OF LIVERPOOL JULY ISSUE 2010
BEACH CHIC Nautical but nice
A-LIST BEAUTY The celebrity secret to turning back time
FAB FOUR FASHIONS
Styles to‘Shout’ about
PIRATE QUEEN Why no one’s a patch on Margi Cla rke
CAMPER VAN COOL A road trip into retro transport
TICKE TS THE N FOR IN GARD IGHT EN LIV E
SIZZLING SUMMER WARDROBES // HEALTH TIPS // HOMEGROWN TALENT // FAMILY FUN // WHAT’S ON // TALK OF TOWN
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JULY 2010 NEWS 05 TALK OF TOWN We’re a nosey bunch
FASHION 06 SHOPPING FOR HER Your summer capsule wardrobe
08 SHOPPING FOR HIM Get the Fab Four look - oooh!
HEALTH & BEAUTY 10 SALON SPOTLIGHT Celebrity treatment in Allerton
12 HEALTH MATTERS Keep abreast of your breasts
CHILDREN 14 FAMILY FUN Footie fashion and great days out
ENTERTAINMENT 16 THE BIG INTERVIEW Margi Clarke and Sam Giles
19 BY DAY, BY NIGHT Keeping you occupied in July
HOMES & GARDENS 20 COASTAL COOL Bring the beach into your home
FOOD AND DRINK 23 INDEPENDENCE DAY
Editor’s Letter WELL, we at Best of Liverpool are feeling decidedly summery and enjoying every last ray of sunshine while it lasts. As well as lifting our moods, it has given us the perfect excuse to splash out on a new wardrobe, so we bring you some hot holiday attire for the ladies – from maxi dresses to stylish sandals. Meanwhile, as the city gears up to celebrate Beatles Day this month, we pay homage to the Fab Four with some Beatles-inspired fashions. We get the celebrity treatment at a swanky new salon in Allerton by trying out the Rodial A-lister facial, a favourite of Posh and Cheryl Cole. And being ever-health conscious, we find a safe and easy way to check your breasts. As the schools break up this month, we have some fabulous ideas of how to entertain your little darlings and as we’re hoping that England will still be in the World Cup by the time Best of Liverpool is published, we have some really cute football-themed togs and toys for our little Rooneys and Gerrards. As the Docks prepares for its annual
invasion of pirates, we catch up with Liverpool treasure Margi Clarke who’s supporting the event, complete with eye patch, as well as celebrating more local talent with our interview with actress Sam Giles and up and coming faces in Ones to Watch. We do love to be beside the seaside, but if you live a little too far from the coast, we bring you ideas of how to bring the beach into your home. Summer gives us a great excuse to eat al fresco, and all blokes gravitate territorially towards the barbie, so we bring you some tasty recipes, a little different from the usual burgers and bangers. And, as we finally lose the urge to hibernate and explore our surroundings we discover what’s in store in Bootle, as well as showing some love for retro-style camper vans.
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26 CAN COOK Rolling pins at the ready
OUT AND ABOUT 28 HEADING OVER TO... Camper vans of love
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Fun in the sun
ONLY IN LIVERPOOL INSIDER'S GUIDE TO LIVERPOOL
Katie McLoughlin and Michelle Rushton check out what’s been happening on the city’s social scene SEX IN THE CITY EVENTS
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IF there’s one thing that Liverpool ladies are known for it’s glamour, so it’s no surprise that when Sex and The City 2 fever swept the country last month, Liverpool had some glitzy gatherings that the fabulous foursome would be proud to attend. At Alma de Cuba’s SATC event male models escorted guests to their seats, where they got to be the first in the city to see what Carrie and co were getting up to. Afterwards, Alma de Cuba held a party featuring cosmopolitans, canapés and some of the songs from the series. Boodles also hosted a glamorous party to celebrate the release of the film. Clients and celebrity guests including Alex Gerrard, Sheree Murphy and Emma Rigby - were treated to a private screening in The Box at FACT whilst sipping Champagne and cosmopolitans. Then the lucky ladies were
transported back to Boodles on Lord Street for a SATC themed party, where Cricket displayed a selection of Haltston Heritage dresses featured in the film and guests enjoyed canapés, cocktails and New York inspired music. Cavern Walks meanwhile showed shoppers how to get the SATC look with an event celebrating fashions from the film and the launch of the centre’s new Style Advisor service. Celebrity stylist, Charlotte Harper, who’ll be available at Cavern Walks on the first Saturday of every month for free style consultations, teamed up with centre retailers to treat customers to a live catwalk fashion show dedicated to SATC’s four leading characters. The event, which was attended by Miss Liverpool, Debbie O’ Toole, also included a cocktail masterclass, free goody bags and makeovers courtesy of Peaches & Cream.
A SPARKLING SUCCESS
TIME BOMB HAVING sparkly peepers thanks to Time Bomb Smart Balm Eye Cream. Helping to combat the ageing effects of all those late nights, it comes in a handbag friendly sized pot so you can carry it around and apply throughout the day and at night. So at least your eyes can look wide awake. Priced at £20, it is available at selected John Lewis stores and www.lulusplace.co.uk
SPACEWORLD BEING able to catch up on the World Cup action, while the kids go crazy in Spaceworld. The soft play centre in Prescot has launched its own World Cup 2010 ‘playtime’ package after being inundated with requests from local mums and dads who want to watch the games with the family. Spaceworld has installed large screen TVs around the venue and launched a special World Cup menu so parents can sit back and watch the match while the children have fun on the rocket and whiz around in electric space buggies. How very family friendly! Visit www.spaceworldplaycentre.co.uk
ON A ROLL ADDING a touch of decadence for one’s smallest room with these designer toilet rolls. A favourite of Simon Cowell, apparently the music mogul has these strikingly lavish designs in the loos of his luxury LA mansion and they are set to become the must-have bathroom accessory in thousands of style conscious households. At £8.45 for a pack of three they’re not cheap but never fail to impress at dinner parties! To give your bathroom the ‘wow’ factor, visit www.thedesignertoiletrollcompany.co.uk
LUXURY jeweller David M Robinson hosted the ‘ultimate boys night in’ on June 10 at its flagship Liverpool ONE store. During the exclusive soiree, the Champagne flowed and guests enjoyed canapés from Café Sport as Swiss watch manufacturer, IWC, unveiled its 2010 collection for the first time in the UK. Liverpool Audi also showcased its new A8 and R8 V10, while Bang and Olufsen gave guests a run-through of the latest audio visual products.
As fine jewellers, David M Robinson obviously appreciates the beautiful things in life and so the company’s Liverpool ONE store has adorned its window with a display celebrating Tate Liverpool’s Picasso: Peace+Freedom exhibition. The window display features graphics and details about the exhibition which contains over 150 works by Picasso, brought together from galleries and private collections from across the world. At Tate Liverpool until August 30, the exhibition features some of Picasso’s most famous pieces and provides insight into the artist’s life as a political activist and campaigner for peace.
CANCER CHARITY CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY BRITAIN’S Got Talent finalist and jazz saxophonist, Julian Smith, was the star guest at a fundraising gala ball celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation last month. The event, which took place at the Isla Gladstone Conservatory in Stanley Park, was also attended by Professor Ray Donnelly MBE, the former surgeon who founded the charity in the city back in 1990. During the night a series of awards were presented to long term supporters of the charity, including Holby City actor, Robert Powell, who has been a patron of the foundation since it first began. Robert, who plays Mark Williams in the BBC show, says: “I find it difficult to believe that it’s almost 20 years since Ray invited me to become a patron of the charity. You must all be so proud of the extraordinary success of the Foundation. In the meantime I know it will continue to go from strength-to-strength.”
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EVERYONE FOR TENNIS THE ninth Tradition-ICAP Liverpool International Tennis Tournament was staged last month in Calderstones Park and brilliantly organised once again by Northern Vision. The 2010 event attracted some of its biggest crowds to date. It has grown year on year with Liverpool City Council support and John McEnroe's presence bringing bumper crowds who bathed in sunshine for the five days and enjoyed a fashion show.
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Shopping for her Spot scarf trim trilby hat, £9.60, from BHS Utility shirt £55, Bikini top £12, Bikini bottoms £12, all from Warehouse
Escape it all with a whole new look, says Katie McLoughlin A FAMILY friend once said that you can be whoever you want to be on holiday. Admittedly, the fellow in question probably took it a step too far, crafting a whole new persona and career for every trip away; but he does have a point - especially when it comes to your style identity. After all, holidays are all about escapism and a break from routine. So why not use your annual jaunt in the sun to play with your sense of style and try something new? From boldly hued maxi dresses to statement swimwear, floaty kaftans and uber-feminine playsuits, the city’s stores have a whole ocean of fabulous fashions that you can experiment with. So, to help inspire your holiday shopping, here’s our selection of sizzling summer styles that no suitcase should be without...(just don’t blame us if you get charged for excess baggage!)
