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Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow claims she tried to channel pop superstar Beyoncé for her latest role. ‘Country Strong’ is a drama that centres on a country music superstar who has hit rock bottom in her career and her personal life. Gwyneth takes centre stage as Kelly Canter and says she obsessively watched the former Destiny’s Child singer perform to try and emulate some of her confidence on stage. The star, married to Coldplay singer Chris Martin and mother to Apple, 6, and Moses, 4, is well-known for her healthy lifestyle but says it was fun eating what she liked for the role - but her new diet was not very popular with her personal trainer Tracy Anderson. Here, she also talks about the pressure of being a working mum and how she juggles her career around her children’s schooling.
THIS SEEMS LIKE A GOOD ENTRY POINT - THE PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF YOU AS A MACROBIOTIC BUDDHIST GODDESS IN MANHATTAN AND HERE YOU ARE PLAYING THIS VODKA-SWILLING, UNCONTROLLABLE COUNTRY SINGER… Which is much closer to the real me! THE AUDIENCE HAS TO WRAP THEIR HEAD AROUND THAT CONTRAST? Yeah. I mean, first of all, I think the image that I had for a long time was extremely exaggerated. But, yes, Clint Culpepper, the head of Screen Gems, when the script came to him I was already attached. And he’s like, “You all are crazy. She is so wrong for this part.” And they were like, “No, no. She’s not.” And now he’s like, “I can’t believe I thought you were wrong for this part.” He’s like, “I admit it.” But, yeah, I think when you think of country super stars, drugs, drink addicts, maybe they don’t think of me immediately. But it’s in there. She’s in there. YOU’VE BEEN QUOTED AS SAYING YOU HAD A GOOD TIME EATING WHEN YOU WERE SHOOTING DOWN IN NASHVILLE. WHAT TYPES OF THINGS DID YOU LIKE TO CHOW DOWN ON? Oh, god. A lot of fried food, fried chicken. There is this restaurant there that makes a slider out of biscuits and fried chicken. It’s really good. IS IT VERY HARD TO FIND MACROBIOTIC BISCUITS? I haven’t been macrobiotic for a long time now but no, probably not. Maybe in Nashville.
DID YOU TELL TRACY (ANDERSON – PERSONAL TRAINER) WHAT YOU WERE EATING? Yeah, she’s like, “Don’t tell me. I don’t want to know.” HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO FEEL KIND OF LOOPY? Well, fortunately for Tracy’s method but unfortunately for me, it worked so well that it took me basically until the end of the movie for everything to fall apart. So, I still kind of look like myself for most of the movie. And then, at the end, when I was finished, I was like “What the f--k?!” but it was too late. WERE YOU NERVOUS ABOUT THE SINGING IN THE MOVIE OR WERE YOU MORE EXCITED ABOUT GETTING A CHANCE TO SHOW PEOPLE SOMETHING NEW? I was excited about the music but I was nervous about it because I’ve always sang and had a fine voice, but I was nervous about playing somebody who was such a huge star, which is different than playing someone who has a guitar and sings and is trying to make it. It’s a huge difference and I was worried about that. And my singing teacher in London really worked me hard. She’s like, “There’s a big voice in there. We’re going to get it out.” I was scared of my own voice. But it was so much fun to discover that and to try and figure out how to play someone who would be believable because it’s such a specific thing. I obsessively watched Beyoncé perform because she’s ‘it’ in terms of a performer; like the talent and the confidence, and I thought if I can just get a little bit of that incredible self-belief and abandon that she has on stage. So that’s what I was focusing on for that final performance of the movie where you see Kelly Canter and see why she’s a star – hopefully.
AND YET THERE IS ALSO SO MUCH VULNERABILITY. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THAT AND THE BREAKDOWN SCENE THAT YOU HAVE ON STAGE? I WAS THINKING OF SISSY SPACEK IN ‘COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER’. DID THAT INSPIRE YOU AT ALL? There have been a few like Johnny Cash breakdown scenes. I was like I know this has to be different in terms of how and what’s happening. Shana (Feste - writer) and I talked about it a lot. It was hard. It was sad. And you know what was amazing was the audience. Our extras and the actors who were in the audience were amazing. They were so with me. It was an incredible experience because they didn’t know when they got there what it was. It was like this amazing exchange of energy. They were so great. They really made that day work. HOW DID IT FEEL TO PERFORM AT THE CMA’S? WHAT WAS THE EXPERIENCE LIKE GETTING A STANDING OVATION? Oh, my god. It was the most surreal, amazing, bizarre, exhilarating experience. I feel like I’ll look back on it always and just be like, what a moment in my life. I can’t believe I was there and I did that. And I was very overwhelmed by the standing ovation. It really brought a tear to my eye. I was just amazed that people were so supportive and it gave me chills. It was amazing. It was just amazing. WHAT WAS CHRIS’S REACTION TO THE FILM? He hasn’t seen it yet. OH, REALLY. DID HE GIVE YOU ANY TIPS? Yes, he did. He was great. But to be totally honest, I kind of picked the brains of my girl singer friends more because I think it’s a very different thing to be a male in a band as opposed to a lead, like Beyoncé or Faith Hill, just there by yourself. They were amazing. They were both so supportive of me. They were so generous of spirit. The only reason I got through the CMA’s was because of them. Beyoncé was in London. She helped me so much before I went. When I got to Nashville, Faith helped me so much. And Faith had also said to me, “You know, 30 days before you do it, just start singing it.” She said “Sing it every day so you know the vocal part is just in your muscle memory and you don’t worry about the vocal.” I did everything she said and she got me through it. WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN ROLES HAVING BEEN IN THE INDUSTRY FOR SO LONG? DO YOU ONLY DO MOVIES THAT REALLY SPEAK TO YOU NOW? AND WHAT DO YOU EXPECT OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS? I have no idea. I try to do things where I’m going to feel challenged in some way. I only really do one movie a year. I did this one at the beginning of the year and I just did a tiny part in this movie called ‘Contagion’. WE’RE SUPER EXCITED FOR THAT. You are?
YES. SODERBERGH! COME ON! He is amazing. Oh, my god. He is so good. What a great experience that was. So, I want to do something where it’s like either short and with someone great like Steven Soderbergh, or take one project. I just want to work with good people. I want to push myself and challenge myself. But I don’t know. I’m very open to it. I feel so grateful and just excited about where I am right now. I just feel like I’ve had this really surprising time where I’ve got to do a lot of singing and be on ‘Glee’. You know, just whatever. Just anything that’s fun and different and is going to be inspiring. WE’VE GOTTEN SAMPLES OF YOUR VOICE OVER THE YEARS, BUT NOW IT’S LIKE FULL BLAST. WAS THERE SOMETHING GOING ON THAT MADE YOU SAY YOU REALLY WANTED TO FIND SOME PROJECTS WHERE YOU CAN DO MUSIC? No, not at all. I mean, obviously the singing part of this role was one of the draws of the role, because I thought it would be such a challenge to learn properly how to sing Country music. And then I did a little part in Ryan Murphy’s movie, ‘Running With Scissors’, a few years ago, and he just e-mailed me saying, “If I wrote you a part on ‘Glee’, would you do it?” And I was like, “What is ‘Glee’?” I literally live in a cave, and my brother was like, “You have to do it. It’s this amazing show and...” blah, blah, blah, and it’s huge in England too, but... YOU LIVE HERE PRETTY MUCH? During the school year. AND THEN YOU GO TO NEW YORK? We go there every holiday we can. Yeah, we live in both - we go back and forth, but they are in school in England, so we are here when there’s school. So he said, “Would you do it?” so I said ... because my brother was like, “You have to do this,” and Tracy Anderson, my trainer, she’s like, “You have to do that show.” So then I started watching it and I got totally obsessed with it to the point where when I got on set, I was kind of starstruck. DO YOU THINK YOU’LL DO IT AGAIN? I signed up for two, so there will be another one. ARE YOUR KIDS AT SCHOOL IN LONDON? They are at school in London, yeah. ARE THEY LEARNING WELL? Well, Moses just turned four, and he speaks Spanish better than I do, and he’s incredible, he’s better than me, like he knows words that I don’t know, and he corrected me the other day. I was talking about a little boy, a cartoon character, and I said, oh it’s San Mariaga, and he goes San Mariago, wrong! (laughter) Like he corrects me all the time, he’s so funny. AND APPLE? Apple is reading and writing and she’s a little smarty pants.
SO WHAT DO YOU DO DURING FILMS? DO THEY COME WITH YOU TO L.A? Yeah, they came with me and we had a tutor with them and they went to a little nursery school as well in Santa Monica where I went when I was little, and they had a great time in the sun and pool and horseback riding and gymnastics, it was great to have that. So they go and have a very American childhood, and then they go back to England. It’s nice to have the both worlds, it’s very fortunate. WHAT IS THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN, BRITISH CULTURE AND THE AMERICAN, CALIFOIRNIA CULTURE IN REGARDS TO KIDS – AND TO YOU AS WELL? I’m not sure, I’ve lived there for so long now that it’s like my home too. So I don’t sort of get there and think, oh my gosh, it’s so different. I sort of feel like people and their approaches are different, then there are like certain cultural things that are just sort of clichés that are true. Like in America, the customer service is definitely better, (laughter) but in England for me it’s really nice because I’m on a different time zone to Los Angeles, so I would wake up and have my whole day with my kids, and then sort of towards the end of my day, I’d start getting calls and stuff from Los Angeles, so I feel like I’m existing in my own world, which is really nice, cause I can just really be with them and a lot of times when I’m in New York or LA, I feel like there’s so much going on, and it’s hard for me to do everything, to find the balance. WHAT MADE YOU START YOUR LIFESTYLE WEBSITE GOOP.COM? I felt like I’ve had this crazy, fortunate life where I’ve got to do so many things at such a young age, like oh I was doing a movie for example in France and I was 21 and I got to go and stay in Bordeaux at an incredible winery and get a whole tour of the region and learn about Bordeaux wines and taste them all and find my favourites. So when people were like, what did you like, what should I get - I also bought a house when I was 25 years old and redid that, so my friends would always say: You just did a movie in Italy, what should I eat, or where do I buy, I’m looking for this kind of tile and you just did your house. So I started accumulating all of this information and I thought, you know, this is cool, because I have access to these amazing people, like I would be at a conference and meet a nutritionist at the forefront of cutting edge science and learn all of this cool stuff and I thought surely there’s like a mom in Ohio who would love to have this information, but doesn’t have the access to it. Or surely like if I get to ask Kate Moss what the best vintage clothing store in London is, then why shouldn’t you know that too. So I just thought it would be fun to share it with people. DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR MUMS ON HOW YOU EASE THE GUILT OF WORKING? No. Do you? It’s very hard. It’s been really hard for them this fall because I’m always home or they’re always with me, because I keep making these quick
trips and don’t want to pull them out of school to take them to Hong Kong for one day of filming. It’s just not feasible. It’s mean, even though I want to. It’s hard. I also think it’s important that I say how much I love what I do, and how lucky I am to have my job so that they also feel excited for me because I don’t want to paint it as “Isn’t it terrible?” WHAT’S YOUR RING TONE? “Dirt off Your Shoulder” by Jay Z. But I think it’s important that they know that I feel, as much as I’m going to miss them and as hard as it is for me to be away from them for a week or four days, or whatever it is, that I have an incredible thing that I do that I love to do. So they ask me questions about it. But when I came for ‘Glee’ they came with me. They still come a lot. I’ll pull them out of school if it’s going to be more than a few days. But it’s hard. It’s hard. There’s no answer. COULD YOU SEE YOURSELF EVER PLAYING A FEW DATES SINGING, JUST DOING A SMALL ARENA OR SMALL SHOWROOM AND JUST GOING SOMEWHERE? I don’t know. They asked me to sing at the O pry, which I would love to do. So, I don’t know. I would love to. I’m having a lot of fun. I’m going to sing this like Yahoo country music show thing tomorrow. I think it’s tomorrow. AND YOU’VE ALSO GOT YOUR STAR ON THE HALL OF FAME NOW? I’m very honoured. I feel shy about it, like what? Really? Did someone bribe the mayor of Hollywood? What is going on? But I think about my kids and grandkids. I think about my kids being grown up and taking their kids and say, gosh, that might be there for a while. It’s kind of cool. I HAD A CHANCE TO SPEAK WITH MATT DAMON AND HE SAID THAT WORKING ON ‘CONTAGION’ ACTIVATED THE MOST FULLBLOWN CASE OF GERMAPHOBIA HE EVER HAD AND ALL HE WANTED TO DO WAS WASH HIS HANDS. DID YOU HAVE A SIMILAR REACTION? Well, fortunately, or unfortunately, my brother read an article in the New York Observer about ten years ago where, basically, someone went around swabbing surfaces in New York City. So, thanks to him, I’ve been kind of a germaphobe for about 8 years, or whenever it was. He was like “By the way, there’s stuff on everything.” But, you know what? I believe that our bodies are equipped to do what they were meant to do and if you start to think about the minutiae of all of that, and look at parasites and viruses under a microscope, I mean, it’s just horrific. Our bodies, for the most part, know what to do. IT MAKES THEM STRONGER. Yeah. ‘COUNTRY STRONG’ is in cinemas now.
Rachel McAlley reports on all that’s new, exciting and happening in our region – from events, to new openings to the latest treatments. If it’s On: … it’s in!
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EAT & TREAT
Bradford company Seabrook Crisps have launched a new, groundbreaking range of crisps with at least 90% less salt but 100% great taste as the government urges the nation to slash its salt intake. We all know that we should seriously consider reducing our salt intake, but we also know it makes things taste great! Most adults have too much salt in their diets, 26 million of us to be exact, and 75% of our salt intake comes from the food that we buy rather than added ourselves.
I was lucky enough to experience lunch at Harvey Nichols recently followed by a manicure by the Nails Inc team on the ground floor - and I have to say that both were lovely!
Lip-smacking flavours include Jacket Potato with Mediterranean Tomato & Herbs, Jacket Potato with Tommy Ketchup, Jacket Potato with Caramelised Onion, and Jacket Potato with Creamy Butter. All are recommended at 65p per pack, supermarket prices may vary dependent on their full range of savoury snacks. Seabrook originally started out in 1945 in Bradford, and they continue to this day running their factory in the heart of West Yorkshire, still in Bradford.
Lunch included the roast chicken, walnut and chicory salad, blood orange and rhubarb dressing, with a side order of HN homemade chips, which were simply delicious. I followed my very healthy salad (and possibly not so healthy chips) with a trio of coffee and chocolate deserts. It was a Wednesday made in heaven and I would recommend this as a special treat, if you have the time to pop along to the Fourth Floor Cafe and Restaurant to experience lunch at this renowned eatery. I followed lunch with a 30 minute manicure by the girls on the Nails Inc counter. I was invited to choose which nail shade I’d like to try, so I opted for Haymarket, which is duck egg blue in colour. It’s the March trend in nail colour apparently, which made me feel like a superstar. I was told that this particular shade was the perfect way to mark the start of spring. Feeling even more like a celeb, I was also informed that both Christopher Kane and Blumarine chose this fabulous shade for their spring summer pieces. £11 for Haymarket from Nails Inc, Harvey Nichols, Leeds.
SPOTTED! Harveys of Halifax recently extended their range of Triumph Lingerie to include The Ultimate Curve Creator, Shape Sensation collection for this spring summer 2011. The world famous lingerie brand has given ladies all over Yorkshire the chance to get those curves they always wanted through this family run department store in the heart of West Yorkshire. Shape-seekers all across the region will be captivated by the highly innovative and stunning series that make their debut this season in Triumph’s ‘Shape Sensation’ collection. Within the range there are bras, briefs, outerwear inspired shaping tops and body dresses. Eye catching fashion shades grey and plum-fusion are complimented by the essential black and skin-tone. In stock at Harveys the Lace Sensation, Retro Sensation and Smooth Sensation bring together the final collection of Shape Sensation pieces.
NEW TIPPLE The newest flavour from the world famous Smirnoff brand is their quirky and rather subtle Blueberry flavour. Smirnoff Vodka is known to have impact when quaffed by the vodka drinker, and this new addition to the already vast Smirnoff range is no different. The perfect and subtle hint of blueberry adds something a little more refined to their brand, and gives vodka drinkers the chance to experience something new. Smirnoff Blueberry is one of the smoothest Smirnoff flavours. Its fresh taste and delightful fragrance dazzle even the most sophisticated party guests. Drink carefully and be responsible. Available throughout Yorkshire now.
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H.L. Brown, the South Yorkshire family jewellers, has introduced an esteemed collection of jewellery from international designer Cede. The two new ranges are called Munsteiner and Fascination Silver.
Sheffield Theatres is searching for local writers to submit new play scripts to be performed at the Crucible. These plays will be chosen by the Theatres’ artistic team and performed in the Studio Theatre on Monday 11 July. Deadline for submissions is Friday 3 June – for more info visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
The Munsteiner collection is unique as the gemstones set in each piece are artistically carved on the underside into an individual pattern by father and son lapidaries Bernd and Tom Munsteiner. Cede’s name stands for creativity and the range carries an unmistakable design in platinum, gold and sterling silver. Every piece of jewellery in the collection carries the signature of their international designer team. The silver collection ranges from £160 to £485 and the 18ct gold collection ranges from £1900 to £5500.
NEW NAMES AT MEADOWHALL Meadowhall Shopping Centre is due to launch a number of new stores in 2011, including Boux Avenue and Fashion Rocks - both are set to open in April.
LOVE ‘JO LOVES’! Jo Malone created one of the world’s most sought after luxury fragrance brands eponymous with her name. In 1999, Jo sold her beauty business to Estee Lauder Companies and remained Creative Director until her departure in 2006. Now, five years on, Jo is once again designing scent and will launch her new global brand ‘Jo Loves’ later this year. Possessing an inherent entrepreneurial flair, a head full of ideas and the desire to build another business Jo decided to follow her instincts and ‘Jo Loves’ was born. Jo Loves captures the things in Jo’s life that inspire her, from ingredients and people to certain moments in time. Jo’s new creative approach also encompasses a love of colour and the bold red and black branding creates a smart and stylish statement.
THE LOOK OF LEEDS Organisers of Leeds Loves Shopping, the city’s annual shopping festival, are on the search for the ‘Look of Leeds’. Applications are now being sought for a Leeds resident with a passion for fashion to help promote the festival. Marketing Leeds Chief Executive and Look of Leeds Judge Deborah Green explains: ‘We’re looking for someone who oozes personality, personal style and a love of all things fashion. More than that, though, we’re looking for an advocate of Leeds who adores our great city and can help us to showcase the fantastic breath of retail offer here.” Applicants should apply on line at www.leedsloveshopping.com
LIVE AT LEEDS RETURNS We are very excited that Live at Leeds is back for another year. Taking place over the bank holiday on April 29th to 1st May and featuring none other than Leeds’ own Pulled Apart by Horses, The Duke Spirit, Glasvegas, Frightened Rabbit, Kong and Anna Calvi In its fifth year, Live at Leeds has quickly become an institution in the Leeds calendar taking place in 11 venues. This year the O2 Academy has been added to the vast array of venues that also includes The Brudenell Social Club, The Cockpit, Leeds Metropolian University, Leeds University, Nation of Shopkeepers, Holy Trinty Church, The Well and The Faversham. The Unconference will happen on Friday 29th April and will feature guest speakers and is being organised in partnership with Leeds Univeristy and Leeds Metropolitan University. Saturday sees the multi-venue wristband event and Sunday the Glasvegas show. www.liveatleeds.com
The new scent will be unveiled soon and we hope to bring you more details when they arrive. We’re very excited in the On: Yorkshire offices to find out the launch date and the style and design of her bottles, because we’re big fans!
ON’S ‘ONE TO WATCH’ Yorkshire-based photographer Esther Rose is making creative waves in our region, highlighted by this stunning pic at the Worth Valley Railway. Hoping to turn her obsession into a career, you’ll be seeing more of Esther’s work in On: Yorkshire over the next few months. estherrose.tumblr.com
AVEDA LAUNCH CHARITY PARTNERSHIP
Aveda have launched a partnership with Laura Bailey, who has designed hair clips exclusively for them and they will be sold salons such as Russell Eaton, Leeds. Proceeds from the sales will go towards WaterAid. The global goal is $4m and in order to reach this Aveda are also selling a limited edition candle which retails at £16 but 100% of the proceeds go to Global Greengrants.
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Nicky Hambleton-Jones, presenter of Channel 4’s Ten Years Younger, visited the Optegra Laser Eye Centre in Leeds recently to officially open its doors and promote the message that improving your eyesight can make you look and feel younger and more confident.
