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June : July Issue 16 2010

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Contributors : Nigel Armitage Jono Baker Barney Bardsley Paul Bedford Rob Eaton Alison Holland Paul Howard Julie Kerner Samantha Marshall Julia Paddon Matthew Peacock Keith Spence Duncan Thorne Kevan Watson Rich Williams

Editor’s lEttEr Back in the murky depths of time (or 2007 to be precise) Russell Brand was our cover star. He’d just finished his ‘Ponderland’ series and, along with his Radio 2 show, autobiography, the podcasts, Big Brother’s Big Mouth, the newspaper columns and the charity work, he was closing in on the media ubiquity that would, eventually, bite him back hard. Strange how in retrospect the Sachs-gate media storm already seems a little, well, overblown. It must’ve been a terribly slow news week that particular October. Whatever, the outshot was people were fired, contracts were torn up and Russell Brand, no doubt a little shocked but not un-amused by the whole furore, went to the States, hosted the MTV Awards and returned to the UK as a bona fide movie star. How’s that for using your spare time productively. Whatever your opinions of Russell Brand, at least you have one - which is more than can be said for most of our so-called TV personalities. Enjoy the latest from Planet Russell on page 10. ‘Glee’ divides opinions too. But what is for certain is that Jane Lynch’s Sue Sylvester is one of the most deliciously wicked characters ever to make it onto screen. The evil queen talks on page 80. Elsewhere, Rhinos legend Keith Senior chats in his benefit year (p70), John Hegley (p48) reminds us there’s laughter in poetry (or should that be poetry in laughter) and there’s all the usual food-gadgets-theatre-competitions-gardens-wine-travel-beauty-interiors that, frankly, we cannot live without. It’s hot in here. Please enjoy.

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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.

Paul Bedford Paul is a health and fitness expert who moonlights as the in-house personal trainer at the brand new Village Health club, Tingley.

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.

Alison Holland Alison’s role as an international food critic and marketeer has seen her dine, discuss and dissect the finest restaurants in the world – from Pudsey to Padstow, from The Ivy to El Bulli, from New York cafes to Tokyo steak-houses. Her wealth of food experience has taught her an open mind is just as important as a critical eye.

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.

Bethanie Lunn Bethanie is a Style Insider, Journalist and Entrepreneur with four fashion, beauty and lifestyle businesses under her belt alongside teaching, styling and presenting. Phew! If it’s worth knowing about, Bethanie knows first and she is quickly gaining a reputation as the Girl-About-Town of the North. If she didn’t exist, it would be necessary to invent her.

Samantha Marshall Samantha has been a TV Make-Up Artist for over 15 years, working on weekly soaps and award winning dramas. She will be keeping you updated on all new cosmetic products, offering tips, tricks and expertise in the process!

Matthew Peacock Matt’s mind is crammed with anything and everything to do with bikes. He has been in the bike trade since leaving school and is General Manager of the famous Chevin Cycles, Otley - who he also races for.

Duncan Thorne Duncan is the founder of Thorne Public Relations and is an experienced journalist having reported on crime, politics and sport and sometimes all at the same time. He is a self-confessed sport and car anorak and his dream is for 1966 to be re-created in his lifetime (just the World Cup final, not the whole year!).

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. His main passions are Leeds United, music and politics.


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contents... JUNE : JULY 2010

the on interview 10 14

features

Russell Brand News

looking good

travel

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Fashion Hair Beauty Spa Review

lifestyle 32 36 38 42 46

What’s New Health Wine Food Music & Films

the on Q&A 48

John Hegley

fashion

Russell Brand cover image: Photograph by Paul Stuart, Camera Press London

reviews

stars

local living 50 52 54 56 58

home & family 62 66

Sport Travel Gadgets

feature 80

Jane Lynch

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Restaurant Review Heritage Walks Theatre Events

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R ussell B rand iiss a Russell Brand cchanged hanged m an. man. The 3 4-year-old self-confessed self-confessed The 34-year-old former drug drug and and sex sex addict addict now now former lives a clean clean and and h ealthy lifestyle lifestyle lives healthy and h is womanizing womanizing days days are are over over and his after finding finding love love with with ‘I ‘I Kissed Kissed a after Girl’ singer singer Katy Katy P erry. Girl’ Perry. The pair pair hooked hooked up up after after the the MTV MTV Video Video The Music Awards, Awards, hosted hosted by by Brand, Brand, last last Music September and and rumours rumours are are circulating circulating September that the the engaged engaged pair pair are are set set for for a that summer wedding wedding in in India. India. summer Meanwhile, Meanwhile, as as Russell’s Russell’s comedy comedy and and acting goes acting career career g oes from from strength strength to to strength, strength, audiences audiences can can currently currently see see him him reprising reprising the the role role of of rockstar rockstar Aldous Aldous Snow Snow - which which catapulted catapulted him him to to stardom stardom in in America America in in the the 2008 2008 film film ‘Forgetting ‘Forgetting Sarah Sarah Marshall’ Marshall’ - in in new new Nicholas Nicholas Stoller Stoller movie Greek’ movie ‘Get ‘Get Him Him to to the the G reek’.

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ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE ALL YOUR HAIR CUT OFF FOR ‘ARTHUR’?

so early on with Arthur, to tell you the truth. Baron Cohen, and has written so much of the

perhaps pubic hair. But I might trim the hair on my head. BECAUSE YOU’VE SAID THAT IF THE ROLE NEEDS IT YOU’D DO IT BUT SO FAR YOU HAVEN’T HAD A ROLE THAT’S NEEDED IT?

to produce the movie with Warner Brothers, but

No because normally I only play people where the only thing you need to change is my name. But for this I’m going to change my hair a bit. I saw a mocked up picture of how my hair would look and it didn’t look good – I looked like Natalie Portman with a beard, that’s what it looked like.

YOU’RE PERFECT TO PLAY AN UPDATED VERSION OF ‘ARTHUR’. And I’m being very respectful of it, because I

time of total economic decline. DO YOU EVER WORRY ABOUT GETTING LOST IN A PART LIKE ‘ARTHUR?’ CAN AN EXCESSIVE ROLE LIKE ARTHUR EVER LEAD YOU DOWN A DANGEROUS PATH?

alcoholic. When and where I can go too far is with stand-up comedy. On the stage, with an audience is

Yeah that’s the thing but you can’t take him with you because of quarantine laws otherwise I’d just take him everywhere. I’d just put him in a little knapsack.

this stage in my career, I’m drawing quite heavily on my own experiences and moustaches and hats. So, to tell you the truth my sobriety

Rasputin. I can play him once maybe, play Rasputin, play Che Guevara, various homeless people and then after that it’s going to just have to be a haircut. AT LEAST YOU’VE STOPPED BACK COMBING IT. WHY WAS THAT? Well I just thought, ‘Do you know what? This when you look at old photographs of yourself when you were younger and think, ‘Oh my God, what was I doing?’ – I did that the next day! I was like, ‘Why does my hair look like that?’ and then I looked in the mirror and it still did – so I’ve stopped it. It’s a lot of hullabaloo. ARE YOU DOING ANYTHING TO PREPARE FOR ‘ARTHUR ‘THAT YOU NORMALLYWOULDN’T DO?

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No. (laughs) That may sound weird, but we are

No, I would never get a dog. He was being fed, this is not an animal rights issue. I didn’t just abandon him to the world. People aren’t going to burst into my house and go, ‘Oh look there’s like cats in cages and then we went upstairs and there is dog food just been put directly on to the don’t need to become involved.

I focus, do research and

Really? Well I will have to eventually. If I’m going

YOU COULD NEVER GET A DOG THEN, BECAUSE YOU CAN’T LEAVE A DOG LIKE THAT?

I don’t drink or take drugs anymore. No, not for a few

a little too far. Live work is where it can get risky. When

YOU’D LOOK GREAT WITH YOUR HAIR CUT.

acts all arrogant when he’s with me. When I’m leaving he doesn’t go like, ‘Stay!’ He acts like he doesn’t care. So I thought, ‘Well’. Mind games. Like women.

AS LONG AS YOU LOOK AFTER YOUR CAT?

HOW LONG IS QUARANTINE? It’s ages! It’s like a few weeks, it’s like cat prison. You can’t do that to him. He’ll come out and have learned bad things from other cats. I can’t do that. HOW TO PICK LOCKS? Right, possibly, which could be a useful skill if I wanted to get into a picaresque adventure with the cat – but I don’t. IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AMERICAN AND BRITISH HUMOR, BESIDES THE OBVIOUS?

danger.

No, I don’t think so, actually. No, I’ve never found

WE’VE HEARD YOUR CAT MORRISSEY HAS FALLEN OUT WITH YOU?

massively distinctive, nothing like that. I’ve

I’ve won the cat back. What happened was I was away for three months and the cat got annoyed with me but I’ve been able to win him back he didn’t care for them, which I don’t think is a slur on Madagascar or prawns necessarily, it’s just the cat’s individual taste. Then I used Greek

WHEN YOU DO A SHOW, CAN YOUTELL IF IT’S BEEN EXTRA SPECIAL? IS IT THE ENERGY FROM THE AUDIENCE? Yeah, I think it’s when you feel elevated and

to seduce the cat with. I got Greek yoghurt and my God,’ and you’re consumed into their energy. a little saucer of Greek yoghurt then another bit about three feet away and another bit about three feet away leading all the way upstairs to my bed and at the top of it there was just me naked with just some yoghurt on me. IS THAT HOW YOU PULL ALL THE LADIES?

good. WHEN YOU ARE DOING YOUR LIVE SHOWS, PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS SHOUTING STUFF LIKE ‘TAKE YOUR TOP OFF’. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT?

[laughs] Yeah, I just use Greek yoghurt. YOU CAN’T JUST GO AWAY AND LEAVE ANIMALS THOUGH? Yeah I realise that now. I didn’t know that before. I thought he would just fend for himself. He

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scandalous baby and didn’t acknowledge it then people would say, ‘Well you’re a bad parent.’ So like I’ve had to acknowledge it. DID YOU START WRITING ABOUT IT IMMEDIATELY OR WAIT A WHILE UNTIL THE DUST SETTLED? WHAT IS THAT LIKE, BEING THE CENTRE OF ATTENTION AND PEOPLE SHOUTING AT YOU TO TAKE YOUR TOP OFF? It’s quite nice. I like it. If it ever changes to ‘hang yourself’ or something then that would be a that’s friendly. IT’S AS NICE A HECKLE AS YOU CAN GET.

a suggestion. I’ve got a suggestion – take your that to you. ARE THERE ANY SUBJECTS THAT YOU WILL NOT JOKE ABOUT? DO YOU HAVE A LINE THAT YOU WILL NOT CROSS? No, I think that as long as it’s funny and you don’t upset people. I think that once it stops being of most forms of control, legislation and it can be very helpful, but generally speaking, it’s to maintain the status quo.

DO YOU THINK YOU WENT TOO FAR WITH THE ANDREW SACHS BBC RADIO PRANK? Do I think I went too far? I don’t think that’s any longer the interesting aspect of that

Yeah, because the writing process is just a response to events. You just think, ‘Oh my God this mad thing is happening’ so when I was in my house with my cat watching the news, I was thinking, ‘This is weird this is happening’. Such a peculiar phenomenon. Because I’d already apologised to Andrew Sachs, so the actual issue I’d already dealt with. So the show’s more about the ensuing media hysteria and how it feels to be the focus of that as opposed to scrutinising the actual event, which was like as I’ve already admitted, a bit daft. SO THERE WERE ALL THESE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE OUTSIDE YOUR HOUSE AND YOU’RE INSIDE WRITING THE STAND-UP ROUTINE? I just remember it in my mind. I don’t do no scribbling. I just remember it, then say it and then record it and listen to it back. I try and avoid scribbling, I try and avoid anything that reminds me of school and for this reason I don’t drink milk. Why would you drink milk? It comes out of a cow. It’s a despicable idea. And if you put it in a Soda Stream it turns to foam. I’ve done it and that is what happens. It’s got too much plasma in it. It’s drinking plasma. WHO MADE YOU LAUGH THE MOST WHILE YOU WERE GROWING UP? ANY FAVOURITES?

and comedically more sophisticated, I got into Tony Hancock, and Monty Python. YOU’VE FILMED A NEW VERSION OF SHAKESPEARE’S ‘THE TEMPEST’ WITH HELEN MIRREN? Yeah. Proper acting. It was really, really good. I’m in love with Helen Mirren, she’s an incredible maternal, matriarchal force of a woman. IS THERE ANYONE YOU REGRET SLEEPING WITH DURING YOUR WILDER DAYS? I don’t have any regrets about sleeping with

forces that want only good for me. So, anything,

ultimately be a powerful and enlightening experiences. SO YOUR LOTHARIO DAYS ARE WELL AND TRULY OVER? It turns out that was all lovely practice for something with a little more longevity. FINALLY, YOU SAID ONCE THAT YOU WANT TO GET TO A STAGE WHERE YOU’RE CELIBATE, YOU’RE VEGAN AND ALL YOU DO IS MEDITATE AND MAKE MOVIES AND DO STAND UP? [Laughs] Yeah I did say that. Why do I come out with things like that? That’s not possible. But like I do meditate now – transcendental meditation, where you just sit still and say a mantra in your mind and then slowly you realise that your entire identity and all your objectives in life are meaningless constructs and that you’re part of a consciousness that’s bigger than everything, so don’t take life seriously any more. Or do take bits of life seriously, like love, but nothing else.

‘GET HIM TO THE GREEK’ is in cinemas now.

When I was younger, it was comedians like

I learned each episode by heart when I was a kid.

of it is the media reaction to it. I think it is about accidentally and incrementally

a publicly funded media body. The media constant way against individuality and freedom, it went way overboard of what’s worthy

the media. I had fun in doing the former but focusing on the latter. IT WAS SUCH A BIG STORY? It would be like ignoring having a big, scandalous baby. Like if you had a big,

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Leeds Treads The Boards Some of the best new theatre in Britain is coming out of Leeds and the second annual Emerge Festival is aiming to make a big noise about the great work being made in our region.

Throughout the week there will be performances, workshops and showcases of new shows in different stages of development. Keep checking the web site in the run-up to the Festival for more details and information.

The week-long event will provide a platform for emerging theatre-makers to try out ideas and connect with new audiences. And after a successful pilot event the Arts Council has awarded the project funding, which should mean this year will be bigger and better.

Emerge has been created by three new Leeds venues The Carriageworks, stage@leeds and Seven Arts, working in partnership with organisations and agencies from across the city. www.emergefestival.org.uk

New Boutique for Harrogate

Curry Festival

Launched! In October 2010 The World Curry Festival will take place in central Leeds. The event will run day and night and involve anything and everything to do with Curry - from amazing curry cooking demonstrations and celebrity chef presentations to interactive displays and events involving all aspects of curry from around the globe. Exciting displays, aromas and tastes mixed with lively entertainment, music and cultural Influences from the world of curry. www.theworldcurryfestival.com

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Absolutely brand new for the summer, Eyebrowz etc have just opened a new boutique in Harrogate's Serenity Centre. Specialists in the Indian technique of threading; the most natural technique of hair removal available, Eyebrowz Etc have highly-skilled therapists, with over thirteen years of experience, who promise to give you just the eyebrow shape that you want. www.eyebrowzetc.com


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for Festival

The third annual Leeds Waterfront Festival has secured a new venue - Granary Wharf.

You may have heard of British Military Fitness as it has swept across the UK, and now they have three locations in Leeds! Operating in parks across the UK, military fitness classes are run by serving or former members of the armed forces with recognised fitness training qualifications - but don't worry, there are no Sergeant Majors yelling in your face! You will, however, receive tough, motivational fitness expertise - ideal if you find it difficult to stick to exercise.

This latest addition sits at the point where the River Aire meets the Leeds Liverpool Canal and is the newest venue for the Leeds waterfront which features a number of restaurants, bars and a hotel.

Classes are graded by ability group and are for members of the public for all fitness levels. The three Leeds bases are Horsforth Hall Park, Roundhay Park and the NEW central location, Wellington Place.

Granary Wharf is just one of many venues taking part in the festival and other hightlights include live jazz and urban market at Brewery Wharf, arts market and acrobatic aerial display at Clarence Dock and family fun at Thwaites Mill as well as decorated canal boats, historic boats and walk on water balls.

Check out www.britmilfit.com for more information.

17th - 18th July - www.leedswaterfrontfestival.com

Festival goers will be able to enjoy some fabulous events at Granary Wharf including learning how to make the perfect Bloody Mary, visiting The Ministry of Chocolate, cookery demos by Wasabi and City Inn chefs, live music from the Hop and much more.

yoursel f f it If military fitness is not quite for you, you can get fit, have fun, meet new people and learn some moves with Salsa! Large classes are held at bar room bar, Leeds, every Wednesday night for varying abilities. Improvers classes commence at 6.30pm and beginners classes at 7.30pm. Though there is a good mix of (sickeningly great) pros and true novices, like me, the atmosphere is fun-filled and energetic so get out your sequins and strut your stuff. Visit www.salsaleeds.com for more information bar room bar, 37 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 6DT

Flagship Visitor Centre for Yorshire A brand new state-of-the-art Visitor Information Centre has recently opened in York. The new provision will act as a gateway of services for the city and the region, offering state-of-the-art facilities that will provide local residents, businesses and visitors with the keys to unlock both York and the wider Yorkshire area. York Information Centre, 1 Museum Street, York YO1 7DT t: 01904 550099

YORKSHIRE PUB MAKES THE GRADE

ROCK PAINTINGS

Sheffield's Fat Cat Pub has made into 'The Good Pub Guide's Top Ten Home Brew Pubs'. The famous guide commended the choice of ten real ales, including their own Kelham Island Bitter. Trips to their nearby brewery can be arranged on 0114 2494804.

A brand new not-for-profit, artistic hub, just off Micklegate in York opened in style in May with an exhibition from former Stone Roses guitarist and songwriter, John Squire. Squire created the band's legendary Jackson Pollock-inspired cover art and is now a highly-regarded and much sought-after contemporary artist in his own right.

The Fat Cat, 23 Alma Street, Sheffield, S3 8SA

The studios - a UK first in terms of its scope - has been developed as a social enterprise by York illustrator Ben Clowes, who teaches fine arts and drawing at York College and Northumbria University, to provide an outlet for the region's creative talent, and as a venue is looking to support new emerging artists.

Why not join On: Yorkshire Magazine on Facebook? You'll find some great recommendations, exclusive offers, money-off vouchers and competitions from Yorkshire's best businesses plus an extensive archive of past articles, interviews and features.

Bar Lane Studios, 1 Bar Lane, York, YO1 6JU www.barlanestudios.com

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We love these Alexander Wang rolled-up sweat shorts. Try with a sporty, low heel and cotton top and you’re ready for a casual summer evening. Cool shades optional. Personal shopping available from Harvey Nichols, Briggate, Leeds. T: 0113 2048888

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Halston Heritage One shoulder satin silk pink gown. £524 from Morgan Clare, Montpellier Gardens, Harrogate, HG1 2TF. www.morganclare.co.uk 01423 565709

White Jacket £30, Tink Tier Dress £35 available from Debenhams

Ivory silk blouse £60, Cream vintage ruffle dress £45 from Label Lab at House of Fraser

FASHION’S NEXT GENERATION…

Harrogate College held their fashion show recently organised by Marika Zukovska, a student of the college. All the clothing ranges were designed by the college students and a big thank you goes to Roberto Moura RMUK of Leeds and Danni Alexandra of Harrogate for providing the hair and make up on the evening.

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SHAPE SHIFTERS

It is our appearance that makes us unique as individuals. Even though we are unique, certain characteristics such as jaw placement and forehead shape determine our face shape. There are 5 common face shapes: Oval, Heart-Shaped, Square, Round, and Long. Going to the hairdresser can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially if you aren’t exactly sure what you want. You can ease your nerves by doing some research ahead of time, browse women's magazines or the internet for examples of the style you're looking for, and don't be afraid to bring a few pictures into the salon with you. Sharing these pictures with your hairdresser will give them a visual idea of what type of cut you're interested in.

Paul Mitchell Artistic Director Stephanie Kocielski

However, it's important to keep in mind that just because a particular haircut looks good on Jennifer Aniston does not mean it will look good on you. Different cuts are flattering for different face shapes; determining what shape yours is can help guide you in the right direction. Tie your hair back in a ponytail and look straight ahead into a mirror. Focusing mainly on your jawline, see if your face is round, oval, heart-shaped or square, your jawline is the most important factor in deciding what length your new cut should be. Before selecting a style let the hairdresser know what type of routine you keep and how much time you have to spend on your hair each morning. Choppy, layered cuts, for example, require much more prep time than straight sleek cuts.