Gold trim round sunglasses, £16, from Topshop
Sunny Plains tie bikini bottoms, £20, Sunny Plains triangle bikini top, £22, both from French Connection
Balenciaga mini stud straw bag, £655, from Cricket, Cavern Walks
Happy feet – Keep your tootsies cool and chic in these style-savvy sandals Peggy Gladiator Sandal, £45, from French Connection
Red Ring Gladiator Sandal, £45, from ASOS.com
Balenciaga Arena Stud Sandal, £695, from Cricket, Cavern Walks
Holiday Ankle Chain Sandals, £30, from Topshop
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Pazia Sandal, £65, from French Connection
JULY 10 Plait detail short, £28, from Miss Selfridge Maxi dress, £45, from Oh My Love, Cavern Walks Corset floral print dress, £38, from Miss Selfridge
Set of 3 raffia bangles, £19.99, from River Island
Cream embellished kaftan, £25, from Next
A runway success Katie McLoughlin takes a look at some of the latest design talent to emerge from the city FRESH from showcasing their eye-catching creations on the catwalk at Liverpool John Moore’s University’s Art & Design Academy, the latest crop of BA fashion graduates to emerge from the city have showcased their collections at the prestigious Graduate Fashion Week (GFW). Held in London’s Earls Court 2 in June, GFW gives fashion graduates from across the country the chance to showcase their work to industry insiders, headhunters, the press and public. Since it was founded in 1991, the high profile event has helped launch the careers of many big name designers including Stella McCartney and Julien MacDonald. Budding designers from some 50 fashion colleges and universities nationwide took part in the highly-regarded 2010 event, including 24 talented designers from LJMU. Sponsored by Liverpool ONE, the city’s designers of the future showed they have what it takes to be a cut above, as they exhibited collections inspired by everything from ancient Greece to webs and wings; 1940s film noir heroines and even coulrophobia (a fear of clowns). As well as being displayed in the main exhibition at GFW, the students’ collections also appeared in a catwalk show at the event. The standard from LJMU’s graduates was incredibly high, with some of the onesto-watch including Chlöe Moyse, whose highly wearable collection featured organic jersey pieces and classic tailoring; menswear designer, Rachel Owen; Alice England who was inspired by Grace Jones and iconic 80s games like Pac Man; and Francesca Clarke whose Arabian Nights collection utilised soft feminine fabrics to create a sensual silhouette. Alice England Chloe Moyse
Embellished swimsuit, from New Look
Nautical bikini top, £15, and nautical bottoms, £10, from House of Fraser
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Shopping for him Fantastic replica of the Beatles trade mark collarless suit and you can pick them up in Beat Wear, in Liverpool's own Cavern Walks, priced £165.96 (ex VAT)
Picture courtesy of Beat Wear
Fab Four flair With the third annual Beatles Day taking place this month, Paul Baker gets into the mood with some Beatles-inspired fashions JULY looks set to be a bona fide Beatles-fest of a month with the annual Beatles’ Day on July 10 coinciding with this year’s 50th anniversary of The Beatles first getting together. The first Beatles Day took place in 2008 during Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year and was such a success that it has managed to grow and improve each year. The third annual Beatles Day takes place on Saturday July 10, and this year it’s going global! So not only will we Liverpudlians get to enjoy the festivities but so will Fab Four fans in Hamburg, New York, Shanghai, Sydney and Moscow. Beatles Day organiser, Chas Cole said: “We’re delighted that cities around the world want to join us to celebrate the legacy of The Beatles. We’ll also be inviting performers from participating cities to Liverpool, to take part in our very own Beatles Day Concert.” The concert itself will take place at the ECHO Arena as part of the Summer Pops line-up and all proceeds will go to The Beatles Day Foundation, to help a variety of worthy causes. So don your mop-top wig, dig out your old Beatles regalia and show the world just how big a fan you are of John, Paul, George and Ringo. And if you need any ideas on what to wear for Beatles Day, just cast your eye over these Fab Four inspired fashions.
These black ultra skinny fit trousers give a great Beatles drainpipe look, £50 from Topman
Winkle Picker in blue leather, an extreme point for extreme people, with a 2" cuban heel. £113 (exc VAT) from Beat Wear. www.beatwear.co.uk
Beatles Abbey Road Revolution Satchel - £29.95 from The Beatles Shop
Black metal 'Aviator' sunglasses from Ray-Ban, £134 from farfetch.com
Grey suede, original Chelsea boot, £113 (exc VAT) from Beat Wear Shea-style jacket as worn by The Beatles at the famous Shea Stadium concert! £165.96 (exc VAT) from Beat Wear Complete the Lennon look with a fine sailor's cap, £14 from Topman
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Tortoise-shell round-rimmed plastic glasses from Retrospecs for the John Lennon look, £147 from farfetch.com
Strawberry Fields Forever boxer shorts - £12.50 cafepress.co.uk
Tailor made Shea-style jacket £191.49 (exc VAT) from Beat Wear
Sir Peter Blake visits Beatles inspired hotel
Beatles Day sculpture
Beatles Day charity gets a little help from its friends The godfather of British pop art, Sir Peter Blake recently visited Liverpool’s Hard Days Night Hotel, becoming the first to order from the hotel’s new summer menu in the restaurant that is named after him. Sir Peter Blake, famed for his iconic design of the sleeve cover for the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, sampled the new menu at Blake’s Restaurant, which will run until September. Blakes, which was named after him and opened to great acclaim in 2008, has Sir Peter’s artwork adorning the walls, the menu and restaurant frontage, and was entered into the Good Food Guide in 2009 as the best restaurant in Liverpool city centre. The summer a la carte menu, specially created by head chef Andrew Scott, features a special 28 day dry aged ‘Sgt. Peppered Steak’ in either 8oz ribeye or sirloin, in recognition of Sir Peter’s visit. General manager Mike Dewey says: "This is such an honour for Blakes and the Hard Days Night Hotel. Sir Peter’s name is synonymous with The Beatles and to have him be the first to dine from the new summer menu is a privilege. "We were delighted to welcome back both Peter and his wife Chrissy, and sincerely hope they enjoyed their meal with us during their visit to Liverpool."
The Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool is teaming up with the Beatles Day Foundation as its official charity to help promote an exciting line-up of events taking place in the run up to Beatles Day and the Lennon tribute season. The four-star, Beatles-inspired hotel will play host to a variety of events, including gigs from the Backbeat Beatles, a host of talks and signings by some of the biggest names in Beatles history, including John Lennon’s sister Julia Baird who is a trustee of the charity, and a surprise stunt happening on July 10 for World Beatles Day. General Manager Mike Dewey says: “We are looking forward to some fantastic events taking place in conjunction with the Beatles Day Foundation. As a hotel, we are always keen to support local causes and we are doing everything we can to help them raise money for the community. We also have some fantastic surprises up our sleeves so watch this space for more information!” The first official scheduled event to take place at the hotel is a performance by the Backbeat Beatles on Saturday, August 14, when the band will perform a number of highenergy Beatles favourites, and channel the spontaneity and Scouse humour encapsulated by the original band members. The Backbeat Beatles, who were formed in 1994 by actor and musician Chris O’Neill who starred in the Bafta award-winning Beatles film ‘Backbeat,’ are Britain’s premier Beatles tribute band. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Beatles Day Foundation, which raises money for local community projects, events and charities. Beatles Day primarily aims to help in the improvement of health and well being of children and young people. Gill O’Neill, Beatles Day organiser says: “We are delighted with the news about the tie up with the Hotel. World Beatles Day takes place on July 10 each year and is our main fundraising event, but these year round activities will really help us to promote the charity and increase the funds raised for good causes.” Tickets are available from the hotel on 0151 236 1964.
CAVERN Walks have commissioned Liverpoolbased artist, Mike Badger to produce a permanent sculpture in the shopping centre to mark Beatles Day. The Liverpool based artist and singer-songwriter was a founder member of influential Scouse band The La’s. The sculpture, entitled 'Musical Composition,' will feature an assemblage of reclaimed musical instruments associated with famous Beatles hits, including a vintage Zenith guitar donated by Mike himself in honour of Paul McCartney who wrote some of his earliest hits on a similar Zenith guitar of the same era. The Cavern Walks Beatles Day sculpture will be unveiled to the public on Thursday, July 8 at 10am. Mike, 48, from Wavertree, is well known in the art world for his amazing sculpture work using reclaimed materials. He said: “I’m delighted to win the commission to produce a sculpture at Cavern Walks in celebration of Beatles Day as it allows me the opportunity to combine my experience of music and art.” Along with creating artworks Mike still works as a musician and part owns local record label ‘Viper’ which archives Liverpool music.
