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W E L C O M E 8th Edition October – December 2013 Publisher and Sales Executive Romail Gulzar Editor Ellis Di Cataldo Sub Editor Louise Gimson Graphic Design Shaun Taylor Contributors Sarita Rai Sarah Chetwyn Jeralita Costa Kieran Theivam Riaz Ravat Kevin Routledge Photographers Roopa Madhani Front Cover Photographer: Diensen Pamben Photo Credits Curve, VisitLiverpool, Redpix Photography, Russell Stainer (Dolly Rockits), Craig Easton (Travel) John Lewis, The Y Theatre, Embrace Arts. About Us Pukaar Magazine is a quarterly publication offering readers a mix of local human interest and serious community news, as well as features on fashion, travel, sport and entertainment. Covering a range of diverse topics, the magazine is a true reflection of the multicultural city of Leicester.

Editor's Letter After a glorious and sunny summer that rivalled the Continent with sky high temperatures, I hope those mittens are on and scarves are at the ready, preparing for the winter chill to hit Leicester! And really, at this time of year is there anything better than a sit down and cup of tea? Especially now you’re armed with Pukaar Magazine Edition 8. Packed with tons of articles and entertainment, this edition is similar to this time of year: much anticipated and always something to get stuck into. From Halloween to Bonfire Night, Diwali to Christmas; not a week goes past without some cause for celebration and we have the low down on all the information you need to take part in the fun. Actor and writer Andy Nyman joins us for a chat about his role in Kick Ass 2, as well as the many iconic television characters he has undertaken and the magic he’s created with Derren Brown. As a Leicester boy, born and bred, it’s a fantastic story of achieving goals and still realising dreams. The Guildhall Lane revamp and revolution of Leicester’s textile industry is a wonderful reminder that our city is constantly evolving, with fascinating articles on both, now is the time to relish the feeling of pride towards Leicester, especially with the City of Culture 2017 winner finally being unveiled this November. With colder weather you’ll need to layer up on your clothing, so check out our Autumn / Winter Fashion advice, covering all bases this season with the sharpest party wear and cosiest py jamas. In addition, our Top 10 Gift Guide could prove to be the answer to those tricky present-buying troubles you’ve been having. We’ve also managed to squeeze in an exciting interview with Leicester’s one and only Roller Derby Team the Dolly Rocket Rollers, discussing their rise within the sport and just how they get their unique nicknames; as well as a chat with author Lou Gimson about her successful turn from business mentor to writer. It may be getting colder outside, but there’s never a lack of anything to do. We hope you enjoy the latest edition and with whatever festivities you’re celebrating this time of year, they are full of fun, food and laughter.

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C O N T E N T S REGULARS UPDATE Winter Festivities�������������������������������������������������������������������������6 INTERNATIONAL Warning: The World Has Shrunk������������������������������������������������12 Learn about the rise in global communication technology. BUSINESS Developing Distinct Workspaces�����������������������������������������������19 Their Development Manager talks about their ever-increasing success. COMMUNITY A Fashionable History���������������������������������������������������������������20 Discovering the history of Leicester’s fashion industry. TRAVEL Jump into The Pool��������������������������������������������������������������������31 Exploring Liverpool and its vibrant culture. SPORT Roller Ring Rock Stars��������������������������������������������������������������34 Leicester’s Dolly Rockit Rollers discuss their rise within Roller Derby.

P26 FEATURES GUEST COLUMNIST Multi-Faith Communities Unite����������������������������������������������������7 Deputy Director of St Phillips Centre, Riaz Ravat BEM writes about the city’s multi-faith relations.

A Slam Dunk to Victory��������������������������������������������������������������36 The History of the Multi-Winning Leicester Riders by owner Kevin Routledge. WRITER’S CORNER Written with Attitude�����������������������������������������������������������������38 Entrepreneur-turned-Writer Lou Gimson discusses her journey to success. FASHION Be Bold this Christmas��������������������������������������������������������������42 The coolest looks this winter to keep you warm.

EDITORIAL Charity Boosts Crime Awareness������������������������������������������������9 Introducing Vic Sethi as the new Crimestoppers Chief Patron. IN THE NEWS Grand Revamp of Leicester’s Old Town������������������������������������10 An insight into the revamp of Guildhall Lane. INTERVIEW Tackling Issues with Ambition���������������������������������������������������17 Deputy City Mayor Rory Palmer tells us about his many roles. COVER FEATURE Magic, Horror and Hollywood����������������������������������������������������26 Discussing acting, writing and magic with Leicester-born Andy Nyman. SEASONAL Top 10 Ultimate Christmas Gifts������������������������������������������������40 Providing advice for all your present-buying needs. EDITORIAL Shakespeare meets Bollywood�������������������������������������������������46 Discussing the new production Cymbeline with director Samir Bhamra.

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WINTER FESTIVITIES DATES FOR YOUR DIARY MORE THAN ANY OTHER TIME OF YEAR, WINTER ‘TIS THE SEASON TO COME TOGETHER AND TURN OUR COMMUNITY INTO A FAMILY, WHILST ENJOYING ALL THE FESTIVE FUN THE CITY HAS TO OFFER. Whether taking a long walk through the crisp countryside of Bradgate Park or entertaining friends and family with hearty homemade meals, this time of year is arguably the most magical and tranquil of all the seasons with an array of events and festivities to enjoy. Despite the nights steadily getting darker, our skies are rarely shadowy this time of year as not a week goes by without a cause for fireworks. Starting with the annual Diwali festival, taking place on Sunday 20th October, Leicester’s celebrations are one of the biggest outside of India. Belgrave Road is an exciting place to be stood amongst 35,000 people waiting to see the lights being switched on, transforming the surrounding streets into a dazzling world of colour. A large firework display follows and a stage full of traditional Hindu entertainment adds a touch of magic to the proceedings. November traditionally marks Guy Fawkes Night and what better place to watch our skies sparkle than at the Abbey Park Bonfire and Fireworks Display, Leicester’s biggest display with over 15,000 visitors. The Bonfire and Firework celebration takes place on Saturday 2nd November.


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It is the big Christmas light switch on in Humberstone Gate, on Sunday 17th November, which is the cause of most excitement in the city centre. With live entertainment and performances, the event officially marks the start of the Christmas season, before spectators scurry off to Highcross and the Lanes soon after the tree is lit up to stock up on Christmas gifts. The annual decorations at Leicester’s Town Hall Square turn the space into a wonderland with full-size festive characters and the traditional Nativity scene, filling all who visit it with a childlike sense of excitement. If you decide to take on the high street crowds and head into the city centre then you’ll be rewarded with the fresh and homemade treats from the Farmer and Italian markets as well as the annual Winter Food and Craft stalls, making a welcome return to the city. Gallowtree Gate transforms into a home of delectable delights from warm pastries and hot chocolate to unique wooden Christmas gifts. With the constant sense of enjoyment and anticipation in the air and so much happening in our city for you to enjoy, it truly ‘tis the most wonderful time of the year’. PM

October 20th Diwali Celebrations. Belgrave Road.

---November 2nd Bonfire and Firework Celebration. Abbey Park.

---November 13th - 17th Italian Market. Gallowtree Gate.

---November 17th Christmas Light Switch On. Humberstone Gate.

---November 24th Christmas Winter Food & Drink Fair. The Market.

---December 5th Farmers Market. Gallowtree Gate.

---December 16th Hanukkah Lighting Ceremony. Victoria Park.


St Philip’s Centre is a charity set up in 2006 which is rooted in the multi-faith environment of Leicester, the UK’s most ethnically diverse city. With its origins and ethos within the Christian faith and the Diocese of Leicester, the Centre has developed into an organisation which not only services those from a Christian background but resources people from all faith and belief backgrounds. Since the Centre was established, over 10,000 people have connected with our work locally, nationally and internationally. Our current Director is Revd Canon Dr John Hall. The Centre has acquired a reputation for promoting positive community relations through our high quality religion and belief training courses which enable communities and public sector workers to acquire a strong literacy when working with faith communities. From new Police recruits to local authority staff and schoolchildren to college lecturers, we have a wide portfolio of courses available which have provided training for nearly 2000 people. Our work keeps an eye on the future. We work with educational establishments across the region to provide education for both students and staff. In 2012/2013 alone, our schools and colleges programmes engaged nearly 1500 pupils. This includes our highly popular

‘Religion & Belief Roadshow’ which tours the region to deliver fun-packed and interactive learning. Our social action events have provided a huge impetus for our work with communities. They provide a space for building confidence and to remain true to the shared values we stand for as faiths. Each year we run Mitzvah Day, Sewa Day and an Interfaith Iftaar. Each project tackles social disadvantage by assisting the vulnerable in society or by helping to build mutual trust and friendships. Each event is delivered alongside volunteers from different faith backgrounds including Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh. The Centre is one of only a limited number of areas of the UK to run the Near Neighbours programme, which is part of the Government’s Big Society agenda. Near Neighbours

supports activities which build and bind communities through faith connections. Grants are available for community projects, dialogue and Catalyst - a young adults’ leadership programme delivered in Leicester and East London. Our work is increasingly attracting international attention. We have hosted visits and worked with partners from France, China, India, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Sweden, Syria, Turkey and the USA. Civic and community engagement enables St Philip’s Centre to provide a firm root for our work in building and sustaining good inter faith relations. It also enables us to discharge the very responsibilities which are enshrined in the codes of our respective faiths. PM

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CHARITY BOOSTS CRIME AWARENESS KIERAN THEIVAM FROM CRIMESTOPPERS INTRODUCES VIC SETHI AS THEIR NEW CHIEF PATRON AND DISCUSSES THIS INSPIRING ROLE. When Vic Sethi was approached to get involved with Crimestoppers, like some, he admits he had no idea the organisation was a charity. Now the Indian born businessman, who spent time as a youngster in Kuwait, is an active supporter of the Leicestershire & Rutland committee and has recently been appointed Chief Patron. As a driven entrepreneur and after a number of successful business ventures, Vic started to invest more time and money into local sports clubs and charities just before the turn of the millennium. This way he could get more involved with organisations and as a result, sat on the board of many institutes to offer his support and services.

