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Born in Knoxville, Tennessee and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho and Fairfax, Virginia, actress Christina Hendricks made her debut in the TV movie Sorority in 1999, following a successful modelling career in London and New York. After appearing in dozens of television productions, including recurring parts on hits like ER and Firefly, Christina landed the plum role of the seductress and secretary Joan Holloway on the much-lauded American drama series, ‘Mad Men’. Created by former Sopranos scribe Matthew Weiner, Mad Men takes place in 1960, and follows the denizens of fictional Madison Avenue advertising agency Sterling-Cooper. Led by Sterling (John Slattery) and Cooper (Robert Morse), with the main focal point being rising hot-shot Don Draper (Jon Hamm), a dynamo whose chequered personal life and shady past comes to light in each new episode. The show, a delicious blend of drama, comedy and social satire, beautifully captures a time and place on the cusp of major social, political and cultural change and has already bagged an astonishing 13 Emmys and 4 Golden Globes. As former secretary and mistress to the firm’s number two man Roger Sterling, Christina’s Joan Holloway echoes screen sirens from years past, such as Ava Gardner, Kim Novak, and Marilyn Monroe: curvaceous beauties that have more than one ace up their sleeves when dealing with the men in their lives. As Series 4 hits our screens, Christina Hendricks sat down to discuss her life, work and adventures....
“I feel like the luckiest actress in the world to be on what everyone, including our cast and crew, thinks is the smartest show on television.” THE FIRST THING THAT STRIKES ME UPON MEETING YOU, IN ADDITION TO HOW YOUNG YOU ARE, IS THAT YOU SPEAK IN A MUCH LOWER REGISTER IN CHARACTER ON MAD MEN. You know, I think that’s true, although I haven’t really been that conscious of it. Most people say “My gosh, you’re a baby,” when they meet me because the period clothes and hair make me look a lot older. We’re used to seeing our parents and grandparents look like that: very stiff and teased and powdered down. (laughs) TELL US ABOUT LIFE ON MAD MEN. I feel like the luckiest actress in the world to be on what everyone, including our cast and crew, thinks is the smartest show on television. I was a big fan of Six Feet Under and I remember crying during the last show, because it was so sad, and also because the acting and the writing was so extraordinary. I remember thinking “If I could only get cast on a show like this…” (laughs) I feel like Mad Men has given fans of shows like that, and The Sopranos, something to move on to. I ALSO LIKE THA FACT THAT IT TACKLES SERIOUS SUBJECT MATTERS AND PRESENTS IT IN A WAY THAT ASSUMES ITS AUDIENCE HAS AN IQ. Well, I’m embarrassed to say I watch a lot of TV, particularly reality TV, but when my boyfriend and I were watching an hour-long network drama, which will remain nameless (laughs), I turned to him at one point and said, ‘Why is the writing so bad?’ He just laughed and said, “Because you’re spoiled!” I realized he was right. That this was “normal” TV, and it just sounded so phony to me. I was like ‘God, I hope Mad Men never ends!’ THE WRITING IN MAD MEN CAPTURES THE IMPORTANT SUBTEXT OF SEXUAL INTERACTIONS BETWEEN HUMAN BEINGS - IT’S ABOUT WHAT ISN’T SAID. You know, Matt Weiner said something interesting in an interview, that John Slattery, who I think is an extraordinary actor and person, that John has the ability to take the jokes that I write for Roger, and make them Roger’s jokes. And then I went back and watched a few of the shows, and realized that the characters were making jokes, things that we find funny now, but were playing them entirely seriously.
SURE. THEY HAD NO CLUE HOW CHEESY AND SUPERFICIAL THEY ARE. I REMEMBER THE GENERATION THAT CAME OF AGE IN THE LATE ‘50S, WHICH WERE MOST OF MY PARENTS’ FRIENDS, AND THEY WERE INTERACTING LIKE THAT WHEN I WAS A KID. Yeah, the whole “Hey there!” kind of attitude. (laughs) RIGHT. AND MAD MEN CAPTURES THAT WHOLE LATE EISENHOWER-ERA, WASPY PHININESS PERFECTLY. FOR ME, THE MOST TELLING EXCHANGE IN THE SHOW, WHICH SUMMED UP THAT PERIOD, WAS BETWEEN JOHN SLATTERY’S CHARACTER AND YOURS WHEN, AFTER HIS HEART ATTACK, HE TELLS YOU THAT YOU WERE “THE GREATEST PIECE OF ASS I’VE EVER HAD.” (laughs) Right! And the pathetic thing is, to that man, in that era, that’s the ultimate, most heartfelt compliment he thought he could pay me. John’s such a fine actor that you realize, at that moment that that’s about as deep as Roger gets. But he was really trying to say “You were special to me,” even though the only way my character could be special was if she was objectified as “a great piece of ass.” (laughs) TELL US ABOUT JOAN. I think Joan is a very smart woman, and I think she knew how to play (Roger) and be very calculating with all the other people in her life, as well. I think the men in the office play with her almost like she’s one of the guys. They can say sexually-crude things to her and know she’s not going to go home and weep. It’s more like fun banter, as opposed to harassment. I think the men respect Joan as being smart, and also realize she’s someone you’d better be careful with. If you make the wrong move, she can ruin you in that office! But, she is a woman regardless, and in that world at that time, you’re lower on the totem pole because of it. Still, she’s a master manipulator, and it serves her to a certain extent. IF SHE WERE A CONTEMPORY WOMAN, I COULD SEE HER BEING A STUDIO EXECUTIVE OR ON WALL STREET. (laughs) Yes! That’s just what I think, too. In 1960, Joan is stuck behind a typewriter. But now she’d be running the show. She’s sort of a precursor to some of the really powerful women that came to prominence a decade or so later. She’s ahead of her time, in a sense.
WOULD YOU SAY THAT YOUR CHARACTER COULD ALMOST BE THE ANCESTOR OF SOMEONE LIKE SEX AND THE CITY’S SAMANTHA JONES? I think she could be the precursor to a character like Samantha. I think that character in Sex and The City certainly uses her sexuality and uses her confidence in being a female. She’s also very bright. She’s also very, very smart and a good businesswoman, and that’s why you always respect that character. You may be like, “Oh, sometimes she’s being a floozy.” But you always respect her because she’s a professional woman, who’s taking charge of it, and she doesn’t act like a victim, and I think Joan is like that in a 1960s way. I certainly don’t think it’s as, for lack of a better word, ballsy but… So I think, for her time, I think that’s probably a fairly accurate thing to say, that she was sort of a precursor to something like that. WHEN YOU STARTED THE ROLE WERE YOU SHOCKED BY THE WAY THE MEN SPOKE TO TH WOMEN AND THE THINGS THEY DID? I think there were several shocking things that happened just in the pilot. Oftentimes as an actress when you go to audition you just get the sides of the scene, you won’t get the full script. So, I got a breakdown of the character and the scenes and it happened to be Peggy’s scenes, and it was her in the doctor’s office seeing the gynecologist, but because I didn’t get the full script I didn’t know it was the 1960s, and so this doctor was just smoking in there and saying these horrible things to her, and I went, “What on God’s earth is this script?” and I called my agent and I said, “First of all I think that this character is younger than I play, and what is this?” and he’s like, “Oh it’s this amazing script which takes place in the 60s.” Then I finally got the full script and then I was going in for Joan, and I was like, “Oh god.” I go, “This is amazing.” because if you read those things out of context I mean it will sort of hit you so hard. So I was a little bit prepared for the way the men were talking to women from the very first time I saw anything. So it was like, “Alright, bring it on. Let’s see what else you got.” AND SHE’S SOMETIMES AWFUL TO WOMEN LIKE PEGGY? I think more awful to women. THAT’S HOW SHE SURVIVES. Yeah, Matt Weiner and I have talked about it a lot. I think she really thinks she’s being helpful. She does, because I said to him, “Alright, let’s talk about this scene.” one of many, and I said, “I don’t understand why someone would say these things, how someone could talk to someone like this.” and he was like, “She’s being helpful.” She’s making that whole office run so smoothly and she’s saying to young Peggy, “Look at me. I’m basically running this place and this is how I do it, steps A, B, C, D, E, and you’re not doing them. So, I’m not sure why you’re not listening to me. So let me tell you once again.” and Peggy continues to not listen to her and I think it just baffles Joan. It’s like, “But I’m winning. Why don’t you want to win like me?” and of course to Peggy, Joan’s not winning at all, and that’s what’s interesting about them. BUT YOU CAN ALSO TELL THAT THE CHARACTER OF PEGGY, WHO REALLY IS A BUDDING FEMINIST IN THE WORKPLACE, IS BOTH A FASCINATION AND AN ALBATROSS TO JOAN. Definitely. Here’s a young woman who decides to downplay her prettiness, and is going after a “boy’s job.” And this is just baffling to Joan! (laughs) “You’re doing it all wrong! You’ll never get ahead this way.” Joan doesn’t understand. YEAH, PEGGY’S THE PERCUSSOR TO THE HILARY CLINTON-ERA FEMINISTS OF THE EARLY AND MIDDLE ‘70S WHO WORE NO MAKEUP, PANTSUITS, AND PURPOSELY DE GLAMORIZED THEMSELVES BECAUSE THEY REFUSED TO BE OBJECTIFIED, AND WANTED TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR INTELLECT AND ABILITIES. Right. It was almost like ‘I dare you! I dare you to tell me I’m not pretty. ” Or just “This is me. Accept me as I am, or don’t be part of my life.” HOW DID YOU RESEARCH YOUR ROLE AS JOAN? DID YOU SPEAK TO WOMEN WHO WERE JOAN’S AGE IN THAT ERA? Not really. I didn’t feel like it required all that much research,
because they’re just characters reacting to their environment. I did read Helen Gurley Brown’s books, because Matt told me that my character was loosely based on some of her writings. Boy, was I in for a treat when I picked up those books! My plan was to highlight and dog-ear all the pages of relevance, and when I was done with the books, every page corner was turned down, and virtually every sentence highlighted! (laughs) She’s an amazing woman. I also re-watched a lot of Hitchcock films from that period, also films like The Apartment, and a couple others from that period. It was helpful with the hair, the make-up, the clothes, and also how those women carried themselves. Very different from today. IT’S FUNNY YOU MENTION HITCHCOCK, BECAUSE WHEN I FIRST SAW YOU AS JOAN, THE FIRST THING THAT POPPED INTO MY HEAD WAS ‘MY GOD, THAT’S A RED-HAIRED KIM NOVAK FROM VERTIGO!’ Gosh, thank you! (laughs) She’s a really amazing archetype in that film. It’s funny, Matt told me when he wrote the part of Joan, he had a very different idea of who she was going to be. When I was about to audition for the part, I remember going through my closet…and you never want to go to an audition dressed in character, but you do want to get the essence of who the person is. I wore this really tight black sweater with a big bow on the front, a la Channel, and a really tight black skirt. And now that I look at Joan, that’s what she dresses like. She’s not the girl who wears the Jackie O dresses.
“My modeling agencies used pounds and I’d be like,“That’s going anywhere.”
She has this kind of feline thing going on, so we kept that because we realized it was perfect for Joan, especially in contrast to Peggy. And I also wasn’t written as a series regular in the beginning. It was supposed to be a guest spot. Then Matt realized “Peggy cannot exist without Joan, and vice-versa.” LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND. YOU WERE BORN IN TENNESSEE, AND RAISED IN TWIN FALLS, IDAHO AND FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA. WHAT WAS THAT LIKE? Twin Falls was awesome. It wasn’t a super small town, but at the time I lived there, there were probably about 30,000 people. It’s a fairly religious community. My family wasn’t religious, which could be a little strange as a newcomer, but also provided a very strong community feeling. There were lots of very strong families, but there also wasn’t a lot to do, so you had to be creative. My mom got my brother and I involved in a community theatre group, so we could create our own fun. And that’s where it all started for me. I spent my whole childhood with this theatre called J.U.M.P. Company: Junior Musical Playhouse. It was amazing how many talented kids there were in the group, and also how many people in the community jumped into volunteer to direct, to build sets, whatever need to be done. We’d put on these shows at the community college, and half the town would show up! So it was great. It was the happiest time of my life.
to tell me to lose 10, 15, 20 bone. I can’t. That’s not
YOU SPENT YOUR TEENAGE YEARS IN VIRGINIA. Yes, and that was not so much fun. I had the worst high school experience ever. People literally spit on me. I was a Goth girl, and in preppy Fairfax County, that did not go down very well. My friends and I were all weird theatre people. Some of us were gay. And everyone just hated us. The school was a strange mix of wealthy families and lower income families. When you throw all those people into a high school together, you have people with Confederate flags on their shirts sitting next to the sons and daughters of powerful government employees, who drive new cars to school. You also have mace in the air ducts and barbed wire around the school. It was like Heathers, identical to that film. It was our favourite movie, because it showed people like us finally getting revenge! (laughs) DID YOU GO BACK TO YOUR TEN YEAR REUNION, SO YOU COULD SHOW EVERYONE HOW YOU’VE BLOSSOMED? No. I wasn’t invited, first of all. Plus, none of those people would know who I was. They would never equate me now with who I was then. (laughs) It’s funny, I was answering questions for another magazine the other day, and they asked me a great one, which was “If you could go back to your 14 year-old self and tell yourself something, what would it be?” I said, I would say ‘Don’t worry. You’re going to be doing exactly what you want to be doing, and all those people who are a-holes to you now, are still going to be a-holes in 20 years, and you can’t change them. So just let it go!’ (laughs) IS IT NICE TO NOT HAVE TO BE CRAZY ABOUT YOUR DIET ON THIS SHOW AND JUST BE YOURSELF? I have always just been myself. This is just my body type. Even if I’m working out every day, this is my body type. It doesn’t go away. Even when I was modeling and I was 20 pounds lighter I still had this figure. My modeling agencies used to tell me to lose 10, 15, 20 pounds and I’d be like, “That’s bone. I can’t. That’s not going anywhere.” So I’ve always done that. So to be on a show that actually celebrates it is really nice. I think everyone still is like, “We are on television. We want to look good. We want to look nice.” But I think there are a few of us that won’t do as many… because Matt really doesn’t want to see the weird definition of weight lifting and stuff which I think is a nice touch, and I did a show a few years ago that took place in the ‘40’s and it was the same thing. They asked everyone to just sort of slow down on all that kind of weight lifting and everything. I think all those little details in the show are what make it really feel authentic and really take you into that world, whether it’s a full ashtray or someone’s arm being softer… IT MUST BE TEMPTING TO STEAL SOME OF THOSE AMAZING OUTFITS? Luckily I don’t have to steal because of Janie. She’s such a good friend of mine that, one, I would feel horrible if I did it and two, I’ll be like, “I have this event tonight and nothing to wear.” and she’s like, “Honey, come in and borrow something.” So I’ll borrow a few things but I try to make sure I look modern in real life and that I’m not just walking around as my character all the time. But some of them just fit so beautifully that I’ll borrow things that I haven’t worn in the show sometimes, that are like waiting on my rack. SO MANY CHARACTERS DO SO MANY BAD THINGS IN ‘MAD MEN’. HAS THERE BEEN AN INSTANCE WHERE YOU’VE THOUGHT, “I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT!” Oh, it happens every time. I’m constantly thinking, “I can’t believe they did that.” I was talking to Matt Weiner last night and he said he had a job, a previous job, where he had pitched a storyline and his boss said, “Um, I don’t know if we can put that in the show. I’ve never seen that before.” and it was like, it was like the opposite of the Mad Men mentality. So our show absolutely there’s something like that happening but you know, I have to say there’s probably a very few shows besides like The Soprano’s or Six Feet Under, which are not around anymore, that I was sort of like, “Huh.” MAD MEN SERIES 4 IS ON BBC 4, WEDNESDAYS 10PM all pictures courtesy of BBC/AMC/Lionsgate
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The UK’s greenest community officially opened its doors in Leeds recently. After 3 years of intensive development, Greenhouse in Beeston provides an opportunity for Leeds residents to live the green lifestyle, in a modern, contemporary environment. The development’s uniquely green features include: • An 80m deep borehole that’s used to tap into water underground. This water is constantly at 12 degrees, which makes it easier to heat or cool, meaning energy savings are made when using this water. • Funky looking wind turbines on the roof that generate energy for the shared facilities. • An array of solar panels that heat the hot water across the development. • Collected rain water that is then used for flushing toilets and washing machines.
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FLOWER POWER Ripon Racecourse has certainly reinforced its colloquial title ‘Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse’, by scooping the Gold Rose Award at the annual Yorkshire in Bloom awards. The grounds team at Ripon Races competed against thirteen other Yorkshire visitor attractions to win the Gold Rose Award for their category.