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Chris overun OOKING impeccably dressed and portraying style and distinction is an art and not something many people can achieve on their own. This is why Berkley Bowen’s professional clothiers are held in such high regard by their clients across Merseyside, who all trust that they will ensure they step out looking nothing less than perfect, whether it is for a business meeting, a charity dinner or a day at the races... The journey of having custom made clothing is an exciting one and starts with a visit from a Berkley Bowen professional clothier, at the customer’s home or workplace, to discuss their needs, wants and current wardrobe. The wardrobe analysis will take into account the client’s current clothing, their skin tone and eye colour, as well as where they will be wearing the clothing, be it mainly in the office, out at clients, on the golf course or social events. This allows the clothier to recommend the most appropriate cloths, colours and styles for the individual’s needs. With over 3,000 cloths to choose from, there really is no limit and the customer can choose every detail of their outfit from the position of the pockets, how many buttons on the jacket, the colour of the stitching and the shape of the collar, ensuring that it will be a completely individual garment. Once the cloth, colour and detail have been selected, the customer needs to choose a whether its made to measure or pure bespoke. If it will be a made to measure suit, computer guided laser cutters are used to cut the cloth to the specific measurements of the individual and then it is sewn together by machine. A
Sir Peter Blake visits Beatles inspired hotel
THE godfather of British pop art, Sir Peter Blake recently visited Liverpool’s Hard Days Night Hotel, becoming the first to order from the hotel’s new summer menu in the restaurant that is named after him. Sir Peter Blake, famed for his iconic design of the sleeve cover for the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, sampled the new menu at Blakes Restaurant, which will run until September. Blakes, Opened to great acclaim in 2008, has Sir Peter’s artwork adorning the walls, the menu and restaurant frontage, and was entered into the Good Food Guide in 2009 as the best restaurant in Liverpool city centre. The summer a la carte menu, specially created by head chef Andrew Scott, features a special 28 day dry aged ‘Sgt. Peppered Steak’ in either 8oz ribeye or sirloin, in recognition of Sir Peter’s visit. General manager Mike Dewey says: "This is such an honour for Blakes and the Hard Days Night Hotel. Sir Peter’s name is synonymous with The Beatles and to have him be the first to dine from the new summer menu is a privilege. "We were delighted to welcome back both Peter and his wife Chrissy, and sincerely hope they enjoyed their meal with us during their visit to Liverpool."
Beatles Day charity gets a little help from its friends THE Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool is teaming up with the Beatles Day Foundation as its official charity to help promote an exciting line-up of events taking place in the run up to Beatles Day and the Lennon tribute season. The four-star, Beatles-inspired hotel will play host to a variety of events, including gigs from the Backbeat Beatles, a host of talks and signings by some of the biggest names in Beatles history, including John Lennon’s sister Julia Baird who is a trustee of the charity, and a surprise stunt happening on July 10 for World Beatles Day. General Manager Mike Dewey says: “We are looking forward to some fantastic events taking place in conjunction with the Beatles Day Foundation. As a hotel, we are always keen to support local causes and we are doing everything we can to help them raise money for the community. We also have some fantastic surprises up our sleeves so watch this space for more information!” The first official scheduled event to take place at the hotel is a performance by the Backbeat Beatles on Saturday, August 14, when the band will perform a number of highenergy Beatles favourites, and channel the spontaneity and
Scouse humour encapsulated by the original band members. The Backbeat Beatles, who were formed in 1994 by actor and musician Chris O’Neill who starred in the Bafta award-winning Beatles film ‘Backbeat,’ are Britain’s premier Beatles tribute band. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Beatles Day Foundation, which raises money for local community projects, events and charities. Beatles Day primarily aims to help in the improvement of health and well being of children and young people. Gill O’Neill, Beatles Day organiser says: “We are delighted with the news about the tie up with the Hotel. World Beatles Day takes place on July 10 each year and is our main fundraising event, but these year round activities will really help us to promote the charity and increase the funds raised for good causes.” Tickets are available from the hotel on 0151 236 1964.
Beatles Day sculpture CAVERN Walks have commissioned Liverpool-based artist, Mike Badger to produce a permanent sculpture in the shopping centre to mark Beatles Day. The Liverpool based artist and singer — songwriter was a founder member of influential Scouse band The La’s. The sculpture, entitled 'Musical Composition,' will feature an assemblage of reclaimed musical instruments associated
with famous Beatles hits, including a vintage Zenith guitar donated by Mike himself in honour of Paul McCartney who wrote some of his earliest hits on a similar Zenith guitar of the same era. The Cavern Walks Beatles Day sculpture will be unveiled to the public on Thursday, July 8 at 10am. Mike, 48, from Wavertree, is well known in the art world for his amazing sculpture
work using reclaimed materials. He said: “I’m delighted to win the commission to produce a sculpture at Cavern Walks in celebration of Beatles Day as it allows me the opportunity to combine my experience of music and art.” Along with creating artworks Mike still works as a musician and part owns local record label ‘Viper’ which archives Liverpool music.
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Health & beauty
FANCY FOOTWORK IT'S summer and the shorts and shades are out, but what about those tootsies? If you've abandoned all foot care until now then don't fret we've found a great selection to soften and soothe those feet so they look fab in your new floral flip-flops. With a little care and attention you'll be strolling around the pool side with tip top toes!
Celebrity treatment Michelle Rushton tries an A-list facial at Nicola Harris Beauty
Natural luxury moisturiser, Foot Heaven, £10, from BellinghamSoapCompany.co.uk
Cowshed Udderly Gorgeous leg and foot treatment, £18, from John Lewis
Heel Genius foot cream, £5, from Soap & Glory Peppermint Purifying Foot Mask, £8, from The Body Shop
Night Time Foot Butter, £4.90, from www.freyaluna.folksy.com
Custom skin care THIS July make sure you don’t miss a great summer deal from Clinique. When purchasing any two skin care products from your local Clinique counter you can get a ‘custom fit’ skin care consultation and in turn receive one of five ‘Concern Kits’ to suit your skin. With the help and expertise of a Clinique consultant to determine your skin care needs, you can choose from Radiance, Anti-Blemish, Uneven Skin Tone, De-Ageing and Redness, until July 22. Your three must-have treatment products come in flight friendly sizes and are housed in a classic white patent wash bag, perfect for travel!
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FEELING a little jaded, thanks to juggling full-time work and a small toddler, I was in desperate need of a little ‘me-time.’ So I decided to check out the elegant new day spa in Allerton. Nicola Harris Beauty recently opened its perfectly manicured doors and is a sight to behold with no expense spared on creating the ideal urban retreat. The spa is also one of the first in the UK to introduce exclusive Rodial Spa products which have a devoted celebrity following including Cheryl Cole, Sarah Jessica Parker and Victoria Beckham. To pep up my tired skin, Nicola prescribed the Rodial ‘A-List facial’ using Glamoxy Snake Serum (hailed Botox in a bottle) which has been voted the number one must-have treatment of 2010 by beauty editors. She showed me to the luxurious treatment room where I lay on a heated bed while she dimmed the lights and put some tranquil music on. Nicola used Rodial A-List cleanser which melts into the skin and lifts impurities before applying a Rodial Glamtox peel which gently lifts dead skin cells and doubles up as a face lifting mask. Whilst this was working, Nicola gave
me a relaxing head massage to relieve tension, before exfoliating my skin and removing the mask with warm cloths. This was so soothing and the products smelled lovely, really lifting the senses. Then she sprayed Rodial Glamtone – a hydrating facial spritz – before continuing with a lifting facial massage using Glamtox night facial oil. She then applied the Rodial Acid Mask, a cooling skin brightening mask, whilst giving me a hand and arm massage. Just the right amount of pressure was applied to make me feel all tingly and relaxed. Removing the mask, Nicola then sprayed more Glamtone spritz before applying the Rodial Glamoxy Snake Serum, using suction movements in a snake bite movement to lift and tone the skin. The oxygenated serum contains syn-ake; a neuropeptide that mimics the effects of the Temple Viper’s potent venom, to instantly lift the face, freeze muscles and plump fine lines and wrinkles. Lastly, she smoothed Rodial Glam Balm on my eyes and lips which contains myrrh and vitamin C and is an intensive, anti aging product. I felt totally revived and refreshed after the treatment but instead of rushing out, Nicola encouraged me to stay a while and
relax with a fruit tea in her orangery outside. On my way out, I caught a glimpse of my face in the mirror and my skinlooked so smooth, and peachy soft. Who needs to hotfoot it to LA for a facelift when you can nip to Allerton and avoid the air miles?!
Where is it? Nicola Harris Beauty can be found in the old firemaster’s house off Mather Avenue in Allerton (opposite the big Tesco).
What does it do? Nicola Harris Beauty offers a full range of beauty and day spa treatments, specialising in Rodial, Guinot and Elemis products. The spa boasts seven treatment rooms, including a twin room for double treatments, and state-of-the-art aesthetic and pedicure rooms.
