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Issue 40, May 2015 Complimentary

Kent’s Lifestyle Magazine


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elcome to the May edition of mmm Magazine – your refuge from the world of politics, general elections, coalitions and all of those seemingly endless opinion polls! Certainly, if you enjoy your politics, the last few weeks have been absolutely fascinating. But there does come a point when you need to relax and let your mind stray to other things – and that's where we come in. We have a little something for everyone inside this month's edition from fashion to travel, food to beauty and, of course, a healthy helping of celebrity. We take a look at the remarkable career of Daniel Craig – rapidly becoming everyone's favourite James Bond and currently filming the latest 007 movie, Spectre. He is a fiercely private actor, despite his global fame, so look inside as we lift the lid on just what makes him tick. Elsewhere, we dance the foxtrot with Sevenoaks' Anton du Beke. Looking back to the day he first discovered the delights of dancing, to his long spell on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing; he has been at the forefront of the ballroom revival. Keeping with the talent show theme, we also profile Amanda Holden – the bubbly judge from Britain's Got Talent. She's certainly had a fascinating life full of ups and downs. Find out more inside. May's also the time most of us start to look towards our summer holidays as the summer lurks just around the corner. I was lucky enough to escape for a break recently – taking my mother away for a wonderful break which will live long in the memory. Getting away from everything – even the pleasure of putting together mmm – does certainly recharge the batteries and I'm really looking forward now to the summer months; as, I'm sure, are you. So enjoy this month's edition of mmm – and don't hesitate to let us know if there's anything you would like to see in our pages over the next coming months. We always love to hear from you. See you next month! Rasa

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DANIEL CRAIG Can he solve the cryptic message that could lead him to SPECTRE?


PEDICURE The most luxurious gift you can give your feet!


WEDDINGS Total inspiration for your most special day


TRAvEL A guide to spectacular honeymoon vacations from Baldwins Travel Group


AMANDA HOLDEN She definitely has talent!


FOOD Top recipes for you this May


OUTDOOR GARDEN FURNITURE Our selection of stylish outdoor garden furniture

Design Matthew Jones Sales Sue Houghton Accounts Kerry Head

PROPERTY A unique home in the heart of Canterbury and a beautiful presented cottage from Smarden


ANTON DU BEKE Strictly one of a kind


MOTORS The new volkswagen digital supercar


DUNKIRK Robin Brooks recalls a heroic episode in wartime British history 75 years ago


BUSINESS Current news in Kent


EvENTS Highlights of all that’s in and about Kent this month


HOROSCOPES Discover what’s in store for you this May with Ali Janes


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His name is Craig

Daniel Craig Ahead of the release of Spectre, the latest James Bond movie,

we take a look at Daniel Craig’s rise to the top


sk most teenage boys what they would like to be when they grow up and the chances are being James Bond, earning a fortune and marrying a famous actress would figure highly on

their list. So little wonder Daniel Craig has become a man envied and respected in equal measure. As the man credited with adding an edge to 007 and delivering, on his last outing as the super spy perhaps Bond’s finest moment yet in Skyfall, he is assured a place in movie history as well as becoming a global pin-up.

In fact it is hard now to recollect the animosity of so many when he was announced as the man to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Sean Connery and Roger Moore. Not that he is any one-trick pony. His portfolio of major movies – certainly assisted by the pulling power of the Bond franchise – is impressive. He’s starred alongside Nicole Kidman in the Golden Compass, Harrison Ford in Cowboys and Aliens, been cast in the war-time drama Defiance, provided his voice to an animated big movie version of a classic Tintin book, and appeared in the English language version of best-selling book The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. a

In addition to that, after shooting psychological thriller Dream House he embarked on a romance with his Academy Award-winning co-star Rachel Weisz. The pair had long been friends. But just six months after they started dating in December 2010, they tied the knot in a private ceremony in New York. In a manner very much in keeping with a couple who like to keep their private life just that, just four guests attended – two of which were the couple’s children from previous relationships – the then 18-year-old Ella, Craig’s daughter, and 5-year-old Henry, Weisz’s son. It was not Craig’s first marriage. In 1992, when he was 24, he married the Scottish actress Fiona Loudon. The marriage would only last two years before they divorced. Ironically, it was the same year he first met Weisz in a theatre production the two young actors were performing in. He would go on to have a seven-year relationship with German actress Heike Makatsch, best known for her roles in Love Actually, Resident Evil and The Book Thief, before embarking on a five-year romance with Satsuki Mitchell.

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Weisz, meanwhile, was fresh from a nine-year marriage to the American director Darren Aronofsky. At the time they separated he was working on Black Swan, a movie which would become his best known and secure five Academy Award nominations. They announced their split just weeks before she went public with her new romance with Craig. Since then, they have remained tight-lipped about their relationship – refusing to discuss it in interviews. While Craig is almost equally as reticent to discuss his childhood.

It might have been different if we didn’t have the success Casino Royal enjoyed. BUT I’M SURE I GET OFFERED MORE ROLES NOW THAN I USED TO

“My background was not well off,” he admits, “and fame and fortune is really quite scary. As a result, there aren’t many people you can talk to for advice on how to deal with that.” Which may go some way towards his silence over what makes him tick. Born in March 1968, his father Timothy was in the Navy, and his mother, Olivia was an art teacher with aspirations to be an actress. When his parents divorced when he young, he followed in his mother’s footsteps. She had been a

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offered – but did not take – a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Growing up on the Wirral in Liverpool, he quickly became a regular in school plays and by the time he was 16, having failed to excel academically, he set out to seek his fortune in London. There he joined the National Youth Theatre, where he would take part in a number of touring productions. He moved on to the Guidhall School of Music and Drama in 1988, where other class mates included the likes of Ewan McGregor and Rhys Ifans. Before he had even graduated he won a role in the film the Power of One, alongside TV appearances

in the likes of the Young Indiana Jones and Drop the Dead Donkey. Continuing in successful theatre productions, it was in 1996 when he got his big break – a starring role in TV series Our Friends in the North, alongside Christopher Eccleston and his close pal Mark Strong. He would go on to enjoy roles in plenty more big movies, among them the likes of the English Patient, Obsession and Elizabeth. But it was securing the role as James Bond which saw his career reach the stratosphere. First in Casino Royale, then Quantum of Solace and most recently Skyfall. a

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“There is no doubt it’s changed things,” he admits. “It might have been different if we didn’t have the success Casino Royale enjoyed. “But I’m sure I get offered more roles now than I used to.” Right now, he’s filming the next 007 instalment – the eagerly anticipated Spectre. Directed again by Skyfall’s Sam Mendes, it will be the twenty-fourth Bond movie and Craig’s fourth. The storyline is being kept a closely guarded secret but filming has already taken place, reprising the criminal organisation that is Spectre. The production crews have been in London, Rome and Mexico for a film which will surely be one of the most anticipated when it is released later this year.

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SPRING Has Sprung

Celebrate In Style! mmm showcases exciting events featuring throughout Kent, for your diary this May

Kent Garden Show, Detling, 23rd May - 25th May his show will feature over 300 exhibitors with a wide variety of goods on display and for sale. The features of the show include the floral marquees with their stunning floral displays including medal winners from Chelsea. The garden exhibitors have all manner of gardening goods for sale and include over


sixty nurseries. There will also be exhibitors selling garden furniture, water features, garden sheds and buildings, tools, sculptures, and so much more. Prices are ÂŁ7 for adults and ÂŁ6 for seniors. There is no charge for children (up to age 16). Opening time: 9.30am - 5pm. For more information please call 01795 474660 or visit

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Southern Steam Sunset Event, Tenterden, 23rd - 25th May oin us for the Southern Steam Sunset Event at Tenterden’s Steam Railway over the late May Bank Holiday. This exciting steam event will celebrate how heritage railways have successfully reopened train lines following the Beeching Report of 1963 which led to steam services in the South ending on 9th July 1967. It also marks 25 years since the reopening of Northiam Station. Now, five decades on from this period, the Kent & East Sussex Railway will recreate scenes reminiscent of the final years of branch line steam travel, featuring visiting locomotive Drummond M7 Class 30053 which will be hauling typical Southern Region green liveried stock. Other locomotives in use will be three of the lines’ resident steam locomotives, USA Class tank locomotive No 65 and two of the famous Terrier locomotives, 32670 built in 1872 and 32678 built in 1878. The Terrier locomotives will work a variety of small trains including a mixed train of passenger and goods vehicles, which historically were a feature of many branch lines. The “modern” diesel taking over the branch line will be represented by Class 03 D2023 hauling a small freight, so typical of the last years of the K&ESR.


