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'Our stunning cover for this extra-special issue comes courtesy of St George's Hall, in celebration of the upcoming floor reveal in the Great Hall this 10-21 February. The spectacular sight of the Minton tiled floor at St George’s Hall is one that many people only see in history books. The 30,000 tiles that make up the intricate mass of colour, design and story are individually handcrafted and of the highest Minton quality - too delicate to withstand normal use, they are hidden away under protective flooring for preservation. This is a must-see for your February calendar, and as magnificent as the cover is - it's even better in the flesh! Call 0151 225 6909 for more information.'

                 

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So, the party season is behind us -waistlines duly expanded and diet books clutched firmly in hand – but that’s no excuse to let your fashion standards slip. We have some gorgeous threads that will keep you looking sharp in the office all through the cold months, and are guaranteed to keep the winter blues at bay. Focus on punctuating sleek muted or black garments with bold accents – just like our models; the intense cerise silk ensures our lady really gets noticed, but remains smart and stylish whilst at work. Men can easily top up their winter wardrobe with a good selection of jumpers and tailored shirts in classic reds, purples or blues – just stay away from that jumper Grandma knitted you. Unfortunately, that is never a good look. Use contrasting fabrics to create interesting textures and add further dimensions to your outfit, just because you’re in work doesn’t mean that your style has to suffer. Invest in a good coat that you feel comfortable and confident in. If you have a chance to buy a designer piece, go for it! A good Italian or French wool coat will last you three years minimum and you’ll be seen wearing it most of the time so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth. In terms of colours, black, brown and grey are the traditional hues for winter coats and you will see these colours on most women, but if you truly want to stand out from the winter crowd, a little attitude won’t hurt. Similarly, a good suit or two will pay dividends; the difference in cut is really noticeable and will see you through season after season, year after year.

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How did you first discover your talent for micro-sculpting? My talent started from a very early age aged five. I was fascinated with insects, especially ants and as a child I used to think that ants needed somewhere to live! I just lived in a little fantasy world – I didn’t do that well academically so I just disappeared into my own little world. I’d absconded from school one day because I couldn’t take it anymore, things were very bad then in 1962, I just sort of decided that I didn’t want to be there. My mum caught me and told me to go back to school, so I told her that I was making some houses for ants! What I’d done at the time was to steal my Dad’s razor blades and cut the blade up, and sliced splinters of wood and constructed a little house. I made them little chairs and tables and a little carousel out of little bits of silver foil. My mother saw it and said to me ‘That is absolutely incredible’ and told me: ‘You’ve got to keep making small things – you’ll get bigger by getting smaller’. So you’ve had support from your mum from the very beginning? My mother told me that I should keep making very small things, so I never stopped for 48 years! Now, I do the smallest artwork on the planet – the work that I do now means that I have to control my nervous system, I work between my heartbeat – so I have one and a half seconds to move. The tools I make now are more sophisticated – I’ve evolved from aged five to aged 52, and I’m doing stuff now that I even have to ask myself how I do it. How do you control your heartbeat or work within its rhythm? I work between the heartbeats, so when it’s quiet that’s when I work, to avoid any tremors. When you’re working on this level, things go wrong if you don’t keep still. You’ve got to be a dead man working. You have to force yourself to control things because the materials that are used are so tiny. I’ve carved things out of tiny microscopic fragments of gold, even a grain of sand. I did a carving of Michael Angelo’s ‘David’ – which I called ‘Micro Angelo’! I used the pulse in my finger as a jackhammer and just kept going. It was almost like I had to challenge myself, and I did it, it’s there in perfect proportions. I’ve done a lot smaller than that now; I can go down to five microns. When my mother passed away, she said one thing to me – ‘Keep getting smaller’, so that’s all I did, I honoured her word. So everything I do is too big. It’s like David and Goliath – the little boy who beats the giant; well, my work is little but it knocks people out, they can’t comprehend it. How much work have you lost to accident? I’ve lost quite a few. I make tools to avoid mistakes – I have to make all types of little

   

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hooks and barriers and things. I make them all myself because I have to find ways of making tools to avoid things happening. I have inhaled some of my own work too – it’s a horrible feeling. How would you sum up the inspiration for your work? The way I look at it is that everything started small – it doesn’t matter what people say. Everything started small. We were once invisible. It doesn’t matter how big a tree is, it was once tiny. Sometimes human beings tend to forget where they came from. My brother wrote me a little poem that explains a lot of it, it starts: ‘All that is big once was small/The size was once unseen/ The largest in creation, and all/That came between... A speck of dust floats/Through the air just drifting/ Through the breeze/ Unexpected, here it comes/It made a grown man sneeze!’ I think people will be quite surprised when they see what I am bringing

to Liverpool – I love Liverpool, I love the people and I have a surprise for them! What do you have lined up for the future? At the end of the day I have been given a gift to be able to do what I do. It’s like God’s thrown a ball to me and I caught it. I’ve bounced it around so people can see what I’ve been given. But when a mistake happens, it’s like everything else in life – we all make mistakes and we all have to learn by them. My work is like an inspiration to a lot of people. It makes me who I am, I had to find a way to express myself. From school and the humiliation there from the teachers who took me around the school, telling kids I was ‘an exhibition of failure’ But here I am today – the greatest microscopic art worker the world has ever seen. Not only that, I’m getting better. I’m taking a human hair, and on the tip of the human hair will be two little fairies dancing, with little violins and wings which I’ll make from the wings of a dead fruit fly. That’s my world, fascinated with little things. How about your microscopes and hightech equipment? I have the best microscopes - that allows me to see; but it doesn’t matter how big it seems – it’s still small. Your pulse is still going to interfere, and it’s not just that – it’s having the skill and having the ability to be able to move on a molecular level and to create things that are less than a third of a full stop in a newspaper. When Prince Charles heard about it and I spoke to him he said “Well how does one do this?� He was fascinated and that made me feel good – the future King of England, and a letter from the Queen and an MBE; it’s great to know that little things really do mean a lot. Willard Wigan’s art will be exhibited at the Hard Days Night hotel gallery from 16 January until 14 March 2010 – call 0151 236 1964 for more information. To view stunning images please visit www. willard-wigan.com

           

 

 

    

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The Hilton hotel at Liverpool One is really the darling of the moment – from the word go, bookings have been high and regular and foodies have flocked to its in-house restaurant, The Exchange. One often discounts hotel restaurants, perhaps only using them when staying overnight – they are rarely a destination amongst busy city-dwellers. This is where the Hilton raises the bar – its food has people talking for all the right reasons, and the word on the street is that the food (created by head chef Matthew Burns) is very, very good. So naturally, expectations are high. If you haven’t visited the Hilton yet, I really do recommend it – the attention to detail is fantastic, and the global brand has really picked up on Liverpool’s local quirks, and using them in every aspect of the building and service. The Exchange is found on the ground floor – a wide, open space, though not exposed – there’s a slight retro feel to the decor and beautifully laid table, and an energy about the place. Locally

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sourced ingredients populate the strong menu, and our mouths were watering as soon as we’d turned the page. My husband’s wood pigeon salad (£8.95) with blackberry dressing was rich and juicy, cut by the welcome sweet tang of the berries, whilst my ham hock terrine with piccalilli (£6.50) was light, salty and very moreish – generous torn strips of ham hock and the punchy accompaniment were just the ticket to kick off this winter feast. We both savoured a glass wine from the extensive list – a NZ Sauvignon Blanc for me, a Merlot for him, a welcome suggestion from our charming waitress (note – the Hilton really knows good customer service, and boy, does it make a difference). I had been recommended the Scouse (£12.95) by several people, and it didn’t disappoint – atop a thick, unctuous casserole was a tender, meaty, thick and pink lamb chop – the nicest I’ve had in a very long time. The traditional accompaniment, beetroot, partnered my

 

By now, those silly New Year’s resolutions should be far behind us, and we can get back to enjoying the finer things in life, namely a large glass of good red wine. Summer welcomes reds such as Fleurie and lighter burgundies, but as we’re not out of the chill just yet then a velvety, rich Shiraz (or Syrah, for they are one and the same) should do nicely. So syrah and shiraz are

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One has a terrible confession to make; it’s been a while since I frequented the Albert Docks and, gulp, I had no idea that such a gorgeous space existed all the way up on the fourth floor of the Maritime Museum. Can you believe it? Well, it’s time I put this right, so here I am to shout from the rooftops about the huge, bustling, elegance of the Maritime Dining Rooms. Hurrah! Fancying a spot of something sweet and comforting, it was decided that afternoon tea would be the order of the day, and at £7 per person, one of the best value services in the city. Sitting by one of the windows that line the enormous space, we looked out over the Dock, across the cloudless winter sky that was turning from blue, to pink, to purple and did a spot of people watching from four storeys up. A quick glance over the rest of the daily menu confirmed a great variety of homemade

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food for a similarly great price, plus a good wine list and desserts – yum! Afternoon Tea could be taken on one of a few levels, we opted for the run of the mill offer – though glasses of fizz, extra cakes or nibbles and tea were available for those extra-hungry visitors. Our Darjeeling (you have a choice of tea – including Scouse Breakfast) quenched our shoppers’ thirst whilst we waited for our delectable delights. Crustless finger food does have an air of elegance and sophistication about it, maybe it’s the dainty way you handle it, or the little nibbles you take instead of munching it in one go – who knows. What I do know, is that afternoon tea is far more filling than I anticipated, and something I could get used to, possibly alongside a glass of something bubbly whilst people play croquet on the lawn... Anyway – sandwiches included cheese and

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tomato, ham, and tuna – all on squashy fresh bread, whilst the cakes (two whole tiers of the three-tier stand) consisted of a sticky toffee and caramel cake, a deliciously moist and spicy carrot cake with a huge swathe of cream-cheese frosting, mini meringues with fruit and – ooh my fave – scones with strawberry jam and the thickest of thick clotted creams to spread greedily across. The Maritime Dining Rooms is an oasis of calm in the popular tourist hotspot of the Albert Docks; the restaurants that line the lower floors around the dock are often overcrowded or cramped at peak tourist times, but with the space allowed up on the fourth floor at the Maritime Dining Rooms each table could be seated but you still have breathing space, and an air of calm. Great value, great location and great food – put it in your diary and go!. JM

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additional side dish of buttered curly kale and greens and the whole lot was wolfed down in a matter of minutes; this was, without a doubt, the best Scouse I have ever had the pleasure to eat. Meanwhile, across the table, Mr Morris was tucking into a vast fillet of venison (£23.95), I couldn’t quite decipher his comments through the mouthfuls, but he looked very happy – the accompanying slow cooked faggot and turnips were well matched, and in both cases the meat was cooked perfectly. Unsurprisingly full, a cheese plate was the order of the day in place of a sweet – generous helpings of five local cheeses of our choice were a fitting end to a delicious meal and lovely evening. I can’t reiterate enough how well the staff attends to the customers, we found them to be friendly, helpful and always ready to top up our wine or water. It is this, and the incredibly high standard of the menu, ingredients and kitchen team, that have confirmed we will definitely be back for more. JM

