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“Witness to an immense sky, dappled with a palette of unimaginable beauty, an iron man on Crosby beach stands in stark black silhouette against the fiery glow.� An apt caption for the stunning image gracing this month’s cover, taken by local photographer, Ron Davies. “It was a spectacular sky which just kept on intensifying in colour, a scene impossible to leave as the colours deepened.� says Ron. A qualified member of the British Institute of Professional Photography, Ron can be contacted on 0151 931 2301. Alternatively please visit www.rondaviesphoto.com or www. anotherplacepictures.com

  

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The sun is shining, the weather is sweet. With bright skies and even brighter prints, it’s time for ‘The Clash’; mixing up prints is right on trend for the season. Summer, glorious summer: a time for fun, fashion and festivals. There is no better time than when the sun is shining to experiment with fashion. Tis’ the season to be eclectic, when it comes to prints, more is definitely more. If designers like Dries Van Noten and Donatella Versace have their way, you'll be mixing and matching from head to toe. Take a chance and combine old and new, blue and green, stripes and florals, lace and denim; you will be pleasantly surprised. Gone are the strict rules of fashion, it’s all about being playful and having fun. Why not channel your inner Christopher Kane candy girl with (tooth) achingly summery stripes and gingham checks. Boho is getting a revamp and making its comeback for the festival season; beaded scarves, floppy hats and floral headgear help bring the trend into 2010. Throwing another trend into the season, sailor chic has been remixed and is ready to set sail into summer, with bold blue and white stripes and gold chains, this trend isn’t going anywhere. Clogs are having a fashion moment; no longer just for the Heidi’s of the world; wear with long skirts and a fierce attitude for full on glamour. To finish off your look, pile on the accessories, especially those pearly white pearls, soft floral necklaces and sailor chains and you’re good to go. Words by Georgina Berry Photography: Mark McNulty www.mcnulty.co.uk | Shoot Co-ordinator: Christine Cartwright – Impact Models | Hair: The team @ Zoo, Liverpool: 0151 709 7974 Stylist: Jo Benning – Impact Models. | Make up artist: Kate Smith– Impact Models using Dermalogica and Mac. | Models: Domonique & Alana Rainbow @ Impact Models. | Shot on location @ Southport. | Impact Models: www.impactmodelsagency.co.uk Tel: 0151 495 2266 | Stockists: Pop Boutique – Whitechapel. Urban Outfitters – Liverpool 1. Claudia Pink- Met Quarter. Accessorize – Liverpool 1. Monsoon – Liverpool 1. Top Shop - Liverpool 1. River Island – Church Street. American Apparel – Liverpool 1. H & M – Liverpool 1. Toffee Boutique – Station Road, Maghull. All Saints – Liverpool 1. Blankstone Opticians – Derby Square. Pull & Bear – Liverpool 1. |

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Well it’s a journey really into Shakespeare’s world, and his mind. It’s an attempt to try to discover what kind of a man he was because we have such slender evidence – we want to find out what his life could possibly have been like. And hopefully take you into his world and end up by taking you into his mind; the mind of the greatest writer who ever lived. What fascinates me is what it was like to be a little boy in Stratford upon Avon in his time – what sort of things would he have encountered, what folk lore would he have come across, but equally what kind of an education would he have had. What was it like if your dad was the mayor of Stratford? What was it like for any Elizabethan child to be brought up, and how did Elizabethans see children? He went to London from Stratford and he would have had to walk being a young and relatively impoverished boy. To walk all the way from Stratford – what kind of a shock was it for a young boy from Warwickshire to encounter this monstrous city – this dirty, stinking, swarming behemoth of a city; what impact would that have on somebody with Shakespeare’s imagination? I’ve found it incredibly exciting to work on – and have found it to be perhaps the biggest challenge of my whole career. It’s written by Jonathan Bate, who is the leading Shakespeare scholar of the day,    

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I hope very much that those people come to the theatre and aren’t at all daunted by the name of Shakespeare, I think and genuinely hope that it will have something to offer anybody – whether you’re versed in Shakespeare or not. It will be illuminating at any level just to view the society and the world of Shakespeare. We are so lucky that Shakespeare is our writer, so we can hear in his original language – it’s been translated into every single tongue on the face of the earth and yet we hear it in its absolute pure form. The inspiration as it came out of his mind and on to the page, it’s just thrilling. Everything that he ever put on the stage is drawn from life and nobody has ever said anything better in 400 years since he died. I cannot help but feel these were the outpourings of a man who really lived. You don’t have to travel to Moscow to have lived, what you have to have done is to be fully present in the moments of your life. I think the most important thing about Shakespeare is that he was an ordinary man who just lived his life to the hilt. A man who probably lived too much – too fully, too intensely and who was overburdened much like Mozart by this sheer, constant traffic of genius in his brain.



| 18/20 COLLEGE LANE, LIVERPOOL ONE, L1 | 0151 706 9770 | WWW.LUNYA.CO.UK | Over ten years ago, Peter Kinsella took a trip to Spain that would change the course of his life forever – he fell in love with a country and culture, promising himself that one day he would open a Spanish delicatessen and restaurant in his beloved Liverpool. Now, 50 trips to the Catalan area of Spain (north of the country) and a lot of nibbling and sipping later, Peter has realised his dream. Nestled in the heart of Liverpool One, Lunya lays claim to being the only Catalan restaurant in the UK, and is the proud owner of one of the most extensive menus too. At our table in the pleasingly authentic restaurant (split across two levels with an additional sun terrace for summer dining), we chatted to the animated, informative and thoroughly lovely Peter. His knowledge of the menu, the origins of the ingredients and his passion for both are clear to see. Feeling safe in his capable hands, we left the ordering to him and received a staggering variety of tapas (there is an a la carte menu too, for those wanting a traditional meal),

and a truly delicious bottle of Torrecilla Tinto, 2008, D.O Navarra (ÂŁ13.95) which at under ÂŁ14, was extremely good value for such a lovely wine. Best get on to the food – there is so much to say about this place; I urge you to take a good look at their website for there is so much information about the where's and why's and what's. Tomato-soaked, garlic rubbed bread kicked us off with a side of fresh smoked anchovies that were delicate and light, drizzled with olive oil and a tangy balsamic. A platter of cheese from the impressive deli counter followed, with hefty slices of accompaniments in the form of fig and almond, then prune and walnut wheels with a sweet quince jelly that married perfectly with the stronger cheese. Sardines stuffed with muscatel raisins, pine nuts and mint were sublime, as were the piquillo peppers stuffed with Gloucester Old Spot pork mince and Cornish squid in a sofrito sauce. Deep fried Monte Enebro (meaning ‘Juniper Hill’) goat cheese, drizzled lovingly

 

Before I begin, I would like to thank Professor Giuseppe Vaccarini: 'Best Sommelier of the World 1978' who taught me wine is for all to enjoy, not for the select few. What an education I have received from him! To have been promoted from obscurity to the limelight of Vinitaly 2007; international television; national television in the UK and so many books and magazines - for this I thank him. But publicly for the first time I must thank my wife. A true professional sommelier

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the characters. The process of imagining myself into Shakespeare is a slightly different one because of course we have no diaries, no emails, there were no press conferences, no interviews to look at – so it’s a bit of a sleuthing task. The impression is one of a man who was all eyes and all ears and who was uniquely open to any emotion that he experienced, because the plays speak of such a breadth of emotional experience that it seems to me that he must have been terrified of each emotion as it came along. I think had he played Hamlet he would have had a nervous breakdown! He felt it so intensely.

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with Catalan orange blossom honey was so moreish that Adam didn’t get a look in. Good patatas bravas and squid in Cains batter were super staples, and the star of the meal – Morcilla (rice-based black pudding) with caramelised apple and a caramel sauce with a kick was a revelation – never shall I shun a slab of black pudding again. Dishes ranged in price from ÂŁ2.50 to an average of around ÂŁ5.00 bar the odd platter or two of ÂŁ9.95 morsels. Dessert – a generous wedge of chocolate and almond cake with ice cream (ÂŁ5.25) was washed down with a bottle of St Moritz beer (ÂŁ3.50), and – I think I am correct in saying – Adam and I were the third and fourth people to have had the sunny beer in this country, fancy that. Liverpool has been waiting for Lunya for some time – we’re lucky to have great delis and top notch eateries, and Lunya has placed itself in the top rung of that list with ease. Viva Espana! JM in her own right having run one of the finest restaurants, 'The Basilico' at the Anassa in Cyprus. After 17 years, of me chasing wine around the world and her following me‌Yes I promise we're going on holiday next year! On to this month’s subject, the Bardolino rose. Rose is a style of wine so versatile and underestimated that it is impossible to find a place to begin and which one to choose. Perhaps the finest in the world is from Lake Garda. The 'Chiaretto' or light style of this wine is fantastic dry or off dry in style. The colour of ,,,)" +'&%%"#. $%#

Oh lovely Host, with its views of cathedrals and cobbles – a paradise for peoplewatching, kicking back and embracing eating, 21st century style. An Asian-fusion type eatery, Host (a conjugation of Hope and Street) completes a stylish trio of restaurants on that Falkner St/Hope St junction; The Quarter and the famous 60 Hope Street are merely steps away. Tonight, I dine with darling Clare – a Liverpool dining aficionado. Michael Winner? Giles Coren? You ain’t seen nothin’. So – high hopes indeed for Host. Two hungry ladies and a month’s worth of gossip to catch up on called for serious fuel. Options on the well thought-out menu were many and varied, it’s like a mix and match menu – feel free to dine as you choose; tapas, large meals or – heck – both! Daily specials are inventive and tempting, but this time we chose to tapas it up. Must be the changing of the seasons – watching our

waistlines and all that. Or so we thought. Our delightful waitress delivered a plate of enormous Indonesian prawn crackers (ÂŁ1.90). “Get on those mothers!â€? exclaimed my gourmand gal. So we did. Between gargantuan mouthfuls of crunchy crackers we ordered our ‘smaller plates’. Crispy fried pork with caramel and chilli vinegar (ÂŁ4.75) was scrumptious. Hamhock, melt-in-the-mouth pork, encased delicately in a cube of light batter, it fast became my favourite dish of the meal. Corn fritters with a chilli caramel were fluffy and sweet (ÂŁ3.25); chicken satay with peanut sauce was salty, moist and with a generous dollop of sauce to accompany (ÂŁ4.95); hot and sour beef salad with chilli jam, Thai aubergine, peanuts and lemongrass was strangely spicy and sweet in a wonderful way (ÂŁ5.95); crab and sweet potato cakes with wasabi mayo were incredibly delicate, sweet and soft and, finally, the ‘bang bang’ chicken provided a crunchy cold salad

with an unctuous coating of peanut sauce (£4.25). Needless to say our eyes were too big for our bellies and, despite several attempts, we were defeated with a few mouthfuls to go. It’s amazing what a glass of wine can do though (we had a delicious French Sauvignon Blanc from the great wine list – prices start at around £12.95), and soon we had enough of an appetite to consider dessert. I have an affinity with the dales of Derbyshire, so a Bakewell tart was a winner – this time with a twist though; pineapple and coconut with coconut sorbet; yum yum and more yum. Clare tucked into her chocolate and peanut crème brulee with impressive gusto and before you know it, we were done. Thoroughly enjoyable evening and a terrifically tasty meal – Host by name, and Host by nature. JM/CD



| 123/129 LARK LANE, AIGBURTH, L17 | 0151 727 8329 | WWW.PABLOSLARKLANE.CO.UK | Lark Lane is known for its bohemian cool, being as it is a colourful mix of shabby chic, flip flops and an eclectic gathering of people. Welcome Pablos, then, to a street where tatty is the style and the laissez-faire reign supreme, with a punchy, shiny, glossy restaurant and all-round top entertainment experience. I skipped over to t’ Lane with two of my lady friends on a Saturday night. Click-clacking in our heels we were welcomed with open arms into the all-singing, all-dancing Pablo’s. The space is much larger than it seems outside, and glitzy and glam to boot. A suave gentleman on the mic crooned Sinatra classics as we took our seats on the mezzanine dining area. Our brilliant young waiter looked after us fantastically all evening; with a partial-veggie and food critic to contend with, he kept his cool admirably. The menu at Pablo’s is quite exciting really; the chefs have clearly focused on sourcing

local ingredients where possible, and high quality ones at that. The difference to other menus however, is in the execution. Delicious couplings and combinations of flavours are scattered throughout the al la carte choices – think good British fare with a kick up the backside, and you’d be on the right track. Delicious wine was sipped – a Chenin Blanc and a beautiful house Prosecco – and we tucked into our starters; Barkham Blue cheese with walnuts and a drizzle of wildflower honey was tangy and not too filling (ÂŁ5.95) and fresh asparagus spears came with a rich ‘chukie’ egg and Southport brown shrimps (ÂŁ7.95). A sublime rack of lamb followed – it was cooked to perfection; an opaque gleam of ruby shot through it, melted in my mouth and was accompanied by a good fondant potato and sauce (ÂŁ16.95). Mahi Mahi (white fish) fillets came with roast scallop and celeriac puree, braised lettuce and peas and...bitter melon (told you), but

don't be alarmed by confident menus such as this – the melon and Mahi Mahi were a match made in heaven. A great rib eye steak with bÊarnaise sauce was rib-stickingly gorgeous too (£16.50), matched with thrice-cooked fat chips – as my companion would say: nom nom nom. Desserts were shared – naturally. A lime panacotta with devilled citrus segments was a kaleidoscope of colours thanks to a splash of boozy liquor, whilst a densely rich chocolate and After-Eight marquis with pineapple sorbet completed our music and food-filled evening perfectly. Pablo’s is a great addition to Lark Lane and has stamped its personality firmly within the hustle and bustle of the area, whilst managing to sit comfortably between the bookshops and other independent establishments. If you’re looking for a great evening with great food a guarantee then you’ll find oodles of it at Pablo’s. JM

this rose is imparted by a period of skin contact during the musting stage of between 24-48hrs. It is vibrant in colour, light cherry, with a fresh acidity, moderate alcohol (around 11%) and green herbal notes on the palate. This is followed by luscious cherry flavours. The organolectic properties of this style are so diverse that every mouthful conjures up different notes, flavours and imaginations, working as a symphony. When I worked as head sommelier at the Anassa hotel in Cyprus some four years ago I had the fortuitous position of training Yoel Abarbanel,

a young sommelier from the Carlo Ponti hotel school in Milan. Yoel told me "Bardolino non e vino", purely translated means 'Bardolino is not really a wine', he was actually referring to the red not the rose. How true that statement is, I don't really know, but the roses are generally fantastic if you can find them and if you're lucky, extremely well priced at around ÂŁ4.00 a bottle. If you do manage to find this classic, try not over-chilling it. The fruit concentration will remain unadulterated and in balance as the wine maker intended. Until the next time, "Chin chin."