Vic’s role as patron has seen him passionately spread the Crimestoppers message, whilst backing projects and events in Leicestershire and Rutland that involve the community, all of whom are as equally keen to tackle crime in their area. But why does he think other people should follow in his footsteps and get involved?

living in the United Kingdom should support the charity as it is a way of getting their voice heard without fear,” he said. “They should feel like this is their own organisation and can play their part by spreading the name of Crimestoppers by word of mouth.”

“It’s not only people of Leicestershire and Rutland that should get involved, but all people

It was when recently approached by Crimestoppers, though, that Vic really started to get proactive and work towards making his local community a safer place to be. When asked about his decision to undertake the role, Vic said “I want to educate as many people about the good work of Crimestoppers” making it clear that spreading the message of the charity is his number one goal. Through his collaboration with the charity, Vic’s eyes were opened to the immense work that they do, saying; “The first meeting I attended with Crimestoppers was an eye opener where I learned so much about the work of the charity. “I learned a lot, so decided to become a board member in Leicestershire and Rutland, realising that a lot of the people out there are not aware of the charity.” Since then, Vic has spent a considerable amount of time and effort on resources to help educate people about Crimestoppers. He wrote the script and produced a promotional video to generate awareness. The aim of this video was to increase knowledge about the charity and how it works in order to take aware any fear people may have about reporting a crime.

Left: Lord Ashcroft, founder of Crimestoppers and Vic Sethi, Chief Patron.

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Leicester’s Old Town has seen a significant transformation from the late 80’s over the last few years. The latest addition as part of Leicester’s redevelopment scheme was the expansion and reformation of Silver Street that was recently completed after beginning work in early January 2013.

shopping experience with shops such as Lisa Boutique who have regular clientele with personal recommendation given to each individual. Business owner, Lisa Myatt said “We cater for all, we stock individual looks from labels such as ‘Postcard from Brighton’ and try to capture an individual look from ages 20 right up to those in their 70s. We display a very on trend look and aim to keep bigger and older women looking fashionable and fresh. I’m hopeful that the revamp will bring a lot of people from elsewhere especially with the discovery of Richard III. We do have regular clients and I’ve noticed we’re getting more people from all over and getting even busier in such a short space of time”. In a

With the grand opening of the Shires in 1981, later renamed as the Highcross Shopping Centre in 2008, Silver Street’s local businesses, residents and the general public admitted they began to feel the negative impact of The Highcross opening. The opening of The Highcross’ surrounding outdoor vicinity attracted masses of people and captured the businesses of a new generation. Silver Street businesses to some extent suffered with the modernity that was being represented elsewhere in the city. They identified that change was a matter of urgency when trade dropped dramatically as soon as the Highcross opened. However, like Silver Street, Guildhall Lane looks set to re-establish itself as a celebrated focal point of Leicester’s heritage thanks to the £500,000 revamp which was first Artist’s impression proposed this June. Local citizens suggested last year that the change may have come a little too late. The recession caused major implications to business trade, but it is within the idyllic lanes of Leicester that trade has managed to survive. The Lanes’ provides a heritage and community that reveals Leicester’s true spirit. Speaking to shop owners of the newly fashioned Silver Street there seemed an undoubted belief in each other and a united presence between the local independent businesses. There was no competition drive or sales ploys, the owners of businesses in this area evoke a friendly and happy community which is what Leicester is aiming to capture with their re-design and accessibility. The City Council have categorized this project development as part of their Connecting Leicester scheme. Through extensive work, this major programme aims to improve the pedestrian links between Leicester’s heritage sites and historical buildings whilst creating access to the retail shopping at the heart of the city. The pedestrianised area is famous for its independence. The independent boutiques and quaint one-off shops steer away from corporate multiplicity and offer a unique

highly populated city with an abundance of choice the secret gems of Leicester’s Lanes have managed to fight chainstore sales with their marketed Christmas events. The shops collective figures reflected in last year’s sales have shown the businesses of Silver Street remaining in a good place with a steady turnover. They believe the ability to stay afloat during such an economical struggle is due to their loyal customers and more personal service they offer. This year, there’s a new reason for visitors to gather, an even bigger expectation for a rise in sales and better opportunities for smaller developing businesses in the area. The discovery of the remains of Richard III in September 2012 has turned Leicester’s widely known local heritage into an overnight National Royal Heritage. The opening of the Richard III exhibition at the Guildhall brought visitors from all over the country who were eager to be part of the Royal phenomenon. With the huge conflict of burial rights and the transference of Richard III’s remains, it has always been in question as to how sustainable this exhibition is. However, the breath-taking ‘Search For a King’ story has wowed the nation and generated a huge amount of publicity. The

change to the remainder of Guildhall Lane may finally bring the development of the Old Town full circle. Major changes to Guildhall Lane included levelling the pavement to match that of Silver Street and the surrounding Lanes. The pavements will appear transformed by the use of high quality pink and grey block paving, with a contrasting colour block to replace the once raised kerb. The brightly coloured finish of red asphalt will complement the regal and traditional area of the city centre. The richest parts of the city are the rural vintage buildings that are often masked by the highly developed retail centre. City Mayor Peter Soulsby said “We want to carry this through onto Guildhall Lane and improve the condition of road and pavement surfaces, which are currently very uneven. By continuing the design of Silver Street, we can further strengthen the link between these two areas and help attract even more people into the architecturally rich, historic heart of our city centre.” This revamp is set to restore the remainder of the city that was left in ruins. The completion of the scheme will complement the improvements that have long been underway for neighbouring Applegate and development plans for the Cathedral Gardens and Jubilee Square. Mayor Soulsby continued “The improvements on Silver Street are very clear. It looks better and the surface is much improved. As well as being a really attractive shopping street in its own right, Silver Street now acts as an inviting gateway into the ‘Old Town.’ The City Council are striving to recognise projects in the area that are in need of redevelopment, in order to improve the overall atmosphere of the community and not just for the potential title of ‘City of Culture’ in 2017. The true spirit of the city speaks for itself both through its heritage sites and modern businesses and it is the pedestrian links between the two that will make it accessible to everyone in the local and wider community. The opening of the Richard III Visitor Centre in early 2014 is hoping to attract 100,000 people and bring in over £4.5 million of the city’s economy in its first year alone. More jobs, more things to do and more access to the things we want to do means Leicester is raising the bar and bringing back the culture which has always been at the heart of the city. PM

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WARNING: THE WORLD HAS SHRUNK TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES CONNECT US GLOBALLY, BUT AT WHAT COST? PUKAAR MAGAZINE’S INTERNATIONAL JOURNALIST JERALITA COSTA EXPLORES HOW TECHNOLOGY HAS TRANSFORMED OUR LIVES. Today most of us take in and assimilate vast amounts of information about events in other parts of the world that no ordinary individual would have been aware of a mere 55 years ago. On May 13, 1897, when Guglielmo Marconi sent the first ever wireless communication over the Bristol Channel, the message read, “Are you ready?” He most likely never dreamed that one day we would be video chatting over cellular phones and hand held electronic devices with our friends and family around the world on a regular basis. In the beginning of the 20th Century, radio communications began providing ordinary citizens with a peek into world events. Then, in 1927 television entered the scene, first in Britain and then in America. During World War II, television broadcasting was shut down in the Allied nations due to fears that the Nazis would use it as a propaganda tool. Shortly after the War, the United States re-established civilian television broadcasting and by the late 1950s television was in many homes in America, Britain, France, the USSR, and Japan. By the mid 1960s, television became established in China and other parts of the


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developing world. The Vietnam War (19591975) was the first war to be broadly televised, bringing the horrors of the battlefield into the living rooms of average citizens. Fast forward to June 8th, 2010, when Wael Ghonim, a 29-year-old Google marketing executive in Dubai, vented his shock and horror over the death of a young Egyptian he had never met by creating a Facebook page in the young man’s honor, “We Are All Khaled Said”, and helped fuel a revolution. Today social media brings live streamed events and reports from around the globe. Within moments of the June 2013 earthquake in the Philippines, donations and support began flooding in. Reports of landslides in Uganda, forest fires in the USA, flooding in Nigeria, typhoons, hurricanes and other natural disasters are shared far and wide through the power of social media. Likewise, we see the devastating effects of drone strikes and other terrorist acts in video broadcasts on our smart phones and tablets. Beyond the revolutions and disasters, social media and technology are now connecting us with each other on a more intimate level. We

are privy to heartwarming everyday events like the love of John Unger and his dog Schoep. After a friend posted a photo of John carrying his beloved arthritic dog into Lake Superior, it went viral. This July, nearly 400 thousand Facebook fans from around the world mourned Schoep’s death at the age of 20. Most recently it was reported that 150 million images are being shared each day over Snapchat, a photo messaging application that enables users to take photos, record videos, add text or drawings and send them to a list of recipients. A recent study shows that Americans, on average, spend 16 minutes of every hour on social networking sites, putting the U.S. ahead of the United Kingdom (13 minutes) and Australia (14 minutes). What are we sharing and talking about with friends the world over? Everything from what we had for dinner, to lamenting the breakup of relationships, and the first day on our new job; from quips of 4 year olds, to “Stuff My Dad Says.” All this access to each other via high-tech tools carries a price - not only financially, but in terms of our individual privacy. Yes, you could say the world has shrunk when you consider

that we can not only Facetime, Google Hangout and Snapchat with each other across the globe; but also in terms of what information is available about us as individuals. Google and Facebook enable companies to target their advertising to your preferences based on what you search, read, post and like.

phone calls are being gathered daily and shared with the NSA. At the 21st annual DEF CON, the world’s largest hacking conference held in Las Vegas this August, workshops

Employers are routinely using social media to check out applicants and to monitor their employees. A May 2012 Gartner report predicted that by 2015, sixty percent of companies will be monitoring employee’s social media use for security breaches. Recently, US Major League Baseball’s investigators used an arsenal of hightech tools to collect evidence from Facebook, BlackBerry instant messages, and texts to persuade a dozen players to accept 50 game suspensions for their ties to a clinic that provides performance enhancing drugs to athletes.

