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ear readers, So the summer is over… well if you can call it a summer! Autumn is actually my favourite season. I love those days of unexpected sunshine whilst treading through crunchy leaves in the park and having the excuse to buy a whole new wardrobe for autumn and winter! Speaking of which, check out Sarah Jones’ fashion column, where she guides you through the trends to look out for this season. Last month saw the now infamous ‘Birmingham riots’, which resulted in three innocent men being killed. Make sure you read Tom Savage’s reflection on this scary period that led to a standstill in the city centre. In this issue we have our regular features along with our brand new section – Home & Garden. If you are a proud home owner or have a garden that is fit for the Chelsea Flower Show - get in touch with us as MESH will have a new feature next month called ‘Inside My Home’. We will be looking inside the homes and gardens of residents in Moseley, Edgbaston, Shirley and Harborne. I hope you enjoy the September issue of MESH, thank you to all who have contributed to make it a fantastic read. So until next time, bye for now




With thanks to our columnists Sarah Jones Owner of Shirley based boutique ‘Bella Donna’ Gail Dunne Principle stylist at Harborne Umberto Giannini Martin Griffin Moseley Golf Club Coach David Griffiths Garden Enthusiast

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CONGRATULATIONS TO… Chloe Wilson, Moseley Who won the July competition for the £25 M&S Voucher. Well done & enjoy! HAPPY ADVERTISERS Mr Buchanan, Director & Owner of Birmingham Drain Services Offers drainage repairs with a 24 hour service. “I am delighted with the quality of MESH magazine and would recommend advertising within MESH to all” Mr Buchanan

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Dame Kelly Holmes Set to Inspire at Schools Sports Conference Edgbaston High School for Girls are playing host to a national sports conference for young women on September 21. ‘Girls Go Gold’ will be attended by sportswomen in years 10-13 at Girls’ Schools Association schools who represent their county or country, as well those studying GCSE, AS and A2 PE. The one-day conference will be attended by keynote speakers - Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair of UK Sport and Dame Kelly Holmes DBE, sports personality and double gold Olympic medallist. Dame Kelly said: “I am delighted to be speaking at this year’s Girls Go Gold conference. It is important to have a platform to encourage both sport in schools and the participation of women in sport; attendees at ‘Girls Go Gold’ will feel empowered and the event serves as an inspiring and motivational day for all young sportswomen.“ There will also be a series of break-out sessions covering Sports Psychology, Sports Physiology, A day in the life of an elite performer, the Olympic Games and Sports Nutrition. Dr Ruth Weeks, headmistress, commented: “The day will be a celebration of the successes of our young sportswomen and I am thrilled that two inspiring role models such as Baroness Sue Campbell and Dame Kelly Holmes have agreed to lend their support and encouragement to our next generation of athletes.”

University puts its best foot forward for Acorns Children’s Hospice

After a year away, the University of Birmingham Road Race is making a comeback for 2011, to help raise vital funds for Acorns Children’s Hospice. The University, that had hosted the major fundraising event for 13 consecutive years up to 2009, will once again open up its red-brick campus to hundreds of runners on October 16 to show their support for local life limited children. 6

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News Event organiser, Pete Hinton, is determined this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever: “The Road Race is a great day out for people of all running abilities. Experienced runners or those who fancy a new challenge can enter the 5km route, with the chance of winning £100. Or for those who prefer a gentle stroll, there is the 2km family fun run around the historic University campus. “The event has raised nearly £65,000 for Acorns over the years and we are hoping runners will turn out in force again this year to give us their support.” Joanne Danaher, Acorns community fundraiser for Birmingham and Warwickshire, says: “I’m thrilled to see the University of Birmingham Road Race back. Whether people want to get in shape or have a fun family day out, the race brings the local community and students together, creating a fantastic atmosphere.” For more information about the University Road Race, visit the website: or call: 0121 414 5239.

Harborne Junior School gets the go-ahead for rebuild

There is good news for Harborne Junior School, which was severely damaged by a fire in April, as council chiefs have given the go-ahead on plans to rebuild the school. Several areas of the century-old junior school, including the main hall and various classrooms, were gutted by the fire. However, the council’s property committee has approved the £1.8 million rebuild plans, which will include 12 new classrooms, a hall, a computer suite, staff room toilet and a new roof. As the work is a straight replacement, no planning permission is needed so work can begin this month and is expected to be completed by April next year, one year on from the fire. With the new autumn term beginning this month, it was business as usual for the pupils of Harborne Junior School. Temporary classrooms are currently accommodating 360 of the school’s 600 pupils. Head teacher Mark Slater said: “Things are virtually back to normal at the infants’ school and the juniors are settled and looking forward to the new term and re-establishing a routine.” City schools chief Councillor Les Lawrence said: “We have kept disruption to a minimum since the fire, with the children going to school at Harborne Hall, and the staff, pupils and parents have all responded brilliantly.

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Four-star city centre hotel, the Hyatt Regency, is to be placed on the open market for £35 million this month after its holding company fell into administration in June.


Limited company Hyatt Regency Birmingham holds the freehold to the four-star complex, which is situated just off Broad Street, and was placed under the control of administrators from Ernst & Young in June.



SALE Council Announce Measures to Help Birmingham Businesses Affected by Riots reported that Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels are now marketing the 319-room hotel for an estimated £35 million. Executive vice-president at Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, George Nicholas, said the property had been realistically priced and is an opportunity for a buyer to purchase a hotel, which has a prime position in central Birmingham, at a discounted price. The 24-storey hotel is operated on a long-term lease agreement by Hyatt Holdings (UK), which was not placed into administration, and has continued to operate throughout.

Birmingham City Council have announced various measures, including a recovery fund aimed at helping small and mediumsized businesses by providing grants, in order to help businesses affected by the riots at the beginning of August. Birmingham businesses, which were affected by the riots, will have the opportunity to discuss the help available to them at a series of drop-in sessions set up by Birmingham City Council. Support packages have been set up to help shops and other businesses in Birmingham that came under attack during the riots. Companies can also apply for reductions in their business rates and shops will also be allowed to install roller shutters without upfront planning permission for the next six months. If your business has been affected and you would like to find out about the help that is available, the following drop-in sessions are being held: • Monday 5th September 10am – 12pm, Handsworth Community Fire Station, 41 Rookery Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B21 9QU • Monday 5th September 2pm – 4pm, Perry Barr Methodist Church, Aston Lane, Handsworth. B20 3BP • Tuesday 6th September 10am – 12pm, New Testament Church, 240-244 Lozells Road, Birmingham. B19 1NP • Tuesday 6th September 2pm – 4pm, African Caribbean Millennium Centre (ACMC) -339 Dudley Road, Winson Green, B18 4HB


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Business News the 21st century and expanding the services to the local community.” The Edgbaston campus development, which is subject to consultation and planning permission, comes as the university prepares to play host to the Jamaican track and field team next July ahead of the London Olympics 2012.

