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CONTENTS 8 Michael Quinn It’s all about the hair

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10 Besty McD Betsy’s unique view of the month just passed 14 Behind Bars Ten Square’s Claire Gavin 24 DJ Profile Belfast boy Kirsten Neely AKA 1 half of Disco Damage 36 Food Review The Titanic Pub & Kitchen 44 City7 Fashion Davina Sands with hot trends for the new season

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54 Chris Love The good, the bad and the invisible customers

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riday Night Therapy Live is a team of talented young writers, musicians and comedy performers from all over Northern Ireland and the UK working at the creative edge of comedy from their base in Belfast.   They perform live at venues across Northern Ireland incorporating a mix of pre-recorded sketches, stand-up comedy and music – a format that is new to audiences here.  They are dynamic, creative and clever and, by their own admission, eight of the silliest people in Northern Ireland who are willing to do anything to make an audience laugh until it cries - within the boundaries of good taste, of course!  Creator, performer and writer, Jordan Dunbar, 25, is no stranger to awards and accolades having won the Julian Fellowes ‘Screenwriter of the Year’ at the Cinemagic Film Festival and ‘Presenter of the Year’ at Dublin Cinemagic Film Festival, and he is looking forward to performing the show in the Black Box on the 23rd March.  He said:  “All of the material to be performed at the Black Box on the 23 March is brand spanking new and includes some of the best stuff we’ve ever done as performers and writers.”  Lovers of alternative comedy eager to see the ‘next big thing’ will be treated to an interesting take on the Titanic story, be introduced to Northern Ireland’s friendliest Vicar, enjoy a shocking take on the classic game show Family Fortunes as well as many other hilarious and eyebrow raising moments.  “It feels like everything we’ve done as writers and performers has been building up to this moment.” He continued.  “Our comedy has been described as alternative but it also has a mainstream element to it – after all a laugh is a laugh no matter how it’s caused.  “The show is filled with laugh-out-loud moments and a few that’ll have the audience 6

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members watching from behind their hands, but that’s important to us.  Funny is what we’re good at and there’s nothing better than hearing the audience’s reaction to a topical joke when you have no idea how it will be received.  If there’s a big story in the news you can bet we will put our unique twist on it.”, said Jordan.  The group already has a host of local celebrity fans, including Alan Simpson, Diarmuid Corr and Joe Rooney from Father Ted and they can now also count one of the writers of the uber successful animated cartoon series, South Park, as a fan.  Jordan said:  “We’d heard on the grapevine, via Green Inc who we work with, that Toby Morton, one of the writers on South Park, had seen our sketches on youtube and on our Facebook page and liked what we were doing.   “But we got a genuine shock when he decided to pop into one of our regular writing sessions during a recent visit to Belfast and he even posed for a quick photo and a chat telling us we were very talented. And we were obviously very flattered.”  The Friday Night Therapy Live tour will take in venues across Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and finish up at the Edinburgh Fringe festival.  Tickets for the Black Box performance are available at the door or to buy online from www. blackboxbelfast.com  website at a cost of £7.  For more information on Friday Night Therapy Live you can visit www.facebook.com/fntlive or call 07817294606.


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Ask the Expert

MICHAEL QUINN Michael Quinn Hairdressing, Royal Avenue, Belfast.

Since Michael opened his salon doors in Belfast city nearly ten years ago, he has become one of the most highly regarded stylists in Northern Ireland. Throughout the years he has worked with a vast clientele which includes celebrities such as The Saturdays, Mischa.Barton, and our very own Christine Bleakley. Michael has a wealth of knowledge in his field and is on hand to hear your hairdressing hitches.

Q1 Eve Harrington: My hair is quite long and I don’t spend much time styling it – I just straighten it every day to save time but since spring is in the air, I am looking for a new fresh hairstyle that is easy to manage. I was wondering if you have any tips on how to create a laid back hairstyle that fits in with this season? Michael: It is very tempting to straighten long hair every day in an attempt to tame it, however as you probably know, excessive use of straightening irons can cause some damage to the hair. How about introducing some natural looking waves instead? Elle Macpherson carries this look really well and if you have naturally straight hair this will work wonders. All you have to do is wash and condition your hair with Matrix Biolage Volumatherapie Shampoo and Conditioner and then comb and apply Matrix Biolage Volumizing Whipped Mousse, blast dry (about 70%) and secure into a bun. Leave your hair like this overnight and give it a quick tousle through with your hands in the morning and it will be transformed from lifeless to luscious.

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CITY7 This will give your hair a good break from all the heat damage and if you cannot resist reaching for the straightening irons from time to time, then try lowering the heat and use a nozzle attachment when blow drying to target air flow and diffuse heat more evenly.

Q2 Breda Smith: I am a woman in my early sixties and have found that in recent years as, I get older, my hair is becoming increasingly thin, not to mention grey! Have you any suggestions how I could try to restore some youth to my aging hair? Michael: Your complaint is quite common for women of your age. As well as the obvious complaints of greying hair, many women (and men) complain about thinning of the hair. I suggest you try some products from the Matrix Rejuvatherapie range. Start off with Matrix Age Rejuvenating Shampoo and conditioner which will help restore strength, suppleness and shine. The range also includes deep intensifiers and masks which can be used less frequently for an extra boost. They have been specially formulated with various ingredients such as Carmelina oil, Lycopene and Rice protein to moisturise, protect against premature aging and revive elasticity. For the grey hair, chat to your stylist about the best way to go forward, we usually recommend that you should gradually lighten your hair colour rather than covering up with a dark colour which, over time,  will reveal nasty grey roots.

Q3 Maria Johnson:I am attending a friend’s wedding this coming April and would love a glamorous hairstyle for the big event. I’m a busy mum so need

something I could achieve myself, that won’t take forever and will last all day and night. Michael: This year’s Oscars definitely showed that less is more as many of the stars from J-Lo to Shailene Woodley went back to basics and sported simple buns and ponytails – good news for busy Mum’s who don’t have much ‘me’ time. Gwyneth Paltrow looked effortlessly glamorous at the Oscars with her sleek long blonde hair pulled back into a ponytail. This trend was a big hit on the autumn catwalks of 2012 and looks set to continue due to its ease to recreate and also the ability to suit a number of outfits. The ponytail can be worn a number of ways. A low ponytail gives an air of elegance, height gives a fun impression or worn to the side frames the face beautifully. It is best suited to shoulder length or longer hair as even if the hair is layered it can be moulded into place using the right products. To wow any crowd and to recreate this style simply start be deciding where you want your parting to be. A side parting is flattering for most face shapes or if you prefer you could sweep all the hair back and have no parting. Then wrap a band two or three times on the base of your ponytail wherever you want your ponytail to sit. Next take out a strand of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the band. This trick hides the band and makes the style extra neat and tidy. To finish your elegant style, spray with Matrix Shapemaker Medium-Hold Hairspray and a little Matrix Shine Endure Spritz, This will ensure your ponytail stays in place and will also add an element of shine.  

To book an appointment with Michael or a member of his talented team, contact the Michael Quinn Hairdressing Salon on Royal Avenue, Belfast on 028 9032 4437. CITY7 MAGAZINE ISSUE 7

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WHAT’S UP DUDES, MY NAME IS BESTY McD, NORTHERN IRELAND’S ORIGINAL, AND ONLY SCENESTER. I’M A CRITIC, BLOGGER, SOCIAL COMMENTATOR AND I ALSO OWN THE INTERNET. I ALSO INVENTED THE IPOD, BUT I’M FAR TOO ALTERNATIVE TO USE IT. IF YOU WERE HALF AS ALTERNATIVE AS ME… YOU’D HAVE A STROKE. IN THIS CITY7 ARTICLE I WILL BASICALLY BE GIVING YOU MY REVIEW OF THE TOP 7 EVENTS AND NEWS STORIES OF FEBRUARY AND DROPPING SOME TRUTH BOMBS ON THEM. SO ENJOY IT, AND REMEMBER KIDS, KEEP IT ALTERNATIVE. I’M SO ALTERNATIVE I STAND UP WHEN I DO POOPS. SUAREZ vs EVRA  There was outrage earlier in the month when Louis Suarez refused to shake the hand of Patrice Evra at the start of the Liverpool versus Manchester united match. This is typical of the media trying to create scandal by making Suarez look like a total racialist. This is totez not true, it’s a well known fact in the world of football, that Patrice Evra has a very sensitive ring-piece and does not use toilet paper to wipe his dot, instead he uses his right index finger. And for that reason I would also refuse to shake his hand. That and the fact that he’s French. And football is for gaylords. And we’ll never meet. And I don’t even know what he looks like. And I don’t know how to pronounce his name.   R.I.P WHITNEY HOUSTON  Whitney Houston recently became famous again for a week by pure dying. She has now solidified her spot in everybody’s heart by 10

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becoming the punchline to many ‘comedy death’ jokes, with stable mates such as, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and Baby P. If we have learned anything from the death of Whitney Houston, it is that smoking crack can make you do some crazy shit, such as down 2 bottles of radox and pass out in the bath.   VALENTINE’S DAY  So yeah on the 14th of February it was St. Valentine’s Day. A corporate day made up by card companies, where you have to pretend to be nice to your girlfriend. Buy her a card that was written by someone else, Pay for a bunch of plants that you could have picked out of the ground for free, and feed her chocolates that are only gonna make her fatter, and in turn, make you hate her even more. So yeah, save yourself the arguments and don’t get her anything next year. The only reason I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, is because it’s very difficult to


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buy gifts for the dozens of girls I’m dogging at any given time!! Thoroughbred Player!!!!   DAVID HAYE BOTTLING Earlier in the month, boxer David Haye hit Dereck Chisora with a bottle at a boxing press conference. This annoys me because, David Haye bottles someone and nothing happens, I bottle a girl on a night out because she’s wearing the same shoes as me, and I get banned from every club in the odyssey. Where is the justice dudes?   BRITS  That’s right quims, February had the Brit awards. I flicked the awards on and I was wondering why James Corden was wearing a dress, but then I realised it was just Adele making an acceptance speech, which was the cut short by the Ricky Gervais wannabe.  To close the show, Blur came on and shat on everybody’s ears for 15 minutes, after winning the “Outstanding Contribution to Music Award.” Which is weird because they have “outstandingly contributed” FUCK ALL in the last 15-20 years. Blur?..more like Slur!!! That’s one of mine, feel free to use it.

