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NEWS 04 TALK OF TOWN Affairs of the city

FASHION 06 SHOPPING FOR HER Lovely lingerie

08 SHOPPING FOR HIM Movie star style

HEALTH & BEAUTY 10 SALON SPOTLIGHT Fishy treat for feet

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11 FITNESS Get back on track

14 PHOTOGRAPHY Get ready for your close up

15 BURLESQUE

Editor’s Letter

Glitz and glamour

ENTERTAINMENT 16 HOMEGROWN TALENT Millie Dollar and Claire Sweeney

18 WHAT’S ON Fab things to do in Feb

19 CHILDREN Half term fun

HOME & GARDENS 20 BEDROOMS Romantic boudoirs

VALENTINE’S SPECIAL 21 GIFT IDEAS Impress your intended

22 RECIPES Sweet treats

LOVE is in the air as February 14th approaches and Cupid must have fired his bow at Best of Liverpool HQ as we have come over all misty-eyed. In this edition, we bring you some great ideas of how to tug your loved one’s heartstrings, from lovely lingerie for her to how to dress like a romantic hero for him. We have compiled a page of love gifts and a list of hot venues in the city which are perfect for Valentine’s rendezvous. But if you’d rather stay closer to home, then we have found you a delicious dessert which you can make for your soue mate and we also have some inspirational home accessories to transform your bedroom into a romantic boudoir. If you really want to push the boat out, why not whisk your partner away for a spa break or further afield to a romantic city? There’s a growing furore about Burlesque following the recent movie, so we decided to find out what the fuss is about and sent our Sarah to discover her inner glamour puss at a burlesque workshop and pamper day. See how she got on on page 15. We also catch up with Liverpool’s

own burlesque beauty, Millie Dollar who makes us feel decidedly dowdy. And we found time to speak to Scouse sweetheart, Claire Sweeney, who’s starring in a new series, Candy Cabs. Why should the girls have all the fun? Paul Baker plumped for some pampering of a marine variety, when he tried a fish pedicure. Emma found out how we can get back on track, if we’ve fallen off the fitness wagon. We talk to one of the city’s talented portrait photographers on how to enjoy a photo shoot without getting pressured into buying lots of expensive snaps. Plus Katie heads to Knowsley for a great day out. And as usual, we bring you a fabulous feast of entertainment to brighten up our February, as well as some good ways to amuse the kids during half term. Don’t miss the Chinese new year celebrations this month when the city will come alive with a colourful parade. Kung hei fat choi!

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Hot date destinations

FOOD & DRINK

LIVERPOOL ECHO EDITOR Alastair Machray

DESIGNERS Zoe Bevan and Colin Harrison

A taste of the Orient

MAGAZINE EDITOR Michelle Rushton

COMMERCIAL FEATURES EDITOR Sally Jones

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WRITERS Paul Baker, Sarah Hooley, Sue Kelbrick, Katie McLoughlin, Emma Thompson

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Talk of town GOODBYE WINTER BLUES!

DUST off your pork pie hat, dig out your shades, don those dancing shoes and prepare to shake it like never before. Legendary West End smash hit, The All New Original Tribute to The Blues Brothers, visits the Liverpool Empire from February 8-12, helping Liverpool to shake a tail feather and shake off those winter blues. This all-new production combines all of the classic moments from the original hit West End show, with a brand new set, twists, moves and songs. With backing from the inimitable three Bluettes and one of Europe’s finest seven piece bands, Jake and Elwood Blues will once again be donning their iconic hats, sunglasses and suits to bring to life a host of the duo’s most memorable hits including Shake A Tail Feather, Gimme Some Loving, and the toe-tapping classic Everybody Needs Somebody To Love. Join the Blues Brothers for a night of the best music, moves, thrills and spills you’re likely to see this side of Chicago. For tickets call 0844 847 2525 or visit www.liverpoolempire.org.uk

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VIVA Brazil Churrascaria on Castle Street has raised over £5,000 for Zoe’s Place Children’s Hospice during a charity evening hosted by Liverpool icon, Ricky Tomlinson. The restaurant was filled with the sounds of South America, as guests watched a carnival of samba dancers and drummers, while tucking into meat carved at their tables. Guests enjoyed live performances from comedians Ricky Tomlinson and Gary Skyner. A charity auction also took place on the evening to raise money for the hospice, which provides support for families with young children who require 24 hours care. Ricky Tomlinson says: “I really enjoyed the event organised by Viva Brazil, who chose to support such a wonderful charity in Zoe’s Place. The work they do and the support they

provide for the children and their families really does deserve recognition." Guests on the night included Jude and Jamie Bickley, whose three-yearold daughter Olivia is a regular patient at the hospice. Jude says: “We would be lost without their ongoing support which is why charity events like this are so vital in helping keep the service going.”

What is the name of The Blues Brothers’ backing singers? Email your answer, stating Blues Brothers in the subject box, and including your name and daytime telephone number, to magazine@liverpool.com. Deadline: Friday, February 4.

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PUCKER UP FOR CHARITY EVERYONE hopes for a kiss on Valentine’s Day, but managers at St John’s Shopping Centre are hoping for thousands of them this February. St John’s Shopping Centre will host the British Red Cross’ attempt to beat the world record for the number of lipstick imprints in one place in 12 hours on Saturday, February 12. The existing record of 2,302 kisses was set in Istanbul in 2010 and centre bosses are hoping that everyone in Liverpool will help to both smash the record and raise funds for charity. The first 2,000 people taking part will be given a free lipstick

and asked to make their impression on hundreds of Big Red Kiss cards to be displayed outside The Perfume Shop on the lower mall. The best lip impression will win a romantic weekend for two in Paris. Participants will be asked to donate £1 to the British Red Cross who will be on hand throughout the day to give lessons on how to give the Kiss of Life and how to perform CPR in an emergency.

OUT AND ABOUT Michelle Rushton keeps her ear to the ground to bring you the latest city gossip LIVERPOOL’S GOT TALENT HUNDREDS of hopeful Merseysiders strutted their stuff at the Liverpool Empire Theatre last month. The talented (and some not so talented!) performers were auditioning for hit TV show Britain’s Got Talent. The auditionees showcased their skills in front of TV cameras, a packed auditorium and a celebrity judging panel with Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, comedian Michael McIntyre and TV star Amanda Holden. Loveable celebrity duo Ant and Dec were also on hand to oversee the proceedings, guiding the wannabe stars through the nerve wracking audition process.

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LOVEHEARTS WE hope someone loves us enough to treat us to this gorgeous LOVEheart pendant on Valentine’s Day. The quirky pendant, which is set in silver and diamond, has the word 'love' and heart entwined together and is highlighted by a solitaire 0.10ct diamond. Available from David M Robinson. Swoon...

ALMA'S ALBUM OUR favourite bar has teamed up with Orquesta Buenos Tiempos to release its first album, Plaza de la Revolución. Recorded live from the streets of Havana, Cuba, the album features an infectious mix of popular songs, with a strong Latin American beat, and authentic Cuban sounds. The album is on sale now at Alma de Cuba on Seel Street priced £8.99.

LOVE OIL WITH an intoxicating blend of sensuous wood, romantic florals and exotic spices, Aveda’s Love Pure-Fume Absolute is perfect for enticing loved ones. Created with pure plant and flower essences, it has a warm, romantic aroma. Add to pulse points and waft mysteriously past your admirers... Ingredients are sourced responsibly to reflect Aveda’s love of the environment. Available in Aveda salons, spas, stores and online at www.aveda.co.uk, RRP £20.


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LITTLE FACE OF MERSEYSIDE A NATIONWIDE photography company is searching for a ‘little face’ from Merseyside to represent its brand. Venture Photography, on Rodney Street in Liverpool city centre, has launched its search for the Little Face of Venture and local studio owner, Pamela Morris, hopes that she’ll find the winner in Merseyside. She explains: “We want to find a 0-10-year-old who represents what we stand for as a brand. They could be named our Little Face of Venture and featured in more than 50 studios nationwide as well as in our next major marketing campaign. “Friends and family can show support for entrants and vote online at www.venturephotography.co.uk, with regional winners being announced in early July before an overall national winner is announced on July 25.” For each entry, Venture Liverpool will make a minimum donation of £1 to CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people. Pamela adds: “If your child has bundles of personality or a cheeky smile, get in touch on 0151 203 1150.”

LUCKY SHOPPER A SIMPLE visit to the local supermarket turned out to be a very worthwhile occasion for one Toxteth resident recently. Amanda Ranson was one of hundreds of shoppers who entered into the free prize draw to win a voucher for £1,000 worth of car accessories as part of Renault Liverpool’s recent display event. She says: “I was shocked when I found out and at first I didn’t believe it! It’s lovely to have won though and I already own a Renault so I’m looking forward to spending the voucher on accessories for it.”

A NEW Liverpool comedy written by and starring one of the writers of Phoenix Nights was premiered recently at the Showcase Cinema and will go nationwide this month. Following the premiere, a host of celebrities attended the VIP launch of Charlie Noades RIP at Sakura. The film was shot entirely on location on Merseyside and stars the two times British Comedy Award winning actor and writer Neil Fitzmaurice also famed for his roles in Peep Show and the Office, as well as an impressive line up of respected names from John Thompson and Dave Spikey, as well as Liverpool’s own Suzanne Collins, Micky Finn, Ozzie Yue and Pauline Daniels. Neil says: “I’m just so proud of the

FASHION LEGEND COMES TO LIVERPOOL BRITISH fashion designer Zandra Rhodes touched down in Liverpool for a special guest appearance and bag signing at Liverpool’s Cavern Walks. Zandra, who is famous for her distinctive textile designs worn by the likes of Princess Diana, Freddie Mercury, Jackie Onassis and Kylie Minogue, has branched out into accessories design with her A/W 2010 handbag collection. The full collection, available exclusively in Liverpool to Cavern Walks retailer Boudoir Boutique, consists of sleek clutches and classic totes. Zandra gave fans the chance to get their hands on signed postcards and met fashionistas from all over Liverpool who had gathered in the boutique shopping centre to meet her. She says: “I love Liverpool to bits! My visits have been few and far between, usually for special events, but I’ve always enjoyed them and I really love the girls’ fun approach to fashion.”

