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ISSUE 48 / 2016





David Fowkes Jewellery – the creation of the unique David Fowkes is privileged to work with some of the finest coloured gemstones around. His name has become synonymous with gems of fantastic quality, which have been cut to perfection. Each stone has been individually created using ancient cutting methods to transform it into a precious piece of art. Often purchased as investment stones, these gems are as good as it gets. Over the years, David has established good working relationships with his stonecutters. Together they source the raw materials directly from the miners themselves. This includes a lot of travelling to mines all around the world. For example, some of David's favourite tourmalines come from Africa, South America or Asia. One of his favourite gemstones, the Oregon sunstone, is mined in incredibly tough conditions in the harsh Oregon desert. The collectors' pieces are so fantastic but equally rare to find. Often it is necessary to sort tons of rough material to locate just one outstanding crystal which might then be transformed into a special piece of jewellery.

Speciality cut amethyst, ametrines, yellow beryls, aquamarines and a pale green tourmaline.

David's design work often starts from the pure, untouched raw material. The close working bond with his cutters, facilitates the creation of innovative and often unique gems, which represent the first step of the design process. In some cases, with the design of a whole suit of jewellery, the stones are cut from the same piece of raw material to ensure the colour and quality match perfectly throughout. David has an affinity with the fabulous gems that he works with; he wants to enhance their beauty yet create something valuable and wearable. To be able to design something unique and meaningful each time is motivation for David to practise his profession as a jeweller. “My passion for jewellery comes from the desire to focus on exclusive, one of a kind pieces that would not be seen on the high street market”, David says, “I want to make pieces that have their own identity, with interesting gemstones that have their own story to tell. I take a huge pride in the fact that not a single piece is reproduced.” David and his team work in the peaceful settings of rural Nottinghamshire, in a picturesque Coach House 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 his iconic Gallery. These idyllic surroundings offer the right environment to focus on clean and elegant design, working on modern day treasures away from the hustle of city life. Each piece is hand made to perfection, a combination of traditional goldsmithing skills and modern techniques to reach the highest standards of craftsmanship.

Artisan cut morganite.

Mint green speciality cut aquamarine

Unique Timeless Handmade to perfection.

Morganite ring in 18 carat rose and white gold with diamond details.

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



52 08 Events Agenda What’s on, in and around the region, in the coming months.

18 Celebrity Profile - Kate Winslet Oscar Winning, Bafta Winning, Hollywood star from sunny Berkshire.

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

26 Celebrity Profile - Ryan Reynolds From nervous and sensitive child to wise cracking man of confidence on and off screen.

40 In The Kitchen


Seasonal recipes to help create the perfect summer dinner party.

46 Get Fit With One Bit Of Kit Achieve the physical fitness you desire with the help of one bit of kit.

48 Delicate Florals Women’s Fashion - Welcome the summer with open arms and a wardrobe to match.

52 In The Navy Men’s fashion - You’d be hard pressed to find anyone that doesn’t look good in Navy.

54 Bold Beards We have selected some of the best beard grooming products on the market.

58 Behind Blue Eyes This bright and bold trend is making a powerful comeback - create the perfect look.

40 62 Braidy Bunch Braids are becoming the stand out trend in hair styling and there is a style for everyone.

67 Escape To A Boutique Bolthole Escape on a luxury break to a boutique hotel that comes highly recommended.

73 Interior Themes Trends in interior design brought to you by our new columnists Martin Mark Design

94 Range Rover Evoque Convertible The world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible, the Evoque goes topless.


96 Honda NSX Honda bring back the legendary NSX, delivering a new sports car experience.






Getting dressed for the day and as I look out of the window, the sun is shining, I can feel the heat reflecting off the windows and the birds are singing. Definitely shorts, short sleeved shirt/polo top kind of day. But hold on a second, sun has gone in, change into jeans, long sleeved shirt. No, I changed too soon, sun is out again, shorts back on, short sleeved shirt. Get to the front door and it has turned cloudy, get in the car and its raining.. Straight back in the house, jeans, shirt and raincoat. The English Summer must have started! Well, whilst you are either basking in the sun or sheltering from the rain, hopefully City Life & County Living Magazine can help to brighten your day.

Cover image courtesy of Pandora Jewellery

In this issue things get a bit hairy whilst we look at the trend in hair braiding and also the best maintenance products for those still sporting the mighty beard. If the gym 'ain't your thing', we have got a feature that shows you 'how to get fit with one bit of kit.' What amazing bit of kit could this be you ask, and how expensive?. Well it's a large elastic band! Based on the premise of resistance, we show you the numerous exercises that can be carried out in the comfort of your own home, which will still provide you with a full body workout. We are pleased to introduce our new interior design experts MartinMark Design, who besides providing the latest themes and ideas for your homes, are also on hand to answer all your home styling dilemmas. If the stress is still too much, why not escape for a luxury break at one of the boutique boltholes we have reviewed. Finally, in the motoring section we have the latest topless model, no not that one, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, plus we also feature the reincarnation of the legendary Honda NSX. Anyway, the sun is out again, is it shorts and short sleeved shirt? Here we go again!





22 - 25 JULY THE OLD MARKET SQUARE The Great Notts Show will take over The Old Market Square again this September, filling it with local produce, handmade crafts and Real Ale. There will be stalls demonstrating a huge range of different foods, guaranteed to whet any appetite!

30 JULY - 13 AUG THE CURVE THEATRE, LEICESTER Sing Hallelujah for the all new production of Sister Act starring Alexandra Burke. An all new production of the Broadway and West End smash hit musical comedy returns to the UK starring Alexandra Burke (The X Factor, The Bodyguard). Directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood,

SPLENDOUR FESTIVAL 23 JULY WOLLATON PARK 2016 is set to be a remarkable year for Splendour with Grammy Award Winning Jess Glynne headlining the show; while the rest of the acts and attractions are still under wraps, previous line-ups have featured incredible acts such as The Specials, James, Happy Mondays, Bananarama, Lawson, Jake Bugg, Madness, Pet Shop Boys, Calvin Harris, Dizzee Rascal, Paolo Nutini and more.





24 JULY NATIONAL WATERSPORTS CENTRE One of Nottingham's key sporting events, the Outlaw has become (almost) even more legendary than Robin Hood, the Major Oak and Brian Clough! Those who have conquered the Outlaw Triathlon are remembered in local folklore for having outwitted the Sheriff to complete a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run. Six men have completed it every year since the Outlaw was launched in 2010; can they come back and finish it for a seventh time this year? And will you be joining them as a competitor or spectator?

Sister Act is the feel-amazing musical comedy based on the smash hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith. Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won't be found – a Convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music. Come and see the habits hit the road again and why this fabulous family friendly show has been seen by more than 6 million people worldwide.

NOTTINGHAM RIVERSIDE FESTIVAL 5 - 6 AUGUST VICTORIA EMBANKMENT People of all ages can enjoy the annual Riverside Festival along the banks of the River Trent and soak up the festival's fun atmosphere. Relax with a picnic or experience a variety of food and drink from the stalls whilst listening to the wide range of music on offer. Festival highlights include FREE art activities for the little ones in the Children's Zone, a

Sports Zone with opportunity to try a range of Sports activities, live music stages, Street theatre, a street fair, global craft stalls, trade stands and a display of traditional steam engines and organs. There will be a spectacular fireworks display on Saturday night. River activities include Boat Trips and Angling Instruction and Sunday will see the return of the annual Dragon Boat Challenge which will see a number of teams take to the water to compete for charity.

CHICAGO 15 - 20 AUGUST ROYAL CONCERT HALL Based on real life events back in the roaring 1920s, nightclub singer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and along with cell block rival, double-murderess Velma Kelly, they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn. Created by the musical theatre talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, Chicago's sexy, sassy score includes "All That Jazz" and "Razzle Dazzle". A nightclub singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin: it would be a crime to miss it.

SUMMER NIGHTS OUTDOOR FILM FESTIVAL 26 AUGUST - 29 AUGUST WOLLATON PARK Summer Nights is a festival of outdoor film screenings in beautiful heritage locations throughout the summer. Once again the festival will be visiting Wollaton Hall in August 2016. This year's films are yet to be confirmed so keep an eye out for future announcements!



SOUND OF MUSIC 20 - 24 SEPTEMBER THEATRE ROYAL, NOTTINGHAM One of the greatest musicals of all time returns to the stage in a magnificent new production to enchant the young and the young at heart. This wonderfully lavish new staging of The Sound of Music tells the true story of the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom at the start of WWll. Lucy O'Byrne, fresh from her success on BBC One's The Voice, plays the title role of Maria and Andrew Lancel as Captain Von Trapp.

BEAR GRYLLS 15 OCTOBER MOTORPOINT ARENA, NOTTINGHAM Adventurer, writer and TV host Bear Grylls will bring the spectacle of the wild to the Motorpoint Arena, with his groundbreaking interactive experience. Audiences will join the adventurer as he transports them to multiple environments in this edge-of-your-seat, action-packed two hour show.


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when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life, and find true love once more?


Featuring a phenomenal score including Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin', Hopelessly Devoted to You and You're the One That I Want, this is set to be the musical event of the year, celebrating the birth of American cool and the incredible pop explosion of the 1950s.

28 OCTOBER ROYAL CONCERT HALL Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show. A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr's new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment.

GREASE 26 NOVEMBER - 14 JANUARY CURVE THEATRE, LEICESTER After a whirlwind summer romance, leather-clad greaser Danny and girl-nextdoor Sandy are unexpectedly reunited

SEANN WALSH - ONE FOR THE ROAD 30 NOVEMBER GLEE CLUB, NOTTINGHAM However dishevelled he may be, the Foster's Comedy Award nominee is also one of the best comics in the country. With a keen observational mind, Seann can spot the absurdity in everything and convert it to perfectly delivered stand-up comedy. You might have seen Seann on TV, but he's something else live – pacing the stage, working the room and reducing crowds to hysterics. Even if he'd probably rather be at home watching Sky Sports News.

Endeavour: Your Adventure Awaits will take the audience on a hair-raising, immersive, theatrical expedition across the globe using state of the art video mapping technology and stunning special effects. Celebrating some of the greatest feats of courage, endurance and endeavour through the ages, fans will witness the heroism and adventure that have shaped our world.



26 - 30 OCTOBER FOREST RECREATION GROUND Enjoy the amazing atmosphere at the Nottingham Oktoberfest between Wednesday 26 - Sunday 30 October 2016 with German beer, food and music. During a long weekend with five wonderful days we celebrate in a tent with space for 2,500 people.



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The Rat Pack Tribute Show The Rat Pack evening was a night to remember! Alea welcomed the UK's premier and longest running Rat Pack tribute show to a full house of 150. The popular Face to Face room was transformed into a Sixties Vegas lounge and guests reveled in an evening of tribute to the great Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. They did it their way, and what a way it was…but modern day crooners David Alacey, Des Coleman and Paul Drakeley have it nailed! Guests got to enjoy a 2 course meal before they were serenaded by the trio, and were also treated to 2 showgirls who add that extra “Las Vegas” feel to the whole experience.


Vegas legend Buddy Greco, who made appearances with the original Rat Pack and has toured with this tribute show, says: “These guys are as close as anyone will ever get to my dear friends Frank, Dean and Sammy.” It really was an enchanted evening!


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An Evening With Dean Windass at Alea Nottingham Guests were treated to another “Evening with..� at Alea casino, this time with former Bradford, Hull, Middlesbrough and Aberdeen hard man Dean Windass, hosted by ex Nottingham Forest player Nigel Jemson. The evening began in the new Spanish bar, Bar Esquina, until guests were shown to their seats in the upstairs Face to Face function space.


A delicious 2 course meal then ensued, which was quickly followed by a noholds-barred speech from Dean Windass. Windass had the audience captured with stories about his life both on & off the pitch, including the high points from his footballing career, to the lows once retirement took its toll. Guests were then entertained by comedian John Styles, son of ex-England star Nobby, who kept the crowd laughing until late into the night.


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All events are managed by our in-house team, with years of experience in delivering events.

We are confident that once you have sampled the hospitality available here at Meadow Lane, you will want to take advantage of the great value packages throughout the season.

