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Our cover is supplied by local art consultant, Dot-Art. Artist, Stephanie de Leng is a talented Liverpool-based photographer and writer who started her career on the other side of the camera as an international photographic model. She specializes in people-based imagery and has just finished a photo essay on West Everton for the forthcoming Museum of Liverpool. He first book "People in Liverpool" received rave reviews and is available from FACT or directly from her website www.stephaniedeleng.co.uk for ÂŁ19.99 including postage. Contact Lucy at Dot-Art on 0845 017 6660 / info@dot-art.com / www.dot-art.com

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Hi Katherine – 2010 already looks set to be a busy year for you; what are your plans for the coming months? This year is a lot about going around the world and releasing the album, Believe, so this is quite an exciting time really as I am going here there and everywhere and going to territories where they don’t know me at all. Especially places like America, so that’s the big thing for this year – it’s a completely new challenge so it will just work itself out as the year goes along. The USA has been quite receptive so far, but I still haven’t done an awful lot there. I’ve done one TV show with Andrea Bocelli, and look to work very hard over there once I’ve wrapped up Pop Star to Opera Star and the upcoming tour. Believe will be released in the US not until May or June of this year.

  

Are you enjoying your role as mentor and judge on Pop Star to Opera Star (ITV 1)? I absolutely love it! It’s been a really great experience for me – I mean, before recording albums I actually used to be a teacher, and have always wanted to go back to that in some way. I’ve said to friends for years that I’d like to teach again, but they all thought those days were long gone – that was until I started Popstar to Operastar! It’s a new challenge for me, and has been exciting training and coaching a variety of voices through the shows – I really think Marcella has a wonderful voice.

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Have you enjoyed working with the producer David Foster on your album? It has been the most amazing experience. I was aware of his work from listening to the Bodyguard album on repeat as a teenager – I loved it! And to have the chance to work with him has been out of this world. Everybody wants to work with David Foster, and his influence on the tracks has been huge. Everybody knows the key change in Whitney Huston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ and it’s that ‘David Foster effect’ that his work has – people go crazy for    

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Are you looking forward to your 2010 tour? I am so excited – I can’t believe enough people want to see me that they can fill arenas! I’ve done arenas before, but that was with the cast of Viva la Diva, so this is a step up for me doing it by myself. We have amazing performance co-ordinators that worked with Take That’s Circus tour. It’s going to be so theatrical and will hopefully bring audiences something far more than they may expect from a classical show, with designs and plans for the set and other surprises it will provide a stunning backdrop to the songs and I can’t wait. The classical girl group, Escala, are set to support you throughout Believe – why do you think classical music is making such a comeback recently? Well, I think classical music, and opera in particular has had a makeover in recent years. And to be honest, it needed it. Opera can be, and has been, seen to be very intimidating but with new shows, and younger artists out there, opera is suddenly becoming more accessible to a younger generation. There are younger stars that go the extra mile to include popular songs in their repertoire and it is this, and a higher media profile that has gone towards the continuing interest in the genre which I think is fantastic really.

 

 

 

What is your favourite opera and opera role? Without a doubt my favourite opera and role is Carmen. I adore it, it’s such a well known opera that everyone loves – the songs are universally loved by audiences and Carmen is a fantastic role. Mezzosopranos rarely get to enjoy belting out big songs or holding much of a main role – so to play the gutsy, feisty role of young and beautiful Carmen is a pleasure as an opera singer and opera lover alike. What else does 2010 hold for you – you have achieved so much before 30, do you have a dream yet to be realised? Oh, my goodness, there are so many dreams still left to achieve! I don’t think you can ever have too many dreams – they just grow along with you. I suppose professionally something that I’d absolutely love to achieve is to win a Grammy – that would be just amazing and something huge to tick off my list of ambitions! And then personally, well in the coming years having a family and all of that is something I’d very much like to see happen – so yes, I still have several dreams for both my career and my personal life over the coming years and I look forward to trying to achieve them. Katherine performs at the Echo Arena Liverpool on 18 March 2010 as part of her nationwide tour. To book tickets please contact 0844 8000 400 or visit www.echoarena.com . Katherine’s album, Believe, is out now.

       

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| HEYWOOD BUILDING, 5 BRUNSWICK STREET, LIVERPOOL, L2 OUU | T: 0151 236 5346 | WWW.THENOBLEHOUSE.CO.UK | Housed in a grade II-listed building dating back to 1799, The Noble House is a Speakeasy themed restaurant situated in the heart of Liverpool's business district. It has a lot to live up to as its sister venue is the everpopular Alma De Cuba. Seated in a large comfortable red leather booth in the corner of the elegant room, the focal point was a striking Barlas Baylardesigned chandelier, incorporating four miles of sparkling nickel chain-mail. Sam, our friendly waitress, recommended a selection of appetisers to nibble on whilst reading the rest of the menu. We went for marinated Boscialo & Paysanne olives, Bresaola (thin slices of beef cured with red wine) and caramel & pepper popcorn (three for ÂŁ6.50). For starters, I went for the trio of mushrooms (ÂŁ9.95), a delicious variety of flavours; sautĂŠed girolles on grilled sour dough, cappuccino of woodland mushrooms and a puree of Portobello mushrooms, it was a must for any mushroom lover - just delicious. My partner chose the risotto of slow-roasted

shallot with semi dried vine tomatoes, "cherry" mozzarella and baby herbs (ÂŁ6.95). A delightful bottle of Rex Goliath Pinot Noir, California (ÂŁ18.95) accompanied our main course. Recommended by Mary, the restaurant manager, my main course was the Harmony Farm, 8oz fillet 'premium' steak, (ÂŁ27.95), this promised – and I quote – 'Guaranteed tender, succulent and flavoursome' and boy-o-boy this HAS to be the best steak I have ever tried in Liverpool. Cooked perfectly rare and served with spiced garlic butter, sautĂŠed mushrooms & grilled cherry tomatoes. This dish was stunning, absolute perfection. My date – who had a serious case of food envy - had ordered the fish special; Black Bream with a casserole of shellfish infused with coconut & cardamom and crushed olive oil potatoes (ÂŁ16.95). Any food envy was quashed however after the first bite – ‘delicious’ she exclaimed, and I would have to agree. After our spotless plates were taken away, we had time to peruse the puddings menu.

 

I've worked as a professional sommelier all over Europe over the past three decades. But even now after opening my own restaurant here in Liverpool, the question of the battle between the cork and the screw-cap continues to plague me. Ten years ago, I would have said: "Cork is king!" However more recently I would have to say that there is a place for both to co-exist. So here goes. Screw caps or ROPP(rolled on pilfer proof) as

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Lark Lane is one of those places that evokes such remarks as ‘Oh I love it there, it’s so cool/relaxed/fun/friendly...I really must go there more often...’. Its shabbychic charm has always proved a hit with the young professionals and creative crowd, but amidst the well-worn pubs and book shops, you’ll find a few polished gems too. One of those is Pistachio – which is deceptively large once inside with a music venue and bar downstairs, too. Pistachio has adapted to its surroundings with ease – offering credit-crunch friendly lunch deals and weekly evening choices too, making it great value for money – but also offers an a la carte dining experience, which it does with panache. The restaurant has a chilled-out air to it and would be a fab place to take friends or a date – I was with my husband so I guess that falls into the latter. Ravenous, we ordered slow roast belly

Pleasantly full we decided to share the cheese platter £7.95, a tasty variety of sharp goats cheese, Stilton and mature cheddar. To accompany this I went for something a little less ordinary, yes, ... drum roll please... 'The Ron Zacapa Experience', (£9.95). This critically acclaimed 23 year old Guatemalan rum is also four times winner of the International Rum Tasting Competition. Served with a hot espresso, a small stack of home-made chocolate and orange fudge, the Ron Zacapa is absolutely the best rum I’ve ever had; it is sweet, smooth, and fullbodied and was utterly the best way to finish a lovely dining experience. Downstairs there is an exclusive bar, dominated by a stunning 'Cavern-esque' arched ceiling for anyone lucky enough to be invited down, with bar tops adorned with alcoholic atomisers and Absinthe self-serve taps. The Noble House not only offers quality and panache with its food - the drinks menu is nothing to be scoffed at either. DB they are known, provide an airtight seal which protects the wine from oxidation. They are easy to open, allowing ease of service. No need for some wine honcho to come and make his or her mark at your table. For me, daily drinking wines like a Marlborough sauvignon or pinot grigio from Veneto seem to work well with screw caps. These sort of wines are what we call clean; fermentation and early maturation has occurred in stainless steel tanks so further development is not required in the bottle, which many believe is offered by cork. Cork is naturally occurring and biodegradable.

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pork with a thyme and Marsala sauce, and Buffalo chicken wings in a Cajun marinade (both £4.50). The pork had just the right amount of fat in it – divinely moist meat, crunchy crackling and just enough chew – the sauce was sweet and unctuous and the portion generous. Adam’s eyes lit up as a mountain of chicken wings arrived; much nodding and licking of fingers confirmed it was a good choice. Sipping on our wine – Cave de Masse Maccabeau Vermentino VDP for me (£3 per glass), and Cave de Masse Merlot for him – our mains arrived and we got ready to tuck in. Adam’s duck was a chef’s special of the day (prices vary), and was beautifully pink, juicy and moist. Its accompanying orange-infused sauce was a classic combo, and done very well – and something you may not expect to see on a menu quite so often anymore, so it was a welcome addition. My chicken breast – pan-fried with a chestnut, red wine and

mushroom sauce (£13.95) came with fondant potatoes and we shared a dish of seasonal vegetables. The sauce was delicious – earthy, chunky, savoury and sweet – the perfect partner to the locallysourced chicken. Desserts were a must – tiramisu for him and the chef’s vanilla and ginger cheesecake for me (with two scoops of ice cream – sssshh!); both were utterly scrumptious and I am on mission to get the recipe for that cheesecake tout suite! Pistachio offers an intimate dining experience – the menu has clearly had a lot of thought put into it, and it’s refreshing to have a choice of dishes that you wouldn’t see elsewhere. Compliments to the chef, the lovely waiting staff and the proprietors – this place is little gem and deserves a visit, I’ll certainly be returning soon. JM

| 41 CASTLE STREET, LIVERPOOL, L2 9SH | T: 0151 236 0073 | WWW.SANCARLO.CO.UK | The team at San Carlo know how to do it, and boy do they do it well. San Carlo – Italian dining at its snazziest – has already wowed diners across the north of England, and received high praise from AA Gill, The Times’ gourmet guru, claiming the restaurant was ‘the best Italian outside of London’. Well, well. So it’s fair to say we were expecting a stunner‌ The restaurant itself is a gleaming, elegant space, each table beautifully set and bursts of huge bouquets of flowers across the bar – which we propped up and enjoyed an aperitif. The menu has a huge choice of tempting dishes; you can dine authentically, enjoying antipasti, then pasta, then meat, a side and dessert, or just go for a pizza – laid back dining is the name of the game. We kicked off with ‘The Great San Carlo Antipasto’ (ÂŁ8.95pp minimum of two

dining) – a mouthwatering selection of cured meats, olives, artichokes and Pecorino cheese. We started with a trio de brochette, with the chef’s selection of three different toppings – this was a delightful, fresh and tasty way to whet our appetites. My partner’s main course of Agnello Alla Toscana – lamb cutlets in Madeira sauce with rosemary and sundried tomatoes – was stunning. The meat was so tender and juicy, and married perfectly with the sweet, rich sauce and tang of the tomatoes. Not one to be outdone, I enjoyed a delicious Suprema Di Pollo Principessa – pan fried chicken breast with a white wine, cream and mushroom sauce, garnished with asparagus – a moreish combination if ever there was one and expertly executed to boot. Alessandro recommended the Barbara

d’Alba (£24.95), a full bodied red with ripe fruits that went very well with our meal, specifically that luscious lamb, though it didn’t overpower the flavours of the chicken dish either – good choice Alessandro! Eager to experience some Italian flamboyance, my partner finished off his meal with the Tartufo Flambe con Sambuca – yes that’s right, with Sambuca. Flamed at the table, this fun snippet of Italian theatrics added a little extra to the meal, and the chocolate dessert was all the better for the Sambuca, though I’m not sure if my partner was. It goes without saying that we had a ball at San Carlo, it more than lives up to its reputation and is one of those restaurants that help make Liverpool the great place it is. Bellissimo! AM

Its cellular structure gives it elastic properties, providing good contact with the bottle neck and ease of extraction with a ‘waiter’s friend’ or household corkscrew. I'm from the old school of thought that says the structure of cork allows small quantities of air to pass to the wine over long periods, enabling a partial and uncontrolled oxidation, which could be beneficial to the development of finer wines such as a quality Margaux or Barolo. Classic wines such as these will, I favour to add, remain with the cork as a seal. Cork's downfall has been the term, "it's

corked!" To address this issue and dispel any myths, cork has a naturally occurring mould in its cells called penicillium. This can occasionally react with the chemical used to sterilise wine bottles, before they are filled with the nectar. This reaction can produce a chemical known as T.C.A (trichloroanisole). T.C.A is fungal and its aromas can be pungent or subtle. Contrary to what's been said, a good sommelier can pick up even the lightest of contaminants from the cork, which for most people would go undetected. So that been said, a bit of cork in your glass is purely a service error.