When it’s jolly cold outside, there’s nothing quite like the lure of a cosy pub – firelight flickering in the dewy windows, the smell of rich, comforting food wafting over the street. Needless to say, we were in there like a shot. The Monro is the older brother of Tithebarn Street’s The James Monro, serving British and International gastro food. The Monro pares that down slightly, and has honed in to good British grub, with a Mediterranean leaning. It’s bustling when we arrive on a weekday evening, with all tables reserved – thank goodness we did too; whilst not essential, on this occasion booking would certainly be recommended. We sat at our candlelit table casting an eye over the well thought-out wine list, then opting for a glass of Sauvignon Blanc (around £4) and a Cocker Hoop pint of cask ale for my dining partner, for another thing the Monro is very good at is its

great selection of ales. Roasted tomato and red pepper soup arrived first, with its accompanying fresh bread roll. It’s not often that I go for soup, but this tangy, tasty, herby bowl of yumminess was just the ticket for a cold winter’s eve. My partner’s sautÊed lambs liver with peas, tarragon and smoked bacon in a red wine sauce was intensely rich, and quiveringly pink once sliced. The three thick slices of tender liver were a generous portion for a menu that, currently, offers two courses per person for a mere £11.95 – which is amazing value for money considering the quality of the food and the wide choice on the menu. A delightful Scottish salmon fillet with a celeriac and Dijon mustard remoulade arrived, accompanied with a mini bubble and squeak. Cooked to perfection, the large fillet of salmon was moist and

flavoursome. The crunchy sweetness of the celeriac and mustard cut refreshingly through the fish and the creamy mash of the bubble and squeak, ensuring a squeaky clean plate. My partner couldn’t resist the rib-eye steak topped with cocktail prawns, served with the chunkiest chips in Liverpool (my claim, not theirs) and a Bernaise sauce. I may mention that my dining partner is of reasonable size, and it takes some meal to defeat him – valiantly he tried, but in the end his plate was left with a solitary hunk of home-cut chip, and a rosy-cheeked glow upon his face. With this in mind, dessert was reluctantly declined, though a pact has been made to return to The Monro, for its array of pudding club evenings, Sunday lunches, and log-fire menus. A trip up to the James Monro is in the offing too – watch this space. JM

genetically the same grape - but the wines they produce can be very different in style, depending on origin. The typical old-world syrah is lighter and leaner than the intense shiraz wines of the new world, which tend to be richer, riper and more full-bodied. In certain areas, the name you get on the bottle - syrah or shiraz - will be an indication of style rather than where it is from. Whatever you call it, some estimates put this as the world's fifth most planted red wine grape.

In France, Syrah is the great grape of the northern RhĂ´ne, responsible for the dense, burly, deep-coloured, long-lived, savoury and peppery wines of Hermitage, and the slightly more seductively perfumed (traditionally thanks to some co-fermented viognier in the blend) CĂ´te-RĂ´tie. CrozesHermitage is probably the best-value manifestation of syrah, although good St Joseph exists and Cornas is enjoying a revival.

Australia has regained its pride in what is the country's most planted wine grape variety, which can taste of baked pencils in the Hunter Valley, cough syrup in the Barossa Valley (arguably its spiritual home), chocolate in McLaren Vale and black pepper in cooler parts of Victoria and New South Wales. The great majority of Australian winemakers produce a shiraz of some sort, and many make several qualities of shiraz, as well as a range of shiraz-cabernet blends.

Notable varieties have also sprung from Chile, Italy and South Africa – ensuring this spicy, full-bodied wine keeps getting better and better. Pair Shiraz/Syrah with chargrilled red meats and dark, rich fruit dishes.

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CRICKET AND BEYOND

From 19 March – 12 September 2010 the International Slavery Museum hosts Beyond the Boundary, an exhibition of powerful and emotive photographs exploring aspects of cricket that have not been seen before. Beyond the Boundary explores the relationship between cricket, culture, class and politics and how it can be seen as a legacy of British imperialism and colonialism and, paradoxically, as a means of resistance against it. Striking images featuring cricketers such as Viv Richards, Paul Adams and Basil D’Oliveira, the exhibition celebrates contemporary players who, by playing in the boundary of the cricket pitch, broke the boundaries of racial apartheid. Beyond the Boundary explores the story of enslavement and oppression of people from the African Diaspora globally, and their deep connections with cricket. The initial introduction of cricket to the Americas, Europe and Africa was a result of the transatlantic slave trade and colonialism. As the sport became more entrenched in the African Diasporas cultures it became a tool of resistance to the regime that had ironically first introduced it. These communities brought about their own identities in their struggle against the imposed boundaries of Empire, colonialism and Apartheid. Despite exclusion from the elite “white

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game” throughout the Empire, by the second half of the 20th century the West Indies team became the undisputed world champions. They rode on the wave of nationalism which accompanied political independence in the 1960s, while at the same time Apartheid in South Africa isolated their team internationally. Beyond the Boundary illustrates that the transatlantic slave trade holds a deep-rooted legacy that is evident and prevalent today. However, this exhibition is both emotive and dynamic in its demonstration of resistance to the elitism that was imposed on the African Diaspora. For more information please call: 0151 478 4499 or visit www. liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Tate Liverpool’s forthcoming exhibition Afro Modern: Journeys Through the Black Atlantic, takes its inspiration from Paul Gilroy’s seminal book The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (1993). The exhibition is the first of its kind to trace in depth the impact of black cultures from around the Atlantic on art of the last century. From the influences of African art on the modernist forms of artists like Picasso, to the work of contemporary artists such as Ellen Gallagher, Chris Ofili and Kara Walker, the exhibition will reflect how artists around the Atlantic have claimed the language of Modernism in diverse ways, as a powerful tool to explore, formulate and assert their own identity. The exhibition is part of Liverpool and the Black Atlantic, a series of exhibitions and events that explores connections between cultures and continents. For more information please call 0151 702 7400 or visit www.tate.org. uk/liverpool/

THE DECAY SERIES Local art consultants, dot-art's, first show of 2010 showcases the work of talented Liverpool artist Michael Kirby, who has produced a series of paintings, not just about decay as depicted literally in these works, but concerned with human decay, both physical and spiritual. Do we really think about the future, about death and what that means to us as individuals? Michael was born in Liverpool in 1956, he studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Wigan school of Art. In a career spanning 25 years he has worked for most of the major advertising agencies in the capital. Michael says the following about his thought provoking paintings: "The world deteriorates, humanity decays, but do we consider the consequences? We see this deterioration every day in the fabric of our inner city structures. We give such significance to them, yet they all fall away to nothing. 4

“ The series, by using buildings as a focal point, aims to ignite a thought process: a thought process that will lead to the suggestion of there being something more permanent than this finite existence." Since moving back to Liverpool in 2002 he has concentrated on developing his painting. His main interests are landscape, whether urban or country and the depiction of the human figure. His main influences are Sargent, Alfred Munnings and Lucien Freud. The exhibition is open to the public from 12-6pm Monday to Friday and by appointment, at dot-art, 16 Queen Avenue, Castle Street, Liverpool, L2 4TX. Please call 0845 017 6660 or see www. dot-art.com for more information or to make an appointment. www.theliverpoolmagazine.com


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When Danny Perkins picks up his briefcase as he steps off the 86 bus he expects to find a hat, a scarf and the remains of his lunch. What he actually finds is two million pounds in cold, hard cash. Enough money to change your life forever and make all of your dreams come true. To get away from it all Danny just needs to persuade his wife to be his sister-inlaw, a policeman to be his brother and his best friends to be Australian nudists. Once that is sorted then he needs to go and see Mr Nasty, avoid Mr Big and keep his wife away from the booze. If he can manage that then the cat stays in the bag and away from the front of the taxi. Got it? Ray Cooney���s laugh-a-minute comedy ran for two years in the West End

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winning rave reviews. This new adaptation for Royal Court Liverpool by Leslie Lawton will have you rolling in the aisles as Danny tries to take the money and run. A perfect antidote to the final gloom of the winter months! To book tickets please call the booking hotline on 0870 787 1866 or visit www.royalcourtliverpool.com

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL LIGHTS UP THE NORTH The world-renowned dance and acrobatic spectacle, Cirque du Soleil, has returned to the UK for its annual tour, and this year it will bring its stunning show, ‘Varekai’, to the north west for the first time. The Trafford Centre in Manchester will be the stage for this truly unique show, which has been described as ‘a riot of colour, contortion and choral music’, and features tricks and aerial stunts that truly re-define the classic circus spectacle for the 21st century. The Cirque began back in 1982 when a group of young street performers living in Canada, decided to create a new venue for their passion by organizing an entertainer’s festival. Two years later Cirque du Soleil was born, bringing with it an entirely new blend of circus acts and street entertainment. Beginning with tours of Canada, the Cirque became an instant hit, and by the nineties the show had become a global success, playing in New York, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Paris and London. This year, the Cirque will return to the north after performing at the Echo arena in Liverpool, in February last year. The event will once again hold special significance for one member of the Cirque group, who happens to be a native of the north. Assistant wardrobe mistress Janis Austin, from Woolton, Liverpool, has worked with Cirque du Soleil for the past four years. Due to the extravagance and sheer scale of the performance, Ms. Austin has to make sure 250 full costumes, 500 costume accessories and 200 pairs of shoes are www.theliverpoolmagazine.com

ready for action before each show. Ms. Austin, who originally worked at the Playhouse theatre as a dresser before joining the Cirque, was understandably delighted to see the show debut in her home town last year: ‘The show is truly magical and is fantastic to work on, as no two days are the same. I will finally be able to share it with my family and get to see my home city, which has changed so much since I came on tour with Cirque du Soleil.’ Last year, Liverpool’s Echo Arena became the first arena setting for Cirque’s ninth show ‘Quidam’, which ensured a truly memorable display. This year the Cirque will be performing Varekai for the first time ever in the UK. The show is an incredible mix of acrobatic skill, extravagant design, spectacular costumes and enchanting music, featuring gravity defying stunts that guarantee to captivate. One of the hot acts featured in this show is Helen Ball, a triple trapeze artist who also hails from Liverpool. Cirque du Soleil will once again visit Liverpool this year, performing its signature show, ‘Saltimbanco’ at the Echo Arena this 26-30 May.

Whilst Liverpool will celebrate 2010 under the banner of ‘Year of Health and Wellbeing’, Wirral’s 2010 will cheer on the ‘Year of Food’ in honour of all the successes and achievements the Wirral food and tourism industry has made over the past few years. Last year was kicked off spectacularly with the news that Oxton-based restaurant, Fraiche, was to receive a coveted Michelin star, only just preceding a further award for the best wine list of any UK restaurant by the Good Food Guide. Wirral’s fresh food industry has been boosted by Wirral’s Farmers Market, a nationally award winning market which benefits its community. There are thriving farm shops, which sell the very freshest produce like Church Farm and Claremont Farm. Claremont Farm is also home to Wirral’s Food and Drink Festival, which takes place every August Bank Holiday, and Claremont Kitchen which hosts a series of food and cookery courses, including Brian Mellor, The Vegi-Table and the Chocolate Cellar. Events are scheduled to take place throughout the year, and with regular Merseyrail services to and from Liverpool and Wirral, there are no excuses not to take a day trip over the water. For further information please visit www.visitwirral.com/food

For more information about all Cirque du Soleil performances please visit www.cirquedusoleil.com To book tickets for the Liverpool performance in May 2010, please call the Echo Arena box office on 0844 8000 400 or visit www.echoarena. com

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MUSIC

SERGEANT PEPPER GOES ON TOUR

MELLOW OUT Mellowtone welcomes the return of musician, David Ford, at the View Two Gallery this 24 February. Supported by Liverpool Magazine favourite, Ragz, David, whose last few tours have featured a band of 15 musicians and a stage full to bursting with extraordinary and often bizarre home-made musical instruments is stripping things right back for his forthcoming February dates throughout England. In the ancient tradition of the ‘balladeer’ he is, this time, playing solo in small venues and small towns with just a guitar and a piano for accompaniment. The tour heralds the release of his third album ‘Let the Hard Times Roll’ and in the spirit of the album’s name, David wants to deliberately revel in a ‘make do and mend’ approach to this tour. David has accrued a wide and varied following across the world – in fact,

his most recent tour in October 2009 culminated in a sell out show at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre. That particular night saw fans flying in from Dallas, Milan and Boston for David’s annual big London show. They weren’t disappointed. Tickets priced at just £5, available from: www.skiddle.com/whats-on/ Liverpool

