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ISSUE 46 / 2015


15 LUXURIOUS DETACHED HOUSES IN A STUNNING WOODED SETTING WITH VIEWS ACROSS NOTTINGHAM

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• First floor lounge with stunning view • High spec fitted kitchen • Integral garage • Within the Mapperley Park conservation area

PRICES FROM £465,000 - £925,000

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David Fowkes Jewellery is located in rural Nottinghamshire, in an astonishing Coach House Gallery within Thoresby Courtyard, 20 miles North of Nottingham. For about a decade, the Grade I listed Courtyard, part of the impressive Thoresby Park, has been the home of the David Fowkes Studio Gallery. One of the most important philosophies of David Fowkes jewellery is to manufacture everything from start to finish in-house. This gives David the prospect to maintain incredibly high standards of quality and craftsmanship. Traditional skills are fundamental to his everyday working practises, but modern innovations such as laser technology have offered new creative avenues for both design and manufacture, enabling pieces that could not otherwise be achieved by traditional techniques only.

A speciality-cut aquamarine and diamond ring in 18 carat white gold.

Coloured gemstones with an interesting, unconventional cut are at the heart of the “Affinity”-collection of David Fowkes Jewellery. David has a UK exclusive to these rare and fantastic gems. Commission pieces are often inspired by a gemstone that can eventually lead to a whole suite of jewellery. Sometimes the project can begin from a piece of rough material – David works closely with his artisan stone cutters, hence he can get involved and influence the cutting and the design of the gemstones. Parallel to jewellery with coloured gemstones runs the “Opal”collection. The black opals and boulder opals are sourced from a few different mines in Australia. Again, as a result of close working relationships with the miners and cutters, David gets to cherry pick the best quality opals for his designs. The essence of David Fowkes Jewellery is in its uniqueness. Each piece is totally bespoke and handmade in Nottinghamshire. Nothing is being mass produced, therefore the majority of the work is commission based. David believes that it is essential to design closely with the client to create meaningful jewellery, which affirms their personal sense of style. David thrives on designing ageless, classic luxury that lasts through the test of time.

Unique. Timeless. Infinitively wearable. www.dfjewellery.co.uk

Asymmetric pair of earrings with specialitycut pink tourmalines with pink and white diamonds set in 18 carat white and yellow gold.

A fabulous speciality-cut citrine ring set in 18 carat white gold.


INVITE David Fowkes Jewellery Show St. James Hotel, Rutland Street, Nottingham NG1 6EB

7th & 8th November 2015 10.00am - 5.00pm

A stunning neckpiece with three artisan cut Oregon sunstones and diamonds set in 18 carat white and yellow gold

David Fowkes Jewellery, The Courtyard, Thoresby Park, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG22 9EP


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Features 08 Events Agenda What’s on, in and around the region, in the coming months.

16 Christmas Gifts For Him & Her A range of Christmas gift ideas, guaranteed to please even the pickiest person.

20 Essential Section The latest Films, DVD’s, Cds, Books and Gadgets available.

26 Celebrity Profile - Rita Ora Popstar, X Factor judge and now paving her way in the world of cinema.

38 In The Kitchen Mark Osborne creates three seasonal dishes for the perfect festive dinner party.

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50 All About That Lace Women’s Fashion - This is a look for absolutely everyone; long live lace!

57 Perfect Plum Beautiful on the eyes, nails and even lips, warm plum make-up, perfect for Autumn.

58 Green With Envy Men’s fashion - We are expecting a big rise in the popularity of this colour.

60 Close Shave With a little effort and some top quality products, you’ll be looking dashing in no time.

62 Winter Coats As the temperature drops, it’s time to find the perfect cosy winter coat.

64 Celebrity Profile - Jake Gyllenhal

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Born straight into the film industry, it’s no surprise he has become the star he is today.

72 Fragrances We have selected the best scents out there to fall in love with, perfect for Christmas.

78 RSViP Business Directory The new RSViP directory featuring some of their recommended businesses.

80 Interior Themes - Black & Gold Wonderfully rich and glamorous in rooms both large and small.

86 Autumnal Gardens Gardens in Autumn can be endlessly beautiful, why not make the most of it? CITY LIFE & COUNTY LIVING 6

90 You’ve Been Framed So many photo frames, it’s daunting which to buy. Here’s our selection.

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102 The All-Jaguar F-Pace The British brand’s first SUV and they have pulled a blinder!


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Welcome... The countdown has begun! As if most of the year hasn’t been hectic enough, we are now entering the twilight zone. Slightly side tracking, but how many of you remember that television series? We are entering that time of year when we try and fit another nine months into the last three. We eat out, party and shop more in the next three months than we have in all the other months combined. We eat more, we drink more and we spend more, and why not we convince ourselves, its only once a year! We can diet, detox and save, starting in January, or at least that is the plan.

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CHAS & DAVE

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

30 OCT ALBERT HALL, NOTTINGHAM

2 NOV - 7 NOV BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME

In the tradition of The Kinks and the Small Faces and around the same time as Ian Dury and Squeeze, Chas and Dave wrote and recorded exceptionally witty songs about life in London, performed with a strong affection for all things English and reminiscent of many of the great Music Hall artists many years previously. In their case however, the musical accompaniment to their sharply observant material was neither rock nor punk but solid, no-nonsense rock n roll style which had been their background and inspiration! Chas and Dave disbanded in 2009 following the retirement of Dave Peacock after his wife's death. However, In 2010 the boys announced their return to the live circuit due to huge public support.

Jesus Christ Superstar exploded onto the musical scene in 1971 - stunning audiences and changing the face of musical theatre forever. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera tells the story of the last seven days in the life of Jesus through an extraordinary, groundbreaking score.

JESS GLYNNE

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2 NOV ROCK CITY, NOTTINGHAM

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Newcomer Jess Glynne will perform at Nottingham's Rock City following the release of her stunning debut album. Jess's album 'I Cry When I Laugh' dropped on August 14th via Atlantic Records. The album documents Jess's life since 'the happiest and saddest day of my life' – when she signed her record contract, but was also broken hearted at the end of a two-year relationship that made her question everyone and everything. But Jess has taken a different approach to the now standard break-up album, 'I wanted this record to be about hope,' she says.

As compelling today as it was at its inception over forty years ago, Jesus Christ Superstar has some of musical theatre's most legendary songs from I Don't Know How to Love Him, Everything's Alright and Gethsemane through to, of course, Superstar.

NOTTINGHAM COMEDY FESTIVAL 6 NOV - 14 NOV Nottingham Comedy festival was established in 2009. Together with the help of local comedians, friends, promoters and businesses it took place between October - November with 50 acts in 10 venues. Over the years the festival has grown to include a wide variety of comedy, from stand-up to improvisation, plays to workshops and more. Featuring Harry Enfield & Paul Whitehouse, Hal Cruttenden, The Noise Next Door, Imran Yusuf, Rob Beckett, James Acaster, Andy Zaltzman, Gary Delaney, Kerry Godliman, The BlundaBus,The Dark Room, Tony Jameson, Wi-fi Wars, Tiernan Douieb and many many more.

NOTTINGHAM WINTER WONDERLAND 20 NOV - 10 JAN 2016 MARKET SQUARE, NOTTINGHAM This magical event, in the heart of the Market Square, has the largest open air ice rink in the Midlands. Come and see the world's only Helter Skelter bar, hundreds of Xmas trees, snow dressing, garlands and lighting to create a unique spectacle! There will be a new larger covered winter bar to the Market Square selling ales, wines, soft drinks and much more. There will also be covered seating areas offering great views of the ice rink and a bandstand to provide ad hoc entertainment.

WILL YOUNG 26 NOV ROYAL CONCERT HALL, NOTTINGHAM The 'Love Revolution Tour' is Will's first tour in four years and the announcement comes as his brilliant, brand new album '85% Proof', went straight into Number one on the official UK Album chart. '85% Proof' is the sixth album from the multimillion selling, Brit Award-winning singersongwriter and presents his most accomplished work to date. The record is an eclectic, hugely confident and startlingly human record which Clash described as “The most deliciously instinctive and relentlessly endearing pop music you'll hear this year. A masterclass in delivering a mature pop record.”


EVENTS

OLIVER!

DURAN DURAN

27 NOV 2015 - 16 JAN 2016 CURVE THEATRE, LEICESTER

11 DEC CAPITAL FM ARENA

Let us transport you to Victorian London this Christmas for this timeless tale about the boy who asked for more…

Multi-platinum superstars Duran Duran will release their 14th studio album, Paper Gods on September 11 through Warner Bros. Records.

After escaping the workhouse, young orphan boy Oliver quickly finds himself alone on the bleak streets of London. When he befriends the mischievous Artful Dodger, Oliver is introduced to the art of pickpocketing, but could his new lifestyle lead him to discovering his mysterious past?

ALADDIN 5 DEC -10 JAN 2016 THEATRE ROYAL, NOTTINGHAM This year's Theatre Royal pantomime has everything you could wish for. Join a sensational cast led by pantomime legend Christopher Biggins, star of boy band Blue Simon Webbe and Nottingham's favourite pantomime comic, Ben Nickless, for an Aladdin's cave of fun and laughter. With spectacular special effects, stunning costumes, beautiful sets and all the magic you've come to expect from the region's biggest pantomime, this is a festive treat the whole family will treasure.

Alongside news of the new album, Duran Duran have also announced that they will perform a UK arena tour.

ANDRÉ RIEU 17 DEC CAPITAL FM ARENA The world's most successful violinist will return to Capital FM Arena Nottingham with his Johann Strauss Orchestra for one night only on Thursday 17 December 2015 with a completely new programme. He owns the biggest private orchestra in the world and has sold more than 40 million albums and DVDs. In his concerts he plays the most beautiful waltzes by Johann Strauss or Franz Lehár, world famous hits from musicals and film, the most beloved melodies from opera and operetta as well as popular music of all decades.

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Christmas parties at Alea Nottingham and the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Grill. Enjoy a magical Christmas with Alea Nottingham's Winter Wonderland festive parties and New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball. Their fabulous festive party nights are perfect for your annual office bash or getting together with friends over the Christmas period. Face to Face, the newly refurbished events suite will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland for the festive season, with live music from the brilliant T.I. Funk and a DJ to see you through to the early hours. If you're looking for something more intimate for a smaller group, why not book at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill?

Shared Parties Alea's Winter Wonderland shared parties will be taking place in their newly extended and refurbished Face to Face room. These are ideal for office Christmas parties, with minimum bookings of 8 or maximum bookings of 220. The Winter Wonderland package includes: 5-course festive menu, Live entertainment from T.I. Funk ,DJ until the early hours, Fun photobooth with props and Learn to Play casino games. Prices start from £35pp and are available on selected dates throughout December.

Looking for an exclusive celebration? Alea's glamorous events suite is available for private hire on selected dates in November and December. Revamped and ready to look ravishing for Christmas, this room seats up to 220 guests and boasts its own bar, plasma screens, DJ area and stage. Alea's events team would be delighted to create a bespoke party package for you - with or without entertainment.

New Year's Eve Masquerade ball Alea will be hosting a Masquerade ball for New Year's Eve. Tickets are £75pp and include 5 Course meal Live entertainment and countdown from TI Funk DJ & Disco Photo booth Learn to play casino games Dress code is black tie, so why not see 2016 in in style?

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse bar & Grill If you're looking for something more intimate for a smaller group, why not book at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill? Their festive dinner menu served throughout December is just £32pp! Serving Christmas day lunch too, why not really spoil your family? 3 courses for £70pp! This New Year's Eve Marco's will be serving their A la carte menu, but you can continue the celebrations in Alea and a raise a glass to 2016 in the new Mahou Bar.

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If you book New Year's Eve by the end of November you will receive a free glass of bubbly on the night!

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Mark Hands, Venue Director at ALEA Nottingham says, "We're always looking for new ways to cement our position as the place to go for the best action in town, and this Christmas is no exception. Our board array of entertainment offerings should provide something for everyone. We can't wait to welcome locals through the door and ensure that they have a celebration to remember."