£175 million redevelopment for University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus Plans for a major redevelopment of University of Birmingham’s historic Edgbaston campus have been announced. The £175 million redevelopment plans, which include Olympic-sized swimming pool, are part of the university’s five-year investment programme. The plans also include a new sports centre and a new library with a “cultural hub”, which will be open to the public. Ian Baker, director of estates, said: “It reinterprets founder Joseph Chamberlain’s vision for the estate for

The University’s director of sport Zena Wooldridge said: “Birmingham is a city with a proud sporting heritage and sport plays a huge part in the life of our campus. “In less than a year the city will be hosting the Jamaican and US Olympic teams for their pre London 2012 training campus, and athletes from Birmingham will be starring at the London games. “Although the new centre will not be open for 2012, we believe it will provide fitting facilities for the UK’s second ranked sporting university and a perfect base to train and develop future Olympians.” Other proposals for the development, which will be funded by the university and alumni donations, include extending student accommodation and staff car parking on campus.

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The Business Brief



ANDREW ENGLAND KERR Andrew qualified in 1985, and founded England Kerr Hands & Co, specialising in property law, and estate agency matters. Andrew co wrote the country’s first code of practice on the Property Misdescriptions Act with Birmingham Trading Standards, and has acted on numerous occasions with small and large estate agents throughout the country, while lecturing also on related matters.


t solicitor in 2001 bu Vicki qualified as a d rke wo e sh m our tea previous to joining sion; giving her fes pro al leg the n in London withi perience. in total 27 years ex ess and her feet in our busin Vicki quickly found g in sin ali eci Sp tner in 2003. was thus made Par ortgaging, -m Re , ns tio ten Ex areas including Lease and rs of Attorney, Wills Conveyancing, Powe Probate. time with ki enjoys spending In her spare time Vic ing to ap esc d an ng mi swim her family, reading, . ach along the be Wales for long walks

TINA CONWAY Tina has been with the company ght from since the beginning, joining us strai ledge know of th weal a is Tina school at 16. to our and provides invaluable assistance senior management. after In her spare time Tina enjoys looking g boys, her family which includes two youn walking her dog and reading.

RACHAEL HIPKISS Rachael qualified as a soli citor in 2008 after successfully completing her training contract wit h us. Rachael deals with all types of res idential and commercial property tran sactions and Wills and Probate, along with preparing Home Information Packs. In her spare time Rachae l enjoys travelling, walking her two dogs, rea ding, cooking and food and wine!

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Business Acumen

Tony Buchannan is running his own successful business, Birmingham Drain Services... Tony Buchannan started his career in the Drainage industry as a school leaver - working within a small family run company that quickly became a successful nationally recognised brand. Tony progressed into a management role completing various training courses and continuing to grow and develop. MESH caught up with Tony to find out what inspired him to develop his very own successful business Birmingham Drain Services, to provide drainage services to some select clients from Birmingham City Council to Birmingham University & various NHS Hospitals. WHAT IS BIRMINGHAM DRAIN SERVICES?


forward especially if in demand. Then from there I began building my own business.

I began my career working within a small family run firm and quickly realised that this is the industry for me, I completed various Training & Management courses, which gave me my first real taste for management. After 14 years, I had a family and felt it was time to develop myself even further. I thrived that work/life balancespending more time at home and with my children and wife, I quickly realised owning my own business was not that straight

WHAT ARE THE MAIN PROBLEMS CUSTOMERS COME TO YOU WITH? The main areas of concern and problems my team and me have to deal with are quite obviously blocked toilets and pipes. However, more and more demand is received as lately from property buyers and sellers for surveyors, which is a complete overhaul of the current pipe system to check for any necessary repairs, blockages or simply areas that may need attention in the near future.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR BIRMINGHAM DRAIN SERVICES? I have had three very successful starter years in business and wish to continue with hopefully many more years. We have recently secured new office premises, and taken on new staff to cope with the influx of work. The future looks positive and we are soon launching our new website.


Birmingham drain Services is a firm that offers emergency drainage repairs, unblockaging, CCTV camera inspections and surveys to domestic homes and commercial clients too. Mesh Magazine 11






I am setting up my own business soon and I plan to re-mortgage my current home to raise the start up capital. Will the interest payable on my mortgage be considered a taxdeductible expense against my business profits? Whether or not the interest is deductible depends on the purpose of loan. Although the loan will be financed by other means, (and in your case on your personal residence), the interest on the element that will be used wholly and exclusively to fund your new business venture is an allowable deduction when establishing the net profit from your business activity. However, you can only claim a deduction for the amount of “qualifying interest� which applies to the business. This is the interest paid on the amount of the loan used for your business, and any interest payable on the element relating to your existing residence is not deductible against the profits from your business.

I recently registered my hairdressing business for VAT. I understand that you can claim back VAT from my previous two years of trading. Is this true?

Unfortunately its not all the VAT you have suffered in the last 2 years, as you can only claim back the VAT on goods that you have acquired in the 3 years prior to registration which are still held in stock (or used to make other goods which are still held in stock) and originally acquired for business purposes. Equally, it also includes the VAT on any capital assets such as equipment which you have purchased in the previous 3 years, but I am afraid any VAT suffered on goods or items that have been sold on to customers cannot be re-claimed once you have registered. You are also able to recover the VAT incurred on services, which have been supplied within 6 months prior to the date of registration, assuming they were also supplied for the purpose of the business.

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Student Danielle Walkey crowned student of excellence A student from Bournemouth has been celebrating after achieving top grades at Birmingham City University.

guest speaker was Barbara Kuypers, West Midlands Local Supervising Authority Midwifery Officer.

Danielle Walkey is the joint winner of Birmingham City University’s Student of Excellence Award for BSc (Hons) Midwifery. Danielle gained joint top marks on her course, and is due to start a new job in October in London, at Chelsea and Westminster hospital. Previous to attending Birmingham City University, Danielle attended Clayesmore boarding school in Blandford, Dorset.

Professor Ian Blair, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health said: “This is the fifth year that the Health and Social Care Awards have been held, and this year the selection process has been more difficult than ever.

Danielle said: “I chose to do midwifery as I thought it would be an extremely interesting job, as well as rewarding. “The tutorial support at the Faculty of Health is brilliant and I have had all of my placements at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, or out in the community around it.” Danielle received her plaque at the University’s Faculty of Health awards ceremony on Friday, 22 July at the Botanical Gardens, Edgbaston, Birmingham, where the

“The awards were created to provide formal recognition of the excellent efforts and achievements of our outstanding students, and to celebrate the relationships the Faculty has built with our practice partners. “I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our award winners and wish them the very best for the future.” Birmingham City University is running a major awareness campaign in the Midlands to demonstrate how it is upgrading the future of individuals and companies. To find out more visit Mesh Magazine 13


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MESH Magazine is passionate about delivering insight into the people who run Birmingham’s all-important educational organisations… MESH recently had the opportunity to speak to the Headmistress of Edgbaston High School for Girls, Dr Ruth Weeks, who has been Headmistress for five years at EHS; regarding the recent A Level results, the pupils achieved this summer and the exciting re-development project… The school has also recently undergone a huge refurbishment, which has achieved an investment figure of £3.5 million, and the school is now benefitting from the plush new developments. “The new library is now almost double its original size with dedicated research and fiction sections, as well as a fully equipped ITC suite. The development has improved accommodation for all senior pupils,” said Dr Weeks. “In addition to the library the façade of Edgbaston High School has been transformed to accommodate a new state of the art Sixth Form Centre with the addition of five new specialist classrooms and a new reception area.”


efore becoming headmistress at EHS, Dr Weeks worked as a research biochemist. She began her career in teaching as a graduate trainee and taught in an East London Comprehensive School. Now as Headmistress, Dr Weeks oversees the Running and management of one of Birmingham’s most elite Girls schools, and the school is currently celebrating some fantastic A Level results, which portrays the high quality of teaching the school provides to its female pupils. “The School’s overall pass rate is 100 per cent with 80.2 per cent of girls achieving A*/A/B grades,” Dr Ruth Weeks said. “The atmosphere was wonderful [on the day of the results] - lots of happy girls and parents celebrating together. This day represents the culmination of their school career so there is always lots of emotion.”

