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people were fired, contracts were torn up and Russell Brand, no doubt a little shocked but not
Of course, we’ve gotwhole our own awards too (The Yorkshire Oscars, anyone?). There to un-amused by the furore, wentgoing to theon States, hosted the MTV Awards and returned might quite as movie many paparazzi our offices to catch a glimpse of the the UKnot as abe bona fide star. How’sbuzzing that foraround using your spare time productively. stars, but the recipients are no less deserving than any Hollywood starlet. Find out who’s Whatever your opinions of on Russell moving and who’s shaking pageBrand, 15. at least you have one - which is more than can be
said for most of our so-called personalities. Enjoy the Russell 10. Elsewhere, Yorkshire’s biggestTV ever pop star, (honestly, it’slatest true!)from PaulPlanet Heaton (pageon 74),page gives us his Famous Last Words and one of the north’s favourite sporting sons, Andrew ‘Freddie’ ‘Glee’ divides opinions too. But what is for certain is that Jane Lynch’s Sue Sylvester is one of Flintoff (page 60), fills us in on life after cricket – and what he thinks of the recent Ashes the most deliciously wicked characters ever to make it onto screen. The evil queen talks on victory Down Under. page 80.
We’ve the World’s Best Restaurants (page 32), Alternative Wine (page 34), Pocket Gadgets Elsewhere, legend Keith chatsPark in his benefit year (p70), John Hegley (page 62), aRhinos passionate paean toSenior Roundhay from Barney Bardsley (page 56) – (p48) and Mick remindseven us there’s laughter in poetry (or should that be poetry laughter) and there’s all the McCann informs us How Leeds Changed The World (page in 40).
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Jono Baker Jono has worked in financial services for 20 years. At weekends he can be found coaching football for the ‘Burton Bullets’ and rugby in Ripon. Midweek, you may just find him working as a stockbroker.
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.
Katherine Busby Katherine started critiquing her mum’s “school run” look aged four and has never looked back. Never knowingly under-dressed she has found her cultural home in the world’s leading luxury retailer, looking after the store’s marketing, press and enviably exclusive events calendar.
Rob Eaton Rob is part of a multi award winning style team at the new Russell Eaton salon in Leeds and is the current North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year. He’ll be providing tricks and tips for the fashion conscious, as well as keeping the not-so fashion conscious up to date with the latest hot trends and styles.
Paul Howard Paul is the founder of the famous on-line wine bible winealchemy.com. He is also, we kid you not, one of the original King’s Road punks. Whatever happened to them?’
Julie Kerner Shortly after an inspiring trip to the Danish base of furniture design experts BoConcept, Julie was working for the company. Hooked on interiors, she’ll be providing ideas, solutions and inspiration for the house and home.
Julia Paddon Julia will be trying, testing, assessing, grading, reviewing and generally being thorough and tenacious the best new beauty products out there. Generally, she doesn’t believe what it says on the tin - so she tests them first - so you don’t have to.
Samantha Marshall Samantha has been a TV Make-Up Artist for over 15 years, working on weekly soaps and awardwinning dramas. She will be keeping you updated on all new cosmetic products, offering tips, tricks and expertise in the process!
Rich Williams Rich Williams presents the Homerun on 96.3 Radio Aire (weekdays 3-7pm). He is Leeds born and bred and has access to all the stars that walk through the doors of the biggest radio station in Leeds. Rich studied at the University of Leeds, then spent 2 years co-presenting the Breakfast show before being offered his own show in 2009.
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The ON: Yorkshire Magazine Lifestyle
Over the lifespan of On: Yorkshire Magazine we’ve earned a reputation for working with the best companies our region has to offer. From the bars and restaurants, through retail, to the lifestyle sector – cars, interiors, bridal, theatre, property … We think a good business goeshand-in-handwithagoodmagazine – and we hope our readers see that the two things go together. We’ve worked with hundreds of businesses over the years – and eaten, watched, drank, tested, tried and shopped with most of them. When it comes to inside and outside knowledge, we think we’re pretty well placed … All of which means it’s time to recognise those businesses that do it - whatever their particular ‘it’ is – best. Of course, we don’t claim to have worked with every company – although we’re working on it. And some of these categories were agonisingly close to decide. But, for now, we’re happy with our choices. Thank you, also, to all those who voted in our Best City Restaurant and Best City Bar categories – we appreciate your time and input. Enjoy the On: Yorkshire Magazine Awards for 2011.
ON: YORKSHIRE LIFESTYLE AWARDS THE READERS’ CHOICES
BEST CITY RESTAURANT HARVEY NICHOLS FOURTH FLOOR, Leeds
Not just a shopper’s paradise, the four floors of retail luxury that is Leeds’ Harvey Nichols. Executive Chef Richard Walton-Allen has been ever-present since the store opened and their ‘room at the top’ has become an essential stop-off, not just for the designer disciples, but for anyone with an appetite for great food in a great space. Richard Walton-Allen: “It’s always an honour to be recognised for what we do here at the Fourth Floor. It is important to us that we work with the great suppliers and producers here to showcase the best the region has to offer. We are now open for dinner five nights a week, which has been a real success and we have more plans for 2011 for special menus, guest chefs and events - so watch this space!”
Harvey Nichols 4th Floor Restaurant, Leeds. 0113 204 8000
TY BAR ORACLE, Leeds
It’s a great location, Brewery Wharf. In winter the blue-lit bridge across the River Aire lends the area an island-away-from-the-city feel, and the place practically pulses with life in the summer, with revellers all around the circular venue. Oracle is, of course, fantastic for waterside cocktails, but there’s a great gourmet burger menu and two fabulous split-level bars too. Still the place to be seen-and-be-merry in the city, then. Deborah De Vettoris, Oracle: "Oracle beats at the heart of Brewery Wharf providing something for everyone in it’s fantastic river side location. It’s ability to appeal at the highest level across so many different areas ... from day to night, food to drink, summer to winter and corporate to individuals makes for a vibrant venue all year round and defines it from the rest as Leeds ‘Best City Bar’."
Oracle, 3 Brewery Place, Leeds, LS10 1NE. 0113 2469912
BEST YORKSHIRE DAY OUT MAGNA, Sheffield
It’s a museum, but not as we know it. Such are Magna’s array of wow factor set pieces you sometimes feel you’re more in a remake of The Terminator than walking around an educational science display. Kids will love it, naturally, but the balance between kid fun and genuine infotainment is perfect. In short – it’s everything you want from a museum – and a whole lot more.
Magna Science Adventure Centre, Sheffield Road, Rotherham, S60 1DX. www.visitmagna.co.uk
Thank you to all who voted in these three categories. £100 of Harvey Nichols gift vouchers have been sent to Mrs. D. Bright of Halifax. 16
BEST INTERIORS: BoConcept, Batley
BoConcept’s ideas factory, somewhere over in wintery Denmark, is an incredibly fertile place. There is a seemingly endless supply of creative interiors solutions – mostly beautiful, sharp and, importantly, affordable. The keys are customisation and co-ordination, but there is a crucial devotion to customer service and care that really sets them apart. It doesn’t hurt either that the store is located in lovely Redbrick Mill. Ashley Barnes, Store Manager, Redbrick Mill: “BoConcept are welcoming even more new designs, colours and functionalities then ever , to bring our customers new inspirations and options and to offer the best quality and price within a unique shopping experience.”
BoConcept, Redbrick Mill, 218 Bradford Road, Batley. 01924 460483
BEST SALON & BEST SPA: Russell Eaton, Leeds
In just over a year Russell Eaton has established itself as the go-to salon in the region. A great statement building on the corner of Briggate combines with a host of style talent within, including the current North East Hairdresser of the Year. Colour is a speciality and the utmost attention is given to staying on the creative cutting edge. Plus, the attached Aveda Spa is a vital addition – situated beneath the salon it’s an oasis of calm next to the rush-and-push of city living. Russell Eaton: “At Russell Eaton we pride ourselves on excellent service and the latest in hairdressing techniques and trends, alongside the ultimate pampering and beauty treatments in our spa and nail bar ... it is great that our service has been selected for the on:Yorkshire awards. We recognise the importance of ongoing training and keeping abreast of the latest hairdressing and beauty techniques and the latest innovative services. Russell Eaton have our own in-house training school where staff members are encouraged to acquire strong artistic values and our team are regularly involved in shows and shoots, meaning that our work remains fresh, modern and constantly in line with fashion trends.”
Russell Eaton, 4-6 Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 5DD. 0113 2469162
BEST DEPARTMENT STORE: Harveys, Halifax
60 years young in 2011, Harveys of Halifax is nothing short of a Yorkshire institution. Still family-owned and run, the store may be unrecognisable from the ladies fashion shop that opened in 1950, but the founding principles of customer care and focus, next to always ‘à -la-mode’ merchandise, are retained. A host of exclusive products and events are planned throughout 2011 to celebrate their 60th anniversary. Tracy Harvey, Director: “I am absolutely thrilled that Harveys has been awarded the Best Department Store in Yorkshire Award. We celebrate our 60th anniversary in Halifax this year so 2011 is an extra special year for us and this is the icing on the cake! We are so fortunate to have superb support from our amazing team of staff but also from the people of Yorkshire who visit us time and time again, and to you all I say a big thank you.”
Harveys of Halifax, Commercial Street, Halifax. 01422 331188
BEST SUBURBAN RESTAURANT Sukhothai, Chapel Allerton
In perilous times for the restaurant game, Sukhothai proves the old dining maxim about getting the basics right first and the rest following on. So; great surroundings and ambience, attentive but not intrusive service and exceptional, full-flavoured food at fair prices. It’s not rocket science, but these founding principles allow the three Sukhothai restaurants (Chapel Allerton, Headingley and Harrogate) to each add their own individual twists to the formula. Satisfaction guaranteed, no less. Ban Kaewkraikhot, Owner: “Sukhothai was founded on a vision to create a unique Thai dining experience for our customers, combining high quality authentic Thai food, served in exquisite surroundings, at an affordable price. The key to being able to achieve this and why the restaurant has been so successful has been down to great teamwork, and that includes everybody from the chefs and their teams to the restaurant managers and their teams, and our ever-increasing number of valued Yorkshire suppliers providing top quality ingredients.”
Sukhothai, 8 Regent Street, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 4PE. 0113 2370141
BEST BRIDAL: Hayley Dennison, Harrogate
Bridal retail stands alone as the most demanding – and the most rewarding – in the sector. The one-toone bridal experience is about as intimate as retail gets, with personable attention to detail as key. Hayley Dennison boasts a wonderful collection (from £900 - £5,000) of bridal wear and the beautiful boutique setting ensures a memorable experience from the first try-on to the Big Day. Hayley Dennison, Owner: “I opened The Bridal Collection in Harrogate because I really wanted to make a difference in the bridal industry. The most important thing for me was to create a beautiful environment where brides could relax and enjoy the experience. It really should be memorable … in a good way! We wanted an elegant, relaxed atmosphere that was ultra glamorous yet comfortable and friendly. Our designers have to be amazing. Exclusivity is key and we are very proud to say that we currently stock the inimitably fabulous Ian Stuart Bride, fashion forward and edgy Cymbeline and soft and romantic Lusan Mandongus.”
Hayley Dennison, 30 Montpellier Parade, Harrogate, HG1 2TG. 01423 202029
BEST WOMENSWEAR Morgan Clare, Harrogate
Su Allard, Part-Owner: “Morgan Clare’s on-going success relies on five key components: The Collections – through dedicated buying we offer the customer what she wants - the most sought after designers with the right product mix within a range of price points. The Customer – we hugely value the established relationships we have built with our clients - over 70% of our turnover is from repeat customers. The Team – we have a brilliant team who pride themselves on giving the customers the best service they possibly can. The Store – an indulging, tempting, friendly environment in which to shop, with added extras from offering our customers cappuccinos to providing toy boxes for their children. Our Attitude – we insist on keeping up with retail’s everchanging market hence our well researched launch of the Morgan Clare ecommerce website in 2010 (www.morganclare.co.uk) - extending the Morgan Clare shopping experience to customers worldwide.”
Morgan Clare, Montpellier Gardens, Harrogate, HG1 2TF. 01423 565 709
BEST MENSWEAR Lynx, Harrogate
Ian Murray, Lynx: “Lynx Menswear has an imposing modern window frontage and an interior that is colourful and original and now boasts the only Paul Smith Department outside of London. Staff have a personal knowledge of their customers and the buying each season is with the customer in mind. Set on one level the atmosphere is informal and friendly with newspapers, magazines and drinks available. Owner Guy Hudson has a dedication to excellent customer service and relies on team work to see it is delivered personally and discreetly. Advice is based on knowledge and inspirational creativity, leading to an end product that is unique to the individual.”
Lynx, 20 West Park, Harrogate, HG1 1BJ. 01423 531576
BEST PERSONAL SHOPPING Harvey Nichols, Leeds
David Rowley, Head of Personal Shopping: “Thank you On: Magazine for this great award. The personal shopping department has been at the heart of Harvey Nichols Leeds since the store opened almost 15 years ago. We work across all of the floors, helping customers get everything from the perfect new pair of jeans to a whole new wardrobe - Pretty Woman style! It’s a completely free service and we hope this award encourages more of your readers to come and visit us.”
Personal Shopping Department, Harvey Nichols, Leeds. 0113 2048803
BEST SHOPPING EXPERIENCE Redbrick Mill, Batley
218 Bradford Road Batley, West Yorkshire, WF17 6JF. 01924 460044
BEST BOUTIQUE Sass, Roundhay 82 Street Lane, Leeds, LS8 2AL
BEST HEALTH CLUB Oulton Hall, Oulton Oulton Hall, Rothwell Lane, Oulton, Leeds, LS26 8HN. 0113 2821000
BEST DELI Salt’s, Leeds 14 Swinegate, Leeds, LS1 4AG. 0113 2432323
BEST KITCHENS Townhouse, Harrogate 27 Montpellier Parade, Harrogate, HG1 2TG. 01423 701555
BEST BEDROOMS Pure Design, Leeds 18 – 20 Benson Street, Leeds, LS7 1BL. 0113 2186490
BEST SUBURBAN BAR Korks, Otley 40 Bondgate, Otley, LS21. 01943 462020
BEST JEWELLERY Pink Butterfly, Farsley 46 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, LS28 5LD. 0113 2577447
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Guy Martin-Laval, La Grillade
This year La Grillade celebrates an astonishing 30 years in the city of Leeds. Guy Martin-Laval is the owner and driving force behind the restaurant, bringing his own thoroughly authentic taste of southern France to his little corner of Yorkshire. The longest running single-owner venture in the city, ostensibly La Grillade serves the business community through the day, and the foodie disciples on an evening. Guy’s dedication to service, ingredients sourcing and no compromise authenticity is as strong as ever - and La Grillade remains the blueprint for successful restaurant enterprises in the region.