Pavlos Shakas (Professional sommelier & operations manager) De Paese Trattoria, 7a Almonds Green West Derby Village 0151 256 1156

     

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‘My brother, Bent, and I should not be here today. In October 1943, when the Nazis had planned to capture all the Jews of Denmark and send them to concentration camps, the Danish people carried out the most amazing rescue operation and managed to save nearly 7,000 of their Jewish citizens.’ When psychotherapist Anita Canter was just three years old, the Nazis captured her family and sent them to a camp with thousands of their fellow Danish Jewish citizens. Gone in an instant was the secure, happy life she led within the close-knit bosom of her family, and here in stark contrast was what her family believed to be an inescapable living nightmare. What followed was a triumph of human kindness, diligence, strength and love over the mire of hatred the Nazis had inflicted on so many people in the Second World War. The remarkable story of this spectacular rescue is documented in Anita’s memoirs of her life, her family and her shared memories of happier times, as well as the more harrowing ones. ‘Tailors on Both Sides’ is a touching, poignant and truthful retrospect on Anita’s life and the people who made – and make – up her days. From her early life in Denmark, and the relationships with her Danish and Swedish grandparents – both tailors, to a powerful and emotional account of the mammoth Danish rescue operation, ‘Tailors on Both Sides’ is both a book of important historical note, that also provides a snapshot of life in another culture and time, celebrating families and human kindness against the odds. Of her capture, Anita recalls the impact on family members in neutral Sweden, and how they found a way out:

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married my father, and on account of Sweden’s neutral position in the War, they applied for her to be reinstated as a Swedish citizen. That saved our lives.’

Anita continues: “I was part of a really loving family, a wonderful family, and that is what the book is about essentially. The last chapter is about the war in Denmark – the Second World War – and the heroic and famous rescue operation that saved many thousands of lives.� Peppered throughout the book are personal letters, photographs and copies of original documents, including the Swedish citizenship document that saved the lives of Anita and her family. Alongside that is a letter, written from Anita’s father, Herman, to his sister Poula (both pictured) from Horserod prison camp, requesting supplies for the family to be sent to the camp (Poula had recently been released because she was married to a non-Jewish man). In Herman’s requests, he lists essentials such as clothes and soap – a touching addition however is the following: ‘...I write to ask you if you could send Anita’s warm dress and cardigan, and one doll and some other toy and Anita’s winter boots.’ Showing that even in a dire situation, small things, such as Anita’s doll would bring joy to a little girl. Tailors on Both Sides is a sensitive and ultimately uplifting book about family life and relationships. The beautifully written memoirs are sensitively crafted – each memory conveyed as powerfully as the day it occurred; Anita’s vivid recollections of events – whether they were hers or passed on through family memories – are mesmerising and inspirational, describing a time, place and people that should never be forgotten. Tailors on Both Sides by Anita Canter is published by Tollington Press Ltd.

I meet Anita in Liverpool city centre on a rather blustery spring day – a small, colourful and relaxed figure in indigo crushed velvet, it is hard to place her smiling face against the sorrow of the Danish captures; but her grin is instantly recognisable alongside the several family photos from her childhood that feature in the book. Anita explains: “The book is really about my family – about my grandparents from Sweden and my other grandparents from Denmark, and about the whole family life there and what it was like for us. “It’s also about my parents who I have dedicated a whole chapter to – what it was like for them living in Denmark; the whole culture and what that meant – and really my own memories. Memories that have been passed down to me too – stories I have heard so many times that I don’t know if it is my memory or from

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A PLAY OF TWO HALVES They say truth is often stranger than fiction; and in the case of Mark Radley and the 2005 Cup Final they’d be correct. A lifelong Liverpool FC supporter, Mark – a cobbler from Allerton – defied all the odds and found tickets to see that legendary game at the Attatark Stadium, Istanbul. Little did he know that the night would turn out to be one of the most crushing, elating, surreal and fantastic moments in his life. Beating Berlusconi is a play based on his experiences that night – and how he found himself sitting in the AC Milan director’s box, next to a hot-tempered Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi, was mistaken for an LFC player and took home a pristine copy of a program as a souvenir.

different characters – he’s amazing like you wouldn’t believe – the way he can jump in and out of character, and the way he changes his body language and stance and impressions. “It’s given him a perfect platform to be able to use everything he’s ever learnt in acting all put together. One moment he’ll have the audience crying, the next laughing – he really has them in the palm of his hand and captures their imagination through his amazing acting skills.” The show – currently touring the UK and in Liverpool at the end of the month – has received rave reviews and shows no sign of stopping. Kenny Noonan carries the scars of thirty years as a Red and living in a Liverpool that was stereotyped and demonised. Mark continues: “John Graham Davies used to come into my cobblers and I recognised him from Hollyoaks. We always chatted about football and became friends. “I wanted to go to the 2005 cup final – I mean you mention that night to any Liverpool supporter and they’ll smile. Everyone remembers where they were on that night. I love meeting the audience and hearing their stories about where they were and what they were doing, it is part of

meeting with Berlusconi seem nothing short of some kind of divine intervention. From the crushing blow of the first half, and having expected defeat he then found that not only was his beloved team scoring goal after goal, he was sipping champagne and eating salmon with the AC Milan directors and got his hands on the sought-after programme before his team won the title. “At halftime I left my seat to find a kiosk for a drink to dampen me sprits. Then I thought I’d look for a programme too – but there were none left. As I looked around, I noticed the surroundings had started to get nicer – where there was bare floors was now carpet. “When the players started to come out I went to find a seat in this nice area – I went to sit down and somebody tapped me on the shoulder and gave me a bit of a grunt as if to say ‘my seat’ – and I thought ‘is that Spanish or Italian’? I could tell I was on the opposition side, champagne was getting thrown everywhere – they’re obviously celebrating at half time. “This perma-tanned black haired guy tapped me on the shoulder – Silvio Berlusconi – though I didn’t know that at the time; and was laughing doing the 3-0 up gesture – really patronising but I didn’t react. “Liverpool scored the third goal and I

He asked whether I had told anybody else; I’d told anyone who would listen! Left - Actor Paul Duckworth, writer John Graham Davies and fan Mark Radley, Right - Paul Duckworth

When Mark Radley relayed his experience to customer and friend, John Graham Davies, he didn’t expect that five years later he would be celebrating a second run of the hugely successful play written in his honour. John Graham Davies is an actor and writer – most recognisable for his time in the Channel 4 soap, Hollyoaks. The play centres around the main character, Kenny Noonan, a middle-aged LFC supporter, and his life – up until the 2005 game and is played by the acclaimed actor, Paul Duckworth. Taking in over forty characters, Paul moulds himself to each and every one with aplomb and gives a staggeringly adept performance to huge applause at each show. “It really is predominantly a one-man show,” says Mark, “even though he plays forty www.theliverpoolmagazine.com

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the enjoyment of the tour – meeting these people and hearing their stories as well. “I knew I was going to go and watch the match – I didn’t have a ticket and I told John this when he was in the shop one day. He said ‘well – how will you get a ticket?’ and I said ‘I don’t know, but I’m definitely going – I’ll get a ticket and I’ll watch that game – I’m not missing this!’ He came in after the final and was like ‘What a night! What an unbelievable night! How do you feel?’ and I said ‘Unbelievable – the whole night was unbelievable. Obviously as everybody knows the game was sensational – but this really strange thing happened.’ “Then I started to tell him the story about my night and he was just gobsmacked, you know. He asked whether I had told anybody else; I’d told anyone who would listen!” The events leading up to Mark’s chance

couldn’t help myself and jumped up and down; then I felt prodding in the back of my shoulder blades and it was Silvio going nuts shouting Italian at me, two big guys headed towards me and I thought I was going to get kicked out.” Far from it – and Mark went on to live the highlife for the remaining half of the game; meeting his father-in-law afterwards who was greeted with a beaming, slightly dazed Mark. Beating Berlusconi is a play about real Liverpudlians and real Liverpudlian football fans – evoking laughter and tears, this is a true story that has to be seen to be believed. Beating Berlusconi will play at St George’s Hall from 28 May – 4 June. For tickets please call 0844 888 9991 or visit www.ticketline.co.uk 5

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MUSIC

Liverpool’s a Sound City

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Once in a Lifetime

The Osmonds

Beatlemania

Sing Live Merseyside

G’day Liverpool

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Love live music? Then look no further Liverpool, as from 19-22 May, the city will play host to Liverpool Sound City, a four-day festival made up of 35 stages, 400 artists and 35,000 people. The festival will not only include live music from the likes of Paloma Faith and The Maccabees, but special events and movie screenings will be amongst the highlights. The event is in its fourth year, and has been hugely successful in promoting new music and new artists. NME has hailed the festival as “one of the biggest musical events the city has seen.” Festival goers are advised to purchase a festival wristband which will guarantee them entry to every event, plus extra perks such as goody bags, text alerts and after show party invites. A choice is available between full four-day festival standard wristbands which are £45 and day bands which are £17.50 for Wednesday and Thursday and £22.50 for Friday and Saturday. It would be recommended to buy your wristband in advance as on-the-day

prices may be higher. Some of the artists performing include the likes of Blood Red Shoes, Daisy Dares You, and the recently announced Tinchy Stryder. Confirming an up and coming artist such as Tinchy Stryder will be a great asset to the festival’s line up. Tinchy’s latest album ‘Catch 22’ is yet another milestone in his ascending career. Moving on from the sound of his first album, ‘Star in the Hood’, it has seen Tinchy working with a diverse range of producers and guest vocalists to create a signature sound that is not only fresh and current, but is also uniquely his own. Tickets for each gig will be available separately, but it may be worth investing in a wristband if you plan on seeing at least two or three gigs. Concerts will be played at different locations throughout the city including the o2 arena and The Haigh Building. Liverpool Sound City is definitely an integral part of your summer music calendar – don’t miss out! Tickets are available from the website www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk

The Once in a Lifetime brand continues with a tour that brings together four of the biggest acts of the seventies, coming to Echo Arena Liverpool on Saturday 26 June. The Osmonds, David Essex, Leo Sayer and Les McKeown of the Bay City Rollers will be on one stage for one night making this a truly one-off experience. The Osmonds features original lead vocalist Merril alongside brothers Wayne, Jay and Jimmy. Together, the brothers have sold over 77 million records and have had a just as successful concert career. A musical star along with two No.1’s and a string of top ten hits, David Essex OBE has

had one of the longest careers in music, lasting over 30 years. The Bay City rollers, featuring lead singer Les McKeown were an international supergroup generating mass hysteria not seen since the Beatles. The final act needs no introduction. Leo Sayer has had hits topping charts on both sides of the Atlantic and has had careers spanning four decades. This spectacular concert really will be a Once in a Lifetime experience, guaranteed to get your toes tapping and nostalgia flowing. Tickets are available from www. echoarena.com or call 0844 8000 400

Always wanted to see the Beatles perform but never got the chance? Well how about the next best thing. Liverpool Philharmonic hall plays host to the biggest band in the world, ‘Sing Live Merseyside’, where on the 27 June they will form to tell ‘The Beatles Story.’ The band is a singing community rather than a chorus line or choir, as they are a collection of singers on a much larger scale. The company welcomes singers of all vocal ranges and backgrounds so you will be getting a truly authentic showcase of singers.

