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ballroom, ballet & being beastly Craig Revel Horwood

MELVYN BRAGG on the Richmond Literature Festival

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e know him best as the judge who loves to be beastly to novice dancers on Strictly Come Dancing, but Craig Revel Horwood wears many hats. He's currently playing the evil Miss Hannigan in Annie (until 26 November) and has choreographed the latest production, 14 Days, by the innovative BalletBoyz, who are appearing at Richmond Theatre. Find out what he thinks about Strictly without Len, missing Brucie and the fit young men of BalletBoyz (pg 18). As always, November heralds the cultural event that is the Richmond Literature Festival. The Festival has a diverse range of authors this year, including presenter and writer Melvyn Bragg. He talks to Living In about what he loves about book festivals, and Richmond in particular (pg 23). In case you hadn't noticed, Christmas is coming! There are some great local events that you won't want to miss, so find out more on pg 20. Have a great festive season and see you in 2018! Pippa, Editor

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Homes & Interiors: A festive home Homely Christmas traditions Gardening: Where's the mistletoe? Ballroom to ballet: Craig Revel Horwood Christmas is coming! Melvyn Bragg on the Richmond Literature Festival Health: Myths about colds A Day In The Life Of... a bell ringer Restaurant review: Orpheus



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• With limited colours, textures come into their own. Think linen, wool, fur (faux if you prefer), wicker, concrete and velvet. And for this look, avoid twee animals, anything knitted or made from felt, and all-out glitter (a little sparkle goes a long way). • Christmas ornaments tend to be collected over the years and so can look rather haphazard if all displayed in one go. Carefully choose a selection that co-ordinate and – stay strong – put the rest back in the loft for next year.

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CHRISTMAS traditions We love Christmas traditions, but many of those we celebrate on 25 December are far more recently adopted than you may think Celebrating 25 December Why is Christmas celebrated on 25 December? Mid-winter festivals abounded by the time Christianity took hold. There were winter solstice celebrations such as Yule and the Roman festivals of Saturnalia. It was easier for Christians to introduce it into these longstanding festivals than to persuade people to give them up. The first Christian Roman Emperor, Constantine, began celebrating Christmas on 25 December in 336. A few years later, Pope Julius I declared it the official date to celebrate Jesus’s birth. Orthodox and Coptic Christians celebrate Jesus’s birth on 7 January - the ‘original’ 25 December. Our 25 December moved when we adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752. Yule logs Today, Yule logs have been mainly superseded by log-shaped chocolate cakes. Logs were burned as part of the Scandinavian Yule celebration, beginning at the winter solstice and continuing until they burned out. Celts also burned a Yule log, believing it persuaded the sun to return. Holly and ivy Evergreens were used in winter solstice festivals to bring good luck and signify the coming of spring. Christmas pudding The original Christmas pudding was frumenty, a thin 14th century porridge, containing raisins, currants, prunes, wine, spices, beef and mutton. But, by around 1650, people ate plum pudding and, by Victorian times, it was similar to the modern-day pud.

The Christmas tree Evergreen fir trees have been used in winter festivals for thousands of years to symbolise the coming spring, although they were often hung upside down from the ceiling rather than upright. Christmas trees emerged in the 1500s in town squares before appearing in houses. The Royal Family had one from Georgian times, but it was a 1848 image of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their family gathered around theirs, that popularised the idea. A merry Christmas Christmas wasn’t celebrated widely in the UK until the Middle Ages, when it was more a time for merrymaking and feasting. It was later banned by the Puritans but returned in Georgian times with a focus on charity and gift-giving, paving the way for the idealised Victorian Christmas described by Charles Dickens.

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time to pucker up...