La Grillade, 27 Wellington Street, Leeds. LS1 4EA. 0113 245 9707
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BOLDYGO! At the beginning of each season there are dozens of potential trends vying for our attention – but not all of them make it into our wardrobes. There are lots of reasons why - wearability, hitand-miss celebrity endorsement, the English weather! However, if I was a betting woman, out of all of the potential looks for this season, there
are three that I’d gamble on making it into most on-trend wardrobes; whites, all things 70’s, and colour blocking. Oh, and I would like to hedge my bets by throwing in a bit of Swan Lake style too!
And if I am wrong? I will eat my 70’s style turban!
COLOUR BLOCKING This is fashion speak for wearing big bold colours next to each other. The catwalks have been a riot of dazzling brights. Everyone from Prada to Peter Pilotto showed their version of this look and now it is making an equally big hit on the high street. In the words of Miuccia Prada, “It’s time to be bold,” - and who are we to argue? Either choose one colour to wear head to toe (as seen at Lanvin) or, for the really brave, wear bold clashing combinations.
Catwalk look from Jill Sander
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There are the soft girly whites using lace and embroidery as seen at Dolce and Gabbana. Or, on the opposite side of the style spectrum, is a reserved, clean silhouette. Using precision tailoring in everything from evening gowns through to suiting creates a clinical elegance and a more grown-up way to wear this tricky colour.
All white catwalk look from Alexander McQueen.
ALL WHITE ON THE NIGHT White is the go to colour (or lack of colour, should we say) of the season. But the trend falls into two distinct sub-trends!
Threads Menswear, 11-13 North Parade, Bradford www.threadsmenswear.com
THE 70’S To be fair the 50’s and 60’s are also style inspirations this season, (in fact there is also a sprinkling of 80’s and 90’s!) however, I think the 70’s is the decade that will have the biggest influence on our wardrobes! There are two main aesthetics; ‘70s bohemian, and ‘70s sophisticated glamour. When it comes to the latter, think dresses that fall like shimmering water in the evening and high-waist pants with elegant blouses by day. And for bohemian it’s all about your bottom half. With skinny pants and jeans now so common that they no longer make a statement, it was inevitable that a different style of trouser would emerge as a trend. It didn’t necessarily have to be bell bottoms / flares, however, in modern fabrics, this 70’s silhouette is the fashion forward person’s choice this season.
Blacksweet Denim 70’s catwalk look
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Elegant catwalk look from Lanvin
The 70’s look as seen at Dolce & Gabbana
ENTER THE BALLERINA Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan has got Hollywood and the fashion world pirouetting in their Louboutins.
Stella McCartney Knitted top, £640, from Harvey Nichols, Leeds
Not only are the costumes created by the Rodarte sisters, the ballerina trend has taken a very elegant leap into the realms of ballet with a palette of natural hues, sheer floaty fabrics and satin trims.
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LOOK SHARP 2011 Haircuts for Men When it comes to great looking hairstyles, why should women have all the fun?
It is now easier than ever for men to experiment with super-flattering and masculine hair styles and to change their look more than ever. Celebs have helped popularise new looks for men, with inspiration coming from bands, the catwalk
and movie stars. Those who wish to sport versatile and not ultra-short hairdos will have the chance to choose more than ever in 2011. Hair cutting, styling and the right products can now bring out the most of your hair type and texture. Men’s hair trends for 2011 are all about diversity; hair is the ultimate fashion accessory and can be
changed easily to work with any look.
Men’s hairstyles come under lots of shapes and styles and it can be hard to decide what to go for … The secret to find the best hairstyles for men is to work with what you’ve got and to keep the look sharp and modern. Here are my top 2011 trends for men’s hair.
THE TEXTURED CROP
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This summer’s hottest look will be a classic crop that is square and sharp through the sides and back with an almost military feel. The top is worn textured using curl or waves created with modern form or perming techniques, or simply by using irons or crimpers for an edgy feel.
Russell Eaton, Leeds have an amazing new product for guys whose hair is thinning – it’s great for bald spots and patches and general thinning of the hair …..call for an appointment to see how this amazing new product works - 01132 469162.
THE FLAT TOP
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Flat tops made a comeback late last year on some of the big catwalk shows and have slowly filtered onto the high street. In 2011 the sides are being worn shorter with more length on the top. This look works best for clients with a good head of hair, preferably straight and with a good hairline (so not good for people who are receding, as it loses the shape of the flat top). This is a very strong and edgy look.
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THE WEDGE This look encapsulates 2011 - short back and sides, very military and regimented but with length or movement left on top. This can be worn sleek and flat or blow-dried with a classic feel, or left to work with the hair’s natural texture to create a shorter texture.
LONGER LOCKS Longer hair will offer more options for high street hair styling tricks and techniques. Henry Holland wears his hair in an alternative style that works well with his facial shape and features. The hair is cut short on the sides, around the ears, and in the back. The hair on top is left a bit longer to provide body and height to his style. The ends are razor cut to provide more texture. Despite the messy appearance of this style, it is created deliberately and takes a few minutes and some product to create.
COLOUR Men’s hair colour is massive now and guy’s looks can be kept simple and natural or creative and strong. This season’s hottest look is a grey and silver tone – it’s not for everyone, but for those who are brave enough to try it, a full steel grey tone looks edgy and cool and is a great way of embracing those natural greys that may be showing.
Goldwell’s Roughman is a matte cream paste which offers an instant long lasting hold and total control. Perfect for sculpting distinctive matte styles with ease; it gives outstanding performance for every style – controlling even the most stubborn hair. £8.80 – stockists 01323 41 3200 For those who want to recreate the ‘beach babe’ look, this salt water spray styles hair in a unique way that gives awesome results. Easy to wash out. £10.75 from hairtec.com The Macadamia Natural Oil range takes the therapy oils sector a stage further as its launches an innovative hair care concept that combines two of the world’s most valuable and beneficial oils, Macadamia and Argan. Enriched with other active ingredients including Camomile oil and Tea-Tree oil, Macadamia Natural Oil promises the ultimate in hair rejuvenation and maintenance. More info: www.macadamiahair.co.uk Thrive Blonde and Brunette conditioner is ideal for natural or enhanced coloured hair. With camomile/cinnamon extracts, this offers gentle cleansing to help bring multi-tonal colour to life, adding healthy shine. £4.07 from Boots
THE BODY BEAUTIFUL Beauty Editor, Julia Paddon, selects the best from a BIG bunch of looking-good-newcomers … Bored of your New Year diet and exercise regime already?
Well keep at it. It’s good for you. Especially all the fresh vegetables and the 2 litres of water a day. But if you are looking for a way to divert your attention then look no further than your bathroom and make up bag. Giving your beauty regime a good shake up does wonders for your skin, your confidence and leaves you feeling reinvigorated.
We’ve cherry picked the best that 2011 has to offer, from your lashes to your tootsies. It’s time to move on to pastures new.
Same old moisturiser day in day out? Make-up bought when you were a teenager and a razor that’s long past it’s sell by date? Sounds familiar? Well then; it’s time to start looking with a fresh pair of eyes. In addition to the health and hygiene benefits of regularly replacing your make up, it helps to keep mixing things up. Small changes make a big difference. They help you define, refine and evolve your look so you’re never left behind.
Oral B Electric Toothbrush (£160 from Boots, amazon.co.uk) This is the Rolls-Royce of the brush world. It’s also the Supernanny. It tells you when you’re being naughty (brushing too hard) and rewards you with a winking smiley once you’ve brushed for 3 minutes. If you upgrade from your regular toothbrush you’ll never look back and your teeth will be sparkling clean every day. Use the polishing brush head with White Glo Extra Strength Whitening Toothpaste (£3.99, Boots) to achieve an all-American smile. Burt’s Bees Radiance Day Cream (£19.99 / burtsbees.co.uk) Light, non-greasy and natural. Elemis Melting Cleansing Gel (£19.40 from Harvey Nichols, Leeds) Now I love Argan oil. It’s brilliant on hair and Elemis have harnessed its brilliance in this cleanser. Honestly, my boyfriend now refers to it as ‘your miracle gel.’ It purifies and transforms tired, dull and stressed skin. Neutrogena Night Moisturiser (£7.49, stockists 0845 070 7613) Let science be your friend. All you have to do is apply and then go to sleep. Neutrogena have done all the hard work for you. Smells great too. Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream (£48.50 / vieathome.com) Just stunning. This cream gently tightens and firms the delicate eye area. Truly effective! For eyeshadow it just has to be Estee Lauder (£34 / esteelauder.co.uk) but we think the whole of their brand new Wild Violet collection is especially stunning. Miners Dip & Define Eye Powder (£3.49 / miners.co.uk) A great way to try new colour. These shadows blend really well and come in several sumptuous on-trend shades. This season On will be mostly wearing Khaki Gold and Cloud 9. Vie Beauty Secrets Colour Collection Eye and Cheek Palette (£16.50 / vieathome.co.uk) Handy eye/cheek/brush/mirror combo that’s a great all-in-one solution. Just add lip gloss … we’d choose … Bourjois 3D Effect Volume and Shine Elixir Romantic Rose (£6.99 / stockists 0800 269836) or, if you’re in the mood for a bargain, Lock’n’Load’s non-stick formula (£2.99 from Boots)
Seasource Detox Spa Renewing Body Gelee (£32 - stockists 0800 977 5721) The perfect treat after a difficult spin class (Is there any other kind? Ed.) Nourish those aching muscles with this stunning intensive moisturiser. Particularly good for a gentle soothing massage if you can convince your other half that you deserve pampering!
Nip+Fab Tummy Fix ‘Ab’ Sculpting Gel (£18.95 / nipandfab.com) You can actually feel it working. We’re not talking dress sizes here because that ladies, takes hard work. But this is definitely a helping hand. The closest the cosmetics world has got to magic knickers! Herbfarmacy Organic Skin Care Luxury Foot Cream (£13.50 / herbfarmacy.co.uk) This deliciously scented foot cream revitalises tired feet and is best when left overnight to penetrate deep into that tricky heel area. Great organic credentials too!
Never left out at On:, here are a few top tips for the boys … Baxter of California Daily Face Wash Mild Facial Cleanser (£15 / nivenandjoshua.co.uk) Every day boys, every day! You heard us right. Use this cleanser every morning for a week and you’ll see what we mean. Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Razor (£7.99 / stockists 020 7478 7832) 5 blades are better than 4. Or so says my male friend who kindly tested this for me. Close and hassle free use with Lush Prince Shaving Cream (£4.99 / lush.co.uk) for an ultra smooth experience. Finish with a flourish. Jason Shankey Skin Soothing Moisture Balm (£16 / jasonshankey.com) reduces any redness and prevents moisture loss.
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A Classic English Bar & Grill using only the finest produce Early Bird Menu available now: Tuesday & Wednesday 17.30 to 19.30.
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You’d have to have been foraging on Mars for the last few months not to have heard of this Danish upstart, which has knocked Spain’s legendary El Bulli off the number one restaurant in the world spot. Chef-owner René Redzepi’s aims are to showcase the very best of Nordic food – and foraging is the way they do it. Never have twigs, buds and shoots been made to taste so good. His team of chefs are also experts at preserving, pickling and salting and it’s they - not waiters – that bring your food. I could recommend a dish but everything is so seasonal and local it will have been replaced by something equally amazing by the time you get there. Strandgade 93, 1401 Copenhagen, Denmark www.noma.dk
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Noma pictures from NOMA: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine by René Redzepi, published by Phaidon
171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003 www.momofuku.com/noodle-bar
Anything that makes David Chang’s amazing food empire more affordable has to be a good thing. Described as Asian-American fusion, this simple noodle bar takes ramen to a whole new level – with belt busting pork-based broths and a poached egg per dish providing extra richness. The ‘must have’ from the menu is the pork belly steamed buns with hoisin, spring onion and cucumber.
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OSTERIA FRANCESCANA, MODENA, ITALY Massimo Bottura is one of the most famous chefs in Italy – no mean feat – and is part of a new breed keen to shake up the classics. With amazing local ingredients (this region is, after all, home of prosciutto di Parma, parmigiano-reggiano cheese and balsamic vinegar, to name but a few) he uses bang up-to-date techniques to create a new twist on traditional dishes. Anyone for deconstructed
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seaweed tortellini? Via Stella, 2241121 Modena, Italy www.osteriafrancescana.it
LES CREATIONS DE NARISAWA, TOKYO, JAPAN It seems Tokyo is having a culinary moment. The latest Michelin Guide has given its highly sought after three star rating to no less than eleven restaurants in the city – while Paris only got ten. This eatery is actually billed as contemporary French – only with an adherence to the very Japanese philosophy of ‘shun’ - capturing local ingredients at the peak of their seasonality. Smash the piggy bank for the ten course tasting menu, which changes monthly. Highlights include baby sweet fish with sugar coated cherry blossom petals.
