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The E-Type

The Cipriani

The Beatles

The climb of your life

The world’s greatest hotels

The greatest car ever

Still shaking the World

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elcome to La Dolce Vita – our magazine will hopefully tease and tempt you with opportunities so you can enjoy life to the full! Each issue will be packed with useful articles and tips on new experiences, health and luxury. Travellers will benefit from the experiences of our writers who have stepped off the beaten track. They will recommend top destinations from around the world, from descriptions of the beautiful Aurora Borealis, which touched the author so much she said “my life will never be quite the same” to one of the best hotels in the world; The Cipriani in Venice. Should you be more adventurous then you will enjoy our “new hobby” features, which this issue focuses on hiking at the Goddess in the Clouds; Everest! Keeping in touch with friends and family is now achievable in a myriad of ways. Our guides will help, no matter the distance from home. We will keep you on par with children and grandchildren who seem to be born with the latest iPad attached. Have you ever been tempted to buy the most beautiful car in the world, the E Type Jaguar, but have yet to make the purchase? We will tempt you even more! Beautiful images will be delivered to your palm as we understand that it is impossible to visit all the places that you might want to - you will not be left without the richness of all there is to be discovered across the globe.

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4 Events

Enjoy some of the best events around for April 2013

14 Review

RHS Spring Flower Show in Cardiff -

16 Interview

Rodney Schwartz – his business career and legacy

18 The Worlds Greatest Hotels The Cipriani Hotel

20 Moments in History and their legacy The Beatles – Shaking The World

22 For the more Adventurous

Everest – The Goddess in the clouds beckons all

28 The Essential “Must See” List Aurora Borealis – be stunned, be there

30 Property for sale Chateau de la Durantie

However we will not neglect matters closer to home, with our Events list that will give you plenty of ideas to get you out an about.

32 E Type Jaguar

So again, we welcome you to our publication. Whether you are seeking new experiences or ways in which to better enjoy your current surroundings, La Dolce Vita will be here for you.Please send any comments you may have to:

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Go on, spoil yourself

Planning for a healthy future

38 Wine

Add a bit of sparkle

40 Political thoughts

The Arab Spring – where could be next?

42 Communicating with the family Starting out with Facebook

46 Finance

Have you updated your Will recently?

47 Gadgets - the iPad

Is it time you went and bought one?

48 Ladies Fashion Charlotte Stummer

50 Men’s Gadgets / fashion

Antonia Edwards / Christopher Davies

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52 Garden

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Tips for April and the best gardens to visit this time of year



MARCH & APRIL 2013 Music

including the Kitchen Garden fruit & vegetable class. The marquees will be full of craft and gift ideas as well as plenty of delicious food to keep you going throughout the day! Everything from floral art to constructing a conservatory can be found at the show and it runs from 9.30-5.30 every day (Sunday 4.30). For those looking for a certain je ne sais quoi there is the Chaumont International Garden Festival held in the gardens and parkland of this classic French château at Chaumont-surLoire overlooking the beautiful Loire valley and once home to Catherine de Medici. From 24 April to 20 October the gardens become the home of contemporary garden designers who must not only create an attractive display, but must ensure it slowly evolves and reaches its best appearance no sooner than autumn. You will also find a number of art exhibits, sculpture and photography on display, all based on the theme of nature.

Arts What better way to welcome spring than a burst of music; whether you want some Summer Nights or feel like a Bat Out of Hell, you are sure to find something that appeals in our suggested line-up of bands and performers. If you want some more summer loving, step back in time to the 1980’s New Romantic era and enjoy a performance by the Scottish rock band Simple Minds. With a popularity that has never diminished since they formed in 1978, as well as the extensive 28 day ‘Greatest Hits+’ Tour, the band also plan to release a new CD ‘Celebrate: The Greatest Hits+’ to coincide with their concert tour. But for those of you who like something a bit more ‘meaty’ you may prefer 1970’s American rock band Meat Loaf who is taking to the stage for the last time in this two act show. The ‘Last At Bat’ Tour will have hits like the 1981 Dead Ringer for Love and I’d Lie For You as well as all seven songs from the Bat Out Of Hell album. And for something completely different……the harmonious sound of Il Divo and Katherine Jenkins who will be performing together on stage for the first time. The operatic pop quartet who is managed by the renowned Simon Cowell will sing alongside Welsh mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins as they co-headline their first UK and European tour. There is also limited availability of VIP Packages that includes seats in the first three rows and a ‘Meet & Greet’ with Katherine. So whatever you musical taste, we feel sure you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Home and Garden And as it’s springtime, what better time to turn your thoughts to gardening. We have chosen three horticultural highlights. The RHS Flower Show Cardiff is being held in the beautifully landscaped Bute Park, once part of the Cardiff Castle grounds, from 19-21 April there will be plenty to enjoy (see page 14). Then a little further north is the North of England Horticultural Society’s Harrogate Flower Show at the Great Yorkshire Showground 25-28 April. There will be show gardens and plenty of clever ideas and techniques to help you make the most of your garden. You can also watch a number of demonstrations


When it comes to the Arts there is a rich and varied assortment to choose from both at home and abroad. From ballet to literary festivals, there is something to please every palate. The National Gallery London will be exhibiting the work of the great 16th century Italian Renaissance artist Federico Barocci. This remarkable collection has never before been seen outside of Italy so it is a rare opportunity for all art lovers. There will be 14 of his most important altarpieces and four of his finest portraits on display in the Sainsbury Wing from 27 February to 19 May. Opening times: every day 10-6 (last admission 5.15) Friday 10-9 (last admission 8.15) Literary Festivals are becoming increasingly popular and it is a great opportunity to meet your favourite author face to face or listen to some recitals. The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival will see over 350 writers descend on the Christ Church College for a diverse programme of discussions, debates and children’s creative writing workshops. The Festival runs from Saturday 16 March to Sunday 24 March. The Royal Opera House London has an outstanding programme this spring with bothfamiliar and new ballet. John Copley’s production of La Bohème and Jonathan Kent’s staging of Tosca both offer powerful and moving performances accompanied by the ROH Orchestra. The Apollo/New Wheeldon/New Ratmansky will delight every audience with George Balanchine’s interpretation of the myth of Apollo and Stravinksy’s ballet blanc musical score. The New Wheeldon was choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon specifically for the Royal Ballet and the New Ratmansky is Russian Alexei Ratmansky’s first work with a British company. Christopher Wheeldon is also responsible for the ballet production of the classic story Alice in Wonderland. Bob Crawley has created some imaginative stage sets and costumes giving this ballet a colourful theatrical twist but you will soon recognise the familiar characters in the form of the tap dancing Mad Hatter and a disembodied Cheshire Cat! Other performances you might also enjoy are La Bayadère choreographed by Natalia Makarova and Mayerling with music by Franz Liszt and choreography by Kenneth Macmillan. Staying in London, you could browse through 45 galleries

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representing 500+ artists that will be taking part in the Chelsea Art Fair at Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road. This art fair has an extensive selection of art from paintings and etchings to ceramics and bronze from both Modern British and Contemporary artists and there will be original artwork available to purchase. The fair is open from Thursday 11 April to Sunday 14 April Opening times: Thursday 11-9 Friday & Saturday 11-6 Sunday 11-5 (last admission ½ hour before closing on each day)

Food & Drink

lobster and crab so the chefs, including Jack Stein and Antony Worral Thompson, can create all manner of delicious seafood dishes. County Durham is home to the Bishop Auckland Food Festival on Saturday & Sunday 20/21 April where you will find a large number of independent food producers and suppliers as well as local arts & crafts from across Durham and the North East. Then down at the other end of the country is the Exeter Food & Drink Festival in the courtyard of Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens from 26-28 April. There will be demonstrations in the Festival Cookery Theatre with plenty of hands-on activities. For more specialist foods, try the Great Blackpool Chilli Festival on Saturday 6 April. Chilli Fest (UK) is organising this chilli extravaganza that promises to create both chilli sweets and savouries including hot sauces, jams, cheese and ice cream. Opens from 10-5 And if you enjoy spicy food, go along to the Alchemy Festival at the Southbank Centre Square, Belvedere Road. Part of the Alchemy Market event it runs from 12-21 April where you can sample authentic Indian and South Asian dishes. April means English asparagus and the British Asparagus Festival is marking the start of the 8 week season with the Great English Asparagus Run on Tuesday 23 April. There will be a wide range of asparagus products to buy including asparagus soap! You will find the festival at Evesham, Worcs and it runs until 21 June.

The UK has one of the most diverse ranges of food on the planet and with the increasing popularity of home-grown produce and experimenting with new ingredients, there are now plenty of food and drink festivals to choose from. If you are looking for some culinary inspiration for your Easter dinner table then you could try the Brighton and Hove Food & Drink Festival Thursday 28 March to Wednesday 3 April. This local food event will see some of the country’s best chefs showcasing their favourite dishes and you will be able to buy a wide selection of locally produced food. There will also be Britain’s top wine merchants to suggest the ideal accompaniment with your meal. The Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival will not only tempt you with a wide selection of food and drink but it also has the famous annual cheese rolling event and a Camperfest for those who want to stay a bit longer. It runs from Saturday 30 March to Monday 1 April and will be held at the Chester Race Course. The Baslow Food Festival run by Hartingtons Food Fair takes place on Sunday 7 April just near the historic Chatsworth House. You will be able to enjoy some exceptional artisan food including preserves, meats, cheeses and chocolates from around the Lake District. Oakleigh Farms are holding their East of England Food Festival at Knebworth House on Saturday and Sunday 13-14 April. This is the festival’s 4th year and they have promised a full programme of food & cooking demonstrations along with wine and beer tastings. The event opens from 10.30 The Porthleven Food Festival in Cornwall runs for just one day on Saturday 20 April and their theme this year is ‘Sourced from the Sea’ as Porthleven’s fishermen supply their fresh catch of

If you like the idea of returning to our Iron Age roots then head up to Scotland for the Crannog Creperie All Day Iron Age Breakfast where you can prepare and cook your own crepes and bread rolls in Iron Age ovens and perhaps have a go at making your own butter to spread on them! Go Rural Scotland is organising this event on 31 March at Kenmore, Aberfeldy. You could also try your hand at claybaked and smoking fish or how about a crannog stew at the Celtic Food & Drink Festival at the Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore on 28 April from 114.30. If the thought of Scottish highland cooking is a bit too rugged and you would prefer to create the perfect Easter cake then visit Cake International – The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating and Baking Show at the Excel London 12-14 April. In its second year, this festival features demonstrations and displays and a chance to talk to the experts as well as stocking up with all your cake decorating needs. That just leaves the beverages, and if it’s beer you’re looking for then go along to the the Maltings Beer Festival, Newton Abbott in Devon 18-20 April is being held at Tuckers Maltings, one of only a few remaining Victorian malthouses left in the country where there will be tastings from 35 breweries. But no dinner would be complete without a cup of coffee and the London Coffee Festival at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane E1 is taking part in the UK Coffee Week with world class Barista demos, live music and an art gallery to enjoy whilst trying a host of different blends. There is also an artisan street and food market. The festival runs 25-28 April.

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Events Wine

Since Richard Branson’s Virgin organisation entered into the wine market, the Virgin Wine Tasting Events have become increasingly popular with people who want something a little bit different. The wine tasting evenings are well run and well stocked with over 500 different wines, both popular customer choice and a number of far more unusual names along with Champagnes and sparkling wines.

Student accommodation is a growing market with purpose built properties aimed at student income level. Specialists Principal International and Knight Knox Student Accommodation will be exhibiting at the show. Other areas will include ‘USA Invest’; Property Horizons and Skovron Group will be there to discuss availability of American ‘Buy-to-Let’ deals that now extend to several States including Atlanta, Detroit and Florida and have seen significant increases over the last 18 months. In recognition of the growing overseas market, half the show will be dedicated to international property markets and there will be a number of international agents alongside property developers so you will be able to compare the well-established locations e.g. Spain and the USA with new emerging markets.

There are a number of wine tasting evenings coming up starting with: Bristol, Thursday 18 April from 6-8.30pm at the Conference Hall, The Council House, College Green Southampton, Thursday 25 April 7-9.30pm at the Mayflower Suite, De Vere Grand Harbour, West Quay Road. You will be able to discuss your wine choices with a team of Personal Wine Advisors and meet some of the winemakers as well as getting professional advice as to the best wines for every occasion and your purchase is backed by the Virgin 100% money back guarantee.

Property For a long time investment in property was a sure-fire success as property prices continued to rise in the latter part of the 20th century, but since the end of the ‘property boom’ it has become all the more important to know where the best investment opportunities lie. There are also a number of other major investment opportunities arising from new emerging markets across the globe including oil exploration and mining developments. The Property Investor Show will cover every aspect of property purchase & sale, ownership, rental and management and is aimed at all levels of property dealers from the complete novice and newcomer looking for advice and guidance on initial investment deals to the more seasoned investor who is looking to expand or diversify their portfolio. The show runs over two days and will have over 100 exhibitors and 70 seminars and presentations with up-to-date reliable property market information. Last year saw over 6,500 attendees who were able to take advantage of many special ‘show only’ exclusive deals that will not be available on the public market. There will be a number of different sections to the show, from the traditional ‘Buy-to-Let’ schemes that continue to be a popular investment choice and Invest Connect will be amongst the organisations offering advice on the latest schemes and availability.


The exhibition will be covering both property and alternative non-property investments including: • Hotel developments • Residential care homes • Forestry/land • Precious & rare metals • Biofuels & carbon For problem solving and fact finding solutions, visit the Property Clinic who will be on hand to discuss a host of property related problems. Other exhibits include Holiday & Park-home investment, the Landlords’ Forum and the Association of International Property Professionals who oversee and monitor the conduct of their members. If you would like to pre-arrange a meeting with an exhibitor, there are a number of organisations taking part in a ‘pre-show’ appointment system. Go to visit the ‘Exhibitor List’ and look for a tick in the ‘appointment form’ column to see who is participating. So whether it’s networking, advice, buying or selling, you will find everything you need under one roof. Dates: 19-20 April (Fri 10-6. Sat 10-5) Conference venue: Excel, Royal Victoria Dock E16 Entry: Free but you need to register via the website. Nearby hotels: Novotel, Crowne Plaza & Ramada Hotel & Suites

Car and Bike Events If you prefer racing on two wheels then you will enjoy the Thundersport GB Motorcycle Championships from 30 March – 1 April. There will be 320 riders competing and the race includes the ‘Grasstrack’ action around the back of McLeans/ Starkeys. Other races include the Motors TV National Race Day and the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. There is a selection of Race Hospitality Packages available including the Silver, Gold and Executive class that offer a range of extra benefits including access to restricted areas and the best views of the race track. But if you are looking for some spectacular Formula 1 racing then the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix that takes place in Melbourne 14-17 April should fit the bill and you could combine the exhilaration of your race days with a relaxing stay at the luxurious 4 star Swanston Hotel.

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Events GODOLPHIN HOUSE HIGH TEA TOURS When Godolphin was bought by the National Trust in 2000, many people asked ‘why another house?’ but when you visit this Cornwall house and the estate, you soon realise it is far from just ‘another house’. The Godolphin Estate is not only a national treasure but it is also a hidden gem and well worth the visit and the ‘High Tea Tours’ will combine an exclusive guided tour of the house with a delicious homemade tea.

Other races include the Petronas Malaysia Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit 22 March – 24 March. There will be 56 laps and confirmed drivers include Sebastian Vettel & Mark Webber for Red Bull and Jenson Button & Sergio Perez for McLaren. The Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix runs from 19-21 April and there are a number of hospitality packages available that include a celebrity guest speaker and Champagne reception. And if you would much rather get behind the wheel yourself then why not enter the Rallye du Maroc Classique from Casablanca (Dar-el-Beida) to Marrakech? This 2,000km race takes you through the High Atlas and Middle Atlas Mountain ranges and some of the most remarkable landscapes in the area. The organisers ensure your luggage is transported each night to your next hotel and there is round-the-clock technical support. The rally ends with a gala dinner and prize giving ceremony.

Home and Garden The Ideal Home Exhibition is in its 105th year and with 8 dedicated show sections, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to ideas and inspiration for you, your home and your garden. This year Hydropool will be showcasing their new self-cleaning Hot Tub and Swim Spas and Lexus who is the official automotive partner of the show, will be displaying three models from their Hybrid range. So whether it’s simply a splash of colour you want to add or a complete refurbishment, you will find everything you need under one roof.

Stately Home/Historical House Events

There is nothing quite like an English country garden, particularly when it is also part of a magnificent country house. Through the National Trust, you will not only find magnificent houses that are steeped in history, but they also organise occasional tours of their properties followed by a delicious cream tea.

But what is it that makes the house and the 550 acre estate so special? The house that you see now is all that is left of the 16th century Tudor mansion; like many family homes it was extended and modernised over the years and at its peak in 1689 had 100 rooms and no less than 40 chimneys! It was the birthplace of Sidney Godolphin the 1st Earl and Lord Treasurer to Queen Anne. What is particularly striking about this property is the garden; the design and landscaping is virtually unchanged from its original 16th century creation and it is this that makes the estate one of the most historically important properties in Europe. It was the characteristic ‘family’ feeling that inspired the National Trust to start the Godolphin House High Tea Tours that not only takes you on a 1 hour guided tour of the house but also treats you to a delicious tea. The Entrance Hall where a huge 16th century fireplace welcomes you. Much of the furniture is original 16th and 17th century oak, and there are decorative tapestries hanging on the walls. You then move into the Dining Room but you will return to that later as you make your way to the East Range. As you enter the Sitting Room, take a look at the Elizabethan barrel ceiling and as you move into the State Bedroom you cannot help but notice the magnificent Murano glass chandelier. When you head to the northern end of the house you enter a very large room that during its farmhouse phase had been divided into several bedrooms. You can now enjoy the Saloon in its original design. You then pass through the Godolphin Room and Drawing Room before heading to the front stairs and retiring to the Dining Room where you can sit under the 16th century carved beams and marvel at the Elizabethan linen-fold panelling (this style was originally from Flanders and was so called because it imitates folded linen). The Dining Room is also where your delicious cream tea will be served; you will enjoy sandwiches and cakes whilst seated at the family dining table. The teas have been locally sourced and freshly made in Godolphin’s own kitchens. There is a maximum number of 12 guests for this event which is important because they wanted to emphasise the cosy family atmosphere. Godolphin custodian Malcolm said “we want people to enjoy the social history of this family home so visitors feel they are truly guests visiting the family to enjoy a social gettogether”. Tour date: 4 March 2013 - Time: 5-7pm Cost: £20/adult - Booking essential, telephone 01736 763194


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The List - September 2013 - Plan further ahead and get the best seats

Music 1st - 7th Sept

Promenade Concerts

Royal Albert Hall, London

7th Sept

Last Night of the Proms

Royal Albert Hall, London

14th Sept

Roger Waters’ ‘The Wall’

Wembley Stadium, London

25th Sept

Nicola Benedetti

Royal Albert Hall, London

Sunday, Sept

Andrea Bocelli

The Hydro, Glasgow

Throughout Sept

The Mousetrap

London, St Martin’s Theatre.