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Being aware of your face shape comes in handy when you’re getting a new haircut, trying out a new hairstyle or testing a new makeup look. Spending just a few minutes to determine your face shape will steer you away from possible hairstyle mishaps. Look to celebrities who share your face shape for hair and makeup ideas for a flattering look. Celebrities with a round face shape include Drew Barrymore and Kelly Clarkson. Celebrities with a square face shape include Megan Fox, Paris Hilton and Keira Knightley. Celebrities with a heart shaped face include danni minouge Reese Witherspoon, Demi Moore and Madonna, sophie dahl, Celebrities with an oval face shape include Beyonce, Sienna Miller and Hayden Panettiere and j lo .!


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Round Face Shape: Round face shapes are fuller and will usually look younger than they are. It will have a round forehead and a round chin, with wide, full cheeks. Soft, choppy styles such as layers cut around the cheeks work better for round faces than pin-straight, flat or sleek styles do. Layers that fall just around the cheekbones will shade them and cause the face to look more narrow. Volume on top of the crown adds height and elongates the roundness of the face. Fringes should be graduated and cut on an angle that also fall just around the cheeks.

Oval Face Shape: This is considered the perfect face shape because it is symmetrical. An oval face shape will have wider cheekbones and then narrow down to the jaw line and chin. Oval face shape will also be narrow up towards the forehead.

New Hair Products Paul Mitchell’s Limited Edition Freeze and Shine Super Spray provides brilliant shine with powerful, long lasting hold and control. Captures any style or any high-fashioned look and holds it firmly in place without looking dull or lacquered. Stockists: 0845 659 0012

£3.95 from www.lovetheplanet.co.uk

The oval is considered to be the "perfect" face shape. This is the shape that all haircuts seek to achieve, and people who already have this shape can get away with almost any haircut.

Weleda's all-natural Rosemary Hair Lotion (£7.50 100ml) is made with organic rosemary, used in years gone by as a hair rinse for dandruff. The stimulating properties of this herb leave hair shiny and manageable. Regular use helps the condition of permed, bleached or damaged hair – a great hair repair after all that summer sunshine, sand, saltwater, sea breezes and swimming pool chemicals.

Long Face Shape: A Long face shape is similar to an oval face shape but has higher cheek bones and a high forehead. The solution for a long face is to make it look shorter. This can be achieved by adding a fringe or working with chin length cuts. Longer, shapeless styles and straight bobs serve only to further elongate.

Square Face Shape: A Square face is very common. It will be equally wide at the forehead, cheeks, and jaw line. Square faces need to avoid short crops, symmetry, or anything geometric which will enhance the squareness; instead, go for soft curves which will soften the severity of the square jawline. If you can get a slightly voluminous point at the crown, this will also detract from the square outline. Fringes can also soften the features. Stay away from blunt cuts and hard, sleek lines as these will exagerrate the square shape.

Keep your hair squeaky clean with Love The Planet Shampoos made from mild, coconut oil based cleansers. Free from artificial colourings, fragrances and harsh detergents. Scented only with pure essential oils.

Available from natural health stores or the online store at www.weleda.co.uk

Aveda’s Light Elements Texturizing Creme delivers weightless texture with light hold. This styling finisher provides soft movement without a crunchy, sticky, or dry feeling, while nourishing hair with moisture. For all hair types. From Russell Eaton Salon, 4-6 Boar Lane, Leeds

Heart-Shaped Face Shape: A HeartShaped face is very unique. It will be broader at the forehead and then taper into a small, narrow chin. Faces that are narrow at the bottom and wide at the top need a cut that hides the hairline with graduated fringes and a choppy styles that flick out on the ends. When the hair turns outwards rather than inwards, it equalizes the shape by giving volume around the narrow bottom of the face. If, on the other hand, your face is an upside-down heart (narrow at the top, heavier at the jaw) make sure there is fullness at the top of the head instead to balance out the chin.

The Parlux Compact 3200 features the new Revolutionary “K Lamination” motor which is lighter, more durable, and very powerful - the range is also available in black, silver, raunchy red , chocolate spice, dinky pink and purple haze. £95 from www.hairtools.co.uk

Aveda’s Smooth Infusion StylePrep Smoother makes styling faster and easier. Includes: an exclusive plant infusion - a blend derived from organic aloe, maize and guar bean which creates a smooth surface on hair, organic tapioca which defends against humidity for up to 12 hours and hydrolized wheat protein which protects against surface damage from heat styling. £17 from Russell Eaton Salon, 4-6 Boar Lane, Leeds

This quintessentially British hair straightener will hit the shelves in June 2010. It features ceramic coated plates and has a variable heat setting up to 200ºC – allowing you to straighten or curl your hair in next to no time. £59.99 from Vidal Sassoon

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Professional make-up artist Sam Marshall offers up some insider tips and trade secrets to help you get one step ahead in the beauty game…

Eyes Dark Circles: Dark circles under the eyes can be due to a lack of sleep but sometimes are hereditary. A quick and easy way to disguise them is by using a highlighter - YSL touch éclat-radiant touch will do the trick. Here’s how: Facing a mirror, drop your head down and look up into the mirror. The dark circles under the eyes can now easily be seen. Using the brush of the highlighter paint where you see the dark circles. Now raise your head up and with your index finger just tap the highlighter into the skin - don’t rub or drag - just make little tapping movements underneath the eye. Hey presto - no dark circles! Eyeshadow: Sometimes, when applying eyeshadow, the particles from the eyeshadow can

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drop down on to the face causing smudginess when you try to remove them! To prevent this, first remove any excess of eyeshadow from the brush by tapping on to a tissue then, underneath the eye and the cheek bone, place a good amount of loose powder. If the eyeshadow does then drop fine particles it should land on the loose powder and can then be easily brushed away. Eyeliner: If you want to create a very natural look around the eyes without using a heavy eyeliner simply use a medium brown eyeshadow. Use a very fine brush and apply a very thin line underneath the eye. To stop the eyeshadow dropping (fine brown particles may drop on to the cheek bones) wipe the excess on to a tissue before applying. Eyebrows: The eyebrows can sometimes be forgotten but by just doing a small amount of work on them you can bring them out and frame the face.

I find using an eyebrow pencil can sometimes look too harsh, so, again using the brown eyeshadow (maybe a shade darker than your eyebrows) and a small brush, just lightly colour in the eyebrow. It’s a nice finishing touch to a beautifully framed face. Mascara: When using a mascara do not quickly pump the wand in and out of the container - this brings oxygen into the mascara and dries out the contents. You should pull the wand out and wipe the excess of on a tissue. Apply to one eye then place the wand back in the tube - pull out and repeat on the other side. This way your mascara will last a whole lot longer!

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primer for the lipstick which will make the lipstick stay in place much longer. Another tip is to apply a little lip balm or Vaseline to the lip before the lipstick - this will help the lipstick glide on easier (especially if it’s a matt lipstick). If you want a very natural lip colour, a very popular trick is to just apply a natural lip liner and then add a clear gloss or balm (Elizabeth Arden 8hr Cream will do). It keeps the lips moist, adds definition but doesn’t look like you have much lipstick on. Try body shop “Beech Lipliner” or Mac “Spice Lipliner”

Breakouts When the inevitable happens and you have a little breakout of spots, it’s time to get the concealer out. Firstly, make sure the skin is dry before you apply the concealer, then have some lose powder at hand. Apply a small amount of powder over the concealer - this will set the concealer and thus make it stay covered for a lot longer.

Brand new beauty Products in the shops Yes To Tomatoes is a brand new range launched May 2010. You won't be able to stop yourself from staring in the mirror, turning from cheek to cheek and checking out that gorgeous glow radiating from your clean skin! Yes To Tomatoes Facial Wash maintains your skin's pH balance while removing excess oils and impurities, purifying and refreshing your beautiful complexion. Go ahead, spend a little extra time in the mirror checking yourself out - you're balanced, beautiful, and beaming! £49.00 from to salonskincare.com

Pomegranate promotes skin cell renewal while preserving elasticity and firmness – revitalising and restoring optimal health to hands. You can nurture your skin’s natural beauty with Weleda’s powerful NEW Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream. Created to rejuvenate and restore radiance to dry, stressed or more mature skin, this regenerating hand cream is made with antioxidant-rich pomegranate seed oil to enhance your skin’s natural vitality. £7.95 from www.weleda.co.uk Arm & Hammer have launched a brand new toothpaste called Brilliant Sparkle that has been clinically proven to remove up to 88*% more plaque than a leading toothpaste by actually neutralising its bonds and removing it effectively from tooth surfaces. Available in all major chemists and supermarkets nationwide priced £3.49. www.armandhammer.co.uk

Nails Sometimes I’m asked for a particular colour of nail varnish. I have a box full of all different colours and sometimes the colour the client picks out can be one that might have dried out a little. A top tip for this emergency: add some nail varnish remover. This acts as a thinner and will rejuvenate that old nail varnish.

Nouveau Lashes’ Noir Mascara gives you gorgeous, jet black, luscious lashes in no time. Just one coat of the new quick-drying formula is enough for a fantastic false lash effect. And once you've achieved your perfect lashes, they stay perfect - all day long. So now you can fall asleep on the beach, or watch the sun come up at that fantastic summer festival, or even shed a tear or two and know that you'll still look fabulous afterwards. £15.99 from www.nouveaulashes.co.uk

Ahava Mineral Makeupcare Dead Sea Algae Rich Foundation is a rich creamy fluid recommended for mature and/or dry skin and especially beneficial for fading wrinkles and fine lines to give skin a radiant look. £22.00 from www.ahava.co.uk

The most talked about Australian natural skincare brand has recently launched in the UK. OP Therapy is one of the only 100% Australian, native-made-and-owned ranges of natural skincare to arrive in the northern hemisphere. The OP Therapy range of products includes scrubs, body hydrators, creams and oils. These all contain the restorative properties of emu oil combined with the natural qualities of herbal plant extracts and oils. OP Therapy Hand Cream £19.95, OP Therapy Lip Restorer (lemon & lime) £7.95 from www.optherapy.co.uk

Hot from the shores of Newport Beach, Natural Collagen is a rejuvenating blend of collagen, rosehips and hyaluronic acid, proven to smooth fine lines, plump up the skin and reduce wrinkles by up to 30%. Hyaluronic acid, nicknamed 'Nature's Sponge', is a key ingredient for delivering the hydra-power of nature to your skin. Known for retaining more than 1000 times its weight in moisture it causes a natural plumping effect. Natural Collagen capsules improve the skin's resilience, moisturising it from the inside out as we battle the effects of the sun this summer. With Jennifer Anniston an avid fan of Collagen capsules, for their naturally hydrating properties, Natural Collagen is being hailed as this summer's SOS capsule for your skin. £48 (180 capsules) from catwalkbeautysecrets.com

If the thought of daring to bare on the beach, or even in your back garden, fills you with dread … then this new product could help. Lovely Jubblies is Lush’s new breast cream – to help tone and tighten the sensitive skin around the bust and décolletage area. Packed with meadowsweet infusion and tiger lily petals to tighten and firm the tissue, this cream also contains beeswax, cocoa butter and organic oils like evening primrose, almond and avocado to deeply soften. £14.95 from www.lush.co.uk

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spa | REVIEW THE ACADEMY, Harrogate We’ve put numerous spas through their pampering paces over the years but, with the modern Spa menu looking more like a serious four page puzzle than a recipe for relaxation (eyebrow threading, reflexology, stone therapy, Swedish massage) the experience can be a daunting one for a first-timer? We challenged Julia Paddon - a bit of a Spa sceptic - who claims that she can do just as well at home with a body brush and a good moisturiser, to go for her first ever treatment at The Academy, Harrogate. Well, there I was, parked in Academy Spa’s car park and just about to go for my first Spa experience. I had no idea what treatment to book but, after a really helpful phone consultation with one of the Academy therapists, I opted for the Well-Being Massage. The treatment is a full head-to-toe experience and an excellent way to introduce your body to massage. It’s less intense than a Swedish or Thai massage with the focus much more on relaxing the whole body and creating feelings of harmony and wellbeing. At £49.50 you get a full body, face and head massage which takes about 70 minutes. I was apprehensive and somewhat sceptical but looking forward to it. FIRST IMPRESSIONS An initial wrong turn led me to the mezzanine level of the gym. Relieved that I wasn’t there to review the treadmill I continued up the stairs to the Spa. It’s a lovely space - tranquil music is playing and the air is filled with essential oils. The receptionist directed me to the relaxation room and I completed a quick form. There were two ladies relaxing with a cup of tea, their toes separated by tissues, allowing their nail polish to dry. They’d obviously had a great time and I could feel my apprehension diminish.

MY TREATMENT Whoever invented hot towelling mitts should be given an award! These are used to warm the feet and calves and are instantly relaxing. This is followed by a swift once-over with the body brush to remove dry skin cells. So far, so good! The Wellbeing Body Massage treats the whole side of the body rather than each part in isolation which, I’m led to believe, is more traditional. Long sweeping movements follow the contours of the body and elongate the muscles and I can genuinely feel myself totally relax. I’m beginning to see why, for some people, this becomes a necessity rather than a luxury.

AFTERWARDS Elizabeth is assured, professional and clearly passionate about her job. She works with great precision, paying special attention to the neck and shoulders which I identified as areas that often feel tense. Computers have a lot to answer for! My face, scalp and hair are treated last. After the massage was finished I was given a glass of water with lemon and some time to recuperate. I also chose to go back to the relaxation room where you can help yourself to hot or cold drinks and delay going home for as long as you wish. I may have started out a little sceptical but this treatment actually offers real value for money. I continued to feel the benefit of my treatment for days afterwards. That evening I had a great night’s sleep, my hair felt nourished by the Pink Hair and Scalp Mud, my skin still feels fabulous five days later and my neck and shoulders are much looser. Oh dear, I think I could get used to this!

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WHAT NEXT? My therapist collected me from the relaxation room and led me to a treatment room. Elizabeth, who’s been working at The Academy for three months, explained very clearly about the ESPA blended essential oils and we discussed my skin type and how I wanted to feel. I got to smell two blends for the face and two for the body and picked my favourites. It was a sunny day outside, so I chose the invigorating Fitness Body Oil and Replenishing Face Oil and for the head massage there was the unparalleled Pink Hair and Scalp Mud. I received clear instructions about what to do next; undress, put on paper thong, lie on the bed on my back and cover myself with the towel.

OTHER TREATMENTS AVAILABLE Academy Spa has a brilliant range of treatments including mum-tobe packages and monthly special offers - to download a copy of their treatment guide visit their website www.academyspa.com. You can always do as I did and ring them for advice if you’re having trouble deciding. I was very impressed by the high quality ESPA products that they use and treated myself to the Pink Hair and Scalp Mud. They sell the full range of ESPA products allowing you to benefit from these at home. The Academy, Oakdale Place, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2LA. T: 01423 524052 www.theacademy.co.uk


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Writer and Presenter, Bethanie Lunn, reports on all that's new and fabulous in the region - from bar and restaurant openings to the latest treatments. What she doesn't know isn't worth knowing…

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The Beauty Suites new Reveal Imager takes its name from its miraculous ability to reveal any underlying problems 2.5mm deep into the living part of the skin. Though the picture results can be eye-opening, revealing any skin conditions early, such as redness, inflammation or UV sun damage, will allow the therapists to treat these areas of concern. After assessing your skin, the therapists use Dr Murad products for their facials. Dr Murad is a leading dermatologist hailing from L.A with an impressive client list of Hollywood celebrities. He is renowned for his skincare philosophy, 'The Water Principle', believing that the retention of water in the walls of our skin cells is a fundamental indicator of skin health. If sufficient levels of water are present, skin looks radiant and youthful. The Beauty Suite use the results of the Reveal Imager, as well as recording and measuring the condition of your skin, to then recommend a prescriptive Murad facial to restore radiance and hydrate the skin, combining the benefits of topical and internal skincare to treat the skin from inside and out. This is one of the best facials I've had outside of London. Not only is it prescribed to your skin but it goes deeper than just the surface layer, giving you both short and long-term benefits. They also perform 'extractions' to rid any pimple or blockages you may have (and you still leave looking glowing). Highly recommended. T: 01423 561 116 The Beauty Suite @ Dangerfield & Keane, 44A Cold Bath Road, Harrogate HG2 0NX

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Yorkshire Duo Launch New Ethical Label Two cousins from Yorkshire have launched an online boutique for a new ethical accessories brand (www.sequellondon.co.uk), using unwanted materials, recycled leather jackets and discarded silk ties to produce classic, beautiful and bespoke leather bags at highstreet prices.

SPOTTED!... • A very cool tapas and music bar tucked down an alley on Duncan Street, Leeds that you may ordinarily miss but don't make that mistake! Inspired primarily by the love of underground electronic music, esoteric food and drink, the Middle East and Mediterranean cultures, you can expect plenty of good nosh and laid back beats and with no entrance cost. 7 Duncan Street, Leeds LS1 6DQ T: 0113 243 3674 ................................. • The Corn Exchange gradually filling with independent boutiques - it is about time this stunning building got its mojo back. 42 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 6DT

New Fine Dining Restaurant for Harrogate Award winning chef, Tom van Zeller hails from Harrogate and has opened the relatively new fine dining experience that is van Zeller. Tom uses local produce to create simple and elegant seasonal dishes that boast flavour and real expertise. Food critics and fashionistas alike are already flocking to this swanky eatery. 8 Montpellier Street, Harrogate. HG1 2TQ T: 01423 508 762 W: www.vanzellerrestaurants.co.uk

Linings are made from off-cuts of highquality second-hand curtains, all of which have been donated to Oxfam. The tie details on each bag vary depending on the stock donated to charity, so no two bags will be the same. The range is available in black leather with selected styles also available in brown. Ethical, sustainable and en vogue - what's not to love? Prices range from £39 to £79 Only available to buy online at www.sequellondon.co.uk

Teach Ewe to Knit!

Since Julia Roberts admitted to getting crafty with a needle and thread during her breaks on movie sets, knitting is officially cool again and I came across an adorable boutique in Headingley that is bang on the cutting edge of cool… Baa ram ewe is still a fairly new kid in town, combining craft workshops with a beautiful wool shop. The ethos is to provide an active, varied community, committed to putting Yorkshire back on the wool map, as well as encouraging the use of British Wool, particularly British Sheep Breeds. Baa ram ewe also stock selected ranges including Orkney Angora, Debbie Bliss, Noro, Fyberspates, Zauberball, Colinette, Twilleys, Jamiesons of Shetland and Patons. If you fancy learning a trick or two and purchasing some gorgeous local creations, pop along to this year's World Wide Knit in Public Day on Saturday 12th June, “The Big Knit”at the new Granary Wharf in Leeds. It'll be a day for everyone to come together, sit, knit and crochet, and there'll be entertainment and stalls too. Check out this event and the others throughout the year on www.baaramewe.co.uk Baa ram ewe, 87 Otley Road. Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 3PS T: 0113 278 1788

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York-based Designer, Mandy Louise Field has had a passion for all that sparkles from a very early age, loving nothing more than spending pocket money on sequins and ribbon. When motherhood came, Mandy found she had to fit work around her children and so her old passion for adornment and sparkle was reignited with her business plan to launch a couture jewellery business. Several years and much experience later, Mandy founded her label, Angels Finery - unique, stylish and desirable handmade jewellery inspired by a love of angels and all that is stylish, sparkly and feminine. Today, Angels Finery enjoys a large following, 'I adore fashion and get to work with the most fabulous people, says Mandy, I aim to design pieces that will make the wearer feel incredibly gorgeous whilst having a little hidden message also which can be engraved onto any piece'. Angels Finery had just launched its first off-the-peg bridal collection featuring vintage inspired pieces that use antique stones and materials but bespoke service is still pivotal to Mandy's work. www.angelsfinery.co.uk Pictured, 'Elle' head piece, £185.00 Pendant and pink sapphire lariat necklace from "Behold The Angels", £180.00. Hallmarked solid sterling silver. 'Hannah' Pearl and silver vintage one-off head piece, £195.00.