Dr Weeks tells MESH Magazine how EHS is committed to continually improving facilities for its pupils. Dr Weeks says, “The next project will benefit our Preparatory School and is likely to include an extension to the front building”. The Headmistress also stressed how important the role is that parents play in supporting their children to achieve a successful education. “Parents are a key factor in their child’s success. I recommend that parents give 100% support of their child and the school.” She added: ”Parents instil in their children an awareness of their duty to the wider society and a strong moral awareness, all of which are vital to the development of confident and capable individuals”.

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My Career Ladder From cooking for 25 fishermen in Australia to owning uber successful gourmet catering company, Just Good Food – Louise Martin has had quite a career! The Birmingham born and bred cook spoke to MESH about how her mother’s French cooking inspired her to become a caterer... WHEN DID YOU DECIDE THAT YOU WANTED TO GET INTO CATERING? I decided when I was very young. My mother was, and still is, a very good cook. I remember her going to night school in the late 70s to learn French cookery. She would arrive home late with hot Coq au Vin and Tart au Citron – the wonderful aromas would fill the house. We lived in Bourneville opposite the Cadbury factory where my grandparents owned a hotel – catering and hospitality runs in the family!

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WHAT WAS YOUR VERY FIRST JOB? Catering for 25 fishermen on an island off Northern Australia! The men were on a fishing holiday and would spend the day fishing then bring their catch back to base and I would kill whatever they brought back and cook it on a BBQ – It was the first time I had cooked shellfish!

HOW DID YOU EMBARK ON YOUR CAREER IN CATERING? I trained at Prue Leith’s School in London for one year, after that I decided to have a year off and go travelling to experience different cultures and a real taste for food. After plenty of experience cooking in Australia and Thailand, I came back and was desperate to set up my

own catering business. I wanted to deliver gourmet food to people’s home and offices – In the late 80s nobody was doing anything like this in Birmingham. One day I decided to cook some free samples of food and deliver them to all the businesses on Colmore Row – it proved to be very successful! HAVE YOU ALWAYS LOVED COOKING AND BEING CREATIVE? I love trying out new recipes for friends and family for them to comment on. My latest fad is tiny wafers cones topped with homemade sorbet and ice cream served as a canapé.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT SO FAR? Doing three large weddings in one day and managing to attend all three – it was nerve racking but fun! WHAT IS A TYPICAL WORKING DAY FOR YOU? Checking emails, meeting with all my clients face to face, preparing quotes and looking for new business. I also have a 20-minute staff meeting every day and cook in the kitchen once a week. WHAT IS YOUR RECIPE FOR SUCCESS? It has to be Tart au Citron with Blackcurrant Sorbet.

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Season of mists…




et ready to indulge yourself this autumn with sumptuous clarets and burgundies mixed with tweeds, furs and feathers. The shops are marking the end of the bright, playful summer with earthy clothes that have a hint of masculinity about them: loose trousers in muddy browns, severe greys and rusty reds; flat shoes and chunky boots; expensive cloths layered with hardwearing tweed and decadent furs; and unashamedly clashing colours. River Island’s A/W collection includes sharp trousers and doublebreasted jackets that can be combined with fake furs for an androgynous look that taps into another trend, that of mixing textures

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– the more the merrier. Marks and Spencer shows how to mix it up with its fluffy, deep orange coat draped over a gold velvet dress finished with a patchwork of contrasting sequins. For a more feminine approach to autumn there are plenty of dresses inspired by the 1940s that perfectly complement the many tweed coats available, as can be seen at F&F at Tesco. Printed fabrics are everywhere, from birds to flowers to butterflies (New Look has piles of pretty printed dresses to choose from), with a big sub-trend proving to be dots. Lots of them. Our current favourite, however, is Matalan's very sweet dotted dress – snap it up now before it sells out.






1 New Look. From left: Thick knitted headband, £3.99, printed tea dress, £24.99, socks, £1.99, ankle boots with snakeskin panels, £27.99; wide brim hat, £12.99, bird print tea dress £24.99, loafer heels £24.99; hat (styled with belt), £4.99, floral print tea dress, £24.99, snakeskin chunky heel £24.99. 2 Mint Velvet. 70s kick flare cords, £59. 3 Fever. Margot spot dress, £69.99. 4 Next. Faux fur jacket, £65. 5 Next. Check skater skirt, £35. 6 F&F at Tesco. Coat £45, dress £16, belt £8 and bag £12. 7 River Island. 8 Marks & Spencer. Luxe Craft Per Una coat, £225, Per Una dress, £160, leg warmers, £12. 6



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Style Sarah’s guide to trends that count this autumn and winter. Sarah is the owner of Bella Donna Boutique in Shirley, Solihull. Whilst in London last week watching the catwalk shows, I noticed that it was predominately all about black, punctuated by bright colours We saw John Galliano using sequins and jewels for maximum impact, giving this look some serious autumn-time glamour...its time to shine! For a really sharp look it’s all about tailoring. A fabulous Guess blazer arrived at the boutique this week - slim fitting with fish tail detailing at the back – it is a definite must-have to see you through autumn and winter. Team it with a silk shirt to give it a feminine touch. Another trend seen on the catwalks was a mix of textured fabrics with prints - patterns and simple spots – making this look bang on trend Layering was also very popular on the catwalk, mixing chunky knits with sheer delicate layers, which is designer Sarah Pacini’s signature look So how should we be accessorising this autumn? It’s time to think big - oversized earrings skimming the shoulders. Bags are all about how you carry them, whether its a small bowling bag or a clutch. As the chillier weather approaches gloves rule the roost. Available in store we have the most amazing Galliano studded leather gloves. Whether a present or sheer indulgence, they’re a definite must-have. Remember, as the weather gets chilly, makes sure your wardrobe hots up, and most importantly, remember girls - have fun!! xxx 20 Mesh Magazine

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As we head towards A/W 2011-12 make the most of S/S 2011 trends whilst there’s still time and look no further than the Louis Vuitton ‘Peek-a-Boo’ roll – it’s the perfect look to take you from summer to autumn in sophisticated style! A triptych of stunning brave block colouring, the LV catwalk was awash with gorgeous, glossy, sleek styles that paid homage to the 70’s revival we have all come to recognise as the key inspiration for this season. Whilst the sharp boy parting had an androgynous and somewhat oriental feel to it, this style is undeniably chic with a sleek twist that softens the ends. This is the ideal look for spring/summer and a doddle to do - simply blow dry hair straight using the Umberto Giannini ‘Sleek and Chic Salon Straight Blow Dry’ cream to ensure there are no fly –away hairs, then run the straightners through for that all important poker-straight silky result. Create a sharp, deep side parting, leaving the front section to act as a sweeping fringe that falls over the right eye in a dramatic fashion. Take a section of the hair above both ears and twist, following the natural hairline from the top of the ear down to the nape of your neck, keep joining more hair as you twist and when both ends meet, twist and tie in to a knot, pinning in place in to the head. Finally spritz with the Umberto Giannini ‘Dazzling Shine Salon Shine Glossing Mist’ for a gorgeous glossy finish. Team this style with strong metallic, bronze eye make-up and even stronger red lips, and there will be no denying that this is anything other than a glamorous stylised look – It’s a fabulously bold statement that speaks volumes. For a softer appeal and to turn down the highimpact results, allow hair to dry naturally and pull some pieces loose for an unkempt finish that is much more relaxed! Perfetto! To recreate the vibrant coloured locks of the Louis Vuitton models make sure you visit Umberto Giannini Harborne for a complimentary colour consultation! See you next time! xxx