 FRANK CARSON  Northern Ireland lost one of its comedy greats

recently, that’s right, Frank Carson pure passed away. Like all celebrities that die, Frank had his fair share of death related jokes, par exemple:   Frank Carson has just arrived in heaven – “I’m only here because they told me Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston were looking for more craic!”   Which is total Bull-poop, because we all know Whitney and Winehouse went to hell, for crimes against eardrums. I’m totally jesting, there is no Heaven or Hell. Your heart stops, they put you in the ground… and then maggots eat your face off. THAT’S A CRACKER!!!   LENT  Hey Christians, try going off religion for lent. Read a Dawkins book or something. And then you too can become an atheist like me. I’m not even sure what an atheist is, but it gets me off Sunday school every week. EVOLUTION BITCHES!!

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Diet Coke & Benefit Bring Their ‘Get Glam’ Campaign to Life With a Make Up Competition at Sally’s of Omagh

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ake up artists from across Ireland are set to descend upon the mid Ulster town of Omagh on 25 March as one of the country’s most exciting make up competitions takes place in Sally’s nightclub. Hosted by Diet Coke and supported by Benefit cosmetics, the competition will see one lucky winner jet off to San Francisco to experience a four day training stint at Benefit head office, courtesy of Diet Coke. Open to both amateur and professional artists and featuring categories including bridal, fashion editorial and creative make up, the competition will also see category winners walk away with make up kits as well as watch Benefit artists demonstrate key products and looks on the day. Paula Coulhoun, Licensed Trade Marketing Manager for Diet Coke Ireland, said: “This competition follows on from other successful events in Sally’s in the past and is a perfect event for Diet Coke and Benefit, as we are currently celebrating a joint on-pack promotion on specially designed, limited edition cans in which consumers

Diet Coke & Benefit Launch Event ,Nicola from Benefit, Model Laurina, Diet Coke’s Kylie Dunlop & Oonagh of Sally’s in Omagh.

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can win Benefit make-up kits every 30 minutes.” Oonagh McGirr from Sally’s said: “I’m delighted to be working with Diet Coke on this project and am really looking forward to seeing the entries come in. We love bringing customers in from across Northern Ireland and we fell this competition will appeal to creative types from all over the country.” Lead judge, European gold medallist make-up artist Paddy McGurgan added: “I know there is great creativity in the industry here, so I imagine it will be difficult to make final decisions, but bring it on!” Make up artists who are interested in taking part can download applications and rules from the Sally’s website at www.sallysofomagh.com or call 02890324437 for more detail email style@fashionpharmacy.com.


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Behind Bars

This Month: Ten Square’s Claire Gavin

Ten Square sits opposite the rear entrance to the City hall on the corner of Belfast’s Linen Hall Street, The Boutique Hotel is home to Ten Square bar and restaurant. One of Belfast’s finest watering holes and location wise second to none. This month Behind Bars talks to bar woman Claire Gavin.

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Behind Bars The Grill Bar AT Ten Square has been a massive success since its opening, what’s the secret? The Grill Bar, with it’s Colonial setting has such a great vibe, whatever day or time you come in! With its top class service, excellent food and great value promotions, in addition to it great location, it’s no wonder that our loyal customers come back time and time again.

Do you know what the inspiration was for the name Ten Square? Simply the address! Situated on the Square and at number 10… it’s the perfect name, however the original bar was called Bar Red. It only lasted 2 years but you still here customers saying they are in Bar Red…strange how a name sticks. Christmas and NYE have been and gone. Take us on a pub crawl of Belfast to beat the January blues. Firstly, an excellent beer in the Garrick, something light and easy to start to start you off. Right around the corner to Morrison’s and then quickly to Filthy McNastys, I really like the uber cool atmosphere. To end the evening I would have to go to El Divino… right beside the Lagan it’s got some good DJs to dance the night away. Working at Ten Square, have you had the opportunity to meet any famous people? We were so lucky to host the After show of the Fate awards last year as well as our MTV Bacardi ICE Party where we has a special Bacardi Ice Bar and

glasses shipped in especially for the night. I can honestly say George Lamb is as tall as he looks on the TV! I was also lucky to meet Roy Walker, he’s so funny and continuously has a laugh and a joke. Your, “words of wisdom” If you don’t ask you don’t get! Its my favourite saying. I believe nothing in this life is for free… at least not without asking. You’d not be a great bar tender without a few stories. What’s the craziest thing you’ve heard? What happens in the bar…stays in the bar… and our customers like that as they can get a little crazy at times… however I love watching people, and it’s so easy to do in Ten Square as there are always a good crowd. Saturdays are the best, with it being so busy… starting off with our lunch crowd who are more laid back at weekends, then either the football or rugby crowd come in to see the games on the big screen, then our evening diners up until 10pm and finally our night out crowd who come in for the great tunes of DJ JAR… you’re always sure to get a good laugh from the dance moves of some of our customers.

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Love it or hate it, Saint Patrick’s is one of the most celebrated days in the Irish calendar. The 17th March traditionally means kitting yourself out in green, ordering your annual pint of the black stuff, being elbowed in the face in a crowded bar and having your newly-cut hair matted with all the pints of he day. Sound familiar?

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or 24 hours, the country is strewn with oversized, inebriated leprechauns trying to work out their own personal Riverdance routines. The Holyland’s in Belfast is awash with drunken guys and gals with green hair and eye-liner shamrocks on their faces, thinking they’ve never looked so good or sounded so tuneful. Meanwhile, all the workers in the country are celebrating a well deserved day away from the office with a liquid breakfast, lunch...oh and dinner as well. Unless you have the money to jet off to New York, New York (so good, they named it twice), options can be pretty limited in Norn Iron for something to do other than the above! Let’s face it, it’ll be freezing, so nothing too out - doorsy. If you don’t fancy rubbing shoulders with the college football teams reciting ‘The Very Best of the Pogues’ my suggestion would be a house party (at somebody else’s house, obviously). Friends, fun and funky cocktails will be the recipe of the day. For an unforgettable green potion to tickle the taste buds and guaranteed to impress your mates follow the recipe below, et voila: Saint Paddy ’s Supper, the infamous Stinger cocktail. Made famous in the classic film ‘High Society’, Bing Crosby explains to Grace Kelly how it got its name: “it’s a stinger, it removes the sting!”

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Don’t be a hermit all weekend though; remember to spoil your mum on Mothers Day, Sunday 18th. Then with a bank holiday on Monday sure why not celebrate? On Sunday night Irish instrumental band Tucan will be playing in Love and Death inc. Tuc-who? Check out some of their music on Youtube. The guys have been banned from busking in Grafton Street, lived as street performers in Prague and Barcelona, and played at Electric Picnic every year since 2007! This will be their third appearance in the club and as always it is expected to be a sold out gig! Tickets are available to purchase from the bar priced at £6 And if you wake up on Monday morning feeling a little worse for wear, don’t blame Saint Patrick; at least you’re not waking up with a snake in your bed.