This great value for money facility is fast becoming Nottingham’s venue of choice for a multitude of events, including Christmas, weddings, private parties and business events.


Local businessman Clive Whiting got back on his bike for a 540 mile journey from the Leaning Tower of Pisa back to his showroom in West Bridgford, with a target of raising £100,000 for breast cancer in memory of his mum.

Clive’s mum Thelma, died of breast cancer aged 84, and said Pisa and Lake Como were their favourite places to go together. Clive, who refers to himself as 'the fat lad', had to complete an average of 55 miles a day for two weeks. He said: "It's been absolutely exhausting, especially because there has been a heatwave across Europe. I even managed to fall off, only after I'd managed a good 500 miles and the saddles are not the most comfortable. The Euro 500 challenge is raising money for a range of breast cancer charities, including household names such as Macmillan Cancer Support, Breast Cancer Research, Marie Curie, The Karen Green Trust and some smaller charities. "My mum travelled all over the world," added Clive. "But she always loved this part of Italy more than anywhere else. She was just amazed by the leaning tower, how it could have stayed like that for so many years. But Lake Como was her favourite place." Following the completion of the bike ride, Clive hosted a charity ball at Blotts Country Club, where his supporters rented tables in return for charitable donations. On the ride Clive was joined by friend Bob Reid, who is in remission after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010.


Bob, 68, said: "I feel like an 18-year-old at the moment. I only got a bicycle about three years ago and now I've completed this ride and it feels great, even if I am knackered."


It is not the first time Clive has taken to the saddle for charity, having completed 240 miles from Paris to Palmer's back in 2013 – raising £56,000. Clive's partner Laura Ormsby said she was proud of his efforts. "It's a big ask," said Laura,. "But Clive is a very determined person and when he sets out to do something, he does it. Clive would like to thank all his sponsors for their donations and well wishes.

Cheque for £5,000 presented to Breast Cancer Campaign

Cheque for £6,000 presented to Karen Green Foundation

Cheque for £5,000 presented to Macmillan Cancer Support

Cheque for £2,000 presented to Hereditary Breast Cancer

Cheque for £5,000 presented to Marie Curie Cancer Care

Cheque for £2,000 presented to Willow Foundation

We would like to thank the following businesses for their support and sponsorship Alea, Nottingham Blotts Country Club Castlegate Capital City Life Magazine David Lloyd, West Bridgford G&M Motors Handelsbanken H&A Potatoes Hydropath Jaybee Construction John.A.Stephens Ltd Langdale Lightweights Lasershape Lexus Nottingham

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Charity Ball at Blotts, Nottingham Following the successful completion of the bike ride from The Leaning Tower opf Pisa to Palmers Showroom in West Bridgford, Clive Whiting hosted a celebratory Charity Ball at Blotts, Nottingham. Guests rented tables to raise further funds towards the chosen charities. The evening began with a champagne, followed by a sumptuous 3 course meal, followed by a full evening of entertainment from Campbell Bass, The American Drifters and X-Factor winner Sam Bailey. Clive would like to thank all sponsors and those who donated towards the charity.


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Snooker World Cup Legends Stephen Hendry and Ken Doherty Swap Snooker Tables for Gaming Tables at Alea Nottingham Snooker World Cup legends Stephen Hendry and Ken Doherty thrilled a sell-out audience at Alea Nottingham as they took part in an exhibition match and trick shots at the snooker table during an evening which was compered by Willie Thorne. After the event, which included a sit down three course dinner for over one hundred guests at the casino, the trio took to the casino floor where they continued to enjoy the thrill of the game, this time swapping the buzz of the snooker table for the casino gaming tables.


The pair, both known for their competitive streak provided a fantastic evening of sensational snooker.stage for Stuart's Q&A where he discussed his football and management career.



Alea casino offers a vast choice of dining, drinking and entertainment options. Bar Esquina - is one of Nottingham city centre's coolest destination bars. Open 5pm to 5am it boasts an extensive cocktail list and choice of beers to be enjoyed at the bar or within a chic, private booth.

About Steve Glynn: Alea Nottingham Venue Director Steve Glynn has over 35 years' experience in the gaming industry. His philosophy is that you should always leave a place better than the way you found it.

Steve Glynn took over the role of Venue Director at Alea Casino Nottingham just over six months ago. City Life met up with Steve to find out how he's settling into the city.

MPW Steakhouse Bar and Grill – is a stunning steakhouse from one of Britain's most critically acclaimed celebrity chefs. In Marco's own words, the restaurant is about "feeding people at the right price within the right environment and with the right level of service”.

Question: What have you most enjoyed about the city since you arrived in Nottingham? Answer: The people of Nottingham are some of the friendliest I've ever met. From the minute I arrived everyone has made me feel right at home. I've travelled a lot during my career and whilst I've lived all over the UK including London, Manchester and Leeds and abroad (before Nottingham Steve was working in South Africa as Executive Director of Gaming at Emerald Resort and Casino) I can honestly say that I feel more at home here in Nottingham than I have anywhere else. Question: What does Alea Nottingham offer that other nightspots in the city can't? Answer: Alea Nottingham has it all – great food, great bars, great live entertainment and brilliant gaming and poker. Whatever time of day you visit us, it's always buzzing and has a great vibe about it. Whilst there is a good choice of casinos and poker in the city we pride ourselves on having the best, most welcoming entry point to gaming with our friendly 'party pit' which offers a great fun introduction to gaming. For the more experienced gamers we also offer the highest limits in town - so we really do cater for everyone's needs.

Answer: Alea Nottingham has always been a keen supporter of the Nottingham Food and Drink Awards. This year we're very proud to be a key sponsor of the Awards as well as playing host to the Nottingham Food and Drink after party which took place at Bar Esquina. Bar Esquina was absolutely buzzing on the night as the people of Nottingham came together to celebrate what makes this city great.


Question: What key events are you looking forward to most in the coming months?

Face 2 Face – Recently refurbished to the highest standard which comfortably seats 250 people, Face 2 Face is a jewel in the crown of Nottingham's corporate function and private dining space. It recently played host to Snooker World Cup legends Stephen Hendry and Ken Doherty as they thrilled a sell-out audience as they took part in an exhibition match and trick which was compered by Willie Thorne.


Kate Winslet

The Dressmaker

Kate Elizabeth Winslet was born on October 5th 1975, in Reading, Berkshire.


She began acting at 11 years old, studying drama at Redroofs Theatre school, a co-educational independent school in Maidenhead, Berkshire, where she was head girl. During her teenage years, Kate performed in over 20 stage productions of the London-based Starmaker school of drama, some of her more notable roles include Miss Hannigan in “Annie”, Mother Wolf in “The Jungle Book” and Lena Marelli in “Bugsy Malone”.


In 1991, Kate made her television debut, with a co-starring role in the BBC children’s science fiction show “Dark Season”, this role was followed by several appearances in shows such as “Get Back” and “Casualty” in 1993. It was on the set of “Dark Season” where she met actor and writer Stephen Tredre, leading to a four and a half year relationship. The pair split for unknown reasons in 1995, though remained close. It was in 1994 where Winslet got her first film role, a starring role no less, in Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures” in which she played Juliet Hulme, a young girl out for revenge after she is separated from her closest friend. The film was well received by critics and even earned an Oscar

nomination for Best Screenplay, Winslet was awarded an Empire Award and a London Film Critics’ Circle Award for British Actress of the Year for her performance. The following year, Kate’s next big film was released, “Sense & Sensibility”, Ang Lee’s adaptation of the much beloved Jane Austen novel. Kate played Marianne Dashwood, alongside Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman. Though director Ang Lee was nervous about Kate’s ferocious performance in “Heavenly Creatures”, she proved that she could play a delicate lady just as well; she was awarded both a BAFTA and a Screen Actors’ Guild Award, and nominated for her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 1996, Winslet starred in two more period films, “Hamlet” and “Jude”, she was earning more and more roles, and with several awards and nominations already under her belt at only 21 years old, she was really showcasing her true acting potential. Years before, Kate had been told, by a particularly cruel Drama teacher, that she was doomed to nothing but “Fat Girl Roles”. We like to think that when Kate’s next film came out, that callous Drama teacher had to eat her own words.

Steve Jobs

In 1997, Kate played alongside budding star Leonardo Dicaprio in “Titanic”. Kate played the quiet and reserved, 17 year old Rose DeWitt Bukater, first class socialite aboard the RMS Titanic, it’s here that she meets 20 year old Jack Dawson (Leonardo Dicaprio), the penniless but charming American who finds himself on the ship by chance. The two quickly fall in love, despite their social differences, but this proves to be the least of their worries, when the ship strikes an iceberg. Though the film received bad press even before its release, against expectations, “Titanic” went on to become the highest-grossing movie of all time, it grossed more than $2,186,800,000 in box-office and transformed Winslet into a commercial movie star. The film won several Academy Awards, including best picture and best director, and earned Winslet her second Academy Award nomination, this time for best actress. Her co-star, Gloria Stuart, also earned a nomination in the supporting actress category for her portrayal of the older Rose DeWitt; the two actresses became the first ever to earn nominations for playing two versions of the same character.


Sense & Sensibility


At what was probably one of the most exciting points in Kate’s life so far, tragedy struck, on the opening weekend of “Titanic”, Kate’s ex boyfriend and long time friend Stephen Tredre died, causing her to miss the film’s Los Angeles premiere to attend his funeral in London. Winslet then went on to take roles in several low budget movies, including “Hideous Kinky” and “Holy Smoke!” Both films flew under the radar, but Kate was once again noted by critics for her strong performances. It was on the set of “Hideous Kinky”, where Kate met film director Jim Threapleton, the two soon fell for one another and the following year, they were married. At the end of 2000, Kate and Jim welcomed their daughter, Mia Honey, into the world; though sadly, a little over a year later, the pair filed for divorce. The following year, Kate entered the unfamiliar world of voice acting, for the 2001 animated film “Christmas Carol: The Movie”. Not only did Winslet provide the voice for the character Bella, she also sang lead vocals on a song from the film’s soundtrack. The song, “What if” was released as a single which then became a Top Ten Hit in England, it reached number one in Austria, Belgium and Ireland, number six on the UK Singles Chart and won the 2002 OGAE Song Contest.

After her separation from Jim Threapleton in 2001, Kate had soon started a relationship with director Sam Mendes. In 2003, Kate and Sam got married on the island of Anguilla. Their son, Joe Alfie Winslet Mendes, was born on 22 December 2003 in

2004 brought with it Kate’s next big film, Charlie Kaufman’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”. She played Clementine, the quirky, free spirited woman who decides to have all memories of her ex-boyfriend, Joel (Jim Carrey) erased from her mind. The film was a huge success, with both the public and critics, and Kate was once again nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. In the same year, Kate played alongside Johnny Depp in “Finding Neverland”, the story of the Scottish writer J.M. Barrie (Johnny Depp) and his platonic relationship with Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Winslet), whose sons inspired him to pen the classic play “Peter Pan”.“Finding Neverland” earned positive reviews and went on to become an international success, becoming Winslet’s highest-grossing film since “Titanic” with a total of $118 million worldwide. Winslet’s next successful film was “Little Children”, in which she played Sarah Pierce, a bored housewife who has a torrid love affair with her married neighbour (Patrick Wilson). Both her performance and the film received rave reviews, Kate was once again nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and at 31, became the youngest actress to ever receive five Oscar nominations; though sadly, even though she had been nominated multiple times, the coveted Oscar still eluded Kate. In 2008, Kate starred in her husband’s film “Revolutionary Road”, in which she was reunited with Leonardo Dicaprio. The pair shot a particularly steamy sex scene in front of Kate’s husband/director Sam Mendes; Kate has since described the experience as “profoundly weird” and said that she actually had a total meltdown. It was Winslet’s next film that would prove to be one of the most important in her life. “The Reader” told the story of a former Nazi Concentration camp guard, played by Kate, who has an affair with a teenager who, as an adult, witnesses her war crimes trial. The film received mixed reviews and probably would have gone mostly

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind unnoticed, if it weren’t for Kate’s powerful performance; the following year, she earned her sixth Academy Award nomination and, finally, Kate went on to win the Best Actress award. Kate took a couple of years off from acting and sadly in 2010, after seven years of marriage, she announced that she and Sam Mendes were getting a divorce. In 2011, Kate was vacationing at Necker Island, the private resort island of billionaire Richard Branson, it was here that she met Branson’s nephew, Ned Rocknroll; the pair soon began dating and not even a year later, they announced their engagement. Kate and Ned married in a private ceremony in New York in December 2012, the following December, Kate gave birth to their son, Bear Blaze Winslet. 2015 held two big films for Kate, first was Australian revenge comedy drama “The Dressmaker”. Kate starred as Tilly, the elegant, talented dressmaker who returns to her hometown to right the wrongs from her past. The second film of that year for Kate was biopic “Steve Jobs” in which she played Apple executive Joanna Hoffman. Her performance received a great deal of praise from critics and lead to her seventh Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, though Kate lost the Oscar to Alicia Vikander for her performance in “The Danish Girl”; but we are entirely sure that Kate will get another shot for her second Academy Award in the future. Kate Winslet already has an impressive amount of experience under her belt, her excellent performances have earned her a great deal of prestigious awards and nominations, and at only 40 years old, we see a bright future for this great acting talent.