During the 1960’s, 30053 worked the push-pull services from East Grinstead to Three Bridges before moving to Bournemouth to work the Swanage line. When steam travel on British Railways Southern Region finally ended, 30053 was sold by British Railways to the Steamtown Museum in Bellows Falls, Vermont in the USA. 30053 was repatriated to the UK in 1987 for restoration and now resides on the Swanage Railway. During the weekend visitors can travel between Tenterden and Bodiam stations. Some train services will also be timetabled to take the journey over a new section of restored railway track between Bodiam and Junction Road. The new track is part of a major reconstruction project which will ultimately extend the current line from Bodiam to Robertsbridge. For more information please call on 01580 765155 or visit

Faversham Transport Weekend, Faversham 14th - 16th May eautiful old vehicles displayed throughout Faversham’s picturesque town centre. Vintage buses on show on Saturday 16th with free rides on lovely old buses. Classic cars and motorbikes on display on Sunday 17th. With live music, market stalls and vehicle-related activities taking place over the whole weekend. On Sunday, there will also be jazz, brass and folk bands, a funfair, Punch and Judy, model air display, remote control lorries and an exhibition of vintage bicycles. Also, there are plenty of market stalls and lovely independent shops and restaurants with a great range of delicious food and drink. Boats are on display on the Creek and extra displays and activities at Standard Quay. Free entrance to the public. Park and ride service from Macknade Fine Foods, Selling Road and Brogdale Farm, Brogdale Road. For more information please call 01795 539339 or visit


Supercar Siege, Leeds Castle, 17th May ee some of the world’s finest cars up close and talk to the owners of supercars from manufacturers such as the aweinspiring Koenigsegg and premium Italian manufacturers including Maserati, Pagani, Lamborghini and Ferrari. Children will have the chance to meet everyone’s favourite race car, Lightening McQueen. Bumblebee from Transformers will be taking passengers out for rides, you can have your photo taken with storm troopers, look around a Merlin Mk3 Commando helicopter (subject to availability) and say hello to KITT, the hi-tech talking car from Knightrider. The Sporting Bears, a dedicated group of classic car and sports car enthusiasts will be offering ‘dream rides’ to visitors in return for charitable donations to raise money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Children’s Fund. For more information please call 01622 765400 or visit


WWII Weekend, Dover Castle, 23rd - 25th May over Castle’s popular WWII Weekend is back with a bang! Witness an explosive battle, military encampments, talks, displays and live music. From the 1940’s beauty parlour to the full size Spitfire, make it a full family day out to remember. For more information please call 01304 209891






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Kent Weddings Event Diary Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club Wedding Fair, Maidstone 10th May 2015, Chilston Park Hotel Wedding Open Day, Maidstone 17th May 2015, chilston-park Village Urban Resort Wedding Open Evening, Maidstone 27th May 2015, Ashford International - The Wedding Experience 7th June 2015, Chilston Park Hotel Wedding Open Day, Maidstone 14th June 2015, chilston-park Mercure Maidstone, Great Danes Hotel Wedding Showcase Evening 28th June 2015, Orchard Suite Wedding Fair, Maidstone 19th July 2015, Village Wedding Open Evening, Maidstone 29th July 2015, The Wedding Experience - Mercure Hotel, Maidstone 31st August 2015, The Kent Wedding Fair at Augustine Hall, Canterbury 6th September 2015, Westenhanger Castle Wedding Fair, Hythe 6th September 2015, Botany Bay Wedding Fair - Thanet, Broadstairs 13th September 2015, Marine Hotel Wedding Fair, Whitstable 20th September 2015,

Port Lympne Mansion Hotel Wedding Show, Hythe 27th September 2015, The Kent Wedding Fair, Rochester 27th September 2015, The Hop Farm Wedding Show, Tonbridge 4th October 2015, Ashford International - The Wedding Experience 4th October 2015, The Kent Wedding Fair, Cornwallis Suite, Maidstone 4th October 2015, Birchwood Park Wedding Fair, Dartford 4th October 2015, BayPoint Wedding Fair, Sandwich 11th October 2015, Oakwood House Wedding Show, Maidstone 11th October 2015, The Inn on the Lake Wedding Show, Gravesend 11th October 2015, Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club Wedding Fair, Maidstone 18th October 2015, Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club Wedding Fair, Maidstone 25th October 2015, The Wedding Experience - The Kent Showground, Detling 25th October 2015, East Quay Wedding Fair, Whitstable 7th November 2015,

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eople are getting more and more creative when it comes to proposing to their loved ones, with lip syncing to songs such as Bruno Mars’ “Marry you” involving all of the family. So in today’s world how can you pop the big question in a way that will be perfect for your partner and stand out? Here are some of our ideas for you to surprise your loved one. Surprise Weekend Break If you really want to surprise your beloved, secretly arrange with their work for them to have the Friday off. So when they arrive at work as normal, you’re there to surprise them with the marriage proposal, and then whisk them off for a surprise romantic weekend break. An alternative way is on the way back from a holiday or weekend break, you could arrange for the flight attendant to announce your proposal over the intercom. London Eye Whether you live in London or you’re just visiting, the London Eye provides a beautiful, romantic setting with fantastic views across the city. You can hire a private Pod/capsule including fast track boarding, exclusive check-in, chilled Champagne served by a waiter and a luxury Charbonnel et Walker pink champagne chocolate truffles. If you time it right you can watch the sunset over the capital.

Say it with Words If you’re looking for a low key, intimate affair but want to be more creative than the usual candles or spelling it out with rose petals, you can write a series of cards that go through the story of how you both met and place one card on each step of your house – if you live in a flat you might have to get creative on the last card write ‘will you marry me?’, and when your partner turns around you’re at the bottom of the stairs on bended knee with the ring in hand. Hire a Chef Going out for a meal on Valentine’s Day can be expensive with inflated prices. Also restaurants are incredibly busy and sometimes impersonal. If you want to have a romantic delicious three course meal, hire a chef to cook for you both in the intimate setting of your own home. You can decorate it with roses, candles and play romantic music that you both love. One option is that the Chef hides the ring in the dessert. It’s thoughtful and will be a cherished memory.


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Dream Dress I

f you’re reading this edition of mmm then chances are you’re planning your big day and one of the most exciting yet daunting parts of the wedding planning experience has got to be shopping for your dream dress. If you’re planning a wedding dress shopping trip in the near future I have a few tips to make sure you get the experience every bride-to-be deserves. 1. Do your research: this applies to the dress and the shops you’re visiting. Learn about your body shape and the kind of styles that may suit you. If you are limited on time or trying on dress after dress isn’t your thing then having an idea of figure flattering styles is key, it will help you, narrow down endless rails of tulle and lace and give you a boost of confidence if you’re feeling a little self-conscious.

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2. Look into different designers and find out which shops stock them. I more or less knew that I wanted a particular designer therefore I focused on the wedding shops that stocked them and saved myself time and petrol travelling across Kent for my dress. Look at images in magazines and online and also search for images of real brides in dresses that you like the look of. 3. Take the right people with you. You need people around you who are going to give you their honest opinions in a positive way. Some bridal boutiques limit the number of people you can take with you so be sure to ask this when booking. 4. Keep in mind your venue and/or wedding theme. However themes can be adjusted, ultimately go with the dress you love.

5. Enjoy it! If you’re dragging yourself out every weekend trying on every dress in town, never finding ‘the one’ and hating every second then take a break, go back to the drawing board and discover exactly what you are looking for in a dress. You’ll, hopefully, only have one wedding dress so enjoy the experience, drink Prosecco with your entourage while discussing the pros and cons of each dress you’ve tried and be confident that whichever dress you choose your husband-to-be will still think you are the most beautiful bride there ever was. Best Wedding Show dresses Christian Dior

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hoosing your live wedding music is an important decision that can set the tone for the entire day. Make the right decision, and you’ll add to the atmosphere that you’re looking to create. Make the wrong decision, and you can be sure that your guests will remember it! Now we’ve put together this list of our tips to help you to choose and work with the perfect acts to suit the style of your day.

Appropriate acts for setting and audience There are many different parts of your wedding day that you may want accompanied by live music. Whether its a choir for your ceremony itself, a string quartet for your reception or a party band for the evening entertainment, be sure to choose an act that not only sounds appropriate, but also looks the part. Think about where your wedding day is taking place – are there certain types of acts that may be more suitable than others? Or if you have a predominantly older or predominantly younger guest list, be sure to pick something that will appeal to them. Listen to the bands in advance When it comes to music, written descriptions of a band’s personality or style aren’t enough: you’ll want to see them in action before booking to ensure that they’re right for your big day. Or watch a video of all the acts perform online, ensuring that you can gauge whether they are right for you before you make any enquiries. Clear guidelines on what you do/don’t want Any good wedding act will provide you with a list of the pieces that they play, so that you can decide in advance whether there are any that you definitely do or definitely don’t want played. A good wedding band will advise you as to which tracks work well together as a combination, but they will also happily go through their repertoire with you so that you can select the songs that you’d like to choose. Most bands will also be happy to learn the piece that you choose for your first dance, while some acts will offer to perform a piece or a song that isn’t in their standard repertoire free of charge. However, double check with string ensembles: as these pieces will require more arranging, a non-repertoire piece is likely to incur a fee at around the £25 mark.

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Work out whether you need additional equipment Before booking your entertainment, check in advance that they’ll be bringing all of the equipment that they need, or whether they have additional requests – there’s nothing worse than getting to the day of your wedding and finding that something vital is missing.

If your act needs a power supply, check that the venue has this arranged in advance – the same goes for any speakers or other equipment that the venue is providing. By double checking everything in advance, you’ll be sure that this element of your day will run smoothly. Bear in mind also that some venues have sound limiters: make sure you are aware of your venue’s live band policy, because this will not always work with all acts. For instance, a jazz act that was recently requested for an event were told that they weren’t allowed to bring their own speakers to the venue. Finally…make sure your acts are looked after! Certain acts love being part of a good wedding – it’s a happy occasion and they’re pleased that they can bring something to the party and help you and your guests to celebrate. They can only play their part properly, though, if they’re kept fully informed about what you want, the timings of the day, parking information and anything else that you think will help them on the day. Non-alcoholic drinks are a must, to help to keep the act’s members performing at their best – and a hot meal or buffet is also vital, especially if they’ll be playing for a while. Ultimately, the act that you book is there to help you to celebrate your big day in exactly the way you’d like, meaning that communication both in advance and on the day is key.

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honeymoon should always transcend your holiday expectations, starting your life together in the most perfect way possible. Whether you want to dine underwater in a luxury 5* resort in the Maldives, walk amongst the swaying palms of the Caribbean along pristine sandy beaches, unleash your wild side on a spectacular African safari or explore one of the world’s most vibrant metropolis with a chic hotel stay, Travel 2 are here to make your honeymoon dreams come true.