Throughout Sept

Mamma Mia


Throughout Sept

Les Miserables


Friday, Sept

Peter Pan - the never ending story

The Hydro, Glasgow

From 4th Sept

The London Design Festival

Shad Thames, London

14th & 15th Sept

The Mayor’s Thames Festival 2013

Numerous locations, London

4th - 6th Sept

Salon Prive Garden Party

Syon park, West London

Throughout Sept

British Music Experience

O2, London

Throughout Sept

Parc Floral de Paris

Jardin botanique de la Ville de Paris

1st to 9th Sept

The Human Body Exhibition

La Bourse, Brussels

Until 7th Sept

BBC Proms 2013

Royal Albert Hall, London

22nd - 23rd Sept

Olympia Beauty 2013

Olympia, London

1st - 4th Sept

International Jewellery London

Earls Court London

13th - 17th Sept

London Fashion Week

Somerset House, London

15th Sept

Vintage Fashion Fair 2013

Primrose Hill, London

Specialty & Fine Food Fair 2013

London Olympia

12th -14th Sept

St Leger Meeting

Doncaster Racecourse

21st Sept

Ayr Gold Cup

Ayr Racecourse, Scotland

27th - 28th Sept

Cambridgeshire Meeting

Newmarket Racecourse

1st Sept

Moto GP


8th Sept

Italian Grand Prix

Monza, Italy

13th - 15th Sept

Goodwood Revival


6th Sept

England v Moldova (W Cup Qualifier)

Wembley Stadium, London

6th Sept

1st NatWest Series ODI

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8th Sept

2nd NatWest Series ODI

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3rd NatWest Series ODI D/N


14th Sept

4th NatWest Series ODI

Swalec Stadium, Cardiff

16th Sept

5th NatWest Series ODI D/N

Ageas Bowl, Southamption

21st–22nd Sept

Ready, set, grow!!

MEN, Manchester

5th - 8th Sept

RHS Wisley Gardens Flower Show

Wisley, Surrey

19th - 22nd Sept

100% Design

Earls Court London



Arts Fashion

Food and Drink 8th - 10th Sept


Home and Garden


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The List - October 2013 - Plan further ahead and get the best seats

Music 21st & 22nd Oct

Peter Gabriel

London O2 Arena

21st and 22nd Oct

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club

Royal Albert Hall, London

26th Oct

Carmina Burana

Royal Albert Hall, London

24th Oct

Peter Gabriel

The Hydro, Glasgow

Until 3rd Sep ‘13

Wicked the Musical


until 26th Oct

The Phantom of the Opera

Her Majesty’s Theatre. London

Throughout Oct

The Mousetrap

London, St Martin’s Theatre.

Until 26th Oct

Mamma Mia


Until 26th Oct

Les Miserables



Cirque Du Soleil - Alegria

Metro Arena, Newcastle


Cirque Du Soleil - Alegria

Leeds Arena, Leeds


Cirque Du Soleil - Alegria

Echo Arena, Liverpool

3rd Oct

Micky Flanagan - Back in the Game Tour

Wembley Arena, London

16th Oct

Micky Flanagan - Back in the Game Tour

The O2 Arena, London

24th & 25th Oct

London Bierfest

Old Billingsgate, London

3rd Oct

International Ballroom Dancing

Royal Albert Hall, London

21st - 22nd Sep

Open House London

Throughout London

Throughout Oct

British Music Experience

O2, London

The Frieze Art Fair ‘13

London Regent’s Park

Vintage Fashion Fair 2013

Primrose Hill, London

Top Gear


6th Oct

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Longchamp, Paris

19th Oct

British Champions Day

Ascot Racecourse

11th Oct

England v Montenegro (W Cup Qualifier)

Wembley Stadium

15th Oct

England v Poland (World Cup Qualifier)

Wembley Stadium

26th Oct

Rugby League World Cup Opening Match Wales v Italy and England v Australia

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

27th Oct

Tigers v San Francisco 49ers

Wembley Stadium

11th Oct

Wales v Macedonia (World Cup Qualifier)


15th Oct

Scotland v Croatia (World Cup Qualifier)

Hampden Park, Glasgow

26th Oct

England v Australia (Group Match)

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

26th Oct

26th October 2013 Wales v Italy

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

1st - 6th Oct

London Grand Prix Badminton

The Copper Box, Olympic Park

26th October 2013

Rugby League World Cup Opening Match Wales v Italy and England v Australia

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

30th Oct - 3rd Nov

The Ski and Snowboard Show

London Earls Court



Arts 17th - 20th Oct

Fashion 13th Oct

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We support hundreds of projects across the country encouraging young people to recognise their potential: from a troubled teen discovering a talent for opera, to a group of disabled children mastering skills on DJ decks.

Our Vision All young people, regardless of their background, should have the opportunity to discover their creativity and fulfil their potential.

Our Mission We use music to transform the lives of young people who have least opportunity, supporting them to take part in life-changing musical experiences. Youth Music has transformed the landscape of musical opportunity in the UK. Since 1999, we’ve reached over 2.5 million children and young people through all types of music; both in and out of school. Music has the power to build confidence, broaden horizons and raise aspirations. Our music programmes allow vulnerable young people to find their way, take charge of their lives and unlock their hidden potential.

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RHS Spring Flower Show Cardiff The Royal Horticultural Society has a long and distinguished history having been set up by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood in 1804 under the name of The Horticultural Society


ut it was when Prince Albert rescued the society from certain failure, creating a Royal Charter in 1861 that not only gave it the ‘Royal’ title, but ensured its survival and continued growth. It is now the world’s leading horticultural organisation benefitting both the scientific and educational world on a global scale. The RHS Flower Shows are important events in every gardener’s diary and the RHS Spring Flower Show Cardiff is the first major RHS flower show for 2013 marking the start of the Royal Horticultural Society’s show season. Once again it is the remarkable back-drop of Cardiff Castle and the grounds of the Victorian landscaped Bute Park, that is itself undergoing a multi-million pound facelift, that will host this year’s show. The layout of Cardiff ’s biggest city centre public park that was originally part of Cardiff Castle was designed by Head Gardener Andrew Pettigrew between 1876-1901 on the instructions of the 3rd Marquess of Bute. It was the same Marquess who transformed the castle into a Welsh Victorian version of Camelot and it is one of Wales’ most visited attractions. From 1947 an extensive tree planting project was carried out to create the arboretum that is now home to some remarkable examples of both native and exotic plants and trees. Whilst the park itself is well worth a visit, the Flower Show will not disappoint and will appeal to anyone with an interest in plants or gardens, however please bear in mind the show is on open ground so given our less than reliable seasonal weather at the moment, it is wise to take optional foot and outerwear in the event of torrential rain or freezing snow! (Given the park’s link to Camelot, perhaps they could whip up some wizardry for a few dry days!)


winning Ron Scamp who never fails to pull in the crowds with his unparalleled display of not so much a host as an entire cabaret of bright and cheerful daffodils, surely the epitome of the brightest spring flower, “they are the harbingers of spring” says Ron. Last year he introduced a new daffodil, Naracissus ‘Gwawr’ which means ‘dawn’ in Welsh, so he is sure to surprise us with something new for 2013. What is new this year is the RHS Potting Bench that you will find in Floral Marquee 2. Here you can talk to nursery specialists and discover some top-tips during their informal hands-on sessions. You will also find plenty of inspirational ideas for garden design including unusual seating solutions and sustainable fencing and enclosures. And in keeping with sustainable gardening, there is a Recycling exhibition dedicated to horticultural recycling. It’s no longer just a question of which vegetable peelings can go onto the compost, but how you can reuse all manner of discarded equipment and packing material to not only enhance the look of your garden but also help improve the habitat and environment for animals and insects. You will find plenty of innovative and practical advice and suggestions to make any garden feature attractive and environmentally friendly. The superb Show Gardens have been created by Welsh garden designers who have used the local landscapes and environments to create some stunning displays that will give you plenty of new ideas for layout and colour schemes.

Opening on Friday 19 April for three days, the show will cover every aspect of gardening, whether you have several acres of extensively landscaped parkland or a bijou window box, you will find an expert in your field of choice – quite literally!

The floral marquees will be packed and bursting with colourful spring flowers along with some less well known plants that are hardy enough to survive our unreliable climate. Make sure you speak to Trewidden Nursery who have successfully cultivated plants that you would normally expect to see in South Africa e.g. the spiral aloe that survives in temperatures as low as -12°c or the Erica cerinthoides that flowers all year round with stunning coral orange flowers.

This year will see more show gardens and more exhibitors than ever with two packed floral marquees that will leave you in no doubt that spring has sprung! Look out for award

There will be plenty of talks and demonstrations by both local and national experts and in the ‘Experience Wales’ marquee you will find a huge array of Welsh

foods and crafts. You will also be able to find a great selection of handmade gifts and jewellery in the Craft Village. One of the popular events is the Wheelbarrow Competition when 60 schools from across Wales decorate a wheelbarrow with various plants and flowers. This year’s theme is ‘A Wheely Good Read’ in the wake of Cardiff ’s Children’s Literary Festival. So expect to see some Welsh dragons, castles, magicians and a host of other characters and don’t forget to vote for your favourite. And for those who enjoy creating their own floral displays there is the new Spring Flower Competition where you can bring along your own cut flower arrangement. For more information please contact georginabarter@ There will be plenty of Tradestands throughout the show so you can stock up on all your gardening essentials as well as some unusual furniture and sculptures that will add the finishing touch to any size garden or patio. So from a Camellia ‘Black Magic’ or a Clematis macropetala to a recycled garden gate or full size conservatory, whatever your gardening needs you are sure to find everything at the RHS Spring Flower Show Cardiff 2013! Sophia Moseley-Houghton

Getting there: by road – from the Midlands and north take the M6, M5 and M50/M4. From the south take the M5 & M4. As you approach Cardiff look for signs to Cardiff Castle and ‘AA’ signs for the show. Waterbus – from Cardiff Bay to Bute Park then a 3 minute walk to the show. Visit the Cardiff Aquabus website for more information. Train – Bute Park is a 15 minute walk from Cardiff Central Station. Bus – from Cardiff town centre to the Castle & Bute Park. There is no parking at the showground, use the town centre Pay & Display carparks. Dogs (other than guide dogs) are not allowed into the show. Opening times:

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After a successful career in the financial world, Rodney Schwartz gave it up to use his skills to pioneer an altogether new kind of business model.


n 2007, at the age of 50, Rodney Schwartz sat down and began planning his second career. He drew up a thirty year plan, concluding in 2037 at the age of 80 with the simple action point ‘consider retirement’. Until then he would put his considerable experience and skills to use helping to support the growing social business and enterprise sector. Companies such as these straddle the border between business and charity, using the revenue they generate to help society. They can work in any sector – whether helping to combat homelessness, unemployment, prisoner reoffending, or third world poverty and can take any form. Some are focused almost entirely on their social goal with any profit being invested back into the company or used to increase the company’s social impact. Others will deliver a profit to shareholders as well as helping society.

Rod’s previous life couldn’t have been more different. Working on what he jokingly calls the dark side of business, he built himself a career in investment banking at places such as Paribas, Paine Webber and Lehmans. However, by the late nineties he was becoming disillusioned. “It was a gradual process,” he recalls, “I just felt that what we were doing wasn’t really contributing much value back into society. We were taking a lot out, but nothing was going back in. There was an element of guilt, of wanting to do something good, and also of wanting to be proud when my kids asked me what I did for a living.” His first move was to try and raise funds for good causes through Catalyst Fund Management and Research, a company he started in 1997. He would also bring his experience in the business world to bear,

helping a number of charities and social enterprises. He was involved in the early days of Just Giving and was chair of Shelter and the Ethical Property Company. However, it wasn’t until 2007 that he really found his position in this new world when he set up, later renamed ClearlySo. “I had to ask myself some questions,” he recalls. “Was this something that I thought was worthwhile and did I think this sector was going to take off. My answer to this was “yes” so I decided to dedicate my life to helping these social businesses and enterprises succeed.” ClearlySo’s mission in those early days was simple – to help social entrepreneurs succeed. It would do this by promoting the sector, offering business advice and connecting social entrepreneurs with high net worth individuals interested in supporting organisations with a social purpose. Since those early days the company has grown rapidly. Its network of social businesses and enterprises has grown to around 3,500, making it one of the largest in the world. It has held events and seminars educating people about various aspects of the social enterprise space, special evenings connecting potential investors with social entrepreneurs. Meanwhile its annual Social Business Conference has grown from a small affair in 2007 attended by a few social enterprise professionals to one of the largest events in the sector, complete with the much coveted social business of the year award.


“ClearlySo has gone through a number of iterations over the years,” Schwartz recalls. “However I’m very happy with where we are now. Our network is growing and the deal flow we’re getting is beyond what I’d hoped for at this stage.” ClearlySo’s latest iteration saw the creation of Clearly Social Angels, a network of high net worth investors, or ‘Angel Investors’, looking to invest in social enterprises. Members receive screened high potential social enterprises ready for investment. “We have some members who like to meet once a month and talk, while others prefer to just receive the deal flow,” Schwartz explains.

“For me this kind of approach is much more what I want to do. The problem with the investment banking model was in is that you have three players at the table – an investor,

intermediary and entrepreneur, but whatever happens the house always wins. I much prefer the venture capital model in which all three win and lose together. What we’ve done with social venture capital is introduce a fourth player society. The great thing about these deals is that if the investment succeeds everyone wins – the investor, intermediary, entrepreneur and most of all society.” The social investment marketplace has been showing potential for many years, with investors expressing an interest in getting involved. What they’ve lacked is the knowledge of how to do so and ability to find enough businesses showing any real potential. What companies such as ClearlySo have been doing is using their knowledge to put these investors in touch with the kind of businesses they’re looking for. In addition they’re also working with other partners to build capacity. Just down the road from ClearlySo’s Old Street office, you’ll find UnLtd, which provides funding for social enterprises. Their Big Venture Challenge, now in its second year, offers the chance for 30 of the country’s most promising social entrepreneurs to work with an expert to raise investment for their ventures. The opportunities for social investment are also increasing. Innovative solutions such as social impact bonds which offer the chance for people to support good causes allow

people to be paid based on how many people the programme helps. All this convinces Schwartz that this is a place to get involved with. “Getting involved with social investment is good on so many levels. There is so much these individuals can bring to the enterprise – not just capital, but also their expertise. For the investor, meanwhile, it’s a chance to find an alternative to charity, one which enables them to get involved with something truly entrepreneurial,” Schwartz adds. “In addition this will be something you can be proud of being involved with – to say you’ve helped to build something special.” To find out more about ClearlySo, and the social impact investment world in general visit Tom Cropper

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The World’s Greatest Hotels

The Cipriani A

lthough a relatively youthful 55 years in business, the Cipriani Hotel in Venice exudes history from its luxurious verdant setting on the island of Giudecca, having chalked up more anecdotes, character and memoirs than many other older establishments in Europe.

his long-held dream of building a hotel in a quiet location that was within easy reach of St Mark’s Square. In partnership with the daughters of the Earl of Iveagh (head of the Guinness family), he bought a 2-hectare site at the extreme end of Giudecca Island where they built the Hotel Cipriani.

The bright notion of building a hotel on the relatively sparsely populated and more industrial outpost of Giudecca Island (albeit still officially part of central Venice) was down to visionary Giuseppe Cipriani. He was a man of modest means until he came to the financial aid of wealthy American Harry Pickering who was visiting Italy in the 1920s. Having been cut off from his funds back home, Pickering was bailed out by young barman Giuseppe Cipriani.

In order to reach the Cipriani, you can, of course, use the local bus service. The waterborne vaporetto No. 2 is probably the best one and you can get it directly from the train station. But the far more glamorous option is to get the hotel’s own private launch from St Mark’s Square. It’s a free service for hotel guests and it zips you across the lagoon in about five minutes, whisking you through the busy channel in a sleek water-steed of polished timber. It makes you feel like a movie star before you even reach the hotel.

The American returned to Venice a few years later and repaid Giuseppe his 10,000 lire loan, adding a further 40,000 lire to help him to open a bar of his own. This Giuseppe duly did, naming it after its American benefactor and the famous “Harry’s Bar” was born.

Cipriani since opened a whole series of “Harry’s” around the world (although not the famous “Harry’s Bar” of “La Dolce Vita” fame in Rome, which has no connection with Cipriani). By 1958, Giuseppe Cipriani was able to fulfil


Once you’re there, the initial sensation of instant relaxation is one that will prove to be a lasting one. As the launch slows and floats to the pier, you catch your first glimpse of the Porticciolo poolside restaurant and the clinking of glasses and murmured conversation are the sounds you hear as you step up to the level of the sumptuous gardens. The hotel was built, extended and renovated many times during the last 55 years and its layout is somewhat ramshackle, but it’s all the more charming for its slight architectural eccentricities. In fact, one of its major strengths in terms of atmosphere is the fact that there are several parts to it that seem to remain almost independent of one another and it’s quite a pleasure to discover each one. Everywhere, there is a sense of history and each part feels and smells like a charming old building even though it is all in tip-top condition with the best of modern facilities, having undergone its last major renovation in 2011. The mature grounds’ hushed air of dignity gives you a hint of its previous life, which

was that of a convent. According to local legend, many of the wealthy merchants of the Serenissima Repubblica of Venice were wont to lock their daughters away in the convent where part of the hotel now stands. The idea was to “protect” them from the financial exposure of marriage so that their pennywise parents wouldn’t have to split their

inheritance unnecessarily. These were the times of notorious charmer Giacomo Casanova; a man with a reputation for seeking out and seducing women with a legendary success rate. The gardens became a fertile hunting ground for the lascivious lad as he found himself inexorably drawn to a place where some of Venice’s finest, most well-brought-up and loneliest young ladies were all together in one place. This is why the largest section of the Cipriani gardens are known as the “Casanova Gardens”; where his seductive spirit lives on today in the form of delicious fruits and herbs grown here for the hotel’s kitchen. Lunch time is possible the perfect time to arrive at the Cipriani, giving you an immediate focus and allowing you to get your bearings in relaxed circumstances, and the Gabbiano Bar is the place to go for an aperitif. This bar is a relatively new feature of the

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hotel, with an atmospheric art deco interior and a covered terrace that runs the length of the hotel’s impressively long (32m/105ft) swimming pool. It’s the only swimming pool in central Venice and is filled with filtered Venetian Lagoon sea-water.