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CALLING ALL SCIENTISTS! From 11- 13 March, Manchester Central Convention Complex hosts the annual ‘Big Bang fair’, which invites students from all over the North West to get involved and get interactive with science. The first two days of the three day event welcomes schools and young scientists who have entered the National Science and Engineering competition where the finals will be held; but the third and final day is open to the public to come and enjoy the exhibition for free. This can’t-miss event boasts live showings of ‘Braniac Live’ and ‘Bang goes the theory’ along with workshops, simulators, explosions and exciting experiments such as Do-It-Yourself DNA, measuring the speed of light and a demonstration

on how to weld large structures using nothing but chocolate! If you like music, acoustics science will be used to turn two terrible sounding bands into the next Kings of Leon. Sir Anthony Cleaver the Patron for The Big Bang 2010 said: "We are delighted that our second Big Bang Fair is just around the corner and that it is going to be even bigger, better attended and more spectacular than last year's inaugural fair, thanks to some amazing events and acts planned in our line-up.” So if science is your thing, or even if it isn’t, get your safety goggles ready and book your place online. Happy learning! For more information and to book your place visit www.thebigbangfair. co.uk

PLANTASTIC! Ever thought plants were just what kept your Granddad occupied on a Sunday afternoon? Well think again, and let the World Museum show you why. From the 13 Feburary-5 September 2010, let your senses run wild with Plantastic! An exhibition aimed at 7-14 year olds with activities fun for the whole family. The exhibition brings the world of science to life and lets kids learn whilst interacting with people, animals, plants and insects. The installation has different zones, including Movement, Feeding, Reproduction, Surviving and Providing, each designed to teach children about the importance of plants in everyday life. John Millard, director of World Museum, has said: “Visitors suspend reality in the five themed zones which take them through new experiences in a fun and revealing way. Plantastic! aims to change perceptions about our astonishing natural world.” Highlights include giant Venus fly traps, an underground tunnel, multimedia games and large scaled plants and trees. The exhibition is open 10-5pm everyday. 4

Here’s the scene: A broken radio, a dead relative, two women and one incoherent male, living together but not really sure why, all trying to make sense of the world. Throw in a few puppets and a splash of existential banter and you’ve got yourselves the new comedy at Unity theatre. ‘Clunk’ is the production brought to you by Liverpool’s ‘The Suitcase Ensemble.’ The play will run from 12-13 March and will follow the lives of three young adults in a comedy which is both accessible yet completely absurd. Peter Ward, the director of Hope Street Ltd classifies the play as “quite bizarre and totally different to anything being produced in the Merseyside region.” If dark, unhinged humour is your thing or if you’re on the lookout for something new this is definitely worth a try. For more information and tickets call 0844 873 2888 or visit www. unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

POP TO POP’S For more information please call: 0151 478 4393 or visit www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk.

How does a BBQ, face painting, a raffle and a reptile show sound? Good? Then roll-up and roll-down to Pop Larkin’s in Ormskirk on the 20 and 21 March for a fun filled family day out. The well known garden and animal centre is hosting an open day event in the March weekend where you will have the chance to see all the animals and reptiles Pop Larkins rescues and partake in all sorts of fun and games. Highlights will include a dog display, a birds of prey show and a magician. Just don’t forget to watch out for Bob the 10.5 foot Albino Burmese Python! For more information and directions visit www.poplarkins.com or call 0151 520 0120.

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LOCAL TALENT Always one to champion local creative talent, The Liverpool Magazine team will be marking Monday 8 March in their diaries. Why, you ask? Because Liverpool’s fastest up-and-coming indie-rock four piece, We Walk in Straight Lines, will be marking the launch of their debut (self-titled) EP in city venue, Mojo, in association with Lazy Genius. Established in 2009, We Walk in Straight Lines (Jonny Russell, Mark Booth, Zasada and Chris Hassan), have wasted no time in throwing together their own blend of chaotic, world-weary material. The night also marks the start of Lazy Genius’ monthly residence in Mojo – and will see the band giving away free copies of their four-track EP for all attendees. Lazy Genius director, Tom Johnson, said: “We Walk In Straight Lines are the band I am most excited about in Liverpool at the moment, they represent a truly original, exciting and intelligent alternative to a lot of the drudgery dominating the scene.”

VIVA ESPANA!

Liverpool’s first Catalonian restaurant and deli opens this month, serving up traditional dishes from the Catalan region of Spain. Lunya, a £750,000 development, will be based on College Lane, Liverpool One, serving the finest foods from north east Spain, including yummy tapas and daily a la carte specials. With almost 180 covers, including tables for alfresco dining during the summer, the restaurant and deli will throw open its terrace doors in the summer months for live music on the terrace. The development will also feature one of the country’s largest delis, boasting the finest charcuterie, cheeseboard, rare wines and sherries. Peter Kinsella, 46, executive chef and proprietor of Lunya lives in Wirral. He said: “The idea of establishing such a unique restaurant has been years in the making. Since I can remember, I have always had an infatuation with North East Spain and food the region has to offer. “Lunya will offer something very different, a concept that is a mix of Catalan culinary and culture, mixed with Spanish traditions and flare.

“At present, there are no other restaurants like it the UK, never mind Liverpool.” The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and will also offer a delivery service. For more information about Lunya, visit www.lunya.co.uk or follow @ Lunya on Twitter.

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Although they deserve more than just one day of thanks and recognition, hardworking mums around Liverpool are in for a treat this Mothering Sunday (14 March). The expert team at the delectable 60 Hope Street have put together a mouth-watering menu fit for the most fantastic mums around. The three-course menu featuring delicious springtime morsels such as smoked salmon tart and poached egg, roast rump of spring lamb with potato gratin, green beans and minted hollandaise is sure to put a smile on her face. Of course, the piece de résistance is always saved until last; give your taste buds a treat with Baked Lemon Tart with Crème Fraiche and a rich cup of coffee to finish. Three courses and coffee at 60 Hope Street this Mothering Sunday 14th March is just £28.50 per person. Lunch will be served between 12:00pm and 2:30pm. For more information or to make a booking contact 0151 707 6060. www.theliverpoolmagazine.com

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You’ve seen the show on the telly for years, and now you can see it live on its first ever stage tour to celebrate a whopping 40 years on air. BBC One’s A Question of Sport entertains millions of viewers every week, and will entertain thousands live at Echo Arena Liverpool on 5 November 2010. Presenter Sue Barker will be keeping order for each show on the tour along with resident team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell, who will be joined by two stars from the world of sport. The two sporting panellists on Matt and Phil’s teams will change in each city and will

have a strong regional connection. A Question of Sport celebrated its 40th birthday in January 2010 making it the longest running TV quiz show in the UK and possibly the world. The show is just past its 890th episode and in its 39th series. Over 2000 of the biggest names in British and international sport have appeared on the programme since its early days and in its four decades the show has only had three presenters. Tickets for this unique event are on sale right now – to book yours please call 0844 8000 400 or visit www.echoarena.com 5


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ELLIE GOULDING

With excited talk amongst the music industry as to the future stars of 2010, 23-year old Brit winner, Ellie Goulding is a name on everyone’s lips. With a catchy electro pop style and a versatile vocal range, Goulding truly is the pop star of the 21st century. Coveted by so many, Goulding has already been named top of the BBC sound of 2010 list, which

showcases the best rising music stars of the coming year. Previous names on this list include Adele, Florence and the Machine and La Roux, all of whom have gone on to be success stories. The first taste of Goulding’s potential came last November, in the form of debut single Under The Sheets. Now, in the early months of 2010, she is set to release new single Starry Eyed along with her debut album Lights. Playing on 29 March at Liverpool’s O2 Academy, catch this star in the making before she hits the big time. To book tickets, please call 0151 707 3200 or visit www.o2academyliverpool.co.uk

KISS – LIVE

Rock legends KISS are hitting the Echo Arena on 4 May as part of their tour Sonic Boom Over Europe: From the Beginning to the Boom. The band are set to appear in no less than 10 countries throughout Europe, including Germany, Austria and Sweden. The tour marks KISS’ first UK arena show in 11 years and is set to be THE rock event of 2010, as the band celebrate the success of their album ‘Sonic Boom’, released last year. With Gene Simmons still leading the line up, KISS remains one of the most iconic and influential rock bands of all time. Recently the band were named 10th on VH1’s list of the ‘100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.’ Performing at the Echo Arena on 4 May, don’t miss your chance to witness a legendary rock band in the flesh. For more information please call 0844 8000 400 or visit www.echoarena.com

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Following his high profile divorce from model ex-wife Katie Price, which quite literally split the nation down the middle, Peter Andre is ready to put a turbulent 2009 behind him and focus on the success of his new album Revelation. The album focuses on Peter’s life in the spotlight and many tracks, including his top five single Behind Closed Doors, are a clear reflection on his thoughts and feelings during his relationship with Jordan. The album is a far cry from Peter’s mid90’s hits ‘Flava’ and ‘Mysterious Girl’, offering a more soulful sound with rich, thoughtful lyrics. For the first time in his career, Peter had full musical control over the album, and he has used it to great effect, putting a mature spin on his tracks and signalling a new direction in his musical career. Appearing at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall for one night on 28 March, Peter will be playing tracks from his new album as well as a number of his previous hits. To book tickets, call 0151 709 3789 or visit www.liverpoolphil.com

JETHRO TULL

LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN With a career spanning six decades and including nine smash hit singles (three which became number one), Neil Sedaka has been inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, had a street named after him in his hometown of Brooklyn, and was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. From the innocent Fifties to the cynical Seventies and beyond, he has written and performed some of the world's most beloved pop songs including 'Oh, Carol', 'Breaking Up Is Hard To Do', 'Hey Little Devil', 'Stupid Cupid', 'Amarillo', 'Laughter in the Rain' and many more. Sedaka started songwriting at Broadway's legendary Brill Building, penning his first hit, Oh Carol,

PETER ANDRE, THE REVELATION TOUR

for his then girlfriend, Carole King. He went on to become a teenage idol to rival Elvis but in 1964 his career collapsed as America embraced the Beatles and other bands of the so-called 'British Invasion'. For almost a decade, he struggled to support his wife, Leba, and their two children but found salvation in moving to Britain, where he signed to Elton John's Rocket Records label, and remarkably returned to the top of the US charts in 1974 with 'Laughter In The Rain' remaining a national treasure there as well as in the UK ever since. Showing at the Liverpool Empire theatre 5-10 April. Call 0844 847 2525 or visit www.liverpoolempire.org.uk

From the mid 70s Jethro Tull were one of the most successful live performing acts on the world stage, rivalling Led Zeppelin, Elton John and even the Rolling Stones. Performing at the Philharmonic Hall on 31 March 2010, the band will bring its unique sound to its Liverpool cohort of fans. Initially playing blues rock with an experimental flavour, they have also incorporated elements of classical music, folk music, jazz and art rock into their sound. Now with some 30-odd albums to their credit and sales totalling more than 50 million, the apparently un-commercial Tull, with Ian Anderson and Martin Barre at the centre of the group, continue to travel to, and delight, fans across the world. For more information please call the Liverpool Philharmonic on 0151 709 3789 or visit www.liverpoolphil.com 7


INTERVIEW

STAR PERFORMER She has wowed audiences worldwide – gracing the stage in sell-out classic operas and rugby pitches alike. Jenny Morris talks to Katherine Jenkins about her new tour. Words: Jenny Morris

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Katherine Jenkins – the Welsh glamour-puss opera star – has ignited flames of passion in everyone from sporting fans, record moguls and a whole new generation of opera lovers. The Neath-born mezzosoprano is billed as the world’s most successful classical crossover artist, and her new album, Believe, with new label Warner Bros Records, sees Katherine take a bold new direction with the production of her songs – propelling her further into the UK psyche. Katherine spoke to The Liverpool Magazine to discuss tours, albums and achieving dreams... www.theliverpoolmagazine.com


INTERVIEW it. Audiences love the songs – he likes to produce work that gets the audience on their feet applauding half way through a song, and that’s what we were looking for – and we’ve achieved that.

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Hi Katherine – 2010 already looks set to be a busy year for you; what are your plans for the coming months? This year is a lot about going around the world and releasing the album, Believe, so this is quite an exciting time really as I am going here there and everywhere and going to territories where they don’t know me at all. Especially places like America, so that’s the big thing for this year – it’s a completely new challenge so it will just work itself out as the year goes along. The USA has been quite receptive so far, but I still haven’t done an awful lot there. I’ve done one TV show with Andrea Bocelli, and look to work very hard over there once I’ve wrapped up Pop Star to Opera Star and the upcoming tour. Believe will be released in the US not until May or June of this year. Are you enjoying your role as mentor and judge on Pop Star to Opera Star (ITV 1)? I absolutely love it! It’s been a really great experience for me – I mean, before recording albums I actually used to be a teacher, and have always wanted to go back to that in some way. I’ve said to friends for years that I’d like to teach again, but they all thought those days were long gone – that was until I started Popstar to Operastar! It’s a new challenge for me, and has been exciting training and coaching a variety of voices through the shows – I really think Marcella has a wonderful voice. Have you enjoyed working with the producer David Foster on your album? It has been the most amazing experience. I was aware of his work from listening to the Bodyguard album on repeat as a teenager – I loved it! And to have the chance to work with him has been out of this world. Everybody wants to work with David Foster, and his influence on the tracks has been huge. Everybody knows the key change in Whitney Huston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ and it’s that ‘David Foster effect’ that his work has – people go crazy for www.theliverpoolmagazine.com

Are you looking forward to your 2010 tour? I am so excited – I can’t believe enough people want to see me that they can fill arenas! I’ve done arenas before, but that was with the cast of Viva la Diva, so this is a step up for me doing it by myself. We have amazing performance co-ordinators that worked with Take That’s Circus tour. It’s going to be so theatrical and will hopefully bring audiences something far more than they may expect from a classical show, with designs and plans for the set and other surprises it will provide a stunning backdrop to the songs and I can’t wait. The classical girl group, Escala, are set to support you throughout Believe – why do you think classical music is making such a comeback recently? Well, I think classical music, and opera in particular has had a makeover in recent years. And to be honest, it needed it. Opera can be, and has been, seen to be very intimidating but with new shows, and younger artists out there, opera is suddenly becoming more accessible to a younger generation. There are younger stars that go the extra mile to include popular songs in their repertoire and it is this, and a higher media profile that has gone towards the continuing interest in the genre which I think is fantastic really.

What is your favourite opera and opera role? Without a doubt my favourite opera and role is Carmen. I adore it, it’s such a well known opera that everyone loves – the songs are universally loved by audiences and Carmen is a fantastic role. Mezzosopranos rarely get to enjoy belting out big songs or holding much of a main role – so to play the gutsy, feisty role of young and beautiful Carmen is a pleasure as an opera singer and opera lover alike. What else does 2010 hold for you – you have achieved so much before 30, do you have a dream yet to be realised? Oh, my goodness, there are so many dreams still left to achieve! I don’t think you can ever have too many dreams – they just grow along with you. I suppose professionally something that I’d absolutely love to achieve is to win a Grammy – that would be just amazing and something huge to tick off my list of ambitions! And then personally, well in the coming years having a family and all of that is something I’d very much like to see happen – so yes, I still have several dreams for both my career and my personal life over the coming years and I look forward to trying to achieve them. Katherine performs at the Echo Arena Liverpool on 18 March 2010 as part of her nationwide tour. To book tickets please contact 0844 8000 400 or visit www.echoarena.com . Katherine’s album, Believe, is out now.

