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Welcome A warm welcome fromThe Costa Directory
Beauty Benefits of BeautyTherapies &Treatments
Beating Holiday Blues Top 10 Tips
Going Green this Christmas Support your local businesses
Rolls Royce Ghost Review
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X Factor Itâ€™s time to face the music
Christmas Dinner Guide to Cooking the perfect Xmas Dinner
Festive Fun Festive Jokes, Stories and much more
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www.thecostadirectory.com Welcome to Decembers edition ofThe Costa Directory - The Coast’s freshest free magazine The holiday season is upon us once more, such a special time of year that we enjoy sharing with friends and loved ones. It is a time of year where strangers smile and the air is filled with laughter, songs, and cheerful greetings from those passing by. Instead of talking about the recession people are getting ready for the celebrations that come but only once a year and why not. If the spirit of Christmas really comes from the heart, and if we are creative enough, this recession has no business pulling our spirits, businesses or communities down. As always we have great articles and exclusives to keep you entertained, in this edition we get ready to face the music with X Factor and get personal with the judges. Going green this Christmas and supporting your local businesses is a must so we have compiled our top tips to help you through the financial festivities.You could be the next Jamie Oliver or Gordon Ramsey with our tasty Christmas recipe treats and guide to cooking the perfect dinner. Please don’t forget how important it is to support your local businesses, mention the Costa Directory when contacting any of our advertisers. If you would like to feature your business visit our website www.thecostadirectory.com and get your message out to the people who count....Your Customers. Happy Holidays, Feliz Navidad Max
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Benefits of beauty therapies and treatments As we all know, beauty comes from within but with a wide range of beauty therapies and treatments available, who can blame us for wanting that bit extra, after all when we look good we feel great. Beauty therapies have many benefits beyond helping you to look great and feel totally and utterly relaxed. Many beauty therapies are well known for their relaxation benefits, such as a visit to the day spa, getting a treatment at a beauty salon, or smelling some gorgeous essential oils. But did you know that therapists are also able to treat muscular conditions, or improve your skin? The beauty salon can help you to sort out those pesky skin problems such as acne or eczema, while aromatherapy is surprisingly versatile. Aromatherapy can be used to relieve stress, improve colds, enhance your energy, and help with PMS, as well as much, much more. Laser therapy is also a treatment with many applications â€“ from ridding you of unsightly body hair to helping you let go of an addiction such as smoking. Try a beauty therapy to calm your mind, improve the look and feel of your skin, and much more besides. Perfect beauty is an elusive concept, but if you can feel good about yourself by enhancing your looks, you may find more joy in your life.
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How to Beat the Holiday Blues Best Top 10 Tips for Turning the Blues Around! Here are some coping strategies for dealing with the blues. Remember to make up your own list that you can have on hand and ready to refer to whenever you recognize the feelings of the “Blues” surfacing. Do something on your list and if it doesn’t work try another on the list. If you get to the stage where nothing seems to be helping it’s time to consider an assessment for depression. 1. Choose to surround yourself with supportive and positive people and limit as much as possible your time with negative family, friends or colleagues. Remember misery loves misery! 2. Give. Yes go give your time and help at a charity or nursing home. It’s amazing how much better you can feel when you give of yourself and help others who are less fortunate than yourself. 3. If feeling lonely, look at ways to make new friends – join a new club, organization, sports group or self help group or group of interest eg. reading, bicycling, walking. 4. Set healthy limits when socializing or attending work or family functions. Make a deal with yourself, for example, to have one small slice of cake and one alcoholic drink and avoid the rounds of nibbles. 5. Set realistic goals and expectations for the holidays. You don’t have to say yes to every invitation. You don’t have to have all your friends over for dinners and parties. Set up a budget and plan ahead with a to do list for each month leading up to the holidays so you wont be overwhelmed when they arrive.
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6. Try a new practice to overcome harsh self criticism. Sit, close your eyes and think about a part of you that you find hard to accept or find yourself criticizing. Think of someone that you admire or respect. Visualize them fully accepting you just the way you are, forgiving you for not accepting yourself and telling you, you are ok. 7. Learn how to meditate it can be a good way to get in touch with feelings and a way to release stress in the body and mind. 8. Find joys to uplift you. Write out a list of things that you remember to be pleasurable. For example it could simply be making a hot chocolate and sipping it as you, take time out and watch the tide for 5 minutes. 9. Take up some form of exercise. Experts now tell us that some form of movement 30 minutes four to five times a week can be an effective anti-depressant. Try yoga, an exercise class at a gym, join a walking club or just commit to turn off the TV and go for a vigorous walk each night. 10. Practice gratitude. Value your life, your experiences and the people around you. When you walk remember all that you have to be grateful for and remember to be grateful for the time you have had with loved ones you may have lost this year. So don’t despair, there is help and strategies. Remember if you feel stuck get professional help. There is no need to be feeling alone there is an array of help for you.
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GOING GREEN THIS CHRISTMAS Support your local businesses
1. Buy local and buy fresh - you will contribute to reducing long transportation use of resources. Also jet-setting food and other goods create tons of carbon dioxide emissions that could be avoided by buying locally produced items.
predictability and you create traditions with greater meaning when using the same soon to be treasured items each year. Remember if you need to purchase new items ensure they are a good quality that can be re-used year after year.
2. Trim your food shopping. The amount of food waste at Christmas is excessive. Start by trimming 20% off your list. Your guests won’t notice 20% and you’ll be contributing to less wastage. Use a shopping list and do not impulse buy and commit that you will not purchase anything outside your list no matter how enticing it looks.
6. Recycle - this helps divert unnecessary waste from landfill. Ensure you separate your rubbish for recycling. Don’t fall in to the ‘lazy’ or ‘I’m too busy’ trap at Christmas. Remember your choices make a difference.
3. Say no to wrapping paper. Try wrapping gifts in other gifts or hiding gifts in a sock, a bag or pot for extra fun. Engage your creativity. Make a Santa bag for each child that is re-used each year. Cut up old clothes and use the material to wrap your gifts.
7. Time your lighting. Get yourself a timer and set it to turn your Christmas lights off after a maximum of 5 hours each night. Leaving them on for hours on end is excessive and unnecessary. The best option for outdoors is to get solar powered Christmas lights which are now available in all sorts of shapes and colours.