Do you make frequent purchases over the Internet? Rather than use your bank card directly, use a service such as PayPal to help protect your information. Or, if you are ready to bypass major financial institutions whenever possible, consider using a cryptocurrency wallet such as Litecoin, Bitcoin or Feathercoin. Cryptocurrency is a type of digital currency that is based on cryptography (secret code). Cryptocurrency uses algorithm data encryption for security. You can find out more about cryptocurrency and other alternative currencies at www. And what to do about all those vast amounts of information we are taking in and assimilating? If you find yourself getting depressed or outraged by what you’re reading on Facebook or watching on your iPad, recall how Wael Ghonim turned his outrage into activism. Or, turn it off and take a walk or go hug a loved one.

The leaks by Edward Snowden, the former USA National Security Agency (NSA) contractor turned whistleblower, opened average citizens eyes to the massive amount of information that is being gathered by governments around the world. According to Snowden, the NSA reportedly keeps trillions of telephone calls, live chats, text messages, and emails in their databases that can be accessed by the use of simple screens that allow an analyst to enter an email address or an IP address and listen to conversations, read emails, look at browsing histories or Google search terms. Snowden’s whistleblowing brought unprecedented attention to Britain’s largest spy agency GCHQ, and the Tempora surveillance programme, a project that gives the agency access to the fibre-optic cables that carry the world’s phone calls and web traffic throughout the UK. Germans also learned that their e-mails, text messages and

Unplug from the electronic devices for a while and enjoy the people and places right in front of you. Make an effort to have a real conversation with a live person that you can reach out and touch. Switch off the phone at dinner time, stop checking your email when you are sitting on the bus, and post less frequent Facebook updates. It’ll be tough at first, but psychologists have found that the fundamental difference between happy and unhappy people is loving, social relationships. Spending time with family and friends is essential for happiness. If you are able, make a date to meet those special friends or family members in person using the advances in technology that enable us to fly across the globe in hours or days instead of traveling by ship for weeks or months. Tweet that! PM

‘UNPLUG FROM THE ELECTRONIC DEVICES FOR A WHILE AND ENJOY THE PEOPLE AND PLACES RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU’ focused on civil liberties, corporate and governmental spying and ethics. Beyond unplugging, how do you protect your privacy? First, of course, remember that cyberspace is mostly not private and check yourself before hitting that send button. Beyond that, check out the free software resources available through the Free Software Foundation (www. to find out about non proprietary software for searching the web and encrypting programs that are run on your own computer, not a server where information might be saved before encrypting it.

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Applications by overstayers, illegals Applications for further leave to remain in the UK on the basis of Human Rights Right Act (Article 8).

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People who could not submit the applications before 01 October 2012 should be considered under Human Rights Act. If such people have a family and private life and due to the exceptional circumstances they cannot return back to their home country should be given discretionary leave. Hence those people should take initiative and submit the application on the basis of their exceptional circumstances. People who have family and children should not waste any further time. The above mentioned application will still be considered by the Home Office because the Home Office cannot remove European Law hence people should come upfront to exercise their legitimate right of having discretionary leave for 3 years.

Solution for Students Since 01 October 2012, if you have limited leave to enter or remain in the UK and wish to extend your visa, you must apply within 28 days of your current visa expiring. Your application for further leave will be refused if you have overstayed your visa by more than 28 days when you apply. There are many students who have valid leave to remain in the UK, however their colleges have lost their sponsor license. Due to this many students have had their leave curtailed and the UKBA are sending letters to these individuals informing them that their leave has been curtailed and they need to make arrangements in another college and reapply for their student visa’s Such people either are not receiving those letters or they are not able to make arrangements in the given time by the Home Office, or people who had student visa but they have never attended the college, have never submitted any kind of application may be due to some fear of disclosing it or they don’t have awareness. If your student visa has been revoked, you are liable to be removed or detained. To avoid this situation, it is very important to apply outside of the immigration rules, requesting the Home Office to grant you leave to remain based on your own personal circumstances.

Refusals for Post study Work In regards to students who have applied for Tier 1 Post Study Work visa’s in April, the decisions are being sent out now by the Home Office. Many individuals have been refused the visa’s as they were not awarded their degree certificate at the time of the application. Many individuals applied under this category when they had valid leave to remain in the UK, therefore they are entitled to a right of appeal. Please be aware that such PSW refusals are most likely to be allowed by the Judges, hence come upfront and let us assist you to either lodge the appeal or administrative review against such PSW refusals. Please contact on the following details: Fehmina Farani Telephone: 07773706866 Email:

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SOLVING ISSUES WITH AMBITION FROM CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION AND SUPPORTING LEICESTER’S UNEMPLOYED YOUTH, TO THE 2014 EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ELECTIONS; LABOUR COUNCILLOR FOR EYRES MONSELL, RORY PALMER DISCUSSES HIS MANY ROLES. As Councillor for Eyres Monsell with a cabinet responsibility for climate change and transport, and Labour candidate for European elections 2014 in the East Midlands; not to mention undertaking the role of Deputy City Mayor, Rory Palmer is a man of many responsibilities. With day to day duties which include securing investment within his area and improving local facilities; no two working days for Rory are the same. “I thrive on the variety and scale of challenges that the roles bring.” With a focus on the city’s youth and helping to tackle the issues they face, Rory has overseen the Leicester to Work programme having discovered that 3000 young people in Leicester endure a great deal of worry due to the lack of jobs or apprentices available. “I share that frustration, determination and desire to work.” Rory states, which has undoubtedly been the driving force behind the recently created 130 new council apprenticeships

and 300 paid work placements, which have provided a positive outcome towards the investment in young people. Similarly Rory set up and now chairs the Leicester Child Poverty Commission, which exists in order to break the cycle of children growing up in poverty or lowincome households. A recent feat of the commission is its increased living wage motion, which is currently in place for the lowest paid staff members within the council. It is this investment into people individually which contributes towards making a more financially stable and more constructive city collaboratively. Such a varied set of responsibilities could prove to be a difficult juggling act for many; however Rory takes the opportunity of overseeing and tackling so many issues as a chance to weave them together in order to “use the money we have in a much smarter, more efficient way.”

Rory is also positive on re-establishing Leicester’s strong reputation of sustainability and caring for the environment. His targets are far more ambitious than the law requires, and these striving carbon reduction aims are met with enthusiasm to further the cities’ universities research surrounding green issues and place their findings into a more practical and industrial setting. Rory is aspirational about the future and relentless in his hands-on approach towards making the city even more attractive to investors. “Great things happen in Leicester on a year to year basis, which collectively make us a great city to live and work and be part of.” And it is with this belief that Rory is currently running for European elections 2014 in the East Midlands, aiming to promote the city on both a national and international level, making sure Leicester receives its fair share of European funding to carry on the positive work already being done. PM

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PUKAAR MAGAZINE SITS DOWN WITH LEICESTER CITY COUNCIL’S, PETER CHANDLER TO DISCUSS THE EVER-GROWING AVAILABILITY FOR BUSINESSES TO START AND DEVELOP IN THE CITY AND THEIR LATEST WORKSPACE PROJECT, DOCK. Celebrating its tenth year in business next year, the LCB Depot has grown from strength to strength turning Leicester’s Cultural Quarter into a hub of creative commerce.

pay honour to their heritage. Opening in 2012 Makers Yard, a restored former textile factory, provided a workspace for ceramic and glass manufacturers to furniture designers. The building holds 10 studios and Peter tells us, “This was a place in the 1850s and 60s where domestic knitters came together to make and sell their work, and 150 years later we wanted to recreate that for the 21st century.”

LCB Depot is one of three workspaces in the city, the other two being Phoenix Square and Maker’s Yard, in the last 9 years, they have steadily built a community of over 100 businesses with a further 50 to be based at the new site Dock, opening this October in Pioneer Park. Dock provides space for companies in sectors other than the creative industry and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Leicester City Council. Peter Chandler, the Creative Workspace Development Manager tells us, “It came about through seeing if you were a start-up technology company or if you need laboratory space, or you are an innovative engineering company, where would you go?” As well as providing a home to companies, LCB Depot focuses on providing networking opportunities, coaching and start-up programmes, Peter said “We’re always in

discussion with companies about what needs to be in place to help them develop their business.” There is an eclectic and hugely successful mix of companies housed within these buildings as Peter explains, “We’ve got over 120 businesses currently trading from our work spaces and that’s going to grow with the opening of Dock, upwardly within the next three years I think we’re going to see 200 businesses working from our locations.”