Bibis Cocktail bar has been voted the No.1 bar in the North of England and 31st out of the top 50 in the UK by the Independent magazine. With the recent launch of Bibis’ third new cocktail menu in the last two years, the push for excellence hasn’t stopped. Bibis Cocktail bar manager, Tom Mountain, says he’s incredibly proud that the bar is now being compared to that of the Connaught and Savoy and he hopes the new cocktail menu will enhance their reputation even further. www.bibisrestaurant.com
The opening of the brand new Optegra Laser Eye Centre is part of the major refurbishment of the Optegra Yorkshire Eye Hospital which combined, makes it the most advanced centre in the North for eye care treatments and procedures, ranging from laser vision correction through to surgery for cataracts and glaucoma, in addition to many other eye conditions. www.optegra.com
ROLL WITH IT Yorkshire company Cloud Nine Hair have invented TheO, which if you’re a woman and you have long hair is ‘the’ new product of the season. TheO is a heated roller, which has evolved into the hair gadget that’s beyond recognition. TheO uses unique heat induction technology that heats each roller to 130 degrees, which is the highest temperature you can achieve within a heated roller, and in less than 4 seconds! It gives hair the volume that con only be achieved with heated rollers, in record time. Robert Powels, hairdressing icon and the man behind TheO from Cloud Nine says: “Catwalk hair is getting bigger, and there is no easy way of achieving this volume without heated rollers. Now the technology is available, we can overcome the notion that heated rollers are fussy and for ‘occasion’ use only. With TheO, you can create hair that is voluminous and full of body and movement - as quickly as styling it with a straightener, literally.” The rollers are available in five sizes heat from the core out, they they’re hot for the hair, not for the hand. The rollers are extremely lightweight, and they don’t require pins, and the best news about TheO heated rollers is that is uses seven times less power than traditional heated rollers, thus reducing your bills. TheO costs £152.95 and the rollers are £17.95 and have 4 in each pack from www.cloudninehair.com.
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REGEN MAKES A SPLASH
Friends of City Varieties, BAM construction and students from Carr Manor High School recently descended upon the historic Leeds Music Hall (currently undergoing a £9.2m overhaul courtesy of Leeds City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund) to bury a time capsule beneath the auditorium.
Potential new home owners have received a welcome boost as award winning regeneration company Urban Splash have launched their brand of ‘Funky & Affordable’ homes in Leeds.
Among the artifacts placed within the Time Capsule was a fragment of the original stage, a reproduction of a 1900 playbill, personal messages from the Friends, project work from the students and architectural plans of the construction site.
Buyers now have the chance to buy through a shared ownership scheme from £50,000 for a 50 per cent share or £99,950 outright. Saxton is the only shared ownership option for buyers in Leeds city centre providing an affordable route to home ownership for first time buyers. www.urbansplash.co.uk
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They are manly and classic and will never go out of fashion the male equivalent to the little black dress.
They do, however, evolve and for 2011 a few diﬀerent styles are jostling for centre stage ensuring there is one to suit you, sir! (sorry, I couldn’t resist!)
The Sleek Cut A 60’s inspired, Dom Draper look, this is the suit for the slick chap who wants an understated timeless look. Impeccably made and never casual.
Double-breasted If you think this is the ideal shape to hide a bit of a belly, then think again! The new double breasted shape is cut to accentuate the perfect masculine v shape, perfect to show oﬀ a well worked body.
Sack Suit This style is gaining popularity and I can see why. It has a laid back vintage feel and bucks the macho masculine trend in favour of something softer and more relaxed.
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New colour reaction! The ultimate guide to finding the right hair colour!
It is estimated that somewhere between 65 and 75 percent of women dye their hair. Even more interesting is the fact that a significant percentage of men are joining in the trend too. We have been dyeing our hair for hundreds of years and it is believed that the ancient Egyptians started the practice. Hair colour has been used to really make a statement, alongside many fashion trends, throughout the ages. Women today dye their hair for a number of reasons; sometimes they are simply looking for a change, some just want to brighten their natural colour, others see it as part of a whole ‘new look’ package. The reasons for dyeing are as numerous as the colours and salons that are now available in today’s marketplace.
BUT HOW DO YOU DECIDE ON THE RIGHT COLOUR FOR YOU? The best way is to stick to colours that compliment your skin tone. It also helps to know what colours you like - look at your wardrobe to see if you are drawn towards a particular colour, or cool or warm tones, or examine your make-up to see what shades you normally wear.
Cool skin tones generally have very pale skin with pink or no undertone.
Those with lighter skin may have a bluish-red undertone and colours such as beige, platinum, cool ash blonde and wheat to chestnut brown will suit the best. Avoid red shades that will not accent your natural colouring. Those with medium to deeper cool skin tones generally have an olive undertone. If you fall within this category, you will look stunning in dark browns, deep burgundy reds, or even bluish black hair. Warm skin tones generally have a peach or golden undertone. Those who fall into the lighter category generally have ivory, creamy beige, peaches and cream, or a golden tan skin colour. If this describes you, you will look best in lighter hair colours with a warm undertone like beige blondes, strawberry reds and pale golden browns. Those who have slightly warmer skin tones will look great in richer shades like deep honey blondes, chestnut browns, or copper reds.
BLONDE If you had blonde hair as a child then you are likely to look good as a blonde now. Gorgeous and expensive blonde colour does not always mean going as light as possible. It is often a blend of many tones that can only really be achieved in a salon by the professionals. Avoid colouring your hair more than 2 shades lighter than your natural shade as the maintenance can look terrible as it grows out. If you have a great base hair tone, you may be better with highlights. You don’t want to
mess with nature; what you want to do is enhance it. Ask for more highlights around your face that will brighten your complexion. There are basically 3 types of highlights: basic foil highlights, balayage or “hair painting” and ‘slices’… Foil highlights add strands of colour to hair and you can get many different shades in hair for a more natural look. Balayage, or “hair painting,” allows the stylist to add natural-looking colour to hair in large or smaller swathes. This is best for women with a great base colour who want to go just a couple of shades lighter. You won’t need to get roots touched up as much with balayage and it is also the technique used to create this summer’s hottest celeb hair trend of soft grown out colour. Slices and low-lighting allow the stylist to add lighter and darker shades to hair giving colour more contrast.
BRUNETTE Is Brown Right for You? If at least two of the following apply to you, you are probably best as a BRUNETTE: • You’re mousy brown right now • Your natural colour lacks the vibrancy of richer browns • You want a low-maintenance hair colour Unless you are naturally very blonde, the upkeep for brown hair is fairly easy. Dark hair colour reflects light best, hides breakage, and disguises any flaws and imperfections in your hair.
RED Almost everyone can go red, but what’s most important is finding the right shade of red. Whether it’s a bright cherry red, a soft delicate copper or a strong damson shade, reds can be adapted to enhance most hair cuts and hair types. Reds can often be worn seasonally, and we often use fine slices of warmer colour to enrich blondes with more tone or give brunettes a shimmer of the latest modern hue. Think of your hair as you would do make-up and clothing, with new fashion shades each season – and remember the mantra: ‘Your hair is your ultimate fashion accessory!’
TIPS FROM THE SALON Remember to reinvent your look and hair colour every 10 years … your hair colour may have suited you in your 20s but the same may not apply in your 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond. The right hair colour should make your eyes sparkle and your skin glow. Steer clear of hairspray, if possible. Nothing takes the sheen off shiny brunette strands faster than dousing them with hairspray. You have invested money for hair colour, now protect your investment with a colour-enhancing and protecting shampoo and conditioner.
NEWS FROM THE SALON
For the most expensive and glossy looking brunettes, look at your skin and establish whether you’re cool or warm in tone. If you’re going for a deep chocolaty brown, a sun kissed hazelnut or an ultra-glossy deep black tone there is a brunette shade for everyone.
Robert Eaton has recently been featured in Harper’s Bazaar Magazine as the North’s A-list colourist and A-list stylist. The second time he has been featured this year!
The most striking brunettes today are dark and multi-tonal and they shimmer in different lights. If you want to deepen your brown to anything beyond dark chocolate, visit a professional – and if you dare to go blue-black, there’s almost no going back without a long session in the salon. Without care, super-dark shades can wash you out and even make you appear older.
Try our latest hair colour enhancing shine booster, this is an in salon treat for your hair, half way through your normal visit to the salon. This makes hair shinier and colours more vibrant. Aveda have a 99% naturally-derived glossing treatment that makes your hair glow and revives even the most tired looking highlights.
NEW IN THE SHOPS 1. Fekkai have launched a lovely new advanced collection including Glossing Shampoo, Conditioner, and the star of the family: Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Glossing Cream. This frizzfighting, soft seeking shine cream works for nearly every hair type. Encapsulated olive oil reboots shine throughout the day for brilliant hair. Glossing Cream £20 - beautybay.com 2. A plant-based conditioner that seals hair cuticles to help lock in colour and shine, while 100% organic aroma brings nature closer. 200ml £16.50 – Russell Eaton, Leeds
3. New Stargazer Hold Hair wax allows you to mould your hair into the perfect shape that you want, whilst promising to give a sturdy finish and comes in these slinky silver tins. £3 - stargazer-products.com 4. Dry, undernourished hair needs greater and longer lasting moisturisation, better conditioning and more protection than other hair types. Brand new Wild Nettle Shampoo from TOMMYGUNS is a great solution for dry, lack-lustre hair. £4.99 - tommygunshaircare.com
5. This sulphate-free silverising shampoo from Osmo banishes any unwanted yellow tones in highlighted, bleached or blonde shades and is effective in enhancing silver tones in white or grey hair. £7.50 - osmo.uk.com 6. Shan Rahimkhan, Berlin’s cult stylist, has introduced his professional hair care and styling collection to the UK. We love his luscious volumising repair shampoo with quinoa. £22.50 from Harvey Nichols, Leeds
A CONTACT SPORT, NOT A WATER SPORT Julia Paddon selects the best new beauty products for eyes – spring 2011
trademark characteristics, its only mission is to get on your nerves and smudge your well-drawn smoky eyes
Metallic heels (comfy ones), a new boyfriend blazer, vintage silk blouse and your favourite jeans. Wardrobe, hair and make up have gone well (almost too smoothly?). You’re feeling good. Looking forward to a night of food, wine, chat.
Why I ask you? Why? I know on the scale of ‘important things to get very annoyed about’ it is around zero. But seriously, WHY?
And then, as you jump into the taxi it starts … your right/left (delete as appropriate) eye has just started watering. Ignore it and it’ll go away? No chance. Consistent and persistent are its
Reapplying only makes it worse. There’s nothing that can be done once it starts. And, of course, it stops magically when you walk back through your front door.Here are some potions, lotions, and makeup to help defeat the watery eye … and the wrinkly eye … and the sleepy, tired and puffy eye too! Model: Francesca Rose Dennis Make-up: Monica Duong Photography: Esther Rose
Treat your delicate eye area well; Reduce puffiness with Lavera Cooling Eye Roll-on great for hay fever sufferers.
£16 - pravera.co.uk Lighten dark circles with Darphin’s Anti Fatigue Smoothing Eye Gel.
£27 - darphin.co.uk Fight those crows’ feet with Estee Lauder Time Zone anti wrinkle eye cream.
£32 -esteelauder.co.uk Firm up bags with Bare Minerals’ Firming Eye Cream.
£23 - bareescentuals.co.uk
For flawless perfection there’s plenty of prep work to do before applying make-up; Join the celebrities and use Eyesential Under Eye Enhancer to temporarily reduce wrinkles and create a smoother surface.
£39.10 – stockists 0844 2439243 Improve your eyelash length, volume and condition with DHC Eyelash Tonic.
£7 - dhcuk.co.uk Lay a good neutral base - we love Nicola Roberts’ Dainty Doll Eyeshadow base for fairer skin.
£10.50 – asos.com Use good quality brushes and keep them clean. MakeUp Works have the best range of brushes we’ve ever found in their brush set. They’re superb quality and come in a lovely wallet and at a remarkable price.
£24.95 – makeupworks.co.uk
Take your time and gently swipe cotton buds below your eye to remove any excess shadow. Smoky eyes don’t always have to be dark - Bourjois Smoky Effect Eye Pencil in Sand Rose has a great brush to blend and soften your line - a real must have. £4.99 – bourjois.co.uk Use the right size wand for your bottom lashes. Clinique have a fabulous bottom lash mascara which we haven’t poked ourselves in the eye with once yet!
£10 – Clinique counters Foolproof colour blending with MaxFactor’s Trio Eyeshadow - Rainforest is our favourite shade.
£6.99 from Boots Artistry Luxe Eye Liner Pencils glide on well for a precise line.
£15.70 - amway.co.uk Not for your eyes, but we had to mention some other new stunners for your make up bag this spring: Miners Coral Nail Polish in Coral Cutie.
£2.99 - miners.co.uk Origins Brighter by Nature SPF 30 Skin Tone Correcting Makeup
£24 – origins.co.uk
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The Sandwich Hall of Fame
Everyone has a strong opinion, but this is my top ten
1. The BLT Really hard for anyone to mess this one up - it does what it says on the tin. Crispy, streaky bacon, fresh tomato, mayo and lettuce, on toasted bread. No need to, but for variation try a drizzle of good quality maple syrup. Or go Californian and add in some avocado tossed in lemon juice.
2. The Club Sandwich This double decker cousin to the BLT is the perfect hangover cure. Your get more energy giving protein – and it even has an extra bit of toasted bread for soaking up any excess from the night before. The key to a good club is nicely charred chicken and eggs somewhere between soft and hardboiled.
3. The Humble Egg Mayo An oldie but goodie – this is still one of the nation’s most popular sarnies. There should be enough filling for it to ‘squidge’ – and it’s even better with home made mayo (see recipe).
4. Toasted Cheese You can argue about whether this needs any additions (tomato, pickle or even onion) but there is something unbeatable about fluffy buttery toasted white bread with pure molten mature cheddar oozing out.
5. Coronation Chicken The idea of coronation chicken has been ruined for some by one too many artificially sweet plastic boxed sandwiches at the motorway service station. But done right the combination of juicy chicken and mango chutney with tangy curried mayonnaise is a classic. Originally developed in 1953 for the Queen’s jubilee, at a time when we’re celebrating all things royal it’s definitely one of the best of British.
Possibly because it’s the quickest, easiest way to deliver a hit of tasty carbs and protein to our systems or maybe because it somehow feels slightly healthier than other snacks there’s just something so appealing about the humble sandwich. As if to confirm what we already know – Subway have now officially knocked Mcdonalds from their perma-perch, racking up the most outlets both in the UK and around the world. Whether or not you believe foodie folklore - that the sandwich was named to honour the fourth Earl of Sandwich’s habit of eating slices of meat between bread in the mid 18th century - it’s clear that with the sarnie Britain was on to an early and rarelyculinary victory. But the nation that really embraced the sandwich, of U S of A and, in fairness, in their capable hands, the been elevated to an art form. I’m convinced that Americans basically seem to anything tastes better wedged between two of bread. Witness the Philly Cheesesteak (hunks of steak Ruben (hunks of pastrami and melted cheese), spicy pork and melted cheese), the grilled cheese melted cheese), the hotdog and the granddaddy burger. I could go on.
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6. Tomato, Butter and Salt Ok, this may be the epitome of the old fashioned sandwich but it’s such a nice contrast to all the overfilled, multi-ingredient behemoths we’re now used to. All you need is really good quality bakery bread – brown or white - and thickly spread butter. Slice ripe tomatoes thinly, sprinkle with salt – and be surprised by how good this tastes.
7. Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Bagel The secret to this simplest of sandwiches is a good shmeer of cheese. If you consider that in New York City cream cheese is cut in slices rather than spread them you start to get the idea. If you fancy pepping it up a bit add some red onion, capers and lemon juice. Creamed horseradish also goes brilliantly well with smoked fish.
8. Bacon Butty Surely the envy of the world? If its not, it should be. Whether you like your bacon slithery or grilled to crunchy perfection, your sauce red or brown, your bread toasted or soft, this is basically the breakfast of champions.
9. Chip Butty Of all the salty carb overloads I’ve ever imbibed (and there have been a lot) there’s a special place in my heart for the chip butty. I like mine spread thick with butter and almost soggy with malt vinegar. And to think you can still find this culinary gem for under a pound. You can’t say fairer than that.
10. The Ploughman’s As a food fan as fussy as the next I’m reluctant to call the ploughman’s a sandwich because we all know it’s really a plate. But I can’t leave out the combination of ham, sharp cheddar, nice fresh salad and homemade chutney now can I?
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You may be surprised to know that California ranks as the fourth largest wine producer in the world; behind Italy, France and Spain. This is thanks to a vast lake of ordinary “jug” wines made in California’s central San Joaquin Valley. If you travel south on Highway 99 from Fresno to Bakersﬁeld you could think that they just pump wine straight out of the ground just as they do with oil. Scale can be enormous; E&J Gallo are the biggest family-owned winery in the world and make as much wine as the whole of Australia.
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California really does have it all. It is both rich and richly endowed with natural resources - a description that extends to its wines. The best wines come from the Paciﬁc coast and the famous Napa and Sonoma valleys to the north of San Francisco. Yet California’s wine history is chequered and its high status is a modern phenomenon.
Meanwhile the mid-1990’s saw another bust. An incurable bacterial infection called Pierce’s disease followed another outbreak of Phylloxera. The replanting cost billions of dollars. Some took the opportunity to replant with grape varieties optimised to their local conditions, while others stuck to following marketing trends.
Wine making started back around 1770, when Spanish settlers needed wine for Communion at the 21 Catholic missions they had established. California was ﬁrst a Spanish colony, then Mexican. In 1848, following the 28-day independence as the Bear Republic, California became part of the USA. That same year saw the start of the Gold Rush, where thirsty 49ers demanded huge quantities of alcohol. Wine quality w as not uppermost in the fevered mind of the average prospector.
A common theme is that California’s wineries are driven by technology and ceaseless experimentation. Whims of fashion mean that no ﬁrmly established traditions exist, though ancient vines survive in a few vineyards. Some Californian wine makers will resort to extreme techniques to achieve rapid results. Wineries range from huge branded chemistry sets to boutiques using handmade methods. With such diﬀerences, the most reliable guide to quality is the name of the producer.
After boom came bust. First, a predatory insect called Phylloxera destroyed the vineyards. Then a combination of the Great Depression and Prohibition dealt almost fatal blows. Only a few wineries clung on, by selling table grapes or making Communion and Kosher wine. Recovery took decades; being taken seriously was to take even longer.
Of the principal wine areas the Napa and Sonoma valleys are the best known. However, terriﬁc wines are made in Carneros, Mendocino, San Francisco Bay, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz.
In 1976, Californian Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay gained a famous away victory by beating the very best French competition at a Parisian blind tasting. This became known as the Judgment of Paris, which established California ﬁrmly on the ﬁne wine map. Bizarrely, this tasting was the subject of a 2008 movie – an avoidable ﬁlm called ‘Bottle Shock’. Overnight, Californian wines were prestigious and fashionable. Investment has poured in ever since, resulting in astonishing growth. Many wineries owe their origins to the wealth of Silicon Valley and Hollywood, yet the Californian wine industry is full of passionate and skilled entrepreneurs. In America there is little regulation and in such a free market fortunes are regularly made and lost.
These mostly coastal regions are a jumble of mountains, desert and forest in an active earthquake zone with a big mixture of soils and altitudes. The climate in theory is Mediterranean, yet tempered by frost and frequent fog. Where the deep and cold Paciﬁc Ocean meets the hot land, great pea-soup fogs drift inland on summer mornings, especially around San Francisco. These cool the vines and lengthen their growing season. In fact, on the shoreline it is frequently too cold for grape growing and a mile inland can make all the diﬀerence.
The potential of this land means that there are an enormous number of grape varieties grown. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the long established classics, despite the ABC backlash (anything but Chardonnay, dudes!). Cabernet is often best expressed in the Bordeaux-style blends, a style known locally as Meritage. Zinfandel is the closest you’ll get to the idea of a native Californian grape, while Pinot Noir and Syrah have found an ideal home in cooler areas. All these can make world-class wines in the right hands. Styles are mainly dry but understatement is not an American character trait and too many are lush and over-concentrated with high alcohol levels. However, more enlightened producers strive for balanced and elegant wines that go well with food – and those are California’s glory. Recent years have seen the rise and rise of deliberately created prestigious cult wines. Media inﬂuence, and extreme rarity, pursuit of fame and the considerable depth of the American Wallet appeal to wealthy collectors. Most are rare, all are expensive, some are stunning. But there is no shortage of the Emperor’s New Clothes. Back in the real world, the signature grape once seemed to be all about Merlot – ironically the least interesting variety in California. Then in 2005, the success of another wine based movie (the must-see ‘Sideways’) meant Pinot Noir replaced Merlot in American aﬀections overnight. What’s in it for us in the UK? In the past Californian wine has often polarised into the highly successful supermarket brands like Turning Leaf or Blossom Hill versus expensive boutique wines, leaving the middle ground empty. However, record harvests, economic downturns and increased global competition means that this is changing. Now is a good time to explore Californian wine - there are an increasing number of superb examples at sharp prices, especially at specialist wine merchants.