In the same year, Kate played the novelist Iris Murdoch in Richard Eyre’s critically acclaimed film “Iris”. Winslet shared the role with Judi Dench, both actresses portraying Murdoch at different stages of her life. Two stellar performances earned both actresses a multitude of award nominations, including an Academy Award the following year, earning Winslet her third nomination. This was the second time in Oscar history that two actresses were nominated for the same character, Kate was a part of both rare instances.

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Huntsman: Winter’s War CITY LIFE


Long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) was thought vanquished by Snow White’s blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya (Emily Blunt), suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya’s ability to freeze any enemy, the young Ice Queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly Huntsmen – including Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain) – only to find that her prized two defied her one demand: forever harden your hearts to love. When Freya learns of her sister’s demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But once she resurrects Ravenna from the Mirror’s golden depths, the wicked sisters threaten this enchanted land with twice the darkness it’s ever seen. Now, their amassing army shall prove unbeatable unless the banished Huntsmen who broke their Queen’s cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another.


Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising


Now that Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) have a second baby on the way, they are ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs. But just as they thought they’d reclaimed the neighborhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a sorority even more out of control than Teddy (Zac Efron) and his brothers ever dreamed of being.

Everybody Wants Some

The Boss

Set in the world of 1980s college life, this film follows a freshman’s first weekend of college, experiencing a fraternity-like lifestyle with his hard-partying teammates as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood.

Melissa McCarthy headlines The Boss as a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.



Worshipped as a god since the dawn of civilization, the immortal Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) becomes the first and most powerful mutant. Awakening after thousands of years, he recruits the disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and other mutants to create a new world order. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) lead a team of young X-Men to stop their seemingly invincible nemesis from destroying mankind.

Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father-in-law Phil (Chris Cooper) to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis’ letters catch the attention of customer service rep Karen (Naomi Watts) and, amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two form an unlikely connection. With the help of Karen and her son Chris (Judah Lewis), Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.

Captain America: Civil War

The Jungle Book

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps – one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is a boy who was raised by the Indian wolves Raksha (Lupita Nyong’o) and Akela (Giancarlo Esposito). When the fearsome tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) threatens his life, Mowgli leaves his jungle home. Guided by Bagheera the black panther (Ben Kingsley) and Baloo the bear (Bill Murray), he sets out on a journey of self-discovery. Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who do not exactly have his best interests at heart including Kaa (Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (Christopher Walken), a Gigantopithecus who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly “red flower” fire.


X Men: Apocalypse


DVDs The Danish Girl Copenhagen, 1926. Danish artist, Gerda Wegener, painted her own husband, Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne), as a lady in her painting. When the painting gained popularity, Einar started to change his appearance into a female appearance and named himself Lili Elbe. With his feminism passion and Gerda’s support, Einar - or Elbe - attempted one of the first male-to-female sex reassignment surgeries, a decision that would change the fabric of their marriage forever, once Gerda realized her own husband is no longer a man or the person she married before.




The Visit

The Peanuts Movie

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler co-star in this comedy about two daffy adult sisters, one an irresponsible single mom and the other a kindhearted nurse, who decide to throw one last wild party at their childhood home before it’s sold by their parents. However, their bash ends up going disastrously awry.

The terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a week long trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron.




This crime drama tells the story of the the rise and fall of two of the most notorious gangsters in England’s history: the Kray twins. Tom Hardy stars as both Ronald and Reginald Kray, identical twins who rose to prominence in London’s underworld in the 1950s and ‘60s, using gruesome, unhinged tactics and savvy business acumen to seize control of the city. The film is adapted from John Pearson’s nonfiction tome The Profession of Violence.


This is Acting - Sia This Is Acting is Sia’s follow-up to her sixth studio album 1000 Forms of Fear. In December 2014, Sia announced that she had two albums completed and ready to go. She revealed details of This Is Acting for the first time in an interview published by NME in February 2015. In the article, she confirmed once again that work on the album was finished and that its content was “more pop” than her previous material. She also revealed that the success of 1000 Forms of Fear, specifically its lead single “Chandelier”, encouraged her to continue releasing new material, and said of the album’s title: “I’m calling it This Is Acting because they are songs I was writing for other people, so I didn’t go in thinking ‘this is something I would say’. It’s more like play-acting. It’s fun.”

Victorious - Wolfmother

Phase - Jack Garratt

Victorious is the upcoming fourth studio album by Australian hard rock band Wolfmother. Recording for Victorious took place at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, California with production led by Brendan O’Brien. Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale wrote all the material for the album and initially recorded demos of the songs, including all drum parts. Despite being a continuing member of the band, Ian Peres did not perform bass on the album, which was instead performed by Stockdale in addition to the vocals and guitar parts; Peres did, however, perform all keyboards on the release.

Phase is the eagerly awaited debut album from rising star Jack Garratt.

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro The extraordinary new novel from the author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize winning The Remains of the Day. The Romans have long since departed, and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But at least the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased.

Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war.

In addition to the album plans, Garratt has announced a brand new live date at London’s Brixton Academy.

Books Clean Cakes by Henrietta Inman Delicious pâtisserie made with whole, natural and nourishing ingredients and free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar. Clean Cakes is the ultimate cookbook for anyone who enjoys baking as well as experimenting with new and alternative ingredients. It provides a wealth of ideas for cooking everything from spectacular cakes, energyboosting muffins and wholesome loaves to stunning raw desserts and scrumptious tarts and pies, with distinctive flavour combinations and original twists on established classics. It will prove invaluable for anyone who for health or lifestyle reasons wants to eliminate gluten, dairy or refined sugar from their diet but who still wants to satisfy their sweet tooth and create their own nutritious guilt-free masterpieces.


The Buried Giant begins as a couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen for years. They expect to face many hazards some strange and other-worldly - but they cannot yet foresee how their journey will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another.

The album was recorded predominantly at Limbo Studios, London and follows the EPs ‘Syenthesiac’ and ‘Remnants’, both of which were released in the last 12 months.


Gadgets Bluesmart: The World’s First Smart Suitcase Once synced (via a free app) to your smartphone you’re provided with a darn dazzling array of functions. For example, simply lift the handle and your case weighs itself. Yes. Literally. It weighs itself. Bluesmart features built-in proximity sensors which lock the suitcase when they detect you’ve walked away whilst GPS tells you exactly where your bag is should it be re-routed to another flight. Yes, the days of lost luggage are officially behind us. Should your bag move too far from you, an alarm will sound informing you someone may have pinched it. Bluesmart has a built in battery that can charge your smartphone and tablet an entire 6 times over AND will fit in almost ALL airline cabins.


Audio Pro Addon T3 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker The Addon T3 delivers fantastic clarity with a powerful, deep bass that is surprising from such a small speaker. With a huge 30 hours playback time at 50% volume and up to 12 hours at 100%, the T3 is designed to be used and the incredible battery power even allows you to charge your smartphone by connecting to the USB power supply. As well as the latest Bluetooth technology, the T3 has an auxiliary input for other devices letting you listen any way you prefer. Beautifully designed in a retro casing, the Addon T3 houses great sound with an almost unique battery life to give you hours of acoustic enjoyment.



Logitech Bluetooth Multi Device Keyboard K480


Withings Go

The Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 is a keyboard for your computer, that also works with your tablet and smartphone. The Easy-Switch dial lets you switch typing between three connected bluetooth wireless devices and you’ll find a familiar keyboard layout with shortcut keys for Windows, Mac or Chrome computers, as well as Android and iOS mobile devices.

Withings Go fitness tracker automatically tracks as you walk, run, swim and sleep, it counts your steps, it tracks your calories, it measures how far you’ve traveled. The E Ink screen displays activity in real time at all times, functions as a watch on demand, and is legible even in bright sunlight and water. The best part? Withings Go comes ready to go the distance with a battery that lasts up to 8 months.



Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Tablet Runs like a desktop, looks like a tablet Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 is fast, slim and lightweight. Designed replace your laptop, the Pro 4 is installed with Windows 10 Pro and features a sixth-generation Intel Core m3 processor to make is more powerful and efficient to keep battery consumption low.

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Unique Connections Charity Business Networking With Memsaab, Bollywood Meets Hollwood Evening. Unique Connections business networking events are held at the Galleries of Justice Museum and help raise funds for their fundraising campaign, ‘Help A Nottinghamshire Child’ (HNC), which aims to keep kids away from prison. The event had a Bollwood meet Hollywood theme held in the exquisite surroundings of Memsaab restaurant. Guests enjoyed a delicious 4 course meal and were entertained with live dancing and music from the Bollywood Belles and Campbell Bass.

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Ryan Reynolds


Born October 23rd, 1976 in Vancouver, Canada, Ryan Reynolds was the youngest of four boys, and though today we see the wise cracking man of confidence, Ryan remembers being a very nervous and sensitive child; it was in his school Drama class where he was able to truly relax.


Reynolds was just 12 years old when he landed his first acting job, in the Nickelodeon series “Fifteen”; the show ran for three years but was unfortunately cancelled in 1993. After the show was cancelled, Ryan struggled to make a name for himself, he made appearances in small Canadian productions “Ordinary Magic” and “The Odyssey” but the young actor quickly began to fade into obscurity.

Wilder: Party Liaison”. It was here that Ryan really showcased his talent for comic acting; Van Wilder would go on to be his first truly recognisable role, one that is still frequently referenced and quoted today, nearly 15 years on. That same year, Ryan met singer Alanis Morissette at Drew Barrymore’s birthday party, it was reported that the couple soon began dating, and in 2004 the pair announced their engagement.

Ryan returned to his normal life and attended Kwantlen College for a few months, though he quickly realised that he greatly missed acting. He soon dropped out of school and moved to LA, to pursue his career. After appearing in several TV movies and shows, including “The X Files” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”, Ryan finally landed his first major role on the TV show “Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place”. The show was a success and went on for four seasons, after which Reynolds began to be recognised in the acting community.

Over the coming years, Ryan had several small roles, including an appearance in TV Sitcom “Scrubs” and a cameo in stoner comedy “Harold and Kumar Get the Munchies”. Though his performances were consistently hilarious, he was struggling to land any more major roles; finally, 2005 came along and brought with it three starring roles for Ryan.

It was in 2002 that Reynolds landed a starring role in comedy cult classic “Van

First Reynolds took a step away from his usual comedic roles, with the remake of the 1979 horror classic “The Amityville Horror”, in which he played the increasingly psychotic George Lutz.