Contact: Nicola Harris Beauty, 9 Mather Avenue, Allerton, Liverpool, L18 6HE. Telephone 0151 724 4999, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nicolaharris.co.uk
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Keep abreast of your health
Michelle Rushton discovers medical thermal imaging MOST health-savvy people are aware that we need to check our breasts from time to time and report anything unusual to our GPs. And the NHS Breast Screening Programme provides free mammograms for women over 50. But if you’re under 50, male, or have a history of breast cancer in the family, there is an additional way of keeping your breasts in check. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) is a test of physiology, which detects temperature abnormalities throughout the body which may indicate pain, injury, or disease. After hearing about the technique, I went along to the Medical Thermal Imaging North West on Rodney Street to try it out. There I met Sophie Gent, a certified, clinical thermographer at the practice, who explained: “DITI can be used to highlight a huge range of illnesses, from heart disease, arthritis to sinus issues, digestive disorders, diabetes, immune dysfunction and much more. “Thermography, which is used
extensively in America, is particularly useful to aid in the diagnosis of breast disease. “DITI detects subtle changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, infection or vascular disease. And as well as being non invasive and totally painless, it’s really safe as there’s no radiation involved. "It can take years for a tumour to grow and our aim is to find breast abnormalities from the moment they
appear. We start with a baseline scan and perform a second scan 90 days later. If we can see a difference in development, we recommend the patient sees their GP for further tests. "If we can detect a possible cancer in the earlier stages, it could prevent the need for aggressive treatment and surgery in the future. "DITI is perfect for women who’ve had mastectomies, those with small breasts, women with breast implants and men, who can be affected by breast cancer as they have also breast tissue." After a chat about my general health, I was asked to undress to the waist and asked to sit on a stool with my hands behind my head. Sophie took five images. Having expected a huge scary machine, I was amazed at how small and non-threatening the digital infrared camera was. It was all over in a flash and I was able to get dressed and look at the pictures on the screen. Sophie showed me how the different temperatures in my body were highlighted by different colors. She explained: "I’m now sending your scans electronically to our certified physicians for interpretation. If there’s anything to worry about they will advise you to see your GP." I only had to wait a couple of days before receiving the medical report, which said: "Mild thermal asymmetries noted in the breasts. These areas do not
currently appear suspicious and may relate to fibrocystic activity. They should, however, be monitored for change." With my medical report in hand, I went to see my GP who reassured me that fibrocystic changes (which can cause breasts to be lumpy and tender) are quite normal for a woman my age (36). I have now booked an appointment for my three-month repeat scan, which, fingers crossed, will hopefully not show anything untoward. The experience has certainly taught me the importance of monitoring breast health. The breast scan costs £195. For more details contact Medical Thermal Imaging North West on 0151 706 7911 or visit www.breastscreening10yrsearlier.co.uk
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IF you’re bored of the gym and looking for a fun way to get fit, then get your castanets out and head to Lunya. The Catalonian restaurant in Liverpool ONE holds Flamenco and Tapas nights on Monday evenings. You can receive an hour of expert training from one of Madrid’s best flamenco teachers, Rebeca Escolastico Novalbos, in the beautiful old converted warehouse on College Lane. It’s a fabulous way to work out and a great way to stay trim as well as learn some steps and moves. Following the flamenco class you can enjoy some light tapas and a glass of wine/soft drink. The classes take place every Monday at 7pm. The cost is £15 a session and includes your dancing lesson, two tapas and a drink. To book your place, call the restaurant on 0151 706 9770, or email email@example.com
FOOTBALL fans across the country can find out if they are match fit with the launch of a new NHS World Cup fitness tool. With football fans having spent a great deal of time in front of the TV during the World Cup, the NHS has launched an online tool that allows fans to test their match fitness and see how they compare to fans from around the world. Adults are encouraged to get more active. As an added bonus, players will be able to find out how much they would be worth in today’s transfer market and score points for their favourite World Cup team by answering simple health questions. Backed by the English Football Association and developed with the charity Men’s Health Forum, the tool is available via Facebook, iTunes and www.nhs.uk
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Lovely day at the Albert Dock
Michelle Rushton and family put the Albert Dock to the test MY partner Mike and I have always enjoyed mooching around the Albert Dock, spending many a Sunday afternoon marvelling at the boats or checking out the many museums. But now we have our 21-month-old toddler Daniel, I wondered just how family friendly it would be and would there be enough to entertain his evercurious mind? There was only one way to find out so off we set for an Albert Dock adventure. Our first port of call in the morning was the YellowDuckMarine tour. We obtained a family pass from the ticket office, and stored away our buggy before boarding the YellowDuckMarine, an authentic World War II amphibians vehicle used in the D Day landings in Normandy. I was a bit worried at because the Duck’s windows were open, as Daniel won’t sit still for long and I had visions of him trying to climb out. But when the Duck set off, the
movement lulled him to sleep so he missed most of the tour, but at least it gave us a chance to listen to Gareth our tour guide. As we weaved our way through the city, Gareth pointed out all the interesting landmarks and buildings – from the ‘Smokey Bacon’ building at the Pier Head, to Doctor Duncan’s, the cathedrals, the Philharmonic Hall and much more – with witty tales and anecdotes.
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We woke Daniel up in time for the fun bit when we ‘splashed down’ and sailed around the different docks. He was particularly excited about the “duck duck” – a resident swan called Fred – according to Gareth who played
Jaws music for a joke, In fact, the waters are home to giant Conger eels, one of whichis nicknamed “Jaws” As well as being informative, the Duck tour was really good fun but pretty soon we were back on dry land, heading for The BugWorld Experience, where, again, the staff were great and let us store away the buggy. I must admit, I’m not overly keen on creepy crawlies but Mike loves insects and Daniel likes chasing ladybirds so I braved it for their sake! BugWorld is divided into different zones from the rainforest and desert to woodland and garden zones where you learn about different critters and their environment and play interactive games. And there are real bugs for you to hold. Daniel stroked a millipede and Mike got up close and personal with a stick insect but I drew the line at hugging a giant land snail! Daniel loved the Baby Bugs Area for under fives and was soon rolling around the floor with cuddly bug toys and playing with colouring books and games. We decided against buying live bug ‘pick n mix’ in the souvenir shop and instead, headed to Ha Ha Bar & Grill for lunch. Staff brought over a high chair for Daniel, a balloon and some crayons and paper to entertain him while we perused the menu. We chose the very tasty chicken and bacon club sandwich, British rump steak sandwich and chicken and tomato pasta for Daniel who wolfed it down, although things got a little messy and a lot of the sauce ended up on his face and on the floor! But the friendly staff ensured us
Popped into The Beatles Story they didn’t mind cleaning it up and off we headed to our next stop, The Beatles Story. This award-winning attraction takes visitors on a magical mystery tour though the lives of the four young lads from Liverpool who became the greatest band of all time. There’s lots of memorabilia and information boards, as well as recreations of different scenes, such as the Yellow Submarine, the Cavern Club, Abbey Road Studios, and the moving Imagine room in tribute of John Lennon. The best bit for Daniel was the Discovery Zone for children where he got to play tunes on a giant piano and wear a Beatles wig! There were so many more attractions we could have visited, but by this time it was 4pm and we were shattered so we’ll save the rest for another weekend. One thing’s for sure, the docks make a great day out for all the family – we’ll be back!
Paul Baker zooms in on some of the best ways to keep your little ones busy over the summer holidays
Check out some cool summer styles for kids who like a kickabout WITH the World Cup still in full swing, the little ones certainly don’t want to be left out of the fun. So kit them out in fun football fashions for summer – there’s loads of clothing and fun footie related merchandise aimed squarely at the kids. Remember, you’re never too young to support your team, so get your future Gerrards and Rooneys cheering England.
