopover on the food lovers’ trail, but Jo Keohane still discovered some wild and wonderful treats among the obligatory bush tucker trials … Blood drawn from the neck veins of livestock. Dried caterpillars. In fact, all manner of dried flesh from elephant to antelope. Washed down with a communal cup of smoked banana beer.
some warm blood, which is then mixed with milk. Once you’ve got over the trauma of drinking warm blood you’ll be pleased to hear the animals apparently survive this process reasonably unscathed – even if you haven’t.
If you had to list your favourite food destinations its fair to say East Africa might not find its way into the top ten. But after a recent trip I would have to disagree.
If you need to steady your nerves the next drink is the one for you. Home brewed banana beer is served all over East Africa. The bits floating in this ale would give home made west country scrumpy a run for its money – but aside from the barnyard smell it’s better than plenty of pints I’ve had over the years and at over 4.5% quite a decent strength brew.
Yes – it’s predictably full of the weird – but also the wonderful. It’s generally accepted that if you travel to Africa the focus is on viewing game rather than eating it. But you’re definitely missing a culinary trick if you don’t seek out some of the more unusual delicacies this amazing continent has to offer. When it comes to Africa’s most famous snack – the mopane worm – you can relax, it’s not really a worm at all. It is, in fact, a brightly colour caterpillar (if this makes you feel any better about trying it!). It comes from one of the world’s largest moths, the Emperor, which lives in big swarms on the leaves of the mopane tree. The worms are hand picked or shaken off the tree and their guts are squeezed out. They’re then boiled and left out in the hot sun to dry. Once you get past the thought of them, the finished product tastes fairly inoffensive – if a bit fishy. With three times the protein and far less fat than beef, could we have a contender for new celebrity snack trend? Next up is the Maasai milkshake. Not for the faint-hearted, this is the ceremonial drink made by the famous nomadic Maasai warrior tribe living in Kenya and Tanzania. It’s made my nicking the jugular vein of a cow to draw
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More often than not banana beer is served from a communal cup, which is passed around the village ‘pub’. I was amazed to be told that everyone pays the same – and although some drink more than others they cheerfully reported that it usually ‘evens itself out’. Now there’s an idea to try down your local on a Friday night. Before you head off to Tesco to load up with bananas to start brewing – it’s a fairly complex process. To get your bananas ripe – not to mention smoky – you must first dig a hole and set fire to them (try explaining that one to the neighbours.) The bananas are then kneaded until they’re soft and the juice is filtered out. To ferment the beer you add sorghum millet (maize flour to you) and 24 hours later you have alcoholic banana brew. Whether or not you have the stomach for these African delights, what is refreshing in the global age of eat anything, anywhere cuisine is to try something – even if it’s just once – you’ve never even heard of.
Ugali this is a thick dough flour, which forms the basis for many East African meals. It varies in consistency depending on how it’s cooked but it’s usually served with a meat or vegetable sauce.
Matoke or cooked plantains are also everywhere, in curries and side dishes, as well as fried into chips.
Two African Recipes LIVINGSTONE ISLAND BUSH SATAY SAUCE
NDIZI - FRIED PLANTAIN
400 mls coconut milk
8 whole plantains (or green bananas), peeled
100 mls chicken stock
juice of half a lemon
brown sugar (optional)
2 tbsps smooth peanut butter
2 oz butter
Chopped coriander or parsley
Boil ingredients together for 10 minutes until sauce is reduced enough
Melt the butter in a frying pan. Cut and quarter the plantain, then dip
to coat the back of a spoon.
the pieces in the lemon juice and place them in the pan on a medium
Stir through herbs at the end. Serve with chicken or beef.
heat. Lightly brown, drain on paper towels and sprinkle with nutmeg and sugar.
The Gourmet Safari Trail
Doctor David Livingstone might have had to survive on bugs whilst he was off ‘discovering’ the Victoria Falls – but rest assured you won’t. Highly trained local cooks work food miracles in tiny camp kitchens, sometimes with only a fire to cook over and no running water. In fact you may even have some of the best food you’ve ever tasted, all served up on an immaculately laid white linen tablecloth in the middle of the bush. Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge, Tanzania (www.rhotiavalley.com) The smell of home made breads will even get you up and out for your 6am game watch at this chic Dutch run tented lodge. You’ll also be doing your bit for the local area if you stay here – all profits go to a local children’s home run by the owners.
meat from animals ranging from cattle to antelope and even elephants is cut up into pieces, seasoned and hung up to dry.
are marinated meat kebabs
Olakiera Camp, Serengeti, Tanzania Enjoy a full English breakfast out in the beautiful Serengeti – or a sumptuous three-course meal by candlelight in this camp’s dining tent. The Royal Livingstone Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zambia (www.royal-livingstone-hotel.com) Step back in time and enjoy a colonial style afternoon tea at this hotel perched right at the top of the falls. If you’re lucky you’ll spot Hippos in the water at sundown.
Seafood all along the coast of East Africa and near its many lakes there is fantastic seafood, often cooked in coconut milk curries
Swahili Spice strong Arabic and Indian influences mean that food is boldly seasoned with a wide range of spices (many of which were originally brought to Africa by Arab traders) such as cumin, turmeric and tamarind.
Life is Sweet
Choc-o-late: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Choc.O. Late. Here are the best – or most unusual – products to indulge in and enjoy …
The Luxurious Italian one
Velvety smooth chocolate with flavours that envelop the mouth - white and black, lines and curves, pleasure and indulgence all melted into one. Yes, we like!
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These three deliciously different layered delights from Ferrero include the original, delicious Ferrero Rocher, the darker chocolatey Ferrero Rondnoir and the creamy light coconut of Ferrero Garden. Hands off ambassador … £8.49 from key retailers
‘Meditation’ Pralines from amedei.com
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Prestat are chocolatiers to the Queen – and if these dark chocolate wafers with fiery chilli and lime are anything to go by, old Lizzie’s got a very adventurous choc palette. Definite office dividers – about half loved ‘em, the other half, erm, didn’t … £10 from prestat.co.uk
Eight flavours in perfectly wrapped miniature form including dark, milk, creamy milk, almond, cherry, ginger, white – and the one you’ll all be fighting over – butterscotch. Mmm….
The Christmas Essential Thornton’s are one of the UK’s oldest chocolate retailers and who hasn’t, at some point, dived into a packed store for that last minute gift for aunt Myrtle? We loved this fondue-style dipping sauce that comes in a ready to serve glass. It couldn’t be any simpler! £14.99 from thorntons.co.uk
The Feel Good Factor Chokolit was founded by 12 year old Louis Barnett who is now, at 18, Britain’s youngest qualified chocolatier! Ethically sourced, gluten free, palm oil free, no preservatives or additives and with donations to charities. This is as guilt-free a pleasure as you can have whilst stuffing a bar of chocolate down your neck. chokolit.co.uk
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Love & Hate You can be sure Marmite were expecting a plethora of mixed reviews when they launched a chocolate bar! There’s an odd, counter-intuitive yeasty/umami bite to the product that will either get you online ordering a bucketload or looking like you’ve just gone through a bush tucker trial. Strange and unique – and a definitive acquired taste! £3 from marmiteshop.co.uk
Hide ‘em from the Kids Guylian’s La Trufflina is a stunning combination of premium dark, milk and white chocolate Belgian truffles. Thoroughly adult, these are definitely for when the kids are in bed and the late movie is on. £4.49 - guylian.be
Winter Warmer Pemberton’s Victorian Chocolates have taken the classic chilli-chocolate combination to another level, with this Garam Masala and Mango Chocolate. Garam Masala is traditionally used in a variety of Indian dishes, and is said to increase the body temperature to create a pleasant warm glow. £3.75 from welshchocolatefarm.com
Dark Matter Young’s Double Chocolate Stout combines real dark chocolate with a quality pale ale, crystal and chocolate malt, plus traditional English Fuggles and Goldings hops to produce this unique brew to appeal to beer and chocolate fans alike. £15.13 for a case of eight bottles from beersofeurope.co.uk
Organic Master Chef Chef Paul Da Costa Greaves has recently brought out some chocolate bars made with essentials oils, include acai berries, ginger and other lovely ingredients to help make chocolate more healthy. The whole range really pushes the boundaries and is well worth investigating … £3.99 from feeding-your-imagination.co.uk
Late Night Comforter We absolutely loved these great, innovative hot chocolate flavours from Whittard of Chelsea. Our favourite? The Rocky Road – chocolate with hints of toffee and biscuit. £3.75 from whittard.co.uk
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“FOUR KIDS IS
As if Jamie Oliver isn’t busy enough trying to run a food empire of books and restaurants as well as change people’s attitude to food with his TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic, the celebrity chef has also just got a new addition to his family - his ﬁrst son. Father-of-four Jamie says he and his wife Jools tried everything to conceive a boy with their second and third babies - but for the fourth time around they let nature take its course and low and behold Buddy Bear was born in September. Buddy joins Jamie and Jools’ brood of three daughters – Poppy Honey, eight, Daisy Boo, seven,
and Petal Blossom Rainbow, 18 months - and the Essex-born star says the girls are delighted to have a baby brother in the household. Meanwhile, after his brave attempt to tackle obesity rates in the US with TV show ‘Food Revolution’, Jamie is back on UK screens with ‘Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals’ on Channel 4, where he reveals how to get a meal on the table in less time than it takes for a takeaway to arrive.
Here, proud dad Jamie talks about the new show, the chaos that ensues when there are four mouths to feed and the problems his kids have encountered growing up with a famous dad …
FIRST OF ALL, CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you! YOU’VE FINALLY HAD A LITTLE BOY? Mate, all that struggle and it was worth it in the end. DID YOU TRY TO DO LOTS OF THINGS TO HAVE A BOY? Yeah positions, temperature – you name it. It was a whole cocktail of events that happened in the Oliver household but to be honest they all got tried on number two and number three but number four we just left to nature - a little. Actually I can’t remember what happened, it was good obviously, and it worked! BUDDY BEAR IS A FANTASTIC NAME? Everyone always thinks we have ridiculous names but they’re just boring people. Buddy is, you know, you only use your ﬁrst and last names in England and the middle names are a bit of fun. And I think the girls will quite like to go out with Buddy, Buddy Bear, so, you know, I think it’s nice. I won’t call him Buddy Bear, I’ll just call him Buddy. No, it is nice, we’ve got a big family now and I just laugh – I can’t believe where they’ve all come from. It’s chaos. IT MUST BE UTTER CHAOS? It’s amazing, like you can go round someone’s house and you can make a really beautiful moment or absolute anarchy – you can’t be responsible for all these bodies. But it’s all good and Jools is doing a great job. SHE’S AMAZING? She is pretty amazing but all those mums are amazing really whether they’ve got one, two, three or four – yeah they’re good, they’re good girls. I go to work in the day so I don’t see the half of it but I do deﬁnitely hear about it when I get home! [laughs] It doesn’t matter what I’ve done in the day, even if we’ve had problems with The White House on ‘Food Revolution’, you know, you come back home and it’s like, ‘Yeah Poppy’s school. Gymnastics. This went wrong. This person said that, you know blah blah blah.’ Mate I’m deﬁnitely kept stripped back down to earth. Don’t worry about that. ARE THEY THEIR MOTHER’S DAUGHTERS AT THE MOMENT? Yeah I’ve got three Jools’ now! Which means I have to look over my ... I’m ﬂinching left, right and centre at the weekend. But no, it’s good. I don’t ram the cooking down their throat but I think food, and all connotations of food whether it’s eating or shopping or buying or trying new things and hating it and spitting it out and laughing, loving it and hating it, it’s all part of being generally street wise. It’s just as important as how you cross a road or don’t talk to pervy old men giving you sweets – it’s all that sort of life skills stuﬀ.
SO WHEN YOU’RE AWAY WORKING DOES JOOLS COOK? IS SHE A GOOD COOK? You know what? She is getting really good. She’s a brilliant cook for the kids and she continues to actually shock me and surprise me at night. She’s got a really stripped down approach. She does a lot of stuﬀ in a pot or a pan and she can do stuﬀ in seven or eight minutes. She’s kind of got the control down, whether it’s a piece of chicken sliced thinly or a piece of god knows what ﬁsh sliced thinly, she knows that cooks in three-and-a-half minutes in a pan if it’s a centimetre thick. And then she knows she can throw other stuﬀ in there – mange tout or asparagus or a little bit of spinach at the end, it only takes 30 seconds. She knows a little bit of olive oil and a tiny bit of butter and a squeeze of lemon makes everything taste like heaven. She doesn’t really season things too much but she knows she needs a little bit of something. You know, couscous in a cup and some boiling water from a kettle on top – three minutes later some ﬂuﬀy couscous. She’s really simple but I ﬁnd her quite impressive when she puts it all together. AND DOES EVERYONE EAT THE SAME THING OR DO YOU SOMETIMES HAVE TO COOK POPPY ONE THING AND DAISY ANOTHER? I think you try and be philosophical about the whole thing. Kids’ palates are changing physiologically all the time, I don’t even know if that’s the right word by the way! But they’re growing, their palates are physically changing, their attitudes are changing, they get more and more brand aware, their friends, what they’re having in their houses. We don’t, not because we’re elitist or posh or I don’t know what you call it - hippies, but we don’t have any use for cheese strings in our house because we have cheese. We don’t have Pot Noodles because other noodles are quicker and tastier. We don’t have the junk, not because we think that we’re better, because it’s quite expensive and we know how to cook. We try and, certainly at the weekends as well, we all sit down and have the same thing and, you know, some will be picking things out pushing things aside and of course it’s, ‘If you don’t ﬁnish your salad, you’re not having your desert’- the same old things my mum said to be. But yeah I think eating with your kids is a really precious thing and I think actually seven days a week is unrealistic but a couple of days a week would be wicked. I think it’s really good for the kids’ self esteem and, you know, their food attitudes. Without question in our house, tears happen over the table, you ﬁnd out about school over the table, maybe any little bullying or something else going on, the happiness, laughter – it all happens around the table. So it’s pretty important.