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Update your Look for Autumn So the summer is almost over, the nights are drawing in and the air is getting a little chillier… and after a summer of sun-kissed skin where a slick of mascara and a dusting of blusher is all that was needed for an evening out, now is the time to give your look a spring clean. If you’re like me and your make up bag currently consists of summer essentials -bronzer, mascara and lipgloss - you can’t beat the catwalk for some much-needed inspiration before heading out to treat yourself to some products for the forthcoming autumnal months. Now for all those blusher-addicts out there (me included!), you’ll be pleased to know that Oscar de la Renta’s show saw models shimmy down the catwalk bearing beautiful fuchsia pink cheeks – and it wasn’t because the heating was turned up a notch.This look is all about a vibrant and noticeable flash of colour across the cheeks.This look is teamed with very down-played eyes to keep this look ethereal and with the cheeks as the sole focus. Marc Jacobs’ show saw models with hair swept from their faces to reveal strong, severe eyes. All that is needed for this look is a thick line of liquid eyeliner along the upper lid of the eye, ending with a blunted flick rather than the more romantic long sweeping flick. One layer of mascara is then added to the upper lid with the bottom lid left bare.To balance the look, add a rosey-tint to the lips with a clear gloss over the top to keep things fresh. For a look to reflect autumn, look to Rodarte’s show where the palette was gorgeous russet reds, warm bronze and golds. Apply a rich layer of toffee-brown lipstick and a brick-red pencil to line your lips.This will add impact and by applying just a subtle bronze shadow across your inner and outer eye lids, and with no mascara needed, your eyes will not fight for the attention given to your lips. Mesh Magazine 21

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Your back:

Some straight talking With four out of five people being affected by back problems at some point in

their life, we need all the help and advice we can get. To keep your back upright, straight and safe all you need to do is follow this simple advice… Like most parts of the body, we don’t really think about our back until something goes wrong. It’s a risky strategy. Even mild low-back pain can make life miserable, affect even basic daily tasks and stop you earning a living. Statistically, if a serious back problem keeps you off work for six months, there’s a 50% chance you’ll never be able to return. Yet there’s plenty we can all do now to reduce the risk of back problems later on.


The first thing to remember is posture. Remind yourself to stand up straight, and if you need support when you’re sitting or driving use a lumbar roll (a specialist cushion) to support your lower back. It is best to avoid bending down for routine tasks, such as picking up washing from the floor or reaching down to the bottom drawer. Train yourself to bend your knees when you lower yourself so that your spine is relatively straight. If you find yourself in real pain from your back, don’t try to ignore it and carry on regardless. Get some specialist advice. In everyday activities, break down tasks that affect your back into smaller, more manageable parts. If you’re lifting things, make sure you know the right technique to keep your spine straight. Using the Right Muscles Your spine is a bit like the mast on a ship: long, tall and dependent on the rigging around it to keep it stable. If the rigging is slack or tightened out of symmetry, a mast starts to suffer stress and strain. Similarly, our internal ‘rigging’ (the muscles in our back, abdomen, buttocks and thighs) has the job of holding the spine stable and straight. If they’re out of condition, or out of kilter, the forces on your spine are no longer neutralised – and it starts to hurt. Develop these muscles through exercises with a physiotherapist, chiropractor or osteopath. Pilates is an excellent alternative. Regular endurance-type exercise is also important, and even a 20-30 minute power walk can have a positive effect. Mesh Magazine 23


Stress Relief the Holistic Way... - By Carrie Ann Wilcox


ith the stresses of everyday life placing more pressure on women, particularly with financial worries at the forefront of our minds at present, more and more of us are turning to holistic therapies. Not only do these treatments help us switchoff and relax but they can also help to alleviate physical ailments, leaving us feeling refreshed and full of energy. Now these innovative treatments are within walking distance for many of us as Edgbaston, Harborne and Moseley offer a variety of natural, holistic treatments, providing an alternative to traditional medicine that local residents and visitors may want to explore. Holistic therapy came to light nearly 4,000 years ago when the Chinese discovered that we have energy lines flowing through our meridians, which when tapped into, can help us feel more energetic and less achy and tired. Using acupressure to release these energy flows, this ensures that they are unblocked and therefore flowing freely throughout the body, means that our bodies are free from aches and pains thus allowing us to live active, healthy lifestyles.

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Introduced into Western society in the 1970’s, holistic therapy incorporates many different practices, each of which has specific benefits. Kinesology helps to strengthen weakened muscles through movement therapy; massage releases muscle tension and relaxes the body, reducing stress and Ayurveda maintains energy balance using herbs and relaxation treatments to treat disease and illness and to calm the mind and body. A treatment that is growing in popularity is hot stone massage, which uses volcanic stones that are heated to approximately 50 degrees, to penetrate deep tissue and muscle and eases tension and pain. The stones are placed on the body’s chakra points, which focuses on various parts of the spine, releasing tension and revitalising energy, and also improves circulation and aides the release of toxins. While massage is a popular form of holistic therapy there are many different types of treatment that can help with various ailments. The 2,000 year old practice of acupuncture can offer relief from a variety of different illnesses including back pain, digestive trouble and migraines, while reflexology is thought to stimulate the body’s healing process through manipulation and massage of the feet.


Women Versus Menopause...


or many women, reaching 50 is a mile stone in their lives - something to celebrate and embrace. Maybe so, but it is also the time when for most women the beginning of the menopause starts to hit; hot flushes at the most inappropriate times (round the dinner table at the annual work’s Christmas party anybody?), forgetfulness, trouble sleeping and much more unpleasant symptoms. The average age for a woman to start experiencing these symptoms is 52, but some start to feel the onslaught as early as their mid 40’s; menopause is considered, to be “early” if it begins before the age of 45. This is uncommon and can be due to a variety of medical issues including radiotherapy for pelvic cancer, a hysterectomy, hereditary or for no apparent reason at all. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) has been the most popular therapy for women to attempt to alleviate menopausal symptoms. The therapy is considered controversial by certain doctors as it involves taking oestrogen, which replaces the hormones that the body naturally stops producing. In 2002, the Million Women’s Study suggested that extended use of HRT could increase the risk of breast cancer and heart disease, causing doctors across the country to issue restrictions on the use of the treatment.