The main focus of these workspaces is to attract companies who are able to create high value jobs, allowing Leicester to compete with other cities in the UK who are renowned for business development. “I’d like to see over the next 5 years Leicester being the place where knowledge economy businesses are being successful, there’s no reason why that can’t happen. Leicester’s got everything going for it; we have a diverse community and is a growing city.” Already in the works are plans to provide space such as a Food Park for small manufacturing businesses and companies who wish to expand their space. “The work doesn’t stop because we’re aiming to ensure that Leicester is the place to start up and grow a knowledge economy business.” PM

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A FASHIONABLE HISTORY THERE IS A WEALTH OF INDUSTRIAL HISTORY HOUSED WITHIN LEICESTER, AS PUKAAR MAGAZINE EXPLORES HOW ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TRADES IN THE WORLD FOUND ITS FEET IN OUR VERY OWN CITY. The textile industry has been an enormous contribution to the economic state of Leicester, as well as providing jobs and a wealth of culture, for hundreds of years. It has become integral to Leicestershire’s identity, so much so that the county’s coat of arms features a sheep in recognition of the prevalent wool usage in its hosiery manufacturing.

The hosiery trade, historically at the centre of Leicester’s entire textile industry, is said to have begun when the first stocking-frame was brought to Hinckley in 1640 by William Iliffe. By 1844, there was an estimated 18,494 working frames in the city which outweighed surrounding areas such as Nottingham and Birmingham in their hosiery production. Specializing in wool, the success of the

industry lay mainly in its refusal of turning to steam powered factory production. Whilst most other textile industries had made the switch, Leicester kept up its most-preferred hand-frame method of production. However the prosperity which the industry was enjoying was not to last forever and 1845 saw the beginning of its decline. Due to a waning in foreign trade, hosiery production had been significantly reduced and in as little as twenty years there was a 20% reduction in hosiery exportation. By the middle of the 19th century the industry, which had seen Leicester’s economy flourish, soon felt the force of manufacturing problems. The preferred production methods had become outdated and overcrowding in the sector meant manufacturers had lost control of the market. It was the decision to educate the young in textile production which began to breathe life into the industry. In 1885, championed by the Chamber of Commerce, Wyggeston Boys’ School began providing classes on hosiery which were the first of their kind in the country. Over seventy years later the lessons in hosiery manufacture and design still existed, when in 1955 classes started


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Currently the worldwide textile industry makes up 8% of global trade in manufactured goods and generates over £260 billion in global exports. With the proportion of manufacturing now taking place in countries such as Bangladesh and Cambodia, Leicester’s resurgence of its staple industry has meant that instead of selling to the majority; they are able to focus on producing speciality textiles and high quality clothing which are sold globally. Sock producers Pantherella, based just off Saffron Lane, have their products stocked in high-end department stores around the world including Selfridges, Harrods and Nordstrom. Chief Executive, Justin Hall says “Leicester has a reputation of being an area of technical expertise and luxury. We’ve gained a reputation through decades as a high quality manufacture. There are a lot of niche manufacturers who serve niche markets and our market is a niche market.”

being taken by local manufacturers, who were essentially training their future employees. This education of textiles and the design industry has since grown stronger and is now more popular than ever. Leicester College houses a range of courses from Fashion Costume Foundation degrees to Pattern Cutting and Garment Construction, whilst De Montfort University is at the forefront of fashion design with its Fashion and Contour Design course being a leading creative department for female underwear, not to mention busy designing shoes fit for a Princess. De Montfort Graduate Becka Hunt, who studied Footwear Design, was honoured in 2012 by Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton who chose her shoe design as her favourite amongst 120 students. Clearly the industry in this region is still alive and well and thanks to such recognition of upcoming talent, sure to transcend globally. One of Leicester’s most notable textile manufacturers is the hosiery firm Corah, founded by Nathaniel Corah in 1815. Whilst he initially undertook manufacturing at his farm, Nathaniel soon moved into buying readymade stockings in order to sell at a profit. This business model allowed the company to prosper and by 1824 they were able to purchase their own premises on Union Street. Whilst Corah were successfully holding their weight in the industry, it was the partnership with Marks and Spencer which propelled them into their iconic status. In 1926, Corah inspired the creation of Marks and Spencer’ luxury ‘St Michael’ range which meant longer, more profitable production runs were now in place and the manufacturing of high-quality products were well underway. This working relationship

lasted until 2000, having had a design room at Marks and Spencer’s until the 1960s and celebrating a trade worth £20 million per annum in the 1970s. From the beginning of the 1940s the industry as a whole was definitely one of growth, with 71 million hosiery products being produced in the UK alone. Higher standards of living amongst Leicester citizens, teamed with a reduction in patching and darning one’s own clothes, meant that the demand for hosiery was high and reduced production costs. This surge in product demand meant that there were now over 200 hosiery firms in Leicester and 33,310 people employed within them. However this prosperity of traditional factories was to become unsteady in later years. The 1960s and 70s bought about a decline in traditional manufacturing industries as new businesses swept in overtaking older, local factories and with a significant proportion of the traditional textile factories being moved overseas, the global industry grew from strength to strength.

The industry has grown in cultural ways too with both traditional and contemporary fashion trends from India, Japan and South Korea being created and sold at Saree Mandir; the first established saree business on Belgrave Road, opening in 1963. Director Anil Khandelwal says there’s been a major change in the industry from when they first opened to today. “Historically Leicester’s been a centre for hosiery, but it has lost a lot of manufacturers like Corah who provided a lot of employment for people. It’s gone from manufacture to import but Leicester has been the centre for textiles.” Whilst the manufacturing industry may have moved elsewhere, the textile design business is very much still thriving in the city, as global clothing brands like Next and George at Asda have their design centres in Leicestershire proving that the county’s textile history is truly alive and nourishes present design talent. Leicester’s most significant industry is one of creativity and constant evolution. With a large proportion of factories peppered amongst familiar city landmarks, it may not always be obvious but the textile industry is still a large part of Leicestershire’s culture today and one that we are undoubtedly proud of. PM

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LET THE SHOW BEGIN! THERE’S A WEALTH OF COMEDY AND DRAMA TO INDULGE IN THIS SEASON AT CURVE, AND WE’RE HERE WITH THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LINE-UP. The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock written by David Rudkin and runs until 5 October. Hip hop, spoken word, music, dance and puppetry all combine in new play Melody Loses Her Mojo from innovative theatre company, 20 Stories High running in Curve’s Studio from 8 – 12 October.

This autumn, Leicester’s Curve theatre is celebrating its 5th Birthday and has revealed a packed theatrical programme for the season ahead, featuring gripping dramas and gigantic dinosaurs to seduction, scandal, showbiz and all that jazz this Christmas with Chicago! In October, don’t miss the comedy thriller The Beauty Queen of Leenane (18 October – 9 November). Directed by Paul Kerryson, the play is the third work written by Martin McDonagh to be staged at Curve following its recent successes with The Pillowman and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Audiences will be taken on an unprecedented journey into the mind of one the most fascinating cultural icons with the new play


Also in October Curve will be helping mark another birthday - the 40th Anniversary party tour of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show from 7 – 12 October. Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, will once more be celebrated in style at Curve from 28 October – 2 November, with a programme of theatre and free events to mark 100 years of Bollywood. Curve’s Christmas spectacular is a brand new production of the Tony Award-winning musical Chicago directed by Paul Kerryson opening on 29 November. Set in 1920’s Chicago, this sleek, sexy show tells the story of scintillating sinners, Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, their crimes of passion and their outrageous pursuit of fame and celebrity. But murder, adultery and corruption are no match for their manipulative, smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn.

Featuring some of the most famous songs and dance numbers in musical theatre history including All That Jazz, Cell Block Tango and Razzle Dazzle – Chicago is the sure-fire Christmas hit not to be missed! Dance highlights this season include the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, one of the world’s most exciting dance companies, which will be coming to Leicester from its home in New York and Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake returns from 4 – 9 November. Finally for Curve’s younger audience members over October half term, Curve has organised a special celebratory week of half-term free activities and theatrical adventures including Dinosaur Zoo from 22 – 24 October and Hairy Maclary, based on the books by Lynley Dodd from 25 – 26 October. Olivier award-winning writer, Mike Kenny’s brand new adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood also promises to be a magic Christmas treat for children from 11 December – 4 January. PM To book tickets call Curve’s Ticket office on 0116 242 3595 or visit

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WITH INFORMATION PROVIDED TO CRIMESTOPPERS HAVING RESULTED IN 152 ARRESTS AND CHARGES IN LEICESTERSHIRE LAST YEAR, WE LOOK AT WHAT THE CHARITY DOES AND WHY IT’S SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM. Crimestoppers UK is a charity helping to prevent and solve crimes. It has been established to allow the public to give information anonymously about crimes that affect their local community. When crime takes place, Crimestoppers believe that anybody who knows those responsible should go to the police. However, many people who want to take action are close to the criminals and fear retribution. Crimestoppers offers them the secure means for them to get that information to the police, making their families and communities safer. Information can be provided either via a 24/7 hotline or on-line. The Leicestershire & Rutland Crimestoppers Committee was formed 16 years ago, and it is one of the most active in the East Midlands region. The work of the Committee has the support of Leicestershire Police as a strategic partner,


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but the Committee is fully independent of the police. The Committee comprises volunteers, with the support of a full time Crimestoppers Regional Manager. Full Committee meetings occur bi monthly and sub groups of the Committee support areas of work and campaigns targeting particular types of crimes. The local efforts have had some impressive results recently when last year 152 arrests and charges were made in Leicestershire & Rutland based on information from Crimestoppers, and recently the hotline has been critical to the police raiding a number of cannabis factories in the area. This year, based on advice from the police on current priorities, the local Committee is targeting a number of key areas of criminality. These are street crime in Belgrave Road area, burglaries of the accommodation of students arriving and leaving in 3 universities, handling stolen goods on the city’s estates, and domestic violence throughout the county.