FILM FESTIVAL INTO 23rd YEAR
A partnership of cultural businesses located on the Quarry Hill area of central Leeds have come together to reclaim it as one of the most exciting and creative areas of the city. Quarry Hill Creates is a partnership of more than 14 creative organisations sited on or around Quarry Hill, making it one of the most significant cultural areas in the region. Now these cultural businesses are coming together to raise the profile of this intriguing area of the city, to share resources and expertise and to work collaboratively on new projects. Watch this space …
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The ever-growing Leeds International Film Festival gets underway again on 4th November and this year will include the first ever season of films shown at Leeds Town Hall, featuring an acclaimed environmental documentary, a classic modern sci-fi, a brilliant Australian thriller, an avant-garde film night, and the best short films of the year.
Kirkstall Abbey are promising a whole evening of spooky fun around Halloween with ‘The Haunted Abbey’. The kids can hook a bat, splat a rat, try creepy crafts and hear spooky stories – they can even pin the wart on the witch! … booking advised - 0113 230 5492 - leeds.gov.uk/kirkstallabbey
Film Festival Passes are now on sale, allowing entry into more than 270 films over the course of the event, all shown in a selection of participating venues around the city. The early bird offer ends on 23rd October, after that passes will be £95. Runs 4 -21 November. For more info: www.leedsfilm.com
UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD ANNOUNCES GAY ICONS PROJECT
COMIC & GRAPHIC FEST IN TOWN
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The Thought Bubble Festival is the UK’s largest four day annual event which celebrates sequential art in all its forms, including everything from superheroes to independent small press. Dedicated to promoting comics and graphic novels as an important cultural art form, the event takes place at a variety of venues across the city, aiming to cater to both long-time comic book fans and those who have never picked up a graphic novel before! 18th - 21st November, with a centre-piece one day convention on Saturday 20th at Savile’s Hall. more info: www.thoughtbubblefestival.com
The University of Sheffield has announced the Gay Icons Project, a series of events to celebrate and explore the contrasting ideas behind what constitutes to being a Gay Icon. These events include talks, concerts and films from some of the UK’s leading figures in Fashion, Literature, Stage, Socioeconomics and Music. These events will run from Tuesday 23 November to Saturday 11 December. The Gay Icons Project will bring together people living or dead, whatever their sexual orientation or interests, who are regarded as inspirational, especially significant in their creative output or prominent figures in contemporary culture and society. These include Peter Tatchell, Jackie Kay, Alexander McQueen, Quentin Crisp, Andy Warhol, Anne Lister, Oscar Wilde, Benjamin Britten, Andre Gide and Joe Orton. More info: gayiconsproject.co.uk
YORKSHIRE NOVEL WINS NATIONAL ACCOLADE
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‘Making Shore’, by debut author Sara Allerton from Ampleforth, has picked up the 2010 People’s Book Prize category for fiction. A heart wrenching tale of survival, sacrifice, love and lies, the book is set in the aftermath of a torpedo strike by a U-boat on a Merchant Navy vessel in 1942. The fictional drama has been brought to life through the reminiscences of 86-year-old merchant seaman Brian Clarke, a survivor from the sinking of the British merchant ship SS Sithonia.
PHOTO TREASURES HAVE RARE SHOWING IN BRADFORD Three of the world’s oldest examples of photography will be displayed together in what has been described as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at the National Media Museum, Bradford, in October. These artefacts were created by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, the man recognised as the world’s first photographer, and are part of The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the National Media Museum. They will be displayed during a two-day conference (Niépce in England, National Media Museum, 13 – 14 October) revealing recent advancements in scientific, art historical, and conservation research conducted by the National Media Museum and the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles. nationalmediamuseum.org.uk
Christ Carrying His Cross c 182, Heliograph on pewter, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, (1765-1833), The Royal Photographic Society Collection at National Media Museum. Images courtesy of the National Media Museum/SSPL)
Guests can look forward to a spectacular social occasion and the perfect start to Christmas. You can either soak up the festive atmosphere and enjoy a few drinks in the winter foyer bar or spoil yourself by booking a VIP dining package in the castle or east wing. The four-day programme will open on December 1. More info: whiterosefestivals.com
HISTORICAL INNOVATION IS A SKIPTON SUCCESS YORKSHIRE TEES UP A GOLFING WINNER With Ryder Cup fever still simmering, Welcome to Yorkshire, the official tourism agency, has launched a global bid to bring more golfers to Yorkshire.
High Corn Mill’s Historical Innovation Zone in Skipton is proving an enormous success since it opened - located within the heart of the mill, visitors can see the specially commissioned water turbine costing £35,000 and how it helps to generate part of the town’s electricity supply via the national grid. Specially created viewing areas enable visitors to see some of the original machinery used to process the corn, and a second waterwheel which visitors can turn by pulling a lever that releases water from the mill’s pond. The Historical Innovation Zone is free to visit and open to everyone. highcornmill.co.uk.
The county already has three courses which have hosted the Ryder Cup – Moortown, Ganton and Lindrick – and it also has a host of other championship grade courses, a selection of which form the basis of a new dedicated campaign to highlight the quality of golf on offer in Yorkshire. The campaign will feature 10 of the county’s signature courses as well as a selection of golf resorts. Welcome to Yorkshire will work closely with the International Association of Golf Tour Operators to raise awareness of Yorkshire as a top golfing destination as well as hosting familiarisation trips for golf’s global media. More info: yorkshire.com/golf
Opulence & Elegance The party season is fast approaching, but fear not - because Autumn Winter 2010 was made to party! The catwalks were awash with a cacophony of stylishly opulent pieces for any season and these trends have filtered down to ensure that this season is a very sparkly affair. And the main buzz word is texture: velvet, lace, fur, feathers, or sequins -and this season more is most definitely more!
Colour Don’t be afraid of colour this winter. Flattering jewel tones are an easy way to lift a paler winter complexion and ensure you stand out! Neon Light Asymmetric dress £340, Halston Heritage Gale Chandalier earrings £260, Dannijo Patent ‘Pigalle’ pumps £375, Christian Louboutin
Patent belt £35, Stephen Collins
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If the thought of leopard print makes you think of Bet Lynch or Cat Slater then you need a fashion refresher course as animal print is every stylish girls’ go to print this season.
Embellished pieces like this Sass and Bide dress are a great option for cocktail parties. Team with simple accessories as the dress does all of the talking.
Either sprinkle sparingly with a pair of killer shoes (YSL tributes) or go all out with a print dress….. grrrrr you sexy beast! Lanvin leopard dress, £1120, Matthew Williamson leather jacket, £1395
The Real Thing dress £725, Sass & Bide
Dungeon-esque earrings £240, Glynneth B
One look that is never fashionable is corned beef legs and blue skin. Shivering is definitely not a good look. But, fear not, this season is all about the dress coat so you can wrap up warm without loosing out in the style stakes. Camel coats are everywhere this season and for evening accessorise with a statement belt. Lanvin pencil skirt, £740, Moschino cheap and chic coat, £395, Nicole Farhi
YSL Tribute shoe £600.
camel coat, £950, Gucci belt, £220.
Leopard print dress By Malene Birger, £238 from Morgan Clare, Harrogate 01423 565709
If, like me, the last time you wore velvet you teamed it with patent shoes and ankle socks then it is time to try again. It’s a great option for a day to night look, in tailored pieces or as a dress. The texture makes you incredibly tactile….so keep some mistletoe on hand! Alice, £290.
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Jennifer Aniston is still the hair pin-up of this generation. The sun-kissed shades of her hair have made her the most popular source of inspiration at salons for women over the past 15 years - and those famous soft highlights remain the most requested look today. The trick is her highlights and light brown lowlights never look foiled and, by keeping the highlights finer at the root and thicker at the bottom, she maintains a more natural effect.
Women will change their hair many times during their lifetime. By altering your look a little - and often - rather than making big dramatic changes, you’ll be able to add modern texture without altering the length simply by adding some layers or by drying and styling differently. If you stick to a cut that suits you and you can tweak it at every salon visit. That way you never get stuck in a rut and you’re gradually keeping up with the times. It can take as little as a fringe and a few invisible layers and, before you know it, you’ve transformed your style from long to mid-length without the shock of doing it all in one go - something Jennifer has always been very good at!
Fudge’s new ‘On The Go’ set makes a lovely Christmas gift - designed for people on the move, the set consists of the Fudge Dry Shampoo, Fudge Ends and Membrane Gas. More info fudgehair.co.uk £19.95 from fudge.com
The trend for ‘big hair’ continues well into 2010 and, with volume and movement being the most asked-for styles in salons across the UK, Berlin’s cult stylist Shan Rahimkhan has introduced his ‘True Volume’ collection to the UK. We love his soft wax for fine hair! £19.60 from harissalon.com
Scarlett Johansson certainly knows how to make the most of a hair do. Over the past few months she has worn Marilyn Monroe-esque curls, voluminous red waves, bouncy ringlets and sleek, sophisticated up-dos - she’s certainly a colour chameleon! Her latest is the shoulder-length, tousled bob which looks uber-sexy and modern. The actress seems to be moving away from the blonde bombshell look by aiming for a more grown-up style with a playful edge.
Since bursting onto the scene in 2009 people have been going crazy for Florence Welch’s look. Her fashion style veers from vintage to designer but her hair makes one of the biggest statements of any of the celebs out there at the moment. Deep red tones give an instant vintage feel which she brightens up with dark winter outfits. Reds and coppers in dark blonde, light brown or brown hair look amazing and are the perfect statement for those of you who are not colour shy! But remember, you’ll need regular appointments to keep the colour looking fresh!
Alexa Chung is a true British style icon, who has wowed us with some beautifully pulled-together looks. Her unique style has helped her to stay ahead of the trends and she’s great at adding her own chic twists to her clothes and hair.
Alexa is currently wearing the hottest a/w hair trend of the moment - grunge roots. This look is where the ends of the hair are highlighted and the roots left to look rooty in a blended way it’s cool yet sophisticated. The hair has a rock vibe due to the combination of dip-dying and a dishevelled texture and it should be worn very tousled and textured for a grungy feel. Brunettes can gradually go lighter toward the ends, blondes can reverse the look with darker ends.
New Tints of Nature Reconstructing Treatment can restore your hair to be soft, smooth, shiny and protected from UV damage. Using the goodness of certified organic ingredients to it replenishes the natural moisture level in your hair and nourishes it. £8.99 - stockists 01590 613490
The new Aqua Light conditioner from Pantene nourishes your hair in a light way without weighing it down. The formula is highly watersoluble and rinses off in seconds. Nourishment with zero residues and zero weight, you will see the difference from your first wash. 400ml £3.99 from major supermarkets
This Argan Secret Oil from Marrakesh is becoming one of the biggest “beauty buzz” hair treatments around. This magical, “must-have” oil contains a luxurious blend of ingredients, including the exotic argan oil from Morocco and is formulated to soften, smooth and transform frizzy hair and offer protection from the elements. £14.99 - stockists 0800 980 9961
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This issue, professional make-up artist Samantha Marshall offers some lip-smacking application advice, On’s Beauty Editor Bethanie Lunn puts a salon through a style trial and Julia Paddon tries and tests the best new perfumes on the market … and all in time for Christmas!
TIPS & TRICKS ON APPLYING LIPSTICK AND LIPGLOSS Before applying lipstick, apply foundation all over the face, including over the lips – it will act as a base and the lipstick stay on longer. Also, you can then use a puff for pressed powder and dab the lips slightly to make sure there are no lines of demarcation around the lip line. It all helps with the staying power of a lipstick!
By applying the lipstick with a brush you will gain more control over its application. Take the brush just to the edge of the liner and blend into it, making sure not to go across the lip liner as this will cause ‘bleeding” of the lipstick.
Try to always use a lip liner on the lips. When applying do not go outside the natural lip line since this can cause your lip liner and lipstick to bleed. Try to keep the lip liner sharpened regularly otherwise you won’t get a nice defined line.
I always get my clients to use the “blot” technique - grab a tissue, place it on your lips, and gently press them together once to blot the excess lipstick away. This will stop the lipstick going gloopy and getting on the teeth.
Try to pick a lip liner that is the same shade as your chosen lipstick. Never use a dark liner with light lipstick. Defined lips are great, but a dark liner and light lips looks tacky
Another tip to prevent lipstick teeth is to take your index finger and pop it in your mouth and then pull it out. The excess lipstick will come off on your finger rather than your teeth.
You can also use liner on the full lips as a base - just colour in the lips with the liner. Lipstick will last longer if you fill in your lips with the liner first.
If you like the colour of your lipstick but want a lip-gloss, just try applying vaseline or lip balm over the lipstick - this will give more of a glossy look.
Make sure you wash the brush every time you use - soap and water is fine.
the hair onto UK salons) the client gets the most competitive price.
with BETHANIE LUNN Tatiana Karelina, owner of Tatiana Hair Extensions has chosen Manchester’s Northern Quarter as the location for her new salon following the success of her the flagship Kensington, London branch. With an impressive client list that includes Cheryl Cole and Jamelia, Beth Lunn decided to try out the new salon - and the famous Tatiana Hair Extensions … The Real Price of Hair Extensions Hair extensions can court controversy because of the unethical ways in which they can sometimes be sourced – with these unethical products found on the market at a low price and of generally questionable quality. When they are sourced ethically, this usually means the hair donor is willing to provide their hair for sale and / or is paid. Tatiana personally travelled with singer Jamelia to Russia for a BBC3 documentary titled “Whose hair is it anyway?” which followed Tatiana as she sourced hair extensions and showcased the fair price to pay for ‘virgin hair’ (unprocessed hair that is 100% natural and has not been dyed, bleached, permed or straightened). Virgin Russian hair is known throughout the industry as the best hair to use for extensions and Tatiana personally sources her hair from small rural communities where the diet, although simple, is high in nutrients and vitamins and low in sugar, salt and processed fats. Being Russian herself, Tatiana travels back to her home country six times a year to source hair. In doing this she can ensure that her clients are getting the best quality hair and by cutting out the middle man (who works selling
The Consultation I met with Tatiana herself who assessed the health of my hair and scalp and matched the colour of my naturally fair, highlighted hair perfectly with the extensions used. Ideally, hair should be 3-4 inches long if you require added volume or thickness and 4-5 inches long if you require extra length. Whether the goal is to add length or volume, Tatiana works with clients to create the most natural looking extensions. The System Tatiana Hair Extensions use exclusive micro rings – tiny cylinder shaped metal rings that match your hair colour and are considered to be the kindest, smallest and most undetectable technique available. Sections of your own hair are fed through the micro ring and attached to the hair extensions. The micro ring is then closed around the join and pressed flat with pliers to seal it securely and is then covered with plastic, providing a comfortable cushion for the hair. This system is not only quicker than most, lasting between 2-3 hours, but is much kinder to the hair since there is no glue, no pulling and no braiding. The system also allows you to have the micro rings tightened on your next visit as opposed to starting again. The Result I was thrilled with the finished result – silky and long as requested with a natural wave. The extensions are light and bouncy with no pulling and they shine with quality. When I first washed my hair and slept, I could feel the micro rings in my hair but very quickly became used to them. I’m impressed with the colour match as my fine hair has three different shades of blonde worked through it, yet the golden hue alongside the lighter shades was closely paired. I find them very low maintenance and what I like most about them is that they look good even if left to dry naturally. You can wear them in any style as you cannot see the joins at all, so I’m enjoying top knots, high ponytails and long boho waves. Aftercare The extensions will last 3-4 months providing you care for them and you can treat the extensions just like your own hair. They are perfectly fine in hot weather, swimming or during exercise and you can even have the T-Section of your hair highlighted for touch ups when needed.
Tatiana Hair Extensions is open at 56 Port Street, Manchester, M1 2EQ. 0161 236 4467 More information is available at http://manchester.tatianahairextensions.co.uk/
Personality or Perfumality? Tried and Tested
No other cosmetic choice says more about you than your perfume. Some people stick to the same scent for years and it becomes an intrinsic part of their persona. Some flit between different scents each week and build collections of perfume, wearing whatever suits their mood each day. That choice in itself says something about your approach to life. JULIA PADDON thinks there’s no better way to leave a lasting impression on the man or woman in your life than by smelling good enough to eat! She’s selected her top picks. So what’s your perfumality?
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By day Colonia, Acqua di Parma, £46 50ml Selfridges / SpaceNK Too gorgeous for words. Exclusive and high quality, it’s the perfect scent for every day. Be prepared to be asked what perfume you’re wearing!