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, Sing Live Merseyside will be performing a range of all the Beatles hits from the height of ‘Beatlemania’ through to their solo careers. Hits such as Love Me Do, All My Loving, I Wanna Be Your Man, Hard Day's Night, Imagine, My Sweet Lord plus many others will make up the fantastic line up you just have to see. For tickets visit www.liverpoolphil.com or call 0151 709 3789

The Australian Pink Floyd Show returns to Liverpool with a bang this summer as part of the Summer Pops Festival. The outrageously popular tribute act will hit the Echo Arena stage on Saturday 3 July and Sunday 31 July. Their performance will follow an exhaustive tour of Canada and the USA, and precede a European bonanza of gigs to screaming crowds. Singer and bass player, Colin Wilson, said: “One of the highlights of the year is definitely performing in Liverpool. There’s no other audience

like it. On both Summer Pops dates we’ll play a Greatest Hits type show rather than one complete album. It will give the fans a chance to see and hear many of their favourite Pink Floyd songs performed live. “We will of course bring a huge new light and animation show...anyone who has ever liked Pink Floyd will love this new show.” To book your tickets please call the Liverpool Echo Arena on 0844 8000 400 or visit www.echoarena.com

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SHAKESPEARE, STRATFORD AND SIMON There is a generation of actors, so utterly British, so engaging and engulfed in an all-consuming passion for their art, that sadly seems to be on the decline. Simon Callow is of that generation. 8

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INTERVIEW A highly skilled actor, writer and director, Simon Callow is more widely known for his role in the Richard Curtis classic, Four Weddings and a Funeral. To associate him solely with that, however, would to do him a vast disservice. His fearsome theatrical grasp of the English language – not to mention the powerful delivery – is something to behold and to relish; he possesses fantastic comic presence, as well as portraying deeply emotional and ferocious characters too. His critically acclaimed life on stage, page and screen is an inspiration to many, and a joy to experience. Jenny Morris enjoys a fascinating chat with Simon, due to appear at the Liverpool Playhouse this June in Being Shakespeare: The Man from Stratford, written by leading Shakespeare expert, Jonathan Bate. Hi Simon, we love the idea of the play – can you please tell our readers a little more about Being Shakespeare: The Man from Stratford. Well it’s a journey really into Shakespeare’s world, and his mind. It’s an attempt to try to discover what kind of a man he was because we have such slender evidence – we want to find out what his life could possibly have been like. And hopefully take you into his world and end up by taking you into his mind; the mind of the greatest writer who ever lived. What fascinates me is what it was like to be a little boy in Stratford upon Avon in his time – what sort of things would he have encountered, what folk lore would he have come across, but equally what kind of an education would he have had. What was it like if your dad was the mayor of Stratford? What was it like for any Elizabethan child to be brought up, and how did Elizabethans see children? He went to London from Stratford and he would have had to walk being a young and relatively impoverished boy. To walk all the way from Stratford – what kind of a shock was it for a young boy from Warwickshire to encounter this monstrous city – this dirty, stinking, swarming behemoth of a city; what impact would that have on somebody with Shakespeare’s imagination? I’ve found it incredibly exciting to work on – and have found it to be perhaps the biggest challenge of my whole career. It’s written by Jonathan Bate, who is the leading Shakespeare scholar of the day, www.theliverpoolmagazine.com

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who knows more about Shakespeare than any living human being. Out of his vast knowledge we’ve tried to find the things which will make you, the audience, see Shakespeare in his world.

the characters. The process of imagining myself into Shakespeare is a slightly different one because of course we have no diaries, no emails, there were no press conferences, no interviews to look at – so it’s a bit of a sleuthing task. The impression is one of a man who was all eyes and all ears and who was uniquely open to any emotion that he experienced, because the plays speak of such a breadth of emotional experience that it seems to me that he must have been terrified of each emotion as it came along. I think had he played Hamlet he would have had a nervous breakdown! He felt it so intensely. Do you think fans of Shakespeare will gain an insight then, into the mind of the great playwright, and those who may still be apprehensive of Shakespeare find the play accessible too?

You’ve played some great roles in well known comedies in film and theatre, would you say that comedy is your preferred genre? I absolutely adore comedy, I love it. My great grandfather was a clown and I think that’s been inherited. I don’t think I’ve ever played a part that has lacked comedy – it hasn’t by any means been my exclusive territory, I have played lots of parts that have not been especially regarded as comic roles. I don’t think any of us should divide life up into comedy and tragedy. Dickens had a great phrase for it which was sort of typical of his writing but also typical of life, which was ‘streaky bacon’; life is like streaky bacon, and I think it is. Our experiences are rammed right up against each other – some of the most hilarious events have a touch of the dark, and horrifying situations there’s laughter.

Some of the most hilarious events have a touch of the dark. How hard was it to get into the character of not only Shakespeare but a plethora of his most recognised characters? Gosh, I’m playing over 30 characters! Well, what we’re trying to do is inhabit his mental landscape – and of course that falls on me to imagine myself into

I hope very much that those people come to the theatre and aren’t at all daunted by the name of Shakespeare, I think and genuinely hope that it will have something to offer anybody – whether you’re versed in Shakespeare or not. It will be illuminating at any level just to view the society and the world of Shakespeare. We are so lucky that Shakespeare is our writer, so we can hear in his original language – it’s been translated into every single tongue on the face of the earth and yet we hear it in its absolute pure form. The inspiration as it came out of his mind and on to the page, it’s just thrilling. Everything that he ever put on the stage is drawn from life and nobody has ever said anything better in 400 years since he died. I cannot help but feel these were the outpourings of a man who really lived. You don’t have to travel to Moscow to have lived, what you have to have done is to be fully present in the moments of your life. I think the most important thing about Shakespeare is that he was an ordinary man who just lived his life to the hilt. A man who probably lived too much – too fully, too intensely and who was overburdened much like Mozart by this sheer, constant traffic of genius in his brain. Being Shakespeare: The Man from Stratford, will show at the Liverpool Playhouse from Wednesday 16 June – Saturday 19 June. For tickets please call 0151 709 4776 or visit www.everymanplayhouse.com for more details.

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IT’S TIME TO RACE FOR LIFE

Ladies, it’s that time of year again! Grab your trainers and get running (or walking, or jogging) down to your local Race for Life venue. With spring in the air, there’s no excuse not to do your bit for Cancer Research UK and take part in raising money for a good cause, and have fun whilst doing it. Race for Life is a great chance to motivate you into taking that extra step to fitness. Merseyside venues for 2010 are Aintree Racecourse, 27 June, Birkenhead Park, 4 July, Sefton Park, 17/18 July, Knowsley Hall, 8 July and Haydock Racecourse, 25 July. The 5km distance is easily achievable and is ideal for women of all ages, shapes, sizes and

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fitness levels. Helen Wright, Merseyside event manager for Race for Life, has said “Many women are put off entering Race for Life because they think they won’t be able to complete the route. But we know that women often cover several kilometres on an average shopping trip, without even realising it, so taking part in Race for Life is definitely achievable.” If this sounds like something you would like to take part in, then you can enter and download free training plans, at www.raceforlife.org. Women can also enter by calling 0871 641 1111.

BEOVISION FOR BANG AND OLUFSEN

Bang and Olufsen have announced a new member to their ‘BeoVision 10’ family, ‘BeoVision 10-46’. The 46” flat screen boasts a HD ready screen with a new LED-based panel, keeping up with television trends. The appearance of the 46” television differs slightly from its 40” counterpart. The rear cover has been changed to white to support the concept of having a television blend into your decor. As well as fantastic picture quality, the slim beauty offers impressive sound performance, with an integrated

stereo loudspeaker covered by a fabric grille. With the new 10-46, it is possible to choose between six colours for the loudspeaker grille, adding even more to the ability to match your television to your decor. Whichever size or colour you prefer; with BeoVision 10 you’ll get a unique flat screen television that is a delight to the eye and the ear. To have a look at the new 10-46, visit Bang & Olufsen of Liverpool at 52-54 Castle Street or call 0151 236 3000

STREET STYLE

How many times have you looked at what someone was wearing and thought ‘I wonder where she got that from’ but never had the guts to go and ask? Julie Jones and Kate Morris thought exactly that and came up with FashionFinds. The concept was born after the realisation that people like to have a good nosey at other people’s outfits as well as being bored looking at

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the same stick thin girls in magazines. Fashionfinds is a website all about real life fashion. It features pictures of fashionable guys and gals in and around Liverpool, detailing where they got their outfits from and how much they cost. A great way to find inspiration from the streets Log onto www.fashionfinds.co.uk and have a look for yourself.

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LISTINGS International Pop Overthrow

Mamma Mia!

Pieces by Nicole Renée

Wirral folk on the Coast

French Impressions

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Belcea String Quartet and London Winds

This month spring is in full swing, as is Liverpool’s event’s calendar. In the words of JLS, (who are performing at Haydock Park this month) "you only get one shot" to watch John McEnroe impress at Calderstones Park, dress as your favourite Alice in Wonderland character at the Mad Hatter’s tea party and walk along Wirral's coast. Just don’t forget Father’s day on the 20th!

4th May-11th June Dot-art, Castle Street www.dot-art.com 0845 017 6660

25th May-1st June Cavern Club www.international popoverthrow.com 0151 236 1965

4-6th June OC leisure centre, Bromborough www.wirralfolkon thecoast.com 0151 678 9902

13th June 2.30pm Liverpool Philharmonic. www.liverpoolphil.com 0151 709 3789

3rd-20th June Echo Arena Liverpool www.echoarena.com 0844 8000 400

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Liverpool International Tennis Tournament

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Sefton Sport Awards

30th June Southport floral hall www.southporttheatre. org.uk 0844 847 2380

Also in June... The British Tennis season starts off with the AEGON Championships on the 7th-13th June. The main event starts on 21st June-4th July where tennis greats battle it out on the court to become the coveted Wimbledon champion. The long awaited film version of the A-team hits screens on 12th June and of course the one we’ve all been waiting for, the 2010 World Cup kicks off on June 11th in South Africa.

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Here comes the summer sun

The sun is shining, the weather is sweet. With bright skies and even brighter prints, it’s time for ‘The Clash’; mixing up prints is right on trend for the season. Summer, glorious summer: a time for fun, fashion and festivals. There is no better time than when the sun is shining to experiment with fashion. Tis’ the season to be eclectic, when it comes to prints, more is definitely more. If designers like Dries Van Noten and Donatella Versace have their way, you'll be mixing and matching from head to toe. Take a chance and combine old and new, blue and green, stripes and florals, lace and denim; you will be pleasantly surprised. Gone are the strict rules of fashion, it’s all about being playful and having fun. Why not channel your inner Christopher Kane candy girl with (tooth) achingly summery stripes and gingham checks. Boho is getting a revamp and making its comeback for the festival season; beaded scarves, floppy hats and floral headgear help bring the trend into 2010. Throwing another trend into the season, sailor chic has been remixed and is ready to set sail into summer, with bold blue and white stripes and gold chains, this trend isn’t going anywhere. Clogs are having a fashion moment; no longer just for the Heidi’s of the world; wear with long skirts and a fierce attitude for full on glamour. To finish off your look, pile on the accessories, especially those pearly white pearls, soft floral necklaces and sailor chains and you’re good to go. Words by Georgina Berry Photography: Mark McNulty www.mcnulty.co.uk | Shoot Co-ordinator: Christine Cartwright – Impact Models | Hair: The team @ Zoo, Liverpool: 0151 709 7974 Stylist: Jo Benning – Impact Models. | Make up artist: Kate Smith– Impact Models using Dermalogica and Mac. | Models: Domonique & Alana Rainbow @ Impact Models. | Shot on location @ Southport. | Impact Models: www.impactmodelsagency.co.uk Tel: 0151 495 2266 | Stockists: Pop Boutique – Whitechapel. Urban Outfitters – Liverpool 1. Claudia Pink- Met Quarter. Accessorize – Liverpool 1. Monsoon – Liverpool 1. Top Shop - Liverpool 1. River Island – Church Street. American Apparel – Liverpool 1. H & M – Liverpool 1. Toffee Boutique – Station Road, Maghull. All Saints – Liverpool 1. Blankstone Opticians – Derby Square. Pull & Bear – Liverpool 1. |

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Dress – Urban Outfitters - £48 | Cardigan – Monsoon - £48 | Pumps – Topshop - £18 | Bag – Topshop - £29.99 | Scarf – River Island – £14.99 | Necklace – Claudia Pink - £30 | Headband – Portobello Road Market (stylists own)

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Dress – Clare McCullock @ Toffee Boutique | Shoes – (Carvella) John Lewis - £130 | Headscarf – Topshop - £19.99 | Necklace – Accessorize - £12.99

Bodysuit – American Apparel - £46 | Top – Urban Outfitters - £45 | Hat – Accessorize - £20 | Sunglasses – Gucci – Blankstone Opticians - £140 | Scarf – Pull & Bear - £9.99

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Award winning networker Paul Knowles is one of the most invited Launch of Cowgill Over 150 senior business professionals from the Merseyside region attended the official opening of accountants and business advisers, Cowgill Holloway. The event was held at the spectacular Palm Sugar in Liverpool One on St George’s Day. The launch was hosted by Claire Jackson, partner, Cowgill Holloway with speeches from both Mike Taylor, investment director at Liverpool Vision and Paul Stansfield, managing partner, Cowgill Holloway. Cowgill Holloway Liverpool LLP’s new office is based at The Plaza, 100 Old Hall Street Liverpool, L3 9QJ.