Sue Witts, Vice Chairman of the Committee is leading the aim to get the message out about Crimestoppers, at events around the County. “There is sometimes a confused message out there about Crimestoppers, with some in our communities concerned that we are part of the police. So that is why it is important we are spreading the word at events across the county – Crimestoppers is here to help and provide an outlet, particularly for people living in fear.” Crimestoppers is always looking for new volunteers, and if you have an interest in helping out, why not drop a line to the Regional Manager, Kiran Dhanda, at or on 07827 995358.




SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER AT 11AM-4PM At The Y Theatre, 7 East Street, Leicester, LE1 6EY Free event, Light refreshments available on the day If you are aged 13 - 19 you can apply! It’s free! Take part in any one of the following categories:

Dance | MC | Art | Singing The winner gets an iPad and each individual category winner will receive £200 worth of vouchers. Entries close on 1st November 2013. Enter online by visiting: or Twitter: @LeicesterGT Crimestoppers is a registered Charity

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start here and I used to do amateur dramatics at The Little Theatre, so Leicester all the way.” From then on, Andy moved to London to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before embarking upon a successful career in theatre and film. It was a starring role in Charlie Brooker’s Dead Set in 2008 which put Andy back on the television for the first time in ten years. As a huge horror fan, he was thrilled by the prospect of his head being ripped off by zombies but had one stipulation for the producer. “I told him I’ve got to have the head at the end of the shoot. So we did it and I’ve got the head, it sits at home in a rusty box in my study and every now and then we get it out.”

“You’re on set thinking I am doing a scene with Jim Carey or Antonio Bandaras, is this real?”

Fresh back from Comic-Con 2013 in San Diego to promote the film Kick Ass 2, I met Andy Nyman at Leicester train station, a somewhat slight change of scenery but one that undoubtedly thrilled him just as much. Clearly excited to be back in his home city, our interview took place in The Y Theatre which Andy hadn’t been to since 1981, when he was fifteen years old and took part in a Midland’s Shakespeare Competition; “I came second” he laughs, “I think the guy who came first now does Basil Brush.” Despite this early career disappointment, Andy pushed forward in his passions which led him to accumulate credits of actor, writer, director and member of the Inner Magic Circle. Very much a Leicester lad, Andy attended Lancaster Boys School before going on to Melton Mowbray College to study drama. Growing up with his father’s dental practice


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close to the city centre and his mum still living here; he finds it a joy to come back, “I absolutely loved Leicester, I felt very at home being part of a nice city.” As one of three children, Andy thanks his “deeply happy childhood” as the reason to him becoming a successful actor. It was his family’s love of cinema and theatre which gave him the acting bug, “That was really a big part of home life. I just grew up absolutely loving it, obsessed with it. By the time I was twelve that was it; I knew that I wanted to act.” Andy soon started performing at a local stage school under the guidance of John Gillane, who helped him with audition pieces, which also led to the Midland’s Shakespeare Competition. “This is the first time I’d been back in this theatre since then, it’s so funny isn’t it, last time I was here this felt like the Palladium, it felt like 3000 seats and really, it’s just a sweet little theatre.” As a sense of nostalgia settles in the auditorium, Andy credits Leicester as being the starting point of it all, “It genuinely did all

Forever keen to take on unique and interesting roles, Andy has created some of the most iconic characters within the shows he has starred. Channel 4’s 2009 sitcom Campus saw him portray the offensive and inherently bizarre university Vice Chancellor Jonty de Wolfe. “I always want to choose work that is brave and a little bit mad and Campus certainly was that.” With fearless scripts, the writers and producers actively encouraged Andy’s collaborative input which led to Jonty’s most infamous trademark, of breaking into different accents for no reason, being created. “It was during the pilot when I said I could do a sort of Caribbean accent and I did it for the writer, who loved it and that became one of his traits. I always wanted to keep up that it should never be safe, it should feel crazy.” Andy was on stage in the West End play Abigail’s Party, when Kick Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow saw him sporting a big handlebar moustache and acting in a ferocious manner which he thought would be a good match for the one of the film’s villains, The Tumor. A month or so later he got the call to say he had been cast and soon began work filming in Toronto and at Pinewood Studios, opposite Jim Carey and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, in the sequel to the cult-adored 2010 film. “When that came through it was just a pinch yourself moment because it’s amazing to be part of something you already liked and is on a global scale. You get an email through of Kick Ass’ global opening day figures from every country in the world; it’s insane, very exciting.” Having just wrapped shooting in Bulgaria with Antonio Bandaras and Dylan McDermot, Andy’s latest film Automata, due out in 2014, is a dystopian thriller set in the future. Astonished at the experiences he has undertaken due to acting, Andy is humble when recognising the huge names and huge films he has worked with, “You end up going to places that you just walk around thinking how am I here? How am I here in Sofia wandering around on my own on a day off? You’re on set thinking I am doing a scene with

Jim Carey or Antonio Bandaras, is this real?” Alongside acting Andy holds another passion, this one stemming from a robbery at the old Woolco’s in Leicester which he heard about when he was a child. “There was a massive robbery and some guys drove up in the day with a big van, and they had white coats and a clipboard, went in ticked off bits and bobs, loaded washing machines and things into the van and gave it to somebody to sign for and they just walked out with it all; and I thought that that was so cool. That’s so brilliant to understand human behaviour that well and I found myself really drawn to that. There’s quite a clear line to con artistry and magic.” Thanks to his talents in Mentalism, Andy is one of the few hundred people in the world to have been inducted into the Inner Magic Circle in 2008. A reluctance to star in his own Channel 4 magic show led to him collaborating with Derren Brown and writing some of the most mind-blowing magic in the world. Whilst

Derren fronts the shows, both on stage and television, it is both of them who create the content, with Andy having co-written five out of six shows and numerous television

what we like to say with the show, is there anything we feel really strongly about, anything we want to say? I tend to be a bull in a china shop, Derren’s more brilliantly diplomatic, and there have been a couple of times where we thought no we cannot say that. How outrageous, how strange can we go?” Their 2006 show Something Wicked This Way Comes won the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment, and once written it’s not the end of the story as Andy tells us “you’re constantly tinkering throughout the show, always little changes and things to make it fresh and alive and real, otherwise it’s boring.”

“When Kick Ass 2 came through it was just a pinch yourself moment! It’s amazing to be part of something you already liked and is on a global scale.” programmes. When asked how they sit down and begin to write something like Mind Control Live or Enigma, Andy says “Derren and I sit in a room and do everything we can to avoid doing what we should be doing, we sit and giggle and mess about and we talk about

In 2010 Andy added another string to his writing bow and burst onto the West End with his childhood friend and League of Gentlemen

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writer Jeremy Dyson, creating the dark and twisted stage show Ghost Stories. Ghost Stories is somewhat a dream come true for the writers as they both share a love for all things macabre, “One of the interesting things about horror is that people misunderstand it, it gets such a bad rap and horror is an art form, it’s a really remarkable thing. It’s about how you conduct yourself in life and possibly exaggerate what the repercussions can be.” Shrouded in mystery, the show has broken box office records upon opening at the Liverpool Playhouse, and moving to the Lyric Hammersmith before touring from Moscow to Toronto. With over a quarter of a million people having seen the show, still no description or plot can be found anywhere as audience members are asked to keep the story a secret as not to ruin it for future viewers. “When we tried to get publicity initially and the press wanted scripts and photos of the set, we said no. People were not happy but we said just come and see it. If you give people a good enough time and a secret that’s worth keeping and ask them to keep it, they will.” Making a very welcome return to the West End in February, Ghost Stories is influenced by a little of everything from both Andy and Jeremy, “we dug very deep in ourselves, in stuff that genuinely scared us or we were ashamed of or felt passionately about.” In addition to his television and stage writing, Andy wrote a book in 2012 called The Golden Rules of Acting, by one who has seen, tried and done it all. The book is not just a great tool for aspiring performers but for freelancers in all creative industries; and was a chance for Andy to pass down his words of wisdom from a widely varied career within the business. The next thing on Andy’s to-do list is to collaborate again with Jeremy and write a film version of Ghost Stories, before starting the promotion on Automata and undertaking “more and more interesting work.” With such a vibrant career pursuing things he loves it is obviously difficult for Andy to choose a highlight as he tells us that, “Being on a set, it’s a reward for pursuing your dreams, it’s a reward for the ups and downs of failing again and again; and that by no means is it the end of your failures, but a little landmark that says well done for failing so much. Going on to a film set makes me want to cry with joy, I cannot believe that’s how I make my living.” However it is not solely the glamour of filming and writing which excites him, “The truth is, the highlight is, really the fact I’ve sustained a career for 26 years. I’m married, got two kids, I’ve got a mortgage and I’ve done all of that, through doing what I adore doing.” PM


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Since being crowned European Cultural Capital in 2008, Liverpool’s reputation as a lively and cultural destination has rapidly grown. With increasing visitor numbers every year, the city is one of important industrial history and cosmopolitan visions. Liverpool has remained a major port for economic commerce since the early 19th century, where 40% of the world’s trade passed through its docks. The city has been a key contributor to modern inventions as both railways and ferries were pioneered here, and industrial innovation is still at the forefront of the city’s revenue today. Famed for its docks and canals, Liverpool holds a strong maritime history with the Old Dock being


