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JUNE CONTENTS 07
The latest news and events from around the region.
Holidays & Travel Short flights to hip n’ hot European destinations.
John Taylor Exclusive interview with Duran Duran bass guitarist.
This month’s must-have gadgets for your home.
Out & About
Southport rebrands itself as a chic seaside destination..
The Last Word
The editor’s word is final.
Parents & Children
Top tips for an easier life.
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Exclusive interview with one of the world’s top perfume experts.
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NEWS & EVENTS
Go Superlambananas! More than 100 different sized replicas of Superlambananas are to form one of the zaniest and most spectacular forms of public art around Liverpool. The invasion of Superlambananas was inspired by a Japanese artist, Taro Chiezo, whose first models stand guard outside the Liverpool John Moores. The inspiration behind the original sculpture was to warn of the dangers of genetic engineering and to symbolize the playful spirit of Liverpool. Local artists and designers have come up with designs for artwork on the Superlambananas, with the works on display for 10 weeks from June 16th. Go Superlambananas celebrates all of Liverpool’s communities and see the streets, parks, neighborhoods and public spaces of Liverpool transformed into an open air, free to view visual explosion of colourful stories, art and creativity. Each artist whose work was chosen was paid an honorarium of £750.00. The event will take place over the ten-week period from 16th June to 25th August 2008 and is expected to attract thousands of visitors as well as encourage residents to become ‘tourists in their own city’. After the event many of the Superlambananas will be auctioned with 75% of the proceeds going to the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal for 2008/9.
Macmillan and Most Haunted Ghost Tours gain exclusive access to old Liverpool slave house On Sunday 17 August Macmillan Cancer Support and Most Haunted Ghost Tours presents an exclusive access to one of Liverpool’s most haunted and historical locations to raise money for local people affected by cancer. For year’s paranormal groups have enquired, but not gained, access to this location but for one night only we will be raising funds for a Macmillan Cancer Support while investigating Liverpool’s slavery past at The Masque Theatre (The Barfly) on Seel Street which has a terrible and bloody history. The past owners were considered the largest independent transporters of slaves to this country. While others filled their ships with 500 slaves he decided that 700 would be the minimum he could and would carry. These poor souls were then held in this location to be later sold. Many perished here and were never released from this awful place. Like so many business men of the day he liked to show his wealth and had his own theatre built within this building. The history of theatre changes from an entertainment area in time to being used as an operating theatre and school for medical research. Although this does not leave a paranormal energy to investigate one lady does walk the theatre that unfortunately had not passed on when the research and exploration on her body began. Children have been seen on many occasions in this building on all of the three floors. Tracey Morgan, Community Fundraiser for Macmillan, said “We are really excited and privileged to get access to this venue and medium James Griffiths, it’s a really unique way of raising money for Macmillan and a great night for anyone interested involved in the paranormal”. One of the leading cancer charities, Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer by providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. In the Merseyside area Macmillan fund over 37 nurses and specialist health care professionals, along with a Benefits Advisor at the Liverpool Cancer Support Centre to help people living with cancer access financial support. They also gave out over £400,000 in grants to people living with cancer in Merseyside in 2007. The night includes Most Haunted Ghost Tours investigations, an introduction to ghost hunting, refreshments, a tour of the building with psychic mediums, team dowsing workshop and demonstration of equipment, group vigils and séance in active areas. Tickets are £40, to book please phone Tracey Morgan on 01925 846751 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
News An artist’s impression shows the broad design for the new bridge. (The approved scheme has since seen some minor changes to the ramp on the eastern side.)
NEWS & EVENTS
BRIEF NEWS SEASIDE FUN Come down to Lifeboat Road, Formby and take part in a variety of environmental crafts and activities. 11-4pm in the Events Field, down Lifeboat Road, Formby on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June
Plans for iconic canal bridge in Litherland get green light from councillors Sefton’s Planning Committee approved proposals for an impressive new bridge to replace the outdated structure at the far end of Pennington Road. The scheme is being funded through European Objective 1 and the Housing Market Renewal Initiative and will form a centre piece for a new canalside ‘urban village’ being developed through a partnership between the council and local developers. The existing bridge does not meet modern access standards and the new structure will restore a safe and high quality link for the local community. A replacement bus service will be in place to help local children during the construction process. Councillor Ian Moncur, chair of Sefton’s planning committee, said: “This attractive new bridge will be a genuine addition to the local area and will form an attractive gateway to the new canalside developments. There was a real interest in the design competition and we feel this has produced a proposal of a very high quality.
FANTASTIC FLOWER SHOW Come and see the profusion of beautiful flowers on the meadow. The Rangers will point them out, hopefully including several orchids; Southern Marsh, Spotted and Bee! Meet at the Gorsey Lane entrance to Rimrose Valley Country Park, Netherton,10am, Saturday 21 June Booking essential, please call us on 0151 934 2967
“The new bridge replaces an outdated facility, and will improve access for the whole community particularly wheelchair users and people with prams.”
AFRICA OYe One of the biggest free African music festival, Africa OYe takes place at Sefton Park on 21-22 June. You will find African-Caribbean, Cajun, Creole, Brazilian, Mediterranean and North African cuisine. There’ll also be fruit smoothies and juices, Fairtrade tea, coffee and chocolate, art, music, books, crafts, fashion and textiles. Pplus puppetry, beadwork, henna art, colour hair braiding, face painting and plenty of entertainment to keep you occupied all day. Visit http://www.africaoye.com for more information
KITES OVER THE MERSEY Spectacular international kite festival, 7 -8 June ,11am - 4pm at The Dips, New Brighton. Free admission Children can participate in kite workshops for only £1, as well as enter their teddy bear into the Teddy Drop. Contact Chris Higgins on 0151 666 3188 for more information
NEWS & EVENTS
RECORD CROWDS FLOCKING TO CULTURE CITY Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture celebrations are building momentum and have broken the 3 million barrier In the first four months of ‘08, latest figures show more than 2.75 million people attended a cultural event or venue across the city – a staggering 25% up on 2007, with some recording more than 50% growth. Since January 1 Liverpool’s award winning tourist information centres (The ‘08 place, Albert Dock and John Lennon airport) had more than 180,000 visitors with enquires up over 70% on last year. The city is also receiving unprecedented media coverage. It has already hosted over 600 journalists, with more than 4,200 articles in UK print media alone - including rave reviews of ‘08 artistic productions. Liverpool ‘08 is also generating extensive international print and broadcast coverage in titles such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Le Figaro, Stern Magazine, National Geographic, Sydney Morning Herald and Kuwait Times. Bryan Gray, chairman of Liverpool Culture Company, said: ‘’The impact of Capital of Culture is having an impact on our cultural and tourism sectors in a way that few if any previous culture cities have experienced. To have these figures at this stage of the year is truly amazing and surpasses all our expectations.’’ More than 350 events, many of them free, are being staged for the city’s 08 celebrations. Other blockbusters still to come include the Liverpool Sound concert at Anfield on June 1, Go Superlambananas from June 16-August 25, The Tall Ships Races on July 18-21 and the MTV Europe Music Awards in November. Phil Redmond, Creative Director of Liverpool Culture Company, said: ‘’These figures are a huge vote of confidence in our ‘08 programme and proves that people want to be – and are - at the heart of the city’s cultural offering. With so much on offer there’s no excuse for not being part of the year – and I’m delighted people have got the message.”