LARKING AROUND A TELEVISION crew from ITV recently took over Lark’s vintage boutique on Lark Lane to film a new show, Auction Party. Shop owner, Phil Southall, explains: “The programme involves two teams who have a £250 budget to buy vintage and old furniture, re-vamp it, then take it to auction in the hope of making a profit. The proceeds are donated to their chosen charity.” He adds: “The crew and contestants were delighted with Larks' vintage section on the top floor of the shop. They said they were bowled over by the shop and that it was perfect for the programme with its eclectic mix and beautiful one off pieces. “The teams were given a week to 'upcycle' their pieces which went to auction at Liverpool Town Hall.” The programme will be shown in March.

work that everybody put in to get this film made, it was a true labour of love and we had to overcome a lot of obstacles to get here! “We want to keep on making homegrown movies that feature this wonderful city and all its talents!” The family film, billed as highly entertaining, warm, funny and uplifting, is being shown at Liverpool’s Showcase Cinema, The

LIVERPOOL FASHION HAS THE X FACTOR SINGER Rebecca Ferguson has been spending her first pay-check in Liverpool after reportedly securing a £1 million recording deal. The X Factor runner up from Anfield was recently spotted in Liverpool’s Cavern Walks picking up some goodies from Boudoir Boutique, including a coat, head-band, two dresses and a Zandra Rhodes handbag. She is also a big fan of Purple Haze Couture and was recently seen wearing a bandage dress from the boutique. Rachael Currie from Purple Haze reveals: “We dressed Rebecca for the X Factor wrap party in London. This dress it is a perfect representation of how it hugs her figure and creates the perfect feminine silhouette. “We believe she encompasses the style and class we at Purple Haze Couture emulate.”

Plaza, Crosby and The Odeon in Liverpool ONE. The DVD will be on general release later in the year. For more information visit www.northstarproductions.co.uk

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Shopping for her Georgia, black mesh and lace, bra £25 and brief £12, from Ann Summers

Satin padded bra with lace trim, £25 and £9.50, from Marks & Spencer

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Red Autograph lattice front body, £35, from Marks & Spencer

AMORE, je t'aime, el amor, liebe — love is most definitely in the air and with Valentine's Day just a few weeks away what better excuse to splurge on some fabulous new lingerie? From playful babydolls and satin basques to designer French knickers and stockings, the shops are filled with a gorgeous range of sensuous lingerie and seductive nightware guaranteed to set pulses racing. If you're prepared to be bold, passionate reds and bright pinks never fail to impress, while black is a timeless classic that's both ultra-sexy and flattering. Soft, feminine pinks, purples and nudes are also hot this season with kitsch big knickers and bustiers turning you into the perfect 50s pin-up. You could even splash out on a pair of killer heels and silk dressing gown to complete the look. And if you're thinking about surprising your partner remember there are a few golden rules to obey. Firstly, make sure you sneak a peek at her sizes before you go shopping. There's no bigger passion killer then trying on pants that are two sizes too small. Or even worse, buying your other half a size larger is grounds for divorce! Secondly, think about her style and what she'd like as well as what takes your fancy.

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Sarah Hooley unclothes some seriously seductive lingerie to wow this Valentine's Day....

Parisian lingerie set, £79 (bra), £35 (thong) and £59 (suspender),` from Myla

Edith, £140, from KG by Kurt Geiger

FOR some top tips on Valentine's Day fashion, we caught up with Steph Rooney from The Dressing Room.... WHETHER you're going on a hot date with a new beau or a romantic dinner with your husband, you'll no doubt want to knock his socks off this Valentine's Day. But dressing to impress isn't always easy and if you're struggling to decide what to wear, Liverpool style-queen and owner of city centre ladies’ boutique The Dressing Room, Steph Rooney, is on hand with some expert advice. “Go for a style which suits your body shape and you are comfortable with,”

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Steph advises. “Don't follow a trend and end up looking like a fashion victim. This season, there's lots of choice with 70s flower power influences, longer hemlines — sorry boys! — and feminine glamour so hopefully everyone will be pleased. “Feeling comfortable and looking good will give you confidence and hopefully start your date off on the right foot! “For a dinner date I would probably go for something with shoulder detailing, as there's lots of emphasis on cut out shoulders and necklines around at the moment.

"A maxi dress is also ideal. It looks great and is easy to wear — plus it saves the hassle of worrying about tanned legs! Just stay clear of cut out detailing on the waist or anything too structured unless your planning on skipping dinner!” And what about those difficult first dates? “This is one of the most frequent questions that I get asked by my clients!” laughs Steph. “Firstly I would say don't be too extravagant on your first date, for instance massive ruffles are a no go. "But it's important you dress for yourself. I'm a girls' girl so I like getting dressed up and feeling glam,

but don't go out of your comfort zone. If you try too hard it might be plain to see and that's not attractive.” The Dressing Room sells a range of upmarket pristine vintage clothing and unique designer labels (all sourced globally) and is located at 2nd Floor Suite, School Lane, L1 3DA.

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Red bra, £8, and briefs, £4, from George at ASDA

Short black 'lotus' robe, £500, from Myla

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I’m the king of the world Paul Baker shows you how to look like a Hollywood heart-throb, by stealing the style of some romantic screen icons

The Hugh Grant look - Throughout the 90s, while the swaggering Gallagher brothers were helping chart a new breed of Brit laddishness, Hugh Grant was busy melting hearts as a slightly confused English fop. It's still a look the ladies go for and it's easy to achieve (as long as you have the hair for it). This striped shirt £14, T-shirt £3.50 and jeans combo from Sainsbury's Tu Clothing gives you the perfect threads for Hugh's boy-next-door schtick.

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Colin Firth as Mr Darcy - The look that launched a thousand period dramas and the one that made women everywhere go weak at the knees. You can replicate this simple look quite easily as they're readily available from Highland wear outlets, called Jacobite or ghillie shirts. Just go swimming to replicate the drenched gentleman look and watch the ladies swoon. This one's £28 from HighlandStore.com

Are you more the sort of romantic hero you’d find in a classic novel brought to screen, like Mr Darcy in Pride & Prejudice? Do you prefer the foppish look of Hugh Grant, or are you after a more modern look? It’s all there for you to try. And you don’t even need to pay designer prices to make it work for you.

Jude Law's smart suit style - Lots of heartthrob leading men have pulled off the dapper suit wearing gent, from Clooney and Pitt to Di Caprio, Ryan Reynolds and more. Whatever your thoughts on Jude Law, it's hard not to agree that he rocks this look. And you can too with this contrast grey suit £90, white shirt £20, and Kensington slim black tie £10 all from Jacamo.

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WHEN it comes to romantic leads on the big screen, they always have a certain look, something bold that illustrates the raw charisma of their character, that very thing that makes them so attractive to the opposite sex. This Valentine’s Day, why not steal the style of your favourite (or your partner’s favourite) big screen romantic hero?

Keanu's slacker look With the grunge-lite fashion having come back around lately, you can get the Keanu-look easily and take your partner back to her teenage years with this outfit from Sainsbury's Tu range with a zip-up hooded top £10, checked shirt £12, T-shirt £6, jeans £16, and beanie hat £4.

FOOTBALL supporters in our fair city proudly wear their hearts on their sleeves and their club colours on their chests. The question, for a fashion conscious, football-mad supporter, is how to show love for your club and look hotter than Zoolander while doing it. Clothing brand Love Follow Conquer looks to do just that for the city’s army of LFC supporters. The brand goes back to the future, taking a retrospective look at Britain’s most successful club. So for fans of Torres and Gerrard, Albert Stubbins and Billy Liddell, Love Follow Conquer aims to give real LFC supporters things that the big sports sponsors don’t. The team at Love Follow Conquer are Liverpool born and bred, and felt it was about time LFC supporters had a unique brand to wear on the terraces. They say the reason for the name is to capture the passion, pride and belief that distinguishes LFC supporters. And, inspiration wise, the label looks to the things the city is famous for — football, music and fashion. So what’s hot right now? Only the brand’s new King Kenny T-shirt following Dalglish’s dramatic return to the Anfield helm. King Kenny’s status in Liverpool is celebrated in a Beatles-inspired ‘Revolver’ style T-shirt. It’s a must have from The Kop catwalk this season! Check out the merchandise and buy online at www.lovefollowconquer.com


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The Doctor Fish will see you now... Paul Baker makes a splash with the spa craze that’s sweeping the nation as he tests out a fish pedicure at Sakinsu on Bold Street IT was on an unusually mild winter’s afternoon that I wended my way through Liverpool’s lunchtime shoppers in order to find a rather intriguing species of marine life that has recently arrived in the city centre. Sakinsu on Bold Street was my destination, one of a growing number of fish spas opening around the country, and the aquatic animals in question are called Garra Rufa or Doctor Fish. The idea is that these little fishies will nibble off all the dead skin on your feet leaving them smooth, but the proof is in the pudding. Welcomed by owner Mark Hancock, he explains that each 150 litre tank has 125 Doctor Fish in. Each tank is fitted with its own UV light and separate filtering system to clean the water. I’m invited by Mike, the shop manager, to put my shoes and socks into a basket and then to bathe my feet in a warm footbath before they’re ready to take the plunge with the Garra Rufa. Apparently our very own X Factor runner-up, Rebecca Ferguson, came

in just before Christmas and sampled the spa, so I’m in celebrity company. As I take my seat the fish are already moving towards their next meal. They obviously learn fast; Mike said that when they first opened some of the fish tended to jump out of the tanks once feet were introduced, but no more – feet mean a square meal to these critters! So, there’s nothing for it but to submerge and see what happens. Immediately I’m lightly tickled by tens of little fishies. It’s not a feeding frenzy though, there’s more than enough footage to go round and after your mind gets over the wonder of what you’re doing, it’s quite a relaxing experience. Now, putting your feet into a tank with 125 hungry fish may not sound like fun to everyone, but I actually found it really enjoyable. For a start, the fish are toothless and they merely suck the dead skin from your feet. They do seem to flock to the areas where your skin will be roughest or sorest, such as the heel and ball of your foot. Plus, if you have skin disorders such

as psoriasis or eczema, it’s supposed to help. But once your feet are swimming with the fishes, you forget about any potential health benefits and stare in amazement at these two inch Doctor Fish as they go about their business and grab a take-away lunch. I particularly enjoyed keeping an eye on one fish the staff have nicknamed ‘Jaws’ who is the biggest fish they have at Sakinsu and gets his pick of the best places to dine! A 15 minute session at Sakinsu costs £10, while 30 minutes costs £18. They even offer group bookings and special hen party packages. The only thing to bear in mind is that you can’t use the fish spa if you have verucas, fungal infections or if you are wearing fake tan on your legs. If in doubt, you’re best off giving the spa a call to check before you head over there. Sakinsu offers a great experience and when there’s a group of people in there it’s even more fun as the atmosphere gets almost as bubbly as the water. Give it a try – and say hello to Jaws from me!

