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Restaurant Review; The Black Horse: Page 6 Kigus Are Here!: Page 8 A Peek Into The Past; February 1964: Page 10 Tom Scott; Memories of Old Poole: Page 12 No One To Be Your Valentine?: Page 14 Puzzles: Pages 16 & 17 Movie Review; Blue Valentine: Page 18 Book Review; Roald Dahl: Page 19 Recipe Time; Beef Bourguignon: Page 21 The Youth of Today: Page 22 Julie Says; Fashion, Health & Beauty: Page 24 Your Poole Your Say; The Big Freeze: Page 26 Bruce Grant-Braham: Page 27 What's On In Poole; Pages 28 & 29 COMPETITION; Win ÂŁ20.00 M&S Voucher In Easy To Enter Contest: Page 30 Puzzle Solutions & Useful Tel Numbers: Page 31
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Mark Howell was recently elected as a Borough of Poole Councillor in Poole Town ward and you can read an article from Mark on pages 20 and 21. We welcome Tom as he joins Viva this month with his thoughts and feelings in ‘The Youth of Today!’ On page 22 while the memories of old Poole come from another Tom, Tom Scott as usual and is all about ‘The Big Swim’. Dating Games is our Valentine’s article on page 14 and do look out for all the Valentine’s specials that are happening around Poole throughout. Viva Poole welcomes your feedback so, please get in touch with your thoughts on anything featured here.
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Restaurant Review A little outside of Wimborne town, The Black Horse pub used to serve what I described as the best fillet steak I've ever tasted and I certainly looked forward to ordering it again since I'd not been back to this pub restaurant for while. Sadly, fillet steak was no longer on the menu so I had to choose another dish. My colleague and I were the only customers in on this particular cold day just a few days before Christmas. Well, there was another person but although they were stood at the bar, they weren't eating or drinking as far as we could tell. Apparently, in order to save heating bills, the pub now closes at 3pm and is no longer an all-day food serving restaurant. The atmosphere was very quiet, it has to be said. My colleague and I both ordered the steak pie with vegetables and potatoes. My steak pie was absolutely stuffed with meat and very tasty pastry. There was a generous portion of vegetables and potatoes. I enjoyed by pie but my colleague said the pastry was not good and, as they are an expert cook, I didn't argue but it tasted fine to me. My colleague also said that the vegetables were undercooked but, again, I thought nothing of it until they mentioned it to me. We did feel that the tea and, then, coffee should have been a higher temperature as, drinking it as soon as it was served, we were able to finish it then and there as it was only warm. My cheesecake sweet was perfect to my eyes and taste-buds but, you guessed it, my colleague wasn't happy with theirs. I won't go into details but, I imagine that if you're an expert cook, you're bound to find 'problems' but I felt mine was just fine. I felt that it was a shame that it wasn't as busy as all the other pubs we'd visited at that time of day as the manageress was very nice to talk to and made us feel most welcome. She did assure us that there was a booking of 25 coming in later in the week, which was good to hear. The Black Horse has changed, it's under new management but is still serving generous food portions, although the menu does not offer as much choice. The prices are average for a pub restaurant where we are sure that, with more customers visiting, the atmosphere would be much better and the heating would be sufficient.