LIVERPOOL ‘08 CULTURAL VISITORS: Below are visitor records for 20 selected cultural events/attractions from January 1 - April 30 2008 (% comparison to 07): National Museums Liverpool – 768,799 visitors (up 28%) NOTE: The Merseyside Maritime Museum is up 57% on ’07 with 240,257 visitors Tate Liverpool - 234,958 (up 53.5%) Empire Theatre – 193,044 (up 19%) Anglican Cathedral – 148,644 (up 33%) FACT – 132,145 (up 10%) Arena & Convention Centre – 128,450 (n/a) 08 Place – 104,395 (up 60%) Metropolitan Cathedral - 70,491 (up 27.5%) to March 31 Liverpool Philharmonic – 84,261 (*sales up 17%) The Bluecoat – 81,200 (n/a) - venue opened on March 15 2008) The Cavern – 80,600 (up 11%) Royal Court - 63,563 (up 55%) Beatles Story – 57,339 (up 27%) LFC Museum – 58,063 (up 33%) St George’s Hall – 45,173 (n/a) The People’s Opening - 40,000 (n/a) Everyman & Playhouse – 36,000 (up 33%) Sefton Park Palm House - 25,348 (up 25%) Chinese New Year – 23,000 – (up 40%) Yellow Duckmarine Tour – 19,155 (up 41%) Photographs courtesy of Steve Collinson
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JOHN TAYLOR, ‘80s POP CULTURE LEGEND AND BASS GUITARIST WITH DURAN DURAN In an exclusive interview with Amanda Moss
John Taylor has a reputation for being a wild boy. He’s notorious...
PHOTO COURTESY OF STEPHANIE PISTEL
at The Echo Arena in July as part of The Summer PHOTO COURTESY OF STEPHANIE PISTEL
Pops festival. “ I can’t wait to come to Liverpool, it is a really
PHOTO COURTESY OF STEPHANIE PISTEL
ho hasn’t heard of Duran Duran?
entirely different extended performances of their
important city or me,“ he enthuses, “It’s been
songs. They have sold in excess of 85 million
such a long time but it really means so much to
records and placed 21 singles in the Billboard Hot
me.. I want to take the Beatles tour and go to the
100 and 30 in the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart.
Cavern Quarter.” He adds, “We wouldn’t be here
Bass guitarist John Taylor, was part of the band’s
now if it wasn’t for the Beatles.”
Leading the wave of New Romantics
line up along with Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon,
back in the 1908s, they defined
Andy Taylor and Roger Taylor, none of whom are
It’s what I do best and I am lucky to have found
something I love to do. I am still totally enamoured
fashion with their individual style of elegance, whilst succumbing to rather large amounts of
As a group they classed The Beatles as one of
“I love playing live, getting to strut my stuff.
by the live gig. It’s so exciting, we are like
hairspray along the way. Before the days of
their greatest inspirations. As an individual, John
magicians who cast a spell for a couple of hours. It
digital synthesisers and audio sampling they
rates Liverpool as a special place in his heart, as it
is a very powerful experience and I haven’t found
revolutionized pop music with their multilayered
is where his mother comes from.
anything else that comes close to it.”
arrangements of their singles, sometimes recording
He talks excitedly of the band’s forthcoming gig
John Taylor has had a loyal following of besotted
PHOTO COURTESY OF RICHARD HAUGHTON
fans since he was 20. “I have had a lot of fun for
No one band member is more important than the
granted. Once the lights come up and I am
20 years,” he says. “In the ‘80s you couldn’t go
other, we are equal partners. It’s a delicate balance
on stage and the sound comes on I am really
anywhere or be a regular citizen as you were
which we preserve.”
connecting with the audience. We play all our
mobbed. Now I can enjoy going out. Although I
As a young group Duran Duran were caught
songs and try to add to our play list . It is always
had a scary moment in a lift in Korea. A couple of
up in the excesses of the ‘80s. Some of that has
something magical, we have got the right mind
fans got in a lift and one of them fainted. I think
rubbed off on John. He says, “I’ve been through
she wanted me to pick her up but I told her friend
about twenty guitars, I am sitting in a room with
The band have been round the world touring.
to take her back to her room.”
five of them now. But my attitude has been easy
Australia, Korea, Costa Rica are just some of the
come, easy go. I give guitars to charity auctions
places they have been. John says,” We did a gig
band member with his poster boy good looks.
but in the ‘80s they all went, I don’t know where.
and then were off travelling for 60 hours. We were
“What was cool is that none of us saw it coming, “
Now I am trying to get them back.”
thinking ‘are we mad, is it worth it?’ But as soon
John Taylor was always labelled the pretty boy
he says. “We were like a box of Quality Streets, we
Now they seem less extravagant. There are no
as we got on the stage and the atmosphere was
all had an appeal. I think that was why we became
diva demands in the dressing room, cigarettes and
electric, we knew it was. No one made us do it!
as famous as we did. When we were younger there
water is all John requires backstage. “After a two
After their UK tour Duran Duran move onto North
was competitiveness though. We had merchandise
and a half hour show,” he says, “all I want is a nice
America for the final leg. And then what? “A family
T shirts printed and we all wanted to know
hot bath. We are not daft, we pace ourselves. We
vacation,” John says, “And then we’ll just see what
which one sold the best. I was caught up in that
are still trying to do tricks that we did 20 years ago
comes along. I don’t have a fixed agenda as then I
and didn’t realise to look inward. Each of us did
but I feel it afterwards now. The adrenalin keeps
won’t be disappointed.”
something and did that well.”
me going when I am on stage but afterwards I am
Older and wiser the band are comfortable in each other’s company. “Now that we are all experienced there is a pure democracy in the band.
aware of my bones and muscles.” “It is a great honour to go on stage and
mezmorise the audience. I never take it for
PETS & ANIMALS
Can my dog have hay fever? Asks our vet, Alan Humphries
ogs can suffer from hay fever. Dogs who have allergies to
used are surprisingly high
pollen, house dust mites and moulds are described as being
compared to humans because
atopic. The symptoms of atopic dogs include;
dogs breakdown these drugs
Constant licking of parts of the body particularly the feet
Rubbing of the face
Thickened skin which looks dark and feels greasy
much more quickly than humans. Antihistamines are very safe to use. Many dogs do not respond to antihistamines and we need to use corticosteroids. Check with your veterinary surgeon. Dogs can have a course of injections to try and train the body out of reacting to pollen and house dust mites. Your can be referred you to a veterinary dermatologist for skin prick tests. Bloods test may also be used but are not as accurate.