Where is it? You can’t miss it, half way up Bold Street, in the city centre

What does it do? Sakinsu offers a totally organic pedicure from its well cared for ‘Doctor Fish’. These toothless natural pedicurists will transform your feet, making them feel silky smooth with a healthy glow.

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Fitness

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A different approach IF you’re looking for activities to keep you fit and healthy, check out your local area where there’s plenty going on. Here is a small selection to get you started... HORSE RIDING BROOKLANDS Farm Riding School on Brewery Lane, Melling, caters for beginners to advanced riders, has sensible horses and friendly, experienced, riding instructors ensuring you have fun while you learn to ride. Log on to www.brooklandsfarm.co.uk or call 0151 531 0472. You could also visit Croxteth Hall where the Croxteth Park Riding Centre provides lessons for all abilities, call 0151 220 9177.

Emma Thompson gets some motivational tips on how to banish those love handles MANY of us started 2011 with big plans of losing weight and eating healthily, but if your regime has started to lag, fear not, we’ve caught up with Phil Fisher from Achievement Sports to give you some motivational tips. Phil began as a fitness instructor and is now the managing director of Achievement Sports which runs courses to help people become sports instructors. He said: “When February comes along a lot of people start to slip with their exercise because they haven’t seen an instant stone weight loss. But this is the time you need to remember your initial goals and keep going.”

Here is Phil’s advice: Make a list of your goals, whether you want to lose weight, tone up or build-up muscle, and stick the list on your fridge. This is often the best place as it might stop you reaching for that extra cake or chocolate bar! It’s a constant reminder of what you want to achieve. ● Set yourself a target, people in Liverpool love going to Aintree races, and there’s only a couple of months of exercising to make sure you fit into those stunning dresses, so keep focused on what you’re working towards. ● If you’re getting bored with the gym equipment, mix it up and add variety to your routine. Zumba classes are huge at the moment, they’re really fun and different plus give you a good work out. Try the different classes in the gym and you might find one you really enjoy. ● You’re often given a programme to follow by the instructor when you join a gym, so don’t be afraid to go back every four/six weeks and get them to update it. Many people stick to the same machinery time after time so it’s easy to get bored. Try different gym machines each time you go. ● If you can’t afford to join a gym, see how much it is to go to a couple of different classes such as body pump and body combat which can often be cheaper. ● It’s been said before but going for a good walk with the kids in a local park, even just over the weekend, all adds to your exercise. Things such as not taking the lift and using stairs, getting off the bus a couple of stops earlier are little differences that might just help you shift those few extra pounds each month. ●

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UNDOUBTEDLY after the festive frolics, you'll find yourself the subject of some cringe-worthy photos, but what if you want to capture yourself in a better light? One local photographer aims to help you rediscover your beauty and claims to have a totally different approach. Zoe Richards is the lead photographer at Hope Street-based Zoe Photography She says: “We have made a pledge to treat our clients in an ethical manner and we want to raise awareness so that people can spot the pressure sales techniques and know how to avoid them. “We were appalled to hear stories from so many people who believe they have been conned into having a photo shoot with a little tipple to help lower their guard so they spend ridiculous amounts on photographs and we decided to do something about it. “We won’t use pressure sales techniques and won’t give you alcohol or offer a promotion to make you spend more – all our offers are genuine.” Zoe, who has also set up City Girl Makeover Photoshoots, adds: “Our

photoshoots aren’t just for people who want to become models. We offer the whole model experience for everyday people. We had a lady who wanted the Gok Wan style ‘How to Look Good Naked’ and she did a naked photo shoot which was really tasteful and looked lovely. “We want to help remind women, who’ve maybe changed with age or had babies, that they’re still beautiful. “We also take photos of women who are aiming to join the modelling world. It’s a tough industry but we aim to start them on their way with an ethical approach. “It’s something I’m passionate about and I really want people to enjoy their photoshoot experience so we don’t push people in to buying loads of photos they can’t afford. Our prices are clearly quoted at the beginning, plus we supply usable images on disc with printing rights for you to enjoy.” For more information contact Zoe Richards on 0151 708 5838; email zoe@zoephotography.co.uk or visit Suite 21 The Hahnemann, 42 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BZ.

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WE caught up with one of Zoe’s clients, Amanda Carney, to find out about her experience in front of the camera. “I loved the model photoshoot experience,” beams Amanda. “I’d never done a photoshoot before, but it all started when my friends had one taken in Manchester, they had a lovely time, got a full makeover and then they airbrushed the pictures to get rid of any lines and wrinkles. "But after a few weeks my friends realised it didn’t really look like them, so I wanted to find someone who could capture me, while still making me look my best in locations around the city so it would be more like artwork rather than just a picture of me.” After a lot of searching, Amanda discovered Zoe Photography, and explained that she didn’t want airbrushed studio photos but rather images of her in Liverpool locations. Amanda reveals: “I went to see Zoe and explained what I wanted, but as I’d never had a photoshoot done before I didn’t know what to expect. You need to be able to trust your photographer and Zoe really welcomed me and made me feel at ease. “She also gave me some advice beforehand, such as cleansing and toning to make your skin look its best, and not to wear clothing that can leave lines as well as bringing a few outfits for the day. “On the day, it was like you would imagine a proper photoshoot would be with someone doing your make-up and hair. All my pictures were taken out on location, so we went to landmarks around Liverpool such as St George’s Hall and the Georgian Quarter of the city, including the cathedrals.” She continues: “It was a great opportunity to capture yourself looking your best. I took the pictures back to show the girls and they loved them; it makes you feel like a bit of a model. “I enjoyed the experience so much that me and a few friends have booked in for May and we’re going to make a big ladies’ day of it, getting our hair and make-up done, then doing the shoot with all of us in the photos. “Zoe made me feel really relaxed and by the end I felt as if I knew her. She delivered exactly what I wanted and more.”


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Sarah Hooley shimmies her way into the glamorous world of vintage beauty and burlesque...

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EVER since pictures of Dita Von Teese frolicking in a 4ft Martini glass were splashed across the newspapers, I've been enchanted by the glamorous world of burlesque. So when an invitation to attend The Martini Lounge's burlesque workshop and vintage pamper day followed by its glitzy burlesque show at St George's Hall landed on my desk, I jumped at the chance to go along. The workshop — held in the suitably glam top floor room in Heebie Jeebies on Seel Street — is a four hour pamper fest of retro hair and make-up, together with a beginner's introduction to burlesque dance. And as my friend and I made our way up to join the group we were a mixture of nerves and excitement. “Will we have to take our clothes off ?” she asks half-jokingly. I assure her we won't. Probably. But all the same I'm starting to wonder what I've got us into. After all, stockings and nipple tassels were not a look I was intending to sport any time soon. Walking in, however, it's clear we needn't have worried. The vintage workshop – hosted by Merseyside retro pamper-party specialists Betty Bee and Lilly Von Pink — is full of giggling women, and Betty and Lilly greet us like old friends. Within minutes we're sat down with a cup of tea served in dainty vintage tea-cups and Lilly asks us to take out our travel mirrors for the first activity of the day — a master-class in Hollywood make-up. A real insight into the tricks and trade secrets of vintage beauty, Lilly expertly shows us the best way to apply flawless foundation and French flicks, as well as trademark pillar-box red lips that are good enough to make Greta Garbo green with envy. There's just time for a slice of home-made Victoria sponge (washed down with a Sailor Jerry's for courage) before our burlesque workshop begins. Our teacher — and international burlesque star — Beeby Rose, looks every inch the Hollywood starlet and we watch in amazement as she effortlessly shimmies and shakes her way across the floor. Instructing us to follow her lead, we learn a basic burlesque routine and master the art of removing stockings. And, while our own efforts might not be quite so alluring, the group share many a laugh while we attempt to become budding burlesque dancers. By now the afternoon's almost up, and we watch as Lilly demonstrates how to create expertly coiffured victory rolls, before we each have our hair professionally styled (victory rolls and big curls for me). As I catch a glimpse of my glamorous

Beeby Rose with the women taking part in the workshop

Burlesque performer Beau Rocks

new look I can't stop smiling, and as the workshop ends we jump in a taxi to finish the evening off in style at The Martini Lounge's Burlesque Show. Our earlier introduction to the art of tease has left us bubbling with excitement and The Martini Lounge doesn't disappoint. Set in the spectacular surroundings of St George's Hall, the show has attracted a loyal legion of fans since opening in 2007 and is quite rightly considered one of the best burlesque shows in the region. Taking our seats in the hall's opulent concert room, we tuck into a delicious two course pre-show dinner and admire the impressive chandelier, glass ceiling and lavish golden carvings. As dinner guests, we're also treated to an exclusive pre-show performance from Liverpool's own burlesque-queen Millie Dollar, and by the time the show begins, the room is buzzing with anticipation. Our compere for the evening, Fred Bear, is hilarious from start to finish and the audience lap up sultry performances from Millie Dollar, Beau Rocks and Beeby Rose. Full of feather fans and jewel-encrusted corsets, the acts are every bit as glamorous as we'd hoped. Plus with music from the charmingly funny Barbieshop Quartet, and comedy acts from Fred Bear along with his two accomplices – Neil and Simon Bear – the show is the perfect balance of extravagance, laughter and entertainment. Leaving the hall, we're still giddy on our overdose of glamour and as we practise our burlesque walks all the way to the train station, we both agree it won't be long before we're back...