Christmas is upon us again, and apart from the Christmas tree, there is one other important plant to complete the festive celebrations – mistletoe. This is the plant that gives you licence to pucker up

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ur familiar white-berried Christmas plant of Europe is just one of many hundreds of other mistletoe species worldwide. Most people will be quick to tell you that mistletoe is a plant parasite but in truth it’s only a hemi-parasite; it has its own set of green leaves, so can photosynthesise for its own energy. It only relies on its host for support and a continuing supply of water. So why does it feature so highly for us at Christmas? There are any number of mistletoe traditions from around the world dating back to ancient times, so you can really take your pick. In Norse mythology there was a God called Baldr who was slain by a weapon made of mistletoe. The white berries represent his mother’s tears, and it became a symbol of peace and friendship. In Ancient Greece, Aeneas successfully found the abode of the dead in search of his dead father, navigating the tricky path using a bough of mistletoe. Ancient Druids worshipped mistletoe where it grew on their sacred trees, particularly oak. Modern Druid groups still take an active interest in mistletoe, and in 2004 a new initiative called the Mistletoe Foundation was established to review and rekindle interest in the ancient Druid traditions. Mistletoe has long been seen as a remnant of an ancient fertility tradition - an evergreen growth on a deciduous host, showing the continuing vitality of the host tree. So where did the kissing traditions start? Ever since I can remember, Christmas was not complete without hanging up a sprig of mistletoe just over the front door, or in the hallway, so that the unsuspecting would be in a great place to plant an innocent kiss. Our

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From ballroom to ballet Famous for being the tough judge on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing, and currently appearing in the West End as the evil Miss Hannigan in Annie, Craig Revel Horwood has also found time to choreograph the latest BalletBoyz production,14 Days, appearing at Richmond Theatre


raig Revel Horwood is a man of many talents, but he’s maybe not so well known for his collaboration with the fit young men that make up the male dance group, BalletBoyz. ‘I had a fantastic experience with BalletBoyz a few years ago, creating a tango for two men as part of a gala show which re-opened the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre in London. So I was thrilled when they asked me to create a new work. I really admire them as a company. They’ve really pushed the boundaries of ballet and made it sexy and cool. 'Story-wise I based it on my hometown of Ballarat [in Australia] where there was a revolt of miners in the mid-19th century, known as the Eureka Stockade. The concept is a clog dance battle between the miners and the soldiers.’ What is it that distinguishes BalletBoyz as a dance company? ‘Each Ballet Boy is an


individual, they all have characters. That makes it different, because you’re not getting a corps de ballet as such, you’re getting to know each individual dancer. But they’re very generous as a company, they very much work as a team. And, of course, they’re all boys, but that doesn’t restrict the opportunity to convey romance or sexiness.’ Craig says his love of dance began from an early age – and started as a way to lose weight: ‘I was always a bit of a show off, especially at Christmas when we had lots of cousins round. We’d always put on a show for the adults. I would put on feather bowers and wigs and play all kinds of characters. I got into dance because I was a fat kid and I was getting teased at school. A friend advised me to join an exercise class, and it just happened to be jazz ballet. It turned out I could naturally do it, so the teacher advised me to get some formal training. He enrolled me into ballet school and that started me down the path.'

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A judge since the first Strictly Come Dancing in 2004, Craig still sees the long hours of recording as fun rather than hard work and the new head judge is adding to the show. ‘Shirley Ballas is fantastic and really knows her stuff. It’s a complete change of dynamic, but I like that. And it’s nice to have another lady on the panel. I miss Len, but it’s nice to start another chapter.’ And, of course, Bruce Forsyth is also much missed: ‘Brucie was a legendary performer, but he was also a wonderful human being, who loved other people and entertaining. He reacted so well to live audiences, which is what made him so good at his job. People also forget that he was a brilliant tap dancer, and he left such a strong legacy to the dance world. Strictly is a celebration of him.’ Craig doesn’t mind his image as a tough judge – on Strictly or anywhere else: ‘I’m hard on people because I want to push them. I tell my dancers what’s wrong so that we can make it right. After all, we want to make the piece as good as it can be. It’s sometimes misconstrued on Strictly that my criticism is not constructive, but that’s completely wrong. I want to help people to improve. But, that said, I do wear different hats, and when I’m at home I take them off and I’m myself. I’d probably go a bit made otherwise!’ Theo Bosanquet BalletBoyz: Richmond Theatre, 1 & 2 Dec ( Annie: Craig’s run as Miss Hannigan ends 26 Nov (

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Richmond Literature Festival