Next came Indie comedy “Waiting”, telling the story of the jaded staff of a small town restaurant. Though critics seemed to dislike the juvenile tone of the film, audiences loved “Waiting”, and it went on to double its original budget at the box office during opening weekend. “Just Friends” was Ryan’s final film of 2005, in the romantic comedy, Ryan played Chris Brander, a handsome LA record producer who is living the dream; but in his teens, Chris had been the antithesis of successful. Obese and cursed with a lisp and braces, he had no confidence and no luck with the ladies. For these flashback scenes, Reynolds had to wear a 12 pound makeup face which took 4 hours to put on. The transformation from attractive Hollywood star to awkward dumpy teen was so effective that people on set didn’t recognise him straight away, a fan even spoke to him without ever realising who he was talking to. In February 2007, it was announced that Ryan and long time fiance Alanis Morissette had mutually decided to end their



engagement. Morissette has since said that her album “Flavours of Entanglement” was created out of her grief after the break-up. Later that year, Ryan began dating fellow movie star Scarlett Johansson and in May 2008 the couple announced their engagement. 2008 proved to be a good year for Ryan, not only with his personal life, but also for his career.“Definitely, Maybe” was one of Ryan’s biggest commercial movies so far; the romantic comedy drama had Reynolds as the lead, Will Hayes, thirty-something Dad in the middle of a divorce, trying to explain the world of romance and love to his 10 year old daughter. The film was well received by critics, being described as refreshingly witty and sweet, as opposed to many cliche rom com’s plaguing the market. And if that year wasn’t already perfect, in September 2008, Ryan married Scarlett in a small ceremony back home in Canada. The following year brought with it several big roles for Ryan, he was becoming more and more recognised in Hollywood; his acting diversity finally being noticed. First came Marvel Blockbuster “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” in which Reynolds played Deadpool, the wise-cracking mercenary. But critics and fans of the comics alike were deeply troubled by the film, with its meandering plot and deviation from the original comic book storyline. This portrayal of Deadpool was so far from the original source material, that the iconic character was completely unrecognisable; in all honesty, and in the opinion of most, Deadpool was butchered in this movie. But almost straight away, there were quiet rumours that the character would be rebooted with his own movie.

In 2010, Ryan had only one film, but it is considered to be one of his best.

In “Buried” Ryan played Paul Conroy, a civilian truck driver who has been kidnapped and buried alive while working in Iraq. The entire film takes place within the small coffin Paul is trapped inside, a very bold move that fortunately worked brilliantly; the clawing feeling of terror and claustrophobia is inescapable as you are confined with the protagonist. Reynolds has since said that he suffered from claustrophobia towards the end of filming; the coffin he shot in was gradually filled with more sand as filming went on. He described the last day of shooting as “unlike anything I experienced in my life, and I never ever want to experience that again”. The film received rave reviews and Ryan was widely praised by critics for his stellar performance. Though Ryan had enjoyed great success with his career, things would soon turn sour. Unfortunately, in December 2010, he announced that he and his wife, Scarlett Johansson were filing for divorce. Ryan’s next venture was another Superhero movie, this time from the world of DC rather than Marvel. In “Green Lantern” Reynolds played Hal, the first ever human recruited to join an intergalactic police force, tasked with protecting the universe. Though the film was eagerly awaited by fans of the comics, the movie ultimately flopped, receiving mostly negative reviews; but there is one positive thing to come from “Green Lantern” for Reynolds, and it turned out to be perhaps the most important of his life. It was on the set of “Green Lantern” that Ryan met his co-star Blake Lively, the two apparently quite quickly fell for one another and, after dating for less than a year, the pair got married in September 2012. Ryan appeared in several movies over the coming years, including “RIPD” and “The Voices,” most flew under the radar and it seemed as though Reynolds may have been on his way out. Then, in 2014, after

several years of Deadpool rumours, an announcement from Fox finally confirmed many hopes; Deadpool would indeed be rebooted and get the movie treatment the character truly deserved. After the criticism that came from the X-Men version of Deadpool, Reynolds was eager to play the role as it truly should be. Though news of the Deadpool reboot must have been music to Ryan’s ears, it certainly wasn’t the best thing to happen to him that year; in December 2014, his wife Blake gave birth to their first child, a daughter named James. Over the following year, Ryan appeared in several movies, but it wasn’t until 2016, that Ryan’s career had the biggest boost to date. “Deadpool” was a rebooted version of the character we’d seen previously, the events from “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” were completely ignored; as far as the storyline went, Wolverine never happened. A new backstory was created for Deadpool, one that was much closer to the Marvel Comics’ source material, which of course pleased fans and smoothed over previous damage. The film was a huge success, audiences and critics both raved about it’s non stop humour that charmed us all. The movie made several box-office records, including a worldwide opening of $264.9 million, which is the biggest of 2016, and the biggest opening weekend for an R Rated movie ever. Critics applauded Reynolds’ performance, his perfect comic delivery was all the more impressive considering that for the majority of the movie, he was masked. The film was such a success, that mere months after release, a sequel has been confirmed. With several films due to hit the big screen in the next year, and with the recent career boost that came with “Deadpool”, we hope to see much more from this diversely talented actor.


Next came one of Ryan’s most popular films to date, “The Proposal” told the story of Andrew Paxton (Reynolds) and his hellish boss Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock). When Margaret is about to be deported to Canada, she coerces Andrew into marriage, in order to obtain a green card. The film has since become a modern romantic comedy classic, cementing Reynolds as a true heart throb.

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George's Great British Kitchen not only offers fantastic food, but also reminds us that British cooking is definitely something to be proud of.

Las iguanas is located on the lively, bustling Chapel Bar in Nottingham. It was a Thursday night when my wife and I paid a visit, not one of Nottingham’s busiest nights of the week, but still there were plenty of diners in the restaurant.

The restaurant is reminiscent of both the seaside and an old ship's galley, hardwood floors shine under the vintage lights hung from anchor hooks and green leather seats offer a comfy place to enjoy your meal; you also have the option to dine in one of the cosy little beach huts, to really achieve the authentic seaside feeling! George's has just released a brand new British Tapas Menu, which we were very excited to try! The food was expertly cooked and absolutely delicious, all time British classics were tweaked and repurposed to rejuvenate the familiar dishes; the leek and ginger infused sausage roll was an absolute delight and I couldn't get enough of the Goat's cheese fritters, which had been coated in smoked paprika and drizzled with red wine and honey vinegar. For dessert, we had the Chocolate & Three Milk Pudding and the Apple & Caramac Higgledy - Piggledy Crumble Pie; a mouthful to order but certainly worth it! The pudding was wonderfully rich, filled with a decadent chocolate mousse and drizzled in a chocolate orange sauce that was so good you could eat it straight from a bowl, idea for all you chocoholics; and the Apple pie was made all the more delectable by the sinfully good salted butter caramel sauce and clotted cream.


We love it when we find a restaurant that not only serves superb food, but is also completely charming; we're sure to pay more visits to George's Great British Kitchen in the future, and we suggest you do too!


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Our popular versions of Mexican fare is one of my favourite cuisines. Having been to Mexico on different occasions, they must use different ingredients there which aren’t as much to my liking. Also, in England there isn’t someone sticking a sombrero on your head, taking photos, selling postcards or serenading you every 5 minutes. On entering we were greeted with a friendly smile and shown to a booth, slightly raised and providing a good view across the restaurant. After choosing our favoured bottle of wine, Sauvignon Blanc, which arrived swiftly, we perused the menus and after much deliberation regarding experimenting and going for something different to our usual, we opted for exactly that. Creatures of habit, but it does provide the opportunity to compare dish for dish to that provided at other similar establishments. Nachos to start, along with the Quesadillas, spicy chicken, peppers, onion and cheese. The Nachos are available with a choice of toppings, but as both myself and my wife don’t eat any other meat besides chicken, we opted just to have cheese and the usual array of sauces, guacamole, sour cream etc. Both came together which is always a plus and served by a courteous, smiling waitress, another plus. The nachos were more than enough for 2 people to share and very tasty and the Quesadillas, light, tasty but quite filling on top of the Nachos. Both went down perfectly with the wine though. Main course was the popular Mexican dish, fajitas, our favourite. I don’t believe you can visit any Mexican restaurant and not order the fajitas. Again, there are different fillings, but we always have chicken. If there is one standout meal on a Mexican menu it is fajitas. The sizzling plate, the tortillas, cheese, toppings, it feels as close to Mexico that you are going to get, sat in the middle of Nottingham on a breezy evening. Plenty of fillings, plenty of tortillas, in fact, just the right amount and as we thoroughly enjoyed them, we were more than pleased that we hadn’t diverted from our normal selection. By this point, my wife was beaten and it was going to be solo trip where dessert is concerned. Aztec Chocolate Fudge Cake. In layman’s terms, chocolate orange sponge cake with vanilla ice cream. Who doesn’t like chocolate orange? We had a great time, the staff were very pleasant and we left feeling full and sure that would be visiting again soon!


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The Walton Hotel Terrace Launch Opening Party The Walton unveiled their new spacious outdoor terrace with an extravagant opening party. Live entertainment kicked off at midday with a host of local and well known acts including Rob Green, Tusk, Soul Kinda Wonderful and Uptown Motown Trio. In the evening, DJs Adam Jay, Iain Newton, Antonio Vendone and DJ Woody (Capital XTRA) took over with a fantastic sequenced light show from Britannia Firework Displays. In amongst the crowds were celebrity guests from 'Sellebrity Soccer' such as Ray Quinn (Dancing on Ice/X-Factor), Luke Friend (X-Factor), James Hill (BBC Apprentice) and Calum Best who The Walton were playing host to prior to their charity match at Notts County Football Club on Sunday in association with Capital FM. The 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!' winner and panto legend Christopher Biggins also made an appearance having hosted a charity dinner at the hotel the same evening.


Head down to The Walton on Saturdays over the summer, as they plan to host many more live acts and entertainment on their new terrace.





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In The Seasonal recipes creating the perfect Summer menu.

SOUSED MACKEREL, SAFFRON PICKLED VEGETABLES, CARPACCIO OF PRAWN AND CORIANDER (serves 4) 4 mackerel fillets 4 large prawns (blanched) handful of coriander cress sea salt 1 lime crème fraiche


SOUSING LIQUID: 250 ml white wine vinegar 10 peppercorns 20 coriander seeds 3 cloves of garlic 5 sprigs of thyme 3 bay leaves


PICKLED VEGETABLES: 0.5g saffron 3 star anise 2 carrots 3 banana shallots 1 small piece of cauliflower ½ fennel bulb 100ml white wine vinegar 50ml olive oil 2 carrots 3 banana shallots 1 small piece of cauliflower ½ fennel bulb garden radish 100ml white wine vinegar 50ml olive oil

METHOD: For the soused mackerel, place all the ingredients into a saucepan and bring up to simmer, then take off the heat and leave to stand for 10 minutes. Place the mackerel fillets into the marinade and leave for a further 10 minutes, or until just underdone. Take out of the liquid and place on a paper towel. For the pickled vegetables place all the liquids, star anise and the saffron in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Take off the heat. Slice all the vegetables, (except the radish), thinly and add to the liquid, season to taste and set aside. TO SERVE: Place a line of crème fraiche around the centre of a plate. Place a good pile of the vegetables in the centre of the crème fraiche followed by the mackerel on top. Slice the prawn wafer-thin, season with sea salt and lime juice and put on top of the mackerel. Garnish with sliced garden radish and the coriander cress.

ROAST DUCK BREAST, SAVOY CABBAGE, BACON, ROOT VEGETABLES AND SOUR CHERRIES (serves 4) 4 duck breasts 50g smoked bacon (diced) 100ml dark chicken stock 20g butter 1 savoy cabbage (shredded and blanched) 1 shallot (diced) 1 celeriac 1 swede 2 large carrots 50g dried sour cherries (soaked in 50ml red wine)

METHOD: Heat a heavy non-stick frying pan and add the duck breast, fatty side down. Cook slowly until you get a nice golden colour to the fat (roughly 10 minutes), turn over and repeat on the other side. Take out of the pan and wrap in cling film to keep warm, (keep the excess fat in the pan for frying the vegetables). For the root vegetables, dice them into 1cm cubes and boil in salted water till tender, refresh in cold water, drain and place on a paper towel. Heat up the frying pan from the duck breast and fry the vegetables until golden, then set aside. In a separate pan, fry the bacon in a little oil until crisp, add the butter and then the cabbage, Season and keep warm. For the sauce, fry the shallots until just soft, add the cherries and the wine and reduce by half. Add the chicken stock. Reduce til it has a silky finish.

TO SERVE: Unwrap the duck breast and re-warm, skin side down, in a hot pan. Rewarm the cabbage and place in the centre of a warm plate. Place round the root vegetables, slice the duck breast and arrange around the plate. Warm the sauce and spoon over the duck breast.