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The Amazing Trick Box Kigus Are Here! Kigus are Japanese animal suits which are lightweight, durable and really fun to wear. Unlike most of the disposable fancy dress rubbish out there, a Kigu is an object to cherish and treasure. Kigus are perfect for fancy dress parties and festivals, but that’s not all they’re good for. There’s nothing better to wear around the house on a lazy Sunday afternoon and they make great pyjamas too! We change the animals in our Shop regularly, bringing in new ones all the time. Some are here to stay, while others are available in strictly limited numbers. The word ‘Kigu’ is short for ‘kigurumi’, which literally translates as ‘costumed animal character’ in Japanese. Kigurumi are already hugely popular in Japan, where they are worn as both streetwear and pyjamas, but they’ve never been sold outside Asia before. Kigu is proud to be the first and only company to bring these amazing animal suits to Europe. Kigus are unique in the world of fancy dress. They hang loosely on the body, which makes them really comfy and unrestricting. You can slip in and out of a Kigu in seconds and you can even wear your own clothes underneath! Each of our Kigu animals is lovingly represented, with exactly the right eyes, ears, nose and tail. The Kangaroo even comes with a Joey in its pouch and the Chicken with a little chick in its pocket. Some Kigus come in our regular fabric and others in our thin fabric. Both can be worn for all occasions and are lightweight, comfy and breathable. Our regular fabric Kigus are slightly better for lounging, sleeping in or wearing outdoors. Our thin fabric Kigues are ideal for sweaty indoor parties and hot weather. All Kigus come with elasticated wrist and ankle cuffs and some come with pockets too. Kigus are meant to be baggy- this makes them really comfy and looks hilarious. Kigus have been specially designed to fit adults and big kids alike. So don’t worry, whether your 5ft or over 6ft tall, a Kigu will easily fit you. One size fits all! Unlike other fancy dress costumes that fall apart after a couple of days, Kigus are built to last. What’s more, they are machine washable, so you’ll be able to enjoy wearing your Kigu again and again. Kigus are available from The Amazing Trick Box in Poole High Street. All other fancy dress is currently available at a special discount price which is just £20.00 instead of £26.00 and no need to worry about the VAT increase. This offer is on from now until June 2011. All fancy dress are top quality costumes. The Amazing Trick Box 12 High Street Poole BH15 1BP 01202 682757
A Peek Into The Past February 1964 - Beatlemania On February 7th 1964 the Beatles arrived in New York at the start of their first tour of the United States. More than 300 screaming teenagers greeted them as they stepped on to the tarmac at Kennedy Airport. Many teens had skipped school or work. Some were in tears and many carried placards which read "I love you, please stay". The Beatles' first scheduled appearance was on American television on the Ed Sullivan show. More than 5,000 fans applied for tickets to be part of the audience but only 750 were lucky enough to get them. Security barriers had to be erected and the fab four received the kind of police protection usually reserved for kings and presidents! It is said that the crime rate dipped to a 50 year low as more than 40% of America tuned in to watch. They performed the songs All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There and I Want To Hold Your Hand. Four decades later, also in February, the Beatles were given the President's Award at the Grammys to mark the 40th anniversary of what became known as "Beatlemania". It was accepted by the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.
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Memories of Old Poole Looking Back At Old Poole The Memories Of Tom Scott
The Big Swim
Can you remember the ferryman who gave a rowing boat service between the Quay and the Shipwrights Arms on the Lower Hamworthy side and Burdens and Piplers on the Poole side? The fee was 1 penny per trip per person. My mother would use the ferry boat some days when she’d been shopping in the High Street. Now, if you wanted to get the ferryman’s attention from the Piplers side of the quay you had to shout at the top of your voice “OVER” because if he was in his wooden hut he couldn’t hear you. My mother could never shout so she had to wait for someone to call out. He didn’t like rowing for a single fare, so he would wait for 3 or 4 people, and on occasions mum couldn’t wait any longer and would walk all the way round over Hamworthy bridge to our home in Harbour Road, which reminds me of we 3 Boys Big Swim. We used to swim from the ferry steps quite often, when the ferryman wasn’t about because he didn’t like his steps getting wet. One day he caught me off guard and threw me in the drink. I went down very deep and I found myself just like a “limpet” fixed to the bottom of the mine sweeper moored at the quay. I was scared. Slowly I eased myself to the surface seeing the shade of the water getting lighter. What a relief to breathe again. One day three of us boys decided to swim the quay width when the tides were still. We set off and slowly swam to the other side of the ferry steps. One boy even did “Dog Paddle” all the way. Standing at the top of the steps we looked across the quay at the distance we had swum. Then the three of us had to make up our minds, do we swim back or walk all the way along the quay over Hamworthy bridge then down Harbour Road, back to the ferry steps at the Shipwrights Arms? Walking bare foot, and just swimming trunks it was quite an achievement for eleven and twelve year olds. At some time later, I decided to do the swim again, hoping to swim to the “Piplers” side and back. I asked an older lad (a teenager named George) to accompany me this time. When we set off the tide had started running (ebbing) and at two thirds of the crossing I was beginning to feel the strain and this time I was drifting off course towards the Fish Shamble Steps. I shouted to George for assistance and he nursed me to the steps. I was so glad he was at hand otherwise it could have been a sad ending, and this time the ferryman rowed us back to the Hamworthy Steps. The event taught me one thing, especially when you’re young. You can be over confident and sometimes you don’t give enough thought to the task you are undertaking. Most old Poole lads swam in the quay, and it was allowed. People came out of the pubs and threw coins in the water and we would try to gather them, it was almost impossible, you had to be extremely lucky to bag one. When I was called up for “National Service” in 1950 into The Royal Navy I thought “I’m glad I can swim”.
