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Your essential guide to Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands

The barbershop renaissance New year, new look

Country fare

Party hair

We review the King’s Head, Aston Cantlow

How to wear your hair this winter

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he festive season brings out the cook, crafter and party-goer in all of us. In this edition of Edge, we offer magical inspiration to brighten the season with gingerbread cookies, days out and cocktail party recipes. In the true spirit of Christmas, we have the best children’s books of the past and present to get your little ones reading and a special showcase for baby and children’s clothing boutique, Little Puds, in Worcester. If you’re going to make this a Christmas to remember, then start counting down our 12 days of Christmas for 12 family days out filled with festive fun. Of course, the main event of the holiday season is the connection with loved ones, and we’re featuring some fantastic restaurants where you can get the family together and celebrate. If you’re hosting a holiday soiree, we have tips on party food ideas and English sparkling recommendations. It’s also the season to stay in and so there’s no better time to illuminate your home with beautiful lighting fixtures. We have some glowing recommendations for wonderful lighting showrooms and advice on creating mood and making the best of natural light.

Michael Abu-Zalaf Editor-in-Chief

The new year always brings new things and we’re embracing the chance to change. If it’s a new look you’re after, we have ideas to help you feel good and look great. Take a look at our winter hair inspiration and the state-of-the-art technology that can help you tone up. We’re doing extra celebrating this month as we toast the magazine’s second birthday. We’ve got a lot to look forward to next year, with an additional member of staff joining the team and plenty of exciting plans in the works. On behalf of the team at Edge, have a great December and January, a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year and we hope to see you all again in February. If you would like what you see in Edge Magazine, please show your support by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter, as well as checking out our website at:

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FEATURES 12 Days of Christmas..................................12

Country Fare.................. ..............................42

Aesthetics Party Hair...................….............16

Secrets to a well lit room.............................68

12 days out filled with festive fun

How to wear your hair this winter

We review the King’s Head, Aston Cantlow

Illuminate your home this Christmas

The Barbershop renaissance...... .................25 New year, new look

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CONTENTS Hot Property

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The Green Room

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12 days of Christmas

12

Cocktail party

58

Hatton Shopping Village

14

Gifts from the orient

60

Holiday updos in high definition

16

Secrets to a well-lit room

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Meet the new you

18

The KSH floor plan

66

Fat grafting

20

A season of goodwill

68

Mind the gap

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King’s School

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The barbershop renaissance

25

A world-class education for your child

71

Look good, feel great

28

A successful start in life at St George’s lower school 72

Makeup for the morning after

30

Saint Martin’s School

72

‘Tis the season to be stylish

32

Be a part of it

74

Escape the chains

35

Computer coding

76

We love books

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Business resolutions

78

Fizz for Christmas

38

Inheritance tax planning

79

Cygnets bar

40

Adequate planning

80

Country fare

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Bella macchina

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Zinga Indian restaurant

44

A classic investment

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The local kitchen

46

Art rectified

86

Keep the Christmas bulge at bay

48

Pop of culture

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Hunt for young chef begins

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Metal Magic

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Stars of India

52

Up, up and away

93

Warming remedies

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What’s on

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ousehunters looking for the perfect family home in Worcester can now walk around the stylish new show home at St. Modwen Homes’ Gregorys Bank development in Worcester. The award-winning housebuilder has unveiled its brand new five bedroom, Bishop, property. Harking back to the grand traditional house designs of the 19th century yet with all the modern comforts of a 21st century property, the ‘Bishop’ home offers flexible living solutions across three floors and is idyllically situated on a corner plot overlooking the Birmingham and Worcester canal. Guy Gusterson, Managing Director of St. Modwen Homes, said: “Set in a tranquil location, Gregorys Bank is without doubt one of our most attractive housing schemes to date. Surrounded by mature trees and wild flowers which line the banks of the adjacent Worcester and Birmingham canal, the area is a natural oasis for a variety of wildlife and offers potential homeowners the perfect setting in which to enjoy pleasant canalside walks whilst watching traditional barges ambling by. “We’re delighted to be able to welcome people to our first show home at the development, which really does showcase the high quality specification of the St. Modwen Homes product. Presenting large flexible living areas, along with five double bedrooms, the Bishop house is ideal for growing and larger families, with plenty of additional storage place already pre-considered and built into the design of the home. Removing age-old family arguments over a permanently engaged bathroom, The Bishop offers two en-suites off the two largest bedrooms, as well as a further family bathroom on each floor – plus a w/c downstairs for added convenience.” Typical of St. Modwen Homes, The Bishop property boasts higher than average ceilings along with bay windows on both the ground and first floors, allowing natural light to flood through the homes. Carefully designed with the needs of modern family living in mind, the property has a large open-plan kitchen and dining area featuring integrated Miele appliances, along with a dual aspect lounge with French doors opening out into the garden – not to mention an extra reception room which can be used as an additional dining area, a study, or a snug, according to the needs of the homeowner.

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Upstairs, three large double bedrooms can be found – two of which come with their own en-suite – along with a family bathroom featuring designer Vitra sanitary ware along with eco-friendly Hansgrohe fittings. The top floor is taken up by two further spacious double bedrooms, along with additional storage for added convenience. Designer fitted wardrobes will also feature in the Bishop show home, highlighting the true potential of the space to visitors. Starting in price from £257,950 for a three bedroom semi-detached property, up to £425,000 for the Bishop house type, the new homes at Gregorys Bank benefit from a peaceful canalside setting whilst being just a five minute drive away from the treasures of Worcester’s historic city centre. All the new homes are available to purchase under the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, with a deposit of just five per cent. Committed to building high quality and well-designed properties, St. Modwen Homes was recently crowned Best Small Housebuilder at the national Housebuilder Awards 2013. To book an appointment to view the show home or for information about the new homes, people are directed to visit the marketing suite, which is open Thursday to Monday, inclusive of the weekends, between 10am to 6pm. Alternatively, people can call 0844 243 4888 or visit www.stmodwenhomes.co.uk


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A brand new Show Home from an award winning builder! As an award winning builder, our unique homes are cleverly designed. The Bishop at Gregorys Bank is an impressive 5 bedroom detached home with additional family room. Grand and appealing in design and spread over three floors, this home offers plenty of room and more for any growing family. Luxury 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes close to the centre of Worcester from just ÂŁ259,950! The Two Buy scheme is available at Gregorys Bank, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll buy yours if you buy ours. Ask our Sales Advisors for more details*

Visit the Sales Office to find out more about Gregorys Bank Call us on: 0844

243 4888 or visit our website: www.stmodwenhomes.co.uk

Gregorys Bank, Off St. Georges Lane, Worcester WR3 8AB Sales Office open Thursday - Monday 10am - 6pm CGI is indicative of The Bishop. Interior image of the Show Home. Prices correct at time of press. *Terms and conditions apply and are subject to criteria. Our Two Buy scheme is run by Moving Made Easy and is available on selected plots only. Any Two Buy is subject to inspection by our sales staff. Three independent valuations will be made and an offer agreed between the purchaser and St.Modwen Homes. All offers are subject to status.

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12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS Keeping the family entertained this festive season Hannah Griffiths

Hatton Adventure Farm is a hub of fun activity for all the family. Snorty’s Bouncing Barnyard is a brand new massive indoor play area that includes the whacky wave slide, the brilliant ball pool splash and the vertical drop slide - if you dare! You can also feed the animals, pan for gold or take part in the seasonal activities. Hatton Shopping Village-Over on the other side of Hatton Country World you’ll find Hatton Shopping Village; home to a myriad of independent shops full of gorgeous gifts you won’t find on the high street. With everything from homemade fudge to handmade candles; crafted jewellery to an ever-changing collection of antiques; and contemporary furniture to interior accessories, there’s plenty to see, do and shop at Hatton Country World. Evesham Country Park- This December take a trip to Evesham Country Park and pay a visit to Santa’s magical grotto. You can create your own festive decoration in the elves workshop, sing a song with the ‘head elf’ and discover Santa’s lodge where Santa himself will read a Christmas fairytale to the children. At Evesham Country Park you’ll also discover an extensive garden centre, farm shop, courtyard shops, restaurants and miniature railway. Frankfurt Christmas Market- The sweet smell of crêpes, hot Glühwein and festive frankfurters is sweeping its way across Birmingham as the Frankfurt Christmas Market rolls into town. Now in its 13th year the market sells the best in beautiful handmade toys, Christmas decorations, original jewellery and craft goods as well as some very tasty treats. The Frankfurt Christmas Market is open daily until 22nd December 2013. Winter Skate- This year joining Birmingham’s Frankfurt Market is the outdoor ice rink following a six year absence. Located in Centenary Square, next to the new Birmingham Library, ‘Winter Skate’ will be open daily until the 5th January 2014 and will also feature a cafeteria, viewing area and observation wheel. Webbs-Nothing symbolises Christmas quite like the sight of Santa’s reindeer and if you take a trip to Webbs, West Hagley, you too could meet Santa’s trusty flying helpers. At West Hagley every weekend 11am-4pm, plus Mon 23rd and Tues 24th Dec (until 2pm) you have a very special opportunity to meet real, live reindeer plus the chance to see Moss the Snowy Owl from the Falconry Centre, all for free! Webbs, Wychbold are also hosting festive fun activities with a real ice rink and Santa’s Grotto.

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Yew Tree Farm- Located just off the A3400 in Wooton Wawen, Yew Tree Farm is a picturesque shopping village made up of sixteen beautiful barns converted into craft shops, boutiques and a quaint coffee shop. This secluded Warwickshire hotspot in the perfect shopping village for picking up those remaining Christmas presents with a host of unique wares, Christmas gifts and artisan products to choose from. Avoncroft- Get set to search for Santa this year at Avoncroft. See if you can find where he is by joining one of the search teams and following clues around the site. But beware of mischievous elves who may try to put you off the trail! Avoncroft is England’s first openair museum that spans seven centuries of life in the Midlands, explore the historic buildings, visit the awardwinning Edwardian Tea Room and discover the past Panto- Choruses of ‘He’s behind you’ and ‘Oh no he isn’t’ will fill theatres nationwide this December as panto season gets underway. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is at the Birmingham Hippodrome until the 2nd February whilst Aladdin takes centre stage at the Swan Theatre in Worcester until the 5th January and Jack and the Beanstalk entertains audiences at the Belgrade Theatre until the 5th January. National Trust- Whilst the National Trust houses are closed for periods during the winter, more and more are opening throughout the whole year and there are still miles and miles of wonderful parkland and outdoor spaces to explore. The drier atmosphere of winter days and fallen leaves gives rise to crisp views from Clent Hills, across the Severn Valley flood plain, down through the Cotswolds and across to Wales; a top spot for photographers and walkers alike. Billesley Manor- Are you ready to play your own version of Cluedo and whodunit? Gather up a group of friends and head on down to Billesley Manor this December for a Murder Mystery weekend. As dinner is served the mystery unfolds with comic scenes and intriguing riddles between each course. Thinktank-Discover the past, investigate the present and take a peek into the future of science and technology at Thinktank Birmingham. Explore iconic exhibits, unearth hidden stories and uncover the fascinating science of materials throughout the museums various interactive exhibits. This includes the digital Planetarium, where you can tour the night sky and fly through the galaxy without stepping a foot outside!


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HATTON SHOPPING VILLAGE

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atton Shopping Village, near Warwick, which has seen some new shops open and big changes to its appearance over the summer, has launched its Christmas Shopping Festival. The same architects who revamped Hatton Arms have put their magic touch into creating that special mix of ‘contemporary and traditional’, which has become such a feature of the pub. The first phase is complete, and new interiors and gift shops have joined the family garden centre, the outlet and antiques centre, furniture and furnishings, farm shop, beauty salon, sweet shop and restaurants, all complemented by the craftsmen producing handmade jewellery, soaps, candles and garden ornaments. Every weekend from now until Christmas, the festival will feature a traditional nativity show with live animals from Hatton Adventure Farm, festive singing, roasted

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chestnuts, mulled wine and mince pies. And every Friday there will be late night shopping until 9.00 pm (with a 10 per cent discount after 5.00 pm), the arrival of Santa with his reindeer (6.00 pm), nativity shows (8.00 pm) and a pig roast. Johnnie Arkwright, who owns Hatton Country World and the Hatton Arms, said: “It’s not the place to seek those gifts you can find on the High Street; it’s somewhere you’ll unearth that special treasure, the unusual, the exotic, the special commission – the unforgettable gift. “Charming, unhurried and lots of free parking, the contrast with our town centres couldn’t be greater.” At Hatton Adventure Farm (admission charges apply) there is Santa’s spectacular grotto where visitors get a golden key to his workshop to choose their own present, a soft play area and children’s shows, fun fair rides and a reindeer hunt.