- By Carrie Ann Wilcox Whilst HRT can have some unpleasant side effects for some women – nausea, bloating, headaches and leg cramps have been reported - there are also many good points to consider. Symptoms such as hot flushes and forgetfulness are usually eradicated and a woman’s chances of developing cancer of the rectum and colon are thought to be decreased. It has been suggested that certain lifestyle changes can help to alleviate, or even get rid of, HRT side effects; taking treatment with food may relieve nausea, regular exercise could prevent leg cramps and a diet high in carbohydrates is thought to help reduce breast tenderness. HRT is not the only treatment available that eases menopausal symptoms. Over the last 20 years newer treatments, which are similar to HRT but alleviate symptoms using different chemicals, have become available. Tibolone is a synthetic steroidal medicine used by women under the age of 60 who want an alternative to combined hormonal HRT. Tibolone is often used to prevent osteoporosis in menopausal women and mimics the body’s production of oestrogen and pro-estrogen. Another alternative is Clonidine, which focuses on treating night sweats and hot flushes. With a plethora of treatments now on the market to help women through this difficult stage of their lives, it is best to seek advice from your GP to identify the best treatment for you. Mesh Magazine 25


By Thomas Savage

Edgbaston was a fitting venue for the England cricket team to secure their status as the best test team in the world... The Duke of Edinburgh officially re-opened the cricket ground a few weeks earlier after a £32m revamp, and England have climbed the final path to the summit in regal style. Fans gleefully sat in the new facilities as they watched Andrew Strauss’s side brutally take apart the side they leap frog in the standings. It wasn’t a one off for England’s faithful. Australia were comprehensively beaten in their backyard

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last winter and the 4-0 victory against India that came the following week bought about the award in relentless and clinical fashion. Any weakness is now pounced upon by England’s bowling attack, which boasts 4 bowlers in the World’s Top 10. The batting line up is equally impressive; every England batsman scored a century in the series, including two Edgbaston based players, Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott, who are ranked 3rd and 6th in the world respectively.


England fans can be very excited about a bright future at the pinnacle of test cricket. Andrew Strauss and his team can now look to maintain their position at the summit during tough away series against Pakistan and South Africa. The key to future success will not only be based on their talented individuals but on their blue collar values of hard work, team ethic and dedication. The collective statistics speak for themselves. Six double hundreds in the past 15 months, compared to six in 15 years before that. They also have six series victories in a row, equalling England’s best performance since the 19th century. As long as the records and

accolades don’t go to the players’ heads, they have the potential to emulate some of the greatest teams of all time with squad that’s still maturing. They may have great individuals but their team ethic will be the key to future success. On the evidence provided in this series, and their captain’s candid comments it is unlikely to break in the near future. England fans can be very excited about a bright future at the pinnacle of test cricket.

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Sport Sporting Tips! With Golf Professional Martin Griffin, Golf coach at the Moseley Golf Club The Hold of the Golf Club A good golf swing will always stem from a good hold of your golf club. If you are practicing a poor hold then it is only a poor swing that will get the job done and I’m sure we don’t want one of those. The hands are your only contact with the golf club and they need to have a strong relationship with the face of the club. If we can get your hands and the club’s face pointing in the same direction then we can easily influence where your golf ball will end up. Hold, don’t grip! I am using the term “hold” deliberately as most golfers want to GRIP the club instead. The grip of the club is the rubber handle. This is, or at least should be, non-slip. (Check your grips regularly to make sure they are in good condition. If they are not, get them re-gripped). So, to get a firm secure hold of the club, we need to apply the hands carefully onto the grip so that the arms are in a relaxed and natural state. Step-by-step Firstly, the most important element of any golf swing is the position of the left thumb. Keeping the thumb close to the palm, place it slightly to the right side of the grip. Close your fingers around the grip so that the knuckles of your index finger and middle finger are visible. Practice this by holding a tee peg between your thumb and hand. Secondly, offer the palm of your right hand to the left thumb so the thumb is covered up and that

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1-2 knuckles are visible. This allows the fingers to wrap round the grip. Once again, use a tee peg to get the feeling. Finally, connect your hands together. You can either keep all of your fingers around the grip (this is called two-handed or baseball), interlock the little finger of your right hand with the index finger of your left or you can overlap the little finger over the top of the index finger. You choose, as long as the hands are fitted together as a unit. How do I know if I get it wrong? Your hands will always attempt to return to their natural state. If your hands are placed too far to the right of the club, this will often result in a hooked shot as they will rotate the club face to the left and curve the ball out of control to the left of the target. If your hands are placed too far around the left of the club, this could produce a sliced shot (ball curves out of control to the right). Next time you are at the range, check your grip, it could make all the difference. Please note: For left handed golfers, it’s the right hand on top! You can contact Martin at Moseley Golf Club for expert advice: Telephone No: 0121 444 2063 or E-mail:


World Athletics Championships By Thomas Savage


ith the London Olympics only 11 months away, Team Great Britain are in a good place according to their head coach after the World Athletics Championships. Charles Van Commenee vowed to deliver seven medals in Daegu, South Korea, and delivered. He has already set a new target for the 2012 London Olympics, “Mission achieved and it puts us in a great position for next year where we want to win eight, it’s my job to find another from somewhere.” The Dutchman added, “When we hit the target I’m happy, very happy. I go home as a satisfied head coach. Job done here.”

The four possible gold medal winners Van Commenee picked out before the championships find themselves in contrasting positions. Distance runners Mo Farah and Dai Greene have both claimed gold, and will now be seen as favourites next summer, an added pressure in front of a partisan home crowd. Hepthalete Jessica Ennis and long jumper Phillips Idowu face a different predicament. Both are competing against stronger competition than in recent years and will have to raise their performances to a level beyond anything they have achieved before. The question has to be asked, why has their form dipped? There is a sense that Britain’s athletes have been put under too much pressure in the media

and public eye, which has been counter-productive. At the last World Championships in Berlin, 2009, Britain achieved a far healthier 14 top-eight finishes. Despite meeting their medal target at Daegu, Van Commenee must acknowledge how much work there is to do for team GB ahead of the Olympics. Beyond the small band of star performers many medal hopefuls are struggling. The men’s relay teams both disappointing, and Lisa Dobriskey in the 1500m and Christine Ohuruogu in the 400m were never in contention. A big improvement will be needed if the Dutchman is to get his medal bounty, and it may be prudent if he doesn’t apply any more pressure on our Olympic hopefuls. Mesh Magazine 29

Homes & Garden

Gardening Preparing Your Garden For The Winter By David Griffiths

There will be a cut-off point later in the year when, sadly, summer bedding will be pulled up and put in the compost bin. Hedges will be kept tidy, but I can see that there has not been too much growth during the summer, so a last trim before winter should be all that is required. Early autumn is a good time to sow grass, either to produce a new lawn or to fill in bare patches. I think everyone has lawn problems which cannot be solved by regular cutting and feeding alone. My lawn is partially overshadowed by trees, which encourage drought and moss. We are also the proud owners of a female Jack Russell, whose toilet trips have resulted in burnt grass and several bare patches. Therefore I shall be busy re-sowing the bare bits and covering them with polythene until the new grass appears. There is always something to do in the garden, whatever the season. Happy gardening!


he summer is a time when the gardener can generally sit back – subject to the vagaries of our erratic weather – and enjoy the fruit of his or her labours during late winter and spring. Indeed September can have its glorious moments, and so it certainly pays to look after the garden during September and October so as to encourage ornamental plants to keep going as long as possible. I have an ordinary suburban garden, which contains a substantial area of lawn and a number of flower beds. These contain a mixture of established shrubs and perennials. The gaps, of which there are many, are filled in the spring with bulbs, and in the summer with hardy and half-hardy annuals grown from seed in my 8 x 6 foot greenhouse. In addition there are a number of pots, hanging baskets, and window boxes. Due to the relatively cool summer we experienced this year some plants are still looking very good, so I shall be carrying out regular dead-heading operations to discourage them from producing seeds and to encourage the flowers to keep coming. 30 Mesh Magazine

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Bringing Nature Into Your Home...