THE CHOCOLATE PLATE (serves 4) CHOCOLATE FONDANT: 85g bitter chocolate 85g butter 2 whole eggs 2 egg yolks 50g sugar 50g plain flour Melt the chocolate and the butter together.Whisk all the eggs until they double in volume, keep whisking and add the sugar.Fold in the warm chocolate mixture, followed by the flour. Pour into small pudding moulds and keep in the fridge.

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE: 6oz chocolate 2 leaves gelatine (soaked) 200ml lightly whipped cream 3oz sugar 5 eggs Melt the chocolate and whisk in the gelatine. In an electric mixer, whisk the eggs and the sugar till they combine together. Fold in the whipped cream, followed by the chocolate mix. Pour into a square mould and set in the fridge.

WHITE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE: 100ml milk 20g sugar 30g egg yolks 1 leaf gelatine (soaked) 200g white chocolate 300g whipped cream Place the milk, sugar and eggs in a saucepan and heat to 85°C. Take off the heat and pour over the chocolate and whisk to combine. As soon as it’s combined, whisk in the gelatine and cool to 35°C. Fold in the whipped cream and set in the fridge.

BITTER CHOCOLATE SORBET: 500ml mineral water 100g trimoline (‘inverted sugar’) 20g sugar 200g 70% chocolate Boil the water, trimoline and sugar together and then pour over the chocolate. Whisk together and leave to cool. Once cool, churn in an icecream machine and freeze.

TO SERVE: Heat the oven to 185°C, put in the chocolate fondants and cook for 6 minutes. Whilst the puddings are cooking, slice the chocolate mousse and place on one side of the plate. Warm a dessert spoon and take a good curl of the white chocolate mousse and put to the other end of the plate. Take a scoop of chocolate sorbet and place inside the chocolate mousse. Once the fondant is cooked, turn out into the gap on the plate - and serve.


Cocktails Bacon My Balls Bacon Buffalo Trace & Woodford Reserve Blend - 30ml Chocolate Whiskey Wine - 30ml Demerara Sugar Syrup - 5ml Add all ingredients to mixing glass and stir until nice and cold, then pour into hollowed ice sphere* Add filled ice sphere to frozen tumbler and add a twist of Orange zest. Garnish with a hammer. * Freeze and ice sphere at -30 degrees Celsius for 2 hours 45min remove and drill a hole to decant interior water

The River Twixx Buffalo Trace & Woodford Reserve Blend 25ml Biscoff Caramel Blend* - 25ml Milk & Cream (70:30) - 75ml Smoked Muldoon Salt - Pinch


Add all ingredients to shaker, add cubed ice then shake, rattle and roll until to cold to hold


Double strain into an empty maple syrup bottle Garnish with a Chocolate milk straw *Blend half a jar of Biscoff Spread with a bottle of Caramel liqueur

Benton’s Old Fashioned Bacon Buffalo Trace * 40ml Angostura - 4 drops Orange Citrate - 2 drops Orange Zest - Spray Water - 15ml Maple Syrup - 7.5ml Add all ingredients to mixing glass and stir until nice and cold Pour over one large cube of ice in a frozen tumbler Zest an orange skin over the top and garnish with a piece of candied bacon *Cook unsmoked bacon in a dry pan to gather the bacon fat, decant into 1 bottle of Bourbon and refrigerate for 2 hours, then place in the freezer for 6 hours. Strain through a sieve and then coffee filter

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NETWORKING ETIQUETTE by Fiona Duncan, RSViP As my job for the last eight years has involved connecting people in business, I often get asked all kinds of questions and tips on networking- the do's and dont's and I really have come across everything there is to witness in the world of networking, so here are a few things I'd like to pass onto you... 1. Always stand when being introduced- As we all know first impressions really count, so present yourself in a strong , secure manner and have the courtesy to stand when someone offers their hand or introduces themselves to you. 2. Watch your language- No one likes a potty mouth, especially when in a business environment, so no matter how well you find yourself 'clicking' with someone, reserve your relaxed language for when around your friends and familyagain first impressions really count and you don't want to appear unprofessional. 3. Be clear- State your name clearly when introducing yourself, make eye contact when speaking with someone and don't make it difficult for the person on the receiving end to understand or hear you - make them remember you after the conversation finishes. 4. Be brief- Practise your 'elevator pitch' before attending a network event- in other words prepare your introduction and keep it brief and intriguing. Many people panic when asked 'what do you do' and this opens the gateway for a whole load of waffle, leaving the person on the receiving end no option but to switch off, whilst nodding politely looking for the nearest escape route. 5.Hide your phone- Looking at ones phone whilst talking to someone is deemed exceptionally bad manners, in particular whilst networking, so keep it in your pocket and if it needs answering urgently, excuse yourself from the conversation politely and take the call somewhere private. I recently had a conversation with a guy who proceeded to look at his phone the entire time he was having a conversation with me, which lead me to stare at his phone quite obviously to point out his rudeness, making him aware of my annoyance- his phone very quickly went in his pocket after that! 6.Don't interrupt- These may seem like really basic things, but many people; even in adulthood haven't yet grasped the art of listening and as Stephen. R. Covey once said- " Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply"- so stay one step ahead of 'most' people. 7.Don't force yourself onto people- Sounds seedy right- but this one I get asked all the time- it's quite easy to see a group of people in conversation and want to be a part of it, but when it comes down to it- how do you access the group without seeming rude? My advice- hover near the group making eye contact with at least one of them and hopefully they will acknowledge you in time and welcome you into the group naturally, without you having to stop the flow of conversation abruptly looking like a real plonker in the process.

Happy Networking!



8.Stay positive- No one likes a grump, so in conversation leave out negative stories and tales of self pity, instead focus on what is great about your business right now and encourage the person you are engaging with to do the same-pay a compliment- the moment you do this, you will see the atmosphere of the conversation switch and it will make the experience more memorable for them and you.





BIT OF KIT It almost appears that the fitness industry thrives off selling us thousands of different ways for us to achieve results. Whether it be the latest gym gizmo, supplement, fitness dvd or App, it is hard to know what is the best way to achieve the physical fitness that we desire.

In fact, research suggests that the average Brit will spend over £37,000 on health and fitness products in their lifetime, with many of these “magic bullets” getting no more than just a few uses.

This article will focus on one of the tools we utilise frequently here at H3 Performance in part due to its ease of use and many flexible (no pun intended) uses…the resistance band!

At H3 Performance our focus is on achieving results quickly, efficiently and effectively. To accomplish this we utilise functional training patterns and systems – where we focus on training movements rather than muscles to elicit the biggest bang for your buck!

Made of latex or rubber, the resistance band may just be one of the simplest and most efficient pieces of gym equipment out there! With literally thousands of exercises possible, it is ideal for both novice and expert exercisers of all abilities.

The benefits of functional training are numerous, however most notable is that it rarely requires specialist equipment or space, with whole workouts possible with just your body or a singular piece of equipment, enabling users to reap fantastic improvements in strength, muscle tone and fitness.

Today’s modern living makes prioritising your health and fitness tough as you try to balance work commitments, social commitments and other aspects of your life. It is with this focus on time that I have designed a simple yet highly effective resistance band circuit complex that can be done anywhere, at home or even out and about that is guaranteed to get you sweating!!!









Available for under £10

Train anywhere

Put it in your bag and you are good to train wherever you are!


Can easily adjust tension of band to make harder or easier


Literally do hundreds of different exercises can be performed with one band


THE COMPLEX Perform each exercise in sequence for 15 repetitions each with no rest until you have completed all of the exercises. Once completed rest between 1-2 minutes and repeat for anywhere between 4-6 rotations.*

1. Deadlift (shoulders, legs and core)

2. Bent Over Row (Back and Biceps)

3. Upright Row (Shoulders and Biceps)

4. Bicep Curl (Biceps)

5. Shoulder Press (Shoulders and Triceps)

6. Squat (Legs)

Stand on top of the band with both feet and hold the ends of the band with each hand. Bending from your knees and not your back, lower yourself down creating slack in the band. Then reverse the movement so you stand upright with the band at maximum tension.

Standing upright, now place hands either side of the band. Keeping your elbows tight to the body, bend your arm so you hands finish close to the front of your shoulders. Lower down under control till your arms are straight and repeat.

Assuming the bottom of the deadlift position (explained previously), pull your shoulders back and pull the band as tight as you can, ensuring that you don’t let your chest sag towards the ground as you pull.

With your hands underneath your chin, straighten your arms so that your arms are (almost) straight. Lower until control to underneath your chin and repeat!

Standing upright and holding one half of the band, pull the band up towards your chin, keeping your elbows above your wrists at all times.

Pulling the band over your head and resting it on the base of your neck. Bend your knees as if you are going to sit on a chair. Go as low as you can and then press your feet hard into the ground to return back to standing. If you are wondering what to do with your hands, simply take a grip on the band like you are holding a waistcoat!

If you would like to know more about how to burn fat, build muscle and feel good, visit today or email to book your free trial today! Toby Liddiard Head Coach at H3 Performance Nottingham

7. Push Ups (Chest and Triceps)

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*Disclaimer: Ensure you seek medical advice before embarking on any exercise programme; the information provided is for informational purposes, the author accepts no liability or responsibility for injury suffered.


Stepping off of the band, now tuck the band underneath your armpit and put each thumb through the end of each part of the band (as pictured). Assume a push up position with your feet and hands on the ground and under control, lower yourself to the ground and then push as hard as you can so your arms extend and the band is tight. That would be 1 rep, repeat this process for 10 repetitions.

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“Day in the life of a hospital director” – Mark Lacey – Woodthorpe Hospital

encourage suppliers to meet with me regularly. It's great to keep up to date with new products on the market that can help continually improve clinical outcomes from treatments or surgery.




My alarm clock goes off at 5.15 although I'm normally awake by then. I am very much a creature of habit so life is full of lists and patterns that seem to rule every moment of every day.

I arrive at work and my first port of call is always to switch the kettle on before I go around the hospital. First visit is to the ward to see if all our patients had a good night, those that are due to be discharged will be going home as planned and those who are due to be admitted are being shown to their rooms. I always make a point of popping to see a couple of patients, I ask them if they are comfortable or if there is anything they don't have that they need. I enjoy the patient contact, they are the ones who tell me how it really is, if they say we have taken great care of them that's always lovely to hear. Visiting the Theatres first thing gives me the chance to say Hi to some of the Consultants who are operating that day and to make sure the theatre team have the day well planned.

I'm not a morning person at all, I very much come alive late into the evening which is reflected in both my personal and work life. I can't remember the last time I went to bed before midnight. I could never understand why the retired generation always get up at the crack of dawn when we spend our working lives wanting just an extra ten minutes in bed, but the closer I get to that age (many years to go yet) it all starts to make sense.


My day always starts with a cuppa then I take the dog for a walk. I really enjoy this time of day when it's still peaceful and quiet. It gives me an opportunity to plan my day and think about what I need to achieve.


7.30am Back to my office to pick up emails and correspondence. E-mails are probably the part of my role I least enjoy, you can't run a hospital from behind a desk in my view but never the less 125 emails or so a day require my attention. I don't have a land line telephone number or a static phone on my desk, I only use my mobile so I'm always available for my staff, external partners, or patients. I encourage my staff to text me as no matter where I am or what I'm doing I can always answer a quick text.

9.00am. Meeting with our global supplier for Minimal Invasive Spinal prosthesis, equipment and instrumentation. We undertake a lot of spinal surgery here at Woodthorpe Hospital and with the many advances in spinal care and surgery I

WedEx (Video Conference Call) with Ramsay Corporate IT Team. Ramsay are investing in a brand new group wide integrated IT system that supports a more collective digital patient record and allows Consultants to update patients progress at the bed site. The new system is due to go live later this year and there is a lot of preparation we need to be doing at hospital level. Engagement with our Consultants and clinical teams is key to ensure we have a smooth transition and that we maximise the benefits the system will bring from day one.