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the world’s first commercial wet dock and a remaining proud feature of the city to this day. The Liverpool Canal Link allows passengers to soak in mesmerising views of the city as they travel along the canal, greeted by the Liver, Cunard and Port buildings. However nothing is more spectacular than a trip via a Mersey Ferry, allowing you to admire the iconic waterfront. The city welcomed an impressive £72 million addition to the cultural landscape in 2011, in the form of the Museum of Liverpool. With upcoming exhibitions such as the Merseystyle Artist’s Talk and an Archaeology Opinion Service, whilst attracting crowds of 1.5 million visitors, the museum celebrates not only the vast history but the contemporary side of the

city. Liverpool houses the most museums and galleries than any other UK city region outside of London. From the Walker Art Gallery which is showcasing the work of David Hockney, running from October 11 2013 to March 2014, to the world-famous TATE Liverpool featuring Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789 – 2013, running from November 8 2013 to February 2 2014, which exhibits the influence of left-wing values on art; there is sure to be an attraction worth visiting in the city, whatever your area of interest. Whilst the city is constantly evolving in its appearance with the recent refurbishment of the Central Library as well as the familiar and grand Lyceum Club; standing strong above the Liverpool skyline are the Anglican and

Metropolitan cathedrals, located at either end of Hope Street. With breath-taking Gothic designs, taking the 108-step trip up Liverpool Cathedral is more than worth the journey in order to soak in 331ft high views of the city. It remains the fifth largest Anglican cathedral in the world and is one of the most beautiful landmarks Liverpool has to offer. For a little retail therapy, the £1 billion regeneration project of Liverpool ONE retail and leisure complex is sure to hit the spot. Featuring over 160 shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as two hotels, a visit here is all you need for your trips worth of shopping and entertainment. From the cheeky Liverpudlian charm of Cilla Black and Paul O Grady, to the tenacity of some of our finest sporting heroes including Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard; the city has produced some of the nation’s most

beloved entertainers and sports stars. And of course, the Fab Four who changed the face of the music industry also hailed from Merseyside, meaning that no visit to the city would be complete without a trip to the world famous Cavern Club, home to The Beatles where you can watch exciting new music performed on the same stage as Lennon and McCartney once did. Liverpool is a city steeped in a rich and vast history and when teamed with its ever evolving landscape, it is a location of superb cosmopolitan attractions and rich artistic offerings which is well worth the time to visit. For advice on where to stay including booking accommodation online, upcoming attractions and where to eat out, go to or contact the Tourist Information Centre for a personal and helpful service on 0151 2332008.

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PUKAAR’S ELLIS DI CATALDO MEETS WITH LEICESTER’S ONE AND ONLY ROLLER DERBY TEAM THE DOLLY ROCKIT ROLLERS, TO DISCUSS THE RAPIDLY GROWING POPULARITY OF THE SPORT AND THEIR RISE WITHIN THE GAME. There’s a growing sport in the city, one which has been steadily, with determination, making progress to the top of its game. A sport which requires focus, speed and agility, not to mention a heavy dose of fearless pluck. That sport would be Roller Derby and I got to discuss its rising popularity with Head of Advance Coaching, Sarah Brooks and Head of Press and Recruitment Claire Gibbins, both better known by their team names Onya Case and Claire-lee Deranged. Roller Derby is a contact sport in which two teams of four defensive players and one point scorer, named the Jammer, aim to overtake one another to gain points. The game, or bout, begins with both teams lined up in formation whilst the Blockers behind make up the majority of the pack. The purpose of the Jammer is to break through and pass as many members of the opposition as possible. The more passes, the more points, however


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the opposing players are trying to stop them from doing this through knocking or blocking opponents. Despite the somewhat violent nature of the game it’s illegal to grab, hold or pull the other team as penalties can be incurred. Originating from Chicago in the 1930s, Roller Derby was classed as sports entertainment with posed fights and winners decided before matches took place. However having been brought back to life in Texas in the early 2000s, today’s version of Roller Derby is extremely different. Eliminating the manufactured spectacle of the game has revived the sport into the athletic competition you see today. The formation of The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) in 2004 set about confirming the sport as true athleticism so what you see at a match is no longer an amped up show but real games full of real action.

One aspect of the original sport which does remain is the inventive and often cheeky nicknames. “These don’t detract from training or playing they are a nice touch for the fans” Onya tells us. With players such as Iona De Track, Ophelia Fear and Esther La Vista, Baby! These nicknames are not simply a bit of fun, but are often seen as a reward to new members who have put in the effort and dedication to train hard and join the team. “A lot of girls wait until they’re through their skills, then their nickname is a gift to themselves.” The Dolly Rockits were founded in 2010 by SlamAbama and Nitro Noush, who were looking to create their own Leicester-based team. Three years on and the 70-memberstrong league is bigger and brasher than ever. Like all Roller Derby teams, the league is entirely self-sufficient and every member has to be on two teams to help the smooth running. This can be volunteering to help with anything from marketing and bout production

to (the sometimes much needed) First Aid. Onya states “The ethos across the whole board of Roller Derby is that it is done by the skaters, for the skaters.” October 2012 saw the Dollies inducted into the WFTDA Apprentice Programme which means they are one step closer in being able to influence global rule changes, make international ranking and get invited to major tournaments. Onya talks of the passion at being able to “travel and compete throughout Europe and America, seeing how far we can take Leicester’s name” a feat that has already proved wildly exciting when the team hosted their first international tournament against Helsinki last year, and saw them playing their first international away game this year, against Belgium. As Europe’s fastest growing sport and the England team currently preparing try-outs for the Second World Cup later next year, the demand for games is getting bigger all the time. With one of the members already playing for the Ireland team and another for England, as well as a referee who has just made the top 40 for the Men’s England team, the Dollies are right at the forefront of it all. “Our fan-base consists of a vast array of people.” Claire-lee explains, “People who bring their kids, motor

bikers, punk rockers and those who are prim and proper.” The appeal lies in the uniqueness of the sport and also to those seeking strong female role models. Claire-lee continues “It is a very different contact sport, predominantly played by women, played by men too but women’s is more popular which is rare enough in sport. Guys are blown away by it.” However it’s not all bloodshed on the track and Roller Derby remains fantastic family entertainment, as the team proudly plays in front of fans as young as five years old. With such a dedicated and diverse following it’s a wonder how these girls manage to drum up such enthusiasm, train hard several times a week, undertake fundraising for bouts and have time to play the sport. “Members pay monthly to cover skating arena hire and the costs of uniform and we were recently granted legacy funding which will go towards coaching and resources, the money we make on bouts goes straight back into the league.” Claire-lee explains, proving that the spirit of Roller Derby’s can-do attitude is more than alive in the Dollies. With speed, technique and strength as much needed components in competing in such an aggressive sport, Onya credits the team’s sense of control as a factor to their recent wins. “Frustration can lead to mistakes so we have worked really hard to keep focused.

Other contact sports such as Boxing and Wrestling require you to get fired up but we’ve been looking at control instead which is really beneficial.” Ranging from complete beginners to more advanced skaters, the Dollies open the floors of their rink to anybody over the age of 18. There’s a minimum of 12 weeks of training with on-going assessments of progression, as a skater’s safety is the number one priority. This isn’t a neat ride around your local roller disco; it’s a full contact, often brutal sport. The health and physical benefits are prevalent too, there’s not only the inevitable fitness you gain but players advance upon their athleticism also. “These girls have proper muscles, can sprint, have explosive power and endurance. there’s the confidence as well, seeing the changes in players and achieving things they previously wouldn’t have been able to.” The Dollies have an open recruitment policy and hold an intake every 6 to 8 weeks to find their new stars on skates. Claire-lee explains “We recruit everybody, skaters, referees, non-skating officials and people who just want to help out at bouts.” With an international bout against Vienna already on the calendar in 2014, the Dollies are looking to add more international bouts and are creating an intra-league championship to their already busy schedule. This is in addition to their first mock-sanctioned bout for WFTDA which is a huge step in them becoming full members. “It’s a team which constantly manages to shock you.” explains Onya, who is clearly proud of this tight-knit and inimitable group. “They’re remarkable girls, who always pull something out of the bag.” The Dolly Rockit Rollers play their next home game on 2 November 2013; check out for more information on how to get tickets or take part in a recruitment day. PM

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A SLAM DUNK TO VICTORY LEICESTER RIDER’S DIRECTOR KEVIN ROUTLEDGE WRITES ABOUT THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF THE CLUBS HISTORY AND HOW THEY HAVE COME TO BE THE MULTI-WINNING TEAM THEY ARE TODAY. This summer at the national basketball champions, the Leicester Riders, launched their new logo to celebrate the greatest season in their history. The Leicester Basketball Club is recognized as Britain’s oldest operating at the top flight and that history was crowned last season with their first ever league Championship, BBL Cup Final and BBL Playoff Final wins thrown in – it was a treble to remember. The new logo incorporates a ‘67’ to recognize that the Club was founded at Loughborough University in April 1967, at a time when basketball was one of the major 4 sports in the US; whilst being hugely popular across western Europe and embraced by the Soviet Union and their satellites as a major tool of confrontation in the cold war with the US. But


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at that time there was no national league in the UK and the sport was largely confined to schools, YMCAs and American air force bases across England. Bob Wilson is a former player and coach of the Club, while attending the University between 1966 and 1970, and was at the very first meeting when the Loughborough All Stars were established: “In those days, before there was a league, both London Central YMCA and Manchester YMCA were very good teams, as were the British Army and Air Force teams. And, of course, we played against teams based at the many US bases dotted around the UK, who tended to be very good. Basically we went looking for games where ever we could find them.”