A DECADE OF SHAKING IT Wow. Chibuku Shake Shake has made it to ten years old. In March 2000 four students pooled together forty quid, printed some flyers off on tracing paper and put on a party in a room above a pub. What's followed since is the stuff of legend; Chibuku Shake Shake has been to Ibiza, Fabric and Creamfields with regular alacrity, sold clubs out in Liverpool in 3500 capacity venues and returned even to Malawi to the famous place where the name itself came from (Chibuku Shake Shake being a ferociously potent porridge-like beer). There have been moments of blissful abandon hoisted in and around the club during that period. DJ Falcon was the guest at the first birthday, filling out the old Sound Factory right at the peak of Daft Punk mania gripping British clubland. The first Gilles Peterson gigs in the Masque were equally special, not to mention a pre-Madonna Jacques lu Cont/Stuart Price mesmerising dancefloors with electrifying electro and the late great John Peel DJing to hordes of people bearing his face on masks. Snatched moments of distilled madness, prolonged bouts of euphoria and a hazy concoction of beats and rhythms; there www.theliverpoolmagazine.com

has been no decade quite like it. The party continues in that rich rambunctious vein, a glorious tribute to Chibuku's triple threat formula of acid house madness, forward thinking electronica suffused with the stars of tomorrow on show. Saturday March 13th simply cannot be missed by anyone with an interest in Liverpool's music evolution. Happy birthday Chibuku! We have two pairs of tickets for 2 lucky readers, send your day time contact details to win@acpublishing.com for your chance to win.

CHIBUKU 10TH ANNIVERSARY BIRTHDAY PARTY Saturday 13th March @ Nation, Wolstenholme Square, L1 4JJ Courtyard Very Special Guest TBC, Adam Beyer, Joris Voorn Live, Dom Chung Main room: Club 75 featuring: Justice (Xavier) vs Cassius vs Busy P vs Dj Medhi, Annexe, Mix Master Mike (Beasties Boys), Skream & MC Seargent Pokes, Shy Fx and Mc Dynamite, No Fakin & more. Info - 0151 706 8045 www.chibuku.com Ticketline: 0161 832 1111 3Beat: 0151 7093355

A stunning new notefor-note production brings one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest landmark albums back to life in truly breathtaking fashion. Featuring some of the best musicians from the Fab Four’s own home town of Liverpool, and backed by a spellbinding new light show, original big screen animations and a host of fun surprises, this show is a must for Beatles Fans old and new. The performance of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Show in its entirety will be followed by an hour of Beatles classics live – touring the country over February and March; the show kicks off, naturally, in Liverpool on Sunday 21 February at the Royal Philharmonic Hall. £1 from every ticket sold will go directly to the Beatles Day Foundation* To book your tickets, see the following: Ticketmaster 0870 534 4444, Ticketline 0870 444 5556, See Tickets 0871 220 0260 and Gigantic 0115 959 7908

“ONE MORE TIME!”

ELVIS PRESLEY IN CONCERT Elvis Presley performs a full 2hour concert including his greatest hits and performances at the Echo Arena Liverpool on Sunday 7th March 2010 – that’s right; the King is back! Elvis sings lead vocals, as his songs and arrangements are played live by 21 musicians including some of his original band mates, backing vocalists and full orchestra. “Elvis Presley in Concert”, the production that reunites Elvis’ former band mates live on stage with a video-projected Elvis, will tour Europe in February and March of 2010. After multiple, sold-out concert tours and a hiatus of nearly two years - worldwide public demand is at an all-time high for this Elvis concert experience. The producers have edited together a collection of Elvis' finest concert performances that exist on film and video and removed all sound from the footage except for Elvis' vocal track. To book your tickets please call the Echo Arena Box Office on: 0844 8000 400 or visit www. echoarena.com

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INTERVIEW

Like finding a haystack in a needle... Described as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, micro-sculptor Willard Wigan brings his work to Liverpool and talks to Jenny Morris about his breathtaking talent. Words: Jenny Morris

Willard Wigan discovered his talent for micro-sculpting at a young age. From there his career has soared to heights he could never imagine. Achieving the status as the world’s greatest micro-sculptor, Willard’s art has amazed nano-scientists and surgeons worldwide, and he shows no sign of stopping. His gloriously eccentric personality is reflected in his work – from the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party taking place in the eye of a needle, to a grain of sand carved into a replica of one of the greatest sculptures in the world. Extreme patience, and a steady hand, are par for the course in Willard’s unique line of work that defies belief. Invisible to the naked eye, but crafted to such intricate detail under the gaze of powerful microscopes and hand-crafted tools, he has managed to make the impossible, possible. 8

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INTERVIEW How did you first discover your talent for micro-sculpting? My talent started from a very early age aged five. I was fascinated with insects, especially ants and as a child I used to think that ants needed somewhere to live! I just lived in a little fantasy world – I didn’t do that well academically so I just disappeared into my own little world. I’d absconded from school one day because I couldn’t take it anymore, things were very bad then in 1962, I just sort of decided that I didn’t want to be there. My mum caught me and told me to go back to school, so I told her that I was making some houses for ants! What I’d done at the time was to steal my Dad’s razor blades and cut the blade up, and sliced splinters of wood and constructed a little house. I made them little chairs and tables and a little carousel out of little bits of silver foil. My mother saw it and said to me ‘That is absolutely incredible’ and told me: ‘You’ve got to keep making small things – you’ll get bigger by getting smaller’. So you’ve had support from your mum from the very beginning? My mother told me that I should keep making very small things, so I never stopped for 48 years! Now, I do the smallest artwork on the planet – the work that I do now means that I have to control my nervous system, I work between my heartbeat – so I have one and a half seconds to move. The tools I make now are more sophisticated – I’ve evolved from aged five to aged 52, and I’m doing stuff now that I even have to ask myself how I do it. How do you control your heartbeat or work within its rhythm? I work between the heartbeats, so when it’s quiet that’s when I work, to avoid any tremors. When you’re working on this level, things go wrong if you don’t keep still. You’ve got to be a dead man working. You have to force yourself to control things because the materials that are used are so tiny. I’ve carved things out of tiny microscopic fragments of gold, even a grain of sand. I did a carving of Michael Angelo’s ‘David’ – which I called ‘Micro Angelo’! I used the pulse in my finger as a jackhammer and just kept going. It was almost like I had to challenge myself, and I did it, it’s there in perfect proportions. I’ve done a lot smaller than that now; I can go down to five microns. When my mother passed away, she said one thing to me – ‘Keep getting smaller’, so that’s all I did, I honoured her word. So everything I do is too big. It’s like David and Goliath – the little boy who beats the giant; well, my work is little but it knocks people out, they can’t comprehend it. How much work have you lost to accident? I’ve lost quite a few. I make tools to avoid mistakes – I have to make all types of little

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hooks and barriers and things. I make them all myself because I have to find ways of making tools to avoid things happening. I have inhaled some of my own work too – it’s a horrible feeling. How would you sum up the inspiration for your work? The way I look at it is that everything started small – it doesn’t matter what people say. Everything started small. We were once invisible. It doesn’t matter how big a tree is, it was once tiny. Sometimes human beings tend to forget where they came from. My brother wrote me a little poem that explains a lot of it, it starts: ‘All that is big once was small/The size was once unseen/ The largest in creation, and all/That came between... A speck of dust floats/Through the air just drifting/ Through the breeze/ Unexpected, here it comes/It made a grown man sneeze!’ I think people will be quite surprised when they see what I am bringing

to Liverpool – I love Liverpool, I love the people and I have a surprise for them! What do you have lined up for the future? At the end of the day I have been given a gift to be able to do what I do. It’s like God’s thrown a ball to me and I caught it. I’ve bounced it around so people can see what I’ve been given. But when a mistake happens, it’s like everything else in life – we all make mistakes and we all have to learn by them. My work is like an inspiration to a lot of people. It makes me who I am, I had to find a way to express myself. From school and the humiliation there from the teachers who took me around the school, telling kids I was ‘an exhibition of failure’ But here I am today – the greatest microscopic art worker the world has ever seen. Not only that, I’m getting better. I’m taking a human hair, and on the tip of the human hair will be two little fairies dancing, with little violins and wings which I’ll make from the wings of a dead fruit fly. That’s my world, fascinated with little things. How about your microscopes and hightech equipment? I have the best microscopes - that allows me to see; but it doesn’t matter how big it seems – it’s still small. Your pulse is still going to interfere, and it’s not just that – it’s having the skill and having the ability to be able to move on a molecular level and to create things that are less than a third of a full stop in a newspaper. When Prince Charles heard about it and I spoke to him he said “Well how does one do this?” He was fascinated and that made me feel good – the future King of England, and a letter from the Queen and an MBE; it’s great to know that little things really do mean a lot. Willard Wigan’s art will be exhibited at the Hard Days Night hotel gallery from 16 January until 14 March 2010 – call 0151 236 1964 for more information. To view stunning images please visit www. willard-wigan.com

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This 19 February Liverpool will play host to a spectacular show of female sporting talent as the England and Australian national netball teams go head to head. Often thought of as a school-ground sport, professional netball is a far cry from gym knickers and cries of ‘Pivet!’. The strength, skill, speed and fitness required in the professional games is beyond belief, and professional netball is fast becoming a sport to gain a rapidly increasing fan base. The Echo Arena is the venue for the showdown. Currently, England is ranked at number three in the world rankings, with Australia at number one. England fans are hopeful, however, as the past year or two has seen the team constantly improve, to a point where they beat Australia for the first time since 1983 at the Co-operative World Netball Series in October 2009. Coached by Aussie, Sue Hawkins, for the past two years, her experience in coaching the Australian and New Zealand teams in the past – and taking them to success – clearly shows. England co-captians, Sonia Mkoloma and Karen Atkinson are optimistic, and are keen to show the Liverpool audience exactly what professional netball is all about; this is the first time a game of this level has been played in Liverpool, so we

TRIUMPHANT WIN Interior design specialists, Elaine Cunningham Interiors, had cause for celebration recently when it was announced the company had won the title ‘Business of the Year’ at the Train 2000 Awards. Train 2000 is an award-winning women’s economic development agency established in 1996 in response to an identified need for accessible and quality programmes for women on Merseyside. The organisation has an international reputation in delivery of social enterprise and women’s economic development services; working with public, private and third sector clients. Congratulations, Elaine Cunningham Interiors! say make the most of it and experience something new. We have a great prize to give away – see our competitions page 27 for details! To book tickets please call 0844 8000 400 or visit www.echoarena. com For more information on national netball, please visit: www. englandnetball.co.uk and check out the Back to Netball campaign for those who regret leaving it at the school gates.