The Fortuny Restaurant is undoubtedly the hotel’s star gourmet attraction, with a mouthwatering menu featuring some great regional and Italian specialities. Its setting is calm and verdant, with terraces right beside the lagoon, offering gorgeous views that will linger long in the memory. The accommodation range is quite wide and the relatively “organic” growth of the hotel over the years means that you get a number of different options according to budgets and taste.

Guests loll around, chatting, reading or sipping their drinks. The service is excellent throughout the Cipriani and you’ll get a sense of that as soon as you arrive. Great efforts are made to imbue the place with the sense of enjoyment of life, and of no problem being too great to be overcome with a smile and a pragmatic approach. Walking through to the Porticciolo Restaurant feels somewhat more grandiose. It’s a poolside restaurant but the terrace also offers a view of the lagoon itself. They usually have a buffet service, or you can avail of their surprisingly reasonably priced menu, with a variety of choices of local fish and dishes. The quality of food and drink at the Cipriani is something that the management has always prided itself on and that strong tradition is clearly still in evidence today. It was Giuseppe Cipriani himself who gave the world both the Bellini cocktail (a refreshing and fantastic softly-fizzing confection of the local ingredients of sparkling Prosecco wine and peach puree) and Carpaccio: the famous raw meat starter was invented in response to one client’s wish for an uncooked meat dish with flavour. The other main bar is Cip’s Club. This is located on the other side of the hotel; at the point where you would disembark on the public quay if you come by public transport. The hotel façade on this side is far more discreet, looking for all the world like a monastery, but the bar on Cip’s Terrace offers splendid open-water views across to St Mark’s Square. Cip’s is normally open only in the evening when the ambiance of Venice of twinkling lights is at its most serene.

If you want to do as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie do when they stay here, then the Palazzo Vendramin is the place for you. This is a self-contained apartment with its own private garden and butler service. It fronts out on to the lagoon with the view of St Mark’s, but looks so discreet and unremarkable a building from the public quay, that you would never suspect it was the pinnacle of luxury. Throughout the hotel’s common rooms and its private rooms, you’ll see plenty of Fortuny fabrics put to optimum usage. The theatrically-inspired designer is based in Venice and it’s heartening to see yet again, the notion of local quality produce being used long before it ever became a ubiquitous corporate objective. The list of celebrities that have stayed in the Cipriani is simply enormous. From the very outset, it drew the rich and famous as naturally as bees are drawn to honey. From the world of politics, everyone from Valery Giscard d’Estaing to Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher have all put their heads down for the night at the Cipriani, as well as the Prince and Princess of Sweden and Diana Princess of Wales. Film stars also love the place and the unfeasibly long list here includes the likes of the late Walter Matthau, Fay Dunaway, Laurence Olivier and Clint Eastwood. Amongst the growing crop of more recent film stars, George Clooney is a regular visitor. A couple of years ago, the Italian resident was attending a poolside party that went into the early hours a bit longer than the staff and residents would normally tolerate. An elderly American lady came down from her room to complain directly to the late-night revellers. Legend has it that Clooney emerged from the swimming pool still dressed in his dripping tuxedo, went straight to the complainant

and shook her hand, apologising profusely for disturbing her sleep. The lady, shocked at the sudden realisation that she was standing face-to-face with a Hollywood icon, broke into a smile, waved the whole thing away and returned to her room. As Casanova himself might have said, it’s amazing where charm will get you. Conor Power

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History and Legacy SHAKING THE WORLD

any pressure group, media outlet or even government. This is a notion with which anybody who lived through the Sixties will readily concur. Unfortunately, the group’s importance seemed to evaporate after their split. Without their continued dazzling presence on the world’s stage, the idea that The Beatles had been important on an extra-musical level receded from memory or comprehension like a mirage. Because of this, baby boomers sometimes find it difficult to convey to the sceptical young – and indeed the middleaged, for there has been more than one generation since The Beatles’ heyday – how and why they were a socio-political force. What with that and media commentators vacuously asserting that the fame of the Bay City Rollers/New Kids on the Block/One Direction was or is “just like Beatlemania,” it might be a profitable exercise to recap just why The Beatles are justifiably known as “Four Lads Who Shook the World.”

The Beatles


as it really nearly fifty years ago that John Lennon shocked vast swathes of the planet by declaring that The Beatles were more popular than Christ?

Indeed, ‘twas March 4 1966 that London’s Evening Standard newspaper printed an interview with the increasingly outspoken ‘moptop’ in which he said, “We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first — rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.” Although Britain mostly shrugged its shoulders, when the following August US teen magazine Datebook printed extracts of the interview, the reaction ranged from bonfires of Beatles records to death threats. Bill Harry, who as founder of the Mersey Beat music paper, watched and assisted the ascension of The Beatles, observes, “In the Fifties, John wouldn’t have said that because the whole environment was different. This was prior to the teenage revolution.” It was precisely because of that revolution that, far from destroying The Beatles’ career, the scandal barely dented it: the following year they assumed the status of musical divinities with the release of their groundbreaking Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP. Fittingly, it was The Beatles who had brought about the transformation of the environment that made them immune to old-order outrage. For The Beatles’ vast and incomparable influence was not predicated simply on their output – however transcendentally life-affirming and tirelessly innovative – but on the fact that they were as important as


The Beatles’ worldwide popularity – including, crucially, in then-insular America – gave their country a confidence like little it had known. Says Philip Norman, author of acclaimed Beatles biography Shout! as well as John Lennon: The Life, “They became the greatest moment of national glory in the twentieth century second to the Second World War. If you think of the mood of depression there’d been in the country after the Suez crisis and the pessimism of the young writers and playwrights at the end of the Fifties, suddenly for Britain to be the centre of the world quite unexpectedly was extraordinary.” But The ‘Fab Four’ were important above and beyond globe-straddling commercial success. They somehow came to stand for something colossal, namely a burgeoning belief in freedom: freedom to sleep with

whom you pleased, regardless of whether you were unwed, to sleep with a member of the same sex, to take recreational drugs, to speak or write profanely or disrespectfully, to divorce untraumatically if a marriage was not working, to not be disadvantaged or penalised because of accent, race or background and to not be at the mercy of the myriad rules and customs that in those days covered society in a suffocating cloak of pettiness and meant humiliatingly being denied jobs, service or the right to use facilities on some arbitrary aspect of appearance. Not that The Beatles ever articulated a political programme – although Lennon in the dying, Bed-In punctuated days of the group came close – but like most of their generation they found it axiomatically true in a way their parents’ age group did not that, as long as their behaviour harmed no one else, they should be able to do as they pleased regardless of what the Archbishop of Canterbury or the Daily Express said. Says Harry of the cultural spearhead The Beatles constituted, “It was like something bursting out. It had to happen, and The Beatles were the one who lanced the boil.”

The Beatles’ status as the most famous people of their generation and, by common consensus, the world’s most gifted recording artists, gave them the de facto position of leaders for this freedom moment. Harry: “They became like icons who people associated with and who followed all their adventures as they broke down barriers left, right and centre … There were more teenagers and suddenly they wanted a voice. The young lads didn’t want to just follow their fathers to have their first drink in the local pub and then become an apprentice in the same job. They wanted music, they wanted excitement in their lives. They began earning money. The Beatles led the way for them. So many people were inspired by The Beatles all over the world to turn to music and other things, to change their professions. To have better aspirations.” Norman says, “It was a sort of spirit that went into everything. The past was being reinvented in a new and exciting and chic kind of way. The Beatles’ [spirit] extended into fashion and graphics and everything else and everybody wanted to look like them. The power of the young shifted from just being able to buy records and clothes to actually making statements about how they wanted the world to be. It would be hard to imagine this happening without The Beatles. They were like a magic charm or mantra. You only had to say their name and people listened,

and that would be in Parliament [or] Timothy Leary preaching LSD. It really did have this kind of mystical effect. They could be shaped

to any purpose.” Class in early Sixties Britain was still pitiless, a failure to have attended the right school or possess the requisite accent forming a barrier to career and therefore life advancement. The Beatles were four mostly working class young men with the sort of regional voices then rarely aired in the media who exuded an irreverent attitude that shockingly communicated that they did not know their place. The effect wrought by such people being loved by the entire country was incalculable. Norman notes, “It was a sort of inversion of class. The idea that the posh accent no longer just ruled this country and defined this country in the way it always had. The concept of being working class became very romantic. It was seen as honesty because the Profumo affair had exposed the Tory upper class, or seemed to, as corrupt and seedy.” The Beatles, up until around 1967, were not overtly rebellious in the manner of The Rolling Stones. However, there was a power in their initial smiling, besuited solicitousness and the agreeable mein that persisted even as they got all hairy and trippy. Norman: “They removed the generation gap there’d always been in popular music. Nobody really disliked The Beatles.” It was The Beatles’ very charm that made the values of their generation unthreatening to the Establishment. This in turn lowered the old order’s resistance to change. All of this is why by the time The Beatles definitively departed the stage with the announcement of Paul McCartney’s writ to dissolve the band in December 1970, the liberal reforms, informal or statutory, that had swept the world in the preceding eight years were genuinely partly due to them. In many countries, drug and divorce laws had been transformed, homosexuality decriminalised and freedom to be vulgar, profane, blasphemous or disrespectful confirmed, with

THE BEATLES STORY In Liverpool’s Albert Dock, five minutes from the famous Cavern Club that helped birth The Beatles, is located a newer point of pilgrimage. Significantly, The Beatles Story is described on its website not as a museum or exhibition but an “experience.” Explains MD Jerry Goldman, “It makes you feel like you’re walking back into the Sixties and walking through the Cavern Club and through Hamburg. [That] makes it something very special.” The landmark re-creations also include old Beatles haunt The Grapes pub, the Casbah Club that saw the band’s entrée and cobbled Liverpool streets. Storyboards, cabineted memorabilia like George Harrison’s first guitar and an audio guide all combine to make an integrated tour. Narrated by Lennon’s half-sister Julia Baird, the audio guide brings in people like Paul McCartney and Brian Epstein to talk to the visitor. Beatles producer George Martin, Sgt. Pepper cover designer Peter Blake and first Beatles manager Allan Williams are amongst those who have contributed specially recorded comments.

at least strides having been made in those directions in numerous other nations. Most important of all, however, was the overarching live-and-let-live philosophy that had begun to take permanent hold, one inconceivable to previous generations ingrained from birth with the acceptance of the idea that an individual’s own morality and appearance was something to be decided less by conscience than by church leaders, employers, landlords, government ministers or peer pressure. The folk memory of their role of standard bearers for those seeking a brave new world is what explains the unmatched affection in which The Beatles continue to be held four decades after their demise. “It’s different,” Norman says of their stature in comparison to the popularity of subsequent pop phenomena. “They are loved. It’s a not a question of numbers and statistics. You can find lots of other acts who sold more units than The Beatles, but it’s the actual emotion that’s still there. They just are the most beloved performers probably ever.” Sean Egan is the editor of “The Mammoth Book of The Beatles” (Robinson).

The brainchild of Beatles musician contemporary Mike Byrne and wife Bernadette, The Beatles Story got off to a false start as Beatle City around thirty years ago but in May 1990 Byrne tried again with funding from Wembley PLC. The result was a project that has ballooned from 8000 square feet to thirty-five on two sites attracting close to 300,000 visitors per year. An entire area has been added devoted to The Beatles’ solo careers, as has an interactive discovery zone that has proved tremendously popular with the school groups that visit in rates of at least one per day during term time. A Starbucks has even been incorporated to enable rest and refreshment. Though there is no formal authorisation or blessing from The Beatles, the two camps live in peace, not least because The Beatles Story shifts vast quantities of official Beatles merchandise. Goldman is not worried about a dying market. “When we get the school groups standing on the stairs waiting to come in, they’re all happily singing Beatle songs,” he notes. “It gives you a feeling that the legacy’s just going to continue.”

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ack in the mists of time mankind became both awed and inspired by mountains, even fearful of them. They have been symbols of godly worship, places of challenge and conquest, even protective refuges in times of conflict. There is one mountain of course which literally stands dominant above the rest, and can seem foreboding - Mount Everest.

During an expedition fundraising tour in 1923, a New York journalist once asked the English mountaineer George Mallory, who died in his final attempt to scale the world’s largest mountain the following year, why climb Everest? “Because it’s there,” replied Mallory. Those brief words appropriately sum up the fascination Everest has held for those who would dare to try and conquer the killer giant, which was only ‘officially’ discovered by young surveyor Andrew Waugh in 1856. The giant was listed on Waugh’s chart as simply ‘Peak 15’ and, perhaps rather sycophantically, he urged his military boss that it should be named after him. Now, Colonel Sir George Everest, being the sort of modest chap he was, even though he held the grand title of Surveyor-General of India,


pooh-poohed the suggestion. Regardless of his protest, the Royal Geographical Society adopted Waugh’s idea and made it official in 1865. However, the actual English pronunciation of the mountain does not match George Everest’s last surname. The colonel was an Eve-rest as opposed to how history has since named the lofty monolith all 29,029 feet of it. By the way, Mallory wasn’t being flippant in his brevity. In fact he qualified his retort with: “Everest is the highest mountain in the world, and no man has reached its summit. Its existence is a challenge. The answer is instinctive, a part, I suppose, of man’s desire to conquer the universe.” At the time of its discovery, Everest and the Himalayas were completely unexplored, unmapped and unknown. Not even the indigenous people, Nepalese and Tibetan, had explored this vast mountain range and most of the peaks were nameless. But from its first discovery, it was to be almost another 100 years before Everest was thoroughly charted and finally climbed in 1953. Every schoolboy at that time and since will have known the names of its conquering heroes - New Zealander Edmund Hillary and his faithful Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay. The legendary pulling power that is Everest has not lost its potency today. Does man - and woman for that matter - still go there out of ego or arrogance? Or is it the sheer wonder and beauty of this majestic, unmoving beast that attracts? Never before has there been available to ordinary pilgrims, mere mortals like you and I, so many opportunities to travel to the Himalayas to view the breathtaking landscapes, Everest itself, and even to

ascend the mountain. The Mountain which, by the way, is also known as Sagarmatha, by the Nepalese - forehead in the sky - and Chomolungma - goddess, mother of the world - by the Tibetans. So, I guess, in terms of gender identification, that makes Everest a grand lady. Perhaps the more Freudian believers among you might identify that as reason enough why so many men have wanted to scale it! Seen from an appreciative distance on the Nepal side, Everest looms proud and defying, whilst a sprawling glacier fills the valley in front. In the very foreground and giving scale to the scene, are what appear to be little yellow dots - these are actually trekkers, mountaineers and guides in brightly-coloured hi-tech safety gear, milling about the South Base Camp. For your own real perspective of

this amazing sight, it’s certainly worth going online taking a look at the GlacierWorks website - - where you’ll find some truly astounding panoramic views, including a 360 degree one of Everest with her nearby smaller sister, Pumori. The name means unmarried daughter in Sherpa language.

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Let’s face it Everest, in the early and mid 20th century, was mainly for ‘the chaps.’ Those went to see and conquer all knew each other - they were from Winchester, Cambridge, Oxford or others in the public school and college network. The offspring of wellheeled society, few actually worked and they appeared at the base not

really dressed for the part, in woollen tweed. Their attitude towards the locals who carried their ‘stuff ’ for them was that of master and servant, often served up with a large dollop of distain. They traipsed all over the Himalayas, puffing away on their pipes, routing for specimens and souvenirs. They even audaciously named places after themselves.

over 6000m - that’s 19,685 feet in old money. Anyone who lives an active life and is in good health will enjoy a Himalayan trek. With a travel company like World Expeditions, the emphasis is in providing you with “a rewarding trekking experience.” Tourists to the region usually come to the area from the south, Nepal. This was not an option in past times, the only approach available being on the Tibetan side. Apart from that, the landscape has changed little from the days when the Old Etonians paced the slopes. The big mountain, named after the double glazing company - only joking of course - sits in the middle of it all, commanding homage. In the tourist high season - which is midSeptember to early December - 10,000 visitors on average enter through the surrounding Sagarmatha national park. The trail to here is north from the tiny airstrip at Lukla, always teeming with trekkers, and is at times more like a line at a busy taxi rank than a walking exercise. It’s all worth the effort however, as the valley you find yourself in is absolutely stunning. A tumbling, frothing river runs through it and its green, tree-massed slopes run down to where everyday local folk are tending their fields. They have little to do with this marching throng - but their lives are affected by them. It’s all a matter of attractive presentation for the tourists. Their dwellings

yet modern technology is in evidence. All but the very elderly have mobile phones. Mountains and mobiles, in terms of getting a signal, usually don’t really go too well together. But here, the mobiles used by the indigenous are not just for show. If you wanted some peace, quiet and escape from life back home for a week or so and thought you would be call-free, a break here is not so I’m afraid. Surprisingly, there exist very few places in this part of the mountain range where you can’t receive a signal. There’s a certain thing that hasn’t changed since the days of the college guys of yore. Sherpa folk will still carry your belongings for you. Something you may be very grateful for if you find you’ve been a bit zealous in the baggage department and that backpack is taking its toll. Remember, by letting them do the honours for a modest charge, you’ll also be contributing to the local economy. It poses perhaps a bit of a dilemma for the modern trekker. He has to choose between the weight on his back and the weight of guilt from letting someone else take the burden.