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There is a very serious point to Alecâ€™s cartoon this month. How sad is it that something we all enjoyed on our visit to this beautiful park should have to be taken away for such mindless behaviour.
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Blue Valentine (2010) ***** Director: Derek Cianfrance The title of this mature and moving new US indie captures the tug of war between the excitement of new love and the misery of its slow, painful death. Young American filmmaker Derek Cianfrance bats us back and forth between all sorts of emotions and moods – hot and cold, hope and despair, energy and lethargy – as he shares with us the exciting beginning and dispiriting end of the five-year marriage between Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams), two East Coast youngsters whose relationship is born of trauma and who go from tender sex and tap-dancing in a shop doorway to shouting at each other across the kitchen sink and wrestling drunkenly in a kitsch motel room during a desperate bid to rekindle their passion. We meet the couple in the throes of domesticity as Dean, with the air of a kid in adult’s clothing, helps their little daughter with her breakfast while a worn-out Cindy snaps at them from the other side of the room. On the same day, their dog goes missing, prompting tears, but something else is absent too, and it’s only when the film retreats after 15 minutes or so to a not-so-distant past, where Cindy is a thinner student with ambitions to be a doctor and Dean is a less ambitious removals guy with more hair, that we begin the game of moving back and forth in time, witnessing how Dean and Cindy meet and come together – and seeing how they fall apart. It’s a simple tale of romance found and lost made all the more powerful by its tricksy, illuminating time structure (a reminder of François Ozon’s ‘5X2’ or Mike Leigh’s ‘Career Girls’) and the performances of two of America’s finest young actors. Williams, especially, is on sensitive form as Cindy: she gives an intelligent physical performance, whether acting warily towards Dean’s advances, experiencing genuine passion or feeling repulsed at her husband’s touch as she clenches her fists during an embrace. The film has hipster leanings – Dean runs with a trendy trucker look and strums a ukulele, while the soundtrack features new songs by Grizzly Bear – but Cianfrance steers clear of the film’s more quirky potential and holds a steely focus on feelings and behaviour. He’s helped, too, by strong cinematography (especially during a scene in a futuristic, blue-lit motel room) that subtly stresses the conflicting atmospheres of the film’s two time zones. There’s a lightness to the whole enterprise – loose direction, easy dialogue, gentle editing – that sits well with the heaviness of the material. The film’s episodic structure means that it’s heavy on events and emoting, but it’s not all extreme joy or misery, and there are lovely scenes between Cindy and her grandmother and between Dean and an old man who he helps move into a care home. It’s a bittersweet, affecting film that screams of smart minds both behind and in front of the camera.
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Book Review The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me – Roald Dahl This is probably one of Roald Dahl’s less well-known stories, but it is perfect for introducing the younger reader to the wonders of his work. It tells the tale of the ingenious ‘Ladderless Window Cleaning Company’ – the Giraffe, whose long neck reaches the windows, the Pelican, whose beak carries the water, and the Monkey, who does the actual cleaning. As they set up in business they meet Billy, who joins them on their first challenge – to clean all 677 windows at the home of The Duke of Hampshire… Of course, the job does not go smoothly and soon Billy is involved in a fantastic adventure involving diamonds, burglars and a former opera singer. Dahl whizzes the reader through a series of twists and turns, with rhymes and songs to keep us going, and with characteristically inventive language choices on every page. Available as a picture book, illustrated beautifully by Quentin Blake, or as a more ‘grown-up’ style paperback, this is sure to become a firm favourite as a bedtime or anytime read.