KIRSTY AT THE MAL

Top local fashion designer, Kirsty Doyle, has teamed up with Malmaison Hotels to launch an exclusive collaboration for Valentines Day. www.theliverpoolmagazine.com

Guests booking a romantic stay at the city’s sumptuous venue will be able to indulge in an extra-special weekend with their loved one – including an overnight stay in the luxury hotel, breakfast and Valentines cocktails for two, as well as an exclusively designed pure silk, floor length gown in deep purple – designed by Kirsty. “Valentines is a great time to indulge yourself and your loved one,” comments Kirsty, “The Malmaison is such a luxurious hotel and I love coming here for a bit of pampering. I wanted my design to reflect the feelings of stylish romance that hotels evoke.”’ The Kirsty Doyle for Malmaison package is now open with prices starting at £350. To book a room with the Kirsty Doyle for Malmaison package, please contact Liverpool Malmaison on 0151 2295000 and quote ‘Kirsty Doyle’. To find out more about Kirsty and her designs, please visit: www.kirstydoyle.com

For more information about Elaine Cunningham Interiors, please visit www.elainecunninghaminteriors. com

DELICIOUS! Liverpool’s newest gourmand haven has thrown open its doors, and in just a few weeks has attracted much attention and great feedback from happy customers. Located in the busy business district of the city, on St Paul’s Square, Franklins Deli offers good, honest home-cooking and is run by a bunch of self-proclaimed ‘foodies’ with a genuine obsession for creating truly tasty food for their customers. They say that staying in is the new going out – and now you can bring a touch of foodie decadence to your sofa or dinner table thanks to the experts at Franklins Deli, yum! For more information please visit www.franklinsdeli.com or just pop in to the New York Deli-style eatery and relax on one of the squashy sofas with a cuppa.

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Meeting Joe Strummer Unity Theatre 6th March

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Star Wars In Concert

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8th March Liverpool Philharmonic www.liverpoolphil.com T: 0151 709 3789

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Dreamboats and Petticoats

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Tiesto

The Rise of Women Artists (ends)

The Tempest

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Derren Brown Enigma 2nd /3rd March

With the start of spring on the horizon, the mad month of March is jam-packed with event after event. Liverpool welcomes magic man Derren Brown to its streets, Shakespeare takes a turn at the Unity and the Liverpool half-marathon kicks off. Best get those trainers on then...

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Unity Theatre 16th March

Walker Art Gallery 14 March

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Earthfall GIG

Mark Rothko exhibition

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Unity Theatre 19th March

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Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales

Peter Andre

Liverpool Philharmonic 28th March www.liverpoolphil.com T: 0151 709 3789

Echo Arena 26-28 March www.accliverpool.com T: 0844 8000 400

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Liverpool Philharmonic 29th March www.liverpoolphil.com T: 0151 709 3789

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Also in March... The 82nd Academy Awards (aka The Oscars) takes place in Hollywood on 7 March, hosted by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin...12 March sees athletes compete in the 2010 Paralympics...Tim Burton's long-awaited adaptation of Lewis Carrols's Alice in Wonderland, with the delectable Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter opens on 5 March.

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styling. Backcomb and spray the roots for extra hold and then smooth over the top layer of hair. This is great for on-the-go styles and perfect for those mornings when you get up late and don’t have time to wash your hair! So give yourself a treat; go out looking absolutely fabulous and ready to show the world a ‘new you’ in 2010. Visit this year’s hottest hair salon; Bobbers for a luxurious and affordable experience. Bobbers is a contemporary salon with talented stylists, who specialise in creative hairdressing and advanced colour techniques. Established in 1983 on Eaton Road, West Derby, Bobbers have opened a brand new salon in the heart of Mossley Hill on Allerton Road. This plush salon is home to a unique ‘colour bar’, massage chairs and stylish interior. A visit to Bobbers will leave you looking a million dollars, but it won’t cost you that.

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FASHION

Dress to impress at the office in elegant cuts that will turn heads for all the right reasons.

Moschino Dress-Flannels-£545 Moschion Jacket-Flannels-£855 Kate Kuba shoes-£89

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Zenga jacket-£559 Zenga pants-£139 Zenga shirt-£109 Zenga tank top-£295 Peter Worth shoes-£65

“Gentlemen can top up winter wardrobes with cosy knits in rich, warm colours.”

So, the party season is behind us -waistlines duly expanded and diet books clutched firmly in hand – but that’s no excuse to let your fashion standards slip. We have some gorgeous threads that will keep you looking sharp in the office all through the cold months, and are guaranteed to keep the winter blues at bay. Focus on punctuating sleek muted or black garments with bold accents – just like our models; the intense cerise silk ensures our lady really gets noticed, but remains smart and stylish whilst at work. Men can easily top up their winter wardrobe with a good selection of jumpers and tailored shirts in classic reds, purples or blues – just stay away from that jumper Grandma knitted you. Unfortunately, that is never a good look. Use contrasting fabrics to create interesting textures and add further dimensions to your outfit, just because you’re in work doesn’t mean that your style has to suffer. Invest in a good coat that you feel comfortable and confident in. If you have a chance to buy a designer piece, go for it! A good Italian or French wool coat will last you three years minimum and you’ll be seen wearing it most of the time so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth. In terms of colours, black, brown and grey are the traditional hues for winter coats and you will see these colours on most women, but if you truly want to stand out from the winter crowd, a little attitude won’t hurt. Similarly, a good suit or two will pay dividends; the difference in cut is really noticeable and will see you through season after season, year after year. 16

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“Punctuate sleek, fitted garments with bold accents and contrasting textures.” Skirt-£89 Jacket-£179 Top-£25 Shoes-£149 Scarf-£59 Tights-£8 all from HOBBS Hero Shopper Bag - Lollipops - £52 Wensum suit-Flannels -£425 Prada shirt-Flannels -£180 Prada tie-Flannels -£115 Shoes - Peter Worth-£65

Cynthia Steffe dressFlannels-£355 Day Birger pearls-Flannels-£90 Prada Shoes-Flannels-£395 Dior ring-Flannels-£245

John Smedly roll neck -Flannels -£120 Zenga pants-£139 Peter Worth shoes-£65

LK Bennet skirt-£125 LK Bennet top-£125 Laura Bohinc belt-Flannels-£325 Laura Bohnic necklace-Flannels-£275 Laura Bohnic bracelet-Flannels-£205 Laura Bohnic ring-Flannels-3160 Charlotte Olympia shoes-Flannels-£625

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MOTORING ‘Must try harder’. A familiar phrase for some at school, but in Nissan’s case, not an implicit criticism of its X Trail range, rather its marketing rationale when the range was launched over six years ago. No wonder! Nissan was replacing its lacklustre Terrano with a newcomer targeting Land Rover’s capable Freelander; I can still remember the first time I spotted an X Trail back in 2003 when it caught my eye as an imaginative newcomer in what was developing as a very lucrative market sector. Spool forward to 2010 model year, and Nissan’s latest X Trails are now its Acenta and Tekna models – the latter a luxury oriented version with a ‘luxury’ price, of which more later. Yet even now they’re on a par with rivals from Land Rover, Volvo, Audi, BMW et al. Back in 2003, they marked a step change in Nissan’s off road model range; while replacing the dowdy Terrano wasn’t that difficult, Nissan knew that the newcomer would face stiff opposition from its talented rivals. Little wonder then the X Trail’s so well built, well equipped and has garnered an enviable reputation as an excellent second hand buy. Sensibly, both models are available with Nissan’s excellent two litre turbo diesel engine. Both 150 PS and 173 PS versions are well suited to the X Trail’s nature, and equally at home in town and country. Okay, so this Nissan is not ultimately meant for the really rough stuff, but for off road duties like crossing muddy fields, it’s fine. And on road, when winter strikes, its ‘All Mode’ 4x4 system acquits itself well in light snow, for instance. Its smooth ride holds no nasty surprises and in press on driving it’s rather enjoyable, which is more than can be said about it antiqued coil sprung predecessor where it was sometimes a case of pass the sick bag … What might induce nausea though are the prices. A Nissan salesman remembered when a new X Trail was around £16,000 … the base price for an X Trail now is from £22,245 which, to coin an off roading phrase, might be a bit too steep for some … ‘Know alls know nowt.’ For our esteemed readers in the city’s more salubrious areas, that can be translated as: ‘those who profess an excess of knowledge in any given subject are often found lacking’. That’s especially true when you hear some of the more lurid tales about today’s generation of sports utility vehicles. ‘SUV’ is a horrible American www.theliverpoolmagazine.com

Putting an end to the Rumours

Winter’s here – so what better time to test a couple of Japanese ‘soft roaders’ that’ll both take that sudden cold snap in their stride? Frank Davis donned warm gloves, a winter coat and his thermals to drive Nissan’s impressive X Trail Acenta 2.0 dCi and Mitsubishi’s handsome Outlander SE.

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acronym describing big, leery four wheel drive machines which have about as much concern about the environment as a group of city bankers awaiting their next bonuses. But it’s all changed recently, thanks in part to models like the very capable Mitsubishi Outlander that paint crossovers in a new, more sympathetic light. So let’s nail a few rumours about cars like the Outlander. In short, they are as clean, green and economical as many estate car rivals, and have two important advantages - namely their height and ‘on demand’ 4WD systems. We took the Outlander SE on a family holiday to London, via Cheltenham. It was at home on both the motorway, where that extra few inches of visibility behind the wheel helped for safer driving (you’ll spot potential incidents from a further distance) to the smaller A and B roads round the Cotswolds when you feel that little bit safer should a large tractor come barrelling towards you … The Outlander – with its French brethren the Citroen C Crosser and Peugeot 4007 – is made in Holland and is a good looking, well made and well equipped piece of kit. And the SE’s exceptional value for money with seven seat capability, road tax of £175 a year, fuel returns of over 40 mpg (the lowest CO2 car per passenger in its segment) and a full complement of kit including cruise control, ‘blue tooth’ connectivity and climate control for around £20,300. Driving this winter? These golden rules will ensure you don’t put too many wheels wrong: Prepare to travel: keep the battery charged, check your tyres and anti freeze (a 50/50 mix for winter is advisable) and pack a few essentials like chocolate bars, blankets, your mobile, a torch and spade. On the move: use the air conditioning – it’s there to make winter driving safer. Leave plenty of time for even the shortest journeys and tune in to local radio traffic reports. When driving in snow and ice always pull away in second gear, keep to a constant speed and if you get stuck, use an old rug for extra traction

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Fresh from her ‘Jungle’ experience in ITV’s ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here’, Katie Price attended her product signing at the brand new Derby House pop up boutique in Metquarter recently. Katie was promoting her KP clothing range and signing autographs for KP customers. The new Derby House pop up boutique offers styles for women and children. www.metquarter.com

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Platform at Palm Sugar Liverpool Chamber of Commerce hosted their latest platform lunch at Liverpool’s top venue, Palm Sugar Lounge, situated opposite the Hilton hotel in Liverpool ONE. The cream of the business community enjoyed drinks in the fabulous Palm Sugar Lounge before experiencing a Thai lunch at Chaophraya. Fine dining was available upstairs for those who didn't have to rush back to work. Palm Sugar Lounge provides corporate cocktail master classes starting from £39 per person. The bar has live entertainment from Wed – Sun with various performances from Ste Fletcher and Tom the resident pianist. Weekends are a lively affair with resident DJ’s. www.palmsugarlounge.co.uk

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Donner Sculley, winner of the £10,000 diamond ring.

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St Georges Hall was transformed into a winter wonderland as it welcomed the north-west’s elite for an entertainment packed evening. The Prince’s Trust’s Diamond Ball, which is considered to be the social event of the corporate year, raised more than £40,000 for the trust. Guests included TV chef, Simon Rimmer and ex Liverpool and England captain Phil Thompson. Donner Scully was the lucky winner of the £10,000 diamond donated by David M Robinson.

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LIMELIGHT Queenies Christmas Day Luncheon

Tony Butler, Herbert Howe, Rev. Stephen Brooks, Ricky Tomlinson, Claire Sweeney.