The Sherpa porters are usually paid according to what they carry, so they don’t shirk when it comes to big loads because the more they carry the more cash they make. Tips are on top, naturally. There are some scary sights, enough to make you wince. These tough but short guys on the trails carry heavy and wellNowadays it’s different. Anyone of stacked loads. They’re perceptive age, with a sense of adventure The Sherpa porters are usually paid yaks in human form! and perhaps looking to fill a lifetime Travel company World according to what they carry, so they don’t ambition to discover for themselves Expeditions imposes shirk when it comes to big loads because the a 30kg (just over 60 this Holy Grail of places ‘to see before you die,’ can visit and wonder for lbs) weight limit on its more they carry the more cash they make. themselves at the startling beauty of Sherpas. The sensible the Everest experience. The Himalayas trekker should really are not just for expert mountain climbers are lovingly clean and decorated, the need no more than half that maximum of and experienced hill walkers. There’s a range obligatory ethnic ‘prayer wheels’ colourfully baggage, which if you’re going the distance, is of treks on offer through the various travel painted to stand out even from a distance and still a good weight. It’s about equal to carrying and tourist companies servicing this part of an average three-year-old around with you. the globe (see listings below) to suit all ages and abilities. This can be from a gentle hike in the lusher foothills to more challenging high-altitude ventures in the peaks, rising to

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you’ve penetrated a steep wooded area you reach a clearing and there it is - your first close-up view of the towering lady herself, Everest. But there’ll be opportunity to see it even better and closer later on from the Everest base camp itself. Not all choose to make Everest itself their destination. There is a choice with many of the World Expeditions itineraries, and you can take the trail to the popular Gokyo with its picturesque lakes and hills. Climb these and you get an excellent view over to Everest, but it does take six days to get there. Whichever you choose, you are getting higher all the time and it is essential to acclimatise for at least a couple of nights, which is usually at Namche Bazar. You’ll start to get a bit light-headed now. This near township is itself at 3,440m and whilst your heart rate and breathing should be pretty much as normal, you may get some mild headaches. It’s during sleep that odd things occur, like having very intense and quite vivid dreams. They’re almost extra dimensional and will often, when you wake, make you feel still tired. It is said that these dreams, when in full flight, can actually make you feel, well, how can I put it? A bit perky perhaps?! Again, apparently, this happens whatever your adult age. So there

travellers about. The terrain at Gokyo is no longer a wilderness devoid of humans. It’s a focal point of popularity with those who have a single purpose. That is to take in and savour the extraordinary natural beauty and spectacle of the place. You are reminded in no uncertain terms that this is the highest mountain in the world. Gokyo’s lakes are pea green, their waters chill. After a good night’s sleep, trekkers climb Gokyo Ri, the hill above the village, for that view of their lives, if clear weather allows it. But clouds or not, the feeling of elation runs through each and every pilgrim. They’ve made it.

On the return to Namche, should the fancy There are a number of overnight lodges take you, you could go and see the yeti available but World Expeditions has some scalp proudly displayed in a monastery in new permanent campsites in the area. By neighbouring Khumjung, or back to the using the latter you can avoid some of the market to buy more souvenirs – like yak busier tourist places and the campsites have bells for instance. For those with a sense of the advantage of being located in more history for the place, Namche also has a small secluded spots, away from the main trail. museum with photographs and artefacts held Remember, you’re beating a close path to for posterity from the many expeditions to the biggest mountain on earth, so don’t Everest, including those of Mallory’s 1921 expect five star hotels. But you won’t be team. One picture shows him with his men really be roughing it - the campsites have and the first thing that hits you is the way capacious tents with campbeds complete they’re dressed. All in Tweed wool outfits, with mattresses. Everything is totally inappropriate for the mountain kept clean and hygienic, even environment. More like a salmon One or more are cooks, who produce the loos which are of the ‘green’ fishing party in the Highlands of some amazing meals - chicken specials, Scotland. Mallory died on Everest in composting type. curries, pizzas, a variety of puddings and 1924, as mentioned earlier, and it is Trekking groups are usually a marvel in itself how he managed to cakes, all cooked on a paraffin stove. of eight to ten people and ascend the giant wearing such gear. you’ll have no fear of not being Seated on the left of the photo is supervised and looked after properly. For such you go. A sort of mountain air aphrodisiac! George Mallory himself who, as mentioned, a small lot, there are usually up to a couple of would subsequently die on Everest in an dozen professional escort guides and support After the experience, you could always try expedition three years later. staff for each group. Yes, you did read that and concentrate on a bit of souvenir hunting. correctly - as many as 24 men and women Namche has a quaint Tibetan market selling There are 700 trekking companies in Nepal catering for your needs. all sorts of things - including a roaring trade registered with the government. One of in fake designer stuff from across the Chinese the best known is Himalayan Glacier One or more are cooks, who produce some border - an Irish pub, would you believe, and Trekking. Kul Prasad Dhital - or ‘KP’ as he’s amazing meals - chicken specials, curries, a German bakery and of course plenty of yaks affectionately known - has been a professional pizzas, a variety of puddings and cakes, all to bump into, also resting and taking a break. trekking guide for 14 years, most of that time cooked on a paraffin stove. Yak dung is used with HGT. for heating. If you still have the wherewithal Journeying on from Namche, the landscape and are not too tired after supper, you can starts to open up. Leaving the valley behind, “Trekking is my passion,” he told La Dolce play cards into the night with the Sherpas. the scenery becomes more expansive, Vita. “I have always found my task exciting. One game’s called Goo Kha Tauko - which spectacular and on a larger scale as you It has huge liability, and there have been affectionately translates as shithead in Nepali, arrive in the bosom of the mountains… and times when I felt a bit challenged in my and when it gets too cold you can retire to there’s Everest again, still a little way off yet responsibility. But I stay cheerful in order to your tent and zip up for the night, as snug as and part secluded by its neighbour, Lhotse. face whatever the job throws at me; otherwise the proverbial bug. But it’s grander as you marvel at the steep you can lose respect with clients very quickly.” and glistening sides, as is another alpine KP was somewhat daunted last year when a You’re greeted in the morning with a mug of companion, Ama Dablam. At this point you call from his boss informed that he was to tea and heated water to do your ablutions, understand why the magnetism and magic of be chief guide to a group of 40, all intending before a porridge breakfast. Then it’s a case goddess Everest has beckoned and drawn in to trek to the base camp on the Nepal side of getting your gear together before heading so many over the years. of Everest. It was the biggest group he’d ever off for another day of adventure. On the handled. way closer to your majestic goal, you cross At 4,000m - that’s two and a half miles bridges generously decorated with prayer high - trekkers pass through the village of “I can’t exactly figure out how many hundreds scarves streaming in the breeze. The bridges Mong, with its people going about their daily even thousands of trekkers I have guided are suspended high over a river but your business and then branch off from the main through the various routes to Everest, through dizzy fears are fast overcome by the incredible route up to the base camp. Having come the Annapurna and Langtang regions and vista to be had while you walk on. Then, once so far, you’ll be amazed at the number of many more others in Nepal. As years go by,


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I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been to the Everest Base Camp. When I was told about this especially large group I was feeling the moment. It was a milestone in my career.” Fortunately for KP, the management of Himalayan Glacier Trekking decided that he needed two other senior guides as back up, eight assistant guides, 13 Sherpa porters and five yaks. The main reason was the number of more mature folk destined for the trip, including a few British pensioners. KP recalls that after a day’s sightseeing in Kathmandu by the group soon after their arrival, he introduced himself to each member. The youngest was an 18-year-old American female and the eldest was a greatgrandmother from Plymouth in Devon, aged 84. Edna was accompanied on the adventure by her son Keith, a Devonshire businessman and retailer and her daughter-in law Janice, both in their early sixties. Adds KP: “I had taken a 75-year-old gentleman to the Everest base camp, very successfully, but with an extra 10 years in the case of this lady, it was obvious this was going to be a challenge for us.” The next day, they flew to the small airstrip at Lukla and assembled on site everything that was needed for the trek. Before starting the hike, KP decided to divide the 40 into four sub groups to be led by him and the other three senior guides. “Everything went as scheduled and without any major problems, except that some of the trekkers had some minor symptoms of altitude sickness,” KP explained. The group were fortunate enough also to have an experienced mountaineer in their midst - a 58-yearold German engineer, Rudi Werner. According to KP, he encouraged every member to carry on after some rest despite some of the group experiencing AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). “Of course, we were fully prepared for any problems we might possibly face during the trip. The guides all had medical kits, oxymeters, oxygen,

Gamow bag, and there was even a horse for carrying someone in case of emergency. That equipment was vital if we were to achieve our goal.” If you were wondering, a Gamow is an inflatable pressure bag big enough to fit a person inside. It simulates the conditions at lower altitudes in order to help alleviate the symptoms of AMS.

I would have enjoyed more freedom, more time to myself on the trails to appreciate the scenery. It seems that we spent far too much time in a tight line in our own groups and there wasn’t much time for solitary trekking. Again, that is my personal style and the reason I probably wouldn’t sign on for another group trek.”

A week after leaving Lukla, the entire entourage reached Everest Base Camp, including Edna. “Beams of satisfaction ran in our faces and I looked at each of the participants,” said KP. “They all were singing and dancing for joy,” he enthused. “If I were to be honest, the other guides and I did not expect a 100 per cent success with this trip. I just felt so proud of myself, my team colleagues, and for Himalaya Glacier Trekking. To take and manage 40 people in a group together in the mountains is quite a challenge, let alone getting them all safe and well to the base camp of Everest.”

Praise too for the guides and their team from Penny, a 56-year-old head teacher from Kirkcaldy in Fife. “It was so well organised, we had enough support for the group size and they knew their business very well. We had people who educated us along the way. They deserve a medal for getting 40 people both to and from base camp. KP is not only an outstanding guide he is a conscious human being. His love for Nepal, its indigenous cultures, the mountains and environment, shows through his sparkling eyes and giant heart. This set the tone for everyone, porters, trekkers, et al - the entire team.”

Other Brits on the trip included Phil who, at 55, runs a small electronics firm in Doncaster. He told us: “It was just beyond anything one could hope for. My wife Sue and I have been on many guided trips in remote areas and nothing we experienced can compare or is even close to this experience. The service from the company was amazing. The attention and support given to Edna was superb. The knowledge of KP and his team was first rate and the ‘special knowing’ they had of everyone’s condition day to day was totally professional. It was an honour to trek with these guys. We loved them all.”

“I’m confident that Himalayan Glacier Trekking is by far, the most superior trekking company in Nepal,” commented senior business banker James, 58, from Weybridge in Surrey. “Words cannot express how impressed I was by the HGT team. Simply put, I have never received such immense customer support from any company in any country. Also, I have never seen a team of individuals who value their customer’s satisfaction in the way this does. It was truly incredible adventure and I honestly believe that they are a shining example of how all client-based businesses should be run.”

Derek from Bromley, a retired architect, added: “I have to hand it to them for getting everyone to the base camp goal. That was quite an incredible feat and they obviously knew what they were doing. My only knock on their services doesn’t make much sense for the group as a whole, but for me personally,

This goes to prove that more advanced years can defy the universal challenges to the body during a week-long trek to the Everest base camp, and provide an exhilarating experience into the bargain. There have of course been those of more mature years who have gone further in self demands and physical defiance

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of Everest. Last year, a Japanese woman, aged 73, stunned the mountaineering fraternity as well as the rest of the world by successfully climbing its tallest mountain. It has set a formidable record for someone of her age and it could stay unchallenged for decades to come. Tamae Watanabe made her ascent from the north ridge route that begins in Tibet. She had left Kathmandu for the mountain a month previously, but had to reschedule her summit plans twice because of erratic weather that was making the upper slopes of the mountain hazardous. Tamae was among 30 climbers to reach the top, a week behind schedule. Several and much younger experienced climbers abandoned the challenge but Tamae, undeterred by the season’s natural but foul weather elements, kept on going to conquer Everest. This wasn’t her first achievement on the mountain. When Tamae was 63 (in 2002), she scaled it from the southeast ridge route in Nepal, setting up a previous age record. Watanabe, a retired office worker from Yamanashi Prefecture, is one of two Japanese women who have set records on Mount Everest. Junko Tabei, a member of the Japanese Women’s Everest Expedition team, secured her spot in mountaineering history in 1975 by becoming the first woman ever to climb the mountain, but this was when she was 36. In 2008, two male septuagenarians climbed to the summit of Everest within two days of each other. The first was Nepal-born Min Bahadur Sherchan, 76, to be followed hours later by Japan’s Yuichiro Miura, at the age of 75. It was our own Sir Ranulph Fiennes who, in 2009, reached the summit of Everest on what was his third attempt at conquering the Himalayan giant and, then at 65, became the oldest Briton ever to reach the peak. The veteran explorer became the first man to cross the North and South poles and climb the world’s highest peak, all in the name of charity. During his 2005 attempt, Sir Ranulph had a heart attack at 8,500 metres and in 2008 was forced to turn back at 8,400 metres after suffering from exhaustion. The record-breaking adventurer raised £3 million for the Marie Curie Cancer Cure Care appeal after achieving what he called his “personal goal.” His incredible triumph came six years after a triple heart bypass operation following a heart attack.


For the record, the first Brits to climb to the top of Everest by gender are Nottingham’s Doug Scott in 1975 and journalist and TV presenter Rebecca Stephens from London, in 1993. A specialist in exercise science, Michael Joyner, told La Dolce Vita: “My guess is that as more people ‘age up’ and have been active their whole lives and are really committed, we will see more interesting things from those in the 60-to-80 age range. Maybe they will inspire a nation where many sit all day in front of a computer.” The short answer is that most of society is not pushing itself hard enough, however, at the same time, there is this emerging sub group of fit or superfit middle-aged and older people who are redefining things.” He concluded: “There have been isolated examples of exceptional feats by people in their 40s and 50s for many years. These are happening more often and are more widely noticed.” While few of us, at any age, may never come close to the exceptional levels of fitness shown by Wantanabe, Sherchan, Fiennes and their peers in achieving their goals, inactivity doesn’t help. Exercise physiologist Barbara Bushman says a quarter of adults over 65 are totally inactive, while less than 40 per cent meet the basic recommendations for exercise to stay healthy. These recommendations are 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity, such as jogging or swimming. When Bushman heard about Watanabe, she laughed and said: “Now, that is successful aging! Although not everyone has interest or ability to achieve a feat like climbing Everest, people of all ages can take steps today to develop a complete exercise program.” She concluded: “It’s a fact of life that one is never too old or too young to invest in their future health.” Meanwhile, the Himalayas are still forming, rising into the skies of the sub-continent at a rate of a few millimetres per year and like many other places on earth, climate change is affecting Everest. Now it’s your turn…..

Graham C Garnett

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here comes a time in life when it’s worth re-assessing priorities. Once the family is off doing their own thing, there’s a little more time and probably no one to please, especially, except oneself. At this time, fulfilling long held ambitions is a must in my book. Commentators talk about the third age gap year. I think of it more as a subtle shift in perspective that’s a product of experience. Also, time away from routine can effect a very welcome diversion. Perhaps if you combine a break in the everyday, with travel to beautiful places and the opportunity to experience a phenomenon of breath taking magnificence, then I might even suggest you may well be looking at something positively life changing.

Last year I made just such a decision and booked a trip to experience the Aurora Borealis which was on my own ‘must do’ list. It needed ticking off sooner rather than later, I thought. So I plumped for Finland. In addition I felt I could tackle the postChristmas blues by setting off on my travels in late January. In fact any time between September and April is ideal to witness this particular natural spectacle and 2012 just happened to be a year of unusual sunspot activity. For those who didn’t concentrate at school, which was me, I hasten to add, the sun’s activity can be assessed by the number of sunspots we can actually see which have released energy into space. The more energy

generated, the more dramatic a spectacle in our skies. However, like everything natural, the Northern Lights vary and are, in fact, cyclical. Research tells us that solar activity usually goes in an 11 year cycle. Luckily this has been increasing since 2008 so I can only suggest now would be a great time to book your trip. Of course, for me there was research of all kinds to do both in terms of the phenomenon itself and also the best package to book. That’s not all, as a single traveller I wanted to ensure it was a holiday with an element of socialising too. There is certainly a market for single travel and I think it has lost its previously negative connotations. After all there are 101 reasons for wishing to travel solo and it’s not usually to do with having a lonely heart! Therefore, spending time with interesting people who shared a passion for what we had all come to witness is a recipe for some fantastic evenings and I recommend this kind of adventure heartily. If seeing the Northern Lights is something you wish to explore, it seems this is no longer intrepid explorer territory; it is open to all. I soon discovered there are so many ways of viewing the Aurora Borealis and you have a wealth of destinations to choose from too. Iceland, Norway, Finland, Northern Canada, Alaska, for example, are all sites where watching the Aurora Borealis is truly spectacular. Travel companies are taking their responsibilities very seriously and you can go Northern Lights chasing, like I did, or you can perhaps participate in a leisurely cruise which will allow you to watch the display in relative comfort. In fact, a cruise allows one to evade


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light pollution, which does so much to diminish the display. But local knowledge plays a large part in ensuring travellers see what they have travelled miles to experience and I was lucky enough to be with people who knew the hot spots. Cloud cover too can be a difficult thing to evade of course; Icelanders call the Northern Lights ‘The Temperamental Lady; you can decide why for yourself and I make no comment! Yet if you do make the effort to go in search of this incredible natural spectacle you will experience so much, not least the clear air and that feeling of being in the presence of something other-worldly. I did feel extremely small and insignificant it must be said, but some would say that is not a bad thing! However, it’s not all about nature; modern technology is being harnessed to make the very best of the experience and in Finland, for example, there is a Geophysical Observatory in Sodankylä which sends messages to tourists just when the night sky is going to be at its best. This necessitates jumping up from whatever you are doing, wrapping up warm and stepping out under the night sky. Never has a text message been quite this exciting and I was rewarded by some stunning displays. It really did feel like being jolted awake in the crisp night air for something I may well never experience again in my lifetime. Standing with my head back as far as I was able, I finally understood how the Aurora Borealis forms, when solar winds come up against the Earth’s magnetic field. Particles and dust are snagged and brought down until they collide with

gases in the ionosphere causing the distinctive glow of the Northern lights. There, you see, I was concentrating but then it was exhilarating! I also discovered why the light glows in such different colours; that’s down to the types of gas. The most dramatic is high altitude oxygen which gives a blue or red display, or Aurora as they are called. I would have been a scientist if physics lessons had been anything like that, and as a consequence of my trip I have developed a passion and thirst for knowledge on this subject which is a lasting legacy.