Fleur de Vigne, fresh energising fragrance, Caudalie Paris, £21.50 50ml, Selected retailers Think fresh beyond fresh. Citrus, grape blossom and freshly mown grass. A pleasure to wear.
Ginger Essence, Origins, £26 / 50ml, origins.co.uk The initial spicy ginger top notes give way to lingering warmth. As good as a hug, this scent comforts and uplifts
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Nina, Nina Ricci, £46, 80ml EDT, widely available A fragrance as sweet as its apple-shaped bottle. Perfect for your perfect day.
Elemis, Elemis, £35, 28ml EDT Debenhams Beautifully packaged, wonderfully positive, individual fragrance which feels incredibly empowering.
Lily of the Valley, Yardley, £9.95 50ml EDT, widely available Back to basics. Yardley have reimagined their classic fragrances for a new audience.
And for him
Womanity, Thierry Mugler, £49 / 50ml, EDP, nationwide Powerful women everywhere, this is the one for you. An obvious progression from Thierry Muglers signature scent Angel, Womanity has delicate floral and citrus top notes.
Sensuous Noir, Esteee Lauder, £32 / 30ml, EDP, Estee Lauder counters We love everything Estee Lauder, including this luxury scent. Perfect for evening it’s rich, spicy and delicious.
Bliss, £29 / 50ml, EDT blisslondon.co.uk For that just walked out of the Sloane Spa cucumber eyed luxury. Bliss is a light fragrance that can hold its own at night due to its individuality.
4711, £10.95 50ml EDC, selected retailers In true cyclical fashion this lost classic appears refreshingly modern.
Bleu, Chanel, £42, 50ml EDT, widely available Like everything Chanel this lux scent is classy and sexy. What’s not to like?
Exotic, Elemis, £35, 28ml, EDT, Debenhams
Tuscan Leather, Tom Ford, £115, 50ml EDP, Selfridges
I was transported straight back to the Caribbean. Exotic is your ticket to tropical paradise every evening. Pure luxury.
Tom Ford - the ultimate slick, beautiful, overacheiver. He’s expanded his private blend collection, the true smell of success. Unisex.
Lady Million, Paco Rabanne, £33, 30mlEDP, gardenpharmacy.com
A new take on classic fragrance. This really is as rich as its title suggests. Lasts well into the early hours...
R, John Richmond, £40, 50ml, Harvey Nichols Exclusive to Harvey Nichols. JR is a masculine, sexy and fresh fragrance with elements of Orange ginger.
Flowerbomb, Viktor and Rolf, £45, 30mlEDP
Bang, Marc Jacobs, £47.99, 100ml, EDC
Explosive, creative, floral and definitely mood enhancing. The finishing touch for a truly magical night out!
A fragrance for the big hitters. As high impact as its title suggests!
Beauty, Calvin Klein, £33.50, 30ml, EDP, thefragranceshop.co.uk
Wonderwood, Comme Des Garcons, £48, 50ml, Selfridges
CK have chosen Diana Kruger as the face of beauty - say no more. Stunning, elegant, and poised. This is a mature sophisticated fragrance.
Peppery and spicy a unique fragrance for a strong man.
Orange Sunset, Hugo Boss, £46 / 75 ml, EDT, widely available
Bottled Night Hugo Boss, £44.50 100ml EDT, thefragranceshop.co.uk
Developed by Hugo Boss especially for the evening. The last thing to put on after your LBD, killer heels and red lippy.
One for the smooth operators. Think James Bond and you’re 99% there.
COMING IN THE NEW YEAR …
On awards THE ON: YORKSHIRE MAGAZINE LIFESTYLE AWARDS
Yorkshire’s ultimate lifestyle magazine proudly presents the ultimate lifestyle awards for our region …
See our December / January issue for your chance to vote for your favourites! If it’s in: It’s On
BEST RESTAURANT • BEST BAR • BEST BOUTIQUE BEST SHOPPING EXPERIENCE • BEST SALON • BEST SPA
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what’s new Writer and Presenter, Bethanie Lunn reports on all that’s new and fabulous in the region – from new bar and restaurant openings to the latest treatments. What she doesn’t know isn’t worth knowing…
Cool new hang-out
Latte Lounge Latte Lounge is a coﬀee house and deli slightly further down from Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton, Leeds. New Manager, Pauline Lloyd is on a mission to provide Leeds foodies with healthy yet tasty food and an impressive menu for vegetarians. Since it is slightly further out than the mainstream venues, it could often be overlooked but this personable café is a little treat serving freshly prepared, locally-sourced produce, home-made cakes and good coﬀee. Opening times: Monday – Friday 9-4.30, Saturday 9-3.30. 62 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds. LS7 4LA www.latte-lounge.co.uk
Holbeck Urban Village is an up and coming area on the outskirts of Leeds City Centre (with cheap parking may I add!), home to hip hang-out, Out of the Woods, an independent juice bar and café. Hosting monthly art exhibitions and THE best smoothies in town, they provide more than just the ‘good grub’ they pride themselves on and enjoy oﬀering ‘diﬀerent twists’ to their dishes. The Brazilian Breakfast, 4.50 is the perfect example, inspired from the owner’s travels and a hot favourite with the locals of Rio de Janeiro. Combining Granola with a delicious blend of banana and acai berries, topped with sliced strawberries and banana this is a fantastic healthy option that won’t be found elsewhere. The hot water infused with ginger, lemon and honey is top of my list to rid winter colds and you must try the freshly blended soups.Look out for the Christmas Yorkshire hampers and a second branch opening at Granary Wharf, Leeds soon! Open 7:00am - 4:00pm Monday - Friday Out Of The Woods, 113 Water Lane, Leeds, LS11 5WD
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• Music producer and West-End star of Sister Act, Simon Webbe at Meadowhall Sheﬃeld opening the new L’OCCITANE flagship store.
a new sandwich bar on Call Lane, Leeds.
a stunning new store selling vintage finds and the work of new designers. 83 Kirkgate, Leeds.
No, it’s not just a necklace… … it’s actually a gigantic light for your home! This Big Bling Necklace Light designed by Manchester based Designer, Penelope Batley won her the Sir Terence Conran Foundation Award and it would certainly be a talking point in any room. All her work is handmade in her penthouse studio at an old molasses factory where she creates elegant, impressionable and playful pieces for the home and exclusive venues. www.penelopebatley.co.uk
Chunky industrial ankle boots are in for both lads and lasses this season. These men’s Bobby Lace Boots, £85, look great teamed with slim leg trousers or jeans. Note to the boys – please don’t wear baggy jeans and then took them into your boots – it’s not a good look – slim leg is best. 60-64 Vicar Lane, Leeds
Glitzy event to showcase more talent than ever before
Leeds Fashion Show, one of the most anticipated events in the city’s calendar, returns for the fifth year with a touch of elegance at the elite venue – Leeds City Museum. The ‘glamorous’ themed event is set to attract individuals from far and wide on the eve of Tuesday 19th October 2010, taking place within Leeds Loves Shopping Extravaganza, which runs from
14th-24th October. The event, namely ‘Dress Me Beautiful’, will see a mixture of established and up and coming fashionistas collaborate to showcase some of their most successful creations to an audience expected to include experts, celebrities and members of the public. Designers including Kelly Ann Couture and Samantha Davy will be showcasing their collections on the night, alongside Leeds based boutiques; Accent and Chimp. www.leedsfashionshow.co.uk
New look for the New Ellington Located in Leeds’ commercial and financial district, New Ellington is the latest luxury hotel which re-launched recently after an 18 month closure, ownership change and overhaul. The name derives from a tribute to Duke Ellington who played at the city’s 1958 music festival. The hotel, which is jazz-themed, boutique and style-led, has 35 bedrooms ranging from contemporary to the more classical New Orleans style. Rooms feature enormous beds, Egyptian cotton linen, fringed lampshades, glass-bead curtains and espresso machines. Rates start from £155 for a superior double and from £200 for a junior suite. 23-25 York Place, Leeds
Treat yourself There is a brand new Haircare Range adorning the bathroom shelves of the elite, Neal & Wolf Haircare. The brand marries opulence and science, resulting in a range of decadent shampoos, conditioners and styling products. There are ten must-have products infused with white thyme and saﬀron combined with a blast of mandarin and a base of sweet vanilla and palisander wood. The result is stunning and each product has the high luxury and result element you’d expect from products with bank-breaking price tags but you’ll be pleased to know Neal & Wolf products retail at £12.95 or less. Visit www.nealandwolf.com for more information
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AUSSIE RULES: An Introduction to the Margaret River
by Paul Howard
The state of Western Australia is truly vast, being about the size of western Europe. This ancient landscape is mostly blowtorchhot outback, yet around the far south-western coast is a Mediterranean climate where subtropical heat is tempered by cooling oceans and welcome rainfall. Still forested and with teeming wildlife, most of the population live in and around the city of Perth, where the climate is most temperate. Such a climate is also ideal for farming, and this includes grape growing. The wine region is subdivided into climatic districts called Geographical indicators (GI) and of these the Margaret River is pre-eminent and the jewel in the crown, being around 240 km (or 3 hours drive) south of Perth. Though easily accessible to modern transport and tourism, this is the most isolated wine producing region in the world. From here, it can be quicker to get to Singapore than to Sydney. It is formed as a coastal strip extending 100 km north to south along a line of ancient rolling hills, from Cape Naturaliste in the north down to Cape Leeuwin in the south. It is never more than 30 km from the sea but the vineyards are generally found inland, away from salt spray and humidity. They occupy the fertile east-west river valleys and cooled by refreshing onshore breezes. Viticulture in Western Australia was quickly established by Victorian settlers in the torrid heat of the Swan valley near Perth. Yet if you had visited Margaret River at any time up to the mid-sixties you would not have encountered vines. At that time Dr. John Gladstones was conducting research into whether Margaret River had any potential for wine – his seminal reports theoretically pointed to Bordeaux being the touchstone for new winegrowing. On this basis, Vasse Felix was planted in 1967 and Moss Wood followed in 1970. Cullen, having planted a small trial in 1966, expanded commercially in 1971. Despite initial scepticism, the success of these ventures, especially with cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, was quickly recognised.
These heroic wine pioneers were followed by an expansion wave of small family and boutique winegrowers that converted sheep and dairy farms into more profitable vineyards. During the late seventies and eighties the regions’ reputation was established and by 1990 there were about 1,000 hectares under vine. In the nineties came ever-more financial investment and tax-breaks, attracting both new and larger players and inevitably more new planting.
punctuate rocky headlands while inland are green and lush eucalypt and karri forests interspersed with farmsteads, orchards and vines.
The recent success of tourism and wine has also brought local prosperity. This is highly visible as a luxurious veneer of arts, crafts and gourmet cuisine. To compare it with California is telling, though perhaps Margaret River is more of an unpretentious and slightly rustic Sonoma rather than the manicured and hyped Napa Valley. Similarities however are most often made with Bordeaux, in particular Pomerol and St. Émilion with regards wine growing. Over the growing season Margaret River is 7% hotter than in Bordeaux and the season also lasts longer. It also is usually drier and most rain falls in winter, though dry-farming (without irrigation) is possible. By Aussie standards it is relatively cool; the mild maritime climate is thanks to those onshore winds and the cooling currents from the two oceans. There is only a small temperature difference between summer and winter and frost is rare. All this means that the wines are more restrained in style when compared to many Australian counterparts, retaining freshness and complexity. Growers must manage a few risks however; the vines may not fully rest in winter, there is a risk of wind damage and parrots find the grapes delicious.
Today there are around 120 wineries. With about 5,500 hectares of vines planted - that’s roughly an equivalent area to St. Émilion in Bordeaux. There is now a well-developed and thriving wine culture that has international recognition. Output is relatively small – the region is responsible for only 2% of Australian wine volume yet this is over 20% of its premium wine, a higher proportion than that of any other Australian wine region. So Gladstones’ work has been completely vindicated in just 40 years – just two generations.
It is the Bordeaux grapes and chardonnay that have created the reputation for the greatest Margaret River wines. In whites, a Margaret River signature is the semillon and sauvignon blanc blend originating from the Graves of Bordeaux, known here as SSB. Meanwhile Australia’s finest examples of chardonnay are made here. In reds, cabernet Sauvignon is king and it may be blended with the other Bordeaux varieties – cabernet franc, merlot, malbec and petit verdot – for additional complexity. As you would expect there is shiraz grown, though you’ll need to go further south for those grapes that prefer cooler conditions such as pinot noir and riesling. Ceaseless experimentation ensures that other grape varieties such as zinfandel are grown and are more than just unusual oddities.
It is almost axiomatic that places that grow vines tend to the spectacular, but Margaret River really is a top contender for being as close as it gets to an earthly paradise.
The isolating tyranny of distance, ocean and desert has meant that regional cross-blending to create consistent brands, common elsewhere in Australia, has never developed here. Instead, the wines tend to reflect their regional origins clearly and also retain the variations of both vintage and place. So as the rest of Australia has gradually rediscovered regionality and terroir, they’ve found Margaret River already in the forefront.
The coastline is surfing heaven, it is pounded with fearsome waves; westward from the Indian Ocean and northward from the Southern Ocean, with Cape Mentelle being where these waters meet. Unblemished white sand beaches
Is it really any wonder that this southwest tip of Western Australia was picked as one of the Lonely Planet top 10 regional travel destinations for 2010?
These six wines have been chosen to illustrate the excitement and potency of Margaret River, all made by some of the local aristocracy. They are designed to tempt you into making your own exploration, so look out for other top producers such as Brookland Valley, Moss Wood, Pierro, Vasse Felix and Voyager.
SemillonSauvignon Blanc, McHenry Hohnen. 2009. 12.5%
David Hohnen is famous for establishing the Cape Mentelle winery in Margaret River back in 1976 before creating the iconic Cloudy Bay winery in New Zealand in 1985. In 2003 he established McHenry Hohnen Vintners with partner Murray McHenry. This is a classic Margaret River SSB. There’s gooseberry and grass, with a hint of lime and honeysuckle on the nose. The semillon (51%) rounds out the aromatic sauvignon (49%), leaving a broader and softer texture, citrus fruit with green fruit and vegetal notes (think nettles and peas). There’s weight, generous fruit and intensity yet finesse too. Perfect now but will hold for 2-3 years. With food, try a Rick Stein fish recipe - Halibut poached in olive oil with cucumber and dill. The Wine Society, £8.50
Sauvignon Blanc, Stella Bella. 2009. 13%
Established in 1999, Stella Bella is one of the newer wineries with a reputation for innovation. Their sauvignon blanc has a third of it barrel fermented and the rest made in stainless steel. This brings a fleshier and fuller style with added complexity, making an outstanding example of Aussie Sauvie. Green-tinged, the nose is floral and herbaceous, with citrus, gooseberry and passionfruit. It’s not as pungent as a Kiwi Sauvie, being broader and creamier in the mouth. Finishing very dry and with the usual mouth-watering acidity, it has an unexpected subtlety. Drink now and over the next couple of years. Food: goats cheese salad, broad beans and asparagus are all classic matches. The Wine Society, £11.50
Chardonnay, Leeuwin Estate, Prelude. 2007. 14%
Encouraged by no lesser light than Robert Mondavi in the early seventies, Leeuwin Estate made their first commercial vintage in 1979. They make arguably the finest and most iconic chardonnay in Australia, the Art Series wine rivalling top white burgundy, with longevity and prices to match. Here is their Prelude series chardonnay – a second label that is better than most firsts, with the wine withdrawn from the Art Series production. Pear, stone fruit and grapefruit are the hallmarks here, precision alongside sheer depth of fruit – French oak is mandatory for the style, but it is well judged. It brings a lactic texture, leesy complexity and cashew nut/toast flavours. Bottle age will suck more of the remaining oak up; this is still relatively youthful with 4-5 years ahead to peak. Food: lobster and other crustaceans. Uncorked, London, £20.00
How important, in your opinion, is choosing the correct stemware for tasting your wine? Are we talking majorly important or is it time to bust another wine myth? Tina Scales, Shadwell
Glasses are important given they are the vessel that has to communicate the wine to your senses, but common sense should prevail. I prefer plain, uncoloured, undecorated and uncut glass to see the wine clearly. It should taper in to leave a headspace for aroma to collect, with a stem to allow easy swirling and a large enough bowl to give the wine a chance to develop in the glass. An ISO tasting glass is one inexpensive example. Many prefer the additional sensuality and appearance of very thin plain crystal but these are easily broken. Purists often match glass shapes to grape varieties and there is a demonstrable
Red, Cullen. 2007. 13%
Vanya Cullen is one of the world’s great winegrowers. This is her entry level red blend. In 2007, 76% Malbec and 24% Merlot were given 15 months maturation in old French oak. A deep ruby red with a crimson rim. Mulberry, plum and spices on the nose, reprised again on the palate. Soft and inviting, a great balance of lively acidity, soft tannins and restrained alcohol – such finesse is very much the Cullen house style, as is the pure fruit and a long fade. This is skilful blending where the whole really is greater than the sum of the parts. Made for earlier drinking over the next couple of years or so but will hold for longer quite easily. Food: rare beef or steak is always a classic with malbec. Hoults, Huddersfield, £13.99
Cabernet Sauvignon, Howard Park, Leston Vineyard, 2007. 14%
Howard Park is really improving and may be best known for their Madfish entry-level brand. About one third of their Leston vineyard is planed with Cabernet Sauvignon. Given 18 months in French oak (50% new), this makes a varietal wine with lovely structure; glossy texture, intense blackcurrant and mulberry fruit mixed with cedar and a milk chocolate finish. It is still young and best left for another year or so and will improve over next 5-6 years. Food: handles meat with ease, try venison. www.slurp.co.uk £15.25
Cabernet-Merlot, Cape Mentelle. 2007. 14%
Cape Mentelle is an iconic winery in Margaret River, established by David Hohnen and now owned by luxury giant Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey (LVMH). This classic Bordeaux blend has cabernet sauvignon (58%) as the majority shareholder over merlot (34%), together with splashes of petit verdot (4%), malbec (2%) and cabernet franc (2%). After fermentation the wine is aged in French and US oak (25% new) for 15 months. Blending always adds complexity; there are violets on the nose entwined with blackcurrant and cherry and a tobacco note. The palate majors on cassis with a clear herbaceous/ leafy undertow. Refined and bright yet plump, there is a savoury finish with some mocha/cedar notes to complete the package. Drinking now with easily 5-6 years ahead. Food: rack of lamb. Majestic, £14.99
correlation - doubters should compare how the same champagne drunk from a flute glass is clearly superior to that from a coupe. Hence many glass manufacturers now offer vast and often expensive glass ranges. But unless you are obsessive, have a large bank balance and a lot of storage capacity then well chosen glasses for red, white and sparkling will usually suffice. Take a look at those made from Kwarx, a new material that is hard to break.