THE MARTINI LOUNGE THE Martini Lounge has a special Valentine's burlesque show at St George's Hall on February 25 and a fabulous burlesque workshop on February 26. The workshop, held in Heebie Jeebies, will be hosted by top international burlesque stars Slinky Sparkles and Millie Dollar and includes a hair and make-up demonstration and burlesque workshop. Tickets for the workshop cost £15 and tickets for the show start from £17 and £59 for the show and dinner. Visit www.martinilounge.co.uk to book tickets. Photo by Betty Bee Photography

THE VINTAGE PAMPER BOX BETTY Bee and Lilly Von Pink are hosting a vintage pamper day at Heebie Jeebies on February 12. The day includes a retro hair and make-up class, beginner's burlesque workshop, a vintage make-over by Lilly and Betty and a 1950s cheesecake style photoshoot with one photo to keep as yours. Tickets cost £45 and must be pre-booked. For more information visit www.vintagepamperbox.com

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MILLIE DOLLAR babe Sue Kelbrick meets a Liverpool beauty and rising star of burlesque IT is 8.30am on a blustery January morning. I have barely wiped the sleep from my eyes and have a really bad case of bed hair but, as I look up blearily at my interviewee, I am greeted by a vision of loveliness. Perfectly coiffeured, even at this ungodly hour of the morning, Millie Dollar is most definitely ready for her close up. Just 25 but already a veteran of the burlesque scene, Millie has been performing for more than six years and even though everyone is now familiar with the beauty, style and finesse of burlesque, when she started out, many people didn’t know what it was and she had to work hard to gain acceptance. Six years on and she has the world at her feet. I caught up with her in the middle of rehearsals for her next acclaimed Martini Lounge show, a Valentine’s special, which is on St George’s Hall on February 25. So what can we expect from her latest show? “We’ve decided to go back to our roots, paying homage to vaudeville and variety with a fabulous selection of acts from burlesque to singers to a magic act and everything in between,” says Millie. “We’re really excited about all of the guests on the bill and it looks set to be the best show we’ve done so far.” Guests already confirmed include the up and coming burlesque star, Anna Fur Laxis, internationally acclaimed magician Paul Dabek, comedy diva, Mysti Vine and talented jazz and blues songstress, Coco Malone. Proceedings will be compered by the incomparable and infamous Fred Bear and star of the show will, of course, be Millie Dollar herself whose performances really have to be seen to be believed. Offer a unique mix of rock and roll, sleaze and

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“I love the audiences in Liverpool. They have a great sense of humour and I know that they'll take whatever the performance throws at them in just the right spirit” Quietly spoken but not afraid to speak her mind, it is this apparent contradiction which makes Millie so fascinating as a performer. In person, she comes across as meek and mild and almost shy, and yet on stage, she simply oozes confidence and sex appeal, strutting across the stage with energy and finesse. Millie admits that when she started out, she used her performances to express herself in a way that she would never do in everyday life. She reflects: “As a child we travelled around a lot moving from Liverpool to Australia then to Glasgow and back to Liverpool. I found it difficult to make friends and I was quite shy so I became interested in burlesque almost as a way of escaping from reality. “My mum was really into vintage clothes from the 1940s and 1950s and I grew up listening to music from that era. I loved the glamour of the screen sirens from this time and used to practise strip tease in my bedroom. I didn’t know it at the time but that was the start of my love affair with all things burlesque!” Millie has devoted her life to professional burlesque, from performing and modelling to making costumes, for herself and for other performers, and it is this complete dedication to her art which has helped her to gain such an enviable reputation both from within and outside the industry. Despite gaining international acclaim, Millie hasn't forgotten her roots and loves performing in her home town. She says, “I love the audiences in Liverpool. They have a great sense of humour and I know that they'll take whatever the performance throws at them in just the right spirit.” The future is certainly looking bright for the Liverpool-born star. So what does the future hold for her?

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She thinks for a moment and then replies: “Right now, I’m focusing on making sure we produce the best show possible for The Martini Lounge, but looking further ahead I’d like to do a burlesque tour in the US. I can’t see myself doing anything else at the moment and hopefully I’ll still be stripping at the age of 70!” The Martini Lounge Valentines Grand Showcase is being held on Friday, February 25 at The Concert Room, St Georges Hall. Tickets from £59 for dinner and evening event and event only tickets from £17. For more information and to book telephone 0844 888 9991 or visit www.martini-lounge.net Photo by Gareth Jones

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Las Vegas style ‘Bump and Grind’. So why does Millie think burlesque has become so popular in recent years? “I think that burlesque is almost an antidote to the extremes of celebrity culture we see today,” she explains. “It harks back to a more glamorous time when stars were never seen stumbling drunkenly out of nightclubs or pictured in their pyjamas walking to the corner shop. People crave a bit of glamour and burlesque certainly delivers on that front!” Millie started out at Korova in Liverpool where her amazing performances and lavish costumes soon got people talking. From here, she developed her routine touring throughout the British Isles before taking on the world with performances in Paris, St Tropez, Milan and Los Angeles to name a few.


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CANDY GIRL With a one-woman stage show, Tell Me On A Sunday, and a starring role in new BBC production, Candy Cabs, life is certainly sweet for Claire Sweeney. Emma Thompson finds out more... LIVERPOOL’S Claire Sweeney is set to hit our screens this month in a fabulous new comedy, Candy Cabs. With a top cast including ex-Hollyoaks’ Ricky Whittle, comedy star Lisa Millett, EastEnders’ Jo Joyner (Tanya) and Loose Women’s Jodie Prenger, this three-part BBC1 series is sure to hit all the right notes, especially as it’s put together by Liverpool script writers, Johanne McAndrew and Elliot Hope. Candy Cabs is about an unlikely pair of Northern women who embark on a business adventure and start up a taxi company run by women, for women. Of course, the road to becoming an entrepreneur never runs smoothly, and it’s not long before personal

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obstacles get in the way of their professional dreams. “I think it’ll be fabulous, we all had a ball during filming,” says Claire. “There is a fantastic group of girls in the show, as well as Ricky who’s gorgeous! I play Amanda, who is a bit of a man-eater. In the first BBC trailer she’s says: ‘It’s cougar-time’, so she’s quite a character but you’ll see she’s got a vulnerable side too.” She adds: “The script is brilliant. The writing by fellow Scousers Johanne and Elliot is so funny, so hopefully we’ll get to do a second series because we all had such a great time.”

“I love coming back to Liverpool and it’ll be fab entertaining at the Empire. Its always great performing to a home crowd” Having just jetted back from a holiday in Barbados with Pete Price and Cilla Black, Claire was straight into rehearsals on the same day for her acclaimed one-woman stage show Tell Me On A Sunday. Claire received rave reviews last year for the show, and this musical production – with music from Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black – is set to continue touring this month making its way to the Liverpool Empire Theatre in April. “It’s a one-woman show about an English girl who heads to New York looking for success and love in all the wrong places!” reveals Claire. “With 28 Andrew Lloyd Webber songs to sing it’s a real test, and when I’m performing I live like a nun,” she admits. “I have to be really disciplined because there’s only me on stage, so all eyes are on me for the whole performance, but it’s a great show to do." She adds: “I can’t wait until April, I love coming back to Liverpool and it’ll be fab entertaining at the Empire. Plus it’s my birthday that week so it’ll be a really special occasion! “It’s always great performing to a home crowd, I’d love to do a panto at the Empire – it would be so much fun.” Claire grew up in Walton and her love of singing

and music stemmed from attending school choir and going to church. By the age of 14 she was performing in local pubs, such as the Montrose Club while going to stage school in Rodney Street. She has enjoyed success on screen and stage performing as Roxie Hart in Chicago, headlining in Fosse, playing Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls opposite Patrick Swayze and in 2008, she starred in the first UK production of Shout. On screen, Lindsey Corkhill in Brookside is the role many people remember Claire for, but she’s also appeared on Loose Women, Strictly Come Dancing, 60 Minute Makeover, Clocking Off and Merseybeat, to name but a few. “It’s nice to have been able to achieve most of my dreams,” says Claire. “I love the combination of stage and screen work as they’re so different.” Claire has also been busy launching her own jewellery collection, and is now in talks with a Northern company to create her own clothing line. She reveals: “I love fashion, shoes and jewellery so it’s nice to be able to pursue the other things I enjoy.” Photo by Donald Cooper

ONES TO WATCH MICHELLE PEVIE FASHION designer Michelle Pevie only graduated from John Moore’s University last July but already she is setting the fashion world alight. Her collection was shown on the runways of London Graduate Fashion Week and her clothes have also been on display in Liverpool ONE. Last October she won the North West Designer of the Year award 2010 at The Triangle in Manchester and recently she took part in the highly successful Liverpool Design Festival where she received some fabulous feedback from fellow designers and fashionistas alike. More recently she has been working with photographer, Karl Axon to produce some fantastic images taken in and around Liverpool, to illustrate her latest collection. For more information, visit www.michellepevie.co.uk

TELL TALE THEATRE COMPANY CREATED by drama specialists Emma Smith and Leanne Jones, the Tell Tale Theatre Company is a newly launched community theatre with its first production planned for next month. The theatre group meets weekly and is made up of 15 Merseyside adults many of whom have never performed on stage before but all share the same desire to be involved in their local community and perform their production in front of an audience. Director Emma is excited about what the future holds saying: “We have a wonderful group of talented, creative and committed adults from Merseyside. It is a delight to work with them and watch them grow. They have come so far in just a few short months.” The group is supported by Phil Redmond’s Open Culture organisation. Don’t miss its first production at the Kazimier in Wolstenholme Square from March 1 -3.