To book your tickets or for more information please contact Alea: T: 0115 872 0600 E: infonottingham@aleacasinos.com W: www.nottingham.aleacasinos.com


Out&About with City Life & County Living Magazine

An Evening With Paul Merson Soccer legend turned Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson captivated his audience with on- and offpitch anecdotes when he topped the bill at a very special football and fundraising evening at Alea Casino. The ex-England and Arsenal player gave guests a fascinating insight into his professional life and the well-documented personal problems he has had to overcome during his career as a footballer, match reporter, newspaper columnist and TV presenter. Larger-than-life Merson took to the stage after a sumptuous three-course dinner and entertainment from premier league comedian Jed Stone.

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The evening, hosted by fellow ex-footie pro and now Alea's Business Development Manager, Nigel Jemson, was also a real money spinner for tomorrow's top athletes, raising a whopping ÂŁ2635 for SportsAid, a charity long-supported by Caesars Entertainment.

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ASHES “We will be using the project as the Willmott Dixon Foundation Regional Trainee Challenge Project for 2015, which will allow a number of young people working with us, as apprentices and trainees, the opportunity to gain real, on the job experience throughout the 24 week build. “The project will deliver a brand new dedicated cricket clubhouse, which will house cricket teams in the summer and junior football in the winter, and will give sports in Nottingham a real boost.”

Steve Williams of Maber, Tracey Francis of TBCT, Nick Heath of Wilmott Dixon

Work on a visionary project to create a new cricket clubhouse on Victoria Embankment in Nottingham has now begun. The project, which is being referred to as the 'Field of Dreams,' is being overseen by contracting giant Willmott Dixon, with the assistance of more than 50 local partners. The contractor has teamed up with Trent Bridge Community Trust – representing Nottinghamshire Cricket Club, Nottinghamshire Cricket Board, Nottinghamshire City Council and Maber Architects to deliver the project. The new clubhouse is the vision of the Trent Bridge Community Trust to leave a true legacy from the Investec Ashes Test series at Trent Bridge in 2013 and 2015. The original plan had been to refurbish an original pavilion at the embankment which had been in a state of disrepair for two decades. The pavilion was so dilapidated, and because it would not have met disability access requirements nor governing body specifications, it had to be demolished, paving the way for this exciting new project. Nick Heath, operations director at Willmott Dixon in the East Midlands, said: “This is a significant project for Nottingham and something that we are very proud to be putting our weight behind – we are committed to the city and getting involved with initiatives like this is very important to us.

The project has caught the attention and imagination of a great many local businesses and organizations. Each partner has either given their skills, services, expertise or goods free of charge or at or below cost price, to see that the Field of Dreams can become a reality. Local partner organisations involved in the project include: Project Managers Faithful & Gould, Engineers Curtins, Local Builders Merchants Jewsons, Wicks, Midland

Building Products, J Wright Roofing, Derry Building Services, Rilmac, Cartwright Communications & RizkMcCay. Tracey Francis of the Trent Bridge Community Trust said: “This is a hugely exciting, visionary project which will really benefit the local Nottingham community by boosting sport for all in the city.” Over the past three years, the Nottinghamshire Cricket Board & ECB have invested in three artificial cricket pitches at Victoria Embankment – with a nationally renowned 'Last Man Stands' league operating through the summer months featuring 16 teams, and a brand new community cricket team called The Meadows. Volunteers from the local community will get involved and businesses will be encouraged to support the work by volunteering their time to the project. The project is on programme to be completed in December 2015

Wilmott Dixon trainees with ex England cricketers Simon Jones and Graeme Swan

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Christmas Gifts FOR

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Christmas time comes but once a year, yet it always manages to take us by surprise… Have you been scratching your head, staring at page after page of catalogues and websites, searching for that perfect gift for your loved one, but to no avail? Don’t worry, with these fantastic gifts that are sure to please all, we’ve got you covered.

FOR HER UNDER £25

Thorntons Classic Fairground Favourites, £6.00, Thorntons

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Balance Me Bathing Beauties Trio £12.00, lookfantastic.com

Yankee Candle Christmas Memories Tealight Set £6.99, yankeecandle.co.uk

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Shot Glasses Ice Mould £7.95, prezzybox.com


FASHION, HEALTH & BEAUTY

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Toilette £54.00, Debenhams Benefit Rockitude Makeup Set £25.50, ASOS

Hotel Chocolat The Everything Collection £35.00, Hotel Chocolat

£25 - £50

Pandora Pavé in my Heart Stud Earrings £40.00, Argento

£50 - £100

Michael Kors Rose Gold Crystal Logo Pendant £89.00, Beaverbrooks

Kurt Geiger Leather Logo Wallet £70.00, Kurt Geiger

Zoeva Rose Golden Brush Set £56.95, beautybay.com

Elemis Escape for One at Bannatyne Spas £79.00, virginexperiencedays.co.uk

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Chanel N°5 Parfum Bottle £155.00, House of Fraser

ghd Ultimate Gift Set £325.00, John Lewis

Marc Jacobs Ladies Baker Watch £129.00, watchshop.com

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Aspinal of London Marylebone Burgundy Leather Tote £795.00, harveynichols.com

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FASHION, HEALTH & BEAUTY

FOR HIM UNDER £25

The Shot Flask £19.99, firebox.com

Longridge Sports Golf Ball £9.99, Menkind

Shot Roulette £9.99, thehut.com

Eggsplode Egg Cup & Soldier Cutter £6.99, findmeagift.co.uk

£25 - £50 Monopoly Walking Dead Board Game £29.99, Argos

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Simon Carter Union Jack Cufflinks £25.00, ASOS

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Star Wars Jedi Bathrobe £29.99, iwantoneofthose.com Fifteen Award Winning World Lagers £42.00, notonthehighstreet.com


FASHION, HEALTH & BEAUTY

Game of Thrones Seasons 1 - 4 Blu-ray £69.99, zavvi.com

Zeus Deluxe Beard Set £68.00, thebrotique.co.uk

£50 - £100

Marshall Major Brown Headphones £55.00, reidys.com

Dolce & Gabbana Intenso Pour Homme 75ml £52.00, Debenhams

£100+ Emporio Armani Men’s Chronograph Watch £237.00, watchshop.com

DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter Drone £2,381.00, rclegends.co.uk

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Penhaligon’s Nickel Shaving Set £136.00, feelunique.com

Hennessy XO £170.00, Harrods

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Films

Pan CITY LIFE

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Peter is a mischievous 12 year old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life, those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies; called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life or death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily and a new friend named James Hook, Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard, to save Neverland and discover his true identity; to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.

The Good Dinosaur

Crimson Peak

Hotel Transylvania 2

In a world where Earth was never hit by an asteroid and dinosaurs never became extinct, a young Apatosaurus named Arlo loses his father in a tragic accident.

Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, returns to scare us all with this chilling gothic horror.

Now that Dracula (Adam Sandler) has opened the Hotel Transylvania’s doors to humans, things are changing for the better; however, Drac is secretly worried that his half-human grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing his vampire side. So, while Mavis and Johnny are away, Drac enlists his friends to help him put the boy through a “monsterin-training” boot camp. But things really get batty when Drac’s cantankerous, old-school dad (Mel Brooks) pays an unexpected visit.

One day, Arlo falls into a river and gets knocked out by a rock, finding himself far away from his home. While trying to find a way back to the Clawed-Tooth Mountains, he befriends a human cave-boy that he names Spot.

Dark secrets haunt a crumbling mountain top mansion in Cumbria, in the 19th century, young author Edith Cushing, played by Mia Wasikowska, discovers that her charming new husband Sir Thomas Sharpe, Tom Hiddleston, is not who he appears to be.


ESSENTIAL GUIDE

Absolutely Anything

With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin), and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.

Neil Clarke, played by Simon Pegg, is a schoolteacher who suddenly discovers he has magical powers. In fact, with the wave of his hand, he can make absolutely anything happen. From wiping out a particularly disruptive class (and then bringing them back to life), to turning his best mate into the kind of man women would not only die for, but would worship to the ends of the earth and back. The only snag is getting the words right and, of course, knowing what he really wants.

The Martian

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.

In the sequel to 2014’s ‘Maze Runner’, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

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DVDs Fast and Furious 7 After defeating international terrorist Owen Shaw, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and the rest of the crew have separated to return to more normal lives. However, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), Owen’s older brother, is thirsty for revenge. A slick government agent offers to help Dom and company take care of Shaw in exchange for their help in rescuing a kidnapped computer hacker who has developed a powerful surveillance program.

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FAVE

Two Days, One Night

Poltergeist

Age of Adaline

Sandra (Marion Cotillard), who has suffered from a major episode of depression, has recovered and is ready to return to work. Although Sandra wishes to come back, the company decides it can work with one less employee and save money. Sandra learns her fate is to be decided by the other employees in a vote. Throughout the movie she attempts to convince others of her worthiness with varying and emotional results.

All seems well for Eric Bowen (Sam Rockwell), wife Amy (Rosemarie DeWitt) and their three children as they move into their new house in the suburbs of Illinois. Soon, youngest daughter Maddy (Kennedi Clements) begins talking to an imaginary friend, or so the family thinks. It’s not long before sinister spirits wreak havoc in the home, holding Maddy captive and forcing the parents to consult a team of parapsychologists who engage the supernatural entities in a battle for the girl’s freedom.

Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) has miraculously remained a youthful 29 years of age for nearly eight decades, never allowing herself to get close to anyone lest they discover her secret. However, a chance encounter with a charismatic philanthropist named Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reawakens Adaline’s longsuppressed passion for life and romance. When a weekend with Ellis’ parents threatens to expose the truth, Adaline makes a decision that changes her life forever.

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All his life, Dan Landsman (Jack Black) has never been the cool guy. That’s about to change - if he can convince Oliver Lawless (James Marsden), the most popular guy from his high school who’s now the face of a national Banana Boat ad campaign, to show up with him to their class reunion. A man on a mission, Dan travels from Pittsburgh to LA and spins a web of lies to recruit Lawless. But he gets more than he bargains for as the unpredictable Lawless proceeds to take over his home, career, and entire life. Showcasing Jack Black and James Marsden’s most outrageous performances to date, THE D TRAIN serves up the question: how far would you go to be popular? Co-starring Kathryn Hahn and Jeffrey Tambor.


CDS

Lianne La Havas - Blood ‘Blood’ is the second studio album by British recording artist Lianne La Havas. Following the release of her critically acclaimed debut ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’ (2012) La Havas embarked on a variety of tours and festivals before travelling to Jamaica. During La Havas’ time in Jamaica, she attempted to regain a connection with her roots, the exploration inspired La Havas to begin writing the follow up to her debut. Lianne has cited the album as a homage towards her Jamaican and Greek bloodline, which in turn inspired the album’s title. ‘Blood’ is seen as a departure from the acoustic musical leanings of her debut album, taking on a neo soul and Jazz style, with elements of R&B, doo-wop, reggae and gospel music.

Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon

Disclosure - Caracal

After teasing lyrics and snippets of tracks on social media, Lana Del Rey has caused quite the buzz about her fourth studio album, Honeymoon, which is to be released in September. When speaking about the upcoming album, Del Rey said, “It’s growing into something I really like. I’m kind of enjoying sinking into this more noirish feel for this one. It’s been good.” She added that, along with the new music, Honeymoon is likely to feature a cover of Nina Simone’s Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood. She said: “I like summarising the record with a jazz song. I’m having fun with my interpretation.”

Brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence are back with the follow up to 2013’s ‘Settle.’ ‘Caracal’ features collaborations with Nao, Lion Babe, Kwabs and Sam Smith, who sang on the band’s breakthrough single ‘Latch.’ In a statement, Howard Lawrence explained the album title:

Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver Jamie’s Everyday Super Food makes eating well exciting, delicious, easy and fun. No matter how busy you are, you’ll find that healthy eating the Jamie way is both straightforward and achievable, making it super easy to choose exactly the kind of meals that suit you.