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THE BEAUTY COMPANY, BELFAST CITY 7’s top beauty columnist, RUTH ELLEN LOGAN, PROPRIETOR, THE BEAUTY COMPANY, BELFAST

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s spring - the time of new beginnings - is looming I want to dedicate my March issue to all mummy’s and to the wondrous treatment; Maya Abdominal Therapy. Maya Abdominal Therapy, or Maya Massage which it is more commonly known, is the miracle massage treatment which I brought to back to Ireland from Belize in June 2009. I came across this life-changing treatment whilst on my own heart-breaking journey to become pregnant myself. My journey… I had had several devastating ectopic pregnancies and had lost both fallopian tubes by age 28. I was desperate for a baby but more desperate to restore the feelings of failure in my inabilities to conceive. After extensive research, I came across such wonderful testimonials for Maya Massage and was very excited about the concept, only to find there was no one available in Ireland. I was gutted. I realised the only way was to train myself and to be become the first in Ireland. I knew nothing could restore my tubes, but if I could prevent this tragedy happening to someone else it was worth a shot. I was so inspired by the founder of Arvigo techniques, Rosita Arvigo, who apprenticed with Don Elijio for more than 20 years. Rosita herself is a great intuitive healer who has worked with many other traditional healers in Central America to put this massage technique together. She is still practicing today after more than 30 years and teaching the massage technique throughout the USA. She too had blocked damaged fallopian tubes and truly believes Maya massage unblocked them, she went on to conceive and carried three babies to term. So I set about training, I travelled to London for first part of training mandate, then to America. After extensive training in this medical massage, I became the first practitioner in Ireland. Having been so inspired by holistic therapies, I went on to study reiki, cystal healing and reflexology. All of which complement the treatment. From that moment on… From the moment I qualified, It felt like an Epiphany moment – this is what I was put on this earth

to do, and as such, I have dedicated a large part of my career and life to help others women, like me, become pregnant. I view myself as the vessel of goodwill that aids every woman to have her very own, precious little boy or girl. The gift of new life.... Is there anything more beautiful? As it’s Mother’s Day this month, it brings to light, the philosophical importance of being a mum, our mothers and their mothers before them. But also the devastation of loss, grief and the overwhelming sadness when one wants to be a mummy, but it simply isn’t working. I work with over 30 women, week- in-week -out, over 120 per month who long for a child. The treatment The concept of the treatment is initially thorough understanding of the individual, emotionally, physically and spiritually. The massage itself focuses very much so on the displacement of reproductive organs affecting blood flow and bowel problems. The massage is a relaxing and rejuvenating way to put things right. But it’s the unspoken connection between the healing of hands and the connection the woman achieves with her body again that allows the miracles to happen. My massage technique has now allowed over 35 women to achieve pregnancy, that perhaps otherwise wouldn’t and for that I am eternally grateful. A little thank you… So let’s all say a little thank you on mother’s day for our blessings as mothers and send a little comfort and positivity to those who are trying and not yet exceeding... The most beautiful thing that I have learnt from doing this treatment, is that in the end, every woman finds her epiphany, in whatever shape or form..... If you are interested in Maya Massage at The Beauty Company or a full list of Mother’s Day treatments and offers, visit www.beautycompanybelfast.com or call 028 9033 2546. Find us on Facebook for exclusive offers and upto-date information and prizes. CITY7 MAGAZINE ISSUE 7

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Belfast Giants Become Wagamama Waiters

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he stars of the Belfast Giants hang up their hockey sticks in exchange for chopsticks to earn their keep at Wagamama. Wednesday 21 March will see the Belfast Giants take diversification to a whole new level as some of the biggest names in the team will swap pucks for noodles, as they take over as the waiting staff in Wagamama’s Victoria Square restaurant in Belfast city centre. The collaboration is to celebrate the end of a successful season in partnership of Wagamama and the Belfast Giants and will launch a very exciting competition for any fan of the healthy food or the exhilarating sport. Fans can enter the competition to win an ice hockey stick and shirt signed by the Belfast Ginats team, an evening in an Odyssey Arena corporate suite to watch one of next season’s matches and dinner in Wagamama with four of the team players, by answering cryptic questions on Facebook for the month of March and by coming along to the restaurant on Wednesday 21 March. Sonia Lipton, general manager of Wagamama, is excited to welcome her new staff members to the restaurant, “This is a really fun way for us to reward our customers and it will be interesting to see how the Giants will keep their cool in the heat of the kitchen. This will be a real treat for anyone hoping to enjoy a healthy nutritious meal, served up by some of our country’s best sportsmen. It’s also a great opportunity to get your hands 20

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on some brilliant prizes!” Opened over a year ago, Belfast’s Wagamama restaurant has proven itself as one of the city’s top spots to enjoy healthy and freshly made Asian cuisine in a contemporary and relaxed setting. Favoured by the team members of the Belfast Giants for its approach to healthy eating, Wagamama continues to keep the goalposts nice and tight in fighting off any competition eager to score against it. This unique competition is open to anyone and you can enter via Facebook and twitter competitions in the lead up to the event or by coming along to Wagamama, Victoria Square between 6 and 8pm on Wednesday 21 March. Follow us on Twitter @wagamamabelfast and find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/wagamamabelfast


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FÉILE COULD BE YOUR TICKET TO NEW YORK!

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tunning West Belfast Beauty Niamh Mervyn (pictured), officially launched ‘Féile an Earraigh,’ Belfast’s best Irish Traditional Spring Festival which takes place over St Patrick’s Weekend 12th – 18th March. Niamh is wearing a specially commissioned ‘St Patrick’s Day’ inspired dress by Siobhan Kyles. Féile’s fun packed celebrations include concerts, tours, whiskey tasting sessions, drama, literary talks, historical debate, kiddies workshops and storytelling, family fun, big screen rugby and more! Events centre around the Festival Marquee in Bank Square in Belfast city centre, and at a host of venues across the city and West Belfast. As a St Patrick’s Day treat, Feile along with Ireland’s longest established American Tour operators American Holidays is giving away a fabulous Féile prize of a trip to New York! Ever popular energetic Celtic band Kíla, will 22

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perform in the Festival Marquee on Friday, 16 March, and will be supported by local songstress Grainne Holland who will be launching her debut album. Before The Shamrogues’ concert, Ireland v England 6 Nations Rugby will be shown on the Marquee big screen (rugby admission free). Festival celebrations will conclude on 18th March with The Rapparees in concert, featuring Bernadette Morris – a perfect Mother’s Day treat. The full programme of events is available from www.feilebelfast.com. Tickets can be purchased on-line or by calling 028 90313440. Follow updates on Facebook; Feile an Phobail or Twitter; @feilebelfast. Féile an Earraigh is kindly funded and sponsored by Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Belfast City Council, Foras na Gaeilge, Tennent’s NI, Translink, American Holidays, Kennedy Centre. Full list of supporters available on www.feilebelfast.com


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CITY7 Profile catches up with Kirstin Neely Kirstin Neely is one half of Disco Damage - In 2007 when a musician from Buenos Aires (Laura Fares) bumped into a writer from Belfast (Kristin Neely), with a mutual love of the Electronic sounds from samples of the 80’s to synths from the 90’s and new sounds from the naughties. The result of this collision is a dynamic duo whose sound has been linked to that of artists from Kraftwerk to Tiga. Ktisten talks to his old School pal Barry O’Doherty owner of CITY7.

So a typical day in the life of Kristin, what happens? My life can be pretty demanding and is by no means ordinary so every day is different which suits me as I’m a big fan of change,  I’m happy to say there is no typical. A great day for me however will include Studio time, the gym, finding new music, meditation, Food, an airplane, friends, a gig and sleep Where do we find you playing at the minute? All around Europe, we DJ at Razzmatazz in Barcelona several times a year and visit Milan Regularly to spin for Lamessa House parties. In the last year or so we have been spinning in Verona, Paris, Naples and Venice but we are based in London where we mostly DJ East and central. We have not actually played in Belfast yet but watch this space ...  How did you end up where you are now, did the careers advisor recommend it? Definitely not, I always was a creative person, the careers advisor did not speak creative Americano ...Her suggestion was so bad I seem to have erased it from my memory!  ... I got were I am today by accident, or chance if you will! I met my music partner Laura Fares in a night club, she spied me dancing and after a deep and meaningful, asked if I would write some lyric ideas for a few tracks she

had been working on, I did, we made some songs, got noticed, released a few records and in short Disco Damage was born. What would you recommend our readers listen too at the minute? New music,  go off the beaten track; the great thing about music today is that it’s not just available in HMV, check out the many online music blogs like Earmilk and Hypemachine, most break music into category’s to help you find what suits you and let you listen to the tracks there and then. Some offer free downloads but I recommend if you like what you hear to support the artists and buy tracks from online music stores like Beatport, Juno an iTunes. Doing this helps keep the business side of the industry alive and insures you end up with a good quality version of the track. you have a week off. What do you do? SLEEP what’s the diary like for the coming year? Studio time, we are working on a new EP which will be out on Aztec Records later in the year, summer is always busy for us gig wise and we are particularly looking forward the Poptronik festival in Sitges (Spain) this summer, the line up is going to be great so get your Easyjet on !

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FRESHER APPROACH TO CRIME AGAINST STUDENTS Police, working in partnership with the Northern Ireland Office, University of Ulster, Queens University, Stranmillis University College and student unions, are keen to prevent students falling victim to criminal activity. Campus Watch is a campaign designed to offer practical crime prevention advice to students with safety messages being advertised at campuses across Northern Ireland. There are some simple steps that can be taken to avoid becoming a victim:  

Personal safety q Don’t leave your drink unattended and never accept a drink from someone that you don’t know. q Don’t get so drunk that you don’t know what you’re doing. q Plan how you’re going to get home. Don’t walk home alone or go back with someone you have just met - stay with friends or use a taxi. q Would you go alone into a stranger’s house at 11am in the morning? No? So why do it at 2am drunk? Arrange to meet new acquaintances when sober. q Keep your bag zipped and held close to you. q Don’t wear headphones late at night - they may stop you being able to hear people around you.

At home q Lock all doors and windows each time you go out. q Use timer switches for lights and make your flat look occupied in the evenings and at the weekends. q Mark your property with the initials of your university and your student ID number.  