Your Poole Your Say Poole is a great place to live but how much is that to do with the natural assets that surround it and how much from the infrastructure of the town? Poole Tourism dropped the “Poole. It’s a beautiful place” tagline a few years ago, an action which is representative of Poole’s struggle to maintain a distinctive identity. Only five or six years ago, I remember sitting on my doorstep in the Old Town and seeing happy, redfaced tourists wandering the streets, eating ice creams. Increasingly, this is a thing of the past as family friendly tourist options in the area have given way to a more adult, bar-orientated culture. Poole Council’s relaxed planning policies are encouraging developers to submit planning Mark Howell applications for dense, high rise developments, on sites like West Quay, that threaten to overwhelm Poole’s historic infrastructure. Dolphin Quays sits there, its commercial units half empty. There is a glut of flats on the market. What is the logic? But enough statements of the obvious. What can be done? Poole People is a new, independently-minded, local political party focused on improving the quality of life of citizens of Poole. We believe in consensus politics, working together with politicians of all colours, and community leaders, to create the right conditions for positive decision-making and effective action. Poole has enormous potential and we can again be proud of our town. I believe that Poole needs to invest in its core assets if it is to regain its distinctiveness. Poole is blessed with a wonderful natural harbour and a long history. It also has an artisan tradition, most notably from Poole Pottery. In recent years, the Council has sought to encourage financial institutions and large chain stores to come to Poole, at the expense of tourists. Yet tourism should be a mainstay of our economy. We need to make Poole Quay and the High Street a place that once again attracts tourists and residents of Poole. The Council needs to develop a coherent plan that refocuses the area on its historic attributes, creates more family-orientated tourist activities and encourages specialist, independent retailers to invest. Poole People is working hard to bring local businesses and residents together behind this shared vision. Although revitalising the town centre is key to regaining a sense of direction for Poole, it is also crucial that we invest in our local communities. As coastal towns grow, their historic centres become increasingly distant from their geographic centres. Local centres such as Ashley Road and Broadstone are focal points of communities and should be celebrated.
Communities are though fundamentally about people, not places. The Council has a responsibility to look after those in need of care and it is worrying that the current Conservative administration proposes to cut significantly access to adult social care in Poole. As individuals, however, many of us have often found it too easy to complain about the ills of society while failing to take action ourselves. A society has developed which encourages life to be led a little bit too fast, and a self-centred mentality. Respect and consideration for others are essential ingredients for a strong community. I believe in zero tolerance when it comes to anti-social behaviour. Adopting a permissive attitude not only encourages repetition but demoralises the vast majority of law-abiding citizens. However, I also believe that we should actively promote social behaviour. How often do you drive down a residential road at 30 mph or more when, if it was your road, you would think it inconsiderate? Do you always hold the door open for people behind you? Do you volunteer for an organisation? Common courtesies and commitments to community warm our hearts and help give our lives purpose. What is more, such behaviour is contagious. In the absence of role models though, public space is too often filled by those who behave as they please. I believe that, while increasing its focus on anti-social behaviour, Poole Council should do more to encourage good citizenship, volunteering and the development of community organisations. Mark Howell was recently elected as a Borough of Poole Councillor in Poole Town ward and is Poole Peopleâ€™s first elected representative. Poole People is seeking candidates to stand in wards across Poole in the May 2011 Council elections. To find out more about Poole People, see www.poolepeople.org.uk
Recipe time! - Beef Bourguignon Revive the 1970s with this retro dish Ingredients 2lb / 900g braising steak, cut into 2 inch / 5cm cubes 3 tbsp olive oil 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 tbsp plain flour 15fl oz / 425ml red wine 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 sprigs of thyme 2 bay leaves 12 small onions, peeled and left whole 225g / 8oz thick cut, smoked, streaky bacon, chopped into 1 inch / 2.5cm pieces 100g / 4oz button mushrooms, left whole Salt and freshly ground black pepper Method Heat half the oil in a heavy bottomed casserole dish and sear the beef, a few pieces at a time. Transfer the browned pieces to a plate. Add the chopped onion and garlic to the pan and brown that a little too. Return the cubes of beef to the pan and sprinkle in the flour, stirring to soak up the juices. Gradually add the red wine, stirring continuously. Add the herbs and seasoning, put the lid on and cook very very gently on top of the stove for one and half hours. Using the rest of the olive oil fry the small whole onions and bacon pieces in a small frying pan until they are golden. Add them to the casserole with the mushrooms. Cover and cook for a further one and a half hours. Serve with lightly steamed carrots and potatoes.