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ith powder-soft beaches, sparkling lagoons, dramatic mountain ranges, tumbling waterfalls, award-winning golf courses, all year-round sunshine and superlative service levels, Mauritius is the perfect destination for a romantic honeymoon. Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel, a luxurious adults-only resort, offers a unique and innovative concept – you&me moments, perfect for honeymooners looking to escape to paradise. If Only… offers 7 nights at Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel from £1,925 per person this summer. This includes flights from London, All Inclusive daily, honeymoon gifts, exotic cooking class, diving lesson, airport taxes and private car transfers. Subject to availability.

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ietnam is a country with a rich and varied history now becoming one of the hottest destinations for travellers to Asia. Not least for honeymooners looking to embrace its culture, cuisine and stunning beach resorts. For unprecedented beachfront luxury just a short drive from the UNESCO heritage town of Hoi An The Nam Hai offers newly-weds sumptuous accommodation. Those couples looking for total relaxation can immerse themselves in the spa-inclusive facilities at the Fusion Maia DaNang. Insider Journeys touring can be intermingled with days of relaxation, so honeymooners come away with an authentic introduction to this incredible country.

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FROM WILD AT HEART to home is where the heart is Amanda Holden’s proved over her career


n October 2013, Amanda Holden made a rare visit to Kent to sign copies of her autobiography – a revealing revelation of a remarkable life. As the fans queued up at the Bluewater complex in a bid to share a few words with the star, the book itself charted a career which has now stretched for nearly 20 years – the majority of which have been at the very top of the show business tree. From TV dramas such as Wild At Heart, West End success in the likes of Shrek The Musical, and, of course, a long spell as one of the judges on the annual TV hit Britain’s Got Talent, have seen Amanda become a household name. But inside the pages of that book, No Holding Back, there were plenty of the stories behind all those headlines she had generated within the pages of the tabloids.


They had hungrily devoured her relationship with the comedian and game show host Les Dennis – the two married in 1995 – Amanda a young rising star of just 24, Les a TV veteran and nearly 20 years her senior. They had revelled in news of her affair with Men Behaving Badly star Neil Morrissey and the subsequent damage and ultimately divorce it caused. But the book also gave her very personal views on tragedy too in her bid to have children – and a disturbing incident when she was assaulted by a famous TV comedian. It occurred shortly after her fling with Morrissey as she and Les Dennis were trying to get back together. “During our first tentative weeks at trying again,” she explains, “we went to an event together and on my way back from the loo I was cornered by a famous comedian, who tried to kiss me and put his hands in places they shouldn’t have been. 

“I was scared and tried to push him away, making light of it so he would leave without causing a fuss, but he wasn’t put off. “As I tried to fight him off, I caught sight of our reflection in a mirror. My body went limp, and I just stood there as he groped and nuzzled me, observing myself from afar.” She has never named the man who assaulted her. But that was far from all. After meeting and dating record producer Chris Hughes, they had their first child, a daughter, Lexie, in 2006. But attempts for a second were met with tragedy; suffering one miscarriage in 2010 and a still born child at seven months a year later. Finally, twelve months later, and despite complications which saw her heart stop beating during child birth, she gave birth to her second child; another girl, Hollie. A third, however, appears to have been ruled out. “If I could,” she reflected, “I would have more kids. But I can’t put my family through that again. We’ve spoken about it and how if we’d met earlier then we may have had more, but you end up with the ones you’re meant to have and we’re incredibly happy to have our girls.” But while she admits to a “sad but good life”, her career has certainly been a string of successes.

I’ve got some more hosting jobs coming up. The next one I’m doing is going to be really exciting. But I don’t want to be away from my family.


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Now 44, she is a currently host of This Morning standing in for regular co-host Holly Willoughby while she is on maternity leave. The on-screen chemistry with Phillip Schofield ensuring she has proved a hit with viewers. She has also recently signalled her intention of stepping down from the Britain’s Got Talent judging panel that she’s been on for a decade. But, not just yet. For the fourth year in a row she has appeared alongside judges David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and former Dover school boy Simon Cowell. “I think the ratings prove that the show is still working. And I think as a result, it’s a case of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. “However, I couldn’t do another ten years on the show – I’d be far too old. I think it’s got another two or three years though.” Born in Portsmouth in February 1971, her childhood was far from straight forward. Her father left the family when she was young. “My biological father, Frank, was hardly ever there when I was young,” she remembers. “He was a drinker and craved what he thought was the high life. But he loved booze more than he did us and he abandoned his children. “My mother divorced him on the grounds of his unreasonable behaviour. The court gave him weekend access to me and my sister – but he never bothered to come.” They would be reunited in the early 1990’s – although Amanda admits it was a difficult meeting. “I am not bitter or sad, just disappointed he only came back into my life when I started to become famous and not when I actually needed him. “But I was lucky. I have a dad. Les Collister was my mum’s second husband and I love him dearly. “He and my mum decided that they couldn’t afford any more children, so he sacrificed having children so that he could raise us as his own. a

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“I have no room in my life for another father but I’ve decided I’ll keep in touch with Frank on a basic level and on my terms.” Her first appearance before the cameras was, oddly, as a contestant on the game show Blind Date in 1990 when she was just 19. But it was on ITV’s Wild at Heart, in which she starred alongside Stephen Tompkinson, which would elevate her to genuine stardom. “We were all on three-year contracts and I just didn’t renew mine,” she said of the drama which would see her jet out to South Africa to film. “It just got to the point where I couldn’t take Lexi out of the country for six months of the year. It wasn’t really fair on my family or her. “She was a babe in arms in 2006, so I had her on set all the time. But she inherited the noisy gene from her mother and she wasn’t really quiet on set, so we both got told off a lot.” It wouldn’t be a decision she would regret. Regular TV work followed and that wasn’t all. Before filming Wild at Heart, she had been nominated for a Laurence Olivier theatre award for her role in the West End production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. And it was the stage she returned to in 2011 for Shrek The Musical, where she portrayed Princess Fiona to rave reviews. Now, after years of success, she shows little sign of slowing and has some exciting projects in the pipeline. “I’ve got some more hosting jobs coming up. The next one I’m doing is going to be really exciting. “But I don’t want to be away from my family. When I’m not doing TV work I really enjoy being a stay-athome mum.” mmm

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Duck cooked two ways

with potato rosti and Asia slaw Recipe by: The Oyster Pearl

Asian and British influence combined Method • Turn the oven to 180 degree Celsius. In a tray place the duck leg, fat star anais, half garlic, salt and pepper, then cover with tin foil and place it in the oven for 2 hours. Take the duck leg out of the oven, remove from the fat and let it cool down. • Score the skin of duck breast then marinate by adding 2 tbs rapeseed oil, half garlic clove, half lime juice, salt, pepper and 10ml of soy sauce. Cover with cling film and place it in the fridge. • Remove the duck leg from the bone then shred the duck legs meat into pieces, then add half of the finely chopped chilli and 10ml of soy sauce, soda water and plain flour, stir all added ingredients. Let it rest for 5 minutes. • In a bowl place half of the chopped chilli, finely chopped ginger, half lime juice, 15ml of soy sauce, and 1tbs of rapeseed oil, then mix them together. Add the shredded carrots coriander spring onion, and sliced mango, combine them together and add the sesame seed. Cover with cling film then place in the fridge. • Take the duck breast out of the fridge then fry skin side in a very hot frying pan with a tiny drop of rapeseed oil. Once the skin is golden brown place it on the tray, then finish cooking in the oven for 180 degree Celsius for another 10 to 15 minutes. • In a bowl place the shredded potato add salt and pepper to taste and half of finely chopped shallot mix all the ingredients then place into a medium heat frying pan with a drop of rapeseed oil fry both sides until golden brown. Then cut the rosties into four triangles. • Place 250 ml oil into the frying pan, let it heat up to 170 degree Celsius. Once the oil reaches the right temperature start frying the duck leg by spooning the mixture into the hot cooking oil. This should make 8 duck leg fritter 2 per portion. • For glaze, pour the wine, ginger, shallot, lime, sugar and the rest of the soy sauce, reduce until it reaches a cream like consistency. • Remove the duck breast from the oven and let it rest for another 2 minutes. • To finish place a quarter of the rosti on the plate a top with sliced duck breast, 2 confit duck leg fritter, Asian slaw then drizzle with glaze.

Ingredients 1 duck leg 250 ml cooking oil 250ml duck fat 1 star anais 2 garlic cloves 20 grams plain flour 20 ml soda water Pinch of salt Pinch of pepper 1 medium size red chilli finely chopped 4 duck breast 1 Large potato shredded Half shallot finely chopped 3tbs. rapeseed oil Handful coriander (remove from the stem) 5 grams ginger (finely chopped) 1 mango (skin and stone remove meat sliced into strips) 2 spring onions (chopped) 1 carrot (shredded) Half cucumber sliced or shredded Tsp sesame seed 1 lime 75 ml dry white wine 75ml soy sauce 1/ tbs brown sugar

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Method • In a large saucepan, gently fry the shallot and garlic in the oil until soft. • Add the wine and continue to simmer for a few minutes to burn off the alcohol and reduce the liquid slightly. • Stir in the double cream, then add the mussels. Turn up the heat and pop on the lid for 3 to 4 minutes until the mussels open • Discard all unopened shells and stir in the fresh herbs. Serve with a wedge of lemon, and crusty bread for mopping up the delicious juice. Recipe by: Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club

‘There is one main rule when cooking with wine’, says head chef Tom Biddle, of Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club, ‘and that is - always use a wine you would like to drink’. Recently, he has been making the most of the new additions to the hotel’s wine list – a range of prize winners from Kent’s leading wine producer, Chapel Down - using them in some of the dishes on The Conical Grill’s à la carte menu.