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Blow Away The Festive Cobwebs at Hatton Shopping Village

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his January, blow away those festive cobwebs and pick up some superb bargains and special offers down at Ransons Garden Centre’s wonderful winter sale. From December 27 2013 - January 12 2014, green-fingered visitors will discover a whole new side to gardening. With marquee talks on the first Thursday of every month (11am), visitors can benefit from professional advice and top tips from our expert gardeners so they won’t be leaving disappointed. But that’s not all! Having expanded our eclectic shopping experience with an extensive makeover, including a vibrant new colour scheme and new shop fronts and signage, all by John Rogers Design (who created the interior of the Hatton Arms), we have unveiled a string of new retail businesses, including an old-fashioned confectionery emporium and a boutique store.

occasions or treating the kids, you’re guaranteed to find something at Hatton Shopping Village. Get your taste buds at the ready and visit our wide range of onsite catering establishments, including the famous Spinning Jenny restaurant and Café Lavender Blue – both with new menus, or drop in for a pint at The Hatton Arms. From simple snacks to full meals, complemented by our range of hot and cold beverages, all food is freshly made and prepared on site each day. Discover more than just a shopping spree this year at Hatton Shopping Village; with FREE events all year round and plenty to see and do for all the family, you’ll want to visit again and again and again.

The wonderful shopping village boasts a plethora of excellent shops, with plenty of fabulous gift ideas from antiques, handmade jewellery, candles and soaps, to home wares and clothing, whether shopping for special Hatton Shopping Village is home to many independent shopkeepers offering an eclectic shopping experience, from antiques and handmade jewellery, to home wares and clothing. It is located at Hatton Country World, just off the A4177 between Warwick and Solihull. For further information call 01926 843411 or visit www.hattonworld.com.

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HOLIDAY UPDOS IN HIGH DEFINITION How to wear your hair this winter Mimi Bowron

s the party season approaches, it’s time to get up-to-date on the latest trends for party hair. Psst.... here are Aesthetics’ top party hair secrets.

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top of the bun and secure with grips, or make a statement with a metallic fastener, as seen at Jason Wu’s A/W show. This look works best on low-swung buns.

Nourished hair equals fabulous hair

Playful partings

No matter what hair style you choose to complement your new party frock, the healthier your hair is, the better the overall look. At Aesthetics, we offer Redken’s chemistry shot treatment. This is a backwash treatment that includes a personalised cocktail of treatments that are tailored towards your particular hair type. As a treatment at home, we also recommend one of Redken’s pot treatments. These are deeply nourishing conditioners that can be left in for as long as you want and used whenever your hair is in need of some TLC.

This look can be executed whether you’re going for an up-do or wearing your hair straight and down; partings are a great way to add an edge to any style. Gwen Stefani has been rocking some playful partings this season, often parting heavily on the one side by scraping the hair to the back and securing with product whilst letting the rest of the hair lie partly over the face.

Understated show pony For a subtle look, go for a pony tail. Sleek is in this season, so scrape hair back with no parting, or go for a defined middle parting to make a statement. To dramatise the look further, apply less makeup to the eyes and a dark berry lipstick for a fiercely, festive style. Knot just buns Buns will never go out of fashion as a staple up do. This season, why not spice your bun up with a streamline knot effect? Section your hair so you can leave out two reasonably-sized sections behind the ears. Next, create your bun, then neatly cross over the left out pieces over the

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Glamorous grunge The grunge look is huge this winter, but you still want to look like you’ve made an effort for your festive celebrations. Add a touch of grunge to up-dos by keeping them loose and pulling parts down around your face to soften the look. An undone blow dry with pretty accessories is a fresh take on this trend. Playing it down If up-dos aren’t for you, then make sure your colour pops. The allure of bleach-frazzled ends is dip-dying down this season. Go for more luxurious, warmer blondes for dip-dyes for a more natural, healthy look. Colour is glossy for winter, so go for an ammonia-free dye such as the ones we offer at Aesthetics to look after your locks this party season.


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MEET THE NEW YOU Resolve to look and feel fabulous Lucinda Bunn

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here was a time when, if you wanted to look your best for that special New Year’s Party, you had to miss out on mince pies and pretend you didn’t fancy the panettone. But now, you can opt for CoolSculpting instead.

CoolSculpting is the solution for achieving your desired party silhouette. If your figure could use a little smoothing out, CoolSculpting will work wonders. The non-invasive procedure is totally safe and will banish your lumps and bumps for good. You’ll see the initial results in just 30 days so you can debut your new look on New Year’s. If your resolutions include looking and feeling fabulous, then CoolSculpting can help with that too. You’ll see the final results in 90 days and they’re permanent. CoolSculpting uses revolutionary technology to freeze fat cells. These cells are then naturally eliminated from your body. It’s the only non-surgical alternative to liposuction approved by the FDA* and CoolSculpting can reduce your stubborn fat by up to 40% in one single treatment. CoolSculpting is exclusively available in central England at Air Aesthetics of Henley in Arden and performed by skilled practitioner, Dr Claire Oliver. “There are no needles, scalpels and no anaesthesia required”, Dr Oliver explains. It’s going to be a brand new year so why not make it a brand new you to match? *CoolSculpting is the only Crylolopolysis approved treatment by the FDA which requires stringent clinical evidence as to the safety and effectiveness of treatments.

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FAT GRAFTING The hottest topic in cosmetic surgery Vik Vijh

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at grafting is the transference of fat from one area to another. This allows us to permanently add volume to areas where it is lacking. Originally it was used to rebuild breasts after breast cancer. To the amazement of many surgeons it not only gave a permanent increase in volume to the breasts, but also seemed to improve the quality of the skin. Research ensued which showed that human fat contains huge quantities of stem cells, which are thought to help regenerate all body tissues. Interest grew and soon we were performing modest breast augmentations using fat grafting alone, without the need for silicone breast implants. Up until recently, the concept of the perfect female silhouette had always involved liposuction alone, now we could use that self same fat we were sucking out to augment areas that needed it. Buttock augmentation was next on the hit list, with patients asking to have liposuction to their tummies and thighs with fat grafting to their buttocks and breasts. The ultimate in body recycling was born, with patients thinking of their fat as “their fat”, not to be discarded, but to be carefully re-used to their advantage. Fighting the ravages of age was next to be tackled by the new wonder treatment. Face lifts have been used for many years to reverse the descent of facial skin, but they failed to

address the gauntness that comes with age due to the loss of fat volume from our faces. Many artificial fillers have been marketed to fulfill this need, however, fat grafting seemed the perfect solution. It is subtle and leaves no discernable marks. You cannot have an allergic reaction or reject your own fat and after an initial loss of 20% to 50% of the grafted fat, the remainder should be permanent. Many surgeons believe the stem cells in the grafted fat help rejuvenate the facial skin. On its own or combined with a face lift, fat grafting can give results that are remarkable but still very natural. The Beauty Gurus are plastic and cosmetic surgeons at the forefront of this technique. Vik Vijh, their founder performs this technique on series one of “Last Chance Salon” on TLC, where he fixes botched cosmetic surgery. This show, having been nominated for several TV awards, is now on series two with yet more examples of how this technique is used by Vik Vijh in various aspects of cosmetic surgery. Look out for the show in January 2014 on TLC. For more advice on how The Beauty Gurus can help you call 0800 612 5919 or go to www.thebeautygurus.com

Mr Vik Vijh specialises in and performs cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery. Mr Vijh is Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Clinical Lead at the NHS Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Birmingham covering the City of Birmingham and the West Midlands region including Herefordshire.

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“Most Qeople take their hearing for granted, that is, until they lose it” quote by Actor Jude Law

It has been two years since the Worcester Hearing Centre first opened its doors in the Cornmarket in Worcester. In excess of 00 hundred people have visited the centre for a variety of reasons; from needing assistance with their hearing problems to getting custom made hearing protection, or wax removed from their ears. The hearing centre prides itself on the fact that they offer the latest technology in hearing systems to help their clients get connected back into the world of sound. There are instruments today that sit deeply in the ear canal that cannot be seen, as well as instruments that have a high level of technology for those people who have a demanding listening lifestyle which enhances their everyday living experience. Depression and isolation is often one of the main symptoms of people not being able to hear well. Victoria Dixon, senior audiologist at the centre, said “over the last two years people have consulted us over a wide range of hearing needs and we are really pleased that we can undoubtedly help them to hear much better and stay connected to their lives and families, using the latest technology that we have available from the world’s leading manufacturers of hearing systems”. The hearing centre has had a variety of open days throughout this year, which has given us the opportunity to introduce new technology as soon as it’s announced, keeping the people of Worcester up to date with what is going on in the world of hearing care.

Not only does the centre focus on Hearing systems, it also has a hearing protection specialist, Tom Dixon, the centre manager, who specializes in noise protection of all types. He frequently tells is clients’ stories from his experience in the musical world and about hearing protection for musicians. In addition to this he is often asked to solve the never ending problem of ‘snoring’, whist Tom says, ‘stopping snoring is not in his area of expertise, he can make very good sleep plugs for the person who is kept awake by their partner snoring, thus ensuring the person most effected by someone snoring can get a good night’s sleep’. Recently a very happy client was heard saying “Tom saved my marriage, I now can at least sleep in the same room as my husband”. We aim to please… Over the last two years, Victoria and Tom, have seen many people who have visited the centre for advice about all aspects of their hearing, and they pride themselves on being able to change people’s lives by helping them hear better. Loss of hearing often makes people insular and reticent to go out and mix with others, this in itself brings complications and often causes depression and loss of confidence. By solving the hearing problems, their clients can claim back their lives, mix with their friends again and be sure they can hear what’s being said, without fear of embarrassment because they can hear clearly and they don’t mix up words any more. The Worcester Hearing Centre offers free hearing assessments for anyone worried about how well they are hearing, as well as free assessments for those who need any type of noise protection. If you feel that your ears may be blocked with wax, call in and get an assessment, we can also remove the wax for you. From hearing assistance to help with tinnitus, protection from the snoring of a loved one to protection from the effects of loud music, they have ‘a solution for your ears’.

To make an appointment call 01905 617803 or visit the website: www.worcesterhearingcentre.co.uk

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MIND THE GAP Replacing missing teeth Marcus Gambroudes

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y little boy is starting to lose his baby teeth. That’s natural and not an issue as he’s got his adult teeth coming through. I told him he’s got another tooth on its way but he asked me the question, “What if I lose the next one”? Unless he’s very unlucky that’s not likely to happen until old age. But for 27 million or more adults in the UK missing teeth is an issue. Missing teeth can have a dramatic impact on selfconfidence and quality of life. Thankfully there are a number of treatment options available to restore your teeth both aesthetically and functionally. What causes tooth loss? There are many reasons why you might lose a tooth including accidents, infection and decay, but the most common cause is gum disease. Gum disease (Periodontal Disease) destroys the bone that normally supports the teeth and when this is gone teeth become wobbly and can be lost. In severe cases many or all of the teeth can be lost. What are the consequences of tooth loss? Many people don’t consider losing a tooth to be a problem, especially when it isn’t one at the front of the mouth, however the long term consequences of tooth loss can be significant. Following tooth loss, the remaining teeth may tilt and shift into the gaps resulting in food trapping in the spaces which can in turn lead to an increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay. When many teeth are missing, your facial muscles can sag which may affect your speech and appearance.

Tooth replacement options If you have missing teeth you may choose to do nothing and leave the space empty. Alternatively, you may want to have your missing teeth replaced. There are several different treatment options available.

Partial and Complete Dentures

are removable and can be used to replace some (partial) or all (complete) of your teeth. Dentures can take a little while to adapt to but can help you to feel confident when eating, speaking and smiling. They can also help to prevent undesirable tooth movement after tooth loss. However, even the best dentures won’t feel like your own teeth.

Bridges literally span the gap between one or more missing teeth and there are a number of different bridge designs. The two natural teeth either side of the gap are specially prepared and reduced to receive crowns. The two crowns are cemented in place and are permanently linked by artificial teeth known as pontics, thus bridging the gap. For some, bridges can offer a cheaper alternative to dental implants and provide a very natural appearance.

Dental Implants are now considered to be the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. An implant is an artificial root made of titanium that is inserted into the jawbone and can used to anchor either a crown, a bridge or even to help stabilise a denture. The most significant advantage of implants is that they do not require other teeth for support and are the closest thing to natural teeth.

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• Speech problems • Avoiding certain foods • Anxiety and self-consciousness • Weakening of other teeth due to overloading

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THE BARBERSHOP RENAISSANCE Wet shaving is back in style Lucinda Bunn

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ovember may be over but that doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to all the facial hair we’ve been enjoying over the last month. If you’re digging your new ‘tache, then treat yourself to a new facial hair routine, complete with skincare and styling. Carl Nash at Brown’s Parlour, Moseley, has devised the perfect step-by step guide to a traditional wet shave, perfect for those who are rocking a moustache this Christmas. Step 1 – Oil slick This is a must. Invest in a pre-shave oil – think King of Shaves or L’Oreal Men Expert – and massage into skin for a deep, nourishing prep. Oil moisturises and lubricates the skin throughout the shave, giving superlative razor performance and glide.