In Everyday Super Food, Jamie’s done all the hard work for you - all you need to do is choose a delicious recipe, cook it up and, most importantly, enjoy it. Every meal in this book is a good choice and will bring you a step closer to a healthier, happier you.

Books The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz In this adrenaline-charged thriller, genius-hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist face a dangerous new threat and must again join forces. Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a trusted source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female super hacker–a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Lisbeth for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. In The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the duo who thrilled 80 million readers in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest meet again in an extraordinary and uniquely of-the-moment thriller.

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The book is divided into breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and every tasty meal is nutritionally balanced so that any combination over the day will bring you in under your recommended daily allowance of calories, allowing you to enjoy snacks and drinks on the side. You can eat Smoothie Pancakes with Berries, Banana, Yoghurt and Nuts for breakfast, Tasty Fish Tacos with Game-Changing Kiwi, Lime and Chilli Salsa for lunch and Griddled Steak and Peppers with Herby-Jewelled Tabbouleh Rice for dinner, and still be healthy!

“A caracal is an incredible wild cat that I became fascinated with while on tour last year; I just love the way they look, their physical capabilities and their anonymity. It felt like a perfect fit for our Wild Life brand too, so the caracal made perfect sense as the lead visual for the new album and over the course of recording.”

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Gadgets View Quest Christie DAB+ Radio Available in 11 contemporary colours, Christie is a beautifully designed DAB+ radio and NFC/Bluetooth. It has a unique, genuine enamel front panel with 360-degree premium leatherette wrap, as well as rotating 2.4” LCD display that enables radio to sit either in landscape or portrait orientation. Providing superior sound quality, Christie features a single 10W speaker that makes use of specially tuned digital sound processing (DSP) software. The use of DSP means that high audio fidelity and surprising volume levels can still be enjoyed from a compact unit. The quality of sound is vital given the wide range of audio sources available with Christie from digital and analogue radio to streaming content from sources such as Spotify, Tuneln, or Last.fm via any smart device with one touch NFC connection or standard bluetooth pairing.

£99.99, viewquest.co.uk

Smartphone Projector 2.0 Smartphone Projector 2.0 comes with a soft matt laminate finish and silver foil accents and makes the perfect gift for any gadget lover. Designed with sophistication in mind, 2.0 has brown leather print detail, inspired by range finder cameras, leather hip flasks and Cuban cigar lounges. 2.0 is wide enough to fit the iPhone 6 Plus, so imagine kicking back on a Chesterfield sofa with some whiskey and popping the Smartphone Projector on to enjoy some Super 8 inspired film or a Hollywood classic on your Smartphone. Suitable for use with iOS and Android compatible smart phones. Phone brightness must be turned up to 100% and for maximum effectiveness use in a dark room and project onto a smooth white surface. Cinema in a box!

£15.99, menkind.co.uk

Pacif-i With a temperature sensor built into the pacifier’s silicon teat, Pacif-i™ transmits temperature data via Bluetooth Smart (sometimes referred to as Bluetooth 4.0 or Bluetooth Low Energy) to a free app on an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. The app determines when the temperature is the most accurate and then time-stamps and plots the temperature data in a graph. Via the app, parents can record when medication was administered, set-up alerts/ reminders and share the data with carers and medical professionals.

Available to Pre-order

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GPO Attache Briefcase Style Three-Speed Portable Vinyl Turntable

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The GPO Attaché is a lightweight and portable record player with a briefcase style design that enables you to enjoy your records wherever you go. Crafted from wood with metal details, the vinyl turntable is compatible with all record speeds and features built-in stereo speakers so you can enjoy your music without the need for an external speaker system. The record player is finished with a faux leather lining and includes a USB stick to record your vinyl records onto.

£79.99, iwantoneofthose.com


ESSENTIAL GUIDE

Sony Bravia LED HD TV 1080p Smart tv, 40”

Archos Helium 80b Tablet

Dell XPS 13 Laptop

The Sony W70 is a Smart TV with step-up picture quality. Watch what you want, when you want across the slim 40-inch screen. With X-Reality PRO improving everything you watch and Motionflow smoothing out images, this Smart television is certainly one to watch.

Made for using 4G/LTE networks for up to 150 Mbps download speeds, the ARCHOS 80b Helium features an 8 inch widescreen HD IPS screen for an amazing internet and app experience. Powered by a quad-core processor running Android 4.4 KitKat, the ARCHOS 80b Helium’s size hits the perfect balance between portability and comfort.

£459.00, John Lewis

£134.99, archos.com

The XPS 13 isn’t just the smallest 13-inch laptop on the planet, it also has the world’s first virtually borderless infinity Edge display with optional touch. This 5th Generation Broadwell Intel Core i5-5200U 2.20 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology has exceptionally Long-Lasting Battery Life up to 15 hrs and is incredibly lightweight at only 2.6 lbs.

From £849.00, Dell.com

Airwheel Airboard These transportation devices allow you to effortlessly travel from A to B with minimum effort. Standing up straight with a touch of leaning here and there is all there is to it. The pressure sensitive pads pick up on how your weight is being transferred and the Airboard does the rest. Lean in the direction you wish to go just by pushing your toes down and you are off! Full 360 degree turning and self balancing technology mean that it’s super easy to ride and you’ll be surprised just how quickly you pick it up. The board is extremely durable and the rubber wheels mean there is zero chance of a puncture.

Star Trek Original Series Bluetooth Communicator While it may not enable you to contact orbiting starships using subspace transmissions, or request Scotty’s transportation services, it will allow you to command your friends to come over immediately armed with pizza and Star Trek DVDs.

£119.95, firebox.com

£599.95, red5.co.uk

Devialet Phantom Speaker Phantom is unique. More than a connected speaker, Phantom emits sound using a revolutionary and inherently superior process. Uncover the richness of songs you have heard a thousand times in all their amplitude, from sub bass at 16hz to ultra sharp sound at 25kHz with no background noise, no saturation, no distortion, all that up to 3000 Watts and 105 Decibels of power.

Approx £1,390, To Be Released

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This flawlessly accurate Prop Replica Communicator is a fully functioning Bluetooth handset, which means that all of you glorious Trekkies out there can make and receive calls in the way you do in your wildest dreams, with a flick of that iconic antenna grille.

The top speed is an impressive 8 MPH and the distance this marvel of technology will travel is between 7-9 miles. Its fairly weighty at 10kg but that goes to prove the excellent build quality. Once your fun has ended it takes a mere 60mins before you can hop back on!

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Brought to you by two local chaps, this place is all about being different. From the beach huts to the Gin bar, it is all part of the journey to bring back good & proper British food that you know and love but with an unexpected quirky twist!

The building where George’s serve the good folks of Nottingham good and proper grub with a difference, hasn’t always been a place for delicious food. In fact, the stunning grade 2 listed building that they now call home was formerly home to Nottingham’s largest Post Office. Home to quirky interior design, splendid British Gins and Vodkas, and many scrumptious dishes, the restaurant has been voted as a finalist for the International Restaurant & Bar design awards, as well as winning Best New Venue 2015 at the Nottinghamshire Food & Drink Awards! As you look through the newspaper menus, whether you’re sitting in Devon, Whitby or Newquay (The names of some of their beach huts of course) it won’t take long to realise that this is something very different to anywhere else in Nottingham.

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Sourced from local family owned suppliers where possible, the ingredients that make up George’s spiffing menu are chosen especially for them.

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Just some of the menu choices that you can tuck into include INKA grilled fish and Mushy Pea Fritters with a creamy Wasabi dip. Despite the name, George’s Fish and Chip Kitchen is far from concentrating solely on Fish dishes... the fantastic INKA grill can also cook up delicious steaks and burgers! To finish off there are some delightful desserts too, including sweet shop inspired ice cream, freshly made doughnuts and a hot banana & Nutella sandwich! These will certainly bring back all those childhood memories of the Seaside.

Don’t book your Christmas party just yet... the best is yet to come! We are working on putting together a spiffing Christmas Set Menu! Our scrummy dishes are not completely finalised yet but you can take a peek at just a couple of the marvellous options on our Facebook page! Visit our Website and Social Media pages to see why we’ve been voted the Best New Venue in Nottingham or call 01159 505521 to book now.

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Alea: Sam Bailey/Face to Face Launch

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The launch of Alea's newly refurbished events room was a night to remember! Guests got a first look at the brand new room and sampled the events menu with a 3 course meal. The evening was then followed with a performance from 19 year old Scott Wilkes and concluded with special guest performer Sam Bailey, who won X factor in 2013.

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RECENT REFURBISHMENT TO CELEBRATE 10TH ANNIVERSARY.


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CHRISTMAS BOOKINGS BEING TAKEN Menu Available To View Online

Parties Welcome

OPEN CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH BOXING DAY & NEW YEAR For Bookings Email: info@amoresrestaurant.com Or, please email your address for a Christmas Booklet and Christmas Day lunch menu to be sent to you.

- Special Occasions Menu - A Date To Look Forward To Celebrate Valentine’s At Amores Open All Day for Lunch & Dinner

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Great For Parties

For Everyone! Book Early For Christmas £17.95 for 2 Courses, £21.95 for 3 Courses

Full a la carte menu also available

LIVE MUSIC VIVO 8th BIRTHDAY 29th November Welcome Canapes Sergio Sings Live 2 Courses £17.95

BOOK NOW! VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS, OTHER MENUS AND MORE... Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 12.00-2.30pm, 5.30-10.00pm


IN THE KITCHEN Riverbank Bar & Kitchen Head Chef Mark Osborne Creates three seasonal dishes. Perfect dishes to treat guests at a festive dinner party this Winter.

Ingredients 200g Iberico Chorizo 200g Brie 2 Eggs 200ml milk 200g flour 500g Panco bread crumbs 300g Sunblush Tomatoes 10 Basil Leaves Wild Rocket Leaves 5 tblsp Olive Oil 1 Lemon Croutons

SLICED IBERICO CHORIZO, HOT CRISPY BRIE, TOMATO TAPENADE, CROUTONS, ROCKET SALAD Method First slice the Chorizo as thin as possible and line four plates completely covering the inner plate. For the Brie, mix the eggs and milk together in a bowl, in two other bowls add the flour to one and the bread crumbs to the other. Cut the Brie into large squares and roll in the flour, take out and then one by one add to the egg mixture then roll in the bread crumbs, keep to one side till needed. For the Tapenade strain the tomatoes from the Oil they are packed in but keep to one side, Place the Tomatoes in a Blender and add the Basil Leaves, blend till smooth adding some of the Oil if needed. To serve lightly warm the chorizo plates under a grill just until the oils start to release. In a pre-heated deep fat fryer (180 degrees) carefully place the brie and cook for 30 Seconds or until golden brown. Place on paper towel first then add to the Chorizo plates. Spoon on the Tapenade next to the brie.

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Dress the Rocket Leaves with the Lemon Juice and olive Oil and Arrange around the plate.

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Garnish with the Croutons


Ingredients 2 Kilo Piece Quality Pork Belly 8 Pigs Cheeks 1 kilo Potatoes ½ pint Beef Dripping 3 Apples 400g Spinach ½ pint Cider 4 Shallots 100g Thyme 200g Butter Cooking Oil 2 Bulbs Garlic Chopped 2 pint Chicken Stock 1 Carrot (chopped) 2 Sticks Celery (chopped) 1 Shallot (chopped) 200g Apple sauce Aged Balsamic Vinegar Sea Salt

ROAST PORK BELLY, BRAISED PIGS CHEEK, CONFIT POTATOES, APPLE, CIDER BRAISED SHALLOTS Method For the Pork Belly first preheat the oven to 150c Place the Pork Belly on a cooling rack and place on top of a suitable Roasting tray, Season with Sea Salt, Half the chopped Garlic and Thyme. Generously Spoon over some of the Cooking Oil Place in the preheated Oven for 2-3 hours or until the Meat pulls away with little resistance. For the Braised Pigs Cheeks trim away any excess fats, heat a Heavy base saucepan and add 3 tbsp of oil, gently saute the pigs cheeks until golden brown then add the butter, fry for a further 2 minutes until completely sealed. Add the diced vegetables and a small amount of garlic, cover with the Chicken Stock and simmer for 1 hour or until the cheeks are tender and the liquor has gone Sticky.