Why not settle down with a good movie and a bottle of something Californian? Here are ﬁve great examples chosen for their balance and harmony. That means that they are great with food too.
Roederer Estate, Quartet Brut NV. Anderson Valley, Mendocino. 12%
Parducci, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, Mendocino. 2008. 13.5%
This fresh, elegant ﬁzz is made by a top Champagne house that established its Californian arm in 1982. Quartet is named after four vineyards occupying a foggy coastal site ideal for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and is a 60/40 blend of these grapes. Quartet has Roederer’s typical ﬁnesse, thanks to two years ageing on the lees and the balance brought by employing older, oak-aged reserve wines. A dry brut style with pear and hazelnut ﬂavours and a hint of cinnamon make for an ideal apéritif, particularly moreish with sushi or shellﬁsh. Waitrose £18.99
Parducci hail from Ukiah, two hours north of San Francisco. They major on their green credentials, being organic and carbon neutral while using only renewable energy. They also make this terriﬁc wine, including this Pinot Noir at an absolute bargain price. Those typical raspberry and strawberry ﬂavours are to the fore, with fresh acidity, a medium body and good length. Six months maturation in French oak adds a cedarish ﬁnish with a hint of spice. Drinking well now, it avoids the lush excesses that spoil many Californian Pinots at far higher prices. This makes it a good food companion too – lamb and game birds will beneﬁt. Oddbins £10.99
Andrew Quady, Elysium Black Muscat. Central Valley. 2009. 15% Elysium is a sweet wine made from a rare black-skinned Muscat. Best slightly chilled, it is seductively scarlet hued and leggy, the intensely aromatic nose has a lovely perfume of red roses. The palate is sweet but balanced by a good level of acidity, so it never cloys. Taste roses, sweet red fruits and lychees - one sip lasts minutes. Elysium is one of the rare wines that goes brilliantly with chocolate. Alternatively, try pouring it over vanilla ice cream for a deliciously easy dessert. Half-bottles are widely available, including Majestic, £9.99
BARGAIN! Scotto Family Wines, Old Vine Zinfandel. Lodi. 2008. 14.5%
INDULGENT! Frog’s Leap, Chardonnay, Napa Valley, 2006. 13.5% Frog’s Leap, in the heart of Napa, makes stunning wines including this lovely chardonnay. Long a byword for excellence, they are organic, run on solar energy and sell their wines with irreverent humour and superb labels. This elegant white shows how brilliant chardonnay can be, with more than a nod to burgundy as inspiration. Bottle age means the hallmarks of barrel fermentation and French oak treatment show, but as subtle nuances of vanilla, toast and hazelnut that let citrus, apple and stony minerality shine. This is exciting ﬁne wine, no bloatware here! A perfect foil for ﬁsh dishes. Harrogate Fine Wines, £18.99
The Scotto family trace their winemaking roots back to the nineteenth century, yet established their winery only in 2009. At the northern end of the central valley, Lodi is a particularly good source of Zinfandel. This one is made in a drink-me-now style, from vines averaging over ﬁfty years old. Juicy acidity and lively plum and berry fruit balance the muscular alcohol level, while there is minimal oak inﬂuence. In short, quintessentially fruity Zin that's brilliant with fattier meats such as duck, goose or oxtail. Halifax Wine Company, £7.95
READER’S QUESTIONS: Homemade wine? I'm thinking of taking the plunge - a good idea? Have you ever tasted good homemade wine? Julia King, Baildon My Uncle Harry used to make lovely homemade wines, everything from parsnips to elderberries – they tasted great and were potent too! My favourite was sparkling Elderﬂower. However, my own homemade winemaking attempts were shocking! These days there are easier ways to start out using kits and grape concentrate and you can achieve good results with patience and practice. Try Abbey Home Brew in Leeds for kits and advice. What are your opinions of non-grape wine - pear, apple, dandelion etc? And why is it so hard to ﬁnd!? Jeremy Allen, Sheﬃeld Making wine from ingredients other than grapes has a long history in Britain but isn’t so popular these days. This is probably because of the eﬀort when compared with the convenience of sourcing and buying inexpensive reliable grapes. Grapes are also unique because no other fruit possess their natural gifts of acids, tannins and sugars. That dubious “homemade” image also acts as a very eﬀective deterrent and the ﬂavours of some are unfamiliar. Meanwhile, apples and pears are fermented into Cider and Perry respectively. There are companies such as Yorkshire Country Wines (based near Harrogate) that make a range of traditional fruit wines – and there are others located up and down Britain. Email your queries to firstname.lastname@example.org www.winealchemy.com
ANNE THE DJ ( Frank Sidebottom) ©
Annie Nightingale might not take too kindly to being labelled the Grande Dame of the airwaves, but the legendary DJ is currently celebrating 40-years at the BBC. We caught up with her for a quick chat as she prepares for a stint in the speakers’ tent at this summer’s Loungeabout Festival in Yorkshire …
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 40 YEARS IN THE RADIO 1 HOT SEAT! IT’S BEEN A LONG, TWISTING RIDE, I GUESS? Yes. It has been a long twisting ride, up and down, here and there, good and bad, hither and thither. Mostly thither. YOU STARTED OUT PRESENTING PROG ROCK SHOWS AND NOW PRESENT DANCE/CHILL OUT SESSIONS – AND YOU MUST HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN MOST OTHER GENRES ALONG THE WAY. ECLECTIC HARDLY DOES YOUR ‘CAREER’ JUSTICE, DOES IT? Chill out was waaaaaay back. Now there’s a new genre every week. We’ve had nu skool, breaks, crunk, UK funky, dub step, drum ‘n’ bass, drum step, 2 step, nu-disco, lo-fi. Just ‘bass’ pretty much covers it for now. YOUR SUNDAY NIGHT REQUEST SHOW LIVES IN THE MEMORY OF MANY PEOPLE FROM MY GENERATION – ON STRAIGHT AFTER THE CHART RUNDOWN IT MUST HAVE HELD A BIG AUDIENCE – IT PROVIDED A MUSICAL EDUCATION AS MUCH AS JOHN PEEL’S SHOW IN MANY WAYS? The Request show was put there as a three month filler in around 1982 – and went on for twelve years. The audience took it over as I wanted them to, but the music became more and more idiosyncratic, and every week I thought it was getting too weird - though I thought wonderful - and that the powers that be would take it off the air. YOU SEEM LIKE THE LAST BASTION OF SOMETHING CREDIBLE IN RADIO DJS – DO YOU BEMOAN THE ABSENCE OF YOUNGER TALENTS COMING THROUGH WHO ARE READY TO CARRY THE FLAME? Au contraire, the new DJs, the specialist ones, some are really hot and truly know their stuff. Mistajam is excellent. I like Nick Grimshaw, Huw Stephens, and Skream of Magnetic Man – well, he is the shizzle. YOU NEEDED TO BE INCREDIBLY TENACIOUS TO BREAK INTO RADIO1 – DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS A TRAILBLAZER? COULD YOU HAVE IMAGINED YOU’D STILL BE THERE 40 YEARS ON? Yes. Of course I didn’t expect to be there all that time. I didn’t expect Radio 1 to be there all that time, and I thought that as the token woman, who I was, I would last a year, max. WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING IN YOU IN YORKSHIRE FOR ‘THE MAGIC LOUNGEABOUT’ FESTIVAL – DO YOU ENJOY EVENTS LIKE THESE? WE KNOW YOU QUITE ENJOY THE INTIMACY OF A RADIO STUDIO – FESTIVALS COULDN’T BE MUCH MORE DIFFERENT! Well I normally DJ at festivals rather than talk, but yes, I love them, because unlike clubs which are very dark, I quite like playing in the daylight where you can SEE the audience, and festival crowds are really friendly and there to have a great time, usually more open minded about music. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE ‘SUPERSTAR DJ’ SET? IT’S AMAZING HOW THAT CULTURE EMERGED FROM ITS UNDERGROUND RAVE/HOUSE SCENE BEGINNINGS. The DJ as star certainly came about through acid house, which was one of the most significant breakthroughs in modern British music underground culture. I wanted to feature it even more in this film I’ve made for BBC TV about my journey through music. It happened through DJs in Ibiza mixing guitar music with Chicago house and Detroit beats, and this gang of Brits heard this happening in all-night clubs there and brought the music, the party life and the ecstasy back to the UK. There was nowhere they could play, so they set up their own events in unlicensed premises, and at open air raves. It was as important as punk. And it gave the DJ some credibility. Before that in clubs it was pretty hateful. Especially if you were hired as a radio 1 DJ! Some of my then colleagues used to give away cash at gigs…..
YOU’VE INTERVIEWED JUST ABOUT ANYONE WHO’S ANYONE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY – WHICH ARTISTS ARE THE MOST MEMORABLE FOR GOOD AND BAD REASONS? Worst interviewees have been Americans because of the culture of sycophancy around their stars. The worst were Bobby Darin and Neil Diamond. Then I met Neil Diamond again in LA. I didn’t mention the first episode, he didn’t remember it or me, and he was quite charming. Best interviewees have been Yoko Ono, Mick Jones and Joe Strummer of The Clash, Ian Dury, Wreckless Eric, The Beatles, Lily Allen, Keith Moon, Ms Dynamite, Katy B. MY COLLEAGUE IS SHOUTING OUT ‘ASK HER ABOUT MORRISSEY’ – HAVE YOU MET HIM? I’ve never met Morrissey, though I used to play the Smiths all the time. Frank Sidebottom, the late and much missed, did a cover version tribute to me, of Hang The DJ, called Anne the DJ. I found the printed lyrics the other day. It’s very touching. WHAT IS YOUR MUSICAL GUILTY PLEASURE? It’s a musical pleasure but I’m not guilty about it, is listening to choral singing, like Handel’s The Messiah. We used to sing it in the school choir. I only wanted to join because it was our only contact as an all girls school, with the all boys school next door, I couldn’t sing, they sort of mixed me out. But I loved that kind of music - still do. SPEAKING GENERALLY, IT MIGHT TAKE ME A COUPLE OF WEEKS TO GET INTO A RECORD AND TO REALLY START ENJOYING IT – HOW DO YOU POSSIBLY HAVE TIME TO LISTEN TO MUSIC FOR PLEASURE? THERE MUST BE AN ENDLESS SUPPLY OF NEW STUFF TO LISTEN TO … I get hundreds of downloads every week to listen to, often with up to eight mixes, so what was once a three minute single can last an hour. Usually the best mix is the last one. I start listening to music as soon as I wake up, every spare moment, and still you can’t get through it. It’s always a worry that there’s some great music waiting to be heard and no one has found it yet. So I don’t have time to listen unless it’s to compile a show, but that’s my job and I love every moment of it. I am very lucky. The only time I hear music that isn’t brand new is if I’m round someone else’s house. It’s good to listen to someone else’s choices. On the other hand I can’t stand listening to really awful music. Like in deparment stores at Christmas, I just run out screaming. AS AN EXPERT, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF MY LACKLUSTRE INTERVIEWING TECHNIQUE? Most of your questions are statements. Or could be answered with ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Beware! I have fallen into this trap myself. Most memorably on live TV, by satellite between London and Hong Kong. In London the Rock and Pop Awards were being hosted, forerunners to The Brits. I was in Hong Kong with the Police, making a film for BBC TV. They had just won album of the year and I was to make the presentation. I asked Sting if he ever imagined while they were making the album that he’d end up in Hong Kong receiving an award for it. ‘Yes’, he said, deadpan. See what I mean?
Annie Nightingale will be in the ‘Food For Thought’ speakers’ tent at The Magic Loungeabout Festival, 29-31 July, Broughton Hall. Other acts include: Human League, Badly Drawn Boy, New Young Pony Club, Steve Mason and more www.themagicloungeabout.net
YOU’VE ALWAYS SEEMED LIKE AN OUTSIDER LOOKING IN ON THE INDUSTRY - TO PARAPHRASE IAN BROWN, IS THE MUSIC INDUSTRY REALLY THE ‘FILTHIEST BUSINESS IN THE UNIVERSE’? I’ve always thought that there are just enough really, really good people in it to make up for all the really bad people. Just. The more money there is the nastier it gets, where there’s muck etc. but I think the film business has got more shysters and con men in it. People in music can be quite honest.
on gig guide lifestyle
14 … JENIFEREVER – Leeds Brudenell ADELE – Leeds Academy JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET – Harrogate Theatre
16 … HANNAH TRIGWELL – Leeds Cockpit BIG COUNTRY – Leeds Academy RICK WAKEMAN – Harrogate Theatre 17 … STEVE CRADDOCK – York Fibbers 19 … A HAWK AND A HACKSAW – Leeds Brudenell 20 … SIMONE FELICE – Leeds Brudenell
RADIOHEAD - THE KING OF LIMBS Whatever Radiohead do, they just can’t seem to shake off their Massive Worldwide Following. As one of the band’s true musical ancestors and inspirations, Talking Heads, once asked, ‘How did we get here?’ By rights, their disowning of the MTV-slaying ‘Creep’ and crossarmed refusal to follow-up ‘OK Computer’ with an aural equivalent should have seen the band relegated to admired cult status – where one suspects they just might feel more comfortable. But no. Nothing, not shunning their own record company, not delivering jazz/dub/electronica-inspired records, not even Thom Yorke’s increasingly disembodied, melody-phobic vocal delivery can shake off the millions who hang on their every note. ‘The King of Limbs’ does its best by throwing Philip Glass portentousness, dubstep, zithers and Miles Davis into the mix but still can’t help being oddly alluring, unique and brilliant. Darn: mustn’t try harder.
PETE AND THE PIRATES – Wakefield The Hop 21 … MIDDLEMAN – Leeds Brudenell MATT BERRY – Leeds Cockpit
Animal Collective’s fearless expansion across 8 dizzyingly creative albums towards their ‘Merriweather Post Pavillion’ commercial breakthrough did sometimes, perhaps inevitably, collide with the odd moment of awkward, head-scratching artiness.
BEADY EYE – Leeds Academy 24 … DINOSAUR PILE UP – Wakefield The Hop 26 … DURUTTI COLUMN – York Duchess 27 … TIM BOOTH – Leeds Cockpit 28 … DAVE GUETTEA – Leeds Academy 29 … VILLAGERS – Leeds Brudenell THE BEAT – TJ’s WoodhouseClub 30 … YOUNG KNIVES – Leeds Brudenell THE WHIP - Leeds Cockpit
PULLED APART BY HORSES – Leeds Met FRIGHTENED RABBIT – Leeds Academy
1 … TIMES NEW VIKING – Leeds Brudenell 4 … NOAH AND THE WHALE – Leeds Met 7 … LEISURE SOCIETY – Leeds Brudenell TONY CHRISTIE – Bradford St George’s Hall 8 … WILD BEASTS – Leeds Brudenell 13 … MARY GAUTHIER – Leeds Trinity Church 14 … NEVILLE STAPLE – TJ’s Woodhouse Club
So it shouldn’t be surprising that the band’s numerous offshoots do occasionally sprout a few thorns among the roses. Not so Noah Lennox’s second album as alter ego, ‘Panda Bear’. Diving ever deeper into AC’s multi-textured reference points and pushing genres against one another like never before, this weird, beautiful, hallucinatory album is rhythmically heavier and more demanding than previous release ‘Person Pitch’, but offers perseverance some rich sonic rewards.
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE REMASTERED QOTSA’s debut of riff-rock reinvention gets remastered. Changes are too subtle for my cloth ears – the guitars a little thicker, probably - but the dry power of the record remains undiminished 12 years on.
GLASVEGAS – Leeds Uni
11 … DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS – Leeds Met
PANDA BEAR - TOMBOY
ALABAMA 3 – York Duchess
Monotonous, pummelling and underscored by a vital pop sensibility, here was a great band unleashed – primal and connected like only the best 3-piece bands can be. QOTSA reinvigorated hard rock just as it looked like it might never get over its post-Cobain withdrawal symptoms. Rock solid.
KATE RUSBY – Halifax Victoria SPIERS & BODEN - Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds 16 … FRANK TURNER – Leeds Brudenell 19 … PETE DOHERTY – Leeds Academy WARPAINT – Leeds Met 24 ... ADAM ANT - Sheffield Academy
BURIED TREASURE … DID YOU MISS?
10 years ago this month:
25 … THE NIGHTINGALES – Leeds Brudenell 26 … WILKO JOHNSON – Leeds Irish Centre 28 … MOUNTAIN GOATS – Leeds Brudenell CLINIC – Leeds Cockpit 31 … AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD – Leeds Cockpit THE KILLS – Leeds Met
I AM KLOOT – NATURAL HISTORY Downtrodden northern-tinged folk rock from another Billy Liar-type dreaming of a great escape while railing at the weather, the Man and life in general. Elbow’s Guy Garvey produced and there are links in the Mancunian delivery if not in musical ambition.
Whatever, this is still a fine debut, heart-tugging in its simplicity and swaying with its own rainy ON GIVE vision and occasional romantic flourish. 2010’s ‘Sky At Night’, however, is a masterpiece.
cinema&dvd for the weeks ahead MEEK’S CUTOFF
their toll on the unity of the little group.
Director: Kelly Reichardt Stars: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood
Despite it’s setting, Meek’s Cutoff is hardly a traditional western. The staples of the genre, from the astonishing landscapes to the settler’s fear and mistrust of the Native Americans, are present but the film’s sensibilities are strictly arthouse. Nevertheless, if you can endure the creeping pace of the narrative and the lack of conventional action you may find your patience rewarded with a rich and haunting experience. On the other hand, you may simply find yourself longing for a good old fashioned gun-fight.
Michelle Williams heads an impressive, though sometimes underused, cast in Reichardt’s follow up to her acclaimed ‘Wendy and Lucy’. Set in 1845, the story concerns a party of settlers following the Oregon Trail though the Cascade Mountains. Williams plays Emily Tetherow, who comes into conflict with their guide, Stephen Meek (Greenwood) after his ill-judged shortcut goes awry. Hunger, thirst and fear begin to take
RED RIDING HOOD
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
Director: Catherine Hardwicke Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman
Director: Lisa Cholodenko Stars: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore
If there’s an audience out there for this sort of movie, – and there certainly seems to be, if the popularity of its contemporary cousins, the ‘Twilight’ series, is anything to go by – well, I don’t really think we should be encouraging it.
A charming and insightful comedy-drama that probes perennial family issues with a look at a chapter in the life of an unconventional family, ‘The Kids Are All Right’ is worth seeking out on DVD if you didn’t catch it on the big screen.
Director: John Hillcoat Stars: Guy Pierce, Ray Winstone Did you miss this? 5 years ago this month
No doubt it would call itself a re-imagining of the perennial fairytale, but imagination is in seriously short supply in this neck of the woods. Taking itself way too seriously to be any fun, ‘Red Riding Hood’ takes a photogenic cast, Gary Oldman in scenery-chewing mode, and some striking production design, and predictably combines them into the kind of wearisome and sentimental porridge that you have to expect from focus-group driven movie making.
The story revolves around the marriage of Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening), their titular kids, and what happens when said kids decide to seek out the sperm donor who is their biological father. For a family that is already experiencing its share of everyday dysfunction the introduction of the free-spirited Paul (Mark Ruffalo) proves to be the catalyst that tips them over into full blown crisis, though in the hands of director Cholodenko, it’s a crisis that’s portrayed with a light, naturalistic touch and wit that lifts the movie out of sitcom territory.
It’s a breathtaking spectacle alright, to see such a fantastically clichéd and melodramatic bit of product as this, but it’s also so depressingly cynical that you won’t even feel good about allowing yourself the fun of groaning and rolling your eyes. OUT NOW
It’s a delightful and satisfying tale on all levels, and even if the conclusion isn’t as radical as it might be, this is still at the leading edge of mainstream moviemaking. OUT NOW
On the violent, ochre Outback frontier everything is polarised: ear-splitting gun-battles lapse abruptly into keening near-silence, loyalty and betrayal are embodied in a single man, civilisation meets barbarism head on in a punishing scrap for dominance. This is the brutish place to which we find ourselves transported for the duration of ‘The Proposition’, a western-cum-horror film from writer Nick Cave, and if you know his music you’ll have a good idea of what to expect. The premise is straightforward – lawman Maurice Stanley (Winstone) has a simple objective: To “civilise this land”. Everything, and everybody, it seems, stands against his achieving this wish. He charges his prisoner; outlaw Charlie Burns (Pierce) to bring older brother (Huston) to justice. If he fails, Stanley will execute Mike, the youngest member of the Burns gang. What ensues is bloody carnage for all concerned, but riveting and beautiful nonetheless. ‘The Proposition’ is a powerful and moving meditation on the paradoxes sometimes inherent in what it means to impose ‘civilisation’.