11.15am Daily Huddle! I meet with my Senior Management Team and Departmental Heads every day at 11.15. It's a quick fire meeting, standing only and lasts no more than 30 minutes. We review what happened yesterday, any planned challenges today and anything on the horizon we need to closely manage. Topics may be around an extended stay for a patient, bed occupancy, staffing levels, special surgical cases due in the next few days, planned maintenance and contractors on site, equipment and supplies, reviewing operational performance and any issues raised by patients or compliments received. If there are issues to resolve we are all in the room to agree what needs to be done and we understand the pressures and challenges in each department that we might be able to help with or support.

12.00 Second interview with a candidate for a senior nursing position. I don't tend to get involved with recruitment on the whole, I trust my staff to make the right decisions and I absolutely empower them to run their departments as they see fit. They are the ones closest to the patient and they know what's best for the patient. For senior posts I do like to meet candidates. I always say I look for what a candidate has inside, is this a person with the qualities I would want to see if they were looking after my mum. We can teach most people most things but you often can't change so easily what's inside, ensuring we deliver compassionate care is very important to me.

1.00PM We meet bi-monthly with our patient group. Some of them have been previous patients, carers of patients or members of the public who have shown an interest in our hospital and what we do. They are great fun and we share with them some of the ideas we have around changes tothe hospital building and they have their own agenda where they would like to see us do things differently. They are very honest and will challenge what some of the most ingrained practices in healthcare delivery, but thankfully we usually manage to strike a compromise and it’s great to have a group that really tell you as a patient what they want, which is not always what we think they want.

rather than the traditional NHS route to receive care and treatments. Insured and Self Pay patients benefit from a different healthcare experience, a bit like turning left on the plane instead of right. We also offer services such as weight loss surgery, cosmetic surgery or perhaps intense physiotherapy to help patients recover from an injury.

4.45PM Quick catch up with Matron. I have an amazing Matron at Woodthorpe who is so passionate about the care we provide. The dynamics of managing 'the business' and 'care delivery' can sometimes be difficult but we have absolute loyalty and respect for each other. We challenge each other often and that special relationship makes us a very strong team.

7.00pm Open this evenings GP Education event and say hello to the local GP's. We hold events monthly for GP's to meet Consultants who usually give a presentation on particular conditions or practical skills like suturing. We are very keen to help GP's manage patients locally where they can and save referrals into acute hospitals but on the other side share with them where an early referral to a Consultant may be beneficial to the patient. The events are well attended usually by 35 or so local GP's. The working partnership is good fun and the Consultants really enjoy the interaction with their Primary Care colleagues.

2.00PM Conference call with the architect. We are due to undertake a large refurbishment of the hospital in many areas including out patients, reception, en-suite bedrooms along with the creation of a new Day Surgery Unit, and an additional theatre to accommodate our growth in activity as more and more patients choose us to provide the care they need and a brand new Private Patient facility. We have agreed the initial plans and more detail is now needed to begin to work up the costings and timelines. Hospitals are very busy places and we have a continual upgrade and refurbishment strategy to ensure they remain comfortable and nice places for patients to be.

2.30PM Monthly Contract Review meeting with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) regarding our NHS contract. We do see and treat NHS patients even though we are a private hospital, any patient when needing to see a Consultant in a hospital can ask their GP to refer them to Woodthorpe Hospital. The meeting usually last for a good 90 minutes and the CCG will review how the contract is performing to plan in terms of activity, changes in volumes of referrals to Woodthorpe from GP's, review our delivery and evidence of quality achievements and clinical outcomes for patients, discuss new opportunities and maybe how we might be able to help pilot new services. It's a meeting I look forward to, very challenging but gives us a platform to really share the great care and services we provide at Woodthorpe Hospital.


Back to the desk for more emails and to review a contract for a new service with an external partner.

6.00PM Another quick round of the hospital to see how they are getting on in theatres and the ward. We offer out patient clinic appointments in all specialities most evenings and weekends so this gives me a great opportunity to catch up with some of the Consultants. I always ask them if we are keeping them busy and how are their patients. Consultants will always tell me how it is and give me some great ideas and how we can continually develop and improve all the services and care we offer. Many of the highly experienced Consultants who also work in the NHS choose to spend time at Woodthorpe Hospital both to see NHS patients and their Private Patients which is one of the strengths of Woodthorpe Hospital and makes us very special. After all, the Woodthorpe Hospital has been delivering care to the patients of Nottinghamshire and surrounding counties since 1877.

More emails and preparation for tomorrow. In healthcare there is always a lot to do. I usually leave at about 8.30 but living in Nottingham it's only a short drive. I'll then have my dinner and take the dog for another walk. Its nice that time of night and gives me the opportunity to unwind and relax and reflect on how the day went.

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Weekly meeting with my Business and Marketing Manager to review annual plan. We are a business and a lot of the patients we treat are either insured or wish to pay for their own care so we do have a very comprehensive annual plan and strategy about how we grow our share of this market and how we can tailor new products or services. You would be surprised how many patients enjoy medical insurance with their employers and wish to use this route

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The odds are high that most of the people reading this will develop cataracts... As we get less young it is almost inevitable. NHS and it remains my raison d'être, however there are restrictions on what sort of lenses we can use in the NHS. We are restricted to monofocal lenses which only set you for one distance. We take away your long or short sightedness we allow you to see reasonably clearly without spectacles in the distance but your intermediate and near vision is reliant upon spectacles. NHS cataract surgery is all about giving you good aided vision ie. vision with appropriate spectacles on. There is often residual astigmastism (rugby ball shaped irregularity of the cornea) which makes your vision dependent on spectacle correction.

Sight is precious and we need to preserve it. If you use a search engine and ask the question “what sense would you least like to lose”, eyesight comes top of the list.


When we take a cataract out we replace it with a new lens. If we did not replace the lens then you would require jam jar bottom glasses to see. Not a good look.


We have the opportunity to take away your long or short sightedness by choosing the appropriate lens power to put into your eye. We effectively take the lens power from your spectacles and incorporate it into your intra-ocular lens. This can mean that people who have worn spectacles since they were a child will suddenly be able to walk around without glasses on. People who are “blind as a bat” first thing in the morning will no longer have to reach for their glasses before they can see the day. NHS cataract surgery is great. Patients are really happy and the results are excellent. I became a surgeon to treat my fellow Brits on the

With private care and premium lenses we can go beyond that and really look at giving you a bespoke treatment specifically tailored to your eye. If you have glaucoma we can place a clever stent/tube into the drainage network of the eye at the time of cataract surgery to bring the pressure inside the eye down and potentially get people off some of their drops. We can place incisions on the cornea to get rid of the corneal astigmatism meaning your vision without spectacles is optimal. Even better we can put lenses into the eye itself which are ordered

procedure there are compromises and not every lens is suitable for every patient. New lenses have been developed for those who suffer from macular degeneration that hope to restore some degree of vision by acting as a telescope and diverting some of the light off the scar at the back of the eye. We now have clever computer assisted surgery (as seen on East Midlands Today) which tracks the blood vessels of your eye in real time and projects an image into the microscope used for surgery to tell me exactly where to place the incisions and how to place the lens to deliver the best possible vision. This computer assisted cataract surgery is now available for both NHS and private patients at Circle Nottingham. The only place in the midlands to offer this. I consider it an honour and a privilege that people trust me with their eyes. Why should they trust me? I have published three text books on eyes, two novels (Coercion available on Amazon is the best one), published more than 35 pieces in the world literature, undertake more than 1600 cataract procedures per year and also have a Masters in Medical Law. Most importantly I have a higher qualification specifically in Cataract & Refractive Surgery above and beyond ordinary Consultant training meaning I am especially skilled and trained in the premium lenses I offer my patients. It is an exciting time for cataract surgery and we are pushing the boundaries of technology all the time. I hope to remain at the forefront of that and deliver the best for my patients always.

specifically for you based on your eye measurements and correct your corneal astigmatism from within. If you want good distance, near and intermediate vision then there are premium lenses that can offer you the chance of it. Spectacle independence is within reach. We do not always achieve it and with every clever

Surgery available for both Private and NHS Patients at the Circle Hospital Nottingham (on the QMC Campus) Call Circle Private Patients on 0115 772 2058 / 0116 4422081 Or call Circle Private Patients on 0115 924 8446 Email:


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Escape To Eden Hall - Spa Day

Next, we sat down to enjoy a fantastic 3 course lunch, with the added option to visit the fully loaded buffet, stocked with a great array of pasta, cheeses, smoked salmon, salad and much more. After a little over indulgence at lunch, we made our way to the visitor favourite Slumber Lounge, and drifted off for a little snooze in the tranquil ambience of the secluded area. Large beds and sleep pods are dotted around the softly lit lounge where silence is an absolute must; you can treat yourself to a little nap or even just relax with a book.

City Magazine sent Keeley Bowker to de stress and experience a Spa Day at Eden Hall.

Even with a chill in the air that had me pulling my jacket tight, I found myself wanting to take my time and walk around the absolutely stunning grounds of Eden Hall; before I’d even stepped foot inside, all bothersome thoughts of work and other daily stresses were quietly slipping away as I admired the beautiful building in front of me. We were greeted with warm herbal tea and even warmer smiles, soon helping us forget the cold outside, as we were immediately checked in and provided with an itinerary for the day, including lunch times and prebooked treatments.


After heading to the rather luxurious changing rooms and adorning our fluffy robes, we made our way to the spacious conservatory, where I was very happy to find a peaceful view of the grounds I’d become


so fond of. Once settled on one of the dangerously comfortable soft cushion sofas, we enjoyed a delicious light breakfast of expertly prepared eggs benedict and coffees. We soon set off for the Spa itself, to take advantage of the multitude of luxury facilities, including the saltwater vitality swimming pool, the sauna, and my personal favourite, the rose infused steam room. After making our way around the spa rooms, and maybe revisiting a few of our favourites, we went on a small adventure, exploring the rest of the enormous building to see what else was on offer at Eden Hall; we found a fully equipped gym with entirely up to date and modern facilities and multiple fitness classes available, for those who like to stay active during their spa visits.

After waking up, feeling so blissful that I could have hardly told you what stress even meant, it was time to go for my treatment. I was led through to the beautifully serene treatment room where I enjoyed a 40 minute sweet honey back treatment, which left my skin feeling so incredibly soft and fresh. After my treatment, I was taken to the relaxation lounge where I enjoyed a little more quiet time, reflecting on the honestly wonderful day I’d had. Eden Hall Spa really does offer an incredible escape from the usual grind, after just one day I felt superbly relaxed, pampered and entirely spoilt; I plan to make my way back to the Spa soon, and we recommend you do too! For more information on the spa facilities, packages and treatments, visit the website,, and treat yourself!

Escape To a Boutique Bolt Hole At City Life & County Living Magazine we know how stressful life can be. Nowadays, it seems everyone is too busy juggling their careers, families and friends that it’s all too easy to forget to lavish some care and attention on yourself, too. If your diary is whimpering in protest and your calendar is exhausted it’s definitely time to take some time out from your life. A night (or preferably two or three) in a luxury boutique hotel bolthole can be the perfect, short but sweet tonic to relax your mind and energise your spirits. We have kindly done the research for you and investigated the best the UK has to offer...

The Olde Bell


The Scarlet

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The White Swan



The White Swan Pickering, North Yorkshire Moors Always considered one of Yorkshire’s leading inns, The White Swan has undergone a quietly stylish metamorphosis. Situated in the market town of Pickering, on the fringes of the breath-taking North Yorkshire Moors, The White Swan is a haven of rest and relaxation for guests grown weary of their hectic lives. Whether you stay in one of its Vintage Rooms in the main hotel, or in one of The Hideaway Rooms in the converted stables, nothing has been spared to create an atmosphere of indulgence. Décor is understated but sophisticated, with muted colours and snowy-white bed linens. Pillows are plump, toiletries are decadent and bathrooms are sparkling. Each room has its own individual theme, and you can take your pick from wet-room showers, or opulent baths big enough for two. Home-made biscuits and fresh mineral water welcome your arrival. If you can bear to drag yourself from your room, the food is second to none. The chefs greedily help themselves to the very finest ingredients that Yorkshire’s magnificent larder has to offer, and pretty much everything is home-made, from ice-cream to chutneys to bread. The White Swan makes perfection appear effortless.