Food allergies can also give the above symptoms. Atopic dogs also often have bacterial and yeast skin infections. Some dogs are only mildly affected some dogs are really miserable because they are so itchy all the time. If the condition is very mild, no treatment may be needed. Dogs with
Once the things that the dog reacts to have been identified, a vaccine can be prepared and a course of injections started. The investigations and treatment for pollen and other allergies are complex. It is not possible to cure these conditions but it is possible in most cases to make the dogs
bacterial skin infections will need antibiotics often for several weeks or
feel much more comfortable.
months. Dogs with yeast infections will need anti-yeast shampoos for
Pet health insurance is a very good idea as in difficult cases costs of several hundred
pounds are not unusual.
Some dogs respond well to anti-histamines such as Piriton. The doses
PARENTS & CHILDREN
THINGS TO TEACH YOUR KIDS – so you have an easier life 1)
SWIM – water is fun,
READ – they’ll be
MAKE A SANDWICH and
but it has its place (ie in the
occupied for hours so you
preferably get a drink, although ready
pool or bath and not on the
can concentrate on doing
made cartons on standby are always
floor or accidents will happen
what you need to do….
handy. This is essential if you want a
as you rush to the loo an hour after giving them a bath).
lie-in at the weekend.
DENTAL HYGIENE. No matter how gorgeous they look in the
morning, and regardless of how many cute kisses they smother you in, … unless, of course,
morning breath is not good.
you need to USE THE PHONE, when they will
TIDY UP (see point 6) Kids love
GETTING DRESSED. Clothes
gadgets, give them the vacuum
Teach them to answer the
must always match. Jeans must
cleaner or a mop, pretend it’s a
phone so you can avoid
always be below ankle length,
game and before you know it,
speaking to your people
unless it is summer
there’ll be no evidence of children
expect your full attention.
you don’t want to. 14
living in your home
PARENTS & CHILDREN
9) BLOW THEIR NOSE. This is the
Especially near siblings’ hair. Or the dog.
most difficult task a child has to
learn . Keep tissues nearby to avoid clothes/curtains/any loose material
TATTOOS are best
applied as temporary. Real
being used in ways you don’t want.
DO NOT PLAY WITH SCISSORS.
ones hurt, as does ear and body piercings
TRY NEW FOODS.
to life than chocolate spread
sandwiches and crisps. And mums
when in the state of a tantrum
Embrace new tastes. There is more
and dads like to eat out in places where burgers and fries is not a menu option
THE VALUE OF
IT IS OK TO CRY, except
13) SLEEP IS NOT THE ENEMY REMEMBER WHERE YOU PUT YOUR
MONEY. The tooth fairy
SHOES. Why is it so puzzling to put your
does not carry notes
shoes together at the end of the day?
DANCING. Rhythm is everything. (no matter how often you
teach them, you’ll still be an embarrassment to them in this subject)
BE ADVENTUROUS. You don’t
know you like it unless you try it.
LOG ON TO THE
COMPUTER. Before you know it they’ll be doing
your online shopping... MUMS LIKE TO RECEIVE FLOWERS…
hmm on second thoughts, this is not a
SAY PLEASE AND THANKYOU.
Nice manners will get you very far.
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HEALTH & BEAUTY
IS HAY FEVER HAMPERING
YOUR FUN IN THE SUN? Resident GP, Dr Susan Hyde, offers hay fever tips to enjoy the warmer weather
Treatments: Antihistamine nasal sprays These are good if you mainly have problems with your nose. They take about 15 minutes to work and can be used regularly.
Steroid nasal sprays Are more effective than anti-histamines but they have to be taken regularly and it takes about a week or more for them to work. There are different makes and it maybe worth trying a second one if the first you try doesnâ€™t work.
Antihistamine tablets/liquid. These can be used as well as a nasal spray if your symptoms are more severe but some older makes can make your drowsy.
ay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen. There are a number
Anti-histamine eye drops can be used alone or along with the
of different types of grass and tree pollens which people are
other hay fever medications.
allergic to so symptoms can occur anytime between March
and July depending on which plant is pollinating. Symptoms include
a runny, itchy or blocked nose, itchy, watery eyes, an itchy throat,
Immunotherapy treatment uses a series of injections carrying
cough, wheeze and a tight chest.
the substance the person is allergic to The aim is to reduce the bodies allergic reaction to that substance. It can work very well but there is a risk of a serious reaction to the injection and has to be carried out in a hospital. There is a new tablet version of this for treating grass pollen allergy which appears to be safe and effective. Again this is only available after referral to a specialist.
Asthma and Hay fever Some asthma sufferers find their symptoms worsen during the hay fever season and may need to increase or change their asthma treatment.
Pregnancy and hay fever Avoid taking tablets when pregnant especially in the first 3 months. However it is generally believed that there is a very low chance of problems when using nasal sprays or eye drops. Always consult your pharmacist or GP before taking medication.
Reduce your exposure to pollen: -stay indoors if the pollen count is high -avoid cutting the grass -wash your hair and shower after being outside -wear wrap around sunglasses -keep car windows closed
HEALTH & BEAUTY
RISE & SHINE WITH A
ot a headache and think it’s a tumor? Broken a nail and think it’s the first sign of osteoporosis? Negative thinking makes a physical difference to your health
and emotional wellbeing, leading to high blood pressure, weight gain and depression. The secret may lie with the hormone cortisol that rises when we feel stressed. This hormone, which controls the fight or flight response, makes chronic health problems more likely. Lower cortisol levels, on the other hand, give greater
Banish those negative thoughts and feelings and you will suddenly feel a whole lot better.