Paul Stansfield – Cowgill Holloway LLP, Claire Jackson – Cowgill Holloway Liverpool LLP, Mark Fuller

Mark Fuller, Chris Walters - Alliance Fund Managers, Francis Molloy Health@Work and Mike Taylor – Liverpool Vision

Debbie McGovern and Katherine Atkinson (Liverpool Dental Spa)

Jackie Thompson

Karen Ibbotson

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Fashion and Fun Lunch at GUSTO Albert Dock Over 100 glamorous ladies, and one brave gentleman, enjoyed the dockside sunshine last week at a lunch at GUSTO Albert Dock, in aid of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. The Fashion and Fun Lunch organised by CHPR showcased fashion from Kirsty Doyle with accessories from Benna Harry, as well as mini manicures and mini pedicures from Lash Out Lashes. Liverpool Dental Spa were on hand to showcase the latest in teeth whitening. Pauline Daniels added the fun element to the lunch with her own inimitable style of 'Stand Up' and the afternoon was rounded off with some cool tunes for the ladies, many of whom sat in the sunshine on the dockside late into the afternoon.

Liverpool Football Club Party Carlsberg hosted an end of season party for Liverpool Football Club on Sunday night. The event which took place in the luxurious setting of Palm Sugar Lounge, Liverpool ONE was packed with over 250 VIPs and players including Dirk Kuyt and Daniel Agger. Liverpool Legends Alan Kennedy, David Johnson and Phil Neal joined other lucky guests with invites who were greeted by a host of Carlsberg models from Liverpool Agency, Pulse. Kenyon steps were booming with music from DJ Dave Graham while luxury Thai canapés from Chaophraya were served to guests enjoying Carlsberg products.

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

Launch of Reform Friday April 30 saw the VIP launch of Liverpool’s newest Cocktail Bar & Restaurant. Situated on Victoria Street at the site of the old Casa Bella Italian restaurant is the newest venue for fine dining and cocktails. By night it transforms to a place to go for those who want a more sophisticated and opulent setting for their evening out. With over 50 covers, award winning chefs, locally sourced produce and an extensive range of wines the venue lends itself to a range of drinking and culinary delights.

Lynn Furlong (EFC), Sara Nazrabadi (Hill Dickinson), Sarah Barwise (HMRC), Francine Bond (BMG)

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Launch of The Red Door A former funeral parlour on Grange Road, West Kirby has been transformed into a cool New York loft style bar and kitchen and held their launch party recently. The entrepreneurs behind The Red Door, Tim Bacon and David Hinds are well known for their previous restaurant success. The neighbourhood bar has an extensive wine and cocktail menu and is complemented by food designed for sharing. A selection of small plates serving tapas runs alongside quality burgers and sandwiches. The chilled vibe from this unpretentious bar and kitchen is likely to be a welcome addition to the seaside town of West Kirby. www.reddoor.uk.com

Kathryn and Andrew Hodson the Mayoress and Mayor of Wirral

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Andrew Collinge and Marina Dalglish Andrew and Liz Collinge threw open the doors to their Castle Street salon last night to provide makeovers for 14 lovely ladies who have been receiving treatment for breast cancer at the Marina Dalglish centre at Aintree Universtity Hospital. Their generosity and commitment to the charity doesn't stop there as Andrew and Liz currently provide all hair and beauty products for use at the Retreat at the Marina Dalglish Chemotherapy Centre. It was an amazing evening and considering that all these lovely girls were at various stages of treatment for breast cancer the atmosphere was electric and fun with lots of laughter. They all shared experiences whilst being pampered with Andrew on hair and Liz in charge of the make-up and the results were simply stunning! www.theliverpoolmagazine.com

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It began as a vision to bring the vibrant culture of the continent to our shores, now Africa Oyé is the largest African music festival in the UK and one of the biggest in Europe, attracting over 30,000 people from all over the UK…and it’s still growing. Set to grace the picturesque surroundings of Sefton Park once again, the festival has gone from strength to strength. Jack Kellett talks to Paul Duhaney, one of the people responsible for making the event such a success and still the only free, live African music festival in the UK.

Could you tell us about how you got started with Africa Oyé? I moved to Liverpool from London 11 years ago and started off as a trainee for Africa Oyé, on a year’s apprenticeship. My first festival was in 1999 - the festival was a lot smaller in those days, only a couple of hundred people. When I first started, the event was only gigs in small venues around the city centre and then it went over to Birkenhead Park as part of another festival and finally, in 2002, we brought it to Sefton Park and it’s snowballed from there. 2010 is the Year of Health and WellBeing, how does the festival tie in with this? Our idea is to create the Oyé Health, Learning, and Participation Zone, which would have workshops on for people to try African dance – this worked very well last year. This year though we’re going to extend these workshops to include African music and culture, we’ll have a place for massages and basically anything to do with health and well-being. We plan to keep that zone separate from the main music stage and the food and drink stalls so there’s something for everyone, there’ll even be a mobile climbing wall. Do you think it’s important to keep the festival a ‘family friendly’ environment? As well as being fully inclusive, we think the beauty of the festival is the fact that it’s non-restrictive. If you want to go and bring your own food and drink and don’t want to spend a penny, it’s not a problem. Alternatively you can buy food and drink at the stalls. But there’s no tickets and no-one checking your bags for food and drink, which kind of goes against the grain really. We could fence up and make it ticket-only but we want to keep the high percentage of Liverpool locals coming, because the festival is very much about Liverpool as much as it is about Africa.

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Ti Coca, the Haitian band playing this year, will this be their first appearance? Yeah, as far as I know this is their first appearance in the UK. But there’s also a band called Boukman Eksperyans who are also from Haiti. We actually booked these two bands before the earthquake disaster, so on the Thursday (17th June) before the festival we’re doing a tribute to Haiti event. We’ve got two genuine Haitian bands, Boukman being one of the most famous bands in Haiti as well as Ti Coca of course playing, and on

the Friday we’re hoping to do some workshops with them in local schools as well. Who are you looking forward to seeing at the festival this year? Victor Démé on the Saturday is a really exciting guy from Burkina Faso. I saw him at WOMEX (the World Music Expo) in Copenhagen this year, he was absolutely brilliant and I know people are going to love him. Also, being a lover of reggae, I’m looking forward to seeing Michael Rose, the lead singer with a famous reggae band called Black Uhuru. It’s a really strong line up and we’ve got some extra funding from the Liverpool city council this year that has enabled us to boost things up a bit, enough for people to know that the quality of the acts has risen again. It’s one of those festivals that, even if you’ve heard the person or not, the quality speaks for itself. What are your ambitions for the future of the festival? Could you ever see it being held outside Liverpool? We’ve had loads of enquiries from other cities who would really like to bring it to their city and we’d like to do that too but it’s just the logistics. Maybe they’ll be a festival going on in another city that we could have our own stage at or our own tent or something like that. One of my dreams would be to take Africa Oyé on tour around the UK, maybe have a festival in Cardiff or Dublin, or Glasgow, that would be quite a dream for me. My other dream would be to expand the festival itself in Sefton Park, have the main stage and then maybe an acoustic stage, a kids stage or an up-and-comers stage, bringing other genres of black music into it. And what are your feelings on the festival in Liverpool, surely a great venue for such as event? Well I think that Liverpool’s a very unique city, and I didn’t know about the history of the slave trade until I moved from London. Obviously the slave trade is nothing to be celebrated but there are positives to come out of that, such as the music that was brought over, the culture, food and fashion, and we try to celebrate that at the festival, almost paying homage to it if you like. Africa Oye will be at Sefton Park on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 June. For more information please visit www.africaoye.com

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This issue we go tapas crazy with trips to Liverpool One’s new addition, Lunya, and Hope Street’s pan-asian HoSt restaurant. Back to traditional fare, and Pablo’s restaurant on Lark Lane receives a visit from a gaggle of hungry girls looking for a change of scenery and fabulous food to match. Were they successful? Well, read on to find out...

LUNYA

| 18/20 COLLEGE LANE, LIVERPOOL ONE, L1 | 0151 706 9770 | WWW.LUNYA.CO.UK | Over ten years ago, Peter Kinsella took a trip to Spain that would change the course of his life forever – he fell in love with a country and culture, promising himself that one day he would open a Spanish delicatessen and restaurant in his beloved Liverpool. Now, 50 trips to the Catalan area of Spain (north of the country) and a lot of nibbling and sipping later, Peter has realised his dream. Nestled in the heart of Liverpool One, Lunya lays claim to being the only Catalan restaurant in the UK, and is the proud owner of one of the most extensive menus too. At our table in the pleasingly authentic restaurant (split across two levels with an additional sun terrace for summer dining), we chatted to the animated, informative and thoroughly lovely Peter. His knowledge of the menu, the origins of the ingredients and his passion for both are clear to see. Feeling safe in his capable hands, we left the ordering to him and received a staggering variety of tapas (there is an a la carte menu too, for those wanting a traditional meal),

and a truly delicious bottle of Torrecilla Tinto, 2008, D.O Navarra (£13.95) which at under £14, was extremely good value for such a lovely wine. Best get on to the food – there is so much to say about this place; I urge you to take a good look at their website for there is so much information about the where's and why's and what's. Tomato-soaked, garlic rubbed bread kicked us off with a side of fresh smoked anchovies that were delicate and light, drizzled with olive oil and a tangy balsamic. A platter of cheese from the impressive deli counter followed, with hefty slices of accompaniments in the form of fig and almond, then prune and walnut wheels with a sweet quince jelly that married perfectly with the stronger cheese. Sardines stuffed with muscatel raisins, pine nuts and mint were sublime, as were the piquillo peppers stuffed with Gloucester Old Spot pork mince and Cornish squid in a sofrito sauce. Deep fried Monte Enebro (meaning ‘Juniper Hill’) goat cheese, drizzled lovingly

UNCORKED

Before I begin, I would like to thank Professor Giuseppe Vaccarini: 'Best Sommelier of the World 1978' who taught me wine is for all to enjoy, not for the select few. What an education I have received from him! To have been promoted from obscurity to the limelight of Vinitaly 2007; international television; national television in the UK and so many books and magazines - for this I thank him. But publicly for the first time I must thank my wife. A true professional sommelier

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with Catalan orange blossom honey was so moreish that Adam didn’t get a look in. Good patatas bravas and squid in Cains batter were super staples, and the star of the meal – Morcilla (rice-based black pudding) with caramelised apple and a caramel sauce with a kick was a revelation – never shall I shun a slab of black pudding again. Dishes ranged in price from £2.50 to an average of around £5.00 bar the odd platter or two of £9.95 morsels. Dessert – a generous wedge of chocolate and almond cake with ice cream (£5.25) was washed down with a bottle of St Moritz beer (£3.50), and – I think I am correct in saying – Adam and I were the third and fourth people to have had the sunny beer in this country, fancy that. Liverpool has been waiting for Lunya for some time – we’re lucky to have great delis and top notch eateries, and Lunya has placed itself in the top rung of that list with ease. Viva Espana! JM in her own right having run one of the finest restaurants, 'The Basilico' at the Anassa in Cyprus. After 17 years, of me chasing wine around the world and her following me…Yes I promise we're going on holiday next year! On to this month’s subject, the Bardolino rose. Rose is a style of wine so versatile and underestimated that it is impossible to find a place to begin and which one to choose. Perhaps the finest in the world is from Lake Garda. The 'Chiaretto' or light style of this wine is fantastic dry or off dry in style. The colour of www.theliverpoolmagazine.com