The Scarlet Mawgan Porth, Cornwall The Scarlet is the ideal bolt hole for those who want their luxury, but don’t want to compromise their eco-friendly beliefs. This hotel has been created to provide a playground for adults who want to relax, dream and escape. Rooms are contemporary cool, many with dizzying sea-scape views, so you can lounge in bed whilst watching the surf crash onto the sands. As always, the emphasis here is on natural, sustainable products but that certainly doesn’t stop the fabrics being sensuous, and the toiletries sublime. Furniture is design-led and quirky. The hotel has a spa, but not just any spa, this is something dramatically different. Log-fired hottubs allow you to star-gaze and individual, tented cocoon pods allow you to drift away after your Ayurvedic treatment. Daytime food is simple but robust, with menus showcasing only the freshest produce that Cornwall has to offer. Evening dining gets a shot of glamour, with food being served on the cliff-edge terrace on balmy nights. Every boutique hotel likes to think it is individual, but The Scarlet is truly like nowhere else you have stayed. A visit to The Scarlet is soothing to the soul.

The Olde Bell Hurley, Berkshire


This ancient coaching inn has benefited from a delicious refurbishment, at the clever hands of Ilse Crawford – the designer responsible for SoHo House, New York, no less. Parts of The Olde Bell date back to the twelfth century, so there are nooks and crannies galore – but there is absolutely nothing dated about the interiors. Stylish, contemporary touches abound, from free WiFi everywhere, to rainforest showers in many of the bathrooms. Bedrooms are furnished in rustic-chic, with flagged floors, exposed beams, impressive claw-foot baths and soft woollen blankets on the vast beds. The colours are organic and welcoming, and the atmosphere is comforting. The food here is creative and fresh, and the portions are generous. The kitchen’s award winning chefs constantly strive hard to prepare menus that thoughtfully reflect the best of local produce. If you’re heading out and about, a splendid home-made picnic is available for guests. If all this luxury isn’t enough, in-room beauty treatments are available, or perhaps you’d prefer a game of tennis in the beautiful walled garden? Storybook-pretty walks, along the River Thames are just a stroll away. The Olde Bell embraces you with open arms.

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The George Rye, East Sussex One of the best boutique hotels on the south coast, The George is the blue-print for every aspiring, luxury bolt-hole. The building actually dates from 1575, but the interiors are cool, calm and collected with an intriguing mix of antique and contemporary furnishings. One of the owners, Katie, used to be a props buyer for the film industry and her great visual taste is evident everywhere you look. Each room has its own individual theme, but the sense of smooth sophistication lingers in every corner. Flat screen TVs, designer fabrics, custom-chrome power showers and Aveda products combine to make you feel sleek and pampered. Pillows and beds are cloud-soft and enticing. The hotel bar has an effervescent buzz, while the restaurant is a foodie’s delight – with a Mediterranean influenced menu that changes every day, but always remains exciting. Most of the fish on offer will have been caught that same day by the trawlers of Rye Bay, so it just doesn’t come any fresher than this. The George makes a supremely confident style statement that is impossible to ignore.

Brindleys Bath, Somerset Brindleys is the latest boutique bolt-hole to appear in Bath’s vibrant city, and recently voted by The Times as ‘The coolest place to stay in the UK’ which is a damned impressive accolade. Family owned, and with a pain-staking attention to detail, everything here is exquisite, and only the best of the best will do. Staying at Brindleys, is just like staying with your best friend – assuming that your best friend lives in an eye-wateringly elegant house, with country-chic French furniture, fresh flowers everywhere and hedonistic bathrooms filled to the brim with REN toiletries. The colour scheme here is neutral and tasteful, and the atmosphere is inviting and airy, with light flooding into every room. The beds are so comfortable and all-enveloping that there’s every chance you might not get up all day. There is no evening dining as yet, but the breakfasts are everything to be sniffed at, with delicious local bacon, organic eggs and fresh, buttery croissants to tempt your senses. The whole of Bath lies glittering on the hotel’s door-step, with a huge choice of fine dining, casual bistros, theatres, galleries and enough shopping to make your credit card melt. Brindleys is a beautiful antidote to a busy life.

The Macdonald Randolph Hotel Oxford, Oxfordshire Positioned in the very centre of this iconic, university town, The Macdonald Randolph offers guests 5 star luxury. Behind the traditional façade of this landmark building, the interiors are fiercely stylish with a cool fusion of antique furniture with a contemporary twist. Bedrooms are indulgently tricked out with fluffy robes, crisp cottons and custom-made mattresses. Bathrooms are pristine and perfectly presented, with Molton Brown providing the toiletries. For a night of added romance, choose a room with a stunning, canopied bed. The public rooms are grand and atmospheric, and fans of TV’s Inspector Morse will instantly recognise the hotel bar, which played the part of the character’s favourite watering-hole. The restaurant is generally considered one of Oxford’s finest, and has won an embarrassing amount of awards over the years. Walking in the footsteps of some notable past guests, including former presidents and film stars, our expectations were high and gladly met. We were treated to a high standard of service as soon as we stepped through the doors, from the doorman, the reception staff and in particular, we would like to give an extra mention to Guiseppe, the humorous maître d’ who, in addition to serving an exquisite meal, regaled us with some anecdotal stories from his and the hotel’s past. The meal was preceded with Champagne cocktails in the famous Morse Bar, the setting for the popular TV series. Our stay included a visit to the spa, a relaxing retreat away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford City Centre, with a full menu of treatments on offer. We can certainly recommend the hot stone massage to ease away the strain of a busy day shopping. Surrounded by literary history, the Macdonald Randolph is the perfect venue if you are visiting Oxford, perfectly located, elegant dining room, courteous and friendly staff, comfortable to plush rooms and of course the famous bar.


Home Interiors


MartinMark Design are a Nottingham based interior design duo who create bold, stylish interiors with a clean aesthetic for modern everyday living. Working together, Martin Holland (winner of BBC2 series, The Great Interior Design Challenge 2015) and Mark Walters (professional set and costume designer) create schemes that reflect clients tastes and needs but go beyond expectations, believing that well designed spaces should be for everyone to live in and enjoy. In the next few issues of City Life, MartinMark Design will be on hand to answer all your style dilemmas. Drop us an email at: or tweet @CityLifeNotts to have your questions and answers answered in the next issue. Q. Our Lounge is lacking in natural light and the heavy curtains seem dark and oppressive as summer approaches. We’ve considered blinds, but worry this will seem cold and invade our privacy. What would you recommend? The clocks have gone back and the evenings are getting brighter - it’s time to let the light in. Think about swapping heavy lined winter curtains for a softer, lighter fabric, that allows daylight to seep through. Sheers, delicate linens and soft cottons all help to achieve this breezy look and don’t need to cost the earth. When the winter months return, you can simply change back to your old curtains. Remember, sheer fabrics mean the windows are more visible so make sure they’re looking their best!

Bring the outdoors in with a terrarium, filled with a range of hardy succulents in various shades of rich green. They’re incredibly low maintenance, low cost and add year round

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Q. I often burn scented candles but struggle to find good quality ones which release a lasting fragrance and offer unusual scents other than the obvious such as Vanilla. Any thoughts? A good quality, lasting room fragrance can uplift any space, adding instant depth and character. As summer is approaching, think fresh zesty scents. We love Willow and Honey’s Lemon Leaf and Amber scented soy wax candles. (www.willowandhoney. They’re 100% natural and clean burning soy wax, meaning they burn for longer and are non-toxic making them better for the environment.

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Q. Our study is a mish mash of wires and cables which make it look messy. We’re currently updating the space and want to know if there are any products out there to clear them away without the usual cable ties and plastic ducting? Too many visible cables and wires make a space look cluttered and untidy whilst harboring dust and dirt. Make sure your home office is neat and organised with a simple box tidy to hide extension cables and plugs. The Bosign Hideaway Cable Box is the perfect solution and it comes in a range of finishes including marble for the design conscious who want to be bang on trend in 2016. (

Bosign Hideaway Cable Box


Q. I love keeping plants at home, but work away for long periods of time so it’s proving difficult to keep them alive. Any ideas on how I can add greenery indoors that don’t require lots of maintenance and isn’t fake?

colour to any home environment. They look pretty stylish too! Try the Urban Botanist ( for unusual and quirky styles.


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Artisan goods and the designer makers who produce them is a hot topic in the world of interior design. The mass produced offerings from the high street will always have their place, but the consumer demand for independents and emerging talents offering something different is strong. People are looking for unique pieces with outstanding quality to furnish and decorate their homes. Question is, where to find them?


The answer is right on your doorstep! Everything from furniture and ceramics, to glassware and fabrics, the Midlands is a veritable treasure trove brimming with talented designers, hand crafting wares and redefining the luxury interiors market.


Over the next few issues MartinMark Design will be showcasing the crème de la crème of artisans local to the Midlands, these are too good not to share.

A curious case in the midlands… Art critic John Ruskin once wrote “Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.” Luxury lighting designer Esther Patterson is no exception to this. Following the completion of her Decorative

Arts degree in 2009 at Nottingham Trent University, the passionate Derbyshire based designer quickly set to work on her first collection of hand blown glass pendant lights. Curiousa & Curiousa was born. Six successful years on and counting Liberty London as an exclusive retailer, things are a little different for Esther. With a string of coveted awards including the ‘Elle Decoration Approval’, ‘British Design Award’ and ‘Dulux Colour Award’ under her belt, Esther has been acknowledged as one of the pioneers of a new movement in lighting - part of a wave of fresh and innovative businesses that are carrying the banner high for independent British design originating from the Midlands. As the business has grown, the desire to remain true to its traditional roots is stronger than ever, bespoke being the

order of the day, with a focus on quality and individuality. The company invests in top local craftsmanship, using the centuries old technique of free blowing glass - art and science woven together to create luxuriant, richly coloured glass - all in the beautiful setting of Wirksworth. Esther’s heart remains in Derbyshire, with the countryside as a constant source of inspiration. As with all true artisans, she prides herself in her ability to buck the trend and embrace her own individual style, choosing not to follow the latest fashions. In her own words, “keeping too close to a trend means you’ll never truly stand out”. We couldn’t agree more! With a showroom opening (May 19th) in London and a vibrant summer range of lights just released, now is the perfect time to check them out! We’ve got our eye on the ‘gobstopper’!




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Malmo White Rattan Ceiling Light £105.00,

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Country Wicker Basket Glass Flower Vase £12.99,

Kumpa Rattan Round Mirror £36.99,

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Jungle Fever

The trend for tropical botanicals has been firmly cemented in the interiors look book for S/S 2016 with this jungle inspired style adorning everything from wallpaper and fabrics to furniture, lighting and accessories. It’s a bold, vibrant look and requires a confidence to be carried off with aplomb. We’re not talking full on Carmen Miranda here! For this style to work, it needs less garish and more glam. Think Palm Springs meets Miami with a dash of kitsch for added humour. We’ve put together a MartinMark Design tropical look book, to help you create a stylish indoor oasis this summer.

Exotic Kentia Indoor Palm £31.00,

Seletti Monkey Light £210.00, Amara


Bamboo and Marble Drinks Trolley £395.00, Oliver Bonas


Concertina Ceramic Dusky Pink Vase £55.00, The Grey Goose Pitaya Rattan Armchair £199.90, Maisons du Monde


Lab Pendant and Table Lamp from £169.00,

Tohuku Maize Yellow Cushion £48.00,

Iceberg 2/ 3 Seater Vintage Sofa £369.00, Maisons du Monde

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Shake Sideboard, £2,800.00, Sebastian Cox

Large Stockholm Rug £280.00, Ikea

Pampas Wallpaper £128.00 per roll, House of Hackney






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Keepers Lodge Kingston Hall Park, Kingston On Soar, Nottinghamshire NG11 0DH

£675,000 (offers around)




• Five bedrooms with 2 en-suites • Three reception rooms • Clive Christian Kitchen and Utitlity • Grand Dining Hall • Landscaped Gardens • Double Garage • Wine Cellar • Private Wood Copse • Rural Location

Location Kingston On Soar is a small village located just 10 minutes from Nottingham City Centre, on the edge of the Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire border. The village offers access to Midland Main Line rail links from East Midlands Parkway and the newly completed A453 and also has easy access to the M1 and Est Midlands Airport. Directions From Nottingham City Centre head out towards Clifton and the A453. Proceed past Nottingham University Clifton Campus until the next roundabout then take the next left signposted to Gotham. Continue through the village taking the next right onto Kegworth Lane. Take the first turning on the left hand side denoted Private Drive - No Entrance into the Kingston Hall estate. Proceed along the road on the fields edge and the gates to Keepers Lodge is located on the right. Proceed through the gates and along the driveway until you reach the property. Description Keepers Lodge is a renovated and substantially extended Game Keepers residence that is located within the grounds and gardens of the grade 11 listed Kingston Hall. The situation is private and idyllic with beautiful surrounding rural countryside.