Paul - do you ever just fancy a pint? Eric, via email
Eric – Of course! As an incentive at the end of a good walk in the Yorkshire Dales or to refresh after spending a long day wine judging, these are just two examples of occasions when only beer will do. And beer can be matched to food too…
Even the waiter looked sheepish when he brought it over. He was honest enough to admit that he’d prefer a nice bowl of vanilla HäagenDazs, but what he actually placed at our table was truffle ice-cream. And it was at that point I knew that the truffle menu takeover was complete. It had even reached the desserts.
Am I the only one wondering why, when interest in food in Britain is at an all time high, that too often our menus give us a bad case of déjà vu? Ever since the sundried tomato burst (pardon the pun) onto the scene in the late eighties ingredient trends have ruled our menus and our plates.
Truffles are probably the number-one-all-staringredient of the moment but there are plenty of other contenders for world menu domination. Fois Gras. Pork Belly. Lamb Shank. It may well be illegal in some parts of Britain to draft a menu without a corn-fed chicken option.
Exactly when did we become so fungus-obsessed? In season, there can be nothing better than freshly grated truffles. But they are turning up on menus anytime, anywhere. Or worse, being squirted over salads, sandwiches and pasta in the dreaded form of truffle oil, which is often little more than olive oil mixed with artificial truffle flavourings. It’s far more likely to have been created in a lab than foraged for in the ground. Proof, if you ever needed it, that you really can have too much of a good thing.
You’ll be pleased to know that truffle ice-cream tastes reassuringly bad – in fact, like a sweet mushroom version of cookies and cream. And it may have been served at a fancy New York restaurant, but rest assured, the menu takeover is going on at a restaurant near you too.
Five Unsung Heroes of the Kitchen Food trends come and go - but what are the unsung hero ingredients working behind the bright stars of the menu? These foods rarely take centre stage, but pack a flavour punch well above their weight that keep chefs – and customers - coming back for more.
Over-Plated? I probably don’t need to refer to the other menu repeat offenders – you’ll already know them by heart: Baby leaf lettuce, or its trendier cousin, pea shoots. Polenta, porcini and parmesan crisps. Confit of duck/pork/salmon (delete as appropriate). Balsamic Vinegar - on everything. Like a favourite song on the radio, fine for the first five plays, but there comes a point when you start to question your devotion.
Lemons have got to be the most underrated workhorse of the kitchen. They work equally well in both savoury and sweet dishes and their acidity magically brings out the flavour in food. A lesser known chef trick is to add a squeeze of lemon juice to finish gravy and pan sauces. Also to plate up like a pro, wipe dishes with a little lemon juice to banish any smears before serving.
No matter what s’leb chefs tell you in adverts, even the best shop-bought stock can’t come close to the flavour of good home-made stocks. Given that it’s the base to soups, sauces, braised dishes and stews it’s worth taking some time over. If you’re making it at home remember to start with cold water and keep skimming off any impurities from the surface of your pot to make sure you get a crystal clear and tasty result. Also, when it comes to a boil, turn down the heat so that the surface just trembles – or it will become cloudy.
Take Scallops. There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with scallops. I even like the fact that Eggs Scrambled, poached, fried, boiled. Omelettes. they encourage people who Mayonnaise. Hollandaise. Béarnaise. Meringue. Custard. Cake. Mayonnaise. Cake. Pasta. Pastry. ‘don’t do seafood’ to try it as Batter. Yorkshire pudding. Mayonnaise. Need I go on? most nutritious and versatile of cooking there isn’t the head / leg pulling The ingredients, thoroughly deserving of their place on any menu. off or peeling. But I would still Garlic love to find a restaurant or Just about every cuisine on the planet has found a role for garlic. There’s no getting away gastro pub that didn’t have from it on any menu – it’s a fundamental of Asian, Middle Eastern, African and Mediterranean them on their starter menu. cooking and its use is perhaps one of the few things The problem is that they’re actually quite hard to cook well – their mere presence on your menu is not a short cut to food heaven. Unfortunately all too often they are anaemic, rubbery and devoid of flavour. Which brings me to the next repeat offender; Foam. Speaking as someone who likes their cappuccino flat I know I’m biased, but the year is 2010 and it’s still out there - beside, under and on top of your food. Maybe chefs are reluctant to let it go as it’s an easy way to dip a toe into the trendy world of ‘molecular gastronomy’. So on menus across the land we’ve seen mushroom foam, parmesan foam, lemon foam and even fois gras foam. The idea is to introduce another flavour and texture without changing the substance of the dish, but in the wrong hands all you’re left with is a lot of lather and a hefty bill for your trouble. As great as ‘superstar’ ingredients can be, their presence alone cannot guarantee culinary success and they are no substitute to inventive and talented cooking.
upon which every culture seems to agree. For a quick and mild garlic hit, make your own garlic infused oil. Bring half a pint of olive oil to a boil and turn the heat down to low. Carefully add 10 peeled cloves of garlic and heat for 5 minutes. Allow the oil to cool and the garlic to infuse then strain. Use in tomato based pasta sauces or for garlic mayo.
Home cooks can be too wary of adding salt in these health conscious times – but it really is the basis for good seasoning, which will raise your food up a notch. It’s important to season from the start of the cooking process – rather than adding all the salt at the end – to give the flavours time to develop properly.
Certain foods are good at grabbing all the attention – but a dish is more than the sum of its parts and some ingredients are just over plated and overrated.
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THE PHANTOM BAND – THE WANTS Debut album ‘Checkmate Savage’ has bubbled away very nicely since 2009, initially picking up two-paragraph plaudits then gaining a gently rolling snowball momentum through word of mouth. All is poised, then, for this sophomore effort to kick on and take the band into, well, The Championship at least. It doesn’t disappoint, taking the debut’s adventurous inventiveness while adding hooks and extra layers of mystery. A stunning, transmogrifying opening track (‘A Glamour’) sets the standard, full of synthy stabs and tribal beats and whooping before a weird riff-laden coda. It’s an audacious start yet, thrillingly, the band never look back. ‘The None of One’ is an unashamed slice of glacial beauty and ‘Everybody Knows It’s True’ highlights the band at their most playfully inventive. Plus, in ‘Goodnight Arrow’, they create the year’s most massively OTT epic. A thrilling band on the cusp of greatness. Out 18th October
DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS – SEARCHING FOR THE YOUNG SOUL REBELS 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION To the public at large Dexy’s are the scruffy dungaree band with the catchy wedding stomper about Eileen that nobody knows the words to. To music lovers they’re soul boys out of time, releasing 3 magnificently unique 80’s albums before the classic rockstar meltdowns. To their aficionados – and there are plenty – their brief, passionate 6-year existence was a miracle amidst the horrorshow of most 80’s pop. This re-issue of their debut album still swaggers with punk-defying braggadocio, still bristles with outsider energy and still packs more rousing choons than any band who’ve been put on a fitness regime by their rather demanding frontman should be expected to supply. A worthy tribute to one of the landmark debut albums. OUT NOW
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Fincher (Fight Club, Benjamin Button) the film just might come to be remembered as definitive for the difficult millennium generation. Ostensibly about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the nervous plotting, pitfalls and paranoia that surrounded his route to billionaire-dom, the entrepreneur becomes, through some precise and exhilarating storytelling, both a metaphor and a lens through which to understand contemporary culture. Who would ever have thought that watching people sitting in front of a computer could be so riveting?
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Director: Kelly Reichardt Stars: Daniel London, Will Oldham
Director: Paul Provenza DID YOU MISS THIS? 5 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH
A clever, crafty, slightly edgy 3D animated adventure that doesn’t disregard story for the obligatory visual fireworks. Infused with the spirit of Looney Tunes as much as The Simpsons, the evil genius Gru (brilliantly voiced throughout by Steve Carell) does battle with a pointedly younger, more fortified rival (voiced by Jason Segall), with assistance from three little girls from the orphanage. In true cartoon fashion, the girls bring out Gru’s more tender side until we realise he might not be the old curmudgeon he first appeared. Inventive visual gags abound and, while not as achingly profound as this year’s Toy Story, there’s enough genuine humour among the slapstick to keep the adults entertained. OUT NOW
It might not outwardly appear the greatest recommendation for a film to say that nothing much happens, but Old Joy’s slow-burning realism is a much needed antidote to all those films where things-get-blown-up-and-stuff. Two old friends, Mark (London) and Kurt (Oldham) once close, now adrift through some ambiguous back story event, hook up for a few days camping in the Oregon mountains. Mark is married but his relationship with his wife seems thorny. Kurt seems at a loose end, unmarried, full of theories but short on capabilities. They get lost (inevitably), drink beer, smoke grass, exchange banalities and awkward pauses and slowly, inexorably, their hidden past re-emerges to confront their present. Shot-through with an exceptional feel for reality and free from false film profundities, Old Joys is about friendship, nature and, hell, life. It’s so real it hurts.
Literally a one joke movie, the absurdly simple premise behind The Aristocrats is to camcord a bunch of comedians (Robin Williams, Steven Wright, Chris Rock – scores more) as they each deliver, in their own idiosyncratic way, the filthiest joke in history. The punchline itself isn’t especially funny, but what will have you have you in stitches (or, perhaps, writhing in disgust) is the build up to the punchline – which allows the joker to wander down all sorts of depraved, delirious and frankly hilarious roads. What you get is a glimpse into the comic’s psyche, highlighted by a riotously funny routine from the irrepressible Sarah Silverman. Assaults on common decency abound until, by the end, The Aristocrats somehow becomes a kind of meditation on the cathartic nature of comedy. A riot.
15th OCTOBER VAMPIRES SUCK: The team behind Epic Movie, Disaster Movie, and Meet the Spartans drive a squeaky rubber stake through the heart of the Twilight series. 18th OCTOBER MEEK’S CUTOFF: Settlers travelling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions. (Paul Dano)
22nd OCTOBER ALPHA & OMEGA: Puppy love takes on a new meaning in this animated film featuring a slew of celebrity voices. EASY A: High school is the setting for this freewheeling comedic twist on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 19th-century novel The Scarlet Letter. (Lisa Kudrow) RED: When his idyllic life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive. (Bruce Willis)
23rd OCTOBER ROUTE IRISH: Ken Loach directs the story of a private security contractor in Iraq who rejects the official explanation of his friend’s death and sets out to discover the truth. 29th OCTOBER BURKE AND HARE: Follows the hapless exploits of two men as they fall into the highly profitable business of providing cadavers for the medical fraternity. (Simon Pegg)
ROCK WITH LAUGHTER Andrew O’Neill is an alternative alternative comedian. A black metal-obsessed, dark arts-dabbling, vegan anarchist, who fronts a chaotic hardcore punk band in-betw een stand-up gigs. Veering from charming to vitriolic on a whim (his shtick on the Jonas Brothe rs is thrillingly unprintable here); just about the only thing about him that we’ve seen before is his transvestism. As arena stand-up plummets to new depths of insipidity, his new black magic-inspired tour, ‘Occult Comedian’ is original, funny and a little bit frightening. He spoke to Matt Callard about pyrotechnics, gas masks and ethical goat skulls …
I HOPE YOU’VE GOT SOMETHING MIND-BENDING LINED UP FOR THOSE STADIUM GIGS? Pyro. It’s all about the pyro. And smoke, skulls, incense … One of my favourite bands, Watain, showers the audience in festering animal blood. I’m vegan, however, so it’ll have to be soya milk. I AM having a huge pentagram backdrop made. And if anyone knows where I can get ethical goat skulls, I would be very interested.
AND A HUGE TOUR TOO … ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO 2 MONTHS IN A TRANSIT – OR IS IT POSH HOTELS ALREADY? I used to hitchhike to gigs, so a transit van is a luxury.
MY GIRLFRIEND RECKONS YOU’RE NOT SCARY ENOUGH – BUT I RECKON THE TRICK IS NOT TO LOOK LIKE YOU’RE OVER-TRYING – WOULD YOU EVER ‘EVIL UP’ MARILYN MANSON STYLE? Haha! Marilyn Manson, eh? He’s in nursery school compared to the stuff I listen to! Now, Varg Vikernes from Burzum - that’s a bit more like it. He’s just got out of prison after serving a sentence for murder and church burning. It’s funny how different people see me. I get all this ‘Dark Lord’ stuff from some and then my metal mates see me as the fluffy one. Such is the paradox of being a black metal-obsessed transvestite. Ultimately it all comes down to how you do your make-up.
ARE YOU THE TYPE OF COMEDIAN THAT ENJOYS THAT ‘BOND WITH THE AUDIENCE’ THING – OR WOULD YOU REALLY PREFER TO BE AT HOME WITH YOUR RECORD COLLECTION? I like it when they’re my audience. I get good people coming to my shows. The audiences at club gigs vary. Every comic has horror stories about the ‘jokes’ punters ‘give’ them after a show. Invariably racist and invariably followed by ‘you can use that’. It’s like going up to Kerry King from Slayer and showing him a riff from a Busted song. “You can use that, Kerry.”
SO ANDREW, ARE YOU DABBLING IN THE OCCULT IN THE NAME OF COMEDY – OR ARE YOU BRINGING COMEDY TO THE OCCULT? Well, they started off separate, but magic has a way of infecting everything you do! Basically I had some experiences that were too mad to NOT talk about on stage. Performing ritual magic is an absurd thing to do - almost as absurd as standing in front of a room full of strangers and attempting to make them all laugh!
HOW DID YOUR FASCINATION IN THE OCCULT START – WAS IT A CHILDHOOD THING? A RELIGIOUS THING? I have always been fascinated with the notion that there’s more to the universe than what’s observable on the surface. And I used to believe in God and heaven and Jesus and miracles and Father Christmas and the tooth fairy and Mulder and Scully. So the idea I can use language to affect the world is quite small-fry.
WHAT ARE THE LINKS BETWEEN COMEDY AND THE DARK ARTS? A joke is a spell to make you laugh. It’s the most perfect example of a spell. And a stand-up gig is a ritual. It has lights, music, incantations. It uses language, symbols and ideas to bring about a physical effect in the real world. And both get you laid.
HOW WAS EDINBURGH FOR YOU THIS YEAR? Brilliant. I only went for 11 days, so I didn’t even get ill! My punk band (The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing) played up there too. It was a delight.