Ingredients 500g fresh mussels in their shells 100ml of Chapel Down Flint Dry 2013 white wine 1 small shallot 2 cloves of garlic crushed Oil for frying 200ml double cream Handful of parsley Handful of chives

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with fennel sauce Method • Put white wine, fish stock, chopped shallot and thyme in sauce pan, bring to boil until reduced to half, then add double cream, boil on medium heat until the sauce thickens, pass through strainer then add fennel seed and pernod. • Divide monkfish into two portions, wrap bacon around each fillet and put into baking tray with a bit of oil, bake in oven at 240°C for 20-25 minutes. • Once cooked slice and put onto the plates, warm up the sauce and pour on top.

Recipe by: The Vineyard Restaurant

Ingredients 500g monkfish fillet 2 slices back bacon 200ml white wine 200ml fish stock 200ml double cream 2 table spoon pernod 1 tea spoon fennel seed 1/2 tea spoon thyme 2 tsp chopped shallot 1 tsp of oil

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Wooden furniture adds character, whether classic or contemporary to any garden Natural light can affect the colour of both wood and wood veneered furniture, any discolouration/ageing can be reduced, by regularly moving or turning furniture that is situated in direct sunlight 2 metre solid oak bench

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Little Manor a house that hides away, but once reveled, is bold as brass

Property - Little Manor Address - Clifton Gardens, 37 Canterbury Road, Kent TN24 8LD Bedrooms - Five Bathrooms - Four (two En-Suites) Price - £990,000 Little Manor This part of Canterbury was originally developed for the city’s professionals and white collar workers during the 1920’s and ’30’s, and has always remained a desirable, family neighbourhood. With such close proximity to the city centre and a number of schools, it’s convenient yet also quiet and leafy, so it’s easy to see the attraction. However, little hints at what lies tucked away at the end of an otherwise modest suburban street . Not simply because it’s so well hidden behind its gated and walled driveway, but that it’s so unusual to find a home of this size and prominence in such a large plot, this close to city centre.

Little Manor was built by the current owner in the late 1980’s and occupies approximately 0.33 acres, which includes private gardens and a driveway to the front. With nearly 3,000 sq ft of accommodation, there’s enough space for the largest of families. The living areas include a large kitchen and dining area, an enormous sitting room with an adjoining dining room, family room, study and utility. The timber beam structure gives the home a great deal of character, added to which, an imposing inglenook fireplace adds warmth, in both senses of the word. There are five bedrooms on the first floor, including a family bathroom and an en-suite to both the master and guest bedrooms. Well established and screened gardens lie to the rear of the property and include a block paved terrace, a sheltered barbecue area and steps up to a mainly lawned garden and adjoining gated pool area. For more information, call Winkworth Estate Agency on 01227 465 645, or visit their website

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Farview Villas beautifully presented and refurbished two bedroom semi-detached cottage

Property - Fairview Villas Address - Bethersden Road, Smarden, Kent TN27 8QT Bedrooms - Two Bathrooms - Two Price - ÂŁ350,000 Fairview Villas This attractive home has been owned by the current vendor for nearly 10 years and in that time has been extensively upgraded and improved to create a stylish and welcoming home, offering the benefits of modern living such as gas central heating, yet retaining much of the character of a property from this period. The accommodation is arranged over two floors to include entrance hall, dining room, sitting room, fitted kitchen with separate utility and downstairs cloakroom. To the first floor there is a spacious master bedroom, second double bedroom and a luxury

fitted bathroom. Outside, there is ample off road parking to the front by way of a gated driveway and to the rear there is a secluded rear garden as well as outside store room. Smarden is an extremely sought after historic village boasting its own Church, village hall, Post Office and stores, butchers shop and three well respected pubs. The village is situated close by the neighbouring villages of Pluckley and Headcorn, both with mainline railway stations to London Charing Cross and Ashford International which benefits from the High Speed train service to London St Pancras, reducing the journey time to 37 minutes. Properties in this location are rarely available for rent and interested applicants are strongly advised to make immediate arrangements to view. For more information, please call Saddlers Estate Agency on 01233 713127, or visit their website

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he 21st century’s reawakened love affair with ballroom dancing – sparked by the phenomenon that is the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, has reignited many a career. But in addition to allowing the nation the opportunity of watching the likes of Ann Widdecombe and John Sergeant strut their stuff for our amusement and entertainment, it has also launched into the limelight a host of new faces.

The professional dancers which unite on the dance floor with their celebrity partners have become almost as famous as those they seek to teach. And perhaps the most famous of them has been Anton du Beke. A regular in the show since it began in 2004, he has partnered a host of stars among them Ann Widdecombe, the former Maidstone MP; singer Lesley Garret, presenter Esther Rantzen, former Bond girl Fiona Fullerton, TV presenter Kate Garraway and plenty more besides.

But away from the TV screens during the show’s long run, he tours the UK with his long term dance partner Erin Boag – another Strictly regular – thrilling crowds with their performances. He also pops up regularly on a host of TV shows. In short, he’s had a strong career – and at 48 there’s plenty of life in those legs yet... especially as he’s frequently been hinted as a future judge on the show. Born in Sevenoaks in July 1966 – with the rather more modest name of Anthony Beke – his father, Antal, was Hungarian and his mother, Ascension, Spanish. He adored his mother – but refuses to discuss his “nightmare” father who he claims was an abusive alcoholic. He attended the local Wildernesse School, excelling at sport. He played football at county level and even

tried his hand at boxing. And at 14 discovered his local dance school – the Holton School of Dancing in the town. “One day,” he recalls, “I just wandered into a dance class full of girls and that was it. I thought, ‘Hang on! I’ll have a bit of this’. I went back a week later and got dragged up by the teacher. It wasn’t a massive calling. “But it wasn’t the cool thing to do. Everyone else was into disco, but that was never my thing.” Bitten by the bug, he took his first dance exam a few months later and started competitive dancing a few years later.


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When the dance school closed in 1987, he left school at 16 to pursue a career in dancing – opting a year later to specialise in ballroom, supplementing his income as a salesman for a bed company in Petts Wood. It was a decision he would not regret. After toiling on the amateur circuit he partnered Erin and the two became a hit. He explains: “We travelled around the world competing. It was very serious; it was all or nothing. It cost me everything I had to follow my chosen path, but people were taking the mickey out of ballroom in a slightly ignorant way, which I didn’t care for. “The old Come Dancing TV show and stereotype did get a bit ridiculous – professional dancers on telly with fake tans and elbows out because they took it so seriously. It just looked funny.” But Strictly would take the dance and transform it. And Anton and Erin were obvious choices as two of the professional dancers.

“We were wary at first,” he admits, “but we decided we’d rather be in than out of it, and as soon as we got involved we thought: ‘Blimey, this is great!’ Introducing the celebrities knocked the edges off – it gave the show humour – but it retained its wonderful showbusiness feel.” Now 12 years in, the show is an annual ratings smash hit. Even if Anton has found himself stuck with some of the, how shall we put it, more ‘interesting’ characters. So what of the former Tory MP – who remains one of the show’s most loved contestants? “Ann really was something,” he explains. “I was worried when I heard we’d be partnered together that she’d be really serious. But as soon as she walked in and we began I realised it would be fun.” Strictly has certainly been a key part of his life. During its three-month run, there’s also two months of preparing for the show. Yet, with Erin – who had a brief break to have a

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children – they keep constantly busy...only recently concluding their latest nationwide tour. Other notable highlights include choreographing the hit stage show Simply Ballroom which toured internationally for two years, to four acclaimed sellout tours. In addition, Anton has presented BBC cookery show Step Up To The Plate, been a team captain on BBC show Hole in the Wall and Channel 4’s Draw It! He’s even found time to write two successful books on dancing. So what of the future? And was he tempted to apply for the presenting job

when Sir Bruce Forsyth was forced to step down due to ill health? “The BBC never spoke to me about it,” he admits. “But I’m glad Bruce retired when he wanted to and they didn’t ask him to leave. “Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman were in situ. What would have made me unhappy would have been if they’d asked some random to do it. “It would be a lovely opportunity and I would do it if I was asked. A dancer’s career is short – you just keep going until your legs pack up. “Oh, I don’t know,” he ponders, “I’ll continue to dance forever.” mmm

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GTI Supersport Volkswagen presents

new digital supercar he first impression of this racer already shows that the Supersport is what fans want and is designed for racing. 665 Nm of torque catapult the virtual GTI to 62 mph per hour from a standing start in only 3.6 seconds. At full throttle, the virtual racer reaches a top speed of over 186 mph. The gigantic power output is transferred to the virtual asphalt via 4MOTION all-wheel drive and 20-inch GTI advanced alloy wheels.


A glance in the rearview mirror is enough to worry competitors of the Supersport GTI: the basic shape of the body is still reminiscent of GTI ancestors but every pore of this latest GTI offspring exudes racing character. Proportions and body surfaces have been optimised for an extremely low centre of gravity and widespread use of carbon elements makes the new digital supercar a real lightweight with a power-toweight ratio of only 2.5 kg per horsepower.a

At the broad, powerful front end of the aerodynamically optimised body, prominent features are vertical light modules and generous air intakes with the honeycomb configuration typical of the model. While the broad shoulders at the rear provide the ideal ventilation for the brakes, the prominent roof-edge spoiler and flamboyant diffuser make the Supersport hug the track when fighting for the fastest lap time.

Volkswagen’s latest digital creation can be clothed in “Reflex Silver”, “Gran Turismo Red”, “Lapiz Blue” or “Oryx White” and is now available to Gran Turismo 6 players for downloading. The sixth generation of the legendary racing game available exclusively for PlayStation has been on sale since 2013. The fleet includes almost 1,200 different vehicles which can race on a total of 37 circuits.