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MICHELIN SUCCESS FOR THE MARITIME DINING ROOMS

The Maritime Dining Rooms has been added to the Michelin restaurant guide for 2010. The guide awards one to three stars to a select number of restaurants every year, giving the lucky winners an unrivalled reputation for high quality dining. The stars are notoriously difficult to achieve and are only awarded to the very top restaurants in the country. All restaurants entered into the guide are judged on the quality of their ingredients, their preparation, the combination of flavours, imagination and above all a consistent standard of all these qualities throughout their menu. Located on the fourth floor of the Merseyside Maritime Museum building, the Dining Rooms opened its doors to the public on August 7 2007, and have gone from strength to strength. Executive Chef Nigel Paul Smith, the man who devised the menu for the restaurant, said of the award: “It’s a huge honour for us and some well deserved recognition of all the hard work the team have put in over the last twelve months.”

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Iconic London fashion brand Olivia Ruben is coming to Boudoir Boutique in Cavern Walks. The super-cool brand has a popular celebrity following, which includes Cheryl Cole, Lily Allen, Kelly Osbourne and Fearne Cotton. Taking inspiration from classic artists such as Monet and Picasso, Rubin translates the subtle paint strokes into sophisticated prints, using modern colour tones such as electric blue onto a neutral pallet. The result is a stylish blend of classic and contemporary. Boudoir Boutique, the fashion and lifestyle boutique in Cavern Walks, will be stocking five boldly coloured dresses from the exclusive Olivia Ruben Spring/Summer 2010 collection, as worn by Fearne Cotton at the 2010 Brit Award Nominations.

AN INTIMATE TALE OF CHINA

BIG WHEEL MOVES TO THE WATERFRONT Liverpool has welcomed a new big wheel on the waterfront. After the success of the observation wheel in Liverpool One over the Christmas period, it was not long before officials were granted permission to construct a new, bigger wheel down at the city’s docklands. The new 60 metre high tourist attraction is positioned on the piazza outside the Echo Arena. It includes 42 fully enclosed and air-conditioned capsules and will offer riders spectacular views of the city, the River Mersey and the Welsh mountains. Similar projects have been hugely successful in London, Paris and

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Manchester, but few cities can boast having two consecutive wheels on two different sites. The new wheel is sure to bring more visitors to the waterfront, which is attracting much more interest since the development of Liverpool One, which brings the city centre and the docks together. Chief executive of the ACC, Bob Prattey, was excited by the news: “Liverpool One’s big wheel proved a huge hit for the city over the festive season. In terms of tourism, it is clearly a winning attraction and has brought thousands of extra visitors into the city centre.”

The Merseyside Maritime Museum is hosting a unique exhibition of 19th century China to coincide with the Chinese New Year. The exhibition is an extensive collection of photographs by the late photographer and travel writer John Thomson (1837-1921) documenting his journey through China from 1868 to 1872. Unlike most photographers in China at the time, Thomson was not a government official or a missionary, he was simply a professional photographer with a unrivalled passion for China. Blessed with an open mind and a feel for the lives and surroundings of his subjects, Thomson’s photos capture life in 19th Century China in its truest form. The archive of photo’s feature spectacular landscapes and architecture, as well as the people of China. It runs until 6 June and is the first time the collection has been shown in the UK, after showing throughout China last year.

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Bonnet Parade, 7th April, Sefton Park Palm House, Free Admission, www.palmhouse.org.uk, 0151 726 9304

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As dance fever continues to spread across the nation, Liverpool looks forward to hosting not one, but two spectacular events throughout the year. The Spring Ball will foxtrot its way into the city on 17 April 2010, straight into its magnificent host venue, St George’s Hall. The return of the Spring and Winter Balls comes after a sell-out success in 2009 and the introduction of the unique Viennese Ball in 2008 – hailed as one of the highlights of Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year. Jenny Morris dons her sequins and finds out more...

The Strictly Spring Ball The Spring and Winter Balls, announced by Liverpool City Council and St George’s Hall, add a little glitz to the city’s official Year of Health, Wellbeing and Innovation, encouraging people to dance as an enjoyable way to keep fit, whilst having fun at the same time. The magnificent events have proved a hit with young and old audiences - with every weekend night permeated with a variety of dance programmes, ballroom dancing has seen an amazing resurgence over the past few years and the Liverpool events reflect that popularity in both style and substance. Councillor Warren Bradley, leader of Liverpool City Council, said: “These Ball’s are rapidly becoming some of the most sought-after ballroom dance events in the UK; a testimony to Liverpool’s strong and diverse cultural offering. The Spring and Winter Ball’s planned for 2010 will yet again, be experiences to remember.” The Spring Ball will be the season’s most prestigious event, and will feature all the attributes of the glittering Balls that have taken place in the city over the past two years, with guest singers and a foottapping swing orchestra, all hosted by an extra-special compere for the evening. The highlight of the evening, however, will be a guest star performance from the www.theliverpoolmagazine.com

award-winning dance champion couple Chris Hollins and Ola Jordan – direct from Strictly Come Dancing – who will perform to the audience and showcase their flair for the quickstep, waltz and more by dancing throughout the evening. Strictly regular, Camilla Dallerup, says: “I will never forget performing our romantic Rumba there, it felt like the perfect setting for it, the beauty and atmosphere in the hall was sheer magic and truly an experience worth repeating!” The organisers hope to reflect the glamour and elegance of the Viennese Balls of 2008 – inspired by the six concerts at the Royal Amphitheatre in Liverpool, given by Johann Strauss (1804-49). The host, St George’s Hall, will provide the perfect setting for the evening - The interior of the Great Hall is based on the reconstruction of the Tepidarium

I will never forget performing our romantic Rumba there.

The beautiful St Georges Hall (the warm baths) of Caracalla in Rome. The Great Hall is the building's central masterpiece; it is 169’ long including recesses at both ends and 74’ wide including balconies. The long sides are divided in five bays by columns made of polished porphyry. The magnificent ceiling, being the largest barrel-vaulted ceiling in the UK, features representations of the coat of arms of Liverpool and Lancashire, images of St. George slaying the dragon, mermaids and symbols of Roman authority. Below the ceiling, winged angels occupy the spandrels and represent Prudence, Fortitude, Science, Art, Justice and Temperance. These are lit by magnificent chandeliers, suspended from representations of the prows of Greek ships and featuring representations of Neptune and Liver birds. The stained glass window to the north side, above the organ, shows the Arms of Liverpool and the one to the south side shows St. George slaying the Dragon. How to Book: In person at Liverpool Echo Arena Box Office, ACC Live Hotline on 0844 8000 400 (Mon–Sat 9am-9pm and Sun 10am–4pm) or online on www.echoarena.com* *Tickets subject to booking fee For more information visit www.stgeorgesliverpool.co.uk 19


LIMELIGHT Award winning networker and PKPR agency boss, Paul Knowles is one of

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Jackie Singleton (Merseyrail), Bart Schmeink (Merseyrail), Carole Riley (Woodlands Hospice), Neil Beadman (Woodlands Hospice), Jan Singleton (Woodlands Hospice)

Natalie Wackett (Palm Sugar Lounge), Ged Jones (CAMPS), Jenny Morris (The Liverpool Magazine) and Barry Davidson (Gregory Abrams Davidson LLP)

Merseyrail recently hosted an exclusive party in the glamorous surroundings of Palm Sugar Lounge. The award winning rail company treated 250 VIP’s to an elegant evening which included Palm Sugar’s new Thai tapas menu. With one of the largest bars in the city offering the most exclusive drinks the bar was extremely popular. To book events at Palm Sugar Lounge please contact our very own columnist Paul Knowles paul@ pkpr.co.uk

Downtown in Business Downtown Liverpool in Business (DLIB) was established in 2004 as a business club that would provide leadership to the private sector, by articulating the views of its members to the public sector agencies that govern the city, and to create networking environments that would attract entrepreneurs, high growth companies and the regions big hitters. DLIB has now earned a reputation as one of the most influential business organisations in the North West, influencing public sector agendas, organising networking events in the city, hosting gala dinners, attracting prominent speakers, and boasting a membership of over three hundred companies from across the region. www.downtowninbusiness.com

Wayne Lester (Lake Technologies) and Terry Otty (SLS Solicitors)

Bernie Wilde (BW Associates) Roger Jonas (DLIB)

Dave Blackman (Venmore) Vicky Jaycock (Live’smart) Lindsay Cessford (Franklins Deli & Hospitality)

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Jamie Afro

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X Factor fans had a ball when the contestants in 2009's TV competition performed in the city. Favourites such as Jamie Afro, Olly Murs and winner, Joe McElderry had the crowd singing along to a host of hits throughout the evening at Echo Arena Liverpool. Terrible Twosome, Jedward, were in fine form too and took to the stage receiving a mixture of cheers and the odd 'boo'! Odds-on favourite to win, Olly, who lost out at the live final, said: "I've loved every minute of the show and will be working on more of my own stuff this year." Watch this space ladies!

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LIMELIGHT the most invited people in the city and reports on a variety of high profile events. Paul Knowles, paul@pkpr.co.uk

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Coleen and friends

The award for Best Launch Party of 2010 (so far) had to go to Hilton Rox, the official celebration of the luxurious hotel in Liverpool One. Over 500 glamorous guests attended the party and danced the evening away to a live performance from the Sugababes, as champagne and mojitos flowed. Delicious canapes and nibbles adorned the tables amidst the sparkles and sequins, as celebrities such as Coleen Rooney, Alex Gerrard and friends enjoyed the evening in the hotel Pima Bar and Exchange Restaurant.

Winter Ball Over 600 guests danced the night away on Saturday night at the Marina Dalglish Winter Ball. In keeping with the theme of the evening, A Night in Marrakesh, the spectacular marquee was dressed by Liz Taylor of TLC and guests were treated to sumptuous surroundings and the aromatic fragrances of north Africa. Staff and patients from University Hospital Aintree were volunteers. With over £200,000 raised on the evening all proceeds will help raise £5M towards a new £17M purpose built facility which will be situated next to The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery on land at University Hospital Aintree. Please buy a brick for £5.00 for the New Radiotherapy Centre at Aintree University Hospital. Visit www. marinadalglishappeal.org on the night.

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Lynsey Keith & International artist Clare Wright

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Lynsey & Marina Dalglish with Lana, Michaela, Christine, Katie & Louise Heath

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Emma Dears, Suzie Jones, Terri Dwyer, Claire Seddon.

Rufus Carter, Tekla Simo, Nick Wood

Darren ‘Tyson’ White, Rob Preston, Ricky Whittle, Alex Lawler

Nikki Sanderson, Natalie Turner

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Alma De Cuba’s newest venture the Noble House held a launch party recently. The Noble House is situated on Brunswick Street in the central business district inside the historic Heywood’s building which underwent a £1 million refurbishment to unveil a wonderful restaurant with fantastic features. The launch party captured the decadence of a 1920s speakeasy with the chic style of a downtown Manhattan restaurant. Guests included former Coronation Street actress Nikki Sanderson and a host of other celebrities including Terri Dwyer and Ricky Whittle www.thenoblehouse.co.uk

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LOUNGING AROUND Think summer, think festivals. Think festivals; think mud infested, teenladen overcrowded chaos – right? Wrong! This summer, embrace hedonism for grownups – that’s right people, we can still have fun, but fun that doesn’t mean lost belongings and sleepless nights... Say hello to The Magic Loungeabout, a weekend idyll of cultural wonder designed for people just like me and you. Pull on your Hunters, dust off your cowboy hat and book your Squrt (to be revealed later). Words: Jenny Morris

Most of us have those hazy memories of lazy summers spent festival hopping – ah, nostalgia, it’s a wonderful thing. Watching your favourite bands jumping around the stage; thousands upon thousands of your peers squashing you, jostling to get the best view of their idol; beer flying everywhere and mobile phone signals at a minimum. Whatever your experience, there are very rarely anything but glowing recollections of this important rite of passage. So it’s a sad day when you realise you’d rather not fling yourself in a mosh pit, but actually relax with a glass of champagne in the summer sun, dance with likeminded folk to music you remember and feel secure enough to take the kiddies along too. The Magic Loungeabout provides the perfect remedy for grown-ups who don’t want to, well, grow up. Just yet anyway. The festival – held in the picturesque grounds of Broughton Hall, Yorkshire – promises to be a magical fanfare of indulgence, relaxation, enrichment and fun. A bijou crowd of 3,000 fellow festival-goers will take their place amongst the champagne tents, the spa, the handcrafted gypsy bow caravans and the speakers stage and experience a quirky, cool weekend minus the pressure of a 24/7 party schedule. Simon Adamson, promoter and selfproclaimed picnic-lover, explained: “The Magic Loungeabout was created by www.theliverpoolmagazine.com

people, and for people, who felt as though they were growing out of festivals but didn’t want to. “It’s for a generation of people who will still drop everything to jump on a plane to Thailand, it’s just now they will have a nice suitcase and will stay in a hotel, not a hostel. They still want spontaneity and fun but want to dip their toe in a little luxury too.” The plan for this year’s festival is an emphasis on two distinct days – the Saturday is all about indulgence; the champagne, great food, music and fun – and Sunday is an opportunity to rest and recoup spent energy with a day of enrichment. Whether you choose to enrich yourself with nourishing nibbles, a spa treatment (booking is recommended, though not essential), or trying your luck in the old-school games room is entirely up to you. Other highlights to look forward to include the brand new speaker’s tent, featuring literary rogues, well-travelled adventurers and seasoned foodies to listen to; a cinema, restaurant and tons of stuff to occupy the kids, so nobody need miss out. This year also welcomes the arrival of a splendid new range of accommodation – Yurts, Squrts and Bell tents are available for hire, and the extra-special handcrafted gypsy bow caravans are a unique addition to the event; these even come with free breakfast and the morning papers, now that’s how to do camping. Of course, if you are a traditionalist then regular camping is widely available too. “We found that we started to outgrow our last venue,” says Simon, “people were arriving with these huge tents, so we looked for more room! Broughton Hall is a fantastic location – really idyllic, and has the space we need as the festival grows." The festival, taking place over the last weekend of July 2010, promises to be an intimate, enriching and enchanting few days - one with its sights firmly set upon the mantra of refined hedonism echoing around the idyllic site, it’s a playground for the young at heart - and those with youngsters too. The Magic Loungeabout provides the best bits of festivals, concentrated into a shiny

We still want the spontaneity and fun, and to dip our toe in a little luxury too.