Herbert Howe, Danny McCall & Ricky Tomlinson

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Ricky Tomlinson spreading the Christmas Spirit

Celebrity hairdresser Herbert Howe hosted Queenies Christmas at the Adelphi on Christmas Day. Hundreds of local people, most without family and friends, attended the 3rd annual event organised by Queenies Christmas, the charity Herbert set up in memory of his late mother, Queenie. Herbert said that his mother adored Christmas and the day was a fitting tribute to her memory. Following a sherry and festive lunch with all the trimmings guests were treated to an array of entertainment by the Liverpool charity that gives 100% of their profits back to the local community. www.queenieschristmas.co.uk

Michael Jackson's choreographer visits LIPA MICHAEL Jackson’s dance guru and one of the world’s top casting and creative directors put dance students through their paces at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) recently. Emmy Award-winning choreographer LaVelle Smith Jr and leading casting and creative director Mark Summers gave a series of masterclasses in dance technique and how to stand out at auditions. Both have worked with a formidable line-up of stars including Madonna, The Rolling Stones and Beyoncé. LaVelle, who was choreographer and judge on the hit BBC Three series Move Like Michael Jackson, said: “Learn as much as you can about everything in your field, whether it be dance or set design, because when you get in the real world the more you know, the more you are going to work."

LaVelle Smith Jr, right, teaches second year LIPA dance student Adrian Falconer

LaVelle Smith Jr

Masquerade ball in aid of the Marina Dalglish Appeal

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Scarisbrick Hall illuminated for the ball

Elicia Walmsley, Natasha Malone, Karen Malone & Colin Kiyani

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Scarisbrick Hall school held a family masquerade ball in aid of the Marina Dalglish Appeal. Over 350 guests were entertained throughout the evening by ‘Soul servers’ the singing waiters who had earlier been waiting on tables and filled the dance floor with their soul and motown classics. Over £5000 was raised in aid of the Marina Dalglish Appeal by the school including a fabulous auction on the night and compere Mark Walsh got guests to dig deep and bid very generously! Owner of Scarisbrick Hall Lynda Headly said ‘We are so proud for it to be such a roaring success and raise a huge amount of money for the Marina Dalglish appeal. All of the guests, children and adults alike had the most amazing fun and are already asking about next year!’ 21


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INTERVIEW WITH BEN DE LISI International fashion and interiors designer, Ben de Lisi, prides himself on excellence in all aspects of his life. His trademark feminine, floaty gowns have graced many a red carpet and his range of elegant soft furnishings and kitchen ware adorn many a home. Such is his experience, that property investor and developer Grosvenor sought his expertise when developing its sleek and chic show apartment in Mayfair, London. Following its fantastic reception, Grosvenor have once again approached Ben – this time to judge a national interior design competition, Jenny Morris caught up with Ben to find out more. How do you transfer your skills for fashion design into that of interior design – was it an easy shift? It was a very easy shift – you look at interiors the same way you look at the female form, you play up the attributes and play down the detriments. Simple as that. The aesthetic is always the same, which is pure, understated, aspirational and enviable, never overworked. It has to be rich in detail and rich in texture and have a wow factor. I think that speaks volumes about quality and I have that for my clothes, and I have that for anything that I design, whether it’s an interior, whether it’s a bathroom, whether it’s one of my paintings – it’s always the same.

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I get a slightly bigger buzz doing interior design because it’s new to me. www.theliverpoolmagazine.com

Which do you enjoy more – seeing one of your dresses sashaying down the catwalk or creating an interior design that transforms a property? As a seasoned fashion designer, obviously I still feel elated when I walk into an event and see a woman wearing one of my dresses – I find it extremely flattering to see that women love my clothes; but because interiors is relatively new – I have been doing it for the last five years – that’s got a new special place for me because it’s the newer of the two, let’s say. So designing a product for my homewares range at Debenhams is very exciting, because I’ve designed something and can see the publicity it gets and see the waiting lists for particular cushions – and I find that very exciting, it really is. The interior for the Grosvenor property that I did, and I mean all the accolades that I have, it is very complimentary and I would say that right now, I get a slightly bigger buzz doing interior design because it’s new to me. How did you get involved with Grosvenor, and the national interior design competition that you are judging? Grosvenor approached me to do a

collaboration on one of their high-end flats in Mayfair, London, they thought that by putting the two names together it would show that they were more forward thinking, and more cutting-edge. Because it was very highly publicised and very well received they decided that it came to a natural conclusion by doing this judging. It was as simple as that. And what do you hope to see from the winning design? I want innovation, I want an evolutionary design. I’m not particularly looking for something revolutionary – I want something that bombards the senses in quality and style but remains a design that works. It’s all well and good to put pen to paper and design something but if it doesn’t work then it’s a bad design. As far as I’m concerned – I was never the kind of designer that pandered to the theatrics and mediocre details. It has to be something that is beautiful but works. You were a contestant on the popular show, Come Dine With Me – is your appreciation of food and cooking reflected in the design of your kitchenware? Yes. I love to cook and entertain – I probably cook about five or six nights out of the week; it’s very therapeutic for me. What would you say is the best way to create maximum impact in a room, with minimum effort? It’s important to me that the – well the main living space has to speak volumes about the look of the home. Because that’s what you see when you walk in – the living room/dining room and that whole area. I think it’s very important to look after your bathroom because you start your day there and end it there too. It should have a sense of wellbeing; it should have a warm, comforting feeling that cares and looks after you. Statistically the bathrooms and kitchens in buildings are the two most important factors that help sell a property and they would be very high on the list pf places on which to put your stamp. Ok – and lastly, if you could dress anyone, who would it be and why? I would love to dress the actress, Julianne Moore, because I think she’s beautiful, articulate, sexy in a very discreet way, she has great style and I think she’d look phenomenal in my clothes. It would be her – I’d feel really flattered to be able to add her to the list of celebs that I’ve dressed. Watch this space for the winning design. 23


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FOOD & DRINK

With the jollity of the festive period now a distant memory, it’s time to hunker down and stock up on fine, rich and hearty food to see you through the colder months. This issue we visit the new kid on the block – Hilton Liverpool – and its Exchange Restaurant, find some rustic Italian fare at Prego and fill in the gap betwixt lunch and dinner with a spot of afternoon tea at the Maritime Dining Rooms.

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The Hilton hotel at Liverpool One is really the darling of the moment – from the word go, bookings have been high and regular and foodies have flocked to its in-house restaurant, The Exchange. One often discounts hotel restaurants, perhaps only using them when staying overnight – they are rarely a destination amongst busy city-dwellers. This is where the Hilton raises the bar – its food has people talking for all the right reasons, and the word on the street is that the food (created by head chef Matthew Burns) is very, very good. So naturally, expectations are high. If you haven’t visited the Hilton yet, I really do recommend it – the attention to detail is fantastic, and the global brand has really picked up on Liverpool’s local quirks, and using them in every aspect of the building and service. The Exchange is found on the ground floor – a wide, open space, though not exposed – there’s a slight retro feel to the decor and beautifully laid table, and an energy about the place. Locally

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sourced ingredients populate the strong menu, and our mouths were watering as soon as we’d turned the page. My husband’s wood pigeon salad (£8.95) with blackberry dressing was rich and juicy, cut by the welcome sweet tang of the berries, whilst my ham hock terrine with piccalilli (£6.50) was light, salty and very moreish – generous torn strips of ham hock and the punchy accompaniment were just the ticket to kick off this winter feast. We both savoured a glass wine from the extensive list – a NZ Sauvignon Blanc for me, a Merlot for him, a welcome suggestion from our charming waitress (note – the Hilton really knows good customer service, and boy, does it make a difference). I had been recommended the Scouse (£12.95) by several people, and it didn’t disappoint – atop a thick, unctuous casserole was a tender, meaty, thick and pink lamb chop – the nicest I’ve had in a very long time. The traditional accompaniment, beetroot, partnered my

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additional side dish of buttered curly kale and greens and the whole lot was wolfed down in a matter of minutes; this was, without a doubt, the best Scouse I have ever had the pleasure to eat. Meanwhile, across the table, Mr Morris was tucking into a vast fillet of venison (£23.95), I couldn’t quite decipher his comments through the mouthfuls, but he looked very happy – the accompanying slow cooked faggot and turnips were well matched, and in both cases the meat was cooked perfectly. Unsurprisingly full, a cheese plate was the order of the day in place of a sweet – generous helpings of five local cheeses of our choice were a fitting end to a delicious meal and lovely evening. I can’t reiterate enough how well the staff attends to the customers, we found them to be friendly, helpful and always ready to top up our wine or water. It is this, and the incredibly high standard of the menu, ingredients and kitchen team, that have confirmed we will definitely be back for more. JM genetically the same grape - but the wines they produce can be very different in style, depending on origin. The typical old-world syrah is lighter and leaner than the intense shiraz wines of the new world, which tend to be richer, riper and more full-bodied. In certain areas, the name you get on the bottle - syrah or shiraz - will be an indication of style rather than where it is from. Whatever you call it, some estimates put this as the world's fifth most planted red wine grape. www.theliverpoolmagazine.com


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| MARITIME MUSEUM , ALBERT DOCK, L3 4AQ | TEL: 0151 478 4056 | WWW.LIVERPOOLMUSEUMS.ORG.UK | One has a terrible confession to make; it’s been a while since I frequented the Albert Docks and, gulp, I had no idea that such a gorgeous space existed all the way up on the fourth floor of the Maritime Museum. Can you believe it? Well, it’s time I put this right, so here I am to shout from the rooftops about the huge, bustling, elegance of the Maritime Dining Rooms. Hurrah! Fancying a spot of something sweet and comforting, it was decided that afternoon tea would be the order of the day, and at £7 per person, one of the best value services in the city. Sitting by one of the windows that line the enormous space, we looked out over the Dock, across the cloudless winter sky that was turning from blue, to pink, to purple and did a spot of people watching from four storeys up. A quick glance over the rest of the daily menu confirmed a great variety of homemade

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food for a similarly great price, plus a good wine list and desserts – yum! Afternoon Tea could be taken on one of a few levels, we opted for the run of the mill offer – though glasses of fizz, extra cakes or nibbles and tea were available for those extra-hungry visitors. Our Darjeeling (you have a choice of tea – including Scouse Breakfast) quenched our shoppers’ thirst whilst we waited for our delectable delights. Crustless finger food does have an air of elegance and sophistication about it, maybe it’s the dainty way you handle it, or the little nibbles you take instead of munching it in one go – who knows. What I do know, is that afternoon tea is far more filling than I anticipated, and something I could get used to, possibly alongside a glass of something bubbly whilst people play croquet on the lawn... Anyway – sandwiches included cheese and

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tomato, ham, and tuna – all on squashy fresh bread, whilst the cakes (two whole tiers of the three-tier stand) consisted of a sticky toffee and caramel cake, a deliciously moist and spicy carrot cake with a huge swathe of cream-cheese frosting, mini meringues with fruit and – ooh my fave – scones with strawberry jam and the thickest of thick clotted creams to spread greedily across. The Maritime Dining Rooms is an oasis of calm in the popular tourist hotspot of the Albert Docks; the restaurants that line the lower floors around the dock are often overcrowded or cramped at peak tourist times, but with the space allowed up on the fourth floor at the Maritime Dining Rooms each table could be seated but you still have breathing space, and an air of calm. Great value, great location and great food – put it in your diary and go!. JM