immunity against heart disease. So while it is so easy to moan about everything, try looking on the positive side. Changes can only be made if you want to, so first of all you must recognize that you are a negatively charged. Focus on the positive things you have done and realize that no-one is perfect Moaning could, however, be a symptom of a deeper problem. Often your body will give you signals that you are stressed and unhappy. Symptoms include a raised heart rate, poor sleep patterns, panic attacks or bouts of crying. It’s easy to drift into the habit of negativity so avoid other people who moan or chances are you will do the same.They will drain your resolve to be happy. On the flip side, laughing is contagious, once you start you can’t stop and will feel a whole lot better. Put life into perspective by volunteering to help people who are worse off than you. You’ll provide practical help to those in need and benefit from the ‘feel-good’ factor. Visit http://www.volunteering.org.uk
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HEALTH & BEAUTY
SCENT FROM THE WORLD’S ONLY PROFESSEUR DE
Whatever your chosen perfume is, it’s likely that Roja Dove had a part to play in its creation. Words by Amanda Moss
he celebrated “nose’ of the industry began his fascination with fragrances at an early age, when his mother tucked him up in bed and kissed him goodnight. Roja says, “ She was wearing a cocktail dress and the light was on in the
hallway. She just glowed. When she bent down to kiss me, her scent marked a metamorphis, she changed from an ordinary mum, whatever that may be, into an image of something truly amazing. It was one of those epiphamy moments when I knew I was born to do what I do.” In his teens he saved money from odd jobs to buy bottles of scents. True to his passion, he celebrated his 21st birthday with a visit to the Guerlain Boutique in Paris. Already wise to their legendary fragrances, he knew it was the company he wanted to work for. His intense interest in the business caught the attention of Robert Guerlain himself who offered him a job. Six years later he was bestowed the title of the world’s sole Professeur de Parfum, later becoming Guerlain’s Global Ambassador – the first nonGuerlain family member to be bestowed this title. Roja is one of the world’s few experts on perfume. He says, “How do you define a good perfume? It is the quality of the raw ingredients. Like food, you may be a brilliant cook but if your ingredients are cheap then so will the end product be. So many people in the business are driven by price and profit but not me. Creating a perfume is all about using your imagination. When I work on something new I try to imagine a smell that has never been smelt before.” And he should know. After 15 years studying
HEALTH & BEAUTY
HEAVEN. . . PARFUM TALKS FRAGRANTLY TO LIFE STYLE MONTHLY
Roja Dove’s essential guide to wearing fragrance: Eau du Toilette will lose 80% of its scent after 4 hours Parfum will only lose 50% of its scent and stay on for up to 24 hours. After a bath, pat skin dry then spray on your fragrance. Then apply body lotion. The cream will trap the fragrance and make it stay on longer, as well as having a softening effect on the fragrance.
Available from select stores or online, around £350.
raw materials such as jasmine and rose, plus a
few trials to the client, when she is happy with the
Fortunately I don’t suffer that often. I have spent
further seven years learning to blend them, Roja
scent he goes away and modifies it for the last time,
so many years sniffing that my nostrils are immune
has 3000 familiar scents. “They are all in my head“
before presenting it in a beautiful crystal bottle.
and I just tend to sneeze it out. I have the loudest
“I never give my bespoke perfumes names. That is
sneeze in the world, it’s like a thunderbolt!”
He continues, “I have a Perfumery organ. I have a
part of the fun my clients can have. I also never tell
Roja Dove studied Russian and French, he also
specially made furniture with little holes for bottles
them my secret formula.”
speaks Italian and Latin (“though not as good as I
of my scents. They all have stoppers on them, it is
Roja Dove’s expertise is widely recognised, since
used to.”) A true Englishman, he speaks eloquently
a bit like a church organ. It is also portable so I can
a charity auction at Christy’s saw his fragrance
about his craft. He has a remarkable gift, not only
carry it to my clients.
reach the highest bid of the night. Since then he
with his sense of smell, but with capturing the
So what is involved in a bespoke scent? Like any
has lectured at The Barbican or Victoria & Albert
audience of women and bringing out their natural
fine wine, it is a lengthy process, that starts with a
Museum in London, as well as the Museum of Fine
elegance. He is the animated guest everyone wants
cup of tea. “It may be a cocktail but I prefer tea,”
Art in Boston. He is regularly asked to write for
to invite to their dinner party. He is a magniloquent
says Roja. “It is a very intimate process. I talk to
Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times and Wallpaper.
person, a master of perfume, celebrated fragrance
my client and see what they want. This may take
“ I have fulfilled my destiny,” he says. “I have the
historian and most recently, the man behind PR
4-5 hours. But I don’t ask them their star sign, I am
best job in the world, so full of diversity. I have
and fragrance creation company, RDPR which
not interested in the food they eat. My work is not
been lucky to travel to every continent, except
launched Roja Dove’s trilogy of perfumes, Scandal
hocus pocus based.”
Africa. I have met some phenomenal people.
Unspoken and Enslaved. When Roja Dove speaks,
So what happens when that famous nose is
he positively oozes glamour, no doubt the aroma of
workshop where he sits and smells materials. It
blocked? “Colds are frightening and distressing, “
his fragrances on bare skin have a similar effect.
takes between four months and a year to come up
he says, “because I am blind to the world. I rely on
with a unique composition. Then he will present a
smell so much, for me it is like not being able to see.
After the initial meeting he returns to his London
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HEALTH & BEAUTY
The perfect A revolutionary High Tech Light sets new standard in Age Defense, Susanne Alten tells her story about realising she is not 21 any longer and how she turned the clock back on her lines.
t came over night. Just like this. I looked in the mirror and all I could see were wrinkles. Small fine lines around the eyes together with
clearly “good bye” Botox, Fillers, Facelifts & Co. Finally, a few days after I started the research I
transparent water based gel the skin is in perfect condition for the light as it’s now much more
found my magic solution against time and wrinkles.
receptive for the Intense Pulsed wavelength. The
quite a few long deep ones on the forehead - not
It’s called IPL which stands for Intense Pulsed Light.
second phase brings the IPL-Technology in. Now
to mention the area from nose down to my chin.
Developed by Ellipse, a company from Denmark
the light is going out of the handhold flash lamp
Okay, the fact that we had a pretty long, Pinot
who specialises in clinical high-end-treatments
(it actually looks like a little laser scanner at a
Grigio filled dinnerparty last night probably did not
for Beauty Clinics and Doctors this is the latest
cash point in a Supermarket which goes over the
help but I can assure you - I never looked like that.
technology they recently brought on the market.
barcodes) and the very bright light glides under
Best-husband-in-the-world disagreed and told me
According to the test results from dermatologists
your skin. It has to be performed by a doctor or
after looking closely in my face that I look
specialised clinically trained Beautician in
completely normal like everyday. But what
little patches, 3 times in total over the face.
does he know? And why should I trust
The third phase actually can not be seen as
somebody who never recognised (thank
this process happens in and under your skin.
goodness .... ) any new clothes, jewellery
The procedure relies on carefully selected
and important essentials like handbags,
wavelengths and an optimised pulse duration
shoes and sunglasses anyway?
and shape, proven to target wrinkles. Better
The Light which turns the clock back on
still, using long pulses and low energy make
lines I had to react and being a journalist
the procedure suitable even for darker
helped in doing my research on magical
skinned and tanned clients. The molecules
skin rejuvenation. Using the knowledge
from the spray react with the Intense Pulsed
from friends in the beauty sector helped
Light and are transported to the surface,
in the hunt of wrinkle killing methods. The
lines, wrinkles are filled up, the whole skin
word “magical” is important as I’m an absolute wimp and just terrified of anything connected to needles and this meant
looks fresh, healthy and young. the changes are visible within a month and the skin
That’s the theory - and reality was even better.