Gary Numan - the godfather of synth nugget of festival gold. Gone are sweaty youths drinking fizzy cider in an old tent, and welcomed in are groups of friends and families enjoying stories, grownup pop and electronic in sumptuous surroundings. Polar opposite to the large metropolis events such as Glastonbury and the like, TML welcomes those who still like to party but in a finer, refined style – citing families as an integral part of the ethos of the event. “I had worked in advertising for years,” admits Simon, “and I just decided that I had had enough. I went to every festival going and just thought ‘God, I love these things – I wouldn’t mind doing this’. So, I networked my socks off, put a business plan together and got going. “I found there were plenty of festivals in the south of the country, but a surprising lack in the north. There’s such a rich heritage of music in the north and I felt that this wasn’t represented properly. In past events, we had also noticed that 50 per cent of our festival-goers came from the north-west, so it felt only right that we take the festival up to Yorkshire, and closer to its audience.” And so it is, readers, that this summer Broughton Hall will welcome a new festival experience to the north, clad in Chanel shades and pashminas and ready for a weekend of [refined] hedonism. And not a muddy puddle in sight. The Magic Loungeabout will take place at Broughton Hall, North Yorkshire from 31 July – 1 August 2010. To book your tickets, or for more information, please visit www. themagicloungeabout.net. For information on the venue, please visit www.broughtonhall.co.uk

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FOOD & DRINK Fillet Steak Sandwich @ The Noble House

This issue we’ve gone all snazzy, checking out a few extra-special joints on Liverpool’s gourmet scene. Our newest Italian – San Carlo, gets the once over from our critic, and The Noble House proves to be a delicious experience, and we find Lark Lane's hidden gem - Pistachio.

THE NOBLE HOUSE

| HEYWOOD BUILDING, 5 BRUNSWICK STREET, LIVERPOOL, L2 OUU | T: 0151 236 5346 | WWW.THENOBLEHOUSE.CO.UK | Housed in a grade II-listed building dating back to 1799, The Noble House is a Speakeasy themed restaurant situated in the heart of Liverpool's business district. It has a lot to live up to as its sister venue is the everpopular Alma De Cuba. Seated in a large comfortable red leather booth in the corner of the elegant room, the focal point was a striking Barlas Baylardesigned chandelier, incorporating four miles of sparkling nickel chain-mail. Sam, our friendly waitress, recommended a selection of appetisers to nibble on whilst reading the rest of the menu. We went for marinated Boscialo & Paysanne olives, Bresaola (thin slices of beef cured with red wine) and caramel & pepper popcorn (three for £6.50). For starters, I went for the trio of mushrooms (£9.95), a delicious variety of flavours; sautéed girolles on grilled sour dough, cappuccino of woodland mushrooms and a puree of Portobello mushrooms, it was a must for any mushroom lover - just delicious. My partner chose the risotto of slow-roasted

shallot with semi dried vine tomatoes, "cherry" mozzarella and baby herbs (£6.95). A delightful bottle of Rex Goliath Pinot Noir, California (£18.95) accompanied our main course. Recommended by Mary, the restaurant manager, my main course was the Harmony Farm, 8oz fillet 'premium' steak, (£27.95), this promised – and I quote – 'Guaranteed tender, succulent and flavoursome' and boy-o-boy this HAS to be the best steak I have ever tried in Liverpool. Cooked perfectly rare and served with spiced garlic butter, sautéed mushrooms & grilled cherry tomatoes. This dish was stunning, absolute perfection. My date – who had a serious case of food envy - had ordered the fish special; Black Bream with a casserole of shellfish infused with coconut & cardamom and crushed olive oil potatoes (£16.95). Any food envy was quashed however after the first bite – ‘delicious’ she exclaimed, and I would have to agree. After our spotless plates were taken away, we had time to peruse the puddings menu.

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I've worked as a professional sommelier all over Europe over the past three decades. But even now after opening my own restaurant here in Liverpool, the question of the battle between the cork and the screw-cap continues to plague me. Ten years ago, I would have said: "Cork is king!" However more recently I would have to say that there is a place for both to co-exist. So here goes. Screw caps or ROPP(rolled on pilfer proof) as

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Pleasantly full we decided to share the cheese platter £7.95, a tasty variety of sharp goats cheese, Stilton and mature cheddar. To accompany this I went for something a little less ordinary, yes, ... drum roll please... 'The Ron Zacapa Experience', (£9.95). This critically acclaimed 23 year old Guatemalan rum is also four times winner of the International Rum Tasting Competition. Served with a hot espresso, a small stack of home-made chocolate and orange fudge, the Ron Zacapa is absolutely the best rum I’ve ever had; it is sweet, smooth, and fullbodied and was utterly the best way to finish a lovely dining experience. Downstairs there is an exclusive bar, dominated by a stunning 'Cavern-esque' arched ceiling for anyone lucky enough to be invited down, with bar tops adorned with alcoholic atomisers and Absinthe self-serve taps. The Noble House not only offers quality and panache with its food - the drinks menu is nothing to be scoffed at either. DB they are known, provide an airtight seal which protects the wine from oxidation. They are easy to open, allowing ease of service. No need for some wine honcho to come and make his or her mark at your table. For me, daily drinking wines like a Marlborough sauvignon or pinot grigio from Veneto seem to work well with screw caps. These sort of wines are what we call clean; fermentation and early maturation has occurred in stainless steel tanks so further development is not required in the bottle, which many believe is offered by cork. Cork is naturally occurring and biodegradable.

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PISTACHIO

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Lark Lane is one of those places that evokes such remarks as ‘Oh I love it there, it’s so cool/relaxed/fun/friendly...I really must go there more often...’. Its shabbychic charm has always proved a hit with the young professionals and creative crowd, but amidst the well-worn pubs and book shops, you’ll find a few polished gems too. One of those is Pistachio – which is deceptively large once inside with a music venue and bar downstairs, too. Pistachio has adapted to its surroundings with ease – offering credit-crunch friendly lunch deals and weekly evening choices too, making it great value for money – but also offers an a la carte dining experience, which it does with panache. The restaurant has a chilled-out air to it and would be a fab place to take friends or a date – I was with my husband so I guess that falls into the latter. Ravenous, we ordered slow roast belly

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pork with a thyme and Marsala sauce, and Buffalo chicken wings in a Cajun marinade (both £4.50). The pork had just the right amount of fat in it – divinely moist meat, crunchy crackling and just enough chew – the sauce was sweet and unctuous and the portion generous. Adam’s eyes lit up as a mountain of chicken wings arrived; much nodding and licking of fingers confirmed it was a good choice. Sipping on our wine – Cave de Masse Maccabeau Vermentino VDP for me (£3 per glass), and Cave de Masse Merlot for him – our mains arrived and we got ready to tuck in. Adam’s duck was a chef’s special of the day (prices vary), and was beautifully pink, juicy and moist. Its accompanying orange-infused sauce was a classic combo, and done very well – and something you may not expect to see on a menu quite so often anymore, so it was a welcome addition. My chicken breast – pan-fried with a chestnut, red wine and

mushroom sauce (£13.95) came with fondant potatoes and we shared a dish of seasonal vegetables. The sauce was delicious – earthy, chunky, savoury and sweet – the perfect partner to the locallysourced chicken. Desserts were a must – tiramisu for him and the chef’s vanilla and ginger cheesecake for me (with two scoops of ice cream – sssshh!); both were utterly scrumptious and I am on mission to get the recipe for that cheesecake tout suite! Pistachio offers an intimate dining experience – the menu has clearly had a lot of thought put into it, and it’s refreshing to have a choice of dishes that you wouldn’t see elsewhere. Compliments to the chef, the lovely waiting staff and the proprietors – this place is little gem and deserves a visit, I’ll certainly be returning soon. JM

| 41 CASTLE STREET, LIVERPOOL, L2 9SH | T: 0151 236 0073 | WWW.SANCARLO.CO.UK | The team at San Carlo know how to do it, and boy do they do it well. San Carlo – Italian dining at its snazziest – has already wowed diners across the north of England, and received high praise from AA Gill, The Times’ gourmet guru, claiming the restaurant was ‘the best Italian outside of London’. Well, well. So it’s fair to say we were expecting a stunner… The restaurant itself is a gleaming, elegant space, each table beautifully set and bursts of huge bouquets of flowers across the bar – which we propped up and enjoyed an aperitif. The menu has a huge choice of tempting dishes; you can dine authentically, enjoying antipasti, then pasta, then meat, a side and dessert, or just go for a pizza – laid back dining is the name of the game. We kicked off with ‘The Great San Carlo Antipasto’ (£8.95pp minimum of two

dining) – a mouthwatering selection of cured meats, olives, artichokes and Pecorino cheese. We started with a trio de brochette, with the chef’s selection of three different toppings – this was a delightful, fresh and tasty way to whet our appetites. My partner’s main course of Agnello Alla Toscana – lamb cutlets in Madeira sauce with rosemary and sundried tomatoes – was stunning. The meat was so tender and juicy, and married perfectly with the sweet, rich sauce and tang of the tomatoes. Not one to be outdone, I enjoyed a delicious Suprema Di Pollo Principessa – pan fried chicken breast with a white wine, cream and mushroom sauce, garnished with asparagus – a moreish combination if ever there was one and expertly executed to boot. Alessandro recommended the Barbara

d’Alba (£24.95), a full bodied red with ripe fruits that went very well with our meal, specifically that luscious lamb, though it didn’t overpower the flavours of the chicken dish either – good choice Alessandro! Eager to experience some Italian flamboyance, my partner finished off his meal with the Tartufo Flambe con Sambuca – yes that’s right, with Sambuca. Flamed at the table, this fun snippet of Italian theatrics added a little extra to the meal, and the chocolate dessert was all the better for the Sambuca, though I’m not sure if my partner was. It goes without saying that we had a ball at San Carlo, it more than lives up to its reputation and is one of those restaurants that help make Liverpool the great place it is. Bellissimo! AM

Its cellular structure gives it elastic properties, providing good contact with the bottle neck and ease of extraction with a ‘waiter’s friend’ or household corkscrew. I'm from the old school of thought that says the structure of cork allows small quantities of air to pass to the wine over long periods, enabling a partial and uncontrolled oxidation, which could be beneficial to the development of finer wines such as a quality Margaux or Barolo. Classic wines such as these will, I favour to add, remain with the cork as a seal. Cork's downfall has been the term, "it's

corked!" To address this issue and dispel any myths, cork has a naturally occurring mould in its cells called penicillium. This can occasionally react with the chemical used to sterilise wine bottles, before they are filled with the nectar. This reaction can produce a chemical known as T.C.A (trichloroanisole). T.C.A is fungal and its aromas can be pungent or subtle. Contrary to what's been said, a good sommelier can pick up even the lightest of contaminants from the cork, which for most people would go undetected. So that been said, a bit of cork in your glass is purely a service error.

Pavlos Shakas, professional sommelier and operations manager of De Paese Trattoria, West Derby. 0151 256 1156. SEND US YOUR QUERIES: If you have a winerelated question to ask Pavlos, please email editor@acpublishing. com, noting ‘UNCORKED’ in the subject line.

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eyes. Miss X went for full on glam – minus the jewels – a treatment that lasts around one and a half hours;”This may seem a long time initially,’ she said; “but they save such an enormous amount of time in the long run, that it is absolutely worth every second!” “I expected to be far more uncomfortable than it was – in reality I was wrapped up in a snuggly blanket, on a warm treatment bed whilst my lovely therapist applied the lashes – it was a fabulous way to spend a Monday morning!” The impact of lashes really range – choices span from cute flicks applied to the outer edges of the eye to sparkly, deep black options. “I was surprised by the number of comments and compliments I’ve received – it’s been fantastic. This is something I will absolutely incorporate into my regular beauty regime; now I’ve had the full set all I need to do is go back for refills every so often to maintain the look – this is at a lesser cost of money and time too so it’s accessible to everyone.” So, whether you’re a bride with your big day on the horizon, want to look your best for the races, or just need a beauty boost then pop over to Liverpool’s Met Quarter for a chat with the Lash Out Lashes team. For more information, and for a gallery of options, please visit www.lashoutlashesuk. com or call 0151 531 1177.

MOVEMA WITH THE TIMES AT GREENS HEALTH & FITNESS Whether you’re a gym lover or just feel obligated to go, there’s a very good additional reason now to want to go to Greens Health & Fitness classes in Riverside Drive, just on the outskirts of Liverpool city centre. Having taken the mantle from popular TV shows highlighting dance as an exciting, fun, romantic, sexy pastime, the team at Greens Health & Fitness came up with the idea of introducing a dance concept with a difference into the gym’s fitness classes. General manager Simon Tillot has hired Movema, a multicultural dance company from Liverpool that are especially well known for dazzling demonstrations at the city’s annual Brouhaha International Festival and Africa Oye. Mr. Tillott said: “It’s true that we hold more than 70 classes a week here but we’re always looking to improvise and improve our offer. I saw Movema perform a sample of their idea for a class and loved it myself!” The class has been running for just a few weeks but is already building a loyal following especially amongst male members. Movema instructor Ithalia Forel believes that populist TV has helped increase the weekly class’s overall popularity with men and women but believes her company’s work in the community tells a different story. “Movema’s roots are steeped in teaching people from all backgrounds different dance skills to engage people on a community level producing fun, education, harmony, health and well-being in one neat package. Our classes at Greens are a reflection of what we do everyday and the people we attract, so I’m not surprised to see such a mixed class. I’m delighted!”