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HOST

| 31 HOPE STREET, LIVERPOOL | 0151 708 5831 | WWW.HO-ST.CO.UK | Oh lovely Host, with its views of cathedrals and cobbles – a paradise for peoplewatching, kicking back and embracing eating, 21st century style. An Asian-fusion type eatery, Host (a conjugation of Hope and Street) completes a stylish trio of restaurants on that Falkner St/Hope St junction; The Quarter and the famous 60 Hope Street are merely steps away. Tonight, I dine with darling Clare – a Liverpool dining aficionado. Michael Winner? Giles Coren? You ain’t seen nothin’. So – high hopes indeed for Host. Two hungry ladies and a month’s worth of gossip to catch up on called for serious fuel. Options on the well thought-out menu were many and varied, it’s like a mix and match menu – feel free to dine as you choose; tapas, large meals or – heck – both! Daily specials are inventive and tempting, but this time we chose to tapas it up. Must be the changing of the seasons – watching our

waistlines and all that. Or so we thought. Our delightful waitress delivered a plate of enormous Indonesian prawn crackers (£1.90). “Get on those mothers!” exclaimed my gourmand gal. So we did. Between gargantuan mouthfuls of crunchy crackers we ordered our ‘smaller plates’. Crispy fried pork with caramel and chilli vinegar (£4.75) was scrumptious. Hamhock, melt-in-the-mouth pork, encased delicately in a cube of light batter, it fast became my favourite dish of the meal. Corn fritters with a chilli caramel were fluffy and sweet (£3.25); chicken satay with peanut sauce was salty, moist and with a generous dollop of sauce to accompany (£4.95); hot and sour beef salad with chilli jam, Thai aubergine, peanuts and lemongrass was strangely spicy and sweet in a wonderful way (£5.95); crab and sweet potato cakes with wasabi mayo were incredibly delicate, sweet and soft and, finally, the ‘bang bang’ chicken provided a crunchy cold salad

with an unctuous coating of peanut sauce (£4.25). Needless to say our eyes were too big for our bellies and, despite several attempts, we were defeated with a few mouthfuls to go. It’s amazing what a glass of wine can do though (we had a delicious French Sauvignon Blanc from the great wine list – prices start at around £12.95), and soon we had enough of an appetite to consider dessert. I have an affinity with the dales of Derbyshire, so a Bakewell tart was a winner – this time with a twist though; pineapple and coconut with coconut sorbet; yum yum and more yum. Clare tucked into her chocolate and peanut crème brulee with impressive gusto and before you know it, we were done. Thoroughly enjoyable evening and a terrifically tasty meal – Host by name, and Host by nature. JM/CD

PABLOS

| 123/129 LARK LANE, AIGBURTH, L17 | 0151 727 8329 | WWW.PABLOSLARKLANE.CO.UK | Lark Lane is known for its bohemian cool, being as it is a colourful mix of shabby chic, flip flops and an eclectic gathering of people. Welcome Pablos, then, to a street where tatty is the style and the laissez-faire reign supreme, with a punchy, shiny, glossy restaurant and all-round top entertainment experience. I skipped over to t’ Lane with two of my lady friends on a Saturday night. Click-clacking in our heels we were welcomed with open arms into the all-singing, all-dancing Pablo’s. The space is much larger than it seems outside, and glitzy and glam to boot. A suave gentleman on the mic crooned Sinatra classics as we took our seats on the mezzanine dining area. Our brilliant young waiter looked after us fantastically all evening; with a partial-veggie and food critic to contend with, he kept his cool admirably. The menu at Pablo’s is quite exciting really; the chefs have clearly focused on sourcing

local ingredients where possible, and high quality ones at that. The difference to other menus however, is in the execution. Delicious couplings and combinations of flavours are scattered throughout the al la carte choices – think good British fare with a kick up the backside, and you’d be on the right track. Delicious wine was sipped – a Chenin Blanc and a beautiful house Prosecco – and we tucked into our starters; Barkham Blue cheese with walnuts and a drizzle of wildflower honey was tangy and not too filling (£5.95) and fresh asparagus spears came with a rich ‘chukie’ egg and Southport brown shrimps (£7.95). A sublime rack of lamb followed – it was cooked to perfection; an opaque gleam of ruby shot through it, melted in my mouth and was accompanied by a good fondant potato and sauce (£16.95). Mahi Mahi (white fish) fillets came with roast scallop and celeriac puree, braised lettuce and peas and...bitter melon (told you), but

don't be alarmed by confident menus such as this – the melon and Mahi Mahi were a match made in heaven. A great rib eye steak with béarnaise sauce was rib-stickingly gorgeous too (£16.50), matched with thrice-cooked fat chips – as my companion would say: nom nom nom. Desserts were shared – naturally. A lime panacotta with devilled citrus segments was a kaleidoscope of colours thanks to a splash of boozy liquor, whilst a densely rich chocolate and After-Eight marquis with pineapple sorbet completed our music and food-filled evening perfectly. Pablo’s is a great addition to Lark Lane and has stamped its personality firmly within the hustle and bustle of the area, whilst managing to sit comfortably between the bookshops and other independent establishments. If you’re looking for a great evening with great food a guarantee then you’ll find oodles of it at Pablo’s. JM

this rose is imparted by a period of skin contact during the musting stage of between 24-48hrs. It is vibrant in colour, light cherry, with a fresh acidity, moderate alcohol (around 11%) and green herbal notes on the palate. This is followed by luscious cherry flavours. The organolectic properties of this style are so diverse that every mouthful conjures up different notes, flavours and imaginations, working as a symphony. When I worked as head sommelier at the Anassa hotel in Cyprus some four years ago I had the fortuitous position of training Yoel Abarbanel,

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Liverpool isn’t short of iconic structures – we’re lucky like that. One of the most enduring images of the city’s waterfront however, is the solid red brick structure of Albert Dock. With a history more chequered than a giant chessboard, the Albert Dock has gone from splendour to scruff and bounced back to impressive form time and again. Now in its current incarnation as a thriving hotspot full of restaurants, bars, galleries and attractions – Albert Dock has experienced even further resurgence in the past year thanks to 2008’s global focus on the city of Liverpool. Jenny Morris takes a look at the past, present and future life of the glorious Grade I listed dock.

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As the largest group of Grade I listed buildings in Britain, the 1.25 million square feet of space the Albert Dock inhabits was originally built to the design of engineer and architect, Jesse Hartley. The plans were considered radical at the time – the idea was to make Liverpool far more accessible as a port and enable shipping vessels to load and unload directly from the warehouses lining the dock. The site cleared for the building of Albert Dock was far from uninhabited, and standing there before had been a pub and numerous premises – in fact almost 60 people were evicted from the site in all. After successfully wading through reams of red tape (yes, Victorians were submitted to paperwork too), the Albert Dock was officially opened in 1846 by Prince Albert – husband of Queen Victoria and the namesake of the site – thousands of people flocked to the event which marked the first occasion in the city’s history in which a member of the Royal family had made a state visit to Liverpool city.

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Though initially successful, over the years the Albert Dock was soon outgrown by modern design and technology – many shipping vessels were now too large to fit through the narrow entrances to the dock, and its lack of quayside was now a hindrance rather than a help. The future of the dock looked bleaker and bleaker – at one point owners Mersey Docks and Harbour Board even considered demolishing it – until it was finally closed down an abandoned in 1972. But then along came the 80s, and under a Conservative government the Albert Dock received a kiss of life thanks to the hard work of a whole collection of lovely people – festivals, parties, launches and more ensued and high profile organisations quickly signed up; Granada Television, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Tate Liverpool to name a few, not to mention lots of lovely restaurants and attractions. Officially reopened in 1988 by Prince Charles, the great-great grandson of Prince Albert, the Albert Dock has only gone from strength to strength. Still regarded as a top nightlife hotspot for Liverpool’s nocturnal citizens, it is also a huge tourist draw for the city with its museums, galleries, shops, views and beautiful architecture. Over the past year or so the dock has been spiced up again, and has reaffirmed its place as a true destination site for Liverpudlians and visitors alike. A whole plethora of fantastic eateries have sprung up and they’re all marvellous. How do I know? I have researched this article thoroughly for you, dear reader, and enjoyed the hospitality of most of the fine establishments lining the iconic red stone walls as part of the brand new ‘Dock Sessions’ taking place on the first Wednesday of each month. The idea is that between the hours of 6-8pm you can enjoy tasters and titbits from all participating venues gratis, and by all means stay on and continue your evening at your favourite place. Jeremy Roberts, chairman of the Albert Dock Tenants’ Business Association said: “Dock Sessions is all about celebrating the fantastic retailers, bars, attractions and restaurants we have here at the Albert Dock, so come and join us and experience just how wonderful it is to

be at the heart of the waterfront. Dock Sessions will be on the first Wednesday of every month, we wanted to showcase the very best that Liverpool has to offer and all you have to do is come and enjoy. “ Our afternoon kicked off with a trip on the Yellow Boat Tour (I learnt something about the Queen’s Wapping Passage – but that’s for another day) and a ‘Docktail’ at What’s Cookin’ along with some rather delicious mini nibbles. Onwards and upwards – quite literally – to Pan American (or PanAm to regulars) where starters and cocktails flowed in the upstairs restaurant whilst we admired the watery vista. The delightful Vinea was next on our list (wine lovers, I urge you to visit there as soon as your little legs can carry you) – offering fantastic wine tasting evenings for small or large groups, a staggering selection of really very good wines and champagnes and lovely staff to boot – or you can just pop in for your fave tipple and a platter of cheese - yum. Another stop at Circo for a stunning meal and fabulous wine (and what a venue!) had us tottering ever so slightly unsteadily until we reached Ha! Ha! Bar (newly refurbished by the way) for another colourful cocktail before finishing off with divine desserts at Blue Bar and Grill and a nightcap at the popular Gusto. Liverpool is an evolving city, rapidly growing at an impressive rate – we are lucky to have such a wealth of choice and the Albert Dock combines the best of the 21st century city of Liverpool, with the grace and grandeur of its heritage past. Dock Sessions takes place from 6-8pm on the first Wednesday of each month. For more information please visit www.albertdock.com

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ART

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He regularly outshone students several years his senior.

In 1881 Pablo Picasso was welcomed into the world. His parents a pair of skilled artists, he began life in the Spanish city of Malaga. Creativity was in the genes, naturally, but no-one could predict the scale of his success and what the coming years would hold. Now recognised as one of, if not the, most influential and important artists of the 20th century the Picasso name endures and continues to pull vast crowds of art lovers – from the expert to the novice – the world over. In the second part of our Picasso focus, we look at the life of the great artist in anticipation of Tate Liverpool’s upcoming exhibition; Picasso:Peace and Freedom. Words: Jenny Morris Picasso was always destined to have a life filled with art – his father, Don Jose Ruiz y Blasco, taught drawing at the local school of Fine Arts and Crafts in Malaga, and taught Picasso at the same school a few years later. By the tender age of 13, young Pablo’s works were so well executed for a boy of his age that his father could not believe his eyes. Instinctively recognising what talent stood in front of him, Don Jose relinquished his brush and palette declaring that he would never paint again. Picasso’s talent grew and grew and soon he regularly outshone students several years his senior and academic level at the Barcelona School of Fine Arts. His first large ‘academic’ oil painting, The First Communion, was followed the next year by ‘Science and Charity’ – both works still in keeping with the classical style of painting that Picasso had been immersed in since birth. On the cusp of a new century however, moods and styles began to change – more things began to feel possible than before and Picasso embraced this change in social psyche, becoming more enthusiastic about taking a new direction in art. Picasso attracted similarly creative friends – great thinkers, poets, writers and fellow artists – during his time in Barcelona. The amalgamation of time, place and people was a potent mix and Picasso soon moved away from classicism, starting to experiment and forge his own style much to the dismay of his parents who were both fiercely classical. To them, it was a betrayal, but to Picasso it was an instinct, and one that he could not ignore. Throughout his life Picasso never grew tired of experimenting; he constantly developed

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By now, Picasso had amassed a huge fortune creating vast bodies of work. His life – both professional and private – was a source of fascination for the world media, who often preferred to scandalise his relationships with his leading ladies and loves of his life; Fernande Olivier; Eva Gouel; Olga Khokhlova mother to Picasso’s first child – Paulo; Marie-Therese Walter – mother to their daughter Maya; Dora Maar; Francoise Gilot – mother to their two children, Claude and Paloma; Genevieve Laporte and Jacqueline Roque. Despite the sensationalism surrounding every aspect of his life, Picasso’s passion never waned. His acute interest and involvement in politics and political activism is the very subject for Tate Liverpool’s new exhibition. He continued to paint and sketch prolifically until his death, and in the final two decades of his life created the most substantial body of work in his career, using different colour and styles. It wasn’t until after his death that the art world realised Picasso had in fact discovered neo-expressionism, proving once again that Pablo Picasso was an innovator and unique inspiration to the world of art. Picasso: Peace and Freedom opens at Tate Liverpool on Friday 21 May until 30 August 2010. Admission: £10.00 – to book please call 0151 702 7400 or visit www.tate.org.uk/liverpool The Studio (L'Atelier), 1955

styles and techniques, honing each one until he felt it had been exhausted. His first cubist picture, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, took inspiration in part from a selection of African sculptures he had seen. Wanting to depict the angular structures of the ‘primitive art’ he painted the faces of his subjects face on, with a profile nose. This style received mixed reactions –some friends were disappointed and dismissive, whilst others were intrigued and wanted to learn more about this Cubist style of art. The 20th century began with a bang and continued this way up until Picasso’s death in 1973. His artistic career took in two world wars, political uprisings, the Cold War and a society that changed frequently and vastly – from wartime 30s and 40s to the swinging 60s.

PICASSO FACTS His full name is Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso. Picasso’s final words were ‘Drink to me’. His career lasted an astonishing 70 years. He once said: “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

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In celebration of Liverpool’s Year of Health and Wellbeing, Jenny Morris sets herself a challenge to drop a dress size in eight weeks with the help of city-based experts, Synergy. Offering a service unique to the city Synergy and its 3D functional exercise, along with expert nutritional advice, promises to tighten buns and hone those guns...