For the Confit Potatoes in a Saucepan add the Beef Dripping until it's all melted and has come to just under a simmer, using a parisienne scoop cut out 20 small Balls, Add to the Beef Dripping along with some Thyme and a little Garlic and Sea Salt, bring up to a simmer and cook until soft (around 15 minutes) For the Shallots, Add the Cider to a saucepan along with the remaining Butter, bring to a Simmer and add the Shallots, cook until Tender, Season with Sea Salt, To serve Cut the Pork Belly Into four Pieces and Drizzle over a little Balsamic Vinegar then replace back in the Oven, Take the Shallots & Potatoes from their Liquids and pat dry. Heat a Nonstick Pan, add a little oil and brown the Shallots and Potatoes until a golden colour, Place the Pork on warmed Plates and spoon round the Shallots and the Potatoes, Cook the Spinach in a little Butter and place at the side of the Pork, Pick out the Pork Cheeks and place on top of the Spinach, Spoon around some of the juices from the Cheeks.

CLASSIC STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING, CHAR- GRILLED PINEAPPLE, MUSCAVADO SAUCE, WHIPPED MASCARPONE Method Ingredients 3 eggs 4.5 oz Butter 8 oz Sugar 9oz pitted Dates 9floz water 1.5 tblsp Bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp Coffee Granules 1 Stick of Vanilla 8 oz Self Raising Flour

In a large electric mixing bowl add the eggs and Sugar and beat till they double in size. Fold in the Date mix trying not to knock out all the air in the mixture Fold in the Self Raising Flour to the mixture and pour into a grease proof lined Oven Tray or individual Moulds. Cover with Tin Foil and cook for 20 Minutes. Remove the Foil and cook for a further 20 minutes or until firm to the touch. For the Muscavado Sauce in a heavy Sauce Pan melt the sugar and add the butter, once all melted and starting to take on colour add the Cream, Bring to the boil and then turn down to a simmer for 3-4 minutes. To serve: portion the Sticky Toffee Pudding and gently warm in the Sauce for 2-3 minutes To Char Grill the Pineapple, You can use a griddle pan or a BBQ for this part, Simply brush with a little oil and place on a hot Griddle Pan to achieve a char Grilled effect. Arrange the Sticky Toffee Pudding on the four Plates, pour over the Sauce. Place a nice size scoop of the whipped mascarpone on top and garnish with the Pineapple

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150g Dark Muscavado Sugar 50g Butter 100ml Double Cream 1 Baby Pineapple cut into quarters 400g Mascarpone Pre Heated oven to 155 degrees

For the Sticky Toffee Pudding: place the Dates, Vanilla, Coffee and Water in a Sauce Pan and bring to the Boil, Add the Bicarbonate of Soda and mix well, set to one side.

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Chino Latino Nottingham 41 Maid Marian Way Nottingham NG1 6GD Tel: 0115 9477 444 www.chinolatino.eu/nottingham We recently had the pleasure of being invited to Nottingham Hotspot Chino Latino's, to dine and try out their new additions to the menu. The multi-award winning Pan-Asian restaurant and cocktail bar has the reputation as one of the best dining venues in Nottinghamshire, an honour that is definitely well deserved. The restaurant is situated within the prestigious Park Plaza Hotel; in the heart of the City Centre. Surrounded by the hustle and bustle of urban life, it is an all too welcome reprieve to step into the grand building and settle in for a relaxing, joyous evening; where the staff are friendly and the chefs expertly combine flavours of the west to produce mouth-watering dishes with a twist. From the moment you walk into the venue you know that you're in for a great experience. We were instantly struck by the welcoming atmosphere and stylish, contemporary décor; wall to wall shades of grey and red capture the eye and sleek, black tables beckon you further. The large cocktail bar serves as the hub of activity, as a multitude of customers enjoy fantastically made drinks, basking in the luxurious yet modern oriental style of the restaurant. With an open kitchen, you are able to see the masterful chefs preparing the fresh, tantalising food right in front of you. We decided that we would try a varied selection from the menu, in order to really get a taste for the range of flavours on offer; but if I had to choose favourites, it would be the Calamari with tamarind dressing accompanied by tomato, red onion and mint, which was beautifully tender and cooked to perfection. We teamed this with the soft shell crab as an excellent fishy starter, which was undoubtedly some of the best crab I have ever tasted, in a spiced curry style sauce, a definite winner. We also tried the famous black cod and the signature sirloin steak on hot rocks, an absolute must for all you meat lovers out there! We finished our meal with a delicate strawberry Crème brûlée and a sinful melt in the middle chocolate soufflé, which was so good I considered seconds…and perhaps thirds. I can happily say that this place definitely delivers on exquisite flavours and unique style, it's not hard to see why Chino Latino's Nottingham was recently awarded its second AA Rosette, and why we definitely give the restaurant full marks all round!

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Alea Christmas Showcase Come the run-up to Christmas, Alea Nottingham will be transformed into a winter wonderland ready to welcome revellers to fabulous festive parties. The venue gave would-be partygoers a tantalising taste of what's to come with a Winter Wonderland Christmas 2015 Showcase - held in the height of the summer! Guests were welcomed with creative Christmas cocktails and treated to a selection of yuletide canapĂŠs, which enabled them to sample both the shared party and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse festive menus. Alea's resident six-piece Christmas band, the totally fantastic T.I. FunK, then took the stage to show how their high-energy musical talents will keep the joint jumping with soul, Motown and disco classics guaranteed to get everyone into the festive spirit. There was also a sneaky peek at Alea's ravishing new-look events suite where this year's shared Winter Wonderland parties are set to take the city by storm.

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Showcase guests were ushered back into the bright light of a summer's evening, armed with goodie bags as a reminder of the fun in store at Alea this Christmas.

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MULTI AWARD WINNING

NOTTINGHAM POST INDIAN RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR At Haveli, our food is inspired by the authentic home cooking, all our chefs are fully trained and have been working in the restaurant industry for many years. Food is our passion, prepared for you always with devotion, love, and the finest ingredients.

10 Attenborough Lane, Chilwell, Nottingham, NG9 5JW Book your table now call 0115 9227778 or book online

www.havelifinedining.co.uk Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 5.00pm - 10.30pm

Sunday Lunch Only 12.00pm - 5.00pm


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Nottingham's Indian restaurant shine at the Curry Life Business Awards One of Nottingham's most popular and multi-awards winning restaurant, shone in the 2015 Curry Life Business Achievement Awards for being one of the best achiever in the country. MemSaab, 12-14 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham NG1 6HS, which is led by female entrepreneur Amita Sawhney given this top recognition in a glittering ceremony in London. The London based Curry Life Magazine known for promoting entrepreneurs in the Curry Houses nationally is behind this glamorous event, where 600 people celebrated the cream of the British Asian businesses. Awards were given to 16 top Asian entrepreneurs from businesses across the UK, including Mrs Amita Sawhney from MemSaab Restaurant at the ceremony held at the Park Plaza Riverbank London Hotel. Mrs Sawnhey, owner of MemSaab Restaurant, said: “It was fantastic to be awarded in the best achieving restaurant category. I am absolutely overjoyed to be named Best Achiever in the Restaurant Business alongside 16 other businesses in the country.

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“I'd like to thank all our loyal customers who come through our doors and to my team at MemSaab - it's a real team effort."

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Tailored Stretch Jacket £99 Lace Blouse £39 - La Redoute


WOMEN’S FASHION

Alex Monroe Sterling Silver Big Lace Effect Locket £255.00, John Lewis

Bobble Lace Crop Top £8.00, Topshop

Valentino Pink Lace Border Wool Scarf £420.01, liberty.co.uk Giambattista Vali Crochet Lace Skirt £517.00, stylebop.com Dolce & Gabbana Miss Sicily Classic Lace Print Tote £1,340.00, Harrods

Lace Vest Top £18.00, Jane Norman

Lace fashion is something that we hope never goes out of style, delicate yet bold with pretty pinks or startling black; this is a look for absolutely everyone; long live lace!

Toms White Lace Slip On Shoes £42.00, ASOS.com

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CLAIRE DANES

Buffie Shoes £79.00, Dune

Floral Lace Dress £49.00, M&Co

White Lace High Neck Dress £45.00, Miss Selfridge

Black Lace Makeup Bag £10.00, River Island

Timex Original Classic Black Lace Dial With Black Leather Strap Ladies Watch £70.00, isme.com

All About That Lace

Lauren All Over Lace Wide Leg Trousers £15.00, Boohoo

Burberry Prorsum Lace Trench Coat £2,295.00, matchesfashion.com

Shell Pink Lace Print Transparent Umbrella £9.99, New Look

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WIN! WIN! WIN! WIN! WIN! WIN! TICKETS TO BRITAIN’S ULTIMATE FASHION FESTIVAL! The Clothes Show in association with ALCATEL ONETOUCH returns to the NEC Birmingham from 4-8 December 2015. With over 500 leading fashion and beauty brands, non-stop catwalk shows, makeovers, manicures, beauty demonstrations and style advice, 2015 will offer an all-new fashion experience. Whether you're looking to update your wardrobe, fuel inspiration for a career in fashion, or meet your favourite celebrities, prepare to immerse yourself in the world's largest fashion festival. Style savvy shoppers can mix high-street buys with the most sought-after labels in the Designer Outlet. New to the show, Pringle, Mawi and Bolongaro Trevor will sit alongside Gushlow and Cole to offer lust-have brands with a discounted designer price tag. Paul's Boutique, Oasis, South Beach, Love and Glamorous will also add to the line-up with their must-have AW15 collections. With every great outfit comes the all-important finishing touches! A whole host of Hair & Beauty products from brands including Rimmel, Elemis, Ciate, Lee Stafford, THX Total Hair Experts, and The Beauty Store will be on show, as well as pamper pit-stops where visitors can sit back and enjoy a luxury blow dry, manicures and make-overs from hair and beauty experts. Adding to the fashion-filled spectacular will be several must-visit stages. The Image Catwalk, presented by fashion guru Antonia O'Brien, will show the latest in high-street, graduate and emerging designer collections while fashion journalist and industry favourite, Hilary Alexander OBE,

CITY LIFE MAGAZINE has teamed up with The Clothes Show in association with ALCATEL ONETOUCH to offer 2 lucky readers and their 'plus one' the chance to attend the year's most prestigious fashion event, absolutely free! To be in with a chance of winning, email: info@citylifemagazine.com with your name and address - if you are picked you will receive a FREE pair of tickets. Tickets are limited to one pair per winner and valid on Friday 4th December only. So what are you waiting for? Send your entry today! Closing Date For Entries: Monday 23rd November 2015

GET YOUR TICKET To guarantee your place at this must-visit event you can buy tickets to the show by visiting the website clothesshow.com. For the best seats in the house, book early and upgrade to a Platinum ticket to be closer to the catwalk action.

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Every ticket to the show includes a seat in the ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fashion Theatre, showcasing a high-energy spectacle of fashion, music and dance. Head stylist Karl Willett will bring together the very best in high-street and designer brands to the show while Charli XCX, Rae Morris and Ella Eyre will take to the stage for live performance. Expect to see some familiar faces as broadcaster and writer Rick Edwards, TV favourite Jamie Laing and Radio 1 presenters Alice Levine and Gemma Cairney host the stage across the five days.