THIS IS THE BEST TIME EVER TO RELEASE A 30 MINUTE COOK BOOK WITH EVERYTHING ELSE GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE? Mate, I’ve got to be fast. I’ve got no choice. I’ll tell you what it is. We did a load of research and everyone was saying, ‘Look 40 minutes is ﬁne.’ But I thought let’s just go for 30 minutes, people are ﬁne to spend that sort of time rattling something together. And I sort of developed a new way of writing so it was basically multi-tasking, starting one thing then going on to the next. And I’ll tell you what’s really good about the book – it does re-train you to have one) the right kit in the kitchen, really, really important, organise it right and then do yourself a favour by buying the right ingredients that can be used in various ways or you can use half of it and use the rest for another recipe. But, you know, if you look through the book you will never believe what you can actually achieve in half an hour. When we do these books we send them out to total strangers as well and we get them to time themselves and stuﬀ like that and most people were coming in from 24 to 34 minutes on the dishes. So I’m kind of excited about it. The TV show is also on in the day, it’s sort of 5.30pm and I’ve always been a prime time boy so when I phoned up Channel 4 and said I really wanted to do this they were like, ‘No you’re a prime time boy.’ But I really wanted it at half ﬁve when people are cooking or thinking about cooking for the next day, I want to be there. So I think they thought I was a bit mad but I’m really excited about it. AND HAVE YOU GOT SOMETHING FOR THE iPHONE TO ACCOMPANY IT – AN APP? Yeah well we’ve just done a whole load of new apps that we’re releasing around about the same time. We did the ’20-Minute Meals’ app, which was kind of the inspiration for ‘30-Minute Meals’. ‘20-Minute Meals’ was one dish and ‘30-Minute Meals’ is like a whole feast really for you and your partner or you and your family. But the response on the apps has been phenomenal and what’s interesting is it’s like new customers, it’s like new people. So it’s not the same old folk that were buying the books, it’s a new generation of people that are really living by the iPhone and the great thing is you can whack your shopping lists together and not forget anything. But yeah we’re doing a bunch of stuﬀ and the nice thing about the apps is you can do a vegetarian one, you know, you can do one for sort of mums, one for like 10-minute meals, birthday cakes and feasts and stuﬀ like that. So I quite enjoy it. My world is changing a bit at the moment. It used to be about books and magazines and now it’s about so much more – podcasts, we have two million people come through the website most months and the apps as well, so it’s sort of a new era. YOU HAVE TO GET YOUR HEAD ROUND ALL THAT? Yeah you do and I think the secret that I’ve learned is that if you approach it with the same standards, the same level of content, words and pictures, then you’ll be ﬁne. If you think, ‘Oh it’s just an app’ and you rattle out a load of old rubbish people don’t react to that. But when you get something that’s beautiful and feels nice and looks good on the iPhone then they’re into that. YOU ALWAYS HAVE SO MUCH GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE. I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU DO IT? No, nor do I! I think, you know, it’s a bit of a weird one. Over ten years I’ve built up a sort of gaggle of people that I work with that are really lovely and clever and care for me and look after me. And of course when you have a little gang like that then of course it allows you to be a bit more creative about how you use your time and how you develop things and it does mean you can do more but obviously that’s a dangerous thing as well because how much more can you do? DO YOU EVER THINK TO YOURSELF ‘I’VE GOT FOUR KIDS AND A WIFE – I REALLY NEED TO STOP TRYING TO DO MORE?’ Yeah, it’s a funny one really. I am deeply passionate about the food industry and people and I’m sort of, I’ll deﬁnitely merge into something else. But quite a lot of the stuﬀ that I do is normally pushing new ground or causing a fuss or kicking something or someone or campaign or government up the jacksy, you know, and I think that’s good and like Hugh [Fearnley Whittingstall] does some stuﬀ as well. But I think us celebrity chefs or food people, I do think there is an invisible responsibility to get busy with it and push the boundaries. So I really feel that as a job really. I am absolutely my own worst enemy because everyone says, ‘Oh do less, do less’ but then there’ll be something that I’ll fall in love with that’s deeply important. I’m doing a show at the moment called ‘Dream School’ that I’m ﬁlming right now which is about, I don’t know if you know this but 50.6% of all students that graduate from school don’t achieve ﬁve GCSE’s of C or above that would allow them to go into A-levels and university, and that was me – I was a special needs kid at school. So we’re doing a school where I create my own dream school and we’ve got 20 diﬀerent teachers who are all like Olympic gold medallists or doctors, professors, ﬁlm stars, pop stars and it’s not just like a load of celebrities. The celebrities are the people that the public know that are there to tell them the story about the kids in their subject of choice. We’re on week one and already you know that it’s going to cause massive debate because these young people, you know, you’re either academic or you’re not and we’re not really geared up to recognise the kids that fall through the gaps. And also it’s not that I’m massively good on economics or philosophy but these kids, England needs to get good at stuﬀ other than banking and insurance because the world is changing out there. I just did a cooking class the other day – and they weren’t very interested. [Laughs]
THEY WERE MORE INTERESTED IN THE SPORTS? Yeah but it’s good, it’s good that us people get humbled and slapped. It’s like we think we’re great and we’re not – always. [laughs] YOU’VE HAD THAT BEFORE THOUGH WITH YOUR AMERICAN ‘FOOD REVOLUTION’ PEOPLE WERE SO HARD TO BREAK DOWN – DO YOU THINKYOU HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE OUT THERE? It will do yeah. Look I really do see myself generally as a storyteller and a professional you-know-what teller and I think ‘Food Revolution’ got... I’m a no-one out there.. and ‘Food Revolution’ got the best ratings on all channels for four years on Friday nights. So that was a phenomena that America were even ready to listen to a story about school lunches, farming, health, the obesity epidemic and all that sort of thing. So I think all the projects we started there in that town are still going, they’ve actually been funded for yet another year and we’ve got a season two that we’re doing in the ﬁrst quarter of next year and that we’re going to go up three gears now for that. And we’re working with the American army, we’re working with all these diﬀerent groups and sort of activist groups to get the government to do their bit. And also the fast food world and farming over there is incredibly in and, corrupt is probably the wrong word, but they don’t like.. the dollar is way more important than the health of a kid or a family. So I think what we are trying to do is get people really angry and when that happens, when they spend their dollars somewhere else – everything changes. So, you know, I think yeah the next ﬁve to ten years will be good. I can’t do it all but what I try to create a seed of change. And I’m not protective over what I start, I want it to be inclusive for all. There’s nothing that makes me want to throw up more than like ‘The Jamie Oliver Food Revolution’ you know how egotistical is that but it has to start somewhere and season two we’re going to get like hundreds of the big chefs over there involved. But, you know, it’s funny like three or four years ago I was trying to get all the American chefs to do what I did and they just weren’t interested. That’s why I spent the last three months of last year in one of the most unhealthy towns in America.
AND NOW THEY’VE SUDDENLY REALISED THAT YOU’RE ON TO SOMETHING AND IT WILL BE TO DO WITH YOUR RATINGS AS WELL. IT’S LIKE ‘HANG ON A MINUTE’? Well people are interested and I think when I was having a bit of a tough time in Huntington and like there was quite a few local people purposefully every day poisoning my ability to make a good impression, because they thought that I was trying to stitch them up, you know. This pastor, vicar came to me and he was a really good ambassador from the very beginning, he said, ‘Listen, people hate change and they won’t change until the pain of not changing is worse than change itself.’ And I sat there trying to work out what he’d just said and thought, ‘God you’re right.’ You know, America is really at a point now and England in many respects where if you keep ignoring it, it’s going to get real painful and then you’re going to do it anyway. So we’re just trying to be proactive really. SO HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO COOK AT HOME? My cooking is a bit like my life really, it’s all over the place. I could be cooking up a mountain in Tuscany one minute, I could be doing a massive test up for a restaurant until two’o’clock in the morning like I did the other night and then I’ll go to sleep and then I’ll be up again at ﬁve and oﬀ to Germany to do a demonstration in front of 600 very serious food buyers for food companies in Germany and then I’ll be back and, you know, it’s very sporadic, very erratic. I mean I cook most days but not on the line in the restaurant like I used to. I mean I don’t know really what I’d call myself really. Chefs try and take the mickey and saying, ‘Oh you’re not a chef anymore’ but no I’m totally a chef, I employ 750 of them so you’ve got to know your stuﬀ, you can’t be a pushover and you’ve got to know the ins and outs of exactly what they’re doing and I’m paying for the kitchens they’re working in so I’m all over it like a rash.
DO YOU NOT JUST DREAM OF BEING AT HOME AND COOKING UP A WHATEVER FOR THE FAMILY? Yeah I do, well the thing is when you have one kitchen and one restaurant, it’s a really beautiful job to be a chef because it’s like your little world. And if you work on the people you work with and grow them and make them brilliant and you have a culture of having a really good laugh and taking the mickey out of each other and then silence and putting your head down and service. A good service with good food is one of the best things in the world. It’s like the most brilliant game of Tetrus, you know orders coming in 2s, 4s, 6s, they’re stacking up and then bang we just sent out two, it is a beautiful thing but you know I haven’t had that for about seven years and I do miss it but then I kind of look at myself and I say, ‘Well what am I suppose...?’ I don’t really know. CAN YOU SEE THAT MAYBE TEN YEARS DOWN THE LINE YOU MIGHT GO BACK TO SOMETHING LESS HIGH PROFILE LIKE THAT? I’d like to. I’ll tell you what I really want to do is, I do feel quite romantic to the industry that I was literally born in. The way I look at it now is another three or four years of really bedding in like the production company that I do, the restaurants that I run, so there’s hopefully some consistent funds coming in, then I really genuinely can’t think of anything better than working on fresh, young talent because Jamie Oliver will be haggered by then. [laughs] But I think it’s really important that other brilliant... you know, I want to work.. there’s not enough Asian, ethnic or black people doing cooking on TV. For me, it’s a big problem and not just because of the food. There’s all these white guysrunning around and doing all this cooking, that doesn’t reﬂect England, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Scotland – it doesn’t reﬂect on us at all. So I’d love to work on really supporting some new talent and I’ve made so many mistakes and achieved so many brilliant things, I’d love to share that insight. Because when I did it on my own, you know, a lot of it was either luck or trial and error [laughs]. So I’d quite like to mentor some new people. But, you know, life’s going quick. It’s going really quick. FINALLY, YOU SAID RECENTLY THAT YOU FEEL A LITTLE BIT SORRY FOR YOUR KIDS HAVING A FAMOUS DAD? Yeah I mean it’s a funny thing to explain especially to people because they’ll go, ‘Oh lucky little brats.’ But I think that, you know, I don’t know quite how yet, but I think that everything’s a balance in life and if you’re Jamie’s child there will be a positive or a negative because I am a fairly split camp – people love me and have known me a long time and I’m fairly consistent or I annoy the hell out of people for various reasons. So your kids obviously get that and you know, they get it already. You’ll have kids come over and they’ll say a sharp little cutting comment from a parent, it could be about anything that I’ve done.
REALLY? Yeah you know it’s come through a kid from another parent and the way it’s toned ain’t right. So already my kids are completely versed to that split of camp, you know, they’re happy to have their kid go round your house but you know they’re old man don’t like you. It does happen but that’s life and I say, ‘It’s alright’ and I know that when we named the kid Buddy. Like my kids at eight and seven are already all over a Mac, like that’s what they use in school and they’re taught on and they only get to do 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes at night. We’ve got all the controls and policing on there but they can still ﬁnd a picture of Jools and Buddy coming out of the hospital and then the threads afterwards and everyone is being really horrible and Poppy is reading that. So they are already pretty well versed into realising that there is a world out there that doesn’t like quite like mummy and daddy but again, that is life. And you just hope that you can bring your kids up to be rounded enough to get on with deal with it andthey’ll have knock backs like any other kids and hopefully lots of happy times too.
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She seems confined by her obvious influences and, it should be noted, the album’s best moments are when she sounds at her most current. Opener ‘My Boy’ has a great beefed-up pop production and a neat hip-hop crossover appeal, ‘Keeping My Baby’ is a Madonna-influenced pop epic and ‘Girl’ a deceptively throwaway piece of addictive bubblegum. But the string-drenched ballads wear thin pretty quickly, Duffy wandering dark eyed and tearful along rainy 60’s streets until, quite frankly, you wish she’d just come inside. It’s all too easy. Here’s to the difficult third album. OUT NOW
15 …THE LAMBRETTAS – Leeds The Well 16 … PIXIE LOTT – Leeds Academy THE POGUES – Sheffield Academy THE BLOCKHEADS – Wakefield Black Flag THE YUMMY FUR – Leeds Brudenell
THE YOUNG GODS – EVERYBODY KNOWS
18 …CORINNE BAILEY RAE – Leeds Left Bank
19 …DOPAMINE – Leeds Cockpit STATUS QUO – Bradford St George’s Hall 23 …THE SUNSHINE UNDERGOUND – Wakefield Black Flag TALK TO ANGELS – Leeds Northern Monkey 31 …DINOSAUR PILE UP – Leeds Nation of Shopkeepers
25 years in the business and still Switzerland’s Young Gods wouldn’t know a Duffy-style retro step if it kicked their backside first. Pioneers of a unique vocals/samples/drums configuration over a wash of heavy guitars and thundering rhythms, ‘Everybody Knows’ is their umpteenth musical progression and reveals more light and shade where previously they might have bludgeoned forwards.
21 … CHARLIE SPEED BAND – Leeds Irish Centre
9 … THE LONGSHOTS – Leeds Northern Monkey 10 … THIN LIZZY – Leeds Academy 12 …LONE WOLF – Leeds Brudenell
Not averse to a bit of European melodrama they somehow mesh Shostakovich with Hendrix before soaring into a colossal anthem with celestial choir called ‘Mister Sunshine’. Absolute vintage – without even a hint of stinky nostalgia.
THE WHO – LIVE AT LEEDS 40TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION
13 …INME – Wakefield Black Flag 15 …CHARLES HAYWARD – Leeds Brudenell
16 … CROWBAR – Leeds Cockpit CHERRY PICASSO – Leeds Northern Monkey 17 …MY IVORY TOWER – Leeds Cockpit 18 … THE CULT – Leeds Academy JOOLS HOLLAND – Bradford St George’s Hall 21 …MILES KANE – Leeds Brudenell 27 …SMOKE FAIRIES – Leeds Brudenell
ALLO DARLIN’ – Leeds Oporto 28 … SOUL CIRCUS – Leeds Cockpit 29 …NEVILLE STAPLE – Leeds TJ’s LEIGH MARY STOKES – Leeds Northern Monkey 30 …TAKING DAWN – Leeds Cockpit 31 … BAND OF HORSES – Leeds Academy
10 years ago this month:
ON GIVE Band of Horses
Need reasons to fork out 80 quid on a decades old live set? Allow me to suggest some: Prototype. Benchmark. Lessons in dynamics. Four elemental forces in total harmony and utter discord. Doors opening and showing the future – punk, prog, metal, grunge. Such audacity, such potency, such delicacy. Harmonies that, for the first remastered time, positively gleam. Bonus tracks, extras, the following night’s gig too. Townshend playing on the very fringes of his brilliance, Entwistle, brilliantly, somehow circling the guitarist’s every movement, Daltrey twirling his mic, transforming art-rock into anthem. And Keith Moon - drummer as destroyer. His timekeeping reckless, dangerous, but never flawed - the personification of rock ‘n’ roll. One more? It’s in Leeds. The heavy, heavy monster sound, indeed.
GORKY’S ZYGOTIC MYNCI – THE BLUE TREES
BURIED TREASURE … DID YOU MISS?
DUFFY – ENDLESSLY ‘Endlessly’ is a few fairy steps forward from the plain but affecting 60’s pastiche that was her 6.5 million-selling debut, ‘Rockferry’, but is still too much in thrall to certain dusty divas to really take Duffy downtown.
Toning down their kitchen-sink-and-all tendencies, Gorky’s had already released six wildly inventive albums before the quiet, pastoral ‘The Blue Trees’. Acoustic guitars, violins and squeezeboxes create a hazy, summery vibe and the plaintive, slightly distant, melodies give a lazy late afternoon feel. Their vowel-phobic name and constantly-evolving line-up might have prevented the band from ever gaining the following their creativity deserved, but each and every remnant from their back catalogue deserves investigation, particularly ‘97’s joyful ‘Barafundle’.
cinema&dvd for the weeks ahead TRON LEGACY Director: Joseph Kosinski Stars: Garrett Hedlund, Jeff Bridges The original 1982 ‘Tron’ was a strange film. Silly, fetishistic, convoluted – but it was also visually inventive, unique and utterly prescient, its man-trapped-inside-computer scenario coming right on the cusp of the nascent videogame revolution. This sequel takes the original star, Jeff Bridges, and through some cutting edge digital sculpting allows him to play ‘opposite’ his younger self
from the original movie. It’s a brave conceit – but you can’t help thinking the technology isn’t quite up to the job just yet. Which might just count as a neat conceptual nod to the not quite convincing enough virtual world they created in the first movie. Whatever, there are flashes of brilliance that transform ‘Tron Legacy’ into a genuinely great cinematic experience. An exquisite colour palette, all manner of 3D thrills, a quite brilliant Daft Punk score and a nicely engineered love story all combine to create an immersive technological future world. It’s not flawless - there are a few crossed wires – but ‘Tron Legacy’ is well worth connecting with.
OUT 17th December
Director: Steve Antin Stars: Cher, Christina Aguilera
Director: Christopher Nolan Stars: Leonardo Di Caprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Director: Bent Hamer Stars: Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor DID YOU MISS THIS? 5 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH
Now, you may have heard the premise of ‘Burlesque’ somewhere before. A small town girl. Big Dreams. Suitcase packed. Hollywood-bound. Can she stay true to her values while pursuing fame? Will her talent shine like a beacon of hope out to us grubby mortals? Will Cher’s strangely immovable visage manage one more micro expression before it finally caves in? Said small town girl is Christina Aguilera in her movie debut and Cher is the owner of a failing burlesque bar – until Christina arrives on the scene, of course. A hackneyed old morality tale plays out for the X Factor generation as Aguilera belts out song and dance routines over a visual facsimile of her ‘Lady Marmalade video. The script is devoid of credibility, the film never approaching the precision of ‘Cabaret’ or ‘Chicago’ and the whole seems, simply, utterly contrived. And don’t go thinking it’s worth an ironic look à la ‘Showgirls’, either. Avoid.