Week 1 I’m really looking forward to my time with Synergy – I’m not sure what to expect with either the fitness or the nutrition really. Having such a busy lifestyle, like most women of my generation I guess, I’m looking forward to starting a plan that I can fit around my hectic timetable. Stuck in a fitness and health rut – I think I do okay (could do better) but something needs to shift. Darren Thomas, my personal trainer, has years of experience under his belt – after a chat about my levels of fitness, what I’d like to see change (drop a dress size) and what my aims are (to feel more energised and fit), we get cracking with our exercises. The thing that strikes me when entering the large studio is the lack of ‘normal’ gym equipment. Whilst I’m used to seeing row upon row of cumbersome machines (treadmills, rowers, bikes etc), at Synergy the large, mirrored studio has a great feeling of space – with weights and mats at one end, along with a contraption that looked a bit like monkey climbing bars used for stretching and motion exercise. I loved the exercises Darren had devised for me! Variations of squats, lunges and stretches combined with weights were do-able but boy did I know about it the next day – I worked muscles I didn’t even know existed. Coupled with the exercise is a personalised nutrition plan. Emma Robertson, herself a personal trainer, is also a highly trained nutrition coach specialising in hormonal profiling, injury rehabilitation and Synergy’s speciality – 3D Functional Exercise. We have an in-depth chat about all aspects of my life – from digestion and hormones to lack of sleep and a heavy social calendar – I fill out 38

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a sheet of questions and then, gulp, I am measured and weighed. If you think I’m going to divulge how far the needle swung, you’ve got another thing coming. My body fat percentage was then measured with a pair of large fat-grabbing pincers and Emma went off to devise my own unique detox, nutrition and health plan – yippee! I should also add that I am a supplements junkie at the best of times, so was excited to hear Emma’s suggestions that higherpotency supplements that would be suggested on my plan would make a quick and noticeable impact to my health and wellbeing.

Week 2 Spurred on by last week’s sessions with Darren and Emma, I have already upped visits to the gym and started to cut down on weekday glasses of wine and slices of bread. Darren’s exercise plan is easy to follow at home or at the gym, and I’ve found it less of a chore than my regular treadmill-heavy ‘routine’. I received my nutrition plan this week, which I went through with Emma step by step. Designed to fit around my rather unpredictable timetable, it will hone in on all trouble spots identified in our last chat. The supplements are designed to complement one another and accelerate both fat loss and increase vitality. My four-week plan alternates the use of detox shakes for breakfast, and is largely protein based, with a focus on eating lots of green, leafy veg and a variety of other veggie sides with my meals. Alternating between animal protein (including eggs

and cheese) and legumes and pulses, my plan is surprisingly tasty, easy to follow and brimming with goodness. Not a limp lettuce leaf in sight.

Week 3 I’m loving the supplements – my skin is glowing, I feel more alert than I have done in a long time and my energy levels are growing day by day. Instead of dreading exercise, I’m really looking forward to it. The key to this is in the planning – doing my food shop online has proved to be a Godsend, and has actually turned out to be cheaper too. I roughly plan meals for the week, make sure lunches are prepared the evening before and count out my supplements for the day. Already I am feeling more toned, and able to lift increasing weights. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still walking like John Wayne the next day, but with a smile on my face because I know it’s working. Another revelation has been the inclusion of red meat in my diet – for years I’ve shunned red meat thinking I was being virtuous, but no – at least 2-3 portions a week are recommended. My husband is over the moon.

Week 4 Reaching the end of my four week detox plan with Emma, and expect a new exercise plan with Darren too. This week Darren’s worked me hard, but we’ve had a laugh at the same time – challenging circuits have been tough but with Darren there to motivate me I am aware that I push myself that extra bit, and surprise www.theliverpoolmagazine.com

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HEALTH myself when I manage the set. When two 5kg dumbbells were placed in front of me, I gulped (having only lifted a max of 2kg free weights before) – but – guess what? I completed the exercises! Obviously getting stronger...I’ve enjoyed keeping to a plan, but am definitely looking forward to starting the next four-week instructions, feeling revved up and ready to take it up a notch (and down one on my belt hopefully). New plan is more detailed and specific than the initial one, but my newlyformed habit for pre-planning meals will stand me in good stead. Again, the food combinations and supplied recipe suggestions are delicious – I really don’t feel denied of anything at all. I can even have a cheat day between plans – but weirdly cake and pasta are far from my thoughts. “Not many people know about 3D exercise in the UK,” says Darren, “Everything else I’ve done has left me with questions... But this gives the answers to my questions and it makes me answer them too – I’ve been told to figure it out myself, with my knowledge of how each muscle and bone works, and how the body is connected. To me it makes more sense than anything I’ve ever done – by miles.”

Week 5 Wowee. What a difference a day (or two) makes. Reducing my wine and wheat intake has been relatively easy – bar the occasional toast craving – and I have really noticed the difference. Sluggish 3pm energy crashes are a thing of the past and I’m able to power on through the day and still have the energy (and motivation) to complete a round of Darren’s exercise plan when I get home. Darren suggests doing his exercises at least twice a week on top of our weekly sessions, and they’ve slotted in around my schedule well. My arms feel stronger, and my legs are definitely leaner and skin smoother. Why haven’t I done this before?!

Week 6 Tougher week this week. Part of my job means I attend launches and events (boo hoo, I hear you cry!) with glasses of bubbly and canapés paraded in front of you all evening. Even the toughest nut would crack, I promise you. Typically this week I have six, yes, SIX, events to attend, and this week booze is off limits until further notice – argh! And because of my erratic timetable I worry that I may not be able to fit in exercise or decent meals. When I mention this to Darren he says: “You’ll always have times like this – www.theliverpoolmagazine.com

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next week – eek.

To me it makes more sense than anything I’ve ever done – by miles. it’s really worth planning a couple of days in advance if you know you have a busy week ahead, then you’ll stay on track.” Quite. So, with my resolve strengthened along with my abs, I successfully make it through a week of socialising – just. Am becoming quite scarily strong, 7kg dumbbells this week – on ONE HAND. Darren calls me ‘a machine’ and I must say that I wholeheartedly agree. Just call me Jenny ‘Machine’ Morris from now on, thanks. Think he’s joking though.

Week 7 Nearing the end of my eight week target with the guys at Synergy and reflect on the past month or so. At the start of this plan when talking to Darren about fitness and exercise, he explained the importance of honing nutrition alongside exercise, as did Emma. I’ve always been under the impression that exercise was the accelerating factor in my weight loss, but now – after experiencing a shakeup nutritionally and physically, I can see how important it is to stick to a healthy, nourishing diet. Any ‘off days’ I’ve had (well, I’m only human..) have resulted in slower results. I’ve undoubtedly become more toned, am fitter and stronger, but to reach my drop-a-dress-size target with ease, it has been the combination of the two that has been paramount. The supplements have been a revelation, truly. The 3D exercise that Synergy provides is amazing. I love it – and am over the moon that finally I’ve found a method that has great results, I can see and feel working and enjoy doing. Synergy is amongst a small minority of trainers that use this method of training, though it is fast being recognised across the country. In layman’s terms; 3D training focuses on the body as a whole, and how it moves in an upright position as in everyday movement. Everything is connected and a pain in your wrist can be a symptom of a weakness elsewhere. Instead of completing exercises for isolated muscles (ie: sitting down and pressing weights), the combination of lunges and weights, stretches and press ups, utilises the whole body – strengthening it all over and limiting the chance of injury. I am getting re-measured

Week 8 Results time. Eight weeks have flown by – and I have loved every second. I’ll continue to see Darren once a week and tweak my exercise plans now and then. Emma will also provide me with a ‘maintenance plan’ to follow for another fortnight. Throughout my time with Synergy, I’ve found everyone to be very approachable, accessible and happy to answer any questions I’ve had clearly. I can feel that my clothes are looser which is great – but what I’ve found more satisfying is the changes made to my everyday life. I have slept better than I have done in years, I’m positively full of beans and feel fit, strong and far more confident and comfortable in my own skin. I’ve broken the monotony of aerobics and treadmill exercise and found something that is in tune with my body, pushing myself further each week. Results go well – overall I have reduced my body fat percentage by 2.4% and increased my lean muscle mass by 3.9% which is rather good for an eight week result apparently – woo! My maintenance plan is well structured and bountiful; I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so well in fact. One-on-one personal training can be cost effective – the guys at Synergy offer packages and online offers, as well as their popular group ‘Boot-Camps’ and yoga mornings, with all trainers offering nutritional advice too. I’ve felt that both Darren and Emma have really listened to me and created really specific plans that work for me brilliantly. The level of individual care is second to none, and I feel extremely lucky and chuffed that Synergy and its 3D functional training is in my city and I have had the chance to experience such remarkable results. Contact Simon, Emma, Darren and the team at Synergy on 0151 227 2892 or visit www.synergyfitnessstudios.co.uk www.synergyfitnesscamps.com. Synergy Fitness Studios, 27 Lord Street, Liverpool L2 9SA For nutritional advice and supplements, please visit Wellness First Ltd at www.wellnessfirstltd.co.uk

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There must be a million Jack and Liz’s who have got sand in their socks on New Brighton beach. With accents and colloquialisms as strong as the smells of fish and chip suppers, and salty, cold sea air, September in the Rain retains its Yorkshire roots but makes it a story for all counties as it evokes a sweet nostalgia for when summers were spent eating sandy sandwiches, paddling in rock pools and packing up early because it started raining. Director, Jen Heyes, explains: “This is such a fitting play to bring to New Brighton, a place full to the brim with a history of seaside holiday memories that mirror Godber’s own. “There must be a million Jack and Liz’s who have got sand in their socks on New Brighton beach and shared a bag of chips as they walked on the prom, overlooked by the Floral Pavilion.” As the UK has embraced ‘staycations’

over the past year, and trips abroad have suffered in favour of the good old British seaside, then September in the Rain has a resonance with the younger generations of today too. The story of Liz and Jack – who are of a generation that maybe didn’t embrace change as enthusiastically as following generations – is doubly poignant. Their habitual trips to Blackpool may seem a little unadventurous, but as audiences will see – the memories they create and relationships built are far more endearing and important. Rarely do the two agree on what they want – this is a real marriage after all – but through the years and the rain, the tears and the disagreements there emerges laughter, fun and sunshine in the sand. And an old couple, still grumbling, still talking and waiting once again for the bus back t’Yorkshire. September in the Rain will show at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, from 27-29 May for four performances only. To book tickets please call 0151 666 0000 or visit www.floralpavilion.com

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Over the past 25 years Blackburne House has offered a unique service in the city, pioneering training and education in non-traditional areas of work – primarily for women. This has recently been taken a step further with the opening of the Women’s Enterprise Hub – a service that exists to support and guide female entrepreneurs is all aspects of business. Jenny Morris talks to enterprise director, Jo McGrath, about what the service can offer women in business and how people are already benefiting from its presence. The only one of its kind in Liverpool, the Women’s Enterprise Hub was opened in March (on International Women’s Day of course) 2010, and has already garnered much support in a short time. The service was set up in response to feedback from female entrepreneurs who were crying out for somewhere to base their business, that could offer security, support and sound advice to help their business flourish. “We had lots of people coming in to complete the [School for Social Enterprise] program, predominantly women, and then leaving wanting to set up their own businesses but with nowhere to work from.” explains Jo. “They didn’t want to invest a lot of money in offices, but were finding it difficult to work from home all the time – feeling isolated, maybe with insufficient equipment, or unable to make the right connections. There’s also the practicality of things like, where do I get my mail sent to? It’s not always safe to have your personal address on things, so we came up with this idea – just for women.” Offering many benefits to female entrepreneurs such as a hot-desking space, registered post box and mailing list membership, discounted meeting rooms, discount in the Blackburne House cafe and car parking – the Women’s Enterprise Hub offers a neat solution for women, with everything they need within four walls. There are five different membership options which range from £15 to £200 per month, making the service accessible to even the most fledgling business.

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The Women’s Enterprise Hub offers a neat solution for women, with everything they need within four walls.