Wilson, aged 65, was point guard for the All Stars team, which also toured abroad, playing teams in Europe. Success came quickly – National Cup semi-finalists in their first year; and Great Britain Club champions in 1968. In 1970 Loughborough won the Dublin Invitational International Tournament, and in 1971 the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. In 1972 the All Stars were invited to represent Great Britain in a “Fanfare for Europe” International Tournament. The National League was finally established in England in 1972 by the National Governing Body and Loughborough were invited in, finishing fourth. For the first 7 years of the National League, when Americans like Kevin King, Billy DeMarle and Jimmy Young played for the Club, the All Stars finished between 4th and 6th place.

However the finances soon ran out and the Club dropped out of the National League for 2 seasons: 1979/80 and 1980/81. Despite this they were still playing, and playing well as they duly won the Founders Cup both seasons; the top competition in the country at that time for non-National League teams. These wins got them back into the second Division of the National League in 1981 and an invitation from Leicester City Council to play at the recently refurbished Granby Halls. Marty Headd of Syracuse University and Lonnie Legette were the foreign players, and the All Stars duly won the Second Division – undefeated - won the National Trophy, and were beaten semi-finalists in the National Cup. This got them into the top flight, along with a name change to Planters Leicester, Headd and Legette back and Wilson returning as coach, they finished 5th in the First Division before a full house of 2,500 at the Granby Halls. The sponsorship involvement of Leicester City Council saw another name change to the Riders in 1986, but in spite of multiple Wembley playoff appearances there was no silverware. Overseas players like Eugene Waldron, Olympian Danny Meagher, Clyde Vaughan and Chilli Payton joined up with home grown talent like Carl Olsson, Steve O’Shea and Paul James to grace the Granby Halls, which was the place to be on a Saturday night in Leicester. In 1987, the BBL was established as an independent entity controlling the top flight

of the game, signed in the boardroom of Manchester United Football Club, the Riders were inaugural members, and have been in the BBL ever since. 2001 brought silverware in the National Cup and BBL Playoff Final, but also saw the demolition of Granby Halls, leaving Riders to return to Loughborough University, in the absence of any other venue in the city. Eventually they returned to the John Sandford Centre at DMU in 2004, but with that venue now also scheduled for a complete overhaul and conversion, the spectacle of becoming homeless again hung over the national champions. Wilson is now based at one of the US’s top basketball powerhouses, Syracuse University, which has the highest attendances in US college basketball averaging 24,000 a game and superlative facilities, so he knows a thing or two about the global game that basketball has become, with over 450 million players in 211 countries. Wilson has just made his second visit to Leicester in recent years, and is impressed with the standard of play of the current Riders: “The quality of players has undoubtedly gone up over the years, and the Riders look a very impressive team. Drew Sullivan is a player we tried to recruit to Syracuse, so we

knew all about his quality, as his subsequent career, including in the London Olympics, has undoubtedly emphasized. We tended in my playing days to rely more heavily on our 2 import players, while, these days, it is evident there is a lot more strength and depth. The sport of basketball in Leicestershire looks in very good shape.” Wilson liked the fact that the Club is emphasizing the importance of its history in the new logo saying, “It is marvellous the Club has recognized its’ early beginnings. At that time we were just a bunch of students who wanted to play the sport at the highest level we could. Forming the team, and seeking out the best competition, seemed the logical step. Forming the national league seemed the next step. Moving to the refurbished Granby Halls in 1981 seemed magical at the time. The Riders now look well on the way to taking the sport in the city to another level, but they desperately need a home – preferably a dedicated facility.” Wilson meanwhile follows every Riders result through the internet, “Winning the treble last season was an exceptional achievement. Some might say, ‘well they took their time’! – but I know just how hard it is, and the journey they have taken.” PM

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Having started working for herself aged 24 gaining success through teaching callanetics and dance classes, working for various colleges and freelancing; not to mention raising 3 daughters and fitting in a hectic work life around an even busier home one, Lou Gimson’s main reason for success comes down to one thing: attitude. It is this one word which captures exactly what the theme of her top selling 2008 entrepreneurial book is about. However despite her business being at its most successful peak in helping others achieve what they set out to do, Lou found herself ready for a change. “I got to the age of 34 and teaching began to feel like work, I didn’t want to kill my passion and so I stopped the business. I was ready for a new challenge.” And what challenge she was about to take on. As a child Lou had always had “to write a book” as one of her life’s aspirations, yet when family and her career took over it became a realization that if she was not to undertake it now, when would she? “I didn’t want to live with regret. I knew nothing about the industry; there were lots of rejections and mistakes.” With her book idea in hand Lou set about creating proposals and contacting agents and publishers. Yet the publishing industry is not an easy place to enter, especially when faced with automatic rejections or sometimes not even a reply at all. “I got plenty of rejection, from my writing style and idea being awful to people liking it but already commissioning someone else to do it.” It would be understandable for anybody to feel disheartened. Lou continued, “It’s hard to deal with rejection but you have to think in the world of publishing and business, it’s expected. Its business, it’s not personal.” However Lou had a trick up her sleeve to deal


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with such knock-backs, of which was found in the form of two friends who together created the Dream Buddies. “The Dream Buddies met once a month and our sole focus was to help each other achieve our dreams. We all had different ones and mine was to write.” Now armed with her cheerleading friends to champion her idea, Lou’s drive for achieving the seemingly unachievable came down to self-belief and attitude; and after a year of hard-grafting and rejections came a series of wonderful coincidences that led to her gaining a publisher and confirming the book deal. Inspired by entrepreneur Simon Woodruffe and author of ‘The Book of Yo’ Lou was determined that she wanted her book to be published by Capstone, the same people who had taken on Simon’s book. However she found it increasingly difficult to get hold of the company and came stuck at a dead end. Not willing to take a disappearing publisher as an excuse for not getting her deal, Lou set about

exploring alternative options. It was following on from a dull and unnecessary meeting which she had lost her entire day to that Lou went to grab a drink in a coffee bar and regroup before heading home to pick up the kids and prepare their dinner. Whilst waiting for her drink she was drawn to a book with a distinct front cover and, having gotten into the habit of always checking to see who had published the book, it was pure coincidental luck that the name ‘Capstone, an imprint of Wiley’ was written. “I dashed home, picked up the phone and made an excited phone call to Wiley’s” who had since taken on Capstone. What already seemed like an incredible path of fate had an extra special twist when Lou dialled their number and thanks to a crossed wire got straight through to the Marketing Director where she asked if he would be willing to read her book idea. He was happy to oblige Lou in her request and told her to email over a synopsis. A week later she received a call from the Commissioning Editor, built up a detailed

plan for the book, met with the Publishers soon after and left with a deal. After the strife and upset of rejection, Lou was able to publish with the one company she had set out to do so from the beginning. “They had faith in me.” The key element to the book is taking off where other business advice publications usually end. “I wanted it to be a book which wasn’t like any other out there. I wanted to tell people how to do it too and go forward to help yourself.” Focussing on business women and how they achieved their success, and when deciding which entrepreneurs to feature in the book, Lou said “I came across people who resonated with me and who I found interesting.” She wanted to feature ladies who had made a difference in their industries and achieved success on their own terms, like sisters Karen and Fiona who created the design agency Lello and incorporated a crèche into their offices, meaning they could spend time with their children at work.

‘Making It’ struck a chord with many enterprising ladies upon its release in 2008 and five years on it still hovers around the Top 20 of Entrepreneurship books. In 2009 Lou was awarded the Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship which saw her spending a month in America researching successful women. This knowledge was then bought back and used in her training and coaching workshops, and upon her arrival back from the States she was invited to become a fellow for the Royal Society of the Arts. Lou is now a well-established business coach and trainer, Lou takes people through business start-up courses across the country. From students in colleges to businesses in London, her forte being discovering hidden confidence and instilling positive attitudes into her clients.

a model based on the aforementioned Dream Buddies which aims to encourage and inspire writer’s to follow through with their goals. “With the book, I achieved what I wanted to achieve, now I am moving forward with my writing and Writing Buddies.” Whilst continuing to inspire and help local people realise their dreams. When asked what her number one piece of advice would be to aspiring entrepreneurs, Lou took a moment to decide; clearly the passion for teaching others to think positively and work hard, is still innate and she takes her role in positive reinforcement very seriously. “Dream it, believe it and take some action; and never, ever be afraid to ask for help.” With an ethos like this it’s clear to see why Lou has been so successful in her ventures and achieved things she never thought possible. PM

Going forward, Lou is currently setting up Writing Buddies with own writing buddy Steve,

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1 - Liz Earle Jan Constantine Skincare Stocking £50 Protecting your skin against the harsh winter weather and keeping it looking its best is no easy feat. However with this luxurious skincare package from Liz Earle giving yourself vibrant and clear skin, with a touch of pampering, is easy.

3 - Reg and Ruby Rawhide Stocking Treat £2.99 There’s no reason for pets to miss out on the excitement of Christmas morning and with this tasty stocking treat your furry friends can get right in on the action. The entire product is crafted so your pet can enjoy the whole stocking, made from 100% rawhide.


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2 - Wooden Mini Kitchen £50 If they’re not quite ready to tackle the main Christmas dinner then why not let your little ones practise on this first. A charming kitchen play set featuring pots, pans and a little clock to make sure all is served up on time!