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Broadcaster and author, Melvyn Bragg, talks to Living In about the Richmond Literature Festival and his fascination with heretic, William Tyndale


tarting at the BBC in the early 1960s, presenting dozens of diverse programmes over the years, most recently the popular In Our Time on Radio 4, Melvyn Bragg has brought culture – from books to art to modern media - to the masses. He’s at the Richmond Literature Festival to talk about a man close to his heart – William Tyndale - whose work to translate the Bible into English in Tudor England led him to be persecuted, tortured and eventually executed as a heretic. Bragg is drawn to events such as book festivals simply for the love of ‘meeting people interested in books – any such event bringing people together for a common purpose is good!' A particular fondness for the Richmond Festival is because he is a former local: ‘I lived in Kew for years and became very fond of Richmond’. So what drew him to write about William Tyndale? ‘The genius of the man; his courage; his utter determination against great odds.’ Bragg will discuss what drove Tyndale to risk his life for what he believed and why his actions still influence us today. 24 November: Queen Charlotte Hall, RACC – 7pm. Tickets £12 Pippa Duncan

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Colds can make life miserable and flu can make us quite ill. But which cold and flu facts are true - and are there really any cures?


or something as common as, well, the common cold, there are a lot of myths about what can help you and what can't... If you have a high temperature, it’s the flu Myth: Colds can sometimes cause a high temperature, although it’s usually short-lived and not above 38oC. However, sweats and chills normally indicate flu. It’s pointless to avoid someone with a cold or flu. You’ll get it anyway Myth: Flu and colds are highly contagious, spread by air and direct contact, but you can stay germ-free by avoiding sufferers or by both practising good hygiene: • Clean hands and high-contact surfaces regularly (e.g. door handles, touchscreens), especially after touching the nose or mouth. • Don’t share cutlery, cups or towels. • Ensure the contagious person has tissues nearby to catch coughs and sneezes, and bin them immediately. They should use the ’vampire’ cough (into the inside of their elbow) if they’re caught tissue-less. The flu vaccine doesn’t always prevent flu, so it’s not worth having Truth and myth: Flu vaccines are produced in advance, so experts must predict the three or four flu strains that will be prevalent next winter. While you may catch an unexpected or rarer flu strain you’re not protected from, the vaccine will protect you from most strains you’ll encounter. It’s vital if you’re vulnerable or have low immunity, e.g. if you’re a carer, over 65, pregnant or have an existing medical condition. Getting very wet and/or cold can give you a cold or the flu Myth (obviously): However, cold and wet

'Flu vaccines are produced in advance, so experts must predict the flu strains...' conditions can put your body under stress, making it more vulnerable to germs. The flu vaccine gives you flu Myth: The vaccine contains inactive viruses, but it may cause a temperature and aching for a while. If you’ve had a cold or flu for a while, you need antibiotics Myth: Your doctor may give in and prescribe them, although they know antibiotics don’t kill viruses. When a patient is ‘cured’ after a week’s antibiotics, in truth that extra week just allowed them to finally fight off their virus. Antibiotics are only useful if you get a secondary bacterial infection. Can you treat a cold? Research shows that prevention - i.e. good hygiene - is the best way to prevent a cold. So how can you do this?

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Boost your immune system: to help you resist viruses or fight them off by reducing stress and getting adequate sleep. Regular zinc reduces the number of colds children get and should work for adults too. Regular probiotics and garlic may have some preventative effect, but research is sketchy. Vitamin C and echinacea really don’t prevent colds and any symptom reduction is negligible. However, Vitamin C may be of limited benefit to people already under physical stress, such as long distrance runners. Decongestants and antihistamines: when used separately, they have very little or no effect. However, when used together, particularly with painkillers, they may cause a slight improvement in symptoms. Ipratropium bromide (Rinatec) nasal spray: does seem to alleviate symptoms, particularly a runny nose. Cough suppressants: Any benefits are negligible.