‘Operation Dynamo’


The nine days of the Dunkirk evacuation lasted from May 26th to June 4th, 1940. Winston Churchill later stated that: “wars were not won by evacuations”, but admitted that this one was a miracle when men from the British Expeditionary Force and the French army were snatched from the jaws of certain death. This was ‘Operation Dynamo’, an operation that was to see the little ships of the Kent ports play a very large part


Allied troops await rescue on Dunkirk sands Credit: IWM

y late 1939 and early 1940, the German military machine had encountered little resistance to their advance across Europe. The Blitzkrieg tactics of dive bombing and vast tank movements, so successful during the earlier Spanish Civil War and the rape of Czechoslovakia and Poland, were unstoppable when on May 10th, 1940, the German army crossed the borders of Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. With the obvious threat of an invasion by Germany foremost in the minds of the French and British, an army known as the British Expeditionary Force was sent to France to help stem the rapid advance of the enemy. Great faith was placed in a defensive measure known as ‘The Maginot Line’, a huge concrete wall that was built along the borders of Belgium and France to separate them from Germany. Consisting of tunnels and gun positions it was deemed impregnable to any army approaching from the east. In the event the enemy approached from the west and outflanked the Maginot Line. The invasion of France had begun.


The memorial window in Durkirk church

The speed with which the German army crossed France shocked everyone. From early May they captured town after town, village after village and all the time pushing the BEF and the French towards the Channel ports. Adolf Hitler was said ‘to be beside himself’, with the ease and speed of the occupation of France. Back in England, the news of the invasion was received with trepidation. His Majesty, King George VI speaking on Empire Day in 1940 called for a national day of prayer. He continued that it was obvious that German intentions were to conquer the British Empire and then the world. As the allies fell back to the French coast, Calais was the first port to fall into German hands followed by Boulogne. As the retreat continued the British and French commanders and troops were being squeezed into one area, Dunkirk. After two weeks of hard and constant battle, the troops arrived on the sands and awaited a certain capture. In Kent news of the plight of the men was received with trepidation, fear and sadness. In Dover the flag officer of the port, Vice Admiral Bertram Ramsey,

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Churchill and Ramsey discussing ‘operation dynamo’ the evacuation of the BEF from France Credit: English Heritage

Refreshments for the troops at Headcorn Station Credit: Kent Messenger

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was given the order to implement Operation ‘Dynamo’, the evacuation of the allied army from Dunkirk. One problem was that he only had a few naval vessels at his disposal. These included several destroyers, cross channel ferries, coasters, barges and tugs. How on earth could he hope to rescue the 45,000 men trapped on the beaches with so few ships? On May 14th, 1940 the BBC made the following announcement :- ‘ The Admiralty have made an order requesting all owners of self propelled pleasure craft, between 30ft and 100ft in length to send all particulars to the Admiralty within 14 days from today, if they have not already been offered or requisitioned’. In Kent the response exceeded all expectations. From the main ports, Dover, Ramsgate, Folkestone and the smaller harbours such as Whitstable, Sheerness and Faversham came the answer: ‘Yes, we are here to help’. Instantly boat owners began to check that their boats were ready to cross the Channel. Upon them slowly came the realisation that enemy aircraft or mines might sink or damage their boats or that the unpredictable Channel might prove too much. Yet all of this was brushed aside as further news came of the plight on the other side. Within a few days the ‘Little Ships’, including the Kent lifeboats, were awaiting orders from the Admiralty. Destined to play a major part in the rescue were the boats operated by Southern Railway. Familiar names like ‘Maid of Kent – Isle of Thanet – Isle of Guernsey and Brighton Belle’ were requisitioned to assist. One particular boat, the ‘Medway Queen’

became famous for its exploits when the ‘Brighton Belle’ hit a submerged wreck just off the Goodwin Sands. Crowded with troops, it was the ‘Medway Queen’ that came to her rescue. Although on fire herself from enemy attacks from the air, she managed to take on board the soldiers and crew from the ‘Belle’ before she sank beneath the waves. From halfway across the Channel the crews of the rescue boats could see the fires started by enemy bombing. Overhead in the dense black smoke, fighters and bombers of the Luftwaffe continued to bomb the beaches whilst the RAF gallantly continued in their attempt to stop the slaughter down below. As the ‘Little Ships’ approached the moles and piers of Dunkirk, the sight of so many devastated troops spurred the crews on to rescue as many as they could. Despite the intense bombing they moved in to take on as many as their boats allowed. Some troops were off-loaded to waiting destroyers lying just off the beach before they turned back again and again to continue the rescue. Others crossed the Channel directly to Dover, Deal or Ramsgate only to turn around and once again cross to Dunkirk. As May 27th, 1940 dawned, the rescue continued unabated. At Dover Vice-Admiral Ramsey, desperate for more ships, was told that reinforcements were coming from Felixstowe in the form of Motor Torpedo Boats. These fast craft were needed to ensure the maximum number of troops were taken off the beach with increasing deployment and ferried out to the waiting naval craft out to sea. One of the crew later recorded his baptism of fire. 

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“ We left Dover at 06.35 on May 28th and it was not long before we came under fire from the guns in Calais and Gravelines. The MTBs were scattered and eventually reached Dunkirk at 08.30. The town was being bombed and there was a lot of shelling. We anchored close inshore and began to take on troops whilst under fire. They were exhausted and still carrying their full equipment. Few were able to climb on board and had to be hauled in through the torpedo stern doors. We made several trips to and fro the beaches and managed to transfer over 300 troops to the destroyers. At 21.00 the wind began to freshen and a rough sea got up but the evacuation continued. We left there at 05.50 the next day and returned to Dover for repairs where the enemy had managed to hit us “. And so it continued until June 4th 1940. Since the beginning of Operation ‘Dynamo’ on May 25th, 338,226 British and Allied troops had been landed in the UK with the main disembarkation being in Kent. There now began a major headache for Southern Railway, tasked with transporting the troops to various locations throughout the country. Trains were waiting at Dover, Ramsgate, Folkestone and many other Kent ports as the weary army transferred from the ships in their hundreds. Waiting patiently at stations such as Paddock Wood, Headcorn, Maidstone and many others were the women of Kent with a ready supply of sandwiches and tea or coffee for the tired and hungry troops. What was left of The British Expeditionary Force had returned home safely. It had not been achieved without dreadful loss. The BEF lost 68,111 men

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killed, missing, wounded or taken prisoner. In addition hundreds of guns, lorries, motor vehicles and motorcycles, military stores and ammunition were left behind for the enemy to acquire. Over 240 ships were sunk with the RAF losing 474 aircraft. With most of Europe now under the control of the German military machine, Great Britain stood alone. On June 4th, 1940 Winston Churchill spoke in the House of Commons: “ When a week ago Mr Speaker, I asked the house to fix this afternoon as the occasion for a statement, I feared it would be my hard luck to announce the greatest military disaster in our long history. I thought that perhaps 20 or 30 thousand men might be re-embarked. But it certainly seems as though the whole of the French First Army and the whole of the BEF were rescued. Sir, we must be very careful not to assign to this deliverance the attributes of a victory. Wars are not won by evacuation. But there was a victory inside this deliverance which should be noted. It was that of the RAF who whilst not seen over the beaches, were fighting inland to stop the enemy aircraft reaching the beaches. We shall go onto the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans. We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be. We shall never surrender “. Dunkirk showed Adolf Hitler the strength of the British resolve. Perhaps the evacuation of our troops

from under his nose helped influence his decision not to invade Great Britain in September 1940. We will never really know but had he done so, our lives would have taken on a very different existence to that of today. BY ROBIN J BROOKS

Some of the ‘little ships’ embarking further troops

The magnificent entrance to a commonwealth war graves commission cemetery in Dunkirk

The National Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Evacuation of Dunkirk Wednesday 20th May 2015 11.30am Church service in a big marquee on the Commercial Quay at Ramsgate Royal Harbour. 11.30am to 12.30pm the public can visit the Little Ships No more tickets available but the West Pier will be open throughout 12.30pm Parade around the Royal Harbour of Ramsgate (Serving Armed Forces and Associations) with the best viewing point being above the newly refurbished Ramsgate Arches 2.30pm VIP inspection of over 60 Dunkirk little ships in the harbour. West Pier or East Pier are good viewing areas 3.30pm to 4.30pm Public can visit the little ships No more tickets available but you will be able to see them from the West Pier. Thursday 21st May 2015 At approximately 7.00am (depending on the tide) the little ships will leave Ramsgate Royal Harbour and sail to Dunkirk. They will be piped out by a local piper and accompanied by the Royal Navy and RNLI. 23rd to 25th May 2015 - from 11am to 5pm, Ramsgate Royal Harbour CT11 9FT 12pm, 2pm and 4pm - 1940’s Tea dances with demonstration dancers and some great music.