YOU’RE GONNA BE ABSOLUTELY MASSIVE SOON – ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE ADULATION/FAME/BREAKDOWN/ REHAB THING? Enormously. I have it all plotted out. I have decided I am going to be an arsehole for a year when I reach 33.
WHY IS STAND-UP SO HUGE RIGHT NOW? THERE’S NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO BE A COMEDIAN … It’s a combination of TV shows, mainly. Plus there is the old theory that standup thrives in a recession. The flip side is that hundreds more people are now trying to make a go of it, so supply is outstripping demand. Hence the use of ritual magic - it’s my secret weapon.
“It’s like going up to Kerry King from Slayer and showing him a riff from a Busted song. ‘You can use that, Kerry.’” HAVE YOU ENJOYED THE POPE’S RECENT VISIT TO THESE SHORES? Not as much as I would have done if he’d been arrested. That would have been beautiful.
YOU HAVE A ROCK BAND TOO! YOU TAKE YOUR ROCK SERIOUSLY, RIGHT? Way more than comedy, yeah. Comedy is just showing off. Music is life.
WHAT’S THE GUILTY PLEASURE IN YOUR RECORD COLLECTION? I don’t feel guilty about ANYTHING in my record collection! The guilt comes from spending ALL my money on CDs! I don’t download. I am stuck in the 90s. I still use a CD walkman.
TELL US ABOUT SOMETHING THAT INTERESTS YOU THAT’S NOT DARK, LOUD AND SCARY – PORCELAIN, FOR EXAMPLE? Gas masks? I am obsessed with Doctor Who, and have been since 1987. I have a Doctor Who tattoo - the Seal of Rassillon, symbol of the Time Lords. I got that done for the ladies.
SO YOU’RE HOLDING A BLACK MASS – AFTER OZZY, WHO ELSE ARE YOU INVITING? Alan Moore, the guys from Watain and Necro Ritual, and all of your readers. Come join me. There’s wine!
Andrew O’Neill performs in Leeds 18th Oct, Harrogate 22nd Oct, Manchester 23rd Oct, Sheffield 28th Oct and York 21st Nov. www.andrewoneill.co.uk
TASTE TIMES TWO The Meal Mole’s greatest foodie experience remains, and possibly will forever remain, Thai. Phi Phi Island, secluded harbour restaurant, the setting sun; a boat rolls in over the gentle waves, unloads a churning haul of seafood mind-boggling in its exotic variety, colour and size. The locals scrap over the best of the catch while we few lucky tourists sit back, safe in the knowledge that our friend, the proprietor, has already snaffled this one haul’s finest ocean dwellers for a banquet fit for kings. The delicate array of seafood we were served, matched with some classically simple Thai herbs and sauces, was my foodie heaven incarnate. I thought I knew what squid tasted like – but I was wrong. UK Thai restaurants would, of course, have a tricky time in replicating the herby freshness associated with authentic Thai cuisine so the best ones, quite rightly, look instead for that famed exquisite Asian balance between the five taste senses – and a touching dedication to colour and presentation. Chapel Allerton’s Sukhothai (named after an area north of Bangkok, fact fans) has been picking up plaudits and, if a jammed Thursday night service is anything to go by, plenty of followers for a good few years now. There’s an old adage that says if a restaurant is full on a Thursday night it’s either serving damn good food, or they’re giving it away – so maybe we’re in for a treat (or a cheap evening). A King Prawn and Avocado Salad starter (£5.95) rested on a crisp bed of lettuce and came with a quite unique – and very strong - garlic and avocado dressing. The prawns were the real deal – huge and packed with flavour – and the zingy freshness of the dish complemented the classic Mixed Starter (£11.95), which surprised with some real attention to detail and nice twists on familiar tastes. There is a part of me, however, that does long for a more adventurous collection of mixed starters – how about an alternative option of bite size first course delicacies that eschews prawn toast and skewered chicken for things a little more daring? It’s just a thought. The restaurant thronged and buzzed, yet service was charming and perfectly timed. Only one thing puzzled me – in-between the occasional pungent drifts of garlic, lemongrass and sizzling meat there was an unmistakable aroma of seaside doughnuts! Or had my olfactory sense gone haywire? Mains were dynamite. A spicy Thai Green Curry did well not to overwhelm a perfectly cooked Sea Bass (£11.95) and a chicken, cashew nut, spring onion and pineapple combo was beautifully presented and neatly balanced. Extra plaudits too for the vegetable extras; all too often an overlooked inconvenience, but not here. Thank you, Sukhothai, for not annihilating the mushrooms – why do these poor, delicate ingredients get pummelled into oblivion by so many restaurants? Treat them gently, so they just give to the bite – it’s not rocket science – but it still underlined Sukhothai’s impressive attention to detail.
We finished with an eye-wateringly sweet Mango Sorbet (£2.80) and a real find – Deep Fried Coconut Rolls (£3.50) – a sweet, sticky and delicious rolled rice dish - and the source of that lovely, if slightly incongruous, doughnut smell! There’s no doubt about it, Sukhothai have got it right - the ambience, the price, the eager service and the very fine food. For someone whose food heart is forever Thai, it’s nice to know there’s an authentic experience a little closer to home.
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SUKHOTHAI, 8 Regent Street, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 4PE
Tel: 0113 2370141 OPENING TIMES: Tuesday – Sunday lunch 12pm – 3pm. Monday – Saturday evening 5pm – 11pm. Sunday evening 6pm – 11pm.
Anything else? One other branch in Headingley – 0113 2781234, plus another branch soon to open in Harrogate.
Only once have I become terribly lost whilst out walking; in the Cheviot valleys, a 14 miler, unfamiliar terrain. The culprit? A stile hidden by overgrowth. Itâ€™s not a pleasant sensation when the skies start to close in on you and your heart starts racing and you feel that little well of panic burbling in your throat.
Only once, but never again. Except on this lovely 5 miler around the woods opposite Ilkley moor, I somehow managed to get lost 3 times. Not stricken, head-in-hands, Ray-Mears-where-are-you-now lost – just a mis-step, then a missed turn and, yes, another overgrown stile. So care is needed here and, although you’re hardly miles from civilisation, I’ve tried to be extra careful with the directions this time. Park in the lay-by on Denton Road in Ilkley opposite the suspension bridge and enter Middleton Woods and walk to the left of a sign and go up the hill. Follow the path until you reach a stile, cross the road and continue on the main path. Eventually you’ll come to a field - cross it to the right of the house and turn left onto Slates Lane. At the junction turn left, then quickly right and skirt the edge of Myddleton Lodge. Follow round to the right until you see a clear rough road heading up – take the road and not the more alluring looking side snicket (it’s a dead end).
Follow the path to cross more fields and eventually to dip and rise across a trio of pretty bridge crossings. Continue until the path enters West Park Wood and runs along its edge until opening out into a field. Cross it, find the stile and turn right into Denton village. Turn right at the crossroad junction then take another right leading along the bottom side of West Park Wood. Soon you’ll find yourself at Beck Foot Farm – with a spectacular wild meadow left to bloom - find your way through the heart of it and onto Carters Lane. Eventually you’ll come upon the fairly busy Ilkley-Askwith road which, if you wish, you can cross and enjoy a riverbank walk back to the suspension bridge but it’s not always advisable at high water times however, so you may prefer, as we did, to stick to the b-road back all the way back to your starting point.
NEED TO KNOW: DISTANCE: 5 miles DIFFICULTY: Fair TIME: 3 hours WHERE: Assuming you can find Ilkley, you’ll need to locate the old footbridge on Denton Road. REFRESHMENTS: We tried the nearby Black Horse in Askwith which was busy and served up fair pub grub. WHAT ELSE: Middleton Wood is known locally as Bluebell Woods due to the abundance of the blue bloomers in spring. DISCLAIMER: The walk and map should be used merely a guide. Walkers should use the appropriate O.S map and take care to follow the rights of way. We cannot take any responsibility for trespass on private land. HARDINGS LANE
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Pass through a couple of gates but don’t miss the path (as we did) that forks right towards Hardings Lane – you should have a tree plantation to your right - and you will emerge at Windsover Farm. Use the stile and follow the now easy-to-follow pathway. At one point it darts behind a barn and becomes rather overgrown but it’s a brief inconvenience. Soon you’ll find yourself on Hunger Hill, just outside the tiny village of Middleton. Part of the joy of this walk is the way you dive in and out of cover. Autumn woods are always a charming sight and you do descend into their dim depths at times, only then to re-emerge into wide open fields with great views of Ilkley Moor opposite.
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WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE 20 November – 15 January A CHRISTMAS CAROL
most cold-hearted man in London, Ebenezer Scrooge has no time for merriment or mistletoe. Can the spirits convince Scrooge to Bah! Humbug! It’s Christmas change his ways in time for Eve and the meanest and Christmas Day? £8 - £29
THE GRAND, Leeds 1 – 6 November ROCKY HORROR SHOW Get ready for a night of fun, frolics and frivolity in this thrilling production of Richard O’Brien’s classic original script. The Rocky Horror Show is bursting at the seams with timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror show is a non-stop party!
£14.50 - £22.50 ALHAMBRA, Bradford 9 – 13 November CHESS The legendary West End and Broadway musical comes to Bradford. Chess has one of the most famous musical theatre scores of all time including One Night In Bangkok, Pity The Child, Anthem, You And I and, of course, I Know Him So Well.
Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, the magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door To Me and One More Angel.
£12.50 - £35
£14 - £26
culture THE GRAND, Leeds 9 – 13 November THE HABIT OF ART
After a sell-out success in London, Alan Bennett’s latest smash hit play comes to Leeds. Oxford 1972. Benjamin Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend, W H Auden. During this imagined meeting they are observed and interrupted by, amongst others, their future biographer and a young man from the local bus station. Deeply funny and thought provoking, this new play reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and on persisting when all passion’s spent: ultimately, on the habit of art.
£13 - £30
LYCEUM, Sheffield 23 – 28 November JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT
CRUCIBLE, Sheffield 3 – 13 November BEAUTIFUL BURNOUT
A thrilling new piece of highly physical theatre taking you into the visceral world of boxing. Beautiful Burnout will assault your senses and challenge your preconceptions about the most controversial sport of our time.
£15 - £22
WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE 16 October – 13 November CRASH
Nick – Securities Trader for Goldman Sachs and collector of art. Humphrey – an artist with ethics and a cheque he’s not sure he should cash. Christine – the beautiful girl they both loved, but Humphrey married. All together again, in Nick’s Elizabethan mansion, getting ready to celebrate the unveiling of a new sculpture. New play from William Nicholson.
£16 - £26
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HARROGATE THEATRE Starts 26 November DICK WHITTINGTON
Filled with fun and fantasy, this multiaward winning musical boasts an enchanting score, including the well known title song “Beauty and the Beast” and the magnificent “Be Our Guest”. Make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to bring your princes and princesses and get carried away in the wonderful world of Disney!
Join Dick and his feline friend on their magical adventure from the heart of Harrogate, to the nation’s capital where the streets are paved with gold and the evil King Rat dwells. If Dick wants to be Lord Mayor he is going to need all the help he can get from Sarah the Cook, the magical fairy and a whole host of hilarious colourful characters.
£11 - £27.50
THE GRAND, Leeds 16 – 20 November BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
CARRIAGEWORKS, Leeds 30 OCTOBER OCKHAM’S RAZOR Ockham’s Razor is three award winning and critically acclaimed aerial artists who specialise
in creating physical theatre on new and originally designed pieces of aerial equipment. The company combines circus, dance and visual theatre to make work that tells a story in an arresting and entertaining way.
£6 - £13
HARROGATE THEATRE 21 October ROB DEERING Rob Deering and his guitar - the finest double act working in Britain today - combine razor-sharp stand-up with incredible flights of musicianship
HARROGATE THEATRE 19 October JEREMY HARDY Jeremy is often heard on the radio on such shows as I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, The News Quiz and Just A Minute and has appeared on the TV in Grumpy Old Men, QI and Mock The Week amongst many others.
£8 / £10 St George’s Hall, Bradford 10 November STEWART FRANCIS As seen on Mock The Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats, Stewart Francis’s stand-up is packed with consistently brilliant one-liners.
Still alive and able to speak unaided for lengthy periods, this show will be not so much be a one-man show as an understaffed cavalcade. £14
WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE 5 November CHRIS ADDISON
winning comedy The Thick of It, In The Loop, Skins and Lab Rats promises daftness, whimsy, jokes, lies, smartarsery and flapping about.
Chris Addison from Bafta Award-
£17.50 / £15.50 CARRIAGEWORKS, Leeds 24 October TOMMY TIERNAN Fresh from his sell-out solo tour of Australia and New Zealand and his third appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, Tiernan’s high intensity shows are not for the faint hearted. Crooked Man is a no-holds-barred roller coaster ride as Tommy continues his relentless interrogation of the big ideas – sex, religion, family – all viewed through the lens of his own curious quirks, personal demons and indignant sense of outrage. £16
VICTORIA, Halifax 20 November JOHN BISHOP The multi-award winning comedian and star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow, Skins, Mock The Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats, performs his brand new show. £15
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on The McFly boys popped by ahead of their forthcoming album this month to have a chat. Now I am aware that as a 28 year old heterosexual married fella expecting a child this might seem a bit odd, but they are looking very buff these days. (Google ‘McFly Attitude magazine cover’ and you’ll see what I am talking about.) The lads have been working out in a bid to revamp their image ahead of the album launch and they’ve gone from kids to men!
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Rich and Olly Murs
It has been another busy couple of months at Radio Aire with the usual comings and goings through the celebrity-filled revolving doors at our studios on Burley Road. (Actually, it is a regular door at the front entrance but ‘revolving’ sounds a lot more L.A… maybe we should get one fitted!). Thankfully, enough celebs have come in for chats to prevent our radio station from suffering P.P.I.T.P.F.S. otherwise known as Post Party In The Park Fatigue Syndrome where everyone gets on a downer because we have to wait a whole year for the next one. Having said that, this year we are remedying that situation, but more on that shortly. Most importantly … on to the celebs! One of the nicest guys to come in for an interview had to be last year’s X factor runner up Olly Murrs. Let’s be honest, in the showbiz world there tends to be a lot of fakeness and front but you very quickly get the vibe off your guest as to
It turns out that Dougie from the band seems to be the butt of all the jokes at the moment because of his relationship with Frankie from The Saturdays. According to the other lads, she wears the trousers in the relationship and he just does what she tells him to. Tom said that Dougie is now nothing more than a glorified taxi driver for her taking her round their gigs! Poor lad (but come on chaps, we all do what our women tell us too!)
Two thirds of The Script came on The Homerun recently. There was no Mark because he was expecting a child but Danny and Glenn popped by and even offered me the opportunity to cover Mark’s paternity leave when the band toured the UK. I was honoured but turned the opportunity down when they told me I would have to wear a ‘Mark mask’ and a bald head cap to look like him. Some things just aren’t worth the embarrassment! The Script are a really good bunch of lads and if you haven’t already got their latest album ‘Science & faith’ I highly recommend it. I also saw them at The Leeds Academy and they are brilliant live. Speaking of live performances, I went to see Michael Bublé in Sheffield at the end of September. How does this work…? I pay 80 quid to take my wife to see someone who she fancies. I am literally paying for her to watch someone and think to herself ‘he’s much hotter than my husband’. Surely that constitutes badly spent money?! Oh and as I mentioned right at the start, we will be following up our Party In The Park with something very special this Autumn; Party In The Dark. A small, intimate gig at The Corn Exchange in Leeds with some huge names. If you want to be there, make sure you check out JK & Joel @ Breakfast from 6am every weekday to find out how to get your free tickets. Follow Rich at facebook.com/radioaire.rich and twitter.com/richontheradio
whether you are dealing with that kind of attitudeor someone who is just genuinely one of the ‘good guys’. The good thing about getting an artist before their first single has even been released is that they tend to still be relatively humble and just pleased to have been given the opportunity. That’s how Olly struck me. However, little did I know when I started the interview that I was about to uncover a national showbiz scoop! Having chatted about his forthcoming album, last year’s X factor and his liking for rugby league - and especially Leeds Rhinos - I decided to ask him about a little rumour that I’d heard surrounding him and former X factor star (albeit in the class of 2008 and not his of 2009) Diana Vickers. Word on the grapevine was that Olly had a bit of a thing for her and would like to take her on the date. So, in the interest of top notch radio journalism (sort of…!) I asked him if he and Diana had a bit of a thing going on. Now the downside to radio is that my listeners can’t see when a guest is getting a little bit rosy in the cheeks, but needless to say he did. He admitted that he fancied her and within a week of the interview going out on Radio Aire, the story was splashed across the national newspapers and magazines. So, lesson number one of radio; you never know who’s listening!