Step 2 – Hot towel Just a flannel is perfect but if you really want to treat your skin, try a muslin cloth. Run your flannel under a hot tap, ring it out and hold the towel over your face for a minute. The hot towel method opens your pores, lifts the hair and softens the skin ready for the blade. Step 3 – Lather up The real shaving enthusiast will love a badger hair brush for the next step (pssst....this would make a great Christmas present). Leave your brush in hot water for at least a minute. Dab your brush into your shaving cream or gel and apply to your face in a paintbrush motion. A badger hair brush will lift the hair follicles; producing a thicker, more luxurious lather.

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Embrace the new year with a new you The Hairdressers Refresh and revive your hair this new year with a trip to The Hairdressers. The small team of highly qualified staff are on hand to cut, dry, style, colour or highlight your hair whatever the length or style. And whilst one of the scariest things you can do is to try a new hairdresser, The Hairdressers offers a friendly no obligation approach allowing you to drop in for a chat, take a look around and get a feel for the salon. You’ll even get added rewards for choosing The Hairdressers, with the salon starting a new loyalty scheme in January. The Hairdressers, 31 Ombersley Street East, Droitwich Spa, WR9 8QX 01905 772957 www.thehairdressersdroitwich.co.uk

Laz-i-slim Laz-i-slim puts the feel good factor into losing weight, so book yourself in for a course of vibration training. Try the FIR Sauna where you can lose 600-900 calories in 30 minutes. Using the state-of-the-art equipment at Laz-i-slim, you can reduce your work out time to minutes. Christmas parties are upon us and you can get your festive figure kick-started with advice from the Laz-i-slim team on dieting solutions with the Fast Diet, as well as laser liposuction – a safe, painless and non-invasive method of instant inch loss. Anyone of any weight will get results with these treatments. The sessions are affordable and in the run up to Christmas, it’s the perfect time to shape up and slim down to celebrate in style. Spend the ultimate chilled day at Laz-i-Slim and lose inches in the process! The Laz-islim experience day includes laser liposuction, vibration plates, far infrared sauna, the ultimate body and face wrap and lunch at Fusion Too Bistro. And for only £75, it would make an ideal Xmas gift too. Laz-i-Slim, Cadbury Courtyard, Blackminster Business Park, Blackminster, Evesham, , Worcestershire, WR11 7RE 01386 839662 www.lazislim.co.uk

The Chop Shop What impression does your hair give? Chop Shop has been creating good impressions for over 30 years. It starts with a good cut, then confidence and health! Helping clients be the best they can be is the Chop Shop ethos. Continually updating and reinventing, the Chop Shop team offers a breadth of services to help you give that good impression, including nails, extensions, Holistics and tanning. Chop Shop, 1 Charles St, Worcester, Worcestershire County WR1 2AQ 01905 613704

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MAKEUP FOR THE MORNING AFTER Everything you need to face the day Jodie Hazelwood

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t’s the festive party season and it might lead you to wake up mid-week not feeling and definitely not looking your best. Red tired eyes, blotchy dull looking skin and dry lips are all signs you’ve overdone it the night before. Here are my quick steps to faking a healthy glow and awake eyes at least until you can make it back to your bed. Moisturiser and primer are key to plumping up and prepping your tired de-hydrated skin. I love the {comfort zone} Hydramemory Comfort Cream to sooth and keep you hydrated all day. An absolute staple in my kit and personal makeup bag is the {comfort zone} Glorious Skin Lifting serum, which I use as a primer. It temporarily fills in fine lines and wrinkles and helps to stimulate collagen and relax the face. A real miracle worker. Keep the skin looking dewy and fresh by using a tinted moisturiser. I love the Laura Mercier range as they give just the right amount of coverage. Hiding your dark circles is key and I’ve found the Clinique Airbrush concealer is one of the best.

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Next to eyes and it’s best to keep your eye makeup simple and long lasting. Avoid brown tones as it will only enhance any redness. I like to use a dark grey eye pencil right into the lash line to define and open the eyes. Curl your lashes and use lots of mascara to make you look further awake. Waterproof is a good option if your eyes have a tendency to water and sting. Brush through your brows and softly fill in any gaps. Finally your face needs some colour to fake that healthy rested glow. Blending a Maybelline cream blusher in a soft pink or peach right on to the apples of your cheeks will brighten your eyes and and skin. I love the ELF Luscious Liquid Lipsticks which are really more like glosses but non-sticky – they’ll keep your pout looking plumped and hydrated and add that key pop of colour. Stay hydrated all day with lots of water and herbal tea and get home as soon as you can for some comfort food and your sofa. For pre-party hair and makeup pampering you can book with Jodie at www.makeupbyjodie.co.uk


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'TIS THE SEASON TO BE STYLISH Dress to impress this Christmas

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hristmas is fast approaching, and for many of us are thinking about our winter wardrobe- from party dresses to festive jumpers.

The Kingfisher Shopping Centre, Redditch, is on hand to help you celebrate Christmas in style. Be sure to turn heads at your work party this year. From the little black dress to the daring disco pants, find your ‘wow’ outfit from a wide range of fashion stores and brands. No Christmas party would be complete without some sparkle; stores such as New Look, Dorothy Perkins and River Island boast a dazzling range of sparkly clothing and accessories. Men too can look dapper with a mix of smart and casual styles, from stores such as Burton Menswear. Invest in wardrobe staples, a sharp blazer or smart trousers, to take you from the office to the party. Ensure your little ones also look the part this Christmas with pretty frocks for your little princesses and stylish shirts for your handsome boys. Pop into Next and Debenhams for the latest on-trend party pieces. The holiday season is the ideal time to get your glam on whatever your age- without breaking the bank. For those colder days, make sure you keep yourself warm. Comfy scarves, winter coats, cosy onesies or chunky knitwear are perfect for those chilly afternoons.

Whether you’re buying for a family member or friend, stores such as Marks & Spencer’s, Boots and BHS will help you find the perfect present with their gift shops - many offering 3 for 2 on products. Head to The Entertainer or Argos for the most requested toys and games on Christmas lists this year. Guaranteed to put a smile on their little faces on Christmas morning. For a truly unique gift, Magical Story has some beautiful items in store; including Christmas gifts, accessories and decorations. Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a festive jumper. From novelty knits to a trendy Fair Isle print, you can embrace the Christmas jumper trend this year at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre with stores including BANK fashion and Primark stocking a variety of festive attire. Don’t forget to tweet a photo of your Christmas jumper to @shopkingfisher using the hashtag #kingsizechristmas to show off your festive style! With 140 stores to choose from, shopping for your Christmas essentials has never been easier than at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre. For more information on Christmas activities and opening hours at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre, visit the website: www.kingfishershopping.co.uk or Facebook page www.facebook.com/shopkingfisher Kingfisher Shopping Centre Redditch Worcestershire B97 4HJ

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ESCAPE THE CHAINS Little Puds Lucinda Bunn

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WE LOVE BOOKS Last minute stocking fillers Lucinda Bunn

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ruly the gift that keeps on giving, children’s books are as educational as they are fun and inspiring. There are so many fantastic books for children to read, from classics to contemporaries, it can be difficult to choose. For a last minute stocking filler or the start of a reading resolution in the new year, here’s a selection of some of our favourites.

The Classics

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We’re going on a bear hunt, Michael Rosen

Fortunately, the Milk, Neil Gaiman

A bold story that captures the happiness and excitement of a family day out as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of the bear. Matched with Helen Oxenbury’s illustrations, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt remains a furry favourite.

A tale of time travel, with Chris Riddell’s illustrations to flesh out the fun, the story is simple. Dad goes out for milk, takes ages, returns and explains his absence with a fantastical tale involving spaceships, dinosaurs and vampires. It’s funny, witty and inventive.

Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak

Harlem’s Little Blackbird, Renée Watson

Sendak’s classic fantasy sees Max imagining his way into the kingdom of the Wild Things. A lesson in rebellion with toothy and wonderful illustrations from Sendak too. When you’ve read the book, your little ones could check out the Spike Jonze film too.

With gorgeous illustrations from Christian Robinson, Harlem’s Little Blackbird tells the story of Florence Mills, the Queen of the Harlem Renaissance. Step onto the stage of 1920’s Broadway where Mills experienced success and bigotry as an African-American singer. With words by Renée Watson, this book is delightful.

Flat Stanley, Jeff Brown

Paper Aeroplanes, Dawn O’Porter

When Stanley’s squashed by a huge billboard, he continues to live a dotty life, full of ridiculous escapades; being posted off on holiday, being flown as a kite. Don’t forget there’s a series of Stanley books that followed, from the sixties through to the noughties.

It’s the mid-1990s, and fifteen year-old Guernsey schoolgirls, Renee and Flo, are not really meant to be friends. Bonded by loneliness and family dysfunction, Paper Aeroplanes charts the intense friendship between two compelling and very different characters. A touching teen read with adult content.

Why not find first editions and vintage books online for original illustrations? Head to etsy.com to get started on your vintage collection.

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FIZZ FOR CHRISTMAS

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’m not UK Champagne Ambassador 2010 for nothing. I love the stuff. I love tasting it, talking about it and writing about it, but most of all, of course, I love drinking it. It transforms an ordinary day into an occasion. It lifts the spirits, it invigorates the palate. For many though, it is a bottle they might buy infrequently as its price is above the usual wine spend, but about this time of year is just the sort of occasion lots of you will be looking to buy champagne. Lucky for us, it is also the time that lots of champagnes are on offer so you don’t have to spend quite as much and you can grab a bargain. Aldi’s Veuve Monsigny Brut won’t break the bank any time of the year at only £12.99 and is more than acceptable in quality. Tesco Finest 1er Cru, £19.99, but often down to £15.99, is also a winner. Waitrose’s own label champagnes and the Co-op’s Pionniers have all graced my table at one time or another but if you feel you must have a brand name, my favourites of the more easy available are Ruinart, Bollinger, Gosset, Pol Roger and Taittinger. Check out your local wine merchant for these and whilst there ask about vintage champagne and special cuvées. If you prefer something easier on the wallet as well as on the palate there are plenty of alternative sparkling wines you can choose from. Cava from Spain, made by the same time-consuming labour- intensive method as its French counterpart, though with different grapes and with usually substantially less ageing. Quality is variable, as is the price, though these you can buy with confidence: Lidl’s Arestal Cava Brut has just won a Quality Food Award and the Cava Heretat El Padruell from M&S at £7.99 is fine. Top names such as Cordoníu and Freixenet also make reliably good fizz. Prosecco, hugely popular just now, is a lighter wine than both Cava and champers, lower in alcohol too, and if you want wine with soft bubbles and gentle flavours then this may be the sparkler for you. For the more serious proseccos, make sure the label displays the word Valdobbiadene, the best area of production. Sparkling wines are made all around the world – From across the Channel you can buy Saumur (Loire), Blanquette de Limoux (Languedoc-Roussillon), Clairette de Die (Rhône) and Crémants from Bourgogne, Alsace or Bordeaux. Australia, and in particular Tasmania, produces some quality examples, as does California, Chile and even Brazil. South Africa can justifiably boast of its Cap Classique wines but I’m suggesting you don’t have to look to another continent or even another country – how about English sparkling wines this Christmas? If somehow you missed the hype of English wine during 2012 for the Jubilee and Olympics, make 2013 the year you buy British. Names to look out for are Nyetimber, Ridgeview, Chapel Down, Camel Valley and, multi-award winning estate, Gusborne, especially their Blanc de Blancs 2008. Whatever you decide to drink, make sure it is perfectly chilled at around 5˚C and served in flutes or tulip-shaped glasses. Remember too that champagne and English sparkling wine can be paired with many types of food, not just breakfast. And finally, a word to the wise, keep the water flowing over Christmas, sparkling or otherwise, and enjoy everything in boring moderation to avoid having to resort to that morning-after fizz we really don’t want – Alka Sezlter. For more wine advice, become a member of BYWine.

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Cocktails and live music with a vintage touch Lucinda Bunn

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ew to the Henley High Street, Cygnets Wine Bar is ready for its close up. Adjoining the White Swan Hotel, Cygnets is a retro lounge serving sweet cocktails and sweet sounds on Friday and Saturday nights. Maybe it’s the glamour of the golden age of Hollywood or the tribute to jazz and swing, but Cygnets has got the sophistication of a bygone era.

Don’t feel like you have to dress for the silver screen though. As Cygnets is part of the White Swan Hotel, you can enjoy the hybrid venue; pre-dinner cocktails at Cynets, dinner at the Gallows restaurant and coffee by the fire in the pub or why not enjoy the tapas menu in the bar with friends and head over to Cygnets for cocktails and live music afterwards?