This densely plotted modern masterpiece was 2010’s best film, featuring (as is Director Christopher Nolan’s wont) a mind-frazzling concept that involves the ability to plant ideas in a person’s head via a kind of multiple dream sabotage. It’s a virtuoso performance from Nolan, taking a potentially sprawling high concept piece and converging it into a tight single narrative structure, whilst simultaneously throwing all sorts of further madness at the screen – time warps, weird gravity, cross-continental travel, surrealism, jaw dropping sets and set pieces. What a thrill that Hollywood can still throw up something as complex and cerebral, yet still so classically ‘edge-of-seat’ as this. With ‘Inception’, Christopher Nolan moved way ahead of the pack, blazing a trail for the future of modern cinema, no less.
Charles Bukowski’s greatest novel gets a decent cinematic conversion, with Matt Dillon on great deadpan form as the writer’s hedonistic alter ego Henry Chinaski. Bukowski always had tenderness underneath the outward bluster and the film neatly reveals it, highlighting his vulnerability and his shoulder-shrugging incredulity at the madness of his life – the dead end jobs, the bar room brawls, the loose women. ‘Factotum’ is a slow, studied film punctuated with brief moments of hilarity and the occasional vulgarity. A bit like life itself, then.
OUT 17th DECEMBER
17th DECEMBER CUCKOO: A female medical researcher begins to wonder if she might be losing her mind when she starts to hear unexplained sounds. (Richard E. Grant) FRED THE MOVIE: Fred goes through a weekend trying to find how to get Judy to fall in love with him. He has to deal with Kevin bulling him and various problems trying to get Judy to come over to his house.
bestselling children’s books, but danger lurks on the horizon. (Selena Gomez) CHATROOM: When jaded teens Jim, Eva, Emily and Mo meet William online, they’re seduced by his charisma. But William isn’t what he seems.
GULLIVER’S TRAVELS: Travel writer Lemuel Gulliver takes an assignment in Bermuda, but ends up on the island of Liliput, where he towers over its tiny citizens. (Jack Black) THE WAY BACK: A remarkable adventure story chronicling the escape of a small group of multinational prisoners from a Siberian gulag in 1940. (Colin Farrell)
ARTHUR & THE GREAT ADVENTURE: Arthur is reunited with his beloved Princess Selenia in the latest adventure adapted from Luc Besson’s
LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS: A salesman competes in the cutthroat world of pharmaceuticals
LITTLE FOCKERS: The Focker and the Byrnes families brace themselves for the arrival of a baby. (Robert De Niro)
to hawk a male performance enhancement drug. (Anne Hathaway)
5th JANUARY: THE NEXT THREE DAYS: A married couple’s life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder. (Liam Neeson)
7th JANUARY: 127 HOURS: Danny Boyle directs tthe true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. SEASON OF THE WITCH: A medieval knight, undertakes a mission pitting him against a devious witch and making him the last hope for the world against an ancient and dark force. (Nicolas Cage)
“I have my Wonder Woman knickers on and I’ll be ready!” Award winner Sarah Millican has had an amazing 2010, emerging as one of Britain’s best and most-loved stand-ups and her mammoth ‘Chatterbox’ tour has just been extended into April to allow for bigger venues after the early dates sold out. Her two previous shows ‘Sarah Millican – Typical Woman’ and debut show ‘Sarah Millican’s Not Nice’ received high praise from the critics, with The Independent saying “…one of the most consistent and accomplished performances I have ever seen at the fringe. Millican is very much her own woman. She’s over ready for even bigger and better things…”. In ‘Chatterbox’ Sarah offers advice for life including non-fattening stress relief, the alternative to marriage and the acceptable face of adultery.
She spoke to Matt Callard shortly after the new dates were announced – and the day after she’d revealed on Twitter that, in a nightmare scenario, her boyfriend had driven off with her make-up bag! ... So Sarah, have you got your make-up bag back? Yes, I have! Me and my boyfriend had a date the other night and I put my make-up in the car because I’m that kind of classy lady and the next day he got up early and left - which is quite unusual. And later I was just pottering around the house and I thought, ‘Oh, I’ll put my make-up on now,’ and then realised that I didn’t have any. I had to drive to Boots and buy the basics. The ladies at Boots thought it was hilarious but I couldn’t perform in front of 400 people without my makeup on! I just couldn’t do that! It was genuinely one of the most nerve grinding experiences I’ve ever had, the thought that I’d have to talk to people without anything on my face. When you’re a kid and you’ve got rosy cheeks everyone says, ‘Ah, look at his rosy cheeks,’ but not when you’re an adult! Not when it would be just me and my big shiny 35-year old face.
Your tour is massive! Are you about halfway through now? I’m in the middle of it but I don’t think it’s healthy to be counting - like, that’s 37 down! We’ve added extra dates for 2011 and the ones later on in the tour are much bigger venues - 600 - 1000 seaters. It’s exciting because the original dates sold out so we had to put the new ones in.
These are the biggest dates you’ve ever done then? It’s the most amount of people I’ve entertained and it’s the most pressure. When you’re on the circuit doing the comedy clubs most people in the audience have come for a night out and there might only be a handful of people who’ve seen you before - most of the people will have just come to see some general comedy. But when people come specifically to see you they must have seen something or heard something that you do that they like, which means a lot more pressure because it’s only you for an hour and a half. I did a 20 minute set the other day and it felt really weird because I’m so used to doing an hour and a half now, where you can spend a lot of time with people and get really into things.
And how’s it going? Comics always say you get paid for the travel because the travel is always quite heavy going but the actual time on stage with the audience has so far been lovely.
Is it a set routine or is there time for a bit of audience interaction? It’s quite rigid because you write the show - I’m not just getting up and going, ‘I’m gonna be funny for an hour and a half!’ Sometimes people think there’s less skill if it’s pre-prepared but that’s not true, although there are two or three points where I talk to the audience and I love those because those are the bits that are different every night. I ask the audience whether they’ve ever broken anything during sex and some people will say beds or clocks or something, but one girl said she’d broke a man’s spirit. The audience can come
up with some amazing funnies and I love it when people can become part of the show.
Your delivery is quite soft, yet you go on to tackle some pretty heavy subjects. Do you think your material has more impact by Being delivered in this way? Yes, I think you’re right. Like, ‘Oh, she’s got a furry top on; she’ll never talk about rape.’ I never started out with that in mind. I never thought, ‘Right, I’m gonna talk about rude things but try and look mumsy.’ If only it was pre-planned! I just look mumsy! I just have that homely look about me and then I go and talk filth! So it came together quite naturally. But I think it does have more impact. It might surprise people who come and see me a bit because, if they’ve seen me on tele, you can’t be too rude on tele so it might surprise them with how rude I can actually be!
You seem almost universally liked. It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t like you. Why is that, do you think? It’s weird because when I was doing my first tour I had no idea what type of people would come and see me - but I had young lads from 17 to women in their 50’s and I think that’s amazing! I would never have thought that I appealed to that wide a cross section of people. I think it’s because I talk about normal things. I talk about my life experiences and my opinion on things and I think they’re quite similar to a lot of people. I think people identify with me because I’m just normal. I got up on stage at 29 having been spectacularly dumped and talked about divorce and I was thinking, ‘Oh, this’ll never work,’ but it went really well! Comedy’s meant to be a young man’s game but it’s not - it can be a middle aged woman’s game as well.
I think panel shows give the impression that it’s a man’s world with the odd token woman. She’s not ‘token’ in that she’s there because she’s a woman - they just spread the women out. They’re gonna split us up! Women comedians never get to see each other except at parties.
They’re good adverts for comedians aren’t they, the panel shows? Comedy on the tele is one of the reasons why so many people have been touring recently. I think it’s just to do with the current state of the country - people just need a good laugh. I think panel shows are a really good way for people to see who they like - they might see and like Frankie Boyle because he’s dark and witty, so they might go see him on tour. The fan base can build quite easily from the shows and they are fun to do but they’re not easy. Something like ‘Mock The Week’ can take two and a half hours to record. By the end of it the audience are flagging but you’ve still got to try and be sharp for the whole time - and then people at home go, ‘That was a nice half hour programme!’
Are they as competitive as they appear? I don’t find them too competitive. It depends who you’re on with rather than the programme. Most of the time when I’ve been on they’ve been lovely, such gentlemen - particularly Andy Parsons - he’s adorable and would regularly make my life much easier on there. When I did ‘Have I Got News For You’ it was a bit daunting because it’s been going for hundreds of years. They told me, ‘When you hear the theme music, don’t panic!’ That’s when you go, ‘Oh my God, I’m actually on it!’ That was quite scary because it has such a reputation and is at the higher end of panel shows.
It’s interesting that you say that. They say comedy is a harder game for women.
And I’ve heard a rumour that you’ll be doing more TV – Is a sitcom in the pipeline?
I don’t think it is. Every now and then a promoter will only book one woman - but there aren’t that many women on the circuit, that’s why. If there’s only ten women on the circuit they’re not gonna put them all on one night, they’re gonna spread them out. If you’re funny, you’ll get on. I hope I get booked because I do a good job, not because of my gender. It can be used as an excuse but I think people read far too much into it.
I am writing an episode of a sitcom for which I’ve been commissioned. That’s not in the pipeline I’m just writing it because I think we might be able to do something with it. So I’m just writing it on spec and then you hand it over and hope someone likes it. I’m also in the very early stages of working on a tele programme that people are showing interest in and hopefully we’ll know something in 2011. It’s terrifying and exciting and I’m looking forward to it. I have my Wonder Woman knickers on and I’ll be ready!
Sarah Millican’s ‘Chatterbox’ tour plays: Harrogate Theatre Feb 7 York Grand Opera House Feb 13 Salford The Lowry Quays Theatre Feb 18th & Sat 19th Hull Truck Theatre Mar 15 Scarborough Spa Theatre Mar 16 Middlesbrough Town Hall Mar 27 & April 8 www.sarahmillican.co.uk
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Heard it through the Grapevine The foodie grapevine - that interconnected, many-tentacled message system that grows by word of mouth and rumour, which takes in the blogs and the amateur web reviews, that spreads to the Twitterati and the Facebook groups, that finds its way into the local magazines and the national supplements and, sometimes, culminates in awards and fame and a slot on ‘The Great British Menu’ - has been buzzing with excitement about The Gray Ox for some time now. You see, really good gastropubs are surprisingly hard to find in Yorkshire. Or perhaps it is rather that there is a surplus of really quite average gastropubs. So many look promising, tempt you in with good locations and elegantly chalked boards that bandy around words like ‘local’ and ‘ethical’ as though they are a novelty and not a prerequisite, only then to disappoint with an array of culinary clangers too numerous to go into here. But the Gray Ox, thankfully, is different - although we’re not exactly sure of its ‘country pub’ credentials, Liversedge hardly being famed for its rich green pastures and the M62 on the doorstep. Whatever, the interior at least carried the country pub theme off – and I’d be darned if the foodie grapevine hadn’t just about rammed the place out this one rain-lashed Thursday evening. There’s a welcoming old brass and dark wood bar inside and, it seemed, a number of nooks and levels for a traditional pub dining feel. And the menu looked great, packed with bigflavoured meaty classics and not afraid of the seafood – there was even a soupcon of the Mediterranean in there – no doubt a remnant of the chef’s past experiences in Spain. A Soup of the Sea starter (£6.25) contained generous chunks of very fresh fish and lobster and there was ample warm crusty bread to dip in. Perfectly seasoned, along with a flavoursome Half Grilled Lobster with Cheddar Gratin (£8.95) it was a truly terrific opening salvo. Both our mains dazzled. A Seafood Platter (£18.95) was much better than we had any right to expect – giant, delicately prepared prawns, half a lobster, soft queenie scallops and tender white fish. There’s some seriously good ingredient sourcing going on here but this is, of course, nothing without the expert kitchen work. The star of the show, however, was all meat. The rather unattractively titled Pig Plate (£14.95) was, despite the name, a homage to swine. Creamy black pudding, juicy pork fillet, melt-in-your-mouth twice cooked belly pork and that fashionable newcomer to the trendy tables – braised pig cheek.
The Pig Plate was a total triumph, the real deal, the whole hog, in fact. Service throughout the evening was courteous, unobtrusive and prompt – despite the place being full – and, heck, they even de-pipped the lemons in the G&T. Attention to detail too? You got it. Our sweet tooth finishers were pretty good too, particularly a Baileys and White Chocolate Cheesecake with Coffee Syrup (£5.25) that held back on the sugar and the alcohol for something surprisingly subtle. And although the shortbread biscuits that came with a Berry Pannacotta (£5.25) were a little flaccid we were, by then, too sated to care. The Gray Ox is a ringing endorsement to the ever expanding, always truthful foodie grapevine that first whispered its name – and a veritable king among gastropubs when so many are but pretenders to the throne.
NEED TO KNOW THE GRAY OX 5 Hartshead Lane Liversedge WF15 8AL
Tel: 01274 872845 www.grayoxinn.co.uk 3-course meal for 2 people no drinks, approx £55
Space Grace The space you eat in can make a meal and, equally, ruin it. One Manchester-based Thai restaurant might recently have been serving the best Red Curry the Meal Mole had ever tasted – only my elbows were perilously close to knocking over a couple’s bottle of wine on an adjacent table and I was much too disturbed by their conversation about I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’s bush tucker trials to actually come close to enjoying what was in front of me. Gimme some room, man! Likewise, the piazza in the redeveloped Corn Exchange might be architecturally pleasing but, for me anyway, it’s a soulless aircraft hangar of an eating venue. What about intimacy? There can be such a thing as too much space. And sometimes the food and the environment are illmatched. The holily-laundered precision of fine dining and the convivial warm fires of gastrofood should never collide, but they frequently do. Which brings us to Ciao Bella. Neatly positioned on one of Leeds’ prettiest short cuts (Dock Street) and boasting perhaps the most elegant restaurant interior in the city. A converted modern synthesis of bare brick and chrome that’s at one with the modern surroundings whilst maintaining a crucial rustic Italian charm. The venue’s only problem might be that
Dock Street, despite hosting cool businesses and the odd passing member of the trendy set, is hardly a thronging thoroughfare. Ciao Bella needs to be discovered. The good thing is, if you do discover it, you’ll probably want to keep coming back.
A Rigattoni All Arrabiata (£7.95) was heavy with flavour – lashings of garlic, a lovely fresh tomato sauce, deep and smoky pepperoni and a just right blast of chilli. Again, the balance – absolutely pivotal to good Italian food – was just right.
The proprietor is Italian (from near Verona) but has lived in Leeds for many years and clearly understands Yorkshire preferences. So expect a hearty informal welcome and plenty of Italian hospitality. The menu is as classic as classic Italian can be – and the small rings of Calamari starters (£5.95) were pleasingly light alongside a sharp homemade tartar sauce. My partner’s Aubergine Lasagne (£4.50) from the special’s board was nicely layered, the sauce perfectly balanced and seasoned – and, importantly, the lasagne wasn’t drowning in the stuff!
Plus, throughout the meal we were introduced to a few splendid Italian beers, from the ultra light to the wickedly dark. Here’s a tip: ask for two glasses, share the bottles and let the excellent and super-friendly service bring 3 or 4 different varieties over to you while you eat – you won’t regret it.
Vitello Milanese (£14.95) is an Italian food masterpiece when done correctly. A fine contrast of flavours and textures (meaty, peppery, citrusy / crunchy, smooth, crisp) that is simple in principle but needs skilled execution. Ciao Bella got it just right – the flattened veal incredibly tender and full of taste, the breadcrumbs and batter just light and crunchy enough, the salad perfectly peppery, the pasta, naturally, spot on – although I did have to ask for a slice of lemon for that citrus burst.
Ciao Bella: the best eating space in the city? Possibly. The best Italian in the city? Without a doubt. Discover it now.