Friday 22nd May, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May 2015 Outdoor Big Band Concerts based on the music of the 1940’s taking place on Government Acre Ramsgate CT11 0HA (7pm to 10.30pm) Tickets are on sale at or by calling 01843 230779. Monday 25th May 2015 At approximately 2pm, a smaller number of little ships will return to Ramsgate Royal Harbour, a parachute flare will warn us when the little ships are about a half hour out of harbour. In Margate, on Thursday 14th May, the Margate Civic Society will be presenting the story of Operation Dynamo at the Walpole Bay Hotel and then going to Dunkirk for the day on Tuesday 19th May. The Theatre Royal will be hosting a 1940’s production called “Spitfire Solo” on Wednesday 20th May. The Winter Gardens will be having an ENSA Production “Sing as you go” on Sun 24th May. For more information please visit the website or call Angie Sutton on 01843 230779.


the victims “44” OWNER BACKS HELP FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE VICTIMS or the past year, Ashford Domestic Abuse Forum has been chaired by Elizabeth Tweed, owner of “44” gift shop and gallery in the lovely village of Charing. “I was invited to take on this role a year ago, because I had served on the Select Committee on Domestic Abuse at KCC and learned a lot about the cost to the taxpayer of this awful problem: not only does it ruin lives, but the hundreds of millions of pounds spent on treating victims, policing and bringing to justice the perpetrators as well as in some cases providing drug and alcohol rehabilitation, could be spent on other services if only the cycle of domestic abuse could be broken. Some years ago the first step was taken by the Forum in setting up the very successful One Stop Shop in South Ashford, where victims and others affected by domestic abuse can get free advice and help. We are very fortunate to have multi-agency support in delivering this service, including two firms of family law solicitors, the Police, NHS, Childrens Centres, the Womens Refuge, DWP and Early Intervention Team. In addition to helping victims get through a crisis situation we can then encourage them


ARE YOU BEING ABUSED? ASHFORD ONE STOP SHOP offers free help, support and confidential advice. Please drop in and speak to someone on TUESDAYS from 9.30 – 12.30pm at The Willow Centre, Brookfield Rd, Ashford TN23 4EY or phone 07598 745044 children welcome.

to attend the Freedom Programme, which helps them to rebuild their confidence and plan for the future. Thanks to the help of the ladies in Ashford Soroptimists, we now have funding for training courses so we can offer a further programme called “Recovery” which offers additional support to victims and their families. An important aspect of these programmes is training victims to recognise emotional and co-ercive abuse, as well as physical abuse so that they can avoid a potentially bad relationship in the future. I am delighted that Ashford Borough Council have been so impressed with the work we are doing that they are supporting the One Stop Shop with funding for three years. This enables us to concentrate on raising more funds so that we can expand the help we can offer. Even so, we couldn’t do any of it without the Members of the Forum, ranging from teachers, social workers and housing officers to the Kent Fire and Rescue Service and the Police and NHS. If they didn’t give their time to co-ordinate the work necessary to help those women (and men) suffering domestic abuse, it probably wouldn’t happen. I am hugely grateful to all of them.”

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Local News KeNt BUSINeSS NeWS two new members join whitehead monckton’s manaGement team Leading Kent law firm, Whitehead Monckton is delighted to announce that Alexander Bak and Marsha Marriner have joined its management team as Associate Directors. Alex, based at the Maidstone office, specialises in commercial property, having qualified in 2006. In addition to his property expertise, Alex also specialises in alcohol licensing and acts for both individual and corporate clients, applying his licensing experience to leisure property transactions. He is also able to act on behalf of clients in relation to all types of licensing applications and hearings. Marsha joined Whitehead Monckton’s property department in 2004 and acts for a diverse range of clients in the commercial, private and rural sector. Marsha is based at the Canterbury office and also heads up the rural team.

Stephen Beck, Managing Director at Whitehead Monckton, said: “The management team is delighted to welcome both Alex and Marsha to the team. They are joining at an exciting time as business continues to grow across all areas and our new Canterbury office in particular is exceeding our expectations”. Robert Coombe, Director and Head of the Property Group at Whitehead Monckton said: “Both Alex and Marsha have made, and continue to make very important and valuable contributions to the growth and variety of property work that the firm is handling and to the strength of our Property team. I am very pleased that we have been able to recognise those contributions in this way”. Their addition to Whitehead ’s management team takes the number of Directors at the firm to 14.

Gatwick to launch £20 million fund to support and incentivise new domestic and reGional air services Gatwick Airport will establish a £20 million fund to support new air services to Gatwick from around the UK in the ten years following the opening of a second runway. Gatwick already serves 11 destinations within the UK compared with seven at Heathrow. This initiative is designed to ensure that the benefits of a second runway also extends to further improving connectivity between the regions, nations and London. Gatwick’s plans for a second runway will also encourage the growth of regional airports and the development of international services outside London and the South East. Gatwick’s plans aim to strengthen the whole of the UK’s network of airports whereas Heathrow’s plans aim to concentrate international traffic through Heathrow itself, restricting the growth of airports outside the capital.

The fund can be used to incentivise airlines to introduce new services. The fund can also be used to provide jointly-agreed marketing support to regional development or other tourism bodies in regional England or Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for new services. Along with the fund, Gatwick will also: • Propose and consult on changes to charges to support the growth of national and regional air services and encourage easier connection between airlines • Support funding applications for new Public Sector Obligation services • Work with Government to explore how to safeguard slots for new national and regional services. “Expanding Gatwick will provide more competition and choice for passengers all around the UK.”

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tunBridge Wells legal advisOry COmpany Ordered intO liquidatiOn Legal Support and Assistance Limited, a company based in Tunbridge Wells that provided legal advice, often related to insolvency matters, has been ordered into liquidation in the High Court on grounds of public interest following an investigation by the Insolvency Service. The company’s sole director is Mr Gerard Hyde, a struck-off solicitor. Mr Hyde informed the investigation that most of the company’s clients were aware of his being struck-off the roll of solicitors. Due to the company’s inadequate records, the investigation was unable to establish what all of the company’s transactions related to, in

WOunded serviCe persOnnel seCure plaCe On rOund the WOrld reCOrd attempt A group of four injured and wounded service personnel have successfully secured a place on Team Britannia, the round the world powerboat record attempt this weekend. The servicemen and women were put forward by the Royal British Legion, Team Britannia’s Charity Partner and BLESMA (British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association). They come from army and navy units including the Royal Marines, Paras, Welsh Guards and Royal Artillery. Those selected will join ocean-racing legend Alan Priddy and his crew in a £2.9 million waveslicing boat. Team Britannia hopes to set a new world record, for the fastest circumnavigation in a powerboat. Mr Priddy hopes to shave up to seven days off the current powerboat record of 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes, held by New Zealander Pete Bethune. The boat, designed by Professor Bob Cripps utilises a revolutionary design that will see the vessel slice the waves like a torpedo, rather than surfing on top of them. With a super-efficient hull, and powered by a innovative fuel emulsion that slashes harmful pollutants, Mr Priddy says the boat will set new fuel efficiency and emission standards. Inside the boat will be the latest radar, safety and communications equipment from Raymarine and Iridium Communications. The injured and wounded service men and women were put through a series of rigorous tests to ensure that they are able to cope with the physical and mental challenges of the record attempt.

particular receipts of £326,514 and payments of £242,141 in respect of 7 clients (representing 75 per cent and 56 per cent respectively of the company’s overall income and expenditure). The court heard how most of the transactions related to entities that appeared to be connected with a Mr Kevin Sykes. Welcoming the court’s winding up decision Chris Mayhew, Company Investigations Supervisor, said: “The Insolvency Service will not allow companies to operate in this way and will investigate abuses and close down companies if they are found to be operating, as here, against the public interest”.

Fred. Olsen Cruise lines’ BOudiCCa tO COmmenCe Cruise seasOn FrOm dOver Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ 880-guest ship Boudicca is due to commence her cruise season from Dover on 7th April 2015, with a seven-night ‘France & Spain’ sailing. In all, Fred. Olsen is offering five cruises from Dover on board Boudicca in 2015/16, plus a further 16 departures on board 929-guest Braemar. Fred. Olsen will be offering guests in the South East a variety of itineraries on board Boudicca, including a seven-night ‘Norwegian Fjords’ adventure, a 15-night ‘Film Stars and Fast Cars’ sailing, which will call into Nice, for tours to one of the most famous motoring events in the world – the Monaco Grand Prix – and at Cannes, for the glamorous Cannes Film Festival, as well as an 11-night ‘Around the UK’ cruise. Nathan Philpot, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “We are really pleased to be offering our loyal and valued guests in the South East a cruise programme on two of our ships this year! “Not only will Braemar serve our guests out of the Port of Dover from May to September, but Boudicca will be hosting a number of unique Spring sailings, including one of our most popular cruises ever – ‘Film Stars & Fast Cars’ – which we will be repeating in 2016, due to unprecedented demand.”

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Freedom Fitness maidstone £165k reFurbishment underway Freedom Fitness Maidstone on St. Peter Street is benefitting from £165k worth of improvement works. The refurbishment is being funded by Freedom Leisure which took over the former LA Fitness club in December 2014 with the aim of encouraging more people in the area to become active. A new studio is being added and will be opened in May 2015 to accommodate an enhanced group exercise timetable, along with a new functional floor in the gym in line with the latest fitness trends. Additional indoor cycling bikes are being installed, as well as new studio equipment and improved air conditioning units to provide a more pleasant environment for customers to workout in. The poolside showers are being replaced and LED lights have already been put in on the outdoor tennis courts, which are said to save as much as 60% electricity compared to traditional light fittings. Members can use all the facilities at Freedom Fitness Maidstone for free. For non-members, Freedom Fitness has reduced the guest pass fee from £15 to just £10 for a full day’s access. “We’re very pleased to be embarking on these improvement works which will greatly enhance the fitness and leisure experience here at Freedom

Fitness Maidstone,” Maidstone General Manager Anna Crossley. “We hope the upgraded facilities will encourage more people of all abilities to take up some new active hobbies and get their summer body blitz off to a strong start. Whether you’re a group exercise fan, swimming enthusiast or simply enjoy hitting the gym, Freedom Fitness Maidstone offers something for everyone and now customers can access the fantastic facilities without committing to a membership.”

CurZon Canterbury suPPorts kent’s Finest award-winninG ProduCe Curzon Canterbury on Westgate Hall Road, which opened in October 2014, has updated its product range to stock some of Kent’s best local produce from a variety of award-winning producers. From Chapel Down wines and ciders, 29 miles away in Tenterden, to cakes from Mrs Jones’ Kitchen just round the corner, Curzon Canterbury is proud to be selling a range of products from within a 30-mile radius in Kent. These include: • Chapel Down Wines and Ciders – Travelling 29 miles from Tenterden • Simply Ice Cream – Travelling 20 miles from Bonnington • Hopdaemon ales – Travelling 14 miles from Newnham • Kent Crisps – Travelling 12 miles from Ramsgate • Micro Roastery Coffee – Travelling less than half a mile from Castle Street

• Mrs Jones’ Kitchen cakes – Travelling less than half a mile from Palace Street Katy Towse, General Manager, said: “We are delighted to extend our food and beverage offering at the cinema with a carefully chosen selection of products from the wealth of fantastic local produce on offer in Kent. At Curzon we’re proud to present the ultimate quality cinema experience – a huge variety of independent, mainstream and event cinema, luxurious screens with reclining seats and the option to enjoy all our food and wines either in the lounge or in the screens themselves.” Curzon Canterbury showcases our renowned programme of independent films from all over the world, as well as a range of exciting events including live opera, ballet and theatre broadcasts. The new cinema has three screens and a total capacity of over 200 seats, as well as a café and well-stocked bar.