is supposed to look fresher, younger, plumper and
I’m not in chemistry or medicine but all I read made
lines are significantly smaller or even just filled up.
sense to me and things became even better when I
How does this magic light works? There are three
realised that I did not have to go to London for my
phases involved in it. After your skin is prepared
treatments as I found a specialised Clinical Spa just
with a special Photo Spray from Ellipse and a
around the corner. Before you start the course of 3 treatments you need a patch test to see if your skin reacts normal. Each treatment takes about 1 hour 15 minutes, the longest phase is the preparation as the skin is sprayed every five minutes for an hour. The Clinical Spa where I went is just like heaven on earth. It’s up to you if you just want to read or watch TV or have lunch while you have to wait for the 60 minutes to go by. After the photo spray the cool gel is applied and you lay down. Your
HEALTH & BEAUTY
“stay younger solution” eyes are covered with special pads and dark glasses. I was nervous but Katie - who is one out of three specially trained IPL Therapists in this clinical Spa, calmed me down “Nothing to worry, all you will notice is a very bright light.” 3-2-1 she counted down and there it was - an extremely bright, blue and warm light coming out of this little flash lamp (the IPL machine by itself is quite big and looks like something out of Star Trek) . It did not hurt and wasn’t even uncomfortable. Just very bright with a light tickle on the skin. Three. Two. One. Katie said and again and again and again the Intense Pulsed light made it’s way in my skin. Three times in total , which takes about 20 minutes, the light was
set in little areas to my face and then my first IPL treatment was over. The direct results were amazing. My skin was plumped, fresh and healthy looking. After a few hours the lines from my nose down to my mouth were dramatically filled, and a few days later I got a lot of comments -except from best-husband-in-the-
Fact and Figures:
world. But from friends, colleagues and people who had not seen me for a while. The second and third
• IPL- treatments can only be practised by special trained nurses, doctors and Clinical Therapists
treatment finally brought what I was hoping for.
• You need a patch test 7 days before the first treatment starts
The lines around the eyes were gone, if they were
• Every course of IPL consits of 3 session, each for one hour 20 minutes
filled, plumped up whatever, I didnt’t care. They
• After each treatment you can not go for 72 hours to the sauna, steam room or swimmingpool
just disappeared. And even my pretty long and deep
• Afer each treatment you can not go sundbathing or on the sunbed for 30 days
nasal lines were gone. I look in the mirror now and I
• First results are immediately visibal
like my face. I know I’m not 21 any longer, actually
• Best results seen after third treatment
if you add 24 years you got it right, but I know that
• Cost: vary in London for a set of 3 app £1200
this new treatment helped me without any kind
• The cost of a course here is: £500
of surgery to turn the clock back for a while. Best-
• My course was taken in “The Lodge” at Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa. Contact details:
husband-in-the-world still did not see any changes. Still thinks I look the same as ever. And again did not notice my new essential designer sunglasses which I just had to buy to suit my flawless and line-less appearance. So really: does this matter?
The Lodge Clinical Spa, Thornton Hall & Spa Thornton Hough, Wirral, CH63 1JF Tel 0151 353 3737. www.thelodgeclinicalspa.co.uk 21
STYLE & FASHION
ZESTY jewellery design,
Raspberry Bloom has blossomed from a hobby into a full time career
he funky company was started three years ago by sisters Louise and Laura Cox. Their idea sprung after spending hours traipsing around the shops and not being able to find the perfect necklace and so they
decided to have a go at making one themselves. Raspberry Bloom offers individual, hand made jewellery as well as a collection of fabulous fashion pieces. Louise says, “Our jewellery is inspired by the things around us. It is our charm bracelets that we both enjoy making. The designs for these are inspired by colours and nature around us. It is something different to what you would find on the high street. A hugely popular service we offer is our bespoke design service. We know how important accessories are and finding the piece to match that outfit is essential. Creating custom designs is when we come into our own, designing pieces as individual as the wearer.”
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of Summer Gucci sunglasses ÂŁ99.99
Marc Jacobs sunglasses ÂŁ99.99
YSL sunglasses ÂŁ99.99
Robert Cavelli sunglasses ÂŁ119.00
Photographs courtesy of Steve Collinson Sunglasses courtesy of
Model: Anastasiya Kasimova (PHA Model Agency, Manchester 0161 273 4444)
THINGS WE LOVE...
STYLE & FASHION
...hot fashion at high street prices
f you only buy one bag this season, buy The Patent Bag from Next. It will carry you all the way through winter as well. A timeless piece at a snip of a price. £30. Stay cool with this floral blouse. £40). It goes with absolutely everything, jeans or
skirts. Pretty and feminine, you can stay in fashion without overdosing on florals.
Next have launched the Hi Summer 08, a season of calming serenity, rustic charm and fresh fun. Womenswear travels first class from New York to Japan. There’s an eclectic mix of soft linen tailoring, vintage inspired pieces and summer essentials in cute denim and vibrant brights. Menswear kicks back and relaxes with casual linen suiting; retro T-shirts and quirky summer must haves. Childrenswear is a fulfilled sweet shop of bright colours and flavours, key pieces are linked together by strong cool themes, with skull prints and floaty hippy shapes and the latest tie-dye fabrics. Overall…an exciting collection brimming with summer vibes.
Summer trends at Matalan include floaty tops and beautifully cut jeans and trousers to flatter your hips and legs. These key pieces should be your stale wardrobe right the way through summer.
High waisted shorts £8 Ruffle front top £12 Denim Culotte £12
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SHOPPING IN LIVERPOOL
IS PARADISE … Liverpool has always set fashion trends and now here’s a new vogue that is the envy of the rest of the UK. Built in the heart of the city centre the 42-acre development includes over
revolution but that’s not the case in the eyes of the new Debenhams store. The
160 shops, plus cafes, restaurants and bars, two hotels, a huge Odeon
men’s department of the flagship Debenhams store is going to be the largest
cinema, 600 apartments, parking for more than 3,000 cars and a five-acre park.
outside of London and will offer a personal shopper service specifically for
Designer brands such as Radley, Pull and Bear, Jigsaw, G-Star, American Apparel
iverpool One is being hailed as a platform for new fashion and brands.
and Reiss are part of the attractive line up . Some of which are first-timers
It might be argued that it is the Liverpool ladies that have lead this fashion
Joanne Jennings, CEO of Liverpool ONE, said, “It seems as though the penny
outside of London, whilst others such as Pull and Bear are first-timers to the UK.