NEED TO KNOW: CIAO BELLA, 20 Dock Street, Leeds, LS10 1JF Tel: 0113 246 9444 OPENING TIMES: SUNDAY TO THURSDAY, Midday – 10.30pm FRIDAY & SATURDAY, Midday – 11pm Anything else? There’s a cracking alternative Christmas menu on offer.
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Christmas Menu available from 2nd December. Party bookings welcome.
Early Bird Menu available now: Tuesday & Wednesday 17.30 to 19.30.
NOMINATED FOr 3 OLIVEr AWArDS
Special Offers available throughout January. Call for further details. What the reviews say: "The starters were excellent, had pork belly and the other guys had the special which was chicken goujons - all fantastic. The steaks we had for main were a generous size, good beef. On the whole the restaurant has a great ambience, good beer and great food. Its what Farsley has been crying out for for a long time. A touch of class, with courteous and professional staff … unlike a lot of places. "
"EXCELLENT FOOD, NICE VENUE ,
GREAT ATMOSPHERE, FRIENDLY STAFF AND A PLEASANT PLACE TO SPEND AN EVENING. GO - YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED" “At last An English eaterie that does exactly what it says on the tin: good, flavoursome dishes, hunger-slaying portions, informal atmosphere, super service and good prices.”
Opening Times Tuesday to Sunday 17:30 – close Closed Monday
FrEE Starter or Dessert with every Main Meal on production of this voucher. Offer available throughout January 2011
8 To w n S t r e e t • F a r s l e y • L e e d s • L S 2 8 5 D B
Tel: 0113 2575773
in the spotlight... a guide to what’s on in the theatres
Panto CINDERELLA The Carriageworks, Leeds Runs until 8 January A girl changes from rags to a stunning ball gown with the wave of a fairy godmother’s wand. A pumpkin magically transforms into a glittering new coach and mice turn into white horses. With glass slippers and a spell that breaks when the clock chimes midnight, it can only mean one thing... Cinderella is waiting to transport audiences to The Carriageworks for a magical fairytale pantomime that promises to be completely charming! Actress Sue Hodge, who played cheeky French waitress and resistance fighter Mimi Labonq in the long-running BBC series, will be taking on the role of Fairy Godmother!
Prices start from £8.50
JACK & THE BEANSTALK The Carriageworks, Leeds 13 – 16, 18-22 January Bring all the family to enjoy plenty of singalong songs, booing and hissing, cheering and clapping in this exhilarating ride through Jack’s adventures. Dreamer Jack sells his cow Buttermilk for a handful of beans. Once planted, the beanstalk takes him way up into the clouds to the Giant’s kingdom where he find the goose that lays the golden egg, rescues Princess Primrose and chops down the beanstalk to escape the Giant
£10 / £8 concessions
DICK WHITTINGTON Harrogate Theatre Runs until 15 January Join Dick and his feline friend on their magical adventure from the heart of Harrogate, to the nation’s capital where the streets are paved with gold and the evil King Rat dwells. If Dick wants to be Lord Mayor he is going to need all the help he can get from Sarah the Cook, the magical fairy and a whole host of hilarious colourful characters.
from £11 SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS Alhambra, Bradford 18 December – 6 February
SLEEPING BEAUTY The Victoria, Halifax Runs until 2 January Sleeping Beauty is the tale of a beautiful Princess who is cursed at her Christening by the wicked Fairy Carabosse, which means that on her 18th birthday she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die. The good Fairy Azurial offers some hope, she changes the spell to ensure that the Princess won’t die, merely fall into an enchanted sleep for 100 years from which she will wake if kissed by the one she loves. Spectacular scenery and sparkling costumes, corny jokes, hilarious slapstick and bags of audience participation.
Starring Yorkshire’s own Billy Pearce in the role of Muddles and Emmerdale’s Sian Reeves as the Wicked Queen, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will feature the Alhambra Theatre’s pantomime hallmark of comedy in abundance, stunning sets and costumes and great entertainment for all ages!
£8.50 - £24.50
family & kids
ALADDIN West Yorkshire Playhouse Runs until 15 January How to tell the story of the lamp? You need a hero, a baddie and a heroine. An idle boy who has nothing at all, and a beautiful girl who has everything.
THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO The Grand, Leeds 17 – 30 December The irresistible story of the wooden boy who longs to be real is brought bursting to life in this musical tale for all the family. Enter a fairytale world full of colourful characters, and join Pinocchio on his quest to become a real boy. Spellbinding music, memorable songs and a magical set shape this fantastical production, which captures all the inventiveness and charm of the original 1880’s creation. Opera North.
£12.50 - £45
Aladdin is a bit of a worry as the hero. He’s not really what you’d call, well, brave, or handsome, or even that clever. And the Princess might be just a little spoilt. But a baddie we can do, and a Mum who takes in washing, and a King who’ll do anything for his daughter and there’s a genie and a lorry load of lamps. So let’s get on and tell the story of Aladdin and how he came to find the magical lamp! Note: this show is not a pantomime.
£8.50 - £15 A CHRISTMAS CAROL West Yorkshire Playhouse Runs until 15 January Bah! Humbug! It’s Christmas Eve and the meanest and most cold-hearted man in London, Ebenezer Scrooge has no time for merriment or mistletoe. But as the clock strikes midnight Scrooge’s world turns around as he is taken on a vivid journey by three spirits who show him visions of happy memories from his past, cruel realities from his present and the very likely future should Scrooge continue with his unloving and uncaring ways. Can the spirits convince Scrooge to change his ways in time for Christmas Day?
£8 - £29
CARMEN The Grand, Leeds 17, 22 January & 1, 5, 9, 11 February
THE MERRY WIDOW The Grand, Leeds 18, 21 22, Dec & 3 – 8 February
Bizet’s tale of passion, sexual obsession and revenge consistently rates as one of the best loved operas, with ‘Toreador’ recognised worldwide. Celebrated American director Daniel Kramer brings his treatment to Carmen, which has not been seen by Opera North audiences for over ten years.
An exuberant evening of fun and romance with glorious music, sumptuous period costumes and dazzling dancing. This new production set in 1905, infuses Parisian sensuality with Viennese sophistication as the young, beautiful and stupendously wealthy widow, Hanna Glawari seeks a new husband who will love her for herself and not her fortune. With a glittering cast and creative team, this timeless classic will be a joyous treat.
The fiery Carmen, sung by soprano Heather Shipp, sparks jealousy and violence around her through her flirtatious and flighty behaviour. Toying with emotions, she leads a merry dance that results in tragedy with the revengeful murder of her lover.
£10 - £58
£10 - £58 THE PORTRAIT The Grand, Leeds 2, 4, 10, 12 February
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS The Lyceum, Sheffield 19 – 22, 27 – 28 January
A talented but unsuccessful painter acquires a portrait that is under a curse and allows him to quickly become a celebrated society artist. Bedazzled by the glory, the rich and famous are at his feet, the money and invitations roll in and he is the talk of the town. But ownership of the portrait leads him to betray his own art and when he realises this, he resorts to drastic and violent action…
Propellor, the internationally acclaimed all-male company, led by Director Ed Hall,a fresh interpretations of a Shakespeare classic to the Lyceum stage. The Comedy of Errors is Shakespeare’s most farcical and also his smartest comedy.
This is a telling picture of the corrupt world of art and fashion - a powerful opera that emerges as a cautionary tale of our times. Opera North.
£10 - £58
Big Shows ME AND MY GIRL The Crucible, Sheffield Runs until 29 January
£12 - £24 THE CIRCUS OF HORRORS The Victoria, Halifax 12 Febraury The show contains some of the greatest, most bizarre & beautiful Circus acts on earth. From dare devil flying trapeze to a vampiric crow woman suspended only by her hair, from whirlwind roller skaters to sword swallowers. All this plus pickled & bendy people, Voodoo Warriors, Knife throwers and an almighty cast of 26 of the wildest, weirdest but most of all greatest performers on earth.
£12 - £27
It’s England, 1937, and Hareford Hall needs an heir. Enter Bill Snibson – a barrow boy, a heartbreaker, a rogue – the long lost son of the late Earl of Hareford! This joyful show is brimming with classic songs including The Sun Has Got His Hat On, Leaning on a Lampost and The Lambeth Walk. Me and My Girl is an exhilarating celebration of life, love and happiness and the perfect way to celebrate Christmas. £12 - £24
COMEDY JOHN BISHOP St George’s Hall, Bradford 31 January Following the enormous success of his smash hit, total sell out ‘Elvis Has Left The Building’ tour and Edinburgh Comedy Award Nomination, stand-up comedian, John Bishop is back on the road with a brand new show.
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In other news, The Homerun, my show on 96.3 Radio Aire made it on to Channel 4 one Sunday morning in November after I spotted that boyband The Wanted had been set a challenge to get from Dover all the way to Leeds for a secret gig in just 3 days. Not so difficult, except they were only allowed to make their way with the help of Twitter. Essentially, they were relying on fans to help them out and their journey was being followed by a TV crew. They had tweeted their concerns that the venue wouldn’t be full so, being a helpful kind of guy, I tweeted them on their way up to tell them to pop by the studios, give me some tickets and I’d dish some out to our listeners. The boys did just that and their camera crew came to Radio Aire to film Max and Tom in the studio with me as we handed out tickets to more lucky winners. The gig was packed out with the help of Radio Aire and you can see what happened by going to facebook.com/radioaire.
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The last time I sat down to write this article I was hinting towards a big event that Radio Aire would be hosting in the Autumn. The event was Party In The Dark, a much smaller, intimate follow up to Radio Aire’s annual Party In The Park each summer. Same idea, but this one was slightly more exclusive with only 500 competition winners allowed to watch the gig hosted at the Corn Exchange in the centre of Leeds. Firstly, if you haven’t been in the Corn Exchange since its revamp over the last year or two then you are missing out. The venue is stunning now and a great place to grab a meal. So, on a cold October night, Radio Aire brought Shayne Ward, DJ Ironik and Olly Murrs to Leeds to perform in front of a fairly hedonistic crowd of crazy competition winners. I was hosting the event and everything was going smoothly; bar Ironik being stuck in traffic on the M1! He made it eventually and the night was fantastic. Fortunately, that gig passed off without anyone invading my personal space … unlike another event I hosted that weekend. Beautiful room at The Royal Armouries. Check. Tuxedo pressed and shirt ironed. Check. Guests numbering in their hundreds. Check. The most prestigious shops in the city. Check. Three course meal. Check. Lots and lots and lots of booze. Check. All good, but it would seem that the final item on the checklist proves problematic when hosting this kind of event. Everyone gets a little bit too tipsy, which makes for an interesting moment or two when winners come up to the stage to collect their prizes. One particular prize which went to a certain hair and beauty salon in the centre of Leeds (known for being quite posh!) caused an eruption of alcoholfuelled excitement from the winning table which preceded a Lion King-style stampede of all the staff on to the stage to collect their gong. One young lady in particular might have had a touch too much Lambrini and decided to jump into my arms and plant her lips onto mine! I would have provided a photo but it has been carefully deleted from the photographer’s memory card to avoid any further reminder of this unexpected and horrifying turn of events! I think their HR department had a busy morning the following day.
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Rich with Max and Tom The Abbey Dash was the next on my list of events to host with the fabulous Nell McAndrew providing a warm up for all the runners who would brave the freezing conditions (it was the weekend the temperature suddenly dropped) to race the 10k from The Headrow to Kirkstall Abbey and back. The winner returned triumphantly in just over 27 minutes. It took me longer to walk up to Starbucks, order myself a Skinny Caramel Latte and get back to the stage! That same weekend I was lucky enough to host one of 3 community Christmas Lights switch-ons around Leeds, this one being in Pudsey. Amongst the performers were a girl group who did quite well in this year’s X Factor making it through the boot camp stage and on to Simon Cowell’s luxury villa. They are called ‘Hustle’ (the lead singer has a huge blonde Mohican). I gave them the big build up for the waiting crowds and got everyone whipped up for when they came on stage at which point I handed over the microphone to the lead singer. Now, here’s a tip to any aspiring performers. Always do your homework. The first thing she said when I passed her the microphone was “Good evening Putney!”. Whoops. And finally, Joe McElderry swung by to launch our Christmas Appeal this year and he is a really nice, down to earth chap. Oh, except for one thing. Lots of makeup! But of course you didn’t hear that from me. So, that’s enough for now apart from an apology I’d like to make in advance. By the time you read my next article I’ll be a dad. I’ve had my last ante natal class but I’m still confused with just 2 and a bit weeks to go. First the baby comes out. Then the placenta follows. But when does the instruction manual pop out? Will I need an allen key? Is it a self assembly job? Hopefully all the questions will have been answered but if my next offering is riddled with grammatical errors … you’ll know why!
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SCAR ATTRACTION Most impressive sight in the Yorkshire Dales? Leaving aside my one and only pleased-to-meet-you with The Naked Rambler (yes, that Naked Rambler) it has to be the mighty Gordale Scar.
Modern cinema, with all its blue screen wizardry, would ﬁnd it hard to match the sensational 150 foot high gorge passageway that leads, eventually, surprisingly, dramatically to one last hidden turn which then reveals the great shadowed vault at the gorge’s extremity. It’s an epic sight, straight out of Tolkein, with two crashing waterfalls echoing around the gorge’s roofless chamber.
"I won't know for sure if Malhamdale is the ﬁnest place there is until I have died and seen heaven (assuming they let me at least have a glance), but until that day comes, it will certainly do." Bill Bryson
As far as entrances, build-ups and dramatic pay-oﬀs go, it is pure Oscar material.This is a perfect family ramble – easy parking, ﬂat, good paths, a couple of eye-popping sights and a fair amount of myth and legend to keep the children riveted.So, leave the car in Malham’s National Park Centre and head back to the road you came in on. Take a left until you see a small iron bridge opposite The Buck Inn. Cross it, turn right and walk downstream. Cross the stile and then follow a clear path across two ﬁelds until you ﬁnd another ladder stile in the corner. Turn left with the wall and go through the gap just before a barn. Eventually you’ll ﬁnd another stile which leads onto a lane and in about 30 yards there’s another stile. Keep going, with the stream on your right, until you ﬁnd twin ladder stiles and, eventually, a beautiful little dingly-dell with a picturesque waterfall known as Janet’s Foss (35 minutes).
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This magical little area is protected and hosts a sheltered micro-climate of rare wild ﬂowers and ferns such as wood sorrel, herb Robert, green spleenwort and wall rue. You might also catch yellow wagtails and dippers alongside the gentle stream. I t’s easy to see how mythical beings have been superimposed onto the area’s delicate beauty. Local Queen of the Fairies, Jennet, (the name has been modernised to Janet) is said to inhabit a cave behind an angelic waterfall that comes complete with its own peaceful splashpool. In summer, with sunlight dappling through the trees and bejewelling the water and with dandelion ﬂorets ﬂoating through the air, the natural really does come close to being supernatural. There actually is a cave behind the waterfall, formed not alas by magic, but by the limestone bedrock being dissolved and eroded by water and re-deposited on the lip of the waterfall. Whatever, the place is lovely – and the kids will be enthralled by the tall tales – they can even pay a visit to the money tree and make a wish with Jennet. Janet’s Foss is, however, but a tingly overture to the magniﬁcent symphony of Gordale Scar. So once you’ve indulged your playful whimsies, take the pathway uphill and turn right along a road. Immediately after a bridge go through a small gate and the way ahead is now clear. Let the steep-sided gorge serenade you towards the aforementioned pay-oﬀ (60 minutes) around its ﬁnal turn. You might be surprised to hear that there is a pathway upwards around the double waterfall, but we’re turning back, eventually, to head home the way we came – fully sated by nature at its awe-inspiring best.
NEED TO KNOW DISTANCE: 3.5 miles DIFFICULTY: Easy
WHAT ELSE: Gordale Scar is at the northern end of the Craven Fault, a 22- mile geological fault line which runs from the borders of Cumbria into the Yorkshire Dales. It is somewhere around 15-16 million years old. DISCLAIMER: The walk and map should be used merely a guide. Walkers should use the appropriate O.S map and take care to follow the rights of way. We cannot take any responsibility for trespass on private land.
TIME: 2 hours GORDALE SCAR
WHERE: Malham lies on Cove Road, just through Gargrave, after the A65 trunk road, four miles north west of Skipton.