I enjoy holidays, and there was a time when lazing by the pool with a stack of books was my idea of a break and all I needed. But these days I want more. Perhaps it’s the thought of time’s winged chariot at my heels or the fact I am looking for something to add to my life experience rather than simply being an escape from it. I know, having seen the Aurora Borealis, my life will never be quite the same. And life has taught me how to appreciate the moment rather than always looking for the next hit. Vivienne Neale

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Property for sale Chateau de la Durantie Hidden away in the vast swathe that is southern France is one of the prettiest and most unspoilt departements – the Tarn. This lies to the north of the Languedoc and south east of Dordogne and although far less well known than either of those well-trodden areas, is highly treasured by the intrepid Brits who have discovered it. Toulouse and Rodez airports are only 50 minutes away and Paris can be easily reached by whizzing up the E9. The Tarn is peppered with beautifully preserved fortified medieval villages, such as Puycelsi and Castelnau de Montmiral, and there’s a host of captivating towns to visit including Albi, which was the birth place of the diminutive French artist, Toulouse-Lautrec. Just outside Castlenau, an ambitious project - Chateau de la Durantie - is underway. This is being created through the vision of Tony Dowse, who runs the UK development company, Environ Communities and his financial director, David Boden. David, with his wife, Jeanne (who is project manager), moved to the Tarn 16 years ago and they have been instrumental, along with Paul Salvador, the mayor of Castelnau, in obtaining planning for the scheme. Chateau de la Durantie is the perfect location for a second home. Quiet, rural but close enough to the village shops and restaurants; when completed it will have its own gamut of facilities for residents to enjoy. The backbone of the scheme is to turn the elegant Belle Epoque chateau into a country club and spa – to be used by members only, who will be made up of both property owners and locals. The chateau is surrounded by 37 acres of gloriously wooded grounds, in which small clusters of new houses will be built to a high specification, and in the local vernacular, with wooden beams and cathedral ceilings. “We want the whole development to be as rustic as possible” says Tony Dowse. Within the chateau, there will be a drawing room, library, private dining room, bistro and bar. A spa, indoor infinity pool and outdoor pool, vegetable and formal gardens will also be created and by the time the project is finished, two tennis courts, a croquet lawn, a beach volley court, allotments, playground and 9-hole pitch-and-putt will also grace the grounds. “We are also intending to create some artists’ workshops and I am hoping that the locals will use these. We want to encourage the local community to be a part of this development, and some are already showing interest in the houses” says Tony. The properties are being sold off-plan and the target is for the first 18, plus the spa, bistro and gardens to be ready by mid-2014. Owners can only use their property as a second home and have to make it available for rental for a proportion of the year. Prices range from €325,000 for a two bedroom apartment up to €750,000 for a five bedroom house. A leaseback purchase option is also available. Mary Wilson For further information contact: Chateau de la Durantie:; 01732 848316. Or email:


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delivered exceptional ride quality for a sports car together with excellent traction. Power came from a 3.8-litre version of the XK sixcylinder engine, which in different sizes and states of tune powered all Jaguar’s cars at that time. Jaguar claimed 265bhp and a headlinegrabbing top speed of 150mph, though both stats were optimistic. Press road-test E-types had to be specially prepared to make sure they really could reach 150mph. The press, predictably, raved about the new Jaguar when it was launched at the Geneva motor show in 1961. Few cars could match the head-turning looks of either the open roadster or closed coupé E-type, and still fewer could equal its all-out performance and handling, yet still be so docile and easy to drive. No rival offered anything like the E-type’s value for money: at just over £2000 it was half the price of a Ferrari or an Aston Martin. This was a supercar anyone could aspire to. Not everyone fitted very well into the E-type, however. Early cars had flat floors, which restricted footwell space and left taller drivers feeling cramped. Jaguar quickly expanded the footwells and repositioned the seats. There was also criticism of the gearbox, an ancient Moss unit which was tricky at the best of times and had no synchromesh on first gear. The solution to that had to wait until 1964 when a new Jaguar-designed gearbox was introduced, together with a more flexible 4.2-litre engine.

Enzo Ferrari, who knew a thing or two about fast cars, said the Jaguar E-type was the most beautiful car ever made. A few years ago, when the Daily Telegraph asked readers to nominate the best looking cars of all time, the E-type attracted four times as many votes as the car in second place. For five decades the E-type has been the road-going epitome of British cool.


f you were Somebody in the Swinging Sixties, you drove an E-type. George Harrison, Duane Eddy, Tony Curtis, Brigitte Bardot, Dean Martin, George Best – the list goes on. The Dave Clark Five had a string of them, which featured in films and album covers. The closing titles to Simon Dee’s cult BBC chat-show showed him speeding away in a white E-type roadster, and Roger Moore would have driven a similar one in The Saint if Jaguar hadn’t turned down the offer (the producers went to Volvo for a P1800 instead). Everything from National Benzole petrol to Jack Purcell plimsolls was advertised using the E-type’s effortless appeal. But there was more to the E-type than just good looks. Conventional cars of the time


– including the E-type’s predecessors, the XK series – used a steel chassis frame, with a separate body placed on top. The E-type adopted a much more sophisticated structure which had been introduced on Jaguar’s D-type racing car in the 1950s: the centre section of the car, from the windscreen to the back of the cockpit, was a stressed-skin ‘tub’ where the body panels carried some of the structural loads, much like an aircraft fuselage. By using the body to do more than just keep the rain out, the whole car could use materials more efficiently, which meant less weight and a lower centre of gravity. The E scored over the D with a sophisticated new independent rear suspension system, shared with the big Mark X saloon, which

Two years later Jaguar added a 2+2 coupé to the range, a longer wheelbase and higher roofline creating space for small rear seats – though some people grumbled that the proportions were not quite as perfect as before. Numerous detail changes were made on what became known as the ‘Series 1 1/2’ cars of 1967, then more radical changes were implemented on the Series 2 E-types of 1968. The headlamps were repositioned and the oval air intake in the nose was enlarged – a boon for the US market, where what Americans called the ‘XK E’ was offered with airconditioning.

It was American regulations which prompted the biggest change of all. Tightening emissions standards progressively throttled the US E-type’s power output down to as

little as 177bhp, and the only solution was to introduce an engine with larger capacity. A 5.3-litre V12 engine was inserted under the shapely bonnet of the Series 3 E-type in 1971,

to fix, so it makes more sense to buy the best you can find. Cheaper cars will be available from private sellers, and classic car auctions can be a source of bargains but are risky for all but professional buyers. The best cars will come from classic car specialists with a reputation to protect. Excellent early roadsters are the most valuable, at around £90,000, with V12s around £50,000 and six-cylinder 2+2s around £30,000. Less-than-excellent cars are likely to have engines that overheat, so-so brakes and electrics, and rust compromising the car’s structural integrity. Accident damage to the (large and expensive) bonnet is also common, as much of the nose is hidden from the driver’s view.

restore the lost power and delivering even higher levels of refinement and flexibility. The two-seat coupé was dropped, leaving just the open roadster and 2+2, both now using the longer wheelbase. Wider and more modern steel disc wheels were adopted, along with flared arches. It was a successful update for the final few years of E-type production which ended with a run of 50 ‘Commemorative’ roadsters in 1974, all but one of them painted black.

Fortunately specialists like Sussex-based Eagle can not only restore an E-type to its original condition, they can also improve and upgrade the car to make it more reliable and more usable in modern conditions. Eagle can make more than 100 modifications, everything from electronic ignition – which improves reliability and reduces maintenance – to a five-speed gearbox and a 4.7-litre aluminium-block engine with modern engine management electronics. The full package costs around £300,000, but that’s still something of a bargain when you compare it to the stratospheric value of a classic Aston Martin or Ferrari.

Fifty years on from its launch, the E-type makes a lot of sense as a classic car, but there are plenty of pitfalls for the unwary. A rough E-type could need thousands of hours of work

For that you get a classic British sports car with all the character you could want, but fewer compromises than you might suppose. E-types are quick even by modern standards, and the XK engine has plenty of low-down torque to make driving easy, along with a superb six-cylinder soundtrack. The V12 is even smoother, and so flexible you hardly need to change gear at all. Thanks to the

sophisticated independent rear suspension E-types ride and handle better than most rivals, making them excellent cars for longdistance touring. Just remember to keep an eye on that nose... Andrew Noakes

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Planning for a healthy future Bruce Springsteen, in his 60’s, skidding across the stage on his knees and diving into the audience during 3-hour high octane concerts. Giorgio Armani leading a vision of elegant tailoring down the catwalk while Mary Berry cooks up some action in the kitchen as they both move gracefully through their 70’s… David Attenborough roaming the savannahs of Africa, Honor Blackman vivaciously presenting the James Bond 50th Anniversary Gala Concert, and Shirley Williams, Tony Benn, Baroness Howells of St Davids and Peter Tapsell still actively protesting and debating British politics, all having zipped way past 80… Harold Burson influencing the world of PR with 100 in his sights, and Fauja Singh running marathons into his second century….. In a society often accused of being preoccupied with youth, there is an endless stream of people waltzing in front of our eyes through middle and later life with a verve and pizazz that’s keeping them sprightly and engaged, draining every drop they can from what the world has to offer.

Life expectancy and, more importantly, health-expectancy (how long you can expect to stay generally well and active) have increased dramatically in recent decades. In the UK men who have reached 65 can now expect to live on average to 87 while women can anticipate 26 more years, living to 91. Longevity among the affluent and educated middle classes is even higher –in Surrey, for example, life expectancy is 91 and 95 for men and women respectively. Of course, some undoubtedly have their battles, but the statistics show that at 65 a person can expect at least 10 more years of good health before illness starts limiting their abilities. And of course, like the examples above, many enjoy much longer than this. Health-expectancy statistics may explain research showing that while overall enjoyment of life declines through early adulthood (presumably because of the stresses of work and family), it begins to rise again at 50 and peaks in the 70s and 80s. During these later decades the pressure to build a career has usually passed and the demands of family lessened, while health can be sustained. As a result, people are freer than ever before to enjoy later life and pursue the things that interest them. So what’s the secret? What do you need to do to stay strong and fit, ward off chronic disease, keep your mind as nimble as a gymnast and your sex life as satisfying as it was in your youth? The answer lies in investing the same sort of time and


effort into your health as you do for a successful career. Ideally you should be making plans strategies now, in late middle life, with a view to health maintenance rather than disease rescue. In the coming issues we’ll look in more detail at some of the important issues you need to know about to keep well. None of us can hold back the march of time but by understanding how the body changes with age, you can learn how to counter or slow these changes. Prevention is key because the older we get, the more each illness takes its toll and the tougher the road back to health. Even relatively small problems such as a minor infection or soft tissue injury can leave us a step down in functioning from which we may never fully recover. It may seem depressing to read through a list of normal physiological changes that occur with age but knowledge is power. A broad awareness of these changes and the challenges they bring can motivate you to take steps to counter them. Tiny clues to a decline in the functioning of the tissues can be found as early as a person’s twenties. Fingernail growth begins to slow and hair may start to be lost or turn grey, while wrinkles may appear indicating that the structure of the skin and connective tissues is weakening. Metabolic rate steadily falls, making it harder to control weight and keep trim. In men, testosterone levels fall by about 1% a year from the early thirties (which can, but doesn’t always, lead to symptoms) while women experience declining fertility from 30 and then the major hormonal decline of the menopause from about 50. There is also a gradual drop in production of an important chemical called human growth hormone. This can result in a decrease in lean body mass, an increase in fat, a reduction in bone density, decreased immune function, and deterioration in learning and memory, among many other things. Sadly, for many reasons, supplements of human growth hormone are not a simple answer to aging but knowing the effects of lower levels can help direct your efforts to stay fit. By taking the right action you can control fat gain, protect your heart, look after your immune system, keep bones and joints strong and maintain muscle tone and balance to keep active and nimble. You’ll also benefit from an understanding of your personal genetic inheritance, and the conditions that run in your family. You may be all too familiar with clear-cut single gene conditions such as inherited types of bowel cancer or sickle cell disease. But many conditions common in older age are influenced in a more complex way by a combination of genes and other factors. Having family members with problems such

as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, sight problems, or cardiovascular disease should ring warning bells that you need to investigate further and counter with preventative steps such as weight control, regular eye tests, cancer screening or monitoring cholesterol levels. With a better picture of the health challenges you face, you can then plan to meet your body’s basic needs more effectively. Good nutrition is an art into itself, and a balanced diet is only the very outline of considering your food and fluid needs. Similarly sleep and rest must be carefully programmed into your recipe for healthy living. Exercise influences almost every aspect of health – get it right and you can strengthen muscles and bones, protect joints, regulate your gut and metabolism (keeping problems such as diabetes at bay), top up your immune system and keep your mood upbeat and balanced. Sex remains important for most people well into later life – it may be less fast and furious but it can be just as central to well-being.

do everything you can to protect your senses and keep your teeth. If you are diagnosed with a condition or advised to take preventative medicines, such as drugs to control blood pressure or lower cholesterol, get involved and take it seriously. When illness does strike, do everything you can to get on top of it – fast. We all spend time investing in the future by planning for finances, family or fun. In upcoming editions we’ll be looking in more detail at many of the issues touched on here, and offering advice about how to make sure your investment in your health pays off. Dr Patricia Macnair

You also need to think about preventing disease, with tactics ranging from nutritional supplements to controlling harmful habits. Accident prevention becomes important as balance and strength declines, and wound healing less efficient, leaving us more vulnerable to injury. After about 60 the immune system becomes increasingly inefficient, so you need to make the most of the growing focus on vaccination for older people, with a schedule incorporating flu, streptococcal pneumonia and shingles, among others, that is starting to rival the vaccination schedules offered to infants. Get wise to health screening on offer through the NHS, and

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With miles of unspoiled beaches to one side and the prominent Saadiyat Beach Golf Course to the other, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort is ideally situated to become one of the most popular luxury resorts in Abu Dhabi, if not the UAE! It is not just the location but the attention to detail by dedicated staff and St Regis butlers, given to every aspect of St Regis that makes this hotel so impressive. St Regis Resort Saadiyat Island features 377 guestrooms ranging from cosy and intimate to the grand Royal Suite and each and every one with a private terrace to enjoy the panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf or the Golf Course. With a choice of seven dining venues spanning from New York style grill and lounge to fresh seafood to fine dining on Southeast Asian cuisine guests can complete their gourmet dining experience with handmade chocolates, delicious pastries and cakes at Sucre or in The Manhattan Lounge with some signature cocktails. Every detail is taken care of to the highest degree! Indulge in a spa treatment at The Iridium Spa and unwind from the stresses of everyday life. The Iridium Spa has been designed to offer guests the ultimate experience in relaxation and rejuvenation. Guests


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Georgian drum table is a classic focal point for a room. Drum tables first came into fashion in the mid Eighteenth Century, and continued to be made until the 1830s; earlier examples have a light and elegant feel and became progressively chunkier and heavier as taste evolved. It is the earlier examples which command a premium and appeal the most to contemporary taste. Superior examples such as the table illustrated will have a revolving top and mahogany drawer linings; lower quality examples will have a fixed top and oak or pine drawer linings. The rotating top was intended to allow the drawers to act as a basic filing system and some examples even have lettered drawers. Like all antiques, the value of a drum table is greatly enhanced if it has survived in untouched condition. A good quality drum table in decent condition will cost between £10,000 and £25,000, to view our stock please contact us. Reindeer Antiques 81 Kensington Church Street London W8 4BG Tel. 020 7937 3754 Email: Web:



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parkling wine will always add a touch of glamour to any occasion and be the first choice for celebrations.

It’s hard to justify the £100-plus a bottle price tag when I know I’ve bought cars for less than this. But when you want to push the boat out Celebris “the champagne of celebration” is just the thing. This sophisticated lightly effervescent champagne comes in a variety of styles ranging from the ‘hats in the air’ Celebris Vintage 1998 Extra Brut (dry bubbles packaged in a golden casket hiding the £125-bottle, available Fortnum & Mason), to the wine-and-dine favourite Blanc de Blancs (a foodfriendly fizz made only with the white-skinned grape variety Chardonnay, Highbury Vintners £125) or the pale pink version that ‘tickles her nose’ - Gosset Celebris 2003 Extra Brut Rosé Champagne (Field & Fawcett £131.50).

now world-famous Sussex Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2004, sells for a quarter of the price (Francis Fine Wines £25.89) and Spanish cava such as Codorníu’s Seleccion Raventos NV is amazing value at £9.99 (Majestic). This high-class wine uses the local grape varieties Macabeo and Xarel-lo grapes plus the universal Chardonnay to produce a sparkler with Opal Fruit (no Starbursts here), lemonade and set-honey flavours. BUT HOW ARE THEY MADE? Champagne, and the rest of the world’s metodo tradicional, winemakers make their wines sparkle by adding a dose, or dosage, of extra sugar and yeast to a previously bottled wine.

And if you’re a romantic with 1960s sensibilities you might want to reconsider how you start your evening of carousing, as a bottle of Bond’s favourite ’53 Dom Perignon is now virtually impossible to find. There are still a few bottles to be bought but you probably won’t want to drink them though. Champagne that’s old enough to have a mid-life crisis can taste disappointingly unfizzy and smell like cooked cabbage. A better choice is a much younger champagne or a champagne blend made from several years production. These are labelled Non-Vintage or NV and are half the price of a vintage champagne made from one particular year’s crop. Try the elegant flavours of Champagne Morel Brut Reserve NV (Bordeaux Undiscovered £26.05) poured from its elegant blueglass bottle or Guy Charbaut Cuvée de Réserve Champagne Brut NV (£13.20 from the half bottle of wine specialist halfwine. com). There’s definitely no hint of green vegetables amongst its flavours of lemon curd and frangipane pie. Unless champagne’s marketing men disappear, their sparkling wine will always be the first choice for celebrations. But many countries get their wines to sparkle using the same techniques as those of champagne. But they can’t say so on the label. The word ‘champagne’ has the full protection of the law - only sparkling wine made within the northern France region of Champagne can call itself this. Any English or Spanish wine maker foolish enough to put this word on the label will get their collar felt. Unfortunately metodo tradicional doesn’t have the same cachet as méthode champenoise. That’s why champagne sells for one hundred pounds and a bottle of English sparkling, like the


This causes fermentation to restart and its by-product carbon dioxide gas to be captured within the bottle - strong thickwalled bottles must be used to maintain the resulting high pressures. Opening the bottle allows the gas to escape and cause the characteristic froth and bubbles. So how do you open a bottle of bubbly without the cork flying into someone’s eye? FIZZY OPENINGS Opening a bottle of fizzy wine can be a dangerous business. A German scientist has found that a vigorously shaken bottle of champagne will expel its cork at almost 25 miles per hour. So if you want to drink champagne, rather than cause an injury, you’ll need to arm yourself with a necessary safety tool – a clean tea towel. To open a bottle of champagne safely first remove the foil covering the cork, then cover the top of the bottle with the tea towel. Now you’ll need to do the remaining bottle opening under cover. Untwist the wire cage covering the cork and remove it. From this point onwards there is little to keep the cork popping out - your tea towel will ensure you safely capture any exploding corks from a ‘lively’ bottle. Now, holding the tea towel over the cork with your right hand, twist the bottom of the bottle with your left hand. The bottle should start to twist off the cork. Gradually loosen the cork and let it gently pop out. The tea towel will catch the cork and soak up any wine that fizzes out. Finally, remove the cloth and pour. Paula Goddard

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Political Thoughts The Arab Spring - where could be next?


he wave of uprisings that swept across the Arab world, generalised as the Arab Spring, has left an indelible mark across much of the Arab landscape - as well as the global environment. The events have transformed countries, with the radical overthrow of several long-established regimes, including those of Muammar Gaddafi and Hosni Mubarak, and given voice to ordinary citizens who may otherwise have gone unheard. With new forms of social media and technology at hand, the world at large was able to witness and participate in the events affecting disparate lives in minute detail, while protestors from within the eye of the storm were able to communicate details of atrocities and violations to a wider audience. The demonstrations at Tahrir Square in Egypt became a symbol for a public dissatisfied with authoritarianism, corruption and the abuse of human rights. They have inspired like-minded activists across the globe, encouraging the wider Occupy movement that swept through the Western world throughout 2011. Two years on from the first wave of protests in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen, however, the Arab world is struggling to rebuild itself. The much-awaited hope of democracy and a responsible, capable government, has been met with disappointment, and fresh riots have wreaked havoc across Egypt, Libya and Syria. Has the promise of the Arab Spring extinguished itself, or does the potential for revolution still exist? We take a closer look at Sudan, to see how the legacy of the Arab Spring may affect the country, and what it can learn from its neighbours.