15th APRIL SCREAM 4: Ten years have passed, and Sidney
Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is revisited by the Ghostface Killer. (Courtney Cox) THE BALLAD OF NESSIE: The story of Nessie, the friendly Loch monster and her best friend MacQuack the rubber duck, and how the duo came to live in the moor they call home. Problems arrive in the form of a land developer who wants to build a mini-golf empire on top of Nessie’s home. (Billy Connolly)
22nd APRIL ARTHUR: A drunken playboy stands to lose a wealthy
inheritance when he falls for a woman his family doesn’t like. (Russell Brand) BEASTLY: A modern-day take on the “Beauty and the Beast” tale where a New York teen is transformed into a hideous monster in order to find true love. (Vanessa Hudgens)
27th APRIL THOR: Partially disabled medical student Dr. Donald
6th MAY FORGET ME NOT: Love happens when you least
Blake discovers his heretofore unknown alter ego, the Norse warrior, Thor. (Natalie Portman) SHADOW: When a young soldier leaves for a mountain biking excursion he meets the girl of his dreams - as well a group of violent locals who want to see them dead at any cost.
expect it. Forget Me Not is a modern day love story set over 24 hours against a London backdrop. SOMETHING BORROWED: Friendships are tested and secrets come to the surface when terminally single Rachel falls for Dex, her best friend Darcy’s fiancé. (Kate Hudson)
29th APRIL INSIDIOUS: Josh and Renai have three children, the
13th MAY: ATTACK THE BLOCK: About a teen gang in South
oldest is ten-year-old Dalton. As they begin to settle into a new home, they experience strange noises and other unexplained phenomena. TRACKER: An ex-Boer war guerrilla is sent out to bring back a Maori accused of killing a British soldier. Gradually they grow to know and respect one another but a posse, led by the British Commanding officer is close behind and his sole intention is to see the Maori hang. (Ray Winstone)
London defending their block from an alien invasion. (Nick Frost)
18th MAY: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 4:
Jack Sparrow and Barbossa to meet up in the newly founded New Orleans, before they sail to find the Fountain of Youth together. (Johnny Depp)
THE MOVIE MAP OF
YORKSHIRE The films, stars and locations that have put Yorkshire on the movie map …
A BOY, A GIRL AND A BIKE (1949)
HARRY POTTER & THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE (2001)
Early 50’s timepiece with a great period Brit cast (Diana Dors, Honor Blackman, Anthony Newley, Thora Hird), most of them achieving passable Up North accents - yes, even Thora. Yorkshire cycling club gets embroiled in illegal bookmaking web of thorns thanks to bloke in flash car - wouldn’t you just know it. Worth a watch, even if it’s just to see lovely Hebden Bridge pre-traffic calming initiatives.
The Highest Grossing Movie Franchise in history (yes, more even than ALL the James Bond films put together) shot its very first spool in the quaint Yorkshire village station of Goathland, near Scarborough. Remember the kids running through the wall at platform 9¾ and disembarking at ‘Hogsmeade’ - well that there’s Goathland. Grassington Moor and Malham cove feature in The Deathly Hallows too! We’re famous!
Film pedigree: 6/10 Yorkshire pedigree: 6/10
Film pedigree: 6/10 Yorkshire pedigree: 3/10
A PRIVATE FUNCTION (1984)
THE DAMNED UNITED (2009)
Authentic Yorkshire credentials with Alan Bennett (Leeds) scribing and Michael Palin (Sheffield) starring, this peculiarly English comedy of manners is, perhaps rather unfairly, remembered for a scene stealing pig. The ‘small northern town’ was Ilkley, no less.
Posh Londoner Tom Hooper mucked about Up North in a variety of unglamorous locations for his take on Ossett lad David Peace’s darkly humorous novel about Brian Clough’s doomed 44-day tenure at the helm of Leeds United. Headingley Stadium, Bradford Police Station and the Royal Hotel in Scarborough all starred - but his training ground sequence shot in a grimy, stuck-in-time corner of Elland Road with the players in authentically terrifying purple tracksuits is brilliant. Bet he’s back in London now though, eh?
Film pedigree: 5/10 Yorkshire pedigree: 7/10
BILLY LIAR (1963) Bradford Movie magic with Yorkshire royalty in tow. Keith Waterhouse (Leeds) wrote the book, Wilfred Pickles (Halifax) - the first newsreader to speak in a regional accent, lest we forget - stars and Tom Courtenay (Hull) delivers the finest northerner-dreaming-of-the-bright-lights performance in cinema history. An early swear word too! How very northern. Film pedigree: 8/10 Yorkshire pedigree: 9/10
BRASSED OFF (1996)
THE KING’S SPEECH (2011) Odsal Colin Firth’s Oscar walkover was partly filmed at Bradford Bulls’ Odsall Stadium. Course, it’s way, way too posh to be proper Yorkshire - but we’re stealing in for a slice of Oscar glory anyway. Film pedigree: 8/10 Yorkshire pedigree: 1/10
THE HISTORY BOYS (2006)
Honorary Yorkshireman Pete Postlethwaite delivers the performance of his life in a stirring depiction of a mining community’s post-strike decline, with brass band as proud but futile show of defiance. Show me the hardhearted Tyke that’s not welling up at that impassioned finale ... “And for a few lousy bob” indeed.
Film pedigree: 8/10
Film pedigree: 8/10 Yorkshire pedigree: 5/10
Yorkshire pedigree: 8/10
KES (1969) Barnsley Still the definitive Yorkshire film. Ken Loach’s note perfect conversion of Barnsley maestro Barry Hines’ tale of emotional childhood neglect redeemed by a spot of falconry. Still best remembered for Sheffield heavyweight Brian Glover’s barnstorming turn as the games teacher bully from hell. Magnificently, so strong are some of the accents here, the film had to be subtitled in the States. Film pedigree: 9/10 Yorkshire pedigree: 10/10
Film pedigree: 7/10 Yorkshire pedigree: 6/10
Alan Bennett again - sharp translation of his 2004 play, dealing with remembrance, learning, possibilities and adolescent indecision. It’s lovely, actually. Filmed in Ripon - which is also lovely.
RITA, SUE AND BOB TOO (1986) Buttershaw Cult classic from the great, late Alan Clarke that invented Shameless, Shane Meadows, Paul Calf and just about any British drama that enjoys having the word ‘gritty’ as a prefix. In reality it’s very funny, underscored by two outrageously raucous performances from the irrepressible Rita and Sue. Film pedigree: 9/10 Yorkshire pedigree: 8/10
HARROGATE YORK ILKLEY BRADFORD LEEDS HEBDEN BRIDGE
ROUNDHAY GARDEN SCENE (1888)
CALENDAR GIRLS (2003)
It’s not exactly ‘Inception’ but Louise Le Prince’s flaky, stuttering footage of some Roundhay folks and flowers fluttering in the black-and-white Yorkshire breeze is where cinema began. We covered his strange debtridden disappearance in a previous issue and we’re STILL awaiting the movie adaptation of that particular mystery.
Heartwarming boobs out wrinkle fest that has spawned an incredibly successful franchise of touring plays as well as inspiring a million and one get-em-off imitators - all in the good name of charity, of course. And why not?
Film pedigree: either 1/10 or 10/10, depending Yorkshire pedigree: 5/10
Film pedigree: 6/10 Yorkshire pedigree: 8/10
THIS SPORTING LIFE (1963)
WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1992)
The Moors Hideously overwrought, borderline excruciating version of our Emily’s romantic classic filmed just about everywhere in Yorkshire apart from, it seems, Haworth. Pretend Yorkshire cast (boo!). Good art direction though, if you’re into that kind of thing.
Wakefield writer David Storey’s tale of a successful Rugby League player with a less than successful love life has earned its place in Yorkshire folklore mainly down to Richard Harris’ turn as bitter young coal miner turned rugby hopeful, Frank Machin. Bleak and brutal, violent and loveless - it’s grim up north, apparently. Film pedigree: 8/10 Yorkshire pedigree: 9/10
Film pedigree: 2/10 Yorkshire Pedigree: 6/10
THE FULL MONTY (1997)
Oddly knockabout tale of unemployment, sexual malfunction, suicide, depression and dancing in dole queues - only in Yorkshire, eh? Achieves a neat enough uplift in the finale (if you’ll pardon the expression).
Thesp big hitters Dustin Hoffman and Vanessa Redgrave weigh in for the unsolved tale of crime writer Agatha Christie’s mysterious 11-day disappearance and subsequent reappearance, apparently none the worse for wear, in a Harrogate health spa. Stylised and sophisticated, Harrogate’s The Old Swan, where Christie turned up, features.
Film pedigree: 6/10 Yorkshire pedigree: 7/10
Film pedigree: 7/10 Yorkshire Pedigree: 6/10
The Magic Loungeabout Final Wave of Acts Announced And Day Tickets Released
“A Refined Unwind” Final wave of acts announced includes: Fri 29th- Sun 31st July Steve Mason, Crazy P, Ed Sheeran, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer and Misty Miller and DJs Justin Unabomber and
Two distinctive days of music lead on Saturday by electronic
pop masters and acoustic legends on Sunday
Food For Thought tent features:
The Magic Loungeabout takes place at the stunning Broughton
Annie Nightingale, Howard Marks, Simon Beaufoy and Robin
Hall, North Yorkshire, and boasts the biggest line up of any
Ince. They join The Human League, Badly Drawn Boy,
privately owned festival in Yorkshire
New Young Pony Club, Fenech Soler, Florrie
It’s a luxurious escape within a playground of credible music,
and Henry Johnson and DJs Graeme Park and Clint Boon
inspiring speakers and artistic enrichment
with day tickets now released
For all of you out there wondering what would come next from The Magic Loungeabout, the wait is now over. Because this summer nestled within the grounds of a stunning stately home in Yorkshire, one of the UK’s most captivating festivals takes place; an intimate escapist odyssey embracing electronic pop on Saturday and acoustic Sunday. Guests include The Human League, Badly Drawn Boy, New Young Pony Club, Fenech Soler, Florrie and Henry Johnson. As if that wasn’t enough, the festival’s next array of names has just been released, with several new live acts and DJs and a host of fascinating oratory talent taking over the Food For Thought tent. There’s one of the UK’s leading pop-acts, Crazy P, featuring on Saturday. This summer they have got a load of new exciting material and are set to have Broughton Hall jumping to the infectious vocals of lead singer Danielle Moore. We can’t wait to let them loose on our main stage. Local-ish lad Ed Sheeran is one of the scene’s young breakthrough acts, having self-released almost all of his own music. His story is the stuff of legend - having gigged 312 times in 2009, he took himself off to LA in April 2010, was spotted by Jamie Foxx at a poetry reading, and invited back to the actor’s house to record more work! His first UK tour sold out in hours – catch this new star at The Magic Loungeabout, where he will illuminate Broughton Hall. Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer is the
high-society banjolele-playing rapper who parodies hip-hop with his own unique chap-hop – including bowler hat and tweed attire. Finally, Misty Miller has been writing songs for half her life – and at just 16 she has music in her blood. Accompanying herself on the ukulele, her pure, soulful voice and clever, poignant lyricism make it virtually impossible not to be swayed by this brilliant emerging new talent from South-London. The Food For Thought tent offers exactly that – a window into the minds of some of our country’s greatest legends for illuminating digressions, rambunctious tangents and inspiring chat. Radio 1’s Annie Nightingale will be regaling us with her tales of many decades spent at the top of the airwaves, having helped shaped the station’s embracing of underground sounds. Mr. Nice – aka Howard Marks – will also make an appearance. Quite possibly a man with a tale for every situation, his global travails have led him in and out of all kinds of adventures trysts, and it will be mesmerising to be up close to this Welsh wonder. He’s joined by Simon Beaufoy, the Academy-award winning script writer of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, whose credits also include legendary Brit-flick ‘The Full Monty’. Comedian, actor and writer Robin Ince also joins us; he has worked with many of the comedy greats and has appeared everywhere from the Edinburgh Fringe to his revered experimental Book Club show.
Graeme Park and Clint Boon are joined by Manchester’s Justin Unabomber and revered Mixmaster Morris. Justin is one half of the founding fathers of one of the UK’s seminal raves, Electric Chair, and with an unrivalled collection featuring everything from deep disco to Italo house he will be playing late into the night for those who just don’t want to stop dancing. Mixmaster Morris is a music journalist with credits in everything from NME to Mixmag; his celebrated remix of ‘Autumn Leaves’ by Coldcut is Fatboy Slim’s favourite ever chill-out tune and he has played festivals including Berlin Love Parade, Glastonbury and The Big Chill in Goa. At The Magic Loungeabout there will be lots and lots of fun and entertainment too, as well as the music. In the Games Arena there are lots of active energetic play with Yorkshire Warriors, Fatty Wrestling, Tug of War of the Roses, Jelly Wrestling and Human Catch Phrase. Over in the Kids’ Garden, the young ones will be entranced by The Gruffalo, roll around whilst Zorbing along with Dance Classes, Junior Philosophy, Vintage Games and a Treasure Hunt. And don’t forget the The Curious Cinema too with cult classics Saturday and thought provoking documentaries on Sunday. including some true classics: ‘This is Spinal Tap’, ‘The Big Lebowski’ (including White Russian cocktails!), ‘Dive!’, ‘Inside Job’, ‘E.T’ and ‘Back to the Future’.
A Refined Unwind at The Magic Loungeabout All camping this year is themed so you are amongst like-minded people, but a big part of the festival’s ethos is in offering a little refinement. Where else can you be indulged by a concierge service and VIP day tent packages with waiter service? In addition there will be pop up restaurants, video projections, a massage and spa area, walk-about art and plenty of kids’ entertainment. There will also be a food village offering an assortment of fine food - including everything from oysters to homemade steak and ale pies – don’t forget the cocktail bar with professional mixologists too. So leave normality and inhibitions behind and join us for a refined unwind in the country. It’s a grown up’s playground.
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The Magic Loungeabout Friday 29th – Sunday 31st July 2011 Broughton Hall Broughton Skipton North Yorkshire, BD23 3AE www.themagicloungeabout.net • www.broughtonhall.co.uk
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Monty Python animator and visionary filmmaker Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Time Bandits, The Fisher King, Twelve Monkeys) was presented with the Fellowship Award at this year’s Bradford International Film Festival. Before he received his award he spoke to artistic director, Tony Earnshaw, about his career and inspirations, as well as the star-studded array of actors he’s worked with throughout his career. Where do we start ? With ‘Time Bandits‘? How about with what’s written on my gravestone. You know what’s gonna be written on my gravestone? It’s gonna say, ’He giggled in awe.’ When I was promoting ’Brazil’ I was somewhere in Texas and I was on a radio show and somebody called in who’d seen the film and she said, (Southern Belle accent) ‘Mr. Gilliam, I have to say you made me giggle in awe.’ And I said, ‘I’ll write that on my gravestone‘. You have been here before, a long time ago. Do you want to recall that? (jokingly) No, I’d rather not. It was terribly painful. We were young, we were foolish. We were taken advantage of by the people of this town. It was the first bit of filming we did for Monty Python, the first series.
Were you aware all those years ago of the kind of impact Monty Python would have - or was it something a bunch of guys were throwing together and making up as you went along? It wasn’t as thrown together as it appeared. So many people seemed to think we adlibbed a lot but it was never - it was all written, it was very rigorous how we went about it. But we were in the wonderful position of being in total control of what we were doing, the six people. There were no executives, no agents, none of the baggage you acquire over the years saying, ‘Don’t do this’. it was very laissez-faire and we just did what made us laugh. The fact that other people found it funny as well wasn’t a surprise, but the fact that it has sustained itself as long as it has is unbelievable. (jokingly) It gives you a respect for humanity.
What was it that you put into the Python experience that made you all laugh - and how did that translate to audiences? I was in the unique position of being the sole American and the animator and they were writing the sketches and I filled in between them. For me, I was in awe of them. I’d travelled halfway round the world and found a group of people that shared the same world view, the same sense of absurdity, but I couldn’t manipulate words and couldn’t perform as well as they do - I was doing my own thing. So in some way I had more freedom than the others because my stuff didn’t have to go through the vetting process. But I never try to analyse it, I really don’t - I just know it made me laugh.
All pictures courtesy of The National Media Museum
Did you always have ambitions to be a filmmaker? That was what I really wanted to do. I think somewhere in the latter stages of college I said I really wanted to do this. But I have no ability to make my way through a system. So I normally start at the top of something and make my way down (laughs). You didn’t do a lot of acting (with Monty Python), although you were very, very good - and I wonder why? Were you never entirely comfortable acting? I must admit I was inhibited by just how good they were. They could spin on a dime. All I could do was come in and do these odd bits and pieces. I enjoyed doing it but I just felt I was better at doing this other stuff. So that’s where my time was spent. In-between the four Python movies you were able to do your first project as a solo Director, ‘Jabberwocky’. Why did you only use Michael Palin and Terry Jones for this - why not use the rest of them? The others were too tall. They made me feel short and insignificant. They’d spent their lives honing that skill. Michael said there was an Oxford/Cambridge divide in Python? Totally. There was no question that the divide was always there. Mike, Terry and I are basically the same height and we’d play with conceptual things more than the others and on the Cambridge side there was much more aggression, whether that was passive aggression or not, it was always there. That’s where all those argument sketches, all that kind of behaviour came from the Cambridge side. We used to think it was left and right brain, basically. Do you work on each project at a time and, as each film finished, you moved on to the next? I’m monomaniacal in that sense. It’s one thing that possesses me and takes me over.
It’s a fairly ridiculous question, but where do your ideas come from? What inspires you? At night I put my shoes at the foot of the bed and I wake up in the morning and there’s little notes in there from elves that live in the skirting board in my house. But they haven’t been around lately, so I’m getting worried (laughs). Where do ideas come from? Robin Williams is a perfect example of what I think happens: I think there’s a platonic world of ideas and things and they’re floating in the air and if you have responding abilities things come to you. Robin is one of those people that just thinks all the knowledge and ideas that people have ever known is just floating around and he can suck it in and he spews it out in the most wonderful combinations. I don’t know, I’ve never questioned it. I’m delighted that ideas come. Sometimes when I was with Python and I was short of ideas I’d go to the National Gallery and all these paintings and you’d start to have conversations with them; ideas just pop off like that. Did you have a vivid imagination as a kid? Yeah. I seemed to be there from the beginning. My mother’s still got drawings. I would turn vacuum cleaners into monsters. I was always turning things into something else. It sounds horrible but I find the world inspirational. It’s all out there if you dare to look at it and take time to look at it. Let’s talk about some of the actors you’ve worked with - Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Johnny Depp - Is there a difference working with, say, Jonathan Pryce, who has a stage background and Robert De Niro whose entire career has been played out on screen? I just prefer English actors normally because so many American actors are method actors and you have to deal with so much nonsense - just go on and act, just say the words! I think Brad Pitt’s performance in ‘Twelve Monkeys’ is the best performance by an actor in any of your films.
Brad turned up in London and he wanted a part in the film but he wanted the part that Bruce Willis already had. The part in the film that Brad played is a fast part and, up until then, Brad hadn’t been know for his speedy delivery. But I’d seen him in ‘Kalifornia’ and he’s a dangerous guy in ‘Kalifornia’ and I thought, ‘Oh, maybe’. But he was so keen to do this I thought how can I turn a guy down who’s so determined? And I loved the idea of casting him against type completely. There’s a guy who I use for my movies and he’s a dialogue coach, although he’s a lot more than that, and I sent Brad to him and he said, ‘What are you doing to me? He’s got a lazy tongue, he smokes too much. He just can’t physically do this kind of work’. But Brad worked so hard from that point. He turned up on the first day of shooting and just went BANG! All day long he was in high tempo and at the end of the day he barely moved. But he was out to prove something. He’d just done ‘Legends of the Fall’ and overnight he became the biggest thing out there. Before that we could walk down the street together, after that there was security everywhere, girls were threatening to throw themselves out of buildings; it was like The Beatles. And Bruce Willis in ‘Twelve Monkeys’ doesn’t try to grandstand Brad, he just lets him go. Bruce is very still and internalised. I think it’s Bruce’s best performance as well. It was overlooked I think because of Brad’s fireworks. It was interesting because Bruce went off to do two day’s shooting on ‘Die Hard’ and when he came back he was a different guy - he was Bruce Willis Superstar. It’s amazing how people change. It’s almost like a form of self-loathing - they’re being paid so much money - and they behave like assholes, frankly. In just two days back in that world he became an asshole. It took us the best part of a week to get him back down to the world that we were working in. It’s extraordinary to watch in Hollywood what success and fame does to people.