has finally dropped with regards to the fashion and style of Liverpool. We’ve
The fact that such a highly regarded brand has chosen Liverpool as it’s launch
known for a long time that the city is a trend setter and this has been proven by
pad for the UK shows how far the city has come in the eyes of the fashion
the fantastic response we have received from big name brands wanting to be a
part of Liverpool ONE. Liverpool ONE represents the future for the city and the
The men’s department of the flagship Debenhams store is going to be the largest outside of London and will offer a personal shopper service specifically for males. fashion industry clearly wants to be a part of it.” After the success of Liverpool Fashion Week in April, these are exciting times for Liverpool and the fashion world will be looking on as the first phase of Liverpool ONE is now open. The full offering including the completely relandscaped Chavasse Park and a 14-screen Odeon cinema will be available from September. While new areas have been created, older those streets already in existence have been developed to maintain the identity of this famous city. South John Street for example has been re-born as a new two-tier street with a John Lewis store at one end and Debenhams at the other. Brand new streets include ‘Wall Street’, named after the walls of Liverpool Castle and also the historical trading and business links between Liverpool and America, and ‘Thomas Steers Way’, named after the creator of the first enclosed dock. The regenerated existing streets include South John Street which will now become the main high street within the Liverpool ONE development and will boast 2 tiers of retail on both sides as well as a terrace overlooking the newly landscaped Chavasse Park. Also, Paradise Street will be a shining example of the improvements being made to the city centre and will now incorporate Paradise Place. Names to begin familiarising yourself with include The Bling Building, The Zig Zag, and The Terrace, all of which are expected to become busy and buzzing areas.
LIVERPOOL DESIGN SHOW
A CENTRE OF INNOVATIVE DESIGN
n the agenda is Fast Glass, a simple,
a series of design challenges in front of a live
yet brilliant concept which shows how
audience. As they get creative against the clock
recycling waste glass can speedily produce
using the latest technology, their work will be
design-led products. The aim is to set an all time
projected around the venue in real-time, giving
record for designing, creating and retailing a brand
the audience a keystroke-by-keystroke view of the
new glass product. Empty glass bottles will be
creative process. The crowd and a panel of judges
collected from the VIP opening party of the show
will then vote for the best designs.
and melted down in public view in Liquid Project’s
Originating in New York City in 2005, the
mobile glass furnace. John Lewis’ homewares buyer
Cut&Paste phenomenon embarked on a smash
will then choose from three product designs. One
global tour of eleven cities last year, drawing
will go into production at the show itself. The
crowds of up to 1,200 per event. Liverpool has
aim will be to get the product on the shelves of
been chosen as only the third European city to
Liverpool’s new John Lewis store in hand-made
experience the tournament, following events in
packaging – designed and made by Ella Doran
Berlin and London.
– within 48 hours of the bottles being melted down. The Cut&Paste digital design tournament, on
The aim of Design Show, Liverpool is to promote good design and engage the local community in an
Saturday 21 June, aims to bring together spectator
appreciation of it. And Design Show Liverpool is set
sport, culture and a good night out. Top graphic
to become an annual event.
designers from the North-West will compete in
Design Show Liverpool takes place in Liverpool’s newly launched Contemporary Urban Centre (CUC)in Greenland Street, Liverpool. It is an innovative resource for the promotion of community and social justice issues.
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LIVERPOOLâ€™S LATEST ART GALLERY
he Ceri Hand Gallery is a magnificent new space for exhibitions and explorations. A catalyst, bringing great contemporary art into everyday life, making connections between artists and buyers, from the
experienced collector to the tentative first inquiry. The Ceri Hand Gallery will open in Cotton Street, in the North Docks area of Liverpool, on July 5. Taking advantage of Liverpoolâ€™s status as the European Capital of Culture, Ceri Hand Gallery will showcase new contemporary art in a unique environment, to an international audience. With over 150 square meters of gallery space, the gallery aims to give artists potential to further their practice and career and find new audiences and collectors for contemporary art. Ceri Hand is a world renowned name in contemporary art culture having worked across the globe as curator, commissioner and art advisor. In Liverpool she has curated several high profile shows for both FACT and Metal and is now bringing her art expertise to the city in her own venture, the Ceri Hand Gallery. It will be a genuine peer of London, and aims to be one of the most famously known art galleries outside of the capital. The commercial art gallery will sell one-off pieces to collectors in the North West and will also nurture young artists from across the region.
TECHNOLOGY & GADGETS
This is a new free-standing shower which is not only rare, but a pretty addition to any home
or single lever (manual), and an overhead shower with rain spray. It is easy to care for with a
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spa. Part of the Neos series of hydro-massage columns, it embraces both practicality and the benefits of personal pampering. It is equipped with four hydro-massage jets, a thermostatic brushed stainless steel finish, and movable hydro-massage jets which allow you to enjoy the height of well-being. It is perfect for health resorts, wellness centres and those fortunate to have open bathroom spaces or wet rooms in the home. Prices start from a cool ÂŁ1,375. For more information contact Roca on 01530 830080 or visit www.roca-uk.com
THIS WOMAN CAN CHANGE THE WAY YOU WORK AND IMPROVE YOUR BUSINESS Top business psychologist and leadership coach, Anita Morris, coaches leadership development for senior managers.
he began her career as a management accountant before moving into sales and marketing, later becoming sales and site director with one of Europe’s largest plastics manufacturers. She set up her company, Holden Morris Consulting Ltd in 2005 and quickly gained a reputation for
excellent results. A reflection of this is a recommendation by a client which led to an invitation to discuss leadership development with the United Nations in New York. As a senior manager, Anita was asked by her boss to engage in a coaching programme. She said. “I was the guinea pig in the company when they brought a coach in, and I found it very helpful and a very positive experience.” At the same time the company she was working for merged with another, and Anita was asked to relocate, which she decided not to do. Having tapped into coaching, she accepted a job as marketing manager in a coaching company where she gathered more information about the craft. Keen to learn more, she embarked on a university degree to study Applied Psychology. After gaining a Masters in Occupational Psychology at Liverpool John Moore’s University, she took further qualifications and became a certified Master Coach. She says, “My experience of working with some coaches whose qualifications and abilities were questionable made me want to do it properly, ethically and with integrity. I always planned to set up my own business and to be in control of my own destiny.” Anita has carefully researched her work. Her company offers one to one coaching as well as innovative leadership development programmes which include sports such as falconry and golf. She works closely with senior executives in companies, helping them to improve their performance and achieve desired goals. As a specialist in emotional intelligence, she is able to help managers to deal effectively with the different and sometimes difficult personalities found in the work place. Anita says, “There has to be trust between myself and my client, I cannot wave a magic
wand but I can explore issues and problems, and together we can improve
around in one form or another since the 1940s. Perhaps worryingly there are
the performance of that person. I give inspiration and motivation. It is a
currently no standards for the qualifications and abilities of coaches and the
committed process from both parties.
services they provide.