Vapour rubs: do seem to alleviate night time cough a little and improve sleep, but in studies over 25% of users reported burning itching sensation at the application area. NSAIDs: (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, e.g. ibuprofen) can reduce fever and help with aches and pains. If you have a cold or flu, stay hydrated, alleviate the symptoms and take heart researchers are working to modify peptides that can combat cold viruses. Alison Runham

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a day in the life of... a bell ringer

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Michael Uphill has been a bell ringer for 57 years. On Christmas Day, he starts ringing the bells at St Mary’s Church by Putney Bridge, before dashing across London to Southwark Cathedral and then on to Westminster Abbey


t takes about six weeks to learn how to handle a bell, but a decade, or even a lifetime, to get really good,’ says one of the country’s most experienced bell ringers. Michael Uphill rang at Will and Kate’s wedding and has been invited to ring the bells at cathedrals across the world. ‘People are drawn in by bells – it’s a very evocative sound. Christmas is obviously a particularly stirring time. You can feel the sense of anticipation and excitement and the atmosphere building as people enter the church on Christmas Eve for Midnight Mass. It’s wonderful. This year the 24th falls on a Sunday, so we’ll ring for the usual morning service and then again for the midnight service at 11pm. ‘Bell ringing is mathematical. It’s all about learning patterns and each ringer learns a path among the others, all doing the same thing but starting in a different place. When you pull the rope the bell rotates 360º and the part hanging inside – the clapper – hits the rim to make it ring. When the bell is pulled again, the bell rotates back and the clapper hits the other side. ‘You learn to get a rhythm and slow down or speed up, as needed. The movement goes right down your body, so that you and the bell act as one unit. ‘The bells here at St Mary’s have been

'Bell ringing is mathematical. It's all about learning patterns...' restored many times. The church has been rebuilt over the centuries and, despite a fire in 1972, which destroyed most of the building, the walls and tower, which date back to 1450, luckily survived. ‘At a normal Sunday service we’ll ring for about half an hour and for a wedding, for 15 minutes before and after the service. All the bells are different sizes, forming a diatonic octave (scale). We practise rounds every week and have new people learning – from the young to a couple in their 60s although other churches have members in their 90s. And it's nice to end up in the pub after Monday night practise sessions. I visit other churches purely for the pleasure of ringing and the great camaraderie. ‘Things do go wrong: the rope can slip out of your hand, or the clapper breaks. And I’ve been in the belfry on two occasions when, sadly, someone died as they were ringing. ‘Christmas Day is a special time – and it’s wonderful to see children as they grow up over the years. After a day of ringing, I have my Christmas lunch at 4pm, when I get back from Westminster Abbey, tired but glad that I’ve rung another Christmas Day.’

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Fri 24 Nov: Richmond Lights switch on/late-night shopping, from 5pm Sat 18 Nov: St Luke's Christmas Fair, The Avenue, Kew 10.30am-1.30pm Sat 25 Nov: The Barn Church Christmas Fair, Kew 11am - 2.30pm Sun 26 Nov: Twickenham Lights switch on, from 5pm Fri 1 Dec: Kew Sparkle, Kew Parade, from 5pm Thur 7 Dec: East Sheen Christmas Market, from 5pm Sat 9 Dec: East Sheen Christmas market, from 12pm Sun 10 Dec: St Margaret’s Fair, Crown Rd, from 11am

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Christmas Food and Drink 1. What name is given to the part of a traditional Christmas dinner that consists of small sausages wrapped in bacon? 2. With the first part of its name meaning "star" in Latin, which lager was originally launched as a festive beer in 1926? 3. Not wanting to offend any of those who invited her, Geraldine Granger eats four Christmas lunches in a 1996 Christmas special of which TV show? 4. According to tradition, eating at least one what on each of the 12 days of Christmas is thought to bring good luck for the coming year? 5. Which liqueur is mixed with lemonade to make a cocktail called the Snowball? 6. Commonly eaten at Christmas in the USA and Canada, which dessert is mentioned in the lyrics of the songs Sleigh Ride and Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree? 7. Consumed by many people around Christmas time, what is known as Glogg in some parts of Europe? 8. In a famous nursery rhyme, who was "eating a Christmas pie"? 9. Which alcoholic spirit is traditionally added to butter and served with Christmas Pudding? 10. In 2008, three episodes of Deal Or No Deal that were aired shortly after Christmas featured what food item in place of the 1p booby prize? 42