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CELEBRITY

Rita Ora

After taking the music world by storm, and cementing herself as a much loved talent show judge, Rita Ora is now paving her way in the world of cinema. In 2012, DJ Fresh broke records with the first ever drum and bass song to hit Number one in the charts, with the high energy summer anthem, “Hot Right Now”; though many believe that the success of the song can be linked to the sheer power of the vocals, from a newcomer who most had never heard of.

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Featured artists come and go, appearing in one or two big tracks then sadly disappearing into obscurity; fortunately for Rita Ora, this was not the case.

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The strong spirited and plucky young artist is known for her wild fashion sense, killer vocals and loud and proud nature; Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw, fellow X Factor Judge and close friend to Rita, famously imitates her bawdy London accent on air, though many would be surprised to find out that Ora actually started her life in Kosovo, Yugoslavia. Rita was born on November 26th,1990 in Pristina, Kosovo, during a time when Albanians like her family were oppressed

by dangerous dictator Slobodan Milosevic. When she was just one year old, Rita’s parents packed up the family and fled to England, to escape riots, uprisings and suppression by the Government. Originally Rita Sahatçiu, the star was named after her Grandfather’s favourite classic film star, Rita Hayworth. Rita’s grandfather, Besim Sahatçiu, was actually one of Yugoslavia’s most prolific film directors, showing that talent clearly ran in the family. After creating a new life in England, the Sahatçiu family were able to settle down and live in safety and comfort. Rita’s father, Besnik, decided to change the family’s last name from Sahatçiu, which means watchmaker in Albanian, to Ora, which means hour, as a nod to the original name. Rita began singing when she was just 6 years old, saying that it was what made her happiest, “What drew me most to singing was the fact that I could make a noise that made me feel good about myself. I used to sing poems. It was just about doing something that inspired a reaction. It was

about self-esteem, even back then, at a young age. I made a noise, the reaction was positive. Simple as that. I could sing my feelings. It was a new, exciting way of expressing myself. This brand new communication device. I understood the power of it straight away.” Eventually, she began singing at open mic sessions in London, taking any possible opportunity to share her talent, but it wasn’t until 2007 that she got her first music release; when she appeared in Craig David’s track “Awkward”; then again in 2008’s “Where’s Your Love?” featuring Tinchy Stryder, in which she also appeared in the music video. In 2009, after 3 failed record deals, Rita auditioned to represent England in the Eurovision song contest, thinking that it was her only hope at success, though was eventually persuaded to drop out by her manager, who assured her that this would be a bad decision if she wished to be taken seriously as an artist.


Fortunately, that very year, a meeting was set up with none other than Jay-Z, founder of American label Roc Nation. Rita was almost immediately signed, after having only flown into the states 48 hours earlier, apparently the young Brit had greatly impressed the music mogul. Rita began immediate work on her debut album. In May 2012, Rita’s first single dropped, “R.I.P”, taken from her upcoming album, produced by Chase & Status and featuring Tinie Tempah, the song debuted at the top of the UK Singles Chart, becoming her first solo UK number one. Later that year, just a couple of weeks before the arrival of her debut album, Rita released her second single, “How We Do (Party)”.

After a frantic year of success and sudden fame, there seemed to be no break in sight for Rita Ora. With the help of British songwriter Dev Hynes, she jumped straight into working on her second album, Rita

2013 was made up of a multitude of stage performances including, BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend and Glastonbury, Rita also spent time recording tracks with Calvin Harris, Iggy Azalea and music legend Prince. As well as a strong music career, Rita has also made small appearances in several shows and movies over the years. Her first on screen part was in British Drama Series “The Brief”, when she was only 13 years old. She went on to land small roles in “Spivs”, “90210” and “Fast & Furious 6” but she didn’t get her first recognisable role until the phenomenon that is “Fifty Shades of Grey”, in which Rita played Mia Grey, adoptive younger sister of the infamous Mr. Grey. Rita originally approached the production hoping to contribute to the film’s soundtrack, and instead was asked to audition for the role of Mia Grey. Rita also made an appearance in the boxing drama “Southpaw” alongside Jake Gyllenhaal. Though these have mostly been small roles, we expect to see Rita gaining more substantial parts in the future. Rita has, of course, also spent a fair amount of time on the small screen, in the form of reality talent shows. After being asked

to appear as a guest judge on the ninth season of “The X Factor”, following the departure of Kelly Rowland, Rita went on to coach on the fourth season of “The Voice UK”. Television executives clearly liked what they saw as the same year, it was confirmed that Ora and BBC Radio 1 presenter, Nick Grimshaw, were signed as judges for the twelfth series of “The X Factor”; joining Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole. It was in February of this year that Rita had the true honour of attending the 87th Academy Awards, where she performed the Academy-Award nominated song “Grateful” from the film “Beyond the Lights”. Though she exuded nothing but charm and confidence, Rita was actually terrified, “I’ve never been that scared in my life,” admitted the pop star. “I threw up twice.” Her song, Grateful, sadly lost the best original song award to Glory, from civil rights drama Selma - but Rita isn’t sore about it. “Everyone knew they were going to win,” she says. “Just being on that stage was enough for me.” Her second album is due to drop October 2nd, and with promises of a more mature style, critics and fans alike are excited to hear this new sound; but one thing’s for sure, Rita Ora is a name that we will be hearing for years to come.

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The Song shot straight to number one in the UK and Ireland, it was Rita’s second UK number one as a solo artist, and third overall in 2012; not bad for a newcomer. On August 27th that year, her first album finally dropped, titled “Ora”, it of course debuted at the top of the UK Albums chart; soon after Rita was nominated for 3 MTV Music Awards and went on to embark on her own headlining tour.

announced that the record reveals a different angle to a “party girl” and that it would be clearer and have more direction than her debut album.

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Southwolds Academy Pre-Prom Party

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Students of Southwolds Academy, dressed to impress celebrated the completion of their GCSE exams, and for some the end of their time at the school. Before boarding the Vintage London Bus for the short journey to the official Prom Party at Colwick Hall, they had chance to enjoy the occasion with some of their families at one of the organised pre prom events.

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Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide On Eye Pencil in Plushie £13.95, John Lewis

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Plum We are obsessed with this sultry colour! Beautiful on eyes, nails and even lips; usher in Autumn with warm, plum makeup! Illamasqua Generation Q: Complement Palette £30.60, Debenhams

CID Cosmetics i-flutter Mascara in Plum £18.50, feelunique.com

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Revlon Colour Burst Matte Balm in Shameless £7.99, Boots

Audacious Lipstick in Liv £24.00, Nars Cosmetics

Bourjois Contour Edition Lip Liner in Plum it Up £8.00, Littlewoods

Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish in Grosvenor Crescent £15.00, nailsinc.com

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FOUR POCKET JACKET £94 PRINTED FABRIC DERBY SHOES £91 PATTERNED SUIT TROUSER £83 LEATHER DOCUMENT BAG £245 - All by Ted Baker


Olive Green Silk Tie Hare Design £65.00, cordings.co.uk

MEN’S FASHION Industrialize Green Check Long Sleeve Shirt £5.00, blueinc.co.uk

Paul Smith Khaki Green Ghost Print Crew Neck T Shirt £25.00, woodhouseclothing.com Barbour Heritage Men’s Netherby Crew Neck Sweater £108.95, countryattire.com Seiko Men’s Stainless Steel Green Dial Brown Leather Alarm Chrono £144.00, firstclasswatches.co.uk

Filson Twill & Tweed Original Briefcase £114.59, revolveclothing.com

Green With Envy

Green is certainly an underrated colour, but it is also very versatile. It can be wonderfully bold, with a full emerald suit in the style of Robert Pattinson; or it can be subtle and laid back with warm cable knit jumpers and classic Pea Coats. We are expecting a big rise in the popularity of this colour, make sure you don’t miss out.

Whitton Green & Tan Belt £75.00, The British Belt Company

Jack & Jones Green Jeans Ray Proke Tapered Chinos £11.99, reloadmenswear.co.uk

RRL Long Sleeved T Shirt £110.82. farfetch.com

Superdry Bridge Pea Coat £124.00, superdry.com

Burberry Prorsum Linen Twill Blazer £447.00, matchesfashion.com

Justin Reese “Oliver” Green Lace Up Brogues £59.00, slaters.co.uk

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Dondup ‘Mius’ Skinny Jeans £148.00, lyst.co.uk

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A Close Shave Murdock Traditional Wood Handle Cut Throat Razor £95.00, murdocklondon.com

In an age of cheap shaving cream and disposable razors, the true art of a good shave is almost a distant memory. But fear not gentlemen, with a little effort and some top quality products, you’ll be looking dashing in no time.

Dermalogica Close Shave Oil £19.60, thebeautyloungeshop.co.uk

Best Bathrooms Extending Bathroom Chrome Finish Mirror £35.00, bestbathrooms.com

Proraso Pre Shave Cream £8.95, mankind.co.uk

Edwin Jagger Black Shaving Brush £65.00, theenglishshavingcompany.com

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Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Luxury Shaving Cream Tube £9.99, swaggerandswoon.com

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Clinique for Men Post Shave Soother £20.00, Boots

Dior Homme After Shave Lotion £48.00, Harrods Carter and Bond Classic Faux Ivory Mach 3 Razor £55.00, carterandbond.com

Truefitt & Hill 1805 Luxury Shave Soap in Wooden Bowl £21.50, truefittandhill.co.uk


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Michael Kors Double Breasted Coat £802.26, farfetch.com

Heritage Check Cape £85.00, Topshop

Navy Duster Jacket £35.00, BHS

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Lipsy Faux Fur Wool Blend Coat £115.00, Lipsy

Ted Baker Laureol Coat £329.00, jarrold.co.uk


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Commodity Slim Pea Coat £124.99, Superdry

Joules Westdray Four Pocket Jacket £99.95, John Lewis

Barbour Steve McQueen Blue Bariel Quilted Jacket £80.55, oxygenclothing.co.uk

Aquascutum Raleigh Checked Pea Coat £275.00, House of Fraser

Rain Paper Coated Jacket £65.00, French Connection

Stormwear™ Mac with Removable Genuine Leather Collar £103.20, Marks & Spencer

Coat with Quilted Lining £99.99, Zara

Crombie Camel Short Retro Coat £995.00, crombie.co.uk

Vivienne Westwood Panelled Sleeve Coat £652.44, farfetch.com

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Orange Parka £69.00, Next

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GENTS


CELEBRITY

Jake

gyllenhaal Southpaw

Brokeback Mountain

Donnie Darko

Born straight into the film industry and raised around many acting talents, it’s no surprise that Jake Gyllenhaal has become the star he is today. Jake Gyllenhaal was born December 19th 1980, into a film industry family, with his director father Stephen Gyllenhaal, producer and screenwriter mother Naomi Foner, and his older actress sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal. Jake’s extended family is also somewhat Star-Studded, with godfather Paul Newman and godmother Jamie Lee Curtis, imagine the family get togethers…

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Jake was eager to get involved in acting from a young age, he was just eleven when he got a role in the 1991 film ‘City Slickers’, as Billy Crystal’s son.