4. Go for quality not quantity. Purchase long lasting gifts rather than breakables and consider making your own gifts. You can save money, gifts will have more meaning and are more likely to be cherished. If you have to buy gifts buy those made locally and choose ones that will last like wooden gifts rather than the latest gadgets that will be obsolete tomorrow and end up in land fill.
Making your own gifts, buying locally and supporting your local businesses, re-using what you already have are all great ways you can start contributing to a eco friendly Christmas that will help preserve resources and reduce waste. Plus adults will become good role models for the benefits of getting back to basics with moderation and thinking of and contributing to the greater good! Merry Christmas – Feliz Navidad
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Autumn 2006, Paris motor show: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced that work had begun on a new model series. The new car would be in production and on sale by the turn of the decade. The only other facts confirmed at that stage were that it would be smaller than the Phantom saloon and priced somewhere between €200,000 and €300,000 before tax. Speculation about its style and specification began almost immediately... Little was seen of the new car, codenamed RR4, until the spring of 2008, when Rolls-Royce released the first official sketches. The styling was instantly recognisable as a Rolls-Royce, although less traditional than previous models. At the time Chief Designer, Ian Cameron, said, “The RR4 has a more informal presence than the Phantom models with a greater emphasis on driving. In design terms this is expressed through its slightly smaller dimensions, yet with powerful, purposeful proportions. It is a true and uncompromising Rolls-Royce in every sense.” As sightings of secret development models on the road increased, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveiled 200EX, the experimental forerunner to Ghost, at the Geneva motor show in March 2009. An instant hit, 200EX bore the trademark Rolls-Royce design cues but in altogether more compelling fashion. It was a clear statement of intent. What the design team was seeking to create was a modern Rolls-Royce that achieved a new dynamism but remained true to its luxurious heritage. They had found inspiration in contemporary furniture, architecture and yachts but also in the spirit of the 1930s – that sense of adventure and endeavour – which they wanted to capture in the character of this new car. “200EX is a modern execution of timeless Rolls-Royce elegance, breaking with some areas of tradition but retaining the core values that make our marque unique,” said Chief Executive Officer Tom Purves. “We expect the more informal design to broaden the appeal of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, attracting people who appreciate its fusion of refinement, new technology and contemporary style.”
After the show, 200EX embarked on a world tour, during which further information about the forthcoming production model became available. It would be powered by a new 6.6 litre V12 unique to the marque, delivering 563 bhp with extraordinary performance figures. It would ride on an intelligent air suspension system offering peerless ride and dynamics. And it would be called Ghost.
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“Ghost is one of the most revered names in automotive industry,” said Tom Purves. “It evokes images of adventure and technical innovation. The first cars to bear the Ghost name were known not only for impressive dependability and refinement but also great flair and style.” Following the overwhelmingly positive reaction to 200EX during its travels, very few changes were made in the transition to the production Ghost – a tribute to the remarkable achievements of Ian Cameron’s and Helmut Riedl’s design and engineering teams. In September 2009, the new Rolls-Royce Ghost was formally launched to the world.
DESIGNING THE FUTURE “Simplicity is the hardest design principle to follow.” Ian Cameron, Chief Designer
Ghost’s flowing lines are dominated by its majestic ‘Yacht Line’ styling. Large, uninterrupted surfaces flow between finely sculpted horizontal lines that provide definition. Together, the upward-sweeping sill line and low-cut roof create a powerful profile, almost as though the cabin has been pushed toward the rear. Powerful shoulders and flanks draw in sharply as they flow from the rear wings to the tail lights, while touches such as the optional chromed exhausts hint at Ghost’s more dynamic nature. While incorporating classic Rolls-Royce design cues – the elevated prow, long bonnet, short front overhang, sharply raked A-pillar and elegant tail – Ghost exudes an informal aura. Contemporary touches include self-righting wheel centres and the Xenon headlamps that frame the latest evolution of the Rolls-Royce grille. Here the sides of the intake have been curved inwards and the vanes set back into the opening. “We wanted this to be less reminiscent of the traditional Parthenon style and more like a jet intake,” says Ian Cameron. A contrasting Silver Satin finish (introduced on 200EX) is an option for the bonnet, grille and windscreen surround. The finish is achieved by setting silver metallic paint under a layer of lacquer, giving a flawless matte finish. The central principle of delivering simplicity out of complexity runs throughout Ghost. Everything is designed,
~ GHOST engineered and crafted to enhance the drive and ride experience, not to complicate it.
“Ghost is as refined and cosseting as anything this marque has ever produced.” Charles Coldham, Interior Designer
Inside Ghost, the interior design team has come up with a contemporary ambience while staying true to RollsRoyce Motor Cars’ traditions of fine materials and peerless comfort. There are elegant, frosted lamps and chrome door handles, traditional violin key switches and eyeball air vents, frosted white dials and refined instrumentation. Deep-pile carpets can be complemented by optional lambswool floor mats for a truly luxurious feel. Ghost is entered through substantial doors. Housed within the front doors are integrated Teflon-coated umbrellas. The rear doors are traditional, rear-hinged coach doors, opening to a generous 83 degrees. Once the passenger is inside,
these doors can be closed at the touch of a button. The interior space is filled with natural light, enhanced by the optional Panorama Sunroof, which extends from the front into the rear compartment. Four-zone automatic air conditioning can be individually tailored to each passenger’s requirements, with separate controls for front and rear. Automatic air recirculation, condensation prevention and solar compensation are delivered through classic chromed eyeball vents controlled via organ-stop plungers. Within Ghost’s ample doors and high shoulder line, occupants feel serene, cosseted and safe. In the rear, the intimate ambience of the lounge seat is emphasised by its position behind the C-pillar, heightening the sense of privacy. The informal seating creates a convivial environment, its slight curve allowing you to turn more easily towards the person next to you. Its elevated position gives a clear view past the electronically retracting Spirit of Ecstasy to the road ahead.
www.thecostadirectory.com Individual lounge seating is offered as an alternative to the standard lounge configuration. This allows the addition of a massage function and also perforated leather for a cooling stream of air from the seat surface. Auxiliary rear climate control allows the passenger to regulate the temperature of the air on their side of the car, without intrusion on the other. A cool box with interior illumination and integrated champagne glasses is also available. Veneered picnic tables are another option, incorporating the finest leather and veneers matched to the rest of Ghost’s interior. Fitted to the rear of each front seat, these tables are a traditional Rolls-Royce design cue and finished with a veneered surface with leather-covered backs.