Minami Aoyama 2-6-15 Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062 www.narisawa-yoshihiro.com ,T
BIKO, MEXICO CITY, MEXICO Not necessarily the first destination that springs to mind when you think of fine dining – but Mexico City is becoming a culinary heavyweight in its own right. Food at this hip restaurant is offered under two menu headings – creative and traditional. You might find yourself eating foie gras cotton candy or rib eye steak with pigs’ ears depending on your preference. Dress like a Mexican high roller and you’ll fit right in. Just don’t ask for nachos. Presidente Masaryk 407 Metro Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City. www.biko.com.mx
THE FAT DUCK, BRAY, BERKSHIRE Not content with supplying the nation’s Christmas pudding, Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck restaurant still more than holds its own against the toughest competition worldwide. Those that can afford it say the #150 tasting menu is well worth it for an amazing eighteen dishes – with flavour combinations ranging from wafer thin carrot and orange lollypop to sardine on toast sorbet. If the bill would make you choke on your snail porridge, remember there’s always the Hind’s Head next door. This pub, also owned by Heston, allows you to sample his genius cooking with a more traditional menu – and price tag. High Street, Bray, Berkshire, SL6 2AQ www.thefatduck.co.uk
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QUAY, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA Quay is often described as Australia’s best restaurant and their dishes look as beautiful as the food tastes. Executive Chef and uber-greenfingered Peter Gilmore is all about the produce and he even has a test garden on site. With a supporting organic farm in the blue mountains they create their dishes ‘from the soil up’. Expect to spot native violets, white broad beans and blossoms of carrot on the menu. Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks, Sydney 2000 www.quay.com.au
IGGY’S, SINGAPORE The term fusion is overused – but really does describe the free style of cooking at this restaurant, which mixes the very best of east and west. To make it onto the menu food has to be best in class so expect lamb from Wales, beef from Japan and just about everything in between. Signature dishes include ocean trout wrapped in black rice and tarragon oil and wagyu beef cheek. Locals eat at the bar to get a first hand view of the chefs at work. The Hilton Hotel, 581 Orchard Road, Level 3, Singapore 238883. www.iggys.com.sg
D.O.M., SAO PAULO, BRAZIL Chef Alex Atala was a DJ in a previous incarnation but is now just as well known as Brazil’s biggest culinary star. With the Amazon on his doorstep he blends his classical training with obscure new ingredients – some of which have to first be tested to see if they are safe to eat (never on guests though, we’re assured!). Expect to see local ingredients like manioc root and cambuca fruit take centre stage alongside more traditional food like homemade gnocchi and oxtail. Rua Barão de Capanema 549, Jardins, São Paulo www.domrestaurante.com.br
LE QUARTIER FRANCAIS, FRANSCHHOEK, SOUTH AFRICA. Who’d have thought this little town tucked away in South Africa’s wine country, would be home to some of the world’s best restaurants? And the good news is Le Quartier offers a laid-back bistro (aptly titled ‘The Common Room’) as well as a more pricey tasting room. Firstly, don’t eat all day. Then try the local favourite – goats cheese soufflé. Another speciality is the whole chicken, baked in a woodburning pizza oven. Not forgetting dessert – the magical ‘self saucing’ white chocolate pudding. Enough said. 16 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek, 7690 www.lequartier.co.za
And those a bit closer to home… HIBISCUS, LONDON Locals followed this restaurant in droves when it moved from Ludlow to London in 2007. Critics and diners agree it serves amongst the very best food in the capital. 29 Maddox St, London, W1S 2PA www.hibiscusrestaurant.co.uk
ZETTAR BISTRO BRUNO LOUBET AT THE ZETTER HOTEL, LONDON This innovative bistro has found many loyal followers. Tucked away inside the hip Zettar Hotel it fuses classical fare with Asian and North African spice. St John’s Square, 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M 5RJ www.bistrotbrunoloubet.com
TERRE A TERRE, BRIGHTON The south coast’s vegetarian favourite just goes from strength to strength. It features such unusual cooking they’ve practically had to invent a new language just for the menu. 71 East Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1HQ www.terreaterre.co.uk
HARTS, NOTTINGHAM Just down the road, this restaurant serves up nationally acclaimed cooking at local prices. It now also offers rooms in an adjoining boutique hotel if you want to make a weekend of it. Standard Hill, Park Row, Nottingham, NG1 6GN www.hartsnottingham.co.uk
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Usual Suspects It is estimated that there are around 10,000 grape varieties that can be grown to make wine, each capable of producing distinct and identifiable styles and flavours. Yet few of these have any commercial significance and just a handful of them completely dominate wine production. The commonest include classics such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Throw in a few others that also have established international recognition like Pinot Noir, Syrah and Riesling. Between them, they account for the vast majority of wine made and sold.
Of course, these few varieties have achieved global domination for good reasons. They are responsible for some of the world’s truly great wines and they usually have a long and prestigious track record. Often, they were the varieties taken to the New World by settlers. These “international” varieties are also in the main easy to cultivate and crop well and may be employed as “improvers” in blends. However, their pre-eminence is reinforced by the growth of supermarkets; marketing and branding that require large-scale production of homogenous and easily recognisable wines. Moreover, fashion also plays a part – hence the rise and rise of Pinot Grigio. What will replace it if boredom sets in? Only time will tell. Sadly, this means that thousands of other grape varieties are left out in the cold. Often these
remain native to a specific region, possibly little known outside their immediate locality. Some will be poor quality; others have been tried in new climes but have failed to shine, while others may be capricious to grow. Yet many are capable of making good quality wine of distinctive character and flavour, so they deserve to be enjoyed by wine-lovers. There are rich pickings for the curious wine detective but frequently their names will be unfamiliar and quite possibly unpronounceable.
Italy still grows over a thousand native varieties; Georgia has over five hundred more. Portugal and Spain are equally well endowed. Not all are rare - the white grapes Airén and Rkatzitelli are actually the 4th and 10th most planted grape varieties in the world respectively. Meanwhile, Torrontes and Malbec have risen from relative obscurity to become the signature grapes of Argentina. Many unfamiliar varieties have an important role as a blending partner because they may have a particularly useful characteristic such as colour, tannin or acidity. If you enjoy world-famous blended wines from regions like Châteauneufdu-Pape, Rioja, Chianti or Valpolicella, you will probably have encountered, possibly unwittingly, Counoise, Vaccarèse, Graciano, Canaiolo or Molinara. Port has 48 (yes, forty-eight!) grape varieties that are authorised – including the wonderfully-titled Bastardo. While on the subject of Portugal, Vinho Verde may include Dog-Strangler (Esgana Cão), while you can find Fly Droppings (Borrado das Moscas) in Dão. Italy holds the record for the number of varieties contained in a single bottle – 152 varieties are included in Giribaldi’s Cento Uve red. A useful attribute of the grapevine is its ability to mutate and adapt to its surroundings, be this naturally or enhanced in modern times by deliberate crossbreeding and cloning. South Africa’s Pinotage (a crossing of Cinsault and Pinot Noir), California’s Ruby Cabernet (Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon) or Australia’s Tarrango (Touriga Naçional
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and Sultana) are all good examples of man’s attempt to breed grapevines with particular characteristics. Other examples exist near home German crosses bred to cope with cold climates. Reichensteiner, Bacchus, Müller-Thurgau and more besides often lurk behind English wine labels – curious grapes indeed. On the other hand, a grape’s natural lineage is often obscure and complex and is only slowly being unravelled by DNA fingerprinting. DNA famously established that Californian Zinfandel and Italian Primitivo are the same. In the same way, many Merlot vineyards in Chile turned out to be planted with Carmenère, a grape only rarely encountered in its original Bordeaux homeland. So the grapevine shows amazing biodiversity worldwide. Yet many are truly endangered species that are on the brink. Picpoul Noir may now be down to its last few hectares in France; Varietà Tasca is only encountered at a single estate in Sicily. Longanesi has just 200 hectares in Italy, so the list goes on. Should we care? Well we should preserve Nature’s genetic differences, if only for yet undiscovered benefits. Variety acts as a buffer against an increasingly homogenous world where we risk everything ending up tasting the same. Perhaps the most famous example of this is to consider the case of Viognier. These days Viognier is grown widely yet in 1968 it was nearly extinct, with only 14 hectares left growing in the world, namely in France’s Rhône valley. Viognier’s spectacular resurrection was driven by quality and fashion. Which grape variety currently languishing in obscurity will be next? There remains much to discover. All this might whet your appetite for a spot of wine sleuthing. You might think that tracking down obscure or rarer varieties is a pastime akin to train spotting. But a little novelty is the spice of life and, as there need be no anoraks involved, why not find new grapes to enjoy. All will have their own tastes, personalities and stories. Though the international grape varieties dominate, we are fortunate in the UK to have arguably the most diverse wine market in the world, meaning that there is plenty of opportunity to find alternatives. Supermarkets are becoming more diverse but rich pickings are found at independent wine merchants and the internet makes buying easy. Are you tired of Pinot Grigio or cheesed off with Cabernet? Do you find Merlot mundane and that Sauvignon just isn’t your scene? Maybe it’s time to broaden your vinous horizons. But wait – I’ve already started the work for you - the five wine recommendations in this issue are both delicious and deliciously different, so why not track them down?
Orovela Saperavi. Chandrebi Estate, Kakheti, Georgia. 2004. 12.5% Saperavi is Georgia’s flagship black grape and is a potential world-beater, grown in a region sandwiched between Russia and Azerbaijan. This example is hand- made by Orovela and is one of the very best. A lively deep purple colour with Parma violet notes on the nose. The palate has mulberry, blackberry and plum fruit, with hints of nutmeg from oak ageing. A creamy texture and smoky and slightly dusty finish means it’s easy to partner with grilled meats. Seriously fine wine and worth keeping. www.georgianwinesociety.co.uk £18.99
Contero. Brachetto d’Aqui, DOCG. Piemonte, Italy. 2009. 5.5% Made from the Brachetto grape that grows only in Provence and in Piemonte in Italy. Frothy dark red fizz, nose of rose petals and strawberries, strawberry palate and an attractively bitter herb finish. Medium sweet palate balanced with good acidity so not cloying. Made by one of the best specialist producers, it’s distinctively different. Low alcohol makes it perfect for lunchtimes or allows for a second bottle. Drink as an apéritif, or with desserts (try Pavlova) or a brilliant partner with Black Pudding! Ecky Thump! Buon Vino! Settle £10.95
s w e i wine rev Quinta do Crasto. Crasto Tinto, DOC Douro, Portugal. 2008. 13.5% Quinta do Crasto is one of the most dynamic Port producers and scored a big hit with this smartly packaged dry red wine. It’s a blend of traditional Port grapes; Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo), Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional. A vivid purple colour with raspberry and blackberry aromas, the medium-bodied palate also adds mulberry to plenty of juicy acidity and a good length. With no oak contact and skilful tannin management, this wine is designed for young drinking. Lamb or Pork chops hit the spot. The Wine Society, £8.50. Hic! in Castleford £9.75
Chapel Down. Flint Dry, Kent, England. 2009. 11.5% This is a blend of Germanic grapes that do well in southern England, all fermented together. Bacchus plays the lead, supported by Reichensteiner, Rivaner, Silvaner and Schönburger. A crisp dry style, it has a nose of elderflowers with plenty of bright acidity on the palate. It’s herbaceous, leesy and steely in character with an additional almond finish. This is a great partner for seafood or salads and a good example of just how confident English wine can be. Chablis or Sancerre lovers will find much to enjoy. Widely available, e.g. Ocado, £7.99
Torres. Viña Sol, DO Penedès, Catalonia, Spain. 2009. 11.5% This is Torres’ entry-level white wine, made from Parrellada, a white grape found in Catalonia that is a major ingredient of Cava. Very pale, it has plenty of fresh fruit salad aromas. Smooth yet still crisp on the palate, with green apple and pineapple flavours and no oak to mark it, finishing off with a touch of spice. A good apéritif and an easy food match with the usual fishy suspects. Remarkable value and a taste of sunshine. So chill one down and dream of summer to come. Widely available, e.g. Waitrose £4.75
Dear Paul, Do you have a first love in wine? Was there something that you fell in love with and it first got you hooked? Jacquie, via email
My interest in wine was first sparked 25 years ago by a holiday in Burgundy. Since then I’ve been fortunate to visit most of the great wine regions of the world. But Burgundy will always be my first love and I go there every year to renew my vows.
Do you ever buy wine as an investment? Are you able to predict the future classics and snap them up at a bargain price today? Jerry, Bingley
There is potential for good financial returns with fine wine investment, demonstrated over the past few years with prices driven by demand from emerging economies. However, very few wines are genuinely “investment grade”. Those are mainly top Bordeaux’s with a smattering of Burgundy, Champagne and a few examples from high-end California, Spain, Italy and Australia – prices are high and there are no bargains. Most wines touted as future classics have no track record and fall victim to the whims of fashion. I can’t give specific advice but as with any investment, know the risks and only invest what you are prepared to lose. You’ll need to buy from a reputable merchant and be prepared to store your wine professionally. Don’t forget alternatives like wine shares or funds. Personally speaking, I always buy wine as an investment in pleasure rather than for profit! Email your queries to firstname.lastname@example.org www.winealchemy.com
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THE STREETS- COMPUTERS AND BLUES If it’s true that this 5th Streets album is Mike Skinner’s last, then his humorous, puzzled, occasionally insightful lyrical take on modern life’s deep-seated urban decay will be missed.
Topically he’s never really strayed far from the KFCs and fruit machines and lager-and-pill-fuelled weekends that made ‘Original Pirate Material’ such a unique and prescient debut – but he’s always done it with wit and self-awareness and a playful and inventive musical dexterity. ‘Computers and Blues’ is a tender send-off, punctuated by a strange, middle-aged acceptance and the spectre of fatherhood, which seems at odds with his occasional forays back into the urban minutiae.
14 … THE HOLD STEADY – Leeds Met
16 … FRANKIE & THE HEARTSTRINGS – Leeds Cockpit 16 … ANDY McKEE – West Yorkshire Playhouse 17 … TEDDY THOMPSON – Leeds Cockpit
Great too his trademark ability to flirt around the margins of fullon pop music – teasingly spitting out little fragments of melody – but always pulling back to that familiar, languid Street rap. Still a pop star for our times, then.
JAMES YORKSTON – Wakefield Henry Boons SISTERS OF MERCY – Leeds Me 18 … THE GO! TEAM – Leeds Cockpit OCEAN COLOUR SCENE – Leeds Academy PRESTON REED – Harrogate Theatre 20 … MOGWAI – Leeds Academy
Chapel Club’s obvious but well-honed debt to Echo and the Bunnymen must already have become an aural albatross to the young band. Strange, as it never did Interpol much harm and there are plenty of other influences to be heard, and enough sonic invention on this debut album to mark the 5-piece down as a genuine new Great White Rock Hope.