Boy’s England football T-shirt, £6 from BHS
AH yes, soon school will most definitely be “out for summer” as the great Alice Cooper once screeched. So get ready for your kids to pack up their pens and pencils, close their text books and toss away that uniform – because the summer holidays are almost upon us! Thankfully, Merseyside is bursting with things to enthral the kiddies and hopefully tire them out enough so that they go straight to sleep when bedtime comes. Here are just a few highlights... ■ TOP Liverpool arts centre FACT has a familyfriendly and hands-on exhibition running until August 30. It’s called Persistence of Vision and you enter the exhibition through a hall of mirrors. Inside a series of interactive touch-screen games will give each person an overall score so you can see how your memory and mental agility measures up against your family, friends and other gallery visitors. Plus, it’s free to get in. Check it out at: www.fact.co.uk
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■ WANT a cheap way to entertain the wee ones without leaving the city centre? How about a Treasure Hunt? Just buy one online from the huntfun site and you’ll be sent your treasure hunt through the post. Then just pick a nice day, pack some refreshments and set off looking for the clues dotted around our fair city. Go to: www.huntfun.co.uk
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■ CAFE Sports England and Cafe Sports Express are offering a great combination package of a two course meal and a ticket to see one of the top new 3-D animations hitting the big screen this summer. There’s Shrek Forever on July 3, Toy Story 3 on July 24, and Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore on August 4. For £15 per child under 12 and £20 for accompanying adults, you’ll get your meal, 3-D glasses, facepainting fun, a magician, colouring and a ticket to one of the hottest hits of the summer. Visit www.cafesportsengland.com for more details. ■ THE Gruffalo book was recently voted the nation’s number one bedtime story by BBC Radio 2 listeners, and now it is coming to the Liverpool Empire on July 20 and 21. Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep dark wood… Visit www.liverpoolempire.org.uk
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The BIG interview
Loose cannon Michelle Rushton talks to the Pirate Queen of Liverpool, Margi Clarke NYONE else would have been a little offended at being called a “loose cannon,” but not Margi Clarke. The actress just throws back her head and roars laughing! “Loose cannon,” she muses. “I like that...” We came up with the theme after being told that she would be promoting the annual Mersey Pirate Muster at the Albert Dock this year. We thought we’d take a photo of her outside the Merseyside Maritime Museum, as there will be eight cannons firing at the event this year, and with Margi being seen as a bit of a “loose cannon,” it seemed the perfect choice of location. The phrase describes someone who is a little impulsive and that’s Margi all over - she’s totally unpredictable but passionate about everything she does, especially when it comes to promoting her city. “It’s so alive - how powerful the lifeforce of Liverpool is,” gleams Margi. “I reckon everyone should take a trip up St John’s Beacon. On the one side, you can see the Moel Famau mountains and the other, Blackpool Tower, with the River Mersey, gushing in between. It brings that energy into the city daily.” And she’s thrilled to be asked to support the Pirate Day at the docks on July 18 which looks set to attract a record amount of visitors this year with a real fun-packed line up of nautical events to help raise money for Liverpool Unites. A world record attempt will be the focal point of the day as organisers aim to get 2,000 people dressed as pirates in one area to break the current world record of 1,722. Margi will play the character of infamous female pirate, Anne Bonny, who was born in the late 17th century. At a time when women didn’t have many rights, Anne became an equal crew member and ‘respected’ pirate who had an affair with Calico Jack Rackam. She is perfect for the part as Margi is also strong and independent, and has a real affinity with the water. She says: “I love the sea traditions and
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want to keep them alive.” Margi’s totally looking forward to Pirate Day. “I’ve got me eye out for Monty the Monster,” she beams. On the day, pirate ships from the north, east, south and west will converge at the docks in search of the lost treasure while Monty the Monster sleeps. And she’s hoping to bump into Long John Silver. “He'd
have supported both football teams. He's only got one leg but has a foot in both camps! He'd have made a great Scouser!” Margi has been spending a lot of time on a tugboat down the Albert Dock recently, writing her memoirs, Now You See Me, with esteemed local journalist, Peter Grant. “I’m 56 now and I feel I am an elder. I’ve well earned me spurs and my right to tell my story.” And what a story it is. Kirkbymost famous daughter Margi’s launch into showbiz was in 1978 when she co-presented What's On for Granada with Tony Wilson. She went on to appear in Brookside and films Letter to Brezhnev, 24 Hour Party People, School For Seduction and many more. She has appeared in Coronation Street as Tyrone’s mum, starred in ITV comedy, Benidorm, played the part of Queenie in long running BBC series Making Out, presented the hugely successful The Good Sex Guide, hosted her own daytime TV show, Swank, and
presented her own radio show on City Talk. But there have been bad times, the mother-of-two has battled the bottle and a debilitating illness. She split up with her partner and was made bankrupt. But like the city has regenerated itself, she has overcome all this and bounced back, larger than life. Her road to recovery was helped by her fascination with naturopathy. After discovering how to heal her body, Margi set up a successful online health and beauty range called 'Soul Rinse.' And after a dry period, the work is flooding back in. Margi is looking forward to another spell Corrie in August. “You’ve got to be at the top of your game at Corrie; it’s a welloiled machine,” she revealed. “I instantly made friends with the ‘naughty ones’ like Anne Kirkbride who plays Deidre, as we sneak out for fags!” Margi is also hoping to show off her culinary prowess in Celebrity Come Dine With Me. “I’ll have to do some traditional
Scouse recipes like Wet Nellies,” laughs Margi, who once published her own vegetarian cook book, Margi Clarke's Better than Sex Cookbook. Life is on the up for Margi, who is even unfazed by the menopause which she is currently going through. “I use natural products especially black cohosh," she says. "It’s a safe, herbal treatment and I take one a day. It’s really good for night sweats and mood swings, as well as your skin and hair which all take a battering. I want to tip the nod to women my age. “One of the best treatments though is being in a loving relationship. I’m single right now but I’m getting myself ready to give and receive love. I’m in a good place - the only thing is the field has got smaller - the acreage has shrunk!” When Margi’s not working, she likes to spend time in Maggie May's cafe on Bold Street, where she stops by for its great Scouse and to watch the world go by.
And although she’s quit the bottle, she still loves a good night out. “When the ships came into this city, the whole town partied and we still love nightlife. I love Bad Format for the live music and I always call into Concert Square and pubs along the dock road. “And I love the gay scene - it’s all upfront and safe as houses. You always get a great welcome. That’s what I love about this city. Everyone knows each other and everyone’s a character.” And Margi really is one of those great characters - a real Liverpool treasure... a loose cannon. Now You See Me will be published in September, (£16.99) To pre order visit www.merseyshop.com or call 0845 1430001. Be part of a world record, come along and support Pirate Day all in the good cause of Liverpool Unites.
Play it again Samantha Sarah Hooley catches up with actress Samantha Giles who's set to cause a stir in Hollyoaks ROM an adulterous vicar's wife in Emmerdale to a flirty flame-haired mother in Hollyoaks, Samantha Giles is no stranger to raising a few eyebrows. And with the award-winning actress set to make a dramatic return to the Chester-based soap later this month – viewers can prepare for yet more controversy. A new twist in the exciting storyline surrounding the Valentine family, Samantha first joined the Hollyoaks' cast as Valerie Holden in 2008 and says she's thrilled to be reprising her role after a two year absence from the soap. Playing the estranged wife of loveable layabout, Leo Valentine, Valerie instantly established herself as a key figure in the fictional village. However it didn't take long for scandal to follow and in true soap fashion, the character fled to Spain after kissing Leo's son, Calvin. So what brings the haphazard mum back to the village? Samantha says: “After fleeing to Spain two years ago, Valerie comes back to Hollyoaks as the Valentine family are leaving – and she's the same flighty, larger than life, terrible mum that's she's always been. I can't say too much, but it doesn't take long for her to stir things up again!” A popular character, Valerie's reappearance will no doubt be welcomed by fans of the show and Samantha says she's happy to be back after her two year break.
“I left the show to have my little girl, Eve, and I didn't think that I would be coming back so it's brilliant to have been asked. Everyone on the cast is lovely it feels like I've never been away and Lime Pictures is going from strength to strength. "Plus, I don't live far from the studio so it's really handy!” she adds with a laugh. Originally from Kent the well loved actress moved to Liverpool four years ago after meeting her partner while working in the city and now considers herself an adopted scouser. She says with a smile: “I originally came to Liverpool to take part in a Christmas show at the Playhouse and loved it as soon as I got here. The people are really friendly and genuine and there's just so much to do.” Best known for her role of Bernice Thomas in Emmerdale for which Samantha picked up a TV Quick Award for Best Actress in 2000 - the glamorous full time mum isn't one for sitting still. And as well as looking after her children, Samantha recently ran the BUPA Great Manchester Run in aid of the Alzheimer's Society for the second year running. A charity close to Samantha's heart, the actress has been an ambassador for the charity since her grandmother was diagnosed with dementia a few years ago and is now dedicated to raising awareness of Alzheimer's and the Alzheimer's Society. www.alzheimers.org.uk
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MOVE over Tom Cruise, there's a new cocktail king in town! Neil Sutton, a talented mixologist at city centre bar Mojo, was recently crowned the Northern regional winner of the Diageo Reserve World Class bartending competition after beating off stiff competition in Sheffield this May. Showcasing his exceptional skills at the vodka category final, Neil impressed judges with a stunning display of cocktails and will now go through to compete in the prestigious UK final. Not to mention, taking centre stage on a billboard erected in Liverpool city centre! Visit Neil at Mojo in Back Berry Street, Liverpool, L1 4BG.
FOLLOWING a hugely successful first year, Dead Cities are fast earning a name as one of the most interesting live bands in Liverpool. The trio, who formed in late 2008, have already wowed crowds at sell out gigs in Zanzibar and the Bluecoat Arts Centre and are currently in Norway to record and perform tracks ahead of their debut single and album due to be released later this year. With gentle nods to Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear and Bon Iver, the Dead Cities' heartfelt lyrics and well crafted songs are beautifully understated and create a real sense of space and atmosphere. Catch the Dead Cities at upcoming gigs in Liverpool this year or if you can't wait that long visit www.deadcities.co.uk.
AT the tender age of 16, extreme inline skater, Andy Gilbert, is already making a name for himself as one of the best UK skaters on the circuit. The talented teen, who trains at the Rampworx skatepark in Aintree, regularly places within the top three at amateur competitions and recently made it to the finals of Winterclash in Germany. One of the biggest rollerblading competitions in the world, Andy was the only amateur Brit to make it into the finals of Winterclash (despite a broken wrist) and is now one step nearer to his dream of becoming a professional. On top of that, the young skater also spends his spare time volunteering as a coach at Rampworx and will be flying out to America later in the year to compete in the world amateur championships. For information visit www.rampworx.com.