Vehicle security q Always lock your car and don’t leave any valuables unattended in the vehicle whether it is parked on or off campus. q Where possible, always park your car in a well lit area.   Students living off campus should remember that getting on with local residents is important.  Neighbours can report suspicious activity when you are away at weekends and during the holidays. In return students should respect the wishes of their neighbours who don’t want to be kept awake half the night with rowdy parties, nor do they want to have their property damaged.  Have fun without spoiling it for yourself or others.

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he search for Miss Northern Ireland 2012 launched this month with a glamorous brunch at the Europa Hotel where insurance company Open+Direct was named as the proud title sponsor for this year’s event. The local heat will be at The Bank Newry on Saturday 10th March. Application forms are available from The Bank Bar or by emailing stephen@thebanknewry.com. Contestant organiser Alison Campbell and the current title holder Finola Guinnane – who reached top 20 at Miss World 2011 – announced the new sponsorship and set the precedent of the competition to several young hopefuls who wish to make it to the Open+Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2012 final. The gala black tie final event, which will take place on 14 May in the Europa Hotel, will see the hopefuls whittled down to 24 finalists competing for the title, and will also showcase the latest fashionable looks from fashion sponsors, THE OUTLET Village in Banbridge. Colin McEvoy, Head of Open + Direct said, “We have supported the Miss Northern Ireland contest for several years now so we are absolutely delighted to be the main sponsor of this year’s event. We wish all the girls who are taking part the best of luck and we are looking forward to crowning a new winner who will represent Northern Ireland in the Miss World Contest.” “The OUTLET Village Banbridge is delighted to be the official fashion sponsor of this fantastic contest for the second year,” stated Siobhan McKeown, Marketing Manager at The OUTLET: “It was a privilege for us to work with such a professional contest last year and we look forward to dressing the finalists for the gala final to showcase the fashion and accessories available throughout the 55 plus stores at The OUTLET.” Alison explained the heats and entry opportunities for girls hoping to take this year’s coveted title: “I’m delighted to be starting our twenty-sixth year of the contest and each year it seems to get more and more popular. The search arrive for the first time at The Bank Newry on Saturday 10th March. On the night a Miss Bank and Miss Newry will be crowned with both girls progressing to the final at The Europa Hotel, Belfast. The winner of the competition will not only take on the coveted title of Open + Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2012, and an all-expenses paid trip to Miss World in China, she will also win a car from Downey’s, taxed and insured for a year by Open + Direct, as well as a wardrobe of designer dresses for Miss World from Beverly Hills and a front cover photoshoot with IN! magazine. Beauty prizes, which will keep her preened and prepared for her role, include one year’s hairdressing and sun tanning with Michele Interna28

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tional as well as 1 year’s eyebrow threading, eyelash extensions and nail treatments by Renu at Michele International, luxurious beauty treatments from Beauty Culture as well as stunning designer sunglasses from Jonathan Keys. The winner can also be keep fit with her gym membership at Culloden Spa and her modeling career will also get off to the right start with a photoshoot session with Andy Cameron Photography and a year’s contract with top model agency, the Alison Campbell Agency. Event organisers are looking for entrants aged between 17 and 24 from all parts of Northern Ireland to take over the crown from current Miss Northern Ireland Finola Guinnane. “We need someone who has that extra special quality, the ‘je ne sais quois’, or a certain X factor as it takes more than good looks to win Miss Northern Ireland.” Said Alison Campbell. “The winner will have her diary filled with a range of modelling and promotional assignments throughout the year – some challenging, some fun but all fantastic experiences. Plus she must be free to depart Northern Ireland on 19 July to attend the Miss World final held in China on 18 August. It takes great stamina, commitment and confidence to carry off the title, and Finola Guinnane has been a wonderful ambassador this year. Finola graciously took on the title last year and has been a truly fantastic ambassador and achieved a brilliant result at Miss World by reaching the top twenty in the beach beauty contest.” Current title holder Finola said: “I have had the most amazing experience so far this year – and although I’m delighted to be part of this year’s launch, it’s quite sad, as it’s the beginning of the end of what has been a fantastic reign. I’ve enjoyed so many different and varied modelling assignments which have jam packed my portfolio, but I’ve also done so many things I would never ever have had the opportunity to do before such as meeting girls from all over the globe at the Miss World final as well as taking part in several charity challenges and fundraisers right here in Northern Ireland – in particular, the Miss Northern Ireland chosen Charity, The NI Children’s Hospice. All in all it’s been a life-changing and incredible experience that the new title holder should just relish and I wish all entrants the very best as competition is tough – there are a lot of beautiful and talented young girls in Northern Ireland!” To enter call into The Bank Bar at anytime, email stephen@thebanknewry.com or telephone on 02830835501. Competition rules can be checked out on the Miss NI website www.missnorthernireland.co.uk or on Facebook at Miss Northern Ireland Contest. The official website also outlines full details of the competition heats and the full range of prizes available.


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s thoughts of warmer weather move firmly into the fashion focus, references of nature from the sun soaked Serengeti are never far from designers’ minds. Think John Galliano circa 1990s and his vibrant tribal influence – revisited and revived. Animal inspiration takes over in print, this season find them dotted over cool kaftans and graceful gowns. Strong exotic, ethnic textures such as snakeskin are given new life as along with pony hair, tribal patterns and zebra prints they galloped down the catwalks of Burberry, Missoni and Marni.

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This season’s Africana trend embraces ancient cultural techniques of hand crafted raffia work and intricate beadwork, ensuring your look screams global traveller! However, if a nod to the trend is more your style, reference Alexander Wang’s SS12 collection - an African spin on sophisticated sportswear is all you’ll need to feel cool this spring. Or alternatively, opt for safari suiting for stylish work-wear as belted khaki jackets, fitted skirts and crisp white shirts make a comeback. Balenciaga offered a contemporary twist to a wardrobe staple - safari trousers and shorts featuring a techno sheen.


CITY7 Finally, it’s not the size or style of your new season statement bag that matters, it’s the uber-luxe hide that reveals spring 2012 is here in force! The very latest collection of exotic skin handbags (real & faux) are on hand in a rainbow spectrum of hues. Roberto Cavalli and Bottega Veneta provide classic investment, timeless totes in vivid block colours. E: info@evebrannonfashionstyling.com T: +44 (0) 7817 597067

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At Love & Death Inc. we try our best to use local produce, to create simple tasty dishes, that won’t cost you a fortune. One of the dishes on our new express lunch menu is the Confit duck leg. At dinner this succulent bit of meat is served as a starter, with a celeriac puree and red wine sauce. But at lunch we serve it as a main, bulked out with some creamy mash and green beans. This is a sizeable portion but won’t leave you overly stuffed.  This earthy combo is the perfect body warmer, during our chilly spring afternoons. The ducks themselves are reared on ‘the Lissara Farm’ in County Down, the farm is renowned for its quality produce (we also use the breasts in the restaurant) and is championed by many celebrity chefs. In addition to locally produced meat and veg, it is important to look at seasonality. In  this dish green beans and potatoes are available all year round. At this time of year leeks, broccoli and cauliflower are coming into season. We can also get access to ‘forced’ rhubarb, from mainly Yorkshire, between January and March. To be forced means that the rhubarb is covered to accelerate growth.  This wonderful plant can be used in many different desserts!

Below, I have listed the recipe for our lunch time meal, but like I have suggested this is an ideal starter for a dinner party which can be prepared several days in advance.

Confit Lissara duck leg, mash, green beans, and red wine sauce Ingredients for confit duck leg: 4 large duck legs (200g each) 30g rock salt 1 level tbsp Black peppercorns, crushed 4 Garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced Zest of half an orange 1 star anise (broken up)

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2 Bay leaves, finely sliced 4 Sprigs rosemary (coarsely chopped) 800g duck/goose fat (available from most supermarkets) melted

  1. Lay the duck legs on a tray, flesh side upwards and distribute the rock salt, crushed pepper, garlic, rosemary and bay leaves evenly over. Cling film, marinate ideally overnight , or atleast 6 hours 2. Wash off the marinade and pat dry with kitchen cloth, place the duck legs, skin side down in a saucepan. Cover with the melted duck fat and bring the temperature to 85ºC,place a metal tray or plate in the pan, so as to keep the duck legs submerged, cook for 3 hours in a preheated oven (95- 100°). You know you have reached the temperature 85/90ºC, there is no bubblebreaking the surface; the fat is kept just under simmering point. 3.  After 3 hours, remove from the oven, and allow to cool. The legs can be kept in the cold fat, if preparing a few days in advance- this will prevent them going off!! 4. In a dry pan, on medium heat, crisp and colour the duck legs on the skin side 3-4 minutes, then place in the oven at 180°C fro3-4 minutes, ready to serve.   Ingredients for red wine sauce: 4 button mushrooms 2 shallots (finely chopped) 1 bay leaf 2 garlic cloves (peeled and left whole) 250mls of red wine 500mls of good beef stock Spoonful of redcurrant jelly ( to sweeten)   1. On a low heat, sweat down the shallots, mushrooms, and garlic cloves for a few minutes, until they are soft and the shallots have gone translucent. 2. Add the red wine to the pan and reduce by half. 3. Then add the stock, and again reduce by half or to the consistency desired 4. I like to add some redcurrant jelly just to sweeten to sauce to lift it, and a knob of butter to make it velvety smooth.   Again this may done in advance, and can be frozen once chilled.