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The Wishbone chair is a light, sculptural dining chair whose steam-bent back allows a variety of comfortable sitting positions. Its materials and craftsmanship provide generations of lasting value and comfort. And it works equally well in a modern and traditional setting.
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These chairs by Kartell pay tribute to three icons of contemporary design and create a fusion of styles. Reinterpreted in 'space-age' mood, the Series 7 chair by Arne Jacobsen, the Tulip chair by Eero Saarinen and Charles Eames' Eiﬀel chair, have all been interwoven as one to create the Masters chair. Supported on four slender legs, it's roomy and comfortable, made of smooth batch-dyed polypropylene and stackable. £120 from lifestylebazaar.com
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Property News from MORFITT SHAW Estate & Letting Agents Demand for mortgages continues to be weak, according to the CML. Having eased during the early part of the year, loan criteria have now tightened again. First-time buyers put down average deposits of 24%. Their share of the market was 34%. This is the lowest proportion since before the credit crunch began in August 2007. Similarly, home movers have seen their average deposits rise again to 35%. Their interest payments as a percentage of income have held steady at 9.6% - still the lowest share going back to the early 1970s. The take-up of repayment mortgages has remained high for over a year. In July, 90% of first-time buyers took out this type of mortgage, compared to July 2007, before the credit crunch, when only 67% did. The increase in the prevalence of repayment mortgages is likely in part to reflect the anticipation of regulatory changes by the FSA to limit the availability of interest-only mortgages. According to data from SmartNewHomes.com, the number of new homes for sale is at a record low. The average price of a new home now stands at £217,660. Although the number of new starts has recently increased, activity remains at a historically low level. However, there remains an underlying confidence in property, which is still considered by many to be the best longer-term investment, and importantly (as many forget) provides a place to live!
A property developer has won the right to get the full sales price from a buyer who did not have the funds to complete his purchase. Developer and buyer had exchanged contracts and the buyer had been due to move into the property last December but failed to pay on entry. The court ruled that faced with an admitted breach of contract on the part of the buyer, the developer is entitled to seek implementation of the contract by the way of payment of the price and that means seeking an order for payment. Similar cases are in the pipeline all over the UK. Previously, landlords have had to submit a planning application if they change the use of a property from a single-household home to a house of multiple occupation (HMO). The new Government is abolishing this blanket requirement, but councils will still have the option to demand planning applications for a change of use to a small HMO shared by between two and six people. Also, landlords are being urged to ensure their HMOs are licensed following a spate of fines. An HMO is any building or part of a building, such as a house or flat, that is occupied by unrelated tenants that share basic amenities. If the HMO has three or more storeys and five or more tenants using shared facilities, then by law, the property has to be licensed. The total amount of rent arrears owed has dropped in the last year. In July, £213m of rent was unpaid – the lowest figure for over two and a half years. The hike in tenant arrears hasn’t materialised in the last 12 months as many feared. The rentals market continues to gain strength, with record demand from tenants and rising rents. Supply of property to the market remains low and has fallen for four consecutive quarters, leading to a shortage of available properties. High demand has also limited the number of days properties stay vacant. 82% of all landlords witnessed less than four weeks of void periods last year – with 58% stating that their properties were empty for less than two weeks. Just 1% to sell your property
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Go Down to the Woods Today… “I want a simple approach to living and doing. I want a life and work that reflects the balance and continuity of nature” David Nash Autumn is such a beautiful and bewildering time of year, sometimes bright and clear – sometimes rain and wind-lashed, even cruel. The trees are in a state of dramatic change and the melancholy of the fading light is always lurking. But take yourself to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park – in its one hundred acres of rolling majestic parkland, just half an hour from Leeds down the M1 – and any gloom is bound be transformed. Whatever the weather, this is an uplifting place. The Sculpture Park is one of Yorkshire’s shining artistic jewels, established in 1977 in the grounds of the Bretton Park estate, as the site of both permanent and temporary exhibitions of indoor and outdoor sculpture. It is a family venue – where children and dogs can romp happily on the rolling hillside and in the big open spaces, among the Henry Moores and the Barbara Hepworths. It is, too, a place of contemplation: somewhere to lose (or find) yourself in reverie, as you gaze at some quite monumental works of art.
Landscaped in the eighteenth century by Capability Brown, the grounds are graced with the classical hallmarks of calm green space, water and forestry. And right now is the time to visit if you care about trees. The park and all its galleries are given over to the work of David Nash, a singular sculptor and artist whose forty year career has been dedicated to the sweet, strong, stable qualities of wood. Whether it’s great slabs of Californian Redwood, rising to the ceiling like a solid wall of flame, or charred balls of oak, sitting squat, massive and unmoving in the upper garden – or joyful pieces of beech and birch, fashioned into tiny ladders and giant spoons, headless humans and lumbering creatures, tables and chairs, triangles and cubes, it’s all here. Nash is an alchemist. His laboratory is down in the woods. Walk among his sculptures then go out into the park and wander through the living trees. You will feel differently about them, believe me. The YSP – luckily – is a place for all seasons. I have been in brilliant sunshine, with light glowing through the floor-to-ceiling windows of its tall and welcoming Visitors’ Centre, and I have trudged through an appalling storm to view the outside exhibits at the far end of the estate: the appropriately named Longside. In this huge retrospective, Nash is everywhere, outside and in. He can be found, from one end of the estate to the other. So if it rains, just stay in the main building. Here you will find a lovely film of the man talking about his artistic process. (The YSP is particularly good at these sorts of explanatory films, adding a huge amount to an understanding of the art around you.)
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Forty years on from the beginning of his career, Nash, like his beloved trees, has aged and weathered: the contours of his keen intelligent face etched with lines, like the grain of well-worked wood. His humanity and the passion for what he does are self-evident and he explains himself well. Like his work he is down to earth, humorous, deep.
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The wood Nash uses for his – often gigantic – sculptures is always taken from sustainable sources, or has come to the end of its growing life. One film sequence shows him and his team chain-sawing and parcelling up an old dead tree with the skill of master butchers, determined to use every inch and sinew of the precious carcass to good, productive effect. From the Visitors’ Centre it is only a matter of a few steps down to the Underground Gallery, where you can see some of the objects described in the introductory film – and understand better the daunting
mechanical problems of simply moving the stuff into place. Here the most startling exhibit is in Room One. It is a massive, squat block of eucalyptus, standing unadorned in the centre of the room. Pale and all seeing, it just stops you in your tracks. The stillness is almost overwhelming. The name, “Oculus Block” means “eye” in Latin. Something is watching you alright...But the gaze feels benign, the power immense.
One of the joys of the YSP is in its many different moods and spaces – from the high and lofty Visitors’ Centre to the rather intense underground gallery, and then up and out to the formal terraces, flanked by the thin curves of the Bothy Gallery. Nash can be found in here too. Take time to watch his wonderfully eccentric film, called “Wooden Boulder”, which tracks the twenty five year journey of a roughly-hewn boulder of oak, two hundred years old, which Nash launched into the River Dwyryd in Wales in 1978 and then patiently filmed as it meandered down the years through creeks, salt marshes and the estuary – until it finally bobbed out to sea. Last seen – 2003.
Witty? Certainly. Poignant too. “It is not lost,” reckons Nash, “It is wherever it is.” Is he just talking about a piece of wood? Not judging from the rapt and emotional attention on the faces of the people watching the film beside me. How often can a piece of wood make someone cry? Everything in contemporary city life is about speed. The Sculpture Park, with its wide green spaces, and light-filled buildings, is a deeply refreshing antidote to that acceleration. And Nash, its current exhibitor, is a master of the art of patience – of making us look and feel differently about a substance most of us take for granted. Wood. Trees. The slow process of real growth. Looking at shapes carved in wood – and on the outer reaches of the estate, in the Longside Gallery alone, there are over one hundred pieces in situ - brings a real sense of stability and peace. As one of the gallery assistants said, when I wandered back to the Underground Gallery and stood stroking a slab of redwood over a thousand years old: “When you look at that first growth ring, you think, ‘That was the Battle of Hastings’”. Different world. Same tree. The David Nash exhibition runs at Yorkshire Sculpture Park until February 27, 2011. It’s free of charge. See www.ysp.co.uk for further details. A Handful of Earth’ by Barney Bardsley is published by John Murray at £7.99
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park was the country’s first permanent sculpture park when it opened in 1977. It has pieces by Barbara Hepworth, Elisabeth Frink, Antony Gormley, Henry Moore. It is committed to aiding the public understanding of the sculptor’s art, and has artists in residence, as well as shifting exhibitions to complement the permanent work on display. David Nash lives and works in Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales. He says some of the angular cuts in his wood sculptures reflect the fact that he lives beside an old slate tip – and slate is sharp and linear in its habit. He talks of his main passion, wood, almost as if it is human. Thus, oak is solid and reliable; birch is yielding; redwood is calm – whilst the hapless beech, although elegant in its habit, is “a vain tree”. 63
A TALE OF TWO CITIES
There is a vibrancy to New York that few other cities can match. This is undoubtedly the reason one visit is usually just the start of an enduring love affair with the Big Apple. David Leck explores the options for the novice as well as for the old hand.
Take One: So, You’re New Here? For the first timer New York has a magnetism and allure that is intoxicating. One of the biggest challenges is the sheer list of options facing you – but what a problem to have. This city can be exhausting, so my advice is don’t try and do it all. Invest in some planning, don’t be overly ambitious, do a few wellchosen things at (reasonable) leisure – and don’t forget to stop occasionally and soak up the unique atmosphere of what may possibly be the most exciting city in the world. What A View The temptation is to take in that magnificent skyline from the pinnacle of the Empire State Building but smart folk avoid the queues by heading to the Top of the Rock. Not only will you actually see the Empire State but the views from the 67th to 70th floor observation platforms – especially uptown and across Central Park – are as impressive, if not better. www.topoftherocknyc.com America’s Gateway This is a must, with an atmospheric and engaging insight into what it must have been like for the millions of immigrants who arrived at America’s gateway between 1892 and 1952. An exhibition within the main building showcases the fears and indignities as the masses were marshalled through en route to a new life. www.ellisisland.org Village Life Familiar from movies and sit-coms, this is the romantic image of New York familiar to many. With its Brownstone buildings, picturesque backstreets, inviting cafes and real sense of
neighbourhood it is a wonderful place to spend a morning, afternoon or longer, while - after dark - jazz clubs, smart eateries and trendy bars attract both sophisticated locals and visitors wanting to immerse themselves in village life. On Broadway Theatre is one of New York’s great attractions. Its tradition is immersed in big budget musicals but it is also a great mix of new playwriting, interesting off-Broadway offerings and, if your timing is right, a chance to see some big name television and Hollywood stars. The Playbill website is an invaluable source of information (www.playbill.com) while TKTS – with three booths (in Times Square, Downtown Brooklyn and South Street Seaport) is the place to get discounted tickets on the day of performances. Retail Fix From the designer label Meccas of Fifth Avenue to the fashionista haunts of SoHo and from the quirky individualistic offerings of Greenwich Village to the Saturday Greenmarket at Union Square, if you can’t find what you want in this city you’re not looking hard enough. A Tip: Head to Macy’s with your passport and get a tourist card entitling you to 10 per cent off most purchases (and that is often on top of existing promotions). Art Attack The Metropolitan, Guggenheim and Museum of Modern Art are among the world’s finest, but New York also boasts many other attractions for the culture vulture. The city has the largest Jewish museum in the western hemisphere, El Museo del Barrio is dedicated to Latin American and Caribbean art, the Frick Collection is a must for art lovers, while the Children’s Museum of the Arts is dedicated to the next generation of artists and art lovers.
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Take Two: On Returning It is on reacquainting yourself with New York – and with a little knowledge and familiarity under your belt - that the real fun can begin. I’ve been on more than a dozen occasions but each time I see that skyline I’m like a kid at Christmas. That, for me, is the unique charm and unrivalled excitement of this city. It changes, transforms and reinvents itself with an irresistible swagger; there is always something new to be discovered and never enough time to fit it in all. But hey, that just leaves you with another reason to return. Step Back In Time The Lower East Side Tenement Museum is a real gem - a derelict building that has been used to reconstruct life as it would have been in 1863. Fascinating and atmospheric guided tours follow in the footsteps of immigrant Italian, Irish and Jewish families, often recounting moving tales of hardship and personal struggles. www.tenement.org Across The Bridge There is, of course, more to New York than Manhattan and a trip to Brooklyn is an ideal option for the second-timer. A great way to take its ethnic melting pot is to join an excellent “bus and walking” tour that covers the multicultural neighbourhoods, sightseeing – and stops at ethnic eateries (Polish, Jewish and Hispanic) to sample authentic dishes in the company of locals. www.newyorkfuntours.com
Take In A Game Americans love their sport and New York boats more than its fair share of grandstanding set pieces. There are distinct seasons, but for baseball it’s the legendary Yankees, for (American) football it’s the Giants and for ice hockey it’s the Rangers. Tennis is represented each August/September by the US Open grand slam event. Check out fixtures and tickets at www.nyctourist.com/sports Harlem An area of Manhattan that has always had a somewhat intimidating reputation, Harlem is well worth discovering through one of the tours that unmask the history, culture, nightlife, jazz, art, gospel, poetry and soul food of an area the spans First Avenue to Fifth Avenue and East 96th Street to East 125th Street. Harlem Heritage (www.harlemheritage.com) offers a full programme covering many aspects of local life. On Location Fancy following in the footsteps of Carrie Bradshaw or Mr Soprano? Then take in a New York film and television locations tour. See the trendy haunts of the Sex and the City girls or sample a waistenhancing Italian cannoli before popping into the Bada Bing to witness the site of some of “Tony and the boys” colourful exploits. www.screentours.com Let’s Do Brunch New Yorkers do brunch like no one else. There are numerous options across the city but Balthazar in trendy Soho offers a great buzzy atmosphere, good food and, if you’re lucky, you may spot a celeb or two (Tom and Gwyneth are among its fans). www.balthazarny.com
Anthony Clavane’s new book, ‘Promised Land: The Reinvention of Leeds United’ is a brilliant and compelling modern history of the city of Leeds and its football club. Combining the deeply personal with the sociological, Clavane reveals the extraordinary links and parallels that the city shares with its famous sporting temple. In this extract the club, and the city, are facing the dark days of the nineteen-eighties … “Though I’ve a train to catch my step is slow. I walk on the grass and graves with weary tread over these subsidences, these shifts below the life of Leeds supported by the dead. Further underneath’s that cavernous hollow that makes the gravestones lean towards the town. A matter of mere time and it will swallow this place of rest and all the resters down.” Tony Harrison,V, 1987 1975. Leeds v Anderlecht. The European Cup quarter-final. Despite being at the top of the Kop, whenever Leeds go on the attack I can’t see a bloody thing. The swirling fog has made it impossible to follow the game. During one Leeds attack I get into a conversation with three other lads. One of them asks if I’m Leeds. “Of course,” I reply. “Where you from then?” “Leeds.” “Where in Leeds?” “Scott Hall Road.” “Everyone’s heard of Scott Hall Road. Biggest A road in’t ******* country.” One of his mates unbuttons his flies and takes a ****. “Where were you born?” “St James Hospital.” He says: “Everyone knows Jimmy’s. It’s ******* famous.” I’m not sure what to do. Continue telling the truth? But every answer I give is so obviously ‘Leeds’ that it has, in their minds, to be a lie. They have decided, by my accent - which, admittedly, is beginning to lose its Leeds twang - that I am not a Loiner. That I must be an interloper. “So where d’you go to school?” “Roundhay.” I think it unwise to add: “And before that, Selig Brodetsky Jewish Day School.” There is a long pause before they ask the final question. “Name the Revie team then.” This one is easy. I look down at the dark concrete steps and smile. This is my party piece. The litany.The mantra.The Greatest Team In Football The World Has Ever Seen. I can recite it in four seconds flat. “Sprake, Reaney, Cooper, Bremner, Charlton, Hunter, Lorimer, Clarke, Jones, Giles, Gray.” But when I finish one of the lads, I can’t remember who, punches me in the face. “Madeley,” he says. “You missed out ******* Madeley. From ******* Beeston.”