The timeless elegance of Audrey and Marilyn shines through at Cygnets. Enjoy bellini cocktails, old-fashioneds and champagne whilst you watch Roman Holiday (1953) and Some Like it Hot (1959).If you’ve been waiting for an excuse to wear your new LBD or feel fab in heels while you pop for an evening drink, then here it is.

Cygnets is the ultimate homage to old Hollywood. Prepare to be enamoured.

Cygnets is also available to book for hen dos, birthday parties and other celebrations. And if the ‘Cygnature’ cocktail list isn’t enough to entertain you, top-notch nights of live music will include international and homegrown talent.

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COUNTRY FARE The King’s Head at Aston Cantlow Lucinda Bunn

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he King’s Head at Aston Cantlow, Henley-in-Arden, is a thriving pub, with a warm and friendly bar and a modern restaurant, full of character. A bustling Friday night really was the time to see it in all its glory: clearly a local favourite and a destination spot for foodies in the know. The bar stretches across the entire front of house with drinkers and diners enjoying the fire and atmosphere together. But up the step and the sophisticated restaurant tells a different story. With blond furniture, soft lighting and elegant tables, the King’s Head plays two parts. The dinner began with seared scallops with red onion bhajis, served on a cucumber and mint yogurt sauce and whipped organic goat’s cheese with Bloody Mary jelly and baby watercress. The flavours were gentle but attention-grabbing. As was the presentation. Starters are always an opportunity to be theatrical and the chef at the King’s Head certainly has a sense of play. The scallops were cooked perfectly, the bhaji was an interesting side-plot but it worked well and the plate was lifted with light, fragrant cucumber and yoghurt. Goat’s cheese is a feature on most contemporary menus, but this plate showed imagination with a melt-in-the-mouth combination of sweet whipped cheese and jelly with a punch.

The Cajun seabass showed up next, with a sweetcorn, roast pepper and lime fritter, served with coriander cream as well as the char-grilled beef burger with hand cut chips and tomato relish. Precisely calibrated flavours, each showed the chef’s delicate, self-assured cooking style. The hipster burger comes fully equipped with stylish burger board, big bun, big burger, big chips in a mini fry basket and a jar of relish. The sea bass was a sensory seduction. Flavour pulled from within; the fillet was soft, with a crispy skin of herbs and spices. The bursting sections of the pepper fritter brought a kick of chilli, perfectly partnered with the cool coriander cream. Then came a clean cut column of Nutella cheesecake with honeycombe ice cream, and not wanting to disappoint the chocolate-lovers out there, the rich white and dark chocolate pot with homemade shortbread. The rich cheesecake and sweet honeycombe, the velvety chocolate pot and buttery shortbread. Neither dessert was dainty, both were excellent. The service was unfailingly smooth and professional, the food was fun and unfussy and the mood was good. The King’s Head is a vibrant pub with a friendly, local feel that doubles as a contemporary dining experience for those who love a meal they can tuck into as well as remember.

21 Bearley Road Aston Cantlow Henley-in-Arden Warwickshire B95 6HY 01789 488242

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inga Indian Restaurant offers you fine Indian cuisine in a local vibrant atmosphere. Zinga Restaurant offers exotic tastes of traditional Indian cuisine and exciting contemporary signature dishes for something a little different. Experience a modern, contemporary restaurant with an extensive menu of fine cuisine, classy interiors and the best in customer service. The menu has something for everyone, with a vast array of delicious mouth-watering traditional dishes, Balti dishes and of course the chefs very own signature dishes to tempt you. Zinga are very proud of their freshly prepared food, with the finest of ingredients and flavoured delicate spices. Using only the best locally sourced, top quality ingredients, which are blended with exotic fragrant, aromatic spices to produce a wide variety of subtle flavours and taste sensation.

Zinga caters for a number of occasions including, birthday parties, meetings or special events and private functions of up to 80 people. The team takes special care to ensure your celebration at Zinga is a joyous and memorable occasion. When placing your reservation please notify them of the nature of your occasion. Customers are welcome to bring along their own celebration cakes and decorations and leave it with the team ahead of the evening to be presented at the end of the meal. Zinga is ideally located with easy access by both road and rail; located close to the M5/M42 Motorway network and Bromsgrove rail. Open 7 Days a week, including Bank Holidays from 5.30 pm to 11 pm. Guests are also welcome to bring their own alcoholic drinks. Zinga offers a collection and delivery service, with a 10% discount on all collected orders and free delivery on orders over £10 within a 5 mile radius. Bookings are now being taken for Christmas, New Year and Valentine’s Day.

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THE LOCAL KITCHEN Everything that's cooking in the three counties The Golden Monkey Tea Company A special loose tea makes a wonderful gift this Christmas and the Golden Monkey Tea Company in Warwick carries over 70 different types of fine fresh tea and countless lovely tea accessories. You can find the majority of their products on the website but a trip to the shop is not to be missed. With herbal infusions, loose leaves and gorgeous teaware, the Golden Monkey Tea Company is where all of your tea dreams can come true. The teas are made only from natural products and have been ethically sourced. In addition to the familiar favourites, the Golden Monkey selection also includes organic and very rare teas, a fun and flavoursome stocking filler. Golden Monkey Tea Company, 64 Smith Street, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 4HU, 01926 400 544, www.goldenmonkeyteacompany.co.uk

Wrapchic opens up in Soho Wrapchic, the Birmingham-based Indian burrito business, has opened its first site in central London. The group, which was founded by entrepreneur Mahesh Raikar in June 2012, has opened a site in Soho’s Beak Street. Soho follows other sites in Leicester and Coventry, plus a number of units based in universities and colleges, including Middlesex University, with more outlets currently in the planning stage. Capitalising on one of the biggest food trends in the past few years- grab and go fusion food- Wrapchic has built up a strong reputation. The company’s first site opened in central Birmingham providing both eat in and take out options. The Soho branch will be its first to open beyond lunch trading time and also target evening trade. Mahesh Raikar explains: “We all associate Indian dining with a formal, evening setting, yet not many of us can enjoy healthy, tasty Indian food at lunchtime or on the go. I created Wrapchic after noticing this gap in the market and developed a food brand that combines a grab and go format with true Indian flavours.” Unit 3, North Western Arcade, Temple Point, Birmingham, B2 5LH 0121 236 3344 www.wrapchic.co.uk

A little holiday party If you’re planning on throwing a little soiree this December or even a big party for New Year, you might be struggling to think of some easy peasy party food ideas. Well, here are three options using seasonal veggies. Warm salad of crispy smoked bacon and Jerusalem artichokes. Beetroot and mint dip. Perfect with mini flatbreads or herby cheese thins. Chicory boats filled with crumbly stilton and a dollop of chutney.

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Alchemy – An exciting new chocolate experience A former Mars Confectionary developer, Brian ‘Bronk’ Lane from Malvern, is fulfilling a dream with his own chocolate business – Alchemy Artisan Chocolatiers. Bronk specialises in fine handmade chocolates with his own blend of unusual flavours, textures and designs – and no artificial ingredients. Chocolates are sold within a week of being made for maximum freshness. The natural shelf life is six to eight weeks. Alchemy launched in November and its chocolate dipping sauce was an instant hit. A debut Christmas truffle collection is now available. The truffles include bitter sweet Cranberry, Egg Nog with fresh nutmeg, Champagne and strawberry, and Christmas pudding. The collection is temptingly delicious, packaged in foil boxes with a holly decoration. Just add your own gift card! Contact Lizzie Lane at Alchemy: 07979 015 230, email aachocs@aol.co.uk

Bengali cookery comes to Dorridge Following a successful demonstration at the Stratford Food Festival in September, Solihull based Indian Cookery School, The Cardamom Pod is launching a set of Indian cooking classes in the heart of Dorridge Village, at St George & St Teresa Parish Centre on Station Road. Led by charismatic Indian cookery teacher Moushumi Moran, participants are guided through a step by step journey into authentic Bengali cuisine. Moushumi Moran said ‘I’m absolutely delighted by the positive reaction I have received since hosting the demonstration at the Stratford Food Festival. This new demand to learn how to cook authentic Bengali cuisine has given The Cardamom Pod the opportunity to expand and launch two new classes in Dorridge this month, hopefully the first of many in the West Midlands’. The next available session is taking place on Saturday 16th November at St George & St Teresa Church Hall, Parish Centre, Dorridge. For more details, contact: thecardamompod@hotmail.co.uk or call Moushumi on 07900 554133. Find The Cardamom Pod on Twitter @ thecardamompod and on Facebook too.

Joyeaux Anniversaire at Oscars! A passion for simple yet unashamedly authentic French food is the secret behind the success of Oscars French Bistro in Chandos Street Leamington Spa, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. It’s continuing success is the inspiration of Aubrey Allen boss, Russell Allen, who trained as a chef in France and purchased the business in 2003, creating a new identity and style of cuisine for this popular little two-storey restaurant.

of the Midlands’ top ten ‘cheap’ eateries this month, which is a great way to celebrate our 10th anniversary.  Classic dishes such as moules marinière, steak frites and crème brûlée are always on the menu and reflect a popular choice, whatever may be in fashion. Creating that authentic atmosphere is boosted by having Pascal Caulle as patron, who offers a warm Provencale welcome.  Together with Ian Drew as Head Chef, the duo provides a recipe for success. For further information visit: www.oscarsfrenchbistro. co.uk or follow us on @oscars_bistro

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KEEP THE CHRISTMAS BULGE AT BAY Indulge without over-indulging this festive season Laura White

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n Christmas Day, the average person gobbles up to 7,000 calories – a shocking prospect considering that the recommended daily consumption is no more than 2,000 calories for women and 2,500 calories for men in order to stay fit and healthy. December is a key month in the social calendar, with many people working hard to lose weight and feel great in their little black dresses, only to pile the pounds straight back on by over-indulging during the festive period. However Christmas celebrations don’t always have to lead to excess eating, keeping slim whilst still enjoying roast turkey with all the trimmings is easier than you think. Rob Pritchett, head chef at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse, Bar & Grill has some great advice on how to reduce Christmas calorie intake without upsetting your taste buds: “Braising rather than roasting your Christmas turkey and swapping your goose fat roasted potatoes for grilled sweet potatoes can save you 297 calories and a massive 10.2g of fat – perfect for keeping those calories under control without compromising on taste. Pile your plate high with traditional seasonal vegetables such as red cabbage, carrots, and Brussels sprouts. The more colours you have on your plate, the greater variety of nutrients - just don’t serve your vegetables smothered in butter!” Rob is also keen to point out that although we may overindulge on treats during the big day, most Christmas dinners are actually packed with nutrients. “Turkey is full of protein, which helps to fill you up and also contains zinc, a mineral that keeps the immune system

in tip-top shape. Best of all, turkey is lower in fat and calories than many other meats, with a 90g serving of roasted, skinless turkey breast containing just 140 calories and 1.8g of fat.” For those with a sweet tooth, the following may come as a bit of a surprise, custard contains more calories per typical serving than either cream or brandy butter, Rob said: “Follow the simple motto of ‘everything in moderation.’ If you can’t resist the Christmas pudding, have just a small serving; an average 100g portion contains a massive 330 calories and 11.8g fat.” For those of you who enjoy a Christmas tipple, Jarow Celko, Bar Manager at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse, Bar & Grill has created a festive cocktail filled with seasonal berries and a hint of ginger that is both refreshing and healthy. Perfect for Christmas parties, the Winter Pimm’s Punch, is a great substitute for the sugar-filled mulled wines and creamy cocktails that are often made available at this time of year. Aside from the important elements of nutrition and diet, Christmas is a time of celebration and it is inevitable that the majority of us will eat and drink more than usual – luckily, it only comes once a year! So whilst there is no reason to feel guilty about enjoying yourself during the festive season, it’s worth remembering that, on average, people gain between 1 and 5 lbs (2kg) over the Christmas period – definitely an unwanted Christmas gift. Try following some of the tips above – just a few small informed choices should help you to banish the blubber this winter, and keep you looking great all year round.

For bookings please call 0121 634 3433 www.mpwsteakhousebirmingham.co.uk Rob Pritchett Head Chef - Marco Pierre White

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HUNT FOR YOUNG CHEF BEGINS

Leading Oriental food grocer Wing Yip has launched its 2014 search to find the finest Young Chef for Oriental Cuisine.