REFRESHMENTS: There’s a handful of good, classic Dales pubs in Malham village.
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Lighting in staircases is a big trend at the moment. New technology means that it’s now possible to put small LED lighting into the sides of the stairs or at the top of the riser. The eﬀect is stunning and really makes a staircase renovation complete.
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BRIGHT IDEAS Interiors expert Julie Kerner answers your questions on lights and lighting …
“In my bedroom the only light source I have is from a single ceiling rose - how can I make it more cosy, welcoming and cheery? At the moment it feels too bright and cold.” You can still make your lighting interesting, especially as there are some great light shades on the market at the moment. Choose something in a fabric or a bright colour and it will really add some cheer to your room. If you have the space, why not use the size and really make a statement. Check your bulb wattage as, sometimes, too much power can look very stark - try putting in a lower wattage bulb to add some warmth. “We are just putting the ﬁnishing touches to our new dining room - do you have any tips on how we can make the room an intimate dining space?” Try hanging pendants over your dining table. This gives you the option to turn out your main lights and really focus on the room’s key feature – the dining table. There’s plenty of choice - you could go with a more traditional look for a formal dining room, or if you have an open plan kitchen living room, you may want to choose something a little bit more industrial looking. Just make sure that it is not too dark - so your guests can still see what they are eating! “How can I make my living room feel cosy without compromising the light for other people who may need it to read?” There are a great range of lights that you can look at that won’t have you compromising on style but still give you great task lighting. BoConcept has a fantastic new light called the Kuta lamp which is an arch light that you can position behind your sofa, or at the side of a chair which gives you directional lighting and doesn’t interfere with the main lighting in your room. The beauty of these types of lights is that they are easy to move around the room at any time. “We are ﬁnishing oﬀ our hallway at the moment and, to be honest, haven’t given the lighting scheme much thought! At the moment we have a small cabinet in there that has the telephone on it - but nothing much else. Any ideas?” Hallways are sometimes neglected when it comes to lighting. Why not go all out with a statement piece that will really add some drama to your hallway, for example a chandelier. Equally, a well placed table lamp on a shelf or console table can give your hallway a warm and welcoming look.
Simply prop this Lazy Leaning Lamp against a wall using its single, anodized aluminium leg and the light will remain stable and secure, ﬁlling your space with a delightful, soft light. Mixing and matching more Lazy Lights is a great way of creating stylish lighting eﬀects. £125 from www.dutchbydesign.com
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The mirror is often the focal point in the bathroom so it has to work hard in terms of providing both an attractive design and practical functionality. The new Jet, from Astro, is an eye-catching rectangular illuminated mirror with a dramatic black glass frame that blends equally well into contemporary or classically designed rooms. £255 from www.astrolighting.co.uk Measuring almost six feet in diameter, the aptly named ‘XXL Dome’ hanging light from is a true statement piece that will dominate any living environment. The light is constructed of ﬁbreglass with a silver aluminium exterior. Internally its matt lacquer ﬁnish is smooth to the touch and is available in ﬂuorescent pink, red, green or orange depending on the mood you wish to create. £15,050 from www.arredo.co.uk
This striking three-shaded Fly Floor Lamp is steel or bronze-covered and available in red or white. £1,565 from www.roche-bobois.com
This Mercury Suspension Light is an assortment of futuristic pebbles of varying sizes that ﬂoat beneath a central aluminum disc measuring an impressive overall diameter of 110cm. Bouncing light oﬀ the reﬂective surface during the day, the light is a focal point at all times.
Bring a little eco style into your home with this unusual lamp shade that aﬀords you tiny glimpses of Harry Beck's classic London tube map design. Designed especially for energy saving light bulbs, these contemporary lampshades soften and diﬀuse the light, neatly hiding the bulb. £29.95 from www.nigelsecostore.com
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This cute reading light is perfect for your nightly read. £31.25 from www.kiwifunk.com
Kuta ﬂoor lamp - satin coloured - 200 x 40cm. £299 from BoConcept, Redbrick Mill, Batley – 01924 460483
Note Table Lamp made from anodized aluminium in a subtle silver colour. A contemporary table light designed to direct light both up and down. £290.00 from allupandon.co.uk
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Ben Huckerby is the mastermind behind the interiors scheme of ‘Britain’s Best Home’ – here, he explains the brief and execution behind the project that won the Ben Huckerby Design Team the ‘Best Interior Design’ first place at the prestigious 2010 Northern Design Awards … A Case Study for a Harrogate Manor House: The brief was to create a family home that was both beautiful and practical, a place that flowed with harmony from room to room but, most of all, a place where children could feel at ease. Bringing a classically modern style we managed to transform the space into an award winning home. An essence of contemporary opulence is evident throughout the home, and nowhere is this truer than in the dining room. With its striking bespoke mirrored wine holder and silk chandelier it is a perfect space for hosting party after party - which the clients do on a regular basis. The project brings together wallpapers and fabrics from all over the world and using some of Yorkshire’s best craftsmen it has made a unique living space. No area has been overlooked and attention to detail was paramount. The cinema room is one of the most striking rooms in the house, where comfort and warmth is paired with the ultra modern electronics. It is also the favourite room for some of the family. With its extra long bespoke sofa it is a perfect place to unwind and watch the latest movies. The formal lounge is a place where the family can entertain, it is opulent while comfortable. Vibrant colours and modern artwork give the room a strong impact. Partner of Knight Frank estate agents, Tim Waring, commented, “this is one of the finest houses in Yorkshire”.
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Losing the Plot Three years ago, in my first column for these pages, I wrote of a lovely wild little place – an eccentric jumble of vegetables, fruit and flowers and an experiment in “the good life” at the edge of an inner city Leeds estate. A second home, or, rather, an escape from home. My Oakwood Lane allotment. This ragged plot, complete with magnificent old shed and dusty little pond, become a sanctuary to me for the seven years after I was first given the keys to its kingdom, till now. This is a feeling other allotment holders will easily understand, but the inveterate city kids among you might find hard to fathom. Suffice it to say that my scrubby patch of land gave back health and peace of mind after a long and arduous time in my life. This phenomenon is becoming increasingly well documented. There is even an established nationwide scheme offering asylum seekers* their own piece of land, on which to grow the vegetables and plants they knew back home – helping them to dig away their trauma and depression. The humble trowel as a therapeutic tool? The muddy vegetable strip as a metaphor for contentment and simple well being? You bet. Over the years I have watched the demographic on my own allotment subtly change. The elders are still there, ploughing their productive furrows, year after year, but now there are others – teenagers, people in their twenties, young families, immigrants and harassed city workers - who all show that the recent and growing trend for people to return to the land, at least in miniature, to find solace and to re-kindle an ancient skill, is both real and lasting. No longer the province of the man in a flat cap, gloating over his enormous onions, allotments have become colourful, multicultural spaces. There is something deeply sane about the simplicity of a garden. Dig. Plant. Weed. Watch. Enjoy. And my particular allotment became not only an old friend, but rather a famous little character in its own right - much photographed and written about; even, briefly, the star of day time television. Meanwhile, at the turn of every season, the same bit-part actors would appear, with unflinching regularity, whatever the weather. The blossom on the apple and pear trees. The tadpoles in the pond. The intransigent bloody brambles by the compost bin. The heavenly honeysuckle, scrambling over the arch. The autumn leaves, crimson and red. The winter mud. I can honestly say that the hours spent sitting on my shed step, leaning in against the wall and gazing out at the willows in the wild hedge below me, were some of the most peaceful and profitably aimless of my life. But now it’s over. According to Oscar Wilde, in the ‘Ballad of Reading Gaol’, “Each man kills the thing he loves”. It seems that women do a bit of that too, because I have just parcelled up my gate keys in a jiffy bag and sent it off to the allotment secretary. I have given up my plot. It’s someone else’s turn now. Seven years is a whole cycle of time. Things change. People do too. My child is grown up and my dog has grown old. I shall be moving house to somewhere smaller. The garden out the back – and its wilder cousin up at the allotment – must become the playground for another generation. There are some people who dig the same garden for decades. My parents did that, right up to my father’s death earlier this year, at 86. The garden they made together, wove through nearly half a century of their lives, and that of their family. Only after they both died has the house been sold, and the garden handed over to someone else. Other people create something, watch it flourish, and then – through choice or force of circumstance - move on. I am one of those. But the garden is as much about the mind, as it is the ground. And you take that with you, wherever you go. I started small, as many people do, with window boxes in a top floor London flat. Moving to Leeds meant a proper little garden – a patch at the front of a shared house. Then the allotment – wild space, expansive - and a bigger garden in a different house. Each of these gardens have borne certain signature notes: similar plantings, preferred colour schemes, my own particular architectural style. Just as a house becomes a home only when a person layers it with their own personality and style – even with their presence, their breath, and the imprint of their foot, so a piece of land becomes a garden through the spirit of its creator. But in the end it is all just borrowed space - and pleasurably stolen time. Something to store in photographs, memory, imagination. I have a Greek friend and mentor who lives in a rough part of Brixton, South London, in a tiny house with an even tinier front yard. Through the power of his yearning for Cyprus, the birthplace he left when he was a young man (he is now in his sixties), he has created a magical island-like garden, built on the top of a wall and spilling down into the foot-wide space by his own front door. “If I had to,” he says, “I would grow plants in the palms of my hands”. Gardens pop up everywhere, once you feel the need for them. Who knows where my next one will appear? I only know this. The allotment will always be my absolute favourite. She was a rough darling, but beautiful. I snuck past the other day and peered over the fence. The old shed is still there, but someone has already mended the door (which I neglected to do for seven years, preferring to run at it with a well-padded shoulder and heave). So it’s in safe hands then. Time to move on. *’The Healing Fields’ by Sonja Linden and Jenny Grut is published by Frances Lincoln in association with The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture. £7.99 ‘A Handful of Earth’ by Barney Bardsley is published by John Murray. £7.99
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Knowing the NEIGHBOURS
Like peeking over the garden fence, we sent out 6 writers to counties close to Yorkshire, to find out what special delights lie just beyond the borders of God’s Own Country
PeCkforTon CasTle, Cheshire
The very name has a glorious ring to it. Like something out of a Mervyn Peake novel – darkly brooding, faintly fantastical. And it lives up to its name, believe me. The castle, set high on a leafy Cheshire hillside, was the Victorian brainchild of wealthy landowner Lord Tollemache, who rather fancied having a medieval-style fortress for his family seat. If location matters to you, then Peckforton will not disappoint. It is hidden amidst a forest of green, making the slow drive up to the entrance (complete with moat and drawbridge-eﬀect) both pleasurably secretive and spectacular. And once you are at the top, it’s time to draw breath - because this castle is no two dimensional ediﬁce. From the rich red carpets on the ﬂoor, to the three-foot thick walls, complete with turrets and narrow archery windows, to the graceful Minstrels Gallery, to the tapestry woven bedspreads and high backed wooden chairs, Peckforton is medieval-style magic. If you want modern, airy, up-to-date furnishings, go somewhere else. Peckforton is all about the mystique of a vanished world. With its moody corridors and dark whispering corners, it is probably the perfect location for an atmospheric Christmas or New Year celebration. It doesn’t come cheap, but then, it doesn’t aim to. Peckforton sets out to create an ambience of quirky luxury and it does it well. There are two eateries in the castle: the 1851 restaurant, named after the year in which it was built, oﬀers rich and subtle fare, whilst the newly re-furbished 2010 brasserie has a more bite-sized menu. When we visited, the brasserie was just up and running, and hadn’t quite got into its stride – but its high vaulted ceiling still made it an excellent place to sit nursing a drink and dreaming of princes (or princesses). As you would expect from the surroundings, they oﬀer all the bonuses one might associate with an olde worlde venue: from medieval banquets to a falconry experience. The birds of prey are housed right next to the castle entrance, are beautifully kept and expertly ﬂown by the master falconers on site. More than the sumptuous food – watching those birds swoop and soar was the high spot of my visit. Great fun. A great place. Give yourself a treat.
Peckforton Castle, Stone House Lane, Tarporley, Nr Chester, Cheshire CW6 9TN. 01829 260 930 - average nightly rate is £150 for a standard room for 2 on a B&B basis www.peckfortoncastle.co.uk Barney Bardsley
The haweswaTer hoTel, Cumbria Haweswater is as quietly secluded as England gets yet it’s easily accessible from the M6, making this an ideal location for romantic getaways or outdoor pursuits. The fells were swathed in autumnal colours, the lake below us a shining mirror, the only sounds those made by nature – wind in the trees, rushing waterfalls and chattering birds. Haweswater is a reservoir, made during the thirties by the enlargement of two natural lakes in the Mardale valley. This was a controversial development, yet this Lakeland dale has returned to nature and is a haven for rare wildlife. A hotel located here has a lot to live up to. There is only one way (and one road) in to Haweswater, and you can watch the scenery transform from rolling Cumbrian farmland into spectacular mountainsides. The Haweswater Hotel is located half way along the eastern shore, the only building in the entire valley. Built in 1937, it provides glorious views for all guests and has 22 rooms. The hotel restaurant, ‘le Mardale’ featured accomplished cooking with artful but unpretentious presentation. The cuisine has a French feel and majors on local and seasonal produce. You might encounter Sea Trout or asparagus, venison or black pudding. Our starters were uniformly delicious, whether these were potted trout, ﬁshcakes or pork and apple terrine. Main courses included Lakeland lamb, sea bass ﬁllets and a char-grilled rib-eye steak that came rare - as was ordered. Wash it all down with wines such as an Argentinean malbec by Finca Flichman. However, the major attraction is the Lakeland countryside - and there is plenty to do in the immediate vicinity. Mountains such as High Street beckon the ﬁt but gentler excursions such as spotting Kingﬁshers along Haweswater Beck are just as satisfying. Activities can be as gentle or as strenuous as you’d like, but do make sure you work up an appetite. The principle wildlife attraction is England’s only wild Golden Eagle. It’s an easy yet dramatic walk around the lake to reach the RSPB viewing point in Riggindale. There was no sighting on our ﬁrst visit, but our persistence paid oﬀ the fol lowing day. Then we witnessed this magniﬁcent creature soaring above us then coming closer to patrol the crags before ﬁnally being mobbed by a squadron of Ravens. Moments to cherish for a lifetime. If you are thinking of taking a Lakeland break then the Haweswater Hotel should be at the top of your list. We’ll be back there soon.
Bampton, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2RP The rooms start from £75 per room, per night including breakfast. For reservations call 01931 713235 or for more information visit www.haweswaterhotel.com Paul Howard
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BOLSOvER CASTLE DERBYSHiRE It had been a long while since I last visited Derbyshire, so when I got the opportunity to visit again I jumped at the chance. We arrived at our destination, Buckingham’s Hotel in Chesterﬁeld, a little frazzled as we had spent the best part of an hour stuck behind a petrol tanker doing a steady 25mph! Nevertheless it was a pleasure to be met with a warm welcome from our hosts and ours bags were whisked up to our very comfortable room. After a quick freshen up we were at the bar drinking a very nice wine, and started to relax – especially after our host, an award winning chef, informed us he’d be cooking a very delicious meal from his bronze menu for us that evening. The next morning, after a great breakfast, we decided to take a stroll into town and sample the morning market and take a trip to see the famous Crooked Spire atop the largest church in Derbyshire – standing at 228 feet from the ground and leaning an incredible 9 feet 5 inches from its true centre. Afterwards we visited Bolsover Castle, a romantic residence built by Sir Cavendish in 1612. The long and detailed audio tour gives you a real insight into the castle’s history and the day-to-day lives of people living in that time. There was still time left to explore more of Derbyshire, and another short car ride away is Hardwick Hall, owned by the National Trust. It features outstanding collections of 16th Century tapestries and portraits – it’s a truly beautiful place and a great way to while away a couple of hours. The second evening we dined out at a nearby Italian restaurant, ‘Nonsolovino’. This newly opened restaurant served a range of contemporary style food, stunning wines, and has been selected to appear in the 2011 Good Food Guide. All in all, a most satisfying weekend - and a promise to myself to not leave it so long before I visit Derbyshire again.