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Michelle Rushton highlights a heady line-up of events for July
Hardman’s Hope LIVERPOOL Cathedral is to host an exhibition of unique and evocative photographs by the celebrated Edward Chambré Hardman. Taking place from July 26 to August 20, the exhibition will focus on Harman’s perspectives of life in the Hope Street Quarter from the 1920s to the 1980s, together with a hands on display of vintage photographic equipment courtesy of The National Trust – Mr Hardman’s Photographic Studio, 59 Rodney Street. The is timed to coincide with the final month of the Cathedral2Cathedral Photographic Competition where photographers of all abilities are invited to submit their best image of life in and around the Hope Street area. The competition closes on August 20. www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk
Brouhaha CARNIVAL fever is set to hit the streets of Liverpool this summer with the highly anticipated return of Brouhaha International Street Festival. The much-loved event, which runs from July 16 to 24, will see over 260 performers from around the globe heading to the city to take part in 10 days of colourful carnivals, exciting festivals, and interactive community workshops. The festival will close with the final day featuring The Liverpool International Carnival, regarded as the highlight of the event, in Princes Park on the Saturday, July 24. This year’s theme is ‘Reincarnation’ – Mixing the Race of the Nation.’ Visit the website: www.brouhaha.uk.com
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ENTER a world of swashbuckling skullduggery, as the second International Mersey Pirate Muster blasts back into the Albert Dock on Riverpool Day Sunday, July 18. Sea dogs, barnacle-backs and Old Salts cross cutlasses as their magnificent tall ships battle for Liverpool’s lost treasure in the Siege of Canning Dock, with enough cannons and muskets to wake Davy Jones himself. Beat the pirates to the hidden prize by finding the legendary pieces of eight, meet the pirates, learn the ropes and listen to yarns as old as the river. Sign up to join the Muster Book (minimum term one hundred years) and watch out for old Monty the Monster, who is never far from the treasure. This free family fun day, opens at 11 am.
Sculpture of language TATE Liverpool continues its highly popular collection displays, DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture, by collaborating with the current poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. Duffy's personal selection of artworks invites us on a journey towards a universal notion of language. The journey starts from the moment of ‘silence’ and presents works by Surrealist artists such as Salvador Dalí and Max Ernst, to Gillian Wearing’s striking photographic series. Admission is free. For information call 0151 702 7400.
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Southport singing sensation GYPSY Watson became an overnight sensation in Southport last year, when she started singing opera arias on the town’s streets. This led to her performing a sold out concert at Southport Theatre in January this year, to rave reviews. Now she will bring her extraordinary singing talent to the streets of Liverpool city centre, riding a horse and carriage through town and singing classic arias, culminating in a concert at the Liverpool Empire on July 24. To see Gypsy in concert call 0844 847 2525 or visit www.LiverpoolEmpire.org.uk
PARENTS with small children will be familiar with loveable characters Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka from in The NIght Garden And now the world premiere of the award-winning BBC children’s TV show, will be coming to Sefton Park in state-of-the-art show domes. The characters will be brought to life with full-size costumes, enchanting music, magical puppets and panoramic projections, creating a spectacular theatrical experience to make audiences feel they are actually entering the magical world of In the Night Garden. The show takes place from July 17 to August 1. To book tickets visit www.nightgardenlive.com or call 0844 581 1251. Best of Liverpool and the show’s producers are offering two lucky winners a family ticket (for four people, minimum one adult) at Sefton Park on Thursday, July 22 at 9.30am. Just email the answer to the following question to firstname.lastname@example.org stating Night Garden in the subject box and including your name and daytime telephone number. Q. Which blue character has a red blanket?
THOSE ingenious guys at Harvest Sun Promotions have lined up another undercover gig at the Williamson Tunnels on July 16, 7.30pm. The Tunnel Of Love 'Balearic Sunshine Euphoria' will star The Superimposers, The Tea Street Band, DJ's Moonboots and The Wonderful Sound Libraries. Tickets cost £8 and are available from Probe Records on Slater Street and www.ticketline.co.uk Performance times: 8pm
FOLK-ROCK superstar Jackson Browne has joined the line-up for The 2010 Liverpool Summer Pops Festival. Performing at the Liverpool Echo Arena tomorrow, Friday, July 2, Browne will be accompanied by his band, featuring long-time musical partner David Lindley. Browne is admired, equally, for his musical talents and as advocate for social and environmental justice. His insightful lyrics of political and personal angst can be heard in his popular songs, Running On Empty, Somebody’s Baby, The Pretender and These Days. Tickets cost £40. Call 0844 847 1616.
Battle of Britain CLAIRE Sweeney will be performing in the Give Me a Smile concert at the Philharmonic Hall on July 4. The concert is being conducted by Carl Davis, the internationally renowned conductor and composer, and artists will be performing songs from his recently released album of the same name. The concert and albu, tie in with the 70th anniversary of The Battle Of Britain and include some of the greatest wartime songs of all time including We'll Meet again, Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye and The White Cliffs Of Dover, as well as many more classics. There will also be emotional readings from Carl's wife Jean Boht, who will speak about her father's account of the bombing aftermath in Liverpool and The Liverpool Police Cadet's will be marching along.
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MUST HAVE... ONE of these retro Timex watches from the new Utility store at Liverpool ONE. This will be the fourth store for the interiors and gift boutique which will sell jewellery, watches, lifestyle accessories, gifts and cards. To celebrate the launch next weekend, customers visiting the store, will have the chance to win a classic Gold Timex Core Retro Watch every hour. But if you’re not a lucky winner, you can still buy one in store for £24.99 for silver and black or £29.99 for gold. Visit www.utilitydesign.co.uk
MUST REMEMBER... OLD romantics should head to Sudley House in Aigburth this summer to see Hitched: Wedding Clothes and Customs. The exhibition reveals wedding attire in Merseyside over the last 150 years – from an elegant 19th century white silk taffeta wedding dress to the sharp suits of a 21st century civil partnership. Visit www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk
MUST SEE.... IF you like a good laugh then get yourself down to Ricky Tomlinson’s new cabaret lounge on Duke Street, The Green Room. The Royle family star, who coowns the Vegasstyle club with his good friends, Simon & Richard Wallace will be joined by a wealth of familiar faces from The Merseybeats to Mick Miller. Visit www.thegreenroomliverpool.com to see who’s on.
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Homes & gardens Glass lanterns, £6 from Bhs
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MAKE your home an oasis of calm and relaxation by creating a cool beach house look. Combine the vibrancy of Brighton beach and the elegance of the Hamptons by introducing clean lines, a colour scheme incorporating whites and blues and add some nautical accessories to truly capture the essence of the seashore. Shades of white help to bring the light indoors whilst splashes of blue from wistful powder blue to powerful deep navy help to add depth. Furniture should be practical and hard wearing and is generally made from long lasting wood which you could almost imagine having been salvaged from the ocean. To mirror the functionality of beach house furniture, dual purpose pieces such as coffee tables with storage underneath or attractive yet useful storage boxes help to give a stylish yet utilitarian feel. Texture is important to recreate the beach house feel with rough twill rugs, smooth stones and pebbles and interesting seashells a must. Accessorise with chunky cable knit cushions, tassled throws and all things nautical to really encapsulate the beach house look.
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BLINDS and curtains are often something of an after thought but their importance in creating the right look for a room should never be under estimated. Not only do they ‘complete’ the overall style of a particular room but they also serve the practical purpose of keeping heat in during the winter and keeping things cool in the summer. So what should you go for? Traditionalists tend to opt for curtains whilst those with more modern taste often prefer blinds. If you can’t decide then why not mix things up a little and go for a combination of the two? With a wealth of styles to choose from there are certainly many ‘windows’ of opportunity to get the look and feel you want...
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Celebrates the fourth of July with some tasty American fayre
Spare Ribs (serves 4) Ingredients:
● 4 sheets of baby loin pork ribs ● 2 cups tomato ketchup ● 1 tbsp tomato puree, 1 tsp mixed herbs, 1 green pepper, chopped, 2 carrots, chopped, 1 large onion, chopped ● Salt and pepper to taste
● ONE of our favourite joints for a speakeasy is Lenny’s on Sir Thomas Street. Set in a cavernous Victorian warehouse style building, the three storey bar, restaurant and nightclub offers a true flavour of 1920s New York prohibition era style with plenty of glitz and sparkle and art deco period pieces. Lenny’s boasts a Whisky & Bourbon bar, ‘smoke Grill’ steakhouse, a VIP cocktail lounge and nightclub. Enjoy authentic 1920s fashion, cocktails from the golden age, and DJs blending sounds of the Jazz age with contemporary beats. The basement is home to The Laughterhouse comedy nights. Visit www.lennysbarandgrillliverpool.co.uk
● Cut the ribs into single pieces. ● Make the marinade by mixing the tomato ketchup, tomato puree, green pepper, onion, carrots and season with salt and pepper and the mixed herbs. ● Mix together and place the ribs in the marinade in a baking tray. ● Cover with foil and cook under a slow heat (around 200 degrees celsius) for around an hour, until the ribs are nice and tender and have taken on the flavour of the vegetables. ● Serve with fries and salad.