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kEnt MEdiAtion hElp victiMs of criME Kent Mediation, a charity in Kent, has been awarded a grant by the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner to promote its free service for victims of crime. The charity uses professionally trained volunteers to offer a service called ‘Restorative Justice’ where victims and perpetrators of crime can meet to discuss the crime, in a safe and supported way. It offers victims a chance to explain the impact of the crime, and encourages the offender to acknowledge and take responsibility for their actions, and any harm they may have caused. All parties must be willing to take part in the process, which is facilitated by Kent Mediators. The process gives a fair and balanced approach to the needs of all involved and allows both parties to reach an agreed outcome.

Amanda Bell, from Kent Mediation said: “We are delighted that the Kent PCC has given us this grant to promote our service to the residents of Kent. Dealing with the emotional impact of crime is very important and enables people to get on with their lives. Restorative justice is also proven to reduce offenders committing further crime.” Ann Barnes, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Restorative Justice puts the victim in the driving seat, allowing them the possibility of getting their questions answered and receiving an apology from the culprit. It also makes the offender stop and think about their actions and to make amends. “It goes hand-in-hand with my promise to put victims at the heart of policing and the criminal justice system, so I’m very pleased that this money will help many more people across the county.”

EnErgy workErs hElp AfricAn schoolchildrEn

When energy worker Steve Winterton went on holiday with his headteacher wife, little did he know it would lead to a fund-raising drive at his Maidstone office. Steve is a surveyor in Bircholt Road with UK Power Networks, the company that owns and maintains the electricity distribution networks serving more than eight million properties in the South-East, London and East Anglia. His wife Leanne is Headteacher at Rodmell CoE Primary School, near Lewes, and she likes to visit local schools wherever they go on holiday. About five years ago they visited Gambia and got to know about the Sir Dembo’s Primary School in Wellingara, about 10 miles south of the main tourist area of the West African country. Steve said: “When we returned home we

wanted to do something to help the children at the school. It’s a poor nation and we are comparatively rich. So we did some fund-raising at the school and with the highway assets team at my office and raised about £300 to buy some tables and chairs for the school.” Tomorrow, the couple are heading out to Gambia again and this time will be taking about £640, half of which has been raised by colleagues and half by UK Power Networks as part of the company’s match-funding scheme. While there, the Wintertons will find out what the money will be spent on. He said: “It really is wonderful that my colleagues have taken the school to their hearts. Their generosity is so valued by the children and their community in Gambia.”

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Family guide to what’s on & when Dickens Festival, Rochester Town Centre 29th - 31st May elcome to a weekend of colourful celebration, enlightening entertainment and Dickensian discovery, as we honour one of England’s greatest writers. Charles Dickens lived in Medway for almost 20 years, absorbing the area’s architecture, character and colour and bringing it to fictional life in some


Plant Fair, Godington House & Gardens, 6th April - 10th April ocal specialist nurseries sell a great range of unusual plants. For more information please call on 01233 643854 or visit the website


of his best known works. For over three decades we have celebrated our proud association with Dickens and this year we are delighted to present a family festival packed with Dickensian delight and Victorian intrigue. Whether this is your first Rochester Dickens Festival or you’re a regular, get ready for a feast of the senses. From costumed parades and street acts to competitions, readings and a fair, Rochester’s streets and green spaces will be awash with entertainment. For more information please call 01634 338141 or visit

WWII Weekend, Dover Castle, 23rd - 25th May over Castle’s popular WWII Weekend is back with a bang! Witness an explosive battle, military encampments, talks, displays and live music. From the 1940’s beauty parlour to the full size Spitfire, make it a full family day out to remember. For more information please call 01304 209891 or visit

D Kent Garden Show, Detling, 23rd May - 25th May his show will feature over 300 exhibitors with a wide variety of goods on display and for sale. The features of the show include the floral marquees with their stunning floral displays including medal winners from Chelsea. The garden exhibitors have all manner of gardening goods for sale and include over sixty nurseries. There will also be exhibitors selling garden furniture, water features, garden sheds and buildings, tools, sculptures, and so much more. Prices are £7 for adults and £6 for seniors. There is no charge for children (up to age 16). Opening time: 9.30am - 5pm. For more information please call 01795 474660 or visit


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Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, Woodville Hall, Gravesend, 20th May ollowing five-star reviews and sell-out performances, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience shows at The Woodville, in Gravesend. Enter the world of the snobbish and manic Basil, his domineering wife Sybil and their hopeless waiter Manuel. Everything that can go wrong will - in fact, this is best described as organised chaos! This two-hour interactive performance revolves around a three-course meal. Basil requests no riff-raff please!


Sea Bathers: Reflections and Reponses, Turner Contemporary, Margate, 24th May urner Contemporary (Foyle Rooms), Margate and Walpole Bay Tidal Pool, Cliftonville. ‘SEA BATHERS: Reflections and Responses’ offers an exciting day organised by the South East Archive of Seaside (SEAS) Photography. The event will consider how creatives and communities reflect and respond to the sea and swimming. ‘SEA BATHERS: Reflections and Responses’ will include a presentation by acclaimed writer and sea bather Susie Parr and artist talks and presentations by Emma Critchley and Karen Shepherdson. These presentations will take place at the Turner Contemporary, Margate. Following a morning of presentations there will be, amongst many other seaside pleasures, an opportunity to view Walpole Bay Tidal Pool through a yurt transformed into a magical camera obscura; visit the itinerant studio of tintype photographer Rob Ball, meet Dom Bridges and the Margate Sea Bathing Machine prototype and for those brave enough, join Susie and the Walpole Bay Swimmers for a Walpole Bay Tidal Pool dip. A shuttle bus will take event delegates to and from Walpole Bay. For more information please call on 01843 233 000 or visit


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Magna Carta Rediscovered, Faversham, 23rd May - 30th June n 2015, the lively and historic market town of Faversham will join in the 800th anniversary commemorations with ‘Magna Carta Rediscovered’, a major Kent touring exhibition, plus a host of special events. Faversham can boast a special right to be part of these commemorations as proud owners of an edition of Magna Carta dated 1300, the last re-issue of the document and featuring King Edward I’s seal. The touring exhibition will embrace a range of interactive techniques to bring Magna Carta to life and will launch in Faversham at The Alexander Centre on 23rd May 2015. Fully funded by Heritage Lottery, the free exhibition will enable significant public access to rare and unseen historical documents from


Robin Hood & his Merry Men, Royal Margate Theatre, 26th May oin our hero Robin Hood, played by CITV’s Hi-5 Chris Edgerley, as he puts right the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham who rules over the good people of Sherwood, collecting taxes to pay for his own evil plans. Silly Willy Scarlet, played by the hilarious Tom Swift, is eager to help and join the Merry Men (Britain’s Got Talent comedy impressionist Philip Green as Little John, and from Harry Potter and Channel 4 Seven Dwarfs Josh Bennett as Big John). The auditions for ‘Sherwood’s Got Talent’ are the perfect distraction as the Sheriff kidnaps Maid Marian - will Robin Hood and his very Merry Men be able to rescue her in time? Join the gang and enjoy this adventurous Spring Pantomime with laugh-a-minute jokes, animated projections, and a collection of toe tapping, original, sing-along songs for the whole family. Tickets: £14, Concessions £12, Restricted View £10, Family of 4 £48. For more information please call 01843 292795 or visit


this period. The tour will feature the 1300 re-issue of Faversham’s Magna Carta for the first time. Other events being planned by individuals and organisations in the town include a ‘Magna Carta Weekend’ on the 13th and 14th June, the highlight being a Medieval Fayre. ‘Protest, Democracy and the Law’, an exhibition staged by the Faversham Society, will highlight the long history of protest in Faversham, starting in 1300. A series of guest lectures, a Magna Carta Gala Concert, church service and garden party are also planned. Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewer and located in the centre of Faversham, will brew a specially commissioned Magna Carta ale. For more information please call on 01795 594460 or visit

Ray Quinn, Woodville Hall, Gravesend, 24th May ay’s second release, Old Soul; Young Blood soared into the charts at number two on iTunes preorder! Ray is ready to storm the charts with music that’s all his own. With a refreshed and mature sound, Ray has been working tirelessly for the past year or so with a new team at independent label, Rabbit Hole Management, (part of which is owned by Ray). Ray Quinn has found more in his voice and is also writing and arranging his own music alongside his manager, Steve Coxshall. Feedback on Ray’s new work is astounding, support from fans has been amazing and the more mature and accomplished artist is truly ready to take to the arena and perform. Expect great things from Ray Quinn in the coming months, with an arsenal of new sounds, songs and projects, tours and appearances, you will want to be part of the journey. For more information please call 08442 439 480 or visit


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Bakers, Makers and Brewers Fair, White Mill Rural Heritage Centre, Sandwich, 9th - 10th May big part of the packed weekend is a baking competition (9th May), which is open to all and free to enter and will be judged by Pieter van Zyl from Chequers Kitchen Restaurant & Cookery School in Deal, together with a special guest celebrity judge (to be announced). On Sunday 10th the creation of a WW1 inspired sock blanket by artists Clare Smith, Rosie James and Linda Simon will be produced and they are inviting people to stitch the names of WW1 family members onto the blanket. To enter for the baking competition email Alternatively, just bring along your wonderful creations on Saturday morning before 11.30am. To coincide with this year’s National Mill’s weekend theme of ‘Mills in Art’ and ‘Real Bread Maker Week’, together with White Mills participation in Codename: ‘Joined Up’, a WWI commemorative project between museums and artists, this Bakers, Makers and Brewers fair celebrates contemporary artists who use traditional crafts and the revival of the handmade. Particular highlights include a demonstration of two new items in the collection at White Mill, both early 20th century examples of a sock knitting machine and a spinning wheel. There will also be a live brew by the Ravensgate Arms in Ramsgate who will create a special White Mill beer, cider making demonstrations and a special screening of a film about WW1 commissioned by the Belgium Tourist Office.