Buckinghams Hotel, Standard Single £70.00 Standard Double £95.00 www.buckinghamstable.com. The website for general information on the area is www.visitchesterﬁeld.info Julie Kerner
THORESBY HALL, Nottinghamshire
BUCKINGHAM’S HOTEL, Derbyshire
THORESBY HALL, NOTTiNgHAmSHiRE 221 rooms – all full. Whatever Thoresby Hall, or rather Warner Leisure do, they must do it right. Catering ostensibly for the retired market and with a deﬁant ‘No Children’ policy what, we wondered, could they oﬀer a couple of active, albeit slightly greying, thirty somethings. The answer, actually, is quite a bit. Firstly, there’s the spa. A couple of treatments (which are not inclusive) and a relaxing afternoon spent swapping between a sanarium and an ice cave. There’s a swimming pool (which is inclusive) – curiously unoccupied despite the ‘House Full’ signs - a snooker table, a table tennis table, a mini golf course – even bicycle hire for exploration of nearby Sherwood Forest. Yes, Thoresby Hall caters for an older clientele, but there certainly isn’t a dear th of leisure activities on oﬀer. The building itself is vast and maze like, housing no less than three restaurants. The Pierrepont oﬀers the classic buﬀet scrap, Fenocchi’s is a decent Italian, but their ﬁne dining Blue Room Restaurtant was a total delight. The silk covered walls and ornate mouldings had steeled us for a heavy serving of stiﬀ collared pretentiousness, but we were wrong to judge. Service was relaxed and charming and the food was of a genuinely high calibre. An evening cabaret was, while popular, not our thing but there were still plenty of places to escape an Abba tribute act. Thoresby Hall might not quite be for me or my partner just yet – but that didn’t stop us having a relaxing and very pleasurable stay.
Thoresby Hall,, Four night mid week breaks in January start at £216 based on 17th January or £299 based on 10th January. Three night weekend breaks also start at £216 based on 7th January and £220 based on 14th January. Prices are based on two people sharing a standard room. Upgrade to a historic room for £50 or a historic junior suite for £70 per room per night. Prices include dinner, bed and breakfast along with a range of leisure facilities and entertainment at the hotel. www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk / 01623 821000 Matt Callard
THORESBY HALL, Nottinghamshire
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THe QUaYS, GReaTeR maNcHeSTeR Set on the stunning waterfront of Greater Manchester, The Quays oﬀers a range of venues and attractions to suit all types of people. Whether you’re looking for a family outing or a couple’s get-away, you’ll ﬁnd plenty of choice.On a single trip to The Quays you can experience the awardwinning Imperial War Museum North, visit The Lowry art gallery, take a boat ride along Manchester’s historic ship canal or explore the city’s Lowry Outlet Mall with an on-site cinema, ﬁve plaza restaurants and great shopping. My favourite discoveries included the Whistles and Flannels outlets selling luxe clothing and designer labels with impressive price cuts – worth the trip alone! For our dinner we visited ‘Lime’, one of many eateries based at The Quays before taking in a play at The Lowry. ‘Lime’ has an inviting atmosphere and funky retro décor and the wine and food menus both oﬀer good variety – it’s a good pre-theatre choice. Our accommodation was about a 20 minute walk from The Quays. The Old Traﬀord Lodge at Lancashire County Cricket Club is a standard setting, but does boast impressive views of the cricket green.The Manchester Quays is a truly enjoyable experience that caters to all tastes – ideal for a fun day or evening out for those after a bit of variety, culture and leisure in stunning surroundings.
ROTHBURY, NORTHUmBeRlaNd Northumberland should be a quick nip up the A1 through County Durham but, ﬁrst things ﬁrst, plan your journey to avoid Newcastle in the rush hour! Pretty Rothbury, in the Coquetdale Valley, is well worth the trip, however. We stayed at Katrina’s Guest House – a far cry, perhaps, from the boutique city hotels we usually use, but this little B&B was one of the cleanest and friendliest places both I and my partner had ever stayed. Breakfast was excellent and all the food we ate was locally produced - something I’m particularly fond of - and with homemade bread too! The owners were the most welcoming pair and gave us great advice on places to visit during our stay. Rothbury village itself is timelessly beautiful, with little tearooms, pubs and shops nestled along the tree-lined high street. If you visit in good weather, take a walk down to the river and walk along the gorgeous river bank. It’s a gentle pace of
THE QUAYS Old Traﬀord Lodge is £64 standard room and £69 executive room for January weekend or mid-week. December is slightly cheaper at the weekend £54 or £59 but £64 and £69 mid-week. More info: www.thequays.org.uk Bethanie Lunn
life in Rothbury – and an ideal getaway from the hectic city rat race. Thye village is actually a great base for wider exploration of Northumberland as it is only a half hour drive from the coast and, if you are feeling very adventurous, you can reach Edinburgh in 2 hours. During our stay we visited the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, which has a wealth of history and plenty of legend to indulge in – although make sure you understand the tides or you might have a longer stay on the island than you planned! The real joy of the trip, however, was a beautiful scenic coast route that takes in Alnwick, a magniﬁcent medieval castle – and location for Harry Potter! The real life Hogwarts, no less! Indeed, there are many stunning castles along the coast route, along with dozens of remote yet beautiful sandy beaches. Northumberland is a breathtaking place – packed with natural beauty – and its rugged coast line and rolling hills make it a place I will deﬁnitely revisit – with lovely Rothbury again as my base.
Katerina's Guest House, Rothbury.
Double rooms start from £64 per night including breakfast for two people. www.katerinasguesthouse.co.uk / 01669 620 691. Award-winning Restaurant Italia Plus at The Coquetvale Hotel. Open every night from 5pm - 9.30pm. www.coquetvale.co.uk / 01669 622900. Nicola Severn
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Lucas Radebe’s new biography is no ordinary footballing rags-toriches tale. It is the story of how he overcame a tough childhood in the midst of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle, survived a shooting, and refused to be diverted from his sporting destiny by injury and homesickness – until, eventually, becoming one of Leeds United’s greatest, and most loved, players. In South Africa he is an iconic figure, underlined when Nelson Mandela said of him, “This is my hero.”
In this extract, Lucas is at his footballing peak, with David O’Leary’s young Leeds team seemingly on the brink of greatness… On 18 January 1999, Leeds produced what Lucas described as ‘one of our best performances since I joined the club’ in beating Middlesbrough 2-0 with the rapidly emerging Lee Bowyer outstanding. But Lucas hardly had time to savour the win before dashing to Manchester Airport where he met up with Mark Fish to fly to Johannesburg. The following day, he was a guest at Fish’s wedding and within 24 hours the pair of them joined up with the Bafana squad to fly to Mauritius for an African Cup of Nations qualifier. Like David O’Leary at Leeds, Trott Moloto was giving young players their head and even though they only managed a 1-1 draw in a game they were expected to win, Lucas was impressed by some of his new international teammates. He enjoyed the excitement and energy generated by talented youngsters and he got a kick out of guiding them and helping them improve. ‘The likes of Bradley Carnell, Sibusiso Zuma, Benni McCarthy and Quinton Fortune are developing into fine players with potentially bright futures in international football,’ he said. From the heat of Mauritius, Lucas returned to Yorkshire where another bunch of youngsters was exceeding expectations but struggling for consistency. After a couple of defeats in the league, they faced a mouth-watering FA Cup tie against Spurs that would bring George Graham back to Elland Road for the first time. While Leeds’s main priority was a high Premiership finish to qualify for Europe again, the FA Cup presented an alternative route and a realistic opportunity for silverware so it was always going to be a big match, whoever they faced. The Graham factor added extra spice to the mix.
Botswana and play against Spurs on the Wednesday night even though they faced an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Gabon the following Saturday. The only available plane meant a stop over in Milan, cutting down any chance of resting on the flight. It was Lucas’s 50th cap and he led Bafana Bafana to a 4-1 win. But there was scarcely time to show the family photos of the new baby before he was heading for the airport again because, with Woodgate suspended, Leeds needed him to play against Leicester on the Monday night. Faced with the prospect of three games in six days on two continents, with many hours in the air in between, Lucas joked: ‘I’m looking forward to it. The plane trips will let me catch up on some much needed sleep I have lost since the baby was born!’ More seriously he explained: ‘It will be very hard and tiring but I owe it to both my country and to Leeds United to play in every game if possible. It is the price I pay but I am willing to pay it.’ In years to come, the true cost to his body would become clear. Lucas only had two hours from the final whistle in Pretoria to travel the 30-odd miles to his flight at Johannesburg and not surprisingly, he arrived too late. Once again he had put himself under stress by accepting a crazy schedule but also by his inability to turn his back on anyone. Even though he was up against the clock, he admitted, he’d felt forced to stay and sign some autographs for adoring South African fans.
‘It was a great honour for me to win my 50th cap. I was delighted with the way we played, and the fans after the game were unbelievable. They were really happy that we’d won and were so supportive it made it hard for us to leave the ground,’ he said. Lucas’s life would have been a lot easier and probably his body would have suffered a lot less pain if he had occasionally followed the example of less considerate sports stars and ignored the fans. But in his view,
On the evening before the match Feziwe went into labour and Lucas drove her at top speed to the hospital. He needn’t have rushed. At 3.30am she persuaded him that the birth wasn’t imminent and he should go home and get some rest. He hardly seemed to have got to sleep when he was awakened at ten the next morning by a phone call from the maternity ward saying that if he wanted to see his child born, he had better hurry back. He raced to Fezi’s side and marvelled as a fine son, Lucas Hugo, was born at around half past 11. It was hard for Lucas to drag himself away and he arrived at Elland Road just in time to lead the side out. It was a cagey game against a team predictably well organised by Graham. Switched to right-back, Lucas kept Spurs’ dangerman David Ginola quiet but neither side could get on top and the 1-1 draw added a replay to Lucas’s exhausting schedule. O’Leary’s ‘babies’ were hitting form at just the right time. They played with little fear, relishing their success, safe in the knowledge that down the spine of the team they had the experience of Nigel Martyn, Lucas and, hopefully soon, David Batty to bail them out when they got in trouble. Two good wins improved their league position before the replay at White Hart Lane but this time Leeds were always second best. There was no chance for Lucas to dwell on the 2-0 defeat. He had a plane to catch. South Africa had given special permission for him to miss their Castle Cup game against
“Lucas and Philemon Masinga give Howard Wilkinson a lift soon after arriving at Elland Road” Yorkshire Post
this was what came with the territory of being a highly-paid international footballer and you just got on with it. Instead of arriving back on Sunday as planned, it was Monday morning before Lucas touched down in England. He was immediately whisked off to join his team-mates at their hotel in Leicester. A brief sleep didn’t really help much but he shrugged off his weariness and led United to a 2-1 win at Filbert Street. Even he wasn’t quite sure how he’d coped with the last six days. ‘It was quite an experience. One I hope I never have to repeat,’ Lucas reflected later. ‘By the time the match at Leicester finished, even though we won, the only thing I could think of was getting to bed – and as quickly as possible. When we got back home I went straight to bed and slept through the night and all through Tuesday and the following morning as well.’ The victory over Leicester was followed by a revenge win over Spurs in the league and three more impressive displays saw Leeds in fourth place in the table and on course for a UEFA Cup place. Indeed, they were only two points behind Chelsea who were a further point behind Arsenal. Manchester United were clear of all three and hot favourites to be champions but a top three spot and Champions League place next season was a realistic and heady possibility. Even though Graham was picking up his first silverware at Tottenham in the form of the Worthington Cup, it still looked as though Lucas’s decision to stay at Leeds had been a good one. The team had won their last seven matches in a row, equalling a club record that stretched back to the 1973-74 season. Their chance to break it would come when Liverpool arrived at Elland Road, a match that SkySports TV had insisted be switched to Monday 12 April, Lucas’s 30th birthday. There would be little chance to celebrate – he was facing another madcap journey to and from Africa for an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Gabon on the tenth. It was not lost on Lucas that he had been able to go home to South Africa for a few days just two weeks before because there was an international break in England. If FIFA officials only got their act together and co-ordinated the international calendar, that could have been the weekend South Africa took on Gabon. But as usual, the problems of the players didn’t come into the bureaucrats’ calculations. Bafana Bafana lost 1-0 to a last-minute penalty. It was a sickening result that even neutrals agreed was in large part due to some woeful refereeing. South Africa were on top throughout and had two solid penalty appeals turned down only to be hit by an injury time sucker punch when the official awarded the home side a very dubious spot kick. Lucas was seething as he raced to the airport to catch a plane to Paris where United had a private jet waiting to whisk him back to Yorkshire. He touched down at Leeds Bradford airport at 8am on the Sunday and spent most of the day in bed trying to give his body the maximum rest before the match. O’Leary was sympathetic but resolute. Agreeing it was no way to prepare for such a big match, he said: ‘Bearing in mind the way Liverpool play with Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler up front, we really need Lucas in the team.’ It was a mark of the new respect Leeds were being given in the Premiership that Liverpool came to shut up shop, hoping to grab a goal on the break. O’Leary’s men weren’t experienced enough to break the deadlock and the game ended 0-0 with Lucas getting the SkySports pundits’ vote as man of the match. Two more draws in a row as good as killed off United’s hopes of a Champions League place but the UEFA cup was still a strong possibility and there was optimism in the camp, particularly after the second of those matches saw them hold Manchester United despite being forced to play teenage midfielder Matthew Jones in the unaccustomed right-back role, up against Ryan Giggs. The star of the show was another teenager, Jonathan Woodgate, and the youngster gave an insight into how United’s young
draw and when Lucas got back to Leeds, O’Leary wasn’t best pleased to find that he’d played the full 90 minutes when he was only supposed to play one half. With two weeks left of the season, United faced four more games including West Ham, who were still pushing for a European place, Arsenal and Chelsea, the sides immediately above them, before rounding things off at Coventry. They thrashed West Ham 5-1 but went down 1-0 at Chelsea, which finally confirmed they couldn’t overhaul the Londoners in the table. The final home game was against Arsenal and despite all the denials from Lucas and O’Leary, conspiracy theorists were convinced Leeds would go easy on the Gunners rather than do Manchester United a favour in the title race. There was only one way to kill the story off and Leeds did it brilliantly, beating Arsenal 1-0 with Lucas and Woodgate again the outstanding players as the Gunners threw forward Kanu and Diawara to join Anelka and Bergkamp in a bid to salvage something from the game. In the YEP, Don Warters paid the pair the compliment of comparing them to the best Arsenal defences, highlighting the moments when ‘the United captain cleared off the line from Bergkamp while Woodgate headed a bullet shot from substitute Diawara off the line.’ A lifelong Arsenal supporter, Lucas’s adviser Gary Blumberg sat and admired the outstanding performance from his client and his young sidekick but wished they had saved it for another occasion! But the Leeds fans were ecstatic and gave the team a standing ovation as they made their annual lap of honour. At last they felt they had a team that could perhaps deliver the kind of success they craved. Lucas’s smile had seldom been wider. ‘We took on the reigning champions, a side that still has the chance of winning the title, who were desperate to win and we gave them their first defeat in five months,’ he exclaimed. ‘We have proved that we are capable of competing with the best but we have to show we can do it on a regular basis if we are to challenge the top three for the major honours.’ With the UEFA Cup place safe, O’Leary made seven changes for the final game at Coventry and what Lucas described as ‘the best season since I joined the club’ came to an end with a 2-2 draw. Of course it was not yet finished for Lucas, who still had two more matches to play for South Africa. He’d been excused a tour of the West Indies, when Trott Moloto tried out some new, home based players, but the captain was required for an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Mauritius in Durban.
players viewed Lucas when he told the press:
Once again he boarded a plane and headed south. Bafana Bafana beat Mauritius 2-0 and so made sure they qualified for the finals. Moloto excused Lucas from playing in the final qualifier in Angola two weeks later but he did turn out in a friendly against Zimbabwe and squeezed in a trip to Australia to team up with George Weah, Zinedine Zidane and Marcelle Desailly for an exhibition match against the Socceroos to mark the opening of the Sydney Olympic stadium. Since returning from injury against Rushden & Diamonds on 13 January, Lucas had played 27 games and flown something like 85,000 miles. He was ready for a holiday.