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1. Boil the potatoes in a large pan of lightly salted boiling water for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, pour the milk into a pan and add the butter, cream, and salt and pepper. Bring just to the boil and remove from the heat. Drain the potatoes in a colander. 2.  Cook the beans in salted boiling water for 4/5 mins then plunge into iced water until ready to serve. 3.  Pass the cooked potatoes through the mouli or rizer  into a clean bowl 4.  Gradually mix the milk mixture into the potatoes - you may not need it all as you don’t want to make the mixture too wet. Beat with a wooden spoon until fluffy and smooth, then reheat if necessary. Season to taste 5.  Melt a knob of butter on a low heat and season with salt and pepper, toss in the beans and gently heat for 2 mins, be careful not to overcook, as they will go brown and soft

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… s e v a h of S If you prefer a hair free chin (or at least your girlfriend does!) as opposed to a wild, unruly beard, then I am almost certain you will at some point have cursed the chore that is shaving and the time consuming and sometimes unpleasant side effects that it brings. Well fear not, Jacks is here to offer up some simple but helpful hints…

those razor burn rashes and missed patches! Allow an extra 10 minutes and you could look like the hunk on that advert! 3. Brush Up

1. Preparation is key

Blunt blades is your first big no no! Make sure you’re stocked up with all the right equipment before you start. Clean your blade after every use and replace after 3 shaves. Always shower before you shave as the heat will help to open the pores and soften the skin for a smoother more effective shave. If you suffer from in-grown hairs then use a suitable exfoliator product before you shave to soften up the bristles and help release any trapped hairs.

5. Apply the finishing touches

It may seem old fashioned but investing in a good shaving brush can help you to achieve a superior shave. Brushing also helps remove dead skin cells from the surface of your face, ensures that the cream covers every part of the area to be shaved and if you use a circular movement it also lifts the beard away from the face, making it easier to cut and giving a closer shave. At Jacks we recommend men-u’s synthetic premier shaving brush. The bristles generate an amazing amount of lather, require less shaving cream, rinse easily and dry extremely fast, making it much more hygienic than animal hair. 4. Purchase from the professionals

Using an anti-bacterial face wash after you have shaved is one of our top tips. It will cleanse the pores and remove all the shaving residue to help avoid that dreaded shaving rash. Men-u’s healthy facial wash has a high concentration of tea tree oil and is ideal to help cleanse and protect from spots and shaving rash. Also included is witch hazel for its soothing, healing and astringent properties. Wash your face with cold water to help close the pores and finally don’t forget to moisturise! Keep your face young looking, wrinkle free and soft to the touch with this simple daily task. Men-u’s facial moisturiser lift soothes and moisturises post shave and has mint & menthol to cool and refresh. 6. Leave it to the experts

2. Take your time

It is most men’s routine to crawl out of bed, peer through a half steamed up mirror, stick on the first product that comes to hand, drag the disposable razor across their face and stifle a scream to finish when they slap on the aftershave! A good shave is never rushed and a little time and tender loving care in your shaving process will greatly improve the finished look and avoid

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Using the right products in the correct order can alter your routine and transform your shave. Always pick up your shave products from a professional outlet like Jacks of London so that you can get help and advice on the best products for your skin and schedule. It can be a minefield so why not make it simple for yourself! Jacks of London highly recommend the men-u shaving range as it caters for every skin type and offers a simple but effective routine.

Don’t shave everyday; allow your skin to rest. And if you really want to treat yourself and get some shaving tips first hand along the way, then why not visit Jacks of London for a traditional cut-throat shave. Our experienced Barbers will indulge you with a 40 minute relaxing experience which includes hot and cold towels, soothing oils, mini facial massage and professional men’s product ranges that will leave you feeling silky smooth for days.

*All products mentioned can be bought in any Jacks of London store or online in our Jacks shop.


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CITY7 Serving the best of locally sourced food six days a week. Wednesday 12-6pm; Thursday to Saturday 12-9pm; L Sunday i 2-6pm

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We decided to grab one of the cosy booths by the windows and were given a menu by one of the friendly waitresses. Staff at the Titanic Pub & Kitchen are extremely helpful and friendly and you can tell they are genuinely nice, not just looking for a tip! The menu consists of traditional and tasty favourites such as steak, fish and chips and beef and chicken burgers. After working up quite an appetite following a particularly strenuous shopping session, I decided to go for the char grilled chicken burger with thrice cooked chips. My famished dining partner plumped for the bacon and cheese burger, which again came with the chef’s specialty thrice cooked chips. After settling in to our comfy and spacious booth we decided liquid replenishments were greatly called for. Titanic Pub & Kitchen have one of the most impressive cocktail lists I have come across in a long time. I ordered a signature Titanic cocktail, mixed to perfection by the bar’s very own resident mixologist Jamie Magee. Jamie prepares everything from scratch using only the freshest ingredients and you really can taste the difference.

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nless you’ve been living under a rock recently you will most likely be aware that there’s lots of things going on regarding a big boat that was fine when it left here. From a foodie point of view, one of the most exciting things in my opinion is the recently opened Titanic Pub & Kitchen, part of the well known Frames complex. I stumbled upon this hidden gem one Saturday afternoon by chance after a particularly heavy shopping session. It’s slightly off the beaten track but its well worth seeking out. The décor inside the venue pays homage to the Edwardian period and wouldn’t have looked out of place on the Titanic itself. It’s very atmospheric with dim lighting and iconic images of the Titanic lining the walls. There’s an abundance of seating areas - from private tables and chairs to bar stools lining the large bar area.

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gave an amazing bacon-y taste and really added to the texture of the burger - insightful! The beauty of Titanic Pub & Kitchen is that it’s simple food but cooked to perfection. Good, honest, wholesome food not spoiled by fancy sauces or distracting jus to hide the flavour. It’s also very well priced. Both of our meals were priced at a reasonable £8.95 each, which for the portion sizes was really good value. Despite being almost fit to burst, we decided (purely in the interests of research) to share a dessert. We went for the white chocolate and raspberry panna cotta which came with homemade shortbread. There’s only one word to describe this dish - orgasmic! So to sum up Titanic Pub & Kitchen - fantastic food, super staff and cracking cocktails; everything about this Titanic is first class!

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Our food duly arrived and I couldn’t wait to get tasting the thrice cooked chips which looked like perfection. I’m happy to report that they tasted every bit as good as they looked. Extra crispy and a glorious golden colour these are the daddy of all chips. Crispy on the outside yet white and fluffy on the inside - they melt in your mouth. If I was on death row these chips would definitely be part of my last supper! The char grilled chicken burger was equally delicious. Whilst all too often this can prove to be a tasteless choice, this one was packed full of flavour. A fresh chicken breast (no processed rubbish here) with a gorgeously charred taste to it, in between a soft floury white bap with lettuce and tomato. The main thing that really comes across with the Titanic Pub & Kitchen’s food is the quality and freshness of the ingredients. Right down to the smallest details, everything is fresh and tasty. My food buddy was equally as impressed. His bacon and cheese burger looked fabulous and he declared it to be ’amazing’ in between mouthfuls. Given how quickly he polished off the dish I’d say he wasn’t joking. Before it was wolfed down, I managed to grab a quick look in the bap and noticed the two rashers of bacon were cooked extra crispy and the burger was topped with melted cheese as well as the usual salad stuff. I asked the dining partner what he thought of the bacon done quite so crispy and he told me it

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Time to paint the town Green again Everybody loves a reason to celebrate and no one does it better than us! Even our own great Saint Patrick stipulated that on the 17th of March every year we must all gather in the Holy lands area of Belfast and go slightly insane, and if the weather is favourable we must take our settee out of the house and sit outside all day before going to the pub and drinking like mad folk. Well maybe not quite a great idea or the words of the Patron Saint. Here’s a few facts about our Saint you maybe didn’t know. Although he was born in Britain, around 385AD. His parents Calpurnius and Conchessa were Roman citizens living in either Scotland or Wales, according to different versions of his story.   Saint Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in America in Boston, in 1737. Now around 34 million modern Americans claim Irish ancestry. So that’s at least 34 million extra pints of Guinness to be served on the 17th!     According to Saint Patrick’s Day lore, Patrick used the three leaves of a shamrock to explain the Christian holy trinity blessing: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He clearly hadn’t heard of the spectacles, testicles, wallet and watch technique to blessing yourself.     Popular Irish toasts on St Patrick’s Day, include: may the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out. – Maybe explains why the students like to bring their belongings out onto the street on the 17th – You just never know when the roof might fall in.     On any given day 5.5 million pints of Guinness, the famous Irish stout brand, are consumed around the world. But on St. Patrick’s Day, that number more than doubles to 13 million pints.   38

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 As recently as the 1970s, all pubs were shut in Ireland on St Patrick’s Day, the sole venue selling drink being the annual dog show. Lenten fasting – and the obligation to abstain from meat – were lifted on the day, which most families would begin with church.   According to legend, on the day of Judgement, while Christ judges all other nations, St Patrick will be the judge of the Irish which is a blessing in disguise for a lot of us. So whatever you get up to on St Paddy’s day, enjoy it and let others enjoy it.