THE fourth of July is an important date for our American cousins who annually celebrate the day they declared independence from Great Britain in 1776. Over the pond, there will be fireworks, BBQs, parades and concerts galore. Meanwhile, over in Blighty, we can join in the carnival atmosphere too. Why not have a BBQ of your own and make these tasty BBQ Spare Ribs courtesy of Andy Bichara at Uncle Sam’s? American/Italian restaurant is a real institution in Liverpool. Andy started off the business, setting up an
American burger bar in 1976 on London Road, before moving to Renshaw Street in 1987 and then relocating to Bold Street in 2008. He has seen generations of customers growing up and bringing their families in to enjoy his favourites, such as the Boston Burger or The Godfather sirloin steak. We managed to persuade Andy to give us his secret recipe for these tasty, tender ribs in a tangy sauce. Try making them at home, or if you prefer to eat out, check out some of our other favourite American-themed haunts.
Carry on laughing Sue Kelbrick is anything but ‘Blue’ after a visit to Comedy Central CALL me miserable but I have always found the concept of comedy nights something of a misnomer. Watching a completely unfunny comedian visibly dying on stage in some dingy dive is not my idea of comedy, so when I was asked to go along to Comedy Central at Blue Bar and Grill at the Albert Dock, they had something of a challenge on their
hands to change my (admittedly rather outdated) perspective. The evening got off to a cracking start with a sumptuous three course meal in the restaurant upstairs (though those with less grandiose aspirations can have an equally delicious meal downstairs at Baby Blue prior to the comedy). Then it was showtime. The venue was laid out in cabaret style with individual tables catering for everyone from couples to large groups of people who were celebrating various occasions from hen nights to birthday parties. This helped to make for a more intimate atmosphere and the air was literally buzzing (helped in no small part by the generous pitchers of beer and cocktails as well!)
Our compere for the evening was Rob Heeney who amused and entertained in equal measure. He managed to skilfully dodge some fairly savage heckling before introducing the first act, Steve Harris. Within minutes of the Warrington comedian taking to the stage, I was actually laughing out loud. No big deal for normal comedy-lovers
● FRANKLINS, the independent neighbourhood New York inspired deli has arrived at FACT. The deli, which already operates a venue in St Paul’s Square, can be found in FACT’s newly refitted café and offers hot and cold speciality sandwiches, boxed salads, delicious breakfasts and a long list of delicious hot and cold drinks. There will also be a ‘Grab and Go’ counter with ready-made selections of sandwiches and salads for those on the go. It will be a great place to grab a coffee and surf the web, have lunch with friends or enjoy a drink before a film screening.
but for me this was nothing short of a miracle. I turned to my boyfriend who literally had tears rolling down his face. And looking around me, everyone was quite literally hysterical with laughter. And that set the tone for the rest of the evening. The next comedian, Anthony J Brown was in contrast understated but equally hilarious and the final act of the night, Matt Welcome also had everyone rolling in the aisles. One of the longest running comedy nights in the city, Comedy Central has been around for eight years and during this time, it has built up an excellent comedy pedigree boasting big names such as Alan Carr, Russell Howard, Jason Manford, Shappi Khorsandi and Reginald D Hunter. The organisers have worked hard to come up with the perfect comedy formula and after my visit, I would say that they have certainly achieved it.
Comedy Central is on every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Baby Blue at the Albert Dock. For tickets only prices start from £12 with meal deals starting from £24 and the premier package from £30. Buy one, get one free on Thursdays.
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JULY 10 Go to town with the ultimate in barbecues, the Spirit made by Weber, available from Rapid, £499.99
Sue Kelbrick turns up the heat in her quest for the perfect barbecue THE Famous Five once said: “Everything tastes better in the fresh air.” And there’s nothing the British love more than a barbecue. There's something irresistible about the prospect of food sizzling over smoky charcoal and eating outdoors with friends and family on a warm sunny day. At the first hint of sunshine, we drag our rusty BBQ out of the shed and can be found desperately trying to light it. Then it’s customary for the males of the household to take up their position with tongs in hand, trying not to burn the bangers. Lots of people are throwing World Cup BBQs this summer. So if you’re planning to throw a shrimp on the barbie and entertain your guests, banish those boring burgers and surprise them with something out of the ordinary. Here’s some ideas of how to make your BBQ go with a bang! Put safety first with this attractive barbecue fire bucket, £50 from Utility
Developed by chef Anthony Worrall Thompson, this fabulous kettle charcoal barbecue is £75 and is available from www.woolworths.co.uk
Keep it green and make a fashion statement with this green bucket barbecue, £9.98 from B&Q
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The Mini-Burn, an environmentally friendly alternative to gas and electric heaters, which burns garden waste and logs and has two hot plates for cooking. Available from www.friartuckbbq.co.uk, £300
Barbecue recipes courtesy of Sainsburys NOW you have got all the gear, it is time to impress your family and friends with your repertoire of delicious barbecue recipes...
Barbecue king prawn skewers Ingredients: ● 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped ● 180g raw king prawns, peeled ● 1 large avocado, peeled, halved, stoned and cut into chunks ● Pack of coriander and lemon cous cous ● Lemon
Method: ● Mix the chilli with the king prawns and avocado and then thread the prawns and avocado chunks alternately onto four skewers. ● Cook on a preheated barbecue for 5-8 minutes, turning occasionally, until the prawns are cooked through and the avocado slightly charred. ● Prepare the cous cous following the instructions on the pack and squeeze some lemon juice over the skewers. ● Serve the two together for a fabulous summer barbecue treat.
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Harissa and lime burgers Ingredients: ● 500g turkey mince ● 2 large crushed garlic cloves ● 1 tablespoon harissa paste ● 1 small onion, finely sliced ● Zest and juice of 1 lime ● Oil to brush ● 4 ciabatta rolls ● Thick beef tomato slices ● Rocket leaves ● Light mayonnaise
Method: ● Preheat the barbecue or the grill to a medium heat. ● In a bowl, mix together the turkey mince, crushed garlic cloves, harissa paste, onion and the lime zest and juice. Season well. ● Divide into 4 and form into burgers. ● Brush the burgers with a little oil and barbecue or grill for 15 minutes, until cooked, turning halfway. ● Split 4 ciabatta rolls in half and barbecue or grill until toasted. ● Put thick slices of beef tomato and rocket leaves into the rolls and top each with a burger and some light mayonnaise.
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● IF you’d rather spend time enjoying yourself than manacled to the barbecue then why not cheat? Check out the Rub and Glaze kit, £1.99 from M&S which gives you a choice of three delicious flavours to rub onto your meat, including Sticky Barbecue, Spiced Cajun or Smoky Mexican. Simply leave to marinate for 20 minutes and then cook on the barbecue to seal the flavour before covering with the matching glaze for the final 15 minutes of cooking time for perfectly marinated meat.
Simple Cherry Colada BARBECUING is very thirsty work so wet your whistle with this fruity cocktail, courtesy of Cherrygood.
Ingredients: ● 1 measure coconut rum (Malibu ®) ● 3 measures Cherrygood ● 1 measure freshly squeezed lime juice
Method: Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour over coconut rum, Cherrygood and lime juice. Shake to mix and chill. Pour into a Martini glass and decorate with a cocktail umbrella.
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Can cook, will cook The Best of Liverpool team swap their pens for frying pans in their quest to become master chefs FANCYING ourselves as the Jamies and Nigellas of tomorrow, we at the Best of Liverpool jumped at the chance to show off our culinary prowess during a team night out. We were invited to Can Cook Studio, a professional cookery school based at the Matchworks in Speke, which offers evening and weekend courses on cuisines from around the world including Italian, Indian, Thai and Chinese. The evening began with a tour of the state-of-the-art kitchens and some much welcomed tea and cake whilst we got to know the director Robbie Davison, who explained how it all evolved: “Can Cook came about due to the sheer amount of people who want to learn how to cook. “People are fed up of microwave meals and are beginning to really care about what they eat. Rather than just follow a recipe book, our learners get the chance to be taught by expert chefs in a 20 place state-of-the-art environment, plus the sessions are a great way to enjoy yourself in the process and you also get to eat what you create!”
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LITE BITES Clawing into summer GET your claws into 60 Hope Street’s sparkling summer offer. Until August 28, the acclaimed restaurant is offering a Lobster ‘n’ Fizz Menu for just £20.10 per person. You can share a bottle of Prosecco di Valdobbiadene and a whole lobster with fresh water prawns, accompanied by a crisp salad and new potatoes, all for £40.26 for two people. Summer has never tasted so good… Call 60 Hope Street on 0151 707 6060 or visit www.60hopestreet.com
We listened to a health and safety briefing before sitting down to watch skilled chefs Richie and Tony demonstrate how to make pork skewers and nasi goreng, an Indonesian breakfast dish. Then we were paired up and let loose in the kitchens. We were given recipe sheets to follow and pretty soon all the veggies were chopped, spices added and the pork patted and moulded round the skewers and placed in the oven. Next we stir fried the nasi goreng and before long and were all sat round the table eating our results washed down with a well deserved glass of wine! Team member Sally Jones said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was good to get some tips on how to improve my knife skills. Plus the food tasted delicious and the recipes were easy to follow." Her colleague, Michelle Rushton, commented: “The chef made it look easy in his demo but it was actually quite tricky - particularly chopping the vegetables – but thanks to Richie and Tony who walked around offering help, our fingertips remained intact.