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Shelley Instone finds a warm and welcoming restaurant that offers the best in traditional Greek food in East Twickenham


n a dark, damp Saturday evening, my son and I head out to sample some traditional Greek fare at the Orpheus Taverna in St Margaret’s and, as we walk through the door, are much cheered by the restaurant’s inviting ambience. We’re seated by the proprietor and head chef, John Elia, who has been cooking and serving food at the Orpheus for decades. We glance at the menu, but the popularity of the meze dishes is all too obvious, as couples, friends and families enjoy the restaurant’s customary offerings. We order our own meze which includes two generous platters of traditional dips with pitta, alongside olives, calamari, chilli peppers, baked halloumi cheese, Greek sausage and dolmades. We might not be eating al fresco, but the freshness and enticing appeal of the food stirs memories of holidays gone by in the warmth of the Greek sunshine. The atmosphere and buzz of the taverna certainly has that holiday celebratory vibe, as diners unwind and relax in the glow of soft candlelight. We finish our starter and await our mains of souvlaki and kleftico. If there is something I feel confident, it’s the ability of a Greek chef to cook lamb. The result is a delectable experience that takes traditional cooking to a whole new level. The meat is incredibly tender and it takes very little effort to remove it from the bone. Served alongside roast potatoes and a Greek salad, the portions are

'I can't help but admire the proprietor for staying with tried and tested recipes...' extremely generous and, at this rate, we won’t need to eat for a week! We finally manage to finish our meal and opt for an apple pie and ice-cream dessert. It’s at this point that we begin to chat to a father and daughter sitting next to us. The father informs us that they first came to the Orpheus 35 years ago when his daughter was in a Moses basket! The owners join the conversation and bring their own recollections to this event. In an age when restaurants and food fashions come and go, I can’t help but admire the proprietor for staying with tried and tested recipes that prove to be an on-going success whatever the occasion – and our meal was less than £55 for two, so great value, too. It was Winston Churchill who stated that Greek should be a treat, and who could fail to disagree when served with food as delicious as this. 369 Richmond Road, East Twickenham 020 8892 3103

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local talk... east twickenham • Let’s get arty Each Friday, Orleans House Gallery runs drop-in art classes for under-fives and their carers. Sessions include play materials, soft play, creative activities, stories and music, allowing children to learn, play and explore in a friendly multisensory environment, and encouraging creativity, co-ordination and social interaction. And all for just £6. 10.30am-12.30pm Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham TW1 3DJ.

kew • National Archives – great gifts If you’re looking for something a little different as a gift this Christmas, The National Archives isn’t just an interesting place to visit, they also have a great book and gift store – obviously with the emphasis on history. They sell calendars and diaries, which will appeal to those more interested in history than cute puppies, such as 100 years of the suffragettes, or war images by 20th century painter and designer, Eric Ravilious who served as an artist during the Second World War. Or ‘Dig for Victory’ aprons, historical posters, and ‘The Heart of Kew’ greeting cards.

richmond •Poverty in Richmond exhibition Until 22 April Despite being a wealthy borough there has, of course, always been poverty in Richmond. So what help was there locally for the poor and destitute? The latest exhibition at the Museum of Richmond looks at how poverty affected those local residents who weren’t lucky enough to live in large houses around Richmond Green. The poorest were sent to the Richmond Workhouse (pictured), where they had to work in difficult conditions for long hours. And while older residents may have been helped by the numerous almshouses, they had to adhere to strict rules, with little prospect of improvement. Museum of Richmond, Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 11-4pm. •Arts Society Richmond Lecture: Ghosts! 5 December Dr Susan Owens, formerly Curator of Paintings at the V&A Museum, tells the fascinating story of ghosts in English art and entertainment. The lecture draws on sources such as church wall-paintings, political caricatures and folk art, exploring what the changing appearance of ghosts reveals about them, and us. Duke St Church, Duke St, Richmond TW9 1DH. £5 at the door