DANIEL WHITTAKER IT’S a dream come true for West Derby teenager, Daniel Whittaker, whose sister sent pictures of him to model agency, Pulse who immediately snapped him up. He’s now been chosen as the new face of Milan-based fashion giants, Dolce and Gabbana and Versace. Daniel’s only been modelling for 12 months but during that time the 6 foot 3 inch model has fronted a number of runway shows and modelled for a variety of high profile fashion campaigns. His most recent assignment saw him shooting with male model clothing line Onitsuka Tiger. And he is now set to make the biggest step of his career so far with a move to Milan, something which he said he is nervous about but also very excited. Daniel says: “I can’t quite believe this is happening. It’s all been such a whirlwind. Milan is one of the fashion capitals of the world so it’s an honour to be asked to work there.”

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Things to do, places to see Michelle Rushton has a fabulous line up of things for you to do this month

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JOIN chick-lit author and ex-editor of Marie Claire, Katie Agnew, as she reveals the secrets behind writing her sizzling novels, Wives v Girlfriends and Saints v Sinners. The best-selling women's author and journalist will be guest of honour at the Liverpool Malmaison Ladies Lunch on February 10. As well as hearing Kate’s tales of the world of WAGs, you can devour a two course meal with a glass of wine and indulge in other girlie treats. The lunch takes places from 12.30pm – 2pm and costs £15 per person. To book tickets, contact Danielle Garrigan on 0151 229 5000 or email dgarrigan@malmaison.com

Al Lewis WELSH singer/songwriter, Al Lewis, will be popping into Liverpool to promote his new album, In The Wake, this month. The super talented North Walian will be touring Caffè Nero venues ahead of the release of his stunning new album in March. It already garnered a clutch of great reviews and enthusiastic radio coverage with its beautiful vocals and captivating, melodic songs when it was released via Al’s website in October 2010. Al will perform on Friday, February 25 at the Whitechapel Caffè Nero at 2pm and the Bold Street branch at 4.30pm. Visit www.allewismusic.com for more information.

THE Metquarter will play host to its first ever Wedding Fair on Saturday, February 26 and Sunday, February 27. From flowers to bridal gowns and photographers to elegant stationery, Metquarter will have over 80 exhibitors offering all the inspiration you need to help you plan your big day! There will also be some fantastic offers to take advantage of, with promotional offers from a selection of Metquarter stores plus the chance to win amazing prizes. For all you budding brides out there, this event is not to be missed and is completely free to attend. For more details visit www.metquarter.com

Tickets for Corrie!

THE Liverpool Empire Theatre has some great entertainment lined up for you this month. Corrie! the new comedy play will visit the Liverpool Empire on February 21 - 26 with former Coronation Street star Ken Morley taking on the role of the narrator. The show celebrates the soap’s 50th birthday and condenses five decades of muchloved storylines and characters into one hilarious two-hour show, including a unique take on the recent tram crash story.

THE theatre will also present the award-winning dance troupe Flawless on February 7. Tickets available from Empire Theatre box office, via telephone on 0844 847 2525 or online at www.liverpoolempire.org.uk

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Liverbirds.com LIVERBIRDS.COM is a hard-hitting, blackcomedy about Liverpool’s sex industry, where laughter, love, and calamity share the same stage. Starring Crissy Rock (Benidorm) and Louis Emerick (Brookside), produced by Ribbon Productions and written by Carol Maher, it cuts away the sleaze of the escort industry and shows the hilarious side of this dark and sometimes dangerous world. The events take place during the three days of the Grand National. Not for the faint hearted or easily offended, it is for over 18s only and takes place at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, from March 10-12. Tickets are £12, visit www.floralpavilion.com

David McAlmont CELEBRATING the release of his first live album and DVD, David McAlmont is embarking on his first solo UK tour this month. Stopping at the O2 Academy Liverpool, he will perform hits from the ever popular McAlmont and Butler 90s collaboration including You do, Yes, Diamonds are Forever, Lose My Faith, Isn’t it a Pity and many more timeless classics in the definitive McAlmont style. The concert will take place on February 19. Visit www.davidmcalmont.co.uk or to book tickets call the Academy on 0844 477 2000.

Alexandra and Usher THE UK’s pop goddess Alexandra Burke is set to light up the ECHO Arena Liverpool with her All Night Long Tour. The X Factor winner will come to the city on

February 8 for a spectacular gig with show stopping routines and sensational performances of all her much loved songs and hit singles. Later on in the month, the Arena will also welcome multi-platinum selling recording artist, Usher on February 24. Part of his OMG Tour, Usher will be performing his biggest hits and tracks from his sixth studio album released recently, Raymond vs. Raymond - Deluxe Edition. Don’t miss your chance to witness two true legends live in the UK – tickets are selling fast so book now by calling 0844 8000 400 or visit www.echoarena.com

John Hegley WIDELY regarded as one of the country's most innovative comic poets, John Hegley makes a welcome return to the Everyman with a double bill of treats. The Adventures of Monsieur Robinet will be staged on Friday Photo: Jackie di Stefano night, February 18 followed by Animal Alphaboat, tailored for younger audience members on the morning of Saturday, February 19. John will be turning his beat poet style to comedy tales about a Frenchman with some unusual (but clean) habits, which include burying his dog’s kennel and his own luggage pieces, in The Adventures of Monsieur Robinet. On Saturday morning, John brings his interactive show for families Animal Alphaboat to the Everyman so all ages can experience the poet’s unique approach to poetry, dance and song. Also this month, John Shuttleworth returns to Everyman a following sell out performance of A Man With No More Rolls on February 17 and They Call Her Natasha, a drama laced with, and inspired by, the music of Elvis Costello will be staged from February 23 – 26. Over at the Liverpool Playhouse, celebrated writer and director Steven Berkoff presents a new production of Sophocles’ greatest Greek tragedy, Oedipus, from February 18 – March 12. For information call 0151 709 4776 or visit www.everymanplayhouse.com

MUST TRY... TO get crafty. Liverpool is joining the craft revolution with a new monthly event, Craft Creative, every second Thursday and the occasional Saturday, upstairs in Leaf on Bold Street. Have a go at making Valentine’s gifts for your sweetheart with help from arts and crafts teacher Yulie Yasities and Leaf’s head chef Matthew Rhodes who will show you how to make Aphrodisiac Love Truffles in a homemade heart box, a truelove hand-crafted Valentine’s card and a heart shaped hanging mobile. The event takes place on Thursday, February 10 from 6.30pm – 9.30pm and Saturday, February 12 – from 2pm – 5pm. For more details email thecraftcreative@gmail.co.uk

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MUST DO... DUST off my old Fleetwood Mac LP and get all nostalgic. Coming to the Liverpool Philharmonic on February 8, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac is celebrating the 34th anniversary of the classic Rumours album and will perform timeless songs, such as Black Magic Woman, Go Your Own Way, Little Lies and Everywhere. It’s the ultimate tribute to one of rock and roll's most truly remarkable stories... Visit www.ticketmaster.co.uk www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

MUST REMEMBER... TO take a wander down to the Threshold festival this February. Liverpool's newest grassroots festival, this annual event will boast over 200 live acts and transform Liverpool's CUC building into a hive of art, bands, dancers, exhibitions, flashmobs, photography, theatre, galleries and games. The event takes place from February 11 - 13. Tickets cost £5 a day, or you can enjoy the whole weekend's events for £10. Call 0151 708 3529.

MUST SEE.... THE new exhibition by Liverpool artist David Jacques at the Walker Art Gallery. The Irlam House Bequest, specially created for the gallery, goes on display from February 2. Winner of the Liverpool Art Prize 2010, David’s installation is inspired by the history of trade union banners and entrepreneur George Tutil, who dominated banner production in the 19th century. Open 10am-5pm every day, visit liverpoolmuseums.org.uk to find out more.

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Happy days Sue Kelbrick shows you how to keep the kids entertained this half term without breaking the bank or having a nervous breakdown... IT only seems like a few weeks ago that the kids were breaking up for Christmas and before you know it, they will be finishing for February half term. But don’t panic – there are loads of great things for your little angels to do this half term, both indoors and outdoors, all designed to make sure that they have a great time. And a great time means happy kids and happy kids equal happy parents! Bring it on...

IF you thought you knew Liverpool then think again. Running from February 14 until March 20, Liverpool Discovers is a landmark public art event celebrating the greatest stories seldom told about one of the world’s most interesting and best-loved cities. The event takes the form of a trail of fun, quirky and informative public art installations. Created by exceptional artists, the trail takes people on a journey of discovery to explore different quarters of the city while learning more about the events and people that made this city so special. And want to know the best bit? It’s free! Pick up a free map from any of a number of city centre outlets such as the 08 Place and Merseyrail stations. Visit www.liverpooldiscovers.co.uk for more information.

THERE are over 70 parks to choose from in Liverpool so why not get some fresh air this half term and get the kids out and about? Liverpool Rangers organise loads of fabulous events throughout the year with a number of special family events being held over half term. We really are spoilt for choice when it comes to green space in Liverpool so take your pick. In the heart of the city there are quiet havens such as St John’s Gardens, St Luke’s Churchyard, Falkner Square, St James’ Mount and Gardens and Our Lady and St Nicholas’s Churchyard. On a much grander scale are the great Victorian parks, Princes Park, Stanley Park, Newsham Park and the internationally acclaimed Sefton Park, known as the ‘Parisian Park’. Further south lies Clarke Gardens, Springwood Memorial Garden, Allerton Towers, Reynolds Park, Camp Hill and Calderstones Park, the latter noted for its feature gardens and rare trees. Walton Hall Park covers 130 acres including a lake for model boating and fishing and excellent sports provision focussed on the park sports centre. And last but not least, Liverpool’s largest park is Croxteth Country Park. For further details of events being organised by the Rangers visit www.liverpool.gov.uk or contact Liverpool Direct on 0151 233 3007.