When the days get colder & Shorter, time spent in your garden is limited. So why not bring a touch of nature indoors


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Transform Your Home With Vintage Finds Summer has gone and it’s that time of the year again when the leaves start to turn and the nights drawn in. And instead of drinks after work in a beer garden you are more likely to crave a night in front of the TV next to a roaring fire. We naturally spend more time in our homes during the winter months and this is the time when you start noticing the wallpaper peeling off the walls in the hall way and the sofa springs popping out underneath you. In times of economic difficulty it is hard to find the money to make changes to your home without seeing the minus sign appear on your bank statement. There are, however, relatively cheap ways to transform the interior of your home without breaking the bank. And yes, you could always

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head to a big furniture store and grab some cheap flatpack furniture but why not try and achieve a look that is a little more unique yet cost-effective? To save some money but at the same time achieve a stylish, unique look, head to vintage fairs and auctions to seek out distinctive pieces for your home. Of course, you could visit a specialist vintage shop but you would be paying someone else to trawl through the junk to find the goodies. Instead do the legwork yourself. Salvage yards are the place to look for larger, more structural features, such as mantelpieces, banisters or basins. But do your research first so you know a fair price for the types of items you are looking for, and then be prepared to haggle!

Homes & Garden At car boot sales and charity shops you can find crockery sets, vases, tablecloths and other knickknacks. For vintage fabrics and wallpapers, check online mail order stores, or otherwise eBay normally has a good range. And if you don’t want to part with your pennies at all then visit Freecycle, which is a website where people wanting to offload their junk are prepared to give it away for free – as long as you pick it up yourself! Buying into vintage goods allows you to create a look for your home that truly reflects your taste and style. Everyone has a favourite period, whether it is the funky 1970s or the glamorous 1920s, and buying original pieces from your favourite era will create that unique theme and look for your home. The idea is obviously to mix the vintage with the modern, or else your home will eventually resemble a museum! Remember, it can be quite striking to juxtapose vintage and modern. For example, you could place a 1920’s dressing table against a brightly coloured wall. To achieve a consistent yet modern look, choose paint colours or wallpaper that is in keeping with the period that your vintage items date from. For example – if you have 1960s plastic curvy furniture, go for psychedelic vibrant colours like turquoise, royal blue, magenta and cherry red. For a 1950s look, think bubblegum colours like primrose yellow, rose pink or powder blue. Keep objects that date from a particular era together in one room. However, if you want to achieve that shabby chic style, why not mix things up a little? Remember, you can always customise your vintage finds to suit your taste. For example, you could stencil a motif on the handles on a set of chest of drawers or you could repaint a wardrobe that is looking a little tired. Alternatively, you might want to achieve that distressed look – use sandpaper to scuff up the paintwork to achieve the finish you desire.

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About the Area

dgbaston is home to a variety of famous landmarks that has made the town a popular attraction for visitors and residents alike. And with the multimillion pound refurbishment of Edgbaston Cricket Ground being the back drop of England’s recent win against India, Edgbaston has found it self in the spotlight. First recognised as a town in 1721 where it was called ‘Edgbarston’ on Robert Morden’s map of Worcestershire, Edgbaston has an interesting history which includes a Roman fortress and industrial growth and, of course, the cricket ground.


Edgbaston is home to a number of nationally recognised attractions. The Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses on Westbourne Road opened in the early 1800’s and has been a popular attraction for visitors ever since. Set in over 15 acres, the gardens are home to over 7000 plants from all over the world. A Japanese Bonsai garden, tropical glass houses and wildlife conservation areas are favourite areas amongst visitors. Any sports fan will know that Edgbaston Cricket Ground is an internationally renowned sporting landmark. With 129 years of history behind it and a £30 million redevelopment now complete, the ground certainly has a lot to celebrate. The new stadium holds over 8,000 spectators, replacing the old stand that held just under 5,000 people. The centre provides coaching for those who want to develop their skills and is a haven for visiting schools and community groups who want to take part in some cricket activities. A creative community, Edgbaston is also home to a thriving theatre industry with the Midlands Arts Centre (or the MAC to the locals) paving the way for eclectic entertainment. Having opened in 1962 in Edgbaston’s Cannon Hill Park, the centre created and showcased work from both professional and amateur performers. Not just a hubbub for theatre lovers, over the years the centre has excelled in providing a wide range of activities to visitors, including yoga, craft and life drawing classes. The MAC focuses on contemporary performances and art, showcasing theatre, film, dance and art shows all year around. With such an eclectic mix of entertainment on offer, it’s no wonder Edgbaston holds a special place in many Brummie’s hearts, continuing to grow both socially and economically as the town prepares to enter its 291st year as Birmingham’s most exclusive suburb.

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Birmingham Riots: HOW DO WE PREVENT A REPEAT? By Thomas Savage


month has passed since the worst riots in the UK for decades. The nation was gripped by media coverage showing the Capital being torn apart by rioters and looters. But the virus then spread to other parts of the country that had no link to the initial catalyst for the problems. Birmingham was just one of the citys that descended into an anarchic chaos. The shop windows are now fixed and normality has returned, but the questions of fault and how we prevent a repeat, burn as fiercely as the buildings that were engulfed. The iconic images symbolised to a deep rooted national problem that’s been underplayed for many years, until now. Blame has been apportioned to a number of groups. Principally the looters who rioted used a particularly delicate and hostile situation to become deranged criminals intent on the maximum theft and damage they could accomplish. Tough jail sentences were the knee jerk response, but why did so many have the psyche to come out en masse and act with so much vehement hate? Although parents cannot be held solely responsible, there is a proven correlation between criminal activity and parental absence or poor parenting. Parents must be taught to enforce their will in to stop youngsters roaming the streets after dark.

Tertiary responsibility lies with the wider community. Suggestions that certain ethic groups are more likely to allow, or embrace, these acts because they have some resentment fuelled by social deprivation, may be true for a minority but the real problem is that youngsters are joining gangs that are now so fierce that their reign is too intimidating to tackle. The fourth factor is the nation overall. Politicians shaped the law in the nineties to view the criminal as a victim of society but perhaps it went too far and the threat of a physical solution is now a distant memory. Looters were filmed looting shops live on television, as police looked on from afar to take action later on video tape evidence. Perhaps a physical and aggressive stance by the police would have avoided much of the damage and distress. So the burning question is; what can our nation do to change this element of society, and return to the values of community and morality before it’s too late? The answer perhaps is to address the issues together with a balanced view that includes a wider understanding of the range of factors involved, including the perceived injustice of the elite of bankers, media tycoons and politicians getting away with significant corruption and criminality whilst the underclass are brought to book . The Government needs to get tough and change

the welfare state so that hardened criminals are punished but the parents of underachieving kids from deprived backgrounds should be encouraged to take responsibility. Failing to do so would mean that they should be fined for poor parenting. The boundaries of the warring ethic tribes that form the ‘gang’s identity, need to be broken down. The national curriculum should educate on citizenship, teaching values of social responsibility and make people embrace their cultural heritage. The police and government need to build on work that embraces community leaders and guardians of deprived areas. This would mean backing the community leaders with finance and guidance to empower the neighbourhood to establish a sense of pride, belonging and ownership that is in danger of disappearing. But the most important thing is to bring youngsters who live in a culture at odds with decent behaviour back into society. Deep seeded problems require long fix solutions otherwise a vicious circle will recycle. Options that they want must be listened to and offered, not government initiatives that have no intimate understanding. Only then, when they are offered legitimate help they and still refuse to take personal responsibility should tougher penalties be administered.