No stranger to revolution Prior to the Arab Spring, much of the Arab world had not experienced public protest on the levels that were to transpire during 2011. For Sudan, however, protest was nothing new. The 1964 October Revolution, which overthrew the military government after six years of rule, was an inspiration to many contemporary activists, and the country’s 1985 revolt, overthrowing then-president, Jaafar Nimeiri, was the last historical example of a popular revolt successfully ousting a leader in the Arab world, before the Arab Spring occurred. In more recent years however, Sudan has kept its head down. While many of its neighbours were erupting in protest during


2011, aside from some minor demonstrations, Sudan was relatively still. This is not to say that the Sudanese were content – far from it. In December 2011, students at the University of Khartoum called for a revolution against the existing government. Later on, following the announcement of severe budget cuts by the long-ruling president, Omar al-Bashir, riot police were turned out against students protesting against the austerity measures. This escalated to one of the largest protests in Sudan, when 3,000 people turned out to protest outside the Al Amdar mosque outside Omdurman. While many Sudanese hoped that these protests would engage the momentum needed to overthrow al-Bashir, heavy-handed tactics from the government and military forces collapsed demonstrations as soon as they began.

A Fresh Revolution The close of 2012 saw the re-emergence of a new spark of unrest, as austerity measures continued to impact the livelihoods of ordinary Sudanese, and in December 2012, a new wave of protests began once again. A student group with over 600 demonstrators protested at a sit-in in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, calling once again for revolution. Conflicts with the Sudanese police resulted in the deaths of four students – while officials claimed the four had drowned, activists asserted that they were killed by police, and hundreds more subsequently came out in support to protest over the following days. Although the scale of protests seen in Sudan may not yet be comparable to those seen in Egypt and Tunisia, the deaths of the four students was for many Sudanese, an echo of their past revolutionary history – the 1964 “October Revolution” was itself sparked by the death of student activist Ahmed alQureshi, leading to the overthrow of the military regime. The protests have drawn the world’s gaze to Sudan, as allegations of brutality, violence and human rights abuses have been made against the government. Detainee activists have complained of beatings, sleep deprivation and sexual abuse, while several international journalists have also faced increasing harassment and detention.

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Media restrictions continue to be in place, as many prominent journalists have been arrested and prosecuted for reporting on sensitive topics, or threatened with defamation charges. And for ordinary Sudanese, severe restrictions on social media and the internet - as well as traditional local print media - greatly limit one of the most significant facilitating tools of the Arab Spring, and stifle the voice of complaint.

What can Sudan learn from the Arab Spring? It is unclear as yet whether the worsening economic conditions will drive the Sudanese people’s momentum towards the scale of protest seen elsewhere in 2011 and 2012. But it may also be argued that this is not necessarily the result the Sudanese people themselves want to see. While many call for a change in the regime, they are also wary of the possible consequences of a protest without clear and realistic direction, or the installation of a replacement government that lacks conviction and vision. As neighbouring Syria and Egypt continue to be ravaged by increasing instability and violence, both Sudanese activists and regime officials are looking carefully at how to achieve economic success and regain social liberties. The biggest blow to Sudan’s economy arose from the secession of South Sudan in 2011, heavily impacting vital foreign investment in its oil industries. Since reaching an alltime high of $3.5 billion in 2006, investment has continued to decline rapidly and has led to massive impacts on the country’s economy, with a drop in oil production of over 70%. This issue may, however, provide the Sudanese government with a vital key to avoiding the chaos suffered by their protesting neighbours, and restore stability to its people. Improved infrastructure and agreement with South Sudan on oil production may help the country to regain much of its lost budget revenue. Additional investment in alternative sources, most notably gold, may also assist in restoring the country’s economic health. Effective management of its vast natural resources could also help Sudan become a competitive global goods supplier. Sudan has remained, to date, on the edge of the Arab Spring, but as economic conditions worsen, and the lives of its people deteriorate, the voice of protest and discontent is rising. The example of its Arab neighbours demonstrates acutely the difficulties that may come with a mass uprising and overthrow of the regime, but this should not mean its government can rest without a challenge. Sudan stands at the cusp of potentially violence change, but the example of its neighbours give a valuable lesson. Improvements to governance, transparency and social infrastructure, coupled with a comprehensive vision of economic objectives, may help the country to turn itself around. Miriam Pethania

Tax Tip - Pre Year End Tax Planning Utilise your annual Capital Tax Exemption of £10,600 on investment gains where possible. Also use your annual Inheritance Tax Exemption of £3,000 to make gifts each year to reduce your estate. (The allowance can also be carried forward for one tax year before it is lost). Please note – individual circumstances will vary, so we recommend you seek advice before taking any action.


Communicating with the family

Step by Step Guide to Facebook

Step By Step Guide to Facebook

Lauren Marsh

Facebook has been getting more and more popular since February 2004. It is one of the most useful tools for Facebook has been getting more and more popular since February 2004. It is one of the staying in touch and communicating with family and friends, especially if it is a long distance relationship, as we most useful tools for staying in touch and communicating with family and friends, all know they can be quite costly! So, we have created a simple guide showing you how to set up and use your especially if it isinanolong relationship, as we all know they can be quite costly! So, Facebook account time distance at all.

we have created a simple guide showing you how to set up and use your Facebook account in no time at all.

1. Type in into the website address bar, or search for ‘Facebook’ using Google. Once you have reached the screen below, type in your details and click ‘sign up’.


Type in into the website address bar, or search for ‘Facebook’ using Google. Once you have reached the screen below, type in your details and click ‘sign up’.

2. Then you will be sent to ‘Step One’, where you can add any of your family and friends who already have 2. Then you will be sent to ‘Step One’, where you can add any of your family and friends that Facebook (providing you have their email address), by typing in their email address and clicking the ‘Find Friends’ already have Facebook (providing you have their email address), by typing in your email button. There are other ways to find friends, which we will show you later.

address and clicking the ‘Find Friends’ button. There are other ways to find friends which we will show you how to do later.



‘Step 2’ will ask for the names of places you went to school, university and work. This will help you to connect with more friends, but you can happily skip this part if you would prefer by clicking ‘Skip this step’.

3. ‘Step 2’ will ask for the names of places you went to school, university and work. This will help you to connect with more friends, but you can happily skip this part if you would prefer by clicking ‘Skip this step’.


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Click on their photo and it will take you to your friend’s profile.

You can also use this search bar to type in a friend’s name to view their profile or to find a company or hobby page.

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When was the last time you updated your will?

- is the only one you have, then it might yet become valid again.


Similarly, if, having separated, you decide never to marry again but you live together with a new partner your old will remains valid. If - no, scrub that - when you die (for as Franklin put it so plainly, it is one of life’s only two certainties) your ex inherits and your current partner gets nothing!


Wills provide us with the perfect procrastination tool. We always intend to get round to them sometime. They remain on the New Year “to do” list, only to be written on following year’s list. They rank as low as clearing out the garage of clutter and finally sorting out the holiday photos.

ell, so long as your financial circumstances have remained static during that time and you have not had a dramatic change in personal circumstances, that might be absolutely fine. In reality, that’s highly unlikely.

For starters we have had a change of government, there’s been a global credit crunch and resultant recession and Britain is now one of many countries nursing the biggest financial hangovers it has ever suffered after years of partying. While it is hopeful that our personal financial balance sheet does not mirror that of the wider economy, it would be a minor miracle if no financial change had taken place at all.

In maturing years, the will can help determine which of our children’s big life bills we pay: the mortgage; grandchildren’s university tuition fees etc.

Then there are the personal changes. Just stop and think for a moment what has happened within your family. Birth? Marriage? Divorce? Death?

I know a widow whose husband did just that – set aside money for each of his children’s families so that they could be comfortable.

Are your children destined to become your next of kin? Does your estate pass equally to them and their spouses? Are they happily married and will they always be so? If not, would you be happy for a portion of your estate to still pass to your ex-inlaws?

In the event, due to not having revisited the will following the demise of his daughter’s marriage, a significant chunk of his estate is now being used by his ex-son-in-law to pay the school fees of new girlfriend’s children. This is a sadly familiar tale. Family life is more transient than it once was and, even if you are rock solid in your partnership and your life is ticketyboo, the chances are that the life of one of your beneficiaries is not so hunky dory.

If you’ve left your estate to your children and their spouses equally, perhaps for them to manage estates for the next generation, just think for a minute. If such an event does occur, your ex-in-law could get 50% of any money being passed down that family line leaving half to your child and subsequently to your grandchildren. Ouch. In Britain, the law on inheritance determines how money property and other assets will be disposed of in the absence of a will. There are some immediate facts that spring to mind on this: Firstly, unmarried partners and partners who have not registered a civil partnership cannot inherit from each other unless there is a will, so the death of one partner may create serious financial problems for the surviving partner. Secondly, if someone has separated and their ex-partner is now living with somebody else, would it still be appropriate for that person’s original will to be applied? For better or for worse, families are more fluid than they were a generation or so ago. This cannot be ignored. So, let’s look at a few hypothetical scenarios. Let’s suggest, for a moment, that you and your long-term partner or spouse have separated. If, having separated, you enter into a new marriage or civil partnership with someone else, that action automatically invalidates the original will. Watch out if you separate or divorce again though. If that old will – the one gathering dust in a solicitor’s archive somewhere



In many ways we are very fortunate in Britain. We are able – if we get our act together – to determine exactly who should receive what. In Britain, the law is there to provide a framework of sorts to fill a void when no will has been made. It is not perfect, but it protects those whose interests should be protected at the very worst time. In France, on the other hand, wills have to dovetail in with overarching succession laws. Individual’s wishes on how they might wish to distribute their estate are in many ways, a secondary concern. Anyone who has bought a property in France and has quickly had to acquaint themselves with “reserved portions” of estates and “protected heirs” will understand this only too well. So, put “updating the will” at the top of your list. Do it before you go on your next holiday. Trust me; you’ll feel much better when it’s finally done. Not knowing a good solicitor is no excuse. The search function on the Law Society’s website is great and enables you to search by postcode and legal discipline for a good local solicitor who specialises in wills, probate and Inheritance Tax Planning. Write a list of all your assets; phone a shortlist of solicitors up. Ask them questions about your family’s circumstances, their fee basis, any tax issues you should be aware of and how they approach will-writing in their practice. Then choose the solicitor that fits your requirements. Whatever you do, do something. Don’t leave it another year otherwise you may not live to regret it! Madeline Thomas sponsored by

Gadgets The Apple iPad, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Tablet Don’t be confused by the lingo: these days if you’re reaching for a tablet to solve a medical problem, you may just be looking up symptoms on the NHS Direct website. Tablet computers are like laptops without the keyboards, boasting massive screens that can be touched to browse, type, select things and zoom in and out. They can be tilted from side to side and back and forth to play games and they make excellent companions on a long trip, carrying content such as movies, music, books and photos. King of the tablets is Apple’s iPad and part of its stylish appeal is its aluminium unibody. That is just a fancy way of saying it has been built out of a single, attractive piece of metal. Given the device’s multimedia capabilities, the fantastic, pin-sharp screen is also a major draw. Apple calls it a ‘Retina’ display. To put it in perspective, the high-definition TV in your living room uses 2.1 megapixels to create a screen resolution of 1920 × 1080. In comparison, the iPad’s Retina display has a resolution of 1536 x 2048 thanks to its 3.1 million pixels – a million more than an HD TV! The result is vibrant colours, razor sharp text and photos and videos that are rich with detail. The other big plus of owning an iPad over other tablet brands is the amount of software written specifically for it. There’s a reason the saying, “There’s an app for that” has made its way into the modern phrasebook. Apple has its own App Store, with ‘app’ being short for applications. More than 775,000 apps exist, with 250,000 of those specifically built to take advantage of the iPad’s bigger screen. The huge number available means there are apps to do just about everything. Software can be downloaded that makes a long journey more entertaining, a presentation more interesting or school work more inspiring. Installing an app is as simple as browsing or searching Apple’s App Store, clicking on a likely piece of software and then hitting download. As Aleksandr the meerkat would say, “Simples!” With so much software on offer, instead of sitting there scratching your head thinking of ways to entertain the grandkids you can put those fingers to better use on the iPad’s screen. Multimedia content such as photos, music and video, which is so key to the tablet experience, obviously has its fair share of apps. For example, if they love performing why not load up GarageBand and let them play away on the virtual instruments? Having them record and mix a track and then play it back to their parents will make you – and them – very proud. Or if they have a particular Cbeebies programme they like, you can find it on the BBC iPlayer app. This software used to only allow them to watch content at home over an internet connection but has now evolved,

so you can download and take shows with you. If you forget to capture their favourites and have an iPad with a mobile phone Sim card inside, they can watch or listen live on the move instead. It’s not all about keeping the kids happy though, and there are plenty of apps to enhance your own life. These are as diverse as the day is long. For starters, most tablets have the ability to work like an Amazon Kindle e-reader. This allows you to take all your favourite digital books with you wherever you go, without being laden down with paperbacks. In a completely different area, do you need a gentle nudge next time you need to take your medication? Enter the name, dosage, frequency and times of day and Pill Reminder alerts you. Want to tell the council about something that’s gone wrong in your neighbourhood so they come to fix it? Download and use the FixMyStreet app to report a problem direct from phone, such as graffiti, a pothole in the road or an abandoned vehicle. And because no-one wants to be a loser, especially when the iPad costs so much, should you happen to leave the tablet behind somewhere there’s even an app to track it so you can find it again. Tablets such as the iPad also make it much easier to keep in touch with your children and grandchildren. If you use one of the major email services such as Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail it’s a doddle to set up your personal account on the iPad in just a few clicks. You can then do everything using email that you could do on your home computer, the only difference being that the system travels with you. Email is still a great form of communication but these days the younger generation are more likely to stay in touch on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Naturally, the iPad allows you to keep track of what your loved ones are doing on those sites. Both have dedicated apps to make viewing and responding to messages, status updates and pictures very quick and easy. Apple has also integrated Facebook and Twitter much deeper into its latest software. So now rather than having to open up the individual apps to post that picture of your granddaughter, the command appears automatically when you take or view a photo on the iPad. Remember that if you are going to take advantage of closer ties with your family, you need to keep the embarrassment factor low. Posting pics of them in their PJs at an early age where their friends can see them is likely to get you defriended! The price is usually more than other, similar products, with the cost based on the amount of data they hold: 16GB (£399), 32GB (£479), 64GB (£559) or 128GB £639. In the end, the Apple iPad is like a fine wine. It travels well, weighing just 652g and being smaller and thinner than some glossy magazines. Yet it also hits the spot when you’re sat at home on the sofa, with a processor capable of handling almost anything the internet or modern life can throw at it. And if you’re looking for something that’s even easier to carry around, there’s now an iPad mini measuring just 200mm x 134.7mm x 7.2 mm. As the glib (but true!) saying goes, the thing you’re holding in your hand has more computing power than the whole of NASA circa 1969. NASA used it to send astronauts to the moon; we use it to send Angry Birds flying into pigs. Matt Chapman





Jane Seymour looks fabulous in this outfit, and so will you! This striking two piece suit is a great choice for summer weddings or even for that luxury cruise. The truly versatile jacket could even be paired with on trend skinny jeans for an off duty look. Ideal with a classic court shoe or wedge sandals.

A striking oversized sweater 2 designed to keep you warm on chilly spring days.