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You know how it is – virtuous resolutions slung by the wayside, nights out start creeping in and in a blink there are toxins aplenty saturating your very soul. It’s times like these when only discipline will do, when purging your system of nasties is the only way to feel human and when a hosepipe and a bucket of water ain’t just for cleaning the car. Jenny Morris discovers the true meaning of detoxification at Chester’s Crabwall Manor.

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exercise”, Joanne explained. “The plan is designed for each client to receive an individual assessment of their lifestyle – and how they can implement small adjustments to make a massive difference to their health and wellbeing.” One of the prime treatments on the course is a colonic irrigation – well, two actually. One to initially kick-start the system, and then one on the final day after the drinks and juices have had time to work their magic. Having never had anything like this before readers, you may imagine I was slightly nervous – and you would be right. I shan’t delve into too much detail, one has to spare ones blushes after all, but suffice to say the treatment resulted in a more alert, lively and refreshed patient. Slightly uncomfortable at worst, it was far more discreet and manageable than I had imagined, and I will go for return visits in future. Other treatments included a deliciously dreamy full body massage (I almost fell asleep!), a Hopi ear candling session (think pleasant holistic syringing – thumbs up!), a body wrap and – my extras – eye lash tints and an Indian head massage. Marvellous. After hours of intense relaxation, the gym was the last thing on my mind, and a walk was suggested – this was a fantastic idea and has been incorporated into the detox plan as an extra option. A bracing walk around nearby Mollington in the crisp morning air with Joanne and the lovely Linda, had me striding out and blowing away any cobwebs. A good chat about all manner of things ensued and I felt I had put the world to rights whilst trimming my thighs at the same time, which is no bad thing. Summing up the experience is tricky – talking to my fellow detoxers it was apparent that they had taken part for very different reasons. From pure health and digestive complaints, to the everyday stresses of work and personal life, we all had our reasons for wanting to purge ourselves of our toxins. Whether those toxins were purely physical, or whether they had become more spiritual and psychological, the three day retreat had proved to be just what the (holistic) doctor ordered. I skipped home with my food pack in hand, a hug from Joanne, and feeling wonderfully refreshed, energised, motivated and ready to take on my demons. And, just in case you’re wondering – I lost 6lbs, hooray! Book your ultra detox residential 3 - day cleansing programme at Crabwall Manor, Chester. Tel: 0845 055 6418 www.joannewillcox.com

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Telling Tales

We all know and love the magic that is Disney, and now three of its most beloved fairy tales take to the stage in a unique spectacular show for all the family. Three Classic Fairy Tales (TCFT) is a captivating blend of iconic moments in Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and Snow White and Seven Dwarfs, intertwined with a Disney escapade that everyone can get involved with. Produced by Feld Entertainments, TCFT is a dazzling interactive stage show experience, with amazing choreography and foot tapping songs to sing along to. Jenny Morris caught up with Cinderella’s alter ego, American born actress, singer and dancer, Meredith Baldwin to chat about the upcoming Liverpool show. So Meredith, how did you become involved in the TCFT? I actually knew a lot of people that had already worked for the company, so I went for an open call in Florida then waited for the phone call then got hired! How long have you been working for Disney? I’ve been working for Disney since 2002, and have been with this show since 2008.

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Meredith Baldwin who plays Cinderella, coming to the Echo Arena

Do you enjoy portraying such an iconic Disney character? Yes, it’s a lot of fun. It’s wonderful to see the children’s faces and see how excited they are to see these characters that they have grown up with live in person. It’s a lot of fun! Were you a fan of Disney as a child? Oh yes, I lived in California and I lived about 15 minutes away from Disneyland, so my whole family and I would go there all the time, all of my siblings worked for Disney, so it’s been a big part of my life growing up. Who was your favourite Disney princess? I would have to say Jasmine – she’s very independent and does what she believes in. Have you played any other characters in your Disney career? The parts I’ve played include Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins, Jasmine but in this show, I just play Cinderella! How does TCFT differ to the other Disney shows you’ve played in?

Disney is such a magical escape for everyone.

Well I think what’s wonderful about this show is that there are three classic fairy tales that everyone will know, and it focuses on how good conquers evil and it’s great fun for everyone. A lot of Disney shows are maybe only for children, but this is really for the entire family. Kids will have a great time, parents and grandparents – I see everyone singing along knowing the words. Everyone has a lot of fun with our show. What can families look forward to in the new show then? All of our favourite characters – Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Goofy and of course Cinderella, Belle, Snow White and the seven dwarfs, lots of singing and dancing, lots of silliness and the villains too – it really is for everyone. What do you think makes Disney so magical to watch, and do you feel that magic when you perform? I absolutely do feel that magic – I mean, I grew up with all of this – it’s such an escape for everyone, you get to go into this world of fantasy and dreams come true, good always conquers evil, and everything is always wonderful and everyone is happy. I think Disney is such a magical escape for everyone. Three Classic Fairy Tales will show at the Echo Arena Liverpool from 26-28 March 2010. To book your ticket, please contact the box office: 0844 8000 400 41


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Women In Business The rise to total equality continues to be a tumultuous one. All too often women will work to 100 per cent capacity and receive less reward than their male counterparts. This is a situation that is thankfully on the decline, but the battle is by no means won. With this in mind, the idea for an awards ceremony celebrating the businesses created, run and improved by women was born. Last month saw the third annual North West Women in Business Awards, and the night showcased some of the region’s top talents. Jenny Morris went along to find out more... The third annual Northwest Women in Business Awards, organised by the Northwest Women’s Enterprise Forum (NWWEF) was its biggest yet, with a record number of entries across all business sectors. The Awards both celebrate the achievements of the women that are running some of the region’s most successful and innovative businesses in a challenging economic climate and inspire more women to consider enterprise as a career. Co-funded by the Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) and private sector sponsors and presented in association with lead sponsor, Barclays Wealth, the awards recognise the significant contribution that female entrepreneurs make to make to the regional economy. The evening kicked off with pink cocktails in Ribby Hall’s event venue – one marked difference to other business awards I have attended in the past was the light atmosphere; okay, it was a Friday night and we were here to celebrate, but there was a distinct lack of ‘stiffs in suits’ and an added injection of sparkle. Networking was actively encouraged, as one would imagine, and once seated the tables of ten were happily chatting away throughout dinner. The nominee program www.theliverpoolmagazine.com

was a veritable smorgasbord of the region’s motivational and inspirational female talent – and the Liverpool cohort did not disappoint. Included in the list of awards finalists were Victoria Corcoran of The Bowring Park Luxury Cattery & Small Animal Hotel, Candice Fonseca of Delifonseca, Lucy Byrne of Dot-Art, Stephanie Davis of Laughology and Anna Heyes of Active Profile. “Women are significantly under represented when it comes to setting up and owning their own businesses, and the Agency is working with partners to address this and encourage more women to consider enterprise as a career option,” explained Steven Broomhead, chief executive of the NWDA. “The Northwest Women in Business Awards make an important contribution to supporting this agenda, showcasing the achievements of some of the region’s

most talented and successful female entrepreneurs.” Liverpool celebrated a double whammy in the first round of announcements, as Lucy Byrne of Dot-Art (supplier of our beautiful cover) and Anna Heyes of Active Profile scooped runner-up and winner respectively for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Elaine Owen, chair of the Northwest Women’s Enterprise Forum, said: “The Northwest Women in Business Awards are growing from strength to strength and this year’s event was its biggest yet. Each year the standard of entries gets higher and the judging process becomes more difficult. “This is a testament to the hard work and great business acumen of women entrepreneurs in the Northwest. This year’s event was another fantastic success and highlights the strength of female entrepreneurial talent in the Northwest.” For more information about the awards, please visit www.nwda.co.uk

The winners with event host Jim Hancock

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WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW! Write Now is the first annual event of its kind, celebrating the Liverpool international one-act play. After a successful launch way back in July last year, organisers have selected eight plays from numerous entries to be performed between the coming months of March and April. Aiming to present fresh, new talent in the form of actors, writers, artists and technicians, Write Now is an event not to be missed. Words: Holly Simons

The Actor’s Studio, Seel Street, will play host to the festival which incorporates talent from a diverse range of writers from across the north-west; from Matlock, Buxton, Altrincham, Manchester and Windermere as well as here in Liverpool. Local patrons overseeing the festival include; the actress (and affiliate of The Actor’s Centre), Pauline Daniels, Roger Phillips and Angela Heslop of BBC Radio Merseyside acclaim, Liverpool Echo editor in chief, Alistair Machray and Artistic Director of Black Box Creative Communities, Ian Moore. Other festival supporters include; Organic Cherry, who run monthly evening events focused on acting and entertainment; within the Bluecoat premises, non-profit organisation, Culturepool, who aim to provide a comfortable environment for people to express their creative ideas and ideals. And last but not least, city centre bar, Peacocks offering a helping hand to this creative lot. Write Now has been in the making since the summer of 2009. A campaign was launched in July to seek out seven new or unpublished scripts with a length of 45-60 minutes. It took six judges and three months of reading and re-reading, only to reveal how spoilt for choice they were, consequently selecting an assortment of eight pieces of original theatre. Ranging from hilarious comedy, to the downright dark, these plays have revealed untapped local talent on a grand scale. One of the panel admitted: “The journey has been remarkable so far with some excellent scripts. We could have had a festival with twenty pieces and made a decision to extend the original seven to try to offer that little bit more”.

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The aesthetic of the festival is simple; support, encourage and celebrate. From the lowly stage hand, to the playwright and performer, Write Now helps expose hidden talent and nurtures it under the guidance of The Actor’s Centre, Seel Street. Artistic director, Ian Moore, says: “Too long the word on the grapevine has been one of not enough work or recognition for Fringe theatre in Liverpool, well, here is an event that we hope will rectify that.” By creating a wealth of opportunities such as these for the creative minds, the festival provides a plinth for the fresh faced ‘virgins’ to the world of theatre. And we all know it’s not just the performance that counts... Ian Moore adds: “We are looking to support, encourage and celebrate new and original work by writers, performers, directors and technical specialists”. Pauline Daniels adds: "New writing is the lifeblood of the industry. It's great that writers will get the chance to showcase their work as there are fewer and fewer opportunities to take risks and discover fresh talent." “It is open to anyone; the novice or the professional, those with, and from, theatre companies and groups, or the ‘taxi driver’ who writes for fun” added Ian. Proving that simply anyone can Write Now. Between Friday 26 March and Saturday 3 April, performances will commence at Liverpool’s Actor’s Studio, a fringe venue dedicated to new theatre and writing. “The festival is about showcasing new talent.” said festival director, Pauline Daniels, “The eight shows offer a great variety. It’s going to be an amazing event.” Kicking off on Friday is The Person Without by Jenny Yates, which pays homage to the style of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train with a dash of Harold Pinter thrown in for good measure. And to finish, The Dressmaker’s Gift by Anita Franklin, which tells the story of three generations of black American women in late 70s New York struggling to make it. Saturday continues Write Now with Manchester-born Helen East’s Second’s Out. This story follows champion boxer Danny, who’s in two minds about his career choice. Next up is Nick Brelsford’s I’m Ed Caesar.

The Person Without, By Jenny Yates

Without giving too much away, this tale investigates the life of a well-known ‘celeb’ torn between love and an overbearing agent. It’s a question of morals in Rob Johnston’s black comedy Under My Skin, a piece which explores the fact that ‘a crime is only a crime if you get caught’- you’ll have to judge for yourselves on that one. James Stewart’s Heart follows a dark comedic journey of discovery. The final piece of the evening is, Dave Young’s The Guy’s a Monster. A farce comprising of two young Scousers attempting to mimic Dr Victor Frankenstein’s (entirely fictional), but revolutionary experiments, except instead of ‘living materials’ they have to make do with a Guy Fawkes dummy! Sunday concludes the first showings of the eight plays with Paul Williams; Pippin Hal, a coming-of-age tale about a Guardian Angel trying to earn his wings. Participation is paramount to the whole theatre experience and the play-text workshops will see a one-day event for those submissions that didn’t make the final eight and two workshop / rehearsed reading events during the festival. No Smoke, by Annabel Dearing, recounts the troubling story of a lawyer from Burnley who finds himself torn between love and violent conflict within his home town. Everything Must Go by Graham Chadwick, sees two men from dramatically different cultures put their differences aside and seemingly accomplish something incredible. Panel discussions, workshops and lots more performances round off the occasion in true dramatic style, just in time for the Easter bunny on Sunday. For more information visit: www.writenowfestival.co.uk

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MOTORING Dad’s corny jokes. Frequent cries of ‘are we there yet?’ Countless games of ‘I spy’ on the way … weren’t those family days out brilliant fun back in the sixties and seventies? Spool forward to 2010 and it’s a whole new ball game … not only have children changed, with their expensive designer gear and maddening IT savvy, family cars have changed too. Mind you, what with the extended family and the kit we have to take out now, they had to; little wonder they’ve morphed into the ubiquitous people carriers that’ll transport parents/ partners/children/ grandparents in their stride. Typical of the breed are the Peugeot 807 and the Mitsubishi Grandis, both tested here. ‘People carrying’ runs in Peugeot’s DNA – as anyone who owned an eight seater Peugeot 504 or 505 estate which could swallow an inordinate amount of children and all manner of kit and caboodle back in the seventies and eighties will testify. The French moved on their game with the joint venture with Citroen in the early nineties when the 806 and Citroen Synergy launched to counter the success of a French rival which re defined family motoring, Renault’s revolutionary Espace. Fastl forward to 2010 and Peugeot is about to replace its 807 with its new award winning 5008 … but if you’re quick you can still pick up a last of the line special edition 807 ‘S’ models for £22,000 or the lavishly equipped Norwest’s for around £25,000. I tested the 807 Executive HDi 136 recently and all things considered it’s an impressive, if sometimes overly complicated, modern family transport-mobile People carrying is a much safer - and expensive - proposition today. More complicated too; you know you’re getting old when youngsters help you with some of the 807’s gadgets like its RT4 colour sat nav. for instance. Full marks to Peugeot though for the way in how all its 807’s have passed their five star Euro NCAP rating with flying colours and boast some world class safety design features which include automatic operation of lights and wipers, tyre pressure sensors, ESP and CBC (corner brake control). Of course, you won’t be driving the 807 like Jensen Button but its nice to know Peugeot’s taken a ‘belt and braces’ approach to safety should the worse happen... The 807 looks like it’s a roomy and versatile machine, and so it proved with seven comfortable seats, the front two swivelling round for cosy family chats, www.theliverpoolmagazine.com

A Grandis Gesture Remember the good old days of family motoring? When you’d happily put five kids on the back seat of a Cortina, give them a packet of Spangles, slap a Julie Felix cassette on and drive to Southport fair or Chester Zoo without a care in the world? Family motoring’s changed - and how says Howard Geoffreys who’s been driving two modern family ‘wheels’.