MESH Magazine & Castle Galleries to produce an annual front-page campaign MESH Magazine has successfully secured an annual front-page art project with Castle Galleries, the UK’s leading fine art retailer, that begins in this September edition with ‘What Now My Love’ by renowned contemporary figurative artist Louise Dear. This follows the success of last month’s edition of MESH Magazine which featured ‘Because I Can’ by Louise Dear and received a great response from readers. Castle Galleries is part of Washington Green Fine Art Publishing - one of the biggest fine art publishers in the world. The partnership with MESH Magazine will see art by some of the UK’s leading contemporary artists, including local artists such as the hugely-popular Paul Horton and Louis Sidoli, grace the cover of the magazine. Lola Ricketts, Owner & Business Development Director at Loron Media Ltd, the publishers of MESH Magazine said: “I am absolutely thrilled and very excited at the prospect of working with Castle Galleries and cannot explain how passionate I am to begin showcasing artists’ work on the front covers of MESH magazine”. “Some of my personal favourites include Louise Dear, Sarah Graham and Louis Sidoli in addition, each and every one of the artists’ work represents something different and we will be showcasing artwork that will suit everyone’s tastes.” “MESH Magazine represents a collective of some of south Birmingham’s finest village businesses, coupled together with relevant, high quality editorial to really engage the readers and hopefully transpire and encourage readers to actively make a presence and take responsibility for their local communities and the work that goes on within it.” Castle Galleries offer a welcoming environment to view and enjoy a stunning collection of original fine art, signed limited edition art and sculpture. With galleries in the Mailbox and the International Convention Centre (ICC), their goal is to break down the barriers of traditional art retailing and offer the people of Birmingham an educational and inspiring experience through exciting exhibitions and a program of exclusive artist appearances. Mesh Magazine 37


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September 2 Music: Dolly Parton LG Arena, £50 - £67 Legendary singer, actress, songwriter and The Queen of Country, Dolly Parton will be showcasing her new album “Better Day” 2nd – 4th September Music: Moseley Folk Festival Moseley Park, £79 for weekend ticket Artists and bands include Badly Drawn Boy, Billy Bragg and Stornoway. Doors open at 2pm on Friday and 11am on Saturday and Sunday. Each day finishes at 10.30pm. 9 September – 22 October Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde’s play makes fun of the English upper classes with lighthearted satire and humour. August 30 – September 10 Theatre: Top Hat Birmingham Hippodrome, £15 - £40 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ legendary Hollywood hit comes to Birmingham, starring Strictly Come Dancing winner and Holby City heartthrob Tom Chambers. September 10 Food: Harborne Farmers Market Harborne High Street Come along to the monthly Harborne Farmers Market from 9am – 2pm. Find top quality local produce from around 25 stalls.

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Events September 21 Food: Taste of India and Afro Caribbean Evening 21 September 2011 Highbury, Moseley - £6.50 An ideal opportunity to taste authentic cuisine from around the world in the splendid surrounding of Highbury. 22 – 26 September Comedy: Lee Evans Roadrunner Tour 2011 NIA, £30 One of Britain’s most popular comedians comes to Birmingham with his latest tour. Due to demand, a fifth date has been added. 29 September – 02 October Exhibition: Cycle Show NEC, £12.50 Experience everything for cycling under one roof - whether you are looking for the latest innovations from specialist brands or see highly skilled BMX stunt riders perform.

September 10 – 12 Festival: Arts Fest Across West Midlands ArtsFest features performances, workshops, exhibitions, arts markets, installations, talks and screenings across the performing, visual and digital arts genres. 12 – 24 September Theatre: Evita Birmingham Hippodrome, £15 - £35 Bringing to life the dynamic, larger-thanlife persona of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron. 17 September Music: Music at the Manor Manor House, West Bromwich Live folk and acoustic artists and bands

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The sixth Moseley Folk Festival took place on 2nd-4th September at Moseley Park, and with clear blue skies and a top line-up, including Badly Drawn Boy and Billy Bragg, it was the best year yet. With thanks to Natalie Truswell


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Horrid Henry The Movie Certification: U

Cowboys & Aliens Certificate: 12A

Starring: Theo Stevenson, Richard E. Grant, Dick & Dom, Parminder Nagra, Noel Fielding, Mathew Horne, Kimberly Walsh

With a talented cast that includes Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde, you would rightfully expect Cowboys & Aliens to be a top-notch movie. Sadly it falls far below those expectations. Opening at a slow pace, it takes nearly twenty minutes before the story starts to unravel who Craig’s character actually is. The script ambles along, carrying with it Ford and Craig who are underused and, although she is a decent actress, Wilde is lumbered with a lacklustre and rather pointless character. A shame as this modern take on the Western movie picks up speed towards the end showcasing years of knowledge and expertise from Dream Works and their brilliant special effects.

When Henry fails yet again to hand in his homework for the umpteenth time, he has no idea that this will set off a chain of events, which will see him forming an unlikely alliance with Moody Margaret, the infuriating girl next door, and his irritating little brother Perfect Peter, outwitting corrupt School Inspectors and toppling an evil Headmaster, winning a talent contest and facing his ultimate nemesis with no way out – all because he is trying to save the very school which he has always professed to hate!

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Hard graft, fearlessness and an insatiable appetite for adventure sums up Bear Grylls and the medley of tales of his adventures, in this self deprecating, humble yarn that looks back on his so far short but eventful life. Charting his escapades from the games he played on his masters at Eton to the amazing strength and endurance needed to get through SAS selection, his autobiography leaves you in no doubt that this man likes a challenge. Detailed but not languorous, Bear passionately describes his desire to be outdoors, pushing himself to the limit both physically and mentally. Each chapter is short and sharp making the narrative fast paced and attentiongrabbing. Just reading this book makes you want to go climb a mountain.

The team of four have broken free from school life and exams but are depressed by a final week of Carli dumping Simon, Jay’s grandfather dying and Will’s father revealing he’s married his mistress, the boys decide to head to Malia. The whole adventure, which is filled with meeting girls, older women, feuds and boat parties, is so hilariously funny you will be crying with laughter. The whole cinema was drawn in by the fours antics and ridiculous pulling techniques. A must see movie for a fun night out!