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elfast’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations will have the ‘X’ factor this year with a massive line up of music, dancing and street entertainment that will bring the city to life. A colourful parade leaves City Hall at 12pm on Saturday, March 17, and make its way through the streets to Custom House Square where a free concert will see a host of top class acts. Former X-Factor contestant Sophie Habibis tops the bill alongside the world-class Red Hot Chilli Pipers, bands Ashelin and Shake, traditional music group Pure Blarney and dancers from the Royal Tara School of Irish Dancing and Bright Lights Ulster Scots dance school. Launching the St Patrick’s Day programme today, Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile said it promised to be a fun-filled family day out. He added: “The theme of this year’s event is ‘2012 - one amazing year’. Belfast is in for a massive year of celebrations and important

milestones and this will be the city’s first big party of 2012. “The carnival parade is something people look forward to every year; the imaginative costumes and colourful floats, not to mention the great street entertainment. And of course the free concert in Custom House Square has a great line-up that will appeal to all ages. It’s set to be a great day out for all the family and I hope everyone comes along and joins in the craic.” Sophie Habibis said she was delighted at being asked to be part of the city’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations. “It’ll be my first visit to Belfast and I’m so looking forward to performing at Custom House Square; it’s going to be such good fun. I’ve heard that there’s a real buzz about the city so I can’t wait to experience that,” said Sophie. “It’s great to be on the road doing what I love most and to be part of Belfast’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations is a huge honour.” Hosting this year’s concert in Custom House Square will be DJ Pete Snodden and the Cool Crew. Pete said: “We can’t wait for this year’s celebrations - the atmosphere is always electric and the craic is great.” The parade, which has been organised by The Beat Carnival, will leave City Hall at 12 noon and make its way to Custom House Square where performers will be on stage from 1pm-3pm. For more information on the event and all the acts taking part visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events.

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elfast retailers will celebrate their very own ‘Independents Day’ on 5 March – as part of Belfast City Council’s Independent Retail Week – when they put on a free fashion show and exhibition in the City Hall.  The Celebrate Independent Fashion show will take place between 12.30pm and 1.30pm in the Great Hall of the City Hall with tickets for the free show available from the Belfast Welcome Centre.  The event will have something for everyone as a selection of independent stores from right across the city will literally set out their stalls making the event feel more like an indoor market.  Alderman Christopher Stalford, Chairman of Belfast City Council’s Development Committee said: “This flagship event is a fun and visual way to highlight the contribution of fashion and beauty independents and the quality and the choice that is available across the city.  “However, Belfast Independent Retail Week is

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about all the independent stores, hardware, home, craft and food that make Belfast such a satisfying place in which to live, work or visit. They help make Belfast unique and we want them to know they have our support in this difficult economic climate.  “The fashion event is an innovative way of doing that, especially in such an iconic building as the City Hall, and the pop-up shops are forward thinking and a really useful way of allowing even more fashion beauty and craft stores to show their wares.  “I hope many people take advantage of the opportunity of free tickets to come and see something that little bit different in the City Hall.”  Tickets for this lunchtime event are free and are available from the Belfast Welcome Centre Box Office on 02890246609.  For more information on Belfast Independent Retail Week, you can visit the council website and click on www.belfastcity.gov.uk/retail. 


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Wear the Trends S/S12 Work this season’s coolest trends on a budget, think slogan tee shirts, washed skinny jeans, polka dots, tailored jackets and don’t forget the glitter! Fashion has never been so much fun! Fashion editor Davina Sands picks her favourites steals from the high street.

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The Gymnasium at The Merchant Hotel

Six-week summer membership for just £75 Limited availability. Join now to avoid disappointment. Facilities include: State-of-the-art Techno Gym equipment and Wellness System™ Aroma steam room Rock sauna with panoramic views Roof terrace with outdoor hot tub Luxurious changing rooms Personal training Exclusive membership benefits throughout The Merchant Hotel Terms and conditions apply.

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o after the longest February in four years, I’ve been asked to put a few words together for a male grooming column in City7. At least I’ve started to get used to writing again following a major result. If you have been follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll know that I’m good friends with a posh magazine in Bristol who don’t have any enthusiastic skiers amongst their team, so I was asked to review a number of 7 star resorts for them over the past few months. 500 words for a free trip was just too good to miss! Having therefore recently witnessed the uber stylish skiers and boarders on the slopes of Zermatt and Flims, and since we’re in the middle of the ski season, I thought I’d talk a little about ski style. Style on the slopes is almost as (and in some cases more) important as your ski technique and if you have a trip planned this season, get yourself ready for the eighties, as the neon’s are back in vogue. 48

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Bright orange, sky blue, shocking pink and bright greens are the thing to wear on and off piste this year, which is pretty much the opposite to what you might wear in Belfast on a day out. Believe me though, it looks cool when you’re there and is a nice change from the all black outfits of the past few years. Boarders, as usual, are wearing their hair long. Big long sweeping fringes set the look with colourful woolly hats or helmets, emulating their hero Shaun White. The ‘in thing’ this year is safety. In the past, being seen wearing a helmet on the slopes was slightly shameful, a nod to inexperience perhaps, but many of today’s resorts have made it compulsory. Being liberated from a helmet has always been my preference, but this is now becoming seen as uncool. How boring! Speaking of safety, if you’ve been on a ski trip before, you’ll have seen the ‘lobster’ skiers. Fair skinned types who think it’s clever to ski at altitude without sun protection. You know the ones I’m talking about - half of their nose has disappeared after the skin has fallen off, and who come home with big white panda eyes and lobster coloured skin. For me, it’s really not a good look and you’re asking for premature wrinkles and perhaps even skin cancer. Take my advice, at high altitude the sun is much stronger than you imagine (even if it’s snowing) so protect yourself with SPF 30+ on exposed skin. Of course, after a hard day on the white stuff, most of us will hit a bar for a wee dose of après. But don’t let the gluhwein cloud your judgement - Just remember to use a blob of moisturiser on your face after your post slope shower. That’ll help your skin stay wrinkle free for just a bit longer and will of course help you look much more attractive for the evenings’ entertainment. Jason Shankey - www.jasonshankey.com


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hris Cargo has been at the forefront of electronic music, spinning discs on the club circuit for eighteen years with DJ Magazine having described his sets as ‘perfect sex machine body music’. He’s enthralled revelers from Kuala Lumper to Kazakhstan via Mexico, Siberia, Lisbon, Copenhagen, China and Athens but now he’s the resident DJ at Club Mono on Ann Street where you’ll find him behind the decks pumping out funk fuelled underground house music. Friday nights plays host to urban sounds, the Saturday sound is house and Sunday is a mish mash music policy incorporating everything from indie anthems to old skool house classics providing a winning combination for those who like to make the weekend last that little bit longer. “I couldn’t stick to one genre of music at Mono, it would just be boring plus a lot of DJs get stuck playing the same sound over and over and before you know it you’ve been left behind.

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96-100 Ann Street, Belfast, BT1 3HH. www.monobelfast.com

So it’s important to take risks with your music”, says Chris. Once a month Zuul rolls into Mono with guest appearances from global DJs. Recently they’ve welcomed an array of talent including Chocolate Puma, David Penn, Seb Fontaine and Bingo Players. When asked about his most-loved track Chris said, “Without a doubt the one tune that’s an all time favourite is Unfinished Symphony by Massive Attack. It may be over a decade old but it’s still amazing”. The 34 year old Belfast based DJ has amassed a vinyl collection of somewhere between 20-30,000 but these days everything is on CDs. “There is such a wealth of musical talent in Northern Ireland from musicians, DJs and producers”, commented Chris, “and probably too many clubs in Belfast for the size of the city but it’s healthy competition and it ensures clubs step up to the mark to deliver a top night out”. Adding another string to his bow Chris Cargo is also a promoter giving this advice to up and coming DJs. “Hassle, pester, knock on doors of clubs, frequent the clubs so you’re a regular recognizable face. Put out mixes of music and more importantly your own music and even look at starting your own night”. When the decks have been turned off after another successful weekend at Mono, Chris Cargo loves to do nothing more than chill out at home and spend time with his 9-month-old son. For all the action at Club Mono log on to: www.monobelfast.com Follow Relentless Energy Drink at: www.facebook.com/RelentlessEnergy twitter.com/thisistheorder


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asparagus with smoked trout and hollandaise and salad of beef tomato and mozzarella.  The White Mansions Blue Grass Band will play during the evening.  Tasting notes on the selected wines will be provided.  The evening will round off with cake and Sauterne dessert wine or freshly ground coffee. Places for the event on Fri 23rd March are limited to 30 and are priced at £20 per person.  To reserve a place contact Adam on 07971278999.  The café will open for wine and tapas every Thursday and Friday evenings from the last week in March. Peaberry’s Café, Bruce Street, Belfast. www.facebook.com/peaberryscafe


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CHRIS LOVE Chris Love runs bespoke PR and Event Management consultancy Love PR – And has a respected opinion of just about anything that moves! You’ll find him here every month telling it like it is. The Good…