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aviation style tables in the back of both front seats, dark tinted windows to cut down on hot summer day’s glare, and electric locks for the power sliding doors – they’re a real boon when parking in tight town centre car parks. Power comes from the well proven HDi engine which is clean and green thanks to its 'FAP' filter, and the 807 is in its element on long motorway runs when it can return up to 40 mpg, helped by a ‘tall’ sixth gear which keeps revs (and engine noise) to a minimum. It doesn’t take too long to recognise one of the USP’s of the Mitsubishi Grandis … parking next to one of its many competitors the model quickly makes its mark. We drew up next to a Galaxy and it’s immediately obvious how the lower, sleeker Grandis looks that much more stylish. Another advantage is that the model range is really simple – you have the choice of just three Grandis variants – two 2.4 litre petrol’s and VW engined two litre diesel and it’s the latter I drove. With a family of five on board - and all our holiday luggage – you’d imagine the Grandis might struggle but apart from being a little too noisy under hard acceleration, it takes to holiday duties like the proverbial duck to the wet stuff. And even as a full seven seater – the rear two are branded ‘hide and seat’ to signify how easily they’ll fold over into the floor area – it’s not at all compromised in performance, ride and handling. In top of the range £21,500 Elegance spec, creature comforts abound too from air conditioning, a ten disc CD player, DVD system, rear view camera, all round electric windows, rear parking sensors, power mirrors and alloy wheels to elegant chrome trim to the mirrors, exhaust and rear tailgate with its sumptuous leather trim the icing on the cake. So, happy family motoring everyone ... and don’t forget the Spangles!

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There’s an intoxicating variety of multi purpose vehicles on the marketplace; the days when they had all the appeal of a wet flannel are long over. If you are choosing a new one, try it out for size - literally - by taking the family along with you to the showroom. ‘Versatility’, ‘driveability’ and ‘affordability’ are the watchwords, and with literally hundreds of different models available, you can afford to be choosy.

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FAMILY Launched at the end of January at Baby Blue, Albert Dock, Born to Boogie is the new dance party for the whole family. Kids of all ages can jive the afternoon away to a whole host of child-friendly tunes from their favourite characters, pop stars and shows in venues geared up to provide the best hosting for wee babies and toddlers to mums and dads – grandparents can come and shake their thing too! Being active is well documented as being important for all ages, and getting little ones interested in being physically active from a young age is great. Dancing is a great introduction to being active and the enjoyment of physical exercise is something that comes naturally to young children. Developing key skills such as coordination, balance, flexibility, stamina and interaction with other children is a fantastic way to boost self-esteem and overall health – setting them up for life. Born to Boogie takes it a step further, creating a super-fun atmosphere for all involved – as well as a dance floor, there’s a chill out room with toys and bean bags (and change tables and high chairs) – add in bubbles, balloons, glitter balls and disco lights, kids’ cocktails and snacks on sale – plus a licensed bar for the adults – then you have a recipe for family fun! The music is tailored for children, with sounds levels lowered and brighter lighting – song requests can be made in advance via the DJ box on the website to make sure your little cherubs can hear their favourite tunes on the day. The next event is to be held at the stylish Studio 2, Parr Street on Sunday 28 March 2010. The venue – a refurbished recording studio, now a popular restaurant and bar space – has seen some famous faces in its time; Coldplay, Barry Manilow, Take That, the Spice Girls and Diana Ross have all recorded at the legendary studios! “We’re looking to offer a really interactive experience for families who love music and love to dance; kids can share their favourite music with mum and dad and vice versa,” says founder Sara Parker. “It’s not a case of kids on the dance floor and parents at the bar, we want everyone up on the floor!” The funky playlist includes track from artists as diverse as the Ting Tings, The Osmonds, Miley Cyrus and many more – catering to hip toddlers, savvy pre-teens and nostalgic parents alike. Born to Boogie founder Sara Parker spent the early 90s interviewing bands like Oasis and Space for Liverpool’s then music magazine Groove so there might even be a bit of Britpop in there somewhere! Sara explains; “As a mum, I got fed up of hanging around at kids activities, waiting www.theliverpoolmagazine.com

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for them to finish. Meanwhile, I thought my dancing days were over but Born to Boogie gives everyone a chance to have fun together.” The event will be spreading to other venues in the North West over the course of 2010 and will be held bi-monthly in each location. One of the biggest health benefits of dancing is happiness. People who dance are more likely to feel inner joy, and inner happiness. Their bodies are active, their minds are alert, and they are engaging in a form of pleasure almost everyone enjoys. To many people happiness may not normally be considered a health benefit, but in test after test, unhappy people tend to become ill more often, and remain ill longer. The overall health benefits of dancing can transform your life – start your children early and watch them reap the rewards throughout their lives. Born to Boogie – Sunday 28 March 2010, Studio 2, Parr Street. Tickets are £7 on the door, £6 if purchased online in advance. Free entry for children under 3. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Responsibility for children remains with accompanying adult. For further details please visit www. born-to-boogie.co.uk

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Year 5 Activities Day Friday, 30th April, 2010

St Mary’s College is a vibrant, thriving community which places a high value upon all-round personal development and academic excellence. That’s why we offer a happy, safe and structured environment within which our pupils can develop. With over 40 extra-curricular clubs and societies, a fully-equipped multi-gym and 20 acres of sports fields, there’s plenty of opportunity for your child to flourish.y We will be holding an Activities Day for Year 5 pupils from all schools on Friday, 30th April, 2010 – so that your son or daughter can experience life at the College first hand. The day is designed to be both educational and enjoyable and runs from 10am until 3pm. To book a place, please ring 0151 924 3926 or email us at office@stmarys.lpool.sch.uk

Just some of the fun activities on offer: ■ Create a Chemistry worm! ■ Fashion a keyring in Design Technology ■ Play multi-sports – Cricket, Netball, Rugby, Hockey etc ■ Be theatrical in the Drama workshops ■ Tap out a tune in our Music sessions ■ Produce a Spanish ID card ■ Computer animation with ICT ■ Measure speed using Physics ■ Take our Biology microscope quiz

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The Independent Catholic School for boys and girls of all faiths aged 0-18 www.stmarys.ac 0151 924 3926 St. Mary’s College Trust Limited. Reg. Office: St. Mary’s College, Everest Road, Crosby, Liverpool L23 5TW Registered in England - Company No. 05412328 Registered Charity No. 1110311

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Martin Mere

Wetland Centre

Explore & Play Beavers, otters, swans, flamingos, family activities and much more Eco-festival Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 March Get your hands dirty at this family fun event by doing den building, seed sowing, cycling and planting

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Voucher Free Child Entry to Martin Mere Free child entry with every full paying adult when you bring this voucher to the admissions desk. Expires 31 March 2010. This voucher only submits one child No photocopies will be accepted Burscough, Ormskirk, Lancashire L40 0TA One of nine wetland visitor centres run by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust reg charity in England & Wales, no. 1030884 and Scotland, no. SC039410


GARDENING

Azaleas

COMPOST & CUTTINGS

Image by Bob Burns

Every issue our resident gardening guru, Steven Hay, gives readers his expert advice for the month ahead. With the country still reeling from the effects of a bitterly cold winter, our gardens need more TLC than ever to ensure a colourful spring and a garden bursting with health and vitality. If your winter bedding plants are still going, continue to deadhead the faded flowers to keep them tidy and encourage a few more blooms. Start sowing summer bedding plants that need a longer growing season, about the middle of March under glass or in a propagator. Plant up pots of your favourite summerflowering bulbs – it is best to start them off on a warm windowsill. Healthy bulbs will feel firm and show no signs of mould or damage. Look for bigger bulbs as they'll produce bigger blooms. Use the bulb as a guide and plant it two or three times its depth. Space them approximately two to three bulb widths apart. Make sure the growing point is pointing upwards. Cover with soil and firm it around. It's not too late to prune summer-flowering clematis. This still allows time for the plant to respond well with new spring growth. Growing shrubs in containers is also a good opportunity to try plants that you might not be able to grow elsewhere in your garden as you can create bespoke planting conditions. For example, if you want to experiment with acid-loving shrubs and you don't have the right soil, it's ideal. Many flowering and foliage shrubs including hollies, Japanese maples and camellias will thrive in containers with a little care and will be a focal point in your garden. So whatever the size of your plot, you can include a shrub in a tub. Last reminder to spring clean your greenhouse inside and out to get rid of any lingering pests and diseases so it's ready when you start

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sowing. Choose a mixture of hedging trees and shrubs; birch, beech, oak, hazel, dogwoods and hawthorn are ideal. Plant young bare-root saplings in a staggered double row. Water well and give your new hedge a thick layer of mulch. Prune evergreen hedges as soon as they start actively growing which will probably be about the last week in the month. Trim the top of the hedge flat, using a stretch of straight string as a guide. Early spring is the best time to divide and replant congested perennial herbs like mint, chives, lovage and marjoram, while the plants are still dormant. As the days get longer, add a liquid feed to houseplants. When re-potting plants, add granules of slow release fertiliser to the compost - most houseplants are killed by over watering. Aim to keep the compost moist but wait until it has almost dried out before re-watering. You can check by pushing your finger into the compost. Start giving your lawn a regular weekly trim. Set the mower blades high to begin with; little and often is the recipe for success. Regular cutting keeps the lawn thick, tidy and deters weeds. For most lawns, at the start of the year set the mower blades to

Look out for the first of the beautiful magnolia flowers in your garden.

3cm (1.25in) and cut the lawn about once a week. Feeding regularly with a lawn fertiliser around the middle of this month will make it greener and thicker, which helps it resist weeds and moss. Hellebores are happy planted in shade with plenty of organic matter. They dislike being moved once established, so allow them to self-seed to provide replacements. The key to a healthy pond is keeping the water clear and ensuring that plants do not take over. If you have the right balance of plants and oxygen, you will encourage wildlife and your aquatic plants will thrive and remember if this icy weather persists to keep the pond free of ice to allow oxygen in to the surface of the water. Shrubs create the structure in a garden so it's important to keep them in good condition with regular pruning. This will improve a plant's shape and encourage flowers and fruits. Give your shrubs a hard prune to improve the shape and encourage flowers. Cut directly above a pair of buds using clean, sharp tools. Look out for the first of the beautiful magnolia flowers in your garden. Give young trees a thick layer of nutrientrich mulch to help them get growing. Give your vegetable beds a boost early this month by adding a thick layer of mulch around plants to lock in moisture and ensure beds don't dry out. Plant out your chitted potatoes when the soil has started to warm up. Start sowing tomatoes under glass in a heated propagator or on a sunny windowsill to encourage quick germination. They should be ready to plant out in about eight weeks. Sow beetroot around the middle of the month seeds outdoors but to ensure germination, plant under cloches or frames. Space seeds about a thumb’s width apart. Around the end of the month remove emerging flowers as the new stalks grow, so that the plant can put all its energy into the edible stalks. Again around the end of the month in warm districts, start sowing lettuce outside. Sow seed every three to four weeks in a sunny spot to ensure a fresh supply all summer. Emerging wildlife, such as frogs and toads will appreciate a helping hand at this time of year. Create a water feature where wildlife can breed and have a fresh drink. Create a garden buzzing with insects. Make simple changes, such as planting nectarrich flowers to enhance the opportunities for wildlife. Steven Hay is owner of Oak Leaf Landscapes; specialists in stunning garden transformations, big or small. Gold Medal Winners at the Southport Flower Show. Call Steven on 0151 526 1921 or 07732333784.