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ew for this year the competition is going nationwide and applicants aged between 18 and 25 years old, employed in the hospitality industry or training at college or university, will have the opportunity to enter and demonstrate their flair for Oriental cuisine. Wing Yip’s Young Chef of the Year 2014 competition offers aspiring cooks the chance to showcase their culinary talent, develop their skills and win a once in a lifetime trip to Hong Kong. Mr Wing Yip, the Chairman of the company, said, “We want to celebrate the rich vein of young culinary talent in the UK. Asian and Oriental cuisine is fast becoming one of the most popular in the UK. More and more TV food programmes, including BBC Masterchef, are featuring chefs who are using and experimenting with a raft of authentic Oriental ingredients in their dishes. This competition will showcase the dedication and skilful chefs we have coming through in the UK.” Entrants will be required to create an Oriental menu using ingredients of their choice. The panel of judges which includes TV Chef, Ching He Huang, Michelin-starred Birmingham chef, Glynn Purnell, and British Culinary Federation President Peter Griffiths,

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will put the finalists through their paces. Under the watchful eye of head judge Peter Griffiths the cook-off finalists will be marked on their authenticity, skills and innovation: Peter Griffiths said: “This is the second year the competition has run. Last year we were incredibly impressed by the use of flavours, presentation and creativity in the finalists’ dishes. It has certainly set the standard for this year and we are very much looking forward to seeing what this year’s chefs have to offer.” The competition will be judged in two stages: a paperbased entry for the first round (closing date 10 January 2014), followed by a competitive cook-off at the University College Birmingham on 21 February 2014. The winners will be announced at an official awards dinner at the University College Birmingham following the competitive cook-off. For further information and to download an entry form please go to www.wingyip.com Wing Yip is the UK’s leading Oriental grocer, with stores in Birmingham, Manchester, Cricklewood and Croydon. A visit to one of the stores is like taking a trip around the world, with over 4,500 pan-Asian products.


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STARS OF INDIA The signature flavours of the subcontinent Lucinda Bunn

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clectic, exciting, genuine Indian food. Not many things come close to that. And the opportunity to eat fine, authentic Indian food doesn’t come often. Yes, there are such places, but too often the menu strays from its roots to cater to mainstream tastes. Not Mela. Harborne’s deliciously unpretentious Indian and Bangladeshi fine-dining restaurant brings intricate flavours and beautiful ingredients together in celebration of the subcontinent.

beer or wine. Try the garlic chilli chicken cooked with garlic, chillies and cumin and simmered in onions and herbs. The dish is full of body and brightness. The chef’s recommendation for chicken hyberabadi was duly noted and we loved the succulent chicken pieces which had been slow-cooked in olive oil and roasted garlic, fresh coriander, cherry tomatoes, mixed peppers, baby potatoes and spinach. The flavour was intense, with a mysterious depth and the chicken ultra-tender.

The first course was a combination of starters; hot garlic sea bass with green chillies and lime leaves, the mix Mela platter with marinated chicken, lamb, tikka, onion bhaji and vegetable samosas. Each dish tastes distinct, a matter of meticulous calibrations. The turmeric stained chicken pieces were tender and sweet and the seabass was a revelation; fresh tasting, aromatic with a warming heat.

Wait, there’s more. The tandoori king prawns. Authentically spiced in a unique blend and marinated in garlic and coriander, the fat, juicy king prawns were bright red and packed with a spicy but sweet, sticky marinade. The aloo ghobi was a favourite too – one of the traditional veggie sides everyone loves and a powerhouse of green-leaf flavour – soft potatoes, cauliflower and herbs. Some dishes just beg for overindulgence.

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It is almost obligatory to finish the meal with kulfi. You won’t need it but the sweet mango and fragrant pistachio are heavenly. These creamy treats didn’t stray into over-sweetness, just subtle, enticing combinations, just lovely. Mela brings together tradition, superior ingredients and a plethora of new tastes to try. Head to Mela and make your mid-week more special with dishes you won’t find elsewhere and stand out signatures in true, authentic Indian style.

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WARMING REMEDIES Warding off the winter blues Mel Taffs

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s winter is well and truly upon us and there are all those nasty coughs and colds around, it’s time to write about remedies to help you feel a little better and ease those aches and pains.

Hot not-toddy A hot toddy is great but sometimes you want that warm soothing mix without the liquor and that’s where the hot not-toddy comes in. It’s a healthy alternative for the non-drinker, great to share with the kids and is a soothing relief for a cough or cold. Put 1 teaspoon of honey, fresh lemon juice, fresh or stem ginger and hot water into a cup and let it steep for 5 mins. You can add cloves, cinnamon sticks and nutmeg...as much or as little as you like. The honey has antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-viral properties; lemon juice is an antiseptic and aids digestion and ginger aids digestion, is an anti-inflammatory and is effective in fighting against human respiratory viruses. This combination packs a powerful punch against the common cold. For a sore throat, sip hot with some honey and fresh lemon juice.

Chicken Soup A classic remedy for those under the weather but why? For starters, it raises the temperature in your nose and throat (viruses prefer cooler drier conditions). It also thins out the mucus making it easier to shift and finally it inhibits white blood cells called neutrophils that are released in huge numbers when you have a cold. It’s the congregation of these white cells that causes congestion. Vegetarians don’t have to miss out - vegetable soup is just as effective in slowing neutrophils activity as well.

Mulled Wine Make up a batch and store in the fridge ready to reheat at a moment’s notice. Simmer the spices and enjoy all the infused flavour and added health benefits. The alcohol is medicinal too and red wine holds super antioxidants so you can enjoy guilt-free merry-making.

Spices According to Indian medicine, cinnamon, ginger and coriander promote sweating and are often used to break a fever. You may also be able to unblock a stuffy nose by using cayenne, horseradish or wasabi with sushi as all of these ingredients shrink the blood vessels in the nose. Try this fever reducer. Put half a teaspoon of coriander, half a teaspoon of cinnamon, with a quarter of a teaspoon of ginger into 250ml of hot water, let it steep for 10 minutes and then drink.

Want to change bad eating habits for life? Sick of doing diets that don’t work? Contact Absolutely Flab U Less on 07792421080. For your nearest group, email: melanietaffs7@gmail.com.

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good burger is hard to beat. Oozy, gooey, juicy; a magnificent meaty thwack of satisfaction in a warm bun. The Green Room in Worcester is the first burger joint of its kind in the city. Since the burger phenomenon arrived in Britain, we’ve been trying out every fine fodder, filling and fries side we can think of. We’re burger-obsessed. And Worcester’s The Green Room can now add its name to the burger-obsessed nation’s favourite joints. The Green Room is the brain child of local restaurateur Justin Bradley; Justin – who is from Worcester – has worked in the home counties and Cambridge, before returning to Worcester to set up a string of successful restaurants including the well-known Ostlers. Justin’s search for the perfect burger joint is over. With a lot of hard work, a modern refurb and the creation of an unbeatable menu, and The Green Room is the perfect package. Situated next to Huntingdon Hall, The Green Room is in the very heart of the city centre and the CrownGate food quarter. Supporting local suppliers, including Bennett’s Farm and Colston Bakery and sourcing beef from Shropshire, The Green Room only serves the best quality ingredients.  Free range chicken, organic beans, sustainably sourced fish and local lamb and pork all add to the tantalising menu. The modern burger bar serves gourmet burgers, spare ribs, guest cheeses, sweet and savoury pancakes and salads. And with evening entertainment too, you can sup on artisan beers and premium brand spirits too. The Green Room’s iconic burgers include Indian chicken, Greek spiced lamb and the hot ju. Or why not split a taster plate with friends? Lamb koftas and tzatziki,

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pulled beef and red onion yuk sung and classic kedgeree. Make it your new breakfast place or head there for an ice cream treat. Local ice cream makers, Bennett’s has even created an exclusive flavour for The Green Room, strawberry and honeycomb cheesecake. Justin’s passion for food shines through and along with his business partner Ross Freeman, he’s excited to start serving the city. He said, “We are absolutely delighted to have opened Worcester’s first ever burger bar.  Our succulent burgers are prepared with style and ensure our guests can enjoy quality cuisine.  It’s great news for the local economy too and we will be working alongside local suppliers to add an extra something to Worcester’s dining experience.” The Green Room is open every day as well as Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.  With seating for more than 100 people, The Green Room is also open for private parties. Thursdays at The Green Room call for 2 for 1 on all burgers, with cool bar grooves from DJ Tanz into the night. And hey, if that’s not enough to get make your mouth watering, enjoy Fizz Fridays and celebrate the weekend with a delicious Green Room burger and halfprice on prosecco and sparkling wine. ‘Like’ The Green Room on Facebook and follow on Twitter for updates, special offers and food news. Chapel Walk Crowngate Worcester WR1 3LD 01905 731911 www.visitthegreenroom.co.uk


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COCKTAIL PARTY Get behind the bar this Christmas Hannah Griffiths

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Musketeer Ingredients Lou Flouret Armagnac liqueur (exclusive to M&M Vintners) A good quality sparkling wine Method Simply pour the liqueur into the flute, one part liqueur to two parts very cold sparkling white wine. The result is a lovely rich and warming, festive orange flavour with a great dry finish, making a change from cloying Buckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fizz. Unit 5 & 6 Blackminster Business Park, Blackminster, Nr. Evesham, Worcestershire WR11 7RE 01386 244034 www.mikeoldfieldwines.co.uk

Winter Berry Mojito Cocktail Ingredients 4 lime wedges 5 raspberries 6 blueberries 10 mint leaves 25ml sugar syrup 50ml Bacardi Method Muddle the mint, lime, blueberries and raspberries in the bottom of the glass. Add the rum and sugar syrup. Fill the glass with crushed ice and stir all the ingredients pulling them up through the ice. Garnish with raspberries and blueberries, a sprig of mint and dust with icing sugar. Browns Wine Bar 24 Quay Street Worcester Worcestershire WR1 2JJ 01905 26263 www.brownswinebar.com

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GIFTS FROM THE ORIENT Frankincense and myrrh Hilary Collins

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rankincense or Olibanum Boswellia sacra, (Burseraceae). Indian Frankincense B. Serrata

Gold, myrrh and frankincense are the most famous Christmas presents in history. We all know gold, yet few of us have experienced the heady aroma of the latter two or even know what they are. Frankincense is the dried highly aromatic resinous exudate from the Boswellia tree. Native of southern Arabia and east Africa, with site specific requirements of lime-stone rocky soil and morning mists. These gnarly trees produce a material so expensive and highly prized, at its peak, its value rivalled precious gems, gold and rare silks. Its price is partially due to rarity and difficulty in cultivation. Removed from their natural habitat, the trees wither and die. Many have tried and failed to grow Boswellia; for all their gardening know-how, King Solomon and the Egyptians never succeeded. The aroma is a warm, sweet, intoxicating blend of spicy balsam, citrus, with coniferous wood base notes; a fragrance as old as time itself. It is calming, relaxing, mood enhancing and spiritually uplifting. It slows and deepens breathing and has been used to awaken one’s higher consciousness, to enhance meditation and prayer. Indeed, such was the obsession of the ancients with frankincense, it was thought to directly connect you to your god. The smoke can be inhaled, oil applied to the skin or granules chewed and consumed. This mystical precious resin has been traded across the world for over 5000 years, used for personal pleasure, but also in medicine and an array of religious ceremonies. Frankincense travelled from Arabia along the incense and silk roads to India, Europe and China. It features in the Song of Solomon, is depicted in Egyptian murals and found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun. Ancient Egyptians bought boatloads of resins from the Phoenicians, for use in incense, cosmetics/perfume, salves for wounds/sores, insect repellent and of course, embalming. Notable scholars Herodotus, Theophrastus and Pliny the Elder recorded its cultivation and use, with Arabia producing 1524 metric tons per year. It became the most lucrative trade in the world from 1000 BCE to 400 CE, making southern Arabia the richest place on earth. Pliny notes frankincense as an antidote to Hemlock poisoning!

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The Romans, quick to spot a good thing, were keen to make the Arabs an offer they couldn’t refuse and sent 10,000 troops in 1BCE to ‘help control production’! However, they were beaten by the hot, dry desert and never made it. Nero, however, did manage to disrupt the frankincense trade, when he burnt an entire year’s worth of harvest at the funeral of his favourite concubine. Oil of frankincense has been used by Judaic, Christian and Islamic faiths to anoint members of their congregation; the incense burned at Roman Catholic Mass and to celebrate Arabic weddings and births. Finally, after 5000 years of amateur trials, modern medicine decided to investigate this interesting plant and ‘discovered’ a huge potential, causing ripples of excitement to run through the research community. Frankincense contains compounds that easily pass through the blood-brain barrier. Trials in 2008 identified


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a psychoactive compound Incensole acetate, which relieves depression and anxiety; confirmed in 2012 as being beneficial for the treatment of depressive-like disorders.

However, work is afoot to encourage the Arabian people to preserve these trees and research is being carried out to produce improved hybrids for cultivation. One can but live in hope.