river, down the river. Fog on the Aire and on the northern heights and on the bleak uplands that surround the theatre of hate. It seems to hang constantly over Elland Road, like some mysterious impenetrable miasma. I left Leeds in 1979, the year Margaret Thatcher came to power and began to read the old, industrial north its last rites. In the eighties - as I lost my accent and found a new voice, and a new life, in the affluent, Loadsamoney south - I only came back for funerals. As my grandparents’ generation were, one by one, laid to rest in the barren hills overlooking Elland Road, I couldn’t wait to get the hell out and leave the increasingly poisonous atmosphere behind. I didn’t want to end up drifting between two parallel existences: the old world of dark, depressing, broken dreams and the new one of sun, sea and sensual adventure. A year after my paternal grandfather, Harry Clavane, died, I went to the top of the hill and looked out at the vast panoramic sprawl of my benighted city. I had just witnessed Palace’s teenage striker Vince Hilaire being taunted with monkey noises and Nazi salutes. I vowed never to return to Elland Road. After we had said a Kaddish for Harry, uncle Louis congratulated me on the short story I’d just had published in a newspaper. It was a Billy Liar-type fantasy about scoring the winning goal in a European Cup Final and writing a best-selling
1979. A year after his death, I say a Kaddish for Harry Clavane, son of Phillip Clavanski, even though he was an atheist. And then I say a Kaddish for a generation who are dying in the wilderness, not quite sure, perhaps, if they have fully accomplished their task. A generation who got a glimpse of the Promised Land but will
novel - and then waking up to find it had all been a dream and that I was still living in a city of concrete flyovers, psychopathic skinheads and serial killers. The Motorway City of the Seventies, the brave new world of shopping centres and high-rise flats, had turned out to be crass and materialistic. Post-war northern regeneration had been a mirage, as had the fanciful notion that a tired, post-imperial society could reinvent itself as a whitehot technological powerhouse. As the corpses of its dead parent industries slowly rotted, Leeds became a tough and unforgiving place.
never enter it. And I say a Kaddish for Leeds, which has become a bleak, ugly termite mound on a washed-up landscape. Try as it might, the beastly city cannot shed its skin, erase its ugliness, scrub off the muck of ages. Before going to the Crystal Palace match I climb the steep hill to take in the cold, clean air and escape the fug below. We are all leaving Leeds now, fleeing the three Rs - the recession, the Ripper and the racism. At the game the Kop make monkey noises and give Nazi salutes. The fog is everywhere. Up the
And Elland Road became the home of a nasty, embittered and racist element. There was a growing aura of menace, a climate of fear and paranoia. A sense of victimisation. The city, like its football club, battened down the hatches and adopted a bunker mentality. It became, once again, identified in the public mind with the darker, more primitive side of life. Property experts advised businesses to move out. The town centre became a night-time haunt of disorderly youths, tramps and alcoholics.
with Anthony Clavane Never a dull moment - at least Leeds United fans can say that, can’t they? Absolutely. The team has had more highs and lows than many other teams. There is no in-between with Leeds. We are either flying high, or about to fly high, or else descending the depths. There is something about Leeds, something about West Yorkshire, that explains this narrative. The last fifty years has been a rollercoaster ride - and my book tries to reflect this. But I’m not just talking about the team, I’m referring to the city and the county as well. When Leeds United soar, the city and region have boomed. Likewise, in times of recession, LUFC has tended to plummet. Your ‘Rise of Northern Man’ thesis demands a book in itself - we liberated ourselves, burned brilliantly and briefly ... then watched from the sides as the establishment retook the citadel. The parallels with Leeds Utd are extraordinary, aren’t they?
As the centrifugal force of seventies Britain quickened the spiral of talent, power and influence down to London, the capital reasserted its authority and Leeds turned in on itself. Halfway through the decade it began a slow and steady decline. Manufacturing, the basis of its wealth, collapsed and unemployment soared; in 1976 it reached 5.5 per cent - fifteen years later, it had almost doubled. Between 1979 and 1990, as jobs in the new hi-tech industries were generated in the south, manufacturing in the north fell from 31 to 22 per cent. Leeds seemed to be slipping into poverty and isolation and out of the mainstream of British society. There was a tangible sinking feeling, a perception that, like the country as a whole, it was going to hell in a handcart. There was a retreat into an imaginary, nineteenth-century golden age. The leading architectural critic Kenneth Powell, a member of the Victorian Society, highlighted his hometown in his 1985 pamphlet The Fall of Zion. Slum-clearance programmes were all very well, he argued, but look what had replaced the back-to-backs: ugly, brutalist, high-rise flats. The Gipton, my dad’s ‘utopian’ estate, was a no-go area. Seacroft shopping centre, like most civic showpieces, had become a concrete monstrosity. In their haste to get rid of the old and embrace all that was new, shiny and modern, the developers had mutilated the town centre and unleashed an aggressive, self-aggrandising Titan which had greedily swallowed up the rolling surrounds of a once-proud and independent people. My parents’ generation had swept away, concreted over, their grimy past. They had climbed out of poverty, escaped their economic incarceration and reaped the benefits of the consumer boom. My generation had been born into this brave new world but we were entering adulthood in an era of dystopian gloom, lost illusions and reduced expectations - and in a Leeds which had stopped making things: clothes, writers, football teams. The old Leeds was dying and the new Thatcherite service economy had yet to be born. During the interregnum, a stalking beast cast its morbid shadow over the city. On 30 October 1975, a milkman discovered the body of Wilma McCann, the Yorkshire Ripper’s first victim, in Chapeltown. Twelve weeks later Emily Jackson, another prostitute, was battered to death in Sheepscar. Peter Sutcliffe committed at least another dozen murders over the next five years. His third killing took place in a field outside my school and the fourth was at Chapeltown Community Centre. I can still remember the ‘voice of the Ripper’ - which turned out to be a hoax message - being played at Elland Road. As the monster prowled the streets, killing with hammers, screwdrivers and Stanley knives, some fans wore badges boasting that United were “more feared than the Yorkshire Ripper”. Promised Land by Anthony Clavane is published by Yellow Jersey Press.
1960 changed everything. The north liberated itself - and Britain as a whole. The kitchen-sink literary movement, which fed into the classic social realist films made between 1959 and 1963 - Room At The Top, This Sporting Life, Billy Liar etc - was virtually a west Riding of Yorkshire movement. John Braine, David Storey, Keith Waterhouse, Stan Barstow...I could name a first eleven of west Yorkshire writers. Many were from Leeds and its surrounds. You are right, the establishment - sadly - retook the citadel. And, yes, the parallel with Leeds United was extraordinary. It was a golden age of northern literature, music, film, arts and football. Sadly this golden age is over. Northern Man is a dying breed. But, in terms of new writers, there is hope. We have the likes of David Peace, Caryl Phillips, Kester Aspden, Rob Endeacott, Tom Palmer, Alice Nutter; a new generation of edgy northern iconoclasts who are, hopefully, about to storm the bastions of literature. The mighty Peace, of course, has already shown the way.
You ask the question ‘If we’d known about Leeds Sporting’s overspending, would we have cared?’ Weren’t we all ‘living the dream’ at the time? I am not trying to condone or excuse what Leeds Sporting did. Their financial recklessness scuppered the hopes of a new generation. Look at Milner, Lennon et al now, starring in the Premier League week after week. One minute we were in heaven, the next in Hades. But all I’m saying is it was part of the narrative of Leeds. The team has had three eras - the 1960s to mid 70s, the early 1990s and the late 90s - when they have burned brilliantly and then imploded, just at the point of entering the promised land. I think we all got carried away in the Ridsdale era. Of course, in retrospect it was madness. But I can’t remember fans at the time complaining too much, myself included. The O’Leary-Ridsdale era was a heady one, and I really felt Leeds would, finally, replace Manchester United as the nation’s top team and be a fixture in the Champions League.
There’s a suspicion that the London media have always been out to hurt Leeds - as someone who comes from the industry’s beating heart - are we just paranoid? Every provincial team that has had periods of success has thought the ‘London media’ has been out to get them. There are a few of my fellow hacks who can be condescending towards anyone outside of the M25 corridor. And Leeds United are, for various reasons, hated by many southerners. But there is no plot against Leeds. Why would there be? I distrust all conspiracy theories. Big clubs always think the media is biased against them - Alex Ferguson is almost Revie-esque in his paranoia.
Come on then - bang up to date - is another choke in the play offs too much to hope for this season? Yes. I would settle for mid-table mediocrity this season. A season of consolidation. Simon Grayson is an excellent young manager, but he needs a big investment in order to bring in more top-class players. If this happens Leeds will get into the play-offs next time around - and hopefully not choke. But, as Celtic fans sing, “if you know your history, it’s enough to make your heart go ooh-ooh-ooh”.
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Are You Sitting Comfortably? Many people think that at the end of a cycle ride it is to be expected that you will ache and be sore. Why? You may be physically tired - and your muscles may well be tired - but actual pain and soreness? Something must be wrong. There are several things to try and to adjust that will make your bike ride something to look forward to - and not to endure! SADDLES The most obvious area for possible discomfort is, for wont of a technical term, your bum - or more specifically where you touch the saddle. Both men and women have plenty of delicate areas that don’t appreciate being crushed on a hard saddle! Bontrager is a saddle manufacturer that has spent a long time analysing saddles and pelvic areas, mapping hot spots and looking at pressure points and they have designed a range of saddles called Inform, which will fit you perfectly! First you get measured on a special seat. This determines how wide your “sit bones” are and you can now select the saddle of your choice with the same measurement. The end result is that the padding of the saddle is directly under where you sit, rather than getting a saddle that is too wide. Bontrager are so confident that the saddle will be fantastic that in the unlikely event you don’t get on with it you can get a full refund – even after riding it for a month. On a personal note I have the Bontrager Inform
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Nikon have just announced a brand new projector camera, the Coolpix S1100pj. This compact camera takes you back to the slide show era, allowing you to project images on any wall up to 47 inches. It also plays slide show background music and comes with a touch screen pen so you can even draw on your pictures. The S1100pj also doubles up as a great business gadget, as you can plug it into your laptop and project presentations on the go.
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What better way to take in the late autumn sunshine than from behind the wheel of a classic car – Mark Knight introduces the joy of a British beauty, the Austin-Healey …
Imagine: a warm sunny day, the growl of an engine note, the faint smell of oil and leather, looking down a low, sleek bonnet as you steer the car through winding country lanes. Surely not modern motoring - or at least motoring on today’s roads? Well, yes, actually, because it is exactly these sights, sounds and feelings that today’s owner of a classic car is experiencing and, believe me, it puts the fun and enjoyment back into driving! Some years ago I bought an Austin Healey – a 1955 car, so no power steering, no assistance to the brakes and pretty much non-existent weather equipment! Since then, I’ve enjoyed a whole new world, meeting fascinating new people in the Club, visiting locations, regions and even new countries that I’d never imagined possible before – effectively a whole new world of pleasure and leisure and one that nothing other than a classic car will get you into. Your classic car is a working ‘museum piece’, being preserved as part of our British (or another country’s) motoring heritage. What better way to experience a 1955 Austin Healey or a 1960 Frogeye than driving it - sights, sounds and feelings all pouring in - truck drivers flashing headlights to acknowledge you, villagers gathering around you to admire the car whenever you stop? It is a ‘ticket’ to a whole range of experiences that can only be imagined without one. Take a look at your local classic car club – many have a local branch – and seek out some free advice before taking the plunge into a whole new – but thoroughly enjoyable - world! The Austin Healey Club UK: www.austin-healey-club.com
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Cat Deeley has come a long way since her days on Saturday morning TV with Ant and Dec. The 33-year-old looks better than ever and is substantially richer thanks to her lucrative stint presenting hit US show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and new contract as the face of Pantene Pro-V. But otherwise it’s the same old Cat. Her Brummie twang and down-to-earth approach to presenting was always going to be a risk in an industry filled with Botox-enhanced LA babes - but it’s certainly paid off. Cat now spends most of her time in LA, where she counts Brit pal Simon Cowell and Tom Cruise as neighbours. Here, Cat opens up about her American dream, charity work and what she misses about home.
“people think that nobody in LA drinks, but they aren’t surprised if I order wine with lunch. The British reputation precedes us.”
AMERICAN DREAMING HOW HAVE YOU ADJUSTED TO LIVING AND WORKING IN LOS ANGELES? YOU’RE A FULLFLEDGED STAR THERE NOW! Well, you know what; I’m so pleased, because you never quite know how you’re going to be received when you go into a different country. For me, it was all about making it into an adventure. It was about moving and coming here and trying to do the show, but at the same time, it was finding my way around and putting gas in my car instead of petrol and finding the nearest supermarket and all that kind of stuff. DO YOU MISS HOME? I love life in LA. The sunshine and palm trees get me every time. It’s great, but of course, I miss home. I miss my friends and my family, but I still have my apartment back in the U.K. as well. So as soon as I go back to the UK, I see everybody and catch up with everybody. I still do ‘So You Can Think You Can Dance’ back in the UK as well, so as soon as we finished here, we start doing auditions over there, and that’s going to be on BBC1, I think sometime early next year. HOW DO AMERICAN MEN COMPARE WITH BRIT GUYS? American men are very chivalrous compared with the British. They walk on the road side of the pavement and open the car door. And people think that nobody in LA drinks, but they aren’t surprised if I order wine with lunch. The British reputation precedes us. DO YOU GET A LOT OF UNWANTED ATTENTION NOW YOU ARE A BIG STAR OVER THERE? It’s not too bad. But you know what? It’s crazy because I would actually much prefer people to come up to me and say hello. I’ve been lucky because I’ve never really had anyone come up to me and be derogatory. I’ve always had very positive
comments from friendly people just want to have a gossip really. I would rather that than people just standing there staring and pointing at me. YOU’VE BECOME QUITE A FASHION AMBASSADOR BUT YOU HAVEN’T DONE THE USUAL LA THING AND GOT A STYLIST. That’s true. The thing is you really don’t know what you are going to feel like on the day. Some days you can rock a little black leather mini-dress and other days you just want to bit a bit comfortable so I kind of do it all myself in all honesty. I love fashion anyway so I don’t find it a job. You’ve just got to enjoy it. SO YOU DON’T HAVE ANYONE GOING OUT AND SOURCING CLOTHES FOR YOU? No, I do it all myself. I go and get all my own clothes. Sometimes I get vintage stuff from flea markets as well. YOU’RE LIKE THE SARAH JESSICA PARKER OF REALITY TV! (Laughs) I’m trying. I take that as a massive compliment if that’s the case. THE SHOW SEEMS TO BE DOING SO WELL ALL OVER THE WORLD AS WELL AS AMERICA. IS THERE ANYWHERE WHERE SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE IS NOT POPULAR? No, I don’t think there is. It’s popular everywhere from Poland to Greece everywhere. I think the only time it looks weird is if you compare dancers from all different countries because then it’s taken out of context a little bit. But it seems to be working brilliantly everywhere. We seem to be feeding everybody’s frenzy for dance. HOW LONG DO YOU THINK YOU WILL STAY DOING THE SHOW? I don’t know. All the while people have still got a passion for it, we’ll keep giving it to them.
CAN YOU DANCE YOURSELF? I can, but not very well. I like to make the contestants look really fantastic by being not very good at all. Generally I like to do all my dancing in a very dark nightclub, preferably when nobody else is watching. DO YOU ENJOY YOUR FOOD AND THOSE BIG AMERICAN PORTIONS THEY SERVE UP? Well, nobody does a burger the way the Americans do, I have to say. My guilty pleasure is an In-n-Out burger, doubledouble, animal-style with extra onions. London cheeseburgers are crap in comparison. They’re just a bit rubbery and not quite right and not quite big enough and not enough sauce and all that kind of stuff. I don’t do it very often, but just occasionally it’s my guilty pleasure. I think if you don’t do it too often, it makes it taste even better when you get one. I’M CURIOUS ABOUT YOUR WORK WITH THE GREAT ORMOND STREET CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. WHAT DOES THAT INVOLVE? Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital is one of the foremost hospitals in all of Europe. The specialists there and the doctors and nurses are so incredible. I started working with them I think about eight years ago or something like that. I recently did a campaign with Kiehl’s, where all the money was donated to Great Ormond Street. Obviously, with me living in LA, I can’t go into the hospital as many times as I would like to, but whenever I’m back, I try and go in there and go and see everybody. So, I have two major charities that I work for. I do Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, and I also work for UNICEF as well. Recently, I went to Madagascar with UNICEF, and we filmed a mini documentary about the immunization programs there, and what’s going to happen if they don’t get the funding from UNICEF and stuff. Well obviously, they won’t be able to have access to immunizations that we completely take for granted like polio and TB and all that stuff.