Meet Sheffield’s Bridal Expert Lisa Burton is something of a Fairy Godmother to Brides-to-be looking for their fantasy wedding. Founded in 2003, The Bridal Consultant is a Sheffield-based company that specialises in exclusive destination weddings in New York, Costa Blanca (Spain), Cyprus, Santorini and Zakynthos (Greece). Lisa has organised over 600 destination weddings and has recently set up offices in Sheffield at The Globe Works on Penistone Road, where she has transformed her new premises into a treasure trove for Brides-to-be. Many of Lisa's New York ceremonies take place in Central Park where the bride and groom can exchange vows with themes such as Breakfast at Tiffany's and visits to the 'Sex And The City' set, where you can walk around Manhattan a la Carrie Bradshaw. It appears nothing is too much for our local Bridal Fairy Godmother. Create your fantasy wedding and visit: www.thebridalconsultant.co.uk

Coolest out-of-town event If you fancy venturing further a field, try this… Vintage at Goodwood takes place over 13th, 14th and 15th August fusing authentic music, fashion, food, film, art and design and an inspirational line up of world renowned bands and DJs in a pop up village including the Vintage High Street, 5 decade specific zones. It is set to be the festival of choice for those who want style and glamour. Camping, for instance ranges from the 'bring your own tent' option, to the luxurious Hotel Bell Tent where you'll be presented with fluffy robes, slippers, luxury showers and 'lavatories', a concierge service, breakfast in bed and more! The Vintage High Street is purpose built and designed with the detail of a film set, it will house shops from the past and the present - from a recreation of Oxfam's very first 1940s shop to a never before seen beauty parlour from The Body Shop, and the launch of Lily Allen and sister Sarah's vintage clothes rental service- Lucy in Disguise, and Peacocks featuring Pearl Lowes fashion label. Catwalk shows feature the likes of Pattie Boyd and Ossie Clark and performances from Swing Out Sister, Martha and the Vandellas, Kitten Von Mew and Danny Rampling will take place… Location -Goodwood Estate, overlooking the Sussex coast For more information and to book your tickets, visit www.vintageatgoodwood.com

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what’shot intheshops All too often men choose the wrong checked shirt and risk looking cheap and identical to the next, but this sharp Gingham design will eliminate that risk. Paul Smith Jeans double pocket gingham check shirt, £100.00 Flannels, 68-78 Vicar Lane, Leeds LS1 7JH T: 0113 245 5229 W: www.flannelsfashion.com

JUMP TO IT

Jumpsuits are one piece suits that can be worn by any person of any size as they're available in a wide range of lengths, from short playsuits to long and flowy pantsuits. This coral number looks great with this seasons wooden clogs. Coral patterned jumpsuit, £125.00 Paper Scissor Stone,38 New York Street, Leeds LS2 7DF T: 0113 244 1398

Clogs are in Vogue I last wore clogs as a small child but Chanel's reinterpretation of this classic shoe has seen clogs catapult onto this seasons lust-have list of every fashionista! Get your catwalk copies from Office. Justa Lotta Love, £60 from Office See www.office.co.uk for your nearest stockist.

Maxi-mise Your Style Maxi dresses are perfect for the summer months and this chic example is one of the most versatile I've spotted. Just add a blazer to smarten the look for the office then layer on the ethnic bangles and droplet earrings for a look that will take you straight to the bar after! £125.00 T: 0113 244 1477 W: www.vicky-martin.com Vicky Martin, 42 Queen Victoria Street, Leeds, LS1 6BE

So. Very. Cool. American Vintage T-shirt, £49 www.laredoute.co.uk

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Two words that should be included in every gym-goers mantra - endurance and enjoyment - just ask Kelly Holmes. So why are you feeling tired and struggling with motivation? Why are you enjoying the results but not the processes? It could be that you've picked up some bad gym-going habits - here's the 7 most frequent for you to recognise and, if needed, eradicate!

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“MY WORKOUT IS BECOMING MONOTONOUS” Are you sticking to the workouts that suit you, the exercises that you enjoy the most? You should try to change your regular workout routine every 4-6 weeks. Otherwise, your body becomes used to the exercise and 'plateauing' will occur. Try a class or a circuit - at The Village we host spin classes and aerobic workouts. “I THINK I'LL TRY THIS MACHINE TODAY” Aimless exercise is a sure-fire way to lose motivation. Keep shortterm and long-term goals in mind and chart your progress. A shortterm goal might be to up your treadmill incline a notch and a long-term goal could be that all-important weight loss. Remember, if you need a new long-term target, ask the gym staff to set you one! “I'M PHYSICALLY IMPROVING … BUT MY HEAD'S SO TIRED” There's nothing quite like a bad day at the office to put you off going to the gym. A day sat at a computer screen does little for your energy levels and will often leave the brain exhausted - but remember, a good workout will do wonders for your energy levels and leave you feeling revitalized. It will also aid better sleep, thus recharging the brain batteries for another day at the computer. “I'LL GIVE IT A MISS TODAY” Although single-minded focus is commendable you might discover your initial impetus waning after a few months of gym going. World class athletes like Kelly Holmes would never have achieved anything without training partners - a regular partner will help motivate you, add an enjoyable social aspect to your training and, perhaps, even add a slice of competitiveness to your workouts. Plus, it's much harder to 'give it a miss' when you know someone is waiting for you!

“I DON'T NEED TO WARM UP” Wrong. You've so far gotten away with not warming up. Ten minutes of stretching vastly reduces the risk of injury, increases blood flow to the working muscles allowing them to be prepared for exercise and enables your joints to move more freely, preparing them for stressful impacts. Everybody should warm up! “THE MORE I PUNISH MY BODY, THE BETTER” Working out too much is dangerous. Beating yourself up with weights and cardio training could mean you are breaking down your body faster than it can repair itself. Unless you are in serious training for a high-level event, three or four sessions in the gym per week with three days off within that is ample for real results. Listen to your body. “I CAN WHIZZ THROUGH MY SETS THESE DAYS” Gyms can sometimes be intimidating places. When you're between sets, don't let the big guy pressure you into starting your reps early. The waiting time between reps is as crucial as the reps themselves. Time your rep recovery - too short a rest and the muscles won't have recovered, too long and you won't get the benefit.

How can I prevent muscle soreness after my workouts? It's a good sign to be a little sore the day after your workout but too much stiffness is unnecessary. Warming down at the end of the workout is essential. Too many people shower and go home immediately after their last set of reps - big mistake! Stretch out and relax those muscles after the workout - try to hold your stretches for at least 30 seconds. I've heard it's more effective to do cardio on an empty stomach - is this right? A controversial subject! Some studies have suggested that because your blood sugar levels are low on an empty stomach your body burns more fat. Personally I could never recommend exercising on an empty stomach - fuel your body with at least a good breakfast and use that fuel to power through your gym session. Simple. How long should I work the same routine before it starts losing effectiveness? As a rule of thumb; every six weeks. What is just as important however is that you up the intensity of your routines. Going through the motions will not get you far. The key is variety. Slowly increase the amount of reps, the weight and the resistance. Results will not be far away.

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Spain’s Unique Gift to the World Sherry has been drunk in Britain since the 14th century and became hugely popular from the time of Shakespeare right through to the Victorians and Edwardians. Yet in 21st-century Britain it remains stubbornly unfashionable. A brand image based on those sticky and sickly sweet wines so beloved by Aunt Ethel (more tea, vicar?) lingers on. It is seen as something to be endured during compulsory family visits at Christmas, sipped politely with a plate of fondant fancies and butterfly cakes. Desperation would set in, with the Aspidistra discreetly used as a spittoon.

Well, try explaining that to the fashionistas of the tapas bars and restaurants in Madrid and Barçelona. They know better; dry sherry is made in a range of styles, is great with food, is ridiculously cheap and, most importantly, tastes glorious. In fact, sherry is achingly cool. So here’s the inside track on dry sherry; how it is made and what to look out for and drink it with.

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Sherry comes from south-east Spain, near Cádiz. The region is centred on three towns; Jerez de la Frontera (the origin of the word Sherry), Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Puerto de Santa Maria. There are many wine regions blessed with ideal conditions for grape growing, but Sherry is not one of them. It is blisteringly hot and the predominant white grape that thrives there (Palomino) usually makes only vapid dry white wine. The secret of sherry is how human ingenuity, developed over centuries, transforms this humble base material into gold. This alchemy is down to the complicated maturation that sherry undertakes.

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Firstly, those dry white base wines are made to about 12% alcohol. After the fermentation the wine is initially fortified with pure spirit to around 14.5% and put into wooden casks known as butts. However, these are only filled to about 85% of capacity, leaving a large air space. Under such conditions a strain of yeast known as flor quickly grows on the surface of the wine. This feeds on the wine itself and in so doing adds unique flavours and protects the wine from oxygen. In spring, those casks that have grown the most flor (which by then is an unattractive foaming scum) are then fortified again to 15.5%. This is the ideal alcoholic strength to feed the yeast and make it thrive. Eventually, these casks will become Fino sherry, created over time by the biological action of yeast.

the casks from each year stacked in rows in the pyramid. The oldest wines will be at the bottom of the pile and from these up to 30% of the contents can be drawn off each year as finished wine. Once this is done they are then partially topped up with younger wine from the next oldest wine in the row above. The process is repeated for each row, so allowing space for the youngest wines to enter the solera at the top. In this way the wines are blended together, the youngest wines slowly taking on the character of their forbears over time and refreshing the older wines, a process that may take from five to over one hundred years! Hence most sherry is non-vintage because it is a blend of wines from many years. It also means that the finished wines are consistent in style and quality because any differences in individual barrels have been ironed out. So far then, we have met Fino and Oloroso sherry, two completely different styles of wine depending on whether that have been aged with flor or exposed to air. Fino is always the lightest, most delicate and driest style (usually bone-dry), characterised by the yeasty flavours imparted by flor and is usually highly aromatic and refreshing. It has alcohol of around 1516% which isn’t much more than that found in some of today’s powerful table wines. In Jerez, the flor tends to die back during the heat of summer, which creates a deeper colour with more delicacy.

Some butts develop little flor and have a quite different destiny. Instead, they are fortified to around 17.5% alcohol, a strength that kills the yeast completely. The wine in the cask is therefore unprotected from air contact and starts to oxidise. These casks will eventually make Oloroso sherry with a flavour character created by oxygen. From here on Fino and Oloroso are kept apart.

An important variation on this style, though the wine is made in exactly the same way, is known as Manzanilla, which comes from the coastal town of Sanlúcar. This is saltier and more savoury in flavour with a lighter pale-straw colour. It is said that this is because Sanlúcar is subject to coastal breezes that impart a briny tang to the wine. The reality is more prosaic; Sanlúcar’s coastal location is cooler but more humid than in inland Jerez. This means that the flor does not die back in summer and so its extra vigour imparts more powerful flavours. Fino and Manzanilla are released relatively young, at between five and ten years old. A novice might be best to start with Fino and become accustomed to the more-ish yeast and brine flavours. Those finding this irresistible will soon want to discover Manzanilla! Both are best served well-chilled and are brilliant with seafood, grilled fish or gazpacho. There is no better partner for oysters or sardines. Both also make brilliant apéritifs – most wines are destroyed by olives, but not these.

It’s now time to introduce these casks of young unfinished wine to a unique technology for ageing and blending invented the nineteenth century – the solera. It’s easiest to imagine a solera as a collection of connected sherry butts organised into a pyramid, with

There is a further sherry initially influenced by flor – Amontillado. These start out as Fino but spend much longer in the solera, usually at least 15 years. By this time the wine has run out of the nutrients that the flor needs, so it dies and oxygen begins to take over –

hence the wines becomes much darker in colour and takes on additional flavours and aromas of nuts and butter. Again there is a similar development for Manzanilla, known as Manzanilla Pasada. Try them with ham, particularly pata negra, or with a salad that has plenty of balsamic vinegar added. They are particularly versatile drinks, good with Tapas dishes. Back then to Oloroso. This is the style that did not develop flor in the solera, a more alcoholic drink reliant on oxygen to work its magic and needing at least 10 years ageing. Over this time the wine is concentrated through evaporation and becomes golden and richly textured. Indeed, Oloroso is potentially one of the world’s longest lived wines and can evolve for more than a century. Smelling of nuts, they are dry powerful wines with nuts, figs, dates and raisins present on the palate. You’ll find age-dated releases - not a vintage year but rather at the age of withdrawal from the solera, for example at 20 years, 30 years or longer. Roasted meats or mushrooms work well but a glass with a large of piece of Manchego cheese hits the spot. Finally, look out for that rarity in dry sherry – Palo Cortado. Best described as combining the aromas of amontillado with the body and palate of an oloroso, you’ll find mahogany colours, bitter orange and butter in a wine marked by enormous complexity. Palo Cortado is essentially a nonconformist, where the wine started out as a fino but simply didn’t develop much flor and so was then fortified again to encourage early oxidation before many years of subsequent ageing. Oxtail and winter stews make the best match for what some regard as the king of sherry. This can only be the briefest of introductions to dry sherry, I’ve ignored the sweeter commercial styles concocted by adding sugar to the dry wines. No room here either for those superb naturally sweet wines made with Moscatel or Pedro Ximénez grapes that go so well with desserts. It’s also amazing to recall that sherry starts out in life as a dry white wine before it evolves into such a versatile range. For the aficionado there is a lifetime of discovery, so I hope this will encourage you to embark on your own journey – I’ve chosen examples of all six dry styles to start you off. All offer terrific value; many come in handy-sized half bottles and most are easily available. Just serve in a normal wine glass. Sherry is virtually the last place on Earth where you can drink high quality wines for so little outlay.

RIP Aunt Ethel.


Fino. Inocente, Valdespino. Extra Dry, NV. DO Jerez. 16%. Fermented and matured in American oak casks and aged in solera for 8 years. A bodega that preserves deep traditions and is one of the most highly respected producers. Deeper yellow colour and full bodied, bone dry and traditional. It doesn’t get better than this. Serve well-chilled. £7.95 for a half-bottle (37.5cl) from Martinez, Ilkley

Manzanilla. Solear, Barbadillo NV. DO Sanlúcar de Barrameda. 15%. Outstanding example of the Manzanilla style, pale-straw colour and a briny tang mixed with citrus. Serve wellchilled. £4.32 for a half bottle (37.5cl) at Waitrose.

Any wine queries? Email Paul at wine@onlifestyle.co.uk

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Manzanilla Pasada, Pastrana, Vinicola Hidalgo. NV. DO Sanlúcar de Barrameda 15.5%. Powerful, full on white wine with great complexity, one of the finest Pasada’s available, made by a Bodega with an impeccable range. Chill well but enjoy the wine as it warms up. £9.99 buys a full bottle (75cl) at Majestic.

Also recommended: La Gitana (Vinicola Hidalgo), La Guita (Hijos de Rainera Pérez Marin), Papirusa (Emilio Lustau)

Also recommended: Almacenista 1/80 Jurado, Emilio Lustau

Also recommended: Tio Pepe (Gonzales Byass, See ON Magazine issue 13), Puerto Fino (Lustau), La Ina (Domecq)

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Amontillado. Maribel, Sánchez Romate, DO Jerez. 19%. Amber-coloured elegance, almond aromas and a tangy and smoky taste. Hazelnuts and a hint of flor. Unbelievable value, don’t overchill. Romate are a small bodega more famous for their brandy but they do make some classy wines. £7.50 for a full bottle (75 cl) from The Wine Society. Also recommended: Tio Diego (Valdespino), Del Duque (Gonzales Byass)

Oloroso. Dry Oloroso Sherry, Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference (Aged 12 years). NV. DO Jerez. 20%. Made by Emilio Lustau, sherry is one region where supermarket own brands can throw up superb wines and this is one. As dry as Oloroso gets, a good introduction to the style with a reasonable amount of age. If you like this, older wines from the recommendations below are magnificent. A gentle chill only. £6.08 at Sainsbury’s (50 cl bottle).

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Palo Cortado. Almacenista Vides 1/50, Emilio Lustau, NV. DO Jerez. 19%. Almacenista (storekeeper) wines are a Lustau speciality. In addition to their own wines they source a wide range of sherries from small individual producers in an ever changing range and Vides is one of those. Real individuality here, fine and complex – a wine for meditation. Chill gently. £13.25 for a half bottle (37.5cl) from Martinez, Ilkley.

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Also recommended: Apostoles (Gonzales Byass), Capuchino (Domecq)

Also recommended: Alfonso (Gonzales Byass), Don Nuño, (Emilio Lustau), Sibarita (Domecq)

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“VIVA ESPANA” READERS’ QUERIES I've finally got my wine sorted for the main meal but I'm at a loss as to what to serve with the pre-meal nibbles. Are there any wines that are particularly good with crunchy, salty foods? S. Connor, Birdsall Look no further my sherry article in this issue – Fino and Manzanilla sherry are perfect! Paul, I hope you're the man to settle an argument: Is it an urban myth that the bigger the punt on a bottle of wine, the finer the contents? Chris Day, Rothwell

There’s very little correlation between the punt and the quality of the bottle contents. Historically, punts helped in storage and gave a little added strength to bottles when being transported, so they became a traditional feature of some wine bottles. The punt of sparkling wine bottles is particularly deep because traditional wine making involved stacking inverted bottles on top of one another. With still wines, especially in modern times, large punts make the bottle look bigger and more impressive, so implying that the contents will be finer. This is not necessarily the case and many great producers use bottles with little or no indentation. It seems to me that the only real use of a punt is that it might help when serving the wine.

Any wine queries? Email Paul at wine@onlifestyle.co.uk

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There’s little credit these days for being tunesmiths of the highest order. Although apart from debut Bandwagonesque’s brief moment in the fashionable sun back in ’91, Teenage Fanclub have always been a little bit out of time. So people will shrug and sigh at yet another Fannies album and move on to the next set of hip things with cutting edge haircuts and barely-cutting-it tunes and the band, I suppose, will just have to get on with the dirty business of being self-financed and self-promoted and being bona fide national treasures – at least to their devoted Middle-age Fanclub, anyway. But let’s not damn them with faint praise. This is impeccable stuff - leaning on a rare songwriting alchemy, less abrasive than previous releases and more plaintive than ever; underlined by David McGowan’s heart-tugging pedal steel. A lesson in growing old gracefully.

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BAND OF HORSES 2006’s debut ‘Everything All The Time’ and 2007’s follow-up, ‘Cease To Begin’ had showcased Ben Bridwell as a genuine claimant to the southern U.S. rock throne - here’s the fulfillment to that promise. He’s found a new band, a couple of talented collaborators and pitched Band of Horses Mark III somewhere between My Morning Jacket’s yearning ambition, Kings of Leon’s anthemic euphoria and Crazy Horse’s electric pyrotechnics. Add some neat imagery, some lovely CSN&Y harmonies and the odd aching ballad and you’ve got a record brimming with an abundance genuine goosebump moments. A landmark record from America’s new south uprising.

IGGY AND THE STOOGES - RAW POWER Oh, that title … does anything else really need saying? The 70’s Iggy Pop, unloved and unsuccessful, with his legendary appetite for self destruction, would never have dreamed that this incendiary record would, some 27 years after its release, get the 3-disc deluxe treatment. Yet Iggy is a survivor, seemingly carved out of wood and currently going through his 14th Indian Summer – car insurance adverts? Would we ever see the day? So this Bowie-produced 3rd album is gleamingly restored to pummeling glory – which, in effect, means sounding like it probably did blasting out of inappropriate speakers in strange smelling 70’s bedsits. One of rock’s timeless touchstones - and vital as ever.

MAGNETIC FIELDS - 69 LOVE SONGS Speaking of titles that get to the point … Stephin Merritt had rattled about on the periphery of the New York alternative scene for a decade, using a number of different monikers, before unleashing this extraordinary, sprawling magnum opus. Originally conceived as 100 Love Songs, he trimmed it to a ‘mere’ 69 after realising 100 songs would mean over 4 hours of music. There’s hardly a genre that doesn’t get the Merritt treatment, from skewed country to pulsing electro to blue-eyed pop to acoustic lo-fi and, incredibly, this triple disc set doesn’t overstay its welcome. Even more incredible, ’69 Love Songs’ is un-selfconsciously clever without ever being irritating. An awesome achievement.