CHILDREN never tire of learning about the mysteries of ancient Egypt so for a fabulous day out of family fun, check out Tutankhamun: His Tomb and His Treasures which is running at the Museum of Museums at the Trafford Centre Manchester until March 26. Visitors can enjoy a day jam-packed with exciting activities such as face painting, walking acts, workshops and much more. Take the trail through time and try your hand at unravelling an ancient mystery, follow the symbols, track down the treasures, and crack the codes to discover the Pharaoh’s secret, as the tomb comes alive once more. Budding Egyptologists will also learn how to create their own amulet to protect from the Pharaoh’s Curse, meet real explorers and get the chance to make their mark on the Pyramid of Wishes at the trail’s end. These family fun days have been organised by local story teller and drama teacher Cathy Roberts, who is also responsible for the successful annual Pirate Muster at the Liverpool’s Albert Dock. For more information visit www.tutankhamunmanchester.com

two pairs of tickets for Charlie and Lola N WI Best of Liverpool has got two pairs of family tickets to give away (two adults and two children) for the afternoon performance of Charlie and Lola on Monday, February 14. To be in with a chance of winning simply answer the following question:

What is the name of the author of Charlie and Lola’s imaginary friend? Put your answer together with your name and daytime telephone number on a postcard and send it to Best of Liverpool, Commercial Editorial Unit, PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, Liverpool L69 3EB. Deadline: February 10.

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KIDS’ favourites Charlie and Lola are coming to Liverpool! Everyone’s favourite TV brother and sister are bringing their fabulous stage show to the Liverpool Everyman theatre from February 12 - 15. For the uninitiated, Charlie is seven and Lola is four. She adores her older brother and has an imaginary friend, Soren Lorenson. The play follows Charlie and Lola as they encounter everyday activities such as tidying their rooms and getting ready for bed. Who knew there were so many problems to overcome before going to sleep? The tigers who want their bedtime drink, Lola’s missing pyjamas – not to mention the ogre in the wardrobe! For more information visit www.everymanplayhouse.com or telephone 0151 709 4776.

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Valentine’s Day TART FROM THE HEART Michelle Rushton shares a delicious Valentine's Day dessert which is guaranteed to sweeten up your loved one

FOOD OF love Michelle Rushton spices up her love life with a meal at Mayur IT is a well known fact that spicy food can be an aphrodisiac, so with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, my partner and I headed to Mayur for a romantic meal for two. Working full-time and being parents of a very lively toddler, Mike and I don’t get to go out much as a couple these days, so having secured the babysitting services of a good friend, it felt very decadent to be out on a well deserved date! And Mayur is certainly to be admired. Walking into the Indian eatery on Duke Street, we were impressed with the opulent decor featuring chic chandeliers and plush, patterned wallpaper. Mayur really is a touch of class but even though the weather was frosty outside, we received a warm welcome inside. The friendly maitre d' showed us to our table and brought us some complimentary appetisers to nibble on while we perused the impressive a la carte menu. Mayur offers a taste of authentic Indian cuisine, with lots of healthy dishes using the Tandoor oven to cook bread, fish, meat and game in the typical North West Indian style which is low in oils and fat. It is definitely the place to try something different. Enjoying the papad and chutneys, the waiter served our drinks – a pint of Cobra for Mike and a nonalcoholic mojito cocktail for me as I am ‘with child!’ Cobra is always Mike’s favourite tipple so he was already onto a winner and I have to say that what my mojito lacked in spirits, it certainly made up for in flavour as it was so lovely and refreshing, I would choose to drink it anytime! As we were having difficulty decided on starters, the waiter recommended we try the chef’s starter platter for two which gave us the chance to try a little bit of everything from Methi Machchi Tikka, chunks of salmon with fenugreek leaves, yoghurt and spices, grilled in the clay oven to Barrah Champ, lamb marinated in crushed garlic, cloves, coriander, degi chilli and yoghurt and Bhatti Murg chicken cubes in a spiced yoghurt marinade. The starters were absolutely superb and certainly whett our appetite for our forthcoming mains. A real fish lover, Mike opted for the Machali Neelgiri – monkfish simmered in a green herb curry of coconut, chillies, coriander and roasted spices. A speciality from

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Southern India, Mike savoured every mouthful and is still telling everyone how tasty it was! Meanwhile, I plumped for the Elaichi Ka Bhuna Gosht – diced lamb steeped overnight in whole spices and ginger-garlic juice, pot roasted in a flavoursome and full-bodied cardamom flavoured spicy masala. It was absolutely delicious – the sauce was tangy and had the right amount of spice, while the lamb was so tender just melted in my mouth. Our meals were served with pilau rice and beautiful homemade peshwari and garlic naan breads. We finished our meal with a refreshing fruity sorbet, just the thing to cleanse our palates. It came as no surprise to us that Mayur was nominated for Gordon Ramsay’s Best Restaurant 2010 and was awarded the Best Newcomer for 2008-2009 by Cheshire/Lancashire Life. We both agreed that it was one of the nicest meals we’d ever had. Mayur, 130 Duke Street, Liverpool city centre, telephone 0151 709 9955.

SPECIAL diets are no barrier to a romantic meal this Valentine’s Day, thanks to Dietary Specials Dietary Specials (DS) which specialises in gluten free and wheat free food. Having to follow a special diet sometimes means that people feel they are missing out on tasty treats, but foodlovers with an allergy or intolerance to gluten or wheat will be pleased to hear that the experts at DS gluten free have come up with a great love-themed recipe which will keep the romance alive and the tummy troubles away. This tart is perfect for those with a sweet tooth. Let this delicious dessert do the talking by serving it alone or complete with a good spoonful of crème fraiche or Greek yoghurt. Raspberry Passion Fruit Heart Tarts (makes two) Ingredients: ● 1 200g block DS gluten free shortcrust pastry, defrosted ● 5 tbsp mascarpone cream cheese ● 2 tbsp chilled gluten free custard ● 75g icing sugar, sieved ● 1 tsp natural extract of vanilla Topping: 110g fresh raspberries 1 passion fruit, ripe Method: ● Place the pastry on a work surface lightly dusted with gluten free flour or cornflour and knead for one minute until completely smooth. ● Roll the pastry out to the thickness of a £1 coin then divide in half. Roll out one piece, place over the rolling pin and transfer to an individual heart shaped or round loose base flan tin, approximately 10cm in diameter. ● Gently push the pastry into place and roll the rolling pin across the top to remove any excess pastry. Repeat with second pastry piece. ● Line the tins with non stick baking paper (parchment or bakewell). Fill with baking beans or rice to weigh down the paper. ● Place the flan tins on a baking sheet and cook for 10 minutes at oven temperature 200°C /180°C Fan/ Gas mark 6. Remove baking beans and return to the oven for a further 5-8 minutes until the pastry is crisp and starting to lightly brown. Set aside to cool. ● To prepare the filling, combine the mascarpone and readymade custard with icing sugar and extract of vanilla using a wooden spoon until smooth. ● When ready to serve, spoon the filling into the pastry shells. Halve the passion fruit and spoon the scooped out flesh evenly over the cream filling. Top with the raspberries and serve. Note: Any leftover pastry can be wrapped, chilled and used within three days. Allow to return to room temperature before using. These desserts are not suitable for home freezing.


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If you’re planning to go down on bended knee this Valentine’s Day, this 9ct white gold 1/3 carat diamond solitaire ring, £599, from Ernest Jones, is sure to impress

Cava and Chocolate Truffles Valentine's Gift Set, 60g, £13, from John Lewis

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Money can’t buy you love, but a well chosen gift can certainly earn you major brownie points this Valentine’s Day, says Katie McLoughlin WHETHER you plan on whisking your better half away for a romantic weekend break, popping the question with a Valentine’s Day proposal, make her laugh with a quirky gift or seduce him with some sexy lingerie, Valentine’s gifts are notoriously hard to choose. Spend too much and you may look overly keen, spend too little or put minimal thought into your gift and you run the risk of being in the doghouse come February 15. So to give you a helping hand this Valentine’s Day, here’s a selection of romantic gifts we love:

These cute One Red Letter Mugs are perfect for Valentine’s, £8.50 each from Utility, Liverpool (www.utilitydesign.co.uk)

Large tulip gift bag with heartshaped balloon, £26.99, from

The Penguin Book of Romantic Poetry.

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RRP £16.99 from Waterstone’s

Silver plated Love Heart, £19.95, from www.prezzybox.com

This Big Love Heart Shaped Spoon’s perfect for eating your Valentine’s pud with, £5 from Utility,

PS I Love You gift set, £13.95, from LUSH

Liverpool (www.utilitydesign.co.uk)

DESTINED TO BE TOGETHER Katie McLoughlin meets the Liverpool-based co-founder of a new dating site — because even Cupid needs a helping hand sometimes... SOME people are destined to be together, so when fate played a big part in bringing Liverpool-based Louise Roper and her husband together, she decided to launch a website to help people take charge of their own destiny. Louise developed dating site, Fatepod.com, after meeting husband, Stephen,

through a chance encounter. She explains: “We went to the same university but never got together. We eventually got together a couple of years later when a mutual friend invited us both on a trip to Dublin. “Fate makes you go to a certain place at a certain time and the website aims to help people connect and give fate a helping hand.” Launched in September, Fatepod gives you a second chance to connect with someone you’ve met but didn’t have the confidence to ask out at the time by registering the encounter on the site to see if they respond. As we approach Valentine’s Day, does Louise have any advice for Best of Liverpool readers looking for love? “Make sure you look your best – you’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression,” says Louise. “By all

means buying a new outfit or heading to the gym can help, but simply smiling can make a huge difference. “Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not – always be yourself.” Louise also advises not to rush things and to enjoy dating, saying: “You may not meet the love of your life immediately but make the most of getting to know different people along the way. After all, if you have a good time with somebody, whether it is a match made in heaven or just a laugh, then you haven’t wasted any time.”