Studies have identified anti-inflammatory properties in Boswellia extracts that are effective in the treatment of joint pain, osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis with no major side-effects. Whilst other investigations suggest that Frankincense may have antiseptic and anti-cancer properties; one component shows promise for re-setting damaged DNA. All very exciting and just as mankind finally realises the true importance of frankincense, the Boswellia tree finds itself endangered. They are in rapid decline due to overtapping, climate change, burning, grazing, clearance for agriculture and the invasion of the longhorn beetle, not to mention war zones.

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SECRETS TO A WELL-LIT ROOM Whimsical lamps and shapely sconces Lucinda Bunn

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s the nights draw in, keep your interior bold and bright with statement lights and eye-catching shades. The right lighting can make or break a room. But have you ever walked into a room and marvelled at how the light was diffused? Probably not. When lighting is impeccable you hardly notice it. If the lighting is right, the space is at its best. One of the big missteps is overly bright lighting – the kind of light you’d find in a school classroom or an operating theatre. You don’t need to light the whole room. Instead, incorporate multiple points of light. If you can create layers of lights, it’ll draw the eye to focal points in the room and instantly add intrigue and an atmosphere. Dimmer switches are great for multi-purpose rooms. You can then be totally flexible with your lighting for different events, guests, moods. Dimmers reduce your energy consumption and increase bulb life. When you’re designing a room’s lighting, be guided by the function of the room. The practical elements – like reading, eating, cooking and doing work – need practical solutions. Once these have been addressed, you can work on the

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Here’s quick guide The kitchen – Pinpoint your work stations and light them directly. Ideally, your lights should be below eyelevel. Task lights under the cabinets work really well. The bathroom – It’s really up to preference. Some say ‘the brighter the better’ but others would argue that creating natural-looking light is the best. The living room – Add depth with a combination of floor lamps and table lamps. The lighting should be part of the decor so go modern with innovative designs or rustic and refined with iconic shapes. The bedroom – Your bedroom should feature good reading lights and an overhead dimming fixture. Add sconces for warmth and detail.

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THE KSH FLOOR PLAN Good design starts from the ground up Lucinda Bunn

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A SEASON OF GOODWILL Spreading Christmas cheer to charities or supporting charities this Christmas

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hristmas is renowned for being the season of goodwill but as more and more of us struggle to find the perfect gift for family and friends why don’t we consider giving to charity instead? From cards to crackers and hours of care to squeaky toys, try these charitable ways to support whilst giving.

Acorns Children’s Hospice 2013 marked a very special year for Acorns Children’s Hospice as they celebrated 25 years of caring. The charity currently cares for around 640 children with life limiting and life threatening conditions and 900 families at their three hospices. Acorns relies heavily on voluntary donations to help fund their services and this Christmas you could help support the charity whilst completing your Christmas shopping. The ‘give-a-gift’ process gives you the opportunity to purchase a different activity or amount of care depending on your budget. You can purchase anything from story time (£7) to a Christmas feast (£14) or such activities as dance time (£90). You can also purchase Christmas cards or a branded Acorns product from the online shop with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the charity to help support those children with life limiting and life threatening illnesses. To find out more about the work Acorns Children’s Hospice does or to purchase a gift please visit their website: www.acorns.org.uk Blue Cross Blue Cross is leading pet charity that rehomes and cares for abandoned, unwanted, ill or injured pets. The charity, with your help, strives to give every pet a healthy life in a happy home. Blue Cross offers a number of services including rehoming, veterinary care for those who can’t afford to go private and behaviour services to help newly adopted pets settle into a comfortable and happy lifestyle. This festive season you can help the charity save pets in crisis by donating a set amount to cover food (£10) a warm bed (£25) or a thorough check-up (£50); you can also donate a single amount to help the charity continue their work. You can purchase a gift from the Blue Cross online shop, packed full of goodies for you and all of your family and friends. Gifts range from cards to wrapping paper, calendars to food and gifts for the home and garden or for your family pet. To find out more about supporting the Blue Cross or to purchase any of their Christmas gifts please visit their website: www.bluecross.org.uk St Richard’s Hospice St Richard’s Hospice cares for patients and families in Worcestershire who are living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Each year the charity gives free care and support to around 2,400 patients and their families; helping them towards the best quality of life possible. This year you can help the charity by purchasing a Christmas gift whilst also helping the team to celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2014. As part of the 30th year activities, St Richard’s Hospice is inviting supporters to climb aboard the gleaming carriages of the Northern Belle, on a special return trip to Bath, recalling the Golden Age of sophisticated train travel. Tickets for this exclusive train ride are priced at £380 per person and sponsorship packages are available. However if you’re looking for a less pricey way to treat your loved ones whilst supporting the charity, you can buy a £1 raffle ticket to win a Mazda CX5- a perfect stocking filler- or you can purchase Christmas cards from the online shop.  Another present that keeps on giving is a regular donation or a gift in your Will. To find out more about supporting St Richard’s Hospice or to purchase any of their Christmas cards or to make a donation please visit their website: www.strichards.org.uk

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EdgeMagazine To find out if you qualify for a scholarship or a bursary, it is worth attending a school open morning to have a look around and meet teachers, current parents and pupils. You can also collect information on the registration process, fees and assessment procedures.

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hoosing a school for your child is a difficult decision that many parents will spend time agonising over. In this age of austerity, when the family purse may be stretched already, choosing the independent route for your child may be nothing more than a pipe dream.

Tim Keyes, headteacher at King’s School explains, “A scholarship is an award based on the ability of a child demonstrated in their school work, academic potential or in a special skill such as music. The award usually equates to a discount of up to thirty per cent of school fees. Here at King’s we offer many academic, music and leadership scholarships each year to promising candidates who will be encouraged to further develop their skills, and, as their part of the bargain, be role models to others and maximise the opportunity. “Bursaries, on the other hand, are means-tested awards, based on a family’s income and expenditure. The objective is to provide financial assistance for children whose parents wouldn’t normally be able to afford an independent education. At King’s, bursaries range from 5 to 100 per cent fee discount. King’s can offer many more bursaries than most independent day schools in the region due to the generosity of former pupils who have wanted to express their gratitude to the school.”

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t your local Kumon study centre, Kumon offers individualised maths and English study programmes which are tailored to all ages and abilities. Established for over 50 years, the Kumon programmes enable children to develop their study skills and confidently tackle advanced work. The start of a new year is an ideal time to enrol your child at your local centre, so amongst all the presents they may receive during the holidays, why not also give them the gift of learning? It’s easy for a child’s learning to take a back seat during the school holidays but it is important to keep their mind active to avoid interruption to their progress and

to ensure they get off to a flying start in the new school term. At the start of the new year, it is important to ensure children are equipped with the most vital tools needed for a successful year ahead; a good grip on the core subjects of maths and English and the learning skills required for academic progression. Through the maths and English programmes, Kumon will nurture your child’s independent study skills, so they can apply this approach to all subjects and outside of school too. Kumon develops children through the acquisition of independent learning skills, rather than teaching in the conventional sense. Your child will therefore be equipped with the ability to learn for themselves so they do not become dependent on – or limited by – the skills and knowledge of others. At Kumon, learning is always for the long run. The individualised programmes enable students to progress to an advanced level, at their own pace, ensuring they maximise their ability and begin to realise their unlimited potential. There are numerous study centres across Birmingham. For more information, and to find your local study centre, call 0800 854 714 or visit kumon.co.uk.

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A successful start in life at St George’s lower school St George’s School, Edgbaston, offers a complete education for boys and girls from 4 months of age through to 18 years. This provides a strong, one school community where students feel settled and secure. Specialist childcare staff, at St George’s Nursery, recognise that education should start from an early age. The nursery places special emphasis on each child developing as an individual. With plenty of play time and an exciting range of fun activities, children build important skills in what is the vital first stage of their educational development. The nursery is a thriving environment, where children find learning exciting. St George’s understands that choosing a nursery is one of the most important decisions parents will have to make. They have worked hard to establish a centre of excellence for your child, so you know they are receiving the very best start in life. “We are genuinely committed to the belief that all children can achieve if supported from an early age,” says Sir Robert Dowling, Vice Chair to the Board of Trustees. Jenny Shaw, Head of the Lower School, takes a visionary approach to teaching and has introduced the idea of a holistic education for children from Year 1. Students

have smart targets set for numeracy, reading, writing and personal development. The curriculum across the Lower School is rich and varied and includes music, Spanish, PE and swimming instruction. Classes rarely exceed 16 students. There is a teaching assistant in every class. Formative assessment is ongoing. Every six weeks there is a summative assessment when new targets are set. “The Lower School offers wonderful opportunities for young minds to develop,” says Jenny Shaw. “Our children are very happy here and this shows in their successful achievements.” For more details please call 0121 625 0398.

stimulating environment where each individual girl succeeds. Due to the size of our school community all our girls are valued as individuals and our staff give generously of their time and energy. With a curriculum that offers academic rigour our girls make good academic progress and achieve high standards in their work. Our A Level results were the best in the area in 2013 with an impressive 68% of all grades at A* and A.

Saint Martin’s School - We are very proud of being a school that educates girls and only girls. Saint Martin’s is an exceptional independent school for girls offering all-round quality education from Nursery to Sixth Form, 2¾ years to 18. We are situated in a stunning twenty acre site in the centre of Solihull, located in the grounds of the historic Malvern Hall. At Saint Martin’s our aim is to provide education of the highest quality in a safe, happy, supportive and

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Girls excel in Sport, Drama and Music and we have extensive facilities on site including a state-of-the-art Performing Arts building with theatre and dance studio, a 25 metre indoor swimming pool and an all-weather Astro pitch. There is no substitute for a visit to the school to experience for yourself the ethos of Saint Martin's. You are most welcome to come and see our school in action at any time; please contact Ruth Iles, Registrar to arrange a visit. We look forward to meeting you.

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BE A PART OF IT Dorridge Music School’s 2014 concert

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he Stunning Bluthner PH Grand Piano, soon to be featured on BBC1's The Voice, is to be brought to Birmingham Symphony Hall next March for Dorridge Music School’s 2014 concert - A Fusion of Music and Dance. Leigh Perry, owner of Dorridge Music School and producer of the concert first spotted the amazing looking grand piano, valued at £96,000 in the window of the Bluthners showroom in Mayfair earlier this year. Unbelievably, Leigh then discovered that the showroom manager, Peter Corney was an old friend and colleague in the music business of 30 years. Bluthner, one of the world’s leading piano manufacturers is supporting DMS in concert. The PH piano will be used on stage and they will have a piano exhibition in Symphony Hall foyer.

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The concert being held on Sunday 16th March 2014 will see over 300 musicians from DMS perform live, with guest performer, legendary rock musician Bev Bevan who is also the school’s patron. The Birmingham Community Gospel Choir, seen recently on Songs of Praise will also make a special appearance. The concert is supporting the RSPCA Birmingham Animal Centre and the Born Free Foundation. For information or to purchase tickets visit www.dorridgemusicschool.com or call 01564772831.


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COMPUTER CODING Making digital literacy easy Brett Laniosh

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hroughout the year I run conferences for teachers that showcase some of the best classroom tools for producing large gains in children’s learning and understanding. It probably sounds as though we’re are talking about expensive technology but in actual fact some great products are anything but high in terms of tech or even cost. One of the presenters at our last conference was Neil Westwood from Magic Whiteboard. You may remember Neil as a winner of BBC’s Dragon’s Den in 2008. For those who haven’t seen it, Magic Whiteboard is a flipchart writing material that sticks to anything. My reasons for inviting Neil was to explore the opportunities for using the product in the classroom and it didn’t surprise me to get a number of calls from schools after the conference who had come with all manner of inventive ways to use Magic Whiteboard. Do take a look at catshill.com/magic to find out more.

Those of a certain age may remember when you had to type in code (often from magazines) to get a computer to do anything. It may seem like progress that today all we have to do is download an app to get our computer (yes a smartphone is a computer) to do all kinds of wondrous things. The problem is that we’re in danger of losing a generation who think that computer applications just come out of the ether. The young people that entered code into those early PCs went on to become today’s software developers writing programs that make a significant contribution to the UK’s economy. So computer programming is coming back

Much of my work in schools has creativity running through it for the simple reason that learning is accelerated by actually doing things. Young people watch more programmes online than by watching TV for this very reason. They can interact with characters and play games related to the item they are watching. Smart phones, tablet PCs and good old computers allow us to interact and become active rather than passive learners. On my website is a “Treasure” page; a list of proven products that can help children’s learning. One such item of treasure is Just2Easy, a cloud based publishing tool that allows you to produce exciting and feature rich pages and even websites. J2e has been a big hit in schools as it does things in a way that you expect. For example in J2e you click on the page and start writing or drawing exactly where you have clicked rather than having your work pushed to the left and top of your page as Microsoft Word does. Such freedom is quite liberating. Take a look at my website for more treasure www.catshill.com/treasure and do try out as many tools as you can, many of which are completely free.

but in a way that is appropriate now. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has developed a brilliant application that allows our young and not so young to create all manner of attractive and funky games. It is called Scratch and it is completely free. I’m in the middle of rolling out Scratch Packs to schools containing the best resources and guides to get children writing and debugging programs. And of course Scratch can also be found on the catshill.com treasure page.