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When it’s jolly cold outside, there’s nothing quite like the lure of a cosy pub – firelight flickering in the dewy windows, the smell of rich, comforting food wafting over the street. Needless to say, we were in there like a shot. The Monro is the older brother of Tithebarn Street’s The James Monro, serving British and International gastro food. The Monro pares that down slightly, and has honed in to good British grub, with a Mediterranean leaning. It’s bustling when we arrive on a weekday evening, with all tables reserved – thank goodness we did too; whilst not essential, on this occasion booking would certainly be recommended. We sat at our candlelit table casting an eye over the well thought-out wine list, then opting for a glass of Sauvignon Blanc (around £4) and a Cocker Hoop pint of cask ale for my dining partner, for another thing the Monro is very good at is its

great selection of ales. Roasted tomato and red pepper soup arrived first, with its accompanying fresh bread roll. It’s not often that I go for soup, but this tangy, tasty, herby bowl of yumminess was just the ticket for a cold winter’s eve. My partner’s sautéed lambs liver with peas, tarragon and smoked bacon in a red wine sauce was intensely rich, and quiveringly pink once sliced. The three thick slices of tender liver were a generous portion for a menu that, currently, offers two courses per person for a mere £11.95 – which is amazing value for money considering the quality of the food and the wide choice on the menu. A delightful Scottish salmon fillet with a celeriac and Dijon mustard remoulade arrived, accompanied with a mini bubble and squeak. Cooked to perfection, the large fillet of salmon was moist and

flavoursome. The crunchy sweetness of the celeriac and mustard cut refreshingly through the fish and the creamy mash of the bubble and squeak, ensuring a squeaky clean plate. My partner couldn’t resist the rib-eye steak topped with cocktail prawns, served with the chunkiest chips in Liverpool (my claim, not theirs) and a Bernaise sauce. I may mention that my dining partner is of reasonable size, and it takes some meal to defeat him – valiantly he tried, but in the end his plate was left with a solitary hunk of home-cut chip, and a rosy-cheeked glow upon his face. With this in mind, dessert was reluctantly declined, though a pact has been made to return to The Monro, for its array of pudding club evenings, Sunday lunches, and log-fire menus. A trip up to the James Monro is in the offing too – watch this space. JM

In France, Syrah is the great grape of the northern Rhône, responsible for the dense, burly, deep-coloured, long-lived, savoury and peppery wines of Hermitage, and the slightly more seductively perfumed (traditionally thanks to some co-fermented viognier in the blend) Côte-Rôtie. CrozesHermitage is probably the best-value manifestation of syrah, although good St Joseph exists and Cornas is enjoying a revival.

Australia has regained its pride in what is the country's most planted wine grape variety, which can taste of baked pencils in the Hunter Valley, cough syrup in the Barossa Valley (arguably its spiritual home), chocolate in McLaren Vale and black pepper in cooler parts of Victoria and New South Wales. The great majority of Australian winemakers produce a shiraz of some sort, and many make several qualities of shiraz, as well as a range of shiraz-cabernet blends.

Notable varieties have also sprung from Chile, Italy and South Africa – ensuring this spicy, full-bodied wine keeps getting better and better. Pair Shiraz/Syrah with chargrilled red meats and dark, rich fruit dishes.

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At the beginning of February, the Chinese quarter of Liverpool will be set alight for a period of incredible celebrations. The streets will fill with colourful parades, the houses and restaurants will be draped in flamboyant decor and locals will dance underneath the impressive Imperial arch, dressed in magnificent mythical costumes of lions and dragons. The festivities for Chinese New Year are always a spectacle to behold in any city, but for Liverpool the occasion holds a deeper meaning… Born from Liverpool’s trading lines with China in the late 19th century, the city’s Chinese community is actually the oldest in Europe. And just like Liverpool, the district has suffered in the past. During World War II, Liverpool’s original Chinatown existed within the city’s docklands but was completely destroyed from heavy bombing. In 1942, strikes for equal pay resulted in a backlash from the British government and many men were stripped of their jobs and offered one-way voyages back to China. Yet still, the community prevailed and relocated to its current home in the Nelson Street/ Berry Street area, just west of Liverpool Cathedral. Here, the district has spread significantly over the years to become a well-established area of Liverpool city centre. The area has built up a reputation as a thriving business district and Chinese owned restaurants, supermarkets and other businesses are

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what promises to be a fun and exciting year. Getting fit and healthy should be an enjoyable activity for all members of the family.” To help us kick-start the New Year, Simon has devised four simple exercises (see above) to help you tone up. By following the moves as shown in the images for at least 20 minutes a day, you can focus on key problem areas as outlined in the description. 39


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LEAP and bound into a year of dance Words: Holly Simons

Liverpool’s bustling theatres and venues will play host to acts such as Mathew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Candoco Dance, Tmesis, National Dance Company of Wales and Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance to name but a few. With the concentrated programme of dance events surrounding the festival dates in March, we can expect a little bit of something for everyone, as well as a few surprises thrown in for good measure!

Starting all the way back in 1992, LEAP contemporary dance festival has played host to a number of memorable and diverse events across Liverpool city centre, going from strength to strength. Having originally been set up as a means to celebrate local talent and achievements in dance throughout Merseyside, the festival initially ran for just three months, it

See the city come to life through the medium of dance. www.theliverpoolmagazine.com

has since seen some dramatic changes. From the onset, LEAP included both physical theatre and mime, working in conjunction with the Unity Theatre, situated on Hope Place. Eight years ago, however, LEAP returned to the more familiar aesthetics of a dance focused event, just in time for its 10th anniversary. Organisers, Merseyside Dance Initiative have worked with a variety of companies over the last 17 years of the festival such as; Random Dance Company, Shobana Jeyasingh, Richard Alston, Henri Oguike, Wendy Houstoun and Russell Maliphant, New Art Club, Nigel Charnock. They have also promoted critically acclaimed international companies such as; Sylvain Emard, Holy Body Tattoo and Estelle Clareton (Canada), Urban Bush Women, (America) to name but a few. Some of these artists will make the nostalgic return trip this year amidst the celebrations, marking their contribution to dance promotion in Liverpool over the years. As a company, Merseyside Dance Initiative is helping Liverpool slip on its dancing shoes once again, to celebrate an astounding 18 years of the LEAP Contemporary Dance Festival across the region, a cultural feat to say the least! Funded by the likes of Liverpool City Council and Arts Council England (NW) the programme of events is also currently supported by Culture Liverpool, Merseyside Dance Promoters Network, Brindley Arts Centre and City BID. 2010 sees the expansion of the usual month long March festival into a yearlong programme of events, including the launch of the new Merseyside Dance Promoters Network. The network consisting of leading venues across the region has been set up in order to maximise dance opportunities this year, increasing the amount of dance events in venues within the city centre. Merseyside Dance Initiative Director, Karen Gallagher said: "As part of celebrating LEAP’s coming of age, MDI has initiated the Merseyside Dance Promoters Network and together we will be producing a year long programme of dance that we are very excited about. We are producing a virtual dance house together where different styles of dance can be presented at different sized venues thus providing something for everyone." Venues involved in this cultural collaboration include: Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, The Unity Theatre, Floral Pavilion, the Black-E and The Brindley to name but a few. Liverpool Empire Theatre sees Britain’s Got Talent winners Diversity, treading the

boards in March, as well as Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals, waltzing their way in, in June. Sourcing more local talent from the ‘pool of life’, the Bluecoat has all manner of activities planned for all you enthusiasts, whether beginner, or spectator, the aim is to provide a wide variety of entertainment for everyone. Richard Kingdom, performance programmer at the Bluecoat, adds: “I’m delighted that the Bluecoat has been a part of MDPN and it’s been great to see the participating venues working together to bring this impressive programme of fantastic performances to the city. “ It’s also very exciting to see the inclusion of home-grown talent through TILT, a monthly platform for the city’s emerging dance artists, as well as the New Moves Northwest showcase and the Everyman debut for Liverpool-based company Tmesis. It’s a great time for dance in Merseyside!” Merseyside Dance Initiative is providing the intrinsic platform of collaboration with Culture Liverpool to animate the city centre with dance, at the International Day of Dance on 29th April. Skip forward two months to June the 12th and 13th , and you’ll see City Steps underway, two dates in the diary that will see the city centre play host to all manner of dance-based activities, as performers take to the streets- and the organisers still have a few tricks up their sleeves! Further seminars, intensive groups, workshops and innovative movement classes provide the backbone to this cultural alliance of events in conjunction with Liverpool’s Year of Innovation, Health & Well Being. Aiming to create a lasting, positive impression through the promotion and nurture of talent, Merseyside Dance Promoters Network will be showcasing emerging, performers with a penchant for dance with events such as: the Community Dance Showcase, North West Moves, New Moves Liverpool and Family Dance Days. You can also expect to be involved on the web. Festival organisers will be launching a competition for keen, young dancers to submit short, original dance pieces to the LEAP Youtube channel for their chance to perform to the public at the Liverpool Playhouse. So whether you’re a mover, or a shaker, there’s no excuse not to get involved. See the city come to life through the medium of dance, and the once Capital of Culture, revive itself for the New Year. For more information and a programme of events visit: www. leap2010.co.uk

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Regimental. Sergeant Major Dougie Icke

This year marked the sixth anniversary of Britain’s involvement in the Afghan war. Over that time hundreds of servicemen and women have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country and the people in it. Many more suffer life-changing injuries, and it is this that the charity Help for Heroes raises millions of pounds for. Since 2007, a staggering £35m has been raised and allocated to injured soldiers all over the UK but that flies out immediately to projects across the country so constant fundraising is essential. One soldier who saw the opportunity to raise money and the profile of the charity is Regimental. Sergeant Major Dougie Icke. This 30 January will see Dougie’s vision come to fruition – a variety concert at The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall – all in aid of Help for Heroes. Words: Jenny Morris HELP FOR HEROES CHARITY CONCERT 2010 A FULL NIGHT OF SPECTACULAR ENTERTAINMENT FEATURING:

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the perfect setting for an event such as this, Dougie agrees: “It’s such a great place to do an event for charity – Help for Heroes does so much good work, and I wanted to help. I was thinking of possibilities, and I thought this would raise lots of money for the charity and let people know what it’s all about at the same time.” Once any money is raised for the charity, Help for Heroes immediately goes to experts in the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force for guidance on how best to spend it, so nothing is wasted; in fact, money is used so quickly and efficiently that for every £10 donated, at least £9.80 of that will be used directly to support injured service personnel. The concert will also hold a raffle, with the chance to win an overnight stay for two at Liverpool’s Hope Street Hotel, along with a luxurious dinner for two at top city restaurant, The London Carriage Works. Younger members of the family will particularly enjoy a special performance from Britain’s Got Talent finalists, MD Productions Dance Troupe, based in Kensington. Although the charity has notable support, Dougie stresses that money is constantly needed to provide care and services for recipients: “Help for Heroes first project was actually raising money to build a swimming people for injured servicemen and women at Headley Court, when sadly a number of local residents complained at having limbless soldiers in their pool. “Since then, the charity has been involved in many helpful projects that have made a lot of difference to injured servicemen and women, as well as their families, and made a real difference to their young lives and futures. “People have been so friendly and supportive in Liverpool, and have really been on-side with the organisation of this concert and the charity in general. Maybe a lot of people can relate to the soldier’s and their families. The North West has a lot of people in the Forces, with many family members and friends still here. “People have put aside their political feelings, and understand that these men and women are trying to make the world a better place, in their own way, and out of a love for this country and the people in it. This concert is a way to show our support and thoughts for them.” Saturday 30 January at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets from £15 – to purchase please call 0151 709 3789 or visit www. liverpoolphil.com For more information about Help for Heroes, please visit www. helpforheroes.org.uk 47