The reception dining hall has oak wood floor and oak turned staircase ascending to the first floor accommodation. An impressive drawing room has a focal Victorian fireplace, views out over the front garden with stone paved patio area with access through double arched French doors.

A bespoke fitted Clive Christian kitchen with a range of wall and base units, including illuminated glass display cabinets. Granite work surface with integral oven, dishwasher and Neff Hob. French arched doors lead out to the entrance pathway. A utility roo appointed with Clive Christian units offers a useful pantry room and doors lead off into a double garage with exposed brick wine cellar. The first floor accommodation comprises five bedrooms, two with en suites and a further family bathroom. The oak turned staircase ascends to an open landing with access out to the rear of the property. The master bedroom has a spacious en suite bathroom with shower attachment, W.C, and hand wash basin with heated towel rail. there is also access off the bedroom to a terrace balcony overlooking the front garden. The 2nd bedroom has a double aspect to the front gardens and rear elevation. An en suite shower room with W.C and hand wash basin. There are 3 further bedroom, two overlook the front garden and one to the rear. The gardens and grounds are beautifully landscaped and maintained with tree lined approach and private mature borders. The main lawn garden has been relaid and ornate flower and herbaceous bedding plants adorn the edge of this garden. A summer house with paved patio areas and a small wood copse is floodlit and an ideal play area for children.

Enquiries: Chewton Rose T: 0115 981 4509


The approach to the residence has recently been re landscaped with newly laid lawn and manicured front gardens. The entrance can be accessed through arched French doors into the grand main reception hall, drawing room and kitchen/breakfast room.

Off the dining hall is a cloakroom with W.C, hand wash basin with vanity unit and further storage.


Out&About with City Life & County Living Magazine

RSViP Business Network Social at Harts Hotel, Nottingham It was a hugely successful start to 2016 for RSViP with their first Business Network Social of the year being hosted by popular boutique hotel Harts. Over one hundred business owners and representatives were in attendance to enjoy Champagne, scrumptious canapĂŠs and relaxed networking upstairs in the private function room. Exhibitors included Nottingham Woodthorpe Hospital, Just For Tummies who handed out free samples of their home brewed 'Tummy Tea' and Premier Limo's, who showcased their amazing limo outside the venue, offering guests the chance to sit inside and enjoy a glass of bubbly! Photography by Louise

RSViP Business Network Social at Lace Market Hotel, Nottingham RSViP were excited to gather together at the brand newly refurbished and reopened Lace Market Hotel in the centre of Nottingham, which is now being who gave a warm welcome to all who attended. James Vyse and the Saint Bar team created a delicious Rum based punch and a Gin based cocktail for guests to enjoy during the evening and relaxed networking took place amongst a handpicked selection of business professionals. Exhibitors included Your HR Lawyer and Galleries of Justice.


Photography by Louise Mills


Business Directory This is a snapshot of just some of the amazing businesses who are part of the RSViP Network, collectively committed to maintaining the highest levels of customer service and are extremely passionate about their businesses. They therefore come highly recommended by RSViP and City Life Magazine.

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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The Range Rover Evoque Convertible is the world's first luxury compact SUV convertible and the first ever convertible production Range Rover.

SE Dynamic or HSE Dynamic specification. In both cases, the convertible features a deeper, more aggressive front bumper with enlarged air intakes and slimline LED fog lights (HSE Dynamic only). Body-coloured side skirts visually lower the vehicle while the dynamic rear bumper houses distinctive twin exhaust outlets.

Land Rover designers have retained Evoque's bold and progressive exterior design with the convertible roof system either open or closed. A sophisticated fabric roof with tension-bow architecture creates a crisply defined silhouette that remains faithful to the original design, while the Z-fold mechanism folds flush with the rear bodywork for a sleek, uncluttered appearance. New frameless doors have been developed to ensure a clean profile when lowered.

A dynamic front grille with enlarged geometric mesh area, vent surrounds and a selection of 11 alloy wheel designs and finishes, ranging from 17to 20-inches adds further design differentiation.

Underlining Evoque Convertible's position at the top-of-the-range, customers can choose from luxurious

SE Dynamic specification includes Brunel Silver fender and (optional) bonnet vents, grille and fog light surrounds. HSE Dynamic models are differentiated by premium Narvik Black components and gloss-black bonnet vents for an even more purposeful appearance. Both receive a Corris Grey front tow-eye cover.

At night, an eye-catching puddle-lamp graphic is projected from the base of the door mirrors. Uniquely featuring an outline of Evoque Convertible, the puddle lamps illuminate the ground around both front doors for maximum convenience and a highly distinctive appearance. Despite appearing identical to Evoque coupĂŠ below the glasshouse, the bodywork behind the front doors has been substantially re-engineered to accommodate the stowed roof mechanism. The upper portions of the rear fenders have been carefully redesigned to seamlessly integrate with Evoque Convertible's packaging requirements, while an all-new tailgate and spoiler have been designed. The rear spoiler houses the LED stoplight and optimises aerodynamics to improve handling. The innovative hinge mechanism allows for a larger tailgate aperture, providing exceptional versatility.


EXPECTED RESULTS Model: TD4 4WD Engine: 1998cc Power: 180PS 0-62mph: 10.3 secs Top Speed: 121mph

Land Rover's designers carefully evaluated all possible convertible roof systems before opting for a sophisticated Z-fold fabric roof from Webasto, the world leaders in automotive convertible roof systems. Featuring tension bow architecture to complement Evoque's crisply defined proportions, a flush-fitting heated glass rear window complements the luxurious acoustic insulation for maximum refinement. Evoque Convertible's roof system lowers in just 18 seconds and rises in 21 seconds when the roof button on the centre console is pressed.

Significant chassis bracings support the unique load casings of a convertible model, ensure comparable torsional rigidity versus the coupĂŠ model. This ensures an on-road driving experience comparable with the hard top model and a vehicle every bit as capable as existing Evoque derivatives. Tested in the same off-road environments and to the same high standards as all Land Rover vehicles. Punishing tests included loading Evoque Convertible to its maximum gross vehicle weight and negotiating the toughest off-road terrain designed

to subject the chassis to immense twisting forces. Evoque Convertible passed all procedures and, as a result, achieves similarly outstanding off-road performance to existing Evoque Dynamic derivatives. Evoque Convertible can wade through water to a depth of 500mm, an invaluable benefit in off-road situations and when roads are flooded. Relaying information from sensors in the door mirrors, the Wade Sensing™ feature informs the driver of the water depth with a visual display on the vehicle's 10.2-inch touchscreen and an audible tone that increases as the depth rises. The driver can see both the current depth of the water along with how much deeper the car can safely wade; this proves particularly invaluable during poor visibility. The Evoque Convertible is available with Land Rover's full suite of lightweight all-aluminium four-cylinder engines.


The Range Rover Evoque Convertible features a spacious and contemporary four-seat interior defined by luxury materials and soft-touch surfaces. The strikingly minimalist dashboard architecture juxtaposes the bold horizontal sweep of the instrument panel with the dynamic vertical rake of the centre console.

Engineered to meet the very highest standards for which Land Rover is world-renowned. Safety, all-terrain capability, and Range Rover's exceptionally high levels of refinement have all been thoroughly proven with a rigorous development regime conducted on public roads and test facilities throughout the world.


HONDA NSX...The Return Of A Legend


To bring back the legendary NSX Honda’s global development team has innovated in the critical, timeless areas of frame and aerodynamics in addition to tirelessly refining its key advanced technology - the stateof-the-art hybrid power unit. The NSX has many innovative components, but the basic recipe is simple: timeless sports car values blended perfectly with advanced technologies that deliver a new sports experience.


Like the original, the 2017 NSX is a two-door coupe with seating for two. The latest version of the NSX also has a V6 engine in the middle, but that's where the similarities stop. Whereas the original used a transversely-mounted, naturallyaspirated V6 -- much like the NSX concept from 2012 -- the newest version of Honda's supercar relies on a

longitudinally-positioned 3.5L V6 aided by a pair of turbochargers.

engineers worked tirelessly to divert passing air through the NSX.

Honda has also added a total of three electric motors -- a pair at the front axle and another integrated into the NSX's nine-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Those electric motors are powered by a battery pack sandwiched between the NSX's passenger cell and engine compartment.

Although it was designed with performance in mind, the NSX wasn't penned devoid of aesthetics. The front end shares a clear resemblance to the rest of the Honda lineup, including the first application of the brand's jeweled headlight treatment.

On its own, the gas engine is good for 500 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. The electric motors bump the NSX's total output to 573 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque. The NSX doesn't have a dedicated EV mode, but it's capable of battery-only operation at low speeds for distance up to about 1.5 miles. The NSX has all the typical styling hallmarks of a high-end sports car, but there is a lot more technical stuff going on than meets the eye. Rather than just channeling air around the car,

Seats in the NSX are comfortable -even by luxury car standards -- and there is plenty of head and leg-room for those north of the six-foot mark. Outward visibility -- a hallmark of the original NSX -- remains a strongpoint for the 2017 NSX thanks to an expansive windshield and a rear window that is large for a mid-engined car. Even the NSX's trunk is large enough to swallow a couple of bags or even a full set of golf clubs. With the NSX's Track mode engaged, if you press the long pedal the NSX accelerates like a rocket. The electric


EXPECTED RESULTS Model: NSX Engine: 3.5-litre Twin Turbo Power: 573bhp 0-62mph: 3.0 secs (est) Top Speed: 191mph

motor integrated into the NSX's transmission automatically engages on takeoff, eliminating any sensation of turbo lag. And with both turbos fully spooled, the NSX can really move. The NSX's accelerator pedal actually has a built in "step" point for fully activating the twin electric motors at the front end. Push the pedal past that clicking point and the NSX' entire hybrid system works in tandem to shoot you to the horizon line as quickly as possible. 0-60 figures are predicted to be in the low 3-second range.

The NSX's nine-speed transmission works well in either its automatic or manual settings. But truth be told, he NSX is so technically advanced that it's just best to leave it to its own devices in automatic mode. Although the NSX is track-capable right out of the box, it was really designed with street use in mind. And out on the roads of the real world, it really shines. Rather than thinking of the NSX as a full-on supercar, think of the NSX as a super grand touring car -- fast, but with plenty of space and comfort. When you just want to cruise around town, flip the NSX's dial to Quiet mode and it will loaf around silently. Sport mode livens up the NSX's drivetrain, but keeps the active exhaust

flaps mostly closed, so the car's cabin isn't flooded with engine noise. Sport+ prods the NSX's powertrain a little more, while also livening up the car's suspension and steering. With Sport+ mode engaged and a winding mountain road ahead, the NSX really comes into its own. The AWD system instills loads of confidence while the NSX's torque vectoring seems to bend the laws of physics -- tight turns are no match for this car. In a world flush with supercar options, the NSX manages to carve out its own unique niche. Although not as impassioned as some of its European counterparts, the NSX brings to the table a (comparatively) affordable hybrid drivetrain and the kind of space, comfort and reliability that makes for an everyday supercar. Pricing starts at ÂŁ130,000 and deliveries expected to start Autumn 2016.


The NSX is equipped with torque vectoring systems at both ends, which really helps in the corners. At the rear axle the NSX is cable of braking the inside wheel, while the electric motors up front are cable of apply negative force to one wheel and positive force to the other. The end result of that electronic wizardry is a car that is extremely easy to hustle through tight turns.

The NSX's optional carbon ceramic brakes haul the nearly two-ton supercar down from speed with ease.


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