“Ghost is designed to be an escape from the outside world.” Alan Sheppard, Interior Designer
Enhancing the Ghost ambience is an audio system delivering an exquisite experience. 600 Watts of sound are delivered through a 10-channel amplifier and 16 speakers, including two floor-mounted subwoofers. USB and auxiliary inputs allow for the integration of external audio devices and a 12.5 GB hard drive enables storage of music files from USB or CD player sources. Available as an option with both seating arrangements is Theatre Configuration, which allows all settings that do not directly affect the driver to be controlled from the rear seat. The functions are displayed on two 9.2in LCD screens in the back of the front seats; these can be angled to suit the viewers by a central, armrest-mounted, rotary controller. The screens can be regulated independently of each other and the entertainment can also be listened to individually with most headphones. A six-disc multi-media changer, mounted in the glove compartment, is fitted as part of this option.
ENGINEERING A BENCHMARK “The balance of refinement and dynamic ability is astonishing.” Helmut Riedl, Engineering Director
When considering a Rolls-Royce car it is usual to think of wood, leather and chrome, but the company has its roots in engineering. The refinement of its end product stems from its engineers’ desire to get the smallest details correct. Long before the interior items are prepared, experts are working to ensure that the chassis components, power trains and bodywork are operating in fluid harmony. This is a world where welds are an art form and craftsmanship exists at a nano level. Ghost is built around a steel monocoque body, which means there is no separation of chassis and body. The advantage of this construction is a reduction in exterior dimensions while preserving interior space. Consequently
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while Ghost is over 400mm shorter overall than the Phantom saloon its interior space is comparable. The body has been engineered with a double front bulkhead to help insulate the interior from engine noise. It is constructed from steel sections and then wrapped in steel panels, which are brazed by hand. This allows a near-seamless join, which is then sanded by hand until it is perfect. In total, Ghost’s frame contains 4.9m of seam weld and braze and 6,988 spot-welds. The bonnet and windscreen surround are then honed from aluminium.
“A Rolls-Royce should be graceful in every way: the way it handles, feels and brakes.” Helmut Riedl, Engineering Director
Ghost rides on a bed of air. Double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension work with an intelligent, four-cornered, air-suspension system and electronic variable damping to deliver the refinement that has been associated with Rolls-Royce for more than 100 years. The new air suspension system in Ghost is so sensitive that it can detect even the smallest of changes. For example, it will sense the movement of a single rear passenger from one side of the seat to the other and compensate accordingly. A complex computer system reads multiple inputs from sensors around the car; the dampers alone make individual load calculations every 2.5 milliseconds. This ensures not only perfect comfort but also precise steering and dynamics for the driver. The air suspension system also incorporates a lift and kneel function, raising or lowering Ghost by 25mm. Ghost also has a series of complex electronic aids to keep it composed on virtually any surface. These include AntiRoll Stabilisation, Dynamic Brake Control and Dynamic Stability Control, including Dynamic Traction Control and Cornering Brake Control. These individual technologies work together under dual Integrated Chassis Management systems, meaning that even when subjected to a vigorous test Ghost remains perfectly poised. Its handling and safety systems operate as one, imperceptibly to the driver and passengers, to maintain optimum contact with the road in any condition. “Our challenge,” says Engineering Director Helmut Riedl, “has been to preserve the prerequisite levels of comfort while delivering the most modern, dynamically interesting drive ever in a Rolls-Royce.” Ghost is powered by a brand new, 6.6 litre twin-turbo V12 engine, unique to the model. Featuring direct injection, it produces 563bhp – enough to propel Ghost from 0-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds* and on to an electronically governed top speed of 155mph. With 780 Nm of torque available at just 1,500rpm, delivery of power is immediate and extremely smooth. Power is transmitted through an eight-speed, shift-by-wire,
Rolls Royce-Ghost automatic ZF gearbox. What this achieves is a feeling of endless, surging power, which is illustrated by the power reserve gauge on the fascia, replacing the more common rev counter. The new powertrain delivers this performance while emitting just 317g/km of CO2. Fuel consumption is 20.8 mpg / 13.6 l/100km.* Safety remains paramount and the very latest technologies are used in Ghost. Side-impact beams in the front and rear doors combine with progressive rear crumple zones to absorb impacts. The Advanced Crash and Safety Management (ACSM) system takes measurements 2,000 times per second from sensors located around the vehicle. The ACSM uses this information – in conjunction with the engine and chassis management systems – to judge which safety features to deploy in which areas in the event of an accident. If necessary, ACSM will activate – among other things – seatbelt pre-tensioners and all encompassing airbags surrounding the cabin, creating a safe zone for all occupants.
A MODERN ROLLS-ROYCE Ghost is the most powerful car that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has ever produced. However, Rolls-Royce power is delivered in a very different manner to other cars. It arrives in an elegant, cosseting way that some have described as being designed to lower the pulse, not raise it. The principle of simplicity extends to the act of driving Ghost. The host of complex engineering software and technologies beneath the surface serve to make driving easier and more enjoyable, not to intrude or confuse.
been kept deliberately clear; it is spacious in design and has an intuitive layout. The controls are neatly sculpted, with the more important functions emphasised by accents of chrome. The soft light of the instrument panel glows through the familiar black-rimmed steering wheel, which in turn employs a number of violin keys as well as an ergonomic roller-ball control. The control centre display is concealed behind a veneered panel until its services are called upon. All features such as satellite navigation, telephone, communication and entertainment functions are displayed here and managed via a central rotary controller, flanked by quick-access buttons on the front centre console. The optional driver assistance systems and technologies in Ghost are notable for their discretion and ease of operation. From the moment the driver approaches the car, optional Comfort Entry** allows easy access, unlocking the doors when the key fob is within 1.5 metres and the cool chromed handle is grasped. Once you are in the car, voice control allows you to select from the control systems menus without using the central controller. For ease of manoeuvring, cameras located around the car serve a number of purposes. Rear, front side and top view cameras can combine to give a fish-eye view at blind junctions or provide ground images with obstacle recognition and reverse path prediction when parking.