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Though Jake was desperate to seek more parts, his parents wouldn’t allow him to audition frequently, as they didn’t want his school work disrupted. Eventually, Stephen started allowing his children to perform in his own films, both Gyllenhaal siblings appeared in the 1993 film ‘A Dangerous Woman.’ Over the next couple of years, Jake played a few small roles in films, whilst continuing his education. As he grew older, his parents became more strict, hoping Jake would go to college rather than seek a career as an actor so early. Jake graduated from

the Harvard-Westlake School in 1998 and went on to study Eastern religions and philosophy at Columbia University, though he continued to act whenever possible. He got his first major role in the 1999 film ‘October Sky’ an adaptation of the Homer Hickam autobiography ‘Rocket Boys’. Jake portrayed a young man from West Virginia striving to win a science scholarship to avoid becoming a coal miner. The film was a great success and Jake’s performance was widely praised, which unsurprisingly only encouraged his ambition to be a serious actor. Much to his parents’ dismay, Jake decided to pursue his career in acting and dropped out of University after just two years. Jake’s decision proved to be a wise one, his performance in ‘October Sky’ had drawn a lot of attention and he was soon cast in several films. The first being the 2001 movie ‘Donnie Darko’, in which Jake played a troubled teen who receives disturbing visions from a tall bunny rabbit named Frank, telling him the world will soon come to an end. The film’s reception was unfortunately hindered by the fact that it was released just after the 9/11 attacks, ‘Donnie Darko’ barely recouped its budget,

though it did receive strong positive reviews from critics and became an instant cult classic. Jake’s next film turned out to be a complete opposite to the dark themes of ‘Donnie Darko’, he played Jimmy Livingstone in ‘Bubble Boy’, a film about a young man (Livingstone), born without an immune system and therefore forced to live his life in the confines of his sterile, protected bedroom. Though when his neighbour and life long crush, Marley Shelton, runs off to Niagara to elope with a typical bad boy rocker, Jimmy decides to take the first risk of his life, he constructs a protective bubble suit and sets off after his love, in a bid to win her affections. The quirky film didn’t gather much attention, though Jake’s performance was once again the highlight of the film. Over the next few years, Jake played a few small roles in films such as ‘The Good Girl’, ‘Lovely and Amazing’ and ‘Highway’, but he was soon faced with one of the biggest roles around at the time, Spiderman. Tobey Maguire was suffering with debilitating back problems and Jake was offered the chance to step in to replace Maguire in


‘Spiderman 2’, which was also set to star Jake’s real life girlfriend, Kirsten Dunst, who Jake had met the previous year, through his actress sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal. Jake decided that he wanted to steer clear of any franchise commitments and instead joined the cast for Roland Emmerich’s ‘The Day After Tomorrow’.

in which he was reunited with ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Co-star Anne Hathaway, where Jake played a prescription drug salesman who falls in love with a woman suffering from Parkinson’s disease, the film received mixed reviews but Jake once again gave a stand out performance, earning him his first Golden Globe Nomination.

A disaster movie of epic proportions, challenging the doubt of global warming and displaying how volatile extreme weather can truly be, LA ravaged by tornadoes and New York frozen under snow; the movie was wild and ridiculous yet extremely enjoyable and successful, grossing $186,740,799. Jake was becoming more recognised in Hollywood, his was a name that most were getting to know; though with fame comes unwanted attention, the media were all too happy to print story after story about a heartbroken Jake, after his girlfriend of two years, Kirsten Dunst, publicly dumped him in 2004.

The following year, the actor earned himself another leading role, in ‘Source Code’ Jake played Colter Stevens, a soldier who wakes up in someone else’s body and discovers he’s part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. The film received rave reviews from critics though seemed to be a love/hate picture for the public.

After his painful break from Dunst, Jake was then turned down for the lead role in the 2005 film ‘Batman Begins’ a role that was eventually given to Christian Bale, it was shaping up to be a bad year for the young actor; fortunately, one of his most iconic roles to date was right around the corner. Ang Lee’s 2005 film ‘Brokeback Mountain’ was controversial and at first Jake was reluctant to take the part, but eventually accepted. The film told the story of two Wyoming Ranchers, Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, on the titular mountain in the 1960’s; the pair soon realise that they were falling in love with one another and try to bury their taboo feelings. The movie was a great critical and commercial success, winning four Golden Globe awards and seeing both Heath and Jake nominated for Oscars.

In 2012, Gyllenhaal starred alongside Michael Peña in David Ayer’s film ‘End of Watch’ about two Los Angeles street cops. The movie was widely considered to be one of the best cop films in years, which is to be expected after the intense preparation put in for the film; Gyllenhaal took tactical training and participated in actual police drives with co-star Michael Peña. 2013 brought a rather different crime film for Jake, ‘Prisoners’ is a dark thriller centered on the abduction of two little girls, the father of one of the little girls, Hugh Jackman, takes the law into his own hands when he kidnaps the lead suspect and tortures him for information. Jake played the troubled Detective Loki, tasked with finding the girls. The film received mostly strong reviews though seemed to go largely unnoticed by the public. Thanks to Gyllenhaal’s and Jackman’s performances, it is seen as one of the best, though underrated movies of the year by critics.

At this point, if you didn’t know the name Jake Gyllenhaal, you really didn’t know your movies, the young actor was not only known for his growing list of strong performances, but he was also becoming quite the heartthrob. 2010 showed Jake playing the lead in romantic comedy ‘Love and Other Drugs’,

From one physical transformation to another, Jake soon began work on sports drama ‘Southpaw’ which tells the story of pro boxer Billy Hope, who turns to trainer Tick Willis to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child

Jake’s next big movie of the year was ‘Jarhead’, based on the book by former marine Anthony Swofford and relating his experiences during Operation Desert Storm. Jake played a marine in a team of scout snipers in the operation, the film showed another side to the war, boredom between action and the intense psychological repercussions that can come from it.

Jarhead

Nightcrawler protective services. For ‘Southpaw’ Jake had to put on the weight he had lost for ‘Nightcrawler’ and then some, putting on a total of 45 pounds of muscle. Speaking to interviewers about the process, Jake said, “I went into full training-camp mode and I got myself in shape to fight. I was literally learning the skills of boxing, which is not only for the body, but also for the mind. You can’t play a boxer and just look like a boxer; you have to believe you can exist in that world.” The film didn’t do as well as most expected, cliche writing and tired plot points didn’t sit well with audiences and it received mostly mixed reviews; critics saying that the only redeeming quality of the film was Gyllenhaal’s excellent portrayal of the broken man. Time and time again, we are faced with two possible outcomes from Jake’s films, either huge critical and commercial successes, or flops only redeemed by Gyllenhaal’s stellar performances; it’s fair to say that through both the good and the bad, Jake proves his raw acting talent. With a few more films set to be released in the coming year, including ‘Everest’ and ‘Demolition’, we expect nothing but greatness from this young actor; and if his stand out performances in films such as ‘Nightcrawler’ are telling us anything, it’s that Jake Gyllenhaal has the potential to become one of the best actors of his generation.

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The following year, Jake joined David Fincher’s ‘Zodiac’, based on the real life search for the elusive and mysterious Zodiac killer, a serial murderer that brought fear and uncertainty to the streets of San Francisco in the late sixties and early seventies. The story of the Zodiac killer is infamous to this day, after years of vigilant hunting, the killer was never caught. Jake played Robert Graysmith, a cartoonist at the San Francisco Chronicle, who became obsessed with the case and eventually wrote several books on the subject.

After several movies playing a muscle bound hero, 2014 brought with it a film that called for a total change of look for Gyllenhaal. ‘Nightcrawler’ was the NeoNoir crime thriller in which Jake starred as a former criminal who begins shooting footage of accidents and crimes in LA and selling the content to local news channels. The role was not suited to the big strong hero type, so Jake went through a drastic physical transformation and lost 30 pounds, in order to play the creepy, gaunt character. In interviews, Jake has since said that he was in a constant state of hunger, eating tiny, low calorie meals and running up to 15 miles a day, he even had a bowl of luxury flavoured chewing gum to trick his brain into thinking he was having a meal. The weight loss proved worthwhile, as Gyllenhaal’s powerful performance was made all the more effective by his hollow cheeks, lean frame and sunken eyes. The film was a hit, drawing huge praise from critics and the public alike and Jake earned his second Golden Globe nomination; most consider this to be Jake’s best performance to date.

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DIAMOND LIFE Independence, which the dictionary helpfully defines as - the state of being independent, is certainly a quality that could be applied to both Stuart Thexton and his business. It's also a quality that sits well in a city with a strong independent retail vein, giving both Stuart and Nottingham that critical point of difference.

Now, after more than 30 years in the jewellery business and with his store in The Exchange approaching its 10th Anniversary, he's determined as ever about maintaining that independence. "Before I opened the shop," he says, "I was coming across a lot of smaller jewellery makers who weren't big enough to get in to the larger High Street stores. These were really interesting, artisan designers, often based on the continent, who I thought would be very appealing to customers. Something different.

Choosing a wedding or engagement ring is probably one of the most important decisions a person has to make," explains Stuart. "Not only are they commemorative of the day itself, but also symbolic of a couple's future life together. We offer a bespoke Proposal Collection of engagement rings with certified Diamonds, and our wedding ring suite allows customers to choose from our extensive range in an environment away from the distractions of the main showroom where they can take the time to properly consider their choices."

"I soon realised," he continues, "that opening my own store featuring some of these designers would allow me to offer a genuine alternative."

Customers can choose from yellow, rose or white gold, platinum or palladium, or even a mixture of these, as well as all kinds of traditional and contemporary settings. The rings are all

Sourcing the best selection from niche brands that don't always get the exposure they deserve, Stuart gives them that vital shop window, whilst also giving his customers the opportunity to own wonderfully handcrafted, very different and in some cases unique pieces.

individually handmade by skilled craftspeople in Germany.

As Stuart comments, "Quite simply, we want to offer people a new and easy way to shop. Our ranges vary hugely – everything from everyday wear to special occasion pieces. I didn't want the shop to be known purely as somewhere to go for that oneoff anniversary or birthday present though, I also wanted customers to come and treat themselves without it costing them a fortune."

“We thought through the whole experience from the customer's perspective," says Stuart. "We wanted the store environment to be elegant but not intimidating, whilst complementing the jewellery. Everything, from the lighting to the music was carefully considered, which hopefully combine to give people a memorable shopping experience. The store's location was also critical, and The Exchange was ideal. It's one of the city's most recognisable landmarks and couldn't be more central."

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Many women are now opting for costume jewellery as a cheaper alternative. But, as Stuart puts it, why go for that when he can offer something that is better priced and the real thing?

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Each piece in the showroom has been carefully selected by Stuart and his team – from colourful gems, diamonds and pearls to contemporary and traditional styles – many of the designer ranges are exclusive to the store in Nottingham and even in the UK. Stuart has also developed a reputation over the last 10 years of sourcing unusual or one-of-a-kind pieces, often featuring rare semi-precious stone such as Sphene or Helidor Tanzanite. It may be something of a trite saying these days, but something for everyone really does apply here. In addition to these collections, the store also has a dedicated Wedding Suite, situated downstairs from the main showroom.

Attention to detail is the cornerstone of Stuart's approach to the business - from the handmade jewellery boxes and bespoke bags to the store itself.

As he nears the store's 10th Anniversary, Stuart's independence is still a big part of his approach to the business. “When I opened the store in 2006, the heart of the idea was to offer customers something different. I believed then, and still do today, that jewellery is an expression of someone's individuality. Being independent allows me to feature smaller designers that you won't find on every high street, giving our clients choices they can't easily get elsewhere." Stuart Thexton Jewellery 19-21, The Exchange, Nottingham NG1 2DD Tel: 0115 988 1821 www.stuart-thexton.com


This Christmas... Diamonds are a girls best friend!

Situated in The Exchange, Nottingham’s oldest and most noted arcade. Stuart Thexton Jewellery is one of the city’s leading independent retailers. Now in our 10th year, we are extending an exclusive offer to readers of CITY LIFE MAGAZINE, with a new

This card allows you to receive up to 15% off any item in the store, and once activated is available to use as many times, and however long you wish. Getting your card couldn’t be easier, either email your name & address to jewellery@stuart-thexton.com or phone the store on 0115 988 1821 and your card will be sent, alternatively simply call in to the store to collect. Quote: City Life There’s no obligation to buy, but we hope the temptation will prove too much!


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Fragrances

Diesel Loverdose 50ml £31.10, feelunique.com

There’s nothing more powerful than that perfect intoxicating fragrance; and from subtle, floral perfumes to deep, sultry aftershaves, we’ve selected the best scents out there to fall in love with, ideal for that perfect Christmas gift or simply treating yourself!