Bruce Willis in Twelve Monkeys
Christopher Plummer as Doc
Do you have a favourite actor that you’ve worked with? Johnny Depp? (jokingly) He’s Tim Burton’s friend now (laughs). Well ’Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ with Johnny was a joy because secretly he’s always wanted to be a Python and he was deeply into Hunter Thompson he could barely put a foot wrong - I mean he was Hunter Thompson.
we were together a couple of days ago. You start going into trance mode but it wouldn’t go away. It was real; he was dead. It’s hard to describe because he wasn’t just a fantastic actor he was part of a family. It was like a family member dying - and right in the middle of the film. The filmmaking side just fades away very quickly. You give up, basically.
Heath Ledger died during the making of ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’. I don’t want to pry but at what point in the proceedings did Heath die and when did you learn about that? It was halfway through. We’d just finished shooting in London, I got up the next morning and went to Vancouver, Heath went to New York. I was in my art department trying to save fifteen hundred dollars and my daughter comes in and says, ‘Will you come in my office?’ And I say, ‘I’m busy’. She says, ‘Get in here!’ - and there it was on the BBC website, Heath Ledger Dead. It was clearly not possible. We were quite worried at that point about how Warner Brothers were trying to bury the existence of ‘Parnassus’ and we actually thought it was a marketing ploy. We sat there thinking this is not possible -
Did you struggle with the two sides of your personality - on the one hand you’ve lost a friend, on the other hand you’ve got a film to finish? No, mine was very simple - f**k the film. It was over. Luckily I had my daughter in there and she’s foolish, she’s silly and she’s young and she said, ‘No, we finish this film.’ I said, ‘What are you talking about? Heath‘s dead, I don‘t even want to finish the film.’ Then it was like, we’ve got to finish it for Heath, blah, blah, blah. And my daughter said, ‘You’ve got to call Johnny.’ Johnny and Heath had become good friends and I was commiserating and he was commiserating and he said, ‘Whatever you need Terry, I’ll be there.’ He came to the rescue and that’s pretty extraordinary. He worked for nothing - all the money went to Heath’s daughter.
Terry Gilliam on ‘Time Bandits’
Then I called Mike Palin up and I said, ‘I’ve written this little idea - do you wanna play with me?’ And we knocked it off quite quickly and thinking we had a great script our manager went out to Hollywood to get the money - and everybody passed on it. We then made the film and went to Hollywood with the film - and every studio passed on it! And it ended up with George Harrison having to guarantee the marketing money. It was given to a small company called Avco Embassy who hadn’t had a hit in 10 years - that hit had been ‘The Graduate’ - and the film went out in America and it’s still the most financially successful film I’ve done in America. It was number 1 for weeks. I hope that encourage young film makers not to give up.”
“I guess this is the 30th anniversary of this little project called ‘Time Bandits’. Strangely, it wasn’t the film I wanted to make. At the time we’d made ‘Life of Brian’ and Python and George Harrison had formed a company called ‘HandMade Films’ and at the time I was trying to make this more complicated, more difficult film which was eventually called ‘Brazil’ and I couldn’t get any interest from our manager at the time and out of frustration I said, ‘Ok, I’m gonna write something that’ll appeal to everybody, to a family audience’ and I basically wrote the simple story of ‘Time Bandits’. I loved the idea of these characters who were in heaven who had helped God make the Earth and had become bored with the good life in heaven and had set out on a life of crime and their clever trick was to disappear from the scene of the crime into a place before the crime was committed - that seemed pretty simple.
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Fazenda takes some explaining – and food snobs take note – this review contains the words ‘all you can eat’, ‘service-to-customer interaction’ and ‘buffet’. But wait! This meat lovers’ feast might just be the carnivores’ carnival some of you have been waiting for. A relatively new Brazilian steak house in revamped Granary Wharf in Leeds, Fazenda is, whatever you might think of the food, a whole-new-dining-experience. But if it’s an intimate evening of hushed sweet nothings you’re hoping for, you’d be better off at Burger King. Yes, the place is lively, and thrives on service-to-customer interaction (if ever personable serving staff are needed, it’s here), and if you’re a first-timer said interaction will commence with a walkthrough of the Fazenda concept. There are no menus and for £25-ish you can eat as much of their cuts of beef, lamb, chicken and pork, as well as pay as many visits to their salad bar buffet, as you like. You’ll be given a dual red/green sided token and, once you’ve grazed the salad bar, you can flip the token to green and the serving staff will miraculously and continuously appear to offer delicate slivers of meat on tall metal skewers, all prepared in authentic Brazilian gaucho barbecue style. When you’re sated (or fancy a rest), flip the counter to red and the serving staff will avoid you like the plague – leaving the Meal Mole kind of wishing the counter concept could be transferred to some other irritatingly over-attentive restaurants in the process – but I digress. Now, when these skewered chunks of flesh first arrived at the table I thought I’d immediately discovered Fazenda’s fatal flaw – my partner insists on her meat medium done, whereas I like it rare. But here’s the clever bit – the chunks of meat have been cooked differently on three sides, from rare to well done, thus catering for all meat preferences. Phew! Cue more interaction as the server explains which cut of meat they’re presenting, cue thoughtful nodding, cue ‘yes please’ you’d like to try, cue carving of the meat which you take from the skewer yourself with some tongs. Oh yes, I should’ve mentioned, you’re given some tongs. So, finally (finally!) I hear you cry – you can try the meat. And honestly, it’s fabulous. Certainly they’re not flaking on quality. If good meat is prepared well and served as you like it – then what’s not to love? The servings come thick and fast. You’ll make your way through various cuts of beef, from melt-in-the-mouth picanha (rump), to tender fillet, to juicy rib-eye. You’ll no doubt find a favourite and it’s a good culinary test to sample the different flavours and textures on offer. Minted lamb, juicy gammon and delicate chicken
will also be offered – and there are even a few wild cards thrown in (chicken hearts, black pudding, sausages) to keep your meat-meter ticking over. You might feel slightly English and uncomfortable at constantly saying yes to each serving you’re offered ,but truly you’re never made to feel like you’re overindulging (and I have this on good word from one couple who really DID overindulge!). You can refresh your plate with another trip to the salad bar if you wish – there are some good offerings, including black beans and a vat of crumbly parmesan – but you’ll excuse the Mole Meal for not attempting every last morsel. There was a little ‘buffet fatigue’ on show, but isn’t that kind of inevitable – and really you’re not here to eat lettuce (comically, Fazenda do actually offer a vegetarian option but you’d have to be spectacularly cruel to drag a veggie in here). It’s not all perfect – garlic is lashed everywhere, sometimes overwhelming the delicate meat and the one solitary fish portion we were served was pale, watery and utterly lost next to the meaty overload. The pork loin with parmesan didn’t make an appearance all night and the constant nodding and ‘yes-please-ing’ before every new serving can become tiresome pretty quickly - but it is, alas, a necessity of the concept. But the meat is good; very good. And when the star of the show is performing as well as this, who cares about the rest of the cast anyway?
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in the spotlight... a guide to what’s on in the theatres
Fidelio The Grand, Leeds 14, 16, 30 April, 6, 13 May
From the House of the Dead No Man’s Land West Yorkshire Playhouse The Grand, Leeds 29 April - 7 May 5, 7, 12, 14 May
A passion for liberty and justice and a belief in the human spirit’s ability to triumph over suffering is central to Beethoven’s celebrated and only opera. The opera took Beethoven ten years to write and has not been seen in Leeds for 20 years.
Janacek’s last and most powerful opera is based on the Dostoevsky novel of the same name – written as a fictionalised account of the author’s years in a Siberian prison.
£10 - £59
£10 - £59
A mysterious, time-travelling, bordercrossing play of fantasies, friendships and jigsaw puzzles. No Man’s Land is a co-production between West Yorkshire Playhouse and Theater an der Parkaue, Berlin. It is the culmination of Borderlines, a two year project involving exchanges and collaboration between young people and artists from Leeds and Berlin.
£10 Tis Pity She’s a Whore West Yorkshire Playhouse 7 - 28 May A tragic death sparks a forbidden passion and a brother and sister seal an erotic, but fatal pact with each other.
Hamlet West Yorkshire Playhouse 19 - 30 April
£16 - £26
Northern Broadsides’ haunting production employs theatrical sleight of hand to conjure ghosts of the dead and demons of the mind; bringing you an inventive and insightful take on the tortured Danish Prince.
Happy Days Crucible, Sheffield 20 May – 4 June Talkative housewife Winnie, and her husband Willie, spend their days together under the blazing sun. Winnie talks, prays and sings her way through life with nothing but a bell for waking and a bell for sleep.
£10 - £18 Private Peaceful Carriageworks, Leeds 3 – 4 May A powerful story of hope that relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.
£6.50 - £8.50 (concessions £1 off)
£16 - £26 Brontë West Yorkshire Playhouse 24 - 28 May
Giselle The Grand, Leeds 25 – 28 May A traditional version of one of the greatest romantic ballets, Giselle makes a rare appearance in Yorkshire as Northern Ballet performs it at Leeds Grand Theatre for six performances only this May.
£8.50 - £37
How did three Victorian spinsters, living in isolation on the Yorkshire moors come to write some of the most powerful and passionate fiction of all time? It is 1845. Branwell Brontë returns home in disgrace. Plagued by alcohol and drug addiction, he has been dismissed from domestic service following an affair with the mistress of the house. As he descends into alcoholism and insanity, bringing chaos to the household, his sisters write…
£16 - £26
BIG SHOWS Tell Me on a Sunday Lyceum, Sheffield 9 – 14 May
A rare opportunity to see the definitive version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s Broadway and West End smash-hit musical, now remodelled for Claire Sweeney with an exclusive song.
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Lady Chatterley’s Lover Harrogate Theatre 17 – 21 May
Journey’s End The Grand, Leeds 17 – 21 May
Written in 1925, D.H. Lawrence’s controversial work was banned from sale until 1960 for it’s frank and explicit depiction of sex and it’s portrayal of a passionate and adulterous love affair. Years ahead of it’s time this work deals with sexual taboos that are still present in society even today.
In the days leading up to the last great German offensive of the First World War, Raleigh, an 18 year old soldier joins a besieged company of soldiers in the British trenches at St Quentin. There he finds his new comrades being led by his old school friend Stanhope, but discovers the man in army greens much changed from the boy he left behind in cricketing whites.
£15 (£2 off concessions)
£14 - £27.50
Shaolin Warriors St George’s Hall, Bradford, 19 May Direct from China and for the first time ever in Europe, the internationally acclaimed production The Shaolin Warriors embarks on its first ever UK tour.
£16 - £21
FAMILY & KIDS
Billy Goats Gruff & Other Furry Tails Carriageworks, Leeds 23 April
Shaun the Sheep Alhambra, Bradford 12 – 15 May Join Shaun the Sheep and all his friends in their very own live show!
£14.50 - £18.50
Our storyteller is on the run from those three-headed monsters, trying to bring you the most fantastic tales from the Magic Land of Three. Are you really sure what happened to the wolf and those three little pigs? What about Goldilocks? Why was she walking in those woods? And as for the three Billy Goats Gruff, how did they really deal with that troll?
£7.50 - £9.50 (concessions £1 off) Fireman Sam St George’s Hall, Bradford 26 April
Midnight Tango Alhambra, Bradford 26 – 30 April
The Hero next door is back, in a brand new show live on stage... Pontypandy Rocks! Join Fireman Sam, and all his friends, as Pontypandy hosts its first ever music...
Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace have mesmerised television audiences for six series of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing with their stunning Tango routines. Now they have created their own live Tango performance featuring the finest Tango dancers in the world.
£17.50 - £32.50
The Very Noisy Night Carriageworks, Leeds 30 May Little Mouse is wide awake in his brand new bed, for something is huffing and puffing, tap-tapping on the window outside. Based on the charming book by Diana Hendry and Jane Chapman, this familiar bedtime tale is told with enchanting music, puppetry, and a specially designed set, which comes to life before your very eyes.
£7.50 - £9.50 (concessions £1 off) The Tiger Who Came To Tea Victoria, Halifax 8 – 9 May Following on from the highly successful 2009 tour, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of this classic tale of teatime mayhem.
King’s Hall, Ilkley 16 April £17
Harrogate Theatre 29 April £15
The Studio, Bradford 13 May £12
Victoria, Halifax 23 April £17.50 - £19.50
Carriageworks, Leeds 4 May £25.50
Harrogate Theatre 15 May £15
FRISKY & MANNISH
St George’s Hall, Bradford 20 May £20 - £23
Harrogate Theatre Harrogate Theatre 28 April 10 – 11 May £12 (£2 off concessions) £12 (£2 off concessions)
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Early Spring was a good time for one Emmerdale star. James Thornton who plays John Barton in the show took part in Let’s Dance for Comic Relief and went on to win the whole flippin’ thing against some quality acts. James is a patron for Radio Aire’s Charity Cash For Kids so the whole of the station and our listeners got behind James who admitted to me on the show that he was pretty nervous about introducing himself to Katie Price who was rehearsing in the next studio along from him.
Now no one will be upset if you admit that you had the following conversation around 4-5 months ago. “She seems like a nice lady and I guess she has a lovely voice, but let’s be honest, once the X Factor has finished she’ll be back at Tesco”! I am of course talking about Irish warbler Mary Byrne who shot to fame during the series at the end of 2010. Well, she has shocked many people by having a successful Top 10 album that was released just before Mother’s Day. Cynical? Contrived? Well planned? All of the above, but fair play to her. She swung by Radio Aire for a chat and I was amazed that when she admitted that she didn’t
Behind the scenes news and gossip from the region’s BIGGEST radio station 96.3 Radio Aire is all about Leeds, so when given the opportunity to spend an hour recording a special programme dedicated to lovely Leeds lass Corinne Bailey Rae, I jumped at the chance. Now I have to say, Corinne is absolutely fab, a real ambassador for Leeds and, of course, hugely talented. Having come through the music scene around the same time as the Kaiser Chiefs she has a real insight into that whole era of music from our city. In fact, she used to work in the same bar as Ricky Wilson (lead Rich Williams singer of KC) whilst they were both plugging away trying to make the big time. Back then, though she could never have imagined that her success would be so immense. And it wasn’t just bar work that Corinne used to do. She also worked in Harvey Nics on Briggate on the make-up counter. “You should never judge a book by its cover”, she told me. “It was always the shoppers dressed to the nines who had the least to spend and the blokes who looked like they’d come straight from the builders yard who’d be splashing thousands on handbags and shoes for their ladies”. So from Harvey Nics … to The White House. Recently she performed at a benefit concert held by Sir Paul McCartney. It was at that gig where she was introduced to Barack Obama who told her that Michelle has her first album and she listens to it on the treadmill. Cue images of Mich puffing and panting whilst singing along to ‘Put Your Records On’. Not bad for a girl from Hyde Park! The Leeds connections continued into spring when Rob Burrow called The Homerun for a chat ahead of his 300th game for the Leeds Rhinos. What a top bloke! I asked him if he could pick out one game that stands out above the rest over his playing career and he said the three winning Super League Grand Finals all rank as equals to him. Shame Leeds couldn’t repeat the trick against St Helens for Rob’s 300th game! Finally, Rob confirmed my thoughts about most of the Rhinos players having seen them in and out of Radio Aire and also followed them on Twitter. They are all obsessed with Nandos. They absolutely love a bit of poultry action so if you ever want to try and catch a glimpse of a Rhino, then that’s the place to find them.
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Rich with Corrine realise how good a voice she has. She blames it on a lack of confidence and insecurity. In fact, looking back on the interview it turned into somewhat of a therapy session! I must remember to send her an invoice. Mary still keeps in touch with her old Tesco colleagues who now have the task of scanning her album through the checkout that she used to work on just 12 months ago. What else at Radio Aire? Well just the small matter of a brand new car we gave away recently. Oh yes, and the 30 grand wedding we gave to one lucky listener to celebrate our now 30 years in the heart of Leeds. And if that wasn’t enough, the date for this year’s ‘Party In The Park’ has now been announced. The UK’s biggest free music pop concert will once again take place at Temple Newsam with Radio Aire on July 31st. Find out how you can get your tickets by tuning in! Follow Rich at facebook.com/radioaire.rich and on Twitter @richontheradio
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In the Interiors world, springtime is cleaning time – or at least it’s a time when we make space, reassess our home environment and strive for a bit of clarity. Interiors expert Julie Kerner answers some timely FAQs on your spring clean storage solution dilemmas … You want to get tidy and more organised but have very little budget to work with. Are there any quick fixes? When spring arrives most of us interiors addicts automatically start to look at our homes for ways to improve and refresh them - and we can achieve this without putting too much strain on the finances. Look at cheap and easy options to store away those cumbersome and untidy books and publications. Magazines holders come in all sorts of shapes, colours and textures these days and can even add a bit of fun and liveliness to any living room – whilst also being practical. Also, look at storage boxes and baskets to help store away all these things you don’t want on show, but still need to get access to. There’s just about any shape available to suit that underused under bed / above wardrobe storage space. YOU WORK FROM HOME BUT DON’T HAVE THE LUXURY OF A SEPARATE OFFICE SPACE – HOW DO YOU KEEP THE LIVING ROOM LOOK WHEN YOUR LIVING ROOM’S ALSO YOUR OFFICE. Two words - storage units. BoConcept have a Lecco storage range which you can build up from scratch and adapt to your space. It has a feature drop down section where you can put a laptop and then simply pull up a chair to work from. Clever drawers and cupboards can be made for where you need them and so that you can ensure your work is not always on show. When you’ve finished grafting, fold up and you’re left with a great looking living room display unit.