Jo says: “We have free access to WiFi, and if members need anything printing off or if they need any photocopying doing, we can help them as part of the package – they have access to the cafe where they can have meetings and they also have access to networks; lots of events are held here and members can attend these and meet really useful contacts. “We can also bring sounding boards together – so bring people of different disciplines with different skills and experiences together and the entrepreneurs can explain their problem and the sounding board can respond to that, offer advice – free of charge.” The service has gained the support of Liverpool Vision, that offered to sponsor five women to become the first ever members of the hub and kick-started the membership tally. Mike Taylor, investment director at Liverpool Vision, said: “Liverpool Vision invests strongly in the support of entrepreneurs within the city. Blackburne House has seen a clear need for an innovative service to women entrepreneurs and we are delighted to be sponsoring the first five members of the Women’s Enterprise Hub. “Supporting and nurturing female entrepreneurs will help create dynamic, sustainable businesses that will go on to prosper in the city.” Jo adds: “It’s working really well – it’s a space where people can make connections and meet people that they otherwise wouldn’t have access to. I’m particularly impressed by the range of organisations we’ve got – I initially thought it would be very much start-up businesses

but we’ve actually got some well established businesses that can see the value in making those connections and business to business opportunities. “The main driver at the moment is the opportunity to meet a great range of people and organisations, and having a postal address for the business which we redirect to their address. It’s a good address to have too, Blackburne House has a good reputation.” And indeed it does – Blackburne House is a leading women’s education centre, established in 1983, offering courses for women in training and education, primarily in sectors such as technology, IT and construction. Now, almost three decades later, the courses and programs offered within the walls of the beautiful Grade II listed building have made Blackburne House an internationally recognised, award winning social enterprise that not only offers specialist training and employment opportunities for women, but is also one of the leading lights for social enterprise in the North West. As we slowly lift ourselves out of a recession-hit economy, places like Blackburne House and its Women’s Enterprise Hub offer a beacon of hope to those driven entrepreneurs in need of a bit of a break and some business and emotional support to get their idea off the ground and become a success. For more information please contact 0151 709 4356 or visit www.blackburnehouse.co.uk. Alternatively, please email thehub@blackburnehouse.co.uk

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SAY CHEESE! National Smile Month is upon us – we all know the importance of keep those pearly whites nice and healthy, but the best way to ensure you keep your gnashers in tip top condition is to start as young as possible. Liverpool dental practice, One 20 Dental, knows how to keep your teeth gleaming with health – read on for its top advice. One 20 Dental in Walton is supporting National Smile Month, between May 16 and June 16, to highlight the importance of looking after your teeth and maintaining them for life. The national campaign is run by the UK’s leading independent oral health charity, the British Dental Health Foundation, and this year’s campaign slogan is Teeth4Life. As well as encouraging patients to maintain regular dental visits, organisers of the event also stress that a healthy diet can improve people’s quality of life. The Queens Drive dental practice will be running a host of fun activities throughout the month, from raffles, quizzes and competitions, and will be giving away goody bags packed with dental products. One 20 Dental’s principal dentist, Kevin Parr, has welcomed this year’s campaign, which reminds people to: • brush teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste • visit their dentist regularly, as often as they recommend • cut down on how often they have sugary snacks or drinks Dr Parr said: “The way we are taught to look after our teeth as children we take into adulthood so it is vital that we learn how best to care for our teeth from an early age. We believe prevention is better than cure. It was extremely upsetting and disturbing to see the television programme on Alder Hey recently where so many children were having to have general anaesthetic to have baby teeth removed prematurely. This is preventable!” BDHF chief executive, Dr Nigel Carter, said he believed this year’s Teeth4Life campaign would get the nation talking about the importance of good oral health. He said: "When the first ever Smile campaign was launched more than 35 years ago, one in three people over the age of 16 had no teeth at all. Now that is something you really have to think about twice to appreciate. "Fortunately, these days the situation is a much happier one. Most of us expect to keep our teeth for life and indeed do so. National Smile Month is all about educating people on how to make the best of their smile."

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Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in the UK and experts have found links between gum disease and arthritis, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, low birth weight babies and stillbirths. A staggering 19 in 20 of us suffer from gum disease at some point in our lives but with good dental care the risks can be easily controlled. The campaign also reveals the results of the National Smile Month Survey, which investigated the dental habits and oral health knowledge of more than 1,000 people in the UK and revealed very poor public awareness of the importance of good oral healthcare. Dr Carter said: “All systemic links to gum disease have been well documented and are backed by robust scientific evidence. Despite this, the 2009 survey found that only one in six people realise that people with gum disease are at risk of strokes or diabetes, only one in three are aware of the heart disease link and just one in twenty know that pregnant women with gum disease are more likely to give birth prematurely! “These results begin to make you realise just how important it is to make people aware of the health risks associated with a poor dental routine.” * When one parent joins One 20 Dental’s monthly care plan, up to three of their children aged under 18 can enjoy free routine dental care and reduced price cosmetic treatments. One20 Dental 0151 525 2992 www.one20dental.com

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MOTORING 23rd April – and what better date to visit one of the country’s best known motoring survivors, Morgan? Hard at work in his Southport showroom, Dave Randall, whose garage Life’s is, uniquely, the oldest Morgan dealer in the world, is as busy as ever and that week picked up a Swiss couple from Liverpool airport who’d flown over to collect their first Morgan. That personal touch typifies Morgan whose Malvern factory builds just 14 cars a week – chickenfeed to the likes of Ford, Toyota et al but then again, the company isn’t mired in the recession and Randall reckons that’s enough to maintain the Morgan ‘mystique’ which famously saw customers wait five years or so for a new car back in the nineties. Then, he advised customers to buy a second hand model in the interim - and sell it for a profit on delivery of their new Morgan! Today’s models start at just £2,886 – if you’re small enough! A new range of bespoke ‘Super Sports’ junior pedal cars have been a popular addition to the range and are all handmade by Morgan apprentices. If you want the real thing, the 4/4 Sport will set you back around £29,300 while the latest BMW powered aero 8 SuperSports is a whopping £124,200.

Great British motoring success stories There are some, you know – and they’re not that hard to find, either. Townley Rogers pays tribute to three British sports car manufacturers to examine the rising fortunes of Lotus, MG and Morgan in this special summer motoring feature.

visiting a friend in Kendal who knows his ‘patch’ like the back of his hand. There’s not a plane in the clear blue sky and while he’s photographing every conceivable angle of the good looking 2+2, I’m taking time to appreciate the sports car’s many qualities. Cruising up at a steady 70 from Ormskirk, it proved a consummate mile eater but once let off the leash it shattered the calm of the Lyth Valley, living up to all the journalistic hype. Its 3.5 litre 280PS Toyota engine has a voracious appetite for high performance driving; how does 0 – 60 in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 162 mph sound? But it’s not just what it does, it’s how it does it with sublime handling, a soothing ride and everything Lotus represents over the last 60 years distilled into a fabulous new package. At £49,995 - and with just 400 cars allocated to the UK - it has ‘future classic’ written all over it …

A mere 20 odd miles away and the area’s latest Lotus dealer stands in stark contrast to Morgan’s homely Southport showroom. An imposing glass and chrome affair, Grange Lotus in Preston was recently appointed as the Liverpool and west Lancashire area dealer, its new Evora an eagerly awaited addition to the marque.

Finally, to MG. What’s that you say – MG still in business? Didn’t the company crash and burn spectacularly in 2005? Yes, but new owners SAIC were quick to pick over the embers and having revived the TF – another 120 have been built for this summer – the Chinese whispers surrounding the renaissance of one of the greatest names in UK motoring have now been quashed with the news of massive investment in a newly named ‘Morris Garages’ at Longbridge (hurrah) and confirmation that a brace of new models will be built in the UK (cue further celebrations).

Back in July, 2008 I got a grandstand view of the Lotus stand at the British Motor Show. Journalists jostled to get a good view of the new model and as the first four seater Lotus since the 1974 Elite, it was understandably the focus of world wide media attention and made a suitably grand entrance.

Some enthusiasts think MG should simply concentrate on sports cars but that’s missing the point; the company had a few good years in the mid noughties with its ZT, ZS and ZR models - the latter was the UK’s best selling hot hatch - and its new ‘6’ will be an important newcomer in the European marketplace.

Fast forward to April 2010 and I’m sat in the peace and quite of the southern Lakes. It’s all a far cry from that hectic PR launch and after waiting months to get behind the wheel of an Evora I’m smiling at the irony of how every cloud – even those laden with Icelandic volcanic ash – can have a silver lining … Said cloud had put the kybosh on a planned parachute jump of all things, so I had time to spend driving, not diving, www.theliverpoolmagazine.com

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Sublime handling, a soothing ride and everything Lotus represents over the last 60 years distilled into a fabulous new package.

Now, with three ‘new’ TF’s, the LE500, 85th anniversary and base TF, it’s great to report that the vibrant MG spirit hasn’t been lost. And at just £13,799, the lead in 2010 TF is a brilliant bargain as a well built, nippy machine that’s keeping the faith of one of Britain’s best loved sporting marques.

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SEED Pricking out is an essential part of propagating plants sown in seed trays. It's important to prick out as soon as the plant is ready which is usually when the first true leaves emerge. Prepare pots or trays with good quality compost and firm in well; water the compost so that it's just moist and, using your finger or a dibber, make a hole that's wide and deep enough to accommodate the new plant, choosing the strongest seedlings. Gently holding on to the seed leaves, use a dibber or pencil to ease the plant out of the compost retaining as much root as possible. Lightly firm in the soil around the plant with your dibber, making sure the seed leaves are just above the level of the compost. When you have finished pricking out your seedlings water them in, using a fine watering rose and place them some where sunny and warm. If you have never sown seeds before then ideal plants to try are marigolds, tomatoes and sunflowers. Why not have a go at growing your own lettuce, too, they are ideal for the shadier places in your garden. Sow climbing dwarf and runner beans directly in the ground as plants begin to grow, and train shoots around bamboo canes (these are affordable and easy to find at most supermarket and hardware stores). To get a regular supply of beetroot sow a row every month. Courgette seeds can be planted till the end of May in pots or from late May directly in to the ground. Choose a sunny, sheltered spot and improve the soil by digging in some well-rotted manure. Plenty of water is essential, especially when the plants are in flower and then when the fruits have started to swell. Mulch to lock

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Take a tip from our gardening expert, Steven, and try growing your plants from seed â&#x20AC;&#x201C; whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a colourful addition to your flowerbed or cultivating your own fruit and veg, growing from seed is cheap, easy and very rewarding. in moisture. From the middle to the end of May is a good time to plant out your bedding plants in all their wonderful array of colours, either with plants you have grown yourself or purchased from a garden centre in trays or pots. Try planting in one colour to create a big impact ideal varieties are marigolds, lobelias, petunias, pansies, begonias, nemesia nicotiana, dahlias, fuchsia, geraniums, pelargoniums, busy lizzies, phlox alyssum night scented stock, salvias gazanias. Make sure that you add good compost when planting and that you water regularly especially in warm weather.

Divide water lilies before their leaves have fully developed.

Take cuttings off your favourite clematis now; to make cuttings, take your shoots and divide them with a knife, cutting immediately above a leaf joint and then severing again, 5cm (2in) beneath it. Remove one of the leaves from each cutting to help reduce moisture loss and allow more to be planted into the same pot, avoiding overcrowding. Dip the base of the cutting in hormone rooting powder and shake off any excess. Fill a 7.5cm (3in) pot with compost (a mix of 50 per cent cuttings compost and 50 per cent horticultural grit), level and firm. Insert several cuttings around the edge of the pot, pushing in until the leaf joint is level with the surface. Water and either place the pot in a windowsill propagator or, cover with a clear polythene bag held secure with an elastic band. This will help to speed up rooting. Keep compost moist and cuttings should root within several weeks. Container plants need regular watering during spring and summer as the soil can dry out very quickly. Tie in new growth on espalier, cordon and fantrained apple and pear trees, and remove any shoots growing in the wrong direction. Trim and tidy up formal hedges now. Brush off trimmings to prevent the spread of fungal diseases. Try growing basil, mint, parsley or thyme. After planting, place in a sunny spot near the kitchen so they're handy when cooking. When cutting the lawn 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 3cm (1.25in) and cut the lawn about once a week. Tidying lawn edges keeps the grass looking neat and prevents it from spreading into borders. After mowing, trim any grass that overhangs the edges with longhandled edging shears. Feeding regularly with a lawn fertiliser will make it greener and thicker which helps it resist weeds and moss. Continue checking shrubs in pots and lightly cut the roots back to the intact root ball if congested. Make sure not to damage the fibrous roots. Using a bold shrub in a container can bring structure and scale to a small courtyard or patio area. If you have a pond in your garden the key to it being healthy is keeping the water clear and ensuring that plants do not take over. If you have the right balance of plants and oxygen, your aquatic plants don't require much attention but, periodic division helps keep them healthy, encourage wildlife and your aquatic plants will thrive. Divide water lilies before their leaves have fully developed; you will need a sharp knife to split apart the shoots on the rhizomes to make new plants. But, most importantly, when the weather is good then use your garden â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not only does it cost you nothing to sit in it but, you can get a nice (safe) healthy sun tan at the same time. Stephen Hay Oakleaf Landscapes.