21 … ROB ZOMBIE – Leeds Academy 22 … SHAUN RYDER – Leeds Academy 23 … TINIE TEMPER – Leeds Academy 24 … THE STREETS – Leeds Academy MR SCRUFF – Sheffield Leadmill 25 … TERRORVISION – Leeds Cockpit KIRK BRANDON – Otley Korks JOHN OTWAY – York Fibbers LAU WITH KARINE POLWART – Howard Assembly Rooms
26 … EUROPE – Leeds Academy BEN FOLDS – Sheffield Academy 27 … KT TUNSTALL – Leeds Academy
3 … MARK MORRIS – Leeds Cockpit 4 … JACKIE LEVEN – Otley Korks 5 … VESSELS – Leeds Brudenell 7 … DOES IT OFFEND YOU, YEAH? – Leeds Cockpit 8 … BLANCMANGE – Sheffield Academy 9 … THE WOMBATS – Leeds Met 10 … THE LEVELLERS – Leeds Academy TRIO GITAN – Harrogate Theatre 11 … THE CHARLATANS – Leeds Brudenell THE DECEMBERISTS – Leeds Academy 12 … THE STRANGLERS – Leeds Academy BOOMTOWN RATS – York Fibbers
17 … POLAR BEAR – Leeds Brudenell IRON AND WINE – Leeds Met 20 … THE DUBLINERS – Leeds Grand 22 … THE PRIMITIVES – Leeds Brudenell INTERPOL – Leeds Academy 25 … THE UNTHANKS – Howard Assembly Rooms JOHN GRANT – Leeds Holy Trinity Church 26 … GLASVEGAS – Wakefield Balne Lane WMC THE UNTHANKS – Howard Assembly Rooms 29 … DEERHUNTER – Leeds Irish Centre 31 … NOAH AND THE WHALE – Leeds Brudenell
Singer Lewis Bowman might share Ian McCulloch’s once resonant baritone but his phrasing is often pure Morrissey and there’s a neat lyrical sophistication underneath the heavy overdubs. ‘Five Trees’ and ‘All the Eastern Girls’ are old-fashioned indie floorshakers, while ‘The Shore’ and ‘Paper Thin’ reduce the pace and borrow from Slowdive’s somnambulant guitar wash. Better than promising.
TIM BUCKLEY – TIM BUCKLEY DELUXE EDITION
This audacious 1966 debut is often overlooked amongst Buckley’s sprawling, erratic but frequently brilliant 8-studio album back catalogue; but it’s a gem. Archetypal folk-rock before the term was even invented; the album was a fascinating curtain-up for a mercurial new talent. Only 19, slightly hesitant and not yet the fully-formed jazz-blues-rock Starsailor ON GIVE he’d become. He rarely wrote with such simple beauty again; indeed he’d come to despise pop formula, which makes the innocent charm of ‘Song for Janie’ and ‘It Happens Every Time’ all the more touching. Even so, ‘Wings’ and ‘Song of the Magician’ are nailed-down classics, all underpinned, of course, by that unique, supernatural 5-octave voice.
13 … DIRTY TWISTER – Leeds Northern Monkey 14 … PRIMAL SCREAM – Leeds Academy
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LOW – THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE
Although slowcore is a hideous tag, Low’s 5th album still pretty much defines the micro-genre; 10 years ago this month: but it’s still a crass definition for the band’s layered, unravelling, molten beauty. Minimal, mesmeric and, yes, glacially paced, ‘Things We Lost in the Fire’ stretches Low’s sonic horizons with a string section, tape loops and brass. Guitars flicker and snares tick around Alan ON GIVE Sparhawk and Mimi Parker’s angelic, disembodied vocals. They opened out a little after this album, became more rock-like, lost a bit of their individuality, but 10 years on, ‘Things We Lost in the Fire’ remains pretty much definitive of Low’s unique, slow-burning, artistic force.
cinema&dvd for the weeks ahead TRUE GRIT Director: Joel & Ethan Coen Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon The Coen’s; always dependable, never predictable, are back and rocking Oscar’s boat with this bite of weird and beautiful Americana. An adaptation of Charles Portis’ 1964 novel, it centres on Mattie (Hailee Steinfeld), a headstrong and uptight 13-year old girl out to avenge her murdered father with the help of ageing, booze-bloated gunslinger, Reuben ‘Rooster’ Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) and Texas Ranger-cum-bounty hunter LaBoeuf (Matt
Damon). So far, so much standard western fare. But in the hands of the Brothers, along with trusty cinematographer Roger Deakins, the film becomes something more: a dark, suspenseful and sometimes disturbing picture. The fact that it’s leavened with poker-faced humour only adds to the rich film gravy served up here. The performances are uniformly excellent, although special mention must surely go to newcomer Steinfeld, outstanding amongst a cast of veterans. Joel and Ethan’s glorious assault on the mainstream continues – a must-see.
BURKE AND HARE
Director: David O. Russell Stars: Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg
Director: John Landis Stars: Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis
A powerful family drama, “The Fighter’ is a true story that relates the tribulations of two Irish brothers, Mickey (Mark Wahlberg) and Dicky (Christian Bale) Ward, whose troubled lives are complicated by their potential to become contenders. The brothers’ respective answers to this challenge take us on a journey through crackcocaine addiction, tested loyalties and, of course, bruising encounters both in and out of the ring on the path to redemption and glory. It’s to his great credit that Director David O. Russell resists resorting to genre cliches, delivering instead a fresh, nuanced tale whilst still remembering to reward us with some rousing fisticuffs along the way. What carry this movie are the great performances we’re treated to: Bale in particular is remarkable as the strung-out also-ran, but it’s the understated Wahlberg who quietly carries the movie. Don’t worry if you’re not a Rocky fan – forget your preconceptions and grab yourself a ringside seat. OUT NOW
22nd FEBRUARY SUPERMAN: REQUIEM: Superman is the world’s greatest super hero, and law enforcement across the globe has come to rely on him for some of the major tasks. But what would happen if he lost those powers.
23rd FEBRUARY I AM NUMBER 4: Nine alien teens come to Earth after their planet is destroyed by an enemy species. But soon discover that their enemy is now after them on Earth.
25th FEBRUARY ANIMAL KINGDOM: Tells the story of seventeen year-old Josh as he navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him. (Guy Pearce) DRIVE ANGRY 3D: A vengeful father chases after the men who killed his daughter. (Nicolas Cage)
The latest offering from Ealing Studios is, at best, a missed opportunity, pairing as it does the erstwhile genius of Director Landis with a slew of talented actors to dire effect. The old maxim that tragedy is comedy plus time unravels before our eyes: Burke and Hare somehow never finds its feet, instead stumbling into awkward slapstick at almost every turn. The problems lie in the script, which never manages to convincingly reconcile pratfall-comedy with the uncomfortable facts surrounding the central pairing of body-snatchers Pegg and Serkis: genial knockabouts they may be - they are also murderers-for-money, and you never really forget that real-life horror underpins the pantomime antics on show here. It’s not all bad – welcome relief comes in the unlikely form of Ronnie Corbett as Captain McLintock, and cameos galore at least keep you watching from between your fingers, albeit for all the wrong reasons, lest you miss yet another great actor visibly wondering what on Earth their agent was thinking. OUT 21st FEBRUARY HOWL: The tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Ginsberg to find his true voice as an artist. (James Franco) NO STRINGS ATTACHED: A guy and girl try to keep their relationship strictly physical, but it’s not long before they learn that they want something more. (Natalie Portman) THE RITE: An American priest travels to Italy to study at an exorcism school. (Anthony Hopkins)
1st MARCH NAKED IN LONDON: In a few brief hours a man’s world is blasted apart by bad luck, sex, death and a secret hidden in his marriage too awful to contemplate. (Steven Berkoff)
4th MARCH IRONCLAD: In 1215 a deposed king assembles a mercenary army on the south coast of England with
THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU Director: Wes Anderson Stars: Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum DID YOU MISS THIS? 5 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH
If you didn’t make a point of seeing this first time around, perhaps you hadn’t yet been won over by the peculiar charms of Wes Anderson’s universe. Fair enough – Anderson’s idiosyncratic artfulness and sentiment aren’t for everyone, and may be less an acquired taste than simply love-it-or-hate-it. Nevertheless, it’s worth catching ‘The Life Aquatic’ if only for a chance to see the great Bill Murray as Zissou, a jaded oceanographer searching, Cap’n Ahab style, for the mysterious Jaguar Shark that made fishfood of his longtime partner and mentor. Add to the mix great turns from Jeff Goldblum (Zissou’s ‘part-gay’ rival) and Owen Wilson, shoals of stop-motion sea critters that have seemingly swum in from a charming world of their own, and an encounter with a rather nasty gang of pirates that is surprisingly brutal amid all the whimsy on offer, and you’re still only scratching the surface of the delights that this strange, sad and colourful oddity has to offer. It shouldn’t work, but somehow it does. the intention of bringing the country back under his tyrannical rule. (Brian Cox) UNKNOWN: A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one believes him. (Liam Neeson) AGE OF THE DRAGONS: A re-imagining of Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick. Set in a mythical realm where Captain Ahab and crew hunt dragons for the vitriol that powers their world. (Danny Glover) DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK: A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own. (Katie Holmes)
11th MARCH AGE OF HEROES: The true story of the formation of Ian Fleming’s 30 Commando unit, a precursor for the elite forces in the U.K. (Sean Bean)
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Everything You Ever About Leeds... But Never
Among the hard facts of ‘How Leeds Changed the World’, a new encyclopaedia containing the myriad achievements of the city and its people, is a little bit of gossip and rumour, some myth, some legend – maybe the odd half-truth. The point being, it’s all these things that combine to make Leeds the great modern city it is today. Compiled by Mick McCann and written in an irreverent and humorous style, the book is really (a very long!) love letter to the city, that will melt even the steeliest of Loiner hearts. Here, Mick picks out a few of the people and achievements that appealed most to him …
Middleton born William Gascoigne (1612–1644) was one of the founding fathers of British research astronomy, inventing the micrometer, telescopic sextant, and the telescopic sight. He greatly improved the newly invented telescope and his inventions made him the first person to accurately calculate the size of planets and the distances between them. He died relatively young in the Battle of Marston Moor, leaving ‘a whole barn full of instruments’ that he’d developed, the secrets of which died with him. Jimmy Savile - what a guy. Culturally a man of world importance, he pretty much created the role of DJ when he was the first person to use two turntables and a mic for chatter and the continuous play of music at the Grand Records Ball, Guardbridge Hotel, in 1947. Also, the first known person in the world to play records to dance to, which he did in Leeds at the Belle Vue branch of the Loyal Order of Ancient Shepherds in 1943. Top Of The Pops, which Jimmy opened and closed (piloted by Leeds’ own Barney Colehan) was based on Jimmy’s radio Luxembourg show. Away from music and presenting he was a fine athlete, running way over 200 marathons, an honorary Commando Green Beret (as only one of two civilians to ever complete their speed march) as well as a professional cyclist and wrestler. Isabella Ford (1855–1924) was a nationally renowned campaigner for labour rights and women’s suffrage and made the first ever
speech by a woman at what became the Labour Party conference. She helped form many unions and political organisations in Leeds and as a young lass taught in what is reputed to be the first ever night school, set up by her parents for local mill girls. John Berkenhout (1726–1791) produced the first lexicon/dictionary of plants in the English language. He started work on Clavis Anglica linguae botanicae: or, ‘A Bbotanical Lexicon’ in 1760. Lads’ Mag. Not only was the actual first ever Lads’ Mag, conceived, written, printed and launched in Leeds but Leeds’ own James Brown conceived and first edited Loaded, London’s version of the first ever Lads’ Mag a few years later. Leeds’ EX Magazine was produced in September 1991, distributed nationally, featuring the staple of football, beer, sex, semi naked women and men’s’ ‘issues’ dealt with in a playful, tongue in cheek manner. Also, the Chick Lit genre is credited as starting with Bridget Jones, created by Morley’s Helen Fielding. Aviation pioneer Robert Blackburn built Britain’s first working planes in 1908/09. In July 1914 he started Britain’s first scheduled passenger flights, going every ½ hour between Roundhay Park and Bradford – later operating passenger flights to London and Amsterdam from Soldiers’ Field. His wife, Jessica, was one of the first female aviators, competed in races against men and was also a friend (and, I’d argue, inspiration) to an 11/12 yr-old Amy Johnson.
Wanted To Know Even Thought of Asking Waddingtons brought Cluedo, Subbuteo and hundreds of board games to the world but I like the tales of intrigue behind Monopoly. The starting point was a request by the WW2 British Secret Service which led Waddington’s to perfect the process of printing on silk to manufacture light, quiet and durable silk escape maps for British airmen. The spymasters came knocking again with the result that Monopoly games sent via the Red Cross to prisoners of war contained a silk map of the immediate area, including safe houses, along with a compass and metal file in with the playing pieces and real money simply placed below the Monopoly money. The capitalist blue-print Monopoly also helped end the Cold War … but that’s another story.
It’s well known that Le Prince made the world’s first films in Leeds. A Leeds lad, Wordsworth Donisthorpe, tried 12 years earlier but, as the basic idea was obviously insane, couldn’t get funding. Upon hearing of the later success in Leeds he re-visited his ‘camera’ (based on mill technology) and showed that it worked, becoming the second person to produce film. One of Le Prince’s mechanics, James Longley, produced the modern world’s first automated ticket dispensing machines and one of the world’s first vending machines. The Middleton Railway saw the world’s first commercially viable steam locomotive. Salamanca (or possibly the less well known Prince Regent by the same company, on the same line), ran in 1812. This led to Leeds becoming a world centre for locomotive production. According to the US Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ‘Dr. Peter Lawrenson is widely known as the father of the switched reluctance (SR) drive … ‘the only radically new family of machine drives in a century.’ Used in a range of applications such as electric motors and pumps in planes, cars, buses, trucks and trains they markedly reduce carbon emissions.
Moving to Armley from near Halifax when he was 11, David Hartley (1705–1757) changed radical thought of the 18th/19th Centuries, although he has largely been edited out of history. He was a huge influence on later writers such as Coleridge and Shelley, and Shelly’s second wife, Mary, who based the nature of Frankenstein on Hartley’s writings. He influenced the theory of evolution with his major work, published over a hundred years before ‘On the Origin of Species’, and I would argue that he got to psychology 50 to 100 years before the subject, as we know it today, was putting down its tentative roots. A founder of the Leeds Medical School Charles Turner Thackrah (1795–1833) was the father of Occupational Medicine and Preventive Medicine and, with other Leeds folk, central to changing barbaric child labour laws and practices. Percy Alfred Scholes (1877–1958) conceived and wrote the first edition of The Oxford Companion to Music. At over a million words, it took him six years to write and is longer than the Bible. Although acknowledged as a classical music expert, his opinionated style and dry, cutting humour led people to consider the reference book a little eccentric. With something of such vast scope I was bound to miss something - here are a couple which didn’t make it into the book. In the 1960’s Leeds lad Denys Fisher brought Spirograph to the world and later Stickle Bricks. Plus, a very good source told me that a clinical trial for a heart drug carried out in Leeds noted some interesting side-effects and led to further Leeds trials resulting in the production of Viagra! How Leeds Changed The World’ by Mick McCann is available from Waterstones, HMV, Leeds Tourist Information and Amazon, £9.99
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The Calamari (£4.25) was sweetly crisp and the Garlic Mushrooms (£3.55) were, appropriately, drenched in the strong smelling stuff (apologies to work colleagues the following day, natch). Three giant Sweet and Spicy Pork Ribs (£4.95) might have ruined my best shirt but the drip-honeyed meat fell from the bone. Take note: this can be dirty eating! Don’t bother with the manicured nails and dive into that finger bowl! The more unfamiliar dishes all played a part too. Xin Xim (£4.50) is a South American classic - a chicken stew with peanut and prawns that should be on a lot more menus. It was a highlight, but we really should have ordered rice to soak up the liquid. A Drunken Chicken in Apple Sauce (£4.50) which, despite adding a welcome touch of sweet to the spice, was lost a little among the other big flavours. Chunks of sweet stewed apple might have ramped the dish up a bit instead of the slightly watery concoction we were served - but the
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The co-owner counter culture icon? It’s Howard Marks amiable, non-violent former cannabis smuggler. He hosts a quiz on Sunday nights occasionally if you’re interested!