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PROPERTY

FORMBY FOCUS

This stunning family home has the best of both worlds – contemporary interiors and hi-spec fittings, all within a traditional style exterior. Located in desirable Formby, this impressive property is ideal for a large family looking for more space, security and great surroundings. ARGARMEOLS ROAD, FRESHFIELD, L37 £1,450,000 The magnificent double-fronted, fivebedroom home was completed in 2006 and has been furnished elegantly throughout. Featuring a stunning ‘Clive Christian’ kitchen and family snug room, this property is made for entertaining a large family – with nods towards soughtafter open-plan living, opening the property up further. With four entertaining rooms, two en-suites and a family bathroom, as well as a laundry room, double garage and large gardens – 15 Argarmeols Road is an elegant take on a family home. Formby is well served by primary and comprehensive schools, including Formby High and Range High School. Offering a large selection of shops, supermarkets and local amenities throughout the town, Formby also benefits from its close proximity to the coast, offering beautiful surrounds and outdoor activities for all the family – including National Trust

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A well maintained, clean property is what most tenants are after as a landlord. There are too many rogue landlords who fail to understand the commercial benefits of maintaining the exterior facades of their properties, the gardens and the general make up. The general rule is if you are prepared to invest time, money and effort into your property then you will benefit in the long run from better quality tenants, longer tenancies, shorter void periods, less marketing time and a happier tenant. Here are my pointers for potential buy-tolet investors: Know your market. Also know who you are targeting to let (ie; students, 54

pinewoods and a red squirrel reserve. A local bus service runs regularly, as does the Liverpool/Southport electric railway, and the town has good motorway links via the M57 and M58. professionals, corporate tenancies), and budget accordingly. Understand investment versus return. Do not overspend on furniture or fixtures and fittings if you know you will not generate a relative and incremental return. Listen to your agent. They should know best. Always use a member of ARLA or accredited NAEA agent and an agent part of the Ombudsmen. There are a lot of cowboy agents out there who cannot or do not advise their clients properly or honestly. We would advise landlords to re invest in new furniture or a redecoration every three to four years. Do not use second hand furniture and make sure all furniture is up to fire regulations and health & safety standards. Kitchens and bathrooms are vitally important; a good quality kitchen and /or bathroom will create great interest in your property. Make sure carpets are professionally cleaned at the end of the one tenancy. Tenants have maybe become fussier over the last 18 months as the sales markets has been depressed with few sales and

For more information please call Colette Gunter estate agents on 01704 878855, or visit www.colettegunter.com an abundance of lettings properties. Therefore, tenants have benefitted from choice. This has not been prevalent over the last decade or certainly not to the degree and magnitude as today. However, as more sales are achieved over the coming months as we slowly recover from this recessionary period, we will find fewer properties available for rent. The pendulum will swing back in favour of landlord. This does not mean however, that it absconds landlords from not involving themselves in the day to day management of their properties. Well furnished and well maintained properties get better tenants. It’s as simple as that. Guest doctor: Nick Dawson of Venmores estate agents. Contact Nick and the team on 0151 733 9000 or visit www.venmores.co.uk SEND US YOUR QUERIES: Got a question about Liverpool’s housing market? For expert advice, email us at editor@a-cpublishing.com, subject line The Property Doctor. www.theliverpoolmagazine.com


PROPERTY

ON CLOUD NINE

Cloud House, Lancashire

Images by Paul McMullin

Every once in a while you stumble upon something extraordinary. If ever there was a way to sum up the Noughties, it would be to call it the era of the grand design. Home was not just four windows, a roof and a door – it was a blank canvas with which to stamp your mark. As the decade drew on, properties grew ever the more detailed, innovative, and aweinspiring. Cloud House sits comfortable within that category, and as we enter a new decade it has paved the way for design-led living in the North-West. The team behind its design, Liverpool-based K2 Architects, have carved a niche for themselves within the high-end property world and already the Tens look like their decade. Words: Jenny Morris “Our initial interpretation of our client’s remit was a rather modest one,” says Mark Davies, one half of the directorship at K2 Architects, along with his partner Kevin Horton. “We put together a feasibility scheme, and came up with this idea of Cloud House, basically. It’s in a greenbelt area, so obviously there are certain things you have to adhere to. Our interpretation was on an old barn and taking that barn structure and to wrap it all in metallic zinc.” And it is the zinc that is, along with its design, its most striking feature, and as design and build progressed, far from Mark’s ‘modest’ initial interpretation. K2 Architects took the pre-weathered zinc panels, and created an interlocking design around the circumference of the property. In doing this, the reflective panels became chameleon-like, changing with every nuance in the shifting weather across the Lancashire landscape – except rather than blend into the background, the zinc panels can shimmer like a diamond in the sunlight and blend into the dullness of a wintery sky with equal ease. “The reason that we went for zinc – after looking at titanium and stainless steel – was that zinc self-heals.” Mark explains, “If was scratched for whatever reason, or damaged, it never rusts and because the house was within four miles of the coast then there is a lot of salt in the air. It’s quite an abrasive atmosphere along there in terms of corrosion – and zinc is a really good anti-corrosive material to use in a coastal environment.” The flat-lock system of the panels used for both the wall and roof is a first for the UK, and the property – on the client’s request, and K2’s experience and ability – boasts some of the most innovative and ecofriendly construction methods and features

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in the country. At 27 metres in length, and with an impressive exterior, Cloud House wows visitors from the outset, but it is really the interior that incorporates high level technology and craftsmanship that has led to much attention over the past months. There is a sense of intertwining the natural beauty of the landscape surrounding the property, with the statement design of house. Whilst it is markedly different from the green softness of the fields, its glass interior, large windows and use of ecotechnology ensure the client is very much aware of their location, and can appreciate it. Incorporating a library, reading room, spa, five bedrooms, a sunken lounge, concealed doors and rooms and intelligent home control (think remote controlled Bond-esque electronic directions – before you’re even home) of heating (underfloor), blinds, moodlighting and much more – Cloud House ticks almost every box on the list. So, how specific would you have to be if green credentials were on your priority list? “Our client wanted it to be green, and what could we do that wouldn’t cost the Earth,” explains Kevin Horton, co-director, “so to make it really sustainable we looked at things like solar panels, we looked at wind, we implemented a system that means rainwater is recycled back in to the building. Since Cloud House, K2 Architects have seen a rise in clients’ requests and

Zinc is a really good anti-corrosive material to use in coastal areas.

Modern glass walkway in Cloud House commissions for innovative green-friendly buildings. Mark acknowledges that there has been a rapid increase in the interest of eco housing from homebuyers; the more unique, the better it seems. “Cloud House was at the top end of sustainable properties, cost-wise – it came in at about £150 per sq ft – but if you were looking at a really good green home then you’d be looking at around £100 - £125 per sq ft” says Kevin. “This was high-end because of the zinc, the systems such as underfloor heating throughout - a massive thermal wall of 200mm of traditional house has 60mm – so this is four times as thick, and subsequently is super-insulated. “Sometimes when you talk ‘green’ people expect windmills and solar panels – well, we thought, let’s make the walls beefier – with loads more insulation so that the building will heat up far faster, and it’s the same with the glass which is all south-facing, so in summer it creates a shadow to stop the house overheating. In winter when the sun is lower it hits the glass – which is what we want; the glass to heat up and heat the house to save energy.” There is an environmental ‘points system’ that states anything above 92 is ‘super carbon zero’ which is outstanding; needless to say it’s incredibly difficult to get that. Cloud House achieved 86 points which is classed as an ‘excellent’ rating, only six points below that of a zero carbon house. With this in the bag, and commercial and residential projects commissioned for the coming months, K2 Architects looks set to make its mark across the North West; providing grand designs for the eco-friendly generation and doing it with style. Find out more about K2 Architects: www.k2architects.co.uk or call 0151 207 7726

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more experience. more guarantees. more peace of mind.

Crofton Estate, North Sudley Road, L17 Sales houses prices from £450,000 Lettings apartment prices from £1750pcm Lettings houses prices from £1995pcm A spectacular, unrivalled and unashamedly uncompromised development in Aigburth, off North Sudley Road and very close to Sudley House. The exclusive, gated development combines a melting pot of old and new, with modern, contemporary architect designed four bedroom mews Cottage and nine three bedroom townhouses, a refurbished five bedroom stable house, and the modernised former gate houses and Lodge, in addition to and the beautifully restored and renovated mansion. The premium, top end development is positioned in and surrounded by manicured lawns, mature woodlands and landscaped gardens. The exclusivity of the development is further enhanced with the use of state of the art CCTV security and private allocated parking. The grand, early Victorian detached stucco fronted residence now comprises eleven (11) stunning duplex apartments and includes two top floor penthouse apartments with their own private lift access, natural wood flooring, oak veneered doors, Ferramentta ironmongery, original fireplaces, low voltage down lighting, SAT TV, Smeg Linear range appliances, alarm systems and Italian tiling and Hakka German bespoke kitchens.

Visit www.venmores.co.uk Call our Allerton Office today: 0151 733 9000


Allerton Office

32 Allerton Road, Liverpool, L18 1LN T: 0151 733 9000 E: allerton@venmores.co.uk

City Office

8 - 10 Stanley Road, Liverpool, L1 6AF T: 0151 236 4400 E: city@venmores.co.uk

20-22 Grove Park, Liverpool, L8

£149,950

An outstanding conversion with no compromise for space or layout in Grove Park, a conservation area, close to Sefton Park and close to Liverpool Hospitals. There are six, completely refurbished apartments in a large, former merchants house, each with secure, gated parking, entry phone system, well maintained communal areas and landscaped communal gardens. The property on offer is a front facing one bedroom apartment. The properties all have modern fitted kitchens complete with integrated appliances (washing machines, dishwasher, fridge/freezer) and stainless steel ovens, hob and extractor fans. The apartments have wood floors, modern bathrooms with roll tops baths and separate shower units. All properties have ample natural light, open and spacious hallways and high ceilings throughout.

The Ability Penthouses

From £700 pcm

LAST FEW REMAINING! These one and two bedroom apartments, situated on the top floors above the Hilton Hotel., represent class, elegance and quality. A perfect location, surrounded by all that Liverpool City Centre has to offer, the aspirational properties are offered furnished or unfurnished and include full membership to the hotel’s state of the art gymnasium.

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more experience. more guarantees. more peace of mind.

Salisbury Road, Cressington, L19

ÂŁ650,000

The main property comprises front garden,side access and off street parking for three cars. The main entrance is located to the side. The raised ground floor comprises, entrance hall and two reception rooms (both with high ceilings, original features and feature fireplaces). The lower ground floor currently comprises kitchen, dining room and study, with access to the four cellar rooms. The first floor comprises three bedrooms, seprate w.c., bathroom and dressing room. The top floor has two further bedrooms, both with garden views and a bathroom.

Green Lane, Liverpool, L18

ÂŁ345,000

An outstanding gated and exclusive mews style property in a highly sought after location on Green Lane in prime Mossley Hill. The luxury and well appointed freehold house comprises three double bedrooms, en suite bathroom, large family bathroom and excellent open plan entertaining space, substantial modern kitchen and utility area, bamboo flooring, double glazing, larder and two off street parking spaces in the communal courtyard. There are also beautiful and landscaped communal gardens.

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Allerton Office

32 Allerton Road, Liverpool, L18 1LN T: 0151 733 9000 E: allerton@venmores.co.uk

City Office

8 - 10 Stanley Road, Liverpool, L1 6AF T: 0151 236 4400 E: city@venmores.co.uk

Lancaster Avenue, Sefton Park, L17

ÂŁ450,000

Fulwood Park, Aigburth, L17

ÂŁ499,995

A outstanding chance to acquire a substantial double fronted Victorian semi detached house on Lancaster Avenue in L17 on the outskirts of Sefton Park. The property is principally arranged over three floors and includes a full lower ground floor with three large basement rooms which could be converted further.The property comprises three formal livings on the raised ground floor, very well proportioned fully fitted bespoke kitchen, utility area and access on to the large family garden. The first floor comprises four double bedrooms and two bathrooms; the top floor also includes three bedrooms and a bathroom. The majority of the structural work and significant works, such as kitchen and bathrooms, re wiring, central heating has been completed by our clients, however, the property does require some cosmetic updating such as the redecoration and the finer fittings being completed. In addition, there are high ceilings throughout, original cornicing, original fireplaces, wood floors, tiled entrance hall and original balustrades and staircases in this property, which has character and period features in abundance.The gross internal floor area is close to 4,000 sq ft.

Viewings are highly recommended to appreciate this six bedroom period residence set over three floors. The accommodation on offer comprises in brief: entrance porch, an impressive spacious hall with turned staircase, downstairs bathroom, the lounge spans a remarkable 29' x17' with feature bay window, dining room with access to the cellar and a kitchen open to the family room. Upstairs there the landing has views over the garden, four bedrooms and a bathroom to the first floor and a further two bedrooms on the second floor. The property is set in private gardens to the front of the property with a courtyard with parking for up to six cars and a shared drive. There is an enclosed paved area accessed from the kitchen. This substantial and charming Victorian residence has many original features associated with a property of this character.

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40-42 Allerton Road Liverpool, L18 1LN 0151 734 0666 www.suttonkersh.co.uk

Menlove Avenue L18

£629,500

Stuart Avenue L25

249,950

A detached residence. Grnd floor WC Lounge (with inglenook fireplace), Additional lounge Conservatory. Sitting room Spacious & comprehensive dining kitchen, utility room Four bedrooms, Master having en-suite bathroom Additional bathroom. Mature surrounding gardens Views towards calderstones park

A substantial detached property Lounge, sitting room. Attractive & fitted family dining kitchen Four bedrooms. Modern Bathroom & WC Laundry area situated off bathroom Gardens to front & rear Garage Viewing advised

'Tree Tops' Woolton Hill Road L25

'Elm Cottage' Ramsbrook Lane L24

£675,000

£695,000

A spaciously planned quality detached residence Tasteful decorative order. Planning permission granted for further extensions to provide a six bedroom dweliing Spacious through lounge. Family room, Fitted kitchen/breakfast room. Utility room, conservatory Four bedrooms, Master bedroom with shower en-suite Family bathroom. Gardens to front & rear

A spaciously planned detached residence. Tasteful decorative order throughout. Lounge, conservatory. Dining room, Study, Family room. Fitted kitchen, utility room. Galleried landing. Four bedrooms, three having en-suite facilities. Family bathroom Extensive gardens to front, side & rear. Electronically controlled gates, circular dirve

Mount Park L25

Brodie Avenue L18

£425,000

A spaciously planned detached bungalow Cloakroom. Lounge, Conservatory. Dining room, Fitted kitchen. Study. Three bedrooms. Shower room Gardens to front, side & rear Garage with electonic up & over door

£279,950

A spacious & well maintained semi detached house. Providing spacious family accomodation throughout. Lounge, sitting room Dining kitchen, Utility room. Ground floor cloakroom & WC Three bedrooms. Bathroom & WC. Rear garden, attached garden Inspection highly recommended

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City Centre Branch 30-32 Exchange Street East, Liverpool 0151 236 2332 www.suttonkersh.co.uk

Beetham Tower

£995,000

South Ferry Quay

£199,950

The property has a modern open plan feel and no expense has been spared with the interior design. With 'Boffi' kitchen and bathrooms, limestone flooring and American Walnut features, we also have an in-house Crestron, computerised household system controlling the music system, heating, electric blinds and air-conditioning. With a huge lounge, dining room, three bedrooms, his and hers dressing rooms and en-suite, this is a penthouse that has to be viewed. Completed with three terraces, one heated and all looking directly over the river and city. This has to be the best view in the city. We also have THREE parking spaces. Full concierge service and access to the Radisson health club and swimming pool (subject to a membership fee).

A spacious duplex penthouse apartment situated on the third and fourth floors of this popular waterfront development close to the city centre. The property features two roof top balconies and a Juliet balcony, all of which enjoy views across the gardens to the river. There is an en-suite bathroom to the master bedroom and a secure undercroft car space. An early inspection is strongly recommended.