IS CHARITY WORK SOMETHING YOU ENJOY? Yes. I’m very fortunate to be able to work with both these causes, and both are working with kids as well. I love kids, and I think it’s a way of using my celebrity or fame for something really great. It means that it then has some value, whereas if it doesn’t, I don’t need any more free shoes and handbags. It’s kind of much more useful to be able to draw attention to both fantastic causes. WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED HOSTING THE US SHOW, DID YOU EVER THINK THAT IT WOULD GET AS BIG AS IT IS? To be perfectly honest, I didn’t. I mean I kind of dreamed that it might be, and of course, I wanted it to be a huge success. You can never envision that kind of level of success, and people are really passionate about it too. It’s not just the figures that we get, but it’s actually the people that watch that are absolutely 100% dedicated fans that are completely passionate about it. It’s not as though our audience dips in and dips out of it and watches other things. It’s like they follow the show every single week, and they feel as though they know every single dancer. That’s what I love most of all about it. I love the passion that’s behind it and how the audience really gets involved. That’s something that we never take for granted. DO YOU TRY TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOUR FORMER CONTESTANTS ON THE SHOW? I do. I follow them all with interest. This season a lot of them are back on the show and I get the chance to see them all again.
It’s like they’ve all gone off to college. One has done Step Up 3D, and another has been on tour with Lady Gaga. They’ve all been doing their own little things and then they come back, and I can catch up with them all and find out exactly what they’ve been doing, how much they’re enjoying life, who’s kissing who, all that kind of good stuff. It’s been great to just have them back on a personal level. SOME REALITY SHOW HOSTS SEPARATE THEMSELVES A LITTLE BIT FROM THE COMPETITION BUT YOU SEEM TO BECOME GOOD FRIENDS WITH THE COMPETITORS. IS THAT SOMETHING YOU FEEL COMPELLED TO DO? To be honest, it was a very natural thing. It wasn’t kind of like some preconceived idea I had. I very much wanted to be a part of it. I didn’t want to come onto the show and then people be like, ‘Hold on. Who’s this English chick who’s trying to be our friend?’ I wanted to definitely integrate myself in there, and that’s something that we started doing right at the beginning. So if the dancers stood outside and it’s five o’clock in the morning and the snow’s coming down in New York to go and audition, then I’m there with them too. I wanted to be a part of their entire journey, and they’re really great people in all honesty. Dancers have this quite unique mentality. It’s very much that they have a sense of camaraderie, and they’re team players. I also think it comes from the fact that nobody dances to really become super famous or super rich. They dance because they love it. Because in actual fact, it’s a really, really tough
occupation. Quite often they’re underpaid, underappreciated. They’re not normally the people in the spotlight, and their career is very short. They’re struggling with injuries all the time and all those different things, so they have to want to do it because they love dance. I find that incredibly attractive, and I couldn’t help but get involved, to be honest. IS IT TRUE YOU INVITE THEM ALL AROUND TO YOUR HOUSE? Yes. It ends up with them coming around to my house for 4th of July barbecue and hanging out and swimming in my pool. The irony of this is not wasted on me. I know I’m British and I really shouldn’t be doing that, but it’s fun, and I like being involved with them. WOULD YOU SAY YOU ARE A BIG DANCE FAN YOURSELF NOW? Absolutely. I’ve never appreciated it as much as I do right now. It is an art form and it can physically move you. It can give you chills and make the hairs on your arm stand on end. That’s what never ceases to amaze me. The way that a dance routine can touch you in the way that any great piece of art can touch you. WHAT MUSIC DO YOU LIKE TO DANCE TO RIGHT NOW? Oh goodness. I do like La Roux. I don’t know if you necessarily say it was dance music, but she’s amazing. She’s almost a little bit David Bowie.
“I love the passion that’s behind it and how the audience really gets involved. That’s something that we never take for granted.”
YOU PRESENTED WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ON US TV TOO. HOW WAS THAT? It was weird. It was always one of those things that I was never really interested in. Then I my first one and I kind of quite liked it because you’re so in charge, and it’s all the lights! You’re kind of reading the computer at the same time, and you’re very much kind of controlling it. I quite enjoyed it actually, so maybe it’s something I would do again in the future. CAN YOU SHARE ANY FUNNY STORIES OF WHAT GOES ON BEHIND THE SCENES OF SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE? Yes, I can. When I had all the dancers around to my house for 4th of July barbeque, one of the makeup artists came over to the house as well, and she was administering sun cream on all of them because she’s like, ‘The last thing I can deal with is anybody with sunburn.’ Then one of our dances did a summersault into the pool and bumped his nose - twice! He didn’t just do it once. So the next week it literally looked as though he had cut open his nose from being in my swimming pool. I was in big trouble with the makeup artists. DO YOU LOOK BACK AT YOUR CAREER SO FAR AND WONDER HOW YOU ENDED UP IN HOLLYWOOD? Yeah. I started out as a presenter for MTV in the UK and it’s all just snowballed from there really. I’m very grateful. Cat Deeley has just been announced as the new face of Pantene Pro-V, launching the range Aqua Light. For more information, visit www.make-a-swisssh.com all pictures courtesy of Pantene
‘Talk about the passion’
Introducing the people behind the region’s best businesses …
THE BASICS: Name: Hayley Dennison Company: The Bridal Collection Position: Owner
Tell us about The Bridal Collection – what do you do, who do you do it for and how long have you been doing it? The Bridal Collection is a bridal boutique with a difference. Our aim is to provide fashion conscious brides with a range of wedding gowns that differ from the run-of-the-mill. From fashion forward vintage styles created by Cymbeline and Lusan Mandongus, to the inimitable Ian Stuart Bride, Rosie Willet headpieces that wow and Sugar Plum Tiaras and jewellery to die for. We carry Harriet Wilde and Bourne Bridal shoes, both collections are stunning. Everything is exclusive to us and hand picked specifically for our customers. Our brides are intelligent, discerning girls who want to make a statement.
Does The Bridal Collection have a motto or mission statement? Originality and innovation in bridal wear.
What makes The Bridal Collection standout from your competitors? A personal, discreet and inspiring customer service that is second to none. Exclusive bridal collections created by award-winning designers - and very good coffee!
Who or what inspired you to form The Bridal Collection? A background in fashion design and my experience with my own daughter’s search for the perfect wedding dress.
Which other companies or business people do you admire and why? Ian Stuart for his individuality and refusal to compromise.
What aspect of running The Bridal Collection do you enjoy the most? Interacting with our brides and making their dreams a reality.
And what’s the trickiest part? Helping brides take the final step in making the commitment to the dress. It’s quite a responsibility.
Tell us what you do when you’re not running The Bridal Collection? I am always running The Bridal Collection, even in my sleep!
Where do you see The Bridal Collection in 2020? In 2020 we will have our own globally successful bridal collection. Hayley Denison, The Bridal Collection 30 Montpellier Parade Harrogate 01423 202 029 www.thebridalcollectionharrogate.co.uk
on Jono Baker
Divorce is said to be one of the most traumatic events in a person’s life, along with bereavement and moving house. Many also believe that a divorce automatically includes the settlement of financial matters, which it doesn’t. Why don’t people sort out the finances? Generally speaking the following answers are given by people for not sorting out the finances at the same time as they obtain a divorce, but really none of these reasons are good ones: 1. We will sort them out between ourselves – we do not need somebody else to tell us how to sort out our financial arrangements as we are still amicable. 2. I have had a quote from a solicitor to sort out financial matters and I can’t afford it. 3. We have agreed the matter between ourselves and therefore see no reason to involve anybody else. What happens if you divorce on Friday and win the lottery on Saturday? Would you claim half of the winnings, would you want to give away half of the winnings to your ex? If I understand correctly and no “Final Order” dismissing claims has been obtained the other party may still have a claim on that ‘new money’. Even if they don’t have a claim, the cost of defending their action may be more than the cost of the divorce itself. Whilst the whole subject can be quite exhaustive I want to touch on a couple of areas that we often deal with. With regards to savings and investments we can provide solicitors and/or the courts with a valuation of a portfolio for the divorce settlement, but what date do you use and also how do you agree on what assets are to split? It is an issue that must be resolved before an agreement can be reached. If an agreement cannot be reached the court will require up to date values of all assets at the time that the court
is considering the settlement. This could be some time after the divorce. The court will not use values at the time that you separated if this was some time ago. Obviously each party will want the valuation that is most advantageous to them. This in itself may cause arguments. You could be disadvantaged significantly by waiting. If we look at BP as an example on the 16th April 2010 the price was 641p per share, so 1000 shares were worth £6,410.00. If you did the valuation on the 25th June when the price was 304p then clearly the same 1,000 shares are now worth £3,040. If you are the one holding the shares you would want to use the lower valuation as clearly it will cost you less in the settlement and naturally if you are the one receiving the money then you will want the valuation on the 16th April when it was worth £6,410.
As we often say, “Timing can make all the difference” The other argument that we often here is, which fund belongs to who and who gets which fund? If we have a joint portfolio of £50,000, who gets to keep which shares? Do you keep the ones that are performing well and do you give up the ones that are performing badly, the most equable way would naturally be to split straight down the middle and divide the shares equally. Most people’s second-most valuable asset is their pension fund. Usually, this will be in the husband’s name and, often, a non-earning wife may have little or no pension fund of her own. However, there are also cases where the wife has access to a final salary or defined-benefit pension which might be far more valuable than a husband’s money purchase or defined-contribution scheme
and so could substantially alter the division of assets. Anyone involved in a divorce should be aware of the three main options facing them if a private pension pot has been built up. The first possible arrangement is known as offsetting, where couples agree one party keeps the pension while the other gets the house, usually as a home for children. However, It can cause problems in the future as the person with the house still needs something to live on when they retire” The second option is known as ear-marking, where the parties agree that the individual with the pension will pay a percentage of it to the other party on retirement. This is great if you are on amicable terms with your ex, however one problem is that the person with the pension still has control of it and so this may not work out to the advantage of the other party once you get to retirement. Finally you have pension splitting, this is where the person with the pension allocates a part of it to the former partner and those assets are then transferred into a pension in the former partner’s name. This is the most common and arguably the most attractive solution as it gives the person acquiring the pension control and they are not reliant on their spouse for those pension’s rights. Effectively it is a clean break where you have control over your own pension and retirement. It is often the case women are still reliant upon their husbands to provide for them in retirement. In the case of a divorce this can often leave the ex-wife with little or no pension provision. Every individual should set up some form of arrangement in their own name as a way of saving for their ultimate retirement. Finally, any assets transferred between husband and wife in the tax year of separation are free of capital gains tax (CGT). So, while January is a popular time for people to file for divorce for emotional reasons, financially April 6 may prove a wiser choice. It will certainly be better for your wallet to focus on a future together. But if filing for divorce is the only option, taking time to plan the split and filing for divorce at the start of the tax year instead may be your best financial move.
Jono Baker, Charles-Stanley 14 King Street, Leeds, LS1 2HL T: 0113 2005230 www.charles-stanley.co.uk
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an Evo jacket worth £149 from hot new men’s streetwear label digdeep! Sport and fashion is all about inspiration. Win or lose, it’s about finding the last 10% you need to be able to give your all. This is the philosophy behind digdeep. Designed specifically for young men who like a challenge, this new men’s fashion brand offers a stunning collection of t-shirts, polos, sweats, jeans, jackets and accessories. And now’s your chance to get your hands on the Evo Jacket from the fantastic new autumn/ winter collection. To stand a chance of winning, simply answer this question:
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LATITUDE introduces The Cain v Grain festival Latitude Wine & Liquor Merchant is bringing a bit of warmth to winter on Thursday 11th November with a Cain v Grain Festival at Anthony’s The Piazza in Leeds’ historic Corn Exchange. Well in time for choosing Christmas presents (yours mainly) Latitude has gathered together some of the very best rums and whiskies for you to try. Rums include Goslings, Ron Barcelo, Doorlys, Pussers, Diplomatico, Pyrat, RL Seale, Banks XM, Santa Teresa, St Lucia Distillery and Trois Rivieres and the whiskies feature Jefferson Bourbon, Nikka, Evan Williams, Compass Box, Auchentoshan, Bowmore, Glengarioch, Suntory, Single Malts of Scotland and Four Roses. To celebrate the festival Latitude has kindly donated The Cane vs Grain Hamper for one lucky reader to win: 1 x Bowmore Tempest, cask strength Islay single malt (£45.00) 1 x Nikka from the Barrel, cask strength Japanese Whisky (£26.99) 1 x Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon (£24.99)
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a pair of Dr Martens from the new Leeds store!
Dr. Martens is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and as part of the continued celebrations has opened it’s 3rd UK store in The Victoria Quarter, Leeds. The store features the latest imagery from Dr. Martens 50th Anniversary campaign, as well as the tracks and videos, which are streamed within the store. More importantly the shop is stocking the new season must-have items from the brand together with Dr. Martens’ classic products. The store opened 3rd September and to celebrate the launch, Dr. Martens is offering one lucky reader the opportunity to go into
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a luxury stay in Manchester
The Hallmark Hotel in Manchester is offering a luxury break for two people. The boutique-style property is ideally located for exploring the many attractions in and around Manchester and the winner will also enjoy two nights’ stylish accommodation, full English breakfast each morning and dinner on one evening in the hotel’s Brasserie restaurant, plus full use of the hotel’s health club and spa. The Hallmark Hotel, Manchester is just 3 miles from Manchester Airport and has 88 en suite bedrooms and suites, with sumptuous bedding and chenille throws. For a chance to win, answer this question:
How many miles is the hotel from Manchester airport? Email the answer and your name to email@example.com before 4th December. Prize is subject to availability. Valid until 31st January 2011. Excludes weekends in December, Christmas and New Year.
a beautiful shirt, tie & cufflinks set from Paul Costelloe Internationally renowned fashion designer Paul Costelloe is giving you the chance to win £100 worth of products from his dedicated menswear website www.paulcostelloeman.co.uk You can create the perfect formal party outfit by choosing from 100% Italian silk ties, double cuffed or slim fit shirts and finishing off with a dazzling pair of cuff links, all on sale exclusively online. Read about the history of the brand and see some original sketches in Paul’s scrapbook feature. Join the Paul Costelloe Man Facebook and Twitter pages for all the latest updates, fashion tips and behind the scenes at photoshoots.
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Up for grabs is one black and navy fine stripe shirt, worth £45. To compliment this, you’ll be given a 100% Italian Silk Blue Flowers and Diamonds Tie, worth £30. A pair of Blue Brushed Chrome Cuff Links, worth £25 finishes off the look. To stand a chance of winning, answer this question:
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5 copies of Anthony Clavane’s new book about Leeds United
In Promised Land, leading sports writer and life-long Leeds supporter Anthony Clavane charts the highs and lows of Leeds United Football Club alongside the peaks and troughs of both the city of Leeds and the ‘beautiful game’ itself. The book explores the team’s emergence from obscurity in the 1960s as a dominant force in English football under Don Revie, their fall from grace in the 1980s, to the 1990s revival - winning the last of the old-style League titles in 1992 - to their disappearance from Premier League football in the noughties, and this year’s longawaited climb back up the league ladder. Drawing on the tradition of Fever Pitch and The Damned Utd, Promised Land is part memoir, part social and cultural history. It explores industrial and post-industrial Leeds, the role of the Jewish community in the making of the city and the football club, and the rise of working class Leeds writers such as Alan Bennett and Keith Waterhouse. We’ve 5 copies to give away to the first five entrants drawn at random on the 1st December – to stand a chance of winning one, answer this question:
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Paul Abbott’s rip-roaring, taboo-trashing drama series ‘Shameless’ returns in the New Year with an unprecedented 22 episodes. The series will see the Channel 4 programme celebrate its 100th episode and the show promises to be bigger, more shocking and more entertaining than ever.
We caught up with Ciaran Griffiths, just as his character Mickey Maguire discovers a surprising talent as a baby-sling happy surrogate father to his little sister, for his Famous Last Words … Last thing you did that made you feel good? I bought my grandad a pair of trainers. Last thing you would want to be doing right now? To be at a police Christmas party. Last night on earth, what’s your poison? Redstripe. Last supper.. what are you ordering? Jerk chicken from Dougie’s Caribbean takeaway in Manchester. Top food, top people. Last person you’d want to share a drink with? Jeremy Kyle. Can’t stand the guy, I think he’s a leech who exploits vulnerable people. Last time you shed a tear and why? The fourth part of ‘Secret Millionaire’ after I’d been on a two day bender. Last refuge, where would you go? New York. Last the course, tips on loot, love and life. Nothing to offer here, Still trying to work that one out for myself. Shameless, Sopranos, The Wire - who wins in a fight? The Sopranos ... My character in Shameless is no wise guy. Famous last words? Be nice to people; we’re here for a good time, not a long time.
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Published on Oct 13, 2010