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KEW SPARKLE Join in the Christmas festivities - Friday 1 December, 5 - 8pm


ew’s annual community Christmas event, Kew Sparkle, will get the festive season well and truly underway on Friday 1 December in Kew Village from 5pm to 8pm. This year Kew Sparkle is celebrating 10 years of festive fun and supporting local charities. Choirs from Kew primary schools and local singer, Shelle Luscombe, will be setting the musical scene with some festive Christmas carols. The arrival of Father Christmas and Santa’s Grotto, along with vintage carousels and old-fashioned game stalls, will offer entertainment for the younger visitors, whilst over 30 stalls will provide a Christmas shopping opportunity for adults. Food and mulled wine aplenty. Profits raised are being donated to local Kew Charity this year - Kew Youth Club. Kew Youth Club. I t’s a great club for young people in years, 7, 8 and 9 that offers a chance to chat,

play, listen to music, meet up with old friends and make new ones. Kew Sparkle is pleased to be supporting such a worthwhile cause.   In 2016, Kew Sparkle raised just over £3,000 for the Kew Neighbourhood Association (KNA). For more information about Kew Sparkle, email or visit

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Pandemonium The toy shop, Pandemonium, in East Sheen is under new ownership and now offers beautiful space to rent for parties and classes


wner of Pandemonium, Max Evans, has revitalised the area’s favourite toy shop. As well as a large range of toys, Max has created a new space at the back of the shop, available to hire for classes, clubs and parties. The space has everything needed for a successful event: a toilet with baby changing facilities, a small kitchen (with sink, fridge, microwave, kettle and coffee machine), a speaker system for music and a TV and DVD player. Plus, there’s plenty of space for buggy parking and a separate entrance in the back. The space can be rented at hourly rates:

• £15 per hour for a repeat booking of 6 or more sessions (£20 after 6pm) • £20 per hour for a one-off booking of a class or club (£25 after 6pm) • £25 per hour for a children’s party (£30 after 6pm)

Max is also offering party packages for room decoration, catering and entertainment. If you are interested in using the space, contact Max at hello@pandemoniumlondon. com or call: 0208 878 0866. And rest assured, Pandemonium will also continue to be the toy emporium it has always been! 125 Sheen Lane, East Sheen SW14 8AE

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it's a game of TWO HALVES


t is a truth universally acknowledged that a single player in possession of a football must be in want of a goal. However difficult it is to gauge the feelings of a young player when first standing on a football pitch, you can be sure the idea of winning is so much in the minds of their families that their player is already considered a hero. So it was on a clear Sunday morning, surrounded by gold-tipped trees, five young players stood apprehensively awaiting the referee’s whistle. It was to be a hard-fought match – friend against friend, neighbour against neighbour – a typical local derby to be much discussed, but be of little consequence to all except the watching families, for it is in the nature of young players to enjoy the moment and forget the past.


The game ebbed and flowed with wave upon wave of attack rebuffed by stout defending on both sides – each goal scored countered by an equaliser – until the exhausted referee drew the game to an end. As applause from spectating families echoed around the pitch our heroes trooped off – friendships re-established with honour satisfied – and to the enjoyment of all. With apologies to Jane Austen. Andy Becker, Football Manager

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7 Dec - 20 Jan A group of people are gathered at a large country house, hosted by Hypatia Tarleton, who longs for adventure but is engaged to the clever but immature aristocrat, Bentley Summerhays. When Lina Szczepanowska, a Polish daredevil pilot arrives, her vitality inflames the men in the group. An uninvited guest arrives, intent on killing Hypatia’s father. By the end of the day there are eight marriage proposals – but are any of them a good alliance? George Bernard Shaw’s 1910 comedy looks at why men think they want an obedient partner, but hanker after a strong woman…

Orange Tree Theatre. Box office: 020 8940 3633. Tickets £15


30 November Geno Washington is still the ultimate 60s soul man, enjoying cult status in soul, blues and R & B scenes, mainly due to his unsurpassable reputation as a live performer. A contemporary of Georgie Fame, The Small Faces and Jimi Hendrix (all of whom were his support acts back in the day), Geno is as electrifying today as ever, a force of nature and a genuine joy to behold. In 1980 the tribute song, Geno, was a massive UK Number 1 hit for Dexys Midnight Runners, which brought him into the spot light once more.

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Prepare to be unprepared. Dynamic, witty and tempestuous, this is an evening of darkly comic, twisted songs and glorious humour … Charlie is back with a vengeance, as is the devilish diva, Louise Innes, and her athletically inclined postie. Hitting orgasmic highs and diving into a darker side, this new show is a rebellion of songs, anarchy, wit and comic ingenuity entwined with aerial acrobatics. Watermans, 40 High St, Brentford Box office: 020 8232 1010.

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