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Brett Laniosh works in schools to promote creative learning. Follow him on twitter @catshill, LinkedIn or drop him an email blaniosh@catshill.com  


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eff Taylor, head of the Business Services team at Legal 500 recognised solicitors, Thomas Horton LLP, recommends giving your business an end of year health check in order to start the new year in good shape. New Year’s resolutions shouldn’t just be limited to personal goals. Tidying up your business in time for the start of the coming year enables you to concentrate on the everyday running of operations, without the risk of important aspects of your business being neglected, potentially storing up trouble for the future. It’s often easier for a professional outside your company to identify any potential issues, as they will take an objective view because they’re not immersed in the dayto-day running of the business. By carrying out a review of a company’s core documents and internal operations, we are able to spot any potential issues and make changes and recommendations to resolve them as quickly as possible. We look at many of the things that a potential buyer would look at, in order to assess how healthy your business is, including: Commercial framework – checking your terms of business and contracting procedures and the strength of your contractual relationships with customers and suppliers. Legal compliance – checking all licences are in place, that your employment contracts and staff manuals are up-to-date, and that all relevant rules and regulations are being followed. The most common issues we find are: • Many smaller businesses work with long-term clients but don’t necessarily have formal contracts in place. ‘Handshake agreements’ with customers won’t protect you or your business in the event of a dispute and poor contracting procedures can mean you will lose the ‘battle of the forms’ when the going gets rough. So, it’s essential to ensure your procedures and documents are reviewed and up-to-date. • Often, standard terms and conditions of business will have started off many years ago, copied from different documents and adapted and changed ‘bit by bit’ over the years. As a result, they often don’t achieve what they’re supposed to, such as not properly limiting contractual liability to customers, leaving you dangerously exposed to potentially unlimited losses. • When were your contracts of employment or staff manuals last updated? Make sure you check to ensure they accommodate the most recent changes in

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legislation such as age discrimination, working hours’ rules, Bribery Act guidelines, and preparedness for the new auto-enrolment pension reforms. • Credit control procedures often aren’t as slick as they should be and many companies simply write off bad debts without methodically pursing them. We can help to improve your collection procedures by providing a low-cost but sensitive debt collection service that will reduce your debtor days and bad debts whilst still preserving customer relations and business reputation. • It is essential to protect your business brand by asking us to register your business logo at the Intellectual Property Office. • Ensure that your company website is fully up-to-date and complies with the regulations on disclosure, data protection and distance selling. We strongly recommend protecting your business with a low cost legal audit to ensure you are up-to-date with the latest legislation and to see if there are ways to improve existing policies and procedures to reduce business risk and improve your operations. If you would like a no obligation discussion about how we can help your business, please call us on 01527 839297 or visit www.thomashorton.co.uk


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INHERITANCE TAX PLANNING Using your limits to minimise IHT Tom Ware

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lthough it can feel morbid to contemplate death, inheritance tax planning is best done early and prudently to minimise any potential bill. The rules mean that it is fairly easy to minimise inheritance tax so no-one has to leave their dependents with a big bill to pay. The nil rate band - i.e. the value of an estate that is not subject to inheritance tax - currently stands at £325,000. The Conservatives had mooted plans to increase the rate to £1m, but this has been put on hold as it does not fit with the climate of austerity; the rate will now be frozen until 2019. The temptation is to book back-to-back cruises to ensure that little remains in the pot for the tax man. ‘Spending the kids’ inheritance’ has become a popular pastime among retirees. More seriously, many people are also concerned about nursing home fees and ensuring that relatives will have something left if they need long term care. For those that would like to leave something for loved ones, there are a number of exemptions of which they can take advantage. All money left to a spouse is exempt from inheritance tax. A married couple has two nil rate bands. It used to be that if the first spouse died, left the money to the surviving spouse, the nil rate band of the first spouse was lost. However, legislation has changed, so that a nil rate band is still available on the death of the second spouse, creating an effective nil rate band of £650,000. Charitable giving can substantially reduce someone’s inheritance tax bill. If 10% of a person’s net estate is left to charity, a reduced rate of 36% is payable on the remainder. This can be a tax efficient way to do something worthwhile. Equally, people should ensure that they give away as much as they can during their lifetime. This is likely to apply to disposable income and chattels, rather than the family home. Sadly, it is not possible to put the family home in childrens’ names and continue to live in it; this is a ‘gift with retention of benefit’. An individual can give away £3000 per tax year and

it is removed from the value of the estate immediately. If someone hasn’t used the allowance in one year, they may carry it forward to the next and give away £6000 in that tax year. The recipient can be anyone, from children and grandchildren to friends. Gifts of any size can be made to charities and certain sporting organisations and political parties. Equally, gifts of £250 can be made to anyone at any time. Larger gifts can be made providing they are out of surplus income and form part of a regular pattern of giving. The gift must not materially undermine the donor’s standard of living and must not be made out of capital. This is a little-used exemption and can be extremely useful. In addition to the standard gift allowances, people can also make one-off gifts to couples getting married. The parents of the bride or groom can give up to £5000, other relatives can give up to £2,500 are also exempt, while everyone else can give gifts of up to £1,000. Most other transfers of wealth become ‘potentially exempt’. If the donor survives for seven years after the gift is made, the gift falls outside the donor’s estate for inheritance tax purposes. If they die after, say, five years, a tiered allowance applies. Equally, lifetime gifts for the maintenance of a spouse, child (under 18) or dependent relative are exempt from tax. Inheritance tax is often seen as a ‘voluntary tax’ because there are so many ways not to pay it. That may stretch the point, but there are certainly plenty of easy ways to avoid leaving a big bill. Churchill Investments 01934 844444 info@churchillinvestment.co.uk www.churchill.uk.net

IMPORTANT NOTICE The descriptions of products and services in this newsletter are not recommendations, which we will only make to individuals based on their personal circumstances and needs. Investment plans and funds may involve risks to both capital and income. Past performance is not a guide to the future and the value of investment can fall as well as rise. You might not get back the full amount invested particularly if an encashment is made in the early years. The descriptions of tax rules are based on Churchill Investments’ understanding of law and HMR&C practice. Tax rules are subject to change. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage. Churchill Investments plc is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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ADEQUATE PLANNING

Are you running the risk of outliving your savings? Matthew Holden-Jones

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n a world of low interest rates, volatile markets and increasing life expectancy, Matthew Holden-Jones offers some useful guidance on retirement planning.

Although the State Pension provides a limited income (currently £5727.80 for a single person, per annum, based on a full NI record), it falls drastically short of what is really needed to fund a comfortable lifestyle. So how do we avoid poverty in retirement? First, decide how large a fund you will need. One method is to multiply your target retirement income by 25. For example, if you think you’ll need £25,000 a year, aim for a fund of £625,000. Next, select the most appropriate investment vehicles to achieve your goal. Property, Investment Bonds and ISAs have all proved popular over recent years but don’t offer the same degree of tax breaks or guarantees as a pension. Take advice from a trusted financial professional. If your retirement is imminent you will obviously want to maximise your income from the money available. But be aware – you’ll need to make it last. Retirement funds are coming under increasing pressure from the simple fact that we’re living longer. In 1981, a person’s pension was expected to last them for 16 years. With people generally living longer and facing the possibility of funding a retirement that could now last 20 years or more. So what are your best income options? Most people will be familiar with annuities, whereby you exchange pension funds for a guaranteed annual income from a life assurance company. Annuities are fixed for life but they can be linked to inflation and furthermore, can provide your partner with an income when you pass away. The annuity rate offered by the life assurer is affected by the prevailing yield on gilts and corporate bonds. Annuity rates have recently been falling. Nevertheless, it is imperative to exercise the Open Market Option – your right to compare annuity rates in the market – before making a decision.

An alternative to an annuity is something called income drawdown. These schemes aim to outperform annuities by investing in assets such as stocks and shares. With recent market volatility they have not performed well. That said opportunities may exist for those phasing in retirement as markets will, eventually, bounce back. Deciding how you take your pension benefits is complex and necessitates professional advice.

Matthew Holden-Jones is based locally and is inviting Edge Magazine readers to discover the simple yet highly effective steps you can take to protect your wealth and stay in control - helping the right amount of it pass to the right people at the right time. Wealth Preservation Surgeries are being held, strictly by appointment only. All surgeries last approximately 40 minutes and are held in the strictest confidence without obligation.

For further Call 0121 426 5558 to information or book an appointment or for to request your your complimentary guide to complimentary wealth management. guide to retirement planning, please contact Michael Edwards of St. James’s Place Wealth Management. Please contact Matthew Holden-Jones of H-J Wealth Planning, partner practice of St James’s Place Wealth Management. Matt can be contacted by phone on 0121 426 5558 or by email on matt.hjwealthplanning@sjpp.co.uk. The levels and bases of taxation and reliefs from taxation can change at any time and are generally dependent on individual circumstances. The value of an investment with St. James’s Place will be directly linked to the performance of the funds selected and the value may fall as well as rise. You may get back less than the amount invested.

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hey’re at it again, the weathermen, with their talk of wild winds, heavy rain, and artic blasts. The nights are drawing in and I’m pretty sure the duvet is finding it harder to relinquish its grip of me in the mornings. As a neighbour said to me the other day, as yet again the heavens opened, “It’s not exactly convertible weather anymore is it?” Oh, if only they knew. The inclement weather also coincided with my time with Maserati’s GranCabrio Sport, the 4.7 litre, 450bhp, sharper, harder hitting version of the Italian motor maker’s 4-seater drop-top grand-tourer. Mother Nature may well have brought the rain in certain parts of the Welsh Marches, but it was the engine-builders of Northern Italy supplied the thunder that day. By pressing the GranCabrio’s Sport Button you immediately open two butterfly valves in the exhaust system. Not only does that unleash the Sport’s final 10bhp it also allows the gases a quicker more, free flowing exit. With the valves closed the Grancabrio Sport emits a muted all-Italian V8 grumble that any car fan could instantly fall for. With the valves open however, one of the most powerful road-going Maseratis you can buy, produces the kind of noises that stir the soul. It’s the sound of pure indulgence, a deep bass rumble that builds into a hard-edged shriek as the revs and your velocity rise. It’s the kind of sound that has you deliberately driving round looking for tunnels and bridges, purely so as you can drive under or through them in order to hear its timbre echoing off their walls. You find yourself using the slender column mounted paddles to change down through the six-speed automatic gearbox not because you have to, but simply because you can.

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There is more to the GranCabrio Sport than just the ability to show off though. True its looks aren’t exactly for shrinking violets but should you want it to, the GranCabrio Sport is more than capable of playing the long distance cruiser role well. It seems to suit a more relaxed driving style and favour wide open roads. But it will seat four in comfort. How many other near drop-tops, capable of 177mph and 0-62 in 5 seconds dead, can you think of that will do that? If we were to pick faults you could say the brakes need a firm push, the boot is hopelessly small and the interior’s multitude of buttons seem to have been distributed around the dashboard with a scatter gun. To be brutally honest the GranCabrio Sport is madly impractical; it’s expensive, heavy, thirsty, arguably not quite as well constructed as its price tag demands it should be and probably not as good to drive as its looks suggest it could be. Ultimately it’s an exotic and flawed beauty, the kind of which you buy with your heart rather than your head. Strange though how you'll forgive it for nearly everything as soon as you turn the key.

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A CLASSIC INVESTMENT Better than money in the bank Adrian Hunt

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recent study has found the price of a Marque model, such as Ferrari, Bugatti, or Bentley has more than quadrupled over the past decade.

In fact, in the last 10 years luxury cars have increased by 430%. Even gold is left behind at 273% and stamps at 255%. London property, although a clever investment, has only increased by 135%. But, the real loser looks to be antique furniture at a loss of 19% over the same time. One of the reasons for this is, because classic cars are a tangible asset that we can touch and feel, and, indeed drive. Everyone knows and understands a Ferrari or a Jaguar, but not many of us understand other investments such as art or shares. Owning a classic car is not just an investment. It is something we can all enjoy looking at or listening to. What a pleasure it is to drive to a country pub for a local ale on a sunny Sunday lunchtime in your own "pride and joy". Also, don't forget a few years ago; it looked a bit risky having money in the bank, full-stop!