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Positioned discreetly within the grille is a Night Vision** camera. When activated, this safety feature works with Pedestrian Recognition to detect objects up to 300 metres away and display them on the central screen in the dash. The car’s control system receives infrared heat images from the camera and, taking into account the car’s speed and direction, classifies them to assess imminent danger. It then determines what action, if any, needs to be taken and if necessary displays a warning to the driver.
Ghost is more driver-focused than any Rolls-Royce car before it. The driver sits in a slightly elevated position behind the wheel, described as the authority position. This makes the view of the road much clearer. The fascia has
The Head-up Display relays crucial information such as speed or navigation directions onto the windscreen directly in front of the driver. This information is visible only to the driver and can be tailored to show only the details required
“Nothing should distract from the pleasure of driving Ghost.”
and at a position suitable to the driver. Lane Departure Warning** alerts the driver should the car start to drift out of its current lane. When activated, it uses an integrated camera, located just in front of the rear view mirror, to monitor road markings and the vehicle’s position. The driver is warned by a discreet vibration through the steering wheel. If the driver uses the directional indicators before and after the lane change, the wheel will not vibrate. High Beam Assistance** automatically manages the operation of dipped and main beam lights while driving at night. When activated, the same camera used by the Lane Departure Warning system monitors the light from any source at the front of the vehicle and automatically dips or raises the headlights accordingly. Adaptive, directional headlights also improve illumination of the road ahead and adapt to the road conditions, be they rain or fog or simply when the car is making a turn.
speed and the car’s Curve Speed Limiter communicates with the car’s Dynamic Stability Control systems to reduce speed on bends if safety and comfort may be compromised.
LEGENDARY CRAFTSMANSHIP Rolls-Royce has a reputation for producing cars that transcend the mere automotive. There is a magic attached to the name, which stems in part from exquisite attention to detail and the fine materials used throughout. Passing through 60 pairs of hands, the production process involves more than 2,000 individual operations and takes at least 20 days to complete.
“We don’t just paint our cars, we strive to create an incredibly deep, flawless shine.” Lisa Taylor, Paint Associate
Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go** creates a relaxing driving experience, particularly on long cruising journeys, as action is not required when the car ahead speeds up or slows down, even when coming to a standstill. Active Brake Intervention** also allows hill descent at a constant
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Ghost shares the same paint shop as Phantom and spends seven days being painted and polished to perfection. Five stages are required for the Ghost body. First a phosphate electro-coat is applied to protect against corrosion, then a
Rolls Royce-Ghost much more supple, preventing cracking or squeaking and ensuring durability and longevity. All seats and interior panels are hand-stitched, using traditional upholstering techniques by those most skilled at their craft.
layer of primer, a colour coat and finally two coats of clear lacquer. The body is hand-sanded between each layer and once the final coat is applied it is hand-polished for five hours. Ghost is available in 12 exterior colours, each of which can be contrasted by the optional Silver Satin bonnet. Flawless leather is an absolute requirement for the interior of a Rolls-Royce. For this reason, our leather is sourced from bulls raised in pastures free of barbed wire, ensuring that there are fewer imperfections in the leather. Any other marks are carefully avoided by our skilled laser cutters. At least eight hides are used for an interior, and to ensure colour consistency, each hide comes from a batch dyed at the same time. The hides are drum-dyed rather than painted, ensuring that the colour permeates right through the leather. The process also means the leather remains
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The multi BAFTA-award winning entertainment show has returned and took over our screens for an explosive sixth series. With a record-breaking number of applicants and the all new audition process taking place in arenas around the UK in front of a live audiences, the search for the next singing superstar or group has most certainly reached new levels. Girls Aloud star and last year’s winning judge Cheryl Cole has settled into her second year on the judging panel alongside Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue. The Xtra Factor has also returned with all the backstage gossip as the gorgeous Holly Willoughby gives viewers at home the inside scoop on everything X Factor related. The spinoff series leaves no stone unturned chatting to the contestants, judges and ITV1 presenter, Dermot O’Leary, as well as giving you more of the ridiculous, hysterical and downright outrageous audition moments. The famous foursome have been sharing their views on ITV2 letting us know everything from what Louis Walsh wears in bed, how Simon makes Louis eat his five a day to what Cheryl Cole would do for a curly wurly. Plus Random Judge Moment of the Week that help provide an insight into just what really goes on backstage in the judges room between auditions. We have witnessed some of the most shocking, nail biting sofa moments this year when our favourite host Dermot announced
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that the two acts who would be singing for survival would be ......… John & Edward and Lucie Jones. Up first fighting for survival was Lucie, singing her idol Whitney Houston’s song One Moment In Time. Whilst the twins went on to treat us with Rock DJ for a second time in the competition which failed to hit a right note but had the judges smiling and laughing all the way through. So, without further ado, it was back to the judges for their decisions. Louis and Dannii naturally went for their respective acts and Cheryl chose Lucie, which once again left Simon in the driving seat… and once again the music mogul decided to put the decision back to the public. To Dannii’s clear devastation the twins had received more votes than her act and Lucie Jones would be heading home. With the British public in complete shock with the decision and many people Thinking the same things..... Who is voting For Jedward? Why did Simon not use his vote to keep the undoubtedly better singer in the Competition? The answer, entertainment!
Clearly the public must like Jedward to be saving them every week. However, with bloggers, people in chat rooms and news articles all debating whether to boycott the show. It kind of makes you think, are they really taken this to far... Saturday 14th November and with 14million people tuning in, the nation had spoken… Whether you love it or hate it the X-factor is here stay. Yet with another controversial results show! Seeing the departure of Jamie Archer aka Jamie Afro, it now makes you think can Jedward really win the X-factor. The twins however after surviving another public vote were praised by Simon Cowell himself for keeping their cool after musician Calvin Harris stormed the stage during their live performance on Saturday, holding a pineapple to his head apparently to mimic the singers hairstyles. Saturday 21st November and the theme of the night being George Michael and Wham! The audience were in for 2 surprises. The first being, all four judges giving their first standing ovation to Joe McElderry. The singer from South Shields had made it through to the next round of the competition, for his rendition of ‘don’t let the sun go down on me’. The second surprise being the tall-haired twins John and Edward Grimes finally said goodbye to the competition. With Only a few acts remaining who will survive to sing another day in the battle to become the next X Factor reigning champion 2009.