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cinema&dvd for the weeks ahead GREENBERG Director: Noah Baumbach Stars: Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig, Rhys Ifans Understated and precise, ‘Greenberg’ is a darkly comic character study offering up a best-ever role for Ben Stiller. Roger Greenberg is a failed musician housesitting for his brother in the Hollywood Hills and wondering quite how life has managed to set him adrift. He’s a fairly obnoxious character – self-absorbed,

delusional, neurotic – and it’s a skilful piece of writing by Director Baumbach and co-star Jennifer Jason-Leigh to slowly and quite deliberately peel away his layers until, eventually, you start to understand and, ultimately, feel for him. Stiller is deadpan throughout - his usual brand of smug overstatement entirely absent – but he still delivers laughs aplenty, particularly during one awful, memorable scene at a party where the generation gap is revealed more as a gaping wound. A long hard stare into the social abyss.

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Director: Michael Patrick King Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

Directors: The Hughes Brothers Stars: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Tom Waits

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The first movie was cash-in time – fair enough. Have your pay day. But this was supposed to be where ‘Sex and The City’ made it on the big screen. This was where all those awkward strands were pulled together, this was where we actually got a plot and a few decent lines and a crucial bit of grit to go with the glamour.

Albert and Allen Hughes are becoming go-to filmmakers. ‘Menace II Society’ was a streetwise debut, ‘From Hell’ an unusual and impressive take on Jack the Ripper and ‘Dead Presidents’ a modern masterpiece – politically substantial, technically brilliant and broadly resonant.

Recorded over seven years, ‘Dig!’ is a warts-and-all documentary following the wildly divergent career paths of two vaguely connected American rock bands – The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dand Warhols.

But no. Incredibly, this is even worse than the first movie. Which makes this exercise in soulless commercialism unforgivable. Those unforgettable TV characters are now little more than clothes horses, force-feeding their open-mouthed devotees clichéd platitude after platitudinous cliché. There are moments of such cringe-inducing dim-wittedness that you simply cannot believe that the word ‘sassy’ was once owned by the TV show. Worse, there’s a wholly inappropriate sequence in Dubai which might just rank as the worst, most deathly, 15 minutes ever put on film. Carrie On Calamity. OUT NOW

‘The Book of Eli’ sees a solitary, pious, effortlessly badass Denzel Washington emerging from a post-war apocalypse carrying a rare book which, if placed in the right hands, holds the key to civilisation’s redemption. Needless to say, there are others who want to get their hands on it. Burdened with some weighty religious hokum, this modern western is nevertheless compelling – managing to take its audience with it towards an inevitably meaningful, albeit flawed denouement. Gary Oldman adds a crucial break from the solemnity as a terrific baddie but this is essentially a super-stylised exercise in filmic fire and brimstone. Recommended – and a great addition to an already fascinating catalogue of work.

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While The Dandy Warhols’ slick radiofriendly indie pop finds a niche and affords them a kind of success the utterly dysfunctional Brian Jonestown Massacre lurch from shambles to disappointment to downright catastrophe. Star of the show is BJM’s frontman Anton Newcombe, talented but utterly directionless, seething in squalid obscurity as the Dandy Warhols make it big. All manner of Spinal Tap-isms abound (“You broke my sitar, motherfu**er”) and the over-inflated egos, drug busts, karate kicks and on-stage brawls make for painful, if hilarious, viewing. Curiously, the after-effects of ‘Dig!’ have seen The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s stock rise and rise whilst The Dandy Warhols have all but disappeared. Time for a sequel?

9th JULY THE TWILIGHT SAGA: Third film in the Twilight franchise. (Robert Pattinson) 14th JULY KNIGHT AND DAY: A woman who usually has terrible luck with men finds her path intertwined with that of a mysterious handsome man she meets on a blind date. (Tom Cruise) 23rd JULY THE REBOUND: A New York City mom captures the eye of her new neighbor, a 25-year-old man. (Catherine Zeta-Jones) 31st JULY INCEPTION: A contemporary thriller set within the architecture of the mind. (Leonardo Di Caprio)

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Daftly Poignant by Nigel Armitage

It is characteristic of John Hegley – performance poet, comedian, singer and player of the mandolin – that he should start the interview by announcing a poetry competition for the On: Magazine readership. He has the first two lines of a new verse and thinks a prize is in order to the reader who comes up with the best way to finish it off: “A narrow-gate in Harrogate I couldn’t quite get through...” He’s been doing this sort of thing for thirty years, debuting at what he’s called the ‘meat-eating’ Comedy Store in London, along with just about every other comic performer worth watching in the 1980s.

Since then he’s gone on to publish ten books of verse and prose pieces, the latest of which is ‘The Adventures of Monsieur Robinet’, a collection of poems and a short drama each presented in (very beginners!) French and English. He’s currently bringing it to exuberant life at theatres around the country. As well as Monsieur Robinet, we will meet his relatives and neighbours in the small town he lives, and his laconic dog, Chirac. With the evening’s entertainment also including an address to aliens on the subject of transport, a poem about a non-talking parrot and some animal impressions with the aid of a handkerchief, it feels safe to assume that John’s never had any complaints about the lack of variety in his performances.

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He seems at one with his audience when identifying what he enjoys the most about his live shows: “It sounds a bit obvious to say this after thirty years, but I really like to see people laughing. We’re having a good laugh together.” And laughter is never very far away when talking to John – he’s in full giggling flow when he says that, “I like to think that people feel like they do when they’ve been sick. They feel better for it!”


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Audience passivity is certainly not encouraged. Previous shows have included a Q&A session conducted by both parties in the medium of song to a mandolin accompaniment. He’s also invited the audience to take part in a dog-drawing competition during the interval. But he’s not keen on the term ‘audience participation’ because “it always makes it seem less than it is. I like to think of it more as communion. I’ll try and get people to sing the harmony parts of the songs for instance and it actually sounds rather nice. I think they surprise themselves.” The idea of poems and songs as a way of expressing thoughts and feelings that might otherwise remain unsaid is a significant theme in John’s work. “I guess we don’t typically use the language of emotion. Poetry can make this possible. The show partly involves an acceptance of our own vulnerability; about trying to see our errors and weaknesses as our friends. It’s about saying that ... but whilst balancing a carrot on your glasses.”

Vegetables, dogs and spectacles; admirers of John’s work will recognise these recurring subjects, along with others like dads, buses and rice grains. It is recognisably the world we all inhabit but one which has been shaped by whimsy, wit and an ear for a bloody good tune. The inspiration for ‘The Adventures of Monsieur Robinet’ was John’s father’s upbringing in France and the way that his father hid away his foreign background when he moved to England. “My dad was born Rene but he was just called ‘Bob’ in England. A lot of us hide things away in order to fit in. I want to celebrate that little bit of all of us that is hidden.” A critic’s description of John as a cross between Alan Bennett and Elvis Costello only serves to make the point that no-one else does quite what he does in the way that he does it. “There are daft things and there are poignant things. I go between the two extremes. I do like to go below the jokes. Daftly poignant, I suppose, or poignant without being a pain in the arse.”

I like to think that people feel like they do when they’ve been sick. They feel better for it! Although Lutonians will understandably claim John as one of their own, he also has strong honorary-Yorkshireman credentials. He graduated from Bradford University in the 1970s – “I went to see Luton Town play Bradford City. We had a couple of hours wandering round the town and I just thought it was an amazing place.” He says he has a poem about a Bradford curry house but it’s a bit long. Instead he recites one of his more economical poems about Bradford: “Bradford, Yorkshire to Bristol, Temple Meads. You don’t have to change your underwear. But you have to change at Leeds.” His actual first public performance was a busking gig outside a shoe shop in Hull. Whether he was ever tossed a pair of suede moccasin boots has been lost to history, but he hasn’t forgotten what he liked particularly about his student years. “There is a warmth in the North. It’s a bit of a cliché about the grittiness. But warm grit! I like a handful of warm grit and I like to throw it at people’s windscreens; no, glasses – but not in a nasty way!” He wants to assure everybody that he won’t be throwing any grit, warm or otherwise, from the stage this summer – “or at least only in metaphor!” Children are as appreciative of his work as much as adults and he’s a regular visitor to schools up and down the country. A song particularly favoured by children concerns a certain farting dog. “The song is welcomed by adults as well, but I think the children are extra glad when I tell them that I have a song about a dog that will not stop breaking wind.” Although John’s showcasing a new collection of poems and songs, there’s still room for old favourites. “You do move on, but hopefully you don’t jettison the stuff that people really want to hear. Like when Elvis Costello does a set, he always combines the old stuff with what he’s been up to recently. So there is the farting dog, but since I wrote that, for instance, my mum and dad have died – that’s in there as well.” In one of John’s poetry collections – ‘The Family Pack’ – the poems with little or no humour are distinguished from the funnies with an asterisk. And it’s his combining of the serious with the comic, the familiar with the strange, that’s at the heart of his enduring appeal as a writer and performer. In common perhaps with many performance artists, John’s subject is life and its everyday absurdities, but his gift lies in how he goes about teasing these things out with humour and melody. Listening to John talk, it’s a song you want to listen to and to join in with. “A poet can be a bit like a lightning conductor where people can share experiences. When it’s going well it can just all fit together. Like a haiku.”

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And it was the detail that brought our mains to life. Tiny croutons shot through the risotto gave light relief to what can be a heavy dish. Capers were a fine if not strong surprise in the fish in a bag - another detail that makes Jamie's feel real.

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Jamie's Italian has just landed in Leeds at what must be one of the most attractive buildings in the city; look upwards wherever you are inside. Previously a bank, the restaurant has rescued the building's reputation and a whole lot more. Overlooking the iconic Lloyds' wiresculpture horse, this is the latest eaterie to arrive on Park Row (hot on the heels of Gaucho) and in one fell swoop, Jamie's arrival has reaffirmed Leeds' insatiable appetite for good food and great service. A squad of 'meet and greeters' made our lively party superbly welcome and after a quick introduction to the drinks menu we were served with a fine Prosecco Rustico and an army of the said Yorkshire Warriors. Later with food, a Pinot Grigio and a Montepulciano D'Abruzzo didn't fail to satisfy even though they struggled for space on a table bursting with fantastic antipasti. Voluminous olives on ice, polenta chips and the lightest calamari fritti starters were overshadowed, quite literally, by a couple of planks. No, not my fellow diners, but 'Antipasti planks'. Wooden planks fashioned into long platters and balanced delicately on tins of tomatoes (another example of a fine twist on detail) were pretty spectacular. Designed for sharing, our planks featured Tuscan cured meat, seasonal vegetables, fine cheese and pickles that tasted just-made And it was the detail that brought our mains to life. Tiny croutons shot through the risotto gave light relief to what can be a heavy dish. Capers were a fine if not strong surprise in the fish in a bag - another detail that makes Jamie's feel real. Our steak and burger connoisseurs (who are quite tough to impress) gave a huge thumbs up and the pasta carbonara was described as the best ever! Posh chips, funky chips, (plus a return visit for the polenta chips) and the greenest, highest-stacked salad impressed us even more. Even a trip to the loo didn't bring a pause in the detail ‌ they are exquisitely finished and must feature the fastest, blastiest hand driers ever. And I'm guessing, but if the ladies' has the same hand driers as the gents then girls hang onto your bling and make sure your nail vanish is dry or it could all end up somewhere where you'd least expect. With chefs, kitchen staff and cooking all on view, Jamie's Italian really does feel fresh and authentic. Many of the ingredients and the detail of the dishes are on open view which only heightens the anticipation. To really get Tykes on side and make an almost perfect dining experience even better, the restaurant would benefit from some big round tables. Not for would-be knights, but for real Yorkshire warriors who appreciate nothing more than a good old feast in the round. Kevan Watson Jamie's Italian, 35 Park Row, Leeds, LS1 5JL


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Established during the Industrial Revolution, Yorkshire’s weaving industry is renowned throughout the world for its high-quality cloth. Keith Spence went along to a famous Leeds store to see how the mills have united to create their own Yorkshire brand. Next time you’re taking a trip through the luscious Shoppers’ Paradise that is Harvey Nichols you might notice a new brand name alongside the Guccis and the Gabbanas. Travel up and down the store’s four floors, through the labels and smiles and occasional sweet drifts of perfume and you’ll notice long drapes of elegant cloth, vibrant off-cuts decorating broad pillars, walls adorned with bold textiles, stripes and dots. Under the collective brand-name Yorkshire Textiles, this impressive in-store promotion (although, really, it’s as much an art installation) involves some of the county’s leading fabric mills. It is the brainchild of Leeds store general manager Brian Handley who, along with his team, toured 11 Yorkshire mills to gather inspiration for the display which gives a breathtaking example of what the Yorkshire textile industry still has to offer. It took two months of hard work by the display team to do justice to Yorkshire’s weaving industry – an industry which has long set the benchmark for high-quality made-in-England cloth. The display helps to bring home to Harvey Nichols’ thousands of customers the importance of the mills that are on their door step, and their present role in continuing to produce most of England’s worsted and woollen fabric.

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Green felt waste from Hainsworths, who produce dress uniforms for the Queen’s Household Guard, is cleverly used for a striking display and a separate “a loom with a view” display is based on the mill loom and weaving processes, linking current trends and themes using bobbins and wool to weave and connect throughout the department. “The Fabric of our Society” gets inspiration from current trends of natural forms, fringing, ruffles and drapery utilising a by-product from all the working mills. “Head in the clouds” uses fabric from Taylor and Lodge in Huddersfield who supply Prada, Lanvin, Pal Zileri and Tom Ford to create a tactile cloud display that interacts with the environment, different small squares of fabric fluttering lightly in the air-conditioned breeze. Even the store’s shelves and fitting rooms have been neatly covered in different Yorkshire fabrics.

The Sunny Bank Mills Textile Archive, as presented by Susan Gaunt, an independent textile designer, is also featured in the display. The archive dates back 150 years and students from Leeds Met are joining forces to present their own novel contribution featuring a Yorkshire whippet – dapperly dressed, naturally, in a Yorkshire coat, produced by a Yorkshire mill. Brian Handley hopes the promotion will lift awareness of customers to the quality, heritage and innovation of Yorkshire fabric mills. He has taken his team to see the weaving process to make them aware of what skills go into the manufacturing process; “People walk around touching the fabrics and are amazed at their quality and colours,” he says.

Great industrialists established the Yorkshire textileindustry 100 years ago. At its height some mills employed 11,000 men, women and children, manufacturing high-quality textiles such as velvet and silk. One mill supplied 1,000 yards of velvet for King George V’s Coronation and in 1976 new velvet curtains for the White House. But foreign competition and man-made fibres have contributed to the industry’s decline and some mills were abandoned. Now, the region’s mills continue to produce most of England’s worsted and woollen fabric, used by many of the world’s great fashion brands, high-end retailers and tailors such as Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Burberry, Paul Smith, Etro, Hugo Boss, and on London’s Savile Row.

Soft water from the Yorkshire Pennines, and a cool, humid climate is the ideal mixture for textile manufacturing. Yorkshire mills combine a proud and rich heritage with extraordinary craftsmanship, innovation and design skill and have upped their game even more in recent years, not only to produce some of the finest cloths in the world, but to stretch the boundaries of luxury fabric. The cashmere and mohair fabric used for the dinner suit worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond in Quantum of Solace was woven by Taylor and Lodge in Huddersfield who use in the finishing process today the same skills which for generations have given Huddersfield its reputation as an undisputed world leader in the production of fine worsted cloths. Pieces are still washed in wooden machines using natural soap, and local water is drawn from the moorland stream that flows alongside the mill.

James Bond suit Taylor & Lodge

The super luxury cloth from the label Dormeuil used to create the world’s most expensive suit, costing £40,000, launched last year by Alexander Amosu, was woven in Keighley. Industrial giants such as Sir Titus Salt, who founded Saltaire, and Samuel Lister, founder of Manningham’s Lister Mills, helped put Yorkshire on the map. Now the foresight, involvement and efforts of these great men is replicated by the innovation of the present mill owners who still produce luxury cloth for suits and jackets and have diversified into technical and industrial textiles. So next time a cloth cap and a whippet are used to reinforce some dodgy northern stereotype, suggest a trip to Harvey Nics – where fashion giants past and present have united to update a proud Yorkshire legacy.

The mills involved in the Harvey Nichols project are Alfred Brown, Arthur Harrison, Hainsworth, Bower Roebuck, Edwin Woodhouse, John Cavendish, John Foster, Joseph H Clissold, Abraham Moon, Savile Clifford and Taylor and Lodge.

Daniel Craig as James Bond, wearing the dinner suit used in Quantum of Solace. The suit was designed by Tom Ford, using a 50% cashmere / 50% mohair cloth from the Yorkshire fabric company Taylor & Lodge

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CARRIAGEWORKS, Leeds 15-19 JUNE

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS This cult musical follows down and out Skid Row florist assistant Seymour, who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon 'Audrey II' grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B singing carnivore, offering him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite. But as Audrey II s demands increase, all that Seymour holds dear is threatened as the plant's sinister agenda for global

ALHAMBRA, Bradford 21 – 26 JUNE

LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN

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From the producers of smash hit Rock N Roll musicals including Dreamboats and Petticoats & The Roy Orbison Story, comes Laughter In The Rain, a brand new show based on the rise, fall and rise again of pop music's ultimate survivor, Neil Sedaka

£12 / concessions

£10.50 - £30

THE GRAND, Leeds

HARROGATE THEATRE

22 JUNE – 3 JULY

DESPERATE TO BE DORIS

HAIRSPRAY

LipService and Harrogate Theatre present Desperate to be Doris, an outrageous homage to musical icon Doris Day, featuring a selection of the diva of the duster’s greatest hits. £10-£15

Hairspray tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart as she sets out to follow her extraordinary dreams, inspire her mum and win the boy she loves. She wins a spot on the local TV dance programme, The Corny Collins Show and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. Stars Brian Conley and Nigel Planer.

£21 - £43.50

THE GRAND, Leeds 12 – 17 JULY

SPAMALOT, The Grand Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot (by Eric Idle and John DuPrez) has had audiences all around the world roaring with laughter since it won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2005. Featuring the Nation’s Favourite Comedy Song ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’, Monty Python's Spamalot ‘raises silliness to an art form’ (The Sunday Times) as it tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table and features a bevy (or possibly a brace) of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people! Stars Marcus Brigstocke and Todd Carty. 56 £13.50 - £38.50

2 – 10 JULY

ALHAMBRA, Bradford 5 – 10 JULY

DAD’S ARMY MARCHES ON The boys are back in town! Dad's Army returns to the stage with a brand new adaptation of the classic sitcom £10.50 - £23

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THE VICTORIA, Halifax 10 – 11 JULY

PEPPA PIG’S PARTY Today it's a bright and sunny day. It's a very special day. It's Peppa Pig's birthday. Come and join the fun with Peppa and George, Suzy Sheep, Danny Dog and Emily Elephant. A charming, original and imaginative show, full of brand new songs, muddy puddles, and oinks! £10.50 - £14.50


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culture WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE 11 JUNE – 10 JULY

HAY FEVER Noel Coward’s incomparable domestic comedy of bad manners and the surreal lives of the 1920s bright young things. Judith Bliss, once glittering star of the London stage, now in early retirement, is still enjoying life with more than a little high drama and the occasional big scene. As the weekend approaches, Judith, her novelist husband David, and their two equally self-obsessed children, Simon and Sorel, have each invited a guest to join them in the country. Each guest is woefully inappropriate, and equally unprepared for the parlour games, in-fighting, and outrageous proposals on which the Bliss family appear to thrive.

HARROGATE THEATRE

CARRIAGEWORKS, Leeds

1 – 3 July

7 – 10 JULY

APPLES

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The first stage adaptation of Richard Milward’s remarkable debut novel, Apples is a co-production between Northern Stage and Company of Angels. “Catcher in the Rye meets the Arctic Monkeys ” Time Magazine

How far would a man be prepared to go to regain his lost youth? In the case of Dr Faust, he was willing to sell his soul to the Devil. By doing so he brings about the downfall of many. Charles Gournod turned this well-known legend into one of the most popular operas of all time. Filled with wonderful music, including The Calf of God and The Jewel Song, it is both joyous and moving.

£12/£10 THE CRUCIBLE, Sheffield 17 JUNE – 24 JULY

ALICE The White Rabbit is late for the Duchess. The Cheshire Cat won’t stop grinning. And the Hatter is, well, mad. In the middle of it all is Alice, a young girl with a vivid imagination and a family life that’s less than perfect. Follow Alice as she escapes her bedroom to find adventure in a topsy-turvy world. Based on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, Alice breathes fresh life into a much-loved story about rabbit holes, pocket watches and talking caterpillars.