YOU’VE SPENT THE PAST 12 MONTHS ADDING TO AND CLUTTERING UP YOUR LIVING ROOM – HOW DO YOU MINIMISE AND CREATE A CALMER LOOK? The right coffee table can help. Choose one that gives you good storage as well as being practical to use and good to look at. BoConcept offer a coffee table with compartments, where you can show off all your pretty things, but still have a functioning piece of furniture. Some other coffee tables even have useful drawers in them for hiding away that bothersome clutter. AND WHAT ABOUT THE BEDROOM? YOU NEED TO SQUEEZE ALL THE SPACE YOU CAN FROM THIS ROOM … Your bed might be the most important furniture purchase you make, but it’s not just about the comfiest mattress. Is there room for storage underneath the bed? So much vital clutter killing space is wasted under our sleeping quarters and it really can be maximised with a high-legged bed and good storage box choice. Special storage beds are everywhere now too - or maybe a bed with a drawer option underneath would suffice? YOU HAVE AN OPEN PLAN KITCHEN/ DINING ROOM BUT LACK KITCHEN SPACE FOR STORAGE. 1. Why not invest in a sideboard? They make a stylish addition to your home, and can fit perfectly into an open plan setting. You can even get them to match the colour of your kitchen area and give you that seamless look. Most household things can be stored within them and you can finish off with a neat lamp to fully accessorise. Wall system with workstation and filing drawer, black-stained oak veneer. £1,596 – BoConcept, Redbrick Mill, 01924 460483
2. 60s-style White Nesting Cube Shelves set made from wood. Ideal Way to display and organise books, CDs, photographs. Stack them, use them as a nest of occasional tables, use them in different rooms … £74.99 - hiccupgifts.com
8. This ceiling airer is a great ecofriendly and space efficient way to dry laundry - and seems to be going through a renaissance at the moment. It is also cheaper than using a tumble dryer! From £60.95 nigelsecostore.com
3. Pretty storage boxes? We’ve got ‘em. Orla Kiely is famous for her unique designs where colour, pattern, graphic control, texture and rhythm continually work and rework together. £10.99 - giftedpenguin.co.uk
9. The Roomba manoeuvres its way around a room, using sophisticated technology to clean around furniture, along wall edges, under tables and sofas, without the user having to lift a finger. A nifty little virtual wall will also restrict it from cleaning near anything it shouldn’t. £249.99 from John Lewis – irobot.com
4. These elegant wall stickers have clever little attachment for you to organise, arrange and display your jewellery with pride. £50 - littlelou.com 5. The Air Force is a cordless, bagless vacuum cleaner that has the power of a canister vacuum cleaner in the compact form of a hand held cleaner. £129.99 - rowenta.co.uk 6. Sharps offer an all-inclusive service from design right through to installation so you can really maximise your storage space. A fully fitted bedroom starts from £1,800, including design, manufacture, delivery and installation. sharps.co.uk 5
10. Cute Small Flip Storage jar with duck egg blue lid. £3.50 from jamieathome.com 11. Not a space saving idea, but we love these ceramic, hand-painted chicken tiles anyway! Commissions - gallerythea.co.uk 12. Mixed Words Storage Tins, £7.50 each from blisshome. co.uk 9
7. These lovely storage boxes designed by Hay from Icons of Denmark are called Blocks and come in 7 colous and 4 sizes. From £7 - iconsofdenmark.dk 6
It’s here at last. The long, hard winter is behind us, and a bumper crop of doughty little snowdrops have given way to the gaudy crocus, standing in serried ranks of white, purple and yellow, all the way up to Roundhay Park: the first true, bright harbingers of spring. As I write, the daffodils are just beginning to burst – each wave of spring flowering all the more lovely, the more uplifting, for its perfect familiarity. Yellow is a predominant colour in these early blooms, a promise of sunshine (we hope) to follow. But there is a cooler, more precious shade that follows, as the season settles down and mellows into May. It is the province of perhaps the most exquisite of native woodland flowers: the wild bluebell. Hyacinthoides non-scripta. If the daffodil tells us that the sun is coming back to the sky – then bluebells, in their thousands and millions, spreading across whole swathes of wild British woodland, go further still, pronouncing boldly that that very sky – cloudless and blue, of course – has somehow fallen to earth. And even the sturdiest non-believer, walking in the middle of this abundance, must surely think that they are in heaven. Bluebells are woodland opportunists: using that window of advantage, when leafmould from the bare trees above has turned rich and nourishing, and the branches have yet to block out the light with the thick canopy of summer green. When people in this country are asked their most loved month, the majority of them, apparently, say May. It is easy to see why. The birth pangs of the new spring – wild winds, icy showers – are generally over by now, and the weather has settled. There is the promise of warm days ahead – an expansion of the spirit as the light grows stronger – and, from time to time at least, a deep stillness, that falls on the earth before summer starts shouting its head off. The bluebell wood, on a gentle May morning, is a perfect symbol of this quiet pervasive poise. No wonder then, that many people report the bluebell to be their favourite flower - within their favourite month. Perhaps more than any other flower, bluebells have strong links to the realm of myth and magic. If you kneel down and look carefully at one, it is easy to see why. Springing from a tight crop of glossy green leaf points, the flowers drop – like bells – from one side of an arching central stem, each little bloom a perfect blue, its tight, silky cap upturned at the edges: just made to frame a fairy’s face! But not all is as serene as this may suggest. It is taboo – and indeed illegal – to pick the wild bluebell. The fairies would cast fatal spells on those who did so, turning the flower into “Dead Men’s Bells” by their incantations. And science lurks within the fantasy: the bluebell has poisonous constituents, so is best left well alone. If your taste is for death and seduction in a flower’s story, then the bluebell provides both. It takes two of its root names, Hyacinth and Endymion, from ancient Greek mythology. Sun god Apollo was besotted with the young Prince Hyacinth. One day, they were romping in the woods, when Apollo struck his beloved with a discus. Whoops. As he lay dying, Hyacinth’s blood dripped into the earth beneath. The world’s first bluebell sprang from this blood, and its flower was anointed with Apollo’s grieving tears. Since that apocryphal moment, the bluebell has always been touched with grace and a certain wistful humility. Endymion, meanwhile, was a young
man who chose to sleep forever, so that he would never grow old, or lose his youthful bloom. The moon goddess Selene fell in love with this sleeping beauty, regularly sneaking away from her job – which was to guide the moon safely through the heavens – to gaze at her beloved in his cave. (This is why the moon waxes and wanes, rather than being a constant presence in the sky. It’s all about lust.) The bluebell connection? The flower is said to promote a dreamless, perfect sleep. The sleep of sensual forgetting, the sleep of death ... These days, the native bluebell is under threat of potential extinction. Since people have begun growing the Spanish bluebell in their gardens, this tough mediterranean specimen, Hyacinthoides Hispanica, is threatening the indigenous population. It’s a red squirrel/grey squirrel situation. But does it matter that much? Isn’t one bluebell much the same as any other? Not really. Britain’s wild bluebells are rather special: dark and pure in colour – hence the name “non-scripta” (not-written-on, blemish free), with a heavenly, honeyed scent. The Spanish bluebell is paler blue, its flowers flatter and coarser, and it lacks both the smell and the intensity of the native plant. Hybrids are now appearing, with an unhappy mix of the two plants, a watered down compromise of both. When you walk through bluebells, it is almost certain to be in ancient woodland – unchanged wild areas, dating back to 1600 and beyond. This is the bluebell’s natural habitat and part of its special magic. It is a creature of place and time, of a beauty both ephemeral and bountiful. One of nature’s true gifts. Yorkshire is blessed with bluebell woods almost everywhere you turn. Here are some of the loveliest spots: Hardcastle Crags near Hebden Bridge – a National Trust area with wooded valley, streams and waterfalls; Parcevall Hall in Appletreewick, near Bolton Abbey, with beautifully managed waters and woodland; Middleton Woods in Ilkley; and Plumpton Rocks near Wetherby, with its strange millstone grit rocks, glowering above a still, sepulchral pool – a native woodland walk beyond. Within Leeds itself, the bluebell carpet spreads across the North of the city, from Gledhow Valley Woods in the East, to Meanwood in the West. Even tiny little Gipton Wood on Roundhay Road – a mere lucky stone’s throw from my house – boasts bluebells more vivid, prolific, dizzying and electric, with each passing year. In sunshine, like the morning blue sky just after dawn; in shadow, like the moodier violet-indigo of midnight dreams. The bluebell shifts and changes under our very gaze, but the wonder of it is constant. Take a walk in the woods this May. You cannot help but be enchanted. Hardcastle Crags is run by the National Trust www.nationaltrust.org.uk 01422 846236 Parcevall Hall opens again to visitors in the spring www.parcevallhallgardens.co.uk Plumpton Rocks can be visited at weekends 01423 863950 The Natural History Museum is doing a survey on wild bluebells. You can help! www.nhm.ac.uk ‘A Handful of Earth’ by Barney Bardsley is published by John Murray at £7.99
The sticky juice in a bluebell runs through both stem and bulb, and was used as a substitute for starch and as bookbinders’ gum in the past. But you won’t pick one to investigate, will you? It’s against the law you know. Although commonplace throughout Britain, bluebells are rare in the rest of Europe – and not found anywhere else in the world. We have a particular responsibility to protect them. Before you buy any for your garden, consult the Good Bulb Guide for a list of reputable companies – ones which do not sell from the wild population. The Bronte sisters had a great fondness for the bluebell, and both Anne and Emily wrote poems in its honour. “There is a silent eloquence/ In every wild bluebell/That fills my softened heart with bliss...” Anne Bronte puts it particularly well in this little snippet of hers from “The Bluebell”. Emily, as you might imagine, is a little more overwrought in her appraisal.
Atkinsonâ€™s Smoked Haddock with Potato and Leek and Dill CrĂ¨me Fraiche
Serves 6 fish course size
Ingredients: 1 Fillet of Atkinson’s Natural Smoked Haddock 2 Lemons 150 ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil 4 Leeks 300g New Potatoes (cooked) 1 Bunch of Dill 3 Tablespoons of Wasabi 300ml Fish Stock 100ml Crème Fresh Trout Caviar to garnish
Cut haddock into 150g pieces, remove the belly piece but save for stock Finely grate lemon on a micro plane and mix with olive oil Marinade haddock fillets in this for 4 hours in the fridge Now vacuum pack haddock in individual bags to chill Slice leeks in half and wash carefully, then chop in fine half moons (save trim) Cook in a generous amount of olive oil until soft (around 15 -20 minutes) Season well and chill Cut new potatoes into small diced squares Chop dill Reduce fish stock with haddock trimmings and some leek trim Reduce by half
Red Grape Rum Punch INGREDIENTS: 5 Red Grapes 1 Sugar Lump 35ml Gold Rum (We use Diplomatico Reserve) 15ml Sloe Gin 25ml Lemon Juice 25ml Grenadine (pomegranate syrup) 1 Egg White METHOD: In a cocktail tin, muddle the sugar cube with the grapes until the sugar has dissolved. Add all the other ingredients and a big scoop of cubed ice. Shake vigourously until the liquid is foamy. Strain into a long glass over ice and top with a splash of soda and a small bunch of grapes.
Recipe supplied by Thomas Mountain, Bar Manager, Bibis Italianissimo www.bibisrestaurant.com
Warm spoonfuls of leek mixture, adding splash of stock and the diced potatoes Season and add a pinch of dill Poach fish in a water bath at 55 degrees for 8 minutes Warm stock, add wasabi and crème fresh, then hand blend until thick and smooth Spoon leek mixture onto bowl, place haddock on top, pouring liquid from bag into sauce Add more dill to leek mix and spoon a little sauce over the fish Add caviar to top of dish RECIPE SUPPLIED COURTESY OF HARVEY NICHOLS’ 4TH FLOOR RESTAURANT, LEEDS RESERVATIONS: 0113 204 8000
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GOLDEN YEARS Between 1959 and 1969, Yorkshire won the County Championship seven times and the Gillette Cup twice. It was a golden era; the team studded with legends like Trueman, Close, Illingworth and Boycott.
“Yorkshire at The Oval, 1966. Back row (from left) Fast bowler John Waring, Sharpe, Binks, Don Wilson, Hutton, Hampshire, Padgett, Boycott. Front Illingworth, Close, Trueman, Taylor.”
Here, in a foreword extract by Ray Illingworth from Andrew Collomosse’s book ‘Magnificent Seven’, the former captain remembers the highs, the occasional lows and the behind-the-scenes turbulence from Yorkshire cricket’s greatest decade …
It was a beautiful summer. Good wickets and outfields like lightning. The start of my best period as a player, the dawn of a new Golden Age for Yorkshire cricket. Until 1959, my career had been a mixture: some years, I was better with the bat, others with the ball. But in ’59 everything came together, for me and for Yorkshire. A memorable year.
force. Sellers was wrong; we did it in one.
and the team spirit poor.
Was I surprised Yorkshire had come so far so quickly? A little bit, I suppose. I knew we had the potential to become a good side but I’d played through so many disappointments over the previous eight years that I wasn’t sure we could do it with a relatively inexperienced side.
We clinched Yorkshire’s first outright County Championship since 1946 in sensational style in our final game against Sussex at Hove. Chasing 215 in 105 minutes, we got home by five wickets with seven minutes to spare. None of the Yorkshiremen who played under Ronnie Burnet on September 1, 1959, will ever forget that day.
But once we had that first title under our belt, I was very confident indeed that we would go on and win it again. And we did. Six times in the next nine years. And Yorkshire also won the Gillette Cup in 1965 and again in 1969, the year after I joined Leicestershire.
We finished second behind Warwickshire in my first season and then Surrey won the title seven times in a row from 1952. Yorkshire finished second three times and third once, not bad going for any other county. But not good enough for Yorkshire, who had won the title seven times in the thirties.
I played a big part in the victory, scoring a hundred when we badly needed runs in our first innings and taking seven wickets in the match. I was at the nonstriker’s end when Brian Bolus hit the winning runs. And the Championship was the climax of a marvellous year for me on a personal level, too. I played two Tests against India and in all first-class cricket, I scored 1,726 runs at 46.64 and took 110 wickets at 21.46; it was the second of my six doubles as a Yorkshire player. Yet at the start of that season, Brian Sellers, the county’s new chairman and the man whose refusal to offer me a long-term contract in 1968 forced me to leave the county, had poured cold water on our prospects of taking Yorkshire back to the top. He predicted that it would be three years before a side that had been re-built after finishing a turbulent 1958 in eleventh place, would become a
It was a marvellous time for Yorkshire cricket, a golden era that no county has come close to matching in over half a century. Yet it had all been very different for me during the seven years after I made my first team debut against Hampshire at Headingley in August, 1951. I was just 19 and I found myself in a dressing room where virtually everyone was an England international. Len Hutton, Johnny Wardle, Willie Watson, Bob Appleyard, Frank Lowson, Don Brennan and Norman Yardley, the captain, played in 168 Tests between them. A year earlier, Brian Close had become the youngest player to turn out for England, aged 18, and Fred Trueman was ten months away from the start of a record-breaking Test career. It should have been the perfect arena for a young player to develop and forge a successful career of his own. Instead, the atmosphere was acrimonious
Now Surrey were a great side and they had matchwinners in all departments. But so did we and I’m sure that if the team spirit had been right and we’d really been pulling together, we would have beaten them on at least a couple of occasions during those seven years. Instead we had to wait until 1959. Norman Yardley was my first captain. A lovely fella, he’d led England in 14 of his 20 Tests and off the field. You wouldn’t find a nicer man. But he wasn’t strong enough with some of the senior professionals. There were times when I’d be preparing to bowl and a senior player would come up and say, “What are you doing?” “The captain’s told me to bowl.” “On yer bike! I’m bowling here.” And I’d have to wait another few overs before I got on. I first started to make a real impact in 1953, the year England regained the Ashes under Hutton. Because of Test calls, Appleyard’s health problems and injury that ruled out Close for virtually the whole season, I played in all 28 matches, scoring 717 runs and taking 69 wickets. In ’54, with Closey and Appleyard fit again, I played in 18 games and I seem to remember doing
a hell of a lot of Twelfth Man duty. I was capped the following year. Or rather, I asked for my county cap. Two or three counties were pestering me to join them so I said to Yardley,“You’ve seen enough of me now. If you think I’m good enough to play for Yorkshire then they should give me my cap; if not, they should let me leave.” I was capped next match…but I must admit it niggled that I’d had to ask for the bloody thing! I’d been playing since 1951 and held just about every record for an uncapped player. Yet I still had to ask for my cap. Doug Padgett did even worse. He was 16 and the youngest player to appear for Yorkshire when he made his debut in ’51…and he wasn’t capped until 1958! Norman finished in ’55, the year Len Hutton retired, and was succeeded by Billy Sutcliffe, son of the great Herbert Sutcliffe. Billy tried hard to move things on a bit. But he was 29 and found himself up against the same seasoned professionals that Norman had found hard to captain. It wasn’t easy for him. And it didn’t help that the crowd were on his back, too. We all heard the jeers of ‘You’re not as good as your dad!’ Billy was a good bloke but it was very hard work for him. Looking back, I think he’d have been all right if he’d taken over in 1958, the year Ronnie Burnet succeeded him, instead of two years earlier. In a way Ronnie was fortunate because I think everyone recognised that there had to be changes and the clear-out of senior players had already begun by the time he took over. Watson joined Leicestershire in 1957 and then towards the end of the 1958 season, Wardle was told he would not be retained. He was then sacked after criticising the club in a newspaper article and subsequently withdrawn from the England party to tour Australia that winter. Like all the other younger players, I’d had problems with Wardle. But I always stood up to him. I was strong enough, he spotted that and eventually he was OK with me. But some of the others were frightened to death even to go for a catch because of the reaction if they missed it. I got the same treatment at first and eventually, after missing a chance in a match at Bramall Lane, I had a real bust-up with him. I said,“Look, when I came into this team I was the best fielder in the side. But you’ve destroyed everybody’s confidence.”
I was all right after that. In fact from that point, whenever there was a slog on and the batsmen were attacking Johnny, I was sent into the outfield. I think I got 30-odd catches one season, which was a hell of a lot for an outfielder. But the others were still frightened and you can never play a team game when players are frightened. Ironically, before the final row that led to his sacking, I think Johnny was trying to do a reasonable job as senior professional. But great bowler that he was – through the fifties he was on his own as a left-arm spinner – it had to happen and we had to start afresh. Lowson and Appleyard also retired at the end of that summer so Vic Wilson was the only member of the early fifties establishment who was still around at the start of the 1959 season. And Vic was a great bloke. So with the turmoil of ’58 behind him, Ronnie began his second season with a mainly young side featuring several of the players who had played for him in a very successful Second XI. They had won the Minor Counties Championship in 1957. He knew them and they knew him. And people like Fred, Closey and me were now senior players and, importantly, we all got on. I’m not saying the three of us didn’t have our disagreements; we did. But when the dust settled we were still pals and that was important. Of course, there were concerns about Ronnie. He’d done a good job with the Seconds but he had no background of first-class cricket. And at 39, his fitness was always likely to be a problem. In fact he did break down early in his first season in charge and missed the first seven championship matches. And how much did he know about the first-class
game? He’d captained Baildon to honours in the Bradford league and had played Minor Counties cricket with the second team. But this was going to be a much sterner challenge. And I don’t think Ronnie was totally sure how I felt about him. He perhaps thought one or two of us who were now senior players might not be 100 per cent behind him. But I think it’s fair to say we all supported him because he was such a good bloke. He treated everybody honestly and fairly, which in the end is all you can do as a captain. He was never afraid to ask advice, which he needed to do, and he usually accepted it. And critically, he got the spirit right; after so many difficult years, that was the be-all and end-all. It has to be when you are living in one another’s pockets for five months of the year. And throughout the sixties the team spirit was excellent. The Berni Inn steakhouses played their part, too. They were just starting to open around the country and sometimes in the evenings we’d go out and have a steak and a couple of those great schooners of sherry they used to serve up! We were Yorkshire lads together and that was always a great advantage. Say what you like about overseas players, I still believe that 11 Yorkshiremen have something no other side could have. Ronnie came in at the right time…and he finished at the right time, too. I know he didn’t want to go after winning the Championship and I can understand that. But he was beginning to struggle physically and we didn’t want a skipper who was missing a week here and a week there. I didn’t agree with Brian Sellers very often – in fact I don’t think I ever did agree with him again before or after! – but he pushed Ronnie into retiring and it was the right decision. Vic Wilson took over, retained the title in 1960 and regained it from Hampshire in ’62. We won it again under Closey in ’63 and after Worcester had won it two years in a row, we collected three on the bounce from 1966. And even when we didn’t win it, we were always very close, particularly in ’61 when ten of Hampshire’s 19 wins came in declaration matches; we had no declaration victories. Opposing captains were prepared to leave them good targets of around 60 an hour whereas we were set 110 or 120. If we set a side a reasonable
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target, they wouldn’t go for them; if Hampshire did the same, they’d have a go. So I always say that ’61 was really our year as well, although I’ll admit Worcester won it fair and square in ’64 and ’65. They were a good, well-balanced side. By 1966, though, we were close to being the perfect unit. There were no weak links. We had a formidable batting line-up to choose from in Geoff Boycott, Phil Sharpe, Ken Taylor, Padgett, Closey and John Hampshire. Fred, Tony Nicholson and Richard Hutton were a powerful pace attack, while Don Wilson and I shared the spin. Jimmy Binks was, in the view of my England team-mate Alan Knott, just about the best wicketkeeper in the game. And there has never been a better fielding side. The close catching was second to none with Sharpe at slip, Closey either in the slips or at bat pad as they call it these days, and Fred at short leg. That lot didn’t miss much…and they didn’t have helmets. Ken Taylor at cover and Don Wilson at mid-wicket were worldclass. I used to say Wils had telescopic arms…if the ball went past, he seemed to extend his arm a few inches and grab it. We worked a lot of run-outs together. I used to station my midon just that little bit deeper to tempt the batsman into a quick single. When he went for it, Wils would come swooping in from midwicket, the telescopic arm would go down and the batsman would be on his way. All the players were deep thinkers about the game, although I was the only one with a licence to pass on a few words of advice to the skipper. Closey was a brilliant captain and on a day when things were happening out in the middle, he was always in control, directing operations and standing fearlessly close to the batsman at forward short leg. But on a quiet day, Closey sometimes tended to drift off a bit. Binksy and Sharpey would spot it from behind the stumps and Jim would run over to me and say,“Hey up, t’rudder’s gone. Go and have a word with him!” And I’d bring him back into line. Brian would never have taken that from anyone else, not even Fred. We’d always been close. He was my best man and godfather to Vicky, my elder daughter. And as a captain, he realised I knew what I was talking about and my only interest was the good of the side. I can still picture Closey at the end of a day’s play, sitting in the dressing room surrounded by the Press boys. He’d be saying, “Well, at that stage I decided this…or I did that.” And all the lads used to look in my direction and raise their eyebrows. We still have a laugh about it when we get together for one of our reunions. In 1966, when Closey was appointed captain of England for the final Test against the West Indies at The Oval, we travelled down to London together. I’d played in the Third Test at Trent Bridge so I’d had a look at the West Indies, who won three of the first four games. Garry Sobers was probably at the height of his powers and had already scored 691 runs in seven knocks. But I’d spotted one potential weakness. So on the way down to London I said to Closey, “Look Brian, the one thing about Sobers is that he’ll always go for the hook shot at any stage of his innings, even right at the start. “We’ve never really tried him out properly yet. So when he comes in, tell mid-wicket to walk back ten yards instead of walking in and let him have it straight away. He’ll definitely go for it.” So John Snow let Sobers have a bouncer first ball, Garry nicked it on to his body and Closey, who had stood his ground at forward short leg, took the catch. It worked a treat.