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• SIMON COWELL • Why did you make the changes to the auditions? “It was time to change things, make it different, and make it more challenging. I have always believed in change. The audience brings something completely new to the auditions; it’s tougher but it brings new dimensions to the performances. We are looking for a winner who has the whole package - vocally, has charisma and stage presence. Holding auditions in front of the live audiences is testing but also allows certain people and real talent to shine from day one and that’s why we’ve done the show this way round. The acts really have to perform from the moment they step out”.
Are you pleased with the new audition format for The X Factor, has it changed, does the show feel bigger?
who is going to represent this country all over the world like Leona Lewis has done. And when you hear their record on the radio, you want to say ‘This show helped to launch your career’. That’s the best feeling and that’s what I want to do again.
What’s your role on the judging panel? To be the voice of reason.
How do you know when you’ve found the ‘one’? I think most of the time you just know - when you have a really special artist walk on stage it’s immediate. I’m very instinctive and you can feel it, even the audience reaction, the atmosphere just changes - someone brilliant just walks on stage and you know they’ve ‘got it’
How would you sum up this year’s show?
The show gets bigger and bigger every year, I believe in changing and constantly raising the bar - and with the change in the audition process it feels bigger right from the outset. Thousands of people have watched parts of auditions and have been part of it. If I didn’t believe the show would be bigger and find someone better every year, I wouldn’t do the show.
It’s bigger, better, faster and tougher. I think every year we strive to find talent that’s better and better. I definitely believe there’s still a lot of talent in this country and that’s why we do the show. Winning this show can change someone’s life forever - simple as that. One minute you’re singing in your bedroom, suddenly you can be a star all over the world. That’s what can happen and that’s what this show is about.
What are you looking for on this year’s show?
Are you pleased with Alexandra’s progress for her new album?
I hope that over the past few years, we’ve encouraged a different type of contestant. I would love to find a great male singer this year, the girls have kind of dominated it and it’s time for the boys to fight back this year. I would love to find someone different - I don’t want someone who sounds like someone else. I want to find someone
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Alexandra is doing fantastically, she’s developing as an artist and the music is totally personal to her. Musically the album reflects her personality, she’s been working with some of the world’s top producers is determined and enjoying every moment of it. Last year during the duet with Beyonce, she really showed she had the confidence
with the X Factor Judges to hold the stage alongside a global star and she really does - she is a great singer.
Do we have more surprises to come with the live shows? There will be a few twists and turns I’m sure, yes.
• LOUIS WALSH • Are you happy with the show changes this year? I’m really pleased with all the changes this year on the show. Everything is so much bigger and with the new live audience during the auditions it really feels more exciting and creates a great atmosphere.
Have you been pleased with JLS’s progression since last year’s show ended? I’m so pleased and proud of JLS. They worked so hard
on the show last year and have worked extra hard since it finished, as a group they deserve every success.
Are you pleased everyone is back on the Judging panel? It’s great that everyone is back this year. It works and you get four opinions!
In your view, what is The X Factor? It’s really hard to define or find –I think it’s someone with talent, likeability, good work ethic, personality and charm. Its somebody that’s got everything!!!!
• DANNI MINOGUE • What kind of judge are you? I’d say I am a fair judge. I’m not afraid to say what I don’t like and will fight for someone I believe in. I love to spot talent and my favourite part is the live shows where I can work with the contestants to give them the chance to “live their dream”.
Which city came up with the most talented singers this year? London, by a mile.
Are you pleased everyone is all back for series 6? I am loving it. There is a great vibe on set, with lots of hysterical laughing and even Louis and I have made up! I am hooked. Its not about being perfect, just being
Who on the Judging panel do you find you mostly agree with? This year I feel we have all had our own strong opinion and we have each pleaded for another judge to say a ‘yes’ so we can get someone through that we believe in. Hopefully this way, no talent has been left behind.
In your view, what is The X Factor? Its something you can’t describe or bottle, but you know when you see or hear it.
• CHERYL COLE • What kind of judge are you? I think I’m at a slight advantage to the other judges as I’ve been in the process before so maybe I can be more considerate at times. I understand how the contestants are feeling, especially when they’re singing in front of us and this year in front of an audience of 2,000!
What do you enjoy most about the audition stages? I really enjoyed the auditions but this year the whole process has been different. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the changes at first. The new look auditions benefit not only the acts but also us, as the audience let us know if they think differently to us about an act and sometimes we change our mind. It’s great for us as judges because we get to see how an act can handle performing on stage to a crowd earlier in the competition process and they get this fantastic opportunity to perform on stage. It’s so much more exciting, people really have the chance to shine and show us earlier what they’re made of.
Do you feel that the fact you were once a contestant on a similar show helps you to judge auditions with a clearer understanding of how they’re feeling? I feel this year I’m more experienced as a judge and in saying no. I struggled at first last year in saying no to people, I think I may have been giving false hope. This year, I’ve learned more, I’m more able to say no to people that don’t have what we’re looking for and I don’t feel as bad.
Who on the Judging panel do you find you mostly agree with? I hate to say this but I tend to agree with Simon but at the same time, I’m more than happy to disagree with him!
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There is nothing like spiced hot drinks, sweet biscuits and flavoursome winter soups to fill your house with the wonderful aromas of Christmas. Get into the spirit with these recipes.
Serve up some delicious broccoli, cream cheese, pear and almond soup before bringing out the turkey.
1 litre cider, 2 cinnamon sticks, 140â€“280g cups of brown sugar (according to taste) Pour cider into a large pot, which has been placed on top of a stove. Add brown sugar and stir until dissolved.Add cinnamon sticks. Heat at a medium temperature until steam starts to appear. Be careful not to burn the cider. If it begins to boil remove from heat. Cider creates a residue that is tasteless but unattractive if cooked for too long.