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Fortunately, a new course run by NHS Liverpool Community Health, in conjunction with Sportslinx, and funded by Sure Start aims to teach new mums with a body mass index of over 35 how to make quick, cost effective meals that are nutritious too. Family WHEYS (Weight Management for Mums and Healthy Living for the Early Years) offers 12 weekly group sessions which combine food education with activity-led sessions, to ensure new mums have all the information they need to encourage their children to lead healthy lives from an early age. Lisa Maharjan, dietician for NHS Liverpool Community Health says: “Most mums have great intentions before their babies are born, but often find that once they’re here life seems so hectic fast food becomes an easy option. “We aim to show them that cooking healthy food for themselves and their family doesn’t have to be either time consuming or expensive. It really is www.theliverpoolmagazine.com

possible to create nutritious, tasty meals without having to spend all day in the kitchen preparing them.” Referrals to the Picton Children’s Centre-based programme are made through GPs and Health Promotion Workers, and each course starts with a one-to-one appointment with a dietician who will discuss the client’s individual requirements with them. Mums will then be invited to attend the weekly sessions, where they will learn a wide range of useful information, such as how to read food labels which will help them to make informed choices about what their children are eating. And while clients may leave the course feeling motivated to change their family’s eating habits, Lisa stresses that the only way to ensure the course has any benefit is to emphasise the need for any changes to be long-term rather than being seen as a quick fix. She says: “We encourage planning ahead, as experience has shown that by doing so you’re giving yourself the best chance to stick to a healthy eating plan. “At the same time, we’re realistic enough to know that it’s not always that easy, so we often spend time looking back over the past week to see what has gone well and what hasn’t gone so well food-wise, and talk about how to try and prevent the same mistakes from being made in the following week.” Nutrition, however, is just one element of the Family WHEYS programme. Another vital component is the Sportslinx Active Play sessions which run at the end of the nutritional session and encourages new mums to ensure their baby is active from a young age. Richard Jones, Activity Play Co-ordinator says: “While feeding children the right food is important, so is encouraging them to exercise. Government guidelines say we should exercise at least five times a week for 30 minutes a day, but many do fall short of that.” “These sessions try and encourage mums to incorporate activity into their children’s lives, which is vital for a healthy

It really is possible to create nutritious, tasty meals without having to spend all day in the kitchen preparing them.

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8 EGGS 1 CLOVE GARLIC (chopped) MIXTURE OF FRESH OR FROZEN VEGETABLES MIXED HERBS (FRESH OR DRIED) MIXED CHEESE (MANCHEGO, FETA OR STRONG CHEDDAR) Beat the eggs and lightly fry the veg with the garlic in a little oil. Pour the egg mixture, along with the sautéed veg, into a deep oven-proof dish. Season, and scatter with roughly chopped cheese. Pop into a pre-heated oven (180˚C) for 20-30 mins. Gently shake the dish – if it wobbles then increase cooking time. Allow to cool slightly, serve warm with a green salad.

heart, bones, and self-esteem. “This programme teaches them that being active doesn’t have to be complicated – in fact it can be a really easy, fun part of playtime for both children and parents.” Mum-of-three Leanne Kelly, 29, from Wavertree, found that an added benefit to the course was weight loss. She says: “I was a bit nervous about coming here when it was first suggested to me, but we soon got to know each other and it was fine. “It has been great because although you lose weight – I have lost four pounds you are doing it slowly. I have learnt to eat a healthy balanced diet and found out what types of portions you should eat which I think will help me keep the weight off in the long term. “The course has really encouraged me to give my three children a more balanced diet. Beforehand we would have had ready meals, but now I try and follow the low-budget recipes and because they are cheap, there is no reason why you can’t afford it.” For more information on the Family WHEYS programme, contact Health promotion workers at Stoneycroft and Fountains Children’s Centres on 0151 233 1200, 0151 233 4770 and 0151 233 4741 respectively. 49


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Now that the weather has turned cold and wet and we look forward to the spring ahead there is still time this month to fill your garden with colour for next spring by planting bulbs before the first frosts take hold. Ideal bulbs to plant are crocus, daffodil, fritillaries and grape hyacinths. Spring flowering bulbs can look superb around the bases of trees; suitable shade loving bulbs are anemones, crocuses, scillias, erythroniums. Or perhaps the natural look is more appealing to you by planting bulbs in your lawn. Bulbs such as dwarf daffodils, winter aconites, snowdrops and crocus will transform an ordinary lawn in to a fantastic array of colour the best way to do this is to throw them randomly and plant them where they land just remember to allow the plants to die down before mowing also consider planting bulbs in pots using a general purpose compost. Remember there is slightly more maintenance required when using pots do not forget to water them and protect them from frost. Plant up winter baskets for some nice colour through winter into spring. A very good plant for this time of year is the cyclamen which you can use in your baskets and as a winter bedding plant and of course as a house plant. Hellebores look particularly well at this time of year and really do deserve a place in your borders and will flower from January to the end of March if there is no frost about. Plant your bare rooted roses with a good organic compost to give them a good start and prune rose bushes by half (standard roses should just have there stems shortened). Try where you can to encourage wildlife into your garden as natural habitats are diminishing in the wild. Try to provide nest boxes not only for birds but also bats, use bird tables and bird feeders remembering to locate them out of the way of cats; you can also allow some of your plants to go to seed - this makes an excellent food source for the birds. Try and use organic methods of control for pests and diseases, plant shrubs which are attractive to our wildlife such as honeysuckles, cotoneasters, hawthorne and mountain ash crab apples. Encourage bees by planting large flowering plants and consider a water feature as this can encourage frogs, dragonflies and birds which will use it to drink and bathe. Make sure the sides are sloping to allow wildlife to escape a pile of logs will encourage insects and mammals. Most of the leaves have now fallen and should be collected to make leaf mould. You can do this on a compost heap or simply put them in to plastic bin bags remembering to punch a few holes in the bottom and the sides, sprinkle with water and store them out of the sun and by the following autumn you will have a rich mixture to spread around

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Our gardening expert gives us top tips on how to prepare your garden for 2010...

Spring Crocus

Try to encourage wildlife into your garden as natural habitats are diminishing in the wild.

GARDENING your garden. Digging is essential for good plant growth and should be carried out between October and December you should make sure that the site is free of weed single digging is recommended if you need to add large quantities of organic matter or double digging if you need to improve drainage. If this sounds to much like hard work you could spread a heavy organic mulch to the surface and allow the worms to do the work for you. Prune deciduous trees in autumn or late winter the exception to this are maple birch walnut and cherry and also horse chestnut which can bleed and so pruning should be carried out in mid summer. Any major tree works should be carried out by a professional tree surgeon, specimen conifers need little pruning but you may need to prune out any irregular growth which is best done in autumn /winter please make sure that before any tree work is undertaken that you have checked with your local authority for tree preservation orders or if you are within a conservation area move any shrubs that are in the wrong position or have out grown there position remembering to water them in. Increase your stock by taking hardwood cuttings from autumn through to spring use cutting compost and plant in pots using hormone rooting powder. Cuttings of trees and shrubs which donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t root very easily can be placed in a cold frame. Cuttings should be well rooted by the following autumn if you placed them in a cold frame but they will have to be hardened off before they are planted out. Suitable plants for taking hardwood cuttings from are dogwood, holly flowering currant, willow (viminalis). Some plants should have root cuttings taken but this should be done between September and march .Clematis is a very well known climber and to keep it looking good you will need to carry out correct pruning procedures. There are basically three groups which are: Varieties which flower before summer on old wood and usually require little pruning. Just remove dead and damaged flowers and stems after flowering. Clematis which produce to flushes of flowers before early summer on old wood and again in late summer on growth made during the year. Remove dead and dying stems in late winter and cut back to a strong pair of buds. Clematis that flower after early summer on the current years growth. Prune back to approximately 18inches above the ground in late winter to a healthy pair of buds Steven Hay is owner of Oak Leaf Landscapes; specialists in stunning garden transformations, big or small. Gold Medal Winners at the Southport Flower Show. Call Steven on 0151 526 1921 or 07732333784.

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PROPERTY

Live The Dream

This issue we delve into some of Liverpool’s top properties currently on the market. The following selection display the cream of the crop in Merseyside, and prove that luxurious living is obtainable in the Liverpool of 2010. Whether you seek a unique conversion or a bijou apartment, the Liverpool city estate agents have it covered. THE OLD CHAPEL, WOOLTON, L25 - £995,000 This delightfully restored and converted chapel, built in the mid-1800s, is being represented by city estate agents, Sutton Kersh. The property has, unsurprisingly, attracted much attention from clientele looking for that something extra. Undoubtedly unique, grand and luxurious, The Old Chapel expertly intertwines its 19th century architecture with an interior that allows for the practicalities of 21st century living. The four-bedroom conversion was subject to an addition in the 1980s, sympathetically completed, and contributes to the original charm and character of the building. Expect vaulted and panelled ceilings in the original chapel space – creating a real ‘wow’ factor – and stunning original lead light stained-glass windows, as the icing on the cake. This property is all about space, size, heritage and character. A ground floor guest suite includes a sitting room and one of the four bedrooms, whilst the large open plan kitchen is a light, airy delight. Situated in Acrefield Park, the property benefits from a secluded location, but has

HILTON APARTMENTS, L1 PRICES VARY Liverpool sales and lettings agent, Venmore, has unveiled 47 exclusive rental apartments located on the top three floors above the city’s stunning new Hilton hotel. If you long for a life of luxury but can’t quite tear yourself away from the pull of the bright lights and city living, then these chic apartments should fit the bill. The apartments offer panoramic views of the iconic Liverpool skyline, including The Albert Dock, and are located in the heart of the city’s Liverpool ONE scheme and Chavasse Park. In total, there are 27 two bedroom and 20 one bedroom luxury apartments, which are finished to an extremely high specification. With a choice of furnished or unfurnished, prices range from £750 to £1100 pcm and also include membership for the state-of-the-art gym. The one-bedroom apartments are spacious and well proportioned with a fully equipped fitted kitchen, open plan living 56

readily available access to the popular Woolton Village with its selection of local and superstore shopping. A selection of well-regarded schools are close by, covering all age ranges and are within easy reach. The stunning original features, and sympathetically converted and restructured furnishings, such as wood area, master bedroom and immaculate bathroom. The two bedroom apartments offer double bedrooms, making them ideal for sharers or a couple who enjoy having that extra space. Darren Kay, Venmore’s business development manager, said: “These premium apartments not only offer breathtaking views of the city, but they are also surrounded by everything that Liverpool has to offer. “ This includes its superb array of restaurants and bars, bustling nightlife and its irresistible shopping facilities. Clients will not be able to find a more perfect location.” Although the apartments have only just gone on the market, Venmore has already secured a number of long-term tenants. Nick Dawson, Venmore’s area and divisional manager, added: “These apartments represent elegance and quality. This is a jewel in the crown for reaffirming Venmore’s position at the forefront of the Liverpool property market.”

panelling, cornice work and windows, are a traditionalists’ dream. For further information at luxuryliving properties available from Sutton Kersh, please contact the Allerton Office on 0151 734 0666 www. suttonkersh.co.uk

To book a viewing contact Darren and his team on 0151 236 4400, 0151 734 6890 or 07833 297 075. www.theliverpoolmagazine.com