Afterwards, when I heard him telling the Press how he’d devised the plan that got Sobers first ball, I thought, “Bloody hell, Brian, come on…” But I didn’t mind if it made the old boy happy. To be candid, 1968 marked the beginning of the end. We won the Championship with a 60 run victory over Surrey with five minutes to spare in the final game at Hull but we were just starting to lack a little bit. Significantly, Fred was beginning to go. He’d lost a yard or two of pace, although we had Chris Old coming through and at that time he was very quick. Maybe we could have got by for another season with Fred bowling fast-medium and Chris operating in short bursts. But Fred decided to call it a day and so did Ken Taylor. And I left, too. Basically my departure was down to one man, Brian Sellers. He was the biggest fly in the ointment for me at Yorkshire and he spoiled it for a lot of people. In 1968, I was 36 with a wife and two young children to support. Yorkshire had only ever given their players a one-year contract but I didn’t think it was unreasonable to ask for a bit more security. I wanted a three-year deal.
I’m not a fool and when I went to see John Nash, the secretary, I had five bloody good offers from other counties in my pocket. I said, “Are they going to give me a contract, Mr Nash?” “No, Raymond, they are not,” he replied. “Well, in that case, I’m afraid I’ll have to hand in my resignation.” I gave him my letter during a game at Bradford and in the normal course of events, it would then have gone before the next committee meeting. Instead, within a quarter of an hour, Bill Bowes, the former Yorkshire and England fast bowler, who covered the county for the Yorkshire Evening Post, came to see me. “Ray,” he said. “I’ve been asked to talk to you on behalf of the Press about you leaving Yorkshire.” “How do you know about that, Bill?” “Mr Nash has rung Brian Sellers, who said you could go and any other bugger could go with you.” Ronnie Burnet, who was a committee member by that time, later told me that if my letter had gone before the committee, I would never have been allowed to leave. I had a lot of sleepless nights before I decided to go and I don’t think I would have ever done so but for Sellers and his autocratic approach. But once he had shouted his mouth off like that, there was no way back. In one way, I suppose, it was the best thing he ever did for me. In 1968, I earned £1,500 as a Yorkshire player…and that included three games for England. I doubled my money at Leicester. And if I’d never gone to Grace Road as captain, I wouldn’t have been appointed captain of England in 1969. It’s funny, though, because when I left Yorkshire, Arthur Mitchell, the county coach and a man for whom I had enormous admiration, took Doug Padgett to one side and said,“Illy will captain England.” Now nobody in the country could have seen that at the time because Colin Cowdrey was captain and looked secure…but Arthur sensed it could happen.
And sure enough, when Cowdrey snapped an Achilles tendon before the start of the 1969 series against West Indies, they sent for me. Less than two years later I became only the third England captain to regain the Ashes in Australia. When I look back at the whole picture, my ten seasons at Leicester was my happiest time. My wife Shirley will confirm that off the field, the atmosphere was like a breath of fresh air after Yorkshire. Before the first match of my first season, all the players were invited into the committee room for a drink. That had never happened at Yorkshire. The Leicestershire players were made welcome and their wives were properly looked after. We didn’t have committee men grumbling if our wives used the same toilet as them. Leicester had never won a trophy in 90 years. But for a while we were the best side in the country. We won the Championship in 1975, when we also beat the Aussies, the Benson & Hedges Trophy in 1972 and ’75 and the John Player League in 1974 and ’77. As John Steele, our opening batsman, once remarked: “It’s great to walk on to the field knowing the opposition are frightened of us, rather than the other way round.” So over a five year period, the cricket was as good as anything I’d experienced at Yorkshire. And off the field, in my dealings with officials, it was far better; all in all, the happiest time of my life. When I say that, however, I’m not talking about the time I spent with the lads. I loved being with the Yorkshire players and a member of a successful Yorkshire side made up of players born and bred in Yorkshire. From the first Championship year of 1959 to the final title in 1968, we were a team in every sense of the word, on and off the field. Nothing can ever take away those memories. It was a very special time with some very special people. And it all began in that beautiful summer of 1959.
Raymond Illingworth was born in Pudsey, also the birthplace of Herbert Sutcliffe and Sir Leonard Hutton, on June 8, 1932. An offspinning all-rounder, he made his Yorkshire debut in 1951 and was capped in 1955. He was a pivotal figure in the side that won seven Championships in ten years and also played in the 1965 Gillette Cup Final. He joined Leicestershire in 1968 and led his new county to one Championship and four one-day trophies before rejoining Yorkshire as team manager in 1979. He made his comeback as a player three years later and when he retired in 1983, he had made 496 first-class appearances for the county, scoring 14,986 runs, with 14 hundreds, at an average of 27.90. He took 1,431 wickets at 18.73. He also played in 40 limited overs games. In all first-class cricket, Illingworth played in 787 matches and scored 24,134 runs, with 22 centuries, at an average of 28.06. He took 2,072 wickets at 20.87 and played in 218 limited overs games. Illingworth made his England debut in 1958 and played in 61 Tests. He was appointed captain in 1969 and in 1970-71 became only the third man to regain the Ashes in Australia. He later served as Chairman of Selectors and in 2010 was elected President of Yorkshire CCC. Publication Details Magnificent Seven: Yorkshire’s Championship Years – The Men, The Magic, The Memories by Andrew Collomosse with foreword by Ray Illingworth and afterword by Brian Close, published by Great Northern Books, June 2010. Hardback, 288 pages, with 32 pages of images, £16.99, ISBN: 9781905080748. To order a copy phone 01274 735056 or visit the website at www.greatnorthernbooks.co.uk
We all know that the rush-and-push of London can make it an overwhelming place, but with over 700 hotels in the city all clambering for our attention – and our hard-earned Yorkshire Pennies – the experience can be fairly overwhelming before you’ve even set foot in the place. The Big Smoke is a world class city, of course, and with the Olympics just a decent javelin throw away, there will be more reasons than usual for us northern types to take a trip to the capital – and to book a slot in one of those starry, much-needed sanctuaries away from London’s unforgiving hustle and bustle. The K-West, neatly situated just outside of the capital’s congestion charge zone in Shepherd’s Bush, might just be able to lure you in with the possibility of a bit of glamour, a bit of fame – even a dash of rock ‘n’ roll. Yes, the BBC studios lurk nearby and the K-West is a regular stopover for the arty set and the party set. The Beeb use the location for meetings (on expenses, no doubt) and you’ll be fairly unlucky (or lucky, depending on your point of view) not to be sharing a corridor with some random members of the rock ‘n’ roll fraternity. The Goo Goo Dolls had just checked out – and rubbish emo rockers Disturbed were in the vicinity. Very nice boys apparently, and not at all disturbing. The X-Factor starlets stopped here too before our arrival – cue crowds of screaming adolescents outside the building. The K-West is certainly conspicuous, with a large glass and chrome exterior blazingly lit with coloured lights and shimmering with elegant white drapes. It looks somewhat out of place amongst the traditional London terrace surroundings but it’s a true landmark. Maybe the beacon-like qualities of the building help the rock ‘n’ rollers locate it after another night of hard partying. Whatever the aesthetics, there can be no denying that the venue is a truly modern hotel in service and amenities – and seemingly without the dreaded London service fatigue
experienced in other, more illustrious, establishments. Everything is run precisely and expertly – card swipe keys, chocolates as greeting, wi-fi, in-room desk for business, satellite TV, power shower, BIG double bed, drinks and ice dispensers in the corridors. The rooms are good, air-conditioned, quiet and spacious and I managed to grab a tour of the Embassy Suites (at £700 a pop per night!) which would probably have impressed even the most jaded rock star. Food was excellent, with a menu carefully catering for London’s exotic mix of cultures - and well-priced by London standards. There is, however, one other very good reason to pay a visit to the K-West – where your escape from London’s clamour can actually become a refuelling sanctuary – their spa. A £2 million facelift has transformed the basement of the hotel into a holistic paradise, complete with hydrotherapy pool, snow room, sanarium, sauna, dry flotation tank, foot baths and an aromatic steam room. As escapes from the city go, it’s pretty darn impressive. There’s even a fast checkout system, where your bill is slid under your door before you awake and you simply sign the bill and hand it in at checkout as you leave – providing you’ve checked the numbers, of course. And it would be sensible to do so if you’re watching the pennies - the added extras can really add up here. The K-West is a glamorous choice for a glamorous city, then – if that’s your K-kinda thing. Prices start from £129 per room per night, and the K Suites are from £450 per night, excluding VAT. K West Hotel & Spa, Richmond Way, London, W14 0AX 0208 0086600 What else? Shepherd’s Bush tube is 5 minutes away, as indeed is Westfield – Europe’s biggest shopping complex. Good location for ‘posh’ London with Notting Hill and South Kensington nearby. www.k-west.co.uk
H T-WIRED! Gadgets for Summer! 2011 THE ZOKU QUICK POP MAKER is designed to help parents give children healthy lollies as it only works when natural ingredients such as fruit pieces, juice, yogurt etc (no coke, or squash or things made with chemicals). It freezes lollies in 7-9 minutes and is fun to use as you can make shapes and layers.
This cool build your own DEN KIT will keep the kids busy for hours. The kit includes a big metal mug, camo stick, great green groundsheet, hefty haversack, mega mallet, 10m real rope, 10 holdfast tent pegs, tent peg bag, tough tarpaulin and complete instructions on how to build the perfect den.
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With barbeque season just around the corner, this FLEXIBLE NECK LIGHTER from Zippo is an ideal accessory to help ignite the atmosphere at your summer party, mountain expedition or other outdoor pursuit. Its wind resistant flame stays strong in the face of unpredictable British weather, and its unique flexible neck means that you won’t have any difficulty lighting even the fiddliest of barbeques or campfires. £13.70 - zippo.co.uk
THE HESTON BLUMENTHAL PRECISION SMART JUG ELECTRONIC SCALE allows cooks to measure and mix with ease and precision in grams, ounces, pounds, ml, cups, and fluid ounces. The weight function has auto zero and add and weigh ability, meaning that multiple ingredients can be added cumulatively without emptying the jug. The jug scale is equally brilliant with volume conversion, automatically converting 5 pre-set ingredients (flour, sugar, milk, water and oil) from weight to volume £35.99 from Waitrose and John Lewis
Perfect for camping trips, festivals or holidays abroad, the HYG TOOTHBRUSH works by using ionic technology to pull plaque away from the teeth like a magnet, for this reason it can be used without toothpaste or water. It works just effectively as a normal brush and doesn’t require any replacement batteries. Perfect if you don’t have access to fresh running water!
THE PINGI SHOE DRY is the ideal device for drying your shoes from the inside out without the use of heat. Simply insert the Shoe Dry into your shoes and leave overnight to enjoy dry shoes every morning. Drying out your shoes in this manner will increase their life, extinguish odours and prevent the build up of the bacteria and fungus associated with problems such as athlete’s foot. £22.99 – unifit.co.uk
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A solar-powered sound system for iPod and iPhone that’s perfect for the summer beach party, THE ETON SOULRA features a large solar panel that works in cloudy conditions, providing hours of sun powered music and the rubberised splash-proof exterior, protects from sand, mud and water Fed up of being stuck in the kitchen while your guests enjoy the sunshine? Take meal preparation out of the kitchen and into the garden with this MOBILE WOOD BURNING OVEN. Hand built in the UK from steel and firebrick, the oven uses a renewable resource that imparts great flavours and is ideal for grilling, baking, roasting and especially freshly cooked pizza. £359.95 - garden-oven.co.uk
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COPILOT LIVE is a really simple way to turn your mobile phone into a handheld satnav device. Much cheaper than buying a standalone device, CoPilot Live will guide you to your destination with turn-afterturn directions and 3D landmarks. £19.99 - available on Apple, Android and Windows Mobile smartphones
THE DELONGHI ICK6000 ICE CREAM MAKER delivers all the joys of delicious home-made ice cream, with a built-in compressor for its 1.2 litre bowl, allowing you to make 700 grams at a time of your own ice cream without having to pre-freeze the bowl!
THESE FLAMELESS LED CANDLES are a great mood lighting alternative. They comes in a glass holder and flicker just like a real tea light! Great for any outdoor space, they give corporate events and summer garden parties extra atmosphere. £8.99 – find-me-a-gift.co.uk
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JCB’s range of TOUGHPHONES have introduced three new models including the Tradesman, the world’s first ever floating mobile phone, the Sitemaster, the world’s toughest mobile and the Pro Talk a phone that on top of being waterproof and dustproof features an eight channel two way radio and duel SIM card slot. From £69.99 jcbtoughphone.com
THE FREELOADER CLASSIC is the star of the solar mobile charging world. With super powerful solar panels it is capable of powering the world’s most popular mobile devices, including the iPad. It has a hard wearing and stylish aluminium skin which features an in-built LCD data panel to provide useful information about battery level, power input and connectivity.
JAMBOX is the world’s first intelligent wireless speaker and speakerphone, the perfect summer gadget when out and about for music on the go. In addition to delivering full spectrum audio, JAMBOX quickly and easily connects with mobile phones, computers, tablets, iPods or any other Bluetooth device, so that you can seamlessly stream conference calls, music and movies anywhere, all wirelessly, all in the palm of your hand.
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THE I-STATION LITE for iPhone or iPod is a tiny but mighty speaker for wherever you are, offering all the functions you need in a compact docking system – perfect for recharging and listening to your iPhone/iPod on the bedside table, in the office or on holiday. It features an integrated FM radio and cleverly designed cable tidy for the antenna in the base of the unit. The system also provides a universal recharging dock, and stereo speaker with excellent sound quality.
The Zilch is a groundbreaking barefoot sport sandal from adventure footwear specialist Teva. The thinnest and most flexible shoe in the Teva range, but far from fragile, it combines a super sticky rubber outsole with a toughened soft-core mid sole. In use, feet mould gently into the sandal and wearers get to ‘feel’ the shoe according to their unique combination of weight, stance and gait.
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£70 - teva.co.uk LENCO’S answer to the travel speaker market is designed for the summer holiday/festival season. It’s the perfect portable speaker to be kept in the back of the car ready for wherever the summer takes you. Unlike most travel speakers this unit has a handy zipup case to protect your speakers when they’re not in use. £79.99 - lencouk.com Don’t pack that backpack without slotting in this ultra-strong GORILLA TAPE. It can withstand temperatures below freezing and above 170 degrees and, as it’s weatherproof, you can even stick wet surfaces together and use it to stop leaks.
Baltic’s lunchbox comes in sunkissed colours and is perfect for a spring picnic, although it’s equally at home in the kitchen. It is made up of four separate layers made out of durable melamine and comes with a carry handle so you can take it with you wherever you go.
GARMIN’S FORERUNNER 310XT GPS HEART RATE MONITOR CHRONOGRAPH WATCH is the perfect partner when training for triathlons, with BPM, distance and calories all measured. You can even race against yourself on the virtual partner system, using GPS to measure performance. This version is bundled with a cadence sensor for your bike so every part of your training is available for you to analyze.
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For someone who has conquered the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an unlikely pop star. Still living at home with her mum, her second album ‘21’ has recently gone triple platinum in the States. The album is more varied than her 2.2 million selling debut ‘19’, with Americana, blues and rockabilly all added to her eclectic mix of soul, disco, folk and gospel. Here, she talks about the relationship heartache that inspired her songs – and whether she has any plans for moving out from under her mother’s feet …
THERE ARE DIFFERENCES AND SIMILARITIES BETWEEN YOUR TWO RECORDS? Yes, I’ve got a running theme. This album is also about a break-up. After ‘19’ I was scared that I didn’t have anything normal to write about. That I ended up writing about hotels. Who the f--- is going to like that? But then my relationship ended, even though it was the most brilliant relationship I’ve been in. I’m more aware of my own flaws and problems. That’s the core of this record. On the first one I said to my boyfriend: you are a ****. On this one I’m a bit a **** myself. I became more forgiving. WAS IT YOUR CHOICE TO BREAK UP? It was mutual. No one did anything bad or wrong. It just wasn’t fun anymore. We fell out of love. We were both becoming miserable. We both wanted to get out before we regretted the entire year or two together. WHAT DID YOU DO WRONG? I expected too much. I was needy. I was jealous even though I’m not a jealous person. We both said a lot of things in the heat of the moment. [She points at a glass on the table] It was like being in this glass together the whole time. It was so intense. YOU ENDED A TOUR IN THE USA TO GO AND SEE HIM? But that was along with family stuff. I wanted to regroup myself. I needed to work out a balance between myself, my family, my boyfriend, my friends and my career. I didn’t have any time to adjust to the speed of my career. It went from being four years being a support act to a worldwide success. I didn’t have the time to find out how I felt about it. It was making me upset. I kept forgetting birthdays and stuff like that. Looking back on it I’m absolutely mortified I cancelled shows, but I’m pleased I did it. Now I know when it’s getting too much. I’m happy I did it early in my career because now I know I’ll never feel like that again. DID YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WERE LOSING CONTROL? It was to remind me I was in control. I’ve never not been in control, I’ve always known that. Everyone I work with said, ‘it’s okay, it’s fine, take your time’. If they said: ‘you f---ing get to work now, you get on that plane, you’re coming’ I’d be like: drop me, I don’t want to come. I’ve got an indie label in Europe and a major label over there and they were both very patient. They know me. They knew I’d be alright. That I’d come back. And I did: I toured for eight months. THE SONG ‘SOMEONE LIKE YOU’ SOUNDS LIKE A DEFINITIVE FAREWELL TO YOUR EX-BOYFRIEND. WAS IT HARD TO WRITE? Yes. I was f---ing devastated. HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO DO IT? All the songs that I was first writing were angry. I was pissed off at myself, pissed of at him. I felt useless because I couldn’t make the relationship work. By the time I got to ‘Someone Like You’, I had accepted it more. I needed to stop dwelling on it and feeling sorry for myself. Writing this song was a way of closing the chapter and moving on. DID YOU EVER CRY WHILE WRITING SONGS? All the time. On ‘Someone Like You’ I am really crying. You can hear it towards the end. But I always cry when I’m writing songs. It’s sad when you’re writing a sad song; it makes me feel sorry for myself. But fortunately I’ve got things to do: I write and don’t lock myself away forever.
DO YOU STILL SEE YOUR EX-BOYFRIEND? No. IS THAT INTENTIONALLY? Yes. I don’t see any of my ex-boyfriends. There are three. I never let go if I see them. Maybe when I’m properly married and settled, aged thirty-five or forty, I’d be friends with them. But now it’s too much. YOU MUST BE CURIOUS ABOUT HIS RESPONSE TO THE SONG. No. Well, maybe with ‘Someone Like You’. But I think he’s going to be upset and I don’t want to see that. WHY WILL HE BE UPSET? Because we were perfect and we were totally meant to be together. We just met at the wrong time. There was too much other stuff going on. I was busy with my career, busy with my family. Maybe we’ll be together again in the future, I don’t know. I think I’m constantly looking for him in other people. He was a few years older than me and really wise beyond his years. He made me feel alive and introduced me to a lot of new music and made me really passionate about food, wine, film, sociology, history and travelling. He opened my eyes to a lot of things. It was great, I loved it. WHEN YOU’RE FINISHED WRITING A SONG, WHO’S THE FIRST ONE TO HEAR IT? Probably my mother. Because we live together and I admire her so much. I’m not good at telling people how I feel about the time, so for her it’s a kind of keep up to date with her daughter. So I play her a song. But sometimes my manager hears it first. NOT TELLING HOW YOU FEEL AT THE MOMENT, THAT’S A REALLY GUY THING TO DO. Yes, it is. I just realized that. I don’t like showing my emotions. I’ve been surrounded by women my entire life. It’s probably that I’ve heard them moaning about guys all my life and think: back off. [Laughs] But I’m not heartless, like some guys are. Guys get their anger out in sports, I get it out in songs. COMPARED WITH ‘19’, HOW MANY MORE PEOPLE INTERFERED WITH THE MAKING OF ‘21’? You know what, a lot less. I did most of the recording with Rick Rubin and it’s completely isolated in the studio. No one who’s not working on the record - me, him, the engineers, the musicians - is allowed in the studio. But I did work with more people than I did on my first record. I used more co-writers. The first album as 95% me writing; now it’s 65%. I feel I work better with other people, because you can bounce ideas off with eachother. Each person brings a different side out of me musically. But in terms of interference of the label: they had no input apart from paying. WHEN YOU WRITE TOGETHER YOU ALSO HAVE TO GIVE SOMETHING PERSONAL AWAY. I agree with that. But I bond with the writer before we actually work together. We get to know each other. We go out for a drink, spend a few afternoons or a few nights out and talk things through. When I trust someone I’m very open. I tell them about the specific event I want to write about. A lot of them are older then me and I ask: ‘have you ever felt like this? Have you ever felt like that?’ So you get the kind of feeling you can both relate to. Bu no one touches my lyrics. No one else writes them for me. The lyrics and the melody are all me.”