£16 - £26 LYCEUM, Sheffield 1 – 3 JULY

THE MAN FROM STRATFORD Shakespeare is the greatest writer the world has ever known. But we know nothing about him. Or do we? In a magical tour-deforce, Simon Callow, one of Britain’s greatest actors, tracks down the real William Shakespeare, bringing to life both the man and the unforgettable characters – lovers, kings, soldiers and clowns – who have since conquered the world’s stages.

£16 - £24

WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE THIS LAND – THE WOODY GUTHRIE STORY Hitch a ride on this musical journey through Woody Courtyard Theatre Guthrie’s life. From the boom bust childhood in Oaklahoma to the cold canyons of Manhattan. See America’s ‘Dust Bowl Balladeer’ perform in boxcar, pickett line, street corner and concert hall.

£12 - £18

THE NUMBERS YOU NEED: WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE 0113 2137700 THE GRAND 0844 848 2706 CARRIAGEWORKS 0113 2243801 BRADFORD THEATRES 01274 432000 HARROGATE THEATRE 01423 502116 THE VICTORIA, HALIFAX 01422 351158 SHEFFIELD THEATRES 0114 2496000

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THE STUDIO, Bradford 25 JUNE

MARTIN BIGPIG Combining startlingly original material with bold, energetic improvisation, Martin Bigpig's love of working the audience, and an inability to remember his script, makes every show a unique interactive live event and no two shows are ever the same.

£8/£9

£12 - £19

15 - 17 JULY

£9-£15/£7-£13

WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE 4 JULY

COURTYARD COMEDY CLUB The Courtyard Comedy Club continues with Craig Campbell and Josie Long and other headliners from the international circuit as well as emerging talent. It's the best in British comedy in a relaxed good humored setting.

£10/£8

HARROGATE THEATRE 30 JULY

DANNY BHOY Hot off the heels of his extensive tour of the U.S. and Canada, Scotland's very own comedy sensation comes to Harrogate to warm up his show ahead of his appearance at the Edinburgh Festival where he will perform to 1000 people a night.

£12/£10 CARRIAGEWORKS, Leeds 12 JUNE

ST GEORGE’S HALL, Bradford

REGINALD D. HUNTER

31 JULY

Reginald D Hunter’s uniquely non-secular approach to comedy continues. A well known face on primetime television shows such as 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and QI, Reginald is also a frequent guest on Have I Got News For You and has just finished starring alongside Andy Hamilton in BBC4’s It’s Only A Theory.

JASON MANFORD

£17

The first of two nights (the other date is in October) from this year’s big stand-up breathrough. "Guaranteed to deliver laughs, Incredibly funny" Chortle “A natural with the audience, warm, fun, engaging" Manchester Evening News

£20

HARROGATE THEATRE 19th JUNE

JOHN HEGLEY John Hegley, one of Britain’s finest comic poets and performers, makes his inaugural visit to Harrogate Theatre with a new volume of whimsical vignettes.

£12/£10

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THROUGH JUNE & JULY Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield Yorkshire Sculpture Park present a rich and extensive exhibition of work by David Nash, tracing the evolution of the artist's forty year career and offering a vivid statement of his life's work. Sculpture, installation and drawings will range across the Park and include new monumental works for the Underground Gallery, a retrospective survey in Longside Gallery and contextual displays from the artist's archive alongside sculpture in the open air and a permanent outdoor commission. ysp.co.uk

THROUGH JUNE & JULY Henry Moor Institute, Leeds Half-Scottish, half-German, Obrist (1862-1927) is known principally for one work: a spiralling plaster motif often compared to Vladimir Tatlin’s iconic but unrealised ‘Monument to Revolution’. Obrist worked mainly in the applied arts and architecture, using motifs drawn from the structure of plants and shells in both two and three-dimensions. The remarkable surviving plaster forms are arguably the first abstract sculptures and will be shown at the HMI for the first time in the UK. henry-moore-fdn.co.uk

THROUGH JUNE & JULY Bradford Industrial Museum 107 Not Out – The History of the Bradford Cricket League. On display will be objects, rare images and memorabilia showcasing the Leagues' glorious 107 year history. The exhibition will focus on some of the 'greats' such as Sir Jack Hobbs & Sir Len Hutton as well as feature more modern players such as Matthew Hoggard. nrm.org.uk

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2nd – 4th JULY

Holmfirth Arts Festival Holmfirth Arts Festival prides itself on offering a rich mix of art, music, theatre, and performance from local and national talent. For two weeks in June you are invited to enjoy the ever-popular art markets, folk, opera and classical music in the centre of Holmfirth, the third Vanstallation, a firstrate photography exhibition and even a little bit of Edgar Alan Poe. holmfirthartsfestival.co.uk

Folk Festival, Cleckheaton Now in it's 23rd year, the Cleckheaton Folk Festival remains a small, friendly weekend Festival offering a host of attractions such as Workshops, Dance sides, Singarounds and Music Sessions, the regular Saturday morning Parade, the Cleckheaton Farmers Market, some fabulous street entertainment, not forgetting the Family Fun Day on Sunday. As ever, they offer a campsite for those visitors requiring overnight accommodation - £8 p.p.pn. or only £3 p.p.p.n for weekend ticket holders. Booked guests include Artisan, Dougie MacLean & Eliza Carthy. cleckheatonfolkfestival.org

RUNS UNTIL 3rd JULY Graves Gallery, Sheffield Taking visitors to the Graves Gallery on a journey from Jane Austen to Jarvis Cocker, a new exhibition of over 60 works from the National Portrait Gallery will celebrate Britain’s finest literary talents. In a landmark event, Writers of Influence: Shakespeare to JK Rowling will include the Gallery’s inaugural UK loan of its iconic Chandos portrait of William Shakespeare, the very first work it acquired in 1856. The painting will go on display alongside a host of significant literary portraits from the NPG’s collections, including work by Vanessa Bell, Bill Brandt, Henri Cartier Bresson, Man Ray and Lord Snowdon. northyorks.gov.uk

10th – 24th JUNE Theatre Royal, Wakefield Students from across the Performing Arts and Music department come together in collaboration with Theatre Royal Wakefield, to present their fourth spectacular summer festival. The festival has grown and grown each year and this year promises a bumper crop of Music, Theatre and Dance. There will be performances at Theatre Royal Wakefield, Wakefield Arts Centre and, due to its continued success, a two day open air music festival. theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk

19th JUNE and every Saturday The Hi-Fi Club, Leeds Fancy a laugh? The Saturday night Comedy Sessions features three stand up comedians from around the globe every Saturday evening from 7.00pm Until 10.00pm (First comedian onstage 7.45pm). Ticket holders are entitled to stay in the venue for the following Boogaloo clubnight. thehificlub.co.uk

19th JUNE

Temple Newsam, Leeds 'A House of Birds' takes as its starting point Lady Hertford's act of 'vandalism' by cutting out the priceless illustrations from her copy of JJ Audubon's ‘Birds of America’and pasting them onto the walls of her Chinese Drawing Room in 1829. The exhibition then goes on to look at the way in which birds have inspired the design and decoration of furniture, textiles, wallpapers and ceramics through the ages. An explorer’s guide with puzzles, activities and pictures to colour is also available for younger visitors. leeds.gov.uk

With Armouries Square full of vintage vehicles, knights clashing in the Father’s Day joust and some of our more secret weapons from the National Firearms Centre on display for the first time – bring your Dad to see the big boys’ toys! royalarmouries.org

THROUGH JUNE & JULY

26th JUNE – 15th JULY

Media Museum, Bradford The work of photographer and video artist Robbie Cooper explores the issues surrounding the increasing amount of exposure to contemporary media many people experience on a daily basis.From children playing videogames, to young adults absorbed in horror movies, to people living out second lives through online virtual worlds, this exhibition (‘Immersion’) documents the many ways in which people choose to disengage from everyday life. nationalmediamuseum.org.uk

Thackray Museum, Leeds William Astbury's x-ray photographs of wet wool were truly amazing; they led to our modern-day understanding of living things. New treatments for diseases like Alzheimer's are possible because of his pioneering work. This exciting exhibition pays tribute to this Leeds-based scientist whose observations led to the discovery of the doublehelix, the structure of DNA. thackraymuseum.org

Royal Armouries, Leeds

3rd & 4th JULY Harewood House, Leeds Harewood House presents a series of talks, lectures and activities for Architecture Weekend. The event marks the birthday of Robert Adam, Harewood's interior architect. To book: 0113 218 1000. harewood.org

15th – 18th JULY DV8, York The Goth Festival DV8 is bigger and better and now includes over thirty bands, burlesque dancers and sideshow performers over three stages at night and, during the day, alternative markets at the historic Barley Hall amongst others.Early bird tickets which cover all events at all venues all weekend are now available for £45. theduchessyork.co.uk

17th JULY Deer Shed Festival, Thirsk One day and night of the best in contemporary music and art set in beautiful North Yorkshire parkland.There are 12 main stage slots on the Saturday, from midday until 11pm. The one overarching objective for the success of this festival is booking the best of the best. Kid’s entertainment will not be an afterthought; this is very much a family-friendly festival. On the arts side there’ll be some amazing creations evolving throughout the day; starting with a blank canvas (or chunk of wood, sheet of metal, piece of cloth) the aim is to get even the most artistically reluctant to have a go and make lasting reminders of the day. deershedfestival.com

FROM 17th JULY Eureka!, Halifax Celebrate Eureka!’s 18th Birthday with a festival of play. Everyday there will be a variety of playful activities indoors and outside to guarantee a funfilled day. eureka.org.uk


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One of the acts that JK & Joel @ Breakfast have already confirmed for this year’s show is The Saturdays, undoubtedly the biggest girl group in the UK right now. Mollie, Frankie, Una, Vanessa and Rochelle will be strutting their stuff on stage following in the footsteps of other amazing girl groups in the past such as Girls Aloud.

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Other artists already confirmed include last year’s stars Pixie Lott and Alesha Dixon. Plus, X Factor winner Alexandra Burke will be taking to the stage. It really is shaping up to be the biggest and best Party In The Park in its entire history. Keep listening to 96.3 Radio Aire for more information because every Monday morning at 8am JK & Joel @ Breakfast will be announcing more confirmed artists for Party In The Park and if you weren’t lucky enough to bag yourself some free tickets there will be chances to win the remaining ones by listening to 96.3 Radio Aire.

Pixie Lott

Everyone at 96.3 Radio Aire is gearing themselves up for the biggest free music event in the UK, put on by ourselves and Leeds City Council. The biggest pop stars around will be descending on our own doorstep to delight the good people of Leeds and West Yorkshire. Temple Newsam, as always, is the location for this year’s Party In The Park and it is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet. That’s no easy feat. Last year’s acts included Pixie Lott, JLS, Dizzee Rascall, Calvin Harris, Alesha Dixon, Sophie Ellis Bextor and many more. The official ticket launch took place on June 5th in Millennium Square and thousands of music fans snapped up their tickets in record time. Rich Williams

However, I have had to place a ban on one particular female artist from returning to Party In the Park after her performance last year. It wasn’t that her singing wasn’t up to scratch - in fact, it was great. The issue had more to do with a certain someone’s back stage behaviour. Yes, she was courteous. Yes, she was friendly. And yes, she made no fuss. However, I was left rather perturbed after a close encounter with said performer… Agnes. The Scandinavian lovely had just come off the stage having wowed the crowds with her song ‘Release Me’ and I was interviewing all the stars backstage after their performances so waited for her to come over to our backstage boudoir for a chat. After the interview, as one does, I stood up to give Agnes a hug and it was at that point where the issue occurred. Mid-embrace, Agnes confided in me that she was full of cold and had been feeling ill for days. What a thing to say to someone that you are hugging! Now, I’m not one for throwing beautiful women off me whilst embracing them but on this occasion I was happy to make an exception! The next few weeks were spent sniffing Olbas Oil!

Alesha Dixon The majority of May on the show was spent basking in the ubiquitous glory of Leeds United’s promotion out of the doldrums of League 1 to the relatively acceptable status of a Championship side. It certainly has been a long time coming so it only seemed right that the famous Leeds Leeds Leeds (Marching On Together) should be re-released in celebration of Simon Grayson and the team’s achievement. The fans obliged and as always, The Homerun got right behind the campaign to the point that I actually spoke to B.O.B. who had the current number one and asked him to download the single. We are yet to confirm yet whether or not he did, but either way it wouldn’t have been enough as he remained at the top of the Big Top 40 scuppering the musical dreams of all Leeds fans. It was a valiant effort nonetheless. JK & Joel have been busy on their show recently including interviews with Diana Vickers when she had the number one album in the UK, Adam Lambert, runner up on last year’s American Idol who said he was happy coming second (erm, you keep telling yourself that!) and Scouting For Girls who had a bit of a shocking revelation involving one of Leeds’ finest hotels. Whilst staying in Leeds recently, it had been claimed that one of the rooms booked under the ‘Scouting For Girls’ umbrella, was left with thousands of pounds worth of damage. Now, according to the band it wasn’t them who were responsible. In fact, they were quick to point the finger at their irresponsible roadies for the damage. Whatever you say boys! As always I like to suggest an artist you might enjoy listening to. This month it is Tiffany Page. She popped in for a chat on the show and was really lovely. Her music is great and I think she is going to be big in the second half of 2010. Also her drummer used to play in one of my all time favourite bands, Captain. They are definitely worth a listen as well. You can hear Rich weekdays on 96.3 Radio Aire’s Homerun between 3-7pm and also on Saturday Breakfast 6-10am. Find out more about the show at facebook.com/radioaire.rich

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Julie Kerner, Interior Design Consultant, BoConcept, Redbrick Mill

DILEMMA 1 I have a small living room and I am struggling to visualise how I am going to get a sofa to work in my space. At BoConcept we try and make it simple and easy. Bring in your room dimensions to us and we can draw your room to plan on our Furnish programme - from here, we can look at what sofas would work well in your space. You can see immediately from the 3D drawings how a sofa could work in your own living room. This really gives you a good overall visual of your space - and all for free! Just pop into store with your room plan and let us do the rest. DILEMMA 2 We purchased a house not so long ago, and have a living area that is twice the size of our last one, but feel our current sofas might look a bit lost. Look at your space and decide whether you could split it into two areas. One idea is to create a space for a corner sofa where the family can get together and watch TV. Our Celano or Mezzo sofa ranges would work well here, leaving you the option to furnish another part of your room with living chairs or a smaller two or three-seater sofa. This gives your living area more versatility. BoConcept’s sofas are all modular units so we can make our sofas as large or as small as you desire.

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DILEMMA 3 What should I be thinking about before going out and purchasing a sofa? A new sofa is one of the most important purchases you will make for your home so it has to be right. Consider how you are going to use it, how many people may be sitting on it at any one time, whether you want a soft comfy-looking sofa or one that that has got more structure to it and looks more formal. Consider the fillings in the sofa - if you like a more structured look, then feathers on a base cushion are not going to be for you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about what the sofa is made from and, most importantly, take time in the showroom to try out all the sofas. (At BoConcept we actively encourage all our customers to kick their shoes off and do as they would do at home!). DILEMMA 4 Access to my apartment is very restricted – how am I going to get the sofas in? All our Sofas come flat-packed (not literally flat!) but because they are modular units including the arms and legs, they come in their own boxes. So this makes it possible to deliver our sofas anywhere. The beauty of this is that when you come to move again you just take them apart and go. And if you move to a bigger place - because our sofas are modular - you can always add more seating options to your sofa to make it larger.


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DILEMMA 5 I can’t make my mind up whether to go with a fabric or leather on my new sofa. Consider a few things: do you have small children to think about or pets. Leather has long been considered to be a better option as it is easier to keep clean and it retains its new look for longer but nowadays there are some great-looking fabrics to choose from, all of which have been tested and rated to prove how well they wear - the higher the rating, the more robust the fabric. We stock fabric protectors and cleaners to keep your sofa looking great and we have over 80 fabrics and leathers to choose from. 1. Celano Corner Sofa from BoConcept - starts from £2920 from www.boconcept. co.uk 2. A previously unknown jewel from the treasure chest of design left behind by Hans J. Wegner is now available from Icons of Denmark. A clay model, along with a few photos of an early prototype found in the archives of the Hans J. Wegner Studio, were the first signs of the chair that Wegner designed back in 1960. And these were enough to inspire Carl Hansen & Son to put the chair into production for the very first time.

The CH468 retails from £2895.00 from www.iconsofdenmark.dk 3. Candy Chair in a fabric of Munna Design’s collection £1,951, from Momentum Store, www.momentumstore.com

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4. Voyage Immobile by Fred Rieffel is a variation on the theme of ultracomfortable, adaptable and informal lowlevel seating. A modular sofa in a variety of section shapes, it also has adjustable headrests / backrests that fold up or down for varying degrees of support. (price dependent on composition) Armless unit from £1,638 Lounge chair from £1,912w 121-125 Great Ancoats Stree, Manchester - 0161 236 1517 5. The new D’Urso Swivel Lounge, designed by Joseph Paul D’Urso for Knoll, offers modern style that is both distinctive and functional, for home, corporate, and hospitality environments. With an adjustable seat height and a generous scale, the swivel lounge is both comfortable and versatile. The collection is available in a range of different upholsteries. Prices from £1560 from Knoll International 020 7236 6655

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The Julia Sofa from Wawa has a wood veneer over a laminated birch ply frame with solid wood lipping. High arm may be specified on either side. Available from www. wawa.co.uk Diary triple-seater sofa with two pillows and heel legs from Moooi Boutique. £2,435.00 from evitavonni - www.evitavonni.co.uk

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Barney Bardsley’

“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows...” Oberon, King of the Fairies, “A Midsummer Night’s dream/William Shakespeare There are so many layers of loveliness to a summer garden – from the soft shady greens of the trees in leaf – cherry, apple, rowan, plum – to the multi-coloured pyrotechnics of the flower borders. Everywhere is abundance and growth. But there is one – far less showy – member of the garden family that I simply could not be without, at any time of year. If the trees were to drop and the flowers wither, I could survive, if I only had these: rosemary, lavender, sage and mint. Herbs: the quiet sensualists of the plant world.

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Everyone should grow at least one little pot of something herby on their window ledge – rooted plants will far outlast, and out-taste, the sad little plastic packages of leaves sold (at extortionate prices) by supermarket chains. There is something deeply reassuring, verdant and protective about herbs, whether perched by the kitchen window, clustered in pots at the back door, or romping around a sunny border; their stems are both aromatic and velvet to the touch, their delicate design – of leaf and flower – is matched by a workaday usefulness for both cook and hungry consumer. They look good - AND YOU CAN EAT THEM TOO!


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herb The he The erb family family is is vast vast and and varied; varied; come tthey hey co ome from from aall ll ccorners orners of of the the globe, growing which g lobe, aand nd have have g rowing habits habits w hich differ But d iffer according according to to their their origin. origin. B ut what need iiff you you learn learn w hat tthey hey n eed – just just a ffew ew simple simple rules rules – tthen hen they they will will rreepay you p ay y ou loyally. loyaallly. It It really really is is worth worth tthe he bother, believe me. b other, b elieve m e.

Every winner Every herb herb is is a w inner to to me me – each each with w ith their their own own character, character, distinct distinct beauty, beauty, quirks But quirks aand nd foibles. foibles. B ut tthere here aare re two two that that are are particular particular ffavourites. avourites. They They are are the the ones ones I use use most most cconsistently onsistently in in my my cooking, cooking, and, and, perversely, per versely, they they are are the the ones ones I have have the the most most difficulty difficulty growing. grow ing. These These are are the the prima prima donnas donnas of herb of tthe he h erb garden: garden: basil basil and and parsley. parsley. Don’t Don’t even even think using herbs think about about us ing these these as as dried dried h erbs - they they will w i ll taste The taste like like funeral funeral ashes. ashes. T he ssucculence ucculence of of the the fresh basil, wrinkled fresh growing grow ing lleaves eaaves ooff b asil, ttheir heir w rinkled llittle ittle faces unfurl faces like like new-born new-born babies babies aass they they u nfurl from from the the stem stem – and and the the jjaunty, aunty, dew-fresh dew-fresh vigour vigour of of parsley, parsley, picked picked straight straight from from the the plant plant aand nd cchopped hopped and and used Each used immediately immediately – is is unsurpassable. unsurpassable. E ach can ca n be be grown grown from from seed, seed, and and basil basil is is particularly particularly enchanting growing, but enchanting to to watch watch g row ing, b ut they they are are slow slow to germinate need to g erminate aand nd they they do do n eed ttoo be be kept kept warm warm – eeven watering with warm water below, ven wa tering w ith wa rm wa ter ffrom rom b elow, ttoo keep dry. Fussy They keep tthe he lleaves eaaves d ry. F ussy llittle ittle blighters. blighters. T hey will well, w ill do do w ell, ttoo, oo, iiff bought bought aass small small plants plants from from a nursery but keep nursery – b ut iit’s t’s best best ttoo k eep them them indoors indoors on on a ssunny window unless your garden unny w indow ssill ill u nless y our g arden iiss very very sheltered. sheltered.