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in the spotlight... a guide to what’s on in the theatres
SWEENEY TODD Lyceum, Sheffield 15 – 19 March Telling the legendary story of Sweeney Todd, the murderous barber and his partner is crime, Mrs Lovett the pie-maker includes the songs Worst Pies in London and Little Priest
BUDDY Alhambra, Bradford 28 February – 5 March A multi-talented cast come together to tell Buddy Holly’s story, from his meteoric rise to fame, to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.
£10.00 - £22.00
£14.50 - £26.50
JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT The Grand, Leeds 22 – 26 March
CALENDAR GIRLS The Grand, Leeds, 7 – 19 March
Keith Jack, the hugely popular runner-up from ‘Any Dream Will Do’, takes on the famous title role, having won the hearts of the nation with his charisma and sensational singing voice.
A group of ordinary women do something extraordinary and spark a global phenomenon when they persuade one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference!
£12.50 - £28.50
£10.50 - £26.00
SPAMALOT Alhambra, Bradford,14 – 19 March
SOUTH PACIFIC West Yorkshire Playhouse, 26 March – 2 April
And now for something completely different “TRULY A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER.” Daily Telegraph
£12.50 - £34.50
LAOS return to the Playhouse after their critically acclaimed production of Fiddler on the Roof in March 2010.
£16 – £26
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WHO’S BEEN SITTING IN MY CHAIR? Harrogate Theatre 24 – 26 February
ROOM IN THE SKY Carriageworks, Leeds,21 & 22 February
In this playful interpretation of Goldilocks and the Three Bears porridge, bears and one-twothree chairs come together to tell a tale that’s not too big and not too small, but just right.
When Mr Rossi does this show with Mr Lynch, it always goes wrong. Mr Rossi hasn’t learned his lines and doesn’t even speak English. As they struggle with each other to get somewhere they take us on a fantastic journey, passing by shrinking desert islands, some frantic Shakespeare and a storm at sea. They invite everyone on stage as the show spills out into the auditorium, collecting them up for a giant-sized instant photograph.
£8 / £7
£8.50 / £6.50 LOST AND FOUND West Yorkshire Playhouse 24 – 27 February A heart-warming tale of friendship, adventure, bravery and true love adapted from the award-winning picture book by Oliver Jeffers and brought to life on stage by Travelling Light and Polka Theatre.
MOSCOW STATE CIRCUS Victoria, Halifax 8 – 10 March Featuring a huge cast of some of Russia’s greatest and most flexible performers, this is circus at its very best!
£12 - £27
RACING DEMON Crucible, Sheffield, 10 February – 5 March One of three plays in The David Hare Season, a major retrospective of one of the most influential and prolific playwrights of post-war Britain.
£12 - £19 BREATH OF LIFE Crucible, Sheffield 16 – 26 February Over the course of a single night, the two women reflect on their lives, united by their love for the same man. A witty, brutal and poignant play from Sir David Hare.
£12 - £24
MATTHEW BOURNE’S CINDERELLA Alhambra, Bradford 8 -12 March Matthew Bourne returns to the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. “A dazzling spectacle ... fresh and vital, hilarious, profound and stunningly original” The Times
CLEOPATRA The Grand, Leeds, 26 February – 5 March
STALAG HAPPY Carriageworks, Leeds, 4 & 5 March
Cleopatra’s legacy has inspired generations. Now, composer Claude-Michel Schönberg (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables) and Northern Ballet Artistic Director David Nixon OBE, bring her astounding story to the stage in this must-see ballet for 2011.
This Spirit of the Fringe award winning show is based on the true story of the artists Sir Terry Frost and Adrian Heath, who met in a POW camp during World War II and becoming great friends and a creative inspiration to one another.
£16 - £26
£9 / £7
YERMA West Yorkshire Playhouse 5 March – 26 March
£13.00 - £33.00
Faced with the reality of a life spent childless with a man she does not desire, Yerma commits the ultimate act of rebellion.
£16 - £26
THE DEEP BLUE SEA West Yorkshire Playhouse 18 February – 12 March
I’M HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN Carriageworks, Leeds, 17 & 18 March
£16 - £26
A compelling, bittersweet kaleidoscope of young love, forgotten fairytales and Joni Mitchell. Weaving between the love stories we tell and the ones we never finish, Rachel Rose Reid’s acclaimed new play rediscovers Hans Christian Andersen for our time.
APRIL IN PARIS Victoria, Halifax 22 & 23 February
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Alhambra, Bradford, 29 March – 2 April
A woman who’s left her respectable husband for an ex-fighter pilot finds herself caught between the devil and the deep blue sea in one of Terrence Rattigan’s finest and most modern plays.
£9 / £7
Al and Bet are not what you’d call “loves young dream”. Bet’s bored, Al’s at his wits end and they’re stuck in a romance rut! Then out of the blue the passionless pair manage to win a holiday to Paris! John Godber.
This most beloved and widely read Pulitzer Prize winner, now in its 50th year of publication, tells the extraordinary and unforgettable story of life in the American Deep South through the inquiring eyes of a child.
£10.50 - £24.00 JOHN SHUTTLEWORTH Harrogate Theatre 19 February, £17 / £15
TIM KEY Crucible, Sheffield 3 March, £11 / £9
RICHARD HERRING The Studio, Bradford 10 March, £15
LENNY HENRY St George’s Hall, Bradford 25 February, £23.50
JENNY ÉCLAIR Carriageworks, Leeds 5 March, £16.50
MARK THOMAS Harrogate Theatre 18 March, £15 / £10
PUNT & DENNIS West Yorkshire Playhouse 27 February, £20 / £18
RICHARD HERRING Harrogate Theatre 7 March, £15
ED BYRNE St George’s Hall, Bradford 25 March, £20
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It was a Monday morning and we went to the LGI, naively I expected the whole thing to be done and dusted within a few hours (cue women everywhere calling me an idiot!) and as 3 o clock approached and I was meant to be at 96.3 Radio Aire it quickly became apparent that my non appearance was quickly going to tip off family, friends and listeners that my wife was in the throngs! So much for the subtle approach.
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There’s three things I’ve got into this year albeit around 12 months behind the times. Glee, Big Fat Gypsy Wedding (W.O.W. is the only way to describe that show) and Twitter. The latter has proved quite interesting and I’ve started to stalk some of the Leeds Rhinos. As a result Luke Burgess was on The Homerun recently and told me how the squad had been getting prepared for the season. I expected him to tell me of the gruelling sessions at Headingley or maybe the pre season friendlies but it turns out that he’s been spending plenty of time bulking up – not at the gym – but at Nandos! So now you know, the best way to become a top class rugby league player is to pursue the poultry. Keep listening to The Homerun for more from The Rhinos throughout the season and you can follow me on Twitter @ richontheradio.
Christmas and New Year tends to be a quiet time of year when it comes to radio showbiz. In hindsight, that’s potentially not the best opening sentence to an article dedicated to radio showbiz. I haven’t exactly inspired you to keep reading on have I? I take it all back. Christmas is the peak time for showbiz in the Radio Aire calendar. OK. I’m just lying now, so instead I’ll at least stay truthful to myself and fill you in on what has been happening. Rich Williams
‘Dancing On Ice’ has returned to the screens and last year’s winner, Hayley Tammoden has been joining JK & Joel @ Breakfast every Monday morning to give her backstage gossip from behind the scenes of the biggest show around right now. Her tips to take the crown so far are Sam Attwater (who seems to have had some sort of ice skating boot camp before the show even started!), kids TV presenter Laura Hamilton (too smiley for my liking) and her dark horse this year is Chloe Madeley. Speaking of which, Chloe is introduced as “model and TV presenter Chloe Madeley”. I must have been sleeping whilst she was hosting all those prime time TV shows and treading the catwalk in Milan and Paris! I should say at this point that you might notice a slightly aggressive undertone to my article for this edition. Allow me to mitigate. I’ve just become a dad and whilst having a little baby girl has undoubtedly been one of the greatest experiences of my life - right up there with meeting Jedward – I am suffering from lack of sleep! I am also writing this whilst on a train to London and already I am missing fresh Yorkshire air. Finally I have a cold (who doesn’t at the moment?!) and I’ve been watching a Jack Dee DVD. Hopefully that goes someway to explaining my disposition. Working on the radio definitely has its perks. I absolutely love my job and couldn’t think of anything I’d rather be doing. However with all great things comes a downside, one I was to experience on the day my little’un was born. I am quite a private guy and had decided with my wife ahead of the birth that we wouldn’t mention anything to family and friends when my wife went into labour but wait until the baby had been born to announce anything. Great in theory, but not particularly realistic when you work on the radio.
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Finally before I leave you a tip for all men out there who are about to become fathers. I read a book called ‘Pregnancy For Men’ actually written by a fella from Yorkshire and it suggested that I buy a gift for my wife. I asked her what she wanted and she said a really nice changing bag. I didn’t know what this was but it would seem that along with a baby comes lots of extra crap you have to carry around with you. This all goes in the changing bag. So being a nice chap, I bought her the bag she wanted. The floral, very effeminate changing bag and all was well. That was until I took the baby out by myself for the first time and of course needed to take the bag with me. Let’s just say the floral patterns contributed to several odd glances I was getting as I strolled down Street Lane in Roundhay. Men – you have been warned! Follow Rich at facebook.com/radioaire.rich
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A Park for all Seasons Steve Stenson
Roundhay Park is fondly regarded by the citizens of Leeds as one of the jewels in West Yorkshire’s crown and it is easy to see why. Following an £8 million millennium makeover from the Heritage Lottery fund, its 700 acres of undulating woodland and open green space, complete with two lakes, fountain, waterfall and tumbling streams, positively glow with elegance and good health. When I first moved to Leeds in 1996, I was lucky enough to land on Roundhay’s doorstep, and have lived nearby ever since, watching the park change and evolve. It is a constant source of delight. As for so many local people, Roundhay Park has become a place by which I measure memories and associations. From pacing the fence by the playground, waiting for my (then) four year old to get off the slide, to leading a crocodile of primary school children down to Tropical World – the exotic bug and butterfly house opposite the park in Canal Gardens. From walking my young dog round the huge and beautiful Waterloo Lake, flanked on one side by a steep bank of trees, and on the other by a curving expanse of green hills, rising up to meet the sky, to walking that same dog, now elderly, around the smaller Upper Lake, and rescuing her from an angry mother swan. (Despite their vicious parent – the cygnets were divine.) There’s more...Tramping the heights of Hill 60, year after year, to watch the wild bonfire on November 5th. Supping a pint or two at the Roundhay Fox, a lovely building of Yorkshire stone which flanks the park and forms part of the old estate. And dropping my daughter off at the same pub on Christmas Eve –no longer four, but 18, and lacing her fizzy pop with rum! The park sees it all, with silent amusement. “Every time I drive up this road, I feel my spirits lift.” This is a colleague, talking about Princes Avenue, the wide former tramway which sweeps up from Oakwood Clock junction towards the main park gates. With Soldiers Fields, green and flat, on either side, there is an immediate sense of space and calm: both qualities rare in a city, and precious. It is here that the seasons start to be measured. First, the thousands of purple, yellow and white crocuses, which line the kerb in early spring. Then the daffodils on the banks further up, as March takes hold. In the summer heat – go further in, to the thick woodland along the secret ravine at the wilder edges of the park, offering dense cover, shade and solitude. In autumn the big lake is the place to be: its trees show off like mad as their leaves turn into a riot of red, orange, copper and yellow. And in winter? It’s pleasingly bleak up on the tops. A good place to shake off a New Year hangover. And when there’s snow: there’s always the tobogganing down Hill 60 (but if you value your life, don’t do it.) Despite its recent glossy makeover, Roundhay Park is an ancient piece of land. In prehistoric times there were swamps and rainforests here, and the
rotting vegetation formed rich geological layers of coal, iron ore and timber. When this was extracted during the Middle Ages, deep quarries were left, which filled up with water to create ponds (later developed into the large lakes). In the 13th century, William the Conqueror gave the land to the De Lacy family, who used its lush grassland for deer grazing and hunting. Then Charles I took it over in 1625, but only for three years: he had to sell it to discharge his debts. He couldn’t hold on to his land, or his head.... It was the 19th century when the Park entered its first golden age. Thomas Nicholson bought the entire estate and spent many years developing its natural features – the ravines, the lakes, the woodland walks – and commissioning its striking buildings – the Greek Revival-style mansion (now a top end restaurant) and the wonderfully kitsch castle folly (used by the Nicholson family for picnics on the roof in summer). In 1871 the Nicholson line came to an end. There was no male heir. The estate had to be sold once more. This time – to the City of Leeds. It was the Lord Mayor of Leeds, John Barran, who took the bold step of buying the Park in 1872 for the public good. At the time he was widely ridiculed for spending so much on this “white elephant” of a place, too far out for the ordinary folk – from the tenements and factories of south Leeds - to come and visit. But he had the last laugh. Tramlines were built in 1891, and people came in their droves. And still they come! During the Victorian era all sorts of extravagant events were staged – mock battles on the lake, a paddle steamer for Sunday trips, tight rope walking on the upper water. We have become a little more demure in this modern age. But still - the Arena has rocked out since the eighties to the strains of Bruce Springsteen and the Stones, Michael Jackson and Madonna. There are melas and fairs and festivals. And the bonfire and fireworks burn every November, leaving streets gridlocked with cars and teeming with people – who come from all over to get mud on their boots and gunpowder up their noses. Everyone who knows Roundhay Park will have a favourite spot, a particular memory. Crowd lovers will flock to the big “happenings”, the wide open spaces, the two cafes and lakeside walks. But for me it’s the secret, hidden park that is the most magical. Early in the morning. Weekdays. Just a few joggers and dog walkers blowing on their hands to keep warm. Wandering off the beaten track then, into the woods, along the ravine, by the running water, you can imagine the swamps and the rainforests from thousands of years ago, still breathing, still alive. In the artful landscaping and carefully nurtured scenery: the wildness remains. See www.roundhaypark.org.uk for details of park amenities and bus routes ‘A Handful of Earth’ by Barney Bardsley is published by John Murray. £7.99
Waterloo Lake – the larger of the two stretches of water in Roundhay Park – was named in honour of the soldiers who had returned from the Napoleonic Wars, and who were given the work of constructing the lake by estate owner Thomas Nicholson. It’s 18 metres deep and 33 acres across. Hill 60 was named for the Leeds Soldiers who died in the fighting of World War I that took place on Hill 60 near Ypres. It is also known as Hanging Bank. It’s thought that one of the first public hangings took place here in 1803.