4 - Sphero Robotic Ball £99.95 For the gaming-mad kids in your family look no further than the Sphero Robotic Ball to occupy them come Boxing Day. A stylish little gadget which allows you to control your smartphone or tablet with a swing, touch or tilt, and vice versa. Draw a map on your smartphone to lead Sphero and it will follow. A unique little ball of fun which is sure to impress.

5 - Culinary Concepts Stag Head Champagne Cooler £79.95 No festive season is complete without a good old knees up, and a good party is not complete without a splash of bubbly. Keep yours icy cool in this sophisticated Champagne cooler. Distinctive in style with two stag’s head adorning either side of the cooler, it is sure to add a touch of elegance to any soiree you throw this season.

6 Make Your Own-Opoly Game £14.99 Once you’ve awoken from your post-dinner nap, board games on Christmas day are a must! Get a little creative with yours this year with this wonderful Make Your Own-Opoly, in which you customize the entire board yourself. Use familiar landmarks from your hometown, invent exotic locations or just write down rooms in your own house!

7 - Gentleman’s Hardware Laptop Case £35 This contemporary and stylish hardware laptop case is perfect for the sophisticated male in your life. Featuring modern tan leatherlook material with refined charcoal grey detail, it’s both classy and practical. Saving laptops from bumps and scratches, its sure to put a smile on his face come Christmas morning.

8 - Quirky Click n Cook Modular Spatula Set £24.99 This spatula set is a fabulously chic and individual kitchen tool which is sure to make cooking Christmas dinner even more pleasurable. Featuring one handle which is interchangeable amongst the four different size spatulas, the practicality is only slightly outweighed by its unique look.

10 - Personalised Custom Doormat £50 9 - Lomography La Sardina Cubic Camera £99.95 Make sure you capture those special Christmas moments in style with this wonderfully retro Lomography camera. Sporting a fab and chic pattern, the La Sardina is incredibly easy to use and allows you to snap creative shots quickly.

Welcome people into your home this season in a unique fashion. This high quality and stylish-looking doormat measures 75x50cm and can feature up to 10 characters per line of the text of your choosing. A lovely and personal message for your guests before they’ve even set foot in your home!

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”Fall/Winter 13 sees the beginning of another role reversal within print and textiles, while men’s top coats and bold masculine fabrics are dominating. Meanwhile women’s wear is being led by a punk revival” Amy Johns Visiting Fashion Lecturer and Freelance Menswear Designer

M&S: per una Dress £150, Necklace £19.50 / £25


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Hit the high street and grab this season’s must have pyjamas that are comfy and warm to wear throughout the day, as well as in bed. Sleepwear is reinvented with a dash of retro whilst maintaining a stylish look soaked in teal. Winter allows for rich colours that will make you stand out from the crowd to create a flawless look for Christmas Day.

Women’s PJ’s teal: BHS: £24

This season’s blouses are embraced by cat-walk inspired trapeze with a touch of sequin and pearl embellishment. They capture a sense of softness that mergers both a fresh and simple mood. The punk revival theme is highlighted by the colours of black and purple, leather jackets and leopard print that creates an edgy and mysterious charm. Step into Christmas with this season’s exuberant and illuminating colours that glisten this winter. Sustain the chic look from last season and immerse yourself in prints embellished with embroiders that shout effortlessly chic. This creates a dusky and classy look that remains at the height of chic and suits both dark and light complexions. In this season you cannot go wrong with wearing red and green, ideal for some Christmas cheer. The cocktail dress is the perfect way to capture everyone’s attention at any Christmas party and creates a radiant look that glimmers through the night. The retro inspired look prevails between an innovative spirit and a sharp style. This look is exuded by a chunky bangle, heels and a floral sequin clutch bag that adds a hint of glamour to your outfit. It is these subtle accessories that help you glow and sparkle throughout the night. As the party season is underway, look beautiful in outfits that highlight opulence which is at the heart of this season’s collection creating an affluent look that represents an ‘uber’ cool you. No outfit is fully dressed without this season’s must have nail varnish shades. Essie’s nail varnish range for this Autumn/Winter consists of funky, fresh and bright colours that exude a sophisticated look to polish it off.


Encrusted Floral Sequin Clutch X Body: Accessorize: £25

Accessorize Montana Embellished Jewelled Cuff: Accessorize: £15 Bronze Dress: Dorothy Perkins: £50

Open Toe: Miss Selfridge: £65

Essie Nail Polish, colour: ‘Cashmere Bathrobe’ £7.99

M&S: Autograph Jacket £399, Autograph Trouser £35, Boot £69

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LOOK 1 Trousers: BHS: £20

Men’s sleepwear takes on a retro 1960’s style which can be mixed and matched with a scarf or hat. The sleepwear look is inspired by this distinctive era and fuses dark colours drenched in diamond prints with the classic check style that is perfect for Christmas day. The theme of dark red is influenced by the festive season which brings a refreshing insight into this winter’s classic shades. This season bursts open with dark colours like burgundy and grey that blend in with white which look ravishing in the winter. The party look is under the retro influence with dark and burgundy colours in contrast to the light and subtle colours of summer. Embrace this winters formal wear with a smart blazer teamed up with the complimentary shade of white that highlights your physique. The pairing of the shirt and blazer with black trousers creates a timeless look and adds a dash of authenticity to your outfit. This season’s garments adopt an American style tailoring that captures the air on the runway and to finalise your party look, choose from a selection of belts, hats and shoes that are available in a palette of colour ranging from Persian ink, Berry and Bark Browns to Tinted Pearl and Winter Whites creating a faultless festive image.

Jumper: BHS: £32

Scarf: M&S: £19.50


Trousers: H&M: £24.94

Blazer: Burton: £69

White Shirt: Debenhams: £32.00 Black shoes: Burton: £48

M&S: Savile Row Inspired - Designed by Ricard James Suit £349, Shirt £49.50, Tie £29.50, Pocket Square 9.50


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‘ The Y’ Leicester ’s oldest surviving theatre has more on offer than ever before Nestled within Leicester’s City Centre YMCA building, The Y’s humble background began as The Association Hall opened in 1900 by The Marquis of Northampton, offering the residents of Leicester a centre to host tea dance and drama societies in the early 1900s. By 1918, Mayor Jonathan North, then Leicester YMCA's Patron, launched an appeal to the people of Leicester to save the YMCA from eviction. Donations to the War Memorial Fund eventually secured the East Street building, where The Y venue operates to this day. The building was reopened by

HRH Prince of Wales on the 10th February 1981, following a refurbishment, and secured The Y as a grade 2 listed building in 2001. Today The Y Theatre continues to offer a thriving and eclectic programme with over 100 performances this year alone, including Music, Comedy, Theatre, Dance and Spoken Word. A key venue in the cultural life of the city The Y feeds into the many festivals that provide diversity and innovative opportunities for Leicester’s communities to engage in creativity and enjoy the talents of local, national and international artists.

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Of all the famous works by William Shakespeare, Cymbeline is one of the rarely performed romantic comedies. Written in 1611, the play is being revived by Phizzical’s artistic director Samir Bhamra for a national tour. When Samir began to re-imagine the text in a South Asian context, he discovered that Cymbeline was the third most popular play in India in the 1880s. Its popularity is evident at the British Library where three adaptations in Hindi and Tamil are housed dating back to 1895, 1912 and 1915. Samir wondered why this enchanting story about a father and daughter relationship was forgotten. King Cymbeline raised Posthumus, an orphan who has fallen in love with his daughter Imogen. The lovers have defied the King’s law and have eloped. Cymbeline is furious and has banished his son-in-law. Samir wondered why Cymbeline would oppose this union when he has raised Posthumus as a son. Originally set in a

mythic medieval time, the plot lends itself to a transposition to Indian cinema. It reminded Samir of modern Bollywood films that have been entertaining audiences such as Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gham and Veer Zaara. Samir goes on to question “Is it because Posthumus’ background is of a lower status or is it because of his religious denomination? In South Asian culture, marriage is not made in heaven, but rather decided by your caste, religion and bank balance.“ The story of Cymbeline resonates with people of all ages and walks of life, just like it did back in India in the 1880s. In fact, Shakespeare’s works were translated by noble Indian literary artists and performed for Indian royalty. The Indian writers considered his works as a sign of literary excellence and his stories explored universal themes. They believed that by translating his works into India’s many regional languages, it could be accessible to communities all over. Bollywood fans and audiences of great epic stage productions can expect one of the most breath taking stories told in a vibrant and colourful style as music, costumes and dance make Cymbeline a fantastic theatrical experience.


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The cast features Tony Hasnath, renowned for his performance in the theatrical tour of The Life of Pi and actor-singer-songwriters, Liz Jadav and Robby Khela who have written new compositions for the show. The ethnically diverse cast includes Maltese actor Nicholas Gauci in the title role of Cymbeline, Sophie Khan Levy debuting as the feisty princess Imogen and Adam Youssefbeygi as the starcrossed lover Posthumus. Cymbeline’s creative team includes voice and text by Nia Lynn from the Royal Shakespeare Company, movement by acclaimed international choreographer, Sonia Sabri, set design by Kate Unwin, costume design by Almari, lighting design by Arnim Friess, fight choreography by martial arts champion Chirag Lukha and make-up design by Phlik. Cymbeline opened at Coventry Belgrade in September and is currently on tour until 5 December. Tickets are now on sale to see the show, playing at Curve from 14 to 16 November. Visit for details on how to book.


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