Balenciaga Rosabotanica Eau De Parfum 100ml £79.00, Selfridges

Yves Saint Laurent Opium 50ml £67.00, John Lewis

Beyonce Heat Rush Eau De Toilette 100ml £25.50, Boots

Giorgio Armani Si Eau De Toilette 50ml £67.00, Debenhams

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Jean Paul Gaultier Classique 100ml £73.00, The Perfume Shop

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Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh 75ml £55.50, thefragranceshop.co.uk

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Stella McCartney Stella Eau De Parfum 30ml £44.00, House of Fraser


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Gents

Paco Rabanne 1 Million for Men Eau De Toilette 100ml £54.99, Argos Jean Paul Gaultier Ultra Male Eau De Toilette 125ml £63.00, House of Fraser

Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Eau De Toilette 50ml £49.00, Boots

Guerlain Vetiver Eau De Toilette 100ml £62.00, John Lewis

Versace Pour Homme Eau De Toilette 50ml £44.50, feelunique.com

Tom Ford Private Blend Italian Cypress EDP 250ml £330.00, House of Fraser

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Joop! Homme Eau De Toilette 125ml £28.00, The Fragrance Shop

Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de L’Homme Eau De Toilette 100ml £54.99, fragrancedirect.co.uk

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CONVERSATION STARTERS & EXIT STRATEGIES FOR NETWORKING by Fiona Duncan, RSViP

Many people ask me if I have any tips on how to approach someone or break into a group at a networking event, others want to know how to break away from a conversation with someone without sounding rude, so here is my guide...

Enter... 1.Remember you are 'Farming' NOT 'Hunting'- It is important to keep in the back of your mind at all times, that you are networking in order to build good quality relationships with people, with view to doing business with them in the near future- NOT selling to them in the room. 2.Be honest- Explain you're new to networking /this event and you may be surprised to hear that that person is too, creating a commonality immediately, which will inevitably break the ice. 3."How did you hear about this event?" This is a nice follow on from tip number 2 and gets the conversation going straight away. 4."What business are you in?" Be straight forward and ask - but remember to make eye contact and be genuinely interested. 5.Pay particular interest in who you are speaking to- This follows on from tip number 4, people see right through disingenuity and it will go against you from the offset. 6."So what bought you here today?" A great conversation startersimple. 7."How has your day been/how is it going?" *Smile* - Pretty much anything will be well received if it is delivered with a smile (within reason!). 8."Do you mind if I say hello and introduce myself, I'm new here?" Again straight to the point but a soft approach, laying the onus on the other person to then have to respond. 9."Wow its busy isn't it, do you mind if I join you here in the quiet corner?" This one is always good if of course firstly the event is busy and secondly it may reach people similar to you who are a little more shy or new to networking. 10."What's your story?" "So how did you get into (your profession)?" This sounds better than the commonly said 'So what do you do'? 11."What a beautiful venue- have you been here before?" (Of course only use this if it really is a beautiful venue, this can be tailored to other observations about the venue or food itself however in order to break the ice. 12.Look for mutual likenesses/commonalities- as suggested in some of the above tips. 13.Pay a genuine compliment (observe the person & ensure it is genuine, don't overdo it and don't do this more than once at the same event. 14.Mutual contacts- "we've met before"... "I think we have met before"... "Do you know?" (slot in the name of someone you think you both know to get the conversation flowing... 15."How long have you been a member of this group?" 16."What do you most like about what you do?" (people love to speak about themselves, so this one will work in most situations). 17."What types of businesses tend to send you the best referrals?" This shows that you are thinking about their business as of the moment you meet them. 18."What can I do to help you?"/ "Who are you looking to meet here today?" This shows that you are interested in helping them and that you are a good connector of business. 19."What do you enjoy doing when you're not working?" (get to know them as a person/build a relationship/find common interests).

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20.Following on from tips 17 and 18 'Work the room' - think about who else is in the room who they may like to meet, this way you can break away once you have made that introduction, when you are ready to exit the conversation. 21."It's been a pleasure speaking with you/meeting you, if I meet a good contact for you I'll be sure to send them your way!" 22."Well I don't want to take up too much more of your time - it was lovely to meet you" (swap cards) and wish them a great rest of night. *Remember being a connecter of people, stands you in good stead to be remembered and if all else fails, say your mouth is dry from all the talking and you need to go to the bar for another drink (then make sure you do!) www.rsvipnetwork.couk

Medical News...

Huge breakthrough in the fight against malaria. The world's first malaria vaccine has passed safety checks and is now ready to be approved for use in Africa. The European Medicines Agency gave a positive scientific opinion after assessing its safety and effectiveness. It represents a 'green light' for the Mosquirix jab, developed by GlaxoSmithKline. The World Health Organization will consider later this year whether to recommend it for children, among whom trials have yielded mixed results. Malaria kills around 584,000 people a year worldwide, most of them children under five in sub-Saharan Africa. ‘Dream come true' Mosquirix is the first against a parasitic infection in humans. Dr Ripley Ballou, head of research at GSK vaccines, said: "This is a hugely significant moment. I've been working on this vaccine for 30 years and this is a dream come true." The company has not revealed the price of the vaccine, but has pledged not to make a profit from it. Depression and the diet A Mediterranean diet could stave off depression as well as heart disease, suggests new research. The study, involving more than 15,000 people, shows a diet loaded with fruit, vegetables, beans and nuts and olive oil, with low levels of processed meats, could prevent the onset of depression. Researchers, whose findings were published in the journal BMC Medicine, looked at the impact of three major diets on mental health: the Pro-vegetarian Dietry Pattern; the Alternative Healthy Eating Index-2010 and the Mediterranean diet. Meat, sweets and other sources of animal fats and trans and saturated fatty acids scored low, while nuts, fruits, veg and other sources of omega-4 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, scored highly. Ten years later, the participants were asked to complete another survey on their diets. A total of 1,550 participants reported a clinical diagnosis of depression or had used antidepressant drugs since the study began. The Alternative Healthy Eating Index-2010 was found to be the associated with the greatest reduction of the risk of depression, but most of its effect could be associated with the major elements of the Mediterranean Diet. 'The protective role is ascribed to the foods' nutritional properties, where nuts, legumes, fruits and vegetables, all sources of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, could reduce the risk of depression.' Tai Chi for Health Tai chi can relieve some of the most crippling symptoms of disabling conditions such as osteoarthritis, heart disease and chronic breathing problems in older people, a study shows. The ancient Chinese system of callisthenics, which combines slow movements with deep breathing exercises, led to improvement in the physical function and muscle strength of people in their mid-50s to their mid-70s with those ailments or breast cancer. The findings should encourage health professionals to prescribe tai chi for patients with osteoarthritis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), the Canadian authors say in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Public Health England said tai chi was a valuable boost to physical activity. “Keeping physically active at any age is important for health, especially as you get older. Simple exercises like tai chi can be beneficial for mental health and wellbeing as well as building the confidence and stability,” said Dr Justin Varney, its national lead for adult health and wellbeing. “This contributes to the recommended 150 minutes a week of moderate activity and two sessions a week of muscle strengthening and balance exercises for older adults.” Gps are being encouraged to "prescribe" tai chi for people with these conditions.


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RSViP Business Network Social at Colwick Hall RSViP hosted their end of Summer Social at one of Nottingham's most popular venues, the beautiful and historical Colwick Hall, once home to Lord Byron himself. Members and friends of RSViP Business Network gathered together in the Champagne Lounge and Grand Ball Room to enjoy relaxed networking with a glass of something bubbly and delicious canapĂŠs courtesy of Byron's restaurant. As the weather was also on side, guests spilt out onto the terrace and gardens and enjoyed networking alfresco style. Exhibitors included Tate Recruitment and AW Personal Training. Photography by Louise Mills-www.louisemillsphotography.co.uk

RSViP Business Network Social at Homemade on The Pavilion Homemade Cafe on The Pavilion of the Forest Recreation Site hosted RSViP Business Networks Summer Network Social, where guests enjoyed Prosesso, Pimms, Gin & Elderflower and Raspberry Mocktails on the terrace. Almost one hundred business professionals gathered together for relaxed, open networking and were treated to an array of signature canapĂŠs from the Homemade menu throughout the evening. A beautifully packaged gift of homemade chutneys and jams were given to guests as they left a perfect evening.

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Business & Lifestyle Membership Directory RSVIP is a business and lifestyle networking membership. This is a collective group of professionals who are passionate about their businesses and committed to maintaining the highest levels of customer service. The businesses within the RSViP directory are therefore highly recommended.

RSViP Business Network RSViP offers a unique business networking experience to like-minded professionals, by hosting relaxed evening events, which focus on open networking, helping you to relax into making NEW connections, build NEW relationships, ultimately resulting in gaining you NEW business.

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Welcome to The Rum House Restaurant and Cocktail Bar. The Rum House’s Prohibition era design is warm and inviting; a place to chill out in style. Caribbean Tapas and Rumspirational Cocktails – what’s not to love!

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The Rum House food brings an exciting mix of tastes and flavours fusing Caribbean spices into traditional tapas. Try our Signature dishes – The Rum House Curried Goat, One Pot Fish Stew and our Tropical Mess dessert to finish. Our Chicken Lollipops and Sweet Potato Fries are customer favourites and not to be missed.

9 Broad Street, Nottingham NG1 3AJ Tel: 0115 924 1555


W: www.cherrywoodsolutions.co.uk Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage. A typical fee for arranging a mortgage would be ÂŁ399. There is no charge for arranging insurance.

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CPK House | 2 Horizon Place | Nottingham Business Park | Mellors Way | Nottingham | NG8 6PY

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Switchstones is a unique, independent Estate Agency specialising in residential Sales, Lettings and property management. Established by experienced property professionals we offer a professional, first class service with personal relationship managers guiding you through the whole process from start to finish. Exceptional service for exceptional properties. RSVIP OFFER: 25% DISCOUNT OFF SALES & LETTINGS FEES

T: 0115 952 4021 E: info@switchstones.co.uk W: www.switchstones.co.uk

Stand Out PR & Comms Consultancy RedTree is an influential PR and communications consultancy based in Nottingham. Through the creation and delivery of bespoke PR and communications campaigns, RedTree secures the exposure which ensures clients benefit from being seen in the right places, whether that is digital, print, broadcast or social media.

0115 925 5499 hello@redtreepr.com www.redtreepr.com @RedTreePR

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With over 20 years combined Recruitment experience across an array of diverse industries, we offer tailor made recruitment packages to suit all business needs priding ourselves on our high calibre of candidates within the permanent and temporary market. We fully immerse ourselves in your business to achieve the ultimate goal; placing the right candidate.

For all RSVIP members we will offer an introduction fee of 10% contact us for more details to create your tailor made recruitment package. (Our standard fee is fixed at 15%)

Now with our new eOffice options and NearDesk link we can provide a real business address and flexible workspace or meeting rooms at Lace Market House, a vibrant and friendly Creative Quarter business centre, only when you need it.

Tel: 0115 933 8323 www.nottingham-offices.com

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Telephone: 0115 8561082 Email: info@responsenetwork.co.uk Web Address: www.responsenetwork.co.uk

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HOME & GARDEN

Black &Gold Gold and black, is there a more opulent colour combination? Wonderfully rich and glamourous in rooms both large and small; if you love bold designs, this style is for you.

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David Hunt Basket Table Lamp £184.99, oceanlighting.co.uk

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Ming Gold Frame & Glass Coffee Table £689.00, allissiasattic.co.uk

Sunni Sun Shaped Mirror £79.00, Very

Eichholtz Asscher Gold Side Table £900.00, houseology.com

Hide & Seek Trunk £785.00, frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk

Cinetic Metal Hurricane Candle Holders, Set of 3 £59.00, netdeco.co.uk


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Black and Gold Large Mantel Clock £19.95, baytree-interiors.co.uk Jamba Jumbo Cord Corner Sofa £599.99, Argos

Searchlight Dome Single Light Pendant £72.00, affordablelighting.co.uk

Biba Black Velvet Design Cushion £45.00, House of Fraser

Roberto Cavalli Venezia Cushion £212.00, amara.com

Susie Gold Woven Cushion £14.15, ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

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Jonathan Charles Queen Louis XV Gold Leaf £5,145.00, luxdeco.com

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Out&About with City Life & County Living Magazine

Steven Christopher Showroom Launch Steven Christopher recently launched their flagship showroom in West Bridgford. Zip Taps provided a cocktail mixologist along with Louis Roederer Champagne, cookery demonstrations from Gaggenau and acoustic music by Mark James. Graypaul of Nottingham also provided a Ferrari and Maserati for the evening which proved a hit among the men and women! The evening was a great success for new and existing clients and we would like to thank all who attended.