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Roundhay Park is home to all sorts of wildlife – birds and water creatures, including the newly-re-introduced fresh water crayfish. In 2000, badgers and deer were spotted. This was the first time deer had returned for three hundred years. Magic.
It is home to Volvo cars, Bjorn from ABBA and – according to many Swedes – it’s the party town counterpart to the country’s more stately capital. David Leck explores Gothenburg.
There is something rather reassuring, faintly old-fashioned about Scandinavian cities. They work. Service is generally excellent, people are friendly and courteous and public transport is seemingly faultless – even in early December when daytime temperatures can plummet to -12 and nightly snowfall does little to interrupt daily life.
In the summer months, the Liseberg amusement park proves a captivating draw. It is the largest in Scandinavia, Sweden’s most popular visitor attraction and is also close to the Universeum science discovery centre, while the Botanical Gardens are considered among the most important in Europe.
Gothenburg (pronounced Yurtebor) might not have the grandeur and swagger of Stockholm but with its café culture, excellent shopping (we’re talking quality, not bargains), outdoor spaces, arts scene and a smattering of good museums, it deﬁnitely merits serious consideration as a weekend break.
If you choose to visit in winter, you will get a richly contrasting experience probably typiﬁed by exploring the city’s museums, spending time in the vast Nordstan shopping complex (Scandinavia’s largest) or dipping in and out of inviting, cozy bars and coﬀee houses.
Founded in 1621, Gothenburg lies at the mouth of the Gota alv river – an arm of the North Sea – and is, today, the largest seaport in the Nordic countries. It also boasts a thriving student population, giving Sweden’s second largest city a fun, youthful exuberance.
The district of Haga is also worthy of your consideration. Noted for its picturesque wooden houses and cafés (are you sensing a theme here?), it is also home to the wonderful Hagabadet Spa. An oasis of calm and pampering created within a late 19th century bath house built for the poor, there is good reason this appears in many guide books as one of Gothenburg’s “musts”.
This isn’t a city that is going to have you running around trying to squeeze everything into a weekend. Instead, Gothenburg is about soaking up the atmosphere, wandering cobbled streets and grand 19th century boulevards, seeking out examples of chic Scandinavian design and savouring a renowned coﬀee house ambience. Getting around couldn’t be easier. Most Swedes speak a standard of English that makes you want to hang your head in shame at your own linguistic failings, while an 80km tram network ensures the short hop between most key attractions is an easy, pleasant experience. This is a city where old and modern blend with Scandinavian ease. It is seen to great eﬀect in Gothenburg’s architecture which spans everything from the Kronhuset – the city’s oldest building and created by the Dutch between 1642 and 1654 as an artillery store (magical around Christmas when handicraft stalls populate the interior and surrounding grounds) through to the city’s Opera House. Completed in 1994 and inspired by its maritime setting, architect Jan Izkowitz fashioned it to resemble an “imposing ship…soaring across the landscape like wings of a seagull”. Poetic licence run amok maybe, but there’s no denying it is a world-class building of which this city is justiﬁably proud. With a northern oceanic climate, the seasons here can be extreme. From long summers when daylight can extend to as much as 17 hours to winters where days appear ﬂeeting, Gothenburg boasts the portfolio of seasonal identities that make such cities so fascinating – and a completely diﬀerent experience depending on the time of year you choose to visit.
Like the rest of Scandinavia, this is not a cheap destination. Accommodation is of a high standard but certainly not for the budget conscious. Expect London prices-plus when dining out and, if you like your booze, then be prepared to gasp as you reach for the wallet. With direct ﬂights from Manchester (and a new direct BA service from Heathrow), Gothenburg is an easy short break option. It is a place that is more about Scandinavian order and pleasant meandering at a relaxed pace than a full-on “exciting” experience but as cities go it’s got bags of charm, lots of (the right) attitude and a chilled style that perfectly mirrors that of its often stylish citizens.
FACT FILE easyjet ﬂies from Manchester from around £70 return City Airline from Birmingham from around £160 return. BA has a new direct service from Heathrow from around £100 return and Ryanair operates from Stansted from around £60 return but has the beneﬁt of arriving into the more centrally-located Goteborg City Airport. The centrally located Radisson Blu has rooms from around £110 a night. www.visitsweden.com
WHAT FREDDIE DID NEXT… So what does an English cricketing legend with a couple of dodgy knees do when he retires? Feet up, pipe out, spot of cake munching on Radio4? How about skeleton bob, rodeo bull riding and paintball paragliding? Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff’s new ITV4 series sees his challenging other ultra-competitive ex-sportsmen, including Dennis Wise, Iwan Thomas and Dennis Rodman in a number of extreme sport challenges. Here, Freddie admits he didn’t let on to his wife Rachael how dangerous the stunts he was doing for the show were until after the event as he didn’t want to worry her and their three kids, plus how he hopes this is the start of a career in TV. He also talks about how he watched England win the Ashes series amid a morphine haze following an operation - and what he thinks about his pal, Shane Warne.
SO FREDDIE - IT’S YOU VERSUS THE WORLD? Yeah, it’s a big title that isn’t it? It is around the world in different countries but essentially it’s against Darren Gough, Iwan Thomas, Dennis Rodman and a range of other lads.
DOING EXTREME SPORTS, INCLUDING PAINTBALL PARAGLIDING? I don’t think that is a sport is it? I think they just made it up.
FOR THE SHOW? Yeah I think so - jumping off a mountain with a parachute and a paintball gun!
HOW MUCH INPUT DID YOU HAVE ON WHAT YOU WANTED TO DO? I saw the treatment from the production company before we went and in black and white it didn’t look too bad. But when we got there it just put a different complexion on a lot of the things. I didn’t realise a cliff dive in Acapulco was quite as dangerous as it is. I never thought bull riding could be
as scary as it is. And that was the theme for the show, just turning up each day doing something crazy and scaring myself half to death.
WERE THERE TIMES WHEN YOU THOUGHT ‘I DON’T WANT TO DO THIS’? There was a couple - the bull especially. We did it in practise and I came off pretty bad and I was nursing a couple of cracked ribs from wrestling in Mexico and I had to do it the following night in a rodeo in Texas in front of 3,000 people in a competition. And from just walking in the arena and smelling the bulls - it just filled me with fear - and I didn’t want to do it. But I managed to get through.
HOW DID YOU GET YOURSELF THROUGH THOSE MOMENTS OF FEAR? WAS IT THE THOUGHT THAT YOU DIDN’T WANT TO LOSE FACE? It’s funny what TV cameras can make you do isn’t it? I didn’t want to look soft. I knew that if I didn’t do some of these things I’d get a real ribbing from the lads. So I just had to crack on with it.
WAS YOUR WIFE HAVING KITTENS ABOUT ALL THE DANGEROUS THINGS YOU WERE GETTING UP TO? Well she didn’t know exactly what I was doing, I’ll be honest with you. Like I said, we got the treatment through on paper and we went through it and it didn’t look too bad so Rachael was fine. It was only up until being out there that I realised how dangerous some of this stuff was. So I kept a little bit from her because I didn’t want her looking after the kids and going about her normal business and worrying about me being in America doing all this stuff. It was only up until probably Saturday night when we sat down and watched a couple of shows that she realised what I’d been through. And there were mixed emotions – she enjoyed the show but was not too happy about some of the stunts. [laughs]
IT’S HARDLY SURPRISING. ANYTHING COULD HAVE HAPPENED TO YOU! Yeah we had good people with us, we had Rooster who was on hand to do any physio, we had Alex who was on health and safety – so we had a few people if ‘owt went wrong.
WHAT WAS THE INSURANCE FOR YOU LIKE BECAUSE INSURANCE FOR SPORTSMEN IS ASTRONOMICAL. WE’VE BEEN HEARING STORIES ABOUT DAVID BECKHAM’S LEGS NEEDING TO BE INSURED FOR £25MILLION OR SOMETHING TO PLAY FOR TOTTENHAM? Well my legs are probably worth about 25 quid if Beckham’s are worth 25 million. But yeah I think the production company again were happy because only ten days before we went to do the show I’d retired and the insurance halved so I was flavour of the month for them.
I BET YOU WERE. SO WAS THAT KIND OF PLANNED THEN? No I was originally going to play as well, I was going to play in January. But with the knee going down that was not to be. I’m not sure I could go back to playing cricket after this because I cracked a couple of ribs out of me tail bone, I tore me bicep – I was a bit of a wreck. [laughs]
IT’S HARDLY SURPRISING. BUT IT MUST HAVE BEEN GOOD TO HAVE THIS AS SOMETHING TO TAKE YOUR MIND OFF RETIRING BECAUSE THAT MUST HAVE BEEN A BIG DECISION FOR YOU? Yeah, one of the things that happened was retiring and going away, I was surrounded by a crew like Goughy, I had the lads round me so it was almost like being on tour on a road trip. So I didn’t really have time to think about the retirement of cricket and it’s probably only really been since I’ve been home that it’s something I’ve had to deal with. Part of me thought I’d start again next year playing cricket but I’m obviously not and now trying to forge myself a career in TV. So I hope it goes well.
AND NO SOONER AS YOU RETIRE, SHANE WARNE STEPS IN TO TAKE YOUR BAD BOY CROWN. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT? Who Warney? Warney’s brilliant. He’s one of my mates. Used to love playing against him as well. I’m not quite sure about having a bad boy crown but I definitely enjoy his company.
HAVE YOU TWO BEEN JOKING ABOUT HIM TAKING UP THE HEADLINES OVER HERE? Ah no. We’ve twittered a little bit and that but I’ve not spoken to him for a while.
ARE YOU SURPRISED ABOUT WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON? I’ll be honest with you, I’m not quite sure what you’re on about. [laughs]
WELL HE’S BEEN DATING LIZ HURLEY AND THEN THERE WAS HER MARRIAGE SPLIT AND ALL OF THAT? Right. Well I’ll be honest with you that’s his business isn’t it? It’s up to him what he does. I’m not going to start commenting on all that type of stuff. I’m here to try and get some viewers for the show! [laughs]
WHERE ARE YOU LIVING AT THE MOMENT BECAUSE YOU WERE IN DUBAI? No I moved back from Dubai just before Christmas. We spent a year out there and the plan was I would play cricket, I could play in India and various places but with retiring there was no reason to be out there. So we’ve moved back to England. We’re living down South. So we’ve been there for the past month and I’m actually loving being back in England.
IT’S QUITE A CULTURE DIFFERENCE IN DUBAI ISN’T IT? OF COURSE YOU’VE GOT THE LOVELY WEATHER! Yeah it is. I really enjoyed it. However, I love England, I love being around my mates and seeing a lot more of my family. And then hopefully if I can get a new career in TV or something, I’m closer to London as well. So we’ll see how we go.
AND YOU’VE JUST HAD A BIG OPERATION TO STRAIGHTEN UP YOUR LEG. IS EVERYTHING OK? Yeah it’s alright. It’s settled down a little bit. I had surgery three weeks ago. I had a week in hospital. They effectively broke my leg. They smashed me tibia, I think, and took a bone out of my hip and packed it in and I’ve got titanium plates in there. So I’m on crutches for a while. It’s going to be a long road back before I can walk and run and do things again. But it’s an operation which needed doing, I just have to get my head down and do the rehab.
IT MUST BE SO FRUSTRATING? Yeah it is frustrating. I thought all my injuries would be behind me once I retired but my knee’s gone downhill pretty quickly and by having this operation hopefully buys me another ten or fifteen years before the probably inevitable knee replacement.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES FOR THE WORLD CUP? Yeah I think we’ll be alright. It would be nice to see Ian Bell open the batting. But I think come the World Cup we’ll be in great shape, you know, get Kevin Pietersen back on form, Paul Collingwood, Jimmy Anderson and Swanny are to come back in the side. So I think we’ll be competitive. We won’t be favourites but I think we can surprise a few like we did in the T20 World Cup.
IS IT HARD WATCHING FROM HOME? It was probably the hardest one watching it in hospital. I watched it in hospital in a morphine haze to take the pain away but it was great to see the lads winning out in Australia. They probably didn’t get the praise they deserved because people were saying how bad Australia were but I think it was more that England were that good they didn’t allow them to play. But yeah of course I’d love to be playing cricket again but as good as doing this show is and the TV stuff, I would swap it all tomorrow to go and play for Lancashire. ‘Freddie Flintoff Versus the World’ is on ITV4, Tuesdays at 8pm.
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What a 12 months it has been for Colin Firth. His typecast-shredding performance in Tom Ford’s ‘A Single Man’, where he finally laid to rest the ghost of Mr. Darcy, was followed by a potential Oscar winning turn in ‘The King’s Speech’. The movie has already cleaned up at the British Independent Film Awards by scooping five gongs, including Best Actor for Firth, and he won the same accolade at the Golden Globes. Here, the 50-year-old Brit actor talks about family, Hollywood divas and finally finding himself as an actor.
FIRTH AND FOREMOST ‘The Kings’s speech’ is a really wonderful film. How do you feel about the reaction it’s getting? It’s great, I’ve been doing it a very long time and you don’t hear this kind of love for coming in for something you’ve been a part of very often. The best you can often hope for is that it pleases some people - this one seems to be going pretty broad and it surprises me really given the subject matter.