Available from Country Casuals

A statement piece for your wardrobe that is both casual but chic. Pair with slim fitting jeans, classic blazers or even fitted pencil skirts. Available from Jaeger



This is a true design classic. Beautifully made from luxurious Italian cotton, this jacket promises to keep you warm on those cooler spring days. Choose to play it safe and team with a pastel shift dress or bring it bang up to date with on trend skinny jeans in clashing colours. With so many different ways to wear it this dress is sure to become one of your alltime favourites. Available in various sizes from the Spring collection at Jaeger



New season, new handbag! A stylish statement for the woman about town. Made from high quality leather, this newest addition to the city bag range combines function and finesse. Beautifully manufactured from high quality leather and finished with gold metal details. Extendable side zips and interior compartments will offer flexibility and organisation for both the shopper and the worker. Available from Jaeger


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As mother of the bride it is never too early to plan your outfit. The delicate pastel shade of this two piece suit will ensure a radiant glow for that very special day. Remove the outer jacket and look party perfect in this elegantly cut dress. And each piece can be worn separately to create a whole new look. Available from Viyella

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Carole Middleton is a huge fan of two piece suits that offer timeless and stylish elegance. This beautiful outfit combines a classically cut jacket with a very feminine dress. Wear together in the daytime or when the sun goes down add some va va voom with statement stilettos. Available from Viyella


When it comes to style many older celebrities are proving that age should not be a barrier. This stunning white and black shift dress is a great wardrobe staple for the spring season. The oversized black belt will delightfully accentuate smaller waistlines whilst the knee length will ensure elegance. The classic style means the dress can be worn for dinner, the theatre or for afternoon tea. Pair with a white court shoe to complete the look. Available from Jaeger



A Spring 13 twist on the classic black and white top. The new season is all about graphic and bold patterns. This wardrobe essential will make sure you keep your finger on the fashion pulse. Brilliantly versatile, it looks great with jeans, pencil skirts and classic blazers. Available from Jaeger


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Are you jetting off somewhere hot this summer? This versatile summer tunic will keep you cool at the beach or the bar. This dress is loose fitting and flatters most figures. Wear with flats in the day or wedges for the evening. Available from Jaeger

An elegant black and white day dress. Sticking with the statement patterns of Spring 13, this cute little number flatters all figures. A true wardrobe essential. Keep it classic or add your own twist with boldcoloured shoes and accessories. Available from Jaeger

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Men’’s Fashion//Gadgets Keep your technology protected on the move with stylish covers and cases. Joules have brought out a range of iPad, iPhone and Kindle covers in a range of designs including florals and stripes. Pictured is the plain navy iPad cover which comes with matching flip phone case. £49.95 ( Steiner Wildlife XP rubber-coated binoculars are designed to handle the toughest weather conditions. This model offers high definition optics and 10 x 26 magnification and razor-sharp clarity – perfect for getting up close and personal with nature. £279.95 from John Lewis ( or 0845 604 9049)

In line with the season’s nautical theme, Barbour’s Beacon Heritage Collection reworks traditional details and constructions from the Barbour archive with a new emphasis on colours such as red and navy blue. The line has also evolved beyond wax jackets and quilts to include refined leathers and robust knitwear. Pictured is the Bi-Col jacket designed by To Ki To £329 (

Soak up the rays in these Prada men’s small wrap sunglasses. The shades feature a protective wrap around style and contrasting red branding. £180 from John Lewis (0845 604 9049 or

This handcrafted Timberland boat shoe is an essential addition to your spring summer wardrobe. The shoe features a soft-oiled leather upper with a cushioned heel and padded collar to ensure the foot is fully cushioned and supported. Available up to size 14, £105 at Jacamo (Jacamo. or 0871 984 4000)


Capture memorable moments with the Nikon 1 S1, released Feb 2013. It’s as easy to use as a compact camera, but much faster and more powerful, enabling you to take high quality images. Designed for intuitive operation, it has a sleek design with fewer buttons and clear menus for straightforward shooting. Nikon 1 S1 11-27.5mm kit RRP £479.99 available at Wex Photographic (

This stunning home audio solution is a sublime sight to behold. All of the unattractive and irritating aspects of a regular stereo system have been eradicated with beautiful design and superb functionality taking centre stage. The A9 should almost be regarded as a piece of furniture, with a clean, crisp, impeccable appearance. To play music, simply stream content from your phone, tablet or laptop for a truly wireless experience. There is no conventional volume button either; instead the user simply swipes their hand sideways along the top for the sound to increase. This product certainly has the wow factor. Bang and Olufsen BeoPlay A9 Buy from: Price: £1699

The super smart Longines Flagship Heritage gents watch has a silver dial along with chronograph and date functionality. The 40mm stainless steel case is finished with a brown leather strap and automatic movement is viewable through the transparent sapphire crystal case back. Water resistant to 30 metres. £2,040 from Goldsmiths ( or 0845 604 2320)

Travel in style with this cotton holdall, ideal for hand luggage or weekends away. It has a double handle and detachable strap. Dimensions: H36 x W25 x D52cm, £59 from Marks and Spencer (


Gardening Gardening tips for April New shoots poke through the ground, daffodils sway gently in the breeze, flowering cherries scatter their petals like confetti across the lawn – you can almost feel the buds on the trees waiting to burst. No matter how many times you’ve seen it before, spring always brings a certain thrill to the garden. It’s time to brush away winter: give the lawn its first trim, tidy up all dead leaves from borders, and prune out the old wood. It’s also a time for planting, sowing, taking cuttings, feeding and mulching to get your garden ready for the growing season ahead. How much you can actually do in April depends a lot on the weather and your climate. If the soil is still wet and cold, stay off the lawn, delay planting and start your seeds off in pots or trays under cover. Concentrate on jobs like pruning, trimming hedges, tying climbers, and clearing up any leaves or winter debris. If despite all the rain, the soil is still dry, dig in as much manure or compost as you can before planting and mulch your entire border with at least a 5cm (2in) layer of bark. If you regularly struggle to keep your plants watered in summer, think seriously about an automatic irrigation system. Frost can hit anywhere in April but in some regions it’s much more likely than others. The sooner you can plant out summer bedding like geraniums, the better the results but it can be a gamble. Small plants are likely to be the hardest hit by frosts. Though not foolproof, a good guide is to wait until the geraniums on sale at your garden centre have at least three flower buds before you plant out your summer bedding. A burst of fine weather can coax fruit trees into bloom. If this is followed by a rapid temperature drop, be prepared to come to the rescue with a double layer of horticultural fleece to wrap them up on cold nights. This, of course, is only practical where you have fruit trees trained against a wall or on supports. Wind can wreak havoc amongst seedlings and new plantings. In exposed areas, create shelter with windbreak netting or a barrier of tough plants such as berberis, eleagnus, or Scotch rose (Rosa pimpinellifolia). A thick bark mulch will help prevent the soil drying out. Even in less windy gardens, put supports in place for delphiniums, peonies, and Oriental poppies once they start growing to stop the otherwise inevitable flop. Bent over hazel or birch twigs are ideal; grow-through supports are also very effective.

WINNING THE SLUG WAR Gardens with a lot of moss often have slug problems too. The wet weather last spring saw record levels of slugs, and there does not look much hope for a let up in the slug population. As the soil warms up, the overwintered slug eggs hatch. Garden slugs typically live for up to two years. They lay around 300 eggs a year, and these can hatch within two weeks in warm, moist conditions. Scientists estimate that damp gardens could be supporting up to 1000 slugs per sq m. Mostly nocturnal, they travel around 20m a night and can smell out tender young seedlings and sweet fleshy leaves from 60cm (2ft) away. While they find beer so irresistible they willingly drown in it, and are easily lured by orange and grape fruit skins, these measures alone are unlikely to combat a serious slug problem. Fortunately, however, you no longer need to resort to using those blue (metaldehyde) pellets that are toxic to dogs and wildlife. Slug killers based on iron phosphate are approved by organic gardeners and are both effective and safe to use. Though a bit more expensive than traditional pellets, they last for longer in the ground. Applied as powdery granules, they only become effective once they take up moisture from the soil and start to swell. Brands to look out for are Growing Success Advanced, Bayer Natria Slug and Snail Control, Bayer Organic Slug Bait, Vitax Slug Death XL and Doff Super Slug Killer. If you want to avoid chemicals altogether, slug killing nematodes do an effective job for six weeks, after which you need to re-apply them. Nemaslug costs around £9 to treat 40 sq m. You mix it in a can and water it on to the garden. This releases masses of microscopic worms whose sole purpose is to seek out slugs and snails, parasitise and devour them. A small word of caution: the soil temperature needs to be above 5ºC (40º) when applying or the nematodes may not survive. If you grow vegetables in raised beds or hostas in containers, a copper barrier is a good way to keep slugs and snails out. It works by giving them a mild electric shock. Self-adhesive copper slug tape is available from garden centres but copper flashing is just as good. The important thing to remember is that the barrier should be the width of the offending slug (which may require two bands of tape) and it needs to kept clean and shiny (a dilute vinegar solution is good for this). Not all slugs are villains. The big black slugs that grow to 15-20cm, often with an orange fringe, feed mainly on rotting vegetation and only resort to seedlings and young shoots in very clean gardens where this is scarce. It’s the smaller black, grey and fawn coloured ones you need to worry about. Where all else fails, popular plants that slugs never seem to touch include fuchsias, euphorbias, hardy geraniums, hydrangeas, Japanese anemones, lavenders, pelargoniums, and sedums.

AT THE GARDEN CENTRE Buying plants in flower is often a good way to make sure that you’re getting exactly what it says on the label and choosing the shades you want. Azaleas, camellias, magnolias, and rhododendrons should be in plentiful supply at the moment. Unless you go to a specialist, most of the camellias you’ll find will either be Camellia japonica cultivars or Camellia x Williamsii hybrids. Japonica cultivars hold on to their flowers until they start to turn brown and shed them whole in steady progression,


greenish yellow edible fruits in summer. There are lots of good ones to choose from: ‘Geisha Girl (double salmon flowers) and ‘Pink Lady’ are very compact. ‘Knap Hill Scarlett’ and ‘Crimson and Gold’ grow slightly taller and are good for training against a fence or low wall. Some specimens produce more spines than others so, as a precaution, it’s probably best not to plant them right next to a path.

while the Williamsii hybrids shed their petals as the flowers fade and maintain a much tidier appearance. When planting next to a patio or where you park the car, this difference can be an important factor. Magnolias take several years to come into flower and individual plants tend to vary in performance, so it’s worth paying more for a well-established specimen. Look for a symmetrical specimen with at least 4 or 5 stems and a dozen or more flower buds. They are fairly tolerant of soil types provided you keep them watered in dry conditions. The star jasmine, Magnolia stellata, is ideal for containers. ‘Galaxy’, ‘Leonard Messel’, ‘Merril’, and ‘Susan’ are just some of the good garden varieties. If you are tempted by the evergreen Magnolia grandiflora, be aware that it grows very big and is prone to blowing over unless grown against a wall. Unlike the deciduous types, the flowers appear in late summer and autumn. There are literally hundreds of rhododendron varieties to choose from but a lot of them grow quite big. If you want something for smaller gardens or containers, the Rhododendron yakushimanum hybrids are a safe bet, forming neat domes of bold flowers in pink, lavender, red, yellow or white. Some grow only 1m across, the largest hybrids no more than 2m. Be wary of buying plants labelled as ‘Variegated Rhododendron’ as these are likely to Rhododendron ponticum ‘Variegatum’, the same species that escaped from gardens and took over the natural vegetation in large areas of Wales, the Lake District and Scotland. Not only is it fast growing, but it’s very prone to reverting to green and flower colour can be very variable. If you want a variegated evergreen with spring flowers, Pieris ‘Flaming Silver’ or Pieris ‘White Rim’ are good candidates. Though Pieris thrives in the same acid conditions as camellias and rhododendrons, they are more tolerant of neutral and slightly alkaline soils. They also make good container plants.

Osmanthus delavayi is a slow-growing evergreen with abundant small white flowers in spring. Though the flowers are not that spectacular in themselves, they are highly fragrant with a delicious fruity floral scent. It’s well worth finding a space for it next to a path or beneath a window. Flowering currants (Ribes sanguineum) on the other hand, don’t smell that good. They provide a good burst of colour for a couple weeks at this time of year but don’t really earn their space in smaller gardens (a possible exception is when used in a mixed hedge). A similar argument can be applied to forsythia and lilacs. They look great for two weeks but are really best for large gardens where they can be allowed to grow to their full proportions. If you really must have them, there are dwarf forms like Forsythia ‘Arnold’s Dwarf’ and ‘Mini Gold’ and the Korean lilac Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’. For something different, try Abeliophyllum distichum, the white forsythia, which rarely grows more than 1.5m. It’s just like the yellow forsythia, only white.


Check pot-grown roses are firmly rooted. If they are loose, chance are they were bare-rooted and have only just been potted.

Look for large full pots of herbaceous perennials rather than the ones in small pots. Large plants can be split up before planting (so generally work out cheaper) and are more likely to survive any adverse weather conditions before they get established.

Beware of shrubs and trees that have been in their pots too long. Once the roots start growing in circles, they keep doing these even when planted in the garden. These plants will never root properly and trees will be prone to blowing over.

Dwarf bulbs grown in pots make great fillers for containers and seasonal gaps in raised beds. Look for plants in bud rather those in flower.

Good time to plant lilies in pots. Get 5 bulbs for a 30cm (12in) pot and choose the deepest container you can find.


If you garden on chalk or lime, there’s still plenty of choice for instant colour.

Plant strawberries (at least 30 plants if you plan to make jam)

Amelanchiers (snowy mespilus) are smothered in white blooms in spring and they look particularly attractive when the bronze shoots emerge. In autumn, the green leaves turn to vivid shades of purple and orange. Use it in the border as a backdrop to summer flowers for a long season of colour.

Net fruit bushes to stop birds stripping off the buds

Sow short rows of veg seeds every few weeks to stagger the crop.

Sow tender veg such as tomatoes and peppers indoors

Japanese or ornamental quinces (Chaenomeles) produce their flowers before the leaves and these are often followed by


Gardening GARDENS TO VISIT THIS APRIL All gardens are open from 10am to 4pm throughout the week, many open from 9.30am to 5.30pm. The exception is Wentworth Castle on weekdays, when the gardens open 11am to 3pm. Postcodes are given for use with sat navs. Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-on-the Marsh, Gloucestershire Around 100 different magnolias along with fine displays of flowering cherries and naturalised bulbs. The café is highly recommended. Admission £7.00 (£6.00 seniors). Free electric scooters available for pre-booking with Country Mobility Membership, call 01392 456522 for details. Broadleigh Gardens, Bishops Hull, Somerset TA4 1AE Home of the specialist small bulb nursery, the five acre garden hosts the largest collection of miniature daffodils in the UK amongst its impressive displays of spring bulbs and perennials. Admission £2 (donated to charity). Desert World Gardens, Santon Downham, Norfolk IP27 0TU Amazing 1.25 acre garden filled with hardy succulents, bamboos, magnolias, primulas and spring bulbs. Also extensive glasshouse collection of cacti and succulents. Admission £3.50 (open 29 Mar – 1 Apr under the National Gardens Scheme. At other times by appointment only, call 01842 765861). Dorothy Clive Gardens, Willoughbridge, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9 4EU Spring highlights include the azalea and daffodil walks and the hillside garden with its camellia beds, bulbs and early-flowering perennials. Admission £6.30 (£5.30 seniors). Caerhays Castle Gardens, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6LY JC Williams of Caerhays was responsible for the Camellia x ‘Williamsii’ hybrids, of which you’ll find many in the garden along with thousands of rhododendrons and the National Collection of magnolias. Admission £7.50 (£6.50 seniors)

Guy L. Wilson Daffodil Garden, University of Ulster, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry More of best daffodil cultivars were bred in Ireland than anywhere else in the world. The garden is a tribute to Ireland’s most prolific hybridist. The collection contains over 1500 types of daffodils, including 400 Irish bred varieties. Best time to visit is mid-April. Admission free. Holker Hall Gardens, Grange-over-Sands Cumbria LA11 7PL Spectacular rhododendrons and thousands of spring bulbs. £7.50 (gardens only) Wentworth Castle Gardens, Barnsley, S Yorkshire S75 3EN Visit early in the month for camellias and narcissi, later for tulips, hyacinths and rhododendrons. Admission £4.95 (£3.95 seniors)

GARDENING SHOWS Cornwall Spring Flower Show 6-7 April Boconnoc near Lostwithiel. Expect lots magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons amongst the host of spring flowers. Tickets £6.50 (adv).

Easton Walled Gardens, Near Grantham, Lincolnshire NG33 5AP Make for the meadows to see the impressive displays of spring bulbs. Admission £6.50. (Sat nav will try and bring you into the gardens from the A1, which is not possible, you need to come in off the B6403).

Capel Manor Spring Gardening Show 12-14 April 30 acre gardens adjoining Capel Manor Horticultural College in Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, North London. Performance by the London Vegetable Orchestra on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets £6.00 (£5.50 over 60s)

Exbury Gardens, Near Beaulieu, Hampshire SO45 1AZ A million rhododendrons, thousands of camellias and magnolias, along with flowering cherries and carpets of bulbs. The rhododendrons generally reach their peak in May. Steam train tours of the garden available. Admission £11.00 (£10.50 concs)

Over the channel, while Netherlands is famed for bulbs and everybody heads for Keukenhof, the Japanese Garden of Hasselt in Belgium is well worth a diversion with over 250 flowering cherries. Open 10am to 5pm Tuesdays to Fridays, and 2pm to 6pm at weekends. Admission 5 Euros. The Baroque gardens of Mirabell Palace near Salzburg, made famous by The Sound of Music, make an interesting stop. Opened to the public by Emperor Franz Joseph in 1954, the gardens are now run by the municipal council. World renowned as a horticultural masterpiece, admission is free from 6am to dusk.

Inverewe Gardens, Achnasheen, Ross-Shire, Scotland IV22 2LG Great to visit at any time of year but go in spring for the banks of rhododendrons. Admission £10 (£7 seniors) Ness Botanic Gardens, South Wirral CH64 4AY One of the largest rhododendron collections in the North West, as well as good collections of camellias and magnolias. Breakfasts served from 9.30am. Admission £4.50.


Pashley Manor Gardens, near Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5 7HE The Tulip Festival runs from 24th April to 5th May with thousands of blooms in every imaginable colour throughout the gardens, plus extensive vase displays for closer inspection. Admission: £9.50.