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Date DESTINATIONS Katie McLoughlin finds the perfect venues for some Valentine’s romance...

WE’VE all got different ideas about what makes a perfect date but when all’s said and done, what really matters is spending some quality time together and showing each other how much you care. Whatever your idea of a dream Valentine’s date, Liverpool has plenty of special events and packages available to suit everyone from an old romantic to starcrossed young lovers. Here’s our selection of some of the best...

THE CHOCOLATE CELLAR FOR an indulgent treat, enjoy a Valentine’s high tea or couple’s chocolate play session at The Chocolate Cellar on Hanover Street. Taking place on February 13 and 14, the play sessions include a drink, chocolatier’s talk, tasting and the chance to decorate your own chocolatey treats. Advance booking’s required. Call 0151 200 2202 or visit www.thechocolatecellar.co.uk

HARD DAYS NIGHT HOTEL AN indulgent five-course menu will be served in Blake’s Restaurant at the Hard Days Night Hotel on February 14. Priced at £42.50 per person, including a glass of Prosecco on arrival, the menu features starters like terrine of lobster, langoustine and lemon grass with Thai spiced dressing; refreshing vodka and cranberry sorbet; an indulgent choice of mains and decadent desserts. The Beatles-themed hotel also has an ‘All You Need Is Love’ accommodation package including a bottle of Champagne in your room, late checkout and breakfast in bed for £189 per room, per night. To book, call 0151 236 1964 or email reservations@harddaysnighthotel.com. To reserve a table in Blake’s Restaurant, call 0151 243 2121 or email blakes@harddaysnighthotel.com

FACT GREAT for singles and couples alike, FACT’s Valentine’s Day Special – a John Cusack double bill – features a screening of High Fidelity at 6.30pm and Say Anything at 8.30pm. Priced at £5 per screening or £9 for the double bill, visit www.fact.co.uk for details.

SEFTON PARK PALM HOUSE IF music be the food of love, don’t miss the Valentine’s Concert at Sefton Park Palm House on February 13. Starting at 2pm, the free concert will feature the Metropolitan Cathedral Cantata Choir performing a selection of old and new romantic songs. ISLA GLADSTONE CONSERVATORY THE Isla Gladstone Conservatory’s encouraging couples to take romantic walks in picturesque Stanley Park this Valentine’s Day and, to help you find the most scenic and romantic spots, the conservatory will be handing out maps of the Victorian park from February 11-14. To warm you up after your loved-up stroll, Kemp’s Bistro will be serving extra-special afternoon teas. For more information visit the website at www.theislagladstone.co.uk

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THE GULSHAN ADD some spice to your loved-up celebration at acclaimed Aigburth Road restaurant, The Gulshan. Famed for its authentic Indian cuisine and uber-stylish surroundings, the restaurant’s open as usual on February 14 and local artists, including Ogo, will be performing live in the upstairs cocktail bar from 8pm. Booking’s highly recommended, call 0151 427 2273 or visit www.gulshan-liverpool.com

SOFRITO IT may be relatively new, but Sofrito’s already made a name for itself with its Mediterranean menu and stylish setting. On Valentine’s Day you can feast on three romantically-themed courses such as Sweetheart Soup or Loving Ewe (rump of lamb served with scallion mash and roasted red onion jus) and a glass of bubbly on arrival for just £22.95 per person at this Whitechapel-based restaurant. To book call 0151 236 0411 or visit www.sofritol1.co.uk THE SALT HOUSE THE Salt House Tapas & Charcuteria is offering a complimentary glass of Cava on arrival when you book a table for Valentine’s Day. The Hanover Street restaurant has a relaxed, intimate ambience and its extensive menu has something for everyone from seared scallops to slowcooked lamb with spiced pancetta lentils and prawns cooked in garlic and chilli to name just a few. To book call 0151 706 0092 or log onto www.salthousetapas.co.uk

THE ITALIAN CLUB FISH TO take your loved one to the sea of love, visit The Italian Club Fish where the Valentine’s menu features the likes of fresh oysters with shallot vinegar and Tabasco to start; pan-fried Norwegian cod and tasty desserts. Available on February 13-14, the three course menu’s priced at £24.95 per person including a glass of Prosecco each on arrival. Plus if you’re a bit of a romantic and want to surprise your partner with fresh flowers, chocolates or Champagne waiting on the table when you arrive, simply call the Bold Street restaurant to pre-order Champagne or drop in your flowers or chocolates into The Italian Club Fish on February 14. Booking is recommended, call 0151 707 2110 or email info@theitalianclubfish.co.uk 60 HOPE STREET IF you love good food, head on over to 60 Hope Street this Valentine’s and indulge with its spectacular menu. Start off with pheasant, black pudding and pickled pear terrine; then tuck into a rabbit and lobster roulade with vanilla mash and finish it all off with 60’s assiette of desserts, which is made for sharing. To reserve a table call 0151 707 6060 or visit www.60hopestreet.com


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Singapore Vermicelli DURING the run up to Chinese New Year, why not get into the spirit by cooking your own Oriental feast? This recipe comes courtesy of Johnny Cheung at the China Palace and serves two.

Michelle Rushton looks forward to celebrating the Year of the Rabbit

THIS month, the city’s Chinese community will be celebrating the start of the new year, which, according to the Chinese Zodiac, is the Year of the Rabbit. The rabbit is seen as a very lucky sign so 2011 looks set to be a great year for us! It will be a time to reflect calmly and catch your breath, focusing on home, family and creating a safe, peaceful lifestyle. Liverpool is home to one of the oldest Chinese communities in Europe with a thriving Chinatown, heralded by a magnificent Chinese arch, the largest in Europe. This year, the Liverpool Chinatown New Year Celebrations committee has pulled out all the stops to stage an exciting celebration, as the city waves goodbye to the Year of the Tiger and welcomes the Year of the Rabbit. There will be events throughout the month, from Tai Chi demonstrations to Chinese art workshops and funfairs, but the main activities will take place on Sunday,

February 6 in the Chinatown area including Nelson Street, Berry Street, Great George Street and Great George Square. This colourful event is not to be missed. Here are some of the highlights this year: ● Traditional Lion, Dragon and Unicorn Parade – 11.30am - 3pm, from St Luke’s Church on Berry Street ● Firecracker Display – 1pm, Great George Square ● Taste of China Sunday Street Market – 11am - 4pm, Great George Street ● John Collins Funfairs – 11am - 4pm, Nelson St and Great George Street ● Activities and entertainment at St Luke’s Church and The Black-E – 11am - 6pm The day will culminate in a spectacular finale at the China Palace on Berry Street which will be hosting the Liverpool Chinese New Year VIP dinner from 6.30pm to 9pm. Presented by BBC Radio Merseyside’s Billy Hui, the night features local and international performers and a Chinese banquet. Tickets cost £22 for adults and £16 for children. Tel: 0151 233 8834. For more information on Chinese New Year events in Liverpool visit www.lcba.net or www.liverpool.gov.uk/chinesenewyear

Ingredients A handful of beansprouts 120g rice vermicelli 25g shredded roast pork 25g prawns 20g red and green peppers, cut into strips 1 egg Spring onions Red chilli strips

Seasoning 1 tbsp curry paste (Patak’s or the likes) 1/2 tsp white soy sauce 1/2 tsp sesame oil 1 pinch salt

Method * Soak the rice vermicelli in boiling water until it has softened. Drain and set aside. * Stir fry the egg with all the other ingredients for around three to four minutes. *Add the seasoning. *Sprinkle the sesame seeds, spring onions and chillies on top (optional). *Serve hot.

TO start the new year with happiness and prosperity, the Fu Hong Chinese restaurant is hosting a fabulous feast of entertainment to raise money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. The restaurant on Cherry Lane, Anfield, will be hosting a Chinese banquet, as well as entertainment including a lion dance, martial arts and charity raffle with great prizes to be won. Tickets cost £20 per person with all proceeds being donated to the Hospital’s Imagine Appeal. The event will take place on Monday, February 7 at 7.30pm. For tickets call 0151 226 3500.

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Acorn Farm AN award-winning attraction with a range of farm animals to stroke and feed plus an indoor animal petting area, horse rides, a play area, woodland walk and more, Acorn Farm offers a great value day out for all the family. Kids will love meeting the animals, whilst you can treat yourself to a snack in the cafe or pick up some fresh produce in the farm shop. Visit Acorn Farm, Depot Road, Kirkby, L33 3AR, log onto www.acornfarm.co.uk or call 0151 548 1524.

In the know Katie McLoughlin discovers there’s more to Knowsley than first meets the eye... Chill Out Spa SET within beautifully restored Victorian farm buildings, within the gated walls of Knowsley Hall, Chill Out Spa is a sumptuous place to enjoy a little me-time. The range of luxurious treatments is extensive and from indulgent spa days to blissful massages, rejuvenating facials and specialist treatments for men, there’s something for everyone at this stylish spa. Visit Chill Out Spa, Stanley Grange, Ormskirk Road, Knowsley Park, L34 4AR, call 0844 9670 599 or log onto www.chilloutspa.co.uk

Land Rover Experience A MUST for any petrol-head, the Land Rover Experience in Halewood combines an insight into how Land Rovers are made with an adrenaline-packed off-road driving experience. The Halewood site is the only Jaguar Land Rover facility to house all of the major production facilities under one roof. The tour includes an look at these facilities and, once you’ve seen how they’re made, you get to put the Freelander 2 and other Land Rovers through their paces on purpose-built off road tracks. Visit Land Rover Experience – Halewood, Halewood Visitor Centre, South Road, Liverpool L24 9BJ, call 0151 448 4023 or email halewood@landroverexperience.com.