Let’s Le t’s start start with w ith the the tough tough g uys y – rosemary, ros guys osemary, lavender, lav avender, mint mint and and thyme. thyme. All A ll are are perennials, perennials, so so tthey hey come come back, back, year year after after year, year, and and just just n eed need cu tting back back a bit bit after after fflowering. lowering. You You ccan an pick pick up up cutting sstarter tarter pots pots very very ccheaply heaply ffrom rom garden garden centres, centres, tthen hen put put them them in in a nice nice ccontainer, ontainer, or or iin n a corner corner border, go. ooff the the b order, aand nd off off you you g o. They They llike ike space space to to sspread, pread, fresh fresh air air and and sunshine, sunshine, so so give give them them free free rrein ein – except except for for tthe he invasive invasive mint, mint, which which h as a has dictator’s d ictator’s aappetite ppetite for for tterritory, erritory, and and a tthirsty hirsty habit, bed h abit, ssoo iitt needs needs a b ed of of iits ts own, own, or or sink sink a pot pot into into water tthe he ground ground to to ccontain ontain tthe he rroots. oots. And And wa ter well. well. Rosemary R osemary aand nd lavender laavender oon n the the other other hand, hand, thrive thrive Rosemary iin n dry dry aand nd poor poor ssoils. oils. R osemaary in in particular particular is is a grand Mediterranean geezer, cracked g rand oold ld M editerranean g eezer, its its cra cked and and gnarled branches g narled b ranches jutting jutting oout ut from from stony stony Greek Greek hillsides, happier h illsides, never never h appier tthan han when when iit’s t’s baking baking in in Strangely, rainy tthe he sun. sun. S trangely,, iitt will w ill survive sur vive iin n ccold, old, ra iny Yorkshire, but not waterlogged Y orkshire, b ut n ot in in wa terlogged soil soil – so so add add grit Treat mean, llots ots ooff g rit ttoo its its roots. roots. T reat iitt m ean, it it loves loves a cchallenge! hallenge!

Basil great Basil iiss held held iin ng reat rreverence everence in in India, India, its its country country of of birth, birth, where where iitt iiss sseen een as as a holy holy and and protective plant. Once protective p lant. I ccan an see see why. why. O nce I bought bought a small pott of basil small po of ready-to-use ready-to-use b asil iin n a supermarket, supermarket, and lady who and tthe he ttiny, iny, exquisite exquisite IIndian ndian la dy w ho sserved er ved me buried her nose plant wrinkled me b uried h er n ose iin n tthe he p lant and and w rinkled it it

Thyme creep T hyme likes likes to to cr eep aand nd crawl craawl along along the the ground, ground, gorgeous iits ts tiny tiny lleaves eaaves rreleasing eleasing intense, intense, g orgeous llemon emon aand nd apple apple aaromas, romas, with w ith a show show of of lilac lilac aand nd white white but fflowers lowers iin n the the summer, summer, which which tthe he bees bees aadore, dore, b ut gets woody keep iitt g ets w oody very very quickly, quickly, ssoo k eep trimming trimming it it back wayward b ack aand nd shaping shaping its its wa y ward branches. branches. Sage, Sage, perennial, aanother nother Mediterranean Mediterranean p erennial, thrives thrives in in pott or You po or border. border. Y ou can can buy buy llittle ittle starter starter plants plants iin n purple p urple aand nd vvariegated ariegated green green – but but the the strongest strongest aand nd most most musky musky is is the the ccommon ommon sage, sage, Salvia Salvia oofficinalis, fficinalis, iits ts pointy pointy grey grey foliage foliag a e pleasingly pleasingly rrough ough aand nd hairy hairy ttoo tthe he touch, touch, its its willingness w illingness ttoo grow grow marred ma rred only only by by its its ttendency endency ttoo tturn urn suddenly suddenly to to dust you d ust iiff y ou forget forget to to keep keep it it watered. watered. But herbs mounds. B ut h erbs do do not not jjust ust come come in in shrubs shrubs aand nd m ounds. They bee ttall willowy T hey can ca n b all and and w illow y too. too. Fennel, Fennel, Foeniculum (not F oeniculum vvulgare ulgare ((n not to to be be confused confused with w ith the the Florence bulb F lorence fennel fennel b ulb – a ccompletely ompletely different different particularly aanimal) nimal) iiss a p articularly lovely lovely plant. plant. It It comes comes in in bronze green, whooshes up height b ronze oorr g reen, w hooshes u p to to a h eight of of three three winter, ffeet eet in in summer summer aand nd tthen hen dies dies back back in in w inter, new, lacy-headed oonly nly to to push push out out n ew, la cy-heaaded growth growth the the ffollowing ollow ing sspring. pring. Its Its ffoliage oliage tastes tastes of of aaniseed, niseed, aand nd bee dried tthe he seeds seeds from from iits ts sstarburst tarburst fflowers lowers can ca n b dried aand nd used used in in aromatic aromatic dishes, dishes, or or even even for for a fennel fennel but ttea. ea Similar Similar in in looks, looks b ut best best kept kept apart apart ((or or the the two wo plants p an s mutate mu a e and and hybridise), hybr d se iss the he pea-green pea green dill, Anethum d Ane hum graveleons. grave eons Fish F sh lovers overs will w know know this key h s one, one as as a k ey ingredient ngred en oof the he delicate de ca e ssalmon a mon dish Like d sh gravlax. graav ax L ke fennel, enne dill d iss easy easy enough enough too grow, grow but bu iss an an annual, annua so so will w need need rreplacing ep ac ng year year on on year. year

Parsley P arsley

ooriginally r ig inally g grew rew wild Mediterranean. w ild iin n tthe he M editer ranean. IIn n M e d ie v a l E ngland iitt w as p ut oon n Medieval England was put huge bunches, ttables ables iin nh ug e b unches, aand nd rround ound n ecks ttoo aabsorb bsorb ffo ood oodours doours – h e nc e necks food hence tthe he oorigin r ig in ooff tthe he n otion tthat hat iitt ttakes akes notion aaway way tthe he n asty, sstinky tinky sside ide eeffects ffects nasty, ooff eeating ating ttoo oo m uch g a rlic. B ut do es much garlic. But does iitt rreally eally wo rk? work?

Rosemary’s R osemary’s

fragrant from frag rant name name comes comes ffr rom tthe he Latin Rosmarinus, Rosmarin nus, ““Dew Dew ooff tthe he Latin Sea”, beautiful Sea”, aand nd refers refers ttoo tthe he b eauti ful little b lue fflowers lowers that that b ob, llike ike little blue bob, tiny w aves, oon n ttop op of of its its d a rk green g r e en tiny waves, dark stems iin n eearly a rly spr ing. It It is is a b ony, stems spring. bony, br iny p lant , growing g row ing oon n tthe he hot hot briny plant, Mediter ranean ccoasts. oasts. The The ancients ancients Mediterranean believed iitt strengthened streng thened tthe he believed memor y aand nd G reek sscholars chola rs slept slept memory Greek w ith it it under under ttheir hei r p illows, the the n ight with pillows, night before iimportant mpor tant eexams. x a ms. before

Mint M int in in disappointment. disappointment. She She explained explained that that elegant elegant tubs basil placed tubs ooff b asil were were p laced aaround round tthe he houses houses aand nd in back high days holy in temples temples b ack iin n IIndia, ndia, oon nh igh d ays and and h oly days, pungent, days, and and tthat hat tthe he p ungent, sweet, sweet, seductive seductive smell smell released released ffrom rom the the leaves leaaves was was quite quite iintoxicating. ntoxicating. She pointed had She po inted aatt the the pot pot I h ad just just bought. bought. “I “I can’t can’t smell smell aanything”, nything”, she she said. said. I vvowed owed on on tthe he spot spot to to grow my grow m y oown wn in in ffuture. uture. And And I do. do. I urge urge you you to to do do the grow the same. same. IIn n ffact, a ct , g row any any herb herb you you can, can, in in any any space have. never space you you h ave. You You will w ill n ever regret regret it. it.

grew g rew first ffii rst iin n tthe he E urope ooff aantiquity. ntiquity. IItt w as Europe was rregarded ega rded aass a ssymbol y mbol ooff h osp pitality hospitality – aand nd tthe he R om a n s h ad iitt sstrewn t rew n Romans had aaround round lliberally iberally aatt fe ffeasts easts aand nd b anquets. B a si l , m eanwhile, w as banquets. Basil, meanwhile, was ttreated reated iin n iits ts n ative IIndia ndia w ith native with rrather ather m ore rrespect espect – eeven ven u s i ng more using iitt aass ssymbol y mbol ooff pr obity, w hen tthey hey probity, when sswore wore ttheir hei r ooaths aths iin n ccourt. our t.

For u For useful seful ttips ips on on g growing row wing h herbs erbs – ttheir heir history uses have h istory aand nd u ses – h ave a llook ook aatt w w w.herbexpert.co.uk www.herbexpert.co.uk And book A nd tthere here iss a lovely ove y little tt e b ook just ust oout, ut ccalled alle led “The “ The Cook’s Cook s Herb Herb Garden” Garden” by by Jeff Jeff Cox Marie-Pierre Moine Cox and and M ar e P erre M o ne (Dorling Dor ng Kindersley, which Kindersleey ££12.99) 12 99 w h ch includes nc udes herbherb- growing grow ng information nformat on and The and ssome ome ttasty asty recipes. rec pes T he sauce page sauce verte vertee oon np age 3361 61 iss heavenly! heavenly!

Barney B arney Bardsley’s Bardsley s b ook ““A AH andful ooff book Handful E arth” iss p ubl shed b y Earth” published by J ohn M urrray £7.99 £7 99 John Murray,

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Duncan D uncan T Thorne horne

Watching W atching rrugby ugby league league iin nw winter inter is is bit off an nowadays. ab it o an oddity oddity n owadays.

Australians we have ““The The A ustralians have have much much more more strength strength in in depth depth tthan han w eh ave aand nd could could put put out out two two or or tthree hree sides sides that that would would be be very very competitive, competitive, whereas have weak w hereas we we don’t don’t h ave tthat. hat. One One or or two two iinjuries njuries leave leave us us w eak and and we we

Gone a Gone are re the the mud mud bath bath p pitches, itches, the the ffreezing reezing weather weather and and fforwards orwards dominating dominating an an up-the-jumper up-the-jumper style style game. game. SSo o it it was was strange strange to to see see tthe he Leeds Leeds R hinos d oing b attle o na Rhinos doing battle on ccold old and and frosty frosty Sunday Sunday evening evening in in FFebruary ebruary in in tthe he Wo orld Club Club World C hallenge even even if if it it h as become become a yearly yearly occurrence occurrence ssince ince the the Challenge has cclub’s lub’s Super Super League League dominance dominance started started to to take take consistent consistent sshape hape over over the the last last tthree hree years. years. Another oddity Another oddity w was as a R Rhinos hinos d defeat efeat in in a major major final final given given the the amount amount o success they they have have been been aaccustomed ccustomed to to iin n recent recent years. years. off success B ut perhaps perhaps the the biggest biggest shock shock ccame ame after after the the fi nal w histle w ith K eith But final whistle with Keith when SSenior’s enior’s rrant ant at at referee referee Richard Richard Silverwood, Silverwood, following following a night night w hen Melbourne M elbourne Storm’s Storm’s professional professional spoiling spoiling tactics tactics ruined ruined what what should should h ave been been a great great spectacle spectacle of of the the best best two two club club sides sides in in the the world world have ttrying rying to to o ut-skill each each other other with with some some fast fast flowing, flowing, exciting exciting rugby. rugby. out-skill SSenior’s enior’s outburst outburst was was borne borne of of ffrustration, rustration, one one sshared hared by by the the ffans, ans, ccommentators ommentators and and everyone everyone who who witnessed witnessed the the evening. evening. As As one one of of G reat B ritain’s most most celebrated celebrated players, players, he he h as b ecome aaccustomed ccustomed Great Britain’s has become tto o winning winning following following a g littering ccareer areer that that has has seen seen h im win win every every glittering him h onour in in the the domestic domestic game. game. honour ““II made made m feelings about about it it clear clear at at the the time time and and I aapologised pologised and and myy feelings g ot punished punished accordingly, accordingly,” he he explains. explains. “I “I aaccept ccept you you can’t can’t say say what what I got ssaid aid and and that that referees referees have have a hard hard job job to to do. do. It It was was simply simply a case case of of me me hating Aussies. h ating to to llose, ose, especially especially tto o the the A ussies.”

but ccan’t an’t match match them. them. TTactically actically they they are are better better too, too, b ut tthat hat iiss ssomething omething we We every off ssix but w e can can llearn earn from. from. W e look look tto o score score aatt e very sset et o ix ttackles ackles b ut tthey hey play much more p lay a m uch m ore patient patient game game based based on on strong strong defence defence and and really really tturn urn tthe he sscrew. crew. early ““It’s It’s ttheir heir national national sport sport and and they they educate educate ttheir heir kkids ids ffrom rom a vvery ery e arly do. our aage ge and and this this is is something something we we have have to to look look to to d o. The The grass grass roots roots of of o ur have have getting ssport port h ave tto o be be aaddressed ddressed because because we we ccurrently urrently h ave lads lads g etting tto o academy academy level level and and then then looking looking to to make make a big big step step up up but but iit’s t’s ttoo oo Australia high llate ate because because iin nA ustralia they they are are already already of of a h igh quality. quality. Until Until this this cchanges hanges then then I tthink hink we we will will always always struggle struggle even even though though summer summer made more rrugby ugby has has m ade tthe he sport sport m ore appealing appealing to to yyoungsters. oungsters.”

TTalking alking of of tthe he Aussies, Aussies, why why do do EEnglish nglish clubs clubs and and Great Great Britain Britain iin n particular particular ccontinue ontinue to to struggle struggle at at the the hands hands of of tthe he southern southern hemisphere despite Under h emisphere ssides ides d espite coaches coaches and and players players from from Down Down U nder having many h aving featured featured heavily heavily in in the the domestic domestic game game ffor or m any years? years? TThe he Rugby Rugby Football Football League’s League’s d ecision to to switch switch to to ssummer ummer rugby rugby decision iin n 1996 1996 was was meant meant tto o improve improve the the game game w ith faster faster running running rrugby ugby with e ncouraging better better handling handling sskills kills tthat hat in in turn turn w ould h elp Great Great encouraging would help B ritain cclose lose tthe he g ap on on A ustralia and and New New Z ealand’s international international Britain gap Australia Zealand’s d omination o the ssport. port. domination off the

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not IItt has has n ot worked worked out out tthat hat way way however, however, and and recent recent results results suggests suggests even be 52-4 tthe he gap gap could could e ven b e increasing increasing as as was was evident evident iin n the the 5 2-4 hammering Melbourne h ammering the the Australians Australians dished dished out out aatt the the World World Cup Cup in in M elbourne was point with a ccouple ouple of of yyears ears ago. ago. It It w as a low low p oint for for aallll concerned concerned w ith the the British B ritish game, game, especially especially SSenior enior whose whose iinternational nternational success success was was before llimited imited b efore his his rretirement etirement iin n 2009. 2009.

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“I think we were too complacent at the start of the year and things have slowly been getting better the last few weeks but at the moment we are nowhere near the level we need to be at,” he states like all winners do in a matter of fact, no-nonsense, brutally honest way. “We back ourselves to beat anyone and we are now getting a bit of momentum behind us after the wins against Warrington and Bradford, and we’ve set our sights on finishing third or even second but the beauty of the playoffs is that you can win it from eighth, even though it’s really tough. We know we’ve got the talent and have the know-how to do it but we’ve to play more as a team and less as

individuals. We’ve to keep improving as all the best sides do - if you don’t the rest soon catch you up.” “The start to the season was maybe a blessing in disguise and a wake up call although we’ve had quite a few kicks up the backside. The Super League is so tough now that anyone can beat anyone on their given day so you have to be focussed all the time. To win four Grand Finals on the trot would be the biggest achievement of my career even above the Sheffield win against Wigan.” As he approaches the twilight years of his career, Senior prides himself on being able to cut it with the next generation. “I feel I’ve still a lot to offer and I think my mental strength means I can go on for a few years yet. When I play against the up-and-coming players like Ryan Atkins who has my old international shirt I find I’m able to test and gauge myself against them and feel I’m still more than competitive.

“Further down the line I’m not sure what will happen although I’ve not ruled out the prospect of playing rugby union as it would provide a whole new challenge to me especially in terms of the positional and kicking side of the game but at the moment my focus and concentration is on the Rhinos and us making sure we finish as high as we can in the league.” In fact, there aren’t any signs of Senior slowing down at all, as is evident with his off-the-pitch passion for, wait for another surprise, horse riding – a little unusual for someone who has spent his life in the macho world of rugby league. “I got into it three years ago through my partner who loves horses and I thought I’d give it a go and it’s great fun, even though I did get a fair bit of stick from some of the lads in the dressing room to start with!” he jokes. “I do the cross country and jumping and some of the lads are now asking about getting lessons so they are coming round to my way of thinking although some might struggle to get on a horse - I’ve got a Shetland Pony lined up for little Rob Burrow!”

From rock bottom in March to a fourth consecutive Super League come October? Stranger things have happened.

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Getaway THE COLLOQUY, Herefordshire Just before you reach the Colloquy, a grand and luxurious escape on the Wales/Herefordshire border, you sweep up a beautifully-kept tree-lined driveway. It’s the sort of entrance royalty might expect as they ready for a weekend of upper crust debauchery at some hidden country retreat. And The Colloquy really is hidden, nestled on an unnamed road (slaves to the sat-nav watch out) and deep in rich countryside but once you arrive, despite the grandiosity of the location, there’s never a question that this huge 8 bedroom property is bestsuited to stiff upper lips and starchy tweed - this is a perfect place for a relaxed family getaway and somewhere you can really let your hair down. The much-needed guided tour will be informal and friendly but you’ll still need a few hours of your own to find your bearings and to become ingratiated with The Colloquy’s many features - heated outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna, big screen projector, video games, squash court, internet access.

The u-shaped building’s origins as a Victorian stable block are still present if you care to search but the interior has been intelligently and beautifully re-imagined by the venue’s owners - retaining old charms and quirks but packed with modern luxuries and conveniences. The bathrooms and kitchens are immaculate and each of the bedrooms characterful and subtly unique, with art for sale adorning almost every wall. The real star of The Colloquy experience, however, might just be its biggest luxury of all - an on-site chef. It’s an optional extra when booking but, for these holidaymakers anyway, a rare treat to be able to switch off entirely and not have to bother with affiliating oneself to the vagaries of a brand new kitchen. For some, this could be an indulgence too far (I’m led to believe some people actually enjoy cooking!) but if you don’t book a chef for at least one evening, you’re missing out on something special. The food comes mostly prepared and with instructions for final preparation. Locally-sourced and professionally made, it is a fabulous experience - especially with your family sat around the vast circular dining table. There’s a genuine away-from-it-all feeling at The Colloquy and although the acres of pristine countryside that surround you might tempt the energetic away for a few hours exploration, you’re so much in the lap of all-inclusive luxury and perfection that there’s little need to venture beyond the venue’s old walls. For that extra special, cross-generational (once in a lifetime?) get together - The Colloquy has everything you’ll need.

There’s a genuine away-from-it-all feeling at The Colloquy

The Colloquy, Lyonshall, Herefordshire, HR5 3JA Tel: 01544 340241 Weekends at The Colloquy start from £1800 for 16 people. Full rates can be found at www.thecolloquy.com

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Boltholes. Now there’s a word. It suggests something secretive, a little bit naughty, something vaguely illicit, even. Nestling almost in the shadows of that spawning ground of political collaboration, Eton College, The Christopher Hotel has probably seen a good few nudge-nudge rendezvous in its near 300 years such is the dreamy English innocence of its surroundings. The narrow and pretty streets, the gently burbling Thames, impresive Windsor Castle - how can anything so quintessentially English host anything less than honesty, fair play and the odd game of cricket?