For awe-inspiring experience, you can’t beat Kyoto in April. Along with Kyoto Botanic Gardens, there are a host of popular spots for cherry blossom viewing (hanami). At night, the trees are lit up. Alistair Ayres

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Events The List - April 2013

Music Simple Minds Tour

visit and select “live dates” for tour deatils

Meatloaf – The Farewell Tour

visit for tour deatils

Il Divo and Katherine Jenkins Tour

visit and click on the tour dates link for tour deatils

Arts •

Barocci Exhibition

27/02/13 – 19/05/13

National Gallery

The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival

16/03/13 – 24/03/13

Christ Church


02/03/13 – 20/07/13

Royal Opera House

The Royal Ballet - Apollo / New Wheeldon / New Ratmansky

22/02/13 – 14/03/13

Royal Opera House

La Bayadère

05/04/13 – 22/05/13

Royal Opera House

Chelsea Art Fair

11/04/13 – 14/04/13

King’s Road, Chelsea

The Royal Ballet – Mayerling

19/04/13 – 15/06/13

Royal Opera House








South Bank, London SE1 8XX

East Sussex

Chester, Cheshire CH1 2LY

Loch Tay, Perthshire PH15 2HY

Food & Drink


The Easter Chocolate Festival, London

22/03/13 – 24/03/13

South Bank Centre Sq, Belvedere Road

Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival

29/03/13 – 08/04/13

Throughout Brighton & Hove

Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival

30/03/13 – 01/04/13

The Racecourse, Watergate Square

The Crannog Creperie - All Day Iron Age Breakfast


The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore

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St Johns Square, Church Street

Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 3NX

Alchemy - Indian Food India

05/04/13 – 14/04/13

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road

London SE1 8XX

Baslow Food Festival



Derbyshire DE45

Cake International - The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating and Baking Show

12/04/13 – 14/04/13

ExCeL Exhibition Centre

East of England Food Festival

13/04/13 – 14/04/13

Knebworth House, Knebworth

Maltings Beer Festival

18/04/13 – 20/04/13

Tuckers Maltings

Porthleven Food Festival



Bishop Auckland Food Festival

20/04/13 – 21/04/13

Auckland Castle

British Asparagus Festival

21/04/13 – 21/06/13


London Coffee Festival

25/04/13 – 28/04/13

The Old Truman Brewery

Exeter Food & Drink Festival

26/04/13 – 28/04/13

Exeter Castle & Northernhay Gardens

Celtic Food & Drink Festival


Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore


Hertfordshire SG1 2AX

Newton Abbott, Devon

Cornwall TR13

Bishop Auckland, Co Durham DL14

Worcestershire WR11

Brick Lane, London E1 6QR

Exeter, Devon EX4

Loch Tay, Perthshire PH15 2HY

Wine •

Virgin Wine Tasting Events


Manchester Town Hall 11:30 – 16:30

Albert Square, Manchester, M2 5DB


The Conference Hall 18:00 – 20:30

The Council House, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR


Mayflower Suite 19:00 – 21:30

De Vere Grand Harbour, West Quay Road, Southampton, SO15 1AG


Money & Investments •

Private Equity World Africa 2013

20/03/13 – 21/03/13

Organiser: Terrapinn

Institutional Investor Forum


Organiser: Infrastructure Journal


Private Equity Infrastructure Conference

Organiser: IPR Connections

The Property Investor Show

Business Design Centre

19/04/13 – 20/04/13

ExCeL Exhibition Centre



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Events The List - April 2013

Sports •

The Boat Race


Putney–Mortlake, River Thames

John Smith’s Grand National


Aintree Racecourse

Craven Meeting

17/04/13 – 18/04/13

Newmarket Racecourse

Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials

19/04/13 – 20/04/13

Newbury Racecourse

The Coral Scottish National


Ayr Racecourse

Sandown Park Gold Cup

26/04/13 – 27/04/13

Sandown Park






Esher, Surrey

Dublin, Ireland

Paris, France



Ireland v France Six Nations Rugby


Aviva Stadium

France v Scotland Six Nations Rugby


Stade de France

BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival

25/03/13 – 31/03/13

Nanny Cay, British Virgin Islands

Dubai World Cup


Meydan Racecourse

Dubai, UAE

08/04/13 – 14/04/13

ATP US Men’s Claycourt Championships

Houston, Texas, USA

08/04/13 – 14/04/13

ATP Grand Prix Hassan II

Casablanca, Morocco

08/04/13 – 14/04/13

US Golf Masters

Augusta, USA

UBS Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix

12/04/13 – 14/04/13

Shanghai International Circuit

World Ski and Snowboard Championship

12/04/13 – 21/04/13

Shanghai, China


British Columbia, Canada

22/04/13 – 28/04/13

ATP Barcelona Open BancSabadell

Barcelona, Spain

22/04/13 – 28/04/13

ATP BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy

Bucharest, Romania

29/04/13 – 05/05/13

ATP Estoril Open

Estoril, Portugal

29/04/13 – 05/05/13


Munich, Germany

29/04/13 – 05/05/13

ATP Serbia Open

Belgrade, Serbia

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Car Events •

750 Motor Club Car Championships


Donington Park Castle

Thundersport GB Motorcycle Championships

30/03/13 – 01/04/13

Donington Park Castle

Motors TV National Race Day


Donington Park Castle

MG Car Club Championships


Donington Park Castle

Honda Ron Haslam Race School


Donington Park Castle

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship

20/04/13 – 21/04/13

Donington Park Castle

Honda Ron Haslam Race School


Donington Park Castle

General Test Session


Donington Park Castle

Donington, Derby DE74 2RP

Donington, Derby DE74 2RP

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Donington, Derby DE74 2RP

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Donington, Derby DE74 2RP

Sepang, Malaysia

Sakhir, Bahrain


Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Overseas •

Petronas Malaysia Formula 1 Grand Prix

22/03/13 – 24/03/13

Circuit of Sepang

Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix 2013

19/04/13 – 21/04/13

Bahrain International Circuit

Home & Garden •

Ideal Home Show

15/03/13 – 01/04/13

Earls Court

Harrogate Flower Show

25/04/13 – 28/04/13

Great Yorkshire Showground

Chaumont International Garden Festival

24/04/13 – 20/10/13

Chaumont-sur-Loire, France

Stately Home / Historical House Events •

Godolphin House High Tea Tours 17:00 – 19:00


Godolphin Cross, Helston, TR13 9RE

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The List - Make the most of May 2013

Music 1 May

London Philharmonic Orchestra,

Royal Festival Hall,

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London

1-6 May

Cheltenham Jazz Festival,



2 May

London International Orchestra with Leslie Garrett & Friends,

Cadogan Hall,

5 Sloane Terrace, Chelsea, London

4 May

Michael Ball,

Hammersmith Apollo,


4 May

Prom Praise,

Royal Albert Hall,


4 May

Paul Brady,

Cadogan Hall,

5 Sloane Terrace, Chelsea, London

5 May

The Night Of 1000 Stars,

Royal Albert Hall,


5 May

East Anglia Guitar Festival,

High Barn,

Great Bardfield, Essex

7 May

Angela Hewitt,

Royal Festival Hall,

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London

8 May

Angelo Villani Piano Recital,

St John’s Smith Square, London

9 May

Steve Hackett,

Aylesbury Friars,

Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

9 May

Jazz Divas: Clare Teal,

Cadogan Hall,

5 Sloane Terrace, Chelsea, London

10 May

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Playing Tchaikovsky,

Cadogan Hall,

5 Sloane Terrace, Chelsea, London

10 May

Engelbert Humperdinck,

Royal Albert Hall,


10 May

Handel: L’Allegro, Il Penseroso Ed Il Moderato,

St John’s Smith Square,


12 May

Gilbert & Sullivan Gala,

Royal Albert Hall,


14 May

Country Life: Pastoral Songs and Duets from 17th Century England,

St John’s Smith Square,


15 May

‘Tis Nature’s Voice,

Westminster Abbey,


16 May

Back To Nature!

St John’s Smith Square,


17 May

London Chamber Orchestra,

Cadogan Hall,

5 Sloane Terrace, Chelsea, London

17-24, 26 May

Eric Clapton,

Royal Albert Hall,


18 May

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,

Cadogan Hall,

5 Sloane Terrace, Chelsea, London

21 May

Kensington Symphony Orchestra,

St John’s Smith Square,


22 May


Royal Albert Hall,


22 May

The M&G Series, London Mozart Players,

St John’s Smith Square,


23 May

Academy of St Martin in the Fields, British Centenary Concert,

Cadogan Hall,

5 Sloane Terrace, Chelsea, London

24-26 May

Lechlade Festival,

Riverside Park,

Lechlade, Gloucestershire

24-26 May

Cabourne Folk & Blues Festival,



25 May

Roger Hodgson,

Royal Albert Hall,


25 May

Tubular Bells ‘For Two’,

Union Chapel,

Compton Terrace, Islington, London

26 May

Jack Jones,

London Palladium,

Argyll Street, London

27-31 May

Mark Knopfler,

Royal Albert Hall,


29 May

The Tallis Scholars, Tallis at 40: Gesualdo at 400

Cadogan Hall,

5 Sloane Terrace, Chelsea, London

31 May

Orchestra Pro-Musica Uganda with Sir Roger Norrington and Guy Johnston,

Cadogan Hall,

5 Sloane Terrace, Chelsea, London


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Theatre 1-4 May

The Empress, Swan Theatre,

Swan Theatre,

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

1, 4, 6-7, 9-11, 17-18, 20, 2325, 29-30 May

As You Like It,

Royal Shakespeare Theatre,

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

1-11 May

Doktor Glas,

Wyndham’s Theatre,

Charing Cross Road, London

1-31 May

Jersey Boys,

Prince Edward Theatre,

Old Compton Street, London

1-31 May

Les Miserables,

Queen’s Theatre,

51 Shaftesbury Avenue, London

1-31 May

The Phantom Of The Opera,

Her Majesty’s Theatre,

Haymarket, London

1-31 May

Singin’ In The Rain,

Palace Theatre,

Shaftesbury Avenue, London

1-31 May

Let It Be,

Savoy Theatre,

Savoy Place, The Strand, London

1-31 May

Monty Python’s Spamalot,

Playhouse Theatre,

Northumberland Avenue, London

1-31 May


National Theatre,

Olivier,South Bank, London

1-31 May

The 39 Steps,

Criterion Theatre,

Piccadilly Circus, London

1-31 May

Merrily We Roll Along,

Harold Pinter Theatre,

Panton Street, Westminster, London

1-31 May

Top Hat,

Aldwych Theatre,

49 Aldwych, London

1-31 May

Burn The Floor,

Shaftesbury Theatre,

210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London

1-31 May

A Chorus Line,

London Palladium Theatre,

8 Argyll Street, London

1-31 May

Passion Play,

Duke of York’s Theatre,

St Martin’s Lane, London

1-31 May

The Weir,

Donmar Warehouse,

41 Earlham Street, Covent Garden

1-31 May

Phantom Of The Opera,

Majestic Theatre,

247 West 44th Street, New York, NY, USA

6-11 May

As You Like It

Part of Globe to Globe,

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London

2-3, 8-9, 11, 1316, 21-23, 25, 27-28, 31 May


Royal Shakespeare Theatre,

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

14-31 May

Relatively Speaking,

Wyndham’s Theatre,

Charing Cross Road, London

24-31 May

A Midsummer Night’s Dream,

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre,



The Globe At Hay,

Newport Street, Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire

1-6 May

William Scott,

Tate St Ives,

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall

1-12 May

Schwitters In Britain,

Tate Britain,

Millbank, London

1-12 May

Glam! The Performance Of Style,

Tate Liverpool,

Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside

1-27 May

Lichenstein: A Retrospective,

Tate Modern,

Bankside, London

1-31 May

Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum,

British Museum,

44 Great Russell St, London

1-31 May

Gaiety Is The Most Outstanding Feature Of The Soviet Union,

Saatchi Gallery,

King’s Road, London

11-31 May

Rory McEwen: The Colours of Reality,

The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art,

Kew Gardens, Kew Road, Richmond, London

23-31 May

Michael Landy: Saints Alive,

National Gallery,

Trafalgar Square, London

4, 8, 10, 14, 16, 24, 31 May

Puccini’s “La Boheme”,

London Coliseum,

8 St Martin’s Lane, Trafalgar Square, London

11, 13, 15, 18, 23, 25 May


London Coliseum,

8 St Martin’s Lane, Trafalgar Square, London

5 May

The Night Of 1000 Stars,

Royal Albert Hall,


5 May

East Anglia Guitar Festival,

High Barn,

Great Bardfield, Essex

Sylvie Guillem: 6000 Miles Away,

Sadler’s Wells,

Rosebery Avenue, London

Music & Philosophy 23-31 May



Dance 20-25 May

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The List - Make the most of May 2013

Property & Investments: 1-2 May

International Property Show,

Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre

Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

1-2 May

Annual Investment Meeting,

Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre

Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

Foire de Paris,

Porte de Versailles Expo

Paris, France

1-31 May

Salgado’s Genesis Landscape & Wildlife Photographs,

Natural History Museum,

Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London

1-31 May

Alexander Calder,

Pace London,

6 Burlington Gardens, London

17-31 May

Propaganda: Power and Persuasion

The British Library,

96 Euston Road, London

Tower Of London


CHRIS 2013:

Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit

Miami, Florida, USA

Cannes Film Festival

Cannes, Provence-Alpes-Cotes d’Azur, France

Trade Fair 1-12 May


Landmarks 1-31 May

Conference 6-7 May

Film 15-26 May

Literature 20 May

2013 Man Booker International Prize Readings,

Queen Elizabeth Hall,

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London

20-31 May

London Literature Festival 2013

Southbank Centre,

Belvedere Road, London

28 May

Lionel Shriver

Purcell Room,

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London

Historic Houses: 1-31 May

Hampton Court Palace,

East Molesey, London

1-31 May

Kensington Palace,


1-31 May

Kew Palace

33 Kew Green, Richmond upon Thames, London



2-5 May

Jinhae Yacht & Boat,

South Korea

5 May

Wallingford Regatta,

Dorney Lake


10-12 May

Internautica International Boat Show


Portoroz, Slovenia

10-12 May

Guangzhou International Boat Show


15-19 May

Beirut Boat


17-19 May

Internautica International Boat Show Adriatic



23-26 May

Sanctuary Cove Show

Gold Coast,

Queensland, Australia

30-31 May

Korea International Boat Show

Goyang City,

Gyeonggi Province, South Korea

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Food & Drink 3-6 May

Real Food Festival,

Southbank Centre,

Belvedere Road, London

4-6 May

Foodies Festival – Brighton,

Hove Lawns,

Hove, Brighton, East Sussex

10-12 May

Dorset Food Festival,

Dorchester Football Stadium,

Dorchester, Dorset

11-12 May

Ludlow Spring Festival,



17-19 May

Cromer & Sheringham Crab & Lobster Festival,

Cromer & Sheringham,


17-19 May

Foodies Festival

Cheshire, Tatton Park,

Knutsford, Cheshire

18 May

Alcester & Forest of Arden Food Festival,

Alcester High Street

Alcester, Warwickshire

18-19 May

Wallingford Food Festival,

Bridge Villa Camping & Caravan Park,

Wallingford, Oxfordshire

18-19 May

Letchworth Food Festival,

Letchworth Garden City,


18-19 May

Springtide Festival,

Burton Bradstock Beach,

Bridport, Dorset

18-19 May

Malton Food Lovers’ Festival,


North Yorkshire

18-19 May

Loch Fyne Food Fair,

Loch Fyne Oyster Bar,

Clachan, Cairdow, Scotland

19 May

Watercress Festival,

New Alresford, Hampshire


19 May

Nigel Haworth’s Fantastic Food Show,

Ewood Park, Blackburn, Lancashire

Blackburn, Lancashire

25-26 May

Mersea Food & Drink Festival,

Mersea Vineyard,

Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea, Essex

25-27 May

Foodies Festival

Hampton Court,

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey

26-27 May

Dartington Food Fair,

Shinners Bridge,

Dartington, Totnes, Devon

26-27 May

Great British Food Festival,

Walton Hall & Gardens,

Walton, Warrington, Cheshire

Royal Hospital, Royal Hospital Road,

Chelsea, London

Royal Botanic Gardens

Kew, Richmond, London

Gardening/Horticulture: 21-25 May

Festival – Chelsea Flower Show

1-31 May

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The Morden Hall Country Show,

Morden Hall Park,

Morden Hall Road, London

5-6 May

Hampshire County Fair,

Broadlands Estate, Romsey, Hampshire

5 May

British Falconry & Raptor Fair,

Althorpe House,


6 May

North Somerset Show,

North Somerset Showground,

Wraxhall, Nr Bristol, Somerset

11-12 May

Robin Hood Country Show Essex,

Brentwood Centre,

Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, Essex

11-12 May

Newark & Nottinghamshire County Show,

Newark Showground,

Lincoln Road, Newark, Notts

12 May

South Suffolk Agricultural Show,

Ampton Racecourse,

Ingham Lane, Ingham, Nr Bury St Edmunds

16-18 May

Devon County Show,

Devon County Showground,

Westpoint, Exeter, Devon

18-19 May

Pickering Game & Country Fair,

Pickering Showground,

Pickering, North Yorkshire

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The List - Make the most of May 2013



1 May

Horse Racing

Hunter Chase Evening,

Cheltenham Racecourse,

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

1-6 May


World Championship,

Crucible Theatre,

Sheffield, Yorkshire

10 May


Diamond League,

Qatar Sports Club,

Doha, Qatar

11 May


FA Cup Final,

Wembley Stadium,


11-12 May

Rugby Union

London Sevens,



11-19 May


ATP/WTA Italian Open,



12 May

Motor Racing

F1 Spanish GP,

Barcelona, Spain

12-19 May


WTA Internazionali BNL d’Italia,

Foro Italico,

Rome, Italy

15 May


UEFA Europa League Final,

Amsterdam Arena,

Amsterdam, Netherlands,

15-17 May

Horse Racing

Dante Festival,

York Racecourse,


16-19 May


Madeira Islands Open,

Santo Antonio, Madeira,


16-19 May


HP Byron Nelson Championship,

TPC Four Seasons Resort,

Irving, Texas, USA

16-20 May


First Test, England v New Zealand,



17 May

Rugby Union

Amlin Challenge Cup Final,

RDS Arena,


18 May

Rugby Union

Heineken Cup Final,

Aviva Stadium,


18 May

Horse Racing

JLT Lockinge Stakes Day,

Newbury Racecourse,


18 May


Diamond League Meeting,



2-5 May


China Open,

Tianjin Binhai Lake

Tanggu District, Tianjin, China

2-5 May


Wells Fargo Championship,

Quail Hollow Club,

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

3 May

Rugby Union

Legends of the Lions VIP Luncheon

The Brewery,

52 Chiswell Street, London,

3-12 May


ATP/WTA Madrid Open,

Madrid, Spain

4 May

Horse Racing

2000 Guineas,

Newmarket Racecourse,


4 May

Horse Racing

Kentucky Derby,


Kentucky, USA

4-26 May


Giro d’Italia,


5 May

Horse Racing

1000 Guineas,

Newmarket Racecourse,


6 May

Horse Racing

AWT Afternoon Flat,

Kempton Park Racecourse,

Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex

9 May

Horse Racing

May Racing,

Goodwood Racecourse,

West Sussex

9-12 May


Players Championship,

TPC Sawgrass,

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA

19 May

Motor Cycling


Le Mans,


19 May

Horse Racing

Great Paris Steeplechase,

Auteuil Racecourse,

Paris, France

19-25 May


ATP Nice Open,

Nice, Cote d’Azur,


20-25 May


WTA Brussels Open,



21 May


Gaucho International Polo,

O2 Arena,

Greenwich, London

23-25 May

Horse Racing

May Festival,

Goodwood Racecourse,

West Sussex

23-26 May


PGA Championship,

Wentworth Club,

Virginia Water, Surrey

23-26 May


Colonial Invitational,

Fort Worth, Texas,


24-28 May


2nd Test, England v New Zealand,


Leeds, Yorkshire

25 May


UEFA Champions League Final

Wembley Stadium,


25 May

Rugby Union

Premiership Final



25 May

Horse Racing

May Spring Meeting

York Racecourse,


25 May


Diamond League

Icahn Stadium,

Randall’s Island, N York, NY, USA

26 May

Motor Racing

F1 Monaco GP

Monte Carlo,


26 May

Motor Racing

Indy 500

Indianapolis, USA

Indianapolis, USA

26 May

Rugby Union

England v Barbarians



26 May

Horse Racing

Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby),

Fuchu City,

Tokyo, Japan

26-31 May


French Open

Roland Garros,

Paris, France


27 May


Championship Play-Off Final

Wembley Stadium


29 May


England v Republic of Ireland,

Wembley Stadium,


30-31 May


Scandinavian Masters

Bro Hof Slott Golf Club,

Stockholm, Sweden

30-31 May


Memorial Tournament,

Muirfield Village Golf Club,

Dublin, Ohio, USA

31 May

Horse Racing

The Oaks

Epsom Racecourse,


31 May


England v New Zealand



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Lifestyle Magazine for 55 to 75 year olds.

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Lifestyle Magazine for 55 to 75 year olds.