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LET’S be honest, unless you live or work nearby, Knowsley’s one of those places that you know of and might drive past every now and then, but probably haven’t ever visited. The area’s best-known for being home to the North West’s only safari park but scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find there’s a lot more to Knowsley. For instance, did you know that the first car to be built on Merseyside was a lime green Ford Anglia, built in Halewood in 1963? That Prescot Parish Church is Grade I listed and dates back to 1610? Or that Huyton was home to a prisoner of war camp during the Second World War? As well as a rich history there’s no shortage of famous folk from this part of the world, with LFC captain, Steven Gerrard, footballers Terry McDermott and Phil Thompson, who played for Liverpool in the 70s, Brookside creator, Phil Redmond and playwright, Willy Russell, all hailing from the borough. With such a strong football heritage, it’s fair to say that Knowsley’s a sporty place and as such, you’ll find great sports and leisure facilities in the area, with leisure centres in Halewood, Prescot, Huyton and Kirkby. There’s a number of golf courses where you can practice your swing, plus Knowsley even has its own footy team, the Prescot Cables, which was founded in 1884. Knowsley is investing heavily in its sports facilities and a multi-million pound regeneration project to create a new swimming pool, gym, leisure facilities and more in Stockbridge Village is currently underway. Work on the £16.1m Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park scheme, which will bring world-class sports and leisure facilities to the area, is also due to start this spring.

As well as fantastic sports facilities, Knowsley has a number of attractions that are well worth a trip up the motorway like the award-winning Acorn Farm in Kirkby and the National Wildflower Centre in Huyton. Another must-see attraction for thrill-seekers is the Land Rover Experience in Halewood, which includes an insight into how Land Rovers are built and an off-road driving experience. Of course the area’s best-known attraction is the ancestral home of the Stanley family – Knowsley Estate – which is home to the Grade II listed Knowsley Hall, a luxurious spa, Knowsley Safari Park and urban high ropes adventure course, Aerial Extreme. Opened in 1971 by the 18th Earl of Derby, the Safari Park remains everpopular and along the five-mile drive through the park you can see a whole menagerie of animals from African wild dogs and American bison to baboons, emus, elephants, lions, ostrich, meerkats, white rhinos and wildebeest to name just a few. For those who prefer their parks sans roaming lions and tigers, the borough

has 18 parks where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll or take the kids for a kick about, including Stadt Moers Park in Whiston, where a statue was recently unveiled by local artist John Merrill. When it comes to shopping, Knowsley has a number of places where you can enjoy a little retail therapy. In Prescot you’ll find a selection of stores in the shopping centre on Eccleston Street as well as high street names on Cables Retail Park. In busy Huyton ‘village’ you can pick up something a bit different from one of the independent shops or browse high street stores in Cavendish Walk, whilst in Kirkby you’ll find everything from local retailers to national chains in Newtown Gardens and Inshops shopping centre. There’s also many a bargain to be had in Huyton’s indoor market and Kirkby market, which has around 130 stalls to explore. Come night-time Knowsley has plenty to keep you entertained including local pubs, family friendly eateries, a selection of bars and independent restaurants like Lime Bar & Grill in Prescot and The Print House Restaurant and Bar, a modern English and Mediterranean eatery in the old Prescot Reporter printing office. So with fields of wild flowers, meandering meerkats, historic markets and more, why not take a closer look at what Knowsley has to offer?


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R mantic getaways

easyJet is offering two Best of Liverpool readers a pair of return flights on one of its alternative Valentine’s destinations – Brussels, Berlin, Amsterdam or Barcelona, with taxes and charges included (terms and conditions apply).

There are no shortage of destinations perfect for those after a Valentine’s break to remember. Paul Baker’s got the directions...

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HOME may be where the heart is, but passions can burn bright when a couple takes a romantic break away together. So leave the kids with your folks and head out on Cupid’s highway bound for Lovesville.

The hotel is set in 400 acres of deer park and woodland, and framed by the dramatic Skiddaw Mountain and Lake District fells. It’s a fantastically romantic setting. Each of the hall’s 42 bedrooms are of individual character with views towards the lake, the gardens, the Deer Park or the courtyard.And don’t forget the luxury spa with its 16m infinity swimming pool, outdoor hydrotherapy pool, wallow pool, steam, sauna, aroma room, treatment rooms plus gym and exercise studio. Prices start from £125 per person per night and include bed and full Cumbrian breakfast, special monthly offers are available on the website: www.armathwaite-hall.com

London Theatre Break WHY not combine a London city break with a trip to the glittering West End to see one of the many fantastic shows our capital city boasts? The theatre ticket comparison website SeatChoice.com recently reported that couples could enjoy a romantic night out at a West End show for less than the price of a dozen red roses. Carrying out real-time searches of a wide range of ticket agents and suppliers, SeatChoice.com were able to find two tickets for top shows such as Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and Blood Brothers for performances during the week commencing February 14, 2011 all for less than £50. The cheapest bunch of a dozen red roses delivered by Interflora on Valentine's Day morning would cost £49.98. There’s loads of sites offering reasonably priced hotel accommodation in London, such as www.hotels-london.co.uk and www.superbreak.com Enjoy your stay.

Armathwaite Hall HOW does a romantic break in the Lake District within the luxurious surroundings of a stately home sound? Armathwaite Hall, near Keswick, is one of the country’s leading spa hotels, overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake.

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Titanic Spa IF your idea of heaven is settling down for the evening to enjoy a classic romantic film, the Titanic Spa in West Yorkshire makes for a perfect romantic retreat. And, this Valentine’s Day, the spa is transforming its cosy relaxation room into a snug sleepover-style cinema. Guests and day spa visitors will be treated to romantic movies on the big screen whilst nestling between fluffy cushions, comfy beanbags and warm blankets... Each night will see a different film being shown with classics such as Casablanca, Ghost and even Titanic itself ! For those that prefer the privacy and comfort of their own apartment, top romantic DVDs will be on offer for guests to watch on their personal plasma screen TVs. It doesn’t even matter if you are ‘between loves’ because, for all the single ladies this Valentine’s Day, Titanic Spa is offering the perfect ‘girls night in’ package where guests can enjoy a day of pampering bliss and then take advantage of the spa’s extensive range of facilities before retiring to their eco apartment for a night of chick flick fun! The Valentine’s package at Titanic Spa starts from £145pp. Visit www.titanicspa.com

Fly easyJet abroad HEADING overseas for a romantic city break is, for some, the ultimate Valentine’s gesture but, for many, the costs can be prohibitive. But help is at hand, thanks to easyJet, who are offering affordable flights to some top European cities. The destinations in question are Brussels, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Berlin. easyJet reckons that Brussels is an ideal destination for couples who want to experience an alternative city break. The Belgian city provides a slower pace of life so couples can relax within lush parks, explore the stunning Grand Place or unwind in quaint bars and restaurants at night. Its new service from Liverpool John Lennon Airport begins on February 7, 2011 and is easyJet’s first route from the UK to Brussels. Prices start from £23.99 oneway, including taxes. Amsterdam is a great destination for a romantic trip. In the daytime you can buy roses at the charming Bloemenmarkt or wander around the charming cobbled streets. At night the city becomes truly magical with picturesque canal views enjoyed on a romantic stroll or a salon boat ride. easyJet flies to Amsterdam from Liverpool John Lennon Airport from as little as £25.99 one-way, including taxes. Barcelona’s culture can add a romantic ambience to any couple’s minibreak. Enjoy an abundance of charming restaurants in the old town or take in the beautiful views, at Park Guell or the Sagrada Familia cathedral. Flights to Barcelona with easyJet from Liverpool John Lennon Airport cost from £25.99 one-way, including taxes.

Send your answer to the following question on a postcard, including your name and daytime telephone number to, Best of Liverpool, PO Box 48, Old Hall St, Liverpool, L69 3EB.

Q: Which of easyJet's romantic destinations is the capital city of Germany? Deadline: Friday, February 11 Terms and conditions: 1. Prize consists of a pair of return flights from Liverpool to Brussels, Berlin, Amsterdam or Barcelona. 2. All taxes and charges are included. 3. The flights must be booked by November 31, 2011. Please allow at least three weeks between emailing your booking form and your outbound travel date. 4. The flights must be taken by December 31, 2011 and are not available over bank holiday periods. 5. All flights are subject to availability. 6. There is no cash alternative to the prize. The prize is not transferable. 7. Winner must be over 18 years old and agree to be included in easyJet publicity. 8. Bookings and any changes to bookings are subject to the usual terms and conditions at www.easyJet.com including the privacy policy. http://www.easyjet.com/en/book/privacypolicy.html. 9. The prize is not open to employees (or members of their families) of easyJet Airline Company Limited or anyone connected with the promotion. 10. One piece of hold baggage is included per passenger, per sector up to a max weight of 20kg per bag. Additional baggage will be charged for at the then prevailing rates. 11. The promoter is easyJet Airline Company Limited, Hangar 89, London Luton Airport, LU2 9PF.

For those who want to explore the outdoors and enjoy picturesque views, Berlin is the perfect city break. Couples can enjoy picnics beside the idyllic lake in the Grunewald forest, or explore the entire city with a unique city bike tour. Fly easyJet to Berlin from Liverpool John Lennon Airport from just £25.99 one-way, including taxes. For more information or to book visit www.easyJet.com

A SPA PACKAGE N I W

TREAT yourself and your Valentine to a little pampering with this fabulous spa package. You can be pampered to perfection at the UK’s original eco spa in Huddersfield. This fabulous prize for two includes lunch in the spa’s bistro, use of the spa’s extensive range of facilities, including Club Titanic (a 15m salt-regulated swimming pool, hydrozone, steam and sauna rooms, plus a fully-equipped gym) along with the Titanic Heat experience and an indulgent treatment each (choose between a taster facial or a target massage). This prize must be taken within the next six months, subject to availability, excluding bank holidays.

Send your answer to the following question on a postcard, including your name and daytime telephone number to, Best of Liverpool, PO Box 48, Old Hall St, Liverpool, L69 3EB. Q: Who was the male lead in the hit film Titanic? Deadline: Friday, February 11



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