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However, don't be fooled into thinking that your Triumph Spitfire or Hillman Imp is now worth a fortune and that now is the time to cash it in. All of these statistics relate to serious classic marques such as Ferrari, Aston-Martin, Maserati, Bentley, Jaguar and a few more. Mind you, the values of even the humble classics have gone up, mainly on the back of the fact that they've all gone up. But the big quoted values and attained auction prices only belong to "the best of the best". The worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most expensive car recently changed hands for $52 million. It was a Ferrari 250 GTO, one of only 39 made. The average condition classic will still only fetch an average price, but the best conditioned and historical car will be the one that fetches big money. The Jaguar E-Type must be on most peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wish list, boy or girl. It is instantly recognisable by almost any age group. It is respected and admired by all who see one all over the world. It was introduced to universal acclaim in 1961 when the Daily Mail called it "The most wanted car in the world". The E-Type was continuously upgraded and modified and remained in production until 1974. In total 72,500


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Ged Quinn, I Like to Know What I’m Being Shown, 2012

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t’s been a wonderful year for the Heart of England galleries. We’ve seen some fantastic exhibitions and next year looks set to welcome more brilliant artists to the three counties. To ring in 2014, we’re in Walsall this edition, for a special solo exhibition. This winter, The New Art Gallery Walsall presents a major exhibition of paintings by Ged Quinn. The exhibition will survey Quinn’s practice over the last four years, bringing together paintings from private collections in Europe and America as well as a brand new body of work created especially for this project. The exhibition will testify to the breadth of the artist’s practice and will include landscapes, portraits and still lifes, resplendent in references to history, myth and popular culture from across and through time. The subtle, teasing and at times, unnerving nature of the juxtapositions at play in Quinn’s work, situate him as a leading contemporary painter. Although Quinn has shown extensively in Europe and America, this will be his first solo exhibition in a public gallery in the UK since Tate St Ives in 2004 and Tate Liverpool in 2008 as part of the Liverpool Biennial. In Quinn’s more recent works, the mysterious and intriguing scenarios that nestled within the grand landscapes reminiscent of artists like Claude Lorrain and Jacob Ruisdael have emerged to centre stage where references to European history, mythology and Modernist architecture jostle for attention alongside artistic and literary references and homages to filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard and Andrei Tarkovsky. In one of the new landscape paintings, traditional pictorial devices used to suggest depth or perspective are playfully challenged by the use of filmic text or explicit engagement with the flatness of the canvas. Quinn’s paintings provide an intellectual space for an interrogation and critique of modernism fuelled by the artist’s own unique perspective.

Quinn also produces much smaller works including intense portraits and still lifes that are equally as compelling. Two brand new portraits currently being completed for the exhibition are inspired by the complex and troubled relationship between poet Paul Celan, a Holocaust survivor, and Martin Heidegger, one of the most influential 20th century philosophers. Celan struggled to reconcile his admiration for the writings of Heidegger with his abhorrence of his Nazi past. The two engaged in regular communication between 1951 and 1970. Typically, Quinn’s intriguing portraits of these figures are loaded with broader cultural references. A substantial publication accompanies the exhibition with texts by Michael Bracewell and Dr Brian Dillon as well as colour reproductions of all works exhibited. The publication is co-published with Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and supported by Walsall Museums and Art Galleries Development Trust. Ged Quinn was born in Liverpool in 1963. He has studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford, the Slade School of Art in London, the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf and the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. He has exhibited widely and his work is represented in many collections. Recent solo exhibitions include Bass Museum, Miami, Florida, USA (2012-13) and Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas (2012). He has an upcoming group show, at Galerie Rudolfinium, Viktor Pivovarov and Ged Quinn, Rudolfinium, Prague, Czech Republic (2014).  The exhibition runs until the 5th January 2014. Gallery Square Walsall West Midlands WS2 8LG 01922 654400 www.thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk

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POP OF CULTURE Lucinda Bunn

Brumtown Records Presents: Relo ‘Crazy Over You’ Brumtown Records is home to a unique and diverse family of artists/producers based in Birmingham, UK. Founded by Levi ‘KMD’ St Juste and inspired by the mechanics of Berry Gordy’s Motown, the roster boasts a mix of talented artists including the fantastic, newest addition Relo dubbed as ‘the UK’s Beyonce’. Beyonce? Yeah I know that may sound just a tad bit ambitious, however, if you take a listen to her debut single ‘Crazy Over You’, produced by Brumtown Hit Factory, you may actually find yourself coming up with the same

conclusion. Relo (Tshwarelo Nhlapo) is an 18-year-old British R&B singer/ songwriter. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. Now the single is ready and the campaign has started, Relo is very happy, excited and ready to be catapulted into the music industry with support of her new team, her friends and family.

Check out ‘Crazy Over You’ by following Brumtown Records on Twitter: @brumtownrecords Relo: @officialrelo

Jack and the Beanstalk at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre is covering all bases this Christmas, with festive fun for the family in its traditional pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, and a yuletide treat for grown-ups in its B2 Xmas Show, Oh No It Isn’t!, starring RSC actress Katy Stephens. Running on the Main Stage until 5th Jan, Jack and the Beanstalk, will star panto legend Iain Lauchlan and feature spectacular scenery, stupendous costumes, hilarious slapstick and bags of audience participation. Written and directed by Nick Walker, Oh No It Isn’t! is a brand new comedy thriller which follows the story of four actors performing in a Christmas panto. For the audience it’s a fun, yuletide treat, but for the actors on stage, it’s a matter of life and death. Running from 7th to 28th Dec and at just an hour long, it’s perfect for office parties or a Christmas night out away from the kids.

Tickets are available now from the Belgrade’s Box Office on 024 7655 3055 or via www.belgrade.co.uk where cheaper tickets are available. Belgrade Theatre Belgrade Square Coventry CV1 1GS 024 7684 6715 www.belgrade.co.uk

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METAL MAGIC

Luke Burton’s recycled aluminium sculptures Tom Carroll

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t only 31 years of age, Luke Burton is carving a name for himself in the frenzied world of art. The Solihull sculptor, who has been honing his skills for over a decade, has developed his style using heavy, industrial materials to create pieces that are structurally interesting and unique. Alongside an army of private collectors, Luke has begun to create public pieces of art in an attempt to bring art back to the streets and get the public talking. These colossal pieces have caused quite a stir amongst those who have seen them, not only for their sheer scale but also for the innovative way that Luke has used processes and materials not often associated with fine art. “I think the art world can be a bit stuffy and boring at times, with much of it tucked away in galleries that can be daunting to the general public. I think that art should be accessible to everyone, wherever they go and we should be doing more to bring art back to the public. Many people will not have seen pieces of art of this size before, especially ones

that you can touch and interact with, without fear of damaging them, so it is pleasing that the reaction has been so positive”. One of Luke’s most recent creations, “Believe”, stands 9ft high and weighs over 250 kilograms, was unveiled in Stratford-uponAvon for the launch of the Olympic torch relay before being placed on the 25th floor of the landmark Cube building in Birmingham city centre to gain as much exposure as possible. Inspired by the strength and determination of the Great British Olympic team, the cast aluminium piece was then auctioned off for the charity Help for Heroes with guest auctioneer Lord Digby Jones helping to raise a substantial amount for the cause, which is very close to the heart of the young Silhillian. “When you see the strength and determination that these guys put in it leaves you in absolute awe. The idea behind “Believe” was that of strength and courage, so auctioning it off for Help for Heroes seemed

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WHAT’S ON What: Search for Santa Where: Avoncroft Museum When: 14th-15th December and 21st-22nd December 2013 Santa is making his traditional pre-Christmas visit to Bromsgrove and is staying in one of the Museum’s historic buildings.  See if you can find where he is by joining one of our search teams and following clues around the site. Prebooking is essential as numbers are limited. www.avoncroft.org.uk

What: Blood Brothers Where: Belgrade Theatre

Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences. The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

What: Oh No It Isn’t! Where: Belgrade Theatre When: 7th-28th December 2013

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When: 27th January-8th February 2014

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Oh No It Isn’t! is the brilliant new comedy thriller, written and directed by acclaimed Coventry writer, Nick Walker. Four actors are performing a Christmas panto. For the audience it’s a fun, yuletide treat – for the actors on stage, it’s a matter of life and death!

at the Royal Albert Hall, Apollo Digital Entertainment is proud to announce Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert with live underscore by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Described as ‘a magical treat for the eyes and the ears’, Disney shares one of its crown jewels of feature animation showcasing selections from Walt Disney’s original Fantasia and Disney’s Fantasia 2000.

What: Fantasia Where: NIA Birmingham When: 29th December 2013 Following a series of hugely successfully and popular performances

What: Santa’s Spectacular Grotto and Adventure Farm Festive Fun Where: Hatton Country World When: Weekends from 23rd November to 24th December 2013

Where: Warwick Arts Centre

Come and see Santa in his magical Grotto and receive a golden key to unlock his workshop where each child can choose their very own present off the shelves. Say hello to his reindeer and meet the nativity animals starring in our Traditional Nativity Story. Plus, there are Fun Fair Rides and Children’s Shows making it a festive family day out.

When: 10th January 2014

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What: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

He’s been described as “the greatest and brightest hope on the international conducting scene”. But you don’t even need to travel to Birmingham to hear why Andris Nelsons‘ partnership with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is setting the musical world alight. From the rocketing energy and playful humour of Prokofiev’s firecracker of a First Symphony, to the Shakespearean tragedy of Brahms’ Fourth, this concert demonstrates the whole range of Nelsons’ musical personality  www.warwickartscentre.co.uk

What: Autosport International 2014 Where: NEC Birmingham When: 11th-12th January 2014 Take your passion for motorsport and road cars up a gear at Autosport International. Get up close to real F1 cars on the F1 Racing Grid. See your favourite TV personalities


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will be choc full of seasonal activities and festive fun for all, including jolly children’s entertainers, festive food at the Cadbury Café, and the opportunity to watch our own unique pantomime ‘Jack and the Cocoa Bean Stalk’. 

from the hugely popular BBC One show.  Strictly fans get to watch the celebrity dancing couples competing live for the TV judges’ votes and then get to vote themselves with their mobile phones.  Arena audiences will experience Strictly’s glitz, glamour and breath taking choreography.

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www.thenia.co.uk What: The Snowman Where: The Rep When: 8th-18th January 2014

What: The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular

When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. They meet dancing penguins, reindeer and crowds of the Snowman’s friends, but will they escape evil Jack Frost and get back home for Christmas morning? This enchanting live show has thrilled audiences throughout the world since first appearing on our stage in 1993.

Where: Artrix When: Sunday 12th January 2014 Take a trip back in time to the glamorous and glitzy nights of Las Vegas in the late 1950s and early 1960s in the company of the Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular. This spectacular production with live orchestra celebrates the incredible singing talent of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin. www.artrix.co.uk

What: Ghost

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What: BBL Cup Final Where: NIA Birmingham When: 12th January 2014 Basketball’s equivalent of the FA Cup returns for the twelfth year in a row to the illustrious surroundings of the NIA, for what promises to be an incredible day of high flying, slam dunking, action! Cup Final Day is one of the most eagerlyanticipated during the BBL season. www.thenia.co.uk

Where: New Alexandra Theatre When: 17th December-5th January 2014

What: Strictly Come Dancing the Live Tour Where: NIA Birmingham When: 17th-19th January 2014 The 2014 live tour will feature a brand new line-up of your favourite celebrities and dancers

Based on the phenomenal Oscar-winning movie that captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation back in the 90s, Ghost is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. With a score by rock legends and Grammy award winners, Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard and featuring the unforgettable Unchained Melody, Ghost is a rollercoaster ride of romance and comedy with dazzling state-of-theart staging. www.atgtickets.com

What: Johann Strauss Gala What: Christmas Celebration Weekends 2013

Where: Symphony Hall

Where: Cadbury World

Hosting the performance is the irrepressible showman, Rainer Hersch, who with his inimitable wit and panache whisks the audience back to 19th century Vienna on a light-hearted journey through a programme of the finest waltzes and polkas from the Strauss musical dynasty and other timeless dance music.

When: Weekends from 23rd November to 22nd December 2013 Cadbury World will be transformed into a festive winter wonderland from Saturday 23rd November to Sunday 22nd December. In the run up to Christmas, weekends

When: 1st January 2014

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What's on at The Heart of England Galleries The Barber Institute of Fine Arts- Millet to Manet until 12th January 2014 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery- Qalam: The art of beautiful writing until 26th January 2014 Compton VerneyMarx-Lambert Collection redisplay until 15th December 2013 Herbert Art GalleryArtistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Insight: Lisa Gunn in conversation 16th January 2014 Ikon Gallery- Tim Johnson: The Luminescent Ground 4th December 2013-9th February 2014 mac- And when you finally disappear/Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just say you were never here 7th December 2013- 2nd February 2014 RBSA- John Graham Reeve ARBSA until 4TH January 2014 Wolverhampton Art Gallery-Shakti: Nikhil Chopra until 5th April 2014 The New Art Gallery Walsall- Dorothea

Wight and Marc Balakjian until 2nd March 2014

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