The Youth of Today
Tom is 16 years old and is a student studying in year 12
Independence both rewards teenagers and perplexes parents. It’s the one thing that parents have complete control over – so when my mum let me visit London with friends, I was buzzing. A group of us teamed together and planned a trip to see ‘Paramore’ play live at the O2 Arena. Unknown to us, major train and tube works were also planning their visit. Assembling our final preparations, we were informed of the disruptions, causing a seismic change to our plans. We now had to venture across London without the underground and catch rail replacements to and fro’. After receiving a torrent of swear words from numerous angst-filled coach drivers, we were in the city, travelling on a mystery bus route with our destination (hopefully) at the end. Although it didn’t run smoothly. We were warned that the bus had broken and so disembarked. Stranded on the streets, we were forced to search for a different bus. Eventually we were gazing at the imposing arena – we rushed inside to avoid the cold and
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grabbed a 4th row standing position! The show commenced… and it was worth every penny and second – Incredible. Worth the troubles that were about to ensue. Frantically pushing through crowds and diving onto the Waterloo bus, we were greeted by stand-still traffic and inebriated older men. You can tell the 90-minute ride across the city was going to be fun. London Waterloo is one of the few stations where you can run down the platforms and nobody cares. I noticed this as we sprinted down the station, just like in the movies. Half asleep on the train home, we got off at Southampton Parkway, expecting the replacement coach back home… which actually left from Southampton Central. Imagine that it’s 2Am. You are stranded, 40 miles from home. Your friend’s work friend drives you home at ridiculous speeds, trance music encapsulates your ear drums and your stomach becomes queasy. Moral of the story: Plan thoroughly and show your parents you can be independent. Sometimes the less sensible things are more fun, but always have a back-up. 22
Don't Replace Your 'Foggy' Double Glazing Repair It! * Father And Son Go Green With Amazing New Process For Poole Residents * Dave New has been running his own window company for the last 20 years, but has recently found himself replacing broken down double glazing units more often than ever. After one evening of browsing the Internet, he found a new method which enables the repair of these 'foggy' windows instead of doing the initial replacing. The bonus of this new method is that it is easier, cheaper and a lot more environmentally friendly. Get The Fog Out is a process established by Crystal Clear Window Works in Canada over 5years ago. It allows us to re-engineer the unit to clear the fog and mist which builds up in-between the two panes of glass. Daveâ€™s son Jamie opted to quit his job to join his dad and took on this venture and brought it to the Poole area to contribute into help making things greener and more economical for people. Of course, when you have moisture in between the glass, it contributes to loss of energy as moisture is a good conductor of heat transfer, therefore, reducing the effectiveness of double-glazed windows. Over 300,000 units have been successfully repaired in North America and now this process is now available in the UK and, of course, Poole so, if you look at it in the larger perspective, this amazing new process can substantially downsize the amount of landfill councils, housing associations, window companies and ourselves cause by getting the foggy windows replaced. So this is our opportunity to act against climate change and global warming. It is also a great option at this time where we a looking at some tough economical times. This is a great opportunity for people to save money on home improvements on getting the fog out rather than having replacement glass, where it also has the benefit of doing their bit for the environment at the same time. For info go to www.doubleglazingrepairspoole.com Or Telephone: 01202 675321 or 07974 106 145
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Thinking Of Changing Your Hair Colour? BUT WHICH ONE?
HOW ABOUT BRONDE?