Broccoli, Cream Cheese, Pear and Almond Soup 1 x 250g head of broccoli 1 large onion 2 white parts of leek chopped 40g butter 855ml vegetable stock 150g low fat soft cheese 2 x 15ml spoons of fine oatmeal 4 ripe pears, chopped into pieces 175g toasted flaked almonds 570ml milk Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Trim the broccoli into tiny florets, chopping the stalks into small pieces. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and add the chopped leeks, onion and broccoli stalks. Put aside the florets for later. Stir well and leave to simmer for 10 minutes. Then add the chopped pears. Stir in the oatmeal, almonds and milk a little at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the milk is stirred in, add the stock and seasoning. Whisk well and simmer gently for 10 minutes. While the soup is cooling, steam the broccoli florets for about 5 minutes. Blend the soup and soft cheese together in a food processor until smooth. Return the soup to a rinsed-out pan, add the broccoli florets and reheat gently, adjusting the seasoning as necessary. Serve with crusty French bread.
2 egg whites Quarter teaspoon salt 40g sugar 140g chopped blanched almonds Three-quarter teaspoon almond extract Add salt to egg whites and beat until frothy. Add sugar gradually, beating until mixture is stiff but not dry. Add almonds and almond extract and fold in gently. Drop almond mixture on buttered and floured baking sheet by the teaspoon, shape into small mounds, leaving room between each mound. Let them stand for 2 hours. Bake at 190Â°C for 12 minutes or until they are delicately brown in colour.
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A guide to cooking the perfect Christmas dinner Preparing a delicious festive lunch can put even the most experienced cook in a spin. But you can ease the stress with our step-by-step plan. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve cooked a perfect Sunday roast - Christmas Day is different. And the pressure is on. We all know how dangerously easy it is to end up with burnt roast potatoes, sprouts like bullets and tantrums over the turkey. So to take some of the heat off we’ve devised this minute-by minute plan which guarantees perfect results.
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Geared around a 2pm eating time, tick off the steps as you go and before you know it you’ll have cooked up a feast for family and friends. Preheat the oven to 180C/ gas mark 4.
hot enough, or the juices are still pink, pop it back in the oven for another 15 minutes. If you’ve put the stuffing inside the bird (we don’t recommend it) the stuffing temperature must reach 73C to be safe. Once the turkey is cooked, take it out, cover with foil and a clean tea towel on top of that. This keeps the turkey warm for 30-45 minutes.
If your turkey is going to take up all the space in your oven, roast your potatoes and parsnips for 40 minutes now and finish them off later when the turkey is out the oven and resting.
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To prepare, take the potatoes and parsnips you hopefully peeled last night (see below) and parboil them for 10 minutes in salted water. Drain and give them a shake to get that crinkly edge in the potatoes when they’re roasted. Carefully tip them in to a roasting tin with oil (you can add crushed garlic for flavour if you like). Put them in the oven for 40 minutes.
1:40PM Pop the potatoes and parsnips back in the oven to finish roasting and put the water for veg on to boil. Cook the prepared veg to the following timings: finely-sliced carrots and Brussels sprouts - six to eight minutes; broccoli five minutes; frozen peas two to three minutes.
9:30AM Now is the time to put a 6kg (13lb) turkey (about 12 servings) in the oven. Adjust timings accordingly for a bigger or smaller bird, bearing in mind you will need to let it stand for half an hour before serving it (see sidebar). Cover the turkey with foil until the last half an hour or so of cooking to prevent over-browning. For a moist perfect turkey, Antony Worrall Thompson recommends sitting the bird on a bed of root veg (such as carrots and parsnips) and popping some onion, thyme and a couple of cloves of garlic in the cavity. Pour over a couple of glasses of red or white wine. 10:00AM Prepare the pigs in blankets (chipolatas with streaky bacon rashers wrapped around them). 10:15AM Baste the turkey (spoon the juices over it). 11:00AM Baste the turkey again. This is also the time to check you have your white wine or champagne chilling. At this time of year it’s so cold you can just put it in the garden, rather than the fridge, if there isn’t enough room. 12:00PM Baste the turkey. 12:45PM Baste the turkey one final time, then take off the foil so that the turkey skin can brown. Pour excess juices from the turkey into a jug, leave to cool and pop it in the fridge to de-fat (the hardened fat will form a layer on top). You don’t need to bother with this if you are using cheat gravy. 1:00PM Now is a good time to open any red wine you are going to drink to ensure it has time to breathe. And take any cheeses out of the fridge if you intend to serve them after pudding, so they are not too hard. Make sure you have your plates and vegetable dishes warming now too. 1:15PM Take the turkey out of the oven. Check it is cooked by inserting a meat thermometer into the inner thigh area near the breast of the turkey but not touching the bone. It should reach around 82C. If you don’t have a thermometer, poke a fork in this area and check the juices run clear. If the thermometer doesn’t read
1:50PM Make the gravy, with granules, or by pouring three tablespoons of fatty juices from the turkey roasting tin into a pan and stirring in three tablespoons of flour. Cook, stirring, for about one to two minutes until lightly browned. Stir in the turkey stock you made yesterday, along with 150ml of de-fatted turkey juices, and a splash of red wine. Bring to the boil, stirring. Add a little gravy browning, season to taste and simmer, uncovered, for five minutes. 2:00PM It’s time to eat! Get one person to carve the turkey straight on to warmed plates while someone else puts all the veg into warmed dishes. Reheat the bread sauce in the microwave while you are doing this. 2:20PM Put the Christmas pudding in the microwave and take the brandy butter out of the fridge. What to do on Christmas Eve DURING THE DAY Make stock for tomorrow’s gravy by placing the turkey neck and giblets in a saucepan with a chopped carrot, onion and celery stick, two bay leaves, a few sprigs of fresh thyme and 600ml cold water. Bring up to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes. Strain, and put in the fridge. Make bread sauce and cranberry sauce if you are doing your own. Cover tightly with clingfilm and store in the fridge.