DID 2.2 MILLION SOLD RECORDS FEEL LIKE A BURDEN? No, because I surround myself with people who’ve always worked with me. I don’t have new friends. I don’t have new people in my life because I don’t have time. I do not surround myself with people who tell me ‘yes’ all the time. All the people I work with keep me grounded.” SO WHEN YOU’RE WRITING NOW YOU’RE NOT AWARE THAT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WILL HEAR IT? Before I started working on the album, I was worried about that. But I was so devastated about my relationship, I didn’t care about my career. It left me completely clueless and isolated. Luckily that was a blessing in disguise.” CONCLUDING: YOU FELT NO PRESSURE AT ALL? If someone says: ‘you’ve got two months to write a record and hand it in,’ I’m not going to write any songs. I need to wait for it and come. I’m lucky I’m on an indie label. They let their artist breed. My motto is: you’re as good as your next record. So why would I want to make a record in a short time and be scared of losing 2.2 million fans? I don’t like bands and artist who are rushed and make a s**t record, because they think their fans will buy everything.” WHEN YOU PLAY ON A BIG STAGE, YOU SEEM VERY MUCH AT EASE. IS THAT THE CASE? You think that? Oh my God, I’m crippled by fear. I have awful stage fright. The better I do, the bigger things get, the more I’m absolutely sh**ting myself. I don’t know what possesses me to do it. I’m going to die young from having so much stress all the time. I used to be nervous before the show and after half an hour be happy and at ease, but now I’m nervous the whole concert. Because people pay their hard earned wages. I never believe I’m going to please them.” DON’T YOU GET A ROUTINE? No. The more enthusiastic people get, the more nervous I am. SO YOU CAN’T ENJOY PLAYING LIVE? I enjoy seeing the fans and the reaction, but I hate the feeling of pure dread. DO YOU HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT YOUR VOICE? I doubt my voice a lot. The singers I like are incredible, Aretha Franklin for instance, so I set the bar too high. ARE YOU GETTING THERE? I hope so. I reckon maybe in five albums time. EARLIER YOU SAID YOU LIVED WITH YOUR MOM. BUT I THOUGHT YOU’D MOVED TO NOTTING HILL. Well, I left now. After my first record I moved out of my mums and moved to Notting Hill on my own. My life fell apart. My phone got cut off, my credit card got cut off, the house was a mess, it was awful. I could not function without my mom. I’m still young, I need my mom, so I moved back to South London with her.
DIDN’T THAT FEEL LIKE A DEFEAT? MOVING ON YOUR OWN IS A BIG STEP AND YOU WEREN’T READY. I’d rather be defeated than when one day I come in the rats would be eating me. Right now my mum and I don’t live in a tiny place. It’s a big apartment; she can be at one end and me at the other. I don’t want to live on my own, I hate it. WHY DID YOU MOVE OUT IN THE FIRST PLACE? I’m coming and going so much for my work. I thought I might be a bit of a burden. I thought I was disturbing her constantly and felt sorry for her. That’s why I left. But I never liked the prospect of living on my own. The only thing I liked was buying furniture and decorating. Me and my mom decorated the house on our own. The style? I like minimal, but not modern minimal. I like cosy minimal. I don’t like dark colours. Just very clean. White and clean. HOW QUICKLY WERE YOU TIRED OF THE NEW PLACE? After the first month. I moved with my furniture back to my mum. HOW LONG ARE YOU PLANNING TO LIVE WITH YOUR MOTHER? (Exaggerated) Forever! (More serious) Maybe another couple of years. At twenty-five I will do it on my own. I’m hoping to be settling down in a few years. I’m old school: when you get married you move out of your home and live with your partner. WILL YOU BE STAYING IN LONDON? Always. That’s home and my family is there. I’m very patriotic. I’m proud to be British. I would never leave. Unless I get married to an American who just could not come to the UK. But then I’d commute: one month here, one month there.” ARE THE ENGLISH PAPARAZZI INTERESTED IN YOU? No. I don’t hide anything. I’m very honest. I don’t keep any secrets. I’d be the first person to admit I was scandalous. If I did something crazy, I’d blog about it: ‘you never guess what I just did!’ I also don’t hang out with celebrities. I don’t go to celebrity clubs, but instead I go to the cinema with my cousin. No one’s going to buy a picture of me coming out of the cinema with popcorn. I also don’t surround myself with people who sell stories about me. I’m very isolated. YOU HARDLY DRINK, IS THAT A CONSCIOUS CHOICE? Yes. I smoke a lot. I can’t drink and smoke a lot at the same time, because I wouldn’t be able to sing. So it’s a professional choice. But yes, when I’m not working I’d go out with the girls and drink loads of white wine and have a party. Some people think it’s scandalous because I’m in the public eye, but I don’t drink any more or less than any other girl in her early twenties. I think the daughters of those paparazzi drink more than me. Or do cocaine. I don’t touch drugs. YOU HAVE THE SAME FRIENDS FOR YEARS. IS IT EASY TO MAINTAIN FRIENDSHIP WITH THEM? I do a conscious effort to make time. It’s possible, because I can count everyone on my hands who is in my life. I’m very good at being loyal. ADELE’S ALBUM ‘21’ IS OUT NOW
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RISK&REWARD Few people realise that Charles Stanley can trace its roots back some 200 years to Sheffield, which is no mean feat when you look at the amount of firms today that have been bought out, renamed and re-branded. This fact is in itself quite remarkable, but, what I think is more interesting is that throughout this period we have always maintained that our clients come first and that Charles Stanley’s business is based on reputational risk. For us, and our clients, it can indeed take a lifetime to build a great reputation but just seconds to destroy it. Regulation within financial services is not a new idea, and shortly the sector will embark upon another big change - Retail Distribution Review (RDR) - but where did it all start? Until 1986 the City had been mainly self regulating with ‘dictum meum pactum’ (‘my word is my bond’) being the order of the day, but under the new Conservative Government, who encouraged pursuit of a new era of financial prosperity, it was recognised that a more robust framework of regulation was required. Professor Gower was appointed to review the process and he proposed the Financial Services act 1986. Following some highly publicised events circa 1997, such as the collapse of Barings Bank and the Robert Maxwell’s Pensions fraud, the whole industry went through another reform and in November 2000 the Financial Services and Markets Act 200 created a single regulator, Financial Services Authority. I accept that this is an incredibly ‘potted history’ of where the sector has come from to where we are today, insofar I have not mentioned the Financial Services Action Plan, Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, Anti money laundering regulation, Capital Requirements Directive and Part V of the Criminal Justice Act 1993 to name but a few, but how is this relevant to the RDR? The RDR is a result of consultation within the industry and this extract from the FSA website sums up the rationale; “We launched the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) in June 2006 to address the many persistent problems we had observed in what is now, over 21 years of regulation of the retail investment market. Insufficient consumer trust and confidence in the products and services supplied by the market lie at the root of what we are seeking to address. In launching the RDR, we decided to go beyond simply treating the symptoms of these problems and sought to address the root causes. The RDR is therefore one of the core strands of our consumer protection strategy. It complements our aims to improve consumer capability and further ensures firms deliver fair outcomes for consumers. It is essential for promoting a resilient, effective and attractive retail investment market. The RDR will modernise the industry, giving more consumers confidence and trust in the market at a time when they need more help and advice with their retirement and savings planning”
As you might imagine, the RDR process is a detailed and weighty issue, and my allotted space within this article will not cover it. However, one point that I would like to bring to your attention and which I believe Charles Stanley has demonstrated since its early days in Sheffield, is that retail investment advisers will need to hold a Statement of Professional Standing (SPS) if they want to give advice after January 2013. The Statement will provide customers with evidence that the adviser subscribes to a code of ethics, is qualified, and has kept their knowledge current. The SPS will be issued by the FSA to accredited bodies which satisfy the following criteria: • They act in the public interest and further the development of the profession; • They carry out effective verification services; • They have appropriate systems and controls in place and provide evidence to the FSA of continuing effectiveness; and • They cooperate with the FSA on an ongoing basis. January 2013 may seem a long way off, but time flies and many people will need to take additional qualifications to be able to keep working. (additional) Some financial Bushism’s …to make you smile in the current climate… “Amigo! Amigo!” - George W. Bush, calling out to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at the G-8 Summit, Rusutsu, Japan, July 10, 2008 “I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system.” George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Dec. 16, 2008 “So I analyzed that and decided I didn’t want to be the president during a depression greater than the Great Depression, or the beginning of a depression greater than the Great Depression.” George W. Bush, Washington D.C., Dec. 18, 2008 “In terms of the economy, look, I inherited a recession; I am ending on a recession.” -George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2009 “There’s no question about it. Wall Street got drunk - that’s one of the reasons I asked you to turn off the TV cameras - it got drunk and now it’s got a hangover. The question is how long will it sober up and not try to do all these fancy financial instruments.” -George W. Bush, speaking at a private fundraiser, Houston, Texas, July 18, 2008
Charles Stanley 14 King Street, Leeds, LS1 2HL 0113 200 5230 www.charles-stanley.co.uk
‘Talk about the passion’
Introducing the people behind the region’s best businesses …
THE BASICS: Name: Carol Bradbury Company: Room 7 Position: Boutique Owner
Tell us about ROOM 7 - what do you do, who do you do it for and how long have you been doing it? I first opened Room 7’s doors in 1981 in Leeds city centre, offering designer ladieswear. Coming to work is my hobby and I still love what I do; the passion I had many years ago is still there. After 30 years in business I still have some of the same loyal customers and now we are dressing their children as well.
Does ROOM 7 have a motto or mission statement? To provide our customers with wearable designer fashion and to offer a feel-good experience. Our team provides a personal service with experience and a smile. We listen to our customers and also give them what they want and/or need.
What makes ROOM 7 standout from your competitors? We are a well-established team who are friendly and welcoming to each and every customer. We strive to have the best selection that designers have to offer, and customers know this and believe in us.
INSPIRATION & RESPECT:
Who or what inspired you to form ROOM 7 and which other companies or business people do you admire and why? I have always loved fashion from being very young. There are two people that I admire and who also inspired me to open Room 7, and they are Mrs Joan Bernstein the owner of Brown’s in London and Tina Green (Phillip Green’s wife) who was the owner of Harrabell on Sloane Street. I shopped in both stores when I first moved to London from Glasgow before settling in Yorkshire.
What aspect of running ROOM 7 do you enjoy the most? I really do love what I do otherwise I wouldn’t still be here after 30 years. I still get a buzz from dressing my customers and seeing them leave the store feeling happy and confident in their new outfits.
…and what’s the trickiest part? I think a few people would say me! But in the business sense it would be making sure the designer selection we provide is the best season after season. Consistency is key to staying at the top of my game!
Tell us what you do when you’re not running ROOM 7? I love to socialise with my family and friends - and I enjoy playing golf, but I am a fair-weather golfer!
Where do you see ROOM 7 in ten years time? My daughter Charlotte came into the family business 6 years ago and we both want to continue enjoying the success we have had over the last 30 years. We have recently launched our new online shop www.room7.co.uk and we hope to enjoy the success the World Wide Web has to offer!
Room7 64 Street Lane, Roundhay, Leeds, LS8 2DQ T: 0113 236 9100
Room 7’s collections for Spring Summer 2011 are: Dolce & Gabbana Alexander McQueen Barbara Bui Donna Karan Stella McCartney Moncler Michael Kors Joseph J Brand Stefanel Queene & Belle True Religion Rosemunde Tom Ford Allmylove
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3 mixed cases of Bordeaux wine!
Because Good Food Would Choose Bordeaux, 3 lucky winners will receive 6 bottles of wine from the famous vineyards in South West France. A mouthfilling claret like 2009 Calvet Réserve is great with springtime lamb chops and equally grand with Brie or Camembert. Bordeaux produces more than red wine; white wine included in the prize is 2008 Château Tour Léognan, an elegant blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon ideal with richly-sauced fish recipes. For tangy dishes like goat’s cheese salad or an asparagus risotto there is 2010 Bordeaux Sauvignon, a bright, zesty white made from fruit in the Entre-Deux-Mers. 2010 Roc Saint Vincent is named after the village that produces this white - a tasty match with chicken, seafood or creamy pastas. Not forgetting rosé, an enjoyable
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Bordeaux is a wine producing region in which country? Email your answer to comps@on-magazine. co.uk Winner must be 18 or over and provide a UK mainland address with telephone number in order to arrange delivery of the prize. Competition closes 3rd June. Wines selected randomly and may not be the ones pictured. www.bordeaux.com
3 X £50 vouchers to spend at Store Twenty One!
Store Twenty One is one of the country’s fastest growing fashion and homeware retailers and has opened more than 30 stores nationwide in the last 12 months. The stores offer extraordinary value with exciting and practical fashion for the whole family as well as a great range of lamps, cushions, vases and all sorts of other inspiring ideas that will add style and colour to your home. With over 200 stores nationwide, Store Twenty One is the place to get your holiday wardrobe and kit your home out for summer. We are offering three lucky readers the chance to win a £50 voucher to spend either in store or online at www.storetwentyone.co.uk To be in with a chance, just answer the following question…
How many Store Twenty One branches have opened in the last 12 months? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer before 1st June. Winners will be selected randomly.
his ‘n’ hers Polaroid sunglasses!
Sophistication is back with Polaroid Eyewear’s new sunglasses collection for 2011. The elegant smart casual fashions of 1950’s Hollywood are here.... the classic style and effortless manners of a more restrained age are the inspiration for 2011 fashions. Overt, nouveau-riche bling is gone, replaced with understated elegance. Still offering distinct temple designs twinned with flattering frame and lens colours, the Polaroid Summer 2011 Collection will bring a touch of class to every wardrobe, and each pair has Polaroid’s UltraSight™ premium polarized lenses giving 100% UV400 protection and no glare. Polaroid Eyewear has created something truly unique with its new Heritage Collection, ‘Best under the sun‘. The collection takes the best
ever designs from the Polaroid archives dating back from the swinging 30’s and glamorous 50’s through to the retro cool 80’s, so advanced they still look fresh and exciting today. Here’s your chance to win a pair of gorgeous Polaroid sunglasses - for women we have Passion (worth £79) and for men Equinox (worth £89). Simply answer this question:
What is the name of Polaroid’s premium polarized lenses? See the full Collection and buy online at www.polaroidsunglasses.co.uk Email email@example.com with your answer before 2nd June to be entered into a random draw.
A year’s supply of Ecoforce!
It’s spring cleaning season, so go green when you clean and win a year’s supply of EcoForce; practical and effective household products made from recycled materials that are greener, more ecofriendly and more sustainable than alternatives made from virgin materials. Made in the UK, the EcoForce range includes recycled sponges, scourers, cloths and dusters for ‘green’ cleaning, clothes pegs, pegs baskets and clothes line for eco-friendly laundry drying and food bag grips for storing left overs. Dishmatic is the natural answer to washing up. A quality sponge scourer and fillable handle in one, Dishmatic is clean, efficient and long lasting.
Now you can run a greener home without it costing the earth. We’ve three one year supplies of cleaning goodies WORTH £50 up for grabs. To stand a chance of winning simply answer this question:
Which country is EcoForce made in? Email your name and answer to comps@ on-magazine.co.uk. The winners will be selected randomly on 1st June. Available in Tesco, Sainsbury, Morrisons, Ocado, Oxfam and on line at www.ecoforce.co.uk
£150 to spend at Barnaby Mac!
Barnaby Mac launches just in time to rescue hundreds of style disasters this summer. Whether you long for that lazy Sunday look, or you’re a stickler for style, you can rely on Barnaby Mac - great quality clothes at a reasonable price. And one lucky reader will receive £150 worth of clothes in celebration of Barnaby Mac launching. From stylish shirts to divine denims and casual t-shirts for doing your weekend stuff, Barnaby Mac have got you covered, literally. If you’re the kind of guy who loves to lounge, Barnaby Mac have a great selection just perfect for those lazy afternoons on the couch or meandering around a shopping centre.
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If you’re the kind of guy who savours style and loves to look at his best, Barnaby Mac shirts should be right up your street. With shirts aplenty you really are spoiled for choice - bold checks, super stripes and bold colours are all there to complete your look. Whatever your style, with sizes up to 5XL at Barnaby Mac, you can look at your best and with prices starting from £30 for a sweater, shirts from £35 and jeans at just £40 you’ll be amazed at the quality you get for your money.
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A 2-night stay in Northumberland
Stunning beaches and acres of unspoilt countryside are just two reasons to visit Northumberland. Award-winning, five star, self catering cottages agency Coastal Retreats and its sister company Country Retreats, are delighted to offer the winner of this competition a two-night mid-week stay at The Fold in the picturesque village of Rock. The Fold sleeps up to eight people and is a traditional, stone building with log burning stove and views over sheep fields to the sea beyond. The four bedrooms and three bath/shower rooms of this newly-built home afford luxury and comfort to a party of up to 8 adults. The large lawned garden to the rear is a particular bonus and its location will delight coast and countryside lovers alike. For more details about The Fold and other Coastal Retreats properties visit the websites at www.countryretreatsuk.com and www.coastalretreats.co.uk To win a two-night stay at The Fold answer the following question:
Did Coastal Retreats win a Gold, Silver or Bronze award in the North East Tourism Awards 2010? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer before 3rd June. Winner selected at random. 2 nights mid week subject to availability and not to be taken in a peak period.
Following great critical acclaim for his new stand-up show, ‘The Great Escape’ at the Edinburgh Festival last year, Rob Rouse is taking to the road. The show is about knuckling down. Girlfriend, toddler, dog … check. And discovering the wild animal that lurks within us all! Here’s his Famous Last Words … Last thing you did that made you feel good? I just did the first show of the tour and it was great fun. I’m still buzzing, I need to go to bed soon, but won’t be able to. Last thing you’d want to be doing right now? Maths. I can’t do it. If I had to do maths right now it would be a total bummer! I’m in a great mood and now you’ve given me maths. You’re evil. Last night on Earth ... What’s your poison? Moonshine. Last supper ... What are you ordering? I suppose because of the show I should say ‘Roadkill’. Maybe rolled pheasant breast stuffed with wild garlic, pignuts and hedgehog mince, with a nettle and wild mushroom side salad. Sounds alright that, actually. Last person you’d want to share a drink with? Helen, my Mrs. And my boy of course, he’ll have a milk. Last time you shed a tear and why? Aside from losing loved ones, I can’t remember. I have a feeling I should cry more at stuff. I get the sensation, my lip wobbles but I struggle to really let myself go and blub. Helen teases me that I didn’t cry when our son was born! We watch that ‘one born every minute’ programme and when the dads cry she elbows me and goes “See, you’re weird!.” I was so happy though, I couldn’t stop laughing. Perhaps I might be somewhere between 1 and 25 per cent genuinely mental, I don’t know. We all are though, aren’t we?... Last refuge ... where would you go? Home and bunker up with my family and dog. There’s a good chance that Ronnie (the dog) could ‘hump’ us a way out, or at least create an amusing diversion. Visit my website, watch the trailer and that’ll make sense! Last the course ... tips on loot, love & life? Don’t just put your bills in a drawer and forget about them, amazingly when you do that, they don’t get paid! Love’s actually all that matters and that’s life. Last but one ... random question: Tell us about something that interests you that nobody else knows about. Like Gaelic football … or porcelain. I absolutely love doing practical things with my hands and harbour the misguided belief that I’m quite good at it. I find making anything permanent immensely fulfilling. I learnt how to mix concrete recently and sunk some fence posts into it. Then stood naked in the garden and roared! (silently, in pitch dark!). Helen bought me a chainsaw once for Christmas which was the best present ever. I LOVE MY CHAINSAW!!! That might be something I should keep to myself. Famous Last Words? What does this button do? Really?... Sh*t!.... And is it reversible?... No.... Surely there should be some sort of sign... Ah there is... Arse. Rob Rouse plays Leeds Hi-Fi Club - 16th May, York Hyena Lounge – 22nd May, Blackburn King George’s Hall – 26th May, Salford The Lowry – 6th June, Harrogate Theatre 22nd June. More info and more dates: www.robrouse.com
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