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 As a kid it was difficult to get a yearly trip to Dundonald Ice Bowl, never mind a weekly outing so the next best thing was roller boots, then came along, roller blades.  Roller boots were easy enough to manage and navigate through the pedestrians along the street.  God forbid when you needed an emergency stop.  Remember the big rubber stopper on the front.  Yes, that’s right tilt forward, slam on the stopper with great force and you were catapulted face forward into the pavement.  I’m guessing that’s what happened to me!  Well to my delight the roller boots are back thanks to the Wigwam Roller Rink in Bangor.  Open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s it’s the perfect excuse to get a little exercise.  Add a few disco lights, a few tunes from the 80s, fluorescent pop-up socks and there you have it.  You’ve gone back in time and reliving your childhood. Magic!  Chinos.  These were the fashion statement for the well-heeled way back when.  They were pulled up at the weekend when the business suit was pulled off on a Friday evening by a svelte woman wearing striking red lipstick in the local wine bar just before the gentleman went home to his wife.  Fast-forward twenty years and the chino is back having hopped off the rainbow.  The chino has been around since the mid-19th century and was originally made for woman in the British and French military.  Today, they have replaced denim as the trouser wear for young twenty something males.  At last there’s something colourful for males to wear.  We’re going to see a surge in colours of the chino too.  Red, orange, lime green and blue are just some of the colours I’ve come across and I’m going to be snapping this trend right up.  Look out for me, because there’s not a chance you will be able to miss these rainbow legs!       

 Addiction can come in all shapes in sizes.  Some good.  Some bad.  Maybe even criminal.  You can sometimes spot an addict in the street.  You might even know one.  There are some that keep their addiction a secret, behind closed doors so no one can see, like me.  I however can confess that I am not a textbook addict, that’s because, my addiction can change at a moment’s notice.  Lately, I’ve been addicted to white chocolate Magnums.  Even when its been freezing outside, I’ve ventured out to the all-night garage to pick up a box containing three of these foil wrapped babies!  Crunching through the white Belgium chocolate before licking the smooth, creamy vanilla ice cream, they’re so good, but so bad.  Before you know it I’ve consumed my recommended weekly calorie intake.  Ever so swiftly I’ve shifted my addiction to the gym.  I’ve transformed into a serious gym bunny to shift the guilt.  Four mega gym sessions per week and a diet of no bread, potatoes, pasta, chocolate, ice cream, fizzy drinks but it’s only for six weeks. Week one is complete and I’ve survived.  Come Easter Tuesday, you’ll find me at that all-night grocery store laden with cut-price Easter eggs.  An addiction at half the price.  Bad service aggravates me.  I’d love to be the person who throws a fit, screams at the top of their lungs but I’m the quiet type.  I used to frequent a café on the Lisburn Road.  A relatively new addition to the style mile, it’s doors opened to an all-new shiny, bright and white interior.  Regular visits were made often with more staff behind the counter than customers, yet it took an absolute eternity to get served.  Why?  The staff are too busy yacking amongst themselves to be bothered with serving.  Well I hereby declare I will no longer darken your door.  I think boycott is the word.  Life is for living, not for waiting!  It won’t be long before others follow. 

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BEAUTY HEBE Clinic 182 Lisburn Road T: 028 9068 3594 Hebeclinic.co.uk Clinic of aesthetic medicine. Northern Irelands exclusive dermal fillers (without needles) and Botox experts. Andrew Mulvenna 10-12 Cromac Square T: 028 9024 9191 Andrewmulvenna.com 4,500 Sq Ft of stunning Metrospa. NI’s education academy for L’Oreal and GHD. Voted in the top 10 of Cosmos 10 best UK salons. Bellaire Hair & Beauty 133 Royal Avenue T: 9066 6885 Offering the very latest in treatments, services & technology. Battisti Hairdressing 255 Lisburn Road T 028 9066 3138 Battistihairdressing.com Hedonist Hair 97 Botanic Avenue T: 028 9023 1428 Hedonisthair.com Hedonists award winning stylists and technicians are ready to treat you with care and attention. We have a friendly, relaxed yet efficient and professional salon 58

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Keith Kane International Unit 8 Carryduff shopping centre T: 028 9081 3622 Open Monday – Saturday. Recognised as one of Irelands leading hair salons. Endorsed by industry giants Schwarzkopf, Wella & L’Oreal. The guild of master craftsman and not forgetting the good salon guide 5 star rating. Zuni Hairdressing 1a India Street Botanic Avenue T: 028 9033 2345 Zunihairdressing.com 2010 L’Oreal colour trophy winners. Also offering student discounts. Their beauty sanctuary, specialises in Dermalogica facials and hot stone theripies. Peter Oliver Male Grooming Saturday opening from 8:30am with late opening Thursday’s Bloomfield Avenue T: 028 9058 9889 Lisburn Road T: 9038 1992 Ballyhackamore T: 028 9067 1058 Newtownards T: 028 9181 9092 Kircubbin T: 028 4273 9001 Blush Beauty Boutique 94 Bloomfield Avenue T : 028 9065 5000 A boutique Haven of relaxation andRejuvenation, Blush offer a range of top class beauty

treatments and packages that will leave you looking and feeling great. We also specialise in Vajazzle for all you TOWIE fans! Body Vibes 527 Lisburn Road T: 028 9066 0137 Bodyvibes.co.uk Body Vibes is an exciting new power plate in Belfast lower Lisburn road. Currently offering 1 free trial to all new customers. Man-Grooming for Men 801 Lisburn Road T: 028 9066 5599 Man-gfm.com A premier salon for men specialising in the latest trends in gent’s hair. The official gents hairstylists at the Brit awards 2011. Wide range of treatments available as well as wedding packages.

ENTERTAINMENT Ollie’s Club Ollie’s club offers the definitive luxury club experience. Nestled in the heart of Belfast’s most vibrant entertainment hub, The Cathedral Quarter, this ultra-chic venue has reignited Belfast’s clubbing scene with its state-ofthe-art light and sound systems and magnificent surroundings. Generous quantities of deep red velvet and


CITY7 leather seating, mahogany walls and restored original vaulted ceilings complete this lavish space, situated in the basement of The Merchant Hotel in what used to be the former bank’s vaults. Ollie’s also features a sumptuous Champagne bar and elegant private members bar. Ollie’s is open every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights until late. It is available for booking for private functions outside of these hours. Mondays  Monopollies - DJ Hix (Cool FM) and Dj Tez Entry £3 Drinks £2.50 Thursdays  Ollie’s Rocks Chart, r’n’b, commercial dance, indie, rock, floor fillers and party anthems Entry £5 Drinks £2.50 Friday Entry £3 before 11pm, £5 after Commercial dance, r’n’b, hip hop, chart, party anthems and floor fillers Doors open 10pm until late Saturdays Entry £5 before 10pm, £10 after Vocal uplifting house, commercial dance and floorfillers  Doors open 9pm until late THE HATFIELD 130 Ormeau Road, Belfast T:028 9043 8764 Free Live Sport/Entertainment nightly. Bar Snacks Mon-Fri, 12-8pm Mondays: All Folked Up Tuesdays: Keltic Rock Night

Wednesdays: Free BBQ, Live music 5-7pm & 10pm-late Thursdays: Live Band 10pm-late Fridays: Jeff’s Super Quiz 9pm, Adm free, prizes, live music. Saturdays: Live Premiership Football, live band. Sundays: Super Sunday Football, live band. Boxing Day: Live Football New Years Day: Live Sport The Graduate Tel: 02890 238825 . Food served 7 days a week, 12-8pm Sunday Roasts: 2 courses £11.95, 3 courses £13.95 Closed for food Christmas Day and Boxing Day Boxing Day - Open from 6pm, live DJ from 9 NYE - 3-course meal w. bottle of Campo Viejo £40 + table for the night (2 persons). Live music from 9.30, £5 ticket. Lilys Pub & Eatery 701 Lisburn Road T: 028 9066 4442 Located on Belfast’s lower Lisburn Road. Understated, beautiful & relaxed. Rain nightclub Tomb Street T: 028 9032 7308 Rainnightclub.com Tweet @rainnightclub FB.com/rainnightclubni From opening 20098 Rain quickly established itself as Belfasts premier nightlife venue. This award winning venue continues to increase the level of superior clubbing boasting 3 levels of unique art-deco infused styling, an extensive outdoor area and exclusive VIP suite. Open 7 nights a week 9pm-3am.

Lifestyle Funky Foto Booths T: 074 1129 1211 events@funkyfotobooths.co.uk Funky Foto Booths supply mobile mobile photo booths for hire. The photo booth compliments any fun event. Fantastic entertainment for guests as well as a lasting memento of the event to keep. St Georges Market Oxford Street Belfast 028 9043 5704 Dating back to the 19th century the market opens Friday & Saturday and also plays host to a range of gigs and concerts in the evening. Voted 3rd best foof market in the UK by the Observer food monthly locals and visitors can enjoy a huge verity from diverse food to vintage clothing.