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(/19B.#51!"#$%&&' APT 432, THE COLONNADES, T8++7% .$+"*% >'++(% '3*% 0+//)$3,% $3% ALBERT DOCK - £695,000 2/6#+"6"3.')7% 2")'6$2(;% U/85+"% "3*"*% 5'.-%>$.-%6$1")%.'#%'3*%(-/>")%'..'2-6"3.=% King Sturge presents this beautiful duplex #"*"(.'+% >'(-% -'3*% 5'($3=% +/>% +"4"+% CS;% O.'$3+"((%(.""+%-"'."*%./>"+%)'$+=%83*")%0+//)% penthouse set in the Grade I listed Albert -"'.$3,=%(#/.+$,-.(=%('(-%>$3*/>(;%% Dock – a World Heritage Site. This property merges both the traditional, unique style of period architecture with the modern demands of city dwelling professionals. Not only is the property situated in one of Merseyside’s most iconic structures, it is a short hop away from such hotspots as the Liverpool One

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retail centre, the Echo Arena, various restaurants and bars on the Dock itself and in the centre of the city. Transport links are exceptionally good, and the interior of the property is jaw-droppingly polished and sleek. Approximately 2000 sq ft, the property benefits from a generous open plan living space, large kitchen, three spacious bedrooms, bathroom, en-suite and WC. The exposed brickwork is a popular feature throughout the restored buildings, and this property is no different. A stylish roof terrace that overlooks the Mersey completes what is a perfect package. For more information please call King Sturge on 0151 242 6490 or visit www. kingsturge.com

ONE PARK WEST £400,000 This luxurious three bedroom apartment is just one of the exclusive properties at the city’s One Park West development. Boasting three luxury bedrooms, including a master bedroom with ensuite and a spacious family bathroom, the apartment’s stunning interior is complimented by one of the best views of Liverpool's famous skyline. Priced at £400,000 and located in the heart of the £1bn Liverpool ONE retail development, the apartment offers both luxury and convenience. One Park West was designed by worldrenowned architect Cesar Pelli, who is famous for the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpar and Canary Wharf Tower in London’s Docklands. www.theliverpoolmagazine.com

For more information on One Park West or to book a viewing contact Nick Dawson at Venmore and his team on 0151 236 4400 or 0151 733 9000.

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Salisbury Road, Cressington Park Liverpool, L19

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A substantial and well presented family home, dating to 1857, in the highly sought after Cressington Park.The freehold property on Salisbury Road comprises five double bedrooms, three bathrooms, study, reception room, formal dining room, modern kitchen with informal open plan kitchen area, conservator with direct access onto the lawn garden, off street parking for several cars and a 70' open lawn garden with shrub borders and trees. The home has a wealth of original features including wood floor, original cornice, ceiling roses, large bay sash windows, high ceilings and ample natural light, picture rails and wood and tiled fireplaces. The garden is E-SE facing and both secluded and private and additionally provides several paved patio areas and a landscaped planting area. It is the perfect family home. The approximate internal floor space is 4164 sq ft (388 sq m) on a plot of 0.35 acre.

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Knowsley Road Liverpool, L19

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The early Victorian semi detached property, dating back to approximately 1855 is built in a stucco style. A beautiful classically presented family home on Knowsley Road, in the highly sought after conservation area of Cressington Park. The raised ground floor street entrance is set back from the tree lined avenue and accessed via a winding stone pathway. The ground floor comprises formal 18' dining room, 18' formal reception room with views over the gardens and separate cloakroom. The lower ground floor comprises 18' TV room/lounge, large open plan 24' kitchen breakfast room, laundry, larder, wine cellar and pantry and with direct access onto the garden. The first floor provides a stunning 18' master bedroom with walk in wardrobe, en suite bathroom, shower room and bedroom two. The top floor has three further double bedrooms, views over the gardens and orchard and a further family bathroom.There is also an unconverted detached brick built coach house or annex arranged over two floors in the grounds and a large driveway with parking for at least three cars. The gross internal floor space is 3283 sq ft. (305 sq m) on a plot of 0.3 acre.

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

Mount Street, Liverpool, L1

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(Subject to contract) A unique opportunity to live in one of the most sought after areas of Liverpool. Situated just off Hope street. The property on Mount Street is within striking distance of LIPA and both Liverpool Cathedrals. A charming town house, set over four floors, features include:- Lounge and study, with polished wood floorboards and sash windows. A steel curved staircase leads to the charming sun room, which has its own small courtyard off. In the basement there is a farmhouse style kitchen and den, four bedrooms and shower rooms are spread over the upper two floors. A viewing is essential to appreciate the quality of this City home.

Unity Building, 3 Rumford Place, Liverpool, L3 ÂŁ210,000 Keppie Massie is delighted to offer this 15th floor duplex apartment situated in the highly desirable Unity Building. Briefly comprising open plan living area, fully fitted kitchen, three double bedrooms, one of which has an en-suite and seperate bathroom. The property features a balcony overlooking The Three Graces and bedrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the River Mersey. Also benefiting from a secure parking space and a 24 hour concierge.

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£460,000

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£629,950

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An opportunity has arisen to purchase an individually designed and built property. "Edenwood", 3 Courtfield Close, was built under an architects certficate and an internal inspection is strongly recommended to appreciate this spacious double fronted detached property on "XFMMBQQPJOUFETFNJEFUBDIFESFTJEFODF -PVOHF 4JUUJOHSPPN offer. The accommodation briefly comprises: reception hall with cloaks cupboard. Cloakroom/wc. Lounge opening into conservatory. t&95&/%&%%&5"$)&%)064&t5)3&&3&$&15*0/300.4t,*5$)&/ %&5"$)&%)064&t'063#&%300.4."45&3&/46*5&t-06/(& 8*5)%*/*/(300.0''t'*7&#&%300.4t$0/4&37"503:t%06#-& t%*/*/(300.t'*55&%,*5$)&/t$-0",300.8$t'".*-:#"5) %JOJOHSPPNNPSOJOHSPPN "UUSBDUJWFCSFBLGBTULJUDIFO Dining room, breakfast/kitchen with separate utility room. Four bedrooms with the master having an ensuite shower room/wc. Family (-";*/(("4$&/53"-)&"5*/(4:45&.t("3"(&t("3%&/4 300.t%06#-&(-";*/( t$&/53"-)&"5*/(t("3%&/4("3"(&t 'PVSCFESPPNT #BUISPPN8$ ($) .BOZPSJHJOBMGFBUVSFT bathroom/wc. Staircase to loft rooms wihich at present are used by the present vendors dressing rooms with wc and wash basin. The CUL DE SAC POSITION .BUVSFHBSEFOTUPGSPOUSFBS 4FNJEFUBDIFEHBSBHF 7JFXJOHBEWJTFE property is situated in substantial gardens and has a double garage.

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97 ALDER ROAD L12 2BA

£279,950 WD

8 OLD KENNEL L12 QSX

£315,000

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As selling agents we are priveleged to announce the release of an excecutive new build detached property situated in the 'Old Kennels'. The property is accessed via a private road through electronic gates. An internal inspection is strongly recommended to fully appreciate this exceptionally high standard property on offer. The acommodation briefly comprises: porch, entrance hall, cloakroom/ wc, lounge, dining room, breakfast kitchen and utility room. To the first floor gallery landing there is a master bedroom complete with en suite, three t&9&$65*7&%&5"$)&%)064&t5803&$&15*0/300.4 41"$*064 futher bedrooms- the second bedroom having an* DETACHED en suite and a family bathroom. To the second floor landing there are two bedrooms * SIX BEDROOMS * THREE RECEPTION * KITCHEN t%&5"$)&%t'*7&#&%300.4t5)3&&3&$&15*0/ (306/%'-003$-0",300. 41"$*064$0/4&37"503: and a futher family bathroom. Outside there is a block paved garden area to the front leading to,*5$)&/t$0/4&37"503:t'063#&%300.4."45&3&/46*5&t a double width garage with twin electric 300.4t%06#-&#":$0/4&37"503:t#3&",'"45 %06#-&'30/5&%t$6-%&4"$104*5*0/t("3%&/4 '".*-:#"5)300. 65*-*5:300. %06#-&("3"(& up,*5$)&/t-0'5300.t5)3&&&/46*5&4t'".*-: and over doors and the rear garden is of an exceptional size. */7&45.&/51301&35: #"5)300.t%06#-&("3"(&t("3%&/4

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The Colonnades

ÂŁ695,000

Waterloo Warehouse

ÂŁ499,950

Beautifully situated duplex penthouse (2100 sqft) with corner aspect over the River Mersey. Spread over two levels, briefly comprising open plan lounge and dining areas, separate kitchen with utility room, two double bedrooms, two ensuite bathrooms, separate WC, study area with floor-to-ceiling windows and doors leading out to a balcony with views over the river towards the Welsh hills. TWO parking spaces and an additional storage room. 24 hour concierge.

Spacious ground floor apartment which opens out on to Waterloo dockside. Briefly comprising open plan lounge and dining areas, contemporary fitted kitchen, four double bedrooms, two en-suites, family shower room and utility room. The apartment also benefits from ample storage space. There are many original features such as exposed brickwork columns and original steelwork. The 16.5 metre private patio area is accessible along the full length of the apartment giving views of the dock. Two allocated parking spaces and the opportunity to purchase more if required, and 24hr manned security.

Liverpool Office - 0151 242 6490 42 Castle Street, Liverpool L2 7LA E: sales.liverpool@kingsturge.com or lettings.liverpool@kingsturge.com


Maghull Office (sales): 26 Central Square Tel: 0151 526 3432 Email: maghull@entwistlegreen.co.uk

Cottage Lane, Ormskirk, L39

£585,000

Stylish detached property which has been recently renovated throughout. The accommodation on offer briefly comprises of; five bedrooms, one family bathroom, two en suites, three reception rooms, kitchen, down stairs w.c, double glazing, gas central heating, electric garage, two car driveway, front garden with electric gates and rear garden. This property must be viewed in order to fully appreciate the high standard of accommodation on offer.

Southport Road, Lydiate, L31

£525,000

Detached Character Property. This four bedroom detached property briefly comprises of two reception rooms, dining room, contemporary fitted kitchen, downstairs WC, converted garage, study, four bedrooms, family bathroom and gardens to the front and rear. The property also benefits from gas central heating and double glazing. Rare opportunity to purchase such a property – must be viewed!

Old Forge Row, Maghull, L31

£489,950

Ormonde Avenue, Maghull, L31

£485,000

This five bed detached property offers ideal family living accommodation and comprises of lounge, games room, kitchen/ family room, dining room, utility room, ground floor w.c., family bath room with sauna, double glazing, gas central heating, gardens front and rear. An internal inspection is strongly recommended in order to fully appreciate the host of attractive features that are on offer with this property.

Immaculately presented four bedroom detached property within its own secluded grounds in a popular residential location. Offering private gated access off Ormonde Ave, Ormonde Lodge offers three reception rooms and dining kitchen to the ground floor. To the first floor there are four bedrooms and a family bathroom, the master bedroom benefits from a walk-in dressing area and en-suite. The rear garden is a particular feature of this property and early internal inspection is strongly recommended to fully appreciate the host of attractive features that are offered for sale.

Liverpool Road, Lydiate, L31

£399,995

Longmeadow Road, Knowsley, L34

£385,000

This traditional detached property offers four double bedrooms, lounge/dining room, sitting room, fitted kitchen/dining room, ground floor w.c, double glazing, gas central heating, front garden and extensive rear garden, garage and driveway. This property would make for an ideal family home.

Beautiful detached property which comprises of a family/ dining room, sitting room and lounge, down stairs cloak room, contemporary kitchen/breakfast room, five bedrooms, one en suite, family bathroom, front driveway, rear garden, double glazed and gas central heating. Internal inspection recommended in order to fully appreciate the standard and size of accommodation on offer.


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