It’s surprising how funny it is? Yes, I think it seems to appeal on a lot of levels. I thought we were making something much more niche, I didn’t think it was going to be as funny as this. And I didn’t think it was going to be as moving as this. I thought it would be those things, but I didn’t think it was going to have people in Colorado howling with laughter and then crying at the end, as well as people here. And I think there is the curiosity factor in finding out something about historical figures that we know very little about. We knew nothing about Lionel Logue, the speech therapist, and we really didn’t know very much about King George VI, especially given that he was the king. History has concentrated on other figures of that time; everybody knows a bit about Churchill, they certainly know what he looked like, but a lot of people wouldn’t have known what George VI even looked liked. Most people who know anything about that period would know something about Edward and Mrs Simpson, but not this. And that was one of the things that intrigued me, to focus on someone who history has treated as perhaps a somewhat minor character and make him the protagonist.
How did you approach the stammering? You certainly sound convincing. Well it’s a relief to hear you say that, because that was a big concern obviously. What you’re really doing is try not to stammer of course, you can’t try to do it, if people catch you doing that then it’s inauthentic - because nobody wants to stammer and there’s no-one out there to help you stammer either - people are trained to help people not to stammer. And I suppose the most helpful source was our writer David Seidler, who has spent his life
battling with a stammer, you wouldn’t know it to listen to him really now, he’s in his seventies and it’s encouraging for anybody who shares the problem. But he was born the year that George VI came to the throne and was inspired by the radio broadcast. He thought, ‘The King of England is dealing with it and he is speaking, therefore there must be hope for me.’ And David was very powerfully expressive of what it felt like to go through it. No-one can help an actor with the technique, I think you just have to find it for yourself but it was devastating listening to how he described it, he said it was like being underwater, the panic sensation of drowning, it would condition your day – it’s all you thought about. If you had a meeting that day and the outcome was incredibly important you really didn’t think that much about the outcome, all you thought about is, ‘can I say it?’ I read that George VI, when he was still Prince Albert in school, he feared maths lessons when they were doing fractions because he couldn’t say ‘F’ – that was the thing he dreaded the most. Not the mathematics but ‘can I say it?’ It consumes your life.
The film has done very well at the film festivals and the Golden Globes. Are you thinking about the oscars yet? It’s a bit futile to be honest because, you know, any fixation or even brief dwelling on things which you have absolutely no control over are designed to do your head in. I’m 50 now and I’ve got quite good at my expectation management in all sorts of various things. By the time I left drama school there had been so many ups and downs that I just think the only thing that you can do is get on with your day job. Geoffrey Rush, bless him, is off doing a play in Sydney and I don’t think he’s going to be able to get out of there no matter what happens - and I think that’s a very sane place to be. He won at the BIFAs the other night and I’m sure he would have loved to have been there but I think that just getting on with his job is probably very grounding. And, you know, I’ve been filming as well and I just think, ‘Do that.’ This is why you realise ... football players come up with the platitude of one match at a time and I just think you can’t really talk about things that haven’t happened yet and may never happen.
The King’s Speech pictures courtesy of Momentum Pictures
You’ve mentioned before that your wife and family keep you very grounded and coming home to them at the end of the day keeps you feeling normal? I think family is the secret. I think most people I know, certainly in my business, who have managed to stay relatively stable – we’re all a bit confused, actors. And I don’t think we would have chosen the profession if we were all there really. So I think that, you know, having that to focus on. I’ve just been talking about the fact that you’re getting on with your day job, that’s probably the most important of all. When I say that I’m not romanticising my family as this wonderful, serene, grounded environment - because it’s mayhem! It doesn’t matter how people are reacting to you anywhere else, if you’ve got small children it’s up to you to deal with it and, you know, they are the diva. And you can’t say to them, ‘You better behave yourself or I’m going to call my agent!’
Do they know what you do? They’re beginning to get it, yeah. I’m not going to talk too much in the specifics about it all. I know I said about this recently in an interview but my nine-year-old when he was three came to visit the set and he saw all these machines and cranes and he thought I worked in construction. So every time we went past a building site he said, ‘Is that where you work?’ And of course I didn’t want to disappoint him and tell him that actually it’s all about frocks and eyeliner and all that sort of thing. It’s a bit confusing. We don’t take them out to see my films. It’s, you know, they’ve known it since the beginning – so everyone’s dad or mum does or doesn’t do something and I’m just another one with a different job I suppose. They don’t see it as anything of any great interest I don’t think.
You seem to have somehow kept it at a level where you don’t have hoardes of paparazzi chasing you everywhere? Yes, I certainly wouldn’t want that. You know, I do lead a very boring life and there just isn’t that much to photograph quite frankly. They’ve got much bigger fish to fry. There was a flurry around the time I was getting married because there was a story I suppose and it happened right around the ‘Pride and Prejudice’ period so the two things together I suppose became marketable in terms of getting what always turned out to be very dull shots of one or the other of us getting in or out of a car. But no, since then, we’ve largely been left alone. As I said, I don’t think there’s anything particularly of interest.
Does your wife enjoy the big award ceremonies? Yes, I think there are moments we enjoy it and there are moments when - I suppose, everybody has this - you want things to calm down a little bit. But neither of us are taking this for granted. I think if you wish something like this away, all this attention and all these events, you know, dressing up and being around beautiful and elegant people it’ll be gone soon enough. It’s not guaranteed for life and I think we’re both pretty good at just enjoying it for all its worth while it lasts.
You’ve given two great performances back to back – Last year ‘A Single Man’ and now this. Do you feel like you’re coming into your own? I may be going out of my own. (laughs) I don’t have any more up my sleeve at the moment. If what you say is true I thank you for that. I just had two great opportunities it’s been an extraordinarily fertile moment and they were completely unrelated really because I got involved with this before ‘Single Man’ came out. I don’t know, I think I just drew a couple of lucky cards after what 24 - 25 years in the business and I feel I’ve drawn them before and I feel I’ve done work that’s been interesting to me before and no one has really paid any attention. So it’s quite nice that these are being seen. It’s partly good fortune and partly just my age because I’m now playing people with a past - you have to have one in order to get there.
So it pays off to get older when you’re a man? Yes well it helps the process. It helps mitigate against deterioration.
What’s it like to play a king? Well it’s a bit confusing really because you can’t know, you don’t have a king on hand to tell you what it’s like. If I were playing a doctor it would be much easier. Indeed it’s one of the only professions where that person won’t talk to you, you could probably find an astronaut somewhere but you can’t spend a few days ‘kinging’ with a king, you have to have secondary information and I still don’t feel I understand it.
“I think family is the secret. I think most people I know, certainly in my business, who have managed to stay relatively stable – we’re all a bit confused, actors. And I don’t think we would have chosen the profession if we were all there really.”
A Single Man pictures courtesy of Icon Films
Did you identify with the King in anyway? I think all of us can. Haven’t we all experienced a fear of not saying the right thing and suddenly being unable to say anything? All actors live in fear of forgetting their lines. When it happens to you - when you go dry on stage - it is the worst feeling in the world. Even now, remembering it makes me almost lose my nerve again.
Did you feel a responsibility playing royalty? No, not necessarily. I mean I always feel a sense of responsibility not to be bogus if I’m playing something and it’s tricky if you don’t have any authentication. There were moments when I was filming where there were 50 people bowing their heads to me and that’s weird, I mean I don’t know what that’s like, I have no parallels with that. It’s not the same as being in public life in any other circumstances, you have to be a king for that to happen and I don’t know anything about it. I felt more responsibility, if I’m honest, about the stammer.
How do you feel yourself about public speaking? Is it something that fills you with trepidation? I do suffer from those fears and I got appalling stage fright the last time I went on stage - actually on the opening night. We’d only had two weeks rehearsal, hadn’t had a proper dress rehearsal, we were at the Donmar, there were no prompters and I had to open with a two-page monologue and I locked myself in the toilet at around the quarter to curtain-up. I wasn’t planning to stay there but I just thought, ‘Take a deep breath and think of your first line’ and I couldn’t. So I thought, ‘Take some air’ and there isn’t any air backstage at the Donmar and there isn’t a stage door. So I went out through the fire door which closed behind me, and it’s now about five minutes before curtain-up and I couldn’t get back in. So I had to go round the front, through the audience, the very people I was terrified of, I had to go through them all one by one with full body contact on the way, couldn’t remember the pass code to get back in, I had to beg to be let back in and then I was told I had to go straight on stage and I weirdly remembered the lines and got to the end. It was like a car crash but the next thing I knew I was back. So what I think does happen is there is this mixture, there is a tension that can be debilitating and there is this tension that, god willing, you can convert into something functional with the right energy.
You have such a great rapport on-screen with Geoffrey Rush in this film. Geoffrey has such a wonderful sense of humour and is just so much fun to be around. Bertie and Logue shared so much together, and it was so easy to have that come across on film.
“I do suffer from those fears and I got appalling stage fright the last time I went on stage actually on the opening night ” .
How much has your unconvetional background helped you as an actor? Enormously I think. We moved around so much when I was a boy, even living in Africa for a time, that I often felt like the outsider. Being able to see things both as an Englishman and a visitor has been of enormous benefit in my acting.
How so? Most actors are in search of their own identity, at least at the start of their career. They want attention but they don’t know who they really are so they like playing other people.
Did your parents wuppoert your decision to become an actor? Because they are so focused on academics, they were worried when I left school to pursue acting. This is a very unstable business and has a lot of ups and downs.
How much of an up was ‘Pride and Prejudice’? Without question, that was a high point for me. I am still surprised that I got the role of Mr. Darcy, as I was 35 when we made it. When it ran in England, I was in Italy, having just met the woman who would become my wife. Her family was very surprised that this very repressed Jane Austen character would be considered sexy.
And then you did a modern take on Mr. Darcy in the ‘Bdridget Jones’ movies. Those were a lot of fun. Renee is an absolute delight to work with and I always welcome the chance to play fight with Hugh Grant.
What does your wife think of your status as a sex symbol? I think she finds the whole thing rather amusing. She knows me as the man who doesn’t pick up his socks, can be unshaven and all of that. When we met, she really had no idea who I was which was actually a nice way to start to get know each other.
What’s next for you? I’m doing ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ a John Le Carre spy story. It’s got a brilliant director, great cast, wonderful script. I’m playing a smaller part which feels right at the moment.
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LOWDOWN: Tell us about Sugarplum Creations - what do you do, who do you do it for and how long
What aspect of running Sugarplum Creations do you enjoy the most?
have you been doing it?
Being a small part of any wedding is a great honour. Getting to know my clients and being
SugarPlum Creations is a Crystal wonderland for all things sparkly. I specialise in bespoke
able to contribute something to their special day is very rewarding. It is very interesting to
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wedding and I love being able to tap into that and create a personalised accessory for
The business has been running for 6 years
now via my online gallery,
them. Some brides tell me that they don't really know what style they want, or that they
www.SugarPlumCreations.co.uk, and each year it is going from strength to strength. I've
are not sure they want any jewellery at all, but by working together we create items which
been lucky enough to work alongside well-known bridal boutiques throughout the UK,
add those finishing touches to the bride and bridesmaids. I think seeing Brides reactions
designing and creating beautiful collections and pieces for clients who wish to have
when they see the finished piece and hearing all of the positive feedback at the events
one-off creations for their special day. I also work with brides directly from my studio and
like the UK wedding show is the best feeling. As a young business woman in a very
relish the chance to meet brides-to-be at their wedding dress fittings, in order to design a
competitive industry, it feels amazing to constantly be told how nice your work is!
bespoke piece based on their gown, giving them a designer service which is still CHALLENGE:
…and what’s the trickiest part? TAGLINE:
A lot of hard work and sleepless nights have gone into building SugarPlum Creations as a
Does Sugarplum Creations have a motto or mission statement?
brand- it’s been a huge learning curve for me but I wouldn’t change it for the world!
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I know how lucky I am to have such an exciting job - who wouldn’t enjoy buying and getting to experiment with sparkly things all day?!
STANDOUT: What makes Sugarplum Creations standout from your competitors?
Through SugarPlum Creations, I give people what they really want and at a competitive
Tell us what you do when you’re not running Sugarplum Creations?
price. As we all know, most wedding budgets tend to get out of control and often end up
I can usually be found at vintage fairs searching for exciting pieces which I sometimes
being way above the original price. That's why I offer a complimentary bespoke design
incorporate into my designs. I also enjoy walking on the moors with my fiancé Andrew &
service to all customers. I love meeting people at their dress fittings to sit and design
our chocolate Labrador, Indie. At the moment I'm also usually found visiting bridal shops
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and wedding venues trying to plan my own big day!
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Where do you see Sugarplum Creations in ten years time?
I like to think that honesty is the best policy and I'm not into the hard sell at all. I'll offer my
Hopefully I'll still be creating fabulous pieces and making brides and their wedding
advice and opinions to brides about what might work best, and if I don’t think my client is
parties very happy. I'd love to work with a top designer from the bridal industry and open
100% satisfied with the design I've created, I'll change it until they love every inch of it!
my own retail premises full of sparkly adorable things!
However, I take pride in the fact that in six years of trading I've never had to dramatically alter a design yet! I really enjoy the sense of achievement when a bride collects her order - there are regular tears of joy! INSPIRATION: Who or what inspired you to form Sugarplum Creations? I'm passionate about all things creative and always have been. From a young age I always enjoyed collecting beautiful beads, pearls, crystals and gemstones to create my own jewellery and gifts for family and friends - I love anything vintage and twinkly! My idea began just after I finished studying Fine Art and Photography, back in 2001. It seemed that all the bridal shops and boutiques were selling amazing dresses that you could change and alter to suit your personal taste, but the accessories were just off the shelf, standard pieces and I wanted to offer people more! My inspiration for designs tends to come from anything and everything around me, as a self taught designer I wanted to be able to reach out to everyone from the young sassy bride to the more mature woman. There's something for everyone whether it be a vintage look, crystallized shoes or a bespoke tiara. RESPECT: Which other companies or business people do you admire and why? My all time favourite designer is Ian Stuart- I love his work and the way he incorporates different textures, shapes and fabrics to create such fabulous dresses. I think his work is amazing! I think I admire anyone running a business like myself at the moment too, as I appreciate just how hard it can be. I think I've always looked up to people that are creative, down to earth and that follow their dream...