The key to change,” she continues, “is commitment. Sessions include
Anita says, “It worries me that there are some people who have not had life
exploring and challenging issues and ideas, but this is just the start. Clients are
experience who are calling themselves life coaches and they are treated as a
given homework which includes reading books, completing thought provoking
fashion accessory. You can sign up to a day course on the internet and come
exercises, practise and reflection. Radical changes won’t happen overnight but
out with, alleged training but this is dangerous. I fully assess a person before
over time people can achieve some amazing results.”
I undertake any work with them. If I sense any kind of depression or mental
“It is a process of evolution, not revolution. Change in the work place can
health problems then I immediately refer them to their GP and will not take
be destabilising, if the managing director suddenly wants to change the way
them on. Research into the required qualities of coaches suggests that they
things are done, they need to be done in a subtle way or employees can get
should have a bit of grey hair. Business and executive coaches need both
worried. It is important that the managing director has a positive attitude
business and life experience and how can you have that at 23? Don’t get me
throughout the process.”
wrong, there are fantastic and incredibly skilled young people, but there is an
“Psychology has taught me to be accepting of people, I don’t want to create people as clones, they are exceptionally different and I embrace that.” Anita gives an example of where she has helped people. “One client of mine
argument that coaches should have a few wrinkles to enhance what they can achieve.” “A coach needs to challenge their clients. I have been shouted at. I have
ran a successful business but was approaching retirement and thought he
pushed a managing director to the point where he was yelling at me. I
needed to move into a less challenging business. I was there to help support
said to him “take that passion for your beliefs into the boardroom. That
him through that process but when I asked him why he was planning to retire
is the genuine response that will make the impact you want.’ And it did,
and what did he plan to do in his retirement, it made him think about what he
did want to do next.
Specialising in leadership development, Anita constantly reviews her work
He thought it was something he was supposed to do but who says? His
to ensure she remains at the top of her profession. “I always reflect on a
perception of life as he approached a certain age was holding him back but I
coaching session,” she says, “I ask myself did I do the best for that person?”
helped him to see how he could turn it around. Now his business is flourishing
Judging by the immense success of her clients, it seems the answer is, of
more than ever and he has no plans to give it up.”
It has been argued that coaching is modern fad, however it has been
ANITA’S TOP 3 BUSINESS STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS:
1 2 3
Understand People. Emotional resilience – you must be able to bounce back when things go wrong. Have a strong network of people. You need people you can trust and people who can advise you, whether it is legal or financial, any business needs a strong network of support.
FORGET NETWORKING TO SUCCESS: 1) Keep an open mind, there are many keys to unlock. 2) Treat others as you would expect to be treated.
– FACE TO FACE NETWORKING IS THE WAY TO DRIVE YOUR BUSINESS FORWARD
ntrepreneur, Mark Wood, was introduced to the concept of Business for Breakfast about 2 years ago after spending 21 years in business to business sales. He says, “Networking wasn’t a concept or business practice I was aware of at the time but
always one to give something a go, I accepted an invitation to attend a group.
3) Be genuine so you can build trusting relationships with other businesses.
I have always tried to keep an open mind in most aspects of my business life, especially since originating from a sales background. After attending the first meeting, I was converted and it has since changed my whole perspective on sales techniques and self marketing.” Mark was so impressed with business networking, he invested in the North West franchise for Business for Breakfast and now runs clubs across Liverpool, The Wirral, Chester and Wrexham.
Ask yourself what goals you are looking for in specific groups so you can reach the contacts you need.
Networking can benefit a company by providing instant self marketing mediums to a ready made forum of potential business prospects. Sales leads are more likely to be generated by meeting someone face to face, rather than through cold calling. Mark says, “ It has given me a greater amount of self confidence, motivation and, not to mention, helping me gain business contacts and valuable friendships that I can call upon for support.” If you are looking to network your business, contact Mark
5) Follow through referrals quickly and efficiently.
by email at email@example.com or phone 0786 334 7000
Four Ways to Help Reduce Risk
in Your Portfolio
The stock market has been more volatile during the past few months, reflecting increased uncertainty. The turmoil in the credit markets, highlighted by Northern Rock’s troubles, suggests that reducing risk in your portfolio may be appropriate at this time.
To help you do this, we recommend the following: 1. Rebalance - Review your investments and rebalance your portfolio, if necessary, to keep it well diversified. 2. Reduce aggressive investments - This can help increase your portfolio’s overall quality. 3. Focus on the long term - Staying invested is one of the keys to achieving your long-term financial goals, in our opinion. 4. Add international exposure - Consider global growth and income investments if needed.
Add International Exposure:
Rebalance: As equity returns have been in double digits
income investments, which tend to be less volatile,
The pound sterling is near recent highs against
for the past four years, many portfolios are
particularly during market declines. They generally
the US dollar and has strengthened against many
overweighted in equities. Although equities offer
have long-term track records, diversified businesses,
other currencies. As a result, investors may
the potential for high long-term returns, which are
consistent strategies and quality managements.
need to add foreign investments to improve the
attractive for long-term investors, they also can
Consider also requesting a portfolio review to
diversification of their domestic portfolios. We
have higher volatility than some other assets. As a
evaluate your investments and learn whether
recommend investing 15% to 35% of your portfolio
result, if you own too great a percentage of equities
adjustments might be advisable.
internationally in global growth-and-income
and don’t rebalance periodically, your portfolio tends to become riskier over time. Our suggestion is to review your portfolio at least annually and
mutual funds (unit trusts). These can help improve Focus on the Long Term: Actual investment returns fluctuate widely from
diversification by taking advantage of different market conditions around the world.
to add fixed-income investments to reduce your
year to year. One of the most effective ways to
During volatile markets, when risks are higher, it’s
investment risk if needed.
reduce this volatility risk is to stay invested for
easy to lose sight of your long-term goals. However,
the long term. High and low return years tend to
by maintaining a disciplined approach and working
average each other out, moving your overall actual
with your financial adviser, you can help ensure
return towards the long-term average.
your portfolio is well-positioned for any market
Reduce Aggressive Investments: Consider reducing your overall ownership of riskier investments to less than 10% of your
As a result, the longer you own your investments,
portfolio. These include: “ Shares in many small
the more likely you are to receive the returns you
companies “ Metals and mining companies “ Highly
expect. Keeping your focus on the long term so
geared property “ Emerging market “ High-yield
that you stay invested during price declines gives
fixed income investments
you the opportunity to earn long-term investment
In addition, you may want to add growth-and-
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OUT & ABOUT
FOUR FAMILY PASSES TO NESS BOTANIC GARDENS T he superb gardens at Ness on the Wirral
Sorbus Mountain Ash trees with over 60 of the 80
pass arrangements enabling free travel anywhere
Peninsular, overlooking the Dee Estuary were
worldwide species on display within the Gardens.
in the country after 0930? There has never been a
founded in 1898 by Arthur Kilpin Bulley,
An extensive events programme runs throughout
better time to take up ‘green’ transport!
a Liverpool cotton merchant with a passion for
the year including guided walks, Sunday lectures,
gardens and for plant collecting. From their earliest
courses, children’s holiday activities. New for this
To enter answer the following:
days, the gardens were open to the public and this
year is the Four Seasons Music Festival featuring a
How many species of trees are at Ness Botanic
tradition has continued since Ness was donated to
regular monthly recital to celebrate the Cheshire
the University of Liverpool in 1948 by Lois Bulley,
Year of Gardens. In addition, is the extended open
the daughter of the founder.
air theatre season.