SORRY, WHAT?! Perhaps you don’t want to go blonde because of the regrowth & upkeep, especially if you are naturally darkish, but want a change from brunette. Then BRONDE could be for you. It is a mixture of highlights ranging from caramels, coffees & milk chocolates to sun kissed blondes. A great example is Jennifer Aniston who though has been much lighter & likewise darker, tends to stay with a lovely mix of varying highlights giving a natural but never boring look. If your natural base is quite dark then your colourist could lighten it by 1-2 shades before adding the highlights. Having lighter shades around the face is flattering & softer also very natural looking. So if you want to be not quite blonde yet not quite brunette, Bronde is definitely for you! Join The Marc Young Newsletter for ‘Julie Says!’, Hints & Tips: www.marcyoung.co.uk
Handy Utility by Martyn Brown I do like the new discount card from my utility provider, Utility Warehouse, whereby stores like Sainsbury’s, Boots, M&S, Argos, Comet, Topshop, B&Q, ASDA and many more plus hundreds of online stores allow you to use the card and save on your utility bill each month. You can even get the discount when you fill up with petrol! I use 4 services from UW which means I can join their discount club and get totally free telephone calls at any time 7 days a week. UW services include, gas, electric, telephone, mobile ‘phone, broadband and a host of other products. For more information call 0800 1313000 or visit their web site: www.utilitywarehouse.co.uk quoting number; 3227739 when you take up a service.
Your Poole Your Say The Big Freeze So what is it this month? What else but the WEATHER! Had to be really didn’t it? No of course I’m not going to moan about the snow, that is beyond anyone’s control, it’s what’s done about it. And as far as I could see precious little! Did you see a gritter lorry? Or even grit on the roads? In fact did you see any evidence that something, anything had been done to make our roads safer? No neither did I. Had it been many a year since we last saw snow the councils could be forgiven for not being adequately prepared, but as it was only a matter of months ago there really isn’t any excuse. Plus the fact it went on day after day with still no measures being taken to improve road safety, beggars belief. No wait we did have some weather warnings such as - don’t go out unless you really have to. I think paying the mortgage and bills would qualify as ‘having to’. Perhaps they should have been more accurate/honest and stated - Go out if you must but you’re on your own, the risk is all yours. Okay so no help there but why won’t ‘elf n safety’ allow us to help ourselves? For instance if farmers in rural areas were allowed to shovel snow off the roads with the aid of their tractors etc. these areas would be much safer and in many cases no longer cut off from the rest of the world! Not too many years ago this used to happen as the farmers were only too happy to oblige then H&S got involved, telling them they were not allowed. Or as happens in America and Germany for instance, where everyone is responsible to clear the ‘sidewalk’ in front of their house. Naturally when this is done the whole pavement is safe and clear in no time. If we do that here, we are told, and someone slips they can sue. But if they slip on an unattended area there is no recourse! How nuts is that? Let me think what are the odds of slipping on unattended snow or cleared snow? Which would you rather take your chances on? We Brits love to talk/ moan about the weather, it’s a national past time. It could be a Mastermind specialist subject, not meteorology, just general weather winging. It’s not like we don’t have ‘weather’ in this country, be it snow, sudden heat waves that melt tarmac and of course rain by the bucket load. So why is it countries like Greece, Spain in fact most of Europe who have scorching heat for months of the year, still manage to drive on their roads without car tyres melting in to the surface? Or Scandinavia, Switzerland et al and parts of America continuing to function with metres of snowfall! Politicians go on ‘fact finding’ jollies to far flung exotic and or glamorous places, (somehow these never take place in Bridlington) to glean knowledge and information on how these countries cope with adverse weather conditions. All paid for of course by us! Though hundreds of thousands of pounds later nothing changes. More than likely it’s too expensive to implement. So here’s a suggestion to councils far and wide - scrap the trips, thus saving money, Google what it is you want to know and I’m sure you will have more info that you know what to do with. Or even just pick up the phone to said countries and ASK. Then use the money saved to make the improvements. Too simple? The Salt Water Cockle
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How Was It For You? By Bruce Grant-Braham Former Mayor and also chairman of Poole Tourism The recent local election in the Old Town was refreshing with candidates focusing on the importance to the local economy of Tourism. So in the first of two articles how did Tourism perform in 2010? Firstly, Poole's incoming tourism is affected by the weather and this theory was again proven in 2010. At the start of the season visitor numbers in the early good weather particularly in June were substantially up but dropped away during the dodgy summer. August and September were not as good as previous years. Every (rain!) cloud has a silver lining and indoor attractions did well in August as visitors took shelter. Investment by Poole's tourism businesses has been substantial in 2010. Rockley Park led the way with excellent new facilities; Poole Park saw the new "Nautikidz" Mini-Port; Poole Pottery has enhanced its retail offer. New restaurants have appeared in the form of Fishy Fishy (with its X Factor connections), Calimero, Brambles and Banana Wharf opening up. The New Beehive Hotel added to Canford Cliffs' accommodation stock too. On the environment front Poole's parks and beaches won their respective Green and Blue flags and Elms Lodge won its prestigious Gold Green Tourism award - as did our own Welcome Centre. We brought the Rallye Sunseeker to Pooe Quay for the first time and now part of the British (car) Rally Championship don't miss its return on the last weekend of February 2011. Not all was good. The Barfleur was withdrawn (hopefully temporarily) but this indicates the wider economic problems of crossing the Channel by ferry - just ask Dover! We also have a continuing outside drinking difficulty in some locations. Next month I will make some predictions for the future which from Poole Tourism's angle has some great opportunities.