THE CHRISTOPHER HOTEL, Eton

The Christopher Hotel, 110 High Street, Eton,Berkshire, SL4 6AN Tel: 01753 852359 Weekend rates from £158 per room per night, including full English Breakfast. A single room is £116, including full English Breakfast. www.thechristopher.co.uk

So as a bolthole - perfect. But what exactly does The Christopher Hotel do so well? Attentive and friendly staff who are more than happy to explain in detail exactly what the hotel has to offer and talk you through the numerous nearby attractions on offer. The hotel has a good selection of rooms, including family and executive suites and they even allow dogs at the small extra cost of £10 per night - a real bonus for this particular dog lover. A welcoming reception boasts dark wood floors with beautiful soft leather sofas and the rooms are furnished to a very high standard with a nice contemporary feel to them. The hotel’s bar maintains the dark wood theme with attractive low level lighting and the food is classic English cuisine spiced with the odd Morroccan flavour. We paid around £80 including wine and considered it genuinely good value for money. Eton is separated from neighbouring Windsor by a pedestrian bridge and there’s some beautiful shops and galleries along the away. Course, the famous castle will keep most people occupied for a day but, for you bolthole aficionados, you might prefer a gentle (and non-illicit) meander down the banks of the Thames.

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Romantic Break Complete with inglenook fireplaces, crooked floors, half-timbered frontage and cobbled courtyard, this stunning Elizabethan property sits in the heart of Old Amersham – plus, the interior was used in the film ‘Four Wedding and a Funeral’ no less – now, could anything be more romantic?

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Beautifully redesigned by style goddess Ilse Crawford, of Elle Deco and Babington House fame, Crawford has taken 500 years of history and subtly given The Crown a fresh and contemporary feel. The building's crooked walls and low beams have been sensitively incorporated into the design; her pared-down yet comfortable bedrooms feature rush matting, spotless white walls and sheepskin rugs, together with such creature comforts as flat screen televisions, pure cotton sheets and Jakob’s wool blankets. Bedroom sizes range from boltholes to the more spacious. The hand-painted wall of Room 12 dates back to around 1550 and is registered at the British Museum. Eating and drinking is central to the Inn. Overseen by celebrated chef Rosie Sykes (formerly Guardian Weekend's Kitchen Doctor), the kitchen produces a daily changing menu of locally sourced farmhouse food, including home-baked bread and jugged kippers. Consisting of a total of 40 bedrooms and several public rooms arranged around the cobbled courtyard, The Crown provides an ideal venue for an exclusive celebration for up to 150 people. The Back Room, with its open beams and inglenook fireplace, is a lovely spot for smaller private gatherings, seating up to 40 for an intimate dinner. Not surprisingly, The Crown is a sought-after setting for an English country wedding, with the delightful St Mary’s Parish Church just a stone’s throw away.

Average Room Price: Superior Double - £110, Family Suite - £150, Four Poster Suite - £185, Inn Double - £120 www.coachinginn.co.uk

If there’s a particular pressing question that needs asking at just the right moment – you can do no better than a weekend at The Crown.

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Escape CHAMPNEYS SPRINGS, Leicestershire As you travel down the long country driveway towards Champneys Springs spa resort in rural Leicestershire you can almost feel your stresses and concerns ease away. This, despite a ridiculously long 50mph restriction on the M1, which added a good 30 minutes to our journey from Yorkshire. We were met by very friendly, helpful and accommodating staff and although seeing most of the visitors wandering about in complimentary slippers and robes took some getting used to at first, we were soon immersed in the tranquillity of the place (which is helped by a mobile phone ban in communal areas) and those robes soon become the norm. After a guided tour around the facilities it was easy to see why the likes of Mr and Mrs Beckham, Joan Collins and Ronaldo are just some of the guest Champneys resorts can boast of. The rooms are very spacious, with French doors opening onto private patios or balconies and the contemporary bathrooms adding to the luxury feel. With a 25-metre swimming pool, a well-stocked Cybex-equipped gym, 55 treatment rooms, sauna, steam rooms, two fitness studios, a Thalassotherapy pool, a three hole golf course, bikes and expansive grounds - which make you feel completely removed from the outside world - it’s got everything for the most active On: readers or those just wanting to unwind. Food was of the quality and substance befitting such a luxurious, health-focused retreat. The menu changed each night offering delicately served starters, tasty fish and meat options for mains and



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THE DEVONSHIRE ARMS, Bolton Abbey, Skipton This famous Yorkshire venue dates back to the 17th century and is set amidst The Duke of Devonshire’s beautiful 30,000 acre Bolton Abbey Estate. Dark wooden furniture, historical paintings and open log fires make you feel instantly welcome and the knowledgeable and professional staff make you feel very comfortable throughout your stay.

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The hotel has 40 bedrooms and no two are the same. The style is sumptuous and true to its countryside surroundings, making the hotel suitable for anyone with a thirst for real quality. There is plenty of parkland to discover on the doorstep or you can just choose to relax in one of the local English Pubs or The Devonshire Brasserie and Bar. This is the hotel’s most modern bar, favoured for alfresco dining where you can soak up the astounding Dales scenery. Be sure to also visit the Health Spa with a small pool, plunge pool, spa pool, gym and relaxation lounge.

Food was of the quality and substance befitting such a luxurious, health-focused retreat. The menu changed each night offering delicately served starters, tasty fish and meat options for mains and healthy but tasty desserts. The food was complemented with a selection of fine wines all reasonably priced. The breakfast and lunch buffets featured a wide-variety of healthy food to sample and the service from the staff was always impeccable. Keen to try out some of the treatments and sessions on offer I booked myself onto an aqua circuit class. The contagiously energetic instructor put us through our paces (those of you who think aqua fitness is just a bit of splashing around, think again - it’s seriously hard work if you put the effort in!) and afterwards I felt more than ready for a brand new experience - meditation! It lasted 45 minutes but felt like no time at all as you are guided through the steps by the guru. I approached it with an open mind and was really surprised just how calming it was, helping you reflect and prioritise the important things in life and helping to focus the mind. However, if you do visit Champneys, the one thing you can’t afford to miss is the ultimate indulgence body massage, which really was ‘the ultimate’ in relaxation.

I challenge anyone to visit Champneys and not come away feeling completely relaxed and refreshed – it really is that good - and as far away as you could possibly hope from the stresses and strains of the rat race. Champneys Springs, Ashby de la Zouche, Leicestershire, LE65 1TG Tel: 0843 316 22 22 Day prices start at £65 for a Relax Day and residential breaks at £229.95 per person for a 1 night break. All packages include all meals and unlimited use of the facilities. Treatment packages vary depending on day or stay chosen. www.champneys.com

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Treat yourself in one of their beauty therapy suites, lap up the rays on the sun terrace in the warmer months or get competitive on the all weather tennis courts. The attached Burlington Restaurant has been awarded a fourth AA rosette in the 2010 edition of the AA Guide and is one of only six Michelin-starred establishments in Yorkshire. Head Chef, Steve Smith, is responsible for the deliciously innovative and contemporary haute cuisine based around some of Yorkshire’s finest produce. It hardly needs saying that the food was delectable. The Devonshire Arms is stunning yet not mposing, regal yet not pretentious and relaxing yet full of activity choices. The perfect choice for a weekend break – and right here on our doorsteps. The Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, BD23 6AJ. Tel: 01756 710441

June – Dine On Us Offer (valid until 30th June) From £119.00 pp based on two people sharing a Wharfedale Double Room inclusive of accommodation, full Yorkshire breakfast, use of the Spa facilities (treatments are charged as taken) and VAT, with complimentary dinner in The Brasserie.

July - £99 offer (valid until 30th September) From £99.00 pp based on two people sharing a Wharfedale Double Room inclusive of accommodation, dinner in The Brasserie, full Yorkshire breakfast, use of the Spa facilities (treatments are charged as taken) and VAT.

The above rates are midweek with a supplement of £10 per person per night to stay on Friday’s and Saturday’s. Saturday is a minimum two night stay. All offers are subject to availability.

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A MINI GUIDE TO SOME OF THE TOUR TERMS Yellow Jersey - This goes to the rider with the lowest overall cumulative time Green Jersey - This is for the sprinters. Ignore the times. You get points for crossing the line. More for a win and less as you go down the placings. The rider with the highest points total wins. Polka Dot Jersey - As the Green jersey, but for the climbers. This time points are awarded at the top of all climbs. White Jersey - The young riders competition, as the Yellow Jersey but for riders 25 years or younger.

Routeone Forget the World Cup! On July 3rd the 97th Tour de France starts. With one of the most interesting and dramatic routes for a long time, and no clear cut favourite, this year’s Tour de France promises to be an exciting race to watch . 9 riders in each of the 22 teams will race over 20 stages and cover 3600km Starting on July 3rd with a prologue in Rotterdam and working its way through Belgium, the riders enter France on July 6th. The riders avoid Paris at this stage but head east towards the mountains, passing through Reims and on through central France. The route continues via the south coast near Pau and finishes in Paris on July 27th. The Tour follows the traditional ‘spring classic’ route through the narrow, winding and cobblestone roads of Holland and Belgium. To do well requires an intricate knowledge of the cobbles. The riders, also, battle the elements – mud, muck, wind and rain (even in July!). To overcome these hurdles requires strength and determination and the classic riders, such as Fabian Cancellara and Tom Boonen, will be looking to do well here.

“Britain has two of the big favourites: David Millar riding for the Garmin team and Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins”

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The route this year takes a clockwise journey through France (it alternates each year). After 10 days the riders hit the mountains, the Alps first and then the Pyrenees and on to one of the tour’s biggest and most famous climbs - the Tourmalet. This mountain rises to 2115 meters, and just to add to their “fun” the riders go up it twice! The first time in the middle of the very tough stage 16 (20th July). The second time as the finish to stage 17 (21st July). The mountains are always where the favourites have to perform. Expect Alberto Contador (2009 winner) to come to the front here. Once the mountains are cleared, the individual time trial raises its nasty head. Again, the leaders must perform at their best to keep their overall positions or add more time over their competitors. This is the opportunity for the time trial specialists, who suffered in the mountains, to improve their positions. Britain has two of the big favourites: David Millar riding for the Garmin team and Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins. Bradley is our best chance of a British winner after proving himself in the ’09 tour finishing a high 4th overall, and leading the 2010 Tour of Italy. After the pain of the mountains and time trial, the race heads towards the finish in Paris on the famous Champs-Élysées. Will Britain’s Mark Cavendish repeat his winning sprint for the line? Will he be in the sprinters green jersey?

Peloton - The large group of cyclists. Looks like a swarm of bees when seen from above! Prologue - An individual short time trial that starts the race, awarding the 1st yellow jersey of the tour Classics - Established early season races, that every cyclist wants to win. A bit like a jockey wanting to win the Grand National Time Trial - A stage where riders are set off one at a time. The rider that completes the course on the lowest time wins.

MATTHEW’S RIDERS TO WATCH Bradley Wiggins - Team Sky. He finished 4th in the 2009 tour after strong time trials and rides in the mountains. A multiple world and Olympic champion on the track. Bradley won the 1st leader’s Pink jersey of the 2010 Giro de Italia. Cadel Evans - BMC Racing Team. Cadel could become Australia’s 1st Tour de France winner. The current Road Race World Champion. He is having a very good season so far. Lance Armstrong - Team RadioShack. He is trying to win his 8th Tour. Evan Lance admits his age is now against him, but with a very strong team and years of experience, anything is possible.


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A phenomenon in the US, Glee follows an optimistic secondary school teacher as he attempts to inspire an oddball group of students to realise their star potential and restore the school’s show choir - The Glee Club - to its former glory. The star of the show is undoubtedly Sue Sylvester, the remorselessly cruel nemesis of The Glee Club and the source of an endless array of brilliant, hilarious, laser-guided put-downs. Played by Jane Lynch, an actress whose career spans 30 years and includes key roles in Christopher Guest’s iconic comedies, Best In Show, For Your Consideration and A Mighty Wind as well as key roles in Hollywood mega-hits The 40-Year –Old Virgin and Talladega Nights.

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Here, she talks about the shows incredible success, the long and winding road to fame and how sometimes you’ve got to be cruel to be kind… SO WHAT WERE YOU LIKE IN HIGH SCHOOL? Well, I was six foot tall when I was 16.

WERE YOU IN ANY CLIQUES OR CLUBS? I kind of travelled through groups. I had a group of about 14 girlfriends and within that group were cheerleaders, math nerds, burn-outs, so we were a well-rounded group. And then every day, the last hour of school, I did choir, and we would tour around my home State of Illinois – and we did shows, and I also did plays whenever they came up. GLEE HAS HAD SUCH AN AMAZING RESPONSE CRITICALLY. HOW DID YOU FIND THAT INTIALLY? The response has been overwhelming. I think it’s just the music, and the aspirational quality of it, that’s what gets people to watch Idol, to watch normal people actually have a gift and distinguishing themselves with it. So I think that’s why it did so well. DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN SUE? I don’t think I could do it if I didn’t see myself in it. I think it’s not what I lead with in life, the mean, shaming, humiliating, cruel, heinous characteristics that Sue Sylvester embodies, I don’t think I lead with

that, but it’s in there. And not far from the surface I think you’ll find. DO YOU SEE YOUR HIGH SCHOOL SELF IN ANY OF THE KIDS? I see myself in Tina, played by Jenna Ushkowitz; she is really talented, but she holds back. She doesn’t add much, doesn’t say much, but when she does get to sing, she’s really good but backs off from that high note, like when she sings West Side Story. You know she can probably do it, she has it, but she’s afraid of it, and backs off. And that’s kind of what I did. I backed off from my enormous talent (laughs) and I was always a little bit of a surprise to people if I did actually step into something and allowed myself to really be seen. It was kind of like, “Oh, we didn’t even know you were here.” So I see myself in her. CAN WE EXPECT THE SHOW TO GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH? Yeah, yeah. It gets better and better. And the kids are so good. I was watching television the other night, and I think it’s just head and shoulders above – I don’t know, maybe I’m over-selling this – but above anything on TV. But I’ll say it very softly (whispers) I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging. But it’s really good. And these kids are amazing. These are talented people. They’re young, they’re very young, and they’re singers and dancers, and they work so hard. I sashay in and I sashay out basically, but they’re recording and rehearsing and dancing and then shooting; they’re getting up at five in the morning and working until ten o’clock at night: it’s a long day for them.

to happen, but it ended up that Glee was the one that was picked up. But I didn’t know if it was going to be Glee or the Damon Wayans one or anything, so I was really happy it was Glee because I think it’s just an excellent show. YOU’VE BEEN WORKING A WHILE, BUT IT SEEMS AS THOUGH THE LAST FEW YEARS YOU’RE EVERYWHERE, EVERYONE KNOWS YOU NOW. Hopefully you’re not getting sick of me! But it’s always in small doses which is good. DOES IT FEEL LIKE ALL OF A SUDDEN? It feels like it yeah. They’re not big roles but they’re plentiful. So I’m feeling like people think of me as kind of omnipresent, and I hope that that’s a good thing, not wearing out my welcome. YOU SEEM TO BE STEALING THE SHOW IN A LOT OF FILMS, LIKE IN ROLE MODELS AND 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN. Thank you.

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO MOVE INTO A TV SERIES? Well, I wanted to do it. My New Year’s resolution was that I wanted to hang my hat somewhere, because I’m tired. And also, I’ve been travelling a lot and have just been doing small things, like three days here, three days there, and it’s been a lot of travelling, and I would really like to sit for a little bit. So then this came up. I actually had a deal with ABC: I was in a pilot with Damon Wayans, so I thought that was going

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SO HOW DO YOU PICK ROLES LIKE THAT, WHERE YOU GET THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT? Yeah, I kind of don’t really pick them. They kind of come to me and I say, “Okay.” I’ve been lucky, I haven’t really been offered any turkeys but I rarely say, “No”. But if I do have any criteria it’s who’s in it. It’s not even the script so much as who I get to work with. WHEN YOU GET A SCRIPT LIKE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, DO YOU JUST THINK, “PLEASE GOD, I WANT TO DO THIS”? I did. I knew. I had just switched agents at the time, and they saw the script and were like, (whispers) “This is shit.” Well, you have to understand that it was, it was terrible, it wasn’t what you saw on screen. But I said, “This is like Anchorman.” I’m sure if you read the script for Anchorman, you wouldn’t let your client anywhere near it, but it’s a shell, it’s a shell of what it’s going to be. And my character was a guy, who barely had any presence, and was just kind of a hard-ass. And Nancy Walls, Steve Carell’s wife, said, “You have too many men in your movie, you need some women.” And she said, “You should call Jane Lynch in for this,” and God bless her. And so we improvised, and that’s where we came up with when I came on to him about the Peruvian gardener, or the Guatemalan girls, or – I forget what it was – something in South America. Somewhere down there. So they said, “We want you to do it, and we’ll incorporate this,” because they were very much writing the script as we did it. But my agents – I was new with them, so I was really trying to listen to them – they advised that I pass. And I did. I passed a couple of times. But finally, Steve called me and he said, “You know, we really want to use this thing,” and so I said, “I want to do it, I’m going to do it, I just have to tell my agents that I’m going to do it” and now they get what it is. But they didn’t. The genre hadn’t even started. This was Judd’s first film. So the only thing that had been out had been Anchorman really, that was that loose improvised kind of crazy stuff. So they can be forgiven for that, they’ve been brilliant since.

when I do this stuff. Like the woman in Role Models has no idea she’s out of her mind. Or the woman in 40 Year-Old Virgin has no idea how inappropriate she is, it feels just really empowering to her. And I kind of know when I am doing things, except when I am snippy. I can get really snippy and dismissive and I have to catch myself doing that because that’s just not nice. ARE YOU SHY IN REAL LIFE IN ANY WAY? No. No, I’m not one of those, “Deep down inside I’m really shy.” HOW MUCH DO YOU OWE YOUR SUCCESS TO THE FILMS YOU DID WITH CHRISTOPHER GUEST, LIKE BEST IN SHOW AND FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION? ARE YOU GOING TO DO MORE WITH HIM? Not that I know of. I just did a commercial with him – he directs commercials now and again. He just directed a Julia Louis-Dreyfus commercial for Healthy Choice, which are really funny. She’s shoving food in her face and eating with her mouth open, it was awesome. So I don’t know, I have no idea. But I know that they’ve been touring with Spinal Tap: Unwigged and Unplugged. YOU WERE IN THREE CHRISTOPHER GUEST FILMS, RIGHT? I was in three. HOW DID YOU START OFF GETTING INTO THEM? I did a commercial with him – he directed me in a Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes commercial – then he asked me to do Best In Show. YOU MUST HAVE ENJOYED THAT. That was good. It was really good.

DO THEY LISTEN TO YOU NOW? Yes, they listen to me. I listen to them too. They know a thing or two. SO YOU TOTALLY IMPROVISED THAT CHARACTER? Uh-huh. WAS IT FUN WORKING WITH JUDD APATOW, BEING ABLE TO THROW THOSE KINDS OF LINES OUT? Yeah, he’s great. And he’ll throw them out at you, from behind the camera. He came up with the whole “f-ck buddy” thing. He yelled it out at me, “Ask him to be your f-ck buddy!” I’d never heard of the term “f-ck buddy.” That was Judd. FOR ROLE MODELS DID YOU IMPROVISE MUCH? That was pretty well-written, and that’s David Wayne and Ken Marino. They’re such great writers. It was pretty well-written. A little thing here or there. Throw a little something in now and again to show that I’m worth the ten dollars they were paying me. ANY ROOM FOR IMPROVISATION IN GLEE? We do. We get to fool around in our scenes in the Principal’s office, we get to go ‘off-book’ and it’s fun.

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ARE YOU ANYTHING LIKE YOUR OUTLANDISH CHARACTERS, LIKE IN ROLE MODELS OR GLEE? I think – and this is going to distinguish the healthy from the mentally ill, and hopefully I fall on the side of the healthy – that I am aware of this stuff

HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK THAT IMPROVISATIONAL STYLE OF PERFORMANCE FORMULATED YOUR ON-SCREEN PERSONA? It really helped me go to the next level of my career. I was doing voice-over and commercials almost exclusively – that’s how I was making a living – and it took me out of that, into television and film stuff, which I love. I mean, I was doing well, and I felt successful doing the commercials.