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Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes - QROPS It was announced in April 2006 that British expatriates would be eligible to move their pension benefits to a QROPS with the UK revenue’s approval. If you have a frozen pension in the UK, be it a Company or Private pension, many people think there is nothing that can be done with it until your retirement age. This is not the case! In simple terms, this means that anyone who now lives overseas, or is intending to leave the UK long-term, can transfer their existing pension plans into a QROPS. The pension fund will become subject to the laws of the relevant overseas jurisdiction and the need to purchase an annuity by age 75 no longer applies. The UK minimum pension age of 50 or 55 will still normally apply before benefits can be taken. However, the QROPS can offer considerably more flexibility, tax benefits; greater income potential and investment freedom compared to a UK pension, and benefits may be taken at any age between 18 and 75. QROPS may be used to receive transfer values from UK registered pension schemes which can include Protected Rights funds. This may also apply to those already receiving benefits from a UK SelfInvested Personal Pension Scheme (SIPP), or income drawdown. Most of the QROPS schemes are not taxed at source, however the tax applicable to any income will depend upon where you are tax resident at the time, benefits can be much more tax efficient when receiving them in Spain. So if you have a pension fund in the UK with a value of £150,000 you are eligible to transfer that money via a QROPS as a TAX FREE lump sum.
If you are receiving an income now, you may still be eligible to transfer the balance of your pension fund. Many people are suffering an income loss on a monthly basis due to fluctuating exchange rates; QROPS can relieve this burden and provide you with a secure and stable monthly income. Is QROPS right for everyone? The simple answer is NO. You can find out more information by logging on to www.amass-spain.com, where there is a free assessment form to complete to find out if this is right for you.
What are the benefits of a QROPS? - No need to EVER purchase an annuity - No UK tax charge upon death - Greater investment freedom - Can provide 100% tax-free lump sum of your pension fund - Leave all unused pension funds to your beneficiaries, free of tax at source - Take income from your pension in a much more efficient way - Take income and benefits in a currency of your choice - Onshore / offshore funds, fixed deposit rates, total diversification You can find out more by contacting David on 678035992 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. It costs nothing to find out if you are eligible so what have you got to loose?
IS THE CREDIT CRUNCH AFFECTING YOUR LIFE? Did you know that you may have, with full British Government approval, the whole of your UK pension fund as a TAX FREE lump sum paid in to your Spanish bank account? Many ex pats think that they can do nothing with their frozen UK pension until retirement age - this is not the case! - Did you know that QROPS (Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme) can stop your loss of income each month through exchange rates? - Did you know that the above is HMRC (Her Majesties Revenue & Customs) Approved? If you did not know the above, perhaps it’s time to find out a little more about QROPS and how it could change or better your life. Do you have problems with your UK credit cards/Loans and or Mortgage? Did you know it is now possible to clear all your debt and claim compensation? This is not about debt consolidation or IVAs, all your debts could be totally cleared and you could receive £000s in compensation. There is no charge to find out if you have a valid claim.
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Christmas cracker jokes are a good ice breaker especially if the air is a little tense! It’s a great way to unite people. Give them to the kids and get them to tell a few jokes. It’s a great way to have them feeling special and interacting with the adults too. Everyone enjoys a good laugh. Will you share a good laugh this festive season? Here are our top ten all-time favourite classic Christmas cracker jokes to help you with your preparations to ensure some festive fun. What’s a specimen? An Italian astronaut What do you call a man with brown paper trousers? Russell What do you call a man with a pole through his leg? Rodney Why was Santa’s little helper feeling depressed? He had low elf-esteem Who was England’s first chiropodist? William the Corncurer
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Why should husbands make the early morning tea for their wives? Because the Bible says He Brews What is Santa’s favourite pizza? One that’s deep pan, crisp and even What’s white and goes up? A confused snowflake What do you call a woman who stands between two goal posts? Annette 10. What’s furry and minty? A polo bear
The popular mid-night magical Santa Claus visit on Christmas Eve now includes all sorts of humorous and politically correct antics. Families around the world love Santa Claus visits so much that there is always at least one adult more than happy to down on the red suit, white beard, black boots and red hat to ensure some fun and magical memories are enjoyed by all the family at mid-night. Here are some of the wittier and more humorous trials and tribulations of a Santa Claus visit in the twenty first century: 1. Leaving politically correct Santa Claus treats. Instead of leaving out milk and cookies, families are now leaving lettuce leaves and water! The modern-day version of Santa as a fat jolly Yule lad is seen as unhealthy so he is now reminded at midnight that he should be on a diet! 2. Next to the salad leaves and water is a note to Santa from the Sheriff ’s office. A speeding ticket for his sleigh. Politically correct families want Santa to slow down! Visiting 195 countries in the world in one night is impossible to explain to growing children! Hence, a speeding ticket is the answer for a politically correct parent! 3. In Spanish homes, often a youngster wants to surprise his favorite bull at midnight with a visit from Santa Claus! So he brings him in from the yard into the main living room next to the chimney on Christmas Eve. If you thought a bull goes crazy when he sees a red cape, believe me, the bull’s Christmas’ come all at once when he sees a big red Santa suit! 4. In Russian homes the children leave notes for Babushka - Santa is upstaged by a woman and there is never a note for Santa! 5. In Irish homes they take all the furniture out of the main living areas so it looks like it has just been robbed then the family hides behind the curtains. Then when Santa arrives at mid-night, the host is always dressed as a policeman and says
“Well, well, well! What do we have here - they always return to the scene of the crime so come quietly Yule laddie”! Then lots of fun is had as Santa is chased around the living room with handcuffs in toe! 6. Here is a very loud tradition and one particularly not welcomed by vegetarians when visiting at Christmas in hunting territories. This one is especially popular where homes are full of lots of hunting trophies and guns. When Santa arrives, and the family and guests are hiding waiting for a glimpse of him at mid-night, a family member appears and greets Santa by nearly blowing off his and the guests ears by a shot gun noise after the family member yells out the window “Ooh! Look! A deer with a prize winning red nose!” and fires his big game gun! 7. In bear counties they set a bear trap at the bottom of the chimney and ensure Santa gets trapped in it for lots of giggles and laughs. They always after-wards say “Oh sorry Santa but from a distance you looked like a big red bear”. 8. In cities where lawyers are prolific, family members paint hoof-prints all over their faces and clothes and then when Santa enters at mid-night they all act like they have been trampled by the reindeer and threaten to sue! 9. In counties where chocolate factories are the main industry families decorate their Christmas trees with Easter eggs and the father of the house dresses as the Easter Bunny and waits for Santa to enter at mid-night then says “This neighborhood is not big enough for the both of us - one of us has to go HoHOHo!” For giggles and laughs people will do just about anything to ensure Santa’s HoHoHo hearty healing and healthy laughter continues each year. Around the world creative and humorous ideas are played out to bring family together in a fun and even more memorable way. What will you do this year?