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This has nothing to do with this issue’s article; I just felt that after our 3-1 Ashes win I would continue the sledging. Actually, this may have something to do with the article in a very convoluted way … sledging, skiing, holidays, QE2 At this time of year we cannot watch anything on the television without being inundated by adverts for holidays, which brings us to the QE2. Which do you think is most popular at this time of year; Quantative Easing or cruising? Strangely enough, both are, according to some analysts. At the Leeds branch of Charles Stanley we like to give our clients an overview of the markets at the beginning of the year. In brief, our primary concern relates to the fact that we believe investors are at risk of being overly optimistic about future market prospects. Recent gains may be encouraging, but have to be set against a context of equity indices around the globe that have witnessed violent reversals with alarming regularity since 2000. Growth is clearly slowing down. For example, although the US economy has grown for the last five quarters, it is still well below the level of output recorded at the start of the last recession, and a similar picture can be seen in most other developed economies. Furthermore, the forthcoming reporting season may be as good as it gets in the near term; benefits from cost savings have mostly come through and future revenue growth (even with more QE) may become harder to discern. Against a backdrop of these well-documented problems, we worry that excessive hope seems to be being placed in the potential benefits that quantitative easing may be able to deliver. We note with interest that a recent Merrill Lynch fund manager survey suggests that levels of risk appetite stand at their highest since April 2009. Such optimism implies that the scope for potential disappointment is high. Our concerns relate not only to how much of the stimulating potential of QE is now reflected in investor expectations, but also what may happen if the US/ UK announcements regarding QE do not match near-term hopes. Fundamentally, we feel it important to ask the question, ‘what if it does not work?’ There may be no way of answering this, but it is valid to highlight that policies such as QE inevitably suffer from diminishing returns – the more they are used, the less successful they become, particularly in a market that currently seems to be driven more by investor psychology than fundamentals. Given the constraints faced by most developed economies, the trouble is that monetary policy perhaps represents the only tool left for winning the war. However, it is not clear whether QE (and correspondingly lower yields) will help stimulate an economy where banks do not want to lend and consumers do not want to borrow.
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Put simply, we still favour emerging markets over domestic growth and continue to place a high emphasis on free cash flow/dividend generation. We have also decided to raise cash levels to reduce the risk in portfolios and “buy in some insurance” by purchasing investments that are designed to go up in a falling market. Our research team have recently made their forecasts for the market in 2010. The base case scenario is that the FTSE will rise to 6150 at some point in 2011 +3.36%. However there is an equal probability that the FTSE could either end next year at 6700 +12.6% or close 2011 at 5000 -19%.
2010 PROVED TO BE A GOOD YEAR FOR INVESTORS TO “BUY THE DIPS”. WHAT MAKES CONDITIONS AWKWARD FOR MANY INVESTORS IS THAT 2010 ALSO PROVED A YEAR NOT TO PURSUE THE RALLIES AGGRESSIVELY EITHER. BUY / HOLD STRATEGIES ULTIMATELY WORKED OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS, ESPECIALLY IF ONE INCLUDES DIVIDEND INCOME. Our base case scenario is predicated on the assumption that the risks lurking in the background remain containable, that is that the eurozone sovereign debt crisis can be resolved and probably relatively quickly. In addition to this, monetary policy must remain accommodative for a prolonged period and this must be combined with strong growth. It is also imperative that China achieves a “soft landing” and that the main western economies avoid a “double dip” recession. The bear case is based on the fact that the three key risks are not resolved and that the banking sector could be brought to its knees just months after the region’s stress tests gave it the all-clear. On the positive side we feel that the following issues could help us to weather these turbulent times: ~ >Cheap money and the relative absence of investment alternatives should ensure that funds are channelled from other asset classes where value is less apparent and into stock markets. >Increase in Mergers and Acquisitions: ~ corporate cash piles (cash is an underperforming asset) could pave the way for an upsurge in M&A next year.
>We also believe that the outlook for corporate dividend growth remains positive and would continue to suggest that reliable, cash generating “blue chip” shares should remain the core of most investors’ portfolios. Naturally, in order for the base case target to be achieved UK sector heavyweights are going to have to perform reasonably well.
CONCLUSIONS In terms of the investment profile it is certainly the case that the first part of 2011 could prove unusually volatile. We therefore feel that it is important that we maintain above average exposure to low risk investments, i.e. cash, gold and short dated fixed interest stocks. We also prefer to focus on defensive equities where the companies have cash on deposit and positive dividend policy and, as we mention above, ideally large sales into Asian and Emerging markets. So what about the other QE2, the cruise and the holidays? Whilst my previous comments may seem a little negative it would appear that a sector which is still strong is holidays, Charles Stanley recently tipped Carnival Cruise Line, the world’s largest cruise operator, with a 45% global market share, 98 ships and 191,000 lower berths. It has 10 brands, including Carnival, Holland America Line, Princess, Seabourn, AIDA, Costa, Ibero, Ocean Village, Cunard and P&O Cruises. It also operates Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, the leading tour operator in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon. The Group has an exceptionally low tax rate (2-3%), as it is registered in Panama, benefits from a range of shipping industry tax exemptions and primarily operates in international waters. Chairman and CEO Micky Arison (son of founder Ted) has a 29.8% shareholding. Carnival reported a good set of full year results, which were broadly in line with expectations. The creditable outcome reflected recovery in net revenue yields (ticket yields), improved operational efficiency and increased capacity, partially offset by higher fuel prices. Going forward, we expect the operating environment to improve further in 2011 as consumer confidence in key markets continues to recover. Long term prospects remain good, given the Group’s number one position in a global duopoly. We consider cruising to be a structural growth global industry, driven by rising penetration of cruise holidays in Europe and Asia.
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A 3 day pass to Edinburgh!
See Scotland at its best this winter with a trip to its stunning capital city. Edinburgh’s mediaeval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town are crammed with boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars. Enjoy spectacular views over the River Forth to the fishing villages of Fife and the snow-capped mountains beyond right from the centre of the city. Our lucky winner will win two 3 day Edinburgh Passes, which will allow them and a friend free entry to over thirty top attractions, return transport to and from the airport, a comprehensive guidebook as well as loads of special offers.
The Edinburgh Pass is the best way to discover all that Edinburgh has to offer. But with so much to see and do, will 3 days in Edinburgh be enough? To stand a chance of winning, answer this question:
Which major river is Edinburgh situated next to? Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org – the winner will be selected randomly on 1st April. For more information on planning your winter break in Scotland visit www. visitscotland.com/whiteinvite. To purchase a 1, 2 or 3 day Edinburgh Pass, visit www. edinburgh.org/pass or one of our VisitScotland Information.
A Year’s supply of Jergens Moisturisers!
For over a century, America has entrusted Jergens bodycare and its groundbreaking solutions for firm, smooth, glowing, deeply hydrated skin – it has always been the savvy, modern choice for women to moisturise their skin. Each containing at least 95% natural ingredients, these moisturisers have been developed using highly natural formulations with the finest plant derived ingredients. Offering six specially formulated body moisturisers and two hand moisturising creams, Jergens Naturals caters for your bodycare needs from top to toe, available from most high street supermarkets. For your chance to win a years supply of Jergens Naturals Body Moisturiser, answer this simple question:
How many types of Jergens Naturals body moisturiser are there? Email your answer to email@example.com – the winner will be selected randomly on the 2nd April.
3 X-mini II capsule speakers!
In our 10 years of business, www.AMP3.co.uk has never seen such a small speaker producing such an impressive sound! This capsule speaker delivers unbelievably good quality sound due to its unique ‘accordion like’ expanding Bass chamber. With a built-in rechargeable battery, the X-Mini II now boasts a staggering 11 hours of continuous playback from just one charge. This little pocket speaker is ideal to share your music with your friends on the go! Staggeringly loud at 2.5W from its Satsuma like proportions, Xmini II has the acoustics to make your iPod dock quake. The unique BuddyJack system allows you to connect X-mini IIs together! Get together with your friends and connect up your X-Mini IIs - crank up the volume so you can really feel that beat! Even better: try to obtain a Guinness World Record and build the world’s longest X-Mini II chain! Small, light and compact – X-Mini II strikes the perfect balance of pocketsize portability and uncompromised sound quality. Once you have your X-mini you’ll appreciate why they are today’s world leader in travel speakers. We’ve 3 to give away – to stand a chance of winning, simply tell us:
How long can you expect playback to last from an X-mini II? Email firstname.lastname@example.org – closing date is April 3rd.
An overnight hotel stay with dining!
The Marriott Hotel, Leeds, is offering one lucky reader and guest a night’s stay in one of its beautiful rooms, a 2 day Leisure club pass and dinner at adjoining AM Kitchen and Bar – Leeds’ most glamorous Indian restaurant. Set in the heart of Leeds City Centre just a stones throw from Briggate and the train station, Leeds Marriott Hotel & Leisure Club is the ideal place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. They are offering the winner a 2 day pass to relax in their exceptional swimming pool and make use of the spa pool, sauna and steam room facilities. A fully equipped gymnasium is also available.
Win Stuff, Good Stuff!
The adjoining contemporary Indian restaurant in the listed landmark ‘Dysons Clock Building’ is pushing the boundaries of the traditional ‘curry house’ concept, with chandeliers from Monte Carlo and interiors imported from Dubai. Providing a traditional menu with a modern twist, the restaurant regularly receives rave reviews. For your chance to win, just answer this simple question:
What is the name of the Indian restaurant adjoining the Marriott Hotel? Email your name and answer to email@example.com. The winner will be selected at random on 3rd April.
A designer men’s shirt!
Keith James have been selling quality menswear in Horsforth since 1972 and throughout the last 30 years have kept abreast of changing fashions. Labels currently stocked include Robert Graham, Ralph Lauren, Gant, Hackett and John Smedley, each one individually chosen for the unique style and quality of both their clothing and accessories. In 2010 Keith Kames launched its new online business www. lifeclothing.co uk - so if you are unable to make it to the shop, visit them online. We’re giving you the chance to win a fantastic Robert Graham shirt, worth £160, courtesy of www.lifeclothing.co.uk . The label hails from New York and it is best known for its quirky individualistic shirt designs, which are collector’s items to some. Indeed there are customers who own so many of them that founder and chief designer Robert Stock names a shirt after them - we’re not kidding! Whether choosing from their formal styles or the signature design section we’re talking a truly iconic garment. For a chance to win answer this question:
From which U.S. city are Robert Graham from? Email firstname.lastname@example.org before the 1st April to be entered into a random draw. Keith James ltd, 124-128 Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 4AQ. www.lifeclothing.co uk
Paul Heaton Hull’s Paul Heaton might just be our region’s most successful pop star. Across 28 musical years he’s released over 25 albums of material, first in The Housemartins, then The Beautiful South, whose greatest hits package ‘Carry on Up The Charts’ remains one of the UK’s biggest ever selling albums. He now records as a solo artist and his most recent album, ‘Acid Country’ was released in 2010. Currently on a nationwide tour, we asked him for his Famous Last Words and found him in typically humourous - and abrasive - form …
Last thing you did that made you feel good? Writing lyrics makes me feel good. I love the feeling of having a pen and a piece of paper in my hand and it’s the only thing that I feel I’m any good at. And cycling. That makes me feel incredibly good. I set off from Manchester and in 25 mins I get to leafy Wilmslow, then shortly after I’m in Alderley Edge. After a while I’m heading up into the edge of the Peak District and to the top of the Cat and Fiddle. Some 2 hours later I’m sat at the top of the Cat and Fiddle looking down on where I’ve been and can see the weather blowing over Manchester. I look at my pint and look at the clouds and estimate when I have to leave to go back. Last thing you’d want to be doing right now? I object to the use of the Americanism ‘right now’. ‘Right now’ MY A**E! In answer to your question - at the moment I would probably not like to be flying, listening to Radio ******* 4, watching someone chew gum, listening to someone say how ‘amazing’ everything is, watching a cookery programme and finally, even ever, entering a conversation about food! Last night on Earth ... What’s your poison? I think if I may I’ll order a couple as it’s a proper Last Orders. I’ll have a White Russian followed by a pint of Timothy Taylor Landlord. The White Russian will go first and last just 8 mins. The Landlord will be both sipped and savoured for 20 minutes. Then I shall return my glasses to the bar, fetch my hat from the stand and be off out into the cold. And you’ll not see the likes of me grace your pub again. Last supper ... What are you ordering? Well as it’s a supper I shall take it literally and just have 2 slices of toast and a glass of milk please. Last person you’d want to share a drink with? I’ve never been for a drink with my two girls as they’re only 6 and 10. I would like to go with them if that’s ok? We’d go during the day. Somewhere quiet. I’d tell them daft stories of my youth and all the heartbreaks and times I’d fallen over or ended up at the wrong house or whatever. It would be a four pint ‘lunch’ with peanuts and crisps. We’d leave the pub laughing at how
silly I’d been and with one daughter on each arm they’d walk me home, the happiest man on earth. Last time you shed a tear and why? Last month when I had to leave my poorly, pregnant girlfriend in hospital to spend Christmas Eve alone. Last refuge ... where would you go? We live on a terraced cul-de-sac and have pretty good neighbours so of course it would depend on from what I was hiding or avoiding. When I was younger I probably would have said somewhere like Belchite, the Spanish ghost town. Nowadays I’d probably just cycle out into Lancashire, Cheshire or Yorkshire and when I got to the top of some hill, get off and look up to the sky and beyond, whilst laying on me back and eating Halal Wine Gums. Last the course ... tips on loot, love & life? Loot- As soon as you start protecting your money interests, you become a different human being. Early days my bands had the people from the bank advising you to move money here and there. I always refused to play that game and it’s brought me nothing but happiness. I call it ‘The Footballers Gates Syndrome’. As soon as you build that wall, someone wants to jump over it. The first day you start behaving with money in mind is the same day you start protecting it and protecting money should be something to be very ashamed of. Love - Just make sure you don’t marry everyone you love. I’d be on my eighth marriage by now. Life - Don’t try and live your life by the time you’re 30. There are things you can save up. I never touched any drugs until I was 28 and I didn’t sit in the driver’s seat of a car until I was 35. Live ‘life’ too early and ‘life’ will wear YOU like a tatty scarf. Last but one ... random question: Tell us about something that interests you that nobody else knows about. Like Gaelic football … or porcelain. I have an interest in what people say and always have. I still have scores of quotes from people at school and whilst I worked in an office for three years I kept a journal of over a thousand stupid things people said [including myself ]. I collect at least ten times more things than I have ever admitted to publicly. For example, when at school I kept around 500 Rich Tea wrappers in my desk. I collect or have collected Rich Tea wrappers/Chocolate Buttons wrappers/crisp wrappers/beer mats/autographs/postcards/the old 3D coins/ miners’ badges/football programmes, badges, shirts, scarves, hats etc/beer cans/bubblegum cards/backstage laminates/ Do Not Disturb signs/sick bags from aeroplanes and every single boarding pass from every flight I’ve made. Famous Last Words? Bring back Tudor Spring Onion flavour crisps you b******s! Paul Heaton plays Leeds O2 Academy on April 2nd. www.paulheatonmusic.co.uk
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