“The biggest thing I learned was how to fry an egg – as believe it or not, I have never done it as I like mine hard boiled (with a face drawn on).” All courses include tuition, ingredients, refreshments, a take-home recipe pack, apron and a Can Cook Cook Book. Gift Vouchers are also available, and if you are looking for somewhere different to celebrate a special occasion, you can bring up to 20 friends to enjoy a three course meal, cooked by your group or let the chefs do the hard work for you To find out more about Can Cook and its courses, please contact 0151 650 6444, visit www.cancook.co.uk or text COOK to 60777.
THE legendary Gulshan Indian restaurant in Aigburth recently held its first Wine and Spice evening which was a sell-out. Following the success of their monthly ‘specials,’ the Rahman family decided to spice things up even further by treating their regular customers to something a little different. Loyal diners were invited to sample different wines and Indian tapas dishes in the company of wine expert Bruce Kendrick from Liberty Wines. Guests were given two glasses of wine to accompany each tapas dish which ranged from keema potato cakes with spicy plum chutney, pan friend tilapia marinated in fish massalla, chicken galouti with paprika sprinkled raita, tamarind glazed duck breast pan-fried in sesame oil and lemon sorbet. Meanwhile, Bruce gave a talk on each of the wines which made a pleasant and enlightening evening for all involved. For details of further events visit www.gulshan-liverpool.com or call 0151 427 2273.
Cooking competition TV chef Simon Rimmer recently launched a competition to find the country’s next new young cooking sensation. The aim of the competition is to encourage children to cook from scratch. Wallasey-born Simon, who copresents BBC’s Something For The Weekend programme, said: “One of the great pleasures you can have is to start with a set of raw ingredients and end up with something you can eat with your family or friends. "It’s very important. I want boys and girls to start cooking – and I want them to go home and challenge their mums and dad to have a go too.’ Key stage 3 students (Year 8) will be asked to upload a video of themselves cooking a dish to www.schoolcooks.co.uk The winning young chef from each of the six regions in the UK will be entered into a national cook off final in front of judge Simon Rimmer in Speke, Liverpool, next year and the winning school will be presented with £10,000 worth of cooking equipment.
Sizzling on Smithdown Road MERSEYSIDE gastro entrepreneurs, the award-winning Parry brothers, have launched the Red Perilla steak house restaurant on Smithdown Road,. The new 140 cover restaurant aims to create a high end eating experience at a reasonable cost for young professionals, families and students using best quality ingredients from local farms and suppliers to provide a gastronomical explosion of the best regional produce. Look out for special offers such as the Tuesday evening deal which offers up to 50% off the food bill for groups. For more details call 0151 522 9333 or visit www.redperilla.co.uk
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Situated in the recently restored Stanley Park, Kemps Bistro at the The Isla Gladstone Conservatory is perfectly located for enjoying lazy Sundays in the park. With free parking, and acres of beautiful gardens it’s the ideal place to go and unwind. You will be delighted with everything we have to offer, with our delicious, home~made, locally sourced, organic, freshly prepared food.
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HIDDEN GEMS Corniche Brides THIS store offers a wide range of wedding dresses from designers such as Ronald Joyce (pictured), Forever Yours and Trudy Lee with everything from traditional gowns with stunning handworked beading to fairytale princess styles and contemporary dresses. Corniche Brides also provide men's formal hire, bridesmaid dresses and communion wear, not to mention a collection of bridal shoes, veils, headdresses and tiaras. Visit 528 Stanley Road, Bootle, L20 5DW, call 0151 933 5727 and log on to www.cornichebrides.co.uk
Rui’s Restaurant THIS relaxed and friendly restaurant has been established for 20 years and offers a great selection of Continental and English cuisine. The delicious menu provides plenty of choice whether you fancy a tasty pasta or pizza dish or maybe lamb cutlets or salmon fillet. There are lunch time and evening set menus that offer great value, plus there’s even a children’s set menu. Visit 13 Aintree Road, Bootle, L20 9DL, call 0151 922 1212 or log on to www.ruisrestaurant.com
Eleganté Beauty & Holistic IT may not be ‘hidden’ on Stanley Road, but this salon which opened in 2001 offers a great range of services. They provide all beauty treatments such as waxing, eye lash tinting, manicures, nails, plus aromatherapy full body massage, reflexology, facials, Botox, spray tan, makeup colonic irrigation and much more including treatments for men. Visit Eleganté Beauty & Holistic Therapies on 396 Stanley Road, L20 5AB, call 0151 922 1900 or log on to www.elegantebeautysalon.co.uk
On the up Emma Thompson has a pootle 'round the new and improved Bootle BOOTLE just gets better, with investment in new homes, streets and businesses, the area is certainly on the up. It was around four years ago that plans got underway to improve the main stretch of Bootle town centre, including Stanley Road. This comprised new paving and street furniture, plus better bus stops and taxi ranks, as well as similar works around the Town Hall with the creation of the Town Hall Gardens. These improvements won the 2007 National Transport Award in the Walking and Public Realm category. The town centre shopping area boasts a whole host of shops along with pubs, bars and places to grab a bite to eat. The Strand is, of course, the most notable place for shoppers, offering a wide range of high street stores along with independent services. There’s everything from clothing and cards to jewellery and salons, not to mention home furnishings. Plus at the Strand
shopping centre you can take advantage of the multi-storey car park which is just a fraction of Liverpool city centre prices. The surrounding streets such as Stanley Road and Marsh Lane are also host to a wide selection of independent retailers, such as Just Doors on Marsh Lane which offer custom made doors, to Demon Fones on Knowsley Road which specialises in ‘phone unlocking and repairs. There are also shoe shops and carpet stores, florists, bike shops, hair and beauty salons and even occasion-wear stores, so the area’s sure to have what you’re looking for. Along with the selection of stores, Bootle has a number of small parks including North Park where the leisure centre sits and South Park which is alongside Firwood Bootle Cricket Club. While central to both of these is Derby Park.
Heading out of the centre towards the docks and Derby Road there are plenty more businesses offering a variety of goods at great prices such as Terry’s Timber on Regent Road which provides everything from flooring and decking to fencing and stairparts. If you’re looking for somewhere to stretch your legs and unwind then Bootle Golf Course isn’t far away. Situated just off Dunnings Bridge Road, this 18-hole public course has a putting green, practice area, club house, bar and a pro-shop, so it’s ideal whether you’re just a beginner or a keen golfer. Not far from Bootle Golf Course is Switch Island which has a Odeon cinema and bowling alley where young and old can have a great time, there’s even a couple of places to enjoy some lunch. So whether you fancy a shopping trip or a leisurely day out Bootle has plenty to keep you busy.
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While-away your Sunday at the Stanley Dock Heritage market. Sandhills station is closest but still a bit of a walk, so the Heritage Market on Regent Road also provides a free bus service from Lime Street station every 15 minutes during market hours, Sundays from 9am to 4pm. Or get the number 48 bus which runs along Great Howard St and Derby Road. The market has all kinds of unique fashion and clothing, furniture, jewellery, antiques, electronics, toys and games as well as a great choice of cuisine.
Soak up some of Bootle's history and architecture with a stroll by the Town Hall on Oriel Road. It originally opened in 1882 and is a Grade II listed building which was designed by John Johnson, in the Renaissance style after a public competition. Plus on August 21 there’s a market/craft and gift fair that’s well worth a visit. You can then visit the Kings Gardens on the junction of Stanley Road and Balliol Road where you can view the war memorial, which is set in South Park.
Riley’s Pool & Snooker Club has venues across the country offering quality pool and snooker tables, Sky TV, a bar and good food. The club is open every day Monday to Friday from 11am to midnight and from 10am on Saturday then 10am to 11pm on Sunday. You can get a full membership for just £7 or for £10 membership you get two hours snooker/pool and two drinks, plus senior membership is now free. Visit 443 Stanley Road, call 0151 922 6979 or log on to www.rileys.co.uk for details.
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THE Top Gear team may hate them with a passion, but caravanning and motorhomes are officially cool again. Interest in motorhome and caravan holidays has rocketed in recent years, with caravanning now accounting for a whopping 19% of all UK holiday nights according to the Caravanning Club. Even celebs are jumping on the bandwagon. Posh and Becks reportedly love spending romantic evenings together in luxurious motorhomes costing up to £260,000. Celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, travelled around Italy in a souped-up 60-style VW Camper during his Italian Great Escape TV series and even Formula One racing driver, Jenson Button, apparently owns an iconic VW Camper. The wheels-of-choice for style-savvy festival-goers and surfers, VW’s legendary Camper celebrates 60 years in production this year and, whilst the cult vehicle may not be as opulent as some of the uber–luxurious modern motorhomes – some of which boast ensuite bathrooms and even cinema screens – the original VW has undeniable charm and simply oozes retro-cool. Ideal for festivals and travelling around Europe without having to worry
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Best of Liverpool Magazine, July 2010. A Liverpool Echo supplement featuring fashion, places, faces, food, beauty, homes and travel.