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Carters of Moseley established since 2010 is a welcomed fledgling to Birmingham’s flourishing restaurants. Headed up by partners Holly Jackson and Brad Carter-both born and raised locally, and passionate about sourcing high quality local produce, and delivering the very best in ‘modern British’ food.


pon arrival at Carters of Moseley, we were greeted by Maitre’d/Proprietor ‘Holly’who very gracefully welcomed us and ushered us to our table. The overall atmosphere at Carters of Moseley is calm, rustic and intimate. With clever touches here and there - local imagery artwork hanging on the wall, fluffy hand towels in the bathroom, and no table linen - all added to the rustic, uber, sophisticated charm that Carters of Moseley exuberates. We could see directly into the very busy kitchen via an internal window box, the wine and champagne selection is showcased within a glass display, which covers an entire wall - it’s all very sleek. As we looked over the drinks menu, and the A La Carte food menu, which was short ‘n’ sweet, and to be fair was a relief from some of the extensive, over complicated menus I have had the daunting challenge of choosing from in past experiences. We nibbled away at freshly baked pumpkin seed and honey and oat bread, which they cook in the restaurant, twice a day. Holly, informed

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me that the honey in the bread is supplied locally, from Kings Heath. Our selection of starters consisted of pigeon, which was cooked to perfection for some (a little too rare for me personally) but most definitely tasty. The sweet red wine essence, sweet corn puree and bacon lardons added an extra depth of intense flavour- and bacon popcorn to top it all off, which really did taste like bacon! The whole combination of meaty bacon, sharp, intense, sweet wine and gamey pigeon with the soft, smooth sweet corn puree was a real delight- absolute genius! We also sampled ‘potted shrimp’ with a mixture of fresh herbs and butter served with crunchy bread, which was refreshing, light, and very tasty too. This was followed by scallops with thyme, chorizo and clams. Served in a clamshell on a beautiful piece of black slate, this dish was my personal favourite. The combination of the delicate flavours from the clams and scallops with the hit of the spice from the chorizo was a perfect balance that just explodes in your mouth. We sipped Veltins Pilsner larger, which is made from sparkling spring water- it’s one of those summer drinks you knock back to really quench your thirst, and Prosecco, which was mild and delicately fizzy and very reasonably priced at £20 a bottle. The main courses again were a selection of North coast pollock, cooked to perfection - meaty and flaked in perfect manageable mouth size piecesserved on a bed of crabmeat

with seashore vegetables and Cornish peers dressed in aniseed herb butter. This dish was fresh, flavoursome that included some very strong and intense flavours, which I feel is an acquired taste. We also sampled slow cooked ox-cheek with horseradish potatoes, onion rings, mushroom puree, young carrots and beer juices served in an actual beer bottle, all presented on a wooden tray. The delicious Ox-Cheek melted in the mouth. This was a truly magnificently hearty, British dish - grand enough for any meat lover. Dessert arrived and was presented on a frozen glass platter, I received three creamy pods of homemade (South American tonka bean) ice cream, which had a vanilla and almond flavour, and vanilla ice- cream and chocolate sorbet. We ended the evening with latte’s and homemade salted caramel dark chocolates. Overall, Carters of Moseley delivers a wonderful dining experience, with somewhat eccentric and ‘out there’ combinations of food with a little Heston Blumenthal-esque style madness brought to the table. It was really good value for money for the quality of the food and the great level of customer service you receive with superb atmosphere, great music and wine selection. And children are welcome! A very talented chef- a true little gem in the heart of Moseley.

The Food Review

Where is it? 2c Wake Green Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 9EZ Tel: 0121 449 8885 Mesh Magazine 47

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Horoscopes Aries Mar 21- Apr 20 Whether or not you’ve paid sufficient attention to detail may become an issue this month. On top of that your physical system might demand that you rest more. Look on this time as being a ‘mopping up exercise’, things might not seem so bad.

Taurus Apr 21- May 21 Recently, it might feel as though you’ve taken a backward step. Yet the next couple of weeks offer excellent opportunity for realignment, and by mid-September, feeling empowered. Gemini May 22- Jun 21 You may feel that too much is slipping through your fingers - but this might be a cosmic lesson in learning to let go. On the very upside a relatives news could bring bonuses your way too. Cancer Jun 22- Jul 23 This month your worry settings could turn up high, this would be a perfect time to chill out. But you’re right, that’s most likely easier said than done. Yet it may be that others are determined that you take this month easy - and they’re right. Leo Jul 24- Aug 23 September may involve someone from the past coming back into your life to spice things up. As importantly, your creativity could peak. Take a notebook and write down all these bright ideas. Virgo Aug 24- Sep 23 Autumn has begun - you are in the mood to cut back on play and get back to work. In the workplace things will go your way this month, for once! Normally you let minor situations pass you by, but not this month.

Libra Sep 24- Oct 23 Maybe you need to get away from it all spoilt even. A project that’s been a work in progress for the last decade seems to have reached a juncture. Now you need inspiration to plan the next stage.

Scorpio Oct 24- Nov 22 You can’t possibly live long enough to experience some of this month’s aspects again. True, you might experience moments of near unbearable poignancy - so not the time to run out of camera battery. Sagittarius Nov 23- Dec 21 For several reasons you might like time to think about long-term aims and objectives. Perhaps you also need silence. It’s probable you’ll come up with a satisfactory conclusion to a decade-long problem before the weekend. Capricorn Dec 22- Jan 20 You could meet a little luxury this week - you might also have your breath taken away by an idea or view that stretches your imagination. Responsibility to an old team could weigh a little heavily and there may be times when you want to break free. Aquarius Jan 21- Feb 19 It may be that you’ve got used to things not turning out quite as you’d hoped. But there could be a reprise this week. Putting the past to bed and dealing with excess baggage could be achieved. Pisces Feb 20- Mar 20 Whilst waiting for someone to prop themselves up and get on with a project, there may be moments when you regret what has been. It’s probable that a closing up process is taking longer than you’d hoped. to hunt out a bargain.

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A Day In The Life

Susan dudley Susan Dudley is the Events Manager at Birmingham’s 4-Star hotel The Marriott. Although there is no typical day when running the events team at the hotel, which has played host to celebrities and American Presidents, Susan shares with MESH details of a day at work… 6:30am - Turn off the alarm and try not tot turn over for another five minutes. Into the shower, dress and out of the door by 7:15am 7:50am - Clock-in and a quick half cup of coffee. I then do my usual round to say good morning to the Kitchen, Front Desk, and Housekeeping staff. I pick up the mail and overnight messages and then have a quick catch up with the Breakfast Staff about the sports group staying and then the Banqueting Supervisor about last evenings dinner party, all went well. 8:14am – I change my voice mail message every morning, that way all callers know that I’m in the 50 Mesh Magazine

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office. I print off event planners for today and tomorrow and check that paymaster accounts are prepared. 9:50am – Attend today’s 10 at 10 meeting. Discuss events for the day with Chef, and check any venue or time changes. Meet today’s client and ensure that they have everything they need; some of their delegates are a bit late for the hoped for 10am start. 1pm – I receive a call from Front Desk - there is a “walk-in” client who wants to discuss a wedding reception – tell them I will be down in 5 minutes. Ask colleague to photocopy the summary and planner pack and advise that I may be late for a meeting. Take information for Sales Strategy meeting with me so that I can go directly from this walk-in. They are a lovely couple, mature and second marriage for both. They want civil ceremony, drinks reception and formal wedding breakfast followed by dancing. A good productive hour but makes me 30 minutes late for strategy meeting.

3pm - Good sales meeting - way past lunch time, but my lovely boss is going to the local sandwich shop so she gets me something too and I take all the files back upstairs. 3.30pm - I reserve space for the wedding reception enquiry and send them a thank you note for the enquiry and confirm details as I understand them. I also advise that I will contact them the following week; they have quite a bit of information to digest. 4.30pm - Talk to Chef about dietary requirements for a university dinner next week, he offers some suggestions which I e-mail to client. All of the above is interspersed with at least one cup of tea an hour and laughs shared with my two lovely colleagues!
















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