‘He’s a great player to play alongside because he makes it so easy for you. I learn from him every single day, not only about football, but in other ways. He is not only a dedicated trainer and player, he always has a smile on his face. He helps pick you up when you’re down – though he can hand out a rollicking too if he thinks it’s necessary.’
Publishing Details ‘Lucas: From the Streets of Soweto to Soccer Superstar’ by Richard Coomber, published by Great Northern Books, 25 September 2010. Hardback, 288 pages, £16.99, ISBN: 9781905080731.
Lucas climbed aboard yet another plane, this time heading for a friendly in Denmark where Bafana Bafana were keen to see if they had improved from when the sides met in the World Cup. In fact the result was an identical 1-1
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This digital pen gives children an understanding on how to write in a playful and fun way and aims to improve the coordination of young users while stimulating creativity and imagination. The pen is linked to a receiver and a USB key, and a play-writing program and you simply clip the receiver to a page of paper and connect it to a computer.
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The award-winning Leapster handheld, has created a new experience in mobile learning with the launch of the innovative Leapster Explorer. The Explorer delivers powerful gameplay — including Flash and 3D graphics — on LeapFrog’s biggest, brightest touch-screen yet. Offering auto-level game play to allow for a truly personalised learning and play experience that is tailored to each child’s unique needs and skill, with games that auto-adjust so a child can learn at just the right pace. Players can also personalise play, using earned points to change games’ backgrounds, music, and more. And the onboard Pet Pad app let kids choose and customise a pet.
£59.99 from Amazon
These portable DVD players are designed for in-car entertainment and come with matching DJ headphones. Available in pink, blue, green and yellow with car charger and built-in speakers.
£129.99 from lencouk.com
Sodastream has had a thoroughly modern makeover, with the range of flavours extended and some sugar-free options added for the healthconscious. For those who can’t remember the 80s, SodaStream creates fizzy drinks from tap water with bottles which are reusable for up to 3 years – thus producing far less waste than throwaway bottles!
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The HEXBUG Nano is a tiny, collectible, micro robotic creature that uses the physics of vibration to propel itself forward and explore its environment. Powered by a tiny motor, and 12 fixed, angular legs, the industrious creature scuttles over the ground beneath it and quickly navigates through the most complex mazes. Possessing an uncanny sense of balance, it can even flip to its feet and zoom forward when turned on its back! When coming into contact with an object in its path, the energetic insect will switch directions and scurry away on a new path due to its persistent random behaviour.
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Bobble is a mobile water filter and a completely new product, designed to encourage kids to drink water over sugary drinks. Children love the bright, wobbly shape and it comes with stickers to allow them to personalise it. Parents simply fill the bottle with tap water and it filters as the kids drink it.
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The new GHS 1 headset brings gaming to a whole new level of realism, excitement, portability and comfort. Lightweight and designed for longwearing comfort, the headset features a boom microphone that filters out most background noise. Passive noise reduction effectively seals out most ambient sounds, providing for an undisturbed overall listening and gaming experience.
€99 – more info akg.com This cute Timex Blue Tractor watch should encourage kids to learn to tell the time. It comes with a blue case set around a white dial with colourful numeral hour markers; the watch fastens with a bright strap with a tractor motif.
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Boggle Flash is a 21st century take on our Editor’s favourite game, traditional Boggle, and it’s made for technologically-minded young wordsmiths and quick-thinkers. Learning with Boggle Flash is incredibly fun, fast-paced and frantic – it’s perfect for parents looking for a challenging and educational game for their children.
The Sanyo Xacti GH1 is stylish, sleek – and perfect for kids. It’s simple to use and YouTube ready, making sharing videos with friends as simple as it was to create them. With 14 mega pixels and a 12 x wide range zoom it’s a great gift for tech-crazy kids.
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Kids will be amused for hours with this build-your-own Robot Arm. From start to finish, this technical challenge teaches kids all about the science of robots, and with five different motors, it allows for control of five different movements. Try and grip the TV remote with the impressive gripping claw, and pass to dad on the sofa to save giving up your comfy seat!
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The Duncan Pulse Yo-Yo changes colours, flashes and lights-up as it spins. An aerodynamic, rim-weight means the yo-yo is more stable for string tricks and improves sleep time (keeping a yo-yo spinning while remaining at the end of its uncoiled string). The Pulse also has a high-speed, ball-bearing axle.
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The ultimate in boys’ buddies, Stinky the Garbage Truck is anything but rubbish! This rugged, large scale garbage truck has interactive sensors that bring him to life in unbelievable ways! With amazing articulation, Stinky interacts with his new best friend by talking, telling jokes and singing – this garbage truck is like no other. He loves to exercise and dance along to music with his own unique personality.
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Growing Up in the Spotlight
Emma Watson has starred as Hermione Granger, devoted friend to both Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, in each of the Harry Potter films. She plays the role for the final time in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’.
Watson made her professional acting debut in the first Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” winning a Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actress for her performance and she has also garnered two Critics’ Choice Award nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association for her work in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” Apart from acting, another of Watson’s passions is fashion. She worked closely with Fair Trade and organic clothing producer People Tree in helping them create a new teenage fashion line, and fronted the Autumn-Winter 2009 and Summer-Spring 2010 campaigns for Burberry. Emma is currently in the U.S. studying for a Liberal Arts degree at Brown University. Here, she talks about growing up in public, screen kisses - and saying goodbye to Harry Potter …
10 YEARS OF HARRY POTTER, EMMA. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE WAY THAT IT HAS CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
A FEW MONTHS AGO YOU SAID THAT WHEN YOU GUYS DID THAT ON SET THAT THE WHOLE CAST AND CREW FELT VERY AWKWARD BECAUSE IT FELT SO REAL.
Where would I even begin? It turned it upside down. My life would be diﬀerent if this hadn’t happened to me but I’ve had the most amazing experiences, I’ve learnt to act, I’ve travelled the world – it’s been amazing.
I did one take and David [Yates] let the camera roll for like two minutes and just sort of left me there screaming. So when I looked at the edit I was like, 'Well, fair enough. You can't have two minutes of me screaming,' but I was like, 'I did that a lot longer than was actually shown.' I think it was quite disturbing for the crew which I was pleased about, obviously, because it showed that I was doing a good job. But I think it wasn't a fun day for everyone.
THERE’S ONLY ONE MORE TO GO NOW AFTER THIS FOR HARRY POTTER?
I know, I know. Please don’t keep reminding me. It’s going to be sad. WHICH WAS YOUR FAVOURITE SCENE TO FILM FROM THE NEW MOVIE?
There's a scene where we go oﬀ together on this little adventure. It's kind of like a comedy act because it's the ﬁrst time that you see Hermione and Ron in tune. We're usually so oﬀ beat. We're usually like we're going to miss each other and we kind of clash. And in this one scene we're real time and it's so funny. We're both so into it. There are just a couple of really funny comedy moments and I really just enjoyed it. Rupert [Grint] is a great comedic actor and so we had a really good time just really bringing the humour out of everything that we could. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE AWESOME SCENE BETWEEN HERMIONE AND BELLATRIX WHEN THEY'RE WRITING MUD BLOOD ON YOUR HEART? IT WAS REALLY POWERFUL.
Thank you very much. It was very weirdly aﬀecting to do that scene. It was quite horrible. I think even Helena [Bonham Carter] said to me afterwards, 'I really didn't enjoy doing that.' I was like, 'Well…,' and she usually gets very into all of that kind of evil stuﬀ, but I think she felt quite uncomfortable. But actually the mud blood idea wasn't something that was written in the script. It was something that He lena and I came up with. I was like, 'If she's just kind of like doing a spell on me, I mean obviously I can make it look like it's painful, but I think it would be really powerful to have it be something that the audience can actually physically see.' So we came up with the mud blood and we sat there on set designing what Bel latrix's handwriting would look like for, like, forty minutes. We were like, 'We think that's what she would write like.' So we had a lot of fun with it, a lot of fun.
WAS THAT ALL COME UP WITH ON THE SPOT, TOO, OR HAD THAT BEEN MORE THOUGHT OUT?
Actually, weirdly, I'd been thinking about it for months and so when I ﬁnally came to it, it was like I'd built up all this stuﬀ that I wanted to exorcise and just kind of didn't really… it was like an out of body experience. It was really weird. I just kind of did it and David was like, 'Okay, great. We're done here.' IS THERE ANY SCENE IN ANY OF THE FILMS THAT YOU'D LIKE TO GO BACK AND RE-SHOOT EVEN IF IT'S AS A DIFFERENT CHARACTER?
That's interesting, as a diﬀerent character? Wow. That's a hard question. I actually had a really good time playing the evil Hermione in Ron's vision. So I'd quite like to go back and play a bad guy. I think that would be fun. THERE WAS ALSO A COMMENT THAT APPARENTLY YOU'RE QUITE A FIERY KISSER!
So I hear. I keep hearing that. Journalists keep bringing this up with me and I don't really know what to say. I think for the scene it obviously had to be something that would disturb Ron, that would make him really jealous, that would make him upset. So I think the kiss had to be passionate from Hermione's end. They called me an animal, I think, in one interview! I guess I should just take it as a compliment.
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YOU SEEM TO TAKE ALL THAT STUFF IN YOUR STRIDE. HOW HAVE YOU LEARNED TO JUST TREAT ALL THIS MEDIA STUFF WITH A PINCH OF SALT?
It's experience. I'm twenty years old now and I was nine or ten when I went into my ﬁrst press conference. So you just get used to it. It's not worth it. It takes too much emotional energy to get upset every time something is written that you don't want to see. You just have to let it go. I would be a crazy person. Maybe I am a crazy person. DID YOU LEARN THAT EARLY ON?
It took me a while to ﬁgure that one out actually. I'm still very … I would be lying if I said that I don't get upset. I still do get upset, but I don't care quite so much which is good. I mean, things still get mis quoted all the time. There's so much information out there about me that I think it would very easy to check facts. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE OF LIVING IN AMERICA FOR A YEAR NOW? DO YOU FEEL SORT OF AMERICAN?
It's really weird, actually. When the American press came in on day two I suddenly perked up and felt quite at home. I was quite happy to hear some American accents. It was really weird, whereas normally that would feel really foreign. But I was like, 'Ah, the American press. Hello.' So it's funny. It has become a second home to me and I do really love it. I'm very happy. I could very easily see myself splitting my time between New York and London. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE STATES OVER GOING TO SCHOOL IN LONDON?
For a number of reasons. A friend of mine went over to university in the states and when he was telling me about the fact that he was able to study more than one subject at a time and that it was much more open and broad, that really appealed to me. Then also I'm much more anonymous in the states. I just needed a change. I needed a fresh start, somewhere I could go and feel like I could really reinvent myself. That's what Brown has been for me. DO YOU STILL CONSIDER AN ACTING CAREER AS A LIFE, THEN, OR IS THAT UP IN THE AIR FOR YOU?
No. Deﬁnitely. This ﬁlm has given me a lot of conﬁdence. I just did a movie called 'My Week With Marilyn' which is a Weinstein production with Eddie Redmayne and Michelle Williams and that went really well. I think I will keep acting. I think I'd like to make maybe one movie a year or something, especially until I'm done with Brown, deﬁnitely. It's really hard. It's really exhausting trying to juggle the two. ARE YOU HAVING TO MISS A LOT OF CLASSES BECAUSE OF THE FILM SCHEDULE AND THE PRESS SCHEDULE? HOW DO YOU JUGGLE YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES?
I'm missing like two weeks of school because I'm here doing this, but you just have to be really organized with your time. I tell professors in advance that I have to leave for this period of time and I hope that they'll understand. I have to work hard to earn that kind of trust and respect, that they will allow me to do that. I have to show them that I'm a hard worker and that I take my studies seriously because otherwise they wouldn't let me do it. So the beginning of the semester is all about me getting good grades so that they're like, 'Okay, you can go oﬀ and do whatever it is that you have to do.' HAVE YOU DECLARED A MAJOR?
Yes. I've declared history as my major. AMERICAN HISTORY?
I'm not sure. I like modern history, but I will have to choose a speciﬁc area at some point but not for a while yet. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR DANCE SEQUENCE WITH DAN? IS HE A NATURALLY GIFTED DANCER OR DID YOU HAVE TO SHOW HIM SOME THAT'S NOT WHAT HE'LL SAY!
Really? I don't know. I think he knows. But it was perfect for the scene. It wasn't meant to look perfect. It was meant to look silly and spontaneous. YOU LOOKED GREAT.
Thanks. I love to dance.
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THE THREE OF YOU REALLY SHOWED YOUR ACTING OFF IN THIS MOVIE. WHAT DOES THE DIRECTOR DAVID YATES BRING TO THAT?
The thing about working with David Yates is that you always hear this word ‘truth’ - and ﬁnding the truth and being honest and real. He really hates anything false. He wants it to be from the heart. I think that made me a better actress, especially at the very beginning. I felt that I was playing such a character and when I was playing Hermione I could really put on this act and become this kind of big personality and kind of use that to avoid being as truthful. He just said, 'Do it from here and forget all of that stuﬀ. Just be honest.' That's what I tried to do and I think that it made a diﬀerence. YOUR CHARACTER SPENDS MOST OF HER TIME WITH JUST HARRY AND RON. WAS THAT A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE THAN PREVIOUS FILMS?
You know what; it was so nice not having that whole infrastructure of having the castle and the school year. As much as it's been amazing to work with this older talent it can become quite stilted having all of these kind of like barriers in place. It was nice for it to just be the three of us and for it to be about us and what we could give. I really loved that. DID YOU GET TO REVISIT THOSE OLD SETS?
We did, yeah, which was really weird. THE OPENING SCENE WITH HERMIONE'S PARENTS WAS SO TOUCHING. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THAT SCENE, WAS THAT A CHALLENGE? THE LOOK ON HER FACE WHEN SHE HAS TO DO THAT TO THEM WAS SO REAL.
Thank you. It was a challenge. I mean, I don't want to get too heavy, but being from a family that's been split up I know what it's like to – I don't know – walk away and coming in between two diﬀerent families. It's hard. I guess I used some of that. WHEN WE SEE HERMIONE'S BABY PICTURES IN THE FILM, WERE THOSE PHOTO-SHOPPED OR WERE THOSE REAL BABY PICTURES OF YOU?
No, they were actually my baby pictures. There's one with me, it was my favourite thing, this towel with bunny rabbit ears on it. There's a picture of that. I didn't know which ones they were going to use. They just asked my dad if they could have some pictures of me from when I was a kid and he handed some over. So it's very weird seeing those real pictures mixed in with these fake parents. It's very weird. ARE YOU GETTING NOSTALGIC YET OR DO YOU FEEL THAT WHEN YOU WRAP THE MOVIE IT'LL GET EMOTIONAL AND CAN YOU DESCRIBE THAT?
I feel like, sorry, not to be rude, but I feel like I've answered this question a million times and it never gets easier or clearer really to answer. It's hard for me to answer because I still don't really know how I really feel about it. I'm still processing it. So to give you an answer is actually quite hard. I have days where I feel relieved and I have days where I feel very sad and I have days where I'm like I'm so excited to have … this just took up my life, my whole life, all of my time, everything. My life revolved around 'Harry Potter'. That was the focal point of my existence and it's exciting now that I have this time and I can accept other things. I know the grass is always greener but there were so many moments when I was making this where I was like, 'God. I wish I could go and do that,' when something would come up. Now I have time to go and do diﬀerent things and so that's exciting, too. So I swing kind of like a pendulum back and forth between all these diﬀerent emotions. WERE THERE ANY MOMENTS IN THIS FILM WHERE YOU GUYS ADLIBBED OR CHANGED DIALOGUE?
Actually, by the end Dan, Rupert and I were rewriting our dialogue because I would read something and I would immediately say, 'She wouldn't say that. She wouldn't say that.' Luckily enough, having played her for ten years, Steve Kloves and David trusted in me enough, I guess, to give me the freedom to really do that, which was nice. I don't think that I'll ever have that chance again. So it was nice. THE CAMPING SCENE IN THIS REMINDED ME OF THE 'TWILIGHT' FILMS.