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This stunning property is the epitome of American chic, mixing classic features with modern grandeur, a rare find in Crosby, and it's easy to see why. A detached house that boasts elegant fixtures allied with grace and charm features fantastic views over the Northern club grounds. Elm Avenue, Crosby, L23 2SX This magnificent home must be one of the most impressive in the ideally located North Liverpool area of Crosby. Situated in the popular Moor Park conservation area, the present owners have retained the grace and charm of the original property and have added so many quality fixtures and fittings that they can only truly be appreciated by an early inspection. There are stunning views over The Northern Club grounds and fields and woodland beyond. This beautiful home boasts a not to be sniffed at six bedrooms, two of which have en suites. The stunning main bathroom is home to a fantastic luxurious spa bath and a modern ceramic tiled floor. The exquisitely large front dining room fits the charm of the house perfectly, with a bold ceiling and a feature mahogany fireplace. The impressive spacious lounge houses a magnificent Roger Pearson marble fireplace surround with a cast iron fire. As well as a substantial conservatory, the property boasts a

morning room which has double doors leading out onto the garden. Perfect for a summers morning. The kitchen is home to a magnificent ‘Christians’ fitted kitchen, with corian work tops and a peninsula breakfast bar with sink unit. The main rear bedroom has glorious views over The Northern Club and grounds and a feature fireplace surround with marble interior and a beautiful living flame coal effect gas fire. The outside front garden is approached through galvanized steel gates with an entry phone for optimum security. There is enough room for parking for several

cars in the drive, or in the detached double garage. The stunning landscaped rear gardens feature well stocked borders, an exceptional ‘Haddon’ stone patio, water fountain feature, barbeque area and stunning views of The Northern Club. Viewings are strongly recommended to appreciate the size and character of this delightful detached home. To arrange a viewing contact Clive Watkin on 0151 931 2828, email crosby@clivewatkin.com or visit www.clivewatkin.com

ST PAUL’S SQUARE STEALS THE SHOW St. Paul’s Square, the city centre residential development, is showing that Liverpool’s residential market is in the midst of a recovery after record sales. Since June 2009, the St Paul’s Square development on Old Hall Street has completed twentyone sales worth over £2.2m, making it the best selling residential development in Liverpool’s commercial district. The eleven-story apartment building offers 50 one and two bedroom apartments with balconies in a variety of sizes and layouts. The apartments are marketed by King Sturge where one-bedroom apartments are available from £99, 950 and two bedrooms from £152,950. Martyn Green, partner at King Sturge has commented, “With St Paul’s square now a byword for spacious city centre living, the apartments don’t hang around on the marketplace for long. We have seen an amazing upturn in the market in the last few months with increasing interest from first time buyers, partly due to the great deals in place at the moment 58

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and the fact that we are able to tailor these deals to suit the needs of the buyer.” Ian Finch, 45, is one new resident enjoying his recent purchase of a two-bedroom 943 sq ft apartment overlooking the square. He says, “I chose St Paul’s Square above some of the other developments in the area as it is so well situated. Everything I need is right on my doorstep. I work as the technical director at Connect Internet Solutions, an IT

company based in the Commercial District, and there’s practically no commute. Not only do I save a lot of time, but I don’t have to worry about traffic or delays. I’m right at the heart of all the action, it’s fantastic.” For further information or to book a viewing please contact King Sturge on 0151 242 6490 or visit www.theperfectsquare.co.uk

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PROPERTY

Still smarting over this winter’s huge energy bill? Spend the summer green-stalling to transform your home

Green is big business. What you wear, how you travel, do you recycle? But being green in your home can help you save money. After last winter, when let’s be honest, the heating never seemed to be off, this spring might be the best time to invest in your home and help you cut energy bills in the future, as well as reducing your carbon footprint.

like a gas boiler. Or an air-to-air system that warms the air in your home, ideal for extensions and conservatories. The pump works on electricity so there is no need for gas or any other solid fuel for a boiler, so your energy bills will be less. However, the pump works best if your house is well insulated, which Warmer Heating can provide too.

Phil Warren is managing director at Warmer Heating, a Knowsley based company that installs heating systems to suit your home. The company recently won a National Energy Action Footprint Award for a one of the largest green projects in the UK, working in partnership with South Tyneside Homes to install green technology into over 75 houses on a North east estate.

Solar panels – photovoltaic panels How many times has someone said to you “a solar panel is all well and good for sunny climate like California’s or Sydney’s, we just don’t get enough sun in the UK”? Not so, photovoltaic cells don’t need direct sunlight to work so even during our cloudy summers you can generate electricity. A photovoltaic cell or PV cell is a panel that’s attached to either your roof or wall. When light shines on the cell it generates electricity, stronger the sunshine, the more electricity is produced. Once you’ve paid for the initial installation your energy bills will reduce as sunlight is free. You might even qualify to sell your electricity back to the grid (see feed in tariffs)

Phil offers his guide of some of the top green-technologies that can reduce costs. “Every home is different, so they need a bespoke approach as to how they are heated and what kind of renewables can be installed. The first thing you need to do if you want to make your home greener is to get in touch with a company who can send an expert round to your house and advise you on what is best for your home.” “Renewables are big news in 2010 as the government has announced a raft of measures to help homeowners with the cost. You no longer seem like a bit of a hippy if you’re installing solar panels on your roof, instead you look a bit canny. With fresh regulations on newbuilds as well, expect to see more and more green technology being installed in homes”. Air source heat pump Bringing a new meaning to the phrase hot air, an air source heat pump works by absorbing heat from the air around your home. It works in the same way a fridge does, but the other way around. You can either get an air-to-water system that runs your central heating and hot water just

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Solar panels on the other hand do need sun light and work best with a southfacing roof, it will work on either south west or east facing but might be less efficient. These panels generate heat which is generally used to heat the hot water in the property. Cavity wall and loft insulation Most houses have an external wall, a gap and then the interior wall. This gap is your cavity wall. Insulate this space and your loft and you help keep heat inside your

You no longer seem like a hippy if you install solar panels on your roof – you look canny.

home, helping you reduce your energy bills as well as reducing your carbon footprint. External cladding The new vogue for homes in 2010 will be external wall cladding. Think less seventies pebble dashing and more stylish insulation. In a variety of materials the cladding helps keep heat in your home, helping reduce your energy bills. How the government might help you greenify your home Do you qualify for Warm Front? If you receive certain benefits you might qualify for a warm front grant. The scheme provides a package of insulation and heating improvements to the value of £3500 www.warmerheating.com Renewable heat incentive – Came into force on 1 April 2010 In March, the government announced plans to offer homeowners 20-year loans of up to £15,000 to allow families to invest in green technologies. Feed in tariff scheme where householders and communities who install photovoltaic panels will be paid for the electricity they generate, even if they use if for themselves. Things to think about Which direction does your home face? Might affect generation, if you want solar panels. Do you need planning permission - In England and Scotland, you don't need planning permission for most home solar electricity systems, as long as they're below a certain size - but you should check with your local planning officer if your home is a listed building, or is in a conservation area or World Heritage Site.

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City Office 8-10 Stanley Street, Liverpool, L1 6AF Sales and Lettings Tel: 0151 236 4400 Email: city@venmores.co.uk

The Ability Penthouses

A Groundbreaking development of stunning apartments, located above the Hilton hotel, situated in the heart of the newly remodelled City Centre, and holding spectacular views over the Liver Buildings, Albert Dock and Chavasse Park. The well proportioned apartments consist of brand new high specification fitted kitchens, spacious open plan living areas, large master bedrooms and outstanding bathrooms. Situated on the 8th, 9th and 10th floor, with full Hilton gym membership available to all tenants, early viewing cannot be recommended highly enough.

From £675 PCM

Crofton Estate – The New Lodge

Sexy, stylish and uncompromised living. The perfect bolthole and Liverpool base in calm, relaxing green surroundings. The New Lodge combines old fashioned elements such as high ceilings, light rooms and well proportioned rooms with a contemporary layout and top level finishes and fittings. The property comprises impressive entrance hall, separate cloakroom, large eat kitchen diner with contemporary styled German built kitchen with Smeg appliances throughout, under stairs storage, and a large living room with floor to ceiling French doors. The first floor includes two incredible light, airy and glamorous bedrooms, both with en suite bathroom with Italian marble tiling and both with either double or triple aspect. The property also includes solid oak wood floors, off street parking and a 70’ private garden.

From £1200 PCM

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Allerton Office 32 Allerton Road, Liverpool, L18 1LN Sales Tel: 0151 733 9000 Lettings Tel: 0151 734 6890 Email: allerton@venmores.co.uk

The Cottage, Hunters Lane

Built circa 1780 this unique four bedroom semi-detached period residence is set over four floors and enjoys beautiful views over Mystery Park. The accommodation comprises: - entrance vestibule and bathroom, two lounges and a utility area, downstairs is the dining kitchen, snug room and additional utilty area with door to the side courtyard and garage. There are two bedrooms and bathroom on the first floor,and a further two bedrooms on the second floor. To the front of the property there is a private raised garden over looking Wavertree Mystery, which is laid to lawn with mature border shrubs. The property benefits from gas central heating and double-glazed sash windows. The property is sold with NO CHAIN!! The property is located in a conservation area which runs between Church Road North and Prince Alfred Road. We understand that there is no ongoing chain being involved in the sale.

£415,000

Eastern Drive, Woodend Park, Grassendale

A charming and beautifully presented four bedroom family home on Eastern Drive arranged over four floors. The Victorian property has been tastefully renovated and updated over the last 5 years and finished to a contemporary, inspirational style. The property comprises off street parking, entrance hall, dining room with gas feature fireplace, 18' living room with original fireplace, period features, modern fitted kitchen with breakfast area. The first floor comprises master bedroom, modern bathroom and guest bedroom. The top floor comprises two further bedrooms, separate wc and a shower room. In addition, there is decked patio terrace, 35’ south-facing lawn garden with summerhouse and a lower ground floor basement area which could be easily converted into further living entertaining space. The property features high ceilings throughout, light and airy rooms and is in a highly sought after location in Woodend Park, Grassendale. The approximate internal floor area is 1700 sq ft. The property is 2 mins from Cressington Train Station and close to St Austins RC School.

£475,000

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

Greenhill Avenue, Liverpool, L18

£375,000

Ingledene Road, Liverpool, L18

£399,950

A spacious and well appointed semi deteched residence Accommodation over three floors presented to a high standard Many original features retained Ground floor WC. Five bedrooms Master bedroom having en-suite bathroom Presented to a high standard Front & rear gardens

A spaciously planned five bedroom semi detached house. Many quality features Conservatory Utility area with cloakroom Gardens to front and rear Two car garage Stand in drive for a number of cars with privacy gates

Menlove Gardens South, Liverpool, L18 £439,950

Calder Grange, Liverpool, L18

A spacious & well appointed semi detached property Enjoying attractive views over the menlove gardens green Bright and spacious accommodation laid out over two floors Single storey extension to the rear elevation Four bedrooms. Mature and attractive gardens with southererly aspect. Many original features Viewing advised

A double fronted detached residence situated close to calderstones park Many original features Extended to rear. Four bedrooms Master bedroom with dressing room & en suite Open plan garden to front with stand in drive for a number of cars Integral garage

Gateacre Rise, Liverpool, L25

£499,950

A re-designed & well modernised throughout semi detached house. Providing deceptively well proportioned & spacious family accommdation throughout. Cloakroom & Downstairs toilet Six bedrooms. Master bedroom with en-suite shower room Block paved driveway Viewing highly recommended

£499,950

Cape Lodge, 2 Woolton Park, Liverpool, L25 £699,950 An architect designed split level detached residence Four bedrooms all with en suites Kitchen with integrated appaliances Conservatory Set in mature gardens Secured parking bay for 2/3 cars No chain involed

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18 Mill Lane, West Derby, L12 7JB 0151 256 7837 www.suttonkersh.co.uk

Cavalry Close, Liverpool, L12

£204,995

Well Presented Detached House Lounge, Dining Room Fitted Kitchen, Utility Room With Cloakroom Off Four Bedrooms- Master Having En Suite Family Bathroom Double Glazed Windows & Central Heating Integral Garage & Gardens No Chain

The Lodge, Thomas Drive, Liverpool, L14

Well Presented Detached House, Lounge Games Room/ Second Lounge, Dining Room Fitted Kitchen, Conservatory Four Bedrooms- Master En Suite Shower Family Bathroom Double Glazing & Central Heating Gardens & Garage

£209,950

Detached House Three Bedrooms En-Suite Shower Room Groundfloor Cloakroom/Wc Lounge Study Dining Area Kitchen Gas Central Heating System Rear Garden

£210,000

Detached House Lounge Dining Room, Kitchen Four Bedrooms, Bathroom/ Wc, Gardens, Off Road Parking For A Number Of Vehicles, Double Glazing, Central Heating

Oxbow Road, Liverpool, L12

Oakhill Park, Liverpool, L13

Yew Tree Lane, Liverpool, L12

£221,950

Extended Semi Detached House, Entrance Hall Front & Rear Lounge, Fitted Dining Kitchen, Sun Room Cloakroom/ Wc Four Bedrooms Bathroom & Seperate Wc Front & Rear Gardens & Garage No Chain & Incentives Available

£389,950

Old Kennels Croxteth Park, Liverpool, L12 £499,000 Executive New Build Detached House Prestigious Location Lounge, Dining Room Breakfast Kitchen, Seperate Utility Room Cloakroom/ Wc Six Bedrooms- Two Having En Suite Facilities Two Family Bathrooms/ Wc Part Exchange Considered

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