Hor oscope Capricorn
Dec. 23 - Jan. 19 Even though the Sun will remain in your sector of friendship, teamwork and networking until Sunday and a New Moon on Tuesday creates a day for making new connections or associations, from as early as Monday you’ll be wanting more time on your own, just to think and get your head around things. It’s on Monday that Mercury, planet of communication and smart thinking, moves into a more reflective and behind the scenes position in your chart, beginning the process of wrapping up your current Mercury cycle and preparing for a Mercury return, early next month.
Jan. 20 - Feb. 19 The week begins with the Moon and Venus aligned in your career sector and with a New Moon there on Tuesday, this makes this an important career week. Because Mercury leaves your career sector on Monday and the Sun on Sunday, there is also some urgency, not because doors are about to close, but because they’re opening.
Feb. 20 - Mar. 20 Things fall into place on the professional front this week with Mercury, planet of communication and smart thinking, moving into your career sector on Monday, just as Mars’ presence in your work sector steps things up a notch. This is good news for your professional game, but there is a real need to see this as separate from the past, with Mercury arriving with fresh ideas and a chance for a new game plan
Mar. 21 - Apr. 19 While a New Moon in your financial sector on Tuesday brings an opportunity to open new doors or to draw a line in the sand, this is not the end of the story even though Mercury leaves on Monday and the Sun on Sunday. Venus, planet of desire, will remain in your financial sector until early next month, In the meantime Mercury moves into your sector of travel, adventure and learning on Monday and the Sun on Sunday, giving you an opportunity to take a break or up skill before next month’s career focus.
Apr. 21 - May 21 While things are falling into place on the professional front, on both the work and career fronts, the main focus this month is on the financial and relationship fronts. It is not that these are any more important than what’s happening on the professional front, just more urgent. With Mercury leaving your relationship sector on Monday and the Sun on Sunday, this makes it even more important to keep things on track.
May 22 - June 22 A New Moon falls in your work sector on Tuesday, just as you reach a point where you’re able to put things on the career front into perspective, both in terms of where you’ve been and what the future holds. Meanwhile Mercury moves into your relationship sector on Monday and the Sun on Sunday, bringing the first activity you’ve had here all year and the first in this post Pluto era, where you don’t have the ups and downs of the past.
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June 23 - July 23 The Moon, your ruling body, is extremely active this week, not only aligning with 5 points of interest but at strategic places and at strategic times. He aligns with Venus in your romantic sector on Monday, just a day before Tuesday’s New Moon, ensuring that his alignment with the Sun, which has the power to open new doors, sees your heart actively involved.
July 24 - Aug. 23 Mercury, planet of communication, moves into your romantic sector on Monday, bringing the first activity here all year and creating a situation where you’ll find it easier to give your heart a voice. This comes just when it’s been a month since Jupiter, planet of luck, turned direct in your relationship sector and things are finally moving forward.
Aug. 24 - Sept. 23 Tuesday’s New Moon in your communication sector opens the door to new ideas and finally has your mind focused on the future and what’s ahead. This comes just as things are starting to move on the work front with Jupiter, planet of luck, having turned direct over a month ago. At the same time things begin falling in to place on the home, family and property front, from as early as Monday and will continue to provide opportunities right through to Christmas.
Sept. 24 - Oct. 23 Tuesday’s New Moon in your income sector opens the door to new income opportunities, but also to greater feelings of confidence that give you the push to stand up for yourself. This comes when you’re feeling a lot more confident about your work situation, with a better understanding of the past and a lot more faith in the future finally putting things into perspective.
Oct. 24 - Nov. 22 This is the week when things come to a head, with a New Moon in your sign on Tuesday calling for a commitment to the future and to what you want from the next 12 months. Mercury will leave earlier than that, leaving your sign and moving into your income sector on Monday. It will only be Venus left in your sign by the end of the week, remaining committed to getting your Venus return off to the right start, right through to early next month.
Nov. 23 - Dec. 22 Mercury, planet of communication and smart thinking, returns to your sign on Monday, bringing the first direct planetary activity you’ve had all year. With the Sun returning to your sign on Sunday, this creates a week where Mercury already has your head in the future, looking around new corners, while the Sun is in the process of wrapping up your old solar year. This creates a week where the past, present and future overlap, at a time when you have the intelligence to decipher it.
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Fisher Lands the Volvo World Match Play Championship England’s Ross Fisher has been angling for a big prize all season, coming close at the ‘majors’ but he finally landed one of the biggest titles in world golf, the Volvo World Match Play Championship with a 4&3 victory over American Anthony Kim. 28-year-old Englishman Ross Fisher won the biggest title of his career so far, clinching the €750,000 (approx. US$1.1million / GBP671,000) champion’s cheque playing what he described as, “Flawless golf,” to defeat American Anthony Kim at Finca Cortesín.
The irony of a Wentworth-based golfer winning the first World Match Play Championship away from the London course in the 45-year history of the world’s longest-running match play event was not lost on Fisher, who said, “It would have been nice had it been at Wentworth, but everything moves on and Finca Cortesín is a sensational golf course.” On his way to the final, Fisher dispatched a number of big-reputation players, Camilo Villegas, Angel Cabrera followed by Anthony Kim in the final.
“This is where I want to test myself, against the best players in the world and besides the ‘majors’ and the WGC events, this is a huge tournament,” he said, adding, “The defending champion qualifies automatically and barring injury, it will be an honour to be here in a year’s time to defend my crown.” All square at the lunchtime interval, Fisher powered away in the afternoon round, making only one bogey, running out a relatively comfortable winner in the end when Kim conceded on the 15th green. Earlier, Australian Robert Allenby took the 3rd / 4th place play-off, edging-out US Masters champion Angel Cabrera on the first extra hole; the Australian recorded his 14th career hole-in-one when he holed his 230-yard tee-shot at the sixth hole.
Volvo and Pro Grandiose Cars presented Allenby’s 70-year-old father Don with a €6,000 (approx. US$ / GBP5,400) Volvo C70 golf buggy in recognition of his son’s achievement. “There was not supposed to be a hole-in-one prize but Volvo kindly came up with a lovely Volvo golf buggy and dad is thrilled with it, a wonderful gesture from a great sponsor” said the Australian.
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