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Food No. 27 27 Talbot StreetBelfast , BT1 T: 028 9031 2884 no27.co.uk No 27 Talbot Street first opened its doors to great acclaim in December 2007. Business partners Adrian Lowry and Head Chef Alan Higginson share a passion for great food in superb surroundings that everyone can enjoy. But when it comes to describing the restaurant they prefer to let others do the talking… The Ivory Restaurant 3rd Floor, House of Frazer Victoria Square 028 9032 4577 Theivorybelfast.com Lunch Mon – Sat 12 – 5pm Sunday 1 – 6pm Dinner Mon – Tue – 5 – 11pm Wed – sat 5 – 1am Special deals & pre theatre Menu available. COCO Linenhall Street T: 028 9031 1150 info@cocobelfast.com cocobelfast.com. COCO, Best Restaurant in Ireland (Hi Life Diners Club), Best Newcomer (Go Belfast ) is a jewel in the crown of Belfast ‘s restaurant scene. The place to see and be seen, COCO offers spectaculary good qualilty food at fantastic value for money. 60

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For reservations Telephone: 028 90311150, email: info@cocobelfast.com web: cocobelfast.com La Bastille Restaurant 182a Lisburn Road Belfast,BT9 6AL 028 9066 7500 Labastillerestaurant.com Now under new management, La Bastille Restaurant boasts true, chic, parisienne style and class for Northern IrelandLa Bastille Restaurant provides authentic, traditional french cuisine with a modern twist in an intimate, romantic setting. Shu Restaurant 253 Lisburn Road Belfast, BT9 7EN 028 9038 1655 Shu-restaurant.com AA Two Rosettes 2001-2007 AA Seafood Restaurant of the Year: 2003-2004Bridgestone 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008 Georgina Campbell Best of the Best 2006, 2007, 2008 Food & Wine Magazine: Best Restaurant in Ulster 2006 Observer Food Monthly Magazine Awards: Best Bar Northern Ireland 2006 Tia Maria Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland 2003 Deanes Howard Street, Belfast 028 9033 1134 Michaeldeane.co.uk “Following the recent makeover of Northern Ireland’s most exceptional dining experience, Michael Deane’s city centre hot spot continues to fly even higher. For not only has

the prolific chef’s hard working team been flamboyantly flying the flag of quality food but they have fashioned an outstanding all round package.” Georgina Campbell Guide Restaurant of the Year James Street South 21 James St South, Belfast, BT1 T: 028 9043 4310 jamesstreetsouth.co.uk James Street South restaurant is located in Belfast city centre in close proximity to the main hotels, theatres and shopping areas as well as the historic Crown Bar. The restaurant is housed in an old linen mill and in 2003 the ground floor of the building had a huge makeover to make way for a contemporary, crisp and cool dining room and bar. Opened by Niall and Joanne McKenna the restaurant marries the best of Northern Irish produce with classical French methods of cooking creating menus, which change regularly. Added to this a wine list of 100 bins with wines served by the glass, carafe (250ml) and bottle and service which is attentive and professional. James Street South restaurant is the perfect location for lunch or dinner, business or pleasure where good food, wine and service come beautifully together in comfortable relaxed surroundings. Barnabys 151 Ballyrobert Road Ballyclare, Co. Antrim BT39 9RT T:028 9335 4151


CITY7 Barnabys Restaurant creates the perfect blend between traditional home cuisine and modern dishes, only using locally sourced meat and fresh fish from our Strangford shores. Our very own poly tunnel grows our salads and vegetables, even our delicious strawberries are homegrown by our chefs. Our desserts are home made by our pastry chef and our daily specials are always extremely popular with our regular customers. Renowned for its good food and service, our friendly staff will be happy to assist you in any way to ensure your visit to Barnabys is a pleasant one.

corkage charge. Try our toasted sodas, delicious chutney and cheess. All srved on a delicate china platter.

Belfast newest specialist lingerie store and sister store of Orchid Lisburn Road and The Lingerie Room Moygashel.

Crafty Workshops Book into ou crafty style workshop in our salon or a crafty fashion workshop in our tea room. Book online at info@craftybelfast.com or call 075 9928 9176

Harper at the Merchant Hotel 35-39 Waring Street Belfast BT1 2DY T: 028 9024 3610 Northern Ireland’s only stockist of Valentino, Celine and Christian Louboutin of Paris. Harper at The Merchant Hotel will be a must visit for every fashionista.

The Lyric Theater Stranmillis 028 9038 1081 Stranmillis T: 028 9038 1081 Lyrictheater.co.uk Crescent Arts Centre University Road T: 028 9024 2338 Crescentarts.org

Art’s Waterfront Lanyon Place T: 028 9033 4400 Waterfront.co.uk Ulster Hall Bedford Street T: 028 9033 4400 Ulsterhall.co.uk Crafty Belfast 29 Wellington Place 075 9928 9176 Craftybelfast.com Crafty Culture – Instore Tea and tunes with a BYO booze

Style Bennett & Collins 37 The High Street Killyleagh, United Kingdom BT30 9QF Tel 028 4482 1581 Closed Sunday/Monday Open 10-5 Tuesday to Saturday Bra Boutique 19 Aurthur Street Belfast, BT1 T: 028 9031 2277 thebraboutiquebelfast.com

Harrison Fashion Belfast 715-721Lisburn Road T: 028 9066 6016 Ballymena 62 Ballymoney Street T: 028 25630831 harrisonfashion.co.uk Brands stocked: Doma leather, Hudson, Seven7,Paige, Siwy, My Lovely Jean, Tag, Radcliffe, Religion, Mina, Yumi, Yuki, Alternative, Palace, Forever Unique, Woona, Arrogant Cat, Poppy Valentine, Butter London, Orion. Lingerie Room 7 The Linen Green Moygashel BT71 7HB T: 028 8772 3181 lingerieroom.com One of Northern Ireland’s leading lingerie specialists. Here you will find an exquisite range of lingerie, nightwear and swimwear to suit all sizes. We also specialise in bridal lingerie, maternity wear and mastectomy wear.We carry a full range of Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries. A fitting and advice service is CITY7 MAGAZINE ISSUE 7

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Velvet Boutique 661 Lisburn Road Belfast, BT9 7GT T: 028 9066 5221 E: grainne@velvetclothing.co.uk W: www.velvetclothing.co.uk Velvet is a cutting edge, sophisticated boutique located on Belfast’s Lisburn Road, offering only the best in established and new international fashion labels World Class names such as Schumacher, Anna Sui, Tory Burch and J Brand, exclusive to Velvet in Northern Ireland. Jill Graham Contemporary Jeweller 49a Market Square Lisburn,BT28 1AD T: 07828 210333 E: info@jillgraham.co.uk W: www.jillgraham.co.uk Tyrone born Jill Graham is a local jewellery designer, inspired byorganic structures and elements of plant life, specializing in producing high quality, contemporary jewellery. Using sterling silver and 18ct gold, each item is meticulously handmade in her Lisburn workshop. Icon Creative 410 Lisburn Enterprise Centre Enterprise Crescent Lisburn, BT28 2BP T: 028 9267 0522 E: studio@iconcds.com W: www.iconcds.com Stylish, design-led marketing and advertising to attract the customers you want and appeal to those you already know. We have extensive experience in fashion, travel, jewellery and other boutique sectors.

The Boudoir 4 The Linen Green Designer Village Dungannon, BT71 7HB T: 028 8772 9967 We specialise in ladies fashion & accessories with labels from Italy, Spain, America, Denmark, Germany, UK and Ireland. Check out our facebook page facebook.com/ TheBoudoir which will be regularly updated with pictures of new stock, promotions and informationon discount evenings!

TechNology W5 2 Queen’s Quay Belfast 028 9046 7700 W5online.co.uk Lyric Hifi 429-431 Lisburn Road Belfast, County Antrim BT9 7EY 028 9038 1296 lyrichifi.com Lyric Hifi is Ireland’s leading specialist hifi and home cinema store. We have been established for 30 years and in addition to our retail business we offer a bespoke installation service for complete home entertainment systems.


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CHA HAN This wagamama classic is a real satisfier, you can find the recipe in ‘the wagamama cookbook’ You need 2 spring onions, trimmed and cut into 2.5cm (1 in) lengths 4 button mushrooms, finely sliced 2 tablespoons mangetout, finely sliced 2 tablespoons canned sweetcorn, well drained 8 cooked, peeled prawns 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 tablespoons yakitori sauce (see recipe) 200g (7 oz) boneless, skinless chicken thigh meat 2 eggs, beaten 75g (3oz) cooked thai fragrant rice salt 2 tablespoons light soy sauce

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Method Combine the chicken and the yakitori sauce in a bowl. Work gently with your fingers for a few minutes, turning the meat in the sauce. Marinate for at least 30 minutes (1 hours is even better). Remove the chicken, reserving the marinade, and cut the meat on the diagonal into thin slices Heat a wok over a medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until completely hot and almost smoking and add the vegetable oil. Add the prawns, sweetcorn, mangetout, mushrooms and spring onions along with the chicken and stir fry over a medium heat for about 5 minutes until the vegetables just start to wilt and the chicken is cooked. Add the egg and continue to stir fry until it is just scrambled Add the rice. Season with salt and soy sauce and continue stir frying until everything is mixed evenly and the rice is heated through. Divide between 2 bowls and serve with miso soup and pickles. Enjoy! 64

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