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Viva! Poole | Community Pages | What’s On Send in or email your event details to Viva Poole by the 25th of the month 2 months prior to the event date
April 2011 Dream Machines The UK’s biggest and best weekly bike meet takes place on Poole Quay every Tuesday from 6pm
What’s On In Poole 25-26 Feb 2011 Rallye Sunseeker Friday 25th February - parade of cars and ceremonial start on Poole Quay. Saturday 26th February Bournemouth & surrounding area Come down to Poole Quay on Friday 25th February for Rallye Sunseeker International. Enjoy the atmosphere, see the vehicles up close and meet the drivers. Feel the excitement and hear the roar of the engines as the vehicles are flagged off one by one. A night to remember! First cars arrive at 6:30pm & leave at 7:30pm
FRIDAY 28th Jan 2011 Antelope, Poole – Badness (Madness/2-tone tribute) Haymore – Alexander Lord Nelson – UK Gold Mr Kyps – Pink Goes Gaga (tribute) Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne – "Two Kinds Of Magic" (Queen & ELO tributes) SATURDAY 29th Darby’s Corner, Poole – Lee Pashley (Robbie Williams tribute) Flights CMC, Merley – Country Music George, Poole – Live Music Green Man, Wimborne – Jim Martin Lord Nelson – Skinfull Tivoli, Wimborne – "Legends of the 60′s" featuring Mick Avory & Eric Haydock (Kinks & Hollies) Victoria Cross, Parkstone – Sweet FA (Rock) SUNDAY 30th Lord Nelson – Black Sheep
Viva! Poole | Community Pages | What’s On Chequers Arms: Valentine’s Weekend; 11th, 12th, 13th & 14th Feb 2011 Mothering Sunday for that special person in your life, “Mum” 3rd April 2011 - Book now to avoid disappointment! High St. Lytchett Matravers BH16 6BJ Tel: 01202 622215 +++++
Stainers Shoes: Fitflop & Sketchers range Spring Launch at the shop 12th Feb 2011 389 Ringwood Road, Parkstone, Poole Tel: 01202 744061 email@example.com +++++
Fishy Fishy, The Quay, Poole Saint Valentine’s menu to make your meal a very special occasion. 01202 680793 | www.fishyfishy.co.uk +++++
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Competition! Win £20.00 Worth of M&S Vouchers! Simply take a look through this month’s Viva Poole magazine and tell us the following: 1) Which hairdresser features on the front cover? 2) Which type of ‘mag’ company is offering you to start your own magazine publishing business? 3) What are the opening hours of the Chequers Pub? Easy or what? Once you’ve listed the three answers, send them in to Viva Poole right away. The address in on page 4. Or you can email your answers to: email@example.com Ensure you give your name and address so that we can send the prize to the winner who must have answered all the questions correctly in the right order. Good luck, everyone!
Closing Date: March 31st 2011 | Prize For One Winner | Chosen At Random With Correct Answer | No Alternative or Cash Value | Not Transferable
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