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YOU DIDN’T EVER ENVISAGE THE BIG MOVIE CAREER? I wanted it, but sometimes when we look back we forget the struggle, but yes, I was disappointed that I hadn’t got any further than I wanted to. I had done a one person show that had helped me get confidence but I don’t think it actually led to anything in terms of jobs, but I think energetically it certainly opened up a whole new level of confidence. WHAT DROVE YOU TO SECOND CITY AND DOING STAND-UP? I never did stand-up. A lot of people think I did, but I don’t and never have. Second City I just toured, I never created a show there, so I don’t know what it is to create a show and show up with ideas. So I didn’t have that experience, but anybody from Second City will have had that experience, like Steve Carrell and Stephen Colbert, all did that. And Tina Fey. But I didn’t do that or have that experience. My experience of creating my own thing and being my own innovator was when I did that one-person show, and then the Christopher Guest stuff, because you were basically responsible to show up with your character and your whole back story, your whole history. HE PUTS THAT ALL ON YOU, DOES HE? He does. He will give you suggestions – not suggestions, actually, they’re written in stone – about who you are, but you get to do whatever you want with it, you fill it in any way you want. DO YOU SEE YOURSELF MORE OF A COMEDIAN OR AN ACTRESS? Actress. Oh yeah. My first job – well not job, we weren’t paid – was the Shakespeare Company in Chicago. And I did a classical training program at Cornell – I fancied myself as a bit of a classical actress. I did a lot of Molière, Shakespeare, stuff like that. Chekhov. I was fancy. SO ARE YOU LOOKING FOR MORE SERIOUS ROLES NOW, AS WELL AS CONTINUING ON GLEE? I haven’t actively searched for it, but I do a character on Criminal Minds: I play Matthew Gubler’s mother and I’m institutionalised with schizophrenia, brilliant but emotionally just a wreck. So that’s a completely different thing to anything I have done lately. FINALLY, DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE SUE SYLVESTER LINE SO FAR? Oh, there are some great ones. Let me think. I have some wonderful commentary about Matt’s hair, his curly hair, and how I fear there are animals and rats and rodents living in there, and it freaks me out. So she has a thing about his curly hair and that’s funny.

LESSONS IN CRUELTY: The Acid Tongue of Sue Sylvester As Madonna once said, I’m tough, I’m ambitious and if that makes me a bitch, that’s what I am. Pretty sure she stole that line from Sue Sylvester. No, really. I said it first. You’re just like every teenage girl in America: obsessed with vanity. Before you know it, you’ll be leaving baggies of vomit in your parents’ closet.

“the mean, shaming, humiliating, cruel, heinous characteristics that Sue Sylvester embodies”

You think this hard. I’m passing a gallstone as we speak. That is hard! You may be two of the stupidest teens I’ve ever encountered - and that’s saying something. I once taught a cheerleading seminar to Sarah Palin. What’s that smell? It’s coffee. It’s usually masked by the smell of fear. I’m about to projectile express myself all over your Hush Puppies. I can’t stand the sight of kids getting emotional, unless it’s from physical exhaustion. You’ll be adding revenge to the long list of things you’re no good at, right next to being married, running a high school glee club and finding a hairstyle that doesn’t look like a lesbian. All I want is just one day a year when I’m not visually assaulted by uglies and fatties. Do you not understand the blackmail process and how it works? You’re dealing with children. They need to be terrified. It’s like mother’s milk to them. I’m engorged with venom, and triumph.

GLEE IS SHOWING NOW ON E4 and CHANNEL 4

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THE BASICS: Name: Oliver Teodorani Company: Bibis Italianissimo Position: Managing Director and Proprietor

‘TALK ABOUT THE PASSION’ Introducing the people behind the region's best businesses… LOWDOWN: Tell us about Bibis - what do you do, who do you do it for and how long have you been doing it?

Bibis Italianissimo; restaurant, cocktail bar and live music venue, stands proudly on ground floor premises, directly beneath the award-winning Q Car Park, at Criterion Place, in the heart of Leeds City Centre. Having built up an unrivalled reputation over 36 years starting out humbly in 1974 with a small business with a big heart in Mill Hill, followed by a move to Greek Street and then perfecting the dream in 2004 by moving to grand new premises, Bibis prides itself on its ability to bring a taste of Italy to Yorkshire diners, 365 days a year.

TAGLINE: Does Bibis have a motto or mission statement?

Our mission statement is: “To welcome both new and existing customers with a genuine desire to exceed their expectations, using a combination of the freshest and finest of ingredients, delivered with excellent service by professionals who are valued and at prices which are affordable - making every visit a special one, an experience to remember and repeat again and again” My motto:

“A great player does not make a great team, a great team makes a great player”

STANDOUT: What makes Bibis standout from your competitors?

Bibis Italianissimo is an Institution in Leeds - with a reputation for bringing a true taste of Italy to Yorkshire diners. Bibis prides itself on its' vast and diverse menu, ensuring that there is a dish or a drink to suit every palette, offering affordable luxury at all times. The style and décor of the venue contribute greatly to its appeal along with its ability to change its guise as day turns into night- from leisurely relaxed lunches to dance floor packing weekly Showtime extravaganzas, Bibis truly stands out from the crowd!

INSPIRATION: Who or what inspired you to form Bibis? I can only say that my inspiration was derived simply from within - at 22 years of age I had a burning ambition to be successful and to share my sheer passion and enthusiasm for Italian cuisine in the City that was my hometown. I craved independence and challenge and most certainly wanted to make my family proud of me.

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RESPECT: Which other companies or business people do you admire and why?

I have the utmost respect for Richard Branson, “a dyslexic high school drop out to self made billionaire”. Richard is an entrepreneurial genius who embraces life with a sense of adventure. Despite his global success and fame, he has the ability to not take himself too seriously and his roots are still firmly with his family.

“A great player does not make great team, a great team makes a great player”

PAY-OFF: What aspect of running Bibis do you enjoy the most?

Seeing the business working at full speed - like a military operation, a team who are clearly proud to be there and customers who are soaking up the atmosphere and indulging their taste buds and senses….the knowledge that you are providing employment to many, offering great opportunities and training and providing longterm careers.

CHALLENGE: …and what's the trickiest part?

Bibis is so diverse with its offering, encompassing a Bar, Restaurant and Showtime, due to the fact that my desire for the business never waivers, keeping “all the plates spinning”can be a challenge at times. Due to the ever changing economy and climate, I need to keep my finger on the pulse and react accordingly to ensure that our reputation and standards in offering value for money continue.

FREETIME: Tell us what you do when you're not running Bibis?

I am a keen swimmer and find this, along with cycling - a tonic for the heart, and soul. I am fortunate to be surrounded by many special ladies, my three daughters, my fiancé (and soul mate) and my mother (my rock), all of whom give me inspiration and are truly Bellissimo!

FUTURE: Where do you see Bibis in 2020?

I would hope that in the next 10 years time we will be welcoming the next generation of customers through our doors - with families patronising the business for over 3 decades, Bibis looks forward to meeting our original 70's customers “children's children”and clearly many more diners not only resident within the city, but from far and wide.

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“One of the advantages of seeing a private GP at Claremont is that we can arrange any necessary blood tests, x-rays and MRI scans for you, often at the time of consultation.”

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Dr. Andrew McKenzie

There's no getting away from the fact; illness is an inconvenience. All those aches and pains that you know you should take to your GP but you keep putting off because: A: You can't stand the wait, B: You couldn't bear the gap between GP and specialist and C: You're way too busy anyway to fit your life around the vagaries of your local NHS practise. But what if your GP made it more convenient? What if they could guarantee seeing you quickly and at a time that suited your lifestyle? What if they could promise a quick referral? What if they could, essentially, provide a one-stop-shop that provided an in-depth consultation process and rapid access to blood tests, x-rays, MRI scans and more? Well, that's just what Dr. Andrew McKenzie, a well-established and respected local Private GP, is now offering at Sheffield's Claremont Hospital. Dr. McKenzie has worked in the city for most of his professional life and has been a Private GP for 20 years and he became aware of the changing needs of some patients through running his own practice. “I get patients who are, obviously, registered with me," he explains, "but I also get patients who walk in off the street that are, for one reason or another, dissatisfied with the service the NHS provides. Either they want to be seen quickly and want a more efficient referral or there's something that they want to do that's over and above what the NHS offers - that's what I do - and that's what I'm doing at Claremont for those people that want to be seen here.”

New MRI Scanner at Claremont Claremont Hospital has invested £900K in a new MRI scanner which provides much faster and quieter high-resolution images, allowing Claremont to offer an extended range of imaging services including Cardiology, Neurology and the investigation of bowel conditions. The Siemens MAGNETROM Avanto 1.5 Tesla scanner is far less claustrophobic than most scanners due to its funnel-like entrance. The airflow and lighting can be adjusted and it has an audio comfort feature which allows patients to listen to music from their own I-Pod, CD or the radio while being scanned. The new MRI Suite was opened by local Team Sky cyclist Russell Downing, winner of the Tour of Ireland 2009 and recent stage winner of the Criterium International in Corsica.

It's an innovative concept and certainly something that should appeal to people with either a desire to go through the medical system as smoothly as possible and with a minimum of stress, or who have pressing professional or personal lifestyles and commitments that necessitate the maximum of flexibility for consultations. The plan is to start with one clinic per week - establishing a Private GP base so people can be seen at the hospital - but, Dr. McKenzie explains, to also extend the clinic to suit demand. Claremont Hospital itself already offers the very highest of standards in medical care, with £900k recently invested in a new MRI scanner and no known cases of hospital-acquired MRSA - it's hoped this new venture will mean the Hospital can now offer almost everything that might be needed from a private health environment. “One of the advantages of seeing a private GP at Claremont”explains Dr McKenzie, “is that we can arrange any necessary blood tests, x-rays and MRI scans for you, often at the time of consultation. We can also refer you on to one of the many Consultants at Claremont and you could then go on to have surgery if you need it - so we're offering almost everything we can think of for private health care under one roof.” Add to this the service's crucial flexibility and Dr. McKenzie thinks the hospital is offering an important and much-needed option for patients; “I think there's a need for that flexibility. I think that the people who are already coming here, once they learn about the private GP service, will realise how convenient it is. We can narrow the gap between GP and specialist and get the patient referred through the medical system smoothly and efficiently.” Claremont Hospital and Dr. McKenzie are offering a refreshing change to medical practice. There are now no excuses to finally sorting out those aches and pains - at your own convenience, of course. Appointments can be made via our Private Patients Team on 0114 263 2114/2109.

Look Good, Feel Good In addition to the extensive range of cosmetic surgical procedures available at Claremont Hospital, the Cosmetic Laser Clinic offers both laser and non surgical treatments, tailored to your specific needs. Experienced Aesthetic Nurse Consultants Tina Hird and Hilda McKinlay and Consultant Plastic Surgeon David Dujon use the latest state-of-the-art equipment and technology to offer the following treatments: • • • •

Laser hair removal Facial and leg veins Botox therapy Scar revision

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Pigment Problems Cosmetic fillers Skin resurfacing Laser mole removal

For further information and to book your free nurse consultation, call 0114 263 2101

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My wife is great; I love her to bits. However, on asking her opinion of my last few articles I’ve discovered that finance is evidently not as interesting as the rest of On: Magazine and a little bit boring … so … how do I “spice up” articles on finance? Without wanting to patronise or sound silly the first thing I considered was, of course, shopping… So I looked at ASOS, the online clothes shop; a great retailing story. Over the last twelve months it has seen its shares rise, and its forecast for the coming years looks attractive How about Burberry? They have also seen their share price steadily rise since April 2009 and have consistently out-performed the UK stock market and whilst the share price did drop, they have since recovered. Naturally, iPhones are also a fashion necessity - and not just for the gadget geeks and techies - who wouldn’t be seen with an iPhone. I believe I can go one better: what about a Vertu? This is a company started in 1998 based in Hampshire, UK, with offices in Paris, New York and Dubai. In the world of money you need a Vertu mobile phone. It even has its own concierge button on the handset. Vertu have just launched the Ascent Ferrari 60, which was introduced to celebrate Ferrari’s 60th birthday. You have to be quick as they have only made 60 and they are currently retailing for £12,600….and according to the website you can buy Vertus from a shop in Harrogate! But, in order to really “spice up” money, without a shadow of a doubt, diamonds and gold has got to be the way…. Investing in gold is relatively easy: you can buy direct, via a unit trust or an exchange traded fund. The price of gold has risen steadily year on year and according to the precious metal benchmark the return over the last 5 years has been 20.76%, and over 1 year has been 18.11%, and the signs are that

Gold prices are still rising. ETF Securities offer a “Gold Bullion Securities” vehicle that is intended to provide a return in the movements of the gold spot price; it effectively tracks the price of gold. This is a relatively cost efficient way of getting into the market as the annual charge is 0.40%; this is traded via a stockbroker on the London Stock Exchange. You can also buy gold via a unit trust. One that springs to mind is the Blackrock Gold and General; this again is a fund that has benefitted from the rise in gold prices. However, this fund does not just invest in gold. It is a specialist fund that also invests in mining and precious metal related stocks, through which 78.5% of the fund is indirectly invested in gold related stocks according to their website. What is interesting though is when you compare its 5-year performance against the FTSE Gold Mines benchmark it has returned 204% against 130%! Not bad really, but don’t forget you may have missed the boat and the prices may well fall... So how, about those diamonds? This is the interesting bit … well at least my wife will hopefully be more interested this time! I can find one company that invests solely in diamonds, and as you would guess this is a highly specialist area. This fund is a closed-end fund that was incorporated 24th June 2008 in the Isle of Man. Its objective is to produce long-term appreciation by creating a portfolio of polished diamonds with a minimum investment of $1m per diamond. The launch was followed by a collapse in demand as a result of the credit crunch and diamond prices fell. We have spoken to the fund managers recently and have been advised that they have “actually had a bit

of interest in this of late which is unsurprising given the positive noises coming out of the diamond industry with strong rebounds in rough diamond prices, growing polished diamond sales in emerging markets mainly in China and the positive supply and demand story in the diamond market (i.e. diamonds are scarce!). In addition, auction prices of high-end polished diamonds continue to do well mainly off the back of Asian interest; this is the area that the fund operates in”. According to Bloomberg year-to-date performance is down by -3.26%, I must stress this is a highly specialist area of investment though and the risk warnings are crystal clear on this and it may not be as liquid as other funds. The other alternative is to buy diamonds direct. Icecool Diamonds is the diamond jewellery division of diamond brokers H. Goldie & Company. With over one hundred years’ experience in the diamond world, they are one of the oldest and most established diamond brokers with a worldwide reputation for dedication to excellence, according to their website. They do say though that “The quality and therefore the value of a diamond are evaluated using 4 criteria - carat, clarity, colour and cut. The weight of a diamond is fixed and precise, and the bigger the stone, the greater the rarity and therefore the higher the price per carat. A one carat diamond is one in a million diamonds.” They also say that, “Diamonds are an increasingly wise investment. Value increases of 300% have been seen over the past 5 years, particularly in exceptional diamonds of 3+ carats, a figure that vastly out-performs the stock market. With only fifty years of rough diamond reserves left in the world this trend looks set to continue.” Now I cannot confirm this last statement, but it sounds plausible as my wife keeps telling me how much more her engagement ring is worth and that she should have more. I’m not convinced! Buying Diamonds directly is a risk that is un-regulated with no regulatory protection, it may seem in principle to be a great investment but as always with something like this, caveat emptor, “Let the buyer be aware” So there you go, hopefully a slightly more interesting article on finance, without mentioning the World Cup, and what’s more important I haven’t even touched on shoes, which is my wife’s personal favourite...

Jono Baker, Charles-Stanley, 14 King St, Leeds, LS1 2HL T: 0113 0225230

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A Designer Necklace Worth £338! Miglio Designer Jewellery is a stunning, versatile and stylish collection containing summery pieces that will complement any occasion, including holiday attire and wedding outfits alike. Designed in a way that allows you to make your own statement, each item can be altered to create a completely different look. Enhancers can be added to necklaces to transform an understated, subtle look into the ultimate statement piece that will truly turn heads. And, on a recent high profile fashion shoot Dannii Minogue demonstrated how to make use of Miglio’s jewellery extenders to adapt an eye catching Miglio bracelet into a glamorous necklace – with this collection there really are no limits. Miglio’s beautiful, high quality jewellery is all handmade in Capetown using Swarovski crystals and precious gems, in burnished silver, antique bronze and gold plated.

www.miglio-jewellery.com or call

For more information visit: Michelle Mercer on 07768 108108

For a chance to win a necklace worth £338, answer this question:

Which celebrity recently wore Miglio jewellery for a high-profile fashion shoot? Email your answer to comps@onlifestyle.co.uk – closing date 29th July.

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A Beautiful Grand Prix Watch

Three new watches complete the Grand Prix series from www.christopherward.co.uk - The Grande Epreuve (France), The Ascari (Belgium) and The Silver Arrow (Germany). However, you will need to be quick, as only 500 of each watch are being made worldwide. The first three watches in the series were bestsellers – The Brooklands (Great Britain) sold out, while The Cunningham Stripe (USA) and The Rosso Corsa (Italy) are in very short supply. The striking design of each watch reflects the chassis colours of the host nations’ racing colours with the year of victory, the race track and the name of the winning driver engraved on the reverse of the case. The watches feature a quartz movement made by ETA which, thanks to five stepping motors, is one of the most accurate in the world.

Win Stuff, Good Stuff!

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The C70 Grand Prix series is highly collectible at £299 each. We have one C70 Grand Prix Ascari up for grabs. For your chance to win just answer the following question:

What are Belgium’s racing colours? A) Black / Yellow B) Pink / Blue C) Green / Black Email your answer to comps@onlifestyle.co.uk - closing date 31st July. Look out for the C70 Aston Martin due to launch autumn 2010.

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Aqua Shoes From Cocorose

Ladies with dates for the races, summer balls and al fresco social events circled in their diary should take note! Divine foldable ballerina pumps brand, Cocorose London, has 4 pairs of its fabulous Aqua shoes (RRP £35) as prizes for girls who need a foot angel as back up for when the heels start to hurt. These high quality, black leather-style ballerinas, trimmed with aquatic, pastel ribbon, are housed in a wow factor, sea-green textured purse, ready to be unfolded whenever required. You then slip into something more comfortable (as the Cocorose London strap-line says), before unfurling the integral black satin carry-bag to carry your heels. No wonder these gorgeous ballerinas, which come in three sizes and retail at www.cocoroselondon.com and discerning stockists, enjoyed a real coup when selected for this year’s Orange British Film Academy Film Awards BAFTA goody bags.

To enter, just name Cocorose London’s strap-line. Email your answer, along with your shoe size, to Email your answer, along with your shoe size, to comps@onlifestyle.co.uk. Closing date is 1st August.

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ontheend

famouslastwords

ShaunRankin As far as super-chefs go, Yorkshire's-own Shaun Rankin is up with the best. Formerly Station Chef at the Black Bull in Moulton, Shaun worked as far afield as Chicago and Australia before settling in Jersey, a place he has called 'a 19-mile long garden'. He opened a restaurant, Bohemia, on the island in 2003 and two years later was awarded a Michelin Star, which he has since retained. Shaun has appeared on the BBC's Saturday Kitchen and in 2009 won The Great British Menu's Best Dessert category for his Treacle Tart with Jersey Clotted Cream and Raspberry Coulis (drool). There are even mouthwatering rumours about the chef returning to his home county for his next culinary venture… we interrupted service to hear his Famous Last Words… Last thing you did that made you feel good? Kissed my little boy Ethan as I left to go to work this morning. Last thing you'd want to be doing right now? Sitting in the House of Commons - a little over-crowded I think. Last night on Earth ... What's your poison? Good champagne. Last supper ... What are you ordering? Roast lobster with chunky chips and béarnaise sauce. Last person you'd want to share a drink with? My son Ethan (when he old enough!). Last time you shed a tear and why? It was about 3years ago when my mum past away - not a good time. Last refuge ... where would you go? Anywhere where there is water so I can fish. Last the course ... tips on loot, love & life? Don't spend it on cars or boats. No bullsh*t, no games - if you both have that understanding the rest you can work out. Try not to take life too seriously unlike me - I'm still working on it. Last but one ... random question: You were born in Yorkshire - what are the chances of a favourite son returning to show us what he can really do? Absolutely, would love to come back (watch this space!). Famous Last Words… Don't forget where you came from.

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