Ness Botanic Gardens which covers 64 acres,
Ness, one of Cheshire’s leading Gardens of
has a distinctly maritime feel and houses a living
Distinction, as we share in the celebrations
email your answer to:
collection of plants many of which were early
for Liverpool European Capital of Culture and
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our
introductions from China, the Himalayas, Tibet and
Cheshire’s Year of Gardens 08.
Much of the garden is accessible for those of
The Gardens have been nationally recognised
limited mobility and courtesy wheelchairs and
by the National Council for the Conservation of
motorised buggies are available for advanced
Plants & Gardens for the national collection of
booking. Why not take advantage of the new bus
For more details contact Ness Botanic Gardens on 0151 353 0123 or visit www.nessgardens.org.uk
OUT & ABOUT
SOUTHPORT: A PLAYGROUND RICH
FOR EVERYONE S
outhport, which attracts 10 million visitors every year, has undergone a
The “Paris of the North” embraces the opening of 5 star hotels, fine
major transformation during the last decade after recognising the need for change to cater for the short break and day trip visitors. Unlike many
other British coastal resorts, Southport maintains its success by building on its reputation for quality, style and sophistication and by introducing modern
dining and beautiful, restored
facilities, partly through European funding.
architecture. Following years of
traditional seaside resort but in a way that appeals to modern audiences.
research and a staggering cash
Department, said, “The tourism industry has changed dramatically over the last
injection of £200million, the elegant town is being rebranded as England’s Classic Resort.
Classic Resort status recognises towns that retain the ambience and spirit of a Steve Christian, marketing manager with Sefton Council’s Tourism 40 years with the growth of overseas package holidays and the expansion of low cost carriers to a wide range of destinations. We realised we had to wake up to the issues facing the town and the industry and so various partnerships were formed and European funding was secured which led to a decade of improvements for the town. We are now ready to adopt the title of England’s Classic Resort and to continue to build on our reputation as a first class, quality destination.”
OUT & ABOUT
WHAT TO DO & SEE IN SOUTHPORT SHOPPING Tree lined Lord Street rivals the Champs Elysee with its Victorian arcades and stylish boutiques in its boulevard setting. Prior to becoming Emperor of France, Prince Louis Napoleon lived in the town and it is widely believed that Lord Street was the inspiration for the boulevards of Paris. Nestled along the way are quaint tea shops and just across the road is Chapel Street with its child friendly pedestrianisation.
SPORT Southport is England’s Golfing Capital on England’s Golf Coast - with six championship courses. Nothing rivals water fun at Dunes Splash World.
WILDLIFE The resort is recognised as being of global importance for bird life, it also has the largest area of undeveloped dunes in England and acres of coastal woodland – home to endangered species including the Natterjack Toad, Red Squirrel and Sand Lizards.
EVENTS The North West Motor Show – 21/ 22 June Champion Charity Carnival – 28 June
PEOPLE WATCHING This region has always been the first to spot talent. Could history repeat itself? Mathew Street , Liverpool – where it all began – is the venue for a concert which encapsulates the spirit of Liverpool as European Capital of Culture 2008. Bringing together a selection of the best up and coming musicians around, Onenightin Liverpool takes place on 6th July.
Artists include: Layton An edgy band of twenty-somethings from London fronted by singer and songwriter Lucy Layton. These guys create a moving, orchestral and rhythmic vibe, incorporating meaningful lyrics and catchy choruses.
Fallen View Hailing from South London, this band blurs the boundaries of folk, acoustic and rock. Waves of rich cello carry soaring vocals and sensitive guitar detailing, making for dreamy, melodic tunes and a lush layered sound.
The Little Hydes Only formed in December, though the members have played in other local bands, these four Liverpool lads have been selected as ones to watch.
Hariots Opening the evening with an array of exotic and eclectic sounds, Hariots hail from the Basque Country and have flown in specially to help us celebrate our year of culture. Tickets for the event are £8.50 and available online from ticketmaster. co.ukor in person from the Cavern Pub (opposite the Cavern Club) Mathew Street Liverpool
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THE LAST WORD
The editor’s word is final... As editor it should come as no surprise that I like the last word. So the last page in Life Style Monthly is dedicated to just that.
hat an exciting month it has been. I have broken out in a sweat, not just because of the glorious weather we have been enjoying recently, but thanks to my chat with the gorgeous John Taylor
of Duran Duran. He is so excited to be coming to Liverpool to perform at the Summer Pops on 5 July, but hey, not half as excited as we are. The man is every bit as perfect as his pictures in my Smash Hits sticker album from my teen years. And every bit as well preserved. To add to the excitement in the office, Liverpool One has opened. The city is now rivalling London with its string of designer boutiques and high street stores. What better way to spend a day (and your wallet) than browsing round the shops and then finishing it off with a coffee in a café overlooking the river. Just up the coast, Southport is also enjoying a rejuvenation with its slick new street designs. Stylish restaurants and fine hotels are springing up all over the place, making this a region to be proud of. We have been lucky enough to speak to some truly fascinating people this month. Roja Dove, the Professeur de Parfum was every bit as fragrant as the work he does. Anita Morris, our business leadership expert left me feeling inspired and motivated… to turn this into an even greater magazine than it is already. I hope she does the same to you. If the sunshine and warm weather is giving you ideas of getting away to hotter climates then read our guide to the hottest European destinations. You don’t need to take a trip for a week anymore, just a break of two or three days is enough to brush the cobwebs away and give you a new lust for life. If all these shopping temptations are too much then take advantage of our money off coupons to ease your guilty pleasure. You’ve been telling us that you really like this feature in the magazine, and so we shall continue to help you out wherever we can. Keep those comments coming by emailing us. Go to our website
www.lifestylemonthly.co.uk and fill in our reader survey, we want to know what you like and don’t like, so we can make this an even better read for you. Enjoy June – and don’t forget the sun cream!
Albany Grace Albany Grace, Editor
Image courtesy of Matalan, Tea Dress, £16.