The Colonnades

Waterloo Quay

£625,000

£149,950

A spacious three bedroomed apartment situated on the fourth floor of this prestigious waterfront development at Albert Dock which is home to the Tate Gallery, Maritime Museum and an excellent selection of stylish bars and restaurants. The development benefits from a 24 hour concierge on reception and CCTV monitoring of the communal areas and car park. The kitchen is fitted with a comprehensive range of stylish units with granite worktops and integrated appliances and there is an en-suite shower room to the master bedroom. The property enjoys views across Albert Dock to the city and there is a secure underground car space. An early inspection is strongly recommended

A modern two bedroom apartment situated on the ground floor of this popular waterfront development close to the city centre. The apartment features a generous dockside patio and there is an en-suite shower room to the master bedroom. There is a secure allocated car space with barrier controlled access and visitor parking situated nearby. An early inspection is well recommended

Rodney Street

Royal Quay

£145,000

A spacious duplex apartment situated on the second and third floors of this elegant townhouse within the fashionable Georgian quarter of the city. The property enjoys impressive city views which include St Lukes church and the Liver Buildings. An early inspection is well recommended

£199,950

A duplex penthouse apartment situated on the fifth and sixth floors of this popular waterfront development adjacent to the Kings Dock arena and Albert Dock which is home to the Tate Gallery, Maritime Museum and a host of stylish bars and restaurants. There is access from the lounge to a timber decked balcony and the mezzanine dining room overlooks the lounge. There is also a secure allocated car space.

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Keppie Massie Residential Ltd Bulloch House, 10 Rumford Place, L3 9DG 0151 236 9660

The Stables, Crofton Estate, North Sudley Road, L17

ÂŁ1.25 million

This newly built detached stables block has been designed to the highest specification. The accommodation comprises:- Entrance hall with tiled floors throughout. Spacious and contemporarily designed lounge with full length patio doors overlooking the patio, garden area. An amazing kitchen,dining area and ground floor cloaks. To the first floor, the master bedroom has floor to ceiling glass windows and an en-suite shower room. With four further bedrooms and master bathromms the property is completed with surrounding gardens and parking. Set behind a gated entrance, the property is fully monitored by CCTV and affords the highest level of privacy.

The Mews Cottage, Crofton Estate, North Sudley Road, L17

ÂŁ595,000

A beautiful detached cottage style house, set within the secluded Crofton Development. With electronic entrance gates and computerised security systems this idyllic estate is for the discerning purchaser. Having four bedrooms, lounge and family size dining kitchen, this property also has a secluded garden.

Keppie Massie Residential Ltd, Bulloch House, 10 Rumford Place, L3 9DG T: 0151 236 9660 E: property@keppiemassie.com www.keppiemassie.com


K2 Architects studio 7, Tate Suite Connect Business Village 24 Derby Rd Liverpool L5 9PR T. 0151 207 7726 F. 0151 207 7727

www.k2architects.co.uk

K2 Architects specialise in: - Residential (private+public), one-off houses, refurbishment + extensions - Regeneration + Masterplanning - Commercial - Retail - Education - Sustainability

    

      

  

  

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Extended FourRooms, Bed Detached House 3 Reception 4 Bedrooms Two Reception Rooms area Two bathrooms, living/dining Fitted Kitchen Breakfast Kitchen, Utility Room Bathroom Detached Double Garage, Yard Area GCH / D/G Outbuilding Structure, Stables, gardens Gardens & Garage Approximately 0.6 acre

GREEN LINK MAGHULL

SUNNYMEDE DRIVE LYDIATE Extended Four Bed Detached House Two Reception Rooms Semi Detached Property Fitted Kitchen Four Bedrooms ,Study Area BathroomRooms Two Reception GCH / D/G Kitchen/Breakfast Gardens & Garage Two garages Landscaped Gardens

Four Bed Semi House Four Bedroomed Detached LoungeRooms Three Reception Rear Lounge/ Dining Room Fitted Kitchen Kitchen/ Breakfast Room Three En-Suite Facilities Downstairs Shower Room D/G / GCH GCH / DGGarage & Gardens Double

ORMONDE DRIVE MAGHULL THE ROUND MAGHULL Four Bed MEADE Semi House Lounge House Detached Rear Lounge/ Dining Room Lounge Kitchen/ Breakfast Extended DiningRoom Room Downstairs Shower Room Fitted Kitchen GCHThree / DG & Gardens Bedrooms Gardens and Garage

SEFTONLANE LANEMAGHULL MAGHULL FOXHOUSE Detached Bungalow Four Bed Detached House Bedrooms Three Three Reception Rooms Three Reception Fitted kitchen Rooms Fitted Kitchen Two En-Suites Gardens D/G & GCH Garage & Mature Gardens

£275,000 £449,995

SEFTON LANE MAGHULL THE FIELDINGS LYDIATE Detached Bungalow Three Bedrooms 4 Bed Det House Three Reception Rooms Lounge & Dining Room Fitted Kitchen Fitted Kitchen FamilyGardens Bathroom & En-Suite Garage & Gardens No Chain Involved

HALSALL MANOR COURT HALSALL POWDER WORKS LANE MELLING Double Fronted Mews House 2 DETACHED PROPERTIES Village Development House withSetting/Courtyard 4 Bedrooms & 2 Reception 5 Bedrooms 2 Recs 3 Bathrooms Rooms/Fitted Kitchen & Double Garage GCH & DG Gardens to Front & Rear Det Bungalow with 2 bedrooms Open Views to Rear & 2 bathrooms. No Chain Reduced by £15,050 for a quick sale.

Asking price £269,950 Price on application

HALSALL MANOR COURT HALSALL COLUMBINE CLOSE MELLING Double Fronted Mews House

£285,000

Village Setting/Courtyard Development Four Bedroomed Detached 5 Bedrooms 2 Recs 3 Bathrooms Two Reception Rooms GCH DG Gardens to Front & Rear Bedroom. Fitted& Kitchen/En-Suite To Master Open Views to Rear No Chain GCH/DG Reduced by £15,050 for a quick sale. Gardens and Garage

£269,950 A unique opportunity has arisen to purchase this traditional semi detached property situated in a semi-rural location onAsking theprice outskirts £210,000 of Maghull with access to all the local amenities of Maghull including schools, shops and transport links. We are pleased to offer for sale this attractive and very well presented property with open views to the front and rear of rural land. The property briefly comprises of: three bedrooms, through lounge, kitchen/breakfast room which leads to the conservatory. An internal inspection is strongly recommended in order to fully appreciate the accommodation that is offered for sale £319,950 £228,500

Two Reception Rooms Three bed Det House Kitchen / Breakfast Room Lounge Utility Room Dining Room Dressing Room Fitted Kitchen Gardens D/G & GCH Double Garage

£225,000 £184,995

£275,000 £224,995

SUNNYMEDE DRIVE LYDIATE Detached Property MOSSSemi DELPH LANE AUGHTON

THE ROUND MEADE MAGHULL HouseVILLAGE BACKDetached LANE LUNT

£225,000 £179,995

£224,995

Four Bedrooms ,Study Area 2 Bedroomed Terrace House Two Reception Rooms Through Lounge Dining Room Kitchen/Breakfast Fitted Kitchen Two garages Family Bathroom Landscaped Gardens Detached Rear Garden Garage, D/G,C/H

Lounge Three Bed SemiRoom House Extended Dining Two Reception Fitted KitchenRooms Three Kitchen Bedrooms D/GGarage Gardens and Central Heating Views Of Open Farmland

£179,995

£275,000 £210,000

THE FIELDINGS LYDIATE 4 BedMEADE Det House SOUTH MAGHULL Lounge & Dining Room Three Bedroomed Semi Fitted Kitchen Three Reception Rooms Family Bathroom & En-Suite Fitted Kitchen Garage & Gardens GCH/DG No Chain Involved Gardens To Front And Rear

£210,000

£179,995

COLUMBINE CLOSE MELLING Four Bedroomed Detached NETHERTON PARK ROAD

Two Reception Rooms Detached Bungalow Fitted Kitchen/En-Suite To Master Bedroom. Lounge, Conservatory, Fitted Kitchen GCH/DG Two Bedrooms , En Suite Gardens and Garage Garage and Gardens Double Glazed & Gas Central Heating.

£210,000

£179,950

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£275,000 £225,000

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Lounge, Dining Room Semi Detached Bungalow Fitted Kitchen TwoBedrooms Bedrooms,Ensuite Four One Reception Shower Room ,D/G C/H DG & Gardens Gas CH Gardens to Front & Rear Garage £228,500 No Chain Involved

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FAWCETT ROAD LYDIATE Semi Detached EAST MEADE MAGHULL

£285,000 £225,000

EAST MEADE MAGHULL Semi Detached Bungalow

GREEN LANE MAGHULL

MOSS DELPH LANE AUGHTON

Three bed Det House

2 Bedroomed Terrace House Through LoungeMAGHULL Dining Room MEADWAY Fitted Kitchen 3 Bedroomed Semi Detached Family Bathroom Lounge/Dining Room Detached Garden FittedRear Kitchen Garage, D/G,C/H Conservatory Garage & Gardens Front & Rear

Bedrooms DOUGLAS Two DRIVE MAGHULL

Lounge MAGHULL LANCASTER CLOSE

£152,000

£149,995

OneSemi Reception Two Bed Bung & Gas CH Lounge/DG Fitted Kitchen Gardens to Front & Rear Bathroom Garage GCH / D/G No Chain Involved Garage / Gardens £189,950 No Chain Involved

DOUGLAS DRIVE MAGHULL Two Bed Semi Bung Lounge/ Fitted Kitchen

Dining Two Bed Semi Room Bungalow Fitted Kitchen Lounge D/G & GCH Sitting Room Double Garage Kitchen GCH £184,995 Gardens

LANCASTER CLOSE MAGHULL Two Bed Semi Bungalow Lounge

Three Bed Semi House

£179,995

Kitchen House Semi Detached D/G Two Reception Rooms Central FittedHeating Kitchen Views Of Open Farmland Three Bedrooms Garage, Gardens £179,995 Double Glazing & Gas Central Heating.

£149,995

£149,950

MEADWAY MAGHULL 3 Bedroomed Semi Detached Lounge/Dining Room

AMBLESIDE Bathroom DRIVE KIRKBY

ARNIAN COURT ORMSKIRK Sitting Room One Kitchen Bed Flat GCH Lounge Gardens Kitchen Bathroom D/G & GCH £149,995 Communal Gardens

Conservatory 4 Bedroomed Townhouse Garage &Lounge GardensDiner Front & Rear Kitchen Bathroom Garden to Rear £149,995 Double Glazing & Gas C/H

£129,000

£125,000

£125,000

GCH /House D/G Three Storey Garage / Gardens Lounge No Chain Involved Kitchen Diner Three Bedrooms Ensuite £152,000 Bathroom, Gardens &Garage

BACK LANE LUNT VILLAGE Two Reception Rooms THIRLMERE AVENUE LITHERLAND

DEYESFitted LANE MAGHULL Kitchen

Damfield Lane, Maghull

THIRLMERE AVENUE LITHERLAND Semi Detached House Two Reception Rooms

BEECHCROFT MAGHULL Fitted Kitchen

Three Bedrooms Two Bedroomed First Floor Flat Garage, Gardens Lounge/ Kitchen Double Glazing & Gas Room Central Heating. Shower Double Glazing and Communal Areas Lift and Resident £149,950 Warden

£125,000

SOUTH MEADE MAGHULL Three Bedroomed Semi Three Reception Rooms LOWRY CLOSE KIRKBY Fitted Kitchen Detached House GCH/DG Three Bedrooms Gardens To Front And Rear Lounge Dining Room Fitted Kitchen, Utility Room £179,995Garage Gardens,

£145,000

LOWRY CLOSE KIRKBY Detached House Three Bedrooms

NETHERTON PARK ROAD Detached Bungalow Lounge, CAPLIN Conservatory, FittedKIRKBY Kitchen CLOSE Two Bedrooms , EnHouse Suite Detached GarageThree and Gardens Bedrooms Double Glazed & Gas Dining CentralRoom Heating. Lounge, Fitted Kitchen Gardens and Garage

£179,950

£139,995

CAPLIN CLOSE KIRKBY Detached House Three Bedrooms

BEECHCROFT Lounge MAGHULL

MOORLAND ROAD Lounge, Dining RoomMAGHULL

£119,995

£119,995

Room Floor Appt Two Dining Bed Ground Fitted Kitchen, Utility Room Lounge Gardens, Garage Kitchen Shower Room Double Glazing £145,000 Communal Areas

AMBLESIDE DRIVE KIRKBY

ARNIAN COURT ORMSKIRK

DEYES LANE MAGHULL

BEECHCROFT MAGHULL

BEECHCROFT MAGHULL

Three Storey House Lounge Kitchen Diner Three Bedrooms Ensuite Bathroom, Gardens &Garage

One Bed Flat Lounge Kitchen Bathroom D/G & GCH Communal Gardens

4 Bedroomed Townhouse Lounge Diner Kitchen Bathroom Garden to Rear Double Glazing & Gas C/H

Two Bedroomed First Floor Flat Lounge/ Kitchen Shower Room Double Glazing and Communal Areas Lift and Resident Warden

Two Bed Ground Floor Appt Lounge Kitchen Shower Room Double Glazing Communal Areas

Fitted Three Kitchen Bed Semi House Gardens and Garage Lounge Kitchen Bathroom GCH/ Mostly D/G £139,995 Gardens

£405,000 MOORLAND ROAD MAGHULL Three Bed Semi House Lounge

Kitchen Alastair Saville are pleased to present to the market this unique, individually designed, charming, detached residence, which we are Bathroom GCH/ Mostly D/G advised by the Vendors is 12 years old. Being situated in a conservation area of Maghull with access to all local amenities,Gardens the modern £129,000 £125,000 £125,000 £125,000 £119,995 £119,995 accommodation briefly comprises of: four bedrooms, master bedroom with en-suite, first floor lounge overlooking the canal, fitted kitchen /breakfast room, downstairs shower room, conservatory, double glazing, gas central heating system, outside games room and patio garden . The rear garden overlooks the Leeds/Liverpool canal and viewing of this delightful property is strongly recommended.


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