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The showroom is located on Radcliffe road and offers 2 floors of minimalist designs demonstrating unique options and state -of -the art technologies. The ground floor showcases the luxury Siematic kitchen furniture brand along with appliances from Gaggenau, and Sub Zero and Wolf, whilst the first floor offers multiple bathroom and bedroom solutions for the home. A comprehensive design, planning and project management service is offered and we welcome you to pop in and visit us so we can discuss your project further.

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HOME & GARDEN

Pinecone Birdfeeder £19.00, theorchardhomeandgifts.com

Autumn

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Hanging Natural Rattan Chair with Black Cushion £422.49, firstfurniture.co.uk

With summer becoming a distant memory and winter patiently waiting ahead of us, we find ourselves in the season of crunchy leaves, scented candles and cosy knitted jumpers.

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But we need to remind you, the snow is far away; we don’t need to hurry inside and begin our hibernation quite yet. Gardens in Autumn can be endlessly beautiful, with the stunning fall colours and gentle nip in the air, toasting marshmallows by the fire has never been more fun.

SUNDERÖ Chair £85.00, Ikea

Rope Handle Copper Candle Lantern £47.95, orchardlane.co.uk

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Yankee Candle Honey Glow Large Jar Candle £21.99, yankeecandle.co.uk

Smart Garden Trike Planter £14.99, primrose.co.uk


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Cox & Cox Fabulous Extendable Festoon Lights £45.00, coxandcox.co.uk

Bronze Lisbon Cast Iron Chiminea Patio Heater £64.99, garden4less.co.uk

Blacksmith Hanging Basket £16.99, thirskgardencentre.co.uk

Garden Trading Wire Work Baskets, Set of 2 £45.00, John Lewis

Small Garden Lattice Lantern £8.99, charliesdirect.co.uk La Hacienda Owl Wall Planter £29.00, Very

Wine Red Chenille Scatter Cushion £8.99, homescapesonline.com

Armure Orange Dual Toned Cushion £10.00, habitat.co.uk

Balmoral Check Tartan Brown Cushion Cover £4.00, idealtextiles.co.uk

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Jamie Oliver Grilling 6 Seater Garden Furniture Set Traditional Style £1,049.00, leekes.co.uk

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Shabby Chic Carved Wooden Frame £9.00, House of Fraser

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Dark Wood Effect Frame From £1.49, The Range

Umbra Black Prisma Frame £25.00, umbra.com

Distressed Red Painted Wooden Photo Frame £9.98, myakka.co.uk

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Sass & Belle Nine Multi Photo Frame in White £33.00, sassandbelle.co.uk

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Vintage Style Multi Wall Frame by Nordal From £65.00, notonthehighstreet.com

John Lewis Fretwork Photo Frame £12.00, John Lewis

Alden Photo Frame £59.00, indiajane.co.uk

Debenhams Cream Metal Daisies £10.00, Debenhams

Curious Aqua Frame £12.00, Very

GlassHalfFullDesign Brass Photo Frame £12.00, etsy.com

ÖRKENED Dark Grey Frame £8.00, Ikea

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Vist us at: Williams Yard, Derby Road, Melbourne, Derbyshire DE73 8JR Follow us on...

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T: 01159 583 679

Sales at Castle Point, one of Nottingham's landmark buildings have continued to be in high demand as the scheme releases its 3rd and final phase For Sale. Comprising 6 Stunning apartments within a new purpose built building these exciting additions benefit spectacular design and layout to the already superb style and content of Phases 1 and 2.

(phase 3)

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Phase one comprises 15 beautifully converted luxurious apartments in Castle Point, a landmark building that has served as a textile mill and more recently as a bank. Phase two which is on Peveril Drive just by the gates to The Park Estate is converted from its former use as insurance and accountants offices into two 2 bed apartments, two 3 bed duplex apartments and a 2 bed coach house.

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These first two of the three phases benefit from the spectacular location beneath The Castle at the junction of Castle Boulevard and Peveril Drive. The prestigious position is matched by the longstanding reputation and connection with the City of the developer Pickering Developments who built and ran the Savoy and Royal Hotels in Nottingham.


T: 01159 583 679

www.sashadavidestates.com

www.nottinghamcastlepoint.com All of the properties within the development have been painstakingly designed to be as light as possible and benefit from the views so large glass expanses have been used creating space and a modern feel. Apartments are contemporary in style and content. High speed internet access is readily available and HDMI cabling has been installed in the lounge and both bedrooms to provide multi-media and offer a choice between Virgin and Sky for its delivery. The new double glazing and acoustic separation of each apartment provides a home superbly insulated against noise and heat loss to the latest building standards. The additional benefit of gas fired under floor heating provides a clean, efficient and cost effective warmth! Kitchens are well equipped with Neff ceramic hob, oven, microwave, dishwasher and fridge freezer. There is also an Indesit washer/tumbler.The specification of each apartment is identical and

the floor areas are similar at around 1,000 square feet although room shapes vary giving a personal feel. Each apartment also benefits from a lockable store of 100 square feet in the basement with power sockets for charging – the perfect storage solution for busy professionals who enjoy a range of sporting hobbies. Generous bespoke floor to ceiling soft glide wardrobes and fitted carpets have been installed in all bedrooms maximising storage without compromising space. Oak laminate floors grace the kitchen and lounge-dining room and the bathrooms are fully tiled and furnished with the latest in contemporary style sanitary ware. A designated parking space for each apartment is provided within the landscaped car park, additionally there will be provision for visitor spaces.

The superb location provides easy walking access to the designer shops, exclusive restaurants and bars of the Lacemarket and Castle Rock area's as well as the riverside retail and adjacent corporate offices of the canal side redevelopment. Apartments are being marketed by Sasha David Estates LLP Visit our on site sales office at 1A Peveril Drive, The Park NG7 1DL Open Saturday & Sunday 11am - 4pm to meet with our friendly sales team. Parking Available.

Prices from ÂŁ265.000


Out&About with City Life & County Living Magazine

Springfield Pastures, Alexandra Park Open Evening NOTTINGHAM'S most hotly anticipated luxury new homes site, located in Alexandra Park, showcased its gated development during an exclusive open event on Wednesday 23 September. This new, high-end housing development is situated within the Mapperley Park conservation area, and has been designed and built by award-winning developer Guy Phoenix, and marketed by FHP Living. Alexandra Park offers homes which meet the highest specification, have unique architectural designs and modern features.

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Further information call Steve Parker on 07917 460027 or Jules Hunt on 07917 46003

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www.nottinghamcastlepoint.com Prices From ÂŁ265,000 Visit our on-site sales office Open Saturdays and Sundays between 11am and 4pm 1A Peveril Drive, The Park, Nottingham, NG7 1DE

1 Hope Drive, The Park, Nottingham NG7 1DL Tel: 01159 583 679 Email: info@sashadavidestates.com

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The New Jaguar F PACE

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It's the British brand's first SUV and it's designed to be sporty while still giving drivers a high seating position to see what's going on ahead. It'll be available with four-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive.

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That sportiness comes from the FPace's relative light weight – 80 per cent of the F-Pace's body is aluminium, meaning the lightest model (the twowheel-drive 178hp diesel) weighs 1,665kg. For comparison, the lightest 2.0-litre diesel version of the Audi Q5 weighs 1,820kg, and the lightest Porsche Macan (perhaps the F-Pace's sportiest SUV rival) comes in at 1,770kg – and that's for a petrol model.

It remains a large luxury SUV that's clearly designed more for on-road use rather than off-roading like its Land Rover stablemates, however it comes with Land Rover's Terrain Response technology, which can detect what surface you're driving on and adjust the stability control system and optional four-wheel-drive system to suit. It also has torque vectoring as standard to help you accelerate hard out of corners and make the most of the F-Pace's sporty credentials.

Jaguar F-Pace engines The F-Pace engine choice consists of a 178hp 2.0-litre diesel (in four-wheeldrive or rear-wheel-drive formats with a manual gearbox, or four-wheel-drive with an automatic gearbox); an automatic 237hp 2.0-litre petrol rearwheel drive version; an automatic 296hp 3.0-litre diesel 4×4; and 335 or 375hp flavours of the 4×4 petrol V6.

Jaguar F-Pace performance

Jaguar F-Pace performance Jaguar has confirmed that the fastest version of the F-Pace at launch will come with a 375hp supercharged V6 petrol engine – it'll propel the car to 60mph in 5.1 seconds on the way to a limited top speed of 155mph.

Jaguar F-Pace interior and boot space The F-Pace will have 650 litres of boot space, and Jaguar promises that five adults will be able to sit with complete comfort, and 'generous' levels of head and knee room.

New infotainment The F-Pace will come with a giant 10.2inch touchscreen to control the sat-nav and music. Called InControl Touch Pro, it's going to be extremely fast and responsive (tech fans will be pleased to hear it uses a zippy solid-state hard drive and quad core processor), and


EXPECTED RESULTS Model: First Edition Engine: 3.0-litre V6 Power: 300bhp 0-62mph: 5.8 secs Top Speed: 150mph

eight mobile devices will be able to connect to the car's built-in wi-fi hotspot. Jaguar's digital dashboard screen makes an appearance in the F-Pace too, replacing the traditional rev and speed dials with a 12.3-inch HD screen, which can show the sat-nav map as well as the usual speedo and rev counter. Much like Audi's Virtual Cockpit.

Styling

The headlights and front grille could have been taken from either Jaguar's XE or XF saloon and retain the

Huge alloy wheels up to 22-inches will be available, and the headlights will be full LED units to help you see far more clearly at night.

Jaguar F-Pace driving Jaguar says the F-Pace will be very good to drive on tarmac thanks to its double wishbone suspension. This configuration is used on most sports cars and gives the best grip and steering feel. This, combined with the road-biased four-wheel-drive system and the quick-acting electric power

steering should mean the F–Pace is as fun to drive as the best sporty SUV on sale, the Porsche Macan. The aluminium body Jaguar has created for the F-Pace is incredibly stiff, and the car uses an electrically controlled system to measure its body movement 100 times a second, and wheel movement 500 times a second. This information is fed into the suspension's brain to make sure it rides comfortably, yet can attack corners when you want to. The F-Pace will also be available with what Jaguar calls Configurable Dynamics – first used in the F-Type. It allows drivers to customise the settings for the throttle sensitivity, automatic gearbox shifting speed, steering weight and also the adaptive dampers – if you pick them from the options sheet. Prices start from £34,170.00 otr for the entry level Prestige, 2.0 Diesel manual.

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Traditional SUV styling points remain – the enlarged bodywork, raised shoulderline and a brash front end – but unlike some rivals, the F-Pace has a sleekness to its shape that puts it firmly at the sportier end of the SUV spectrum, alongside the Porsche Cayenne.

imposing image – perfect for clearing the outside lane of a motorway. The rear lights could have been taken directly from the F-Type sports car. Unlike its ruggedest of rivals, the FPace sits lower to the ground – while this limits the car's ability to get over big inclines, it means its centre of gravity is closer to the ground, improving handling and grip, while reducing body roll.

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After having found this, the vodka loving creators researched other luxury vodka brands in some of the greatest bars in London & the UK to see where theirs would fit and create the ultimate luxury vodka experience. This resulted in them realising the vodka market was lacking the wow factor and decided that what was missing was an unique, eye catching, beautiful bottle to complete the experience.

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