I didn't think of that connection. Oh, yes, there is that comparison. Oh, no. IT LOOKS LIKE YOU WERE LOOKING AT THE HEADLINES AS YOU THOUGHT ABOUT THAT!
I know. I am. I'm like calculating the comparisons that will be made. It used to be comparisons to 'Lord of the Rings' and now 'Twilight' has kind of stepped into that breach of comparison. YOU GUYS HAVE GROWN UP TOGETHER AND ARE ALMOST LIKE BROTHERS AND SISTERS I WOULD THINK. WAS THAT SCENE AWKWARD AT ALL?
Yeah. It was horrible. I mean, really horrible. I felt incredibly awkward. It was not something that I was … yeah. I don't know. It looked good. I mean, we somehow managed to make it look realistic. So I was proud of myself that I managed to power through and be professional. So that's good. DID YOU HAVE FUN AT THE PREMIERE?
I did have a lot of fun. It was really nice to see and hear positive reactions. Obviously every one is going to be a little bit biased when they're speaking to me in person about whether they liked the movie or not, but generally people really seemed to like the movie. I LIKED IT. IT STANDS ALONE, TOO, DOESN'T IT?
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IT DOESN'T NECESSARILY HAVE A 'POTTER' STAMP AND CAN STAND ALONE AS A FILM.
I'm glad that you said that. I'm actually really glad that you said that. That was actually one thing that I was really worried about, watching it. I was worried that people wouldn't understand if they hadn't seen the six that came before, but that's great. I FELT THAT THIS FILM WAS A BIT MORE INDULGENT WITH IT'S TIMING, MORE EUROPEAN, DO YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?
Yeah. I know exactly what you mean. It was nice to feel that. There were times where I felt that I was being sped through my lines a bit, a bit kind of like, 'We've got so much to ﬁt in. Can you talk faster, please?' I'd be like, 'Oh.' It was nice to luxuriate in having that. It was nice to feel like I had space. You're right about that timing thing and the lovely thing about it as well – I say the lovely thing about it - it was ball breaking. But the lovely thing about doing two back to back was that we picked up a kind of momentum and a kind of rhythm and we were really into the work and very in our characters and there was a real ﬂuidity to what we were doing. So I think that made a really good movie because the biggest problem that we have on 'Potter' is that we have so many special FX. We have animals. We have hundreds of actors and this huge cast. It just goes so slow and for us as actors is keeping each take fresh and real and new because when it's moving that slow and you've been in your trailer for three hours and you've done it for the seventh time it's really hard to bring something fresh. So it was really nice to have that momentum and the kind of chaos of trying to shoot two at one time. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS Part 1 IS IN CINEMAS NOW. All images courtesy of Warner Brothers
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‘TALK ABOUT THE PASSION’ THE BASICS:
Introducing the people behind the region's best businesses
Name: Anna Ward Company: Pure Design Leeds Limited. Position: Design Director
LOWDOWN: Tell us about Pure Design what do you do, who do you do it for and how long have you been doing it?
Pure Design is a family run business – a 20,000 square foot luxury furnishings company in Leeds. It offers an unparalleled range of design led kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, furniture and home accessories, with top European brand names which have been brought together to create one of the UK's most exclusive venue for designer label home interiors shopping. I am the design director here at Pure which I run with my older brother Andrew. Pure Design has been established just over two years now and it is growing week by week. I run the day to day side of the business, managing the showroom, dealing with advertising, staffing, working on new displays, colour schemes and layouts for the rooms sets and managing the home accessories side of the business, each day is never the same which I love.
Does Pure Design have a motto or mission statement?
Who or what inspired you to form Pure Design?
Here at Pure Design we aim to provide homeowners with the opportunity to turn dreams into reality, we believe we have the expertise to help you create your unique living space, with a personalised service which offers attention to detail at every step of the project.
Pure Design is the most inspirational showroom I have ever been to. We have created a unique showroom bursting with passion and creative designers, we have a really relaxed environment which puts customers at ease and allows them to relax and enjoy the Pure Design experience.
STANDOUT: What makes Pure Design standout from your competitors? Pure Design is different to all other showrooms due to its size. We are one of the largest showrooms in the UK offering everything for your home all under one roof – we see it as a one stop shopping destination. We cover a huge range of different products all at different prices, so we believe we have something for all tastes and budgets. We also offer a complete home package from design to build to installation, or we simply can sell you a cushion or a candle - we can offer as little or as much as you wish.
PAY-OFF: What aspect of running Pure Design do you enjoy the most? It’s a really rewarding job. In our first year of trading we were awarded The Northern Design Award for Best Bathroom Retailer. We were absolutely delighted to achieve such an Award as we have spent a lot of time, effort and money increasing the bathroom side of the business - and the effort paid off. We are now working hard for next year to be awarded best showroom and best kitchen retailer - which we believe we are.
RESPECT: Which other companies or business people do you admire and why? I admire anyone who has their own business right now. It’s a tough time in the current climate and anyone who is putting time and money into their business at this moment we respect them and wish them all the best.
CHALLENGE: …and what’s the trickiest part? Business is always challenging, but as mentioned always very rewarding. I’m lucky enough to have a good team of people working for me and I think that’s the key. Having good staff which we can rely on is great, the tricky side is getting more people to know we are here and what we do and getting the customers through the doors.
FREETIME: Tell us what you do when you’re not running Pure Design? As the motto goes, ‘work hard, play hard’, and here at Pure we do that! Throughout the summer months I play polo for the White Rose Polo Club. I travel all over the country with my horses and friends playing polo. I started the sport a few years ago now and it’s a huge part of what I do and I find that it inspires me in business. I think when you’re really passionate about one thing it rubs off in other parts of your life too.
FUTURE: Where do you see Pure Design in ten years time?
Pure Design 18 – 20 Benson Street Leeds LS7 1BL Tel: 0113 218 6490 www.puredesignuk.com
We hope that in ten years time, we are established as the Number One retail destination in the North. We feel that after a good years trading we are growing so much each year – so who knows the plans for the next ten! I hope to be still here growing Pure Design even more - there’s so much potential in the business to work on for the next ten years. It’s a very exciting time for Pure Design!
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In the early 1970s Richard Dennis, aged seventeen, became an order runner on the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He had previously turned down a scholarship in philosophy, and from running he started trading with $400 which increased to $3,000 and by 1973 his capital was over $100,000. He made a profit of $500,000 trading soybeans alone in 1974, and by the end of that year was a millionaire, just short of twenty-six years of age. As Dennis profited by trading in wheat in an era of repeated crop failures and the ‘Great Russian Grain Robbery’ of 1972, the stage was set for solid, sustained price trends in both directions for the next several years, a period in which the view was ‘anyone with a simple trend-following method and a dart board could make a million dollars’.
Before I start, I just want to mention a certain Charlie Baker (on the grounds that he doesn’t believe that I write this article). At 10 years old he really just wants to be the next Rafa and marry Cheryl Cole; effectively, be rich and famous. This started me thinking: how does one actually become rich and famous (legally!)? If you are a budding Nadal and have a unique tennis talent, other than practise and then practise some more, what options do you have in the world of finance?
l a n i g i r The OApprentice
Dennis, now a successful multi-millionaire trader, firmly believed that “anyone could be taught to be a successful trader”. The story goes that William Eckhardt, his business partner, disagreed saying “that genetics were the determining factor and that skilled traders were born with an innate sense of timing and a gift for reading market trends.”
Dennis disagreed and thus the ‘Turtles’ were born (derived after visiting a turtle farm in Asia, Dennis proclaimed that he could grow traders in the same way that farm-grown turtles were raised). In mid-1983, Dennis put an advertisement in the Wall Street Journal stating that he was seeking applicants to train in his proprietary trading concepts and that experience was unnecessary. A thousand people replied. The following year he repeated the advertisement and fifteen thousand people responded. Twenty-one men and two women from diverse backgrounds were put into a large sparsely furnished room in downtown Chicago and for the next fortnight Dennis taught them the rudiments of futures trading. Dennis taught a trading style with characteristics that traders worldwide now apply. In essence, traders learnt to spot share prices that were trending, and buy and sell into that trend. In doing so, traders were optimising their chances of making a fast buck. At the time, Dennis’ practices of how to trade financial markets were in startling contrast to the long-held views of academics and practitioners around the country. “There was no buying and holding, or even buying low and selling high,” says Michael Covel, American entrepreneur and author of the best-selling ‘The Complete Turtle Trader’. After their training was complete, the Turtles were given accounts (around $US1 million each), loaded up with reams of paper and pens and left to their own devices. Former Turtle Michael Shannon, who now lives in Sydney, was taken on board by Dennis in 1984. His first year grossed him $US 384,000. Shannon is quoted as saying that the office “was full of guys wearing shorts and playing ping pong most of the time.” Clearly, when it came to trading Turtle-style there were long periods of downtime. Shannon didn’t come from a strong trading background. Indeed, before he met up with Dennis he says that he was the world’s worst futures broker. In fact, according to Shannon, it was his lack of skills in futures trading that landed him the job. The vetting process for applicants was extensive. Shannon tells that the bottom line was an assessment of applicants’ “psychological make-up for trading”, the one common factor being that all trainees enjoyed games of chance. “Essentially Dennis was looking for people who would follow his methodology and pull the trigger on a trade,” says Shannon. Dennis’ trading rules were based on “observable, empirical, measurable evidence and subject to laws of reasoning”, says Covel. By teaching a ‘trend following’ trading methodology, he consistently scoffed at fundamental analysis stating that once information gets into the market it is inherently flawed. Trend followers maintain that market trends are unpredictable. “Once you recognise that market moves are random you simply need to put yourself in a position where you can capitalise on a move when it happens,” explains Covel. “Seven out of ten will be dogs but three will make money and trend followers know that the winners will pay for the losses and give them a tidy profit.” The Turtles traded futures contracts - anything from gold to oil to stocks - and were taught that analysing price movement was the be all and end all of trading. “We were purely technicians,” says Shannon. “Dennis taught us to be consistent, disciplined and to execute the signals that come up - and he was right”. It has been reported that former Turtle Jerry Parker made over $US 500 million. But as Covel says, much of the experiment remains shrouded in secrecy, with misconceptions and untruths rife. “Interestingly, the Turtles all made big money while they were working for Richard Dennis. However, in 1988 when they went out on their own it was another story,” says Covel. “Many didn’t stick with it and fell apart. So even though there was a mechanical system that they all knew worked, at the end of the day other factors such as character issues became their downfall.” One could argue that Dennis & Co were just lucky to trade the system during what appears to be its golden period. Well, some also say that the Turtle performance was a fluke – that the Turtles were actually the proverbial monkeys writing Hamlet. Google “The infinite monkey theorem” … which brings me full circle.
The Apprentice, You’re Fired – Pete’s Porsche Fund Part 2 More from the diary of a newcomer to the world of stocks and shares … “Damn you!” as I watch the financial life blood ebb from one of my shares. It’s a slow seven week demise to deliver a monumental fall that sees the share price drop by over a third. Each day I check the price and wonder if today is the day to sell, cut my losses. Melodramatic? Probably. But it raises an interesting question, how to choose when to sell? Choosing what to buy and when, to my mind, is significantly easier than choosing when to sell. You like a share, you perhaps have some knowledge of the market sector and research suggests it’s undervalued, so you buy in. But selling, that’s a different matter. You sell to either take a profit or limit your loss but there is always that nagging feeling that if you wait there may be better times ahead. One answer is that once you sell, don’t revisit thus avoiding any disappointment – but who has the willpower to do that? Not me. Of course you could avoid this problem altogether by having a discretionary account with your broker and let them decide when to sell. I chose to hang on and hope that there was a turn-around in fortune – there was. So, four months in to my trading experiment how are things going? Surprisingly well. My portfolio is up over 17% (in line with the FTSE 100 over the same period), but had I sold the shares when at their highest in the four month period I would have returned more than 22%, quite a difference. However, selling at each stock at the lowest point would have yielded a 4.1% loss; remember shares can go down as well as up And how much richer am I? Let me put it like this, had I placed £1000 in a high interest account with my favourite bank, after 4 months I would be about £11 better off. In contrast my shares have made me in the region of £170 (less my fees, of course); over 15 times better! With that level of return I would only have needed to invest £½ million to return enough for a nicely specified 911 (ignoring capital gains tax complications). But that begs the question, if I had that amount of money to gamble on the stock market wouldn’t I already have a Porsche and a Ferrari and a Bentley… Still, I’ve made enough to treat the current Mrs D, or perhaps I’ll wait and see… Charles-Stanley 14 King Street Leeds LS1 2HL T: 0113 2005230 www.charles-stanley.co.uk
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3M’s newly introduced MP180 Pocket Projector is the lightweight projector that gives heavyweight presentations. With a robust 2 hour battery life at a continuous 30 ANSI lumens projecting up to an 80 inch screen size, the MP180 is the latest handheld pico projector from 3M. Stay connected with Bluetooth data transfer and Wi Fi access to the internet via the 2.4” LCD touchscreen.
• 2 x Hissyfit Body Double Anti-Ageing Moisturizer SPF 30+ RRP £25.00 • 2 x Hissyfit Handy Work Anti-Ageing Hand Cream SPF 30+ RRP £19.00 • 1 x Hissyfit Lip Service Anti-Ageing Lip Balm SPF 50+ RRP £12.00 Just answer the following simple question:
Which country does the Hissyfit range originate from? Email your name and answer to email@example.com. The winner will be selected randomly on 3rd February.
Protect your laptop with Sonic – the fixed, padded and suspended section surrounds your laptop in high density foam, ensuring safety for your laptop in every environment. The main compartment provides plenty of space for your books, folders and accessories, whilst the front zippered organizational pocket gives room for cables, pens, ipods and mobiles. The Sonic is made out of durable, PVC free, polyurethane fabric and the removable shoulder strap is padded for maximum comfort even when the bag is full. Sonic comes in a practical navy blue with green detailing, fits most 15” laptops. About STM: Founded in 1998 in Sydney Australia, STM Bags offers a full range of laptop bags and accessories to accommodate a casual lifestyle while still looking stylish in a professional environment. Ergonomically designed with high-density padding and shockabsorbing materials to ensure the greatest level of protection and comfort, STM products offer superior style and quality. www.stmbags.com. We’ve 2 Sonics, worth £64.95 to give away – for a chance to win one, go to www. stmbags.com and answer the following question:
How many bags are there in the STM iPad range? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer – the winners will be selected randomly on the 4th February.
Hardeep Singh Kohli, celebrated broadcaster , raconteur, wit, writer and cook, is taking to the road. His show, ‘The Nearly Naked Chef’ combines comedy with inventive cuisine for a funny, laid back evening’s entertainment - just think ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ , but with good cooking. It should be a memorable evening – after all, in Hardeep’s own words, “What could be more memorable than a fat Glaswegian Sikh cooking dinner whilst telling anecdotes?” That’s right: nothing. Here’s his Famous Last Words … Last thing you did that made you feel good? Ate a plate of food from Tayyab, one of my favour ite Punjabi restaurants. Last thing you’d want to be doing right now? Being a Liberal Democrat in a roomful of studen ts ... Last night on Earth ... What’s your poison? Twinkles ... my favoured cocktail at the Ivy ... elderfl ower, vodka and champagne. Last supper ... What are you ordering? My mum’s lamb curry... Last person you’d positively want to share a drink with? My ex wife ... who is also my closest friend. Last time you shed a tear and why? A couple of days ago ... a friend of mine’s daugh ter had an accident and was badly injured. When you’re a parent you cry a lot more readily! Last refuge ... where would you go? Wherever my kids are... Last the course ... tips on loot, love & life? Spend like you never had it; live like you mean it; and love without thinking about it... Last but one … random question: What’s your favourite item of clothing? I love my black corduroy suit. It is so comfortable yet as sharp as a Reservoir Dog. That or my Slanj Kilt. Famous Last Words? Hardeep is your love... Hardeep Singh Kohli’s ‘Nearly Naked Chef’ tour is on the road from January to April. He plays Hull Truck Theatre - Jan 22, Leeds Carriageworks – April 23, Selby Town Hall – April 24. More info: www.hardeepsinghkohli.co.uk
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