White Mill is a smock mill located in Sandwich that was built in 1760 and restored between 1960 and 1981. Whilst not a working windmill, it is a rare survival of a complete milling site, retaining its original wooden machinery, outbuildings and a furnished miller’s cottage. Ray Horton, White Mill Trust Chairman, said: “What a fantastic National Mill’s weekend has been arranged at White Mill for visitors this year, the best ever. Come along and see lots of ancient crafts being demonstrated as above. Get your head in a barrel, your hands in the dough, and if you keep your socks on you could be stitched into the blanket and remember the names of any WW1 family members whose name can be stitched into the blanket.” For more information please call 07900 531284 or visit

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Ali Janes

Clairvoyant Ali is a very down to earth Clairvoyant/Tarot Reader who works from her shop in Herne Bay, Kent called “Guiding Angels Psychic Academy”, where she reads for people on a daily basis. She teaches anything from Tarot Cards to Trance, Astral Travel to Meditation. She started Guiding Angels due to a lack of regulations regarding ethical readers and therapists which she has now surrounded herself with.

Tarot reading for May birthdays:

Star Signs that fall under May are: Taurus (21st Apr – 21st May) or Gemini (22nd May – 21st June) A typical Taurus character tends to plod their way through life, they work hard and like to get the job done so they can go down the pub or sit watching TV in the evenings. Routine is in their nature as they like to know what they are doing so they can plan ahead. A typical Taurean isn’t interested in taking on too much, but they like to achieve and set themselves regular targets. Having an easy life is the key to happiness for them. A typical Gemini character has two very different and usually opposite personalities within them, so there is never a dull moment with them as you don’t know which one you are going to get each day. They could appear to be very quiet but when you get to know them they turn out to be very opinionated and bossy. Or maybe they appear to be very extravert but are really quiet and like to keep themselves to themselves. LOVE Taurus: Someone close to you is not being truthful and you want to get to the bottom of their problem. You feel stuck in a way linked to your emotions and you need time to think things through, which can sometimes strengthen the feelings that you have and help you to realise how lucky you are and what you really want. Gemini: Have you or has someone close to you blown things out of proportion? A simple conversation could resolve all the missing pieces to this emotional puzzle. There has been a third party interfering and creating a power struggle so now is the time to pull together not apart and talk! Finances / Work Taurus: You are clearing and tidying things at home and there are boxes around you or there soon will be as, its on your mental list of jobs to do. You have a feeling that someone will be coming to stay soon and this is why you need to get things in order. Trust your instincts. Gemini: There will be secret or quiet talks around you regarding self-employed work. This can be in addition to what you normally do, but this will help you to break free as there have been a few battles regarding what you should do next in your financial life and this would help you at this time.


elebrities who also share May birthdays:

David Beckham 2nd May

George Clooney 6th May

Robert Pattinson 13th May

MayHoroscopes Capricorn 22nd Dec – 20th Jan Love/Family: Has someone been walking over you too much and taking you for granted? It is time to pick yourself off the floor and start making changes even small ones that put you first! The strength within you needs to shine out now. You are in control of your own life but it needs to show on the outside now. Work/Finances: A very strong character around you is making you feel that you aren’t pulling your weight even though you are doing most of the work. Your hands are tied in a way, as you don’t want to upset things by being too outspoken. It’s time to step off the edge and do something that will take you out of your comfort zone.

Aquarius 21st Jan – 19th Feb Love/Family: You have to face issues linked to your past that have been hidden or trapped beneath having to be practical and getting on with life. I can see that this is actually a healing energy and it’s not bad at all. Most star signs this month have a theme of taking back control on their own lives and you are no different. Work/Finances: You have had to cope with rejection around this time due to things not going the way you wanted them to go and you are facing the reality that maybe the timing is wrong for a plan that you thought was perfect. Who knows what the universe is playing at, sometimes it’s best to swim with the flow rather than against it.

Aries 21st March – 20th April Love/Family: You are finding out all sorts of interesting things about your own personality and the fact that some are not appealing to others the way you thought they were. Maybe you have been too controlling or set in your ways and maybe you need to loosen the grip and go with the flow. Work/Finances: You have found that your life at the moment has had some bizarre coincidences happening that can’t be explained in normal everyday terms. It is comforting to know that there may be other spiritual influences around you that are looking after you. There is a matter of trusting your instinct and looking for special signs that you are on the right path.

Taurus 21st April – 21st May Love/Family: Lessons that you have learnt about yourself and what you have gone through in the past are still in the process of being resolved in the present time, due to patience and understanding. I can see that you are holding back from doing what you know you should. Work/Finances: Life is turned upside down at this time due to changes that have happened over the last month or so. I see that you have been working close to someone who is not to be trusted and this has made you look at your own boundaries. You are keeping a record of what you have learnt from this situation and what you will do now to protect it from happening again.

Cancer 22nd June – 23rd July Love/Family: You have been avoiding contact with people who you don’t wish to communicate with at this time. You have felt a mixture of anger, frustration and deep emotions and you have needed to gain control on these for a little while. Now is the time for you to come out from your shell. Work/Finances: You have been blocked from completing your task / job / project, which has been very frustrating. You have felt that your options in life have been limiting and this is going to make you see that maybe one pathway is no longer a shining pathway forward for now, but there is a new target that has now emerged showing you that life is all about timings and you are being looked after by a higher protected energy source.

Leo 24th July – 23rd Aug Love/Family: Looking directly into your soul I can see that you are a nice person and you don’t want to harm anyone else but you are reliving a past emotional situation that seems quite raw to you and this feeling is preventing you from moving on. I can see that you are trying to analyse yourself and your behaviour regarding this other person and you can’t help judging them even though you are nice. Work/Finances: Paperwork and planning. Filling out forms and making plans for the future. That is what is going on with you at this time. I can see that you are catapulting yourself onto your next adventure due to your own success over the last two months. Your life is spinning quite fast and it’s a wonder you can still stand up its moving so quickly.

Libra 2th Sept – 23rd Oct Love/Family: You are missing someone in your life that is / was very special to you and there was a bond that can’t be broken. This person may not realise how much they are missed but sometimes it’s not possible to let them know. You have learnt many things from this person and they have learnt many things from yourself. Work/Finances: Taking a leap of faith on a financial matter will cause others around you to think twice, but you will know what you are doing, and you will know by a bigger energy feeling that this is all meant to be. I see you saving money or getting some money together. You have already checked out the bigger pro’s and con’s and it’s time to leap ahead.

Scorpio 24th Oct – 22nd Nov Love/Family: You believe in true love or at least true love for people around you. You have such high expectations and you need to think differently in order to find the happiness that others have found. There is nothing wrong with having these standards but you will isolate yourself if you feel that others have to be just like you. Work/Finances: I see that you need to go to the heart of the matter with someone who speaks their mind quite frankly and sometimes too honestly. This person is blunt with people but you will always get the truth from them, even if you don’t really want it. This character and you have a strong connection at this time and you can learn a lot from each other.

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Pisces 20th Feb – 20th Mar Love/Family: You have felt that other people in life have used you to get what they need from you and to get where they want to be in their lives and this leaves you feeling very stressed and with an unsatisfactory feeling. You will no longer let anything like this happen in your life again. Work/Finances: You have success and triumph in your work / financial life and you finally have recognition for all the hard work that you have been putting in over the past. You will have to set up boundaries either for yourself or for someone else who is pushing you into making other plans on your behalf. I can see you trying to please everyone but this isn’t always a valid option. Gemini 22nd May – 21st June Love/Family: You are holding on to issues from the past and they are now bringing things into the present by emotions that have been triggered. I can see that all you need to do is adjust the way you handle things and train yourself to feel differently. If there are things in your past that you haven’t dealt with and it affects you in present day terms then maybe it’s time to talk to someone about them. Work/Finances: Legalities or official paperwork / contracts are being signed around this time and you are looking for a way forward that will be beneficial to everyone. I can see someone who is very nurturing and giving, helping you out linking to finances or helping in a physical way and this means a great deal to you. Virgo 24th Aug – 23rd Sept Love/Family: You feel very needy right now and it’s not like you as you usually can see a positive outcome in most situations. You have been stuck in the middle of a rock and a hard place linking to your personal life and whichever way you turn you would be wrong. Hmm…What to do for the best? Work/Finances: You have been pouring a great deal of time and effort into a work/ financial situation that has taken a lot of concentration and time. You have been waiting for this to come to fruition, but it doesn’t appear to be happening now. Some keys will be handed to you with an escape plan. Sagittarius 23rd Nov – 21st Dec Love/Family: You have taken on too much and now you are feeling the strain. You’re trying not to let anyone down but it’s really hard work trying to please everyone. No one seems to listen when you tell them what your advice is and how you would handle their problems, consequently they end up in deeper stress. Work/Finances: There is a character around work or money that you just don’t trust at the moment. I can see that this person is quietly spoken or they keep a lot in and don’t let you into their trust circle. There are others close to you who are invited though. Is it because they know that you can see straight through them? You may be better off this side of the inner circle!

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